The Eternal Champion: The Eternal Champion Sequence 1
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John Daker dreams of other worlds, and a name: Erekosë. He finds the strength to answer the call, travelling to a strange land ruled by the aging King Rigenos of Necranal. Humanity is united in a desperate fight against the inhuman Eldren, and he must fight with them. But the actions of his brethren turns his loyalties, and as Erekosë he will take a terrible revenge.
precious stones which seemed to light the sweetness of her oval face. “Iolinda,” I said. I saw her more solidly now. She was clinging to the arm of the tall, gaunt man who wore the crown of iron and diamonds: King Rigenos. They stood before an empty platform of quartz and gold and resting on a cushion of dust was a straight sword which they dared not touch. Neither did they dare step too close to it, for it gave off a radiation which might slay them. It was a tomb in which they stood. The
my sword. The sword was no sharper than any ordinary blade and, although I hacked at the shafts, I succeeded only in splintering them slightly. I had constantly to duck, stab beneath the whirling axe blades. A young, golden-haired Eldren leaped at me, swung his axe and it smashed against my shoulder plate, knocking me off balance. I rolled, trying desperately to regain my footing on the blood-smeared deck. The axe smashed down again, onto my breastplate, winding me. I struggled up into a
confident! The whole fleet!” “Aye. There was one way.” He frowned. “What do you mean?” “If you had let me fight Duke Baynahn—as he suggested—many lives and many ships would have been saved. Our lives. Our ships.” “You surely did not trust him? The Eldren will always try some trick like that. Doubtless, if you had agreed to his plan, you would have stepped aboard his ship and been cut down by a hundred arrows. Believe me, Erekosë, you must not be deceived by them. Our ancestors were so
entirely out of my own hands. I had become a tool. If only I had known then to what use the tool would be put, then I might have fought against the pull and remained the harmless intellectual, John Daker. But perhaps I could not have fought and won. The power that drew me to this age was very great. At any rate, I was prepared at that moment to do whatever Fate demanded of me. I stood where I had materialised, in the tomb of Erekosë, and I revelled in my strength and in my sword. Later, things
relation to what I call the ‘twentieth century’, in the far future.” “This world is very ancient,” she agreed. “Is there a record of a time when only human beings occupied Earth?” “We have no such records,” she smiled. “There is an echo of a myth, the thread of a legend, which says that there was a time when only the Eldren occupied Earth. My brother has studied this. I believe he knows more.” I shivered. I did not know why, but my vitals seemed to chill within me. I could not, easily,