I noticed, as I led Eschele in by her nipples, that I still was able to stop conversation by walking into a room. Amazing. It was like they had never seen a sister dressed like a slut and paraded around by a leash to her nipples before. I took my seat and Eschele knelt next to me. I noticed that Sinimia was curled up at Elerith's feet. I guess everyone was settling in.
“Sire?” Elerith was eying Eschele.
“Yep. She wanted to be under complete control.”
Elerith shuddered. “Well, you have managed that.”
“I will probably tell you the rest of the details later.”
I could see that the rings fascinated her.
“Do they hurt?”
I smiled. “When they are done, I am told. After they heal, no.”
“How long do they take to heal?” I could see the wheels turning in her head.
“In a few seconds, if I heal them.”
She stared at me for a second. “I had forgotten that you could do that.”
I shrugged. “What is the sense of having the power if it is not used?”
“These are from your world, are they not?”
“Are they just decoration there?”
“To some, to others...”
“That is not the only place that they are worn either.”
I had both of their attentions then. I could tell that Elerith wanted a set, but she was also curious about the other places that she could have them. I smiled to myself. This was going to be fun.
“Actually I prefer them in the ears, the nipples and... elsewhere.”
She cocked her head at me for a moment. “Elsewhere?”
“I would have to show you.” I smiled. “Tell me, can you find the last sister and have her in the room after lun... mid day meal?”
“It is a word for mid day meal where I come from. We call it lunch.”
“Ah. It is a strange word. What are the other meals called?”
“Morning meal is called breakfast and even meal is dinner.”
“You have strange words, but they seem... convenient.”
“The world that I come from is more rushed than this one. So a lot of words are shortened. It is like my calling you “El”, it is a shortening of your name. I suppose that old habits die hard.”
“Some of the words are useful though. We have no words for things like slut.”
I laughed inwardly. She said it in such and innocent fashion. I could imagine the shock of that being said at a dinner table back on earth.
“Oh, there are probably hundreds of words that you have never needed. Without the need, there is no point in in the making.”
“You have to admit, I have changed things. So there are words that go with the changes.”
“I would learn them all, and their meaning.”
I had a brief vision of the sisters walking around calling each other sluts. I had to chuckle. For a moment, I almost felt like the snake in the garden of eden. But these elves were inherently innocent, for all of their sexual tendencies. This was what the earth could have been like, if the “moral” repression hadn't taken place. Hell, even some of the people that I had talked with that were into the BDSM lifestyle had some major hangups.
“So what else does your world have to offer?”
I reflected that I was in a position to filter what I taught these people. I could basically make them into what ever I wanted without the fear or intimidation that they would have faced on earth. This was an interesting insight. I would have to learn a lot more before I proceeded in that direction.
“Oh, there are a lot of things. Some of them quite wondrous. Some are not suited for this world, however.”
“That thing that I brought through the portal. It is called a gun. It is the big brother to the ones that I wear when I am facing the sky people or aliens as we would call them. On my world they are used against others of our kind.”
I watched as the color drained from her face.
“It was one of the things that I fled. I would wager that the stories in your writings are of those type of people.”
“That... that is so... so wrong.”
“Yes, but for some on my world, it is a way of life.”
“Please, milord, your words disturb me. Let us not talk on this.”
“I do know of some things that would be well suited for this place however.”
“Not like the guns?”
“No, not at all. There is a thing that is called plumbing that I am thinking about introducing. It allows water to flow inside.”
“I do not understand.”
“I will worry about that. I am also thinking about other improvements that will make life a lot easier for your people. I would appreciate it though, if you did not mention things to the others, such as the guns.”
As we had chatted, the usual crowd had filtered in. Eschele was the center of attention. I had been feeding her as we spoke, occasionally giving her a sip from my glass. I reflected that she was going to cause some confusion if I kept her this way. I figured that we would have to call a gathering of the sisters after I initiated the last sister. I wondered to myself what her fantasy would be. I was going to indulge them to the best of my abilities. So long as none of them crossed the line that I felt comfortable with.
~Yes, son? ~
~WE CAN SPEAK WHEN YOU ARE READY. THE OTHERS WISH TO SPEAK WITH YOU ALSO. ~
~The others? ~
~THE OTHERS OF MY KIND. ~
~They are like you? ~
~SOME. OTHERS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT. THEY SEEK A PLACE TO LIVE WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE HUNTED. ~
~I see. I will come to you later, after I have finished here. ~
~I WILL BE HERE, FATHER. ~
I had a picture in my mind of a huge inlet surrounded by cliffs. Quite beautiful.
I was lost in thought as we left the hall. I was going to do some major remodeling when this problem of the aliens was put behind us. The others... that kept resurfacing in my thoughts. What were they and where did they come from? I guessed I would find out when I spoke with them. After a short stop on the stairs (Eschele was having trouble for some reason) we made it back to the room. Elerith was kneeling there next to a little brown haired elf. I opened the door and bid them enter. The little elf kept glancing at Elerith. I watched curiously.
I made Eschele kneel by my bench and made a twenty-four inch spreader bar. I locked her wrists to her ankles then locked the spreader bar between. I dug through the pile and found one of the little eggs. I pushed this down the front of her panties till it was centered on her clit. She looked up at me with wide, pleading eyes.
“You need to practice your control. This will keep you out of trouble till I get around to the rest of your training.”
I smiled, then removed the chain from between her tits. She sighed in relief. Short lived relief. I found some little balls and hung them from the rings. Now if she moved they would tug at her nipples.
“Now remember, don't cum. If you do, you will have to keep practicing till you are able to control yourself. So this will last only as long as it takes for you to master yourself.”
She started to nod. I turned the vibrator on low and she never finished the motion. Her head flew back and her eyes became huge. She tried to squirm but her nipples paid for that action. So she knelt there rigid and shaking slightly. I figured that should keep her distracted for a little while. I wondered to myself how long the batteries would last. Ah, well, I had more.
Turning to the little elf, I asked. “May I have your name littleone?”
“Well, Lyndara, what is your deepest fantasy.”
“Sire? I...” She was very uncomfortable.
“I... Sire... I want...” She was breathing heavily by this point. I noticed that she kept glancing at Elerith.
“I would hate to have to punish you for not answering me, Lyndara.”
She turned white. I actually saw her glance towards the door. Interesting.
“I... want to... be... with... with... El... Elerith... Sire.”
Well, I'll be damned. Elerith's head snapped around in shock. This made for an interesting development.
“With you too, sire.” Her words came out in a rush. “But I have always... since I... saw her... wanted... her.”
“Well?” I looked at her smiling.
“Sire?” She looked confused and more than a little frightened.
“What are you waiting for? She is right there.”
Elerith and Lyndara both looked up at me in shock. I smiled again.
“I... I don't... know what to do?” Lyndara stammered.
“Then I guess I will have to show you.” I grinned at Elerith, who still hadn't found her voice. “Come here and watch. Then do as I do.”
I kissed Elerith soundly, running my hands over her body. She moaned then melted into my arms. I caressed and fondled her till she was panting then stepped away.
“Now dear, all you have to do, is do to her what you would like to have done to you.”
Lyndara looked at me for a minute as the words sank in, then, timidly at first, started to kiss Elerith. Elerith was at the point where she really didn't care who was giving her the attentions, as long as she got them. I sat down in my chair and watched as Lyndara slowly relaxed into what she was doing. Her kisses started to wander to other parts of Elerith's body. It was a very erotic scene. Gradually they both started to get a little frantic in their explorations. I smiled and went to the pile and found a bottle of liquid lube and dumped it on them. They looked shocked for a few seconds then the rubbing really got frantic. I know that I was quite hard watching their oil soaked bodies twining about each other. It took a little while, but finally they discovered the classic sixty nine. By this time I had a raging hardon. As fate would have it, Lyndara was on top of Elerith. Well, I guess I get to sample some new territory. I walked up behind her and rubbed my hand down her back. She moaned, but didn't stop her attention to Elerith. I used the oil that I had taken from her to lube my cock and with out giving little Lyndara any hint of what was to come, I slid it in her ass. Her head came up and she whimpered. I felt Elerith run her tongue over my balls and I was off to the races. Lyndara came within the first dozen strokes, then returned to lapping at Elerith's cunt. I had to force myself to slow down. Pardon the pun, but it was hard. The sounds those two were making under me was going straight to my groin, but I wanted this to last. I heard a long drawn out moan behind me and knew that I had another reason to punish Eschele. I couldn't really blame her though, this had to look hot as hell. That little minx, Elerith kept licking my balls, which made it a bitch to hold back. I felt Lyndara's asshole clenching on me quite regularly, which didn't help either. Finally I could take no more and started to royally pound Lyndara's ass. Her head shot up and she started a wail, which gradually rose in pitch. When I shot, her back arched and her asshole clenched down on me hard. I felt wetness splash off of my balls and knew that Elerith just got a face full.
Pulling out I turned to look at Eschele. She was a mess. Her body was trembling so hard that the balls on her tits were dancing. She was covered in sweat and her hair was plastered to her head. I walked over and checked to see that the vibrator was still working. My hand on her crotch almost put her over the top.
“M... Ma... st... Ma...”
“P... Pl... se... I... I... beg... Pl...”
“Oh, Well I suppose you do need a rest.”
I shut off the vibrator. She sagged slightly. I reached out and started to bat the balls on her tits back and forth. She whimpered.
“Those are fun little toys, I think that I will leave them there.”
She whimpered again. “Y... Yes... master.”
I did another scan, to see how she was doing and her mind was a caldron of lust. Her imagination was doing things to her that I would have a hard time matching.
“Well, it is time for you to learn one of your duties now.”
She looked up at me, still shaking. I put my cock in front of her face.
She moaned and started to lick. She moaned even louder when it started to grow in front of her. When she had done a thorough job. I pulled back. She tried to follow it and almost fell on her face. She settled back and bowed her head, panting.
“You have now had a taste of your fantasy. Do you really wish to live it? Knowing that it might be days before you get your release and that you will have no say in where or when it happens? That you will have no control at all over what you are made to do? And, most importantly, that you may never have another chance to say no?”
Her head slowly came up and she took a deep breath. “Master, I am yours if you will have me, do with me what you will. I gladly give my control over to you.”
I sat back and stared at her for a while. This one was going to be special. It was a great responsibility that she had handed me. I was going to have to be careful in her handling until she settled in. This was all too new to her, and I had no intentions of burning her out or breaking her. I am not the type of dom that like a mindless automation. I had always considered that a sign of insecurity and weakness on the dom's part. If you want an automation, go buy a fucking machine. I prefer interaction, personally. If they can be made to want to serve you, then you have accomplished something. Thank god that I am away from all that, I mused. Even though they had little choice genetically, I was going to make sure that they all knew that they were loved.
By this time, Elerith and Lyndara were starting to stir. To Lyndara's and my surprise, Elerith went immediately to her duty. Lyndara was soon writhing on the floor. I watched in amusement as Lyndara shot off a few more times. When things had finally wound down between them, I addressed Elerith.
“Well, what do you think?”
“I have not felt such as that before.”
“What would you think of taking little miss Lyndara as a personal servant?”
Lyndara's eyes grew wide and her smile lit up the room.
“I would find that most pleasing, sire.” Elerith said.
Lyndara squealed and hugged Elerith. I thought for a moment that they were going to wind up back on the floor in a tangle.
“Lyndara, come here.” I pointed to the floor at my feet.
She came and knelt, suddenly apprehensive again. I dug through the pile and pulled out a thong and handed it to her. She stared at it, not knowing what to do with it. I chuckled to myself. I raised my eyebrows at Elerith and she came over and helped her into it. She looked at it for a long time, and then stared up at me in awe. It was amazing what a little piece of string and leather could do around here. I went back to the pile and dug out a powder blue tube dress. She squealed again.
“As Elerith's maid, you should wear her colors.”
“Oh, thank you, sire. Thank you.” She was positively beaming.
I went shoe shopping again and, after several tries, I found a matching set of heels for her. I did the collar and cuff routine and she was stunning. She thought so too, as when I showed her the mirror it was five minutes before she could tear herself away from it.
“You do realize, that I still will bang your little ass when I feel like it, don't you?”
“Take, I believe is your words.”
“I will be ready anytime that you wish to bang me sire.” She said with a straight face.
I had to laugh. These girls would be a real sensation back on earth. I turned back to Eschele and released her.
“I have a job for you.”
“I want you to go through that mess and sort everything out and organize it on that bookshelf.”
“As you command, sire.”
I noticed that she moved rather cautiously, as the balls on her tits, the ones in her twat and the plug were still in place. Still, she was moving quite efficiently.
“I will leave you ladies to yourselves. I have to go and meet with my son and some of his friends.”
Elerith turned white. “Milord, is that safe?”
“Who knows? I would rather have them as friends, however, than as enemies.”
I veiled to the spot that my son had shown me, but I didn't see him. So I called him. To my surprise he came out of the water of the bay.
~YES FATHER? ~
~How are you? ~
~I AM WELL FATHER. THIS WORLD IS PEACEFUL, I COULD NEVER COME HERE BEFORE. ~
~Oh, why not? ~
~THE GUARDIAN WOULD NOT ALLOW IT. I WAS SURPRISED WHEN YOU CALLED ME HERE AND I COULD ANSWER. ~
~What would happen before? ~
~IT WAS IF THE WORLD WAS IN A GLASS BUBBLE THAT I COULD NOT BREAK THROUGH. ~
Then how had the aliens gotten though? A picture was starting to develop and I wasn't sure that I cared for it. Velvet trap again.
~I am glad that you were able to join me. I am hoping that your friends can make it too.~
~SHOULD I SUMMON THEM NOW? THEY ARE RATHER TIRED OF WANDERING AND WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN PEACE. ALL OF THE INHABITED WORLDS SHUN OUR KIND, SO WE ARE REDUCED TO LIVING ON BARREN WORLDS. ~
~I do not speak for the entire world as such. I will do what I can to make a safe haven for them however.~
~THEN I WILL CALL TO THEM.~
I waited as my son went silent. After a few minutes I heard a series of booms, like someone had lit off a string of impossibly big firecrackers. There were a few waterspouts as well. Suddenly the air was full of wings and scales. There was also fur and hair and some bare hide. I stood in awe. Just about every mythical creature that I had ever heard of and a few that I hadn't was suddenly on the beach. They ranged from the smaller ones like the Pegasus and the winged lion to the huge dragons – one of which, was larger than my son. I spied a Unicorn or two and a few monstrous snakes. A few centaurs and something that looked like a giant crab. None of them spoke.
~My son has explained your plight. I only control a small part of this world and cannot make a guarantee for the rest of the inhabitants. But in the land that I do control, you are quite welcome.~
~FROM YOUR MIND I SEE THE AREA THAT YOU SPEAK OF. IT IS NOT LARGE, BUT IT IS BETTER THAN WHERE WE HAVE BEEN. WE WILL WORK TO MAKE OURSELVES ACCEPTED. WE ARE TIRED OF BEING PREY TO EVERYONE THAT ENCOUNTERS US. YOU HAVE A REMARKABLY OPEN MIND FOR A HUMAN. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS AND WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP WITH YOUR ENDEAVORS.~
The large black dragon was the spokesman.
~I will call a council of the elves, who were rejected from our world centuries ago. I will try to sooth their fears, in hopes that they will influence others of their kind. As I said before, I cannot guarantee that their reaction will be positive. They are swayed by the old writings and I myself was attacked upon arriving here.~
~WE HAVE LOOKED INTO YOUR MIND AND SEE NO MALICE OR DECEIT THERE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AND WILL HELP WHERE WE CAN. WE WILL PATROL THIS ISLAND FOR THE ALIENS. THIS SHOULD AID YOU IN YOUR PETITION IN OUR FAVOR. WHAT ELSE WE MAY DO WILL HAVE TO BE SEEN AS IT ARRIVES.~
~I would know your name if I might.~
I could have sworn that it smiled. ~I AM CALLED ARCHIMEDES.~
~Could you entrust a unicorn and a pegasus to accompany me? They are the least fearsome of your group and would be accepted better as spokesmen.~
~THIS WE WILL DO. YOU MUST SWEAR TO WATCH OVER THEM AS THEY ARE NOT A VIOLENT SPECIES.~
~I will insure that no harm comes to them.~
~GO THEN AND SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE.~
One of the unicorns and a pegasus came to me then. They were very shy creatures and were quite uneasy about going amongst strangers.
“I would know your names, if I might.”
~My name is Siren.~ This was the unicorn.
~I am Apollo.~ This was the pegasus.
“Well then, let us be off. We will veil to just before the castle, then approach it on foot. This should let the elves have time to become accustomed to you. I do not think it would do well to surprise them.”
~As you say. Be warned, we will leave at the first sign of trouble.~ Apollo said.
“I would expect no less.”
We veiled to the road about three kilometers from the castle and started walking. We chatted while we walked and I found that they, like the elves, were originally from earth. When the religions came and all things magical were persecuted, they left with the original wizards that created them. They had come to this very world, but when the wizards left and the men took over, they left also. When I asked, they had no clue where the wizards went. Strange.
We came into sight of the castle. I could see quite a stir in the distance. Within minutes the walls were full. The gates remained open however and I took this to be a good sign. We were about halfway to the castle when a group came forth to meet us. There were about a dozen and as we drew closer, I could see Elerith and Gavin along with a few of the villagers and a few sisters. They were unarmed. I breathed a sigh of relief. We met and they fell in with us, which spooked the two creatures a little. They soon calmed down and the sisters and the one female villager cooed and fussed over them.
“Did you have any trouble on your trip, Gavin?”
“After the attack, the town was more than happy to come under your protection. We were rather surprised to find you not here when we arrived, however. There was a little consternation at first, until Lady Elerith came and explained what you were doing.”
“So the entire town already knows of my son and these creatures?”
“They have heard the story of your son. Might I ask, is it true that it is your son?”
“I created him a long time ago. He went off on his own and this is the first that I have seen of him since.” I explained.
“These are the fearsome creatures that you went to speak with?” Gavin asked.
“These are representatives of them. I did not think it would do to have a dragon that is larger than my son show up to talk. They are here to plead the case of the creatures.”
“Wise that you bring the most harmless. Else there would be fear amongst the people.” Elerith put in.
“Have you called a gathering yet?” I asked.
“As soon as you were sighted with your friends,” Gavin responded.
“Let us pray that all goes well.”
We arrived at the castle and went directly to the throne room. It was packed and there were a few uneasy moments as the two gentle creatures were spooked by the crowd. I started to breathe a little easier when I realized that the women adored them. Gavin, Elerith and I went up to the throne. The two creatures joined us. I nodded to Gavin.
“People of Lanith. We have two here that come seeking refuge for their people. They have been hunted and hounded and wish a place to live in peace.”
There was no outcry, just a gentle murmuring. Melriea spoke up. “These are not the only creatures though. What of the dragons?”
Apollo spoke to their minds ~They, like the rest of us, just seek a place to call home. They, perhaps, have been hounded more that any of our kind. They wish you no malice. ~
One of the villagers asked. “How can we turn them away when we ourselves are here to find peace?”
I heard a general murmur of approval. I finally let out the breath that I had been holding. Now came the next step.
“Will it be possible to send to the other towns and villages to sooth their fears?” I asked.
To my surprise, Gavin spoke. “After we meet with the rest of them, we will send out runners to the nearest towns. They will want to know that the old legends return.”
~I will carry your representative to ease the journey. ~ Apollo spoke.
There was a hush amongst the crowd. I was shocked as well.
~As will I. I can do no less. Our people are tired and seek refuge. We cannot ask you to go on our behalf and not aid you. ~ Siren said.
“Why don't you summon your son and this other dragon, that we may meet with them?” Elerith asked.
There was a little uneasiness from the crowd, but still no outcry.
“I will do this. I will have them land away from the castle, so as not to startle you.”
“This is good.” Gavin spoke.
~YES FATHER? ~
~Bring Archimedes and come to the castle. Land away from it so that they can come to meet you. It should go easier that way. ~
~AS YOU SAY FATHER. AND FATHER? ~
~Yes son? ~
~THANK YOU. ~
We went to the walls to watch for the arrival. I was more than a little uneasy about this meeting. We didn't have long to wait. They appeared from the north, seeming to hang in the air. They would flap a few times then glide. The people began to stir uneasily when they kept getting bigger and bigger. It was only when they landed though, that their true scale became apparent. I walked down from the wall and led the people out to meet with them. Only a few at first, but slowly more followed. I could sense the hesitation as we drew closer. I do admit, it was like walking up to a pair of mountains. Mountains with wings, teeth and claws.
“Oh my god, they are so beautiful.” Elerith whispered.
~I THANK YOU MILADY. ~ Archimedes spoke.
Everyone present came a foot off the ground.
“Sisters, people of Lanith, I would like to introduce to you Archimedes.”
He bowed his head.
“And my son, Memneth.”
Memneth bowed his head. The sunlight on his scales causing him to glitter. I heard a few of the ladies suck in their breath. It would seem that my son was a hit. I smiled slightly. I looked around me and the looks of fear were starting to be replaced by wonder and awe.
~I THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE OTHER CREATURES. WE DO APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY. WE HAVE TRAVELED SO FAR AND BEEN HOMELESS SO FOR SO LONG. WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO GUARD YOUR LAND, YOUR SEAS, YOUR SKY. WE WILL BE FOREVER IN YOUR DEBT. ~
The crowd was stunned. Archimedes turned and looked down at me.
~AND YOU, WIZARD, WILL BE OUR GUIDE AND GENERAL IN THIS WORLD. WE WILL DO AS YOU COMMAND. ~
My turn to be stunned. This was not what I had in mind. Memneth turned to me and spoke.
~YOU ARE THE LEADER OF THESE PEOPLE NOW. YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE LEADER OF THIS ISLAND NEXT. IT IS YOU THAT ARRANGED FOR US TO COME HERE. IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT WE FOLLOW YOU, FATHER. ~
“But I am just here to help these people...”
“You help us best by leading us sire,” Gavin interjected.
“What do you mean, I will be the leader of the island next?”
“You will become known as the one who stopped the sky people. People will consider you their leader, whether you wish it or not. The more that you aid, the more will follow.” Gavin explained.
“Great, another damn fan club.” I muttered under my breath.
Elerith stepped up to me. “But think of the benefits.” She teased me with her eyes.
I sighed. Well, it wouldn't be boring.
“Well, sir dragon, why don't you bring what people that you can, so we can meet them. It would seem that we are neighbors now.” I laughed as I said it.
~I WILL DO THIS. I WILL HAVE THEM GO TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE HILL AND WALK IN FROM THERE. ~
It wasn't long before the rest started to make an appearance. The elves, after the initial shock welcomed them with open arms. Well, some more than others. I think the snakes didn't mind being held at arms length though. I was introduced to all of them. And of course, I couldn't remember any of their names. I figured over time I would pick them up though, it looked like I had plenty of time. The winged lions made a big hit with the young ones, taking them for rides. The dragons did a few rides also. There were roughly a dozen of them. The roc tried, but couldn't lift them. The girls fell in love with the pegasus, the centaurs and the unicorn, who would only give the females rides. Equine flirts, one and all. In general, by the time even meal was due, a few were even staying at the castle and it was a forgone conclusion that they were all welcome to visit. The ones that would fit.
I returned to the room to find Eschele kneeling by my bench. I didn't recognize it. As I looked around, everything was in perfect order. I felt as if I had walked into a museum. I inspected it carefully. I am not usually that into details, but she had put forth a great effort. I could do no less than to go over it.
“Eschele, you have done good.”
“Thank you sire.”
“So I will wave the punishment for the time that you came watching us play.”
“Thank you sire.”
“We still have to work on your control, however.”
“I understand sire.”
“We will work on that later. Right now I wish to relax. Go help the ladies in the kitchen and come back after even meal.”
She still had the plug and the balls. The ones in her twat and the ones hanging from her tits. This was not going to be an easy thing for her. She rose gracefully to her feet and walked from the room. I was impressed. God the way her ass moved. She had adapted quite well to the hobble chain as well. Her steps were measured perfectly. I let my mind drift back to the short time that she had been with me. What did she say? Do with me as you will... I had heard that before. Who...
There was a knock at the door.
“Sire, dinner is served.”
I did a double take. Veraina was on her knees by the door.
“Veraina, what is your fantasy?”
“What is your deepest darkest fantasy?”
“I wish to be a slave sire.”
That was where I had heard it before!
“Return after dinner.”
I followed her down to the hall. God, I love the way their asses move with those heels. Taking my normal place, I looked up as Gavin joined me.
“How goes it, Gavin?”
“It goes well, sire. We are short on housing, but people are making allowances. There is talk about building around the castle.”
I had seen that before. Towns that had sprung up around major castles. It made sense actually. If there was an attack, the people would not have far to go to find safety. I was rather curious as to why there was not one already in place, however.
“Do you have someone who is good working with wood?”
“Yes sire, Vegal is an artist. He has several crews that work for him.”
“I want that throne removed, and I want to arrange for a gathering place.”
Gavin looked at me in surprise. “But you will need a place to pass judgment!”
“No, I will need a place to work through problems with the people. We are all in this together and I wish to know the peoples’ opinions before I make a decision.”
He looked thoughtful then. After a few moments he said. “This is a new thing, I know not if it will work, but I like the thought itself.”
“I will say this, however. You are to take care of all of the minor problems. As far as I am concerned you are the law to these people now. I do not wish to deal with every little detail, as I have other things that I will need to address. If anyone has a problem with that, bring them to me.”
He nodded his head. “I think that should be one of the first uses for your gathering room. We should let the people know where they stand and the new laws.”
“Yes, You are giving me power over the way that the people are treated with. This will now be a law.”
I sighed... I was getting farther and farther down the road towards becoming a ruler. Great.
I wondered... “Gavin, is not Camelot supposed to be where the ruler of the isles dwells?”
“Yes, sire. But you have established yourself here.”
Yes, but I could establish someone else there. Hmm, this would pull the governing side away from me and let me get on with dragging these people from the dark ages. The actual governing would be handled there and the improvements and defenses here. My son was going to hate me.
“I think that I see a path through this, but it means that I will have to bring someone else from my world.”
Gavin turned white, then, to his credit, looked thoughtfully at me. I could see in his face, his reluctance to let any more humans come through, but I think that he trusted me enough to know that I would not let anyone through that would cause problems.
Guardedly he asked. “I take it that you have someone in mind?”
“Yes, my human son. He will not like it at all and will fight it tooth and nail.”
Gavin breathed a sigh of relief. “Excellent, he will be perfect for the job then.”
I laughed. It would seem that Gavin and I saw eye to eye on our views of leaders.
“Do you think that this will cause problems with the sisterhood?”
He smiled at me. “Of course, I have no doubt that you will take care of that in short order, however.”
“I take it there is a sect at Camelot.”
“That is where the Mother of the Arthurians resides.”
“She is the supreme leader of the sects.”
“How many sects are there.”
“Three on this isle. Camelot, Merlinius, and Stonehenge.”
“It is supposed to be the focal point for the power of this world.”
I let that thought chase itself around my brain for a while. I looked up as Elerith joined us.
“What is the sect mother like?”
Elerith turned white for a moment then looked down at her plate.
“She is a hard person. But just in her way. She will not be happy about your arrival, I am sure.”
She was going to be even less happy about my son’s arrival.
“How do you think she would react to a ruler in Camelot?”
“That is what she is supposed to be keeping the castle for, but I doubt that she would welcome anything that diminishes her power. Are we planning on moving there, sire?”
“No, but I am thinking of putting someone there to control the government of this island. I need to have freedom to teach and defend. I cannot do this tied to a throne.”
She stared at me for a long while.
“But none of the elves can hold the throne, sire. It will not allow it.”
“I said nothing about elves.”
It was her turn to whiten. I let her thoughts run their courses.
“What do you have in mind, sire?”
“I have a human son, back on earth, he has a good head on his shoulders and will totally hate the idea. I will probably have to trick him into the position.”
“You will be putting him in a rather difficult spot. The Reverend Mother is... quite set in having her will obeyed.”
A first class bitch, in other words.
“I will have to deal with the Mother myself. It will be hard enough to get him here without a protracted battle from the start.”
“How do you intend to deal with Kisselia?”
“I suppose that I will just have to convince her be more tractable.”