It was the break of Dawn as the sun showered its light upon Aaron. He didn't get an ounce of sleep as his mind wouldn't stop thinking. He kept backtracking in his mind of the recent events, trying desperately to remember more of what had happened on the day before, but he kept drawing up the same answer; nothing. So with nothing coming to mind he sat there in his sleeping bag watching as the sun slowly rose above the horizon, showing him the beauty of the land. He started to relax his mind and let his imagination wonder at the scene displayed in front of him. He was in a new place, a place no human has ever been to corrupt it with war, violence, nothing but peace as he looked at to the sunset. He started to wonder, if there were dragons there; what else would there be? He kept going deeper and deeper into thought in till the sound of talons scratching along the stone ground broke him out of thought. He turned his head to see Spyro walking out to look out to the new day. Spyro stretched allowing the rays from the sun warm up his scales. He sat down and turned his head to see Aaron and jumped back surprised.
"Good morning Spyro." Aaron said with a laugh.
"Good morning, I thought you were inside somewhere."
"No, I wanted to sleep outside but I didn't get any sleep." Aaron said looking back to the sunset.
"Was the pain keeping you awake?"
"No, I kept trying to remember anything."
"Well it will take some time. The wounds might have healed quickly but it will take longer to regain memory. Yet it will come back." Aaron nodded and looked back as Spyro as he prepared to lift off.
"Where are you going?"
"Going to go and get some breakfast."
"Oh...well you can have some of my food if you want. I have a bunch that will last a while."
"No problem, but what I give you take no asking for more got it?" Spyro nodded and Aaron brought out his bag and grabs a couple of bags.
"Hey hold on! We should wait for Cynder, she should be up soon." Aaron looked at Spyro and smiled.
"You record when she get's up?"
"No! The Elders woke us up now and after a while we got used to it and would wake up without them."
"Well thanks for waiting for me while I was right behind you." Spyro jumped as Cynder said that next to him and she laughed along with Aaron.
"What is with everyone scaring me today?" Aaron and Cynder continued to laugh."Ok please stop laughing so we can eat." They both slowly stopped laughing.
"Ok. Sorry but that was funny. Okay, do you guys want some bananas?" Both Spyro and Cynder looked at him in confusion."You never heard of bananas?" They both shook their heads."Man, well do you want to try some?" They nodded and Aaron gave each of them a banana. Cynder examined her banana while Spyro bit the top of it, including the skin. He spat out the top of the banana.
"Eww that doesn't taste right at all Aaron!" Aaron shook his head and grabbed the banana from Spyro.
"You not suppose to eat the skin" He peeled some of the skin off." You peel the skin and then you eat it." Spyro nodded while Aaron rolled his eyes. He gave the banana back to Spyro and looked over to Cynder while she just sliced the top part of her banana with her claw, take the piece, and picked the banana out of it placing it in her mouth.
"This is good!" Aaron nodded and turned to Spyro. He took a bite out of his banana and nodded.
"This is good Aaron!" Aaron just smiled as they continued to eat the rest of the banana; once they were done they all got into a conversation.
"So...Who is this Malefor character you mentioned before?" Aaron asked as he looked at Spyro and Cynder.
"He's our enemy." Cynder responded.
"I mean more then that. I know he's your enemy but, why?" Cynder lowered her head and Spyro answered.
"He's done a lot of things including killing off most of the dragon population." Cynder kept her head down and Spyro nudge her abit.
"He used me to do it though. He raised me from an egg to be a killer." Cynder added on. "If it wasn't for Spyro I wouldn't be here let alone any of us." She looked over to Spyro and smiled.
"So was Malefor you father Cynder?" She shook her head.
"NO! He kidnapped me as a child and made me into a monster." She replied with anger in her voice.
"I don't even think he has had a child, let alone someone wanting to be his." They all nodded to Spyro's respond.
"Well....Is there anything else I need know about him?" Aaron asked.
"Not really, just that he controls the apes to follow his orders." Aaron nodded at Cynder's respond.
After a bit of taking Spyro and Cynder decided to go see if their break from training was still going on. Aaron decided to stay in Spyro's room to see if he could remember anything so he grabbed his bag and started rummaging through it looking for anything to remind him of something. While he was looking he noticed he packed a lot of clothes, seemed to him he was expecting a long journey. He already removed the food to see more, and he did. He saw a journal which he would definitely read later on, a camera, and seemed like a plastic bag. He carefully reached for it, but before he could reach it he heard a light sound behind him. He turned his head quick to see nothing and blamed to wind. But when he looked back he heard the sound of an arrow being pulled back. He tried to move quickly, but was too late as the arrow entered his right shoulder. He looked at the arrow for a moment before looking at the creature that shot it at him. As he looked at the creature he saw it prepaid another shot. He tried to move but his body seemed heavier, but with a little strength he was able to successfully move out of the way. He fell to the ground barely dodging the arrow, but when he tried to get up he couldn't move his arms! He tried many times but his arms were numb. All he could do was watch as the hooded creature moved closer with a arrow pulled back and ready. He walked slowly closer and all Aaron could do was scream for help but he could barely move his jaw, it seemed his whole body was paralyzed and all he could do was lay there waiting for the breath of death to fly into his lungs. The hooded figure looked at him and placed the bow and arrow on his back only to replace it with a sharp dagger. He placed the blade up to Aaron's neck and started to talk to him with a low voice.
"What are you doing here?" All Aaron could do was hum in his mouth."Seems as the poison is not as strong as effecting you. For now your body is completely paralyzed in till the poison moves through out your body, or I could end it now before the poison does." Aaron kept looking from left to right at his hands seeing if they would move or not. He looked at the creature closed his eyes and awaited for the coldness of that blade to slice through his neck, but before the hooded creature did Spyro and Cynder walked into the room.
"Hunter!? What are you doing?!" Spyro yelled as he ran towards Hunter.
"I found this creature looking through your stuff, but I stopped him." Hunter looked back at Aaron and pushed the blade closer to his neck.
"Hunter let him up, he's a good guy!" Hunter's eyes went wide and he back off allowing Aaron to sigh in relief.
"This isn't good." Hunter said making everyone worry.
"What do you mean not good Hunter?" Cynder asked as Spyro tried to help Aaron up.
"I shot him with one of my poison arrows." Spyro carefully placed Aaron down and looked at Hunter while Cynder came over closer to Aaron.
"What kind of poison Hunter?" Spyro asked as Cynder inspected Aaron's shoulder where she could see the arrow wound.
"I used Scorpion venom on the arrow." Spyro's eyes went wide as he looked over to Aaron.
"Give him the antidote quickly!" Cynder yelled.
"I can't" Hunter replied." The venom has been in his system for too long, the antidote wouldn't work in time." They all looked at Aaron who had been freaking out the whole time hearing this.
"Is there any way to save him Hunter?" Spyro asked and Hunter shook his head.
"I'm sorry but there isn't a way." Spyro looked back at Aaron.
"There is one way." Cynder said.
"How Cynder?" Hunter asked. She didn't answer but placed her mouth on the new wound on Aaron's shoulder. She just breathed in sucking in some blood, and she turned and spit out the blood.
"Cynder?! What are you doing?!" She didn't answer again, but did what she did before once more. Spyro was about to stop her when Hunter grabbed his shoulder.
"Spyro look!" Spyro looked to where Hunter pointed and saw the puddle of blood, but something green flooded in it.
"She's sucking the venom out using her poison breath." They both watched as Cynder spit a couple more mouthfuls of blood before she stopped, allowing Aaron to slowly stand.
"That should be all of it*Blech* that was nasty!" She wiped her tongue a few times as Aaron continued to slowly stand. He stood with his back against the wall and looked at Hunter.
"Hunter right?" Hunter nodded. "Could you come here very quickly?" Hunter nodded again and walked over.
"You need something?" Aaron nodded.
"Just this!" Aaron punched him full force in the jaw knocking him back several feet. Hunter stood blood seeping out of the corner of his mouth.
"Aaron why did you punch Hunter?!" Spyro yelled.
"He deserved that for almost killing me." He replied. He looked over to Cynder who was still wiping her tongue of the terrible taste of poison. "Thank you Cynder." She nodded while still wiping her tongue.
"Aaron you didn't need to punch him!" Spyro looked over to Hunter.
"Spyro he had every right to. I almost killed him and had a knife up to his throat. Though you could have punched me a little softer." Aaron nodded at Hunter remark."Anyway I only came here to tell you guys the apes are going crazy. Ever since Malefor returned from who knows where yesterday he's been more furious then ever." Everyone looked at him.
"Any idea why?" Hunter shook his head at Aaron's question.
"It all started when two apes reported something about a weird creature being saved." Then both Spyro and Cynder looked at Aaron,
"Wait, why are you two looking at me?" Aaron asked.
"The only strange creature we have seen is you." Spyro responded.
"Yeah, and Terrador said something about defeating two apes when he found you, so they must have been the one who went to Malefor." Hunter nodded.
"That's not the worst of it you too. Malefor is sending two really big creatures this way." Everyone looked at Hunter.
"Commanders?" Cynder asked and Hunter shook his head.
"No, they are really weird creatures..." Hunter replied.
"Any idea what they are?" Hunter shrugged."What were they wearing?" Cynder asked.
"They were wearing fur armor. Several places were covered in fur but their face was covered by a cloak of some sort."
"It can't be." Cynder said her head hung low shacking.
"What are they Cynder?" Aaron asked.
"Hunters." She responded with fear in her voice.
"Are these special hunters?" Spyro asked.
"Yes. These hunters are specially trained to hunt dragons down. They also have very powerful but dangerous weapons made from dragon bone." She responded.
"What's so bad about dragon bone?" Both Aaron and Spyro asked concerned.
"Dragon bone is very dangerous to us Spyro. They form them into swords or spears, anything that is sharp for the bone can easily pass through our scales making us almost defenseless against there weapons unlike the apes." Cynder responded.
"So basically one hit and you two would be goners?" Aaron asked curiously. Cynder replied with her head hung low nodding. She lifted her head up and looked towards Hunter.
"When should they be here?" Cynder asked.
"I'd say five maybe more days. They are really slow." Cynder nodded at Hunter's response and looked over to Spyro and Aaron.
"We will have to fight them but it will be a very dangerous task for me, Spyro, and the Elders if they fight."
"Well hopefully by then I will be able to fight." Aaron added in.
"Aaron even if you could they would beat you easy."
"Cynder, he may be right." Everyone looked at Hunter including Aaron.
"Why would you say that Hunter?" Spyro asked.
"He could hear me pull the bow back. He almost dodged the first one but he did the second one when the poison was taking affect, and he's not dragon so the weapons won't have such a strong effect on them like they do to you guys." Aaron nodded while Spyro and Cynder thought for a second.
"Well if he can fight and fight well by then maybe?" Cynder said.
"Well a lot of practice is coming this way. He also sent small patches of scouts this way, each with an order to try and kill you guys. I'm guessing the hunters are his last resort if the scouting apes fail." They nodded and Aaron grinned.
"Hmm practice, seems like fun." Spyro and Cynder nodded at Aaron's response.
"It is fun, but we have to be careful. They may be weak but they can be smart." Spyro said.
"Yeah though it is fun fighting them." Cynder added on and Spyro nodded.
"Well it will be some time before even they get here. All we can do now is train and wait." Everyone nodded.
"So how should we train now?" Aaron asked.
"The training room would be a good place." Cynder said sarcastically.
"Hey I haven't been here for more then two days so don't blame me for not knowing what and where each room is." Everyone laughed at Aaron's remark. When they stopped laughing they headed for the statue room which made Aaron curious."Hey how are we to train in here? We have that big statue in the way." He waited for an answer but soon saw it as the statue started to lower down beneath the floor. Spyro and Cynder looked at Aaron's dumb folded expression and quietly laughed before Cynder stepped out there.
"Ok Cynder, you want the annual run like always?" She nodded."Okay, begin!" Soon wooden apes started to appear and head strait for Cynder.
Aaron watched as she instantly jumped into the air using one of her wings to make her spin slashing at the apes' throats with her tail. When she landed a few more apes popped out and she ran up to one of them, jumping up, and slashed the head with her talons. After she quickly dispatched the other dummies she switched places with Spyro.
"Wow Cynder that was amazing!" Aaron complemented and turned his attention to Spyro.
"Same for you Spyro?" He nodded."Begin!" Then the wooden apes appear all around him. He used his earth mace to quickly dispatch them only to allow more to appear. He ran up to one in a group of three, lifted him up in the air with his horns and quickly did a front flip hitting the apes with his tail, throwing him into the other two apes. Aaron was amazed once more as Spyro walked over and sat next to him.
"Okay which one of you wants to go next?" Spyro asked looking over at Aaron and Hunter.
"Well I came here to rest and help you two when those Hunters get here." They nodded and turned their attention to Aaron.
"It looks like you Aaron." Spyro said tilting his head over to the ring.
"Wait I shouldn't, I mean if I open the gash up from too much stress things will get bloody."
"Come on, just a practice run. It's very easy." Cynder replied with a sarcastic voice and Aaron looked at her.
"Are you calling me a chicken?"
"Yeah! Why? You never noticed it before." She grinned as Aaron stepped out there.
"Give me a harder run to yours and Spyro's." She nodded and looked towards Spyro.
"I don't think we should do this. He is right; if that gash opens up it will get bloody."
"Hey it's his choice Spyro." He nodded and she turned her head to Hunter who nodded as well. With a smile she turned to Aaron as he carefully breathed in and out."Ready Aaron?" He nodded."Go!" Soon several big dummies popped out and attacked Aaron. Something snapped in him as he flipped backwards kicking one of the dummy's head off. When he landed he did a quick swipe with his leg knocking down the rest of the enemies who were in close range. Before they hit the ground Aaron somehow kicked all of them up into the air, jumped up into the air, slammed each of them down with a front flip kick, and watched as they were destroyed on intact with the ground. After he landed he looked over to Spyro, Cynder, and Hunter who each had a surprise look on their face. Aaron looked around at the remains of the dummies, looked back, and rubbed the back of his head.
"A little too much?" Aaron asked. He was caught off guard as he hears someone walked up behind him.
"How did you do that Aaron?" Aaron turned to see Cyrll's face, full of astonishment."With those wounds you shouldn't be able to do anything like that."
"I don't know, but when the dummies got close something in me snapped." Aaron looked at his hands."I just did what came naturally." Soon the other elders came in curious of what cause the noise earlier. They looked out to see all the destroyed remains of the dummies
"What happened in here?" Volteer asked. Spyro, Cynder, and Hunter pointed nodded
"Aaron, you did this?" Terrador asked and Aaron nodded.
"How Aaron? Those wounds would have prevented you from fighting." Cyrll quickly describe what happened and the Elders looked wide eyed at Aaron. After quickly talking to each other the elders looked at the young ones.
"Elders, I have no idea how I was able to do that. Something just snapped and I did it. It seems I'm a fighter and a good one." Everyone nodded.
"Well from what Cyrll tells us we can tell." Ignitus looked out a window."It's getting dark; you all should go to bed. Hunter comes with us to give us that report." Hunter nodded and disappeared with the elders leaving Aaron, Spyro, and Cynder standing there alone. They all looked at the window to see it was getting dark.
"Man time flew by." Spyro said as Aaron and Cynder nodded. They all walked toward their beds, jumped in and soon fell asleep from the energy each had wasted from the training they all had.
Unknown by them someone was watching them through a pool of green liquid. This dark creature chuckled with an evil grin as he replayed the training all of them have went through, but he seemed really interested on one of them; Aaron.