Interview with the Dragon Goddess

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    Part 13: The Ancient Library

    Once we finished having our meal, Wallanime laid down and turned face down on the ground. Her clothes dissolved, white and grey fur started growing all over her body as it increased in size and acquired a canid shape. Her nose and jaws elongated, turning into a snout with a maw full of long, sharp teeth. Her ears grew and became pointy as her hair turned into a dark bluish mane. Her amber eyes became snowy blue. In a matter of seconds, she had taken the shape of an Inujin as large as a horse.

    She sniffed on the floor, looking for tracks of The Goddess, then stood up straight on her hind legs and signaled me to follow her. She leaped on her four and followed the scent as in pursuit of prey. I tried to keep up with her pace, it was exhausting! She would stop every once in a while to allow me to catch up, to dart away as soon as I was a couple of steps from her. We soon arrived at a large crater in the center of the ruins. My dog friend was wagging her tail and panting happily as she waited for me.

    - She came to the site of the battle, just as I thought. - said the Avatar. - It will get dangerous from here, follow me and be as silent as you can. - She shrunk to the size of a small dog and crawled stealthily, approaching the center of the crater, using the debris as cover. I followed her as best as I could. We came across numerous interesting pieces of technology, and she explained a bit of what they were. It all seemed like techno-babbling nonsense to me, and I had no time to take detailed notes that I could study later, the only word that stuck in my head was "Magitronics", the magical manipulation of "electrons", which are some kind of incredibly fine specks of dust that carry electricity around.

    Wallanime stopped her advance. I noticed she was agitated and trembling. - Don't move, don't look, just listen carefully. - she said. For a moment, all I could hear was her panting, but then she closed her snout shut, and I could hear footsteps, they were approaching. At some point, the footsteps stopped, and I could hear a clear human-like yet oddly unnatural voice. "Intruder detected. Please, drop any weapons and stolen property and retreat in peace immediately. Non-compliance will result in hostile engagement."

    The Avatar grew in size again, grabbed me and put me on her back. - Hold on tight, we got to run! - she said as she darted. I looked behind and could see one of those humanoid constructs, clad in odd, glowing armor and wielding a sword with a blade made of light. It pointed at us with what looked vaguely like a firearm and shot bolts of light in our direction. - I thought it would attack only if we did not comply! - I commented. - These automaton guards take things literally, so "retreat immediately" means "disappear in this very instant". Their behavior directives were not properly revised!

    The automaton was pursuing us, and more of them joined the pursuit as we encountered them. Wallanime kept dodging the bolts of light, but one of them she could not react to and hit me on my left arm. It burned! I could not keep holding on to her and fell. I hit the ground and rolled until a wall stopped me. I was pretty beaten from the fall. I could smell the scorched flesh from my arm. My head was ringing, my sight was blurry. I saw a humanoid figure approaching, it pointed at me with its magitronic sword.

    I thought that was my end, but then a black figure pounced and trampled at the automaton. Black wings spread and a tail swung, hitting at another automaton. A dozen more approached, bolts of light flew towards the black figure. A golden aura exploded from the black figure, dissolving the bolts, and suddenly I could see golden scales and feathers, it was a dragon! It picked me up and held me in an embrace that eased my pain. It turned black again. We flew around, evading the bolts from the guns. The dragon was wielding a magitronic sword with its right paw. It deflected the bolts and cleaved through the automatons as we flew by, destroying them along with their weapons.

    The dragon gave me a concerned look and decided to land. The blade from the magitronic sword faded until it was completely gone, leaving only the hilt made of odd materials. The dragon's golden aura returned, and my arm healed very quickly as it embraced me. I closed my eyes. I felt the dragon shrinking, I opened my eyes and it was Wallanime in her human form, she was trembling. - I thought we were going to die! Those automatons were not wielding ordinary armament! - She showed me the magitronic hilt. I could see there was an inscription, my eyes took a few seconds to adjust and read it: "Athaldar, may this sword help you put the past to rest and build a better future. With love from your mother." It was the god-killing sword created by Humenalia and wielded by Athaldar in his last fight!

    She was breathing very quickly. - My Mistress asked me to protect you while she was gone. I thought I would fail her again. You are alive, aren't you? Are you still hurt? Oh, what a mess have I gotten us into! - she was looking around nervously and jumped at every minor noise. - I am fine, I will live! Are you alright? - I asked. She took deeper breaths, her golden aura slowly fading as she calmed down. She fell into a sitting position on the ground. - It has been about a thousand years since I did any fighting, I have been hiding and eluding conflict since the destruction of Curiosity. I was not feeling confident of my fighting skill... let's keep looking for My Mistress.

    I followed her to the center of the crater, this time we were not attacked. We found plenty of corpses from scavengers as we approached. We arrived at a pair of large doors leading to a small room with a pit, there was no floor, only walls. It was deep and there was a long cable of odd material going all the way down. The Avatar hugged me, black-feathered wings springing from her back as she jumped into the pit. We glided down until we hit the bottom, there was an opening on the wall.

    A few steps before us stood Draxenath, and in front of her were some double doors. A picture hanging from the wall above the doors portrayed a very distinguished lady with auburn hair and brown eyes. Everything she was wearing was unusual. Her dress was made of bright, colorful materials and full of bright lights. Her gloves were quite odd, emitting light from the fingertips, the one on her left hand had tendrils going all the way from the tips to a glowing tablet with tiny bumps filled with what looked like letters, while the right glove had the same tendrils going to a wristband with glowing inscriptions. Her monocle was not ordinary either, it seemed to have a glowing inscription. The nameplate of the picture read "Humenalia, Goddess of Science and Magitronics"

    Draxenath looked at us and smiled, then walked towards Wallanime and embraced her. - I saw the fight, and am proud of you. Welcome back, Avatar! - Wallanime sunk her face on The Goddess' chest and hugged her back. They remained silent for a moment. As they let each other go from the hug, Draxenath showed us a sealed jar with a heart. Wallanime was about to speak, but The Goddess interrupted her. - Don't blame yourself for failures that happened because I abandoned you, this one is on me. And your daughter's misdeeds are not your own, they are hers!

    Draxenath stored the jar in one of her pockets. - The place looks tidy, it may be intact if we are lucky enough! - she said as she opened the doors below the picture. Behind the doors was a very dark room. She pulled a lever on one of the walls, and the room was lit by electrical lights. The room was a massive library, there were towering bookshelves farther than my sight allowed me to see. An automaton was sitting behind a desk, it was not functioning.

    On the desk rested a large slab, plus a couple smaller slabs, and a pair of gloves like the ones from the picture. The Goddess put the gloves on and touched the large slab. It lit up and displayed text. Draxenath drew some gestures on the screen and nodded for a few minutes. - The magitronic books are readable, they weren't lost, and the physical book indexing and database are operational! - she said. - This library is filled with books of advanced science and technology the rest of the world has never seen. Amaxis probably kept this place intact in case he needed it and activated the defense drones to prevent anyone else from accessing it. If he finds out we were here, he will destroy the whole place.

    There was an unconfortable silence for a minute, then Draxenath nodded a couple times. - Let's go outside, hurry! - she said. Once we were outside and away from the crater, The Goddess closed her eyes and concentrated for a couple minutes. Then we heard a loud crashing and rumbling coming from the crater. The earth was sinking! Once everything settled, Draxenath opened a portal and invited us in. We were at her hiding place again, but there was something new, I spotted the double doors with the picture of Humenalia. The library was there!

    - The library is safe and out of Amaxis' reach now. We won't have to worry about that for now. - Said Draxenath with a smile of satisfaction.
     
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    Part 14: Humenalia's Message

    With the ancient library now residing within Draxenath's hiding place, we had unimaginable amounts of knowledge at our disposal. The Goddess entered the library and went straight to the automaton behind the desk and proceeded to examine it. - The magitronic circuit boards are intact, - she said. - the only damage they have is the interconnecting fibers were severed, it is easy to repair them.

    She took a strange tool from a toolbox under the desk and proceeded to re-attach the automaton's tendrils. After she was done, the automaton lit up and started making noises, then slowly got up on its feet and addressed us. - Welcome visitors, I am the librarian, how can I assist you? - it said with its unnatural voice. It looked at us for a moment, then it reacted erratically upon looking at Draxenath. - How ca... Please wait... How can I...... Please wait... How... Please... Overriding main program. Identity confirmation required, please remain still while a biometric scan is performed.

    The automaton set its eyes on the Goddess' face for a moment. - Identity confirmed. - the automaton said. - Lady Draxenath, welcome back to Curiosity's Central Library. It has been 445,327 days since your last visit. I have an urgent video message for you from our administrator, it is 438,627 days old. Would you like to display it?

    The Goddess nodded. - Please display it on the screen at your desk. - she said, and the picture at the large slab on the desk changed. It was very realistic, the face of Humenalia, so real I felt like I could almost touch her. She was sad, her eyes red, probably from shedding too many tears.

    - Draxenath! - Humenalia said. - I know you will come back one day, but I don't know what will be of me by that time. My chest aches so much... I barely had time to mourn Sari's death at the hands of Merealla, and now Athaldar is dead by his own father's hands... first my grandchild, now my son... both murdered by those of their own blood...murdered by those too selfish and envious to understand how important their work was...

    - I have always admired you, and so have many of the humans. The other gods hate humans, but you don't, because you understand humans are a cursed race. You understand humans lack so many things and have been misguided. Humans have no magic of their own, no fur, no fangs, no gills, no fins, no claws, no wings, and have become used to feel entitled to take things from others by force. That's how Amaxis taught them.

    - You understood, and in the beginning, stood up to defend humans from the aggressions of the other races. Your kindness to us ignited a spark in my son Athaldar. He always thought his father's ways and teachings were not entirely correct, and so did I, but didn't dare to go against Amaxis' will. I always admired you for standing your ground against Amaxis, but still seeing humans as your people to protect and support.

    - You loved my son, you supported each other in the common goals you had and did many things I never dared to do myself. You worked to eliminate the hate among the races, to build a common history from the ground up for all races together. You gave hope to those who thought nothing would ever change. Unfortunately, things went wrong because no race was ready to leave their hate behind. My grandchild... your son was betrayed and murdered by those we least suspected, by the dearest and closest.

    - Your world crumbled, you talked about committing suicide, then you left. But you are strong, I have faith that you will come back one day. My world is crumbling now as I record this message. As you were no longer at my son's side, I gathered the courage to support him, to stand against Amaxis, I felt good, felt strong and empowered, but things didn't go as I expected. My son was just killed by my husband, the one I thought would never do that!

    - I am a weakling and feel like there is no hope. But you are much stronger than me, I know you are only taking a rest from all of this, that you will come back with renewed strength and put an end to this neverending cycle of hate and misery. Please, I beg you as a mother who also lost her most beloved child. Do not let our children's death be in vain.

    - And thank you for everything you have done for me, for the humans, and for all other races, even if so many don't appreciate it, that's how being a mother and a goddess is, I suppose. But in the long run, after everything has settled down, we finally see the fruit of our efforts.

    The message ended. Draxenath walked towards a wall and rested her forehead on it as she took several deep breaths, then spoke. - Librarian, do a blue highlight on the location of the following books: History of the Divine Conflict, volumes 1 to 10 by Humenalia and Draxenath. History of Mortals volumes 1 to 24 by Humenalia and Draxenath. Also, do a red highlight on the location of Magitronics Journal from The Magic Press, all issues.

    She looked at me with kindness and said: - The interview will have to end now, there are duties I need to attend, lots of plans to be made, the world is not ready for my return, just as it was not ready for me to free it a millennium ago, so I need to prepare my plan to get them ready. You can stay as long as you wish, I requested a list of books to be highlighted in blue for you to read. There will be an automaton cooking food at a regular schedule, and a room for you to sleep.

    My life was completely changed with that.

    -- Grand Finale will be Part 15, stay tuned for it --
     
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    Part 15: Conclusion

    Many years passed between the interview and the writing of this conclusion. I have spent countless hours reading books at the ancient library. The amount of knowledge contained within its books would empower the people to do unimaginable things that could either bring prosperity or self-destruction. Time and time again, The Goddess would remind me: "The majority of the sentient mortals are not ready for the knowledge and technology amassed by Humenalia. She had a chosen few who would be her disciples and the ones applying the knowledge within this library for the good of the inhabitants of Curiosity".

    It was a fairly large metropolis with several thousands of inhabitants, completely isolated from the outside world in order to prevent the theft and misuse of its technology. Deep down, I really want to share all of this knowledge with the world, but I am also worried it might be used for terrible purposes. Maybe Amaxis thought the same and left it there to be mostly forgotten and thought of as myths.

    When I started this interview, I was not expecting to have the pleasure of finding this fountain of unlimited knowledge. As for my expectations towards Draxenath, I thought she would be more like Amaxis, a proud deity who would never admit fault and would proclaim any of his opponents as enemies of the world. Instead, I found a strong yet fragile goddess, grieving over past mistakes and feeling devoid of purpose after what she felt was a sign that mortals did not appreciate her devotion to them.

    Today, I see a determined goddess striving on her new purpose, "healing Humenalia and making preparations for their glorious return". That makes me reflect on the importance of finding purpose in life. The loss of her purpose drove her to seclude herself and attempt to end her own life. Asking her about her life and letting her know her legends are passed on and prayers are still directed at her after all this time slowly burrowed through her hardened scales and into her heart, driving her to consider if there is yet a new purpose for her to find and live for.

    As for me, I am now traveling the world with a trusted companion, spreading copies of this interview, and working on a new project of my own, of which no details will be provided for now.

    -End-
     
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