The weather started to grow worse, hail thrumming down on the roof to fill the building with a continuous deafening drumming. Snow was falling outside and Sephira was eternally grateful that she was holed up in the Hall; warm and secure. The mage had spent the last break cleaning and oiling her saber to ensure it would be in good working order in the case she would need Wyvern later that trial. After sheathing the saber she fiddled idly with the leather straps at her wrist that were attached to her spring loaded dagger. The blade gleamed darkly from within her sleeve while she readjusted the tightness of the straps so the weapon wouldn’t accidentally become loose when she reported for duty later that evening.
Suddenly the door to Element’s Hall burst open, a woman clutching two toddlers slid inside, sending a spray of snow across the floor. Their faces were red from the chill and the children’s cheeks were streaked with tears. The woman bore a bloodied cheek that was beginning to bruise. The receptionist leapt up “My dear what happened?” The woman asked while running around the desk to help take one of the toddlers from the young mother. Sephira stood, watching dumbly in mute silence as the woman began sobbing, blubbering out that the hail had damaged their roof along with the other houses of others near the center of town. Her children had started screaming when more sleet and hail began pouring in, further destroying their home and sending them rushing out into the storm for shelter.
Element’s Hall was not far from the city center and they had come here for aid. The receptionist took one of the toddlers and waved the woman back to a nearby lounge where she could clean them up and get them a kettle of tea started.
Sephira hadn’t realized that several of the Assistants had joined them in the lobby at the sound of the woman entering the Hall. As the mother and children were taken away, Murphi, the red haired Flame Assistant turned to the group of off duty soldiers and spoke “Everyone get out there, focus on rescue only! Repairs can come later!” she snapped with a commanding tone. “Protect yourselves and stay safe.” She glanced at the Rupturer for a moment before jogging off to find helmets and bucklers to use as protection from the hail.
Within a few bits Sephira was shivering in the cold outside, an open-faced steel cap helmet strapped in place under her chin. It wasn’t exactly fashionable but it might keep her alive as the hail continued to assault Almund. The storm was beginning to slow, but the damage had been done. Many rooftops were caved in and several windows were shattered all across town. A few wounded citizen were wandering around as though dazed, fumbling their way through the thick snow as though they didn’t know where they were.
The Elements fanned out, running toward the loudest cries for help and the structures that appeared to be the most damaged. Near the Scalvoris Sapphire Inn were several small cottages with caved in roofs. The mage pushed through the icy wind, ignoring the cold seeping into her bones as she caught the sound of cries from up ahead. A cottage made from the hull of a schooner was completely caved in. The cries of a woman could be heard behind the wall of rubble.
“Anyone there!” Sephira shouted through the bitter wind, realizing that she was the only Element who had taken this particular street. “Hello!?”
A gasping female voice responded. “Here, we’re here!” She sobbed. “My…my husband, he's not moving!”
Sephira could not even get sight of the women to even attempt using her magic to engage in a rescue. She would have to get past enough of the downed roof to get sight of the pocket the victims were trapped in if she was to even have a chance portaling her way in.
“We need help over here!” The mage shouted at the top of her lungs to anyone that could hear while she clambered over a drift of snow and splintered wood to begin pulling vainly at the fallen roof that had trapped the couple. While athletic, Sephira was no powerhouse of muscle; her forte lay in speed in agility, not raw strength. She could not do this alone.