Tritherion and I had been out hunting demons that were beyond the power of redemption - it´s his favorite hobby. Since our magical steeds had been eaten, we gladly accepted when Raaba happened by and offered us a ride home in her moon chariot."Oh dear," said Soltana. She well knew that Raaba could not stomach the sight of blood.
Why Tritherion insists on collecting the heads of all his victims, I´ll never know. But we were having a perfectly pleasant conversation when he decides to take them out of his sack and show them proudly to our cousin. They were still dripping.
Raaba became violently ill, and lost control of the chariot. We were all dumped into the North Sea, while the giant moon owls pulled the empty chariot away. We were all quite startled - a great disadvantage when the sea serpents attacked us."Oh my," said Soltana. "Was he all right?"
Luckily, Uncle Jvelto scooped us out of the water and deposited us safely on the rocky shore. Poor Raaba was still retching, and the Oceanlord used his powers to purify her bodily fluids and calm her sick stomach. Raaba and I thanked Jvelto - we were very grateful.
But Tritherion leaped to his feet and, I´m ashamed to admit, he shoved our uncle. Or tried to. Jvelto is very strong, and stood unmoving in the face of Tritherion´s rude behavior.
"Why did you do that?" Tritherion demanded. "Those monsters have killed innocents. I was just about to punish them when you interfered."
"Interfered! " Jvelto bellowed. "Listen here you upstart little godling. That is MY ocean. I don´t want you splashing around in MY waters and chopping up MY sea serpents."
"Justice knows no boundaries," said Tritherion. "By land or sea. I have the right to pursue evil and exact vengeance wherever I please."
"Fine!" Jvelto roared. "Pursue it!" Without warning, he grabbed Tritherion by the scruff of the neck and tossed him far out into the ocean.
Then the Great Captain summoned a hurricane and flew off on the back of its terrible winds. Raaba and I clung to he rocks until the violent storm had passed. Then we stood and peered out toward the ocean, looking for some sign of Tritherion.
Raaba and I had just decided to go in search of Tritherion when we spotted him in the distance. He had given up pursuing the speedy sea creatures and had begun to swim back to the shore.Soltana nodded sadly. "She longs for her father´s forgiveness. But Torodin will not give it."
"This is going to take a very long time," said Raaba, for my brother was many miles away. "Should we help him?"
"No. Jvelto wanted to teach him a lesson. It is not our place to interfere. Let us sit here on the beach and wait for him."
"Very well. In the mean time, I shall telepathically summon my moon chariot."
We were both very surprised when the chariot arrived with Sharess inside. I could tell that she´d been crying.
All seemed well, at first. Raaba greeted Sharess kindly enough.Soltana nodded approvingly. "Her sorrow has made her more compassionate."
"Sharess, what a surprise."
The goddess of beauty gave her a wan smile. "Your poor owls were in a panic, and they got tangled in some vines. I stopped to help them."
The moon goddess inspected her chariot for damage. Then she thanked Sharess. "That was kind of you."Briseis glared at her husband.
"It was nothing. Why were they flying without you? I feared you might have come to some harm, so I came with them to find you."
"I became ill, and they spooked," said Raaba, and explained what had happened.
Sharess agreed to wait with us for Tritherion´s return. After a while, she shyly turned to Raaba.
"By the way, cousin. I´ve been meaning... I, uh, I should congratulate you on your engagement. I do hope you and Remiére will be very happy."
"Thank you," said Raaba. I could tell she was astonished, as was I. Sharess always acted as if she were in love with Remiére herself. But then, it is sometimes hard to tell with her. She is often very affectionate.
"Or so I´ve heard. Anyway, we talked for a long time. Raaba and Sharess were actually warming up to each other when Tritherion finally swam up and climbed onto the rocks to join us.""Did Raaba go after her?" asked Soltana in alarm. She disliked her offspring fighting to the death.
"Sharess, Raaba," he said, as he wrung the sea water from his long hair. "Greetings."
Sharess beamed at him. "Hi there, handsome."
Tritherion frowned at her. "Do not try your wiles on me, cousin. I was teaching Remiére a lesson yesterday, and I saw the claw marks you scored onto his back. 'Twas enough to slow the sword arm of the mightiest warrior."
Raaba shrieked in rage and fell upon Sharess. The two goddesses battled as savagely as Azkal and Athelstan. I was badly injured when I separated them.
Sharess protested that Remiére was only trying to get other women out of his system before the wedding, as he was determined to be a faithful husband. But Raaba would not listen, and tried to attack Sharess again. I was forced to detain the moon maiden while Sharess escaped.
No. She remarked that Sharess would likely find a man to hide her. I am, of course, omitting a few colorful metaphors.Soltana sighed and stood. "I will rescue the god of fortune. Raaba would not dare to refuse me. Estereal, I leave you to deal with Tritherion. And do not be too easy on him."
Since Sharess was safe, Raaba hopped into her chariot and went in search of Remiére. Before I could stop her (Tritherion refused to help, saying that Raaba was entitled to her revenge.), Raaba had banished her betrothed to the dark side of her moon. She won´t let anyone near. If someone doesn´t save him soon, Remiére will freeze to death.