Sea Breeze, by Terry Spafford

Story name: Sea Breeze
Author: Terry Spafford

Date: 705 CR
Location: Metamor Keep, Magdalain Island

Overview

Saroth and Electra travel to Magdalain Island, and repair Metamor's reputation with the villagers.

Summary

Saroth is interrupted from his fire spell practice by incoming clouds. He learns from them, and from Electra shortly afterwards, that a Kraken has been caught off the coast of Magdalain Island. Electra enlists Saroth on a journey to her homeland Magdalain, both to bring back Kraken tentacles for Magus, and to finalize a deal between Metamor and Magdalain.

When they reach Magdalain, Electra directs him to a beach to meet the town healer Gordon, who shares a telepathic bond with Electra, his twin sister. Gordon warns Saroth that some people in Johnstown have been stirring up anti-Keeper sentiment, and they had better stay discreet until Mayor Tobin arrives a day later. Electra goes into town with Gordon, and Saroth shifts into his anthro form and stays in the forest. When four teenage boys enter the woods playing and picking berries, Saroth's curiosity soon alerts them to his presence. Saroth quickly explains himself, and the boys introduce themselves as Sean, Alan, Bob, and Darrell. They share stories late into the night and fall asleep.

The next morning, Gordon races to the camp, startled to see the boys there. He explains that Electra was somehow outed as a Keeper, and has been taken prisoner and will soon be lynched. Saroth shifts to his full dragon form, and takes Gordon and the boys to the gallows, sending a windstorm to disrupt the execution. The leader Ken attempts to maintain control over his mob, but when the villagers recognize the boys on his back, he offers to release Electra in exchange for the boys. As both Gordon and Electra choke from lack of air, Saroth uses his fire spell to ignite the walking stick, the gallows, and a nearby wood pile.

Ken prepares to kill Electra, but is stopped by the timely arrival of Mayor Tobin, who defends the people of Metamor Keep and promptly banishes Ken from the island. To the confused mob, he declares a trade alliance with Metamor Keep, as well as sanctuary to any Keeper on Magdalain land. As he leaves, Electra recognizes one of the boys' mothers as Cynthia, and departs with them, as Gordon and Saroth treat the boys to a cafe.

Later in the day, Saroth and Electra and Gordon meet with the Mayor, where he explains that his great-great-grandfather John Tobin had moved to Metamor Keep when he was young, and later emigrated with a few Keepers to found Johnstown on Magdalain Island. He announces a feast for the Keepers to be held that evening.

For the next week, Saroth entertains the islanders, giving them flights and helping fishermen unload the Kraken. As Saroth and Electra prepare to leave, Saroth reminds the boys that they can visit via caravan in a few months. As they fly away, Electra remarks that Sean has magical abilities that Gordon is still trying to identify, and she will let Saroth know immediately if the boys come to Metamor Keep. She then proceeds to lecture Saroth on his botched fire spell.

Characters

Main Characters: Saroth, Electra, Gordon

Supporting: Sean, Alan, Bob, Darrell, Mayor Brian Tobin, Ken Campbell

Cameo: Wanderer, Christopher, Cynthia

Mentioned: Thomas, Nasoj, John Tobin the First, Marla

Points of Interest

  • Taking place just weeks after Lightbringer, there is a warm spell over Metamor Valley.
  • Cape Tormentine is south of Elvquelin, on the eastern side of a strait that separates it from Magdalain Island. A ferry runs from it and Johnstown. There is a strong anti-Keeper sentiment there. It takes Saroth four days along the coastline to reach the general area, and about half a day across the strait to Magdalain.
  • John Tobin the First was born in Merith. He died in a storm at sea.
  • Marla is Gordon's wife.
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