Adventures of Will & Kat: Kathrine in Renaissance Tower

A mountain with a small forest with a campsite saying: The Adventures of Will and Kat

Dear reader, 

My name is Will. I have been tasked to take care of Princess Kathrine. This has been my sole task since I was a young lad and her a young lass. It’s never a good morning when someone is screaming first thing. It’s Princess Kathrine, escorted by guards. That’s not good. 

They drag her kicking and screaming to an enclosed carriage. I hop on because there’s no way I’m leaving her side since I know I can’t stop what’s going on. Pyro is on my shoulder. 

We go North through some dense farmland to a clearing at the start of the highland country.

Renaissance Tower, a 25 ft tall stone tower stands here.

The carriage stops and Katherine is dragged inside. We climb the spiral staircase, the guards open the steel barred door, Kathrine is motioned inside, I go in with her, the guards close and lock the door. The room is round with a bed and a barred window overlooking the highlands. A pulley system is attached outside the window so the guards can deliver food, water, and other supplies to the princess. Pyro perches on the bedpost. 

“So… I don’t want to say I told you so but..Honestly, what did we expect?…” I start to babble on and on utter nonsense about morality and how she should think about her influence and her future. 

“Will…Will?…William!” 

She grabs the collar of my shirt bringing my face close to hers. 

“Focus. I need you to do something.” 

Kathrine definitely had my attention… and she let go of me. One day I’ll…focus!

“I need you to go to the Boundless Caverns and find the book that has the information to make Pyro cry. Then I need you to make the potion. You need to hurry because I’m running out of time.”

“What do you mean you’re running out of time?”

“Remember when we went to BellFay with the witch and we saved the town from the curse?”

“You didn’t.” 

“It was the only way I could appease her enough to remove it from the town. I didn’t know what else to do.”

“That’s a load of poppycock…You could have told me, we could have persuaded her… something! Well, we can talk about this later. Right now, you get to be a typical princess and I get to be a typical knight.”

Kathrine smiled, her teeth looking more fang-like than normal. 

“Hurry, this curse removes all traces of my humanity when it’s done. Right now I’m apathetic, who knows how I’ll be when you get back–that is–if you aren’t too late.” 

I leave Renaissance Tower as fast as I can.

I go back to the castle for some supplies like the other potion ingredients and my weapons and my medkit and high tail it out of the capital. The rest of my week was spent scouring the Boundless Caverns–which are along the coast of the highland country–for the book like a madman. I didn’t sleep much. I ate enough to sustain myself but my meals were on the go. If I wasn’t panicking, it would have been a beautiful sight. Everything was so green and there was a waterfall…

 Do not fret, I found the stupid book. It’s called  ‘How to Make a Phoenix Cry: a Series on Phoenix Care’.  It was in the northernmost cave behind a secret wall that I had to solve a cipher to get to. I only found it because it was the only cave with crazy symbols carved into the limestone. All the others were only drawn on, probably to fool the fool crazy enough to pursue the book. There also may or may not have been booby traps. Either way, it wasn’t nearly as much fun without Kat. If you are reading this from the tower, I’m on my way back now and I promise I’m going to save you. Hang in there.

Signed, 

Will

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