The Civil War of Annesia

The kingdom, once a beautiful and prosperous land, has fallen. Thousands of years of unrelenting war has shattered it into three new lands, and their history is all but forgotten. The now ruined capitol of the kingdom of old has been found, and myth claims that it holds a gemstone so powerful, one kingdom could destroy the others, and rise up to become the most powerful in existence.


6. Rest

    It had been three hours, and Saeflod was starting to regret making his trip. I'm gonna die of exhaustion before I even get a chance to fight a Hierdelician! He would soon reach the ever-shifting border that Styrenesia shared with Hierdelicia. His whole body was sore, because of the fact that he lived in the base that was meant for dealing with Thaelbracuna, putting him much farther from his destination.
    He decided to stop to rest before he reached the border, so that he would be alert and ready for encounters with the patrols that he would inevitably come across. Using his wand, he drew water from the reserve flask in his bag.
    Remembering a game he used to play with his friends in his early years of magic training, he tried to levitate it into his mouth, and found that he couldn't. Wow, I really am exhausted! He had always been the best at it, so failing now showed just how much his mind was losing its edge from fatigue. Refusing to accept defeat, he tried again, focusing on the water, willing it to maintain the correct shape. This time, he did it perfectly. He sighed, relieved.
    He drew more water from the flask, and used it to wash the sweat and filth from the day, levitated it in a sphere away from his body, and let all of the dirt fall down to the ground, a trick he had picked a long time ago. Man, I love doing that! Then, he willed the water back into his flask, closing it.
    Using his amulet to attune to the sapphire embedded into his wand, he checked the energy levels in the jewel. It was already depleted to about three quarters of its maximum. Dang! The crystal in this is terrible. I should try to limit my magic usage, so I don't run out.
    He rifled through his pack, searching for the reserve crystal. I don't have time to wait for my wand to charge the usual way. How did that spell go? He remembered being told about a way to use his own will to accelerate the process of magical diffusion, but he still hadn't quite mastered it.
    He attuned his amulet to the larger crystal,  like he had with the wand. He could sense the magic within it, somewhat similarly to how he could with water itself. Maybe it's like levitation?
    Imagining that the magic was water, he used the amulet to pull a bit it of it out of the crystal. The magic levels of the first sapphire fell slightly, and the air was energized.
    He struggled to maintain his concentration. Abstract things are harder to focus on! He lost track of the magic, and it dissipated into the atmosphere around him. Darn it, don't get distracted by other thoughts!
    He repeated the process, and this time, he linked into the wand as quickly as he could. Next, he tried to force the magic into the wand. He barely managed it, but he did it. Yes!
    Now, he did it again, but with much more magic. Saeflod began to sweat, barely able to keep up with the larger amount of energy. He lost the energy again. I'm not giving up!
    After another attempt, he was at last successful.

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