â€œI think we can wait a while longer,â€ Matthias said. â€œBut not too long. For now, what did the visions we now have a record of say?â€
Adrian frowned. â€œWell if her visions were right, my ancestors wanted dragons because this Eater of Worlds both can’t stand the taste of psychovores and is vulnerable to attacks from them.â€
â€œTwisted,â€ Julie said. â€œOur ancestors were very twisted if they thought this was a good solution.â€
â€œIf I’m understanding this, she was of the opinion that Xantaria set things up to trigger the premonitions that caused my family’s actions. That would be one heck of a long term plan. Having said that, these were long term premonitions. I can show you if you want but they are rather abstract.â€
â€œLong term visions often are,â€ Sonia said. â€œShow us.â€
He closed his eyes and broadcast a series of images. Xantaria standing in darkness moving clay pieces on some kind of board. A shadow engulfing Earth as people screamed cut off as people awoke from a shared vision and whispered to each other. Blood soaking the ground and then a repeat of the shadow engulfing Earth but this time it was driven off by dragons.
â€œBear in mind she saw this millenia ago,â€ Adrian said.
â€œAnd yet that was modern Earth she saw being attacked,â€ Sonia said. â€œAnd it does look like Xantaria set them up.â€ She hummed. â€œHow the heck would you keep such a plan on track over mill– Oh, shit!â€
â€œSonia? What’s wrong?â€ Matthias said.
â€œIf I’m right, we have a major problem. Remember what Joanne said. Someone with the same power as her was blocking her attempts to change things. I think it might be Xantaria.â€
â€œIt’s not impossible,â€ Darylyan said. â€œShe’s certainly a precog.â€ He looked over at Alsia. â€œWhat do you think?â€
She scowled at him for a moment but did answer. â€œIt would explain why she needed Key out of the way. You know how she distorted precogs and clairvoyant locks.â€
â€œSounds like she’s related to your family, Matt,â€ Julie said slyly. â€œAt least that’s your family’s trick.â€
â€œThey are,â€ Alsia said. â€œExtremely distantly, given the remove, but I made an effort to keep track of all the really interesting families and the Morgans are directly descended from Hilian. I mean, okay at this remove pretty much everyone on Earth now is descended from everyone back then but we’re talking they are the family he founded after the purge. They’d probably even remember that but their family got hit as badly as anyone after that incident with the Speakers – even though they weren’t involved – and lost a lot of information, including his imperitive to look for his mother.â€
â€œHilian was Keylaria’s only child,â€ Darylyran explained. â€œHe was only a toddler and not resonant so he was taken in by a nearby clan.â€ He snorted. â€œI did wonder, given the obvious power spread similarities between Key and the Morgans, but it seemed so unlikely.â€
â€œUgh, so Gerian is some sort of ultimate great uncle to us?â€ Karen asked. â€œI think I want to go and scrub my skin off now.â€
â€œIt also makes Alison kin, albeit distantly,â€ Matthias said. â€œWe should tell her when we next see her. More importantly, we don’t know if Xantaria has the same ability as Joanne but we do know that if she does, we can interfere with it the same way we can interfere with normal precognition. I think we should assume she does and turn it up to eleven.â€