Epsilon Dunamis (Dopinephrine 4).pdf
The griffins attacked Maya, tearing at the tree with their sharp talons and beaks. Others attacked
the node installed by Athlon to project Maya’s image and consciousness. The image flickered
again, and then disappeared.
Malachi fell to his knees. Athlon’s mind was racing. It would take several hours to reach Maya at
top speed; if the griffins intended to kill her, they would have plenty of time to do so well before
the Android could stop them. Nevertheless, he had to try.
Athlon was about to depart for Maya’s home when screams pierced the stunned silence of the
monastery’s audience. Looking up, Athlon saw a red portal forming high above the planet.
Lightning leapt from cloud to cloud around the growing portal as it tore a churning gap in the
sky. Within seconds, hundreds of griffins were pouring from the portal, and began descending
on the city where Malachi’s monetary sat.
The people panicked, and soon the screaming masses were rushing about in chaos, knocking
one another over in a mad dash to escape the deadly griffins above. Athlon launched himself
towards the portal, catching a griffin around the neck and throwing it clear of the city. The
griffins began swooping at the crowd below, their huge talons tearing people apart and
increasing the panic of the throngs.
Athlon zoomed from griffin to griffin, hitting them hard and fast in an attempt to scatter them.
For every beast Athlon struck, five more came through the portal. He caught one griffin by the
tail and swung it in a wide circle before sending it flying towards two of its brethren, knocking
them to the ground with a thud. He scanned the portal, and found quantum signatures lining
the twisting hole. Athlon had never encountered quantum energy before, but he knew that it
had been documented by scientists on Olympus who thought it could be used for inter-universe
travel. It had been abandoned as a possibility thousands of years ago.
Seeing Athlon, one griffin broke off from the path and tucked into a dive towards the Android.
The griffin caught Athlon by the shoulders and plunged towards the city, slamming the Android
into the ground. Stunned, Athlon blinked at the portal still twisting high above him. Griffins had
stopped coming through when something else appeared.