|Take Me to Wonderland |
There's a lot to tell you today, Cruithne...and we don't have much time. Things are getting dangerous again, and it's our duty to keep our citizens informed. First, let's look on the bright side with some festivities. Always look on the bright side of life!
It seems that someone brought a pet rabbit with them on the ship when we left Earth...Ng and our other scientists believe this rabbit to have escaped, become exposed to the mild radiation in Cruithne's atmosphere, and mutated...That's not the worst of it, however. It looks like this rabbit was a pregnant doe...That's right, Cruithneans! We have a rabbit infestation!
There appear to be two types of these creatures. The first is a milder, less aggressive lot. The latter is much more angry and always seems to be seeing red! Watch out for that one!
Clear these monstrosities out and make our homes safe, warriors! It's wabbit-- *Ahem*...Rabbit season!
Now for the grave news...
This is more or less a warning, rather than news...but we've been getting a rather grim feeling, lately. It's a good time for a reminder to stay vigilant, folks. Times have been strange around here, and it's been far too quiet lately. Now that Ng has calmed down after her Sanguis episode, she's back to normal and hard at work. That doesn't mean we can relax, however! We hope you haven't all forgotten about the disease that's been ravaging our young home. Changes are sure to be on the way...so we must always stay alert for anything new. Don't get careless!
That is all...
The sun lay in the sky high over Harena, its rays beating down as if to burn the land. Slight tremors disturbed the ground, shaking it, almost like a warning to others of what was soon to come.
The citizens of the desert had started to see odd things – very odd things. Perhaps because of the heat, their eyes were fooling them. But very few people or pets could deny that something strange was occurring in the area. New beasts had begun to appear around the desert, rising from the sand in unexpected places. They were different from the sand demons, some small, some large, and some unbelievably hideous. And though the people’s reports of the creatures differed wildly, they were all sure of who the creator was - Brandhardt.
Cassiopeia strode away from the battle center, the flames around her paws now light and wispy, almost like tendrils of bright mist. Callie stayed close to her side, still shaken by the fight she had just witnessed. It had been a terrifying brawl, the sand demons more vicious than ever before. She was happy to be out of it, finally, and to get some peace and quiet…
A tremendous roar woke her from her thoughts, one of fury and hatred. She felt a sharp pain in her side as Cassiopeia rammed into her, knocking her to the ground. The beast raged past them just then, its head bowed to show its piercing horns, ones that were blacker than the deepest night.
Callie struggled to regain her footing, disoriented by the sudden action. A cloud of dust hung in the air around her, blocking her sight as it swirled about her. She heard another roar, and the ground began to rumble. It grew louder and louder, until it was violently shaking. And then she realized what was happening. She lunged aside, soaring through the air as she tried to avoid the beast, but the horn of the creature caught her in the side, piercing her skin like a steak knife through butter.
A hot pain coursed through her, throwing her off. She could feel nothing but the gash across her side, hear nothing but her own breath, see nothing but the deep red wound which gushed blood. And for a moment, she heard a beautiful ringing, like that of a small glass bell, tingling delicately... and the blackness engulfed her world.
A new battle opponent has appeared, this one carrying the disease...