It’s been fifty years now since they emerged, those damn Sky Devils and their mechanical beasts. My, where has the time gone? It was only just yesterday every city first spoke of this one-of-a-kind magical city in the sky. Oh sure, we all thought what a wondrous sight this was indeed, marveling at its magnificence; so it was what we were originally thought to perceive. If one meant magnificently sinister, one would be much closer to realizing who these Sky Devils really are. My experience foretells they will never change even the slightest. Not like they made a single attempt since that bare-bones treaty we basically forced down their throats nine years ago.
We, the common Land Dweller seek nothing less than to live our days uninterrupted by the corruption that runs rampant amongst these unwanted foreigners. What gives them the right to just come waltzing right in and take us for granted if they can’t take care of their own affairs. We will not back down; never in a million years. But then again, maybe it was that same stubbornness that led to the catastrophic downfall of Indieglut Lugh. What a fine city that was until those wretched beings interfered with the land, disrupting its already fragile balance. Oh, let’s initiate our experiments on the poor little Land Dwellers; they would never rebel against such a hostile engagement.
Yeah right, they’d better think again if that is what they believed. It was at this particular encounter twenty years ago did we find out what we were really dealing with. The rumors of some sort of black magic ran rampant along the streets of every commoner. Speculation only brought along further fears of what this sorcery these Sky Devils could actually bring about. Wasn’t like it took a stretch of the imagination to form a vivid picture of just how formidable our opponent was. You know that mechanical beast I mentioned earlier? Well, this was the first of these encounters.
Unlike the flying beasts nowadays that soar through the sky, this type was only what they deemed as a simple “prototype”, unable to take flight. You know what I say to that. Prototype my ass. Let’s just go right on ahead and demolish a dozen buildings or two, regardless. That only fueled their aggression even further, sending them into a spiraling descent of destruction. Not like we knew what the hell was going on, and we certainly didn’t have the capabilities to match up against an overwhelming onslaught. People cried out in anguish, showering the streets with their prayers, desiring that their respective deity rescue them from imminent peril.
With unwavering persistence, their pleas had been answered without a doubt. Arising from the inferno below, there emerged a diabolical ram, engulfed in flames. It mattered not of its appearance; every bit as intimidating as the mechanical beast itself. An epic duel had been staged, an eternal flame encountering a consuming darkness. For what seemed to have been an eternity, the aggressor arose, the hellish ram emerging victorious to reclaim its devastated city. Not without ruin, for an overbearing twilight spanning an entire skyline could only further enhance the remnants of such shambolic behavior.
Not even the deity itself could approve of such an inhospitable locale. Rather than face the hatred of the common people towards the Sky Devils and the mechanical beast as well as the fear of their very own deity, Aries as his name was foretold, condemned his very land to ruin. But where were the people’s good blessings in this horrific moment? Had their own deity abandoned them to fend for themselves? Hindsight could only prove this untrue. A place of remembrance, and a long lasting memorial was what Aries had intended all along. Respectful of his people, there were signs for those that dared to look in order to prevail and move ahead.
And with the passage of time, this great city no longer could be called anything else but a dead world - the Dead World of Indieglut Lugh. Such a tragedy had befallen the land of Decimus, leading to a great time of need and comradely. An overlooked society always on the move, albeit through land or sea; these formidable Sea Serpents of the world share significant vitality and wisdom. Expressing a similar interest, bonds have formed and relations strengthened. Even still, there are many who choose not to associate themselves with those who feed off the land carelessly, and without repayment. Not that they really cared about what they thought anyway, these Sea serpents.
To cross the majestic sea with magnificence comes easily. Unlike the Land Dwellers, they have an expanding gateway to a limitless horizon; nothing compares to the enchanting voyage of these alluring crafts. Kind of makes you envious, in a way, getting to ride the waves into the unknown in carefree exploration. Even so, nothing can always be picture perfect, let alone peaceful for that matter, for very long. Maybe that same attraction led the fates astray, slithering right down the deepening abyss once more. Would fate really be so cruel as to repeat history twice?
Whether or not something crawled up the wrong end, those Sky Devils were at it yet again. Not even ten years since the last act of violence did they reemerge from isolation. As with the first, experimentation led them to another destination. Whether the Sea Serpents knew of an oncoming approach from the mechanical beasts that sailed along the surface, their advancement would not be deterred. Unlike the unfortunate Land Dwellers that resided in Indieglut Lugh, these clever Sea Serpents were aware of troubled waters ahead. There was no way in hell they were going to be taken advantage of.
The strength in numbers was all that was necessary to turn the tide against the Sky Devils. Completely inexperienced by sea, minimal damage had been demonstrated along the Island of Neminte, by the Sky Devils. To attack head on and from the surface was an eventual futile attempt at achieving victory. The rally cries could be heard amongst all of the Sea Serpents, witnessing another sinister mechanical beast fall beneath the waters of the ocean to rest. Coming to their senses, the Sky Devils turned tail and ran. This would indeed prove beneficial to the Sea serpents, obtaining a sophisticated piece of technology in which to study upon. A reluctant treaty was to follow within the passing year.