TS31: For Now
Jove took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Somehow he could feel how Azarias used this to calm himself and draw strength. He shivered slightly. For some reason, he found himself unable to truly blame the magus for wanting to eliminate a threat. Perhaps Jove did not feel that Azarias had seriously considered killing him. The sense of danger had never gotten past the vague and distant feeling. He opened Aether to the spell tracking app that Tan had purchased.
There was a cluster of written notes from yesterday, all listed as occurring about 11:15. All said â€œUnknown Spellâ€ and â€œUndefined Elementâ€. The spells were numbered, but the elements were not. Jove looked at the report. â€œIf itâ€™s one element, why donâ€™t we call it Meta for now, and we can change the name when we find something more appropriate.â€ The words shifted as the listed elements changed. Jove continued, â€œWeâ€™ll have to name some of what I did. But that will have to wait.â€
Jove closed Aether, and looked at the door. Something was approaching rapidly. It didnâ€™t feel dangerous, just full of energy.
A moment later, South burst through the door to the room, covered in active spells. â€œJove!â€ Not finding what he was looking for, South blushed. â€œUh, youâ€™re sitting up?â€
Jove lowered himself gently onto the floor. His legs felt weak, but supported his body. â€œIâ€™m alright. Azarias was just here.â€
South paced nervously around the room, looking at the corners. He ran one of his hands over the walls, some sort of detection spell. Behind him, Tan and Aden looked in. South mumbled, â€œRaph seemed off when he said he was headed over here. Did he try anything?â€
It took a moment for Jove to figure out what was going on. â€œSouth, he went out the window. We talked, nothing more.â€
South paused and sighed. Slowly he let each spell fade. â€œYouâ€™re not supposed to be able to stand. Are you sure everything is okay?â€
Jove flexed his hands, his body was rapidly forgetting how tired it should be. â€œAzarias put a few things in perspective.â€ Jove became aware that this calm reflection was artificial. His magic sustaining his mind as it could sustain his body.
â€œWhat did he say?â€
â€œIâ€™m not a revoker.â€ Jove figured South would know about anything about Raphael Azariasâ€™ past that was important. â€œI donâ€™t negate magic, I manipulate it directly.â€ The sensation of calm was starting to fade. Jove sat back down. â€œI need to figure out what I can do.â€
South nodded and put a hand on Joveâ€™s shoulder, â€œDonâ€™t force yourself. You have plenty of time to recover and learn.â€ South smiled, â€œSo, you missed the assessment today. We can make that up tomorrow, if youâ€™d like.â€
The sustaining force that kept him sitting up faded. â€œOkay,â€ Jove mumbled and accepted the urge to collapse. For a moment, he wondered if South had done something, but realized that he would have noticed. â€œCan normal mages push themselves this far?â€
â€œFarther.â€ South said. â€œIf youâ€™ll excuse me, I should make sure Raph is okay.â€
As South left, Aden, Chris and Tan returned to the room. Aden asked, â€œWhat was all that about?â€
Chris answered, â€œFear.â€
â€œBut everything is okay now.â€ Jove explained, â€œAt least for a few months.â€
Rai said, â€œWeâ€™ll be ready next time.â€ Jove looked up and Tanâ€™s eyes were blue again. Tan stumbled, â€œI mean, we need to figure out what you are if youâ€™re not a revoker.â€
â€œI have a theory, but thatâ€™s all it is right now. I donâ€™t know enough about magic to test it out.â€ Jove thought for a moment, and flipped through Aether, and pulled out his thaumascan. â€œIt feels right though.â€ He willed the last line to become visible, to reveal that he was using a fifth element. It did not respond. â€œIf itâ€™s true, I can do a lot more than negate magic. I think, for me, magic is an element.â€
Tan looked at Jove in disbelief. â€œYou mean like Merlin?â€
â€œMerlin?â€ Jove knew about Merlin, but that was a fairytale.
â€œArchmage Merlin, the fictional wizard able to spin time backwards, one of the last mages to flaunt magic openly in otherworld. Wielder of the unknowable fifth element?â€ Tan paused and emphasized, â€œThat Merlin?â€
Aden mumbled, â€œI think you know a different version of the story than we do.â€
â€œEveryone knows a different version of the story. Someone counted a few years ago and said there were over three thousand conflicting reports of Merlin, with no less than fifty claiming to be the one true version.â€ Tan suddenly blushed, â€œNot that I know all of them.â€
Jove smiled. â€œWhat extraâ€™s do mages add to the story?â€
â€œMerlin was one of the last mages to be truly open with your world. His partnership with King Arthur was an attempt to find balance between mages and otherworlders. His reasons for doing so and his methods are up for debate. One common thought is he was not a typical mage. I think your world said he aged backwards. Thatâ€™s from an older legend that he could regain his youth, or more specifically, reset his age. Other common threads are that he can manipulate time and turn aside powerful magics.â€ He thought for a moment, â€œIâ€™ll have to see if I can find that version of the story. The way you avoid Southâ€™s wards might be similar.â€
Aden rolled his eyes. â€œWith three thousand variations, some of them have to look like Jove just by chance.â€
Tan blushed, â€œIt will be something to do this weekend. I already finished my homework.â€
The rabbit was about to say something, then changed his mind. He sighed. â€œJove, what are you doing this weekend?â€
â€œI was going to read Aeon.â€ He shrugged, â€œHave you heard of it?â€
â€œItâ€™s like the Lord of the Rings. Everyoneâ€™s heard of it.â€ Tan shook his head in disbelief.
Aden added, â€œItâ€™s the reason I burst. Seriously, youâ€™re a gamer and you donâ€™t read it?â€
Jove looked at his friends, â€œThey said that about that Episode One prequel. Besides, I donâ€™t know how to get internet sites with Aether.â€
â€œThereâ€™s a rune I can get for you. It only reads Aeon, but itâ€™s free.â€ Tan picked up his grimoire, â€œIâ€™ll message it to you.â€<< TS30: Possible Interpretation || Aeon 1: 20 Years Late >>