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SPOILER WARNING (If you don’t want your reading experience to be spoiled, then go read Awakening Chapter V “Friendly Giant” before continuing)

What lies at the end of your journey?
In the next scene, Barsch and Kingston continue their chase, eventually encountering the titular Verdant Path. 

A miracle. A sign from heaven. Or a simple side-effect of a power unknown. Alza’s green road might be classified as all three.

In story terms, it shows that on some level, Alza wants to be found. Additionally, it displays her ability to purify and rejuvenate the area around her, which will come in handy later.

In writing terms, it shows the reader that Alza’s abilities can be used for peaceful purposes, not just for destroying re-mechs. Additionally the Verdant Path is a handy narrative device allowing Barsch and Kingston to head directly for Alza, as opposed to wasting time (and pages) on tracking her down.

The scene ends with a brief reunion and a glimpse of the future.

Welcome to Carçus City, a place of danger and destiny. It will forever change the lives of those who pass through it, and our intrepid trio are no different.

Thanks for listening! Our next scene, “Stormfall” will see our heroes and heroine face a threat on a wholly different scale than anything they’ve faced thus far, look forward to it!

And remember, Never Lose Your Stride!