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Author: Ramjett
Date:Nov 6 2002

I opened my eyes with pain only to experience more of it spreading from my
head and my heart in all directions. It was horrible, within moments, my whole
body was aching, I was unable to move, I saw only blackness for I was
obviously blind, and I did not know where I was. You could easily see the
resemblance between me and a blind, disoriented demon in sunlight. I could
hear some whispers in my mind that felt very distant and remote. My voice
wasn't there, I was completely mute. It was for the better, I think, because I
would just have screamed anyway. The pain had now completely engulfed my
being, it felt like my body had been dead and was now awakening. How ironic
that it actually was the truth. I was writhing and shaking in my bed as sweat
started pouring out of my skin in streams and flooded the sheets; it was
literally a deluge produced by one body. At the same time I felt a deep
disturbance inside my stomach and suddenly it began to convulse and spread and
that made me feel terribly sick so I was soon forced to throw up. After that,
the rest of my bodily fluids followed; they were being pumped out of me by the
awakened metabolism of my corpse. I don't know how long it all lasted, but I
do know that after it, I faded out, again. The next time that I came about,
the pain had finally started to wane and the feeling of my body was slowly
coming back to me. I heard my master's voice, the first sound since my
awakening and I couldn't help to notice how beautifully it resonated. I
remembered that I have actually endured all that agony in total silence, I had
been deaf as well as dumb and unable to see. Now, I could hear him mumbling
something in a cheerful tone, but I was still not ready to hear well enough
and understand what he was saying. My vision was coming back and I began
moving my hands, checking if my fingers were still there. When some time had
passed, I could feel my body again and see my surroundings. I saw that I was
in a room, lying on a nice bed; it was probably a castle but one unfamiliar to
me (at  least from the inside of this room). I raised my head by almost a
thumb-length to see master Nawor and another mage-like man standing beside
him. Yes, it was definetely a mage, I could now see his pale blue eyes, color
of the sky. They were radiating stronger than master Nawor's eyes which, of
course, meant that he was more powerful. And that meant he was really, really
powerful since Nawor was a magical monster himself. I couldn't speak yet but I
mustered my strength to attempt a smile. It didn't work, but I felt better;
the pain was gone, I could see and hear... wonderful! ÇI should appreciate
these ÇskillsÈ we take for granted much moreÈ, I thought to myself. My master
opened his mouth and this time I could actually understand what he was saying
to me, "Welcome back to life, old friend. You know you have to rest now, but
when you get better, and you will, I'll have a long story to tell." and he
smiled to his mage companion who said, "Rightly so, my lad, you are still
quite a young chap. Healthy as a tree and strong as a tree. Heheh! We'll be
seeing you up and about in a swing of a canopy in a mid-summer's breeze.
Hehey!" He definitely was a good-spirited character. They whispered a few more
words between themselves which I couldn't hear and were off to attend to other
matters, I suppose, and I fell asleep.When I woke up, the room was dark. I
could spot a few stars through the single window on my room's wall which meant
that my eye-sight was back to normal. I was hungry and thirsty and tired and
virtually lost in my senses for I had mastered all of them again. I could see
and hear; the smell of damp, heavy, fortress air surrounded me while the
sensation of the clean, but rough sheet tickled my back. It was overwhelming
so I took a moment to get used to it. I was thinking now about whether to get
out of bed or not. I could yell for someone to come but I just wasn't used to
doing that, it made me feel like I was in need of help and aid, as if
disabled. I always did things by myself. So, I sat up on the bed with  a
tremendous amount of effort and slowly started to get up on my feet. The floor
was stony and cold but somehow it felt good, it stirred up my senses a little
more. I could manage to walk, but very slowly. Walking to the door and opening
them was my first goal and was soon accomplished. I emerged in a hallway which
my room was at the end of (that saved me the trouble of deciding which way to
go) and I started down the hall, towards a door on the other end of it. It
took a while, but as I finally reached the wooden surface of the door and
applied pressure on the knob thus opening it, I felt truly victorious...
almost triumphant! I found myself on an indoor balcony above a great dinning
room. The hall was actually surrounded by this balcony, like a sort of a
viewing gallery. A large staircase to my left was leading down to the room
where Master Nawor and his friend were already sitting at the long table,
completely alone, no servants or guards. They must have known each other for a
long time to be sitting by themselves like that, with confidence and no fear
of one another, as is often the case with wizards. It looked like they were
discussing something fairly important and I was the one that interrupted. "Ah,
Yamdo, my "lively" friend! I knew you were going to join us on your own sooner
or later, that's why I didn't send for you. Come, dinner is already served, as
you can see. You must be starving!" and at those words, my belly began to
rumble as never before - it was demanding nourishment! I went down without
replying. I had to take one step at a time, struggling with each. When I
finally arrived, I took a seat indicated by my master, between the two of
them. "I want you to meet my old college-friend, baron Dairym Od. Dairym, this
is my faithful companion and eternal comrade, Yamdo Dashean." Nawor introduced
us. "And now, let's get to eating and as we go along I will tell you the tale
I promised you, of what happened and of what is going to happen." "It is a
gripping story, believe you me. I tell you, it is a true forest of events and
occurences. And all of it is true! Hah!", added the second sorcerer. "Yes,
yes. You are undoubtedly dying of curiosity, aren't you?" master said and I
tried to reply but I couldn't. My voice was still disobedient! I simply looked
at my master and he told me, "That's right, you cannot yet talk. Wait a few
more days, my friend, it is all perfectly normal after what you've been
through", he said it in a sad voice and looked down as he did, then raised his
stare to look at me. All too dramatic. I knew that memories of pain and
suffering were now flashing in his mind. "Sit, eat and relax and let me tell
you about the past three months." I could only open my eyes and mouth wide
with amazement and utter surprise. Had I been out of it for three months?! I
couldn't have been lying in a bed for that long because of a punch! The
happenings in the siege of Benthez had dire consequneces on me... and on
others, I fear.


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