Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Albinor Chronicles Chapter 16
"Wizards of Glantri"
By Marcus Pan
August 18, 003
Jerle Crandor walked around the bend of Dakon River. There
before him stood a tall tower flashing brightly in the noon-day sun, rising
into the sky and pointing to the clouds above like a mail-clad finger. Nestled
in the mountains in the west of Glantri on the northern side of Dakon River, it
is clearly one of the most majestic and powerful structures in all of Albinor.
This is the tower of Wizard Krandor Dakon, one of the five High-Mage Princes of
Glantri, who is fabled to be the most powerful mage in Albinor. The Wizard,
Jerle Crandor, was also one of the High-Mage Princes and to Dakon Tower he has
come to have council with the other mage princes of the country. He reached the
tower slightly after noon and was welcomed by a servant of the tower. Most of
the rooms within were locked. To the third upper level he was lead. Jerle was
the last to arrive and the others quickly responded, seating themselves around
the large, oaken table in the council halle on the third floor. Four of
Glantri's High-Mage Princes were here Wizard Garron Koluna from Koluna Castle,
Wizard Kralourna Shakrun from Shakrun Tower, Wizard Peleus Kaliried from
Kali-Koun Castle and, lastly, Wizard Jerle Crandor from Crandor Castle. Wizard
Krandor Dakon, master of this tower, was not present. The meeting was quickly
underway with Koluna's opening words.
"I have summoned you all here and not to my castle for a
purpose. I hope you all made it here in relative safety and without hardships
too extensive. Now, whether you have heard or nay, the wizard, Dakon, has been
missing for some months. He went off on his oft-done travels and never
returned. Therefore, I fear that Albinor's greatest wizard may very well have
succumbed to the terrors of the Wilde." A smile gently played across Wizard
Shakrun's lips. "I have assumed so and therefore called you here to divvy up
the vault contents of Dakon. A total, even amount of 59,000 pieces of gold was
contained therein leaving 14,750 in gold for each of us." A number of servants
gave to each prince a large chest filled with the gold. Koluna continued. "Now
the tower will be cleared of life and locked until someone worthy of it's claim
comes forth. Now we will continue with another order of business whilst we are
gathered. I believe Peleus has something to speak of."
"Wait!" cried Shakrun. "What of Dakon's Book of Spells?"
"That was not found, Shakrun. I assumed it was with him at
the time of his demise." said Garron.
"This can not be. 'Tis the most extensive and powerful book
of magic in Albinor, to be sure. It can not be lost." A faint, lustful glimmer
shown in Kralourna's eyes.
"Not any longer, for it is no longer here. Where it is I do
not know." Koluna fixed him with a stern gaze. Shakrun seated himself. "Go on
"On my passage here I passed two camps." began Peleus
Kaliried. "One great encampment of orcs and another of giants of stone. Both
are in the mountains between the rivers Kari-Nim and Dakon, north of here. I
believe they pose a threat."
"I have decided," said Garron Koluna, "to take out a force
of a hundred-strong and assault these encampments. I will lead them knights of
Glantri. Any objections?" No words were passed. "Meeting adjourned, princes.
Thank you for coming." Koluna rose and the others did also. They filed from the
halle and went to their guesst chambers on the second level.
Once alone in his room, Koluna reached beneath his bed and
pulled forth a bulky object wrapped in cloth. He carefully removed the cloth.
What he held was a large, grey book. Runes on the cover translated to:
"Spellbook, Krandor Dakon of Glantri."
The above item may have been edited by the author
since its first appearance in Legends No. 42.