“So Tetsukazu? What’s so special about that place?” Reina asked the hunched scholar, the wind keeping steady on the sunny day. It was rare for Reina to be at a place she didn’t intend to go, more so as a job for someone else that wasn’t dragon kin. The elder in front of her wasn’t scaly in the slightest! Just old and hunched over with wispy white hair on his eyebrows and beard, forming a white expression on top of his normal face. He cleared his throat, his expression fixed on the portal a few dozen meters away from them, “Tetsukazu is a land of unparalleled wilderness. Fact is very little is known about it even after as many explorations as we have had there. Recently though the portal has been sending people to different places than normal and has created issues for future explorers. Especially since they’re encountering far more savage and dangerous wildlife than we have expected.”
“So you need a dragon’s help to explore the land instead? I don’t mind, but what could be there that could cause any real issue?”
“Funny you should mention, as there have been sightings of a dragon-” Was all the elder managed to get out before Reina was gone. He already knew she was going to accept the task, why else come here prepared. But how eager she flew over to and through the portal was something unaccounted for, at least he had the rest of the details on a paper in her pack. Mage hand was such a useful spell, he wished the youth used it more often.
Reina wasted no time as she went through the portal, wings dancing with aurora lights propelling her forward. When she crossed the portal she was blinded by a sudden light, shielding her eyes she stopped before they began to adjust. What laid before her was a collection of brilliant white crystals! Their lustrous shine caught the light and shone with such beauty that Reina was spellbound by it. Long enough for the shadow to paint its presence on her. She barely had time to move, feeling the sharp edges scrape on her arms, carving through her unprepared scales with ease. Turning around, she got a better look at what had scratched her, a creature similar to a bird but featherless, instead having tight leather skin and a long jaw with sharp teeth. It let out a mocking cry as if to celebrate its wound on Reina, which she clenched her teeth and charged forward, her Iserheim claw extended as she punctured through the chest of the creature.
It let out a death gasp, the air being let out of a balloon, as Reina looked down on it with displeasure. She let it drop to the mountainous terrain below as she took a breath, even if she was attacked the thing was hardly a threat, and should have chased it off instead of butchering it. Remembering that she was in a foreign place, she began to look around for the portal she had come through. Fortunately it was only a minute's travel away for her, and she took note of the surrounding landscape before leaving the area itself. The land it appeared was covered in a rock that usually formed after a volcano erupted, and she pondered if the crystals formation were from such a magma flow. Maybe, though there was something else about them, a humming in them that resonated with the dragon slayer on a deeper level than she expected. Curious, she would have descended from the air until she felt basalt beneath her.
The area she had chosen to land in was a gathering of the beautiful crystal formations, they overarched and stretched to form corners of a roof with pockets of open sky to be available to be seen. Reina herself chose the crystals closer to the ground level, placing a hand on the formation. And she felt a dull humming in them, the crystal vibrating as she ran her hands across it. It was a soothing sensation, and one that she tried to get more out of, but it stayed at the same activity. Frustrated, she tried another patch only to find the same results, but just as she was about to move her hand it suddenly hummed to life. An audible humming that Reina could hear, it was almost…a song? It wiggled in her ears and soon it became irritating, Reina let go of the crystal as it came to a stop, which she sighed in relief. Until she felt the disturbance in the air, she looked up to see a group of the small winged creatures that attacked her earlier disperse from their roosts as something massive flew overhead. Reina was confused about what it could be until she let its scent travel downwards toward her and realized what it was, A dragon!
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