My apolagies for the delay. The long awaited chapter 19 is here. Enjoy.
Silt and sand.
âGood morning..â Jadira had awoken. She moved a bit closer to Dareth. He turned his head to the side. âGood? After yesterday I seriously have to consider wether this might become a good morning or not.â âOh really. Would this make a good morning for you?â She kissed him. âWell, I suppose this is not such a bad morningâ¦â âWhat!?â He chuckled and teased her a bit. âDo you know what really would make this morning good?â âDo I want to knowâ¦.?â She did not have to find out what it was. Dareth started tickling her all over and her laughter was all over the place. âStop it! Hahaha. Stop it..â
âMan..Those two really are at itâ¦â Karima had awoken from the noise in the room next to her. She yawned a few times. âMy feet, theyâre hot!?â She sat up and saw Ungar was laying on the foot end of her bed. âGet off you silly wolf!â Ungar looked up and did the exact opposite, he approached her face. âNo, not again!â She laid back down covered her face with the pillow. Ungar jumped off the bed, opened the door and left the room. âFinallyâ¦ Well Iâd better get dressed. Iâm so hungry..â She threw the blanket off and stood up. Naked, she quickly ran to the door and closed it. Karima quickly combed her hair and got dressed. She cleaned the room up a bit, closed the door behind her and headed to the cantina.
âAre you two coming aswell?â Karima knocked on Dareth and Jadiraâs room door. âIn a moment, someone here is being a tease.â Karima chuckled and did not have to guess who was being the tease. âOkay, Iâll see you in the cantina then.â She checked on Roweâs room but he was already gone. âNo one here? Guess heâs already enjoying breakfast then.â When she entered the cantina she saw Rowe sitting at a table eating some bread with a mug of water. âGood morning Rowe.â âA good morning indeed.â âWhereâs Ungar?â âOutside, probably chasing something half his own size as usualâ¦.â Karima chuckled. âThat wolf sure is an exception amongst his kind.â âTell me about itâ¦â Gerard approached Karima. âGood morning. Breakfast?â Karima nodded. âYou bet, Iâm hungry!â He walked to the kitchen and soon returned with a plate with a lot of bread and butter. âThere you go. If you need anything else, you know where to find me.â âI will. Thanks Gerard!â
Soon Dareth and Jadira joined them aswell. Karima looked up. âSo, how was your revenge?â Jadira laughed. âOh, that was easy.â âWhat did you do.?â âI said would deny him any pleasure involving me if he did not stop right away.â Rowe chuckled and Karima laughed out loud. Dareth looked the other way and pretended he did not hear any of it. âMen are so easily tricked.â Said Jadira while she chuckling. âHmph, Iâll get my breakfast somewhere else..â Dareth walked to the door. âHey, come on Dareth, I was just kiddingâ¦â âI donât careâ¦â He left the inn. âHeâll be back..â Said Karima. âYeah, I wouldnât know of any other place besides the inn where he could get a meal.â Gerard brought breakfast to Jadira. âBreakfast is served.â âThank you, Gerard.â
âHey! Old man! Open up!â Dareth knocked the door of Bercherosâ house. The door opened and Bercheros stood in the doorway. âWhat is it boy?â âI need breakfast.â âYou can get yourself a meal in the innâ¦Now go away.â He closed the door but Dareth quickly stopped it with his foot. âOkay.. how about, can you please give me something to eat?â âIâm listening.â âJadira is being a bother and Iâd rather not sit at the same table right now.â Bercheros chuckled. âThe man can slay demons, but canât handle his woman.. Donât be sad about it though, it happens to everyone of usâ¦come in...â
Algaran was already done eating breakfast, and was âhangingâ in his chair. âGood morning.â âNot at allâ¦â âHm?, Whatâs wro..â âDonât ask.â Dareth sat down and started eating from the bread on the table.
âSo it flew East Algaran?â Said Bercheros. âYes, thatâs probably where weâre headed next.â Dareth stopped eating. âWhat do you mean, it flew East, for all we know Azra was just trying to escape no matter where to.â Algaran nodded. âVery true, very true. However, the odd I felt when Azra flew East leaves no doubt. There are more like Azra. In fact, I believe Azra was just a scout, the real enemy we will soon or later face is far more powerfull then Azra.â âWhat the ****! More powerfull?â âYes, also, the place where we are going now, is called Midland.â âMidland? Iâve heard stories about that place. There used to be a legendary fighter who saved the kingdom from Chuder, and afterwards sent it to itâs downfall.â âAye, the hawk of darkness. Midland was plagued by demons and in the end saved by the man who used to be the hawksâ best friend. It is said he even stopped the Godhand.â âStop..theâ¦Godhand!? Is that possible?â âStop them? Yes. Kill them? No. Anyway, when youâre done eating, pass the news to the others. We will leave in tree days.â âYou do it. Iâm not in the mood right now.â Algaran sighed. âFine..â
Soon Algaran left for the inn and told everyone the news. When Algaran was done telling them, they all went to Bercherosâ place. âHey beard, whatâs up!â âItâs Bercheros for youâ¦.â Karima came in and as usual said something to upset Bercheros. âOh, I see you are here too. I already wondered where you might have gone to.â Karima sat down next to Dareth and leaned against the wall with the chair she sat on. âKeep that thing on all four legs will you.â Jadira came in and Dareth looked the other way. âOh my God, I was just kidding!â Dareth did not react. âFine, then be stubborn, you overgrown child..â Rowe leaned against the casing of the door. âMidland huh?â Algaran nodded. âAye.â Karima suddenly stood up. âYou know, I really need a new outfit. This one is nice and warm but not very comfortable. No offence Rowe.â âHeh, none taken.â Bercheros said: âItâs already been taken care of. Iâve sent a message to the Woodsworth tanner to create new leather gear for you.â âReally? When is it done?â âShe promised me, it would be delivered within three days.â âGreat, so what do we do in the meanwhile?â No one was able to answer that question. âHow about a picnic?â Dareth chuckled. âA three day picnic in the winter? No thank youâ¦.â âOh right.. Forgot about that.â âI guess we play the waiting game then.â
So the next few days everyone was sitting around doing practically nothing. Karima took the horses out for a ride each day, she galloped through the silent woods, taking off in the afternoon, to return at sunset. Dareth was practicing with his double blade. He made up with Jadira after they had left Bercherosâ place. Jadira spent her time watching Dareth wielding the blade. She was dressed in a lovely long warm winter dress and sat on the veranda of the inn. When Dareth was done training he sat down next to her, keeping her warm. In these days they really got to know eachother. Long after the sun had set, the couple was still talking. Dareth told the entire story of him and his family. Jadira talked about the years when her parents still lived, and what happened when she was still with the knights of the holy chain. Sometimes Kyros awoke and talked with Dareth. Mostly it was about the times when Kyros still freely roamed the air. She explained it was her nature and it had nothing to do with being evil or not. All dragons have the nature to wipe out everything that might endanger their existence.
âBut why did the rest of your kind disappear. For as long as I live, Iâve never seen a dragon nor heard of someone who has seen one, until I met the perverted guy.â âThe wizard I assume?â He nodded. âStrange names, the wizard hasâ¦.. However, you wish to know why my kind has vanished. Because I was trapped in this blade I do not know the entire story. What I do know is, that there have been six eclipses. Each of these eclipses released terrible mind polluting power. Demonical power. Dragons exist of magic. Magic is the essence of life. These eclipses corrupted all the magic, including the dragons. One by one they all fell before the power of the Godhand. The dragons realized this world would come to an end if all of them would succumb. So they escaped. Where to, I donât know. They are still on this world, but no longer within reach. My guess is they have entered the crystal hibernationâ âCrystal hibernation? Whatâs that?â Asked Jadira. âThe crystal hibernation can be compared with a gargoyle turning to stone at sunrise. They heal in their stoneform, however it has itâs weakness. A gargoyle in itâs stoneform is very vulnerable to physical attacks as it can not defend. The crystal hibernation is the same principle. If the dragons are discovered, chances are, they no longer exist. However, if that was the case, life as we know it would depend on me alone.â
Dareth was kind of startled. âWell, erâ¦ I guess Iâll have to take good care of you then. It seems a sword that holds the life as we know itâ¦.Greatâ¦I hate this kind of responsibility.â âFear not, I sense some of us have survived. However I also they are about to wake once more. Something very big is about to happen. Iâve felt it for the past few decades. A heavy black odd surrounds the lands of the mortals. The Godhand.â âJust what are those maniacs planning to do?â âThey wish to shape this world as their own. But they do not realize, without the life that lives on this world, they will cease to exist.â âYou mean, if they succeed, they will also fail?â âIn some way, yes. Evil or the Godhand can not exist without men. Because of men, the Godhand was created. Unconsciously men wished for misery, pain, sadness, sorrow and so on. Thus the Godhand was created. Six eclipses have occurred. After the last eclipse, the Godhand was pushed back into their own world without a chance to escape by their own hands.â Dareth tightened his grip around the swordâs hilt. âAnd thatâs where I came inâ¦â âTrue, but they might have chosen someone else as well. It was fate that you were chosen. Perhaps itâs fate that you stop them as well. Weâll see.â
After three days Karimaâs armour arrived. It was a replica of her old armour. Studded leather dyed in black with a dark hood, perfect for a stealth user. âGreat, it feels just like the old one. I like it.â She smiled. Everyone looked at it and gave their much wanted opinion as Karima asked them how it looked on her. âLooks great on you.â Said Jadira. Dareth nodded. âI second that.â The others agreed as well. Algaran spoke. âLooks like everything is settled then. Letâs leave as soon as we can. The armour arrived in early in the afternoon. Everyone had been packing and preparing the entire morning. The horses were packed and ready to go. Most of the group ate a bit before departing.
Everyone was mounted on a horse. Dareth on Blackmane. Karima on Star. Jadira on Stripe and Algaran on the fourth horse, named Hoof. Algaran did not want any fancy cute names so he decided to name it himself. Karima told Algaran she pitied the stallion for having such a lousy name. However Hoof planted itâs hoof in Algaranâs behind when he was facing the stallion with his back. Apparently, Hoof did not enjoy his name either. But after the kick in the rear, Karima thought that it wasnât such a bad name after all.
âWell, I guess weâre ready then.â Karima looked around. âWhat about Rowe and Ungar?â âWe wonât be going.â They came from the woods. âWhat? Arenât you coming with us?â Asked Karima. âNo, I feel we should not interfere with business that is not ours. So weâre staying and eventually going back.â Karima was getting upset. âBut Iâ¦.I mean..You saved me, at least give me a chance to pay back the favour, I beg you to come along.â Rowe shook his head. âIâm sorry, but we can not go.â Ungar laid down and howled softly. âWill I ever see you again?â âIâll make we will cross words when you return, itâs a promise.â Karima shed a tear and smiled. âI will remember it. Thank you for everything.â Dareth spoke. âAgreed. If it wasnât for you, we wouldâve never seen her again. You have my gratitude, friend. Be well.â Rowe nodded. âSame to all of you..friends.â Ungar barked one time as if he agreed with the words Rowe just spoke. Algaran turned to Bercheros. âAre you sure you wonât come too?â Bercheros nodded. âYep, my bones are to old unlike your unaging ones.â Algaran chuckled. âPerhaps your right old friend. Then I wish you well.â âAye, to all of you, I wish you a good journey and a safe return.â Everyone said farewell and soon they rode off to the East.
It took them many weeks. During these weeks they moved through the snow effortlessly, as they advanced into the Eastern lands the climate changed. Not only was the land itself warmer. Winter was almost over and spring was on the doorstep, ready to bloom and blossom. In the fourth week they reached the coasts of a region called Evertides. âLook at that! Itâs the ocean!â Dareth and Karima had never witnessed the ocean before. Karima was overenjoyed. She jumped of Star and approached the water. She bent through her knees and poured some water in her hands and drank from it. âYegh! Itâs salty!...â Jadira laughed. âMy bad, I should have warned youâ¦Hahaâ Dareth wasnât smiling at all. âThis ocean is giving me the creeps. Itâs as if the world ends where the horizon is.â Algaran nodded. âYouâre not completely wrong. Where we are headed, a scenario like that is very likely to happenâ¦â
They spent a night on the beach with a nice bonfire. Karima had catched some crabs in the afternoon with the help of Jadira. They made a very tasty meal. Algaran told them they would head a little to the North tomorrow. If they were to cross the ocean they would need a boat. From what Algaran knew of the region, there seemed to be a small town up North with a few docks. With the right amount of coin theyâd be able to get a boat from there.
âA..A..Atsju! Healthy air, my assâ¦. This place is making me catch a cold.â âYou should have taken that armour off, Dareth. Weâre practically safe here anyway.â Said Jadira. âAnd then? Get even colder?â âNo, you could have moved a little closer to me without the danger of giving me bruises with that armour.â Karima was laughing while preparing breakfast. âIf you want more of me, just say soâ¦â Said Dareth with a blink. âHaha, so what if I do hm?â Jadira moved closer to Dareth and brought her face near hisâ and just as easy stood up and walked off. âBah, you teaseâ¦. Where are you going anyway?â âThe ladies room!â
After Jadira returned they started breakfast. There were some leftovers from the crab. They ate it with some bread and drank from the waterpouches they had been refilling the past few weeks. When they were done, Dareth dug a hole and threw the remains in it. âYou said there was a small town to the north right?â Algaran nodded. âAye, a small fishing town. Itâs been 113 years exactly since I last visited it.â Karimaâs jaw dropped. âWhat?! 113 years! It might just as well be gone by nowâ¦.â âQuiet. I wouldnât be a mage if I was unprepared. Iâve sent aâ¦.scout ahead. The town is still there.â âLook! Over there!â Jadira was pointing to the North. Smoke was rising in far distance. âFire! The town! Hurry!â Everyone quickly mounted their horse and went to the area where the smoke came from. After a long sprint they saw the scenario and realized what happened. The town was razed.
Dareth pushed a wooden beam aside and walked through the debris. âWhat the **** happened here? And where is the thing responsible for this mess?â The others followed Dareth. Algaran recognized an inn. âThey really served the finest ale here. What a shameâ¦â âIâm afraid thereâs more to it then just the ale, Algaran.â Said Jadira. He nodded. âI know, but I just had one of those flashbacks. This used to be such a lovely place. So many friendly people, always busy earning their life. When I spent the nights in the inn here, I would wake up just before sunrise, to see the seagulls fly in the rising light of the sun, following the fishermen who sailed to the horizon. I actually planned to stay a few days here.â âSounds like this was a very nice placeâ¦ However, our first priority is finding survivors and a boat.â They sought the place for hours, but there was no luck in finding survivors. Everyone was dead. Burned, stabbed, severed, crushed. âWhy are there scales all over the place?â Asked Karima âScales?â Said Jadira âFish scales. Just look, theyâre everywhere.â âWell this a fishing town.â âThese are not normal fish.â Karima picked up one of the scales. âLook, itâs too thick for a fish.â The scale was about an inch thick. âSo, what could it be then?â Asked Dareth. âIâm afraid weâll find out soon enough. Whatever attacked this place, we will encounter it sooner or later. Letâs try to find a boat now.â
âWhat about this one, it needs a new sail though.â Karima was standing on the deck on a from what it looked like intact ship. The sails were ruined but everything else still looked pretty good. Jadira nodded. âThis one will do, letâs find a sail.â âNo need. Check down below. Most fishing ships always have spare ones.â Algaran was right, there was a spare sail below deck. They followed Algaranâs instructions and applied the sail to the mast. The sail was plain white. The ship was not a fishing ship. It looked a lot more like a wealthy tradesmanâs ship. It had a lot of fancy woodcarvings on it and the wood was in a very good condition. The sleeping cabins were very comfortable. A fishing ship would have hammocks but this ship had actual beds. Jadira checked out one of the rooms, she laid down on the bed and found it very much to her liking. âMmmm, not even the inn in Alnon had such nice beds. I could sleep forever in this.â For a brief moment she closed her eyes and already imagined how it feel like to sleep in it. Dareth stood in the door opening and couldnât help but to smile. âDonât get to comfortable yet, thereâs probably still a lot to do.â Jadira opened her eyes and smiled back. âPerhaps. Though I really wouldnât mind getting comfortable here with you, right now.â âI see we share the same feelings about that bed.â They both laughed. Algaran overheard the conversation. âHey you two, get up here and make yourself useful instead of heating that room up!â âWatch your words, pervert!â Jadira yelled. Algaran wisely didnât say anything else. Dareth and Jadira came back right away though. After they checked on everything, Algaran approved they were ready to leave.
âWhat about the horses?â Said Karima. âNow that you mention it, I was hoping we could leave them here in the town, as I used to do when I cam here, but in itâs current condition that will not be an option. Taking the horses with us is impossible, there just isnât enough room. Sending them back is our only choice.â Karima realized that would be for the best. âI suppose they can make it back. Itâs Spring now, so there should be plenty of food for them.â Algaran nodded. âAye, they should be alright.â After a short farewell everyone boarded the ship.
âHold it right there!â They were about to depart from the dock when a voice came from behind them. Karima turned around. âRowe! Ungar!â âDonât you dare to leave without us!â Dareth took a rope and jumped of the ship on the dock. He quickly attached the rope. âI see youâve changed your mind. How come?â âTo be honest. I would regret it if all of you were to die in a place while I might have prevented it.â âIf thatâs the case, then weâll have you gladly, my friend.â Dareth shook Roweâs hand and quickly stroked Ungarâs head. They climbed aboard and departed from the dock soon thereafter. Karima was wrestling with Ungar all over the deck. Once again Ungar tried to lick her face all over and she resisted with everything she could. Karima was laughing and Ungar barked playfully. The sight of it was rather amusing. After a while both Karima and Ungar were exhausted and took a break. Algaran was steering. Dareth, Jadira and Rowe were controlling the sails. The direction of the wind was pretty constant and barely changed. The razed town and itâs coasts faded from their sight.
âI donât feel so good.â âMe neitherâ¦.â Dareth and Karima were both hanging with their heads over the shipâs edge. âIf I did not know any better, Iâd say those two really are brother and sister, they both get seasickâ¦..â Rowe laughed. âWoman, why donât you help us instead of standing there and make a mockery out of us!â âHelp with what? Throwing up? I can do that. Try to imagine eating a slice of bread with fungus on it after someone vomited all over the thing.â That did it for both of them. After vomiting their meals into the ocean both of they felt a little better.
âI think I saw some bits of crab coming outâ¦.â Said Karima. âStop that, or I will have to throw up again!â âNo more crab for us..â Both Dareth and Karima ate some bread and drank some water to wash away the awful taste, and fill their emptied stomachs. After they were done they went back to their duties on the ship. âSo how long do you expect this will take.â Rowe was having a conversation with Algaran. âIâm not really sure, but the ocean between Evertides and Midland is not really wide. It used to take me about twelve days. But this ship is a lot faster then the one I used back then. If the wind is constant, Iâd say about eight days or so.â âEight days, not bad. By the way. Is there anything we should know about? Iâve heard strange rumours about these waters.â âSpecifically?â âDisappearances of entire ships.â âI see, so the stories have reached far. Yes, even though I never believed it myself, they say a giant sea creature lives in these waters that can swallow an entire ship like this one.â âYou donât believe it?â âWell as a mage Iâm open to that sort of thing, but in my opinion it might very well be pirates or old wives tale.â âEach rumour holds a part of truth.â âThough the bigger part of the rumour is a lie.â Rowe chuckled. âVery true. Still Iâd like you to use your insight just in case. There might the a chance..â âYouâre right. Iâll keep an eye out for anything suspicious, but I wouldnât count on anything suspicious to happen.â
For about four days they had sailed. On the fifth day the wind slowed down drastically. The sun appeared at the horizon. âThis isnât getting us anywhereâ¦â Karima was sitting on the stair to the place where Algaran was handling the steer. âHey pervert, why donât use your powers and create some wind!â âYou better watch your words, you never know how true they might be.â âWhat! Youâve been spying on me!?â âOfcourse not, silly girl, you attempted to upset me, so I returned the favorâ¦â âHmpf.â Karima turned her head away. Dareth went to Algaran. âOi. Can you?â Algaran shook his head. âNo, unfortunately Iâm not schooled in the element of wind.â âGuess weâll have to wait then.â Dareth went back his cabin to wake Jadira. He opened the door. âHey, wake up.â She turned on her side with her back to Dareth. âGo away.. Iâm still sleepingâ¦â âThatâs why Iâm waking you upâ¦. Though thereâs really no reason to. The wind stopped all of the sudden. Weâre not exactly making progress anymore.â She turned around and grinned at Dareth. âWeâll, you might as well join me then.â Dareth chuckled. âI wonât say no to that.â
âUngar? Whatâs wrong boy?â Ungar was laying in a corner with his tail between his legs. He howled. âThat wolf has good senses. He feels something is coming, just as I do right now.â âSomethingâs coming?â âYesâ¦, Karima!â âWhat is it?â âGo get Dareth and Jadira right away!â âAlright.â Karima went through the door down a short stair. She opened the door and saw something she was not supposed to see. Her face turned all red. âKarima!â Said Dareth and Jadira. They quickly covered themselves with the blanket. Karima turned her head the other way. âI wonât ask what you two were just doing, but youâll have to come to the deck right now. Somethingâs wrong.â âWhatâs wrong then?â âI donât know, but Algaran asked me to tell you, that should come up right awayâ âAlright, weâll be right there.â Karima still blushed as she left the room. Dareth and Jadira got dressed and all geared up and went up the stairs.
âWhat is it!?â Said Dareth. âI donât know, but it seems the rumors about this part of the ocean were true after all. Somethingâs coming. Something very big.â Suddenly the waves became higher, but there was no wind. âBrace yourselves!â Everyone held on to something. Suddenly a large shadow appeared on the surface of the water. An enormous tail came from the water and wrapped around the ship. It nearly hit Rowe. âWhat the hell is that!?â Said Jadira. Dareth leaped at it. âI donât know, but Iâm not waiting to find out, we have to kill it before it rips the ship apart!â While jumping he held his sword up and readied himself to slash it. With great strength he hit the large scaly tail, but nothing happened. âWhat the **** is this!? It stopped my blade?â Before everyone realized what happened a large monstrous head emerged from the water. âA sea dragon!â The head raised itself many times the shipâs height above the group. âHow do we defeat that!?â said Dareth. âNo one canâ¦ All we can do is hope it swallow us whole.â They did not have to wait to find out. The head came down with itâs mouth wide open, and swallowed the entire ship.
âEveryone alright!?â It was complete chaos. Everyone held on to something to prevent themselves from falling off the ship. Finally the ship stopped moving. Everyone got back on their feet. From the looks of it everyone was still on the ship. âIt looks like weâre going down, otherwise we would have been digested by now.â Said Algaran. It was dark, and the stench of digestion was very present. âGot any plans, mage?â Said Jadira. âApart from cutting our way out, noâ¦ I donât know how tough the inside is, but Darethâs sword could not even scratch itâs tail.â Dareth held his sword up. âGuess weâll just have to find out.â There were no hard scales on the inside and Dareth sliced through the flesh quite easily. However the creature did not appreciate this and it shook his entire body. Everyone had to hold on tight again. âShould I try again?â Algaran shook his head. âPlease no.. Rowe, try that bow of yours.â Rowe nodded and he pulled the bowstring. A bright glowing arrow appeared. He released the string and the arrow pierced the flesh with great impact. He did not hesitate and fired three more. âYou did it!â Allthough they made a hole in the creatureâs flank. Water was pouring in very rapidly and the dragon was in complete agony. Algaran spoke. âWhen the water is high enough we will have to make an attempt to swim out.â
The dragon was lifeless and slowly sank down. The water had reached its lungs and filled them with cold sea water causing the dragon to die. âThis is not good. Weâre sinking. Let me thinkâ¦. Alright, the moment we swim out, we have to look around for air sockets. When weâve done that weâll figure out the next step. The water slowed down with pouring in. âOn the count of three we make a break for it.â Everyone nodded. âWhat about Ungar, Rowe?â Said Karima. âHeâll be fine.â âAlright, one, twoâ¦three.â Everyone swam down to the hole, the water near was red from all the blood and water was very turbid. Algaran created a guiding light on his staff so everyone could follow him. They all swam through the hole and first thing they noticed was the waterpressure. It was unbearable. Dareth quickly swam to Karima and pulled her with him as she was unable to swim. She felt like her head was about to be squeezed by two boulders. With his insight ability Algaran located an airhole and he swam directly to it with the others following him. Algaran reached the hole, his head came out of the water and inhaled the fresh air. Soon the other arrived as well. The pressure was gone. Algaran held his staff up and then they saw it was not just an airsocket. It was a cave, they swam to the rocky bank pulled themselves out of the water.
âThis odd, what is it..?â Algaran was sensing the area and felt strange presences all around them, near and distant. Suddenly Kyros spoke. The runes were glowing brightly red on the surface of the dark blade. âBe very cautious. You have entered a world long forgotten and one that was assumed to be impossible to reach for a long time.â âWhat is this place?â Asked Algaran. âThis is Glyphoth. A world that exists underneath the surface of the Earth. It stretches all across this entire planet. There used to be another entrance, but it was sealed long ago, by the most powerfull witch that ever existed.â âSilke!â âYou know of her, mage?â âOfcourse, she is the leader of my order!. Why was it sealed?â âLong ago after the last eclipse, she travelled with the one who saved the world from the hawk of darkness. When they left Glyphoth they sealed to make sure nothing would every escape from it again. However even though nothing has escaped ever since, something else has moved in. The warriors from the depths, the naga. They will not take kindly to your presence here, be on your guard.â The runes stopped glowing and the sword was back to normal again.
âNaga? What are they?â Asked Dareth. âIâm not sure, but she called them warriors of the depths. Maybe the scales in the town we saw before have something to do with it.â Said Algaran. Karima chuckled. âYou mean like, fishpeople ?â Everyone could not help but to laugh. Algaran recomposed himself. âAlthough it might sound funny, youâre probably not very far from the truth. And if we were to face them, I donât think we will be laughing at all.â Dareth nodded. âHeâs right. If Kyros tells us we should cautious then we should not take this lightly. From what I know she knows a lot about all kinds of lore. If she tells us to be cautious, then we better e cautious. Besides, there are other things here next to those naga. Look around.â Everyone was looking around and the cave seemed to be infested with all kinds of strange creatures and life forms. All the eyes were focussed on the group. Sometimes something sneaked past by them very quickly. âThis place is giving me the creeps.â Said Karima. âThen I propose we should get going.â Everyone agreed. Algaran took the lead with a bright light on top of his staff. The creatures were not used to it and they ran off when they light reached their eyes. âStay close, they canât stand the light.â
Phew.. I'm kind of ready to write more chapters again. Lately, I have been totally sucked into school, as it was my final year. Al there's left is a trainee period, which is what I'll be doing for the coming eight weeks. If any of you is still interested in more of this story, just post and I'll start writing again ^^
please do. It's been an interesting and addicting read, so far, i'd love to see how the story keeps progressing. Never said anything for a while about it because i was always afraid of reviving a dead thread, then getting yelled at