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The Prime Control Chapter 12: The Wolf Queen

by keeperofgaming


Warning: This work has been rated 16+ for violence.

“Is he awake?”

A female voice was over me. A male voice responded.

“Is he alive?”

A third, sterner male voice spoke.

“Are either of them?”

Then the girl again.

“Wait, he’s opening his eyes!”

I opened my eyes and saw Adeline, Brent, and Jones.

“Is everyone okay?”

Brent grimaced.

“Definitely not you two.”

“Two?”

I realized… I couldn’t feel the connection.

“No.”

I sat up, grunting in pain then I saw her.

“Taury?”

She didn’t respond. A massive metal bar impaling her. Her eyes open and blank. Clawmarks stretched across her body. Rips and tears and fangmarks decorated her.

“…Where did he go?”

Brent looked at me.

“We don’t know. We heard his roar and then saw a shadow simply shoot. No one could determine the direction.”

I stretched out my hand and summoned fire.

“Are you sure you sho-“

“Shut up.”

I burnt the pole both over and under her, allowing her to be freed from it.

Then I picked her up.

“Alvane.”

“What?”

“I need to find Alvane.”

Then I bolted, rushing to find her. But… my leg snapped off then, causing me to faceplant into the rubble.

The trio rushed over and saw me.

“No… no…”

She couldn’t be… no… it’s impossible.

She can’t be…

A tear… a single tear…

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH”

I screamed in rage, sadness, and pity. I failed her.

I failed her.

I failed her.

The world shook as I roared. Then, my soul, once again, reached it’s bottom, and I passed out.

_

{Wake up.}

I opened my eyes to see Arty.

“Where am I?”

“In my realm… Taurael is here too.”

“She’s dead…”

“Not yet… she’s severely hurt, but no, she is not yet dead.”

I sat up, as before, my leg was gone, and now I noticed that one of my arms was too.

“Why couldn’t I feel her?”

“Because, just as before, you shattered your magic, and you yourself aren’t better off than she is; in fact, you’re worse off. She’ll need intense bedrest and medication… but you? Even with the Dream you’d be lucky to walk.”

“How didn’t he die?”

“… I can’t tell you that.”

Arty wet a rag and laid it on my head.

“I see…”

I had hope again.

“She’ll live?”

“Yeah, I managed to intervene in time… I broke a rule though… that will result in trouble.”

“Thank you… can you heal her?”

“Heh, you really are like him.”

“What?”

“Never worrying about yourself, you keep worrying about her. Go back to sleep.”

I smiled at her words, and my eyes, once again, shuttered closed.

_

What I heard first, was the beeping.

What I saw first, was Taury, laying on my chest, back in her mini form. I sighed, reaching out with my one charred hand, and put it over her.

“Sleep…”

She softly snored, her lungs too hurt to do the loud snore.

Then I looked around and realized that I was in a hospital room. The white walls, the IVs, and a tv on the wall.

I looked to my left and saw a pot of flowers.

There were various letters and sweets in front of them.

I reached over with my right hand and grabbed one.

It was from Grace.

“Get well soon, if you die, I kill Jones.”

The next was from Brent.

“The doctor said you can’t recover. Pull off some magic.”

Aoi’s letter was a frowny face, and it was somewhat stained by tears.

Everyone in my classes and even some teachers wrote notes. Then I found Gramps’s.

“Stop whining and get up.”

Yep, that was definitely Gramps’s.

“Your magic really is gone.”

I jolted causing me to wince, I turned and saw Morgan.

“How are you...?”

“Here? I have roots stretching throughout the city, I wanted to see if it was true.”

“Well, I’m no longer a threat. Shouldn’t you be happy?”

“I should? That wouldn’t make sense… but you are no more threat to me.”

“Yeah… I burnt him… I burnt him badly.”

“So, I heard, your flame melted a steel building. I’m sure Roman would love to teach you more fire. Speaking of, I have a note from two other councilors.”

I could immediately guess which two wrote which one.

“I hope you two recover, I was hoping to show you my realm, we could run through the forest when you recover, if you want.”

That was Maven.

“She dies, you die.”

That was Malkek.

“He is worried for you, surprisingly.”

“I’m… touched.”

Morgan nodded.

“He has odd ways to show worry.”

“He does.”

We sat there for a moment, then she spoke again.

“I’m going to remove the collar.”

“…”

“You are no threat, and no use either.”

Then she took it and fell back into the root.

I felt a spark of magic in my blood.

“It was to hold me back…”

Then I felt my power ignite. Like a flame…

Then I heard the Dream.

What was held back by the collar…

I shone and ignited.

Fire spread across me, but not harmfully, it was mending me.

Light shone and beamed into Taury, healing the hole in her stomach.

Then I realized what control could do.

I summoned the earth to form around me. Separating carbon from the rest of the dirt, I formed vessels. Then, I reached and pulled out calcium, forming bones. I added in muscle and others.

Then I attached the leg to my body using flame. Then, with a spark of lightning, I made a working leg.

The flame mending my body cured the burnt arm, so I smiled, putting, the now healed, Taury to the side, I formed more earth, and used the last of the Dream residue to fashion myself an arm.

Then, the extra magic was gone, but I had my limbs back.

“The Dream really is powerful…”

But I still remembered Arty’s words.

“What did she mean, even with the Dream. The Dream just did it… Maybe it’s because I used my own magic in addition?”

Then I realized…

“I should learn more anatomy so I can refine these. Slowly, of course.

I sat up and cradled Taury, who was now fully healed. I stood up and my new leg shook but held.

“Yep, definitely missed a muscle or two… gonna need to refine that.”

I hobbled to the door and it opened, revealing a nurse coming in.

We blinked at each other… she looked at my arm… my leg…

“WHAT THE ****?!!”

She jumped back, dropping the syringe, I caught it with my good arm and handed it back to her.

“Sorry, got to go. I think I’m late for school.”

I rushed past her, hobbling.

I heard the nurse go on the radio.

“The patient is walking away.”

{What do you mean? The patient is missing a leg.}

“Not anymore.”

{The heck you mean, not anymore?}

“I don’t know how, but he has a new leg.”

{HOW THE HECK DOES HE HAVE A NEW LEG?!!}

“I don’t know.”

The nurse was too confused to chase me so I was able to get to the elevator easily.

I descended to floor one and hobbled out, right in front of a doctor spazzing at a radio.

“Patients don’t just grow legs.”

{Sir, he’s gone down the elevator.}

“Oh, well let me-“

He turned and saw me, with my new leg and arm, smirk and shimmy away.

“Um… I see what you mean…”

{Should we call security?}

“And do what?”

I got to the front desk and turned to the receptionist.

“Pardon me, do you know where I could find my stuff?”

She and the rest of the people were gaping at me.

“Is there something on my face?”

Then I saw the reason why. The tv had my face on it.

“The gas explosion at Milton’s science lab is tragic, but the sole survivor, William Cambell is expected to make a recovery. He did tragically lose an arm and a leg, however. Sources say that the gas explosion was caused by a worn pipe breaking, causing the explosion.”

“Oh… do you still know where my stuff is?”

“I-i-it got incinerated in the explosion.”

“Dang it, I guess I just gotta go home then. Goodness, that’s gonna be my third phone.”

I shimmied out of the hospital, finding a few markers to direct me.

I hobbled home and smiled.

“Wait… how am I gonna get in…”

Then I remembered something Grace did.

I hobbled up the stairs and summoned a rock, which I formed into a key, then I unlocked the door, and Aoi’s orange scent radiated, despite her being in college, likely crying or having a panic attack… I hope she’s okay.

I checked and realized that I could still make it if I dressed quickly and sprinted…

Or if I used earth magic to run.

I dressed in a t-shirt and jeans and put on my second pair of shoes, then I ran as fast as possible.

_

When I got to school I was a bit out of breath. No one was in the hallways, which made sense, as class was about to begin.

Then I reached the door as the bell rang.

I opened it.

“*Breathe. Breathe* Am I late?”

Everyone looked at me. They all had an immense look of confusion.

Brent looked at me like he saw a ghost. Amy was blinking around with what looked like dried tears staining her makeup.

Then Aoi…

“WILLIAM!!!”

She tackled me and began sobbing.

“You’re okay… thank goodness.”

I smiled.

“I’m fine, don’t worry.”

The teacher sighed.

“I… am not going to ask, as I doubt I’d get the answer, but… I’m glad you’re okay.”

“Thanks.”

I sighed and went to my seat, hobbling still, Aoi already sleeping in my arms.

I sat down and no one moved their eyes from me.

The teacher sighed, aware that not much would be learnt.

“All right, I’ll try to teach.”

_

“Explain…”

Taury was still asleep in my pocket and the trio was confronting me. Aoi was eating a lot, as usual.

I smiled.

“Magic.”

Grace sighed.

“Not a good enough explanation.”

“Fine, I used earth and fire magic to craft new limbs.”

They blinked. That was not what they were expecting.

Grace raised her brow.

“That… would only work for an atronach.”

“Nope, I used the earth to fashion the limb, which I will refine a bit, and I used a combination of light and fire to craft a spark that both connected it and made it work.”

Grace blinked.

“The amount of magic to fashion it alone…”

“I had a few remnants of the Sylvian Dream from when I was healed in the past, it gave me enough mana.”

“How did it stay?”

“You know that collar that Morgan had on me?”

Grace grimaced.

“Yes?”

“Well, she removed it, and it allowed me to access my magic that was blocked off, including a bit of the Dream.”

“Wow, so you were able to… just make new limbs?”

I nodded,

“And I regained enough magic for my mana reservoir to begin healing.”

Grace sighed.

“You keep doing this, one of these times, you won’t just bounce back, you know.”

“I am aware, and I plan to never do that again.”

Then Brent winced.

“And please don’t shout like you did. I’m pretty sure it caused an earthquake.”

Grace raised a brow.

“It did, I half expected an earth atronach to form. That was an insane amount of release power in a mana fury.”

I frowned.

“I thought Wings was dead… So… I just screamed.”

“Yeah, and your scream was heard across the entire town. It… sounded like a roar, the Order had to cover it a whistling wind through the trees due to the explosion.”

“Jeez, was it that loud?”

“Not only that, but its magical force caused the earthquake. It was explained as an after effect of the explosion, but the Order will definitely keep its eyes on you.”

Brent sighed.

“Actually, me and Jones agreed that the higher ups didn’t need to learn. With most of the staff getting caught in the blast, it was easy to keep quiet.”

“Wait, what?”

Brent sighed.

“Me, Jones, Adeline, and Cina barely got out of the radius before the burst, and we still were launched a few feet. I can just imagine being further in.”

“So… how many survivors were there?”

I was pale.

“Of the 257 employees, only 7 survived.”

“I killed… 250 people...”

“Yeah… not like you had much of a choice though, and I’m pretty sure you did a very big blow against the demon.”

“Not enough of one.”

“That first blast was insane, it was almost like he was angry.”

“He was, that blast would kill any normal demon. But, he seems to not be a normal demon.”

Grace looked at me.

“Where was the demon in the blast?”

I frowned.

“He was in the epicenter.”

Brent gaped.

“The epicenter?! And he survived?! I still have a burn from being outside of the blast. He was in the epicenter… That… doesn’t even make sense.”

“It doesn’t, and Arty can’t tell me why, apparently.”

“That sucks.”

Grace leaned in.

“Is Wings okay?”

I sighed.

“Yeah, I mended her wound, but currently, she’s asleep.”

“Where?”

I picked her out of my pocket and laid her on the table gently.

“See? She’s fine, just tired.”

“I’m just happy that she isn’t snoring.”

I sighed.

“I think her lungs are still a bit damaged.”

“Jeez, so, when’s she gonna wake up?”

“I don’t actually know.”

I reached over to her and let out some light, letting it seep into her. Grace gave a look of confusion,

“What are you doing?”

“I’ve been letting her draw on my mana to increase her regeneration speed.”

“That’s… impressive.”

“Thanks.”

I smiled and it drifted in more and more.

“She’s taking a whole lot more than usual.”

Then light began to fall from her.

“What?”

I frowned.

“That’s not pixie dust.”

Then Grace began shaking.

“What?”

Taury began to vibrate intensely, and the light was becoming brighter and brighter.

Then she opened her eyes, and once again, the Sylvian Dream locked eyes with me.

“William.”

“Taurael.”

“Awakened. You are free. Accept the light.”

She reached out, her hand glowing. Her eyes shining.

I reached and laid my finger in her hand, then light shone brighter and brighter, and I felt pure, raw magic launch through me, each of my veins, even the new ones, filled with mana.

Then, she fell, the glow gone, and she opened her eyes again.

“… Hey, where are we?”

“In school.”

“Dang. I awaken in hell but open my eyes to an angel.”

With the flirt out of the way, she smiled and stood.

“So, what happened to the Hunter?”

“He fled.”

“Darn.”

Grace looked at both of us with a panicked expression.

“Are we just not gonna talk about what we just witnessed?”

Taury tilted her head in confusion, so I explained.

“You became like the Dream again.”

“Oh, cool. Did anything fancy happen?”

“Well, you started emitting pure light, then you grabbed my finger and fell over.”

Taury looked embarrassed.

“I just flat out fell down?”

“Yep.”

“What happened on the magic side?”

“Well, I felt magic run through every vein in my body, so that was cool.”

She smiled.

“Cool.”

Grace sighed,

“Well, that is cool, but I think that we have a few issues if that just happens.”

Taury turned.

“Like what?”

“Well, one problem. If you do that at the wrong time… people may think you’re an anomaly.”

Taury’s eyes widened.

“Yeah, that could be a problem.”

I frowned.

“Yeah, no, it’s more that she’s attuned to the dream. Nothing about her is anomalous.”

Grace sighed.

“That’s why I said, think. I’m pretty sure it would have come up far before now, if she was one.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Well, one of the best examples of an anomaly is Mordred, and you know him.”

I sighed.

“Yeah, that makes sense.”

I sighed.

“By the way, about the explosion, did anyone outside of the facility get hurt?”

Brent sighed.

“No, actually, most debris was vaporized, really all that was left was steel, and even then, they were insanely warped.”

I sighed.

“Good, I don’t want more blood on my hands.”

Taury looked at me.

“What?”

I sighed.

“Most people didn’t escape the facility before I blasted it with that flame vortex.”

“Oh… that sucks…”

“Yeah.”

Then Aoi had a question.

“How’d you get in the apartment, you know, if you melted all metal?”

I smiled,

“Easy, I simply used earth magic to make a new key.”

Grace smiled.

“Nice.”

Then Taury noticed something.

“The collar.”

I smiled.

“Morgan has no more leverage over us.”

She smiled.

“She would not be happy to learn that.”

“She wouldn’t.”

We smiled at each other and Grace facepalmed.

“I understand the idea of not fearing your foe, but you guys take it a little far.”

“Well, why should we fear her? Wings is almost as strong as her, and I’m pretty tough.”

“Yeah, but she still has the council.”

“For now.”

Grace and Brent raised a brow, and Amy asked.

“What are you planning?”

I smiled.

“I already have the Pixie as an ally, Maven trusts me, and Roman somewhat respects me. If I can grow each councilor into an ally I can count on, then Morgan couldn’t hurt me, now could she?”

Grace considered my words.

“I suppose that makes sense.”

“Yeah, so, I already have access to the Pixie’s realm, but if I’m able to gain access to more realms, I can make friends.”

“How are you going to get access to another councilor’s realm?”

I smiled.

“Well, I was already invited to one.”

_

I walked into Morgan’s palace.

She watched me move with a raised brow, the only break in her smiling mask.

I smiled.

“Well, you seem a bit… well…”

“Well, having a free neck can do wonders for the complexion.”

My snark did not go unnoticed, she smiled.

“I assume you are here to accept Maven’s invitation to her realm?”

“Yes, because… I don’t know the password.”

“Well, she and, annoyingly, the other councilors have made you able to simply go to their realms, so go on, you don’t need the password.”

“Oh… thanks.”

I smiled and walked towards the tesseract.

I touched it and warped to the nexus. A faint scent of cinnamon invaded my nostrils.

“Wow, this place smells nice… I wonder…”

“What?”

“What does this place look like during the Sylvian Dream?”

Taury raised a brow.

“We’ve been here during it before.”

“We never looked up.”

She thought for a moment.

“Huh, we’ll have to do that.”

I sighed.

“Okay, so what do I think of?”

“Try Maven herself.”

“Okay.”

_

“Alright, I’m going to check if William has regenerated moaaaAHHH!”

I landed straight on the poor wolf; she had been reaching out for the tesseract when I suddenly appeared ten feet up and fell.

“Hello, ma’am, I’m doing a bit better.”

I got up with a light blush and Maven sat up. She looked me up, down, and walked around, sniffing the air.

“Definitely William.”

She looked at my leg and arm.

“How?”

“Earth and fire magic.”

She smiled.

“Incredible.”

I looked around and saw a wolf pack.

“Um.”

“Sister, is this the human you were going to check on?”

“He is.”

“Did the wolf just talk?”

Taury looked at me.

“The wolf didn’t talk, she growled and Maven responded…”

Then Maven was in my face.

“You can speak to bestials?! Incredible!”

“Um, I suppose? Never been able to before.”

“Wow, you are developing interesting magic, not only do you have enough fire and earth to make limbs, but you can also speak to bestials, maybe more after that.”

Her raw excitement was far different from the regal aura that she held herself in at the camp. It was almost overwhelming in cuteness. She was almost like a puppy.

Then she stepped back.

“Let’s go to my place to talk and prepare for the run.”

Then she bolted away.

“… She’s a lot more energetic here.”

One of the wolves laughed.

“It’s because you’re okay, besides she likes acting stoic near Morgan.”

“I see.”

“Well, are you going to follow her or not?”

“Oh, right.”

I rushed in her direction, I was expecting a castle, a palace…

It was a hobbit hole.

There was a door and windows, but it was a hobbit hole.

“Bet you never seen a house like this.”

Maven looked proud of her home.

“It’s a hobbit hole!”

Of course, the only thing Taury could remember of the series.

“Hobbit hole?”

I explained.

“Basically this, but short people live in it.”

“Cool, maybe whoever designed those places saw this realm.”

“Maybe…”

“Why would short people be in a different residence?”

“It was a movie.”

“Movie?”

She tilted her head, so Taury translated.

“It’s a moving picture that makes noise to tell a story.”

Maven looked impressed.

“I need to see one of those.”

I smiled.

“I can just imagine you watching Zootopia.”

“Zootopia?”

“Yeah, it’s basically a world where humans never appeared, so animals evolved into bipeds.”

The duo blinked.

“Walking on two legs.”

“Oh… all of them? Including the bestials?”

“It was all… bestials.”

“Woah…”

She seemed to wonder at the prospect.

“Next time I’m in that world, you are showing me this… movie, Zootopia.”

“Okay.”

“Well, come inside.”

We went in and saw that, it really did look like a hobbit hole, albeit a bit bigger.

“Alright, so, to prepare for a run, what do we need… hm… meat… crap, I’m out of meat.”

She was rustling around wagging her tail and then she bolted.

“Let’s see if I have anything in my room.”

Then I heard a crash and a yelp.

“Are you okay?”

“Yep… a bit stuck… Could you help?”

I walked in her room and froze. Taury sighed.

“You gotta be kidding me.”

Maven herself, had a pile of junk pinning her top half to the floor, but… every… single… wall…

It was covered in drawings of me…

I mean, she was a good artist… but… I don’t have that many muscles, nor did I crush a demon’s head with my bicep.

“Um, help?”

“Oh, right, sorry… um…”

There was nowhere to grab that wouldn’t be weird.

“Where do I…”

“Oh, don’t worry, you can just grab me anywhere. I don’t mind.”

Well… that was good… but… I kinda…

I grabbed her hips and pulled, bringing her out.

She looked at me and smiled.

“Thanks.”

Then she seemed to remember her… art.

“Ah… please forget you ever saw that.”

She had an intense blush.

She rushed us out and slammed the door.

“Give me a second!”

I was still kind of shaken.

Taury was pouting.

“Low-life mutt. Moving on William.”

I sighed, Taury could be very jealous.

Though, it was odd, this was the second powerful fey that had a crush on me… unless you counted Grace, but that wasn’t as much a crush as much as an occasional fluster.

“’Grab me anywhere, I don’t mind.’ Shameless. Utterly shameless.”

“Taury, could you not badmouth the wolf right across the door from us?”

She stopped for a second and then turned away.

“Hmph… pervert probably liked it.”

“Hey, don’t change it to me!”

Then Maven walked out, still blushing, and she spoke with a slight shake in her voice.

“W-well, since th-that’s done, I suppose we could go for the run now.”

Then she muttered silently.

“Yeah. Just a run nothing… else.”

Taury glared, making the wolf flinch.

I sighed.

“Do we have a destination?”

Maven nodded.

“A spring, good for drinking and swimming, the heat in the water purifies it all the time as well.”

“Alright.”

Then we began to run. Both me and Maven ran at similar speeds and we bounded through the forest like darts, dodging trees and loose branches.

“So, is this entire realm a forest?”

“Pretty much, it’s similar to the Sylvian woods, except that our forest isn’t bathed in magic, nor are the fey here intensely magic inclined.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, the only magic animal fey usually have is speaking to bestials.”

“Huh, is there much difference between the two?”

She smirked.

“Why do you wanna know~?”

“I’m curious, because you previously stated that you have the same biology, but you have an entirely different exterior, so, are the interiors the same?”

Maven thought for a moment.

“I mean the deer fey innards don’t look much different than the bestial deer innards, so I’d assume the wolves are the same.”

“Ah…”

It suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t running alongside a fey that resembled a wolf, I was running alongside a literal wolf who simply had a more human appearance, of course she’d hunt fey deer.

Then she said something that caused me to stumble.

“But for reproduction, animal fey could likely procreate with humans.”

“*Plu*- what?!”

She smirked.

“I mean, if a spriggan, someone made of literal wood can, I see no reason why a flesh and blood wolf would be different.”

Then we kept running, Taury giving a deathglare that was causing Maven to sweat intensely, and I, trying to hide my blush from her statement, kept running in the direction of the spring.

When we finally reached it, we saw various fey animals relaxing.

I even saw a deer boy and what I assumed was a lion girl chatting.

“Woah.”

Maven smiled.

“This is the one area that no one fights or hunts. It’s universally agreed on by all tribes.”

I looked at her.

“Don’t you rule the realm? Why does it have to be agreed?”

She laughed.

“It technically doesn’t, wolves are the dominant tribe, but I made a council that we can discuss problems. Like the deers have safe days where hunting them is illegal, and numerous other prey species have different days. Another thing that we agreed on was that the spring was a no hunt or fight zone.”

“Wow.”

“Yeah, however much I disagree with a lot of Morgan’s methods and actions, a council is a very good idea.”

“Wow, what other rules are there?”

“You can’t hunt councilors, so the deer councilor is the main gatherer for his tribe.”

“Hey, it’s the wolf queen.”

“Hi, people, how’s the spring today?”

“Pretty good, woah, is that a human?”

“Yes, he is. He’s a cool one.”

“Is he edible?”

The lion spoke causing the deer to sigh.

“All you lions think about is eating whatever moves.”

“Oh please, not like you deer are better, abusing your free days by taunting us.”

An argument broke out between the deer and the lion.

Then Maven snapped.

“We are at the spring, and to answer your question, until the council has a vote on it, humans are off limits.”

The lion and deer sighed and bowed in apology.

I leaned over.

“Would that be a contested issue?”

Maven sighed.

“I’d say some of the prey would vote yes for laughs, but the predators could go either way, so yeah.”

“Oh…”

Yeah, this place was freaky.

“Welp, let’s enter the spring.”

“Um…”

She looked at me.

“Oh, the clothes are fine, almost everyone just enters in what they normally wear. But I’d suggest removing the shoes.”

“Alright.”

We entered the water and sure enough, it was warm.

I sighed and relaxed as Maven did the same.

Taury hopped down and floated in the water for a second.

“It’s warm…”

I nodded in agreement, I looked and saw the lion girl sniffing Taury.

“Um, Maven, is that normal?”

“Yeah, remember, we are still technically lions and wolves, and we are related to cats and dogs, though, I would not suggest calling us that, but we act quite similarly, like sniffing to identify things.”

“Calling them cat and dog… yeah that makes sense.”

Taury raised a brow.

“It does?”

Maven gave a light laugh.

“See it’s like if I kept calling you a fairy, you are related and similar in appearance and some behaviors, but you’d take total offense, correct?”

Taury thought.

“That does make sense, huh, never thought of it that way.”

“By the way… what’s your name?”

The lion girl looked at me.

“I’m Leona, and you?”

“William… I half expected a different name.”

“Really? My tribe says that name represents power.”

“It literally translates to female lion.”

She blinked. Maven blinked. Then the deer burst out laughing.

“You and your tribe are so prideful of that name, and it just means a lion girl. HAHAHA.”

“What’s your name?”

“Oh, that’s funny, the names Buck.”

“That’s a male deer.”

Then Leona and Maven burst out laughing as Buck flushed.

Maven looked at me.

“Does it actually mean that?”

“Yep, Leona is the Spanish word for lioness, and Buck is an English term for a male deer.”

“Hah, at least mines a foreign language.”

I thought for a moment.

“Why do most fey speak English?”

The animal fey were thrown for a loop, but Taury answered.

“When Arthur became relevant to both the fey and humans, numerous fey sought to learn his language, and it eventually became widespread throughout the realms.”

I looked at her.

“What language did you speak before?”

“Oh, it was a chatter similar to the fairies, except ours was more refined, similar to English we could point out specifics with just our words.”

“That one fairy pointed out where Mordred was.”

Maven nodded, confused by what Taury was saying.

Then Taury sighed.

“Yes, but an exact translation of what she said is, ‘big that way.’ It wasn’t a sophisticated thing, hence why we weren’t aware it was at the stream. If it was a pixie they would have said-“

She spoke a seemingly inane chatter.

“Which means, ‘big bad thing at the water that way.’ Which, yes, is a bit simpler than English, but it still gets more of a message across.”

I nodded, that made sense.

Us five chattered for another hour.

_

As me and Maven were walking back.

“I hope you didn’t get attached to Buck, there.”

“Why not?”

“Because he’ll likely be eaten by the end of the week with that nasty attitude of his.”

“Why?”

She looked at me somewhat amused.

“Did you look at Leona at all during the conversation? She was almost drooling over him. In fact, I think he’d be lucky if he made it back to his tribe today.”

“Oh…”

“And his liking to antagonize predators is stupid, because the moment he passes from the clearing, he’s food to a solid half the world.”

“So, if Leona were to follow him…”

“That’s what I’m assuming is going to happen.”

“Wow, predators are that vicious?”

“Many are, see it like this, if I wasn’t with you, at least one predator would’ve made a grab for either you or Wings.”

Taury winced.

“That wouldn’t end well for them.”

“Hence why I was with you.”

Then I realized something.

“If right outside the clearing is the deadzone, then wouldn’t people just wait outside for prey to leave?”

“Oh, trust me, we thought of that, there’s a ten second immunity, so while some do wait, they can’t begin chase for ten seconds.”

“Then how would Leona…”

“If Buck doesn’t realize he’s watched, then he won’t think to bolt.”

“This is a bit of a brutal system.”

“I suppose it would be to humans, but we’ve lived this way for thousands of years dating back to a pre-Morgan era. The only difference is that now we have rules and regulations to keep things in check.”

“So… it’s calmer than it used to be?”

“Yep, because now, predators can’t enter prey’s homes without permission, and a bond to prevent them from attacking. Homes and springs are the two safe spaces.”

“Really?”

“Yeah… I should specify, tribe towns are the safe spaces. If someone had something like my house which isn’t in the wolf tribal town, someone could still get in and eat the inhabitants.”

I thought for a moment.

“Are there any rules defending children?”

She rocked her head.

“Eh… not really a rule, but a common courtesy to not eat the children.”

“Oh…”

I thought a bit on what I knew about the animal kingdom.

“Do predators ever go after other predators?”

“Oh, very occasionally, and usually without realizing that it’s not a prey they’re hunting.”

“Hm… has anyone come after you?”

“Once, my house is bunny architecture, so a bear snuck in a window at night hoping to find a sleeping bunny. Instead, I had a big late-night snack.”

I had trouble imagining Maven covered in blood eating a bear person.

“Oh…”

“Yeah, this is a very survival of the fittest world, luckily, after that, people figured out that my house was the one close to the wolf tribe, and no one else really bothered me.”

I looked at her.

“One last question.”

“What is it?”

“How did you become a councilor?”

Maven snickered.

“The ruler of this world is chosen by might or trickery. The last one was a rabbit. I think you can figure out the rest.”

Taury sighed.

“So, that’s what happened to her. I was curious. Never really liked her, she was a jerk.”

“Indeed, though it still shocked people that a 100-year-old wolf could best a 700-year-old rabbit.”

I blinked.

“Oh, I should probably elaborate, most fey can live for thousands of years, some never die of age, but animal fey can live to about 1200.”

I thought for a moment.

“So, ten times the human lifespan?”

“I suppose, I’m currently 206.”

“I’m 22.”

Maven leaned in closely.

“Ooh, so we aren’t that far, bodily wise~”

“Uh…”

Taury glared, causing Maven to back up and once again sweat severely.

“Well, it’s getting late, knowing the lions, Leona probably won’t share that you’re off limits. Be careful heading back to the Tesseract.”

“Alright, have a good night.”

“You as well, do well at school.”

“I will.”

I walked towards the nexus smiling.

“She’s nice.”

“A little too nice.”

I smirked at the pouting pixie.

“Are you jealous?”

“What? No, don’t be-“

A tongue grabbed her and shot back.

Me and Taury instinctively launched our magic at the threat.

I heard a feminine yelp and a frog girl fell from a tree.

She leapt back, breathing on her singed tongue.

“New prey, fighting back? I don’t like it.”

“We’re not prey.”

The girl grimaced and hopped away, foot to foot.

“I’m guessing that the fey animals are more common here.”

“It seems like it.”

Taury was drenched.

“I could use a warm bath.”

“I’ll prepare a Tupperware when we return.”

“Or the tub?”

“And have you fall down the drain?”

“Rude, I can become bigger!”

“Yeah, I know.”

“Do you think Buck’s eaten?”

“By the sounds of it, most likely.”

“Wow, I mean, I know he had a rotten attitude, but…”

“William, most fey don’t abide by what humans see as moral, here, it’s no different than an ecosystem on earth. Remember, they may be fey, but they are still animalistic. It’d be no different from you eating venison.”

“Venison usually doesn’t have a conversation with me beforehand.”

“Fair enough, but it’s still the natural process here, you get cocky and harass people, you get eaten by a bigger fish.”

“Yeah, I suppose.”

We got to the tesseract without more incident.

I saw some of the wolves that we saw before and I touched the tesseract.

“Well, that was interesting.”

Taury smiled at me.

“Well, let’s go home.”

“Sure.”

“Would you say Maven is an ally?”

“Definitely.”

We appeared in Morgan’s palace and walked towards the gate, waving at Morgan on the way out.

She opened the gates and we left.


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Hello Again, My Friend!

It's me, Raven, and I'd like to review the next chapter in this great story using my Familiar method! Let's dive in, shall we? Heh heh heh...

What The Black Eyes See...

Oooo, a followup to William's brutal attack, a shocking recovery and unexpected visit, and learning more about Maven's side of the fey world! Let's get into the details though.

Where The Dagger Points...

I don't have any recommendations to make this time!

Why The Grin Widened...

I screamed in rage, sadness, and pity. I failed her.

I failed her.

I failed her.


Wow, not only did Taury's injuries sound really severe -and William's too- but you really captured his grief here. It was easy to empathize with him and feel some anxiety about Taury's fate.

Arty giving us the details was a bit of a relief, at least on Taury's end. However, William's magic being shattered, and him missing two limbs? Ouch...I did also enjoyed seeing the reactions in the hospital, through all the notes. All sounded wel in line with their character and provided a bit of positivity. Especially this one...

“Stop whining and get up.”

Yep, that was definitely Gramps’s.


This made me laugh XD

I was definitely surprised by a visit from Morgan of all people!! As soon as I read her name, I was *almost* skipping lines trying to figure out why she was here and what she would do! (again, to clarify, *almost* skipping XD). I was also surprised by the reaction from the other counselors; Roman actually being open to teaching him about fire magic, and these of course:

“I hope you two recover, I was hoping to show you my realm, we could run through the forest when you recover, if you want.”

That was Maven.

“She dies, you die.”

That was Malkek.


Loved the stark contrast in the messages here XD

“I’m going to remove the collar.”


Woah, it's about time!! And the fact that his magic flared as soon as it was removed, after such a serious attack, really speaks to two things: how much that collar was restraining his power and potential, and how powerful he really has become throughout this story. Likewise, it speaks to the power of the Dream, with this whole sequence:

I shone and ignited.

Fire spread across me, but not harmfully, it was mending me.

Light shone and beamed into Taury, healing the hole in her stomach.

Then I realized what control could do.

I summoned the earth to form around me. Separating carbon from the rest of the dirt, I formed vessels. Then, I reached and pulled out calcium, forming bones. I added in muscle and others.

Then I attached the leg to my body using flame. Then, with a spark of lightning, I made a working leg.


DUDE, HE MADE ORGANIC FREAKING LIMBS JUST FROM MAGIC, WHAAAT?!?! O.O Not to mention, lightning?! That's a whole new element! And all from the mere residue of the Dream?! I mean, this whole scene was just so freaking cool! I also love the question it left on:

“What did she mean, even with the Dream. The Dream just did it… Maybe it’s because I used my own magic in addition?”


It leaves you wondering; was Arty just wrong in assuming the Dream would reach its limits with this one, or is William just so powerful that -with even a little boost- he can do something as incredible as this? Ooo...

“Yep, definitely missed a muscle or two… gonna need to refine that.”


I also like that the spell wasn't perfect right off the bat, just to keep things from being *too* OP, very cool ~ Hilarious reactions from the nurse and doctor as well.

The teacher sighed.

“I… am not going to ask, as I doubt I’d get the answer, but… I’m glad you’re okay.”


It's hilarious that the teacher is just over all of this, and doesn't even ask questions anymore lol.

Seeing the reactions, and learning how that explosion was from the perspective of Brent and the others, was really cool. So was the Sylvian Dream speaking through Taury again;

Then she opened her eyes, and once again, the Sylvian Dream locked eyes with me.


I wonder what that was about!

“I already have the Pixie as an ally, Maven trusts me, and Roman somewhat respects me. If I can grow each councilor into an ally I can count on, then Morgan couldn’t hurt me, now could she?”


Oooo, a cool new side-mission! Gaining the trust and/or respect of a majority of the councilors.

“Alright, I’m going to check if William has regenerated moaaaAHHH!”

I landed straight on the poor wolf; she had been reaching out for the tesseract when I suddenly appeared ten feet up and fell.


LOL, this is the fun part of them traveling through the tesseract and other portkey-like methods.

“Next time I’m in that world, you are showing me this… movie, Zootopia.”


This was adorable, just as William pointed out, but it was also a great way to show and remind us of how most fay are disconnected from modern human society and technology.

It was covered in drawings of me…

I mean, she was a good artist… but… I don’t have that many muscles, nor did I crush a demon’s head with my bicep.


LOOOOL, this was adorable, hilarious, and totally unexpected! I love seeing this more personable, friendly, energetic/clumsy side of Mavis!!

“It technically doesn’t, wolves are the dominant tribe, but I made a council that we can discuss problems. Like the deers have safe days where hunting them is illegal, and numerous other prey species have different days. Another thing that we agreed on was that the spring was a no hunt or fight zone.”


The fact that Maven could just give orders and demand everyone follow them, but made a council so everyone could have a word in the matter, tells me that she's a good leader and very considerate. I like it!

“This is a bit of a brutal system.”

“I suppose it would be to humans, but we’ve lived this way for thousands of years dating back to a pre-Morgan era. The only difference is that now we have rules and regulations to keep things in check.”


Love learning more about bestials and how their realm works. It's cool that they're such an ancient species -which, of course, makes perfect sense, and that there's a sense of primitivism to their methods just due to their animalian instincts and habits. And you really nailed how this is just a standard thing to bestials and even most fay, with the way no one reacts to things like Buck's death or Taury and Morgan's lack of a reaction. Cool!

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Overall, awesome new chapter, nicely done! :D

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Thank you for the review. I knew this would be a big one and I was not disappointed. Thanks for all the feedback



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Hello there, human! I'm reviewing using the YWS S'more Method today!

Shalt we commence with the mutated S’more?

Top Graham Cracker - William gets his collar removed by Morgan, he and Taury go through the tesseract to find Maven, Maven has some…interesting art of William…but hey, at least she’s on their side!

Slightly Burnt Marshmallow - Nothing to say here, I like this chapter.

Chocolate Bar - I love how William seems to be a little bit shocked about how the bestial world works, and then Taury just casually talks about the animals killing each other. Definitely a funny moment!

Closing Graham Cracker - William and Taury have Maven aligned with them, which is great! Morgan got rid of the collar, which is even better! But I have a feeling that she’s going to regret that…

I wish you a fantastic day/night! ^v^





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