THE FIRST SIGNS WERE SMALL.
A few sheep disappeared; a mountain hermit found dead, his shack burned to the ground.
Then the survivors arrived, carrying what little they had left. They told stories of serpents in the sky and a powerful Sorceress nested deep in the mountains.
The dragons rose again, and the dragonslayers returned once more to the field.
They fought as bravely as before, but this time the dragons never stopped coming.
As the dragonslayers fell in the field, Xin Zhao answered the call to stop the serpents at the source.
He said his goodbyes, and began the climb.