*Plot Arc: The Crystal's Will*
*Part 1: Luneth*
I never really understood what Topapa meant when he called me reckless until it nearly killed me. But we'll get to that. First, a little bit of a back-story. A few weeks ago, a massive earthquake shook the entire continent. Our elder, also my adoptive father, Topapa, wrote a letter to the nearby town of Kazus to see how their city had faired. No reply had come back. That had been nearly five days ago. Kazus was only a day's journey, so if information was coming back, they had either gotten really lost, or attacked by the monsters that came with the earthquake. Luckily, the monsters around town were extremely weak, and some of them dropped some pretty useful stuff if you killed them. So I highly doubted that the message had gotten intercepted.
Skip to today. The sun was shining. The birds were chirping. The children were playing. And I was bored out of my mind.
That's not to say nothing interesting happens here. There is a weapon shop where you can test out some of the gear. Since the monsters had arrived, everyone in town had been given a knife to defend themselves, and I was itching to try mine out. So, I did the logical thing: told Topapa I didn't feel good, then snuck out my bedroom window, and, quietly, crept out of town. A few days ago, I had heard Topapa say to my mother that the cave to the north seemed to be holding secrets, so, of course, I had to go check it out.
Standing in the middle of a carnivorous room, I could understand what Topapa had been talking about. I could almost feel the raw energy coming from this place. Whatever secret this place was hding, I was getting less and less sure I wanted to find out what it was. Maybe I should just retreat, I thought to myself. If the Gods don't want me here, send me a sign.
The Gods are obviously fond of practical jokes. Because at that very moment, a loud crunch reverberated through the room. The ground around me started shaking, and I fell to my hands and knees, hoping not to get crushed by falling rocks. Aftershock! I thought to myself, screaming my lungs out. And then, just as suddenly as it had started, all was silent. Bending down, I notices a small crack forming in the ground, slowly growing bigger and bigger. I realized to late that the ground was hollow underneath me.
There was a sickening crunch, and the ground beneath me crumbled, bringing me with it into the dark abyss.