The group of travelers walked down the beautiful grass field.
It was amazing how great this place looked.
"This place is so peaceful. It's a utopia! What
if the Mage takes over and wants to turn all of Neopia into something that looks
like this? He might now be all that bad," said Tasuara.
"We've been in the future," said Deracko "And
it did not look like this. It was more or else the same as it usually is...but
everyone was sad. We weren't even allowed to smile!"
"Wait... did that Spardel just walk through
a tree?" asked Kyohara as she pointed to a little Spardel.
"Maybe this world really is too good to be true!"
exclaimed Yoigo. He ran over to where an Earth Faerie was drinking at a small
river. Yoigo put his paw right through her head.
"These aren't real," said Junior G as he put
his tail through a grazing Kau. "They're just holograms!" Everyone looked around.
Was it possible this beautiful land was not even real?
"Why? Why would the Mage put fake Faeries, Neopets
and Petpets inside of his little world down here?" asked Bortyk.
"I think I know. He'd want trespassers such
as us to think he was really good," said Methalius. They continued walking.
They went over a bridge and the castle in the distance was getting bigger.
"Why hasn't the Mage been able to make the Staff
of All Power? If he had it Neopia would already have been taken over," said
"According to my book, it takes a while to create
the staff. As I told you all before, once he does he will have all power. He
can do absolutely anything," said Yoigo.
"How long does it take to create the Staff of
All Power?" asked Millyum.
"It takes... I think the staff will be able
to be created today!" exclaimed Yoigo.
"Then we've got to hurry!" cried Chakeebo. They
all ran to the big castle. As soon as they got there they saw something on the
"To gain entry you must solve this riddle. You
get one chance and if you fail, you will meet your demise," read Methalius aloud.
There was a digital keypad on the door to type in your answer.
"Here's the riddle: There's a time when I'm
green, a time when I'm brown, but both of these times, cause pets to frown.
But just in between, for a very short while, I'm perfect and yellow, and cause
pets to smile! What am I?" read Bortyk aloud.
"There's a time when I'm green, a time when
I'm brown... that definitely is a tough one. Who here is good at riddles?" asked
Deracko. Tasuara stepped up.
"I'm OK I guess... give me some time to figure
this out. We only get one try," she said. She was working it out when Chakeebo
"I've got it! It means a camera, like the kind you take pictures with. It
can be brown or green and I hate getting my picture taken so it makes me frown.
When it turns yellow that's when the flash comes and you always have to smile
when you get your picture taken!" Chakeebo exclaimed. He ran up to type in his
answer with the keypad but Methalius blocked him.
"One little problem. Cameras can also be black
or blue or any colour! So what would happen if you typed your answer in on that
keypad? Then we'd all be doomed!" he yelled.
"I guess you're right... Why don't you answer
the riddle? You're supposed to be some kind of super genius!" replied Chakeebo.
"I'm good when it comes to problems such as
algebra, not riddles. Let Tasuara see if she can solve it," said Methalius.
Tasuara perched on a nearby tree and closed her eyes.
"It's not nap time!" Junior G exclaimed.
"Tasuara says she always does her best thinking
when she's upside-down. It lets the blood rush to hear head," Bortyk informed
"Smile... smile... what makes you smile?" she
asked without moving from her spot.
"Toys!" cried Chakeebo.
"Ruling Neopia!" said Methalius.
"Food!" exclaimed Deracko. As soon as Deracko
said that, Tasuara's eyes shot open.
"That's it! When the type of food is green,
that mean it's not ripe yet. When it's brown, that means it's rotten. When it's
yellow, it's ripe and good to eat. It's only ripe for a short amount of time
though according to the riddle. Sow what kind of fruit is it?" asked Tasuara
even though she knew the answer. Everyone else just waited. "Bananas"
"That seems right. Are you sure?" asked Yoigo.
"About as sure as I'll ever be," Tasuara said.
Kyohara typed 'Banana' in on the keypad. They waited for something to happen.
Was she right or wrong? They waited.
"Access granted," sounded a voice coming from
nowhere. The door in front of them opened.
"Hooray!" they all cheered. They ran inside.
"How come this is an ancient castle but it has
a digital keypad as well as an intercom?" questioned Chakebo. Everyone laughed.
They looked around the room they had entered. It was empty except for a door
at the other side of the room and some torches that provided light. They ran
over to see what they had to do.
"To save your precious Neopian land, and travel
the castle so big and grand, there are several things you must do, and now I
will tell one to you: Battle three different pets you must, and beating them
will turn them to dust! Choosing your fighters is the task ahead, losing two
fights will make you all dead! I will now tell you one last thing, when completing
this task, NO MAGIC RINGS!" read Yoigo aloud.
"Who should battle?" asked Deracko.
"Definitely Zeedil, as he is a knight," said
Millyum. Zeedil nodded.
"I saw Yoigo's courage back at the castle when
Chakeebo attacked us and against the Mutant Scorchios. I think he should also
fight," said Zeedil. Yoigo nodded too.
"Then the third should be Methalius," said Yoigo.
Methalius shook his head.
"I have no more Lenny Grenades. The other one
should be Chakeebo, he is the only other one of us who's armed," said Methalius
Chakeebo gulped and slowly nodded. They all noticed something they hadn't before.
A white circle was on the ground. They all knew it was the battle ring. Chakeebo,
Yoigo and Zeedil went to one side of the circle. Out of nowhere, the mutants
came. One was a Mutant Cybunny, one was a Mutant Buzz and one was a Mutant Grundo.
Chakeebo stepped forward and the Mutant Cybunny did the same.
"You're going down!" screamed Chakeebo as he
got his Rainbow Gun ready. The Mutant Cybunny was too fast, he jumped up and
hit Chakeebo with his Cybunny sword. Chakeebo collapsed to the ground and the
Mutant Cybunny disappeared into dust.
"Point, Mutants!" sounded another voice. The
Mutants had one this battle, but the was was not lost! Yoigo then stepped up
to battle, and the Mutant Buzz did the same.
After seeing what had happened to Chakeebo,
Yoigo immediately defended with his Gelert Spiked Shield. The Buzz's Buzz Blaster
attack had been blocked. Yoigo jumped up and used his Gelert Crescent Kick to
attack the Buzz! Then a blast of his Gelert Wand finished off the Mutant Buzz.
"Point, Yoigo!" sounded the voice. The Time
Twisters as well as Methalius, Kyohara and Junior G cheered. The Buzz disappeared
into dust. The Mutant Grundo stepped up to fight and so did Zeedil. Zeedil was
trained in the Meridell castle, but was he trained enough to fight the Mutant
Grundo? Only time would tell.
To be continued...