The first half of CHAPTER 7. Something of the LifeGuards , Medician Deya Beritt and the elemental force at work in the world. (This is where the author-me-struggles to balance, information, background and narrative with characters…and doesn’t have any fun at all!!)………………………….
Whereas this journey of discovery had been interesting and with some satisfaction, neither Dekyria nor his small command were content with the knowledge that they were possibly witnessing a series of echoes.
Echoes from places which had no locations, and were thus spontaneously appearing. This would have had some grim reasoning if there were the signatures of Fourth Realm indications. These however had a purity to them. Fileman Zanten possessed of a certain whimsical humour had suggested they might have to give consideration to existence of little pixies after all. Dekyria might have found this slightly amusing if he had been unable to rid himself of wondering if that were possible?
Leaving out the suggestion of small fairy folk Dekyria had discussed the sighting with Major Gellgrachen, The latter anticipating Drygnest’s request for more information at such a sighting and the need for minimum of communications to maintain the measure of secrecy, Dekyria was allowed to pursue the matter with all available resources.
“He’s still afflicted with shock and unsettlements to his being Captain,” Beritt reported on being asked for a medician’s opinion “He should be afforded a time to feel at peace,”
“Would that we were a sanctuary for weary bodies, minds and souls Medician. However, Master Bleymore’s return to comprehension and so able to be of assistance is necessary. Do what you can with all haste Medician,”
Beritt’s own opinion that it was a translator and not a medician who was required. She kept her opinion to herself.
The man’s second day under LifeGuard custody started in the last thousand of the Deep Night Watch. His nervous restlessness and clipped uncertain manner of speech both settled at her approach. Her brief friendly asking after his health, polite request to stare into his eyes, place two fingers on his upturned wrist and count; set her hands lightly on his temples, and count, ask if he’d slept, then an inconsequential chat about the springtime while she mixed up a harmless looking drink which he took willingly; all this would end with a suggestions that if he felt the need to sleep, he should and maybe The Captain to could up a small cot in a corner of the constantly occupied realm of the ‘owls’ and he would thus not be alone.
She hoped she’d got the mixture just so. The Captain would not be pleased with a sleeping Master Bleymore, just a very relaxed one.
After the fourth visit, Bleymore indeed agreed to her suggestion of a bowl of light vegetable soup and a small portion of bread, which she brought back with prompt service worthy of a noble’s serving staff. Bleymore managed a smile, and nervous swift gesture Dekyria reckoned to be of gratitude and the efficacy of her mixing of substances. It was only when she was out of the room did she give way to a long yawn.
“Never mind the medician,” she muttered “It’s a well-known fact they don’t need sleep, all part of their fribbin’ training,”
“She’s very kind,” Bleymore said a quarter way through the meal. Dekyria took advantage of this change from the previous litany of short, nervous and oblique statements of fear and warning.
“One of the best medicians I have ever met,” Dekyria was truthful in this “We had an incident mid-winter,” he paused, intentionally “A flaw in a device. There was an explosion. Tore open a man’s leg from ankle to thigh. She was there like a hawk, staunching blood, administering soporific, speaking with authority to the man and anyone she needed to assist, even managed to sew up the leg. Then sat with him for four days unless called away. He’s stuck with a hell of a limp, but he’ll live,”
Bleymore managed a slight smile
“A device? Would that have been an Ethereally charged device?”
‘Call it what you will, just speak to me Master Bleymore’
“I could not confirm that,”
“There is much danger with The Ethereal, as long as it’s natures and origins remain unclear. It’s why my chosen preference was for observation,” and returned to the soup, Dekyria bided his time, watching his own Oculator, which was currently not showing much of interest. He had been hoping for a convenient appearance of the new lights, but of course that would be asking for an unheard of collaboration from the Astatheia. Just be glad of the fellow talking and carry on with his meal.
But after a short time Dekyria felt time to move the conversation on.
“I can agree with that,” and made much of staring at his mirror’d waiting for the man’s reaction. Eventually emboldened by Beritt’s meal and soporific, Bleymore carefully edged closer.
“May I?” he asked.
‘And we have a start!’
Dekyria agreed; just the simple pattern of pale waves of light green indicating a certain amount of very minor activity about a hundred myles away.
“It’ll be another observer,” Bleymore offered “Possibly spying on someone else working for a lord or higher noble, maybe?” he sniffed “They’re being a bit obvious,” he pointed to a shade of blue at the top of the wave “That will be the target. Also obvious,”
“Agreed. We’ve been keeping any eye on them, just in case it’s a fabrication for a subversive exchange of information,”
Bleymore fidgeted, lacing and unlacing his fingers, glancing from one direction to another, before he drew a little closer to Dekyria, an index finger pointing to the mirror’d surface, his voice low, cautionary.
“You see on the lower area a thin line of orange which transmutes finally into the green?” Dekyria hadn’t noticed, one of those activities it takes a fresh pair of eyes to catch. “In my experience that suggests a pressure, one being caused by the influence of the demonic Fourth Realm. Not a rupture yet, but this careless activity could wear away the boundaries, y’see?”
“Really Master Bleymore? Would you say that’s a new development? Because it’s not one we’ve been alerted to?”
“Aspects change. That much I know,”
“Then thank you for your commentary,”
The man smiled briefly then shied away back to his table and the remains of his meal.
“I dare not stay too long at a screen. They might see me. They know of me, you see. This is why I fled here. The closest of sanctuaries,”
And he turned his face away to the wall.
‘Scraith! Sometime soon we’ll need you again Beritt. But timing. Timing,’