The egg’s tough shell finally gives way to your claws and horns, and light streams in. But not sunlight, you discover. Instead, there is a strange and beautiful luminescence that seems to fill the stone walled chamber you are in. Equally as strange, you see two other eggs, similar to your own in size and shape if not in color, also in the process of hatching! Stranger still, is the draconic humanoid standing before you. Certainly, it is like nothing you could have imagined, though, for being less than a minute old, some imaginings are harder than others! His body seeming to be almost translucent in the ambient glow. He watches for a while, neither helping nor hindering you as you shed the last of the egg, and finally, he speaks with a deep, resonant voice: “Greetings, young hatchlings – I have been waiting a long time to meet the three of you. I am The Guide.”
The Guide seems to know much more about you than he lets on, but not in a menacing way. After some hijinx from Balasar, Surina, and Thava, he told you what must be done before you are able to leave the safety of this place. “This place was made for you, to keep you safe while you prepared. For many years it has been undisturbed, but in this late time, the outer wall has been breached – probably some insects or other underground vermin. Three seals must be activated, one by each of you, in order to activate the means to leave here. You will be tested during this time, and when you have activated all three, you will be truly ready to venture into the world.”
He gave the doors a command to open, and the three wyrmlings made their way into the outer ring, and a quick search revealed the breach: a large, broken down section of wall, leading off into a dark, cavernous passageway.
They had not traveled far when they came across a strange group of giant rats. These were quickly vanquished,and it was discovered that they were all both blind and deaf, surviving on cavern water and mushrooms scavenged for food. A terrible surprise came when the first rat fell into a nearby pool, and a creature of purest darkness – an ooze-like thing that attacked the dragons viciously. They prevailed, however, and set about exploring the area. Before leaving the cavern, keen dragon eyes spotted something in a particular mushroom patch: the first seal!! A gentle pulsing green glow in a runic design on the cavern floor flared to life at Balasar’s command, and they pressed further into the darkness.