The Ruins of a time long forgotten
After two seemingly endless hours they arrived in the system where the Yaloan Brea’an was rumoured to be, she started to scan the system for inhabited planets and asteroids but Kayla’s thoughts were of home. Patrika came in the room approached Kayla who was lost in thought “Hey, you ok?” Kayla looked at him “not really im worried about home, I hope they are ok” he placed his hand on her shoulder and smiled. Kayla smiled and turned to the monitor noticing two planets with life and scattered stations and ships in the area, she asked Froya to head towards the closest planet after a closer look she knew it was not the planet and set course for the second planet. Once in orbit they received a transmission “Welcome to Habbin how may we help you?” a disembodied voice spoke. “Hello we are in need of supplies and rest, may we land”.
The voice told them where to land and to expect a security check for their peace of mind. Froya started her descent into the city outskirts, once they where secure Kayla, Patrika and Jada exited the ship into security. The security officer checked them for weapons “No guns on outsiders staffs and batons only” he said anxiously they handed over any weapons and headed out to the transport to the city, the transport took twenty minutes once they exited they looked out into a large city.
“Welcome to Zingara the trade capitol of the sector My name is Fabeon your guide”. Fabeon is a male standing at six foot he has grey skin with black tattoos all over his upper body, no hair and his eyes are a deep green his arms have spikes. “Hello Fabeon this is Patrika, Jada and I am Kayla we are looking to trade” she relied. Fabeon bowed and showed them to a market place “here is one of the most popular trade spots feel free to browse anything else you require?” Patrika told Kayla he would go with jada and to call if they are needed. “Yes are there any ruins around here?” he looked at Kayla with a fearful expression “yes there is the only ruins on this planet is three hours away, why the interest”? Kayla hesitated “ I am somewhat of an historian why so fearful?” he explained that in the past a war was waged there and they fear the dead will come down to seek revenge and his people avoid the area. “I promise I will do nothing to anger the spirits I only wish to learn from past mistakes. I may be able to appease them if you let me” Kayla assured him. He nodded and walked her in the right direction and out of the city “I must speak to my superiors about this I will walk with you to the path but that is as far as I will go” Kayla smiled and thanked him.
After half an hour Fabeon got off his link with his superiors who allowed her to go towards the ruins. Once they reached a dusty path Fabeon bowed and wished her luck as he ran off, Kayla started down the path she noticed some beautiful trees, flowers and old carvings scattered along the path. After an hour of walking Kayla stopped to tak in the sites she was now halfway up a large hill she turned to see the city in the distance, when she turned back she heard a distant moan it sounded hurt she followed it after a few minutes found a female Habbinian. “Are you ok? I can help you where are you hurt?” she turned her over to help her, she noticed a knife in her abdomen “You can’t help me stranger. Please take this bow and message to the city find my Daughter Lew, please don’t leave me alone” she cried.
Kayla held her hand placing her free hand on the wound then without any sign she began to heal the cut, freeing her other hand she slowly pulled out the knife as she continued to heal her, a gasp came from the woman. “How did you…?” Kayla shrugged and looked at her, amazed she stood up and laughed “Thank you stranger, I am Glo who are you”? Glo is average human height with long feather like hair and an adorned wrap around her body. Kayla now stood up and introduced herself and explained why she was there, Glo smiled and told her she was brave and she would travel with her for a time. After a few minutes of walking Kayla asked who stabbed you? To which she replied “Henolan Elemental hunters, travellers I don’t know why they attacked me”. “how long ago did they stab you?” Kayla asked “An hour ago. Wait… Are you an Elemental?” Glo asked Kayla didn’t want to lie to her she just nodded.
Glo stopped and went silent “if you want to kill me I understand im use to being hunted” Kayla spoke Glo laughed and replied “What? No im not going to kill you, you are safe in this region of Habbin the other half of the planet is unsympathetic to Elemental but I will keep your secret as thanks for my life”. Glo walked to Kayla “you saved my life nothing will compel me to kill you” she told her, they continued to walk as Glo explained the situation of the planet. Suddenly Kayla stopped and looked to the tree line “Run they are after me, RUN!” she told Glo who was hesitant to leave Kayla looked at her and simply said “You have a family” Glo’s eyes dipped slightly and ran off towards the city. As soon as Glo started to run Kayla was hit by a rock she ran up the hill towards the ruins after a quick glance behind her she saw seven pursuer’s three elemental hunters and four bounty hunters.
Gunshots were heard from behind her the odd one or two whistled passed her ears, she could hear her chasers struggling to catch a breath, Kayla looked up ahead of her and spotted an old rope bridge without hesitation she ran onto it. It began to wobble and some old boards gave way keeping focused and aware of her surroundings knowing they where on her tail, once on the other side of the bridge she saw the others had not even stepped onto the bridge. Taking the opportunity she cut the ropes and watched it fall looking back up one person lifted up his weapon and shot at Kayla hitting her in her left shoulder, she turned and continued to run towards the ruins.
The sun began to fade as she approached the entrance to the ruins she looked up to see a beautiful archway that resembled two mythical creatures, one was a Yaloan Brea’an and the other was similar to a griffin. The stone was beautiful glinting with a pearlescent coloured stone and a Jade like colour, they where breathtaking. To the right of the archway was a tablet that read “You approach Tuplour Sacred ground of the Yaloan Brea’an Travellers of the stars be respectful”.
Kayla smiled warmly and bowed in respect before walking forward, ahead of her was an abandoned pyramid like structure overgrown with Ivy, moss, trees and some wild foods. Scattered around where old structures that looked like homes and a marketplace. Kayla noticed she was near a cliff and walked to see the view with the sun setting over the landscape it was so peaceful and relaxing she thought to herself aloud “If only an Elementals life could be this peaceful” she sighed. After a few minutes she turned towards the ruins and went to explore them as she approached the pyramid she could sense she was not alone.
She looked for an entrance after an hour of looking she found nothing so she decided to take a break, the sense she had about not being alone had not left her in fact it felt closer. She began to focus on where this presence may be as she focused her breathing softened as her senses heightened as she was closing in on where it might be she got a message, “Kayla where are you?” Una asked. “I am at the ruins in the mountains I may have to stay here tonight, as I have hunters in the area” Kayla replied softly Una asked in concern “Do you need help?” to which Kayla said “no I will be ok I will message you once im clear” with that Una hung up. Knowing she was going to be out all night Kayla tended to her wound which on closer inspection was just a graze.
As she stood up the ground beneath her feet began to separate, she jumped out of the way to see a hidden entrance. The doorway was beautiful it had blue doors with golden handles, the frame was filled with designs that where almost hypnotic but relaxing, above the door a plaque read in Habbin “Only the pure of heart and noble of spirit may enter”. Kayla was very curious and after taking a few minutes to bandage her wounds and put her weapons in her backpack she entered the ruins, as the doors opened a whoosh of air went past her it smelt very stale. She stepped through the door which closed as she entered, the corridor was completely dark using the wall as a guide she walked forward soon she felt a torch she created a spark in her hand to light it. After a few tries a flame was ignited now able to see she picked up the torch and continued down the corridor.
As she continued she heard a faint cry Kayla followed it and it lead to a chamber filled with coffins that where well preserved, further into the chamber was a small figure she approached it and knelt down. “Hello, are you ok?” she asked the figure turned slowly to her it was a young boy, he was wearing tattered clothes and his face was dirty he opened his mouth “My mum is buried here I can’t find her” he sniffled. Kayla smiled “We will find her, what is her name?” she inquired to which he replied “Willow” she held out her hand which he took they stood up and started to look for his mother.
As they looked at the coffins one stood out among the rest an inscription read “Here lies Willow beloved Priestess and mother” Kayla looked down at the boy and said “I think we found her” he touched the coffin turned to Kayla and smiled “Thank you” he said before he vanished, leaving Kayla confused. Upon looking to the coffin next to her which read “unknown child, son of Willow” Kayla thought to herself “he was a ghost?” Still confused she continued after half an hour she got to a five way junction, unsure what to do she closed her eyes and followed her instincts that lead her down the third corridor. Halfway down she heard the voice of Jordan spinning around he was there holding her mother “I told you, we would meet again and now your mother is going to die” he sneered. Kayla looked at her Mother who was tearful she said to her “you will be ok, Jordan you have a quarrel with me leave her out of this. My life for hers”
Jordan sneered and laughed he tightened his grip on her mother causing her to wince, he threw her to the ground and lunged at Kayla a roar bellowed out of him louder than an explosion. Kayla braced herself for his attack feeling his mighty punch and the burning as the knife sliced her left arm the force of his body pushed her to the floor, she fought him with no weapons only martial arts after a few minutes they were on their as Kayla spun around she noticed that her mother was gone. Turning her attention to Jordan who was running down the corridor grabbing the torch she followed to a large chamber that was filled with tapestries, vases, gold, jewels and scrolls. Spotting Jordan she approached with caution when he turned around it was not him but in fact a hooded priest.
“Greetings young one, you are in the temple of power. Answer this riddle to discover what you seek” he spoke softly. Lowering her guard and scanning him carefully she nodded and answered “Greetings priest, I am ready for your riddle” he approached the centre of the chamber and asked “What is life’s greatest power?” Kayla looked around the room seeing the gold and jewels sparkle in the light then to the scrolls and books, as she approached him she smiled and replied with confidence “The Greatest power in life is not gold or jewels it is Knowledge”. The priest looked at her after a moment of silence her replied “You are correct, next riddle: you get it once you have earned it” Kayla stood silent for a few minutes then answered “Respect you have to earn respect”. He smiled and nodded gesturing her to follow him as he led her to an adjoining chamber which had very little apart from a small family who looked hungry, Kayla stopped and opened her bag reached in pulling out a loaf of bread and some fruit as she closed her bag and put it on the priest approached. “You have displayed Kindness, generosity, selflessness and above all knowledge. You have earned the right to discover what you seek” he smiled.
Kayla stood up as did the family who returned the food to her, “was this a test?” she asked still confused he looked at her and replied “Yes young one, the first to pass here in a long time. We are the priests of this temple, we are known as Spirit Folk we live for many years. Follow us please” as they walked up some stairs Kayla felt a cool breeze looking up she say daylight and it was beautiful. Once they reached the doorway outside was a thriving village it was near a chain of mountains the one they where on was filled with greenery the other two had snow near the tops. A villager took her torch and placed it by a fire the village leader a woman named Renilda, fair haired, long antenna, tanned skin, transparent wings, her clothing were multicoloured and ragged.
“Welcome Traveller to our mountain village I see you have met Pilar our high priest, I take it you are looking for a Yaloan Brea’an” Renilda greeted. Kayla introduced herself and asked a few questions “What are your people called? Why are you living here? How did you know I was seeking a Yaloan Brea’an?” Renilda escorted Kayla to her hut and answered her questions as well as asking some questions of her own, after an hour of talking Kayla asked “why do you all look so different? Its as though you are from different races”. To which Renilda replied “we are all from different races hence the name ‘Spirit Folk’. We have passed to the next life and have chosen to stay around for those who need or require assistant, in this form we require food and sleep as those of this life. Now I assume you would like to meet a Yaloan Brea’an?” Kayla stayed quiet for a moment then looked at her and spoke “I have come looking for one yes but I am grateful to have met you all of you, do you know where one is?”
Renilda stood up and walked out of the hut as did Kayla “You can find him at the top of this mountain look for the tree shaped like a hand he will be near, be careful the nights are cold and treacherous safe travels young one” Renilda smiled warmly. Kayla bowed thanked her and walked up the mountain keeping an eye out for the hunters that were pursuing her.