Prologue: From the Heavens
All I could see was black. Or, all I couldn't see. There was nothing for me to see, or not see. It was like being in a cave a long, long way underground, where even the memories of light start to fade. I tried to extend my awareness with other senses, but everything was coming up empty. I wasn't even able to discern anything solid underneath me.
Then, with the tiniest possible intensity, I felt a pressure. Some force seemed to be tugging at me, but I had no sense of movement yet. Then, the sensation of a light breeze crept familiarly along my awareness. It felt like a gentle wind was blowing steadily harder around me. Before long, the gust was starting to whip around me harder. A feeling of movement started to rise as I realized that I was falling. Air was rushing past me in the dark faster and faster as I processed the fall.
Then, a pinprick of light blossomed in front of my eyes, small, but still easily blinding me. The blackness that c