Act 5 Scene 8
Shendelzare marched down a tunnel of polished marble lit by numerous magical torches. Her armoured greaves clicked against the cold hard floor. She greeted the wardens on patrol. Her aide was beside her, holding a sheaf of papers and reading from them.
"Mistress. I fear that the Wardens are are not happy with the imprisonment of Warden Mortred. They have been making violent protests. I fear that they may resort to assassinating you very soon."
Shendelzare bit her lip, her brows furrowed and her left foot made a clicked hard on the ground.
"Who are these people. I thought that we have support of all the Wardens."
"Those dissenters are mostly those die-hard supporters of your sister, Mistress."
Shendelzare bared her teeth for a brief moment, before a mask of authority descended over her face. She waved at the warden.
"Arrest the ringleaders. Put them all into prison. They will take this time in prison to think which Head Warden will they obey. My sister or I."
The warden gave her a toady smile, "A Warden lives to serve the system. Not to destroy it."
"Indeed. I'll take that and the reports you have." Shendelzare spoke as her feet turned her left and went to her office.
Shendelzare Silkwood was ready to bury it away. She kept the sheaf of papers. Dentention forms for Terrorblade and Mortred. Her underground office felt like this some days. A place where good or evil are being subjugated by paperwork. The paper tyrannizes good and evil.
She had bypassed one of the few administrative officers working at the line of appeals. The Luigi family had a son who murdered someone's daughter were appealing against the judgment. As fate would have it, the ven Fentress family also sought to appeal against the judge's light sentence of the murderer of their uncle. It was ugly.
"There will be order here, if you want to fight, stop wasting my time and go to the back of the queue."
She superciliously ordered them out of the queue and carried on stamping and signing forms.
Shendelzare averted her eyes and quickly browsed through the Detention Orders.
-also known as Terrorblade. Detained indefinitely. Indefinite interrogation. Execution on a later undetermined date. Approved.
Signed, Head Warden Shendelzare Silkwood. Counter Signed, Prophet Furion Stormrage
Mortred Silkwood, previous Head Warden. Detained indefinitely until review of case. Indefinite Surveillance. Approved.
Signed, Head Warden Shendelzare Silkwood. Counter Signed, Leshrac Keeper of the Grove. Ezalor Archmage of Dalaran and High Delegate to the Kal'dorei.
she heaved a heavy sigh and filed those papers away.
There was a rap on the door.
"Mistress. You would not believe it. He's awake."
she rose up, her eyes shining.
Then she ran.
Shendelzare burst into her room. There was a figure on her four poster bed. His back faced Shendelzare. Looking out there somewhere. The servants surrounded him and tried to push him back to bed.
She threw her hands around him and wept.
Trembling hands reached up to hers and clasped them.
His voice was dry and raspy, "Shendelzare..."
"Shh...Don't speak now," she cried and locked her embrace tighter.
"Everything will be fine. everything will be fine," she whispered fiercely to Magina. Trying hard to believe her own words.
Then his words came back to her. "Shendelzare... I can't see where you are. It's so dark here."
Disbelief battered Shendelzare. She broke out of the embrace and took a good look at his face.
They were a shell of his former glory. Once handsome, now gaunt and thin. Long wispy strands of hair cascaded down his face.
Then she saw his eyes, it was blank and vacant.
She waved in his face thrice, biting back her horror. He did not even flinch. His eyes were still blank and vacant.
Magina was at the manor of an Kal'dorei healer. One of the few who specialized in rehabilitative healing. Galenus Hippocrates was a druid famous for his poultices and regime of massages and exercise that boasted swift recovery. Fame has its price. His patient lists are longer than a snake and his prices cost a fortune. Furion arranged for Magina to go to Galenus. In hours, Magina was in the manor and recuperating.
"Galenus would fall head over heels just to get famous Magina Stormrage as a patient. What is more," one of the assistants bent over to whisper into her colleagues' pointy ears, "Furion himself asked a favour from Galenus in person. You never saw that old man bend over so quickly before."
They burst into giggles.
"Yeah. So are the whole team of Turks are being discharged just like that?" the nurse snapped her fingers. "They have one more physiotherapy scheduled."
"Galenus' orders. What difference does one session make? I was never really fond of human assassins."
"Shhhhhh. Not too loud. I heard that their boss runs business empire of cutthroats...that red-haired high elf dreamy look and such a handsome name. Rufus."
"Ooo...you are scaring me."
Shendelzare watched the two Kal'dorei who were covering their violet visages with their hands in their mirth. Her face was dour.
"Such a mindless gaggle," Shendelzare thought imperiously. Then, an assistant healer came up to her, dressed in white.
"Mistress Silkwood, He is at the gymnasium doing his excercises."
The healer led her to the gymnasium, a brightly lit room stacked with many different railings and mirrors and weights. It took Shendelzare quite some time to locate Magina.
"Master Magina made it very clear that no one is to disturb him," the assistant healer advised Shendelzare.
Up down Up Down. Atrophied muscles strained hard, pushing against weights. Pain-streaked bones held up a wobbling figure. Sweat glistened around his forehead.
Suddenly Magina slipped.
One of the healers gripped him by his arms.
"You have to slow down, Magina. You are tearing your muscles beyond repair. You also need to adjust to your lack of sight."
Magina turned his face towards the healer blindly. His sightless eyes gazing everywhere. His face was earnest.
"Healer, give me a few hours more to train. I think I'll recover my ability to walk by a day. Then in two days I'll run. Then In one week I'll be able to enter active service again."
Shendelzare bit her nails watching Magina. The young handsome elf was not willing to rest.
Not sure if he was blind to his circumstances or really blind.
Shendelzare rested her head against the wall and shut her eyes.
There was no reason. Magina's eyes were not damaged. Why did he suddenly go blind? Was it because of his head injury? The healers had examined him and they pronounced that his eyes were working fine.
Except that he is not able to see a thing.
Magina's blind eyes met hers. it was almost as if he could see her in pain. But it couldn't be. Magina was blind for crying out loud.
She bit back a cry. Magina hated sympathy. He hated being pitied.
The prayer rooms in the Temple of the Moon Goddess were seldom occupied at dusk. Night Elves preferred to sleep in the day, conducting their activities in the night. One night elven devotee was there praying. Dressed in a simple white gown, she was kneeling and praying. Her body rocking as she did.
Suddenly, Shendelzare got off her knees, bearing a measure of peace in her heart. She turned, ready for her purification rites when-
A messenger came to her. Dying sunlight reflected off the crest of the Silkwood Family. Shendelzare welcomed the diminutive Kal'dorei. The young elf went down on one knee and placed her hand over her head and heart and placed it in front of her. A customary greeting. Shendelzare clasped it and raised her up.
"Mistress, the healing druid had pronounced that Magina had recovered."
Shendelzare sighed in relief. Magina took one month to recover, while others would have taken months to recover. Her prayers were not in vain.
"Praise Elune. What has he been doing? I am so busy with the prosecution of Terrorblade and my sister I had very little time to see him."
"He is asking for his brother."
"The servants did not divulge anything did they?"
"They did not, as per your orders madam."
"Good. He can't handle all the truth now."
"Mistress, I have to report that Magina is obsessed with regaining sight."
"He contacted a few demon hunters. And consulted druids. I fear he is too desperate. He may do something rash."
A Field Guide to Demons, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
By Purist Thunderwrath
On the Matters of Ritual Blinding.
Ritual Blinding is a known practice to a certain occult group known as Demon Hunters. Through a series of rituals, they blind themselves with the claw of a Demon. This is to gain what they call Spectral Sight. The ability to see all manner of spirits and foul sorceries. Some of its practitioners describe it as light reflecting off of objects allowing the Demon Hunter to navigate unhindered. Beings (namely Fel Users and Demons) shine a radiant assortment of colors making them easy to detect even when disguised. While the demon hunters dedicate their lives to eradicating demons, one cannot help but wonder if they have become the demons themselves.
He was back on his feet and ready to take the next step.
Something consumed him. An obsession.
He wanted to see again.
He needed to fight back the asphyxiating darkness. Put some light back into his world bereft of sight. He wanted to see her face again.
After the thrill of defeating another battery of rehabilitation test, he wanted to get on his feet again so badly. So badly that he called for the commander of the mages to visit him with his reports and the date of his return.
The commander was kind. Constantly telling Magina to rest and take things easy. Magina heard the commander leave the hospital room. he heard a few more footsteps and Shendelzare's voice began to urgently ask him many things.
"He's not likely to rejoin the force after this. We don't accept blind people."
"Not so loud! He might hear."
"It is all fine Head Warden, I've closed the door behind me."
They thought he could not hear. Tears crept into his eyes and his hands balling up so tightly. He was glad that they could not see.
There was a click on the door and a perfumed smell. Harried breathing. Shendelzare.
"Magina, you look well." Her voice was strained.
"I'm getting much better. Did the force commander say anything to you?"
There was a pregnant pause.
"Nothing much." She hastily changed the subject, "You look much better already."
"That is good news. That is good news."
Then he heard crying.
He gritted his teeth in anger. Then he channelled that anger into his concentration.
Burning candles were set on intricate arrays. Magina was deathly quiet. He ran through the patterns of the ritual in his mind over and over too many times. He knew how it must and will be done. He picked up a dried up demon claw.
He raised it up to his face and muttered words of power. Power derived from the evil. Demonic voices began chanting in his head. In their mad orchestra of shrieks, they promise the pleasure of sight. The promise of power.
He drove it in.
Everything about him exploded in blinding light.
There was a woman's scream. Shendelzare.
"DDamn yyou SShendelzare... DDamn yyou...
" the woman cursed.
Magina flailed against the drowning darkness. He had no body. Only consciousness.
"AAre yyou aawake TTerrorblade?
" the woman spoke with scorn.
He must see. He must see what is happening
Suddenly, all about him, his darkened world began to lighten and everything took glows of their own.
He was in a deep underground cell. Huge bars kept him in. He tried to move. But he was chained so heavily, there was no escape.
"S-So...t-this i-is h-how t-the m-mighty T-Terrorblade e-ends u-up. B-Blind a-and l-languishing i-i-in a s-shared c-cell with me-e.
This was too real to be a dream.
Suddenly he was dragged by some unseen force. The screech of a thousand raking nails speared his ears. His eyes snapped open as Magina howled.
Magina was suddenly jolted out of his trance. He lay sprawled on the cold stone floor.
They suddenly flared blue with power. Unmistakably, he could see spectral light reflect off Shendelzare's soft and feminine face.
Her response was a harsh flurry of kisses. Magina accepted them.
His hands instinctively grasped her arms and pushed her back. His magical eyes were alive with azure chaotic fury.
"Where is my brother?"
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