The Life of Kitty Ironcraft
My parents were both doctors from Evercity. They met one night during a meeting and they fell in love instantly. They were married soon after that. They were worried about Lucky's growing power in Evercity, so they decided to move to the Snowmoors. That was where I was born. Me, my parents, my two younger brothers and my older sister, all living together in the snowy wastes. The Snowmoors was home, and I loved it. Many of my fondest memories were made living there. It seemed to be a perfect life, and I was very happy. But then, it changed.
I didn't understand why we were moving at the time, but two medical positions had appeared in No Man's Landing. My parents thought that it was the Great Engineer's plan, so they moved. I had to say one last goodbye to the only place I ever knew. And then we were gone.
We were taking a boat to No Man's Landing, and something very strange happened on the way there. I felt something. A servent's prayer from the far reaches of Aethasia, beckoning freedom from the emperor's tyranny. The same wave that transformed Vytanni passed like a wave through Aethasia, and I felt it on that ship. I saw it in the water. I asked my family about it, but none of them had seen it. I was pretty sure that my parents knew more than they were telling me, but they wouldn't say what it was.
In No Man's Landing, we lived and worked under the empire as doctors in the city. What the empire didn't know was that my parents were using their job to love the people of the city. I remember one time I was exploring the city with my brothers, and we wandered into Urchin's Grotto. To our great surprise, we saw my parents and my sister sharing good food, medicine, and helping to clean up the Grotto.
I was confused, and I asked my parents, "Why are we just giving away all of this stuff?"
They replied, "The Great Engineer wants us to love everyone. These Urchins are starving and in great need of good food and medicine, but they don't have money to pay for it. Just because someone is poor doesn't mean they aren't worthy of love."
So I helped my parents. I loved the urchins with my actions and learned that day how it felt to love.
Ever since we arrived at No Man's Landing, I had been experiencing a backache. For the first few weeks, I barely felt it, but the pain grew over the weeks. My parents weren't sure what it was, but nothing they did could make the pain go away. It hurt so badly, but I ignored it, and still spent enough time helping the urchins and playing with my siblings. One time, our adventures brought us to the Junkyard, where I suddenly became very sick and dropped to the ground in pain. I told my brothers to find Mom and Dad before I blacked out.
The only thing I really remembered about the next week was pain. My parents found me and brought me back to their house and used their medical knowledge to care for me. I had a massive fever, nausea, vomiting, and I was in just the phase of consciousness to be able to feel the pain, but unable to move. But my parents took care of me, and when I recovered I had massive black draconic wings longer than my arms. My parents told me to hide in the wilderness, where automatons couldn't find me. They would visit me every couple days with food or supplies. I was alone, and had no idea what was happening to me.
I found a cave exploring Smuggler's Cove, and I lived there. As the weeks turned into months, I fell deeper and deeper into sadness. Why is this happening to me? My wings had grown and grown and were much larger then they had been before. One night while I was sleeping, I heard a voice.
Do not despair. Your wings were given to you for a reason. You are going to make Aethasia a better place.
I woke up but I couldn't find anyone. Whoever he was, his voice shook me out of my depression. And I began to train.
On some dark nights I tried running around with my wings. It was hard, but after a long time I finally was able to use them to balance myself, and they even helped me complete complex acrobatic tricks. I started traveling through the woods, learning to be self-sufficient. I found berries to eat, and learned the ways to discover if they were infected with fog. One time while I was exploring, I tripped in the blackness and tumbled off a cliff! As I was falling I covered my eyes, and then I was flying. I don't know how I did it, but I was soaring through the air. I cried out in joy, and then I was falling again. I looked at the water below in determination, readied my wings, and I stopped my fall. I created a massive wake in the water, and then I flapped and my wings and created a wave in the water. I landed/crashed in my cave. Although I was beat up from the night's events, I grinned. I knew what I was going to be doing tomorrow.
I soon learned I had exceptional hearing and enhanced strength, but that wasn't nearly as amazing as my wings. As the years went by, I further perfected my skills, not just in running, but in fighting. One night, I flew straight into the air. I flew and flew, and eventually I was high over the land. I gazed at it's splendor as I glided back to the earth.
It's such a beautiful land, Kitty. You are part of a plan to restore it, although you may not know it.
My family never abandoned me over the years, it almost seemed like my relationship grew with them over the years. Sometimes they would visit me in the night and I would show them all that I could do. When I became 13, my family threw me a surprise birthday party in my cave. Even when it seems like something separates people, the Great Engineer can always make a way.
One day, my father came to me. Urgency was in his voice.
"We need to get out of here!"
I started to follow him, "Why?"
"The empire has discovered that you are hiding here. Your brother has betrayed us! We need to leave No Man's Landing."
"Your older brother."
"I didn't know I had an..."
"We need to go!"
I obliged and dropped the subject, although many questions abounded. I arranged my wings so that at a glance would appear I was wearing a robe. He lead me back to No Man's Landing, it smelled worse than I remembered. Apparently they had moved while I was away. By the time we arrived at my house, the Automatons had already broken in, and were carrying away my family as prisoners.
"No!" my father called.
I unfurled my wings and flew into the Automatons, destroying several of them. I grabbed one and flew high into the air, and then dived, slamming it into the ground and pulling up before I crashed as well. I created a massive gust of wind when I landed.
"That was quite the windstorm," my sister said.
"We need to go!" my mother added.
We escaped and went north, but the Automatons were on our tail. By the time we reached the Old Mount, they had surrounded us. I tried to fight, but there were too many. I was shot in the mayhem and my family was taken captive. The Autos threw my semi-conscious body into the bushes and left me for dead, as I was certain I would be.
"Are you feeling better?"
I knew that voice...
I blinked awake, and I was inside a tent, alone in the room except for a strange looking man. He was dressed in a full body suit colored scarlet.
"How do you feel?"
My everything ached, but I felt good for some reason.
"OK I guess."
It dawned on me.
I tried to get up but a wave of pain shot through me and I fell back on my wings.
"Be careful," the man continued, "You've been through a lot. If it weren't for your enhanced healing, you would have been dead by the time I found you."
"Who are you?"
"That is a question many people have asked, but few really know."
"That is really confusing you know."
He laughed, "Yes, I know."
He tended me for a few more minutes, and then I said, "I heard your voice before, in the cave and in the air."
"Why do I have wings?"
"You are destined to be part of my plan to save Aethasia," he handed me a talisman, "Go out, search for your family. When this talisman glows, enter."
I stared at him in confusion, and he smiled.
"But first," he said, "Sleep."
He raised his hand and a violet mist came out. It covered me and made me feel warm inside. I was fading to sleep. The man said one more thing before I lost consciousness.
"Remember how the Great Engineer loves. Remember how your parents loved. You need to share that love with the world. Love is the only thing that can fix Aethasia. And remember this: I love you Kitty."
I woke up in the tent some time later. My bullet wound had healed and all my pain was gone. I left the tent, and I found that I was on a campsite on the Old Mount. The man in scarlet was nowhere to be seen. I took his words to heart, and I traveled much of Aethasia, flying by night. I often helped those in need, but my goal was always to find my family. Years I searched doing good without a home--although I stayed for a while in the giant seed forest--and my life and the lives of everyone I touched were filled with love. I heard rumors during my travels of a Mountain Peak Sanctuary, but I dismissed it as an attempt made by the empire to find me.
I often returned to the campsite on the Old Mount. Once, when I woke up, I had a strange feeling of woe. Once outside, I saw why. Automatons were pounding up the mountain. They had found me!
Help! I thought. Somewhere, it felt like someone heard me, but I don't know how.
Combustonoughts were the first ones at the camp site, and my quick flight into the air was the only thing that saved me from becoming like a modern day Icarus. My camp site was not so lucky and was burned to the ground. Only a few ragged pieces remained. I tried to fly away, but there were airships high in the air, all of their cannons were aimed at me. I flew lower to the ground, dodging a salvo of missiles. I had fought Automatons many times before during my travels, but never this many. I flew into a group of Pacifiers, knocking them down the mountain. A squadron of Troubleshooters opened fire and I dodged to the side. Returning in for another sweep, a Technomite jumped me and started hammering me. I kicked it off and grabbed it.
"Let me go," it demanded.
I dropped it.
I returned to attack the Troubleshooters, but I was hit by a Lasher from behind. All of the Automatons were standing over my convulsing body. I had lost, my mission had failed.
Do not be afraid, we are coming.
Who said that?
I looked to the horizon and saw winged figures closing quickly.
The SkyRaiders saved me and brought me back to Mountain Peak, although I was very wary of them.
While I was there, they asked me to choose a name, "Windstorm," I said, in honor of my family and all the people they loved. I had found a place to belong, and I was ready to bring love and compassion to the world in ways I had never dreamed of before.