Age Range: 12 and up
Approx. Length: 6,341 Words
Story 1 of the Lastenberg series.
The tales of Lastenberg relate the hero’s on-going battle against evil. In Opon-Hul, the last of humankind is stranded around a single mountain with the rest of the world covered by an evil darkness. The Staff Keepers hold in their possession the only artifact that allows the humans to live: The Staff of Hope. Yet when The Staff is stolen their only hope is Lastenberg, lest the shadows consume them and leave the world barren of life.
Behind the deep murmur of the wind, candor in villas yonder and tree’s rustle, there was another sound. Great wings flapped hard and fast, and they became louder as he listened.
~ from Opon-Hul
Untamed skies swept over The Mountain as silken water flows upon submerged stones. Streams of clouds caught the wind on their march across the land. The air was gold with the morning glory gilding its soul. Strings of fragrance drifted upwards from the beds of meadows, where flowers grew and opened their hearts to the sky. Sunlight shone upon the pale summit of The Mountain and glistened as white gold does when finely polished.
Being the only spire in the land, The Mountain was sacred and only traversed by Staff Keepers who maintained the border of peace — a boundary that could not be broken by the soldiers of evil.
A new dawn settled over the quiet land of Dathzon, and with it spread a new terror from The Land Of Dark Dirt. A new beast unlike anything in the land. The only creature that could fly. And it spread its wings as the ill feeling of its presence spread toward the hearts of people.
“Also a must read by Rafael are, ‘OPON-HUL’ and ‘Ere The Dark Dirt’, from the LASTENBERG tales. Rafael is a briliant young man and author.”