been eavesdropping but Pelydryn smiled and said: “Yes, Nomis, you were supposed to hear. Efengyls are Knights of a very special Order. They use the force of Gallael for good only, both in the leadership and in the service of the Golenaid. Within the Elfin Quarter, you would consider those special powers to be sorcery. This is not, in fact, the case. We merely seek to rearrange the natural order of things using the more obscure Laws of Nature, as I mentioned earlier, using the life force of all that surrounds us.” Pelydryn paused to check Nomis was following, before proceeding.
“The power of Gallael is neither on the side of good nor evil. It is the life force in and around everything. You see it here in the Garden,” he said gesturing at their surroundings. “However, it contains both the light and the dark side and we of the Efengyl Order must choose to use the light side carefully whenever we harness it. Without light, there can be only darkness. It works in that direction alone.”
“Where does this life force come from, exactly?” Nomis’ curiosity was intensely aroused again.
“It comes directly from the earth and the water, the plants and the living systems in nature. You can plainly see the energy given off by everything here. It is the same in our world but only seldom seen. Folk have lost the knowledge of the Laws of Nature. I will be instructing you in these Laws very soon so that you may begin the Quest.”
“What quest?” Nomis interrupted, surprised.
“But enough for now. When you are ready, you will be told more. We do not have much time before we must return.”
As he was speaking, Pelydryn rose to leave. He clasped Aurwyn’s right hand with his and simultaneously, they each clasped the other’s right elbow with their left hands. Nomis later discovered that such a formal type of embrace was the secret greeting of the Efengyl Knights. They exchanged silent but emotional farewells. Aurwyn then turned with a look of profound sadness at the parting, and warmly embraced Nomis.
“I will be with thee Nomis and I will try to guide thee at whiles. Listen for my voice in thy mind, yet in especial, at unlikely times!”