Bk 1, Pt 2: “What Has Gone Before” [Part 5]
THE CODEX LACRIMAE, PART 2: THE BOOK OF TEARS
by & © 2012-2013 A.J. Carlisle
Excerpt from: “What Has Gone Before” section; regarding events of The Codex Lacrimae, Part 1: The Mariner’s Daughter & Doomed Knight
(Part 5 of 5 recaps):
Once inside the refuge, the group recovers for a bit before moving onto the next objective of their journey: reaching Mimir’s Well by way of the caverns of the dwarf-kingdom, Nidaveller, via the capital city of Niđafjöll to recruit the dwarvish Arch-Mage, Andvari, who can get them past the blinding Kristallhöllen (Crystal Caves) and Underjordisk Elv (Underground Rapids) of the Døkk River.
Due to Ratatosk’s instigation, however, Clarinda and Aurelius get in an argument over the revelation that Clarinda has been keeping secrets. Aurelius feels betrayed because in spite of the vows he’s planning to take as a monk, he and Clarinda have grown closer and become more than merely friends. Indeed, as they survive each perilous adventure in the Nine Worlds, the youths have come to increasingly rely on each other, and a romantic relationship seems to be in the making between the two teenagers.
But, Aurelius’s anger at the end of the book yields alarming results. As the knight passes her, Clarinda pales at the sight of the once-twittering birds dying and falling from trees everywhere. Ratatosk tells her that the youth’s momentary fury unleashed the ‘Codex Light’ to devastating effect. The squirrel urges Clarinda to kill Aurelius before he awakens the Codex Lacrimae and becomes too powerful to stop. But, Clarinda also realizes that she’s beginning to fall in love with the young knight, and finds it difficult to dismiss all the protective and kind qualities that he’s expressed to her since they’ve met.
A vision of future (or current) events assaults her as she converses with Ratatosk, and the book ends with Clarinda vowing to do whatever it takes to prevent the thousands of death she foresees if Aurelius fully awakens the Codex Lacrimae, but stops herself short of promising to kill the knight. Ratatosk, in turn, tells Clarinda that for all his power, he’ll not be able to protect her against Aurelius if (or when) things go wrong.
THE CODEX LACRIMAE, Part II: The Book of Tears, continues with a return to Midgard, specifically to events unfolding back at the Krak des Chevaliers…
[See the rest of the story beginning on 11.18.13, with the release of A.J. Carlisle, The Codex Lacrimae, Part 2: The Book of Tears]