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Forest of the Ancient Night

Discussion in 'RP' started by Joungf, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. erethir

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    Alira was caressing Bella and talking to her softly. Suddenly she heard Daryen's voice, "What do you want from me?". Alira frowned and was about to teach him some manners when she noticed that he wasn't talking to her, in fact he was staring at a fix point on the trees, or maybe the air.

    "I was hungry... I was cold. I was tired of begging for a piece of bread. I was tired...", he continued, his face looked anguished.

    "Daryen?" Alira tried, but he did not seem to hear, he continued talking to some invisible entity, his expression turned into anger, then he looked down at his open hands as if they were covered with blood or something very greasy or dirty.

    It was as though he was rehearsing for a play, except no one could be that good an actor. As he continued tears rolled down his cheeks. "I am sorry. I would trade my life for yours if I could, if it would bring you back. But I can't... I can't undo what I have done," he said with desperation in his voice. Alira looked at him sadly, her eyes were watering now as well. From what Alira could understand he had killed someone, maybe more than one, and he was sorry. Was this true? Was he dreaming, hallucinating?

    Suddenly she was aware that he was looking at her. She flung herself into his arms and embraced him. "Daryen, a wise man once told me, no good ever comes from dwelling in the past."

    After a while she let go and looked into his eyes, two deep pools of a clear blend of blue and green, but quickly looked down shyly.
     
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    Daryen's body and mind were frozen. He looked at Alira with wide open eyes. Now she knew he was an assassin, she heard everything and tried to comfort him but why? Why did she do that? She didn't even know him, she didn't know how angry, broken and lonely he was.

    She didn't know about his parents who just abandoned him maybe without even wondering what kind of life he would have had in that small town of man, among people who didn't have time or will to care about a little bastard. He didn't completely belong there, he was different because of his elven side: his delicate features, his capabilities other children didn't have, his pointed ears... All about him was an excuse for most of the kids to tease him and bully him while the adults were either silent witnesses or perpetrators themselves.

    Daryen thought about his uncle and aunt. Always distant, always so cold and tired. He wanted to ask them about his parents, hear their stories, know why they didn't want or couldn't take care of him... Why did they leave him there, why didn't they try to stay in touch with him? Didn't they love him? Didn't they know how desperate and miserable he was?

    His uncle one time told him that his father wasn't a good person and his mother wasn't in a position to take care of him. That was all he was able to hear from his uncle's mouth about his parents. He was often drunk and angry and his wife used to leave the house with her children every time her husband was about to become violent. She never cared to take Daryen with her. He was their scapegoat, he was the one left there to deal with his uncles' fury.

    Daryen shook his head to throw that memories as far away as he could then looked at Alira in rage. His eyes were sharp like a blade and cold like a winter sky.

    - What about you Alira of the House of Narhan, what about your weaknesses, your fears, your regrets? Maybe you regret that you haven't put on your red outfit instead of the one you are wearing now? Maybe you regreat that you didn't have jam and fresh bread for breakfast instead of milk and honey? Do you regreat being rich or spoiled or the apple of your parents' eyes? Do you?!

    Daryen took his bow from the ground then started walking away with quick steps.
     
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    Zack saw a high pedestal and something on it, that look like an altar. A glittering item was hovering over the altar. That woman was also hovering and trying to grab that item. But a kind of invisible barrier protecting it. That woman began to rise her staff and released a powerful spell toward that item but her magic shot disappeared half the way. At the same time a huge lightning stroke that woman and she fell down. Some parts of her cloak were lightly smoking. Zack looked with shocked eyes how that woman stand up and cursed. Now he was close enough to see her hair and staff.

    "This staff with two prongs is unique and belongs to a powerful witch. Her silver-white hair, she must be Ilerza." he thought and just in that moment she teleported directly in front of him, so close, like she want to kiss him.

    "Yes it's me, Ilerza the witch." Ilerza said looking with her blue eyes straight in his orange eyes. Ilerza has the ability to read ones mind. There are not so many people that can do that. One other person was Melfin, a wise wizard.

    "Arrghh! That stupid old Melfin! Instead of using the power of the artefacts of the ancients he sealed them all so no one can use them for evil purpose!" Ilerza shouted. Ilerza just read Zack's mind again. He felt helpless.

    "Stop reading my mind Ilerza!" Zack said in an angry tone.

    "Oooh, little Bruce is afraid. He hides himself from his best friend. More because he do not want a fight against his once best friend than protecting someone. How pity. Isn't it so, Zack?" she asked him in a teasing way.

    "Can you please shut up? I already fight him together with his bad boys from the assassin guild during the last war between our guild and theirs.

    "Even you hate all member of the assassin guild you could not stab your dagger in Felix heart. You let him flee." Ilerza continued teasing him.

    Zack was thinking what Alira was doing right now and if Daryen already woke up.
    "I sensed the presence of a strong power. So, Alira is her name? A young and strong witch of house Narhan. She has no idea about her powers slumbering deep inside her. Maybe I should awake them and ask her to align with me. If she will refuse, then I have to kill her." Ilerza said and smiled.

    Zack shrugged. "If you lay a finger on her, I will kill you!" Zack shouted with anger in his voice.

    "My, my, Bruce, always so overprotective. I am not interested in people who are not ready yet. Alira is far away to become dangerous for me. Ha ha ha! Daryen, a half human, half elven? Don't know this guy. Well, maybe you can do me a favour? Steal me that artefact at the top of that altar... no, it was just a joke. If I can not take it out with my powers, how will you do that?" she said and laughed.

    Zack's curiosity was burning. An artefact, what kind of artefact that Ilerza was trying to steal? He started to run to the pedestal, jumped on it and then he climbed on the altar. It was'n that hard. But then he remembered that lightning and the barrier. He put on his mask and slowly came closer to that glittering item. It was a medallion.

    Zack started to translate the inscription: The one who I choose, only the one can wear it, only that one I will serve. Death is nothing than an illusion for that one who I serve." he read with big astonishment and respect. He could not believe it. He was in front of one of the most powerful artefact, the Medallion of Life. He remembered that the ancient immortal alchemist was wearing it. The elven queen was wearing it when a dark knight put a deathly poison in her drink and also in that of the elven king. She survived and tricked the dark knight to get the antidote and heal the king.

    But Zack was not interested to became immortal. He was also not interested in stealing artefact. It was just his scientific curiosity. He was so happy and fascinated that he grab that medallion softly. When he realized, that his hand was holding that medallion without getting punished by the ancients he was irritated.

    "Dr. Bruce Echo. Your heart is pure. Do not be afraid of the power of the ancient. Only the ones who are not pure in their hearts should fear it." a deep voice spoke. Zack looked around with fear in his face. It was the voice of the ancients. Suddenly he felt a big pain in his back. Everything in front of his eyes went blank and he fell on the altar.

    Ilerza stabbed him from behind with her dagger. She pulled her dagger out and was going to grab the medallion out of his fist. "Thanks Zack. You fool. Now, finally it is mine." she said and laughed.

    "You do not deserve my powers! You have desecrate the holy place with blood. Be gone!" the deep voice of the Ancients spoke. Then a huge blue bolt hit Ilerza and she disappeared instantly.

    Zack still was lying in a small puddle of his own blood when the medallion in his hand began to sparkle. The puddle of blood began to flow back into his wound and the wound become smaller and smaller until it completely vanished. Zack began to breath and opened his eyes.

    He began to remember the pain he had in his back and Ilerza, who also was here. He slowly stood up and looked around but Ilerza was not there anymore. Then he realised that he is holding something in his hand. It was the Medallion of Life.

    "I have revived you after you got assassinated by Ilerza. The Ancients banned her from this holy place for that reason. I have chosen you you Bruce. If you accept, I will serve you and will give you immortality" the medallion said.

    "I am forever in your dept for reviving me. I do not want to be rude but I have to deny your offer. I never wanted to become immortal nor possess superhuman powers. I hope you will accept my decision." said Zack, not knowing that the revive reverted his disguised form and he was now Bruce.

    "So be it Bruce. It was a great honour to serve you and I accept your decision. Maybe one day we will meet again Dr Bruce Echo." the medallion said. Zack walked to the middle of the altar and opened his hand. The medallion hovered up silently to his original position.
     
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    A flash of anger surged through Alira's body, her right hand extended towards her saddle bag and the Aad Sphera came flying through the air. When they arrived she moved her hands in a flowing motion, spinning the orbs around her body and then above her right hand.

    "Stop right there," she said with a cold voice. Daryen stopped for a moment without turning around, and then continued walking. That little... Alira raised her hands and spun the orbs faster above her head. Ice! - she channeled her magic through the orbs and imagined an extreme cold surrounding Daryen. The orbs shone white with white magical particles flying around them, and frost spread on the ground around Daryen's feet. The humidity of the air froze, rapidly forming a thick barrier of ice rising from the ground around his legs, forcing him to stop. When it reached his waist she stopped, even though she in that moment, in her anger, would have wanted to go on.

    She started walking towards him. "You don't know anything about me, so don't judge! I don't know what you have gone through but and I am not the apple of my parents' eyes. They only care that I follow in my mother's footsteps and become a powerful and influential witch, but everything I do is a disappointment. Second in class is a tragedy, and when I was best in class I could have been better, and my magic abilities is the biggest disappointment of all! I can hardly do much more than lighting a candle..." she paused, "except when I am angry."

    By the time she was done with her rant she noticed Daryen's lips had turned blue. She was still angry but started to feel sorry for what she had done to him. She let her Aad Sphera circulate his legs slowly as they melted the ice.
     
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    Daryen was shaking, both because of the ice around his body and a wild anger. He looked into Alira's eyes making a huge effort to not push her to the ground with all his strenght. He knew he would have never forgive himself if he had hurt her.

    He stayed silent and still for some time then took a couple of steps, the ice was finally melted. He was very close to her now. He suddenly found himself thinking how beautiful she was and that thought surprised and almost shocked him. He took some steps back, he wasn't sure what to do.

    "At least you know who your parents are. You didn't grow up like a stranger in your own relatives' house, praying the Spirits to be still alive when the dawn has finally come and your uncle is finally asleep on the floor, exhausted and empty after all that sensless hate." Daryen stopped talking but he was still looking in Alira's eyes. His gaze was calmer now, like the sea after a storm but there was still a shadow, a dark cloud that didn't want to let the sun touch the surface of that sea.

    "Be who you are, stop trying to please other people. Please yourself, at the end of the day your life is the only certainty you got, no one has the right to deny you the happiness you deserve. You don't belong to anyone except for yourself."

    Daryen opened his bag, took a snare for hair and pulled his dark hair back into a ponytail then smiled and shook his head. "Too bad your parents didn't see what you just did to me, they would be so proud of you. If you want, I could make you angry more often so you can practise your magic. I'll do it for free".

    Daryen laughed, his voice was deep but still young, the shadow in his eyes was gone. He started walking then looked quickly back at Alira. "I will search for Zack, did he say where he was going?"
     
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    Alira thought about what Daryen had said. She was a woman now, she could decide for herself. And if her parents didn't like her for what she was, well damn them.

    "Too bad your parents didn't see what you just did to me, they would be so proud of you. If you want, I could make you angry more often so you can practise your magic. I'll do it for free," Daryen said and laughed. The joke came so unexpected that Alira's serious expression suddenly vanished and her tightly closed lips changed into a smile as she stiffled a giggle.

    Daryen started walking, "I will search for Zack, did he say where he was going?". Still giggling she caught up with him, "He was going to investigate the waterfall," she said and her face turned more serious again. "I hope he's aright, he's been away a long time... Oh, I need to go check on Bella first. Go ahead and I will be right behind."

    Alira went back to the camp. Bella was eating some grass from the ground and Alira petted her gently, the campfire was glowing weakly. "Hey there... I will go over to the waterfall to look for Zack, don't wander off OK? I will be right back."

    Alira pulled out a beautiful leather case from her saddle bag, it had the same intricate patterns as the orbs and was attached to a thin leather belt. She put on the belt with the case on her left side and placed her orbs in it, then she went after Daryen.
     
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    Daryen checked if Alira was following him then continued walking quickly. It didn't take much time before they were able to reach the waterfall. It was silent all around but the water was singing and sparkling in the light of Alira's sphere. Daryen closed his eyes for a moment and smiled. It was peaceful there. He opened his eyes again then noticed something not so far away that looked like a piece of paper, he looked at Alira in wonder then reached the paper and realised that there was something written on it "I am inside the cave in the other side of the waterfall. I should hear you if you shout loud and will then answer or will came out. If not, you have to come inside."

    He gave the paper to Alira to make her read the message as well then started shouting Zack's name. After some time with no response he looked at Alira in concern “We need to go inside the cave, I hope he's fine and we'll be able to find him”. Daryen walked through the cave's entrance first then helped Alira, he looked around and suddenly noticed something on the floor, he realised it was a notebook but not just any notebook, it was Zack's one.

    He took it from the floor then started flipping through the pages. He closed the notebook again and noticed the initials of a name on the cover “B.E.”. He suddenly remembered a book about the Ancients that he had read some time before in the library in Calpheon. That book was written by a scientist and archaeologist called Bruce Echo... Was it possible that the notebook belonged to him? If so, why did Zack have it then? Did he kill the archaeologist and took his notebook? There was precious information there after all.

    Daryen looked at Alira but didn't say anything about his suspicion. He took a look around, something on the wall caught his attention, he got closer and noticed that there was an inscription, it looked very ancient. He frowned and started thinking, he knew both Alira and he didn't have the knowledge to translate that inscription but he also knew it was much likely a way to open a door through that wall. The cave wasn't very big and there was no other way that could have led somewhere else except for that wall.

    Daryen opened the notebook again, if Zack had translated that inscription, he had most likely written it down in the notebook. “It might be this...” Daryen started reading aloud the words on the notebook but nothing seemed to happen. He touched the wall to see if there was a crack somewhere when he realised that the wall was soft now, he looked at Alira in surprise, took her hand gently and passed through it. The other side was a huge room with an altar in the middle. It was light there, Daryen squinted his eyes, he wasn't used to light environments anymore. He took a quick look around. In the middle of the room there was an altar but what caught his attention the most was a figure standing next to it, it was a man and he was wearing Zack's clothes but his features weren't quite the same as Zack's one. Daryen looked at Alira, then at the man in wonder. "Who are you and where is Zack?".
     
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    Zack was lost in thoughts while still watching the sparkling medallion. Too many things happened here. "I should head back to the camp. Alira and Daryen maybe are already worried and started looking for me." he thought. Just in that moment he heard Daryen's voice shouting "Who are you and where's Zack?". He turned around and saw Alira and Daryen looking curious at him. Daryen was holding his notebook. Zack came to the conclusion that Alira and Daryen managed to enter the hall by reading his translation of the runes he recorded in his notebook. But why did Daryen asked him who he is and where Zack was gone?

    Zack quickly touched his face and head with his hands and then turned himself back to the medallion. "The revive did also restored my original appearence. Oh no, now they know my real identity." Zack said with deep worry in his voice. The medallion kept silence. Zack saw, that he can not hide his secret any longer from Alira and Daryen. The time had finally came where Zack must tell the truth.

    Bruce looked to Alira and Daryen and took a deep breath. "Everything is fine. I will explain you everything. I am Dr Bruce Echo. You will now say
    that Dr Bruce Echo died some years ago. That was my plan, do everyone think that I am death. Especially my enemies who are behind my discoveries I made. If they lands in the wrong hands, the whole world will be in danger. So I faked my death, changed my identity and continued my research from the underground. But now I understand that hiding and running away is not an option. I am sorry, if I had tricked or fooled you for so long. It was never my intention to harm you. Please forgive me." Bruce said with tears in his eyes.
     
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    Daryen looked quickly at Alira then back at the man that was standing next to the altar. He didn't have any reason to not believe him even though he wasn't usually inclined to trust people easily. "I have something that bleongs to you then, Bruce Echo".

    He was about to take some steps to approach Zack when he suddenly stopped and closed his eyes. The forest was calling and its voice was filled with concern. He wasn't sure what was happening but he knew he had to go back and find out.

    "I need to go back to the forest, there is some kind of threat out there that is shaking the spirits, I have to go, can you please help me to exit this room?". Daryen reached out to give the notebook to Zack and waited for him to take it from his hand.
     
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    Alira looked at Bruce in disbelief. What that really Zack? He looked so different.

    "Don't worry, I forgive you. I am sure you had your reasons to hide your identity," she said hesitantly.

    When Daryen said he needed to go, she felt relieved. It was too strange in here... ancient and powerful magic at play. She could feel the magical fields, but she did not know where they came from... The medallion surely, but something else was here too, or had been recently. She did not know what it was, but it made her nervous.

    "I will come with you," she hurried to say. "Bruce.. are you coming too?" she said and looked at Bruce again. This version of Zack reminded her of someone. The name Bruce of House Echo flashed through her mind and she could see the image of Bruce standing together with her uncle Felix in her mind. And Bruce helping with her maths. A surprised look showed on her face but she did not say anything. She wanted to get out and wanted to be sure there was no trickery in play... He could be an illusion, maybe created by this mysterious magical field. A test maybe? But then why would it be Bruce, and not someone she knew better like father or at least uncle Felix?
     
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    While Bruce was wiping his tears, he heard Alira saying "Don't worry, I forgive you. I am sure you had your reasons to hide your identity,".

    Daryen continued "I have something that belongs to you then, Bruce Echo" and was moving towards Bruce but suddenly stopped with a sorrowful expression. "I need to go back to the forest, there is some kind of threat out there that is shaking the spirits, I have to go, can you please help me to exit this room?" said Daryen and reached out to give the notebook to Zack and waited for him to take it from his hand.

    "I will come with you," Alira hurried to say. "Bruce.. are you coming too?" she asked and looked at Bruce again.

    Bruce noticed that both the Ancients and the medallion remained silence. He also noticed the sorrow in Daryen's face. He must really felt something dangerous and maybe more powerful than the Ancients.

    He took his notebook from Daryen's hand, looked to both Alira and Daryen and nodded. "Yes, let's go." Bruce said and climbed down until he reached the floor. At the point where he entered the hall, he looked to the wall and read the translated text. The wall become soft again. "Alira, Daryen, we can now pass trough." he said waiting for them to enter.
     
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    Daryen passed through the wall, he could feel his heartbeat raising uncontrollably now, he knew something terrible was about to happen but he had no clue what the source of that danger was. He looked around then back to the cave to be sure Alira and Bruce had followed him: they were there.

    Daryen nodded at them then closed his eyes. The forest started whispering, he could feel the spirits all around him. He tried to focus on their words but they were speaking the language of the Ancients and they seemed very concerned. Suddenly a scream made him open his eyes, he looked around in fear and realized he wasn't in the forest anymore... Or?

    He looked back, Alira and Bruce weren't there but the cave was and so the trees and the grass. There were butterflies and squirrels and the birds were singing in a familiar way. The sun was shining... He opened his mouth in surprise: he was still in the forest but in the past when the forest was not...

    - Cursed, you are right Daryen, we were cursed long time ago.

    Daryen turned his head to the source of the voice, it was a female voice, kind and sweet but he couldn't see anyone.

    - Who are you? Please, show yourself...

    The voice sighed, Daryen could feel sorrow, sadness and despair all around him, he felt a lump in his throat.

    - Please, forgive me if I interrupted you. I will listen without questions.

    Daryen sat down on the grass. He could feel the gentle, green mantle under his fingers, it seemed so real. He looked at the blue sky and closed his eyes. The sunlight was warming his cheeks, finally, after all that time in the darkness...

    - Once upon a time there was a land, a prosperous, peaceful land guided by wised leaders where hunger and injustice were nothing more than empty words. This forest, called "The Forest of the Ancient Heart", was the heart of that land. It was a source of any kind of livelihood for the people and it was the house of the Ancients. Their palace was one of the most beautiful things ever seen on this earth and it was in the middle of the forest, accessible by anyone. The Ancients were generous and life was as easy as a wing beat.

    The voice suddenly stopped. Daryen waited patiently, he knew something painful was going to be the next chapter in the book.

    - The reputation of this land flew far away through the centuries. It flew across the mountains, the deserts and the seas and it landed in a cold, dark place where greed and evil were ruling everybody's heart. That land became to be known as "The Gorge of the Cursed Dragon", a hole of sorrow and despair, after the spirit of the Great Dragon was captured, turned into a black, cold stone and kept submitted to the will of the "Wizards of Darkness".

    Daryen swallowed. He had heard ancient stories about the Wizards of Darkness when he was a child, from the witch of his village. It was a cult founded and guided by three powerful wizards who decided to challenge the Ancients through the power of the Great Dragon, one of the creatures that belonged to the Ancient Kingdom. He was the holder of Justice and Balance.

    - I thought he was killed...

    - He was not, he was transformed into something else. Something as dark as a night with no moon and stars... The three wizards, the fools, challenged the Ancients using their wonderful creature of light against them and their reign. The response of the Ancients was full of fury and anger, a war started, a magical war where the heart of some of the Ancients was turned into darkness by magic. The Great Dragon was too powerful, thanks to his own nature and the magic of the three wizards who used an ancient artifact, feared by the Ancient themselves, to make the dragon's soul fall into the oblivion. The Ancient lost the war, the forest was cursed by the wizards and became "The Forest of the Ancient Night". The people of this land were trapped inside the forest forever, hopeless and lost they died one by one and their race ended with time.

    The voice stopped talking, Daryen felt a gentle touch on his cheek. He closed his eyes.

    - Ask me questions Daryen Dawnflame.

    Daryen opened his eyes, in some way he already knew some of the answers.

    - Bruce, Alira and I didn't get here just by accident.

    - No, you were called, we called you because we knew you were ready.

    - We are not ready to fight the wizards...

    - Yes you are, this is your fate my friend and you know why...

    Daryen shook his head, he was feeling uncomfortable and he was scared.

    - It's not your fault, it's your ancestors' fault but you and your fellows can't escape your fate, your duty is to close the wound your ancestors opened, your call is to give the Great Dragon his soul back. This curse must end before it's too late. It's still reversible but not for too long: the three of you have to stop the wizards before they can posses the dragon's soul for eternity, when the red moon will fall from the sky, in three days. When this will happen, the soul will fall forever into darkness and the wizards will be able to wake up the dragon. Together with him, they will access the Ancient's treasure and their secrets and use their power to rule the whole world. Do you understand?

    - I'm not sure...

    - The dragon is sleeping but his soul is used by the wizards. If they will be able to make his soul theirs forever, they will be able to slave his physical body too and no army or weapon or magic will stop them. It would be the end of the world as we know it. You, Alira and Bruce are the descendants of the three wizards, the ones where their power can be awakened, the chosen ones who can confront them and stop their madness. I know Daryen, this is not easy and there's more to discover but we are running out of time. You have to go now. The dragon is sleeping in a lake here in the forest but it's hidden by magic. The red moon will fall from the sky into the lake, we don't know what it is, we only know it's some kind of mystical event. The wizards will be there and you must be there too. Ask Bruce to use his knowledge to find the secret lake, the Ancients can't help you because of the curse that made them forget everything. They don't know they are cursed, just like the forest. There are clues in the ruins and Bruce is not blinded by the wizards' magic, he can find the lake. The witch will try to obstacle your mission but Alira can confront her. All of you have a specific task and power, you just need to awake to become who you are supposed to be. Daryen: your fate is directly connected to the dragon's fate and you will understand why. Listen to yourself, open your heart and your soul to the secrets of your birth and you will understand everything... Now go, tell your fellows what I have told you. Hurry Daryen, we are running out of time... Out of time...

    Daryen blinked just like he was waking from a dream, the forest was back to its eternal night. He turned his head to his friends and nodded again but this time he was feeling no fear.

    - We need to talk.
     
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    Daryen went through the wall followed by Alira. Bruce turned around and looked back three seconds like a farewell, before he jumped through the portal.
    But this time he felt something strange. He could not explain it. Something was different now. Something has changed.

    He felt more vital. His sight was clear although it was dark he could see all details. Bruce quickly took out his notebook and opened a page with very small writings. He could read every single word without his glasses.

    At that moment he realised that Daryen was starring at him. Bruce closed his notebook, looked at him and Daryen said "We need to talk."

    Bruce was curious. Maybe he knows the answer to what happened to him.

    "Go on Daryen, I am listening" Bruce said.
     
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    Daryen looked at Alira and Bruce deeply, there was a new light in his eyes. He nodded then started telling them what the voice in his vision had told him a few minutes before. He tried to be as clear as possible, even though he was still processing all that words and what they meant for all of them. After he finished, he took a pause then spoke again. His voice showed concern but also confidence, something was changing inside his soul, he knew it and he was ready to embrace that rebirth.

    - We need to hurry, we don't have much time and if we lose this battle the world as we know it will have to face its darkest age. Bruce, please find the way to the hidden lake, we are in your hands now.
     
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    While Daryen was telling Alira and him what the Ancient told him the words "Wizards of Darkness" suddenly triggered memories he forgot long time ago. His head started to ache and he shut his eyes in pain.

    He saw himself as a little kid bound to a pole and there was this old priest who was casting strong magic on him. "Mother it hurts! Help me!" he saw himself crying. It was that sacred ritual to detect the true descendant of the Wizards of darkness.

    The Ancient lifted the magical seal that was cast by his grandmother.

    More and more peaces of his sealed memories came back now. He remembered seeing hallucinations caused by the spell of the priest. A frightening dragon was teasing him to use magic. The dragon showed him what he could do with that power. Destroying whole villages by burning everything down and killing the villagers. It was a nightmare.

    He opened his eyes. "What the hell is going on?" he thought.

    "We need to hurry, we don't have much time and if we lose this battle the world as we know it will have to face its darkest age. Bruce, please find the way to the hidden lake, we are in your hands now." Bruce heard Daryen saying.

    Bruce looked to Daryen and Alira. "Umm ... yes ... sure ... this way!" Bruce said, still affected and puzzled by his memories he remembered. He looked left and right to ensure himself that he is on the right track and then he started to walk.
     
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    Daryen was telling what he had heard, and Alira was listening wide-eyed to his story. At the mention of the descendant of The Wizards of Darkness a memory from a year ago came back to her, a memory of a conversation between her mother and a stranger in their entrance hall.

    They were standing on the white marble floor in from of the double entrance doors of dark wood. It was late and the room was illuminated by oil lamps mounted along the walls, and a great chandelier hanging from a long chain from the ceiling. Nonetheless, the room was quite dimly lit. A large carpeted staircase lead from the middle of the entrance hall to the second floor, where Alira was standing behind a wall and listening to the conversation. She had not been able to sleep and had heard sounds from the entrance.

    “When you came here with the package, many years ago, I told you never to come again,” her mother said in a hushed, angered tone.

    “We need to move her to a safe location, too much is at stake.”

    “She is perfectly safe here, no one knows who she is. You are risking everything just by turning up on our doorstep. Leave now,” she said, trying to urge him towards the door.

    “The time has almost come. Soon the red moon will fall, the Wizards of Darkness are becoming more desperate, sending out spies everywhere in search for the descendants. The descendants that are prophesied to stop their cause. The girl must…”

    “Shh! You are talking too much! I know what she must do! And until then she will be safe here. Now you must leave!”

    “As you wish, my lady,” the man bowed and went for the door.

    The conversation had puzzled her, and she had oft thought about what it might mean. Her mother was the headmistress so they could be talking about any girl… But now all the pieces were coming together, and she could hardly believe it. She was the descendant they were talking about… and the package was her.

    A tear rolled down her cheek, her head was spinning and her vision blurry from her watery eyes. She had been lied to her whole life: her mother and father were not her real parents. Who were her birth parents? Who was she? She had never really known, and only now she might begin to understand.

    “… this way!” said Bruce’s voice, and pulled her back to the present. She sniffed and dried her eyes, she hoped no one had noticed. Then she straightened her back and followed them into the night.
     
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    Bruce starred at the ground and walked fast. To come down from those horrible and almost forgotten memories he increased his movement speed. But when he looked up and turned his head around, for him it felt like everything, he included, were moving in slow motion. The surroundings looked so unfamiliar.

    "Darn! This is not the right path! Either the forest changed its appearance or I have chosen the wrong direction." said Bruce. He was nervous. He want to protect Alira and Daryen but had doubts if he was able to protect when he even could not find the right way back to the lake.

    Bruce suddenly stopped walking, grabbed a branch that was laying on the ground in front of him and build a torch by using some materials from his backpack. He was going to lit the torch but the material was wet. Maybe it got wet when he entered the waterfall he thought. He wanted to try again lighting up the torch and suddenly it got lit up before he even did anything. Bruce remembered lighting up the candles that were blown off by the wind by just thinking of it when he was five years old. He also remembered his mother crying and begging never to use magic. "I promised her never to use that powers. I have broke that promise. Forgive me mother." he said in a sad tone.

    With the torch in his hand he turned around a few times and inspect the area. Nothing looked familiar. Only darkness, glowing red eyes of some animals in the distance, no stars, no moon ... and a whisper.

    "Follow the mist. ..... Follow the mist. .... Follow the mist. ..." it was repeating.

    "Do you hear that whisper, too?" Bruce asked while looking around for any mist. When he saw the asking face expression of Alira and Daryen he was sure that the whisper was only in his head. "Are the Ancient trying to communicate with me? Yes, they are giving hints to find back to the camp. But I can not see any mist or fog." he said while watching the smoke that emits from his torch and forms a thin string while moving up. After a certain distance it moves in one direction into the forest.

    "That's it! The mist!" he shouted with a smile but got serious again when he saw Alira and Daryen looking sorrowful at him. "I am fine. I figured out which way we have to go. Follow me." he said with confidence and started to walk again.

    There was that voice again in his head. The Ancient spoke to him: "You have to face your fears. You have to overcome your fears. The snake was just a test. The real and final test is still to come. Will you be strong enough to face that test? Is your soul strong enough to shine bright or too weak and will hide in the shadows? We have lifted the spell from you. We show you the light. But you have to decide which path you will go. You will be tempted by your power. Use then wisely. You three have to chose, have to face your real fate. .... Soon we will see....."
     
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    Alira and Daryen were following Bruce. She was hardly paying attention to her surroundings with her recent realizations flashing through her mind.

    She had never felt very close to her mother. She was always so severe, especially about school. “Second best in class was not good enough,” she thought, but then another realization came to her. “She knew what I had to do, she has tried to prepare me for it all my life, that’s why she was so hard on me. And all the time I was rebelling against her.” Warmth spread through her chest and a hint of a smile played on her lips. “She loves me after all, under the hard surface.”

    A sense of confidence was growing inside her. She remembered what the spider had said to her in a dream: "Your worst enemy is yourself, defeat this enemy and you can beat any obstacle". To her surprise she could actually see it now, in her mind: a great wall, seemingly made of a blueish glass, was shielding her from vast magic powers. A beautiful sparkling light in every color imaginable beyond the wall.

    She had built this wall herself, she knew, her childhood and all the pressure on her had made it higher and higher. When she was angry her confidence grew, and the wall would give way to only some of that power. It was time to change this.

    “The ancient blood of a Great Wizard runs through my veins,” her voice echoed forcefully and defiantly. The wall trembled and small cracks formed in various places.

    “I am Alira of House Narhan!” her voice boomed, and the wall shattered into a million pieces, the magic welling into her like a flood, completely overwhelming her. She felt like she was drowning and was struggling to breathe but used every ounce of her skill and managed to stay in control.

    She suddenly woke up to reality, finding herself inside a cloud. After walking a while a mist had started to thicken. At first it had hardly been noticeable, but now all she could see was her two friends and a thick white wall.

    Daryen and Bruce were looking at her with a part worried, part questioning look.

    “Are you OK?” Bruce asked, but she did not answer. Her blue eyes had a new gleam to them, a light blue glow in the dark. They were fixed on a point in the mist behind Daryen and Bruce, who had turned back to face her when she shouted. From that point a shadow emerged, a robed figure with a forked staff.

    “Alira of House Narhan, you show promise,” a deep female voice said, cold as a winter night.

    “Illezra”, whispered Bruce, and Daryen loosed an arrow quick as lightning at the approaching figure. It deflected off the air in front of her, causing light ripples in the fog along an invisible bubble surrounding her.

    “You will be a great witch one day… with the right master to train you.” Illezra continued, her voice seemed to come from every direction at once. “Come with me Alira, and I will teach you things you…”

    “Never!” Alira said, and beam of pure white light shot out from the palms of her hands and struck Illezra’s shield, where it spread in every direction along the shield bubble. It was so bright Bruce and Daryen had to squint and cover their eyes. As the shield was about to burst Illezra raised her staff to strengthen it. The intense light illuminated her face; she looked irritated but also surprised. Then the light went away, and the night seemed even darker than before.

    “I gave you a choice. I see you choose death.” Illezra said.

    Alira’s orbs were whirling around her rapidly as she raised a shield of what seemed like glowing glass just in time as Illezra launched a ball of swirling darkness at her. It struck the shield with such force that the impact sent a strong wind in every direction, flattening the grass with a deafening boom. It seemed incredible that the thin sphere of glowing glass around Alira remained untouched.

    With no time to waste Alira conjured a fireball and sent it towards Illezra, its heat scorching the grass underneath its passage. Before it had time to strike, Alira raised her hands forming a whirlwind where Illezra stood, electricity sparkled from it and electrical discharges shot out. Meanwhile, Illezra launched a ball of darkness to counter the fireball, causing another loud explosion.

    Alira knew she had to press hard or Illezra would have time to strike back. She sent another fireball towards her opponent, but she teleported away from its path and away from the whirlwind and then a beam of pure darkness blasted through the night and struck Alira’s shield. It was all she could do to keep the shield up. Sweat was beading on her forehead as she struggled against the ruthless power of the beam.

    “I can’t…! She’s too strong!” she thought desperately, but she would never give up, and held on for what seemed like an eternity. Then she felt a spiritual presence in her mind. It shocked her so much she almost lost the shield, but then she recognized it.

    “I lend you the power of Nature,” said Daryen’s voice.

    “I lend you the power of the Ancients,” said Bruce voice.

    She felt the new power surge through her body and join with her own. She screamed with rage, and a beam of light pressed forth against the beam of darkness, slowly pushing closer to Illezra.

    “This cannot be!” Illezra screamed as the beam of light eradicated her, and the night was dark again.

    Alira collapsed from exhaustion. She lay panting in the wet grass, her dress was wet from sweat and her heart was pounding fast. She had a faint smile on her lips when Daryen and Bruce came to help her.

    “Thank you,” she said.
     
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    Daryen looked at Alira, his expression was mixed with concern, respect and relief. He smiled gently and looked at Bruce.

    - She needs some rest but we are running out of time, we can't risk to get to the lake too la...

    Daryen was not done talking yet when suddenly a voice in his head started whispering. It wasn't a friendly voice. it was talking in an ancient language but it didn't sound like the language of the Ancients. Daryen closed his eyes and slowly a face he had seen long time before started appearing in his mind. He opened his eyes again, a man was standing in front of him, he was wearing a black robe, his left hand was holding a staff. The metal was shiny, a color between silver and gold and it looked like liquid metal, moving in waves from the top to the bottom and vice versa. The tip of the staff had the shape of a dragon, its wings were open, its mouth too and there were blue and black flames coming out from it, the eyes were pitch black, like the eyes of its owner. The man was smiling at him now fiercely.

    - You fools. Do you really think you can stop us?

    The Wizard started laughing, he sounded cruel, powerful, merciless. Daryen swallowed and looked at Bruce and Alira, they couldn't see the Wizard and they looked safe anyway. The Wizard turned his head to them, as he had just read Daryen's mind and smiled. His lips were twisted in an expression of contempt, his black eyes were half-closed, his skin was crossed by deep lines, a sign of ancient times and cruelty. His white hair, as white as snow, highlighted even more the darkness of his eyes, deep and empty like the oblivion.

    - You will all be dead, you and your fellows Daryen but first, I will make you watch the destruction of the world as you know it. Freedom will be just a memory, despair and pain will rule it forever. You will die but you will suffer first, as much as you can bear. You will beg for death, all of you.

    Daryen didn't talk, he looked quickly into the Wizard's eyes then at the dragon on the staff. As quick as a sudden gust of wind he moved his left hand in the direction of the dragon. Before reaching the staff his hand stopped, his fingers very close to the eyes of the dragon. Suddenly a red flame turned them into life, they weren't black anymore, they were shining red, Daryen looked at his fingers with wide open eyes and smiled, there were flames dancing on his fingertips. The Wizard opened his mouth in anger and quickly moved the staff away from Daryen's hand.

    - Daryen Dawnflame, son of Jildran and Kalesya Dawnflame... I will never let you awaken him, ever! Damn you!

    The Wizard screamed and disappeared, Daryen looked at Alira and Bruce, he was back from his vision. He looked at his fingers, little red flames were still dancing, he didn't know if the others could see them. He could feel a stronger connection with nature now but also a bound that he couldn't feel before, a bound with the Great Dragon. He looked at Alira, she was breathing heavily, she was exhausted. He knelt beside her, took her right hand with his left hand and talked with no hesitation:

    - Get your strength back with the help of nature Alira, you can heal yourself.

    The flames became green, they had the shape of newborn leaves now, Daryen smiled gently, his eyes were shining. The leaves left his fingers and reached Alira's fingers then disappeared slowly into her hand. Daryen looked at Bruce and smiled warmly.

    - We are becoming more and more aware of our powers, the Wizards know it and they fear us. We will discover more about ourselves during our journey and together we will end this madness once and for all. We can help each other and fight as one. Please, take us to the lake as soon as you can Bruce. The Dragon, Ylredam, knows about us and he is waiting for us to awaken him.
     
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