Forrest Cameranesi, Geek of All Trades

Darak Meij: Part 3

Wizard rangers and mundane authorities alike report sightings of Mav to the makeshift coalition between the wizards and government agents with whom young Darak is already familiar and somewhat comfortable. As they continue to try (with some but insufficient success) to improve communication with Darak and acclimate him to proper behavior among civilized people, they travel constantly in pursuit of Mav, the only way to keep Darak appeased. As they are basically escorting a living weapon that they cannot completely control, advance messengers are covertly sent to warn and coordinate with the authorities of the other settlements where Darak and his convoy are headed. There is much strife and skepticism in reaction to the demands placed on the mundane authorities of these settlements to accommodate Darak and the hazards he brings, and they only concede to those demands because their intelligence suggests that Mav is organizing the thus-far-disorganized warlocks of the world in a united effort to conquer mundane civilization and then use it to crush the wizards who have long been the bane of warlock kind. Quietly, away from the ears of the wizards with whom they are nominally allied, mundane authorities agree that it really might be better to do away with the wizards after all, for the kind of trouble magic is bringing them. But they also agree that the warlocks are a greater threat at present, and it is more prudent to band together to defeat Mav and her forces now, but keeping in mind that it is a coalition of independent nations in turn cooperating with the wizards, and not a coalition under the control of the wizards. As the mundane nations increase their cooperation, they are better able to preempt attacks by Mav, arrange to have Darak present to meet her and drive her off again, and keep out of his line of fire for their own safety, though collateral damage continues to be a problem. (More details).

Eventually Mav is driven from the Otherlands entirely, and takes flight to the Midlands, to start her plot over again there, thinking that the Coalition will leave her alone if she abandons their territories. The mundane authorities are inclined to do just that, and let the Midlands deal with Mav themselves. But they are not able to stop Darak from pursuing her, and fearing the international debacle that would ensue should he cause havok in the Midlands in pursuit of her, the Coalition is forced to get ahead of the problem, reach out to the rest of the world to warn them of both Mav and Darak, and in doing so expand the Coalition and its uneasy alliance with wizardkind to a global scale. Barely beginning to rally Midlands warlocks to her side yet, Mav is met with quite an unpleasant welcome when Midlands authorities guide Darak's wrath down upon her again. She flees into the Westerlands, whose authorities are already being brought on board with the Coalition, and so she is quickly routed through them and forced out to sea, hoping to find refuge across it in the Easterlands. But the Coalition has already made alliances there as well, and when she is quickly identified upon her arrival there she flees before Darak can even catch up with her. (More details).

She is eventually forced into retreat to the uninhabited active volcanic islands of the South Sea, where she is finally cornered by Darak and killed in a spectacular duel with him; whereupon Darak's own mundane special forces reinforcements kill him with sniper rifles from a distance, as they had planned all along. The handful of enraged wizards accompanying the expedition find themselves unexpectedly outmatched by the mundane armed forces they thought they were allied with, and are forced to stand down. They are allowed, at least, to retrieve the body of Darak. In the years that soon follow, mages in general are shunned and the practice of magic is legally barred from mundane society. The mages abandon their attempts to even guide the mundane world, and instead establish their own secretive, isolated nation centered on their old temple in the ancient wilds of the Southerlands. (More details).