By Nicole Draylock
Copyright 2012 Nicole Draylock
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Syrene was determined to prove that her appointment to the Stygian Order was earned on her merits as a young mage of extraordinary talent and not the result of her father’s position as an Elder Magi of the Phoenix. Certainly, to those imbeciles who worked half their lives to attain the grade that she had earned at the tender young age of 19, it might appear that someone had pulled strings to get her the appointment, but Syrene knew they were mistaken.
Some of her instructors had even protested, pointing out that she was indeed a gifted summoner but that she was too young to be given free rein to work with Demons, the primary function of the Stygian Order. Summoning the beasts from the depths of the dark plain where they lived their tortured existence and wringing answers to the secrets of magic was the life’s work of Stygian Magi since the founding of the order.