Kalar the Apprentice, № 10

They traveled for days to a village to the East. There they found the people plagued by a creature they called ‘the Morgrund.’

“Please help us,” the elders asked them.

Crowstone spoke to Kalar at the edge of the village. “You will find the Morgrund and kill it, Kalar. It is not a creature born of this world, so keep your wits.”

“Are you not coming, Crowstone?” Kalar asked.

Crowstone shook his head. “You must face this test alone.”

Kalar set out the next morning with only his sword for company.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 09

They sat by the fire, eating.

“You have done well in understanding the basics of windcraft, Kalar. I am very pleased,” Crowstone said. “And your skill with a blade is commendable.”

Kalar smiled. “I am an apprentice in your shadow.”

Crowstone laughed. He pointed a finger in Kalar’s direction. “And as such you will face three tests. One will test your strength and ability with a blade. The other will be in your knowledge of the windcraft. The third you shall encounter in your journey, and I cannot reveal it to you”.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 08

Crowstone trained him to use his Father’s sword.

“Thacnor is strong in the dark powers of the winds,” Crowstone said.

Kalar made swift patterns in the air with the heavy blade. His arms had become solid as iron, his back strong as oak. The blade was light in his hands and grew lighter each day.

“Thacnor. That’s his name?” Kalar asked. “I will cleave him in two with my Father’s blade!”

“Yes. But when you meet with him in combat, you will need to be an apprentice of both blade and wind. I will show you how,” Crowstone said.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 07

“And your whole clan were killed?”

Kalar nodded. “Yes.”

Crowstone was quiet for a while.

“There have been many such atrocities in the lowlands. A dark man is responsible for these atrocities,” he said.

“A dark man?” Kalar asked.

Crowstone inhaled from his pipe. “Yes, one I have known in the past. And one I shall know again soon.”

His eyes locked with Kalar’s. “You shall know him too. When it is time.”

For all the heat in the cave, Kalar shuddered. They both sat and watched the fire for a long time. Neither spoke further.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 06

“Lay still,” the voice told him. Kalar stopped trying to sit up and did as he was told.

He opened his eyes. Looked about. He was in a cave lit only by fire. The stocky frame of a man with long grey hair ambled over toward him.

“I am Crowstone. You’re lucky to be alive.”

Kalar couldn’t speak. His mouth was filled with salt and sand.

“Rest. When you are ready, we will speak,” Crowstone said.

Kalar lay back down. Fell to sleep.

Chop chop chop went the axe against the tree.

Hit it,” his Father told him. “Again.”

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 05

Hands beneath him. Pulling him. He opened his eyes. The suns above burned white hot. A hawk circled between them.

Kalar closed his eyes.

The sound of his feet dragged along the ground. A jingle of something.

His Father’s voice. “One day you will really see it.”

The chop chop chop of the axe into the tree. Thunder as it fell.

His Father. “Do not turn around. Go!”

He opened his eyes again. The hawk was gone. Glare of the white suns against the blue sky.

Kalar closed his eyes once more.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 04

That night he stole back to the camp. Everyone he’d ever known lay dead. He found his Mother’s body. Then his Father’s. He lifted his Father’s sword by the hilt, dragged it along the ground behind him as he wandered into the wilderness.

Who knew how long he walked or if he had any idea where he was going. He thought of the day he swung the axe over and over. That was all he could bear in his mind. Chop chop chop.

Eventually the suns stole the last of Kalar’s energy. He collapsed on the hardpan, spent.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 03

A full moonrise later, a tyrant and his men rode into the camp. Kalar ran between the burning shelters and fallen bodies to get to his Father. He found him cradling Kalar’s Mother. She was still, at peace for all the horror about them.

He spotted Kalar. He drew his sword. A long, heavy blade made by skilled hands generations before. The tip glinted in the sunlight. Amidst the blood and smoke, it was magnificent.

“Kalar, run into the forest. Do not stop. Do not turn around. Hide. Quickly!”

Kalar hesitated.

“Now!” his Father yelled. “Go!”

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 02

“Don’t be intimidated by the weight of the axe,” his Father said.

The forest was still. Silent. Nothing moved save the tops of the trees.

Kalar lifted the axe from where it rested against the tree stump.

“Now hit the tree,” his Father told him.

Kalar shifted the axe in his hand.

“Hit it!”

Kalar took a deep breath, lifted the axe, swung it at the tree in front of him. It barely bit into the bark.

“Again.”

He hit the tree again and again. He did not stop until it fell. The forest was filled with its thunder.

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Kalar the Apprentice, № 01

“Take a good look Kalar,” his Father said. Kalar scanned the horizon. Endless miles of sandy earth broken by green forests. Rivers ran like veins through the land, lined with Jufura trees.

“I see it Father,” Kalar said.

His Father roared with laughter. He threw an arm around Kalar and held him close. “Ah, son! But do you see it?”

Kalar frowned as his Father squeezed him.

His Father waved a hand in front of them. “All that you see is the Westwind. One day you will really see it, Kalar. One day.”

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