Excerpt of Chapter 3: Alminrach Kelsdrant
The excitement became smiles, and the happiness turned into an invitation. Enthusiastic about the upcoming tour, Brenda joked with Julian,
“I will serve as a tour guide.”
They happily walked the few feet that separated them from the Palace. The end of the road revealed the surprise, and the magnificent edifice made one’s heart alternate between feelings of fascination and disbelief. Born of marble and sculpted with the most exquisite inspiration, what towered before them was a work of colossal proportions and delicate details.
The Guardians slowed their pace to admire such grandeur. Brenda took a deep breath and proudly presented it to her pupil:
“Julian, this is Alminrach Kelsdrant, our Palace.”
The surprised Guardian admired it in silence until he could speak:
“It’s exactly the same as the Parthenon, only much bigger.”
“You're right, Julian, but the construction of our Palace precedes the appearance of man on Earth. As you might guess, it served as the inspiration for such a magnificent building.”
“How is that possible?” Julian asked in amazement, without lifting his eyes from the Palace.
Brenda simply replied:
“All in good time, Julian. What I can tell you is that in Mikangly Greydalash you'll find many surprises and the origin of many things you've seen or read on Earth.”
Julian nodded and continued to observe the Palace in awe. The entrance was preceded by a series of broad steps made of the same material. He counted at least fifty large, smooth, and round columns supporting a magnificent roof decorated with bright marble tiles. Wide open windows exhibited immaculate glass panels. The corners of the cornice were decorated with two strange creatures that he had never seen before in his life. The Palace’s façade exhibited realistic statues of men and women; they almost seemed to be alive. Brenda brought him out of his reverie to explain what he was seeing:
“These sculptures represent some of the Kimralch, and the beings you see on the ends are statues of our animals. The forests of Mikangly Greydalash are home to a diversity of amazing creatures, and little by little, you will come across them in your explorations.”
A group of three Guardians came out of the Palace and caught his attention for a moment. They wore trench coats similar to Julian’s, but their swords were different. Walking up to Brenda and Julian, they greeted them with a solemn reverence. Brenda and Julian responded in the same way, and a second later, they disappeared into thin air. Julian realized he did exactly the same thing when he left that place.