“There’s no need for that, Dallyah,” a strong female voice stated. Out of the shadow stepped Thorne, the daughter of the man who murdered her parents.
“What are you doing here?” Dallyah growled.
“Relax, cousin,” Thorn replied.
“I will not,” Dally replied angrily. “Obviously, your father sent you here, and not for a social visit. I will not ask again. Why. Are. You. Here.”
“It is true Gustav sent me. He told me to warn you to stop all this ‘nonsense’ and bow down to him. That being said,” Thorne began to walk slowly around the statue as she spoke, “he’s a monster and has to be stopped. The real reason I’m here is to help you.”
Dally laughed. “And why should I believe that?”
Thorne stopped, and looked directly into Dally’s eyes. “You won’t. Until I prove it to you that is. Which I will. He sent Laria to deliver the same message to Obsi. Which will result in the same show of defiance.”
“As it should.”
“Yes, and I’m sure he expects as much.”
“Then, I ask again, why are you here?”
“Because he had the PG Sorcerers cast a spell that lowered the attack power of some of your defenses. Everyone’s defenses, actually. You’ll need to rethink your base layout. Which, in all honesty, is not terrible.”
“Oh gee thanks,” Dally replied sarcastically.
Thorne rolled her eyes as she continued. “Keep working on your dragons as well. You’ve reached a critical point in breeding – the Sapphire Wall.” She paused a moment to take in Dally’s puzzled look before she continued. “Back when breeding was in its early stages, Sapphire Dragons were the strongest. Gustav wanted Kharnyx to make them impossible for anyone else to breed, so he would always have the strongest dragons. But Kharnyx’s druids had other plans. They made it nearly impossible to breed beyond Sapphire Dragons, but not entirely. They made a deal with the Builder Guild to make the cost of the necessary upgrades to be very high.”
“Four unfertilized Garnet Dragon eggs,” Dally said flatly.
“Yes. Then Kharnyx started creating the Divine Dragons. He laid out all of his plans before he was defeated. One of the Sorcerers stole the plans and makes them available to the Druids at the change of seasons.”
“What happened to Kharnyx?”
“No one really knows, but he’s still out there. I believe he’s behind all of the discontent in the lands. All of the wars and uprisings are his doing.”
“Is he behind Harbinger dragons?” Dally asked carefully.
Thorne’s eyes widened. “How do you know of Harbingers?”
“One was here a few nights ago,” she replied carefully. “I don’t remember what it looked like. It was dark and I thought I was dreaming.”
Thorne closed her eyes and pursed her lips. “I need to talk to Titan,” she said through clenched teeth.
“Won’t sharing that show you’re helping me?” Dally asked slyly.
Thorne laughed sarcastically. “No. I’ll just say you let it slip. That’ll show Gustav that I’m playing his game. But really, he is playing mine.”
Dally held up her hand. “One more question. How are you going to get back? And, for that matter, how did you get here?”
Thorne walked over to Dally and gave her a quick hug. “You’re not the only one in the family who can conjure portals,” she said with a wink, then disappeared with a “pop!”.
Dally stared blankly at where Thorne disappeared. She looked over at Voron and whispered, “Oh wow.”
The raven seemed to shrug, then spread his wings and flew to her shoulder. Dally laughed. “Okay buddy, let’s go build some stuff.”