TITLE: Manitou Island

GENRES: Fantasy, adventure, drama, mythology.

RATING: PG-13

SUMMARY: Teenager Charmian has been chosen by the demon Dreamspinner to be guardian and protector of a young woman who holds the salvation of an entire island in her hands. But when the Island in question is populated by hideous spirits and monsters bent on its destruction, can it truly be saved? An original serial fantasy with dreams, Ojibwa mythology, and maybe a teeny little smattering of Jung.

WRITING STATUS: Completed.

WRITING DATE: 2001-2003.

LENGTH: 110 chapters, 380,000+ words.

CONTENT WARNINGS: Fantasy violence, mild adult language, mild adult themes.

COPYRIGHT: This story and all characters, unless otherwise stated in the Disclaimers, are copyright © tehuti_88 and may not be used or distributed without permission. The reader is free to print out or download a copy of this story for offline reading as long as the author's copyright information remains upon it. Please do not distribute; if you wish to share this story, send a link to this page.

DISCLAIMERS: Ocryx and his "species" are © the Haunted Theatre of Mackinac Island. Certain characters such as Manabozho are from Ojibwa mythology. Although aspects of this story are loosely based on Ojibwa mythology and culture, artistic license has been taken as this is a FANTASY story. Please take note that this story was written between 2001-2003 and that my writing style and understanding of the mythology I created have changed vastly in the meantime.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Featured in the Action/Adventure Newsletter, Drama Newsletter, and Fantasy Newsletter (twice); winner of the Amazing Works In Progress Award, July 2002 (Writing dot com).


Table Of Contents

Part 1: The Dream Begins
The Dreamspinner searches for the one who may help save the Island...

Part 2: The Gem & The Photo
Charmian first receives the mysterious picture...

Part 3: The Story Of An Island
Charmian learns of the picture, and of a strange interdimensional Island...

Part 4: Dreaming While You Sleep
Charmian receives a mysterious visitor to her dreams...

Part 5: Into The Mist
Charmian and Drake board the boat for Mackinac Island, only to end up on...

Part 6: First Contact
Charmian and Drake meet their first native, who tells them of the Island...

Part 7: Silver Eagle Feather
Silver Eagle Feather tells Charmian and Drake about the manitou spirits...

Part 8: Top Of The Island
Charmian finally meets the demon from her dreams...

Part 9: A Shy Bird Emerges
Charmian and Drake meet Red Bird, and learn more of their mission...

Part 10: Shanghaied
Charmian and Drake are taken captive by some strange creatures!...

Part 11: Sheep In Wolf's Clothing
Charmian and Drake learn the identity of the new Ocryx...

Part 12: Standing Ground
The group faces a hostile band of manitous...

Part 13: Sugar Loaf
A wounded X is transported to Sugar Loaf Rock...

Part 14: A Body & A Mission
Following a gruesome discovery, Tal Natha makes a difficult decision...

Part 15: The Devil's Lake
Charmian and Tal Natha meet with the forbidding Ocryx...

Part 16: Father & Son
Silver Eagle Feather makes the lake demon an offering...

Part 17: Frightful Future
Charmian receives visions of a possible horrific future...

Part 18: Fallout
The group discusses Charmian's vision and the fate of the Island...

Part 19: Little Girl Lost
Charmian seeks help for X, but someone else finds her instead...

Part 20: Noble Savages
A GeeBee takes Charmian for a ride - and she meets another Islander...

Part 21: Rival Affections
Justin helps X, but Tal Natha is not very appreciative...

Part 22: Calling Out
Augwak appears, with a strangely familiar-looking weapon...

Part 23: Bird Of Prey
Tal Natha receives a deadly blow - and Red Bird erupts in anger!...

Part 24: Dream Into Action
The GeeBees get what for!...and Charmian enters Tal Natha's dream...

Part 25: A Demon Lost
Charmian has a heart-to-heart with a lost, frightened Tal Natha...

Part 26: Magical Mystery Tour
Charmian finds a way to help Tal Natha, but it may be worse than the problem...

Part 27: No Place Like Home
Charmian returns to a familiar place for an important item...

Part 28: Head Below Water
Charmian takes a dangerous dip into Devil's Lake...

Part 29: An Offer He Can't Refuse
Charmian attempts to strike a deal with a hostile Ocryx...

Part 30: Merger
Dakh and Sikt make a request, and Charmian comes upon a gruesome sight...

Part 31: Fatal Furies
Charmian seeks more help, and Drake bites off more than he can chew...

Part 32: Out Of Mind
Drake is back - but not quite as Charmian expected!...

Part 33: The Name Game
X receives a new name, and the group heads back to camp...

Part 34: Brewing Bombshell
Charmian and Drake learn some exciting news from Red Bird...

Part 35: The Council Of Elders
Charmian speaks before the council of elders...

Part 36: Alone In The Dark
Charmian enters the darkness alone, and encounters another presence...

Part 37: Shattered Facade
Charmian learns the Ocryx's story, and heads for Cave of the Woods...

Part 38: Beneath The Surface
Charmian and Justin make their way through Cave of the Woods...

Part 39: Basic Training
Charmian speaks with Moon Wolf - who isn't quite as friendly as he was last time...

Part 40: Face The Music
Charmian is forced to confront Augwak - alone - when a greater evil arrives...

Part 41: Broken Spirit
Charmian realizes she must confront Ocryana - for Augwak's sake...

Part 42: Rock Hunt
Charmian seeks out Augwak's spirit - but at what cost?...

Part 43: The Enemy Of My Enemy
Charmian makes a bargain of a different kind...

Part 44: Green-Eyed Monster
Charmian heads back to the Cave with Pomiere-Augwak in tow...

Part 45: Crack-In-The-Island
Charmian descends beneath the Earth to find Augwak's body...

Part 46: The Borderlands
Charmian follows the mist and finds herself in a strangely familiar place...

Part 47: Breaking The Surface
Charmian takes Augwak's body to the Dupries house, and meets an old friend...

Part 48: Interim/After The Interim
Charmian and Mani decide to pay a visit to Sugar Loaf Rock, when something moves...

Part 49: Scent Of Evil
Charmian and X'aaru run straight into something unpleasant...

Part 50: The Land In The Bow
Charmian and X'aaru enter a temporary haven of the oddest sort - but ONLY temporary...

Part 51: Atop The Arch
Atop Arch Rock, Charmian and X'aaru face off against mysterious enemies...

Part 52: Standoff
It's a faceoff between three Ocryxes, and Ocryana appears to have the upper hand...

Part 53: Worse Than The Disease
Charmian learns the devastating cost of her efforts...

Part 54: Queen Of The Wendigoes
Charmian confronts her captor - who isn't quite what she expected...

Part 55: Persona Non Grata
A tense talk with Ocryx ensues...and Charmian begins to suspect something strange...

Part 56: Elemental
Charmian expresses her fears - and a mysterious identity may be revealed...

Part 57: Strange Bedfellows
Tal Natha expresses his own concerns, and Charmian receives an unpleasant visitor...

Part 58: Mind & Body
Charmian digs up Augwak's body, but it isn't as obedient as she thought...

Part 59: Downtown Train
Charmian decides to pay a visit to town, but the townspeople say otherwise...

Part 60: A Look In A Book
Charmian seeks help from Marcott - but finds the solution is closer than she thought!...

Part 61: Cheating The Cheater
Augwak retrieves his own body - and Charmian suspects something sinister...

Part 62: The Dreamer & The Dream
Charmian meets Nathalit - the Dreamer - for the second time...

Part 63: Roadmap Of Pain
Charmian confronts Justin about a battered Shadow Water...

Part 64: The Ugly Truth
Justin tells Charmian the truth - and Charmian prepares herself for a trip...

Part 65: Dreams Remembered
Charmian and company enter the rainbow, and Red Bird gets a shock...

Part 66: Changing Places
A trip to Devil's Kitchen results in two ominous visions...

Part 67: Trespass
Charmian is forced to head back to Devil's Lake...

Part 68: Family Matters
Mother and son have a falling out - and an unwelcome face makes its reappearance...

Part 69: Scared Senseless
Charmian parts ways with Sikt, and heads off after the beast on her own...

Part 70: Failing Vision
Charmian seeks her spirit animal - but crosses paths with someone a bit more important...

Part 71: Great Rabbit
Charmian's fate becomes a matter of debate!...

Part 72: The Sum Of Her Parts
With Manabozho's assistance, Charmian begins to learn of her true powers...

Part 73: Looking For Trouble
Charmian seeks to prove her skills - but finds an enemy in need of help, instead...

Part 74: Giving Spirit
Deadly enemies face off, more than bodily wounds are inflicted - and a sacrifice is made...

Part 75: Half & Half
Ocryx tells Charmian of Justin's strange past, a bargain gone badly wrong...

Part 76: Dream Quest
Having no luck at the Dupries house, Charmian finds herself in a dark dream...

Part 77: Dark Reflection
Dakh takes Charmian on a tour of a strange dream, and Red Bird makes a promise...

Part 78: Interim/Counting Coup
Manabozho taunts Charmian into an unwilling realization...

Part 79: Missing In Action
Charmian seeks Tal Natha, but he's not the only thing that's strangely missing...

Part 80: Dreams Reborn
A pivotal moment arrives, and Red Bird goes away into the forest...

Part 81: Bad Faith
A warning from Moon Wolf leaves Charmian with an uneasy feeling...

Part 82: Reflections Realized
Charmian accepts her reflection; and a strange mass journey begins upon the Island...

Part 83: Dead Dreams Don't Die
Charmian at last realizes the bizarre source of Ocryana's power...

Part 84: Shadow Rising
Charmian demands an answer of Shadow Water - who gives her more than just that...

Part 85: Clash
Tempers erupt in fury - and an ally becomes a dreaded enemy...

Part 86: Heal Thyself
Charmian convinces Justin that he may have the power to help a struggling Tal Natha...

Part 87: Face The Future
Red Bird faces an agonizing decision, and an agonizing sacrifice...

Part 88: Intervention
Charmian decides it's time for an intervention with a stubborn lake demon...

Part 89: The Lesser Of Two Evils
Ocryx won't listen to Charmian. Will someone else, even more hostile than he?...

Part 90: Bad Blood
Not even the closest blood can be trusted, as Charmian learns...

Part 91: Turning The Tables
Aid comes to Charmian - from the most unexpected source...

Part 92: The Coming Storm
A squabble with Moon Wolf is interrupted by a menacing presence...

Part 93: Atonement
The fight is out of Charmian's hands as Moon Wolf steps forward...

Part 94: The Student Succeeds
Charmian ponders what she is to do next, and it involves a risky promise to fulfill...

Part 95: Offering Denied
Charmian's having a hard time getting Shadow Water to accept her gift!...

Part 96: Shadow Falls
This battle looks ugly - until an unexpected party arrives...

Part 97: Spirit Siege
Shadow Water meets a strange fate; and Tal Natha reaches a breaking point...

Part 98: Force Of Persuasion
Charmian's persuasion may be the only thing between the Island and destruction...

Part 99: Soul Sacrifice
Red Bird and Tal Natha make the same fatal decision...

Part 100: The Dreamer Speaks
Nathalit reveals the true story of those upon the Island...

Part 101: The Power Of Love
Red Bird's purpose is revealed, and Charmian learns of her next mission...

Part 102: More Flies With Honey
How do you convince your biggest enemies to help you? Charmian needs to know!...

Part 103: The Frail White Flag
Charmian's "recruitment" efforts continue, and everyone heads to the Crack...

Part 104: Ground Zero
The Islanders meet at the Crack to prepare for their greatest battle ever...

Part 105: Ascent Of Evil
A dark force, drawn by dreams, approaches the Crack for a final showdown...

Part 106: Torn Asunder
Charmian and the others make one last mad dash to halt Ocryana's plans...

Part 107: The Summoning
There's only one chance left to save Manitou Island! Will Charmian win?...

Part 108: Fight To The Finish
Charmian confronts Ocryana in a final showdown for Manitou Island...

Part 109: Save The Island!
The ultimate battle for Manitou Island concludes in the Gemfields...

Part 110: Every Dream Ends
Charmian and Drake say their goodbyes, and head home from Manitou Island...