|A Horse Named Merlin
Author: Ryumaru shogunate PM
A boy dicovers a magical horse, and they go on a mild adventure... Classic!Rated: Fiction K - English - Fantasy - Words: 728 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 07-29-06 - id: 2220924
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"A Horse Named Merlin"
The great Myth Wars have been over for roughly a century. Thus the carnage and loss are still fresh in the minds of many of the surviving elders. This is why they forbid the use of magic and the art of the sword. Men are now kept to their plow, and women their spinner. The children are forbidden the knowledge of their great and horrific heritage. These elders hope to stamp out the lust for power that sadly is a futile part of man, and is about to rear its head yet again. With the origins set we begin.
Yama was a simple stable boy, who like all the other children disliked the secrecy surrounding their people's past. The difference was his determination to discover the information he sought. He was known for his escape attempts all of which were in the name of discovery. He never gives these up despite the punishments he receives.
It was during one of these escape attempts that Yama met a very special friend. He was trying to hide in the woods near the main road hoping the heat would die down, but as he usually did he got board and started walking down the road. While taking his hike he was intercepted by a strange merchant who felt children should not be alone in the woods. He pulled Yama up on his horse and continued in the opposite direction from where Yama wanted to go. He was headed for Yama's village. He asked Yama where he could keep his horse, and reluctantly he showed them the way to the stables he worked at. He quietly put the horse in a stall and gave him some hay. When Yama looked up there was no merchant! He was alone with the strange horse. Suddenly there was a voice, in his head! The voice told him not to worry there was never a merchant. He was a trick that the horse used to get to know him. It hit Yama the voice was coming from the horse!
The horse continued talking to him, telling Yama bits of information. His name was Merlin, and he had once been owned by Merlin the Weird. When he realized that Yama had no idea who or what any of the things he was talking about were he began to explain the history behind the mythic age. After giving him the history lesson Merlin explained the reason he had come to Yama. He told Yama that he had unusual powers, and he could teach Yama to use them on one condition, that Yama helped him get back his golden feed sack. In addition to teaching Yama how to use his powers he will also make him the new ruler of these lands. Compared to the quests of the mythic age this quest was simple. The only catch was that a young dragon guarded the bag.
Merlin taught Yama how to influence the minds of the unprotected, and told him that the dragon was likely unprotected. He also taught Yama how to use a sword, and of course gave him one. This was just in case the dragon was protected. After training the boy for a few weeks Merlin decided it was time. The odd pair made the mild journey to the cave where the bag was guarded. Merlin was right, the dragon's mind was not guarded, and so Yama easily influenced him to join his council. Merlin took his feedbag, and an instant after putting his head in the bag turned into a human!
This transformation was explained that he had been Merlin the Weird the entire time; he had been fed cursed food that turned him into a horse. The feed in the bag was the only cure. Needless to say Merlin kept his promise and made Yama king. Yama made himself a council, and his most entrusted advisor was the dragon that was now known as Orion the wise. Though this is a happy ending for these brave adventurers and friends, but they have many more adventures of legendary proportions.