Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mist Magic part 26

The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
Magic returned to the sea battles. The interventions of the gods became more vigorous, more extreme. The battling gods assigned many powerful minions to serve their proxies on Earth, for these princes of Rodona are not gods of the sort that we think of today. They are powerful, but they are not omnipresent and they must do most of their work through servants --the demigods and the demons of Rodona.

Yasasarame of the Philistines joined Azdior, and Hades joined Poseidon --that very Hades who was god of all the dead peoples that the Greeks had destroyed when invaded the Aegean Peninsula. Then Baal of the Canaanites joined Azdior and others joined Poseidon. Now it truly became a war of two worlds. In Earth it was the Greeks and Kadlandith against the rest of the Aghianar. In Rodona it was Poseidon and the gods of the Aegean peninsula and Asia Minor against Azdior and the gods of Egypt and the Levant.

With the aid of warring gods the sorcerers grew in power until a single Valangzar or Kurete was more feared than a fleet of ships. Poseidon lent to the Kuretes the great wyrm Charybdis who could flood the land. Yasasarame lent to the Valangzar the Laelaps, a black-liquid demon in the shape of a hound, an unstoppable assassin with the power to seek out and kill anyone that it was sent after. Some of the Kuretes rode hypogryphs and Crete was guarded by a giant man of bronze. There were great magics in those days and periapts of great power.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Mist Magic part 25

The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
The Greeks had learned from the Kadlandithar, and now the Kadlandithar learned from the Greeks. The Kadlandithar learned to raid and pillage. They learned to be slavers. And they learned to worship Poseidon and pray to him as though he cared anything about their daily lives.

And by raiding and enslaving their brothers, the Kadlandithar became a stench to the Aghianar and the Aghianar determined to annihilate them for the treason of a brother is more bitter than the hatred of an enemy.

As for Azdior, he cared nothing for worship; to him humans were nothing but allies and trading partners. But Azdior despised Poseidon, holding Poseidon in contempt for the weakness of craving the attention and worship of lesser creatures like humans. It perhaps would have meant little to Azdior if Kadlandith had merely stopped trading with him in preference for another Rhodonaar prince, but to leave Azdior for Poseidon and worse, to give Poseidon the worship that he craved, this infuriated Azdior.

And was not a sweet temper that caused Azdior to be known as the Bull God.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mist Magic part 24

The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
The Kuretes were kept secret for nearly two years, but soon the rest of the Aghianar learned of this betrayal and they demanded an immediate end to the teaching and they demanded that all of the Kuretes be turned over to them for elimination for the Aghianar recognized the danger of giving away all of their secrets to barbarians. Yet the fool Presaron defied them all and there was civil war among the Aghianar with the Greeks on the side of Kadlandith.

The Greek ships --now based on Aghianar designs-- were commanded by Kuretes with the powers of mist magic and the ships of all the Aghianar had Valangzus. At first there were battles of magic, but Azdior learned what was happening and began to refuse his power. The Kadlandithar knew that this was the end of them and they were about to kill Presaron when Poseidon intervened and saved him, for Poseidon wanted to destroy all the Aghianar and he wanted the civil war to continue. After that, Poseidon and his minions were taught to use the mist magic as well, and all of Kadlandith turned to Poseidon.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Mist Magic part 23

The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
Aegus demanded as his ransom the right to send nine young men per year to the school in Kadlandith known as Delzhenith (the "zh" represents a voiced "sh" sound). The students and masters of that school were known as or the Delzhenidar or the Telchenides in the mispronunciation descended from the Greeks.

The nine young men were called the Kuretes after the Greek mispronunciation of Kadlandith and the first nine were a remarkable lot --mental and physical prodigies, every one of them, chosen by direct intervention of Poseidon through an oracle. The Kuretes quickly learned the writing, arithmetic, navigation, and engineering of the Aghianar; they learned the forging of the Philistines and the geometry of the Egyptians. This was the true beginning of Greek greatness, all stolen like everything else good in Greece, from others by threat of murder.

Those nine young men --you would recognized some of their names even today-- became great teachers and wizards, so influential that they almost alone raised the Greeks from a few scattered tribes of scrounging barbarians into a thriving civilization on the road to the Classical Age.

The Kuretes were also taught martial skills by a former captain of Pharaoh's personal guard, a form of training reserved for select guardsmen and Valangzar. The training involved dancing in their armor, which is the primary non-mythological story that the Kuretes are remembered for today.

Finally, the Kuretes were taught the magic of mists. Yes, the fools of the Delzhenith actually taught the Greeks how to empower their gods.

storyblogging and trivia

The Storyblogging Carnival is up on Dean's World. Dean's World is a huge blog, so it will be interesting to see what this does to my hit count. I couldn't believe that there were only five entries in this Carnival, what with being advertised on Dean's World and with the opportunity to get a link on Dean's World.

Anyway, I'd like to thank Trudy for her efforts and wish her a speedy recovery from the flu.

You may have noticed that I've now posted Mist Magic sections for two days in a row. I'm planning to do one per day until it's finished. We'll see. The next section will go up tonight some time.

I'm pretty sure I have today off so I'm not going into work. I guess I'll find out for sure tomorrow.

I should spend the day catching up on work, but I'll probably spend a good chunk playing Star Craft. I hate those evil Zerg. Except when I am the evil Zerg; when I'm playing the evil Zerg, I recognize that we aren't an evil race, just misunderstood. We have to consume the rest of the races in the universe because we are really hungry. Those other races just don't understand how hungry we are.

I keep imagining Jerry Zeinfield doing his line "BE-E-E-ERG. I love to say that. Alec BE-E-ERG", only he's doing it with "ZE-E-ERG" instead.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mist Magic part 22

The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
It was a surreal experience, lying on the damp ground, shrouded in mist, listening to the odd story full of obscure bronze-age anecdotes, bronze-age Greek hatred and the occasional quote from purported bronze-age writings, from a man that looked frail but who could jump off of towers without injury, claim to be a ancient priest with a straight face, and toss me around like a crumpled fast-food hamburger wrapper. He paused in his story telling, staring off into the distance, whether in memory or delusion I know not.

"So, what happened to the Aghianar?" I asked, sitting up slightly and slipping my arms out of my jacket sleeves to wrap it around me, feigning much more pain than I felt.

He looked down at me as I settled back into the swirling whiteness. When I lay down like this, we were almost invisible to each other in the fog. "Aegus was clever," he finally confided. "He knew that the value of a hostage is fleeting. He knew that soon Androgiar would die, or Presaron would lose power, or the Valangzus would take action in spite of Presaron's wishes. So Aegus didn't demand gold or trade goods; he demanded knowledge."

"... the young people that were sent to Crete to be eaten by the Minotaur." I surmised, "They came back with Aghianar knowledge, customs, and attitudes and this was described figuratively as being eaten by the Aghianar god."

"Possibly that is the source of the myth," the man acknowledge. "Although these young men were sent to Kadlandith, not Crete, and there were other incidents through the centuries were young Greeks were sent to Crete as hostages. The story of people being devoured by a huge man bull are somewhat exaggerated."