It's the first of May. The spring morning air is crisp and clear, with hints of the recent snow. Everard and Felix's breath comes in small puffs as the exertion from climbing the last rise of Spielberg Pass takes it toll.
But my, the view is worth it!! You can see out over the whole valley from here, although as you take it all in, you realize that it's more of a box canyon than valley. The majority of it is filled with thick growth of oaks, maples, birch, fur, and pine trees. Near the centre of the canyon you see a modest town, walled in stone, and to the north of that, an equally-modest castle surrounded by farmland and orchards. A small lake hugs the mountains to the south. Spielburg Valley looks wild, untamed, and full of adventure.