Challenging the Guilds

  Mind Weavers I find it easy to locate Jiku over twenty years old with Bizra eyes, even half a world away. They have a unique energy. The energy is more chaotic in children and harder to find. Besides, it’s extremely rare to find young ones with Bizra eyes that have the mental strength to be Mind Weavers. There are thirty-nine adults. Dilasa flies with me, as we visit them all, in secret. Many are tied up, restrained by their friends or family to keep them from harming themselves or others. These women suffer from the web’s sickness more than anyone else that I’ve seen. One woman is more disturbed than the rest. I begin with her, but can I help her? She is young, barely thirty years, but her face is drowning in loneliness, and she stops screaming, only long enough to breathe. I put a Kralestone ring on…

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Waking the Council

  Forgotten Memories Shazira and I take back the tower at first light from Berek’s parents. In the heart of the summer, even the night brings no relief from the heat. Dark clouds cover us, and the air is thick with humidity. The lightning storms will reach us soon. We dance the greeting to the sun, and then the four of us sit together in the Dreaming Room for a private breakfast. There are always visitors in the tower, and my words are not for them. The three children join us, but sit at another table, ten feet away. I tell Zias and Bintar that the web was altered by an alien probe. I speak of the madness that the damaged web brings us. “We’ve seen the fear in others, Yagrin,” says Bintar, “spreading across the city like a plague.” “Even children older than ten suffer from it, all but…

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