Book 4

Book 4 Introduction

Date: 31 Passes Ago Okay, so things aren’t exactly going as planned. ZenToYa ran, dodging through the streaming vines and deep forest vegetation. Running away wasn’t his favorite call to action, but at the moment, any other choice was suicide. I forgot how skilled the Spiral warriors are. Somewhere, not too far behind, the sound …

Book 4 Chapter 1

“What are they?” AsaHi’s question came out as a breathy whisper. Her green eyes fixed on the dancing lights that floated throughout the small bedchamber where Zemi rested. Now and then, they alighted on the hand-painted murals that scrawled across the rough golden stone walls. Sometimes they sparkled as they fell upon the reed-wood chairs …

Book 4 Chapter 2

The Spiral lands stretched out before Zento in every direction, reminding him how far he was from home. Soft rolling hills of yellow-tinged grass ran up to greet the edge of the lilac-leaf forests. Groups of stone huts huddled together in their tell-tale circular patterns. Banners emblazoned with a glittering gold lion snapped in the …

Book 4 Chapter 3

What is this place? Lucci peered around the strange chamber, taking a cautious step forward. His limbs felt suspended and his motions were sluggish. Light flickered from above through draping veils of various colors, casting twisted and eerie shadows over the walls. The floor was caked with grime and decay, somewhat squishy as he walked …

Book 4 Chapter 4

It was good for AsaHi to see Suzume again. It was only a matter of moments before the dark haired girl invited them inside, pulling them both over to the wicker chairs in the center of the room. Just as quickly, AsaHi started up a conversation, asking the girl all about the things she saw. …

Book 4 Chapter 5

Why is everything so fuzzy? Something was wrong with his vision portals, though Zemi didn’t know exactly what the issue was. In fact, he didn’t even know where he was. Why he was there. And why the world was so white and floaty. The sensation wasn’t painful or really that undesirable. His physical weight seemed …

Book 4 Chapter 6

“Sooooooooooo what are you? The King of the Spiral?” Oren beamed his trademark grin as he hooked a friendly arm around Aur’s shoulders. JouKa winced a little. It was not the sort of thing that one randomly did to the Watcher from the Time Before. Luckily, Aur didn’t appear to be annoyed by it, or …

Book 4 Chapter 7

“Remember what I said,” Kudako’s quiet voice echoed back to them as he strode towards the light of the Exile Encampment. “These were Clans of old. Let me do the talking.” SoYa shifted nervously from one foot to the other. Letting Kudako do the talking was not a problem for him. Not at all. Exactly …

Book 4 Chapter 8

“ShinRe,” Kudako shook his head slowly. “I thought you were killed in the Raze!” “I thought the same about you, Kudako,” a welcoming smile spread across the leader’s face. He wasted no time in embracing his brother and ushering him through the doorway. “I looked for you, but I never found you. I could only …

Book 4 Chapter 9

The morning light shone peacefully upon the Exile Encampment, leaving dappled patterns across the wooden platform where SoYa stood. A delicate wood railing traced the edge of the overlook, for which he was grateful. It helped to give him the courage to take a moment to look out over the edge. When he did, the …

Book 4 Chapter 10

“It’s good to see you finally come out of your hidey hole,” chirped a familiar voice. Zento turned to find himself face to face with a flicker of his past – the cheerful face of his old friend, NaDoTu. He didn’t know how many decades it was since he had last saw the funny freckles, …

Book 4 Chapter 11

“These Dragons of yours are quite fascinating creatures,” ShinRe remarked to at Zemi. He brushed his shirt front with one glance over his shoulder at the Dragon who flew them into the Spiral Proper. The way he watched the creature, it was obvious that he saw few before, if ever, and none so close up. …

Book 4 Chapter 12

The heavy doors to the Lion’s Keep rumbled inwards, admitting the small group under the great stone arches.  AsaHi spun slowly around as she walked, trying to take it all in. All she knew were the stories and legends, especially the account made by ZenToYa of the pivotal battle between himself and Aur that led …

Book 4 Chapter 13

NaDo looked like he was about to have a heart attack (as the Earthians often stated). His pen flew across the surface of the writing scroll, detailing each happening within the Lion’s Keep. Every now and then, the winged man would mutter under his breath. Something that sounded like, “Amazing. Absolutely amazing.” It didn’t take …

Book 4 Chapter 14

It’s all there. Every last bit of it. Images of Zerom’s coming. The fall of Nefol. The Migration from Ceiswyr. The battles with Zeromus. The fall of the Islands. And now the coming of a new leader to the Spiral lands. The images didn’t stop there. To Zemi’s growing trepidation, they spanned even into what appeared …

Book 4 Chapter 15

Lucci stood over the yawning mouth of the Dragon’s Cleft. He’d never visited the Cleft before, and only saw the deep squiggly line on some of Master ZenToYa’s old maps. The maps that Master TsuYa never let him touch, despite his great interest. However, he knew that this was the Cleft. He heard too many …

Book 4 Chapter 16

“How does it feel to come back to your homelands?” SaRa asked, linking her arm around Kudako’s arm. She never knew how he felt about her forced interaction, but he never pulled away from her. She always marveled at the feeling of his raw strength under her touch. It made her feel safe and protected, …

Book 4 Chapter 17

“Please, Master Kudako, let me come with you,” Lucci begged, dogging the Dragon’s steps as he strode up and down the line of the assembled Spiral warriors. Master Kudako didn’t reply. In fact, he didn’t let it show if he heard the young Sygnus’ request at all. He simply pulled the leather of his gauntlet …

Book 4 Chapter 18

“How have you been holding up, dear?” Aunt SaRa asked, gently stroking her fingers through JouKa’s hair. “As well as I can,” the girl answered quietly. Though JouKa appreciated the concern from everyone around her, she just didn’t feel like explaining the extent of what she felt. She doubted words could describe the emotion. To …

Book 4 Chapter 19

-Quickly, Lucci-boy! Quickly!- Kaz’s voice echoed in his mind. We’re too late! The Marked are everywhere! Lucci’s breath whistled through his nose, every inch of his body burning from the long run back to the Spiral. The moment they entered the city, the Spiral warriors scattered into smaller groups, rushing to cover as much ground as …

Book 4 Chapter 20

“What’s going on?” AsaHi asked, holding tight to SoYa’s shoulder. She listened to the muted sounds in the world outside of the Lion’s Keep. “Something terrible happened since we went down to the Stone Lair, hasn’t it?” “I don’t know,” SoYa told her. He was listening, too, eyes narrowed and flicking around from one end …

Book 4 Chapter 21

The last of the Esgyll fell from the sky under heavy focused fire of Dragon flame. Zemi watched the charred body drop and land somewhere outside of the town’s borders, followed by the victorious swoop and flourish of his Dragons in the night. Having secured the skies, the winged armies of Ceiswyr could maneuver out into the battles to …

Book 4 Chapter 22

-You can come down from there, now.- Zazo’s voice resounded in her mind. –They’re all gone.- AsaHi looked up from where she was curled up in the crook of one of the tall trees. Uncurling her wings, the girl leaned out over the edge of the branch, looking down. The huge white She Wolf sat at the …

Book 4 Chapter 23

The sky behind Lucci was filled with smoke, even though he knew that the fires in the city were doused. The air was thick with the smells of ashes and blood, and his mind was clouded with the pounding emotion that choked every inch of the city. Lucci fled it all, running blindly into the …

Book 4 Chapter 24

The Marked army of Zeromus was on the move across the Outterlands, fast and with renewed purpose. Zemi didn’t question. He knew there was only one place Zeromus would strike next – the mountain city of Wyndor. With Ceiswyr in ruins, Wyndor was the last bastion of safety to those who migrated from the Islands. It was …

Book 4 Chapter 25

“Lucci! Lucci, you CAN’T do this!” Kaz’s voice pleaded from behind him. The cry was so desperate. So hoarse and filled with fear. It was so unlike how his friend usually sounded. Lucci turned, pausing just a moment on the long, broken stairway to look back. The Sygnus’ long silver hair swayed with a ghostly …

Book 4 Chapter 26

“Zento?” the golden voice echoed off the glassy walls of the Wyndor chambers. SoYa looked over to see Lady KaiShi, in her person form, walking towards the slumped blue and white figure of his father. The slick floors reflected them from below, images of sorrow and concern. They weren’t in Wyndor long before she sought …

Book 4 Chapter 27

The sound of dragon-alarms echoed through the depths of the Wyndor chambers, startling AsaHi from her restless sleep. She didn’t know how long she was sleeping or how much time passed since they arrived in the Dragon city, but it wasn’t enough to get things as situated as Zemi wanted for the defense against the …

Book 4 Chapter 28

“Fall back! Fall ba–” the winged soldier’s words were sliced off in mid-sentence in a bubbling froth of blood and devouring silver mists. Zento watched with wide horrified eyes as the man crumpled, then collapsed in a spray of red. Screaming and writhing, the mists surrounded him, ripping at the very fabric of his life …

Book 4 Chapter 29

-Zento…- The voice echoed within his mind. Everything was fuzzy. Growing darker. So hard to breathe. So hard to see. So hard to respond. -ZenToYa?- He knew the sound of the voice. It was the same voice that came to him so long ago. The voice that led him to safety from the snow that …

Book 4 Chapter 30

“That is very peculiar,” Kudako muttered as he strode back into the Cynosure chamber. “Another group of men arrived, claiming they were ordered to the evacuation point. Did you give this command, Lord Zemi?” Zemi didn’t answer. He simply stood, motionless, staring into the reflecting light of the great rifting stone. “Lord Zemi?” Aur’s quiet …

Book 4 Chapter 31

“Can you sense Tsu anywhere?” SoYa asked, holding tight to the scruff of the She-Wolf’s neck. -No, everything is distorted in here. It must be the Sygnus energy.- “Then how do you know that he’s even here?” the Athrylith asked. -Are you doubting me?- she snapped with a sharp tone. “I didn’t say that!” SoYa’s voice rose an …

Book 4 Chapter 32

AsaHi’s tiny fingers folded over the back of Zemi’s broad hand as he strained to draw the rifting energy into the Cynosure chamber. He was shaking. Every now and then, a spasm racked his body, nearly causing him to fall. Every time, Kudako or Aur were there to offer him strength to stand. The loss …

Book 4 Chapter 33

“Oh, my. Oh, my. Oh, my,” NaDo repeated to himself over and over again. The sunlight reflected sharply off of his glasses, making it hard to see the expression in his eyes. SoYa sensed the scientist’s crushing sadness as he learned about the death of his long-time friend. When the invasion began on the Spiral, …

Book 4 Chapter 34

The thick forests closed in over their heads as the group moved as quickly as possible towards the waiting Vision Stone. Though the Stone was within view of the Shellab, there was still a good distance to go. Unlike the winged people who already made their way to the destination, not everyone in their group …

Book 4 Chapter 35

Everything SoYa heard about the Vision Stone was true. It rose up before them, pulsing with brilliant blue light, bathing the glade in a glow where even the darkness didn’t touch. Something about this place felt safe and protected, but SoYa didn’t know how much longer that would last. The machine NaDo set up next …

Book 4 Chapter 36

Zemi felt everything as Luccious ripped JouKa’s wings away. He felt each feather as it was shred, reduced to his essence energy, and then consumed by the spirit light. The connection that once flowed between him and the girl shattered, and a spark of real pain flashed over his awareness.  Though he struggled to protect …

Epilogue 1- Fragments

The Vision Stone was cracked, a slice that cut straight through the clear, flat face in the place where the rift once reflected. The soft glow of the crystal spluttered, broken, weakening from its cankerous wound. No longer did it protect the land, which was now marred by the darkness and the mists. Its power …

Epilogue 2- Final

Date: Many, Many Passes In The Future He woke from a deep, troubled sleep. There were no dreams. Just the darkness and a lingering feeling of something terribly sad heavy in his chest. He didn’t recognize the room. It was draped in long deep blue curtains and tapestries. Even the bed was dressed in curtains …