The Beginning of Rainbow Land Part 1
In The Beginning of Rainbow Land, we learn the backstory of Rainbow Land and Rainbow Brite. The planet was a dark and desolate land, devoid of color, light and happiness. Fearsome animals roamed the land, and the only residents who held any hope for a brighter tomorrow were the Sprites.
Every day was a terrifying day for the Sprites, but on this day, something new happened. A large glowing orb descended from the sky, and a little girl emerged from it. Kind as she may have appeared, the Sprites still ran away in fear. A woman's voice spoke to the girl named Wisp and asked her if she was still determined to save this world. She affirmed her mission and was told to find the Sphere of Light in order to set free the light and color of this land.
Having no idea what a Sphere of Light was, or where to find one, she set off on her journey. She found the land and creatures to be very perilous, and encountered many trials and stumbles as she tried to orient herself. It seemed as though no creature in this land wanted color and light returned to it.
Wisp was feeling quite alone, when she bumped into a white Sprite named Twink, who was running away from evil creatures himself. They hid from the creatures long enough for him to tell her that the creatures were all heading for the Castle, where the Sphere of Light was. He explained that The Evil One lived there, who creates the wind and storms, and none that have journeyed there have returned. Wisp was emphatic that she must go there, as it was her quest, so Twink, fearfully, decided to go with her.
Little did they know that the Evil One was watching them, and making their trek even more difficult.
As they fled, a fog swept over their path. Once they found each other and the fog lifted, Wisp saw what Twink had tried to warn her about - an area near the castle that was full of Sprites who had been turned to ice. This was how the Evil One kept anyone from getting too close. As they stood there, taking in the horrible scene before them, a Sprite ran towards the castle and was frozen solid.
Lightning struck as Wisp and Twink tried to flee, and Twink's legs started turning to ice too! Wisp pulled him away and kept him moving until an explosion of lava sent them flying and broke the ice.
As they rounded the next bend, they came across a beautiful white horse, encased in ice. Wisp walked over to investigate, even though Twink warned that it could be a trap. As she gazed at the magnificent horse, she noticed that his heart was beating. He was still alive! Just then, a large bird swooped out of the sky to snatch Wisp or Twink, but the white horse broke out of his icy enclosure and scared the bird away.
Unfortunately, his heroics caused the cliff to crumble beneath him and he slid down to the bottom of it. A bolt of lightning struck behind Wisp and Twink, causing them to fly off the side of the cliff as well! Luckily, the horse quickly jumped to his feet and caught them both safely. He surprised them both by speaking and introducing himself as Starlite, the most wonderful horse in the universe.
Meanwhile, Murky and Lurky were attempting to enjoy a meal in the Pits, when their dinner was interrupted by The Evil One. He informed them that a girl had come looking for the Sphere of Light and that they must stop her. After showing them an image of what she looked like, he demanded they go after her immediately.
Wisp and Twink introduced themselves to Starlite, and explained that they were disappointed that they had been unable to reach the castle. Starlite told them that legends said that The Evil One threw a special Color Belt into the No Return River long, long ago, and the belt is the only way to fight. Twink didn't seem thrilled about the idea of searching a scary river for a belt, but Wisp's determination stayed strong.
As they took off to find the river, Murky and Lurky, who had been spying on them, devised a plan to make Wisp so gloomy that she'd never want to see colors again. Starlite took Wisp and Twink to where the river used to be, but it was now a dried up river bed. Murky set up his gloomy contraption on the opposite side, but Lurky accidentally set it off too early, causing the entire thing to explode. This sent the trio hurtling down into the river bed, but Starlite's graceful leaps kept them from getting hurt.
Lucky for the trio, the explosion cracked open the earth and the river began filling up with water. They had found it! But they quickly needed to get out of it before it became too deep. They saw a bridge ahead, so they headed towards it in hopes of being able to search for the belt from up high. But Murky and Lurky were listening in on their conversation, and got to the bridge first. They used their tools to sabotage it, so that when Starlite, Wisp and Twink tried to cross it, they would fall into the river. And that's exactly what happened!
The three were separated as the raging river pulled them along. Frightening creatures came after Wisp, and she didn't think they would make it out alive. All alone, she called out for help from the one who sent her there. She was so upset that she just wanted to go home. But her cries must have been heard, for just then a wave swept her out of the water and onto a rock where she found a baby.
Just then, Starlite and Twink swam up to her. They were alive! They weren't thrilled at the thought of having to take care of a baby on top of everything else, but Wisp refused to leave her there all alone. As they walked along, they came across a cave and decided to go in to get the baby out of the rain.
It was dry, but they were still cold, so Twink and Starlite made a fire. As soon as the fire was started, something glowed off in the distance. Wisp went to investigate and found a dirty, old belt. It didn't look like much, but she put it on, and it began to sparkle and glow. It was the Color Belt they had been searching for! If it hadn't been for the baby, they never would have found it! Solving one piece of the puzzle lifted their spirits and Wisp was now certain that they would find the Sphere of Light and make the land bright and beautiful once more.
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