Minecraft Diary of Skeleton Steve the Noob Years

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Season 1, Episode 1 – My First Journal
Season 1, Episode 2 – Trying to Remember
Season 1, Episode 3 – The Mountain of Wisdom
Season 1, Episode 4 – The Mysterious Tower
Season 1, Episode 5 – Into the Nether!
Season 1, Episode 6 – Invasion in the Rain!
Season 2, Episode 1 – Hunting the Golden Apple
Season 2, Episode 2 – Assault on the Ocean Monument
Season 2, Episode 3 – All Gold that Glitters…
Season 2, Episode 4 – My Minecraftian Life
Season 2, Episode 5 – Introducing the Steve
Season 2, Episode 6 – The Doomstreak Clan
Season 3, Episode 1 – The Glitch
Season 3, Episode 2 – The Sleeping City
Season 3, Episode 3 – Survival Island
Season 3, Episode 4 – Clearing the Caves
Season 3, Episode 5 – Silverfish Problems
Season 3, Episode 6 – The Spider Mines

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etc.). Looks like this will be a long running series, too! Seasons??? Awesome! And Zebulon from the chicken book is in here as a noob zombie knight. Cool! I’ve been following Skeleton Steve’s books since I found them last year and started reading them for my kid, but this author is GREAT, and I’m just as excited to see what comes out next myself.
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S1E1 – My First Journal

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The very first diary of Skeleton Steve himself!!

Welcome to a new adventure. Follow along the ‘The Noob Years‘ of Skeleton Steve, Minecraft writer and adventurer, back when he first started his travels on Diamodia! Fresh out of the “Enderman Ninja” series, Skeleton Steve and Elias the Enderman Ninja are traveling east to explore a distant village on the Enderman’s map. The village’s library is a great place to find an empty journal for Skeleton Steve’s first diary, right??

But when the village turns out to be a zombie village, what manner of trouble will the two adventurers run into? And when a mysterious baby zombie offers to give Skeleton Steve the library’s last empty book in exchange for finding his missing tome about his “Knight’s Code“, will Elias and the memory-challenged skeleton be up to the task?

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S1E2 – Trying to Remember

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Trying to remember … and Skeleton Steve gets a bow!

After discovering a dangerous disturbance in the energy of the world, Elias must return to his master in The End to report the situation. But first, Skeleton Steve and the Enderman explore Zombietown to see what his amnesiac mind remembers about Minecraft life!

Before leaving the Overworld, Elias finally gives Skeleton Steve a bow, and it’s a good thing, too! Those strange Minecraftians outside town look like they’re going to assault the village! Will Skeleton Steve and Zebulon the little zombie knight be able to defend Zombietown without the help of the powerful Enderman ninja?

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S1E3 – The Mountain of Wisdom

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Skeleton Steve and the Mountain of Wisdom!!

Our amnesiac hero and his Enderman ninja friend are following their first real lead to recovering Skeleton Steve’s memories–a local zombie who supposedly revived his mind at a magical mountain shrine! But … they can’t find the guy! When the duo delves into the dark undercity of Zombietown, will they finally find the answers?

And if they discover the way to the fabled Mountain of Wisdom, they’ll still need to go on a dangerous journey to reach its peak! What challenges stand in the way of Skeleton Steve remembering who he is?

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S1E4 – The Mysterious Tower

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Skeleton Steve and the Mysterious Tower

Disappointed with what they found on the top of the Mountain of Wisdom, Skeleton Steve, Elias the Enderman ninja, and their new friend, Slinger the spider, travel across to the next peak over, where Skeleton Steve saw a mysterious stone tower, standing all alone on the top of the mountain.

But when the strange and abandoned fortress turns out to be something different than they expected, and the three of them end up lost and separated in a vast, old mineshaft underneath, will exploring the ancient Minecraftian place turn out to be more than the odd trio of adventurers can handle? And what’s that strange, moaning sound, deep, deep underground??

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S1E5 – Into the Nether!

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Skeleton Steve and the Nether Portal!

While exploring the abandoned Mineshaft under the Mysterious Tower in the last episode, Skeleton Steve and his friends found an imposing Nether Portal, left behind by the tower’s previous owner! When Elias the Enderman ninja convinces our hero to visit the Nether to see if it will bring back memories, it seems like a good idea at the time, right?

But when the portal is snuffed out by a Wither’s FIREBALL in the hellish dimension, how will the trio of adventurers manage to get home? A Magma Cube with a problem offers a solution, but will Skeleton Steve’s Nether Adventure prove too much for him and his friends to handle?

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S1E6 – Invasion in the RainSEASON ONE FINALE!!

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Invasion in the Rain!

Still stuck in the Nether, Skeleton Steve, Elias the Enderman Ninja, and Slinger the Spider struggle to reactivate the dead portal to get back home. But when they do, they’re surprised to find Zombietown under full assault! The Minecraftian Noobs are trying to take over and wipe out all of the undead mobs!

And to make matters worse, when the trio of heroes joins the fight, it starts to rain, so the powerful Enderman Ninja is forced to stay out of the battle! Will Skeleton Steve and Slinger be able to save the village? And how will they stop a small army of Minecraftian Noobs that just keep coming??

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S2E1 – Hunting the Golden Apple

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Skeleton Steve, Elias the Enderman Ninja, and Slinger the Spider are back for more, heading west from Zombietown in search of a golden apple, hoping that it will revive our hero’s memory like it did for the mysterious enlightened zombie, Zenon. But as they travel to the castle of Elias’s Minecraftian friends, stopping to see new sights on the way, they have no idea that they aren’t alone…

And to make matters worse, when they reach the castle, no one’s home! A dark and intense attack late in the night by the evil and terrifying Doomstreak Clan reminds Skeleton Steve and his friends that something dreadful is creeping in Diamodia, and Skeleton Steve is directly involved! Will our heroes be able to survive the evil Endermen ninja clan? Will Skeleton Steve get his bony hands on that golden apple?

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S2E2 – Assault on the Ocean Monument

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Assault on the Ocean Monument

When Elias’s Minecraftian friends finally return home, our heroes are surprised to see that one of them is missing! LuckyMist the Minecraftian has been left behind, trapped deep in an ocean monument by an Elder Guardian, and her friends just came home to resupply! As Elias’s good friends, they’re happy to give Skeleton Steve a golden apple, but there’s one problem–the Minecraftians used them all up trying to rescue LuckyMist!

Skeleton Steve offers to help save the trapped girl in exchange for a golden apple after everyone is safe and sound, but is assaulting an ocean monument full of deadly mobs he hasn’t seen before going to be more than he can handle?

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S2E3 – All Gold that Glitters…

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All Gold That Glitters…

When the result of Skeleton Steve eating the golden apple wasn’t all that our hero and his friends expected–and eating eight more of them didn’t really help much either–the Minecraftians wonder … what would happen if they made an ENCHANTED golden apple??

It’s a worthy plan, but there’s only one problem–WolfBroJake used up all of the gold from the ocean monument crafting the nine normal golden apples!

So it’s down to the mines for Skeleton Steve and his friends! Gold! Need more gold! Lots of gold! But when another encounter with the Doomstreak Clan ninjas turns dangerous, deep down in the dark depths of the world, will Skeleton Steve’s friends be able to keep him safe? And when Elias announces that he’s returning to the End to gather reinforcements, how will our heroes survive without the powerful Enderman ninja?

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S2E4 – My Minecraftian Life

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My Minecraftian Life

When Elias the Enderman ninja leaves to report to his Order on the ‘Doomstreak Clan‘ situation back on the End, Skeleton Steve is left under the protection of the three Minecraftians–WolfBroJake, LuckyMist, and Xenocide99–to keep him safe in case the evil ninjas return while he’s gone! But just because the mood is dark and heavy after the last attack by the terrifying red-eyed Endermen, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun while they’re at it, right??

But as Skeleton Steve gets to experience the Minecraftian Life–more mining, horseback riding, farming, fishing–do the Minecraftians really have what it takes to protect our hero when the evil Doomstreak Clan teleports back in for another strike in the middle of the night?? And when will Elias be back?

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S2E5 – Introducing the Steve

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Introducing the Steve

Our heroes are excited after they manage to kill one of the Doomstreak Clan ninjas during the night’s attack! It’s even more impressive that they took down one of the terrifying evil Endermen while Elias was gone! But when Elias the Enderman ninja returns with reinforcements from the End, everyone is so distracted by the Doomstreak situation that they don’t pay attention to a very confused and very dangerous visitor: the Steve of Diamodia!

That’s right! Minecraft Steve! And he’s very perplexed about why a bunch of strange mobs have taken up residence in his tower! And when our hero tries to communicate with the Steve to smooth things over, it seems that everything he tries only makes things worse! As Skeleton Steve and his friends prepare for battle with the increasing number of evil Doomstreak Clan ninjas, will they be ready for the Steve’s eventual assault to take back his home??

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S2E6 – The Doomstreak Clan  – SEASON TWO FINALE!!

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The Doomstreak Clan

Everyone seems ready for what promises to be a hardcore battle between Elias and his fellow ninjas from the Order of the Warping Fist and the evil, red-eyed Endermen ninjas from the Doomstreak Clan that have it out for Skeleton Steve and intend to destroy all of Diamodia!! Meanwhile, the Steve sits in his bunker down the mountain from the Mysterious Tower, glaring up at our heroes while preparing for war!!

Skeleton Steve is struggling to hold everything together, and worries about making a permanent enemy out of the ‘immortal guardian‘ of Diamodia–the Steve! And when the eventual fight between everyone turns chaotic and nasty, will our heroes come out on top of everything?? Will the Steve take back his tower and hate Skeleton Steve and his friends forever??

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S3E1 – The Glitch

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The Glitch

We are the Glitch…
We are the Glitch…

Waking up alone in the dark, at the bottom of the world, Skeleton Steve is confounded to still be alive. And where the heck is he?! But after finding a strange and dreadful red portal, covered with dirt blocks, our hero finds that he has a lot more to worry about than being lost far underground! The dark and narrow tunnels he finds himself trapped in are full of killer mobs infected with the Glitch virus–and Skeleton Steve is helpless and unarmed!

Even if our hero manages to stay ahead of the afflicted monsters, how will he manage to get out of this dark and terrifying maze of stone corridors alive? And with murderous Glitch mobs of all sorts hot on his bony heels, without any tools or weapons, how can Skeleton Steve ever hope to get back to the surface and find his friends??

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S3E2 – The Sleeping City

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The Sleeping City

Skeleton Steve barely managed to escape the maze of dark and nightmarish tunnels full of Glitch mobs, only to find a mysterious and quiet city of stone, sitting silently in a vast underground cavern! How on Diamodia did this strange city get here? And who built it? And worse yet–the Sleeping City seems to be inhabited only by broken and confused iron golems intent on attacking our hero on sight!

But when Skeleton Steve comes across a lone skeleton warrior named Skonathan, and the odd swordsman refers to our hero as the Skeleton King, the plot thickens! What strange things will Skeleton Steve find in the Sleeping City, and what will he learn about his past and his connection to the mysterious place? And will Skonathan help our hero find what he needs to get back to the surface of Diamodia?

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S3E3 – Survival Island

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Survival Island

Skeleton Steve knows now that he’ll need to find some wood to make a pick axe so that he can get back to the surface, but raiding the Sleeping City’s fortress and storage compound with Skonathan didn’t work out! Just when our hero is out of ideas, his skeleton warrior companion leads him to a great underground lake where a Minecraftian hermit has been living alone on an island ever since he was separated from his adventuring party–a fellow named UltimateSword5!

The lonely Minecraftian, trapped underground for a long time and surviving on mushrooms with diminishing equipment, is more than happy to help Skeleton Steve and Skonathan search for wood! But can the three of them together manage to take on the iron golems guarding the Sleeping City’s storage compound? And even if they manage to defeat the maddened golems without being killed in the process, will Skeleton Steve and his new friends find the wood they need to escape the underworld??

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S3E4 – Clearing the Caves

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Clearing the Caves

It’s the simple things in life that you never think about that you take for granted. Like, for normal folks living up on the surface–up with the trees and grass and animals in the sunshine–you never think about desperately needing wood, right?

Suffering bad luck at every turn, Skeleton Steve and his friends are desperate, deep underground in a world of stone and gravel, to find some wood so that our hero can make a pick axe and get back to the land of daylight! Instead, their last efforts found nothing more than chests of stone, and another battle with the Glitch!

But when UltimateSword5 comes up with a new idea for finding wood, Skeleton Steve is suddenly pressed by the idea that they need to seal up those dreadful Glitch mobs–to entomb the area (and the mobs themselves) with stone to keep the infected monsters from wandering up and infecting the rest of Diamodia! Can they block off those terrible tunnels and infected mobs without meeting their doom in the deep, dark corridors of the evil, red portal??

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S3E5 – Silverfish Problems

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S3E6 – The Spider Mines  – SEASON THREE FINALE!!

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1 – Beginnings

 

Where to begin?

Right now I’m sitting on the roof of the watchtower in Zombietown, writing in this nice, new journal!

How did I even learn how to write? How do I understand these words? What unknown memories in my undead brain guide my bony fingers to move the quill and ink over these pages?

My name is Skeleton Steve.

Or, at least, that’s the name they gave me.

I don’t know who I am.

I guess a good place to start with would be back when Elias and I were on the road heading to Zombietown. I didn’t know it was called ‘Zombietown’ back then—we gave this place that name later. We just sort of … started calling it Zombietown. But at the time, it was a Tuesday morning, the square sun was high in the sky, and the forest was bright and beautiful around us.

“So where are we going, again?” I asked.

The tall, black-skinned Enderman walked along beside me, moving in graceful, easy strides. The tails of his blue ninja headband fluttered in the breeze, and the sun glinted on the white symbol over in its center, the symbol of his ninja order.

He looked down at me with an unreadable face. His purple eyes glowed.

To the east,” Elias said, his voice inside my head, “there’s a village on the map.”

It was still very strange to me—communicating with this Enderman via telepathy—speaking inside our heads. The ninja never made a sound otherwise. Never a word, never a grunt. The only times he spoke to me was with my thoughts, like I was thinking those words myself, in my own voice.

But it wasn’t my voice. It was his.

“Oh,” I responded. “Oh yeah…”

Elias stopped and cocked his head, blocking out the sun for a moment. “Are you okay? How’s your memory?

“What a funny question,” I replied out loud. The Enderman spoke inside my head, but I’d speak out loud. If anyone else was ever watching our conversations, it would look like Elias was staring at me, and I was talking to myself! “How’s your memory?” I repeated. “If my memory was acting funny, would I have any idea?”

We moved on.

Valid point, Skeleton Steve,” he said.

I looked down at my skeletal hands as we walked. Flexed my fingers—watched them open and close.

Who am I? I thought. Who was I?

My slender, bony feet crunched through the dirt and grass, and my pack flopped against my hip-bones as I walked. We’d been traveling all morning, following Elias’s direction.

Sometimes, the Enderman ninja would stop, and pull his compass out of thin air (he called it his dimensional pocket), look at the instrument for a moment, glance up at the sun, look up ahead, then, we’d move on…

I realized that this must be very slow for the powerful creature—walking with me like this. I’ve seen him jump around like magic, zipping around using his … teleportation power. Elias could really cover a lot of ground in a hurry like that!

But … he wanted to be with me.

To walk with me.

And I appreciated him for it.

Was Elias my friend? I don’t know—I didn’t even know who I was. Or who I used to be. The Enderman claimed that he wanted me to travel with him. He said he wanted to help me get my memories back.

I guess he was my friend…

“So what’s gonna happen when we find this village?” I asked. “Won’t the villagers freak out and not want anything to do with us?”

That seems likely,” Elias replied.

“So … what’s the point??”

One reason to go there is to find you a journal, remember?

“Well,” I said, “wouldn’t it make more sense to just go back to the village where you’re already a hero, and get one there?”

The Enderman looked at me for a moment. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking or feeling—not like with the Minecraftians. Those creatures were pretty easy to read. Elias’s face however, was just … blank. Black and smooth and blank. With glowing purple eyes that mostly just looked … gentle and uninterested.

What was going on behind those passive purple eyes? An Enderman sigh?

I have picked up many Ender seeds in the area of the last village already,” Elias responded. “It is good to explore, to cover new ground.”

“Your Seed Stride?” I asked. “That’s why?”

That is one of many reasons, Skeleton King,” he said. I winced at the name. “There is also a compelling reason to seek out new villages, and new areas—to become more familiar with this map.

The Skeleton King.

Who was the man—the skeleton—that existed before the Skeleton King??

My memories from being the monster were almost gone now—just hazy shadows in the back of my mind. At times, when I stayed quiet for too long, I started looking through this bright, sunlit world, and caught flashes of an army of skeletal archers; brief glimpses of clashing with this Enderman ninja in mortal battle; quick memories of … red

The Enderman put a slender, black hand on my shoulder.

I apologize, Skeleton Steve,” he said. “I did not mean to use that name...”

Had I stopped?

Did I stop walking and go into some sort of weird flashback again??

We started moving again.

“It’s okay, Elias,” I said. “I’m … sorry too.” I shook my skull. “How far do you think the village is?”

Well,” the Enderman said, “From the last time I looked at the map, judging by the time of day, and the plains to the south…” He pointed to our right and, through the trees, I could see a bright, open area of green grass peppered with yellow and red flowers. “I surmise that we will be walking for today, and tomorrow, then should reach the unknown village.”

“Not bad,” I said. “You know what?” I looked up at him and smiled.

No, I do not,” he responded blankly.

I smirked. Elias was a weird guy. He definitely didn’t understand that expression. But, how did I??

At every turn, thinking about the mechanics of this … amnesia … seriously boggled my mind. How did I know some things and not others? How did I know how to speak? Or how to use expressions like, you know what?

“Err … know what? I kind of like this traveling like this,” I said.

That is good, Skeleton Steve,” Elias responded. “This world of Diamodia is immense. It is good to see much of it—to learn much of this place. I have come to understand, from my Seed Stride and my first mission for my order, that there is much self-improvement and growth to be had in journey and adventure…”

“Journey and adventure, huh?” I asked. “Yeah, I like that.”

Take this creeper for example,” Elias said, waving a hand off to our left.

Creeper??

I looked, and didn’t see anything. Green. Trees.

And suddenly, a freaking creeper stepped out from the woods! Right next to us! Its skin was green like the leaves, and crackly, with four stubby, green legs, and a frowny face with deep, sad eyes like black holes in a dense bush…

“Whoa!” I exclaimed. “Where’d you come from?”

“Ssss,” the creeper replied. Its voice was dry and scratchy. “I walk through the treesss, ssskeleton!” It approached us and stopped.

What could you learn from this creature?” Elias went on, in my mind. I had no idea if only I heard his mind voice, or if the creeper was hearing it too. “This creeper may just be another mob, but he has a name, and has been here longer than you have. All of these beings of Diamodia have their own stories—their own lives.”

The creeper stared at us blankly.

“Uh … hi there, creeper!” I said, turning to it. It didn’t respond. “What’s your name?”

“Cho’thosss,” the creeper responded. “Why’sss a ssskeleton want to know?”

“Just curious, I guess,” I said.

Elias stood by like a silent sentinel, watching our interaction.

This felt weird. What was the Enderman trying to do? Make me have a conversation with the creeper?

The creeper suddenly looked up at Elias, and watched his face for a while.

“Yesss, Ender,” the creeper said. “There’sss a cassstle to the wessst. What’sss with hisss eyesss? They glow red!” It glanced at me with its sad, deep eyes, then turned back to Elias.

They looked at each other’s faces for a while longer. Elias must have been talking to the creeper with his mind voice, and I wasn’t a part of the conversation…

“Not that I know of,” Cho’thos responded, its voice like leaves and gravel. “I have not gone much farther eassst…”

The Enderman ninja gave the creeper a small nod.

“Good travelsss,” the creeper said to both of us, then walked around us, continuing to the south.

“Uh … nice to meet you, Cho’thos!” I said after him. I looked at Elias. “What was that about? Asking him about the village?”

Yes,” my companion replied. “He’s familiar with this area, and the Minecraftians’ castle, but hasn’t been much further east than we are now.”

“Yeah, I got some of that,” I said, and we walked on for a while.

When the sun went down and the world became dark, Elias insisted that we stop for the night. Neither of us needed to sleep, but the Enderman preferred to stop at night to meditate and recharge his Chi—whatever that was.

We both sat in a small clearing between tall oak trees, and I watched the Enderman as he sat straight, crossed his legs, and put a slender hand on each knee. Appearing very serene, Elias closed his eyes, and stayed like that for the rest of the night. Only the blue tails of his ninja headband moved, drifting up and down in the night breeze.

I sat in the dark, watching and listening to the strange world around me, wondering if those zombies and spiders I heard and saw in the distance ever had a taste for bones

 

2 – On the Road

 

When the square moon set, and the sun brightened the day again, we continued our journey.

Elias stopped every once and a while to do his weird Enderman stuff.

His Seed Stride.

Sometimes, gliding along like the long and limber creature from another world he was, Elias would stop, close his eyes, then head off of our path a bit, holding his hands out in front of him. With those powerful and lean arms, he’d dig his fingers into the dirt, and pull up a block or two. Occasionally, he’d have to dig and set aside block after block until he found the dirt block he was looking for…

They all looked the same to me.

But Elias sure acted funny about those blocks, treating some of them like they were nothing interesting at all (they weren’t interesting of course—just dirt), and others like they were full of diamonds or something! His eyes would flare, and he’d look over those ‘special’ dirt blocks like they were the coolest things he’d ever seen. And then, he’d slip them away into nothing—into his dimensional pocket.

“What do you see in those?” I asked, eventually.

The Enderman was regarding one of those ‘special’ blocks. He held it up for me to see, treating it with gentle care.

Behold,” Elias said. “What do you see?

Dirt.

It was a block of dirt.

“Just looks like dirt,” I said.

Inside this dirt,” he replied, “is an ‘Ender Seed’—something sacred to my people.”

“Like, some kind of … egg?” I asked.

Not exactly,” Elias said. “Each of us Ender has an Ender Pearl inside, which is an amplifier for our Chi, and allows us to channel much of our power into the techniques you have seen me use—my ability to warp, my mind voice, and other, more subtle things.”

“And they come from dirt?

This world, Diamodia, has three connected planes. Do you know of them?

“What are planes?

The End, which is my home, the Nether, and this world—the Overworld. All are planes, like worlds within a world.

“What’s that have to do with the dirt??”

All planes are connected, and are vital to each other. We Ender, who live in The End, rely on the Overworld to produce the Ender Seeds, which grow naturally in the soil of the world. When my people go on our Seed Strides, we collect the seeds to bring back to the dragon’s island, where they will grow into new pearls for Ender younglings.”

Dragon??

“Um … dragon island? Is there a dragon??”

The Ender Dragon,” Elias replied. “The ancient beast bound to my people’s civilization that grows the pearls.”

“Can I see the dragon?” I asked.

Perhaps, one day, I will lead you to The End. But, for an Overworld-dweller like yourself, that would be a very involved adventure. You cannot reach The End as easily as I can.”

“Can’t you just teleport us there?”

Elias seemed to smile. “I can return there at will,” he said. “But I cannot take you with me.

As we walked, I listened to spiders hissing and climbing around in the trees around us. Looking up, I watched their multiple, glowing red eyes regard us from the shadows.

“Um … Elias?” I asked.

I sense that you are distressed about the mobs around us,” he said in my mind. “You do not need to fear.”

“Do you think I could at least … have a weapon?? A bow or something? I mean—I know the Minecraftians didn’t want me to have one, but they’re long behind us now, you know?”

The memory echoed in my head:

“Do you think I could have a bow?” I asked. “Just in case … uh … I dunno … we run into trouble??”

“No way,” Xenocide99 said.

“Not a chance,” said WolfBroJake. “You might be a wimpy skeleton now, but yesterday you were the Skeleton King!”

My first memories of transforming into a normal skeleton after being … that monster … were kind of hazy, but I could still remember the Minecraftians and Elias standing around me, as I waited in my cage for them to decide on my fate…

I was truly grateful that this Enderman spoke up and didn’t allow the Minecraftians to execute me. They sure had every right to…

Why do you feel the need to have a weapon?” Elias asked.

“What if those spiders attack?”

Elias shook his head, and looked up into the trees. He stared at the individual arachnids handing out in the upper branches as we walked on. After a while, he looked down at me again, then pointed at one of them. The spider’s glowing red eyes glared down at me.

That spider’s name is Sidney. He’s up there because he likes to spend the day in the sunshine at the top of the trees. He feels happy and warm.” Elias pointed to another. “That one’s name is Sophia. Sidney’s her best friend, so she hangs out with him a lot, and is hoping they’re going to go explore a certain cave nearby after lunch.”

“Okay … what about that one?” I asked, pointing at a third.

“What about me?!” the spider called down from above with a hissing voice.

That’s Seth,” Elias said. “He just wanted to see what the other two were doing up there.”

I felt a bit silly.

“Oh, nothing … Seth. Have a nice day!”

“You too, bones!” Seth replied.

“Hey, you guys!” the spider named Sophia cried out in a spidery voice. “Watch out for the Minecraftians! There are a bunch of them living nearby!”

She must have meant the Minecraftians in the castle behind us.

“Thanks!” I said, and we walked on.

You don’t have much to fear from other mobs here, Skeleton Steve,” Elias said. “Don’t forget—you are one of them, yourself!

“Still,” I said. “I’d like to have a weapon. If something bad happens, what am I gonna do? You have your awesome ninja skills, but I’m just … I’m just a bunch of bones.”

Soon,” the Enderman replied. “Be patient, Skeleton Steve. You are still recovering from being … the other. We must make sure that … your state of mind is safe.”

We walked in silence for a while.

“What was I, Elias?” I asked. “What was the Skeleton King? Who am I now? Was I always the Skeleton King before?”

Elias shook his head. “I do not believe you were always the Skeleton King, Skeleton Steve,” he said. “From what I could tell, you were … distorted … by a magical artifact—an evil magical item that is no longer on this plane. I feel rather certain that you were something else, or someone else, before the artifact made you into the Skeleton King.

“Can you show me?” I asked.

Show you what?

“With your mind power. Can you make me see myself, as the Skeleton King, from your own memories, maybe?”

That is an odd request, Skeleton Steve,” Elias responded. “Why would you want to remember being the Skeleton King? That’s not who you are now…

“Maybe it’ll help me remember who I was—you know—before!”

Are you sure?” the Enderman said. “I could send you … images, short memories, I suppose. But will it really help you? It will likely cause you pain.

“Please,” I said. “I want to see.”

Elias stopped, and we stood in tall grass.

The monster stood in the room directing his skeleton minions as they carried more of the heavy metal blocks over from a corner of the room. In the shadows, spared from the red light, I caught a glint of steel.

Were the blocks made of solid iron?

My eyes darted back to the Skeleton King.

The abomination stood twice as tall as the skeletons around him—taller than me. And he was thick and wide, with heavy ribs and dense limbs. The Skeleton King’s bones were overall more massive than normal skeleton bones, and he had a broad lower jaw that made him appear even more menacing. As I expected, his eyes held the same fierce, red pinpricks of glowing light as the other skeletons. The monster’s shoulders were armored, and he held a huge, black bow in one chunky bone hand.

No … not in his hand. On his hand!

The Skeleton King was armed with a great, black bow that was bolted sideways onto a bracer of some kind that was attached to his right arm.

“Move it!” he yelled, his voice like thunder. “Get those blocks in there!”

The skeletal minions struggled with the heavy blocks to finish their work on the pyramid.

I shook my head.

That was weird. I was suddenly aware of the tall grass around me again. Elias stood before me, regarding me with a passive, smooth face and glowing purple eyes. I looked up at the blue sky above me and felt the sunshine on my face.

Are you alright?” Elias asked. “Did you see?

“I…” Pausing, I tried to collect my thoughts. “That was weird. I was suddenly … in a castle? The Minecraftians’ castle??”

Did that … stir any memories?” Elias asked. “Did the monster feel like you?

Nothing.

“No, not really. I was just seeing the Skeleton King from your eyes. It didn’t feel like me. Can you do it again, maybe a … stronger memory??”

Elias pressed his hands together. He seemed resistant to the idea, although I couldn’t read his strange, Enderman face for the life of me…

Very well,” he said, and my mind was swooped away into a … flying kick!

Flying through the air, I visualized my kick hitting the Skeleton King in the center of his chest. Then, just as my foot was about to connect, I was shocked when the Skeleton King’s massive ribcage split apart up the center and opened up like a sideways chest—like a great clam-shell trap—and my body crumpled inside of it!

The ribcage trap slammed shut on me, crushing me inside the abomination’s body.

Pain…

I cried out, and roared in agony!

The Skeleton King’s chest was large enough that such an attack would have totally swallowed up a Minecraftian. But I, as an Enderman, was too big to be completely enclosed, so I was tangled up in a deathtrap of bones, crushed, stuck…

Then, the ribcage opened up and spat me back out onto the ground.

I landed in the dirt, feeling broken.

Trying to get to my feet, I barely noticed the Skeleton King raise his bow to me again.

Zip.

I teleported just a few feet away as he fired, the black arrow hitting the ground where I was.

When I appeared, I collapsed onto the ground again.

Clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk. The skeleton army around us beat their bones in a constant rhythm song of hand-to-hand combat…

I was exhausted and broken.

The Skeleton King turned, and raised his bow again.

Fired.

The black arrow pierced my chest and almost pinned me to the ground! The pain was unbelievable…

“Give me the beacon!” the Skeleton King roared.

I could barely see.

Clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk.

Looking up at him, I tried to get to my feet, then fell again.

“Give me the beacon or DIE!!” the abomination bellowed.

I heard the voice repeating in my head…

Die…

Die…

Die…

When I came to, Elias was trying to help me stand from the ground. I was sprawled out in the grass, holding my chest. The huge, black arrow that pinned me to the ground was…

Wait.

There was no black arrow…

That was from a memory that wasn’t mine.

And that’s all it was.

The Skeleton King was a terrible monster, but he wasn’t me at all!

Seeing the abomination wiping the floor with Elias, from the ninja’s point of view, was horrifying, but it didn’t remind me of anything. Seeing that massive, menacing creature was no different than … if he was standing in front of me as … something else…

It was all very confusing, but it didn’t help at all.

“Oh … that’s … oh my—” I stammered as the Enderman helped me to my feet.

Are you okay, Skeleton Steve?” he asked, his mind voice serious and concerned.

“Elias … I’m … are you?? That was terrible! How did you … I’m so sorry!

I am okay now,” Elias replied. “I will always have the scars from my battles with your other form, but the Skeleton King was also a great mentor to me, in its way, and helped me grow as a ninja.”

“I’m sorry, Elias,” I said. “The … weapons … never mind. I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’ve got you, after all. Just … whenever you think I’m ready? A bow or something?”

Not much later, just as the sun was setting in the western sky behind us, we saw the distant lights of torches across a darkening plateau.

The village…

Skeleton Steve,” Elias said. “We will rest here, and approach in the morning, after I have recharged my Chi…”

“Okay, Elias,” I said, my thoughts still on the terrible memories from the Enderman’s mind.

So, my memories of being the Skeleton King probably won’t help me. I had to remember who I was before I became the monster! But, since the moment I became a normal skeleton again, I couldn’t remember anything from before!

Who was I before?? Just a random skeleton?

Hopefully starting a journal would help me to remember…

 

3 – Zombietown

 

We approached the village in the morning with caution.

After all, the villagers wouldn’t know us from any other random skeletons and Endermen out there. They wouldn’t know that Elias was a hero, an ally to Balder’s village—Balder was the blacksmith who gave the ninja his map. They wouldn’t realize that he was a friend of the Minecraftians—the hero Enderman ninja who saved the village from … well … from me

Elias figured that we should scout out the village real quiet-like. There was also the possibility that some other Minecraftians lived here, and they probably wouldn’t be friendly.

I’m not sensing any villager energy,” the Enderman said in my mind. “Nothing Minecraftian, either.”

“So what’s out there? What’s going on?” I asked.

Let’s find out,” my companion replied.

The closer we came to the village, the stranger it seemed. Even though it looked like a normal village, there was something … off about it.

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