The Many Lives of Ambrose the Wizard

Ambrose, his many lives …

many lives

It was a time when the greatest of warriors, wizards and immortals roamed the Earth. It was a time when Wynfor Mawr, the greatest of wizards, trained Ambrose, the immortal child seer, who would become a greater wizard than even Wynfor. This is the story of Ambrose, his first life, his mother’s sorrow and greatest love. In time we will learn more of the many lives of Ambrose the wizard.

Ambrose was born of two immortals, Aghi, the god of war who struck terror in even the mightiest of warriors; and Eir, goddess of healing and medicine. A more beautiful man child was never before seen than the babe Ambrose. He had black eyes, the sign of a seer, and black hair which tended to curl down over his forehead. All who saw the babe fell in love with him. Eir would hold Ambrose for hours, watching him sleep and nurse. She knew the babe would not be with her for long, so she rarely put him down in his cradle.

When Ambrose was three days old Wynfor Mawr appeared before Eir. “I have come for the child,” he informed her. “He will have many lives and needs many years of training.” Tears welled up in her eyes, “Yes, Wynfor, I know. Did you not tell me when he was but a seed in my womb that you would foster him and train him in the ways of a wizard?” She held the babe closer. “Give me one more hour and I will let you take him. Mind, Beloved Wizard, his nurse goes with him.” Wynfor bowed, “Of course, My Lady. I will wait in the outer chamber.”

Eir bestowed the knowledge of healing, medicine, and great love upon her precious babe. She would not see him again for five years. She dressed Ambrose herself in his finest fittings and bundled him in a white fur. After she handed him to his nurse, Eir kissed Ambrose on his forehead and hugged the nurse. “Care for him with all the love you have in your heart, dear Birta, and never let him know hunger. And Birta, let him know me through your heart.” Birta curtsied and with tears in her eyes whispered, “Yes, My Lady.”

Thus began the first of many lives for Ambrose with Wynfor Mawr.

Please see writing prompt challenge in comments and 3/23/17 newsletter.


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I am the Senior Editor and SEO Editor for The Creative Exiles (TCE). I edit all posts to help members achieve an acceptable score on Google and other search engines. I am also an author on TCE and write mainly in poetry and short stories. I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

3 thoughts on “The Many Lives of Ambrose the Wizard

  • March 20, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    i have a challenge to all TCE authors, which is to write a story titled “First Life of Ambrose the Wizard – by (your name”). The requirements are:

    – Category must be Creative Writing with sub cat Short Story
    – Names must remain the same as the ones in my story.
    – There are no other requirements except to make it as interesting as you can using your great imagination.

    There is no limit to how many stories are written. If you want to write subsequent stories (ie: Second Life of Ambrose the Wizard – by (your name) or any number of subsequent stories (Third, Fourth, etc.).

    Good luck and have fun.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    A great and compelling introduction with a great idea as a prompt. Well done Phyllis.

    • March 20, 2017 at 10:15 PM

      Thank you so much, Tony. Hope someone takes up the challenge. Ambrose appears in another story I wrote quite some time ago – Ghosts of Farrows Hall.


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