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Journey to Iskandel pt 2 by Waylien Journey to Iskandel pt 2 by Waylien
YouTube music Tangerine Dream - Mojave


 As we leave the Magma lounge Ranloi gives me a lesson on Firetails, rule one: listen to Ranloi's instructions and obey her at all times. The Firetail Kavoramond is after all one of the most deadly creatures in the Galaxy! Our bus flies us to a five sided thirty story structure in the desert. As we enter animal sounds & smells become apparent. Inside are rungs of balconies with huge winged creatures flitting between them. Some large, some smallish. all of them capture my awe & All of them are watching me, a new food maybe?

Me and my alien companions approach a huge one playing with a keeper. Alorna the mascot of the ship! Ranloi takes out a device & instantly Alorna scampers toward us, halting in her tracks upon spying me. Shes an enormous 60ft  greenish -black Dragon-like creature with a tail of spears that glows like embers. To introduce me Ranloi tells me to kneel & not to be afraid. I'm a sacrifice to their Dragon god I muse. Alorna approaches slowly and gives me a inspection with two feathery organs that extend from her snout, her sensor for smell. It tickles something awful! After giving me a dusting, pausing here & there where it smells interesting, Alorna retracts the organs back into her muzzle and does a curious little dance! "See that wasn't so bad" Ranloi exclaims.

Now Alorna turns sideways & I see the long wings that make her look a bit like a giant Pheasant. I shudder at seeing the sheath on her tail that contains her deadly sting. On her back is a chair in which Ranloi lifts me into. In front of me are motorcycle like handlebars made of Gold with a blue eye display between them. "Oh a speedo" I tell Ranloi. "Like no other" she says and instructs me to grab the bars & not let go. A blinding light explodes & fades behind my eyes & a voice out of nowhere says *processing, please maintain position* A circle of purple lights begin a circuit inside the "eye" & a display repeats what I've "heard" in English. A voice now invades my mind that at first sounds like a baby crying. *Interlink complete* a voice says in my mind and then a female voice *I friend you*, * I take you to sky*, *you friend me?*. I look around for the source & Alorna fixes her pale green eye on me *you friend me?*. Amazing, I'm comprehending an animal!! I stutter "s--ssure", " love you girl"! Ranloi laughs at my surprise, "welcome to the bigger universe" she says. "A Psionic Communicator built by the Rhelvans, perhaps you'll meet them soon". She reaches over & presses a button & a english airspeed & heading display appears inside my eyes. "And it comes with a speedo" she says.

Ranloi mounts an older male Firetail name Fherroth, who happens to be Alorna's father, and both our dragons are led to an elevator. Alorna & Fherroth strut onto a balcony with a amazing view. *I fly now* Alorna says, and jumps into the air. Iskandel's sulfuric atmosphere briefly by-passes my nasal filters as Alorna's thrusting wings slam me back in my seat. Powerful muscles like steel pistons throb beneath me as we gain height & velocity.  I look back at Ranloi's mount struggling with her weight. *You like you not there* Alorna says looking back, *Pa & Ranloi fat!* "Well I hope they didn't hear..." *I heard that Alorna* Ranloi's transmission in my mind exclaims, and at the same time Fherroth bellows. "Well. guess they did!"

For hours we fly with me having a conversation with a Dragon! Two if you count Ranloi! Alorna telling me about the ways of the wind & the code of the hunter & Ranloi telling me some of the secrets of the Universe she's found! Ihlista is high in the sky with Alchiba finally peeking behind her & ending the long night. A Chyrithian named Nydarra joins us in flight & invites me to come to her world Liathra & fly a Vriimrith. "Maybe soon, for now, baby steps!" I reply, "and I've got to get Earth one of these!" I point to the Rhelvan device. "Ill tip off the Rhelvan ambassador about your request" she replies."Earth could use that education about life on your planet", "bye now". She zooms ahead and does a triple barrel roll as only a being born to fly can. As she descends to a small town below us Alorna becomes jealous & tries to imitate her! She slams me hard against my seat as she manages two of Nydarra's rolls and makes me nauseous. *Sorry* Alorna says sadly. "Thh-ats Ok you're a bit frisky thats all"! *Frisky ???* she asks puzzled. "Errr... uhh, very playful" I reply. *Yes I frisky, I frisky queen of sky!!* Alorna replies happly.

Alorna banks rapidly. She wants to show me something. She soars over a mountain spot that's incredibly beautiful, with ringed Ihlista dominating the sky overhead and the brilliant sun casting a warm orange glow. *Home!!* Alorna says with feeling of deep pride, and we fly together for what seems an eternity.

And so ends my first day in Hell.. as I write this in bed a sunset too red to be real is spreading across the sky outside. I've witnessed the power of creation, dined in the pit of Hell and found God in the mind of an animal. As I sleep I expect no nightmares. Only the sweet dreams of a world so beautiful in its strange way.... and the wonder... if this is Hell, then what a place Heaven must be!

The last installment in the Iskandel feature & story I hope you enjoyed it!

All content (c) 2013 Waylien
Done in Gimp 2.8

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Anavi-Ivy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student
amazing job ^^
Waylien Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!:) (Smile)  A lot of Gimp special effects in this pic.
quickspace Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
oh man this is splendid, I love the colors that you used to define the dragons and the stylization that you used looks really sweet! great colors and a nice background too! 
Waylien Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You! I wanted them to be unlike anything else seen yet good looking. I came close to that goal I think.
quickspace Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
you certainly did!
AquaLar Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
A beautiful story.
Waylien Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You! :D (Big Grin) 
AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really this installment Wayne. Keep up the awesome work :iconthumbsupplz::iconbravoplz:
Waylien Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!:D (Big Grin)  I had to shorten the story to fit DA's page but it still seems decent. More to come. Thanks for watching!
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