Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blogfest of Death

Thanks to the lovely Tessa at Tessa's Blurb (and CritiquethisWIP) for hosting the Blogfest of Death!

I had another scene I was going to use, but I realized I'd already used it for the Murder Scene Blogfest a few months back and because I don't want to repeat myself, I decided to use a different scene. My antagonist leaves plenty of death in his wake, so I have several scenes to choose from.

Tessa's rules state that for the Blogfest of Death at least one person has to die...I went all out and killed a whole town. Mwahahahaha.

Ahem. Okay, so this scene is my antagonist, Rand, doing what he does best...being a bad boy. He's a rogue faerie-turned-human who's pissed off a humankind and wants to start a war with them. I think the scene itself is fairly self explanatory. Enjoy!


Is everything ready, Victor?” Rand asked his mage.

“Yes, Master.”

“Good. Then let’s get on with the test.” While Abelo was out searching for his daughter, Rand had decided to test his newest weapon. He needed something to keep him busy, and since weapons test was on the to-do list there was no better time than the present.

He’d chosen the small, isolated community of Fossil in central Oregon as his target. The name was just too ironic. He and Victor were positioned on a high point outside of town and prepared to launch the prototype weapon.

Rand lifted the lid on the wood crate which housed the device. Once the lid was open, the weapon floated free of the housing and hung in mid-air, a thing of beauty. The size of a basketball, it hissed and crackled with electric blue energy. It took Rand’s breath away.

“Shall we?” He asked Victor.

Victor handed Rand a vial of opaque white liquid, which he uncorked and swallowed in one gulp. The warmth of the substance tracked down to his center and then quickly raced to his limbs, energizing him with additional magic. He closed his eyes and began to whisper the spell he and Victor had designed to direct the weapon. His arms out at his sides, he threw his head back as the words gained momentum and his natural gifts took over. It felt good to control the weather again. He had so little opportunity anymore and after years of not being able to use his magic, he reveled in it now. Wind began to rush and gray clouds swirled from nowhere, obscuring the blue sky. The weapon responded to Rand’s urgent words, first spinning wildly on its axis, then whizzing away as it closed the distance between the men and the town. The tempest blew stronger, dark menacing clouds forming overhead as the weapon neared the first buildings.

Rand called on the winds and weather, bending them to his will until he was satisfied to see a twister drop lazily from the clouds as the weapon reached the center of town, where it hovered, waiting for the twister to meet and trigger it.

Even from his vantage he could see humans as they stepped out of their homes and businesses and stared up at the sky, no doubt wondering at the anomalous tornado – and the strange glowing orb hovering over the center of town. He snorted a derisive laugh. How stupid they were – when faced with a threat from nature, they stood like fools and gaped at it. It wasn't until the twister breached the edge of town that people began to race around, frantic and confused about where to go. Rand urged the wind to blow harder, pushing the tornado to meet the weapon. And then they met in a glorious blue explosion of destruction. When the orb burst it released its energy in a shock wave which shot straight down and then rippled outward. As it came in contact with each human being they disintegrated into a cloud of dust and blew away in the wind. Blue lightning streaked across the sky, and fat drops of rain began to fall as the last of the people in town erupted into puffs of dust and disappeared into the storm until the town was deserted and every single human being had been wiped from existence.

“Perfect,” Rand said. “Absolutely perfect!”


Now, go to Tessa's blog and follow the links to all the other fun death scenes!


clutterbug said...

Coooool!!! What an awesome weapon ... and a bad bad faerie.

Nice work :)

Tessa Conte said...

oooh you really did go all out!

MWAHAHAHAHA!!! Weapons testing - that's such a cool idea! And i can almost see Rand with a gleeful chuckle and an evil glint in his eyes, rubbing his hands at the sight of his Awsome Weapon... ; )

Very cool scene, Margaret! Thanx for sharing it with us and taking part in my Blogfest o'Death.

stu said...

I suppose if you're going to go for evil, you might as well go for the full blown kind. Nice.

Misty Waters said...

So . . . I should run when I see a twister or the blue lightening? LOL, great scene! LOVE Rand.

Delia said...

Would it have helped to hide in the basement? Good scene.

Renae said...

Great scene and what a very bad little faerie!

Great job!

Suzie said...

Wow, Margaret. A force of nature being manipulated as a weapon. Great imagery. And vaporizing them with the orb... holy bananas!

Awesome entry. I can't wait to read more. :D

Raquel Byrnes said...

Oh dear...I love that the weapon is so beautiful. Almost makes the destruction that much more fabulous! Great entry!

Lovy Boheme said...

Imaginative entry! I always think that faeries should be just a little bit evil.

Justin W. Parente said...

This was so interesting. I love that you refer to it as "weapon testing." That just made it so much more engaging.

KM said...

Whenever you see the name "Victor," you know something bad is going to happen. Intense weapon! I like that it was still a natural weapon, though - the twister. Fits with the whole fairy thing. :)

Sangu said...

You have such great descriptions and the sense of the fantasy world here is so well developed! The only thing I might change from a revision-y point of view is that some of the description might use a bit of trimming, just to quicken the pace a bit. Personally, though, I like it the way it is!

Eric W. Trant said...

Downright evil, that.

- Eric

WritersBlockNZ said...

Nicely done. You portrayed his indifference wonderfully!

Mesmerix said...

I'm curious to find out about Rand and where he comes from, what made him this way. As of right now, he seems mostly evil for evil's sake, and I also want to know how he got his own personal mage. All in all, a very nice entry!

Anonymous said...

Definitely an evil little faerie.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! That's quite a bit of destruction. Nice job!

Wulfie said...

Well....that would do it! lol

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SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

Whoa. One person isn't enough for you, huh? :) Crazy weapon. Loved the weather control and the description of the blue ball :)

My Blogfest of Deat entry! finally!