_Sarington is lost. The people that live there are migrating, to Fowhlet-town for now and possibly farther. The magic that made this land predictable is no longer functioning. Many are dead. Some are missing. But soon all will be starving and exposed to the elements.
This is the salvation we have brought them.
We followed them to Fowhlet-town. I have more help for them._
We snuck into the town and met Keller and Sloims. I’m glad these two have found each other. I think together they will produce wondrous things. It’s a shame it should only come to pass in these dark times.
We took the first day to ourselves. Since we are fugitives it made sense to retreat to the ruins to read our stolen books. Jadenharr stayed behind to learn more here. It’s a shame we had to leave so much behind because we learned a lot.
It seems ancient dragons were the progenitors of creation. I didn’t really follow Vindral’s explanation but there were original dragons, then other dragons, and some orcs, and then elves. The elves wiped out the orcs. Or was it the dragons? But one of the last great dragons was bound at Bright.
But the dragons were not the first people. The first people came from the First World, which seems like it might actually not be the first world if you trust the dragons’ word. Maybe there are dragons there too. But they fey and the first worlders represent ideas. The fey organize themselves into courts based on cycles. Many are gone. Maybe the elves killed them too, they don’t seem fond of old races. There are at least two courts left: dusk and dawn. Some of them lived on the paths between Bright and Sarington.
In the recovered books of Jadenharr Kirast. His writings were illuminating. The families, it seems, are more closely related than they like to pretend. He has a lot of experience working for and against many families and was familiar with their wards and protections.
Finally, I used one of those shards again. It seems that in the distant past before the storm the powers that be had at times a great emissary. There were people like me, chosen for some reason to represent a power. At one time there was a great leader, a paladin, that sacrificed their own life to save a great number of people. That person was helped by a couatl. But their faith has died out. And though there have been people throughout history that wielded divine power, most of them seem to have gained power through faith and not divine grace. So as long as they had faith, in themselves or from others, their power remained, even if they were a twisted caricature of the ideals they were supposed to represent. It’s possible that the grantor of that power may not even be the thing the worshipper claims. I’ve seen beings from other worlds, couatls and angels, demons, daemons. I can tell them apart, I think. But are my abilities from the couatls and angels or are they just making use of them because they’re convenient and it is another power that I’m channeling? I guess it doesn’t matter.
When we returned to Keller’s we met with Jadenharr and our few friends. The families are working with the counselors under the leadership of Maearn. They’re working together for now. But it’s a certainty that they’ll be back to their favorite pastimes in short order, which is apparently just fine as far as the families are concerned. The caravans are leaving and some people are traveling with them. Ours is going home, without us. I wonder, should we just use the platforms and bring people back to Allieua? We have farms there and the faeries that live nearby are happy to multiply our flocks. It might just come to that.
Our status as fugitives is perhaps not as significant as I thought. The councilors only want Arius. They think he was working some powers on Allacor, controlling him. Yesterday I would have said that was a lie because Arius is my friend and he’s shown himself to be a good man. But that is not true. While he was gaining his memories back his past self came again and all he sought was domination and control. The old Arius, the REAL Arius, the evil Arius, had returned. I’ve begun to wonder, just what is he capable of? If he had the power to control Allacor, couldn’t he control me? Could he still be controlling him? When Valefor looked at me and saw an overwhelming evil, was he seeing Arius? I will have to keep an eye on Arius as often as possible. There is no way to trust his actions anymore, they may be a ruse to deceive us. I hope that in that weird book of the Quori where thought becomes reality that we find a way to seal someone’s powers. The divine ones won’t do it for us. For the safety of everyone he cannot regain his former powers.