The journey through the Calm was quick. There was no time for sight-seeing, not that Balthazar even wanted to. Falteer nor him didn't stop at any of the numerous settlements that populated the Calm. They figured it was best to just get as far away from Nayru as possible.
It was peaceful in the settlements but how long would this peace last? Once the news of Nilak's betrayal reached these settlements people would start panicking. Nilak was after all considered a hero.. No, he was almost a symbol for the people. Children looked up to him and wanted to become like him once they grew up. It saddened Balthazar that their dreams were shattered now. It was all the more reason to ask Nilak about his intentions.
Balthazar raised his head and glanced towards the sea of green. The gentle breeze felt good on his face. It was only a few hour walk from here to the edge where Amn ends and the Abyss begins. Balthazar had never went to the edge, something about it just felt off to him. He wanted to avoid the place at all costs. Falteer noticed Balthazar looking into the distance. ”I wonder what the edge looks like. The World's End they say”. ”Who knows.” Balthazar replied and continued on toward their destination.
”Not interested, huh? That reminds me.. I hope Jovan is safe.” At first the name 'Jovan' rang no bells to Balthazar but he then remembered Falteer had tamed a Xeloain for himself. ”You left him in Nayru?” Falteer's eyes fell to the ground before he responded. ”Yes.”
”Xeloains are beasts. He'll survive on his own.” Balthazar said, a hint of comfort in his voice. ”Thank you, Balthazar.” Falteer said before the two continued their journey.
Nilak caught up with them on the edge of the Calm, near the root of the Nihil Mountains. There was no talk between them until they reached the root and set up camp. Falteer handled most of the questions and Nilak seemed to answer them truthfully. The fact that the mastermind behind this was Kinos Alte shocked even Balthazar. The man is the most prominent member of the Elder Council, the ones who uphold all the laws.
Most of the things Nilak told them was all just speculation, even Nilak himself acknowledged that. To think that Nilak would jump into such conclusions without a shred of evidence.. It worried Balthazar. The final reason however explained a lot. Nilak was looking for his long lost human friend: Terra. It didn't surprise Balthazar that Nilak would go to greath lengths in order to find a friend, he knew it all too well.
Once the camp fell silent, Balthazar formed a chisel stone from a few pieces of rocks and started sharpening his katanas. He wouldn't sleep tonight, he knew it from the beginning. Falteer fell fast asleep while Nilak kept watching the flickering campfire. Nilak didn't have that usual easy-going look in his eyes, on the contrary. After sharpening his blades some more, Balthazar finally spoke. ”Do you regret anything?”
It was early morning when Inpa and Tolbi reached Nayru. As they climbed up the stairs towards the city, both of them noticed how silent it was. Usually by this hour it was already bustling with all sorts of dwarven salesmen. Once they entered the city they were greeted by two of the blue-suited guards that held the law in the city. ”Who are you? What is your business in Nayru?” Inpa was confused by this sudden interrogation. ”I-I'm Inpa ni Thesas. I live in Nayru.”
The guards looked at one another before turning back to Inpa. ”Keep going then. I suggest you return to your home. It's not safe outside.” Inpa had a puzzled expression on his face. Did the people already know about Valham's death or was it something else? Curious that he was, he asked the guards about it. ”Why isn't it safe? Did something happen?” The other guard sighed and then replied. ”Were you here when Minathiel told everyone of the attack on Valham? We don't know much about it yet but.. Kinrai Alte's body was brought back from Valham's nest. He is being resurrected as we speak I presume. Hopefully we'll learn something new from him.”
Kinrai Alte? He is.. the son of Kinos Alte, isn't he? Hmm.. He might be exactly the one who I should tell about the Inuiks' plan. Inpa raised his head and thanked the guards for their information. He then rushed off towards his home in order to get some supplies. He hoped to meet Balthazar on the way too.
Inpa checked Balthazar's ”crib” before going home but didn't find him there. It was as if he had vanished completely. Tolbi scratched his head a bit before sighing. ”Maybe Nilak left somewhere and took Balthazar with him?” Tolbi suggested but Inpa was quick to deny it. ”No way. I know all of Balthazar's plans. I don't spy on him while he's sleeping for nothing, y'know.”
”You are such a creep. Who stalks their friend while they are SLEEPING?!” Tolbi almost yelled out. ”I do.” Inpa replied innocently and started jogging towards his home.
Inpa's home was as regular as a high elf's home could get. It was round and white from the outside with a big marble round door on the front. Inpa walked inside and went straight into his study room. ”Hmm.. I think I'll take a bottle of Jolly poppin with me. Ooh! And some Reezy weezy too!”
Tolbi looked at Inpa with a bored expression. ”You need to give those potions better names. I know what Jolly poppin does since you made me drink it.. you barbarian! But what's Reezy weezy?” Inpa pondered about it for a moment and then his eyes lit up. ”Ah! It restores your stamina.”
”I guess it's a handy thing to have on a long trip.”
”Hm? Yeah, I guess. I'm just going to do a little prank with it.” Tolbi's face was instantly filled with dread. ”A prank.. ? On who?! Besides, how could you play a prank with a potion that restores your stamina?”
Inpa giggled devilishly before answering. ”You need to be careful not to drink too much. Otherwise you get.. jittery.” Tolbi dared not delve further. Actually he was almost certain Inpa would target him with that prank now. Inpa turned around to check if he needed any more potions.
”Oh, bugger. I don't have Raise all resistances by infinity for eternity -potion here. Faen could use one right now.” Tolbi slammed his hand on his face. ”Congratulations, you just won the originality award in naming potions. Who puts the description of the potion as the NAME of the potion?!”
”I do.” Inpa answered innocently, again. ”So what did I win?”
”A punch in the face.. ” Tolbi muttered and looked away.