a Ripple in Time
sun was setting behind the great castle. Its rays of orange light could not
permeate the dark interior of the turret. Finding no entrance to the turret,
the Quische landed in the courtyard.
The courtyard had decayed through years of neglect.
Passages led to the North and South, while dark stairs descended to the East.
The group split up to cover all the exits.
and the Quische walked slowly down the stairs. The landing was dark, so the
Quische turned into a small lantern. The stairs ended at a hallway filled with
decorative paintings and sculpture. The paintings depicted scenes of pain and
death; nevertheless, they were still great objects of art.
didn't know that Enad was an admirer of Les Strange." She noted as she
touched one of his works. After observing the various artifacts, Campuria
descended into the dungeon.
The dungeon was dank and dreary. Its walls seemed to
absorb all light. The gloom obscured all features of the dungeon. The
penumbra, however, could not hide the outline of a cell door. Campuria reached
out and touched the door. A faint moan came from the next room. The moaning
became louder and louder. Bravely, she opened the door...
walked through the courtyard into a bright room at the North. A giant, golden
throne glistened in the light of torches, hung high above. Upon closer
examination, the throne seemed to exhibit a golden haze. A small inscription,
printed in Latin, hung over the throne; it said:
Quicquam Pensi Habebat
the presence of another being, Iffley turned sharply around. A shape began to
form in front of him. The figure was unmistakable; it was a Nymph.
"You must be Enad." She said and began to
sing her song of destruction...
took the path to the South. It abruptly ended at a cemetary. Seeing nothing of
interest, he turned to leave. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw three newly
dug graves. Fresh dirt lay piled near the tombstones, which read: T. G. Taft,
Adena, and Jonathon Pierce.
Skeletal hands reached up from the dirt and shoved
Jonathon into the last grave...
moment Campuria opened the door, the Moaning stopped. Chained to the far wall
was a man. Unlike most men, however, his identical twin was attached to his
head, wrist, and abdomen. With great compassion, Campuria unchained the
am Ambercrombie," Said the twin on Campuria's left (who is actua1ly the
twin on the right), "and this is Fitch.”
name is Campuria, and this is the Quische." She said while pointing to
lady is obviously derranged.” Ambercrombie gesticulated.
English, please. You know I can't understand big words!" Fitch said to
Ambercrombie. Campuria understood Fitch's dilemma, for the Siamese Twins
shared only one brain and heart. Ambercrombie, being on the right, would
natural1y be more intelligent; yet, Fitch would be more imaginative. She shook
hands with them.
Fitch, suddenly, replied, "Someone quite close
to you is near death.” With these words, Ambercrombie led the way to the scene
Fitch had seen...
Nymph recoiled in horror: She felt the power of her mistress die.
are not Enad!" She screamed, "My mistress has died at the hands of
"I can help you." Iffley said and he
transported them away...
Jonathon could not fight Death anymore. The dirt
began to pile higher and higher on top of him. Finally, he could not breathe
any longer; Enad had won...
and the Twins arrived at the cemetary. She recoiled in terror at the sight of
the graves: a wreath of black roses adorned the tombstones marked Jonathon and
Adena. She had arrived too late. She began a frantic search for the Book, but
it could not be found...
and the Nymph appeared at the shore of the Pool of Rememberance. Iffley
touched the Waters as he had seen before. The Waters parted leaving a path to
the center of the Pool.
must do this alone." He said as he descended into the pool. Upon reaching
the exact center, the Waters rushed over him, surrounding him in a swirl of
images. The images in the Pool combined to form this scene:
Adena clutched her
Amulet as the Swolsks began to chase her. She stumbled and fell. In a moment,
she was engulfed, leaving no trace of her existance. Enad calmly stooped over
and picked up the Amulet. He then laughed evilishly.
The Pool clouded
fiercely to overcome the weight of the dirt. It pressed closer and closer,
until, finally, he could stuggle no longer.
raised his Sceptre and a surge of Power was sent throughout the Earth. The
Pool sent the entire Earth back through time.
image of the Pool changed dramatically: Adena now, instead of dying, had
captured Enad; the Sworshk factory began production again; the Nymph, finding
no one at the castle, returned to Furanose; Jonathon Pierce and company
returned back to the Province. The Pool only changed the events of time, not
the memories it had created.
Pool of Remembrance, losing all of its energy, dried up quickly. Iffley, after
sending the Sceptre back to Jonathon, quietly died with a smile on his face.
He, too, now knew the price of Compassion...
| ||© 1984, ||L. Charles, D. Conrad, A. Duncan, Enad the Great, J. Pierce, B. C. Randolf, and T. G. Taft|