Wealday, Rova 22nd:
Ambrose twirled in success as the leader vanished into the shadowy woods and could only guess the rest fled back to their homes or wherever they came from. “Woohoo! We won Dianne! Lo-“ she stopped when she noticed Dianne wasn’t beside her. Puzzled, she looked back and her friend, just standing there, a peaceful expression on her brow. She dropped her staff and her lips pulled out into a small smile.
Ambrose blinked, a bit freaked out. “Uhhh, Dianne? What are you-“ Dianne jerked back, pulling her arms into her like she was trying to stifle a cry or pain. What’s going on?!?!? “Dianne….what’s wrong?!?!” Ambrose collapsed her scythe and placed it on her back as she ran towards her friend. “DOTTY, contact COMET.” I’m trying! But she’s not responding and I’m not picking up any major injuries from Dianne that might interfere with her connection other than the ones from the blow earlier.
Ambrose stopped and knelt down to Dianne. She was convulsing violently, her breaths were quick and sharp like she was suffocating from an unknown force. “Uhhh, Dianne….can you hear me?” Ambrose lifted Dianne’s head so she could breathe better, but she acted like she couldn’t hear Ambrose at all. “DOTTY, contact IX and get them over here quick!!!” Yes, ma’am! IX, we have an urgent situation. Get over here quickly!!
“Come on Sea, what’s going on?” Ambrose pleaded, putting Dianne’s head before she glanced around for some kind of shelter in case the Ent-Orcs came back. “Come on Ambrose……” she fidgeted, getting up and peering through bushes and around trees. “Ughhh!” She was getting mad, she didn’t know what to do with Dianne, no idea what was going on and wanted this weird night to end.
They are coming, Ambrose and may I suggest the shaft as a hiding place? Ambrose swallowed, looking down the rickety platforms and sharp crystals at the bottom. “I don’t know DOTTY, I’m not very balanced.” I know, but we have to try. Also, I was wondering if this sedative might help her. Ambrose looked at her bracelet to see a little needle with a pale red liquid inside.
Ambrose squirmed, “You want me to hide in that unsafe mine AND stick a needle in someone?!?!??!” She plopped down next to Dianne with her arms crossed and shaking her curls violently. “Nope! I hate needles and I’m not doing it.” Oh please Ambrose, it’s worth a shot. Please get in the shaft or do the needle, one must come before the other. Ambrose bit her lip, unsure about anything before inhaling sharply. “Fine!” She snatched the needle with a shaking hand and stuck it in Dianne’s upper arm. “Please work…..” Ambrose pocketed the needle and slid Dianne’s arm over her and started walking to the shaft.
“Ambrose! What happened?” Ambrose lifted her brown orbs to see Cynthia, Chad, Jay, and Marshal coming towards them. Thank the Creator I didn’t have to get in the shaft. Cynthia took Dianne’s other arm and held her up. “She’s not hot, but she looks terrible. Did you inject her with the sedative?” Ambrose winced and nodded, “Yeah, what’s going on?” “That’s what we want to know!” Chad exclaimed with an annoyed look. “I was sleeping fine for once and then Marshal wakes me up by saying something is wrong with Dianne.”
Marshal rolled his eyes, clearly miffed about Chad’s attitude. He looked at Dianne closely as they walked. She was a bit calmer now and he could see some scars from a fight with Ent-Orcs. COMET is oddly quiet, maybe she shut herself off or Dianne might have deactivated her on accident. IX, what’s Dianne’s condition like? That’s the weird thing, sir. Other then some minor cuts and wounds from fights from Ent-Orcs, there’s no sign of anything that would cause to react as strongly as DOTTY described.
“We should go put her in their room and get the story from her in the morning.” Ambrose shot out her idea as they neared the gate. “It is morning, early morning Ambrose, but I suppose that’s a good idea. What do you say, Marshal?” Jay looked at Marshal who nodded a bit absentmindedly. “That works, you and I will watch the mine until sunrise then. Everyone else, go back to bed, we’ve had enough excitement for a night and a day.” Amen to that.
The A.I.s quip made everyone grin as they parted ways. Putting Dianne’s sleeping body on Chad’s shoulders, the trio snuck back into their home without waking anyone and got to their doorways. “Here Chad slid her onto me. Ambrose, open the door.” Cynthia grunted slightly as chad put Dianne on her back and she and Ambrose stepped quickly into their room. Cynthia gently placed Dianne on her bed and walked back to the door. “Thank you, good-“ “Wait, do you think Dianne is really ok?”
Cynthia blinked, a bit surprised at Chad’s question. His deep blue eyes had a worrying shine to them, like a bad memory of a tragic event in his past was beginning to surface and he was trying to distract himself. Glancing back at her friends, she hung her head. “For once Chad, I’m really unsure of what happened. All I guess is that it has something to do with her being a Bearer and if so……they we’re all in the dark.” With that, she closed the door softly, her sad thoughts washing on her visage.
Ambrose watched Cynthia slowly slid onto her bed without a single word after that. “Um.., Cynthia I-“ “Go to sleep Ambrose, we’ll approach this again in the morning. You’re tired after all that. We all are.” Ambrose winced, unsure if she was more hurt by Cynthia’s bluntness or her stinging cuts. I guess I should then…. Quietly, with a hidden good nigh wish to the girls, Ambrose fell asleep.
As they slept, Chad paced his room restlessly. Chad, would you just calm yourself? You can’t be uneasy over something you don’t know. It’s unhealthy for you. “EARL, for once now is not the time to be concerned about that. Dianne is unconscious and we have no idea as to why and the Ent-Orcs are still a problem we have to deal with.” Chad ruffled his hair in annoyance as he racked his mind for a possible answer. It’s no use, I can’t think like Marshal or Jay, they would have a hypothesis or whatever they call it. A theory or whatnot. The proper term for what you think of is ‘hypothesis’. That aside, do you believe this has something to do with….dare I say, the book?
Chad stared at EARL’s ring base. His eyes were wide with long-forgotten pain as his heart raced as memories flashed before him like a beam of light. There and then gone, lost again in the recesses of his mind. “No…that was different and I would know. This…this was something else. I can’t have that book affect anyone..not again.”
EARL noted his companion’s hard look but could hear the memories rushing through his mind. The pain, confusion, and fear that Chad masked now were all too easy for his A.I to hear. Chad, I know. Forgive me for bringing up that thought, I was merely spewing out ideas for the possible cause of tonight’s events. Chad nodded before falling back on his bed. “Let’s just sleep, for now, I don’t wanna think about it.”
As they all tried to sleep, Jay and Marshal walked about the battlefield searching for clues on what happened and making sure the Ent-Orcs didn’t attack again.
“Here are their tracks, still fresh and they lead into the forest just northwest of here. According to Wazane’s research, that’s where their hideout or village is.” Jay remarked as he stood up from examining the ground before them. His icy blue orbs showed a mix of peace and concern, “They should have retreated for tonight so we should focus on the other matter Marshal.”
Marshal shook his head, “I think we should leave that to Cynthia and Ambrose for now. They’ll ask Dianne when she wakes up and tell us then. You and I need to try and discover what the Ent-Orcs want from this crystals.” Marshal tossed a small ore of blue Aurum in the air and caught it, gazing intently at it.
Jay sighed but nodded. “Ok, we can rule out weapon enhancement because they only use mediocre weapons and don’t have advanced intelligence for such technology as we’ve seen. So what could…..JIN, can you scan the possible area of the EOs?” Of course Master Jay, it shall be done.
Marshal raised an eyebrow, obviously confused on what Jay meant. “EOs, Ent-Orcs. I thought it might be useful as an acronym.” “Oh I see now, so you think the area around them has something to do with their attacks?” Marshal probed as he drew out his swords and sharpen with them as Jay pulled up JIN’s screen to look at the data. “It would be a plausible hypothesis, because if there some environmental problem in their area and Aurum is needed, then that would explain why they raid the open mines since they haven’t mined for it themselves.”
“That is a reasonable motive, but what would Aurum do to help them?” Marshal countered Jay as he walked next to him and looked over his shoulder. Jay pulled up a 3D model of the area and poked around until IX beeped. JIN, do you see those bushes surrounding the fungi in the area? Why yes IX, what do you make of it? Jay frowned, zooming in the models until Marshal cried out with sudden revelation, “That’s it!
The fields…..I could see them again. Just outside Madena where Father and Mother would take Horace and me when we were younger. I saw them again, standing and watching myself play ‘Hush Hush’ with Horace. Father had joined in the rivalry as well while Mother was setting up a blanket for the picnic later.
“Horace, Horace, I hear you now. Hush, hush, the beast is coming!” I almost chuckled to myself as I saw little me cry out the warning in the game. My brother, who was hiding in a tree sang out, “Dianne, I hear your call. Flee, Flee for he hears you!” Sure enough, my Father came roaring after me and I squealed with delight and playful terror and ran towards my Mother as fast as I could.
“Mother protect me from Father bear!!!” My little child self cried out as I hid in my mother’s skirt. From my outside perspective, I saw Horace leaping down from the tree and trying to take down our Father. I remember this, just a normal day. Normal…..hmmm, I suppose normal is such a fluid state of mind.
“My my Leo, I do believe your son might overtake you if you’re not careful,” my mother laughed as little me and her watched Horace scrambled up our father’s back and cover his eyes. “Get him, Horace!” I cried out as they came tumbling down and ran our way. “Ahh, my son has defeated me. Your old man didn’t stand a chance.” “That’s because you didn’t calculate your attacks well father.” I snorted at myself. Even then I was mostly numbers…I suppose I learned a bit too quickly.
“Dianne, hear me.” I blinked, realizing something was amiss and looked behind me. Nothing was there. “Oh come on Dianne, wake up!’ “What….who said that? That voice…sounded like…Ambrose!” Glancing back at the vision of that blissful day, I watched it slowly fade away as I felt my eyes opening.
“Ughhhh,” I groaned as I slowly moved my arms free from under something soft that covered my body. My chest and head throbbed with pain that I recalled came from that strange event I experienced the night before. My legs and arms were stiff and aching like they would be after a full day of extreme training. I altogether felt like a stiff, rusty doll that was being used for the first time in years.
As my sight and hearing came back to me, I registered Cynthia and Ambrose’s voices and saw them next to me. “Girls,” I croaked out, touching my throat make sure it was my voice. “Oh, Dianne you sure had us worried. How do you feel?” Cynthia asked me with concerned eyes as her hands withheld Ambrose from practically jumping on me.
“I feel….terrible really,” I replied shortly as I sat up, inhaling due to the pain. Thank the Creator! Call you all hear me now? COMET!!! The A.I.s cried out as my earpiece flew off and danced around the other A.I.s bases. “Wait, could you all not talk to COMET while I…was.whatever happened?” I questioned to which Ambrose shook her head as she plopped down beside me. “DOTTY said COMET wasn’t responding so I had to stick a needle in you by myself and I had no clue what was happening?”
Her brown eyes were flashing like they did when she was annoyed or frustrated. I feel her pain, I didn’t know what happened either. “So Dianne,” I glanced at Cynthia, who was standing at the end of the bed, “what happened anyway? Can you remember?”
I nodded, “Yes.” I patted the floor next to me for her to sit. Cynthia snorted and sat down so both girls were beside me, waiting for my story. Please don’t keep us waiting, we are eager enough already.
I gave a half-hearted smirk at DEVI before recalling what happened. “It was right before Ambrose and I were going to attack. COMET’s last command just cut off and I was just left with something similar to white noise in my ears. I saw Ambrose leave my side, but I didn’t want to follow, I knew I had to attack, but I didn’t want to move from my position. I could see what was before, but at the same time, I felt like I was far away…somewhere peaceful. I was calm, content to stay that way despite not knowing where the feeling came from.”
“Then it changed, I felt pressure everywhere. It was like I being crushed between two boulders and couldn’t move like I was waiting to be destroyed. I was unable to resist it in any way and I lost my balance. When I fell, I felt like a thousand blades hit my back and the pressure grew stronger so much that I couldn’t hear anything and when I screamed, the noise just resounded off the invisible walls of my mind. After that, I just blacked out.”
I looked at the girls, Ambrose was shivering. I supposed that my story was a bit too vivid for her liking and then I remembered was the one who had to stick a sedative in me. I can’t say I remember that pain, but I know she hates doing actions as such. Come on, ease her just don’t use numbers! “Ambrose, I’ve fine now other than being stiff. Thanks to you, I escaped the sensations early probably.” Ambrose managed a small smile but didn’t look too convinced.
Grimacing myself, I looked at Cynthia. She appeared shocked and uneasy but cleared her throat. “What do you..suppose happened to cause that?” I could tell Cynthia was trying to put aside her fear to try to get to the root of the problem. Such the actress, I suppose that’s what I do too….But she’s right, rationally what could have happened? Dianne? My A.I.’s light hovered near me as DOTTY and DEVI sat on their companion’s shoulders. Hang on COMET, I have to calculate. “I don’t know. I can’t find the solution, there are too many variables Cynthia.”
“It’s can’t be the Ent-Orcs or the Aurum crystals. Aurum doesn’t have that kind of effect on anyone.” “Those monsters also didn’t hit Sea anywhere other than her face so..what could it have been?” Ambrose interjected, trying to focus on us instead of freaking out. Girls “Wait a moment COMET,” Cynthia brushed her off as she rose and paced the room. Her hazel eyes were deep in thought as Ambrose and I watched her.
“Maybe-“ PARDON ME, BUT LOOK AT DIANNE’S EYES. Cynthia, Ambrose and I jumped at COMET’s sudden outburst. It was unlike her to such an outcry so Cynthia and Ambrose looked closely at my face. Cynthia then looked at COMEt with an unsure gaze. “They’re a grey color why?” What is Dianne again that causes her eyes to change? “A Bearer, so why-“ I stopped, realizing what my ingenious A.I. was going for. Of course?! How was I so blind? It so simple that we overlooked because it’s become a normal data script for us!
“Dianne, why are you grinning?” Ambrose asked with a concerned undertone. Both of my friends were still puzzled as I tried to stand up. “Cynthia, Ambrose, I’m a Bearer right?” Both nodded slowly, still not catching on. I frowned, deciding it was better to show them instead of explaining. Ok, maybe I what I felt was the effect of my power. Ok, let’s try calming Ambrose down. With a still expression, I extended my hand towards Ambrose, imagining a quiet wave washing over her.
She gasped, her anxious gaze fading away until a soft smile had replaced it. “Dianne…..I get it now.” I gasped softly, inwardly elated at my success. Cynthia unfolded her arms as a smile crossed her face. “Ohhh, I understand now. You changed powers and it makes sense! It was just past Montinluncis’ midnight when Ambrose said you both were going to attack.”
Ambrose jumped up, hugging me and Cynthia joined in. I froze, still aching a bit from my wounds but I relaxed into an awkward hug. “See? Just some rational thinking and it was solved.” “Oh please Dianne, COMET was the one gave us in the kick in the legs.” They laughed and I chuckled, I was glad. Really glad.
KNOCK KNOCK! “Girls?! Is Dianne awake? Marshal wants us outside.” I glanced at the girls before walking over and opening the door to see Chad and EARL’s glowing orb standing outside. I sighed before giving him a kind smile. “Yeah I’m ok, we figured out what happened last night.” Cynthia and Ambrose poked their heads over my shoulders as they waved at Chad.
Chad sighed, looking relieved. “Well come on, you should tell all of us outside and then we’ll see what Marshal and Jay found out.” “Ok!” Cynthia tossed me my mask and utility belt as we walked down the hall to go outside. Thank you COMET. Anytime Sea, anytime. I guess I should watch myself more. Why? Oh, it’s nothing.
Marshal and Jay were more than relieved to see me awake and once they heard the reason for my strange seizure last night, they too were slightly annoyed at themselves for not even considering that variable in the answer for the cause. “Well, now we know to be more careful with night missions for you,” Marshal remarked with an uneasy smile to which we all chuckled. “It depends on the powers of the next day Marshal which only the Creator knows, but thank you anyway.”
Ambrose waved her hands to catch Marshal’s eye, “So what did you find out?” Marshal clapped his hands together, making all of us jump. “They need the Aurum for an antidote.” Chad furrowed his brows together, “How does that make sense? Aurum is their biggest weakness. We’ve proven that biologically, so why would they-Ouch!” Cynthia had jabbed him in the side before motioning with her hand for Marshal and Jay to continue. “You’re right, but also we know Aurum has low-level medicinal traits as well that highly negate the effects of a poison called Zisinth.” Marshal pulled up the compound of the poison and showed the compound of Aurum.
Jay then showed us the details of the poison, “It sprouts from the leaves of the bush and travels through the air and affects any other organisms within a certain radius. JIN discovered the very same bushes surrounding a tree in the EO’s possible location so we suspect that they are trying to get Aurum for-“ “making the medicine needed to cure the poison spreading.” I finished his sentence as I pieced together their logic.
That makes perfect sense! But with how barbaric they are, could they know how to make the cure? It’s likely that while they are weak in certain utilities, they could excel at healing and making medicines. “So what do we do then? Go into the area and pull out the giant weeds that are causing the Zisinith?” Ambrose asked fingering a strand of hair. Jay nodded, “Marshal and I decided that we should be split evenly. Four of us will go into the area to safely extract the bushes while the other two remain here until we get back. Then we can all go together and fully explain the situation to the Vlosse.”
“Dianne is staying here,” Cynthia wrapped an arm around my shoulders as she spoke. “She may have recovered from last night but I’d say she doesn’t need any more excitement.” I sighed but nodded in agreement. “I’m sorry again, I fear I might have hindered the mission with my lack of knowledge on my own self.” Don’t go beating yourself Dianne, you can’t control that aspect of yourself. Master Marshal and I will be keeping you company while the others go relive the problem at hand.
I met eyes with Marshal, who nodded at me and said, “I believe it would be prudent if I remained behind. Ambrose knows how they fight and attack so she can be useful should they confront us while we are there. Jay, continue scanning the area and try to find the main roots of the bushes.” Jay nodded quietly, showing his screen with the root system displayed, “Already on it.” “Chad, I want you to go over with Ambrose the pattern in which the Eos attack and create any kind of traps or small-scale weapon you can. “ Chad grinned, cracking his knuckles with gleaming eyes, “You got it, Marshal!” “Cynthia, do you think you can try to find a way to communicate with them?” Cynthia merely smiled, “Sure, give me twenty minutes.”
So with that settled, the foursome gathered up their gear and left the village to head into the EOs territory. Wazane had given them some more Aurum crystals to use however they deemed fit to aid them in their mission. Kekushi offered to have some of their healers inspect me, but I kindly refused. I wasn’t comfortable with them possibly finding out of my Bearer identity so I decided to have COMET inspect me instead.
It was late afternoon now as COMET was finishing up my examination. I sat on the floor of our room as her orb hovered over my head closely, the chirps and low humming of her drive almost calming me. Marshal was in the boys’ room with IX, most likely reading or studying some strategies. It was normal for him as a leader to go over those subjects. Must feel like a burden sometimes.
It appears your injuries are mostly healed, even your head is losing its bruising. I nodded as I got up from my bed. I glanced out of the window next to our beds and noticed the sunlight was dying. “I don’t think I’d ever get used to the short days here.” Then again, how could you when you’re used to long days and nights? Maybe Marshal would know? I should ask how he coped with it.
COMET flew back into my earpiece as I opened the door to our room and knocked on the boys’ door. “Be right there,” Marshal replied hastily as I waited. A few moments later, THUD, I flinched at the sudden noise. “Marshal? You ok in there?” I asked quickly, unsure what he could have possibly tripped on. “I’m good, just-“ the door opened with Marshal rubbing his elbow. “Tripped over one of Jay’s drawing pads that’s all.”
I stood there and blinked. Behind Marshal’s weak grin, their room looked like a war zone of clothes, some small equipment, and pencils. “Who died?” I asked with a small exhale. I had never seen Marshal get so red before as he hastily ushered me inside. “Uhh, Chad and Jay sometimes don’t organize when we go on missions. Trust me, our dorm back at Skylar is a lot cleaner than here.”
I nodded slowly as I gingerly stepped over some clothes to sit down in an open space in the middle of the room. “I pray for your sake it is.” I brushed aside my growing bangs to get a better look at their room.
It was similar to ours but the only difference was the paintings and color of the room. Dark orange, silver and pale red that was almost pink were splashed across the room. The paintings depicted battles field with the spoils of war and others were a calamity of nature such as volcanos erupting. Goodness, I feel uncomfortable in here, like the aftermath of a bloody battle hangs over me.
Marshal rubbed his blond locks as he sat down across from me, “Yeah…it’s bad I know. On longer missions, the rooms somehow get clean but..” He looked around in slight despair before looking at me again, “I doubt that’s going to happen this time.” I snorted at his admission, “Agreed. On the subject of missions, I was actually wondering….how do you get adjusted…so quickly? I mean, to the planet’s rotation, gravity, and day and night cycles? Just how?” I winced at myself for sounding so desperate, but it was his look that caught me off guard.
At first, he looked like he was merely thinking about his answer but after some time, his eyes were dull almost, as if he wasn’t even staring at the wall behind me. He remained that way for a short while before speaking, “It takes a while and depends on the planets you visit but if you train your body and mind enough, they’ll adjust accordingly. It’s hard at first but if it’s the path the Creator put before you, you just have to walk in faith trust no matter the trials. You have to.”
I was silent as he looked at me, a very serious look in his eyes. I could feel my face tighten as my concern rose slowly. Sure Marshal was serious most of the time, but this was different. It almost a pained serious, something I understood but where did he experience it? Should I try to calm him? No, I’d get only more upset if someone did that to me? I’ll ask.
“Marshal, did you…have an experience like that? In the past?” I asked carefully, moving my hand awkwardly to his shoulder in hopes to show I understood on some level what he was remembering. He blinked, staring at me with a blank face before getting up in a rush. “What? No…well…did I answer your question? Not sure if it was helpful.” He looked around as he stumbled his way to the window.
I frowned but rose with him. “Yes, it helps. Thank you,” You’re not going to ask? I don’t know. Marshal doesn’t usually hold back stories like this. You do. I’m getting better! True, true. Yet, Marshal seems…a bit afraid. Maybe I’ll ask later. I looked hard at Marshal and I’m sure he felt my hard stare because he kept his gaze out the window. We remained like this for a moment until Marshal jumped up. “They’re back! Let’s go what they found out,” He grabbed my wrist and we ran down the hallway and out the door.
The others were at the gate waiting for us as Marshal and I came running out. “So what did you all discover?” Marshal asked with eager eyes as we came to a stop at the gate. Everyone else appeared relaxed with their weapons visible. They all had grins on their faces and they seemed restless. Odd….but ok, I crossed my arms as Jay pulled up his hologram map again.
“The mission was a success. We were able to track the roots of the bushes deep underground and extract it safely. The EO’s appeared about 25 minutes after we arrived and Chad and I were busy putting the poisonous plant in a vacuumed container, so Cynthia translated to them what we were doing.” Cynthia nodded before speaking up, “DEVI helped by communicating what I was saying to them. I was able to make them understand we were here to help Vlosse by discovering why they attacked the Vlosse’s mines and how we discovered their problem as well.”
Once they understood our purpose, they immediately dropped their defenses and began to inquire how they could prevent such a disaster in the future. They can be so surprisingly simple-minded. They also were very surprised by the warriors they meet yesterday. Not that they are good fighters anyway, DEVI’s last remark seemed a little harsh but that was brushed aside as the conversation continued on. “So once we finished extracting the weeds, we told them to wait in their village until the Vlosse approach them so they can both work out solutions to their issues at hand.” Cynthia grinned in triumph.
I glanced at Marshal, who was smiling at the mission’s success before I spoke up, “So how are the Vlosse and EOs going to negotiate or talk with one another without a translator? You needed DEVI after all.” They all seemed to ponder my question for a moment before Jay seemed to come up with something. He quickly tapped on the bracelet, causing it to light up as if it was powering up. “Chad, connect to my program.” Chad frowned for a moment, but tapped his ring anyway, causing it to light up before a beam of light shot out from both and connected.
“Oh! I see what you’re doing now. It’s a language net system so they can communicate frequently without even needing a second translator. You’re a genius, Jay!” Chad grinned in excitement as Jay nodded back before they each started working on their own ASPPN (A.I.-Supported-Portable-Personal-Network.)
Ambrose skipped over to me, “Are you still feeling alright? How’s your head?” She stretched herself up to feel my head as I quietly nodded, “I’m fine. COMET looked over my injuries earlier, I’m healing.” Ambrose sighed in relief as Cynthia came over to us four. “The Elders are coming Marshal.” At her beckoning, we turned around to see Wazane, Kekushi, and a few others approaching where we stood.
“Good evening Marshal, Ambrose, Cynthia, and Dianne. I wish a good evening to Chad and Jay but they appear to be preoccupied at the moment. Tell me, how is the process of the mission?” Kekushi inquired in a kind voice to which Marshal answered, “Elder Kekushi, we have successfully discovered why the Ent-Orcs were invading your Aurum mines and have laid the grounds of which both species can solve their problems.”
Marshal paused a moment to type on his glove and pull up a screen so they could see the report he had written up in his own time along with the maps of where the Zisinth had been located, information on the Aurum remedy, and the schematics of the surrounding area for possible mines and boundaries. “Please look through this and you will gain a full understanding of the situation.”
I watched with a silent gaze as Kekushi and the other Elders carefully read through the report. They are very attentive to detail. Maybe that might balance out with the Ent-Orcs apparent tendency to be fairly simplistic. This could be a good driving point for an alliance between the two.
“I see. It appears they have a greater need at hand for identifying natural threats and help in discovering the resources they need. We will be glad to help them. Thank you all again for your aid.” Kekushi bowed to us along with the other Elders. We repeated the gesture with smiles. “Yes, but, how are we going to communicate with them since we need to help them now. We don’t have enough time to learn their language.” Wazane looked concerned but I eased her mind, “Jay and Chad are spreading a bilingual language net system over the extent of both your territories.”
“Once it’s in the ground, whenever one of either of your species speaks, the system will catch the sound waves from your voice and translate it when it enters your ear. It’s the same as a translator earpiece, only it’s in the ground and not as cumbersome.” I explained as we felt a small surge in the ground below us and Jay came with Chad to the group. “It’s exactly as Dianne said. Everything is ready for you, Elders.” I noticed now how we were placed in a line with Marshal on one end and me on the other.
Wazane’s eyes sparkled and Kekushi smiled. He stepped towards Marshal, who bowed his head slightly. I watched with curiosity as Kekushi placed his hand on Marshal’s forehead and then traced his index finger down. There was a line of red and green oil on Marshal’s forehead now. He and Kekushi exchanged a smile before moving to Cynthia to repeat the gesture. That appears to be plant oils from Kekushi’s hand. In the Fortaare village, that’s seen a blessing from the Elders. Oh, I see now. This is an honor then.
Kekushi continued this ceremony until he reached me. I bowed my head like the others, trying to hide my slightly trembling hands. I honestly felt like I had been more a bother than a help to this mission. I passed out because of my own lack of knowledge of myself. How foolish of me. I felt Kekushi place his hand on my forehead and then felt the warmth of the oils. I gave him a small nod to show appreciation as he stepped back. He gazed deeply into my eyes before speaking, “I sense you have many questions, Miss Dianne. Remember this, focusing on irrelevant facts is like looking through clouded eyes. Knowledge is power only if a person knows what facts are not to be bothered with.”
“The mistakes of your past form the roots of the wisdom of your future.” In my shock, I glanced up to see Wazane smiling. Are they…giving me advice? But… The Creator works in mysterious ways indeed. I quickly bowed my head in respect to hide my unusual fluttered expression.
“Once again, we thank you Star Squad for your assistance. Know that you always have a warm welcome here and may the stars watch over you as you journey back.” “And may the Creator watch over your village and bring you peace.” We all bowed to each other before our team turned to leave. Ambrose smiled and waved back to the everyone as we pulled down our masks and activated our boards. Soon, we were flying swiftly over the forest back to our ship.