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Reptilian eyes widened as they spotted the shape of land in the distance. The dragon had been flying over the oceans for a while now, crossing the wide swath of water that separated the continent of Ishgar from the continent of Giltena. While it was long enough a distance that it should take days to reach the other side of the ocean a creature with wings could cross that distance a lot faster. Akeya would be damned if a dragon was beaten by a bird in terms of long distance travelling. She was several times their size so if they beat her in this that would mean she wasn't just a little bit slower, she would proportionally be several times slower.
Competitive nature aside, she had finally reached the other side. It was the first time that she visited this continent as well, so she was curious what she would find here. From what she had been told this was a continent where magic was so densely concentrated that it could crystallize and fall out of the sky like snow. While that sounded like something belonging in a fable stranger things had happened and if it was true it would be a very interesting phenomenon to study. For a dragon like Akeya it would also be of great comfort given that dragons were creatures of magic. It was like oxygen, although dragons could survive in areas with no magic in the atmosphere (although anti-magic zones were distinctly uncomfortable).
Aside from that there were supposed to be a lot of creatures here that one couldn't find on Ishgar. While she didn't have much information on what kind of creatures those might be she was prepared for a lot of strange things, and was hoping she'd get to see some of them. Would they be completely unrelated or would there be obvious similarities? Since they evolved in the presence of such heavy concentrations of mana it must have given birth to unusual lifeforms, things which might be impossible in other places. Animals who had floating body parts, for example. Creatures with a linked consciousness (well, those also existed outside of Giltena, but usually those were artificial or came from one of those magical dimensions).
Although before research there was a more important reason for her being here: Leila had asked for her help. She was somewhat surprised that the goddess would be asking a dragon for aid, but she wasn't going to say no. It might be because Leila wasn't a smaller species like a human but Akeya found herself actually appreciating the company of the goddess, and beyond that the silver-haired girl had been a very good partner on missions so far so it was only reasonable that she'd see if she could help out if there was another mission. Not that she knew what Leila needed help with: the message had only told her that she would have to come to Gilneta and that it wasn't something many people could help with. That last part was definitely curious, but it didn't exactly explain why.
Aiming downwards she entered a slow descent, scanning the landmass before her for any signs of civilization. Unless she had completely flown off course there was supposed to be a landmark in the form of a circle of boulders reminiscent of stone teeth. Nearby there would be a stone hill with a cave and further into the distance a forest, although according to the directions given rather than your normal trees it would be a forest with glowing veins on the trunk and glowing droplets of the same hue dropping from the branches where there would normally be leafs. That was definitely a sign of magic having a strong influence on the world, and it also served as a good landmark.
It didn't take long before she spotted the forest of rainleafs, after which it didn't take much longer to find the stone hill and the circle of monolithic teeth. Instead of landing in the middle of the structure Akeya spiralled down and landed on the ground about a mile away, then turned back into her humanoid form so she could walk towards the place without standing out like a sore thumb. That might make it easier for Leila to sense her arrival, but it would also make it a lot easier for any potential hostiles in the area. Leila was a goddess with sharp sensory abilities, so even with Akeya in her humanoid form and walking towards the meeting location she should have no trouble picking up on the dragoness's arrival.
As she walked Akeya took in the surrounding sights. However she constantly found her gaze drawn back towards the ring of stone teeth, her eyes narrowing as she began to become suspicious. For some reason that place felt like it wasn't natural, and not entirely harmless. Why had Leila chosen that place? Was it a trap? The assassin stopped walking for a moment before shaking her head and moving on. If Leila wanted to trap her she didn't need to drag Akeya all the way to Giltena. As much as the proud dragoness didn't want to admit it her goddess friend was strong enough that if she really wanted to capture her she would just need to call her to any isolated place and do it forcefully. The odds that this was a trap for Akeya from Leila were low.
Didn't mean that there couldn't be anything else lying in wait though. While Akeya was on guard she didn't turn into either light or dark. Instead she focused on sharpening her senses as far as she could, ears sticking out and her eyes scanning everything as she prepared herself. If there was a trap she wanted to trigger it and then get whoever laid it, and otherwise she wanted to quickly find Leila and figure out what the deal was here.
"What is going on that she would need me to come here of all places? Why did she need to come here to begin with?" She muttered under her breath, so softly that she doubted anyone a meter away could have heard it.