VI: Chapter 8.5
V: Guardian Nexus and Raven
new he was now in the Land
Truth, but he did not know what to do or where to go. A raven fluttered
down from the emerald treetops and transformed into the soul of
his best friend Gaisa. She told him that she had always loved and
supported him, but it was time for him to let her go. There was a
new woman in his life now, and she wanted him to be happy. Gaisa
said she would no longer accompany him in raven form, but that
they would meet again in future lifetimes. With that, she faded
away into eternity. In her place appeared three ethereal beings
swathed in luminous white robes. They introduced themselves as the
Aelis Neicla, Shnavi-dae, and Nisea, and told Raven that he could
ask each of them one question.
turned to Aeli Neicla and asked the first question, “How is
Aloquin planning to establish his rule in Caldora?” Neicla
replied that though the Earth Dragon embryo was destroyed in the
material world, it’s mirror in the
kept growing, bringing the countryside to the desolate state he
had seen. Both Aloquin’s and Dinictis’s lives were tied with
the life of the Earth Dragon Caldor, and had Aloquin stayed
trapped in the Land
when the embryo destroyed its parent, he would die along with it.
Instead, he had opened an inter-dimensional gateway in a mighty
astral fortress, and aimed to seal Dinictis inside the portal just
as the embryo was about to hatch. This way he would extract his
revenge by leaving her to the same fate she planned for him.
turned to Shnavi-dae and asked the second question, “How is Aurora?” Shnavi-dae replied that Yugashii had re-captured Aurora
using a magic choker provided to him by Aloquin. He had joined
sides with Aloquin, and now keeps the forest spirit imprisoned in
the wizard’s astral fortress. Though this information shook
Raven to the core even more so than the shocking revelation of
Neicla, he knew he had to keep going.
turned to Nisea and asked the last question, a question that had
been plaguing him since the day he was born, “Who is my
father?” Nisea replied that his farther was none other than
Acora Lynn. Raven only gawked back in shock, not sure whether to
feel outraged or thrilled. But before he could make up his mind,
he felt a pulling sensation tug at his feet. A whirlpool had
formed in the ground, extending into the earth in the shape of a
churning tunnel. “You must go back now,” the Aeli informed
him, but their voices seemed far away as he spun through the
passageway of swirling energy into oblivion.
fell through a womb-like darkness between worlds, the stillness
only broken by the muffled sounds of his own heartbeat as he
gradually sank back into his body. When he opened his eyes he felt
refreshed, as if awakening from a wonderful dream. He saw Lynn
gazing down at him, and his attitude quickly soured.
knew what troubled his son’s mind, and attempted to explain the
convoluted story surrounding his birth. He told him that he loved
Shalaya dearly, and wanted nothing more than to settle down and
start a family with her. But when he became an Acora, he was
expected to put the whole of Caldora before himself. Showing
favoritism would make the people lose respect for their prophet,
and Dinictis could not have that.
He did indeed tell Shalaya not to have the child, but her love was
too strong, and she could not stop herself. For that reason,
told her to make the child look as little as himself as possible
on the outside. That was why the majority of the traits Raven had
inherited from his father were those of skill and character. But
had finally gained the trust of the people now, and he promised
Raven that once this war was over he would be able to openly show
his affections. He also wanted to know if, when that time came,
Raven would accept him as his father. Raven replied that it would
be an honor.
VII: Chapters 9 & 10.5
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