The ruined road was filled with the sound of steps, in a god forsaken village, deep in the Andes Mountain. Even the horrible events happening in the village wouldnt stop the constant trade which was the town only real economic activity, and even the daily attacks of the being that was released nearby would stop it. Even so, most of them had caution imprinted in their eyes, since after a mining company accident caused a rift to open in the mountain, revealing a faint red glow from inside. At first they didnt knew about the terrible curse that would be casted on them, but the first night they discovered something lived inside the mountain. The monster attacked when the sun went down, and caused massive damages to the village and it's surroundings, but strangley no of the attacks he used were directed to the villagers, as if didnt detect them. The village elder sent a distress message, but the military wouldnt come, so they sent a plea throught any traveller or tourist to find somebody to help them. They could leave the town, but for most of them their wholes lives are in the village, leaving it would be like leaving an arm behind. Now they hope that somebody could help them to stop the attacks of the one they call Rey del Fuego. Even as horrible as the attacks are, the beings is starting to get followers out of the youngsters of the village, that are vanishing without a trace as they enter the fiery core of the mountain
Aestus was doing some tourism, since he needed some quiet time to think about recent events, he was travelling for the sake of travelling, trying to clear his mind, and getting a rest, he had been fighting against supernatural threats non stop since he decided to start focusing on helping people and ignoring the orders or the council. He was surprised on how much porblems the outer world had, Terra Magus was an Utopia, but at least here the people could choose what to do with their lives, most of the time, in Terra Magus your father job decided everything, you would take the place of your father, doing whatever your father did, and only if you were a extraordinary case, like Aestus himself, or if you showed incredible prowess in a special field and you got ascended to a better position in the society. the only people that didnt inherit the position of their fathers directly was the Council members, that were elected, and except having a voting demanded in the great Council once a year, where the highest nobles and generals discussed about trials and laws. So the Council member mostly spent their whole lives in the position except they made a mistake. But enough thinking about the dusty council members,
thought Aestus as he streched and he let the sunlight cover his body, he was in South America, in a a mountain range known for it's beauty and cultural richness. But even if he really was here for sightseeing he also had is eyes in another place, since one of the orders gived to him by the council was to search ancient Magus ruins, he found one at the start of his journey, and after a pretty nasty skirmish against a pair of demons he managed to get the artifact, that fused with his secondary armor, and he didnt knew how to activate unless he was hypercharged. Near his current location, another one of this ruins, in this case a massive nexus of elemental energy was hidden inside a mountain. He never thought of visiting it, but he felt the energy, and that wasnt good, the Temple was built to stop it from leaking to the proximity of normal humans, since it was raw elemental magic, and that could produce some serious mutation, and that could be problematic. Humans mutated by magic are a danger to other and to themselves.
But his inner ramblings were halted, as he saw the sunset in the horizon, with the sun hiding behind the mountain tops to his left. It was a beautiful sight, but his apreciation of the world beauty was interrupted by a terrifed scream, and as he turned he saw far away, following the rocky trail, a pillar of smoke and a bright red light caught the Young Knight attention, and he rushed towards it, summoning the Ardens Phoenix to ride on and reach the origin of the smoke faster. Riding the wind currents he got to the town in a blur, and watched the desolation, most of the houses were on fire, and the people were all fleeing to another terrace near the place, watching how their houses were burning. Aestus ordered the phoenix to fly down, and in a fiery spiral he flied over the town and absorbed the flames, and landed in the middle of the rustic village, and releasead th excess fire to the sky, in a mighty whirlwind of fire that reached the clouds. As he lowered his gaze upon the village and the villagers, and to his shock, he spoted the crack and the silohuette of the deranged guardian, but for the moment he was going to stay and help the villagers