and the second half of chapter 24
hopefully it answers some questions
Time passed with silence as they both watched the monsters outside of their camp. Dahrin looked over his shoulder and Gerad looked to see what had his attention. Calhan waved at them as he made his way across the camp as quietly as he could.
“I believe it’s my shift.” Calhan said squatting down between them.
Dahrin nodded and stood up and stretched, “Yeah, feels like it. Goodnight guys.”
Gerad and Calhan wished him goodnight and watched as he made his way to a vacant spot by the fire. Dahrin put some more logs on it to give it some life before he turned in for good.
“I’m guessing we aren’t worried about the Stalchildren?” Calhan asked taking Dahrin’s seat.
“Is that what they are?” Gerad asked.
“Yeah, they come out at night; they hate light so they will stay away as long as we keep the fire going.” Calhan replied as he sipped something from a canteen.
“What’s that?” Gerad asked curious as Calhan shivered in disgust.
“Hmm? Oh this? Nothing you need to worry about.” Calhan replied putting the canteen away in his pouch.
“I need to worry if its going to cause problems.” Gerad said walking over to him.
Calhan looked up at Gerad with a stern face, “It’s not alcoholic if that’s what you’re worried about.”
“Then what is it?” Gerad asked not deterred by Calhan’s tone.
“It’s medicine. Kelith told me to drink it for awhile.” Calhan replied turning back to watch the Stalchildren.
“Medicine? For what?” Gerad asked surprised.
Calhan didn’t answer but turned his gaze back to Gerad. Gerad thought he looked like he was trying to decide something then Calhan shrugged.
“How old do you think I am, Gerad?” Calhan asked him.
Gerad was slightly taken aback by the question. He thought for a bit then answered, “Twenty-five round about.”
Calhan laughed quietly, “I suppose you’d find it difficult to believe, but I’m actually one hundred twenty-five.”
Gerad didn’t say anything for awhile as he processed this tidbit of information given to him.
“How is that possible?” Gerad finally asked, “Rauru is your grandfather but he was around when my father was my age.”
“You forget, we’re the Lore sages. We live longer than everyone else. I told you all a while back that I had replaced him, but I didn’t tell you when.” Calhan replied.
“How is that possible?” Gerad asked.
“My grandfather went back to the point in time he had become Lore Sage, which was about three hundred some odd years ago. My father didn’t take on the job and so it passed to me when I turned twenty. I’ve been in the Chamber of Sages up until five years ago, when I came to protect you guys because Ganondorf was loose once more.” Calhan answered.
“That’s when you joined the guard.” Gerad said.
Calhan nodded, “Yes, I thought it the easiest way to keep track of everyone.”
“So, what is the medicine for?” Gerad asked bringing Calhan back to the original point.
“Well, being Lore sage has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is I age slower than everyone else depending on if I’m in reality or in the Chamber of sages. Disadvantage is my age catches up to me when I’m in reality for too long. If I stayed here long enough I would age to a hundred twenty-five and die.” Calhan replied.
“What does that have to do with the medicine?” Gerad asked shifting his position to the ground instead of perched on top of the boulder.
“Organs are the first to go, so even though I look like I’m only twenty-five, I have the heart of a man of forty.” Calhan said an ironic smile playing at the corner of his lips.
“How long do you have?” Gerad asked.
“Oh, according to Kelith, a few years at best the way things are now, but if I returned to the chamber I’d revert back to the way I was when I entered.” Calhan said returning his gaze to the shadows. The Stalchildren seemed to have decreased in numbers and now only one or two roamed around outside the firelight.
“Well, can’t you go back now and revert then come back?” Gerad asked.
“Ha, doesn’t work that way. If I went back I’d revert back but once I stepped outside again I’d come right back to the way I am now.” Calhan answered.
“So the medicine is for your heart?” Gerad asked.
“Mostly yes, but it’s also for everything else. You see, one of my ancestors discovered a brew that could temporarily stall the aging process and gave this secret recipe to a Zora healer many, many years ago. Kelith knew of it and happened to know how to brew it and so she did for me.” Calhan said.
“What’s the catch?” Gerad asked.
“It will only work for so long. Once it stops working, I will continue to age at an even more rapid rate than before.” Calhan replied turning his gaze back to the shadows once more, “You should go get some sleep, Gerad; you have last watch after all.”
Gerad nodded realizing that Calhan didn’t want to discuss it anymore. Getting up he bid Calhan goodnight then walked to where his sister slept. She had kicked off her covers and was shivering slightly in the damp air. Gerad smiled and shook his head as he recovered her. He gently stroked her hair then went to his own bedroll.
As Gerad rolled up into his blanket he thought he heard someone muttering to themselves. He listened hard to figure out who it was and realized it was Calhan. Gerad looked to where Calhan sat but only saw a silhouette. Gerad shrugged and rolled back over to go to sleep.
i dunno if there will be an update next week seeing how its christmas and also i've been having writer's block so we'll just have to see ^_^