Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Witch’s forest|
I glanced at Kent as he soared above and hunted the fields. He and Hunter had brought me hundreds of rabbits. It was enough for me to merge them together and make a dozen large fur blankets and a long overcoat. Most of the meat I had given to passing villages or farmers along the way.
Ann was sitting on my shoulder watching the fields as we passed and pointed, “look at the forest ahead.”
I looked and narrowed my eyes when I saw the twisted branches thick with spiny thorns. I reached out to feel and shuddered at the subtle magic I found. It wasn’t like the sorcerer’s magic and it wasn’t like a mage’s. It was almost as if it came from the earth and didn’t change the trees so much as shaped them.
The bushes were grown and shaped and even from here I could feel that they were alive and watching. I looked around but the magic didn’t reach beyond the forest. When the wagon entered the forest the trees and thorn bushes almost seemed to lean towards the narrow track. I glanced up and murmured and Kent screamed as he dove.
He twisted and spiraled at the last moment to avoid a reaching vine. He landed behind me on the roof and mantled, “this is not a good place.”
I nodded and looked at Sarah and then at the others, “do not leave the wagon.”
As sun began to set we reached a small clearing and I climbed down after stopping in the middle. I was careful making a fire pit before lighting it. I brought out everything and made dinner as I watched the forest around us. It almost seemed angry and even with no wind the leaves rustled together.
I cleaned up after dinner and made a chair and sat to study the trees and bushes around the clearing before going to bed. I woke suddenly to a sense of threat and slipped away from my friends. I dressed and opened the door before stopping. The trees were all around the wagon with the thorn bushes and vines moving against the sides.
I growled as I stepped down and chaos spread ahead and around me, “enough!”
The vines that reached for me shimmered in the dark and changed to silken rope that dropped to the ground. Chaos spread quickly and the trees screamed as they blurred and changed and shrank to tiny budding sprouts. I gestured and the trees and bushes moved back and away as if the very ground were moving them.
I threw a hand into the air and a bright moon appeared to light everything around me. I looked around, “either face me or stop this nonsense.”
There was a whisper as if the forest itself spoke, “this is my domain.”
I frowned, “you are twisting the nature of the forest.”
The whisper returned, “they are mine to do with as I see fit.”
I shook my head, “and travelers have the right of passage.”
I smiled, “I will not warn you again.”
I gestured and the ground lifted in the shape of a chair. I sat to think as I looked at the shadows that grew thicker around the clearing. The road had completely disappeared and the twisted trees had moved together as if in a solid wall. The magic that went to and through the trees was very subtle.
When the sun rose it was blood red and I sighed before standing. I looked around and let chaos spread and reach for the trees and the forest beyond. The trees shifted and shimmered as they shrank to barely a foot tall. I looked at where the road had been as the forest seemed to scream in rage.
I walked to the road and knelt to put my hand on the ground. I began to murmur a spell as the earth shook and large rocks broke the surface and fused together. The stone road widened until I finally stood. There was an angry waiting sense that seemed to fill the air. I shook my head as I let the chaos loose again and murmured another spell.
The very air seemed to catch fire in a huge bloom of fire that spread and flowed like water towards one side of the forest. It stopped just before it reached the trees and there was another scream of anger. I glanced up at Hunter and Kent, “no flying today.”
They shook their heads as I went to get Sarah and the others. Once the wagon began moving I sat back to think. I kept watch on the forest on each side of the road and felt for the subtle magic. It was afternoon when I stopped and there was an even stronger sense of waiting. We were beside a stream but I didn’t cross as I made camp.
A little later Sarah lifted her head and the others turned to look at the stream as it became just a trickle. I sighed and stood from the chair I had made as I let the chaos loose. I walked to the edge of the empty streambed and looked upstream. A huge wall of water was suddenly rushing towards me and I shook my head.
When it touched the chaos the water exploded into mist and snow. There was another scream of rage and this time it was almost physical. I started walking towards the scream and let the chaos spread ahead of me. I wasn’t angry so much as tired of having to keep dealing with whoever was doing this.
The trees and vines and bushes shifted and seemed to touch the chaos before sliding aside. I could feel a sense of panic ahead and a few trees tried to reach for me before being moved away. Flames rippled around the edge of the chaos as I continued to walk and then the ground ahead became a marsh.
I shook my head and whispered a spell before gesturing and the earth shook as it rose to make solid ground. I started walking and a moment later entered a clearing with a small cottage. An ancient looking woman glared at me from the doorway, “come to kill the evil witch?”
I glanced around to see a well tended garden and several small fountains, “why are you changing the forest and warping it?”
She shifted her feet, “to keep people out.”
I started to walk closer, “that isn’t a reason.”
She snarled, “those people are cruel that is why!”
I blinked and waved away the spell she tried, “look into my eyes woman and stop annoying me.”
She looked and then stared, “that... you... what...”
I sighed, “you are untrained.”
She looked away as I stopped a step away. Some times the chaos does things without my help or direction. This time it surged and grabbed the woman before she could act. I began to start a spell when the chaos pushed me back. The witch whirled in the air and screamed and then I noticed that she had changed and grown younger.
I waited as she shrank until a girl of maybe ten was set on the ground in front of me. I looked at her as she looked at her hands, “what did you do?”
I smiled, “me? Nothing, the magic has decided you needed to change.”
I shook my head, “but you can not stay here and you need training.”
She opened her mouth but I held up a hand, “master Lee?”
The name echoed and then did it again and again. Finally I heard him, “what is it?”
I smiled, “an untrained witch.”
“I do not have time to...”
I interrupted, “the magic changed her and made her younger.”
I sighed, “I did nothing. I tried to stop it and was pushed away as if it was telling me to stay out of it.”
“Draw a pentagram around her with my Glyph.”
I looked at the witch as she crossed her arms and shrugged before gesturing. The pentagram appeared around her and the Glyph began to glow. She straightened, “what are you do....”
She vanished and I sighed before I turned and headed back to the wagon.
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