in fact, blame you for trying, Lymlock. So don’t even think about it.
anyway, the sorcerers are coming to your world. Of course, it’s not like
they’ll be able to use that much magyk there. Your world doesn’t have magyk in
the air, so it’s impossible to refill their “battery” on your world.
never sent such a large group before. We have sent some sorcerers over there,
by themselves, or in a small group. The most is about 3 or 4 at a time.
having the unfortunate experience of meeting and knowing Lymlock, I know that
he’ll wait and save his magyk for the “proper” opportunities.
am sorry about this, people of Earth. It’s not your fault that this happened.
We’re in a completely different galaxy than you, with a completely different
star system, on a completely different world.
not written to you, you would have had no idea about what was about to happen
to your world, or where the mysterious strangers that seemed to have magyk came
advice? Run. Run and hide, and good luck. But it’ll be hard, because you’ve
never faced this level of annihilation before.
really am sorry about this too. I don’t know why the king and queen won’t
listen to reason. We ought to just send them to a different planet, where the
people actually deserve it a little more. Just because you’re the closest, that
doesn’t mean you should pay for it.
yeah, by the way, there are a LOT of other planets with life out there. If you
survive the coming months, have fun looking for them.
Kaolin mentioned, there have been other sorcerers sent to your planet.
Sorcerers have led many of your countries, especially communist ones. There was
one a few decades back that caused a lot of strife. I believe his name was
Hitler, and he had the gift of persuasion.
that’s beside the point. I truly believe that once the sorcerers get to your
Earth, then they will do their best to destroy the world. And that’s the best
that they’ll do. If you’re unlucky, they’ll still look to Lymlock for guidance,
and he’ll get them to help him rule the world. That would be your worst-case scenario, trust me.
hope that whoever finds this letter will share it with the world. Everybody
ought to be warned of the coming disaster, and if not…well, like I said, you’re
doomed. There aren’t many more ways to say it.
will keep trying to convince the king and queen not to send them there after
all. But I believe they will, and the four of us have gotten permission to
write you this letter.
all, if the world ends, it’s not like there’ll be any need for secrecy anymore.
Other worlds have been destroyed by us, but never like this.
other news, most of the kingdom is back to normal. There have been funerals
held for the ones who died, human and wizard, and Rhellens is back to normal –
as normal as it ever gets when you’re surrounded by magyk.
and I are now a couple. Kaolin’s prediction from a while ago was true, and we
did have a ‘thing,’ as I think he put it.
anyway, a team was dispatched a while ago to take care of the sorcerers in the
place where we were held by Lymlock. They succeeded, and they’ll be sent to
Earth as well.
really aren’t looking good for you, are they?
again, I’m really sorry about this.
This is going to be fun. I’m going to
save my magyk for the perfect occasion, and I’m going to get revenge for what
Akeelay, Maybelle, and that traitor did to me. I’m taking it out on all of you.
You can’t blame me for trying, can you?
I had to try something. It’s not my fault that annoying girl got out before I
could kill her. I could see it in the traitor’s eyes, he was going to let me
go. He cares too much about that girl to not do it.
So, I guess now I have to finish
explaining what’s going to happen to the sorcerers and I.
We’re being banished, but the king and
queen, after a long while of pondering, have decided that they don’t want to
give other kingdoms the burden of watching out for us.
So, instead of sending us out of the
kingdom, they’re sending us off the planet.
you have to understand about the relationship between our worlds. It’s very
one-sided, but very thorough.
done our job right, this is the first time you’ve ever heard about the world of
Mithden. This is perfectly fine by us. We don’t want your world to know about
us. The reasons for that are many and varied, and they’re mostly political
point is, we know everything about your world. We know about your advancements
in science, we know about your languages, we know about your people. We’ve
referenced your measurements (hours,
minutes, feet) throughout this letter, and that’s because those are what you
know, and you’ll understand it.
sent things over to your world. Batteries. Light bulbs. Caerthin, even,
although you know it by a different name, which it probably wouldn’t be good to
tell you about. People, too. The very first humans on your world came from
however, have things that we don’t. Plastic, and certain metals that prevent us
from ever having things like guns and cars and computers, and maybe it’s better
that way. I certainly don’t miss them.
to get rid of the sorcerers, though. That’s the main point. We don’t want to
kill them, because we’re wizards.
a lot of us, including me, would much rather kill the sorcerers than what we’re
going to do, but it wasn’t our decision.)
about that. The...weirdest thing just
happened. Or not, if you know Lymlock.
of us who’ve been writing this letter, me, Akeelay, and Lymlock, are all in a
caerthin-lined room, the door locked from the outside. This way Lymlock can’t
escape, but if he tries anything, I have magyk to stop him. So I was writing,
and, well, maybe Akeelay should write this.
course, it didn’t end there. There were a lot of loose ends that had to be
tied up. Maybelle and the rest’s fight with the other sorcerers had gone well, luckily,
even though most of the wizards didn’t have much magyk.
eventually, all of the sorcerers were knocked out, and only a few wizards
killed. Shield spells really do help.
was shocked, just like we were, to see that Dossik had been switched over. She
unfroze him and tossed him an apple, which he ate greedily, and a few more. He
became good again.
and the other sorcerers we locked up in the caerthin cells.
found that very appropriate, and took every opportunity imaginable to go down
there and laugh at them, claiming it was “only fair.”
the other wizards objected in the slightest, and many joined him.
getting to the reason we wrote to you. Like the title claims, you’re all about to die.
course, everything had to happen right at that moment. I was still frozen in
shock. Why was Dossik there? Then I remembered what he had told us justbefore we left with Neyolc. He had said he
would try to meet us back at the castle, and all three of us had completely
forgotten about that.
I couldn’t believe that Lymlock had found him,
realized that he was the same centaur we had been traveling with, and turned
him. But he had, and now I had to turn around and face him, because he had just
burst into the room.
now, you die!” he shouted, always the dramatic one.
yet,” Kaolin growled, and shouted the spell for the signal we had arranged. “Tiffirma!”
waited. Even Lymlock paused for a second, expecting something to happen. But
nothing did. Neyolc didn’t burst into the room like we had planned, and everything
was exactly the same.
was effective,” Lymlock sneered. “Any other brilliant ideas?”
point we were all desperate. We had no idea where the king and queen were, and
we had no way of finding out quickly. And Lymlock was blocking the only exit.
“Sensih!” one of the wizards shouted,
aiming the spell at Lymlock.
before it reached him, he threw up a hand and shouted, “Tarka!” The shield spell was effective, and nothing happened.
out my knife, not knowing what good it would do. But at the moment I did so,
words burst into my head, and I spoke them without thinking about it.
“Ego spiritu liberabit vos!”
was no effect for a beat of silence, everyone looking at me in confusion.
colors exploded in the room. Running over the walls, racing through the air, rainbows
of color shot out like fireworks going off. One big massive flash, and everyone
passed out except for me, even Dossik, breaking his spell.
“That was effective,” I murmured to myself. I
realized what had happened in that moment.
knife had been possessed by a spirit. Spirits are magykal creatures that
possess inanimate objects. They choose an owner, a certain person that, for
whatever reasons they want, will somehow come to own that object, which
reflects spells. That was why Maybelle and Kaolin had said that there was magyk
on it, but not an actual spell. Eventually, if they need to, the owner can
speak four key words to release the spirit to help them.
It didn’t really help me much, though.
Obviously, Lymlock was out of the equation, but so were Kaolin and all the
wizards that could help me. And now, I had a useless knife and a completely differently
colored throne room, and no idea of how to find the king and queen.
I didn’t know where the other wizards and
sorcerers were, or who was winning. I had no special talents, really, that had
gotten me this far. It was all the spirit and Maybelle and Kaolin with the
had was the dedication not to quit. And I guess technically I had started the
quest, and I should finish it.
I had no
idea what to do at that point. I looked around the throne room. Most of the
colors in the room had switched, so there was little I really recognized.
rectangle stood out to me. I hadn’t noticed a differently colored
rectangle ever before. It was on what used to be a blank white wall, but was
now fuchsia, and the rectangle was bright green. I walked over to it and
realized that it was a door.
A door I
had never noticed before. What better place to hide the king and queen if you
wanted them out of the way?
walked over to the door and opened it, holding and twisting the ridiculously
room, containing a bed and a few tables, stood behind the door. On the bed lay
the king and queen. I rushed over to the bed and pulled out the now-dirty blue
that I didn’t know what to do with it, I passed the feather an inch over
SO sorry for not updating in forever. Life got in the way. I'll catch up and probably finish the book today. :)
yeah, we fought. Magykal fights are hard to describe or explain if you can’t
see magyk. Fortunately, I can, but you wouldn’t truly understand anyway. Spells
were sent back and forth, we fought, and that was pretty much it.
were two of them for every one of us, but we had a cause. Defending is harder
than trying to get through, especially because we didn’t care about killing
them, we just wanted to get through.
shot ‘unconscious’ or ‘freeze’ spells, trying to get them out of our way.
got through eventually. Pushing them aside, literally and magykally, the 5 of
us not dead or unconscious got through.
we saw...was a surprise at the least.
Dossik. Seriously. He wasn’t like he used to be, though. The sorcerers,
probably Lymlock, had turned him.
on our side.
It was a
bigger surprise for Akeelay and I than it was for the other wizards, though. We
stopped in our tracks, shocked, but the other wizards just kept rushing
Akeelay commanded before anybody could kill Dossik with a spell.
the wizards was so stunned at her tone that they halted. Dossik kept running,
so I took the liberty of freezing him with a spell.
stopped, unable to move but still looking mad, in both terms of the word. He
seemed both furious and crazy, his eyes dilated intensely.
going on?” the same wizard who had led us to the throne room demanded. “Do you
know him, and what is he doing here?”
know him, but there’s no time for that now,” Akeelay said urgently. “We have to
find the king and queen! Where could they be?”
course, it was at that exact moment that Lymlock burst in through the doors
I’m Maybelle. Obviously. So, I’m just filling in a few things about how our
fight was going, because it was actually pretty interesting.
broke in through the window and turned off our levitation spells. The people in
the area dropped everything they were holding and staring at us in shock. I
looked around. We were a messy, unorganized bunch of wizards, but we were most
likely the only wizards they had seen for nearly a month.
felt sorry for them in that moment. They probably had it much worse than
Akeelay, Dossik, Kaolin and I did. At least out there, sorcerers were just
hunting us down – we had a decent chance of escaping them. But here, they had
to face the sorcerers each and every day, knowing that they might not survive
to see another sunrise.
that wasn’t the point. In only a few moments, sorcerers flooded up the stairs
toward us, looking ready to kill whatever and whomever they saw.
weren’t ready to see us. It seemed to be as big of a surprise to them as it was
to the nonmagykans standing around, still in shock.
I called to the wizards, supposedly the same way Lymlock had done when the
sorcerers had attacked from the same direction.
“Sensih!” we all shouted, aiming our
wands or hands at the sorcerers.
of the near-100 strong band of sorcerers went out, just like that. It really
was that simple. I could understand how easily Lymlock took over, especially
with only 37 guardians.
this castle was ours to take back, and we would do it. I didn’t see Lymlock
among the crowd, which slightly surprised me. I would have expected him to be
one of the first to push through and attempt to kill us. Perhaps I didn’t know
him as well as I thought I did, I mused as we sent out more unconsciousness
then, maybe he was just busy.
by the sudden thought that Kaolin and Akeelay could be in trouble, I redoubled
of we wizards were fighting as hard as we could, but the strain was just too
much. We hadn’t truly fought a large group of either sorcerers or other magykal
creatures in a long time, and it showed.
sorcerers were starting to overpower us. I watched many of my best friends die,
and that was when I snapped. Even though I knew that Group B might need her
later, I signaled Neyolc.
continued the same way for a moment, and then bricks and stone fell everywhere.
I created a quick physical shield.
on shields: There are two kinds. One blocks all magyk (well, spells at least,
other magyk, such as from different magykal creatures, is a whole other chapter
– literally, there are books about it), for which the spell is Tarka, but the other kind blocks actual
objects in the vicinity, which is Rotegu.
I had just created the latter.
another side note, I have no idea how I, or other magykans, know the spells.
When we know what spell we want to use, the appropriate word just flows out.
let’s get back to the fight. Neyolc swooped in, breathing flames and looking
terrifying. If I didn’t know her, I would be deathly afraid. Actually, I did,
but I was still scared.
burnt a lot of the sorcerers, but I doubted any would mourn their loss. With
the possible exception of their living friends, who were cowering in terror as
the dragyon rose back out of the castle after only a few moments.
that, it was easy to capture the rest of them, shooting them into
whole battle took almost one of your hours, but it seemed longer.
what?” Edina asked. We really didn’t have a plan for what to do after the
fight. The point was to get the sorcerers out of commission, so that the others
could awaken Demivid and Reyna, the king and queen.
we got the sorcerers out of commission. We had achieved our goal, and now I had
to worry about how the others were doing.
Yes, I had been expecting them. I knew
those wizards, Maybelle and the traitor, and the girl. They would have a backup
plan in case the direct attack didn’t work. And I knew exactly where they would
I’m smart. I figure these things out.
So anyway, we fought. My sorcerers
outnumbered them 2 to 1, so we had a high probability of success. The sorcerers
were all overly confident, of course. They normally are.
But like I said, I knew them. They
would have a plan in case something went wrong, probably an extra resource or
reinforcements. But that would be all right. I had backup plans too.
the other members of my group, 7 wizards and Kaolin, around to where the
pegasus stables were. I didn’t think Lymlock knew about the secret passageways throughout
the castle, so I wasn’t worried about going in.
it was just the opposite: I was anxious to begin. We had gone through this
whole quest, fighting off enemies left and right, and we were too far in it to
fail now. So I wanted to go before too much time passed.
open the heavy trapdoor that concealed the entrance. I wondered for a moment
why this felt so familiar. I had never entered through the hatch.
realized that it was the same type of door that had covered up the lair of the
sorcerer who had captured us back in Melzult.
off the bad memories of that place, I started down the stone steps of the
my team down the path I had traced so long ago, fleeing from the castle from
amazing how much had happened in such a short amount of time. But I’ve said that before, so I’ll just continue with the story.
walked down the hallway, footsteps echoing in the cold silence of the tunnel.
Eventually we came to the trapdoor leading to Maybelle’s room. I cautiously pushed it open,
hoping there would be nobody on the other side.
luckily enough, and I breathed a sigh of relief before looking around. Seeing
something so normal after all that time was just surreal. It was just strange,
thinking that Maybelle would come in any minute and knowing she wouldn’t.
on, let’s go,” I whispered to the others, afraid someone would hear
even through the soundproof walls. It was good that they were soundproof, but
we had no way of knowing if there was an army on the other side of the door
waiting for us.
pushed in front of me and opened the door first. He really seemed to want to
clear,” he informed us quietly. “Let’s go. I think I know the way, but you
probably know it better than I do, Akeelay. Or the rest of you.”
the way really well,” I murmured back. “But the other wizards live along this
corridor too, and maybe it would be best if one of them led.”
“I’ll go first,” a tall woman said. She
wove through the small group and walked out of the door, turning left.
followed after her. Not knowing any better place to start, we had decided to go
to the throne room first, and go from there.
wizard in front turned the corner, and I heard her say, “Sensih!” If she needed
the unconsciousness spell, there must have been a sorcerer. The wizards and I
rushed around the corner to join her and saw only one sorcerer lying on the
ground. The rest of the hall was empty.
one,” she reassured us. “Let’s keep moving.”
moment was tense. We had just made our first real move in what we were all
thinking of as a war.
“We’ll be fine,” Kaolin whispered to me.
“If we really need help, anyway, we can just signal Neyolc.”
I responded, smiling up at him. He was a few inches taller than I was, and that
could seem comforting or annoying, depending on the situation.
digress. We kept carefully walking down the hall. There were no more sorcerers
walking around, which was good. Until we rounded the final corner to the throne
room, and each of us stopped in surprise, shocked into motionlessness.
sorcerers were waiting for us.
very many there; most had probably gone to stop the intruders upstairs, the
same way the wizards had so long ago.
were there. Lymlock, too. In his oh-so-dramatic way, he said, “Hello.”
“We’ve been expecting you.”
unfroze and yelled, “Sensih!”
was a beat of silence, and then, as a sorcerer fell, Lymlock yelled, “Attack!”