Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Wizard’s walk|
I finished changing Michael and turned to put him in his cradle as his brother started to cry. I sighed and lifted William out to check his diaper. Melody looked away from her new book, “they smell.”
I smiled, “so did you when you were their age.”
Princess was draped over one of her hands and reached out to pat her arm. She looked at her and went back to reading. Ash was out with her mother shopping. Silver walked in the back door and smiled as he crossed to the table, “having fun?”
I growled as I finished replacing my son’s diaper, “It would have been nice to know she was going to have twins.”
He chuckled and gestured to the pot on the stove, “that takes all the fun out of it.”
I put William into his cradle and turned to check the bottles warming up, “I thought you and Edmond were working on the fair?”
He sighed, “we were and are. The stone statues are finished as well as the large stuffed animals. Edmond and I are taking a break, we are having problems with the spells for the plant creatures.”
I turned when the two bottles floated out of my hand and to the cradles. They started feeding the twins and I sighed and sat, “so why come here?”
Silver smiled and I looked at Melody to see her listening. I reached out to give one ear a tug, “you better finish before your mother returns.”
She grinned and turned back to the simple picture book. I looked at Silver and he smiled, “I was thinking about something I read once.”
I kept watching the babies and he sighed, “do you know why it is called the Wizard’s Walk?”
I glanced at him before turning back to the cradles, “because wizards live there?”
He smiled, “actually more live in the city or outside the walls.”
I shrugged, “than I have no idea.”
Melody looked from me to her grandfather before he touched her book. She sighed, “can I make the pictures move?”
I smiled, “what does Princess think?”
She grumbled, “she said no.”
I caressed her cheek, “your mother said she would help you learn those spells when she returns.”
I looked at Silver, “so why is it called Wizard’s Walk?”
I smiled as he continued to watch his grandchildren, “there is a line of power or a source of magic beneath the walk. There was something else but I can’t seem to find out what it is.”
He looked at me, “I will watch...”
I grinned, “I have strict orders not to leave Melody alone with you.”
She giggled while he frowned but I reached into my shirt to touch the amulet, “Jasmine?”
It was several moments before she answered, “I have only been gone a couple of hours.”
I smiled, “your father is here and wants to watch the children.”
“No... wait, what does... is he alone?”
I looked at Silver, “yes.”
There was silence for a minute before she sighed, “okay but if we have fur on the walls and floors or different colored walls he better fix it.”
I grinned at Silver, “you heard her.”
He sniffed as Melody giggled and I stood, “I will look into the walk.”
I went to get my pack and as soon as I headed for the door Jewel appeared with the drakes. She landed on my shoulder while the drakes flew above us in the cold air. They almost seemed to dance as they played a game only they knew. I didn’t bother going to the walk and headed to the library.
Of course the guard frowned when I came to the guarded section. I ignored him as I started searching through the books and scrolls on the shelves. I found what I was looking for under the original city maps. I unrolled it very carefully and looked at where the Wizard’s Walk would be. What I saw was ruins with a name Banster.
I blinked because Banster had been an ancient god of magic and mystery. I bent to look at the map carefully before standing to look at the shelves. I rolled the map up and placed it back on the shelf before beginning to search for something else. This time it was an ancient book on temples and gods.
I went through it slowly because the language was in script and hard to read. I thought of the map as I put the book away and left. The drakes came down and chirped as I walked out of the building and I smiled, “the Wizard’s Walk.”
They caroled as they headed back into the sky and Jewel purred and rubbed against my neck. I smiled and hummed while walking and glanced at the two pickpockets that began following. I sighed and shook my head before making a few hand gestures that sent them away. The area looked nice, even if it was the middle of winter.
I walked to Edmond’s old tower and around to the servants door. I picked the lock and waited since I had touched a spell strand. Edmond appeared in front of me in an illusion, “who dares enter...”
He blinked as I smiled, “did I catch you at a bad time?”
He smiled and shook his head, “I was only reading. Why are you at my tower?”
I glanced around, “do you know who Banster is?”
He nodded and I grinned, “do you know why it is called the Wizard’s Walk?”
He leaned forward, “No.”
I gestured, “when they built the city an ancient temple to Banster was where the walk is now. It was in ruins with mounds of earth against the sides and on top. Since it was lower than the level of the city they just filled in the earth and built over it.”
He shook his head, “they would have looted the temple.”
I grinned, “according the text of Banster they often had secret rooms and hidden cells. They also had crypts and hidden vaults under the temple for their relics.”
He grinned and then sighed, “I have to go shopping with my wife.”
I laughed and waved, “wait until you have children.”
He laughed and gestured and his image vanished. I walked in and glanced around as the drakes flew in. I knew something others didn’t, this tower had been built over one of the wings in the old temple. It also had a basement that he had never used. I grinned and crossed to a bare wall and knelt to examine the floor before touching very old faint scratches.
Jewel chirped as she looked past my face and patted it and pointed. I followed her tiny claws to see a stone relief carved into the wall. I moved closer and grinned as I pushed one of the eyes in and there was a grating click. I moved back and began pushing on one side and a section of the wall swivelled and opened.
I looked into the darkness and Jewel chirped. Two drakes flew past and in as I stood, “no one has been in the basement in a long time.”
I pulled a mage lantern from the kitchen wall and stepped into the opening. Just a couple of paces in there was a set of stairs that went down. It had seven steps before there was another landing with stairs going down back in the other direction. It did that several times until we were thirty paces under the tower.
I held up the lantern and the two drakes chirped from old shelves. The basement was empty with a few crates and that was it. What drew my attention was three of the walls made from old cut stones. The mortar was ancient and crumbling with age. I checked each wall before moving to the fourth and newer wall.
The stones were brick and the mortar was not as old. I grinned as I realized they had used the end of the hall from the old temple to make the basement. I set the lantern on a crate and started looking at the wall carefully. I pulled my dagger and began chipping away the mortar between bricks. One by one I started pulling bricks out of the wall.
Just a few and I saw the collapsed area on the other side. I continued to remove bricks until I had a small doorway. I took the lantern and went through with all the drakes following. I looked at the rocks and dirt that had collapsed through the roof and sighed. Jewel patted my cheek and pointed to one of the drakes.
It was on a large rock and peering into a hole. I frowned and moved closer and held the lantern to look into the hole. The drake shifted and crawled in and I blinked before grinning as I looked around before setting the lantern on a rock. I started moving rocks above the hole and then beside it.
It was awhile before I had an opening to go through. The other drakes had joined the first and when I took the lantern to go through I saw them. I hesitated because they seemed to glow faintly. I shook my head as I lifted the lantern to look at an intersection of wide halls a couple of dozen paces away.
No one had been here in over a millennium. I walked to the intersection and looked both ways into the darkness. I thought of the map and the text before turning right towards the wide central area that held the alter. When I walked into the large central room with the alter in the center I hesitated before crossing to it.
I walked around it slowly before kneeling to look at and feel two groves. They came from under the alter and went to one side between several large stones in the floor. I looked at the alter again and reached out to pull the carved images on each corner down. They grated but nothing else happened.
I grinned and moved around to push, the alter slowly moved until the stairs down were exposed. I lifted the lantern and grinned as Jewel chirped. I shook my head, “not this time. There might be traps.”
It was a little strange because I didn’t see any strands of magic but it was almost like there was a slight fog. It came from below and I started down the stairs slowly. The further I went the more magic I saw. At least it didn’t blind me to everything else. The halls below slowly began to brighten from mage lamps up and down the hall.
The drakes flew down and landed on the floor and began walking. They were glowing even brighter and so was Jewel as she chirped. I started checking the floor beside one wall as I walked slowly down it. It wasn’t long before I found a hidden door and pushed against one side. It turned and I was looking into a small room with a stone shelf at the back.
It had a dozen gold and jewel studded figurines lined it. I smiled and glanced at Jewel as she leaped to glide to the shelf. She walked down it and looked at each before flying back to me. I went back and forth across the hall and up and down the others and found a dozen rooms like the first. I also found two dozen hidden crypts with treasure stacked around urns.
I checked the urns and it was the burned ashes of those that had died. It was the end of one hall that I found a trapped door. That made me very cautions and I slipped the ancient strands of magic and carefully undid the knots. The net of magic strands fell apart and I began looking for a way to open the door.
Unlike the others that just took knowing where to push this one had a hidden lock. I frowned when I saw the tiny hole and turned to pull the long brass rod from my pack. Like with the gods tomb I pushed it into the hole and pressed.
There was the feel of something giving and I slowly pulled the rod out. I pushed on one side and the wide door grated as it began to turn. Unlike the halls that were filled with magic, the room beyond was almost solid with it. I tried to catch Jewel as she leaped forward and flew in and spun to gesture to the drakes, “Stay!”
I turned to look into the room and tried to look through the magic. The room was dark but I could feel something inside the room. I couldn’t see any strands and took a step before jerking back as a stone sword sliced down. A stone statue stepped out from the side as I set the lantern down and moved back.
It bent to duck and move through the door and I leaped forward and snapped a kick out. I struck the head as it stepped forward and there was a loud crack before the head broke off. The body collapsed as I hit the floor and rolled. I came to my feet and moved back to the door cautiously.
I had to step on the broken statue as I moved into the room. As soon as my foot touched the floor the whole room brightened like it was mid day. Four more statues began moving towards me and I backed out. I looked around before bending to grab the heavy stone sword. I moved to the side and lifted it.
It was several moments before one of the statues ducked as it stepped through the doorway. I brought the sword around and down on the neck and there was a jarring impact of stone on stone. The head broke and the statue collapsed. One after another the statues tried to come out and one after another I broke the heads off.
After the last one I hesitated before climbing over the statues. I stood squinting through the thick fog of magic before moving to a man sized bronze statue Jewel was sitting on. It almost looked like she was a sun because of the way she glowed. I glanced back at a chirp from a drake and sighed before gesturing, “okay but don’t blame me if you turn into a lantern.”
On each side of the statue were chests filled with jewelry that glowed with magic. I looked at the statue carefully as I reached out and picked up Jewel. I put her on my shoulder as I kept looking and had the impression it was looking back at me.
I shook my head and looked around before heading for the door, “time to find a few wagons and have the dwarf make another basin.”
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