By J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Take the Quiz
What word best describes you?
When going on a quest, you always take along…
A. Your Favorite Necklace
B. A Pocketful of Banquet Bars
C. Your Fluffy Pillow
D. A Box of Tissues
Which song is the soundtrack of your life?
A. Heroes by Alesso
B. Animals by Maroon 5
C. Ghost by Ella Henderson
D. Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Your favorite Fantasy World is…
A. Middle Earth
If someone attacked you, how would you defend yourself?
A. Freeze them in a block of ice
B. Bite off their fingers
C. Magically disappear
If you were only allowed one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
B. Tofu…NOT! Pass the steak and make it RARE!
C. Dairy…hey, milk keeps babies alive.
D. High-Tech Food Alternatives…you’re always looking to the future.
Who is your Favorite super hero?
A. The Green Lantern
C. Ghost Rider
If your boyfriend/girlfriend disappeared, what would you do?
A. Move heaven and earth to find them.
B. Whatever. There are other fish in the sea.
C. Put my mind to it and poof I’m with him/her
D. When did I get a girlfriend/boyfriend?
A major catastrophe just happened and help is needed. Ready to sign up?
A. Of course, need you even ask?
B. Why not? It might be fun.
C. I guess, but don’t count on me sticking around too long.
D. Major Catastrophe? Run!
You’re guilty of which of these bad habits?
A. Blaming yourself for everything that goes wrong
B. Eating junk food
D. Running away
Which book would you choose for a little light reading?
A. The Giver by Lois Lowry
B. Animal Farm by George Orwell
C. Gone by Michael Grant
D. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Mostly A’s are Primortus – Always in tune with nature, you are thoughtful to a fault. You’re a powerful being with healing ability and you’re constantly thinking of others. With you power over air, earth, fire, or water, nothing can keep you from protecting life. As a born leader, you know what’s right and what’s wrong. And you’re always ready to lead the fight. Warning, you’d best keep your feelings in check or all Hades will break loose.
Mostly B’s are Shifters (Corporus) – You’re in touch with your inner beast. Out of all of the beings, you are the most versatile. With your heightened senses, you’re the one everyone wants on their team when facing down the enemy. You are always ready to defend but have a playful side as well. Whether you’re soaring through the air or galloping across the countryside you feel at home. But watch out, with all your wonderfulness, you’re prone to act without thinking. So don’t forgot to rein it in now and then.
Mostly C’s are Reapers (Spiritus) – You are an extremely spiritual being, a dreamer with secrets. But living a secretive life can take its toll on you. Carrying all of those messages around in your head is a heavy burden. Sometimes you find yourself feeling manipulated and used. Just don’t let it bring you down. You can still pop in and out whenever you feel like it. You have some pretty powerful connections. Oh, but remember, stay in the clutches of your otherworldly friends too long and you may never come back.
Mostly D’s are Seers (Animus) – You’re a rare individual, who always seems to know what is on the horizon. Frequently misunderstood, your intelligence is sometimes perceived as “crazy”. You are emotional and sensitive. Unfortunately, you’re often the carrier of bad news, so you try hiding from your troubles. You struggle with confidence and always compare yourself to others. Through you’re not great in a battle, you are stronger and more courageous than others realize.
Leave us a comment and let us know what you are!
1. The Maori name for N.Z. is ‘Aotearoa’
It means “the land of the long white cloud”
2. In 1893, New Zealand became the first Country to give women the right to vote
3. New Zealanders are outnumbered by sheep
In fact, there are around 5 sheep per person
4. There are more book stores per person than any other country about one for every 7500 people.
5. New Zealand is more than Middle Earth
“That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. And even more precious were the people not all like the Australians.”- Ian Mckellen
The following is an excerpt from Eleventh Elementum, Book One of the Primortus Chronicles.
Skylee set down her suitcase, dropped her backpack onto the bed and threw herself back against the soft pillows. She was happy to finally be in New Zealand. The flight had been exhausting, not the plane-ride itself, but the seventeen-plus hours of listening to Chrism complaining, whereas Skylee only had one complaint. The fact that she had to share her Luck-E-Chocs with everyone and now she was down to two pieces. However, her sister had enough grievances to create a list, which included the seating, the food, the ‘stupid’ movie choices and the poor service.
At one point during their flight Skylee had pretended to be asleep, which only gave Chrism several hours to flirt with Will. She had read to him endlessly from her V-phone about New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie locations. Will sat attentively smiling and nodding at her the whole time. During the unfortunate episode, Skylee found herself becoming increasingly annoyed with her new stepsister.
She didn’t know why. It couldn’t be jealousy, not over Will. What was there to be jealous about? At least that’s what she told herself.
Now Skylee was alone for the first time in days, and it felt nice. Her mind immediately turned to the book, which she had carefully concealed inside her backpack. Luckily Chrism hadn’t noticed when she cut the lining to create a secret hiding place. A couple of times she had even snuck a look at the book, but she couldn’t find the privacy to really examine it as she wished. She knew it was pointless to fish it out now since Chrism would arrive at any moment. Exhaling loudly she relaxed into the fluffy pillows, picking up a brochure from the bedside table. She read.
Visit Ancient Maori Village
Long ago, the land was covered by rainforests…
the calls of the laughing owl and the giant Mao filled the air…
the Maori people knew no fear Step back in time…
You’ll fall in love with New Zealand.
She studied the glossy pamphlet and three words seemed to jump out at her. Fall in love. Surely they don’t think you can fall in love with a place. Or do they? she pondered. She didn’t think so. She wasn’t sure she even believed in falling in love.
Why are we talking about Weta bugs? Because in Book One of The Primortus Chronicles we encounter one of these amazing insects. So let’s find out a “little” more about a “big” bug.
The following is from AsianScientist:Source Animal Planet (Dec. 7, 2011) – An American researcher at the Smithsonian Institution says he has found the world’s biggest bug on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island.
The insect has a wing span of around 18 centimeters (7 inches) and weighs three times as much as a mouse. It was thought to be extinct after European settlers brought rats to New Zealand.
“Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta. We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree,” he said.
However, Moffett did what a responsible explorer would do – he returned the bug right where he found it.
Did you know that Weta Digital (visual effects studio for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit films) is named after these creatures?
Warning this part is totally disgusting!!!
Don’t worry there are about 70 species of bug that go by the name weta. And I’m told Bear didn’t eat one of the endangered types. Well, let’s hope so!!
The following is an excerpt from Eleventh Elemetum:
Chrism let out a loud gasp, pointed at Will and yelled, “BUG!”
Everyone froze. There, sitting on his shoulder, was the largest bug Skylee had seen in her entire life. The brown creature resembled a giant cricket with long hairy looking legs. It was so big in fact, that if Skylee could have mustered up the courage to pick it up it would have barely fit on her palm. Usually Skylee wasn’t afraid of insects but she found herself taking a small step back as chill bumps rushed over her arms.
Will slowly craned his neck around and was eye to eye with the enormous insect. He closed his eyes for a split second and when he reopened them, they were as wide as saucers. He looked straight ahead and didn’t dare move an inch.
“KILL IT! KILL IT!” screeched Chrism.
“NO, don’t! Don’t hurt it,” ordered Nika, holding her hands up.
“Maybe it will jump off,” Skylee quickly said as she considered how she might use the power of the Elementum to control the huge creature.
“What should I do?” whispered Will trying not to disturb it.
“Hold still mate,” said Airon with a bewildered look on his face. “Crikey, what is the bloody thing?”
“It’s a weta bug. I haven’t seen one in years,” said Hera in a hushed voice. “They—they almost went extinct after The Day. So, we should try not to harm it.”
“Weta-bug? Well, do they bite?” asked Airon curiously.
“I don’t think so, unless they’re feeling threatened,” said Heather. “Stay still. Let’s think, what can we do to keep from harming it?”
“WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? SOMEBODY, JUST SMACK THAT UGLY THING!” screamed Chrism frantically shaking her hands in front of her.
“Hey, I’ve read about these,” said Skylee, leaning in for a better look. “There are lots of different species. They’re flightless so, I don’t think it will jump off. It must have crawled on your shoulder when we were under the trees. Oh, do you think it is a tree weta?”
“Possible, yes,” answered Heather.
“They’re nocturnal, normally. Will, you must have woke him up,” Skylee said smiling at the bug.
“Hopefully, he’s a good sport about it,” he replied as he glanced at her.
“He seems okay, he hasn’t raised his back legs in defense, so you should be okay.”
She placed her hand over her necklace, hoping she could use her power without having to pull it out for everyone to see. She might be able to control the weta. Skylee searched her mind for the right thoughts to concentrate on.
Almost at the same time, Zane bounded up to Will. He smiled broadly and bent forward looking closely at the bug. Then to everyone’s amazement, he calmly picked the gigantic insect up and looked admiringly at it.
“Well, take a gawk at that!” he exclaimed. “I thought I’d never see a weta bug again. Little fella, you better find somewhere else to sit. I’m afraid you’re not welcome here.” He walked over to a tree and carefully placed the bug on a branch.
“Little,” gasped Chrism. “You call that terrible monstrosity little?”
Zane started to speak but Will reached out and placed his hand on his shoulder. “Thanks, mate. I wasn’t scarred of it or anything but I just, well I didn‘t…”
“Of course,” he said as he patted Will on the back then turned his attention to Chrism. “Let me clue you in on a secret, little lady. What you call a terrible monstrosity is a survivor and we should all consider ourselves lucky to have seen it.”
“That’s right,” said Hera nodding her head. “It’s a sign…a cause for hope.”
Chrism’s eyes got big. “I don’t get it! You’re saying that awful looking thing is some sort of special sign?”
“Don’t you see?” said Skylee. “The weta bug means the natural world is continuing to recover—the planet is healing.”
Her stepsister rolled her eyes and said, “Okay, okay you don’t have to go all environmentalist wacko on me. I get it, that gross, horrid bug is mankind’s link to utopia, yeah, whatever.
“No, it’s not like that,” said Skylee, frowning. “You don’t understand.”
“Yeah, I do, ” Chrism shot back. “But what I’m trying to comprehend is why Weta Studios is named after something that hideous. Go figure.”
Before Skylee could respond, Hera and Nika chimed in and tried to get through to her, explaining the significance of protecting the fragile environment. Skylee’s heart sank for she could see from Chrism’s bored expression that their words fell on deaf ears.
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The following is a description of what happens BEFORE
Yosemite National Park
The big event would take place in two minutes and fourteen seconds, but the pregnant woman sitting at the far end of the lobby wasn’t expecting it. No, not the arrival of her baby, of course she would have known if she were in labor. What she wasn’t anticipating was larger, much larger than her enormous stomach. The world was about to fall apart.
It happened on a Monday, the fifth of February, early in the afternoon. The first sign of trouble began at the peak of an immense granite cliff, not far from where Yosemite Falls cascades gracefully to earth. How could something so ugly happen in such a beautiful place?
Thirty-seven seconds to go. The expectant mother, who was now curled up in a cozy chair near the window, gazed out at the scenery. She sipped her hot green tea, contemplating names for the baby.
Aqua, she thought, watching The Falls tumble down the sheer rock wall. Or maybe Rain… She wanted her child to have a beautiful name, something inspired by nature. Unlike her own name, which had nothing to do with the beauty of nature. In fact, she was named after a legendary rock singer, who had died of a tragic drug overdose. She twisted her mouth into a frown. Of all the names in the world, she thought, shaking her head slowly. And mom and dad had to pick Janis.
Sixteen seconds. Janis squirmed in her chair. She wished she were out hiking with her husband and stepson. “No way,“ her husband had said when she showed up in the lobby with her hiking boots on. He had patted her beach-ball-sized belly and added, “You’re sitting this one out. Eight months is too far along for a trip to the falls.” She knew he was right, but still, she hated to miss the fun.
Four seconds. Three, two…she tipped her cup, drinking the last drop, which was the exact moment it happened. Two powerful beings came into existence. The first, who would eventually be known as Brinfrost, was born of betrayal and vengeance. The second, like no other, would be feared and called an abomination of nature. Like fire and water, darkness and light, their conflict was set in motion. Some say their arrival caused something deep in the earth’s crust to shift, and others believe the world stopped spinning for a moment. Either way Janis never dreamed of it as she carefully placed her cup back on its saucer. It would be the last peaceful moment she would have for a very long time.
It hit her. A wave of stabbing pain twisted through her abdomen. Bending forward, she clutched her belly as the ground trembled beneath her feet. She looked up just in time to see the huge stone cliff give way. The deafening noise was unlike anything she had ever heard before. A thunderous crack as if a million guns had been fired. She cupped her hands over her ears, as the sound seemed to pierce her very soul.
Suddenly the windows exploded and tiny glittering shards of glass rained down around her. The force was unbelievable. It seemed like the earth itself was breaking, even the air shook.
As the hotel fell apart around her, Janis felt herself falling. Her chair danced up and down in jolting waves, then it lunged forward dumping her rounded body onto the floor. She desperately tried to grab on to anything she could. Her ears were ringing and her heart raced in terror. Sliding downward, she looked out through the hole where the window had been and searched the mountain for her husband and stepson. She caught sight of them, high on the crumbling cliff. Then they disappeared, tumbling into the massive rockslide.
“No!“ she screamed, collapsing on the floor. Sinking helplessly down, her world went black.