RS - This I Owe to YouLarks stood by the great bay window on the landing between the third and fourth castle floors, and watched as a shadow swallowed the city of Radiata. Following Lucian's cryptic goodbye, the shadow cast light on Larks' ignorance. He had suspected plenty of Lucian, but not this--not the dragon with its abyssal wings and silver scales taking flight from the roof of Radiata Castle.
This whole time, they had played right into his hands. Puppets dancing to the whimsy of beings well above them. It had been Lucian who had directed Cairn to the water dragon, Lucian who had known a show of violence against the dwarves would draw out the earth dragon, Lucian who had known the wind dragon's nesting place, Lucian who had identified the fire dragon by the embers in his eyes. They had been deceived by the creatures who would destroy them all.
"Humanity... is powerless."
Larks' tongue flicked to wet his lips, and he drew breaths in short, shallow gasps. He felt faint. He leaned forward, against the wi
RS - Sunset on Echidna BridgeFelix trudged through Blue Town, towards the Path of Insanity and Fanaticism. He had awoken late that morning and suffered the company of one of the many men of Radiata on his way to the Vareth Magic Institute. The books he had sought had already been checked out of the library. And he was sure some sorry excuse for a human being was stealing his underclothes again.
He passed through Echidna Gate and out onto the bridge. Felix winced as the brilliant evening sun shone in his eyes, gripping his staff tightly and squinting until his eyes adjusted. There was no one here, save a treant on the path by the far end of the bridge. A quick look back suggested also that he had not been followed.
He watched the treant as he approached. It hadn't seen him. It was looking somewhere off in the chasm that surrounded the city. As long as its attention remained elsewhere, Felix had no need to defend himself against the creature. He lay his staff against the upraised brick railing, then set his hands up