Riding on horseback in Elpis light with a guide significantly improved Aaric and Clara's traveling experience through the forest. After hours of trotting downhill, the path leveled off and turned northward toward the photopetrium quarry which divided Silva from Silex. Clara noticed that the light dappled the ground much more freely through the thinning trees. Now a competent rider, she pumped her legs in the stirrups atop her chestnut mare as green bushes whisked by on either side of the path. In her new olive tunic top and dark brown leggings, she passed through the foliage as subtly as a tree nymph.