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on September 10th 2014, 11:21 am
Great episode my friend. Wink

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on September 10th 2014, 3:25 pm
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Thank you! (Common)
Arigatou! (Ryukoni)
Merci! (High Elven)

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on September 11th 2014, 1:19 pm
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on September 11th 2014, 3:20 pm
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Rukiafan wrote:Great episode my friend. Wink
@Staroceancrazy wrote:Awesome episode Exclamation
Thank you! I uploaded two, though. Did you see the first part of Zed of Two Worlds? Wink

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on November 22nd 2014, 11:42 pm
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Episode 9: My Sister’s Footsteps
Spoiler:
Synopsis: The party encounters the famed entertainer Katalina Pharrschott…who just so happens to be Brocc’s sister! A bear steals Katalina’s prized violin, and so Brocc decides to prove himself by facing the bear alone. What Brocc fails to realize is that the scenario could very well be a trap meant for himself and his allies! Meanwhile, Zed inadvertently drinks a potion which causes his clothes to be banished to another plane, a potion given to him by none other than the mischievous bolgard thief, Gazzo! Will Zed be able to recover his outfit from the Ethereal Expanse?

New Characters

Katalina Pharrschott – Brocc’s sister and a talented entertainer, her treasured violin is stolen by a ferocious bear. Brocc steps up to the challenge and attempts to help her retrieve it.

Azure – A pixie who takes an immediate interest in Zed, he claims he can help Zed with his little…problem.

Tamamaki of Koori – Tamamaki-kun is a ryukoni on a pilgrimage to the nearest shugenja temple. He takes an interest in Zed and his pixie companion as they search for Brocc and Thobrun.
Bears and pixies and ryukoni, oh my!
Spoiler:
Scene 1: Platinian Nature Trail: Late Morning

The Crystalbound, along with Kendall, Gazzo and Erik, walk along the Platinian Nature Trail, a path with woodland to their left and right. Brocc looks over at Gazzo, who grins widely, revealing his long, crooked teeth.

Brocc: Uh…is it just me, or did our party take on a few more members?

Gazzo: Oh, don’t mind us. We’re just tagging along…like a bunch of lost puppies.

Gazzo points his thumb over his shoulder at Kendall.

Kendall: Hey, I’m no puppy!

Gazzo: Really? Then…what are-

Kendall: A wolfborn! I’m a wolfborn!

Gazzo: Oh. Heh, I’ve never seen a “wolfborn” before.

Kendall: Well, now you have.

Gazzo: Indeed. And a pleasure it is too. Here, have a coin.

Gazzo flips a coin into Kendall’s hand. Kendall sniffs it and panics.

Kendall: Chocolate? Why would you give me this?!

Gazzo: It…well…it’s a gift!

Kendall: But I’m allergic to chocolate!

Gazzo: Oh. In that case…Zed, would you like-

Zed: No thanks.

Gazzo: Oh, don’t tell me you’re allergic to chocolate as well!

Brocc: Oh yeah, Zed avoids chocolate like Bryn avoids muddvaks.

Bryn: Or like Brocc avoids ponies.

Brocc: Touché. The point is that Zed treats chocolate like it would poison him.

Zed: Well, technically-

Suddenly, a scream sounds out across the nature trail.

Gazzo: What the heck was that?!

A dust cloud moves towards the party at a frightening speed.

Thobrun: It’s a sandstorm…I think.

Mak: Oh no, after growing up in the desert, you’d know what a sandstorm looks like. And that, Thobrun, is no sandstorm.

Thobrun: Well, it sure isnae a blizzard!

Emily: Perhaps it is a sand elemental?

Amethyst: No, I have studied all twelve groups of elemental, and that does not fit any one criterion.

Bryn: Then it must be-

Brocc: Kaley?

Bryn: No, I was gonna say a stampeding muddvak. What’s a “kaley”?

Brocc: It’s-

The dust cloud charges towards the party, stopping just short of it. Brocc steps forward, and the dust settles, revealing a female gnome with green hair.

Brocc: -my sister!

The party appears flabbergasted, all except Bryn and Erik.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: Platinian Nature Trail: Late Morning

Bryn points at the female gnome.

Bryn: Huh. So Brocc has a sister. Who knew?

Brocc: I have five sisters! I never stop talking about them!

Bryn: Oh. Any brothers to go with that?

Brocc: Yes! Four of them!

Bryn: Oh…I guess I need to stop blocking out every little thing you say, then.

Brocc: You’ve been doing WHAT?!

The female gnome smiles.

Gnome: Oh, Brockie! It’s so good to see you again!

The gnome locks Brocc inside a massive hug. Brocc struggles to speak.

Brocc: Hello…ACK!...Kaley!

Erik finally speaks.

Erik: Well, it seems that Brocc is not the only famous one in his family.

Zed looks at Erik.

Zed: What do you mean?

Erik: This is Katalina Pharrschott, a famed entertainer.

Bryn: Wait…THE Katalina Pharrschott?!

Brocc finally wriggles free of Katalina’s grip.

Brocc: You’ve heard of her?

Bryn: Of course! I’ve been to all her concerts. In secret, of course.

Katalina looks at Bryn.

Katalina: So you’re the one my brother always talks about.

Bryn: What?! Brocc, I swear, if you-

Katalina: He always says such nice things about you.

Bryn blushes.

Bryn: Oh, he does, does he?

Katalina: Yep! He says he couldn’t ask for a better friend.

Bryn: Well, maybe I DO think of him as a…friend.

Brocc: Yep. We may bicker and argue all the time, but if that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.

Mak facepalms and shakes his head.

Mak: Honestly…

Katalina: So, what brings you and your companions out here?

Brocc: I could ask you the same thing. Ah…minus the “companions” part, of course.

Katalina: Oh, I’m on my way to my next gig in Goldenia.

Mak: So you came running from the opposite direction?

Katalina: Of course! When I heard Brockie’s voice, I just had to meet up with him!

Thobrun: Ye must’ve been running faster than a hyperchook!

Mak: But…how could you hear him?

Brocc: I’ll field this one.

Brocc pulls a chart from seemingly out of nowhere and picks up a suspiciously straight stick from the ground.

Brocc: Forest gnomes – such as my sister and I – have the innate ability to commune with animals. So as you can see by this chart, many woodland creatures communicated via relay from us to my sister that we were moving towards her location, and when a finch finally passed on the message to her, she came “running faster than a hyperchook”, as Thobrun so eloquently described it.

Thobrun: It’s a gift.

Brocc slightly pulls down the chart, causing it to fly up and disappear. He then throws the stick to the ground, causing a loud “Ow!” sound to appear.

Bryn: Uh…what was that chart-thingy, and how did it appear out of nowhere?

Brocc: Ah, that was an example of illusion magic, the magic of illusion.

Bryn: But it was completely tangible and solid!

Brocc: Okay, conjuration. What do I look like, a wizard?

Bryn: Yes, you look very much like a wizard! Wizards wear capes, don’t they?

Brocc: True, but on another note, stop nagging me!

Bryn: Oh, I’ll do more than “nag” you in a minute, “Brockie”!

Brocc: HEY! Only eleven people may call me Brockie!

Bryn: Oh, and am I one of them?

Brocc: Why, I oughta-

Katalina giggles.

Katalina: Oh, you two are just like an old married couple!

Bryn and Brocc suddenly panic.

Bryn: What? Us? Married? Never!

Brocc: Yeah, you’d have to be nuts to want to marry her!

Bryn: Are you calling halflings nuts?

Brocc: Nope, just the ones who’d marry you!

Bryn: That’s it! Come here!

Bryn begins chasing Brocc in circles around the party. Katalina smiles and giggles nervously.

Scene 3: The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Early Afternoon

The party, along with Katalina, sits at two tables which happen to be located right near each other.

Bryn: Okay, I know that taverns have pretty outlandish names, but this place? The Bronzed Axolotl? Zed, what is an axolotl?

Zed: Uh-

Bryn: Wrong person to ask. Amethyst-

Zed: Hold on, I know what an axolotl is!

Bryn: Really? I thought you didn’t know much about weird creatures.

Zed: Well, I happen to have a pet axolotl of my own, a Chiauruese goldgill. Mrs. Taylor’s taking care of her for me.

Bryn: Aha! Chiauruese! Which means that axolotls come from Archaelia, an obscure subcontinent which I’m sure none of you have heard of.

Emily: I visited Chiaurupolis last year on a pilgrimage.

Bryn: Whatever, the question is why in the world there is a tavern named after a rare, exotic creature right in the middle of Ornoposia. Also, why the “bronzed axolotl”? Why not the “happy axolotl”, or the “drunken axolotl”?

Mak: Because the architect was of Archaelian descent, and his gift to the owners was a bronze sculpture of an axolotl, his hometown’s civic emblem.

Bryn: And how do you know this, Captain “I’m-a-dumb-warrior”?

Mak: It’s…on that plaque over there.

Mak points to a wall plaque with a bronze axolotl sculpture mounted on it. The inscription reads, “This bronze axolotl sculpture was a gift from the architect to its owners, Kelpley and Algaenon Pond. The axolotl was chosen because it is the civic emblem of his hometown”.

Bryn: Oh. Well, here’s my next question: Were the original owners really named Kelpley and Algaenon Pond? I mean, that must be a joke to put further emphasis on the fact that there is a metal fish-lizard on the wall.

Kendall walks up to the table carrying three mugs.

Kendall: There we go, one Goldwaldunian mead for Mr. Steelanvil-

Thobrun: Thank ye, lad.

Kendall: One Lumidelven rosé for Miss Moondew-

Amethyst: My thanks, Kendall.

Kendall: And for Zed, who doesn’t drink alcohol…one mug of fruit punch.

Zed: Really? They serve fruit punch here?

Kendall: Indeed.

Zed: Sweet!

Zed sniffs his drink and sets it down gently.

Zed: It has alcohol in it.

Kendall: What?!

Kendall sniffs it.

Kendall: Oh yeah.

Erik: Surely you must have been able to smell the alcohol in Zed’s drink.

Kendall: Well, my senses have been acting up ever since Bryn spilled the pepper shaker yesterday.

Mak: Bryn!

Bryn: It was an accident!

Kendall: Okay, I’ll go and have a chat with the owner about it. Her name’s Waterlilly Pond, and she inherited this place from her parents Kelpley and Algaenon.

Bryn: Oh, come on! That’s just adding fuel to the fire! Or rather, axolotls to the river!

Kendall leaves the table, taking the fruit punch with him.

Katalina: So Brockie, what have you been doing lately?

Brocc: Oh, you know. It’s just one thing after another. First, we found Zed, then we went to a bunch of places, and…here we are now. How about you?

Katalina: Oh, just moving from gig to gig. Getting into all sorts of adventures, you know, the usual adventurer schtick.

Bryn: Wow. Is this what passes for a deep, meaningful gnome conversation?

Brocc: Of course. We couldn’t really leave out any details, could we?

Bryn (sarcasm): No, of course not. Every little detail helps, doesn’t it?

Katalina: Exactly!

Brocc and Katalina both sigh.

Katalina: Well, I’m going to tune my violin outside.

Bryn: Ooh, I wanna hear you play in person!

Katalina: Of course! I adore all of my fans!

Bryn: Yippee!

Brocc: I’ll join you shortly.

Katalina: Okay!

Bryn and Katalina leave the table, the young gnome taking her violin case with her. Gazzo pulls out a chair and sits next to Zed.

Gazzo: Look, Zed…

Zed: Oh, hi.

Gazzo: Hello. Look, I just wanted to apologise to ya for what I almost did before.

Zed: It’s fine, no problem.

Gazzo: So to make it up to ya, I wanted to give ya this potion of luck.

Gazzo places a small bottle filled with golden-yellow liquid into Zed’s ungloved hands.

Zed: Really?

Gazzo: Actually, Bryn gave it to me to give to ya. She considers ya a good pal.

Zed: Oh. So, what does it do?

Gazzo: It gives ya perfect good luck and fortune for a time. Try it out, if ya like. Oh, but ya need to drink the whole thing.

Zed: Fair enough. Amethyst, what do you think?

Amethyst: It most definitely has Bryn’s branding on it, and despite her flaws, Bryn is true to her word.

Zed: Okay then.

Zed uncorks the bottle and begins drinking from it. Bryn walks back to the table.

Bryn: Sorry, forgot my-

Bryn sees Zed drinking from the bottle and panics.

Bryn: Zed, don’t drink that!

Bryn’s words arrive too late, Zed having drunk the last drop.

Zed: How come?

Bryn: You’re about to find out…

Zed’s clothes begin to shimmer, right down to his bare feet.

Zed: What’s happening?!

All of a sudden, Zed’s outer clothes disappear, revealing both his crystal and his pair of pale blue boxer shorts.

Zed: What happened?!

Gazzo: That potion I gave ya? A potion of banish clothes.

Zed: My clothes have vanished?!

Gazzo: Not vanished, “banished”. To the Ethereal Expanse. It’s the ultimate party gag!

Zed glares at Bryn. Tears begin to well in his eyes.

Zed: Bryn…how could you?

Bryn: I swear, I had no idea he took it!

Zed sniffs.

Zed: Really?

Bryn: I may be a thief, but I’m always true to my word. First rule of being a Greatkin.

Zed: Then…

Zed looks down at Gazzo.

Zed: Why?

Gazzo: Ya seemed like the type to have a sense of humour, so I tested it out.

Zed stares at the bolgard. The stare turns into a smile, which turns into a giggle, which snowballs into a fit of tear-filled laughter.

Zed: Okay, you got me!

Gazzo: There we go, I knew I judged ya right!

Zed calms down.

Zed: Okay, so…how long until the potion wears off?

Gazzo: Bryn?

Bryn: Well…

Zed: Bryn, tell me it will wear off.

Bryn: Yes, it will…eventually…I think.

Mak: You think?

Bryn: I made it to bolgard strength, so Gazzo would’ve only been nude for about 12 hours, a day tops.

Brocc: I hope you mean “in his underwear” and not “nude”.

Bryn: I’ve seen him drop his pants. Believe me, I wish I did mean that.

Brocc quivers.

Bryn: But a human drinking that concoction…it’s unfathomable.

Zed: So I might be stuck like this?!

Bryn: Well, yes. But the potion does have a safety mechanism in place to make you feel secure. It’ll feel like you’re still wearing your warm, comfy outfit even when you’re not. Oh, and you can’t put on any other clothes, otherwise, when your real outfit tries to return, both of them will disappear. For good. As will any future clothes you try to wear.

Mak: What other tricks did they teach you in that guild?

Bryn: Honestly, the best thing to do is wait. Oh, but you can definitely put your socks, boots and gloves back on.

Zed: That doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Katalina screams from outside.

Brocc: Kaley!

Scene 4: Outside The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Early Afternoon

Bryn, Brocc and Thobrun race outside. Katalina appears distressed.

Brocc: Kaley! Kaley! What happened?!

Katalina: Well-

Brocc grabs Katalina and begins shaking her.

Brocc: Katalina! We must stay calm! Don’t panic! Nobody panic! EVERYBODY, STOP PANICKING!

Bryn pulls Brocc away and slaps his face. Brocc snaps back to his senses.

Brocc: Oh, sorry. Sometimes I fear for my sister’s safety.

Katalina: A bear stole my violin. It’s my most cherished possession.

Bryn: Is it important?

Katalina: Well, yes. It was a gift from my brother.

Brocc: What?! Which brother? Was it Sven? He was always the favourite! Ooh…that Sven!

Katalina giggles.

Katalina: No, it was you, you goofball!

Brocc: Oh yeah, it was a graduation present for you. Heheh…

Katalina: You were only 45 at the time, still an adolescent. But you did always look out for me, little brother.

Bryn: Wait a minute…Brocc, you’re YOUNGER than her?!

Katalina: I still remember when we were little, and mother and father had me choose a name for him. I chose “Choy”, because it sounded like a silly name for a gnome to have.

Bryn laughs loudly through her nose.

Bryn: Your name’s Brocc Choy? Like the vegetable?

Katalina: Actually, his full name is Broccoli Choy Verdann Svetlana Asparagustus-

Brocc: Okay, we don’t need to tell Brynnie all of my 35 middle names! We have more pressing matters to sort out!

Bryn: No, no, I want to hear the other 31-

Brocc speaks to Bryn through his clenched teeth.

Brocc: Katalina’s. Prized. Violin!

Bryn: Right. Which way did the bear go?

Katalina: That way.

Katalina points into a forested area.

Brocc: Right, I’m going in!

Bryn: By yourself? That’s crazy! At least tell the others!

Brocc: My mind’s made up! I, and I alone, will restore my family’s honour…before Sven does!

Brocc rushes into the forest.

Brocc: VIOLIN! VIOLIN! WHERE ARE YOU?

Bryn: He’s gonna become bear chow.

Thobrun: I’ll follow him, lass.

Bryn: And I’ll stay here and make sure Katalina’s okay.

Thobrun: Fair enough, lass.

Katalina: Thank you, Bryn.

Thobrun enters the forest.

Thobrun: Oi! Ye great hairy beast! Come out, will ye?

Bryn: Those two…always talking to something that can’t answer back.

We cut to a view of a window on the side of the building. A faery with clear, cyan wings observes Zed.

Faery: At last, I’ve found him! But…why is he naked?

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Scene 5: The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Mid Afternoon

Zed stands outside the tavern, in deep thought.

Zed’s thoughts: I have a feeling…that I’m about to end up very far away from here…

Argen flashes onto the top of Zed’s head.

Argen: Really? That’s a pretty weird feeling to have.

Zed: Oh, hi Argen. Wait…you heard that thought?

Argen: Of course! We’re connected, like brothers. Only, y’know, NOT brothers.

Zed: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something doesn’t feel right.

Argen: Is it your lack of clothes?

Zed: No, it’s more a spiritual feeling.

Erik’s voice: “Spiritual” isn’t a word which pops up often in this place.

Zed spins around to face Erik as he exits the tavern.

Zed: Oh, Erik.

Erik: Many people of this land assume a sense of spirituality which is borrowed from the people of Ryokoro.

Zed: Except it’s the concept of “heart”, rather than spirit.

Erik: Exactly, though both ideals are, in a sense, one and the same.

Zed: Well, that’s the sort of feeling that I have. It’s like…I’m being drawn towards someone, or someplace.

Erik: Interesting…

Zed: Could it be my true home?

Erik: Zed, you must understand that home isn’t from whence you hail. It is-

Zed: -where your heart currently resides. It’s one of the first shugenja proverbs I learned.

Erik: Indeed.

Erik sighs.

Erik: But, if I had to point you in a direction…

Erik points into the forest.

Erik: That way. I suggest walking in that direction.

Zed: Alone?

Erik: You are never truly alone. You will always be guided by someone.

Zed: I see.

Erik: I’ll leave you to make a decision.

Erik re-enters the tavern.

Zed: Okay, I’m going in.

Argen: Actually, I…uh…have to take care of…uh…a thing. Yeah. Later!

Argen flashes away.

Zed: Hey, Argen! W-

Zed sighs.

Zed: I haven’t been this alone in a long time.

Zed begins entering the forest. After about five steps, the pixie flies in front of Zed’s face.

Pixie: Hellooooooo!

Zed: WAAAAAAAH!

Pixie: May I tag along?

Zed: What the…? Who are…?

Pixie: Pleeeeeeease? I’m really curious to enter the forest, but I don’t want to go in alone!

Zed: Uh…well…sure, I guess.

Pixie: Great! I call top bunk!

The pixie sits on top of Zed’s head.

Zed: Well, I didn’t want to go in alone.

Pixie: Wow, your hair is so soft. What conditioner do you use?

Zed: Uh…prestidigitation.

Pixie: So you’re a mage?

Zed: A wizard, actually.

Pixie: Then…is your name, by chance, Zed?

Zed: Yeah. How-

Pixie: YES! I found you at last!

The pixie flies in front of Zed’s face.

Pixie: You gotta let me come with! Please?

Zed: I already said it’s fine.

Pixie: Great! Oh, but you should know something.

Zed: Really?

Pixie: Yeah. Word is that there’s a DRAGOOOOON in this forest.

Zed: A dragon?!

Pixie: Well, it’s just a rumour…one which I may have started, but-

Zed: So you were just teasing me?

Pixie: Well…I thought it’d be funny.

Zed: You and the bolgard. Everybody’s picking on me today!

Zed swiftly walks away from the pixie and into the forest.

Pixie: Hey, wait! You can’t face the dragon alone!

Zed: I’m not facing a dragon. I’m looking for my friends.

Pixie: Then let me help!

Zed: For the third time, fine. You can come!

The pixie begins to follow Zed.

Pixie: Are you mad?

Zed: No, I’m still reeling from the shock of losing my clothes.

Pixie: Yeah, I noticed that. What the bolgard did to you with that potion.

Zed: Yeah, I-

Zed stops and faces the pixie.

Zed: You saw that?

Pixie: Yep. I saw the whole thing through the tavern window.

Zed: So you were spying on me.

Pixie: Yes, but for a good reason.

Zed: I’m all ears.

Pixie: Well…I can’t tell you YET.

Zed: And you’re keeping secrets.

Pixie: Look, all I’m saying is that you should protect that crystal.

Zed: I know. Now, which way should I go?

The pixie points into the forest.

Pixie: That way. Hope you brought your compass!

Zed lifts up a silver compass.

Zed: I never travel without it.

Pixie: Ooh, shiny!

Zed: Now, let’s move!

Zed begins heading into the forest.

Pixie: Yes, ma’am!

The pixie follows Zed.

Scene 6: The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Late Afternoon

Erik walks up to the tables. Mak stands up.

Mak: Is Zed still out there?

Erik: He is doing some soul-searching.

Mak: Soul-searching? What’s that?

Erik: He is finding himself through the art of exploration.

Mak panics.

Mak: Alone?!

Erik: It is part of his Adventurer’s League training.

Mak: But he’s still a greenhorn!

Amethyst: Do not worry, Mak. He will be fine.

Mak: But he’s a human! He doesn’t have any natural abilities, he can’t see in pitch-darkness-

Amethyst: -and he has one of the most powerful artefacts in the world to protect him.

Erik: Not to mention his companion.

Mak: His what now?

Erik: I saw him communicating with a faery outside.

Amethyst: That is a sign of good fortune. He will be fine.

Mak: But…he’s naked!

Bryn: Face it, fearless leader. You don’t have a basis to lean on!

Mak: Nngh! Fine. But if anything happens to him-

Erik: I’ll take full responsibility.

Mak: Fine.

Mak exhales sharply through his nose.

Mak: I still don’t like it.

Scene 7: Forest: Late Afternoon

Zed walks through the forest, pursued by the tiny pixie.

Pixie: Look, about what I said earlier...

Zed: It's fine. To be honest, I kinda expected to meet you.

Pixie: Really?! I-I mean...good. You should have expected to stumble across-

Both Zed and the pixie stop moving.

Pixie: -that weird-looking creature!

The pixie flies forward towards a person resembling a humanoid dragon with golden scales. He has short, scruffy, golden-brown hair on top of his head; a monkey-like tail with short fur of the same colour curves out from the base of his tunic, slowly moving around and twitching behind his back. He sits on the ground with his legs crossed and his clawed hands in his lap. His eyes are closed, as though he is in a deep trance.

Pixie: Look at this thing! What is it?

Zed: I'm...not sure...

Pixie: What's it doing? This is no place for a nap!

Zed: I don't think...he's asleep. He's meditating.

Dragonoid: You are correct.

Both Zed and the Pixie appear shocked.

Zed: You can hear us?

Dragonoid: Are you aware that you are nearly devoid of clothing?

Pixie: And see us?!

Dragonoid: When you open your mind, all senses come to you, even the ones you cannot normally comprehend.

The person opens his eyes and carefully stands to his clawed, three-toed feet.

Dragonoid: Ore wa Koori no Tamamaki desu. (I am Tamamaki of Koori.)

Zed: Boku wa Zed desu. (I'm Zed.)

Pixie: And I'd be lost without these handy subtitles.

Tamamaki: A wall is as sturdy as can be, yet it crumbles at the slightest turn of phrase.

Pixie: Come again?

Zed: That was a shugenja proverb.

Tamamaki: You are correct, Zed the Azurebound.

Zed appears surprised.

Zed: You know of me?

Tamamaki: Indeed. I have awaited your arrival in this spot.

Zed: But...how did you know I'd be here?

Tamamaki: My ears are open to many things, not the least of which is the Sublime.

Pixie: What's he jabbering about?

Zed: He speaks of Kedakai, one of the Immortal Twelve.

Pixie: A Celestial Being? Aren't they - and please excuse the pun - nothing more than a faery tale?

Zed: I watched two beings ascend right in front of me. Believe me, they exist.

Pixie: But they haven't been seen in the mortal realm for centuries!

Tamamaki: And yet you were given a task by Mar-

Pixie: Hey, hey! Spoilers! I have yet to tell Zed about that!

Tamamaki: You keep secrets from him?

Zed: He won't even tell me his name.

Tamamaki looks at the pixie.

Tamamaki: Anata wa Azure desu. (You are Azure.)

Azure: Uh…what?

Zed: So your name’s Azure, then?

Azure stares at Tamamaki, an expression of shock spreading across his face. A shimmer of sparkles falls from Azure's wings as he freaks out.

Azure: You said my name? Why would you say that?! Have you heard of the term, "spoilers"?!

Tamamaki: You are at least obligated to tell Zed your name, yes?

Azure: ...I am...I guess...

Tamamaki: Very good. Now, the reason you have come is...?

Zed: Oh, we're looking for some people.

Tamamaki: Of course. Allow me to assist you both.

Azure: Fine, but we don't need the help.

Tamamaki: Are you sure?

Azure: Yes, I just said we-

Suddenly, a far-off cry sounds out.

Brocc’s voice: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! OH, WHY DID I DECIDE TO DO THIS?! SOMEBODY! HEEEEEEEELP UUUUUUUS!

Zed: Brocc! Thobrun!

Azure: Jetta!

Zed: Who?!

Azure: It...long story!

Zed: Hurry!

The three people race towards the source of Brocc's voice.

To be Continued...

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Episode 10: Memories of Ryokoro
Spoiler:
Scene 8: Outside Bear’s Cave: Late Afternoon

Zed, Azure and Tamamaki arrive at the entrance of a cave. A bear has Brocc cornered to a wall. Thobrun lies unconscious next to a large rock.

Zed: Brocc! Thobrun!

Azure: Jetta!

Zed: Okay, seriously, who is this “Jetta” person?

Brocc looks over at Zed.

Brocc: Oh, Zed! Thank goodness it’s you!

Zed: What’s going on?

Brocc: Well, this bear, it-

Azure: It’s gonna maul him! Do something!

Tamamaki: Very well.

Tamamaki sits down and begins meditating.

Azure: WHAT?! THAT’S your big plan?!

Tamamaki: Meditation is the gateway to the Sublime.

Azure: This is no time for shinkanji techno-babble!

The bear roars at Brocc. Brocc begins to panic.

Brocc: Oh, no! This is it!

The bear’s snout approaches Brocc’s face. It begins licking his cheek.

Brocc: Oh, ahahahaha! That tickles!

Zed: It must be tame.

Azure: Or…maybe Tummynuckle is controlling its mind.

Tamamaki: To control the will of another is a most shameful act.

Thobrun suddenly sits up.

Thobrun: Kippers please, mummy! Oh.

Thobrun notices Zed.

Thobrun: How long have you been standing there, lad?

Zed: About three minutes.

Thobrun stands to his feet and sees the bear “attacking” Brocc.

Thobrun: No! Brocc! I’ll save you!

Thobrun readies his axe and starts charging.

Zed: WAIT! It’s not attacking him!

Thobrun: Come again?

Zed: It’s assaulting him with kisses!

Thobrun observes the bear as it licks Brocc’s face.

Thobrun: Oh. Heheh…my apologies, ye hairy beastie.

The bear turns to face Thobrun and tackles him to the ground, before it begins licking his hairy face.

Thobrun: Hahahahaha! Aren’t you a hairy scamp!

Azure: It’s at LEAST as hairy as you!

The bear roars.

Thobrun: Oh, yes, I love you too!

Azure: So…is he part-bear, then?

Zed: No, he’s a dwarf.

Azure: Wait…is he the Tawnybound, Thobrun?!

Zed: Yep.

Brocc runs up to Zed and Azure.

Brocc: And I’m the Greenbound!

Azure: Oh yeah, you’re Beansprout.

Brocc: No, Broccoli!

Azure: Potato, tomato.

Brocc: No, just Broccoli. But call me “Brocc”.

Brocc notices Tamamaki.

Brocc: Who’s your new friend, Zed? Wait a minute…

Brocc walks up to Tamamaki and examines him carefully.

Brocc: Are you my brother Sven in disguise?

Tamamaki: I am not your brother Sven, Broccoli Choy Svetl-

Brocc: Hey! I thought I said nobody’s saying my middle names in this episode! But if you DO know my middle names…

Brocc points at Tamamaki.

Brocc: Aha! You ARE Sven, and you’ve come to complete my mission and take the credit for it!

Tamamaki: Your brother Sven is currently in college. He is studying bardic lore.

Brocc: I knew it! He’s going to become a bard and knock me off my pedestal!

Thobrun: Aren’t you overreacting just a wee bit, lad?

Brocc: Never! I’ll never overreact when it comes to Sven! Ooh, that Sven!

Azure flies up to Zed’s right ear.

Azure: Is he always like this?

Zed: Nope. Sometimes he’s a bit more extreme.

Azure: And that doesn’t bother you?

Zed: Nope. I think he’s kind of funny, actually.

Brocc: I’m WAY funnier than Sven! Just cause he beat me in the Comedy Festival doesn’t mean his sense of humour is…uh…what’s another word for “trout”?

Zed giggles.

Brocc: Drat! I was outworded by him, and he’s not even here! Ooh, that Sven!

Scene 8: Forest: Late Afternoon

We cut to a view of the forest floor. A few sets of footprints lie fresh in the mud. A familiar pair of brown boots step next to them, with their owner kneeling down. Trent removes his right gauntlet and touches one footprint, then grabs some of the soil surrounding it. He stands upright, crumbles it slightly in his palm and sniffs it.

Trent: Bear tracks.

Trent throws the soil to the ground and rubs his hand across his thigh, removing the excess. He pulls his gauntlet back on, flexing his fingers as he does so. Kara gracefully lands next to him, her quarterstaff in her right hand.

Kara: And that is important, because?

Trent: They follow a path alongside two other pairs of footprints. I recognize the tracks.

Kara: Oh?

Trent points to the tracks. One set is made up of fairly wide footprints, the other set made up of small, narrow ones.

Trent: It seems the bear was following our old friends, the Crystalbound.

Kara: All of them?

Trent shakes his head.

Trent: Just the dwarf and gnome.

Kara: We should be able to take them easily. Two versus two is not only fair, it works well in our favour.

Trent: Be careful, Kara. Their crystals offer them power beyond our imagining.

Kara: Ah, but do we not possess an artefact of our own?

Trent: We do. Nonetheless, we must be on our guard.

Scene 10: Outside Bear’s Cave: Evening

Zed, Thobrun, Brocc and Tamamaki sit outside the cave surrounding a small fire. The bear is curled up in a ball, fast asleep, with Azure relaxing atop its head.

Zed: So Tamamaki-kun, I’m curious about what it’s like in Ryokoro.

Tamamaki: It is most spectacular. In my homeland of Koori, it snows for much of the year. During the Dragon Festival, the snow shimmers in a myriad of colours. We call it “Juuichi-Iro no Yuki”.

Zed: The Snow of Twelve Colours.

Tamamaki: It is indeed most spectacular to behold.

Brocc: Sounds like my kind of weather!

Thobrun: What? You cannae stand snow, lad.

Brocc: It’s the principle of the thing! I, like most forest gnomes, like things that are colourful up to the point of garishosity.

Thobrun: Uh…”garishosity” isnae a w-

Brocc: Now, ROCK gnomes, on the other hand, are more content with all that glitters. What kind of creature in its right mind prefers shiny things that sparkle and gleam?

Azure: Gearmites.

Thobrun: Elboks.

Zed: Magpies.

Brocc: I mean sentient creatures!

Azure: Faeries.

Thobrun: Kobles.

Zed: Rogues.

Tamamaki: Dragons.

Brocc: Never mind, you don’t get my point. Explaining it would just be wasted breath.

Kara’s voice: Then select your next words carefully, gnome.

The bear suddenly awakens, standing up so suddenly that Azure is flung into the air. It roars loudly at Trent and Kara, who are standing very close by. Azure yells at the bear.

Azure: Hey! What did you do that for, you hairy-

Azure suddenly notices Trent and Kara, and turns to greet them.

Azure: Oh, hi there! Zed, are these more of your friends?

Zed: Hardly.

The bear roars again. Kara leaps forward and gently and swiftly strikes its pressure points. It collapses to the ground and falls asleep.

Trent: I will forgive you for doing that, Kara. Having said that, I hardly approve.

Brocc: What did you do THAT for?!

Kara: You cannot be too careful with a dangerous animal such as a bear.

Brocc: But you killed it!

Kara: Relax, gnome. It will be fine in one hour.

Brocc: Did you just call me “gnome” for the second time?

Kara: Silence, gnome.

Kara notices Tamamaki.

Kara: We meet again, Tamamaki-kun.

Tamamaki: Konbanwa, Karakaki-san. (Good evening, Karakaki.)

Brocc: Wait…you two know each other?

Kara: That is not your concern, gnome.

Brocc: HEY! I have a name, you know!

Kara: Hold your tongue, gnome.

Brocc scoffs loudly.

Brocc: The nerve! Honestly, I-

Kara suddenly punches in Brocc’s direction, surrounding him in a wall of fire.

Brocc: WAAAAAAAAH!

Kara: If you do not mind, I am speaking to my former associate.

Tamamaki throws his open palm in Brocc’s direction, dousing the flame with water.

Tamamaki: Leave the gnome out of this. This is between us, Karakaki-san.

Brocc: My name is NOT “the gnome”!

Kara: Do not call me that. I now answer to “Kara”.

Tamamaki: You disgrace your honour by rejecting your own name?

Kara: My honour is whole and pure. “Kara” is a nickname given to me by my Mistress.

Tamamaki: Your only master is your temple sensei.

Kara: Was. I was cast out for following my own path.

Tamamaki: And which path has led you to reject the one before you?

Kara: If you wish to know, you must strike me.

Tamamaki sighs.

Tamamaki: Very well. Since you requested this…

Tamamaki leaps towards Kara, his fist flying forward. Kara suddenly seems to vanish.

Tamamaki: What…?

Kara’s voice: Up here.

Kara is standing atop the cave’s mouth.

Tamamaki: How did you do that? What foul trickery is this?

Kara: The Crystalbound are not the only ones to possess extraordinary gifts.

Kara reaches into her top, pulling out a crystal of very dark purple.

Tamamaki: That is a mockery of the true crystals! How did you come to possess it?

Trent: They were a gift from our Mistress.

Thobrun: You mean-

Trent turns to face Thobrun.

Trent: Indeed. There are two sets of crystals.

Thobrun readies his axe.

Thobrun: Then I must stop you before you-

Trent suddenly lifts up his staff and points it at Thobrun. A green beam shoots from it, striking Thobrun. As the beam pulses with bright green light, the energy of nature courses through Thobrun’s body, inflicting great discomfort and causing the dwarf to drop his axe.

Trent: To threaten a guardian of nature is to threaten Naturia herself. You shall not harm her!

Zed suddenly pulls his wand from out of nowhere, pointing it at Trent.

Zed: "Magic Missile!"

A bright cyan marble of energy fires at Trent, but it deflects off his body and into the sky.

Zed: But…magic missile never misses!

Trent addresses Zed while still focusing on Thobrun.

Trent: You must be a fool. I, too, have a crystal. The one I possess protects and reinforces my willpower, shielding me from the basest form of magic.

In an instant, Kara disappears from the cave mouth and reappears next to the party, with only a split-second pink blur marking her former location.

Kara: And the crystal I wear gives me perfect agility and reflexes, making it near-impossible to strike me.

Tamamaki: There is no honour in cheating, Kara.

Kara: The crystal chose me. It and I are bound to one another. Cheating is not involved in my actions.

Brocc: Okay, so what have we learned? That these two goons have crystals too?

Thobrun continues to struggle.

Thobrun: Nngh…don’t just…stand there! Do…some…thing!

Brocc: Like what? You heard the druid. Magic doesn’t affect him!

Thobrun: Then…YEAAAAAAAARGH!

Trent continues to focus on Thobrun. Suddenly, a rock strikes the back of Trent’s head. The beam of energy suddenly stops, and Trent slinks to the ground, unconscious. Thobrun pants as he regains his composure.

Mak: Sorry we’re late. Did we miss anything?

Brocc: Yeah, a whole bunch! First I was attacked by a bear while THOBRUN was napping-

Thobrun: Now come on…it’s not like…you were in…danger…lad.

Brocc: -and then these people showed up. Oh, and Zed, too.

Mak: ZED!

Mak suddenly runs up to Zed, hugging him tightly.

Zed: Uh…Mak…?

Mak suddenly lets go of Zed.

Mak: I’m so glad you’re safe, buddy.

Amethyst: I told you he would be fine, did I not?

Mak: You did, you did.

Brocc: Oh, and then you threw a rock at Trent and knocked him out.

Azure: Don’t mind us. We’re only important in this story arc, anyhow.

Brocc: Oh, this is Azure. He’s an expert at demolishing fourth walls, just like me!

Mak (sarcasm): Great…

Zed: And that’s Tamamaki-kun. He’s a ryukoni shugenja.

Mak turns to face Tamamaki.

Mak: It’s a pleasure.

Tamamaki: Likewise.

Bryn suddenly runs up to Brocc and grabs him.

Bryn: Oh, Brocc! I’m so glad you’re safe! Don’t EVER do that again, or I swear I’ll-

Brocc breaks free from Bryn’s grip, before he ends up in Katalina’s clutches.

Katalina: Oh, Brockie! You did it! You faced a bear! I’m so happy!

Brocc: What about…ACK…your violin?

Katalina suddenly lets go.

Katalina: Oh yeah! Um…where is it?

Brocc: Over there.

Brocc points to Katalina’s violin case, which is next to a rock. Katalina runs up to it and picks it up, holding it in her arms.

Katalina: Thank you, Brockie.

Brocc: Anytime, Kaley. Now, what’s say we head back to The Bronzed Axolotl and have a big feast to celebrate?

Everybody (including Brocc): Yeah!

Brocc (making a different voice): Oh, yeah, Brocc’s a genius!

Brocc: (making another different voice): Yay! Brocc’s the greatest for suggesting that!

Thobrun: Okay, okay, settle down, everyone! We know Brocc did good.

Azure flies up to Zed’s right ear again.

Azure: So this “Brocc” must be pretty well liked then.

Zed: I guess so.

Emily: Okay, let us head back.

The party turns and begins to walk away. Kara suddenly lands in the party’s path.

Kendall: Who…?

Brocc: Oh yeah, I forgot about her.

Kara: You are not going anywhere. I will stop you all right here.

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Spoiler:
Scene 11: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Erik is walking through a crowded street. He spots Jump and approaches him.

Erik: Greetings, Jump.

Jump: Greetings. What brings you here so soon?

Erik: I need you to do something for me.

Jump: Anything, brother.

Scene 12: Outside Bear’s Cave: Evening

Kara faces off against the Crystalbound, Kendall, Azure and Tamamaki.

Mak: Okay, maybe we should just talk about-

Kara punches at Mak, striking his arm with a small burst of flame.

Mak: OW! Okay, that was uncalled for!

Emily: Do not worry. I will mend your wound later.

Mak stares into Emily’s eyes and smiles. Kara places her right hand onto her right hip.

Kara: Do you not take me seriously?

Brocc: Oh, believe me, at least half of us take you seriously.

Kara: I really do intend to stop you. And when I do, you will not see me co-

A crossbow bolt fires towards Kara, but she shifts two feet to her left in a split-second pink blur.

Kara: Who…?

Everybody looks down at Bryn.

Bryn: What? I took a punt, and I missed. What’s the harm?

Kara swiftly rushes forward and strikes Bryn, sending her flying up and catching the hood of her cloak on a tree branch.

Bryn: Never mind, I’ll just hang around up here, then.

Bryn looks down to the forest floor, and her vision blurs and splits.

Bryn: Uh…probably not a good time to mention my fear of heights, right?

Mak: Oh, for the love of…Bryn, you’re two feet from the ground!

Bryn: Which is the equivalent of a human four feet from the ground!

Bryn suddenly realises what she said.

Bryn: Well, that didn’t come out right. Good thing there are no other halflings here, or that would have been embarrassing.

Kara: Would anybody else like to try and strike me?

Tamamaki steps forward.

Tamamaki: I accept your challenge.

Kara smiles.

Kara: I might have known.

Tamamaki: I will duel you, on one condition.

Kara: I will not tap into my crystal’s power.

Tamamaki: This is all I ask.

Both Kara and Tamamaki take stances relating to their respective disciplines.

Mak: So…what exactly are these two doing?

Zed: I read about this. It’s a duel between shugenja of opposing disciplines. Fire and water are natural opposites, so this should be quite an enlightening experience.

Mak: But how do we know Kara will obey the rules?

Zed: Shugenja typically follow a strict code-of-conduct to obey the rules. If she does have honour, she won’t cheat.

Kara and Tamamaki: San…ni…ichi…HAJIME! (Three…two…one…BEGIN!)

Kara leaps forward, her outstretched fist covered with flame. Tamamaki leaps back and performs a swinging kick, dousing her fist with water. Tamamaki and Kara both land on the ground and turn to face each other.

Kara: You have improved since we last met, Tamamaki-kun.

Tamamaki: Likewise.

Kara suddenly leaps towards Tamamaki again, repeatedly punching her left and right fists forward in rapid succession and causing small orbs of flame to fly in Tamamaki’s direction. Tamamaki matches each punch himself, with splashes of water dousing each flame. Kara and Tamamaki finally reach each other, and Kara swings upward, punching Tamamaki’s lower jaw and sending him flying up. Tamamaki wraps his tail around Kara’s ankles, binding them together and tripping her over as he falls to the ground.

Kara: I see you have learned some new tricks, old friend.

Tamamaki: You gave up the right of friendship when you betrayed your people, Kara.

Kara: Baka! (Idiot!)

Tamamaki and Kara leap to their feet.

Kara: Anata wa ookina bakadatta! (You were a big idiot!)

Tears begin to well in Kara's eyes.

Kara: I reached out to you, and you rejected me! If anybody is to lose the right of friendship, it is not I!

Tamamaki sighs.

Tamamaki: It is true. I did turn you away. But it was to guide you along the path of your own choosing.

Kara’s expression mellows out.

Tamamaki: It is not the right of a fellow shugenja to decide your path for you. That is your decision and yours alone.

Kara: Tamamaki-kun…

Tamamaki: The day you left, I was heartbroken. I feared that the path before you would lead you away from mine, and never again would we meet.

Tamamaki smiles.

Tamamaki: But seeing you here…it gives me hope that we might be able to walk the same path once again.

Trickles of tears roll down Kara’s cheeks.

Kara: I did not intend to hurt you, nor did I mean to betray my people.

Kara wipes away her tears and looks over at the pink horizon.

Kara: The influence of my Mistress can be quite difficult to overcome. She claims she knows what is best for me, but…

Kara sighs.

Kara: It is too late. Perhaps one day, I will be freed from her service. Until that day, I must obey her every whim.

Kara kneels towards Tamamaki, bowing her head.

Kara: The victory is yours this day.

Tamamaki: Karakaki-san…

Kara stands to her feet.

Kara: For now, my partner and I will withdraw.

Mak: But…what will you tell your boss?

Kara: I will tell her the truth, as any honourable shugenja would.

Thobrun: Won’t you be punished, lass?

Kara: My punishment can be no worse than the trials I faced when reaching the Shuken-Suna Temple.

Kara leaps towards Trent, picking him up and slinging him over her shoulder.

Kara: I should warn you, though. Next time, there will be no mercy for you, Crystalbound.

Mak: We’ll keep that in mind.

Kara bows her head, then turns and leaps away. Brocc appears flabbergasted.

Brocc: How can she lift that huge guy over her shoulder and leap away so gracefully?!

Bryn sighs.

Bryn: It’s just one of the mysteries of the world, Brocc. Now...SOMEBODY GET ME DOWN FROM HERE!

Scene 13: The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Night

The party sits around the table, eating a massive feast. Various dishes line the table, with examples including roast lamb, roast chicken, stewed vegetables, hunks of cheese and loaves of freshly-baked bread. The table is covered in bottles of wine, pitchers of ale and a mug of mead for Thobrun. Zed and Kendall are not present.

Brocc: I haven’t eaten this well in weeks!

Bryn: The Dragon Festival was three days ago. You constantly pigged out on Ninoichish food.

Brocc: What? Ninoichish food is delicious.

Bryn: It’s exactly the same as Sunanese and Jangurese.

Brocc: Hey! It takes a true connoisseur of Ninoichish cuisine to spot the differences.

Bryn: But it’s all curry-based. How can you tell the differences?

Brocc: I don’t have to listen to this! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am eating an entire leg of lamb.

Bryn: What?! You couldn’t possibly eat all that!

Katalina: That’s nothing! You haven’t seen him during the Winter Feast. He eats more than our brother Sven!

Brocc: Hey! Leave him out of this!

Katalina giggles.

Katalina: Sorry!

Brocc: Ooh, that Sven!

Scene 14: Outside The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Night

Zed and Kendall stand outside the tavern, the moon high in the sky. Zed is holding his right gauntlet in his left hand, exposing the mark on the back of his right hand.

Kendall: This mark is incredible. I feel as though I’ve seen it somewhere before.

Zed: Really?

Kendall: Yes, though I cannot quite remember where.

Zed: Erik told me that it’s very important. He also said that I need to keep it hidden from most people.

Kendall: Then it’s an amazement that he allowed me to know of it.

Zed: Well, that was an accident. It glowed while you were close enough to see it.

Kendall: Well, I still feel as though he trusts me enough to keep your secret.

Zed: I trust you, too.

Kendall smiles.

Kendall: I must admit, before you came along I didn’t have friends, only acquaintances.

Zed: Really?

Kendall: Indeed. All I had for company was my family.

Zed dons his gauntlet, flexing his fingers as he does so.

Kendall: But now, I have a friend of my own.

Zed: Aw…

Zed smiles. A tear rolls down his cheek.

Kendall: Still, I-

Zed’s mark begins to glow through his gauntlet with cyan light.

Kendall: Oh, it’s glowing once again.

Zed: Hm…that’s weird.

The light dims, before it disappears completely.

Kendall: I wonder why it did that?

Jump’s voice: We meet again, Zed.

Zed looks over at Jump, who is suddenly standing there.

Kendall: WAAAAAH!

Zed: Oh, Jump! Hi!

Jump: Erik sent me here to give you something.

Zed: Oh?

Jump holds up a bottle of glowing blue potion.

Scene 15: Outside The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Morning

The party, Kendall, Gazzo, Katalina and Tamamaki stand outside the tavern. Azure and Jump are nowhere to be found.

Mak: It’s what now?

Zed: Apparently, it’s the antidote to the potion that a certain bolgard gave me.

Gazzo: Heehee…sorry, Zed.

Mak: So he just gave it to you and left?

Zed: Yep.

Brocc: Just like that?

Zed: Just like that.

Tamamaki: Associations wax and wane, but friendships are strong enough to remain constant.

Gazzo: Whuzzat?

Amethyst: It is an example of shugenja teachings.

Emily: I find the proverbs of the shugenja to be most enlightening.

Brocc: Meh, I prefer sohei proverbs myself.

Amethyst: But they are both the same set of teachings.

Brocc: Ah, but it’s the manner in which sohei say them that I prefer!

Tamamaki: The hair splits at the follicle, yet it is still the same hair.

Brocc mulls over Tamamaki’s words.

Brocc: Mmm…I guess that was KIND OF good…

Mak: So, the potion?

Zed: Huh? Oh, right. What should I do?

Mak: You still have dignity, right?

Zed: Of course.

Mak: So…drink it before your dignity evaporates!

Zed: Okay.

Zed uncorks the bottle and drinks the potion.

Zed: Well?

Brocc: Nothing’s happening.

Zed: Oh.

Emily: Wait…your crystal!

Zed’s crystal begins to glow, and his body shimmers with a faint silhouette of his clothes. Underneath Zed’s feet, a cyan-coloured pattern identical to the symbol on his hand appears. At that moment, a column of bright, cyan-tinged light erupts from the ground around him and into the sky.

Mak: I think it’s working!

Amethyst: Something is wrong.

Mak: Come again?

Bryn: Yeah, I’ve had the antidote prepared before, and that never happens!

Mak: Then…what-

The column of light retreats back into the ground, and the pattern fades away. Zed is nowhere to be found.

Mak: Uh…where’s Zed?

Mak walks into the middle of the spot where Zed was standing, looking around with a worried expression on his face.

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on February 21st 2015, 8:52 pm
Episode 11: I Dream of Jen

Synopsis
Spoiler:

Zed has disappeared, leaving the party wondering how to get him back. As they search for a way to retrieve the young wizard, Mak is attacked and seriously injured by two very dangerous people. Most of the party is captured, and Emily, Brocc and Kendall are left stranded. Emily worries for Mak, as she is the best chance for him to make a full recovery, but with no idea where to find him, will it even be possible to save the orcborn in time? Meanwhile, Zed finds himself in an endless expanse of metal which is shrouded in a cool, thick mist. Only one other person seems to be present, a girl who calls herself “Jen”, and she claims she can help Zed find his way back. But what is her true motivation for helping him?

New Characters

Jen – Apparently the sole inhabitant of Zed’s new location, she shows a keen interest in the young wizard. But what is her true purpose?

Brent – An intrepid hunter who is an expert at tracking, but unlike most hunters he doesn’t defend the wilderness from dangerous threats such as kaiju. Rather, he hunts the Crystalbound!

Sara – A savage girl from a wild tribe of Archaelia, what she lacks in intelligence she makes up for in physical might and ferocity. She was the one to land the critical blow on Mak with her prized spear.
Beware, Crystalbound: there’s a new threat to your adventure!
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Outside The Bronzed Axolotl Tavern: Morning

Zed uncorks the bottle and drinks the potion.

Zed: Well?

Brocc: Nothing’s happening.

Zed: Oh.

Emily: Wait…your crystal!

Zed’s crystal begins to glow, and his body shimmers with a faint silhouette of his clothes. Underneath Zed’s feet, a cyan-coloured pattern identical to the symbol on his hand appears. At that moment, a column of bright, cyan-tinged light erupts from the ground around him and into the sky.

Zed: Whoa…awesome…

All of a sudden, Zed’s clothes reappear on his body.

Zed: Hey, it worked! Good news, guys! My clothes are-

The light suddenly returns to the ground, revealing that Zed is in an entirely new location. Zed watches the pattern fade from beneath his feet, revealing that he is standing on a plain made of solid metal. The air is shrouded in a thick mist, but he is able to breathe normally.

Zed: Guys? Hello?

Zed examines his surroundings, but there is no sign of his friends.

Zed’s thoughts: Where am I? How did I get here?

Zed sighs.

Zed’s thoughts: I guess I was right. I really am far away.

Scene 2: Outside The Bronzed Axolotl: Morning

Mak begins to panic.

Mak: Okay…okay…there has to be a logical explanation for this. Maybe Jump gave Zed the wrong potion. Or maybe…

Mak suddenly bellows loudly.

Mak: I bet Erik intentionally gave Zed the wrong potion! I knew I couldn’t trust that guy!

Amethyst: Mak, I am sure there must be a logical reason for it.

Mak: Oh, I bet there is. And when I see that Erik, I’m gonna-

Bryn: You’ll what? He’s a high-ranking member of the Adventurer’s League. If you attack him, you’ll be stripped of your-

Mak suddenly panics and laughs nervously.

Mak: Eheheheh…let’s not go there, Bryn! I’m sure Zed will be just fine! Heheheh…heh…

The others seem suspicious of Mak’s sudden change-of-heart.

Amethyst: Mak, is there something you have yet to tell us?

Mak: Um…well, thing is…uh…look up there!

Mak points at the sky, causing everybody but Bryn to look up. Mak then dashes off-screen. Bryn stares at the direction in which the orcborn is fleeing.

Bryn’s thoughts: They’re gonna find out sooner-or-later, Makkmak.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 3: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zed wanders through the metal plain, looking for any sign of civilisation…or just anybody else.

Zed’s thoughts: Where is everybody?

Zed suddenly notices a silhouette of somebody in the distance.

Zed: Excuse me! Hello?

The silhouette shifts slightly. A feminine giggle echoes through the mist towards Zed, before it seemingly moves away from him.

Zed: Wait! I’m lost! Can you help me?

The silhouette stops moving, before it begins to approach Zed. It seems to glow with a soft, white light.

Zed: Uh…It’s just that I…well, I was just outside a tavern in the forest…and I…oh wait, do you even have forests in this place? Oh, I just remembered something! The place I came from is called the Material Plane…uh…I think.

The silhouette moves closer to Zed, but he still can’t make out who – or what – it is. It giggles again.

Zed: So…can you help me? Please?

The silhouette emerges from the mist, and is revealed to be a girl in her mid-20s, with long, golden-blonde hair and silvery eyes. She wears a flowing white robe.

Girl: Well, since you said the magic word…yes. I will help you.

Zed smiles.

Zed: Thank you.

The girl giggles again.

Scene 4: Platinian Nature Trail: Late Morning

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Gazzo look for Zed along the road to Goldenia. Mak appears concerned for the young wizard.

Mak: I’m getting worried, Amethyst.

Amethyst: Do not fear. I have total confidence in my apprentice.

Mak: But…he’s a human!

Kendall: Humans can be quite reliable when it comes to adaptability.

Mak: How can you know that? You’re not fully human yourself.

Kendall: Well, no. But two of my immediate family members are human. My mother can adjust to any situation, no matter how dire. When my father-

Kendall sighs.

Kendall: My mother was so strong. She helped me through my heartache with an attitude unmatched by none other.

Mak: She sounds like an amazing woman.

Kendall: She is. Her culinary stills are extraordinary. Every Winter Festival, she makes a big feast of my sisters’ and my favourite dishes. It is always a wonderful time to spend with them.

Mak: I barely remember my mother, but the memories I do have are…let’s say good.

Kendall: Ah, she’s human as well?

Mak: Nope, orc.

Kendall: Really? You are an orcborn, yes?

Mak: Yeah, but my father’s the one who’s human.

Kendall: Oh. My apologies.

Mak: Ah, don’t mention it. I love both my parents. My father raised me well. He claims that I turned out better than most orcborn.

Mak chuckles.

Mak: Of course, it helps that I must’ve gotten my intelligence from him, since he’s quite the academic.

Gazzo: He’s a master wizard?

Mak: Nope, a librarian.

Gazzo: This is why I don’t chip into ya conversations.

Bryn: Oh, lighten up, Buzztwoddle.

Mak: ANYWAY, my mother was very strong, able to crush a small rock in her bare hand. But-

A tear rolls down Mak’s cheek.

Mak: It’s always hard to lose a parent. But I continue to march on.

Bryn: March on? Like, say, a-

Mak: Bryn! I swear, if you say another-

An arrow flies past Mak’s head.

Bryn: What the bat guano?

A man dressed in black leather armour runs up to the party. In his hand is a shortbow. He is soon followed by a woman as tall as Zed and more broadly built, who is carrying a rather ornate spear.

Man: Well well, what have we here?

The man’s face twists into a sinister grin.

Man: Look, Sara. I think we’ve found a new quarry to hunt.

Sara: Mm…I like the sound of that.

Mak: You threaten us?

Man: Of course! I live for the hunt. I am a hunter, after all. The best hunter. No other hunter is as skilled as I!

Bryn: But…aren’t hunters supposed to protect the wilderness from monsters, not…hunt…people?

Brocc: Ooh, nice comeback, Bryn!

Bryn: You wanna be punched in the face, Brocc, then just keep it up!

Brocc: Well, excuuuuuuuuse me, Brynnie!

Man: HEY! I, Brent, the best hunter, am addressing you!

Brocc: Well, excuuuuuuuuse me, Brentie!

Brent fires an arrow past Brocc’s head. One of Brocc’s green hairs becomes snared on the arrow’s tip, ripping it out of the skin as it whizzes past.

Brocc: Ow! Hey!

Brent: Next time, it will be your-

Mak: If you threaten us, we will fight back.

Brent: I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Brent’s face twists into another evil grin.

Brent: If you fight back, it will make it all the more enjoyable to watch the hope fade from your eyes.

Emily: These people are quite frightening indeed.

Mak: Don’t worry, Ems. I’ll protect you.

Brent: Ah, but who will protect you?

Brent motions his hand forward. Quick as a flash, Sara throws her spear into Mak’s belly, causing him to yell out in agony and slink to the ground.

Emily: Makkmak!

Brent looks at Emily.

Brent: Hm…you are a priestess, yes? Skilled in the use of healing magic?

Emily: …I am.

Brent: Then you could be a threat to our plans. Sara, tie up the girl and leave her next to that tree. I want to watch her anguish as we capture most of her friends and take them away.

Mak groans in pain.

Mak: You leave her out of this!

Brent: Do you not see? That is exactly what we are doing.

Sara approaches the party. Amethyst lifts her staff and aims it at her.

Amethyst: “Fireb-“

Brent throws a small orb at Amethyst’s feet, engulfing her in mist. As the mist clears, she attempts to cast the spell again, but her voice is gone. She holds her hand to her mouth in surprise.

Brent: You cannot cast spells without the ability to speak, can you?

Brocc: No, but I can!

Brent picks up a rock and throws it at Brocc’s head, knocking out the gnome.

Thobrun: Brocc!

Thobrun readies his axe and charges at Sara. As the blade makes contact, the entire axe splinters in the middle, causing the blade half to fall to the ground.

Thobrun: My axe…that was made by a top-notch dwarven artisan! How could it just splinter?

Sara: I have this.

Sara pulls a dark yellowish-green crystal from behind her armour.

Emily: Y-You…you are…are…

Brent mocks Emily.

Brent: You are…you are…indeed we are! We are the OTHER lackeys! We will succeed where those losers Trent and Kara failed.

Thobrun: But…what happened to ‘em?

Brent: They’re safely locked away…in cryostasis! Our Mistress warned them, and they still failed. Oh well, their loss is our gain.

Sara grabs Emily’s wrists and pulls her away from the party.

Emily: NO! Let me go!

Sara binds her wrists together with surprisingly well-crafted rope, then ties the rope around a tree trunk. Mak turns to face Kendall.

Mak: Kendall…nngh…can’t you do something?

Kendall opens his mouth and points into it, then closes it and shakes his head.

Bryn: Oh, for the love of muddvaks. Okay, I’LL stop that jerk!

Brent: You? A rogue? Try your worst!

Bryn: With pleasure!

Bryn throws a vial of olive-yellow liquid at Brent. It shatters on his exposed arm, leaving a puddle of the liquid smeared on it.

Bryn: Any second now…any second now…

Brent yawns loudly.

Bryn: What…? That vial of liquid should’ve had you running for the loo!

Brent: Did you forget? I also have a crystal.

Brent pulls a deep maroon crystal from behind his neckerchief.

Brent: This crystal of mine makes me immune to illness, fatigue…and poisons.

Bryn: Oh, shoot! And that vial cost me 500 gold!

Brent: Face it, until you can harness your crystals’ powers, we are far stronger.

Bryn: Okay, I give up. Gazzo, will you-

Bryn looks around. Gazzo is nowhere to be found.

Bryn: That little…he’s scarpered on us!

Mak: I knew we couldn’t trust that little- AAAAAAAARGH!

Emily: Makkmak! Makkmak!

Mak collapses from exhaustion. Brent ties up the party, except for Amethyst, Kendall and Brocc.

Brent: Wait! The elf might be able to cast spells without speaking them.

Sara holds Amethyst’s arms as Brent gags her. Brent then ties up Amethyst with the others.

Sara: What about the doggy?

Kendall seems to take offense at being called a “doggy”.

Brent: He’s a novice mage. There is little he can do to stop us.

Sara: Should I tie him up with the priestess, then?

Brent: Indeed.

Sara grabs Kendall and ties his wrists together behind his back. She then ties his leg to the tree trunk.

Sara: Done.

Brent: Good. Then we can drag our quarry to our Mistress.

Brent rips the spear from Mak’s side and gives it to Sara. Emily is in tears.

Emily: Please, let me help him!

Brent kicks the orcborn in the leg.

Brent: Get up!

Mak groans and manages to get to his feet.

Brent: Now, march!

The party, Mak included, begins to trudge along.

Emily: You cannot let him walk in his condition!

Brent: He will walk. If he does not…well, let us hope it does not come to that.

Brent stands behind the party. Sara stands in front and pulls on the rope. Mak nearly trips over as he begins to move slightly faster.

Emily: Makkmak! MAKKMAK!

The party continues to move away. Emily sobs quietly. Kendall looks at the priestess with sad eyes. Brocc lies sprawled on his back in the middle of the road. His leg twitches.

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Spoiler:

Scene 5: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zed walks through the plain alongside the girl.

Zed: This place is so…surreal.

Girl: I suppose it would seem that way to an outsider.

Zed: So you live here?

Girl: In a way, yes.

Zed: But…how? There’s no food, no water…it’s like a desert of…of metal!

Girl: You would be surprised.

Zed: I guess I would have to be.

The girl suddenly stops walking, prompting Zed to also halt movement.

Girl: I just realized I have yet to introduce myself. I am Jen.

Zed: Jen?

Jen: Yes, Jen.

Zed: Well, I’m-

Jen: Zed Starmute of the Crystalbound.

Zed: Y-

Zed’s eyes widen.

Zed: H-How did you-

Jen: You and your allies are far more well-known than you realize.

Zed: Wait…has everybody heard of me?

Jen: Well, not everybody. But many in your world have heard of you.

Zed: Then I’m…famous?

Jen giggles.

Jen: Does the promise of celebrity frighten you?

Zed: Well, not exactly. But I don’t really want to become famous…at least not by choice.

Jen: Then what do you want?

Zed: Honestly, I have no idea.

Jen’s eyes widen.

Jen: Honestly? There is nothing which you desire more than anything?

Zed: Not really, no.

Jen sighs.

Jen’s thoughts: This is going to be harder than I first thought.

Scene 6: Platinian Nature Trail: Late Afternoon

Emily leans sideways against the tree, her hands still bound to it. She sighs. Kendall seems to be doing some sort of rhythmic dance.

Emily: I worry about Makkmak. I hope he is not being treated too harshly.

Kendall stops his dance and looks at Emily with sad eyes. He then becomes flustered and begins to dance again. Emily perks up slightly.

Emily: You are right. We must brighten our spirits so we can find our friends and rescue them. But…how do we free ourselves from our predicament?

Brocc’s voice: I’m glad you asked, Emily!

Brocc is suddenly standing there.

Emily: Brocc? But…how-

Brocc: I woke up just now. It feels like somebody threw a rock at my head, though.

Brocc rubs his head.

Emily: Well, if you free us, I can repair your wound.

Brocc: Coming right up!

Brocc pulls a small knife from his belt and cuts the ropes binding Emily’s wrists to the tree, freeing the girl. Brocc then unbinds Kendall’s wrists and leg from the tree. Kendall immediately races into the trees, followed by a loud unzipping sound.

Kendall’s voice: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…

After a loud zipping sound, Kendall emerges from the trees.

Kendall: Well, I feel ten times better now!

Brocc: Oh, maybe I should’ve freed you first, Kendall.

Kendall: It is fine. I am relieved of my anguish, and that is good enough.

Kendall looks at Emily, who sighs again. Kendall loudly claps his hands together and rubs them.

Kendall: Now, let us relieve the others of theirs…and tear the ranger and barbarian a new one!

Brocc: Couldn’t we tear them one each? I’m feeling especially generous today, heheheh…

Emily: We do not wish to harm them!

Brocc: This coming from the girl who was tied to a tree as she watched the agony of her boyfr-

Kendall growls at Brocc.

Brocc: Okay, okay. We won’t hurt them, we’ll just rescue Mak and the others.

Tamamaki’s voice: Allow me to aid you in your endeavour.

Tamamaki is suddenly there, in a deep trance.

Brocc: WHOA! How did you suddenly appear like that?

Kendall: I could ask the same of you, Brocc.

Brocc: What? Me appear out of nowhere? That doesn’t sound like something I would do…

Tamamaki: Your allies are headed in the same direction as the Shuken-Kin Temple. It would be both an honour and a privilege if I could journey alongside you.

Brocc: Wait…you know where they’re headed?

Brocc examines the ryukoni.

Brocc: Well…you seem to know things that we don’t…and you could probably lead us to the best Ryokorese food…okay, you can come!

Tamamaki opens his eyes and stands to his feet. He bows greatly as a sign of respect.

Tamamaki: Arigatou gozaimasu. (Thank you very much.)

Brocc: Uh…almond gateau get so much to you, too.

Scene 7: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zed and Jen continue to walk through the plain.

Zed: This place seems to go on forever.

Jen: In a way, it does.

Zed: In a way?

Jen: This is the Ethereal Expanse, the gateway to the realms of the elements.

Zed: Earth, fire, air and water, right?

Jen: Mm…partly correct. Those are the core elements, the ones which are considered “pure”. From those four elements, others form through their fusion.

Zed: Then…there are four combinations?

Jen: Eight.

Zed: Eight? But…if each element combines with two others…oh, I get it.

Jen: You do?

Zed: Yeah. The fusions must be irregular, meaning that each pair of elements combines depending on which one is dominant. So the fusion which is mostly water and partly air is different from the one which is mostly air and partly water.

Jen: I am impressed. You were able to solve the puzzle despite not being an elemental yourself.

Zed: Then…you’re an elemental?

Jen: Not…exactly. The Ethereal Expanse is home to more than just elemental creatures, though they do have some connection with the elements.

Zed: I see…

Jen: However, even non-elementals have an elemental attribute. In most cases, this attribute means nothing, but in some…

The symbol on Zed’s hand glows through his gauntlet.

Jen: …it can be much more important.

Zed stares at his glowing symbol.

Zed: Then this mark is elemental?

Jen stares at the mark, a puzzled expression on her face.

Jen: No…this mark means something else.

Zed: Oh. Can you tell me what it means?

Jen: Is that a wish?

Zed: Not really, I’m just curious.

Jen: Oh.

Jen thinks for a moment.

Jen: Not to worry, I feel as though you will learn the significance of your mark soon enough.

Zed: I knew you’d say that.

Jen giggles.

Jen: Patience is key to all.

Jen’s thoughts: Patience, Jen…he will make his wish soon enough…

Scene 8: Platinian Nature Trail: Afternoon

The party continues to trudge along. Mak’s brow is soaked with sweat, as though the agony of a forced march is too strenuous for him to bear.

Mak: Nngh…can’t we stop for just a moment?

Brent sighs.

Brent: Fine, we will stop for a quick break.

Brent and Sara stop moving, causing the party to stop as well. Mak collapses to his knees. Brent looks around for a moment, before kicking Mak in the leg.

Brent: Time’s up!

Thobrun: Already? We couldnae have stopped for longer than ten seconds!

Brent: I’m feeling especially generous today, so you received an extra five seconds. Now, MARCH!

Mak stands to his feet and begins trudging again.

Mak: So help me, I’ll…nngh!

Brent: You’ll what? There is nothing you can do, and there is nobody to save you.

Voice: “SNEAK ATTAAAAAAAACK!”

A green and black flash emerges from the trees, knocking Brent to the ground.

Bryn: Gazzo! I knew you wouldn’t just leave us like that!

Gazzo: Well, actually I did, right after I swiped the brunette’s healing potion.

Amethyst: (muffled anguish)

Bryn: Tsk…typical.

Gazzo: Hey, if it helps ya now, then I made the right call!

Gazzo leaps over to Mak and hands him the potion.

Gazzo: Drink up, big guy.

Mak: I should pummel you for taking my friend’s healing potion, but right now…

Mak uncorks the bottle and guzzles it surprisingly quickly. Immediately, his injuries are stabilised.

Mak: Phew, I feel so much better now. Thank you.

Gazzo: Anytime.

Mak grabs the front of Gazzo’s armour and pulls him up closer.

Mak: If you EVER steal from one of my allies again-

Gazzo: Not even from Bryn?

Mak: Well, I suppose you could...

Bryn: HEY! What’s the big idea, Makkmak?

Mak: Ugh...fine, don’t steal from Bryn either.

Bryn: Thank you...I think.

Gazzo: Well, now that this is all sorted out, I think I should finish the job.

Gazzo turns to face Brent, who is lying face down, unconscious. Gazzo taps the side of his head twice with his foot.

Gazzo: Hm...I guess I already finished him off. What do you know?

Thobrun: But what about her?

Gazzo: What? I have no quarrel with Bryn...or the brunette.

Thobrun: No, not them.

Gazzo: Then-

An enraged Sara whacks Gazzo into a tree with her spear. Yellow-green energy surrounds her as she begins her berserker rage.

Sara: Nobody. Hurts. My. FRIEND!

Gazzo: And with that, the rogue scarpered off.

Gazzo dashes off, leaving behind a cloud of dust. Sara chases after him.

Sara: COME BACK HERE, GOBBO!

Gazzo: I’ll have you know I’m a bolgard, ma’am!

Sara: GRR...DON’T CALL ME A MAN! RRRRAWRRRR!

Bryn: Oh, that Gazzo. He’s always getting into trouble. There was this one girl, a human I believe, who he was flirting with, just so he could steal her brooch. It had a ruby as big as Mak’s fist.

Mak: And did he steal it?

Bryn: Oh yes, and then some. By the time the girl realised, Gazzo was climbing out the window. What Gazzo hadn’t realised was that the girl was a firetouched, a person imbued with elemental fire. She roasted his little hiney so bad he couldn’t sit down for two weeks! And the blisters-

Mak: Okay, I think we’ve heard enough of this tale of roasted bolgards and purloined rubies.

Bryn: But it gets better! The next thing he knew, he was-

Brent begins to stir.

Brent: What’s going...huh?

Brent looks around, and becomes puzzled.

Brent: What happened? Sara, where did you-

Mak’s huge fist collides with Brent’s head, knocking him out cold.

Mak: Now, what’s say we make our way back and help Emily?

Bryn: Now that’s advice worthy of a leader such as yourself, Mak.

Mak: Right then.

Mak stands up, groaning as he does so.

Mak: Onward, to Emily!

Mak notices the others staring at him.

Mak: Oh...uh...and Brocc and Kendall as well! (raises hand into air) Woo!

The party walks back the way they came, leaving Brent lying in the middle of the road.

Scene 9: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

The mysterious figure watches Brent and Sara through some kind of observation spell.

Figure: So...it would seem that these Crystalbound are much more cunning than I realised. Perhaps I overestimated the strength of Brenton and Sara. It is time to begin formulating a new plan. But first, I will give my minions a chance for redemption.

Sara: GRR...STOP RUNNING, GOBBO!

Gazzo: It’s pronounced BOLGARD! “BOWL-GUARD!” Do ya want me to SPELL it for ya too?

Sara: I AM NOT UNLITERATE! RRRRAWRRRR!

Figure: Besides, this is quite amusing to behold.

Scene 10: Ethereal Expanse: Unknown Time of Day

Zed and Jen continue to walk through the Ethereal Expanse.

Zed: Wow, this is getting kind of samey.

Jen: Whatever do you mean? There have been subtle changes in the temperature, the shift of the terrain, the thickness of the mist, the-

Zed’s stomach rumbles.

Zed: Oh, heheh...excuse me. I didn’t eat breakfast.

Jen: Do you not simply wish you had a good meal with you?

Zed: Not really.

Zed reaches into his pack, pulling out a container.

Zed: I always make sure I have a snack on-hand at all times, in case of emergency.

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Zed and Jen sit on a raised, flat piece of ground. Zed bites into a small cream cake.

Zed: This is really good.

Zed pushes his container slightly towards Jen.

Zed: Would you like one?

Jen: Oh, I am quite alright.

Zed: Are you sure? You haven’t eaten anything since we met.

Jen: Not to worry, I can sustain myself. Thank you all the same.

Zed: No problem.

Zed bites into his cake, chews and swallows.

Zed: You know what? I’m starting to think there’s no way back from here.

Jen: You could simply wish to return.

Zed: No way, that’d be impossible.

Jen: That depends.

Zed’s eyes widen.

Zed: Wait a minute...I just realised. All this time you’ve been encouraging me to make a wish.

Jen: Then you realise my secret.

Zed: But...that must mean...

Jen anticipates Zed’s response.

Zed: This place must possess qualities which make wish-granting an actual, plausible thing.

Jen facepalms.

Jen: No, it’s not that...I-

Zed: Hold on. Your name is Jen, right?

Jen: Indeed.

Zed: But not spelled “J-E-N”, like I’ve thought this whole time. “G-E-N”...

Zed’s eyes widen.

Zed: Gen! Then you’re a genie!

Jen: At last, you have exposed my secret.

Jen stands up and steps back, out of the way. Her body begins to glow, and she transforms into a bald, glowing-white humanoid form, with eyes glowing bright white.

Jen: I am one of the Gen, the basest of all genies.

Zed stares at the true form of Jen, before putting the rest of his cake into his mouth.

To be Continued...

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on August 18th 2015, 2:08 am
Episode 12: The Sands of Awakening

Synopsis:
Zed wishes for a clearer picture on just who he is, and ends up stuck in the middle of a vast ocean of sand, with nothing in sight...except a colossal, metallic structure. Within this building could be the answers Zed seeks. Meanwhile, the rest of the party reunites, but problems arise when Mak encounters Erik, leading to the orcborn inadvertently revealing his long-kept secret to the others. Will the party be able to break through the tension long enough to find Zed?

New Characters

Axian - A mysterious entity who researches Zed, though it doesn't physically show itself to the young man.

Theodor Clay - This historian is none other than Mak's very own father!

Vel – This young man had a very important role to play in the legend of the Crystalbound...
"I am Vel, adventurer and poet by trade. It is good to meet you."
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Ethereal Expanse: Unknown Time of Day

Zed stares at Jen's true form, his mouth full of cake. He chews once, then after a brief pause, he chews again. Finally, he swallows his mouthful. He opens his mouth to speak, but Jen interrupts him.

Jen: Does my true form startle you?

Zed: Uh...well...not gonna lie, it does a little.

Jen: I understand.

Jen closes her glowing-white eyes. Her whole body glows with white light as she assumes her human form. She opens her eyes and smiles at Zed.

Jen: Is that better?

Zed: Much, thank you.

Jen: I am glad.

Jen slowly walks towards Zed, stopping to face him.

Jen: So you know that I am a Genie, and that I can grant you anything you desire.

Zed: I don't know, aren't Genies supposed to be...tricksters?

Jen: Ah, you speak of Zeffh, the Genies of Elemental Air.

Zed: I see...

Jen: There are five kinds of Genie. The Lytth are the Genies of Elemental Earth, and they have a high number of rules and regulations with their wishes. If a wish breaks their rules, they will almost always refuse to grant it.

Zed: I see...

Jen: The Freet are the Genies of Elemental Fire, and they delight in granting wishes, though they often change the interpretation of the wish to their own desires, which are usually unpleasant to the wisher. When a Freeti grants your wish, choose your words carefully.

Zed: Sounds...yeah...

Jen: Indeed. Zeffh are the carefree individuals of our kind, and will grant virtually any wish asked of them, even ones which come dangerously close to breaking the fundamental laws of wish-granting. Having said that, they are most likely to evade granting a wish, and if a Zeffhi must grant a wish, it often manipulates the wisher to wish for something the Zeffhi desires.

Zed: Now that IS tricky!

Jen: Indeed. The Merll are the Genies of Elemental Water, and they will grant any wish asked of them, as long as it obeys the fundamental laws of wish-granting. However, they will only grant wishes of those they deem worthy.

Zed: Interesting...

Jen: The fifth kind - my kind - is the Gen, the basest of all Genies. Most Genies grant three wishes of an individual, and each kind has its own rules and regulations when granting them. Gen need only obey the fundamental laws of wish-granting, but may only grant one wish of an individual. This is why your wish needs to be chosen very carefully, Zed.

Zed: Wait...you're offering me a wish?!

Jen: Of course. I have peered into your mind, and I see your greatest desire, even if you do not.

Zed: You do?

Jen: In fact, Gen are not even bound to the restriction of requiring the "I wish" clause.

Zed: Okay...wait, what?

Jen: Which means I am able to grant your wish if your subconscious desires it more than anything, as long as it obeys the fundamental laws of wish-granting.

Zed: I think I know where this is going...

Jen: Your wish...is granted.

Zed: Wait...what?!

Jen raises her arms into the air. The pattern of circles appears under Zed's feet, though in a slightly deeper shade of blue than before. A column of light erupts from the ground around Zed.

Zed: But I don't even know my wish!

The column of light recedes into the ground. The pattern fades, revealing an expanse of peach-orange sand. Zed looks to the horizon, but sees nothing but sand.

Zed: Great, I have no idea where I am. Kobelia, maybe? Or Archaelia?

Zed turns around, and sees a colossal structure of metal embedded in the sand. It has a futuristic design unlike anything he's seen before. Argen appears on his shoulder, yawning loudly.

Argen: What'd I miss?

Argen looks at the structure. His eyes widen.

Argen: Whoa, that's impressive!

Zed speaks in an unusual language.

Zed: Argen? Ornoposia intra nos amplius non puto... (Argen? I don't think we're in Ornoposia anymore...)

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: Unknown Location: Daytime

Zed looks over at the structure.

Zed: Pergamus ad putas? (Think we should walk over to it?)

Argen becomes nervous.

Argen: Uh...Zed?

Zed: Yes?

Argen: You're speaking a really weird language. I've never heard it before.

Zed:  Vere? Ego non loquitur Common? (Really? I'm not speaking Common?)

Argen seems surprised.

Argen: You really think you're speaking Common?!

Zed: Yes!

After a brief pause, Zed speaks.

Zed: Ego non loquitur Common, Ego sum? (I'm not speaking Common, am I?)

Argen: That would be correct.

Zed: Corpus quomodo lingua mea tuenda?! (How do I restore my language?!)

Argen: Maybe you should enter that building over there. Whoever's inside might be able to help.

Zed: Wait...vos non venturus? (Wait...you're not coming?)

Argen: No way. This whole situation is freaking me out! Later!

Argen vanishes. Zed lets out a sigh.

Zed: Coniecto hoc solum mali facio... (Guess I'm doing this alone...)

Zed begins walking towards the building.

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Zed stands facing a giant metal door. He walks up next to it, staring at his reflected face. His eyes widen.

Zed: Whoa, is that a pimple?! It's huge!

Zed claps his hands to his mouth.

Zed: I can speak Common again! Oh, what a relief. I guess I don't need to enter this building after all. Guess I'll just go and...uh...

Zed stares at the ocean of sand, with no distinguishing landmarks to be seen.

Zed: Okay, bad idea. I could walk forever and still find nothing but desert.

The doors swing open behind him, emitting a bright light from within. A voice seems to echo from thin air.

Voice: Enter.

Zed spins around and looks into the building. He shrugs his shoulders.

Zed: Guess I have no choice...

Zed begins to walk into the chamber. After making some considerable distance, the doors swing shut. Zed doesn't look behind him, but continues walking. The walls and ceiling are completely bare, and made of the same mysterious metal. As Zed approaches the end of the corridor, he enters a room of white light. A hatch seals behind him, and this time he turns around. The voice causes him to face the centre of the room again. It seems to be quite calm and relaxed.

Voice: Please, stand on the cyan circle in the centre of the chamber.

Zed stands on the circle, and is surrounded by a column of weird cyan energy. A ring of tiny cyan lights appears on the walls of the chamber, revealing it to be circular.

Zed: Uh...hello?

Voice: Yes?

Zed: What, uh...what exactly is going on?

Voice: Fear not. No harm will befall you.

Zed: Uh...okay then.

The tiny cyan lights become incredibly bright. Zed squints through them.

Voice: Subject is definitely not of this world. He appears to be a homonid human, but his makeup is noticeably unique.

Zed: Makeup? I don't use makeup!

Voice: Complete absence of multiversal aura is most unusual.

Zed: Aura? I think Mr. Newt mentioned something about that once...

Voice: Subject shows curiosity about study. Suggests unusual mind construction for his species.

Zed: Unusual? You just said I was from another world.

Voice: Scan of subject's cerebral matter does indeed indicate an abnormally-configured mind. Great intellect, yet much of it still untapped. Entire banks of memories completely gone. Other banks of memories encrypted. Requires further research.

Zed: Okay, what is so special about me?

Voice: Prepare subject for transport.

Zed: Wait...transport?!

Suddenly, the blue disc upon which Zed is standing moves upward, propelling him into a network of energy tubes.

Zed: WHOOOOOOOA!

Scene 3: Coppelian Nature Trail: Morning

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Tamamaki are walking along a road. Golden-leaved trees line the sides of the road. Mak inhales deeply through his nose, and exhales through his mouth, a smile on his face.

Mak: Ah, this is the life. Our party’s reunited, and we’re on our way to the next adventure.

Bryn: Have you forgotten that Zed is nowhere to be found?

A surprised look spreads across Mak’s face.

Mak: N-No. Why would you think that, Bryn?

Bryn: Oh, no reason.

Mak: O-Okay then.

Mak breathes a sigh of relief.

Bryn: He could be anywhere, you know.

Mak: Yes, yes he could.

Bryn: And we’re just gonna act like he’s still in Junihoshi?

Mak stops. He slowly turns to face Bryn.

Mak: What are you suggesting, Bryn?

Bryn: Well, my theory is he’s on another plane of existence.

Amethyst: Whatever makes you say that, Bryn?

Bryn: Think about it. A great column of light...he’s obviously been sent to another plane.

Thobrun: Tha’s mad, Bryn! No potion can send a person to another plane.

Bryn: Amethyst?

Amethyst: Well, actually...I believe it is quite possible for a potion to send a person to another plane, though I have yet to hear of such a liquid having been successfully brewed.

Bryn: Then he IS on another plane!

Erik: He is indeed.

Erik walks up to the party. Mak glares at him.

Mak: You...

Mak grabs the front of Erik’s tunic and holds him at eye level.

Mak: You sent that stupid tin-can to banish my buddy to another plane!

Erik: I...assure you it was an accident, my friend.

Mak: An accident? AN ACCIDENT?!

Erik: If you’ll just lower me to the ground, I will explain everything!

Mak: How about explaining it to me now so I can decide whether or not to PUNCH you?!

Emily: Makkmak! This is not the way to retrieve Zed!

Mak calms down. He drops Erik to his feet.

Mak: Dang it, Ems. How do you always know how to calm me down?

Mak looks at Erik.

Mak: Fine. Spill it.

Erik: Not here. There is a tavern up ahead. We will have better privacy inside.

Mak: But there’s nobody for miles.

Erik: You’d be surprised. Come.

Erik gestures the party to follow him. The group begins walking along the road.

Brocc: So, uh...when do I get to say something this episode?

Mak groans.

Scene 4: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

The Sorceress of Winter sits atop her throne. Brent and Sara stand before her.

Sorceress: You failed to detain the Crystalbound. What excuses have you cooked up for me?

Brent: Apologies, Mistress, but we didn’t anticipate an ambush by a snivelling bolgard wretch.

Sorceress: And you, Sara. What do you have to say for yourself?

Sara: I think I got a good workout chasing that dumdum. I’m ready for another shot at catching those do-gooders.

Sorceress: Just the answer I wished to hear. But mark my words...

Brent gulps.

Sorceress: The only reason I am giving you both another chance is that you came close to bringing me those Crystalbound, not to mention weakening their strongest member.

Brent: Rest assured, Mistress, we will bring you those punks...or eliminate them trying.

Sorceress: See that you keep them alive, otherwise...

The Sorceress points to her ice-vault.

Sorceress: You do not wish to meet the same fate as Trenton and Kara, I assume?

Brent: No no, we will bring them to you...alive.

Sorceress: Good. Now, get out of my sight!

Brent: At once, Mistress!

Brent leaves the room. Sara stands there.

Sorceress: Do you need something, Sara?

Sara: Oh, no no. I was just wondering if there’s any leftover muddvak steaks in the cooler before I go.

The Sorceress sighs.

Sorceress: Why do I put up with these fools?

Scene 5: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zed lies unconscious atop a futuristic sleeping platform. His eyes suddenly fly open, and he sits up. He is in his underwear.

Zed: What the...?

Zed looks around the room. He sees a figure resembling a male human with slightly-pointed ears standing nearby.

Zed: What’s going on?

The figure walks over to him.

Figure: You have been unconscious for some time.

Zed: Unconscious? But...how?

Figure: I assume your journey through the transport tubes was too much for your mind to handle. You fainted soon after arriving here.

Zed: And where is here, exactly?

Figure: An outpost.

Zed waits for more information.

Zed: In the middle of the desert?

Figure: Indeed.

Zed: Oh. Well, who are you?

Figure: Axian.

Zed: Oh. I’m Zed.

Axian: Indeed you are.

Zed: You’ve heard of me?

Axian: Never.

Zed: Oh.

Zed looks around.

Zed: Why am I here?

Zed examines his body.

Zed: And why am I in my underwear?

Axian: I intend to study you.

Zed: Study? As in a biopsy?

Axian: Most definitely not. I intend to study your mind.

Zed: Oh. Okay then...

Axian: Now, I will begin scanning your mind. Rest assured that you will be perfectly safe.

Zed: Okay. What do I need to do?

Axian: Just lie back.

Zed: Okay then.

Zed lays his head back onto the pillow, which seems to be perfectly suited to his body proportions.

Axian: Now, relax...

Axian places his hand onto Zed’s forehead. Zed’s vision begins to distort, and the sounds in the room begin to echo. The mark on Zed’s hand begins glowing with cyan light. Zed’s vision begins to darken. As it does so, he hears a distant, beautiful song comprised of five notes, before he slips into a state of unconsciousness.

***

Zed comes to his senses, and he realises he’s standing in a dark, empty space. Beneath his feet glows the same mark as on his hand.

Zed: What the...where am I now?!


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Spoiler:

Scene 6: The Wayward Stoat Tavern: Afternoon

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Erik sit at a table. Tamamaki is nowhere to be seen.

Mak: Okay, we’re here. Now tell us where Zed is before I-

Emily: Makkmak!

Mak: Sorry...

Erik: I would be happy to tell you. But first, are you all familiar with the makeup of the universe?

Amethyst: Of course. There are multiple planes of existence surrounding the Material Plane, which is the location of the world of Junihoshi.

Bryn: And Zed is on one of these surrounding planes, yes?

Erik: Well, no...

Bryn: So he must be in the Material Plane, then.

Erik: Yes and no.

Mak: What do you mean, “yes and no”? Either he is or he isn’t.

Erik: I assure you that both of those statements is correct, Makkmak.

Mak: I swear, I will personally break my Oath of Knighthood so I can punch you in your-

The party stares at Mak.

Mak: Uh...I mean...nice weather we’re having, right? Heheh...

Bryn: I knew you’d spill the beans sooner-or-later!

Thobrun: Ye’re a knight?

Brocc: Why did you let us believe that you were a warrior?!

Mak: Well, I-

Amethyst: You honestly had yet to realise, Thobrun and Broccoli?

Brocc: Well, yeah! If he’s a knight, then that entitles us to certain privileges which are currently unaddressed. I demand my special privile-

Brocc pauses.

Brocc: Wait a second... Amethyst, you knew?!

Amethyst: Of course.

Emily: As did I.

Brocc: Mak, you told the girls but not us?!

Mak: You never asked.

Brocc: Because I didn’t know!

Kendall: Even I knew that, Broccoli.

Brocc: What?! Even the dog knows?!

Kendall: He has that certain...aroma which only Knights of Coppelia possess.

Brocc: Well, this is just great. You’ve all relinquished your privileges at the expense of those who would want them, right Bryn?

Bryn: Well, actually, I-

Erik: I apologise for my interruption-

Brocc: Then don’t interrupt, Captain Enigma-Dude!

Erik: -but I must explain where Zed is located.

Mak: So he’s in the Material Plane but he isn’t. Care to clarify?

Erik: Very well. Yes, he is in a Material Plane; no, it is not the Material Plane of Junihoshi.

Bryn: Whoa, back up a minute... There’s TWO Material Planes?

Erik: Well, actually, there are many worlds. More than you know, actually.

Mak: How can there be other worlds?

Amethyst: I cannot even begin to fathom such a concept.

Erik: Zed is in the next universe in sequence, on a world split between harsh desert and bleak ice-scape.

Emily: My word! Is he alright?

Erik: I assure you he is just fine.

Brocc: We...we gotta get him back! I’m coming, buddy!

Brocc races out the door.

Mak: And how do you know all this?

Erik: I have visited that world before. Many times, in fact.

Mak: Then you can bring him back?

Erik: I’m afraid it’s not that simple, my friend. He must meet me for the very first time before he returns.

Mak: Okay, you’re being deliberately cryptic now.

Erik: I apologise, but he will make his own way back.

Erik stands up.

Erik: We shall meet again.

Erik walks out of the tavern. Brocc walks back in.

Mak: How does that guy do it? I want to be mad at him, but...NNGH!

Brocc: Uh...I just realised I have no way to get to Zed. Could one of you help me?

Mak facepalms.

Scene 7: Zed’s Mindscape: Unknown Time of Day

Zed stands in the middle of the cyan-coloured symbol.

Zed: Hello? Axian?

Voice: Yes?

Zed: Wait, you can hear me? Where are you? Actually, where am I?

Voice: This is your mindscape, the centre of all your thought. Here, your three mind sections of thought, emotion and resolve converge.

Zed: Oh.

Voice: I am already able to glean much information from you in this place. Approximate age: 28 years old. Rate of age: unknown. Elemental attribute: unknown...no, wait a moment...ah, it is water. Place of origin: unknown. Aura: non-existent. Most curious indeed.

Zed: What does that mean?

Voice: I believe it will be very challenging to determine your place of origin. You could be from any world in the multiverse.

Zed: You mean there’s more than one world?!

Voice: Of course. It might be prudent of you to consult with your mentor at a later time.

Zed: My...mentor?

Voice: The one who is guiding you to your place in the multiverse.

Zed: As a Crystalbound, you mean?

Voice: You cannot be a Crystalbound. Your crystal was meant for another.

Zed: Wait...what?!

Voice: The
Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra is inaccurate, as though something has changed it. You cannot be the Seventh Crystalbound, for your crystal was meant for one named Mara.

Zed: And who is this Mara, exactly?

Voice: Of that I cannot be certain. I am sure that you will meet her eventually.

Zed: Is Mara my mentor?

Voice: No. Your mentor is someone else.

Erik ripples into shape in front of Zed.

Zed: Erik? Erik’s my mentor?

Voice: You would be wise to listen to his counsel, Zed. He is truly iconic in this multiverse.

Zed: Will I even get to see him again?

Voice: Of course. You will soon meet him for the first time, so very long ago...

Zed: But I’ve already met him. I met him over two months ago.

Voice: Yet you must meet him long before, for the very first time.

Zed: This is starting to sound familiar...

Voice: Now, you must awaken.

A bright light engulfs Zed’s mindscape.


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Zed opens his eyes. He sits up and realises he’s atop a bed. He is back in his outfit.

Zed: Okay... Now where am I?

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Zed heads down a flight of wooden stairs. He appears to be in a living area, though many of the usual modern comforts seem to be missing.

Zed: This is too weird...

Voice: Oh, you’ve awakened.

A young man with messy shoulder-length blonde hair stands up off a chair and walks over to Zed.

Man: I was beginning to think you would not awaken.

Zed: Uh...where am I?

Man: You truly do not know? This is my home, in the village of Souwest.

Zed: Wait... I’ve heard of this place. Souwest Town, in the nation of Damantia, right?

Man: Town? This place barely qualifies as a village, my friend.

Zed: Okay...?

Man: Come. I will show you around.

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The young man leads Zed through the village, pointing to various locations and landmarks.

Man: ...and that’s where werewolf persecution was officially outlawed in this part of Damantia.

Zed: And they’ve been free for over 300 years.

Man: What?! Who on Junihoshi told you that?!

Zed: I...read it out of a history book.

Man: Well, the author ought to have their eyes checked. Werewolves have only been free for half a century!

Zed: Half a century? Wait...oh no...

Man: What is it, friend?

Zed: I need to sit down...

Zed sits on a low wall.

Man: You look like you’ve just seen a ghost.

Zed: In a way, I have...

Man: Whatever do you mean?

Zed: I think I’ve travelled 250 years back in time!

Scene 8: Coppelian Nature Trail: Afternoon

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Tamamaki walk along a road lined with copper-leaved trees.

Tamamaki: The touch of autumn is in the air.

Bryn: And just where were you during our tavern visit, Tamamaki?

Tamamaki: Forgive me, Bryn-sama. I was meditating atop a nearby hill.

Brocc: Does meditating actually work?

Tamamaki: Of course. Meditation is key to unlocking the secret abilities within.

Bryn: You meditate too, right Amethyst?

Amethyst: In a sense, yes. My kind does not sleep at night, like people of most other races do. Instead, we trance for four hours, which recharges our energy for the next day.

Tamamaki: That is most fascinating, Amethyst-sama.

Amethyst: My thanks, Tamamaki-kun.

Brocc: So where are we going now?

Mak: You already know, Brocc.

Brocc: I know, I’m just asking for the viewers at home.

Mak sighs.

Mak: We’re en route to Ems’ homeland of Goldenia.

Emily: But Makkmak, should we not experience Coppelia first? It is your homeland, after all.

Mak: Eh, I can take or leave it.

Amethyst: How can you speak so ill of Coppelia, Mak?

Thobrun: Indeed. I’ve always wanted to visit it.

Mak: Look, as nice as it’d be to explore Coppelia, I just don’t think there’s any reason why we should-

Voice: Makkmak?

Mak suddenly stops walking. The rest of the party stops as well. Mak stares at a middle-aged man in the distance. He has strawberry-blonde hair and a moustache. He is carrying some explorer’s gear, including a backpack.

Mak: You...

Amethyst: Mak, you know this man?

Mak: Know him? He’s my father.

Scene 9: Coppelian Nature Trail: Afternoon

Brent and Sara walk along a similar copper-leaved tree-lined road.

Brent: They must be around here somewhere...

Sara: I hope we find them soon. I really want to play with their doggy.

Brent: Trust me, Sara, they won’t be too far off.

Brent’s thoughts: And I have a personal score to settle with the orcborn...

Scene 10: Tea House: Coppelian Nature Trail: Afternoon

The party sits at a table with Mak’s father, Theodor. Cups of tea are spread across it.

Brocc: Wow, I never thought we’d find a Kisetsuese tea house in the middle of Coppelia!

Tamamaki: We are very close to the Shuken-Coppelia Temple. This is a very popular location for all the pilgrims who visit from Ryukonari.

Brocc: Well, props to you for finding it, Dragon-dude.

Brocc sips his green tea.

Brocc: Ah...refreshing.

Emily: So Mr. Clay, do tell us...what was Makkmak like as a boy?

Theodor: Oh, he was quite the rascal, let me tell you! Always breaking dishes and running into walls...

Mak: That was more out of clumsiness, Dad.

Theodor: You still made quite a mess, though.

Mak: I was two.

Theodor: Ah, yes...how the years fly by...how old are you now, son? 22?

Mak: 24, actually.

Theodor: Oh, dear! I still have your birthday present from last year! Remind me to give it to you later, my boy.

Mak: Sure...

Mak’s thoughts: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Dad always gives me the best presents! I hope it’s something good...oh, who am I kidding, of COURSE it’s going to be good!

Mak giggles excitedly. Everyone stares at him.

Mak: Drat, they’re staring at me! Can’t act too excited, gotta play it cool.

Mak clears his throat.

Mak: So Dad...uh...what’s new?

Theodor: Oh, the museum named a wing after me.

Mak: Really? The museum café has a Theo Clay chicken wing special?

Mak and Theodor laugh.

Theodor: You still have that sense of humour, I see.

Brocc: He has a sense of humour? Since when?!

Mak: Anyway, I was wondering if you’ve found anything to do with...y’know...

Theodor: Oh...no, I don’t believe I have, son.

Mak: Oh...

Theodor: Wait...no, I was visited by an orc just last week who may have a possible lead on your mo-

Mak loudly clears his throat.

Theodor: Oh. In any case, you should come back with me to your childhood home.

Mak: Dad, you don’t need to refer to it as my “childhood home”, you know. But yes, we’d be happy to pop home for a visit, wouldn’t we, everyone?

Bryn: But you said-

Mak steps on Bryn’s foot.

Bryn: -OW...of course we would, Mr. Mak’s Father, sir!

Theodor: Splendid! I will book the airship flights after tea.

Brocc: In that case...waiter, another round of your finest my-hair-colouriest tea!

Mak laughs loudly.

Mak: That’s our Brocc, always with the humour!

Bryn facepalms.

Scene 11: Souwest Village: Morning

The young man and Zed walk through the village. The young man is wearing slightly different clothing than before.

Man: Trust me, I am certain the two of you will get along.

Zed: Vel?

Man: Yes?

Zed: Thank you for believing my story.

Vel: How could I not believe you? The things you have told me...they are far beyond anything I could possibly imagine.

Zed: Well, I’m just glad you didn’t dismiss it as a childish fantasy.

Vel: I will admit, your tale is very similar to a poem I wrote.

Zed: A poem?

Vel: Yes. I call it the Prophecy of the Seven Crystals.

Zed: You? You’re the writer of the Prophecy of Septix no Velvitra?!

Vel: Septix no Velvitra...that is a much better title! May I borrow it?

Zed: Uh...sure, go ahead.

Vel: My thanks to you.

Vel and Zed stop in front of a wooden door.

Vel: Well, here we are.

Zed: That guy lives here?

Vel: Only when he stays in the village. He actually hails from the mainland.

Zed: I see...

Vel knocks on the door. A familiar-looking individual opens it and greets Vel.

Man: Ah, Vel. It is good to see you again.

Vel: To you as well.

The individual turns to look at Zed.

Man: And you must be the young man Vel mentioned. My name is Herikios, but my friends call me-

Zed: -Erik...

The symbol on the back of Zed’s hand glows with cyan light. At the same moment, a similar mark on the back of Erik’s right hand glows with cyan light. We hear the five-note melody from earlier playing in the background.

To be Continued...


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on August 24th 2015, 4:15 am
Episode 13: Of She-Orcs and Men

Synopsis:
Mak returns to his home in Cuprumo, a kingdom in the country of Coppelia, where he learns of a possible lead on his mother. A fellow orcborn raised in a tribe of nomadic sand orcs takes an instant liking to Mak, and offers to help him in his quest. Meanwhile, Zed meets a young Erik on the island nation of Damantia, who reveals that the then-existent Silverian Empire is starting to wane. The presence of two Azure Crystals in the same time period seems to be causing the Silverian Crystals to react to Zed’s presence, possibly alerting him to the Emperor herself! What will Zed do?

New Characters

Herikios Woodhollow – This is the very same Erik that Zed knows 250 years in the future, but what does the young spellsword have in common with Zed?

Thookli – This orcborn girl is part of the tribe of sand orcs who seem to know the whereabouts of Mak’s long-lost mother. But what secret will affect her future?

Orc Chieftain – A nameless orc who leads the nomadic tribe of sand orcs...at least, Mak THINKS he’s nameless.

"We both have the same mark on our right hands? How is this possible?!"
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Souwest Village: Morning

Zed faces Erik, who is standing in his home’s doorway.

Zed: …Erik.

Erik: Ah, then Vel has already told you my name.

Zed: No, he…he failed to mention it.

Erik: Then how do you-

Zed: How is this possible? How can you be here?!

Erik: Well, I took a sea vessel from the mainland of Silveria, like most who visit this island.

Zed: That’s not what I meant…

Erik: Then please, enlighten me.

Zed: Okay, I know this is going to sound strange, but…I know you.

Erik: You know me?

Zed: Yes, but not now. In the future.

Erik: The future?

Vel: Zed claims to be from our world over two centuries from now.

Erik: I see… but I don’t quite understand how I could exist so many years from now. The average human lifespan is-

Zed: A little more than 120 years.

Erik: Precisely. My future self must be of a good age to exist for so long.

Zed: Well, actually, he doesn’t look any older than you do now.

Erik: Honestly?

Vel: But that is impossible! The only way Herikios could live longer than his natural lifespan is if he were of another race.

Erik: And I know full well that I am indeed a homonid human.

Zed: This doesn’t add up…

Zed looks at both his and Erik’s glowing marks.

Zed: And why do we both have the same mark on our right hands?

Erik: I feel that we have a lot to discuss. We must return to the mainland post-haste!

Zed: A sea voyage? Uh-oh…

Erik: You suffer from seasickness?

Zed: I have no idea.

Zed’s thoughts: Maybe this is why Erik…uh, future Erik…has such an interest in me. But what does it all mean?

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: Theodor’s Home: Cuprumo Kingdom: Morning

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Theodor sit in a rather ornate living area. Artefacts from across the world line shelves, cabinets and other surfaces.

Theodor: So how are you all settling in?

Amethyst: Perfectly, Monsieur. Your collection of treasures is remarkable.

Bryn: Indeed. A bit ostentatious for a simple librarian, yes?

Theodor: Ah, I was once a librarian, but I am now a fully-qualified historian and adventurer. I’ve been exploring the ruins of the world for almost a decade now.

Bryn: Mak, how could you not have known?

Mak: Well, I left home when I was twelve to become a squire to a fine knight.

Kendall: You were twelve?!

Mak: Of course. A lot of fighters claim that the best knights are trained from an early age.

Theodor: We still kept in regular contact for all that time, however.

Bryn: And you didn’t bother to mention you’d become an adventurer?

Theodor: I didn’t want Makkmak to worry about me. After his mother left, I thought it best to keep his mind at ease.

Brocc: Wait…your mother isn’t-

Mak: No, Brocc, she isn’t. She was taken captive by a brutal orc chieftain.

Amethyst: Mak, I had no idea!

Theodor: The chieftain heard about Makkmak’s mother conceiving a child with a “weakling”, and threatened to take him away and leave him in the middle of the Elbok Wasteland. A toddler wouldn’t be able to survive for very long in that horrid place.

Emily: That’s awful!

Theodor: So my wife made the ultimate sacrifice. She gave herself willingly to the chieftain in exchange for Makkmak’s safety.

Bryn: And you haven’t seen her since…

A glum expression spreads across Mak’s face. Brocc bursts into tears.

Brocc: Oh, Mak! I had no idea you were so heartbroken! (sniff) WAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAH!

Thobrun pets Brocc on the shoulder.

Thobrun: Aw, there, there, wee one. I’m sure there’s good news around the corner.

Mak suddenly perks up.

Mak: That’s right! Dad, you mentioned about an orcborn having a lead on Mom?

Theodor: Oh…yes, that’s right. She’s staying in this very town.

Brocc: Mak’s mother is in town?!

Bryn: No, you dweeb! The orcborn who has a lead on her! Uh…right, sir?

Theodor: That’s correct, uh…Bron?

Bryn: Bryn, actually.

Theodor: Oh, my apologies.

Mak: Take me to her! Now!

Scene 3: Sea Vessel: Morning

A huge wooden sailing ship crosses the sea. Zed stands on deck staring into the horizon. Erik walks up to him.

Erik: We should make landfall within the hour.

Zed: I still don’t get it…

Erik: Believe me, I am having trouble comprehending the situation myself.

Zed: We both have a weird glowing mark on our right hand, we both have no memory of our respective pasts, and to top it all off, we both seem to have stopped aging.

Erik: My earliest memory is from roughly one decade ago. I awoke atop a bed made of leaves in the middle of a forest. The first thing I saw when I awoke was a beautiful woman, with leaves strewn through her auburn hair. She asked me my name, a question which I was unable to answer. She then designated me “Woodhollow”, a druidic name, and offered to take care of me until my memories returned.

Zed: Was she a druid?

Erik: I assumed so, and my assumption was proven correct when she introduced me to the rest of her circle. Every woman in her druidic circle was a nymph, a spirit of nature, including herself.

Zed: Then you were in North Dryantel.

Erik: Indeed I was. I came to refer to her as “Okaasan”, a Draconic word for “mother”. She nurtured me and took care of me, bringing out my best qualities. But my memory did not return.

Zed: A feeling I know only too well…

Erik: Okaasan decided it was best for me to speak with Naturia herself, for only she would be able to release that which is locked within. After completing the ritual meant to contact the manifestation of nature…

Erik pauses.

Erik: The mark on my hand appeared, and glowed the brightest shade of cyan. Many of the other druids took it as an omen, a sign of great things to come. Okaasan merely saw it as the true nature of her adopted son beginning to emerge. Five years ago, she sent me here, to the great continent of Silveria, in order to find someone who could help me.

Zed: Half a world away from all you knew…

Erik: Indeed. I sought out as many oracles as I could find, but aside from my elemental attribute, none could determine my traits within. All I was told was that I would encounter another like myself, who knew me well, but I had yet to meet.

Zed: Then I was always meant to be here…

Erik: It would seem so.

A loud horn sounds throughout the ship.

Voice: (yelling) Land ho!

Erik: I see the Dragon’s Tower up ahead! We will soon reach the Empire of Silveria!

Zed: Wait…the Silverian Empire still exists in this time period?!

Erik: Of course. Why do you ask?

Zed: Well, in my time, the Empire of Silveria has collapsed, and not many know of it.

Erik: Honestly?

Zed: Yes!

Erik: Then the rumours of the Empire’s wane are true…

Erik pauses.

Erik: Be sure to keep your crystal hidden. If the Emperor were to find out you have it-

Suddenly, a bright cyan light emerges from within Zed’s outfit. Two guards in silver armour are alerted to the light and approach.

Erik: Oh dear…

Guard #1: That light…could it be…?

Guard #2: You there! Reveal what is hidden within your unusual garb!

Zed: Uh…okay.

Zed reaches into his shirt and pulls out his crystal. It glows incredibly bright.

Guard #2: Where did you get this?!

Zed: It was given to me.

Zed begins to panic.

Guard #1: We thought the crystals would only function for their true owners!

Guard #2: You must meet the Emperor! You will be greatly rewarded for this, sir!

The two guards kneel and bow to Zed.

Erik: You just became the most important person in the Empire.

Zed appears shocked.

Scene 4: Mak’s Hometown: Late Morning

Theodor leads Mak, Amethyst, Emily and Bryn through a busy street.

Bryn: I can’t believe how hot it is here!

Mak: Well, it IS on the Kobelian border, Bryn.

Bryn: I know that, I just wasn’t ready for it.

Mak: Is that why you’re not wearing your armour?

Bryn: Mostly, yes.

Mak: Mostly? What possible reasons could you have for not wearing-

Theodor: We are here, son.

Mak: Oh.

***

The party enters The Charging Santvak Tavern. A lone orcborn sits at a table, away from the other patrons. The group walks over to her.

Theodor: Thookli, this is my son, Makkmak.

Mak: Call me “Mak”. Everyone else does.

Emily: Not everyone, Makkmak.

Mak blushes.

Thookli: Well met, Mak. You may call me Thookli.

Mak: Thookli…nice name.

Thookli: Thank you.

Mak: Uh…my father says you may know the whereabouts of my mother?

Thookli: Ah, yes…I will take you to my tribe. Our chieftain was the last to see her.

Mak: And where are they?

Thookli: Across the border. They are making camp at an oasis in the desert.

Emily: In the desert?

Thookli: Not to worry, I will take care of you both.

Mak: Of course, I appreciate…wait, us both?!

Thookli: Of course. It would be wonderful if your mate journeyed with us.

Mak: My mate?!

Emily: Oh no, we’re not a couple! Definitely not!

Mak: Right, yeah! Us, a human and an orcborn? Heheh…

Emily and Mak both sweat a little bit.

Emily and Mak’s thoughts: My mate…hm…

Emily: I would be happy to accompany Makkmak.

Mak: Uh, right! Us Crystalbound have to stick together!

Thookli: Then we will leave at once. Come.

Mak turns to face Amethyst.

Mak: Let the others know where we are, okay?

Amethyst: It would be my honour, Mak.

Scene 5: Emperor’s Throne Room: Early Afternoon

The Silverian Emperor, a syl human with long, blonde hair and silver bangs, sits on her throne. Two large doors at the opposite end of the massive room swing open, revealing the two guards, Zed and Erik. The guards lead Zed and Erik up to the Emperor.

Guard #1: Emperor Silveria, I present Zed the Azurebound and his companion, Herikios of Summershire.

Emperor: Thank you, that will be all.

Erik’s thoughts: In case you were wondering, the Emperor is almost always the first-born female of the previous Emperor. The term “Empress” is not known to the inhabitants of the Empire as there is no need for gender distinction.

Zed’s thoughts: Got it…wait, how are you talking to me telepathically? Are you an esper?!

Erik’s thoughts: I will explain later, Zed.

Emperor: Welcome, Zed the Azurebound and Herikios of Summershire.

Erik: It is an honour, Emperor.

Erik bows his head.

Zed: Thank you, Emperor.

Zed bows his head.

Emperor: Raise your heads.

Erik and Zed raise their heads.

Emperor: I was beginning to doubt that the crystals would find an owner. According to their creator, the first to activate should have been the Magenta Crystal, but that is not due to happen for approximately 200 years.

Erik: That is correct, Emperor.

The Emperor takes on an inquisitive tone.

Emperor: Then how is it that the Azure Crystal is the first one to activate?

Erik: Well…uh…

Erik pauses.

Emperor: Now, now, there is no need to be coy with me. Zed…

The Emperor turns to face Zed.

Emperor: You are not from this world, are you?

Zed: Not exactly, Emperor. I hail from 250 years in the future.

Emperor: Hm…I believe your story. How else would you be in possession of a fully-active Azure Crystal?

Zed: Then you do believe me?

The Emperor smiles.

Emperor: Of course. The protectors of the crystals report that all seven crystals are safely guarded…including the Azure Crystal.

Zed: I see…

Emperor: The best course of action is to help you return to your own time. But in order to do this, you must complete your purpose in this time period.

Erik: Pardon my interruption, Emperor, but what is Zed’s purpose in this time period?

Emperor: Our oracles see that Zed is here to aid the one who would eventually assist him.

Erik: And who is that, Emperor?

Emperor: An Icon.

Erik: An Icon, Emperor?

Emperor: One of great power and knowledge, a mortal blessed with the gift of ages.

Erik: And you think Zed is here to help such an individual?

Emperor: I do, Herikios. I am appointing you as Zed’s assistant in this endeavour.

Erik: Me, Emperor? Am I really so important?

The Emperor smiles.

Emperor: How long have we known one another, Erik?

Erik: Five years, Emperor.

Emperor: You would consider us friends, yes?

Erik: Y-Yes, Emperor.

Emperor: Then I would trust none other for this task.

Erik: Yes, Emperor.

Erik bows his head, followed by Zed. Both men raise their heads, turn around and head for the door.

Emperor: And Erik?

Erik and Zed stop walking. Erik looks back over his left shoulder.

Erik: Yes?

Emperor: Do call me Silveria.

Erik: I will…try to keep that in mind.

Erik and Zed walk out the doors, which swing shut. The Emperor sighs.

Emperor: I have reminded him for half a decade, yet he still calls me “Emperor”…

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Scene 6: Theodor’s Home: Late Afternoon

The rest of the party is in the living area. Amethyst examines the artefacts on the shelves.

Brocc: So what are we supposed to do?

Bryn: Well, Mak’s Dad said to make ourselves at home, so that’s just what I’m doing.

Brocc: But he’s not even here.

Bryn: So?

Brocc: So do you really think it’s a good idea to raid his fridge and make yourself a gigantic snack?

Bryn speaks with her mouth full.

Bryn: What? A girl’s gotta eat, Brocc!

Amethyst: By the Twelve Stars…

Thobrun: What is it, lass?

Amethyst: This tablet…

Bryn: What about it?

Amethyst: You will think I am mad…

Bryn: What? Spit it out!

A crumb flies out of Bryn’s mouth and onto Theodor’s couch.

Bryn: Oops.

Amethyst: According to this tablet, two individuals named Herikios and Zed-

The party suddenly stares at Amethyst.

Amethyst: -were appointed as members of Emperor Silveria XVII’s Guard!

Bryn: Zed! But no…it couldn’t be OUR Zed.

Thobrun: Bryn has a point. That tablet must be hundreds o’ years old!

Amethyst: But the fact that Herikios is also mentioned suggests that-

Brocc: -Zed’s in the past! That’s where he is!

Bryn: Ooh, good thing Mak’s not here! He’d throw a major wobbly knowing Erik’s involved in all this!

Scene 7: Desert Oasis: Evening

Mak, Emily and Thookli approach the oasis.

Mak: I suddenly have the urge to punch someone in the face…ah, it’s probably nothing.

Thookli: We are here.

Mak and Emily examine the camp. A number of tents made from animal skins lay strewn around the oasis.

Emily: This is wonderful! I have always longed to visit a sand orc encampment!

Thookli: Makkmak, has your father told you much of your heritage?

Mak: Not particularly. Why do you ask?

Thookli: Your mother is from a sand orc tribe much like this one.

Mak: Really?

Thookli: Indeed. Come, I will take you to the Chieftain.

Mak: Lead on!

***

Thookli leads Mak and Emily inside the largest tent. The ceiling is so high that all three individuals are able to stand upright comfortably. The Chieftain sits cross-legged atop a thick fur blanket.

Thookli: Father, this is Makkmak and Emily.

The Chieftain grunts.

Thookli: They wish to know information on Sarekka’s whereabouts.

Chieftain: Makkmak and Emily. I welcome to tent. Sit, sit.

Mak and Emily sit on the carpeted ground and cross their legs.

Emily: It is an honour, Chieftain.

Chieftain: No, no, honour mine.

The Chieftain places his left hand on his chest for a moment.

Chieftain: I trust journey was good?

Mak: Oh, yes, very much so. I’d never tried stewed cactus before. It was very appetising.

Chieftain: Ah, good, good. Stew cactus is Thookli specialty. But she is warrior, first and foremost.

Emily: I must admit, your Common is most impressive.

Chieftain: Ah, thank! Thookli is good teacher!

The Chieftain chuckles.

Chieftain: I see Sarekka in Big-Chip Mountain Pass, with dangerous cliff orc. Two of them. Very nasty folk.

Mak: Cliff orcs? But…what would they want with my mother?

Chieftain: Their leader threaten, say they will take Mak to Elbok Waste and abandon. Sarekka have good heart, offer herself in place.

Emily: Your mother must love you a lot, Makkmak.

Mak: That’s why I need to find her.

Chieftain: Cliff orc tribe very strong, very savage. This tribe stay away, for safety. Sure?

Mak: Yes, I am sure.

Chieftain: Then go with Thookli. Protect you both. Tomorrow.

Emily: Our thanks, Chieftain.

Mak: Thank you, sir.

Chieftain: Mak and Emily not weaklings. Heart of sand orc. Nice couple.

Mak: Oh, we’re not a couple!

Emily: Most definitely not! Eheheheheh…

Chieftain: Sure? Chieftain see sparks between.

Thookli: That’s what I said!

Mak: Trust us, we’re not a couple…

Mak and Emily look at each other from the corner of their eyes, then back at the Chieftain.

Scene 8: Desert Oasis: Pre-Dawn

Mak stands staring at the Oasis, a reflection of the purplish sky on its surface. A cold wind blows through the encampment. Emily emerges from a tent and walks over to Mak.

Emily: It is cold, Makkmak.

Mak: I know. I was just thinking.

Emily: About?

Mak: A lot of things. Mom…Zed…Erik… And not just them. When I say a lot of things, I’m not talking in small amounts. I’m talking full blown crises fighting for space in my mind.

Emily: When you were wounded by Brent and Sara and taken away, I was scared that I would never see you again.

Mak: I know what you mean. The whole time we were being dragged along, my thoughts weren’t of my agonizing pain, or where Zed was, or even about my mother…well, those things were still on my mind.

Mak turns to face Emily.

Mak: The one thing I thought about most was you, Ems. The whole time, I worried about your safety.

Emily: Those were my exact thoughts of you.

Mak and Emily smile. Their eyes twinkle. As they close their eyes, they slowly tilt their heads and move towards one another. Their lips make contact and they kiss for the first time, just as the sun rises in the distance.

***

We cut to a view of Brocc asleep in bed. He sleep-talks loudly.

Brocc: Woohoo! It’s about…(snore)…time…

***

Mak and Emily break away from each other and open their eyes, smiling at each other. We cut to a view of the opposite side of them, where Thookli is standing.

Mak: That was…

Emily: Indeed…

After a brief pause, Mak looks at Thookli.

Mak: Thookli! A-Are we ready to leave?

Thookli: Of course.

Mak claps his hands together.

Mak: Great! Let’s go and find my Mom!

Scene 9: Outside the Dragon’s Tower: Morning

Erik and Zed stand facing the entrance to the Dragon’s Tower, an enormous spire with a gleaming metallic finish.

Zed: The Dragon’s Tower?!

Erik: Of course. That’s where the oracles said the Icon would be.

Zed: I don’t think I can go in there.

Erik: Are you not an adventurer?

Zed: Only a probationary one.

Erik: But you possess amazing skills, Zed. Surely you have already been inducted as a full member!

Zed: You only inducted me as a trainee. I’m not qualified to enter a B-Class dungeon!

Erik: Really? I did? Oh dear…

Erik thinks for a moment.

Erik: Now, you say that I inducted you, yes?

Zed: Well, technically, yes…

Erik: So therefore, I should legally be able to induct you as a full adventurer right now. What’s 250 years of time difference where a time-traveller is concerned?

Zed: I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work like that.

Erik: Where is your membership card?

Zed: Right here.

Zed pulls out his member’s card and examines it.

Zed: “Zed Starmute, 1st-Level Homonid Spellsword. Full Member of the Faerie Guild.” Wait…what?!

Erik: See? I knew my future self would have thought of everything!

Zed: But…I’m not a spellsword! I’m a wizard! I’ve never even held a sword before!

Zed puts his member’s card away.

Zed: Well…I guess technically I can go inside, then.

Erik: Then let us enter!

***

Zed and Erik stand inside the dungeon surrounded by a swarm of cakeflies.

Zed: I knew it was a mistake to enter here!

Erik: I don’t understand…cakeflies should not attack unless one of us has-

Zed: Just like I told your future self, I always carry some cakes with me in case of emergency!

Erik: Well, what should we do?

Zed reaches into his satchel and pulls out two breathers.

Zed: Put this on!

Erik: What is it?

Zed: No time! Just put it on now!

Erik: As you command!

Zed and Erik quickly don the breathers just in time to protect them from the cakeflies’ slumber dust.

Erik: This device is incredible!

Zed: Keep it. Now, let’s run!

Erik: Agreed!

Zed and Erik race towards the next flight of stairs.

Scene 10: Big-Chip Mountain Range: Late Morning

Mak, Emily and Thookli approach the cliff orc stronghold.

Thookli: Follow my lead.

Mak: Wait…we’re just going to march into their camp?!

Thookli: Of course.

Mak: But…aren’t they cliff orcs?!

Thookli: Just trust me. They will not harm us.

Mak: O-Okay then…

The party approaches two guards. Thookli turns to face Mak and Emily and raises her right hand.

Thookli: Wait here, okay?

Mak: Uh…sure.

Thookli approaches the orcs. Both orcs cross their axes, blocking the orcborn’s path. All three speak in Orcish.

Thookli: (Greetings.)

Guard #1: (State your business.)

Thookli: (My companions and I wish to enter your stronghold.)

Guard #1: (What business does a group of three weaklings have in our stronghold?)

Thookli: (We wish to speak to the one called Sarekka.)

The two orcs whisper to each other.

Guard #1: (Very well, you may enter.)

Thookli: (My thanks to you both.)

Thookli gestures Mak and Emily to approach. Mak and Emily walk up to Thookli. Just as Thookli takes a step forward, the second guard stops her.

Guard #2: (Why do you wish to speak to Sarekka?)

Thookli: (For reasons of kinship.)

The second guard examines both orcborn.

Guard #2: (Then you have one hour.)

Thookli: (That is all we need.)

***

The party enters a room within the stronghold. A lone orc woman sits in a chair, polishing an axe.

Thookli: Hello.

The woman looks up at Thookli, then over at Mak, then at Emily. A tear rolls down her cheek.

Sarekka: Son? Daughter?

Mak: Why does everybody think we’re a couple?!

Sarekka: It IS Makkmak!

Sarekka drops the axe and cloth and runs over to Makkmak, embracing him in a gigantic hug.

Sarekka: I did think I would not see Makkmak again!

Mak begins crying.

Mak: I missed you so much, Mommy!

Sarekka promptly drops Mak and embraces Thookli.

Sarekka: Thookli! My Thookli!

Thookli: Wait! Why are you hugging me?!

Mak flies back onto his feet. Sarekka lets go of Thookli.

Mak: Wait…Thookli’s my sister?!

Thookli: What?!

Sarekka turns to face Mak.

Sarekka: Yes. When Chieftain of cliff orc tribe threaten Theo and Makkmak, Sarekka offer to take place. Chieftain take Sarekka away for 21 years. What Sarekka not know at time is carrying baby. Then, six months later, Sarekka give birth to daughter, Thookli. Sarekka secretly give baby to sand orc Chieftain, so can live in peace.

Thookli: I had no idea I had a brother…

Sarekka: But now, 21 years later, Sarekka free to go home.

Mak: Wait…so the 21 years you’ve been gone were-

Sarekka: -prison sentence, yes.

Mak: But how could you be tried as a cliff orc when you were part of a sand orc tribe?

Sarekka: Sarekka mother, Makkmak and Thookli grandmother, was cliff orc. That make Sarekka tried as cliff orc when marry to human Theo.

Mak: So I’m a quarter-cliff orc?!

Emily: I guess that explains your temper, then!

Mak: What the…Brocc?! How do you keep-

Mak looks at Emily, who has a beaming smile on her face.

Mak: A sense of humour…now that’s a side of you I’ve never seen before.

Emily: Oh?

Mak: I think I could get used to that side.

Emily giggles.

Scene 11: Theodor’s Home: Late Morning

Mak, Emily, Thookli and Sarekka enter the living area. The rest of the party and Theodor sit on the couches and chairs.

Mak: We’re home!

Theodor looks over at the group. A look of surprise appears on his face.

Theodor: Sarekka?

Sarekka: Theo.

Theodor slowly stands up and walks over to Sarekka. He wraps his arms around her, and she does so in kind. They nuzzle each other’s foreheads.

Theodor: My Sarekka…I never thought I would see you again.

Sarekka: I miss Theo so very much. Sarekka stay for good.

Theodor looks at Thookli.

Theodor: Thank you.

Thookli nods.

Mak: It gets better. Thookli is…your daughter!

Theodor: My daughter?!

Theodor and Sarekka let go of one another. Theodor walks over to Thookli and examines her.

Thookli: It’s as much a surprise to you as it is to me…Father.

Theodor: I see it now. You have my eyes…and your mother’s tusks.

Brocc: Well, you’ll never guess what happened to me. I dreamt that Mak and Emily kissed!

Mak: What?!

Brocc: Yeah, in front of an oasis in the middle of the desert, the sun rising as you-

Mak: Okay, I think we’ve had enough of Brocc’s fantasies, don’t you?!

Emily: Eheheheheh…

Scene 12: En Route to Goldenia: Early Afternoon

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Tamamaki walk along a road. The trees lining it are shedding their leaves.

Mak: So, any news about Zed?

Amethyst: It’s funny you should mention it, Mak.

Bryn: Your father has a number of artefacts which mention Zed.

Mak: Really?!

Amethyst: He is in the past, assisting Herikios.

Mak: Wait…Erik’s there too?! I knew I couldn’t trust that guy!

Brocc: It gets better! The artefacts mention where he returns in this timeline!

Mak: Where?

Bryn: A place called Summershire.

Emily: But that is my homeland! It is a part of Goldenia Kingdom!

Mak: Then we make tracks to Goldenia!

The party continues walking along the road. Just then, an arrow whizzes past Mak’s head.

Bryn: Oh, for the love of-

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End Credits

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on August 25th 2015, 6:21 am
Episode 14: Emily’s Homecoming
Synopsis:

Emily returns to her home in Goldenia, where her family are...royalty?! Her brother Aurec is a watertouched, and his elemental nature has caught the attention of a mysterious trio of individuals who wish to experiment on the young syl. Meanwhile, Zed finally rejoins his allies, but something is amiss: the Azure Crystal has mysteriously started to malfunction! Can the young spellcaster solve this potential problem?

New Characters

Lord and Lady Summershire – Emily’s parents and the reigning monarchs of Summershire, they are unaware of the danger which threatens their son until it is too late!

Lord Aurec of Summershire – Emily’s older brother was born a watertouched, and has caught the attention of three mysterious individuals. Can his sister save him in time?

"It is so good to be home..."
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Dragon’s Tower: Early Afternoon

Zed and Erik reach the top of the Dragon’s Tower. The view of the lands of the Silverian Empire and the Damantia Sea is breathtaking. In the centre of the tower’s roof is a large pedestal marked with the symbol on Zed and Erik’s right hands.

Erik: The pinnacle of the Dragon’s Tower. You can see for miles up here!

Zed: Whoa…awesome.

Zed and Erik look around.

Erik: I…expected to see the Icon up here.

Zed: So did I.

Erik: I doubt the Emperor would send us on a wild drake chase. There must be a reason why we are here…

Suddenly, a beacon of light emerges from around the outside of the pedestal. The mark on Erik’s hand begins to glow brightly.

Erik: My mark…

Zed: I think you need to stand on the pedestal.

Erik: I am not sure about this, Zed…

Zed: Why else would we be here? I’m sure the pedestal will take you to the Icon.

Erik: Me? Why not you? You bear the Azure Crystal.

Zed: Because you were the one who was supposed to find the Icon. I have to return to my own time.

Erik: You are right.

Erik approaches the pedestal, standing in its centre and turning to face Zed.

Zed: We will meet again. I still need to meet you for the first time.

Erik smiles.

Erik: Of course, Zed.

The pedestal is engulfed in bright light. The mark appears under Zed’s feet and glows with cyan light. A column of light erupts from the floor surrounding Zed.

Zed: Here we go…

Erik’s voice seems to echo from thin air.

Erik: This is not your world, Zed…

Zed: Erik?

The column of light recedes into the ground, leaving Zed standing in the middle of a bustling city. A few people stand and stare at him, but most simply continue with their busy lives.

Zed’s thoughts: Am I back?

Voice: You certainly are, Zed.

Zed spins around and sees Erik – the Erik he knows – standing there.

Zed: Erik!

Erik: So now we are properly acquainted.

Zed: Did you meet the Icon? What are they like?

Erik: I am sure you would like the Icon very much, Zed.

Zed: Cool. So…where are we?

Erik: This is Summershire City, in the Kingdom of Goldenia.

Zed: Goldenia? Awesome!

Erik: Come. There are some people who wish to meet with you.

Zed: Lead on, Mentor.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: The Golden Dew Tavern: Afternoon

Zed and Erik enter the tavern. Zed sees the Crystalbound and Kendall sitting at a table and begins to approach them.

Thobrun: -and then I dropped my hammer onto his noggin! Let me tell you he was stumblin’ around like a-

Thobrun stops talking as the party realises Zed is present.

Zed: Hey, guys.

Brocc: Zed! It’s really you!

Mak: Zed!

Mak leaps to his feet and locks Zed in a hug.

Mak: Where were you?! We were so worried!

Bryn: Give the boy a chance to speak, “Dad”!

Mak lets go of Zed.

Mak: Sorry.

Mak looks over at Erik.

Mak: Thank you for looking out for him, Erik.

Erik: My pleasure, Mak.

Zed: Wait a minute…did something happen between you two since I left?

Mak: In a sense, yes.

Bryn: We were ambushed by those two goons again-

Zed: Trent and Kara, you mean?

Bryn: Oh, that’s right! You haven’t been acquainted with Brent and Sara, have you?

Zed: Brent and Sara?

Brocc: Let me backtrack a little bit for you…

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An arrow whizzes past Mak’s head.

Bryn: Oh, for the love of truffles!

Brent and Sara stand right in the party’s path.

Brent: Hello, Crystalbound.

Sara: Hello, Crystalbound.

Brent: I just said that!

Sara: I know, but I wanted to say it too!

Brent: You can’t just take my words like that! I, Brent, have standards, and those standards don’t include some half-witted barbarian stealing my thunder!

Sara! I am not unliterate! And I am not a thief!

Sara points at Bryn.

Sara: THAT is a thief!

Bryn: Hey! Don’t go pointing your sausage-finger at me, sister!

Sara: I am not your sister!

Bryn: Never mind…

Mak: I take it you’re going to try and round us up again?

Brent: However did you guess?

Brent smiles cruelly.

Mak: Because you’re all so…

Brent: Talented?

Mak: Predictable.

Brent frowns.

Brent: How dare you!

Mak: The four of you always try to capture us and take us to this “Mistress” of yours, and every time some guy or another comes along and stops you without us lifting a sword.

Brent: And just who do you expect will stop us this time?

Erik: Allow me to attempt such an endeavour.

Erik steps in front of the Crystalbound.

Brent: And who on Junihoshi are you?

Erik cocks one eyebrow.

Erik: Does the name “Hippocamp” ring any bells?

Brent: No, not…WAAAAAAAAH!

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Mak: Let’s just say that Erik and I have come to an…“understanding” of sorts.

Zed: As long as you guys are finally getting along, it’s fine.

Brocc: So what was it like in the past?

Zed: Well, I-

A blank expression appears on Zed’s face. He turns to look at Erik.

Zed: Did you tell them?

Brocc: Tell us what?

Zed: Never mind.

Erik’s thoughts: They learned of our past exploits from some artefacts in Mak’s father’s collection.

Zed’s thoughts: Really?

Erik’s thoughts: I’m sure I forbade the Emperor from recounting our endeavours. I wonder why she went ahead and had them crafted behind my back.

Zed’s thoughts: She must have had her reasons.

Erik’s thoughts: I certainly hope so, Zed.

Brocc: Uh…Zed? You’re spacing out a little.

Zed: Uh…oh, right. I started out in the Ethereal Expanse.

Bryn: I knew you were sent to another plane! Brocc, hand it over!

Brocc: Ah, crumbs.

Brocc hands 5gp to Bryn.

Zed: Then a genie sent me to some weird desert world.

Brocc: Another world, you say? Bryn?

Bryn: Ugh…fine.

Bryn gives Brocc 10gp.

Amethyst: You both wagered on Zed’s location?

Kendall: But why?

Bryn: We were both in distress, alright? It took our minds off his absence.

Brocc: Yeah, what she said!

Mak: Both of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

Zed: Oh, and then I ended up 250 years in the past.

Mak: Bryn, Brocc…both of you fork it over.

Bryn and Brocc look at each other and give each other a sly smile.

Bryn: Looks like you won the bet, Makkmak.

Bryn and Brocc each begin to hand 10gp to Mak. Emily looks at Mak.

Mak: What bet? No…hand me those chicken legs you’re holding.

Bryn: Why would you want our chicken?

Mak: I’m hungry.

Brocc: But Bryn, you said we could frame Mak into claiming a fake wager he didn’t make with us, just to see if Emily would-

Bryn slaps the back of Brocc’s head.

Brocc: OW! I mean…a fake wager? What’s a fake wager? A…potato segment…covered in flaked…fish?

Bryn: That’s a “flake wedge”, you dolt! It’s a Granrelmian delicacy!

Brocc: Whatever. The important thing is Zed’s back, safe and sound.

Mak: I missed you buddy.

Amethyst: We all missed you a great deal, Zed.

Voice: Twelve Stars! It’s Lady Emillia!

The party turns to look at two teenage girls, a homonid and a syl, both in simple clothing. They seem to be looking at the party.

Girl #1: I had no idea she was back in Summershire!

Girl #2: I had no idea I’d ever meet her in person!

Kendall: Uh…there must be some mistake.

Girl #1: We don’t make mistakes, sir. Your party priestess is most definitely Lady Emillia, the Amberbound.

Brocc: Lady Emillia? Emily, I thought your name was…well, Emily.

Emily: My full title is Lady Emillia of Summershire. I usually go simply by Emily Summers, which is my legal name.

Bryn: But “Lady” implies that you are-

Mak: Yes, Bryn, Emily is royalty.

Three individuals at a nearby table observe the party. The sides of their faces are marked with purplish-pink crystalline patterns. The first is a female homonid human, while the other two are male homonid humans.

Figure #1: Bingo, our way into Summershire Palace.

Figure #2: We should be able to follow them undetected using our cloaks.

Figure #1: In this place, our magentia reserves are dangerously low.

Figure #3: Then we should redirect the energy consumption of our other crystal functions and focus on a single ability at a time.

Figure #2: A single ability at a time? What are we, savages?

Figure #3: As I understand, it is how many people lived day-to-day, before advanced crystal tech became mainstream.

Figure #1: Then we will live as our elders once did long ago, at least until our research is complete.

Figure #2: Ugh…fine, but you owe me big time, both of you.

The three individuals become invisible in a purplish-pink cybernetic animation sequence.

Scene 4: Summershire Palace: Afternoon

Two syl humans, a lady and a gentleman, sit in a rather lavish parlour. Each of them holds a cup of tea and a saucer. The gentleman sips his tea, then places his cup gently into the saucer.

Gentleman: I must say, this tea is most exquisite.

Lady: If my understanding is correct, these tea leaves are imported from Verdelvum.

Gentleman: Ah, a sign of quality to be sure. We really must visit Verdelvum, sweetheart.

Lady: Of course, darling.

Both people smile at one another. A loud knock sounds on the parlour doors.

Gentleman: Enter.

The doors swing open, revealing a butler, the Crystalbound and Kendall. The party follows the butler up to the gentleman and lady.

Butler: Lord and Lady Summershire, I present the Lady Emillia of Summershire and her companions: Amethyst Moondew, Sir Makkmak Clay of Cuprumo, Paladin Thobrun Steelanvil, the Lady Bryn of Platinia, Broccoli Choy Verdann Svetlana Asparagustus Anchovius Wheatcream Bucknoodle Hairy Squirty Windy-

Brocc clears his throat.

Butler: Erm…Pharrschott, Kendall Silvertooth and…Zed.

Gentleman: That will be all.

Butler: Very good, sir.

The butler bows, then turns around and exits the room. Lord Summershire stands and walks over to Emily. Emily looks into Lord Summershire eyes. A smile slowly spreads across both their faces.

Lord Summershire: My Emillia.

Emily: Father.

Lord Summershire and Emily hug. Lady Summershire stands and walks over to her husband and daughter, embracing them both.

Lady Summershire: It is wonderful to see you again, sweetheart.

Emily: I missed you so much, Mother.

The family separates and faces the Crystalbound. Lord Summershire faces Mak.

Lord Summershire: You kept your word, Sir Makkmak. My daughter is safe.

Mak: It was my honour, M’Lord.

Mak kneels.

Lord Summershire: You really do not need to be so formal.

Mak slowly stands upright.

Mak: Apologies, M’Lord.

Lady Summershire: If there is any reward you request, please, let us know.

Mak: Having your daughter in my life, Milady, that is reward enough.

Lord Summershire: Say no more. The household of Summershire will see to the wedding arrangements personally.

Mak and Emily both panic.

Emily: What?! No, no…we do not wish for marriage!

Mak: The two of us are…good friends!

Emily: Uh…exactly! Eheheheheh…

Lord Summershire frowns.

Lord Summershire: Very well. The servants will see you to your rooms. You are our honoured guests. Welcome to Summershire Palace!

Mak: Thank you, M’Lord.

The party, except for Emily, bows. The entire party then leaves the room and closes the door behind them.

Lord Summershire: I fail to see why Emillia and Sir Makkmak will not wed.

Lady Summershire: It is clear as day that they care deeply for one another.

Lord Summershire: Any fool would see it, would they not?

Lord and Lady Summershire giggle.

Lord Summershire: In time, they will realise their feelings for one another.

Lady Summershire: Indeed.

Scene 5: Palace Courtyard: Early Afternoon

A male syl human with glistening black hair, azure eyes and shimmering blue specks on his cheeks walks through the palace courtyard. He speaks with a posh accent.

Gentleman: Ah, what a splendid day to be outdoors. There is not a cloud in the sky, the birds are chirping…what could possibly spoil my afternoon?

The three individuals from before appear around him in a purplish cybernetic flash.

Figure #2: Oh, I have a couple of ideas.

The figure wraps his arms around the gentleman. All four individuals disappear in a purplish cybernetic flash.

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Spoiler:

Scene 6: Sorceress’ Throne Room: Unknown Time of Day

Brent and Kara walk up to the Sorceress of Winter.

Sorceress: You have both failed me…again!

Brent: Apologies, Mistress, but-

Sorceress: I have no desire to hear your petty excuses! The ice vault longs for new captives.

Brent: No, please! Anything but that!

Sorceress: Very well…I will decide what punishment to give you. In the meantime…

Two ice constructs walk behind Brent and Sara, grabbing them.

Sorceress: You may spend some time in the ice vault.

Brent: What?!

Sorceress: I cannot have you running around this fortress willy-nilly, can I?

Sara: Oh, lighten up, Brent. It’ll be just like taking a nap.

Brent thrashes around as the ice constructs carry both him and Sara into the ice vault.

Brent: No! You cannot do this to me! I am the great hunter, Bre-

The door to the ice vault seals shut.

Sorceress: Winter is afoot…the perfect time for me to enact my plan.

The Sorceress smiles cruelly.

Scene 7: Emily’s Room: Summershire Palace: Afternoon

Emily and Mak enter Emily’s bedroom.

Emily: It is unchanged from when I last left here.

Mak: It’s a little ostentatious, don’t you think?

Emily: I admit, it is a little bit too lavish for my liking, but it is where I grew up. Over time, I have become accustomed to the perks and privileges.

Mak: I still don’t see why we need to sleep in the same bed, though.

Emily: My parents have always longed for me to find a partner of my own.

Mak: Well, the look your father gave us…I suspect they always knew we’d be together.

Emily: Well, it is much too early for us to declare-

Voice: Lady Emillia! Lady Emillia!

A maid runs into Emily’s bedroom.

Maid: Forgive my intrusion, Milady! It…it…

Emily: Please, calm yourself!

The maid is still in a panic.

Emily: Heather, please try to calm down.

The maid lets out a big breath and tries to relax.

Emily: Now, please, tell me what troubles you.

Heather: It’s your brother, Milady!

Emily: Aurec?

Heather: He’s been abducted!

Emily’s hands fly to her mouth.

Scene 8: Parlour: Summershire Palace: Afternoon

Lord and Lady Summershire are surprised at the news.

Lord Summershire: You are certain?!

Emily: Heather swears it to be true!

Mak: She said the kidnappers seemed to disappear in an unusual flash of magenta.

Lady Summershire: By the Twelve Stars! You must find him at once!

Emily: My crystal has begun to glow. I suspect it is a beacon which will guide us to Aurec.

Mak: We’ll try our best to bring him back, M’Lord…Milady.

Mak bows.

Lord Summershire: You may go.

Mak: Very good.

Lady Summershire: Please, try to bring back your brother, safe and sound.

Emily: I will try, Mother.

Mak and Emily leave the parlour, closing the doors behind them.

Lord Summershire: If this endeavour fails to bring them together, I know not what will.

Lady Summershire: Thinking of our daughter’s future even when our son is in peril?

Lord Summershire: I take no favourites when it comes to our children.

Lady Summershire: I do wonder…

Scene 9: Faerie Guild: Summershire City: Afternoon

Zed enters the Faerie Guild, the branch of the Adventurer’s League for spellswords and hedge mages. Zed walks up to Erik.

Erik: Ah, Zed. Welcome.

Zed: I need to find out something.

Erik: Of course.

Zed hands his member’s card to Erik.

Zed: It says I’m a full member of the Adventurer’s League, but it says I’m a spellsword instead of a wizard.

Erik: Ah…

Zed: What I want to know is why I’m a full member and not a probationary one.

Erik: Well, that time I gave you your member’s card…I may have upgraded you to full member’s privileges without you having to wait a year.

Zed: You can do that?

Erik: Of course.

Zed: But…why did you?

Erik: I first met you 250 years ago. That’s a far cry from just one year.

Zed: So the time-traveller clause takes effect?

Erik: It does exist in the Adventurer’s League charter.

Zed: Wait…you helped write the charter?

Erik: Maybe…

Zed: Oh.

Zed pauses.

Zed: Maybe you can help me with my other problem, then.

Erik: Of course.

Zed reaches into his clothing and pulls out his crystal. The cyan light within it is resonating.

Erik: Fascinating…

Zed: What does this mean?

Erik: It would seem that you are close to finding the crystal’s true owner.

Zed: Then Axian was right…

Erik: Axian?

Zed: Long story. The bottom line is that this crystal belongs to someone named Mara.

Erik: Mara? But that cannot be…

Zed: You know her?

Erik: Not exactly. I have met some of her family, though.

Zed: Who is she?

Erik: Another time, Zed.

Zed: How did I know you were going to say that?

Erik: Maybe you’re psychic.

Zed: We’re all psychic, Erik.

Erik: Have you been listening to Tamamaki’s teachings?

Zed: Well, maybe a little.

Zed pauses.

Zed: Wait…where is Tamamaki-kun?

Erik: He has made his way to the Shuken-Kin Temple. Rest assured that he arrived safely.

Zed: That’s good to hear.

Erik: Indeed.

Zed: So…want to get some lunch?

Erik: Of course.

Zed and Erik leave the guild hall.

Scene 10: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Aurec lies tied up to an operating table. He struggles to break free of his bonds. The three figures stand around him.

Aurec: Do you not know who I am?! Unbind me at once!

Figure #1: We do know what you are, watertouched.

Figure #2: Where we come from, there are no watertouched. We are taking the opportunity to study you.

Aurec: To what end?

Figure #1: Our findings will aid us in developing new forms of crystal tech, the likes of which the world has never seen.

Aurec: “Crystal tech”? Your words mean nothing!

Figure #3: The results of this research will make us rich beyond our wildest dreams! I can practically taste the diamond spring water!

Aurec: You are mad if you think you will be able to dissect a member of royalty and get away with it!

Figure #1: There is nothing you can do.

Voice: No, but we can!

The three figures look over at Mak and Emily.

Figure #1: How on Vitrumund did you find this place?!

Mak: Let’s just say we had a little guidance from a crystal…

Emily: Aurec!

Aurec: Emillia? What are you doing here?!

Emily: We came to rescue you!

Aurec: It is not safe, sister! You must leave!

Emily: Not without you, dear brother!

Figure #1: Enough of this! There is no way you can win!

Mak: Oh yeah?

Mak steps forward and draws his sword.

Mak: Try me.

Figure #1: That primitive weapon is no match for our might.

Mak: We’ll see.

Mak swings his sword at the figure. Suddenly, the crystal markings on her face light up, and a purplish barrier surrounds her. As Mak’s sword makes contact, it sends a surge of energy through his body. The orcborn flies backward and hits a wall, then he falls to the ground, knocked out.

Emily: Makkmak!

Aurec: Sister! Leave now! Before it is too late!

Figure #1: You would be prudent to adhere to your brother’s words, Emillia.

Emily frowns.

Emily: You may call me “Emily”. HYAAAAAAAH!

Emily runs forward and swings her hammer. It glows with golden light, and she strikes the figure, sending her flying against a wall and knocking her to the ground. The figure pants heavily.

Figure #1: Impressive. You actually made a hit on me.

Emily: I am guided by the light of Marilina Silverblade.

Figure #1: You may have bested me, but you will not defeat my allies.

Emily spins around just in time to see the other two figures approach. Their crystalline markings glow, and waves of purplish energy emerge from their outstretched hands, surrounding Emily. An aura of golden light surrounds her, drawing out the remaining energy from the individuals.

Figure #3: Wh-What’s going on?!

Figure #2: Our magentia reserves…they’re depleting rapidly!

Figure #3: What do we do?!

Figure #2: We won’t have enough energy to open a doorway home!

Figure #3: But…I have a date tonight!

Energy stops flowing from the other two figures. They collapse to their knees, exhausted and panting heavily.

Figure #1: But…how?

Emily: Never mess with a Crystalbound!

Scene 11: Dining Hall: Summershire Palace: Evening

Emily’s family, the Crystalbound, Kendall and Erik sit at a long table brimming with all sorts of food.

Mak: You were awesome, Ems.

Emily: Are you trying to copy Zed, Makkmak?

Aurec: Sir Makkmak is right, Emillia. In the face of danger, you stood your ground and stopped the assailants. You truly are my rescuer.

Lord Summershire raises his goblet.

Lord Summershire: A toast. To Lady Emillia, whose bravery and courage aided her in rescuing her brother.

Everyone raises their goblets.

Lord Summershire: To Lady Emillia!

Everyone else (except Emily): To Lady Emillia!

Emily: I did not complete my task alone. I was assisted by-

Lord Summershire raises his goblet again.

Lord Summershire: A toast. To Sir Makkmak of Cuprumo, who aided Lady Emillia in saving her brother.

Everyone raises their goblets.

Lord Summershire: To Sir Makkmak!

Everyone else (except Mak and Emily): To Sir Makkmak!

Emily: No, no…I meant-

Aurec raises his goblet.

Aurec: A toast. To Herikios Woodhollow, who apprehended the thugs and took them to the proper authorities.

Everyone else raises their goblets.

Aurec: To Herikios!

Everyone else (except Mak, Emily and Erik): To Herikios!

Emily: I meant that the light of Marilina Silverblade herself was what removed the strength of the individuals. I was merely its conduit.

Lord Summershire: In any case, we did not expect such bravery from our only daughter.

Lady Summershire: We are very proud of you, Sweetheart.

Emily: Thank you Mother, Father, Aurec.

Lord Summershire: Now, let us feast before the food grows cold!

Brocc: Now THAT’S an order I can get behind!

Everyone begins eating the wonderful food.

Scene 12: Sorceress’ Throne Room: Unknown Time of Day

Trent, Kara, Brent and Sara stand before the Sorceress of Winter.

Sorceress: The four of you are a disgrace. After several attempts to capture the Crystalbound, you have failed to bring me even one of them.

Trent: Apologies, Mistress.

Brent: We have failed you one too many times, but never again.

Sorceress: Agreed. I will give you one final chance to apprehend the Crystalbound and bring them before me. One week from today is the Winter Festival, the greatest celebration of this time of year. Those fools are headed for Goodheart’s Pass, the hometown of dear Thobrun, to attend the festivities. The perfect time to make our move.

Sara: Ooh, can we attend the festival too?

Sorceress: Of course. The easier you blend in, the easier it will be to round up the Crystalbound whilst their guard is down.

Kara: But what about the mysterious individual who follows them, Mistress?

Sorceress: I admit, it will be difficult to capture them with him around, so we will have to lure them away from him, even for just a moment.

Brent: And then…we strike!

Sorceress: Exactly. Now go!

The Dark Crystalbound bow to the Sorceress, then turn around and leave the room.

Sorceress: At last, vengeance will be mine…

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End Credits

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on August 26th 2015, 2:43 am
Episode 15: The Winter Festival

Synopsis:
The party has arrived in Thobrun’s hometown of Goodheart’s Pass, in the kingdom of Shingania, and just in time, too: the Winter Festival will be here in a matter of hours! The festivities are cut short, however, when the party gets lost in the Goldwaldun Mountains! Will the heroes reunite once more?

New Characters

Helga Goodheart – Thobrun’s beloved mother welcomes home her son with a big smile and an enormous banquet the likes of which Brocc and Bryn have never imagined!

Lukas Silvertooth – A gentleman who claims to be Kendall’s long-lost father, but can he be trusted?

Ash – An ally of Erik’s, he gives Zed a rare artefact and asks him to keep it safe, but will not tell him of its significance.

"At last we meet again, Crystalbound..."
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Goodheart’s Pass: Evening

The Crystalbound and Kendall trudge through the snow, approaching the settlement of Goodheart’s Pass. A number of buildings can be seen stretching into the distance and up the side of a mountain range.

Thobrun: Ah, Goodheart’s Pass...

Bryn: This is the site of the best winter festivities every year!

Emily: It’s spectacular!

Amethyst: Very impressive!

Thobrun: Ah, but it is more than that, lasses. This...is my hometown!

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The party walks up to a building with a wooden door. Thobrun knocks on the door. After a few seconds, a female dwarf opens it and stares at Thobrun.

Woman: Wee one?

Thobrun: Aye, Mum.

Tears stream down the woman’s face as she grabs Thobrun’s cheeks and gives him an enormous kiss on the forehead. She lets go of him and holds her hands in the air.

Woman: Ye didnae tell me ye were comin’ hame!

Thobrun: I wanted to surprise ye!

Woman: Well, ye’ve done more than that, laddie! Come in! Come in! Ye’re friends, too!

The party enters the building. At the other end of the street stands Brent, grinning cruelly.

Brent: Just as our Mistress predicted, the Crystalbound have walked into our trap.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: Helga Steelanvil’s Home: Goodheart’s Pass: Evening

The party sits comfortably in Thobrun’s mother’s modest living area. Thobrun’s mother walks into the room.

Thobrun’s Mother: Can I fix ye anythin’ te eat?

Amethyst: That would be wonderful, Mrs. Steelanvil.

Thobrun’s Mother: Please, lass, call me Helga.

Amethyst: As you wish.

Helga leaves the room.

Emily: Your mother is so nice, Thobrun.

Thobrun: Aye, she is. I always look forward to comin’ home. She always knows when I’m on my way, even if I dinnae tell her.

Mak: Really? How?

Thobrun: Why, mother’s intuition, o’course.

Kendall: He is right. My mother always knows when I get into any trouble. It’s a little bit spooky, actually.

Mak: I wouldn’t know, given the fact that I didn’t see my mother for over 20 years.

Kendall: Oh, my apologies, Mak.

Mak: It’s fine, Kendall. I’ve been reunited with her, and that’s what matters.

Helga calls out from the next room.

Helga: Right, supper’s on! Come an’ eat it ‘fore the meece do!

Zed: There are mice in here?!

Thobrun: Course not, lad. Mum’s only teasin’ us!

Brocc: Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m starving!

Amethyst: Come now, Brocc. I am sure it will merely be a light meal.

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The party stands in the entrance of the dining room, staring at the enormous mountain of food on the table.

Mak: Some “light meal”, right, Amethyst?

Amethyst: I...I have no idea what to say...

Helga: Us hill dwarves are famous fer our spreads, lass. Sit, sit! Ye must be famished after ye’re journey!

Brocc: Yes, ma’am!

The party sits at the table.

Brocc: Uh...what’s this round thing?

Thobrun: Haggis. Mum’s specialty.

Brocc: Oh boy, haggis! Let me at it!

Brocc quickly hacks off a piece and takes a huge bite.

Helga: Ah, it’s good to see a stranger hoe into my sheep stomach pud!

Brocc turns his head and spits out his mouthful.

Brocc: This is WHAT?!

Bryn: Try it, Brocc. It’s delightful.

Brocc: You mean you actually eat this stuff?!

Bryn: Of course! Every Cha-day in the Thieves’ Guild is Haggis Day.

Brocc: Ugh!

Everyone laughs.

Helga: Well, at least some o’ ye enjoy a nice bit o’ haggis.

Zed: I’ll try some.

Brocc: Zed, no! Don’t do it!

Zed takes a slice and breaks off a piece with his fork. He puts it into his mouth, chews and swallows.

Mak: Well?

Zed: Not bad.

Brocc: Really? You can have my share then!

Zed: Gladly!

Zed takes two more slices.

Helga: Eat, eat! There’s plenty to go aroon!

Bryn: So what are we doing tomorrow?

Thobrun: Tomorrow’s the first day of the Winter Festival, lass. We need to be up at the crack of dawn if we want to experience the full extent of it.

Helga: Aye, that. Goodheart’s Pass is the best place to be for the festival.

Amethyst: I look forward to it, Helga.

Kendall: I just want to try all the dishes that will be there. Over 200 kinds of food!

Mak: And you really think you’ll be able to eat it all?

Brocc: If he doesn’t, I’ll certainly give it a try!

Bryn: There’ll be none left if we let YOU eat it all!

The party laughs.

Scene 3: Winter Festival: Goodheart’s Pass: Morning

The Crystalbound and Kendall walk through the festival grounds.

Kendall: Twelve Stars! This place is already crowded!

Thobrun: I told ye, lad!

Kendall: Well, what should we do first?

Brocc: Eat some food!

Bryn: No, no, we must play some side games! I have a feeling Lady Rhyanna is smiling at me today...

Mak: You always cheat at those games, Bryn.

Bryn: How dare you accuse me of...well, maybe I do a little bit...on occasion...

Erik’s voice: Zed!

Zed looks in the direction of Erik’s voice and sees him standing nearby.

Zed: Uh, I’ll be right back.

Mak: Okay, take your time.

Zed walks over to Erik. He is standing next to a male homonid human with tan skin, dark wavy hair and brown eyes.

Erik: Zed, allow me to introduce Ash, an associate of mine.

Ash holds out his hand.

Ash: It is a pleasure, Zed.

Zed: Uh...likewise.

Zed takes Ash’s hand and shakes it once. Both men let go of each other’s hands.

Erik: Ash wanted to speak with you personally.

Zed: Me?

Ash: I wanted to give you something for safekeeping.

Zed: Really?

Ash: It will only be for a short while, I assure you.

Ash reaches into his pocket and pulls out a shard of cyan crystal on a necklace.

Zed: What is it?

Ash: Something which you will need in the not too distant future.

Erik: Ash hails from another world, and he decided that the best way to keep the shard safe is by hiding it in the farthest possible location from there. I suggested entrusting it to you.

Zed: Me? But why?

Erik: You may not think so, Zed, but you are far more important than you realise.

Zed: Uh...okay. I’ll keep it safe.

Zed takes the shard and puts it around his neck.

Ash: I understand you are apprentice to the elven mage, Amethyst Lunerosée.

Zed: Yes, I-

Zed pauses.

Zed: Of course! Lunerosée is Light Elvish for “moon’s dew”.

Ash: I must inform you that your apprenticeship will soon be over.

Zed: Wait...Amethyst said I would need a minimum five-year term as her apprentice before I was classified as a full wizard. Why would she suddenly end my apprenticeship after only a few months?

Erik: You will find out eventually, Zed.

Zed sighs.

Zed: Fair enough.

Scene 4: Winter Festival: Goodheart’s Pass: Late Morning

Sara stands at a confectionery stall while her allies wait around.

Sara: One, please.

The owner of the stall hands her a food resembling a corn dog, a battered hot dog on a stick topped with a squiggle of some kind of brownish sauce.

Stall owner: Here you go.

Sara hands the stall owner 1gp.

Stall owner: Thank you.

Sara walks over to her allies, devouring the entire corn dog in one bite and throwing the stick to the ground.

Brent: Why did you pay him for that thing? You should have just taken it!

Kara: We must not cause a scene, Brent-kun.

Brent: Oh? And who made you leader, Karakaki?

Kara: Nobody. Our Mistress gave us explicit instruction not to call attention to ourselves.

Brent: Oh, very well.

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Kendall sits at a table, eating an enormous stack of pancakes drenched in honey and topped with a slab of butter.

Kendall: So good...

Voice: Mind if I join you?

A man with black hair and green eyes sits at the table, facing Kendall.

Kendall: I apologise, but that seat is already taken.

Man: I understand. Let me just make a proposal to you.

Kendall: A...proposal?

Man: Let me join you for the day. It will be just you and I. What do you say?

Kendall: Oh, I don’t know...

Man: I understand this must be so sudden. After all, we haven’t been acquainted with one another for some time.

Kendall: We know each other?

Man: You really think I would forget my little Kenny?

Kendall’s eyes widen.

Kendall: Papa...?

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Kendall and his father stand with the Crystalbound.

Amethyst: This...is your father?

Mak: The one who disappeared all those years ago?

Man: Lukas Silvertooth. A pleasure to make your acquaintance.

Brocc: I thought he was supposed to be a werew-

Bryn kicks Brocc in the shin.

Brocc: OW! Hey, why did you do that, fish-breath?!

Bryn: Isn’t it obvious, you pint-sized shrub? He’s in his human form.

Lukas: Your friend is right. I am able to shift between both forms at any time, though I can do it best when there is a full moon in the sky.

Mak: Look, Kendall...

Kendall: Yes?

Mak: I get that you’re excited to see your father again, but isn’t it a little too convenient that he happened to be here?

Lukas: Allow me to explain...

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Lukas: And that’s when I ended up here.

Mak: So you had amnesia for all those years?

Lukas: Indeed.

Mak: And you suddenly remembered everything the moment you saw your son a half hour ago?

Lukas: I admit, it is a little far-fetched...

Mak: So if you really are Kendall’s father, prove it. Change into a werewolf right now.

Lukas: I’m afraid that I have not taken my lupine form since the accident, so I will not be able to do so again until the next full moon.

Mak: Convenient.

Lukas: I am afraid all I can do is urge you to trust me.

Mak: Well, trust doesn’t come easy for me. I’ve been through a lot, so you need to earn that trust, piece by piece.

Kendall: I assure you that this is very much my father, Mak. He has his scent and everything.

Amethyst: You remember your father’s scent, Kendall?

Kendall: The nose never forgets, Amethyst.

Brocc: Is that a shugenja teaching?

Kendall: No, it is merely a werewolf saying.

Mak: Well, be that as it may, I make no exceptions when it comes to trust.

Lukas: I understand. I will work hard to earn that trust, Makkmak.

Mak: Good. Keep it that way.

Mak frowns at Lukas.

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Commercial: The Winter Festival is here! Don’t miss the fireworks display on the first night, where you can enjoy a sampling of the cakes from the annual Cake Crafters’ Tournament. Each slice only 5sp! Wash it down with a fine beverage or your choice of delicious milky drink. The Winter Festival, in Goodheart’s Pass. See you there!

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Spoiler:

Scene 5: Goodheart’s Pass: Evening

The Crystalbound, Kendall and Lukas stand in a clearing a considerable distance up the side of the mountain range above Goodheart’s Pass.

Brocc: Okay, remind us why we’re up here?

Thobrun: This is my special spot for viewin’ the fireworks, lad.

Amethyst: You can see all the lights in town spread out for miles.

Emily: It is beautiful.

Mak: Not as beautiful as some other things.

Emily giggles.

Bryn: So when does the show start?

Lukas: Not for another hour, Bryn.

Bryn: Then what can we do in the meantime?

Brocc: I’m hungry.

Amethyst: But Brocc, you already ate so much food at the festival.

Brocc: I know, but I still didn’t get to eat everything I wanted...

Thobrun: If I might make a suggestion, why don’t we play hide-and-seek?

Bryn laughs through her nose.

Thobrun: Did I say somethin’ funny, lass?

Bryn: It’s just that...well...isn’t hide-and-seek a children’s game?

Thobrun: Aye, but not the way we’ll be playing, lass.

Bryn gulps.

Scene 6: Winter Festival: Goodheart’s Pass: Evening

Trent, Kara, Brent and Sara wander through the festival grounds.

Brent: Where did those Crystalbound go...?!

Trent: My bear companion is tracking them in the Goldwaldun Mountain Range.

Kara: The glamers our Mistress has set up there will lead them to her ice fortress without them even realising.

Brent: At last, we can begin the chase!

Brent smiles cruelly.

Scene 7: Goldwaldun Mountains: Evening

The party has broken into three smaller groups. Amethyst, Zed and Brocc form the first; Mak, Emily and Lukas form the second; and Thobrun, Bryn and Kendall form the third. Amethyst leads her group, followed by Zed and Brocc. They are deep in a forest of enormous pine trees.

Brocc: Okay, we’re lost.

Amethyst: We are not lost, Brocc.

Brocc: Oh, right, you’re a wood elf! You can lead us through safely.

Amethyst sighs.

Amethyst: I must tell you something, Brocc. I...am not a wood elf.

Brocc: Well, you can’t be a high elf, since you said you came from a continent other than Ornoposia. That means you came from Verdelvum, ergo you must be a wood elf.

Amethyst: It appears I have much to explain to you. Please, sit on that log.

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Mak and Emily walk behind Lukas as they explore a mountain cave network.

Lukas: Um...any particular reason you are letting me lead?

Mak: I’m keeping an eye on you. I don’t want you out of my sight.

Emily: Makkmak, it is fair to be cautious, but do you not think it a bit out of proportion to watch him like a hawk?

Mak: On the contrary, I think keeping my gaze fixed on him is a great plan indeed.

Lukas: I understand. Trust is paramount for you, and I would not have it any other way.

Mak frowns.

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Thobrun, Bryn and Kendall walk side-by-side through the mountain snows. Snowflakes fall from the sky, glistening and sparkling like diamonds.

Bryn: It is so beautiful...like diamonds.

Kendall: It truly is magnificent.

Thobrun: Just stick close to me, both o’ ye. Folk could get lost in these mountains.

Bryn: I know one thing I definitely don’t like...this bitter cold!

Kendall raises his hands in front of him.

Kendall: Let me try something...

Kendall releases an orb of fire from his hands, which floats in mid-air between them. All three individuals immediately feel warmer.

Bryn: Ah, that’s better... Kendall, you are one talented mage.

Kendall: Ah...I am not a mage.

Bryn: Then what are you?

Kendall: On my twelfth birthday, I accidentally burned my own cake.

Bryn: Your mother forced you to bake your own birthday cake?

Kendall: Well, no. I manifested a jet of flame which scorched my already-cooked cake. Everyone was so surprised!

Thobrun: I can imagine, lad!

Kendall: It was then that I was revealed to have manifested the power of sorcery.

Bryn: Then you’re-

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Brocc: -a LIGHT ELF?!

Amethyst: I was once, long ago.

Brocc: Why didn’t you tell any of us?

Amethyst: Well, actually...I told Mak and Zed.

Brocc: What?! Everyone keeps keeping secrets from me... (sob)

Zed: Oh, that reminds me. Amethyst?

Amethyst: Yes, Zed?

Zed: Erik and one of his allies said that...my apprenticeship to you would be completed soon.

Amethyst: I am afraid they must be mistaken. A wizard must remain apprentice to a full spellcaster for a minimum term of five years. If the apprenticeship were to finish sooner, then you could not achieve the rank of full wizard.

Zed: Oh...

Amethyst: If your apprenticeship were finished before completion, you would merely be classified as a dilettante wizard.

Zed: Then I guess I still have much to learn.

Amethyst: Agreed. Come, we must press on.

Brocc: Lead on, Amethyst!

The trio stands and continues to walk through the forest.

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Mak and Emily continue to follow Lukas through the tunnels.

Mak: So Lukas...

Lukas: Yes?

Mak: Where did you say you were from?

Lukas: I hail from a settlement near Lake Silveria, where many of my kind dwells.

Mak: I see...

Lukas: My wife and daughter, Laura, must both be there right now, celebrating in true Winter Festival fashion.

Mak: You must love your family a lot.

Lukas: I certainly did...

Emily: Before the accident, you mean?

Lukas: ... Indeed.

Lukas pauses.

Lukas: Come. Not much farther to go.

Mak: You almost sound as though you know where you’re going, Lukas...

Lukas: The nose never lies, Makkmak.

Mak: That’s just what Kendall said.

Lukas: And he is right. Oh, my boy has grown so much. I am one happy father indeed!

Mak’s thoughts: Yeah, I’ll bet...

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Thobrun, Bryn and Kendall continue to walk through the mountain snows.

Bryn: Is it just me, or is it getting colder?

Kendall: I hardly think so, Bryn. As long as my fire orb is present, the immediate area should be the same level of warmth. Not even the snow and wind can interfe-

The fire orb suddenly vanishes.

Kendall: Well THAT’S never happened before...

Thobrun: Really?

Kendall: Of course. It should only be able to dispel upon my command.

Bryn: Then why did it-

The trio suddenly stops walking.

Bryn: What-

Kendall: -is-

Thobrun: -that?!

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Zed, Amethyst and Brocc stand staring at an enormous frozen doorway. A long passageway of ice seems to extend through it.

Amethyst: It appears to be the entrance to some kind of mystical corridor of ice.

Zed: Should we go inside?

Brocc: No way! I’m turning around and going back!

Brocc turns around...and sees the rest of the hallway stretching behind them.

Brocc: Okay...how did that happen?

Amethyst: Well, since we are already inside, let us press on.

Brocc: What?! But...it’s not safe!

Amethyst giggles.

Amethyst: Is that not one of the things which set adventurers apart from other folk?

Brocc: The ability to get into danger?

Amethyst: No, the ability to face danger and overcome it.

Zed: Amethyst is right, Brocc. We may not know what lies within this place, but the payoff may be worth it.

Brocc: Oh? And how can you be so sure, Zed?

Zed: Because the mark on my hand is glowing brighter than ever.

Zed holds up his right hand. His mark is glowing with incredibly bright cyan light.

Brocc: Wait...how long has that been there?!

Amethyst: Since we visited Platinia City during the Dragon Festival.

Brocc: But that was two months ago! See what I mean when I say, “everyone keeps keeping secrets from me”?!

Amethyst: Zed is right. Clearly we are being guided through this corridor. We must press on, no matter what happens.

Zed and Amethyst begin walking down the corridor. Brocc sighs.

Brocc: Fine. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you both.

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Mak and Emily follow Lukas down another icy hallway. They turn a corner and venture into another hallway.

Mak: Okay, did you have something to do with this, Lukas?

Lukas: Uh-

Mak: What am I saying?! I really AM forgetting about trust, aren’t I, Ems?

Emily: It is quite alright, Makkmak. Your hardships are completely understandable.

Mak: Thank you.

Emily: You are most welcome.

Mak and Emily smile at one another.

Lukas: I smell something!

Mak: Really? You can smell something inside a hallway of ice?

Lukas: It smells like...haggis?

Emily: The others!

Mak: Yes! We’re gonna win this game of hide-and-seek!

Mak grins.

Mak: Lukas?

Lukas: Yes, Makkmak?

Mak: Lead on!

Lukas: As you wish.

We zoom in to a view of Lukas’ eyes. They flash once with cyan light.

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Thobrun, Bryn and Kendall walk down a similar hallway.

Bryn: This corridor goes on forever...

Kendall: Not so, Bryn.

Bryn: What do you mean?

Kendall sniffs.

Kendall: We are close to the others’ location.

Bryn: You mean we have a chance of winning this hide-off?

Kendall: Hide-off?

Bryn: Yeah, a hide-and-seek expert’s contest. A hide-off!

Kendall: Sounds more like what a tanner does for a living...

Bryn: Oh yeah...well, we’ll think of a name for it.

Thobrun: But it already has a name, Bryn.

Bryn: Oh?

Thobrun: My kind calls it, “eksperten spillet skjule seg selv og deretter finne en annen person”.

Bryn: Quite a mouthful. How does it translate into Halfling tongue?

Thobrun: I believe it would be, “y gêm arbenigol o guddio eich hun ac yna dod o hyd i berson arall”.

Bryn: Okay, firstly, your Halfling is atrocious...then again, not many non-Halflings can pull off our language quite like we can.

Thobrun: Understandable, lass.

Bryn: Secondly, for the benefit of those nearby who don’t speak EITHER language, that translates into Common as, “the expert game of concealing oneself and then finding another person”. Doesn’t exactly scream “imagination”, does it?

Thobrun: Well, the name was first thought of centuries ago, lass.

Bryn: Fair enough. But take, for example, the ancient Greatkin game of mynd ar drywydd. A nice, simple name which gets the point of the game across without too many convoluted words.

Kendall: And what is this game?

Bryn: Well, when humans adopted it, they came to call it “tag” or “chasey”, depending on which part of Ornoposia they were from.

Kendall: Oh, yes! I know that game! Werewolves call it, “tá mé ag dul a ghabháil leis an duine nó rud tar éis a leanúint ar feadh achar gearr”. It’s ever so much fun!

Bryn: “I’m going to catch the person or object after chasing it a short distance”?

Kendall: It is a clever name, is it not?

Bryn (sarcasm): Oh, yes, it is! Short and to the point, that’s for sure!

Bryn sighs. Kendall sniffs again.

Kendall: We are close to them.

Bryn: Woohoo! Brownie points for us! And then brownies!

Kendall: Oh, no brownies for me, thank you. I cannot eat chocolate.

Bryn: But they have CARAMEL brownies, Kendall...

Kendall: Brownies which I can actually eat?!

Kendall begins running down the hallway.

Bryn: Hey! Wait for us, wolf-boy!

Bryn and Thobrun chase after Kendall.

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Zed, Amethyst and Brocc continue walking down the hallway. They reach the exit.

Brocc: Finally!

Zed: That was monotonous...

Amethyst: I agree, Zed.

Brocc: Where are we?

The trio looks around the enormous icy room. It seems to be made of solid ice. The others all stand in the centre of the room.

Brocc: Guys!

The trio runs up to the rest of the party.

Brocc: Drat! That means we don’t win the prize!

Thobrun: There was never any prize, lad.

Brocc: What do you mean?

Thobrun: Well, the expert game of concealing oneself and then finding another person is purely for fun.

Brocc: Then...we got lost in the forest and stuck inside this icy place for no reason whatsoever?!

Brent’s voice: I would not say, “for no reason whatsoever”, my favourite little gnome...

Trent, Kara, Brent and Sara emerge from behind an icy throne and walk over to the party.

Mak: Oh, for the love of crumpets...

Everyone looks at Mak.

Mak: What? Bryn’s the only one who’s allowed to say, “for the love of blank”?

Trent: We finally captured you all.

Kara: A most impressive feat indeed.

Sara: It’s about time!

Brent: We have finally caught the ten of you.

Brocc: Uh, hello? In case you didn’t realise, there are NINE of us? Count us: one...two...three-

Brent: Our Mistress has placed the ryukoni AND the bolgard wretch in cryostasis inside her ice-vault! And I do not count the werewolf at all.

Bryn: Gazzo?! No! You bring him back right this instant!

Brent: And now for the fun part...we get to eliminate you all, right here, right now!

Lukas takes a step forward.

Lukas: Please, sir, don’t hurt them!

Lukas turns around and faces the Crystalbound. His voice changes to that of the Sorceress of Winter.

“Lukas”: I want that privilege for myself.

“Lukas” smiles cruelly.

Kendall: Papa? I don’t...understand.

The werewolf’s body ripples into that of the Sorceress of Winter.

Sorceress: Ah, the Crystalbound at last. How good of you to come this Winter Festival.

Suddenly, the Sorceress of Winter’s four evil minions surround the Crystalbound.

Trent: There will be no escape this time.

Kara: We’re doing this for our Mistress.

Brent: Ooh, I’m gonna enjoy this…

Sara: I am not unliterate!

Mak: The Sorceress of Winter herself…I might have known.

Amethyst: I cannot even begin to fathom the situation…

Mak: You’ve really made a name for yourself, haven’t you…Mara?

A look of surprise spreads across Zed’s face.

Zed: That’s Mara?!

Mara: Ah, the Star Mute one…

Mara slowly approaches and examines Zed.

Mara: Zed, is it? That’s hardly a name fitting of one so important.

Zed: It’s all I know of myself.

Mara: I see the potential in you now, hiding behind the face of the one who usurped me as the Azurebound.

Amethyst: That is not Zed’s doing, Mara. You brought this on yourself!

Mara turns to face Amethyst.

Mara: And who decided to dismiss me from the party? Was it you, who lies about her own heritage?

Mara turns to face Mak.

Mara: Was it you, who hides his own feelings from others?

Mara turns to face Emily.

Mara: Was it you, who pretends to be something she is not?

Mara turns to face Thobrun.

Mara: Was it you, who…uh…actually, I cannot find a fault in you, dear Thobrun.

Thobrun: Uh…thank ye, lass.

Mara: Except that you are a goody-two-shoes who strives to be perfect in spite of his race’s stereotypes!

Mara looks at Bryn and Brocc.

Mara: Or was it the rest of you?

Brocc: Hey, is that all we get? “The rest of us”?!

Bryn: So rude!

Mara walks away from the party and sits on her throne.

Mara: At last, the fun can begin.

To be Continued…

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End Credits

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Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87 - Page 1 Empty Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on August 26th 2015, 10:26 pm
Episode 16: Zed’s True Home
Synopsis:
Zed and the others are characters in a tabletop roleplaying campaign called “Crystals of Silveria”, which has been played over the course of several months. One of the players, Zander, has been enjoying this campaign immensely, and can hardly wait for each new session. However, he can’t shake the feeling that the Game Master, Marissa, is hiding something from the young man. And to top it all off, strange occurrences seem to be happening around him. Can Zander figure out this situation?

New Characters

Zander – A young man with a strong interest in games of all types, his character is the amnesic human wizard, Zed Starmute.

Anna – A bright young academic with an interest in ancient history, her character is the intelligent elven mage, Amethyst Lunerosée.

Mike – An athletic barista and Zander’s roommate, his character is the mighty orcborn knight, Mak Clay.

Amy – A medical student and Mike’s beau, her character is the wise human priestess, Emily Summers.

Angus – A reserved gent with a polite personality, his character is the hardy dwarven paladin, Thobrun Steelanvil.

Bryn – A talented musician who loves to party, her character is the nimble halfling thief, Bryn.

Brock – A noted author who cannot sing, his character is the charismatic gnome bard, Brocc Farshot.

Marissa – The Game Master of Zander’s regular roleplaying sessions, she states that the cruel Sorceress of Winter is currently her favourite villain in any of her campaigns past and present.

“This is not your world, Zed.”
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Sorceress’ Throne Room: Unknown Time of Day

Mara: Ah, the Crystalbound at last. How good of you to come this Winter Festival.

Suddenly, Mara’s four evil minions surround the Crystalbound.

Trent: There will be no escape this time.

Kara: We’re doing this for our Mistress.

Brent: Ooh, I’m going to enjoy this…

Sara: I am not unliterate!

Mara walks away from the party and sits on her throne.

Mara: At last, the fun can begin.

Scene 2: Marissa’s Dining Room: Night

The throne room scene shifts into a grid map on a dining table, with plastic miniatures in place of the characters. Roleplaying books and sheets of paper are scattered across the table’s surface. Pencils, erasers and dice are also on the table. The view pans up to a young woman behind a cardboard screen adorned with fantasy artwork; this woman looks a lot like the Sorceress of Winter, though her hair is chestnut-red and she is not wearing lipstick.

Woman: And it’s getting late, so let’s wrap-up this session.

We pan to a view of a young man resembling Zed, though with clothing like that of our world. He is sitting next to a young man resembling a human version of Mak, though he is clean-shaven.

“Zed”: Aw, and it was just getting good…

“Mak”: I know what you mean, Zander. Marissa’s a really good GM.

We cut to a view of a woman who resembles a human version of Amethyst, though her bangs are blonde rather than lavender.

“Amethyst”: I agree, Mike. I always look forward to our weekly sessions.

We see the other players: one resembles Emily, though with normal, round ears rather than slightly-pointed ones; another has a vague resemblance of Thobrun, though with dark brown hair instead of red; and the other two are very similar to Bryn and Brocc, though the latter has blonde hair rather than green.

“Bryn”: Hear, hear!

Marissa: Well, thank you all for coming, and…I’ll see you next week.

“Thobrun”: I look forward to it, lass.

Marissa smiles sweetly.

Scene 3: Mike’s Car: Night

We cut to a view inside Mike’s car. It appears to be brand-new, with a sleek, bright red exterior. Mike sits in the driver’s seat on the right, whereas Zander sits in the front left passenger seat.

Mike: Wanna stop and get something to eat?

Zander: Yeah, I just realized I skipped dinner.

Mike: Me too.

Scene 4: Drake’s Burgers: Night

Mike’s car pulls up into a car space at Drake’s Burgers.

***
We cut to a view inside the restaurant. Mike and Zander are sitting at a table facing each other, eating hamburgers and French fries.

Mike: So I was thinking we could go on a road trip, just you and me. What do you say?

Zander: Sounds awesome!

Mike: We could go to…

Zander’s mind wanders, causing him to drift into a trance. An echoing voice appears in his mind.

Voice: This is not your world, Zed.

Mike waves his hand at Zander.

Mike: Uh…Zander? Hello?

Zander snaps back to reality.

Zander: Huh? Oh, sorry. My mind just wandered off.

Mike: Cool. So as I was saying…

Zander’s thoughts: I’ve been playing too many games lately…

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Opening Credits

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Scene 5: Study Hall: Late Morning

Zander, “Amethyst” and “Emily” sit at a long table in a university’s study hall. Each one has sheets of paper, books, pens, pencils and other assorted pieces of stationery. Each one also has a laptop computer. Zander is busy reading a large book.

“Emily”: So did you hear the news?

“Amethyst”: No, do tell!

“Emily”: Mike and I are going on an overseas holiday!

“Amethyst”: Oh, Amy, that’s wonderful! Any idea where you’ll be going?

Amy: We haven’t decided yet. There are just so many places to visit!

“Amethyst”: I know what you mean. For my last holiday I couldn’t choose between…

“Amethyst” looks over at Zander.

“Amethyst”: That must be one fascinating book, Zander.

Zander: Huh? Oh, sorry, Anna. This book is just so intriguing.

Amy: What is it?

Zander: It’s a book about dragons.

Anna: Dragons?

Zander: Yep. On one page, though, someone’s written something which caught my eye.

Anna: What does it say?

Zander: “This is not your world”.

Anna: Really? Let me see…

Zander hands the book to Anna.

Anna: Ah, yes…I’m sure it’s just a meaningless piece of graffiti, though.

Zander: I suppose you’re right…

Two other male students walk past the table. Zander unintentionally overhears part of what one of them says.

Student: It’s true, I swear! He just rippled out of existence, then appeared again! It was like…

Anna: Now, shall we eat some lunch? I know of a fantastic café on campus which has a top-notch barista.

Scene 6: The Naked Bean Café: Midday

Zander, Anna and Amy walk up to the counter, where Mike is working.

Mike: Ah, I see someone knows where to get good quality coffee.

Amy: Hi, sweetie!

Mike: Hi!

Mike leans over the counter, and he and Amy kiss.

Mike: You know I could lose pay for that if the manager catches me. I expect a big tip.

Amy leans forward and kisses Mike.

Amy: How’s that for a tip?

Mike: Oh, it’s not like you to be such a bad girl, Amy!

Amy: Grr!

Mike laughs.

Mike: What can I get you?

Amy’s pager beeps.

Amy: Oh, that’s work. I have to go.

Mike: Already?

Amy: Yep. A kid must’ve fallen off his bike or something.

Mike: Well, you’d better treat them, hadn’t you?

Amy: It’s what I do best. Love you.

Mike: Love you, too.

Amy turns and leaves the café.

Mike: Medical interns, am I right?

Mike pauses for a moment.

Mike: So what will you two have?

Anna: One flat white latté, thank you.

Zander: And I’ll have-

Mike: Peach iced tea, no ice?

Zander: You know me so well!

Mike: How could I not? It’s all you ever order.

***

Anna and Zander sit at a table. Zander sips his tea through a straw.

Zander: Now, that hits the spot.

Anna: So about our project. What I think we could do is-

Suddenly, a white dragon the size of a horse crashes through the window, causing Zander and Anna to leap out of their seats. It roars loudly.

Anna: My goodness! What should we do?!

Zander: Uh…uh…

***

Anna waves her hand in front of Zander’s face.

Anna: Um…Zander?

Zander snaps back to reality.

Zander: Huh?

Anna: I was asking what you think we should do for our project?

Zander: Well, I think the best course of action would be to film a fantasy short.

Anna: Uh…that was the task assigned to us.

Zander: Oh, right.

Anna: I meant specifically, what should we do?

Zander: Oh, I have a few ideas in mind…

Scene 7: Zander and Mike’s Apartment: Evening

Zander walks into the apartment, closing the door behind him.

Zander: I’m home.

Mike’s voice: ‘kay, be right there.

Zander removes his satchel and places it on a chair near the door. He then takes off his jacket and puts it on the coat rack. He sees a box on the kitchen counter and walks over to it. He picks it up and looks at the top. It is addressed to “Z. Starmute”.

Zander: I think they typoed my name…

The box begins to mysteriously glow. The top flaps burst open, and a silver nanodragon resembling Argen emerges.

Argen: Zed, what are you doing?

Zander: Huh?

Argen: You can’t just lie around all day! Get up!

***

Mike walks into the room.

Mike: Oh yeah, that package came for you earlier.

Zander snaps back to reality. He looks at the box, which is definitely still sealed.

Mike: Were you expecting something in the mail?

Zander: Only a few gaming supplies.

Mike: Oh, cool.

Zander: But it’s addressed to “Z. Starmute”, though…

Mike: “Zed Starmute”? As in your roleplaying character?

Mike examines the box.

Mike: Oh, “Zee” Starmute! I always get so confused when you say “Zed”, since that’s your character’s name.

Mike chuckles.

Mike: You put down “Starmute” as your surname deliberately, or was it just a joke?

Zander: No, I put my actual surname on my order…

Mike: Oh. Weird. So what do you want for dinner? I hear there’s a new place down on the corner. We should check it out…

Zander’s thoughts: What’s going on…?

Scene 8: Busy Street: Late Morning

Zander walks along a busy city street.

Zander’s thoughts: All these weird occurrences, they just don’t add up.

Voice: Excuse me, sir?

Zander looks at a young man who is surprisingly similar to Erik. He is standing in his path.

Zander: Do I know you?

Man: Well, no, but I’m a friend of Marissa’s brother.

Zander: Oh.

Man: You’re Zander, right?

Zander: Uh, yeah…

Man: I’d recognize that hair anywhere.

Zander: Uh…thanks?

Man: So I was wondering if I could get some advice on something.

Zander: Sure.

Man: I’m looking to get into roleplaying games, and I was told by Marissa’s brother that you know the best place to learn.

Zander: Uh, yeah…it’s a gaming shop that’s not too far from here. I’ll take you there.

Man: Thank you.

Zander: No problem.

***

A mysterious individual in an alleyway watches Zander and the young man walk past. He is wearing a dark trenchcoat, red neckerchief and leather gloves.

Individual: Can’t let you do that, Starmute…

Scene 9: Newt’s Cards and Tabletop: Late Morning

Zander and the young man walk into the game shop. Zander appears surprised.

Zander: This place is deserted…it’s usually packed this time of day!

Man: I know. I had to get you alone, Zed.

Zander: I still don’t see how you could book an entire…wait…what did you call me?!

Man: I called you Zed, which is the name you chose when-

Zander: Wait…back up a moment. Zed is a fictional character I play in my weekly roleplaying game sessions.

Man: No, he is real. And, he is you.

Zander: But…how-

Man: Look at the back of your right hand.

Zander holds up his right hand, with the back facing him. The mark glows with bright cyan light.

Zander: But…what the…?!

Man: I understand this is a lot for you to take in. I suggest you sit down.

Zander: I think I need to…

Zander and the young man sit in the nearest chairs, facing each other at an angle.

Zander: Then who are you?

Man: Herikios.

Zander: That’s the name of an NPC in Marissa’s campaign…

Herikios: This world you are in, it is called Terra, and it is in a universe quite close to Junihoshi’s. The reason everything seems so familiar is because it is projected from the real Terra, and created within your mindscape. You perceive everything here as reality, and for all intents and purposes, it is.

Zander: Then are you real, or just another projection?

Herikios: I most certainly am real. I am able to form a link with your own mind and broadcast my real self to you.

Zander: But how…?

Herikios: Our kind has the innate ability of connecting our mindscapes with those of others, allowing for such feats as mind-speech, a form of communication similar to telepathy, though operating at a unique frequency undetectable by normal telepaths.

Zander: Wait…I remember that…

Zander’s eyes widen.

Zander: You were able to speak to me using your mind!

Herikios: That is just one of the talents I may perform.

Zander: What others can you do?

The cloaked figure bursts into the shop.

Figure: Haha, I have you now!

Herikios and Zander leap out of their chairs.

Herikios: Oh dear…

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Spoiler:

Scene 10: Newt’s Cards and Tabletop: Late Morning

The figure stands in the entrance to the shop.

Figure: What are you doing?! You’ll ruin everything!

Herikios: Ah, I might have known Mara would send one of her cronies in here to keep you unconscious.

Zander: What?!

Herikios: Mara has cast a spell on you which keeps you sealed within your own mindscape. Brent is here to ensure that you remain unconscious in the real world.

Zander: Well, what do I do?

Figure: I know what you can do. You can sniff this cloth I’m holding and tell me if it smells like chloroform!

Herikios: What cloth? You are holding nothing!

Figure: No, it…I was making a reference to keeping Zed unconscious!

Herikios: And just why has Mara specifically assigned you this task?

Figure: Does it matter?

Herikios: Hardly.

Figure: Look, the point is that as long as I have a foothold in Zed’s mindscape, you cannot stop me from interfering!

The figure grins cruelly, in a similar manner to Brent.

Herikios: A foothold, you say…?

Herikios holds out his hand, sending a torrent of water gushing out. It trips up the figure, knocking him onto his bottom and washing him out of the shop. The door then slams shut, and the sign on the door flips from “Open” to “Closed”.

Herikios: There. Now he no longer has a “foot” hold in your mind.

The shop changes into a view of Zed’s mindscape like the one seen in a previous episode. Zander is now in Zed’s outfit, and Herikios is in Erik’s.

Zander: I know this place…

Herikios: Of course you do. This is your mindscape, where your thought, emotion and resolve converge.

Zander: I can see…something.

Herikios: Your memories may appear in this place.

Zander: I can see the time when Zed…uh, I…met Amethyst for the first time.

***
Zed walks over to Amethyst. Amethyst looks up at Zed, then stands up.

Amethyst: You must be Zed.

Zed: How did you guess?

Amethyst: You’re the first person to walk up to me today, so naturally I assumed that you are the one for whom I am searching.

Zed: It’s nice to meet you.

Amethyst: Come, we must practice.

Amethyst picks up her staff and starts to head towards the door.

Zed: Practice what?

Amethyst stops and turns to face Zed, a smile on her face.

Amethyst: Your magic, of course!

Amethyst turns back and once again heads for the door.

Zed: How did you know I could use magic?

Zed starts to follow Amethyst.


***
Amethyst holds up her staff. A glowing purple orb appears in mid-air ten feet in front of Zed.

Amethyst: Would you please demonstrate your use of magic missile?

Zed: Uh, okay.

Zed raises his right hand, aiming it at the orb.

Zed:
“Magic Missile!”

A small bright-blue marble flies from Zed’s hand, striking the orb right in the centre.

Amethyst: A perfect hit! Well done!

Amethyst reaches into her satchel, pulling out a wooden box with a silver clasp. She undoes the clasp, swinging the box open so that Zed can gaze upon the contents. Inside the box are seven alcoves, with one of the alcoves containing a triangular, cyan-coloured crystal.

Amethyst: This box contains the seventh in a set of crystals. My allies and I have each of our lives entwined with one of the crystals. It is my assumption that you are to be the owner of this one, the Azure Crystal.

Zed: Me? Are you sure?

Amethyst: The crystals select their owners. They see the truth of their owners’ potential.

Zed steps forward. He reaches out his hand and picks up the crystal. As he opens his hand, the crystal’s centre glows with a bright light.

Zed: Whoa…that is awesome!

Amethyst: This crystal is meant for you, Zed. When you wear it, you will form an eternal bond with it.

Zed places the crystal around his neck. The light within its centre shines bright enough to illuminate the immediate area, before returning to a low level of constant light within the centre.

Zed: I…I don’t know what to say.

Amethyst: Would you like to become an adventurer?

Zed thinks to himself briefly.

Zed’s thoughts:
Maybe by adventuring, I can figure out who I truly am.

Zed: Okay, I’ll do it!

***
Zander: Anna…uh…I mean Amethyst…saw so much potential in me. The crystal came to life when I held it, which started my journey.

Herikios: She may have received a tip-off from a certain someone.

Zander: You? You led her to me?

Herikios: How else would she have known?

Zander: I remember that time I first met you, when we ran into those cakeflies…

***
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 fae?

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


***
Herikios: And we encountered cakeflies when I first met you, as well!

Zander: That’s right, in the Dragon’s Tower...

***
Zed and Erik stand inside the dungeon surrounded by a swarm of cakeflies.

Zed: I knew it was a mistake to enter here!

Erik: I don’t understand…cakeflies should not attack unless one of us has-

Zed: Just like I told your future self, I always carry some cakes with me in case of emergency!

Erik: Well, what should we do?

Zed reaches into his satchel and pulls out two breathers.

Zed: Put this on!

Erik: What is it?

Zed: No time! Just put it on now!

Erik: As you command!

Zed and Erik quickly don the breathers just in time to protect them from the cakeflies’ slumber dust.

Erik: This device is incredible!

Zed: Keep it. Now, let’s run!

Erik: Agreed!

Zed and Erik race towards the next flight of stairs.


***
Herikios: It’s funny how we met each other 250 years apart, and yet we encountered the same situation.

Zander: Yeah, it is…

Zander pauses for a moment.

Zander: When I travelled back in time, we both had the same mark on our hands. That can’t be a coincidence.

Herikios: It is your place in the world, as I said once before. It remained hidden until your true form was ready to emerge.

***
Ceras: Remove your right glove.

Zed: Okay then…

Zed removes his right gauntlet, exposing his hand. 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: What is it?

Ceras: It is-

Erik: -a very important mark.

Erik is suddenly standing in the room.

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.


***
Herikios: I suppose now is the time to tell you, Zed.

Zander: Tell me what?

Herikios: I, Herikios Woodhollow, am the Icon.

Zander: You?!

Herikios: Think back to that moment atop the Dragon’s Tower…

***
Zed and Erik look around.

Erik: I…expected to see the Icon up here.

Suddenly, a beacon of light emerges from around the outside of the pedestal. The mark on Erik’s hand begins to glow brightly.

Erik: My mark…

Zed: I think you need to stand on the pedestal.

Erik: I am not sure about this, Zed…

Zed: Why else would we be here? I’m sure the pedestal will take you to the Icon.

Erik: Me? Why not you? You bear the Azure Crystal.

Zed: Because you were the one who was supposed to find the Icon. I have to return to my own time.

Erik: You are right.

Erik approaches the pedestal, standing in its centre and turning to face Zed.

Zed: We will meet again. I still need to meet you for the first time.

Erik smiles.

Erik: Of course, Zed.

The pedestal is engulfed in bright light.


***
The mark on Erik’s hand begins to shift through a rainbow of colours.

Erik: I certainly hope this is supposed to happen!

Erik’s eyes begin to glow, shifting between colours at the same pace as his mark.

Erik: I…I feel…

Erik stretches out his arms, and his hands are suddenly pulsing with waves of multicoloured aura. The pattern on his hand appears beneath his feet, except that each circle is a different colour; the circle at its centre slowly shifts through a rainbow of colours.

Erik: What…is…happening…?!

Suddenly, a column of rainbow light erupts around Erik, signifying that he is about to transport to another place.


***

Zander is clearly surprised.

Zander: What was that?!

Herikios: It was one of my own memories. When I awakened as an Icon of Axis, I was transported to the heart of the multiverse. There, I met others like myself. I was appointed the task of assisting future Icons in their awakening.

Zander: Wait…then that means…

Herikios nods.

Herikios: I am mentor to you, Zed. I have been your guide as you begin to awaken as an Icon. Apart from a slight blunder which we will not discuss at this time-

Zander: A blunder?

Herikios: A slight hiccup, I assure you. But rest assured that you are where you should be.

Zander: Locked inside my own mind, you mean?

Herikios: Perhaps I chose those words poorly…

Zander: So I’m an Icon, then?

Herikios: Almost. It seems that you will awaken at any time, though there is no way of determining when that moment is to occur.

Zander: Will my memories be restored?

Herikios: Unfortunately, as a side effect of awakening as an Icon, your past memories will not be recoverable. However, you will have the opportunity to forge new memories in a brand-new world. Think of it as a new beginning in the life of Zed Starmute.

Zander pauses.

Zander: I suppose I’ve already forged a new life for myself. Better to follow it than to wish for that which never was, or will never be.

Herikios: I assure you that the road ahead shall more than make up for it, Zed, no matter the path you choose to take.

Zander: Well, I guess the first thing I want to do is wake up.

Herikios: Well, that part should be easy enough.

Zander: Really?

Herikios: Simply open your eyes.

Zander: But my eyes are already-

***
Zed’s eyes suddenly fly open. He sits up, and realises he’s on a frozen platform with a mattress and pillow on top. There is nobody else in the room.

Zed: That was weird…

Zed’s eyes suddenly flash once with cyan light. He looks over at the doorway.

Zed: The others need me!

Zed leaps off the platform with surprising skill.

Zed: How did I-

Zed quickly focuses on the situation at hand.

Zed: Never mind. I have to hurry!

Zed races out the door and runs down an icy hallway.

Zed’s thoughts: Get ready, Mara, because I’m coming to stop you!

***
Mara stares off into space for a moment. Her eyebrows suddenly stick up. Brent takes notice.

Brent: Something troubling you, Mistress?

Mara frowns.

Mara: No, it is nothing.

Brent: If you say so…

Mara appears slightly worried. A bead of sweat begins to trickle down her forehead as she bites her bottom lip.

To be Continued…

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End Credits

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Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87 - Page 1 Empty Re: Crystals of Silveria - A Series by GamerZack87

on August 28th 2015, 4:37 am
Episode 17: Icon of Junihoshi
Synopsis:

Zed returns to reality in time for the final showdown between the Crystalbound and the vile Sorceress of Winter, Mara. After a heated battle, one of the heroes is struck down by the Sorceress herself, which awakens a hidden power within Zed. With the full might of his potential empowering him, Zed stands against all five of the Dark Crystalbound. What will be the ultimate outcome?

It’s time for three individuals to begin the path to their true selves...
Spoiler:

Scene 1: Sorceress’ Throne Room: Unknown Time of Day

Mara walks away from the party and sits on her throne.

Mara: At last, the fun can begin.

Mara’s eyes flash once with cyan light. Zed collapses to the ground, unconscious.

Mak: Zed!

Mak spins around and kneels at Zed’s side. He begins tapping Zed’s cheeks with both hands.

Mak: Zed! Speak to me, buddy!

Amethyst glares at Mara.

Amethyst: What did you do to him?!

Mara: Relax. He is fine, I assure you.

Mak leaps to his feet and faces Mara. He appears both angry and scared at the same time.

Mak: Fine? How can you say he’s “fine”?!

Mara: I merely rendered him unconscious.

Amethyst: But how? I have yet to see such magic!

Mara: That is none of your concern, Amethyst.

Mak: I’ll have you know she’s VERY concerned! As am I!

Emily: We are all deeply concerned!

Bryn: I’m not.

Everyone suddenly turns to face Bryn.

Bryn: What? He’s been in worse situations before, hasn’t he?

Thobrun: The lass has a point.

Mak: Are you kidding me?! Zed is unconscious! He might never wake up!

Mara: Ah…what a wonderful idea, Makkmak. Brenton?

Brent: Yes, Mistress?

Mara: I am appointing you the task of keeping Zed unconscious.

Brent: Why not just eliminate him? That seems like a far easier way to take him out of the picture.

Mara grows frustrated.

Mara: I do not have time for this, Brenton!

Mara’s eyes flash once with cyan light. Brent collapses to the ground, unconscious.

Kara: Brenton!

Mak: What do you possibly have to gain by getting rid of your OWN ally?!

Mara: I did not “get rid of him”, Makkmak. He is now within the mindscape of your precious Zed, and will do his best to keep him trapped within.

Amethyst: Then there is a chance of Zed breaking free?

Mara pauses.

Mara: Zed will never awaken. Brenton will see to that.

Mara smiles cruelly.

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Opening Credits

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Scene 2: Sorceress’ Ice Fortress: Unknown Time of Day

Zed and Brent lie atop mattresses on raised platforms of ice. Kara and Sara stand guard.

Sara: Uh…why are we just standing here?

Kara: We must be ready in case Brent-kun has trouble in his task.

Sara: And what do we do if he does fail?

Kara: We must bring him before our Mistress for punishment.

Sara: Ooh, I wonder what she’ll do to him!

Kara: I take no pleasure in serving her, Sara.

Sara: Then why do you serve her?

Kara: Because I am bound to her service by my crystal. Tamamaki-kun warned me against accepting her gift, and I failed to heed his word. Now, I must pay the price.

Sara: I’ll admit that I don’t like some of the things she does. She’s mean, nasty, and she always serves my food cold! I HATE cold food!

Kara: I agree. It is most frustrating.

Sara: I could smell how evil she was when she offered me the gift.

Kara: You can smell the alignment of others?!

Sara: Of course! Can’t you?

Kara: Most certainly not.

Sara: Oh.

Kara: Then why did you accept your crystal?

Sara: Are you kidding? She promised me that I could smash stuff! I love smashing things!

Kara facepalms.

Kara: I might have known…

Scene 3: Prison Cell: Sorceress’ Ice Fortress: Unknown Time of Day

The Crystalbound and Kendall sit in a tiny, frozen jail cell. Trent and his bear companion stand guard outside. Kendall picks up a ceramic bowl and tries to lap some water…only for his tongue to become stuck to the ice inside it.

Mak: I can’t believe I trusted that guy!

Emily: You couldn’t have known, Makkmak.

Mak: But I did know, Ems! I grew suspicious when he called me, “Makkmak”.

Bryn: But that IS your name.

Mak: I know, but Kendall’s father wouldn’t have known that. Nobody told him my name before he started using it.

Emily: Oh, Makkmak…you were right to be suspicious.

Brocc: For once! Haha!

Everyone glares at Brocc.

Brocc: What? I’m just trying to lighten the mood…

Kendall: Weh I uach yuch ach coo ach oo.

Bryn: We can’t understand a word you’re saying, wolf-boy.

Kendall rips his tongue from the ice.

Kendall: OW! I thaid, “Well, I wath jutht ath foolth ath you!”

Bryn: Ems, will you heal his tongue so we can understand what he’s saying?

Emily: Of course.

Emily holds her hand in front of Kendall’s face. Both Emily’s hand and Kendall’s mouth illuminate briefly with golden light. Kendall opens and closes his mouth, tapping his tongue to the roof of it as he does so.

Kendall: Ah, that’s better. Now, I said, “Well, I was just as fooled as you!”

Bryn: Oh…

Mak: The one thing I can’t work out is how she would know your father’s form in the first place...

Kendall: I can.

Everyone suddenly looks at Kendall.

Kendall: Mara is my sister.

Everyone except Bryn gasps.

Bryn: Oh, come on! We already used that plot twist a few episodes ago!

Brocc: Yes, but in a different context.

Bryn: Do explain.

Brocc: Mak and Thookli didn’t know they were siblings, whereas Kendall and Mara DO know they’re siblings!

Kendall: I had no idea what had happened to her, though. When she vanished-

Bryn: Now, come on! Two of Kendall’s family members mysteriously disappear, and you still don’t think the same plot twists are overused?

Brocc: Again, the context is completely different. Leave fourth-wall demolitions to the experts, Brynnie.

Kendall: I cannot understand how she could turn out this...twisted. This is not the Mara I knew.

Amethyst: I can answer that, Kendall…

Kendall’s ears stand up slightly.

Amethyst: When we first met Mara, she was a bright, kind young woman and a student of Stormshroud Academy. When the groundskeeper, a dragon, suddenly went on a rampage across the campus grounds, it was your sister who single-handedly bound the dragon in ice, preventing him from moving. She saved the lives of three students that day.

Kendall: Remarkable…

Amethyst: It was then that I realised she was the perfect candidate for becoming the Azurebound. I offered her the Azure Crystal, and it reacted to her presence.

Kendall: Then she became the Azurebound?

Amethyst: Indeed. Before accepting the crystal, she decided that she did not want to call attention to the fact that she was chosen, so she urged us not to tell anyone who knew her that she had become the Azurebound. It was a simple request which we decided to honour without question.

Kendall: She was always so humble.

Kendall smiles.

Amethyst: She tapped into her crystal’s power and changed her appearance slightly, to better conceal her identity. Every now and then, she would change her appearance a little bit, in case others came to see her as the Azurebound. But eventually, we began to notice changes in her personality as well…

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The party, including a male Bryn, confronts a chestnut red-haired Mara.

Amethyst: We are deeply concerned, Mara.

Mara: Whatever do you mean?

Mak: It’s just that…we think you’re abusing the power of your crystal a little too much.

Mara: I only use it to disguise myself.

Mak: But you’re becoming unrecognisable.

Emily: You’ve started to take on quirks in your behaviour.

Mara: Such as?

Bryn: Well, for one, you didn’t warn me not to drink Gazzo’s potion.

Mara: So?

Bryn: You knew the potion would turn me into a man, and yet you let me drink it anyway!

Mara: I thought it would be amusing.

Mara giggles.

Mak: See, the old Mara wouldn’t have let that happen.

Mara: The…old Mara? I am the same Mara you met all those months ago.

Amethyst: No, you are not.

Mara: Excuse me…?

Amethyst: You have changed, and you continue to change.

Brocc: You’re becoming so twisted…I can’t even begin to fathom what you’ll do next!

Mara: Well then…perhaps I should take my leave.

Mak: Not without handing over the crystal.

Mara clutches the crystal in her right hand.

Mara: No! This is mine! It chose me!

Amethyst: You have no choice, Mara. You must give it to us!

Mara: Never!

Mara turns around and holds out her hand. A doorway surrounded by a frame of cyan light opens.

Mak: She’s getting away! Stop her!

Mara runs through the doorway, which disappears.

Mak: ARGH! I don’t believe this!

Emily: Whatever shall we do now?!

Amethyst becomes worried.

Amethyst: We will just have to search for her…and hope that she does not become what I fear she will.

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Kendall: I…I had no idea…

Amethyst: We later found out that her crystal was a fake.

Kendall: A fake?!

Amethyst: We first learned it was a fake when we came across the real Azure Crystal.

Kendall: But where did you find it?

Mak: Inside a cave in Aurumus, the northeastern kingdom of Silveria.

Kendall: I know Aurumus only too well. It is where I was born…and it is also where my father disappeared.

Emily: Then Aurumus must bring you memories both good and bad.

Kendall: Indeed.

Amethyst: We had no idea there were other crystals like Mara’s until-

Trent: -you first encountered Kara and I.

Everyone looks over at Trent.

Amethyst: Trent?

Trent: My Mistress’…I mean, “Mara’s”…crystal is part of a set of five dark crystals, which were created by a splinter faction of the Silverian Empire. These five crystals ultimately led to the downfall of the Empire, as well as ending the Imperial bloodline.

Amethyst: Twelve Stars!

Mak: And now the dark crystals have chosen new owners to help bring us down?

Trent: It would seem so.

Amethyst: Then why do you serve Mara? Are you not a druid, a guardian of the natural world?

Trent: I am. Mara tricked me into wearing my crystal, which has bound me to her service. I must do her bidding without question.

Mak: Well, what happens if you refuse?

Trent: She is able to-

Trent thinks for a moment.

Trent: No punishment is worse than being forced to perform actions against my own nature.

Trent approaches the cell and smashes the icy bars into fragments with his staff.

Amethyst: What are you doing?

Trent: I cannot sit by while Mara continues to plot against you. Come with me.

Mak: And why should we trust you?

Trent’s eyes glow with forest green light.

Trent: Because I grow weary of my Mistress’ command. I will be freed, one way or another.

Scene 4: Sorceress’ Ice Fortress: Unknown Time of Day

Trent leads the Crystalbound and Kendall through the ice fortress.

Trent: Stay close to me.

Brocc: So does Mara have any other minions?

Trent: Why would she need minions? She considers the four of us to be perfectly adequate.

Bryn: Clearly she has no clue how to find good henchmen…ah, no offense.

Trent: None taken. Kara and I may have deliberately underperformed when we tried to capture you.

Mak: Why?

Trent: Neither of us wishes to inflict harm on you, nor does Sara.

Bryn: Are you kidding? She very nearly clobbered Gazzo into next Ki-day!

Emily: What about Brent?

Trent: He is just as twisted as Mara, if not more.

Amethyst: It seems as though he has the potential to challenge her authority.

Trent: He is also cowardly. He would rather do her bidding than receive her unique forms of punishment. It also doesn’t help that he often enjoys the tasks she sets for him.

Thobrun: He’s one cruel man, that’s fer sure.

Brocc: Hey, I wondered when you’d speak this episode!

Brocc looks at Bryn.

Brocc: See? THAT’S how you break the fourth wall!

Bryn: Whatever…

Trent: We are close.

Scene 5: Sorceress’ Ice Fortress: Unknown Time of Day

Zed and Brent are still unconscious atop the ice platforms.

Sara: Oh, this is boring!

Kara: We must follow our Mistress’ bidding.

Sara: But I just want something to-

The mark on Zed’s hand begins to glow with cyan light. Brent’s eyes fly open and he sits up. A scowl spreads across his face.

Brent: ARGH! I can’t BELIEVE that interfering maggot! How did he even find the kid?!

Brent turns to face Zed.

Brent: I’m gonna take him out right now!

Brent leaps off his platform and lands at Zed’s side.

Brent: You’re going down, pal!

Kara suddenly leaps towards Brent and kicks him to the ground.

Brent: What are you doing?!

Kara: This.

Kara karate-chops the back of Brent’s head, knocking him out cold.

Sara: Finally, some action!

Kara: Come. We must find Trent-kun.

Kara picks up Brent and slings him over her shoulder. She and Sara run out of the room. We pan to a view of Zed, whose mark begins to resonate.

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Scene 6: Sorceress’ Ice Fortress: Unknown Time of Day

The Crystalbound and Kendall continue to follow Trent.

Mak: So how do we know we can trust this guy?

Amethyst: Whatever do you mean?

Mak: Well, he tried to capture us on multiple occasions. Granted, he failed every time, but I’m suspicious about his claim that he was deliberately sloppy.

Trent: I assure you that I meant no harm, Mak.

Mak: Then why did you shoot that green energy beam at me?

Trent: Mara always watches us using a form of observation magic. I had to do so in order to create the illusion of being wholly subservient to her.

Amethyst: Then who do you serve?

Trent: I only serve nature. Naturia is my true Mistress.

Emily: Then who is to say Mara is not watching us right now?

Brocc: My thoughts exactly.

Trent: Why would Mara have any reason to observe us in here? As far as she is aware, all of you are currently imprisoned.

Mak: But won’t she need to watch you in case you betray her?

Trent: I have been wholly loyal to Mara until this point. I have her complete trust.

Kara’s voice: We have her trust also.

Kara and Sara join the group.

Trent: Then you also wish to break free of her service?

Kara: Indeed. No longer will I serve her vile machinations.

Sara: It’s time for me to smash stuff for myself!

Mak: Then let’s walk in and stop her!

Trent: I am afraid it is not that simple. We must devise a plan…

Scene 7: Sorceress’ Throne Room: Unknown Time of Day

Mara sits on her icy throne. Trent, Kara and Sara walk into the room. Kara drops Brent to the ground in front of her.

Mara: I take it that Brent has failed?

Kara: Correct, Mistress-senpai.

Mara: Then he will be punished. Leave now, for it will not be pleasant to observe.

Trent: As you command, Mistress.

Trent, Kara and Sara bow, then turn around and begin to head for the door. As the trio walks past the ice-vault, Kara leaps in front of it.

Mara: Kara? What is the meaning of this?

Kara punches towards the ice-vault, releasing a jet of flame which melts the hatch.

Mara: What are you doing?!

Kara: Rescuing my friend.

Kara runs into the ice-vault, pulling out a now-thawed Tamamaki.

Tamamaki: Wh-What is happening…?

Kara: We must go now, Tamamaki-kun.

Tamamaki: Karakaki-san?

Kara smiles.

Kara: Indeed.

Mara: You cannot-

Trent: We have had enough, Mara! No longer will we be your puppets, obeying orders against our own desires!

Mara: Do not test my patience, Trenton…

Trent: I will do as Naturia wishes.

Trent whistles loudly through his fingers. Suddenly, his bear companion charges into the room, running straight towards Mara.

Mara: You think your mangy pet can stop me?!

Mara throws her hand forward, knocking the bear through the wall.

Trent: You will regret that, “Mistress”!

Trent raises his staff and points it at Mara. A forest green beam of energy pulses from its tip. Mara stretches out her arm and releases an icy-blue beam of energy. Both beams make contact, forcing against one another. Mara and Trent each struggle to get the upper hand. Mara’s beam begins to swallow up Trent’s. She smirks.

Mara: You cannot win.

Mara’s beam of energy grows dangerously close to Trent. Just then, a fiery-orange beam of energy joins Trent’s beam and flings towards Mara, knocking her backwards. She climbs to her feet, using her throne as a support.

Mara: But…how…?

Kendall stands next to Trent, his right arm outstretched. He lowers his arm and frowns at Mara.

Kendall: How can you do this, Mara?!

Mara: Ah, Kendall. How is my big brother?

Kendall: Clearly in a better state of mind than you are!

Mara: You will regret doing this to me!

Mak’s voice: Not if we have anything to do with it!

The Crystalbound join the others.

Mara: Ah, it seems all my friends have gathered together at last. But eleven-versus-one is hardly fair, is it?

Mara raises her hands into the air, summoning ten frosty warriors.

Mara: Try to stop me now.

Kendall: Okay.

Kendall and Kara send five fireballs each at the warriors, turning them into clouds of steam.

Mara: Ah…

Mak: Face it, Mara. As long as we’re around, you can’t win.

Brent suddenly awakens and gets to his feet.

Brent: But you fools forget that I, Brent, am still loyal to my Mistress!

Brent leaps to Mara’s side.

Brent: What do you say to THAT? HA!

Mak: I say the chances of you actually taking us out are about the same as the chances of a delicious, meaty muddvak steak falling out of the-

A steak suddenly falls to Mak’s feet.

Mak: Ah.

Sara: So THAT’S where my steak went! It got stuck on the ceiling when I threw it into the air!

Sara picks up the steak and eats it in one bite. Brent holds up his crossbow and points it at Mak.

Brent: Well, since my chances of taking you out are apparently excellent-

Sara lets out an enormous burp, which is conveniently aimed straight at Brent. Brent stumbles around in a daze, causing him to drop his crossbow. Seizing the opportunity, Trent aims his staff at the crossbow and fires a pulse of green energy at it, destroying it. Brent shakes his head, and a look of surprise spreads across his face.

Brent: But…why didn’t my crystal protect me?!

Mara: Since most of you have betrayed me, all of your crystals have been stripped of their power.

Brent: Even mine? But…why?!

Mara: It is your punishment for failing to keep Zed unconscious.

Brent: Well, he’s still trapped in his mindscape, Mistress, so I consider this a victory! One down, six to go!

Mara suddenly hears Zed’s voice in her mind.

Zed’s thoughts: Get ready, Mara, because I’m coming to stop you!

Mara stares off into space for a moment. Her eyebrows suddenly stick up. Brent takes notice.

Brent: Something troubling you, Mistress?

Mara frowns.

Mara: No, it is nothing.

Brent: If you say so…

Mara appears slightly worried. A bead of sweat begins to trickle down her forehead as she bites her bottom lip. Zed races into the room, rejoining the party.

Zed: Hey, what did I miss?

Mara raises her hands into the air, releasing pulses of energy which knock everyone out of Zed’s way.

Zed: What are you doing?!

Mara begins to slowly approach Zed.

Mara: You have been a thorn in my side for too long. It is time I finished you off once and for all!

Mara points her hand at Zed. Amethyst regains her senses.

Amethyst: ZED!

Amethyst leaps to her feet and runs towards Zed, pushing him aside. A bolt of lightning emerges from Mara’s hand, striking Amethyst in her torso.

Mak: AMETHYST!

Emily: NO!

Amethyst slumps to her knees.

Thobrun: LASS!

Amethyst falls onto her side, her eyes closing as she does so. The Magenta Crystal falls from out of her tunic, still around her neck. It glows brightly, before the light extinguishes. Everyone is utterly shocked.

Mara: No…that was not my intent.

Zed hangs his head, and tears stream down his cheeks. He suddenly raises his head, and his eyes are glowing with bright cyan light. The mark on his hand begins to glow brightly with cyan light. Zed removes his wand from his pocket. It begins to shimmer, and transforms into a long, silver sword. Zed removes his cape and throws it aside. Everyone appears confused.

Mak: Zed…? What…what the…?

Brocc: I…I…

Thobrun: I dinnae understand…

Zed begins speaking with a distorted voice.

Zed: Mara, you will pay for what you have done this day.

Mara: And what gives you the thought that you are able to stop me?

Zed remains silent for a moment.

Zed: I…have awakened as my true self, the one I have always been.

Zed runs towards Mara. Mara fires a bolt of lightning at Zed, but he swings his sword and knocks it away, causing it to strike a wall. Chunks of ice burst from the wall, falling to the ground. Mara releases a pulse of energy from her hand, knocking Zed away from her. Zed flips backwards and lands gently on his feet, then runs towards Mara again. Mara fires a ray of pure cold at Zed, but he swings it away with his sword, striking another wall. A lump of ice appears on the wall. Zed runs towards Mara, his sword crackling with electricity. He swings it.

Mara: AAAAAAAAAAH!

Mara’s crystal is cut loose from around her neck. As it falls to the floor, it shatters to pieces in mid-air, releasing a wave of dark energy. The fragments fall to the floor. Mara holds her right hand to her chest, feeling for the crystal, hoping it is still there. Finally, she speaks.

Mara: Wh-What ARE you?!

Zed remains silent for a moment.

Zed: I…am Zed, Icon of Junihoshi.

Mara breathes heavily. She then begins to run around the group, who is still in shock, and runs out of the door. Mak finally speaks.

Mak: She’s getting away.

Zed: Let her run. She will not be able to inflict any more harm on others. In time, she will-

Zed’s eyes return to normal, and the mark on his hand stops glowing. He stumbles for a moment, but regains his footing.

Zed: Whoa…what a rush.

Zed stares into space for a moment, before snapping back to reality.

Zed: Amethyst!

Zed turns around and runs over to Amethyst. The others are already standing over her body, which remains lifeless.

Zed: No…

Mak looks at Emily.

Mak: Can’t you do something, Emily?

Emily: I…I am afraid I cannot. I am not yet trained to return others to life.

Mak: But there must be something we can do!

Zed thinks for a moment.

Zed: Let me try something.

Zed kneels down, setting aside his sword and cupping his hands around Amethyst’s jaw. He spreads his thumbs to her forehead.

Emily: What are you doing, Zed?

Zed: Kendall.

Kendall: (sniff) Yes, Zed?

Zed: I need you to take Amethyst’s hand.

Kendall: Uh…okay.

Kendall takes Amethyst’s left hand.

Zed: Emily?

Emily: Yes?

Zed: Please take her other hand.

Emily takes Amethyst right hand in hers. Zed closes his eyes and takes in a deep breath through his nose, exhaling it through his mouth. His eyes open, and glow with bright cyan light. A small orb of cyan light shines in front of Kendall’s chest. Emily’s hands begin glowing with golden light, which spreads throughout Amethyst’s body. After a brief moment, breath begins filling Amethyst’s lungs. She exhales, then inhales again. The light from Zed’s eyes, Kendall’s chest and Emily’s hands disappears. After a few seconds, the light from Amethyst’s body stops glowing, replaced with the usual constant glow of purple light within her crystal. Amethyst opens her eyes, and Zed shifts his hands to serve as a support for her head.

Amethyst: Zed…?

Zed smiles. Tears stream from his eyes.

Zed: Amethyst.

Amethyst sits up.

Mak: Amethyst!

Mak embraces his dear friend, as do Emily, Kendall, Thobrun, Bryn and Brocc.

Mak: I thought we’d lost you!

Amethyst: For a moment, you had.

Brocc: Oh, it’s so good to have you back... (sniff) AAAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!

Thobrun comforts Brocc and rubs his shoulder.

Thobrun: Aw, there, there, lad…it’s alright. She’s back now.

Everyone lets go of Amethyst. The party stands to their feet.

Mak: So what happened?

Amethyst: Well, I was in the realm of the Celestial Being, Emerria Willthread.

Thobrun: Really?

Amethyst: She told me that it was too soon for me to join her court, and that some dear friends of mine were bringing me back to the Material Plane.

Amethyst pauses for a moment. She looks at Emily.

Amethyst: How did you bring me back, Emily? I was sure you had not yet mastered being able to restore life.

Emily: I was assisted by a very special young man.

Amethyst turns to face Zed.

Amethyst: I knew I saw potential in you, cher apprenti.

Amethyst smiles. Zed smiles back.

Mak: Wait…where did Mara’s cronies go?

Everyone looks around. Trent, Kara, Brent and Sara are missing. We pan to a view of Gazzo stumbling out of what’s left of the ice-vault. He groans loudly.

Gazzo: I feel like I’ve been asleep for a month…

A look of surprise appears on Bryn’s face.

Bryn: Gazzo! I can’t believe I forgot about him!

Gazzo: Oh, well that’s nice, that is! Some friend I’ve got, then!

Zed pulls his crystal from out of his clothing and examines it. The light inside it continues to resonate.

Zed’s thoughts: I guess it’s time for the true Azurebound to receive this crystal…

Scene 8: Zed’s Hometown: Afternoon

The symbol on Zed’s hand appears on the ground in front of his house. A column of light erupts from around it. After a moment, the light returns to the ground, revealing Zed.

Zed: Home at last.

Zed’s front door opens, and the Crystalbound and Kendall step outside.

Mak: That’s quite an entrance.

Zed: Thank you.

Brocc: So why did you open a doorway for us instead of letting us use that cool beam of light?

Amethyst: I imagine it is something only people of Zed’s kind can do.

Bryn: What’s it like?

Zed: Well, the symbol appears on the ground under me, and also at my destination. When the column of light appears, I’m pretty much in both places at the same time. Then, when it recedes, I’m at my destination.

Brocc: Awesome!

Kendall: So, what shall we do first?

Zed: There’s something I’ve been waiting to do for a long time…

***
The party approaches Taylor’s Treasures. Zed walks inside, the little bell jingling as he does so. Mrs. Taylor’s son walks downstairs, and is shocked to see Zed standing there.

Mrs. Taylor’s son: Zed?!

Zed: Fred!

Bryn: Oh, come on! Both her biological son and her adopted one have “-ed” in their names?!

Brocc: Bryn! I said-

Bryn: Yeah, yeah, “leave fourth-wall demolitions to the experts”…whatever, cabbage-fart.

Brocc: What did you call me, anchovy-pits?!

Fred: I did not expect you back for months!

Zed: I took a bit of a detour.

Fred: In any case, it is good to see you back.

Zed: You too.

Both men smile.

Fred: Oh, if you’re looking for Mother, she is not here.

Zed: Over at Mr. Newt’s, then?

Fred: No, she is somewhere else…

Zed: Oh?

***
The party climbs the hill near Zed’s house. The sky is tinged pink at the horizon. Mrs. Taylor stands facing the opposite direction. Zed walks forward, stopping seven feet from her.

Zed: Mrs. Taylor?

Mrs. Taylor spins around. After a brief pause, she smiles and runs to Zed. Mrs. Taylor locks Zed in a big hug.

Mrs. Taylor: I knew you’d return to me, lad!

Zed: I missed you so much…

The others watch from a distance. Kendall reaches into his shirt and pulls out the Azure Crystal, examining it. It glows brightly in its centre.

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