Arapegol avoided looking down, and continued to the top. There was a platform here on one side that the steps led to, and he gladly stepped onto that rather wider area. Here there was a wide view all around. But he had circled around so much on the tightly winding steps that when he saw the city of Eventall on all sides of this narrow tower he did not recognize the direction toward the north right away. He looked around in the different directions, and saw a narrow road leading off far away out from this city, on one side. He recognized soon after seeing it that this was the road he and those with him had come to Eventall on. The direction the other way from the tower was then the way they should go. He turned, looking that way, and found that a narrow road, seemingly even narrower, led on from the edge of this city on that side, and it went on past several low hills with groves of short trees among them, it came to where there was a gap, and he saw land well beyond that gap continuing. There was a forest near that gap on the other side, but open country beyond. There was sea in view far in the distance, and it seemed that there were structures that would be of a city, along the way to that sea.
He had the perspective that made him think crossing the country itself to that city could take a couple of days, with the fast animals they would ride. But he could not see the bottom of that canyon, to judge what amount of time it would take to reach the bottom, cross it, and come out from it on the other side. So he then returned to go carefully down the winding steps to where those who had come with him waited.
It took Arapegol a while, likely a bit longer, to go down along the winding steps, around the empty space along the middle length of this narrow tower. He came out at the bottom finally, where the others were waiting, and he told them the other side of this city, to the north, was not far from there, and the drop into the canyon a little way beyond it. He could not tell how difficult the canyon would be, but beyond where they would come out, with riding on the fast animals they would have available, they could reach the city beyond which was surely the one they looked for within a couple of days then.
Jaydeen said, "But we would have to get the urban camels we use in through the canyon and out again. We don't even know a way into it yet."
"I could not see a way into it, up there, but I saw this road, not really used much, leads right to that canyon. It suggests that there is a way into the canyon from the edge over it where the road leads."
Iperanton said, "Then we should walk leading the urban camels to the edge, and find that way. We can bring them if the way in is sufficient for them to go with us. Whenever we go out from the canyon on the other side, we will need to divide up again, with those on the urban camels going fast there separately from those riding on the great wolf, that this one forms for that."
Gasha's mind in Jaydeen's original body said, "I will willingly go separately from you when you ride the urban camels you would bring, once we are on the other side of the canyon, that after you go, far enough ahead, I can change to my form that will go the fastest, with Klara and Galvishar carried on me, without agitating the urban camels you ride on."
All agreed to this, and within the hour, Arapegol, Iperanton, Jaydeen, Lucion, Trysina, Gasha, Klara, Galvishar, and the elfin mind in the half giant body were all approaching the canyon ahead with the urban camels walking with them, as they would not be ridden into the canyon. Even as they came close the bottom was not yet seen, only the canyon wall on the side across from there. But once Arapegol, Iperanton, and then the others came to within a dozen feet, they saw that there was a very very rugged bottom, about five stories below, with it like a very toasted bread with knocks and crannies all over it, punctuated in places with tall pointy rocks jutting out from the surface. Looking from the edge, they saw that a path went down at an angle to the left side from there where this narrow road led to. The path was about five wide much of that way that they could see.
Arapegol said, "Well, we are here. I am sure that those of us who rode the urban camels into Eventall should go ahead, each leading the urban camel they rode on. They all know the names you called them. Iperanton, you have the extra length of rope along still? Let's have that ready, for securing ourselves. The four others will come after, following, then."
They were secured soon and Arapegol went first leading the urban camel with him. Iperanton came after him, bringing the urban camel he was with after him. Jaydeen in the elf body along with that urban camel came next. Lucion in Trysina's body was next with that urban camel, and then Trysina in Lucion's body came with that last urban camel. The rope continued secured at the half giant form, and then to the three others, one after the other.
The five foot wide path went on from that top ledge at a gradual slope, going continuously on, ahead, and gradually they descended toward the bottom of this canyon.
They went without hurry carefully along the sloped path downward, spaced well apart, especially the person behind from the urban camel in front. So they gradually came lower and nearer to the rugged rocky bottom of this canyon, without any memorable incident.
Here at the bottom of this canyon there were occasional small pebbles and smaller rocky grains scattered at great intervals along an otherwise barren rocky surface with cracks and crannies, only spots of dark green growth at large distances from one another interrupted that.
They had gone well to the left from where a direct crossing of the canyon would be, if it were possible. Arapegol suggested that they just go from there directly across, and then hope to find a trail going up out of the canyon on the other side. "It would only make sense that there would be a trail on that side, why else would there be that trail we came along into the canyon?"
The ground here was really rough, with uneven small projections from the ground in places, besides the huge projections further apart, and there were the cracks in places. The urban camels stepped along carefully with the others going across, as it was challenging to their feet, even without riders on them, which would make this crossing the canyon worse for them.
Iperanton asked, "Where is water in here, that must have flowed abundantly here before?"
Arapegol said, "I did not see water in here either. But it seems you are right that water must have flowed abundantly here before."
Jaydeen in the elfin body said, "Of course there is water around here. You see the growths over there. How could they be there without there ever being water?"
Those growths were odd. These dark green things were not with the appearance of being plants, they grew as small flat expanses over a certain area of rock where they were, with what looked like small hairs in places. But not being rock, it seemed to be that for them to grow, where they did, they would be alive, and to be alive, there must be water, at times, for them.
Arapegol said, as they continued on toward the side of the canyon they wanted to reach, "Maybe the growths have water from the dew in the morning."
At some distance away there was another such growth over an area of flat rock along that bottom surface, that was nearer to the way they were going, to get directly to the other side. They could see more certainly it was not like any plant. They looked at it more closely as they came up to pass by it.
Klara said, suddenly, "It's a fungus!"
Arapegol stopped along with the others when Klara with his original body spoke that aloud suddenly. He asked, "So, like mushrooms? These don't look anything like mushrooms." Arapegol had strong awareness of mushrooms, he had a dislike of mushrooms in food, while there were some here who did use mushrooms in food.
Klara answered, "No. There are fungus organisms other than the mushrooms. There are psychic colonies of fungus, which will attack minds, there are fungus colonies that release enough spores to choke any who approach, and there are some that will take a lot of one's body heat."
No one then drew any closer to the patch of growth. Gasha, in Jaydeen's original body, said, "But those colonies of fungus are always yellow or brown, I know something about them too. Those are alien beings. But these patches are dark green. They are something else."
Klara said, "But we can see the hair-like growths from these, which fungus colonies have for releasing spores!"
Iperanton said, "Maybe the fungus growth is mixed in with a plant growth, to better survive in this dry environment. The plant growth works with the sun shining in here."
Klara said, "We still better avoid these things that might respond to our approach."