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Little Wayne quietly played in the sand as his mother slept under the shade of the small tree outside their home. He being only three tended to do what all children his age do, wander around and explore. He did keep an eye towards his mother though, just to make sure she was still there. He spotted a butterfly in the grass just outside the shade and decided he wanted to see it closer if he could. Taking one more look to make sure she had not moved, he climbed to his feet and toddled out of the shade towards the fluttering shape.
The butterfly had landed on a flower and was mostly still except for the slow opening and closing of its wings as it sipped at the flowers nectar. As he approached, the butterfly was startled and flew quickly up and away from his grasp. He turned and watched it fly away and giggled in childish joy at what he had made it do, even if he didn't get to see it up close.
His mother, Ivy woke up and saw Wayne had wandered off and called him back under the tree. He got up, toddled back to her and got a quick mothers hug for reassurance. She then closed her eyes and nodded off again. Knowing she was there, Wayne again toddled his way back out from the shaded area. He did not see the shadow that passed on the ground next to him.
The Eagle saw the child, this was the child he was to look out for. He came around looking that there would be others of the child's kind nearby to help when he dropped him. He stooped and quickly drove his claws into the upper back and shoulders of the child. Wayne screamed in pain and fear when the eagle grabbed him from above and lifted. The large bird flapped hard and fast to lift the child and angled towards the nearby farm fields.
Several field hands saw the eagle drop, then panicked when it came up carrying a child in is talons. Ivy had woken instantly at the scream and started chasing after her son, screaming at the eagle to put him down and release him. When the bird went towards the field, she cried out for somebody to catch him should the eagle let Wayne go. One of the workers could understand birds a little and heard what the bird yelled.
"This one is marked, his name is chosen. His future ordained and none shall hinder him. Beware of any that would hold him here," It screamed. The eagle then dropped down near the worker that could understand him told him to be careful as the family elders would not be happy with these events.
Ivy caught up to the eagle just as it dropped Wayne on the field hand. He saw that the child needed to be rushed to the temple for care as the claw marks were bleeding heavily. "We need to get him to he healer quickly Miss Ivy, he bleeds much from this."
"Run then, I will follow as well as I can."
The worker took off at a fast run holding the boy to his chest trying to calm him even as he ran. It only took a few minutes to reach the family temple and the cleric of Marr and healer. The cleric saw the man rush in with a blood covered child, "What happened, is this little Wayne?"
"That is right, an eagle grabbed him and tried to carry him off. Near to dropped him right in my arms he did."
The cleric quickly wiped Wayne's back down to take a closer look at the wounds. It was about then that Ivy caught up and entered the temple. "Will he alright Uncle Clay?" she asked between gasps.
"He should be. I don't see any tearing, just clean punctures from the looks of it." He finished cleaning the wounds then started the healing spell. The punctures closed and healed quickly as the magic took hold, but the marks did not fade. He now had two perfect sets of Eagle claw marks on his shoulders and back.
The field hand told them what the eagle had said before he dropped Wayne to him. "The eagle is right, best not make a big deal of this or the family elders will try to make it something worse."
From the door, "Make what worse boy. Ivy, what are you doing here, you should have the boy in the nursery, not out gallivanting around so he gets a cut on his back." He stopped berating them long enough to get a closer look at the marks on Waynes back and then really got angry. "Why haven't you cleared up those marks boy. I just always knew it would not be worth the time to send you off to that fancy temple in that stupid tree. Only fools live above the ground like that."
"Grandfather, I did try to clear his back, but the marks stayed. The eagle marked him so it is not in my power to unmark him."
"An Eagle huh, well I know how to take care of that. The boy alchemist, umm, what was the name, oh yeah, Elder. He will make a potion that will clean this right up. Better go get him myself. What sort of parent calls their kid Elder." He continued to rant and complain all the way to the stables and half the family could hear him.
"I didn't say anything cause it wouldn't have done any good with him. No potion or spell will be able to remove the marks. They are the symbol of his title and future name Ivy. The gods have decided that your boy has an important future."
The field hand said, "He is to be called Eaglesclaw."
Several hours later, Father Granger returned with the alchemist. Elder took one look at the boys back and turned on the old man angrily. "You told me they would be tough scars. You didn't say anything about a child with Eagle Talons. Tunare is about the only being that could remove those marks Granger."
"Just make the potion boy and be quick about it."
"And I'm telling you I can't. It is not within the boundaries of my skills to remove marks from a chosen."
"There has never been a chosen in this family and never will be. We seen to that most carefully. Ivy, this boy has no need to be learning his letters nor numbers. He will be a simple farm hand, never to get a woman with child. His line ends here. No greatness should or will be allowed here. Only causes trouble for everybody."
Ivy was appalled at the doom just spelled out for her son. She agreed publicly, but she would have he last laugh here. Her son would have all that he was to be denied and more.
"Now you worthless maker of useless drinks, be gone and never come here again. You have proved useless to me, so be gone, and I want the gold back."
Rather than argue, Elder tossed the old man a gold and turned to leave. He decided he had to say on thing before he went, "No matter what you may try to do, fate has chosen him, greatness will come whether you want it or not." He nodded to Ivy and walked out head high and smiling.
"Get you home and take the brat with you worthless girl."
Ivy did as she swore to herself to do. Wayne learned his letters and numbers, and it turned out he was a better reader than she was. His ability with numbers was also far superior to hers. He soaked up every book she could sneak in to him. When his skill with animals was noticed he was forbidden to be near them as that was outside his manual labor in the fields. The old man was relentless. Always snooping about to see if she had gone against him. Wayne played the part of village idiot perfectly, yet could converse in perfect Elven, Common and Dwarven at any time.
He discovered he had a real talent for tracking and hunting as well. He had to practice on days when no field work was needed. He proved he was excellent at his duties in the field. He found another ability that proved to be even more useful. He could talk to birds and learn from them. He was able to find trouble spots in the fields as they would tell him about it before it became serious. If it was a bug issue, he let the birds clear it up for him. Other problems would require pulling or even small burns to prevent the spread of fungus and diseased plants.
His skills grew and he discovered things he could do that nobody else in the family could do. He could speed up so fast, he would have an entire field completed in an hour. He felt like he had been at it all day afterwards, but he would get it done.
Another thing he had done that was forbidden was to meet a girl and had fallen in love. Ginny from a neighboring farm had come across him in the woods one day. At first they were both very shy about one another, but that passed in time as they got older and knew one another better. He had explained to her the family curse he was under and could not yet escape. He told her about his history as his mother had told him.
She was to be bred to a total oaf of a boy to produce another mindless oaf for the elders of the family to boss around. She had long known they were insane, but this was going too far. Not even to get married and be forced to bear a child. She got them in the end though. She took the oaf to Kelethin and got him passed out drunk. She then did what she knew was wrong but had to be done to produce a child that would be far more than a village idiot.
A well dressed Elven Ranger approached her at the bar and she accepted his offer of a nights company. He gave her a child, though he never did find out that he had. He also paid her ten platinum coins for her services. She hid them well so to one day pass to her child when the time came for him or her to flee the family.
Ginny was not upset with his birth, in fact she commended Ivy for what she had done. They decided that they would marry one day and to hell with what his family thought.
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