Shadow of Life and Death

  Blessings The corridor outside the transition chamber is small, and dark. In regular light, the queen’s glow is barely visible, but here, in the dim light, strong rays of colored light shine from the queen’s head and tentacles. Keesha, Makish, the captain, and two senior officers meet us in the corridor. They are here to bring the queen to an area large enough for all the crew.” The moment that Keesha sees the queen, she bows her head to the ground, and the others follow her lead. They will not move until the queen asks them to rise. “Do you know the ways of queens and their shadows, my children?” “Yes, my queen,” says Keesha, still bowed to the ground.” “This is my death shadow,” says the queen, and squeezes the tentacle that is wrapped around mine.” “You will obey him as me, and call him Lord, until he…

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Desert Fountains

  Shared Vision “What did you find, Yagrin?” asks Keesha. “The Fiklow spirits and the queen are here, trapped by artifact energy.” “When the artifact is anywhere on Gunal, it causes them intense mental anguish.” “Are you saying, Yagrin,” asks Keesha, “that the spirits don’t want the artifact here?” “Where else should we put it?!” “Commander, I know the artifact belongs here, and the queen will allow it, if that brings comfort to her children.” “If the queen were here, Yagrin,” says Keesha, “it’s true that she would sacrifice herself for her children, but this must be an illusion.” “Perhaps you are already feeling the negative affects of the place.” “This world is dead.” “Don’t you think that the energy binders that have come would sense their own queen?” “The energy web is weak, commander, and the artifact energy is a fog that covers the presence of the spirits.” “We…

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