Vestige of Credence: Chapter 1
Love Fantasy Books Series, Part 8: Moving Ground
Before they could even imagine appropriating the teleportation device to begin their search, they would first have to assemble a group to help on the mission. They themselves had been appointed by the elders for the mission to locate Rhen the Cumulus. Rhen had been an ambassador for years between the sky and ocean people. He had offered his allegiance to the Basalt from the start, and it was decided he could best help by remaining with the Cumulus as a spy. It was thought that he could help them gain access to the Iffanport. The help of Rhen would have to wait until the group was ready to venture into Cumulus territory. He would be their informant on Cumulus plans. But their first assignment was to locate the Rainda Basalt, Niomi.
Niomi would be a challenge to find because some of the Rainda race migrated to the bottom of Viaoli (the deepest ocean trench) when the quakes first started, shortly after Ludan’s forces began to strengthen. They reasoned the farther they got from the skies and Cumulus, the best chance for survival they had. Niomi had hoped to stay in Luap and help the races, but when her parents decided to enter the trench, she felt responsible to watch over them. Circumstances now left no choice but that they would have to ask her to leave the trench to aid in efforts of finding a new race. Having traveled to the Cumulus realm before the war, Niomi had trained with the Cumulus scientists and learned of their technology in depth. She was really the only chance the Basalt stood of reaching Cumulus territory and operating the teleportation device. It was their hope she could show them how to get to the sky territory and show them how to work the Iffanport.
The ever-changing landscape added time to their journey, but Kadden and Ellara hoped to come upon the trench quickly. They were relying heavily on being able to spot an occasional glowing sucker octopus as an indicator of nearing the trench. As the rifts were torn deep into the ground, ocean species like the sucker octopus were drawn to the dark, deep waters located in the trenches. They were hiking as fast as they could, but striving to stay near the thick seaweed patches in case they might need to hide from more scouts. Sometimes they swam to reduce the monotony of the trip. Most often they hiked and struggled to keep balance as small ground shaking occurred. Then, as their traveling progressed, the land quakes completely stopped. But in the next moment the ground began to split apart everywhere. They both reached and grabbed frantically about them hoping not to be sucked into the gaping holes that were forming. Kadden briefly caught hold of a thick kelp as Ellara clung to his leg, but he quickly lost his grip and they were violently yanked down into the abyss.
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