Ravina was flying north not far from the border of the ape forest. On her left she could see the northern mountains starting to rise towards the heaven while a rock strewn landscape lay beneath her. Off in the distance to her right she saw the start of the great forests the apes resided in.
Though the day was beautiful, she felt no peace inside her as a dark shadow lay across her mind. She still thought of the nightmare that she and Larshyr had shared and it weighed heavily on her as she feared what it might imply. It was only a hunch based on two cases, but she feared the nightmare might be linked to the dark element she and Larshyr shared, the oppressive dark feeling she had had waking up from the nightmare supported that. She knew one who could probably confirm that and maybe tell her more, Demetrius.
She snarled even thinking of him. once she had called him brother and as much as she denied it she still thought of him in that way at some level. But she did not like him in the least and had kept a track of him over the years as much as possible
it was not always easy as he moved around a lot, but she had a good idea where he was now. Still though she hated having to ask him for help, but this was to important for her to ignore.
She also wondered if she should alert Spyro to it. She would have to a t some point, but right now she felt she needed confirmation more than
A thunderclap tore Ravina out of her thoughts and she looked to her right just in time to see localized area of dark clouds dispersing of in the distance. As she watched it she shuddered, a strange dark creeping feeling coming over her. It reminded her of the feeling she had had right after the nightmare.
Nonetheless it was to strange for her to leave it alone and she changed direction. It took some time for her to reach the area the cloud had been over and all the time she was on guard. Suddenly she saw a white light glowing out of the corner of her eyes, but turning her head she saw nothing.
This only made her more careful as she flew over the area where she had seen the clouds. Flying over a pair of particularly large rocks she immediately saw an area of blackened ground in the middle of which lay two dead dragons, one yellow and one blue.
Still on guard Ravina landed on the ground walking slowly forward towards the dragons. It was quickly clear that they were dead as they were covered in slashing wounds, blood still flowing from several of them. What had caused the wounds was readily apparent as one of the dragons lay on top of a dead ape with an axe not laying far from it.
Walking forward Ravina examined the corpses closer. She found two wounds near where the wing joined the body for the yellow dragon, while the blue ones right wing was badly burned. It was likely what had taken them out of the sky.
Looking around Ravina then indeed found the footprints of more apes as well as few belonging to a dragon, all of which lead away from the place. Even the dragon footprints continued indicating it had not taken to the air which served to explain why Ravina had seen no sign of it leaving
But it was still
strange. Though not exactly friendly apes were rarely outright assaulted simply to kill, even less so outside their own borders
and though they had dragon allies now she had not seen them for many years.
Ravina did not like it one bit. First the nightmare and now this unusual attack from the apes
something was happening, she felt it in the very depth of her mind and she feared the ideas which were surfacing within her.
Making a quick decision she leapt into the air. Demetrius would have to wait, right now she would warn her son that something was happening and at the same time she could find out if Cynder had also had the nightmare
maybe that could shine some light on what was going on.
She flew north west reaching the foothills in the eastern part northern mountains even as night began to fall. She was constantly on her guard for other dragons as she flew and she did see a few of in the distance, but they were too far away that they could recognize her. Not that she really feared being recognized as she doubted many remembered her exact looks any longer, so from long distance she might be any red dragon.
Finding a small cave near stream she spent the night there before heading on early in the morning. Flying north she kept just east of the mountains until the evening when she saw a large waterfall falling from a plateau.
Landing at the bottom of the waterfall she walked forward towards the right side of the waterfall where a small niche could be found leading into a cave behind the waterfall. It was one of her old hiding places from her many years running or hiding, but now it served a very different purpose as well.
Ravina stopped as she approached the niche. A single small purple crystal stuck out of the cliff wall, a sign she was surprised to see, but one she also knew very well and it only made her glad to see it now as it would make things easier.
Heading inside she found no one, but she knew they couldn't be far away. Lying down near the waterfall she waited patiently.
Her patience was soon rewarded as Spyro and Cynder landed, both of them carrying a single mountain goat.
"Well met," she said as they watched her obviously with a bit of surprise. "I see I am not the only one who was looking to meet their family," she continued referring to the crystal in the wall. The cave served as meeting spot for her, Spyro and Cynder and Ghronur who each would leave a mark at the cave entrance if they needed to get in contact with the others. It was the simplest ways for them to find each other when needed when Ravina, Spyro and Cynder moved about as much as they did over the last many years.
that was fast," said Spyro as he said down the goat walking towards her. He smiled as he did. "It is good to see you again."
"Likewise my child, you are looking well," said Ravina with a smile as she rose to her feet. "And you as well, Cynder."
"Likewise, Ravina," said Cynder returning the smile, but then watching Ravina more seriously continued, "But you were also looking for us?"
"And Ghronur, though it is impossible to know when he will check around here next," said Ravina as she watched Cynder thoughtfully, "but I see Rea is no longer with you, I take it you sent her of in good health."
"She is probably in Warfang, seeing all the things we could only tell her about as she grew up," said Spyro with a smile though he was still aware that his mother seemed thoughtful, something else was clearly on her mind and asking about Rea had just been a formality.
"Good to know and maybe it is for the best right now," said Ravina with a small smile before she looked at Cynder again. "But tell me now, Cynder have you had any strange dreams lately?"
Spyro and Cynder´s expression both darkened which surprised Ravina. "You both had that nightmare as well!?" she asked even as her expression also darkened, "that makes it four of us, including Larshyr."
"Larshyr had this nightmare as well!? He saw the cave!?" exclaimed Spyro and Cynder also seemed surprised.
"It would seem so, though he has never been there he saw the same cave as we did," said Ravina grimly.
Spyro and Cynder both nodded with a grim expression. "We were going to head over the ocean to check on the cave," said Cynder.
"Wise, I have a very bad feeling about all this," said Ravina, before looking at Spyro and Cynder again. "But if you were heading over the sea, why did you come here first? Is there something else?"
"There is," said Spyro. "Someone
or something attacked first a group of apes and then us as we investigated. We have no idea who or what it was, but there as both ice and lightning involved," told Spyro. "Whatever it was though, it was strong
Ravina listened her expression only growing darker. "Something similar happened to me, though I was not attacked I found a pair of dead dragons who seemed to have been killed by a combination of lightning and apes just yesterday," told Ravina. "Unusually brutal and I saw no sign of the attackers despite arriving quickly."
"What could that mean?" asked Spyro grimly looking at Ravina.
"Between shared nightmares containing that cave and strange attacks I think that either one or both of the entities trapped beyond that cave," said Ravina as she looked at Spyro, "trapped in the heart of your power, has managed to break free. It would fit the time of the blue comet, the common link in our nightmares. I fear either the Observer or Malefor once again walks this world."
There was a short silence where Spyro and Cynder both wore grim, yet thoughtful expressions. They had both had similar thoughts due to the sight of the cave in their nightmare.
Spyro´s claws dug into the earth in combination of fear and anger. Malefor
the dark master
his past encounters with him stood clear in Spyro´s mind. He was Spyro´s opposite, a terrible image of what Spyro could have become and it filled Spyro with dread to think that he might be back.
"I had a feeling that was the case, though I doubt it is Malefor," said Cynder with a slightly optimistic smile, though her voice revealed the fear and anger she also felt.
"How so?" asked Ravina.
"Do you think Malefor would be free and not immediately make his presence known?" said Cynder. "We all know him, he is not the type to lay low. If he was free we would know it as his evil presence flooded across the land."
Spyro nodded in agreement, Malefor did not strike him as the type to remain silent and unnoticed for long.
Ravina also smiled. "An accurate assessment and the Observer certainly has reasons to attack you, though his means of doing so is unknown," said Ravina thoughtfully. "I will certainly keep an eye out for more strange attacks upon apes and dragons alike. If he is back and organizing the killings we saw it might be too anger the apes against the dragon, probably in revenge for what you did
," finished Ravina though her voice trailed off at the end as if she was not quite sure herself
"But?" asked Spyro noticing that Ravina did not seem entirely sure.
I can't claim to know every part of his mind, but I know the Observer better than most.
To me it seems strange he would attack you even for revenge, his overall goal just seemed more important to him than petty feelings such as that
," said Ravina slowly a bit sorrowful as she thought of how she had been forced to betray the Observer despite all he had done for her. "But I can't know for sure
"We can't leave out the possibility of a new threat entirely," added Cynder. "As the Observer and our own travels in the eastern continent has so clearly showed us this world still holds many secrets and I doubt they are all good." Despite what she said she did not sound certain at all and each of them knew it all came down to the cave in the nightmare, the cave they knew so well.
"I doubt we will find any answers here," said Spyro. "We will leave to investigate the cave the moment we have warned Ghronur of this development.
"I will do that, this is important and I don't think we should waste any time," said Ravina firmly. "After that I will seek out some of the old lairs Malefor used
try to find something, anything."
Spyro and Cynder both nodded. But they didn't leave immediately instead sharing the goats they had killed with Ravina first.
As they ate Ravina watched Spyro quietly. Though she had always seen it, the years that had passed had made the likeness all the more clear
"he truly looks like his father," thought Ravina with a smile, but it quickly disappeared again as memories of Electoru and their life running from her past
a fleeting happiness which had only lasted until her past caught up to her
A powerful determination rose up inside Ravina. She would not let her past take away more from her. If the Observer or Malefor was truly out there she would not allow either of them to hurt Spyro in any way!
"Is something wrong, mother?" asked Spyro suddenly gently and Ravina realized he had noticed her expression.
"It is nothing, my child," she said calmly. "I just remembered some things in my past, good and bad, but in the end nothing but memories."
Spyro nodded and they finished the meal in silence.
As Spyro and Cynder then rose to their feet ready to leave.
"It was good to see you again, mother," said Spyro with a smile. "Watch out for Rea and our other children while we are gone."
"As always, but take care, both of you," said Ravina with a slight smile.
"We will," said Cynder with a nod before turning towards Spyro. "Let's go."
"After you," answered Spyro and Cynder smiled as she leapt into the air with Spyro right behind.