Kalar the Apprentice, № 20

Kalar woke, wandered a while in a daze. The suns rose. He arrived at a river.

Collapsed under the shade of a Jufura tree that grew on the bank. Sat there a while to remind himself of all that had happened. It seemed so long ago.

Where was Crowstone? Thacnor? What magic had Thacnor worked against him?

The pain in his head thundered. He shook it to clear it.

Kalar closed his eyes. Fatigue took him. The Jufura leaves rustled in the breeze and the world moved on without him.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 19

His sword dropped to the ground. He stumbled and fell.

“You have beaten me. But I am not defeated Kalar, savage born. Sword and simple pleasant spells alone will not end my existence,” Thacnor said.

Kalar raised his sword in the air. “By the steel of my Father, and his Father, I shall finish you, dark one!”

He swung down. Thacnor closed his eyes. Waved his hand. Kalar’s sword slashed through nothing. All was darkness. The fire was gone. The bodies. Thacnor. Kalar was alone.

Then Thacnor’s voice. Distant and thin. “Until we are next met.”

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 18

Kalar killed the last of Thacnor’s minions. Quickly. Then he pounced on Thacnor.

From nowhere Thacnor produced a sword of his own. A long, black twisted thing with barbs at the hilt. They fought amongst the corpses of Thacnor’s men. Back and forth in front of the campfire.

The broken disc of the moon bathed their rage in a waterfall of blue light.

Thacnor cut at Kalar. He shifted, Thacnor’s sword just missing. Then Kalar swung at him. He made a cut across the other man’s belly a foot wide. Thacnor stumbled back.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 17

Crowstone fell to his knees. Thacnor approached, laughing.

“So we are met, and so we are seen as enemies. You are beaten, old man,” Thacnor said.

Thacnor worked magic between his hands. A shadow light that glowed a sickly, poisonous green.

Crowstone raised out his arms and with no more than a whisper beckoned all the power of the Westwind into himself. The wind tore through the battle, and swept the old man away with a great silvery gust, as though all he had ever been was an illusion of smoke. Nothing more.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 16

They were a group of twenty men camped at the bottom of a valley. Crowstone led the way. He cast a web of magic that sent half of them instantly to sleep. The others he tackled one on one as they progressed. Kalar engaged the men in combat, dealt each one a swift, clean death.

Thacnor strode through the alarm and confusion with a hardened grin etched into his face.

“Old timer!” he yelled at Crowstone. “We are well met again, I see!”

Crowstone raised his staff. Thacnor threw a knife that pierced Crowstone’s mid-section.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 15

“Crowstone, tell me how did Thacnor come to live the life of a tyrant?” Kalar said.

Crowstone poked the ashes of a dying campfire with a stick. Thacnor was not far away. The fire was only hours old.

“Kalar, you will learn that there is no right or wrong. Good or bad. There is only where you find yourself. All men come to the same crossroads.”

He looked about, settled on the right direction and walked on. Kalar fell in step.

“Thacnor just made the wrong choices,” Crowstone said.

Kalar nodded, though he didn’t fully understand.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 14

“I see that you passed the first two tests,” Crowstone said, clapping him on the shoulder.

“Without your training I would have nothing,” Kalar said. “Any success I owe to you.”

Crowstone waved a hand at him. “Nonsense. I have only unlocked what was inside from the beginning. Which is all the more important now.”

Kalar frowned.

“Thacnor passed through here no more than a day ago. We are close, Kalar. Closer than I have been in years.”

Kalar looked away, to the horizon where the sun was melting. I come for you, he thought.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 13

After two days travel he lost his bearings.

He remembered all that Crowstone had taught him. Kneeling on the ground with his sword before him, he closed his eyes. With every breath he made himself one with the Westwind. Took it in, held it within himself, communicated with it. The wind gradually changed direction.

He felt it working. The power of the Westwind. A coming together of man and nature.

It blew in the direction he should take. He followed its lead. The next day he arrived at the village.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 12

When Kalar entered the village he was met with joyous celebration. The Morgrund had taken many of their elderly and children over time, and they were glad to be rid of it.

He looked all over for Crowstone.

“Where is he?” he asked one of the villagers.

“Gone. He left word for you to travel North. There you will meet him at another village,” one of them said.

Kalar nodded. He was on his own until he could rejoin Crowstone further North.

“We will hold a feast in your honour!” they told him.

He moved on the next morning.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 11

The Morgrund was crouched amongst the marshes when he found it. He crept upon it with sword drawn. Swift and silent.

At the last moment the creature turned to attack. Kalar swung at it with one mighty blow of his Father’s blade. It cut the hideous abnormality straight through.

Separated head from body in a blood-curdling scream unlike anything Kalar had heard before.

“It is done!” he said, satisfied.

He plucked its head from the water and with a grim sense of pride carried it back to the village. His trophy.

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