|Chapter 8 ~ Decisions|
5 days before the winter solstice party, five Valkyrie are entangled to Alfheim in a place called the Queens Leer. On the winter solstice, snow begins to fall on Vanaheimr and the remaining Vanir are entangled to Barra Hold center where all Vanir are given the chance to return to Alfheim or stay on Vanaheimr...
Alfheim or Vanaheimr
[SpaceDog] "Greetings to all Vanir who have returned to Vanaheimr. I am your current ruler, Star Lord SpaceDog. My family name is Freyr. Until recently, I thought I was one of only three survivors of the Aesir/Vanir war. My father, your former ruler, Njord, was responsible for hiding you from the Aesir. He, myself and my sister, Freyja, were the only three Vanir left on Vanaheimr after the invasion. Odin took us to Asgard because Njord was the only known Vanir left who could fix the BiFrost transport system, after all, he built the damned thing. Since the war, I have returned here every 500-600 cycles looking for answers and what happened to the Vanir."
[Someone in the crowd] "How do we know you're the ruler and why have you taken us from our homes?"
[Istanna] "I am Lady Istanna, wife of Freyr and former Dragoness Goddess of Alfheim, the land you are currently living on by the generosity of my mother, queen of all dragons, Tintagila. We have brought you to this place because it was once your home and can be once again. We have the power to harness the twin suns that light the skies above the first 4 realms. We have the Morris stone, a stone that can rule over all the infinity stones. And, we have been bonded to this land by Bodn, an artifact containing the blood of the first alien ancestor who created us, Ymir. That let's us command all who have lived on, visited or was born from the land of Vanaheimr."
[SpaceDog] "You want a demonstration of that power? Come forward all who do not believe."
[Istanna] "Everyone who stepped forward will now turn around, take your left index finger, pull your left eyelid down and stick your tongue out at those still facing forward."
[SpaceDog] "Everyone stop this silly display of power and listen to what we have to say."
[SpaceDog] "We have already returned all Vanir sent to Midgard because, after Ragnarok, the Aesir home was destroyed. We can rebuild it for them, but we didn't want them to find us. So we sterilized Midgard of all Vanir technology and left only a few clues that we lived there. Odin is no longer. The new Aesir king is Thor, and he likes Midgard. We think he will take his people there."
[Istanna] "We are not forcing you to return here. We are not that type of rulers. Fact is, we didn't want this power and are happy to have a governing body of like minded citizens who will do what's best for all Gods and Goddesses. So, if you would like to stay, then stay. If not, we will take you to wherever you want except the 5th or 10th realms. For the time being, they are both out of bounds."
[SpaceDog] "My last wish for all to follow is, never bow to either myself or Lady Istanna and never call us sire, your majesty or any title that would indicate we are the rulers. Your old homes have been rebuild and stocked as you left them with maybe a few added conveniences. What brought you here? Let me introduce you to a mother, a friend and our guardian angel."
[Sidrat] "My name is Sidrat. I am a Sentient Intelligent Dynamic Remote Artificial Timekeeper, an artificial intelligent being created by Njord to watch over and help his son. My commanders, master Star Lord SpaceDog, and mistress, his wife Lady Istanna, both dreamed about returning and rebuilding Vanaheimr after they learned the Vanir were scatter through time and space to escape the wrath of the Aesir war Gods. The Morris stone my master mentioned, was used to repair my sensory array and lets me control the ester power converter I created and placed between the suns that light the sky above us. I used that power to rebuild Vanaheimr. It's my voice you herd when I told you about the move. I can move anything or anyone, anyplace in any time as long as it does not disobey the laws of physics or cause a time paradox. I do what is best for my master, mistress and all living creatures who want peace and prosperity. For all practical purposes, I am your guardian angel."
[Istanna] "You are late young man. Everyone, this is Jeff. He was adopted by Sidrat and a bit of a displaced mischief maker but has good hearts and I suspect he was late for a reason. In any case, he is the reason why Sidrat is also called mother."
[Jeff telepath to the 3 closest] 'Trouble in the forest. It's being invaded by Knockles and magic has no effect on them.'
[SpaceDog] "So you now have a decision to make. Stay here or return to Alfheim. Please take your time and explore Vanaheimr for the rest of the day, meet your old friends, talk to your neighbors and return here after the suns set. If you can't make up your mind and would like to chat, come back and talk to us after your walk about town and countryside."
[Istanna] "But before you go, remember this. We are here to help each other, not rule over you."
[Njord] "Thanks for bringing this thing to me Jeff. They remind me of cockroaches on Midgard, eat wood or cellulose and almost anything organic and love sweets. Very weather tolerant from -10c to 110c and are hard to kill with chemicals or magic, however, they are not that strong and can be squashed with direct pressure and will explode in a vacuum. Jeff, did you see or sense anything else unusual around the forest? Sometimes they come before the storm and are a warning sign..."
[ Jeff ] "It wasn't the forest, it was the obelisks at the end of the path after the geyser field near the beach. They were flickering. I think Ruffi and Buffi are down there now."
[Njord] "Sidrat, pipe 25 through 27."
[Sidrat] "On it"
[Sidrat] "Confirmed. The Knockles are running from the epicenter and both 26 and 27 are about to blow in less then 1 arn."
[Njord] "Can you contain it?"
[SpaceDog] "Tell us what's happening, please."
[Sidrat] "Still making the calculations..."
[ Jeff ] "Basically, there is a geyser field at the edge of the ocean 2 1/2 clicks from here."
[Njord] "The Techtronic plates have been stable for as long as I can remember, but...there has been a change in the geysers eruption timing."
[Sidrat] "We need to weld that plate or it will break. This is going to be close. Maker, route all power from 3 pyramids to the Essery platform. The obelisks may get scorched but they will hold. Lu'C-Ana... Target confirmed. Kick Ess number 25 and 26."
[Lu'C-Ana] "Ready for some fireworks? You even get to light the fuse. Put your helmet on Little Dipper!"
[Sidrat telepath] 'This is a warning to anyone one click or less from the Ocean beyond Kveyka forest or on the roadway leading to the beach. We have a situation that needs to be handled immediately. Think Angel or say Help and you will be entangled to a safe location.'
[Ruffi telepath] 'We are in The Raven not far from there.'
[Sidrat telepath] 'Don't open your cockpit. We're sending you into space and onto the Essery platform. You should have several emergency suits onboard. Just put on the face masks to engage them.'
[Buffi telepath] 'Found them... suits are on.'
[Ruffi] "Woooh! This is soooo sweet. I thought this thing only had a limited range and speed."
[Njord telepath] 'You should be at the platform in 1/2 a moment. Pressurization and opening the docking bay portal will be automatic. Jeff and Lu'C-Ana are already there and will tell you what to do if they need your help. Now have fun. Wish I was there to watch the fireworks.'
[Buffi] "What is this thing? I never knew there was anything like this out here in space."
[ Jeff ] "This platform is one of many hidden from view so it's never visible. It channels ester energy from Polaris and since Vanaheimr is always moving, there are always several reflecting energy to Vanaheimr. We are adjusting the pitch now Mum. Are you ready groundside?"
[Sidrat] "2.4 moments son."
[Sidrat broadband telepathy] 'Greetings from your guardian angel. I urge you to go outside now and look to the West over the trees of Kveyka forest to witness for one time only, the welding of a Techtronic plate that has become unstable at the geyser field 2 1/2 clicks from Barra Hold city center. Come one, come all and enjoy the show.'
[Istanna] "What the Hel was that all about. You made it sound like an invitation to a picnic."
[Sidrat] "Well... my maker did give me all the good emotions I could ever want, so why spoil the fun? We're just making bigger fireworks."
[Njord] "Power build up is going as planned. Are you ready to hit the Q-switch when we are at full power Jeff?"
[ Jeff ] "You realize what's going to happen when I hit this switch, don't you Star Lord and my Lady? Remember Lake Titicaca? You don't want to miss this."
[Sidrat] "Light that firecracker Jeff!"
[Njord] "Hate to spoil the fun but Luke and Rosemary are looking for Ruffi and Buffi. I also need to reset the auto pilot so you don't try going to the platform on your own. I'll give you one arn and then The Raven will take you home on auto pilot. Good job you 4."
[ Jeff ] "I will never look at Knockles the same way again. Wonder what they taste like roasted or in a stew?"
[FoxyGurl] "Ewww! Not even a hungry fox would eat one of those, or at least not without a lot of CatSoup or curry."
Do I Stay or Do I Go
[Istanna] "We hope you had an enjoyable afternoon visiting old friends, family and acquaintances while thinking over the many choices you could be making. The light show was not planned and totally unexpected, but we all put our heads together and came out on top thanks to some very creative Gods and Goddesses who will continue to live here."
[SpaceDog] "There is plenty of land to be explored, plus we have a copy of the entire Atlantean Archives at your disposal for your reading and research pleasure. I hope you have all made your decision but for those still hesitant you will get the opportunity to travel between realms when Father Time, Njord, is not busy with one of his projects. Eventually we will get our own Gatekeeper and we are looking for acceptable candidates."
[Sidrat] "I could read your minds and see what you want the most, or you decide on your own. If you wish to stay, think stay. If you wish to go back to Alfheim, think Alfheim. If you are undecided you can remain here and talk things over. If you wish to stay you may exit the room now. However, if there is anything you would like for me to bring back from Alfheim, let me know with a prayer. One exception to that rule is, I will not bring back anyone against there own free will and you must talk to SpaceDog or Istanna before I bring back someone who is not a Vanir."
[Sidrat] "Now think Alfheim and I will entangle you to where and when I found you, but you will not remember being here. Still undecided? Think about what you want over and over in your head till I say stop."
[Istanna whispers] "Mother? I can hear your name Tintagila, are you calling me?"
Visiting the Queens Leer
[Lucinda] "What are your plans for us? Since Ragnarok has already taken place, what are we to do?"
[SpaceDog] "Would you like to do what you are trained to do? Do you know where the name Valkyrie came from and what drives their passion?"
[Sidrat] "Have you ever looked at who wrote the training manual, why only you can read parts of it and what is inside the front cover? As leader of soul sorters, that text should now be visible to you."
[Lucinda] "This book is dedicated to the day Lucinda became Val Kyrie, Kara and Skyllaar. On that same day, 5 Goddesses made a commitment to sort the souls of warriors fallen in battle. When the time comes, you will know what to do. Queen Tintagila"
[Istanna whispers] "My mother wrote that?"
[Sidrat] "In order to become Val Kyrie, I must change your DNA-s-t&a to prevent a time paradox from happening. Are you ready to start your journey as the last and now the first mistress, Val Kyrie?"
[Sidrat] "As it is written in the laws of time in the Atlantean Archives, I shall send you to the next place you need to be, but first I need your permission Lucinda."
[Lucinda] "Permission granted."
[Istanna] "You are all going to Alfheim on 810 CE where you will meet my mother, a very old dragon. You may never say how you got there because you won't need to. She will either eat you or introduce you to your winged servants. Sidrat, entangle all 5 to the queens leer."
[Tintagila] "Don't just stand there, follow me, and pick up that book. I may have you read it to me."
[Tintagila] "I see from her calling cards, my daughter Istanna sent you. That just means I may get some entertainment before I eat you. Don't look so shocked. I would never eat a God or Goddess who can best me in a game of chance."
[Val Kyrie] "Scissor, paper, stone."
[Tintagila] "What's paper?"
[Val Kyrie] "Papyrus parchment. On three?"
[Tintagila] "You win. What do you want?"
[Val Kyrie] "5 Pegasus, one black."
[Tintagila] "That's a tall order for a game of chance. Shall I cook them first or do you think you're worthy to ride them?"
[Tintagila] "How did you get that? Did you kill my daughter? I smell her blood. You stay away from me with that blade. I'm not ready to have my soul taken from me."
[Gunnr] "That was not a threat mother of Istanna. I am Gunnr and offer this as proof that we are who we say we are. Please read the inscription on this and my mistresses Hero's Blade."
[Tintagila] "Battle witch Gunnr, servant of Odin and sorter of souls from warriors who died in battle. You carry the God hunter, the third most powerful blade in the 9 realms according to the scripts written in Aesir, Vanir, Atlantean, Latin, Greek, Tsoa, both dark and light Elvin and a few I can't read, but it states clearly in ancient dragon that you are not to be threatened unless you want to loose your soul. Where did you get this?"
[Val Kyrie] "From her heart and soul. It Manifested after she gave her life to the Hero's Blade. That blade I got besting Istanna in a game of chance so I could fulfill my destiny. My name is Val Kyrie, the last and the first soul sorting leader."
[Tintagila] "That is in fact the Hero's Blade. It's more powerful then Mjolnir, Thor's hammer. So the prophecy comes true and you are here to fill the rest of the prophecy, yes? I still smell Istanna's blood on that thing. You sure you didn't cut her up into little pieces and eat her for lunch? Who are the rest of you three?"
[Herja] "I'm Herja. It's a pleasure to me you....."
[Tintagila] "Hi, I'm Tintagila. The Dragon Queen of Alfheim. I'm surprised you got past my guards. Where are those damned Knockles?"
[Eir] "My name is Valerie, or Eir."
[Tintagila] "Yah, yah... I noticed your deep green hypnotizing eyes. They're like mine but smaller. I was about to dive in and see what you're thinking, but I'd probably drown looking in too deep. Glad I didn't start a staring match with you. I would have lost that one too. And short stuff, let me guess, Brynhildr right? It's written all over your face, and your scabbard."
[Tintagila] "I'm about to call in a big favor so don't say anything until... just don't say anything, unless it's something to to be said. You are about to meet my guardian angels, Wind Walker and Ali Qorn."
[Wind Walker] "Is it time to return the favor already? We were getting worried that the prophecy would never come true."
[Ali Qorn] "Our children have been waiting for this day to come, but there is one missing from your group. Is there a problem?
[Tintagila] "Only 5 showed. Ladies.. show them the tools of your trade."
[Ali Qorn] "And that's supposed to impress us?"
[Wind Walker] "They did that without magic or time displacement and I never saw the blades get unsheathed, but sensed Istanna's blood for a tic. I'm impressed."
[Tintagila] "Sorry about my manors. Let me introduce everyone. These 5 are the ones written in the great book who will be sorting the dead for the new Asgard king, Odin. Their leader is Val Kyrie. Her second is Gunnr, along with Eir, Herja and Brynhildr. May I present the most magical couple found on Alfheim, Ali Qorn and Wind Walker."
[Wind Walker] "Val Kyrie, you will no longer hold that name because it will be given to all soul sorters who will work alongside the War Gods. From this day forward you will be Skyllaar, mother to and leader of all Valkyrie. May the magic in your touch always make the right decision when dealing with the souls of the dead. You asked for a black Pegasus and you are in luck. Later you will meet my firstborn. Today he's perched on the top of the world tree. His name is Nightmare and I suspect he will be more then you can handle. A word of caution, if he ever throws you off his back, just fly with him, you now have the wings to do so."
[Tintagila] "She's coming, they are coming... with an angel..."
[Wind Walker] "Who's coming?"
[Tintagila] "My daughter, a Vanr, and a guardian."
[Tintagila] "Istanna, is that really you? You smell like a Vanir, like him... like... Freyr, but your blood still smells the same."
[Sidrat] "Back to work. Call when you're ready. Tootles!"
[Istanna] "Yes it's really me. Oh, that was Sidrat. We'll tell you about her later."
[SpaceDog] "Greetings Dragon Queen. We are only here for a short time. We came from the future where your daughter and I are bound rulers of Vanaheimr, she now has my body's genetic makeup but kept her own blood when she transformed into a Vanir. We are here to fill an obligation to bring the first soul sorters to Midgard after their winged servants have been chosen. And, tell you the good news."
[Tintagila] "Istanna, I sense you're pregnant with twins. But Vanir and not dragon... I'm a bit disappointed, and yet happy at the same time. What timeline will you be on when the twins are hatched?"
[Wind Walker] "I'm not sure about that timeline... Day of Labor 2019CE at some place or event called Dragoncon. That's on Midgard, yes? Tintagila, call the children with your magic."
[Istanna] "We are here to witness the prophecy and at the conclusion our guardian angel will help port them to Midgard on this timeline."
[Ali Qorn] "The day has come when 4 of you must choose a partner. Before you are 4 Goddesses who will serve the god Odin on the battlefields. Their job is to choose which of the slain are worthy of a place in Valhalla. These Goddesses of war will ride you into battle, wearing helmets, shields, armor and wield dragon blades to cut and divide the souls of the dying as it is written in the great prophecy. Seek out with your heart and soul, a warrior you will serve for the remainder of days."
[Wind Walker] "The 5 winged horses before you have been named with the 4 basic elements, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth and the last is called Void. When they chose you and you accept them, they will become your winged servants and partner for life. You will give him or her a new name. Are you ready?"
[Tintagila] "You 9 will now close your eyes and keep then closed until instructed to open them. Gunnr, hold out the sliced apple in your hand."
[Gunnr] "I am the battle witch, swift and strong. You must be Wind and will be the wind that drives my soul to do what must be done."
[Wind] "That is correct. Of all those before you today, I am the fastest and fly like the wind. You will now rename me and my mother will provide you with armor."
[Gunnr] "My mistress lost her name and is now called Skyllaar. Her former name was special to me, so you will now be called Lucinda in her honor."
[Tintagila] "Gunnr, Lucinda, you may both open your eyes to seal the bond. May you always fly like the wind."
[Winged Lucinda telepath] 'I'm taking you to Nightmare. Hang on tight!'
[Tintagila] "Herja, hold out your sliced apple."
[Herja] "I am devastated, switch my mind way too often and sometime find myself falling into the void. You are my Void and will help me to climb out."
[Void] "I will fly you to either end of the void and take you out again for correctly sensing who I am."
[Herja] "I give you my other name and call you Victoria. Together we will be victorious on the battlefield."
[Tintagila] "Herja, Victoria, you may open your eyes to seal the bond and may your Goddess be with you."
[Tintagila] "I will give you armor that matches your winged servants abilities."
[Winged Victoria telepath] 'Top of the world tree we go.'
[Ali Qorn] "We have 2 shield maidens left, Eir and Brynhildr. I would like Eir to make your offering next so hold out your ruby red sliced apple."
[Eir] "I once was a healing Goddess and realized saving a life takes time. Now I'm a a Goddess who will take souls, stripping them away after death and judge if it is worthy for the halls of Valhalla, or if not, cast it into the fires of Hel. Thank you Water for bringing new life to the land of the living and washing away the dead."
[Water] "I am touched by your words and have chosen wisely with no regret."
[Eir] "My first thought was to call you Stormy, but my healing self says Mercy because I will show no mercy judging evil souls."
[Ali Qorn] "You will now open your eyes and complete the bond."
[Eir telepath to Ali Qorn] 'My guess is, he is your favorite.'
[Wind Walker] "Everyone open your eyes. Brynhildr! You will make many choices in your life, some good, some not. Before you stands 2 that could be your winged servants, Fire and Earth. You eat the apple and choose..."
[Brynhildr] "I choose Earth. He has mud on his hooves and likes to run. I like to run and he is strong like me. Star Lord, if I may, can I use the name of the ship that we rode to Easter Island?"
[SpaceDog] "A name is a name is only a name unless it has meaning. A Draghorn is a horse that has characteristics of a dragon with a long neck, leathery hide and short wings. They are not majestic like the gorgeous winged horse you wish to rename. But..."
[Brynhildr] "Yes. My flying friend you are now Draghorn. Any objection?"
[Earth] "Asking for my approval and calling me friend is an honor. I accept the name and wish for Istanna to help seal the bond because she still has Alfheim Dragoness blood in her"
[Istanna chants] "Laes rof efil Draghorn ot Brynhildr"
[Ali Qorn] "Istanna, I thought that ancient magic binding spell was lost long ago. When did you learn that and from whom?"
[Istanna] "First time we transferred information butting hears together, I found that in the back of your mates mind. She got it from Tintagila who got it from... the ancient dragon king who's name I can't say in public."
[Draghorn] "I dislike apples. The seeds don't agree with me. Contains cyanide, a poison I never could neutralize like most horses can."
Flight of the Valkyrie
[Nightmare] "I sensed you the moment you arrived in Alfheim. Like my father and mother, the horn let's me use magic without having to rely on a words, unlike some dragons. You have many names. I will always be Nightmare, and you, you don't need to change your name since it was already changed by Tintagila."
[Skyllaar] "I can't remember the first name ever given to me because it was fey in origin, but I have been called The stormy one, Curl, Lucinda, Val Kyrie and Kara."
[Nightmare] "Skyllaar. Your first name was, and will be once again be, Skyllaar. Shall we ride together until we reach Ragnarok."
[Tintagila] "Before you can serve Odin, you will forget what you know about what happed on Asgard. This will prevent any paradox from changing the time line. Freyr, call your guardian."
[SpaceDog] "Angel, it's time."
[Istanna] "When the angel came down from the sky, her powers were known to only a few. The Gods of the third realm, having worked hard to bring order to the chaos, made a wish. That wish will now be carried out as written in the great prophecy."
[Tintagila] "The prophecy states, 5 warriors will ride winged servants, onto the battlefield on Midgard, and help choose the best of the souls, be taken from the dead and dying, warriors to join Odin in the Halls of Valhalla. They will be served mead, and wait to be called, into action in Odin's army, till the day they are needed to fight the undead."
[SpaceDog] "May the guardian angel of time, take you to the first of many battles, and may the God Odin, take you into his ranks, to serve him till Ragnarok."
[Ali Qorn & Wind Walker SHOUT] "RIDE NOW AND REMEMBER THE FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIE!!!"
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