Force is Priceless
The sun slowly rose in the east, peaking over the lonely
mountainside. As morning removed the last veils of peaceful sleep, the animals
stirred to life. A small sparrow flew by the turrets of a spectacular castle,
soaring past its fluttering flags. It landed on a large ledge and began to
sing to the occupant inside the window.
Adena smiled and walked slowly to the window. Her
movement startled the bird, causing it to flee. Angrily, Adena sent a burst of
powerful energy at the creature. It engulfed the sparrow, incinerating it.
"Stupid bird," Adena said.
She turned to the reflective panel and smiled at herself.
She brushed her hair back over her shoulder. The Periapt sparkled brilliantly
around her neck; it was such a pity that she was the only one left in Ralle
with a Key....
* * Coercion * *
The meeting at the City of Remembrance was almost
completed. The entire group had been shown the majority of the City. After
dinner, Iffley had returned to the party; somehow, however, he seemed to have
lost his appetite. He was in a somber mood, depressing everyone else in the
"You people don't seem to miss much," Taft
"No, Mr. Taft, we do not," Beam replied.
"Well, if you're so powerful, tell me where..."
Taft thought quickly, "where Phire Island is."
"Do you still feel some vendetta against Blue? It is
no matter, let us proceed to the Atlas Chamber," Shine lead them through
the Museum until they reached the chamber. A large atlas, covering one wall,
showed the entire Earth, "South Sea of Discord, please." Shine asked
politely. The map expanded around the region of the Sea of Discord until, at
last, Phire Island showed.
"Excuse me, please." Eve asked, "Why is
the island so unclear, as if there is a film over it?"
Light explained, "That is because the island has
"Can you take us there?" Taft inquired.
"We can pinpoint its location, but you have the
power to teleport there."
"Shall we go, dear brother?"
"I suppose." Iffley asked for the exact
location and then transported Taft and himself there.
Bronson walked into a corner of the room and motioned
Madison to follow. "Madison, now that Eve is all alone, I need a
"I think this should do the trick," Madison
said as he cast a Virility Spell.
* * Influence * *
Adena was quite pleased with herself. She did not
understand all of her new powers, but she was glad that she had them. She
stroked the Periapt, causing it to glow brightly.
Suddenly, surrounded by a large puff of smoke, a demon
appeared. "You summoned, Mistress."
"Why, yes... I need some information."
"Proceed." The demon said, wrinkling his
"First, why do I have so much power now."
"Correction, Mistress. Power is not applicable here.
What you have acquired is Force."
"Yes, when the five Keys are combined the Force is
produced. To answer your question, I, Narcuss, will have to concentrate."
He closed his large, yellow eyes for a brief second and then continued,
"The obvious answer is that the other four Keys have been destroyed. This
is not an unknown phenomenon. Once, long ago, in Terna, the energy was
transferred from one Key to another. It was the Amulet, I believe. If a Key is
destroyed, the energy is transferred to the nearest Key."
"Where exactly is Terna?" Adena asked slowly,
trying to comprehend everything that the demon was telling her.
"Terna is the alternate universe from which the
'Restorer' came. In that universe, good triumphs over evil, unlike our
"But there is peace now. Anyway, I thought that the
Keys were created to combat the Pestilence; that is for a good
"Ah, but that is before the Keys were associated
with the demons. We transformed this universe into one of pain and misery: a
"This peace that you refer of has already been
written into the history books. They have labeled it as the Black Age, the
period following the Golden Age of the Maelstrom."
"In the demon history books, perhaps." Adena
"Have you looked around lately? What has the
'Restorer' done for us? Oh, sure, he rescued the Wanderers from their fate,
but now our unemployment rate has nearly tripled. All of his reforms have only
harmed our economy."
"How do you know so much of Terna?"
"We have had several demons sent there, and they
have kept us up to date."
"Well, you do seem to be an authority on the
subject. What course of action do you suggest that I take?"
"The Periapt contains the energy from all five Keys.
The first thing that you should do is summon the Force."
Adena, unsure of herself, shrugged her shoulders. She
concentrated on the Periapt, and suddenly the Force came forth. Adena realized
that it was invisible and untangible, but she felt its effects on her, as if
someone was looking over her shoulder.
"Now, Adena!" Narcuss said, "create a
Adena did not wish to obey, but she could not fight this
irresistable Force. Suddenly, a large fortenmik appeared in front of her.
"You see, Adena, the Force only requires a catalyst,
it knows what must be done: We are going to conquer Terna!"
* * Authority * *
Iffley and Taft appeared in the center of Phire Island.
The entire area had been effectively sabotaged, most probably Blue's last act.
Before the pair stood PUTR, stretching from wall to wall. It was, in fact, the
largest computer that Iffley had ever seen.
The pair quickly scanned the computer for damage.
Although the room was practically destroyed, the computer seemed untouched.
Taft reached up and pulled the power switch. The computer screen came to
INPUT THE PROPER CODE FOR ACCESS
Following the prompt was a flashing cursor.
"Well, Iffley, now what do we do?"
Iffley thought for a moment, "I saw Adena activate a
stalled machine with the Ring, but I'm not sure that it would work in this
instance. The code allows access to main part of the computer. It might work,
but I doubt it." Iffley concentrated on the Ring and twisted it.
Suddenly, the entire code appeared on the screen.
The computer hummed for several seconds and then
HISTORY OF THE LEDICS
HISTORY OF THE LUDITS
CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ALARIUS AND DOMAIN
"Now we are getting somewhere," Taft said while
wringing his hands. Taft's smile dropped to a frown as he heard a roar in the
A huge, brownish-orange creature stormed into the room.
It centered its blue eyes on Taft, and sniffed at him with his flat nose.
Bindletime moved its sickly yellow teeth as it spoke, "I must defend what
is Alyne's!" It raised its large spiked palm at the pair. Iffley knew
that he and Taft did not have long to live....
* * Superiority * *
Narcuss and Adena, complete with the Periapt and Book of
Incantations, arrived in Terna. The Ecrof--the demons considered it
blasphemous to call it the Force when in Terna--was here, too. Narcuss seemed
confidently in control, "Now, Adena, I feel a little lonely. I need some
company. I believe that the Book can help."
Once again, Adena felt compelled to obey. She opened the
Book and said, "Xyrup." It was a simple, one-word spell, and yet it
was enough to loosen all of the demons that the Ecrof controlled. The demons
came in the thousands with their ugly faces and yellow eyes.
Narcuss now seemed even more confident, "Now, my
The radiation demons descended upon the Earth, bringing
with them their death and destruction.
Suddenly, the entire Earth seemed to explode. One atomic
explosion spawned another. The world was aflame, and now, virtually lifeless.
Narcuss smiled happily, conquering Terna would be easier than he had
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