Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Dark elves|
The mountains we were passing through were steep and heavily forested with evergreens. It had been a week since we had passed a cottage. Sarah really didn’t enjoy the fast moving water in the streams because they were so cold. Kent wasn’t having much luck because of all the trees. Hunter had been keeping us in meat but Ann, Tom and Peter were finding a lot of other things.
I was beside the fire watching the flames as a rabbit slowly turned on a spit. Sarah was watching as the fresh rabbit skin cleaned and tanned itself. I turned to look into the darkness as the chaos changed around me. I frowned and gestured and it returned and two men appeared. They froze and one pulled a sword as I looked at them.
They shifted as their eyes meet mine and they began to back away. Sarah snorted, “dark elves.”
I looked at her before sending the newly tanned rabbit skin to the half blanket. It seemed to merge with the other fur and became one. I thought about dark elves as I sent the half blanket into the wagon and went in to sleep. It was hours before I sat up and moved off the bed. When I stepped out of the wagon the chaos reached for the fire and brought it alive.
The being squatting beside it held out his hand, “it has been a very long time since a wizard entered our domain.”
I crossed and sat in my chair, “why?”
He looked at me and then blinked, “I don’t know. Why are you here?”
I smiled, “I was just traveling through the pass.”
He snorted, “it has not been used in a very long time.”
I relaxed, “do your people really follow the ways of darkness?”
He looked at me, “we follow our own ways.”
I nodded, “to do whatever you wish without regard to others.”
He stood, “if that is what we wish.”
I looked into the fire, “why do you use chaos?”
He was turning and stopped to look at me, “why do you?”
I smiled, “I have been trying to find that answer for many years. I guess in some things chaos uses me.”
He frowned before walking into the night. I sat back to think of what I had learned. Those that lived without regard for others were seldom peaceful and some of the things they do could be very destructive. I guess in someways I did as I wished but I had always made sure I did no harm to others. I let the chaos fill me and sent it out into the night to seek.
I stood and went to bed and woke to Sarah shaking me. I looked at her and she frowned, “there is large pile of gold outside.”
I glanced at the door, “I wanted to speak to the dark elves again and thought one might want to come for the gold.”
She shook her head as she turned and left and I sat up. It wasn’t a small pile of gold it was huge and I frowned. I let the chaos reach out and the heavy metal blurred before becoming one solid ball. Rock crawled out of the ground to encase it and I shook my head, “now why did it bring so much?”
Sarah snorted as she stretched, “because it knows people, even dark elves are greedy.”
I smiled as I turned and brought out bread as a honey comb floated out of the forest. I toasted the bread and after it was done added honey. I put the others up on the seat before climbing up. The wagon began to turn and move onto the overgrown trail with the huge ball of stone rolling after us.
I watched the beautiful forest as we went through it and spent the day thinking about dark elves. I stopped early beside a wide fast moving mountain stream and sent Ann, Tom and Peter out. I whispered a spell as I stood beside the cold stream with Sarah complaining. I accepted the long slim pole that appeared.
Sarah went quiet, “is that Master McDonalds fishing pole? You know he does not like anyone using it.”
I grinned as I swished it back and forth, “for your information it is mine.”
I whispered and the fly moved and wiggled just like it was a live insect. I tossed it out and let it drift before bringing it in and tossing it out again. The water erupted as a huge fish swallowed the fly and leaped. I pulled back to sink the hook and the fight began. I frowned after a couple of minutes because the fish kept pulling more line out than I reeled in.
Sarah shifted before sighing and slipping into the water and swimming across to the fish that was still fighting. The line went slack and her head popped up a moment later and I saw the large fish in her mouth. I grinned as she swam back and walked out before dropping the fish and shaking to get the water off.
I knelt and removed the hook before I began cleaning it. I whispered a spell as I stood and Sarah sighed in pleasure as warm air swirled around her and water was removed. I went into the wagon and started to make dinner and Ann, Tom and Peter returned with their small packs full. After dinner I went outside as they crowded together on the bed.
I made a chair and sat before gesturing to the huge stone sphere. The stone peeled back until the gold was left exposed. I murmured and listened before nodding at the answer I got. It was hours before the darkness deepened as chaos seemed to change. I smiled but didn’t move as the gold began to glow.
It rocked a few times before it stopped and few moments later an arrow streaked out of the night and stopped several paces from me. I turned my head, “would you like it back?”
I heard the shifting feet before the dark elf walked out of the darkness, “give me the gold.”
I smiled, “why?”
He blinked, “um...”
He finally grinned, “because it belongs to me.”
I gestured and another chair appeared across from me, “so your people take what you want and do not have honor.”
He sat slowly, “careful wizard.”
I looked at him, “tell me dark one, why do you and your kind only venture out at night?”
He leaned back, “will you give me the gold?”
I shrugged, “if you answer my questions truthfully.”
He grinned, “how would you know if I lied?”
I gestured and he froze with a stunned look, “that which you use is like air and life to me. It will know and if it knows I know.”
I looked at the gold before releasing him, “earn the gold dark one.”
He glared at me, “earning is not our way.”
I waited and he licked his lips, “the world is mostly asleep at night and more peaceful.”
I thought about it and nodded, “and why do your people not wish others to live near you?”
He smiled, “because they disturb the balance.”
The chaos shifted and I sighed, “one step forward and one back. Try again.”
He growled, “people are like pests.”
He looked away, “this is our world and we do not wish to share.”
I shook my head, “but this was not always your world. Elves crossed to this one from another.”
He snarled, “that is a lie.”
I smiled, “no. How did your people learn to use the chaos without it changing you?”
He smiled, “trying to learn our secrets?”
I shook my head, “not really.”
He looked into the night, “we have always been connected to it. We are magic so it has always been attracted to us.”
I snorted, “it is sad that you believe that.”
He glared, “it is true!”
I leaned forward, “chaos cares not if you have or do not have magic. Magic springs from it and is spun off like threads from a spider. Your brothers the elves know this but only use the magic to live. You and the other dark ones follow another path. One of greed, vanity and false pride. Now answer my question dark one or leave. How did you learn to use the chaos without it changing you?”
He stood as he continued to glare, “you think we have not faced magic users before? That you are immune to death?”
I stood, “very well dark one.”
I gestured as the chaos shifted and he stiffened as others in the darkness screamed. I murmured and the stone around the gold flowed up and around the sphere. I looked at him coldly, “you wish to learn why I fear you not?”
I walked around and to him before reaching out and touching him in the forehead with a single finger. He screamed as chaos flowed around and through him before vanishing. I stepped back, “you could kill me but the chaos would just return me in another body at another time. It knows you now dark one, use magic again, touch chaos just once and it will consume you.”
I let him go and looked into the darkness, “if another wishes to talk I will listen.”
He spun and walked into the darkness as I moved back to my chair. I felt them flee and waited, it was awhile before the other walked out of the night. I knew it was the first I had spoke with the night before. He ignored the chair and squatted across the fire from me, “you are strange wizard.”
I smiled, “most wizards are.”
He nodded, “the young ones fear you now.”
I shrugged, “is that not how they learn?”
He grinned, “yes.”
He smiled as he looked into the flames, “why do the flames attract us?”
I looked at the fire, “because chaos lives in it. We control it but it always consumes and seeks more.”
He nodded and looked at me, “we use chaos through its connection to magic, its kinship. The magic is the glove that protects us.”
I leaned back as I thought about it and finally nodded, “a dangerous balance.”
He nodded and stood, “you will leave our lands wizard. We wish you here not.”
I stood, “as I told you I am only traveling through.”
He turned but looked back after a couple of steps, “as we age we tend to learn the true value and meaning of things. When that happens many times we tend to return to our brothers the elves.”
I bowed, “thank you.”
He walked into the night and I put the fire out before letting the stone flake off the gold. I climbed onto the wagon and it turned and moved back onto the narrow trail. The attack came an hour later, arrows flew out of the night like thousands of drops of rain. I let the chaos reach out and they shifted and changed to feathers.
There was a scream and the figure of one dark elf appeared wrapped in chaos. He writhed around in agony as his body shifted and sparkled. Before chaos left there was just dancing motes of color that faded into nothing. More arrows reached for me and I sighed as I murmured and reached out.
Chaos caught those wrapped in darkness and brought them to me screaming. The arrows stopped as I slowed the wagon and gestured into the air. A full moon appeared above us and I looked at the dark elves, “if you use a weapon against another the chaos will take the hand that welds it. Steal and it will take something of you. Lie and it will remove the tongue that has offended. You will either live in peace and with honor or suffer.”
I gestured and they were suddenly free, “I will warn you that chaos knows you now. Touch it at your peril.”
I turned and the wagon began to move again.
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