Birth of the Balancer

  Fountain of Light A round crystal table, red and gold, is spread with food – fish, fruits, and vegetables. We sit for a meal, and Mayla tells us more about the city. When we finish, she hands us communication disks.

“The disks display maps of the city,” she says, “and an index of different […]

Messengers of War

  Mayla Shilann spoke of a machine that guards the city, but he called it, she.

It appears where Shilann sat, but is it woman, or machine? What does a machine need with a beautiful smile, clothes that sparkle, and long, shiny, red hair?

She rises and walks toward us with a grace that reminds […]

Fears and Legends

Fear and Exile The air is filled with sound today, a strange hum. I mention it to Shazira when she wakes, but she hears nothing. The sound waits in the background during the greeting. Then it follows me around the Watchtower as I get ready for the day. It’s a pleasant companion, not dark or […]