The Darkdusk Legacy – Finale: Catastrophe

Originally posted on November 24, 2013

In the Realm of Night…

Desirae: “Do it now! Destroy the upstarts!”
Roberto: “But it could destroy us as well…”
Desirae: “I said do it!”

Back in the Realm of Dusk…

The Darkdusk household adapts to the newest addition. Maria is glad to have another “sister;” Kelly and Cyrus see Cari’s daughter as nothing more than a means to an end. Kelly notices that the household is running low on food, so she goes to rob the grocery store.

As Kelly exits the house, she notices that it is even hotter than before. As she goes to the store, she looks up to see something weird in the sky. It looks just like the Realm of Night, and it’s getting bigger! When she gets to the store, she gets a phone call from Cari.

Cari: “They’re insane!”
Kelly: “What?”
Cari: “Didn’t you see the Realm of Night in the sky? They’re trying to merge it with the Realm of Dusk! That’s why it was deteriorating!”
Kelly: “Desirae wants to take over both Realms!”
Cari: “But she and her cronies will end up DESTROYING both Realms!”
Kelly: “Isn’t there anything we can do to stop them?”
Cari: “Not at this point…all we can do is ride out the storm. Gather your family – and my daughter – and meet me at my house!”

Kelly steals a few plasma fruit, runs back home, and tells the household what is going on. They pile into a taxi and drive to Cari’s house.

When they get there, Cari is standing outside. She calls everyone in, locks the door, boards up the windows, and says that it should hold.

It doesn’t.

When the Realm of Night impacts the Realm of Dusk, the house collapses from the sheer energy released by the merge. Indeed, all the buildings in both Realms – including Sorenson Castle – collapse.

When the dust settles, the merged Realm is a wasteland. Kelly, Cyrus, Maria, Maya, Cari and her daughter, Desirae, and Roberto are just eight of the millions of people killed by Desirae’s all-consuming desire for power.

The Darkdusk Legacy – Chapter 9: Sorenson’s Fall

Originally posted on October 4, 2013

Kelly starts to teach Maya the ways of the Vampire. Maya is a quick learner.

The next day, Kelly and Cari get ready to cross over to the Realm of Night.

Cari: “It’s time to end the Sorenson threat once and for all!”

And, with Cari’s expertise, they cross over safely. The two land near a house in a dark corner of the Realm of Night.

Kelly: “We made it…”
Cari: “Something’s not right, though. The Realm is deteriorating.”
Kelly: “We’ll worry about that later. Let’s find Donna and your son.”

As the duo travel closer and closer to the Sorenson mansion, the signs of the Realm’s deterioration get worse and worse. Finally they make it there, to be greeted by a young Human man.

???: “Mother? Is that you?”
Cari: “Yes, it’s me. I’ve come to get you out of here.”
Cari’s son: “That’s not going to be easy. Once the Sorensons see I’m gone…”

Before he can finish the sentence, Donna Sorenson comes out to see what’s going on.

Donna: “Kelly Sorenson. How nice of you to return. Please, come in.”
Kelly: “I think I will.”

Within seconds, Donna Sorenson is dead.

Desirae: “Dear sister, thank you so much for aiding me in my ascension. Allow me to repay you.”
Cari (whispering to Kelly): “Quick…let’s find him and leave!”
Kelly (whispering to Cari): “Right!”

Cari: “We’re too late. I can sense it…he’s…dead.”
Kelly: “We’d better get out of here! Desirae will kill us next!”

And they did indeed leave the Sorenson mansion, crossing immediately back to the Realm of Dusk.

Cari: “I can’t believe she did that…”
Kelly: “Desirae is never without a plan. I’ve spent enough time around her to know that.”
Cari: “I’m more concerned about the state of the Realm of Night. I need to do some research on why it’s that way. I might be making a huge mistake by asking this of you, but I have no other choice. Could you take care of my daughter while I find out what’s going on?”
Kelly: “Sure.” Now I have a way to control her…

What is Desirae’s plan? Why is the Realm of Night falling apart? And is Cari making a mistake by trusting Kelly? Find out next time on Realm of Dusk!

The Darkdusk Legacy – Chapter 8: The Sorenson Agent Revealed

Originally posted on February 24, 2013

Maria climbs up the ladder and sees something new across from Maya’s crib – the crib that until today had been hers.  The new toy oven is for her, and the young Vampire can’t believe it!

Meanwhile, Kelly goes outside, leaving Cyrus to care for Maria and Maya.  As soon as she steps out the door, she feels the oppressing heat.  Even in an air-conditioned taxi, the heat is stifling!  She asks the taxi driver to take her to the fire station, but she’s really headed to the park next to the fire station – where she has a gut feeling the Sorenson agent is.  As the taxi gets closer and closer to the fire station, the air gets hotter and hotter, until it feels like Kelly’s skin will burn off once she reaches the park.  There, she finds the stone that is radiating the heat into the air!

Kelly: Now to destroy it!
???: “So you’ve come.”
Kelly: “Who’s there?”

A distinctive-looking Human woman steps out from behind the stone.  Even though Kelly has never seen the woman in person, she knows exactly who she is talking to.  This is the woman who stole aspirin and laundry detergent from the grocery store – the Sorenson agent!

???: “Greetings, Kelly Darkdusk.  My name is Cari Geron, and…”
Kelly: “And you work for my mother.”
Cari: “Yes, but only under duress.  The Sorensons have kidnapped my son, and I would like to…end…my working relationship with them.”
Kelly: “And how do I know this isn’t a trap?”
Cari: “We both want Donna Sorenson gone.”
Kelly: I’m still unconvinced, but if I kill Donna and kidnap this woman’s son, she’ll be working for me instead of my family!
Kelly: “Deal.”

Kelly returns home and realizes that she’s running low on plasma fruit.  This calls for one thing – a trip to the grocery store!  She quickly robs the store.  While she’s doing so, Cyrus starts teaching Maya the ways of the Vampire.

Pretty soon it’s Cyrus’ turn to rob the grocery store, but while he’s on the way to the store, Daydream Ivy calls to ask him on a date.  He turns her down and makes a note to tell Kelly about it.  Then he proceeds to rob the store – or rather, use his celebrity status to get free plasma fruit.

The next morning, Maria decides she wants something different from the usual plasma juice or fruit for breakfast.

Maria: While Mother’s asleep, I’ll steal this cake from the refrigerator!

She doesn’t wake Kelly up; Maya takes care of that for her.  But by the time Kelly is awake, all of the evidence that Maria had eaten any cake is gone!  Well, except the fact that there is less cake in the refrigerator.  Buy Kelly is too busy taking care of Maya to notice what Maria has done.

Noticing that there is a Human school bus waiting for Maria, Cyrus takes a bit of time to tell her about school.

Cyrus: “Remember, you’re a Darkdusk.  You’re superior to everyone else in this town.  And don’t let the Humans at the school tell you otherwise.”
Maria: “Got it!”

And Maria goes off to her first day of school.
Maria: This looks like a lot of fun!  I wonder who all these people are…
???: “Hello class.  I’m Mr. Van Gould, and I will be your teacher.”
Class: “Hello, Mr. Van Gould.”
Maria: He’s a Vampire…just like me.

Cyrus gets a call from the science lab.  Apparently, some of the scientists have been reading the tabloids and have read about the times where people had died near The Great Darkness.  They offer Cyrus the opportunity to test their new Ghost-O-Matic machine.

Cyrus: “Should I take it?”
Kelly: “Do it.”  This fits perfectly into my plans.

 After a performance, Cyrus comes home just in time for Maya’s development ceremony!  The ceremony goes off without a hitch.

What are Kelly’s plans?  Is Cari telling the truth?  And what’s going on at the school?  Find out next time on Realm of Dusk!

The Darkdusk Legacy – Chapter 7: Two Daughters and a Sun

Originally posted on December 8, 2012

Later that night, Cyrus and Maria have a bit of fun playing together.

The next night, Kelly isn’t feeling all that well as she cleans up the dirty dishes from Maria’s birthday party.  Maybe she ate a bad plasma fruit?  On top of that, the sink is broken!  Kelly fixes the sink and finishes cleaning up the dishes, only to find the toilet broken.  She is not having a good night!

As Cyrus goes to the park to perform, Kelly tries unsuccessfully to fix the toilet.  She is still feeling sick, and reminds herself to check for bad plasma fruit next time she robs the grocery store.  Finally, a sound from upstairs takes Kelly’s attention away from the toilet.  It’s Maria, who had been sleeping and is now awake.

Kelly can’t understand what Maria is saying, and so teaches the young Vampire how to talk.

Later that night, Kelly learns why she was feeling sick earlier.  She’s pregnant again; Maria is going to have a younger sibling.  Both Kelly and Cyrus hope for another daughter.  Maria is too young to know the consequences of either gender; if she were old enough to know, she would probably have hoped for a son.

The next day, Kelly sits down at the TV, and she is amazed by what she sees.

Host: “And we’re back at the 48th Annual Realm of Dusk Entertainment Awards!”
Co-Host: “That’s right.  And now, the award for Best Acrobat goes to…”
Host: “The Great Darkness!!!”

Kelly, unsure about what she just saw, turns off the TV.  She knew Cyrus was good, but the best in the Realm?

Meanwhile, at the park, an elderly woman is enjoying Cyrus’ performance.  It is the last performance she will ever enjoy; she dies happily of old age.

As Cyrus mourns the old woman’s death, Maria plays with a new toy, a doll named Cosmo.  Kelly wonders where the doll came from; she didn’t buy it.  Maybe Cyrus did?

The next morning, Kelly feels the familiar pains that signal the coming of the baby.  Unwilling to give birth in the house this time, she and Cyrus rush to the hospital, hiring a babysitter to take care of Maria.

Kelly and Cyrus come home several hours later with baby Maya.  However, Maya isn’t the only Darkdusk child having a birthday that day; it’s also Maria’s birthday!  Maya’s birth leaves no time for a party; the Darkdusks simply perform the ritual and Maria grows into a child Vampire.

Meanwhile, at the border with the Realm of Night…

???: “Once I place this stone, the Vampires will be no more.”

The agent digs a small hole in the ground, and places the stone into the hole.  As the stone settles in, the sun’s rays grow stronger…

Will the Darkdusks survive this new assault?  Will they finally find out the identity of the agent?  And how will Maria and baby Maya grow up in this changed world?  Find out next time on Realm of Dusk!

The Darkdusk Legacy – Chapter 6: Growth and Development

Originally posted on November 15, 2012

While Kelly takes care of Maria and replants one of her plants, Cyrus performs as The Great Darkness.  After all, there is now one more Darkdusk, and the house needs the money more than ever.  After the performance is done and Cyrus returns home, Kelly returns to the grocery store, which is still closed while the police are investigating the burglary and theft of the aspirin and laundry detergent.  Kelly decides to do some investigation of her own, just to make sure the police aren’t investigating her or Cyrus’ robberies.

What she finds, though, is much worse.

The aspirin and laundry detergent are indeed gone, and the police are focusing on that section of the store.  What the police don’t realize is that the real clue to discovering who did it is under the plasma fruit display – which Kelly is naturally drawn to.  She notices a card hidden under the display.  Upon picking up the card, she notices a distinctive symbol that makes her non-beating heart sink.

It’s the Sorenson house insignia.  Donna or Desirae had created that card, and then given it to an agent to place in the grocery store.

Kelly immediately realizes why the store was burglarized in the first place.  The aspirin and laundry detergent were never part of the reason; the Sorenson agent merely picked those items because they were far away from the produce section (and would probably sell well in the Realm of Night!).  The real reason was to draw police attention, and to get the police to close the store for investigation!  What the Sorensons didn’t count on was that Kelly’s and Cyrus’ Vampiric speed gets them past the police and into the store, making it even easier than normal to steal plasma fruit!

While Kelly is stealing plasma fruit from the grocery store – right under the police’s nose – it’s Cyrus’ turn to take care of Maria.  Once Kelly comes home, the two work on a new addition to the house: a room for Maria and any other children the Darkdusks may have.  After all, a Vampire house with only one daughter doesn’t live long.  The addition is finished just as Maria grows to be a toddler.

Kelly invites Daydream and Bailey, along with their friend Alice Fitzgerald, to Maria’s birthday party.  Daydream brings food (which, of course, is of no nutritional value whatsoever to Kelly and Cyrus), which Kelly graciously accepts, to the party.

Meanwhile, in the Realm of Night…

Donna: “The report on my wayward daughter?”
???: “Despite the mixture’s effects, the upstarts still live.”
Donna: “This will not stand!”
Desirae: “Why don’t we just kill her now?”
Donna: “She still may be useful.  Place this stone in the Realm of Dusk.”
???: “Yes, my lady.”

As Kelly and Maria sleep, Cyrus steals plasma fruit from the grocery store.  The police presence at the door is gone, but the store is still closed.

After stealing from the grocery store, Cyrus goes to a party at Faith MacDuff’s mansion.  He has no intention of actually attending the party; he instead intends to steal from the mansion!  With the aid of his Vampiric strength, he steals a mirror, a water fountain, and a loveseat(!), putting the items into a “stolen” car (which is actually not stolen, but Cyrus’ own car that he bought without Kelly’s knowledge) before speeding off.

Kelly teaches Maria how to walk…

…and Maria plays with her toys.

Who is the mysterious Sorenson agent?  What is Donna’s latest plan?  And how will it affect Kelly and Cyrus – and the rest of the Realm of Dusk?  Find out next time!

The Darkdusk Legacy – Generation 2 Rolls and Traits

The Darkdusk Legacy – Generation 2 Rolls and Traits

Originally posted on November 6, 2012 Even though generation 2 is still several chapters away, I’m sharing the rolls and some traits now.  I’ll update this post as I’m able to share more without giving anything away.  Note that I am not sharing who the heir is.  This is because I have not decided yet. Here are the rolls and traits for Generation 2:

Family Structure: Couple + Friend
Number of Children: Two
Primary Income (1): Medical
Primary Income (2): Private Investigator
Secondary Income: None
Generation Goal: AWESOME!
Miscellaneous Fun: Homemade

Maria Darkdusk’s first three traits:

  • Perceptive
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • Athletic

Maya Darkdusk’s first two traits:

  • Grumpy
  • Genius