Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Fifty Eight Part Ten

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  6 Comments

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“Chaya, dear!” Alaryia helped the Dryad to a seat as soon as the group teleported to her palace. “How are you? It looks like the venom is affecting you.”

“It is,” Chaya said. “But not too badly yet. I actually feel better than I did so I think the antidote you’re feeding him is working.”

“It is,” Alaryia said. “Alsia-ida identified it correctly, thank goodness, but that still leaves us the question of what to do with him. Even if you were willing to die, we can’t kill him yet. Even knocking him into transition would have the same effect.”

“Not necessarily,” Chaya said. “I could force the court to my will until Sonia-ida is ready if you did that. You’d be wasting a lot of resources on raising him, though.”

“You really think he’s unsalvagable?” Alaryia seemed taken aback.

“I’m afraid so,” Chaya said. “Which leads me to my suggestion. Clip his essence in case he escapes and put him in permanent stasis. I’ll control the court until Sonia-ida is ready and then concede to her challenge.”

“Wouldn’t clipping his essence weaken you as well?” Lydia asked.

“Usually, yes,” Takilyan said from the doorway. “But there are ways to do it without weakening her; the one I’d favour would even strengthen her somewhat.” He inclined his head to Chaya. “As you may have guessed, Lady Chaya, I was going to suggest exactly what you did.”

“Well it was one of the standard ways of dealing with this sort of situation, Takilyan-mirian,” she said. “Do you have a quorum to pass sentence?”

He winced. “Probably not. We need ten and we only have seven for sure. Indaturan can surely get Kandarian and I can persuade Endaria but that’s still only nine.” He tutted to himself.

“You need ten out of fourteen?” Matthias asked.

“To take this sort of action against one of us?” Alaryia said. “Yes. Not that there’s much that anyone could do to stop us but that’s the rules and I’d prefer not to break them. That’s Xantaria’s way, not ours.” She scowled. “There is a possibility. We can’t ask Anda, and Shalriya and Analia will never help us with this but much as I hate him, Gerian might go for it. He does hate Mitakrian and would be happy to see him out of the way.”

“More than he hates you as well,” Takilyan said. “I’ll go and talk to him but we’ll need him here for the judgement if he agrees.”

“For this, I’ll grant him safe passage,” she said. “And for this he’ll probably even believe it’s not a trap.” She gave a half smile. “And it really isn’t a trap, Tak.”

“I know,” he said. “You wouldn’t do something like that unless you were in descent and you’re not. I’ll be back as soon as I’ve spoken to Enda and Gerian.”

Alaryia watched him go then turned back to Chaya. “I’m going to go and speak with Indaturan and Alsia. We’ll need Ind to speak with his brother and I want to make sure Mitakrian is firmly restrained first.”

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6 Responses to “Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Fifty Eight Part Ten”

  1. torvawk says:

    Becka,

    You are so cruel. How can you dangle that he is unsalvagable and not tell us why?

    Clip his essence sounds about as harsh as what Sonia went through. I think it was Sonia that had essence problems for a year.

    • Rebecca Sutton says:

      Sonia had her problems for years, and it’s not quite as cruel. It’s closer to what was done to Tarian and he was completely unaware of it. It’s been mentioned that dragons clip essence all the time when a dragon has idri potential because without a heart friend they go crazy.

      As to why he’s unsalvageable – they mean that their usual methods of reforming him won’t work. They can think of no option where he doesn’t go back to causing trouble.

      • White Tiger says:

        Is that due to an innate part of his personality or something to do with his transition? It said when he was a child he was sweet and good. What changed him so much?

      • Rebecca Sutton says:

        Well maybe not sweet and good but better and not evil. The main problem is that he’s absolutely set on his goals and at some point his moral compass broke and now he’ll do anything to fulfill them. The fact that his goals are universally seen to be a *really* bad idea makes it worse.

  2. mjkj says:

    Hmm, can they not repair his moral compass somehow?

  3. chunkybutt647 says:

    Wow wow wow. Just wow I am thoroughly engrossed

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