Dear readers, tonight with us is a man leading a revolution. He’s here to talk about cybernetic implants and fighting immortal dragons.
Beryl? Can you hear me, Beryl?
What? Ow. Where am I? The last thing I remember was being on a train. I used my implant, and… I don’t remember. Ow. My head.
It’s all right. The confusion will pass. It’s normal in these situations.
I don’t know normal. And what is this situation? Who are you?
Just the one asking the questions. You want to answer my questions, don’t you?
I… for some reason, I do. That’s weird. Will you answer my questions?
Not really. Tell us a little about the city of Viridia. What is it like there?
I hate it. I’ve hated it all my life. No one’s really happy here. The green dragon rules over everything. His soldiers and draconics impose his will. If you’re not useful to him, you’re dead. I know that better than most.
Sounds like you really hate the dragon.
Of course I do! I want to kill him. And the other five dragons. They’ve ruled over the cities for too long.
Do you have any cherished memories from childhood? Surely something must have been worthwhile in your early life.
I… don’t like to talk about my childhood. My parents. I didn’t have a good relationship with them after… No, I’m not talking about that. You can’t make me. And they’re dead now, anyway.
Dead? What happened?
An accident. The same one that crippled me. I wouldn’t be able to even walk now if my friend Loden hadn’t given me a cybernetic implant to control my legs.
Interesting. Does this implant do anything else?
I can use it to give extra boosts of energy to my legs. Run faster, jump higher. Wait. Why am I telling you this? It’s forbidden technology!Continue reading “Beryl (of Viridia, by Tim Frankovich)”