SINS OF THE FATHER OR: OUR DADDY THE SUPER-VILLAIN WARLORD!
17 May 2014
Greetings, most honored reader, and welcome again to the Tales of the Traveller. May your visit be a pleasant one!
Hmm…a confused Elf, a somewhat neurotic Dwarf, and a crazed Swamp-Man monster…a “Terrific Trio?”
Our trio of friends are certainly starting off with idealistic intentions, aren’t they? (As has ever been common with youth…)
Even more interesting, however, is Nikki’s contrast-ing her “Terrific Trio” with her father’s “Terrible Trio”: “What we’re doing is good and right, and so our team won’t be a Terrible Trio like Dad’s was when he was young.” Even Nikki and Bryan know a little of their father’s dark past, the days before he became the region’s governor-general, rehabilitated by the Emperor himself back to (relative) “respect-ability.”
Just who, or what, however, was this feared “Terrible Trio” anyhow? As I mentioned in earlier transmissions, Bryan and Nikki’s father, the “Iron Dragon,” had a turbulent youth (as described HERE). I hinted then that, for a time, he traveled with a couple others, or as you would say on your world, in a “gang”-a gang of outlaws! And what a fearsome, powerful gang they were. Dragan (aka “The Iron Dragon”), at almost 7 feet tall and 300 pounds, was the muscle of the group. Dr. Phantom (his wizard codename) was the brains of the group, a powerful master of the mystic arts, and perhaps the most evil of the group as well. And the third member of this earlier trio was the rogue code-named “Lich,” not because he was undead, but because of his ability to sneak about unseen and undetected (and maybe for his bail breath as well…).
Together, this trio ravaged the land, from east to west and north to south, pillaging, robbing, and even raping (I won’t mention what Dragan once did to a passing Pixie that stirred his fancy…). And along the way, they grew rich. No one was safe, and they respected no one and no thing-except their almighty bottom line. Once, during a moment of passing stupidity exceptional even for them, they even tried to kill yours truly up on a cliff over Bagahoon during a joint project we had undertaken together (I quickly taught them the error of their ways; they came to see things my way, and sudden-ly even decided that they wanted to be BFPO. In time, however, the trio split up and went their sep-arate ways.
Now, having abandoned outright crime to enter the realm of relative respectability of a politician (the accepted road of many politicians), Dragan would seem to have left his dark past behind. Yet all actions have consequences. Will Dragan one day have to pay the full price of his sordid past-along with his children?
Time will tell…
Until next week, honored reader, wishing you-
Boundless blessings of the Cognescentii!
FIGURE THE TERRIBLE TRIO AT WORK ON A JOINT PROJECT WITH ME 35 YEARS EARLIER: From left to right, the Iron Dragon, Lich, and Dr. Phantom, being the good businessmen they were and always looking to cut costs, decide to cut me out of the operation. (Luckily forme, I had a mystical Golden Parachute!)