“What is that glowing thing in the middle of his chest?” Stormy asked.
Jynx looked at Obsi. “Do you know what it is?” she asked softly.
Obsi nodded. “I think it’s a dragon soul.”
Jynx squealed with delight and clapped her hands. “Oh you are incredible! Nearly two thirds of the druids that come by here don’t guess that correctly!”
“Why would you put a dragon soul in a mechanical beast?” Stormy asked with genuine interest.
“To make it real,” Jynx replied. “Dragons like Bronze and Enki are actual dragons, covered in armored scales that make it look as though they are made of metal. But dragons like Redrian and Modrian are fabricated. In order to have them accepted by organic dragons, we figured out a way to gift them a dragon soul. And do not ask how we do this! It’s a trade secret! But, rest assured NO dragons are harmed to make this happen.”
“Good to know…” Stormy said slowly as a rumble shook the ground beneath them. Morak screeched emphatically. Danger!
Above them, Griff circled, looking for a place to land on the now open roof.
“Take Morak!” Jynx yelled. “Once you’re clear of the ceiling I’ll close the roof and enable the security shields!”
“What is it?” Obsi asked as Stormy helped her onto Morak’s back.
“Not sure,” Jynx replied. “But it’s coming from the woods. Can’t be good!”
Morak rose out of the building and hovered for a moment. As they cleared the roof, Gryff got close enough for Obsi to jump on his back. They could hear the blast shields clanging into place as they flew toward the woods.
Below, the Sho-Groth was firing at something that looked like an invisible wall…
Or a portal.
A shape pushed against the invisible barrier, making it stretch and reflect the surroundings. Sho-Groth fired his biggest shot at the shape and it retreated. The portal then disappeared.
Obsi turned Gryff in the direction of Dally’s base. Stormy followed, as did Sho-Groth. Stormy repeatedly looked over his shoulder, fearful that the Void creature was going to attack.
As they landed on Dally’s base, Sho-Groth circled for a moment, then headed off toward the Twilight Woods.
The duo dismounted and found Dally in Druid Krieger’s lab with the Druid and Kharnyx. They relayed their story and watch Kharnyx and Krieger exchange worried glances.
“What is it?” Dally asked when her sister finished talking.
“Well, this seems to go along somewhat with one of Ardor’s writings, and it’s not a good omen,” Kharnyx replied.
“The story refers to an overarching being in The Void,” Krieger continued, “one that controls the other beings. He states that this being is trying to get through to our world.”
“For what reason?” Stormy asked.
Kharnyx shook her head. “It doesn’t really say. But if this thing is responsible for what happened to Lusian…”
Krieger nodded. “It can’t be good, that’s for sure.”
“So what do we do now?” Obsi asked, failing miserably at hiding the fear in her voice.
Dally sighed. “I’m going to contact Ash. Kharnyx, Krieger, please continue to research and find whatever you can on this subject. Obsi, Stormy, go get some food and some rest. I’ll let you know what the next step is once I find out.”
Dally strode quickly to her chamber and contacted Ash. She relayed Obsi’s story in as much detail as she could remember. Ash blew out a long breath.
“Well, we can’t sit around waiting for them to find more information,” she said slowly, thinking out loud. “Gustav had us searching for a suit of mythic armor that he wanted to use to rule Atlas. I don’t have time now to go into much detail, but the only piece we actually found was the shield.”
“Do you have it?”
Ash shook her head. “No, but I do think I know where I can find it. I’ll try to find my notes on the rest of the suit and send them over to you. In the meantime, I’ll go look for the shield.” Ash signed off with a wave, leaving Dally uneasy.
“Even from Hell he finds a way to ruin everything,” she muttered to herself.