Chapter 1 ~ The Forest City Kveyka

 

 

Vanaheim is located in the third realm and is the home of the Vanir. It is hidden from Odin, King of Asgard, when he sits on the all-seeing throne, (Hlidskjalf). This chair was created by the Vanir utilizing science, sorcery and a type of ancient magic lost shortly after it was created. That same type of magic now keeps Vanaheim hidden from all with the exception of the Vanir.


Kveyka

Stepping through the portal, they emerge through a door on the side of an enormously wide tree, in a forest so tall, that some trees are literally touching the clouds. They do not notice the tree figure that exited the event-horizon with them.

Across the valley, long rows of tall pillar mountains stand at almost the same exact size. Carved into the mountains granite pillars, buildings lay crumbling in ruin on one side of the valley. The forest of immense trees takes up the other side.

SpaceDog guides Istanna through the forest and points to a tree that has a front door and many windows. They do not notice the Barker following behind them. Freyr is home for the first time in 600 cycles. SpaceDog opens the huge main door and glances inside at the collected grunge collecting on everything while wiping his finger across a dusty surface.

[SpaceDog]  Looks like we've got a lot of work ahead of us Luv. Should be some wild vegetables and fruit growing out back as usual. There always is. Pick something we can snack on before we do some hardcore cleaning. Then we commence digging up the artifacts I buried.

He goes to the cleaning supply cupboard and takes out some cleaning items, buckets, dusters and notices that some supplies are missing. When Istanna returns, she is carrying a basket of fruits, vegetables and Dodo eggs from the back and returns to the kitchen where everything seems to be in working order.

[Istanna]     Except for a few new bird nests and Dodo caves, this place looks like it has not changed whatsoever in all the time we were gone. Did you just clean the kitchen? I could have sworn it was dusty when I walked out back a few moments ago.

SpaceDog walks into the kitchen with an empty bucket and duster in hand. Istanna looks past him and points.

[Istanna]     Root the Barker. Where did you come from?

[Root]          I am BarkeR

[SpaceDog]  You came through the portal to help and get trained? What type of training do you need and how did you get into that control room?

Suddenly Root disappears as does the dust in the room. He reappears with the buried artifact and hands it to SpaceDog.

[Root]          I AM BaRker

[SpaceDog]  I can see that you learn quickly and could learn almost anything. How did you get so fast?

[Istanna]     Root cleaned the kitchen and the yard now looks tidy.

[Root]          I aM BarKer

[SpaceDog]  Dee gave you the leftover drinks last time you were at The Gallant Tree Inn, turned the unconsumed alcohol into magic and gave it to Root... She is getting dangerously creative. I may have to whip her behind one of these days. What do you think, Isty?

[Istanna]      And the magic made him fast and Sidrat let him in the control room? Talk about a new use for alcohol. Guess we can try to figure out the artifact now.


Bodn

The object looks like a light green jar with a papyrus scroll within; a crank at one end and a slot in the base of the other end that is meant to hold a Valknut key. The marking on the scroll inside has no evident pattern or indication for what the purpose of the artifact might be.

[SpaceDog]  What do you think? Do you have an identity rune or some magic you can use to figure out what this thing is?

SpaceDog hands the artifact to Istanna.

[Istanna]     Ouch!

After touching the object she immediately puts it down on the table and looks at her hand bleeding green light.

[Istanna]     What the Hel is that thing? It just bit me!

SpaceDog takes a close look at Istanna's hand and notices a rune symbol on her palm. He creates the same rune using his wand on her hand and the symbol disappears and reappears. He then tries to etch the rune on the object but nothing happens, at first... then ancient dragon script shows up on the artifact. The writing ends with a Valknut symbol of two dragons kissing.

[SpaceDog]  I have that Valknut someplace, but I don't recognize either the rune on your hand or the writing. Any ideas Isty?

Istanna, not touching it again, pushes it over with her knife, reads the writing and shakes her head.

[Istanna]     I'm not sure what just happened, but I think you just proposed to me and I accepted. If we put the Valknut in the base plate, we will find out either who this was meant for, what this rune actually means, or we may be companions for life. The wording is all wrong, sort of like the way you write.

SpaceDogs' palm begins to itch and starts to bleed green. The same green rune that is on Istanna's palm, appears on his. Different writing begins to replace the original text on the artifact.

[Istanna]     Looks like we need to put the Valknut in place within one moons cycle to complete the bonding, or we both die. Wonder how this thing can kill a God or Goddess? 

[SpaceDog]  Root, could you find the key that looks like this and bring it to me? 

Root turns his head to one side sizing up the kissing dragons. Root disappears and soon returns holding the Valknut and presents it to SpaceDog.

SpaceDog places the key into the artifact and the words change again. Istanna reads the new inscription on the artifact...


Father & Son, Lord & Lady

[Istanna]     Beloved couple. You have been bound by Bodn and Father Time, Nj÷r­r. You both now share each other's DNA-s-t&a. As a couple, you are married with no way to retract this contract bound by Vanaheim law and the creator of all Vanir. This is 100% binding in every way and will help you both live forever as God and Goddess, Lord and Lady of Vanaheim. May you both live long lives, full of love and adventures, as fertility Gods.

[SpaceDog]  What in Hel has my father done now? I know he did this because he expected us to return here. He has got to be around here someplace watching from the shadows. Shall we send Root on an errand to find him? 

Root begins grinning, but before anything else can be said, he disappears. Both Istanna and SpaceDog look at each other, they shrug shoulders at the same time and reach for the same piece of fruit. They then ask and complete a question together.

[SpaceDog & Istanna]  What in the heavens has that thing done to me? 

They are 100% synchronized.

[Istanna]     You
[SpaceDog]  have
[Istanna]     got
[SpaceDog]  to
[Istanna]     be
[SpaceDog]  kidding
[SpaceDog & Istanna]     us.

A man appears alongside Root at the front door looking slightly unshaven with matted white & silver hair and a long beard. He has on a pointed hat that looks like he removed it from a witch and wearing a thick white robe. The man is holding a trident staff, and his piercing cobalt blue eyes look in at the couple now standing in shock.

[Njord]       Not kidding this time son! You might want to pull the Valknut out of Bodn so you have your individual selves back. Your Barker tells me you are Istanna and you now call yourself Star Lord SpaceDog? Freyr, I can tell from your handy work you created 'Root' from the world tree seed pods that fell a fortnight ago.

[SpaceDog]  How did you know that? Where have you been all these cycles? Have you seen my son or Gerda? What happened to Rosemary after you left with her, Raskle and the Little Fancy bitch?

[Istanna]      You are SpaceDog's dad? It's an honor to meet another living Vanir.

Istanna bows waiting for the eldest known Vanir to acknowledge her.

[Njord]       It's my honor to meet my son's latest partner. I should be bowing to you since you are now the rightful Lord and Lady of Vanaheim. Istanna, just call me  Njord, Merlin, Poseidon, Father Time, Dad or... Son, you talk to the world tree just like I do so we both should know things going on around us that nobody else knows. I've been working for ages trying to hide the families of the Vanir since the Ăsir decided to exterminate our race.  I sent most of them to Midgard and the rest are on the other side of Alfheim. Tell you about that, maybe. I have not seen Gerda, but your son, Fiolnir, he and Rosemary went to colony 13.72 during the exodus.

[SpaceDog]  So more of our kind exist? How the Hel did we become Lord and Lady? Frack! I'll have to shorten my title from Star Lord to what... just Lord? Goddess, that sounds too weird... 

[Istanna]     What's with this rune on our palms?

[Njord]       That device was created from the blood of Ymir, the ancient alien who created the Vanir. It binds two souls as rulers of Vanaheim. So yes, you are now the rulers of Vanaheim and became husband and wife when you handed it over to her. The fact that it's working and didn't kill you both is a miracle since its 25,624 cycles old. The runes on your palms will allow you to control anyone from or on Vanaheim.

[SpaceDog]  So, if I tell you; Merlin, bow prostate!

Njord suddenly finds himself on his knees unable to move, bowing with respect to the rulers of Vanaheim.

[Istanna]     Never bow to us, Merlin. We are now a family. I will appoint you to be Chief advisor of Vanaheim, the oldest, but maybe not the wisest Vanir. 

Njord finds himself once again able to move. He stands up and thinks out loud while looking puzzled...

[Njord]      'Not the wisest? Hmmm... If you call me Merlin, then your commands will still work, but if you call me Njord, you do not have complete control over me... Awkward but workable.'  Looks like you shall need to be more careful with what you say since your newly obtained powers are absolute. I think the last Lord, me, pissed off Odin by making him do something unthinkable before he became king... You got the title of Star Lord by helping him remove that event from history.

[SpaceDog]  Now that you mention it, yes... So, is that where his hatred of our kind came from? I always thought it was because you hid Vanaheim from his all-seeing thrown or the fact that the Rainbow Bridge cannot teleport directly here unless it is operated by the current gatekeeper, Heimdallr, who I always suspected to be Vanir.

[Njord]        Not really. At that time, Heidor, your gold greedy sister by another name, went to Asgard and robbed the castle and caused trouble pushing the Ăsir aside. They tried to kill her by setting her on fire. She returned from the ashes three times. That, caused the Ăsir to hate the Vanir. Odin came to Vanaheim to confront her and me because I was Lord at the time. I used the power of Bodn, that so-called artifact, to reshape his will and forged a truce in exchange for the life of my family. That is when I sent you and Freyja to live on Asgard many cycles ago. Odin doesn't remember a thing about why he came here or what I did to him. And your sister changed her name and forgot about how much she loved gold.

Istanna looks at SpaceDog and then at his father.

[Istanna]    I remember hearing a truce being called and you exchanged your family for Hoenir and Mimir, who were thought to be wise advisors to the Asgard King.  

[Njord]        Turned out Hoenir was an idiot who agreed with anything anyone said. That pissed me off. I beheaded both and sent the head of Mimir back to Odin. But, I still had power over Odin because Bodn contains the blood of the first and that has power.

[SpaceDog]  Odin used magic to keep Mimir's head alive and is still an advisor to that retched king.

[Njord]        After that, I denounced myself as Lord and sent the Vanir away. Tell me about the QETS. How is it working for you and have you discovered all its little secrets yet? I know you've had it in your possession since you found the Valknut that gives you ownership. I designed and built it after building the two BiFrost Rainbow Bridges. You found it like I planned. Did you repair the timekeeper?

[Istanna]    You built the BiFrost, QETS, and Sidrat?

[Njord]        I'm a GOD. I can build anything! You're a Goddess and can do wonderful things using magic and your infinite imagination, so why not? I tried to make the timekeeper automaton look like Gerda, but left her unfinished so Freyr could make her look like whoever he wanted. Can you call her? I want to see what you did to her. You did keep it looking female, didn't you?

[SpaceDog]  Yes, she is still female. She and the QETS are not supposed to reappear for a full cycle. I wanted to spend some time with Istanna and teach her some ancient magic, but now that she is my wife and Lady... we've got all the time in the many realms. How do I call Sidrat here?

[Njord]        She was built & born on Vanaheim so the rune on your hand lets you call or command her.

Before SpaceDog can issue the command, Istanna presses the rune on her hand.

[Istanna]     Sidrat, entangle yourself to Vanaheim now. 

Sidrat instantly appears and scans her surroundings.

[Sidrat]      Commanders, maker, how may I be of service?

[Njord]       My Goddess! She looks just like your mother... Skadi. What did you do to her eyes? They are gorgeous!

[Istanna]    Sidrat, give Merlin, your maker, a greeting he will never forget.

She winks at Sidrat who walks up to Njord and kisses him on the forehead before giving him a twisty hug all over. She wraps her long arms around him, her hands slide up his back and she kisses Njord on his lips.

[Istanna]    Thank you Sidrat. Return to your former station and resume whatever you were doing.

Sidrat vanishes and Njord stands there in a state of bliss for a moment with his eyes closed, wishing this memory would never end...

[Njord]       Wow! If your mother kissed or behaved like that and didn't love the cold mountains, she might still be...

Njord stands there thinking .... finally shudders and opens his eyes saying,

[Njord]       Your mother was one of the first transported to Cuzco with the second BiFrost. 

[SpaceDog]  Mother is on Midgard? I thought I felt her presence when I traveled to Niflheim and thought she was dead. I guess not. Sidrats' new sensory array is made from slices of a stone that can control the Vastu stones.


DNA-s-t&a

[Njord]        Wow! I would have never guessed you had the knowledge to slice one of those stones and create lenses from them. Son, Fiolnir calls himself Luke now and is at colony 13.72, better known as Machu Picchu and married to Rosemary. Raskle and Little Fancy bitch have both passed away and are planted in your garden in the back.

[SpaceDog]  That does not surprise me at all. Maybe we should visit there and get reunited. What do you think my love?

[Istanna]     I think we need to do what we came here to do in the first place. You said there is ancient magic I need to learn. Where and what is it?

[Njord]        Before you get into that ancient magic, Istanna, you might want to crank the handle on Bodn. It will not bleed you again, but what it will do to you might surprise the Hel out of you.

[Istanna]    I don't like the sound of that, but if you're going to be my advisor, I guess we should take your advice... Here goes!

Istanna picks up the artifact and it does not bite her. She holds the crank on one end and is about to turn it when Njord interrupts.

[Njord]        Wait! I almost forgot. SpaceDog, I like that name. It suites you. Put the Valknut back into the slot and hold the base.

SpaceDog does as instructed and hangs onto the base while Istanna turns the crank handle at the other end. After turning it twice it hits her with an electrical shock.

[SpaceDog]  I thought you said it will not hurt her. What was that?

Slowly Istanna begins to change: her tail shrinks to nothing, kitty claws turn into full long fingers, her second set of cat ears disappear, her eyes get a little smaller, and her hair turns black with red highlights.

Njord pulls out a device from his pocket and scans her looking puzzled at first, then grins. He puts the device back into his pocket and takes her hands, feels her neck and his grin gets bigger.

[Njord]        I said it would not bleed her. Didn't say anything about shocking her. Not sure how long this is going to last or if she can be changed back, but you are no longer a dragon. Istanna, you are now a Vanir and your DNA-s-t&a matches SpaceDog's with just a few exceptions, mostly your dragon blood and sex.

[Istanna]    Thinking about sex, what is this feeling that coming all over me? I'm hot but not sweating and just looking at Spacey makes me want to melt and get into bed with him and...

[Njord]       I think that's my clue to leave you two alone for a while. I live in the tree with the white bark. Just come in when you two get hungry. I'm going to make something delicious. Root, come with me. I might need you to fetch a few things.

Njord and Root leave, closing the door behind them and walk towards his home in the forest. SpaceDog and Istanna look at each other in the eyes and start to strip, leaving a trail of clothes all the way to the bedchamber.


Between the Sheets

[Istanna]    What are all these sensations I'm having? I want to be touched here and here and down there, licked, kissed and licked some more. Not only that, but I want to do that to you too, touch you, kiss you, lick you and then play with your magic wand.

[SpaceDog]  In all my life of being a fertility god, I have never felt the need to be with another living creature then I do now. When that artifact engaged, my feelings for you went through the roof. You know I've always loved you, always wanted to have you by my side in my chamber, but the only bed you have ever been in, with me, is the recovery bed. Why is that?

[Istanna]    Oh, shut up and kiss me, lick me and touch me all over... My Lord!!! OH MY LORD!!!

For the rest of the day and night, the fertility Lord and new Lady of Vanaheim made love over and over...


A Different World

After making love all day and night, the two love dragons sleep through most of the next day and into the late afternoon. Hunger pains strike both at the same time and they wake instantly. The two look at each other, not quite used to the fact they are now a couple, along with being the Lord and Lady of the third realm, Vanaheim.

[Istanna]    I wonder if your father is still waiting for us. Is he a good cook? 

SpaceDog and Istanna keep touching one another in places they never expected feeling new sensations. They both need to be close to each other.

[SpaceDog]  I'm not sure. It's been a long time since I've seen him. Really, I haven't a clue what his cooking is like. It can't be that bad since he's lived this long. Kiss me again like you did last night. That was truly an amazing feeling. Have you gotten used to being a Vanir yet?

[Istanna]    As a dragon I could sense things, but as a Vanir, I 'know' what you want before you say anything. This has pushed my feelings over the edge several times. It's a different world, yet I still have most of the magic inside this tall curvaceous body. I almost exposed some of that magic while making love to you. That was both exciting and scary at the same time. Will I be able to make you babies?

SpaceDog gets faint for the moment thinking of having children and how that would affect his life. He shakes his head YES and stares deeply into Istanna's eyes. He takes in the whole picture of her long hair; ears, golden eyes, nose, full lips on her smiling mouth, down her neck, his gaze stops at her abundant chest and he swallows.

Istanna is still feeling hot all over with some very new feelings in places she never realized existed. Looking back at SpaceDog, she also notices his shiny bald head, white beard, deep green eyes, and slender neck. Looking down to his chest she wants to press hers against his.

They close their eyes simultaneously and feel a surge of magic pass between them which is stronger than any growth spurt passed as a dragon. In unison they say,

[SpaceDog & Istanna]  If this isn't loving, then what is it?


After washing each other and getting dressed, the newlyweds walk hand in hand to Njord's home within the tree in anticipation of a meal. When they walk through the door, the wonderful smell of food is overwhelming! 

[Istanna]    Wowwwww! I can't believe what I'm smelling. For the first time in my life, all my senses are exploding. This is a really nice place you have here. Wait, am I seeing double or are there two Barkers in the corner?

[Njord]       You are not seeing double. Istanna, this is Toot alongside Root. I created him a fortnight ago, the same time my son made Root. I also created another named Soot, but I delivered that Barker to Machu Picchu while you two were engaged in the exchange of magic.

[SpaceDog]  Is your Bi-Frost also a time machine?

[Njord]       No, but it can teleport to the QETS and link to a portal in control room six. He he he... Bet you never expected that, now did you? I had to see Sidrat again, too. She is a masterpiece of science, organic technology, and magic. Did you know she is now a 100% sexually functional automaton? 

[Istanna]    No way! You mean she's going to be chasing after my husband?

[Njord]       Slow down little lady. She may be functional, but she was never placed in activity mode. So she, is not going to bend over without the command code, and currently, you are that command code ever since you "commanded" her to entangle here. Ever wonder why you are always one step ahead of SpaceDog when it comes to Sidrat? After we eat, I've something to show you two. Please, enjoy the meal.

[Istanna]    I was wondering about that...


Midgard

Sitting around the table with the food laid out before them fit for a king and queen. Root and Toot wait on the three, hand and foot. They refill their cups and bring in anything they ask or desire. After the meal, the three sit relishing the smells, tastes and many fascinating tales of adventures of the past. They discuss dreams, ambitions and what the future holds for the race of gods called Vanir.

[SpaceDog]  So, what you're saying is, you've spent thousands of years on Midgard in Atlantis and now you want to go to England as Merlin?

[Njord]        I am already considered a god and king of the sea. Citizens of Atlantis know me as Poseidon and I have spent a virtual lifetime there. I was there on sink day and acting as an adjudicator for the court making certain the time paradox fell into place. Dee is a genius at figuring out the clues you left her.

[SpaceDog]  You mean to tell me that you have been behind all the parts of my life but never revealed yourself?

[Istanna]     Even I thought something was fishy, seeing the clues and presence of that sorcerers stone Dee keeps buried between her girls. She will tell us about it and we will already know what has happened. She might be shocked, but she is a smart girl and will figure it out.

[Njord]        Root, Toot, time to get going. Clean everything and I will put this place into stealth mode. Son, do you have the Helm of Awe with you?

[SpaceDog]  It's on the QETS in my chamber. Or, did I perhaps leave it at The Gallant Tree Inn... Wait a moment while I fetch it. Root, hold onto me. Since Sidrat was able to entangle here we should be able to go there.

SpaceDog places his middle finger on the tip of his mouth and imprints the image of the Helm of Awe in Root's mind. He rolls up his sleeve and presses the pink gem on the quantum entanglement gauntlet and then he and Root disappear.

Less then a moment later they reappear with Root holding the Helm of Awe Valknut.

[Istanna]     What type of key is that?

[Njord]        That milady, calls the best ship I ever created, the Skithblathnir. To call the ship, just touch the rune on your palm while holding the Helm of Awe.

SpaceDog takes the Valknut from Root and touches the rune on his palm. A small box appears suspended midair in front of him.


 
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