In a world controlled by the gods it is unveiled there is a key to bringing down their power… but yet where could such a power lay at rest?
The lands wide and vast had always held the powers of the ancients - the powers of the gods. Although the knowledge of the ancients had long vanished centuries ago, the powers of the gods still rained over the lands. The gods were to be praised and also feared for the powers they invoked over the lands, but while there was great blessing there was also great chaos.
Throughout the countless generations war had sprung out from the conflicts of the gods, involving the very people who worshiped them. The goddess of fire always at war with the goddess of water, same as many of the gods that ruled over the lands, casting down their powers onto the mortals. With the recent ending of a conflict between many of these gods there was a time of peace, rebuilding, and preparation; for when the next war or blessing would come no one would know…
Ardia's hometown was always one to harbor peace, endless forest rushing up against the ocean face. While it had managed to avoid most conflicts it also became a neutral place to where conflicts would begin. The reasons for this where rather simple, three temples stood strong within the town, and with them showed that even the gods could come to some agreements. The temple of the god of wind stood tall at a sand garden on the east side of town. While the temple to the goddess of water rested at the ocean shore, dipping down into the water’s deep pools. The third temple unlike it’s two siblings rested outside of the town and was not so open to the public… The temple of the God of earth was well protected by it’s monks and the thick forest around it was forbidden to most, but while it was off limits, it also made the best hunting and gathering grounds…
The monks had chased Ardia out from these woods many times, however rarely would the monks find her. Today would be like any other, hunting game to feed the village. These woods rich with life and herbs due to the essence of the god of earth, it was a pity the monks chased away visitors and hunters. Years of traveling in these forbidden woods and there never seemed to be a reason to why the woods would even be forbidden, sure the temple was one thing, but the work of nature?...
She traveled closer to the temple than usual, tracking down a pair of deer with her wooden bow. Something was odd though as she moved father into the woods. The trees quiet, not so much as a chirp of a bird, making her feel alone in the woods ... no doubt the monks would be about, but their presence never disturbed the woods like this. As she traveled farther, the reason for the lack of noise would have a tumbling effect.
It started a first as a loud rumbling, but when the earth started to move and shake it was clear why the forest was so quiet… It was an earthquake! The only safe place would be to ether get to the temple of leave the woods. As the ground started cracking and trees starting to twist and creek danger of being swallowed by the earth or crushed by a tree was high; Although as if a higher power had something in mind, her attempts to run away would not do any good. Trees fell down in her path - preventing any sort of accurate flight, and rocks and dirt shot up, forcing her to move and find new directions, and rather of getting out of the woods she only went deeper into them, where only the chaos continued to grow.
Finally when the ground came to a stop, she found herself in a area of the forest that she rarely visited. It was a heavily rocky area and hardly anything grew. It seemed so puzzling; was this the act of the god of earth?... The answer would be unclear but the secrets of these woods would finally be reveled.
The ground without so much as a warning crumbled under her feet dropping Ardia down into darkness, landing just a few feet down. It didn’t take long to realize that the floor was cold and smooth. Hitting it made a metal sound, but more so trigged many dim lights to burst a live, illuminating long metal hallway… she was all to familiar with structures like this - ruins left by the ancients, people who once stood along side the gods in the times only told in long forgotten tales. The place was alien, and the sounds of what only could be explained as whispers echoed down the long hall… as if she was being lead. Finding the end of the hall would reveal something that looked more closer to the current world… A wooden sign planked over a shaded door made of glass, or perhaps crystal… It read Simply “DO NOT AWAKEN THE ARTIFACT.” The sign as well as the door was old and broke, in fact many broken holes in the crystal door revealed there was light beyond it.
She touched the door, trying to get a better look, only to see the entire door break apart in front of her and reveal the hidden room. The room beyond the door was small circular room covered with panels of crystal, as well as desks and pads made of crystal, in fact most of the room seemed to be made of a strange mixture of crystal and metal.. everything was broken and cracked and covered with countless ages of dust. But what rested within the center of the room was more important then half the odds an ends within the room.
There was a bright light emitting from a dust covered cylinder glass within the center of the room. Like much of everything else it too was covered in cracks and looked horribly aged. Ardia tried to wipe away the dust revealing a fate much like the door, only with an air locked kick causing the cylinder to explode knocking her off her feet. Scrambling back up, she saw a light glowing from a large crystal at the base of the cylinder, almost blinding to look at until it started to die down into a dimmer light. Within the dim lighting ... it was.. a girl?... Her body free floating as if gravity played no part in tying it down to the earth. She was sound asleep, her eyes closed as her lashes crossed. Her bare skin and hair showed no signs of age, and despite being within this incredibly ancient place she looked young, although easily of marring age.
Was this the artifact the sign on the door warned about? Aside from unnaturally long locks of flowing hair and the fact she was floating she appeared perfectly human. With only her locks of hair to cover her body it seemed that much true anyways. The ways of the ancients where always mysterious. No doubt this too was what the monks where trying to keep safe and they'd soon be in the area…
Ardia gently brushed off her outfit, a mixture of hardened leather and smooth metal plates that she had fashioned from the ancient crystals she had found before, and making it obvious this was some sort of ancient ruin. Maybe this girl was an ancient? The thought caused her pause, raising a subtle eyebrow as she examined her. She only looked a few years younger than herself and certainly seemed 'healthy' enough (trying not to concentrate on the fact she was naked too much) - though there was no telling how old she truly was, if she was an ancient. Sighing lightly to herself, she glanced back and then slowly to the ground. The monks would probably be coming soon and it was probably best to avoid confrontation with them for the moment until she understood what was happening. For once, she felt like she wasn't the expert on ancient constructs. After all, who knows how long the monks had been keeping this girl hidden away from the world.
She looked up to a small fissure in the roof of the room, letting in small amount of light, but it was more than big enough to slip through. She put her bow around her neck so it rested on her shoulders and looked up at the girl that was floating in place. Ardia's feet gently lifted off the ground herself, the gift of flight she stole from the ancients, and hovered over to the girl and smiled gently. Scooping the girl up in her arms, she then took flight directly up and through the crack in the ceiling - created either by the earthquake or age - and rose just above the forest floor as to not be spotted. She didn't want to draw any attention to herself, so she flew only a few feet above ground and towards the cabin she had built above the village at a greater speed than even she could run. She kept her attention mostly on the forest surrounding her, but spared a few glances to the girl in her arms curiously.