The Dragon Wars Saga: The Storm Child Chapter Ten Part Four

October 8th, 2010  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  2 Comments

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Chapter Ten

Part Four

“Welcome, Dark Warrior. Miridan has spoken to me of your quest to warn us of your father’s plans,” she who had been Elaranor said when Daniel entered her dimly sanctum. What remained of the Guardian’s physical form after her transformation crackled in a pillar of multi-coloured lightning at the heart of the chamber. “You may approach me, I’m not going to strike you down by accident. You too,  Mela and Ebona.”

Daniel blinked. Miridan had warned him to keep his distance immediately. He didn’t realise Elaranor could hear what he was thinking behind his screen until silvery laughter filled the air around him.

“Well, he is the Death Guardian. You get too close and his aura will kill you just because you touched it,” she said. “ I’ve managed to get most of the story from him, but I suspect it was a little garbled. Miridan has a hard time remembering how to understand people.” She paused. “And things have changed since you spoke to him, anyway, haven’t they?”

“Is that why he kept telling me to visit you? Because he was having trouble understanding me?”

“Indeed. Mir always did have an admirable recognition of his own flaws.” Her laughter surrounded him again. “They call me the Communicator for a reason, Dark Warrior. I retained better self-control and more comprehension of those who are not like us than most of the others. Indirian does well enough, of course. But then not even our transformation can shatter the bond between heart friends, so he’s still linked to your father. That grounds him somewhat.” A chair grew out of the ground behind Daniel. “And speaking of your father, why don’t you sit down and tell me all about it?”

“Thank you.” Daniel composed himself in his seat. “I’m honestly not sure I need to warn you about my father any more. He seems to have been lying to us. But I do think you need to be warned about his deputy Jayden Emms. I think Dad’s playing him for some reason but my gut is saying it could all go horribly wrong.”

“Sounds quite possible. Matthias is clever, but sometimes he’s too clever for his own good and it backfires. Your father, like his heart friend, tends to overestimate his chess playing skills, Daniel. May I call you Daniel?”

“You may,” he said, then continued. “For as long as I can remember, my father has claimed Earth is ruled by a conspiracy of mages which has deliberately suppressed the innate magical capabilities of the vast majority of humans by making them dependent on magical artifacts – falsely claimed to be technology – to do things they could do on their own.”

“And by magical capabilities he means abilities like those your family has?”

“Yes, but-” he broke off as a shout of laughter filled the air.

“I know enough about Gaia to know that’s exactly the sort of conclusion a wild Astral might come to if they uncovered certain facts without context,” she said. “But your father isn’t wild. He knows better than to believe that, so I suspect you’re right he’s playing his wild followers, for some perceived advantage.” There was a pause. “Astrals do tend to group together for mutual self-protection and companionship, but they don’t rule your world, and they certainly don’t conspire to keep non-Astrals unpowered. They don’t need to. The technology bit I don’t know enough about to say for sure but I kind of doubt that as well. You think this Jayden Emms believes it?”

“He seems to.” Ebona dipped her head to touch her horn to the floor. “Though some of what he told us was oddly phrased.”

“Oddly phrased?”

“When I was just a foal my mother taught me to recognise potential circumlocutions in what people say to me. He was implying things without outright saying them. When people do that to a unicorn they’re often trying to avoid lying. What he said they were planning though, I know that was true. I don’t think the Dragon Lord intends to go through with it, but I’m sure Jayden Emms does. And once that thing he’s building goes active…” she trailed off.

Daniel nodded. “Emms is a geokinetic, a strong one. He’s the one who knocked the walls down at Elapyron City, apparently. He’s designing some sort of machine – he calls it an artifact – that will allow other people to control collared dragons and speakers.” He narrowed his eyes. “And now that I think about it, I’m not sure Dad knows about it.”

“And once he has them, what does he intend to do with them?”

“Intend? He intends to gather an army and use it to liberate Earth. He’s got Speaker support as well. He’s pitching it as getting rid of the dragons once and for all. He’s also saying that a liberated Earth with a dragon army would have enough magical firepower that it wouldn’t need to enslave Speakers to defend itself-”

“Which means he’s aware of that messy piece of ancient history,” Elaranor interrupted. “How he can possibly mesh the idea that all humans had magic in the past with what happened back then, I don’t know. Even before then most humans didn’t have powers.” She paused. “It might just work to get rid of the dragons, except how does he intend to feed them all? There’s a reason your father has been fairly restrained about how many dragons he’s enslaved, I think. Keeping an army of dragons would be a logistical nightmare. I think I’ll talk to Indirian. Matthias is more likely to listen to a warning about this Emms person from him.”

“I’m going to talk to Dad as well.” Daniel agreed.

“Good.” A strand of lightning reached out and coiled around Mela’s head. The mergirl flinched back and Elaranor gave a reassuring hum. “Stop that, child. I’m not going to hurt you. I heard Matthias tell Sarah that a dragon did something to you and I want to see if I can work out what it is.”

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2 Responses to “The Dragon Wars Saga: The Storm Child Chapter Ten Part Four”

  1. mjkj says:

    Ah, more insight
    She who had been Elaranor seems to be quite nice – but trying to figure something out from Mela without telling her in advance is quite rude – I would flinch back also…


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