The Precarious Dance of Inge and Yold
Published by Kris Coeur
Copyright 2010 Kris Coeur
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“As I look down on my old city from within my obsidian prison tower, I can see the roiling masses of my former neighbors: the grimy, hard-hearted folk who were able to support me in my studies because they were willing to do the work which I was unable...or, let’s be honest, too conceited to do. There is the smoke pouring from the forge of the blacksmith who wrought the iron stands for my testing apparatuses. On the Western edge of city, there lies the humble homestead of the farmer whose wife brought me bread made from the very wheat her husband toiled to bring to fruition. I used to pity them, little did I know.
“It all began when I saw a laborer saved from destruction by one of the mysterious protectors called the Belyred. Her robe was pure white, merely an apprentice. Yet, she was able, through powers unavailable to most, to thwart the earthbound passage of a falling stone which threatened to crush the laborer. If left alone, he would have been smashed to a pulp. He wasn’t, however. The Belyred, through the use of magic, was able to protect the fool from destruction. Through this simple interplay I saw that the force of magic was being used to shelter the pathetic masses in ignorance from other forces. This led me to the poisonous question: ‘If no magical intervention takes place, what is the normal reaction of objects in our world?’