The Golden Scepter - Chapter One
by Antavius S. Flagg
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He waited, and listened to the floor below. His parents had not been
disturbed from their sleep with the ringing of the bells. He said a silent
prayer, a prayer to the Gods that he might live to see them one last time.
Not wanting to keep Elias and Corei waiting he walked back to his window.
Concentrating he said another incantation, and feebly, a beam of light writhed
down the window, alongside his house, to form a ladder. He threw his bags down
first, and then climbed down the ladder. The night was cold, and he was
thankful he'd worn trousers, a woolen tunic, and a long cloak. Reaching the
ground he waved his hand and the ladder winked out. Linneaus picked up his bags
and walked to the center of the plaza to the fountain where he would meet Corei
and Elias. He spotted them, as he knew he would, clothed from head to food in
robes as dark as the night around him.
" I'm here!" Linneaus watched as Elais and Corei took off their hoods and
examined him in the darkness. They shot their eyes to this bags, assured he'd
brought what was requested.
Corei smiled. " Fine, then we'll leave."
" But where will we go?" Linneaus whispered. Elais's eyes brightened at the
" Well, where do you suppose Xavier will go?"
" There are many places." Elais said in a defeated tone. A cold wind
disturbed their cloaks. On it they could smell the incense that burned in the
" I think I have an idea," Linneaus said as he reached a hand into his bag
of spells and pulled out a parchment.
" Well, what is it?" Corei said as she watched Linneaus observe the scroll.
The sorcerer looked up, somewhat of a smile on his face.
" There is a place, many miles from here, that only sorcerers and people
with magic know about. It is a place that is heavily guarded."
" And what is this place?" Elias asked, drawing her cloak against the wind
of the night.
" In the ancient tongue, it is known as Brogada el-Shista Keepa,"
" The what?" Corei stammered. Linneaus cleared his throat before he
" Brodens Keep. It is a place of pure magic, and seldomly do people get
" Then that is the place we want to be," Elais said as she stared around
them, looking at the torches suspended on long poles that gave light at night
to the vast streets of Crest. It was strange that she didn't note any nocturnal
gypsies dancing well into the night. Perhaps the thought of destruction by the
Holy Scepter had frightened everyone. Linneaus spoke a few words from the
parchment, and instantly a spiral of light appeared to his left. Speaking again
the light intensified, the spiraling became more concentrated, and they all
could feel a wind coming from within it.
" This portal will led us there," Linneausís voice sounded strained as he
replaced the parchment.
" I've never walked through one of this before," Corei admitted as she
stared frightfully into the portal.
" Its perfectly harmless. All we do is step in, and then we are there."
" And how close will we be there?" Elais asked. Linneaus turned his
eyes from the portal and looked into hers.
" Well, I am not as experienced as the others. Some can calculate portals to
the exact location of their destinations, other have missed them no more than a
couple of miles. We, on the other hand, might end up farther than we expect,
but Brodens Keep should be in our sight."
" I guess a couple of mile wouldn't hurt us to walk." Elais said as she
stepped the glowing entrance of the portal.Next Page
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