Sacrifice Chapter 1 Manuscript: War
Setting: Valentine Palace, Mu Empire, Year 1998 A.T.M(Ascension Throne Mu) Month & Date: 12/29
Narrator [Female Voice]: It was December twenty-ninth in the year 1984 of the Mu imperial calendar. During this time, there was an internal struggle within the Mu Empire amongst its citizens. This internal struggle would be known as the Mu Civil War. In this battle, a Coup d'état had taken place against the royal family of the empire by the Carnivora. This act had lead to an uprising across the empire involving the many entities who inhabited the continent. The people of the Mu Empire were not all ordinary humans, some possessed supernatural abilities or were supernatural themselves, which caused mass destruction on the land by means of these extraordinary abilities. This includes the royal family, and the child that would be born to this family. This child, who will commit a number of deeds both benevolent and malevolent; this child will be recognized throughout their life, as a prince, as a god, and a sacrifice.
[SFX]: Swords Clashing, Explosions, Shouting
Venus Valentine: Keep pushing them back! Don’t let them near my palace walls! *Turns and looks quickly at Shikou* Shikou! Gather your men and follow me to the palace! I have business to take care of there. We need to end this now, let these rebels know why I am the Empress!
Shikou Valentine: Yes, mother. How do you plan to put an end to this war that has been raging for so long?
Venus Valentine: *Venus’ eyes widen for a quick second. Looking at the ground, mournfully* By using something that has been in the process of creation for a long time. Resorting to such measures…I feel absolutely terrible, as if all the shame, all the morals I had vanished…but, executive decisions must be made at times of crises.
*Venus looks at the battlefield before her. Blades are colliding with one another, fists make contact with their targets, and Naacal and Carnivora cover the sky with explosions and the ill sound of screams and battle cries. Humans are running for their lives, while others fight for their lives. There is blood drenched in the soil; corpses of the fallen from all parties involved.*
Shikou Valentine: I see. I would certainly call this a crisis. If that is what needs to be done, then so be it. The empire must not fall to such lowly creatures. Men! Gather yourselves and cautiously fall back to the palace! You are to accompany the Empress and myself!
Soldiers: Yes, your highness!
*Venus looks back at the palace behind her.*
Setting: Inside the Palace walls.
* Sunny and Jace are cuddled together with their parents, Shizuka and Hikari respectively. The two boys look up with fear across their faces.*
Hikari Seiran: Everything will be alright boys. Just wait and see.
Shizuka Seiran: Daddy’s right. Just trust us. *Shizuka hugs Sunny tighter *
*The doors to the room slam open wide. Venus and Shikou enter the room breathing heavily. Venus looks at the two children and immediately feels grief stricken*
Venus Valentine: Hikari, Shizuka...I greatly apologize for what I’m about to ask you. However-
Hikari Seiran: No…We understand. The two of us agreed to this...
Shizuka Seiran: We knew from the start what we were getting ourselves involved with, and not just the two of us, our whole family. Are Mai and Itazura safe?
Shikou: The two of them are in safe hands. They are currently with Marcus and Jack along with some of our soldiers in a deeper part of the palace.
Shizuka Seiran: I see. * Shizuka flashes a smile* Thank you. *Shizuka stands with Sunny in her arms and kisses his forehead gently. Tears form in her eyes*
This may be the last time I see you my little ones. * Hikari stands next to Shizuka, cradling Jace.
Shizuka kisses Jace on his forehead. Hikari delivers a kiss to both his children and rubs the top of their heads.*
Hikari Seiran: * Hikari looks at his sons* Be brave, and keep each other close. Stay strong, and trust in yourselves and your abilities. No matter what or who you grow up to be, protect each other and know you have your mommy and daddy watching over you.* He turns and looks at Shizuka* Are you ready? Anything you want to add Shizuka?
Shizuka Seiran: No, I’m not, but I suppose I have to be.
*Shizuka begins to sing a song, a melodic yet fierce tune.*
~The evening paper in the wind
Glides as if Dragon’s wings
The evening stars in the sky
Shine as if Dragon’s eyes
Times of gallantry constantly seen
Sacrifices of sincerity
The furious light attacks
Thousands of lives pass
Now a wish will be fulfilled
Thousands of times and lives pass
The dragons of heaven will descend
The Conquerors spirit
The light of the Golden Dragon shall guide you~
Listen you two…I want you to remember that song, Light of the Draconem. No matter what happens, it will tie you to your family and guide you through some dark times. Importantly, it’ll help you remember who you are and never forget.
*Hikari and Shizuka give Sunny and Jace to Venus and Shikou.*
Venus Valentine: What you two are doing is a very strong act. These two will surely aid in ending this war. They may be four years and three years old, but with their powers added on to our military might and you two on the battlefield, we all can get past this nightmare… I hate the idea of sending children into war, however…*Venus makes a fist, and trembles*
*Jace and Sunny begin to cry reaching out for their parents. Shikou closes his eyes and bows his head. Hikari takes a gulp and clears his throat*
Hikari Seiran: Shall we begin then? *His eyes glow a fluorescent ruby*
Shizuka Seiran: Yes. * Her eyes glow a dazzling sapphire*
*Shizuka bites her thumb and blood begins to flow. She kisses her children on the forehead once more. Shizuka wipes the blood across the lips of both boys. The boys lick the blood and they stop crying. Sunny’s eyes glow the same color as Shizuka’s a brilliant sapphire, and Jace’s eyes glow the same color as Hikari’s, a crison ruby. *
Shizuka Seiran: We’re ready, *Shizuka looks at her two boys* so are they.
Venus Valentine: *Venus nods her head* Then let’s move out!
*Venus and co. immediately head out of the palace. Moving at high speeds, they find themselves out of the palace walls and on the battlefield once more. The scenery has become grimmer. Miasma drifts in the air with the strong scent of blood. The soil can barely be seen due to the sea of blood and corpses of the fallen from all parties involved. The resounding sounds of swords and voices can be heard from all directions.*
Shizuka Seiran: To believe this once was our empire.
Hikari Seiran: Yes. I do have to say, the alluring aroma of blood in the air is pleasing; however, such a huge quantity of it is quite the turn off.
Venus Valentine: Hikari ,this is no time for your shitty side comments! We need to stop this! Shikou put Jace down.
*Shikou does as he is told, putting Jace down on the ground. Venus then places Sunny on the war zone floor.
*Venus closes her eyes, takes a deep breath and then opens her eyes. They are a brilliant purple and she is engulfed in lavender light. Flames pierce through this light from the inside. The light disperses and Venus has transformed into a Quetzalcoatl. Venus takes off into the sky and engages the enemy*
Shikou Valentine: *Shikou looks at Hikari and Shizuka* It must be difficult for you two to go along with this, but this will benefit them in the end. We need all the military strength we have available. Leave them to fend for themselves, and their abilities will take care of the rest.
Shizuka Seiran: Tch! *clicking her teeth*
Hikari Seiran: Shizuka…
*Shikou’s eyes become a blood red, and he leaps into the sky. Surrounded in a red ball of light, he bounces in the sky and the light shatters. Shikou, now a giant dog with silver and onyx color fur and a long tail, flies straight at the enemy forces with a vengeance.*
Shizuka Seiran: Hikari…when this over…We’ll take the children somewhere out of the homeland.
Hikari Seiran: A family respite sounds delightful. Yes, let’s do that. *Hikari smiles at Shizuka and moves in closer to her face. He delivers Shizuka a gentle kiss on the lips.*
Shizuka Seiran: Hikari, I hate doing this to them.
Hikari Seiran: Do you regret the decision we’ve made? *Hikari looks towards the war zone* I never thought the empire would be put into a corner such as this.
Shizuka Seiran: I do. At the time, it seemed like a beneficial idea, an idea that would be an absolute last resort should the empire be on its knees but…there’s nothing to be done about it now. We are here facing the current situation.
Hikari Seiran: You’re right, Shizuka. *Hikari sighs* Let’s get moving. The sooner this ends, the sooner we can go on that vacation, all of us.
*Shizuka and Hikari walk towards the battle field leaving their children behind.*
Shizuka Seiran: Don’t look back.
*Jace and Sunny stare as they watch their parents suddenly disappear into the abyss of bodies and howls. It was then a Carnivoran had made a charge at the two young boys, who were huddled together.*
Sunny & Jace Seiran Valentine: Ahhhhhh!!!!!!
*Shizuka snaps her head in the direction of her two sons. She makes one step towards their location and stops herself. Shizuka turns back around and is met with a hoard of Carnivora and Draconem.*
Shizuka Seiran:*Menacingly* You bastards.
Draconem [Male]: Lady Shizuka, you’ve finally joined the festivities. We were waiting for you as well as His Majesty, Hikari.
Hikari Seiran: *Hikari suddenly appears right before the gumiho’s face* Do not let my wife’s name leave those vile lips.
*The Draconem Male's eyes widen greatly in fear, and with the end of Hikari’s sentence, Hikari impales the Random Draconem with his hand to the heart. The Draconem lets out a screech and drops to ground, leaving Hikari’s hand painted in blood.*
Hikari Seiran: *He looks at the hoard of Draconem and Carnivora with a severely condescending gaze added on with rage* You all are officially dismissed from my court.
*Hikari uses his powers and, and a gale of energy washes over the opponents; the enemies quickly falling one after another.*
*Venus is currently in combat with numerous enemy forces of Carnivora. The enemies fire continuous blasts of energy at Venus, and she dodges them swiftly and few with a close shave. She then lets loose a blast of flames from her mouth, making direct contact with some of the opponents, but a winged demon sucker punches Venus, and she begins to descend. Venus catches herself and flies at the winged demon. The demon readies itself against Venus; however, she fakes him out and appears behind it. Venus coils around the demon and tightens her body crushing the demon’s bones. She then fires lasers from her eyes at the constricted demon, and quickly loosens her grip. A small blast of smoke appears and Venus flies off.*
*Shikou is in a standoff with two other large demons. The two opposing demons resemble birds. Their feathers are yellow and green in color and they look disheveled.*
Bird Demon #1[female]: Prince Shikou. You hold steadfast to the empire’s current ways, the ways of monarchy and oppression.
Shikou Valentine: The Valentine Dynasty and its ways have been in power for centuries. There have been small uprisings throughout our history; however, this one trumps all others. There have been no major complaints, so why the rebellion? Why use the term “oppression”?
Bird Demon #2[male]: *Mockingly* “The Valentine Dynasty has been in power for centuries”. Enough of the Valentine Dynasty! It’s time for a new era! An era where all are free! Where everyone can do as they please without fear of consequence!
Shikou Valentine: *snickers* Very cliché. Of course that’s how they persuade vermin of your caliber. A new era? Is that what “they” told you? Who will usher in such a thing? Have you been that unsatisfied with our rule? Have we neglected the peoples’ needs or have we abused our power?
*Shikou closes his eyes* If the answer is no, then you have no valid reason for such treasonous acts. *Shikou opens his eyes* You will be punished for your deeds.
Bird Demon #2[male]: That attitude!
*Angered by Shikou’s words, in a blind fury, the bird demons attack Shikou head on. Shikou bobs and weaves and shoots a blast of demonic energy from his mouth. The bird demons avoid the blast and try to land a hit on Shikou from both sides using their talons. Shikou swiftly dodges and quickly retaliates. He crunches on one of the bird demon’s wings and gets a firm grasp of it. The bird demon tries to shake Shikou off; however, Shikou tosses it into the other bird demon. The two collide and quickly after Shikou rapidly fires balls of demonic energy at the two. The bird demons fall to the ground and Shikou fires a stream of demonic energy at the two, finishing them.*
Shikou Valentine: Traitors are nothing but worthless vermin.
* Sunny and Jace scream as they are about to be killed by an unknown Carnivoran. It was then a flash of electricity occurs, killing the carnivoran.*
Shizuka Seiran: It’s time, Hikari.
Hikari Seiran: So it seems.
Carnivoran #1: Where did that flash come from?
Carnivoran #2: It was that brat!
*The Carnivoran points towards Sunny, who has a blank expression on his visage, eyes glowing a dazzling sapphire and sparks of electricity around his body.*
Carnivoran #1: How could a child kill one of us?!
Carnivoran #3: It doesn’t matter! Just kill them!
*The three Carnivora charge at the two young boys. Carnivoran #1 made a lunging assault against Sunny, only to be met with a surge of uncontrolled spatial energy, killing it. Carnivoran #2 went to attack Sunny from behind; however, it was then impaled by a large drill of iron*
Carnivoran #2: How could this be?! Where-
*Carnivoran #2 then fell to the ground,screaming while the drill spun until nothing was left.*
Carnivoran #3: *Menacingly* It was you.
*Carnivoran #3 glares at Jace, who bears a similar expression to Sunny’s. Jace’s eyes a fluorescent ruby, his body surrounded with particles of iron.*
*The two boys hold each other’s hands and glare at look at RC #3.*
Carnivoran #3: Why you bastards!!
*Sunny and Jace attack Carnviroan together with a joint move. Sunny had opened a dimensional gate, demonic energy and spatial energy flooding out of it, while Jace had allowed thousands of Iron Drills to pour out from the very gate Sunny created, the move known as "Deities' Purge", creating a large explosion followed by a flash of light.*
*Venus, Shikou, Shizuka and Hikari look at the sudden flash of light that emerged on the battlefield.*
Venus Valentine: Their power is...amazing... alright then. Everyone! Now is the time! Give it everything you have and end this demonic night! Annihilate the emeny!
*The soldiers roar in response*
Valentine Imperial Soldiers: YES YOUR MAJESTY!!
*The valentine group fiercely combatted the opposing army. Jace and Sunny engaged the enemy as well creating sparks in each battle they participated in, raising the soldier's morale.*
Shikou Valentine: I see. This is how those two would make a difference. By igniting the fighting spirit in the soldiers and displaying their tremendous power. They intimidate the enemy forces not only with their power, but with their age... to wield such strength, so young. To believe this would be the result of the GOD project. *Shikou smirks* However, I won’t lose to children.
Narrator [Female Voice]: With the entry of the two young boys and their parents, the war came to a close. The opposing armies had retreated in defeat, and majority were exiled and executed as a result of their actions. The two young boys were seen as young heroes. Shizuka and Hikari had later sealed Sunny and Jace’s memories of the war, their parents and siblings, and each other. Shizuka and Hikari had then vanished from the empire leaving no trace behind. Soon afterwards, the two young boys were then separated and sent to different locations. One was sent to a different country to be nurtured in a healthy society, while the other was taken in by Empress Venus and raised as a prince of the empire. This event would trigger a multitude of events surrounding the two boys' lives. Neither Jace nor Sunny would expect what would happen later on in their lives, and in years to pass the Mu Empire would return to its original state and the war, barely to be spoken of as it was a dark spot in the empire’s history, but not the only one nor will it be the last.
15 Years later
Setting: Backstage, Valentine Concert Hall, Year A.T.M 2013(Ascension Throne Mu), Month and Date: 06/26
[SFX]: Cheers from the crowd
Sunny Valentine: Danny! Danny! C’mere!
Danny Valentine: Sunny, what is it? You’re about to-
Sunny Valentine: I just wanted to talk to you. It’s about Sky.
Danny Valentine: I get that we’re twins and all, and we should be open with each other, but Sunny, I don’t know how to help you in this situation.
Sunny Valentine: *Whining* Danny please. Please help me? *He flashes Danny the Puppy eyes look* C’mon please?
Danny Valentine: Ok, ok. *He Sighs* You and Sky have known each other forever. Just casually talk to him. I mean, you, Sky, and Diamond are in a singing group, and one of the most popular on the charts at that. You guys have chemistry, *Danny playfully punches Sunny in the arm* So use it.
Sunny Valentine: *He laughs* You’re right.
Announcer [male]: Now ladies and gentlemen, I grant to you the finest jewelry music can offer…the Black Diamonds!
Sky Lunaire: *Rushing to the stage* We’re on Sunny! Let’s move and hit ‘em hard!
Diamond Lunaire: *Rushing behind Sky* He’s right. Let’s give it all we got, but then again, when don’t we?! *Giggles*
Sunny Valentine: Alright, I’ll see ya after the show. Cheer for us and wish me luck! *Rushes to the stage*
Danny Valentine: *Puts his hand around his mouth to imitate a megaphone* Go get ‘em guys! *He smiles widely*
Sunny Valentine: Thank you for coming to our concert everyone! Now then, allow us to show you how bright diamonds can shine!