Alexis neared the Lav'intay Castle, he had been travelling for weeks now.
His boots and clothes had undergone some dramatic changes since he had left
and he thought he might as well stay a week or five at lav'intay and work to
get enough money to buy some new clothes and supplies. That and he needed to
rest, sleeping on the ground or in caves worrying about the dangers of
sleeping outdoors didn't quite leave you rested. He could see the castle
now, it's gates open, people entering and leaving.
The line to enter the castle was long, and by the time he got there, it was
"Sorry, chap, no entry passed sunset. You'll have to wait." The guard
closing the gates noted. He was about 40 years of age, with little grey
streaks in his hair and a determined look in his eyes. All the guard saw was
a rather young boy, small and thin, with shoulder long blond hair and light
blue eyes. No threat to him.
"But I waited all day! Can't you just let me in?" Alexis pleaded.
"No, sorry, the rules are the rules." After that, the guard closed
the doors and left, his footsteps echoing on the stone pavement.
But Alexis wasn't just an ordinary young boy from around this part of
Icarus. He had travelled far and wide across the planets surface ever since
he had turned 15, gradually learning important things needed to survive. Now
he was 17, and unlike his looks, strong and agile. And determined to enter.
He sneaked around the castle walls, until he saw a good entry spot. A
window, about halfway up the wall and underneath, a tree. He hopped on the
tree and swung inside the window that was open on this summer's hot night.
He had entered some kind of storage room, filled with cupboards and shelves,
stocked with sacks of food. He thought he might as well help himself, honesty
wasn't always the right way to go. After a quick meal, he listened at the
door. No sounds penetrated from the room or hallway beyond, he softly opened
the door and slipped out.
After a long winding road through hallways and stairwells, Alexis noticed he
was going down. He had gone far more down then his intention had been.
Alexis cursed his sense of direction and wondered how he'd ever gotten
anywhere on Icarus if he couldn't even navigate in a castle.
He sat down and decided to spend the night in the small alcove. It wasn't as
comfortable as a real bed, but less dangerous than a cave. But Alexis
couldn't sleep, he took a big spin round memory lane instead.
His father was shouting, he
was most of the time. He and his brothers always remained vigilant in some
way, even when sleeping. Alexis was only 8 years and the youngest of the 4
children in the family. But unlike his brothers, who had the dark and rough
appearance of their father, he resembled his mother, a small and tender
woman, who had died to soon in his life. His appearance had always ticked
his father off, he tried and tried to keep out of the way, but his father
always found him. It was in this night he had promised himself he would
leave. Dreaming in his bed about the miracles he had heard about from the
people that visited their inn. Of course an 8-year old can't survive on his
own, so he would have to wait. And he had, 7 more years of avoiding and
building plans. And after that the 2 years of travelling and learning.
During that period his decisiveness to become an adventurer had only grown
more solid. There was still much to discover on Icarus.
Finally, Alexis fell asleep, but his dreams were frightening and endless. He
shouted and kicked his legs, alerting someone in the next room.
"Istaniel, are you sure you heard someone?"
"Yesssss, Mihani, I'm sure. Ssssomeone issss there."
"If you say so, I'll check the hallways."
A short time went by and Alexis started mumbling again.
"Hey! you aren't supposed to be here!" Mihani shouted and called for
the guards. But she too underestimated Alexis, he jumped up and ran away
before she could grab him. The guards were closing in on him though. He
could here them running and shutting down walkways, trying to trap him. They
were very close too. Suddenly he knew he was trapped, the sounds of feet
came from all directions, shutting him in. He did the only possible thing
left for him to do, he opened the nearest door and ducked in, hoping the
owner was a deep sleeper.
Again he was lucky. It was dark, but he heard a soft snoring from further in
the room. He more felt than saw the night drak and immediately stopped. But
he was too late. the drak opened his eyes and looked at him. It made a funny
Alexis tried to duck back behind the drak, but the drak was faster. In the
mean time the Head Judge of Lav'intay had awoken and was busy getting his
"What is it Tilvem?"
"I have found the lasssst asspirantch."
At that precise moment the door opened and a horde of guards, High Princess
Mihani leading them entered the room.
"Tage, explain will you."
That wasn't a question, but a direct order.
"Tilvem says we have found our last aspirant."
"Is that so? Then why did he break into the castle?"
"erm...don't know." Tage looked confused to Tilvem.
"He isss right for the clutch. He should sstand."
"If you say so Tilvem, but I'm keeping a close eye on this one. To make sure
he doesn't run off."
She turned to Alexis.
"Now, I'll need your name, age and region of origin for the records. And of
course, your permission to be an aspirant."
Mihani suddenly realised no-one had asked the boy yet. Normally one didn't
say no, but this one was very cagey.
"I guess." Alexis said.
The sounds of the mother Water Drak had kept him awake
for some time now. He kept on thinking about her and the eggs. What if he
didn't pair? He had heard some draks chose to stay unpaired, or paired one
of their siblings. Would they punish him then? Or would he be allowed to
The noises stopped, maybe he'd get some sleep afteral. He snuggled deeper
in his blankets and closed his eyes. Only to be rushed out of bed by some
castle residents shouting the eggs were hatching.
Alexis jumped out of bed and got dressed, yet still he was the last to get
to the deep cavern. Just his luck, maybe the little draklings wouldn't see
him standing in the shadows.
To prove him wrong, the first drakling that came forth and was named Xelet
by his mother rushed to him and said:
"You're lucky they didn't punish you for sneaking
in here, but I'm glad you did."
Alexis could only agree as he looked at the magnificent creature that would
be with him for the rest of his life.
"I'm glad I did too."
They left, leaving the other draklings and aspirants to find Fate on their
own. Alexis didn't need to be afraid anymore.
Alexis lay down, soaking in the rays of the sun. Life
was good in the Castle. Life was good with Xelet. He closed his eyes and
must have dozed off.
"That's a fine looking drak you have there son." a voice said.
"Don't let him hear you. He might become unbearable." Alexis joked.
"I would not!" Xelet grumbeled, turning towards them.
Alexis got up and took his time to look at the person standing before him.
She was a woman and she looked totally natural in her brown leather clothes
and with her hair tied back. He could see she was comfortable around Draks.
"Do you have a Drak?" he asked.
"Me? No, not yet anyway. My name is Marnys and I'm to be an Aspirant for the
next Lav'intay clutch, but I've studied Draks for years."
"Yes, I knew I was going to ride one ever since I was three." she smiled
hopefully in the distance at those words.
"So what can you tell me about Xelet, oh wise woman of the Draks." he
"I can tell you he's ready to mate."
Alexis looked doubtfully at his Earth Drak. Xelet was still small compared
to other Draks.
"He won't get much bigger," she pointed at Xelet's horns, "see,
his horns are almost in proportion with the rest of his body."
That was true. Would Xelet really be ready to mate? Where would Alexis find
a flying female for him. Mating season was running a bit slow.
"There's a duowinged Green Nexus Dragon rising at Mi'ihen if you are
This was too much, it almost felt like she was pushing him into this.
"How do you know all these things?" he asked, the laughing replaced
"My brother is waiting for her to clutch so he can be an aspirant there."
"So how large is your family?"
"Three. Two girls, one boy. I'm the oldest. And what about you."
"All alone." he said, not wanting to share anything with her.
"How sad, I love the company of my brother and sister. Are you going to
"I suppose." he said. He wanted to see Mi'ihen Castle and the Green
Nexus Dragon. How different would she be?
Finding a Life Mate
Alexis waited on the Landing Flat when Marnys circled
her small Water drak Koavenei down. Alongside him were her brother Meryk,
with his young wife Renylt and her other sister Myan. It was chance maybe
that he had met them here at DesCas. After his mourning for Lav'intay he had
pulled himself together and had known that a fresh start was what he needed
to get his life back on tracks. His eye had drifted toward a small new
castle at the edges of the ocean in a small sandy desert. Though it wasn't
as far away from Lav'intay as he could get, it was something new entirely.
Big was his surprise when he came there and saw Marnys again. But there was
something off about her, the way she walked maybe. The woman in front of him
didn't have the same know-it-all spirit that had charmed him when they had
first met. Myan, Marnys' triplet sister, had shown him around the castle,
confessing that she had only been there for a short time, but that the
armadas were so empty she didn't really have a choice.
Now, almost a year later the armadas had become slightly more populated, but
there were still a lot of open spaces. Marnys returning, and bringing
in another new Knight was a good thing. The Water touched the ground, let
her Knight jump of and then rapidly advanced toward his own earth drak Xelet.
They had never met before, but still Koavenei greated his drak with the
"I've seen you lots of times."
"Liked what you saw?" Xelet
"Hmmm... a lot." the water
blushed back before the couple intertwined their tails.
"What just happened?" Alexis asked.
"I'm thinking you'll get another flight soon." Marnys said,
standing close beside him, "I've been thinking a lot about you and
Koavenei has picked that up.", she blushed.
Alexis paired at