This is a continuation of Memories of Dire Situations and Circumstances ( >>/shorts/1862
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Well, I suppose checking up on the other elements wouldn't do any harm - don't want to adventure off in an unknown land without knowing my limits.
Channeling my energy inward, I soon find myself in the landscape of my mind.
All around me are fields of verdant grass hills, a small creek flowing in between the mounds, and small oak trees standing upon the peak’s of the hills. Glancing around I don't notice any of the spirits in the immediate area, so I make my way towards the top of one of the hills.
As I reach it's peak I notice a small trembling in the earth, a hole appearing in the ground in front of me as I am confronted by a large creature made of rock.
As it rises from the earth, it’s giant stone hands propelling itself upwards. As I try to get a better look at it, I realize it is Terroc, the spirit of earth. Unlike the others, he prefers his natural form over his humanoid form. He stands a shocking three meters tall, his body is covered in specks of moss and iron - being a defense against monstrous forces. His forearms are lined with an assortment of gems that harden at times to land devastating punches. His three fingers don't leave much in the way of imagining how he crushes his enemies. Perhaps the most unusual part of his form is his lack of proper feet, he instead rolls around on a boulder made of different mixtures of ores. He says it helps his mobility in combat and honestly I agree. No matter how many times I’ve seen him, he always frightens me
, I think to myself. I know his personality is very docile and kind, however his appearance is that of a juggernaut.
As I stand there watching as Terroc finally rises fully out of the ground, towering over my short form he speaks, his voice deep and rumbling yet filled with knowledge. "Master, I see you have survived the dragon's attack. We were worried, you know. Poor Siara was crying her eyes out in sorrow, thinking we might have lost you." He glares daggers at me, as if I hurt Siara myself.
I merely sigh. "Look Terroc, I'm sorry alright? You know that job was important. If we didn't take it, we wouldn't have had anywhere left to go," I point out to Terroc. "Besides, you always say that I should do more good in the world instead of being drunk at taverns." He grunts in annoyed acceptance.
"If at all possible, I would prefer it if you finished your business here immediately master. The other two spirits have vanished and I'm afraid I don't know where they have gone off to."
Oh dear. If Zephyr and Lilith are gone, there goes a lot of my fighting capabilities - respectively, they are the spirits of wind and fire. Without them, I'm left with earth and water which in theory isn't bad, but it lacks the I'm used to in fights. "What a hassle," I sigh. "Very well! I just stopped by to check on our fighting capability and knowing you are still around is good enough for me." While having the other two might be useful, they aren't the best at making first impressions with natives. "I just need you to be on standby in case things get rough alright, Terroc? I'll be taking Siara with me in the meantime." He nods in acknowledgement and with that, I vanish back into the realm of reality.
As I shake my head of the torpor that usually comes with delving into my conscious, I take another look around. The room is exactly as I last saw it, however, by now the light is shining brightly through the windows. Siara is hanging off to one side of the bed I am laying on, she looks scared. Curiously, I glance around for the source of her fears and I see it clearly in the form of the women to my right.
I see Aya yawning, stretching her arms and wings as she wakes up.
Aya. She stretches her arms and wings as she wakes up.
"Good morning," I say to her.
She sits there for a moment, a look of confusion on her face before her eyes light up. "You're awake!" She exclaims loudly. "This is good news indeed! How are you feeling?"
Looking back over my body, most of my limbs being intact, besides my right leg - which is missing. The spirit energies from earlier seemed to have worked rather well. "I suppose I'm doing well. Although, the more pressing matter is why I am inside a room which appears to be a pseudo infirmary, and why a human who has Tengu wings is sitting next to me and is, presumably, my rescuer."
Aya seems rather shocked for a moment as I mention the name Tengu. Perhaps they are not well known here? They might not even exist in this realm for what I know.
Before Aya gets a chance to respond, a girl I vaguely recall, enters the room. Upon seeing me sitting upright and devoid of most of my harsh injuries, she gives me a strange look.
I merely shrug as the girl looks at me incredulously before looking at the girl with wings. "Aya please leave the room. Our patient is awake and I would rather her not bothered by someone like you while she recovers." She says in a commanding tone.
“But Reisen! I saved the girl how cou-” Before Aya can finish her sentence Reisen grabs Aya and forcibly shoves her out of the room.
As the door closes, Reisen directs her attention back to me. "As many questions as you might have, there are more pressing matters. Your wounds, for instance, were not supposed to heal for a few weeks, maybe months. Yet here you are - a human no less - healed in two weeks. Yet, just yesterday, you were in a condition that was questionable at best.” Her voice full of curiosity and hints of annoyance. "How did you do that?"
"Well..." I start, but Siara speaks up instead, her childlike voice absolutely adorable, "Master simply absorbed the energies here! Now she should be better… for a bit." She adds the last part rather sheepishly, I nod, content with her explanation.
Reisen seems more and more confused by the minute. "How did- You know what? Not my problem." She simply looks defeated at this point, "Just let me run a few tests here alright? If you magically healed yourself it might leave some bad side effects." I agree to allow myself to be tested.
After what feels like an hour, she writes down one last thing before looking back at me with a strange look. "Well, everything looks fine according to these tests," she starts out, her voice still sounding perplexed at the results. "If you wish, you are free to leave, however
, I would recommend checking back here every few days just to be certain." I voice my understanding and make sure that she knows I’ll come back.
With that she sighs and leaves the room. When she closes the door, I smile for once in a long time. "Thank the fucking
stars!" I exclaim, glad to get some freedom. "Come on Siara, let's go." I don't even let her respond as I hop off the bed, forgetting I was missing a leg, and fall against the wall in front of me. I hiss in annoyance - my energy for adventuring, stopped by not more than a mere loss of limb. "Siara would you mind?" She might be a bit smaller than me, but I put my hand on her shoulder and use her to hop along towards the door. As I open the door and look outside, the hallway seems mostly empty except for Aya.
As she notices me hop out of the room leaning on Siara, she immediately springs into action letting me lean on her shoulder instead.”Thanks for that, uh, Aya was it?" I wait for her confirmation as she nods in response. "Right. Now, how do we leave this place?" I ask, slightly confused as to where to go, seeing that the halls seem to stretch on for an eternity.
"Well that shouldn't be a problem!” Aya declares. “I know the way, it’ll take a while." With that she sets off, Siara walking to my left looking quite concerned, and myself hopping along, leaning on Aya’s shoulder.
"If I might ask," Aya starts, as we continue down the hall. "Who exactly are
you? You caused quite a commotion with your arrival ya know. It's not everyday a human arrives randomly among the smoldering remains of a giant lizard, and you were mostly alive as well."
Well, she does have a point. If she cares enough to help me along, I suppose it couldn't hurt to humor her.
What to say?
 Give Aya your name. If you're here for a while might be good to leave a first impression. (Name time)
 Don't give her a name and deliver a fake story. You don't know how trustworthy this women is. Best not give her information she doesn't need.
Tell her what happened with the Dragon.
-Be vague and don't give too much information
-Tell her everything about the battle.
Ask her where I am. Information is key.
-Ask about the native life here. If there are any native elements/fairies I can easily make allies here.
Elemental unlocked! Terroc the spirit of Earth- Terroc is built like a stone giant and hits harder than a pissed off Solar. He manipulated the ground in a combat zone to deflect projectiles and block important pathways. He can take a beating and is often scary enough at a look to defuse a situation through scare factor alone. Right now he resides in your mind waiting to be called upon for any purpose.