Re: Dawnstar: Vision Quest! 2
- Spree Han? Corellia? Dagoba? Has someone been watching the Star
Wars trilogy again? <wink>
Good to see Dawnstar in a solo Legionnaires tale. I like to see the
spotlight on individuals every now and again. I remember when she
debuted in the comics in the 70's - Mike Grell designed a stunning
looking heroine that still remains popular even today despite DC's
best efforts to squash so much of the classic stuff. Whenever I
envision her, I envision Grell's pencils.
- Dawnstar inhaled as she dropped down to the natural splendor of
"The scent of the flowers fills me with a sense of home. May the
reality be as welcoming as it is in my dreams!"
She noticed the altered landscape as she drew closer to home and she
began to fear for what she might find.
The small tipi that served as home to Mistrider and his family looked
largely unchanged except for the fact that a few trees had fallen
down as if struck by a sudden storm.
As her boots touched the ground, she was greeted by a woman who
looked much like Dawnstar herself except for the fact that her hair
was lighter and she was older.
"Dawnstar! You are as welcome as the Great Spirit's refreshing touch!"
she said as she came forward to embrace her daughter.
Dawnstar allowed the embrace to linger for a moment before she
stepped back and gazed at her mother's tired face.
"Mother, what is wrong? Why have you summoned me here?" she asked.
She stopped and bent down on her knees as a small boy peered around
the corner of the home and stared at her.
"Greatfire! Don't you remember me? It's Dawnstar!" she said.
The boy came forward slowly and then impulsively flung himself into
She held him close and then let him sit on her lap as she said, "Is
Mistrider well? Where is Greybird?"
"I am as well as a man may be who finds his world at war with itself!
Daughter, I have summoned you here because great quakes threaten to
destroy Starhaven. The Elders have decided that we should depart from
our home and make a passage of appeasement to beg the Great Spirit to
forgive us for the wrongs we have committed! I hoped your Legion
experience might give us another answer! As for young Greybird, he is
inside because of misconduct. He will see you soon enough."
The words came rapidly and rather impassively from the big man who
came up and placed one hand on Dawnstar's cheek.
"My child, I rejoice in your beauty and your strength. I wish we were
together under better conditions!" he said.
Dawnstar gently placed Greatfire in Moonwalker's arms as she stood up
and gazed at her father with interest and worry.
"Earthquakes are merely a natural phenomenon not a sign of divine
I know my ally Brainiac 5 could possibly calm such a fault line if he
"You know we do not welcome Outworlders! This sacred ground has been
defiled as it is! I tell you that your willful interference will only
bring down greater wraith upon us!" cried Nightwalker as the wild
Shaman leaped into view.
Dawnstar frowned as she faced the other man. He was trembling with
barely concealed emotion and his hands clinched and unclenched in
"Nightwalker, you have lost none of your violent ways in the years
since last we met!" she said with a sneer.
Nightwalker said, "I am more than I once was. I am touched by the
Great Spirit. I am his tongue and no woman may doubt me or my holy
Mistrider said, "He is still our Shaman and is due respect. He does
speak the truth. I see your conduct toward him as changed little
since he sought your hand in marriage when you were but a child!"
Dawnstar shuddered as she remembered how the previously angry and
eccentric Nightwalker had asked Mistrider to give him the then 13
year old Dawnstar in wedlock. The offer had been refused since his
older age and his slightly strange manner had repelled the strong-
"You rejected me once and now I must tell you Proud and Haughty One
that the Creator rejects us all for our sins. We must flee or all
life on Starhaven will end!" he said.
Dawnstar said, "This is madness and blasphemy. How could one as angry
and out of touch with the natural world become the voice of our
Moonwalker said, "Nightwalker has always had a divine link. We can't
deny the fact that anyone so intimately connected with the Great
Spirit might seem mad to ordinary beings!"
Nightwaker said, "Do not believe me. Merely look at the destruction
caused by the quakes. The quakes speak for me. They prove my words!"
Mistrider said, "Daughter, I had hoped you might stop the quakes.
Your time as a Legionnaire has given you much wisdom beyond our own
Dawnstar said, "I am no scientist. I could summon my friends should
you allow it!"
Nightwalker said, "We have no need of foreigners. I will offer you
this hope. Perhaps, Dawnstar alone may appease the Maker by finding
out what even my own efforts can not reveal. She might seek his will
through a vision quest. I feel as if she might have been guided here
for a reason beyond any you conceived of when you summoned her!"
Dawnstar nodded slowly and said, "If that is what I must do, so shall
I do it!"
- That evening Dawnstar began the preparations for the ritual of Seeing
or the Vision Quest. She had little trouble fasting since she had
never been the type of woman to center her activities around meals.
She also was not unduly modest in the physical sense and thus, had no
problem shedding her traditional costume for a more revealing two
piece outfit of white-gray fur. The top was basically a halter while
the breechcloth was not much briefer than some bikini bottoms.
She remained still and meditated as the Shaman applied a chalky white
clay to her face and body until certain ancient glyphs had taken form.
She knew that the Shaman Nightwalker was respected by her peers but
she did not like the man and she did fight to resist the urge to
twist away from his touch as he painted her with the clay.
Dawnstar exchanged a silent farewell to her family as she flew high
above their village and followed the Shaman to an isolated glade near
the top of the twin mountain range that ran nearby the one shattered
by the quakes.
"It is here among the solitude of the mountains that you will find
your way. Should the visions come to you they will tell you all you
need to know although your own senses and your own wisdom might
refuse to accept their instructions.
Such was always your prideful way, Dawnstar, daughter of Mistrider!"
Dawnstar bit back her heated reply and merely lowered her eyes
She would have to try to see beyond Nightwalker's lecherous and stern
manner in order to embrace that part of the Shaman that was holy and
devout. He was to be her guide and she had no choice but to try to
work with the man.
She helped him built a strange wooden structure that consisted of a
tall central post with certain offerings looped or laced to its ends.
The post was one of four and together they formed a crude pathway or
shelter with two on each side. They met at the top where stout rope
bound them together.
Dawnstar crawled beneath the poles and reclined on her back with her
wings flattened to her body. She drank from a small flask that
Nightwalker handed her and she tried to ignore the now noxious odor
of the dried clay on her body.
"You will rest and your mind will be led as the Spirits will!"
whispered Nightwalker as he bounded away from sight.
She closed her eyes tightly and inhaled slowly as the potion began to
take effect. If her thoughts returned to Wildfire and the Legion it
was only reasonable since her friend and her team had occupied so
much of her life since she first joined them.
However, the image of the heroic Drake Burroughs faded as she heard
the sound of something coming closer. She waited a moment until she
located the source of the noise. The rumble grew louder and louder
until she saw a huge animal charging toward her. She gasped and tried
to fly away from it but it struck her and sent her rolling across the
mud until she managed to stop herself.
"By the Great Spirit! I'm unharmed! That creature must be some type
of wraith! It passed through me but left me unscratched! It has to be
a sending of some type. I'll follow it to where it leads!" she
The charging animal was unknown to Danwstar but a student of ancient
natural history might have known it as a buffalo. She did notice how
the thunder of its hooves echoed like the rumble of a quake!
She soared across the mountain top until she came to a shocking
sight. The strange animal passed through what appeared to be a solid
embankment. Its passage brushed aside the thick moss until it
revealed an opening that led into a clearing surrounded by brush.
- "The buffalo is a symbol of intellect and wisdom!"
The voice seemed to echo in Dawnstar's mind as she drew closer. She
had not known the nature of the animal nor its meaning. The awareness
just came to her mind.
The spirit buffalo had vanished and in its place stood two men. The
distant rumble that made the ground shake came from the shorter man.
She did not know him but she quickly realized that vibrations from
his hands were creating the tremors. She certainly knew his companion
all too well.
Nightwalker stood beside the man in purple and looked intently at
him. The other man was bald and wore tinted goggles.
"Vibrax, do not fear the Legionnaire! She can not oppose us!" he said.
Vibrax scowled and said, "I told you that if we could drive your
people away, my employer McCauley would reward us both. He wants time
to plunder the untapped minerals and natural resources of this place.
I assumed your status as a holy man would enable you to make my
vibrations seem like a divine omen to the natives! I didn't wager on
fighting a Legionnaire!"
Nightwalker said, "Our plan will work and I relish having little
Dawnstar in my power. You see, she is the reason I lost my faith. Her
rejection of me led to baser emotions and those dark feelings
separated me from the Great Spirit. I will help you and enrich
myself but I will also gladly make that proud temptress suffer!"
Dawnstar frowned as she hid behind thick trees. She had solved the
mystery easily enough yet she was rocked by the revelation that she
was the cause of Nightwalker's fall from grace.
"I was ready to place the blame for this on his shoulders. He's
greedy and profane. Still, now I wonder if his words were true? I
have been overly proud. I need to rethink my behavior. The Vision
Quest promises to bring wisdom and now I know both why the quakes
started and how to stop them. I also feel as if my conceit and vanity
ruined another person!" she thought.
She started to attack the two men when she heard a small sound and
felt something brush against her bare feet. She glanced down and saw
rodent scurry by.
"I didn't recognize the buffalo but I know the mouse is associated
with parts of a Vision Quest. I wonder what I'm to learn from him?"
She heard Vibrax say, "My vibrations will drive your people out or
bury them alive!"
Dawnstar realized she could no longer afford to wait.
She swooped down at the odd pair and gasped as her body bounced away
from Vibrax and crashed into Nightwalker.
"My vibrations shield me from physical attacks!" cried the bald
Dawnstar reeled back as the rogue raised his arms and sent waves of
powerful vibrations sailing toward her.
"I can turn that shapely body into pulp!" he cried.
"Can't fly above those waves! Got to try to get beneath them!"
thought the heroine as she struggled to break free from Nightwalker.
She twisted free as Nightwalker clutched at her and then she flipped
him over her shoulders. She swiftly hurled herself face down into the
mud and dirt and crawled beneath the attack as she ignored the grime
Nightwalker landed in the path of Vibrax's blast and his screams
echoed across the mountain as the crushing impact hit.
His wings were wrenched from his back and he fell off the side of the
slope before Dawnstar could do more than flatten herself deeper into
"I can't soar but maybe I can crawl!" she mused as she inched her way
like a serpent.
Finally, the woman who took such pride in her aerial speed and grace,
managed to draw closer to her foe by crawling through the wet mud.
She rose up and hurled dirt at Vibrax's face.
He deflected her efforts and yet the vibrations scattered the dirt
into the air and blinded him for a moment.
She took the opportunity to soar skyward and dart past the waves of
Dawnstar dodged the deadly impulses and fought the winds as she tried
to catch the falling Shaman.
She gritted her teeth as she managed to grab his belt and carry his
struggling form to safety.
"The mouse is a symbol of humility and compassion!" she thought as
the words seemed to ring out in her mind.
- She left the injured Shaman in the brush and then flew back to find
Instead of seeing the man in purple, Dawnstar saw another strange
An eagle screeched and sailed over and she matched it in flight.
"The bird is a symbol of illumination!" she said slowly. Again, she
did not know where the knowledge came from but she embraced it.
She saw Vibrax as he raced out of the embankment and glanced over his
shoulder as he fled.
A memory of Wildfire's words came to her and she saw her friend as he
paced the floor of the Legion Academy. He said, "You have to make the
maximum use of what powers you possess! Any ability can be used for
offense or defense if you apply thought and plan ahead!"
Dawnstar's mental image of Wildfire faded and she knew what to do.
She smiled grimly and then flew ever higher until she was far above
the fleeing rogue. She changed direction and plunged downward at him
in a swift and certain arch.
Dawnstar grabbed his arms and carried him high into the air even as
he struggled in her grasp.
"You can't use your powers against me while I hold your arms away
from my body!"
Virbax scowled and said, "I don't need to touch you to shake free!"
He generated an internal vibration that tore his body out of her
She waited in mid air as he fell to the ground far below.
As she had hoped, the fall was enough to stun him even after he slowed
his descent and cushioned the impact with vibrations.
Dawnstar checked on him and then sighed in relief.
"He's recover but not before I can restrain him properly. As for
Nightwalker, I'd say his days as Shaman are over and I doubt he'll
ever fly again either!"
She returned to where the injured Shaman lay and he struggled for
"How did you find us in the hidden land? I thought the potion I gave
you would have left you sleeping for days. I never meant for you to
truly have a Vision Quest. I did not give you the proper potion of
Dawnstar lifted his head and his breathing became more regular.
"By the Great Spirit! What you meant to be nothing more than a means
of getting me out of the way, turned into a divinely sent Vision
Quest!" she said.
She made sure the Shaman was stable and then she flew down to bring
her family and friends to secure the villains. She knew the quakes
were merely Vibrax's powers at work and there was no need to leave
She also smiled as her flight carried her over a wooded area where a
bear roamed through the forest.
"A bear is a sign of introspection! That means my Vision Quest is
After, making sure the two villains had been properly treated and
secured, the Winged Beauty washed away the clay and regained her
She turned to offer her farewells to her family after Windsinger
promised to seek a new Shaman and explained the truth about the
quakes to the others.
Mistrider said, "My daughter, you have made me proud. You have saved
our home.Yet, you seem pensive."
She nodded and said, "I truly did experience a Vision Quest in spite
of Nightwalker's tricks. The Great Spirit showed me my own vanity. I
also saw my own responsibility for the madness of Nightwalker. This
in turn led me to see the need for compassion for a foe. I showed
that compassion and for the first time I feel better about the man
who died fighting me not long ago!"
Mistrider said, "Your friends ruled the death to be an accident or a
matter of self defense. His heavy armor caused him to fall upon your
sword. You were ill and wounded and had only raised it in defense!"
She smiled and said, "And yet I blamed myself in spite of the
Legionnaires' support! I now see that that loss does not rob me of
future chances to save lives and live my own!"
Mistrider said, "And what else did you learn from this vision?"
She said, "Father, I also gained illumination about my own feelings.
I need to be more open to others. I need to form friendships that go
beyond simple unity with those in my group."
Mistrider said, "And, what of your heart?"
Dawnstar said, "I found the way to defeat Vibrax when I recalled
Wildfire. He gave me that lesson and I now believe more than ever
that he and I are meant to be together. He may not have a way to
touch me and yet he does touch me more than anyone else! His care,
his love, and his personality are always with me. My doubts have
Mistrider embraced her and then watched her fly off into space.
"Go in peace, Dawnstar! You have found your inner peace and I am
Later, back at Legion HQ Dawnstar knocked at the door of Lesla Vol-
Lar's room and waited as the pretty blonde from Rokyn opened the door.
"Andromeda, Lesla I would be pleased if you would join me. I would be
happy to show you some of my favorite places here in the city," she
Lesla smiled and said, "I'd like that! Thanks so much!"
The two women walked down the hall and Dawnstar took the first step
in forging a new way of life for herself. She would slowly try to
become closer to her friends and she would accept Wildfire as he was.
Her trip to Starhaven had taught her many things.
- I liked seeing Dawnstar in a solo outing. In general, it is nice to
have the occasional spotlight on single members of a group - to give
them a bit more focus and indepth exposure.
It also shows that Libby did some research into the native Americans
and vision questing. The ritual and such appeared authentic as
presented. Good use of detail.
One thing I would have liked to have seen done differently is that
Dawnstar did not hear the voice explaining to her what each vision
was/symbolized as she encountered them. Instead, I would have liked
to see her reactions and actions based on her own intuition and
experiences. Later, as she was relaying the events to the others,
they could have told her what the visions might have symbolized as
they would have been more schooled in interpretting them. That would
have allowed her to have more natural responses to them without being
told how she should behave/react.
I like to see that the effect of the adventure is going to have a
change on her ways, but I would have preferred to see it ripple out
over time. Very rarely in life does one have a complete change in
personality in the span of a few minutes or hours. People change
their ways over time, especially for those with such engrained ways
of seeing things and acting.
Just a few observations I had.
- Good point. Of course, in her case, she does have some "making up" to
do since she had been distant to Wildfire dating back to the Jhodan
case. Still, as you said, it's not an instant thing and perhaps, she
may regress. I do plan on bringing Nightwalker back eventually w.
an ally from the Legion's past.
> I like to see that the effect of the adventure is going to have a
> change on her ways, but I would have preferred to see it ripple out
> over time. Very rarely in life does one have a complete change in
> personality in the span of a few minutes or hours. People change
> their ways over time, especially for those with such engrained ways
> of seeing things and acting.
- --- In Earth1AftertheCrisis@yahoogroups.com, libbylawrence
> Good point. Of course, in her case, she does have some "making up"to
> do since she had been distant to Wildfire dating back to the Jhodanshe
> case. Still, as you said, it's not an instant thing and perhaps,
> may regress. I do plan on bringing Nightwalker back eventually w.I agree she has some amends to make and knew you'd be doing some of
> an ally from the Legion's past.
that in upcoming tales. Just expressing how I would have handled
it. No right or wrong way really. Just an opinion.