THE LAST DRAGON
Gerald del Campo
In the land of Oz lived a great Wizard named Albert Creemshaw.
He was loved by everyone, and became quite popular when he
destroyed the Last Dragon in a great battle between the forces of
oppression and the powers of Freedom.
When the villagers heard that the monster had been killed they
rushed the mountain side where the Dragon had its nest and
proceeded to break the eggs; thereby insuring the destruction of
the creatures forever.
What they did not know, was that Albert had snuck one of the eggs
out before the villagers got there. He cared for it in his Castle
and through his great magical ability he was able to genetically
alter the dragon fetus so that it would soon be the watcher of
the people; a symbol of freedom and great strength. But he kept
this a secret from the people because they were not ready yet for
the trial which awaited them; they would just have ganged up and
tried to kill the Little Dragon. He became a Hermit and loved
the little creature.
One day the Wizard received a message from his God that he would
have to move on, and release his body the way that a butterfly
sheds its cocoon. So Albert called for the Council of The Sword
and Shield, a ruling body of his most trusted students, and told
them about the little dragon. At first they were repulsed by the
idea of bringing up the offspring of the object of their misery;
but the Magician persuaded them by telling them that the little
dragon would soon be the symbol of freedom and strength: they
swore by the Warrior Gods they would care for it.
The following evening, while the Full Moon shined on the peaceful
waters of Oz, Albert and his God left forever.
Upon finding their Master dead, the Council released the
information about the Little Dragon to the people of Oz. The
people of Oz loved Albert as much as he loved them, and after
they saw how fragile this poor orphaned creature was they decided
amongst themselves that they would honor those raising the little
dragon, for the dragon would represent all of the things Albert
himself stood for.
Things went well, for a while. The favoritism displayed by the
people of Oz towards the Priests and Priestesses that cared for
the Dragon created turmoil: all of the sudden there were power
struggles within the Council, its members were fighting over who
would supervise the education of the Little Dragon, who would
feed it, who would educate it. They set up rules specifically
designed to make it impossible for others to reach the grades
appropiate to caring for the Dragon so that only a few on top
could reap the benefits associated with caring for the Little
One would say: “I have risked my life and given all so that the
little dragon could have food”, and his ego was pleased. The
other would say: “While you first despised the dragon I stood
fast in my duty to care for it, for I have kept my word”, and her
ego was satisfied.
The people were so impressed by the “devotion and selflessness”
of The Council that certain members were given gifts of silver,
gold, spices, and women. Treated as Gods for their sense of
Everyone at The Council became so preoccupied with the power
struggle, and with keeping their peers in lower positions that
they forgot about the little, fragile Dragon. When they finally
gained their senses, and returned to the Castle where it was
guarded they found it dead, starved from attention and
sustenance. They then realized that empty, lost feeling Albert
himself would have felt, if HE had killed the Last Dragon.