Piya looked down and waited for Tansu to catch up with her. The two of them
were interstellar travellers who sought to climb every significant mountain
ridge in the galaxy. They'd started only a year ago, and their dream would
most likely never be fulfilled, but meanwhile they were at least having fun.
Tansu loved being in the company of Piya. With her exaggerated mannerisms
and social nature she livened up with every stranger they met. He knew that
if it wasn't for him they'd never be doing this. And yet Piya also really
enjoyed climbing. It was a passion she'd found only after she'd met Tansu.
At the moment they were climbing the mountains to reach the Crescent Vale
Heights. They weren't the most difficult mountains they'd encountered to
date, but they were said to be impregnable for unwanted company.
"Do you see an entrance yet?" Tansu asked Piya.
"I was busy looking at you." she retorted, "You looked rather scared at
Tansu laughed: "Are you sure you weren't confusing my ecstatic and scared
Piya shrugged and looked around. Grey walls were everywhere around her. An
entranceway might be found on the other side, but people had advised against
coming in from the jungle. Not many people survived travelling there
"I think I see a rift." Tansu suddenly said and pointed.
A dark squiggly line extended from halfway up the cliff to a ledge
relatively close to where they were standing. Some greenery spilled out of
the cliff where sand had no doubt found a wind-free bed.
"It looks promising." Piya agreed, "But would it be this easy?"
"These people have been saying the Vale is impregnable for centuries.
Everyone believes it. But there's no way it's really true." Tansu insisted.
Together they advanced. They bridged the little distance to the bottom of
the rift and walked inside. One could barely walk regularly. At some places
Tansu had to shuffle through sideways though Piya did not have too many
problems navigating through.
The two of them seemed to walk for hours, both of them wondering if it had
been wise to keep on this long. Evening would fall soon and they hadn't
crossed a possible campsite yet. They pushed on, because going back wasn't
an option either.
"Welcome guests." A voice said.
Tansu and Piya jumped. Just thirty feet away from them stood a woman. Behind
her an orange-coloured Fire Wicena sat in the shade. The dragon looked at
them, but generally didn't seem to mind them approaching.
"We found an entry." Tansu said trying to not sound disrespectful.
"You found a gate." Neyla smiled, "Gates can be locked."
The young blond woman clapped her hands and suddenly the rift behind them
"Now follow me to the eggs. I'm sure you'd like them."
Piya walked into the egg vault, which really looked like a cave with a leaky
roof filled with futuristic equipment and strange magical devices. In the
center of it a single egg lay separated from a small group of two.
"These eggs are from two different clutches." Neyla explained.
Piya nodded but didn't really know what was expected of her. So she just
waited. Tansu seemed to do the same and Neyla kept quiet. So it seemed like
the right thing to do. The silence soon grew uncomfortable though. Piya
fidgeted and opened her mouth.
At that time one of the eggs shattered and a little white dragon fell out,
it's hide shiny and wet.
"My name is Evara." she said.
Skill Learned: Farsight (lv1)
Mate: Fire Fiyfogg
Skills Learned: Telekinesis (lv2), Feel Emotions (lv1)
Skills Learned: Teleport (lv3),
Send out Emotions (lv2), Fog Minds (lv1)
Return to Gineya Isle
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