Although it floats high in the sky, the tiny “land” of Berenock is easy to reach.

The Narsen family lives just below Berenock and uses three niacali ferries to

transport goods and travelers all day long (but not at night). They charge 1 shin

per person for passage. Niacalis are creatures—part fish, part hot-air balloon—

that carry gondolas up and down as they swim through the air, spurred by riders

with red-hot crops. 

Berenock is a secret little kingdom all its own, and the people of the land like it that

way. About 1,200 people live in Berenock. 

The island is about 5 square miles (13 square km), and in the center is a single town that

surrounds a glistening palace of crystal.


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