It was a bright day as beams of light cascaded through the tree branches onto the ground below. Shaduwar was unusually quiet this evening, but as the clouds began to merge the silence was broken. The sky darkened, the wind picked up and the clouds danced and twirled around each other making an eye. With a sudden flash and earth shattering boom, a body swiftly fell through the eye within the dark clouds and landed on to the ground. Sitka stood up and brushed his shoulders, relieving the adventurous leaves from his braid. As quickly as the worm hole appeared from the blinkwing, it had begun to disappear returning the sky to its former glory.
Sitka had landed exactly where he wanted to, right in front of Aminus Dungeon. Before him, against a mountain's side was a tomb-like door of rock and slate that had been beaten by the weather. Ivy and moss grew on the surface and snaked its way around the door handles in the center. In the middle of the closed double door's surface was an emblem glowing a neon violet and shimmering in the sunlight. Thick eerie fog was pooling through the cracks of the doors and surrounding the area around it, whirling and coiling around his ankles.
As he dominantly walked towards the door he glanced at the gargoyles around him at the corner of his eyes and scoffed. In a row on both sides of him, where old and weather beaten statues in the shape of several kinds of gargoyles and beasts. They where aligned in a row leading towards the door, acting as watchful pillars. As Sitka passed them, walking down the center of the path towards the Aminus entrance they slowly moved their heads towards him as if to watch his every move. Small bits of rock and dust fell here and there as they could only move their heads so far.
Sitka stood there in front of the door and whispered something inaudible. At that moment the statues moved their heads back in place and the emblem brightened. A loud and deep moan escaped the double door as it slowly opened towards him. Sitka stepped inside quickly as the doors closed slowly behind him.
"Where have you been?"
Taelin crossed his arms over his hairy chest as one of his ears flicked. Sitka began to walk past him. "Sitka I'm talking to you." Sitka stopped and turned his head towards the small creature with an emotionless stare. Taelin, a Sakai was small and lean. With the appearance of a large rabbit he had the intelligence of a scholarly Human. With white and violet fur, his ears and paws where all tipped with black stripes. For a highly intelligent creature, Taelin was wearing nothing but a collared evergreen vest held together with a golden band around his neck. On the golden band was an engraving in an unknown language and in the center an iridescent gem that gently illuminated.
Sitka had absolutely no respect for him.
"I don't have to answer to you, rodent. Where is Atul?"
Taelin sighed angrily, "I have a name! It's about time you show me some respect! I am here for a reason serving under Master Atul just as you are. Master is in the War Room, he has been looking for you since this morning."
Sitka then turned his head towards the stone spiral staircase and walked towards it. "I don't know who you are trying to convince anymore. You are an animal, try to remember that."
With that, Sitka walked up the stairs quietly, his footsteps echoing in the chamber. Taelin sat down abruptly and sighed. He sat there silently, staring out of the large glass window. This was a hidden place, a tower that could only be reached by those who already knew of its location. To wandering Humans, the entrance would have led them into a sunken cave full of Masquerpets, proving to be a dangerous and difficult place to escape from. Because of this magic, Humans avoided the Aminus Dungeon as it's encounters where frequently shared by the lucky wanderers who had found their way back out.
The War Room was large and circular with a round table in the center. On this table was an ever changing and interactive map that was a complete model of the world. Currently the dome like map was showing a model of Darkon. The model seemed to be completely alive with moving clouds and dimensional surfaces. Small Masquerpets could be seen wandering the land as if Sitka could reach in and pick one up with his hands. Rivers and oceans where constantly moving along with the wind that was lightly blowing throughout the surreal magical map. Sitka walked up to the table and watched as the small model Humans wandered around the forest in Darkon.
"I see you've taken a liking to the Divinosphere."
Sitka cleared his throat and stepped back. Atul was leaning against one of the many filled bookcases in the room. The ceiling was also shaped like a dome and was completely made of stained glass. The light that poured in reflected all of the colors into the room against all of the wooden bookcases and the marble floor. Atul stepped up to the Divinosphere and leaned onto it, placing a hand on either side of himself onto the frame of the table. His long black hair was straight and cascaded down his back and some over his shoulder, almost touching the top of the trees inside of the sphere.
Sitka averted Atul's gaze as he scanned his face with his piercing silver eyes. "You have been gone for days now, Sitka." Atul then stood straight and picked a small piece of thread off of the mail on his shoulder, causing it to lightly pull from its source on the clothier parts of his Elemental armor. He snapped it gingerly and smoothed the surface of the cloth.
"What news do you have?"
He put his hands on the table once again and leaned over the map casting his shadow over the land, causing the model Humans to seek for shelter.
Sitka then leaned onto the table over the map himself and said just below a whisper, "I found her."
Atul smiled, "Where?"
"She is currently training at a camp in the Lawolf Mountains. She has been classified as a Psykeeper and possibly a Ringmaster. The only problem is, Baim found her before I cou-".
Atul suddenly raised his voice, interrupting Sitka in the process.
"DON'T…say that name to me."
The room became quiet, with only the soft whirling of the model winds and Taelin's footsteps coming up the stairs to be heard. Taelin then walked into the room holding his staff. "Is everything alright Master Atul?"
Atul regained his composure and eerily stared into Sitka's eyes. "I want you to find a way to capture her without having to deal with-" he paused and clenched the table "-Baim."
Sitka bowed and walked out of the room quickly. Taelin stood next to Atul with his hands clasped together behind himself casually. "When do you think he will regain his memories?" Atul turned around and leaned against the Divinospehere with his head facing down. "All I know is that when he does, he will try everything in his power to protect her and I cannot have that. If you find him acting odd from this moment on I want you to wipe his memory again. Now that she has been found it will certainly hinder us if he is to remember anything." Taelin nodded in agreement.
In the hallway stood Sitka with furrowed brows. As he softly padded down each stone step he thought about what he had just heard. Sitka walked through the entrance as fast as he could, feeling utterly betrayed.