You indicate the Coral Caves to Reltskan on the map and the two of you dive down towards the sea bed, eventually stopping in front of a large tunnel leading into the sand.
The Coral Caves are down this tunnel, Reltskan says to you. Just one word of warning; black Salrinds aren't used to having visitors and are...how should I put it...slightly lacking in courtesy.
You nod that you understand and Reltskan swims down ahead of you, closely followed by Lapis who occasionally surprises you by breathing a blue tongue of fire-like substance.
That's just his particular talent, Reltskan tells you. It isn't real fire; I'm not sure what it is, actually. But it's useful for those rare occasions when I pay Riasa a visit.
Lapis suddenly squeals and darts ahead, dragging you with him straight into what appears to be the main chamber. Several pairs of Salrind eyes turn to look at you.
Lapis! Reltskan says angrily, swimming in behind you. You know better than to do something like that!
Outsider was boring me. Want to go visit Magma, the Dragon says sulkily.
I can always call on Prism to travel with me, you know, Reltskan says meaningfully.
Lapis squeals again angrily and flails about in his agitation, nearly breaking your grip on his tail.
Prism! Prism lives at the Portals! I can do anything she can!
Did you want something, halfbreed?
You glance over to a sleek black Salrind with teal coloured fins.
I am Riasa, ruler of the Coral Caves, the Salrind says, her manner peremptory. What business do you have with us? Tell me and go.
Well, Riasa, ruler of the Coral Caves, Reltskan says, and you can't help but catch the mockery in his tone, this person is here to find out about offering your subjects a home. Although if you act like that, I'd be pretty surprised if they accept a black to live with them.
Riasa looks you over for a few minutes.
I see. Forgive me. I didn't know. You will give one of us a place?
Unable as you are telepathically, you can only nod and make signs with one arm that you may very well be thinking along such lines.
If you do, then you are three times welcome in this cave, Riasa says to you. But, I'm keeping you too long. You should be going to find out more about the others.
With that, you assume yourself to be dismissed and you and Reltskan swim out of the caves.
Gold Tower-The gold and highest ranking Salrinds
Reef Castle-More impressive than Gold Tower, Reef Castle is home to the second highest ranking Salrinds, the silvers.
Ganir Town-The living area of red Salrinds and fourth rankings
Lapisville-Home of the blue Salrinds
Terrville-Living area of brown Salrinds-second lowest in rank.
Perdorit Village-Home of the green Salrinds, lowest ranking.
Portals-Houses those responsible for taking care of the portals, the 'misc' Salrinds. These don't have any rank.