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The Guardians of Embrellon – XVI

He and Catya quickly sent a message down the link to Jatar to come, with a patrol and meet them. Jatar arrived a day later and when Chrylos took him inside the tomb, there was a strange silence that fell on Jatar, and with tears in his eyes he told Chrylos that all his life, he had heard about the Tomb of Lantana, every Senior Commander knew the story, but he and Catya found it. He hurried his cadets into the tomb and they loaded the bracelets. Jatar told Chrylos that the bracelets focused energy and if the wearer focused his thoughts, he could use the energy as a weapon, a shield, for protection of others, and if linked with many guardians, could form a protective barrier that no weapon could penetrate. It was the greatest find in Chrylos’ life. They returned to the Great Temple, called for all the Senior Commanders, trained them to use the bracelets, and sent them to their bases with bracelets for all the Guardians. This would be a one sided fight when Tygos’ forces returned, and they wouldn’t be able to take Catya. Chrylos and Catya breathed a sigh of relief, and with this, the Tomb of Lantana became a place that all Embrellon revered and would visit.
Once the devices were distributed to all the Guardians, they had to learn how to use them. They were controlled by thought. And the mind had to be trained to do it. Chrylos seemed to be an adept, he was able to get the shield without a struggle, and he could fire the energy blast now without losing the shield. That was going to be hardest for them. You had to learn to keep the shield up, and fire the energy, and it was amazing how you could focus the energy into a fine point, or into a wide pattern, and keeping the shield up took effort.
The other Guardians weren’t as fortunate overall. There were a few who were naturally adept like Chrylos, the others were struggling just to maintain the shield. It bothered Chrylos that something like this was happening, the Guardians were all used to flying while speaking on the link, maintaining the link during battle, and functioning on the link, but operating the bracelets while fighting seemed different, it took so much concentration to keep the shields up. They all could fire the energy bolts effectively, but only a few could do both at the same time, and those few, weren’t enough to protect the planet.
They had to keep working at it until they could all use the crystal weapons. They still didn’t know if the shields could deflect or absorb a blast from the Marn weaponry, they only had what was written inside the tomb. That they could form a shield, use an energy blast, and combine together to make a large shield, but, what they didn’t have was instructions on how. It made Jatar think that the reason the bracelets were in the tomb was that even though they had discovered the secret of tanzite, they couldn’t make it work well enough that all the Guardians could take advantage of it, and it was a bandage over a larger problem.
He asked the Archivists to look in the records of three hundred years ago to discover what happened that caused the Marn to abandon their conquest of Embrellon. They didn’t have the bracelets, they had been entombed one hundred and fifty years before the end of the last Marn conquest. They had abruptly left and hadn’t returned for three hundred years. They needed answers, and they couldn’t wait.
As he was pondering all of this, he failed to notice that someone had entered the chamber and was watching him from the shadows. Then, someone spoke to him, “Jatar, you are trying too hard to find the answers you seek. The solution hasn’t eluded you, your blinded by the chaos in your mind. Clear your mind of everything, and the solution you seek, will become apparent.” Jatar looked around to see who it was that had spoken from the shadows, and he saw the outline of large Skree, he asked who was there, and he was shocked when Tambar stepped from the shadows and sat down in front of him. “Jatar, how long have you been bound to Quinlan?” he said, and Jatar said “Thirty-five years since he broke his shell” Tambar looked at him and told him to seek the council of one he shared his mind with. Then he was gone.
He cleared his mind, and reached out for Quinlan, and his life-mate came to the chamber, laid down upon the bier beside his chair, looked deep into Jatar eyes, and began to ease his mind. There was more to the Skree than they knew. Quinlan, who seldom spoke aloud, told Jatar to think of peaceful thoughts, places they had been that brought him great pleasure and peace, and when he envisioned the private place they had built, it was in a small glade, with trees around it, a small lake fed by a stream was there, the water was clear and cold, and the house they built was a cave that they had found closed the face up, put in running water, found a way to heat water, built a sauna room, and had furnished it with small things from a good life. When he and Quinlan had found their mates, Tarina and Lereeza, they had both been brought to that place, and they had spent their lives together, and for them, he must win against the Marn.
As he focused on the peaceful life that they had tried to build, he realized the answer to the problem wasn’t to train all the Guardians to be able to do what Chrylos and the few could do. What he needed was to train them to all raise the shield, but not all of them needed to hold the shield and use the energy bolt at the same time. He got excited. If they could specialize the training to do one or the other. They could all use the energy bolt, and everyone could bring up the shield, and if he trained his forces to do either one or the other, and continued to train those who could do both to be Rangers, they might just have a chance after all. He wasn’t kidding himself, it was going to take a lot of hard work, and it would take time, but they could make the time work. The other thing that they didn’t know was if the shields would deflect or absorb the Marn weapons, he needed to test them, and he had an idea, if Chrylos was willing that is. If the shield could deflect or absorb the energy bolts the crystals produced, then maybe they could absorb the Marn weapons. They already saw that the energy bolts were far more destructive than the Marn weapons, and if that was the test, then they needed to do it.
Jatar sent for Chrylos, with a hope he would say yes. He was nervous, this was a test that could be deadly to the person holding the shield and right now, sacrificing a leader as good as Chrylos was risky at best. He just hoped Chrylos would see the reasoning behind the request, and say yes. Chrylos entered the room and he seemed bigger to Jatar, possibly it was self confidence that made Chrylos seem larger, but their hope was about to be placed on his shoulders and he hoped that Chrylos was up to the task. Chrylos asked him what he needed and Jatar, looking at his hands, raised his head and Chrylos could see the hope, the pain, the torment in Jatar’s eyes. As he stood there looking at Jatar, he knew he was about to be asked to do something dangerous, but something that was absolutely necessary. Chrylos spoke before Jatar had a chance, “Jatar, I know you want to ask me to do something, something dangerous, something that might kill me, and your struggling with asking me to do it. Whatever it is, whatever you’re going to ask of me, the answer is yes, I will do whatever it takes to secure the peace and safety of our world, for all of Embrellon, Brellon and Skree alike.” As usual, Chrylos had said yes. He couldn’t remember a time when given orders, that he had ever refused, or even questioned the tasks that he had been given. This was a relief to Jatar and made the request that much easier.
He told Chrylos what he wanted to try, and how if the shields would deflect or absorb the energy bolts, then how he wanted to train the Guardians to deploy against the Marn. Chrylos looked at him, and then he slowly smiled, he would do it, and he saw the possibilities, and what this would mean. It was a little scary, to stand there with a shield made of energy, to see if it was strong enough to repel an energy bolt, but, the alternative made him even more fearful. To see his beloved Catya taken away, forced to marry someone else, and to be gone from his life forever, not to mention that her life-mate Zala couldn’t survive off world, and she would surely die once Catya left, and that couldn’t be allowed to happen, it would devastate Gryton to lose Zala, and then all four of them would be dead, because he knew that if she were able to, Catya would rather die here than be taken, even if it meant dying by her own hand.
Chrylos prepared himself as best as possible. He had taken as firm a stance as he could, and raised his shield. He had discussed it in depth with Jatar, and they decided that since he could raise the shield and keep his concentration better than the others, that he would be the one to be fired at. Jatar wanted to do it in stages, try the blast with a weaker bolt, and increase the intensity as they went, but they had discovered that so far, that couldn’t be done. They could make it a pinpoint of precision, or a wide bolt, but it was the same intensity, either way. So, Chrylos came up with an idea, they would use the wide disperse pattern first, if the shield held, then they would narrow the width of the beam, that they could do. He chose his second in command to fire the bolt. Cartan was the best second he had had, and if this went terribly wrong, he would be able to take command of the Rangers. He and Catya quickly sent a message down the link to Jatar to come, with a patrol and meet them. Jatar arrived a day later and when Chrylos took him inside the tomb, there was a strange silence that fell on Jatar, and with tears in his eyes he told Chrylos that all his life, he had heard about the Tomb of Lantana, every Senior Commander knew the story, but he and Catya found it. He hurried his cadets into the tomb and they loaded the bracelets. Jatar told Chrylos that the bracelets focused energy and if the wearer focused his thoughts, he could use the energy as a weapon, a shield, for protection of others, and if linked with many guardians, could form a protective barrier that no weapon could penetrate. It was the greatest find in Chrylos’ life. They returned to the Great Temple, called for all the Senior Commanders, trained them to use the bracelets, and sent them to their bases with bracelets for all the Guardians. This would be a one sided fight when Tygos’ forces returned, and they wouldn’t be able to take Catya. Chrylos and Catya breathed a sigh of relief, and with this, the Tomb of Lantana became a place that all Embrellon revered and would visit.
Once the devices were distributed to all the Guardians, they had to learn how to use them. They were controlled by thought. And the mind had to be trained to do it. Chrylos seemed to be an adept, he was able to get the shield without a struggle, and he could fire the energy blast now without losing the shield. That was going to be hardest for them. You had to learn to keep the shield up, and fire the energy, and it was amazing how you could focus the energy into a fine point, or into a wide pattern, and keeping the shield up took effort.
The other Guardians weren’t as fortunate overall. There were a few who were naturally adept like Chrylos, the others were struggling just to maintain the shield. It bothered Chrylos that something like this was happening, the Guardians were all used to flying while speaking on the link, maintaining the link during battle, and functioning on the link, but operating the bracelets while fighting seemed different, it took so much concentration to keep the shields up. They all could fire the energy bolts effectively, but only a few could do both at the same time, and those few, weren’t enough to protect the planet.
They had to keep working at it until they could all use the crystal weapons. They still didn’t know if the shields could deflect or absorb a blast from the Marn weaponry, they only had what was written inside the tomb. That they could form a shield, use an energy blast, and combine together to make a large shield, but, what they didn’t have was instructions on how. It made Jatar think that the reason the bracelets were in the tomb was that even though they had discovered the secret of tanzite, they couldn’t make it work well enough that all the Guardians could take advantage of it, and it was a bandage over a larger problem.
He asked the Archivists to look in the records of three hundred years ago to discover what happened that caused the Marn to abandon their conquest of Embrellon. They didn’t have the bracelets, they had been entombed one hundred and fifty years before the end of the last Marn conquest. They had abruptly left and hadn’t returned for three hundred years. They needed answers, and they couldn’t wait.
As he was pondering all of this, he failed to notice that someone had entered the chamber and was watching him from the shadows. Then, someone spoke to him, “Jatar, you are trying too hard to find the answers you seek. The solution hasn’t eluded you, your blinded by the chaos in your mind. Clear your mind of everything, and the solution you seek, will become apparent.” Jatar looked around to see who it was that had spoken from the shadows, and he saw the outline of large Skree, he asked who was there, and he was shocked when Tambar stepped from the shadows and sat down in front of him. “Jatar, how long have you been bound to Quinlan?” he said, and Jatar said “Thirty-five years since he broke his shell” Tambar looked at him and told him to seek the council of one he shared his mind with. Then he was gone.
He cleared his mind, and reached out for Quinlan, and his life-mate came to the chamber, laid down upon the bier beside his chair, looked deep into Jatar eyes, and began to ease his mind. There was more to the Skree than they knew. Quinlan, who seldom spoke aloud, told Jatar to think of peaceful thoughts, places they had been that brought him great pleasure and peace, and when he envisioned the private place they had built, it was in a small glade, with trees around it, a small lake fed by a stream was there, the water was clear and cold, and the house they built was a cave that they had found closed the face up, put in running water, found a way to heat water, built a sauna room, and had furnished it with small things from a good life. When he and Quinlan had found their mates, Tarina and Lereeza, they had both been brought to that place, and they had spent their lives together, and for them, he must win against the Marn.
As he focused on the peaceful life that they had tried to build, he realized the answer to the problem wasn’t to train all the Guardians to be able to do what Chrylos and the few could do. What he needed was to train them to all raise the shield, but not all of them needed to hold the shield and use the energy bolt at the same time. He got excited. If they could specialize the training to do one or the other. They could all use the energy bolt, and everyone could bring up the shield, and if he trained his forces to do either one or the other, and continued to train those who could do both to be Rangers, they might just have a chance after all. He wasn’t kidding himself, it was going to take a lot of hard work, and it would take time, but they could make the time work. The other thing that they didn’t know was if the shields would deflect or absorb the Marn weapons, he needed to test them, and he had an idea, if Chrylos was willing that is. If the shield could deflect or absorb the energy bolts the crystals produced, then maybe they could absorb the Marn weapons. They already saw that the energy bolts were far more destructive than the Marn weapons, and if that was the test, then they needed to do it.
Jatar sent for Chrylos, with a hope he would say yes. He was nervous, this was a test that could be deadly to the person holding the shield and right now, sacrificing a leader as good as Chrylos was risky at best. He just hoped Chrylos would see the reasoning behind the request, and say yes. Chrylos entered the room and he seemed bigger to Jatar, possibly it was self confidence that made Chrylos seem larger, but their hope was about to be placed on his shoulders and he hoped that Chrylos was up to the task. Chrylos asked him what he needed and Jatar, looking at his hands, raised his head and Chrylos could see the hope, the pain, the torment in Jatar’s eyes. As he stood there looking at Jatar, he knew he was about to be asked to do something dangerous, but something that was absolutely necessary. Chrylos spoke before Jatar had a chance, “Jatar, I know you want to ask me to do something, something dangerous, something that might kill me, and your struggling with asking me to do it. Whatever it is, whatever you’re going to ask of me, the answer is yes, I will do whatever it takes to secure the peace and safety of our world, for all of Embrellon, Brellon and Skree alike.” As usual, Chrylos had said yes. He couldn’t remember a time when given orders, that he had ever refused, or even questioned the tasks that he had been given. This was a relief to Jatar and made the request that much easier.
He told Chrylos what he wanted to try, and how if the shields would deflect or absorb the energy bolts, then how he wanted to train the Guardians to deploy against the Marn. Chrylos looked at him, and then he slowly smiled, he would do it, and he saw the possibilities, and what this would mean. It was a little scary, to stand there with a shield made of energy, to see if it was strong enough to repel an energy bolt, but, the alternative made him even more fearful. To see his beloved Catya taken away, forced to marry someone else, and to be gone from his life forever, not to mention that her life-mate Zala couldn’t survive off world, and she would surely die once Catya left, and that couldn’t be allowed to happen, it would devastate Gryton to lose Zala, and then all four of them would be dead, because he knew that if she were able to, Catya would rather die here than be taken, even if it meant dying by her own hand.
Chrylos prepared himself as best as possible. He had taken as firm a stance as he could, and raised his shield. He had discussed it in depth with Jatar, and they decided that since he could raise the shield and keep his concentration better than the others, that he would be the one to be fired at. Jatar wanted to do it in stages, try the blast with a weaker bolt, and increase the intensity as they went, but they had discovered that so far, that couldn’t be done. They could make it a pinpoint of precision, or a wide bolt, but it was the same intensity, either way. So, Chrylos came up with an idea, they would use the wide disperse pattern first, if the shield held, then they would narrow the width of the beam, that they could do. He chose his second in command to fire the bolt. Cartan was the best second he had had, and if this went terribly wrong, he would be able to take command of the Rangers.

 

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