Ruby Gate

A screech pierced the air
It did give Hound Master Nikolai a scare
It had been his cause to flight
He legs now sore from running all night
While resting himself and pack
Again the air was cut with fear of an attack
A chance he could not take
His legs mustered though they did ache
Two celestial hounds him did accompany
The size of wolves and fur amber brown
With green eyes the combed the horizon
The third scanned the sky he flies in

With golden wings before setting down

These were the three in his company
Their adversary a falconer
With a flock as his reconer
They hunt for the master
Plotting his disaster
He holds the key to the gate
That holds back beasts irate
There is a wall that holds at bay
Beasts and creatures of fei
At its entrance is a keeper
But he is a deep sleeper
If he were to wake
His rouser’s direction he would take
To wake the keeper from slumber
Requires a potion of things in number
The keeper has one key component
A ruby his master handed in bestowment
In his haste he makes a path
Unaware of the cause for chase
The Hound Master does so race

To escape the falconers wrath

He entered forest deep
Where eyes of falcon do not creep
Making haste to inner keep in castle near
For guidance from Wilfreya the Muted Seer
Though much she spews is poison word
At times like this not all her wisdom is absurd
The hounds show the way
Till gone again is light of day
Outside stone walls grey and tan
He feels so small a man
Looking for entry way or door
He finds neither nor
Yet he recalls a chant from school
Then dives into the moated pool
Down he swims till under wall
Through smallest opening he then crawl
Up then to ascend
Out a well on the other end
In courtyard blue as water
He there saw an otter
It him did assess
before leaving the garden in a mess
From up tower a stone did sail
A message from seer it did mail
Advice against his own plight
Dour still would be his flight
Northward  he was to set
After a night in castle walls wet
Lightning and thunder cover gave
Falcons this weather did not brave
Till early morning broke in
Hound Master’s travel did then begin
The sun crossed a quarter of sky
When him she did spy
She the forest keeper
Ceased him from trekking any deeper
“What is your name and where you go
This among other things must I know”
With arrow notched near her eye
He paused forming a reply
“Hound Master Nikolai
On my way to the Temple Kinay
Prioress Thierry will I speak
She to advise on what I seek.”
“Through my wood you shall not pass
I, Alena, am not in agreement with the lass
To domesticate my land she tries
She offers open hands full of lies
If knowledge is what you seek
Go around like others meek”
It was then first hound did attack
Snuck from above at her back
Uncertain of what came from above
Alena held the second back with glove
The third bound came in for a bite
With dagger back she did fight
“Do you yield this fight
Away from the Falconer I make flight
Your politics I not my concern
travels beyond here I yearn
The trees cover do provide
In open field he will spy my hide.
“I yield you right of way
Be gone from my forest by end of day
Else, forest spirits you shall curse
If you stay is longer it will be worse
In my forest again, you be
Your end I will see.”
“Alena forest keeper
No harm I meant as I slinker
Yet my offense you did make
My hounds my defense did take
We flee now into the shade
Hopefully you are not too dismayed”
For two days they made haste
Out from forest into waste
Till on horizon seen
Snow-capped mountains gleam
And in the barren lands did find
A fourth hound in a bind
You jackal pup in trap
Its strength nearly sap
Nikolai did aid render
Jackal yipped thanks to him
Then followed the quartet on a whim
She lead them to water and food
To alleviate their mood
And then one day travel more
She lead them off wasteland floor
And now the Hound Master stood
Outside tall walls of wood.
From spire in the air
Came question of who stood there
A friendly rapport did follow
When by Nikolai foot fell swallow
A threat from up high
Delivered by Falconer’s ally
Sanctuary was extended
Inside walls to be defended
Prioress was Falconer’s foe
From family rival long ago
Prioress detailed Falconer’s goal
Of his want of stone red
And if need be Nikolai dead
Debate was had on action
But no plan claimed satisfaction
One night days later came
The Falconer to stake his claim
He brought other beasts of air
Giant gryphons with claws to bare
Lesser chimera with breath of fire
And trolls with machine of ire
He made demands of ruby bright
Prioress told him to take flight
Hound Master made his stand
With four faithful in command
Each an opponent did face
Not everyone won the race
One spectral hound did fall
Along with wings clipped to small
As Nikolai contemplated giving death

Falconer lay breathing heavy breath

“Heed my word young brother
After you come another
Your fight has just begun
She will chase you under next sun”
“Do not speak of kin to me
I give your final breath to thee.
There will be no other after you
Or do they see through birds too?
“No the bird shall no longer vex you sky
She is far more sly
With beasts shadow dark
That is how she will find her mark
I see you next when gates ajar
We both come from fae lands afar
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