Lydia leapt to her feet as her parents and the others dragged the still unconscious Savira into Ystelyan’s throneroom and dropped her at Ystelyan’s feet. Ystelyan himself had returned a few minutes earlier with Daniel, who was now in the care of the healers. Now he was sitting in his throne staring down at Savira.
â€œWe need to contain her before she wakes up.â€ He clapped his hands and two goblins came running in with some odd crystal chains which they attached to Savira’s wrists and ankles.
â€œWhat an interesting device,â€ Alaryia said. â€œIt’ll help, but I’d suggest using your venom to make sure she stays passive. She’ll probably attack Matthias-idan or Lydia-ida again if she feels she can.â€
â€œHmm…â€ Ystelyan frowned thoughtfully. â€œI get the point, but I want her clear-headed to answer our questions.â€
â€œI think we can rely on ourselves to contain her if she tries anything,â€ Indaturan said. â€œEspecially with the chains. She’s strong, certainly, but she’s not Likadrian.â€
â€œAnd if we can’t, then Sonia-ida can,â€ Darlrydan said. â€œDid you know Savira was that weak towards Wind affinity?â€
â€œNo.â€ Ystelyan shook his head. â€œIn fact she was so vulnerable I’d say it wasn’t a natural weakness.â€
â€œI was thinking that as well,â€ Alaryia said. â€œEspecially since she didn’t seem to know about it herself. Hal showed me what happened and it caught her completely off guard.â€
â€œIs that even possible?â€ Matthias asked. â€œCreating a vulnerability in someone?â€
â€œI’m not sure,â€ Alaryia said. â€œI can theorise as to how it might be done. But the particular combination of affinities you’d need â€“ I don’t know anyone who has it.â€
â€œUnless she did it to herself,â€ Darlryan said. â€œIn which case, why was she caught off guard?â€
â€œWhy would you even do that to yourself, anyway,â€ Ystelyan said.
â€œThat’s another good question,â€ Darlryan said. â€œWhy would you… Oh! I bet she was trying to close the Life vulnerability Mind brings with it and left another chink without realising.â€
Alaryia nodded thoughtfully. â€œYes, that’s possible. If it is that, then she was foolish to try that and not expect it to leave a vulnerability elsewhere. Of course she has enough hubris to assume she could.â€
â€œKaliss would know,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAnd I’m sure she’ll help us if we ask.â€
â€œIf we knew where she was,â€ Ystelyan said.
â€œWho’s Kaliss?â€ Sonia asked. â€œHer heart friend?â€
â€œYes,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAnd I know where she is. She spends most of her time in the dreaming forest and is the primary reason Savira isn’t welcome there. It takes a remarkable person to turn a mind affinity zone against a mind affinity primary while stuck in resting form.â€
â€œWell, remarrkable is certanly a fair descripttion of Lady Kaliss,â€ Alaryia said. â€œDo you think she’ll talk to us?â€
â€œProbably,â€ he said. â€œShe’s spoken to me occasionally and doesn’t have any particular problem with dragons; she just couldn’t stomach Savira’s experiments anymore. I’ll send her an imp, she does have an interest in Savira’s fate after all.â€
â€œA big one,â€ Sonia said. â€œI’d like to meet her.â€