The Xena Scrolls
Scroll #52 : The Quill is Mightier
By: Gabrielle Bard of Potedia & Friends
October, 47 B.C.
Xena had gone fishing. The lone warrior Gabrielle awoke with a jerk as five barbarians rode out of the woods. Twirling her trusty staff she delivered kicks of such fury deflecting the thrust of a sword with her mighty abs. As the last of the barbarians fled the scene Joxer took the staff of Gabrielle unable to control himself. He hit himself once, twice, and then three times on the head with the staff only to knock himself off of his feet falling onto the ground.
After realizing the power of the scroll, and the will of a mighty quill, Joxer and Gabrielle met the sisters of Guya. The sisters were seeking a donation from Joxer to their orphanage. But Joxer would not give up his scabbard because it had been given to him by his father. And so the bard Gabrielle wrote her magic and suddenly a kind man came from the woods offering his own gift, a kinsman sword. The sisters of Guya were delighted to receive such a wonderful gift. And so the good that was to be done by the will of the mighty quill had only just begun.
The day went on as Gabrielle and Joxer entered a nearby tavern to have breakfast. Out of the kindness of his heart the tavern owner offered to Gabrielle and all who were in the tavern free food to eat and drinks on the house. And with that statement all who were at the tavern drank and ate joyfully together in the spirit of peace. Then the five barbarians returned for Gabrielle, but they didn’t stay long for they decided to go west instead. But the sister’s of Guya orphanage would be in their path so they turned east. The barbarians disappeared from the land! The barbarians went to the caves and fell into a deep sleep.
Then the will of mortals won out…and war lost all its power. The force that enchanted the scroll lost its powers. Aphrodite is as she was before. Suddenly, there was the arrival of the woman wearing leather carrying the whip of Xena. The woman was not Xena, but her friend Minya of Laurel. Xena goes to a number one friend. Xena rejoins the woman who brought her to a new life. And now Xena returns from her journey. Scaberus the man whom had offered his kinsman sword to the sisters of Guya arrived at the tavern, and decided that he too would go to the caves with the barbarians to get some deep sleep.
A warrior Joxer the Mighty,
asked a boon from the God Aphrodite,
and what a surprise he saw,
but love’s eyes three times,
three Gabrielle’s to the caves go nighty.
And then it began to rain riches all over the town. Dinars, dinars, all around the town raining dinars! All who were enchanted went into the caves and then out again. One following the other all in search of Xena the warrior princess the scroll went.
Xena fought the army of the warlord Thelonious. For two days Ares had planned for this battle all day long. Xena leads with a pike, then a trout, bam, bam two quick bass. Oh, he is taking it on the chin. Xena threw a starfish at the warriors. Then Xena laughed, picked up a giant squid, and wound her arm around for the throw. That octopus came out of nowhere. She must have thrown that just for the howl of it. Ares took over asking Gabrielle to write that Xena hit the warrior with a squid. Joxer argued with Ares declaring that it was not a squid, but an octopus, but Ares countered confident that Joxer had been wrong and that it indeed was a squid that Xena had just thrown. Gabrielle hesitated for a moment as they worked out their creative differences, and then continued to write upon the scroll as Xena then threw a sword fish like a javelin at another warrior hitting him in the head. As the enemy sank to the ground she reached for her chakram, but instead grabbed an eel, pausing to notice, then throwing the eel like it was her chakram knocking out two more warriors. When the eel returned to the warrior princess it was no longer in the form of a chakram. Xena threw it aside then she grabbed another big fish and slapped it across the faces of two other warriors. “Xena hit the warrior with her sword then fought with the warrior leader Thelonious.”
As Joxer continued to give Gabrielle the correct words, and descriptions of Xena’s battle against Thelonious he stopped for a moment, and inquired about the earlier phrase ‘Gabrielle awoke with a jerk.’ The bard was delighted at the thought and then Ares demanded that the creative writing team keep to the task at hand.” Suddenly, Minya arrived along side Gabrielle and her team. She declared in a whisper that she was “ready for action.” Gabrielle was surprised to see Minya. She seemed to appear out of nowhere. Gabrielle was going to be out of scroll soon as everyone stood up to get a better look at what was happening on the battle field. Joxer inquired of Minya about what had happened to those barbarians she had been chasing. Minya declared that the barbarians had suddenly decided to stop fighting and head back to Barbaria. She defeated him as the barbarians turned around and went back to their homes in Barbaria. And with that Minya stepped forward ready to join Xena in the battle. Minya said, “I’m ready for action. I’m going to crack some heads.” Then Joxer and Minya looked to one another as Aphrodite became a goddess once again. Then Aphrodite enchanted Joxer and Minya with a love spell and said, “I’m back! Later.” Then the restored goddess of love disappeared with in a bright light and went home to Mount Olympus. As soon as Aphrodite disappeared her enchantment spell wore off. Joxer’s fish stuck between himself and Minya turned Minya’s raging hormones off. Joxer apologized for his slimy fish, but Minya instantly pushed him away.”
“Gabrielle’s eyes darted back into the direction of the battle. She watched as Xena ducked the advance of Thelonious’s raging sword, and quickly took the offensive advantage against him using her sword to swipe his feat from beneath. Thelonious fell to the ground as Xena spun around and sheathed her sword into it’s scabbard upon her back. Xena was intense in battle. She jumped up and back flipped onto her fish wagon catapulting the remaining baskets of fish into the air across the battle down onto the warlord and his men. Fish piled onto Thelonious rendering him helpless to continue the fight. As Thelonious’s men began to scatter Ares become a god. Ares wound up his fist into a ball, harnessed his godly force from within his breath, and managed to shake out a mighty bolt of lightening across the battle field. The lightening bolt of godly force struck one of Thelonious’s men as he tried to escape the wrath against him. Ares shouted out, “Run maggot!” Then he laughed and Gabrielle was taken by surprise. One bolt of the god of war’s fury against Thelonious’s man wasn’t enough as the god repeated his previous action. “Finally, Love’s eyes three times vanished from existence leaving the lone bard alongside her friends in peace once again. Lies will make the world go round till truer words are written down. The End! ”