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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on December 5th 2013, 2:36 pm
I'll try and finish an episode before my trip, FM. Wink

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on December 5th 2013, 2:39 pm
You have a very creative mind. You would make a good story writer for a Japanese RPG.

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on December 5th 2013, 2:43 pm
Thank you, Tsukoko! Very Happy

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CHROMAICORA ADVENTURES
Previous Episode: S04E05 The Turquoise and the Dracquan
Next Episode: S02E06 Midonian Outcast

Click here to see the Chromaicora Adventures Boxed Set

"That's CAPTAIN You Little Runt! Now go back to the brig, Deshway!"
-- Sven, Shell of Thal

Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on January 30th 2014, 4:23 pm
Episode 3: Bright Lights, Big Citadel
Spoiler:

Synopsis: Amethyst brings Zed to Stormshroud Academy, where she soon discovers that Alek, a former apprentice of her mentor’s and one of her dearest friends, has already become an academy master at the young age of 32! While catching up with one another, they soon discover that there are mysterious events happening all over the surrounding area. Could their origin be within the academy’s walls?

New characters

Alek - Amethyst’s closest friend and a former apprentice of her old mage mentor, he has apparently become the academy master of illusion at the youngest age on record. Alek is apparently causing needless destruction on the school and is dismissed. But did he do it?

Kendall - Alek’s apprentice and one of his brightest pupils, he is determined to find out more about these puzzling events around the academy, and to find out if his master truly is the culprit.

Laura - Kendall’s younger sister and quite the mage in her own right, she assists her brother and Zed in finding clues.

Zed’s Familiar - Zed manages to bond with a familiar of his own during this episode. What could it be?
There’s magic in them thar city!
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Outside Stormshroud Academy: Late Afternoon

Amethyst and Zed stand at the gate outside the prestigious Stormshroud Academy for Young Mages, an enormous campus nestled within Silveria City’s Mage’s District.

Amethyst: Here it is, Zed: Stormshroud Academy for Young Mages, the most prestigious magic college in all of Ornoposia.

Zed: It’s incredible…

Amethyst: Shall we enter?

Zed: Yes please!

Scene 2: Entrance Hall: Stormshroud Academy: Late Afternoon

The gigantic wooden doors swing open as Amethyst and Zed enter the main building. Zed marvels at the dark brown wooden architecture, which is carved into a number of intricate patterns and shapes.

Amethyst: I, too, marvelled at the architecture when I first came to this place.

Zed: It’s amazing…the attention to detail…it must have taken years to complete!

Amethyst: Indeed.

Male Voice: How did you enter this building?!

A man walks down the gigantic staircase and begins to head for Amethyst and Zed.

Man: Only students and faculty are able to enter this academy.

The man walks over to Amethyst. A smile spreads across his face.

Man: Of course, former students must know how to enter.

Amethyst smiles.

Amethyst: Alekzander Stormshroud. It has been too long.

Alekzander: Amethyst Moondew. It is good to see your sweet smile again.

Alekzander looks at Zed.

Alekzander: Is this your apprentice, Amethyst?

Amethyst: Indeed. This is Zed Starmute.

Alekzander: Good to meet you, Zed. Call me Alek. Everybody else does.

Zed: Good to meet you too.

Alek: Is there a reason you two have come here?

Amethyst: Well, I have just begun to teach Zed how to-

Voice: ALEK!

An elderly gentleman runs downstairs up to Alek.

Alek: What is the matter, Headmaster?

Headmaster: The drakes have escaped from the barn! They are running rampant around campus! They almost tackled the groundkeeper into the pool - and he cannot swim!

Alek: Then we must hurry! Amethyst? Zed? I could use your assistance.

Amethyst: We would be more than happy to assist!

Alek: Then let us go!

The three mages race out of the door.

Headmaster: Good luck to you all!

Alek: Thank you, Headmaster!

Headmaster: I certainly made the right choice by making him an academy master. Oh well, back to sorting paperwork.

The headmaster begins heading upstairs.

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OPENING CREDITS

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Scene 2: Stormshroud Academy: Late Afternoon

Amethyst, Zed and Alek walk into the entrance hall from outside.

Alek: I must say that was exhilarating! I have not had this much excitement for quite some time!

Amethyst: Indeed. Your skills have improved greatly since last we met.

Zed: I thought that would be more dangerous than it was.

Amethyst: Whatever do you mean?

Zed: Well, I thought we were going to be chasing gigantic lizards with sharp teeth and claws, not…ducks.

Alek laughs.

Alek: We would not be so careless as to keep reptilian drakes inside a wooden barn on campus grounds, Zed.

Zed: That’s a relief.

Alek: No no, we keep those inside the monster enclosure. That’s it, just over there.

Alek points to a metal building at a far corner of campus grounds, surrounded by a high, jagged-metal fence and a deep moat. Loud roars can be heard from within. Zed squeals.

Zed: Th-That’s less comforting.

Alek: Relax, Zed. No monster has escaped from there in thirty years. And even that was just a minor threat.

Zed: Really?

Alek: Oh, yes. All that dragon did was eat half the animals in the barn and destroy the left side of the dormitories. And the language he used was so…colourful, to say the least. I was two years old at the time, yet I still remember the incident vividly, so there is no need for concern.

A shocked look spreads across Zed’s face.

Amethyst: Uh…why don’t we head inside and have a good meal?

Zed: D-Dragons! I-In the sch-school…

Scene 3: Temple of Marilina: Late Afternoon

Mak, Emily and Bryn enter the Temple of Marilina, a shrine dedicated to Marilina Silverblade, a human paladin who was ascended and became an Astral Being. Bryn feels as though he is out-of-place.

Bryn: I don’t even revere Marilina. Why did you bring me here?

Mak: You know exactly why, Bryn.

Bryn: Oh, it’ll clear itself up eventually.

Mak: Are you absolutely sure?

Bryn: Well…not really, no.

Emily: Just speak with the High Priestess. She will do all she can to help.

Bryn: Fine…

Scene 4: Temple of Marilina: Late Afternoon

High Priestess: I am afraid there is nothing I can do.

Mak: But what about him?

High Priestess: It will clear up eventually.

Bryn: HA! What did I tell you?

Emily: We thank you, High Priestess.

Emily bows. The High Priestess bows right back.

High Priestess: May Marilina guide you on your journey.

Bryn: Well, this was a waste of time.

Mak: Visiting the Temple of Marilina is never a waste.

Bryn: I just hope my buddy Brocc is having the time of his life.

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Brocc is pursued through a deserted alley by two human thugs wielding big clubs.

Thug #1: I’ll teach you to sing like a screeching owlbear!

Brocc: I was just trying to entertain people!

Thug #1: Well it sounded like you were deliberately mocking our voices!

Thug #2: We’ll pound you, you no-good kid!

Brocc: Oh, Thobrun! Where did you go? I need you NOW!

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Mak: When is Brocc not having the time of his life?

Bryn: True…lucky duck.

Emily walks up to Mak and Bryn.

Emily: I must meditate and replenish my celestial magic.

Bryn: In that case we’ll look for the nearest nightclub.

Mak: Bryn! We are in a sacred temple!

Emily: Mak, please. The two of you should go and entertain yourselves. I will be quite a while.

Mak: Very well. We will be back here in two hours.

Emily smiles.

Emily: I look forward to it.

Mak smiles.

Mak: Okay, Bryn. Lead the way.

Bryn: With pleasure!

Scene 5: Stormshroud Academy: Late Night

Zed is asleep in bed. He is awoken by a small, bright blue orb of light hovering above his bed. The orb floats over to his door.

Zed: What the…?

Zed climbs out of bed, puts on his shirt and boots and makes his way over to the door, opening it. The orb floats out of the door and makes its way down the corridor. Zed follows it.

Scene 6: Stormshroud Academy: Late Night

The orb floats up to a door labelled “Familiar Studies”. Zed walks up to the door.

Zed’s thoughts: I can’t go in there at this time of night!

The door swings open. Zed looks down and sees what resembles a tiny blue dragon no taller than Zed’s shin on the ground.

Zed: A dragon?

Zed hears a familiar voice from within the room.

Voice: A nanodragon, actually. One of the most elusive creatures of all.

Zed: Oh, Alek.

Alek: Please, come in.

Zed: Okay.

Zed walks into the classroom. Inside are a number of white tables and grey chairs. Posters describing various creatures cover the walls. A counter runs along the back wall with five eggs nested on top of it. A large blackboard is mounted on the left wall with the words “Master Stormshroud” and “Familiar Studies” written on it in white chalk.

Alek: I apologise for disturbing your rest.

Zed: It’s fine.

Alek: Did you like my illusion?

Zed: That thing was a spell?

Alek: Indeed. Illusion is my specialty school of magic.

Zed. Oh.

Zed looks around the room.

Zed: Why am I here?

Alek: Tell me Zed, what was the first thing you noticed in this room?

Zed: Uh…the nanodragon. Why?

Alek: When a student is ready to choose his or her familiar, they must enter this room. It is almost certain that the first thing they notice will be one of the seven posters mounted on the wall. Each one depicts an animal well-suited for being a familiar.

The nanodragon climbs up onto Alek’s right shoulder, draping its tail over his left shoulder. It looks over at Zed and speaks with a masculine voice.

Nanodragon: The animal depicted on the poster is recommended to the student as his or her perfect match. The fact that you first noticed me and not one of the posters means that your perfect match may, in fact, not be any of the animals in question.

Zed: Oh…

Nanodragon: What was the next thing you noticed?

Zed: Uh…the eggs on the bench-top.

Alek: The eggs appear ordinary, with plain, beige shells, yet you took notice of them. Why is that?

Zed: I’m not sure. I just thought they looked cool.

Alek: Pick up the first egg that caught your eye.

Zed walks up to the eggs, which he notices appear somewhat bigger than a hen’s egg. He picks up the egg between the middle one and the right-hand one.

Alek: Now speak the bottom-most word on the blackboard.

Zed: Uh… “Familiar!”

The egg begins to glow, its shell turning a shimmering silver. The egg then stops glowing.

Alek: You have now bonded with your familiar, connecting you both for eternity.

Zed: My familiar is an egg?

Alek: For now, yes.

Zed: Interesting.

Alek: You should return to your room. I trust you need to rest some more.

Zed: It couldn’t hurt.

Alek: Good. I have some business to which I must attend. Goodnight, Zed.

Zed: Goodnight.

Zed leaves the room. Alek closes the door.

Zed: Okay, I have a nanodragon egg. Hey there, little guy.

Zed's thoughts: Look at me, I'm talking to an egg. I wonder when it will hatch...

A mysterious figure lurks in the darkness, watching as Zed heads back to his room. The figure is mostly obscured, with the only visible feature being one end of a quarterstaff with fuchsia-coloured ribbons wrapped around it.

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Spoiler:

Scene 7: Illusion Studies: Stormshroud Academy: Morning

Zed is seated at a desk in a classroom surrounded by a number of other students. Two male students of about seventeen years of age talk amongst themselves.

Student #1: Heh, get a load of the new guy!

Student #2: Yeah, what is he, a giantborn?

Student #1: Last I checked, giantborn were savage brutes. I didn’t know they could use magic.

Student #2: And he’s, like, fifty. Isn’t he a bit old to be starting magic classes?

The two young men snicker. A female student in her twenties scolds them.

Student #3: Enough! You two are worse than a couple of elboks!

Student #1: Whatever.

Student #2: Spoil-sport…

Alek walks into the classroom, his familiar perched on his shoulder.

Alek: Good morning, class.

Class: Good morning, Master Stormshroud.

Alek sits at his desk.

Alek: We have a new student joining us today. His name is Zed Starmute and he joins us all the way from-

Student #1: I think we know where he’s from, Master.

Student #2: (cocky tone) Yeah, all giantborn originated in Tundwaldun!

Zed: Tund…wahl…doon?

The student to Zed’s right, a male wolfborn, whispers to him.

Wolfborn: (I’ll explain later).

Zed: Thank you.

Alek: There are, in fact, several giantborn who live in Goldenia. But Zed is not a giantborn.

Student #2: So what is he, some oversized freak of nature?

Student #1: Ooh, nice one!

Alek: He is a human, just like the both of you.

Student #1: No kidding.

Alek: I am serious. And the two of you are wearing my patience.

Student #1: He’s really a human? Incredible…

Alek: I assure you it is quite true. Zed, why don’t you tell the class about yourself?

Zed: I’ll do my best.

Zed stands up and turns to face the class, clearing his throat.

Student #2: (mocking tone) Everybody quiet so the new guy can speak.

The female student hits the second student.

Student #2: Ow! Master Stor-

Alek points at the student, a stern look on his face. The student settles down.

Zed: Well, I don’t remember my full name, so I’ve been going by the name Zed. I don’t remember anything about my life up until just over a year ago when I wandered into a small town. An elven mage named Amethyst took me on as her apprentice, and-

Student #3: Excuse me for interrupting, but did you say you are the apprentice of Amethyst Moondew?!

Zed: Yep.

Student #3: Isn’t she your former associate, Master Stormshroud?

Alek: Indeed, and she is still one of my oldest and dearest friends.

Student #3: Then you must be quite the mage by now, Zed.

Zed: Well…I’m still mastering the basics.

Student #2: (mocking tone) What’s your favourite spell?

Zed: Prestidigitation.

Student #1: Well, we’d expect nothing less from a lowly cantripper!

The two bullies laugh loudly. Alek becomes angry.

Alek: That is it! Both of you, to the headmaster’s office!

Student #2: It was worth it.

The two students head to the door. The first one turns back and looks at Zed.

Student #1: I’ll be seeing you later, cantripper!

Alek: Out!

The students leave the classroom, closing the door behind them.

Alek: Right, now we may proceed with the lesson. Zed, if you have any questions, Kendall here-

Alek gestures to the wolfborn.

Alek: -will be able to assist you.

Student #3: I would be willing to assist also, Master Stormshroud.

Alek: Of course, Laura. I’m sure Zed will appreciate the aid.

Zed: Thank you.

Alek: Now, if you open your books to chapter three, page ten, we can continue our study on summoning phantasms…

Scene 8: Campus Grounds: Stormshroud Academy: Early Afternoon

Zed, Kendall and Laura sit on a bench underneath a tree.

Zed: …and then my hair turned blue!

Laura: (laughs) That must have been quite a shock for the store owner!

Zed: Mr. Newt? He was really startled! But at least then I knew I had some kind of arcane talent.

Kendall: Well, Laura and I are from a family which is devoted to the arcane arts.

Zed: You two are related?

Laura: Indeed. We are siblings.

Zed: Really? But…you’re a human and Kendall’s a wolfborn!

Kendall: Allow me to explain. We share the same mother, but our fathers are different. My father was a werewolf, and Laura’s is human.

Zed: Oh, that explains it.

Kendall: I still have fond memories of my father. He would always stand up for me when other children teased me about my lupine features. I remember we would go camping every summer, and on the night of the full moon we would sit on the cape and howl for hours. If anybody had lived there it would have driven them mad!

Zed: He sounds wonderful.

Kendall: He was…until one night, when he simply vanished.

Zed: Oh…

Kendall: We were told by the town guards that there was no trace of him, and that he may as well have been dead. I was distraught for months. Eventually my mother remarried. At first I was unsure, but eventually I grew to love my new father. Laura’s birth helped solidify my bond with him.

Laura: We are a very tight-knit family. The losses we’ve suffered have only brought us closer together.

Zed: I wish I could tell you about my family, but I can’t even remember my own name.

Laura: Oh, I’m sure you will remember eventually, Zed.

Zed: Maybe. Still, my new adventuring companions are like my surrogate family.

Kendall: That’s the spirit, Zed! Now, how about we proceed to the dining hall for some lunch?

Zed: Definitely!

Scene 9: Inside Stormshroud Academy: Early Afternoon

Zed, Laura and Kendall proceed towards the dining hall. Zed notices a glow coming from down a hallway.

Zed: What’s that?

Kendall: I don't know. We must be cautious.

Zed and Kendall begin to proceed down the hallway. Kendall turns back to face Laura.

Kendall: Are you coming?

Laura: Actually, Kent, I’ll stay here. I’ll leave the investigating to the master apprentices.

Kendall: Very well.

Zed and Kendall turn left into another hallway. They see a swath of destruction: paintings crooked, carpeting in shreds and furniture splintered and broken. Deep claw marks line the wooden walls.

Zed: What could have done this?

An eerie roar bellows from around the corner, and a gigantic, ghostly-blue monster emerges from the right-hand hallway staring straight towards Zed and Kendall. Zed begins to panic.

Kendall: What IS that thing?!

Zed: You mean you don’t know?

Kendall: I’ve never seen a creature like it!

The creature runs towards the two of them. Zed and Kendall cry out loud. Zed’s crystal lets out a bright blue glow which surrounds them both, scaring away the monster.

Zed: That was close…

Kendall: How did you do that?!

Zed: Huh? Oh, my crystal must have protected us.

Zed reaches into his shirt, pulling out the crystal and showing it to Kendall.

Kendall: Well, that is quite the artefact. It is lucky you possess it.

Zed: Yep. So…should we tell somebody about that creature?

Kendall: Yes. We should tell the headmaster.

Scene 10: Headmaster’s Office: Stormshroud Academy: Early Afternoon

The old man from earlier sits in a big, brown leather chair, its sides adorned with finely-sculpted golden dragons. He takes a sip from a teacup, then rests it in a saucer which he places on his desk. A knock sounds through the door.

Headmaster: Enter.

The heavy wooden door opens with a loud groan, and Zed and Kendall enter.

Kendall: Headmaster Stormshroud?

Headmaster: Ah, Kendall, please enter. Do sit down and help yourself to a biscuit.

Kendall: Thank you kindly, but unfortunately I am unable to eat chocolate.

Kendall and Zed sit on seats facing the headmaster.

Headmaster: Now, what may I do for you gentlemen?

Kendall: We’d like to report a sighting of a monster within the campus walls.

Headmaster: Oh no…the dragon hasn’t escaped from its enclosure again, has it?

A look of horror spreads across Zed’s face.

Kendall: Oh no, nothing like that.

Headmaster: Frightful creature. Off his rocker, don’t you know? He was part of the janitorial staff until he snapped. Now he spends his days cooped up in his cage hollering off swears like they’re going out of fashion.

Kendall: It’s a blue phantasm.

Headmaster: A blue phantasm?

Kendall: Yes, resembling an arbour beast, only much more fearsome. It has destroyed the hall under the main stairs.

Headmaster: Well, we will look into this matter right away. In the meantime, why not head to the dining hall for a spot of lunch? It’s Stew Tuesday today. A nice bit of braised drake with fresh vegetables…delicious!

Kendall: Thank you, Headmaster.

Zed and Kendall leave the office, closing the door behind them.

Zed: Now when he says “drake”, does he mean duck?

Kendall: Uh…oh, look! There’s Laura!

Zed: Where? I don’t see-

Kendall: Downstairs just under our feet.

Zed: How did you know that?

Kendall: Wolfborn have an acute sense of hearing.

Zed: Oh. Nice!

Kendall heads down the hallway, with a bemused Zed following closely behind.

Scene 11: Alek’s Office: Stormshroud Academy: Evening

Amethyst and Alek sit on a couch in Alek’s office, reminiscing about their respective times serving as apprentices to their mage master.

Amethyst: …and then he singed his eyebrows!

Alek: Oh, that sure sounds like him!

Amethyst: They took years to grow back. There were still bald patches by the time I completed my apprenticeship!

Alek: I noticed them when he first accepted me as his new apprentice. He gave me a quizzical expression which seemed to read, “Why on Junihoshi are you staring at me like that, boy?”

Amethyst: And what happened next?

Alek: He asked me, “Why on Junihoshi are you staring at me like that, boy?

The two friends laugh.

Amethyst: Oh, he was a quirky individual, wasn’t he?

Alek wipes a tear from his eye with a gloved finger.

Alek: Which only added to his charm.

Amethyst: Indeed.

Amethyst and Alek make eye contact.

Amethyst: It is so good to catch up with you again, Alekzander.

Alek: And you as well, old friend.

Three city guards burst into the office.

Guard #1: Alekzander Stormshroud?

Alek: Yes?

The other two guards approach Alek.

Guard #1: You are under arrest for extensive damages to Stromshroud Academy by way of a conjured illusory beast.

The guards grab Alek’s hands and bind them together with handcuffs.

Alek: May I ask why you believe this to be so?

Guard #2: Two students reported the destruction to Headmaster Eugolelias Stormshroud, who also claimed to have seen a bright blue illusion being controlled by an individual matching your description.

Alek: But…I did no such atrocity!

Guard #3: Come on, you can plead your case back at the precinct.

The guards pull Alek from the room.

Alek: Amethyst! Find Kendall and let him know what has happened!

The guards close the doors. Amethyst stands staring at them in a state of mild shock.

To be Continued...

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End Credits[/i].
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Episode 4: The Shrouding Storm
Spoiler:

Scene 12: Amethyst’s Quarters: Stormshroud Academy: Night

Amethyst sits in her room, trancing. A knock sounds through the door, and Amethyst awakens.

Amethyst: Please enter.

The door opens and Alek walks in. Amethyst gasps, an expression of surprise on her face.

Amethyst: Alekzander!

Alek: Pardon the intrusion. Were you trancing?

Amethyst: I was, but it was not the most restful trance.

Amethyst looks at Alek.

Amethyst: Explain what happened, if you please.

Alek: Well, the guards charged me with mindless vandalism, threw me in the slammer…

Amethyst: Yes?

Alek: …and then Kendall and Zed paid for my bail.

Amethyst: Oh, that is good news. But surely you mustn’t have caused that destruction. It isn’t in your nature.

Alek: You are correct. However…

Amethyst: Yes?

Alek: Several eyewitnesses reported seeing me conjure an illusory beast. Zed and Kendall claimed that they encountered such a beast in the hallway beneath the main stairs.

Amethyst: Then we must find the true culprit.

Alek: Amethyst…I’ve…I’ve been dismissed from the academy.

Amethyst: What?! But…you’re innocent!

Alek: Indeed. That is why it is up to you, and Kendall and Zed, to find the true culprit.

The door bursts open.

Kendall: You can count on us!

Alek: Kendall?! How long have the two of you been standing there?!

Kendall: Not long, master! Ready to be a detective, Zed?

Zed: Yeah! We’ll be just like Shirley!

Kendall: Who?

Zed shrugs.

Zed: I dunno. It just popped into my head.

Kendall: I see…

Alek: I am counting on you. Together, you should be able to find out who did this.

Amethyst: We will not let you down.

Zed’s thoughts: Really? Shirley? I need to control my quirkiness a little better…

Scene 13: A Lush Paradise: Late Morning

Brocc lies on a deckchair on a tropical beach, sipping a fruity beverage.

Brocc: Ah! This is the life. Who’da thunk that I, Brocc Verdann Farshot, would propel to super-stardom as the greatest singer in the world? I have my own private hotel in Euroria, for crying out loud!

The picture zooms out to show a ridiculously-massive hotel in the background behind Brocc, with a green neon sign reading “Brocc Hotel”.

Brocc: Where’s that hot towel I ordered?

Voice: Hot towel for you, sir?

Brocc turns to face Mak dressed in nothing but underwear, cufflinks and a bowtie, a towel draped over his arm.

Brocc: Thank you, butle-WHOA! For the love of Gnomsland my homeland, put some clothes on or something!

A gigantic wave splashes over Brocc.

Brocc: GAH! I’m soaked! This outfit cost me 500 gold! It’s ruined!


Water splashes onto Brocc again, causing him to stir.

Brocc: Ungh…500 gold…

Voice: Oh, thank goodness! I thought you’d never awaken!

Brocc looks up and sees a beautiful young woman standing over him.

Brocc (charismatic): Well, I’m feeling much better, thanks to your helpful assistance.

Girl: Oh, that is good news. Please, come back to my place and I’ll give you a good breakfast.

Brocc (charismatic): Oh, rescue AND breakfast? You’re really being too generous. We should…let our emotions blossom first. But if you insist…

Girl: Oh, I do insist. My new husband is a fantastic chef.

Brocc (charismatic): Well, that is rather…uh…d-did you say “husband”?

The girl smiles.

Girl: Oh, yes. I’m sure he’d be happy to cook a meal for a poor, hungry boy such as yourself.

A blank expression quickly emerges on Brocc’s face.

Brocc: Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-

Girl: Are…you okay, young man?

Brocc: Fine! Just fine! I…just remembered I have some business to take care of!

Girl: Oh…we do have a toilet…

Brocc: That’s fine! Thank you for your help. Bye!

Brocc dashes away.

Girl: What an unusual boy. Now how will I spread word-of-mouth about the restaurant? Oh well, I’ll just give the 500 gold to charity instead.

Scene 14: Stormshroud Academy: Late Morning

Kendall sniffs the air in the ruined hallway.

Kendall: It’s definitely illusory…though I can hardly work out how such a creature could be manifested in a physical form.

Zed: Maybe a combination evocation-illusion spell?

Kendall turns to face Zed.

Kendall: That is brilliant! How did you come up with that?

Zed: What?

Kendall: A fusion of evocation and illusion magic could theoretically result in an illusory monster being able to cause needless destruction.

Zed: Oh.

Kendall: And whilst it is true that Master Stormshroud specialises in the school of illusion, he has trouble performing evocations. Therefore, it narrows down to two possibilities: either Master Stormshroud has been lying for years, and can in fact combine both schools into a single powerful form of magic, or…

Laura runs up to the two “detectives”.

Laura: There you are! Zed, there is a matter of-

Kendall (raised voice): MASTER STORMSHROUD WAS FRAMED!

An elderly woman walks down the hallway.

Woman: Shh!

Kendall: My apologies, ma’am.

Zed: Isn’t that the librarian?

Kendall: Indeed it is.

Zed: Huh. Now, you wanted something, Laura?

Laura: You must come with me, Zed. It is a matter of urgency.

Zed: It is?

Laura: Indeed. A bright light is emanating from your room.

Zed: A bright light? That could mean…MY EGG IS HATCHING!

The librarian walks past again.

Librarian: Shh!

Zed (soft voice): Sorry…

Laura: Wait, who’s watching the library?

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The two bullies run around the library throwing books at each other.

Bully #1: Hey, Kel! Have a taste of My First Alchemy!

The bully throws a childrens’ book at Kel. Kel dodges it and picks up another book.

Kel: Oh yeah, Ned? Why not try Cantrips for Beginners!

Kel throws the book at Ned. Ned fires a magic missile at it, destroying it.

Ned: Haha! Take THAT, cantrips!

Alek’s voice: NEDFORD AND KELBORT! COME HERE AT ONCE!

Ned and Kel sheepishly walk over to Alek.

Ned: We’re sorry, Master Stormshroud.

Kel: It won’t happen again.

Alek: You’re absolutely right about that! Now come with me.

Ned: But-

Alek’s eyes glow bright blue.

Alek (angry tone): Now!

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Kendall: I’m sure it’s fine.

Laura: Zed! We must hurry.

Zed: Agreed!

Scene 15: Zed’s Dormitory: Stormshroud Academy: Late Morning

The egg rests on a table, glowing brightly. Zed walks in and runs over to it.

Zed: My egg!

Laura: What is happening?

Zed: I have no idea!

Laura: Should we get an instructor to help?

Zed: It won’t work. Alek’s the only one who can help, and he’s not here at the moment.

Zed’s irises begin to glow with a soft, cyan light. Zed slowly moves his hand towards the egg.

Laura: Z-Zed? What are you…what are you doing?

Zed does not respond. As his hand approaches the egg, his crystal begins to glow brightly. Laura watches as Zed’s hand touches the egg, causing a column of light to erupt from it. Zed pulls his hand away, and the shell shatters, sending lumps of silver scattering across the table. The light from the egg dissipates, revealing a tiny, silver nanodragon coiled up on the table. The nanodragon lifts its head, opens its wings and stands to face Zed.

Laura: This is astonishing! I’ve never witnessed such an event!

Nanodragon (telepathy): What name do you choose for me?

Zed speaks the name of his choice, his voice echoed and distorted in an almost-otherworldly tone.

Zed (distorted voice): Argen!

Zed’s irises and crystal return to normal. A puzzled look appears on Zed’s face.

Zed: What happened? I must’ve zoned out or something.

Laura: Your egg…it…

Zed: My egg hatched? Sweet!

Argen: I am your familiar, Argen. We are now as one, Zed.

Zed: Hi, Argen!

Laura: Not once have I witnessed a nanodragon familiar being born…until now.

Zed: I’m just upset that I missed it…and yet, I don’t really think I did.

Argen: Never mind. There’s probably loads of things for us to see in future.

Zed: Yep.

Kendall runs into the room.

Kendall: Laura! Zed! And…uh…

Zed: This is Argen.

Argen: Hi!

Kendall: Greetings. Uh…oh! Yes! You must hurry!

Laura: For what reason?

Kendall: It’s Ned and Kel! They are…please, just come!

Zed: Ned and Kel?

Laura: The two individuals who insulted you in class yesterday.

Zed: Really? They insulted me?

Laura: They called you…”cantripper”. I’m so sorry!

Zed: Really? That’s an insult? I just thought they were making a joke.

A quizzical look appears on Kendall and Laura’s faces. Kendall shrugs it off.

Kendall: Look, please, just hurry!

Kendall’s wolf features become more prominent. He howls as he races out the door.

Laura: Wait for us!!

Laura begins to run to the door. Argen flies up to Zed’s right shoulder.

Zed: How were your first two minutes of life?

Argen: Awesome! It’s like an adventure or something!

Zed: Get used to it. I think this is your life now, buddy.

Argen: Sweet!

Zed and Argen race out the door, forgetting to close it behind them. The mysterious figure from before slips into the room from the opposite side of the hallway. She has bright pink hair tied into ponytails, bluish eyes, and somewhat revealing pink shugenja attire. She checks around the room, picking up a piece of eggshell. She examines it closely, then puts it into a pouch at her waist.

Girl: Perfect.

The girl sneaks back out of the room, disappearing down the same direction of the hallway.

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Spoiler:

Scene 16: Headmaster’s Office: Stormshroud Academy: Early Afternoon

Headmaster Stormshroud sits in his chair, reading a heavy book. The doors suddenly burst open, revealing Ned and Kel.

Headmaster: What in the world are you two doing?!

Ned and Kel’s eyes flash bright blue once. The two students walk over to Headmaster Stormshroud and hold him down by the shoulders.

Headmaster: Unhand me at once!

Alek’s Voice: Oh, I think we can arrange that.

Alek walks into the office and approaches the desk.

Headmaster: Alekzander! I thought I dismissed you!

Alek: Oh, you did, and I’m wallowing in my own self-pity at The Arbour Beast tavern.

Headmaster: What nonsense are you babbling?

Alek: Nonsense?

Headmaster: Indeed! How can you be in a tavern if you are standing right here?

Alek: You honestly fail to recognize me?

Headmaster Stormshroud’s eyes widen.

Headmaster: No! No, it cannot be! It simply cannot be!

Alek: And yet, it is. Now, we shall begin…

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Zed, Laura and Kendall head towards Headmaster Stormshroud’s office. They hear him cry out and race inside. Alek has his arm outstretched, his hand glowing with blue energy and aimed at Headmaster Stormshroud, who is suspended in mid-air. Ned and Kel stand nearby, their faces lacking in expression. Kendall snarls at Alek.

Kendall: Master? What are you doing?!

Alek loses concentration, dropping Headmaster Stormshroud.

Laura: “Feather Fall!”

Laura points her wand at Headmaster Stormshroud, who gently floats to the ground.

Headmaster: Oh, dear me!

Alek slowly turns to face Kendall.

Alek: Ah, Kendall. Kendall, Kendall, Kendall…whatever am I to do with you?

Kendall: It WAS you! YOU caused all this!

Alek: Of course I did!

Laura: But…why?

Alek: Does there need to be a reason?

Everybody stares at Alek.

Alek: Oh, fine. I’ll explain. I…uh…wanted to rule the academy! Yes, that’s it!

Headmaster: You’ll pay for this, L-

Alek turns to face Headmaster Stormshroud.

Alek: “Silence!”

Headmaster Stormshroud loses the ability to speak.

Alek: Now, where were we? Ah, yes. I’ve been coveting the top spot for a very long time. Longer than anybody can imagine. Longer than any of you have been alive.

Kendall: But Zed and I are only a few years younger than you.

Alek: Then I’ve been coveting it since I was a baby!

Alek looks at Zed.

Alek: Zed? Oh…

Alek continues to stare at Zed.

Alek: Yes…I sense much potential in you. You, who are not what you claim to be. You have the potential to do great things. As my apprentice, I can make that happen. What say you, Zed?

Zed: Uh…but I already have an instructor.

Alek: So be it. As for the rest of you…

Alek holds his hand in the air, enveloping Kendall and Laura in a blue light. Their eyes flash once, and their expressions disappear.

Alek: You will now serve my purpose. Now, capture the cantripper for me, won’t you?

Thralls: Catch the cantripper…

Zed: What?!

The enthralled mages slowly walk over to Zed.

Thralls (repeated): Catch the cantripper…catch the cantripper…

Zed pulls out his wand.

Zed: “Sleep!”

Alek: “Dispel!”

Zed’s spell fizzles out.

Zed: Forget this!

Zed runs out of the room, heading for Amethyst’s quarters.

Scene 17: Temple of Marilina: Early Afternoon

Brocc stumbles into the temple, gasping for air.

Brocc: I…think I…lost…those…dogs…

Priestess: Oh, welcome to the Temple of Marilina. May I offer you our services?

Brocc: Oh…I don’t…I don’t think…you can…help…I…revere…Sbenmor…Glinkle…gom…

Priestess: Oh, nonsense! The Temple of Marilina welcomes all. Now, come with me.

Emily: Oh, Brocc! Whatever happened to you?

Brocc: Bad song…thugs…dogs…drakes…five…hundred…gold…

Emily: I will take him off your hands, if you please.

Priestess: Of course, sister. By all means.

Emily and the priestess bow to each other. The priestess calmly walks away. Emily turns back to Brocc.

Emily: Now, let’s get you healed, and you can tell me all about your city-wide escapades.

Bryn pokes his head around the corner.

Bryn: Uh…Ems?

Emily: Yes, Bryn?

Bryn: Our fearless leader wants to see you.

Emily: Okay, I will be there shortly.

Bryn: No prob.

Bryn disappears back around the corner.

Emily: I will have to hear your tale later, Brocc.

Emily bows and walks away.

Brocc: But…you didn’t…heal me yet…

Priest: Oh, my word! You poor young man! Please, come with me at once!

Brocc: I’m…not young…I’m…a…a…

Priest: Now, now, don’t be shy. I will heal your wounds.

The priest ushers Brocc away from his spot.

Brocc: But…but…

Scene 18: The Arbour Beast Tavern: Mid Afternoon

Alek sits in a chair in the tavern, drinking a mug of water. Two men at a nearby table talk amongst themselves.

Man #1: Did you hear? Stormshroud Academy’s been attacked by an evil spellcaster!

Man #2: Oh well, it was bound to happen sometime.

Alek groans.

Man #1: Apparently, he had a bronze dragon with him. I’m surprised it didn’t just destroy the school!

Man #2: No, no, no…it was a bronze nanodragon! It was tiny enough to perch on his left shoulder.

Alek: A bronze nanodragon? No…it can’t be…

Man #1: Funny to think, innit? A dragon on a human’s shoulder.

The man looks at Alek, noticing the blue nanodragon perched on his right shoulder.

Man #1: Oh, just like his!

Alek swallows the last mouthful and stands up.

Alek: Sorry, I’d love to stay and chat, but I have a school to save.

Alek walks swiftly out of the tavern. The two men turn to face each other again.

Man #2: Far as I’m concerned, the education system today’s beyond saving. All this newfangled learning and all that.

Man #1: Agreed.

The two men grunt and nod once, before taking a mouthful from their mugs.

Scene 19: Amethyst’s Quarters: Stormshroud Academy: Mid Afternoon

Amethyst sits in a chair reading a book. A frantic knock sounds through the door.

Amethyst: Oh, please enter!

The door suddenly swings open and Zed races inside, closing and locking the door behind him.

Amethyst: Oh, Zed! Is something the matter?

Zed: Alek’s gone berserk! He’s turned the others into thralls! And now he’s coming after me!

Amethyst: Calm down, Zed!

Zed calms down and takes a deep breath, then exhales.

Amethyst: Now, please calmly tell me what has happened.

Zed: Well-

The door suddenly bursts open, revealing Kendall, Laura, Ned and Kel.

Thralls (continuous): Catch the cantripper…

The thralls approach Zed. Zed starts to panic again.

Alek’s Voice: That’s enough. Well done, you caught the cantripper!

Alek walks into the room.

Alek: Have you had time to consider my offer, Zed?

Amethyst: Who are you?!

Alek: Why, it’s me, Amethyst, your beloved friend Alek.

Amethyst: You are not Alek! You are an imposter!

Alek: Of course I'm Alek. Remember all the adventures we shared?

Amethyst: I know my friend, and he would never perform such an atrocious act!

“Alek” slowly shifts to a stern emotion.

“Alek”: So you’ve figured it all out, have you?

Amethyst: Who are you?

“Alek” begins to pace back and forth.

“Alek”: You know that many things have an opposite, two sides to every coin, if you will.

Amethyst: Of course, it is one of the guiding principles of the spellcaster.

“Alek” turns his head to look at Amethyst as he continues to pace.

“Alek”: Well, I am Alek’s opposite. His…”evil twin”, if you wish to use that cliché.

Amethyst: I had no idea that Alekzander had a brother.

“Alek”: Well, now you do. Aren’t you lucky, dear Amethyst?

“Alek” stops pacing and stands facing Amethyst, carefully examining her.

“Alek”: Ah, it seems that Alek is not the only one to have kept a secret. It seems that you are hiding a very big secret, Amethyst…if that even is your real name!

Amethyst: Of course it is my real name!

“Alek”: Then tell us, what are you hiding?

Amethyst: I have nothing to divulge to you.

“Alek”: So you are hiding something, then? Go on, tell me. I won’t tell anybody, I swear.

Alek’s voice: Leave her alone, brother!

A smile spreads across the imposter’s face.

Imposter: Ah, brother! At last you have graced us with your presence!

The imposter spins to face Alek.

Imposter: Alekzander. Always a pleasure to see your face.

Alek: Hello, Lillian.

Lillian (childish tone): Shut up! Don't tell them my real name!

Alek crosses his arms.

Alek: Why did you do it, brother?

Lillian: Isn’t it obvious? You always got the royal treatment! You were offered a position as illusion master, a title I should have received! YOU STOLE MY POSITION IN THE ACADEMY!

Alek: You could have been master of evocation.

Lillian: Of course I could have, if evocation was my strong suit! But like you, illusion is my strongest class. We both wanted that position. After all, we’re the same in that regard, aren’t we…brother?

Alek sighs.

Alek: We were once so alike, you and I. Our skills in illusion were so alike that we often pretended to be each other. But we became unique individuals, and we are now so very different that it’s easy to tell us apart.

Lillian: Nonetheless, I will conquer this school, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Alek sighs again, and holds up his hand.

Lillian: What are you doing?

Alek: Forgive me, brother…

Alek’s hand and eyes glow, and Lillian snaps into a trance. The enthralled students snap out of their state.

Kendall: Ungh…what happened?

Alek: My brother tried to conquer the school and make you his thralls. I placed him in a trance until he is dealt with by the authorities.

The headmaster runs into the room.

Headmaster: Amethyst! I-

The headmaster looks at everybody.

Headmaster: Oh. So…

Alek: Indeed, it is all over.

Headmaster: Very well, then.

Scene 20: En Route to the Eastern Gate: Silveria City: Early Morning

The team heads through the city on their way to the next adventure.

Mak: So this…Lillian guy is Alek’s evil twin brother?

Amethyst: Indeed.

Bryn: Hahahaha! "Lillian!"

Amethyst: He also tried to sway Zed over to his cause.

Thobrun: It didn’t tempt ye, lad?

Zed: Of course not. No way would I serve a creep like him!

Amethyst: Fortunately, he is safely locked inside a magic-proof cell. There is no way he can escape.

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A guard sleeps outside a cell, a ring of keys at his waist. A tiny bronze nanodragon sneaks over to the keys and carefully snatches them, taking them back to the cell. It drops the keys into Lillian’s open hand.

Lillian: Thank you, incompetent guard, for this wonderful gift.

A cruel smile spreads across Lillian’s face.

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Thobrun: That’s a relief. So I’ve been meaning to ask ye, lad. What’s with the dragon on yer shoulder?

Zed: Oh, Argen?

Argen: I’m Zed’s familiar. Nice to meet you all.

Bryn: He…has your personality. That’s…weird.

Amethyst: Actually, it is common for intelligent familiars to take on aspects of their master’s traits.

Bryn: You mean that streak of green fur on the cat’s back isn’t fungus?

Brocc: HEY! Tabby has a luscious coat! Her fur is an extension of my own…hair.

Bryn: Keep telling yourself that, Brocc.

The group laughs.

Scene 21: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

The pink-haired girl approaches the throne of the mysterious woman. She holds out her hand, revealing the piece of silver eggshell she collected earlier.

Girl: Mistress, I have brought you a gift.

Woman: You have done well, Kara. Now, you may prepare for your journey.

Girl: It is my honour to serve you, Mistress.

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End Credits

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on February 2nd 2014, 11:26 pm
Great episode my Australian mate! Wink

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on February 3rd 2014, 2:22 am
Why thank you, my friend from two opposite hemispheres (Northern<>Southern and Eastern<>Western)! I hope other members enjoy it as well. Smile

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on February 9th 2014, 12:44 am
Episode 5: Call of the Wild and Trained
Spoiler:

Synopsis: The Crystalbound are confronted by two individuals who wish to take them to their “mistress”. After a short confrontation, the party is assisted by Erik, a fellow adventurer, and his companions. The two groups agree to journey together to the next town, but the only way there is through a dangerous cave. Zed is both excited and terrified to visit his first dungeon, but Mak and Bryn suspect the expedition to be a trap. What exactly is Erik’s party hiding?

New Characters

Erik Woodhollow – An adventuring spellsword, Erik takes an interest in the Crystalbound, offering to lead them through the Giant Muddvak’s Cave, but is he hiding something?

Hop, Skip and Jump – Erik’s companions are a little bit odd, that much is clear, but what is their true purpose?

Trent and Kara – These two individuals repeatedly torment the Crystalbound, trying to capture them and take them to their “Mistress”. Will they succeed?
“We’re going into a dungeon?!”
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Campsite: Pre-Dawn

Zed tosses and turns on his multi-layered bedroll inside his tent. He opens his eyes, pushes down his blanket and sits up, rubbing his eyes and groaning.

Zed: Ngh…what time is it?

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Zed exits his tent wearing his shirt, pants and boots. Mak sits on a fallen log next to the fire, poking it with a stick. He turns his head in Zed’s direction.

Mak: You’re up early.

Zed: I keep having those dreams.

Mak: The white dragon again?

Zed: Yep.

Mak: I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

Zed: I hope so.

Zed sits to Mak’s left and notices black smudge marks on him. He holds his hand towards the orcborn.

Zed (soft tone): “Prestidigitation!”

The smudge marks, as well as the sweat on Mak’s brow, disappear.

Mak: You gotta teach me how to do that.

Zed: That or how to make the perfect sandwich?

Mak: Okay, your sandwiches are good. I think I’ll stick with my gut.

Zed: Done.

Amethyst emerges from her tent.

Amethyst: My spells are prepared for the day.

Zed: Oh, I knew I forgot something! Be right back!

Zed enters his tent. Amethyst sits to Mak’s right and looks at the sky in front of them. The horizon is lined with pink.

Amethyst: The sun will rise soon.

Mak: I’ll start preparing breakfast then.

A silhouette of a large bear watches the campsite through the trees.

Amethyst: What will we be eating for breakfast, Master Chef Makkmak?

Mak: I was thinking trail ration surprise. The surprise is those eggs I found back in Silveria City.

Amethyst: That sounds positively delectable.

The bear’s eyes glow bright green, before it turns and disappears back into the woods, stepping on a twig as it does so. Amethyst is alerted to the noise and turns to face behind her.

Amethyst: Did you hear that?

Mak: Hear what?

Amethyst: I am certain I heard a noise.

Mak: It was probably a badger or something.

Amethyst: I am sure you are right.

Zed’s Voice: Um, Amethyst?

Amethyst: Yes, Zed?

Zed’s Voice: I’m having trouble choosing between feather fall and expeditious retreat. Which do you suggest?

Amethyst: For today, I suggest expeditious retreat.

Argen’s Voice: And Mak?

Mak: Yes, Little Guy?

Argen: Which sandwich filling do you suggest? Chicken or duck?

Mak: Uh…I have no idea.

Argen: Good, cause we have neither chicken nor duck. Also bread.

Mak: That’s fine, we can buy supplies in the next town. Then you can have all the sandwiches you want.

Argen: I don’t eat food. Zed eats food which, in turn, nourishes me. It’s kinda like I’m an extra appendage, except I’m more like a soulbound companion and not an extra appendage.

Mak: That’s great.

Mak turns to face Amethyst.

Mak: Kids.

Scene 2: Woodland: Pre-Dawn

The bear walks up to Trenton and the pink-haired girl. It roars loudly.

Trenton: My animal companion has located the Crystalbound.

Girl: Excellent. Soon, our Mistress will have them in her court. Shall we strike now, Trent?

Trent: Not yet, Kara. First we must wait for them to begin travelling. Then, we make our move.

Kara: Very well.

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The mysterious woman watches her lackeys through a mirror suspended in mid-air in front of her throne.

Woman: Yes, that’s right. Bide your time, and then strike. Soon, Amethyst, Mak and all their little friends will be mine. After all this time I will at last have my revenge.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 3: En Route to the Next Town: Morning

The party walks along a path through an open woodland. Zed notices a group of five creatures nearby. They have large, rotund bodies covered in short brown fur, three blunt ridges running across their back, four short, stubby limbs with no toes or claws, a gigantic, bulbous tail and a giant mouth filled with blunt, triangular teeth. Their eyes are not clearly visible. The creatures eat plants which are on the ground.

Zed: Whoa, what are those?

Amethyst: They are muddvaks, gentle herbivores who live in woodlands and open plains.

Zed: I think they look incredible.

Amethyst: Oh, I assure you they are quite real.

The smallest muddvak notices the adventurers and runs up to them. Despite being a baby it still stands almost as tall as Bryn and Brocc.

Brocc: Aw, isn’t it cute? Hey there, little guy!

The baby muddvak makes squeaky noises. It lets out a roar which sounds more like a loud, extended squeal.

Brocc: Aw, it thinks it’s all grown up!

Emily: Baby animals are so cute.

Brocc: Oochie-woochie-woo! Oochie-woochie-boochie-coochie-

Bryn: Eh, I can take or leave it.

Emily: Bryn? How can you resist such an adorable creature?

Brocc: He hates children.

Bryn: Of course I don’t hate children! I…I just…(mumbles).

Brocc: What was that?

Bryn: I’m scared of muddvaks, alright?

Some of the party members gasp. Brocc bursts out laughing.

Brocc: Oh, that’s fantastic! Finally, after all this time I can tease YOU about YOUR fears!

Bryn: Excuse me, but I’m not the one who’s afraid of toast.

Zed: Toast?

Brocc: I explained why I’m afraid of toast.

Bryn: I believe your words were “I don’t know”.

Brocc: That’s a perfectly valid reason.

Bryn: And then there’s your fear of bubbles, your fear of moustaches, your fear of people using the word “phantasm”…

Brocc: HEY! Don’t say that word!

Bryn: Phantasm! Phantasm! Phantasm!

Thobrun: Okay, give it a rest, the two o’ ye.

Bryn: Fine…phantasm.

Brocc: He said it again! You heard him!

An adult muddvak notices the baby away from the herd and lets out a roar. The baby notices and runs back to the herd. Bryn lets out a big breath.

Bryn: Phew, that’s a relief.

Suddenly, a big bear with light brown fur and dark brown stripes runs from the trees and faces the group.

Bryn: Oh, come on!

Brocc: What’s wrong? Afraid of anything big, brown and hairy?

Bryn: Yes, as a matter of fact, I am!

Brocc: Does that include Thobrun?

Bryn: Well…

Brocc: Hahahaha! You’re afraid of Thobrun!

Thobrun: I didnae think I was scary!

Bryn: Can we please just deal with the bear?!

Trent runs from the trees and joins the bear, standing and facing the party.

Trent: At last, we have found you.

Kara lands silently behind the party, causing them to spin around.

Kara: You must come with us.

Mak: And who exactly are you?

Trent: We are servants of a great sorceress. She has requested an audience with you.

Mak: And who exactly is this sorceress?

Kara: We have been informed not to reveal her identity.

Mak: Then we must politely decline her invitation.

Trent: Oh no, you misinterpret. It is no invitation. We are to bring you to her no matter your decision.

Mak: I see. Then may we prepare for our journey?

Trent: Of course.

Mak: You heard the guy. Everybody prepare.

The party draw their weapons and implements.

Trent: You threaten us?

Mak: I believe you’re the ones who made the initial threat.

Trent: I have no desire to harm any of you, but if it is a fight you wish, then it is a fight you shall have.

Trent makes a grunting sound. The bear runs up to Mak and swats him with his paw, knocking him to the ground.

Emily: Mak!

Mak: You just made a big mistake, pal!

Mak leaps to his feet and runs towards Trent, his sword ready to be swung. Whilst Mak is focused on Trent, Kara runs over to Emily and trips her up, causing Mak to become distracted.

Mak: Emily! Are you alright?!

Amethyst: Watch out, Mak!

Mak: Huh?

Trent points his staff at Mak, and a wave of green energy releases from it and engulfs Mak, inflicting pain and causing him to drop his sword.

Mak: YEAAAAH!

Kara stands over Emily, pinning her to the ground with her foot.

Kara: I thought you would be more of a challenge than this.

Emily: My role is more supportive, but that doesn’t mean I am entirely without defenses!

Emily holds up her hand, releasing a beam of bright light which washes over Kara, sending her stumbling backwards.

Kara: So bright!

Emily stands up and faces Kara. Mak, meanwhile, stands facing Trent, panting heavily.

Mak: Why are you doing this? What could some random spellcaster want with us?

Trent: Unfortunately I cannot tell you that.

Mak: Then why are you attacking us?

Kara: You drew your weapons first. We merely defended ourselves.

Mak points to Trent.

Mak: But YOU made the first strike!

Trent: You are…correct. I am a disgrace to my guild.

Trent approaches Mak and holds up his hand.

Mak: What are you doing?

Bright green light engulfs Trent’s hand. He places it onto Mak’s chest, repairing his injuries. He pulls his hand away, and the light stops glowing.

Mak: Okay, now I’m confused.

Trent: I am a druid, a priest of nature. I am able to call on Naturia’s might to assist me in battle, and to defend the bounty of nature itself. But I am also able to heal.

Mak: That’s…not why I’m confused.

Kara: We wish you no harm. All we want is to take you to our Mistress.

Amethyst: If we go with you, you assure that no harm will come to us?

Trent: You have our word.

Amethyst and Mak face each other. Mak turns to face Trent.

Mak: Very well.

Trent: Good. We leave shortly.

Thobrun speaks softly to Amethyst.

Thobrun: Are ye sure we can trust these people?

Amethyst: They are clearly not evil. Therefore, there is a chance that their Mistress is also not evil.

Thobrun: I know, but they attacked us.

Amethyst: To be fair, we were the first to draw our weapons.

Thobrun: I suppose…

Amethyst: They gave their word that no harm would befall us.

Thobrun: You don’t suppose their Mistress…

Amethyst: Of that I cannot be certain.

Thobrun: But there’s still a chance?

Amethyst pauses.

Amethyst: All will be well.

Thobrun: I certainly hope so, Amethyst.

Amethyst’s thoughts: As do I, dear Thobrun…

Scene 4: En Route to an Undisclosed Location: Late Morning

The party walks along a road through the open woodland, with Kara in front and Trent and the bear following behind. Bryn turns to look at the bear, which roars at him. A look of fear spreads across his face and he turns away.

Mak: So how far away is…wherever we’re going?

Kara: It is quite far.

Mak awaits a response.

Mak: So…it’ll take us days? Weeks?

Kara: Quite a while.

Mak: Well, you certainly get to the point, don’t you?

Trent: Kara is a woman of few words.

Mak: So maybe you could shed some light on our travel time?

Trent: Kara is most correct. It will take us some time before we reach our destination.

Mak (sarcasm): Great. Glad you could detail the trip with more words.

Trent: It is my pleasure, Makkmak.

Bryn: What’d he just call you?!

Mak: Drop it, Bryn.

Bryn: Makkmak? What kind of name is Makkmak?!

Mak (slightly elevated tone): I said drop it!

Bryn: Fine then!

Just then, four round objects fling from the trees, landing on the ground surrounding the party.

Mak: What the…?

Bryn: Oh no…

The objects burst open, releasing a thick mist into the air which engulfs the party. One by one, the party members pass out and collapse to the ground. As the mist dissipates, four individuals dressed in differently-coloured robes and breathers emerge from the trees and face the party. The dark-robed one speaks.

Dark Robed Guy: Ah, so we have found them at last. Let us get them to safety.

Green Robed Guy: What about the other three?

Dark Robed Guy: Eh, just leave them there. They are of no use to us.

The dark-robed guy looks into the sky in a mysterious pose, sunlight glinting on his breather’s black lens.

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Scene 5: Campsite: Early Morning

Zed stirs and opens his eyes. The dark robed guy stands over him, breathing heavily through his breather.

Zed (groggy): Anne…?

Dark Robed Guy: Relax, my friend. The mist should completely wear off…now.

Zed rubs his eyes.

Dark Robed Guy: Oopsie! Maybe I overdid it a little. Still, I am confident that it should wear-

Zed suddenly regains his senses. A look of surprise appears on his face.

Zed: Did you kidnap me?!

Dark Robed Guy: What? No! I saved you!

Zed sits up, swings his legs to the side of his bedroll and stands to his feet.

Zed: Wait…so those two people who were taking us somewhere were actually-

Dark Robed Guy (dramatic): -leading you to your doom.

Zed: Ooookay then.

Dark Robed Guy: Those two serve a dangerous sorceress who suddenly took over an area in the northeast seemingly overnight. She is quite evil. Once I heard she froze an entire flock of birds solid just to hang in a room of her ice fortress as decorations.

Zed: Wow, that’s evil!

Dark Robed Guy: Indeed. And if she wants an audience with you…well, let’s just say results may vary, and it will NOT be pleasant.

Zed: So how do you know all this?

Dark Robed Guy: I hail from a town near that area. Her servants – those two – often come there for supplies.

Zed: So…you’re not a robot?

Dark Robed Guy: What on Junihoshi is a “robot”?

Zed: An artificial life-form. It popped into my head the moment I looked at you.

Dark Robed Guy: You were still recovering from the mist at the time. Strange thoughts often cross the minds of the semi-conscious, after all. For one thing, you called me Anne.

Zed: Then you’re something else?

The dark robed guy removes his cape and breather, revealing him to be a human.

Zed: Oh, you’re a human.

Guy: Yes. Herikios Hippocamp Woodhollow. My friends call me “Erik”.

Zed: My friends call me “Zed”, partly because I can’t remember my own name.

Erik: Well Zed…

Erik kneels and bows his head to Zed.

Erik (dramatic): It is an honour to have found you at last.

Zed: Uh…

Erik: If there is anything I may do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Zed: Well, I’d like to know what day it is.

Erik stands to his feet.

Erik: It is the Day of Sora.

Zed: But…it was Mido earlier!

Erik: As I said, I may have used a teensy bit too much mist. You have slept for almost twenty-four hours.

Zed: And yet not a single dream…

Erik: Come. I must introduce you to my allies.

Zed: Okay then.

Scene 6: Woodland: Early Morning

Trent awakens and stands to his feet. Kara is meditating nearby.

Trent: What…happened? Whoa!

Trent stumbles.

Kara: Careful. The potion must wear off.

Trent: Well…how long until-

Trent regains his senses.

Trent: Where are the Crystalbound?

Kara: Gone.

Trent: Gone?

Kara: Yes, gone.

Trent: Then we must find them.

Kara: I tried. They covered their tracks well.

Trent: Then we must try harder.

Trent’s thoughts: I underestimated them, but I let my guard slip. If we fail to find them, Mistress will freeze us and throw us in the vault.

Scene 7: Campsite: Morning

The Crystalbound stand facing Erik and the three multicoloured robed guys.

Erik: I am Erik Woodhollow, adventurer extraordinaire. These are my companions, Hop…

The red robed “guy” speaks with a soft female voice.

Hop: Greetings.

Erik: …Skip…

The green robed guy speaks with a soft, deep male voice

Skip: Hello.

Erik: …and Jump.

The blue robed guy remains silent.

Erik: He doesn’t say much. Any questions?

Mak: I have one. How do we know we can trust you?

Bryn: Yes, I would also like to know of the answer to the question of which my associate is asking about.

Erik: A very good question…with possibly one too many prepositions, but I digress. The short answer is, you shouldn’t trust me. I must first earn your trust, and that is something I intend to do.

Mak: Okay, that works for me.

Erik: Any other questions?

Zed slightly raises his hand.

Zed: Um…I have a question.

Erik: Yes, Blue, what is your question?

Zed: How come you knelt before me back in my tent?

Erik: Ah, yes, a very good question indeed. Are there any other questions? Brocc?

Brocc: I have a question. Why did you call Zed “Blue”?

Erik: Ah, another superb question. I guess you could call it a nickname of sorts.

Brocc: But how do you derive “Blue” from “Zed”?

Erik: Another good question. “Blue” refers to his hair colour.

Brocc: But that still doesn’t make se-

Erik: Anymore questions?

Thobrun: What’d ye do with the two individuals who captured us?

Erik: I left them there.

Amethyst: Couldn’t they track our whereabouts?!

Erik: Not to worry. Hop, Skip and Jump are excellent at covering tracks.

Mak: See, that just adds to our suspicions.

Erik: Not to worry, I trust them completely. After all, I reac- Uh…I mean…they won’t harm you. They’re too…what’s the word…

Emily: Pacifistic?

Erik: Exactly! They wouldn’t hurt a muddvak.

Bryn: Neither would I, but I’m no pacifist.

Brocc flaps his elbows and makes chicken noises.

Brocc (continuous): Bwok! Bwok bwok bwok!

Bryn: Keep it up if you want to taste my dagger!

Mak: Bryn! Brocc! Let the nice man talk!

Bryn and Brocc calm down.

Bryn and Brocc: Sorry…

Erik: Ahem. Anyway, today we will be journeying through the Giant Muddvak’s Cave, which is said to contain a great treasure.

Zed: We’re going into a dungeon?!

Bryn: Oh no! No, no, no! Nobody said anything about this in the Adventurers’ League!

Amethyst: But dungeons are a natural part of an adventurer’s lifestyle.

Bryn: I’m not worried about dungeons! Just…dungeons filled with muddvaks.

Brocc: Bwok-

Bryn: One more “bwok” and the hair gets it.

Brocc: EEK! Not my hair!

Erik: There are no muddvaks in the cave. There is merely a giant sculpture of a muddvak carved from rock. It must date back hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of years.

Bryn: Then it could be a snouvak, or a santvak, or even a sumpvak.

Erik: Yes, I suppose it could. Anyway, the cave also happens to be the quickest path to Platinia.

Zed: That’s another country, right?

Erik: Indeed. It also happens to contain the largest city on the continent.

Zed: Wow…that must be one huge city…

Erik: Okay, is everybody clear on our objective?

Emily: Pardon my interruption, but is Zed allowed to set foot in a dungeon?

Amethyst places her hands on her cheeks.

Amethyst: Oh dear! Zed is not registered into the Adventurer’s League!

Erik: Not to worry! I just so happen to be able to induct Zed into the league as a probationary member. As long as he remains with a fully-qualified adventurer at all times, he will not be penalised.

Mak: Can we see your credentials?

Erik: Here is my card.

Erik hands his membership ID to Mak. Mak examines the card.

Mak: Hm…yep, he’s a Class-C licensed inductor.

Erik: Indeed.

Mak hands the card back to Erik.

Erik: Now, let us leave for…ADVENTURE!

Erik performs a dramatic pose.

Bryn: Oh, brother…

Scene 8: Entrance to Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Late Morning

The combined party approaches the entrance to the cave.

Erik: Well, here we are.

Zed: Whoa…

Erik: The tunnel splits off into three paths partway into the cave. We will be able to cover more ground quickly if we split up into three groups. Group 1 will consist of Mak, Emily and Jump. Group 2 will consist of Amethyst, Bryn and Skip. Group 3 will consist of Thobrun, Brocc and Hop.

Mak: What about you and Zed?

Erik: Ah, we will take the above-ground path.

Amethyst: For what reason?

Erik: I cannot reveal at this time.

Mak: See, that just reeks of suspicion.

Erik: I assure you that no harm will befall Zed for as long as he accompanies me. You have my word.

Mak: Not good enough. You need to shake on it.

Erik: Very well.

Mak and Erik lock hands and shake gently. Mak pulls Erik up to his face.

Mak: If I hear that you hurt my buddy in any way, I’ll make sure you have a long journey through the sands of Kobelia without food or water. Is that clear?

Erik: Crystal!

Mak: Okay then.

Mak releases Erik, who stumbles backwards and regains his composure.

Erik: Well then, we will see you on the other side.

Amethyst: Stay safe, Zed.

Zed: You too.

The party enters the cave.

Bryn: Any words for us, Jump?

Skip: You must forgive Jump. His vocals do not work very well.

Bryn: Ah, he’s mute, just like Zed.

Mak: Bryn! Zed is still standing within earshot!

Bryn: Whoops. I’ll make it up to him later.

Erik turns to face Zed.

Erik: Okay, let us go.

Zed: Right behind you.

Erik and Zed walk left. The bear stands and watches them, before it turns and follows the path back.

To be Continued...

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End Credits

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Episode 6: The Servants of Cold
Spoiler:

Scene 9: Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Late Morning

The combined party makes their way through the tunnel, with the robed guys leading in front. A bat screeches and flies over Brocc’s head. He screams and flails his arms.

Brocc: EEK! Bat! Bat!

Amethyst: Relax, Brocc. It is gone.

Brocc: Huh? Oh, phew. That scared the pants off me!

Mak: It’s getting a little dark in here.

Amethyst holds up her staff.

Amethyst: “Light!”

An orb of bright light appears in front of the party.

Bryn: That’s better. Now I can see what I’m looking-

Gleams of different colours catch Bryn’s eye.

Bryn: -at…are those gems embedded in the wall?

Bryn walks up to the wall.

Bryn: They are! Rubies, emeralds, sapphires, topazes…and amethysts!

Mak: You may take one of each.

Bryn: Aw, just one?

Amethyst: By my estimation, there are at least ten different types of gemstone embedded in the wall of this tunnel.

Bryn’s thoughts: Okay, Bryn, time to choose carefully…

Bryn spots a particularly large ruby. He pulls out his dagger and carefully pops it out of the wall.

Bryn: It seems to be a natural formation.

Emily: So many types of gemstone in one place…how is that possible?

Amethyst: I know not. But they are clearly separated into groups based on type and colour. My reasoning is that they formed over thousands of years entirely independent of each other.

Thobrun: Ye’re right, lass. The age of these rubies predates that of these other gemstones.

Bryn: Thobrun? Since when were you such an expert geologist?

Thobrun: Geology’s in me blood, la- uh…Bryn.

Bryn: Oh, right. Dwarf. Gotcha. Ooh, this one looks particularly meaty.

Brocc: Emeralds are my favourite.

Bryn (sarcastic): Good, then maybe Mak will let you pick one of your own.

The three robed guys talk to each other.

Hop: They find joy in shiny trinkets.

Skip: I, too, am baffled by their gem-lust.

Hop: Is now the time?

Skip: No. We should wait for the group to separate.

Hop: Understood.

Skip: Indeed.

Jump speaks with a robotic voice.

Jump: Affirmative.

Scene 10: Above Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Late Morning

Zed and Erik walk through the woodland on top of the cave.

Zed: …and then I turned my hair blue!

Erik: That must have surprised the owner of the shop!

Zed: Oh, he was hysterical!

Erik: HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, you mages.

Zed: So you’re not a mage?

Erik: Me? No, I’m a spellsword. I cast spells through swings of my blade.

Erik stops walking and turns to face Zed, which prompts Zed to stop walking as well.

Erik: It’s funny…when I first saw you, I thought you were-

Erik pauses.

Zed: What?

Erik: Never mind. It’s probably just me.

Zed: Oh.

Erik and Zed continue walking.

Erik: I cannot believe I have found you. It’s right out of the Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra.

Zed: Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra? What’s that?

Erik: It’s an age-old poem which tells the tale of the coming of the Crystalbound. I was specifically referencing the verse which mentions you:

And the spellcaster of a different walk, with fiery red hair,
Would join as the seventh.


Zed: I had no idea that I was in legend.

Erik: Indeed. And from the moment I saw you, I knew that you were the one, the Azurebound.

Zed: Is…that why you bowed to me before?

Erik: Well…there are other reasons. But you will find out in due time.

Zed: Okay, I guess that’s fair enough.

Kara lands behind the duo.

Kara: Aha!

Erik and Zed spin around.

Kara: We have found you.

Erik: “We”?

Trent and the bear stand in front of the party.

Trent: Yes, both of us.

Zed gets a fright when he notices Trent.

Zed: Whoa! How did you do that?!

Trent: When one dwells within nature, one learns to be as silent and as swift as a panther.

Erik: You shall not take Blue! Begone at once!

Kara: Never.

Trent: We only wish to take him to our Mistress.

Erik: Fine, if that’s the way you wish to play, so be it!

Erik gestures to his pouch. Zed nods and reaches into his pack.

Trent: What are you doing?

Erik: This.

Quick as a flash, Erik pulls out an orb and slams it into the ground with one hand and pushes his breather to his face with the other, just as Zed pulls out his own breather and puts it on. Trent, Kara and the bear succumb to the mist and collapse to the ground, unconscious.

Erik: Come. Let us go!

Erik and Zed run out of the mist cloud and away from Trent and Kara. Erik pulls his breather away from his face. Zed pulls his wand from his belt and holds it up.

Zed: “Expeditious Retreat!”

Zed and Erik suddenly run very swiftly.

Zed: What is in those orbs?!

Erik: A mixture of zenoxan technology and an ancient treatment for pain from North Dryantel.

Zed: You’re Dryanish?

Erik: No, but my mother’s side of the family hails from there.

Zed: That is awesome…

Erik and Zed stop running. Zed removes his breather and puts it in his pack. Erik clips his breather to his belt.

Erik: We should be safe now.

Zed: Wait…can you hear buzzing?

A loud buzzing draws closer, and three large, winged creatures approach Zed and Erik.

Zed: BUGS!

Erik: They are cakeflies. They must have been attracted by the commotion.

Zed: Why are they called cakeflies?

Erik: Because they are usually attracted to baked goods such as cakes.

Zed: I have a cake in my bag!

The three cakeflies screech and zoom towards Zed. Erik pulls his sword from its hilt and swings it, sending a wave of fire at the cakeflies and driving them away.

Erik: Are you alright?

Zed: I’m terrified of bugs.

Erik: Actually, cakeflies are more closely related to sprites.

Zed: Oh. So they’re fey?

Erik: Indeed. Seems odd that they happened to appear here, in the Material Plane…

Zed: Maybe we should go?

Erik: Ah, yes. I think we’ve had enough excitement for one morning.

Erik and Zed resume their trek.

Scene 11: Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Early Afternoon

The party approaches the fork in the cave.

Mak: Well, here it is. Emily? Thobrun? Ready your rods of Sol.

Emily and Thobrun each pull a golden-coloured rod from their packs. They twist the rods through the middle, and they glow brightly, illuminating the immediate area.

Mak: Okay, which way do you all want to go?

Bryn: I call middle!

Brocc: I call mid- Aw…

Thobrun: We’ll go right, lad.

Brocc: Okay.

Mak: And that leaves left for Emily, Jump and me.

Amethyst: Stay safe, everybody.

Mak and Thobrun: We will.

The party separates and begins walking through their respective branches. Mak and Emily begin talking.

Mak: Well, looks like it’s just you and me, Emily.

Emily: What about Jump?

Mak: Oh, right. I keep forgetting about him cause he doesn’t speak.

Emily giggles.

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The trio enters a section of tunnel which glows with bluish bioluminescence. Emily twists her rod of Sol slightly back to its original configuration, and it dims to a soft glow.

Emily: It is so beautiful…

Mak: Not as beautiful as- Uh!

Mak suddenly turns his head away.

Emily: Hm? What is the matter, Mak?

Mak: Oh, nothing! Just…nothing.

Mak blushes and smiles.

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Amethyst, Bryn and Skip proceed down a section of tunnel covered in pungent greenish-brown slime. Bryn pinches his nose.

Bryn (nasally): Pwoh! What’s that horrible stench?!

Amethyst: I believe the slime on the walls is emitting the smell.

Bryn unpinches his nose.

Bryn: How can you be so calm?! Can’t you use your wizardly magic to cover up the smell?!

Amethyst: I could cast prestidigitation.

Bryn: Then would you please be so kind as to do so?

Amethyst holds up her staff. The gem at the end glows with purple light, and the scent of the slime changes.

Amethyst: There. I have covered up the smell of the slime.

Bryn sniffs the air.

Bryn: Smells like…roses? Dearest Ammy, didn’t you know that the smell of roses causes halflings to itch uncontrollably?!

Amethyst: Oh, I did not. Please accept my apologies, Bryn.

Bryn: Well, can’t you change the smell? Ow, so itchy!

Bryn begins to scratch himself.

Amethyst: Unfortunately I cannot reconstitute the prestidigitation until it dispels.

Bryn: Well, how long until it dispels?!

Amethyst: Approximately two hours.

Bryn: TWO HOURS?! Blast this leather armour! I can’t scratch myself!

Bryn sobs.

Bryn: Oh, why did I choose the middle path? I should’ve went right!

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Thobrun and Brocc make their way down a tunnel lined with gold nuggets. Brocc laughs and screams excitedly as he plucks nuggets and puts them into his pack.

Brocc: AHAHAHAHA! GOLD! So much GOLD!

Thobrun: Dinnae take any more than ye can carry, lad.

Brocc: Oh, just wait until I tell Bryn about this!

Hop’s thoughts: It is time to enact our plan.

Hop suddenly stops and turns around to face Thobrun and Brocc.

Thobrun: Any particular reason ye suddenly stopped, lass?

A sword made of glowing red crystal suddenly flashes into Hop’s left hand.

Brocc: Uh…Thobrun?

Thobrun: Yes, lad?

Brocc: I’m starting to think that Mak and Bryn were right not to trust them.

Thobrun: I agree.

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Skip suddenly stops and turns to face Amethyst and Bryn.

Amethyst: What is happening?

Bryn: Oh no…

A sword made of glowing green crystal suddenly flashes into Skip’s right hand.

Bryn: I knew it!

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Mak: Emily…I…I like…

Jump suddenly stops and turns to face Mak and Emily.

Emily: What is happening?!

A small sword made of glowing blue crystal suddenly flashes into each of Jump’s hands.

Mak: Yep, I was right. These guys were just pretending to be our allies. Oh no…what about Zed?!

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Zed and Erik arrive at another cave entrance. Erik beckons Zed to enter.

Erik: After you.

Zed: Oh, thank you.

Zed enters the cave. Erik pulls his sword from its hilt. Zed turns around to face Erik.

Zed: What are you doing?

Erik: Taking care of something important.

Erik approaches Zed.

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Spoiler:

Scene 12: Top Entrance: Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Early Afternoon

Erik raises his sword in the air over Zed, who stands bowing his head.

Erik: And so, I hereby induct you into the Adventurer’s League as a probationary member.

Erik sheathes his sword. Zed lifts his head.

Erik: Here is your identification card. It signifies that you are a member who is not yet assigned to a guild. Please be careful not to lose it.

Erik hands the card to Zed.

Zed: I’ll be careful.

Erik: Now, let us go. The Hall of the Giant Muddvak is not too far.

Zed: Right behind you!

Erik and Zed proceed into the cave.

Scene 13: Giant Muddvak’s Cave: Early Afternoon

Skip stands motionless facing Amethyst and Bryn, his sword pointed towards them.

Bryn: Why is he just standing there?

Amethyst: I know not.

Bryn takes a step forward.

Bryn: Listen, Skip-

Skip: Approach no further!

Bryn raises his outstretched hands.

Bryn: Okay, okay, we cool.

Bryn pauses.

Bryn: Aren’t you gonna attack us?

Skip: No. You are not our target.

Amethyst: Then who is?

Skip quotes the Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra.

Guided by a wise one of sword and spell,
The Seventh would descend into the hall of the giant beast.
There, one would approach his destiny.


Amethyst: That is a quote from the legend of old.

Bryn: The Tale of the Drunken Skunk?

Amethyst: No, the Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra.

Bryn: Oh…my bad.

Amethyst: That passage seems to reference Zed.

Bryn: So what, these goons are after Zed? What for?

Amethyst: They must be trying to halt the approach to his destiny!

Bryn: Is that true, Skip? Are you really trying to stop Zed’s destiny?

Skip: They must be stopped…before it is too late.

Bryn: That’s it, buddy! You just lost your share of the loot!

Skip looks up at the ceiling.

Skip: The moment is now.

Skip turns and runs in the opposite direction.

Bryn: Hey! Come back! Don’t hurt our friend! I’ll…I’ll give you whatever you want!

Amethyst: Come, Bryn. We must hurry.

Amethyst begins chasing after Skip.

Bryn: Wait for me, Ammy!

Bryn follows closely behind.

Scene 14: Hall of the Giant Muddvak: Early Afternoon

Erik and Zed descend down a gently-sloping ramp into a great hall carved from pale grey rock. In the centre of the room is a great circular platform, and atop the platform is a gigantic, 12-foot-tall muddvak made from solid gold.

Zed: Whoa…

Erik: Impressive, is it not?

Zed: It’s the biggest sculpture I’ve ever seen…uh…I think.

Erik: This muddvak is a mystery. Nobody knows how it could possibly have been forged. Studies indicate it to be thousands of years old.

Zed approaches the statue. As he does so, his crystal begins to glow brightly.

Zed: My crystal’s glowing!

Erik: Then the legend is true…

Zed: You mean the Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra.

Erik: The title translates as “Prophecy of the Seven Crystals”. It is derived from a mixture of the Old Common and Ryukoni tongues.

Zed: So this was first known many centuries ago…

Erik: Most people treat it as old folklore, seeing it as nothing more than a fable.

Zed: What about you?

Erik: I knew the legend was real. Others I told simply shrugged it off as a young boy’s fantasy. My mentor, the one who taught me to be a spellsword, also believed the legend to be real. She urged me to fulfill my place in the legend, believing that I was to be the wise one within its words. Until this day I did not believe it to be so…but now…

Zed: You believe that you’re the wise one?

Erik: It is all so clear to me now. Which means…oh no.

Zed: What?

Erik: The next part of the legend:

The Seventh would soon confront the trio,
The servants of coldness and emptiness,
Their confrontation would end, but not without life lost.


Zed: Life lost? Oh no!

Suddenly, Hop, Skip and Jump approach Zed and Erik, their weapons drawn.

Erik: So it is you three…I could not have anticipated this.

Zed: What is it? Who are they?

Erik: They are…automatons.

Zed: So they are robots?

Erik: No, they are constructs of ancient times animated by magic. Some have reactivated recently, with fully sentient minds, as do others on a regular basis. I reactivated these three myself, however, meaning they are mindless drones, most likely following whatever orders they were given by their cruel masters!

Hop, Skip and Jump stop walking just short of Zed and Erik.

Skip: They must be stopped.

Erik: You shall not harm Zed!

Hop: Their goal is to destroy. We must eliminate them before it is too late.

Erik: We have no desire to destroy anything! Can you not understand a single word of which I speak?!

Jump: The humans and the creature must be eliminated.

Bryn’s voice: Nobody TOUCHES the giant golden delectable muddvak!

The other party members approach the three automatons.

Jump: Do not stand in our way. Our task must be completed.

The others draw their weapons.

Mak: You hurt them, you have us to answer to.

Skip: All they wish is to destroy.

Emily: That is not true! Their intentions are pure!

Brocc: You leave my buddy alone!

Hop: If you wish to protect them, then we must stop you.

The automatons approach the party. The party ready their weapons.

Kara’s Voice: Everybody is present. Good.

Erik and Zed notice Kara, Trent and the bear, who are standing nearby.

Zed: Seriously, how do you keep sneaking up on us?!

Trent: Just come with us. We have no desire to harm you.

The automatons swirl around and approach the pedestal again.

Hop: At last, they have arrived.

Skip: We must protect the Crystalbound.

Trent notices the automatons approaching and scowls.

Trent: Artificial abominations! How dare you threaten a warrior of Naturia!

Trent fires the green energy beam at Hop, who screams as though she is in pain.

Hop: I…did…my…best…

Hop collapses to the ground. Erik cries out.

Erik: Hop!

Kara leaps over to Skip, hitting him with her quarterstaff with such force that his chest breaks.

Skip: No…regrets…farewell…brother…

Skip collapses to the ground, and a gooey white liquid oozes through the cracks in his chest.

Erik: Skip! No!

Erik turns to face Trent, a look of both anger and sorrow on his face.

Erik: You monster! How could you do this?

Trent: Those mockeries of nature did not deserve to exist.

Erik: They had a consciousness! Emotions! They…had…feelings!

Erik looks at their broken bodies.

Erik: I realize this now. How could I have been so blind?

Jump looks at Hop, then at Skip. He drops his swords, and his voice becomes like that of an adolescent male.

Jump: Sister? Brother? Why…?

Jump rips off his cloak and breather, revealing an automaton constructed from a blue metal alloy. He looks at Trent, then at Kara, then back at Trent. His face seems emotionless, but there is clearly pain in his yellow optic sensors. He picks up his swords.

Jump: You…will…be…PUNISHED!

Jump swings his swords, releasing an arc of electricity at both Trent and Kara. The two individuals are struck, falling backwards and collapsing as electricity ripples through their bodies. They scream in pain.

Jump: May you feel the pain you have inflicted on my family, and my new brother Erik!

Bryn: Yes! Begone, you…thugs…

Trent and Kara stand to their feet and run down another tunnel, with the bear following closely behind. Erik walks over to Jump.

Erik: How do you fare?

Jump: It will take time for my wounds to heal.

Erik: That is the price of emotions, brother.

Amethyst: What should we do with the bodies?

Emily: We must give them a proper burial.

Mak: Is that wise? I mean, will these two even reach the Celestial Planes?

Emily turns to face Mak.

Emily: Anything with its own mind, whether flesh-and-blood or constructed, can find enlightenment.

Just then, the bodies of Hop and Skip begin to glow, and glowing orbs of light emerge from them, floating up and through the cavern ceiling.

Brocc: Was that…?

Amethyst: They ascended, becoming Immortals within the Astral Sea.

Mak: I guess you were right, Emily.

Emily: You doubted me?

Mak blushes and smiles.

Mak: I could never doubt you, Emily.

Emily blushes and smiles. Zed turns his head to face Erik.

Zed: I’m sorry about Hop and Skip.

Erik looks up at the ceiling.

Erik: There is no need to be, Zed. They have become Immortals. Hop the Knight and Skip the Paladin…

Erik looks over at Jump.

Erik: …but at least I still have Jump.

Jump: Two spellsword brothers, off on a grand adventure of our own.

Erik turns to face Zed, placing his right hand on Zed’s left shoulder.

Erik: One day, you will find your place in this vast world.

Zed smiles.

Zed: Count on it.

Scene 15: The Shifty Ferret Tavern: Early Evening

The group walks up to the tavern.

Amethyst: It was a beautiful ceremony.

Erik: I agree. Welcoming my adoptive siblings into the realm of the Immortals…I’m glad I was in such good company.

Mak: Likewise.

Mak smiles. Argen appears from thin air and lands on Zed’s right shoulder.

Argen: Woo! That was one long nap. So, what’d I miss?

Bryn: Let’s see…we were attacked three times by these two goons who work for some witch somewhere…we witnessed our first Immortal induction ceremony…and we learned some verses of an ancient legend about us.

Argen: Oh, man…and I missed it?

Amethyst giggles.

Amethyst: There is always next time, Argen.

Erik: Speaking of which, this is where we must part.

Zed: Already? But we only just met!

Erik: My brother and I have played our part in the legend. Now, it is time for us to forge a legend of our own.

Zed: Okay then.

Erik: Farewell, Crystalbound. May your legend be as enduring as the Immortals in the Astral Sea.

Erik and Jump start to walk down the road. Erik turns back to face Zed.

Erik: I hope to meet you again, Zed.

Zed: Me too. Until next time.

Erik and Jump continue down the road.

Zed: Farewell, Herikios.

Bryn: What did you call him? Okay, does everybody have a long and complicated name around here?!

The party enters the tavern.

Scene 16: The Shifty Ferret Tavern: Night

Thobrun sits at a table surrounded by adventurers, a tankard of mead in his hand.

Thobrun: And then the automatons became Immortals!

Knight: You’re ‘avin’ us on! I know it!

Huntress: Surely constructs such as those couldn’t become Immortals.

Thobrun: Tha’s what I thought. But, honest-to-goodness they did!

Huntress: Really?

Thobrun: Paladins cannae lie!

Warrior: Fine, we believe you.

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Zed walks down the hallway to the men’s bathroom wearing his shirt, pants and boots. He is carrying a towel. Mak approaches him.

Zed: Have you seen Bryn?

Mak: Yeah, he’s in the bathroom taking a shower.

Zed: Thanks.

Zed enters the bathroom. A shower in one of the cubicles is running, which Zed presumes to be Bryn.

Zed: Bryn? I heard from Amethyst that you have something to tell me.

Voice: Uh, now’s not a good time.

Zed: Oh, sorry! I thought you were my friend!

The door to the cubicle opens slightly, and a dark-haired female halfling pokes her face around the door. Her shoulder-length hair is wet.

Woman: Seriously, you need to leave!

Zed: Uh…I think you have the wrong bathroom. The womens’ one is down the hallway.

Woman: Well, I was a man when I came in, and now I’m a woman.

Zed: I don’t…I don’t quite…

Woman: Honestly, Zed! Don’t you recognize me?

Zed carefully examines the halfling’s face. A look of surprise appears on his face.

Zed: Bryn?! You’re a girl?!

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End Credits

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on August 6th 2014, 1:49 pm
Where's episode 4 lol?

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on August 6th 2014, 2:51 pm
Xiao Pai wrote:Where's episode 4 lol?
Currently in-production. The series hub has a sample scene to tide you over until it's ready to air alongside the first part of Zed of Two Worlds. Smile

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Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on September 9th 2014, 6:42 pm
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Episode 7: The Star-Cloaked Wanderer
Spoiler:

Synopsis: The party has arrived in Platinia City, the old “stomping grounds” of Bryn. Upon their arrival to the vast megalopolis, Bryn is struck in the arm by an adamant-tipped crossbow bolt, indicating that somebody is targeting her. She decides to visit the Thieves’ Guild, followed by an ever-curious Brocc, where she runs into her old friend Gazzo. But something is amiss, as Bryn can’t help but feel that her old ally is keeping a secret from her. Meanwhile, Zed discovers some of the joys of the annual Dragon Festival, with the other party members as his chaperones. Several people are taking an interest in the young mage, however, which seems to indicate something far greater than his status as a Crystalbound. Will he learn the truth?

New Characters

Gazzo Dragonbait – A bolgard thief and Bryn’s long-time friend, he is remaining unusually secretive about something, something Bryn intends to find out.

Rowen – The leader of the Thieves’ Guild in Platinia, this halfling intends to help find the individual who attacked one of his thieves. Will he succeed in bringing the assailant to justice?

Ceros and Ceras – Two mysterious individuals who take notice of Zed, they insist that he go with them to a secret location. Mak, however, has other ideas.

Merchant – A koble merchant who is replenishing supplies in Platinia City, he gives a strange horn to Mak, encouraging him to blow through it whenever in need of supplies.
“This is my city! It will always be my home!”
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Guild Quarter: Platinia City: Late Morning

The party walks through a busy street. Bryn has a big smile on her face. She opens out her arms.

Bryn: My friends and acquaintance, welcome to the great city of Platinia!

Brocc: What did you call me?!

Bryn: My friend?

Brocc: Oh. Then…who’s the acquaintance?

Bryn: I’d rather not say. A girl’s gotta have her secrets, y’know.

Mak: A thief, you mean.

Bryn: Yes, which goes double for me because I’m both a thief AND a girl.

Thobrun: I think Zed gets that ye’re a lass by now, Bryn.

Argen: Actually, he’s still having trouble processing it.

Zed: I just can’t work out how you could change into a guy in the first place.

Bryn: Well, in most cases I’d say it was an enchantment, but in this circumstance…

Brocc: Bryn drank a magic potion which “changed her into a guy”, as you so described it.

Zed: There are potions that can do that?

Bryn: Oh, there are trick potions for everything. Some that change your gender, some that make you smell like old cheese, and even some that turn your hair blue.

Zed: Like a potion of prestidigitation, you mean?

Bryn: Yes, but much longer lasting.

Zed: I see…

Bryn inhales deeply through her nose, then exhales through her mouth.

Bryn: Ah…just smell that city air.

Brocc sniffs the air as he walks past a manure cart.

Brocc: Smells like horse dung.

Bryn: What?! How can you say that about my city?! I don’t complain about…uh…w-where you come…from…

Brocc: Do you even know where I come from?

Bryn: Well, judging by your hair, you obviously grew in the grass, like a carrot.

Brocc: Did you just call me a carrot?!

Bryn: Maybe.

Brocc: Why, I oughta-

Just then, a crossbow bolt strikes Bryn in her left upper arm. She cries out in pain.

Bryn: OW!

Brocc pauses.

Brocc: …It wasn’t me. You can’t prove I did it.

Mak: Of course it wasn’t.

Amethyst: Did anybody see from whence the bolt came?

Mak: Hm…no, it happened too quickly. Bryn would know.

Bryn: Of course I’d know! And no, I didn’t see who did it.

Thobrun: Then we have a mystery on our hands.

Emily: You should come with me to the Temple of Marilina. We’ll get you all healed up there.

Bryn (childish whinging): Oh, do I have to?

Emily: Of course. I must treat your wound.

Bryn (childish whinging): But I wanna go to the Temple of Rhyanna!

Emily: If you come with me, I’ll give you a shiny ruby.

Bryn: A ruby?! Yay!

Mak: Bribery. Nice one.

Emily: I took care of some halfling children in Granrelm during my early travels. It is surprising how young-at-heart the halfling race remains into adulthood.

Amethyst: I am concerned for Bryn, however.

Thobrun: I agree. Whoever harmed her must be found out at once.

In a dark room inside a nearby building, a shadowy figure watches the party as they leave the area. A crossbow is in the figure’s hand. The figure turns around and walks back into the shadows.

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Title Sequence

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Scene 2: Temple of Marilina: Early Afternoon

Bryn sits on a stretcher inside a room of silvery-grey brick. Emily stands nearby holding a cloth soaked with alcohol.

Bryn: OOOOOOOOWOWOWOWOW! It stings!

Emily: I have yet to apply the cloth to your wound.

Bryn: Oh. Okay then.

Emily applies the cloth to Bryn’s arm.

Bryn: Oh, that doesn’t sting anywhere near as much as I thought it wou-

Bryn’s eyes suddenly open wide.

Bryn: OOOOWOWOWOWOW! It stings!

Emily gently rubs the wound with the cloth.

Emily: There we go, the wound is clean now.

Bryn: Okay Ems, work that healing magic of yours!

Emily: I am afraid that I cannot at this time.

Bryn: WHAT?! Why not?!

Emily: Priests are discouraged from using magic within the walls of a city during a festival. Therefore, we would need to leave the city in order for me to-

Bryn: A festival? Oh, the Dragon Festival! WOO-HOO! We’re just in time for my favourite festival of the year!

Mak walks into the room.

Mak: I thought your favourite festival was the Party Festival because, and I quote, “I can do whatever I want without consequence”.

Bryn: I’m a Greatkin! I enjoy every festival no matter what! I can’t choose just one favourite!

Mak: Tell that to the giantborn you passionately kissed during the previous Party Festival.

Bryn: HEY! He looked like a halfling from a distance, and I wasn’t wearing my glasses!

Mak: You don’t wear glasses.

Bryn: Hm, good point. And might I add…*raspberry*

Emily: And…your wound is dressed.

Bryn looks at her arm, a surprised look on her face.

Bryn: Wow, how did you do that without me noticing?!

Emily: The serum I used to treat your wound is quite potent. Your arm will be numb for a few hours.

Bryn: WHAT?! Then…how will I eat my dumpling noodles in Ryukonari Town?!

Mak: You’re right-handed, Bryn.

Bryn: Oh yeah. Silly me! I guess that’s why they call me the Roveable Logue!

Bryn giggles. Mak looks over at Emily.

Mak: Uh…what’s with her?

Emily: I gave her a remedy to ease the pain. It seems I may have made it a little bit too strong.

Bryn looks over at Mak. A smirk appears on her face.

Bryn: Oh, I get it! You’re just messing with me! You are one funny guy, Brocc! Wait a minute…BFFFFFFFFAHAHAHAHA!

Mak (to Emily): A “little bit” too strong?

Bryn laughs uncontrollably.

Bryn: I called you “Brocc”! I’m sorry I offended you like that! HAHAHAHAHA!

Scene 3: Kisetsu Town: Early Afternoon

Zed, Amethyst, Thobrun and Brocc sit at a table in a Kisetsuese restaurant. The smells of various dishes tantalise their noses. Zed is eating a bowl of noodles with fried sweet bean curd.

Zed: This is delicious! I love udon!

Amethyst: I am glad. Many thanks for recommending this meal to Zed, Brocc.

Brocc: What can I say? I live for culture!

Zed: So how many dishes are in this meal?

Brocc: Five, though the order is randomly-determined. You still need to try the Tanuki Yaki, Kappa Don and fried batter plate.

Thobrun: Fried batter? By itself?

Amethyst: I understand that it is a favourite snack of the fabled spirit, the Tanuki.

Zed: So…what’s this brown stuff on top?

Brocc: Ah, that is fried sweetened bean curd.

Zed: Oh. Well, it’s delicious.

A woman at another table turns to face Zed.

Woman: Forgive me for interrupting your meal. Did you consume miso, followed by Kitsune Udon?

Zed: Uh…y-yes, I did.

Woman: It is said that one who begins the Meal of Three Spirits in that order will learn a great truth about themselves.

Zed: Really?!

Woman: Indeed. And there is more. I sense something about you, almost as though the power of the meal is influencing that which is concealed.

Zed: Whoa…

Mak: I don’t believe in that superstition.

Mak and Bryn unexpectedly stand at the table.

Brocc: EEP! How did you do that?!

Mak: To quote Zed, “A mage never reveals his secrets”.

Amethyst: I believe Bryn is teaching Mak how to be “stealthy”.

Mak: Amethyst! I said mages don’t blurt out secrets!

Amethyst: My apologies. Brocc appeared frightened, so I aided in easing his fear.

Mak: Anyway…look, lady-

Woman: I am Ceras of the Full Moon.

Mak: Whatever, the point-

Mak’s eyes suddenly widen. He suddenly points at Ceras.

Mak: Wait a minute…I know you! You were my school teacher!

Ceras: Ah, Makkmak Clay.

Mak: Actually, I go by “Mak” now.

Ceras: “Mak”…in any case, it is good to see you again.

Mak: You too, Miss Ceras.

Ceras: As I was saying, this young man here has a secret kept from him. If you would be so kind, I would like to discover it back at my shop.

Zed slurps the last of his udon as a waitress with fox ears and tail places a plate of Tanuki Yaki in front of him.

Zed: Arigatou Gozaimasu! (Thank you very much!)

Waitress: Doitashimashite! (You’re welcome!)

The waitress bows, as does Zed. Zed turns to face Ceras.

Ceras: After you finish your meal, of course.

Zed: Thank you.

Zed examines his dish, consisting of various types of seafood tempura on top of fried udon.

Zed: Ooh, a prawn!

Zed stabs the tempura prawn with his fork and places it into his mouth.

Scene 4: Thieves’ Guild: Early Afternoon

Bryn enters the Thieves’ Guild, her left upper arm tightly-bandaged. The room is filled with many roguish individuals from a multitude of races: humans, halflings and even a few members of other races. Bryn seems to be looking for somebody in particular.

Bryn’s thoughts: Okay, where can I find…aha! Perfect!

Bryn walks up to a bolgard, who has his back facing her. Bryn taps him on the shoulder with her right hand.

Bryn: Oi! Snotface!

The bolgard turns to face Bryn. He is about Bryn’s height, with olive skin, a large nose and a small tuft of dark grey hair on top of his head. A scowl is spread across his face.

Bolgard: Who are ya callin’ “Snotface”, Wit-for-Brains?!

Both individuals scowl at each other, seemingly in a standoff of intimidation. Then both individuals laugh heartily and clench each other’s right forearm.

Bolgard: Bryn! It’s so good to see you again!

Bryn: Gazzo, me old mate! How’ve ya been?

Gazzo: Oh, ya know…steal from the wealthy…donate ta the less-wealthy…keep the rest for meself. The life of the thief.

Bryn: Good, good.

Gazzo: An’ how about you! You look decidedly more female than last we met!

Bryn: Yeah, the enchantment wore off. Which reminds me…

Bryn punches Gazzo in the arm.

Gazzo: OW! Is THAT how ya greet an old friend?!

Bryn: THAT’S for slippin’ that potion of gender-flipping into my drink! I was a man for a whole year!

Gazzo: Well, I…oh, heheh…I guess I deserved that, then.

Gazzo examines Bryn’s arm.

Gazzo: What happened ta you? Have a run-in with a cakefly again, did ya?

Bryn: Firstly, that wasn’t a cakefly. It was an accident-prone faery with a tiny sword. Secondly, this wound is why I’m here. I need your help.

Gazzo: Aw, ya came all the way here ta look for me?

Bryn: Of course not! I had no idea where you were!

Gazzo: Gee, thanks, “friend”…

Bryn: I need the guild’s help. Specifically this chapter’s help.

Gazzo: Ah, ya heard your brother’s our new guild leader then?

Bryn: Rowie’s our new boss?!

Gazzo: Never mind. So what happened, anyhow?

Bryn: A crossbow bolt struck me in the arm.

Gazzo’s eyes widen.

Gazzo: But who’d want ta hurt you?

Bryn: That’s what I intend to find out. It gets weirder, though. Look.

Bryn removes the crossbow bolt from her belt. It is entirely made of metal, which glistens and sparkles beautifully.

Gazzo: Wow, it’s so shiny!

Bryn: I knew you would like it, Gazzo. You’ve always had a soft spot for things with a certain…sparkle.

Gazzo: I’ve never seen anythin’ like it. Literally. The design’s like nothin’ on record.

Bryn: I must show this to Rowie at once.

Gazzo: Can I keep it when you’re done with it?

Bryn: That depends. Are you gonna keep it or sell it?

Gazzo: That’s for me ta know, Brynnie. Me ta know.

Scene 5: Guild Leader’s Chamber: Thieves’ Guild: Mid Afternoon

A halfling with short, wavy, dirty-blonde hair sits on a rather ornate chair. The doors at the far side of the room swing open, revealing Gazzo and Bryn. The two thieves approach the chair and stand facing the halfling. Gazzo clears his throat.

Gazzo: Guild Leader Rowen, I present the Lady Bryn of Platinia.

Bryn punches Gazzo in the arm.

Bryn: I’ll “lady” you, Gazzo!

Rowen leaps to his feet and walks over to Bryn. He smiles and opens his arms wide. Bryn smiles back and opens her arms, and the two siblings embrace. They let go of each other.

Bryn: It’s so good to see you again, brother.

Rowen grins widely.

Bryn: I see you still can’t talk, then.

Rowen nods.

Bryn: Never mind. I’m sure you’ll rediscover your voice one day.

Brocc suddenly stands next to Bryn.

Brocc: So what, he has a sore throat or what?

Bryn cries out.

Bryn: Brocc?! How long have you been standing there?!

Brocc: The whole time. You’re not the only one who knows the art of “stealth”, you know. We forest gnomes invented that!

Bryn: But…how…

Brocc: I followed you here, and then I snuck into the room using an ancient gnome trick.

Bryn: Is that trick a garment of concealment?

Brocc: Nope, because you stole, and then promptly sold, mine months ago.

Bryn: Oh yeah…

Brocc: Besides, forest gnomes can turn invisible naturally, albeit for a minute or so. My sister Katalina can do it for five whole minutes. She’s kind of a celebrity, you know. I decided to follow in her footste-

Rowen quietly clears his throat, a stern look on his face.

Brocc: Oh, heehee, my bad. I interrupted.

Bryn: The reason my brother is unable to speak is because he became mute some years ago.

Brocc: Oh, a shame, that. I’d be devastated if I lost the ability to speak, especially because I have such a fantastic singing voice!

Oh, there once was a muddvak who did a big fa-

Bryn trips up Brocc.

Brocc: -AAAAAAAAH! *THUD*

Bryn: As I was saying...

Brocc stands to his feet.

Bryn: …I would like you to examine this crossbow bolt.

Bryn hands the bolt to Rowen, who examines it closely.

Bryn: It seems to be made of a metallic substance like none I’ve ever seen.

A puzzled look spreads across Rowen’s face.

Bryn: You don’t recognize it either, do you?

Rowen shakes his head.

Bryn: I was afraid you’d say that.

Erik’s voice: Stellar alloy.

Erik enters the room and approaches Rowen. The halfling hands the bolt to him. Erik examines it.

Bryn: “Stellar alloy”? I’ve never heard of such a substance.

Gazzo: Me either. Is it valuable?!

Erik: Stellar alloy is an incredible material which seems to possess otherworldly qualities. I did not expect to find an object made from it all the way out here.

Bryn: You mean it’s not found in Ornoposia?

Erik: I mean it is not found in-

Erik pauses.

Erik: The fact that there is stellar alloy here at all must suggest that the assailant hails from very far away. Farther than you can imagine, in fact.

Bryn: You mean the zenoxan homeworld?

Erik: No…no, this doesn’t add up at all. I’m afraid I must take this.

Gazzo: WHAT?! But…she said I could keep it!

Erik hands a coin purse to Gazzo.

Erik: 5,000 gold. A fair price, I’m sure you will agree.

Gazzo: Five grand?! Woohoo! I’m takin’ the rest of the day off!

Gazzo races out of the room.

Gazzo: All-ya-can-eat dim sum, here I come!

Erik: He sure seems happy.

Erik turns to face Bryn.

Erik: Your presence suggests that Zed is within the city walls.

Bryn: Yep, but he’s at some weird hedge magic shop.

Erik: I must seek him at once. It is important.

Erik turns to face Rowen.

Erik: I’m afraid that I must do your guild evaluation tomorrow.

Rowen nods.

Erik: I’ll see you at the parade, Bryn.

Bryn: Oh sure, me go to a parade while an otherworldly assailant’s on the loose and targeting me!

Erik: You will be safe as long as you are in my presence.

Bryn: And how do I know you’re not the one who’s after me? Or your weird metal friend?

Erik: Jump is otherwise engaged, I’m afraid. “Within the bubble”, so to speak.

Bryn: Uh…ooookay then.

Erik: Bryn, Rowen, I bid you both good day.

Erik bows and leaves the room. Bryn turns to face him, then turns back to face Rowen.

Bryn: That wasn’t half-odd, was it?

Rowen shrugs.

Bryn: That’s what I thought.

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Spoiler:

Scene 6: Crescent Moon Reagents: Mid Afternoon

Ceras opens the door to Crescent Moon Reagents & Bric-a-Brac, a little bell jingling as she does so. She enters, followed by Zed, Mak and Amethyst. Zed immediately notices a large number of items on different shelves, from antique collectables and souvenirs to ingredients for different forms of hedge magic.

Ceras: Well, here we are.

Zed: Whoa…it’s amazing.

Mak: I didn’t know you were a hedge mage, Miss Ceras.

Ceras: Please, Mak, there is no need for an honorific. Call me “Ceras”.

Mak: I’ll try.

Ceras: I have studied the craft of hedge magic for a number of years. After five years of teaching in a preschool, I decided it was time to enrich my life with a new hobby. In time, that hobby became a lifestyle, and I opened this shop.

Mak: So you’re not a hedge mage?

Ceras: I dabble in the craft, but I wouldn’t call myself a “hedge mage”. No, I am a shopkeeper first and foremost.

A man with short, black hair walks into the room.

Man: Ah, Ceras. You have returned.

Ceras: Greetings, Ceros.

Ceros: I see we have customers.

Ceras: Oh, this is Mak, Amethyst and Zed. Mak is one of my students from my teaching days.

Ceros: It’s a pleasure, Mak. Ceras has told me much of you.

Mak: Really…? Heheheh…how much, exactly?

Ceros: Enough to know that you were quite the rapscallion.

Mak becomes worried.

Mak: Heheh…great…

Amethyst: I am impressed with the variety of items in your shop. I see a number of relics from my people.

Ceras: We have a modest collection of items from all three elven cultures. If you like, feel free to browse.

Amethyst: My thanks to you.

Amethyst begins browsing the shelves. Mak stares at Ceras and Ceros.

Mak: Why exactly are we here?

Ceros: Ceras was right. You are indeed slow to trust.

Mak: I had a bit of a rough childhood. It was just me and…look, just tell us why we’re here.

Ceras: I believe this young man here is special.

Zed: Oh…

Zed reaches into his shirt and pulls out his crystal.

Ceras: It is much more than that, Zed. Remove your right glove.

Zed: Okay then…

Zed removes his right gauntlet, exposing his hand.

Zed: Now what?

Ceras places both hands over Zed’s, and closes her eyes.

Ceras: Now watch…

Spirit of the fae…spirit of the moon…
Pyxel…Luna…reveal that which is concealed.


Silvery light envelops Zed’s hand. The light dissipates after a few seconds. Ceras removes her hands, revealing a pattern on the back of Zed’s hand: a ring of twelve circles, surrounding a second, smaller ring of twelve circles, with another circle in its centre.

Zed: Wh-What the…?

Ceras: I have revealed that which has been hidden from you, Zed.

Zed: What is it?

Ceras: It is-

Erik: -a very important mark.

Erik is suddenly standing in the room.

Mak: WHOA! How did you do that?!

Erik: A mage never reveals his secrets.

Mak: So you’re a mage?

Erik: Well, no.

Mak: Then spill it.

Erik: The mark on Zed’s hand is…well, it is his place in the world.

Mak: His place in the world?

Erik: That is all I can reveal for now.

Mak: Great, another mystery to add to our growing list of mysteries.

Amethyst: I believe Herikios has Zed’s best interests at heart.

Mak: Oh? And how can you be so quick to judge, Amethyst?

Amethyst: Elves are renowned for being excellent judges of character.

Mak: Well, I guess orcborn are slower to trust, then.

Erik: I can let you know one last thing about that mark, Zed.

Zed: What’s that?

Erik: Keep it hidden. If others see it, they might ask about it. The only ones who should know of the mark are the people in this room.

Mak: Does that include that guy?

Everybody looks over at a koble who is standing in the doorway.

Koble: Uh…I was just leaving! Yes! See you!

The koble flies out of the door.

Erik: Strangely, yes. It includes him as well.

Amethyst: Do you know him, Herikios?

Erik: Sort of. He’s a wandering merchant with whom I’ve bartered in the past. You should look for him while in the city.

Mak: Uh, yeah. Great advice.

Zed: So the mark needs to be hidden with another spell, right?

Erik: I’m afraid that it is now permanent. You will need to wear a glove most of the time.

Brocc: Sounds like a certain other guy, am I right?

Brocc is suddenly standing in the room.

Mak: Dang it, Brocc! Stop doing that!

Brocc: Doing what? Being stealthy or breaking the fourth wall?

Mak: Both!

Brocc: Got it. But just for the record, you were the first one to be stealthy this epis-

Mak: What did I just say?!

Brocc: My bad.

Mak: NGH! You’re impossible!

Erik: Anyway…I would advise against anybody else learning of that mark, at least for now.

Zed: No problem.

Zed dons his gauntlet.

Erik: Now, since I’m here, shall we go and watch the parade?

Brocc: Yes please!

Scene 7: Busy Street: Late Afternoon

Bryn and Gazzo make their way through a crowd of people.

Bryn: I don’t really need an escort, Gazzo.

Gazzo: Nonsense. As your best friend, confidante and fellow Thieves’ Guildmate, it is my duty to guard you no matter what!

Bryn: If you say so.

Gazzo: Besides, this guy’s all kinds of dangerous. Who knows what other mysterious devices and traps he has planned?

Bryn: If you say so.

Gazzo: You know, you’re starting ta get repetitive.

Bryn: If you say so…

Gazzo scans the immediate area and notices a shady figure in a dark cloak. Gazzo points to him.

Gazzo: There. That’s the guy we’re meeting.

Bryn: Is he a member of the Thieves’ Guild?

Gazzo: Nope, the Shadow Guild. He’s a dark paladin.

Bryn: And he’s standing out in the open on a busy street in broad daylight?

Gazzo: I guess that’s his thing. The ol’ intimidation tactic. Nobody’s gonna walk up ta him except the people he’s meeting.

Bryn: You honestly expect me to believe that?

Gazzo grabs Bryn by the forearm and pulls her over to the dark paladin. Gazzo clears his throat, and the dark paladin looks down. His face is concealed by shadow. He speaks with a calm voice.

Dark Paladin: Aren’t you a little short for warriors?

Gazzo: Yeah, I lied. We’re thieves.

Dark Paladin: You lied?

Gazzo: What? We’re thieves! It’s in the job description.

Bryn: Actually, it’s listed as “stretching the truth”.

Gazzo: You’re not helping.

Gazzo addresses the dark paladin.

Gazzo: Look, Shady Guy…I can call you “Shady Guy”, can’t I?

Dark Paladin: My name is Guy.

Gazzo: Whatever. Look, dude-

Guy: It’s “Guy”.

Gazzo: Bottom line: my friend here was attacked by a mysterious assailant who shot at her with this.

Gazzo hands the crossbow bolt to Guy, who examines it carefully.

Bryn: Wait...didn't you give that to Erik?

Gazzo: Yes, and then I swiped it back!

Bryn: But why would you-

Gazzo: Thief.

Bryn: Right. Never mind.

Guy: Hm…it’s made of a rare metal.

Gazzo: We know that already. Where does it come from?

Guy: I cannot say.

Gazzo: Cannot, or won’t not?

Guy: “Will not”.

Gazzo: Oh, and why won’t you?

Guy: No, you used a double-negative. I was merely correcting you.

Gazzo: Correcting me?! Why, the nerve!

Bryn: Get over it, Gazzo.

Gazzo: Mph…fine.

Guy: I can tell you where it comes from, but it’ll cost you.

Gazzo sighs.

Gazzo: Fine…how much do you want? I can give you no more than 500 Gold and a couple of gems. Not rubies, those are expensive. And certainly not diamonds! What do ya take me for, a jewel-thief?!

Guy: I merely wish to speak with the one you call, “Mak”.

Gazzo: “Mak”? Nope, doesn’t ring a bell.

Bryn: I think he was talking to me, Gazzo.

Bryn looks up at Guy.

Bryn: Sure, I’ll take you to Mak. Why do you ask?

Guy: Makkmak and I used to be squires to the same master.

Bryn: Wait, wait, wait…that would mean you’re a knight!

Guy removes his hood, revealing his face. He is a handsome male human with short, dark hair and bright blue eyes. A scar cuts across part of his left cheek. Bryn slowly faces Gazzo.

Bryn: Gazzo…why would you say that Guy is a dark paladin?

Gazzo: Yeah…I lied about that, too.

Bryn becomes agitated.

Gazzo: Well, I knew you wouldn’t come if I told you he was a knight!

Bryn: You’re darn right I wouldn’t! You know my problem with knights!

Guy: If my presence troubles you, I could-

Bryn: No, no, no! Just…stay there. What’s done is done. Now, you said you had information?

Guy hands a folded piece of paper to Bryn. She opens it and reads it aloud.

Bryn: “Stela Moon, live in concert. Come and see one of the world’s rising young stars as she sings her latest hits.”

Bryn looks up at Guy.

Bryn: Why would you give me this?

Guy: I believe the assailant who attacked you is connected to her.

Bryn: But who is she? I’ve never heard of “Stela Moon”.

Guy: There is a good reason for that.

Bryn: I’m all ears.

Guy: Well, she is from-

Another bolt whizzes from behind Guy straight past his head. He draws his sword from its sheath and spins around to face another cloaked figure, though this one wears an indigo hood decorated with sparkles; the sparkles become more crowded near its base.

Guy: By decree of the Knights of Cuprumo, I command you to-

The assailant turns and flees. Guy lets out a big sigh.

Guy: Why do they always run? Come on, let’s chase him!

Guy begins pursuing the assailant.

Bryn: I never would’ve thunk it…me helping a knight.

Bryn and Gazzo begin following Guy.

Scene 8: Outside Crescent Moon Reagents: Late Afternoon

Zed, Amethyst, Mak and Erik stand outside Crescent Moon Reagents. Mak looks over at Zed.

Mak: So…any particular reason we’re just standing here?

Zed: I received a message from somebody. He said to meet him here.

Mak: Well, did he say when he was gonna get he-

Zed: Kendall!

Kendall’s Voice: Zed!

Kendall walks up to the group.

Zed: How have you been?

Kendall: Well, I’ve graduated! I’m now a fully-fledged mage!

Zed: Well done! I knew you could do it!

Kendall: My thanks!

Kendall greets Amethyst and Mak.

Kendall: Amethyst, Mak, it’s been a while.

Amethyst smiles.

Amethyst: Bonjour, Kendall.

Zed: Oh, vous parlez Lumidelv, Amethyst? (Oh, you speak Light Elvish, Amethyst?)

Amethyst smiles at Zed.

Amethyst: Je parle de nombreuses langues, cher apprenti. (I speak many languages, dear apprentice.)

Zed: Wow, I can barely speak five!

Amethyst: I think your Light Elvish is impressive. Tres bien!

Zed: Merci.

Amethyst: You are most welcome.

Mak: So Kendall, what’s been happening?

Kendall: I’ve been having dreams of my sister lately.

Zed: Laura?

Kendall: Well-

The assailant comes running past, followed by Guy, Bryn and Gazzo.

Guy: We must hurry if we hope to catch-

Guy spots Mak and waves as he rushes past.

Guy: Oh, hey, Makkmak!

Guy, Bryn and Gazzo continue to chase the assailant.

Mak: Guy? Hey, wait…

Mak starts to run after the group.

Amethyst: Mak?! Oh dear…

Zed: Who was that?!

Erik: I’m wondering the same thing….

Amethyst: We must go to Kisetsu Town.

Erik: Agreed.

To be Continued...

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End Credits

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Episode 8: The Dragon Parade
Spoiler:

Scene 9: Kisetsu Town: Late Afternoon

Zed, Amethyst, Erik and Kendall arrive in the middle of a marketplace. Various stalls are selling food from every Ryokorese nation.

Zed: Wow, look at all of those dishes! Jangurese…Moriese…Ninoichish?

Brocc: Ah, the cuisine of the Ninoichi Islands...

Brocc is suddenly standing there.

Kendall: How did I not smell you coming?!

Brocc: Are you saying that I sti-

Brocc sniffs the air.

Brocc: Oh yeah…well, that’s what I get for having too much garlic in my gourmet Verdelven pasta! Amethyst, you’re a wood elf, right?

Amethyst: Well, I-

Brocc: Tell me: how much garlic is too much before the pasta is destroyed? Cause I think mine was well and truly ruined.

Amethyst: I’m afraid I cannot-

Brocc: Oh, is it one of those famous “secrets of the verdelv” or something?

Amethyst: If you will excuse me, I must take care of some business elsewhere.

Brocc: Say no more, although I think too many people mention about toilets in this series.

Amethyst: Zed-

Brocc: Yep, he was the first one to do so.

Amethyst: -would you be so kind as to join me?

Zed: I guess so.

Amethyst and Zed walk away.

Brocc: Huh? Wait…is everybody going to the-

Erik: Nobody needs the toilet, Brocc.

Brocc: Well, actually, I happen to need the little gnome’s room. BRB!

Brocc runs off. Kendall appears puzzled.

Kendall: Beearbee?

Erik: I believe it means “be right back”. Or perhaps “bright-red beans”.

Kendall: Red bean cakes?

Erik: You read my mind.

Erik and Kendall proceed to a stall.

Scene 10: Zen Garden: Late Afternoon

Amethyst and Zed find a quiet zen garden in which to talk. Bonsai trees dot the area. Nobody else is present.

Amethyst: Zed…

Zed: Yes, Amethyst?

Amethyst: I must confide in you a secret.

Zed: Well, I think I must be a secret magnet.

Amethyst giggles.

Zed: Your secret’s safe with me.

Amethyst: You must understand that I share this with you because I feel that a master should not conceal anything from her apprentice.

Zed: Of course.

Amethyst: I…am not really a wood elf.

Zed: Oh. Then you're a high elf?

Amethyst: Actually, I hail from a lumidelv community in the continent of Lumidelvum.

Zed: So that’s how you know the Light Elvish language…

Amethyst: On my one-hundredth birthday, I awoke to find that I had been transformed into a verdelv, my golden locks shifted into a shade of brunette most common amongst the people of Verdelvum.

Zed: That must have been a shock.

Amethyst: Indeed it was. I rushed to my grandmother for aid, but she could do nothing to break the enchantment placed upon me. This day was also to be the day when I had begun my duty as the first Crystalbound, seeking the others one-by-one for some unknown purpose.

Zed: So what happened?

Amethyst: Well, as you know already, I kept to my duty, as any lumidelv would. However…

Amethyst sighs.

Amethyst: The entrances to lumidelv citadels are protected by glamers which only allow lumidelv to pass inside. A member of any other race would be magically “blocked out”.

Zed: So once you left, there’d be no way for you to return.

Amethyst: Correct. It has been 50 years since I last communed with my grandmother and sister. I miss them terribly.

Zed: That’s understandable.

Amethyst: But poor Zed…you do not even have a family.

Zed pauses.

Zed: …no. That’s wrong.

Amethyst: Oh?

Zed: You, and Mak…and Emily, Thobrun, Bryn and Brocc…you’re my family. We may be of different races, but we are definitely family for sure.

Amethyst: Well said, Zed. That makes me feel better.

Amethyst and Zed look at the sky, which has a tinge of pink on the horizon.

Zed: It’s getting late.

Amethyst: Indeed. Shall we head to the Dragon Para-

The assailant runs through the zen garden, chased by Guy, Bryn, Gazzo and Mak. Guy makes a leap for the assailant and knocks him to the ground, marking his robe with silvery grass stains.

Guy: Okay, it’s time to see who you really are!

Guy pulls down the robe’s hood, revealing a young woman with shoulder-length chestnut-coloured hair and long, golden bangs.

Guy: You…you’re not what I was expecting.

Woman: Unhand me, vile one!

The woman wrestles to her feet, panting heavily.

Guy: Who are you?

Bryn: And why did you shoot me?!

Woman: I struck you by accident.

Bryn: Well, my aching wound says otherwise! It might even scar!

Woman: My apologies, ma’am.

Bryn: What, now you’re being courteous?!

Woman: I am being pursued by servants of a very cruel man.

A disappointed look emerges on Guy’s face.

Guy: Hey, I’m not cruel. Why would you thi-

Erik: She did not refer to you.

Erik and Kendall approach the group.

Guy: And you are…?

Erik: Herikios Hippocamp Woodhollow.

Guy: Wait…you’re THE Erik Woodhollow?!

Guy races over to Erik.

Guy: I idolise you, dude! You’re the reason I dilettanted as a spellsword!

Erik: I didn’t realise I was so…popular.

Guy: Yeah, yeah! My sword’s even a replica of yours! Look!

Guy unsheaths his sword. Erik unsheaths his and holds it up next to Guy’s.

Erik: Remarkable…

Guy: Isn’t it? I know it’s a knockoff, but-

Erik: These two swords are part of the same set.

Guy: Wait…it’s real? My sword’s real?!

Erik: Indeed. But…how did you come to possess it?

Guy: It was a gift…from a friend.

Mak blushes.

Mak: Well…I didn’t know its significance. I just saw it and thought, “You know who’d like this? Guy.”

Erik: Mine, too, was a gift from a friend.

Woman: I have seen those swords before.

Erik: Really? These are rare treasures, are they not?

Woman: Well, actually…

The woman sighs.

Woman: They are cheap swords which sell for about 100 apiece.

Guy and Erik collapse to the ground, their legs pointing awkwardly into the air.

Woman: Yes, the blades are roughly 50% stellar alloy.

Erik leaps to his feet.

Erik: Stellar alloy?

Woman: Indeed.

Erik: But if you know of this metal, then…

Woman: I am not from this place. I hail from-

A stellar alloy crossbow bolt whizzes past the woman’s head. Everybody faces the assailant, who is dressed from top to toe in black, including a black cloth mask covering his face. The assailant approaches the party. Guy leaps to his feet and readies his sword, as do Mak and Erik.

Assailant: Astra Moon, you are requested an audience with Lord Songsend.

Astra: And if I refuse?

Assailant: Well…let’s just say that people might notice if a certain singer becomes a one-hit wonder. You care for your sister, do you not?

Astra holds her hands up to her face.

Astra: Stela…!

Assailant: I trust you will come with me quietly, then?

Woman: I…I…

Erik: She refuses.

Everybody looks at Erik.

Assailant: Oh, and you are so quick to defend this girl, of whom you know nothing?

Erik: Yes, I am.

Mak: Look, Erik, I know you want to help, but…do you really know what you’re doing?

Erik faces Mak and smiles.

Erik: Trust me.

Mak: Well…just this once, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

Erik: Well, then…I guess it’s time to attack!

Erik leaps forward, standing right in front of the assailant. Both individuals stand-off for a short while.

Erik: Tell me, what rank do you take in the army of this “Lord Songsend”?

Assailant: Well, I…

Erik: Yes?

The assailant sighs.

Assailant: I’m just a grunt.

Erik: Really? And Lord Songsend authorised you to chase Miss Moon all the way out here?

Assailant: Well, no…

Erik: Then, please tell me…what was racing through your mind when you decided to chase her?

Assailant: I thought…when I saw her spying on us, I thought that I would catch her for my boss, and that he’d give me a promotion for sure!

Erik: So you attacked her, but to what end?

Assailant: Well, I meant to hit her with these…

The assailant holds out two stellar alloy bolts.

Erik: So your reasoning was that you should bring her down, even though your boss would want her unharmed?

Assailant: Oh yeah…

Erik: Do you even want to work for Lord Songsend?

Assailant: Not really. He’s a bad man! He…well, it’s too awful to mention.

Erik: So why not just quit?

Assailant: Are you kidding?! He’ll come after me, and…and…

Erik puts his right hand on the assailant’s shoulder.

Erik: Relax. You know you’ll be safe here, right?

Assailant: But I- Oh…yeah, you’re right. A new life!

Erik: If you come with me, I’ll find you somewhere to live.

Assailant: Th-thank you, sir!

Erik: Miss Moon, if you please?

Astra: Of course.

Astra looks at Bryn.

Astra: I must profoundly apologise for hitting you, ma’am.

Bryn: Well…okay, I’ll let it slide. Besides, I now have a battle wound to wear!

Astra: I am glad.

Astra joins Erik and the assailant.

Bryn: What a nice girl.

Brocc: I agree.

Brocc is suddenly standing there.

Mak: Brocc…!

Brocc: Oopsie, heheh…sorry!

Mak: Sorry? I’ll give you “Sorry”!

Mak starts chasing Brocc.

Brocc: STOP! I swear I’m sorry!

Mak: Come here you little-

Brocc: AAAAAAAH!

Scene 11: Empty Alleyway: Evening

Erik, Astra and the assailant proceed down a dark alleyway.

Erik: Now then, this alley may seem creepy, but it is a shortcut to the finest tavern in this city. You may both stay there until Aka-day.

Astra: Thank you.

Assailant: Oh…thank you, sir! I-I really do appreciate you looking after me.

Erik: It is my pleasure…Kurtiss, was it?

Kurtiss: Y-Yes, that’s right. I’m happy that you trust me, even after what I did.

Erik: Well, it’s not fair to judge somebody without getting to know them.

Kurtiss: W-Well, thank you for being so trusting all the same.

Kurtiss secretly pulls one of Erik’s mist bombs from his pouch and throws it to the ground. Both Erik and Astra fall to the ground, unconscious.

Kurtiss: That was a mistake, buddy. Do you honestly think a grunt would be able to figure out how to pursue somebody over such a vast distance?

Kurtiss stands over Erik.

Kurtiss: Now, before I claim my prize, I guess I’ll have to put an end to you.

The mist clears as Kurtiss pulls out his hand crossbow and readies a bolt. He points it at Erik.

Kurtiss: Say hello to whatever Celestial Being you revere for me, won’t you?

Kurtiss fires his crossbow.

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Spoiler:

Scene 12: Empty Alleyway: Evening

Kurtiss fires his crossbow, but the mechanism becomes jammed. Quick as a flash, Erik leaps to his feet and slices the crossbow in two with his sword.

Kurtiss: But…how…?

Erik: Do you honestly think I would not train myself to overcome my own mist bombs?

Kurtiss: I…I thought…?

Erik: I’m not as gullible as you think, am I? I simply held my breath at the moment you snatched it from my pocket.

Kurtiss: But I’m able to steal from everybody without them noticing! How did you-

Erik: Oh, Kurtiss. There are more mysteries in this world than you can ever comprehend. I’m sure that from whichever place you come you are a skilled pickpocket-

Kurtiss: Pickpocket?! I’m-

Erik: -but here? You’re nothing. Less than nothing.

Kurtiss: Well, I’ll tell my boss everything!

Erik: You? A grunt?

Kurtiss: Heh, you are gullible. I am second-in-command to Lord Songsend, and I’m sure he’d notice if I “disappeared”.

Erik: Oh, you may return to your homeland.

Kurtiss: Really? You’re letting me go, even in the knowledge that I’ll be able to lead my boss here?

Erik: Of course.

Kurtiss: Heh, I guess you really are gullible then.

Erik: It would seem so.

Kurtiss: Well then, I guess I’ll be-

Erik reaches into his pocket.

Kurtiss: Oh, come on. You know that those things won’t work on me as long as I wear my mask.

Erik pulls out a small orb.

Erik: Oh, this? You think it is a mist bomb?

Erik slams the orb at Kurtiss’s feet, knocking him to the ground.

Erik: That was a force bomb. It simply let out a pulse of air which brought you to your knees.

Erik approaches Kurtiss.

Kurtiss: What are you doing?!

Erik: I apologise for what I am about to do…

Kurtiss begins to panic and tries to scramble to his feet. Erik places his right hand onto Kurtiss’s forehead and closes his eyes. After a moment, Erik’s eyes open, glowing with bright light which shifts across a spectrum of colours; at the same time, bright white light emerges from Erik’s palm. After a few seconds, Erik’s eyes and palm return to normal, and Kurtiss slumps to the ground, unconscious. Astra awakens and sits up.

Astra: What’s…what…happened…?

Erik: Easy now, you’ve just been unconscious for a moment.

Astra snaps back to reality and looks at Kurtiss.

Astra: What happened to him?!

Erik: I erased his memories of this place. If his organisation ever found it…

Astra: Oh, I see. Does that mean you have to-

Erik: No, I can trust you to keep this world secret.

Astra: Are you sure? You don’t even know who I am.

Erik: You are the sister of a very important individual. Eventually, you will need to know of your adventures here in order to aid her.

Astra: Stela? I must…help her?

Erik: You play a much more important role in her tale than you may realise.

Astra smiles.

Astra: I would do anything for my sister.

Erik: I am sure of that.

Astra: But…how do you know her?

Erik: Oh, I merely know “of” her.

Astra: But how…?

Erik: In time, Astra.

Astra: Oh…well, this place will remain within my heart…and secret from all.

Erik: Good. Now, shall we head to the Dragon Festival?

Scene 13: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

We cut to a view from slightly behind the mysterious figure’s icy throne. Kara is dressed in traditional shugenja ceremonial attire as she performs several disciplines. Her mistress and Trent watch the ceremony.

Trent: This is most impressive.

Mistress: Watch…the best part is yet to come.

Kara leaps into the air, her arms enveloped in flames which take the shape of a dragon’s wings. As she nimbly lands on the ground, she holds up her arms and opens her mouth, releasing a jet of flame for a few seconds. Then all the flames dissipate. Kara stands straight and bows to her mistress. We cut to the figure’s blue lipstick-covered mouth.

Mistress: Impressive. Be sure to use that technique next time you encounter the Crystalbound.

The figure smiles cruelly.

Scene 14: Kisetsu Town: Late Evening

The Crystalbound, Erik, Kendall, Astra and Gazzo enter the area in which a great play is to be performed. Everybody except Bryn and Gazzo is wearing a traditional Kisetsuese kimono matching the colour associated with their crystal; Erik’s is blue, Kendall’s is white and Astra’s is pink. Both Zed and Erik wear fingerless gloves.

Zed: I thought that the Dragon Parade was going to be a…well…a “parade”.

Amethyst: It is actually several legends woven together into a grand story, so I suppose it is a parade of sorts.

Astra: It’s impressive! We have no such show in…where I come from!

Mak: Which is where, exactly?

Emily: Oh, lighten up, Makkmak! Just relax and have fun!

Mak smiles.

Mak: Well, I guess I could…

Gazzo and Bryn: I’m hungry!

Thobrun: How can ye think of food after eating such a big meal?

Bryn: You know my metabolism is faster than a gnome running from a bug!

Brocc: Oh, come on! That was one time! And it was huge!

Bryn: It was a ladybird.

Brocc: A huge ladybird!

Kendall: Oh, it’s starting!

The group sits in their seats as the lights dim.

Narrator: We now present for you…the Dragon Parade!

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In an age long ago, Junihoshi was protected by the Elemental Titans, twelve beings who kept the world in harmony. At this time, the only people were the ancient dragons.

Twelve large puppets, four larger than the others, stand in a circle on the stage. Several people dressed as dragons mill around in the middle.

Zed: Whoa, those costumes are impressive!

Astra: They must have taken weeks to assemble!

Brocc: Here comes my favourite part!

Then one day, a dragon named Celeste meditated and ascended in a flash of light!

One of the dragons flaps to the middle of the stage and curls up. A column of light erupts around it for a moment, and then the dragon is gone.

Astra: Where did it go?!

Erik: Impressive, is it not?

Soon, other beings emerged in the world, which caused the Titans to become unsettled.

The dragons leave the stage, and people from many cultures enter it, including humans, dwarves, elves, gnomes, halflings, orcborn and ryukoni, humanoid dragons with monkey-like tails.

Astra: What are those?

Erik: Ryukoni, the people of Ryokoro.

Astra: They have monkey tails.

Mak: Uh…where did you say you were from, again?

Emily: Makkmak.

Mak: Sorry.

The Titans transformed some of the people of the world, which unsettled Celeste to no end.

The Titans begin to move about chaotically, sending the people in a panic. A dragon descends upon the stage.

And so she, along with the Spirit of Nature, bound them to the Elemental Planes.

A beautiful woman in an elegant white robe walks onto the stage, and joins Celeste.

Zed: Is that Naturia?

Erik: Yes, it is.

Zed: I had no idea she was so beautiful.

Amethyst: There are many interpretations of how she appears. This is the most commonly recognised one.

Zed: I see…

Celeste and Naturia raise their arms in the air. The Titans curl up into balls and retreat to twelve circles surrounding the outer stage.

Astra: Those are the Elemental Planes, yes?

Erik: Correct.

Astra: Then these “Elemental Titans” are trapped within them?

Erik: You shall see.

Thousands of years passed. The Titans eventually began to wriggle free from their prisons.

The Titans begin to shake violently.

Astra: Oh dear…

Then a koble named Koble managed to ascend, becoming a being much like Celeste.

A koble walks into the middle of the stage and curls up in a ball. A column of light surrounds him, and he is gone.

Astra: No, really…where do these people go?

Mak: Here comes the best part of the play!

Emily: It isn’t like you to be so excited, Makkmak.

Mak: This play’s always excited me since I was a boy! My mom…uh…w-well…it’s just exciting is all.

Emily smiles sweetly.

Emily: Oh…I am glad.

It was then that Celeste and Naturia decided to ascend twelve individuals from across the world as Celestial Beings.

Twelve people from a multitude of races move to twelve points on the stage. Columns of light surround all of them; when the light dissipates, their outfits have transformed into gleaming bronze, silver, gold and white.

The Immortal Twelve then aided Celeste and Naturia in sealing the Titans away once again, though this time the seals would be permanent.

The Immortal Twelve each turn to face a different Titan. The Titans writhe and struggle, then curl up tightly into balls. Their bright colours dull to more greyish tones.

Astra: Now, that IS impressive!

Zed: I agree!

The world saved, the Immortal Twelve retreated to the Celestial Planes, their new homes.

Columns of light surround the Immortal Twelve. The light dissipates, and the Immortal Twelve are gone. Celeste and Naturia leave the stage.

Astra: Well, that show was most enjoyable indeed.

Erik: Oh, it isn’t over yet.

Astra: Pardon?!

Erik: That was just the first act. The Dragon Parade consists of several stories, with examples such as the Sealing of the Titans and the Silverian Empire, all leading up to a brand-new act.

Mak: Which is?

Erik: Oh, I think you will be most delighted…

***

And now, to conclude the Dragon Parade, we wish to add a brand-new act we wish to call Septix no Velvitra: The Coming of the Crystalbound.

Zed: That’s us!

Bryn: Very good, Zed!

Mak: Bryn! What have I told you about being condescending?!

Bryn: Not to?

Mak: Then why-

Bryn: It’s only natural for me to be condescending.

Mak groans.

Mak: Just…shut up and watch the play.

Bryn: Fine.

A young woman walks onto the stage, holding several pieces of paper.

Bryn: Oh, don’t tell me they’re just going to read the poem directly.

Brocc: I doubt they’d have time to rush together an elaborate show at the last minute, Bryn.

Bryn: Oh, and you would know?

Brocc holds up a gigantic sign which reads “BARD”.

Bryn: Oh yeah…my bad.

The following is a recital of a poem by an explorer named Vel, a swordmaster from the land of Damantia.

Zed: Why does that name sound familiar…?

Bryn: Perhaps because the prophecy’s title begins with “Vel”?

Mak: Bryn!

Bryn: Shutting up, as requested.

Zed: No, that’s not it…it’s like I knew it…but I still have yet to know it…

Thobrun: That’s…quite mysterious, lad.

Amethyst: I am sure that, in time, you will be able to figure it out.

Zed: Maybe…

The Empire of Silveria, its reach stretches across the globe.
Its most important invention would become seven shining crystals.
The first, a woman of two origins, would be their guardian,
As well as their distributor.

Bryn: Two origins?

Mak: Sh!

Bryn: Shutting up.

It would be half a century before she discovered the second,
A man of two origins.

Bryn: Oh, how creative, “two origins” twice in one poem! I guess Emily is of “two origins” as well?

Mak: Sh!

Bryn: Shutting up.

The second would soon fall deeply in lo-

Mak suddenly coughs loudly.

Mak: Sorry, shutting up.

-ith the third, a girl of two lineages.

Bryn: Oh, two “lineages”. Now THAT’S creative!

Mak clears his throat with a “shut up” tone.

Bryn: Shutting up.

The fourth, a man from the frozen north, would drive it away,
The creature which threatens his newfound allies.

Bryn: And so on. The next morning…

Mak: Bryn!

Bryn: What? Brocc’s allowed to break the fourth wall, so why can’t I do it just this once to transition the-

Scene 15: Kisetsu Town: Morning

The screen wipes into the next scene. The stage area is deserted, leaving Bryn alone.

Bryn: -scene? Hey, where did everybody go?

Brocc’s head suddenly pops up onto the screen.

Brocc: With great power comes great responsi-

Bryn wallops the side of Brocc’s face with her fist.

Bryn: SNEAK ATTAAAAA-

Bryn suddenly gets a shock.

Bryn: Oh, sorry, Brocc! I thought you were attacking me! You should know never to sneak up on a thief.

Brocc’s Voice: Nngh…I’ll…ack!...keep that in mind…

***

Mak walks past some stalls. He notices a koble at one stall who is selling various wares.

Mak: Hey, I know you! You’re that koble who was eavesdropping on our conversation yesterday!

Koble: Eavesdropping? No, no! I was merely scouting out the competition! Yes, yes!

Mak: What kind of merchant sells hedge mage reagents and…fried octopus balls?

Koble: Oh, I sell anything! Yes, yes! I sell whatever the moment wants me to sell!

Mak: Oh, so you’re, like, a merchant who’s a cut above other merchants?

Koble: Oh, yes, yes! That’s me, a world-class travelling merchant!

Mak: So what’s your name?

Koble: Why, Merchant, of course!

Mak: You’re a merchant named “Merchant”?

Koble: Oh, yes, yes! Many kobles are named for their vocations!

Mak: Figures. I once had a koble friend named Knight because he wanted to be a knight.

Koble: And did he become a knight?

Mak: Nope, he became a merchant.

Koble: And then he changed his name to Merchant, yes?

Mak: I have no idea, I haven’t seen him in years. I wonder whatever happened to him…

Koble: Well, I once had an orcborn friend of my own. He became a fine knight, or so I’ve heard.

Mak: He sounds like one fine individual.

Koble: But your garb clearly identifies you as a warrior and not a knight, so you couldn’t possibly know him. Oh, no, no!

Mak: Ehehe…yeah…”warrior”…right.

Mak looks away.

Koble: Wait a minute…Makkmak?!

Mak: Yeah?

Mak’s eyes suddenly widen.

Mak: Knight? I-Is that really you?!

Koble: I did not recognise you at first! Oh, no, no! You’ve become quite a tough-looking man! Much different from that whiny crybaby of a-

Mak: Shut up! People are looking at us!

Koble: Well, do I have a deal for you? Here!

Koble pulls out a small, pinkish-coloured seashell.

Mak: What is it?

Koble: Blow on this, and I’ll be right there! Oh, yes, yes! Anytime you need an item, I’ll be present with it in stock! And with an old friend’s discount!

Mak: Really?

Koble: Oh, yes, yes!

Mak: Well…okay.

Mak takes the shell.

Mak: So how much do I owe you.

Koble: Oh, no, no! Consider it a gesture on my part!

Mak: Thank you.

Koble: Any time you need an item, or if you just want to talk to me-

Mak: -I’ll just blow into it and you’ll be there.

Koble: Indeed!

Mak stares at the shell.

Scene 16: Platinia City: Late Morning

Amethyst, Zed and Kendall are sitting outside a café. Mak joins them.

Amethyst: What kept you?

Mak: Oh, I was just…catching up with an old friend.

Amethyst: That sounds wonderful.

Mak: Yeah…

Mak’s thoughts: I wonder if that shell really works…?

Mak looks around.

Mak: So where’s Erik?

Zed: He had to take Astra and that shady guy back to their world.

Kendall: Uh, Zed?

Zed: Yes, Kendall?

Kendall: Why is your glove glowing?!

Zed looks at the back of his right hand. The pattern is shining through his glove with cyan light. Zed panics.

Zed: What the…?!

Amethyst: Oh dear…this may be a problem.

Kendall: What?

Amethyst: Kendall…what we are about to tell you must be kept secret from everybody…

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End Credits

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