Episode Five: Into the Empire of Oren

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Episode Five: Into the Empire of Oren

Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:35 am

Episode Five: Into the Empire of Oren



I remember the first few weeks after I fled from the Kin. I encountered an elderly woman that lived with many goats. She offered me food and medicine. While I was resting from my wounds that I received from the Beast, I would constantly stare at the scratches on my flesh. They were deep and if I moved in any direction, the wounds reopen themselves. For the first time in my life, I was distressed about my future. I felt like I was going to fall into a deep depression that I would never recover.

I had lost it all. My soldiers. My way of life. Respect of the Elders. I was a no body.

I guess that I'd openly admit that I'm vain. My entire livelihood has been based on out proving everyone else. That’s just the way of the Kin military called the New Morghulis. As a half blood, it’s about the only means of being someone or something.

However, my goals have changed. I am no longer going to be the weeping, useless soldier I’ve been living as. I have made it to Oren, the only place on this planet that the damned Legions of Edelweiss and Tager won’t tread.


The fact is simple; the Empire of Oren has weapons that came from another world that are capable of leveling entire nations. While the Kin are a mighty military force, they don’t dare risk sending their soldiers into battle against a foe that is well prepared to take them on by force. The New Morghulis is very lazy in this sense. It has been generations since the last major war between our own tribes. For the humans, it seems to be a nearly constant affair.

While I know that it’ll be extremely difficult for me to enter the general population, it’ll keep me safe and out of harm’s way. I will miss the adventure of the open road but I need a safe haven. I can’t keep on running forever and ever.

I will not openly admit it, since I don’t want them following me around for the rest of my life but with Jon, Samson, Alia, and that little girl I’ll be able to blend in more with the populace of Oren. This is the one positive aspect of traveling in a group. I will admit that I have missed being able to communicate with other people…

From what my gut is telling me, things are about to get even harder before they get easier.
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:36 am

The snail mobile was abandoned by the spot Selina's image was changed. The group continued to Oren on foot, ever watchful of anyone who dared threaten them. Jon didn't yet know how he felt in this gang of his... An old man, a little girl, a demonic woman, a lady with prosthetic parts, and then there was him: the farm boy. In all honesty, he felt like he was the most useless, with the exception of Nana. At least Samson seemed to have faith in him, even giving him this gun that was strapped to his back. Alia, he assumed, had faith in him as well. She was always looking at him with adoring eyes, reminding him how much of a hero he was to her.

Nothing would mean more than trust from Selina, though.

Selina's attitude always angered him and he wasn't going to let himself be beaten by it. He sometimes even wished that he was rescued by someone else that gray, rainy day when that Mole Man attacked him. He hated to admit it, but he had feelings for this woman. Aside from the fact she was always coming to his rescue, she was just...different, from other girls. She was independent, she had a different image... Still, he doubted she'd like to hear that from him.

Jon was lost in his thoughts the entire way to Oren.

Ali pointed ahead, saying she saw a great city coming up. It was, without a doubt, the city they were searching for. She was excited to finally be going someplace to be accepted. Once she was settled, she hoped to find work and begin a new life for her and Nana. She was going to be this girls parent; the motherly elder sister. This child was her priority in life. They still had a long way to go, though. Nothing was going to suddenly get simple, not so soon...

They reached the front gates, where a pair of men heavily dressed with armour and firearms in their possessions. Samson, Alia and Nana were easily going to get through. They looked like a family... A grandfather with his granddaughters. It was easy to play out and there were some comparable features between the three of them.

For Jon and Selina, though, they were basically immigrants. They had to earn their way into Oren through a series of competitive events. Jon could not hear a word the men were saying, though. He was much too awe stricken by this city's technology; it was far more advanced than his home! They weren't even that far into the city and already, he was at a loss for words. If they weren't being held back by these dangerous looking guards, he would have ran right in to explore this new place, eager to learn more about it.

"...are you clear on that, sir?"

Jon snapped back into reality, blushing with embarrassment as everyone stared at him, Selina doubtlessly irritated with him. "Ah, sorry..." he muttered, nervously scratching at the back of his head.
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:36 am

"Yes, he understands." Selina then said in Jon's place, "You'll have to forgive him. He had a long night dealing with some rather rabid mole men." She then sighed, "Those beings are all rude to simple travelers."

The main guard then waved them on and soon Jon and Selina were now being escorted by a two men wearing bright armored chest plates and a spiked helmet. The hallway that the two were now marching through was made up of cheap wooden panels with an occasional painting or two.

"What about the three people we traveled with?" Jon asked. The guard raised an eyebrow, "Those three are citizens of this great nation. If you had been paying attention to the guard, you would have understood. You two are going to have the honor of becoming citizens by doing some trails events. Of course, you could always back down now. We're always looking for new slaves."

The helmeted guard had pointed this last comment to the blonde haired woman that Selina was masquerading as. "Is that so? Well, I keep that in mind once we find some pussies that aren't willing to fight for their proper place within society." The guard then blinked, he had never met someone that actually understood the social hierarchy in Oren.

"Well, you seem very much like a Spartan woman. Do you think that you have a right to be so bold towards men?" He asked while the kept walking forward. Selina responded, "Ask me again, once the world gives birth to actual men."
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:37 am

Jon didn't really feel prepared for what would soon happen. His strength and wits were going to be challenged, neither of which he knew he had. Living on a farm, where he just worked on plantations and raised animals, he had no special skills.

Selina was making him feel better, though. The attitude she often denied having was making him smirk, his laughter difficult to contain. The slightest snicker escaped him when she talked back to these guardsmen. Jon had nothing to add, really. Actual men really were scarce... Actually, he saw more masculine figures back at home. Some of the people he's seen thus far really were sad excuses for men. Not that he really considered himself anything special.

He allowed himself to get distracted by this new environment. Not a single thing, from the ground to the tallest building, looked like his home. This was so advanced in comparison! There was a sparkle in his eyes, like a child would show when they entered an amazing toy store.

"Mister Samson, will they be okay?" Alia quitely asked the old man, holding Nana close. She was concerned for Jon, mostly. She knew very well that Selina could handle herself.
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:37 am

"This is the place that you'll be calling home for the next few days." The guard mentioned as the group reached an empty space that looked more like a storage room than a place suitable for living. "There's a washroom behind the curtain over there. Straw mattresses are in the corner. Food is severed twice daily. When not in combat, you must always wear this green patch on your person. These are our laws." The guard then handed Jon and Selina two wool off green patches. "The first assembly of combatants will begin at 1:31 PM tomorrow. In the mean time, you will be required to stay in your quarters. Good luck bitchy girl and bitchy girl's friend." The guard then saluted them and walked away.

Selina then tore the patch up, "Screw that bullshit." Selina then pulled a piece of paper from her pants pocket. "While that prick was chatting with his buddy, I stole his papers." She then handed it over to Jon. "They'll question you walking around than me. I am a poor defenseless woman, after all. Ohhhh boy, I love this society. Makes it so easy for me to wander around."

"I don't know Alia. I'm thinking we might have to speak to one of the officials too see if they can stay with us at my wife's old house. That's why I have a citizenship paper. Selina's journey is almost parallel to my wife's. I think that's the only reason, why I keep 'er around." Samson then said to Alia. "Now how about we focus on you two gals for once? Selina can take care of 'erself. Jon, maybe not. But e's got Selina to save his sorry butt." He then placed his arm around Alia's shoulder, "You'll be like the daughter I 'ever had. Same for Nana."
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:37 am

Jon made a face as the guards left them, not too keen on them referring to Selina as a bitch. It was true, she had a short temper and didn't talk in the sweetest of languages... Name calling wasn't necessary, though. He kept those feelings inside, not letting them affect his facial features, albeit his heart was racing out of anger.

"Don't let it bother you, Selina. We both know you aren't poor or defenseless," he assured, rolling his eyes.

He watched as Selina tore up that patch she was handed. Jon decided to just slip it into the back pocket of his jeans, since there were laws here that required its use. If it came down to it, he'd sacrifice it to Selina... As to why, he hadn't a clue.

"Paper for...what?" he asked, looking down at what she handed to him. He began to read the text, though really, it didn't explain a damn thing to him. Jon knew how to read, he just never learned how to interpret anything beyond a fiction novel or factual pieces of work that involved agriculture. This city alone was foreign to him!

'She thinks I'm an idiot.'


"You never had any children?" Alia asked Samson, surprised and curious. Nana mimicked her sister's look of shock, mostly to be silly since she didn't quite understand the situation. All she knew was she had to stay by her 'family' at all times.

She made a feminine giggle as he set an arm around her shoulder. "Then you will be like the Father we've never had," she replied, smiling.
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:38 am

"Oren's government is a system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement. It's a meritocracy, more than it's a true democracy. Appointments are made and responsibilities assigned based on demonstrated talent and ability of a citizen. Full rights are only granted to those, whom have willingness to sacrifice themselves in the common interest of the nation. People are divided into two classes, the Registered and the Unregistered." Selina said when she began to alter the soldier's paper after she grabbed it from Jon.

Jon focused on her handwriting, the first time that he had ever seen it. For being a rough and tumble sort of person, Selina had rather surprisingly artistic flow to her penmanship. It was as if she had once had taken calligraphy...

"It was set up as a means of regulating resource distribution amongst the residents during the Rift Wars. Especially the fuel known as Star Rifts. The stupid members of the Oren upper class believed that it was made from the Kin's blood. It's really funny if you ask me. You humans are the aliens to this world, while us Kin are natives and yet you act like we're the ones from the stars." Her tone was less demanding than it normally was. It was how Jon believed that the characters in his favorite novels would have spoken to each other. A mentor teaching...Something like that.

Selina finally dotted her i's and crossed her t's. Even these looked pretty fancy.

"To get back to point...Registered Citizens are officially sanctioned residents who are able to receive healthcare, schooling, welfare, and other amenities from the government. Unregistered Citizens, on the other hand, cannot receive municipal healthcare or many of the other amenities offered to Registered Citizens. While the Unregistered Citizens are not illegal occupants of the city per se, they are often regarded, both officially and effectively, as the lower caste among the residents of the city. Many live in the older, run down parts of Oren. Our skill in the upcoming days will determine our ranking within this society."


"We had two children," Sasmon said while scratching his beard, "Though, I'm not one to focus on the past. This is the present."
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:38 am

While observing Selina's amazing penmanship, Jon was awe struck that she didn't punch him in the head, or scold him for asking what the purpose of the paper was. Instead, she explained it to him, even though he most likely wasn't going to remember all these details. He did pick up how Kin were natives and humans were aliens, though. Jon honestly did not know that... Then again, there was a lot he didn't know. His knowledge of history only involved his family.

"True," he commented. "Glad I'm not like the rest, though."

Jon really couldn't be if he tried.

He made a nervous smile when she said that their skills would determine their ranking in Oren. Without a doubt, Selina would be living in the high class areas... Jon believed that nobody would be able to overpower her in a battle. Someone like Tager, perhaps, but he hasn't seen enough of that man's abilities to judge. From what Selina has told him, Tager wasn't someone you wanted to deal with. Jon was pretty hard-headed, though...

Jon looked around the quarters they were expected to stay in. Really, he wasn't one to follow all of the rules. He wanted to escape and explore the city, but kept that in his thoughts. Selina wasn't treating him like an idiot, so he preferred not to risk that attitude change. Maybe she really wasn't as cold as he thought...
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:39 am

Selina folded the paper up and put it into one of her breast pockets.

"I wouldn't know." She said. "My experiences with humans has been a mixed blessing. It mostly tends to end with what you saw at Swamptown. Tager or Edelweiss comes in and burns everything down. I have had people, whom I've considered friends killed before my very eyes. This is why I want you to really think about what you want to do here."

She then stepped towards a broken down mirror that hung near the proposed bathroom. Selina then played with one of the blonde curls that Alia had added. It was weird not seeing the black markings on her face. It was the first time in her life that those signs of caste were not present. It was a feeling of discomfort and happiness. Of course, she would never reveal these feelings to this boy that kept following her everywhere she went.

"Which leads me to my question. Do you know what we're going to face in the days to comes?"
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:40 am

Jon wanted to say that he understood what she was talking about, but that wouldn't be the right choice of words. Having lost a friend to enemies was something you had to experience, in order to understand. In any case, he could tell that it was hurtful to her. She didn't show emotions relating to sadness or weakness, though somehow, he could still sense the grief resulting from those troubles. All she wanted was somewhere to be accepted, and probably to stop running away from Tager and Edelweiss.

From now on, he felt like he should give her less trouble. Argue less with her, too.

He watched as she looked closely at her new image in a broken mirror. Jon admitted, he missed the snowy hair of hers. All things natural about her were beautiful in their own ways. At least her eyes were unchanged; those cold, cold eyes. The fact she was different was likely a reason he was so drawn to her. He wasn't sure he liked it, though. Love is... Fickle.

"I really have no idea," he answered honestly, smiling wryly. Once again, he felt like an idiot. Jon was well known to take actions without much thought, but nothing has steered him wrong thus far. Where he was right now was an accomplishment!
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:41 am

"I see." Selina said.

She just left it at that. Jon was still a young man that was looking to see the world, not a soldier. Maybe she had been too though on him. However, Selina could only draw on the time she had spent as an officer in the Kin military, as a member of the White Wolf Militias.

"I know I said it already, but I want you to be careful. As a former officer, I cannot allow a member of my Clan to be killed before he's even seen the elephant of war. Of course, it'd help if you were armed in some fashion." Selina said, "I can't just get up and steal you one from a vendor since Oren has it's own versions of Relic Guards, though a little more advanced."

She then looked around. "I've got it!" Selina then walked over to were she had placed her pack. She then handed him her trusted firearm. "This will be your tool for survival. Love it, like you loved your sister. If you don't have a sister, then someone else you cared about. From now on, she'll be your love and bridesmaid. Just try not to slobber all over it." All Jon could do was blink.

Why was Selina giving him a weapon????
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Post by Chavah on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:41 am

Jon wanted to laugh at Selina and congratulate her for making a joke, since she never seemed like the type to have a sense of humour. No matter how much he wanted to do that, he knew deep down that she was serious. Why was she gifting him her precious weapon? She and this gun were inseparable! Yet, she was giving it to him of all people.

Silently, he took the weapon from her, looking down at it as he held it in both hands. Well, not it... Selina was calling this thing a her, for some reason. Jon didn't see how something inanimate could have a gender, but didn't question it. He couldn't love it like a sister since he didn't have one. Besides, even if he did, the sister would look down on him just like everybody else. Thus far, Selina's been the only woman he's genuinely cared about.

"I, uh..." Jon looked up from the firearm to look at her instead. "Thank you. I'll guard this with my life, like she'll do for me."

Selina made a nod, seeming to trust his words. They did nothing but stare for a moment until she went back to her pack, turning around with a spear in her hands. It looked like a very simple weapon that someone could make just from resources in the forest in order to survive. This had Jon wondering why she'd not give him that, instead of her beloved gun! Then again, someone with her skills and experiences could put a spear to maximum use, whereas a gun just needed to be pointed and shot.

The room got dark as purple sparkles fell from the spear, a surge of power shattering the light bulbs in their little...home. Jon clutched the firearm close to his chest as he watched this unfold. Obviously, this has happened before, because Selina wasn't making any kind of reaction to it. He assumed this had to do with her Kin powers... She must have some sort of bond with this other weapon.

So many more questions flooded Jon's mind.


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