Fodan’s Journal – Answering the Call

The call has gone out!  Errin announced today my uncle’s plan and the need for volunteers. One hundred Lochfa will be sent to follow the Alfath and ensure they never threaten Tarros again. The sacrifice they ask is tremendous – both of the hundred they send off to the unknown and for those of us who remain – our numbers cut by one fifth. We are brothers and sisters in combat and faith and so the parting will be difficult no matter which of us they send. I will put forth my name and speak with Errin to get her word that I will be considered fairly. My position should not sway the selection in either direction – this calling is greater than any vanity or ego.

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Errin seemed surprised that so many stepped forward to volunteer. She should not have been – though not a Lochfa herself, as Faytan’s top general she should know that our devotion to the Sprytath is without limits. In the end she had to turn away more than twice the number needed. She assured me that I was given fair consideration before informing me that I am indeed among those who will leave Tarros – perhaps forever. Though my status did not play a part in my selection, now that I am chosen to go my position means I am the highest rank to depart Tarros. I can no longer be a brother to those who go with me – I must be their leader.

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I have begged another favor of Errin – I fear I will never be able to repay my debt to her even if I manage to return to Tarros some day. I asked her to not disclose to Faytan that I am among the selected.  While I am certain he would agree to the wisdom that the royal family send someone on the mission, I am also certain he would insist it not be his heir. To my surprise Errin agreed to my request. Already she relates to me in a different manner than she had before. She no longer treats me as the prince who needs to be kept safe while allowing him to pretend to be a Lochfa. She treats me now as an equal – one who is willing to give all for the sake of our people.

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The other Lochfa selected for this mission have gone home to their families and the temple feels cold and empty. I remain to stand watch and to prepare to lead the mission. In truth, though, I also worry that if I return home now someone will figure out what is going on – probably Gadda. My twin has always been bright and sharp, and all it would take is one look at me and she would know all that has transpired and all I intend.  I’ve long known that she will make a far better leader than I. The Sprytath will flourish under her rule. My role – my duty – is to ensure our people get the chance to do so.

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All but one of the Lochfa have returned to the temple. I worry for Sharra – she is not prone to neglecting duty – especially one such as this. I’ve sent servants to seek her out but must turn my focus to the others. Errin offered to select another volunteer to take Sharra’s place should she not return, but we decided tis better to go with 99 all in harmony than to go with 100 when one is not attuned to the rest. I pray Sharra returns soon.

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We have remained in the temple, excluding ourselves from the battles stretching across the planet that we may be prepared when the Alfath are overthrown and flee. We will have no source of power once we take to the void and so we commune and meditate now – building up and storing our powers that they may last as long as we need.  We must count Sharra lost to us. I grieve that I may never know why she disappeared.

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Faytan came to the temple today to join us in our meditation. He was not pleased to see me when he asked to meet the mission leader, but he listened to reason and accepted my decision. We knelt together before he left and never has my heart been so full and so light at the same time as in that moment.  From his tears I know that he shared my joy and pain. The prospect of never again walking Tarros – of never again seeing my family – is much less daunting now that Faytan has given me his blessing.

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Tonight we gather and hold vigil as Errin and her forces strike at Alanu herself. Tonight we make our final oaths – our promises to one another and to all Sprytath that we will hold true to our duty. Tonight 99 voices will rise together and sing as one.

Errin has succeeded! She goes now to seal away the crown while we prepare to take to the stars. Tonight we answer the call!

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