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As Firelings we are the embers, we just need something to rise from... If you don't have the courage for ash, you do not see the world as it is.

The Fire That Stays[1]

The Fire That Stays was the last in a line of immortal Firelings skilled in the art of Fire Angling. Unusually among Firelings, the Fire That Stays could manipulate water as well as fire.

He was disgusted by what he perceived as the decadence of the Firelings and their attachment to the Hallows, believing that they were relics of the past holding his people back from attaining their true potential. He became convinced that the carnage wrought by the Great Dim was a cleansing force, and sought to complete Mithra's destruction with an army of Fragors, bent to his will after taking their young hostage.[2]

He agreed to train Thurma and Nita in Fire Angling so that one of them could erect the Glass Castle and settle their dispute over the Fireling crown.[3] As part of his regimen, he instructed the two to enter a waterfall which would be fatal to them if they didn't learn to manipulate Mithra's elements to protect themselves.[4] When they failed, the Fire became stricter in his training, pouring water on them and declaring that the Great Dim had awakened them and their people from complacency.[5] The Fire That Stays eventually tired of their repeated failures to breach the waterfall and ended their training.[6] The pair eventually discovered his enslavement of the Fragors and his plan to destroy the Hallows.[2] The Fire subsequently lead the Fragors to the Fireling capital, where Thurma attempted to fight him with the Drowned Spear, only to have the Fire take it from her grasp and perforate the ground, causing the emergence of a subterranean river.[1] The course of the battle turned when Nita released a young Fragor from the Fire, thus breaking his control over its parents.[7] Now alone, the Fire summoned a tidal wave from the river to destroy the old Firefast's royal palace, where Thurma and the other Firelings were taking refuge, but their combined efforts at Fire Angling deflected the water onto the Fire, extinguishing his flame.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #10, Archaia, USA, June 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #8, Archaia, USA, March 2019
  3. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #4, Archaia, USA, November 2018
  4. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #5, Archaia, USA, December 2018
  5. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #6, Archaia, USA, January 2019
  6. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #7, Archaia, USA, February 2019
  7. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #11, Archaia, USA, July 2019
  8. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #12, Archaia, USA, August 2019
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