By Terrarian Pony
Fallout: Terracraftia; Chapter 11: Bloody Terrain ~ "Hmm? Nothing special today… just kidding! It's party time, and then it's after party time!"-Cherry the Party Girl
"Who are you, intruder!?" The man who was obviously the king, with his crown and royal red cape. Drake lowered his rifle. "Guys?" he asked. "How did you even get in here? I almost shot you in the face!" "We came to find you Drake." I said. "You left us, and didn't give us a clue as to what the heck happened last night, or what you were doing." Drake sighed, lifting his boney hand to rub his temple. "False alarm everyone." he said. "They're with me." The gaurds lowered their bloody pistols, which I knew were called "The Undertaker" of all names. "You know these people?" asked the king. "Friends you can say." Drake said. "Though in my opinion you should've never followed me."
"Well in any case..." the king's son began. "... any friend of Drake Starlight is a friend of ours."Charlie, myself, and Terra all gave Drake the same bemused look. "I'm sorry, did you say Drake... STARLIGHT?" I asked. "Yeah, that was inevidable I suppose." Drake said. "Hope Starlight was my... mother."
"WHAT!" we all screamed at once. Drake chuckled nervously. "Heheh... listen, we can skip all the drama and have seat, what do ya say?" I wasn't going to have it. "Oh no, we aren't avoiding this topic so easily." I said. "I find myself wanting to stop this before it gets out of hand." the King said, then smirked. "On the other hand however, I really want to see where this goes."
Me and Drake began to bicker about why Drake failed to inform us about who his own mother was. "Well what about your mom?" he asked. "You never told me who she was." I crossed my arms, and arched a brow. "You really don't want to get into the concept of Mineshaft moms." I said. "Nope, now I'm interested." he responded. "Oh please." I said. "In Mineshaft 8, the moms were a disaster to handle. Usually control freaks. The fathers were practically a joke. Wimps waiting to be punched in the face." "What about you?" he asked. "Well you turned out alright, didn't you?" "Well I never got into a relationship." I responded. "And I'd like to keep it that way." "What are we even talking about at this point?" Charlie asked. "Who knows." Drake said. "I just have one question." I said. "This is for real, right? Your very own mother was the President of Sky Terraria?" "Yup!" "Okay! I was just making sure I wasn't going insane." "Haha! You are insane!" "Guilty as charge. Come here, man!" We gave a friendly hug, and we heard the king laughing and clapping his hands. "Y-you people are too comical." he said. "What can I say?" Drake replied, grinning from ear to ear, if he had any. "I run with a bunch o' nuts."
Soon, introductions came, and we learned that the king was known to most of hso subjects as King Ferris, and his son was Prince Theo. Apparently, the Drake and the Prince were getting married in a few days. "Must be nice to fall in love with royalty." Terra said. "I didn't know you could even have same sex relations with royalty." I replied. "Well I've yet to see a written law about it." King Ferris stated. "Besides, I think there are enough vampire children in this entire kingdom to rule the nations." If I had raised my Creepa Cola any further to my mouth, I would have done a spit take. "Vampires?" I asked suprised. "Why yes." he explained. "Many of us in this kingdom are vampires. And even the ones who aren't still drink the blood water." That confirmed my suspiciouns that vampires were actually real. "So are you like... immortal beings or something?" Charlie asked. "Why yes." King Ferris said. "Only few things can kill us. Other vampires for example. Or a stake gun." "What about Garlic?" Terra asked. "Oh no, we just don't like it. It does horrible things to our digestive system." he explained. "I suppose decapitation works as well. We can regenerate small wounds, however, we can now regrow limbs."
"Wait a minute." I said. "If all this can kill you... why are you telling us?" "Because..." the king said, smiling, leaning in close. "... We can't have secrets among friends now can we?" He then laughed. I then thought of another thing. "Can you... you know... control someone's mind?" I asked. He looked thoughtful a moment. "Only vampires with higher skill can do such a thing." he explained. "For example my son and I. Except it's not exactly mind control. The mind stays consious, however, we are able to manipulate the body. We can even make a man's heart stop if we wanted to." I nodded, now feeling suddenly inferior to these... vampires. "I just had one more question." I said. "Is there anywhere in the kingdom that os off limits?" The king looked thoughtful. "Well... I wouldn't say it is off limits, but I would highly suggest that no one enter the statue gardens." he said. Terra looked confused, but I knew exactly why. "Statue gardens?" Terra asked. "Medusa..." I answered, with a gulp. "Indeed." the king said, solemnly.
We talked a bit about our adventures through the wasteland, and came up with an interesting topic. "Hey Terra." I said. "You hadn't told us much about your time before you met us. You should tell us." Terra immediately became uncomfortable. "Well... there isn't really much to say." she replied. "Come on, you'd have to tell us eventually." Drake said. "Well..." she began. "Before I joined the Enclave, they found me as a child in Mineshaft 111." "You're from a Mineshaft?" I asked. This just became even more interesting. "Yes." she said. "I was... frozen. Apparently, Terra-Tech was experimenting with prolonged cryostasis. Me and my mother... we were the only ones that made it out alive. The others... they were frozen to death." "Who was your mother?" Charlie asked. "That's another suprise." she said. "And don't give me the same lecture you gave Drake... but my mother was Angelica Redwind. My father was Jade Redwind." The table went silent. Terra was giving us the "Question me about it, and I'll gut you with a poison knife" look. "My father didn't follow us to the Mineshaft. Mother said he had a duty, but... I knew she was broken up inside as well. My mother died when a group of Lunatic Brotherhood soldiers from Elder Maxson's division attacked us. I can't believe it. The man begrudges ghouls, super mutants, skeletons, and synths, calling them 'abominations'. But he has no problem with having Lunatics in his division."
"I believe there is a reason for that." King Ferris stated. "There is?" I asked. "It was... a long time ago." he said. "Arthur Maxson was raised by Lunatics before the war. As a child, he lived around Lunatics. He never knew his real parents, or so rumor is told." "Wait, are you saying Maxson is that old?" Terra asked. "Of course." Ferris said. "Maxson is the Lunatic Cultist. He is now a human/lunatic hybrid. The Moon Lord had granted him such an honor. When the Lunatics and the undead weren't enough, he began to turn the Brotherhood of Steel against their leaders, and he created his own cult of humans. The Children of Cthulhu."