The thundering paused every few minutes; the air rose heavy in anticipation of the next assault upon the soil. The rhythm was familiar to the groups of Unarra tending to the various tasks of the day. Some even used the noise to jolt them back awake after falling asleep from a night spent playing too many games of hyra. Atlak hated how the dust was stirred into the air, how his feet vibrated afterward and caused him to pause in his work to recover. Tynel Mellor and Tynel Atlak were lashing groups of vines together for the trainers' use. Mellor marveled at his spawn's ability to work single-mindedly, and had praised Atlak on many occasions at the amount he could accomplish in one day, even in comparison to such experienced workers as Mellor himself.

Mellor had hoped the long day would slow the relentless questions from his curious spawn, but such was not the case. Atlak paused only long enough to voice his frustration with the rippling ground swells experienced while taming the Pikatan. Atlak turned his attention back to Mellor and continued probing, "...but if Tallic had such obvious talent and empathy with the beasts why did the Tresed relinquish him to apprentice status for so long? Is that why he left? Some say you were friends. What was the reason he left? What happened?"

"They kept him in apprentice status for so long time because they were afraid that he wanted to use them for combat purposes. To make the beasts crazy. He never did...but everyone thought he wanted to..." "Why he left? It could of been that he wanted to finally use beasts for more reasons than non combative purposes....or maybe he left because he had other plans...maybe he didnt want to be thought of as what they thought he was like. "We are still friends though" Mellor was thankful for the growing tremors of the Pikatan. "That is enough about Tallic for today my progeny; the taming exercises have begun."

Upset that his questioning had ceased, Atlak tried not to cough as the dust kicked up around him. "Of all the creatures, what is so sacred about the Pikatan anyway?" Atlak's scowl grew deeper and darker with every leap and hard landing of the Pikatan.

Mellor was amused. "Keep that up, Atlak, and your face will become etched like that."

"Just once, I would like to stomp through their valley and disrupt them while they are trying to get work done."

"I suppose you would also want to be revered as the Sacred Atlak too then?" Mellor smiled. "Perhaps you would teach the Unarra about the patience of taming as well?"

The reprimand was enough to keep young Atlak from continuing to outwardly show his distaste for the Sacred Pikatan. Atlak just grumbled to himself as clouds of dust mushroomed into the air not far from where they worked. However, the thunderous quakes caused by the Pikatan didn't stop this time. A telepathic warning was sent to all nearby, but Atlak was distracted by the sudden and chaotic rearing of the Pikatan. Something was wrong.

Most of the Pikatan were rounded up before any large amounts of damage were done. Yet, one crazed animal, its eyes rolling in its skull, careened forward with its strange loping leaps, dodging all attempts at capture. Atlak's insides churned, a mix of ice and painful heat as he looked up to see a silhouette of a figure on a near-distant hill. Atlak began to scream even before Mellor was trampled... He was about to be trampled by the one crazed animal but before it's spikes hit Atlak, Mellor pushed him aside taking the blow for him. It tore through his chest... Mellor then fell to his knees....with his blood running down from his heart to his knees making him dizzy by the moment....he stared at the silhouette figure standing on a hill looking to what it seemed to be laughing...he recgonized him! It was Tallic!!

Then he fell down on the ground feeling his blood against his cheek... said to Atlak, "RUN! I am done for! Save yourself! Get away back to tow...."

Right then he went unconcious. Atlak then ran over to him grasping Mellor in his arms. Crying out "NO!! I will get you to safety! We will be ok!"

He picked up Mellor and stood. Looking around seeing that the Pikatan were circled around him. Growling and getting ready to attack.

The crazed looking Pikatan jumped at Atlak tearing into his arm. It turned around and was about to jump at Atlak once again.

Right then a spear was thrown and it hit the crazed Pikatan. The pikatan screamed in pain and then falling over. Once the crazed pikatan was dead the others ran off and scowered away. Tallic then walked up and picked up his spear. He was as silent as the wind....

Atlak then after moments of being shocked turned to Mellor and said. "He will be ok right?!?! He can't die now!!!

Tallic responded "His time is over..... he has now taught you everything there is to know about taming. Come my child, we shall give him a proper barial..."

All was then silent that night, when Mellor's funeral was done. ALl honored the great Unaran.

Tallic then said "His death was not in vain, for he has taught Atlak the greatest lesson....He taught him that all life shall end sometime. It could of been his death not Mellor's. He taught him to live your life to the fullest. Life ends mostly when you least expect it. Mellor has not died yet. He will always be with Atlak....watching him.....and teaching him.