Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sweet Saturday Sample
Queen Laurali and Halli set off on their journey from Drumple to the Castle of the Elves. Along the way, the Queen told Halli about the journey she was about to take.
“You’re going to meet a special group of people. They are called The Chosen. Striker is the leader of the group. He and his family are Elves too. He and his wife, Kaidyla, are hunters. Their daughter, Lumina, is a druid. She has magical powers that can help during battles, and she can also heal. Their good friends, Silvorhawk and Redsham, are Goliaths. Silvor is a mage, with the power to control both fire and ice. Red is a shaman. They grew up with Striker. He and Silvor were raised together like brothers.”
Halli took in all of this information about the group she was about to join silently. Her eyes did grow big, however, when the Queen mentioned Red and Silvor were Goliaths. She had heard about the gentle giants who lived in Phantasma her whole life, but had never met one. She knew they weren’t as big as the Great Giants of Phantasma, like Prince Gastle, but that they were still very large in size in comparison to other creatures in the land, especially dwarfs.
“They sound like a good mix. But you said that Lumina was the only healer, and only a partial one? That means that I’ll be responsible for keeping this group alive. I don’t know if I’m ready for that. I don’t even know how to use my powers yet...” Halli trailed off quietly, nervous about what Queen Laurali told her about The Chosen.
The Queen smiled. “Don’t worry, Halli. I have a lot of confidence in you, and I know that you can handle this. Remember, I’ve known you since the day you were born, and I saw something in you that day that told me you are the best healer for this quest. You just have to trust yourself.”
They rode silently for a while, and stopped under a large oak tree for lunch. It was here that Halli finally had the courage to ask Queen Laurali what had been burning in her mind since she told her who she was, and that it was time to fill her destiny.
“Queen Laurali,” she began. “What exactly is this mission you’re sending The Chosen, and me, on?”
The Queen smiled quietly. She knew she needed to choose her words carefully so she wouldn’t terrify the young dwarf. “Halli,” she began, “Prince Gastle must be stopped. The only way I know how to stop him is to send my best warriors after him. The Chosen is the best group of warriors I know, and I have faith that they’ll be able to conquer him. But they need a strong healer to help them, and I know in my heart that that’s you.”
Halli was in shock, more so than when she heard she was a Holy Paladin. “You mean, you’re sending me to fight Prince Gastle?!”
“I’m sending The Chosen to fight Prince Gastle, and as of today, you’ll be a member of the group. Halli, you can do this. I believe with every ounce of my being that you can. You just have to believe in yourself.”
Halli had never been more scared in her life; yet, the look in the Queen’s eyes somehow reassured her, as though she knew that if Queen Laurali believed it to be true, it must be. She took a deep breath. “If you believe in me, then I’ll believe in myself.”
Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she's a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.
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