Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Sea serpents|
I glanced back at the large island fading away in the mist and sighed, Wizard’s Reach had been my home since I was a boy. I turned and walked towards the prow of the ship to feel the cool ocean breeze blow against me. I smiled down at the Mer and waved at a young one as she surfaced. I glanced back at the crew as they moved around the deck muttering.
They believed having a wizard on board was bad luck and I had to pay twice the normal fair. I sat and continued to look forward and smiled when Sarah laid down and leaned against me. Sarah wasn’t alive like other animals, she was a large stuffed otter the size of a large wolf. She was what the wizards felt and came to find. She didn’t look like a stuffed animal, she looked very real, especially her sharp teeth.
They found me alone in the ruins of a seaside village that had been destroyed by raiders. I was twenty now and finally a master. Those that looked at me always looked away because of the chaos they saw in my eyes. The swirling energy had been there since the first time I had used my power, it was unlike a mage or even other wizards.
I reached back and rubbed one of her ears, “we are finally free.”
She sighed, “I liked the island.”
I glanced back at her, “that’s because you liked playing with the Mer.”
While we were on the ship I was confined to the deck since that was the only way they would accept me. I looked into the water when a Mer called and smiled, “you are leaving?”
The Mer woman nodded and smiled, “fair well Dark Cloud.”
I smiled, “until we meet again mother.”
She dove and the other Mer vanished as quickly. The small Mer colony on the island had been a refuge to me many times, especially when I was sad or troubled. I reached and pulled my three trunks across the deck and closer to me, “it is going to be a long voyage.”
I gestured into the sea and let my magic pull any sea weed up and to me. I shredded it as more came until I had a huge pile on the deck. I murmured and all the sea water exploded out of it in steam.
Slowly I began the change as I wove magic through it. The large Sea Hawk mantled and screamed before tilting its head to look at me. I smiled, “would you mind keeping the seagulls away from me?”
Her head bobbed before she leaped into the air. Sarah pushed against me, “that was unnecessary.”
I grinned, “But we have no master to say I can’t do it.”
She sighed, “at least you didn’t make it permanent.”
I laughed and relaxed to watch the ocean. It was several days before trouble began, the captain started sending men up into the crows nest. He also handed swords out to the crew and had men standing watch on the deck night and day. I was on the after deck when the first ripple appeared to one side of our wake.
The man in the crows nest began yelling and then men started pouring onto the deck and crowding the rail around me. I cleared my throat, “excuse me but what is happening?”
The deck hand next to me snarled, “sea serpent.”
I looked at the ripple as a huge serpent’s head appeared and smiled, “is that all?”
The crew around me growled and I shook my head before turning to push through and walk to the prow where Sarah was laying, “wake up.”
She opened her eyes, “why?”
I sat and reached down into the ocean, “there is a serpent following the ship.”
She sat up, “what are you doing?”
I smiled, “what eats serpents?”
Sarah tilted her head, “many things. Pigs, those funny peacocks of master Chin, hawks and eagles, big fish...”
She looked at me, “you aren’t going to make a giant fish are you?”
I smiled as I found what I wanted and began pulling it to me, “what about a lot of sharks?”
I whispered a spell and stood, “come watch.”
Sarah followed as I went to the rear of the ship and gestured. Men stumbled as they moved aside and I walked to the rail. I looked out, “I invited a few sharks. If one of you has a harpoon or spear they will need a little encouragement.”
The captain cleared his throat, “you invited sharks?”
I smiled, “in a way.”
He gestured to a man who lifted a spear, “it is still to far away.”
I looked at him, “aim and throw, I will make sure it hits the serpent.”
The man looked at me and then at the serpent before pulling the spear back and throwing hard. I gestured and murmured and the spear glowed as it flashed through the air and shifted until suddenly striking into the water. The water exploded with the serpent thrashing around before sinking.
The crew hissed angrily but I continued to watch and nodded when shark fins appeared behind the ripple that was now headed towards the ship. It was only moments before the ripple turned and the fight began as sharks attacked. I turned, “the sharks should get a nice meal out of that.”
The crew watched as I walked away and went to sit in the prow. I was sleeping when the next sea serpent appeared several days later and woke to the crew rushing to a side rail. I sat up and Sarah lifted her head, “another sea serpent.”
I frowned and reached out and down before shaking my head, “not enough sharks around us.”
I pulled coral up and slowly shaped it before throwing it into the night sky. I stood and crossed the deck and gestured men out of my way as I walked to the rail. The sea serpent swam a little out and on top of the water. I gestured and the huge coral eagle dove with claws extended. It snatched the serpent and began beating its wings and carried it up into the sky as it thrashed and struggled.
I continued to watch as it flew into the darkness and vanished. The crew was looking at each other but I was waiting. It was a few minutes before the serpent fell and crashed into the ocean. The crew gasped but I kept watching and it was another minute before the eagle struck again. The serpent had floated up to the surface but moved around slowly as if stunned.
This time after the eagle disappeared I whispered a light spell and threw it up and out. The crew shifted but continued to watch and finally the serpent fell into the light and crashed into the ocean again. This time when it floated to the surface it wasn’t moving but the eagle struck again. Blood and gore fell as the serpent was lifted up and carried into the night.
I sighed and waited for several minutes before the eagle screamed as it dove with the limp serpent in its claws. It tucked its wings at the last moment and slipped into the water pulling the serpent after it. I nodded and turned to head back to my bed, “night.”
The light spell vanished and darkness returned as I laid down and snuggled against Sarah. We were in sight of land when the third serpent surfaced and headed straight for the ship. I had been playing, juggling I guess you could say. I had a dozen pieces of coral in the shape of giant fish weaving in and out in front of the ship. When the watch yelled, men froze before looking at me.
I glanced up and then back behind the ship before gesturing to the coral and walking towards the aft rail. The serpent slowed when the giant coral fish swam towards it and struck at one before jerking back. I gestured and they attacked the serpent from all directions at once. One by one the coral fish were destroyed but the serpent was wounded and bleeding from a dozen serious wounds.
It turned and slipped under the water while fleeing and several sharks appeared to follow. I turned away and headed back to the prow and Sarah. She turned when I sat, “did you kill it?”
I shook my head, “it left but sharks were after it.”
She snorted, “we should reach port soon.”
I glanced at the rocky shore, “the charts say the port is inside a bay in a river mouth.”
I gathered my things and packed them away before sitting on a trunk. It wasn’t long before the ship turned and headed into a bay with a wide river flowing into it. An hour later we were drifting towards a dock as ropes were tossed to dock hands.
As soon as the ship was tied to the dock I stood and gestured to my trunks. Sarah rode on the last one as I crossed the deck with them floating after me. I gestured again and the boarding planks slid out and settled onto the dock. I nodded to the first officer, “safe journey.”
He nodded and watched as I walked off the ship.
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