Tales of the Thamasans
by Casey Gilman
The Final Chapters: Mechanical Magic
Journey Across the Veldt
"I AM AQUOOR!!!" bellowed the giant human-shaped creature, made
entirely of water,"YOU HUMANS HAVE CROSSED MY PATH!!!"
The water began to calm down. Strago and Relm had managed to stay
on the raft. Aquoor was huge; he had to be at least twenty feet tall.
He had no feet though - his waist met with the surface of the ocean.
"We're sorry, great Aquoor," replied Strago,"we meant you no harm."
"I DO NOT CARE!!!" cried Aquoor,"ANY HUMANS WHO CROSS PATHS WITH A
GREAT DEMON LIKE ME SHALL DIE!!!"
"I'm afraid you'll have to realize," said Strago,"That these two humans
aren't so easy to kill!"
He pulled his staff out from underneath his red outfit, and held it
in the air, ready to attack.
"HEH...HEH...HEH," chuckled Aquoor,"CAN THAT TOOTHPICK REALLY PROTECT
YOU FROM THIS?!"
Aquoor stretched out his arm, and aimed his right fist at Strago and
Relm. Then his arm began to stretch, and his watery fist flew at them
at a frightening speed.
"Jump!!" cried Relm.
Just as the two jumped off in different directions, the fist splintered
the raft. The water began churning again, and both of them had trouble
staying afloat. All Strago could see was water all around him. He
thought he could here Aquoor cackling, but he wasn't sure. If he were
still young, he might have had a chance at that thing, but now, he
feared for his and Relm's safety.
He was underwater now, about five feet he guessed. He was having trouble
breathing, and couldn't reach the surface. He kept choking and gagging,
as water was forced into his mouth.
'Take me,' he thought,'Just please don't let anything happen to Relm!'
Strago must've been at least ten feet under now, and he was starting
to lose consciousness. His old arms were tired from trying to stay
afloat. He thought he could see a small, dark figure in front of him,
then all he saw was blackness.
* * *
Strago awoke, and saw only the blue sky above him. He felt like he
had been sleeping for awhile. He sat up, then remembered what had
happened. He quickly glanced around, and saw Relm and Interceptor
sitting beside him. He was relieved.
"It's about time you woke up!" declared Relm,"You've been laying there
"Sorry," Strago apologized,"What's Interceptor doing here? I thought
we left him with Gungho."
"Interceptor saved us," answered Relm, petting him, "I guess he missed
us, and came after us."
Strago stood up, but was still woozy, and had trouble keeping his
balance. The ocean was just a short distance away. It looked as calm
as when they had first set out on the raft, and there was no sign
"What were you thinking anyway?" asked Relm,"You couldn't have fought
that demon! You're way too old!"
"I guess I am starting to show my years," replied Strago,"But there
wasn't much else we could've done. Which side are we on, anyway?"
"I'm not sure," answered Relm,"But I don't think it's the side we
Strago looked around, and other than the ocean to one side, there
was nothing but flat, grass-covered land.
"This must be the Veldt," decided Strago,"This is where we were headed.
We had better be careful, there are a lot of monsters here."
"Interceptor will scare them off," said Relm,"Won't you, boy?"
Interceptor barked in reply.
* * *
"Where are we going, Grandpa?" asked Relm, as they were walking the
"We must make our way across the Veldt," Strago replied,"Then we'll
have to cross some mountains, to reach Doma. At Doma, we'll take a
ship to Nikeah, which isn't very far from where we're going."
"That's going to take awhile," replied Relm.
"I'm guessing it'll take a couple more days," said Strago.
A few more minutes passed.
"Ick!" Strago heard Relm say from behind him.
"What is it?" replied Strago.
"I'm stuck!" answered Relm.
Strago turned around, and looked down at her foot, which was covered
in mud. In fact, the whole area was muddy. Relm was having trouble
getting her foot out of the mud, but she wasn't in any real danger.
"I'll help you," he said, laughing a little at the same time.
"Think it's funny, Gramps?!" Relm was getting a little mad. She scooped
up a ball of mud in her hand, and scaled it at him. It hit him in
the face, and Relm started laughing. In fact, she laughed so hard,
she fell over, and her foot came free of the mud.
"Relm Arrowny!" Strago yelled at her,"How dare you?!" He picked up
some mud, and pelted it at his giggling granddaughter.
Relm threw one back, and before long the two of them were in the middle
of a full fledged mud fight. Interceptor started barking at them,
but they didn't care, they were having fun.
After about five minutes, they were tired out. They sat down in the
mud, which they were both covered in, and leaned against each other.
"That was fun, Grandpa," said Relm.
"Yes it was, Relm," said Strago,"I haven't done anything like that
in quite some time. But, now we need to find a place to wash off."
"Here Interceptor!" Relm called. Interceptor, who was rolling around
in the mud, got up and followed the two brown figures.
It only took a few minutes to find a river, and they washed themselves
off. It was warm out, so it didn't matter that they were wet afterwards.
"This river should lead us to Baren Falls," explained Strago,"Since
we don't have a raft anymore, we'll have to make our way through the
mountains behind the falls."
* * *
After an hour or so, they had made their way to the base of the mountain
range. The sun was close to setting.
"This is it," said Strago,"This mountain range can take us behind
Baren Falls, and then to Doma.
"Well let's go," said Relm.
"Not tonight," replied Strago,"The sun will be setting soon. We'll
They were starving, because most of their food had been lost in the
ocean. They did manage to find quite a helping of berries to eat,
though. By the time they found the berries and ate, it was dark. It
didn't take them long to fall asleep.
Relm had been sleeping peacefully for a few hours, when a small noise
woke her up. "Is that you, Grandpa?" she asked groggily.
Strago was out like a light, beside her. Then she heard Interceptor
barking at something, beyond Strago.
Relm got up, and walked to the base of the mountain, where Interceptor
was. She looked up the gradual slope of the mountain, but she didn't
see anything. Interceptor still barked.
"What is it, boy," she asked, in a soft whisper. Then, she thought
she heard something from up the mountain. It was almost like movement.
Then she saw many giant objects coming toward her at an alarming speed.
It was hard to see in the dark, but she soon realized that they were
"ROCKSLIDE!!!" she cried.
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