Don't get too close, It's dark inside
It's where my demons hide
Don't get too close, It's dark inside
It's where my demons hide
During Heian period of Japan, there was a blacksmith called “Iromoaru”who was specialized in weapon manufacturing for samurai. He looked tough, and was hard to be tempted by fame and fortune. He was an odd person and living causally. To his professional, he was indifferently insisting and dedicating. So that his forging skill has attained to an incomparable level. His name has been spread though far and near.
One day, it was an evening time, everyone was about to end the work of the day. Suddenly a gust of wind continously blowing in the twilight sky. The weather has become unusually strange. Numerous dark clouds were spreading though the dusky sky and created a spiral in the center of sky. Inside the spiral clouds, there was a Red Moon appeared!
This was not just a legend. Without any sign, “it” showed up in front of people. Everybody was confused by what they saw.The boundary between Demon world and the human world, was torn widely opened. Whole village was covered with the atmosphere of terror. Hundreds of monsters ran into the human world and turned it into a purgatory. There were women screaming and children crying. Men got killed and many corpses were found everywhere.
Iromoaru was holding his weapon and fighting to the monsters too. However, there were too many of them. While he was too busy on fighting back, her daughter were caught by the monsters and instantly disappeared.
Just like a long nightmare, once he got back to conscious, what has left was the broken village with the gusty wind blowing. He could not believe his daughter was captured. He kept blaming himself that he was not able to protect his daughter. He felts his bloody arms became so heavy. His tears came out together with his unwillingness to what was happening.
At this moment, his hatefulness has awakened the legendary “evil spirit” and it just appeared right in front of him. He found that the “evil spirit” was not as giant as he thought, but full of demon glamour and surrounded by some purple vapor. He could not help trembling in front of this “evil spirt”.
It breathed like a deep echo from the deep valley, echoed in the air ... At this point, the evil spirits said:
“Wanna be more powerful? Let’s make a deal!”
“Just hand in your soul to me…I will give you power to save your daughter”.
“And you will be more and more strong. You will be able protect anyone you want”…
As this point, as long as Iromoaru caould save his daughter, he is willing to sacrifice everything, even his live. His answer was “yes” to all conditions made by the evil spirit with no hesitation. The evil spirit laughed loud 3 times. Then the purple vapor continuously expanded to cover up Iromoaru’s home. At the same time, the evil sipirt has gone. All purple vapors poured into his body in a second. He could feel the power, like a waterfall, draining into every vein. He felt like his body is going to explode. He could not stop shouting and screaming. He was rolling on the ground with pain. Her daughter was the only thing in his mind. Gradually, he was losing his conscious. This level of pain on body and soul has been pushing him to the limit.
What unbelievable is…
His body grew bigger and bigger like a giant. Two horns began to grow on top of his head. His mouth was covered with all sharp teeth.
The blacksmith monster, Demoncraft, is born here!
After Iromaoru turned into Demoncraft, he followed the footprint of the monsters and began to search for her daughter. He walked into a dead village. There was no people, but only a slight of pale moonlight and the wolf howling. Looking down on the ground, there was full of bloodstains all around.
Suddenly, “Boom!” a great noise and a huge shadow appeared. The shadow was moving fast and fluttering over Demoncraft. It immediately wrapped around him, so that he could not move.
When Demoncraft got back to focus, the first thing he saw were numerous huge insect feet and a pair of giant toxic clamps.
“ Is that the legendary “ Monster 1000 feet?”
Monster 1000 feet is a kind of centipede. Because of its terrible face and special body shape, Japanese classified 1000 feet as a monster type. Monster 1000 feet wrapped Demoncraft more and more tight, and opened its giant clamps on its month. Monster 1000 feet was ready to swallow the whole Demoncraft’s body…
As this moment, Iromoaru got angry. His eye turned into red. He pushed away the Monster 1000 feet and departed its feet and body with his anger power.
He held the Monster 1000 feet body and bang it on ground hard for couple times. He used his mace to thump into its body. With constant heavy attack, Monster 1000 feet had no longer to bear anymore. It departed piece by piece. At last, only its head was left and begging Demoncraft not to kill it.
Then Demoncraft asked about the Monster 1000 feet about the news of his daughter. It reply with very weak voice, “ I saw your daughter. She was captured and kept inside the temple in the mountain…” Not waiting the Monster 1000 feet to finish its words, Demoncraft was ran on the road going towards the temple.
On the way to the temple, Demoncraft did not know how long he has gone and forgot how long he has not eaten. Inside his mind, he only knew to find the temple was the only way to save his daughter. Thus he kept rushing to the temple until he was deterred by what he saw.
In front of him was a huge bamboo forest. It did not have a border. Each piece of bamboo was nearly five feet wide and the height is beyond estimation. Looking up, he won’t be able to tell if it was day or nighttime. He would not have any clues about the forest deep inside, if just standing in front of the forest. It is even hard to find an entrance to get inside the forest. He was out of patient and tried to look of any gap between the bamboo and then broken through…
It was strange that…
The deeper he ran into the forest, the more tired he felt. He felt his feet become heavier and heavier. His vision become blurry. He could obviously felt that this bamboo forest has an incredible power which could make heavy pressure pushing to his body inside. It was even more puzzling that he felt there were thousands of eyes staring on him.
While he was about to be swallowed by those power…
A deep, penetrating voice came to his ears: "Who ~ are ~ you ~?"
This piece of bamboo was too wide and dense. The voice seemed to be just from the up above. Barely moving his tired body, Demoncraft was trying to find out the source of the voice, but it came again the voice, “How dare you step into my area without my permission？”
The voice was just over, a pair of huge wings against the light slowly landed in front of him. As the fog slowly dispersed, a figure appeared more clearly. Demoncraft tried to keep his eyes open to see who it is…
Red face with high nose;
Lupins held in hand;
……Tengu, it is !
Angry Tengu glared at Demoncraft and intended to kill this unwelcomed guest without telling him the reason.
At this time, Demoncraft was totally not able to resist any attacks. Just at a critical moment, Tengu found a faint of human-like smell on Demoncraft. That made Tengu change his mind in a second.
Demoncraft therefore explained everything through and told Tengu he have to get through this bamboo forest.
After knowing what had happened, Tengu gradually fold his wide-opened Falcon-like wings back and put away his demon power field.
And Tengu was very surprised by Demoncraft that how he could freely travel in and out the area which is protected by his enchantment.
Since this mountain has already been occupied by monsters, human could only live in his protected area, the bamboo forest.
“And how dare you broke into here?” Tengu pointed at Demoncraft and shout.
Although Tengu has a ghostly appearance, he is with the human heart of compassion. He was touched by the action of Demoncraft, and he was going to help Demoncraft to find his daugther. However, he knew Demoncraft did not have much time left because he has made the deal with evil spirit to betrayed his soul in exchange of the special power.
If this situation continued, the consequenced on Demoncraft would be terrible…
Tengu was murmured some incantation and drew a magic array by waving his lupine. A strong light mixed with colorful beams appeared pointing toward a direction. All the huge bamboo became alive and lined up by two sides. It gave the road for Demoncraft to run straight towards the temple.
Tengu said, “ Along this way, you will reach the temple on the top of this mountain. I hope you can meet with your daugther as soon as possible. “
Then he took out the “Damour talisman” inside his left sleeve and gave it to Demoncraft.
This talisman could temporarily surpress the evil spirit inside Demoncraft and help his soul as himself for longer time.
At this moment, Demoncraft has been recovering slowly. He took the talisman and thanked Tengu. Then he go straight to the temple right a way…
The third chapter "The Temple" - section 1
Leaving the bamboo forest, Demoncraft moving forward without looking back. The mountain became more and more tortuous; the terrain became steeper and steeper. There were full of long weeds along the way. They all have grown as tall as the height of an adult. Sweats kept dropping into the dry soil on the ground. Finally Demoncraft rearched the main entrance of the temple. There were full of bloodstains and fighting traces on the giant door without any extra decoration. However, it sent out the pressure which could make people about to suffocate. Demoncraft had to take great effort in order to open this two-feet wide door.
The first thing waiting for him was the bad smell from dead bodies…
When he tried to hold his breath and was going to keep moving in, he was stunned…
In side the extensive square, there were dead bodies everywhere. Each body was looking awful. It looked like the whole bodies were drained and the limbs appeared unnature distortions.
Every bodies has extremely grim expression, deformation of the mouth, missing eye balls, and black ocher skins.
The only clue to tell these were the bodies of warriors and monks was the clothing.
By seeing this scene, Demoncraft got more impatient, but he could only put aside all the questions in his mind. He just wished his daughter could be safe.
Now he cannot manage too much, but his daughter safety.
He jumped and pass through all these dead bodies, wishing to get through the square as fast as he could.
At the back of the square, there is a long hall way. Through the end of the hall way , it is the main hall.
The main hall was musty and full of wet scents. The deeper Demoncraft got in, the more horrified he could feel. It was too dark to see the road ahead.
And inside the main hall, it seemed there were a pair of big red eyes staring at him.
The pressure emanating from the deep main temple was getting heavier and heavier.
The raging evil spirit was much stronger than the Monster Thousand Feet. Obviously it has much higher power level.
This strong pressure made Demoncraft stop and do not dare to act rashly.
Demoncraft kept sweating hard and was holding his mace tightly. He knew that there will be a big fight happening in any sudden.
Thus, he shout toward the main hall deep inside, “ Where is my daughterrrr?...”
Not waiting Demoncraft to finish his words, a mass of white object was shot on him from the deep inside of the main hall.
Due to the very limited dim light inside the hall, Demoncraft could not react at all.
When he got consious, he already found himself not able to make any movement.
Looking closely on the white object, It was some sticky white silk.
While he was wondering what the viscous liquid was, a loud roar from the hall deep inside was spreading through everywhere in the temple.
Following was the rapid moving noise and the frequency was getting faster and faster.
A hugh figure jumped out of the main hall, rushing directly in the hall way and hitting on Demoncraft right away.
It seemed to have no meaning to stop and continue to rush thought the hall way. It broke the door frame and columns, and turned thems into pieces.
Severe collapse caused the long dispersion of the dust.
In the fight, Chuo-Ki received a hard impact and directly hit on the upper edge of the giant door. Then he fell down and hit on the ground seriously.
At this moment, although the white silk fell off, Demoncraft has suffered whole body injury . His mouth was full of blood. He could only get up slowly with serious injury.
When the dust was about to disperse, what appeared actually was…
Its body looked like a big spider, but there was a bull head on it. The two giant horns were pointing towards Demoncraft straigtly.
It is the Bull Monster, isn’t it?...
While Demoncraft was still surpised by what he saw, Bull Monster had no intention to stop. He targeted on Demoncraft and continue his attacks. He did not allow any change of counterattack from Demoncraft at all.
However, Demoncraft knew he was not able to receive another hard impact with his seriously injured body.
When he was looking for sulotions in his mind, Bull Monster had already bump into him. A pair of sharo gaint horns was going to stab into him.
He knew this was the chance to fight back. He held his breath and focused. By catching the horns with both hands, Demoncraft secured his posture and barely resisted the second attack.
Red eyes staring on Demoncraft, Bull Monster breathed with his mouth full of saliva. Demoncraft also contended with Bull Monster by gnawing his teeth.
Suddenly, he screamed and tighten his muscles and blood vessels to hold Bull Monster up high. Then he drop Bull Monster hard on the ground.