The Supreme High One meets an old enemy
Chapter 15 - Double Trouble
The Supreme high One was beyond consolation. He knew he was directly responsible for the evolution of the Natas. He should have considered the ramifications of such an act. He has never made such a grievous error that he knew of. He needed to correct this, but how? He first would need to go back to the North Quadrant. He was not sure what he would find and what he will do when he got there.
He first contacted all of the Elders. He wanted to advise them of his plan to go to the North Quadrant to investigate a lead of where the assailants were from. He advised them to keep him posted as earlier ordered and to stay diligent as it was unknown if there were more in hiding. He advised them to recruit more guards to ensure their safety. He suggested the Elders break their tradition of living apart and find somewhere a group of them could live in close proximity to each other. This way, the guards could protect in force.
He then began his journey north. He needed to go as fast as possible to get there to prevent more Elders from becoming One with the Planet. He knew if he used his essence too rapidly, he would suffer the rigors of his travel He decided to open a large conduit to the Collective to provide essence to be used solely for travel. This would enable him to move more rapidly without tiring.
While traveling, he began to develop strategies on how to resolve the issue of the Natas attacking his people. He knew he had limited access to their minds. He also knew the ones staying in the village will never have dealt with an outsider. He needed a strategy for how to get into the village and communicate with the Natas. He thought of several possible scenarios, all of which had flaws. His three main obstacles were being allowed into their village, communicating with them, and protecting himself.
He thought about the first obstacle, being allowed entry. He could use stealth and go into the village at night when there would be minimal guards. That wouldn't work though. He wanted to enter the village so he could investigate freely. He wanted to discover exactly how far they have advanced and wanted to meet with their leader to open a discussion about why they were attacking the Elders and a peaceful resolution. A straight forward approach would be the best for this situation.
He knew communicating with them would be difficult. He could repeat the process that was used on the captive Nata. That would mean
A problem with entering the village of the Natas, he would have to create a defense against their advanced weapons. He needed to create a counterforce to stop their flying crystal shafts. He thought about using telekinesis to stop the projectiles from coming near him. Something like that would need to be active at all times. That would cause a serious drain of his essence and reservoir. He would have to keep the conduit open at all times with very strong barriers in place from someone investigating the drain of the essence.
As he walked, he began to wonder what else he did that was careless. He begins to second guess everything he has done from feigning his own termination to terminating, pretending to be an Old One, to the termination of the two Elders for betrayal. To him, at this moment, he felt he has made one mistake after another without accountability. The Elders would not openly question him because they knew he was much more powerful and had access to the Collective at all times. No one would dare question him.
Maybe his time as Supreme High One should come to an end. The problem with that is the only way out is to become One with the Planet. With that thought, he felt his usefulness was still needed. Who else would deal with the Natas. However, the Natas would not have been a threat if it weren't for him.
He was getting nowhere with his thoughts except frustration. He needed to focus on what he needed to accomplish once he got to the village. His physical defenses needed to be working, he needed to be able to communicate with the Natas' leader, and make the Elders aware of what transpired.
First, to work on his defenses. Using his power of telekinesis was the best way to deal with physical attacks. He would focus on repelling all matter coming in his direction by reversing what he would normally do. Instead of bringing objects such as crystals to him, he would send them away. With practice, he may even be able to send them back to the sender. That would work. Now to begin practicing setting the process together and make it work all the time.
After half a cycle of working on his physical defense, he had it repelling all material objects coming toward him. He practiced by throwing rocks straight up into the air and landing on his head. At first, testing the defenses was a total disaster as most of the stones would hit him on the head causing minor damage. It wasn't until a rather large stone was tossed and promptly hit him on the head did he understand what he was doing wrong. The Supreme High One was only concentrating on the deflection around him, not from above. He made the adjustments and tossed a smaller stone into the air only to bounce off the barrier a foot above his head.
Now that he knew how to create an effective defense, he needed to learn to maintain it constantly. This wasn't the same as keeping mental barriers up all the time. Learning to keep his barriers always functional required little to no conscious effort after creating them while still a Young One. The physical defense power was unlike anything he had attempted prior to this occasion. Stopping physical attacks has never been attempted, until now. With practice and time, he did learn how to keep his physical energy force active without concentrating on it.
Soon after learning how to maintain his defenses, the Supreme High One encountered a small group of evolved Natas in hiding. He felt several of the colored crystal weapons bounce into the force barrier and fall harmlessly to the ground. He reached out and tried to communicate with them by using the same method he used on the assailant. He made contact and began probing into their communication abilities. As he probed, he discovered an unexpected term of events.
These Natas could speak and understand Hydranousian.
With the realization Jaz was missing, he instantly brought his barriers up. He then realized he remembered her. This meant the disappearances had happened again. While in the emptiness, he knew he felt the psychic wave again. He thought he would be the only one affected. He didn't realize it would be a planet-wide event again.
He briefly widened his focus to the surrounding area to determine if anything else had changed. He did not notice anything and went on. He then began to probe the minds of the citizens of Lewr, the closet city. He felt the presence of familiar minds. None of them experienced any known time fluctuation. He chose a few at random and checked their memories for missing information. After he started, he suddenly realized if there were time fluctuations, they would not remember. He hastily removed his probing and returned to his body.
After becoming aware of his surroundings, he decided to go out and explore the surrounding for changes. After leaving the cave, he looked around to see if anything had changed. After spending some time searching, he could see nothing had been altered.
He then decided to reach out to Elder Sopite, one of his most loyal Elders. He would need to mask his identity as Sopite did not know he was alive. To Sopite, he would appear as an Old One petitioning for advice.
"Elder Sopite, are you available?" the Old One sent. After a pause, an answer came back. "Yes Old One, I am free now. What is it you need?"
"I am on a pilgrimage to become more enlightened. While meditating, I felt a disturbance in the Collective. Has anything happened that you are aware of?"
"Well, besides a new Supreme High One has been discovered, nothing has changed that we know of. What is it you are seeking?"
The Supreme High One did not hear anything after it was announced a new Supreme High One had been discovered. His mind began to race. How is this possible? Only after the death of the old Supreme High One can a new one grow and detach. Was this caused by the wave he felt?"
"Old One? Are you listening to me? I asked what was wrong as you became silent. Have you not received word of the new Supreme High One? Allow me to provide what we know. She was found wandering alone near Lewr. She didn't know how she got there or where she had been. After the Elders did a mind and memory probe, it was determined she had not been tutored but possessed enormous strength and possibility. A few of the Elders, Limlg and Veez, have offered to become her tutors until she is an adult."
The Supreme High One recognized the names as two Elders who were placed because of the greed and intolerance of the citizens they represented. "Aren't there supposed to be designated tutors to accomplish this? From what I remember, you were assigned this responsibility from the previous Supreme High One,' acting as if he has forgotten, "Wasn't the other Elder named Elder Vers? I heard he was a trusted advisor of the previous Supreme High One."
"Elder Vers became One with the Plant many cycles ago. His wisdom and patience are still missed. You are right, I was an ally to the previous Supreme High One. Unfortunately, the Elders voted that Limlg and Veet were to become advisors to the new Supreme High One. As I told the Elders, I believe that was a mistake because the chosen two have their own agenda that not all of the other Elders agree on."
"I thank you for speaking with me. I know your time is valuable. The citizens are Blessed to have you speak for them." the Supreme High One commended.
"I thank you for your Blessing. May the Spirit of the essence always flow through you."
The Supreme High One severed the link with Sopite. He kept his barriers up as he knew the Elder would trace who he was speaking with to determine if it had been a trap. He felt the whisper for the probe going against his barriers and false memories. He has not concerned. Elder Sopite was certainly experienced, maybe the best of the current Elders, but he could not break the barrier of the Supreme High One.
After the probe was severed, the Supreme High One began a probe of Limlg and Veez. He wanted to see if they have changed.or were the same.
He began to open a conduit to the Collective to increase his essence and increase his barrier strength. He concealed his probe and began to reach out to the Elders. As he proceeded to gain access to the inner thoughts of the Elders, he noticed their barriers were only partially enabled, making access much easier. This also raised a red flag as he suspected a trap. He proceed with caution as he went through the barriers. He immediately noticed the information behind the barriers was falsely planted information. He expected as much. He quickly moved to a deeper much more secure memory. This is what he may have been looking for.
As he bypassed all of the barriers with experience, he arrived at the actual memory. It was a conversation between Limig and Veez.
Are you certain the new Supreme Old One has not been tutored? questioned Veez.
Yes, yes, I am certain. I and two other Elders joined forces to look into her mind. It showed a blank slate as far as being tutored. She did, however, have an innate barrier defense that kicked us out after we entered.
Does she already know how to create innate barriers? She sounds as powerful as the Old Supreme High One. Are you certain we can sway her in our direction? Her mind already sounds formidable.
Trust me, we will have this one under our control. We will be controlling what happens here from now on. The Young One, Jaz I believe, will be helpless to stop us.
Did he just say Jaz was the new Supreme High One?
These Natas could speak and understand Hydranousian?
How was this possible? Could they have evolved so much that they mastered a language they never heard? That was impossible. Most likely the Natas would encounter some of the criminals that were exiled here and, over time, assimulated the language. Where were the criminals now? Were they still wandering or have they built a village for themselves?
While the Supreme High One was thinking, the Natas began to move and form a circle around him. He was flanked in six different spots. They again began to throw the shafts of crystal poles at him. His physical barrier easily deflected all advances.
"I am not here to harm you," the Supreme High One stated. "I come in peace." He hoped the Natas would stop and speak with him.
"You are not peaceful. You violate our minds with ugliness. You are not of Tra. You are tainted," one of the warriors stated.
Tra? Is this what the Natas call themselves or is it a location? The Tra must have felt the Supreme High One's probing. How was that possible? He had masked his probe under several layers of defenses so he would not be noticed. He needed to let them know he is on a peaceful mission.
"I apologize for the mind probe. I did not know we could speak together. I am a traveler from far away. I would like to speak to your leader," the Supreme High One requested.
"Our Reincarnated Chosen does not speak to strangers. She is All-Knowing and prophesized a stranger unlike us would be coming to seek her wisdom. She advised our warriors to be ready and seek you out and destroy you. We sent our best warriors to find and eliminate you. If you are here, they failed. We will not."
The Tra began to use their weapons again. The Supreme High One noticed they were using long thin rods of crystal with what appeared to be a pliable type of stretched material tied to each end. They then placed a smaller rod across the larger one and against the pliable material. After stretching the material, while holding the smaller rod, they would release the shorter rod which flew out of their hands and toward whatever they were looking at. The speed was remarkable as was the aiming of the device. His physical defense barrier was keeping all of the rods from harming him. Without his barrier, he would have been One with the Planet by the second rod.
After several attempts to get through his barrier, the Tra stopped. The Supreme High One again addressed the Tra who had spoken earlier.
"I will not use violence against you. As I stated, I come in peace to speak to your Reincarnated Chosen. I wish to find peace between us."
"The Reincarnated Chosen knows all. She is the wisest of us all. If you seek peace, you will need to speak to Her if is in Her Will. You will stay here while our fastest messenger seeks Her out for permission or death." With this, the apparent leader ordered one of the Tra to leave. The Supreme High One didn't understand the language being used. It sounded familiarly like the sounds he heard when he was here the first time.
While waiting, he noticed he hadn't seen any Reres flying. He wondered where they were? The last time he was here, he would see them hunting throughout the sky. At that time, he only noticed the only source of food for the Rere was the Tra.
"Please excuse the interruption, how far is it to the palace of the Reincarnated Chosen?"
"Far by foot. Runner be back by Glos. Much quicker way to move."
"What is a Glos?"
"Glos is Glos. Travel faster than Tra. Travel above."
"Travel above? You mean travels in the sky?" The Supreme High One asked while pointing up.
"Yes, travel above."
The Tra looked in the direction where the messenger went. He then pointed and said, "Many come back now. Colors have Reincarnated Chosen is coming too." He made a chirping noise and all of the other guards circled the Supreme High One again with weapons aimed at him.
As the Tra got closer, he saw what appeared to be larger versions of the Rere. This must be the Glos he spoke of. They were easily twice as big as he remembered. The Tra must have trained the Glos to carry them.
As they arrived, the Supreme High One saw at least 24 more guards and someone covered from head to toe in brightly colored feathers and brightly color of crystal shards.
After touching the ground, the Glos bent down to allow the Tra to get off. They then gathered around the one in feathers. That must either be the Reincarnated Chosen or someone in her stead. As they approached, the Supreme High One reinforced his mental and physical barriers.
Oddly, he did not feel any attempt to probe his mind. He didn't probe the mind of the Reincarnated Chosen because on his attempt to probe the minds of the Tra earlier, they knew he was there. So, he waited.
When the group arrived, the feathered one stepped closer.
"You are an Old One. Why did you come here?"
"How did you know I am an Old One? I did not advise anyone and I felt no mind probe."
"I know much about the Hydranousians and their history. Why are you here? Did the Elders send you? I assume you have felt my ability to destroy them through my will alone."
"So you are the one sending the Tra to terminate the Elders and guards. Why? I know of no attack from the Elders on your people. I strongly believe the Elders are unaware of your existence. They do not even know who the attackers are. I just learned they are called Tra."
"Of course, they have no idea who is attacking them. They, and the Supreme High One, are guilty of crimes against their own people. Their Supreme High One is responsible for condemning his own people to silence from the Collective and banishing them to my land. I hold him and the Elders guilty of treason against his people. His punishment will be the termination of his Elders and his silencing and banishment to a cage in my throne room for my amusement."
"I am allowing you to return and tell your Supreme High One if he turns himself in, I will spare his people from becoming One with the Planet. Further, I plan of bringing my people to his palace and surrounding area to live and govern. As you are now aware, my Tra is immune to your probes so you can not discover any plans. Further, the Supreme High One's belief that no one comes back from the North Quadrant is wrong. Deadly wrong."
"Who were you before coming here? You are definitely a Hydranousian. Are you one of the banished ones or did you come here on your own?"
She doesn't know about the explosion or my disappearance.
"If I may, Reincarnated Chosen, the Supreme High One was killed some time ago. It is not known how, just that he disappeared and was presumed dead. No one could contact him mentally and there is no trace of him in the Collective. A new Supreme High One has not appeared. The Elders are in charge."
"He is One with the Planet? He's gone? He can't be. I have not had my revenge yet. You are not speaking the truth. If that is the truth, I will have my revenge on all of the Elders. Every last one of them. They can't defend them against my army. I have many squads waiting for their orders. I will send word today they are to finish them at once."
She then called ten guards and stated, "Go to your squads and tell them to concentrate on the Elders. I want them terminated."
"You, Old One. I am releasing you today. Leave my kingdom at once. I shall have two squads watching yon until you reach my border. If you stay, come back, or delay for any reason. I will order your demise."
With this, the Reincarnated Chosen removed the covering of her hands and pulled off the hat and mask."
It can't be.
The Reincarnated Chosen was Eternity.