A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy

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Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy

Summary

It all started with the Eden Initiative. An experiment to create a genetically perfect human incapable of suffering illness or death. Faced with the destruction of a species, such experimentation was necessary- the creation of the two with the potential to save humanity. But what was produced was no longer human. Eve- the perfect female. A focal point for desire as well as for hope. Hers was the ability to create that could bring humanity back from the very edge of extinction. And so she did. But her offspring-the six prodigy she bore to her companion, Adam-were powerful beyond imagination. Immortal. Beautiful. Dangerous. And from them a new race was born. A race of superhuman monsters which retook the earth from humanity- forcing those who were left into slavery and subjugation but for the few human lead cities which were able to survive due to a new, greater power. The Sword of Roses. A blade which feeds on the very life of its master. Thirteen years after the day of judgement, when the children of Eve rose up to take over the earth, a young woman by the name of Aria joins the Army of East Moore- one of the few human cities left standing. Specifically, she joins the Offensive Fleet, which deals in matters beyond the boundary lines. There she meets her Captain: Micheal Lock, a man said to have fighting capabilities unmatched. Immediately Aria is struck by his powerful if not somewhat cold nature But as her time within the Offensive fleet continues, Aria learns more not only about herself, but also about her Captian- dark secrets long buried which may change the course of the world.

Summary

It all started with the Eden Initiative. An experiment to create a genetically perfect human incapable of suffering illness or death.
Faced with the destruction of a species, such experimentation was necessary- the creation of the two with the potential to save humanity.
But what was produced was no longer human.
Eve- the perfect female. A focal point for desire as well as for hope. Hers was the ability to create that could bring humanity back from the very edge of extinction. And so she did. But her offspring-the six prodigy she bore to her companion, Adam-were powerful beyond imagination. Immortal. Beautiful. Dangerous.
And from them a new race was born. A race of superhuman monsters which retook the earth from humanity- forcing those who were left into slavery and subjugation but for the few human lead cities which were able to survive due to a new, greater power.
The Sword of Roses. A blade which feeds on the very life of its master.
Thirteen years after the day of judgement, when the children of Eve rose up to take over the earth, a young woman by the name of Aria joins the Army of East Moore- one of the few human cities left standing. Specifically, she joins the Offensive Fleet, which deals in matters beyond the boundary lines. There she meets her Captain: Micheal Lock, a man said to have fighting capabilities unmatched. Immediately Aria is struck by his powerful if not somewhat cold nature
But as her time within the Offensive fleet continues, Aria learns more not only about herself, but also about her Captian- dark secrets long buried which may change the course of the world.

Chapter1 (v.1) - A Rose by Any Other Name

Author Chapter Note

It all started with the Eden Initiative. An experiment to create a genetically perfect human incapable of suffering illness or death. Faced with the destruction of a species, such experimentation was necessary- the creation of the two with the potential to save humanity. But what was produced was no longer human. Eve- the perfect female. A focal point for desire as well as for hope. Hers was the ability to create that could bring humanity back from the very edge of extinction. And so she did. But her offspring-the six prodigy she bore to her companion, Adam-were powerful beyond imagination. Immortal. Beautiful. Dangerous. And from them a new race was born. A race of superhuman monsters which retook the earth from humanity- forcing those who were left into slavery and subjugation but for the few human lead cities which were able to survive due to a new, greater power. The Sword of Roses. A blade which feeds on the very life of its master. Thirteen years after the day of judgement, when the children of Eve rose up to take over the earth, a young woman by the name of Aria joins the Army of East Moore- one of the few human cities left standing. Specifically, she joins the Offensive Fleet, which deals in matters beyond the boundary lines. There she meets her Captain: Micheal Lock, a man said to have fighting capabilities unmatched. Immediately Aria is struck by his powerful if not somewhat cold nature But as her time within the Offensive fleet continues, Aria learns more not only about herself, but also about her Captian- dark secrets long buried which may change the course of the world.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: November 08, 2015

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: November 08, 2015

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I don’t really remember what happened on that day thirteen years ago. I don’t suppose there are many people out there who do.

What I do remember comes in flashes. The sky- bright blue and unmarred. The sound of the city- a constant murmur of voices, of hundreds of lives moving forward alongside my own. My mother’s hand, warm in my own.

These are all the things I remember. Meaningless. Worthless. Why couldn’t I have remembered the sound of her voice, of my mother’s voice as she spoke to me with a soft smile? Why couldn’t I have remembered my father, or the feeling of peace that hung in the air- all things I have long since forgotten?

But no. All I have are useless memories and those things I’d really rather not think about. Like the corpse of that first man as he fell into the street, spilling bright red blood out onto the dark pavement.

Like the overwhelming silence that came after as all the onlookers froze in shock, unsure if what they saw was real or not.

And then the screams started, and everything after that was a blur.

My mother pulling me forward. The sickening scent of Iron. Beautiful figures, the Apostles of Eve, their white garments smeared with gore.

Fear.

We didn’t make it very far, my mother and I. Not with all the chaos and the fires and the bodies. She tried to block my eyes but I could see it all. I could see everything.

Especially the tears in her eyes as she whispered into my ear while giving me that smile of hers. Especially her words to stay quiet and to stay hidden no matter what until she came to get me as she closed the lid of the dumpster, leaving me in darkness.

Especially the stench of putrid rot filling my nose and brain until I couldn’t tell how much time had passed.

And then the lid of the bin opened.

But it wasn’t my mother’s face I found there.

It was something else entirely.

*****

“Aria.” A familiar voice called to me, drawing me from the darkness of sleep.

“Hmm, sorry.”

“We’re almost there. It’ll be no good if you fall asleep now.” A pair of blue eyes gazed at me, pale eyebrows lifted mockingly.

“You say that but…” I yawned, “A few extra minutes of sleep would do me good.”

“But I would be the one who would have to wake you up.” Nathaniel responded, turning to face me and placing his chin in his hands.

“Well I’m sorry for being such a bother.” I rolled my eyes.

“As long as you understand.” Nathaniel said with a smirk.

“So, this is what the borderlands look like.” Turning to the window, I gazed out over the crumbling buildings worn with time and war.

“This area wasn’t even rebuilt during the days of Rebirth. It’s from before the Great War.” Nathaniel responded.

From Before the Great War. That was nearly three hundred years ago. Yet here they stood- the remnants of an era long past, of a time beyond imagination. What was it like, living in these skeleton like structures? What was it like before the Apostles and Eve and the end of the world.

Looking out at those crumbling buildings, it was hard to believe it was any different.

“Look, that must be the base.” Nathaniel pointed a single large marble building rising up through the ruins- a single monolith standing against a background of death. It was completely different than anything Aria had ever seen before. A masterpiece of architecture clearly born from a time of wealth and excess.

Completely different from the buildings of glass and steel was used to.

“Amazing! I can’t believe we get to live somewhere like that!” I pressed my hand to the window of the train, admiring the buildings gleaming figure before it disappeared behind a rusted skyscraper.

“I wouldn’t say we’ll be living there. Most of work will be outside of the treaty zone after all.”

“It’s still home base though. And we still have some time before our first excursion.” Pushing out of my seat, I moved to sit beside Nathaniel, poking his side.

“And anyway, stop being such a spoil sport. As long as we are here, we might as well make the best of it.”

“But I don’t want to be here. The only reason they made you and I come is because of me…” His voice trailed and he sighed, running a hand through his hair. “The only reason you had to join the Offensive fleet is because of me.”

“Nathaniel…” I trailed, before reaching up and flicking him in the forehead. “Don’t try to be the hero by taking all the blame onto yourself. I chose, to come here, remember?” I demanded, meeting his gaze.

“That may be true, but…”

“No buts.” I stated, cutting him off. Nathaniel had always been like this- too kind, to protective. He knew the dangers of where we were heading. The offensive fleet was the most dangerous section of the East Moore Army. In going beyond the treaty lines we risked death, or worse, becoming slaves to the Descendants of Eve.

Still, this was exactly the place I had desired to come from the moment I enrolled in the army.

“We are in this together, Nathaniel. You know very well I was heading here from the very beginning, with or without your involvement. At the very least, we got to stick together because of you.” I smiled at him, nudging his shoulder with my own. “So stop blaming yourself, okay?” Nathaniel held my gaze for a moment before breaking out in a smile.

“Wow, that was really a heartfelt speech there, Aria. What, did you practice that in front of a mirror?” He chuckled.

“Remind me to not bother the next time I want to cheer you up.” I rolled my eyes.

“You don’t have to tell me twice.”

I went to move back to my original seat when I felt a light touch on my shoulder. Looking back, I saw. Nathaniel smile, and once again was struck by what exactly it meant to be friends with him. Blonde hair. Blue eyes. A strong jaw and soft cheek bones. A face that could start a war just as easily as end one. The subject of cruel and highly illegal experimentation that took place in a human city to the northeast before the entire population was annihilated.

Half human. Half descendant of Eve.

“Thanks, Aria.” And the weight of his words hung on me as I took my seat- silently gazing out the window as the train sped towards its final stop: the base of the Offensive Fleet.


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