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Renali

"Oh? Do you have a story for me?"

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a character in “Dragons of Eden”, as played by Runika

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Name: Renali
Age: 27
Race: Faerie

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Written Appearance: Renali’s straight hair runs down past her chest and to her waist. Though a bit of a hassle sometimes, she adores her hair and refuses to have it any shorter. She has eyes the color of rubies, and people tend to mistake her for every other race but a faerie. Some even accuse her of having a dragon’s heart pact because of the irregular color of her eyes, mistaking for the red pigment from the pact. She has light wings that contain the cooler colors of the color wheel, including colors like indigo, mauve, burgundy, and blue.

Height: 5’3
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Red
Body Type: Slim, Small

Personality: Renali is a very social creature. She’s outgoing and likes to chat up a lot of people. However, she doesn’t like to keep many friends. She can be having a long conversation with somebody, and completely forget who they are the next day. They were yesterday’s entertainment, and that was all. She can’t remember every person she talks to after all. She likes to smile and laugh, though when she speaks she tends to have a rather sarcastic tone. The only days where she stops talking of her own will is when she is sick or suffering from lack of sleep.

Quirks: Easy to amuse, like a child. She refuses to stay within two feet of a person holding a sharp weapon where she can see it; it’s a threat to her wings and her hair.

Likes: Strawberries, the color red, flying,
Dislikes: Crowds, fire, missiles, sharp objects

Biography: Renali was born in a forest in the heart of Haria. She was a pretty child, but because of the color of her hair, she wasn’t considered beautiful to many others. Her beautiful jet black hair, something that may have been envied by humans, was only an oddity to the faeries. Although faeries came in many shapes, sizes, and colors, black was something that was not on their color spectrum. Not only was it strange for a faerie, but it was strange because both her parents had very colorful hair. Her mother bore green hair whereas her father had strands of blue. However, no one doubted she was their child. The resemblance was striking and she had been born with a darker version of her father’s wings. Her hair was not the only odd feature though. Her eyes, red as rubies, were also strange for a faerie. If not for her wings, her black hair and red eyes resembled more of a vampire or a succubus. Eventually, her group of faeries got used to the colors, and life went on.

As she went through childhood, the other children insulted her odd colors, calling her a freak and a wannabe faerie. Because of that treatment, she became a very shy child. She cried a lot, and hated when she had to be in groups; it meant more people to tease her. When she turned 13, she wandered out of the forest because she was getting picked on again. She just kept walking and walking, and only stopped when she saw another figure. It was a human. She wondered what a human was doing all the way out there. When the human finally turned around and noticed her, she froze in her place, still sniffling and unsure as to whether she should run or not. Then, the human did something she wasn’t expecting – he ran towards her, picked her up and gave her a tight hug. At first she was scared, but his laughter was contagious. She started to smile and laugh as he spun her around. When he finally set her down again she looked up at him. He was much older than she was, probably in his 20’s. They didn’t speak a word to one another, she only bowed and ran off back to her forest. The next day, she wondered if she would see him again, so she returned to the same spot. Sure enough, he was still there, and he waved to her. When she came closer, he once again picked her up and spun her around. Every day she would return for a hug and a laugh, and as the days passed they would speak more. She found it easier to make jokes and talk to him; he became the time of day she looked forward to.

After about two weeks, he stopped coming. She would return to the same spot, hoping for him to come and talk to her, but he never did. So instead, she spoke to the rocks nearby. She would speak to the trees, the animals, and the clouds in the sky. Thanks to him, she learned to enjoy conversing. The teasing that the other faeries did no longer bothered her. In fact, she would laugh along at their jokes and smile, which they found bizarre. They stopped insulting her rudely, as there was no fun to it since she just laughed along. She enjoyed being the happy one, and secretly, she wished that the human who taught her how easy it was to laugh would show up one day and hug her again.

Once she turned 20, she got bored of the forest. She had talked to everyone there was to talk to – including the forest itself. They had the same life as her, and it wasn’t very interesting to listen to. She wanted to meet the human again, so that he could tell her more stories. She packed her things and decided to head out to the city. Her parents advised her to hide her wings as often as she could, but otherwise had no objections to her travels. She traveled from city to city, meeting new people and hearing as many stories as she could. More often than she liked, people lied to her. Due to the many lies she heard, her tone was often sarcastic, and it stuck. She was happy to hear stories and tales, but the she didn’t like it when they told fictional ones as if they actually experienced it. When they spoke lies, the emotions they felt as well as the excitement of it all was just fake. When it was fake, she found it uninteresting and not worth listening to.

Something that annoyed her was that as the years went by as she got closer to Eden, the less likely there were people who wanted to talk to her. They were quiet, lifeless, and moody. Some had very interesting stories such as being robbed or attacked, but many did not want to speak about such matters. She wanted to continue her travels, but the closer she got to Eden, the more worried she was for her own safety.

So begins...

Renali's Story

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"La, la, la la..." A woman's voice sang softly. She switched from singing to humming, and back again whenever it felt convenient. It was one of the many songs that she had learned over her journey, and had turned out to be one of her favorites. It seemed to hold so many emotions within it. There were no lyrics to accompany it, just a haunting melody. A mysterious, happy, sad, frightful, and yet calming melody. She admired the person who had created such a song, one that was so powerful and moving.

As she walked past open pastures, her steps were light and quiet, as if she were half floating and walking. Her wings were exposed, ones that were dark in color and though not as large as stronger faeries, they were large enough to prove a nuisance. The faerie with jet black hair only had enough power to conceal them for a couple of hours. Since the open pastures weren't populated as much as the city, she would take the risk of exposing them whenever she thought she was rather safe; better out here than in the city where everyone could see them. Her red eyes scanned the scenery. Nothing but cows and farm yards. How boring. She wasn't a nymph. She couldn't speak to cows. Then again, they probably have a boring life as well, waiting to be eaten or milked. On the contrary, perhaps they've seen their share of interesting things as a bystander. Well, she would never know.

Suddenly she felt chills run down her spine. She looked up and was greeted not by the bright sun but by a dark overcast sky.

"Oh, dear." She mumbled as she watched the clouds grow darker in the distance.

Her wings glowed a bright white before disappearing into her backside completely. Renali didn't want her wings to get wet. They were such a hassle to dry and it was much more difficult for her to fly; practically impossible if they were to be soaked. Also, she didn't have enough energy on reserve to cast a spell to protect them. Hopefully the rain wouldn't last too long, she needed to conserve her power for the city. The strong winds pulled and tugged at her clothing and body. Something was strange. It didn't feel natural. Without a warning, rain began pour heavily and thunder roared in the distance.

Definitely not natural. She confirmed.

Luckily, it was far away enough so that she only heard the thunder and felt the cold winds. Her small frame was being dragged by the force of air. She sighed and clung onto a nearby tree for support. The faerie looked towards the distance where the capitol of Eden was. It was a sight she would surely not forget. Hovering over the capitol was a dragon! Just what was a dragon doing out in the open, right over the capitol that was inhabited by the very man who was set on murdering them all? She had heard many stories about Girotos, the one track mind emperor. He was set on the genocide of all dragons. She didn't agree with the ruler at all. Dragons were the beings she found most fascinating of all. She had yet to meet someone who genuinely came face to face with a dragon.

Renali watched as the large dragon disappeared just as quickly as it left. The storm followed right after and the atmosphere was as calm as it was before the appearance of the large reptile. The danger of the storm had disappeared, and she continued on her way. Once again she released her wings to conserve her energy. Renali was now smiling happily. There was bound to be something interesting in the capitol of Eden.

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Renali's boots left marks in the damp ground as she traveled. Whenever she turned around she could see the trail her boot prints had left behind. Turning it into her own little sort of entertainment she started to curve her prints, create jagged lines, loop-de-loops and sometimes she even stopped to create some sort of image. It certainly took up a lot of time, but she was enjoying it. The sun was not shining too brightly thanks to the recent cloud cover and it was a great day to admire the smell of dew on freshly dampened grass. After a couple of hours she had left in her trail a flower, a smiling face, and a pair of faerie wings.

"Such a pity that there'll be no one to appreciate my artistry." She said as she continued on her way.

The faerie could see a small village up ahead, and although she spotted no humans, she took her normal precautions. Once again the bright white aura surrounded her wings before they appeared to disappear completely. The moment she was far enough from the village she was going to release the spell that hid her wings. Renali made her way into the little village. It was like a little ghost town, as if no one had woken up as of yet. Still, even for a sleeping town, it was rather quiet. The female peered in each window she passed by, hoping to meet someone that had maybe woken up. The town appeared to not have been heavily impacted by the dragon's rage. One shop in particular caught her attention. It was the warmth that drew her. It seemed to be the shop of a blacksmith. Since the shop was warm she was expecting to see a black smith, but she saw no one at all. Strange. She deduced that the blacksmith must have left recently.

She pouted and started down the small dirt path that would lead her to Eden. "Well, that was boring."

She was hoping to run into someone that had experienced the storm from a closer distance than she had, but she was not very lucky today. Renali pulled out her water pouch and took a few gulps as she walked. Just when she was about to release her wings again, she noticed a figure up ahead. She did not feel comfortable releasing her wings if there was a chance that the person were to turn around and see her. When she looked closer, she realized it was a very large man. He wasn't even that close to her, just his size made him appear closer. Renali had never seen such a large human. He must have easily been taller than six feet. Was he even human? She couldn't feel anything odd about the man; he appeared just plain human. The one thing that would probably set him aside that she could observe was his size and probable strength. If that body were proportional to his physical strength, he could easily take down just about anyone who challenged him.

Renali didn't want to waste her energy on hiding her wings, as she probably had just enough energy for maybe just another hour, but she was still too close to the humans to feel comfortable exposing them. Finally, she decided to just continue for as long as she could. The man was far away enough so that even if he did take notice, he would not pose as much of a risk compared to if he were closer. If she was lucky, he would be just a kind stranger who was willing to share a story.

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Sal followed the road to Eden. He was only a short distance from his village when the road entered a forest. Sal paused for a moment, and was going to enter the forest when there was a loud shriek.

“Holy shit!” Sal yelled as a large bird flew out of the forest at his approach.

The bird flew right over Sal’s head. Sal ducked, then turned around to watch the bird’s flight.

He was surprised to see a lone girl standing in the road behind him. She was still at a distance, but he was pretty sure she had long black hair.

Sal hoped she didn’t see him freak out over a bird.

He waved hello to the girl.

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She had been walking quietly behind the large man, trying to not draw attention to herself in any way. She had noticed the forest up ahead, and she felt relieved. She could hide in the forest. Out there on the path, she could only walk and look like a normal human. Suddenly she saw a bird swoop out of the forest, followed by the sound of his loud voice yelling. Well, she assumed it belonged to him seeing that only someone of his size could project his voice that well. It was quite humorous actually, seeing a grown man of his size be surprised by a creature as small as a bird. The bird was definitely larger than an average one, but nonetheless, it was still a bird. Renali chuckled to herself seeing the scene unfold. When she looked up again the man was waving to her. He had noticed her.

A grin immediately grew on her face as she returned the wave. He was friendly! Now excited, she picked up her pace to catch up to the man. Actually, she cheated and moved much quicker than a normal human would, but he probably would not take notice. As she neared him, she was surprised by his size. From afar he definitely seemed large, but up close he was practically a human giant. She approached him, but cautiously stayed a few feet away.

"Good morning, sir. How are you faring today?" She asked politely.

Practicing her manners, she made sure her red eyes met his as she spoke. Sometimes she would not look directly at the person, because it gave away the oddity of her eyes so much sooner. This man seemed alright. It didn't seem like revealing her eye color would make a big deal. Although he was large and could easily overpower her, his speed was probably considerably less to make up for his size. It shouldn't be too difficult for her to run away if she stayed on her toes. Despite her precautions, she was also very excited to speak to him. She hadn't talked to anyone in hours, and she desperately wanted to converse with somebody. She could barely contain her excitement and curiosity. Was this man a traveler? What was his name? Was he the black smith from the village? Why was he so tall? Was he really human? Where exactly was he going? Did he have any interesting stories to tell her? Oh, the possibilities for conversation!

"May I ask where you are headed?" Was the question she had decided on.

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Sal watched the girl approach. He was surprised at the speed and grace with which she moved.

I wonder if her hair ever gets in her eyes, he thought.

In no time at all, she was standing in front of him.

Wow, her eyes are beautiful. They remind me of the fires in my forge. These thoughts raced through Sal's mind. Slowly, he realized she was speaking to him.

"Hi, I'm Sal. You don't need to call me sir. I'm only twenty-one."

How did that sound? Why am I nervous? Can she tell that I'm nervous? Why am I talking to myself?

"Shhh...oot!" Sal suddenly yelled and looked at his feet.

"I honestly don't know where I'm going. A huge storm moved toward the capital yesterday. I guess I thought I would check out the damage. I'm good at fixing things."

"What about you? Where are you headed?"

That's it. Just keep looking at your feet. She shouldn't make you nervous. Be strong.

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"Alright, Sal who is twenty one." She said with a chuckle.

She was just about to introduce herself when he suddenly yelled for what seemed to be no particular reason at all. His eyes were now looking directly at his feet. He was a tad strange. Then again, so was she. She laughed at his rather odd first impression and smiled at him. Even though he was much larger than her, she now saw him similar to a child. The nervousness and profanity wasn't something she would expect from a grown man. Despite her wearing dark trousers and a white blouse, she curled her fingers as if she were lifting the hem of a skirt and curtsied.

"My name is Renali who is twenty seven. Charmed to meet you."

So, he was heading towards the capitol. Perhaps she would ask him if she could tag along. Now that he was no longer looking at her, she found it more uncomfortable to talk to him. Did he want to talk her, or the ground? Really.

It actually really bothered her that he was no longer looking at her. It raised so many questions and it irritated her. Was he judging her? Could he not stand her eyes? Did he not want to talk to her? Did he not know his manners? Gosh, she had to stop thinking of so many questions. Instead she just stepped forward so they were only a feet apart. He seemed harmless enough or she wouldn't dare come into such a close proximity. The man was so tall that even if he wanted to just keep looking at his feet, he would still be looking at her; all she had to do was look up, which was rather uncomfortable on her part.

"I'm never really headed anywhere in particular. My journey seems to be bringing me to the capitol though." She replied. Then she grew silent before asking, "Do my eyes bother you?", thinking that her eyes may be the reason he was avoiding eye contact with her.

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Suddenly, the girl was practically standing on Sal's feet. He then realized she was asking him a serious question about his feelings. She wanted to know how he felt about her eyes.

"Uh, uh..." Sal stammered.

He faked a violent coughing fit, turned, and started to walk toward the forest.

"Let's...(cough)...go! We're...(cough, COUGH)...burning daylight! (COUGH, COUGH, COUGH) We'll never get anywhere if we stand around talking about feelings..(cough)...eyes...(cough, cough)...hair!" Sal started to move more quickly down the road.

Phew! Sal thought to himself. Do I like her eyes? Why do we have to sit around talking about that? Where am I going anyway? And why am I walking so fast?

He turned around and the girl was still standing where he left her.

Didn't she say her name was Renali? Sal thought that was what she said, but by now he couldn't swear to it.

"Renali?" Sal yelled. "Are you coming?"

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While waiting for an answer, he suddenly turned around and had a coughing fit. She crossed her arms and glared at the large man. As if she couldn't tell he was avoiding her question. It was just a simple question.

Huh? Feelings? She thought to herself. Since when had she inquired about his feelings? She was just asking if her eyes bothered him. Oh, was that also considered a feeling? She guessed so. Strange, strange lad.

She then found herself chuckling at his poor excuse at fake coughs. She wasn't fond of liars. Being a blunt person herself, she didn't like those who tended to beat around the bush. Well, he wasn't lying, just avoiding her question. One could not even consider Sal a liar; he was that bad of one.

Renali cocked her head to the side with a confused look when he asked if she was coming along. She was invited to stay with him? Finally understanding the invitation she smiled and skipped to catch up with the large man.

Just when they were about to enter the forest, she froze and felt shivers go down her spine. Again? She had felt the change in the atmosphere when the large dragon had appeared over Eden. Was it the same dragon? No, it wasn't the same feeling. The aura this time felt more powerful, stronger, and... wicked. Could it be that it was because she was closer to the dragon this time? She wasn't sure. She had never felt these sensations before. Renali looked towards the sky, expecting another sort of spectacle. Her instincts had been correct. It wasn't the brewing of a storm, but the skies were not of the norm. It was as if someone were opening a portal in the sky. Her eyes were now fixed on the sky, waiting for whatever event was going to follow. If Sal had tried to speak to her, she would have not heard him; that was how mesmerized she was by the strange occurrence of events.

She would have never expected what was going to happen next. Several dragons, not just one, swooped out of the portal and circled the skies. She had never seen so many dragons in one place! With each dragon that appeared, Renali felt an increased amount of discomfort. It could have been the energy radiating from the powerful beings, she didn't know. Then, one last dragon emerged. One dragon the color of the night sky. That one dragon radiated more energy than all the other dragons combined. She couldn't stand it. She didn't even know what it was, but the instinct of fear overtook her. She wanted to run, run and find a place to hide, but she was frozen in place, as if all the nerves in her body had stopped listening. She felt as if the energy from the dragon was attacking her. She was so far away, and yet she could still feel it's overwhelming power. Her legs gave out and her hands clutched her skull in fear as she slumped to the ground.

Her concentration and focus were no longer there and as a result the spell on the wings broke. With a white flash, her wings re-materialized on her back. She could care less that Sal could now see them; she actually couldn't think at all. Renali could not think straight until she felt the obsidian dragon retreat. Even after his departure, his awesome aura still lingered. Her shivers had not left her and she was panting as if someone had just freed her from a choke hold. Never had she felt that kind of fear in her life, nor that kind of power.

When she finally caught her breath she let out a nervous laugh. "Well, that was rather strange, don't you agree?" She wondered if Sal had felt anything to close to what she had just experienced. Did a human's dull senses protect him from such auras?

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Sal started to walk back toward Renali.
“Renali!” Sal yelled. “I asked if you were coming!”
There was no response. Sal stopped walking.

Renali was just staring at the sky. Sal looked up, and his jaw dropped. There was an enormous…hole in the sky.

“What the…” Sal was cut short by dragons pouring out of the hole in the sky. Sal had never seen a dragon before. He didn’t understand, couldn’t understand, what he was seeing. His brain was so overwhelmed that it started to shut down to protect itself.

“What the…” Sal mumbled. “Renali, are you seeing this?” “Renali?

Sal managed to tear his eyes away from the unbelievable scene unfolding in the clouds, and he looked at the girl.

Renali was slumped on the ground holding her head in her hands and seemingly in agony.

“Renali!” Sal ran to her and scooped her up like an infant. He moved her off the road and laid her down in the soft grass. He knelt beside her, unsure what to do next.

I’m no healer! He thought to himself. What should I do?

He was reaching into his backpack to get some water for the girl, it was all he could think of, when he heard a woosh and saw a flash of white light. He looked at Renali.

There were…wings…on her back.

Sal got to his feet. “Uh…” He stammered.

He looked up at the dragons, then down to the girl with wings, then up at the enormous hole in the sky.

“Renali?” “Uh…” “What the…” Sal could not comprehend what was happening. He was a simple blacksmith. He had never left his small rural village.

His thoughts swirled. Giant flying beasts…A hole in the sky…wings on a girl…

His vision darkened. He looked up at the hole in the sky one last time. Then, he passed out.

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Renali blinked once, then twice. Did Sal just fall over in a faint? She hadn't taken notice that he had carried her over to another spot. If he was awake, she would probably laugh at the sight of such a large man falling over and mock him. That was if this was a normal situation. Taking into account the fact that she herself had been overwhelmed by the dragon's energy, she couldn't blame him for anything he did. The faerie shifted over to the male and knelt down next to him.

"Oh, dear..." She mumbled.

As the minutes passed, she felt her normal self returning. The energy in the atmosphere that lingered was diluting and it eventually no longer hindered her. Like they were reacting to her relief, her dark wings fluttered, which she finally notice of. Sal had seen her wings. Well, the secret was out. She wasn't sure why he fainted. Perhaps it was the strangeness of events? It wasn't known to her if humans could even feel the energy radiating such beasts. Maybe it was just the fact that a hole had suddenly ripped in the sky and the girl he had just met turned out to have wings. Yeah, that could have been it. She had a feeling he had never met a faerie before. Now that she was feeling herself again, she didn't feel the urge to act seriously. Instead of panicking over his passed out body, she proceeded to prodding his face with her finger, seeing if he was just acting. Obviously he wasn't, but she couldn't help herself.

After a good laugh she composed herself and looked him over. He seemed fine. If anything, she could just wait for him to regain consciousness on his own. She couldn't really shock him awake or anything. The only thing she could do was probably send a painful shock through his body. That was probably dangerous considering he was a mere human. Renali decided on singing a song. At least if he was unconscious, he would be dreaming well. It was all she could offer.

The faerie closed her eyes and rested her hands on her lap. This time, she sang a song that contained lyrics. Unfortunately for anyone listening the words were of an old tongue. Even she did not understand the full meaning of the song. It was soothing and soft, which tended to be songs she liked best.

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Okay, it had been an hour. She was wasting time by sitting around. Sal was going to have take care of himself. She looked at the large man sprawled out in front of her and sighed. What was she going to do with him? He was much too heavy for her to move, and she didn't feel right just leaving him there.

Oh dear, oh dear, what to do, what to do? She thought to herself.

It would expend too much of her energy if she were to move him with magical means. She looked around at their surroundings. There was nothing but a path and open plains until the original small town she passed through. Behind them, loomed the forest they would have entered if not for the sudden appearance of the dragons. She could always leave him in the forest. Yes, yes, that's what she would do.

She got up and looked at Sal. Yup, she definitely was not going to carry him. If it was just a few meters, it should be fine to use some magic. Oh, the trouble this human was causing her. Renali chanted a song, one that sounded to that of a lullaby. The man was already asleep, but it was meant to softly ease the grown man off the ground and position him elsewhere, like someone would with a small child. She watched as Sal's body rose a few feet from the ground and started floating towards the forest. Her wings fluttered and she flew after him. The spell carried him a few more meters inside the forest, off the trail she assumed someone might find him. Finding a decent spot that wasn't too far from the border of the forest and not too close to the path, she set him down against a tree trunk.

It took a lot more energy that usually to carry something. Why did he have to be so heavy? She sighed and knelt down next to him.

"We didn't do much together, but thanks anyways." She said quietly.

With that she stood back up and started walking through the forests. She was thankful for the cover of the forest. Generally no one passed through and she was free to not hide her wings. The faerie was about to start humming another tune when she heard a loud splash of water followed by a Dragon's roar. Now what could make a splash that loud? It was quickly followed by something slashing through the forest's trees. As if that wasn't enough, a large gust of wind started pushing Renali back. Her small frame clung onto a tree and resisted flying away.

"An interesting day indeed." She managed to mumble as she started walking through the forest again.

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As Renali walked through the forest, she could hear a commotion up ahead. The closer she got to the apparent source of a dragon, the more damage she saw. At first she saw branches lying on the forest floor, then the damage become more obvious as she trekked through. Trees had been beheaded and although she simply fluttered over the mess, she did not like the sight of such damage. Even though it was difficult to see through the trees, at certain angles she was able to see a massive creature. Could it be the dragon? She felt a strange mix of fear and excitement, but she did not feel the same malicious energy she had felt from the obsidian colored dragon, which made her feel a lot more secure. Very intrigued, she picked up her flying rate.

When she finally arrived at a clear area, she was able to oversee the events occurring at the body of water. There it was; the dragon! She was staring in awe until she realized that the dragon was appearing to prepare itself for an attack. Worried about the range of the attack, Renali didn’t step into the clearing. Instead she looked around. She hadn’t noticed the other people in the area until now. Her immediate instinct to hide her identity kicked in and once again there was a white flash before her wings disappeared.

There was someone with pure white hair, who just seemed to be running at the dragon. Just what were they doing. Her attention turned to the actual people around the dragon. Were they talking to someone in the forest? She saw a young boy walk out and confront someone. The dragon was no longer preparing to attack. Did it stop the attack on its own? Or did someone tell it to stop? Did the dragon belong to someone? Could it be a dragon’s heart pact? At this point Renali was able to smile. This was definitely the most interesting day of her life. To be able to see so many dragons personally and not simply just hear about them in stories and tales, it was truly amazing.

Oh, how she wanted to greet the dragon. However, she was nervous and afraid. Would it attack her? Would it even let her go near it? Well, she had to at least try. Renali stepped out of the forest and started walking down to the lake. There was a smaller dragon there as well, how quaint. Today certainly must be a special day, to be able to see so many dragons of different sizes, types, and ages. There seemed to be something else next to the dragon, a cocoon of some sort? Strange, strange.

The faerie could hear a rather dreadful sound. It wasn’t until she realized it was a elderly human’s singing before she laughed. Although it was not a voice she could praise, it was definitely something worth applauding. She admired the human for being able to stand in such close proximity of a dragon and yet act as if nothing were wrong at all. Oh, and those lyrics; pure genius.

A loud thud was then heard. She turned to see a young male lying on the ground. Did he just fall on his face? Her answer was confirmed when she stood back up in a hurry. She couldn’t help be start to laugh at the poor boy. To experience so many emotions in one day, how strange.

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"Your welcome to come and say hello, miss." She heard the female elf say.

Renali had a nervous look on her face. Was it odd that she had come out of nowhere? Was she just saying that to be polite? Would the dragon bite her? Slowly, she approached the small dragon. Volos, was it?

"Hello little dragon..." She said softly.

The faerie simply approached it, restraining herself from reaching out and petting it. Oh, how she wanted to though. She had never been this close to a dragon before, and boy would she be the envy of the continent when they heard that she was able to meet a young dragon.

When am I ever going to have this chance ever again? She thought to herself.

Working up her courage, she slowly lifted her hand, not wanting to alarm the young creature. Inch by inch, the distance between her hand and the dragon grew smaller, until finally she felt the scaly texture of its skin. He didn't panic, but he was watching her. Thank goodness he wasn't trying to fry her.

"Hello there, Volos. My name is Renali." She introduced as she stroked his nose.

Never had she thought she would one day meet a dragon, much less be able to pet it. The stories she would be able to tell! However, would this be all? Would the story end there? She met a dragon. Then what? Nothing? Absolutely nothing? That wasn't a story at all.

She watched as the elf girl- the boy called her Larien right? She watched as Larien boarded the larger creature. From the conversation, it sounded like Aura belonged to the small boy. It really did seem like the legendary heart pact. She wasn't about to stare into the boy's eyes though. That would be uncalled for.

"Excuse me." She called out to the boy. "Would it trouble you if I were to come along? I wouldn't want to hinder your journey, and I don't have a valid reason, merely a growing interest."

She paused before adding, "I may not be able to be of much help, but I can offer stories to pass the time as well as the enchantments I have garnered over the years."

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"I may not be able to be of much help, but I can offer stories to pass the time as well as the enchantments I have garnered over the years."

Delzah nodded at the girl, Renali, but offered no smile. Aura's wing remained low to the ground for her to board her back before departure. Aura also gave the girl a calm and gentle nod, reassuring her that it was safe to do so. Delzah took the time to look to Volos, who was beginning to look at his wings. Delzah looked back to Larien, and offered a small smile.

"All Dragons are born knowing flight, Larien." He said calmly.

Aura looked back over her shoulder to Larien and nodded.

It is true... Volos simply has never tried it before. But he is ready. She said calmly.

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Was that a nod? Or was he just moving his head? Is he angry at me? Why must a child be so serious? Renali's habit of questioning was still present even when concerning someone with the appearance of a child.

Renali looked over at the dragon named Aura, and returned a sheepish smile. Well, at least the dragon was fine with her. So, did this really mean she was allowed to travel with them? Trying to contain her excitement she smiled wide and politely bowed to the elf boy. Then, she felt a sharp nudge on her back. She turned around to see Volos, the young dragon.

"You are more than you show." She heard him say in her mind.

Ah, telepathy? She had forgotten dragons were able to speak. His words on the other hand made her feel slightly uncomfortable. She should have expected she could not have hidden her race from another creature. Renali gave a small smile and patted the dragon's nose.

"That is true. My instincts are to hide myself, little one. You understand how society can be." She replied.

"You will be a friend now?" He asked cutely.

Renali almost squealed in delight at his adorableness.

"Indeed I will, little one. I hope you are going to be my friend as well?" She said cheerfully.

Renali then carefully climbed aboard Aura's wing, being as gentle and light footed as she could as to avoid causing any harm to the dragon. Obviously dragons were very tough, but who liked being stepped on, really? The faerie boarded the dragon a few spines behind Larien, seeing that since the elf was there first it would be rude to try to sit in front of her. The seating did not matter, she was just thrilled to be riding a real live dragon. Her next wish was to be able to sit on the crown of a dragon. Now, that, would be an amazing view.

Realizing she had not yet introduced herself, she almost smacked her own forehead in disbelief. Well, she introduced herself to Volos, but it was possible that the others had not heard her.

"Oh, I'm so very sorry. How very rude of me, my name is Renali, in case you were not able to catch that earlier." She introduced.

"Larien, Delzah, and Aura I believe?" She said as she recounted the names of the others. "Oh, and of course adorable little Volos there."

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Rill awoke to the most horrid sound in the world. Namely, Quan's singing. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly the best way to wake up. And it certainly didn't help that Rill was, by nature, a very grumpy waker.

Still, he made the effort to be polite. He wasn't a child. He could be mature and civil.

"Quan," he said slowly, his face smoothed over in an expression that was the epitome of calm. "You sound like a dying whale. Please cease making that horrible noise. Or, if you must sing, at least sing something more dignified. The sheer inanity of your lyrics is costing me brain cells."

…Well, he tried. Politeness was overrated, anyway, and it didn't even matter in the end because the insults flew right over Quan's oblivious head.

"Why hello!" the man said with a wide smile.

Rill's eye twitched. Why was Quan so…Quan? Honestly. It shouldn't be legal for someone to be this happy. Then again, at least this way he wasn't singing anymore. Thank the heavens for small mercies.

"It seems Sleeping Beauty has finally awoken," the merchant continued, clasping his hands over his walking stick. "About time, I say! I was about to ask Anne to kiss you awake!"

Rill, who had been in the process of trying to get up, promptly tripped over his feet at this statement. Lying on the ground, he spat out dirt and shot Quan a particularly baleful glare. Quan stared back at him with a grin that would have been creepy if it weren't so bloody cheerful. Rill wiped a smudge of dirt from his face, unamused. Stupid man and his stupid song and his stupid, stupid smile…

After much grumbling, the boy finally hauled himself off the damp ground. He frowned. Wait a second. Damp? He glanced up, noticing the lake for the first time. Alarm bells began going off in his head. He whirled toward Quan with an expression that was half alarm, half anger. "What happened? Where are we? How—"

He froze.

About fifteen meters behind Quan, were two dragons. Leviathan, he automatically noted, and…Whispering. I think. Now that's nice and all, but what the heck is a Leviathan and Whispering Dragon doing out here? With Rill's senses still frazzled from the malicious energy of his previous encounter with dragons, he hadn't even noticed them. What in the name of the Dragon King was going on here? Where were all these dragons coming from? Why weren't they cozied up back in the other plane, safe from the sorry excuse of an emperor that plagued these lands? Was it coincidence, or was something going on in the other realm? Rill's mind raced as he thought. There were no coincidences. Everything happened for a reason, he just needed to know what. Perhaps they were being driven out. Or perhaps time had dulled their memories and they decided to chance the journey back here. Or maybe they were just bored.

Rill grimaced. Who was he trying to fool? These were stupid guesses. Stupid Rill. Stupid, jaded, brave, cowardly Rill. After being on the run for so long, he didn't like to hope. Didn't dare to. Even so…could it be that maybe, just maybe, they were done with hiding? Done with running away? Darn it all. He was Rill. He was the last. He was the only Shi'k Dragon (that he knew of) who chose to stick around this world (his home, dammit!) instead of just fleeing. It was stupid to hope, but he couldn't stop a traitorous part of his mind from whispering, 'what if?'

What if? His stomach did a funny little dance at the thought. He didn't know what to tell himself. He didn't know what to think. What if indeed.

Nearby, Quan was rambling to him about something. Rill was happy to ignore him, so ignore him he did. Unfortunately, he couldn't ignore everything, and it was not long before the words of an unfamiliar voice cut through the air with all the gentleness and tact of a knife blade.

"Ehdenvaal, an ancient and evil Dragon, has awoken and is now in the process of restoring his power. If this Dragon is not stopped, he will destroy this world and all who inhabit it."

Rill's head snapped toward the owner of the voice. It was a tiny elf boy, who as of now was walking all over the Leviathan Dragon as if he owned her. Heart Pact? His nose wrinkled in disgust. Crazy dragon. Snotty elf.

Then the words caught up with his brain, and all thoughts of heart pacts and snotty elves fell from his mind.

Ehdenvaal, the dark dragon. The name rang dark and familiar in his mind. Ehdenvaal. The mere sound of the word brought the taste of fear to Rill's tongue.

His hands shook, but his brow furrowed. He had to do something.




Quan told Rill everything. About how the boy fainted, and how Quan had tie him to Anne's back, and how they all had to double back to retrieve water. He told all this to the boy, but Quan got the feeling that Rill wasn't quite listening. As a tentative experiment, Quan tossed in a few offhand remarks about meeting a dancing, cross-dressing hippopotamus, and watched in amusement as Rill just nodded distractedly. Well, that proved it. Forget clouds, the boy's head had rocketed off and was rolling around somewhere on the moon.

Quan watched as the elf child invited the pretty young lady up to his perch on the dragon's back. The lady quickly struck up an amiable conversation with the elf woman, and Quan's attention soon wandered to inspection of the dragons. Even an old man like him could appreciate the magnificence of these creatures. They had a wild kind of beauty, a grace of movement, a serene intelligence. Truly marvelous. Quan smiled to himself and decided to compose a song about it. He was in the middle of arranging the lyrics in his head when Rill snapped out of his daze and spoke up.

"The Draconian Genocide," Rill said to the elven child. Quan blinked quizzically at the boy, who ignored him and simply continued speaking. "That's the one. Am I right?"

Without waiting for an answer, he pressed on. "If that is the case, then we wish to come with you. You want to stop him, right? Well, we do, too."

We do? Quan peered at Rill in mild surprise before chuckling approvingly. Mighty adventurous today, are we, Rill?

Rill went on, voice stiff and eyes steely. "As merchants, we have many supplies," he said. "And we are good at gathering things. Surely that can be of use to you."

"Rill, m'lad," Quan cut in cheerfully. "You've finally grown a sense of adventure! Oh, my, you've made this old man very proud."

Rill shot him an irritated look. "Don't interrupt," he said, and then added, "And don't say it like that, you make it sound creepy."

"But I feel you've forgotten something," Quan continued, the insult having once more flown over his head. "I don't believe Enna and Anne like to fly. And we wouldn't want them turning into lemmings, now do we? Mules don't have wings for a reason, you know."

Rill looked stricken, as if he couldn't bear the thought of Quan being the voice of reason. "...Well, uh, maybe they could come, too?"

As one, Quan and Rill turned to appraise the largest dragon. Its scales glinted menacingly under a ridged, spiny back. Then they looked at Enna and Anne, who were cowering in the water behind them.

This wasn't going to work.

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The old man and the young man were arguing about something, but they clearly wanted in so Delzah looked down to Aura who nodded back to him. Aura turned around slowly, making sure her passengers were holding on and ready to go as she walked over to the older man and his young companion. Aura looked at them for a moment, then looked to the two mules who were there with them. Aura looked back to Delzah and he nodded down to her. Aura looked back at the mules and picked them up in her two front claws, holding them gently and lowering her wing for the young man and the old one to walk onto her back.

Once they had boarded, Aura decided it was time to take wing. Everyone in the immediate vicinity who wanted to board had done so and Volos was stretching his wings, still somewhat unsure of his ability to fly.

Aure opened her own wings and let them stretch out to their full capacity. Eighty feet of leathery, scaly skin and bone stretched out to either side. Her wings folded slightly and Aura looked down to Volos for a moment, leaning her head down and nudging his chest with her nose.

Little one, your wings are strong and your spirit burns with passion. Let your instincts guide you, and watch me closely. I can promise that flight will come easily to you once you have given your wings a few beats towards the Earth.

Aura looked up to the skies and started to flap her wings slowly. The wind created was mild at first, but slowly picked up in intensity as her flapping increased in speed and breadth. Pulling back farther and pushing forward with more effort, Aura finally began to feel the lift she needed and jumped into the air. Her wings beat harder towards the ground, creating a miniature whirlwind as her body rose higher and higher with each beat of her mighty wings. Her body began to glisten as the light of the sun began to shine brighter on her scales, and she finally pushed herself forward and began to sail effortlessly through the air. The poor mules in her front claws were not pleased with the development, but there was no chance of them being dropped or hurt in this flight.

She turned her attention down towards Volos to see how the little Dragon was doing on his first flight as Delzah did the same, wondering how the little Whispering Dragon would do in his first attempt.