Book 1 Introduction

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 1 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Date: Many Passes Ago The killing winter leapt across the land, howling around the two children like something from a campfire story. Except, there was no campfire now. Only the bleached landscape hung around them, sky and ground faded mirrors of nothingness.  From time to time, a scraggly tree limb burst up through the snow […]

Book 1 Chapter 1

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 2 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

The Dreigiau’s Host Gate didn’t look anything like the stories made it sound. In fact, the cave seemed quite ordinary — much like AsaHi was. Plain, magicless stone carved away the mouth of the cave, just the same as it would any other hollow. Still, despite the mundane first impression, the girl crept warily into […]

Book 1 Chapter 2

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 3 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Can you believe the nerve of that KoGuRai?” TsuYa complained to his rhawn as he secured the reigns to a sturdy branch on the nearest tree. The frustration in the young man’s voice and the sharpness of his tone would have set any lesser mount on edge. But this dark dappled rhawn was Steadfast, the […]

Book 1 Chapter 3

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 4 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“For countless generations, our people lived in family clans that came together in alliances known as the Gatherings.  These Gatherings migrated across the Inner Realms, moving with the changing seasons,” the writing stick squeakedas SoYa sketched lines across the stone board, illustrating migration trails over a make-shift map. Many of the students came from the […]

Book 1 Chapter 4

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 5 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Though TsuYa didn’t tell him where AsaHi was, his mention of Aunt SaRa was all SoYa needed to guess. The Apprentice made his way through the city as quickly as possible, skirting the quiet whispers that filled the halls. In his mind, it seemed like everyone was secretly discussing AsaHi’s fate from the shadowed corners. […]

Book 1 Chapter 5

May 12th, 2008 by
This entry is part 6 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Well, now. Welcome back!” The voice was overly cheerful, even through the groggy haze that clouded AsaHi’s mind. The girl’s eyes inched open, then fluttered against the amber light filtering in from window above. “Sunset already?” she murmured. “I slept that late?” There was the sound of a warm chuckle, “You like understatements, don’t you?” […]

Book 1 Chapter 6

May 13th, 2008 by
This entry is part 7 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa made his way double-time down the streets of Nefol. His green eyes watched warily over one shoulder as he rounded a corner. Nefol. It had been SoYa’s home since he could remember. It was the first city of its kind, a civilization founded on hard work, courage and legendary skill. In Nefol, the magic […]

Book 1 Chapter 7

May 13th, 2008 by
This entry is part 8 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

TsuYa didn’t know why it was so cold in his room. He piled the fire until it roared within the wall cleft, but nothing he did gave any warmth to his quarters. It had been that way since SoYa left on his journey to speak to Zemi Dreigiau. TsuYa knew that SoYa wanted nothing more […]

Book 1 Chapter 8

May 13th, 2008 by
This entry is part 9 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

She appeared within his dreams, as she always did, her two bare feet perched flat upon the stone in the middle of the wading pool. The vision perfectly recreated their secret meeting place, where they used to escape the political struggles between their people, if just for a little while. He never returned to the […]

Book 1 Chapter 9

May 13th, 2008 by
This entry is part 10 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Where is she, TsuYa?” KoGuRai’s familiar, haughty voice echoed down the corridor and made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. This was certainly the last person that TsuYa wanted to see in the halls that afternoon. In fact, the only reason he dared come to this part of the Spiral was […]

Book 1 Chapter 10

May 13th, 2008 by
This entry is part 11 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

-Find the girl called AsaHi. Bring her home to Nefol.- Those were the final instructions that filled TsuYa’s mind as he left the Council chamber. He was now left to himself, and to seemingly internal silence, staring at the dark shape of his father’s scythe that was propped in the corner of his room. Half […]

Book 1 Chapter 11

May 14th, 2008 by
This entry is part 12 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

This is all your fault, you know? AsaHi grumbled to herself as she shifted the weight of the traveling pack on her shoulders. Her feet stung and her body ached from the many hours of walking. While she was used to traveling long days, this journey was different — it was more pressing, more exhausting […]

Book 1 Chapter 12

May 14th, 2008 by
This entry is part 13 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Patterns of light trickled past the leaves, dappling AsaHi’s face. The speckles seeped through her closed eye lids, tugging her from depths of the calm sleep. She woke to the instant knowledge that the events from the night before were not a dream. More like a nightmare. Her tattered clothes were covered in mud. Her […]

Book 1 Chapter 13

May 14th, 2008 by
This entry is part 14 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

What started as AsaHi’s attempt to repay Kaze’s kindness turned into something so much more. The girl spent the rest of that day resting, providing him with what clothing she could and fixing his scraggled mess of hair. Though Kaze couldn’t hold a conversation, AsaHi still found his company pleasant and almost reassuring. She didn’t […]

Book 1 Chapter 14

May 15th, 2008 by
This entry is part 15 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

AsaHi stood knee-deep in the cool flow of the mountain stream, holding the heavy wet cloth of an apron-turned-fish-net. Her green eyes watched the darting flashes of silver fish under the surface of the clear water as they scattered away from her shadow. The girl lunged forward, sweeping out with the makeshift net. For a […]

Book 1 Chapter 15

May 16th, 2008 by
This entry is part 16 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“I can’t believeit!” AsaHi stared at the map. She turned it upside down. She turned it backwards and forwards. No matter how she looked at it, it indicated the same thing. “The map says the place should be right here. But I don’t see anything at all!” “Maybe it was eaten?” AsaHi blinked at Kaze. […]

Book 1 Chapter 16

May 22nd, 2008 by
This entry is part 17 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

They look exactly like the statues I saw at the Host Gate! AsaHi craned her head back, staring up at the monolithic stone dragons that arched over the small rock clearing. Their eyes were hooded in deep shadow, giving them a more daunting feel. Their wings reached up towards the sky, meeting at a pointed […]

Book 1 Chapter 17

May 22nd, 2008 by
This entry is part 18 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa instantly knew that something was wrong. The life force that had once flowed through the stone of the Host Gate was missing. The presence that he could always feel was gone. Nothing remained except a churning void in the cave’s darkness. Lord Zemi, I’m here to ask for your forgiveness. AsaHi meant no harm! […]

Book 1 Chapter 18

May 22nd, 2008 by
This entry is part 19 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa sat next to the communication stone, waiting in a shroud of nervous anticipation. He didn’t know exactly what the stone was, only that it was something that his father used to contact people – namely NaDoTu. Likely, it was a creation of the strange scientist, something that they set up in the far recesses […]

Book 1 Chapter 19

May 22nd, 2008 by
This entry is part 20 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Nothing felt right in Nefol anymore, not since the day TsuYa took leadership of the city. KoGuRai wasn’t much of a feely-feely guy, but even he could see the shadows that ghosted through the streets. Once he washed the sour taste of defeat from his mouth, it wasn’t hard to tell that something was happening […]

Book 1 Chapter 20

May 27th, 2008 by
This entry is part 21 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

So many conflicting feelings churned through SoYa’s mind. The information that NaDo gave him sparked joy at the knowledge that his father was alive and sorrow at the suffering he had to endure at the hands of the Council. Curiosity at the concept of Awakening. Fear at the thought that another Arweinydd sought to gain […]

Book 1 Chapter 21

May 27th, 2008 by
This entry is part 22 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Aunt SaRa reined in beside SoYa’s mount, a concerned look on her face. Her cream-colored rhawn sidestepped tensely as the woman spoke, “SoYa, we need to rest. If I don’t tend the child’s wounds soon, she’ll only grow weaker.” The young Apprentice turned to look at the wilted form of the girl slumping in the […]

Book 1 Chapter 22

July 17th, 2008 by
This entry is part 23 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

AsaHi woke to find herself draped in a satiny night robe. She lifted her head, her long white hair spilling over her shoulders as she rubbed the sleep out of her eyes. It took her a few moments to realize where she was. Of course… it’s Ceiswyr! The girl peered around slowly. The outside walls […]

Book 1 Chapter 23

July 17th, 2008 by
This entry is part 24 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Master ZenToYa? I’m sorry to bother you,” AsaHi approached him with hesitation. The man turned his head in a playful, half-upside-down manner and peered at the girl where she peeked shyly at him from behind a tree branch. She just happened to stumble upon him while exploring the wonders of the strange floating islands. “No […]

Book 1 Chapter 24

July 17th, 2008 by
This entry is part 25 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

AsaHi was beginning to wonder if Kaze was avoiding her. For days after her discussion with Zento, she was left on own to explore the floating islands. While the place was wondrous, AsaHi still couldn’t get past the feeling that she was out of place among the winged people. Cyngan. That’s what Zento called them. […]

Book 1 Chapter 25

July 18th, 2008 by
This entry is part 26 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Another twilight draped across the land, the end of a long day of riding. Though SoYa had no way of measuring how far ahead they were from those who may be following, they were all too tired to ride any further. He built the fire low and sheltered, deep within a thick forest glade. There […]

Book 1 Chapter 26

July 21st, 2008 by
This entry is part 27 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“This way, just a little further now,” SaRa urged, tugging gently at the reins of her mount as she led it over the craggy grounds. The little girl slumped motionless over the back of the rhawn. She looked worse every time SoYa glanced up at her. Despite all the time that SaRa spent with the […]

Book 1 Chapter 27

July 21st, 2008 by
This entry is part 28 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

The world spun around TsuYa in a murky haze. Though he grappled with it, disorientation filled his mind, leaving gaps in his memory. Often, he would find himself standing somewhere and saying something, but had no idea how he got there or who he was talking to. The haze grew increasingly, ever since the day […]

Book 1 Chapter 28

July 24th, 2008 by
This entry is part 29 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Father! Emotion pulled SoYa in many different directions. Joy at seeing his father’s face again. Deep concern at watching the strange transformation sweep over his brother. And growing fear at the deep thundering darkness that rose up in the east, blotting out the stars. They defeated the Ghost Clan, but it’s not over yet. Father […]

Book 1 Chapter 29

July 24th, 2008 by
This entry is part 30 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Something was happening down on the ground. AsaHi didn’t know exactly what, but she did manage to catch a flurry of activity as Zento led a whole group of winged people through the rift circle. Whatever is going on must be important. They all had weapons and armor. Curious and waiting for the winged people’s […]

Book 1 Chapter 30

July 24th, 2008 by
This entry is part 31 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Are you feeling better now?” Zento asked his sister. “Yes,” SaRa answered, sipping her tea slowly. The color in her face was already returning, supporting her words. “Thank goodness you found us.” “Of course I did. You think Zemi wasn’t keeping track of who entered the area around Ceiswyr? Seems like even he’s more cautious […]

Book 1 Chapter 31

July 25th, 2008 by
This entry is part 32 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa sat bolt-upright in bed, a haze of sweat and fear clouding his eyes. “Just a dream!” he gasped. “A dream! It couldn’t be real, it was all just a…” His voice wavered, grew weak and faded. “Dream…” No. I’m still here. He was sitting in the white-gray room, in the white-gray structure, in the […]

Book 1 Chapter 32

July 25th, 2008 by
This entry is part 33 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

AsaHi watched with a distant frown as the blue rift-glow returned. She sat perched on a rock next to a waterfall, a place she returned to more and more often. This was the most secure and comfortable spot for her to retreat to as of late, especially since she had been left on her own. […]

Book 1 Chapter 33

July 25th, 2008 by
This entry is part 34 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Well, well. Look what the Dragon dragged in.” At the sound of the voice, both AsaHi and Kudako turned, peering straight into the grinning face of ZenToYa. “If it isn’t the prince of scamps himself,” Kudako growled softly. “Who let your Dragon-breath in the city? I would have shut the gates if I had known […]

Book 1 Chapter 34

July 25th, 2008 by
This entry is part 35 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Because something about you called to me. Lord Zemi’s words to AsaHi echoed in SoYa’s mind. He pondered them and scoured them for their true meaning. Try as he might, he just couldn’t figure out why a single statement could make him feel so uncomfortable. That and the fact that Lord Zemi let AsaHi scold […]

Book 1 Chapter 35

July 25th, 2008 by
This entry is part 36 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

It was a smudge. It turned into a blot. That turned into a spot. That turned into a Mark. That turned into a puddle. That turned into a pool. That turned into his reflection on the still, inky darkness. He was standing on it, staring at the world upside down. It passed him by, never […]

Book 1 Chapter 36

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 37 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa was sitting there, just like every other time that TsuYa woke. His mind faded in and out, carried on waves of restless sleep and nausea. Everything was fuzzy in his vision. Everything was faded in his memory. He knew that time had passed, but he couldn’t tell how long he had been asleep. This […]

Book 1 Chapter 37

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 38 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“So, tell me boys, what’s the game plan?” Aunt SaRa cornered the two men immediately. “Game plan?” Zento asked innocently. “Morh-SaRa, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Kudako added in an evasive tone. Though Aunt SaRa was dwarfed standing next to the two of them — especially Kudako — it hardly seemed to […]

Book 1 Chapter 38

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 39 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“I don’t understand,” TsuYa’s tone was low with distress. “I know you don’t,” was Father’s only answer. “Then why are you leaving? We’ve only just found each other again!” he argued. “Because sometimes you have to do things in life that really don’t make much sense.” SoYa bit his lip in silence. TsuYa’s eyes flashed. […]

Book 1 Chapter 39

August 11th, 2008 by
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Coming back to the ground was a strange sensation. SoYa felt somehow more heavy-limbed and uncoordinated. Though he couldn’t understand why, back in Ceiswyr, his mind seemed more agile and light, and he found himself missing it the moment he stepped foot on the ground. There’s something about that place. It’s strange at first and […]

Book 1 Chapter 40

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 41 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

They found a cave to take shelter in for the night. Though it was surprisingly warm inside once the fire was lit, their clothes were already soaked from the biting rain. It left AsaHi with a deep, bone-chilling coldness that even a fresh change of clothes couldn’t mend. It was a good thing Kudako was […]

Book 1 Chapter 41

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 42 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

She’s looking at me again. Or at least, that was the feeling TsuYa got from the strange little girl. He didn’t know how she could see anything through the white cloth that was tied across her eyes, but the way that she moved her head plainly spoke of one who could see. I wish she […]

Book 1 Chapter 42

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 43 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Master Kudako?” “Hrm?” the Dragon peered up from where he was assembling the timber for the fire. “What’s that dark area out there?” AsaHi pointed. The sky was shifting into deep amethyst tones, the sparking hints of starlight poking through the canopy above. Where the golden pool of sun sank on the horizon, a long […]

Book 1 Chapter 43

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 44 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“Heellloooooo—” -lllooo -lloo -lo AsaHi grinned in delight as her voice echoed back at her from the cleft below. It’s not such a spooky place now that I can see it in full. In fact, Dragon’s Cleft was rather inspirational. The fissure was so wide that the other side was only a hazy blur. The […]

Book 1 Chapter 44

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 45 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

SoYa hissed as a sharp, stinging pain sliced through his upper arm. His defenses fell as the last of his concentration shattered away. The pain leapt on him from every direction, long, thin slits of agony rippling across his body. If the weapon had been a blade, the Apprentice he would have been slashed into […]

Book 1 Chapter 45

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 46 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

The sunshine was perfect. The twittering birds were perfect. The way the grass played in the wind was perfect. The sparkling blue spray of water streaming down into the pond was perfect. The sound of the leaves sighing in harmony was… You guessed it. Perfect. And TsuYa couldn’t stand it. Give me something — anything […]

Book 1 Chapter 46

August 11th, 2008 by
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TsuYa sat at the edge of the Island. Every morning he came to watch the fog burned away. It unfurled in a silent ritual until the mountains below emerged a deep green-grey, like a gift offered up, cupped in the palms of the earth. The clinging mists continued to shift, rising to play beaded dew […]

Book 1 Chapter 47

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 48 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

Zemi wasn’t sure if Zerom would respond to his summon. He did know that his brother wasn’t foolish enough not to see this for what it was. That was part of the reason he called for his sisters, Zeni and Zazo, to bear witness to their meeting at the Host Gate. If Zerom didn’t show, […]

Book 1 Chapter 48

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 49 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

A forlorn howl rang across the calm of the shadowed-shrouded hills, startling AsaHi out of her half-asleep state. Frightened, her green eyes darted across the fire towards where the others were sitting. Kudako’s ears were flattened back against his skull, a rather frightening scowl twisting his normally quiet face. Zento took notice of the Dragon’s […]

Book 1 Chapter 49

August 11th, 2008 by
This entry is part 50 of 50 in the series Dreigiau Book 1

“AsaaaaaHiiiiiiiii?” She heard a voice cry out her name. Then another voice echoed it. The girl blinked awake at the sound, eyes blurring as the sunlight hit her full force. It took a long moment before she remembered where she was and what she was doing. Zemi! The memories of the night leapt into her […]