Adriana Toutsaint paused to look at the view. From the hilltop, she could see the entire river valley where the capital sat. Her first sight of the great city very nearly took her breath away. When she heard that her long lost mother was at Court, she couldn’t wait to see her. Vistas of untold wealth and prosperity seemed to open up to her and she could feel the gravitational pull of hope. While the city walls were grey, the tall buildings appeared to be uniformly white. They glittered like jewels before her.
“Come along, Nelly!” Said Adriana to her horse, “Destiny awaits!”