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PROLOGUE  The imperial cruiser floated gracefully through the vast blackunderbelly of the universe. Now and again, it woul...
Of course, this was old school. Nowadays the number of stars itcontained measured a universe’s success and clusters were t...
meteor protection, earthquakes, flooding, volcanoes, globalwarming… somewhat similar to its own failed attempt very earlyi...
maybe a gold watch. It did not fear the end anymore, although itwondered if there was a heaven for universes.  The end wou...
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Eye of the Gods                        CHAPTER 1   A tense atmosphere prevailed with six anxious figures staring atthe blu...
Igor Swann Some fizzing did occur, but alas no pop. He had to settle for a rerun of the events of the last fewmonths.     ...
Eye of the Gods                      CHAPTER 0.01   A thunderous laughter rolled through the usually monastery-like halls ...
Igor Swann   ‘Kids,’ Laidin smiled. She did not have many opportunities tosmile anymore, or visit with her friends. Her mo...
Eye of the GodsTherefore, the creation of rules were solely to test the resolve ofthe open minded, and give these minds so...
Igor Swannprocess. This part of the brain took on its own personality, and ithosted all the new and special functions unlo...
Eye of the Godsand soul. She just wished she could tell him how much she adoredhim, but the circumstances always seemed in...
Igor Swanncourse had lived millennia ago, but the DNA traces wereunmistakable.   This made her the perfect candidate for F...
Eye of the Gods  ‘Mom, dad, you are back,’ Storm yelped and jumped intoAngel’s open arms.  ‘No, it’s just a mirage, we are...
Igor SwannBehind the magnate, a fleet of corvettes, freighters and fighterscluttered space and made it look seriously unti...
Eye of the Gods  ‘None of your business,’ the curt answer slammed into Angel’sears.  ‘Oh, but I am making it my business. ...
Igor Swann   Apparently, Skibladne’s legend had even reached this remotepart of the universe, and it might have increased ...
Eye of the Gods  His daughter, Shen, due to the lack of a better description,appeared among the party that now happily str...
Igor Swann   ‘I wonder where your dad is hiding. It is not like him to miss achance of a welcoming ceremony.’ Angel direct...
Eye of the Gods                      CHAPTER 0.02   Qren anxiously examined the long-range scanner console infront of him,...
Igor Swann  Qren hurriedly left the office.  Angel should be back by now, and I am sure Ricci would wantthis information, ...
Eye of the Gods  They reached Ricci where she impatiently waited for the shuttlefrom the cruiser.  ‘Where are they,’ she m...
Igor Swannbrought must have been very important for her to fight death forso long.’   ‘Can you save her?’ Ricci asked in b...
Eye of the Godsgrandparents of Laidin of the El. Since Elves got impossibly old,some even as old as a thousand years, Noon...
Igor Swann                     CHAPTER 0.03  A dark figure determinedly strode through the passagesbeneath what was left o...
Eye of the Gods   ‘We have not been able to locate the few Valk’r that escapedthrough the tunnels master,’ the second shap...
Igor Swann  The dark figure seemed to be thinking, which only increased theLamie’s anxiety.  Master is thinking of the cru...
Eye of the Gods                     CHAPTER 0.04   Noone addressed the council with deep concern clearly audible.   The Ar...
Igor Swann  Noone cleared his throat.  ‘Friends, I stand before you with a heavy heart as the bearer ofmost disturbing new...
Eye of the Gods   ‘Maybe they were genetically engineered,’ Guival proposed.   ‘Maybe,’ Noone acknowledged before adding, ...
Igor Swann  ‘Maybe they were left and forgotten there during the war,’Kirom suggested.  ‘More than two decades ago?’ Ricci...
Eye of the Gods  ‘You mean our races, separated by galaxies share a commoncreature of legend?’ Angel asked.  ‘Seems so my ...
Igor Swann   ‘You know how Norse mythology was born through the mindlink between Freyr who was here on Arken and his twin ...
Eye of the Gods   ‘The Valk’r warrior in the recovery ward may well be the lastsurvivor. I could not get a clear vision fr...
Igor Swann                     CHAPTER 0.05   The throne carved from solid stone stood in the middle of thehuge chamber. T...
Eye of the Gods   ‘What is taking so long?’ The Lamie master rasped the rhetoricalquestion. It knew no one could answer th...
Igor Swann   The memory started in a dark alley on a desperate night. Calmlyleaning against an old graffiti ridden wall, t...
Eye of the Gods  How can this be, she thought, we are much stronger thanhumans are?  Hunted for centuries they were only a...
Igor Swann  Bruxa felt relief that the demonic being had stopped deboningher. She knew however, that one answer not given ...
Eye of the Gods   She felt her body lift up until she stared into the completedarkness behind the eyeholes, her face hover...
Igor Swann                     CHAPTER 0.06   Gemmi did not attempt to hide the irritation clearly visible inthe bright su...
Eye of the Gods   Now, two decades later a new enemy threatened earth’sexistence. Reports have been coming in all morning ...
Igor Swann   The tailor did not welcome a visit from the little creature if it didnot have a matching outfit. Mostly becau...
Eye of the Gods  Gemmi felt like a crocodile with braces and she had a lot of foodstuck in them with no little plover to c...
Igor Swann                     CHAPTER 0.07  ‘Stop wasting time! We’ve got to go!’ Ricci yelled.  ‘Yes darling, but we sti...
Eye of the Godsmight now, after years of training under her mother, wield a semi-automatic rifle but he had the support of...
Igor Swann  He explained to her what happened.  ‘What? Did you have an extra bowl of stupid this morning, whydidn’t you ju...
Eye of the Gods   ‘We all agree,’ Phalin added, ‘but this was the wish of ourparents, and we must abide by their rule. The...
Igor Swann  The Elven princess made no threats; she did not need to. Feralknew that if he continued with this game, he was...
Eye of the Godsand that it must still resemble an ordinary blaster for the mostpart, able to fit a hip holster.   Feral su...
Igor Swann   ‘And where did you get this much Zellion from?’ he askedaccusingly.   Storm gave him a devilish grin, ‘oh scr...
Eye of the Gods   Shen levelled the weapon and the settings on the back seemedto adjust themselves until the target was cl...
Igor Swanngrinned while ducking to avoid a wild blow from Storm aimed athis head.  ‘So, Skibladne helped you design your w...
Eye of the Gods   Feral pretended to be deep in thought, ‘hmmm… I wonder if itcan make Storm’s mouth disappear. No. Nothin...
Igor Swann  ‘Unfortunately the cannon’s range is a lot less than themissile’s, but it packs a much bigger punch. You need ...
Eye of the Gods  ‘I think the prize for the perfect weapon should go to…’ shepaused for dramatic effect, ‘…Skibladne.’  Th...
Igor Swann   ‘I think that would be the right thing to do. They are far toodangerous,’ he teased, pretending not too notic...
Eye of the Gods  ‘I won’t forget, but for now these beauties are staying put,’ shehappily remarked with a smile forming in...
Igor Swann                     CHAPTER 0.08  The dark green clad figure stood in front of the huge mirror inthe throne roo...
Eye of the Godstheir age was indeterminable, it might have been a trick of thedim light.   ‘Why have you brought this huma...
Igor Swannenjoy torturing you very, very slowly, and if you die on me early I’llhave to follow you into hell to finish the...
Eye of the Gods   ‘Bruxa, if I wished to watch indiscernible shapes on a big screenI would have slaughtered a movie theatr...
Igor Swann   ‘Lamia knew about the gate. Zeus had told her of the world hecame from. He told her how he moved between eart...
Eye of the Godsgate, and the furies ensured that it would only open for Zeus andhis friends. Zeus was afraid that if the g...
Igor Swann   ‘Bruxa told me where in the story she ended, so I am here to tellthe rest,’ she hesitantly tried.   Still the...
Eye of the GodsCorycian Cave, where Typhon cut out Zeus’s sinews and stuffedhim in a leather body bag.’   <...>   ‘Unfortu...
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Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
Eye of the Gods: A Mindlord Novel by Igor Swann
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In a brief description of the most important events in earth’s recent history, the following facts were uncovered. Mythological gods are a reality, although they are allegedly extinct, and will most certainly be extinct if they do not shut-the-hell-up. Anal probing weather balloon pilots do not probe much, but they do participate in the occasional abduction. They subsequently apologized and promised not to do it again.
More significantly, historian had to reclassify elves, dwarves, mages, and size-changing blue monkeys under non-fiction, and blondes under ‘highly volatile, keep away from sharp objects if you know what is good for you.’
Nevertheless, in another epic tale, Angel and friends will attempt to save the universe and other stuff from dysfunctional deities, things with fangs, things without fangs and his impetuous wife all over again.

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  1. 1. “This book is dedicated to Lu-Ann, my inspiration for Ricci, who showed me that love in the hands of a master, did not invariablyproduce a stiletto through the heart; it remained equally suited to inflict blunt force trauma to the brain.” i
  2. 2. PROLOGUE The imperial cruiser floated gracefully through the vast blackunderbelly of the universe. Now and again, it would bounce aluckless asteroid into a planet or star, but for the most part, it didnot disturb the gentle constitution of the universe. Truthfully, the universe had hardly stirred from its everlastingslumber long enough to scratch the itch on its well-roundedexpanse before lulling back into eternal sleep. The universe dreamed. It dreamed of new beginnings and of timeless endings. It hasbeen here for an eternity and it was quite tired of it, eternityseemed to be taking forever. It used to fear the end; fear the day it too would reach criticalmass and, well, another big bang would follow. Only this time itwould be his internal galaxies plastered all over the canvass. Of course, other universes would take his place. There were always a few ready to experience singularity andexplode into being. It did not begrudge them this desire since he himself was one ofthem a few billion years ago. It smiled at the thought of howmany universes would be able to find a point for themselves inthe plasma soup he would leave behind. Clusters were of course the new buzzword, since manyuniverses were vying for a little bit of the canvass; but this specificuniverse still enjoyed space. It felt that even the tiniest star should have enough room togrow and spread its light. ii
  3. 3. Of course, this was old school. Nowadays the number of stars itcontained measured a universe’s success and clusters were theonly way to increase the number. Some planets were orbiting asmany as ten stars, if you could call it orbiting. A more accuratedescription would be a downhill slalom designed by a dementedherd of monkeys. The planets would be more like ping pong ballsthan a cradle to induce the creation of life, preposterous! The old universe thought about their lack of imagination withdisdain. It would seem all cluster designs came from the samebuilding plans, bought from the pedlar on the left upper corner ofthe canvass. Little wonder the life forms on these planetsdiscovered television before they discovered fire. The biggest diversity in planetary creation among the morecreative young universes would be if they changed the colour ofrocks from the standard grey brown. Some of the freethinking universes even went as far as to createpassion pink rocks, but unfortunately, when the primordial lifeforms reached the prebiotic beaches, this seemed to incite a stateof uncontrolled vomiting and subsequent death. After years ofuniversal enquiries on premature extinction, the courts ruled thatthe rocks were responsible. An injunction made them illegal on allplanets whose new life forms did not sport blond hair, said like alot and came with the standard Shih-Tzu accessory option. This universe had an even bigger problem with these newuniverses’ attitude to expansion. They had very little pride in their creations, using substandardmaterials in planetary development, which were sure to last onlya couple of millennia. Unstable tectonic plates, inadequate iii
  4. 4. meteor protection, earthquakes, flooding, volcanoes, globalwarming… somewhat similar to its own failed attempt very earlyin its existence, commonly occurred on these planets. Hehowever, might find absolution for these little mistakes, since hehad to use trial and error. He did not have blueprints or mentors. Alas, nobody seemed the care anymore. Most of the life forms did not even reach the evolutionary pointof discovering bungee jumping, bad hairstyles, and flower poweror sexy lingerie, the two being mutually exclusive. Even the earlydiscovery of divorce lawyers and fast food restaurants wereunlikely, before they woke up one morning with one final OHSHI… Through some good fortune and the female of the speciediscovering their vocal cords early in the evolutionarydevelopment, some prehistoric life shortly after discovering fireinitiated an emergency space exploration program. However,considering a parallel study on the ability to reproduce asexuallywould have been a very important point for deliberation had theyhad enough time… and silence, to think about this. Through careful analysis of the cave paintings several centurieslater, scholars have affirmed that a very accurate translation forthe thoughts leading up to this event had been. ‘We have to get away man, we have to leave before she findus… hey dude, don’t forget to pack the beer.’ Of course, the reproduction conundrum would never becomean issue, since they all gave up and died out in any event whenthe beer ran out… about T+42 minutes after liftoff. The ancient thoughts of the universe returned to the end. It hasseen its share of beginnings and now longed for closure, and iv
  5. 5. maybe a gold watch. It did not fear the end anymore, although itwondered if there was a heaven for universes. The end would be welcome relief from trying to keep thousandsof galaxies together. The universe sighed in its slumber and thought about its itch.The end would also be welcome relief from them… v
  6. 6. EYE OF THE GODS A Mindlord Novel IGOR SWANN vi
  7. 7. Eye of the Gods CHAPTER 1 A tense atmosphere prevailed with six anxious figures staring atthe blue planet slowly coming into view. The reason for theiranxiety would soon become apparent. ‘You said you would have a plan before we got here,’ a femalevoice belonging to a girl of around eighteen exclaimed inexasperation. ‘I know sis, and I am sorry. We will just have to play it by ear.’ The girl’s voice began to tremble. ‘It is mom and dad we are talking about Blade. We need a plan!’the young girl screamed in anguish. ‘Okay Storm, calm yourself, we will think of something. Justremember it is not only our parents that are in trouble,’ Blade saidglancing at the other worried faces looking to him for guidance. Bladin or as he preferred Blade, seemed out of his depth.S’tormindal unfairly placed the weight of this futile excursion onhis shoulders alone. He was barely older than she was, and in thegreater scheme of things, although he has on numerous occasionsmade a strong point of this fact; a few seconds mattered littlenow. #we are entering an orbital pattern around earth# Skibladnestated. ‘Thanks,’ Blade mumbled before plopping himself down in thecommand chair, absentmindedly scanning the blue ball hisparents used to call home. He squeezed his brain in the hope that an idea would pop out. Nothing, 1
  8. 8. Igor Swann Some fizzing did occur, but alas no pop. He had to settle for a rerun of the events of the last fewmonths. 2
  9. 9. Eye of the Gods CHAPTER 0.01 A thunderous laughter rolled through the usually monastery-like halls in the palace on Arken. The second sun had alreadypassed its highest point and was busy racing the first sun for thehorizon. It never won but always seemed to try. ‘He did what?’ Kirom asked with a grin still playing across hisbroad dwarven face. His waxed goatee forming a sharp point, andeven his usually bushy eyebrows somehow appeared less bushy,with most hair pointing in relatively the same direction. A strange blue creature answered his question. He had a metal-like sheen to him and seemed to be completely devoid of anyorifices. This would include mouth, nose, ears and other moreprivate protrusions and gaps. He was an Aesir, a race born into magic, which to them is asbreathing is to us. It is almost exactly like breathing to them sincethey had no way of sustaining their own life without the magicfield that constantly surrounded them. Through this magic field,they were able to eat, breathe and do many wondrous things. The blue creature projected his thoughts in an impish tonedirectly into the minds of the others. ‘He made Teral’s mindcom produce the voice of a femaleseductress in the minds of his crew on the cruiser. All hiscommands sounded like this raunchy woman of the night’s pick-up lines. The problem was that Teral was the only one that couldnot hear how his own thoughts were received and of course whythe crew were so cheerful in executing his orders,’ Guivalrepeated his earlier recount of events. 3
  10. 10. Igor Swann ‘Kids,’ Laidin smiled. She did not have many opportunities tosmile anymore, or visit with her friends. Her monarchical duties,as Queen of the El, better known as elves on earth, took up all hertime. She lived for these moments before the council meetings, ofjust sitting around talking nonsense with these two. She andKirom had a long history as friends. Together they had survivedmany adventures, with relatively insignificant survival ratings. However, after Guival joined the band, even going to a birthdayparty for children had a less than comforting probability of safeevacuation. The three of them stared dreamily to where the kids wereplaying a game of volleyball. Angel had taught them this strangelow-tech Earth game and the kids loved it. They watched as Blade and Storm both started pointing atFeral, obviously upset about something. Feral just shrugged andseemed to gesture that there were no rules against magic in therulebook. It would be hard going for anyone to convince him thatmagic is not a talent readily available to sportsmen on earth, butby the look of things, the twins were going to give it their bestshot. Throm, Phalin and Shen had taken up seats on the grassembankment next to the volleyball court. They patiently waitedfor this dramatic scene to reach a conclusion, and of course, it wasalways amusing the watch the twins gang up on Guival’s son. Feral seemed to have no objection in affording them everyopportunity to do this. He would readily provide one at everyopportune and inopportune moment. He believed that rules were merely guidelines of sorts, andwere there to provide stimulus for the more creative mind. 4
  11. 11. Eye of the GodsTherefore, the creation of rules were solely to test the resolve ofthe open minded, and give these minds something to keep busywith, so they do not get bored, and do something stupid. If no onewas going to break rules then what was the use of creating themin the first place? Nobody created rules for things that surelyneeded rules, like do not jump from the palace tower, or stratasurf in a meteor shower. No! Rules were there to protect theweak minded from having fun, and he would not stand for it. A familiar smoke trail from a ship’s ion engines appeared in thesky overhead. A very special ship called Skibladne. She was a oneof a kind wonder, with an inexhaustible fuel supply and capable ofridiculous speeds. However, the most remarkable feature of thisship is that it parked in another dimension. Similar to an earthvehicle’s immobilizer, Skibladne would shift into an uninhabitedparallel dimension with the press of a button. This button appeared on a gauntlet on the arm of the UGE lord,the ruler of all the UGE planets, and an earthling. The UGE lords,in their infancy, were abducted from earth and mind transformed,which gave them not only super human strength and speed, butalso changed their minds into arguably the most intelligent in theuniverse. The current UGE lord was an exception to this rule, as hisabduction occurred when he had been a full-grown man, after hispredecessor met with an unfortunate murder. Nevertheless, thisreluctant soul, luckily without too many side effects, managed tobecome the next UGE lord. One side effect is worth mentioning though. LOBE, the alter egohis mind created when it could not accept the transformation 5
  12. 12. Igor Swannprocess. This part of the brain took on its own personality, and ithosted all the new and special functions unlocked by the mindtransformation process. The UGE lord affectionately referred toLOBE as his migraine for which he could find no obvious cure, withthe exception of maybe a jackhammer or power drill. Angel discarded these options since he had grown somewhatattached to his brain. Even though in his early fifties, on Arken that would translate toabout his late thirties since an earthling aged slowly here. Heshowed slight greying areas around the temples but this just serveto make him look more regal. He stood almost six foot four in hisboots, and appeared well built thanks to the transformationprocess. His dark hair, and grey blue eyes that had a constantnaughty glint to them along with his well-chiselled face and broadshoulders made him a very attractive man indeed. Even the scarrunning from the corner of his right eye about a centimetre downhis temple, just made him more handsome, in a rugged kind ofway. His features, and the fact that he was mostly unaware of howattractive he was, made his wife quite protective over him.Especially when they visited the Valk’r, whom for obvious reasonsconsists of only female warriors. The fact that she instilled thefear of the gods in them seemed of little comfort to her. He had a very amicable personality and was friendly toeveryone he met, which his wife referred to as flirting and causehim to sleep on the couch in snoring earshot of her on manyoccasions. She just could not accept that she was the love of hislife, and no other woman on earth or otherwise, would ever peakhis interest in any way, form or means. He was hers, mind, body 6
  13. 13. Eye of the Godsand soul. She just wished she could tell him how much she adoredhim, but the circumstances always seemed inappropriate. Angel reluctantly became the leader of the free universe. Thisdid not mean he could not lead, or that he was not a great leader,he just preferred not to. Unfortunately, the Arks made this choiceon his behalf and he now occupied the position of ruler of theUnited Galactic Empire. A modest title, one he wore with suitablecontempt. The smoke trail gently curved towards the palace’s hangar bays.Both twins turned as one and started running towards it. Laidin sighed. ‘I suppose we should follow and welcome the UGE lord backfrom his vacation,’ she mentioned while pushing herself out of thedeck chair. Kirom nodded ‘I actually missed them.’ ‘So did I,’ Guival agreed, ‘I need new material for my comedyact and your cousin is always ready to oblige.’ He levelled this remark at Laidin to which she pulled a sour face.The cousin Guival referred to was Ricci, a former Valk’r warriorthat stole Angel’s heart. Ricci, even though mostly of human origin also shared anancestry with the El, Dwar and Aesir. Through a series ofcircumstances that you could describe as the universe actuallyhaving a sense of humour, the DNA of the most influential leadersof the three races had become a part of her genetics. She was a distant descendant of the dwarf Grand Master Thor,Sif queen of the Elves and Odin of the Aesir. These leaders of 7
  14. 14. Igor Swanncourse had lived millennia ago, but the DNA traces wereunmistakable. This made her the perfect candidate for First Princess of theUGE since she embodied all of the most powerful of the memberraces, and what an embodiment it was. Slim and graceful with green eyes that one could easily drownin and long flowing locks that seemed to be weaved from gold. Ittook every ounce of self-control from her dwarven friends toabstain from mining this. Her courteous royal outward appearance seemed a perfectcover for her less than highborn tongue. A tongue adorned withrazors, which could slice even the most hardened egomaniac intosuitably humble pie pieces. Everyone respected her, that was their story and they weresticking to it. On a live intergalactic poll that streamed tothousands of worlds, a brave presenter posed the question.‘Would anyone rather face the princess’s tongue or her blade,’the reaction had been an overwhelming no. The station inundatedwith exactly one response, which had been a wrong number andthe person begged the station not to let her find out he had calledin. Realizing what they did, the presenter and producer fled toanother galaxy. They are rumoured to have become monks in thechurch of the seven-day advertisers. This has become a verypopular belief, since it required you to be drunk constantly andpay penance when caught sober. The kids reached the hanger bay quite some time before therest of the entourage. 8
  15. 15. Eye of the Gods ‘Mom, dad, you are back,’ Storm yelped and jumped intoAngel’s open arms. ‘No, it’s just a mirage, we are actually still on Tigus Prime,’ Ricciquipped before adding, ‘now give me a hug before we disappear.’ Blade felt he was too old for hugs and should follow the moremature approach in greeting his parents. ‘Welcome back mother, father, hope you had a pleasantjourney.’ Angel grabbed him in a headlock and ruffled his hair. ‘Dad, don’t mess with the do,’ Blade exclaimed blushing. ‘My lord, welcome back to Arken,’ Laidin remarked as shejoined the family reunion. ‘I hope you had an uneventful return trip.’ ‘Yep, we even took Jormo-alley back, but without finding evenan ion trail of a pirate ship,’ Angel replied as Ricci pulled a sourface. There had been peace in UGE space for more than 19 yearsnow, with of course, the occasional skirmish or feud erupting, butthese never lasted long. A consortium might wish to flex its muscles and show who is incontrol of a sector. However, when the UGE showed their bulge inturn, the companies usually looked positively anorexic. Yet they still tried and since the UGE was in a word huge,sometimes they might even get away with it. On one suchoccasion, the only UGE ship in the problematic sector happenedto be Skibladne. She stood nose to nose with the mining magnate’s cruiser. Thismight not seem fair since the cruiser is to Skibladne as a dog is toa tick. Unfortunately, for the dog, this tick ate rhinos for breakfast. 9
  16. 16. Igor SwannBehind the magnate, a fleet of corvettes, freighters and fighterscluttered space and made it look seriously untidy. They were on their way to decolonize a planet, which had anunprecedented amount of Zellion. This precious metal was almostindestructible and very expensive. Some of the most expensiveships’ hulls had a thin plating of Zellion on their most criticalsections. Skibladne construction however, consisted of thisprecious metal in its entirety. The inhabitants of the planet were low-tech miners. They weremaking a decent enough living from the little Zellion theymanaged to excavate. Although they did not have the knowhowto mine the rich deposits quickly or in significant quantities, theywere aware that they could sustain their way of life for a very longtime. They did not intend to sell their means of generating an income,and the mining magnate did not intend to pay anything near a fairprice for the planet in any event. The magnate decided that they would simply decolonize theplanet. A cheap and easy solution and after all, who would know.It was not as if anyone would miss a few hundred colonists on aforgotten planet, among the hundreds of UGE controlled systems. Fortunately, not everyone in the magnate’s employment feltthe solution was that simple and informed the UGE of the plans.Time was however, a problem and the only ship in the UGE fastenough to reach the planet in time was the UGE lord’s. This was the reason why Skibladne stood alone and nose tonose with the cruiser. ‘And where do you think you are going?’ Angel asked. 10
  17. 17. Eye of the Gods ‘None of your business,’ the curt answer slammed into Angel’sears. ‘Oh, but I am making it my business. Shall I repeat thequestion?’ ‘Move out of my way UGE lord, or I’ll blast you into tomorrow.’ Angel smiled. ‘Battle mode,’ he said under his breath to Skibladne. #Battle mode engaged# Skibladne acknowledged in hersynthesized metallic female voice. A touch Angel’s predecessorsenjoyed even though it was possible to create a perfectlyreplicated human voice if they so wished. Skibladne instantly transformed into what you could describe asa porcupine having a bad hair day. Turrets sprang up all over theplace. Some of the weaponry the lady deployed was not evenrecognizable as anything that could exist in the current day andage. Others were arguable if they should exist in the now, and yetothers might never exist, and those who saw these swore theywere a figment of their battle stressed minds. Angel heard a gruff laugh over the mindcom. ‘Should I be scared? Maybe I should just make an example ofyou,’ the ignorant voice expressed. ‘You and what army exactly,’ Angel remarked while an innocentsmile played across his face. ‘Are you blind UGE lord? This ar…’ The mining magnate had theforesight to turn his scanners towards his fleet before continuing. ‘I think it would be best for all if I just go now and we forget thisunfortunate incident, huh?’ he relayed his apologies in a fearfulvoice. 11
  18. 18. Igor Swann Apparently, Skibladne’s legend had even reached this remotepart of the universe, and it might have increased in size in the fewminutes it had a standoff with the magnate’s cruiser. Themagnate’s entire fleet had turned and ran following Skibladne’stransformation into a very angry ball of weaponry, and itappeared painfully obvious that she knew how to use it. ‘That might be a one of your best ideas yet, and if I ever hearyour name again, I will personally come and wipe you from theface of the universe. Oh and from now on I will expect you to paytriple the asking price for the Zellion from this planet. And you willbuy their entire supply,’ Angel ended the conversation. Angel gave Skibladne a mental command to fire a small salvo atthe cruiser’s forward array, which completely obliterated theshields on the vessel. ‘Oops, sorry about that, wrong button,’ Angel laughed. The cruiser left in a hurry. The group walked towards the palace. A race called the Arkshosted the UGE lord’s dwelling. They were what earthlings fondlyreferred to as anal probing aliens. They discovered the mind transform technology. They were alsoresponsible for abducting the infants from earth, who possessedthe gene that made mind transformation possible. They lookedexactly like the pictures of aliens on earth would suggest, with thelong faces, thin bodies and huge almond eyes. They spoke like theAesir using telepathy since they had no vocal cords. Qren assumed the role of leader of the Arks. He was abenevolent creature, and close friend of the group now slowlymaking their way to the palace kitchen. 12
  19. 19. Eye of the Gods His daughter, Shen, due to the lack of a better description,appeared among the party that now happily strolled towards thepalace grounds. The reason for this hesitant reference to child was that the Arkshad long since lost the ability to procreate. The Ark engineersdeveloped a process whereby any Ark who wished to havechildren would submit their DNA. Through some technologicalmagic, a child artificially grew from this living DNA. There was however, a huge backlog since they had only onescientist. Qren had ordered Shen more than 50 years ago, but shewas currently aged only 19. The Arks distinguished themselves as a race of engineers, butunfortunately lacked the facility for creative, out of the boxthinking. They could re-engineer anything from existingknowledge. Their single scientist had been a complete anomalyand widely speculated that his parents were a little promiscuousand introduced some alien DNA into his triple helix. This lack of creative thinking though led to the abduction ofearthlings, since earthlings were the only creatures with a neuronstructure suitable for the mind transformation process. Thethought of abducting earthlings was widely accepted as the mostcreative thing the Arks had ever done. The Arks proceeded to convince the council, that with thesuperior intellect the human abductees possessed after the mindtransformation process, they would make the perfect rulers. Thus,the UGE was born and the UGE lord established as an earthling. The Arks now had a perfectly good creative genius at theirdisposal and they thrived. 13
  20. 20. Igor Swann ‘I wonder where your dad is hiding. It is not like him to miss achance of a welcoming ceremony.’ Angel directed this question atShen to which she shrugged. ‘I do not know my lord. He is aware that you were returningtoday. He mentioned this at breakfast this morning,’ she replied. ‘Oh well, I am glad that it is just our family and close friends thistime. He does seem to go over the top whenever we return froma trip,’ Ricci grinned. Shen seemed uncomfortable, which Angel noticed. ‘But we do appreciate all the trouble Qren goes to, and it doesmake us feel welcome here on your beautiful planet,’ he sincerelyadded to his wife’s comment. Angel looked up at the palace in front of them. It remained anawesome sight, with huge spirals and turrets made from shiningmetal. Enormous glass windows adorned most of the palace’sbattlements and steeples, shining brightly as they reflected thesetting suns. The party noisily made their way through the palace’s gardensand into the endless corridors that ran through the entire palacecomplex. Dinner preparation completed well in advance of their arrivaland the dishes stood waiting on the central table of the greatdining hall. ‘Good, I am famished,’ Ricci exclaimed with glee. 14
  21. 21. Eye of the Gods CHAPTER 0.02 Qren anxiously examined the long-range scanner console infront of him, with the image of a tiny ship clearly visible on thescanner. ‘How long ago did you say it appeared?’ he asked thecommander standing next to him. ‘Almost 10 minutes ago, sir.’ ‘And there has been no attempt at communication from thevessel yet?’ Qren inquired. ‘No sir, we have repeatedly tried to hail the ship but have so farbeen met with silence. We have dispatched a cruiser to interceptand lend assistance,’ the commander promptly replied. ‘Thank you commander, please keep me informed of anyfurther developments,’ Qren dismissed his commander. He knew the type of ship on the scanner well. The shipbelonged to the Valk’r, human female warriors sworn to protectearth. They reside on earth in a fortress known as New Valhalla.The Valk’r warriors were instrumental in the defeat of the Taur,when they tried to invade earth nearly a quarter of a century ago. What would one of them be doing coming to Arken? Hewondered, surely they would not send one lone ship on thisarduous journey, and what reason could there be for this surprisevisit? It was customary for the UGE to send a cruiser whenever theValk’r needed to visit Arken. This was simply because the journeytakes weeks and the Valk’r fighters are single seater spacecraft.They were therefore not suitable for such a voyage. 15
  22. 22. Igor Swann Qren hurriedly left the office. Angel should be back by now, and I am sure Ricci would wantthis information, he thought to himself as he hurriedly walkeddown the corridor. He stopped a guard to ask for the whereabouts of the royalparty, and unsurprisingly learned that they were currently in thedining hall. Qren picked up his pace. ‘Qren, I am so glad to see you,’ Angel beamed as he spottedQren enter the hall. ‘My lord, welcome back,’ Qren answered. Angel noticed the concerned undertone in Qren’s thoughts. ‘What is wrong my friend?’ he projected. ‘My lord, my lady,’ he said in turn facing Angel and then Ricci. ‘We have picked up a Valk’r fighter on our long range scanners.She seems to be alone and do not respond to our attempts atcommunication.’ ‘What?’ Ricci exclaimed anxiously. Ricci, once a Valk’r commander herself, still carried them closeto her heart. This news was worrying, and she needed to act. ‘My lady, we have dispatched a cruiser to intercept the fighter,and we are awaiting news of the rescue as we speak.’ His words still hovered in the party’s mind while a streak of golddisappeared through the mess hall doors, obviously heading inthe direction of the landing bay. ‘We should probably follow her,’ Angel remarked. He did not enjoy situations that would upset his wife, mostlybecause he loved her dearly, but also because he would surelybecome the target of her extensive arsenal of verbal munitions. 16
  23. 23. Eye of the Gods They reached Ricci where she impatiently waited for the shuttlefrom the cruiser. ‘Where are they,’ she mused, tapping her foot. ‘My lady, they are still a way off, but we could go to thecommunication room and see if there is any news,’ Qrensuggested. ‘Well, what are we waiting for?’ Ricci exclaimed and set offagain at terrifying speed. Angel shrugged and set off after his wife. ‘My lord, may I suggest the hover platforms,’ Qren noted. Hisfrail anatomy now quite exhausted after the first pursuit of theprincess. ‘Great idea Qren,’ Angel remarked as he dashed for one of thethree platforms silently floating in the corner of the hangar. The crowd piled onto the hover platforms and raced after Ricci.She anxiously spoke with the lieutenant in charge of thecommunication array by the time they arrived. ‘Apparently the girl is unconscious,’ Ricci explained when Angeland the rest entered the room. ‘She is safe at least, thank god.’ At least twenty minutes passed before the cruiser entered anorbit around Arken. The Ark medical team rushed the youngValk’r to the medical quarters, and gave her a full examination. ‘She is stable for now,’ One of the Ark healers gave hisprognosis. ‘She is covered in serious wounds that seem to havebeen made by animal claws and fangs. She lost a lot of blood.There is also a toxin in her system, which seemed to have inducedthis coma. It is a miracle she is still alive. Whatever message she 17
  24. 24. Igor Swannbrought must have been very important for her to fight death forso long.’ ‘Can you save her?’ Ricci asked in barely a whisper. ‘We will do what we can, but she might remain in this conditionfor a while still. We are working on an antidote for the poison,’the doctor answered her. Ricci sat in brooding silence. Angel softly walked up to her andput his arm around his wife, not knowing exactly what to say tocomfort her. The twins looked at each other while they sat on the staircase,the worry clearly visible on their faces. The silence madeeverybody uncomfortable. After what seemed to be a lifetime, Ricci suddenly broke thesilence. ‘We need to know why she came,’ she exclaimed throughpursed lips. ‘But how princess, she is unconscious, she cannot speak and herthoughts are not readable,’ Kirom explained the obvious. ‘I know,’ Ricci said gritting her teeth. ‘There is a way,’ Laidin softly helped with her customary regalconfidence. The party stared at her. ‘There is a way,’ she repeated her statement, ‘my lord,remember when you had your dreams of the Taur invasion ofearth?’ she asked. ‘Of course,’ Angel exclaimed, ‘Noone’s dream scanner.’ Noone was an alien, even to these aliens. He was old, very old,nobody knew how old exactly but he knew the great, great 18
  25. 25. Eye of the Godsgrandparents of Laidin of the El. Since Elves got impossibly old,some even as old as a thousand years, Noone had to be ancient. He was from an extremely advanced alien race that unwittinglyforgot him on Arken on their travels many millennia ago. 1 ‘So what are we waiting for?’ Ricci shouted, ‘bring Noone here.’ Angel turned towards the guard and quietly gave him a fewinstructions after which the guard rushed off to find the ancientbeing. When Noone eventually entered, he found Ricci impatientlystomping around the waiting room. ‘About time you got here!’ she growled when she saw his small,almost dwarf-like form and, as always, completely covered withthe dark robe. Nobody had any idea what Noone looked likeexcept maybe for Qren. Their friendship was unshakable,especially after the ordeal with the evil elf princess’s betrayal ofthe UGE. Noone did not respond and glided past her towards the patient.He did not care much for her uneducated tongue even though heremained quite fond of the hotheaded princess. ‘May we move her?’ he solemnly asked the healer, whilestanding next to the badly battered body of the young girl. ‘I am sorry, but the answer is no,’ the healer projected. ‘If she ismoved it would surely kill her.’ ‘Then I will need to bring my equipment here,’ Noone observed,‘I promise to cause her as little trauma as possible,’ he added forthe healer’s convenience.1 See Mindlord novel: Waking the Angel. 19
  26. 26. Igor Swann CHAPTER 0.03 A dark figure determinedly strode through the passagesbeneath what was left of the great New Valhalla. This used to bethe home of the Valk’r, and it disgusted every bit of the sleek formnow confidently strolling through its hallways. The once great halls lay in ruin. Irreplaceable contemporary artgathered through many centuries, littered the floor, in a display ofthe artistic faculty of a suitably sick-minded individual. The glorious dome that used to extend beyond the mountain,now remained as a tangled mass of shattered glass and steel. The corpses of both Valk’r warriors and unholy abominationscovered the marble floors. These horrors could not have been thework of evolution, since not even evolution could be that cruel. The ruins that were left of the Valk’r base usually took hundredsof years for Mother Nature, Father Time and Brother... Bear toaccomplish. It took mere minutes for this evil being and itsaccomplices. New Valhalla was no more. The ominous figure stood tall, radiating power and anunmistakable deadly demeanour. It smiled as it surveyed the dead. Another less impressive contour joined its victory marchthrough the once, as in about 10 minutes ago, extraordinarystructure. 20
  27. 27. Eye of the Gods ‘We have not been able to locate the few Valk’r that escapedthrough the tunnels master,’ the second shape hissed with afemale undertone to its voice. The words came from a deformed humanoid shape. Even though most of its parts were in the same position as ahuman’s, that is where the resemblance ended. She and her kind lived in sewers, caves or tombs andworshipped Lamia, an ancient princess from Greek mythology.Lamia had been the secret lover of Zeus, but when Zeus’s wifeHera found out about the affair, she killed all Lamia’s childrenexcept for Scylla. Lamia took revenge by destroying the children of others, anddrinking their blood. Her deeds were so cruel and terrible thatZeus turned her into a monster, with the head of an enchantressand the body of a snake. Her descendants, the Lamies, lived cursed as monsters andsustained their life through the drinking of blood. The stories of the Lamies gave rise to the legend of vampires.However, the tales that evolved, of beautiful creatures of thenight biting the necks of virgins, were a complete fallacy. AllLamies were female and horribly deformed creatures, whohunted during the night because it was easier to do so. They didhowever have fangs and claws, and preferred biting their victimsin the neck since the jugular provided the greatest flow of blood. This particular Lamie was at present cringing away from thedark figure, with whom she was desperately trying to keep pace. The terrible figure paused and turned towards her. She stood framed squarely in the gaze that emanated frombehind the frightening mask that adorned her master. 21
  28. 28. Igor Swann The dark figure seemed to be thinking, which only increased theLamie’s anxiety. Master is thinking of the cruellest way to remove Bruxa’s head,she thought to herself while fingering her neck. The evil gaze shifted and the figure seemed to shrug. ‘No matter, it is quite inconsequential in the greater scheme ofthings. They have served their purpose by dying quite amusingdeaths. Call back the search parties. We need to prepare for thenext phase of my plan,’ a hollow grating voice commanded theLamie. The voice sent chills down even this Lamie’s spine. She wouldnever get use to this voice with such pure evil and hatredembedded in it. ‘Immediately master,’ She hissed a reply, and hurriedly left. She rubbed her, neck relieved in the knowledge that itremained attached. 22
  29. 29. Eye of the Gods CHAPTER 0.04 Noone addressed the council with deep concern clearly audible. The Arks had hurriedly assembled the council, after Noonefinished the dream scan on the unconscious Valk’r. He had refused to tell the group what he found. Even after Riccithreatened to do unmentionable surgery to some of his privateanatomy, and promised to have the orbs, shining from inside hishood, mounted on her bedpost before nightfall. Noone wished for the entire council to be present before herelayed the images he found lurking in the Valk’r’s mind. The senate consisted of the leaders of all the member races ofthe UGE, which now included the Taur. After their surrender inthe battle for earth, and the overthrow of the bloodthirstydictator who instigated the whole mess, Angel allowed the Taur tojoin the UGE. The Taur currently prospered under the leadership of Tri’st, abenevolent Emperor of the Sa’t, a Taur sub species. The other pure blood races on the senate included the El, theDwar, the Aesir, the Ark and of course humans. The rest weremostly mixed races or minority species that enjoyed the UnitedGalactic Empire’s protection. Angel and Ricci sat at the head of the senate flanked by Laidinof the El and Kirom of the Dwar. Guival of the Aesir and Qren ofthe Ark sat on either side of them to form the top part of the dais.The only two empty chairs were those of Noone who wasaddressing the senate and that of the Valk’r who representedhumanity. 23
  30. 30. Igor Swann Noone cleared his throat. ‘Friends, I stand before you with a heavy heart as the bearer ofmost disturbing news,’ he started, but was cut short by Ricci. ‘Noone, you get on with it right now, or I swear I’ll…’ Riccistarted but broodingly stopped short when Noone raised his handand begged for silence. ‘The earth has been overrun by strange creatures that I havenot seen before. I have extensively documented all creatures onearth with the help of the Valk’r, but these do not appear in anyrecords,’ Noone explained. ‘How do these creatures look and what have they done?’Angel’s concerned voice interrupted him. Noone paused to gather the image of the creatures in his mind. ‘They are huge beasts with nine heads that look like what youcall snakes. From what I could gather from the images in theValk’r mind, they have been fighting them for a while. Thecreatures seem to be attracted to technological hot spots andthey destroy and kill everything in their path. They appear to bemindless monsters bent on destruction, but there seems to besomething guiding their madness. I gather from the images thatthe Valk’r have tried to find this source.’ ‘There are no creatures on earth with nine heads!’ Riccireproached Noone quite forcibly, ‘quite a number with two, butonly one allegedly has a brain, and usually they think with theother one.’ The senate snickered. Obviously, the species, even though removed by light-years,were not that dissimilar, however, they soon quietened downwhen they saw the look on her face. 24
  31. 31. Eye of the Gods ‘Maybe they were genetically engineered,’ Guival proposed. ‘Maybe,’ Noone acknowledged before adding, ‘since the imagesare placed directly into my mind, I cannot show you the animalsas they really are, but I have created a holo reconstruction of howI remember them.’ Noone activated a three dimensional hollow image on the smalldevice in front of him. The senate stared at the creature quite perplexed, everybodyexcept for Tri’st. Tri’st tried to lock on to a distant memory buried deep withinthe recesses of his mind, as he absentmindedly examined theimage. His eyes came into focus and he reached for his personalinformation centre, linked to the Taur Centre of Knowledge. He made a couple of intricate movements with his hands beforestaring at the console in front of him in disbelief. Tri’st raised his hand to be granted a turn to speak. Angel nodded. ‘My lord,’ he began, ‘our legends from forgotten times speak ofcreatures such as these.’ Angel turned his focus from the strange creature to Tri’st. ‘Excuse me?’ he said. ‘Yes my lord, I have found reference to them in our knowledgecentre.’ ‘I should have known these creatures were your doing! Did notdo enough damage the first time round huh?’ Ricci screamed. Tri’st appeared taken aback, and shocked at such allegations.‘My lady?’ he asked. 25
  32. 32. Igor Swann ‘Maybe they were left and forgotten there during the war,’Kirom suggested. ‘More than two decades ago?’ Ricci spat. ‘They could have been hibernating or getting their forcestogether?’ Kirom unconvincingly offered. ‘My friends, you misunderstood me. These creatures are fromlegends countless millennia ago from our home world. These arecreatures of myths, created to frighten Taur children. No onebelieves that they actually existed, but then again very few,except for aging scholars, remember that Evergal’t is not whereour species originally came from. Our home world and itslocation, is lost in the mist of time,’ Tri’st explained. ‘I don’t care if they are lost in the fumes of Taur shit, they areyour legends!’ Ricci spat. ‘Actually dear, that is not entirely true,’ Angel paused and tooka deep breath before continuing. ‘They are from our legends too. Those are Hydras as they arementioned in Greek mythology.’ The whole senate turned to stare at Angel. They were justabout to declare war on the Taur again, but now they were notentirely convinced anymore. ‘Tri’st just reminded me when he mentioned legends andmyths,’ Angel confessed. ‘You called them Hydras?’ Tri’st asked. ‘Yes. That is how they are called in Greek mythology,’ Angelconfirmed. ‘Well my lord, we call them H’dros, which seems too close to bea coincidence,’ Tri’st suggested. 26
  33. 33. Eye of the Gods ‘You mean our races, separated by galaxies share a commoncreature of legend?’ Angel asked. ‘Seems so my lord,’ Tri’st shrugged. The rest of the senate were still speechlessly trying to followthe conversation. ‘Actually…’ Angel started and then took a moment to thinkthings through, ‘there was something bothering me from thestart. You see everything I have found here comes from NorseMythology. The Norse gods like Thor, Sif, Loki and Odin. The Eland Dwar, all the weapons, even the Valk’r, everything is fromNorse Mythology.’ He paused. ‘The only part that did not fit on these worlds was the Taurraces. You see, Centaurs, Minotaur and Satyrs are all part of Greekmythology and not Norse mythology. Norse mythology nevermentions the Taur, but I never got the time to question why theTaur were here. Later on it never seemed to matter.’ He glanced at the confused faces in the senate. ‘Sorry,’ Angel apologized, ‘I forgot, you do not know ourmythology. Earth mythology does mention the Cen’t, Sa’t andMino’t, but it comes from a different set of beliefs to the one,which mentions the rest of the UGE races. I was puzzled by thissince the two beliefs had very little in common.’ ‘Okay so what?’ Ricci was in no mood for drawn outexplanations. ‘Because my darling, Hydras are from Greek mythology as well.’ ‘Okay still not following you,’ Ricci said. 27
  34. 34. Igor Swann ‘You know how Norse mythology was born through the mindlink between Freyr who was here on Arken and his twin sister onearth,’ Angel tried to explain again. ‘Yes, yes,’ Ricci rolled her eyes. ‘Well, I don’t think the idea of the Taur and Hydras were bornthrough a mind link. I think the Taur were actually physically onearth at some point, or they visited earth a long time ago. I thinkthe Hydras were on earth as well.’ ‘So you are saying they found a way back,’ Laidin spoke up forthe first time. ‘Or they were sent back,’ Angel theorized. ‘That is a viable theory,’ Noone confirmed. ‘So then we go to earth and kick their slimy behinds back towhere they came from.’ The green fires burned brightly in Ricci’s eyes now; she feltdangerous. A cheer went up around the senate chambers. ‘It is not that simple,’ Noone interjected when the crowdquietened down. ‘The Valk’r already tried that and failed. The creatures seem tomultiply exponentially.’ ‘Then we find the source, cut of its head and burn the woundclose,’ Ricci sneered, she was not about to be denied a fight now. ‘There is more…’ Noone softly continued. Everyone caught the subtle undertone in Noone’s voice.Something worse was about to come. ‘The Valk’r might well all be deceased,’ he breathed solemnly. ‘What!’ Ricci screamed in anguish. 28
  35. 35. Eye of the Gods ‘The Valk’r warrior in the recovery ward may well be the lastsurvivor. I could not get a clear vision from her regarding the lastpart of her experiences while on earth, but there had been asurprise attack on the Valk’r, by intelligent creatures with a clearpurpose. I could not get a description of them, as they seem tohide and attack from the shadows. All I know is that they arebloodthirsty and deadly. This girl escaped by good fortune alone.’ ‘Yes and fortunate for us too,’ Angel grimaced at the torturedvisions that were now clouding his thoughts. Ricci sat in stunned silence. ‘You could not have mentioned this before,’ she said throughclenched teeth. Noone said nothing. She advanced dangerously. ‘You could not have mentioned before that my friends andfamily have been wiped out?’ Ricci snarled. No one was stupid enough to get between Ricci and her prey. Angel needed to act. ‘Order, the council will come to order,’ he demanded withauthority, saying the only thing that came to mind at such shortnotice. Ricci hesitated. ‘Friends, we need to prepare to leave for Earth, right now,’ hecommanded and gestured to Ricci that they would be leavingstraight away. 29
  36. 36. Igor Swann CHAPTER 0.05 The throne carved from solid stone stood in the middle of thehuge chamber. The walls were granite and covered in hieroglyphsof kings and gods. A huge mirror covered the wall in front of thethrone in its entirety. On the throne, an exceptionally irritated masked figure tappedits fingers on the armrests. Bruxa had often hid in the shadows and just marvelled at thisbeing. It wore a long hooded dark green cape, so dark it appearedalmost black, and in the dim light would easily be mistaken forblack. Bruxa had to consent that this strange green hid the wearermore effectively in darkness than simple black would. She wondered why this being would ever want to hide. Shecould not imagine anything on earth powerful enough to face it inbattle. Its clothes and boots were of the same dark green cloth, withmany bits of metal intricately weaved and moulded around thecloth. The larger metal pieces included gauntlets, and theterrifying mask. Bruxa noted relieved that the hood mostly hid themask from sight. The metal appeared to be strange dark platinumcolour unlike anything Bruxa had ever seen. Strangely the metal bits seemed to enhance the movement ofthe creature instead of impede it. Bruxa desired so much to touch the strange metal, but the fearfor this malevolent creature kept her from ever giving way to herdesire. 30
  37. 37. Eye of the Gods ‘What is taking so long?’ The Lamie master rasped the rhetoricalquestion. It knew no one could answer the question, but thequestion still made its blood boil. The figure flung itself from the throne, and swiftly strodetowards the exit. ‘Have we any more Valk’r left for my training?’ it shot at theLamie guard. ‘No master, you killed the last one this morning,’ the guardfearfully answered. The dark figure left without a further word, irritation clearlyvisible in its long determined strides. It had been using thecaptured Valk’r for its death ring matches with bladed weapons,but unfortunately, they never even came close to scratching it.Even when it fought unarmed, the fight only slightly alleviated theboredom of the darklord. The portentous figure walked through a labyrinth of endlessnarrow passages before coming to another chamber. Thischamber resembled the throne room in that, pictograms andhieroglyphs covered the walls. In the middle of the chamber adetailed and obviously ancient sarcophagus stood. I suppose I have you to thank for my good fortune, the figuresmirked at the sarcophagus. If not for your descendants, I would never have known aboutthe gate, which finally gave me the opportunity to annihilate myenemy. The thought made it smile; a smile that would causeweeds to wilt uncontrollably. The masked being’s thoughts drifted back to where it all began. 31
  38. 38. Igor Swann The memory started in a dark alley on a desperate night. Calmlyleaning against an old graffiti ridden wall, the dark clad figurecleaned its nails with a long bladed dagger, made from a strangemetal. The foul smell emanating from the dumpsters did not seemto bother the figure in the least. It appeared relaxed and alert as itwaited patiently. It expected to meet an informant, someone who claimed tohave information on an item it sought. The flicker of a shadow caught its eye. Wrong scent, wrong shape, interesting, it thought. It sneered beneath the mask but gave no outward sign that itknew about the stalker. Another unobtrusive movement caught its attention, this timefrom a different direction. This is getting better and better, the evil figure thought to itself. Something leaped. The masked figure did not appear to move but a head rollinginto the street suggested its dagger probably did move. The second assailant had less luck, since it now had the maskedfigure’s fingers firmly attached to her neck. She slowly felt the life leave her body as the iron grip aroundher neck tightened. Her feet remained suspended almost a footabove the ground. The confused creature slowly lost her hold on life. The grip seemed to slip a bit and it felt like the masked figurewas inspecting her. She tried desperately to break free, but the figure did not seemto notice. 32
  39. 39. Eye of the Gods How can this be, she thought, we are much stronger thanhumans are? Hunted for centuries they were only alive because of theirinhuman strength and agility. How could a human be this strong, and why does it not just killme? She pondered her seemingly final thoughts. It took a couple of minutes before the figure with the darkhooded cloak started to speak. ‘What are you?’ it rasped inquisitively. ‘I… I am Bruxa, a… a Lamie,’ she stammered, not wanting to lieand provoke the wrath of this frightening apparition, calmlychoking the life out of her. She felt the grip tighten again. ‘Again, what are you, and I do not like repeating myself?’ thegrating voice calmly came from behind the mask. A dagger appeared from nowhere in the evil figure’s hand. It nonchalantly started to flick pieces of Bruxa’s flesh from herbody. She experienced intense pain, overshadowed only by her fear ofthis fearsome figure. ‘We are Lamies my lord,’ she said, and quickly added as she sawthe blade aiming for her eye, ‘cursed creatures of the night,descendants of Princess Lamia. We drink the blood of humans tosustain our life.’ ‘Hmmm, interesting… and what pray tell gave you theimpression that I was human.’ ‘My lord…?’ The confused Lamie surrendered. Why would thismasked figure not be human? ‘Are you human?’ the dark figure asked. 33
  40. 40. Igor Swann Bruxa felt relief that the demonic being had stopped deboningher. She knew however, that one answer not given to itssatisfaction would cause the torture to begin anew. She carefullychose her words. ‘Bruxa is half-human my lord… the ancient mother was aprincess but she had an affair with a god. The god’s wife foundout and cursed our mistress to be a monster that never sleeps.’ ‘Hmmm,’ the tall figure replied again. ‘Mistress took revenge by murdering and destroying all thebabies she found and drinking their blood,’ she added thisbecause she sensed her captor would enjoy this bit ofinformation. Was it smiling? Bruxa wondered. ‘And what can you offer me that would let me spare yourmiserable life?’ the evil one asked. The Lamie thought long and hard. She had nothing, nothing ofvalue at least. I am going to die tonight she thought. Her mind flashed back tothe miserable life she had lived, but even now, the survivalinstinct was strong within her. She was not ready to die. ‘Maybe… maybe I can help the master with something,’ sheoffered. ‘How could you possibly help me?’ the grating voice asked. ‘What does master desire?’ She desperately inquired. ‘To kill everyone and destroy the earth,’ it said as a simplematter of fact, annoyed that her informant never showed. It would deal with him later. Bruxa tried to laugh but her throat was still clamped shut. ‘Master is not serious,’ the Lamie returned in a fearful voice. 34
  41. 41. Eye of the Gods She felt her body lift up until she stared into the completedarkness behind the eyeholes, her face hovering a few millimetresfrom the evil being’s mask. She had never been more frightened in her life. What mannerof demon is this, she wondered? ‘I obviously have no use for you,’ it announced as the griptightened again, this time with a definite finality to it. ‘Master… Bruxa has a secret,’ Bruxa managed to squeeze outwith her second last gasp. The grip relaxed. ‘A secret of the gods,’ she said in a barely audible whisper,gulping down a welcome mouthful of air. 35
  42. 42. Igor Swann CHAPTER 0.06 Gemmi did not attempt to hide the irritation clearly visible inthe bright sunlight that filtered through the huge windows in heroffice. Her office space resided at the top of the incredible domethat marked the only outwardly visible area of Valk’r base. The Valk’r built the base inside of a mountain, which was amaze of tunnels and secret passages. The home of the Valk’r named New Valhalla. The lavishly decorated caverns inside the mountain were fromriches hoarded by this once secret organization. The Valk’r use tobe more secret than the Illuminati, to such an extent that no oneon earth knew about their existence until roughly two decadesago. Stories of the Valk’r told only in Norse mythology, describedthem as beautiful maidens who took fallen warriors to Odin’sbanquet in the sky. These stories were born from the fact that theValk’r warriors have been the sworn protectors of earth and inancient times would find battles where they would take theinjured and dying from the battlefield. The Valk’r would fly theinjured warriors in their fighters to Valk’r medical treatmentcentres, which in ancient times, became misconstrued as taken toheaven. The attack on earth by the Taur forced the Valk’r out of theshadows, and into a war, they had trained centuries to fight. Evenso, they were ill equipped to battle such an armada. Only with theintervention of the UGE lord and his fleet had the Taur beendefeated. 36
  43. 43. Eye of the Gods Now, two decades later a new enemy threatened earth’sexistence. Reports have been coming in all morning about moreand more of these nine-headed creatures attacking populationcentres. They seem to seek out technology, but they had no problemkilling everything they encountered to get to that technology. The Valk’r has been trying to exterminate this plague for thepast week. Their successes however, seemed severely limitedwith more and more reports of these creatures’ worldwideinfestation. What made things worse was wherever they kill one of thesebeasts it left a toxic spill, since their blood was like acid. Brave people fighting these beasts had been left horriblydeformed and scarred when the creatures ruptured. Gemmi stood up from her chair and walked around the desk,her long shapely legs and slim figure accentuated even more bythe determined strides she took as she paced the length of theoffice. A small blue monkey-like creature peacefully slept on thecouch, unaware of the turmoil raging in its best friend’s mind. It wore the same style of white tunic as Gemmi did. Perhapsbecause it was her best friend and she liked to play dress up. Onthe other hand, perhaps because this little creature would waitevery morning to see what Gemmi wore that day, before finding amatching outfit of his own. Her tailor knew that every outfitGemmi requested, he needed to make in two sizes. Even theevening gowns, which Gemmi could never convince her most loyalcompanion, was for girls only. 37
  44. 44. Igor Swann The tailor did not welcome a visit from the little creature if it didnot have a matching outfit. Mostly because when angered theadorable little blue monkey would increase in size to a lessadorable 18 foot guerrilla like creature that would use King Kongfor a chew toy. The tailor knew by now, to have several replacement setsready, since the creature would often get angry with someonetelling him how cute he looks, and then pat him on the head. Nobody felt the urge to pat a 5-ton juggernaut on the head. Gemmi’s golden blond hair shone as the sun rays played on it.She stopped pacing and smiled down at Loser, the little bluecreature. ‘It’s been almost 24 years we have been together now, my littlefriend,’ she whispered. ‘Together we have had some amazingadventures in that time,’ her face grew grim again, ‘but this timemy friend I think we are in a lot of trouble.’ One of her lieutenant arrived, interrupting her thoughts. Carra was a beautiful red headed girl, with a seductive voiceand, a bewitching presence. ‘I hope you have good news Carra.’ ‘Afraid not your ladyship,’ she muttered, ‘it’s getting worsedaily.’ ‘We still have no idea where they come from?’ Gemmi asked. ‘No my lady, however, we have narrowed the most probablelocation down to Central Europe, possibly Romania,’ Carra replied. ‘Well then, send everybody we can spare to Central Europe. Wemust find the source,’ Gemmi Commanded. 38
  45. 45. Eye of the Gods Gemmi felt like a crocodile with braces and she had a lot of foodstuck in them with no little plover to clean her teeth. It wasstarting to smell rotten to the core. Someone is behind this, she thought to herself, they did notappear by accident and their movement seemed too organized. Gemmi was sure the answers lay at the source of theinfestation. 39
  46. 46. Igor Swann CHAPTER 0.07 ‘Stop wasting time! We’ve got to go!’ Ricci yelled. ‘Yes darling, but we still need to organize the kids,’ Angelexplained, trying not to sound too irritable. ‘They can sort themselves out. They are old and ugly enough!’Ricci’s patience was wearing wafer thin, only a few civilizedthreads now separated her from going primal on her husband. Just a short while ago Angel was left with the duty of informinghis kids that they were not going along. ‘But Dad…’ Blade begun, but was immediately cut short. ‘No buts, no arguments, no nothing. We do not have time forthis, and you will stay here,’ Angel sternly replied. ‘But dad…’ Storm began. She stood exactly as her motherwould, her hands on her hips and lips pursed tight. In outwardappearance, she resembled him, dark hair, grey blue eyes, butpersonality wise she was becoming her mother, more with eachpassing day. Blade on the other hand had his mother’s golden hair andpiercing green eyes, but definitely Angel’s temperament. He was aborn leader, compassionate and fair, but without his father’sreluctance to lead. Storm gave her dad one of those stares, that coming from hermother, would have had Angel wishing that he could change intoa hat stand made from titanium and hope she would not noticehim. However, this was his daughter; he could deal with her. She 40
  47. 47. Eye of the Godsmight now, after years of training under her mother, wield a semi-automatic rifle but he had the support of the originalintercontinental ballistic missile with a 2000-kiloton yield, and hewas not afraid to use it. All he had to do was press the big redbutton. ‘Darling,’ Angel called out to someone in the next room. Hesmiled at the twins, ‘would you mind coming here for a second.The kids are refusing to stay.’ The twins heard a growl from the room next door and decidedthat for the sake of their health and the position of their heads, itmight be better to pull a David Copperfield on themselves. Theyscampered off without another word. Angel tapped the mindcom on his chest; it was in the form of apendant shaped like Skibladne. ‘Please ensure Skibladne is ready for departure,’ he informedhis engineers. ‘Sir?’ a very confused thought entered his mind. ‘We need to depart soon, please ensure Skibladne is ready,’Angel tried again, thinking the chief engineer might havemisunderstood his previous request. ‘But sir, you instructed us to start disassembling the jump driveas soon as you returned from holiday, so we may install themodifications you proposed,’ the perplexed thoughts of hisengineer returned. ‘The jump drive is currently in a million pieces.’ ‘Damn,’ Angel thought, ‘I forgot about that.’ ‘Ricci, darling, it seems we need to find alternatetransportation, Skibladne is not going anywhere.’ 41
  48. 48. Igor Swann He explained to her what happened. ‘What? Did you have an extra bowl of stupid this morning, whydidn’t you just have them shoot down the Valk’r while you’re atit…’ she gave him a dangerous look, ‘aargghhh,’ she roared beforesweeping around to go and find the others. She bumped into Laidin in the hallway. ‘Laidin,’ Ricci’s exasperated voice reached the El Queen’spointed ears, ‘Skibladne is broken. Have you got a tub we canuse?’ she asked not immediately realizing how forceful herdemand sounded. ‘Yes princess, the Royal El Cruiser is in orbit right now. I alsohave 2000 El Fighters on manoeuvres testing our newexperimental ships in this sector. I will recall them immediately,’Laidin calmly answered. Ricci’s eyes softened, ‘I’m sorry cousin. Thank you,’ she saidbefore rushing off to go and finish packing. Ricci felt relieved. She did not even think on the fact that theywould need support once they reached earth. The band of heroeswas a formidable force, but not enough to conquer the evil sheimagined would be waiting for them. Thanks again cousin, I owe you big time; she thought to herselfand smiled a wry smile. It was only about an hour later that the cruiser departed at fullburn from Arken with destination earth. The kids watched with heavy hearts as the light generated bythe ship’s engines faded away when it left orbit. ‘This is so incredibly unfair,’ Storm announced exasperated. 42
  49. 49. Eye of the Gods ‘We all agree,’ Phalin added, ‘but this was the wish of ourparents, and we must abide by their rule. They are after all theleaders of the civilized galaxies.’ ‘Says who?’ Feral sneered. ‘You question our parents’ rule?’ Throm innocently asked. ‘No you halfwit, the abiding by their rules part,’ Feral scoffed. A fire flashed in Throm’s eyes. Feral called him a halfwit onpurpose, seeing he was almost half the size of the others. ThisAesir needs to learn when to hold his tongue, he angrily thought,its time someone taught him a lesson. ‘Apologize apprentice mage,’ Throm exclaimed throughclenched teeth. The short dwarven fuse burned brightly. ‘Or what,’ Feral telepathically asked with a glint in his metalliclike eyes. Throm’s hammer started to crackle as small lightning bolts shotfrom its head. ‘Or we shall see if the Aesir head is truly harderthan a tremal crystal1.’ ‘Gentlemen, this is not the time and place to initiate a pettyfeud,’ Phalin interjected and turned to Feral, ‘Feral, apologizeimmediately.’ Phalin although the youngest of the group at only sixteen;already showed the bearing of an El Princess. She spoke withauthority, and seemed to be the most mature of the kids.1 Tremal crystal is the hardest morphologic element known in the universe.Only a few Dwar were skilled enough to process it. It took a large vocabulary ofswear words to do the job properly. 43
  50. 50. Igor Swann The Elven princess made no threats; she did not need to. Feralknew that if he continued with this game, he was going to beseriously outnumbered. ‘Okay, okay, I apologize for calling you a halfwit Throm,’ he saidquite reluctantly, ‘that’s the long and the short of it, but I am sureyou only caught the half of that,’ he laughed and bounced away. Shen quietly stood watching the events unfold. She rarely if ever got involved in the others’ arguments. Unlikethe rest of her species, she had the ability to dream. She had the same long slender limbs as the rest of her specieswith the huge almond eyes, and thin face, but in a strange way,she appeared quite attractive. Her thoughts turned to her most precious possessions, namelythe blasters securely strapped to her hip. These were a gift fromher friends a year ago. These additions departed noticeable from her species usualpeace loving ways, as they did not regard anal probing asaggressive behaviour. The twins had made a bet on who could design and build thebest blaster weapon, with their friends eagerly joining in. They had just finished a semester on advance hand heldweapons, and they were eager to test its practical applications. This would be the girls against the boys, the gender battle, andeverybody knew who would win. The only three rules were that Shen, deemed adjudicator, mustbe able to fire it without being seriously injured; this rule changedfrom killed at her request. That they had two months to build it 44
  51. 51. Eye of the Godsand that it must still resemble an ordinary blaster for the mostpart, able to fit a hip holster. Feral sulked at this last bit of news. He had already envisionedattaching one of those ion cannons to the weapon. Who cares ifShen would not be able to lift it, or carry it around, it would makea big bang. Even though Shen formed part of the girls’ team, the friends allknew her legendary skill with blaster weapons, and they knewthat she is probably the most honest person in existence. Shewould be unbiased, even towards her team when judging theweapons. The twins worked feverously for weeks, with the rest of thefriends providing support, and usually some of the more exoticparts the twins required. Storm even scavenged some of the ancient technology used inSkibladne, after she convinced the ship that they were bothfemale and should stick together. The two months passed quickly and one bright morning the sixfriends met at the firing range. The weapons looked incredible. The boys’ team had a weapon, black as midnight, andresembled a slightly enlarged desert eagle handgun with scopemodifications. It had dials on the side for selecting firing tempoand type of ammo. The girls’ weapon sporting the same dark platinum colour ofSkibladne showed a lot more style and refinement than the boys’did. It had a sizable view screen built into the back of the gun. Blade picked up the girls’ weapon and examined it. 45
  52. 52. Igor Swann ‘And where did you get this much Zellion from?’ he askedaccusingly. Storm gave him a devilish grin, ‘oh scrounged a bit here, dug upa bit there…’ She refrained from mentioning that Skibladne nowmissed some hull plating. ‘Gumph,’ Blade snorted. ‘So let the testing begin,’ Feral declared, eagerly awaiting theimpressive bang that was sure to follow. ‘Ladies first,’ Throm suggested giving a flamboyant bow. Shen picked up the ladies’ weapon while Storm explained. ‘We decided to build a long range sniper weapon, with pin pointaccuracy. The ion beam has an endless supply of recyclable energyand we have modified the intensity to penetrate even Zellionalloy.’ ‘The blaster’s screen,’ she said while pointing to the back of theweapon, ‘is modified to show hidden enemy up to 5 miles away,with infrared, x-ray and even faint electrical emission like thatfrom an organic life form’s skin as targeting options. The zoomoption can perfectly target an eye at this range. There is zerorecoil when fired, and beam intensity and widening options forunforeseen circumstances, like opening doors or being attackedby more than one enemy,’ Storm proudly concluded her littlepresentation. ‘May I direct your attention to the screen?’ Storm said pointingto a monitor next to her. ‘This target has been set up at a distance of 5 miles, so you willprobably not be able to see it with the naked eye,’ Stormexplained, ‘Shen if you will.’ 46
  53. 53. Eye of the Gods Shen levelled the weapon and the settings on the back seemedto adjust themselves until the target was clearly visible. ‘As you might have noticed the weapon settings is completecontrolled by Shen’s mind,’ Storm stated beaming. ‘I object,’ Feral exclaimed, ‘you had access to Shen and couldmap her brainwave patterns.’ The rest of the boys nodded in agreement. ‘Fine,’ Phalin sighed, ‘Shen please disregards this feature in yourfinal assessment.’ Shen nodded and then expertly fired the blaster, causing aburning hole to appear in the centre of target on the screen infront of the friends. Cheers went up all around her. ‘Wow that was amazing shooting,’ Blade exclaimed. ‘Yes Shen, well done,’ Phalin agreed. ‘Now it’s our turn!’ Feral excitedly announced, not even waitingfor the cheers to die down. ‘Go ahead,’ Storm replied confident in the superiority of theircreation. Blade cleared his throat. ‘Ehem… well we decided to build something with a little morekick,’ he said smiling. ‘This is a mini missile launcher with a tachyon cannon option.’ His smile widened. ‘That’s impossible!’ Phalin exclaimed, ‘there is no way a tachyoncannon can fit into a blaster, and even if it could, which it cannot,it would destroy the blaster when fired.’ ‘Hmmm… and there the little ladies thought they were the onlyteam who could talk to Skibladne, or steal her hull plating,’ Feral 47
  54. 54. Igor Swanngrinned while ducking to avoid a wild blow from Storm aimed athis head. ‘So, Skibladne helped you design your weapon?’ Storm askedaccusingly. ‘No more than she helped you,’ Blade flashed back. ‘Fine, fine, you may engage in mortal combat later. You bothcheated, so let us see what this thing can do,’ Phalin said fulfillingher normal arbitration duty. Storm just gave her brother a dirty look and reluctantlyrelinquished the floor. ‘As I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted,’ he saidwith a wide grin on his face, ‘our weapon fires missiles andtachyon blasts. It has the capability to lock on to heat signaturesand electrical signals. Once you have identified your target, theweapon will track it wherever it goes, and display its position in aradar grid on your wrist console.’ Throm beamed, as this was his idea, ‘Your missile will followand destroy any target, currently tracked on your wrist console,’he repeated just to be sure everyone heard. ‘Miniature missiles that have heat seeking and radar guidanceoptions,’ Phalin expressed duly impressed. ‘Oh yes,’ Throm could not contain his enthusiasm any longer, ‘italso has the explosive equivalent of a level 7 Skibladne stingermissile, which means it can disable everything from fighters toreapers.’ Blade smiled and looked at his friends. Feral not about to be left out, added, ‘and of course if you reallyfeel the reaper or fighter is annoying, just use the tachyoncannon. The target disappears like magic.’ 48
  55. 55. Eye of the Gods Feral pretended to be deep in thought, ‘hmmm… I wonder if itcan make Storm’s mouth disappear. No. Nothing is that powerful,’he jested while quickly changing into a Gerbit and dashing for thenearest tree. The teams laughed while watching the young mage awkwardlytrying to evade Storm shooting at him with the girls’ new blaster. ‘Stop, please, stop,’ he yelled before dropping out of the tree,compliments of Storm removing the branch from beneath hispaws. Shen brought some sanity to the preceding. She was eager tosee what the boys’ weapon could do. Blade made a few adjustments to the screen, until it showed abanged up old reaper in the distance. ‘My lady, if you please,’ Blade bowed. Shen fiddled with the controls until she got the reaper in hersights. She locked the radar guidance and fired a missile. Blade continued, ‘unfortunately we could only fit 6 missiles in aweapons clip, but the tachyon cannon is good for at least 100shots before it needs to be recharged.’ The group intently watched the screen as the smoke trailswirled and hit the target. A gaping hole appeared in the side of the reaper. ‘Bravo,’ Phalin acknowledged. Even Storm cheered. ‘Now the tachyon, now the tachyon,’ Feral screamed. ‘Yes, yes, we are getting there,’ Blade answered exasperated. He adjusted the screen again, to show a decommissionedfighter. 49
  56. 56. Igor Swann ‘Unfortunately the cannon’s range is a lot less than themissile’s, but it packs a much bigger punch. You need a visual fixon the target and a range of no more than 200 yards.’ Shen levelled the weapon again, took aim and fired. The recoil knocked her off her feet, and she went flyingbackwards into the wall. Everybody ran to her side, trying to see if she was alive. ‘Shen speak to me,’ Blade screamed, ‘Sorry, I mean think tome!’ ‘I’m okay,’ a weak response came from the girl. ‘Throm, you dolt, I told you to make sure you balance therecoil,’ Blade remarked accusingly. ‘Hey I am sorry; I am a Dwar after all. I forgot to factor in thatwe have a lower centre of gravity and much firmer footing,’Throm mumbled. ‘A much lower centre of gravity, at about waist level, and a footoff the ground,’ Feral quipped. Throm was too embarrassed to pummel Feral. They helped Shen to her feet. ‘Hey! Shen still managed to hit the target,’ Feral exclaimed. It was true. A screen completely devoid of a relic fighter greetedthe friends. ‘Brilliant Shen, absolutely brilliant,’ Storm verbalized whateveryone thought. ‘So who’s the winner Shen?’ Feral asked. Shen thought hard and long. ‘Come with me,’ she finally projected into her friends’ minds. The troop followed her to the hangars. 50
  57. 57. Eye of the Gods ‘I think the prize for the perfect weapon should go to…’ shepaused for dramatic effect, ‘…Skibladne.’ The teams stared at her in disbelief. ‘Well you both agreed that she designed most of the weapons’features, and it is her hull plating featuring in both the weapons,thus I think that she deserves the prize, don’t you?’ The rest reluctantly agreed as her decision sank in, since clearlythere was no cut and dried winner in this contest. #thank you, I sincerely appreciate the honour# Skibladneannounced in her metallic female voice. #Wait until LOBE hears about this# she continued. ‘Who is LOBE?’ Blade asked. #just a friend of your father’s# Skibladne answered. The kids had never heard of their father’s alter ego. Angelmanaged to keep this a secret from the children. He sometimes wondered how they would feel about theirfather talking to a voice in his head, and the voice talked back,often to other people. He did not care to find out what theywould think. No, definitely did not want to find out. Anyway, LOBE mostly just showed up when there was troubleor something interesting that baffled Angel. He still maintainedthat Angel just created the twins to spoil his fun, so he generallydisappears when they showed up. This suited Angel. ‘So what are we going to do with the weapons? Destroy them?’Feral asked with a sly grin projected into his friends’ minds. Hehad already seen how Shen’s eyes gleam when she looks at them. 51
  58. 58. Igor Swann ‘I think that would be the right thing to do. They are far toodangerous,’ he teased, pretending not too notice the horrifiedlook in Shen’s eyes. #might I suggest that they be presented to Shen# Skibladneproposed. She was as always monitoring the vital signs of all heroccupants, and noticed the anxiety in Shen’s bio reading. The friends cheered the suggestion. Feral looked dejected, hewanted to drag this out for a while. #I have taken the liberty to create a belt in her size, withholsters and spare missile clips. It is in the materializationchamber# The kids ran to the cabin and found a beautifully crafted beltthat looked like the ones their parents wore when going on amission. It had the Skibladne insignia on the buckle. Shen became emotional, something that was impossible for therest of the Arks. ‘Thank you, thank you all,’ she said and hugged them each inturn. The friends beamed back at her. She gently picked up the belt and carefully fitted it around herslender waist, while the twins in turn placed the weapons in theholsters on either side. They both fit like a glove and the weaponsautomatically secured themselves in the holsters. She looked spectacular… and extremely dangerous. ‘I think you better watch your step from now on Feral,’ Phalinquipped. ‘Er, Shen, just make sure Throm adjusts the recoil on thatblaster before you use the tachyon cannon again, okay?’ Bladewarned. 52
  59. 59. Eye of the Gods ‘I won’t forget, but for now these beauties are staying put,’ shehappily remarked with a smile forming in the kids’ minds. 53
  60. 60. Igor Swann CHAPTER 0.08 The dark green clad figure stood in front of the huge mirror inthe throne room. It stared intently at the shapes that movedinside the mirror. They were dark and foreboding, which pleasedthe darklord immensely. They were creatures after its own blackheart, bent on mindless destruction. The darklord turned and slowly walked back to the thronewhere it made itself comfortable. Memories invaded its thoughts again… ‘Not far now my lord,’ Bruxa said. The tunnels smelled musty and dimly lit. This did not sit wellwith the masked figure that preferred to be in open air. ‘It better not be!’ The tunnel opened into an equally dim chamber. The darknessdid not bother the evil one much; its eyes pierced every corner ofthe room with ease. What it found in every corner made it smile. ‘Very good Bruxa, I did not notice you organize a welcomingcommittee for little old me. Shall we ask our guests to join us?’the voice rasped from behind the mask. As if with an unspoken command, Lamies pealed like ants fromevery corner of the room, completely encircling the dark one.Their teeth bared, saliva dripping from their oversized canines,while their eyes glowed like those of rodents. They snarled andclawed the air, but they did not advance any further. The group directly in front of the dark one parted and aseemingly older Lamie walked through the gap. However, since 54
  61. 61. Eye of the Godstheir age was indeterminable, it might have been a trick of thedim light. ‘Why have you brought this human here Bruxa?’ She croaked. ‘Human?’ said the grating voice emanated from behind themask, obviously not amused. ‘Not human mistress. He killed Raza and almost killed mewithout us laying a claw on him,’ Bruxa cringed. ‘He looks human t…’ the old voice continued, but was cut shortby the dull thud of its voice box and other vocalisation equipmenthitting the floor; the rest of the origins of the voice seeminglyunaware of this aforementioned event. ‘Would anybody else care to question my origins?’ the ominouswords floated in the stale air, while the dark figure wiped its bladeon a section of its robe. The circle widened and fearful grunts replaced the snarls. It was not only the speed at which the dark figure executed thekill that had the Lamies confused, it was the fact that the figuredid not move as much as was required to accomplish this feat. ‘Now disappear! I’ll have Bruxa summon you when I am in needof your assistance,’ it continued, ‘Bruxa, you stay.’ Nothing happened as the confusion thickened. Who was incharge now, this demon? Should they listen? ‘Move!’ the demon commanded. <Blink> <Swoosh> ‘Now Bruxa, please tell me this little get together was not theonly reason you brought me here!’ the voice attempted to soundsincere but only managed to convey the feeling of, I am going to 55
  62. 62. Igor Swannenjoy torturing you very, very slowly, and if you die on me early I’llhave to follow you into hell to finish the job. ‘No master, it’s here, it’s here!’ Bruxa screamed cowering infear. ‘The next chamber, master,’ she said beckoning. The darklord followed seemingly unperturbed by what mightawait it. The next passage opened into a large chamber with the onlyfixtures being a throne in the middle, and an enormous mirrorcovering the opposite wall. The darklord unsheathed one of itsdaggers and proceeded to sharpen it on its metal gauntlets. Bruxa who had walked with fear her entire life, befriended it,and used it so effectively to terrorize and horrify her prey, had toadmit that she was in the presence of the being that fear might beafraid of facing. ‘There master, look!’ she stammered. ‘I am looking Bruxa, and I will be looking at your bloodyintestines decorating this floor, if I do not see somethingextraordinary by the time this dagger reaches your throat.’ ‘The mirror master, look closely at the images in the mirror,’Bruxa pointed while covering her throat with her free hand. The dark figure stared and… the image in the mirror changed. Itdid not see its own reflection anymore but another world. It faded in and out. ‘It’s a gate master, a gate to the home of the gods!’ The black shape slowly moved to the mirror and touched itssurface. It did not yield. The mirror remained as solid and impenetrable as ever. 56
  63. 63. Eye of the Gods ‘Bruxa, if I wished to watch indiscernible shapes on a big screenI would have slaughtered a movie theatre, sprayed their blood onthe screen and do my own inkblot test; and done so withouttravelling all the way out here.’ ‘Bruxa is sorry master, but the master is smart, smarter thananyone Bruxa has ever met. Bruxa thought the master mightunderstand how to open the gate.’ The darkness behind the mask’s eyes burned into Bruxa’s skull. ‘Sit master, please,’ Bruxa motioned towards the throne, ‘andBruxa will tell master the story of the gate, and what lies beyond.’ Bruxa cleared her throat, and then started to cough as phlegmhit her windpipe. ‘Sorry,’ she sputtered. She tried again. ‘In the days of the gods, they used this gate to visit earth andreturn to their world. Three terrible creatures called the furiesguarded this gate. They were sisters called Tisiphone, Megaeraand Alecto, the daughters of the night,’ Bruxa explained. ‘They did not only serve as gatekeepers, but had a little side linebusiness of their own. They were avengers and punishedcriminals, murderers, evil doers and abominations withoutmercy.’ ‘Of course my sisters and I are all those things, so Bruxa and herkind were the main prey of these horrifying creatures. PrincessLamia had the foresight to create many of us, and we scatteredinto the four winds, hiding and waiting for the prophesied time tocome when Lamia would have her revenge against Zeus, Hera andall the other gods.’ 57
  64. 64. Igor Swann ‘Lamia knew about the gate. Zeus had told her of the world hecame from. He told her how he moved between earth andOlympus. The location of the gate was however kept secret.’ ‘Many Lamies died at the hand of the furies trying to discoverthe location of the gate. After many years and the sacrifice ofhundreds, the furies made a mistake and led a Lamie to theentrance of Olympus.’ ‘On Olympus a similar battle unfolded between the Olympiangods and a goddess named Echidna. She became the mother of allmonsters like the Nemean Lion that was killed by Hercules,Cerberus the three headed dog whom she gave to Hades,Chimera, Medusa the Gorgon, the Sphinx and the Lernaean Hydrato mention but a few. She too had the torso and face of abeautiful woman and the lower body of a snake. She ate the rawflesh of her victims and she was immortal,’ Bruxa continued. ‘You better get to the point quickly my dear Bruxa, I am gettingimpatient,’ the grating voice announced, ‘what makes you think Icare at all for this pathetic planet’s history?’ ‘Master, there is a point to all of this, Bruxa swear,’ Bruxastammered. ‘Continue,’ the darklord commanded. ‘Echidna came to hear of Lamia and felt an immediate kinship.Since the gate could only be operated from earth she had to waitfor it to be activated by the furies for one of the Olympian gods,and managed to slip through before it closed.’ ‘Why could it only be operated from earth?’ the terrible voicecame from behind the mask. ‘Selfish little gods, did not want all the other gods to use earthas their playground. They restricted access to earth through the 58
  65. 65. Eye of the Godsgate, and the furies ensured that it would only open for Zeus andhis friends. Zeus was afraid that if the gate could be opened fromOlympus the other gods could find a way through, but he alsoknew that as long as he controlled the furies, the gate would besafe.’ ‘Fine, continue,’ the darklord ordered. ‘Echidna and Lamia met and the sisterhood was formed. Theylooked alike, they loved the same food namely flesh and they hadthe same goal. Kill the Olympian gods.’ ‘This is becoming beyond boring Bruxa. I guarantee you, if yousay one more word I will fall asleep, and my dagger will fall frommy hand; but be assured it will end its fall in your heart,’ thedarklord rasped. Bruxa pointed at the murky passage, and then stammered ‘I willgo find Drugunxa. She is our entertainer.’ ‘I won’t need to come find you, will I Bruxa?’ ‘No my lord,’ Bruxa said in a soft voice trailing off as she silentlyleft. A colourful yet odd creature walked in. It seemed patchedtogether from odd bits of clothing, other people’s hair and oldchewing gum. ‘Master,’ she said with a flamboyant bow, ‘I am honoured andhumbled by your majestic and wondrous presence.’ The darklord said nothing. Its mask remained half hidden in theshadows of the cloak and the gloom, but Drugunxa suddenlywished that she rather saw nothing. The evil it emanated terrified every synapse in her system. 59
  66. 66. Igor Swann ‘Bruxa told me where in the story she ended, so I am here to tellthe rest,’ she hesitantly tried. Still the darklord said nothing; it simply started to flip thedagger repeatedly, catching it neatly after each turn. ‘The story my lord, of Echidna and Lamias ultimate revenge,’Drugunxa began. <Flip> ‘Echidna was married, to a god, a bad ass mother namedTyphon. He scared the living crap out of the other gods, and thatmust have been the attraction because he was one ugly motherfather.’ <Flip> ‘This son of a planet, since earth was his mother and hell washis father, had 100 goddamned ugly heads like snakes, whichcoiled together to form one big one. He had too many snake-likearms and legs to be of actual use to anyone, and if he coughed upa fur ball, rather hope you are somewhere else since it was madeof molten lava and rock. He also had this poison tear thing goingfrom his eyes, so yeah, he was a bad, real bad.’ <Flip> ‘Anyway he put the good fear into the gods and those scaredlittle shits all packed their little halos, shoes with wings andlightning bolts and went to hide in Egypt. Hoping some other godscould protect their sorry asses from Typhon; The Man!’ <Flip> <flip> ‘So then the whore Athena cracked a few smart assed remarksat Zeus and wham bam thank you mam, the sucker fell for it. Hetook on Typhon, and got his lightning butt kicked from here to the 60
  67. 67. Eye of the GodsCorycian Cave, where Typhon cut out Zeus’s sinews and stuffedhim in a leather body bag.’ <...> ‘Unfortunately the damn bitch Athena got the other gods riledup and Pan the pansy-assed-man and Hera, Zeus’s main screwwhen he was not seducing innocent princesses like Lamia, went tolook for the wiener. Long story short, they found him and fixedhim up for round two.’ <Flip> ‘Of course his little ego was stomped on and spat on, and helost face with the other little gods, so he just had to go back formore. He got a personal trainer, started taking steroids and hisprotein shakes, did the entire clean living thing, no more snortingcoke in the mornings, you know. Man what a battle, Zeus pulled hair, kicked Typhon in the shins,biting, the whole nine yards. It was like trying to beat up theschool yard bully that was held back for 23 years and Zeus was 6years old.’ <Flip> <flip> <flip> Drugunxa swallowed hard. ‘This time The Man Typhon threw a whole mountain at Zeus,but the electrical power plant got lucky. He hit the mountain witha few of his lightning bolts and it fell back on Typhon. And therehe still lies today, buried beneath mount Edna.’ <Flip> ‘Anyway, Echidna wanted her man back and both wanted tokick Zeus’s monkey butt.’ ‘The plan was for Lamia and her brave Lamies to lure Zeus’slapdogs, the Furies, away from the gate. Then Echidna could get 61

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