Clarence closed his eyes knowing that a bright flash would occur at the time of their teleportation. The air around him blew abnormally and he could feel the atmosphere around him change. The air became warmer, and he could see that the area around him was much brighter even though his eyes were closed. The wind died out, and Clarence opened his eyes.
No matter how many times Clarence had been to this planet, it always put him into culture shock. There was a seemingly endless expanse of blue overhead. The area where Clarence and Kedar had warped to appeared to be some sort of wide-open space, covered in green hair.
Plants that greatly resembled street lamps rose from the ground. They had polls sticking out from their sides, and were covered in green paper. Some kind of winged creature flew overhead. Without a doubt, this planet was the strangest place Clarence had ever seen.
Kedar inhaled and exhaled the planets air. Kedar didnt seem to be in culture shock at all. In fact, Kedar seemed to be enjoying his new surroundings! The air was a little on the warmer side to Clarence
he hoped that it wouldnt get any hotter.
Taking a second look at his surroundings, Clarence realized that the scenery was almost the same in every direction. This was another thing he hated about Bewana: it was far too easy to get lost! Great
just great. Did we warp onto an uninhabited continent or something? Clarence asked, flatly.
Aha! Kedar remarked, catching Clarences attention. Over there! Is that not a dirt road I see? Kedar asked, pointing and smiling.
Youre right! Clarence replied, his mood lifting a little. Great eye, Kedar! Lets follow it and see where it leads us! he said, taking the lead and heading towards the path.
Kedar and Clarence began to follow the path in hopes of finding some means of civilization. The heat of the sun made Clarence feel like he was standing next to furnace. Of course, it seemed to have no effect on Kedar.
Finally, the tormenting sun began to descend to the horizon. The blinding ball of light was going away, and it was taking its heat and light with it. With the extra heat gone, Clarence began to feel a little better. They traveled for a little while longer, until the sun was entirely gone from the horizon. All right, I think we traveled enough for today. Lets make camp for tonight. Clarence stated. The two walked away from the road a little bit.
Clarence took his spear from his back and stuck it into the ground diagonally, with the butt end of the spear pointing in the direction that they had been traveling. This was to prevent confusion in the morning, when they set out again.
Clarence set up his tent and prepared for sleep. He glanced outside of his tent to see Kedar laying down on the ground. It always amazed Clarence that Kedar refused to sleep inside of tents, preferring instead to sleep on the bare ground, with his bag of clothes serving as the pillow. Chances were, Kedar was already asleep. Clarence laid down as well, but it always took him a while to fall asleep.
Very bright light woke Clarence from his sleep. Clarence opened the entrance to his tent and was almost blinded by the rising sun. It was past the time that Clarence usually woke up. Clarence exited his tent and stretched, before looking to his comrade, who was still fast asleep. Kedar. Kedar, wake up. Clarence said, walking over to the sleeping Lunarian. Kedar! He called again. Kedar made no response, so Clarence lightly kicked Kedar. WAKE UP! he snapped.
Kedar lost his smile momentarily as he opened his eyes. Upon seeing Clarences irritated expressions, Kedar smiled again. Hi. he remarked, before getting up.
Clarence crossed his arms. I dont see how you can sleep so well with all this light! he said. Kedar laughed. Best way to kick off a new day! he remarked. Clarence tried to make no visual response to Kedars pun.
After packing up their things, Clarence pulled his spear out of the ground. Lets go. He remarked, turning to Kedar, who was intriguingly looking behind Clarence. The blue moon Lunarian often tricked Clarence into looking when nothing was there, but this seemed different. Kedar wasnt smiling; something had definitely caught his attention.
Clarence turned back, and was a bit shocked to see a unit of black-armored soldiers off in the distance. An army of Humans. Clarence remarked. Yes, but one of them does not seem to be part of the army. Kedar replied.
Clarence gave Kedar a questioning look. How can you say that? Theyre too far away! he said.
Kedar turned to his yellow-haired comrade and laughed. I have better eyesight than you do!
As the marching army neared them, Clarence realized that his military partner was right: the soldiers did seem to have a prisoner in their midst. When the unit of soldiers were about twenty feet away, the prisoner seemed to have done something, and a couple of soldiers spoke.
Humans spoke a different language than Lunarians, but Clarence and Kedar had learned the language. Clarence spoke it fluently, but Kedar still had a thick accent, and had problems with the language.
Hey! Dont give us problems, kid! one of the soldiers snapped in Human. Weve been ordered to take you alive, but that doesnt mean we cant harm you! the soldier said. My father will get you for this! a young voice remarked. Hell hunt all of you down and kill you!
As a chivalrous knight, Clarences first instinct was to aid the child. In fact, he had almost gone for his spear when he remembered that it would probably be better to remain neutral. They werent from this planet. They didnt have any clue of what was going on, so it would be best to not get involved in any fights.
Yeah. One of the soldiers said. We know how much the king cherishes his precious little son. Heck, everybody knows that. Even the prisoners in Evoids castle know that! And theyve been down there for years! the man said.
What are you going to do with me anyways? the young voice asked. Take you to the emperor, of course. His Majesty wants to have you as a hostage! He might even kill you so that your father can see! the soldier laughed. NO! Father! the young voice sounded desperate.
It seemed that Kedar had heard enough. He grabbed his strange-looking crossbow and pulled a metal bolt from his quiver. Kedar, no! We should remain neutral in this! Clarence said. Kedar gave Clarence a stubborn scowl, before aiming his bow at the group of soldiers. When he released the string, the bolt was sent flying straight into the back of the lead soldier, hitting exactly the spot Kedar wanted.
Clarence sighed; there was no backing out now. Clarence pulled his spear from his back and activated it. The 3-foot-long spear extended to its full length, and Clarence prepared for battle.
Hey! Whats the meaning of this? asked one of the humans, in their language. Kedar wasted no time firing again, this time killing his target. The unit of soldiers spotted the two, and a battle ensued.
Clarence ran forwards and met the enemy soldiers half-way. He attacked a soldier with his spear, striking him in the arm. Another soldier attempted to strike Clarence, but the Yellow Moon Lunarian swiftly dodged, causing the enemy to strike one of his comrades instead.
A mounted soldier riding by, striking Clarences shoulder with a hit-and-run blow. The attack bounced off of Clarences armor, and he was unharmed from that attack. Another soldier was about to strike Clarence from behind, but he suddenly yelped with pain. Clarence spun around to see a bolt lodged in the now-dead mans head. Clarence wasted no time in thrusting his spear into the other soldiers gut.
Clarence looked around for the mounted man, but found that Kedar had shot the man straight off his ride. At a glance, Kedar seemed fine, so Clarence ran over to the human who had been prisoner.
It was a young red-haired boy, no more than 12 in human years. The child had his eyes closed and was tensed with fear. The young boy was clearly no ordinary commoner
his clothes were far too flashy for that. The boy had a ornate headband going around his head, and a messed up cape falling from his back. Clarence untied the boys arms, and the boy opened his eyes. You
saved me? the boy asked, in Human. Yes. Clarence replied, also in Human. The shaken boy didnt say anything
stared at Clarence.
There was one thing about humans that disturbed Clarence. Their hair didnt glow. Lunarians hair glowed according to their health. The only time their hair didnt glow was when they were dead, or very close to it. It disturbed Clarence to see anybody with hair that didnt glow. Ironically, it seemed to have the opposite effect with humans: they were disturbed by glowing hair.
W-Who are you? the boy asked, warily. My name is Clarence. Clarence replied, speaking Human so that the child could understand. The boy looked away from Clarence, towards the sound of footsteps. And this is my military partner, Kedar. Clarence said, motioning and glancing at Kedar.
It was only then that Clarence noticed that something was wrong with his military partner. Kedars hair was not glowing at its full potential, and Kedars expressions showed that he was afflicted by pain. Are you all right? Clarence asked, this time in his native language.
Kedar turned and smiled, despite his pain. It will take more than an injury like this to bring me down! he laughed.
Clarence turned back to the human, who seemed puzzled as to what Kedar and Clarence were saying. So
Clarence? And hes
Kedar? the human child asked.
You got it! Kedar replied, in Human with his accent. And you are? he asked.
The boy seemed shocked. You
dont know who I am? the boy asked, shaking his head. Clarence and Kedar shook their heads. The boy gave the two a puzzled look. Youre obviously not from Triannos then, are you? he asked.
foreigners. Clarence replied in Human. Okay
in that case, Im Prince Ryan Adlei Triannos. The boy said. Prince eh? Kedar remarked, in Human. Yeah. Ryan replied.
W-Which reminds me! My father is probably worried about me! Mother is probably worried too! I have to get back home to the castle! Ryan said.
In human, Clarence responded,
If you know which way the castle is, well escort you. The boy spun around and pointed in the direction he and the soldiers had come from. Its this way! Ryan stated.
Clarence was surprised that Kedar didnt say anything about the sudden change of plans. Perhaps Kedar wanted to help Prince Ryan as well? Regardless, they were now escorting the young human back to his home.
Questions lined up in Clarences head as the group traveled. It was the same questions he always wanted to ask a human, but he held back from it because of the nature of the questions. The questions were about the planet itself: the blue expanse, the green hair that covered the ground, why humans hair didnt glow...if he asked, it would become obvious that he and Kedar were not of this planet.
As Clarence thought, the boy said something. What? Clarence asked twice, first in Lunarian, then again in Human. Um
where do you come from? the boy asked, curiously.
Clarence hesitated. He couldnt tell the truth, but he hated lying as well! Kedar laughed. Someplace far, far away! he said. Clarence nodded to show his approval.
Really? How far? Ryan asked, cocking his head to the side. Kedar laughed again then stated, Quite far! In fact, you can not get to it by walking!
Oh, like across the ocean? Ryan asked. Kedar chuckled. Maybe. He replied. The three continued to walk.
It was well into the afternoon before anything could be seen in the direction they were traveling. As they reached the top of a rather large hill, something could be seen at the horizon. Thats it! Thats Lomark City! The castle is just beyond that! If we hurry, we can get there before dark! Ryan said, excitedly.
Clarence looked around for Kedar, who was still coming up the hill. It was obvious that Kedars injury was wearing him down. His hair was glowing fainter than before, and he seemed a bit fatigued, but that wasnt unusual for a Lunarian who had been injured.
Kedar, are you all right? Clarence asked in Lunarian. Kedar smiled and gave a sly look as he replied, Do you truly think that an injury like this can kill me? Ha! Ive lived through far worse, my friend! Kedar laughed.
Clarence turned to Prince Ryan. Let us continue. He stated. Ryan nodded excitedly. The three continued to travel.
Lomark city was the closest thing Clarence had seen to that of his homeplanet. Its busy streets were lit up at night by fire lamps, and buildings and houses were everywhere. As always, the two Lunarians glowing hair turned many heads. As the sunlight disappeared, the place of Kedars injury became apparent. Pale blue light could be seen under Kedars left sleeve.
At the gates to the castle, the knight there instantly recognized the prince. P-Prince Ryan! Youre alive! His majesty has been so worried about you! the knight said. .Im all right, but only because these guys saved me! Ryan said, motioning towards Kedar and Clarence. The knights opened the gate, and Ryan motioned for Kedar and Clarence to follow.
No, Prince Ryan. Clarence said, in Human. Our goal was simply to see you home. Now that youre safe, well be on our way. He added. A Lunarian conversation followed. What? Kedar remarked, in a flat tone. Are you telling me that we are just going to leave? he asked. Clarence started to speak, but was interrupted by Ryan. Please do come with me! Father will want to meet the ones who saved his son! he said. Clarence only gave a the young man a discouraged look.
Kedar laughed. Clarence is troubled by kings. You see, the one in our homeland is quite mean and nasty! he said, in Human.
My father isnt mean at all! Unless youre evil! Ryan replied. Kedar turned to Clarence and spoke in Lunarian.
his father will probably want to pay us back the favor. If Prince Lumorous lives anywhere in this kingdom, surely the king would know, yes?
Clarence thought a moment, before turning to Ryan. All right. Well come. He said, in Human. Ryan smiled and said, Great! Lets go! before leading Kedar and Clarence into the castle.
Once in the castle, Ryan turned to the two Lunarians. Father is probably in the royal chambers right now. he said. Wait here. Ill be back! he added, before running off.
Clarence turned to his military partner. Kedar, is that injury more severe than youre leading me to believe? It seems to be wearing you down quite a bit. He said, in Lunarian. I am fine. You just like to worry! Kedar laughed. Clarence thought a moment. Well, yeah. Were on another planet, far away from any emergency treatment. If that injury drains all your energy
itll mean death! he said.
Kedar laughed again. I think I would know if I were about to die, my friend! he remarked. Clarence sighed.
its hard to tell with you, Kedar. he said. But Im really not sure about meeting this king
what if Lumorous isnt around here? He could be hiding somewhere
he added. Kedar shrugged. It is worth a try, yes? he asked, smiling. Sighing, Clarence replied, Yes
There they are, Father! Prince Ryan said. Kedar and Clarence looked in the direction of the voice, to see a tall, kingly man with red hair standing next to Ryan. His clothes were blue and purple, and a gold headband went across his forehead. Clarence instinctively straightened his posture as the king approached.
So, you two are the ones who saved my son? the king asked. Yes, Sir. Clarence replied. The king looked at the people around them, then stated. This is not the place to talk, so follow me. Clarence and Kedar exchanged puzzled glances. With a low tone, Kedar spoke in Lunarian. What kind of king personally leads strangers to other rooms? he asked. Clarence shrugged.
The king led them into a now partly-lit throne room, which was entirely empty. I am King Eric Albern Triannos, the ruler of the land you two are standing on. Youve already met my son. King Eric said, motioning towards his son. Your names are
Im Clarence, and thats Kedar. Clarence said. Hey, do I not get to introduce my own self? Kedar asked.
I can tell that you two are foreigners. Would you like to tell me where you come from? King Eric asked. Clarence hesitated. He couldnt lie to a king, but he most certainly couldnt tell him the truth, either! Someplace far, far away! Kedar remarked, laughing. There was a pause as the king thought a moment.
Is there something that keeps you two from stating where youre from? the king asked. Clarence and Kedar exchanged glances, as if to say to one-another, What should we tell him?
After a second of thought, Clarence turned to the king. Your Majesty, forgive us for not telling where we come from. I can assure you that were not here to cause harm to you or you country. It is just
the place that we come from is
ah, how should I put it? Clarence spoke earnestly.
Kedar burst into laughter as he remarked in Human, Our answer to your question is way out there! Clarence couldnt help but to slap his forehead in loath of Kedars pun. Kedar
he remarked, flatly. King Eric and Prince Ryan exchanged glances. Erics expressions seemed neutral, while Ryans seemed puzzled.
what brings the two of you to Triannos? King Eric asked, turning to the two warriors before him. My son tells me that neither of you knew who he was. I find that rather strange. He added.
We are on a mission. Kedar stated. Clarence and I have been assigned by our king to find somebody, but our problem is that we cannot find them. We do not even know where he is
if he is still alive. He explained.
Perhaps you can describe this person? King Eric asked. Kedar and Clarence were a bit shocked by the kings question. What king would be interested in helping two strange foreigners who didnt tell their place of origin?
Clarence said. He has glowing silver hair, steel gray eyes and should be in his mid-thirties. His name is Lumorous, though its entirely possible that hes changed his name by now. He explained.
A moment of silence passed as the king thought about something. Prince Ryan broke the silence. Father
now that he mentions it, I remember Queen Selena calling King Luther a funny name. I remember that because I couldnt figure out why she kept calling him that. He said, looking up at his father. King Eric thought for a few seconds more.
In that case, I suppose I can help you. The swordsman king said. Clarence and Kedar were startled by the kings words. W-What? Clarence remarked.
The fact is, I do know of a person who fits your description, but his name is King Luther Lunston. He rules a small kingdom to the south of the main continent. Now that I think about it, the two of you do remind me of him. He wears garments similar to what Luther wears. King Eric explained, pointing to Kedar.
T-Thats him! I cant believe it! You were right, Kedar! Clarence said, turning to his blue-haired buddy. Kedar smiled proudly. Clarence directed his attention to King Eric once again. Your Majesty
where is King Luthers kingdom again? he asked.
Prince Ryan pulled out a small chart, made of some sort of yellow paper. He unrolled it and held it up for the two Lunarians to see. Ryan pointed to the strange 8-shaped island out in the ocean. That island is referred to as the Celestial Isles. The western circle is known as Lunar Island, or Lunar Kingdom. The right side is known as Solar Island, or Solar Kingdom. King Luther rules over the western side of the island. He explained.
Very good, Ryan! King Eric said, seemingly proud of his sons knowledge. You have been studying quite a bit, havent you? he asked. Prince Ryan smiled and nodded.
King Luther is a good friend of mine, and our nations are allied. I will be more than happy to direct the two of you towards his land. However, the hour is incredibly late. Perhaps the two of you would like to sleep in guest rooms for tonight? King Eric asked.
Are you sure thats all right, Your Majesty? Clarence asked. King Eric laughed. Of course! he said. The two of you have saved my sons life, after all. Not only that, but you ensured his safe return to the castle. It is the least I can do. King Eric said.
Clarence thought for a second. Okay, in that case, would you happen to have any guest rooms with two beds in it? I would feel much better about staying here if I could keep my eye on Kedar.
The king seemed a little confused and surprised. There are a couple of rooms like that, yes. he stated, his voice sounding a bit wary.
Kedar chuckled at the kings response. Clarence looked flatly at Kedar for a second, before turning to the king. Its nothing weird, I promise you. Its just that our empires military has a buddy system, so were accustomed to being in the same place. On top of that, Kedar has the tendency to get into trouble, so I prefer to be somewhere where I can keep my eye on him. Clarence explained.
I see. King Eric replied. In that case, I will certainly get my servants to prepare a room for you. You can wait here until its ready. The king turned to his son. Come on, Ryan. Your mother has yet to see you. He stated. Ryan nodded.
Once the two royals had left, Kedar burst into laughter. With the humans gone, they had no need to speak Human anymore. Did you see the look on his face? Humans are quite hilarious! Kedar laughed. Clarence made no response. How great is this? It turns out that the boy you did not want to save ended up being our key to finding the prince! Kedar said, laughing.
Youre right. Clarence said, easing up and smiling. At last
we can leave this planet once and for all! he added. Kedars laughter halted, and his smile disappeared.
What? Clarence asked, a bit shocked at Kedars response. Kedar thought a moment, before shaking his head.