“Great one please don’t do anything similar to that again, I’m sure my heart stopped for a moment,” I murmured to myself in a little prayer as I lurched off the ground to sit on the bed. I could still feel my heart throbbing loudly to the scare I got in the dream and this added to the pain circulating around my body from the tournament I had the previous day. As I stretched myself to stand from the softness of the bed, I could hear my bones creak and for the first time in forever I felt tired so early in the morning. Sluggishly I moved to a large wooden table beside the only window in the room which was constructed directly opposite the entrance and made myself comfortable on a stool beside it. I had several historical documents, and scrolls at the table, many of which were legendary containing ancient magic sorted by mortals and fairies all over Rheudinia, others were written in languages I couldn’t understand. I pulled one of the scrolls open and searched through it, quickly I pulled open another and went through it but even through several documents I couldn’t find what I was searching for, Mount Javr.
“Whatever is making you study so young in the day must be far important than visiting the Royal chamber to greet your father as you are accustomed to” A voice startled me from the doorway and I turned to see the Suz standing before me in a purple outfit that made him look much like one of the court clowns.
“His Majesty,” I said sprouting up to my feet and gave father a bow,
“Hello Suzzac,” he replied as he moved from the doorway towards my side and took a look at the scrolls spread randomly across the table.
“Kronii mentioned to me that your entourage got back to the palace rather late and you had a lot of fun at your Tournament.”
“Father I had a dream again” I said and for a while it looked like the Suz froze, obviously he didn’t know I was going to have one this time. Quickly he turned his head sideways at me and the gesture I saw in his eyes was that of pure amazement.
“The same dream?”
“Another legend Father and it was here in Zeclub.” I replied. Now he turned completely at me, his eyebrows raised in a frown. I could always remember that look of curiosity in King Bdollium’s eyes, those dark brown eyeballs brightened with inquisitiveness as his face rose into a frown, he always looked legendary.
“A legend here in Zeclub?” his voice fell low into a whisper, “Where?”
“Mount Javr? Nacalitus, that mountain only existed in myths” he replied putting a hand to my shoulder.
“But how could that be when I actually stood in it” I stood pensive a while before suddenly I remembered the Isuz’s words, the mountain couldn’t be seen with mortal eyes because of the illuminating object I saw in it.
“Father, When was the last time an appearance of the mountain was recorded in history?”
“I can’t really say Son but I read of a myth dated over ten thousand years ago and it narrated that the first royal sword of Zeclub was forged from the matter within the mountain, then it also narrated further that Javr disappeared of the surface of Rheudinia over ten thousand years ago when Naymata a Suzzac of Zeclub hid the royal sword back in the mountain after slaughtering his brother Rommed in his sleep with it.” King Bdollium replied and moved back to sit majestically on my bed. For a while I couldn’t believe my ears, even with my vast knowlegde of the history of the people of Zeclub, I had never come across Suzzacs with the names, Rommed or Naymata.
“Rommed? I guess Rommed was to be King? The Zeclubian curse was that ancient” I asked raising my brow and the Suz shook his head slowly in agreement.
“Naymata killed Rommed on the eve of his coronation and the curse was believed to originate from that single act but the mystery of the whole fable is that no remains or physical records have been found for both Rommed and Naymata except this myth which was written by a man who was believed to be raving mad”
“A myth by a mad man… and nothing else but mystery but I assure you father Mount Javr indeed exists” I said and rolled up the scrolls on my table. Suddenly the Suz stood off the bed and trudged towards the door yawning as he did.
“If the mountain the dream god revealed to you was Javr, then it must be here somewhere and we’ll be counting on you to find it son.” He said after pulling the door open and leaned on the frame supporting it.
“I can’t go anywhere near it until the Isuz mandates me father.” I replied clearing the last piece of document from the table, I had arranged the scrolls into neat bundles beside the table and moved away from it.
“Good, so there’s just enough time to fill that hungry stomach of yours before the council queries me for starving you to death.” He humoured as I came towards the doorway and I smiled.
“I might just tell the council exactly that.” I replied and he bursted into laughter.
“You would do no such thing, save you have the stomach for a whole Egglorn and a basket of honeybread” He replied and our laughter vibrated through the walls as I followed him into the large corridor, closing the door behind me.
I actually expected the dream to repeat itself like the first but it failed me, the dream god knew I wouldn’t forget a single detail of it. After I had the dream my daily routine slightly altered as I spent more time searching for documents associated with Mount Javr and Zeclubian legends. Gradually I began to understand the curse mortal man suffered in the phalanges of knowledge, curiosity was the key to his thraldom. The curiosity to get more ideas drowns us deeper into the waters of knowledge and like an addiction it never gets enough, we keep taking it in both that which is good and evil. Slowly the pieces began to fit into place like a puzzle, giving a face to the mystery, the uncertainty that had survived over ten thousand years. Though several scholars of history would find my conclusions rather superficial but sometimes you have to look beyond reality to understand some mysteries in our world. I dissolved that the mysteries began with Zeclub, not the Kingdom but the man. Although legends have it that Isuz Harmid was sent by Mighty Aisuz to disperse the sands of Creation upon the waters of Rheudinia at the beginning but it was Zeclub the first mortal that performed the duty. How Zeclub came into contact with the Sands would forever remain a mystery though there have been several speculations but it’s believed that he single-handedly brought about the creation of the lands of Rheudinia. And according to the mad man’s myth, Zeclub was suppose to return to Sium after completing the Isuz’s task but he refrained, he stayed on Rheudinia and beautified the planet, planting gardens with special dusts he got from Eesuz Astore and designed several of the beautiful nature we adore today. Soon news of Zeclub’s creativity flooded the streets of Sium and all of the gods began descending to Rheudinia to see the paradise created by the works of the first of man and they marvelled at his genius. The Creator was also well pleased with the mortal and gave him the title Zeclub which meant ‘The Beloved’ and this became his name. He was so pleased that he created another mortal to be a companion to Zeclub and just as light and darkness is an extension of each other, so was this creature to Zeclub. The first of man accepted this being excitedly from the Creator and found her to be pleasing to his eyes; he gave her the name ‘Ecclesia’ which meant my companion and from this two humanity began. Zeclub and Ecclesia lived on Rheudinia amidst the gods and thousands of creatures reproducing sons and daughters, it was a time like no other upon this lands. Then just like every story, dark days came and it almost tore Rheudinia apart. Zeclub was a handsome being to behold and his creativity made him even more adored by the goddesses, they would come in groups to watch him work entertaining him at every opportunity they got. Although several of them wished to lay with him but it was against the laws of Sium so they refrained from fear of the creator’s wrath but one particular Eesuz didn’t just adore him, she was obsessed. The protector of the seven realms, Eesuz Nartia got obsessed with Zeclub and seduced him several times into laying with her but he refused each time and each time her obsession grew. Then it got to a point she couldn’t accept his denials anymore so she asked a messenger of Sium to make her a portion from a forbidden tree growing in the outskirt of Sium, the tree of Concupiscence. With the powers of this abominable portion, Zeclub was totally vulnerable to her desires, he was hypnotised. Eesuz Nartia succeeded in seducing and sleeping with him. Just after the Eesuz had her desire satisfied, the effect of the portion wore off her victim and he grew mad with rage. Zeclub went completely berserk and tried to strangle her to death but Eesuz Nartia was far powerful than he could ever be. She wrestled with him and conquered, quite an easy victory but that wasn’t enough for her. She decided to punish Zeclub for attacking her and as a warrior that she is; the only punishment she knew was death.
“What? She killed him?” the Suzia gasped and King Naca shook his head in agreement. “What sort of creature kills what they love?”
“Make no mistake my dear Suzia, whatever Eesuz Nartia felt for Zeclub was everything else but love. She killed Zeclub even when he pleaded for his life, rendering his children fatherless and I would believe her action incepted mortal man’s disrespect for the gods of Rheudinia.” The King replied.
“And they blame man for breeding perversity in his heart when they planted it there,” Sud who had been very quiet said in a tone that sounded more like anger.
“Be far from that thought son, if Mighty Aisuz really blamed man for his wicked nature, believe me he would have wiped Rheudinia clean of his kind. Just like not all men are evil so also isn’t all the gods and He that is above us all, both man and god knows this fact.
At the time Zeclub breathe his last, a loud terrifying sound was heard in Sium and the entire universe shook to it. Immediately, a very large ball of elements the realms had never seen came down towards the Eesuz from the sky at a speed faster than sunlight and as it hit her, it caused a very large earthquake that broke the land of Rheudinia into the fragments we have today. It was obvious the Creator was greatly displeased at the death of Zeclub for he imprisoned Eesuz Nartia alive in a large diamond deep within the core of Rheudinia denying her forgiveness for eternity. One would believe that story, legend, myth or whatever you would have it called ended there but it didn’t, fate is such a slithering creature that has sly ways of twisting tales, even those of the gods.
TO BE CONTINUED………