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Fire Bird
Fire Bird

Episode 2 · 1 year ago

Fire Bird

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Fire Bird tells the story of Prince Ivan Tsarevich, youngest son of a powerful Tsar who leaves the comforts of the Mortal Lands to venture into the Wilds, where creatures of myth still dwell and danger lies around every turn. Unknowingly drawn into a deadly battle of wills by an immortal sorcerer . . .


A labour of love for its writer, Fire Bird weaves together different renditions of the phoenix story with established Slavic folklore to tell a unique version of the legendary bird’s tale. Inspired primarily by Yakov Polonsky’s children’s fable, ‘A Winter's Journey’ (1884), which sees a rider seeking out the immortal Koschei the Deathless, and orchestrated with key themes from ‘The Firebird Suite’ by Igor Stravinshi (1910), it draws heavily on the translated works of Alexander Afanasyev in ‘Narodnye russkie skazki’ (1855), which were included in ‘The Red Fairy Book’ (1890).


A feature length, full cast Audio Drama from Cascade Studios.

Once upon a time as you mortals arefond of saying, beyond the snowy mountain peaks and the distant hills,lay the dominion of Zar, Bilibena, Tsarovitch a respected and belovedruler, he was fortunate enough to father three sons, Abram Dima and Ivanwho woered carry on his family name. However, for everything he owned andaccomplished, it was a single tree in his palace gardens that the peopleadored word of it travelled far beyond even the boundaries of young Russia.For this tree bore golden fruit for Billiben. This treem was as much acurse as it was a blessing for with each year the tree blossomed. Itpressed on his mind, father, slow down, ithen where's, the fire.Can't you hear our father screaming what's happening in there he's alwayslike this Ivan anll pass. I wish there was something we could do these headaches of his get worse everyday, Father's old Ivan even a SAR countlef forever. Eventually, one of usis going to have to take his place. Yu can't rule like this. Why Els de iu think he confines himselfto a study. The best doctors in Russia are treating him. You think there'ssomething you can do that they can't I I guess not you're right brother. I was beingfoolish. We went to see him ourselves, but he just kept ranting about that.Damn tree, there's nothing to be done, least of all by you Ivan Arvich, thedreamer. What was it you spoke about at dinnerlast night bother a golden bird and a palase made of glass, go back to your bus or Goin and enjoy the pleasure of hiscompany. Oh I'm sure the conversation will bescintillating. Who is it? It's Ivan father come boy where you are Er Iven? Well, don't juststand by the door get in him and present yourself. Let me look at you. Yes, there's so much of your latemother in you show, unlike your brothers, they take after me, tall andbroad you've always been a softer thing. Yes father, they don't believe me, butperhaps you will. Yes, you listen Wan't, you boy not likemy other sons or the doctors. They send to poison me with those tonics andpotens. The doctors only mean to help. I know what it is they do. What is it you mean to tell me father,look at the window boy, what do you see the gardens and at a center, the appleexactly and how many apples do you see? Six? Yes, six. Yesterday there wesseven before that, Aite, you think someone stealing your apples, theyreCald, would fetch a great sum, but the see to the key, no matter how hardwe've tried. We've never managed to grow a second tree. But if someone Weneto succeed, I see no, you don't say you don't say it at all LIV.

What would you have me do protect thetray boy. I do it myself, but your brothers have me comfined here theymust come at night, stand vigil and then you'll take your medicine. If youpromise te Gardit this evening, then I promise we have an occorrd. What am I doing out here, like this demon and Abrham, would have poured themedicine down his throat themselves rather than batter, with the whims ofan old man. Ahmaybe I'm going mad as well. There's nobody out here and it's goingto snow soon, the warmth of summers long past. What's that sound I'd have seen if anyone approached wait, what's that in the branches, a bird they're going more impressivethan even the most resplendent talk with feathers that clean golden it's eating. The apples from the tree do not touch me more ton, you couldspeak and besides come neartan and I willburn you an fand, the tolls fire. I am fire the Higher Brad of my dreams, you dream of me: I speak up mortal you're floundering. Yes,three nights! Now the same dream details tell me more in my dreams. Isee myself on a wolf's back riding along a forest path to do battle with some one. I can never quite see in aland where a princess sits under lock and key in a palace of glass and by night, a great bird pecks, a golden fruit.Interesting. Your father owns this fine tree, he'sthe great CSAR Biliban, Sarevich and you're his eir no Abram is the firstborn. I am Ivan Tserovich Thord of my line. I am the fire bird unique of mykind. I fear that I pulled this feather from your tail. When I thought you weresimply an animal, I'm so sorry, I ought to roast youalive for the indignity, but seeing as I've been eating your father's apples,you can consider it a trade, your life for this repast. I have no idea wonder such as you stillexisted. We exist out in the wilds beyond the reach of your kind. No onewill believe me when I tell them where the apples have been going. They all think my father's going madkeep the feather. Thank you. I won't return here again fo well, Prince Iver te fire. You took your time to life. I did, asyou asked, the trap is baited. You've done well. Berd now assume human form NDTHAT. I mightgaze upon you, you've learned not to hide yourself. Ifyou want to let over this form, then so be it. If you touch me Heill burn, I have the thirtee for Thatt, you eyessimply like to game. For I hate you, oh I that's why I find it to enjoy. You could erase Mei yout yeah but isLongi you and die above...

...in inmort. Can Ou me. I hate you. My Sons Ivan has done what you couldnot. He has listened to my words and brought back proof of my suspicions.What have you to say for yourselves? It's a feather father, its hardly proofof his wild story. For All. We know he found in the garden and made up thewhole ridiculous tale that justify those inane dreams he's been talkingabout for days Iphan. What have you to say to these accusations? I got boy, I'm not lying. She was real. Oh thenprove it. Yes, let him ride out and bring back this fabled firebird. I evenhas nothing to do to prove to the per ofview, but Ivan. Will you rise totheir challenge? I will father really but know this. You too, if he returnsfor the burden hand, it shall be Ivan who inhabits my title, Not Abram whatfather this is ridiculous enough leave us the betterof them clot and schemebehind my back while they think me too old, and we to do anything about it,but their own Scheem toll be there. In doing this time, father I have nodesire to lea yet lead. You Must Iver. There's not a trace of pity O remose ineither of them. Do you know which direction you'll behetding south you've niver a relativelyshelterd life here in the palace garters my child, but this journey willtake you past our borders out into the wilds wet chaces of the old world,still linger. There are things there that are as powerful as the are ancent waiting out of Shank to devour you, God yourself boy and know that whateveryour jountakon, my fano go. Prepare Your stelf fon trial, baseballyour human to night cliybed.was that a question or a statement cearly? You can see that I am. Why thenduld? You feel the need to express it in words. It was intended by form ofgreeting apologies. Sasha. Sometimes I forget the intricacies of rotalinteractions. The sorcer is being cool again when isceseianithing but cruel when Heis a vicious true. How bar that thirteen Natasha'sarm has set it lost nelter. He laustd toy wit, her she stopped crying this morning, otherwise were as wel always are trapped a defenceless without hope, perhaps not entirelywithout hope. Explain Yourself, im mortor cosihas been attempting to lureanother prince into his domain for his entertainment, but there was something different about this one. He said hesaw me in a dream. The worde of a princess, hardly caulsefor Hopebird I'll, not hold my breath. I gave up on waiting for heroes longago this one snatched a feather from my Tail Huh. Do you think he knows what that meansdoubtful, but perhaps bade is at work here. We will have to watch this onewhen he arrives, assuming he survives the journey whoa. What's that in the wornd stone marker strange to find one a year. What doesit say? Whosoever goes to the right side willbe safe and sound, but his steed will be slain. whoseever goes instead to the left sidewill be killed himself, utit's, hoow Stran. This feels like a test. Well not come this far to simply turnaround and go home to the right.

Whats happened to the rain. Ohi'd havesworn this road ended at the market, but now there's a clear path leading tothe right. If there are wolves here, they maybeI'm further from civilization than I thought, not wolves, a single great wolf, my God, the size of it meat stay back creature you chose, I fed, do o think to threaten me mortal or Iwill have your down. You can speak as well drop the blade you'll. Forgive me if I decline to doso: You're safe from me, human travel tothe left of the marker and he would have continued in the world of manlived a dull life died of old age somewhere years fromnow. Instead, you chose to journey rightinto the wild. The price of entry into our lands is that you must feed the gray one, andso my horse was forfeit exactly if I truly have nothing to fear fromyou, then perhaps you could answer me. A question perhaps ask, and I will decide if I want toanswer I'm looking for the bird that droppedthis feather. You have a fire. PARD feather. Is thatso strange, maybe maybe not perhaps it means everything or nothing. Do you know where the BOURDNESTS? You would be better serve. Turning around and leaving the wild, the path Yoron will only lead to ruinand Paiy to return would be the same. My father's counting on me, the firebird, resides in the palace ofCosai, the deathless, a powerful sorcerer. How do I find thispalace? I warn you of Panemortal mage pain andruin, and you still seek to journey on. I, like you, human you either possess great current or youare truly glueless. My brothers would agree with the latter, and this is youropportunity to prove them wrong. which way should I go here? Get on. I've robbed you of your mouth. Perhaps I can serve in its place. You'Rshure get on before I change my mind very well. I had a dream about this riding. The back of a great wolf dreamsare dangerous they're not to be trusting. Everything in the is come topass so far, heflaming Beid, you even traveling to a palace. Is there a princess our destination?You have a lat human, my brother's agree. They say I read and talk when Ishould act. Reading and thinking are important aslong as you take action when it's necessary. What's your name mortal Prince IvanTsarevich, listen closely, or I won't to repeat myself. The bird you seek is COSI slave. Thesorcerer found away to bind her timn and live forever tread carefully with him. She's no fooland his magic makes him dangerous even to my kind. If you seek this bird, he may show herto you, but always be aware that cosiahs planswithin plans if he learns why you are really there. You well destroy you. How would yousuggest I proceed a good question. Those of the wild are bound by ancientlaws. If you present yourself as a...

...visitor to his palace, you will have tofollow the rules of a host. This will buy you time, but you willalso need to follow the rules of a guest into the letter. Et's risk Freei him to do as he plays.I know these rules they're still used at court then use that to youradvantage, couse I will seek to test and break. You see that he does not bide your time and put your mind togood use, find away to win. What is this place, the stone guard, so many statues mack them well, mortal once they were all human. These statueswere people, herhas lights and fource, who came totry and best cosile. He turned them to stone why he collects your kind, it amuses him. Did these others not seethe garden and realize what would happen? We tout themselves better too fast, too skilled, with a blade toostrong. They challenged cosilne in differentways and each was ultimately found lacking you're the first to stop andconsider your approach. These others couldn't see path in myform or think to question me. You brought me this way deliberately. Iwanted you to understand histakes. I appreciate the kindness kindness Hou're, an interesting Human Cochi, tempted all of them here how, over the course of his long life, hehas stolen thirteen princesses each beautiful in a different way. These he keeps for his amusement andpleasure, but also use as bat for those who wouldseek to rescue them. How long have they been her time means nothing in thewhile they have etaged Cang carefully beforeconsidering rescuing these women prioritize, which means more to you,your mission or your sense of Heromis, a good point. This is where we part ways Ivan I'll. Not Carry you further into thedeathless ones domain, lest you suspect we are workingtogether. I will, however, lurk on the fringes of his kingdom, away from theprying eyes of the creatures that serve him. Should I see you Nid aid I willcome, but to not count on me being near whendanger call. Thank you for what you've done. Thank me. If you survive, I must admattit some more ofetcuriosity that keeps me here, but I, like you more than most humans,I've met. Why have I been summoned? I clearlytated that I wasn't to be distarbed youdisappoint me to metre yeaelspak up your miserable littleGoublin, my Lord, but it's ion the proaches the palace already. I have thought the wile would haveproven hard if intoafvocate fi about didn't you say he was the bookish son.Lokish doesn't mean incompetent, apparently not I'd have thought youwould have been pleased. He made it here, given the lengths you went to inorder to make it happen. What your tone with me bird, what will you have astill master? Yes, we live to serve. Let Him APBROACH. I will greet this guest persolalely, a palace made of glass...

...such a strange thing to see out here inthe wilds so fragile. I no a hello it AI ofand. We have more holes, comecalling here, stay Tou, Batis are your friend or I and Prince Ivan Sarevichbird son of Sarbiliban Saravich. I have come here at the bequest of myfather to seek the renowned wisdom of the sorcerer Cossi, the one they call deathless. Really really. I came upon this palace in my travelsand knowing only that he is a man of great culture thought to ask after himhere step into the light youare humbly DDRESSED for a prince.The wilds are hardly the place for court finery, but I carry my father'sseal on our family ring, indeed, hold out your hand that I mightintelate yeahe. Yes, that's BILLIBINS SEL! Might I ask who you are, sir? I am thegreat Hossera Cos hi THY deathliss and this specked Hac Halla Class Palices,my Ho, then I found you at last. Ah This is wonderful news. Your say:You've been seking. My father sent me to ask your counsel. It's well knownthat Cosai is one of the wisest and most well versed of immortals. I wastarked of learning the answer to a question that has long weighed on myfather's mind what the question: What is this Ar from? I Sin Return? Oh, but I've been traveling for weeks. Perhaps I could impose on you for awarm meal and a bath before we begin very well demetry. Yes, my Lord show the prince to one ofour guest courters, see that he has given a fresh, mid and clean clues. YouCommand my Lord you're. A gracious host, see that I don't regret this kindnessIAM, not a patient man Prince Ivan this way. inresting these young man is different to theothers, I've lured here for my amusement. He thinks that Relyn on thelaws of safe PERSAT will keep him safe, but I'm on the's gale, regardless he's here. The boy's father was all too quick toshamed him and I will have my enertale it SOS at this time. It is to be abattle of wit, bad. Yes, you are orbidden to interact with thisboy, remain hidden from sight and inhuman form so that he won't recognizeyou as you wish. That's better. I will need clothes if I'm to pass hismortal Ale of the princesses will supply your highefnow time for Certaimatters. Will there be anything else? Yes, tenswere to the kittens to night. Ther wll be a feast to welcome the arrival ofour a new gast. I have something special planned that was as intimidating as I'd. feared.Kosei has a presence about him, that's quite unlike any other imposingpowerful. It's like staring down the point of a sword. I hope I can keep this up. It's afragile game of cat and mouse. I've instigated it won't be long before hemakes his first move against me. If I falter you'll turn me into astatue before I can blink it's already begun, who is it Neid? MyLord Casai wishes to extend iditation...

...to dinner this evening dinner. Therewill be an east in your honor. Please extend my humble thanks to your master.I would, of course, be honoured to attend very well, and so I am stuck in this form for theforsiable future. Meanwhile, we've been ordered to cook,serve and entertain at this feasis WHO's. Throwing I thought you said thisnew comer was a hero. He sounds like a waife. I said he was different, notthat he was a hero, fat lot of good he's doing either way to the clothes I gave you firt tallright, you're, roughly the same size as Allah, but I could try asking Diana ifthey don't I'll, never understand how you mortals can tolerate such garments. At least your breasts aren't on display,keep an eye on our stray prince this evening. Watch him closely. For me, yourealize he's just another of the master's playthings. I'd rather spend the time trying to dowhat I can to prevent him from hurting another of the thirteen. It won't be long before this one meetsthe same end as the others and takes up a permanent place in his stone garden.Perhaps we shall have to see please sit I'd, be a poor guest. Indeed, if I didso before my host, how thougtful? I hope that the MED here in a whild esto your tast everything looks delicious. This particular Goblin was a member ofthe house stuff. He was a poor blacklas, but makes them excelent, I'm sorry theres the flavor, notshooits, you. No, I understand how difficult it canbe to find good staff. Isyou brought a gift to the table aswell. You really are surprisingly educated in the old laws. I want to bea good guest. After all, I've come Ol. This way to find you t Ey would hardlydo to insult such a gracious host. My gift to you is one of my father'sfamous golden apples in the history of his rein. He's never let them leave thepalace this one. We give to you as a sign of admiration and respect. Oh thoughtful, tell me: How is it youreached my palace so quickly? Iten I'd have thought the whiles would havepresented a dange to a single man, traveling alow and on, but why Kosaiyou talk almost as if you knew I was coming. I could have set out months agoand just arrived to day Ohha I mean to say that the journeymust have been hard on you. I won't lie. There were dangers, a wolfate my mount and I've narrowly avoided a handful of other incidents. Iconsider myself lucky to have survived dinner was delicious. Thank you. Wearen't finished for this evening yet, but there as entertainment for you aswell thirteen princes dancing for your honor they're, very beautiful, you're, alucky man indeed to be attended by such women. Yes, I am tell me I, which one do you think isthe most beautiful. I couldn't possibly choose, don't beshy, is it Hanor her long leg and amplebosom have attracted many a man, but perhaps Natasha is more to yourtaste. She is young. All thirteen are beautiful in their ownindividual way, but my original statement stands. I couldn't possiblychoose they're all yours. After all, eigt of Themlis the jewel of adifferent kingdom. I've created for myself a selection of every type ofwoman, imagineablue, all broad hair into my possision, some of them resist at first, but theyso, though, there's no Iski...

...once I turn my eye to something it willeiter be mine or it is, is tri. I see watch closer. The dance comes to he now. If I might take my leave for theevening, my head is heavy and my bed is calling you'l have my leave to go. Thank you for a wonderful meal cars. I thought I had him for a momentwhen he ate the Couplin MEES. It was so close to spitting out that o a halted,burd carcass, but instead of past hand, Finish Thet, whole tem plate and thanksme, for it. Yeah he's a clever man but stal a man and ayoung one at that hot bloadyod. If he won't choose a princess from mythirteen, then perhaps I will simply have to choose one for him: whagobling flesh. It was all I could do to not choke onthe stuff. What matter of monster is Cosseil and those poor women stolen from theirhomes and forced to bend to his will? What are you doing? How did you get inhere? The door was unlocked. You don't like what you see Plick,please cover yourself and getout of my bed. Lord Kosir has instructed me to spendthe night here in my bed. The implication was for something morespecific here cover yourself with this I'm toleave, then he will beat me if I disappoint, hat tywill or what precisely were his orders. I need the exact words he used to spendthe night in your bed. Mhow dedicated a you to your master. I'd kill him. If I thought it werepossible, then you're not working to his agenda.I do whatever it takes to survive here, but I'm not here out of choice. None of us are don't take us for Muling dancels. We've all learned that the price ofattempted escape has two stood to Liss. Then perhaps we can come to anagreement CROSSI and I alocked in a kind of battle of manners. It's alittle like a duel, I've invoted ancient rules that keep me safe as longas I don't break them and for his part course. I can't harm me until I do.Then he sent me here to tempt you, I'm not sure if I'm flattered ordisgusted it's a trap. If I were to sleep with you, I'd have taken youwithout his permission and he could destroy me. If I reject you, it amountsto the same thing. Yo'll take umbradge either way. I think I understand thrust and repust. He is made a moveagainst you. What action will you take in return?You say he asked you to spend the night in my bed. Yes, then sleep there, youshall I'll simply sleep on the floor. You have dome what he asked and Ishould be safe. The fire bird was right, you're, a different kind of man to theUsual Heroes Corseydrawers here for his amusement you've seen the firebird. Shethinks you have the potential to win this game you're playing. I came hereto bring her home with me. If I have proof she's real and it proves myfather- isn't mad you're endangering yourself for his sake, he was a greatman. I 'd not see his name tarnished in his later years. My brothers just wantdto inherit the title of Asar, then more of what you' consider traditionalprinces strong brave, I'm, usually the guy wandering aroundwith a book under his arm the runt of the litter. I can't remember the last time I read: There are no books here outside of thesorcerer's personal library and those have written in a strange language thatonly he can understand they hurt to look at if you try, I'm not sure if I'd even remember howto anymore waitont...

...yeah. I brought these with me for thejourney. A book you're a strange kind of prince indeed fiction on on fiction fiction. Perfect they coaduse good escapism. I am out of practice. It may take me a while to read this.You can keep that one have another copy at home. What's it like here, for the women he'staken, thirteen, it's a nightmare, coseisea monster were beaten, broken and battered whenhe's in a bad mood raped and make to serve him when he's in a good one. Some of US probably couldn't even lookat man again in the best of circumstances. It's it's not good. Once he summoned anocknister to Toment us as we slept and watched for his amusement as we criedout in fear, we could feel it sithering in and outof our dreams. He never called it off. Instead, we hadto look for holds of stones in the river to keep it at bay. Some of US still wear them. Others keep them under their pillow atnight. I'd ask for your help, but I don't want to put you in harm's way.ECAUSE I found out what is your plan long term? I mean the game you're playing, certainlycan't last forever. It's a stalling tactic. The rules of our game work bothways. If I can goad him into breaking them,then he'll have no choice but to allow me to kill him. The bird asked me tokeep an eye on you, and you gave me this book so I'll. Give you this piece of advice.In return, you can't kill Cossai he's called thedeathless for a reason. He's used Magic to separate his heart from his body andhidden it somewhere in the woodlands surrounding the palace. He doesn't care about the stakes ofyour game because he's confident that there are no consequences for him. He'll laugh as you. Try then destroy you. That's problematic, your master of understatement. How hashe even managed such a feat shouldn't he be dead. His ownership ofthe fire bird has made it possible somehow damn it, but you can use thatconfidence against him. If you can find and destroy his heart,then, when you strike Coursi wouldn't think to defend himself and the blowwould be fatal. If you can do it do what kill him have you ever murdered? Anyone before,I can't say I have honestly, I don't think I'll know forsure until the moment comes. Make sure that you don't break out here. You'll need a pillow. If you're goingto sleep on the floor thanks, thank me: If you survive to Morrow, I hear coaseyes planning on sending youinto the forest. I imagine he'll be hoping that one ofthe wild animals there kills you for him, but I'll, be as good at time asany to find the heart try to look for something out of theordinary, an artifact under an enchartment that powerful wouldprobably be warping the land around it. Get some sleep you'll need it. This way followed metry, I'm coming the master. Wants you to experience thewhilds. He says that a hunt is a noble pursuit on one of royal blood, yes, but who's the hunter and who thequarry? What was Dhad? Nothing? You must pay attention these woodschange. It is very hard to keep your bearings out here. Lose concentrationand you could get last. How do you find your way see that White Oak in the distance theleaves grow red we use it to center ourselves. Red Leaves. How strange is that normal? Here there is no normal here, you won'tnormal. You should go back to the mortal world EIF. The whiles forever.Is that what your master wants? What no? No, nothing, not mapping likethat, the Naster onts only that you hant and what will we be hunting today, deara stag, perhaps now, no noting songn day we are on thenation of his growth is a matter forest...

...spirit, very dangerous. But if you can locatetheir barrel, then a great hord could be youhorse. Lasy open way, laytravellers and they have a taste for rer metals. You go O with a Fatchun. Of course, youwould have to kill itfirst. I thought that might be the case. Where will we find it not much further? Now this region ishis hunting ground, a killing field. Sasha was right, Cossie, hardlybothering to hide his intent down there. Is there anything else? I should know unless she's a thing of the forest it'spody made of tweets and leaves it can change its size by feeding on greanerygrowing mostress. I don't suppose you plan on accompanying me on this hunt.Dmitry has street instructions that he's to let that tar son have the honorof the cale alone. Well, here I go I'm starting to wonder if this isn't atask better suited to my brothers Gir, then the boy walked swillingly into thelashes laier. The master will be pleased the floors littered with jewels and crushed bone. There must be enough wealth here toshame every merchant in Russia, but at the centre is that heaving Mash, the beast, the less she stirs sleep for now. Thank God. I need to tread carefully. It looks like there are plenty ofothers who h've tried to help themselves to this monster's Hore. Ican see bodies of all kinds, goblins and other creatures. I don't recognize they mus tract them here to feed. If I can pick my way over to thenearest one without waking, the Lese, I may have an idea on how to get out ofthis mess alive. What he doing. Why doesn't he try totake the treasure? I'm not going to be able to slay thatcreature with just my sword. This poor soul was carrying a traveler's packwith him that men, sis promptly got a flint andtimter box hand a flask of vokare too I'm in luck nno. This is all wrong. Boys went to beswallowed by Theleshi, stick around while it sleeps. What's he doing the creatures made of leaves and twigsthat makes it almost impossible to kill with the sword, but with fire. I might just stand a chance. quating reages bounds move fast, Iven it even one blow lands, I'm as good assed. If I can steal my feet and keep out of reach the fiwll finish up, I I did it beally, but he should be dead. Thebeste would be angr to be to FIS. Tobe you wil be punished. IEVEN must die. You would, dare I hand against one whowas just slayin theleshe as a victor heis master of this Groveuntil the boy says otherwise, but what's happening. TAT's Riht tell the boy what you were asked to ones and feed on your flesh. Goblin. DoHim why you try to stab him in the back...

...like a coward while he was recoveringAni, he wo a Te Bo Han Iru God the princewas about Ta and who told you that be specific, see my master. Now I have my proof. COURSI's brokenthe laws of the host ai thought. I said You'd, let him go. Did I say that now that I think aboutit? No, never assume you were lucky. I was watching from thewoods letting your guard down around that insect was a mistake that couldhave cost you. Your life still defeating the les. He was an impressivefeat. What will you do now? One of the princesses told me thatcosis hidden his heart somewhere in these woods. I can't kill him as he isnow, but if I can find it he'll be vulnerable, then you'll confront thewizard he's broken the rules of the game we were playing now. He has toallow me a blow unguarded by his magic. His penance Ui will watch and see howthis plays out, but I will not intervene again. Mortal do not count on me for rescue ef thingsdo not go according to your plan, I'll, not answer that glass castle. Iunderstand. Thank you for saving my life go, seek out the wizard's black heart now for Goblin said that I could findmy way by using the red leaves of the White Ash tree as a way point. If I can find my way back there,perhaps I'll not be is lost in the wilds, as I appear. Is that a book? What of it interestingI've not seen you doing that before occasionally I do things other thanwork. A love of reading is one of the few things that Kosei hasn't beentotally able to beat out of me, though, if you give him the opportunity, heprobably try and wasn't talking about the book. I was referring to your smile.I was smiling. I didn't realize it's been a long time since I've lostmyself in a story. What's it like reading you don't read. Stories areuniquely mortal thing. We beings of the wile lack the imagination. It's liberating for a little while the world around mefades away and I'm taken to another place, escapism and ESCAP IRS, always on ourminds. Don't get your hopes up, Ivan's, probably dead in a ditch somewhere inthe wilds by now Ha Sasha. The one thing that I have learned throughoutthis immortal existence is that one can never really lose hope. We simplymisplace it now and again or forget where we left it pick it up brush itdown and it will shine as brightly as it ever did like fire like fire, ICAN, you', better go be safe, SASHA DMITRY wasn't lying thire's, somethingabout the wilds. It makes it hard to find your way. I know I'm walking in the rightdirection, but somehow I've passed the same pile of rocks twice and there'sstill no sign of the white ash blast. Now I know I most I've snimbled my wayinto cossized garden of Statues, irs something deeply disturbing aboutlooking into the faces of people who have crossed paths of my enemy and lost. I imagine each of them thought theywere in with a fighting chance right up until the moment his traps smatc shut somebody's coming. I need to hide. Why are we out here wizard, because oldlegs needs Tixo? I wasn't fortne to CA, so this agedbody is what I have to work. Perhaps I simply enjoy reliving old conquestseither way. I have no need to explain...

...my selty or tha, if not tfor conversation. Why bring meat all BEC every ground mast? It deserves anaudiece and because I don't want to visible about the palice when theprince would zern, so I'm to play the room of audience toyour monologue only if wools and man to to think so. This young first grace my collection, a largeflash brilt of a LOBL. I od. He could make a TAC im by killing me to see howhis puse has cout it hi sorderly, half drawn rubbis Caben. The fool approached me directly and hadthe nerve to actually call me out in Tallene, I turned him to Stonon is Wat, ofcourse. Of course, this squadon here looks like a man, butit's actually a Girli disgus. She came to rescue hersister, Sasha Sucha, she'ssnucking my cover of night and try to steal my property, not realizing thatIdem Leve. I caught up with him with he standing stomes and what ad entered it.The miserable win still comes out here once a week to keep her sisters staty.Clearly, perhaps she still hopes Olf. Maybe I should break it in her. Waitlast AE at apologies. I must have stepped on a twig o sure, as I am that you tracped me inthis human shape or that the feather you stole from you keeps your darkheart beating. If I am stuck like this you'll have to bear a little clumsiness.Now and again, I wasn't born with hands and feet. Yeah Shi took Yoof Ol thoseyears again ducks you like a common fowl. Oh who lives. You must have feltwhen you realized what it meant for you. Then I use that about to cut my ownbeating art from my chest. I ean my ammotality because I alone could crackthe spell because I alone possess at phenix Tet. How dare you Youve maketrue name I down, because I am Os high tit dad place er more to Wev ot upTalki Boeaao, O wiout nothers may call you firelen, but I ano Si op. You brought me out here to make yourself bee mighty, but remembereternity is a long time should your ownership of me waver, but even amoment, I'll burn you to ashes and all your stolen magic won't be able to saveyou. Your immortality is a borrowed, treat bleeting Er. That's my eventuaal fate,then O. I accept it, but it will not be this day when we return. I want every member ofthe scuffs hallent in a great hall. Ither Te metwe will return with theprince's body or the rant will have slain a very spirit of these wods dieaway. I will draw our game to its conclusion, so the firebird is that woman in humanform she covered for me and I'm sure herargument with the wizard was for my benefit. COSI thinks he has the onlyfirebird feather, but she let me keep the one I pulled in father's garden ifcosis linked his feather to his heart, and perhaps mine can guide me to it. Amazing it's glowing. Now. I just need to follow the light. What's going on bad, the prince will bereturning soon. COSI intends to indulge himself by ending things in front of anaudience. Let's hope Ivons got the sense to have taken my warnings toHarhsh. You don't know who's listening. Any one of these goblins would sell youout in a hard pet to gain the wizard's favor. It's in that nature. It's a man crowdthey're hungry for blood. I know that secretly, you all wonder ifthis young crince will be the one to top O me, some of you even I defeat. Let me assure you that this will not bethe case. This game has oncontinued because I inHig nfinit O and allowed it. The boy...

...was drawn here if Wy Abot because of mymanipulation, and although he has pof on Aam there heasapart to just canlorat the deck is Ar Lever. CAMLA stackd against him, through subtle, misdilection, there'saurs H, believes that he had walking here and confront me. He poorlaslythinks that the Wules of hospitality will be. You will all pay witness to his downfall in when the realization that he has been hopelessly outplayed. Finally,dons on him. I will turn him to Yiu mortalizing, the expresion ofdefeat on his face. Horever Remembe es mine, none of YOU AEME toOtouch him without my Aban e. He comes I've returned from the hunt Cossi and I bring you the head of the Leshein tribute I've taken nothing from its lair. The horde resides on yourproperty and it spoils Ar Yours prosperity to my gracious host Elis IV that te not just avide riamph over it. Youunderestimated him Sasha, I see Iven. You are the very mortal lover,perfect gase, then, why have you tried to have me murdered cosai murder, Mitrithe servant you sent to guide me? He admitted as much to the grey wolf afterhe was caughlt trying to stab me in the back on your orders, what interfaring Matt? So you don't deny it?No, why? What I deny it Idon, what could you absimbly do to me? You brokethe rules of the host and, according to the ancient flaws, you may strike meonce and I coaldn't do nothing to prevent it awhat. Can you guaranteethat your strike will be true? I am course I tont Etass em Ora foi Ted Baste, Ove dying y Fashe in YourLife Iven dont book, a that's right. I like books. I read Ibetter myself, I'm something that my brother's Auen't, that many of thosestatues in your garden word intelligent. It's a little later be growing a spine.I brave the wilds be friended. The Gray Wolf defeated the Leshi and engaged animmortal sorceryr in a game of wits. Did you really think that I didn't havea plan? It took me some effort to find itclever of you to bury it in a forest under the white ash as a marker, butits presence turns the leaves red my heart impossible, finyou after Hav. I did one more thingI forgot to mention. When we first met, I took a feather from the firebird whenyou sent it to my father's garden, Bud War Tom you down, not me Casi,you've, gonder estimated this boy. Do you feel mortal now sorcerer withyour heart in one hand and the key to your power in the other? Do you evenremember what it's like to be vulnerable? Kill him garplings? Icoound you enoustay back all of you cosineratod.Anyone who intofers by me broke the rules of the host there's a deep magicone of the oldest and most powerful. It's finding Di. You think that therewouldn't be consequences. Not For me an your arrogance. Is your phone and doingWy like come on? Do to kill him. I can no more raise my hand against him thanI could you. While he owns that feather Ivan Im annoid with me by your side, you could stays,it can be the most powerful SAR the world as ever seen Ruleov of BoveWorlds, Wean POWs, yours woetaking of...

...you, sper with you. That's where you fail to understand me. I never wanted power. You can't kill meIvan Youwon't, you're Right II, won't kill you no finish it for once in your miserablelife. Don't think just do it. She will but her hold out your hands. I don't have the right to kile Kosai,not when he's done so much wrong to you in the thirteen. If anyone should judgehim, it's you. His life is quite literally in your hands. It's won andfragile. All it will take is a little pressureto crush it. Please don't Sosa Lo Al Free and therest of the thirteen you just and wih the heart. Please now I need to ask youthe question you asked me: Can you do it Sasha, it's up to you after he stole us from her family after you o physical and Metoe tortre Yofea ot, he murdered my sister in front ofme. I can do that. I won't lie FE COOD. I suggest you all run the magic thatfound me died with Cosey and with the exception of the prince here, only thethirteen will escape my wrath. Nothing left but dust like all thoseyears caught up with him at once so dies the immortal. What now I'veahonestly, I hadn't expected to be alive at this point, I hope you're not expecting me toWiltene your arms and fall in love with you. The book you gave me wasn't thatgood honestly, I only came to the bird I'm to be your servant now Ivan No, no,no! Nothing like that. This feather belongs to you. I thank you for lettingme borrow it, but it belongs with its rightful owner. You realize you'regiving up a lot of power. Like I told Cosai, I don't care about power, butthere's an old man back home whose people believe him mad. It would do mea great service if you travel there with me to prove them wrong. I thinkthat can be arranged B. Iven, the bookworm Returne toBilliban's palace on the back of a great wolf with thirteen princesses anda magnificent golden bird in toe his brothers for all their complaining wereforced to admit that their dreamer of a brother had out shown them all billeben vindicated in the eyes of hispeople, ruled for nine more years before his passing and in his wake thetitle passed to Ivan. As for the golden apples, the treevarnished one night passing into legend, though there are those who believe thatit was beplanted in secret in a special garden. Amidst the ruins of a last pase ther, they say a Golden Bird dines onhis poot to the TA. You've been listening to firebed, whichfeatured the voice Tom imself tell Michards as prince, Ivan Zarvich EricPeterson as Cosai the deathless Emily Wiley as Princess Sasha, El Ideas asthe granworfh Simon D Alessi, as Za Venlebin Sarvich Erik Smith, as PrinceAbramsarvach Louis Walston, as Prince Dimasarovich and Ladimie Gabatel, asDmitri with Olivias steel. As the firebed fibed was written and directedby Ben Waen and feature the music from the fireboodsuit by Igostravinsky,which is part of the public domain, fibird is a cascade studio's productionfor more free ardiou stories. Articles...

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