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Medieval Curse [UNFINISHED]

Feb 21st, 2016
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  1. >12-th century
  2. >The Holy wars and Crusades are at their peak
  3. >Seemingly endless fights between Muslims and Christians
  4. >As you make your way through the narrow streets of your town you hear a noise
  5. >You shouldn't be surprised, since it's a regular occurrence here
  6. >Your town is located inside a fortress on the border of the state you, Crusaders, created
  7. >Because of that you are regularly being attacked by infidels
  8. >You manage to repel them each time but it becomes obvious that you won't be able to hold it for much longer
  9. >Maybe it's another siege army trying to capture the fort
  10. >You hurry to your home since you kept your armor there
  11. >Exiting your house you try to fasten your pace but obviously there's so much you can do
  12. >As you near the source of the sound, you figure out it's behind the wall
  13. >It's a siege alright
  14. >You climb the stairs of the nearest tower to get a better view
  15. >You see an army in the distance slowly progressing towards you
  16. >You prepare for another battle in the name of your Lord
  17. >A few hours later the battle is raging outside the city
  18. >Numerous of your brethren have fallen but you still stand strong
  19. >You hear someone running behind you
  20. >As you turn around you see imminent death in the form of a sword swinging towards you
  21. >Everything slows down as your whole life just flew in front of your eyes
  22. >As you await your fate you notice that everything really has slowed down to a full stop
  23. >Your enemy seems to have noticed that too
  24. >You observe him struggle against this strange occurrence but to no avail
  25. >You try to move but seem to be in the same predicament
  26. >What is this vile sorcery
  27. >Suddenly you hear shouting
  28. >It seems come from an old man
  29. >You concentrate your hearing on his shouts
  30. >"...you should be ashamed of yourselves"
  31. >"Fighting over some entity that has no real scientific proof"
  32. >"Spilling the blood of man for nothing but your petty beliefs"
  33. >"You seem to not understand what is your real role in this world"
  34. >"And it looks like you won't even try to understand it if I try to explain it"
  35. >"Looks like you are not even worth your humanity at this moment"
  36. >He stops for a moment before raising his voice to an unnatural volume
  37. >"LISTEN TO MY WORDS FOR THEY WILL BE YOUR CURSE AND SALVATION"
  38. >"YOU HAVE STRAINED FROM THE RIGHT PATH TO YOUR TRUE ROLE IN THIS WORLD"
  39. >"AND THERE HAS TO BE SOMEONE TO RETURN YOU TO YOUR ORIGINAL WAYS"
  40. >"UNTIL YOU FIGURE OUT THE WRONGNESS OF YOUR ACTIONS YOU WILL BE TRAPPED IN THE FORM I WILL GIVE YOU"
  41. >"THIS FORM WILL EITHER HELP YOU FIX YOUR WRONGDOING OR BECOME YOUR ULTIMATE DOOM"
  42. >After a short silence he continues
  43. >"AND REMEMBER, EVEN IF YOU RETURN TO THE RIGHT PATH, ONLY A TRUE ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAD YOU FURTHER"
  44. >"ONLY THE TRUE ONE WILL DECIDE WHETHER YOU ARE WORTH YOUR HUMANITY AGAIN"
  45. >"AND WITH THESE WORDS I LEAVE YOU TO YOUR NEW FORMS. NOW IT'S UP TO YOU TO HEED MY WORDS OR CONTINUE YOUR LOWLY FIGHTING OVER NOTHING"
  46. >And with this he became silent
  47. >This left you very confused
  48. >What did he mean by that?
  49. >What is this 'right path' he was talking about?
  50. >And 'new forms'? This doesn't seem to be making much sense to you
  51. >As you ponder these thoughts you see a flash in the direction of the old man
  52. >You squint and see a small sphere in the middle of the battlefield
  53. >It seems to be growing pretty fast
  54. >The people in the vicinity have already been engulfed by it
  55. >You can't see anything behind it, it's glowing too bright
  56. >Seems that death has reached you from an unexpected place
  57. >As the enlarging sphere approaches you with its glowing wall you brace for impact
  58.  
  59. >Insetead of pain that you were expecting you get some unsettling feelings across your body
  60. >Everything inside and outside of it seems to be moving into different directions
  61. >You've been unfrozen but still can't make yourself move
  62. >As if you're suspended in air
  63. >The feeling intensifies in your hands which makes you drop your sword and shield
  64. >You feel yourself changing in strange ways as your mind wanders off
  65. >For a moment you think of endless green fields and sounds of nature
  66. >The thought dissapears as fast as it appeared though and you're back to the real world
  67. >Nothing feels right
  68. >You struggle to turn your head to observe your surroundings
  69. >Still can't move
  70. >As you wonder for how long this will last you feel yourself lowering towards the ground
  71. >The ability to move slowly returns to you
  72. >The first thing you do is turn your head towards your body
  73. >The image is too surreal to put it simply
  74. >You seem to have kept your armor but the appendages coming out of it
  75. >From first glance it looked like you had stumps instead of your hands and feet
  76. >As you inspect the changes you notice some key features
  77. >The features of a hooved creature
  78. >What is this sorcery
  79. >Turning your head to observe your back you confirm your suspicions
  80. >You are a horse now
  81. >A noble steed in apparently ideally suited armor
  82. >Though you look rather small for a horse
  83. >Just now you realise that you are still at the battlefield
  84. >You try your best at getting up on all fours
  85. >A bit wobbly on your hooves you look around
  86. >You were not alone in your predicament
  87. >The whole battlefield was covered with horse-like creatures like you
  88. >Some still lying on the ground, conscious or not
  89. >Some are like you, dumbfoundedly looking around
  90. >You slowly start moving towards your nearest standing companion
  91. >As he notices you he starts backing away awkwardly
  92.  
  93. >For some reason only now it came to you to call out to him
  94. "Marcus! It is me, Albert! Do not fret as I am in the same predicament as you!"
  95. >He seems to have stopped to which you inwardly cheer
  96. >Some of the fighters have turned to you in curiosity
  97. >You slowly approach Marcus
  98. >As you're near him you notice that he's visibly uncomfortable
  99. >"Albert, is that really you? What in Lord's name happened?"
  100. "I'm at the same loss as you, Marcus"
  101. "It seems we have been part of some devilish sorcery which turned us into some sort of horses"
  102. >"Is there some way to reverse this?"
  103. "No idea"
  104. >As you observe the battlefield you see the enemies rising up too
  105. >Though judging by thier panicked exclamations you assume fighting is not on top of their priorities right now
  106. >After several hours of confusion and conversation the enemy did a weak regroup and retreated
  107. >Which didn't really help your situation in any way
  108. >Enetering the city you notice that it has been affected as well
  109. >As in every single house, every single inhabitant
  110. >Surely there was panic among the citizens, which was quelled with great effort
  111. >The town guard was in no way accostumed to their new forms
  112. >You enter your residence and plop down on your sleeping place
  113. >Maybe this is all a dream and when you wake up everything will be back to normal
  114. >You were wrong
  115.  
  116. >From this point on the world was extremely shaken by this event
  117. >The spell transformed every single human being on Earth into small equines
  118. >Nobody really knew the intentions of that old man
  119. >The turmoil continued for years before everything had to be fit for the situation
  120. >As the Renaissance came there were countless workings of art inspired by the event itself, the past and the present
  121. >Inventions were made, ideas sprouted about a possible cure
  122. >Even a new term for the new form was proposed - homo mannus
  123. >Or "human-pony" as an alternate term
  124. >Which later developed to be simply "pony" along with the latin term
  125. >Some were not very acceptant of the idea, thinking that it eliminated their past and identity
  126. >Wars still continued to happen
  127. >New inventions always had a hint of hope for a human future in them, sometimes even inspired by it
  128. >There were always those who tried to erase the past and embrace the present, always viewed as traitors and extremists
  129. >Who knows what awaits us next in this chaotic world
  130. >Only time will tell
  131.  
  132. >*plop*
  133. >You are Anon
  134. >You've just finished the history book you've been wanting ages to read
  135. >You were very interested in history since foalhood
  136. >It seemed so dynamic and action-packed
  137. >You always loved history lessons in school
  138. >After finishing university you decided to dedicate most of your free time to reading about history
  139. >One day you were going about your day and something shiny catched your eye
  140. >The shine was coming from a book store
  141. >It was a cover of a book you were dreaming about your whole life
  142. >"The Big Book of Human & Pony History" by Daniel Harrison
  143. >You were waiting for this moment since foalhood
  144. >Everything you ever wanted to know about history in one book!
  145. >There's no talking that you bought it right then
  146. >And ran to your home, the biggest smile plastered across your face
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