A/N: My AU
Chapter 1: The Krystal Rocks (Part 1)
In a land far, far away lies the kingdom of Natluso, a small peaceful nation of about seventeen million, and a place filled with magic. Found in every home, bought and sold in every market place, for most people, magic is merely a tool, a weapon, a part of everyday life. For some, however, magic is an art, and they’ve devoted their lives to this practice; these are the mages. Banded together in magical guilds, they use their skills and powers/abilities to help others and to search for fame and fortune. Many such guilds dot the landscape of Natluso.
But there is a certain guild in a certain town that soars high above the rest. One from which countless legends have been born, a guild that will no doubt continue to grow to create legends well in the future.
Its name is Krystal Rocks.
Golden rays of midday sunlight beamed brightly upon the port town of Dreamistia. As usual, the sky was a beautiful shade of bright blue with only a few splotches of cottony white clouds in the mid-sky. The air was rather warm—which was no surprise, granted it was the middle of summer at the moment—and all around you would see humans, anthros, and humans with animal ears and tails walking around, chatting, and just overall enjoying their day.
The train station was always busy and rather noisy, so it was no surprise there was so much chatter when the large black steam train pulled into the Dreamistia Train Station, fresh out of the town of Fearīteiru. The doors to the few passenger carts attached to the train opened up, allowing the passengers that were inside moments ago to get out. Two young anthro girls—one cat, and one collie and timber wolf mix—exited the train, both with smiles on their faces.
“Hello, Dreamistia!” The collie-wolf shouted happily as she stepped out of the train cart, a huge grin plastered on her face. Her feminine voice echoed loudly through the air.
The cat grinned and laughed lightly at the collie-wolf as she ruffled her hair affectionately. “C’mon, Dal,” she said, sweetness rich in her voice. “Let’s do this.”
“Aye~!” The collie-wolf responded with that same smile and cheeky voice. The cat took off, her canine friend right behind her. The two girls were here on their own little mission, they were here to find someone…someone important to the cat.
. . .
Meanwhile, downtown Dreamistia was quite noisy this time of day. All around, people were either walking around, chatting, at restaurants/cafés, or shopping at local stores.
A young female arctic fox and wolf mix was stomping angrily down the busy streets of the town. This young girl had fur that was white, icy-gray, and dark gray, long and shaggy black hair with streaks of both blue and red with highlights of purple, emerald-green eyes, and twin tails. Her outfit was rather casual—it looked tomboyish, yet it had some feminine color schemes to it; she was wearing an aqua-blue and black striped tank top with the straps of her lavender bra showing underneath, light blue denim shorts, a brown belt with a golden buckle around her waist, magenta and black leg- and arm-warmers, and boots that were magenta, lavender, black, and aqua-blue with soles and cuffs that were a bright golden color.
This young girl’s name was Heaven Shadows.
“Ugh, I can’t believe there’s only two magic shops in this entire run-down town! And neither of them have anything that I need!” Heaven huffed stressfully as she continued to angrily stomp downtown. “I came all this way for absolutely nothing!”
Heaven inhaled and exhaled to calm the flames of anger and frustration that burned deep within her. She continued her walk through downtown Dreamistia for a few minutes—listening to the sounds of people chatting and the feeling of a warm, gentle breeze in her fur and hair—before a new sound caught her ears. Heaven immediately stopped in her tracks and turned around, her brow arching slightly. “Eh?”
Heaven turned around just in time to see several other girls, each of them looked to be teenagers, running in her direction, each with excited expressions on their faces and they were each squealing and screaming like overly-excited fangirls. The vixen-wolf jumped out of the way as the several girls ran past her so she would get trampled. What’s up with them? She asked in her head.
“Hey! What’s going on?” Heaven called to the group of girls.
One of the girls, a pink Chihuahua with dark red hair and green eyes, stopped upon hearing Heaven’s question and turned to the young vixen-wolf. “Didn’t you hear?” The canine asked excitedly, a bright smile on her face. “Kage is in town!” She immediately squealed happily and ran off with all the other overly-excited girls.
Heaven blinked in surprise. “Kage?” she quietly echoed in confusion under her breath. Then a memory of that name quickly click in her mind and she gasped in happiness as a bright smile graced her face. “As in the famous mage that uses Shadow Magic you can’t even buy in stores?! He’s in this run-down town?!”
Now feeling excitement and happiness completely drown out her anger and frustration, Heaven ran alongside the girls. Just as Heaven said, Kage was the name of a mage who was well-known for his/her Shadow Magic; Kage was probably the most powerful Shadow Magic mage in all of Natluso—no one knows exactly what gender Kage is, but everyone just assumes that Kage is a male.
Elsewhere in Dreamistia, the same cat and collie-wolf from earlier continued to walk through busy streets of the town side-by-side. The cat sighed softly and turned to her canine friend. “Hey, Dahlia, do you really think this ‘Kage’ person is Skygge?” she asked her.
Dahlia, the collie-wolf, nodded once with a small smile on her face. “Aye, he has to be, Jade,” she responded, “The only shadow dragon I’ve ever heard of is Skygge.”
Jade, the cat, smiled back at Dahlia. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”
Dahlia had muddy-brown fur, shaggy dark scarlet-red hair that’s tied in a ponytail, and honey-golden eyes. Her attire was a pair of green denim shorts, white bandages wrapped around her breasts, an emerald-green scarf, a dark green belt with a golden buckle around her waist, a dark green denim jacket over her arms, and white-and-green boots.
Jade had slightly dark sienna-brown fur, a white tail that was tipped black, dark chocolate-brown hair with streaks and highlights of cherry-red that was shaggy and slightly curly and styled in pigtails that ended at her shoulders, and chocolate-brown eyes. Her attire was a magenta Lolita-styled dress with a frilly light pink layer underneath, light magenta shorts underneath the dress, a rosy-pink scarf, light pink hair ties to hold up her pigtails, lilac, violet and white boots, and a black cloak that stopped just above her bottom; the cloak’s hood was down, and the cloak completely covered Jade’s shoulders. Around her left wrist, she had a golden bracelet with a single pink heart-shaped jewel.
As they continued to walk, a sudden noise cut them off. The feline and canine both stopped; the feline’s cheeks turned a reddish-pink color out of embarrassment, she knew that sound. Jade’s stomach growled again; the feline chuckled awkwardly and scratched the back of her head in embarrassment as the blush on her face increased. “Guess I’m pretty hungry now.”
Dahlia giggled at her best friend. “How about we eat once we find Skygge?”
Jade smiled back at Dahlia and nodded once. “Yeah, sounds good to me.”
“Oh my gosh! He’s so dreamy!”
Jade and Dahlia both turned in the direction of the all the feminine squeals and screams. “Kage?” they both said at once. Not too far away was a large group of girls swarming around someone, though neither the feline nor the canine could see who it was.
Immediately, bright smiles appeared on both Jade and Dahlia’s face before they started running in the direction the crowd of girls was in. “Well, speak of the devil, Dahlia!” Jade exclaimed happily as they ran. “Talk about someone and they show up! How awesome is that?”
“Aye!” Dahlia cheered happily alongside the feline.
Meanwhile, Heaven was within the crowd of girls, looking directly at the mage Kage. He was an indigo-furred wolf with dark blue hair and neon-green eyes. As Heaven stared at him, she would have sworn she felt her face start heating up, her heart felt like it was going a hundred miles an hour, and a strange and unfamiliar yet warm and welcoming feeling was stirring up inside the pit of her stomach.
W-Why is my heart beating so fast?! Heaven questioned in her head as her cheeks flushed a light pink color; confusion overwhelmed her, though it wasn’t enough to drown out the new emotion inside of her. What’s gotten into me?!
Kage chuckled lightly at all the female admirers around him. “Ladies, it’s very nice to meet all of you!” he called out, earning squeals and happy screams from the overly-excited girls all around him.
Then all of a sudden, Kage turned his gaze towards Heaven, and once he did, the vixen-wolf flinched and held her hands over her heart shyly. H-He looked at me! She gasped in her head. She was starting to sweat because of the rising warmth in her body, and because of the constant, quick throbbing of her heart. Is it because he’s a famous mage? Is that why I feel this way?
Jade and Dahlia finally made it to the crowd and started to push past all the screaming and squealing girls. “Skygge! Skygge!” Jade called happily as she and her canine friend continued to push past the crowd of fangirls.
Heaven blinked once, not taking her gaze off of Kage. Or…could it be? Am I…falling in love? As she thought this, hearts appeared in her eyes and a small smile appeared on her muzzle. She walked a little closer, this time getting to the front of the crowd and a little closer to Kage.
All of a sudden, Heaven felt someone shove past her rather roughly. The vixen-wolf grunted in surprise, then a feminine voice reached her ears: “Skygge! Skygge, it’s me!”
Heaven turned her head to see a cat and a collie-wolf standing in between her and Kage. Almost immediately, the hearts in Heaven’s eyes vanished and she blinked in surprise at the two females in front of her.
Jade and Dahlia had lost their smiles once they saw the indigo-furred wolf in front of them; the entire crowd of girls was stunned quiet from their sudden entrance. “Who the heck are you?” Jade suddenly asked, causing Kage to flinch in surprise.
Though he quickly recovered from the surprise. He closed his eyes and flashed a cocky smirk towards the two girls. “If I said the name was Kage, would that ring a bell?” But as soon as he reopened his eyes, he saw that the two girls were no longer in front of him. Instead they were walking away from him with disappointed looks on their faces. Kage flinched from shock once again when he saw the girls walking away without a single word.
“How rude of you!”
“Yeah! Kage is a famous mage!”
“You better do some heavy apologizing!”
Jade and Dahlia both stopped and turned their heads in confusion at the sounds of the crowd of girls yelling at both of them angrily. “What’s gotten into all of you?” Jade called, swaying her cat tail a few times.
Kage raised up his hands to calm down the horde of angry fangirls. “Now, now, girls, that’s enough. I’m sure she never meant to be rude.”
Immediately, all the girls turned back to him with smiles and hearts in their eyes as well. “He’s so kind!” They all swooned dreamily. Heaven, who had been staring at the cat and collie-wolf the whole time, turned her attention back to Kage and just glared at him.
Then something quickly caught her emerald eyes…something on Kage’s fingers. Heaven frowned as she squinted her eyes to get a better look. Wait a second…Is that what I think it is…?
Kage walked towards the feline and canine; as he did so, he pulled out a piece of paper and a black-ink pen out of his coat pockets and started writing something down on it. Once he was about a foot or so away from them, he put the pen back in his coat and handed the paper to Jade. The paper had the name Kage written on it rather largely in black ink.
“Here you go, girly,” Kage said with that same smirk from before. “You can brag to your friends about this autograph, little lady.”
But Jade just glared at the wolf, crossed her arms and turned away from him. “No thanks,” she hissed.
That was the last straw. Several of the girls, who were now all angry once again, ran over to Jade and roughly picked up the feline. “W-What the—” she didn’t get to finish, because within half a second of being picked up, the enraged girls roughly hurled Jade into the wall of a nearby building. The she-cat banged into the wall with a loud grunt and collapsed into a pile of silver trashcans below her with a thud.
Dahlia immediately ran over to Jade, who was sitting back up and rubbing her head in a painful way with a rather pissed off look on her face, and helped her stand back up. “Guess it wasn’t him after all,” Dahlia sighed as she helped Jade back to her feet.
“Definitely not him,” Jade hissed irritably.
Kage chuckled at the angry girls’ actions, then turned his gaze back to the crowd. “I’m sorry, ladies, but if you’ll excuse me, I have some business to attend to.”
“Aww, you’re leaving already?” All the girls whined unhappily.
“Afraid so,” Kage said with a shrug. Then he snapped his fingers and suddenly shadows formed underneath his feet and floated in the air, allowing the male wolf to levitate off the ground. “But I’m having a party on my yacht tonight, and you’re all invited!” And with that, he flew off into the distance on the shadows in a flash, all the girls still squealing, screaming and sighing dreamily over him.
Jade narrowed her brown eyes at the little scene displayed in front of her. “Who the heck was that guy?” she muttered the question out.
“I don’t know, but he was a real scumbag.”
Jade and Dahlia’s ears both perked up at the feminine voice behind them. They both turned their heads around to see the vixen-wolf from before, and she was smiling at them. “Thanks a lot for your help.”
Jade and Dahlia both blinked in surprise at the vixen-wolf. “Huh?”
“I’m Heaven, it’s nice to meet you.” The vixen-wolf introduced herself to the feline and canine as she sat across from them in the booth in the local restaurant. Heaven had taken the two girls to the local restaurant for lunch.
“Aye!~” Dahlia smiled back with a piece sign in her hands as she scarfed down mouthfuls of tofu and veggie burgers—that’s right, Dahlia’s a vegetarian.
Jade, who sat right next to Dahlia, pigged out on the various foods and drinks she had ordered. Not caring about manners or ladylike eating, she scarfed the foods and drinks down rather savagely like a wild, starving animal, making juices, crumbs and scraps of food fly everywhere.
Heaven blinked in surprise; she had never met a girl who ate the way Jade did. “Uh…Jade and Dahlia, was it?” she asked, trying to remember their names and, at the same time, trying to start up a normal conversation.
“Mmmhmm!” Jade mumbled happily through a mouthful with a smile, ketchup from the cheeseburger she just bit into trailed from the corners of her mouth. “You’re really nice!”
“T-Thanks,” Heaven laughed nervously. “Hey, you can take your time, we’re not in a hurry…And food is kinda flying everywhere.”
Jade swallowed her current mouthful and grabbed one of her drinks, which was a glass of iced Pepsi. “By the way, why did you take us to lunch? Not that we’re ungrateful or anything, we’re just curious.” Once she finished speaking, she started to chug the soda down.
“Aye,” Dahlia nodded in agreement as she took a huge bight out of her veggie burger.
Heaven grinned warmly at the two girls. “Oh! See, while all those girls were fawning over that Kage guy, I spotted a ring on her finger; that ring is for a Charm Spell, which is a type of hypnosis spell that allows you to attract people to you against their own will. But those types of spells have been banned from markets for year.” Heaven huffed and crossed her arms in frustration. “That creep must have gone through a lot of trouble just to get his hands on it.” But then she quickly regained her smile and turned back to the girls in front of her. “I totally fell victim to that spell, but I snapped out of it thank to you two barging in when you did. So this is my way of saying thanks.”
“Oh, I see.” Jade said with a smile as she took a bite out of a chicken leg.
“I may not look like it, but I’m actually a mage-in-training myself,” Heaven continued to talk to them. “But I still haven’t joined a guild yet.”
“Hmm?” Jade and Dahlia both looked up from their food at Heaven, the vixen-wolf could see some surprise and slight confusion in their eyes.
Realization quickly struck Heaven: not a lot of people in this town used magic, so these two probably didn’t even know what a guild was! “Oh, I should probably explain, huh? You see, guilds are these organizations where mages come together to share information and find work and stuff like that. But you can’t be said to be a full-fledged mage until you join a guild.”
Heaven smiled and even giggled softly as she continued to explain. “But there are tons of guilds all over Natluso, the more popular ones are harder to get into, and the guild I wanna join is the most popular!” She sighed dreamily. “Yeah, they’re the greatest and they’re always featured in Enchantment Weekly. Ooh, if I could convince them to let me join, I think I’d just about die~”
Jade, who had been slurping down a bowl-full of noodles and broth, and Dahlia looked at Heaven’s fangirlism nervously/awkwardly. “Uh…”
“Oh!” Heaven quickly identified the girls’ awkward expressions, and her face turned a shade of pinkish-red out of embarrassment. “I’m sorry, I guess all this mage talk sounds kinda silly, huh? But I’m telling you, I’m definitely gonna join that guild someday, and then I’m gonna take all kinds of exciting jobs and make tons of money!”
“Oh, yeah?” Jade said before taking a drink from her glass of milk.
“You sure talk a lot,” Dahlia commented, her mouth stuffed with tofu.
Heaven ignored that statement as a sudden thought struck her. “Hey, that reminds me, you two came into this town looking for someone, right?”
“Aye, we’re looking for Skygge,” Dahlia told her with a nod.
Jade took a bite out of a whole cheese pizza, hot cheese drizzling from the corners of her mouth. “We heard a rumor that someone named Kage was in this town,” she explained through a mouthful. “Kage was one of Skygge’s nicknames, so we came here to see if it was him. But it turns out it was someone else.” She swallowed her mouthful and stuffed the rest of the pizza in her mouth.
“Aye, he didn’t even look like Skygge!” Dahlia added on.
Jade swallowed the rest of the pizza in her mouth and wiped the melted cheese from her mouth with the back of her hand. “No kidding,” Jade huffed and crossed her arms in frustration. “I bet that poser can’t even wield darkness properly like a real Shadow Dragon.”
Heaven sweatdropped at the feline’s statement. “Uh…I don’t get it…Your friend Skygge looks like a dragon?”
Both girls looked up at Heaven before Jade spoke, “No, you’ve got it all wrong. Skygge doesn’t look like a dragon, he is one.”
“Eh?!” Heaven exclaimed in shock and confusion.
Dahlia nodded. “Aye, Skygge is a real-life Shadow Dragon.”
Even in this magnificent world as magic, dragons are considered to be an extremely rare, extraordinary, mystical creature; they are rarely ever seen by people.
“What kind of Shadow Dragon would just show up in the middle of a run-down old town like this one? And what reason would it have to do that?” Heaven asked them.
Jade and Dahlia both opened up their mouths to answer that, but they both quickly shut their mouths and had dumbfounded expressions on their faces. Heaven sweatdropped majorly now. “Don’t tell me you just now thought of that. It’s totally ridiculous!” she sighed.
Heaven shook her head as she took out some money from her pockets, placed some it on the table and stood up, still looking at the feline and canine in front of her. “Look, I really need to get going. Enjoy the rest of your meal, and maybe I’ll see you around later.” With that, Heaven walked away from the table and headed for the restaurant’s exit.
“Thank you, ma’am, please come again,” a waitress at the door said kindly, then she looked over Heaven’s shoulder and her mouth fell open in surprise.
Heaven was afraid to look behind her…But she turned around anyways. Behind her, Jade and Dahlia were down on the floor, they were actually bowing down at Heaven! Their actions drew the attention of almost everyone else in the restaurant, which quickly started up chatter. “Thank you for the food!” Jade exclaimed.
“Thank you!” Dahlia exclaimed as well.
“Cut it out! You’re embarrassing me!” Heaven yelled at them. Then she sighed to calm herself down and added more calmly, “Look, it’s nothing, really. I mean, you guys helped me out earlier, so let’s just call it even.”
Jade and Dahlia both sat back up and looked at each other. “I feel kinda bad, we weren’t even trying to help her out,” Jade said to the collie-wolf next to her.
“Aye, we owe her something,” Dahlia agreed.
Jade thought for a moment, then an idea quickly struck her head. “Oh, I know!” She stood up and walked over to Heaven; as she walked, she pulled a folded up piece of paper out from a pocket inside her cloak. She unfolded it—it was the autograph Kage gave her earlier…why she still had it, Heaven had absolutely no idea—and handed it to the vixen-wolf with a smile. “Here, this is for you!”
“No way!” Heaven hissed before storming out of the restaurant, leaving the cat and the collie-wolf behind.
To be continued…