As Azith and I walked into the throne room, he went wide eyed with amazement. I chuckled a bit as he was looking around the large room as I looked around for the others. They were standing in the same spot as before as I soon noticed another dragon standing a few feet away from them. He was also looking around curiously while wearing a pair of brown shorts and a simple black t-shirt. He definitely didn’t look like he was from here. He was most likely from earth as I walked towards him to get a better look at him. He turned around as I was able to get a better look at him. He looked to be about 8 and a half feet tall in height as the front of his shirt had a dragon picture on the front of it. His scales were red in color like Farm, but a darker shade of red. He also had yellow breast plates going down his chest and stomach. The yellow was deep as well as he had a bright blue spot on his forehead between his eyes. His eyes were a deep blue in color as he had horn like structures coming off of the top of his eyes that were bright yellow in color. He looked a bit cool as his muzzle was a bit more thinner than a usual dragon muzzle. I immediately recognized him as Drakar as I smiled and walked over to him.
“Drakar, what the heck are you doing here,” I said with a smile.
“Zilla, is that really you?” he said a bit surprised and quickly looked over at me.
“Yeah it is, how did you get here,” I asked him as we shook hands.
“Your wife opened up a portal for me about 40 ago,” he said happily.
“Wait, you’ve been here for 40 minutes,” I asked a bit surprised.
“Yeah, I arrived at your large house with another dragon about 44 minutes ago and knocked on the door. Your wife answered the door and we introduced ourselves as friends of yours. She told us that you had just left a minute earlier to pick up another friend and came here. She opened up a portal for us to come through but the other dragon stayed back to help her get a couple of items from your house as she had to wait for your niece to get done,” he explained.
“Other dragon? What did he call himself and what did he look like,” I asked a bit surprised that another dragon was looking for me.
“He was a dragon about 8 and a half feet tall like me, medium red in color for his scales and breastplates with blue markings on his back, at least that’s what I think since I only caught a glimpse of some on the back of his neck. He also had a short black mane going down his neck and antler like horns. He also had medium blue markings on both of his eyes and they were both medium blue as well,” he said.
I blinked a bit as that description sounded familiar to me for some reason. I started to think on where I heard that description and it was practically on the tip of my tongue. What caught my off guard were the antler style horns on the top of this dragon’s head. It suddenly hit me on who the dragon is as I went wide eyed as the only person that I know of that would have antler style horns is Ealdeth that I know from online. He lives in the same state as Watto does and I was completely surprised that Ealdeth got turned into a dragon as well. I would have to talk with him when he gets here and ask him how he got turned into a dragon. I was also curious on how Azith and Drakar got turned into dragons as well and we’ll be finding out soon when grandpa, grandma, and the high council get back to hear the rest of the stories. We had to wait for a couple of minutes as the doors in the side of the throne room started to open up. I looked over at the door as Aztih and Drakar would be in for a big surprise when they see how big my grandparents and the high council members are. They started to come into the throne room as we all watched. I heard a couple of gasps as they both came from Drakar and Azith as I dragged Drakar back over to the group.
They both were definitely caught off guard by how big they all were as grandpa and grandma laid back down in their original places as the high council members sat down in their respective places. Azmoth came out as well as he looked to be a bit stressed from the debates they were having over the past hour. They must’ve been doing some very strenuous talks during that hour and I was worried that it may not have been good. All of the council members and grandpa and grandma got into their positions and comfortable as Azmoth straightened himself out. That was a sign that the back stories for the rest of my friends would start now.
“Well, it seems that we have two new faces with us now that weren’t here earlier,” Azmoth said.
“Yes I know, they are two friends of mine from earth. The red and yellow one here is named Drakar and my red friend with the black spikes is Azith. Azith wanted to come and visit and I thought that it’d be nice to show him around Dragonia. Drakar here had stopped by our house with another friend of mine and came here by himself since Rachael was still at the house,” I said.
“And I where is your other friend, which is a dragon I presume,” a council member said.
“Yes he is a dragon, and as far as I know, he is still with my wife and young niece,” I said.
“I’m surprised they aren’t here, she should’ve been back by now,” Rachael’s grandpa said.
“She’s probably just gathering up some things for the hatchlings honey, they are a handful since they’re crawling now,” Rachael’s grandmother said with a soft smile.
“I’m pretty sure it’s just that ma’am, and she did take my niece with her since she had to use the bathroom,” I said.
All of the council members nodded in agreement as we had to get on with the rest of the back stories. I looked back at everybody as they still looked very nervous and I could tell Drakar and Azith were the most nervous of all. It was probably because they just saw a lot of very big dragons come into the room and focus on all of them. I have to admit, it does feel like we’re in the firing range being prepared to be fired at. Except for bullets and guns, we’re going to be flamed by a lot of fire. Azmoth took a step forward and smiled as best he could as he looked at me.
“We have been able to talk over the stories of the first few and have considered that they are free to go back to earth and be with their families. Their guardians had chosen wisely on how to act when they faced the difficult choice of whether or not to save the ones that they are connected to, whether it being a life threatening situation, a case of loneliness, or repaying an act of kindness,” Azmoth said.
“Thank you Azmoth, now hopefully my grandparents and the council can show the same kindness to my other friends here that they showed to the ones that have told their stories,” I said with a smile.
“So do we young prince, now who is willing to tell their story next,” Paul’s grandfather said.
I looked back at them as Drake slowly walked forward with his head hanging low. I can tell he was very nervous about what could happen and I’m sure that it’ll go well. He got to the middle of the throne room and looked up at all of them and gulped lightly.
“And what is your name young dragon,” grandpa asked.
“I-It’s Drake sir,” Drake said.
“It is very nice to meet you Drake, you may begin when you’re ready,” grandma said.
“O-Okay, my story starts about a month ago. I was at home walking through the small patch of woods that surround my house one day as it was a bit on the hot side. I was by myself at the time as my mom was in town doing shopping and I didn’t know what to do. As I was looking around, I felt like I was being watched like the others here said as well. I looked around and kept walking until I came across some old abandoned rail road tracks. I was bored and decided to follow them out of curiosity to see where they would lead to. After following them for a while I came across an old closed down train station that looked like it hadn’t been used in a long time. I hadn’t seen it before and I was curious if there was anything left behind when it was closed down,” he began.
“I take it this building was surrounded by trees,” a council member said.
“Yes it was sir,” he said.
“Very well, you may continue,” another council member said.
“As I was saying, I was curious about it and decided to walk to it and see if there was anything left behind. I got to the doors as they were bored up some as it was a bit tricky trying to get the wood planks off of the doors. I got them down after a few minutes and went inside of the train station. It looked really bad as there was leaves all over the place and really run down. I started looking around for anything good to take back home with me. I soon heard some creaking noises and stopped where I was and looked around. The creaking noises continued and I jumped some when I saw an old train station lamp fall towards me. I tried to get out of the way in time but couldn’t as it pinned my leg to the ground. The glass bowls on top of it shattered when the lamp post hit the ground and one of the shards of glass got imbedded in my leg. I screamed out in pain as I felt pain rush all the way through my body as my wound started bleeding badly. I tried to get out from under the lamp post as it was heavy and I couldn’t do anything. I struggled as much as possible but stopped as I felt my energy starting to fade away from the blood loss. I laid down crying some as I heard some breathing and something like nails clicking on the tiled floor. I looked around and saw a large quad dragon walking towards me slowly. He was ash black in color with deep red wings. His breastplates were about a shade lighter than his scales as his horns were a medium gray in color as he had a mane down the back of his neck that was a bright apple red color. He also had fur on the tip of his tail that was bright apple red as it looked like his tail tip was on fire by how the fur was shaped. He came over to me slowly as for some reason I felt like I knew him. He looked like he was worried about me and lifted up the lamp post with ease and put it to the side. I soon passed out from the blood lose as I faintly heard him say that I was going to be alright. I don’t know how long I was out for as I started to slowly wake up and felt sore all over. When I sat up, I felt better than ever but also different and stronger. I looked at myself and saw that I was an anthro dragon, but not any dragon, an anthro version of the dragon that helped me. I didn’t feel any pain in my leg anymore as I soon saw him laying down next to me and smiling some. He explained to me who he was and how we were connected and he also helped me explain to my mom about what happened,” Drake said.
“Thank you for your story young dragon. It is very much appreciated,” Flara said.
He bowed some and went back to where he was standing before as DM slowly walked up to the middle of the room in front of them. He looked just as nervous as the others that hadn’t given their stories as I knew that he would be able to do alright.
“And what is your name young dragon,” Lavio said.
“I go by my nickname DM sir, and if it’s alright, I kinda don’t like to go by my real name,” he said and looked down.
“It’s alright young one, you may start your story,” one of the eastern council members said.
“Thank you. My story begins towards the end of May of this year. I had just graduated from high school and was going on a boating trip by myself in a nearby lake. I’m a bit of a boat fan and my parents had a boat that was at a cabin of ours near the lake and it was a small one with a simple motor on it. I had taken my fishing gear with me just in case I got bored and was able to get out onto the lake in no time as there was barely anybody there. I liked it that way as I started to enjoy my ride over the water and started to go towards a spot on the lake that nobody else knew about, kinda like a hidden cove. It was close to the shore and a mountain as there was a cave near the beach as well. My dad and I found it when I was a little kid and it was my favorite spot to go and relax at. For some reason I felt drawn to there whenever we went there to go camping. It also felt like I was being watched as well as I was always a bit nervous to go into the cave,” he began.
“Most likely that’s where your guardian stayed when he was keeping an eye on you,” the other eastern council member said.
“Yes sir, and I always thought that it was a bear cave, that’s why I never went near it. As I was heading to that hidden cove, the rudder of my motor got tangled up in seaweed I believe, or some long underwater grass. I tried to get it untangled as the motor started to overheat and I had to quickly turn the motor off. I lifted the rudder out of the water and saw that it was indeed tangled up in weeds and I started to work on getting them untangled. It was a long and messy job as it was taking me a while to do it. As I was working, I heard some loud cheering and yelling and looked up. There was a group of young adults riding on a speed boat and drinking as they were driving around recklessly. It had me worried as they started coming towards me and quickly turned right as they got about a foot away from me. The wave from their boat practically swamped my boat as it sent me flying off of it. I hit the water hard and felt like my head hit a rock that was slightly submerged under the water. I felt myself going in and out of consciousness and soon passed out as I started to sink into the water,” he said.
“That is just not right, young humans doing things so recklessly. I’m glad that none of our kids were like that growing up,” grandpa said.
“Well, they were rambunctious honey,” grandma said.
“You may continue young dragon,” Azmoth said.
“Well, like I was saying, I passed out from hitting my head and didn’t know how long I was out. I started to wake up as it was night time and dark out and I had a splitting headache. My whole body was also sore all over and I thought it was from just being tossed overboard from the wave. I sat up and looked around as I was on the shore of the hidden cove and felt some heat from a fire behind me. I turned around and went wide eyed as I saw a large quad dragon laying by the fire and eating some fish. He was medium blue in color with bright yellow breast plates and had a pair of white horns on the back of his head. He also had a light brown mane of fur on his head that went down the back of his neck as he looked familiar to me. He smiled and explained that he saved me from drowning and that I had a fractured skull. I couldn’t believe it as I looked at myself and saw that I was an anthro version of him, along with a slight build. I freaked out but was also overjoyed to see that I was my OC when it hit me that he looked like my online OC as well, only a quad. He started to calm me down and explain to me that he was my guardian as he taught me how to fly as we both went back to the cabin I was staying at with my family and explained what happened. They had all freaked out at first, especially my two sisters, but we were able to calm them all down,” he said.
“Thank you for your story young dragon, you may step back now,” Azmoth said with a smile.
DM nodded and walked back to his spot as he still looked very nervous from telling his story. I was still a bit nervous as well as I looked at the others that still needed to talk and saw that Azith and Drakar were starting to look a bit nervous as well. I know that they would have to tell their stories, but they would have to wait until the others got done telling their stories. I looked back and saw Skyder walking up to the middle of the throne room and he was shaking a bit nervously.
“There’s no need to be nervous young one, we won’t bite,” Grandpa said as skyder nodded and gulped a bit.
“O-Okay, my name is Aaron, but I like to go by Skyder. My story starts a few months ago back in April as I was just finishing up some college classes late one night. I was taking some late night art classes as I like to draw and I wanted to get better at it. Your grandson here actually saw a few pieces of my art on a website that we met up on,” he began.
“And we were told that you two had a previous meeting some years ago, along with most of the other dragons here save the two that just joined us,” a council member said.
“Yes, I didn’t know it was him when we met up online, but when we met in person earlier today and said that he had met all of us about 10 years ago, it clicked that he was the one that saved me from those two knuckleheads that kidnapped us. I didn’t know what was going on at first back then but was a bit shocked when my guardian told me about those two working for a clan of feral like dragons,” Skyder said.
“And did your guardian tell you anything else about these feral like dragons,” a council member said.
“No he didn’t, and this was after the incident that got me turned into a dragon as well,” Skyder said.
“Okay, you may continue on with your story young dragon,” another council member said.
“Thank you sir, now as I was saying, I was coming out of the college late at night as my last class just gave out. I had stayed a few minutes longer to finish up on a small project of mine as all of the other students had left for home. As I was walking down to the parking lot to get to my car, I heard a hissing sound coming from some bushes that were nearby. I stopped and looked at the bushes that were along the sidewalk and gulped a bit nervously. I didn’t know what was in the bushes as I thought I saw something dash away from them but I couldn’t tell because of there being barely any light. I was about to take another step when I saw an inland taipan slither out from the bush. I stopped where I was as it started hissing loudly at me. I didn’t know what to do as the snake is one of the most deadliest snakes where I live, but it usually doesn’t come into the town that much. I was about to take a step backwards as the snake suddenly lashed at me and bit into my leg. I screamed out in pain as I could feel the venom go into me as it let go of me and slithered off suddenly. I fell to the ground in pain while holding my leg as I didn’t know what to do. The venom was coursing through my body as I started to feel very faint and was starting to black out. I didn’t want to as I started to crawl towards where my car was in the parking lot as I heard something land next to me. My vision was starting to get blurred as I looked to see a large shape walking towards me slowly,” he said.
“Most likely your guardian,” Azmoth said.
“Yes, it was my guardian, but I didn’t know it at the time. As I was looking at him, he said something to me as I passed out completely from the snake bite. I thought that it was going to be my last breath as I woke up a bit later extremely sore all over and a bit on the sick side. I felt like I was going to throw up as my stomach felt like it was doing flips as I slowly sat up. I looked around as I didn’t know where I was as it looked to be some kind of cave. There was a fire burning next to me as I looked at it as I was indeed in a cave. I felt different as I looked at myself and saw that I was an anthro silver lizard. I started freaking out when I heard something coming up behind me. I got up weakly and turned around and saw a large silver quad dragon coming into the cave as he stopped. I then realized that I was a dragon as well when I felt the wings and tails and about 9 feet tall. I was still freaking out about what had happened as he started to calm me down by splashing a bit of water he had brought for me. I was able to snap out of it and calm down as he explained to me what had happened and that the only way to save my life in time was to do this to me. I was grateful for what he did as he told me his name and I was a bit glad that I was my dragonsona now. He helped me learn how to walk easily and use my wings as we spent the evening practicing as we got back to my house early in the morning before everybody woke up. We had to calm my family down by telling them that it was me and not a monster as they were able to calm down after a bit of explaining,” he said and rubbed the back of his head.
“Thank you for telling us your story young dragon. And you are very grateful to have a guardian like yours, you all are,” grandma said with a soft smile.
He nodded and went back to his spot as he breathed a big sigh of relief. He looked like he was glad to have his story off of his chest and I was as well. It was a bit hard for me on the one day that he and I was kidnapped but happy that nothing bad happened to us. As Skyder got back to his spot, RD walked up to tell his story. I was a bit worried about him as he was about the youngest in my group of friends here and I don’t know how he would feel about telling his story to the high council and grandpa and grandma.
“And what is your name young dragon,” grandpa said.
“My name is Mitchell sir, but some of my friends online call me RD,” he said.
“It is very nice to meet you, you may begin when ready,” Paul’s grandpa said.
“Well, my story begins at the end of May as I had just gotten done with school for the year. My family and I had decided to go mountain climbing for the week and we all enjoy mountain climbing. It had taken us about a day to get to where we were going to do it as it was late in the day so we decided to set up camp for the evening. We like camping as well as mountain climbing as it was peaceful out. I live in Australia as well, but on the other side of the continent then Skyder here. The next morning, we decided to get an early start to climb the side of the mountain as we got our climbing gear out. We got all ready and started climbing up the mountain for as it would’ve taken us about an hour to get to the top. It was worth the climb to get up there and very fun. As we were climbing the mountain, I lost my footing and started to fall as I lost my grip as well. We were about half way up the mountain and it was a very long fall down to the base of the mountain. I started falling as my climbing rope finally became taught and I was able to stop falling,” he began.
“I see what you mean by frightening. We all would be scared as well if we were in your position young dragon,” Lavio said as the others nodded in agreement.
“As I was hanging there trying to get a grip on the rock wall, my rope was starting to rub against sharp point on the rock and was starting to fray. I was starting to freak out and my mom and brother tried to grab my hands to get me. It was too late as my rope snapped from my weight as I started to drop. I was scared for my life as it was flashing before my eyes. Before I knew it, I hit something suddenly and stopped falling. I thought that I was dead as I opened my eyes and saw that I was still in the sky. I looked down and saw that I was on something black and scaly as there were wings flapping. I gulped and got a better view of what I was on as I was on a pitch black dragon with deep purple membranes. I didn’t know that I was seeing things or not. He soon landed and let me off of him as he got my family down safely as well. We were all in disbelief as he said that he was my guardian and wanted to give me a gift. I thought it over for a bit and decided to accept it as he breathed on me and I instantly fell asleep. When I woke up, I was like this,” he finished off.
“Thank you for your story young dragon, it was very interesting,” a council member said.
RD nodded and slowly stepped back to where he was standing before. I smiled a bit as everything seemed to be going very well with everybody that has told their story so far. I was wondering who was going to be next as Watto started to walk up to the spot to tell his story. He seemed nervous as well as I didn’t blame him as the others that haven’t told their story yet.
“And who might you be young dragon,” Grandpa said.
“Well, my nick name is Watto, and some of my friends like to call me Thunder,” he said and looked up at them.
“It is nice to meet you Thunder, you may begin when ready,” Azmoth said.
“Thank you. My story begins back in April, I was living on my own at the time near my parents and had a lot of land to walk around on. There were a couple of abandoned houses around where I lived and I am into fans a lot. Mostly ceiling fans and I always like to work on them and sometimes rebuild them to get them working. It’s always been like that for me growing up and it’s a bit of a hobby of mine,” he began.
“Hm, seems that even before you became a dragon, you started your own horde,” a council member said.
“A horde?” watto said and tilted his head.
“Yes, sometimes dragons are notorious for collecting stuff, mainly shiny stuff like jewels, gold, and silver. We all have that small habit but make sure we keep it under control. That’s why we wear our royal jewelry so we know that we at least have something shiny with us at all times,” Grandpa said with a smile.
“Yes, and it seems that your horde consists of mainly fans,” grandma said as I chuckled a little bit.
Even while he and I chatted online, he always mention liking ceiling fans and showed me and our other friends online different pictures of ceiling fans, even old fashioned ones.
“Well, I guess I know why I like to collect fans now. Anyway, as I was saying there are a few old house near where I live and I decided to head over to one to see if I could salvage anything of use from it. It wasn’t boarded up much and easy to get into as I grabbed a bag and a couple of tools to take with me and headed over to the house. It was a two story house and seemed to be in disrepair at the time being as I slowly went inside. I knew I had to be careful as I started to look around for any ceiling fans. I wasn’t able to find anything on the first floor. I slowly went up to the second floor and started to look around for anything worth salvaging. I went into one room as I didn’t know that the floorboards had been weakened as the whole floor was creaking and groaning. I suddenly stopped when I heard cracking sound and looked down at the floor. Before I could react, the floor gave way underneath me and I fell downwards. I landed on the first floor with a loud crash as some of the debris fell on top of me. I yelled out in pain when it happened as I was by myself at the time being. I was pinned down and badly wounded as nobody knew that I was out there and probably wouldn’t be able to find me until it was too late. Not a lot of people knew about me going out to that abandoned house to look for useful things and I knew I was in big trouble,” he said.
“That would be troublesome. All of us usually should let someone know where we are going and how long we are going to be gone,” a council member said.
“Yes, but sometimes we always forget to tell others of the small things that we usually do that we don’t think would lead to events that would get us in trouble, it’s a force of habit for all species, even us dragons,” another council member said as the rest of the council nodded in agreement.
“We are sorry for this young dragon, you may continue,” Azmoth said with a small smile.
“Thank you sir, as I was saying, I was trapped with no way out and the house was starting to creak and groan again. I was worried about the house possibly collapsing on itself and burying me in the debris. It would’ve been the end for me as I was starting to lose consciousness from the fall. As I was starting to black out I heard a voice telling me to hang on and my vision was getting blurry. I tried to look around to see who said that as I saw a green and gold figure rush over to me and start pulling the debris off of me. Before I could say anything, I passed out from the wounds I got from the fall. I started to come to a few hours later and noticed that it was close to night time as I was in my own back yard. I didn’t know how I got there or how I was able to get out of the house for that matter. It then hit me that I wasn’t in pain anymore and that I could move my legs and arms. I quickly sat up and looked at myself and completely went into shock when I saw that I was covered in copper colored scales and cyan breastplates. I looked myself over and saw that I was an anthro dragon with tail fins that resembled those of a night fury. I realized that I was an eastern fury as I heard someone say something. This caused me to jump and turn around as I saw two dragons sitting by a fire that was built. One was an anthro green dragoness with gold breastplates. She had gold feathered wings with a golden mane going down to her tail as her tail tip was covered in gold fur as well. She also had gold antler type horns as well as she waved at me. The other dragon was a large quad dragon that looked a lot like me but was about 30 feet long. He explained to me that he was my guardian dragon and that the dragoness was the one that pulled me from the wreckage in the house. Her name is Firetail and she belongs to a feral clan that’s nearby and said that they know of another feral clan up in Alaska, though she didn’t tell me much after that,” he said.
“Ah, so your guardian must be Shocktrix, and that feral clan that’s in Alaska must be Fernarn’s clan that this Firetail told you about,” grandpa said as this caught me offguard.
Grandpa didn’t even know about Fernarn at the time as I gulped some and looked up at him.
“Yes Adeodatus, I know of Fernarn and your time spent with him. He wanted to meet up with me when you were about 16 years old. It was after your encounter with Vallen,” he said with a smile.
I went wide eyed as it finally hit me on why I thought that I had seen Fernarn in the castle every once in a while. But whenever I would catch up to him, he had always disappeared. Now I know that he was secretly meeting with grandpa and grandma.
“But why didn’t you tell me that you two met,” I said suddenly.
“I wanted it to be kept secret, I didn’t want to put added pressure on you at the time Articus, or should I start calling you Adeodatus,” Fernarn said as he came in through the two large doors that the council members used.
“Okay, that I can understand, now we can continue the stories,” I said and rubbed the back of my head.
They all nodded as Watto stepped back to where he was standing before. I looked over at Fernarn as he took a seat next to the high council. He looked like he was wearing a large deep red cap over his back that had a medallion on his neck that was keeping the cape in place. I tried to get a good look at what was inscribed on the medallion and it looked like to be some kind of crest. It looked like it was a crest of a shield that had a dragon eye on it along with three claw marks going over it. I guessed that he had help picking out that crest for himself to represent his feral clan back on earth. As Watto stepped back to his spot, I watch Gryph step forward and he looked just as nervous.
“Ah, so it would appear that the young gryphon is next. Since your guardian is a gryphon but lives with us, the gryphon kingdom said that we are able to make the judgment for you, I hope that is okay young one,” Azmoth said.
“W-Wait, did you say gryphon kingdom,” Gryph said a bit puzzled.
“Yes, we will talk about that later young one, for now we would like to hear your back story,” grandpa said.
“Yes sir, I go by Gryph since it’s a nickname of mine and well, I’m a gryphon. You see, my story begins at the beginning of summer. I kind of live on my own since I moved out of my parent’s house last year. I had gotten a part time job to help support myself before I met my guardian. It was a window cleaning job and I had to use one of those scaffoldings to clean the windows on the higher buildings. It can be very dangerous to do and I was a bit shaken up at first about it. It was about my last day on the job as I was working with the company for at least a year and I wanted to find a better job,” he began.
“We understand, working so high up without wings can be pretty disturbing,” a council member said as the others nodded.
“I agree, as I was saying, I was going to try to look for a better job after my last day with window cleaning. It was nearing the end of my shift as the sun was starting to set and I had just gotten done cleaning the last window of a 10 story building. When I went to turn the motor on to lower me down, it didn’t cooperate with me and started to shake, there was a large spark that startled me as I went backwards and tripped over the bucket I had with me. That caused me to lose my balance and fall over the side of the scaffolding and grabbed onto the railing. I couldn’t get a good grip as I lost it and started to fall. My life was flashing before my eyes as I was falling as I suddenly hit something. I was lucky to be alive as I was still breathing hard and passed out from what I went through. I woke up a while later and looked around as it seemed that I was somehow in a field surrounded by some trees. I slowly got up and felt a bit off as I couldn’t keep my balance. I looked at myself and saw that I was an anthro gryphon and started to freak out and fell down on my rear. I winced a bit and squawked out when I fell on my tail and that proved to me that I wasn’t dreaming as I rubbed my tail,” he said.
“Well, that is an embarrassing moment for all of us when we land on our tails,” one of the eastern council members said as they all started to laugh lightly.
“I agree, it has happened to all of us a few times in our life time,” another council member said as Gryph started to blush.
“When that happened, I heard some chuckling from somewhere and that startled me some as I got up and looked around. It then hit me that there was a small cave nearby as a large gryphon that looked like me came out of it, but was a quad instead of an anthro. He explained to me who he was and that he had saved me from meeting an untimely demise. I was a bit surprised by it as being a gryphon was what I always wanted to be, but found out that it was going to be a while before I could go back to living a normal life,” he said and looked down.
“So what did you do young gryphon,” grandma said.
“Well, I invited myself over to Farm’s house to stay with him as my guardian introduced me to Vallen. I had found out that Farm had already undergone his transformation a few days before I did and I was able to stay with him, which was very nice as long as I did my share of the household chores,” he said.
“Thank you, that was a very interesting story,” a council member said.
Gryph nodded and stepped back to his previous spot as he seemed less nervous now. The last one up was Kirak to tell his back story on how he met his guardian. I’m still sure that they would want to hear Azith’s story and Drakar’s story on how they became dragons since they don’t have guardians at all and I’m sure it was probably a hierarchy dragon or two that turned them into dragons.
“And now we only have one last dragon to hear his back story from that has a guardian, you may step forward and begin when you’re ready,” Azmoth said.
I looked at Kirak as he gulped a bit and walked up to the spot to begin his story. He looked a bit more nervous than the others and I hoped that he would be okay.
“Hello, I go by my nickname Kirak as that is what everybody here knows me by. My story begins about 2 months ago in the month of June. I was going to go camping out in the woods where there was a large fire about 10 years ago. It was where I had broken a leg when I was a kid at the time and was trapped in the forest fire. That was when someone that was older than me came and rescued me and somehow the fire had gone out instantly after he wrapped his trench coat around me. After I met up with Zilla here, I realized that it was him that rescued me from that forest fire,” he began.
“Ah, we all heard about that forest fire so many years ago. Prince Adeodatus, or Zilla as you call him, told us about how it started as he was visiting your guardian at the time. We did not realize it was you who he rescued by almost sacrificing his life for you and to save the forest. Though it was a very reckless move on his part,” a council member said as I looked away from them.
“I agree, but sometimes one has to be reckless for the greater good. The prince here has done many reckless things growing up but they all had good turn-a-bouts in the end,” another council member said with a smile.
“Well, if I may continue my story. As I was saying, I was going camping there by myself as it was camping season. I wanted to have a quiet couple of days to myself and camping in those woods seemed like the best idea. When I got there, I looked for a good spot to set up my tent and found a nice secluded spot in front of a cave. I was always curious about that cave as people always said that it was haunted, but never dared to go into it as they always heard weird noises coming from it. I wasn’t scared at all as I started setting up my tent. When I got done setting it up, I started walking around the forest to gather firewood for a small campfire. I got back to the campsite after a little while and jumped some when I heard a growl like noise come from the cave. It scared me enough to drop the firewood as I wanted to make a run for it,” he said.
“I guess that since you’re a dragon now and standing here in front of us, your curiosity got the better of you,” Paul’s grandfather said.
“Yes it did, I was very curious about what was in that cave and decided to go inside. I pulled out my flashlight from my backpack that I had with me and went into the cave. I turned the flashlight on and started to walk slowly deeper into the cave. It seemed to go on for a bit but I suddenly stopped when I saw some flickering light up ahead around a bin. That surprised me as I turned my flashlight off and quietly walked to where the cave turned some. I poked my head around the corner and saw a large silver dragon laying by a fire while having one of its paws up in the air. I noticed that it was a female dragon and that something was wrong with it as I slowly walked out into the open. I guess I made some kind of sound as she looked right at me and I stopped. I thought that I was going to die right there and then as she soon said my name. That caught me by surprise as it made me jump. She said that she wasn’t going to hurt me and motioned me to come closer. I did and soon notices that she had a cut on her paw as there was blood dripping from it. I decided to take a look at her paw as she had a sliver in it. I told her that I would be right back as I raced out of the cave and grabbed my backpack. I was lucky enough to have a first aid kit with me. I got back to her as quickly as possible and started to help get that sliver out of her paw as it looked like it was a stone sliver instead of a wooden sliver. After I got it out of her paw, I put some antibiotic ointment on the wound and wrapped a bandage around it. When I was done, she said that she’d give me a present for helping her and breathed on me. I felt warm and suddenly passed out for no reason. When I came to a while later, I looked at myself and saw that I was a silver anthro dragon and looked just like her, except that I was still male,” he said.
“Thank you for the story young one. It seems that all of these stories share a lot of common things of all of you being saved by your guardians or having a run in with your guardians and giving you a special gift, hopefully the council and the king and queen have come to a conclusion on what to do with the rest of you,” Azmoth said and looked at them.
I looked at them as well as they were all busy talking and I was worried. I’m sure the others were worried as well and I was a bit surprised that Azmoth didn’t ask Drakar and Azith to tell their back stories of how they became dragons. I’m sure that they’ll be asking later on.
“We have come to a decision on the rest of their back stories, and on the two dragons that have joined us. They will not be forced to stay here, they are able to go along with their normal lives back on earth,” grandpa said.
I smiled happily and looked back at them as they were all smiling happily at their decision. It was a big relief for me as well as I didn’t have to lose any of my friends if the decision had gone south. But right now I was starting to get a nagging feeling that something wasn’t right as I soon saw Azmoth walk over to me.
“Can I help you with something Azmoth,” I asked.
“Yes, why don’t you show your friends here around a bit more and tell them more about Dragonia,” he said and motioned to them.
I nodded and looked over at them as they were talking with each other about the events that just happened. I walked over to them and smiled some as they all looked relieved that they wouldn’t be forced to stay here in Dragonia and forget about their families. That would be devastating to even me, and it had already happened to Michael when we were kids. It was hard for him at first, but everything worked out okay. He now has a family of his own and I’m happy for him.
“Come on guys, I’ll give you all a little history lesson on Dragonia and of course the planet we’re on,” I said with a smile.
“I thought we were still on earth,” Azith said.
“Nope, we’re on a whole other planet, now follow me and I’ll take you all to the library,” I said and started walking.
I heard them follow me as I was starting to get a bit worried about Rachael. She should’ve been back a little while ago and not be taking this long to come back. We left the throne room as they were talking about what the library would look like as they were going to be in for a bit of a surprise on how big it is. Only problem is that I wouldn’t be able to show them the one room in the back of the library that houses the scrolls from over the millennia. It sounded like they hadn’t been down the hallway that leads to the library yet as I could hear them talking about the intricate carvings on the pillars and walls along with some of the sculptures and paintings hanging on the walls. We passed by a few servants and royal guards as they all bowed in greeting to me as we passed them. It was still as embarrassing to me today as it was when I was a kid. We got to the library after walking for a bit as the doors started to open up by themselves as I could tell they were looking at the big intricate carved doors. I chuckled as it was still fun watching those big doors open and close by themselves whenever you wanted to go into the room behind them. I walked into the library as they followed and looked around.
I looked back at them as they were all wide eyed with amazement at how big the library was and I couldn’t help but smile. I started walking again and motioned them to follow me as they did. I walked towards the center of the library. They all followed me as we got there after a while as it still looks the same as it did when I first came in here years ago. There was a large fireplace in the middle of the area with it going up to the ceiling, a large oriental area rug on the floor in front of it, pillows on the rug along with a large bean bag or two and a couple of chairs and a couple of couches. I smiled as they were all looking around still and sat down in different places as Scales picked one of the beanbags since he was a taur. They started to get comfortable as I stretched a bit and waited for them all to settle down.
“So how come you brought us here to this massive library,” Mitch asked curiously.
“Yeah, how come?” Sam asked.
“I’m going to show you the map for the world that Dragonia is on, but first I need to go back to earth and check on why Rachael hasn’t come back yet,” I said.
“Okay, is it okay if I come with you Zilla, I’m curious as well,” Farm said and got up.
“I’d like to come as well. I overheard Ealdeth’s name earlier and want to see him,” watto said and got up as well.
“Alright, why don’t the rest of you look around some and read a book or two while we’re gone. It shouldn’t take us long to see what’s keeping them,” I said and opened up a portal.
They all nodded as Farm, watto and I walked through the portal. We got to the other side as we were in the front yard of the house as something seemed a bit off. I looked around and saw the door smashed in and some of the windows broken out. That wasn’t good at all as I rushed inside to see if Rachael and Elexia were alright. The next thing I saw, was a large metal covered fist hitting me right in the gut, causing me to lose my breath. The next punch hit me right in the snout as it sent me flying backwards out of the front door. It felt like I was hit by a few cinderblocks as I landed on the ground and skidded some past Watto and Farm as they were both at the door when it happened. That punch actually hurt some as I slowly sit up and rubbed my jaw. I didn’t feel anything broken but it would be sore for the next few hours as I looked at the house to see who would be coming out.
“Well, well, well, looks like we finally meet again after all these years,” a voice said from inside the house.
I recognized the voice as I slowly got up and growled a bit as Farm and Watto quickly rushed over to me to help me up. Pretty soon a large muscled guy came out of the house wearing a full suit of armor but not a helmet as he definitely looked familiar. I recognized him as Darwin Nerling from 10 years ago. He was the one that attacked us in Arizona and tried to reveal our secret about being dragons. Last I heard about him, he was instituted in an insane asylum for believing that dragons were there, but now it looked like he was released. I groaned a bit as I figured that it was me and the others that caused him to be released as I dusted myself off and glared at him.
“What do you want Nerling. And what did you do to my wife and niece,” I said.
“Oh, your mate and that little human girl are safe for the time being, along with that red dragon that was here. He put up quite a fight along with that dragoness. But they were outnumbered and out classed. Now it is you who is going to pay for what you did to me 10 years ago,” he said.
“Let me guess, that would be for humiliating you in public, make you the laughing stock of the dragon slayer community, and proving that you’re a complete nut job for trying to convince everybody that was there that day that me, my sister, wife, and best friend were dragons. Man, that must’ve been tough, I guess I should try harder next time,” I said.
“You are going to pay dearly for that, I would love to kill you and these two dragons with you here and now and mount your hides on my wall, but right now I am only to give you a message from my father, the true head of the Lithian clan, and the true head of the dragon slayers,” he said.
“And who would that be, the pied piper of nutting ham,” Watto said with a growl.
“No, my father, the descendant of the black knight,” Darwin said.
“But that’s impossible, the black knight is only just a legend, along with King Arthur,” Farm said.
“Oh, I assure you that he isn’t a legend, he existed in the time of dragons and King Arthur,” Darwin said.
“Now what is your message,” I said with a glare.
“The message is for you prince of dragons. If you don’t meet our terms and conditions, your mate and the little human girl will meet an uncertain fate, along with the other dragon. You are to surrender completely, along with the ruling king and queen. And trust me, mounting a full scale assult on us is not in your best interest. We know how to deal with your kind,” he said with an evil grin on his face.
“You will never get away with this,” I said with a growl.
“Oh, we already have. We’ll show the world the true nature of your kind once and for all. As mindless beasts that want to rule our world. We won’t have that at all and eradicate you off the face of this planet once and for all, starting with your mate if you don’t show to see what we want further,” he said.
“And where would that be,” I said with a low growl.
“Oh I’m not going to tell you so you could try to raid us and rescue them. We’ll be back here tomorrow to hear your decision,” he said.
I growled more and was about to charge at him as he pulled out a device from his cloak and pressed it. A bright flash of light happened that blinded all three of us. When it died down and we could see again, Darwin was gone and I couldn’t believe it. I sniffed around for him and listened closely for any helicopter engines. I couldn’t hear any and couldn’t get any trace of his scent. I was dumbfounded on how he was able to get technology that could mimic the portal spell of my medallion. I growled loudly as I couldn’t believe that they had Rachael and Elexia held captive, along with Ealdeth. I clenched my hands into fist as they were starting to shake as my emotions were starting to run wild some. I closed my eyes and breathed deeply to calm myself as I opened up a portal back to Dragonia and walked through it. Farm and Watto followed me worriedly as we were back in the castle library where the others were and I started to walk for the doors. The portal had closed right behind Farm and Watto after they had gotten through it as they explained to the others what had happened back at the house. I could still hear them talking as I walked out of the library and headed towards the throne room.
I was still angry at what had happened as I should’ve been there with them to help protect Elexia. She must be scared out of her mind with what’s going on at the moment as I stormed by a few guards and got to the throne room. I didn’t bother with the word to open them or waited for them to open themselves. I slammed my hands against them hard and started pushing with all my strength. They started to slowly creak and groan as they were opening. I was using every bit of strength I had within me as they opened fully. I walked into the throne room as grandpa and grandma were still in there along with Azmoth and the high council. I could tell they were all looking at me wide eyed by what I just did with the doors as I didn’t care at the moment and walked into the room.
“I’m sorry sire, but we didn’t know he would do this,” one of the guards that I passed bye in the hallway said and rushed in.
“It’s okay. Adeodatus, what is so important that you barge right in here without saying anything,” grandpa said and looked at me.
“What I have is very important, dragon slayers were at our house on earth and have captured Shekinah along with little Elexia, they have also captured another friend of mine that had stayed behind to help her with something,” I said.
They all went wide eyed at what I said as Rachael’s grandparents started to shake and tear up from the news. I would as well if it was one of my little girls that was kidnapped. Only problem is, that it’s my niece that’s been kidnapped and I had to rescue both of them at all costs, along with Ealdeth. I started to walk out of the throne room as I was planning on storming the castle tonight to rescue them and any other captives. Even though he never told me where their base of operations were, I’d still be able to find them with the help of Azmoth. I walked down the halls as I planned on asking the one person that I would never ask for help at all as he would practically be the last person to ask. I walked past Farm and the others as they were trying to catch up with me as they stopped and followed me.
“So what are we going to do now,” Drake asked curiously.
“The only thing I can do, ask someone for help in getting my wife and niece back, along with Ealdeth,” I said.
“And who would that be,” Azith said.
“That would be my brother Krishna, and the head of the hierarchy,” I said as they all suddenly stopped and I stopped and looked at them.
“Are you crazy Jeff, he almost killed us last time, along with that crazy wizard that was with him,” Gryph said.
“I know, but right now, this is the only possible chance we have of saving Rachael, my niece, and Ealdeth from the dragon slayers. Trust me, Krishna may hate me a lot, but he and the rest of the hierarchy hate the dragon slayers a little bit more,” I said and opened a portal.
“If you’re going, I’m going with you,” Zmaj said.
“So am I,” Pez said.
“I think we all should go,” Scales said.
“No, that won’t be a good idea. Zmaj, you and Pez may come, but you will have to be careful. These hierarchy dragons aren’t going to like our presence there at all. Kirak, if my grandparents and family ask where I am, tell them that I went somewhere to get help,” I said.
They all nodded as I walked through the portal with Zmaj and Pez. This was going to be the hardest thing I ever did. Jason, Azarath, and especially Charna are not going to like me being where they are and expect me to talk with them. They’ll only want to try to kill me and be done with it so that they could carry out their plans with conquering earth along with Dragonia. The only thing I could do was to tell them about the dragon slayers and hope that their pride would get the better of them and not have the dragon slayers kill me and rob Jason of his chance to kill me himself. That would at least buy me some time to have them set their plans for world domination and help take care of the dragon slayer problem. I’m also sure that Charna would love to have a chance at attacking a dragon slayer base along with the hierarchy dragons. That would put a real crimp in their plans if a main base was attacked out of the blue. The only problem would be is to get them to listen to me before attacking me, Zmaj, and Pez on sight.