Knights of Altador: the Darkest Faerie's Wrath - Part One
I sat by the Rainbow Pool in Neopia Central, watching
the colors shimmer in the water. Four people sat with me at the gnarled roots
of the Money Tree. The first one was a spotted Kacheek named Bo. Bo and I have
a lot in common, and he is a good friend. He has a sort of mellow personality,
and is always pretty quiet. The second was a green Xweetok named Isabel. One
second, Isabel and I could be friends, the next, vicious enemies. We're sort
of both at the same time. On the other side of me, there was a shadow Grarrl
named Jake. He's okay, I guess. He can be rude and arrogant at times, but he
listens, and will keep a promise. Lastly, sitting on the edge of the bench was
a red Acara named Samantha. Everyone calls her Sam. She's the kind of quiet
nerd. She's nice, and will accept friends wherever she can get them.
We've known each other for a pretty long time.
We all go to school together, the one on the edge of Guild Street. We get along
great, even though we're all a lot different and are interested in a lot of
different stuff. Isabel has other friends, and she usually does a lot of stuff
with them. I guess it's a girl thing. I'm fine with that. She doesn't like to
hang around us at school. I think it's because she wants to be cool, and we
are sort of known as losers at our school. I don't blame her, but I don't particularly
care about being cool or popular or anything. As I said, we don't have a lot
Bo and I are always hanging out. We're almost
like twins, because we think pretty much the same way, and are always finishing
each other's sentences. Most people would probably think we were twins, if we
didn't look like we were born on different sides of Neopia. I probably look
like the type that would try to take a bite out of him. I mean, I'm a Lupe,
and he's a Kacheek.
Jake has an odd personality. He can be nice and
rude at the same time. He sometimes hangs out with us, but mostly he's on his
own. He isn't afraid to do something stupid, and seems to feel no pain whatsoever.
Once, in second grade, he did a backwards flip off of the play structure. He
landed on his back and bit his lip until it bled. He just laughed, like it was
some big joke.
Sam is sort of boring. I don't know if she has
any friends, because I never see her except when she's studying in class. She
spends all of her free time reading or sitting by the Money Tree or the Rainbow
Pool. She doesn't really talk much, and has a talent for being sort of invisible.
I am lucky having friends like these. I was born
a little bit mutated. I am a red Lupe, and completely normal except for one
thing: I stand on two legs, rather than four. My front legs are more like arms.
My mother never told me why I was born that way. She was a red Lupe too, but
walked on all fours. My father however, was one of the greatest mysteries in
my life. I never knew him, and my mother would never tell me about him. She
only said that he would have been a good father. She said he died the day before
I was born. I wish she would tell me more, but I don't have the heart to push
her for more answers, because every time I talk about him, she gets quiet and
"Hey, look at this!" Isabel's voice penetrated
the barrier of my thoughts. She was kneeling by the Money Tree holding something.
She handed it to me. I inspected the slip of paper she had handed me. It took
me a moment to realize what it was. It was an advertisement:
Go to Faerie City and join the fun and excitement!
"Want to go?" she asked hopefully. Jake peered
over my shoulder at the tickets.
"I don't wanna go to Faerieland, old lady!" he
shouted. Isabel glared at him. He called everyone he didn't like, 'old lady'.
"It could be fun," I said. "We could spin the
wheel of excitement, and-"
"GAMBLING! OH BOY!!" yelled Jake.
I continued, "-and go into Faerie City
and look at the shops… Bo, are you coming?"
"If you guys are," he said, shrugging. This is
where our adventure began.
* * *
I stretched out on the boat that was going to
Krawk Island. We got on, so that we could get below Faerieland. From there,
an air faerie would pick us up and take us to Faerie City. I wasn't sure how
an air faerie could bring us all the way up there. I doubt that a faerie could
carry the five of us and fly at the same time. The rowboat stopped under an
enormous shadow. I looked up. The only thing visible was a huge cloud, but I
knew Faerieland lay atop it. A smaller cloud was a little lower than Faerieland,
and it seemed to be dropping quickly.
As it descended, I noticed something moving
on it. It came down, and hovered about a foot from the water. Sitting on it
was a beautiful air faerie. As she spoke, her voice carried itself on the wind.
She spoke softly, but the melodious voice entranced me.
"Climb on, or we will be late." The five of
us climbed into the cloud. Instead of being cold, it was warm, like there was
a fire burning underneath it. We sank through the first few inches of the cloud,
but it became denser further down, allowing us to sit on top. The air faerie
closed her eyes, and slowly flapped her translucent sapphire wings. The cloud
lifted, and as we got higher, it became colder and colder. We reached the top,
and the cloud connected to the side of the huge base of Faerieland.
I stepped out into Faerie City. I marveled at
the vast towers and turrets rising up from the great castle.
"Let's get a castle tour!" said Sam.
"Don't tell me you have to take another floating
cloud just to get to the weapon shop!" yelled Jake. I looked. A small building
sat atop a cloud above the castle. The faded sign posted next to it said, Faerie
Weapon Shop. I smiled.
"Looks like you won't be browsing any weapon
shops this time," I said. "Come on." He followed behind us, with much grumbling
and complaining. We decided to get a tour of the castle. As a tour guide Mynci
walked by with a small group of people, we joined the group and went to see
the castle. We walked through a maze guarding the entrance of the castle.
The guide told us some about the history of Faerieland.
I listened for a while to the tour guide talking about how Queen Fyora turned
the Darkest Faerie to stone, and then banished her to the bottom of the ocean
near the ruins of Maraqua. He also mentioned the story of the Hidden Tower,
and how the maid stumbled onto it, but I didn't listen much.
I reached into my pocket for the bag of gummy
Korbat tails. I took one out of the bag, and bit off the arrowhead tip of it.
I watched as the guide navigated us through the maze of clouds. I glanced at
Jake, whose head was slumped over his neck, and who looked bored. We reached
the door, and entered the castle. I admired the beautiful paintings and statues
displayed everywhere. Jake let out a bored sigh. After an hour of walking through
the castle, listening to the tour guide drone on, I got pretty bored too.
I was about to ask Bo, Jake, Sam, and Isabel
if they wanted to leave, when I realized that Isabel wasn't with us. I looked
around but didn't see her anywhere.
"Guys," I whispered. "Where's Isabel?" No one
knew. We hid behind an enormous white pillar until the tour turned the corner.
When we were sure that they were gone, we started back down the decorative hallway.
There was a small door that I hadn't noticed before in the hallway. It was an
old-looking door that didn't really match the rest of the bright, shiny castle.
I passed my hand over the intricate designs engraved in the smooth wood.
There were vines with beekadoodles perched on
the twisting knots. In the center of the door, there was a huge carving of a
sun. It had twelve points, each leading to a different symbol. One was a bow
and an arrow. Another was a wave, and so on. The door moved a bit. I jumped
back. Slowly it creaked open. I was afraid to look inside. Isabel stuck her
head out of the room, making me jump.
"Guys! Look at this!" she hissed. We slipped
into the room. I felt solid power emanating from the very room itself. Inside
was something that definitely didn't belong in Faerie City. I stared, fixated.
To be continued...