Chapter 1 - Destiny Calls
The best place to see a sunrise on Caldor Isle is in front of
the entrance of The White Dragon Cave. If you stand back enough,
as the sun rises from behind the icy cave, you can see the ice
absorb the brilliant colors of the sun's ascension, rather than
merely reflect it. It makes the cave seem to glow with the light
of Althena herself.
It was here that two boys from Burg now stood, mesmerized
by the magnificent scene before them. Then they focused on the
business at hand, the business that had brought them there in
the first place: to meet the legendary White Dragon of Althena.
One of the boys brushed the dark hair from his face and marched
towards the entrance, excitement shining in his intense, green
eyes. He had dreamt of adventures as long as he could remember,
and prayed for the days to come when he would have adventures
of his own. And now, those days were about to begin.
"Hey, Dyne!" his companion called after him. "Wait up!"
Dyne sighed, and stopped so his friend could catch up. Noah,
a redheaded boy not much younger than Dyne, was a good friend,
and also eager for adventure, but it didn't burn within him
like it did in Dyne.
Together, they entered the dragon cave. They wrapped themselves
tighter in their cloaks to help shelter themselves from the
cold. There was a dim, unearthly glow within the cave, so they
were able to see where they were going. Cautiously, with swords
at the ready, they began looking around.
Suddenly, they heard a strange hissing noise. "What's that?"
"I dunno. But it doesn't sound like something I want to get
Dyne and Noah looked around, trying to find out what was causing
the hissing noise. They didn't have to wait long. A group of
slime creatures started oozing towards them, hissing malevolently.
Dyne and Noah readied their weapons as the monsters approached.
Suddenly, Dyne charged right at the slime creatures, cutting
one almost in half with a single stroke of his short sword,
and it shriveled to the floor. He slashed repeatedly at a second,
which soon dissolved into nothingness. Noah charged at another
with his dagger, and a few well-placed blows soon stopped it
dead in its tracks-and a few more stopped it dead. But a fourth
slime creature morphed into a hideous fanged mouth, and bit
into Noah's shoulder. Dyne, seeing his friend in trouble, slashed
wildly at the monster, until it melted in a hideous mess onto
the floor of the cave.
Dyne took a healing herb from his knapsack and handed it to
Noah. "Are you okay? he asked.
"Yeah," sighed Noah, as he ate the herb. "I should have seen
that other one coming though."
Dyne shrugged. "Don't worry about it. We're still new at this.
C'mon, let's go."
Silently, Noah followed Dyne down the Cave's corridors. But
he was a lot more cautious than he was before. He didn't want
Dyne to think he couldn't take care of himself.
# # #
For a long time they wandered through the cave trying to find
The White Dragon's chamber, fighting off the many monsters that
attacked them. But the two adventurers were soon getting tired
from all the fighting and aimless wandering. Noah was almost
ready to give up, but Dyne was stubborn. I've come this far
already, Dyne thought, and there's no way I'm turning
back until I meet The White Dragon. I know he's in here, and
I AM going to find him!
At last, they entered a large cavern within the cave. On the
opposite side of the chamber, they saw an entrance to another
corridor, blocked by a sheet of ice. There was no way of breaking
"Great," muttered Dyne. "A dead end."
"Wait a minute," said Noah. "What's that?"
For a moment, they heard a brief rumbling sound from the right
side of the cavern. Looking closely, they noticed a small entryway,
leading into a dark tunnel.
"That's it!" said Dyne. "That's the White Dragon's lair! We've
They raced across the cavern and into the tunnel, gazing in
wonder at the sight before them.
The tunnel, although it was even colder than the caverns of
The Cave, seemed to be made of crystal rather than ice. Spheres
of magic light imbedded within the walls made the tunnel glow
with a heavenly light. It was even more beautiful than the sunrise
they had seen earlier.
Slowly, awestruck, Dyne and Noah walked through the tunnel...and
suddenly stopped dead in their tracks.
In the massive icy chamber at the end of the tunnel was The
White Dragon of Althena, fast asleep.
"By Althena..." whispered Noah.
Dyne also marveled at the sight. The White Dragon was a huge,
furred creature with feathered wings and a long, furry mane
running down its neck and back. Its snow-white skin was wrinkled
and gnarled from age. Despite the fact that it was sleeping
peacefully, it still seemed to radiate power.
Then Dyne approached the dragon. Its nose twitched, and his
eyes opened suddenly.
"Who dares to disturb my slumber?" growled the dragon, as
it rose to its full height. Ice crumbled beneath the dragon's
feet, and was struck from the walls as the dragon's wings spread
out. The dragon gave a mighty roar that seemed to shake the
Then, except for the dragon's heavy breathing, all was silent.
Dyne and Noah could barely control their excitement. We're
actually here, they both thought. We're actually face-to-face
with the White Dragon of Althena!
The dragon looked down at them curiously. Apparently, he wasn't
expecting the intruders to be a pair of pre-teen boys.
"Welcome, my friends," he said. "I am Quark, the tetrarch
of the Dragon Tribe. What brought you on this dangerous journey
to my lair?"
Dyne boldly looked up at Quark. "I am Dyne, and this is my
friend Noah. We came from the village of Burg to see you."
Quark looked surprised. "You came all this way, and risked
your lives, just to meet with me?"
"It's our first adventure," said Noah.
Quark, said nothing, but looked right into Dyne's eyes. He
saw no fear, but ambition, boldness, and maybe even the slightest
hint of a challenge. However, he also saw a noble, adventurous
spirit...and then finally noticed that Dyne's eyes were green.
Those who had previously been given the title of Dragonmaster
all had green eyes. Could this impetuous boy really be destined
to become the next Dragonmaster? wondered Quark.
Then he looked at the two of them. "So you are here on an
adventure. Then an adventure you shall have."
Dyne's eyes gleamed. "What do you mean?"
"I challenge you to pass the Dragon Trial. Within this cave
is The White Dragon Ring. Find it, and bring it to me."
Dyne's excitement slowly faded. "That's IT? That's your Trial?
Find a lousy ring? Come on, give us a REAL challenge!"
Quark looked at Dyne, wondering whether he'd be so impetuous
if he was to set Dyne on fire. He almost smiled, picturing it,
but quickly shook the thought out of his head. Tempting,
but no. He's just a boy. Besides, Althena wouldn't think it
was very funny. Then, with an amused tone, he said "It is
a challenge. To obtain the Ring, you must use all of your resources
Then Quark's eyes started to glow. "I shall open the way for
you, and give you the energy to continue your quest."
Suddenly, Dyne and Noah felt completely refreshed, and all
their wounds disappeared.
"Thanks!" said Dyne. "See you in a few!" And with that, Dyne
and Noah left Quark's lair.
Quark silently watched them leave, still thinking about Dyne
and his green eyes.
# # #
As Dyne and Noah emerged from the tunnel into the cavern,
they saw the ice barrier was gone. The corridor was clear. They
began their search for the Ring, fighting it out it out with
even more monsters on the way. But they seemed to be getting
After a while, they came to a pillar of ice blocking the entrance
of a tunnel. Despite their best efforts, there was no way of
"This tunnel probably leads to the Ring," said Dyne.
"So how are we supposed to get through?"
"Well, obviously that's the challenge Quark was talking about."
"Yeah, I guess so. I can't believed you actually talked to
him like that!"
"Geez, he's The White Dragon of Althena, not some guy on the
street! You gotta show him the proper respect!"
"So what was I supposed to do, get on my knees and chant 'we're
not worthy, we're not worthy?' Besides, I think he got a kick
out of it!"
Before Noah could respond, an angry growl echoed through the
cavern. Turning around, they saw a very angry albino baboon
about to charge at them.
"I've got an idea!" said Dyne, and he moved right between
the ice pillar and the baboon's charge. Just as the baboon was
about to smash into him, he dived out of the way. The baboon,
unable to stop its charge, slammed right into the ice pillar,
shattering it into millions of pieces.
"Ooooh," said Dyne, looking at the dazed baboon. "That HAD
But the creature, in pain from the impact, was now in a berserker
rage, and charged at Dyne. Dyne and Noah both struck out at
it, the blades skimming against each other as they sliced through
the baboon's neck, decapitating it.
The two boys paled slightly at the grim sight, then went through
the tunnel's entrance.
They continued through two more chambers, using the same tactics
to break ice pillars that were blocking the entrances of where
they needed to go. Eventually, they reached a smaller cavern,
with a treasure chest in the middle. The two young adventurers
rushed towards it, opened it, and grinned as they saw The White
Dragon Ring within. Dyne, despite his eagerness, gently picked
it up, and stared at it. It started to glow strangely in his
hand, its light reflected in his green eyes.
"Let me see!" said Noah. Dyne handed him the Ring. But as
Noah held it, the light dimmed, although a little still remained.
Surprised, Noah returned the Ring to Dyne, and the full glow
"What does this mean?" wondered Dyne.
Noah stared at the Ring curiously. For some reason, he felt
more proud of Dyne than jealous of him. "Maybe Quark knows.
So let's ask him!" Dyne agreed, and they went back to show Quark
# # #
"So, you return with the Ring," Quark said, obviously pleased,
as the boys returned. "Well done."
"Thanks!" said Dyne. "But why did it glow when I picked it
Quark looked right into Dyne's eyes once more. "A great destiny
is in store for you, Dyne. The adventures you have dreamed of
for so long shall become reality. Your name will become a legend
in generations to come. Travel the world, learn and observe.
On the day that destiny calls for you, you must answer."
Dyne, for once was speechless, as Quark's words ran through
"So why, when I held the Ring, did only some of the light
fade?" Noah asked.
"You, Noah, also have a time and place in destiny. But not
for years to come. I will say no more for now. However, know
that you too shall have your part to play in the destiny of
Dyne placed the Ring on the base of Quark's pedestal. "Keep
it," Quark said. "Wear it as a symbol of your heroism and courage.
When the time comes, return here and fulfill your destiny."
Dyne nodded, and slowly put it on. He felt like it was bonding
to his hand. The ring flashed, and glowed no more.
"Very well," Quark said. "And now, I think you must return
home, and prepare. Destiny awaits."
The boys thanked him, and left the chamber. Quark watched
them leave silently, keeping his thoughts to himself. He seemed
to share Dyne's eagerness. It looked like exciting times were
ahead. Well, it's about time!
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