The Dark Legend of the Foreigner
The Dark Legend of the Foreigner
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In 17th century Japan, a battle between the shoguns and the Lees raged for a lengthy period of time. The shoguns wanted the Lees to come join their elite army, but the Lees remained neutral and peaceful people. After much harassing, the husband and wife became supreme warriors. The Lees began killing whatever shoguns threatened them. After a particularly violent, gruesome battle with the shoguns, the Lees disappeared into the Oakla Mountains for about twenty years . The mastermind, an ancient wizard siding with the shoguns, commanded what was left of the shoguns to patrol the mountains of Oakla trying to find the Lees. Decades would pass.

In those twenty long years, the Lees raised a son who would become known as "the Master." Phenomenal genetics would breed an individual who became a far better warrior and stronger fighter then both of his parents put together. In the Master's infantile years, the mother and father went up on the mountains of Oakla, similar to Moses' summoning of God, where they asked their God for a sacrifice. He answered, and in return of this sacrifice, he would give their extraordinary son, the Master, the power of immortality in the form of Five Scrolls of Terror. Their God asked for the skin from their baby's head, a threatening request, but would ultimately create a child who would grow into that of the Master: the Skulled Warrior.

As the Lees returned from Oakla on that twentieth or so year, they got ambushed and killed-an attack decades in the making. When the Master found the bodies of his parents, he naturally flew into a blind rage and killed many shoguns, slaughtering anyone who stood in his way. As he battled on Oakla Mountain, his scrolls disappeared off the mountain and were never seen again. As the Master went to the end of Oakla searching for the ancient wizard for retribution, he came across an ancient hut, and inevitably the wizard and the Master did battle. The Master would ultimately kill the wizard, but he would put a curse on the Master that would remain with the Master for nearly four hundred years. As the Master's statue, which in reality was the curse turning him to stone, was moved by cult followers and believers, it eventually found its way to New Amsterdam, which as we know, would evolve into present-day New York City.

An adventure unfolds as the Master awakens after a four-hundred-year slumber, masked as a mysterious piece of art, to deal with our current world as we know it. And so begins The Dark Legend of The Foreigner.

Chapter 1
Japan the 17th century

It was a time of death, a time of turmoil, and a war was underway. The villages had been overrun by the Shoguns. They had been in power the last few years, only gaining strength over the last five years. They traveled in great numbers. They killed anything that walked in their way. There was not anything or anyone that would not be killed. Villagers ran for their lives. They set fires to anything to force out the people who were hiding. How were the villagers going to survive a slaughter from village to village?
It was just a matter of time before the war was going to have a great impact. The Shoguns had been many. Darkness had been coming. A great evil was said to have a great impact. A Wizard once said to a villager, My time will come and when it does, I won't be able to save the people. A son of a vicious family will cause things that will change Japan and New York forever. It was weird hearing the Wizard at that.
The Wizard at times was more like a god and would always listen to the people. He gave the villages something that they never had: Hope. Whether they believed it or not was a different story. It was difficult since they were at war and they were not exactly the favorite to win it by any stretch of the imagination. It was a thought that had entered the minds of many villagers. But once one of the villagers came back and told the other ones that there was going to be a great challenge to their history.
One night a group of villagers sought out help. But the only village that would be safe from the Shoguns was a village called Okla. Okla was a small town that was extremely dark, dead and had no life of any sort. It was the only place that was safe from the Shoguns.
The Shoguns knew of the Lees. The Lees had been in Okla for many years and they had fought in the wars with the Shoguns for 15 years. As the Lees fought, they realized that the Shoguns were out only for themselves. So they and turned on them, and wiped out one of the major Shogun clans. There were only two Lees against 20 Shoguns. The innocent people that the Shoguns captured from the other clans had been wiped out and soon started taking over every weak clan that they knew they could. Then the Lees wiped out the entire clan and killed every Shogun in that particular clan. After they killed every one of them, they burned the entire village and left it in smoke.
As the villagers crept into town, they were scared and their fear quickly turned into terror. There was never any daylight. It was weird. It was as if there was a permanent darkness in Okla. It was the only village that was always surrounded by darkness. The Shoguns got word that the villagers were heading into Okla in pursuit of the Lees. The villagers had sticks and knives and not much of anything else. The Shoguns had all types of weapons and everything they needed to fight. The villagers' ability to fight paled in comparison to the Shoguns. It was nearing midnight and the villagers had found a place to camp out for the night. One of them always stood watch to lookout and protects the others. They always watched out.
The night went by and they were ok. You would have never known that. They finally had packed up their bags and headed to the end of town. They didn't have long to go. It was a long journey out to the end of Okla. The Shoguns had followed the villagers in and stayed on the down low. There were only a few people who knew how to get into Okla.
As they approached the small hut, there was a fire burning. The horses were tied to the wooden fence, and the swords and weapons weren't anywhere near the horses. It made the villagers wonder where they were. One villager went in and braved it enough to look in the hut. The Shoguns had followed the villagers into Okla but had been stalking them. They had no clue. The Shoguns had left their horses hidden and followed the villagers on foot. They watched from afar to see if the Lees were home; since it was the Shoguns who wanted the Lees dead. It was the Shogun family that the Lees had completely wiped out. So when they did get the opportunity to follow them it was the great set up to have them killed.
The Shoguns ran towards the villages and started fighting with the Lees. The Shoguns had fought with pride and a great intensity. They wanted to seek their revenge on the Lees. A lot of people over the years had bumped into them and had fought them. Many had suffered the same fate; they all had died at the hands of the mighty sword. The villagers watched from afar. They were afraid. The Lees had put fear in the eyes of the villagers. It was something that they held on high standard. The Lees had fought extremely hard and battled as they always did. They fought as though this would to be their last fight.
Frank DeStefano grew up on Long Island, New York, and spent his early years watching all types of action films, especially science fiction. Roland Emmerich's Independence Day gave the public a generous helping of fast-paced supernatural action and served as Frank's inspiration for this story.
Loved loved this book. Read it all in one night!
Catherine Brady 

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