Ignitus sighed heavily once Spyro was gone. He turned to the book, Why give no warning? Why did you take away my books? I attacked you AFTER they vanished, not before.
The book slowly began to settle on its pedestal, The last one to attack me before you sent me into deep slumber. The punishment you received was meant for him
and then for you when you attacked me. Cynders attack revived me. It is the rule that all who attack me must be punished. I am grateful she woke me, but the rules must always be upheld.
wait. You know her name?
Cynder? I learned her name when I sent her away.
the dragon that threw her to you was not female.
The voice paused, What did he look like?
and able to use darkness the same way Cynder is able.
He escaped. That monster should not have left the confines of my pages. He is responsible for turning Malefor from his true path. He and one other.
he was twisted by others?
Yes. And that green dragon was one of two. Both claimed to be elder masters of ancient elements. They were not the true masters of the elements they spoke of
and to punish them, they were sent into me to stay for all time, left to watch history play out without them. The punishment was to send Cynder away from that which she held most precious
this dragon carried out her punishment by sending her into me in his place.
how do we get her back? Youve broken Spyro by doing this.
She is well, and
may well solve a much larger problem, if she understands where she was sent. She was sent into my pages
but more than that, the magicks that bind my pages are linked to the very events in history they depict. You are reading the stories of Malefors line, are you not?
She is in his time. She can change the future those two monsters dropped Malefor into.
Hunter frowned, But
that means that you are truthfully the only way to get her back.
Spyro may need her before the story is finished. He went silent for a moment, thinking over something. His face lit up and he turned, I need to speak to Spyro about something very urgent. Book, does Ignitus need an audience to tell these stories to?
No. As long as he speaks them
as long as at least he reads the story, he can end what punishments have happened.
Good. Ignitus. Keep reading. If my plan fails, yours will still work.
MyHunter, what are you planning?
I must not speak it. It may fail before it can even be tried. That is why I must speak with Spyro. He holds the key Id need, if indeed there IS one.
She groaned and opened her eyes. Where was she? Cynder shook her head, Ugh
!!! SPYRO! Cynders eyes shot fully open as she searched around her. No sign of him. No sign of Ignitus lair! She
she was out in the middle of a grassy field, in a place she could not recognize. Well
at least things around her were peaceful. She started forward. Bugs flew lazily through the air, birds sang somewhere in the distance. Everything felt peaceful. She sighed and plodded onward, focusing her senses on everything around her. She hadnt gone through a WAR without learning to never let your guard down. For all she knew, something might be waiting somewhere to attack her. It certainly wouldnt happen out in this fieldtoo open. But there was a forest up ahead, and that was an easy spot for an ambush. She froze when she heard laughter, and crouched low to the ground. Gah. It was times like this that she hated her black scales. Over in the forest, she would have been able to blend in with the shadows a little, but out here she was completely exposed. The laughter sounded off again
a child. Cynder glanced in the laughters direction to see three dragon children flying about in the sky
playing sort of aerial tag game. She smiled up at the sight
until they saw HER. But what could she do? As they veered toward her, all she could do was stand and wait to see who it was. Three dragons, all boys. One was blue, one was yellow
and the last?
purple. At first her hopes ROSE, Spyro? She called out tentatively. Cynder grimaced as they came closer, starting to hope they hadnt heard her call. The purple one was NOT Spyro. He looked nothing like Spyro except the scale color
and that was just the main scale color. He didnt have gold spines or horns. His horns were a darkened blackish-red. The three boys landed a few feet away from her, and the purple one spoke first, A little too far from your village, arent you?
She snorted, Oh, and YOU arent?
The purple one laughed, Okay, okay. You got me there
but at least I traveled with company.
Cynder looked away, I didnt exactly volunteer for MY trip. Where AM I, anyway? I dont recognize ANY of this area
All three boys looked at her, stunned. The blue one stepped forward, You dont even know where you ARE? Do you have ANY idea who youre even LOOKING at? Were the three Legends! I am Cyris.
The yellow grinned, Damon. The blue and the yellow dragon spoke together for the next word,
Both made a grand flourish toward the purple dragon.
Cyris jumped in with what sounded like a prepared speech, The purple dragon! The Titan of Thunder!
Damon jumped in right then, Emperor of Earth!
Father of Flames!
And Inventor of Ice!
Malefore chuckled and shook his head, Would you two STOP that? Look at her! Shes getting SCARED of you guys!
Actually, Cynder had frozen when shed heard the purple dragons name. For a long moment, she could only stand and stare, but her anger started to build
she screamed out and charged Malefor, tackling him with all of her strength. Tears rolled down her face and she tossed him into the air, as she jumped up and grabbed him to claw at him with her hind legs.
Malefor was faster. In the air, he opened his wings and flapped hard, rising out of her reach before she could grab him again. Crying openly now, she shouted out and released her fear element. It locked his wings and brought him back to the ground, where she tackled him again. But this time, before she could reach him, Damon and Cyris stepped in front of her, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!! She skidded to a stop in front of them. Cyris continued, Hes the freaking PURPLE dragon! Hes gonna do SO much for this world! Why the heck are you trying to KILL him?!!!
She growled, Get OUT of my way. My fight is not with you, and I will see that monster DEAD.
Malefor stumbled to his feet, coughing, Wow
crud, girl. Youre one HECK of a fighter. No wonder you were out by yourself. You dont NEED the help. He swayed a little, but soon caught his balance and straightened, How do you know the fear element? I only just learned it.
her eyes went wide, You
She grimaced, Do you know wind, poison, and Darkness as well?
yeah. How did YOU know I knew?
Cynder caught herself before she spilled everything, Those are common elements where Im from. I could never learn the other four.
Damon gave her a glare, Yeah, well knowledge aint gonna save you. You attacked Malefor. You gotta pay.
Malefor shook his head and stepped between his two friends, Actually guys
I want her to stay. She could teach me her moves. I mean, did you SEE that? She was FAST! If you two hadnt stepped in after she used her fear element, Id probably be a goner right now. Think about it! She was about to take down the PURPLE dragon! The guy whos supposed to be better than everyone else! Shes got moves Ive never seen ANYONE in the village use during their sparring matches! Let her stay. I wanna learn from her. He turned to Cynder, Well? Will you? I NEED a teacher like you. The last two I had up and left just the other day. You coming here is like the Ancestors telling me youre the replacement
and a GOOD one, at that.
stay? With HIM?
maybe she should. She could change the future if she DID. She could try to make Malefor a beacon of light, instead of the dark monster hed become. No war for her to be kidnapped in
no eggs shattered of her nestmates. She and Spyro would grow up surrounded by friends
she frowned, I dont know. I
I shouldnt be here, to be honest.
Malefor grinned, Even BETTER! We need a fourth person for our group!
Cyris jumped back a step, WHAT? No WAY am I staying in a group with a GIRL!
Damon snickered, Yeah, a girl that could wipe the floor with you. Chicken. You saw what she did just as well as the rest of us. Shes good, and Id much rather have her on our side than against us.
Come on, Ill show you around the village. He took up a spot beside her and walked with her. She was reluctant to move. She
she was in the past
somehow. That green dragon had charged in, knocked her out, and now she was here
away from Spyro
with MALEFOR. She hadnt wanted to go to the village, but she seemed to have no choice. Yeah, changing Malefor into a better person was a good idea, but did she REALLY want to change things? What if it did something to her relationship with Spyro? What if
what if they never meet, or become friends because of this? Would she ever find a way back? Where would she go? How would she get there? Malefor picked up on her worry, Hey
She blinked and looked up, Huh? I
Ive been thinking
Yeah, for the past hour. You havent said a word, just watched the ground and sulked while we were walking. Whats up?
I miss someone
Malefor nudged her, Long way from home?
you could say that.
Hey, why WERE you out here, anyway? You said you didnt volunteer for your trip. Who sent you?
I dont know. I
someone knocked me out
and I woke up in the field where you found me.
Malefor fell silent. He glanced at the sky for a second, then, with a smile, turned back to her, Hey, Ill make a deal with you, since you seem so uncertain. If you promise to teach me the way you fight, and whatever you know about your elements, I promise to help you get back to your home. Deal?
Cynders eyes went wide. She stopped walking and stared at Malefor, You
youre nothing like him
She shook her head to clear it and answered, Someone else. Someone else. Yes. Ill teach you
but you PROMISE youll help me find a way back?
ABSOLUTELY! Malefor answered with a wide grin. He laughed and jumped into the air to spread his wings. The young purple dragon glided forward for a moment before landing gently on a log.
Cynder chuckled, I have a few flying lessons for you, too, Malefor
but first, which way is your home? He pointed with a wing. Cynder laughed again and took to the sky, RACE YOU! She soared ahead of him and gained as much altitude as she could muster, searching for an air current to carry her and lend her speed. AH! There was one! She started for it, but Malefor shouted something below her. He looked
scared? She dropped down to his level, Whats wrong?
Are you CRAZY?!!! Dont go THAT way! Do you WANT to wake up the Golem?!
golem? As in, Earth golem? Like the kind that live DEEP under the ground? That sort of thing?
Malefor gave her a confused stare, You
She grinned again, Ive killed one before.
seriously? You HAVE?
Yeah. Me and Spyro. The two of us took care of the monster without a problem.
The one that I miss. He
Malefors head hung, In love?
youre not available?
No. No Im not. But back to the subject. He and I took down an Earth golem, as well as other monsters. LOTS of other monsters.
are you sure were talking about the same Earth golem? I mean, how BIG was yours?
Taller than any building ever made.
yeah, but how BIG? Like, the size of an island big? Or smaller than that?
Ah. Thats why he was so upset about the idea. Her smile grew, Both.
Boyouve killed BOTH KINDS before?!
Yes. Spyro and I were the best fighters out there. We were in the middle of a war, and the two of us stopped it dead in its tracks. Well
the Destroyer hadnt been killed, but it had been stopped. The only reason it had completed its circle was probably because of Malefors influence on it
but she wasnt going to tell him that. It wouldnt be a good thing to give him any ideas of power like that.
Malefor looked back at the air current, then back at Cynder, then again at the air current. He frowned, ...um
I never got your name?
okay. Cynder? Youve fought one of these things before. Lately, someones been trying to wake up the monster earth golem. He keeps calling it the Destroyer
for some reason. A lot of the Elders in the village are getting worried about it, but they say Im too young to go face the task of pushing it back, and the Elders havent been wrong before. So
I was wondering. If
if we went there right now, since youve fought one before, will you help me fight this one? Help me kill it? I
I want to prove to them that I can be MORE than theyd ever expect.
No worries there. Cynder thought, though she said nothing. She mulled it over for a second.
Malefor took it as her thinking to say no, and quickly added, Damon and Cyris will be there to back us up. I dont do anything without those two
and they can fight with the best of them in our village. Please? This would show them all that I can be better than they could ever imagine. I want to prove Im the best purple dragon this world will ever see
but Ill need your help. Please