and Jason returned to Caldora, continuing their rule with the
added challenge of healing the enmity between the North Forest and
the rest of the country. Nobody could dispute Jason’s
entitlement to the throne any longer, or even joke about his
unworthiness of it. This time around he had absorbed not only
Aloquin’s immortality, but also the fullness of his divine
essence – complete with all the powers of a god – making Jason
a true Dragon Twin and therefore the legitimate King of Caldora.
returning to the North Forest, Raven tracked down the forest
dragon that had briefly cost him his rank, killed it, skinned it,
and used its hide to make green dragon scale armor. Dragon scale
was the most durable kind of leather armor in existence, for it
was impervious to arrows and had the additional benefit of
protecting its wearer from poison. With that out of the way, Raven
followed in the footsteps of his father, leaving behind the way of
the fighter to pursue a life of love and serenity. Aurora and he
spent their carefree days frolicking in secluded forest glades
away from the company of others. As far as the two of them were
concerned, nothing else in the world mattered.
traveled to the West Forest and reunited with his beloved Shalaya,
Raven’s mother. She forgave him and gladly accepted his
invitation to leave the stuffy city of Nastra and journey to the
East Forest. There, they lived together in Lynn’s humble cave, a
joy to the land and each other.
Raven gone, Keramis resumed his leadership of the ancestral cave.
His defeat of Kranti, the second rank of the North Forest, caused
a shift in the order of the hierarchy: Raven retained his title of
first rank, but Keramis moved up to third rank and Lianna moved up
to fifth rank. Kentabri was promoted to second rank, for though he
was under Kranti in the hierarchy and should therefore have been
placed under Keramis, the elf graciously admitted that he would
not be able to defeat him. Keramis and Kentabri’s relationship
remained dubious and aloof, but there was no hostility between
Lianna could not bring herself to return to the North Forest – there
were too many nostalgia-inducing places and too many painful
memories for her there. Instead, she decided to get away from it
all and start fresh; take her mind off what had transpired by
immersing herself in the exotic cultures of the Lossi mainland.
She stayed in the Forestside Kingdom and made a living as a
Onedia, Sylvia, and Saillie…
and Sylvia returned to the Forestside Kingdom and met up with
Lakai. The populace was informed of their Queen’s true plans for
the country, of the war, and of the subsequent triumph of the
Caldorian forces. Their first reaction was to punish Onedia for
her crimes, but the goddess’ magical charms easily placated
their outrage so that they merely withdrew her right to throne.
learning of Lakai’s parentage, the people implored him to be
their new King, for he was a potent symbol of the first rebel
against Onedia’s tyranny – his father. Lakai had no wish to
take on such a demanding job. He was not meant for a stressful
city life; he yearned for the freedom of the wildwood, and he
longed for Saillie. Instead of assuming the throne, he offered to
use his psychic gifts to find a worthy King, figuring this was a
fitting way to honor the deaths of his parents. Lakai believed
Kadro to be the best choice, but he knew that the mercenary was a
free spirit and would surely pine away in misery if tied down to
one place. With that in mind, the boy appointed another man for
Onedia, and Sylvia trekked to the Enchanted Forest. Sylvia was
ready to give the role of Trickster Queen back to Onedia on the
condition that her body be exorcised of the trickster presence.
The tricksters kept her in a hellish state of undeath and all she
wanted was to finally die and be able to rest in peace. Lakai and
Saillie used their combined faery powers to banish the tricksters
from Sylvia’s body, allowing her soul to pass on to the
Overworld. Having done that, Lakai went back to Saillie’s
cottage, and there they lived happily together.
and Laurel had no memory of themselves under Onedia’s curse, but
with everything back to normal and the forest restored, they
quickly forgave their daughter for her transgressions – it was
hard to stay mad at Onedia.
left Iyutel by himself. The first thing he did was stop by Tsuna
and deliver a heartfelt apology to Neiruni and the rest of the
town in person. He then set his course towards the rising sun,
wandering out into the world to sort out his identity.
disappeared into the back alleys of Iyutel. The tricksters had swiftly merged with his
being, and he was not fully human anymore. In return for giving
him power they plagued him with nightmares and ate the fear from
his dreams. It was not long before
he felt their undeniable pull to return to the Enchanted Forest,
where he was instinctively led to the Unseelie Court and was taken
in by the Dark Sidhe.
returned to Nastra with his victorious army. He was praised as a
war hero throughout the West Forest and given great honors by the
Kanitezi himself. Weapons were taken away from the slaves and they
were put back to their pre-war tasks. But the commoners have been
given a taste of freedom, and they would not relinquish it easily.
Tensions between the classes grew.
sacrifice had indeed earned Yugashii’s favor. So impressed was
the war god that he came to her in person and offered to train
her, eventually making her his avatar. But that is another