Hello everyone and welcome back to Warriors: Everlasting Miracles II! I'm sorry that I haven't been keeping up with my updates as of late. College life and such, but I promise that I will finish this series, no matter what. Turn 3 throws Noctis, Crown Prince of Lucis from Final Fantasy XV, into the mix. I hope that you all enjoy this Turn and Noct's addition to the series.
Warriors: Everlasting Miracles II: Turn 3: Restoration of the Sky
Chapter 1: The Hero of Eos
Moonlight illuminated the sky above the grassy meadow where a dark-haired young man rested. His full name was Noctis Lucis Caelum, but his friends usually referred to him as Noct. He was the Crown Prince of Lucis, and also the hero of his world, Eos, stopping the plague known as the Starscourge from bringing forth eternal night. The cost of this act, however, was his life, a price he knew well about. Noctis let out a small groan as he slowly opened his eyes and got up on his feet.
Where am I? He wondered, the area looking unfamiliar to him. He heard a sudden bark and turned around to see Umbra, a black spitz-like dogs belonging Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, his betrothed. He saw the dog begin to run after it got his attention, Noctis now chasing after him. Noctis passed through countless trees until he saw a clearing past one more row of bushes, Lunafreya standing there.
"Luna…" He passed through the bush and saw her, the young woman greeting him with a smile. "What's going on here? Where are we?"
"This place has no name, but it is where I'll be watching over you for the time being." She answered.
"Watching…over me? Why would you need to do that? Eos is saved, isn't it?"
"It is, but now there's another world that needs your help." Noctis looked at her in confusion. "I know that you might not like it, but…I've been contacted by someone and you're the most reliable hero I could turn to."
"I think you mean the only hero you could turn to." He joked. "On a serious note, this is a strange request. I mean, are there really other worlds out there?"
"Yes. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth." She assured him. "Again, you've been given another prophecy, but this one doesn't exactly pertain to you." Luna cleared her throat. "Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky." Noctis pondered about her words for a second.
"Is this world also affected by something similar to the Starscourge?" Noctis asked, concern in his voice.
"I'm not sure. Nonetheless, they're asking for your help, Noctis."
"Right, and if they're from a different world it must really be important." He folded his arms, thinking. "I don't think I can really decline this request, can I? Not that I'm hesitant about it or anything…just baffled, more or less."
"You'll be okay. I'll always be watching over you, remember?" He nodded.
"Yeah. So…how will I even get to this other world?" He felt something rub against his leg and saw that it was Umbra. "I guess I should've figured out that one myself." He crouched down so that he could be at eye-level with the dog. "Ready to help me out again, buddy?" Umbra barked, Noctis petting him on the head afterwards. "Is there anything you know about this world, Luna? Anything at all?"
"Hmm…let's just say you and Umbra might not be friends in that world." She informed him, letting out a small giggle.
"Jokes coming from you? That's a first. I'm guessing you're just being that discreet for fun?"
"Sorry Noctis, but I know that you'll be in for a surprise when you figure out exactly where help is being requested from." Her gaze suddenly turned stern. "I really shouldn't be joking knowing the circumstances you'll be thrown into. Promise me that you'll be careful." Careful? This world has Luna both joking and being serious. I'm really not sure what I have in store for me.
"Yeah, definitely." He assured her. "So…how does this all work?" He watched as Umbra lifted a paw and it started to suddenly glow. "Do I just…" He brought his hand out and once his hand and Umbra's paw met, a bright light blinded him, sending him into the mysterious world, Noctis still having no idea about what he should expect.
"He'll need to figure out how to walk and fend for himself in this world first."
"I guess you're right…but…I'm really confident that we need to look for SkyClan."
Noctis began shifting in his sleep at the sound of unfamiliar voices. His blue eyes slowly opened and he was greeted by five pairs of eyes. The strangest part was that they all seemed to belong to cats, Noctis noticing the pointy ears right above them. Cats? Not really the greeting I was expecting, but I can't complain, if I'm being honest.
"You're awake now, thank StarClan." Noctis' eyes widened as he saw the amber-eyed cat talk.
"Y-You can…talk." He stuttered. This has to be some sort of dream...it has to be.
"Makes me wonder why this wasn't my first reaction when I came to this world." The violet-eyed tom stated.
"I guess seeing Kirito talk as a cat made everything seem normal to me." The hazel-eyed she-cat meowed.
"Hey, can we get to explaining how you cats can talk?" Noctis asked impatiently.
"You're the one talking too, you know." The amber-eyed she-cat let out a giggle.
"Right. I'm talking…to cats." He rubbed his head but he stopped abruptly when he felt two things protruding out of it. What the… They felt pointy, but soft to the touch. Even his hands felt different, too. In fact, his whole body did. As he withdrew his hand from his head, his eyes went wide when he saw that he hand now was in the form of a paw. No way…This is what she meant by I was talking as well… He gazed deeply at his paw, but then turned around as he felt a strange appendage moving, which he figured out was a tail.
"From your silence, I'm guessing that you're now realizing that you're a cat." The blind gray tom told him.
"I'm…actually…a cat." Noctis let the thought sink in before he quickly got to his paws and attempted to dart out of the den, the tom quickly tripping from being unfamiliar to the new way of walking.
"Do you really think this is a bad thing?" The cream she-cat asked him, padding over to where he was. "When I got to this world, I thought the exact opposite."
"So…you're not from here either?" She shook her head. So, this isn't a dream. I'm…actually in a world filled with talking cats. Just what the hell is going on here?!
"My name is Asuna, by the way. What's yours?" Noctis looked up at her. She seemed kind enough, but he was still hesitant to give out his name, simply turning his gaze away from her.
"It's the least you can give us. I did save you from the crystal you were stuck in." The dark ginger tom informed him as he walked over.
"I was…stuck in a crystal?"
"How else do you think you ended up in ThunderClan?" He said rhetorically. "I'm Alderheart. Over there is Jayfeather, Leafpool, and Lelouch. He also isn't from this world." He pointed at each cat with his tail. "And over there is Briarlight." Noctis kept his eyes locked on Jayfeather's sightless gaze, a pang of guilt hitting him as he was reminded of Ignis' blindness gained by protecting him. I hope they're all doing okay now.
"I don't think explaining this all is the best idea, especially if we don't know his intentions." Jayfeather meowed.
"Now you're just being delusional. Every cat who has come to this world has always been helpful." Leafpool retorted as she walked over to Noctis. "We can help walk you over to your nest here. The floor isn't that comfortable." He slowly got to his paws, Leafpool and Asuna helping to guide him back to the nest he was originally resting on.
"Thanks." He turned his gaze away from the cats. "Noctis."
"What?" Leafpool tilted her head.
"That's my name."
"Well that wasn't so bad, was it?" Asuna let out a small giggle.
"Sorry I didn't say anything earlier. I'm just…trying to take all this in right now."
"It's no problem at all. This is probably one of the strangest things that has happened to you in your life, isn't it?" Lelouch asked.
"It's definitely one of them." He responded. "I'm sorry, but how did you and Asuna come to this world?"
"Well, my boyfriend, his cousin, and I were sent this strange file that included a game in it. We opened it, put on our AmuSphere devices, and now we're here. I'm pretty sure we fell from the sky to get here."
"I just woke up in the forest. I'm sure you've been treated the best out of us, Noctis."
"He's right, although being locked up in a crystal doesn't seem that comfortable." Asuna said. "Prince Noctis…that has a nice ring to it."
"Well, formerly a prince." Noctis looked over at the she-cat in shock. "Wait…how did you know that?" He wondered. This definitely is one strange world if they know about that.
"Because you were apparently part of a prophecy that I was given to help Lelouch regain his memory." Alderheart explained. "We found you in the crystal and when we freed you, Lelouch's memory was awoken as well."
"Do you know how long I've been asleep in there?"
"I'd wager about five moons." The tom answered. "That's five months, since I'm sure you don't use Clan language where you're from." Has it really been that long ever since Luna sent me to this world? It feels as if it just happened right before I woke up. She said they were in danger, but if I've been in some sort of stasis for that long…am I too late? No, this might just like when I was in my ten years in the crystal before going back to Insomnia. "Still trying to absorb everything in?"
"Are you surprised?" Noctis responded with a small laugh. "I didn't even imagine a world with talking cats would exist, but, here I am now." To be fair…this is pretty interesting. I'm sure Prompto would've loved to be here.
"We get that a lot." Alderheart looked out into the camp. "It's getting a bit late, but before you go to sleep, I'd like you to meet my father."
"He's the leader of ThunderClan." Asuna added, Noctis looking at Alderheart in surprise.
"Really? I guess I can't really say no to that then, huh?" The black tom slowly rose to his paws, shaking. Damn, I thought this would be easier.
"Here, just watch me." Leafpool told the tom, walking slowly so he could follow her example. As he imitated her movement, he began to walk across the medicine cat's den. He quickly became accustomed to walking on his four paws, the concept now feeling as familiar to walking as a human.
"Thanks…Leafpool, was it?" She nodded. "Great." Noctis turned his blue gaze towards Alderheart. "I think I'm ready to see your father now."
"Alright, follow me." The pair left the medicine cat's den and entered the camp. Noctis saw a small group of cats in the distance, all their eyes locked onto him. As they were walking, he also admired the camp. For cats, they seemed to be very organized. The two approached a dark brown tabby tom, a dark ginger she-cat standing next to him.
"Alderheart, I assume this is the cat that you woke up?" The medicine cat nodded. "It's nice to meet you. I am Bramblestar, leader of ThunderClan. This is Squirrelflight, the deputy of this Clan who I'm lucky to have as my mate."
"It's a pleasure to meet you…" Squirrelflight paused, her gaze now fixed on the black tom.
"Noctis. That's definitely not a warrior name." She stated with a small laugh. "Anyway, I'm sure I speak for us all when I say welcome to ThunderClan."
"Thanks." I guess I should thank Lelouch and Asuna for coming here before me. They don't seem to have any trust issues about me at all, which takes a huge burden off my shoulders. "I guess I should probably explain why I'm here to you both, huh?"
"Well, we believe that you're here to help the Clans, much like every other cat brought to us." Bramblestar answered. "Did you receive the prophecy about needing to clear the sky?"
"Yup. You all seem to be familiar with it." The three of them nodded. "Figures." I guess they all know about that prophecy, but…there's so much more I need to know. "Apparently someone in this world sent for me. Any idea on who it was?"
"StarClan." Alderheart answered. "They're our warrior ancestors that take responsibility for prophecies and the like."
"And they have the power to contact people from other worlds?"
"As of lately, yes. We hope that they didn't burden you, Noctis." Squirrelflight told him.
"It was unexpected, yeah, but I'm cool with it. It's not every day you're sent to a world full of cats that can talk." He responded. "Besides, it's not really like me to turn down a request about a world being in danger."
"So you've been to other worlds before?" Bramblestar asked, Noctis shaking his head.
"I probably should've worded that better…but I have saved my own world with my friends."
"Were they brought here with you?" Alderheart asked. "I only found one crystal with you in it."
"No, they're off living in the world we saved together."
"Oh…so you died to bring peace to your world?" Squirrelflight wondered, Noctis nodding his head. "Well then you and Lelouch have more than just being a prince in common."
"Is that so?" Now I'm really curious about the story behind him, and I'm sure all this cats feel the same about me as well.
"I think you both might become good friends." Alderheart stated.
"Anything's better than being an enemy." Noctis looked around the camp. He saw for the most part that it was empty, except for a small group of cats standing in front of one of the dens. "I should probably let you both get some sleep for now. I don't think I'll disappear overnight."
"Right. There's a lot that needs to be explained to you, Noctis." Bramblestar said. "Alderheart will lead you over to the warriors' den where you'll be sleeping for as long as you're here."
"Oh, yeah, I'll do that!" Alderheart confirmed. "Goodnight." He gave his parents a quick nuzzle before they left the two. "Sorry about that."
"It's cool. Having a great relationship with your parents is always a good thing." Noctis assured him. "So…this warriors' den…is it comfortable?"
"It has the same bedding that you were in over at the medicine cat's den." Alderheart told him.
"Oh…" The dark ginger tom let out a small laugh.
"Aren't you a hero?"
"R-Right, but I'm still a normal guy, I mean, cat. Being outdoors really isn't my preference, even after all the camping I've been through. All the dirt and icky bugs…no thanks."
"Sounds like you'd rather live being pampered like a kittypet."
"Pampering is the last thing I'd want. If it means helping you all, a little bit of bugs and dirt won't hurt." Alderheart smiled. "You didn't really think I'd not want to stay here just because of that, did you?"
"Like I said, you're a hero, Noctis." The black tom let out a small chuckle.
"Call me Noct. That's what all my friends usually call me. You at least deserve that for saving me, Alderheart."
"Thanks, Noct, but don't think I'll be the only one calling you that. I'm sure everyone here would love to get to know you, although right now it might take a bit of time to do so."
"We're sort of in the middle of a crisis with these savage rogues that I found on a quest I went on moons ago. They made their way over here and have invaded Clan territory. Just recently, they took over ShadowClan, and only four of their Clanmates decided to leave."
"I guess I was brought here to help you all with this little situation then, huh?"
"Here's hoping, but first, you'll definitely need some fighting training."
"How hard can it be? I think I'll be fine, no sweat." They both reached the warriors' den, causing the four cats there to turn around and greet them.
"Kirito, Suguha, Nightheart, Sparkpelt, this is Noctis. He's the cat I saved at the Moonpool."
"Sup? I'm Kirito. Suguha over there is my cousin." The other black tom stated.
"Right, the two cats Asuna mentioned that aren't from this world either."
"That would be us. It's nice to meet you, Noctis." A small blush appeared on Suguha's face. "Oh!" She bowed her head, Noctis becoming flustered. "I forgot that you're a prince!"
"N-No, you don't have to worry about that, Suguha." He assured her, causing her to bring her head back up.
"No worries." He turned his gaze over to Nightheart. "You must be related to Lelouch. Are you his sister?" Nightheart let out a giggle.
"I'm his daughter, actually." Noctis looked at her in shock. "Did father not tell you anything?"
"Actually, he didn't. I guess I should've known since you have a warrior-esque name." He stated, only to look back at her in surprise again. "Wait, his daughter!? But he's—."
"Not originally a cat?" Kirito stated. "We were as surprised as you were when we found out."
"Father knows it's strange, and so do I, but he and mother love each other very much. He's even promised that he'd live here with us for the rest of his life."
"I guess that's really some true love, huh?" He stated. "I didn't mean to offend you if I did, Nightheart."
"Not at all, Noctis." He felt a paw touch his shoulder and looked over at the orange tabby.
"Hi! I'm Sparkpelt, Alderheart's sister! It's so cool to meet another cat not from here! I can't wait to learn all about you, Noctis!"
"Oh, um…the pleasure's all mine…I guess." He responded, the she-cat's peppy demeanor being unexpected. "I guess I have more than enough help in finding a place to sleep in there?"
"Actually, Noct…" His gaze turned to face Alderheart. "I was thinking you could sleep in the medicine cat's den; just for tonight. We don't want cats worrying about seeing someone new right when they wake up."
"Gotcha. I'm not here to cause trouble, after all." Noctis looked back at the others. "It was nice meeting you all."
"Same here. Hope you sleep well, Noct." Kirito responded. "It's alright if I call you that, right?"
"Awesome! We'll see ya' tomorrow then!" Kirito waved a paw as he and Alderheart walked towards the medicine cat's den.
"I bet you weren't expecting Sparkpelt to be like that, huh?"
"With you as a reference? No, not at all." The two shared a small laugh.
"She means well, though. She's a great warrior." He told her. "You know, I said you were sleeping in the medicine cat's den, but are you even tired?"
"Far from it…but I'm never one to turn down an opportunity for more sleep."
"I had a feeling you'd say that." As they were about to enter the den, Lelouch and Asuna walked out.
"Oh, hey you two. We were just going to go to sleep right now." Asuna told them. "Lelouch, you'd think after just waking up you'd be, well…awake."
"Trust me, I am. There's really no reason for me to stay awake, though."
"Maybe some poppy seeds could help?" Alderheart suggested, but the tom shook his head.
"I'll be fine." He assured the medicine cat. "I'm guessing you met all the cats over there, Noctis?" Lelouch asked, quickly glancing over at the warriors' den.
"Yup. They all greeted me with open arms." He responded. "I still can't believe a world like this exists. Having other humans in the same situation makes it even more surreal."
"You'll get used to it eventually." Asuna assured him. "We can help you find a spot inside the warriors' den right now if you want."
"Noct is sleeping in the medicine cat's den tonight, just to ease the shock of the others when they wake up." Alderheart explained.
"Oh, okay then. Goodnight you two." Asuna and Lelouch both headed towards the warriors' den, the two toms now walking into the medicine cat's den.
"Hi you two. How'd the meeting with Bramblestar go?" Leafpool asked.
"It went without a hitch. They seemed to trust me with no problem at all."
"With what's going on, we'll need any help we can get." Jayfeather told him.
"The rogues, right? Alderheart explained the gist of it. I'm sure I'll learn more about it tomorrow."
"It seems like you both are really great friends already." Leafpool stated with a smile. "Anyway, we should get some sleep. It's been a long night."
"It's okay if Noct sleeps here just for tonight, right?" Alderheart asked.
"Yeah, as long as he doesn't get in the way in the morning." Jayfeather said, his mother giving him a small shove.
"You're more than welcome, Noctis." She assured him.
"Thanks." He padded over to his bedding and rested down on it. Alderheart watched as the tom shifted restlessly, trying to find the spot where he was the most comfortable.
"If you're gonna be moving like that all night, you might as well sleep in the forest." The blind medicine cat grumbled.
"What's his deal?" Noctis whispered as Alderheart began to create a bed of moss next to him.
"He's like that to everyone. You're lucky you don't have to be in here with him working…but his heart's in the right place when it matters most." He assured him.
"If you say so." Noctis crossed his forepaws in front of him and rested his head down. It's still not as comfortable, but I need to get used to it, especially if this world needs my help. Is the rogue threat really so bad that they needed me? I'll probably find out in the future, but tomorrow, I need to figure out what skills I still have to help the Clans.