True Chaos finds the
world unprotected ...
The night was dark and sweet when they finally became aware that
they were being watched. They... the eggs that had been waiting so
long. Feeling the life around them, but knowing they weren't ready
But now impatience started to flare from one egg to the
next, silent messages that stirred all of the little true chaotics. Whispers sounded through the cave as they felt their mother waking
up. The bond with her was strong, but something was wrong. There was
a barrier between them, a substance that they had infected with
their evilness, but hadn't been able to break by will alone.
In his egg Tollitszo felt his anger rise. It was unfair that he'd be
imprisoned like this. he was a free spirit, a true hedonist. He
wanted to enjoy life and he wasn't in the mood to be thwarted by
this silly barrier. With all his might he tried to push it away from
him, to break it. But it was no use.
In the egg next to him his brother Kurmsz was also fighting to get
to their mother, her voice so soothingly close, yet unreachable. He
screamed in frustration when his attempts all were in vain. Alone he
would not break this barrier.
But both soon found each other. Their young minds, broadcasting on a
frequency they had used since they had first developed
consciousness. There were so little of them now who responded, the
others already broken away from this first bond to engage in a new
more lasting one.
When Tollitszo felt this truth he became mad all over again. His
self-pity burned away within in seconds while the clensing flames of
his anger reached within him and found what he needed. A spark of
energy powerful enough to crack his shell.
"Help!" he heard his
brother cry within his egg, the last who responded, and he was
Tollitszo refused to let his brother die, but through the bond he
Kurmsz felt his life slip away. He had been the most vulnerable in
the clutch, evil and deadly maybe, but prone to thinking and
self-criticism. He could not bring up the fight anymore. He was
ready to give up, found peace in it.
"Come back!" he
suddenly heard, "You are not
"But I am..." Kurmsz said smiling lightly.
"Damn you brother."
With a mighty sweep from his tail, cramped tightly in the egg,
Tollitszo smashed his egg on his brother's shell. breaking both
their barriers. When the egg broke Tollitszo felt a sense of victory
he couldn't have imagined. Sure he was hungry, dead-tired and not
sure what to do now... but he had made it out!
"Mother..." he heard
his brother say to him on the first link.
Tollitszo now saw her too. She couldn't understand them, but he felt
that he could, if he just tried harder. But it was Kurmsz who first
made the second link. He knew it was the right thing to do. His body
still felt slow and heavy, but his mind felt like it was on the
verge of mystical truth. The second link he made to her and to his
brother was powerful. Within seconds he could hear not only them,
but also faint echoes of his other brothers and sisters. They
couldn't hear him though, worlds separated them. Only then his
purpose hit him. Hesitant he looked up at his mother and wanted to
"Yes. You are the one." she said and then closed of her
end of the link. Not permanently he felt, but because they needed to
do something else.
"... bond to each other..." Tollitszo said looking at the two remaining candidates, Weljan and Muhas,
with a look of doubt. Kurmsz needed a minute to gather his thoughts but he
soon too saw what was the problem. The two winged humans hadn't shown any sign of
evilness. Tollitszo didn't really find them interesting.
"I'm hungry..." Kurmsz said, "I could go for human."
The two looked at their mother who crooned that they were free to do as
they pleased. However, before they could devour the two humans, Donriven
intervened. He lead the two boys out onto the beach.
Tollitszo yelled at the Laedrys' back.
"What do we do now?"
Kurmsz asked, "I'm still hungry."
Suddenly their mother opened her wings in a gesture of welcoming.
Her two remaining sons took the invitation and jumped up to her,
partly merging with her.
"Now we go..." she
Tollitszo and Kurmsz, at the moment only able to watch and feel what
their mother was doing felt no need to know more. They were safe.
When she had reached the end of the trip, Ersatz opened back the
Elsewhere into a small planet, void of intelligent life, but full of
insects and plants.
"I have to go back..."
she said sad, "But one day I will come
back. I will always be ready for you. Like they should have been
ready for me." she said.
The two hatchlings felt a deep longing behind those words. A longing
they had not felt and thus were unable to fill. But both of them
knew that they would eventually be the first stepping stones of her
rise to triumph over her feelings...
Kurmsz looked around and saw only
desert. Dust and rock without colour. The world was grey and that
colour suited it. Kurmsz liked the planet the way it was, but he was
also growing restless. For the first time in years he felt hunger
Kurmsz voice, grown high and screeching, rasping like the call of a
magpie rose in frustration as he looked for food. A few miles down the
road, the low bomming call of his brother and bond, Tollitszo came in
reply. He would come.
"What is it my
"Do you feel it
Tollitszo answered in a long hissing sigh, "The
"We will have to
leave soon, or we will not survive the journey."
"We promised mother."
"What if mother
"She has too!" Tollitszo
shouted, twirling around Kurmsz until he was but a darker smear in the
midnight fog that was his brother. Tollitszo had grown bigger than his
brother, but then, he had always been the stronger half of the pair,
"I know she
will." He said at
last, dieing down to his regular form. His long serpentine, whispy
body, flying a few feet aove the ground, ready to fly as fast as ever,
even if food was gone.
"Time is running
out for me again."
Kurmsz said, "I
don't know how much longer I can take it."
tired, Kurmsz let himself drift to the ground to rest. "I
Worriedly Tollitszo looked down on the only one who could understand
him. Well maybe not the only one. The bond he shared with his mother
was just as strong, only dulled by distance.
Tollitszo knew that they would die if they stayed here. His devotion
to his mother was such that he would gladly pay the price, but he had
also the concern for his brother. A bond connected them all, all who
shared Ersatz true blood and Tollitszo knew that he might be the only
one his mother could call on for her plans. He and no-one else, not
even his bond, for Kurmsz was weak and needed to be protected.
Kurmsz felt the thoughts of his brother and dispised himself for it.
He knew he was weak and it hurt him. He was as vicious as his brother
and liked it just as much, but his energy dropped staggeringly
compared to the others of their kind. This time, no peace found him
when he was close to dieing. For that he was and he knew it. But
starving, he also knew he needn't squander his energy by looking for
food that was not there. Better it was to go into the hibernation his
kind usually only reserved for the Elsewhere... and wait. Wait for his
mother's voice to talk to him once again as in that first night. That
wonderful night of belonging...
Tolitszo felt the breath of his bond slowing and knew that Kurmsz had
entered the last stage of survival. A normal True Chaotic could spend
years like this, feeding on his reserves. But Kurmsz didn't have
With nothing left to suck the life out of, Tollitszo turned his anger
to the barren land around him, nearly ripping the planet in
"Mother!" he screamed louder and louder, directing his
thoughts to the vague presence he could still feel within him. But the
voice inside him was weak. She did not hear him, or if she did, she
Frustrated Tollitszo shaked his head. Desperation was trying to get
it's claws in him and he had set the door wide open. That wasn't
right. He would go crazy here, crazy once his brother died and he was
In his dream of hibernation Kurmsz floated happily on nothingness,
light as a feather, or even more, light as a speck of dust in the
Elsewhere, the place where even mortals could fly like dragons.
Vaguely he heard his brother call for his mother and wondered... If he
needed her, why didn't he just ask her to come? He knew where she was
after all...Where she had always been.
In his silence after his burst of rage, Tollitszo grasped the vague
thought of his brother. Could it be that easily? Had he had the tool
of contacting his mother with him all along? If Fate existed, she had
certainly favoured the true chaotics.
Reaching deeper into his brother's mind, digging and poking until he
was at it's most inner circle, he found it. The ear his brother had
held open all this time, a connection that was feeble and wavering,
but unmistakingly there.
Tollitszo called, "Wake
"I must save
"No! You must lead me to mother, tell me where I can reach
"We're too far off, all I can do is listen."
"All I can do is yell..." Tollitszo
said sadly, "It's
our last chance."
Red images of blood and fire, darkness and death filled Tollitszo's
head, things he wished to do still. Suffering he'd like to bring to
worlds he was still to see. Kurmsz echoed his visions, adding small
twists of his own, apparently philosophising paid off in the torture
Slowly some energy passed from Tollitszo to Kurmsz, not too many
because Tollitszo knew that if this failed he'd have a long
hibernation waiting, and though he loved his brother, he loved himself
more. It was not selfishness, it was survival of the fittest ad the
True Chaotics had learned the lessons of the theory at an early age.
Kurmsz reached out for his mother, getting halfway, but not further.
Tollitszo jumped on the mental pathway and stretched further than he'd
ever stretched his mind before. It caused him pain, but it was worth
it. He revelled in the pain! Twisting it, enjoying it and then he
heard her, felt her take away the pain.
Then the connection was gone.
Tollitszo asked, but his brother didn't answer.
Terrified Tollitszo felt around and sensed... the faintest spark, but
it was dwindling. Soon it would fade. The door inside his head opened
to a creak...
And then his mother appeared. In a thunderstorm that rocked sky and
earth she came to them and it was like touching the soil of an
untouched planet. Pure and Heavenly, but with a dark inside that
waited to rear it's ugly head.
"How could I
replied, "I have
great plans for my two sons."
"Kurmsz is dieing."
"I could not come a minute sooner or they would have known. My
bond is taking care of a diversion."
"Has the time come?"
A fiendish smile lit her eyes and her arched mouth opened, her teeth
shining white. She was the fairest vision Tollitszo had ever laid eyes
on. To be her son was enough to make his heart jump and miss a beat.
"Time has come for
stage 2... " Ersatz
crooned, wrapping herself around her two boys. "Time
has come for us to mingle with black hearts like us."
A laugh sounded on the desolate plains when Ersatz teleported her sons
out, she had fed enough and could easily carry the two of them with
her though she felt Tollitszo could make the journey on his own. But
isn't that what a mother does? Spoil her children with her presence?
She had missed that when she was young... and most of her children had
left her. But soon she would have more... After all, her sons were
special, each in his own way. And both were her in some way, sharing
her blood, copies of herself, copies that were hers.
Tollitszo floated in the fog that was his mother and felt happy. He
was with her, and he knew that his purpose was to one day come back to
her, be her. The knowing that that time hadn't come yet pained him
even more than the crossing of the link his brother had formed.
His brother... vaguely he could feel the presence next to him, the
soft flame that now didn't dwindle anymore.
Reassured, Tollitszo curled up himself and enjoyed.
whispered, "We have
asked. His memories of the past hours were vague and incomplete. But
the voice of his mother made everything right.
"A banquet, you
might say." Ersatz
said soothingly, "Feast
my children for it will be long before you will have a chance to feast
again as you can today."
Kurmsz opened his eyes, aware that it would disconnect him from his
mother, but knowing that it was the right thing to do.
The planet before them was larger than the one they had left and
filled with life... plant, insect, animal and even... human. With a
delighted scream, Kurmsz turned to his brother and cried out: "Blood!"
"Once you've had
human blood, there is no going back." Ersatz
said, "You'll never
forget the sweet rythm of it's flow or the wonderful screams..."
she sighed, "But it
is more nutritious and I need you to be focused for the task that is
at hand. So feast!"
Ersatz flew up and watched as her sons dived onto the nearbye forest,
covering it in darkness, leaving only ashes where they passed. Soon
they reached their first settlement of humans. Colonists without
advanced weaponry... but then, advanced weaponry didn't take on
creatures as insubstantial as True Chaotics. Like shadows of death
Kurmsz and Tollitszo moved from house to house, leaving no stone
unturned, killing everything in their path... Screams and howls filled
the air as some humans fled to the next village. But where could they
run really? Where could they hide from shadows?
Laughing above the destruction Ersatz saw all and saw that it was
good. Maybe she too would join in the killing spree. She had her own
ways of killing and boiled flesh tasted just as nice as raw meat...
though the screams before death were much more rewarding.
the end of the day the three True Chaotics met again. The planet
burning below them, not yet death, not even the three of them could
eat this much in one day, and rarely they needed too, but Kurmsz with
his eternal hunger had needed more than his usual feed to recover.
"Thank you for
diner mother." Kurmsz
she answered, "Now we must come down to business."
"Yes... my plans."
she smiled mysteriously, "I
shall not tell them to you yet, but I need you to go to a place called
Star City Dragonry. There they have Xeno dragons."
darkness, my love."
"I do not like where this is going."
Tollistzo said, "We
don't need other dragons."
"Ahh, but we will need these. And if they hear what I can offer
them, they shall not refuse either. Today, a new coming together is
prepared, a bond that will change the universe."
Tollitszo still looked a bit unwilling, but Kurmsz had seen his
mother's plans in her dreams when he had listened to her... He knew.
And that was enough for him to do everything she asked.
"Come brother. We
"Do you know the way?"
"We have kept you
too long already."
"This planet will
still be here when stage 3 shall be initiated."
"But not for long
Tollitszo looked at his brother with a careful look. Then he watched
his mother disappear in a storm of thunder and hail before he turned
to Kurmsz again:
"Do you know her
"I have seen them
and they are magnificent."
"Why haven't you shown them to me?"
Tollitszo wanted to know.
"Because she wants
to keep them secret. Don't worry brother mine, you will know soon
enough. Just trust me for now."
"I will, but only because I know you would never hurt me."
"Mother would never either."
Tollitszo nodded, but he feared with heart and soul, that his mother
would discard him just as easily as he would his brother if the need
was high enough... yet Kurmsz himself seemed never worried about a
thing like that. Doubt clouded his heart and Kurmsz felt it.
"Do not doubt my
brother. Mother is Darkness, once you have seen darkness, you know her
and she cannot surprise you."
"I wish I could see as good in the dark as you then."
Kurmsz smiled back and sent his brother courage through their bond, "As
long as I'm alive, no-one will hurt you."
"Look who's talking! A day ago you could hardly move."
"And you saved me.
You might think that we can survive apart from each other, but deep
down you must know it too... the bond that binds us goes deeper than
blood, deeper than hate. It is the Nothingness that unites us... and
nothing is strong enough to break it, or large enough to fill
With those quizzical words Kurmsz left the Elsewhere and entered the
spaceship Star City.
Kurmsz and Tollitszo are Candidates at Star
Background made by me, Font used is called Buffied