A Land of Strange
Jordan had no idea on how he ended up in this strange land. One minute, he fell off a ship, and the next he's here. Also, how did that storm sweep him to this wooded area? Shouldn't it wash him up on a beach? He looked down from where he sat on the branch of a tree, and saw that the forest looked unusually tidy. The warrior couldn't find any weeds, roots, or fallen leaves.
Wait, trees don't normally grow in straight lines. Jordan thought, as he looked at the trees, noticing that they were all bunched together so tightly, he could image that no one could get through them.
He then looked up and noticed the absence of birds and bird songs, which was frequent in his village when the weather got warmer. Wanting to further investigate, Jordan carefully climbed down from his branch and walked over to the trees. He examined them to find no holes between the trunks, and then tried to get through them to no avail.
Hm. Well this sucks.
He then looked at the path, which looked like its been neatly made for anyone to follow with its trimmed and brightly colored grass, so with nowhere else to go, he walked until he found the edge of the forest. As he found his way out of the "forest", Jordan then finds himself looking over a full green forest. He then walked a few steps, and realized that he was on the edge of a huge cliff. The warrior stood there for awhile, taking in the scenery, and pondered his voyage across the sea. The wooden ship seemed sturdy at the docks, and the crew had many years at sea.
When he boarded the ship, Jordan felt unsettled. The crew and the people on the ship were nice, but the warrior couldn't figure out why he felt out of place. He was on the ship for four months, before a storm suddenly set upon it, and began to tear it to pieces. All the people were flung to fates unknown, and as for Jordan, he remembered being hit into the water by a piece of the ship, and then waking up in that tree.
Lets see, Jordan thought, still looking over the cliff, the greatest adventures so far: four months at sea with a bunch of weird people, and surviving a storm, yet with no monsters slain. Sure, maybe finding out how I got here would make a great adventure, but where do I start?
The warrior sighed. I wish I could fight a monster right now.
As if his wish was granted, a winged and horned beast, suddenly appeared before him. The beast's small, yellow oval eyes stared at the warrior hungrily, its mouth partially open to show the rows of sharp teeth, and part of its strange, blue tongue. It could have dwarfed any castle in the land, not counting it's already massive, sail like, red wings. The warrior guessed that this beast was a dragon, but he didn't understand why it was here, since the forest lacked any wildlife, but it also could have been coincidental. When the dragon reared up, the warrior readied himself, but then the beast gently lowered its head to allow two people to climb off.
One was a small, red, rabbit like creature, whose height just reached Jordan's knees, and had a face of a cute baby bear. It looked more like someone's housepet, though it walked on two legs, and was carrying a stick. As the creature came closer, Jordan noticed it's large ears, that sort of looked like wings, and one them had a cresent cut on the edge.
"Hiyas!" it said to Jordan.
Wait, wait, what? Jordan thought, bewildered. How did this thing tame that dragon… I can't imagine this thing controling that beast.
It then turned around. "The path is clear Priestess."
A woman in an elegant white cloak then climbed up the dragon's back, her face hidden under a hood. In her hands was a fancy black box, with gold lining the edges, and a black dragon head as the latch.
"Pardon us friend," said the Priestess, "we were just passing through."
She then gave the dragon a meaningful look, and the warrior thought he heard a soft growl from the dragon, confusing him even more. The two went on their way, leaving Jordan to ponder on what he just saw, and forgetting that the hungry dragon was still there. When he finally remembered the dragon, however, it was already leaving with its eyes on the warrior.
Well, this day is just getting stranger. Jordan thought. I mean, how did that woman and big eared thing ride a dragon? What is that dragon doing there in the first place, and why did it leave?
Wanting some answers, he began to follow the hooded woman and the red creature through the forest.
I would've liked to to try my skills against that beast, some story to back home.
Oh yes, his skills would've been the last thing the dragon saw before it roasted our hero to cinders, and his sword could slash scars as deep as a paper cut on the beast's hide. He should've been lucky that the beast spared his life, for you see, what the warrior didn't know, was that the dragon wanted to eat him to save itself the trouble, but someone made it promise to wait to give the warrior a fighting chance.
Although seeing that Jordan can quickly get distracted when a dragon is near, I think the dragon should've just swallowed him whole. While Jordan was preoccupied with his own thoughts, the priestess and the red creature were still walking through the forest, and didn't realize that they were walking over some hulking, gray fur. However, the hooded priestess soon realized the sudden change in terrain, and looked down.
"Oh my," said the Priestess, her voice snapping Jordan out of his thoughts. "Who would put this carpet in the middle of the forest?"
"Oh noses, that is not a carpet Priestess…" cried the red creature. "Its a Goriliphant!"
The muscled beast stood like a gorilla, with tusks and pointed ears. It reared on its hind legs and let out a roar as it attacked.
"I will protect you Priestess!" cried the red creature, readying it's puny stick, but it was swatted aside and landed at Jordan's feet, dazed.
Jordan thought it would be funny to kick the creature, but because he was feeling nice today, he decided to let the red creature help him save the Priestess.
"Hey, wake up." he said to it, drawing his sword at the same time. "I'm helping you save your friend."
The small thing nodded, and the two run up to confront the beast, getting the gorillaphant's attention away from the Priestess. The beast lunges at the two with one of its massive fists, but Jordan and the red creature dodged the attack, with the warrior scoring a blow to its flank as it passed. The Gorillaphant's thick skin kept the wound from being fatal, but it still left a good wound.
I might have had some training with fighting those small goblins back at home, Jordan thought, but I never fought anything bigger than those. Why I didn't try to find a swordsman to better prepare myself to fight creatures bigger than a goblin, I will never know.
The gorillaphant was able to recover from the blow, and charged at Jordan, using it's tusks to knock the warrior off his feet, and the sword out of his hands. Before Jordan could recover, the gorillaphant's rock hard hands suddenly slammed on top of him, nearly knocking the wind out of him. The beast was about vent its fury on the defenseless warrior, when the red creature ran up and started whacking the back of the beast's leg with its stick, barely doing any damage to it, but was able to direct the beast's attention away from Jordan. When the beast releases him to chase the red creature, the warrior quickly picks up his blade, and runs up from behind the gorillaphant to stab it in the back to end the fight.
With the gorillaphant down, the two check on the priestess to find that she's okay. Jordan, however, wondered if this woman had any powers to defend herself from the gorillaphant, since she was somehow able to easily able to tame and ride a dragon.
"Thank you for saving me, brave warrior." said the Priestess. "May I know the name of my hero?"
"But Priestess…you said his name was Jordan," the red creature said to the woman, "and he is the one who is destined to…"
The Priestess giggled. "Twilly…" she said to the red creature.
Jordan blinked. "What are you saying?" he asked the red creature.
Before Twilly could say anything, the Priestess turned to the warrior. "Alas, we are out of time, Good Warrior. I must ask an important of thee. Could you please let Captain Rolith know that we're taking the shortcut?" she asked. "He's just ahead in Oaklore Keep."
"Um, okay." Jordan said. He looked over the Priestess to see a huge stronghold built around a huge oak tree.
"I am certain we will cross paths again." The Priestess says as she begins to make her leave.
"Especially since he is going to take that Black Dragon Box and…" Twilly whispered.
The Priestess sighed, "Twilly…" and the priestess went on her way.
Jordan looked at Twilly when he didn't follow his companion.
"Aren't you going with her?" Jordan asked.
Twilly turned to face the warrior. "When I saw you fight the goriliphant, you confirmed me and the priestess's belief that you were the one to use Black Dragon Box."
"What's in this Black Dragon Box?" Jordan asked. "Speaking of which, how did you and your friend get access to a dragon, and why did it leave so suddenly?"
"For your first question," Twilly said, "you're going to have to wait. Second and third, the priestess has her ways."
Jordan thought this over. If I'm really destined to have whatever is in that Black Dragon Box, I'm sure it would make me powerful. All the possibilities. . .
Don't get ahead of yourself, warrior, you still haven't learned the proper way to hold a sword.
Jordan was then quietly laughing to himself, as he made a mental list of all the things he could do with whatever is inside that box.
"Um, Jordan." Twilly called uncomfortably, for he can hear the warrior's laugh. Jordan stopped when he heard the red creature call his name.
"We have to tell Captain Rolith about the shortcut."
With that, Jordan and Twilly make their way to Oaklore Keep.