~ Chapter 73: The God-like's Truth (Part 2) ~
[Alkelios' point of view]
When I came through, I couldn't hear the sounds of the battlefield around me or feel the cold touch of the wind up in the sky. All I could see wherever I looked was only darkness, a pitch black darkness with no sound or light.
What's happening? Did I die? I wondered, but as I closed my fist and opened it again, I could hear my heart beating, and I knew I was very much alive.
I tried to fly around, hoping that maybe I was just temporarily blinded or something, but no matter where I moved, up or down, left or right, I couldn't feel the touch of the wind. It was both strange and creepy.
What's going on? I wondered.
Then, I saw a beam of light coming from behind me. I turned around, and what I saw were a pair of... curtains.
In the middle of nowhere, there was a pair of purple velvet curtains from behind which I could see a white light piercing through.
Carefully and wary of any traps or sneak attacks, I approached the curtains and stepped through.
In that moment, when I passed through, instead of the darkness, I found myself inside a white room, and there... in front of me, I saw the God-like entity who brought me to this world.
“Are you playing games?” were the first words that came out of my mouth.
“What?” he turned around, but in that split second, his character died and the message 'GAME OVER' appeared on the screen. “WHAT?! NO! That was the final boss!” he cried out.
I recognized the game, it was the one I was playing back on Earth before all of this happened. It brought back such a nostalgic feeling.
'Dragon Hunt' was a game where you played as a 'Hero' who traveled the world hunting evil dragons. Most species in the game were a dragon of some kind. There was even a complaint at one point that reptiles far outnumbered the mammals, which brought to question of how humans and other warmblooded sapient species came to be.
Well, some said it was just a game, but once you thought about it, it broke the immersion.
“Is that Bloodheart Dungeon?” I asked.
“Yeah...” the God-like said as he respawned his character at the checkpoint area.
He was playing on what appeared to be a huge plasma TV connected to a desktop computer. The system was installed in front of a comfortable white couch, and in front of it was a table at just the right height to use the mouse and keyboard comfortably. The tools he was using looked expensive and more aimed at pro players. Still, I found it rather weird that he was playing this game just as I walked in.
“So where exactly am I? Am I dead?” I asked as I walked up to him.
“Hm? No.” he shook his head.
He got up from his seat and turned around to look at me.
“So where am I?” I asked.
“You are in a place where normally mortals shouldn't be able to get in. I knew there was a very very small chance that Kronius' ability would send you here, but without your Luck it was literally impossible for this to happen.” he said as he let out a sigh.
“Kronius, the guy I was just fighting, what happened to him?” I asked a bit worried.
“Your wife killed him after you vanished from that place.” he said and then showed me through a portal of some sorts the moment when Seryanna decapitated him in one clean swipe.
This magic of his was the same as watching through the clear window of a room.
“Good. He's not going to be a problem anymore.” I said as I let out a sigh of relief.
The God-like made the window vanish and then looked into my eyes.
“Yeah... well, you know he was supposed to be your counter in case you became too powerful and evil, right?” he said.
“What? I don't understand. What do you mean by that?” I asked a bit confused.
“Alright, since you already are here and we have some time to spare, let me ask you this. Why do you think I sent you to this world?”
“To save it and by doing that save our world, Earth?” I asked.
“Ultimately, yes. But you have to admit that can't be the only reason. I could have just granted you these powers and then left you to train them on Earth or just make it so you came back to fight the invaders, right?” he told me raising an eyebrow.
“Wait, I don't understand what this has to do with Kronius being my counter?” I asked him a bit confused.
“Just go with me on this one, you'll understand in the end.” he replied.
“Alright... not like I have a choice.” I nodded.
“So about what I said a moment ago, what do you think?” he asked.
“Sounds plausible, right. Then again, given your powers, you could have just granted us random powers like the superheroes in the comics.” I replied.
“Yes, but the acceptance rate and development would have been tremendously different from how it is here, on my world. Just think about what two or three superheroes did in your comics when they suddenly showed up and then imagine their number at 10 million strong ones that suddenly popped up all over the planet. Crime rate would go way up and the Earthlings would be fighting among each other rather than focusing on a common enemy.” he explained.
“What do you mean? Shouldn't the crime rate go down?” I asked confused.
“The soul of a hero isn't something everyone has, kid. Most people, under normal circumstances, wouldn't use their abilities for good or to save others. True, maybe some would do it at the beginning, but then they would try to see how they could use their abilities to make some quick money. A lot of them would be more inclined towards robbing and murdering others rather than helping them because the surge of power was enough to intoxicate them and twist their morals.” he explained.
“How can you be sure of this?” I asked.
“Let's just say your Earth isn't the only Earth out there, as in Universe. Also, it's a psychological thing. For most humans in general, the majority actually, it's incredibly difficult to stop themselves from abusing their powers. You know the saying? It is not hard to kill, it is hard to stop yourself from killing once you have a motive and way to do so. Or the saying: It easy to be evil, but difficult to be good, however, reward wise, the evil path takes more and gives you less, while the good path takes little but gives you a lot.” he said.
“I think I get it. So basically what you are saying is that humans are their own worst enemy, right?” I asked.
“Precisely, but this law doesn't apply only to humans. The weakness to being corrupted by a vast power that was given to you is an intrinsic characteristic of all sapient species who have yet to reach a certain point of biological and social evolution. Humans, like many others, find it more easy at this point to abuse their power and feed their egomaniac sides than to abstain from the abuse and think about how to use it for the benefit of society.” the God-like explained.
“What if someone wants to use their powers only to have fun?” I asked.
“As I said earlier, a certain level of social evolution is required for those individuals around someone with power can accept the simple fact that he only wants to use his abilities to have fun. At this moment, humans mostly perceive the idea of power as being one mandatory connected to either heroism or villainism.” he said.
“I think I more or less get it. So, you sent us to a world where almost everyone has some power, the spells and skills and such, so that we wouldn't end up corrupted by our own abilities?” I asked.
“That is one reason, yes, but I had other plans as well. You are aware that only Heroes can see their Status, right?” he asked.
“Yes.” I nodded.
“Well, that ability, not [Hero] just the ability to see the Status Screen, is something that can be passed down to one's own offspring.” he smiled.
“So you're saying my kids will be able to see the status of others?”
“Yes. Now, here's another question. What's the minimum population required to repopulate an entire planet from scratch?” he asked.
“I don't know... a few millions?” I replied with a shrug.
“You couldn't be more wrong. Just a few thousands for monogamous couples, but if they have certain genetic knowledge and don't mind polygamy, they can be as little as a few hundreds and still offer enough genetic diversity to repopulate the planet.” he explained calmly.
“Wait, doesn't this mean that if Earth were to suffer a cataclysm...” I said but I didn't finish my words, the God-like did.
“Given Earth's current technology and knowledge, I would say that even in the event of a nuclear Armageddon, your kind will have sufficient individuals left to repopulate the planet. The big countries of Earth like USA, Russia, Germany, UK, Japan, China, Korea and a few others already have bunkers and underground shelters capable of housing at least a few hundred select individuals. They can survive there a few centuries if needed be given recycling and mining and other stuff, but yes, there is no worry from any government that the human species won't be able to survive.” he said with a smile.
“What about everyone else?” I asked.
“Their mentality and way of thinking goes like this: what's the point in wasting so many resources in saving billions when you can have a few select to survive and recreate the world as you please from scratch? Just imagine a world without world hunger, epidemics, and more languages and cultural diversities than you can count. Nuke the current world, hide in a shelter for a few centuries, and when you come out, you can literally create that world.” he explained.
I could only gulp because there was no way to refute this logic. Even I was aware that many big countries began the construction of such projects as soon as the idea of a nuclear war became more and more real.
“So, the ten million that were sent here are meant to repopulate this world?” I asked.
“No, just give it a new genetic boost. Humans of Earth are a bit more genetically evolved than those of this world, be it their life expectancy or natural thought processing ability. It doesn't mean that the indigenous population is made of morons, but they won't be thinking of the Theory of Relativity any time too soon on their own. Actually, I would even say that they were heading towards extinction if you humans of Earth never showed up.” he said.
“Alright, but I'm not 100% human anymore and as far as I know, without Kronius, there are no more humans left on the continent. Shouldn't this be a problem?” I asked.
“Do you really think you are the only human who was meant to arrive on the Dragon Continent or who was sent there? Also, do you really think that because you are now half draconian is a bad thing? That's actually a brilliant good bonus from my point of view!” he asked with a smirk.
“What?” I blinked surprised.
“Every human that was sent down on this world was sent there according to their abilities. There were many who died as soon as they landed because of various reasons, but rest assured, they will not be missed. I had planned on sending out powerful individuals to all the corners of the planet to mingle with the local population and give birth to many hybrids. The humans that were chosen weren't randomly chosen either, you had to pass a certain personality test and also a fertility one. If an indigenous human has a 25% maybe 30% chance of impregnating a dragoness, you have an over 60% chance of doing so. And the draconians have the lowest chances out of all of them.” he said with a smile.
“However, rest assured, becoming breeding samples wasn't my intent. This came as a beautiful bonus. Your original goal and mission is as I had initially stated to change this world for the better. You will do so not only through mating with the indigenous population and giving rise to people who can read the Status, but also through your actions, principles, and even technological ideas which your people will implement all around the world. Someone already made beer, so that is a beautiful start!” he laughed.
“But not all of us will do this, right?” I asked.
“Of course not. Ten million people means ten million free wills, ten million personalities, and ten million different views about how the world should be. In most things you might come to agree, but the details are what matter here.” he pointed out.
“Some will be good... and some bad.” I said.
“Yes. The weakness of drowning in your power and being corrupted by it hasn't left ANY of you, yet. There are many who already succumbed to it even though they were initially good individuals.” he said with a smile.
“What happened?” I asked in a bit of trembling tone of voice as I was starting to realize what a modern human could do to a primitive society like this one.
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