Sen did not sleep comfortably, rather his slumber plagued by nightmares. Surrounded by sounds and sights he couldn’t understand, a crushing atmosphere loomed heavily over his dreaming mind. As much as he twisted and turned though, in the physical world, chains held him tight and bound to the cart’s floor. The sounds began to die down and the sights all but vanished and left Sen’s mind in darkness with only indiscernible whispers as company. Yet in an instant the noises changed to a deafening roar that drowned out any thought, any emotion.
He bolted awake with a sharp gasp as the cart hit a ramp with a jolt. Covered in sweat, he shook uncontrollably as the sounds reverberated in his head. It’d been a dream, but he remembered every agonizing moment of it. It was only as he pulled his hands away from his face, marred with sweat, that he felt the cold steel on his wrists and ankles. With a start, he bolted upwards and the air filled with the clashing of steel on steel as the chains rattled. Steel filled his vision as he realized he was a prisoner of some sort, trapped in a cage, chained like a beast. Then he saw what lay beyond the bars of his cage.
A crowd of beings, for some of them weren’t human, had gathered below him. The cage was moved upwards, to a platform of some sort. In the crowd were strange creatures, most he saw looked like they had wandered straight out of a fantasy novel. The buildings that surrounded the clearing caught his eyes next. They were old in both style and age, far from the modernization that surrounded the university. As he caught wind of the chatter that filled the air, his face blanched. It was the same as the sounds that had filled his dreams. Simply too much was too much and unable to take it all in, Sen slumped to the floor of the cage. The taut chains fell slack and clattered uselessly against the wooden floorboards. There were too many questions, too many thoughts for him to properly deal with.
He wasn’t allowed to dwell on his thoughts for too long though. A gruff noise caught his attention and he turned his head slightly to take in the strange being that walked beside the cart. He noted it wasn’t all too dissimilar from an orc, but that was as far as his thoughts got. It said a few things that Sen couldn’t make heads or tails of before it leaned towards the cage to give Sen a questioning look. Obviously it wanted answers, but Sen was unable to understand nor willing to respond at the moment. He returned only a blank stare and thankfully the being grew tired of their little starring contest rather quickly. It stepped away with what could be described as a disgusted huff and the cart began to move upwards once more.