The sound of fluttering wings broke through Varandas sleep and she rolled over with a groan. 'Done hunting already?' She questioned of the great beast in front of her. 'The Snalglí were particularly pleasing this morning.' Umaroth hummed happily. Varanda rolled her eyes before stretching and getting out of bed, mindful of her sore body. Although Varanda was the riders teacher, she herself still went through rigorous training with either Eragon or Arya. Yesterday she had trained with Arya, who was particularly harsh on the younger elven woman. 'Alright, let's get to the shore and await the new arrivals. Eragon said there were quite a few of them this year.' All of the rooms and halls on Vroengard had been built so that a dragon could fit. Going over to the corner of her massive room Varanda picked up Umaroths saddle and strapped it onto his back before clambering up to settle in the saddle between his spikes. Umaroth roared loudly before taking off towards the sea. It had been many years since Varanda was able to train in a new group of riders. Their numbers were few still and the wild dragons had not born anymore eggs for the riders lately. With so many eggs waiting to hatch and so few ever finding their partners, things were becoming strained between the riders and wild dragons. This new group of riders would help to strengthen the bond once again, they brought a sense of hope to the island that had been waning as of late. Relishing in the air under his wings Umaroth blew a puff of fire, causing Varanda to jump. It was rare for her dragon to become so excited about something. 'You'd better calm down big guy. They aren't even here yet!' Umaroth let out a sound akin to a barking laugh and Varanda shook her head. Her dragon was acting like a hatchling. 'Watch who you call hatchling.' Umaroth said good naturedly as he landed. Laughing she slipped from his back and stood next to him, rubbing his wing lightly. Today would be a good day. Looking out to sea, both Umaroth and Varanda awaited the arrival of the new riders, hope within their hearts.