You think it’s tough to try and compete with your over-achieving siblings? In the past, each of the six goddesses in the Gifted Clans series would have preferred if they received mama Mago’s ultimate favor over the other sisters. But what if—as they’ve gotten older—the goddesses realized that collaboration was more effective than competition? And what if they decided that receiving Mago’s love wasn’t as appealing as receiving her power?
Thankfully, in most families, at least one child is willing to reject their so-called destiny and stand up against their rebellious siblings. Even if they’re branded an outcast as a result.
Typical youngest sister behavior.
Get ready to meet the Water Dragon Goddess, patron of the Miru clan in The Last Fallen Realm. And oh my Mago, does she have a story to tell. Who can tell if it’s entirely true, though? We’ll leave it up to you to decide if any of the goddesses are still trustworthy at this point.
Baby of the Family
According to Mago Halmi, her youngest daughter’s disinterest in her sisters’ endless games of strategy and competition. Instead, Miru wanted nothing more than to “provide and protect.” Hey, isn’t that the tagline of the Miru clan?
It’s probably a good thing that Miru didn’t catch the competition bug, as her clan is clearly the strongest. Physically, anyway. And while Samjogo, Gumiho, and Tokki may be the schemers and planners of the family, Miru possesses arguably the strongest spirit. Which matches her outer shells perfectly.
Yes, you read that correctly. Shells. WDG is more than capable of fully changing her appearance if need be. Helps a ton with the whole ‘hiding out from your sisters’ thing. In fact, it’s more than possible that this goddess has been hiding in plain sight for quite some time now.
Too bad that even in her human form, WDG stands out in a crowd. According to Riley, WDG is “statuesque and built like a warrior, with toned Michelle Obama arms” and speaks with a strong Southern accent. Did you expect anything less from the goddess of the jocks?
But lately, the Water Dragon Goddess has been fighting for her life. And when she’s injured, that mortal form can be pretty difficult. If you look closely, you may even notice the faint dragon scales shimmering on her skin like a holograph. Just don’t get too close. ‘Provide and protect’ extends to her own personal space, thank you very much.
Feeling the need to escape the pressures of your family is one thing. The need to escape the pressures of your entire realm of existence provides a much greater challenge. Us mortals could never fully understand why a divine being would wish to leave the Godrealm (it sounds amazing up there), but the Water Dragon Goddess has a different perspective.
The ways she describes it, the daily life of Mago Halmi’s children leaves a lot to be desired. “You can’t go anywhere without being recognized. There’s always a minor god or divine citizen hiding around the corner, trying to pull you down, or use you to climb up the ranks… the rat race is just relentless.”
Disappointing to discover that the grass isn’t always greener in the other realm. But also kind of comforting to know that the goddesses experience the same problems we all do. Even if we don’t all have the power to swim between the three realms as easily as the WDG. Maybe if you ask her nicely, she’ll show you the underwater path that connects all three realms via water.
Just don’t expect her to give you a ride on her back or anything. Maybe she can help you pick out a nice pair of water wings instead?
Unfortunately, the Water Dragon Goddess can’t run away from home forever. At a certain point, she’s going to need to confront her sisters once and for all in order to thwart their apocalyptic plans for the three realms.
And she knows that she won’t be able to do it alone. Hence why she’s been speaking to Hattie in her dreams and hoarding the most powerful force in the universe, Mago’s Fire, before she can pass it on to Riley.
Or maybe she’s just trying to get the heat off of her back and give her evil sisters someone else to chase down for a while. Not as if Riley isn’t already in enough trouble with the family after what went down with the Cave Bear Goddess.
Trust us, we want to take what the Water Dragon Goddess says at face value. The only question is, which face are we talking about?
Want to discover what the Water Dragon Goddess is really up to? Be sure to pick up The Last Fallen Realm, A Gifted Clans Novel, on sale 6/6!