Time Lords and Wizards...

(Cover by Aldrin Rogue)
"Hello Doctor, I'm the wizard who's saved your life four times so far. Nice to meet you"
The Doctor is a the last of a race called the Time Lords, from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterboros. He's over 1000 years old and likes to travel through space and time saving the universe. And he doesn't believe in magic. That is until a wizard saves his life from a manticore, a magical creature that seems scientifically impossible.

The Nameless character is my property and so is the form of magic used in this story, which I have taken from a novel I am writing (not on Movellas). The Doctor Who references and Characters, etc belong to the BBC. This story is not made for profit, merely for fun. If any copyright infringement has been caused by me in this Movella, please notify me BBC and I shall edit the infringement out. If anyone wishes to use any of the characters that are my property, then please ask me beforehand. Thanks


8. Aches and Pains

I woke up with the noise of an alarm blaring in my helmet, to find that someone was dragging me along the ground. The head up display was warning me that there was an alarming amount of poison in my bloodstream, and that what was dragging me along the ground was a dragon. I sighed in relief. I hadn't been captured. That was good. I ached all over, and the area around my stomach, where the Zygon had fired most of the stings, felt like it was on fire. My mind was still foggy, and my vision somewhat blurred. I tried to stay as still as possible, and focus my mind. I took a few slow breaths, and my thoughts started to become clearer. When my vision cleared, I realised that the display was warning me of a Skarasen dragging me along the ground, not a dragon.

I readied myself, and used the head up display to check if anyone else had been captured. No one else was being dragged along with me. I had probably been found by the Zygons before the Doctor and the rest of the team could get to the bottom of the mountain. There was a team of ten Zygons and two wizards escorting the Skarasen. I wasn't going to be able to get rid of the poison in my system here, so I needed to break away from the Skarasen and get to safety. According to the suit, I had a few hours before the poison started doing serious damage, but if the poison kept going at the rate it was at, I would lose consciousness in an hour and a half. I could see the cloud-covered sky above me, and feel how my legs dragged along the rocky ground. We were going slowly, giving the impression that the Skarasen was having trouble dragging me with my armour on, they were expecting an ambush, or they wanted to keep me more or less intact to take my form later.

When I was sure I could get away without too much trouble, I made my move. I punched the Skarasen's tail (which was what was holding me) with all the strength I could muster, and I heard the sickening crack as it was punched away from my body. I jumped to my feet, and suddenly felt the burning in my gut increase. I resisted the urge to scream in pain, and tried to run, but the pain was too much. I had to get that poison out of my system.

"HE'S AWAKE!!!" shouted one of the wizards, throwing a fireball at me.

I batted away the fireball, and watched as the Zygons turned the Skarasen so that it would attack me. I fired bolts of energy at my would-be capturers from my right gauntlet, whilst clutching at my stomach with my left. I was struggling to breathe, and the pain was starting to cloud my mind. I tried to fly, but I couldn't go fast enough to get away. I had to get high up, into the clouds if I wanted to fly away. I still had lightning inside me, and the spell I had used to get it was still active. All I needed to do was focus enough to be able to thunder-jump. I started getting hit with fireballs, and Zygon stings started pinging off my armour. I opened fire on my attackers again, hoping to fend them off long enough for me to get away.

Too late I realised that the Skarasen wasn't there. I heard growling behind me, as the attackers backed away. I turned, and saw the sharp teeth of the Skarasen, inches away from my face. Instinctively, I ducked under the Skarasen's head as it lunged at me, then caught it under the jaw with an uppercut, and as I hit it, a lightning bolt struck my hand, through the Skarasen, and we thunder-jumped up to 30000 feet above the path we were on before. The Skarasen whimpered, confused by the sudden change in its surroundings. I would have laughed if the sudden use of power hadn't caused a spasm of pain, this time, I did scream. My suit reacted before I did, redirecting energy to slow the fall. The Skarasen sped past me, making a noise that was halfway between a roar and a whimper. The pain subsided just enough for me to be able to move again, and I took control of my fall, positioning my body so that I fell more slowly, towards the other side of the mountain. From 30000 feet, I would have about three minutes before I hit the ground if I stayed in freefall. I was going to have to use it well, because the poison was starting to affect me more, and I knew I would lose consciousness in not a lot of time. I had to find a place where I could stay long enough to rid myself of the poison and recover.

It took about a minute of my freefall time, but I just managed to spot Aigaion as he slipped into a cave, probably to keep the rest of the team protected. I straightened my body, keeping my arms to my side and my legs straight above me. This caused me to accelerate downwards, but allowed me to go straight towards that cave on the other side of the mountain. I realised with only about ten seconds left that I wasn't going to be able to get there without hitting the top and side of the mountain. I used a tiny amount of power to adjust my fall, getting another spasm of pain, less intense than the last one, but not by much. I just managed to avoid colliding with the tip of the mountain, instead rolling down the side. Needless to say, the pain made it way more difficult than it should've been, and it only got worse as I tried to slow down my roll. The rocky terrain I was on didn't help either. I landed on my back, just outside the cave. The poison was starting to make even the most basic movements agonising. I forced myself to get up, and struggled into the cave. Luckily, I didn't have to create a light, there was already a fire inside the cave. Four faces turned to look at me as I collapsed, and I felt Clara and Aigaion rush over to help me get up.

A new set of diagnostics came up on the head up display, indicating that the exertion had accelerated the poison's effects, and I had halved the time it would take for me to lose consciousness. I acknowledged the diagnostic, and willed the armour to come off. The different components of the suit dropped off my body, as my breathing started to become more and more erratic. The Doctor scanned me with his sonic.

"He's got enough Zygon venom in him to kill twenty people easily," he said, shocked, "the Zygon must've got him with at least ten full powered stings to put this much venom in his system. There's nothing I can do for him."

"Just put me down over there, and stand back," I groaned, "I think I can burn it out."

"Wait, no," Kate almost shouted, "you don't know what that will do to you. The exertion could cause the venom to kill you faster."

"I know what I'm doing," I tried to smile, but it became a grimace as I took off my cloak, and the pain spiked up again.

I concentrated on my body, knowing I had only one shot at this. I still had lightning inside me, along with half a dozen active spells I could use, but only one was going to help, one spell that I always kept active just in case. I focused the energy inside me, and concentrated on my aura. Auric energy is thought to be pure energy, not many wizards use auric magic directly, but those that do use it (like me) have an almost infinite number of things they can do with their auric energy. Turning it into my body and burning out poison or making the body reconstruct wounded body parts was one of them.

"Right," I groaned, as my blue aura started to appear, "you may hear some screaming in a minute, but don't worry, I should be fine."

Too late, Kate realised exactly what I was going to do, and rushed towards me.

"No, stop, it's too dangerous," she screamed, "let me heal you instead. Don't do this. The pain alone could kill you!"

I was now encased in dark blue energy, and I turned it into my body. I tried to concentrate, to guide the energy to destroy the poison in my body. As the energy flowed into my body through my pores, it seared every cell it touched. My body started to glow, and it blazed with the blue energy of my aura going through it. The pain was unbelievable, imagine the most excruciating thing you can think of, now imagine that pain being twenty times more intense, and happening to every cell in your body at the same time, for what felt like a hundred years. If you can imagine that, then you're close to what getting rid of that much poison feels like. I screamed, and screamed, and screamed, and kept screaming, as the poison burned, and my cells overloaded with pure energy.

In that cave, in front of two humans, a dragon, and a Time Lord, I screamed, and they stood, and guarded me while I was at my most vulnerable, and at the weakest I had ever been. If I lost myself to the pain now, I would be failing them, and I couldn't let myself do that. I couldn't stop screaming, but I couldn't stop the process now, if I did then I would be killed, either by the poison, or by the excess energy. So I kept going, fighting through the agony, until I had destroyed all the poison in my system.

Eventually, the agony subsided to pain, and that dissipated to exhaustion. Not magical exhaustion, but physical. It takes a great deal of physical endurance to undo all the damage done by so much poison in that amount of time. I wasn't even sure how long the poison had been in my system before I had managed to get to the cave, probably about an hour or two. I forced my eyes open, and I saw the energy of my aura still working around the area where I got stung. The poison was gone, and small wounds such as sting entrances don't take a lot to heal, and are relatively painless. At least there was something that didn't hurt about the healing process. I looked at the wounds, which were red and raw, like recent burns, and placed my hand over them, channelling the energy to heal. Two seconds later, the wounds were gone, and as I had no more poison in my system, the pain became a mere memory.

I staggered towards the mouth of the cave, where everyone was keeping watch. The first thing I noticed was that the girls had tear tracks down their faces, and Aigaion was looking ashamed of himself. The Doctor seemed to be in a dark mood, trying to comfort Clara, but not really believing what he was saying. As soon as Clara saw me, she ran at me and hugged me, or rather tackled me to the ground, sobbing.

"Hey, hang on a minute," I tried to say, "I'm ok, a little weak, but ok."

"You were screaming so loudly, I thought you were dying," she sobbed, "I couldn't take it."

"I'll be fine, I just need some rest. What's wrong with Aigaion and the Doctor?"

"They're both blaming themselves, thinking that they should have seen this coming. They started planning some sort of rescue when we found the dead Zygon and not you. It was impossible to tell who was angrier out of the two, Aigaion was saying something about having failed his purpose, while the Doctor was muttering about how this kept happening to his friends. I think I was more scared of them than the Zygons with their wizard friends."

"Well, I'm fine now," I said, trying to reassure them, "I just need to rest a bit. I exerted a lot of strength eradicating the poison, and taking all that punishment. They actually got the Skarasen to try and drag me away. Speaking of which - Doctor, can Skarasens survive 30000 foot drops?"

"I dunno," he  said, still in a dark mood, but sounding more curious, "I've never seen that happen, or even heard of it happening before."

"Well," I said, "today's the day we learn, isn't it?"

"What did you do?"

"I thunder-jumped as I punched it, so when I went up to 30000 feet, so did the Skarasen. Skarasens can't fly though, so I assume it just fell."

"With any luck, that gives us one less Skarasen to worry about," said Aigaion. He sounded angry, and I could tell he wanted to fly over and smash that spaceship to pieces.

"Where's Fergus?" I asked, noticing his absence.

"He went back to the outpost, to see if he could get some help to come over," Clara answered.

"That's not likely to happen," I said, "chances are that, even if he mentions the deaths and my disappearance, we won't get help for a while. What did you do with the carriage?"

"We've got it here, in the cave."

"Good, I need to check it over. I'm not so sure the thing in the crate is safe."

I went to the carriage, which was parked deeper in the cave. I noticed that the top had been damaged, probably when the carriage was brought inside. Thankfully, the crate was undamaged, so I carefully dragged it partially out of the carriage, before Aigaion picked it up, and set it down on the floor for me, next to a fire so I wouldn't have to create a light. The crate was easy to take apart, even without magic. What was inside the crate - that was what really made things complicated.

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