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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Realm of Light Magic

Wizard Summer
So, Jolie already mentioned Cloudline, our castle that floats above the Realm of Light Magic. But what she didn't tell you was that the Realm of Magic is absolutely beautiful. There are beautiful mountains that are covered with snow. There are lush green forests and meadows. There are lakes and rivers that are as blue as the bluest sapphire.

And I'm pretty sure there's other life down there. We know about the diminutive creatures that control the Realm of Magic (but you don't yet because you haven't read the book), and we know of a few other creatures that exist somewhere down there, but I've never seen any real indication that the realm is teeming with creatures. I find that hard to believe. I mean, if the Realm of Dead Magic can produce zombies and goblins, skeletons, and trolls, how come good versions of those creatures aren't roaming all over the Realm of Light Magic? I mentioned this to Jolie - expecting her to argue with me - but to my surprise, she swears she's seem something when she's been out in the realm. It seems more like a feeling than anything we've actually seen, but I bet we'll find out sooner or later that there's more to the Realm of Magic than we thought.

I only hope I like what we find!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bridging from Place to Place

Wizard Jolie
So, we generally live in the Realm of Light Magic. We have an enormous castle there - called Cloudline - that floats above the world below. But we have to go back and forth between there and the natural world. And to do that, we have to use a magical bridge.

Bridging is a spell that allows us to travel from place to place. Inside our castle is a room we call the Zero Room - it can focus a lot of light magic - and we cast a spell that creates a magical bridge. Using the Zero Room allows us to use much less of our spark to cast the spell. And from there, we can bridge to the Realm of Magic below or even back into the natural world (where we do most of our fighting).

Now, when you think of a bridge, you might think of the Golden Gate bridge or London Bridge or some other grand construction. Well, let me tell you, a bridging spell is nothing like that. It creates a portal that we physically move through. Usually, it feels instantaneous, and sometimes it is. But other times, hours can pass before we end up at our destination. No one seems to know why. Perhaps it's because certain places are more connected to the magic. Perhaps it has something to do with how much spark a wizard has available.

All I know is this: It works! It gets us from place to place. But, our bridging spell is only for wizards. We can't try to bridge normals - there's no telling what would happen. But since normals generally don't spend much time fighting those pesky creatures summoned from the abyss, I guess they don't have anything to worry about.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Wizard of the Dead Magic Has an Awful Lot of Power

Wizard Nikko
I'm sure it would seem like the Three Wizards and I wouldn't have much trouble stopping one Wizard of the Dead Magic. It seems logical, but it's not as easy as you might think.

You see, the Realm of Light Magic is just as strong as the Realm of Dead Magic. And that means that our Realm's power is divided up among all four of the Wizards of Light Magic. On top of that, eons ago, the hordes of the creatures that reside within the Realm of Dead Magic were banished to this place called the abyss. In some ways, it's sort of like a mystical prison that keeps the essence of these creatures trapped. They exist outside both the natural world and the Realm of Dead Magic. They can't free themselves on their own.

Right now, only the Wizard of the Dead Magic has the power to free creatures from the abyss. There are relatively weak creatures there, like goblins and zombies, that have a weak essence. It doesn't take the Wizard of the Dead Magic much effort to summon them. But there are also more powerful creatures, like trolls and ogres, who possess a much stronger essence - and much more power. Those take a whole lot more effort to summon, and that can quickly drain the wizard's spark.

But there are also a select few creatures within the abyss - Lords of the Dead - who have almost as much power as a wizard. They are the ultimate masters of many of their weaker counterparts. I would imagine there is a Lord of the Dead to lead goblins, one to lead zombies, and maybe countless more.

But I haven't had to fight any of them in the past. You see, it takes years - and sometimes even centuries - for the essence of a Lord of the Dead to be ready for summoning. And even then, a Wizard of the Dead Magic has to be strong enough to summon them. But if they are summoned, it can spell disaster for any Wizard of the Light Magic who happens to be around. Thankfully, I've never had to encounter one...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Eternal Battle

Wizard Reece
I've only been a wizard for a couple of years. I've learned a ton during that time, mostly because the diminutive little creatures that the feed the Realm of Light Magic willed time to pass slowly while we trained - but I've already told you about that.

Well, it seems that Wizards of the Light Magic and Wizards of the Dead Magic have been dueling it out for several millenia. We weren't the first of the Three Wizards, and sadly enough, I doubt we'll be the last.

I haven't figured out why this eternal battle has to continue. Wizards battle it out, and when they die, their power just passes on to someone new. Seems a bit crazy to me, but anytime I ask about it, all I keep getting told is that "it's just the way of things." Hmm, I think that's just a way of saying, "I'd rather not tell you" or "I have absolutely no idea." Either way, I think that answer is stupid. Nikko says he's been searching the Tomes of Magic for a long time, trying to figure out a way to bring the eternal battle to an end, but so far, he's come up with nothing.

And that means that my sisters and I have to carry on the legacy that began a long, long, long, long time ago (and maybe even longer ago than that). Well, I sure ain't gonna let the Wizard of the Dead Magic turn my world into a desolate wasteland where zombies and goblins and other ugly, stinky creatures roam around free to kill normal people (we call them normals, by the way). No, I would rather give the natural world a fighting chance. And though it took me some time to get used to the idea, that means I have to fight - the next wizard in the eternal battle. Ugh!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's Not Easy Being Green

Wizard Summer
It is not easy being the Wizard of Earth Magic. I don't have the power of flight like Jolie. I can't make it rain like Reece. Heck, I can't even light up the night like Nikko. While the other wizards tend to have much more attack-focused magic, mine is much more focused on defense, snaring my enemies, distraction, and healing.

Oh, sure, I can summon my double-bladed staff - and I'm mighty handy with it - but almost every other spell I cast is more to protect the other wizards and I than to attack any of our enemies.

I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm grateful to have the power to heal my allies if they get injured in battle - though I have found out the hard way that I can't raise the dead. Being the defensive specialist certainly has some advantages, and everyone looks to me to keep them protected.

But, that can make things a bit difficult when we're fighting a bunch of creatures like zombies or skeletons. I can't always be right there to protect those I care about and sometimes people get seriously hurt or even killed. No matter how often it happens, I always end up feeling a bit guilty.

You see, when you have the power to heal, you tend to take it personally when you can't heal everyone. And I have a little bit of firsthand experience with that...  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Goblins Are So Annoying!

Wizard Reece
Fighting goblins is one of my favorite things to do as a wizard. I know, you're sitting there wondering how a teenage girl could enjoy battling it out with creatures of the dead magic. Let me tell you, you get used to it after a while, and it just sort of becomes something you do. You either learn to take a bit of enjoyment out of it, or you freak out every time you go into battle.

I don't like fighting more powerful creatures like trolls, but goblins, I could tussle with them all day long. You see, the Wizard of the Dead Magic tends to summon them from the abyss a lot because he can summon lots of them using very little of his spark. And so he does...all the time.

They're small, orange colored, and ugly. They tend to fight using rusted metal swords or spears. And they're really, really, really annoying when they screech. Who in their right mind wouldn't love the chance to cause a few of them to explode into dust - just to make them shut up! And I'm in my right mind, so I love to give them a one-way ticket back to the abyss.

Whether I'm bashing them with my shield, slicing at them with my sword, or sending a dozen pointy little ice shards into a pack of them rushing toward us, my water magic is perfect for dispelling those diminutive little creatures. I really hate them, probably more than any other creature the Wizard of the Dead Magic summons. But, hey, at least they're easy enough to destroy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When in Rome...

Wizard Nikko
As a wizard, we have a host of spells that are available to us. But, each of us has our own unique spells that corresponds to our own unique type of magic. One of the more useful spells that comes from the fire magic is not used for attack or defense. Rather, it is a spell of tongues - a translation spell. I've used it more times than I can count over the years. Most recently, I had to cast the spell when we were in Paris. You see, none of us speaks French, but with the spell of tongues, none of us needs to speak French. We could understand everything people said, and they could understand everything we said. We could even read French if we needed to. Don't ask me how it works - it just does. That's the power of magic.

The weird thing about magic, though, is that when we spend enough time in a given area or interacting with people who speak a certain language, eventually the need to cast the translation spell disappears. Over time, the magic gives a wizard - any wizard - the ability to speak that language without any effort whatsoever. That's how I came to learn English. You see, I actually grew up speaking Austrian and Latin. I was born in Salzburg, Austria. But Burgess, my Teacher and Protector, was from America. Arturo was from Mexico, and Devon was from England. After some time, the four of us became fluent in all those languages, though we used English more often than not.

Of course, once I became the Teacher and Protector, the Three Wizards turned out to be all from the same country - the United States. So, again, English continued to be the language of the day. But occasionally, we end up in places where we need to speak something other than English, and that's why I'm glad we have the spell of tongues.

Monday, August 12, 2013

My First Practice

Wizard Summer
So, in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm the other sister. I'm also the oldest, though sometimes I have to admit Jolie acts a bit older than me. And I'm the wizard sparked with the earth magic. And while I can do some cool things with my gift, it wasn't always that way.

The first time Nikko took us into the Arena - this enormous room inside our castle in the Realm of Light Magic - he wanted us to tap into our sparks and cast a spell.

Well, that seemed easy enough. After all, we had each learned a few of them from the tome of magic. But then, it came time to actually will our sparks to do something. Let me tell you, that was easier said than done - much easier. In fact, all three of us - Jolie, Reece, and me - we tried and tried and tried, but nothing happened. It was like our sparks were there, waiting to be tapped into, but we just couldn't.

But, then, there seemed to be this little voice inside my head guiding me, directing me to my spark. At first, I thought I was going crazy - hearing voices inside my head. But then, all of a sudden, it was like I could feel this other piece of myself that wasn't there before. It seemed so small and insignificant at first, but then I could sense the untapped power of my spark. I listened to the direction provided by the voice, and then a few seconds later, vines sprang up through the floor and formed a wall that surrounded me. I reached out and touched the wall of vines I had conjured up out of the floor. Sure enough, they were real. I got all excited, lost my focus, and the vines disappeared into a cloud of dust - Poof!

It took me quite a while to learn the focus needed to cast my spells. But over time, it became much easier. Now, I can cast all kinds of spells without having to concentrate too hard. Heck, it takes almost no effort to summon my double-bladed staff, my most favorite weapon.

But if I need to tap into a lot of magic at once - like trying to dispel the dead magic from an entire apple grove - well that still requires quite a bit of focus. I'm getting stronger, and Nikko thinks I have an awful lot of potential, but I have to live long enough to actually reach it. I hope he turns out to be as good of a Protector as he is a Teacher, because I have a feeling we're going to need some protecting along the way...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Being Able to Fly

Wizard Jolie
In my opinion, the wind magic is the coolest of the four types of magic that we possess. With it, I can make walls and barriers that are practically invisible. I can conjure gusts of wind to blow my enemies over the sides of buildings. But the coolest thing I can do with my gift has to be the ability to make myself fly.

I'll admit, the first time I did it, I was a little scared. After all, I was moving up higher and higher into the air with no net underneath me to catch me if I fell. But once I got used to the sensation, it was one of the most awesome feelings ever!

Of course, going up turned out to be the easy part. Steering while moving pretty quickly through the air took a bit of practice. Heck, once I even flew straight into the wall of the Arena in our castle. That really, really hurt! I tried to slow down and angle away from it, but I couldn't do it quick enough, and I slammed my right arm into the stone wall. It left quite the bruise on my forearm, though Nikko said I was lucky I didn't break it. I didn't feel so lucky, but I definitely learned from it. Now, I have this whole flying thing pretty much down. And it certainly gives me an advantage when we're fighting a host of goblins or skeletons who can't fly. They can't even touch me because I send them back to the abyss.

In My Defense...

Wizard Jolie
So, I read what Reece said about me and being a bit too logical, so I figured I needed to chime in a bit. I may be a bit too logical. Yes, I used to argue with Summer about whether or not magic was real. But I used to her argue with about fairies, dragons, vampires, and other mystical things. So, it turns out I was wrong about some of them.

But, the one thing I adapted to well before my sisters was this whole fighting monsters thing. You see, the first time Nikko took us into battle, the three of us were scared beyond belief.

I thought Summer was going to pee her pants, and I think Reece was going to have an anxiety attack. But I was the one who stayed the coolest and calmest during that first battle with a bunch of goblins. In fact, Nikko told me I had acted more bravely than he ever could have possibly imagined.

So, while I may be a bit too logical sometimes (and I definitely admit to that), I'm the one wizard - maybe save for Nikko himself - that is most likely to stay calm in the middle of a battle. Speaking of Nikko, did I ever tell you about the time he fought the demonic kangaroos?

Wait a minute, I was just told that I can't tell you that story. Ugh! Well, I guess I'll have to save that for another time, unless you hear the story before I ever get back around to telling it again. Okay, gotta run. I'm famished. Fighting off zombies and skeletons works up quite an appetite. And eating and sleeping is the best way to replenish my spark. Which reminds me, my sister Summer is a master at sleeping. It gets so bad sometimes, that Reece has to wake her up with a splash...but I'll let her tell you all about it.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

These Girls are Absolutely Crazy

Wizard Nikko
So, I saw that Reece went ahead and introduced herself, even though I told her to wait. But, no matter how hard I try to stop her, that girl says whatever is on her mind - I think she makes more enemies than friends with her sharp tongue.

I have to say, though, the girl is quite a strong wizard now. She has a lot of potential - they all do - but I have to make sure they live long enough to reach that potential.

You see, I'm the Teacher and Protector of the Three Wizards. It's not a role I really sought to obtain. It was sort of handed to me - forced on my would probably be a better expression - when my Teacher and Protector, Burgess, was killed by Balthazar, the Wizard of the Dead Magic. You see, before that, I was just one of the Three Wizards. Devon, Arturo, and I learned everything we could from Burgess. But Balthazar opened a portal that allowed a horde of creatures to escape from the abyss. We fought as valiantly as we could, but Devon was the first to fall, killed by an onslaught of trolls. Arturo tried to stop it, but he failed, and he was the next to fall - he took an arrow to the chest from a skeleton archer. I would have been killed too, but Burgess opened himself to the full power of the water magic. He tapped into so much of his spark that he burned up, but he managed to drive the creatures of the dead magic back into the abyss. Balthazar was so weak from opening the portal that I nearly killed him (but like he had countless times in the past, he managed to escape back to the Realm of the Dead Magic).

And that left me...alone. I became the Teacher and Protector, and I had to seek out the new wizards that would be sparked with earth, water, and wind magic. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out how to control the abilities I had acquired as the Teacher and Protector. Eventually, my search led me to an orphanage - and to Summer, Jolie, and Reece. And I guess, the rest if history...

My Name is Reece

Wizard Reece

Hi, my name is Reece, and I'm one of the Three Wizards. It's been a couple of years since I got sparked with the water magic, and let me tell you, it's been quite an interesting time in my life. You see, I was 11 when this weird guy with an eye patch came to the orphanage, claiming to be the long-long uncle of my sisters and I.

Well, I guess I need to explain the whole orphanage thing. You see, our parents - Jolie and Summer are my sisters - died a long time ago. And, well, there wasn't anyone to look after us, so we ended up in an orphanage. It wasn't so bad after a while. And the lady that took care of us was really nice. Anywho, we were going to stay there until we were old enough to "escape" (that's what all the kids called it it), but then, one night, my sisters and I became surrounded in this weird light. We didn't feel strange, and it didn't seem to hurt any of us, and in fact, it fixed Jolie's eyes she didn't need glasses anymore. Not long after that, this strange man shows up. He looks all scary and stuff, with an eye patch, a fedora, and this goatee. He was like a character out of an old movie we used to watch on T.V. Anyway, he convinced the fine lady at the orphanage that he was our Uncle Nikko. To us, he seemed like some long-lost scary, serial-killer uncle. And well, after we left the orphanage, things got even weirder than any of us could have possibly imagined.

It turned out Nikko wasn't our uncle after all. He was the Wizard of Fire Magic, and he was destined to become our Teacher and Protector. I was pretty cool with that, but Jolie - it took her a while to wrap her mind around this whole magic thing. I love my sister, but she can be a bit too logical sometimes.

So, I learned that I was the Wizard of Water Magic. Pretty cool huh? I wasn't real strong at first, but after a lot of practice - and I mean a lot - I learned some spells. I mean, I could actually feel my spark growing. The weird thing was, time seemed to go super slow when we were in the Realm of Magic. Like a year passed by there but only a couple of months went by back in the natural world (that's the place you would call where you live). Nikko said it was the power of magic at work. Little did we know that it was really the power of some diminutive little creatures at work - you gotta read the book to learn about them.

Well, it wasn't long before we ended up meeting Balthazar, the Wizard of the Dead Magic, for the first time. That was a nerve-wracking experience, but that's a story for another time. Gotta run! Nikko says it's time to go practice in the arena!