Downfall: Not all "heroes" are.



  • Part III: Miners

    When Diane awoke in the morning she headed for the dinning hall in hopes of finding something to eat, but just outside the door she heard a furor of students discussing the recent visit of the "saviour of Cythera." Some were complaining about Linaeus giving him an accelerated curriculum, to which others replied that at least he went off to help the miners with their ghost problem rather than stay around to bother genuine scholars.

    Diane had heard many stories about the brave, generous miners who spent their lives digging precious metals out of the earth for the beautification of Cythera. She hurried toward the door, hoping that no-one would notice; but it was not to be.

    As she turned the corner into the entry hall Diane collided with a boy scooting himself around on a chair with wheels. They crashed to the floor apologizing profusely, but Diane did not stop to make sure the boy was alright, she bolted for the door & was half way down the coast before stopping to wonder where he'd gotten the strange scar on his forehead.

    There were ruffians up ahead so Diane slipped into the trees & skulked along until she reached the miners camp in the evening. The camp cook gave her some soup & she went to sit with a couple of miners playing dice. She tried to start a conversation, but all the miners would say was, "There's no way any of us are going back in that mine with that ghost in there!"

    Seeing her distress the cook called out, "Why don't you go talk with Amphidamus? He's the foreman around here."

    Diane was able to quickly find Amphidamus & queried him, "What's this I hear about the miners being scared of ghosts?"

    "Well," replied Amphidamus, "here's how it happened:

    QUOTE

    About a week back, Atymnius, one of my men, is digging a new tunnel and discovers a bit of a cave. This would normally be good - less to dig, you know. But this cave isn't empty. There's something in it. It seemed to be sort fo man shaped, but not quite. And it seemed to glow with a whitish light, and spoke a tongue we'd never heard. Atymnius hauls out of there, scared, so myself and a couple of others go back and check it out. Sure enough, he was right. Never seen anything like that in my life, and never hope to again. I sent Atymnius to Cademia to talk with Thuria, and see what she says, but let me tell you, until that thing is gone, we ain't going back in."

    Diane nodded sympathetically, but that night she found a torch & went down the mine to the ghost's cave. It was still sitting there as if carved from the very roots of the mountains & muttering sadly to itself. Diane couldn't know what it was saying, but she knew her heart had been moaning in the same way ever since Bellerophen slew Emerald. She went over & hugged the strange being then left wondering how the miners could have been so stupid as to mistake such a solid, earthy being for a ghost.

    The miners were obviously selfish cowards, unable to help her seek justice. Perhaps magic training would give her power to achieve her quest. Diane headed back to Pnyx.



  • Cool chapter ^_^ But my favourite part has to be the Harry reference(s). Too bad we got bored with that level set we were working on.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Diane get her revenge on Bellerophen, or destroy the world, or whatever she ends up doing ^_^ Hopefully it won't be another two years until the next chapter!



  • Interesting chapter by I don't see how she would come up with the idea to go get magic training.



  • An interesting continuation to the story. I wonder what the mages will think of her quest if they learn of it?



  • QUOTE (Two Jacks @ Aug 5 2010, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

    Interesting chapter by I don't see how she would come up with the idea to go get magic training.

    It started back in the first episode when she overheard a conversation between Bellerophen & Hector...

    QUOTE (Jehezekel @ Aug 3 2008, 08:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

    There was a terrible shriek & Diane fumbled for 2 stones, but before she could get back to the hideout the voices were fading away. "Whatever! Hector, I think that in the end, my magic trai..."

    Correctly guessing the broken trai to be 'training' Diana decided the easiest place to find Bellerophen would probably be Pnyx. At that point she was probably still hoping to merely enlist the aid of the mages, but then...

    QUOTE (Jehezekel @ Aug 3 2010, 10:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

    When Diane awoke in the morning she headed for the dinning hall in hopes of finding something to eat, but just outside the door she heard a furor of students discussing the recent visit of the "saviour of Cythera." Some were complaining about Linaeus giving him an accelerated curriculum, to which others replied that at least he went off to help the miners with their ghost problem rather than stay around to bother genuine scholars.

    Having learned that Bellerophen was going to the miners...

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    Diane had heard many stories about the brave, generous miners who spent their lives digging precious metals out of the earth for the beautification of Cythera. She hurried toward the door.

    One last group that might help her! But they were too busy being afraid of a stationary ghost & depending on Bellerophen for assistance...

    QUOTE

    The miners were obviously selfish cowards, unable to help her seek justice. Perhaps magic training would give her power to achieve her quest. Diane headed back to Pnyx.

    Disappointed in the miners, Diana came back to the last thing she heard Bellerophen say, "Magic training" & decided to pursue that avenue for herself.

    Coming up next... "Mages"


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