The land of Iligesia was a sprawling continent and within the borders of its shores it contained numerous types of terrain from the Swamps of Talturia, the hundreds of miles of rolling grass lands in the Sea of Blades the mountains and massive forests in The Spine or the World are by far some or the most inhospitable. Only the strongest and most vicious have a tendency to thrive there.
Jade sat at the top of one of the tallest trees in the low foothills before entering the Spine proper and looked out over the Sea of Blades. Ten miles distant she could just see the massive chasm carved into the sea by her husband Rhyven four years previously during their frenzied flight from a Hand of Urrels. She shuddered involuntarily as she briefly thought of those disturbing and vile creations.
"Still can't believe Tsun created those things," she muttered quietly as she leaned back against the trunk, legs stretched out along the branch shed chosen as her perch.
Despite being the early end of summer it was still quite cool at the base of the massive mountains that made up the Spine. Still, Jade didn't shiver as the breeze brushed against her bare arms. She watched as the second of the worlds two suns sank beneath the horizon and in the coming darkness the three moons hung low and heavy in the eastern sky.
As she sat she became aware of a new light, unrelated to the moons or the stars and glanced down at the shattered crystal that lay against her breasts where it hung around her neck. Sliced cleanly in half during an altercation with Obsidian a scar ran across the tops of her breasts, lining perfectly with the severed edge of the dark blue crystal.
The crystal normally pulsed with a gentle glow, flickering in perfect rhythm with the beating of her heart bit now it shone brightly, like a small star resting against her skin. A low power radiated from it and for a moment she was tempted to reach for the dreaming and shape its power to her will.
She quashed that feeling and quickly climbed to her feet. "This is bad," she muttered. Glancing once again at the crystal she quickly tucked it under her shirt and leapt from the branch out into thin air.
After she had fallen fifty or so feet the two massive wings growing from between her shoulder blades snapped open, catching her descent and with two great flaps of her wings she shot into the sky and turned, flying steadily into the Spine.