The Supreme High One is captured
Chapter 17 - Changes
The Old One cursed the anomaly. And the cursed himself for going when he knew something like this could occur. Again, he was the cause of something bad. At one time, he prided himself on learning from his mistakes.
As he was getting ready to go to the palace to try and help Jaz, he decided to try and reach out to her. He began to gather his essence and placed a Collective enhanced barrier. He didn't know how much Jaz had at her disposal.
When he joined the Collective, he began to search for her. At first, he could not locate her because he really didn't know what her new essence felt like. He then thought about using the essence he did recognize. He reached into his memory to bring forth her essence when he first met, and the essence of his last communication with her. He then again reached out to find a contact.
His search was soon answered. He found her; however, her essence was different from his last contact. He remembered she was inexperienced with using any of her powers of telepathy and telekinesis. As he drew closer to her essence, he noticed limited barriers had been placed. He knew this was all she knew how to do.
He then broadened his awareness around her to determine if Limdg and Velez were watching and listening to her. He soon discovered they were, and they were not hiding it. They were sending a warning to all those who would either contact her or try and attempt to gather information secretively.
He was infuriated. He was upset at himself for what he had done, and angry with the two Elders trying to control her. He almost sent a message to Limdg and Veez to inform them he was the real Supreme High One and they were being terminated.
He stopped short of carrying it through. He needed to contact her and that is what needed to be done. He easily worked around the Elder's energy barriers and their contact with Jaz. He accomplished this by creating a false impression of Jaz's thoughts and memories. He placed it into his mind so he could monitor their essence and probing.
After being in place, he reached out to Jaz.
Good day, Supreme High One. I am an Old One who wishes to speak with you. Can you hear me clearly?
There was silence for a brief moment and then Jaz responded, Please, call me Jaz. I am not the Supreme High One. He passed many cycles ago.
As you wish Jaz. I am uncertain if you remember me. I used to be your tutor. I found you in the city of Lewr. You were deaf and I fixed it for you. We traveled as I was tutoring you.
I am sorry, but I do not have any knowledge of what you are saying, except the part about being deaf. How did you find out? Did you probe my mind? Two Elders taught me how to construct an impenetrable barrier.
Whoever taught you how to construct a barrier did not teach you well. Your barrier is very weak and could not withstand a novice probe.
Are you experienced with reading thoughts and looking into memories? asked the Old One.
I was told I have not touched my advanced powers. I was not tutored because no one wanted to tutor me. All I received were individuals probing me without my permission and then leaving. They were abusive when they spoke with me. Some even went as far as to inflict me with some type of energy to hurt me.
If I may ask, what is the color of your skin?
The Smell of Rock. Why do you ask?
All Supreme High Ones have the rarest color, Highest Peak of the Mountain. How were you contacted by the Elders?
I was found roaming around lost trying to find someone to help me. As I know a little about the Collective and using my powers, I was deemed too close to adulthood by the Old Ones.
How was your deafness taken care of?
I remember once meeting an Old One cycles ago. He was a kind and gentle Old One. He stated he could fix my hearing. I seemed to know he was an Old One I could trust. He placed me into sleep and reversed the injury. For a while after, I felt better.
I lost all memory of my past until Limdg and Veez found me and looked into my memory. They stated an Old One offered to tutor me, but I advised him I did not need to be tutored by an Old One because I would be trained by them. So I stayed where I was until they came and got me. I regret doing so.
How did Limdg and Veez find you?
They came to my city and probed the minds of all Young Ones. They stated I was their chosen one because my mind was a clean slate, whatever that meant, and I would be easy to tutor. So far I have not received any help with my abilities.
The Old One decided to attempt something tricky. It wouldn't be difficult to accomplish. However, if Jaz did not believe what she saw and learned, she could easily contact the Elders.
Jaz, he began, I wish to share with you memories I have. They are of you. At one time, I was your tutor. We did much traveling together. You were beyond any other Young One, and some young adult's experience and knowledge. You used and interacted with the Collective, strong barriers, and gathered your essence and stored it.
Why are you teasing me? I have not wronged you.
Please, allow me to show you my memories of you. Because these are about you, you will feel the exact same emotions you had then. That is something I can not do or control. With that, the Old One connected to Jaz's essence and memories.
He started when they first met. He included the conversation he had with her, the healing of her ears, and the request for the Old One to be her tutor. As he was showing her the memories, tears formed in the corners of her eyes. He replayed the conversations and stories he shared with her. He then included the places she saw. After he finished, Jaz was silent.
Are you alright, Jaz?
You used to call me 'Young One" didn't you? Jaz asked.
Yes, I did because I was your tutor. Do you remember anything else? the Old One inquired.
I had powers. I could control them and build very strong barriers. You were right, I was advanced because of my skills and your tutoring. I still remember you are the Supreme High One but do not want any others to know.
Yes, I am the Supreme High One. When I was repairing your eyes, you were open to exploring my mind. That is where you discovered my true identity.
I also remember I could talk with you like this and we had many conversations this way.
You are correct. What else do you remember? Do you know where Limdg and Veez found you and what occurred?
Yes, my memory is becoming quite easy to access now. Two Old Ones discovered me walking around in the desert near Lewr. They contacted some Elders, Limdg and Veez, because they followed their teaching. I remember one of the Old Ones gave me something to consume. That is all I remember until today. How did you find out I was here?
It was announced a new Supreme High One was discovered and was at the palace. Through our past connections, I used the Collective in adding me to find you.
I just remembered how I was found and what happened to me. You were going to the place the color of One with the Planet to try and discover what was happening there. Once you were there, all communication stopped. You advised if I needed you, I would need to send you a message.
I left the cave and began exploring the area. The crystal formations were quite stunning and I lost track of the time. When I was away from the cave. I noticed a darkening above the crystal mountain and your cave. It seemed to be the color of One with the Planet. As I watched, the size appeared to shrink and then stop, and then shrink and stop again. It was then I was knocked backward. I did not remember who I was or where I was. I began to walk on the established path.
It was only a short walk before two Old Ones found me. After talking with them, they advised me I needed to talk to an Elder by the name of Limdg. I don't remember much after that until you woke my memory and restored my powers. Thank you
Let's go back to where you were thrown backward. Did you feel any presence, or consciousness that someone, or something, was controlling or attacking you?
Not from my memory. I just felt dizzy and then was contacted by the Old Ones. I am sorry I do not remember more.
There is no shame in announcing you do not remember. I have an idea how to get you out of there without notice. Do you remember the story of Eternity?
Oh, yes I do.
With your help, I will transport you to my location. We first must combine our energies and open a conduit to the Collective.
The Old One felt the power building within Jaz. She was using the same technique as he used. He soon was contacted by Jaz.
I believe I am ready. I feel like I am unstoppable with our powers combined. Oh my. I can now sense your true power. It feels overwhelming. You have opened up to me on different occasions. But now you seem to have tripled what normally could do. Why is that? Were you not showing me your true potential?
I feel the power as you described it. I have never felt this way before. It is an overwhelming sensation. As you said, I feel like I can do anything. We can explore this new sensation when you get here. Just follow my lead and focus on me. Here we go.
As the Old One focused on Jaz, he imagined her being beside him. While sensing, he discovered he had more than enough energy to teleport Jaz to him. He sensed he had much more essence and was not near his full capacity. He linked Jaz to his essence and began the teleportation.
Here we go. The Old One released all the energy at once. He felt it drain into the power of teleportation of Jaz to him. What would normally take a cycle will only take minutes.
Right after he released the energy, Jaz appeared. This is not how it normally works. The transportation process is very difficult to master and draining of the essence. He felt as if he just moved a tiny crystal shard a small distance from where it was. During the teleportation process, he felt the process did not alter his reserves. The energy must have come out of Jaz's energies.
Jaz was as startled by her being there as the Old One was. She just released her power to the Old One and couldn't even blink before she arrived. She did notice something very strange. The amount of her essence that was to be used for the teleportation process was the same as before she left. It wasn't used to fuel the process.
"Thank you, Jaz for the energy you provided. The teleportation process went very well. Better than I expected. None of my previous teleportations worked as quickly as this one. Simultaneous transportation had never occurred."
"My energy was not used for the teleportation process. This came solely from you," advised Jaz.
"How is that possible? I never possessed that much energy to transport you here by myself," began the Old One. "Are you positive I didn't take any energy? Maybe I put a strain on the Collective's energy. I need to look into that." He then opened a small window into the Collective expecting to view panicked individuals. What he found was peace. Nothing happened. He heard conversations, none of which were discussing a power surge or drain.
"That can't be. There was a tremendous surge. There had to be to instantly teleport you here from that distance. Tell me again what you felt."
Jaz looked quizically at the Old One. What was the big deal about how she got there? She was sure he was making more out of this than he should. "I remember you contacting me that the process was going to begin. Then I was here. I didn't provide any assistance for the teleport."
"And it felt like I did not release my energy, "The Old One added, "I must think about this. Could someone else have assisted in the teleport that neither one of us noticed? That is highly unlikely."
"That or you are becoming a truly Supreme High One," Jaz offered.
How could Eternity be the Reincarnated Chosen? He was not aware she possessed any of her past mental powers. He made sure his barriers were in place, and slowly began to probe her mind and memories again. He met the same barrier as before. Before he could more closely examine it, he saw three Glos approaching him from above. He fortified his physical barrier just as the first attempted to grab him from above. Confident his barrier would hold, he readied himself for the impact. Instead of crashing into the barrier, the Glos grabbed the Supreme High One and lifted him off the ground.
Very much surprised, the Supreme High One began to struggle. As the Glos fly higher, he stopped struggling and attempted to focus. He couldn't. The beast flew higher. He began to feel lightheaded and unable to focus. He lost track of his surroundings and soon became unaware.
When he woke, he did not know where he was. He remembered the Glos flying, but not much after that. He then realized he was in a cage made from crystal. The crystals were the color of One with the Planet, but that was impossible. There were no crystals of that color in the mountains, he was sure of it. He reached out and touched one of the crystals and received a severe shock to his system.
"I see you noticed your new home. I hope you like it. It was designed specifically with you in mind." Eternity said as she walked over to the cage. "For you, there is no way out. Let me explain a few details of your new home. These crystals are not like anything you have experienced back home. They are only found in one cave here. As I found out, they are toxic to any Hydranousian who has any connection to the Collective or their powers."
"How would you have found that out? You are not connected."
"Do you really think just because you declared this quadrant off limits no one would be interested in seeing what is up here? I have had several visitors over the years, mainly newly graduated Young Ones. A Young One by the name of Bzebulite was the first to explore the area and then over the cycles, more would trickle up here."
The Supreme High One remembered Bzebulite. Another innocent was hurt because of him.
"Oh, I can see by your expression you knew him. Don't worry. He didn't last long in the cage. I discovered the more powerful the person, the longer they last in the cage. If you are as powerful as I think you are, we are going to have lots of fun for many cycles," Eternity laughed and then grew serious and began to speak, "Instead of amplifying powers like other crystals, these crystals dampen and siphon your powers. As you are connected to the Collective and have stored energy, you will eventually be terminated in a very painful process."
The Supreme High One just stared at Eternity. He had never experienced or heard of such a thing. He attempted to contact the Collective and discovered he could not. He tried again but with more concentration and the result was the same. He then tried to make contact with his Essence and found that too was unaccessible.
"I see you are trying to make contact with the Collective and no doubt testing to see if what I said was true. Don't worry, it is," she laughed again, this time cruelly, "Now you see what you did to me. I was completely alone as I could no longer hear the Collective. To top that, you sent me here. Alone. You thought I would become One with the Planet, didn't you? I didn't."
"I did not wish you would become One with the Planet. You were a criminal for attempting to overthrow me and the Elders. Instead, I invited you to live in the palace and continue your life without being sent here. Instead of accepting that, you began to plan another uprising. At that point, you gave me no choice. That punishment was just.' Explained the Supreme High One.
"Just? You have no idea what I felt when you sent me here. You have never experienced living without the Collective and not having access to your powers. Since you are a captive audience, allow me to tell you what it was like and how I became the Reincarnated Chosen,"
"When you teleported me here, I was in two places at once. I thought I was descending into Madness. I was incredibly dizzy. The pain was immense. I was certain I was becoming One with the Planet. I could still see the palace for a short time until it began fading. The image of the desert started to increase and became more clear until that was all I was seeing. I was here."
"The teleportation sickness did stop eventually. I was in the North Quadrant, alone and frightened. Nothing could have prepared me for the expansive emptiness of both my surroundings and within my mind. She sank to her knees and passed out."
"When I became conscious, I noticed nothing had changed. I was still in the North Quadrant and had no idea which way to travel. I began to walk toward what appeared to be crystal formations. Because I was cut off from my essence, I couldn't enhance my vision or even increase my speed. I could do nothing with my mind, just think."
"As I began walking, I noticed some type of beast flying high in the sky. It appeared to be carrying something in its claws. While watching, I saw the life form still struggling. Despite what you may think, I do have feelings for others. I began to feel an emotion I have seldom felt before. I felt sorrow for the alien creature and was sad I could not assist."
"I then saw the flying one descend to the ground. When it got there, it began to try and eat the smaller creature. I witnessed the smaller creature fighting back against all odds. I ran toward the creatures yelling and waving her arms. Once I got closer, I picked up a small crystal and threw it at the bigger creature on top. Even though I missed, the flying creature was startled and it flew off, without the smaller one."
"When I arrived, I instantly saw the creature was soft, unlike Hydranousians. The form had upper appendages like us, but at the end of the upper appendage, there were smaller, more delicate-looking appendages. I then noticed the small creature had been badly hurt. As I had the opportunity never had to take care of anyone, I didn't know what to do. I did know, however, that I needed to stop the small creature from passing all of its life fluids. I placed my right appendage on a wound and pushed. The force caused a cry of pain from the smaller one. I lessened my strength to push lighter. It seemed to have worked because the small one did not yell out and the body fluid did not flow as easily as before."
"I needed to keep covering the opening to stop the flow. I did not know what to do. I thought about putting a piece of crystal on the wound to hold down the wound. Before I went to look for a suitable crystal, I noticed some type of vegetation on the small one's body. When I bent down to look closer, I saw a small opening. With the size of my appendage, and the frantic grab, I ripped the covering off. I suddenly had an idea."
"I placed the covering on the opening of the wound and took more of the vegetation and ripped some of it off to place on the other wounds to stop the leakage. When I had used up all the vegetation I still had one more wound to cover. I decided to use the covering from the vegetation it was wearing and placed it on the uncovered wound. It stayed where I placed it, and applied slight pressure on the wound. After pressing the would briefly, I removed the pressure to see what the wound looked like."
"When I looked at the wounds, I saw there was no more leakage of the life fluids. I then tried to rouse the small one to try and communicate."
"'You, small one, wake up. I require information from you.' I softly started to gently shake the creature. At first, I thought the small creature had become One with the Planet when it did not rouse. I became upset because I had put much effort into fixing the wounds. How would I get the information regarding this land and how to get back to my home? I attempted to shake it one more time, this time a little harder. Success! The smaller creature opened its eyes. It then began making a lot of noise.
"Ch-chir nim-o tk tk! Ch-chir nim-o tk tk!"
"I did not have any idea what the smaller creature was trying to say. 'I don't understand you. What are you saying? Speak Hydranousian.'"
"The Young one stopped making the noises. It looked at me with wide eyes. It then spoke, 'You be Hydranousian? You be Reincarnated Chosen,' then promptly lay down prostrate in front of me."
"You speak my language? How is that possible? Who taught you? Can you take me to them?" She paused and then suddenly said, "I'm who? What are you saying?"
"The small creature looked at me with respectful eyes and kept kneeling before me, 'You are be Reincarnated Chosen. Leader. You do you not remember us?'"
"No, I don't remember. What do you mean I am your Reincarnated Chosen? I have never heard that before. Is there someone else I can talk with? Where do you live? I demand you take me there."
"'Of course, anything you want, I do. I am damaged. We will travel slowly until the others see us.' He then got up and began hobbling as his appendage that was broken. 'Please, this way, Reincarnated Chosen.'"
"After walking for a while, I asked the creature what was that animal that attacked him."
"'That was Tra. Tra attacks our villages and takes the unwary away. I was gathering when one spotted me. I did not hear the call to flee. I was caught. You saved me. You are Reincarnated Chosen. You must be injured. At your home, you will get better.'"
The Supreme High One listened to Eternity's tale. He could not believe what she just told him. He could not, however, determine the truth while he was inside the crystal cage. He would try again to reach his essence and power but needed to distract her.
"If this is true, how did you end up here? Who, or what, was the Reincarnated One before you? That creature was a Tra?"
"You don't listen well when you are scheming to touch your powers."
How did she know that is what I was doing? Did she get her powers back? If so, how?
"You fool. I don't have any powers except what I have acquired over the many cycles I have been here. I have acquired a keen sense of observation. I read your face and actions, not your mind. You have never changed since the last time we saw each other. I have." Eternity gloated.
"My mind has become more organized and disciplined since you first examined it over 800 cycles ago. While I do not possess any barriers, I have disciplined my mind to the point where I am aware of everything around me and any changes that might occur. I also have much more heightened senses than you. My hearing, vision, and sense of touch are much more acute. I have adapted to my new environment. Instead of relying on Essence and powers, I rely on me alone."