Just as Max was about to get an answer from Wolfie, two people came towards them. One was probably a Lucian, seeing as he seemed to know the General that Max was talking to very well. The other was a lady wearing red armour riding on a kind of giant insect, surely a Dynamian, from the looks of her weapons and mount. Without a word, the first Lucian left the ninja and went to see his friends. Standing right where he was, Max was listening to them talking, understanding that this Dynamian was the one shooting from afar with her long-range weapon. That was a convenient weapon, Max could already imagine how great it should be for assassination plots.
After a minute or two, the Lucian newcomer came to him,
"Good day, ally," said the Lucian, "I'm the Professor, Head Representative of Lucian. I understand you want some information about this light?"
"Greetings, I am Max, Nocturu's Scion of Data. Yes, if you could provide me with some information about those strange pillars of light and the monsters that emerge from them, I would be grateful."
Although Max was listening to the Professor, he gave a telepathic order to Shadow.
"Shadow, I want you to watch and listen to everyone except the Lucian in front of me. I want as much data as we can get." Max said telepathically to his shadow twin.
"Roger that." Shadow telepathically replied to Max.
The Professor replied,
"We know very little for certain just now. It would seem that this light is called "The Tear", and appears in places of past conflict. It duplicates when attacked, and I have deduced that it is a portal to another world, possibly another universe... These strange creatures would appear to have emerged from the portal. That's all I can say with certainty. I do fear, though, that the purpose of the portal is to send an Army to the humble land of Paxia..."
"Then it seems that Paxia will have to be unified once again in order to fight off this army." Max replied to the Professor.
"A prospect I very much enjoy the thought of, my friend." smiled the Professor, "Now, may I ask who your friend guarding that creature is?"
"Him? It's Shadow, both my twin and my friend. Very few see us together, as I usually leave him in the castle, fulfilling my duties while I'm out." answered the ninja, looking at his dark twin who was suddenly fading away.
"Then excuse me while I give him a hand." replied the Professor, brandishing his diamond edged sword. The Professor leaped in Shadow's direction, landing on the creature he was guarding. With a single slice he slit the throat of the creature, killing it instantly.
"Something I forgot to mention," said the Professor, as he got to his feet, "These things can absorb your powers as you fight them, their skills vary based on who they are up against."
Having some information about them, Max didn't care much for the creature. With a farewell nod to the Professor, Shadow vanished, leaving only a faint whisper behind
"I'll return, new duties awaits me."
Max walked towards the monster's corpse. He examined it and took note of it's limbs and body as he listened to the Professor.
"So it means that we'll fight something like a copycat of ourselves, but deadlier?" Max wondered, "I guess killing them before they absorb our powers is the key to fighting them?"
"That would make sense." returned the Professor. "I suggest you return to your clan base, and ask your head of military matters to look into devising a strategy for fighting these creatures. "
"You are right. I'll be on my way then. Send my regards to General Wolfie and the rest of the Lucians." Max bade farewell to The Professor, then left, running quickly to Nocturu's base.
While Max and the Professor were speaking, Shadow faded away. To be more precise, he transformed into a shadow on the ground and made his way closer to the Paladin and the Dynamian. There, he would stay hidden into the shadows that the ruins were casting. From his point, he could hear and see what the two were talking about. From what he could understand, they were creatures that were somewhat feeding on magic, coming from another world, and their number could easily outnumber the people on Lore. What made Shadow more curious about those "Garitia" were the fact that they were "shadows of mortals". In someway, Shadow was just like them, except that he had never had any thirst for magic before, since he was somewhat at one with it. Whenever he tried to understand what he truely was, his soul ached and burned, and eventually he had to stop thinking about it. Another fact, it is recommended to kill them with a single but powerful shot, just like the woman that blasted a grounded Garitia when the General demonstrated what those monsters could do.
When they seemed to quiet down, Shadow sent the data he received from what he gathered to Max. However, he would stay there until there was nothing more to be learned.
Max received the data from Shadow, which was a bit more precise than what The Professor told him. He was quite surprised by these beings, but not that they had decided to invade Paxia.
"So if these monsters are here for invading Lore and feeding on our magic, then we must prepare for an invasion." Max stated.
Shadow appeared beside Max as he was running towards the castle.
"So I guess that we must once again fight together for the survival of not only Paxia, but for Lore as well?" Shadow asked.
"I would assume so." replied Max, "However, if their numbers are really that great, then we must also find a way to stop them from entering or creating more portals."
"So what can we do about this?"
"I think it would be best to ask Wolfie if there's a way to shut those portals and do something so that they can never come back and create any more portals."
"What you need me to do?"
"Go back to the Professor, ask him if he knows a way to shut the portals down. Meanwhile, I'll warn the High Council of this threat, then assemble all Nocturans. We need as many as we can to defend Paxia. Then, when everyone seems to be there, I'll split the forces in two. One force will stay at the Castle and guard it, in case some clans or enemies take this opportunity to take the Castle down. The other force will come here and help with these portals."
"Alright, I'm on my way."
Shadow vanished, only to reappear beside The Professor.
"Max sent me. He would like to know if there's a way to shut down these portals?"
"It's possible to destroy anything... Unfortunately I don't know how to destroy these portals... For now we must simply neutralise the threat, by destroying the monsters. When we get them under control, then we can look into disabling the portals."
"Understood. I'll be on my way." Shadow said. He disappeared from sight, and after a few minutes caught up with Max and appeared beside him.
"It seems like the method of destroying those portals is not known yet. The Professor suggested that we destroy the Garithias and hold our grounds until we get the situation under control." Shadow said to Max.
"Fine, let's hurry to the Castle, then I'll call for a war meeting." Max answered.
As always, here's the credits:
Thanks for The Prof to take some of his time to make this collaborative post and correct my grammatical mistakes.