There was a soothing silence as the bright sun rose from the sky, the sun was beginning set, in doing so the sunlight would illuminate the forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes, and plains, making them bloom and shine their true beauty. However the sunlight would not stop there it would continue till it reached a point where it even illuminated the colossal fortress-like castle of the ruler of Dragopia, Michael Bloodfang.
In the largest tower, Michael in his loyal robes stepped out, walking towards the balcony's end and rested his hand on top of the small wall that served as protection so that nobody could fall.
Michael blinked a few times and slightly rubbed his eyes with his right hand, before letting out a yawn as he heard the callings of the morning sky dragons that already woke up and were flying through the clouds, sightly smiled at that.
"What is to know power all of your life...to only lose respect for that power, in due time..."
He recited the words out loud as he leaned forward and didn't pay too much attention to his surroundings.
"You feel normal in your flesh...but when your people look up at you...what do they think?"
Michael then saw how two dragons, clearly a male and a female met and by the looks of how they were interacting with each other they had a romantic relationship going on.
"What is to have honor and integrity...when you're willing to take and kill...so that what you love may live on forever..."
Michael felt the breeze of the warm morning air breezing and flow-through, passing by his face as his curly hair got taken by it for a moment.
"What is to be a good King...when your way to ensure your prosperity...is through bloodshed and war..."
As he looked around with his vision he could see two brother dragons fighting over something, of course, they weren't hurting each other, it was just playful banter.
"Why do we hate death when it's just a cold tru~.."
His mumblings stopped as his beautiful queen in her slink loyal robes came out and had a sleepy face, her hair messy as she was tiptoeing the cold concrete.
Not expecting her she suddenly wrapped her arms around his neck, from behind and kissed his cheek. "Good Morning, my love..." She said softly to him.
Michael snapped out of his trance and looked at her with a sly look. "Good Morning, my Queen."
She closed her eyes in bliss as she rested her chin on his shoulder. "What were you mumbling about, love?" She asked.
"Uh..." Michael blinked and couldn't make out a few words as she asked him that. "Nothing.." He turned around and wrapped his arms around her waist. "Let's go back to bed.." He suggested as he walked with her.
"You know what would make me a really happy wife?" Katelyn asked all of a sudden.
"If you would change these horrible concrete floors, my feet are freezing.." She said with a slight tease but also meaning it as she kissed his jawline.
Michael chuckled softly. "I'll see what I can do about it.." Michael gave in as they walked into their room and the doors closed.
Later that morning...
"You cannot be serious!" The voice of the Wizard called Ufeus boomed around Michael's throne room at his preposterous idea.
Marvon, the Demonic Entity know as the Abyssal Artificer frowned his eyes slightly at Ufeus' disrespecting tone. "I'd be careful if I were you, Ufeus." He said with a stern tone. "You do not want to disrespect his Highness, do you?" He rhetorically asked.
Michael had his arm wrapped around Katelyn as she sat so comfortably on him while he used his free hand and rosed it up. "At ease, Marvon." He said orders at him. "Let him speak." He said.
"Lord Bloodfang, if I may.." Ufeus said stepping forward as Marvon kept dead eyeing him with a glare. "I do not doubt Dragopia's army or you as its ruler but you need to take into consideration that people will retaliate and when they do and join forces...what will happen next?" He asked.
Michael's other servants were there as well such as Xaio, Janus and Lee, all looking towards Michael for an explanation.
"You make a solid argument, Ufeus," Michael said agreeing. "But I never underestimated that one day they might join forces together. Which is somewhat highly unlikely. Because the Isotix Empire are on their own, the Ippotismos Kingdom and Cloudia are in an alliance yes. But the Dwarf Kingdom will not be joining with the Elf Kingdom into battle because of their history and not to mention their dark counterparts wouldn't even dream of joining forces. The Holy Dynasty are peacekeepers and their army is weak only having paladins to protect them. The republic has no military but the police that guard the streets. The Ice King will not interfere for we will not be trespassing his domain...at least not yet." His tone implied more.
Ufeus looked at him for a moment, analyzing what he was saying, he always was a few steps ahead of everyone, wasn't he?
"Let's say that you are right and even if that is highly unlikely you think you can step on the Ippotismos Kingdom and Cloudia's with an iron boot?" He asked.
Michael chuckled for a moment, his a bit dark but still humanlike. "Ufeus, who says I'll be attacking them head-on?" He asked rhetorically. "That is why I have my trusty servants to take out their leaders in an instant, thus leaving them in disarray."
"But people will still fight, innocent might get caught in the crossfire..." Ufeus took on a sad tone, almost begging him to rethink his idea.
"If that should be the case, they'll still be vulnerable and my army of undead will take care of them." He said. "And as for the innocent..." He paused. "Innocent people die...every time. I cannot save all. I am not a God. It may be too selfish of me but like my mother once told me. Sacrifices at times must be made."
Marvon bowed slightly down to Michael. "Think nothing of it lord. It would be as if you are giving them mercy in the horrors that will happen when you unleash your full strengthened army."
Michael slightly grinned. "I can always count to have you my back, can't I. Marvon?"
Marvon grinned. "Of course, my liege.." He then turned around Ufeus and spoked. "As you can see, our Lord has no intention of backing down. Thus have we already without your consent made Dragopia an official country."
Ufeus' eyes widened. "You did what...?" His voice was trembling.
"It was only necessary..." Michael told him. "And if you have something against it, then speak up so it can be properly dealt with!" His toned increased.
Ufeus shooked his head and bowed down. "No my liege, your will is absolute." He said before turning around and walked away.
Later that night...
Ufeus was packing his stuff, he was done with Michael Bloodfang. His ideas had no rational decision, he wanted world domination though not in a peaceful way, he would rather shed more blood than spare it.
As he walked out of his room he walked towards the treasure room. He thought if he was fast enough he could get it the Dragopian Artifact which Michael held in his most secure room.
Ufeus was no fool he knew how to unlock the chambers and so he did, taking a bit of his time till he saw the dawning Sunlight Blade, as he extended his hand to take it there was a thud that was caused by Michael's stumping foot on the floor.
"What are you doing, Ufeus!" His tone boomed across the room as he turned around and looked at his former Ruler.
"What I should have done a long time ago..." Ufeus said. "You are not the benevolent King I once knew and followed. You let your power cloud your judgment and it will the downfall of you."
"I'm only doing what is necessary!" Michael argued his eyes glowing with hatred.
"Then I will not be a part of it." Ufeus shook his head until he let out a blast of magic energy at Michael which he countered with his energy beams from his eyes, the two kinetic forces collided in a clash as Michael slowly was overpowering Ufeus.
In a desperate attempt he lets the beam go and rolls out of the way, as Michael's beams would hit the Sunlight blade and so it deflected the beams back, hitting Michael, unexpected it caused him to fall on the floor as Ufeus was making a run for it.
Ufeus knew he only had moments to spare as Michael got up and began taking speed, as he ran after Ufeus. He looked back and saw Michael enraged, he then looked forward again and created a portal which teleported him away, thus leaving Michael and his Kingdom for good.
In a fit of rage, Michael lets out a roar of hatred. "AAGRRRRRRRRRHHH!!!" His voice echoed and throughout the castle.
Twenty years have passed...
Ufeus learned that Michael needed to be stopped and so he kept in touch with a few Kingdoms as he was living in the Republic for this while. He asked for the Ippotismos Kingdom and Cloudia to form a clan for this mission.
Thus Will, Amelia, Norag, Leandro, and Alina were formed into a clan called the Sapphire Owls. They visited the Republic and short after talked with him about a plan that might work but they needed to give their all and work as a team. And so the plan was for the Sapphire Owls to go across the lands and collect powered individuals that together may stand a chance...
And thus a group of heroes was made, they have been invited to the Republic and have been told that they could go in whatever inn or place they wanted, they didn't need to pay a thing. But they were on a schedule because when the clock hit Twelve, they would need to meet in the Capital of the Republic called Rohand.
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