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Isberian 2

Isberian
Chapter 2
The Magician’s Way

Isberian was born with two kinds of magic inside of her. From her father, Aldo the Awesome, she inherited the Small Magic, which is the lightest of all kinds of magic, the magic of illusion. From her mother Amalia, she got the most potent and rare of all magic, and that is the Healing Magic.
Isberian didn’t know it, but Amalia had forbidden Aldo, the more active of the two parents, to encourage Isberian in the development of the healing magic within her, and even to forestall it’s discovery. Amalia was made a prisoner because of her healing magic, and as she knew her jailor, King Caster, would have covetous eyes on little Isberian to see if she too had a deeper magic than Aldo The Awesome’s illusions. Magic he would imprison her for so as to have it all his own.

And so it was, Isberian was raised as a small magician, in the world of entertainment and storytelling, and she was a most capable assistant and pride and joy to Aldo The Awesome. She became an actor of deep and varied nuance, and performed so convincingly as Aldo weaved his story and philosophy based “Magic Tricks”, becoming any and all characters featured, using her own small magic to enhance the illusions, that she became a star in her own right, and Aldo and Isberian, the Father and Daughter magician team, came to be in high demand, and commanding of the highest prices, in many cities.

As Isberian grew into a young woman, men and boys old enough to looked on her with covetous ardor. It was not something Isberian liked, and she sometimes was afraid of them, though Aldo was ever there to protect her, and so she took to dressing and keeping her hair like a boy, using her small magic to complete the illusion. By this practice, and by the way she used her small magic on the stage, Isberian became quite adept at changing her form and face and voice. It was her specialty.

So-called Small Magic can be developed by the insightful and masterful in nature to achieve depths as great as any Wizard or Sorceress of the higher or nobler magics. All with wisdom know this to be true, but the scarcity of such practitioners, coupled with simple prejudice, are what made the majority of magicians of the Hidden Cities to be scornful of all “Small Magicians”. Aldo and Isberian were, in fact, two of the greatest magicians to ever live, small or otherwise, such was their mastery of their own inner fires. Of course at this time, young Isberian was still just starting on the path to this destiny, and it is our privilege to go along with her.

For Aldo had filled her head always with the way of the magician, and that way had a fundamental feature, that of striking out on your own. She waited until the last night of the summer visit to Mother Amalia at
King Caster’s castle to do so, taking only her own fast little horse, and leaving a note for her loving parents. She did not want to leave Aldo, but she knew he had come to expect it, and accept it. She was used to leaving Amalia, and felt that she knew only that she would see them both again someday.

Her heartmind had always been stirred by talk of The World Mountain and that was the direction she traveled, to find her wondrous way in the world.

Isberian (1)

Isberian
A Shim Shoy Folktale
Of The Klutens Variety

Isberian was a girl who grew up in one of the fallen cities, far from the Great Forested Mountain, which was known in her city as The Mountain of The World. She had always lived in The Hidden City there, as she was the child of magicians. Gather ’round this spot and learn how she came to be.

Isberian’s fallen city was ruled by a fallen king, King Caster, and this king found out about a young sorceress, gifted in healing, who had been coming into the city apparent to treat the citizenry, as sickness was rampant there. Her name was Amalia. King Caster found her, and took her, and kept her in service to the royal family in the castle, not kept behind bars, or in chains, but imprisoned all the same.

An Illusionist, one of those performing magicians that Hidden City magicians call small, came to entertain Caster, the fallen king, at court. He said,

“Call me Aldo The Awesome, for that is who I am. I have come to blow the mind of the King with wonder, and any other else who would dare to witness… The deduction! Of the mystery! Of the cosmos!”

He spoke these words with great flair, and frequent dramatic pauses, and King Caster was mightily intrigued, for like him, his court was a dreary, depressed kind of place, and anxious, too.

Amalia was there at court, and her heartmind stirred itself mightily, for her magical senses felt the true magic within this apparent showman, and he was handsome, and his eyes were looking at her, and while he was speaking so dramatically to everyone, she felt he was speaking to her simply and directly, in a way and with words the others could not perceive.
And he was indeed awesome. He had a small golden bowl, empty, that he would turn up, and magical waters would pour out that took on shapes and moved about the court. A water cat chased a water mouse, that changed color and swam around in the cat’s belly when it was caught. Then the cat jumped into King Caster’s lap, and when he petted it, the water cat turned into a cloud of delicate shimmering snow and then disappeared completely.

The King asked Aldo,

“How many tricks do you know as good as that one?”

“Of my very best tricks, there are seven, your majesty.”

“Then you shall stay with us seven nights, magician, and you will spread your show across them. Such entertainment is rare, and we would not like for ours to be so short lived.”

And so it was. When the seventh night came Aldo performed his most awesome illusion, which was to slow time itself to stillness, except for he and the king, and together they pinned flowers to everyone at court, and the king laughed mightily at the looks on everyone’s face as the effect wore off and they were all so amazed and perplexed, laughed loud and hard, in such a way as he had not laughed in so long. He said to Aldo,

“You have illuminated wonder here, Aldo, a light that has been dim indeed for us, and you have stayed with us as we asked, though staying is difficult for your kind. And so you may name your reward.”

Aldo replied humbly,

“Your Majesty, there is only one circumstance I crave, and more, fear that I could not live without.”

“And what is this circumstance?”

“For the Lady Amalia to be my wife.”

King Caster started laughing again, and said,
“The Lady Amalia is a precious prisoner. We could not tolerate her absence from our company. Yet you have named your reward, and it must be given. Seven days and nights you have illuminated us, so for seven days and nights shall you be illuminated, with Amalia as your bride.”

And so Aldo and Amalia were married. Aldo had a little house by the side of a little lake where he took his bride and there they delved deep into the magical waters of their love. When the seven days and nights had come and gone, they went back to the king’s castle, for they had both given their word that they would. Aldo wanted to flee far, but Amalia insisted upon returning. She knew there would be suffering if they broke their word, and she believed in her heartmind that King Caster would release her someday.

King Caster thought long and hard while Amalia was away, all the while hoping that she would return, that he would not have to chase after her. When they did return, he said to them,

“You must go now, Aldo, we cannot share Amalia with a husband. However, once each season, for seven days and seven nights, you may have her for your wife, and she may have you for her husband at your little house by the little lake.”

And so it was, and come their first week of winter together at the little lake house Isberian was born.

There is so much to tell in this story of Isberian!

To Be Continued

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