ALL YOUR FAVOURITE GOD CHARACTERS ARE DEAD
IN THIS UNIVERSE READ AT OWN RISK
|By Shona Katt|
|Chapter 2 - cHILD oF fATE|
The teenager drove out of Sunnydale easily after graduation as yet none of the powers that be of both sides suspected he was more than a unlucky mortal with the misfortune of attracting the wrong attention at unfortunate times that upset millennia old plans.
The boy thought of the invalidated Codex with a smirk, both his enemies had to frantically regroup after that little upset. The best part of it was that because Buffy was suppose to die she could no longer be predicted by any prophesy which was simply driving both sides of this little war nuts trying to anticipate her and include her in their master plans.
By his calculations he had the summer to do some major salvaging of the other gods. He knew it wouldn't be easy finding mortals either without destiny or with a completed destiny that had resonance with a matrix but he had to try. He couldn't fight this War alone he needed help and the world and universe desperately needed some regulation. He could feel a dozen large scale wars in process and hundreds of smaller ones not to mention the aggression levels all demanding attention, it was a major itch that was slowly driving him crazy, yet he didn't dare touch them more than slightly or he would betray his existence.
So he was stuck playing the unsatisfactory and dangerous game of doing only as much as the matrix without guidance had been able to. Immortal life could really suck sometimes, his Ares-Mars incarnation had it so f**king easy he never had to hide this way all he had to do was show up and direct the War personally.
The boy drove casually keeping up the act of innocent teenager on a road trip even though he could feel when the powers started ignoring him. The boy who was War smirked, it was good to be the Zeppo he waited until he reached Oxnard to make his move the bolts that held the cars motor in place had been unscrewed before he left, he had been holding the engine in place by mind alone. Seeing a handy garage he pulled in presumably to get petrol and as he pulled up he casually let go, the engine fell with a satisfactory crash that brought the attendant running.
A few hours later he had created a doppelganger a marionette to take his place while he was busy elsewhere. He really hated this part as he would have to let the Fates control his mindless double and those ancient Goddess' had a really dirty sense of humour and giving them a toy Xander to manipulate this summer could quickly become a disaster.
Xander materialised in the Fates cave. "Please try to remember that I have to live with whatever you make Ken-Doll-Xander do this summer and, if you get too creative you will draw attention." He begged without much hope.
"We shall behave, we have worked too long to play games that could jeopardise the future." Said the Fates in sync.
"Okay!" said Xander doubtfully his godly memories from Ares told him to run but he knew he had no choice but to trust them. "So what exactly am I dealing with concerning the Godly matrix remains, I've noticed that the Ares-Mars merged with a few other gods. I am not just War and its opposite Peace like they were but also Justice-Vengeance as well and if that wasn't bad enough I have Eris' Ares twin adding havoc to the mix, Order and her preferred mode of operation Disorder better known as Discord or Chaos. Which means I'm actually a triple god."
"Many of the God Matrix could not survive intact as the face of humanity changed many of the matrix began to unravel or shattered into pieces we had to merge many of them to fit the emerging tapestry. War-Peace was one of the few intact matrix that retained more than a few scattered memories."
The young War God winced; he had memories of those matrixes when they were people the fact that they were now just components was heartbreaking.
"So what are the major god matrix we must find compatible matches for, I only have the summer free after that we will have to wing it." Unconsciously materialising a chair and assuming Ares favourite sprawl. Much to the Fates amusement as it proved just how well both parts had merged into one being.
Meanwhile Xander decided to use the briefing time constructively, he materialised a peanut butter and ambrosia jelly sandwich to take the edge off the constant hunger he had suffered since his rebirth as a God. He had to be very careful not to eat any of the godly food his new form required in front of the scoobies or when under watch from either side, which left him constantly on the edge of hunger as mortal food was just for taste not nourishment. At least he could keep his energy reserves up, in the modern world what he Gods had once called nectar was to be found everywhere. Amazing how easy high calorie drinks with lots of sugary goodness were to obtain, sugary junk food was a lifesaver to a starving godling. Unfortunately that was all he got from it energy not nutrients or any of the other vital elements only ambrosia could give his godly body. He intended to gorge himself this summer he needed to get his reserves up so he could go for months without godly food, being a baby God sucked big time.
"The major God we must find is this one!" said the Fates pointing to a very thick glittery semi transparent thread that started out a number of threads.
"What the Tartarus is that?" exclaimed Xander thoroughly shocked.
"Zeus did not survive, his Kingship fell to Hades but his Godhood of the sky and all the other weather Godhood merged. At the same time Posideon and Tethrys merged, finally Sky and ocean merged into one Godhood as humanity started impacting the environment."
Xander grimaced finding someone with the brains and affinity to both the ocean and the atmosphere would be almost impossible. "What happened to all the Earth Goddess?"
"Gaia, sleeps she will not wake until there is again balance. Demeter and Persephone have merged into one goddess." Said the Fates.
Not good but way better than that unholy air and water mix. Thought Xander in disgust. "What about the Death Gods?" he asked worriedly Death was one of the Lynch pin building blocks of this Universe if they had messed him up beyond recovery the universe would never be saved.
"Thanatos survives in base form, they destroyed his material form and memories not his soul. Innocent death must find his own salvation we can but bring about situations to spark his curiosity of the mortal world he impacts. Thanatos still has his soul if not his identity, as such he can create a mortal form if he so wishes, we are attempting to make him so wish."
"Let us hope Thanatos gets curious of mortal life, I hope you have a candidate for that messed up Godhood of air and water." He said with a shudder.
"We can not remove anyone from the tapestry unless they have completed their destiny. We The Fates also cannot take one who had a major destiny, both sides watch them even after death as they can still be played their thread is not truly severed, this is how you could invalidate the codex, you played their own rules governing destiny pieces against them."
"So small destinies only, I get the picture so whose first?"
"Many of the candidates will not be available for a few years. There has only been one match for the godhood we showed you, his thread was cut almost three centuries ago. At the moment of severing we merged memory, soul and matrix into one, to complete the new god you must merge with the tapestry and create a new form from his discarded mortal husk."
"You didn't have to do that with me, I still have my original body." Said Xander confused.
"Their discarded mortal shell has played out its destiny, the tapestry demands the matter that made the shell be returned to the Universe for redistribution. That is why we had to create you, a wildcard on the tapestry. You had no destiny so would have attracted any stray Godhood you encountered you would have fitted any of the Godly matrix for you were created not of base matter but the energy that is the universe itself as are all Gods. It took us millennia to create you child so we played you carefully, you are the only child of the Fates made by our will and need. You are War, Vengeance and Discord but as are all gods of this Universe you are balanced by your opposites therefore you are also the Peace, Justice and Order, but before these Godhoods you are and forever will be 'The Fates Child'. As such you have the power to enter the tapestry and graft a cut thread onto another that is failing weaving the threads into a new form that we can then reweave into the tapestry of life. This is your creation gift from we who are your mother only the Child of Fate can reuse a thread that had been cut."
"You say you created me, and I have never been mortal. How was that possible?" War demanded.
"When they destroyed the Gods, they left the demi-gods alone as playing pieces. Demi-gods are by their nature half matter half energy, when we decided to create you we bred demi-god to demi-god over the millennia. We gestated you within the tapestry itself each generation we built your energy form, demi-god to demi-god until all matter was removed replaced with the godly energy of a thousand demi-gods finally you were born made by our will and power, so Alexander we the Fates are truly your mother."
"Let me get this right you created me from a thousand demi-gods, the tapestry of life was the womb that I gestated in and instead of nine months like any normal god or man, I took a couple of thousand years to gestate."
"Correct, you could not be birthed in less, and as such you are unique and will have no siblings."
"Oh well an only child is good!" he said remembering how much trouble siblings caused his Ares incarnation. "So how do I enter the Tapestry?" he said so full of conflicting emotions at the revelation that he needed to get out of the Fates cave somehow just to think about it all.
"Place your hand on the severed thread and will yourself to its end." They ordered.
The next thing he knew he was in the midst of a bloody sea battle his hands touching a man who had been impaled by a piece of splinted mast. A skull and crossed sword pirate flag flutterd to the deck.
"A Pirate they want me to make a Pirate the new God of Ocean and Sky. They may be my Mothers but they are obviously insane."
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