Jonathon Pierce surveyed the destruction of the Pool of
Remembrance. Each member of the Devon Household used their special talents to
search its remains.
wandered slowly around the Pool's banks. The Pool had dried up long ago, yet
the ground was still mysteriously damp. The once beautiful site was now a
giant hole, muddy and ugly. He sighed over the loss of the Pool and thought of
Enad's terrible use of his Key.
Keys were meant for goodness and Justice," he told the Quische, who was
rolling along, "not for death and destruction!"
The group stopped at the edge of the bank. Obliging1y,
the Quische changed into an escalator, transporting them into the center.
Fitch entered a trance and said, "I feel a power nearby."
Ambercrombie, then, too, entered the trance. He led the group to the exact
spot Fitch had seen.
"The power is beneath us." He
said slowly. With these words the Twins returned to normal.
Upon Jonathon's command, the Quische turned into a
bulldozer. It quickly dug into the damp earth. After a few feet, the hole
filled with a clear liquid.
the Artesian of Remembrance," Jonathon exclaimed, "the source to the
"I must find a
fitting gift to repay Adena." Iffley proclaimed as he waved the Sceptre
over the Waters. The Artesian clouded and wisps of fog appeared around the
well. The Waters cleared and an image appeared within:
A beautiful Crystal,
purple and multi-faceted, began to gather power. Over the centuries, the
Crystal grew so powerful that it could not contain its strength. The Crystal
shattered, throwing its many pieces throughout the world.
"I thought that the Plague had destroyed all of the
Crystal's Shards." Campuria said.
"Apparently not," came Ambercrombie
response. The Artesian clouded once more:
The Shard lay nestled deep in a cave. It
gilstened in an unseen light.
will it not reveal the Shard's location?" Campuria inquired.
Artesian has neither the strength nor the power the Pool had."
Ambercrombie replied, "Fitch and I can, however, lead you to the
The Quische then changed into a rather fat-looking
Danae and carried them in search of their Quest.
hypnotic trance led Ambercrombie and Fitch to a small island in the East Sea
of Discord. After landing on the island, Ambercrombie led the way to the
Shard. Oblivious of all dangers around him, he proceeded until they reached
the Shard's location.
entrance to the cave was covered with small vines and thorns. The vines did
not hinder the Twins' movements into the cave, yet they would not permit any
other member of the group to enter. . .
walls of the cave were made of polished marble. The Shard sparkled as an
unseen light reflected off of its many facets. The Shard was purple and
faultless. Below the Shard were pictures depicting a strange man with three
arms removing the Shard from its resting place.
Twins touched the Shard and its power flowed through them. The facet closest
to them began to glow and showed:
Prom Night. The hustle and bustle of preparations
for the dance. The Twins looked dashing in their specially made tie and
Mij Slocin said, "I thought you were going stag!"
"Not tonight Mij. . . Not
tonight! " Fitch pleaded.
don't you go and dance with yourselves!" He retorted.
The rage within the
Twins had finally reached the boiling point. They raised their middle hand and
pointed at Mij. He flew onto the table and into the plate of cookies. For a
Grande Finale, the Twins poured the punch on his head. . .
Shard grew dark and the Twins carried it outside.
"That's the last thing I wanted to think
about." Fitch said.
"It's the Shard's protection. Upon first
contact, it recalls the intruder's worst experience. After that, the Shard is
obliged to the holders use."
They gave the Shard to Iffley. The moment he touched
it, it began to glow brightly:
Iffley held the Sceptre and admired its beauty.
Suddenly, it vanished!
worst fears were suddenly realized and he shrank back in terror.
"We must get to Furanose. . .before it is
too late!" He cried.
The Quische flew off toward Furanose. The sky seemed
ominously dark; the stars shone in a bitter light. The moon seemed to mock
him, as if it knew something he didn't. . .
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