To the general public, Tal O’Duirwood is somewhat of an enigma. Seldom seen, his name is whispered with fear throughout most corners of the metaphysical world. He is the boogie man that werewolf mothers tell their children of to make them behave. As an enforcer for the Coalition of Magical Creatures, he has earned their fear by keeping the magical world from creeping out of the shadows and into the light of the mundane world. Tal likes the fact that the metaphysical public doesn’t know who he really is, and that his name is the source of terror around the world.
Very few people actually know the real Tal O’Duirwood. He holds onto his privacy with both hands. Those that he accepts into his life and into his secrets, find a friend the likes of which they could never hope to find again. He is loyal to his close friends and family and doesn’t accept betrayal easily. For nearly two thousand years, the most important thing to him was knowledge, particularly magical knowledge. He comes by his thirst for knowledge naturally. He got it from his mother, the dragon Oleta, the last pure dragon of England.
Tal was raised by his father Taliesin, a druid and one of the Merlin’s of Brittan. Tal was trained as a druid from before he was born. He didn’t discover his dragon heritage until his twenty-first birthday, when, at his father’s urging, he finally changed into a dragon. With his first transformation into his other form, Tal stopped aging. So now, although he is nearly two thousand years old, he appears to be in his early twenties.
Over his long life, Tal explored most of the known world, even venturing into places lost or forgotten to most people. His never-ending thirst for knowledge, combined with his personal quest to find other dragon’s has kept him going. When the Spanish first explored the New World, Tal took the opportunity to get out of Europe and see what there was to find. On the voyage across the Atlantic, he fell for a young noble named Estaben de’Oro. They set off by themselves as Tal sought to find some of the native magic users before the main body of the Conquistadors could. This proved disastrous for Estaben as they were attacked by vampires deep in the Amazon Jungle. Tal knew how to save the young noble’s life, but the Spaniard became a vampire. Tal had known the company of vampires before. They were long lived, like he was and made adequate companions.
Over the course of their journeys, Tal and Estaben came to the Colorado Rockies, where Tal found a place that the magics sung to him and he decided to call home. In the mountains Tal could be freer than he could in towns, although Estaben still had to feed on humans to sustain his life. The vampire eventually betrayed Tal by creating a companion of his own and the two vampires went on a bloody rampage across several western states. Being unable to bring himself to hunt them down, Tal retreated into his newly-built library and immersed himself into his studies, coming out from time to time to work with some of the native shamans, learning new magics.
Around 1900, as America was growing ever westward, Tal was found by a werewolf, William Sheffield, who was part of a new organization called the Coalition of Magical Creatures. William had followed rumors of Tal across the west, hoping to recruit him for the group that was going to unite the many factions of magical creatures under one organization. Tal was reluctant at first, but finally went to see what the Coalition had to offer. Over time he became their chief enforcer in the western United States.
Nearly a hundred years later he is called to Yellow Sky Texas where a witch named Geraldine, Geri, Beggay is dealing with a vampire problem in her small town. Her problem is named Steven Goldson, a man formerly known as Estaben de’Oro. Amongst Geri’s students is a man named Alex Carlson. Within moments of meeting the handsome mage, Tal feels their lives intertwine. After nearly two thousand years, the lone dragon had found a man to call his own.
Height : Human form : five feet, ten inches
Dragon form : seven feet five inches at the shoulder, twenty feet long
Weight: Human form: one hundred seventy five pounds
Dragon form : two thousand six hundred and fifty pounds.
Wing Span: Twenty five feet two inches.
Hair color : Black
Scale color : Black, after bonding with Alex his top most neck ridge along his head is now red.
Eye Color : sapphire blue
Follow Tal’s adventure in my Yellow Sky series.
His meeting with William Sheffield “The Wolf’s Proposition”
His first meeting with Alex Carlson “Blood Moon, Yellow Sky”
His bonding to Alex “Hearts Blood Fusion”
Coming soon the short story of Tal’s first flight “First Flight” appearing in “Here There be Dragons” from Wicked East publishing.
Also coming soon, the second Yellow Sky novel.