‘Welcome to the beautiful city of Sindria!’
That was what the sign at the entrance of the city read, before everything was destroyed.
Sindria was a developed town. It was dotted with residential houses, with shops lining the streets and roads. At one corner, you could see a father waving goodbye to his beloved wife and daughter, most probably going off to work; at the other, an ambulance with paramedics rushing to the aid of an unconscious man; or in the centre, where the mayor of Sindria was standing out in the balcony, overlooking his city with a proud grin on his face. But all these are now just memories, lost away in history…
“Just one more block at this corner…” A sky-blue haired guy muttered to himself, as he meticulously placed the last block. “With this, the amphitheatre is complete!” He took a few steps back and beamed with self-admiration for helping this city build such a magnificent and outstanding piece of architecture. He had chanced upon this toy city quite recently and has since, taken a strong liking to its people. As a result, he decided to invest his time in developing the city further and allowing it to prosper to greater heights.
“What should I start constructing next? A natural waterfall in the countryside? How about an aqueduct across that valley?” The young guy wondered out loud.
Out of the blue, a loud voice thundered from above. “Or what about you don’t build anything at all and leave MY city right now?” Looking up, he noticed an orange-haired man clothed in Sengoku-inspired heavy armour, glaring at him. The man was sitting in a chariot with fiery wheels, pulled along by a pair of flaming pegasi. As the man drew closer, he could feel the heat in the atmosphere intensifying.
Remaining his composure, he spoke calmly, “I beg to differ. On what basis, Tyrius, should I follow your orders?”
“Tch.” Tyrius clicked his tongue, as he jumped off his chariot and landed forcefully onto the ground. The pegasi flew off into the distance, drawing the empty chariot along and leaving a trail of embers behind. Tyrius shrugged and turned his palms up in resignation. “Looks like you’re still being a disobedient little Venile as always. Do you really wish for me to teach you a lesson again, my dear?”
Venile clenched his fists, upon the mention of his total defeat against Tyrius in a previous duel.
Knowing that he had struck a nerve, Tyrius sniggered and continued, “Look, I found this toy city earlier than you did. I was the one who built the ballistae and all the other defence mechanism in the city to protect from the invasion by the Rhodoks a few years ago. And I even introduced liquefied gas for them to cook meals more efficiently. I have made a lot of contribution to this toy city. So, if you do not want to lose to me for the second time and suffer the embarrassment, get lost. Now.”
He has a point, Venile thought, he indeed has made a lot of improvement to the society. But he could not just give the city up to that incapable jerk. “Well, then why did you abandon it? When I came here, there was no one in sight.”
The redhead sighed. “Argh, because another god waged war on my other toy city and so, I had to go and defend it.”
“So you just left this city all on its own, didn’t you?” The bluenette retorted.
Tyrius scratched his head in frustration. “So what if I did? I can do whatever I want. This is my city.”
“Not for long. After this, it’s going to belong to me.” As if the atmosphere was not tense enough, the challenge Venile issued had heightened the intensity in the air sharply, and both individuals seemed to have developed an overpowering aura. Tyrius’s one radiated with orange and red sparks whereas Venile’s aura glowed a deep sea-blue colour.
“Let the duel begin then. Don’t regret it after I beat you hard and good, just like I did it last time.”
Immediately, both of them declared in unison, “Aschente!” The battle had officially begun.
“By the name of Venile, I am the God of water and ice. Infuse me with the spirit of the leviathan and bestow upon me an eternal blizzard!” Blinding light emitted from Venile, and when it ceased, he was fully equipped in his deity form. He was donned in a deep blue mysterious robe, and had a hood that covered his sky-blue hair. Long sleeves enveloped his arms as he wielded, with slim gloves, an ancient wooden staff and an open book that looked very worn and tattered. At the head of the staff, laid a mystical orb that changed colour periodically, ranging from icy blue to sea blue. Tiny water droplets and snowflakes seemed to revolve around Venile as well.
There was a slight hint of an impressed look on Tyrius’s face, but it transitioned into a smirk in the blink of an eye. “My turn.”
“By the name of Tyrius, I am the God of fire, metals and blacksmith. I hereby summon the power of the djinn and take on the avatar of the phoenix!” Instantaneously, he burst into flames. As the flames died down, he was also completely equipped in deity form. Comparing to Venile, the redhead had even lesser armour. Other than silver-edged scarlet shoulder pads and knee guards, he also had a waist guard that composed of silver-edged maroon plates. A chainmail plate covered his groin and thighs only, leaving everywhere else of his body bare. He was bare-footed and did not wear any gauntlets too. Tyrius licked his lips, expressing his excitement to savour the joy of fighting. “Let’s brawl.” And as if on cue, his fists blazed up in flames and his body started steaming.
Venile wasted no time as he casted the first spell. [Glacial Storm] A powerful snowstorm was catapulted straight towards Tyrius.
“Oh no, don’t throw snowballs at me,” Tyrius joked. But in the next instant, his eyes changed expression and he became serious all of a sudden. [Drought] The air suddenly became extremely hot and dry. All the snow immediately melted. But unbeknownst to Tyrius, the snowstorm consisted of shards of never melting ice as well. The ice shards rained down on him, with one plunging deep into his arm and one scratching the side of his face. “I see you have gotten stronger.” Tyrius admitted as he plucked the shard out. “But I’m afraid I won’t be defeated so easily.” [Fiery Talons] Before Venile realised, the redhead was dashing towards him with a blazing claw. The bluenette hastily casted a spell. [Aqua Shield] But it was too weak. As Tyrius approached even closer, the water already started evaporating from the heat radiating from him. Venile tried to dodge but Tyrius was too quick. He leaped and swiped at the bluenette’s chest, tearing away the robe and scraping his flesh. Venile clutched at his chest, trying to hold the pain in, but fresh blood was already gushing out of the injury.
“How did you like that, Venile?” Tyrius sneered. He grabbed hold of the bluenette’s chin and pulled him close, whispering, “Why don’t you just give up now?”
“Ne…Never.” [Frozen Fist] With that, Venile landed a punch directly into the redhead’s abdomen, making him cough out blood. Tyrius immediately leaped backwards to distance himself, such that he could recover from that blow.
“You annoying little prick. I am tired of you already. Prepare to face my wrath.” [God Spell: Lava Plume] Countless streams of fiery waters materialised out of nowhere and jet towards Venile.
“I am not going to be defeated by you once again.” [God Spell: Tidal Burst] A gargantuan tsunami appeared and surged towards Tyrius.
The two attacks collided but they were on par with each other. The lava streams smashed into the body of the tsunami but either side refused to let the other party win. Tension built up as the forces kept becoming stronger and stronger.
Just before everything exploded, a bright light started to shimmer in the centre.
“By the name of Elymerath, I am Queen of all Gods, and the God of air and wind. Transmute me into the griffin and bless me with the divine power of the angel!” [God Spell: Holy Void] A bubble of vacuum appeared, enveloping the disarray of fire and water. At once, everything exploded but all impact was apparently contained inside the vacuum. Then, the bubble burst into a shower of sparkles and a woman clothed in feathery armour and humongous, beautiful angelic wings, came into light.
“What in heaven is going on?” She demanded in a loud, resounding voice.
Tyrius and Venile immediately recognised the lady and bow in respect. “Queen Elymerath. We apologise for our unruly actions.”
“Don’t the two of you know what happens when two god spells clash with each other?” The pair looked down in guilt. She continued, “I understand that both of you were fighting over a city. Then tell me, where is your beloved city now?” With a sudden realisation, both the redhead and bluenette turned around, but to their horror, the toy city was no longer there. In place of it, were devastated ruins of destroyed buildings and structures.
All the houses had collapsed. Trees burned as the countryside turned into blazing deserts. The town hall was destroyed completely and the amphitheatre was covered in rubble. The walls built around town had tumbled down, crushing roads, cars, the entire landscape. Parts of the city were also partially submerged in water. Sindria had been utterly obliterated.
In the corner of the city, there was a woman and a young baby girl, the only survivors of the entire incident. The woman was crying profusely and the girl had a look of confusion.
“Mommy, when will Daddy be coming back from work?”
Author’s Note: Hello! A year ago, I had to do a Creative Portfolio for an English Literature project. The theme I chose was natural disasters, and so, I wrote three short stories revolving this topic. Of the three, Toy City focuses on the idea of natural disasters being caused by the gods above, specifically volcanic eruptions and tidal waves. It’s titled as such, to highlight how, to the gods, cities are simply toys, trivial objects they play with. Indeed, I am portraying gods under a negative light, for I value human life and I do not believe they should be toyed with. Anyway, I wanted to post this particular story on my blog because as you can tell, it was inspired from popular fantasy/magic anime plots, e.g. Magi (Sindria Kingdom), Fairy Tail (magical spells), etc. “Aschente” too haha I found that No Game No Life phrase super cool I’m sorry for plagiarising it >< I assure you I thought of these character designs myself, but then when I went online to search for anime representations, I found these characters which look similar to those in my story lol. Either way, I hope you enjoyed this short story :))) Not really aspiring to be a writer or anything, but any suggestions or comments are totally welcome :3
Tyrius – Sanada Yukimura (Sengoku Basara)
Venile – Random Ice Wizard I found on the Internet + Jellal’s hair and coolness (Fairy Tail)