Hello dear readers , it is I , Arkraith. I had a previous version of this chapter but it was meh and i got a lot of constructive criticism. I decided
to use a beta reader to help me edit and it was a big help . Thanks FlashKenshin77. SO! without further ado here's v2.0 of Ascension of a
demon CH.1 . C U LATER.
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are/is/or will be. Edited:HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME THE FORMAT WAS OFF :'( I had to do so much to fix it. I copy and pasted the original A/N Anyways enjoy the fixed version
Chapter 1. (Chapter names always have spoilers)
The Elements of Harmony, powerful relics used to vanquish evil from the lands of Equestria. There are, however, beings that have manifested into the guardians that use the power of the relics to protect their precious land. They are also the only thing between me and total domination over Equestria. Why do I want to take over and dominate the harmonious Equestria? The answer is quite simple; like all demons, I feed off suffering, despair, and the chaos of other creatures.
I am Lord Arkraith, co-ruler of demons. My brother, Aldrin, and I rule together to keep our few subjects happy. Almost three fourths of our species was wiped out during the great drought, also known as Celestia's millennial reign of "peace". We control the suffering of souls sent down to Perdition and unlike lore and myths would have you believe, they do not last for eternity. Eventually they can no longer suffer and we have no use for them so we send them to purgatory.
Aldrin is in charge of maintaining the flow of these souls so that we can get the most suffering out of them before they fizzle out and we can no longer go to the surface to collect new souls. These souls are the power source of all energy and demon magic in the underworld. Without these souls we are weak, and for the lesser demons, powerless.
After the drought, there was a light of hope with the return of Nightmare Moon. She was a chance for food, a chance for demons to feast again, but, as quickly as she returned … she was defeated. Nightmare Moon was no more and in her place was Princess Luna. The "Defender of the Night" one could say and as such protector of dreams. Now, we were no longer able to collect shards of souls that break apart during nightmares.
The Elements were our worst nightmare; any discord, chaos, or suffering were stopped before we could get enough to eat. All chances of food were quickly wiped out. Discord, Chrysalis, Sombra , and even Lord Tirek. All were defeated by the Elements. As co-ruler of the Underworld, it is my duty to protect and care for my subjects. I can't do that with the Elements and that is why I'm taking it into my own hands.
My armies are going to attack the overworld in two months time. I have that long to vanquish the Elements or their power. My subjects are starving, we need food or we will all perish. The little demon magic we have left in the underworld is causing our overworld transformations to take a lot longer than they should however. You see, to go into the overworld, we have to completely transform our bodies by reorganizing our molecular structure. Like teleportation, if you would. But because our forms are so grotesque, we have to form into something else that has the same mass. It may not seem like it but it is very efficient and it takes a while, but having something wrong with the transfer is very rare.
"I'm not to sure about this Arkraith," Aldrin said with doubt.
"Don't worry I'm almost one hundred percent sure that this plan will not fail." I stated.
"That's not helping , what if something goes wrong with the transfer or if the Elements are too strong?"
"You and I both know that the chances of something going wrong with the transfer is nearly impossible and i don't have to defeat the Elements. Just taking out one of them would destroy the powerful link between them. You're just being paranoid."
"Yes, I guess you're right, I mean this IS a big moment for the demons."
"Don't worry, plus, we always have plan B."
"You're right, I'm sorry i doubted you."
"It's fine, I understand where the doubt is coming from but I'm the strongest demon. If I can't defeat them, no one can."
"Then how do you plan to defeat them if our armies put together can't?"
"...I'm not sure. But… I will find a way. It's the only way our subjects can continue living."
"Then why can't i go with you?"
"You know why, you're the only one capable of controlling and maintaining the souls."
"I…" Aldrin sighed. "You're right, I wish there was another option."
"There probably is but this is the one we are going with."
"Alright, just make sure you complete the mission. And please…"
"What?" I gave a confused look.
"Please promise me you won't use plan B unless you absolutely have to, it's too risky."
I looked deep into his eyes and put my hand on his shoulder. "I…" I quickly turned away. "I know it's risky, but if I have to…" I started walking away. "I will do what I must."
I left Aldrin's chambers and walked down a couple halls to the balcony which overlooks what looks to be a carved out city in a giant cavern. It was roomy, with enough space to fly leisurely in our 'sky'. Lava falls were everywhere, lighting the surrounding terrain, the base in the ceiling. Pools of lava dotted the area around our palace. Basically just your average hell hole.
After a couple minutes of waiting there was a knock at the balcony door, a pause, and another knock "Highness, Xerath says it's time." I turned, it was just the messenger boy .
"Coming," I say loud enough for him to hear. Xerath doesn't really have a title but if he did it would probably be a high priest except he's the opposite of a priest. He knows a lot of high level magic and is the one in charge of getting the demon magic ready for the armies' transfer. I follow the messenger, i know where Xerath's room is but i follow just as a formality.
As I enter his room, I am greeted by fancy tapestry, ancient relics, a glowing magical ring, and Xerath focused on his current project. "Greetings Xerath, I hear the spell is ready."
He jumps and snaps his head at me. "Oh! Your Highness, I didn't hear you come in, my apologies."
" Aren't you are the one who sent for me?" I retorted.
"W-well… I-I… Uh..." He panicked a little.
"It's fine," I smile, "I know how caught up in your work you can get."
He calmed down a bit before he nervously chuckled. "Well yes but I should have been more aware."
"I already said it's fine, what's the project this time?"
"Well I've been researching faster and more efficient ways to process the souls."
"How's it coming along?"
"Well… I was reading the ancient texts of our forefathers trying to accomplish the same thing. Sadly, they all ended in failure."
He waved a hand dismissively. "But you're not here for that, you're here for the transfer. I've heard the plan and I must say what you're doing is brave and I respect your decision."
"Good to hear, so it's ready, correct?"
"Yes," his face became serious, "but how exactly do you plan on defeating the Elements?"
"Let me worry about that."
"You don't know what you're gonna do, do you?" He frowned. "I respect you as I'm sure every one of your subjects do; you're a great leader. I just don't want you to get defeated because you were ill prepared."
I give him a reassuring smile. "Thanks and don't you worry I will win."
He sighs and shakes his head wearily. "If you say so Arkraith. You have been briefed right?"
"Yes, I'm not gonna get lost, I go up there like every week to collect souls remember?"
"Yes, but you've never had a mission this important. The entire fate of demonkind rests on your shoulders." His seriousness returns with a frown.
"I know, I'm not naive. I know what's at stake, what I'm doing, and I know that I will succeed." I walked into the magic circle on the floor as he started chanting.
"Or die trying," he muttered under his breath before staring at me. "Good luck Highness." He began to cast the spell and after a few seconds his hands began to glow. He suddenly slammed his fists into the edge of the circle and the magic spell surges to life.
I salute him and he salutes back before the world is replaced by colorful lights. The transfer has started and I'm on my way to save my people. "Ponies, your reign of "harmony" is over. It's time for a new era, the era of Retribution."
The other Ending A/N was pretty bad so I'm replacing it with this one. I hope you enjoyed the first chapter of Ascension of a demon. There is plenty more where this came from. Please leave a review on your thoughts of the story C U LATER