Chapter 10: Preparing for War
The seven landed in Meridell. They ran into the forests,
hoping Sloth's army hadn't picked them up on radar. They walked past Illusen's
Glade that stood empty, and seemed completely destroyed. Most likely all the
Faeries of all sorts had been taken prisoner, and only a few strong Neopians
hadn't been caught.
Suddenly, without warning, a hoard of pets dropped
down from the treetops. They surrounded the seven, and pointing weapons of all
sorts at them.
"Who are you?" said a Fire Shoyru, pointing
an Air Faerie Sword at them.
"We're the Guardians of Magic," said Kita.
"A likely story!" said a robot Jetsam, holding
a Monoceraptor Claw towards the group.
"They are!" said Wraith, stepping forward. He
held out his Staff of Dark Nova, ready to fight them off.
Lilly held the new Neopian Times, and dropped
it down in front of the circle of pets.
"If you need proof," she said, angrily. "Then
look at this!"
The Fire Shoyru picked up the newspaper, and
glanced back at the pets.
"So... You ARE them?" he said.
"Fyora sent you?" said an owner, leaning against
"Yeah," replied Lacey. "She says we should all
amass an army and meet Sloth in the Real World. I'm not sure how that would
help if Fyora's own troops failed, but..."
The entire Meridell forest lit up with Gateways.
Pets taking their best weapons, and owners with them, walked through the Gateway.
Lacey and her pets followed, and all of them appeared in the Real World.
Owners rode on their pets, or ran beside them.
They were quickly approaching Sloth and his armies. The Guardian pets and the
rest had talked about what exactly needed to happen - the armies would clash,
and the five Guardians would have to come into power, close the tear in the
sky, and defeat Sloth. Of course, it was easier said than done.
"This just in!" said a news reporter. Sloth
hadn't really begun to rule the Real World. He didn't really care about it -
he had his eyes fixed on Neopia. He figured it was on it's way to destruction
anyway. Therefore, news stations and TV still ran.
"What looks like a huge army of creatures has
been spotted making it's way towards the conquering monster. Traveling with
them are humans, and it is currently unknown if they are on the monster's side
"There!" shouted an owner, pointing towards
Sloth's base. It was a dark, dreary fortress set in the rubble of former buildings.
The pets that were flying landed, and owners dismounted them. The first line
of pets charged at the building, and was quickly met by Sloth's mutated guards.
"Okay," said Kita, whispering to a Krawk she
knew. "If you can take the left side in when we give you the signal, my siblings
and I will infiltrate Sloth's fortress, and take him down."
The Krawk nodded, and took his Demonic Bow with
him as he lead the left side of the army towards the base.
"Ready guys?" said Arrowtak, taking a deep breath.
"As ready as we'll ever be," replied Airiea.
To be continued...