Last time on “Legend of the LAOA”, Zach and Drake helped a crystal cat fight off a horde of shadow creatures. Midway through the battle, however, the cat teleports himself and the shadow creatures elsewhere. Whose day will this cat ruin now? Find out after the cut.
Hey! Remember Sierra? That girl who lives on a dude ranch just outside Carlsbad, New Mexico? The one who apparently has a Sparkly Rock of her very own that didn’t start working until she ran into the party? Well, she’s back.
Early one evening, Sierra and her neighbor Tyler are wrangling horses at the ranch. Tyler and Sierra are old friends: Tyler’s family breeds the horses that Sierra’s family uses at the dude ranch. Now they’re both in high school together, and they compete in county fair riding competitions.
Anyway, after Tyler leaves for home, Sierra notices a set of horse tracks leading out into the desert. Like any other teenage protagonist in a fantasy story, Sierra decides to follow the tracks to their end. Of course, once she gets to the end, she finds nothing.
Suddenly, a shooting star flies over the ranch, and a horse appears where the star landed! The horse vanishes when Sierra finally reaches it, but nearby there’s a sparkling silver cat.
Oh great. The Nall-wannabe has decided to ruin Sierra’s night.
The silver cat explains that it came from Aldenmor, and that there are evil creatures trying to capture it. Also, it reveals that Sierra is a mage, and that it’s dangerous for her to go alone — take a bonded animal!
But wait! Where’s this bonded animal that Sierra needs to take? Well, it’s that weird teleporting horse that showed up earlier. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up until after a horde of wolf-like creatures attack. The cat teaches Sierra how to cast Blindness, which distracts the wolf-things long enough to let Sierra mount her newly-bonded horse.
However, those wolf-things are very persistent — they keep running after Sierra, the cat, and the horse! Not even Magic Missiles can deter them — which really sucks, because Sierra’s party has just reached the edge of a cliff! So it looks like someone’s gonna have to jump!
And then we learn that Sierra’s horse can sprout wings and fly. Wow, talk about convenient.
The horse comes up with a smart idea: let’s send those wolf-things through the local portal! So Sierra, with the cat’s help, opens the portal and lures the wolf-things inside. And huzzah, the enemies are … um … I guess “defeated” isn’t the right word, since they were just sent off somewhere. But they’re gone! That’s a good thing.
After the battle, Tasha appears in the portal, and uses her magitech iPhone to figure out Sierra’s character class and stats. It turns out that Sierra is a dual-classed mage: she’s a healer-warrior tuned to fire magic. So you can start out as a dual-classed mage? And are there other dual-classed mages out there?
The cat then tells Tasha that he sensed that a new age of magic was approaching, which is why he left his hiding place. But he couldn’t control his magic, which is why he’s lost now. He also reveals that there are other LAOAs out there.
Tasha tells Sierra that the portal outside the ranch is now connected to the Magic Web, and that she’ll get the dragonflies to put a Protection from Evil dreamcatcher over it. And then she and the cat leave for Aldenmor.
Which leaves Sierra and her nameless horse alone outside Carlsbad, ready to have new adventures and figure out the horse’s name. Which we don’t get, sadly.
Sierra’s character class is: Healer-Warrior!
Sierra is tuned to: fire!
Sierra is bonded to: as-yet unnamed flying horse!
Sierra learns: Blindness and Magic Missile!
A Choice Quote I Couldn’t Fit Above:
So how is Sierra going to hide a flying horse on Earth?
“I don’t know how I’m going to explain the wings, but we’ll figure it out.”
“Only those with magic can see my wings,” the horse assured her.
“Oh great, so everyone else is going to see a floating horse.”
Next time: Tasha does research.