Mitch woke up to find that nothing suspicious had happened in the night and dove into the pool of water. The rush of cold water woke him up a bit. The Zora found a bowl of steaming porridge and some bread with a note. As he ate the porridge, he read the note.
I’m afraid there have been some problems with your training. You’ll meet your new teacher outside.
Mitch finished the porridge and bread as he pondered on the note. Finally, he decided to just go find out what's up. Shortly after he stepped outside, he noticed a blonde haired girl who looked as if she was waiting on someone.
“Ah so you must be Mitch,” the girl said as she walked up to him. She wore grey robes and had a silvery white bracelet.
“Er, yes that’s me.”
Well, allow me to introduce myself as Aurora. I will be your new teacher.”
“What happened to Sileya?” Mitch inquired.
“She received a message informing her of some family issues. She felt she needed to be with them and, sadly, the Dome allowed her to leave. I’m afraid I don’t know anything more specific or if she’ll even come back. However, for now she granted me the pleasure of taking in her students that wished to continue there training,” Aurora answered with a hint of sarcasm at the end. “So now, you must decide if you wish to start your training.”
“I-I really don’t know right now. Can I have a moment to think it through?”
“Of course,” was Aurora’s response as she sat down.
Mitch sat down too and began to ponder the decision he had to make. Wasn’t training what he really wanted? Had he reached his goal and actually wasn’t prepared to accept it? Maybe it wasn’t the way he expected it but still… On the other hand, could this really be real, without some catch to it? Mitch really found it hard to believe he wasn’t imagining it. Also, changing teachers increased his slightly paranoid suspicion. Finally, he decided to press for more information.
“What kind of training is it?” the young Zora asked
“Well, you will be given many assignments varying in many unusual ways. You will be able to improve your skills and learn how to handle various and unique challenges.” Aurora waited a moment before adding, “If it helps any, let me inform you that you have been given an opportunity that many would die for and some have. Would you really throw it away so quickly?”
After a few more moments, Mitch was done pondering his decision.
“Very well then, your first assignment will be to find a wooden gate, pull the lever nearby and then enter the room. In there you will find what needs to be done,” Aurora explained.
“Okay I understand,” Mitch replied.
“Good luck then.”
Mitch walked down a path searching for the gate. He saw many doors but no gate yet. He continued down the dirt path staring at the scenery and marveling at the Dome’s unrealistic ability. He finally saw a girl and decided to ask for directions.
“Um…excuse me. I’m new here and could you tell me where a wooden gate is, please?” the young Zora politely asked.
“On an assignment are we?” the girl asked. “Aurora’s first if I remember correctly.”
“Er, yes. So, can you tell me where the gate is?”
“I’m afraid not. Finding the door itself is part of the assignment and no one is allowed to cheat. Of course, you would expect that, wouldn’t you? Alas, I can give you one piece of advice. The Dome won’t allow you to wander for too long so don’t give up hope and trust your instincts. Good luck.”
“Um…thanks,” the Zora warrior called as the girl walked away and vanished. (OoC: Just so you know, the girl isn’t anyone in particular)
The inexperienced swordsman continued his wandering, trusting his instincts. Finally, just as he was getting tired, Mitch found the gate.
Great, the new pupil thought, now all I have to do is pull the lever.
Glancing around Mitch noticed a miniature canyon and, of all his bad luck, the lever just happened to be across it. The Zora tossed a rock into the canyon and never heard the rock hit anything. He gulped and searched for a way to cross the gap. Luckily, someone had chanced to leave a ladder leaning against the wall on the other side. By chance, nothing attached it to the wall except some pegs at the bottom. Mitch began firing his arm fins at it until it fell off the pegs, making a perfect bridge.
Well, maybe not so perfect. As the kid stepped onto the wooden rungs, he realized the gaps in between them were just big enough for him to slip through. A few steps out it seemed as if the breeze was actually tempting him to take a wrong step and plunge to a certain death. Finally, he reached solid ground and pulled the lever. There was a satisfying tick-tick-tick as the gate was raised.
This time Mitch was faster and more sure-footed as he crossed the gap. At the end, his foot slipped and the Zora found himself falling and hanging from the ladder. Panic welled up in poor young Mitch as he desperately tried to pull himself up. Luckily, he was able to get a decent grip on one of the rungs, pulled himself onto it, and crawled to solid ground.
After resting a second, Mitch entered through the gate to confront what was beyond it. When he reached the room the gate shut behind him and fused with a snow covered cliff.
The first thing Mitch noticed was the cold. The amphibious creature wasn’t built for cold areas and this room was below freezing. The Zora shivered as he stood taking in his surroundings. Whatever it was he had to do the warrior-in-training would have to be quick about it, for he couldn’t survive this cold for long. It was snowing. Constantly. It appeared as if the snow and winds never ceased. The ground was covered with a thick layer of loose snow and an even thicker layer of tightly packed snow and ice. The snow had piled up and formed a large sea of snow dunes. There were no plants or animals or signs of living things.
Wow, this place is so barren. What could there be to do here? Mitch wondered.
Occasionally the young pupil thought he saw figures moving but it could have easily been distant dunes coming in and out of his vision. That idea vanished when Mitch was suddenly attacked!
OoC: Wow, it hasn't been 24 hours and already I've edited this four times. Also I realized two out of three times whem I've mentioned doors they mysteriously vanish. I tend to have a minor obession with doing that.