Greetings, Mighty Ones! Did you think I’d forgotten you?
I was merely perfecting my Wind spells. Since there are four winds—and only one of me—the task proved a wee bit daunting. Remember that twister over Kansas?
Uh… You do?
(Rats! Looks like Queen WindStrider was right: I need to practice my Mind Wipe spell.)
But I digress! The good news is, I’m done wrestling cyclones—for now.
Today, I have a rare treat for you!
After months of petitioning, I have finally secured an audience with that elusive flame-thrower, who’s universally regarded as the mightiest Fire Power, ever to sit on the Council of Reinas.
Among her kinfolk in the Darkstrike Desert, she is known as Ophidia (which is totally fitting, since it means “snake.”) But among the mystical order of Aeldoras, she is called by her coven name, Solara.
Unlike the typical Fire Mage, Reina Solara doesn’t have an extroverted (or dare I say, bombastic?) personality. In fact, our Fire queen can be a cold fish—which makes her especially intriguing.
In all honesty, I think Solara is tired of defending the reputation of snakes. She says that only the ignorant (yes, she did emphasize the word, “ignorant”) fear snakes. Serpents are not cold; they are not slimy; and they would rather flee than fight anything as big as a Human.
She recounted an interesting story (which frankly, blew my mind!) Snakes rarely bite Native Americans. Caucasians are the ones, who suffer the most snake bites in the United States. When I asked her why, Solara explained that Native Americans are taught to respect animals.
For instance, when a Cherokee encounters a hissing rattlesnake on the trail, the Cherokee will calmly walk around the snake. He might even say, “Greetings, Little Brother,” before continuing peacefully on his way.
Caucasians, on the other hand, will freak out when they surprise a rattler. Some Caucasians will shriek and try to use their walking sticks to pulverize the poor snake (which was minding it’s own business, snoozing in the sun, when the Human numbskull invaded its territory.)
Can you blame the snake for fighting back?
You’d better think twice about your answer, if you want Reina Solara to teach you magic!
In my Young Adult Fantasy series, Guardians of Aeld, Solara’s Animal Guardian is a wise old cobra, named Spellbinder. He has never bitten a Human in his life (even in defense of Solara!) Considering that Spellbinder has been protecting Solara for more than 2,000 years, while she journeys to the Human kingdom to initiate Fire Novices, his patience with our species is pretty impressive.
When Solara’s not supervising apprentices, she likes to fire up her kiln. Her success as a ceramics artist has been modest; however, her Light Weaving skills have attracted the attention of the Elfin Princess, who commissioned Solara to design a soothing “starscape” for the royal sleeping quarters.
Solara’s dark hair and olive skin are striking, because most Elves are fair-complexioned. She bears the Amber Gem—the mark of the Artisan Caste—on her forehead, and that gem flashes with all the golden fire of her eyes.
Solara has agreed to evaluate your aptitude for Fire Magic. To that end, she has designed the quiz, below. If you pass her test, I recommend that you enter your Fire studies with great reverence. While you may think of Fire as warm and inviting, like a ray of sunshine, you must never forget that Fire is a destructive force (heatstroke; parched wheat fields; volcanic eruptions; supernovas that disintegrate planets… Need I say more?)
Make sure you answer the questions truthfully. Remember: Spellbinder is watching!
Fire Magic Quiz
Answer “True” or “False” to the following statements.
What’s Your Secret Superpower?
Everyone has a little magic in them! What’s your secret superpower? Take our fun quizzes to find out! This 10-part series is based on Fantasy characters from Adrienne deWolfe’s upcoming, Guardians of Aeld Series, for Young Adults.