Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (13)
So now we are done with the lair of the ogres, the
temple of the barbarian fairies. Miyara now has decided that
first we should visit the druidess before we resume the search for
Shishei Godanji's dragon statue. Whether we should return to get
the white sogin roku from the pillar of stone is an issue of much less
importance, although the barbarians consider it otherwise.
We returned to the light of outdoors to a fresh day
in mid to late spring. I am ashamed to say I have lost track of
the days, but the season is clear even in these barbarian lands.
Bathing in the river was a luxury after the foul mess underground.
Once we reached the road, Mongo left us. I am
not sure why the Giant would abandon us now with Miyara's statue still
not found, but his departure seemed friendly enough. At least he
left without the traditional argument that these barbarians seem to use
for most occasions.
The rest of us turned south towards a place called
the Yetsin Valley, of which Carimera is the queen. We are to
visit the druidess. I am afraid it is my failure that has caused
us to be delayed -- Miyara will not admit it, of course, but she has
said that the druidess may be able to heal my hands. I do not
know why else we would be diverted so. I was told the journey
would take about a week.
The Yetsin Valley did not seem to be much of a
kingdom. There were no guards, no outposts, no brutish barbarians
in Carimera's livery demanding bribes in the guise of taxes, no cities,
no sign of anything other than a road, a river, and a forest.
We had camped for the night when suddenly I heard a
faint voice from a long way off. Then a figure appeared, although
it seemed like it had been there all along. It was blue,
transparent, and luminous, in the form of an aged fairy of Goru's race
in a long robe. His feet hovered above the ground. His face
was contorted as if in pain or effort, then he said something in a
barbarian tongue. His voice faded and the apparition vanished.
Apparently he said something like "they" are coming,
and we should not let the crystal of air fall into their hands.
He mentioned some place called Iyari. There was much
discussion among the barbarians. Obviously they did not fully
understand what had been said. For my part, I just did not see
why it was important. The crystal of air clearly was not the
statue. Of course I did not ask Miyara about it -- if she chooses
to follow this lead, then I shall follow her. She need not
explain anything to me.
The Druidess had a temple in the center of a stone
circle in open grassland the other side of the river. In the
past, Miyara told me, a ritual was needed to enter the temple, but now
that the druidess was in residence, there was a plain entrance.
First, though, we were to stay in a camp outside the
stone circle to wait while our request for an audience was
considered. It seemed strange that the Queen of these lands
didn't just demand entry, being a barbarian, but refreshing that at
last there is an indication that these peoples can on occasion show
Yet another of our company left here -- Shon
announced that he would remain here to entertain these worthy workers,
and moved to the workers camp rather than the guest tents. He was
no loss to us, I am sure. His tuneless barbarian shanties had
Even the barbarians took this opportunity to bathe
and make themselves presentable. Perhaps there is hope yet that
they could become civilized, under the correct rule of law and
civilized rulers; left to themselves, however, I am sure they will
never rise above their current state.
We were called before the Druidess for our
audience. She was most polite and friendly, speaking to each of
us in turn and from her tone also asking if there was anything we
I was too ashamed of my failures to ask for help
with my hands, but Miyara took on herself to ask for me. The
Druidess took my hands in hers and spoke, and they were healed.
Miyara later told me that she had taken on an obligation for a future
quest to the Druidess in return for healing -- yet another debt to my
worthy elder cousin! -- and that until that was discharged, my hands
would hurt when I damage others.
Shon -- he left us after the audience request, so
was present now -- showed the Druidess his flaming box. Miyara
translated for me that she said that orcs have a tradition of making
magical items in the form of a box. This could merely be a box
that glows, or it could be a magic wand or similar. I suggested
to Miyara that Shishei might want it and could take it back to
Nippon. The Druidess, however, was saying that Shon was fated to
have it, so we will not be taking it back home with us.
Apparently there is an orc is a town called Furipota that might know
more about it. I silently resolved that one day I might visit
there to find object for the Shishei, and perhaps regain some honor
The Druidess knew something about Iyari, which is a
monastery in the mountains. Rich barbarian humans and fairies
like to send their second sons there. Apparently she did not
comment on the apparition who delivered the message, or if she did then
Miyara did not consider me worthy of the knowledge.
The Druidess then gave Miyara her task. She is
to seek a man called Etiyen Bastia. She is to bring him
here, or if that is not possible she is to tell her why and what
happened to him. He was last known to be headed to the town of Curutsofen,
and apparently Rawena had been charged with meeting him but had
failed. Rawena did not seem particularly dishonored by her
failure, but cheerfully told Miyara something, presumably how to get to
Curutsofen. Even under the most civlized circumstances, these
barbarians continue to amaze me with their lack of any higher concepts.
The Druidess then talked to the others.
Obviously I didn't care what tasks they had been charged to
perform. My concern is to help Miyara obtain the dragon statue,
to discharge her debt to the Druidess on my behalf, and to solve the
puzzle of why Master Og was wearing Shishei.
Goru was told of the location of the stone of stone,
which is in Kalako Sutoha. Others produced various
baubles and objects for the Druidess to examine. One of these was
a scroll in the fairy language that brought Goru to tears when he read
it; Rawena, in an unusual act of kindness, let him keep it.
One of these objects was a beautiful egg crystal
held by Carimera. Miyara told me that she had asked Carimera for
it to presesnt to the Shishei, as it was especially magical for its own
sake, but that the Queen had basely demanded a price for it. It
is sad that these barbarians act so.
After the audience, we then returned to the
camp. We were to rest, eat, and leave the next day.
That evening, Miyara asked the group who had been
imprisoned by the ogres -- an entertainment troupe who had accompanied
the Master Og -- about the Master. They said that the leader of
the troupe had come from a town outside Aruta Dorufa, and that Og had
been with the troupe a very long time. Jeison knew that the
leader showed up with Og many years ago when Jeison was young.
Apparently they leader is now in jail, having defied his obligations to
Stoiko will also leave us here. At this I was
saddened, as he of all of the barbarians seemed the most
civilized. I will miss his well intended attempts to get me to
debase myself by learning his tongue.