(Rated mature for violence, language, and adult themes.)
It has been almost two months since Anella and the refugees left Cairdian, some of the adults opting to stay in Avenstone and Vealigarde while those who could fight remained in Cairdian to help Queen Azmari defend the borders. Most of who remained with Anella were children and their parents. The journey wasn't easy, as undead popped up and attacked the caravan almost every other day, and not everyone survived. Several children were left orphaned, but thankfully none of them died and others were quick to take them in and care for them. Anella was thankful Jexus accompanied them to Ethranar, for without his aid many more would have died.
Once they were safely with in the borders of Ethranar, Anella gathered a large regime of soldiers and guards so Jexus could return to Marius and the others, they would need his help much more than Anella and the refugees now. And much to Anella's pleasant surprise, Priestess Vellia Whispersong, the queen of Eversong Vale, sent a few of her people, children included to Ethrenar when she learned of Anella's plans to keep them protected. Anella was thankful Crystaldeep was so huge. The large, cavernous city, hidden well deep beneath the ground with only a small cave at the entrance to the tunnel leading down to it, was almost as large as Ethrangarde, the largest city in the world, and was a good deal older. The dwarves were truly amazing miners and masons.
As everyone settled in in their new subterranean home, Anella took residence in the main citadel, a large structure made entirely from white marble. It was here where she would also hold training for children and young adults in the arts of magic and combat. As the queen looked around the spacious antechamber, which was surrounded by corridors and stairs leading to the upper balconies upon the high walls, she smiled and sighed in relief as she took in her surroundings. "Well," she said to herself, "we made it. Now the real fun begins." And with that, she went out to address the people of the city and recruit new students.