A Dance of Ice and Fire Earlier that day.
A pulse of magic lanced through the forest, the likes of which had not been seen since She had stepped out of the cave and created the world from nothingness.
They were not used to this form. It had been many years since They had even been aware of Themselves.
Before the two magics had been split, They had been whole. Creation and Destruction. Life and Death. Ice and Fire. Each had Their own followers, Their own bastions, Their own allegiances.
One demanded nothing but what She created- plants and flowers, and a connection to the piece of Her inside the user, pieces which lay cool inside the soul. She was cold, calculating, but could also embrace and heal with a crystallized whisper. She kept them anchored to the earthly plane, so that others might bring them back to do Her bidding. Her power was more removed from the world, save the farthest reaches of it. This was because She was the Magic of mankind.
The other promised great power, directly from the hot depths where She lay in the darkness. This power held dominion over the world, dominion over one's being, for She had Sang before the other force. She burned souls with a word, flung gasping mankind out of battleforms and into the Grey. This came with a price: one simply would be consumed by Her power until one was a man no more. Shards of Her crystallized power lay upon the earth, waiting for them to coalesce and be brought to Her altar.
Together, they sang a song of Ice and Fire. Of wholeness and separation. Of force and form. Words of power singed the mages' lips, sounds that had not been heard from any mage but the most famous and infamous.
The Mercenary's being was shredded into pieces and then reassembled. Their borrowed corporeal forms slid unthinking to the ground, but still, the weaving of the spell continued. One poured power into his being, while the other threw power into the relic that lay at his feet.
Finally, with a sizzling blue blast, the Mercenary stood up, looked once at the unmoving mage,
then robbed him blind.