I woke up looking to the sky. I saw the moon still out, the stars brilliant. I don’t know what woke me up, I was as still extremely, tired as if I had been up for days. I snapped up when I thought I heard a sound, still jumpy from yesterday.
I made an aura-light, and began looking around. I eventually found a young rabbit hopping through the overgrowth. I assumed it had made the sound and I went back to sleep.
I got up that morning, and grabbed my things. I continued walking down the path I had been going on. It wasn’t too long after I had begun that I rounded a corner to see a destroyed carriage ahead. I rushed forward to see it had been badly burnt, I heard something inside and pried the door open. Inside I saw a girl in a dirty white robe. I picked them up and got them out of the rubble. I used an aura rune I had learned to heal her, she woke up quickly and immediately began to scream, “no!!!!!” as she did so I jumped back.
“Calm down.” I said attempting to calm her down.
“Who are you?” She asked, “Where are the guards?”
“I am a traveler, I found your carriage destroyed, there were no guards anywhere.”
“No no no no, that can't be there where so many!” she shouted “He couldn't have gotten them all…”
“He? Who is he?”
“The man in black armor. With the shape shifting beast.”
“what? wait who are you?”
“I am the princess of this region.”
“You are kidding right?”
“No didn’t you see the royal crest on my carriage?”
“Do you?” I said as I gestured towards the burnt vessel
“Oh...“ she responded weakly
After I explained who I was we got up and started to move. It was a little past noon when we took a rest for lunch in a clearing just to the side of the path.
“So what do you want to eat?” I asked politely ”I have bred some berries and a few apples.” She politely asked for an apple and we began to eat. After we had finished I destroyed the trash with a quick spell and we kept going.
A few minutes later I saw something in the trees right as an arrow flew past, I knocked the princess to the ground and dodged the projectile, deja vu sinking in. I quickly flung on my goggles and looked in the direction where the had arrow come from.
The hud put up a message which asked if i'd like to go aural (or-ale) mode. I didn’t know what that had meant but I said yes. Suddenly I saw the world in a whole new way, literally. The trees glowed in a green light and when I looked at myself I saw blue. I ran forward and grabbed the princess who glowed a similar shade to my own, and ran down the path. The ground gave way beneath as we ran and we fell. before we even landed the princess got hit with a dart and went out cold. I turned around and shot a sphere at one of the figures at the top of the hole. One of the other two that were up there shot me with a dart, because falcos have a good resistance to toxins I stayed awake just long enough to shoot another sphere at one of them, before nothing but black.