The Ether Conference Center Peace Deal

You don’t believe in magic? You’re wrong. Though I must admit the various covens have done very well in keeping it quiet. But trust me, magic – and I’m not talking the pulling-a-rabbit-out-of-the-hat type magic – is as alive and well as it has ever been.

And I’m talking about the dangerous type.

Kurdaitcha ManAbout three months ago a long standing dispute between various covens exploded into outright war. I witnessed one of my brothers wither and die in the space of three days. An Aboriginal Kurdaitcha Man (executioner) pointed the bone at him and cursed him; cursed him good.

A Chinese Shaman paralyzed an English wizard while he was in a 330px-Forbidden_City_Beijing_Shenwumen_Gatecrowd on the Melbourne streets. Through just the merest, briefest touch the Shaman directed his chi through one of the poor fellow’s pressure points.

It has now been five months – he has just regained control of his eyes.

And the English coven, the descendants of Aleister Crowley, well they gave as 200px-Aleister_Crowley,_wickedest_man_in_the_worldgood as they got. Several Melbourne homes are now inhabited by demons that will drain the blood from your body while you sleep and send you mad in a day.

Eventually the war got to the point where the magical fraternity were bringing attention upon themselves. Too many curious disappearances, too many strange deaths, too many questions.

The problems, in short, became bigger than of the disputants in Melbourne. For if these magical communities were discovered then it wouldn’t be long before communities around the world were identified. And then it wouldn’t be long before they were either regulated or disbanded.

And so the governing body, from Salem Massachusetts (and nobody messes with these hombres), arrived to broker a deal.

The first problem they had was finding a place all three parties could meet. None of them trusted the others. Places, you see, have power. And power comes in different forms. The Aboriginal Kadaitcha can harness the power of the bush, The Chinese Shaman can control the elements, the wizards can direct the power of Holy places.

It’s like acupuncture. The world has pressure points, just like the human body. Stonehenge, Ayres Rock, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are just a few places that exert immense power. And this is why the choice of meeting place was so crucial. Melbourne is an old city (old by Australian standards). It contains a lot of history and lot of ghosts; it contains a lot of power, if one knows where to look, power that could be used by one of the factions to influence the negotiations.

But the Massachusetts peace-brokers were no fools; they’d done their research and found a neutral zone right in the heart of Melbourne: the Ether Conference Center has been constructed along the lines of Ayurvedic philosophy. Since the Indian fakirs had no part in this dispute it seemed the ideal place for the warring parties to hammer out a truce.

By rights I shouldn’t have attended, I’m nowhere near high enough in my brotherhood. But the ranks of our council had been thinned somewhat and so I was brought along to make up the numbers.

Harmony RoomOur betters had booked the Harmony Room of the Ether conference Center. The  light colors of the room calmed everyone immediately, the wood floors grounded and settled everyone, the recessed walls allowed for private conversations when the need arose.

In fact, the Ether Conference Center was ideal for the use it was put to. Yes, it was beautiful; yes it was well equipped and staffed; but more than this it exerted a calm over everyone.

A peace deal emerged from the three-day meeting. It was one that disappointed each of the factions, so I suppose it must have been fair.

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