This post, in the Five Sentence Fiction series, was inspired by the iOS game Infinity Blade II
Her thin silhouette was dwarfed by the monumental gate guarded by two huge robed figures with horned bull heads, holding burning torches, as she stood at the entrance of the castle, her face set in steely determination.
Slowly she walked in darkness, looking up to the distant dome of the ceiling, as the heavy doors shut behind her with the irrevocable sound of doom.
In the icy midnight air she checked her armour, adjusted her helmet, and felt the steel of the pair of arabic swords she’d chosen to fight the Titan: only speed could save her against the monster’s brute force…
Then she heard the heavy steps and metal heels resonating on the ancient floor, and he was there, fifteen feet of towering hatred, steel, leather and muscle, holding the huge battle axe high.
His attack was as sudden as expected, she parred the mortal blow, dodged low escaping oblivion by a whisker, then aimed the double blades up and deep below his jaws, and she heard the massive bones cracking open, she felt her blades slicing the softer matter in his skull, and there on the medieval stones, the Titan collapsed, a dead fiend.
He’s the central character of “Infinity Blade: Awakening”, and, of course, he is you, if, like me, you are addicted to the game. If you are, then you know how brave, childishly brave at time, he can be: but of course, what he can achieve depends on progress on building up his skills, that is yours.
This young man is the last in a line of discrete heroes fighting against the evil God King who runs the land, Drem’s Maw. His is the lineage of Sacrifice, soft voiced humans who for ever fight against the armies of the God King, his Titans, all inhuman things at his service. Siris is the Sacrifice, sent to die for his people, who themselves are reduced to slavery. “The Sacrifice didn’t need to win. He wasn’t expected to win. He wasn’t supposed to be able to win”.
What sort of hero is that? Well, he does take the sword, the magic Infinity Blade, and comes back to his town. I like several things, for example: “His mother and he were among the few in the town who could read. The Sacrifice had to be literate.” Although Siris does not know why it should be so, “he had not considered it an arduous requirement; reading and writing had come easily to him”.
The swordplay is magnificent – though I am not sure what it will do in the end to the shiny screen of my beloved iPad! If you want to join me it’s easy. Multiplaying is via your Facebook account. Have a go. It’s great fun to be a literate Titan slayer.
Infinity Blade Bloodline 6 – killed the God King with the Lady Finger (Photo credit: ~C4Chaos)