Erhard woke up, he didn't want to, he wanted to roll over and go back to bed, it would be nice to rest more. He couldn't keep up with the liveliness of the rest of his clan, sleeping six hours a night, he lost four hours to the rest of them on most days. But he knew he'd rather do what he was supposed to for the day. He was very sphelt, unlike the rest of his tribe which were robust and looked healthy, however, they all shared the same paleness. The paleness of the Pagas. They were deep in a forest, in an area where the trees suddenly became much larger. A gift both to and from the Pagas. Erhard tipped over his hammock, spilling out onto the floor. He pushed himself up from the wooden floor of the mother tree. He ran down the hall, younger kids surging around him, running like him as they all went for the stairs. They tromped down the stairs and burst out on the bottom floor. Scattering once they got out to the dirt, heading to various other trees. Mother tree was the center of their village, so it was easy for all the children to get to their classes. Erhard was by far the oldest of the children still in mother tree. Erhard walked to the class tree where his teacher, Emma, was. She was a few years younger than him, however, she had mastered magic with such ease that she was an adult before Erhard had the most basic grasp of magic. He was glad to be learning from her, it happened that he learned magic of the sun much more quickly, so she was to be his teacher. Emma smiled as he came in, she was lithe and lightly tanned, as would be expected for the master of the sun. She admired Erhard's form, curling her lips back as she bit on a remark that she wanted to issue. He was a man in every way except that which mattered, magic. He hadn't been any more than an apprentice all his life. He had been improving, but he took years to do what took months for most others. And she was his teacher. She blew a long lock of blonde hair off of her forehead, pulling her hair up into a ponytail and having her tree weave a band around it to keep it in place. She had survived 19 winters, and such a simple trick was easy, though helpful. She began to walk to the door that Erhard just came in, "You're here, good. You sleeping so much is a boon to be honest." She said as she went around him to walk out the door, "Come on then." She said with a smile, motioning for him, holding her arms wide. He reluctantly went into her arms, knowing what was coming. She wrapped her arms tightly around him and jumped ten feet into the air onto the lip of the door frame. She jumped another ten feet, going up to a small ledge. Testing for the body enhancers on each of the trees around them. Erhard closed his eyes, hearing a class of the body enhancers stampeding past them, their teacher hooting and hollering at Emma. Emma frowned, it wasn't her specialty, but even she had to hold back for Erhard so she wouldn't break his bones on their ascent. Finally they got up to the branches and began jumping up further and further in the tree, taking smaller jumps between the branches to be softer on Erhard. They reached the canopy and burst out, leaves scattering around them, journeymen body enhancers leaping about. The sun was beginning to rise so they ducked back under the canopy, leaving Erhard and Emma alone. "Do you feel the heat?" She asked, "Feel the life that this brings to us! From the trees to our own skin. It brings light for our eyes!" She said excitedly. "Heat, light, life." He said spreading his hands and a small ball of energy appearing in his hand, a halo of heat and fire around it. "There we go." She said, holding her arms over her head to take in the sun, "Remember, it's not about the size, it's about-" "The amount of energy." He said, repeating the lesson she had drilled into his head, "But I don't have the kind of power to make it greater than it is, so perhaps we teach me more advanced techniques and let my power grow?" He asked. She sighed and let her hands fall to her sides, "All right. Next lesson." She said softly.