"With a heavy heart and trembling hand I pen this entry. It came as no surprise that the other Dragons were not comfortable with the idea of new recruits, much less new Dragons at all. They showed the same kind of hostility at first when I joined. But the only reason that they warmed up to me so soon was because I was the only one who could kill on the spot. Perhaps out of fear. Perhaps out of respect. Either way, they are not liking this idea of new Dragons...
The girls' search for resources came back with more supplies than we would need, even with the extra Dragons. However, the others have not fared nearly as well. Chunky and Shaun are experienced in blacksmithing and metallurgy, but not at all experienced in anything having to do with the arcane of our Order. Not to mention, after I had Tanner and Leo clean up, I had them go out and see if they can find suitable hosts for the power.
I forgot one important thing about this, however. The rules are simple: Young in Age, Pure in Heart, Strong in Will. We do not have time to wait for our new recruits to become old enough to fight with us, and finding young adults is not an option. It seems that my original plan is moot.
So I did some extra research on the Amulets and their power.."
Chapter 12: With Great Power
I called the other Dragons back into the meeting hall. They all stood at attention once more as I took my seat at the top of the stairs.
"Dragons, I was a fool to think that extra manpower...." I motioned to Catherine, Rolly and Templa. "And womanpower...was necessary for our Order to maintain our survival. We do not have the time, energy, or knowledge to create more soldiers for our Order, much less new Dragons. That being said, it still leaves us with one major problem: How we're going to win this war. I say this as if there is going to be a glorious victory, but the reality is plain: There are never winners in war. Only losers. Especially when you are warring with those you are sworn to protect."
They all murmured a bit before I continued.
"That being said, I find that we need ways of stopping our enemy with non-violent means."
I stepped down from the throne and started to pace the floor in front of them.
"I've been doing a lot of research. Reading the diaries of past Dragons, journals, books, papers...Everything I could find on our Order and our Amulets. And I've found something you will all find very interesting."
I paused, giving them a brief moment to absorb all that.
"We have....hidden abilities of sorts."
They all looked at one another silently.
"Abilities engraved in our Amulets. Figuratively. Shaun, you have the ability to set yourself ablaze and spew liquid magma. Your fire will never extinguish, even underwater, until you want it to. Chunky, you can bend plants, trees, wood, metal...anything that has to do with this Earth, to your will, and create such things with the flick of a finger. Tanner, you can harness the power of lightning and storms, conjuring up the weather itself. Catherine, you have the ability of toxins...but also biohazardous material. You can control, spew, and even create all sorts of viruses, bacteria, toxic waste, and radioactive materials. Leo, you too can control and contort ice, however, not on as large a scale as Templa. Rolly, you can not only bend the sound waves around you, but make people hear things...hallucinate, or even mind control. Finally, Templa, you have the ability to create ice out of anything, even the hottest materials."
They all smiled and looked at each other, then looked back at me. Soon, Templa asked the question on everyone's minds.
"But Deduc Draco, what about you?"
They stared at me for a moment, confused.
"Meaningggg...." Shaun said, expecting me to finish his sentence.
"Meaning that I can give life...and take it."
They all stared at me for a long while before I continued to speak.
"The way we all access these powers however...is something that we all must learn. There are different ways of unlocking everyone's true power. But the ways were lost long ago. We ALL must find a way to unlock our potential. That is all we are going to be doing for the next while. Once we have unlocked our power, I have a highly detailed plan to...as the humans would say....Kill them with kindness. Dismissed."
Most of the other Dragons left the room, but Catherine stayed behind.
"Shay...er...I mean..Deduc Draco...Permission to speak freely?"
"Shay, with all due respect, the plan makes no sense...We have to spend all this time, trying out different things to unlock our weird hidden power, but we don't even know where to begin!"
"Catherine, as much as I agree with you, it is also the only plan of action we have. As much as I don't like spending time on what sounds to all of us like a fruitless effort, it's necessary."
"I suppose we should read the journals, see if we can find clues, similarities or links between how each Dragon before us unlocked their potential."
"Good idea. Pass this along to the other Dragons, that you all have complete, unrestricted access to the entire library until further notice."
She nodded and kneeled before me, then stood up and left. I sighed heavily. Being a leader was more difficult than I bargained for...
Catherine must've spent hours in the library that night. By the time I came back in the next morning, I walked into the library to do some research of my own, only to find Catherine sleepily gazing over another tome, her eyes heavy with lack of sleep, and a thermos of coffee sitting next to her.
"Catherine, you have been working at this most diligently, but please, you must rest."
"No..." She shooed me away. "I'm working."
"Catherine, while I appreciate your determination, you must rest to give your brain time to recharge."
Catherine looked at me to utter another protest, only to stop, then fall face first into the book, snoring loudly. I shook my head with a small smile, then grabbed a blanket and put it over her back. I left the library silently.
Soon, Rolly came rushing in excitedly.
"DEDUC DRACO! DEDUC DRACO!!"
She screeched to halt in front of me.
"DEDUC-" I covered her mouth.
"Calm yourself, Rolly, then tell me what is on your mind."
She nodded, and I removed my hand. She took a few deep breaths before smiling.
"Deduc Draco! I unlocked my power! Look!"
She held up her amulet. It didn't seem to look much different.
She spun it around, and the once plain silver engraving of a music note, was now a bright purple outline of a music note.
"See? Watch this!"
She screamed at a sweetroll sitting across from us in a pitch so high, I couldn't hear it with my own ears. However, the effect became evident when the sweetroll seemed to levitate across the room and into her waiting hands.
I nodded with an impressed frown.
"Not bad! Not bad at all! How'd you do it, Rolly?"
"Well, I was sitting in my bedroom, and I had taken a few tomes home to read. I had my earbuds in because I was listening to my favorite techno beat. But I guess in the midst of it all, I fell asleep. But as I was falling asleep, something weird happened. It was like...it all made sense to me. It was like it came to me in a dream!"
I put my hand to my chin in thought.
"Anyway, I'm gonna go practice my new power! See ya!" She ran off toward the training grounds, and that was the last I saw of her that day.
I wondered what exactly triggered it. Perhaps it was the fact that she was listening to music. Or perhaps it had something to do with sleep...Either way, something happened. But the clues were not fitting together properly. It seemed way too simple. Could it really be that easy? Or was it easy for her because her amulet is so new? After all, the Purple Dragon didn't come into being until the late 20th century....Strange...Strange indeed.