Vestige of Credence (Epic Fantasy Story): Chapter 4
Part 28: The Ice Caps
By first instinct they planned to shoot him down, but they noticed he carried a small rock with the words “Message for Niomi” inscribed on it. That little rock saved his life. Ellara could not help but feel a little prideful, because the rock had been her idea as a precaution. She also suggested the note of explanation the group had sent with Mij. Niomi explained to them that the Basalt in the settlement were all doing well. There had been land shake tragedies, but not many. Before she continued to speak, she paused, having finally noticed Anvid and Lailie.
Having understood her thoughts, Lailie responded, “A history of our species, the Graphine, will have to wait and be told during the flight on the next leg of our journey. We have no time to waste.”
Niomi agreed, and immediately asked what was next in the plan the elders had outlined. Kadden and Ellara looked at each other and back at the gathered individuals. It was a strange assortment of Basalt, Cumulus, Graphine, and Dragile. It was proof that all components and species of life must work together in some way to survive; everything is connected.
“There is no time to waste, we now must make our way north. We will search there for the Itsuj Basalt race. They have never interacted much with the rest of the Basalt people. In fact they are virtually nomads,” declared Kadden.
The Itsuj was a race that was native to the Nitsujan Ice Caps. Their race was considered particularly wise among the Basalt and far more advanced in their technology and scientific studies. Though no Basalt races had attempted to contact the Itsuj in decades, it was time to reach out and hope for a helping response. In the most recent contact with the Itsuj, though it was long ago, rumors had spread that they developed understanding of how to manipulate water around them using their thoughts. It was something seemingly impossible, but if it was true the ability could be a great tool not only in the war but throughout the journey to search for help. No one fancied the long venture that was before them, and only the hope of returning to a peaceful existence inspired them to continue. The ice caps were dangerous and usually avoided. There were large whale predators and sudden flash freezing waves that could result in creatures being frozen alive. No one was painting a pretty picture in their head about the possibilities that could occur when they reached the ice caps, but no one wanted to turn back.
Vestige of Credence © Emilyann Girdner 2017
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