Last time on Shadow and Bone, Alina and Mal arrived at the Starting Village before venturing forth on the Tutorial Mission. What low-level enemies will they face? Find out after the cut.
The Next Day…
Alina, Mal, Alexei, and the rest of their troop board a sandskiff so they can cross the Fold. Their ship is manned with sorcerers who can command the wind (for locomotion) and fire (for defense), and most of the soldiers on board have weapons made of “Grisha steel” (which I guess has magic properties). Alina, unfortunately, only has crappy start-of-the-game equipment that probably won’t be effective against the creatures in the Fold.
Soon, Alina’s ship sails off into the Fold … and is eventually waylaid by a flock of volcra! Mal saves Alina from one of them, but Alexei isn’t so lucky: a volcra carries him away.
The next enemy encounter doesn’t pan out well for our Protagonists: Mal is seriously wounded, and Alina’s attacks aren’t very effective. Meanwhile, the rest of the army is fighting a losing battle against the volcra.
Suddenly, there is a bright flash of light, and Alina falls unconscious…
Stuff I Forgot to Mention Above:
Compasses don’t work in the Fold.
Oh, Alexei. We hardly knew you. But one of the newly introduced characters had to be offed so we could see just how dangerous the volcra are.
Words in Russian!
- Etherealki: эфириалки
- Etherealki (эфириалки) — fake Russian — from English ethereal or Russian efirnyy (эфирный) [an appropriate name for the sorcerers who control the elements]
Next time: Alina meets the Darkling.