The four journeyed onwards, following a riverside of crystal clear water. They were walking upstream, and it eventually led then to a cold and snow-covered land. The many evergreen trees let dow thier snow laden arms in weariness, and shuddered mildly in the icy wind. The stream soon turned to a slick line of ice as they moved further into the more mountanous areas of the continent. The sun seemed to be far away, though she shone on them brightly every day. Only Ellestria was kept from the frigid cold, for between the rush of her dragon blood and the boiling fire in her belly, she had no fear of such aspects of nature. The rest, however, struggled on through the heavy drifts of glistening snow, as they cut a desparate path towards thier goal. Jason continually had to remind Drevon that the fate of the land rested on thier shoulders, and Drevon, in turn, trudged desperatly on. Finally, after yet another difficult day of climbing, They stopped in a little overhang, which was suprisingly dry. They made camp as they could underneath it, and lit a weak fire. Thier boots and clothes were soaked through, and John, Drevon and Jason shivered in the chill wind and cold night. Ellestria did what she could for the group by helping to keep the fire alive, and also letting them sit next to her warm body. Finally, with a sigh, Drevon turned to the Ellestria and John.
“Why are you two with us? This wasn’t ever your quest. Ellestria, you have a home out there, and John, you have…Other things to do?” he said in a desparate voice. Ellestria stood up and looked into his eyes.
“Drevon, I am happy to be here with you all. This is the most exiting and noble thing I’ve ever done before. I know my home is out there, but being here with you has given me a sense of purpose. I want to see this trip to the end,” she said, smiling brightly at him.
John too stood up and grinned that same, toothy grin he always did. “I’m acually enjoying this whole thing for one, but i’m also in it for the starwater that the angel promised me,” He said.
“Would you please stop calling me that?” Jason asked.
“I do not understand. Why would you want to stay with a man like me? I am nothing. I am a beggar, a vagabond, waiting in the mud on the side of a wet road. This sword is the only significance I have,” He said.
“That is not true my friend,” Jason said, walking over as he brushed snow out of his hair.”I know that I found you as such, and that I only cchose you because you were tied to the sword, but I have seen that you can lead, and you can fight, and you are a good man. You chose to come on this venture, so you obviously have some care for your fellow man. You saved Ellestria here, so you are no predjudiced. You rescued John from the strangling vines, so you do not care who the person is if you can help,” He said.
“Hey, what are you saying? Watch it!” John muttered in annoyance. Ellestria couldn’t help but giggle a bit at this.
“Drevon sighed and looked at the fancy hilt of his sword. “You really think I have what it takes to see us through?” He asked, looking at Jason.
“With all surety my friend, I have faith in you,” Jason said with a grin.
“I do as well,” Ellestriia added.
“I just want my stuff,” John grunted. Ellestria and Jason gave him an annoyed look.
“Alright, thanks guys. That means a lot to me. I’ll do my best,” Drevon said.
At that, the four dug in as best they could, and waited out the cold night. The next morning, they went on, and finished the final steps of the mountain pass. They were now descending down into the swampy lands beyond the mountains, and, as they neared the end of the passage downward, they could distictly make out the towering spires of a large castle on the edge of miles of swampland.
“Drevon, the portal, It’s being held there. And by the looks of the smoke that rises from the castle, I’d say there are already foes there,”Jason said, pointing to the thin wisp of black that rose from one of the tower chimneys.
Drevon took a deep breath and gripped his sword hilt. “Well, here we are my companions. The last leg of our journey is before us.”
They then began to walk down towards the castle, and closer to thier objective.