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This is the Fantasy Novel.  Bear the burden wisely.  It is the land of

Fantasia, where anything and anything is the effect of someone's imagination. The mind controls all. Wizards and sorcerors fill the land along with many other creatures of many different races. Hobbits, Orcs, and even Smurfs, just to name a few. The land was green and blooming with all sorts of flowers and berries, for it was Spring, and the little creatures were gathering food. And one fateful night, a baby human was born with the gift of sorcery that was inherited be every other son in his family. His name was Timkin, and he had a lot to learn ahead of him.

The twang of the long yew bow was followed quickly by the swish of the

brightly feathered arrow. The blond youth stifled a gasp as the arrow imbedded itself in the tree directly in front of his head. Dropping into a crouch, the ing blue eyes into the brush. With a wave of his hand, the boy caused the arrow to pull itself out of the tree and fly back whence it came.

Thinking to himself that this would be the last time he could actually go out

and practice, he should make the best of it. It was his time of "Hurrjik". Anyone youth who becomes sixteen years must go out into the forest and prove himself a man. His time was near, as by first light tommorow, he would reach 16 years. He knew of the responsibility, but did not fear it. His powers were stronger than the usual, and he believed he would do well.

 The boy stood up and slowly walked back to the village.  He greeted an old

woman who was sitting near the village walls.

 "Good day to you, old Mutretha.  How are you?"
 The old woman looked up and frowned.  "I am as well as I will ever be.  And

what of you, boy? Are you ready for your test, tommorow?"

 "I am ready, old woman.  The power will help me as I see fit."
 "Be not naive, boy.  The power in you is that of a egg, as to a dragon.

You were gifted to be born with the power, but learning to use it is another tale."

 "I have learned well through your tutorings.  Is that not enough?"
 "Ha!  Simple conjuring tricks.  What will happen when you need to turn

silver into water? Can you do that, boy?"

 The boy's face filled with rage.  "Enough of this.  I waste my time talking

to and old hag."

 He started off toward his dwelling.
 "One thing, boy."  He stopped and looked around.
 "When you find the silver rod, be not greedy.  Many have longed for such

a prize, and have never been seen again."

 "Silver rod?  What is this nonsense?"
 "You will know when you find it.  And one last thing---"
 "What?" said the boy intently.
 "The power in you can do your bidding.  But it can also be turned against

you." she said.

 He stood there for a moment, staring at the old woman who he really cared

about, even though they argued a lot.

 She seemed to drift off into a deep sleep.  The boy stood to leave and took

her hand. "Thank you" he said. When the woman didn't reply, he looked down at her face. "Old Woman?"

 "Take the ring," she said.  In her hand lay a golden ring with a strange

symbol on it.

 "Wear it, always.  And do not give in to the temptations of evil."   With

that she slumped forward and collapsed. He knelt beside her, listening for a heart-beat. There was none.

  Cursing quietly to the gods, he turned the ring over in his hand.  While

the symbol seemed not to have been anything designed by a human mind, the stone looked like a normal piece of quartzite, albeit a highly poilished, many-faceted piece. He wasn't sure, but he thought he glimpsed something, maybe a small flaw, inside the stone. In any event, it was too small a flaw to see unless one was looking closely.

Standing up, he put the ring on his right pinky finger, which was the only

finger it would fit on. Cursing again the gods that took the old woman, he started toward the Dwelling of Healing. Those inside would deal with the corpse.

The boy Timkin wandered off to confer with the village elders as to how to

care for the corpse in a way that their race had been accustomed to. But, though he was saddened, he found this death to be a new beginning. He was the apprentice who would carry on her teachings, and he would prove all this tomorrow at "the testing".

He had heard that there was to be a grand competition among the youngers of

his race to see who would fulfill the quest that his tutor had briefly alluded to. They would meet in the grand hall of the kingdom and try to puzzle one another with tricks until one was proclaimed a winner by topping and baffling all others–a grand tournament! But, that's all he knew since it was a long time since the last such event.

As night approached, he hurried back to his own dwelling and practiced his

magic a little as he chanted in strange verse, creating a bed, pillow, and other things that began to fly around the room. At last (these things are tiring on the mind & soul), Timkin slept with the anticipation of the big day to come.

That night, a lonely unicorn grazed near the village.  She had been told that

a boy would come to him the next day, and she had instructions to take him to Mafher's lair.

As he slept, his dreams began to take him to places that were not yet known

to his waking being. He saw the sea, with white capped waters over the deep blue. He saw an occasional ship pass silently across the water, wind its sails yet, crew was seen. Timkin saw land beginning to form ahead of him, and he could hear the shrill call of a tern, as it scavenged the beaches for food. Then he awas in a thick, dark jungle. Deeper into the jungle he was drawn, until the light of the sun was totally shaded from sight by the thick foliage. Timkin heard a voice calling him, as he saw a clearing. As he drifted closer, he could barely make out a strange looking obelisk in the center of this little sun drenched clearing in the middle of the jungle's darkest reaches. Again he heard his name being called, only this time the voice grew louder. Timkin then opened his eyes, and realizing it was just a dream, rolled over and tried to go back to sleep. But he heard the voice call him again. It seemed to come from in his room.

 "Timkin!  Timkin, awake! I It is the time!" said her mother.
 Timkin's eyes shot open.  A glowing aura encircled his body.  "I am awake,


 She looked at him proudly.  His tall, well built chest, strong muscles, and

a face beaming with intelligence, he had a very good chance of passing he test.

He arose and pulled his tunic over his chest.  His hands went to a symbol

embroided on his left breast. A unicorn with a halo around it's head, since he was a boy the symbol had always been a mystery. Now he had the feeling he would find out what it was about. He started to wash his face and chest. He started to walk to the Grand Hall where the tournament would take place. As he got nearer, he saw many young lads preforming tricks with the greatest of ease. Some were pretty simple, like making eggs fly around in thin air ot or perhaps making a stone bleed. Some of the more complex were those of changing one's form and doing incredible acrobatic feats. The latter scared Timkin a little, but he felt he didn't have much to fear since he was confident in his training. There were many wizened elder standing by giving hints to their apprentices while the middle-aged people were betting on who would be the winner.

As he entered the Great Hall, timkin shivered slightly, but was able to

repress more noticeable reaction to the obvious tension in the hall. A hush of silence took over the room, but he wasn't sure if it was related to his entrance. A village elder, a priest, took him by the arm almost as soon as he entered, and Timkin wondered if he were late. Everyone else was already seated as though waiting for him. The Hall was nearly one hundred meters in length, domed at the top by a darkened hemisphere. The area in the center, basically a dirt floor, was entirely empty with the exception of a small glass sphere lying in the dirt in the center. Rising on one side of the Hall were the spectator stands where the entire village, with no exception - save old Baldimir - sat in tense silence. Above the spectators at each level of padded stone benches were massive wall sconces housing bright fires that kept the entire room above the level of darkness, but only barely. On the sice opposite the seats were sixteen doors placed at regular intervals, and the one heavy bronze door at the center. Each of the doors led to the chamber of one of the village elders, but he had never seen the center door used. This, he suspected that might change this day. The priest drew him to the center, just behind the glass globe, facing the audience. The priest bowed and walked away slowly, smoothing out his cloak in an uncharacteristic expression of agitation. A distinct chill shot through Timkin's back as the globe glowed breifly, and he felt compelled to turn around. The Bronze door had parted, in the middle, and swept a wave of chill air into the arena. Timkin strode surely towards the gaping blackness beyond the double doors, feeling the weight of the darkness and the audience's silence heavily. As he passed beyond the threshold, he had time for one quick glance backwards before the doors came solidly shut, as if there had never been a part between them. For an interminable length of time, young Timkin walked aimlessly, wondering whether he had trudged miles, or only inches. It made no difference, he thought. There was no distinction in this place.

  The sleeping unicorn's eyes shot open.  Standing in front of her was an

old, wickid figure with an auroa of evil. She jumped to her hooves and bowed in respect.

  "You, Hyuteri.  You must now go and find the boy," said the figure.
  "He is the son of my Father's rider.  I will not let him be harmed," said

the unicorn.

  The ancient figure glared at her.  His entire being began to glow with


At long last, young Timkin saw a cool glow coming from a distinct direction.

He approached it slowly, feeling its cold take over his emotions, toy with his growing frustration. But he kept walking, oblivious to how he was being manipulated.

Meanwhile, out in the arena, all eyes were focused on the glass globe in the

center. It had taken on an ambigious half-glow, and settled there. The deadly silence which permeated the room was broken only by an occasional cough or wheeze. But not a single eye among the tens of thousands wavered in its expectant survey of the small glass globe. The cool but comfortable air that circulated in the room seemed to have magical qualities, though it was largely the same air that had been here for the last use of the arena, seventy-three years ago. It seemed only a few moments later that the globe flickered breifly and then returned to its previous state. Everyone in the room drew in a breath, as the entire assembly shared both mind and body. But it was the globe that was the center of attention. It flickered brighter for a second and then nearly died. Then, it came back brighter than ever, and died out once more. With every minute change in its glow, the apprehension in the room grew. No one dared take their eyes from the globe for even a fraction of a second. It brightened, then withdrew, then brightened, then dimmed once again. The patterns were random, indecipherable. A few of the faint of heart collapsed near the upper levels. The room itself seemed to spin every time the globe underwent another of its wild fluctuations. The rest of the room blurred to the audience as the globe became the only thing left in the world. The globe, and the door too. The door behind it was unremitting in its harshness. Suddenly, the light wavered, then shone out like it had never done before, even in all its eternal past, and held. The stifled gasps were barely held in check and some of the onlookers had to concentrate hard to remain conscious. The globe had become a beacon in the darkness, and now lit up the entire room, in all its immensity. The silence that took the room was sudden and undeniable. It was forty minutes later than the giant bronze doors opened to the tiniest of cracks. Bleary eyes lit up with expectation, unaffected by the relentlessness of the vigil. Without warning, the doors nearly burst at their ancient seams. They slammed against the wall, and shattered, scattering bronze splinters about the arena. A hush fell over the crowd. At first, the doorway was empty, and no one dared breathe. Then, without warning, Timkin stepped out and raised his arms high above his head. The crowd cheered deafeningly. This was the night of Timkin, and as he strode to the center of the arena and raised the orb high above his head, all watched in awe. Their new leader had been born.

Koora completed the Dawn Rites.  She picked up her small pack, and donned the

cloak that marked her as a journeywoman preistess, then proceeded to the path. The road was not well worn; it was ragged from newness and unscarred by wagon wheels. Not unusual, for her training took her far from the School. To be a student of Light entailed being magistrate, healer, and teacher as well as servant of the power. She loved it in spite of the demands. It was a joy helping tend harmony. She smelled the earthy air appreciatively. From the corner of her eye, Koora noticed a raven. Watching, she increased her pace, then stopped quickly, feingning a trip. Yes, the bird was following her. For what purpose the Dark had sent one of it's minions, she did not know, but an instinctive fear stirred within her. She ran, and felt a sharp biting pain on her shoulder.

Koora screamed in terror.  A loud squawk was heard as the raven perched upon

her shoulder, the claws digging into her flesh. Koora fell to the ground, too surprised to use any of her powers, and just then, the bird flew around her and landed in front of her on the path, blocking her way. then, the raven began to grow, changing first into a blackish blob which grew bigger and began to rise as a column of smoke formed around it. As the figure began to take shape, it appeared to be in the form of a male creature of some human form with an elaborate green and red costume with bells at the top….and little feet that looked like they belonged to Kermit the frog. obviously, this guy wasn't an evil being! He kneeled down, and said in a magical language that only Koora could translate…"I have been ordered to deliver something to you." She tried to still her inner turmoil before glancing upward. After acheiving some slight calm she picked herself up, cataloging the damages she had ceived.

"What is it you bear?  Surely you know I do not accept the gifts of
dakrness." She mentally scanned the individual, and to her surprise

encountered a

complete block.  This was new!  Not a though, not a single residue of emotion

escaped from behind the barrier! She yearned to know more, but knew she would

not.	The Power forbade prying.  She would have to wait, and learn.  The

creature responded….

"I am only a are must heed our commands as only a

person of your powers would fulfill our purpose."

with these words, the funny-looking creature made a few strange gestures and

mumbled a few incantations, and

a large crate appeared on the ground.  "This will contain all the information

you will need..

remember, you really don't have any choice, but to follow our

command…besides, we will make it worth your while"

and he vanished, leaving behind only the crate...and from inside, a strange

sort of growling sounds were heard. 

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