Separate But Equal:
The Historian Chronicles
walked slowly through the City of Remembrance. He was now becoming quite
aquainted with its meandering streets, and he almost felt that he belonged in
this place. He turned down Synapse Drive and came to a secluded path lined
with Forget-me-nots. As he started down the path, a compelling force urged him
onward. With every step, the force increased, until the wizard was actually
running. The path finally melded into a large meadow. The three Historians
were there waiting for him.
Restorer." Beam spoke melifluously. "Come, and join us." The
three Historians turned away and started walking deeper into the meadow.
Iffley ran to catch up with them and then fell into step. "I knew that
you would come."
we all knew," Shine said. Abruptly they came to the first statue. "I
see that we have arrived at our destination already." She gestured at the
statue, "This is the beginning of Statuary Hall--only it's not a hall,
it's a meadow. This majestic statue is Ozino, wizard of Wizards." Iffley
stared at the statue; majestic was an understatement. Ozino was a man of great
stature, but his statue was even more impressive than he. His hand held an
exact replica of the Sceptre, hewn in marble. The statue stood on a silver
pedestal, Ozino's name inscribed thereon.
few feet from Ozino's statue, stood the likeness of Wisdym. Around her neck,
the Amulet (again a perfect replica) sparkled dimly. "Here," Light
began, "is Wisdym, Mistress to the Wizards." Iffley, realizing that
Light meant no misnomer, tried to supress a snicker, but instead, he snorted.
Beam smiled as he tried to cover it up with a fake cough.
continued down the hallway, and came to a third statue—Aven. This statue was
perfectly flawless, except for the fact of his missing Note. "Aven,
Wizard of Deceit." Shine explained, "The absence of the Note is due
to a theft. It seems that some thief stole it when we busy with other
Iffley said as he scanned the statue for signs of zizzebots.
continued down the path until coming to three pillars labeled with the three
remaining Wizards' names. These had no statues on them. "Upon the deaths
of these Wizards, their statues will also be added."
I thought that all of the Wizards were already dead!"
only their corporeal bodies perished, their life-force still lives on. But,
this is not the reason why we have been gathered here."
Suralio," Shine said, "our numbers have diminished, reducing our
effectiveness. We are asking you to join our ranks; we want you to become a
spoke: "We realize that this is a major step for you, Restorer, but we
are sure that you will not regret it."
Iffley said, somewhat skeptically, "I decide to become an Historian, what
would be my task?"
Light explained, "You must pass three tests, each of which shall be
revealed to you in time. With the conclusion of the third test, your task
shall also become clear. Are you ready to meet the challenge,
nodded confidently, "Ready when you are."
are three major enemies threatening the Earth: The Force,
Outsider, and It Who Is Blue. Your first task is to split the Force
this test has been completed," Light continued, as he gave the
Pre-Historian a red cube, "this holojector will activate, giving you
specifics on the next task."
luck, future Historian," the three replied. Iffley nodded to them and
prepared for his first task.
* * Delusions of Granduer * *
Colt Randolf, along with Adel and Madison, stood on the scarred surface.
Bronson cast his Restoration and Regeneration spell, hoping that it would heal
the land. The spell spread itself over a wide area and dissapated before
restoring much of anything.
Madison chided, "the effectiveness of a spell depends on two elements:
Confidence and Delivery. You have the perfect delivery, but you lack the
confidence to carry through with the spell. Here, let me cast a Confidence
spell." Madison opened his compact spell book and recited a spell.
it up, old man, I'm waiting." Bronson shouted, "I really don't see
why I put up with you." Bronson stuck his nose in the air. "What am
I doing all of this work for anyway, I'm much too important to be doing this
sort of thing anyway."
me," Madison exclaimed, "I seem to have cast a Conceit spell instead
of the Confidence spell."
are you talking about, you mumbling piece of trash?"
nothing, your highness."
turned toward Adel, "And what are you looking at, peon? Haven't you ever
seen the handsomest man in the galaxy before?" He grabbed her hand
affectionately, "Come with me and watch me count my millions."
jerked her hand away from him, "No, thank you. I can't go because I have
to wash my hair today."
looked down his nose at her, "Well, if you had my wonderful hair, then
you wouldn't need to wash it every day."
stepped up quietly behind Adel and asked her to take a walk with him. Adel
nodded, glad to escape from Mr. Wonderful. As the pair crested the hill,
Iffley thought he heard Bronson say, "It figures, only a tramp would go
anywhere with him."
* * Delusions of Love * *
and Adel emerged from the Artesian and walked down Memory Lane. Iffley felt
comfortable with Adel. In fact, it was almost like having Adena back.
there is something that I must ask you." He smiled warmly into her face.
Compulsively, he reached down and clasped her hand.
had expected her to raise her eyebrow, but she did not. Of course, this was
Adel, not Adena; and yet, it was. Adel had feelings for Iffley, and Iffley was
going to take advantage of that fact. "Adena--you do not mind if I call
you Adena, do you?--I care very much about you, and I do not want to see you
Nothing can hurt me, as long as I have the Force."
Adena, but the Force will lead to your destruction. A new menace is going to
attack the Earth, and you will be the prime target."
Suralio, but because of the Force, I will be able to defend myself from this
you so sure that you can defeat the Power?"
but as long as the Keys are separated I don't have to worry about
rolled his eyes, wishing he had the Belt to zap some sense into her head.
"I cannot promise that the Power shall remain restrained forever, no one
can. Adena, please listen to me. You will never be safe as long as you hold
the Force, no one will. What will you do when I am taken hostage to be used
against you. Do you not understand? If you are the most powerful, then you
will attract the danger. If you will not do it for you, then do it for me:
separate the Force into its original Keys. I want to feel secure again."
He stared deeply into emerald eyes. He was secure now, for he had her in his
power. He realized now how the demons had had such an easy time convincing
Suralio, I'll do it for you." She summoned the Force and created the
other four Keys, the Talisman, the Staff, the Sabre, and the Diadem, sending
the Force therein. Adena felt a sudden absence of power, but she knew she was
doing the proper thing. She reached down and picked up the Talisman,
"Surely two Keys will be acceptable."
am very proud of you. Now, what shall we do with these Keys?" Iffley
thought for a moment and then the Keys vanished, "Taft shall, of course,
receive the Diadem, he is, after all, my bubba." Iffley smiled to
himself, picturing Aven's statue adorned with the other two Keys; he was sure
that they would remain there undisturbed until he needed them.
red holojecter activated, sensing the completion of the first task, casting
its picture onto the street~
IV * . o o o [(.)] -o- O O .
stared at the image. After a few seconds he realized its symbolism: It was the
solar system. He grabbed Adena's arm and shouted, "Get ready, Adena, we
are on our way to Jupiter."
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