When Magic Ruled The Worlds
Svarthofdi's Plan : Phase Two
To quell their boredom Svarthofdi and Vidolf began making bets on which dragon would win each of the fights. They both one several times, but they were greatly disappointed that these immense creatures would not fight to the death.
" If they would just kill each other it would make our plan work so much better ! " Svarthofdi mused as he watched another dragon submit to a superior fighter.
Vidolf, who had just one her second bet in a row, nodded that she agreed.
" Yes, but these evil dragons seem to understand that their species is not great in numbers, and therefore each and every life is precious to them. " she explained.
Svarthofdi, despite having lost twice in a row, smiled up at the Giantess.
" Your point is well taken. And if that is the case then I believe they will all come down to the valley, male and female, to retrieve their eggs. " he said with an air of confidence.
Vidolf raised an eyebrow as she replied to his bold statement.
" Yes, my friend ! They will all come to the valley to reclaim their eggs, and they will kill whatever creature dared to steal them ! " she reminded the little Elf.
Svarthofdi was about to reassure the Giantess that his plan would work, when they heard a loud shout coming from off in the distance. As they turned to where the sound seemed to be coming from they spotted Vilmeid coming down the side of the mountain, followed by Vorstapp and his Trolls, who were each carrying a sack that appeared to be filled to the top with dragon eggs. Vidolf rose up from behind their rock fortress and waved to Vilmeid. When the Dwarf returned the gesture the Giantess turned to Svarthofdi and pointed to the sky.
" Clear the sky sorcerer ! " she said in the form of an order.
Svarthofdi smiled as he bowed.
" Yes, my lady ! " Your wish is my command ! " he stated somewhat sarcastically.
Svarthofdi quickly pulled out his wand, jumped up on a small boulder, and began to chant.
" Heavy soot and smoke, and fine particles of ashen dust,
Dissipate now, and blow away in a fierce tornado's gust,
Clear away the dark clouds, and return the bright blue sky,
Give these dragons their freedom, allow them now to fly ! "
Vidolf could not help but be amazed when, before he had finished the verse a second time, the air all around the valley began to rise and swirl like a whirlpool in water. The Giantess watched with awe as the thick ash laden clouds began, at first, to rotate in a slow circular motion, and then, when it swirled faster, begin to move away from the valley.
The dragons were obviously confused by what was happening all around them. They paced back and forth, and at times roared at the unusual phenomenon which spun above them. The one thing that the dragons did not do at first was take to the air. That is until the swirling mass cleared the mountain tops and disappeared from view. Even then only a few took off to bravely test the clear skies. When those few dragons made it through safely, those below felt confident that the impediment which had grounded them was gone, and then they too joined their fellow dragons in the blue skies above the valley.
When the last of the dragons was gone Svarthofdi ran out into the middle of the valley, followed closely by Vidolf, and urged the Trolls to hurry and deposit the valuable stolen eggs right where he was standing.
" Quickly ! Come Quickly ! As soon as the females awaken, and realize that their eggs are no longer in their nests, they and their mates will come down to the valley looking for them ! " he shouted as he waved his arms frantically to emphasize that speed was now of the essence.
The Trolls were out of breath, and totally exhausted by the time they reached the center of the valley. Vidolf, seeing that they were in need of assistance, grabbed the sacks of eggs from each of the Trolls as they reached her, and began to empty the contents of the heavy bags onto the floor of the valley. The Trolls stood and watched in amazement as the Giantess carried all of their bags at once, while they had struggled to carry only one each, and were equally astonished at how fast she emptied each sack's eggs out into a great mound.
While Vidolf stacked the eggs Svarthofdi grabbed Vilmeid by the arm and took him over near the growing mound.
" I will need you to take all of your rune sticks and place them in a wide circle around the dragon's eggs. " he told the Dwarf with a strong sense of urgency.
Vilmeid frowned and shrugged his shoulders.
" Why, my friend ? " he asked, totally confused by the request.
Svarthofdi shot the Dwarf an angry stare before replying.
" Because, what I am about to do will take all the galdr and cosmic power that I can bring together, and infuse them into one spell, to rid this realm of these creatures. " he told the Dwarf.
Vilmeid's brow raised, and his eyes widened with terror, when he heard what the sorcerer was about to attempt.
" You will die ! " the Dwarf replied in a very concerned tone.
" This is dangerous ! I am about to open a porthole to another time and place. Only Gods have ever attempted such a feat as this before. " he told his friend.
Vilmeid grabbed hold of the Elf's arm and shook him gently.
" You are not a God, my friend ! " he replied firmly.
Vilmeid was about to try and talk the sorcerer out of his untried and dangerous plan when he heard the roar of dragons echoing up and down the valley from the cliffs high above. The Dwarf took a deep breath and relented. Without further hesitation Vilmeid reached into his bag, pulled out his galdr sticks, and one by one began to place them around the dragon eggs.
The Dwarf had just finished placing the last rune stick on the ground when he heard Vorstapp shouting something in Troll-language.
" Vemenen, Vemenen, Vemenen ! " the Troll shouted.
Vilmeid was the only non-Troll who knew what he was saying, and immediately looked up.
" Dragons ! They are coming ! " he shouted as loud as he could.
Vidolf, who was watching the Dwarf closely as he placed his magical sticks around the dragon eggs, glanced skyward the moment Vilmeid looked up. What she saw nearly scared her to death !
" Take shelter in the rocks ! Quickly ! Take shelter in the rocks ! " she shouted as the sky was darkened by the long wings of hundreds of dragons.
Vilmeid felt the same urge to run as the others, but before he left Svarthofdi he felt the need to say something to the Elf.
" Good luck my friend ! " was all he could manage before he became too choked up to speak.
Svarthofdi smiled and nodded his appreciation of the Dwarf's kind words. Then the sorcerer pointed to the rocks with a renewed sense of urgency.
" Go my friend ! "
The Elf had no time now for sentimentality, nor could he watch to see if his friends made it to the safety of the rocks, before he began to chant his spell.
" From every corner of the never ending cosmos, back to the moment of first creation,
Gather up all the magic from every inhabited realm, and dark planet left in desolation,
Take from each plant and every living beast, seize strength from all the many races,
Give to me here all the magical power, and cosmic forces that exist in all those places ! "
" Onto me impart supreme authority over the power of white, and dark magic, that I alone shall wield,
Allow me to mold this universal magic, and shape it into a porthole, protected by a strong shield,
Open here a galactic door to other realms, that will completely control both space and time,
For I, Svarthofdi of Ljosalfheim, command that these evil dragons be sent to Muspellheim ! "
At first Svarthofdi felt nothing, almost as if he had gone numb. Then, like a mother who feels her child kick for the first time, he sensed the cosmic energy building within him exponentially. Moments later the little Elf exploded into a million little shining particles.
" No ! " Vidolf and Vilmeid shouted simultaneously from the rocks.
Vorstapp was dumbstruck. He lowered his head and shook it slowly from side to side.
" Vinge Ljosalf ! " ( Brave Light Elf ! ) he told his comrades as tears filled his eyes.
- End Chapter 23
Next : Chapter 24 : In A Flash Of Light !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2019.