Thank you everyone for reading, please enjoy chapter II!
Discovery~ Chapter II
A small, sweet, soft tune filled the library and no one looked up as a young woman and her companion entered.
Caitlyn StarNight looked around, and then found exactly what she was looking for. A desk near an empty shelf and she smiled then nudged the Puvia off her arm and onto the shelf as she sat down.
Sorra gave a cheery chirp, still growing steadily and fast. She had almost doubled in size, and was almost as big as Caitlyn now.
So she hopped on the shelf and twisted her head under her wing. Her brightly colored feathers puffed up as her magi settled down to study.
Caitlyn looked up, her eyes bright, but touched with an intelligence that hadn't been there. This past month had been an eye opener, taking care of the Puvia and studying to become a magi was nearly impossible, but Caitlyn had managed it, barely. Her Puvia, growing more intelligent by the day, seemed to sense that her magi saw her studies just as important as herself, and often would stay quiet while Caitlyn studied and even went out a foraged her own food, but would always return to snuggle at night.
Though Sorra's growth indicated that soon, she would be too big and heavy to fit inside Caitlyn's room, and would have to wait on a perch now rigged outside Caitlyn's room window.
Liav was watching his student study from the second floor of the library. His lemur was looking a pretty spider web above his head.
The older Magi had been worried for the Puvia more than his student, but it turned out Caitlyn had
been ready to shoulder the responsibility of a companion. She had proven herself able to balance time between him, studying and Sorra, even the Puvia had proven receptive to her young magi's studies.
Liav turned to see an older woman with a dark gray robes and a four humming birds, two male, two female hovering around her head. His eyes widened then he bowed deeply to her.
"Master Juni." He straightened, “How may I help you?"
"Come with me." She said quietly and turned on heal to walk out of the library. Liav looked back for a second, beckoning to his lemur before he followed Juni.
Liav had been confident at first that nothing was wrong, but as he was led through barely traveled passageways and some doors which were intricately carved, he became steadily less sure of himself.
When Juni came to the last door she held out her hand the caving on it glowed a bright blue as it absorbed her magic. The door slowly opened and inside the small room beyond was well kept, clean, but sparse. Four other magi sat waiting and Liav swallowed hard as her recognized all of them.
First was Juni, head magi of The Keep. She had been here for a long time, and raised many companions who had done many quests by her side. She was honored by all and often seen chatting with younger magi or teaching young creatures their manners.
The Second was an aged man with a black beard and dark purple robe. His companion was a Roc who eyes his Lemur suspiciously, but didn't do anything else. This was Master Erir, who lived in the mountains and came to The Keep only on business.
The third was Master Aqan. He was the youngest of the Masters, having every single water creature as a companion he lived by the sea and came by The Keep often to drop off eggs of his companions.
The fourth was Master Arkana, and woman who had no lost her beauty to age. She had an Arkenian Kitsune sitting at her feet under the table. She lived up North on the fringes of Arkene, taking care of creatures which lived in the ice and snow.
The fifth and last was High Master Drico, he wasn't the oldest, but most certainly the most powerful. He lived everywhere and nowhere, preferring to travel over the land rather than live in one place. He would look upon different villages and gladly report if anyone there could possibly be a magi, or maybe if a gang of thieves was running amuck, he would swiftly deal them justice, return stolen goods then move silently on. His usual companion wouldn't have fit inside the building, as a Black Ice Dragon that had been around since before The Keep was of great size.
"Sit, Liav." Drico said, pointing to the chair at the end of the table.
Liav nodded and sat down as directed. There was a silence before Juni spoke.
"Liv, we seem to be having a problem." She said and he looked up in confusion, but was unable to speak.
"The Dark magic of the world is growing." Erir continued.
"Even the pure white snow has been tainted by the touch of dark magic." Arkana explained and Liav tried to speak but found no words would fall from his mouth. A silence spell, they wished for him not to speak.
"And we have the feeling another war is coming." Aqua said, motioned to Liav.
"But what does this have to do with me?" He asked, honestly confused, "I'm just a regular Magi."
Drico looked down the table at him and he kneaded the scar on his temple, a scar from the last Magi War. He seemed to be lost in a memory before he sighed.
"Liav." His voice seemed to echo in the room. "There was something we, I did at the end of the last war, which I now regret." He looked around the room for a few moments. "At the end of the war, we took away the powers of the Dark Magi, and banished them from The Keep. Most, in fact, almost all went to live scattered among regular human villages, but some went to live in the Silva Forest."
"We didn't object, if they wished to risk their lives to the wild Direwolves and Manticores, that was their choice, but it would appear that we did not take away everyone's powers..." Aqan said.
"Yes," Drico stated. "I started to pick up rumors about 17 years ago of a dark robed magi who had been traveling around, swooning all the woman of all the villages, playing tricks on hapless children and generally making a fool on himself. I never found him... Though it would appear I don't need to." He waved a hand and a fine mist seemed to form above the table. In the mist the image of a young woman with light brown hair and green eyes appeared. She seemed happy and Liav noticed a startling similarity between her smile and Caitlyn's. "This is Caitlyn's mother is it not?"
"I..." Liav nodded as he thought. "That is her; she gave birth to Caitlyn here during a storm."
Drico nodded. "Well, it would appear that 'magi' I speak of is the father of Caitlyn, and isn't one of The Keep."
"Then what does this have to do with..." he was cut off by a cutting gesture from Aqan and he fell silent.
"What this has to do with Caitlyn, Liav," Drico said coldly, "Is that she is one of the few remaining Dark Magic Magi on this World. I am not saying we need to banish her..." he raised a hand to stop Liav's protest. "A candle can just as easily go out as burn brighter, she is touched from birth with Dark Magic. But even the darkness has its good qualities. You must make sure she never learns any Dark Magic Spells."
Liav dipped his head, "I know no Dark Magic Spells, and I will try to steer her attention away from any of those sorts of teachings." He hesitated before giving his lemur and gentle caress to calm his nerves. "Should I tell her?"
"No." All the Master Magi said at the same time. Then Juni spoke alone.
"She must not learn about it. She will see no difference in the magic unless she is pointed to those differences. We will continue to monitor her progress. Keep an eye on her and do not let her travel anywhere outside the normal boundaries without your permission. You may leave, Uni?" One of the four small hummingbirds flew over to Juni. "Please lead Liav back to the regular Keep please." The small bird made a few loops in the air before the door opened and Liav followed the tine bird out of the room.
A few months later
"Come of Sorra. You can handle it. I swear I won't move around that much." Caitlyn comforted her Puvia.
However, Sorra seemed less than convinced.
At the moment Caitlyn was sitting on the back of Sorra, who had grown even bigger than her. Sorra had been rigged out with a special harness that the two had been working with for weeks now. The bird did not seem convinced she could carry her magi and the few supplies she had packed into the pouches on the harness. The pair was sitting in the roof of The Keep, and two were obviously arguing, even though one of them could not speak the human language.
"Sorra..." Caitlyn said, her voice tinted with a hint of humor. "You could be carrying Master Roi."
At that name the Puvia seemed indefinitely happier. Master Roi was a heavy man, not obese by any means, but heavy enough, the only companions which would let him ride was his Alpaca and his Baku.
Sorra hopped forward to the edge of the roof and flapped her wings a few times. Caitlyn tightened her grip on the harness, checked the pouch with the scroll and her money and summoned up a slightly wind to help her Puvia lift off.
Sorra leapt off the roof and flapped her wings, lifting into the air with a grace that Caitlyn could only admire. She gave direction only via her magic and the way she shifted her weight upon Sorra's back. Giving a warble the bird dived at the subtle command to swoop above the other animals she had adopted.
Two Adult Pearl Wyrms, one a Female Copper (Ivy Pearl), the other a Male Black (Midnight Pearl) sat near a small decorative pond, watching a young female Kitsune, Ali Berri, play with Ivy's tail and a young male Ibex, named Demor, munching on some grass.
Ali Berri looked up and bounced around in a few circles. Caitlyn smiled, knowing very well the young Kitsune could follow her to the village, and gave Sorra the command to start to the southeast, in the direction of the village. So she was off to see her mother, with a Puvia and a young Kitsune following.
Liav wasn't frantic when he had entered Caitlyn's room to find it clean and straightened out. What had worried him was the note left on the bed.
Sorra is now strong enough to carry my weight and I wished to go visit my mother, as I have never seen her. By the time you read this, I will probably already be gone. Ivy and Midnight will watch over the eggs and Demor while I'm gone, Ali Berri with follow me to the village I'm sure unless I lock her inside The Keep.
I will always use my manners and try to scare anyone. With a Puvia and a little Kitsune, I should be fine, both are loveable and cute.
I will be back in about a month,