Rift: Kai in 512 WordsIt's not an easy thing, remembering your own death. Feeling the cold steel pressed against your stomach and then the warm gush of your blood (so much blood) as it rushes away, taking your life with it. It never hurt, though. That was the strange thing. Despite that razor edge ripping through my gut it never hurt. I guess it was the adrenaline.Rift: Kai in 512 Words by SunGryphon
No, dying never hurt. But the rebirth? That hurt more than anything imaginable. The first breath that tears through your lungs (like drowning in air) and the factory oil and ozone smell that follows, bringing bile to your throat as you realize you can't stop breathing, you have to keep going despite the stabbing pain in your lungs, and all around you there are others. The air is choking with their body heat, thick with the sweat of pain and triumph and agony.
Then, blessed coolness as you're guided away from the machines and brought, blinking, into the light. What is your name, Ascended? I try to think, to remember, and for a while I almost have
EQ - Justyn's StoryEQ - Justyn's Story by SunGryphon
A wolf howled somewhere nearby and Justyn felt the hair on the back of his neck prickle. He tried to get a firmer grip on his sword, then cursed himself for being so nervous his palms were sweating. His orders were simple, or so he thought at the time-- Go to the Crushbone camp and return with two belts as proof. But now, with the towering trees of Greater Faydark blocking all sunlight, he wasn't as sure has he had been.
As he crept closer to the camp, he spied a centurion standing a bit away from the camp. Justyn quickly moved forward, but in his haste he stepped on a twig, and the loud snap alerted the orc to his presence. The centurion quickly bellowed a command, and two more orcs turned in Justyn's direction. When the three orcs began charging him, Justyn quickly realized he was in over his head, and he turned and ran without a second thought. He rushed through the forest, head towards what he thought was Kelethin. He soon realized he was lost, but with the grunting and jeering of