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Ancient Prophecy
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Ancient Prophecy
Book Three of the Targa Trilogy
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Volume 3 of the Targa Trilogy

Ages ago, elves and dwarves unknowingly migrated between Universes via a Junction. Jenneva and Egam believe they have found a Junction and plan a trip with Alexander to test the theory and investigate the origins of the elves and dwarves. Because they believe that the perennial animosity between the two races is due to misunderstandings about their histories, the mages include the prince of elves and the prince of dwarves in the group.

Trouble begins at the very start of the journey as Egam falters going through the Junction, awakening an old nemesis, the evil demon, Alutar. It appears that the excursion will not just clarify history, but also actually change it.

As the group discovers they are trapped in the new Universe, the shocking truth of the real history of the races is overshadowed by impending doom as an ancient prophecy begins to unfold.

Meanwhile, the evil sorcerer, Sarac, not only gains freedom from his imprisonment, but also gains the blessing of the evil demon, Alutar. With the blessing, Sarac is given new powers and is promised a reign of a thousand years.

The race is on to prevent Sarac from unfettered control of the Universes, as our trio stands incapable of altering the prophecy of destruction.
Volume 3 of the Targa Trilogy

Ages ago, elves and dwarves unknowingly migrated between Universes via a Junction. Jenneva and Egam believe they have found a Junction and plan a trip with Alexander to test the theory and investigate the origins of the elves and dwarves. Because they believe that the perennial animosity between the two races is due to misunderstandings about their histories, the mages include the prince of elves and the prince of dwarves in the group.

Trouble begins at the very start of the journey as Egam falters going through the Junction, awakening an old nemesis, the evil demon, Alutar. It appears that the excursion will not just clarify history, but also actually change it.

As the group discovers they are trapped in the new Universe, the shocking truth of the real history of the races is overshadowed by impending doom as an ancient prophecy begins to unfold.

Meanwhile, the evil sorcerer, Sarac, not only gains freedom from his imprisonment, but also gains the blessing of the evil demon, Alutar. With the blessing, Sarac is given new powers and is promised a reign of a thousand years.

The race is on to prevent Sarac from unfettered control of the Universes, as our trio stands incapable of altering the prophecy of destruction.
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  • Chapter 3 - Elf Universe Egam grabbed his head and sank to the ground, moaning and twitching. The others gathered around him while Jenneva tried to comfort him.

    “Egam,” prodded Jenneva, “what is wrong?”

    Egam did not respond and continued to roll on the ground and moan. Jenneva decided to perform a Mind Probe and indicated to the men to hold Egam still so that he did not roll off the narrow path. Jenneva stooped over Egam and began her probe. Egam was fighting, but he was not fighting Jenneva. He was fighting someone or something else. Jenneva strove to capture Egam’s mental vision, but his mind was bouncing from place to place and time to time. Egam’s mind was confused and frightened. Jenneva began to break out into a sweat as she felt Egam’s fear heighten.

    The visions swirled rapidly in Egam’s head as he sought the source of his discomfort and fear. Jenneva was getting dizzy watching the quickly moving panorama. Suddenly, Egam’s body stiffened and Jenneva stared into the face of the most grotesque being she had ever imagined. Hatred and death emanated from the distorted evil face and Jenneva screamed and then fainted.

    Egam had also passed out and was no longer shaking or moving. Alex caught Jenneva and laid her down next to Egam. Prince Rigal reached into his pack and removed a blanket that he spread over the two magicians.

    “What do you make of this?” asked the elf Prince.

    Alex shrugged. “I don’t know. I have never seen fear in either one of them before, but I think that is what we just saw. They were both terribly afraid of something.”

    “Do you think we should turn back?” asked Prince Tergota.

    “No,” responded Alex. “We will wait for them to recover and find out what happened.”

    Jenneva was the first to recover. She sat up, her face drained of color, and looked at Egam. “Is he all right?”

    “I am not sure,” replied Alex. “He passed out the same time you did. He’s still breathing and he is no longer shaking. What happened?”

    Jenneva did not reply. She leaned over and felt Egam’s head. Egam awoke at Jenneva’s touch and struggled to sit up. Alex had never thought of Egam as being old, but his attempt at movements now gave the appearance of someone who is ancient and incapable of caring for himself.

    Jenneva helped Egam sit up and leaned him against the rock cliff. “Egam, what was that creature and where did it come from?”

    Egam appeared to exert a great effort in turning his head towards Jenneva. His face was a ghastly white and his eyes were wide and round. “I don’t know, Jenneva. He was trying to reach for me. Alutar. Yes, his name is Alutar. He knew me. He wants me . . . to suffer.”

    Egam began sweating again and Jenneva mopped his brow. “We will not talk about this now,” Jenneva stated. “Rest for a while and then we will resume our journey.”

    Jenneva extended her hand to Alex and he helped her to her feet. She indicated to the two Princes that they should make themselves busy and leave Egam to rest.

    Jenneva led Alex down the path away from Egam. “I saw it, Alex. It was the most hideous thing I have ever seen. I have trouble believing something so evil can really exist. I think Egam may have been hallucinating. We need to monitor him closely for he may be ill.

  • Chapter 9 - Alutar The animal-like scream howled down the mountainside and reverberated through the valley. Dimitri quickly looked up at his fellow Black Devil, Wasar, who was investigating the Junction they had found. Dimitri stood transfixed as Wasar’s form glowed brilliantly and shielded his eyes from the bright nova. Wasar’s body started emitting wisps of black smoke, slowly at first and then increasing until they created a small black cloud rising over the Black Devil’s body. Dimitri watched in a trance as Wasar’s skin began to liquefy, gelling in clumps on his arms and legs. Wasar’s nose melted and seemed to drift slightly to one side as it began to drip slowly, dropping to the rocks at his feet. The bits of flesh burst into flames as they struck the ground and continued to etch into the rocks like a fiery acid and still the screams intensified.

    Stunned to inaction, Dimitri was torn between shielding his eyes from the human inferno and covering his ears to block out the inhuman screams that had turned into a wailing, pleading cry for death. Wasar turned slightly towards Dimitri and stretched out his hand, large globs of flesh cascading off the outstretched limb. Dimitri jumped back, but he could not tear his eyes away from his shrieking ally. The black cloud over Wasar increased sending wafts of the stench towards Dimitri who scrunched his nose to avoid the scent of the smoldering, putrefying human torch. Wasar’s ears liquefied and dripped down his neck as Dimitri stood in shock until suddenly he was struck by one of Wasar’s exploding eyeballs. Dimitri turned and ran for his life, leaving his friend to disintegrate into a pile of smoldering lumps.

    The Black Devil ran down the mountain path watching over his shoulder as Wasar continued to pursue him. Dimitri tripped and stumbled, his body slamming into a tree. Wasar continued towards him with outstretched arms that were nothing more than bones now, bones and straggling bits of dripping flesh. The screaming slowly diminished to an animal growl, no longer a pleading for death, but now more like the snarl of a flesh-eating carnivore intent on fulfilling its hunger.

    Dimitri struggled to his feet and began running again, now paying more attention to the path in front of him than the no longer human creature chasing him. Breathing through his mouth to avoid the stench of burning flesh, Dimitri felt like retching and his mouth and throat seared as if inhaling an acid mist. Deep rumbling laughter roared out behind him overshadowing Wasar’s snarls.

    “Run, mortal, if you can,” the voice bellowed, “but you will serve me sooner or later. All will serve Alutar whether they live or die. Run and tell your masters that Alutar will command them, now that I am free.”

    Dimitri shivered as the chilling voice raced along every bone in his body. Faster and faster he ran, sweating and shivering at the same time. Dimitri frantically wiped the beads of sweat off his face and arms checking to see if his flesh was dripping or it was only droplets of perspiration. Dimitri ran and ran until exhausted, he slammed into a low lying tree branch and stumbled to the ground. He lay there a moment gasping for breath, his muscles crying out in agony. Dimitri knew he could go no further, no matter what happened to him.

About the Author-
  • Making the transition from President of a computer consulting firm servicing Fortune 500 companies to the reclusive life of creating new worlds is not as difficult a task as one would imagine. Both require organization, patience, and a vision of what is possible.

    Richard S. Tuttle accomplishes this transition in a dramatic way with the release of six novels dealing with two entirely created worlds. The Khadora Series evolves around a continent comprised of three countries with widely diverse cultures.

    The Targa Trilogy and the Sword of Heavens Series deals not only with a diverse world but widely varied universes as well. His ability to create a believable world and unique characters is bound to draw a following of readers that will make Richard S. Tuttle a household name.
Table of Contents-
  • Chapter 1 - Honeymoon
    Chapter 2 - The Plan
    Chapter 3 - Elf Universe
    Chapter 4 - Trekkum
    Chapter 5 - Contact
    Chapter 6 - Cordonia
    Chapter 7 - Dorgun
    Chapter 8 - Tower of Peace
    Chapter 9 - Alutar
    Chapter 10 - Tagaret
    Chapter 11 - Prophecy
    Chapter 12 - Dark One
    Chapter 13 - Secor
    Chapter 14 - Trouble
    Chapter 15 - Dusty Trail Inn
    Chapter 16 - Penetration
    Chapter 17 - Tower of Destruction
    Chapter 18 - Collapse
    Chapter 19 - Cave of Winds
    Chapter 20 - Spell of Binding
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