Apex Legends Refueled?

Tuesday, April 28th marks the beginning for the newest Apex Legends update the Battle Armor Event. So I decided to share a few clips from the last few days including a bit from the event as it stands, as well as a glitch I encountered in the Battle Armor game mode.

For those of you who know me, and not even that well, I have a hard time shutting up about Apex and, well, looks like it ain’t happening any time soon. This new event has me pumped, and fueled for carnage. Even from the announcement, I found myself back in the pool “driving lead down range.” I am just as stoked for this event as all the other AL events, I’ve loved them all! If you would like to share your love/hate with the current or past events feel free to comment, but for now let’s move on shall we…

Apex Legends is like any Battle Royal really. You are dropped, with your selected team onto a battlefield with nothing but your wits…and a couple other dudes. The name of the game is survival, and that’s tough when all your gear is random, so you, for the most part, have to fight for it. Luckily “you keep what you kill” Necromongers, unless your teammates dont want to share…that happens too.

Throughout the match you can acquire four levels of gear. White, blue, purple and gold. Each color represents a different level of effectiveness. White being the lowest and gold being the highest.

The best gear doesn’t guarantee a victory, I well thought out plan or even better aim can trump I higher suit. So the first clip was about a week ago, and it shows how battlefield awareness and shield swaps can get you out of a tight pinch.

I have been known to drop a purple shield for a white shield just to continue punishment on a target without the lengthy repair time. Sometimes that is not an option, sometimes you have to retreat, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up.

This next clip was from Battle Armor day one, and had just ran to heal up. Both of my teammates fell and were boxed. Instead of running back in guns-a-blazin, I had a second thought…

I became the second and third party. I was able to turn the tables on an entire squad solo, based on tactics alone. That’s not all, a lot of people also tend to forget to respect the equipment we are given. This clip particularly, I used the fast rate energy weapon up close to knock the first two and immediately swapped to the long range single fire to mop up the last tango. Even the smaller weapons can be incredibly efficient. Let’s jump back, pre-event once more. It goes on to show the value of a gun rarely used, the RE-45.

These two weapons, the RE-45 and the Hemlock(Hecklom, as I call it), are a couple of my go to’s. If I have one or both of these guns I will have a decent game. Between the two of them, you get a powerful short, medium, and long range potential.

I believe at this point, you all have a decent grasp of the game, so let’s head back to the event. The opening set for the Battle Armor event starts with white armor, two syringes, and a P2020. The set up is not the best, but everyone is bound to the white armor. No armor pick ups, but every other quip is fair game.

Starting the match with armor and a gun, regardless of the efficiency, makes the game exponentially easier…unless someone finds a Peacekeeper shotgun or either one of the energy weapons. The three of them are, individually, devastating. This last clip has nothing to do with weapon drops, or even armor, nah. Instead I would like to show you my favorite glitch.

As you can see I was dropped, yet in last stand, like Borderlands. I was down, but I could still utilize my gun! I wonder if I had finished off an enemy if I would have popped back up? I wasn’t able to pull it off but I did get a res, thanks to my wife and frequent teammate TinkoRoboto.

We had a lot of fun with the event, day one, and I for one can’t wait for level two of the event, and so on. Don’t forget to give me a watch to keep up on more streamer and gaming intel, mostly Apex Legends for now. Also, throw a follow over to Tinko and I on our artist based Instagram page, Maxon Illustrations for your content creator or official art needs.

Please stop by and check out the Utopia Bound family friendly, non-toxic discord server, for all your secondary content needs. We have professional artists, musicians and video editing support, to help you set up the best audio and visual environment for your brand.

This has been fun, but my time is spent.

Remember to be kind, and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

Devastating Development

This title seems bad right? What’s going on with the big guy today, you ask? Well I got my unemployment settled after the layoff because of the virus who shall not be named;D I’m not sick, nor is the family, so what could be so devastating?

Here’s the deal, I fight anxiety and depression on a day to day basis. Since we have been on lockdown it has been a full on war. For anyone who has seen depressions ugly face, you know that it obliterates your motivation, as well as people skills. I had plans to write several articles and my sources all seemed to lose contact with me. This put a kink it the works, then the virus fear and ultimately imprisonment. I wasn’t in a place to write.

Here is a short text as an update. I will hunt for more content to cover. I want to provide you all with the content you deserve and here is to future motivation, cheers!

I hope to see you kids around,

Remember, be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

Utopia Bound

I first started watching streams early 2019, and from the quality that I had seen, I was capable of the same game skill. Stream after stream I kept seeing toxic behavior masked by skilled play, and it made me sick. A lot of viewers tend to be a younger audience, so the example that everyone was getting was vile and tainted. And I decided to start streaming to offer a better, morally sound content.

Before I started streaming I spent the better part of a month networking. Trudged through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and I also visited streams on Mixer and Twitch to get to know people and try to coax them into my streams.

For the most part I was successful on twitch, pulled an average of 10 people almost immediately by being supportive and present in their channels. Sadly I lost every single one of them switching to Mixer. I didn’t go it alone, however.

Some friends I had made on Twitch did jump to Mixer as well, and with that I was hit with raids that made me realize that I wasn’t ready for that level of entertainment, but the friends I have made also met my standard of no-toxicity. That was the first push toward Utopia Bound.

The second push to Utopia was an when I was approached for artwork. Pius Rampage, co-founder of Mizu Gaming, contacted me to help someone with art needs. It had turned out that person paid forward for art and the artist vanished. Kept the money and produced no art. This isn’t the first time, nor last where I heard of such things.

I realize that the internet can be a dark place. People creep and feed on others anonymously, and I wish that wasn’t so. I do not have the power to clean up the web, I do, however, have the power to offer my word.

Many words do not quite hold the meaning they once had. Respect, honor, trust, loyalty, each one being discredited by untrustworthy folks burning bridges before others can even find them.

I myself was lucky enough to find a bridge. I met a streamer by the name Forice, who gave me an opportunity to produce art. He shared that art as well as my name and it opened so many windows for me. I also made a name for myself. I am stable, I am here and I will do the work I am commissioned for.

I thought about this for some time, before I decided to go “Utopia.” The entire idea behind my project is to host a non-toxic streaming hub. I’m sure this is not necessarily enough information, so let’s break it down.

I personally know several talented and professionally published illustrators and comic book artists. So the first step was to invite these artists, who welcomed the opportunity. These guys I have known for years, and very well may be better than myself. Utopia Bound is now a fantastic place to find trustworthy, talented commission artists.

Turns out, content creators can be in need of music as well, and I just so happen to know a music producer as well. He also agreed to help with my project, so now we have the potential for original, custom, one of a kind music.

While going through the motions, advertising my stream on Twitter and Instagram, I ran into a youtuber, who also gives advice with video editing. I asked him if he would also like to help out. Just following this guy on twitter would be a great help cause he is always posting information as well as asking questions. Utopia found a “video editing coach.”

I also contacted Lightstream and asked if I could put some of their contact information and features up. They replied by sending a project manager to help folks out, in house.

Utopia Bound is sharing other tools for streaming, like mod bots, stream related announcements, and we partnered up with a gentlemen who reviews stream tech, and advises, not the most expensive equipment, but the gear that will get you through.

Utopia Bound provides a safe nontoxic place for people to find their streaming needs. We have artists, musicians, editors, and streamers all guaranteed to be nontoxic. You can find what streaming service you need or even connect with other streamers to set up events, co-streams, or even a simple party up.

Now Utopia is not just for streamers. For the guaranteed streamers, I have personally typed up short profiles offering a brief personal catch as well as stream rating, games played, and contact info. So that you may have an idea of what you are getting into without actually starting the stream.

Think of Utopia Bound as a promotion center with no obligations and plenty of shops for wears.

If you’d like to check us out, you can get more information at:

Utopia Bound

Or

SatisJaxon

Remember,

Be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

5 Questions With Scudpuddle

Not every step you take is in the sun, some are in the shade. While it’s hard to see through the dark, with every pace, you grow closer to who you will become, maybe even where you want to be. For some, they reside in the shade, helping others to walk, even run, back into the light.

That is where we are right now, helping someone out, and into the sun. I believe that when some of you read this, you will agree that Scudpuddle is deserving of the spotlight. As I get to know him, the more I’m impressed. He’s supportive, creative, and a man of many skills.

Scudpuddle starts the whole show with a really cool job. Engineering is not a simple line of work, such a career would require an extremely flexible mind to adapt to different situations and problems in the field.

If engineer wasn’t enough, he is also a musician! He has helped others with his sound and added notes to other projects as well. Scudpuddle’s has tapped many sources to house his content, including: YouTube, Spotify, Sound Cloud, or even on ITunes, with a simple type of his name, “Scudpuddle.”

Give me a second to lean into this cliche, but wait there’s more! Scudpuddle is also an amateur wood worker. He has crafted items for his friends to use as giveaways to further their content. He has informed me, while he has started with smaller items, he is working his way up to larger pieces, like furniture. He prides himself in one-of-a-kind, custom products.

(Oak dice tray with an Elk hide bottom and a resin inlay.)

From engineer to guitarist to carpenter, his schedule would seem sparse of time. Still he frequents streams, and shares others content as well as finding time to game. Scudpuddle has also shared game clips for 365 days straight to twitter, and is more recently compiling ten clip montages for YouTube, with his own custom soundtrack.

Well enough of my ramblings, let’s hear from the man himself. Here is 5 Questions With Scudpuddle:

Q. Engineering requires creative thinking and problem solving, do you think those skills aide you in your other ventures?

Scudpuddle: Absolutely. Engineering has taught me to persevere through some challenges. Problems come up, we figure them out and fix them, then move on to the next one.

For music, it has helped me be creative when writing. I’m constantly coming up with ideas. Sometimes they turn into songs, sometimes I combine a few similar ones, sometimes I make short melodies for small videos, and sometimes they are just left alone. Either they didn’t work out, or they’re on the shelf for a later date.

Engineering has also taught me patience and attention to detail which is particularly useful for wood working. The patience required for woodworking can be the difference between a shoddy piece of work and something that is beautiful and cherished by its owners. I strive for the beauty and art instead of just slapping things together and calling it good. Sure, it works that way, but how well and for how long?

Q. There are so many tools available to make music, what is your favorite instrument and how does it speak to you?

Sudpuddle: Guitar is always going to be my most comfortable instrument, but I really enjoy the piano and keyboard. I love the sound of a piano, and the capabilities with a keyboard are almost endless, especially when you have MIDI. Lately, I’ve been doing more and more MIDI things as I experiment. The virtual instruments are fun to play around with.

But like I said, guitar is my most comfortable. And it’s easy to travel with and play. Usually every night before I go to sleep, I’ll play at least 5-10 minutes of guitar coming up with melodies, writing songs, or just messing around and playing old songs for practice.

Q. Music has so many applications these days, so is this solely a hobby, or an avenue that you would like to better explore?

Scudpuddle: Right now it’s starting off as a hobby. I grew up always wanting to be a music producer/song writer. If it grows into something more, that’d be great. At the moment though, I’m creating whatever I can for whoever I can and getting my stuff out there for whoever stumbles upon it. I’m still learning all the skills required, but without formal training or the time to fully commit to it, I doubt it’ll be more than a hobby any time soon.

Plus, keeping it as a hobby takes away the pressing of HAVING to be creative. Right now it’s pure enjoyment when I can do it. I’m lucky that I don’t have to rely on it to live.

Q. With these other impressive skills, what keeps you tethered to the realm of gaming?

Scudpuddle: Gaming has, and always will, have a special place in my heart. I’ve met so many people and I’ve made lifelong friends through gaming. It brings out my competitive side sometimes, and other times it lets me get lost in a story. No matter how far my other ventures go, gaming will be there. It helps me if I need to unwind at the end of a night.

Q. If you had an opportunity to either give advice to a past self, or get advice from a future self, which would you choose and why?

Scudpuddle: If I could give my younger self some advice, I’d tell him to stay true to himself and be honest 100% of the time. You’ll be able to walk your own path instead of following another’s. I’ve done that the past year and a half and honestly, I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been. Kinda cliche, but it was a lesson I didn’t learn until later.

In short we are all surrounded by interesting people, who guide us and help us as they can. It has been a privilege to share a bit about Scudpuddle, but there are a lot more folks who go unnoticed on a day to day basis. So if you know someone who always has your back, why not give them a shout out? In the comments, Instagram, Twitter, what have you.

To keep up to date with Scudpuddle you can follow any of these links:

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

Spotify

Sound Cloud

Remember,

Be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

An Apex Breakdown: Bangalore

Upon launch of Apex Legends, Bangalore was one of the most popularly selected characters. As we tread well into season 4, her popularity has waned. Due to some of the other characters’ abilities, Bangalore is probably one of the more overlooked characters in the assault class, at least in regard to platinum rank on up. In these paragraphs I will touch on my experiences with the character, and talk about some of the perks of playing Bangalore.

To start we need to understand the game. Apex Legends is a first person shooter and battle royale with rpg elements. The goal is to survive and outlive the enemy teams, by building a squad with suitable ability to best handle the environment. With the specialized character abilities per class, you take a seemingly average battle royale and make it a strategic ever-evolving pvp fueled dungeon raid. We have healers, scouts, tanks and, with the season 4 update, we have gained a necromancer, of sorts. That being said a lot of people go into Apex trying to solo the game, which can be achievable but ultimately makes the game more difficult. I’d like to bring teamwork back to Worlds Edge and Kings Canyon.

Bangalore is categorized as an assault class by the developers and deemed useless by some of the higher ranked players. I humbly disagree to both. Her strengths are evasion and suppression. I would call her a support class, and I think she is vital to the team-play experience. Her skill list is as follows:

Double Time– Her passive ability grants increased movement speed when sighted by an unseen combatant.

Smoke Screen– Her activated ability covers a decent surface area for evasion. Also I believe that the canister inflicts 10 damage upon detonation.

Missile Barrage– Her ultimate is a blanketing missile strike that spreads across the landscape, with latent shells, which detonate in sequence to cause a tidal wave effect over the terrain, inflicting damage and stunning enemy’s.

We will touch first on the passive ability. When enemies are close we can hear their movement, for the most part and that gives you time to react. That is where the relevance of double time comes into play. If someone’s close enough to hip fire, then you will hear them, but if they are at medium to long range they will have to look down sights to hit you, thus activating double time.

My advice:

Never stop moving. Loot quick and don’t linger, because if you keep your distance then, eventually, someone will pop a shot, instead of closing in.

As for the smoke screen, this has to be one of the least utilized abilities, if not one of the most misused. I believe that with the addition of damage to the smoke coverage, her smoke screen should be directed at the enemy for blinding. Overall there are several different scenarios that would cause you to use the smoke differently. Most often I use the smoke to hit snipers in towers to allow my team to find better ground or escape.

Smoke options:

1) Smoke yourself if you don’t know where the enemy is, and regroup.

2) Smoke the enemy to move unseen. If you Smoke a destination, they know where to follow.

3) Smoke to conceal allied traps.

4) Smoke and cover fire for healing, respawns, revives, and looting.

My advice:

Take your teammates into consideration. Only smoke yourself if you don’t obstruct their view.

This brings us to Bangalore’s ultimate ability. I think it is a rarity to get a knock with the air strike, so I have deduced that this tool is best used for suppression. Throwing the barrage is the best way to force a team to move. This could be the difference between you or an enemy team holding the high ground.

My advice:

This ultimate is best used as a means of escape. Throw it in the direction you are running, and you will make it through right before they start to explode! This will offer a fantastic head start.

In conclusion, within the later ranks you will still see me running Bang, I just can’t see passed her benefits.

As an added note I have always wanted to try a trio of Bangalore, Caustic, and Bloodhound for the end circle. Smoke, gas traps, and beast of the hunt…sounds nasty.

As always,

Be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

5 Clips From Apex Legends

So in this bit we will be looking at some great clips. Not like an affordable haircut, no. We will have a count down on some awesome and funny clips from the Apex Legends community!

These clips will be up in the air, from all seasons. But looking to the future, the 5 Clip articles will be covering games between the last article to the next. Also, Apex, will not be the only game covered, each write will have a general theme, or different game.

We are going to kick this off the same way many great stories do…with the one who got away. This first clip comes from B34TRO on Xbox One. Last on his squad and trying to break the storm, he runs into a team gatekeeping. Does he let this get him down? Well, yes but he got right back up, and out for a miraculous escape!

Gentlemen, sometimes, have to let them go, and sometimes they have to throw down their guns, and settle thing like…well, gentlemen. I have seen this in a couple of channels but never from someone who plays console. So let’s delve deep into the Dapper Dimension with Pixel Peet

Down to the final two squads and the spirit of an honorable duel is respected. One on one, no guns or quips just bare knuckle to bare knuckle!

Pixel Peet is a Twitch talent from the Mizu Gaming Organization. If you are oblivious to his greatness, now’s your chance to catch up.

As long as we are trying to be gentlemen here, we should acknowledge our gentlewomen as well! They deserve our respect just as much as the sirs, how could you not, after the next clip, from our own TinkoRoboto!

Tinko is on point with her Eva8 and Re45, for that 1, 2, 3 squad wipe on the old King’s Canyon. What makes this even more amazing is she was short a shield. Fantastic match start.

Speaking of King’s Canyon, a little while ago we were treated to a helping of the launch version of the map. Back to the old map with the old habits is Goku DBZ dropping hot in skull town with a pretty satisfying clip. Unlike the rest of these clips, Goku’s is trimmed to shorten time between kills, we just wanted to show the climb from bare knuckle to geared to kill leader. Enjoy;D

Before we wrap things up here, I have one more combo clip. The following is to emphasize the importance of teamwork, and sometimes, “carrying” a teammate may just be part of the job.

If you would like to take part in some interactive Apex Legends to thwart Nitro Punk’s efforts, or just enjoy some premium content, launch that jump pad and hop on over to Mixer and watch our dude in action.

This is not the 5 Clip stint in it’s full glory. Think of it as a test. After this write, I will be asking for game clips from other games and doing a more comprehensive breakdown with what is going on. Hopefully these bits will ultimately feel like “plays of the week.” But I’m going to need those clips!

Thanks for the support kids, and I’ll be back next week for 5 Clips from Modern Warfare and a breakdown of Apex Legend’s Bangalore character efficiency!

If you’d like to be part of the 5 Clips for next week, please send me your Call of Duty: Modern Warfare clips from the past week! You can leave them as a comment, reach me on Twitter or on my Discord.

Be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

5 Questions With Mizu Gaming

We are all gamers aren’t we? I know that I am. I’ve been immersed in the digital daze for quite some time now. Gaming was once deemed a waste of time; However, over my life it has become a viable career path.

Video games alone are a multi billion dollar industry. But we weren’t talking about the developers were we? No, we are all gamers here, right? So let’s get to the good stuff!

According to Esportsearning.com, there are a handful of gamers who made it to the millions, a bit more who are pulling around SIX figures a year! The average of course is around 40-60k a year, and depending on where you live is a decent salary for doing something that you are passionate for. I mean that’s the dream, isn’t it? Doing what you love for a living?

This edition of 5 Questions is bigger than any one person. We will be shining a light on an organization, built by gamers with real world business experience, to aide others down the path to their respective goals.

Without further ado, I present to you,

5 Questions With Mizu:

(Image Credit: Property of Mizu Gaming)

Q: What is it exactly that Mizu does?

A: Mizu is a multiplatform entertainment organization currently employing content creators, pro players, and artists.  Our organization has its own Twitch, Mixer and YouTube channels devoted to unique and exclusive content not seen on any other stations.  We also have two pro teams playing Apex Legends, and we are currently recruiting members for a League of Legends pro team.  We intend to field teams across multiple game franchises, to help us achieve the goal of winning championships. Lastly, we are contracting with designers and artists to bring cutting edge merchandise to the global gaming community.  

 

Q: What was the inspiration behind starting Mizu Gaming?

A: Our founders met during one of Pixel Peet’s streams back in early 2019.  As they began to play Halo together, they found they had friends in common across the Swat Nation and the Halo community at large.  During the fall of 2019 they began to discuss the way organizations within the gaming community tended to focus on the people at the top levels of the orgs and not the folks who drove the engine of success.  They decided to bring a new paradigm to the industry.  The goal of Mizu Gaming, and the Mizu Entertainment Group is to empower our members and help them achieve their dreams.   Our founders have 45 years of combined business experience which allows them to see unique talents which may have been overlooked by other organizations.  Our mission statement governs everything we do:  If you want to go quick, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.  Mizu believes that if we do everything in our power to make our content creators and pro players successful, that will in turn make all of the Mizu brands successful.  You cannot have one without the other.  On the surface we appear to be focused on content creation and pro players, while behind the scenes, we advise our members on legal matters, contractual matters, assist them setting up their personal brands and protecting them, we assist them with open broadcast software (OBS), and with unique transitions and overlays.  If we have members of the community who are attempting to negotiate a deal with a competing organization, we offer contract review and negotiation services.  Finally, all our members participate in our philanthropic arm, Mizu in Motion, during our annual events.  This year we are focused on the first responders in Australia who volunteered their time to save countless lives and homes, in some cases giving all to do so.  The event is on February 29th and will be broadcast on the Mizu Twitch channel.

 

Q: Where do you see Mizu, this time next year?

A: This time next year we expect to be broadcasting and simulcasting on multiple platforms on the Mizu Entertainment network.  In addition, we expect to be closing in on a championship in Apex and League of Legends, while expanding our pro teams to five unique game franchises.  We also have a very big project we expect to launch at the beginning of 2021 which will excite the gaming community around the world, so stay tuned!

 

Q: What would you consider Mizu’s strongest feature?

A: The creativity and drive of our members is by far our strongest feature.  This is a group of people who work tirelessly to bring unique, entertaining content to our audience.  Watching these folks is truly inspirational.  On any given day you can find several members in our “think tank” discord channel collaborating on new ideas for each person’s stream.  There is no hesitation about speaking their minds in constructive ways to further the project.  And despite competing with each other, our pro teams often bounce ideas and techniques off each other while developing winning strategies.  

 

Q: If you could say anything to those who aspire to join a gaming organization, what would it be?

A: Becoming part of an organization requires a tremendous amount of dedication to yourself, and the family you are joining.  When you are investigating an org, make sure you find a group who shares the values and vision of your brand.  Too many people sign with the first organization they find just so they can tell people “they are part of an org”, without regard to their own goals.  The first step in courting an org is to lay a good foundation on your stream, or in the game you play.  A good organization will help you build on that foundation and grow in the direction of your dreams.

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I have had an opportunity to get to know these guys pre-Mizu and I can tell you that their intentions are genuine. I’ve witnessed their motivation, their drive through all the advancements in so little time. Intent, and drive matched with the raw, untapped talent Mizu has acquired, I foresee a promising future.

You can contact Mizu Gaming at any one of the links below. Don’t forget to show your support on Feb 29th on the Mizu Twitch channel, also listed below.

simiansamurai@mizugaming.org

www.mizugaming.org

Twitch

Twitter

Instagram

Discord

 

Remember to be kind and stay fantastic,

SatisJaxon;D

And we are back!

I have been very busy with the last few stages in my life, but these last few months have been large strides.

I have been through a lot since I have started this blog. From Twitch streamer to Mixer, from moderator to graphic artist, I have been all over the place. And my one and only has been there right beside me! I love that woman, TinkoRoboto!

After this great silence I am coming back at you with greater news! We are back at writing! And not the fictional stories I ended on. Instead we have content headed your way!

We have a new discord to pair artist and streamers, I will be writing some more of my 5 questions interviews, as well as two more story types! 5 clips and 5games!

You will have to stay tuned in order to see what it is all about, but let’s do a little test real quick:

Looks like we are good to go with my top game clip write ups;D

Lastly my wife and I are working together on a graphic design team know as MaXon Illustrations! Come check us out for all your Branding needs!

Thanks for hanging around,

SatisJaxon;D

New Salem Chapter 2: Doctor Koronova

I woke in tremendous pain. Sure, my arms, legs, chest, and face felt like they were on fire…but that’s not what I meant. As I said before, I am a strong man, when it comes to the physical. What truly aches is the pain of loss. I laid there, awake, eyes still closed, quietly sobbing.

I lost everything…her. Ro.

“This I did not expect…” it was an odd accent, it hit consonants hard and went light on the vowels, “That savagery you displayed dispatching the demons…” He was obviously North Eastern Pangean.

I opened my eyes slowly, because I didn’t care enough to be startled. Without my stars to guide me I am lost. My life was now void. I was able to choke out a single request, “Please leave me be…”

Someone must’ve put me in bed, because I don’t recall leaving the square. I threw my legs over the side to sit up. I lazily sighed as I realized that I was blind in my right eye. Just another tally for the losses.

“I saw you in the square and thought to myself, ‘Ozomov, this is the one to help you.'” My eyes…eye focused on a thin man across the room.

He sat at a large desk, nothing too special just taking up a lot of space. It wasn’t exactly messy either, but there were books piled atop, not neatly, and papers the same. Order with a touch of chaos…and that is what I saw when he turned to me.

He had medium-long grey hair pulled back tightly into a ponytail, which bushed out the other side. He wore a ornate white mask, covered in carved spirals, that just barely covered his face. From below the mask he had a long grey beard that was tied off just in front of his heart. Between the mask and a long white lab coat, there wasn’t much skin showing, but it was enough to see most of him was covered in burns. His right hand looked to be the only thing unscathed.

“How rude of me,” He continued as he briskly crossed the room, just before he extended his normal hand out in greeting, “The name is Dr. Ozomov Koronova, first most expert in Demonology of New Salem.”

I looked to the floor and said nothing. Even with half the sight I was use to, I could see him out the corner of my eye. Ozomov, half turned and locked his arms behind his back. “I am reminded of a story…”

His story was actually a myth. He told me of the Legend of the Silver King. It dates back for hundreds of years, the creator gave the Silver Race the ability to snuff out demons. The Silver King, understanding the responsibility placed on his people, honed his skills becoming the most powerful of them all.

A little over a decade went by and the creator returned. He told the Silver Race that their task had been completed, and instructed them to relinquish their gift. The King glared down piercingly from his throne, he sensed a change in the creator, and refused.

The King’s disrespect bought him the cruelest punishment ever conceived. Bound kneeling on the floor of his throne room, and every man, woman, and child of the Silver Race was slashed open and dropped into the Kings arms. He held everyone he had ever known as their warm crimson spilled out onto his regal clothes, leaving their bodies cold and lifeless.

When the last corpse was heaved to the top of the pile in the back of the throne room, the creator asked one last time for the king to relinquish his gift. The Silver King, chained to the floor of his palace, bathed in the blood of his entire people, looked up at the creator with a single tainted tear on his cheek. The king pulled the chains tight as he lifted himself as upright as he possibly could, his rage burned wildly and beamed from his eyes as they seemed to attack the creator.

When the king finally spoke the room shook violently, his voice deep and booming,

We took an oath, for you…

Through gritted teeth…

To protect the innocent…

The irons around the kings wrists groaned…

And you take from us?!

The windows and portions of the walls and ceiling was starting to dissolve and blow away like dust in the wind.

I will give up this power, but not to you…

The creator lunged for the kings throat, but was left with a handful of what looked to be dandelion seeds, while the rest of him scattered. The corpses did the same pouring out of every opening in the dissolving castle.

There will be others worthy of carrying the mantle, and with my heir will dawn the rebirth of the Silver Race.

Ozomov went straight from the story to his point, “I believe you are the heir to the Silver King!” He continued, “…you even summoned his sword!”

He carried on like a fan boy for several minutes before I finally spoke,

“I don’t know what you expect, but I have nothing to offer you.”

The Doctor stood in silence for only a moment before he responded,

“I seek your help with a demon.”

By now a solid stream was flowing down one side of my face once again.

“I lost the only person I had ever cared about.” I welcomed the sting of my hands touching the still fresh wounds on my face as I try to hide it. “I just want to be left to die…”

Ozomov sat beside me on the bed, and gave me a reluctantly awkward pat on the back.

“Revenge…” His demeanor changed, the Doctor was real still as he elaborated, “I want revenge, for my wife, Lilly Anna, and my daughter, Delilah.”

I looked through my fingers over to his hands folded in his lap, fidgeting with his burnt fingers.

He continued, “They were to be my future, but now they are my past.”

His normal hand reached up to fix the mask on his face.

“All I have to look forward to is the return of that demon, from time to time, and I resign to the fact that I can do nothing.”

His tone and energy returned,”But now I have you!”

I thought about it a hundred times in a mere instant, and the more I thought about it, the more I knew that I wasn’t the only person who has felt this loss. Not only that, but to these demons.

“Let’s say I wanna help… “I lean lazily elbows on my knees, hands hanging toward the ground. “I don’t even know how to control whatever it is that is inside of me.”

“Well…” Ozomov slapped his knee, and immediately stood straight up. “We can figure that out.”

The Doctor reached out his hand as if to greet me once again, and this time I took it.

“By the way, my name is Kana.”

New Salem Chapter 1: The Descendant

It was her heart, what kept me going. Love can be a powerful thing, powerful enough to give someone as hopeless as I a reason to live. From the moment I first saw her she was the stars, beautiful but out of reach…or so I thought. Here she sits just before me, waiting on the question.

She went by Ro. It was a simple name, but there was nothing simple about her. She was always a step ahead of me no matter the plot. She knew what I was going to do before I did it, and this very moment is no different.

I invited her back to the place where we had met. We sat at the same flimsy table, drinking the same terrible coffee at this small outdoor bistro in the square. The square was busy, full of shoppers visiting the many other vendors that share a location with the bistro on a daily basis.

Our table was special. It rested at the foot of the Silver King’s fountain. Not that it was he that meant anything to us, rather it was the sound of the trickling water from the base of the King’s statue that drown out the sound of chattering public. It granted the illusion of privacy on such a populated ground.

If I were to be honest, I was also quite fond of the statue itself. The Silver King was said to be a warrior, who protected his people at the cost of his own life. which is probably why they depicted him holding his sword high in the air, as though he was about to thrust it downward to finish a foe. I often found myself daydreaming of being the King, because like him I am a large man. I am taller than most, and stronger. As to be expected of an orphan of New Salem. Only the strong survived.

Ro cleared her throat, as she often had to do to get my attention. I was not estranged to getting lost in my head. In fact I spent most of my time in thought. She cleared her throat again, and this time my eyes met hers.

“Kana….” I smile every time I hear my name roll off of her tongue, “I thought you had something to ask me?” She batted her eyes at me like you would see in a cartoon.

She was toying with me. She knew that for a self proclaimed strong man, that I was weak when it came to emotions. She had me by the balls and I knew it, too.

“Spit it out, big man.” She teased, “I know what you want to ask, but I want to hear you say it.”

She sat across from me, one elbow on the table, and her chin in the palm of her hand. She gazed up at me with a gentle grin, beautifully, impatiently waiting. She topped it off with the fingers of her opposite hand drumming on the table, “I’m waiting….”

I drew in the breath, but the words caught in my throat. Sheepishly, I cast my eyes from her, as I look to the crowd.

Dread is what I felt, at first for sharing, but then a jolt of fear that launched me to my feet toppling the table between us. The crowd around us had dispersed for the most part, many were still running, and for those who weren’t they were being drained of life or ripped apart. Ro also stood, at first in shock of wearing our breakfast, then the terror of impending doom.

Beasts were flooding the grounds. Ro and I stood in horror, as sensory overload caused time to stand still. We were force fed a sight of gratuitous gore and violence. There was no prejudice to the victims, all men, women, and children alike, were targeted, by a great, many, varying monsters.

Time seemed to coil back in place once I noticed the horned guerrilla barreling toward her. I shoved her to the ground, taking her place just before impact. Grasping at the horns, to ensure my flesh remained unscathed, it pushed me through the fountain, feet swept out from under me as I’m forced through the water, back crashing into the Silver King. It snarled and huffed and grunted. As it thrashed it saturated my face, chest, and arms with snot, drool and spit.

I held it back by the horns as best I could, until it started to let up pressure. Maybe to go for a second attempted gore, but I seized my opportunity. With the leverage I had on his horns, I flipped myself backward, hands down into the water and thrust both feet upward into the jaw of the monster shoving it’s skull into the King’s blade, or, at least, the other way around.

I was free of it’s grasp, but not its weight. It collapsed atop me, pinning me under water. It wasn’t a terrible struggle to shake loose, as I crawled out from beneath it. I burst out of the water, forcing it to crash over the side onto Ro, who was leaning over the edge of the fountain, reaching out for me.

“Kana!” She screamed, as I gasped for air, “…we have to get out of here!”

One of the few times I was unable to smile from her utterance of my name, I remained silent as I spoke with action. I sloshed over the side, dragging her toward the nearest building, just behind the bistro. A couple of the creatures noticed us, and the chase was on.

When we made it to the shop, we didn’t mind the door behind us, but the front was all glass regardless. We were over the counter, into the back as the glass crashed to the floor, upon the monsters’ entrance. The sound was startling as well as motivating, pushing me harder, making me reckless. I turned the corner quick, slamming my shoulder into the wall. Upon the contact, I could feel a buzz deep in my bones, and just as fast as it appeared, it faded.

I pulled Ro through the emergency escape, driving my shoulder through the door before heading up the steps. I felt the buzz again, but more like a quake, vibrating throughout my body. It faded just as before, but this time it was more intense.

The stairs were probably a poor choice, but the situation didn’t allow much time to diligently formulate a plan, no. I just kept moving, and luckily when the beasts broke through the doors at the bottom of the stairs, their impatience got the best of them. They flailed and clawed at each other, trying to push through as the other did the same. This gave us the time to hit the rooftop exit. I must admit I hit it a lot harder than I wanted to. Another shockwave pulsed inside me, but it was more than that… I could hear something, at first too quiet to make out, but then it became more clear. Low and gravely, the voice shook my very being, locking my knees to throw me through the door at the top of the landing and down onto my chest on the rooftop.

Ro was trying to pull me up off the roof as I fought the intrusive waves.

They’re all dead….

I was back to my feet, but I still had the aching remnants of the tremors, ringing in my bones. My hands were shaking as I peered over the edge of the roof. At least two stories up and fifteen feet to the next building…we were trapped.

“We will have to jump,” I said, “It’s our only–“my cliche was interrupted before completion, like a door being slammed in your face. Quite literally a door bashed me in the face, catching me across the bridge of my nose and my right eye. It came at me in pieces, like it exploded off the hinges, some even crashing into my chest tipping me over the side of the building, down onto the cold alley floor below.

When I looked back up to where I was before the fall. My vision was blurred, fading in and out, but I could see Ro hanging by her head. She must have jumped off after me, but one of the beasts caught her just over the edge. She didn’t struggle because her eyes were already black. I tried to call out to her…instead,

They’re…

This voice was not mine…

All…

It was deeper, gravely…

Dead…

It boomed, and carried over the whole town, rattling the earth like an aftershock.

Much was broken from the fall, and I could not move. My body ignored and rose on its own. My hands and feet wrapped with stripes of black and white, spiraling up and fraying at mid calf and forearm. The frays formed long thin tendrils that snapped around me violently like whips.

I was a passenger in my own body. Couldn’t control myself, I just had to hang in and watch it all go down. My hand reached out, and in the blink of an eye, it pulled back toward me, bringing Ro and the beast, to the ground before me, as though they were teleported through the air.

The monster dropped her right there. It snarled all the while it backed off. It was frightened. Why would it be frightened of me?!? I stepped over Ro, I wanted to reach down, or even speak to her…I couldn’t. My body stepped toward the creature despite my fear, despite my wishes.

Know now that the descendant of the Silver King is here…

We, the beast and I, both exited the alley and were back out into the square.

With my heir comes the rebirth of the Silver Race…

The grounds were now full of monsters once again, hundreds of them. They had all returned watching intently from every direction, looking down from rooftops, and even the horned guerrilla crawled out of the fountain to witness me raise both hands together over my head, and a sword, similar to the one on the statue, formed.

Demons be damned!

With a slash, one creature was turned into a bubbling, steaming, puddle of tar. The blade hissed as the tar burned off, leaving the steel in a thin stream of smoke.

Fear not these demons, my child…

I could feel him peering internally.

They’re all dead.