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A note from Kenaren

Sorry for the delay on this one. I had to re-write it several times because it just didn't feel right...

1,000 miles into the journey

Torga was flying at top speed, while occasionally stopping to eat some of Yggdrasil when he noticed just how thirsty he was getting; His mouth felt like he'd been eating sand for days and microscopic granules were sticking to his teeth.

So, Torga momentarily stopped flying and, using the small amount of breathable air around the branch, created as much clean water as he could to wash out his mouth, then he continued to fly forward.


50,000 miles into the journey

Torga had flown for as long as he was able, then he gently lowered himself to the ground and carved out a hole just big enough for him to sleep in.

He slept until he was fully rested, then he began flying again.


100,000 miles into the journey

 

Though Torga was still feeling the effects of eating the branch; namely the massive increase in energy, his body seemed to be getting slightly heavier with each passing meal.

It was almost as if the branch's magic was having an... odd effect on him; He wasn't in pain, nor was he feeling ill. In fact, it was just the opposite and Torga was feeling better than he'd ever felt. However, as the slight increase in his weight was noticeable, Torga was beginning to think he should stop eating it... For now, anyway.

But since he didn't want to turn around and there was nothing besides magic and the branch to eat out here, Torga decided against it and pressed on.


1,000,000 miles into the journey

Sleep became the worst part of Torga's 'days', as everytime he tried to sleep his body was wracked with growing pains. After a month of eating nothing but the branch and drinking a combination of magic and water to frequently wash his mouth out, Torga's body entered a growth phase. His body was almost constantly growing longer, while his overall size remained fairly consistent. 

This allowed him to rapidly lose his 'fat' stomach and slim down, though his body still retained the same amount of muscle, which stopped him from getting any thinner. 

As it was, his snake-man form looked almost as large as Holstig did the last time Torga saw him... Though Torga was much, much taller.

After getting his daily four hours of restless sleep, Torga resumed his flight.


5,000,000 miles into the journey

Torga noticed something... odd. On the very tip of his tail; between the two massive spikes and floating just above the third, smaller one, sat a tiny red sphere; It appeared to only have a diameter of six or seven feet, though whenever he tried moving it, its small size didn't do the massive weight he felt justice.

"I've thrown dragons that weighed less than this damn ball!" Torga growled in frustration after one of his many failed attempted to pull the ball away from his tail.

But after a dozen failed attempted to remove it, Torga decided to leave it alone and to press on.


 20,000,000 miles into the journey

 Ever since the ball first formed, Torga body has slowly, but surely, adjusted to the new weight. So much so, that he no longer even noticed it was there... Which was surprising, since it had almost tripled in size and weight. With the change in size/weight, came a change in color as well; turning from a very dark red to a much lighter orange with yellow flakes.

Torga, after noticing the change, began to pay much closer attention to the ball and would inspect it after every meal. Though this slowed down his travel speed quite considerably, he believed it to be a fair trade-off for ensuring he actually made it to his destination...


100,000,000 miles into the journey

 For the first time in Torga's life, he finally found an enemy that not even he could defeat... His own mind. After years of monotonous flying, Torga had finally begun to have hallucinations; he heard the voice of Ayla desperately calling out to him for help, he saw in his mind's eye her dying over and over again because he wasn't there to protect her.

He saw Findral being beaten to death, Siofs being executed, Holstig being mutilated, Hogunn being gutted, and after their deaths, came the elves... Torga had nightmares about the slave traders he once fought for their freedom coming to reclaim them, he dreamed of them dying and of him being truly alone in this vast world... But that only pissed him off.

"No, they're safe. I made sure of it before I came here... Is someone messing with my head again or have I been alone for so long that I've finally gone mad?" he wondered.

He wasn't sure exactly how long he'd been traveling, after all, the branch didn't have day or night per se... the branch only had a light side and a dark side; one side facing the system's star and the other facing away from it. Because the star didn't move and neither did the branch, for that matter. If Torga wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on his scales, he had to fly to the side of the branch that always faced the sun and the same applied if he wanted some darkness so he could sleep peacefully.

This far into space, nothing Torga could see even looked like a planet anymore and even the star was but a glowing ball in the distance...

"Wait a minute..." Torga stopped moving and slowly turned his head until he could see the little orange ball on his tail. He stared at it in silence for several minutes, then he 'shrugged' and turned back.

"Nah, I'm probably wrong."


300,000,000 miles into the journey

"I really hate it when I'm right..." Torga sighed as he stared at the much larger ball floating just above his spiked tail.

It'd slowly gotten bigger over time until it eventually grew to well over two-hundred feet in diameter and weighed several million tonnes.

Though this weight was almost negligible to Torga as he was now, it was still noticeable; like the weight of a ring on a finger, Torga felt the 'ball' resting on the tip of his tail...

"Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk, I suppose. Especially since I can't get the damn thing off, even if I wanted to, now..." He sighed.

Again, after losing all sense of time. Torga found himself coiled around the 'ball' inside a hole he'd dug out of the branch and was sleeping days away at a time. 

He'd truly lost all motivation by this point and just... couldn't seem to push himself any further. He'd easily been traveling for a decade by this point and still, no end was in sight.

"I'm never going to make it... am I?" He wondered as he stared off into the dark reaches of space. He long since lost count of the 'nights' he'd spent doing exactly this; staring into the darkness at the seemingly infinite number of lights. 

It was during these 'nights' that Torga's body grew larger and so did his concern for those he left behind.

Would he ever see them again or was he destined to be stuck on this branch forever? Would he even remember what they looked like if he did see them again?

"Worries for another time, I suppose... I've wasted enough time here as it is." He uncoiled himself and slowly left his 'bed', then continued on his way.


360,897,567 miles into the journey

Once again, Torga found himself floating aimlessly through space as he moved ever forward. He was back in his snake-man form for the first time in... He wasn't sure how long. After all, time was quite meaningless when you controlled whether or not you saw the sun.

However, a sideways glance jolted Torga out of his funk and caused him to fly at speeds he'd not reached in years; the reason for this?... He saw the light at the end of the branch.

"There it is... Holy shit... There it is!" He laughed as he rocketed forward.


365,366,261 miles in.

 "Almost there..."

He pushed his body to its utmost limit traveling miles in mere seconds, this continued until the planet filled his vision and he broke through the atmosphere. The planet itself was obscenely large with a diameter of almost one-hundred-thousand miles, it appeared to be completely covered by a mix of dark blue and light purple water, with little to no landmass visible from Torga's position.

Once Torga was through the atmosphere and he was subjected to gravity for the first time in decades, he began to weep with joy even as he slammed head-first into the surface of the water, completely submerging himself, and causing a massive tidal wave that traveled for miles in every direction, even as he greedily gulped down as much of the crystal clear water as he could.

"Finally... I've finally made it." Torga sighed as he floated just beneath the waves.

Torga closed his eyes and allowed himself to briefly fall into a trance as he was gently rocked back and forth by the current... Until he heard a ding.

Congratulations!

You have completed 'The journey of a million miles' feat and have earned an increase in speed for accomplishing this feat.

Torga blankly stared at the window for several minutes before his mind kicked in and anger flooded him.

"Where the fuck was this while I was traveling!? Torga screamed in rage.

"Fine! you know what? Fuck it, Fuck you, and Fuck this shit!"  He roared.

He exploded in a rage and began eating as much of the 'fresh' food in the area as he could before he settled down and fell asleep...

 

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365,366,261 miles = 588,000,000 KM  

Update on Torga's size, weight, and speed 

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Elisha @Elisha ago

Thanks for the chapter!

Hexwolfx @Hexwolfx ago

A bit stir crazy there for MC do he's lucky he didn't start to name the ball and draw a smilly face

hikiller123 @hikiller123 ago

thanks for the chapter but that was anticlimatic

Nocebo @Nocebo ago

What happened with the 'ball' when he was in water?

Novian @Novian ago

Interesting to see the sun he has started growing. Wonder what caused it to manafest from the ether, the world tree, the mana, the fact that he is in space? All of the above? can't wait to see more

    Blockturtle @Blockturtle ago

    I think it may be Torga's "Domain" like what the Snake King has, the place Torga is at, could also be part of the "???" evolution. There is also the probalility that this is the real reason that the Snake King is imprisoned, because poerful serpents have these kind of powers, even without becoming gods.

    The worlds myth mentions Yggdrasil created the old Gods, and the old Gods created the new Gods. It apears that Yggdrasil creates planets and stars, much like Torga is doing. There is also the matter of the Snake King's Domain. It was said that it is seperate from Yggdrasil, but, why is there still a world tree there? Wasn't Yggdrasil the only one?

    It is likely that the Snake King was simply imprisoned to stop him from becoming a God, and that his Domain was never a part of Yggdrasil, becasue he, himself is the World Tree of his domain.

    This is wholy speculation, and is probably far from being the truth, even if partially so, it is fine if you don't take me seriously.

      VtrCst @VtrCst ago

      That little Nidhogg tidbit made me think... Nidhogg is a dragon/serpent who gnaws at a root of the world tree, and according to Wikki:

      Quote:According to the Gylfaginning part of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, Níðhǫggr is a being which gnaws one of the three roots of Yggdrasill. It is sometimes believed that the roots are trapping the beast from the world. This root is placed over Niflheimr and Níðhǫggr gnaws it from beneath.

      The "Neutral zone" aka "frozen wasteland" may be Niflheimr, realm of Hel daughter of Liki and Queen of the Dead, the well Hvergelmir (bubbling boiling spring) "whence all waters rise", is the source of numerous rivers and Nástrǫnd (Corpse Shore)

      on Hel:

      Quote:Hel he cast into Niflheim, and gave to her power over nine worlds, to apportion all abodes among those that were sent to her: that is, men dead of sickness or of old age. She has great possessions there; her walls are exceeding high and her gates great

      Quote:Hvergelmir is mentioned a final time in the Prose Edda where Third discusses the unpleasantries of Náströnd. Third notes that Hvergelmir yet worse than the venom-filled Náströnd because—by way of quoting a portion of a stanza from the Poetic Edda poem Völuspá—"There Nidhogg torments the bodies of the dead".

      Quote:Nástrǫnd is a place in Hel where Níðhöggr lives and chews on corpses. It is the afterlife for those guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking

      Also:

      Quote:The most prevalent opinion is that the arrival of Níðhǫggr heralds Ragnarök and thus that the poem (Grímnismál) ends on a tone of ominous warning. It could be however, as the prevalent themes of Norse mythology are those of change and renewal, that this could be a 'redemption' of the serpent, 'shedding' the corpses and beginning life anew, much like a macabre Phoenix.

      So i guess, given the north mythos going around here, that the Serpent King is in fact Jormungandr, and maybe this Snake King trial is some sort of key to Ragnarok...it kinda fits if you factor in the ominous message on the pillars part of interlude

      where in this fits Fenrir and Hel i do not know...

      But if Torga is "fitted" for the role of Nidhogg he lives past Ragnarok:

      Quote:In stanza 66, the völva ends her account with a description of the dragon Níðhöggr, corpses in his jaws, flying through the air. The völva then "sinks down." It is unclear if stanza 66 indicates that the völva is referring to the present time or if this is an element of the post-Ragnarök world.

      Blockturtle @Blockturtle ago

      You vastly overestimate my intellectual capacity. I'm creative not intelligent, all I understood from all that, was; There are a lot of things I missed hen reading.

      Good day sir.

      VtrCst @VtrCst ago

      and it took me a large scope of 20 mins and Wiki pages to filter any relevant info to basically sum into, this

      • trial may start a multi-realm ultimate-war that will jumpstart the re-creation of the worlds
      • he may stumble across a realm where men dead of sickness or of old age end up after death, and fight a Godess of Death (Hel)
      • he may stumble across a realm where men guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking end up after death and (possibly) kill a corpse desecrating serpent (an iteration of Nidhogg )
      • even after that major war, he'll live and see the world sink while munching corpses

      Or he could not and just evolve into any regular Planetary Snake-Dragon and evolve into Cosmos, Universe, Multiverse, etc, like stated by comments on the last chapter...

      just dwelling into conversation here Very Happy

      Blockturtle @Blockturtle ago

      I suggested that he may tun into a tree, or at least his primary body may become a world tree, which is much more fesible if Yggdrasil is destroyed/devoured. It said Torga's wife would be reincanated as a hero of the Evles, at the base of the world tree, not Yggdrasil.

      Think about it, Torga is close to the Elves, he may very well be releasing Ragnarok on Yggdrasil, and he wants to create a world the Sophia can live a safe and peaceful life. Torga will probably defeat and devour the Snake King, but not before the complete detruction of Yggdrasil, in the mean time he would need to keep the Elven race alive, in the process saving the other races, and them settleing at the base of his world tree.

      You need to remember, Torga was ressurected by the God of Destruction, and Dragons, who seemed to have prophetic powers.

      Thinking about it, it seems obvious now that eating an entire planet for his "???" evolution is probably related. A species that the system does not know, that is excedingly rare. The system is obviously influenced by the various Gods, but seems to intricately be a part of Yggdrasil itself, meaning the Yggdrasil could also give options for evolution.

      Simply put, this theory is suported by the fact that, for the new to take root, the old must die. Using the old life, which is now dead, new life would apear, as such there can only be one world tree, and the Snake King knows this, he wants to eat both Gods and Yggdrasil, becoming the new power bringing forth a new age.

      His plans will probably be foild half way by Torga, when he eats the Snake King instead, then finishes the job.

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      Horius @Horius ago

      Guys... you thought much too far and in doing so forgot that this is a new story. The author may be inspired by certain mythologies, but that doesn't make him a slave of it. Read the story synopsis, and you will realize that the snake-king is at most a mid-level boss.

      Quote: "Each monster race has its own royal family and it’s this family that we must either recruit… or assimilate by force, if necessary."

      Quote: "The goblins and l will rise to the top and bring the monster races together under one banner, while the elves do the same for the ‘civilized’ races and at the end, if we do it right, the only thing that could stand between us and true peace, is the antagonistic gods and their followers. "

      From this we can see the following;

      1. The Monsters and civilized races need to be united.
      2. Both 'fractions' have royality: "Each monster race has its own royal family..." "...the same for the ‘civilized’ races..."
      3. Being Royality is apparently system-enforced and brings benefits; at least for the monsters. Otherwise, Torgas' whole current actions would make no sense.
      4. The goblins are not useless, at least they will not be. The author especially said that they will also rise to the top.
      5. Something happens if you unite the races. I refuse to believe that Torga wants to do it only for more war-potential. It might be a condition for an evolotion or for a new challenge.
      6. The gods are not necessary enemies, they also could just watch. His goal is not to bring them actual harm.
        Quote: "If they leave us alone and allow us to live out our lives in peace, then I’ve decided to leave them and theirs alone…"

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      Horius @Horius ago

      Guys... you thought much too far and in doing so forgot that this is a new story. The author may be inspired by certain mythologies, but that doesn't make him a slave of it. Read the story synopsis, and you will realize that the snake-king is at most a mid-level boss.

      Quote: "Each monster race has its own royal family and it’s this family that we must either recruit… or assimilate by force, if necessary."

      Quote: "The goblins and l will rise to the top and bring the monster races together under one banner, while the elves do the same for the ‘civilized’ races and at the end, if we do it right, the only thing that could stand between us and true peace, is the antagonistic gods and their followers. "

      From this we can see the following;

      1. The Monsters and civilized races need to be united.
      2. Both 'fractions' have royality: "Each monster race has its own royal family..." "...the same for the ‘civilized’ races..."
      3. Being Royality is apparently system-enforced and brings benefits; at least for the monsters. Otherwise, Torgas' whole current actions would make no sense.
      4. The goblins are not useless, at least they will not be. The author especially said that they will also rise to the top.
      5. Something happens if you unite the races. I refuse to believe that Torga wants to do it only for more war-potential. It might be a condition for an evolotion or for a new challenge.
      6. The gods are not necessary enemies, they also could just watch. His goal is not to bring them actual harm.
        Quote: "If they leave us alone and allow us to live out our lives in peace, then I’ve decided to leave them and theirs alone…"

      Blockturtle @Blockturtle ago

      He is bringing them together to create a safe and peaceful world without war for sophia to be reincarnated into...

      The Gods will becomce Torga's enimies, if only because he is a serpant, afterall, the Gods are the biggest threat to the peace of Yggdrasil, treating it as their own personal playground.

      Torga will still become the Snake King if there is no King in the first place, afterall, the Snake King could break free of his prison, and finally complete the conditions to become the Snake God.

      Also, you seem to have completely ignored every point that was made before, such as the speculation on why the Gods would fear the serpants having a God, or why the Snake King was imprisoned. You should not ignore things just because they don't perfectly fit into what you want to think will happen, or want to happen.

      Not even once did I make a reference to Mythology, sure I referenced the previous comment becasue I wanted to get my point across, but that was it. I am not thinking too far ahead, I am just speculationg on why things are the way they are, nothing has to happen directly after Torga's battle.

      That final quote of your's, is contradictory to the point you have been trying to make, because, we all know that the Gods won't leave Torga alone, especially not wehn he is ruining all their precious games. You must also remember that there are Motal Gods, and actual Gods.

ultragunner @ultragunner ago

Wilson? Was that Wilson the ball?

Or a dragon ball?