and slain, according to Pruddydrwgnêr’s terrifying instructions!” Pelydryn’s face was grave as he spoke. “All but a few have been annihilated. … When your mother gave herself as the sacrifice for the new ‘Pledge of Peace’ to include these few, we all fully expected Pruddydrwgnêr to have her executed regardless. Particularly, we thought, since she herself, had some powers of Gallael. As he has not yet done so, we can only guess at his motives for keeping her alive and in tormented captivity. In all probability, she is held hostage to prevent any further renewing of the ‘Efengyl Challenge’ towards Pruddydrwgnêr, launched by any new Castellans. He knows of course, that I still have power enough to challenge him directly, as has already been foretold in the Prophecies of old. However, the time is not yet ripe for this … Soon though … Soon it will be!”
Nomis felt a mixture of pride yet anger at his mother’s fruitless sacrifice, and wonderment at Pelydryn’s revelations. “Is there any chance at all that there is some way to rescue my mother, since they are now after me, Master Pelydryn?”
“I am afraid that is, for the present, out of the question because there is no one with enough strength of Gallael to withstand the whole of the Pruddenaid of Annwn Uffern. There will come a time when this may become possible. Nevertheless, certain things must first come to pass, as the Doethineb Diviners of old have foretold. Firstly, the Golenaid or ‘Souls of Light’ must grow and become strong again. A quorum of seven Efengyls with enough Gallael between them is of paramount importance if the Golenaid are ever to rise again to challenge the might of the Pruddenaid, and ultimately Pruddydrwgnêr himself!”
Nomis felt dejected at that, but vowed to himself that one day if he could, he would avenge his mother’s pointless sacrifice and his father’s death. Somehow, he would find a way.
Pelydryn continued: “It is because of some of these prophecies that I have brought you to this place. Firstly, we cannot speak openly in your world as the Pruddenaid have many spies. In addition, the mere mention of either Pruddydrwgnêr’s or Nêrprudd’s name disturbs the force of Gallael as your father said, and will draw them to you. Fortunately, we can communicate by means of shielded telepathy. This prevents our conversations being intercepted. Moreover, I felt it was best to bring you to this place of safety, as you were already being watched by them, and it is of paramount importance to protect your true