Chapter XIII: THE FORTRESS OF MYSTERY AND POWER
Krygar was much better. The strong tiger healed fast with the aid of Fisto's
medicine. He seemed to be already able to continue the journey, even if at a
slow pace. They had a light meal, fare welled Fisto and went back to the road.
The terrain was beginning to soften, and it was getting easier for their horses
to travel by, specially after the long rest. Krygar was holding on well. The
tiger showed no more signs of weakness.
They traveled for three more days with no big surprises. Krygar was
already able to hunt small game again, and was beginning to make his way
slightly away from the party. He was a strong animal. They came to a halt when
the vegetation got thicker and the great, green trees filled with vines were all
their eyes could see.
"Evergreen" - Adam stated - "Krygar, you're home! Soon we
will be overwhelmed by the full splendor of this forest... and soon we will
reach the legendary Castle Grayskull!"
"Are we to enter the castle, Adam?" - Teela asked.
"I don't know for sure, but I guess so. We are to wait for Zoar. She
will come and lead our way. I believe Grayskull will be our destination, but I
am not sure. The Sorceress was not much specific in that point."
They walked on. The forest was a green, involving maze, filled with a
fresh moss aroma which made all feel lighter. Though it was so immense and
labyrinthian, it did not confuse or frighten them. They felt peace.
A couple of hours later they heard the sound of wings. Faint, soft, but
right above them. A few yards away, as soon as they reached a clearing, there
she was, Zoar, waiting for them. The great falcon irradiated light and beauty,
even surrounded by such amazing forest.
"Adam." - the young man heard inside his mind, the deep voice
of the Sorceress - "I can see you have accomplished your quest."
"Yes", he answered. Everyone quickly figured the Sorceress was
once more contacting the former prince of Eternos telepathically. "I wait
for you guidance now, o wise one."
"As settled. But it will be hard for Zoar to lead you in this
forest. The treetops hide her from those who travel below. Although there is no
other way. She will point you the way as best as she cans, and return from time
to time to check if you’re still on the right track."
"I can help!" - Everyone turned at Stratos, in astonishment.
"Did you heard my conversation with the Sorceress? I
"I didn't hear the Sorceress with whom you talk. It was the bird I
"His assistance is a great help, if he is able to follow Zoar. He
can be the link between Zoar and you, since he can fly above and under the
treetops easily." - Adam heard the Sorceress in his head.
"I believe I can fly once more. The tiredness, the pain, is almost
gone." - the birdman said, as if answering to the guardian of Grayskull.
"I can follow Zoar, and then come back and lead you. I have less trouble
than she in passing through the trees, for my wingspan is shorter."
And so they did. Before Zoar and Stratos took off, however, Teela asked
her flying friend: "Did Zoar spoke to you telepathically, the same way the
Sorceress spoke to Adam?"
"No," - he answered - "through expressions and gestures.
It seems that, like we, birds from my world and yours, although different, speak
one and the same language."
And said this, the birdman opened his arms, and graciously left the
ground. It was a beautiful sight, Stratos flying. He used his wings, the small
collection of feathers in his arms, only for maneuvering proposes, so he would
not beat them like a bird. He glided over the air as if he was weightless,
moving with grace, first slowly, then aimed itself at the skies and swiftly took
off. Finally they beheld how Stratos felt really comfortable and at home.
They went on. Stratos would come back to them every once in a while,
leading their way. The forest just got thicker and thicker, replete of vines and
moss. The entire environment seemed to engulf them, and they had completely lost
their sense of direction. Arriving at Grayskull by land was certainly not an
It was only two days later that they finally arrived at their
destination. Grayskull was right ahead.
The castle was an immense gray stone structure, which time had turned
green from all the moss covering its mighty walls. Four small windows opened in
its twin towers, and save from the great wooden drawbridge, there wasn’t
another single entry or breach in sight. Above the drawbridge, a great stone
skull protected the castle’s entrance. Its enormous, marble fangs sprouted
from the skull’s upper jaw and surrounded the door, like giant blades. It was
a magnificent, imposing statue, and it was in its own way a guardian of the
“Come.” - a female voice called them. “Grayskull invites Adam
of Eternos and his allies inside.”
Said this, the great drawbridge slowly lowered. All around the great
door, teeth were planted, as if it was the great skull’s lower jaw, and in
their entry, they would be swallowed by the castle itself. It was simultaneously
scary and fascinating. Inside, the skull’s throat was dark as night.
Adam took a deep breath. These could be his most important steps in his
entire life. He marched on. His friends followed right after.
As soon as all were in, the great door closed behind them. Then, light
came. From the very castle walls, a phosphorescence illuminated the hall in
which they were, and they could see how Grayskull looked like in the inside. The
walls were much the same as in the outside, huge stones perfectly piled. The
hall was a large square room, its roof more then twenty yards above them, an
arching structure of stone and worked wood. Encircling the hall’s walls,
pictograms were carved in the stones, pictograms whose meaning they did not
understand. On both their sides, there were large double doors, sealed. In front
of them, a great stairway, with certainly more than a hundred steps lead to an
upper hall in which a great golden gate could be seen. At the top of the stairs,
a woman, a tall and slim woman was watching them. She was dressed in white and
light blue, and a feather cloak, like wings, was sewed to her dress, in its back
and sleeves. In her head, she wore a tiara with the shape of a falcon’s head,
its feathers falling down aside her neck and over her shoulders.
“Climb these stairs and follow me into the throne room, brave ones.
There, truths you haven’t yet imagined will be revealed to you. Your destiny
awaits you, Adam.”
And so they did. Atop the stairs, and over the great golden gate, they
entered an immense hall, all lit up by huge torches held by great stone
gargoyles all over the walls. The floor was all made of large bright stones,
which depicted drawings of planets and stars, and across it, a passageway of
white and silver let to the throne, a great worked structure at the end of the
room, with a great skull embracing it. A narrow, golden stairway descended
directly from the throne, while two wider stairs sprang from its sides, and came
downwards describing a half-circle and into a great blue, green and red circle
at the end of the main passageway.
The hall’s ceiling was dark as night, and in it, the night stars and
Eternia’s two moons were depicted. The castle seemed so much wider from the
inside than it did on the outside.
The Sorceress climbed the narrow stairway and sat on the throne. “Come
closer. Step into the circle of Eternia at the end of the path. There I can
watch you closer.”
They entered the circle and Adam got down on one knee. He beheld the
Sorceress in wait.
“Adam of Eternos. I have summoned you, and you have heeded the call. I
offered you a challenge, and you accepted it and returned victorious. It is now
time I reveal you the reasons of our meeting. It is now time for you to know why
were you summoned by Grayskull.”
Adam did not say a word. His companions stood still also, for their
presence there seemed now to be completely ignored. Krygar went to his
master’s side and stood there, quiet and serene.
“A long time ago, in the ancient history of Eternia, this castle has
built to protect our world from the demons of the shadows. It succeeded, yet its
creators, the wise chosen ones, perished to save Eternia. Later on, Eternia
would be conquered by another threat, the cruel snake-men from Veymous and their
eternian leader King Hiss. Hiss tried over and over to conquer Grayskull but
with no success. He was finally slain by the magic of the Book of Living Spells,
in the hands of Eldor the great wise one. Eldor the druid was a man of great
power and a descendant from the chosen ones, those whom the Gods had given the
task to protect Eternia when they left our galaxy. Eldor passed on the Legacy of
the Sorcerer, in which a disciple of the ancient ways would be trained to
protect Grayskull from all harm, from generation to generation. Eldor also had
great powers of foreseeing, and before his hour came, he has written his
precognitions and passed them to his heir so that when the time of the prophecy
would come, the guardian of Grayskull could follow his instructions so that
Eternia may resist the darkness to come.”
“And so are the words of the Prophecy of Eldor:”
"Forged in fire, a warrior's blade
Magic imbued in a weapon of flames
A sword of power and mystic supreme
A symbol of freedom where hope is unseen
"Twin second sword forged the same day
Same magic imbued in a distorted way
Both hold power beyond imagination
Both are opposites of the same creation
"The fortress resists, its power defied
The sword calls, a champion is tried
His soul's pure his blood's divine
To hold the legacy with honor and pride
"The wise principle the ancients swore
Chanted, revived, the truth once more
Holder of power skeptic eyes to see
One with the sword the champion must be
"Born anew the venom's spawn
Comes to take what's never his own
Evil to evil, behold they meet
An evil to win an evil's defeat
"Legion of warriors again they march
Demon man overcomes the man of the past
With iron fist he rules now alone
Shading the light from his dark throne
"An ancient terror adds fear to come
Chaos of creation shaped into one
Death and pain, blood across the land
Fate is held in a demon's hand
"Spreading his minions, a deadly plot
The innocent suffers the damned's wrath
At the edge of Eternia's suffocation
Burning above shall come the salvation
"Of evil itself an evil supreme
So dark and intense, an angel to redeem
Twisting the shadows with a terminal pyre
A price to be paid, a martyr is sacrificed
"Light fades away deep within the dark
The sword of power becomes but a spark
Together held the twins they cry
Split apart both shall die."
“So are the words of Eldor. He created the sword of power so that when He-Man would come, it would become his weapon to protect Grayskull and Eternia. Do you bring the stone of the obelisk with you?”
“Y-yes.”, Adam replied, and took it out from a leather purse on his belt. “Here it is, o wise one.”
“Bring it next to the throne, and place it over the pedestal on the left side of the stairway. There is where the heart gem of Grayskull belongs.”
Adam walked forward to the stairway and gently placed the stone in the marble pedestal. As soon as he left it, a great light came out of the gem, and all the firelights of the torches in the hall extinguished. The light of the stone was brighter than all the torches together, and it did not cast any shadows. All was clear.
“You have succeeded in Eldor’s riddle, and afterwards, his soul reckoned you as the one from his vision, and trusted you the gem. Adam of Eternos, I hereby declare you as the sacred warrior of the gods, protector of Eternia, He-Man, the champion of castle Grayskull. Do you heed the call of Eldor and pledge your allegiance to the fortress of mystery and power?”
Adam’s heart pounded like a thunderstorm, but he did not hesitate. “Certainly. I pledge my body and my soul to Grayskull and to the protection of Eternia.”
“So be it.”
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