The lake is where the dragons were born. Their rare eggs are hidden on the lakebed until one of the other creatures living in the water brings them up to the surface. Here they are cracked open using a very special and secret procedure. It is at this precise point that the dragons’ power to clean and create new water is formed. The lakeside inhabitants and dragons look after the world’s water together and together they are the guards of the lake. Their task is gigantic.
Because the lake flows into every waterway of the world, their organisation above and below the lake’s surface is both vast and demanding, while their work is under constant threat.
The Story Hunters are inquisitive. They want to document and take control of all the stories’ secrets. They are always seeking new discoveries and trying to steal secrets. They have been watching the lake for many years, ever since the time they managed to get through the portal to the lake. They want to own the recipe for new water and take control of the powers that purify water. They also know they can make a fortune if they manage to steal the dragons’ eggs and they dream of taming the dragons so they can move quickly over the borders of the different lands.
By the lake, a guard is always on the lookout. The dark water, the waves, the ripples, the glimmer, the shadows… everything must be guarded. Everyone at the lake has heard the story of the time evil Story Hunters managed to get in and grab the treasure born at the bottom of the lake. When they managed to get away with the lake’s secret, without really understanding how much could have been lost.
THE FLYING BOAT was the first one that these ingenious Sea Makers constructed after the Story Hunters evil attack. The ship can travel at the speed of light and is the only vehicle that can pass through the portal to and from the lake. The boat constantly sails across the surface followed by an entourage of small guard boats.
MR TOM is the last dragon to be born by the lake. He was one of four dragons who survived. Tom symbolises strength and hope. When the guards of the lake see Tom, they’re confident there will be more eggs in the lake, and hopeful that the dragons’ time is not over.
MISS BIANCA is the Sea Makers’ leader and her nest is below the water’s surface. They build tools to help the Lake guards withstand any potential attack. That time when the Story Hunters managed to get through the portal, they stole three dragons’ eggs and ever since then the water’s existence has been under threat.
SWAN BOAT The portal to the secret lake is watched by diligent guards. They work day and night and to stay awake they listen to stories. The stories are always about that horrific episode that occurred once down by the water, and they reinforce their motivation to guard the lake at any price.
MISS LAURA can stare down into the dark water for hours. She never tires of it. The lake gives her glimpses of the future when she discerns the water’s language and knows exactly when it’s time to dive in or call for help. She senses the signals in the air, can talk to the animals and conveys tranquillity.
MISS INES has seen everything. Once the Story Hunters came and managed to capture the treasure from the bottom of the lake without really understanding how much can be destroyed. Ines saw, but didn’t have time to raise the alarm. Today she is equipped and prepared. As a constant reminder, and to stay alert herself, she tells The Lake Stories to the guards. The stories foster preparedness and inner strength.
MR EDWARD knows that his species is threatened. He works tirelessly to try to find more eggs. The dragon eggs can only be found on the lakebed and they are placed into safe storage as soon as possible. Edward stands for strength and tenacity and as long as Edward lives, there is always hope for the lake’s inhabitants.
MISS EVA spreads joy. When gloom descends and hard work gnaws at her friends, Eva just laughs. She is like the weighing scales of sadness and joy, as her laughter is like medicine. Eva takes others’ sorrow and fears and gives back pure joy.
All these amazing images are styled and taken by Jasmina Bylund & Anna Kubel.