The Summoning of a Hero
Chapter 1: The Summoning of a Hero
A groan escaped from the Goddess's lips as she slowly awakened from her 25 year slumber. She opened her eye and remembered everything. The Goddess of Light, Palutena, her sister, had turned her into the hideous creature she was now. She cursed under her breath and growled at the sight of her face. She waved her hand over the mirror to cover up the disgusting sight and created a mask of beauty. A white face with a back tattoo under the left eye. She stared at herself for a second then walked away from her mirror and called forth her Underworld Army.
"Minions! The time that we strike is now!" She began. "We will destroy the humans and get rid of them once and for all, but not only that, we will destroy that miserable, so-called 'Goddess of Light' once and for all!" The army of monsters cheered with agreement bringing a smile to Medusa's face. The time was now. Finally, she would get her revenge.
The village in the canyons of the fields was a beautiful sight to behold. The village was untouched by evil because of its guardian. Cardinal Drake. She was a fierce warrior, not only amazing with a scythe, but incredibly skilled in Dark Magic. The village worshipped the Gods, thanking them for everything they've been given. However, Cardinal did not thank the Gods for anything. Why is because a long time ago, Cardinal's family, friends, and nation were taken away by a terrible greedy God. Ever since that day, Cardinal vowed that she would avenge what she had lost. She didn't want to thank the immortal beings, for they were all selfish and terrible. At least, that's what she thought. The people of the village try to convince Cardinal that not all the Gods aren't evil, but Cardinal wouldn't listen.
Cardinal practice her battle skills and magic everyday, only taking breaks when absolutely needed. The children adored Cardinal and looked up to her as a hero. Cardinal always told them that she was no hero, but they always denied what she said. She taught some of the older kids how to fight with a sword, the same way her father taught her. Cardinal enjoyed her time hanging around with the kids, sometimes even forgetting about what happened long ago.
That late afternoon, Cardinal went to get lunch from the usual shop in the village, when something caught her eye. Something flew in the sky towards the village. When Cardinal turned around, shots from the monsters of the Underworld. The people panicked and as monsters from all areas of the sky came down and attacked. Cardinal dropped her lunch and made her scythe emerge from thin air. She ran and sliced the first monster she saw in sight. Doing a spin in the air, Cardinal dodged incoming fire from aanother monster. The guardian threw scythe like it was a frisbee and sliced the monsters in half. Cardinal called back her scythe to her hand and it obeyed her orders by coming straight back to her hand like it was metal attracted to a magent. She ran fast through the village, attacking nearby Shernums, small, blue winged snakes. She also encountered a slug like enemy called a Nettler. Dodging its shots, Cardinal charged at it and bisected it with her scythe's edge, moving further through the village, She saw a large urn that continuously spawned the Shernums. Cardinal got her scythe ready and tossed it in the urn, which exploded and killed the Shernums within. That's when the sky began to darken again. And suddenly, a fireball charged at Cardinal from behind. Cardinal jumped out the way. She then took a few moments to observe the fireball as it bounced towards the village square, taking note of its movements.
"What was that?!" Cardinal dashed after the fire ball to the village square and when she arrived, the guardian saw a twin-headed hound. It's skin was dark red, with much of its fur engulfed in flames. The beast was formerly chained down since it had a large, metal brace with a broken chain attached to its left paw. The hound also wore bone armor along its back with funnel-like spouts running down its spine. Both heads had fierce, green eyes that looked as if it could strike fear in the most stalwart of soldiers. They also wore spiked collars with chains dangling down from them. Cardinal quickly pulled her scythe in front and charged at the great beast. The hound quickly slashed Cardinal with its claws, but Cardinal was too fast for the animal and dodged it to come around and slash the back of the dog. The hound barked as the blade made contact with the skin.
The great dog jumped out of the way and prepared an attack of its own, breathing a stream of fire at the guardian. Having no time to dodge, Cardinal used her scythe and spun it around fast, blocking the flames. She then jumped over Twinbellows, hoping to make a downward stab on the hound's back. Twinbellows responded by smacking him away with its tail, knocking Cardinal against the wall. The fiery beast charged at her, but Cardinal managed to recover quickly, moving out of its path. That caused the dog to hit the wall, stunning the creature. Suddenly, a shower of arrows came down upon the hound. Cardinal seemed a bit surprised as she looked on ahead, seeing a swarm of centurions approaching from the other side of the village.
"H-Hey! Look everyone! Those are centurions, Lady Palutena's soldiers! The goddess of light is here!" a man cried as Palutena's faded silhouette appeared behind behind the centurions.
"Well, well...I was wondering when you'd show up...Goddess of LIGHT. I thought you weren't coming to these poor creature's rescue." Then another figure appeared behind the mountains of the village. Her skin was white as ivory. Her raven hair was littered with twelve snakes, eleven green and one orange. Her hands were grayish colored, with claws for fingers. The back of her right hand was red with black markings. She wore a predominantly purple dress with gold linings on it. The dress was held up by a gold bracelet worn on her left arm. In her left hand, she held a staff decorated with a snake on it. Even though Cardinal didn't know the woman personally, she knew, from first look, that woman with leading the Underworld was Medusa. The centurions remained at the ready with bows and arrows. Cardinal looked at the projection of the Goddess of Light.
She had very long green hair, wearing a gold laurel crown. Her outfit was a relatively simple-looking white dress with numerous gold ornaments to accommodate it. Cardinal wasn't surprised that it was the Gods who were behind this. She always assumed they were fighting, but how did Medusa find the village? That question wondered through Cardinal's mind.
"So are you here to crash my homecoming party?" Medusa chuckled.
"Um...This doesn't look much like a party." Palutena replied.
"What better way to celebrate my return then with a festive little bloodbath? After all, I have been gone for 25 years." Medusa added.
""Medusa, will your evil actios know no end? You have no right to torture these people! Call Twinbellows back this instant!" Palutena demanded.
"Twinbellows...the watchdog of the Underworld..." Cardinal realized. She looked up at the two-headed dog, and ran at it again. This caught both Palutena's and Medusa's attention as Cardinal charged up her scythe's power and it started to glow purple. The guardian jumped up high in the air and graded her scythe with both hands and charged her attack.
"Dusk Blade Strike!!!" Cardinal brought the blade down onto Twinbellows, and cut right through the dog's thick armor. Twinbellows then gave one last howl before exploding. The darkened sky then returned to normal. Cardinal turned back to look at the giant holographic form of Medusa, who wasn't all threaten, but instead was amused.
"Hmm...Interesting. A human defeating the Underworld's most faithful servant. What's your name?" The dark goddess asked.
"I am Cardinal Drake. Guardian of this village, and if so help me, if you even dare THINK about attacking my home again, I will PERSONALLY come to the Underworld and slit your throat it 1 second flat." Medusa only chuckled at Cardinal's threat as if she was joking. The guardian growled at her.
"Brave words to a goddess from a human. I look forward to our battle." Medusa then withdrew her troops and disappeared. Cardinal simply stared as the Queen of the Underworld vanished. That's when she turned around to see the Goddess of Light, in the flesh. All she did was give a stern look to Palutena.
"What do you want?" Cardinal asked.
"That was very brave of you. Standing up to Twinbellows and Medusa like that. Do you use magic?" Palutena asked.
"...Yeah. I use Dark Magic." Cardinal answered bluntly.
"Interesting. Anyways, maybe I could ask you something." The goddess began. "You seem like quite a warrior and I can tell you devote your life and energy to protect this village. Would you be willing to fight the Underworld Army with me?" She asked, holding out her hand. Cardinal looked down at Palutena's hand and then looked back up at the goddess.
"...Thanks, but no thanks." Cardinal answered. she turned and walked away but stopped when Palutena said:
"What? You won't help stop the Underworld?"
"Don't get me wrong, I WILL fight the Underworld Army, but I'm going to help you, Palutena." Cardinal answered.
"...Because I don't want to serve some selfish, greedy gods that destroyed my nation, my friends, and my family." The guardian then walked away, leaving the Goddess of Light in the village square. Palutena then teleported away back to Skyworld with the Centurions.