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The elder stood up and looked outside one of the large windows. He inhaled deeply while keeping his eyes closed. He believed that eh dual Crown must be restored. The sage also observed the queen as much as she did then. He spoke delicately because he was aware that she would not be receptive to this likely result. So the elder focused on the king's primary inquiry. It was a matter difficult to explain. For if he were to be candid, he did not understand all either. Ambiguity was the trait which undergirded his black of understanding. It was the tease which sought to haunt Princess Valera and Prince Rhyselīan, yet it would not be much successful against them. These splits in the veil between the seen and unseen were not readily detectably by most. On the rare occasion in which they appeared, a guard or royal soldier would stumble into one when he noticed a limb seem to disappear. The Neuphaen guards were of many, which made it quite difficult for most to communicate effectively with one another. None had yet resolved the likelihood that this occurrence was similar to what happened to the princess when they found it most difficult to locate her. Though this opening was of her and Rhyselīan's own doing, the consequences were similar. The only current solace that the elder could accept was that nothing or no one had entered the world of the unveiled-at least to his knowledge. This, however, was his utmost concern. The breaches appeared minor. Yet, Prince Rhyselīan, his family and those of Neuphae who were exiled descendants have the time for their return neared. Princess Valera believed that she could mollify any hostility between the two Crowns once she and Prince Rhyselīan made their destinies known. However, neither the sage nor the king and queen of the tangible world knew and it was for the best of both worlds at this juncture. "The good news is that through these openings, nothing has entered the world of the unveiled."
"...but something could in the future. The manner in which you speak implies
that something or someone could have been through another way," King Alchean said.
Another sage inserted himself with what he knew. "Your Majesty, I may address your primary concern as follows. The breaches as you are aware are a sign of what is to come. No one, whether form this world or that of the intangible has caused for they to be open. The fulfillment of prophecy has dawned on this day. The worlds will meet in the manner of which has never been recorded. The Crown of Neuphae or..." The elders were right in selecting their words with care. None knew what most thought the probable outcome of what the other proposed what to do next. "Your Majesties, if your hope is to have these openings sealed, this can never be done. It is only possible for a Neuphaen to shudder what another of like kind has unsealed, and even with this, the act must be performed with delicate care by one who knows well of the seen and unseen."
"One such as an erudite, as you happen to be," the queen said.
"It is of no consequence!" King Alchean raised his right hand up in the air and threw his arm down. Those breaches, as he has explained it, are of a natural sort." He turned back towards the roundtable. "It appears that I am to aptly conclude that there is nothing I may command, as with I can plea to be granted to prevent these expanding or new ones from occurring?"
"Yes, Your Grace. This is most correct," the sage said.
"What can we do for that which is possible to depart from the veiled and enter into the tangible, can we stop them?" Alchean said.
"This is unprecedented, my king. As much as there appears to be cycles of our known history, this unification has never occurred before. I do not believe that with all that I am equipped with in esoteric knowledge that I have characterized this even properly." One of the royal advisors buried himself with writing, memorializing what each member of the roundtable contributed, and adding his own thoughts in the margins. From all of what he just heard, there was no hastening or delaying the meeting of the seen and the unseen.
"We are but resting creatures, the targets of those creatures of the unseen. Are we all but defenseless?" the king said.
"My king, as frustrated as you are, reason is best. The Crown...if it were to act in a way which is deemed hostile to power that, well with all due regard exceeds that of both the tangible and veiled, you may be the reason for the annihilation of both kingdoms. There is but one suitable manner in which to proceed for now." The wide sleeves of the elder's robe brushed against the edge of the table as he kept his hands flat against it. The other sage still looked external of the window, appreciating each aspect of natural beauty which comprised the Kingdom of Neuphae. This elder kept silent as he pondered whether that which he currently saw, would he ever view in the same fashion again. He had to agree with his companion in knowledge. Sometimes it was the wise course to relinquish what control one assumes he possesses to what grand authority exceeded all of what little they were acquainted with. Still, King Alchean was frustrated. He was the ruler, leader of the Neuphaean, he believed that there was something that he could do, an act to execute that as king he must perform, in order safeguard the boundaries of the intangible. What he heard was that he could only do nothing.
Two worlds exist. One tangible, and the other intangible. Only the elders of the first world know the secrets of the other. This is what they believe. For many years Queen Udelilia conspires against Princess Valera because of her destiny and the gifts the Great Powers bestowed upon her. The princess escapes the watchful eye of the palace guards who are under the orders of her father, King Alchean. She hears a voice in the forest. It is Prince Rhyselian, of the unseen world. They attach themselves to the wall of the veil and she enters the Kingdom of the Unseen. It overwhelms her. The prince presents her in her vulnerable state before the Crown. His mother and father, Queen Lidura and King Haiverlym urges him to return her to the world of the known. The princess courts the prince which is only secret to the world of the manifested. He guides her with what he knows of heightened sight. The undergo a series of preparation through the veil which separates the existence parallel. One of these ethereal happenings bonds them in matrimony which supercedes any ceremony of either world created by the Forces. King Alchean wonders about his daughter whereabouts but is distracted by the report of a great opening in the westernmost region. Royal guards are sent to investigate. One foolishly raises its sword to it. The transparency splits his weapon and destroys its assailant. During one of the prince and princess' purifications within the passageways beyond the veiled and the seen. Here, the sword appears. Rhyselīan wields it, through the concealed space and by what the Great Powers ordained kills Udelilīa while she sits on the throne. The king is called forth and sees the grisly sight. After royal healers examine and advice of the sages, her death was justly called for what great offenses she heralded against them, the two worlds and his precious daughter. King Alchean mourns, but focuses on the safe return of his daughter. There are two guards who learn by observation how to approach the opening. The king orders them to remain there to ensure the kingdom's safety. Rhyselīan and Valera appear through it with the dome hovering above. It circulates around the kingdom. Small animals native to the unseen world are passengers of the hood and as the leap to land in the known kingdom transform into mighty beasts. They execute what the Forces ordained and annihilate all who supported Udelilīa's wicked scheme. The day soon arrives for the banished Neuphaens, including him, to return to the manifested world through the expanded opening. King Alchean perceives it as a threat. Rhyselīan and Valera undergo multiple preparation, they are protected by a mystical bloom and golden hood. They enter her bedchambers through the other veil and consummate their bond again. Soon they enter the main chambers of the Neuphaen palace of the seen world. The prince and princess touch the thrones that once set alongside the first crown. They avoid the throne where Udeliīa sat and was slain. Great Powers direct the king who now holds the sword and the queen who holds an esoteric staff of the veiled world to enter the known world. Their people encounter a paradise before they finally return the tangible kingdom. King Alchean, King Haiverlym and Queen Lidura lead the procession through a path that ethereal large white blooms appear to guide them back to the royal palace. The royal delegation arrives to the main chambers of the palace. They present themselves to the prince and princess. They raise the staff and sword. The prince and princess are hesitant to accept the objects. The sword escapes the hand of King Haiverlym and touches Udelilīa's throne. Her throne crumbles into ash and is swept away. Will the Dual Throne be re-established?