Sheldon McCarthy is a new writer that brings pen and paper to life. He has created a new universe in the Omnia series and knows exactly how to draw you into a fantastical and epic world filled with might and magic. Born in Durban South Africa and currently 37 years of age he has always displayed a passion for writing since his early years and has proven just that in his new series of novels. Be sure to enjoy this short story as it's only the start of much more to come.
The Celestial Realm and
The 3 Kingdoms.
Celestial Kingdom: OMNIA/ High Gard - Heavenly realm of which all life flows in the universe. Also home of the All-Father and his royal celestial family and guard and various different Mythical Creatures.
1st Kingdom: SATARA home to the race of celestials and the Noldeshian Dragons
2nd Kingdom: ORAYKA Home to all full blooded mythical creatures.
Elves Dwarves Ogres Goblins etc. With very few half bloods and Blood Lords.
3rd Kingdom: HELEXUS Home to all Mythical Humanoids or Half bloods and Blood Lords. Plus an array of magical creatures.
Soul Drain: Each stone has this ability.
Once the target has been assigned damage from any stone's elemental blasts the stone drains the target's soul until it's captured into the stone. The soul's life force is then absorbed and can be used as a elemental weapon or as a power source. The void
Soul is then delivered to either Heaven or Hell depending on its nature.
❖ Heart/Essence Stone:
Converts Dark to Light and visa versa.
Possessed: Magic Spell.
Exorcism: dark spirits from possessed souls.
Possession: sends dark spirits into innocent souls
Cast freeze w.o.p/spell freezes opponent for 1 minute for 1 charge.
Requires: level 2 dark spirit, gives 2 charges
1 charge 100 ice blasts.
100 charges cast Blizzard
❖ Blood/Soul Stone:
Soul lock: blood ritual locks items into dimensional rift.
Requires: level 2 dark spirit and up for 2 charges/ level 3 gives 3 charges...etc
One charge gives 100 fire blasts.
Cast Fire Storm with 100 charges.
Exorcism: W.O.P(Word of Power)/Spell
❖ Spirit/Conduit Stone:
Requires: level 2 soul gives 2 charges.
Each charge gives 100 lightning blasts. The higher the dark spirits level the more charges.
Cast lightning storm with 100 charges.
And The Fallen Kingdom
Our story finds itself just outside a small village in between two mountains called the twin peaks.
Right at the slopes of the first peak facing from the east about a stone throw away from the small village which is called Sulain Valley was a small cottage where the Adreanis family resided. Now there was Mr. and Mrs. Adreanis and their young boy Heldon.
One cold winters night young 7yr old Heldon was having the most beautiful dream whilst tucked away under his warm and cosy blankets.
At once after he had the dream he leaped up out of his bed and ran straight to mommy and daddies room with tremendous excitement and a twinkle in his eye, Mommy Daddy wake up wake up quickly he ranted...young Heldon Adreanis!!! His mother complained what is it with you boy do you even know what time it is?
Mommy, Daddy I had the most beautiful dream, I dreamt I was walking through a big forest and right in the middle of the forest was a beautiful stream of shining water.
Then as I looked down at it I saw these shining objects in the stream and at once I jumped into it and started collecting them.
Now now, young Heldon sounds like you are talking about the stream of life that comes from the All Father but that stream is not to be found in our Kingdom my boy only in the first realm and it runs straight up to his majesty’s private chambers where the Omnia stone is hidden...
Wow daddy one day i would like to see the Omnia stone.
Heldon young man you shall not speak of such things for we are merely peasants in the fallen realm and it is highly forbidden for us to even think about such things, father what are you teaching the youngster in the wee hours of the morning Mommy replied???
Nothing to be bothered about dear he’s just a small boy and he’s going to find out about these things sooner or later. If you say so dear Mrs. Adreanis said with a slight acknowledgement in her eyes, “off to bed with you young man its very late and me and your father has allot of work waiting for us early in the morning. Come on young Heldon Mr. Adreanis said let me tuck you into bed.
Eleven years past by and the young boy has grown up to become quite the young man.
Heldon...Heldon, where are you young man Mrs. Adreanis calls out early in the morning standing on the front porch of the cottage. I’m here mother the young light Brown haired green eyed man replied gently.
Don’t forget to go down to the market today we need to sell the donkey for supplies for winter my boy.
Yes mother. And have you seen your father anywhere...?
His down at the barn mother, busy with the horses.
Ok dear don’t forget to see him before you go to the market he said he wants to have a word with you.
Yes mother Heldon replied.
It was early day with the sun barely revealing its head in between the two peaks as young Heldon made his way across the farm to go see his dad in the barn.
Morning father... Morning young man and happy birthday to you today my boy.
Today i can truly call you a man as you have just turned 18.
Thank you father Heldon replied.
Now what was it you wanted to speak to me about father.
Heldon my boy i need you to take the extra mule we have to Barabbas at the market and sell it for 3 mint pieces, and now i want you to listen to me very carefully as what I’m about to say is very important.
Yes Father im listening...?
As you return back home from the market instead of taking the second turn left on the old dirt road i want you to turn right. As you continue down the road you will come across a old wind mill to your right, follow straight down that road until you meet the edge of the waterfall.
When you reach it look to your left and you will see a large rock that looks like a Celestial(Angel).
I want you to pay attention to the chest part of the rock as you are to place your hand on the heart of the stone and thereafter speak to the messenger.
Messenger??? Heldon replied curiosly.
Now father what is this all about and why not rather have me come straight back home, why am I to go through all this and for what reason you know how mom feels about me talking to strangers?
Heldon it's your birthday today and if i were to tell you anymore it would ruin the surprise my son.
Now hush hush and be on your way to the market that mule isn’t going to sell itself now is it.
As the early afternoon settled in, young Heldon finds himself on the way back from the market.
He follows his father's instructions and can hardly wait to find out who this mysterious messenger might be and what exactly his message will be about.
Almost there just a few more steps Heldon thinks aloud to himself as he sees the celestial shaped rock. Wonder how it naturally came to be that way he pondered in awe.
Now we’ll see what the fuss is all about he says. Only one or two steps and I'm on the rock, now father said to touch the heart segment of the stone with my right hand opened...What the...!!?? As our hero finds himself thrust backwards on to the ground after a very loud bang!!!, and a flash of light, Heldon finds himself laying on the ground in a fetal position, frightened and confused.
Hello, Hello is anyone out there...? What just happened he thought to himself but all that comes out is quiet and everything is still and calm as if nothing happened at all.
This must be a trick he says to himself, darn I should of known my dad would be up to this sort of thing by now...wait a second, as he hears a slight chuckle coming from behind the huge Rock. Halt!!! Who goes there! Heldon shouts out loudly, Dad if that’s you then i hope you're satisfied because you....wait a second who are you because you're definitely not my...? The name you're looking for is ‘Ruagh' young man. A shady character replies to our young hero. Stepping towards him from behind the big Rock wearing a dark coat and with platinum and golden gauntlets around his forearms.
Wait a second who are you exactly or are you the messenger my father had told me about?
Messenger yes but more importantly (and as he was still speaking suddenly his appearance transformed with a flash of light and a great bang into that of a celestial right before Heldon's very eyes. His 6 wings outstretched far and seeming like that of the invisible energy found around fire with a blurring effect right up unto the first joints if each wing shinning like crystallite as if on fire, his appearance like that of flame and lightning. I have been sent here to grant you your first pair of wings and the scroll of wisdom that you have to take to your father for you have been chosen from on high for a quest unlike any other. Only question is will you be willing and able to perform what is expected of you Heldon Adreanis.
At once Heldon fell face down to the ground scared and confounded by what he is witnessing, but how can this be a celestial right here in the nether realm what does this all mean, and what have you my High Lord to do with your servant if anything I'm not even supposed to see someone of your stature why me i mean..., hush now young hero. It has long been foretold that a young hero shall arise out of the nether realm and embark on this royal quest for our Lord supreme.
You are the next in line out of the three families chosen from the most high and you are to lead the other two hero’s chosen and they are to aid you in your quest.
Now receive the scroll for within it lies this wisdom and power needed for you to unlock your first pair of wings.
Take it to your father's house and only open it in his presence. And with another thunderous bang!!! He was gone!
Dumbfounded Heldon got up to his feet and started running as fast as he could back home.
As Heldon was running he suddenly noticed something in his hand, it was the scroll of wisdom, he stopped dead in his tracks as he took a good look at it. I wonder what’s inside he thought to himself, as he was looking at the gold and platinum exterior he noticed a symbol a seal of sorts. It had a six winged figure with a shield in the middle and a sword penetrating a serpent wrapped around it. He also noticed a trinity symbol with 3 stones engraved into the shield. Strange I wonder what that means.
Anyways best take it to dad maybe he will know more about this as he was the one that sent me on this task.
It started getting darker and he reached their cottage at dawn no sooner.
Still in haste and exited what he saw he ran straight into the house right past his mother in the kitchen straight through to the study where his father sat and waited for him anxiously.
Dad, dad I'm back and boy do I have a tale to tell you,
Heldon my boy welcome back now I know you must be very excited but first did you bring back the scroll with you son.
Yes the scroll, I have it right here. Great Mr. Adreanis says as he opens up his desk drawer and brings out an odd looking box. That’s strange father, look, that box you have there has exactly the same seal on it as does the scroll...?
Yes my Son, this is the myoptrix, a rare and very powerful amulet that corresponds only to the scroll of wisdom. Now I want you to take a seat as what I'm about to tell you is going to be a very serious matter?
Yeah sure dad go ahead.
Heldon the reason you had those dreams about the objects and the stream of life was no coincidence.
When I was your age the very same occurred to me and later as I turned the same age as you are right now I was given a secret Mission a quest of sorts and a very dangerous one.
Father is that, before he could finish Mr. Adreanis interceded yes my son that’s why I have kept the truth from you until you have become of age for it is now your turn to stand against the forces of darkness and fight the good fight my son.
But wait dad I don’t understand what happened when you were chosen as I have been chosen today didn't you succeed in your quest?
Heldon I did not succeed and here’s why.
See at the time I was chosen I was given a great power but with that power also came great responsibility.
You see where I have failed you my son will succeed.
Let me walk you through it all, 6990 years ago to this very day the All Father created Omnia and the three kingdoms. Along with it he gave instructions to he’s three highly beloved sons Lucius Micheal and Gabrial to safeguard and protect the realms with three stones known as the trinity stones.
Now these weren’t just any random stones they possessed great great power.
The first Artifact was the Heart or Essence stone. This stone had power over all light and darkness creating perfect balance in the universe.
The second stone was the Blood or Soul stone that could harness the power of any beings soul and fuelled all life forms in the universe, it had power over all DNA and Physical Matter.
And the third stone was called the conduit or spirit stone. It had power over all the Energy Space and Time in the universe.
Now when all three of these ancient Artifacts were placed together in sequence and the right Word of Power where to be uttered they would summon the fourth and greatest Artifact the Omni Stone.
This stone had the power to recreate and duplicate any Force Spiritual and Physical in the universe. Along with it all Matter.
It also gave whoever wielded it the power to be omnipotent.
Now because of its greatness the wise All-Father hid the Omni stone and locked it away using a Secret Scroll.
And it is that very same scroll you are holding in your hand right at this moment son.
Furthermore the oldest of the three brothers Lucius had grown Jealous of his father and greed for the power of the Omni stone lingered in his heart.
As it stands till this day he has become obsessed with finding and wielding its power so much so that he even managed to convince his two brothers to entrust upon him both the Heart and Spirit stones.
As they gave him the two artifacts they suddenly came to realise, unfortunately after it was too late that he has been corrupted with a lust for power and right before telling him the Words of Power spoken in order to activate each stone they simultaneously teleported each to his own unknown secret location.
Are you still with me young man? Yes father only thing I don’t understand is why Lucius would become so corrupt in the first place.
That my son is a mystery untold to this very day...
Now what I'm about to share with you next is crucial to your understanding.
After all of this happened Lucius took the three stones although he could only use the 1 and hid the other 2.
Now because our family bears the trinity seal and have celestial blood running through our vaines even though we are more humanlike or as some call us halfbloods we have been tasked with the responsibility of finding the two hidden stones and use them to overpower Lucius in his mad quest to gain power over the universe and furthermore spawn his own twisted universe by combining the stones and manipulating them with his dark magic.
There is not alot of time left for us to perform our duty and stop him.
But father why didn’t his brothers sort him out when they had the chance?
Lucius is no small foe and I think both his brothers chose love over vengeance.
Besides who are we to judge the nature of the God's.
So now there is only 10 years left before the realms align and the All-Father again creates a new and perfect universe so we have to find all three stones and deliver them to the All-Father.
But Dad one thing I don’t understand is why not just do it himself, i mean the All-Father.
I mean his all powerful why leave it to us puny underlings to do all this for him if he can simply snap his fingers to set things straight.
Heldon's Father stared at him for a few seconds and sighed saying; You see in his benevolence the All-Father gave us the task to prove exactly how non-puny his creation really is.
He didn’t create a faulty creation.
Our Father is proud of his creation and we are a part of that creation.
Besides it has long been told that Lucius sharply ridiculed the lower lifeforms as a waste of time and space and that if he had the power he would of never created lower lifeforms.
This is how he deceived his brothers into believing him and giving him the Spirit and Heart stone in the first place. By letting them believe that all celestial life forms are equal and that the All Father was a controlling dictator that is blinded by power and selfish gain. He told them that if this was not the case then why didn’t the All Father want to distribute his power equally amongst all celestial life forms. Luckily they saw through is cunning schemes and pulled out at the last second although he did manage to corrupt a third of the Celestial army before they came to fully understand what was happening.
So now that you know about the root of evil lets get to your quest. As soon as I speak the Word of Power and open this box you will understand everything I have just mentioned for you will have the spirit guide communicating with you and at the same time receive the power needed to complete your missions and in so doing ultimately your main quest. So are you ready Heldon?
Yes Father im scared but I'll try my best.
You can cast the W.O.P and open it I'm ready.
And with that Heldons Father Spoke the W.O.P.
And immediately the box began to open slowly.
And while opening a strange blueish white light shined out of it.
There before their very eyes the Amulet which was round and had the 3 stones and the trinity symbol engraved on it started levitating towards the scroll which did the same.
As the Amulet touched the symbol on the scroll it suddenly started to open up with a great flash of blueish white electrifying light.
Heldon starts to slowly lift up from the ground as a celestial infusional mixture of wisdom and supernatural power engulfs his very soul in the forms of magnificent light fire and lightning.
In the middle of the transformation Heldon’s shirt gets ripped to shreds and low and behold 2 outlines of platinum and gold wing sockets appear on his upper back under the edge of each shoulder blade.
And at once as he slowly starts to find the ground again two glorious and magnificent white wings appear locked instantly into each of the wing sockets from his back. After he stretched out his wings the two lightning elemental wings suddenly vanished into the dimensional Rift in the wink of an eye.
Wow dad this is amazing i can feel the power flowing through my veins and did you see those huge wings were did they disappear to?
Magnificent, reminds me all too much of when i first received my own set.
I'll explain later son but now I want you to listen carefully as I'm about to tell you where I failed in my final quest.
Dad what happened?
Firstly let me explain to you differences between the main and side quests.
As you will find that you have officially succeeded in completing your first mission you are then automatically levelled up. Each main quest has an array of missions or side quests that ultimately helps you succeed in your main quest.
After each mission you will receive one resurrection for every level you progress.
So you are at level 2 now for completing your first mission in your main quest and for doing so you have been granted an extra life.
Be aware though, just as you will level up the Blood Lords and all other unholy incarnations that follow them also has the ability to level up simply by killing or possessing the innocent so be very careful.
Wow so I have more then one life.
Yes but guard each life as if it's your last because once you fall down to level one you die permanently.
Now let me tell you my story. I was a level 60 Light Rider Mage and went up against Lucius himself in his fortified Castle at Mount Avalon. We slayed each other multiple times until we where both down to level one. I had almost killed him and received the Soul stone when he suddenly cast a time freeze and told me that he had your mother pregnant with you at the time, kidnapped and threatened to have her and the baby killed if I don’t hand over the other two stones.
There was nothing I could do I had no choice so I gave up the two stones in return for you and your mother.
After I failed the All-Father decommissioned me to a life of peace and solitude with my family.
Im really sorry to hear that dad.
Its fine really and im grateful in a way because i got to spend the rest of my life with the ones i loved.
Now lets go outside and see what you can do with your new wings.
As they went outside Heldon asked his father, I dont know how I summoned my wings in the first place they just magically appeared out of no were dad how am i going to do it again this time round?
AlRight so Heldon I want you to close your eyes and visualize your 2 wings in front of you as if they where magically activated already..., Ok here goes nothing! and with an flash of electrifying light they suddenly appeared again attached to the sockets that glowed round is back.
Wow this is sooo amazing dad. So what you saying is i just have to imagine them there and they automatically appear, that’s brilliant.
Yes son we call it activate and deactivate.
Now I want you to deactivate just imagine they are gone son. And boof his wings were gone again in a another flash of radiant light.
'Sweet Grace had a wheel barow' that was so cool dad did you see that, Wow!!!
Yes son, now your wings are not only there for flight they are powerful weapons, if you will look at that oak tree over there. Yes I see it. Now picture your wings again but this time point one wing straight at the tree as fast as you can. Ok here we go. “Whish” and with one swoop out of the front of the wing came 3 razor sharp blades straight into the old oak tree. What the...Heldon stared shocked at what just happened..!?
Pretty great hey son bet you didn’t see that one coming did you Mr Adreanis Chuckled. Now all good and well lets look at some other options, i want you to visualize a enemy attacking you full force then i want you to block with your wings on my say so. And go!!!
As Heldon focused and pulled his wings Infront of him he suddenly to his amazement saw both wings fully covered with a strange platinum and gold metal like substance similar to that of armour.
Wow holy goats cheese thats amazing...
As he was still marvelling at the sight Mrs Adreanis came out to the porch and yelled boy's supper is ready.
Mr Adreanis looked at her and winked as she went back inside as if nothing was going on.
Mom wait, come and look what I've got.
Now Zachary you know I don’t like all this business with you boys playing with weapons in the back yard come inside and eat!
Ok Hun we will be in in just a few almost done for the day.
With that Mrs Adreanis gave a slight grin and shook her head as she went back into the kitchen. Now Heldon your armour is made out of the strongest of steel which is called ethereal steel as is the armour that will go around your body but we will get to that tomorrow young man you heard the lady, supper is ready. Wow dad so there's armour too it just keeps getting better now doesn’t it.
Don’t get to exited yet young man you still have lots to learn.
So now before we go inside there is one last thing i want you to do. I want you to spread your wings horizontally alligned parallel with your shoulders. Now flap your wings against each other above your head as hard as you can on my go ahead. And you might as well reach out with your right hand to where you think the joints of your wings will meet, now are you ready. Yes sir!
“Swoosh!!!”, and with a huge bang, his wings struck as hard and as fast as lightning and were the two joints met formed a double bladed steel sword which converged together from the Ethereal steel armour around his wings.
When he saw it he grabbed the sword by the hilt in his right hand and took it down slowly.
In pure amazement the boy wondered at the magnificent double bladed sword speechlessly.
Ok son now that you know what your wings are capable of I want you to deactivate so we can carry on tomorrow ok it's dark outside and time to retire and go to bed tomorrow you have a big day ahead of you.
Heldon deactivated and everything vanished into thin air.
Still speechless the boy and his father went inside and had supper.
Later that night as Heldon was laying in bed trying to fall asleep he couldn’t stop thinking about all that happened during the day.
He saw himself standing with the sword in his hand and remembered the marble hilt, the 3 sockets one on the back of the hilt the other where the blade met the hilt and the last in the middle of the blade splitting it into 2 separate frontal blades that was formed in the same shape as his platinum and golden wings.
I wonder what the sockets are for what if they are for some sort of artifact or stone? Wait a second I bet you they are for the creation stones.
Heldon found it very hard to fall asleep that night as he could still feel the power of the Scroll of Wisdom surging through his body.
He wrestled a bit and started feeling his eyes grow weary. After laying still for atleast 3 hours pondering about the days events he heard a still small voice speak out his name: “Heldon, follow me” at once the boy was wide awake and sprang up to his feet. Who’s there he asked frighteningly?
Once again the small voice uttered “Heldon follow me”
This time he went upstairs to his parents bedroom. Dad, did you just call me? What! No Heldon we sleeping boy go back to bed and with that he rolled onto his side and slept further.
Now Heldon was confused and even more scared.
What’s happening am I losing my mind in the wee hours of the morning, I could of sworn I heard a voice call out my name. And I can't be dreaming this I really heard it. He thought to himself on his way down the stairs back to bed. This time he didn’t hear the voice again for atleast another hour and thought it to of been hes imagination.
And just as he nearly fell asleep “Heldon will you follow Me?”
The boy pulled the blankets over his head. Maybe it's the All Father. Yes i will Follow you my Lord! He said.
And as he was still speaking he suddenly felt a great joy and immense peace flowing over him like that of waves rushing through his whole being, and with that he was able to sleep sound as a baby.
Early the next morning Mr and Mrs Adreanis was busy preparing breakfast in the kitchen as Heldon woke up from bed. The sun was barely peaking through the cottage window as the scroll of wisdom laying on the window table started to emminate a blueish white aura around it. “Pick up the Scroll Heldon Adreanis” The still small voice commanded. Heldon rose up from bed and walked over to the window. As he stretched out his hand to pick up the scroll a flash of light shimmered past his gaze revealing flashes of the not so distant future mission he was to embark on. A glance of the majestical east peak not so far from their cottage and a cave with Goblins inside then another flash at another goblin but this one was wearing robes like a mage of some sort. Heldon opened the blank scroll to see the words appear on the scroll with a slight delay as of being written right in front of his very eyes. After reading it he went inside into the kitchen area where his dad was already enjoying breakfast, morning folks he said with a smile.
Morning son Mrs. Adreanis replied, your plate is ready on the table dear. Top of the morning young man Mr. Adreanis replied so did you at least have a good night's rest. Yes dad so much happened from then till now I heard our Lord's voice for the first time and the scroll...., Hold your horses young man first let's finish breakfast then you can tell me all about it. Ok dad. Heldon pass me the pepper will you dear Mrs. Adreanis said. Sure Mom here you go. After throwing just a tad of pepper on her eggs Mrs. Adreanis looked at Heldon as he was digging into his breakfast. Young man im going to miss you so so much but i know you have been blessed with favour from on high and that our mighty Lord will take good care of you my boy. Said Mrs. Adreanis. I'm just so worried, its like you grew up so fast and now that you're a man i stand to loose you the same way i lost your father many years ago when he first got chosen. Now now dear Mr Adreanis interrupted. There's nothing to worry about our boy is in good hands.