â€œMalice specifically aimed at Lyd?â€ Daniel asked.
Adrian nodded, hefted the rapier and impaled his own hand on it without even flinching. A moment later, he pulled it off and raised his hand to reveal no wound. â€œIt’s somehow been made to only damage her. I mean, it will damage inanimate objects as well but not living things, and even now it’s trying to move itself to aim at her. I don’t think it can actually do that but there’s an imp empowering it so I wouldn’t like to swear to it.â€
â€œWe’ll keep a firm hold on it then,â€ Sonia said. She took the rapier from him and examined it. â€œYes, I see what you mean about the imp and given the way that key thing of Hannah’s acts, we’ll need to confine it. On the upside, if we can extract the imp, we’ll be able to find out who did this.â€
â€œEasier said than done,â€ Adrian said as two imps flew through the wall to him. One shot to Kyle and the other to him. â€œThat was quick.â€ Both boys absorbed the messengers and Adrian’s eyebrows shot up. â€œIndaturan is very worried. He wants you to bring the rapier to them immediately.â€
â€œYstelyan says the same,â€ Kyle said. â€œHe’s worried too.â€
â€œOkay, I’ll just tell James and we’ll go,â€ Matthias said.
Not just Ystelyan and Indaturan but all of their allies were there when they arrived and they all looked just as worried. Alaryia hurried over to Lydia and put her hands on her shoulders.
â€œAre you okay?â€
Lydia nodded. â€œI had a premonitionary panic and ran just before it hit.â€
â€œThank goodness!â€ Alaryia turned to Sonia, who was holding the rapier so tightly her knuckles were white. â€œLet’s see what this thing can tell us about who made it.â€
â€œPlease,â€ Sonia said. â€œBecause I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time until they try again.â€ She handed the rapier to Alaryia.
Alaryia frowned at it and hefted it as if testing the weight. â€œYes, I see what you mean.â€ She turned to Takilyan. â€œTak, help me get this locked down before it recharges. I don’t know what it will be able to do once it has.â€
â€œHmm?â€ Takilyan rose from his feet and came over. He ran a hand over the rapier and swore. â€œWell at the very least its creator would be able to see through it. I think it might be mobile. Let’s deal with that right now.â€ He closed his eyes and bands of green appeared around the rapier. â€œThere, that should stop it recharging while allowing us to examine it.â€ He laid it down on the table. â€œSo the question is, who would want to kill Lydia-ida and why now? Because I don’t think it’s a coincidence.â€
â€œNo,â€ Indaturan said. â€œIt seems likely this is about her change.â€ He scowled at the rapier. â€œThough why are the trying to frame Aneria-miria? Surely not just as a distraction but it’s not like there’s any possibility of an alliance there.â€
â€œOnly one one way to find out,â€ Ystelyan said. â€œWe have to try and remove the imp from it and identify the sender.â€