Rise waited for a response.
She tilted her head, "Don't tell me you thought that we could handle this on our own without dying in the process? Narrating something as big as this takes a lot of energy, which is why its preferable to have at least 10 story tellers, and to use Stonehenge to hone our powers."
She shook her head, "The story tellers have been apart for too long."
"We still need to do the calling. Hatchet, Rise, can you go and do what you can to slow it down? I'll start the calling, unless you, Rise, think you can do the calling better." she said.
The creature slowly made its way across the open space at its slow, lumbering pace.
"I think it might try to destroy Stonehenge." Degari gasped.
"Finally some action! I've got this, you handle the magic stuff!" he shouted and drew his claymore.
He charged towards the Black Dragon with blinding speed and bounded into the air
"HAAAAAAA!!!!" he roared and brought his blade down.
The dragon shielded itself with its wing.
Rise felt the blade slice through the dense skin and bone and then the small membrane, and finally come free.
The dragons wing had been severed, and black blood poured out of the massive gash.
It swung its head around and openened it, a blue flame came out of it's massive maw and headed towards Rise. He used his claymore to block. The dragon, still breathing fire, swung its tail around and clubbed Rise, some of the spikes going through his stomach.
Rise screamed in pain as things became blurry. He was sent through the air to impact into a tree.
Then he saw Hatchet attack the beast.
Using the last of his strength Rise threw the blade at full speed, which impacted into the Dragons chest. It was still alive.
"D-damn it.." he said, and collapsed into unconsciousness.
Standing in the middle of Stonehenge, she stretched out her arms and began the calling.
Magical waves burst from her in rings, spreading around the world in a ripple-like effect. The waves carried a message, calling for the intended to gather at Stonehenge.
But a few others felt the calling, and came as well.
When she finished, she was that Hatchet was fighting, and that Rise was on the ground, bleeding.
Cursing, and filled with blind rage, she narrated a single lightening bolt to strike from the ever-cloudy skies to the dragon, stunning it.
In that moment, she shape shifted into as powerful a dragon as she could manage with such low energy and leapt to its neck, cracking its scales and digging into its flesh with her fangs.
The dragon was wild with pain, rage and confusion, and it started to heat up.
It was going to burst into flames to destroy Degari.
With a final burst of energy, she drew back a taloned paw and struck it down, using magic to turn her claws into sword-like blades, slicing the half the dragon's neck.
Hatchet dealt out the last strikes to the still living, but much weakened dragon as Degari dragged herself to Rise's side.
She managed to heal the largest wounds and slow the bleeding before collapsing from exhaustion.
'If there are other story tellers in the world, they would hear the calling and gather, and it wouldn't matter if I wasn't able to help.' Degari thought, falling into darkness.
[Edited by Degari, 4/9/2010 6:36:01 AM]
"We can't have our story tellers dying now can we." he said with a grin, drawing two glowing daggers in his hands and charging quickly at the dragon.
The world. She had no right to let her soul fall apart just yet.
With an effort, vision blurry, she woke up and reached for the stone hanging from her neck.
Energy swirled in the stone, like an ocean of light. She absorbed enough of it to awaken, sit up and her vision to strengthen.
Hatchet and a humanoid wolf were fighting the dragon. Its movements grew more and more sluggish, it would die soon.
Beside her, Rise lay covered in his own blood. With a few more words, and taking some energy from her stone, she managed to heal the last of his major wounds.
"Get up," she murmured, poking him, "get up you lazy bugger. Use your stone to give you enough energy to replace your blood. The world isn't safe yet."
Slowly, she struggled to her feet and poked Rise again.