Dragon Wars: Land Of Myth Chapter Eight Part One

July 26th, 2010  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  10 Comments

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Chapter Eight
Part One

“You summoned me, my Mirian?” Kyle dropped to one knee just inside the throne room door.

Ystelyan was seated on the edge of his scrying pool, and Rilletta sat in his lap with her head on his shoulder. They were both watching whatever the pool was showing intently. Ystelyan glanced up and waved a hand at him.

“Join us, my Alran.” He frowned and looked past him. “Is Darya not with you?”

“He took Talira swimming.” Kyle rose and walked over to them. “I didn’t want to disturb them. She needs more friends.”

“She does. Her transformation was hard on her.” Ystelyan sighed. “But I’m afraid we’ll have to. Both of you need to see this. I’ll call her.” His deep blue eyes glowed.

A moment later, Talira and Darya appeared in a flash of blue light. The dragon girl was hand  in hand with Darya. Talira looked happier than Kyle had ever seen her as she summoned robes for the two of them.

“It looks like you had a good swim, Talira-alra.” Rilletta smiled at the dripping pair.

“We did.” She shrugged on the robe and then knelt before Ystelyan. “My Mirian.”

“Come and look at this.” Ystelyan gestured to the pool.

The water rippled and reflected the image of three red dragons in flight. Kyle sat down and studied the image, then gasped when he saw where they were.

“That’s Earth!”

“Yes, Gerian tore a gateway and sent them through.”

“He’s after Melusine?” Darya dropped Talira’s hand and hurried over.

Ystelyan nodded. “I doubt he expects to catch her there. This is aimed at forcing the dragon lord to send her back here, where he can hunt her down at leisure.” He rose to his feet. “We’ll let the dragon lord deal with  this incursion, I want you to get to Melusine before Gerian’s Alrari do.”

Rilletta shifted in Ystelyan’s lap and looked up at him. “They’ll probably gate back into Waldhafen, love. I don’t think another raid there would be wise right now. Estara-miria was too surprised to respond last time, but she wouldn’t stand for another raid into territory she claims.”

“Hmm, and it would be bad for the city as well.” He gave her a thoughtful look. “You have a thought, Ril?”

“I do, but it’s risky.”

***

Dariad had been reading in  his chambers when the highly agitated lightning imp flew through the wall and hovered between him and the book. He frowned at it. Imps had no mind of their own, so its darting movements betrayed its sender’s distress. That would be Valeria, of course, which did not bode well.

“Come on then.” He held his hand out and the Imp landed on it. The scene he saw when he absorbed it sent the book tumbling to floor and him running for the door. Hreid was on guard in the antechamber and looked up in surprise as Dariad jerked the door open and rushed in.

“Your majesty?” he asked.

“Wake Brita. Tell her to get rooms ready for Valeria, Alban and the Light Warrior. They’ll be here within hours. Possibly little Salia as well though  I don’t hold out much hope. I’m going to talk to Alaryia.”

“Your majesty?” Hried asked again.

“I’ll explain later! I need to talk to Alaryia first.” He rushed out gesturing to the two young guards in the corridor to attend him. Both looked baffled but fell into step behind him without complaint.

While day and night had little meaning underground, especially underground in a dark zone, Caerdu’s people did follow a schedule of sorts. The tunnels and passages were quiet at this time and they reached the door of the goblins’ chambers quickly.

His knocking brought a young male goblin to the door. The boy betrayed the speaker half of his ancestry only by the few feathers that grew mixed in with his hair. He blinked up at Dariad blearily and wiped the sleep from his eyes. “Your majesty?”

“I’m sorry to wake you, but I need to speak with Ambassador Alaryia urgently,” he said.

“Dariad?” Alaryia appeared from one of the rooms. She was shrugging on a robe. “Is there a problem?”

“No, yes.” He took a breath and then plunged ahead. “Can you make the antidote to dragon venom?”

Her eyes widened slightly. “I can, but I’ll need some information to create the right one. You’d  better come in and tell me what’s happened.  Ekrian, fetch my case.” She ruffled the young goblin’s hair and gently pushed him towards the door she’d just entered through. She looked back at Dariad. “Please, your majesty, come in.”

She led him into one of the rooms which had been turned into a sitting room of sorts and placed a kettle on the fire..

“We’ll have better accommodation for you again soon.” He told her. “We’ve got some space, now that we’ve banished the people behind the riot.”

“Don’t worry about it.” She took the large red leather case that Ekrian had just brought back with him and opened it to reveal rows of glass tubes. Some were filled with herbs, others with powdered minerals, while still more contained different coloured fluids he suspected were goblin, or possibly even dragon, blood. “So tell me what’s happened.” She selected one of  the tubes and measured some herbs from it into the kettle. They gave off a strange warm smell.

“I received an imp from Valeria just before I came here,” he began, then told her what the imp had shown him.

“Red eyes?” she said softly. Her expression was determinedly neutral but  she couldn’t quite hide the slight tightening of her lips and eyes.

“Yes, I thought dragons always had green eyes, but definitely red.”

“Most do. There are exactly twelve dragons who don’t.”

Dariad felt his mouth fall open and snapped it shut.  “He was one of the first twelve?”

She nodded but didn’t elaborate. Instead, she selected a tube of yellow powder and upended it into the kettle, which responded by making a strange whining noise and releasing a cloud of yellow vapour. Then she picked up one of the tubes of liquid and swirled it about before tutting at it. “There’s not quite enough. Ekrian, go wake Iryia. Tell her I need some of her blood.” She looked Dariad. “This is  going to be close. I can make the antidote with no problem, but it’ll only help if they get her here in time.”

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10 Responses to “Dragon Wars: Land Of Myth Chapter Eight Part One”

  1. Xirena says:

    Aw man, I always get tricked by the ‘next’ button 🙁 Riveting updates! I can’t wait for Saturday!!! There is quite a lot going on right now to keep track of, I wonder where Fridays update will take us?

  2. maileguy says:

    Yes, updates are most welcome!

    A coupleminor things”

    In
    quote
    “He’s after, Melusine?” Darya dropped Talira’s hand and hurried over.

    Ystelyan nodded. “I doubt he expects to catch her here.
    /quote
    first, should there be a comma following after? Could be,if you mean him to pause, but otherwise…

    and “…he expects to catch here here.”? ‘There’ would read better with the following sentence.

    further down:
    “She lead him into one of the rooms…” maybe s/b ‘led’?

    As usual,thanks for sharing, I love it!

  3. mjkj says:

    Oh, one of the first twelve … that is why Karen had a hard time … poor her *comforts her*

    I just hope both Salia and Karen with company will make it… *hopes they will make it in time*

    …I wonder what is with the other dragons that were on site…

    mjkj

    • admin says:

      The other dragons involved in the attack are part of his court.

      • mjkj says:

        Well, I thought so, but what I meant was what happened with them – there were at least three unaccounted for that might or might not have intervened even after the red-eyed one left etc…

        mjkj

      • admin says:

        Ah, that… they’re digging their buried companions out of the stairway and herding prisoners back to their base.

      • mjkj says:

        Ah, that makes sense…

        …the poor prisoners though…

        mjkj

  4. Krynne says:

    Sorry to be such a pain… I found a few more little errors (I can’t help it… I help students with their English essays LOL):

    “She took the large read leather case that Ekrian had just brought back with him…”
    I think that should be ‘red leather case’?

    “Some were filled with herbs, others with powdered minerals and other with different colour fluids he suspected were…”
    You missed the ‘s’ on the end of the last ‘other’ and maybe ‘ed’ on the end of ‘colour’? Though perhaps this could read better as ‘Some were filled with herbs, others with powdered minerals, while still more contained different coloured fluids he suspected were…’? Just a thought 🙂

    “There are exactly twelve dragon who don’t.”
    Again, just the missed ‘s’ for the plural.

    “I can make the antidote with no problem, but it’s if they get her here in time.”
    Perhaps could read better if ‘but only if they can get her here in time’?

    I’m really enjoying this story!!!!

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