A long, long, time ago, when nothing you would recognize today existed, there were three sedimentary rock brothers. They lived in a village known as Strataton. They were the bravest rocks in town, defending it from igneous empires like the Empire of Obsidian. They saved the day more than once in the little town.
Strataton still exists today! Check it out!
One day, Chieftain Chalk, the ruler of the village, decided to send the three rocks off on their own quest.
"I am proud of you three. You have bravely defended the people inside our village. But we must learn what is outside our village. I would like to send you three off on a quest to find out what is around Strataton."
The three brothers each packed what they needed and left.
We got Chieftain Chalk to get his picture taken when we interviewed him for this story!
Soon, they began to fight. Sandstone wanted to go to the Obsidian Empire, Shale wanted to visit the metamorphic rocks deep underground, and humble Limestone wanted to visit other Sedimentary Rock villages.
They decided to go their separate ways and meet at the place where they split in a few million years.
Sandstone traveled to the Obsidian Empire, where he was greeted and treated kindly. The Obsidian Empire's old emperor had died, and the new one cared much more for peace than the old one ever had. He had a peaceful life there where he met almost every type of rock: intrusive, extrusive, foliated, nonfoliated, from A to Z.
One day an unexpected lava flow came and melted the entire village. Someone was stuck in one of the houses, about to get burned to its death, and Sandstone saved it, being melted in the process. Soon, the lava cooled down and crystallized, and Sandstone was now an obsidian rock. However, the Obsidian Empire had migrated somewhere else by then, and he was left alone. He had to go back home to his brothers. He waited for a few hundreds of thousands of years until he finally met the other brothers again.
When we interviewed Sandstone, we trekked back to his death location and snapped a picture of it. Sandstone was very uncomfortable being there, so this was the best pic we got.
Shale attempted to trek deep underground to meet the metamorphic rocks. They were kind to him, but the problem was that their appearance kept changing each day. Some were foliated, and others weren't. The next day, the foliated ones were nonfoliated and vice versa.
Soon, he noticed that his appearance was changing every day, and he had become a metamorphic rock. He learned that the heat and pressure in their underground village had made him into a metamorphic rock. He hired some guides to help him make the dangerous climb up back outside, where he began to trek back to Strataton.
When we interviewed Shale, we trekked right up to the cliff where he first breathed fresh air again. It was too dangerous to go in, though.