It's a beautiful day. The sunlight is shining and you can hear the faint sounds of laughter in the distance.
You make your way down a long road, being greeted by many machines as you pass by. You knew them well, they were known as Toc People, and you were in the villages outside the kingdom.
Suddenly, a thick fog covers the path ahead of you. The view looked the same, so you walk right into it...
And are greeted with a horrifying sight.
Houses made out of black metal scattered about, and the joyful laughter was replaced by gloom. In fact, no one seemed to be around. The entire area was silent, even as you headed toward what appeared to be the kingdom...
This can't be right.
The once joyous city was covered in darkness, and thick fog scattered across the ground. Where you thought you'd see flowers and grass, there were tiny, black shards sticking out, sparking with a strange power.
Something must be wrong.
You dash through the long aisles of houses before finally stopping at a huge castle, in which you could feel the power at its strongest. You tried to come up with a plan, but the doors creaked open, stopping you short, and a loud roar sounded from inside.
Figuring you had no choice, you enter the castle hesitantly, being greeted by a dimly lit hallway with statues that seemed to be watching your every move. You take a deep breath before following the hallway toward two more doors, behind of which you could hear someone talking.
Before you could react, the doors opened, and you are surprised at what you see...
A tall machine with black armor sits on a couch, with more machines pampering him by filing his claws and shining his boots. This machine couldn't be the King, could he...?
At this name, the machine's eyes glinted and he bared crimson red fangs. His claws dug into the couch as he glared at you.
Do I look like that fool to you? he demanded.
Despite his rage, he did look similar to Electro; His body was covered by a long jacket and he had smooth hair with silver streaks on the tips. However, there were some differences, such as his boots having long, thick heels and his eyebrows were long and thin.
I'll ask you again...Do I look like that fool to you?
You shudder as he waves the other machines away and stands up, scraping his claws together.
Because if you dare insult my greatness...
One of the machines from behind pipes up, cutting him off.
My lord, you probably trapped them in your kingdom by accident. They were probably going to see Electro.
You nod in agreement, hoping to not anger him any further, and he remains silent before a smirk forms on his face.
He walks back toward the couch and sits down, then flicks one hand as he then speaks.
So, you don't know who I am, hm? Allow me to introduce myself!
Name: Lord Xero
Alias: The Darkness, The Omega, God of Darkness, the Dark Lord
Gender: Male (he/him)
Race: Sentinent Weapon (former life), divine being (current)
Likes: Power, darkness, fear, crushing things under his boots, formal occasions, Destructo, scraping his claws against things
Dislikes: Weaklings, kindness, light, children, anything cute
Xero stares you down, his claws ripping through the couch's soft cushions. His eyes were leering and a smirk formed on his face as he spoke. His voice made you shudder as he greeted you.
Heh heh...It's not every day someone just ventures into my kingdom. Do you know how lonely I've been..? Come, gaze upon my supreme power.
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Ah, Destructo...My beloved. He's not like the other soldiers; He likes the finer things in life, and that's something I admire. We enjoy to dance and share meals together, and spend our nights looking at the sky. Even in my kingdom, the stars are shining.
Commander Xac was given full control of my army after Destructo decided to leave his position. He's strict and demands total perfection, something I admire. However, his whole demeanor changes once a fancy occasion is announced, plus now he's modeling for the kingdom! Heh.
, a former inner demon who since changed his ways to redeem himself. I was the first to accept him as his new self, and even though Xac holds a grudge against him for what he did as his old self, I think he actually cares about Ultimo. He just won't admit it.
Xero looks to the side and sighs, seeming a little different from before. He then adjusts his position slightly before speaking, apparently trying to use his words carefully as if someone nearby would hear and suddenly be struck with fear.
Ever since a certain...Incident...We've started a truce with our former enemies. While we still don't trust each other, we remain true to our individual words that no one will be struck unless the other tried something foolish.
Ricki, my Ex-Host. I used him as my source of power for quite some time, but he was eventually freed from my darkness by those light-loving fools. It doesn't matter, not anymore...Because I have my own kingdom and I no longer require them. The incident involved him seemingly being defeated, and this is what caused our truce -- along with emotional agony.
Electro is the King of the "real" Toc World. He has also been blessed with the powers of light, and is the only one who can counter my darkness. He's way less trusting of our words, and honestly, I don't trust him either.
Xero's eyes glint furiously and you notice him gazing down at his claws, his menacing demeanor quickly taking over again.
There are even more threats than our fights against the Light Ones. While one is gone for good, there are others who cannot perish, even with my godly strength.
This fool...He was pathetic. It's no wonder how he was defeated so easily by Pac Man, even while Pac-Man was under MY control! He wasn't aware of my true powers until it was too late. He ended up being reborn, but I crushed him again; His powers of light were nothing against my darkness, and I destroyed his spirit forever!
HIM...We don't speak of him. Just uttering his name could summon him into our world, and we don't need him threatening us. But it's him who Ultimo 00 used to be, and who he used to work under, and despite his being weaker than myself, he is immortal due to living off the desires of others.
Our greatest threat? The Void and its guardians. Void only seeks my destruction due to its horrible past regarding my former master: The original God of Darkness. However, it wants everyone affiliated with the gods destroyed, no matter who they are or how they were involved in the past. Even Electro is a target, simply due to being affiliated with Void's former target: The God of Light. The one time our truce comes into use is when we all fend off Void and its creatures -- and light and dark combine to create a mighty force to behold...
Xero's mouth forms into a sly grin and it's even more unnerving than before. He gestures toward some paintings, of which seem to be coming to life from the dark powers surrounding you.
While I am the king of infinite darkness, not many people know of my power. The dark energy is able to bring these artifacts to life and it's...Quite amusing.
By Pharaoh-By others
Xero's gaze switches to a bookshelf in the room nearby. You notice that the shelf itself is covered in deep claw marks and that some of the books were torn to shreds, some of them seeping with dark fog.
There had been some things written about me. While some are honoring my greatness, even more of them are...Unforgivable. Those fools had since been dealt with, and now, they don't speak ill of my name again.
| King of Darkness ||| Weakness ||| Destruction ||| Overlord of Fear ||| Revenge ||| Come Get Me |
You begin to realize that it's time for you to leave. The longer you remained in the Dark Kingdom, the more you felt like something was going to happen.
Xero senses your thoughts and chuckles, a sound that sent shivers down your spine.
There's no escaping this realm. he stands up and you notice long, shady arms appearing from behind him, When you've entered the kingdom I rule, there's no escape!
The arms grow larger, forming into what seemed to be two pairs of wings with clawed fingers, and you're dragged into a puddle of darkness, destined to serve this overlord of evil forever.