“This guy really knows how to cook”, Shabby sighed and remembered the delicious meals they were served yesterday. He shifted a little on Flitz´ back trying to get in a more comfortable position. They had just started the last leg of the journey. “Stop fidgeting” Flitz replied. “ You are ruining the wonderful graciousness of my flight! It was a good decision to spend the night with the mushroom: Good food and good company”, he added. Then he enquired:” Do you know why we were sent with this heavy letter to Portus? It must be very important. Portus is one of the Great Seven, isn´t he?”
“Yes, I have an idea”, Shabby replied, feeling for the big stuffed envelope secured in his vest pocket. “
The Great Seven Magicians
There are seven Great Magicians in the fairy tale dimension. The old tree magician teaching at the magic school is the leader of this group. (See The Magic School).
You met the three magicians who delivered the power of the ring to me the ring bearer: The snake, the badger and the butterfly in this post The Ring Bearer. They also belong to the Great Seven.
The job of the Great Seven is monitoring the magic evolution of the fairy tale dimension. They collect new spells, or work on new areas of magic that were not yet included in the blueprint of the FTD. They test them and put together a list of recommended changes. The only being that can change the blueprint and incorporate these new areas of magic is the ring bearer. The ring bearer has to master the third living rune on his ring that represents the blueprint of the FTD to change the blueprint.
The illness in the fairy tale dimension
Shabby tells Flitz: “Our assignment must have something to do with this mysterious illness that is spreading all over the FTD. I have heard that there has been an increased demand for special agents to transport urgent messages because of this.”
Flitz asks: ”What illness?” Shabby replies: ”Something seems to be spreading all over the FTD from the centre outwards. People feel tired and off. The plants and the countryside are also affected. I researched a bit in our library at the central depot. It seems that every 2,000 years or so a frequency change occurs in the FTD. This is part of our regular evolution. Some people say that we are entering a higher frequency range, whatever this means. In the human world you could compare this to the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution changed the technical development and thereby the environment completely. In the FTD our equivalent to technology is magic. We are waiting to do a big step that is by now overdue. It has something to do with the energy everywhere and the frequency that is emanating through everything. “
“Oh, I was not aware of this”, Flitz put in, “I have never heard anything about this in our history lessons.”
“You are right”, Shabby answered, “there is no record of this ever having happened. Never before was there a nationwide illness in the FTD. This is why it took the Great Seven so long to put together what was happening. The frequency change has to be completed by the ring bearer. It should have been completed over a thousand years ago. Because of this time lag our whole dimension is affected.”
“What happened? Why was the change not completed by the ring bearer?“ Flitz asked.
“Not one of the ring bearers who were in office during the last thousand years managed to work with the third rune of his ring. “ Shabby answered. “You know that the ring bearer comes alternately from our dimension and the human dimension? The ring bearers are not gods but normal people. They do have special traits and abilities like being exceptional healers or magicians but that is it. They have to be able to accept themselves a hundred per cent before they can work with the last rune that represents our dimension. It is a living rune and the ring bearer has to become one with the rune. When he is not ready and engages this rune he will die. Sadly this happened a few times in the last few hundred years. Normally it would not really matter when one ring bearer does not manage the third rune. The next one or the one after that would learn how to do it eventually.”
“OK.” Flitz mused. “So our whole dimension is in danger. Interesting. Do you know what I think: The humans are rocking their boat in their dimension quite hard at the moment with climate change on earth and the shift in consciousness going on everywhere. I feel that we are in an equally dangerous situation here.”
“You might have a point there”. Shabby conceded. “The two dimensions really are very close.”
They flew on towards Portus´ home. Portus, the magician Shabby and Flitz went to deliver their letter to was the fifth of Great Seven. He was living in the castle of his brother´s family. His brother was the reigning king of his fairy tale country. Portus was an owl and looked like you would picture a scholar: He had brown always slightly ruffled feathers and wore thick glasses perched low on his beak.
When Shabby and Flitz landed in the courtyard of the castle the sun was starting to set. A man of the guard came forward to ask them what they wanted. Shabby got off, greeted him politely and asked to see Portus personally because he had an important letter to deliver to him.
They were led into the entrance hall and told to wait there. They looked around the high ceiling and the rough red stonewalls that did not have any ornaments or tapestry. There were only a few chandeliers with candles giving off a diffuse light.
Soon after they entered Portus came shuffling down the hallway. He inspected the two looking closely at them: “You are the special agents who have important news for me?” He held out his wing and Shabby gave him the thick envelope. The seal on the envelope started to talk to Portus in a strange language and he answered in the same way. Then the seal dissolved. Portus walked a few steps, took out the letter and began to read. He had already totally forgotten our two friends.
After ten minutes a servant came along and saw them standing there. He walked over and said: “Greetings! You must be the mail people. Don´t mind him,” he pointed to Portus doing an eye roll, “sometimes he is not from this world. The king offers you hospitality for the night. Come on I will get you something to eat and show you to your room.” Glad to be relieved of their duty the two followed the servant to the spacious kitchen where a big pot of stew was bubbling over a fire. The smell of freshly baked bread made their mouths water. The servant sat them down at a big table and left. A cook came over to serve them. When they were finally digging into their dessert of fruit and cake the cook sat down to chat with them. He inquired about their journey and when Flitz told him what he knew of the illness he offered some information himself:
“We are seeing some of the effects of this illness here, too. For example we could only harvest half the amount of apples form our trees this season. Some of the older citizens can hardly move because they feel so stiff. Then there is a dramatic increase in skin diseases. A lot of people develop rashes or pustules. Portus has borrowed my biggest pot to put together magic potions and skin ointments in great quantities. They help a little.”
He added: “The Great Seven Magicians have been communicating a lot these days. They reached out to the ring bearer and we are expecting her visit some time during the next few weeks.” The cook cleared away their dishes and bade them a good night. The two retired.
In the morning they woke up early to sounds of big bustling outside their door. They dressed quickly and made their way to the kitchen through the people crowding the hallways. The cook greeted them sweating from kneading dough: “Good morning! Sit down and help yourself to some food. I will be with you in a minute.”
Shabby was peeling an egg when the cook sat down across from them: “I don´t have much time!” he exclaimed. “The ring bearer is going to be here any minute and I have so much to prepare!” Shabby and Flitz looked at each other and raised their eyebrows. Now, this was cool! Perhaps they could catch a glimpse of the ring bearer herself!
To be continued…
Addendum: The frequency change in the fairy tale dimension was implemented on February 3rd 2018.
© Inge Schumacher