The Parable of the Volcano

The Parable of the Volcano

There was a village that lived at the edge of a dormant volcano. It rumbled occasionally, and people glanced at it warily, but for the most part their lives were safe and quiet.

Into this world was born a boy who discovered at an early age that he could sense the volcano. Without even trying, he could feel the heat and the lava lurking below the surface. He noted every shift of the land, and connected with the fiery power beneath his feet.

As time passed, he also began to realize that he could not only feel the flow of the lava around him, but he could control it as well. If he focused, he knew that he could cause flows of ash and heat to erupt from the cone. He might even be able to direct specific flows, bringing up magma from beneath the houses of his enemies.