Straight away, and in turn, he fell in love with the city and its people. One in particular.
This young lady was fascinated by the Ura but she'd never met anyone like Zulf.
She had told him she knew all the city's best kept secrets.
The Hanging Gardens was their favorite spot. It was there that Zulf clasped her hands and proposed in proper Caelondian style.
He celebrated with his friends long into the night. Joy and revelry like you'd never seen.
Too bad he couldn't remember it all.
He woke up alone underground inside the Ura Caelondian War Memorial built like an Ura den, but something was wrong.
He emerged from that hole in the ground into a waking nightmare.
Everything that wasn't gone was twisted upside down.
The world was frozen, the air thick with ash.
What few faces he saw on the street stared back at him with gray and vacant eyes.
He found his wife-to-be asleep inside her home, but when he reached out to her, she joined with all the ashes in the sky.
And so, Zulf returned to where he proposed in the Hanging Gardens, and there he stood as if the gods would answer him.