WARNING: The following story may contain mature content. This includes, but is not limited to: violence, sexual themes, and vulgar language... I will not be censoring my writing, so if you do not like it then perhaps try not reading it?
0.0 - Beginnings
"Kairi was by no means a 'normal' three year old. She was, and still is, a genius. A child prodigy. Daughter of Rainehe, son of the Ancient Dragon Goeran. Daughter of Miynyan, daughter of the Aural Templar Anayan. Her parents were well versed in many schools of magic and were very powerful."
"Her mother knew subjects varying from the arcane to the mundane as a result of being royalty. Runic studies and many arcane and obscure magics were in her vast vault of knowledge and experience."
"Her father knew vast amounts of lore and specialized in magic theory, magical technology, and so-called 'imagineering'. Obviously, he dabbled in many magical experiments when not fiddling about with various technomagical things or randomly turning furniture into candy."
"Kairi was the product of special Rinkai, Felinoid, and Dragon magics that were older than time itself. Her mother and father were both magical crossbreeds, things with 'double purebreed' status. Ancient rites ensured that Rainehe was one-hundred percent Dragon and one-hundred percent Rinkai. These same rites also ensured his mate, Miynyan, was one-hundred percent Felinoid and one-hundred percent Rinkai. They were warned that this magic was carried in their blood and that any offspring would be one-hundred percent of all three... A triple purebreed. They were warned, yet still wanted a child."
"And so, Kairi was concieved and born into the world..." Vyaan coughs a bit as he concludes his explanation of Kairi and her lineage to the twin Felinoid familiars Ayani and Ayano. "She is sealed... until she comes of age. I am tired and have many duties to attend to at home, however... So I must leave you girls to care for her... But," Vyaan's voice drops to a threatening growl, "Her memory has been wiped of what she's done. Do not recount any of it. It is best if she learns of it when she can understand."
Ayano nods happily, tail slowly moving behind her. "Don't worry, Gramps! Me and Ayani can handle the li'l munchkin, no problem!" Ayani smiles, nodding in assent. "Yes, Grandfather. Ayano is right. We can handle this with little trouble. Little sister will be more than safe with us."
Vyaan smiles toothily at the two familiar girls. "Good. Then I will return to Goeran. Kairi wounded him deeply. To think that my son, a healthy and strong dragon of five tonnes or so, was injured and bested by a three year old who couldn't even control her magic!" He starts to chuckle but promptly descends into a fit of hacking coughs. Recovering, he rummages in a pile of odds and ends until he produces two small, glowing crystals from within a pouch. "These..." Vyaan hesitantly murmurs. "These are... They are..."
"They are mother and father." Ayani whispers. "Correct Ayani," Vyaan rumbles on, " Miynyan and Rainehe... Their souls are sealed in these runed crystals. They were once clear, bun now they glow with the light of the spirits. You are Kairi's familiars. You are her remaining family. As such, I will entrust these to you two, to give to Kairi when you feel she is ready." Tears cloud Ayano's eyes as Vyaan speaks, Ayani staring with her mouth slightly ajar.
"I trust in you two to teach my great granddaughter well. What she has done is due to her inability to control her power. Show her how, so that this tragedy is not in vain." Vyaan offers a crystal, glowing a gentle blue in his clawed hand, to Ayano. "Ayano," he rumbles softly, "I think Rainehe would want to be entrusted to you." Ayano extends a shaking hand to take the crystal. As soon as it touches her hand, it pulses slightly and glows a bright green. Vyaan smiles as softly as a centuries-old Dragon can smile. "Well... It seems that Rainehe has indeed chosen you."
Vyaan offers the second crystal to Ayani, who hesitantly reaches to take it. Similarly to how Rainehe's crystal reacted with her sister, Miynyan's crystal pulses slightly and glows bright green. "They are pleased with my decisions, it seems..." Vyaan muses. "They are both still very much alive in there, girls, and they can listen and communicate through the crystals. For someone who cannot control her power, Kairi seems to have done exemplary work with this soul containment."
Shaking, Ayani stares at the crystal softly glowing in her hand. "Are..." she starts hesitantly. "Are they in any pain or anything?" Vyaan slowly shakes his head. "No, child. They are not in pain. It will take them a while to acclimate to their new forms, however, so do not expect to be able to use their full power whenever you li-" Vyaan is cut off by a thunderous, piercing roar and a shuddering boom that reverberates throughout the castle.
"Gramps!" Ayano screams, "It's a Skragg!" Ayani nods in agreement. "You are tired and weak, grandfather. We will take care of the Skragg demon while you escape. It has probably sensed you, Kairi, and the absence of Mother and Father. It wants the castle for a nest and has decided that we are weak at the moment..." Ayano grimaces at her sister and mumbles, "Unfortunately it's right. Now go, Gramps!"
Vyaan nods and thumps off toward the balcony while Ayani and Ayano dash toward the lobby of the castle. The Skragg demon violently bashes and claws the reinforced gates of the castle as Ayano sets up a barrier on the gates. "This should buy us some time, sis, but I can't hold it off forever," she shouts. "We must fight!" Ayani nods gravely and reaches for the sword sheathed at her hip. Suddenly, Miynyan's crystal pulsates strongly and glows a piercing blue in Ayani's hand. A soft voice hums melodically from the crystal's smooth surface. "Chrono-Rune Blade," it whispers. Rising from Ayani's hand, the crystal pulses again before coming to a halt midair in front of her. Silvery tendrils snake out of the crystal, forming a blade around itself. A dull click echoes in the cavernous lobby as an eye on the hilt of the blade opens, revealing Miynyan's crystal.
After recovering from shock, Ayani grins and grabs the hilt of the weapon. The blade promptly flares up with a soft violet aura. "Let our guest in," Ayani says murderously. "Miynyan and I will teach him what happens to those that would intrude on our territory!" As Ayano releases the barrier the castle gates explode into the lobby, flinging splinters of wood and shards of metal all over. The Skragg demon lumbers inside to see two small creatures. One flares with magic and the other has a pointy, shiny, glowing thing. Skragg demons, mind, are not too fond of magic so it lunges for Ayano. Ayano quickly focuses her energies and the Skragg's claw strokes end up bashing against a shimmering barrier of magic. Each swipe of the Skragg's massive claws causes the barrier to spark and ripple as Ayano's energies meet the Skragg stroke for stroke.
A bright violet flash pierces the air as one of the Skragg's armored tentacles blocks a flying overhead chop from Ayani. The beast screams in defiance, madly flailing about in a blind rage. Blocking flailing tentacles with the flat of her blade, Ayani struggles to keep steady in the air. Ayano also shows strain, trying to keep the barrier standing against the Skragg's onslaught while sweat beads on her forehead. Using what little free concentration she can muster, Ayani quickly scans around for Vyaan, to ensure he has escaped. Noting his presence some great distance away, somewhere toward Nyuunthep, Ayani gives a sigh of relief. In that small moment, her attention was elsewhere and her concentration faltered. A thick, armored tentacle fills her vision as her eyes widen in realization.