Yasanna’s gardens were truly beautiful. I found myself spending as much time there as I could, which wasn’t much. My time was spent mostly with High Commander duties, meeting with officials, and learning the inner workings of the Runeguard. However, I always made time for my friends, nature, and prayer.
If it wasn’t for the gardens, I would have felt disconnected from the earth. I wasn’t able to leave the city and my only connection to the woods were the trees and plants Yasanna had kept. I’m not sure what Storgg thinks about my recent transformation into an ‘Urban Druid’ as I have been calling it, but it’s certainly not permanent and I would much rather be outside in the forest.
However, with assassination attempts around every corner, it’s not like I could get away easily. One morning when I was unable to sleep yet again, I decided it was time for some serious prayer and guidance and with Isabelle and Sundari keeping watch, I descended into the gardens to reach out to my beloved deity for guidance, grace, and inner peace.
With the runes of ancient magic adorning my body and symbols of the ancient druidic language painted on my skin, I danced in the silvery moonlight and sang a prayer to Storgg:
_ Deep Peace to You_
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
My mind and soul were connected with the earth as I danced naked in the snow. I chanted and danced to the point of exhaustion in which I threw myself to the ground and stared up at the stars in the morning sky. After awhile I gathered my belongings and the girls and I headed back to my chambers where my duties awaited me. With my friends, my God, and my own confidence on my side, I suddenly felt a sprig of hope emerge within me, like a tiny flower starting to bloom. With that feeling warming me inside, I was at peace with the decision I had made. I was at peace with me.