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Her legs were beginning to burn from the long tromp through Weaver’s Woods. The mage cast her eyes toward the distant river, sighting the strange glistening tree. The branches and leaves were wreathed in a natural lumesence that shifted through the colors of the seasons. It was beautiful in a way she couldn’t quite explain. Like it had been drenched in ether and set alight by some strange magic. Perhaps this was the source of the strange activity in Sweetwine Woods. It was clearly magical, and the column of mysterious light above the tree suggested a substantial amount of power. It was as if a whole bowl of soul had been infused into the tree, giving it an otherwordly presence that tinged everything around it.

Sephira then caught sight of the other groups emerging on the opposite side of the riverbank. One of the women, a lithe girl with brunette locks and wide eyes shouted across the water, asking about the scratches and cuts that peppered her skin. Jim had been kind enough to help them patch up the worst of their wounds, but a few had been left to mend without medical care.

“We’re fine.” Sephira responded gruffly. “We were attacked in a clearing, but did any of you see anything strange?” The mage asked, in response toRynata.

Almost in reply a young man across the water asked if they had run into danger on their journey to the river. The Element nodded firmly at Devin.“Birds attacked us earlier, the entire flock seemed intent on killing us.”

Sephira returned Ela’s wave and also nodded respectfully at councilwoman Kura. The mortalborn had been a steadfast ally in the past, the mage was glad to see her there. The woman had a level head and always strove to keep the peace.

With that the mage continued toward the river, keeping pace with Jim and Rowan. Once they had reached the waters edge it was clear enough that their destination was the island bearing the strange tree. Reaching into the surrounding ether the Rupturer focused on the shore of the islet, her eyes flaring with crimson radiance as her witchmark was set alight. She was manifesting a simple Chasing portal, latching onto a pocket of ether within eye-shot and connecting it with the space just a couple feet ahead of her.

“It's a portal." She explained. "Feel free to follow, I will hold it open for you.” She said firmly toward Rowan and Jim before flicking her left hand toward the open air and ripping open a tear in the fabric of reality. There was a subdued boom as the portal appeared, looking much like a radiant gash hanging in the air, weeping scarlet light edged in hues of indigo with pinpricks of starlight around the edges. If the portal was successfully created and linked to the destination at the edge of the island Sephira would step through, emerging on the other side. A Chasing portal cost far less ether to maintain than that of compression, so the mage could keep it open, long enough to allow both of her companions through.

Once on the island Sephira would attempt to begin attuning to the tree, at least once everyone had passed through the portal and she could dismiss it. She fed ether into her Attunement Spark as to hopefully learn something about the strange glowing phenomenon. The use of attunement had become easier and easier with use, and Sephira could begin to feel the world around her in a strange new way. Ignoring the surface Notes surrounding her, she focused carefully on the tree itself, waiting patiently for the Frequency to begin revealing itself to her.
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Maybe it was all in his head but Rowan felt sure that the tension had increased between himself and Sephira when he voted himself as leader over her. Jim didn't appear to be fazed, as irritatingly chipper as he'd been previously, so if it bothered him, he wasn't letting it show. Despite their disagreement about who should lead (they were stuck with Jim now, it seemed), the pair of them at least managed to settle on the same location, the group beginning its trudge in that direction.

The place was a pleasant one, something sinister and malevolent about it. Rather than being frightened or unsettled when every obstacle seemed to materialise in his path, the young man instead became more and more irritable. This trial was officially the worst trial that he'd experienced on this island. This was worse than the many, many trials of seasickness he'd had to endure while travelling from Rynmere to Viden, worse than the blasted mount that had carried him from Viden to Avaern, which had seemed to go out of its way to make his life a misery. The blond was reminded once more that he wouldn't have been here if Amaris had convinced him and once he started having thoughts about him, all of his frustration and rage managed to bind itself to their image in his head. Now that he thought about it, he could recall that during their first meeting, the councillor had made a comment about Scalvorian wildlife. What had they said about it? Quite something! Considering the attack he'd just endured, he felt inclined to describe it in a different way and one that would involve a lot more expletives than more conventional adjectives.

Thus, when they reached the river's edge after a few breaks, his temper had had ample time to grow. He spotted the colossal tree ahead - it was difficult to miss - and then allowed his gaze to travel down, skimming along the other shore. That was when he spotted Amaris.

"You! You bitc- bast- whatever! You-" he roared, a staggering array of expletives coming out after the odd and unpleasant greeting, the young man actually coming to a halt while he panted, recovering after that abusive stream. "Do you see the state I've gotten into? Do you? These scratches and things? They're your fault because you convinced me to come along!"

Releasing his fury had been wonderfully cathartic but now that it was out there, he felt a lot better. So much better in fact that he could view his own words in a new light. His expression was sheepish, Rowan inwardly cringing as he awkwardly waved at everyone else on the opposite shoreline. "Hi, everyone else... nice weather we're having, isn't it?" he called with false joviality, secretly harbouring a desire to drown himself in the river that he'd been so eager to avoid earlier. His face reddened but he soldiered on, doing his best to act like nothing had ever happened.

"We ran into a flock of really pissed off birds!" he called back to Rynata, further expanding on Sephira's answer as he set off again, jogging to cover lost ground, the pot on his head bobbing up and down as he did so. "Sorry about that, Amaris. Been one of those trials, you know?" Rowan apologised, vowing to do better when they weren't separated by a river and he didn't have to call out for everyone to hear.

Rubbing at the back of his rather reddened neck, he turned to Sephira and Jim, hoping to explain away his behaviour to them as well. They didn't seem quite as inclined to be vicious with their tongues as he'd been after all. "Spewed enough abuse there to fill a whole bowl of soul. That's what I get for being a little too spirited, eh?" he pointed out, chuckling lightly with a pained expression on his face. The young man turned his gaze to the tree instead. The tree wouldn't judge him. He hoped it wouldn't anyway. The tree appeared as changeable as he, the leaves shifting through seasonal colours and an odd light shimmering around the whole thing. Rowan had no idea what to make of it but he felt drawn to it. Pretty and mysterious, he wanted to get a closer look, even if that might be a foolhardy thing.

When Sephira opened a portal, the young man released a yelp, wincing as his voice shot through higher octaves than he normally let it. He scrunched his eyes shut, telling himself that nobody had noticed before he risked a peek at the magical phenomenon before him. Mages made him a little nervous, mainly because they were an unknown and this gash in the fabric of space looked far from inviting, even as the Element promised to keep it open for him to enter. He wasn't too inclined to step through something that looked like a gaping wound, complete with scarlet light bleeding from its edges. Her portal was clearly unnatural so not like a flesh wound in that respect but the analogy remained in his mind all the same. However, if she stepped through it then he would follow her, cautiously, nervously, dreading what the sensation of passing through such a thing would be. The horror of such a thing wouldn't leave him quickly though, the passage through such a thing likely to leave him feeling a little ill as if he'd been on a ship again. Green around the gills, he would likely hunker down under the odd tree while he waited for the sickening sensation to abate.
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It seemed to Tio that somewhere along the line his group must have forgotten what boats were for. Boats were meant to carry you across water, not be carried by you over the land when a perfectly good stream was right next door! So what if there were one or two deadly rapids ahead? Since when did deadly rapids ever harm anyone? But he had been the one to nominate Ela as the group leader, so immediately turning around and arguing with the very first decision she made wasn't really an option. Reluctantly Tio hoisted up one end of a boat and followed Ben as he led the way, silently pouting the lost opportunity.

It wasn't too long into the journey that Tio, who rarely had to do manual labour and as such wasn't exactly a paragon of physical strength, started to get a little bit tired. Unfortunately for him Ben was constantly alert for anyone who tried to slack off, and no matter what he tried Tio couldn't seem to fool him. He tried every trick in his book: pretending to come down with a sudden illness, claiming to have spotted a horse, and even declaring that his arm had inexplicably fallen off, but nothing worked! The guide was just too damn perceptive!

"But Beeennn... I'm tiiirrred..." He whined, deciding that annoying him into letting him rest would probably work better than trying to trick him. "I was built for talking, not lifting! I'll die! Have you no soul? If not I have a whole bowl of soul I could share with you."

Before long however the group came to a river wide enough for them to take the boats down again. By strange coincidence (if it really was coincidence, and not the result of something pulling the strings behind the scenes) the other groups had also arrived at the river at the same time, and Tio joined his teammates in waving hello to them.

"Detective! Empress! We meet again at last!" He shouted to Sephira and Kura. "I missed you guys! Too bad you didn't come our way; we all spent the whole journey tripping out on exploding fish slime. It was fun, but I think I might have gotten the construction company the lives inside my head in trouble with Ziell." A thoughtful look crossed his face. "Huh, you know that didn't sound so crazy in my head as it did out loud..."
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Kura had laughed as the bunnies started blowing smoke rings and had joined in quite happily as they headed towards the clearing. Phelan was also able to find them a long, winding route through the clearing of doom, and she passed along his warning about the bones. "Let's not wake up the dead, yeah? Had enough of that over the past couple of seasons." she said, growling at one of the skeletons as they passed it. Fortunately, it seemed they made it through without any trouble and came to the river with the island and the tree. "Well, that's gotta be what we're looking for." she said, cheerfully, before looking at Hookor as he spoke. "Maybe there was something in those smoke rings, cuz I've never heard anyone refer to anything as "A whole bowl of soul" before." she murmered, before she noticed the other two groups had also arrived.

She waved at Ela as her sister called out to her, telling a story about making friends and exploding fish. "Good to hear you're making friends, Ela! You spend far too much time on your own." she said, giving her sister a genuinely affection smile at the tale. She'd save her questions about the bird until later, there would be time for stories. She did however, turn to give Devin a look when he called her sister "fang-girl" and started mimicking her fangs. She gave genuine thought to kicking the man into the river, but Ela's response to him soothed her irritation and she looked at the other group. "Sephira, is that you? Didn't anyone ever tell you to avoid pissing off birds?" she shouted to the element that had been a steadfast companion in several battles now.

"We need to get over to island. We won't accomplish anything standing over here." she said to her group, before another voice called out to her and she looked over at Tio. "Tio, you rogue! You didn't give any of that slime to my sister did you? That stuff can't be good for folks." she shouted, playing the role of overprotective sister to the hilt before she let out a laugh. "Besides, we have smoke ring blowing rabbits, top that!" she said, her tone cheerful.
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Strange wasn't beginning to cover what was going on to-trial. During their nineteen arcs living within Sweetwine, Amaris had not come across oversized, smoke blowing bunnies. Perhaps it was something to do with all the unrest that the island had seen, and this was merely a reaction to it. They would not be surprised if that were the case. Walking with their group, the mixed blood councilor was more than relieved to see those of the other group had made it safely, a smile touching their face. However, their attention was soon stolen by Hookor speaking to them. What he had to say was...interesting. Soon enough, Kura had remarked on his greeting. They'd only managed to utter "A bowl of soul sounds an awful lot like some sort of expensive dish," before Rowan's voice carried over the river to them.

The smile that had been on their face soon dropped as Rowan's words registered. Heat licked their cheeks, eyes watering slightly. This was a turn of events they hadn't quite expected. Though, with what they had encountered, they shouldn't have put it past the other group to have run into something as equally bizarre. Swallowing and very much in tears, they wiped what they could from their cheeks and offered an apologetic smile Rowan most likely wouldn't be able to see. "Just wanted to show you what I was talking about when we first met, is all," they replied, voice cracking slightly.

Moving on from the slightly upsetting greeting, they focused again on the tree before the two groups. Quite a great, big tree. Certainly, Hookor's words might not have been entirely misplaced, if not well formed in describing it. But, they wondered how long it'd been there. Had their father known? He was always quite knowledgeable about these things; perhaps they'd ask when next they spoke to him. Likely soon after this expedition was wrapped up.
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So it came to pass, the three groups once again became one. There were greetings and shouts of recognition, or not. However, one member of the newly formed single group drew a lot of attention. Rowan. Rowan, who had made Amaris cry. That was not well received, especially not by Tom who had both a well developed sense of "team" and also a strong dislike of bullies. "How very dare you! You ignorant little beast!! Why, why would anyone speak in such a manner?! Be assured, I will not forget this!"

Who knew, but it seemed that Tom really, really didn't like people making other people cry.

But whether they went by water, or portal, by being ferried or stepping through - they found themselves on the small island with the tree. The tree was huge and, as they got closer to it, they could see more detail and the tree was beautiful. From the ground where it's old gnarled roots entwined and emerged from the earth to it's very highest leaf, everything about it was simply lovely. Vision was not the only sense which it delighted, though, the smell of spring, autumn, summer and winter all combined and wafted from it, each one beautiful and together absolutely wonderful. Then, there was the ever so slight tingle in the air which left them feeling just that much more alive. Without a doubt - this was a beautiful specimen.

When they got closer to it, they could see it from an angle not available to them from the other shores and from here, they saw that in the trunk of the tree there was a door. The door in question was slightly open - ajar being the phrase - and behind that door (which opened outwards, towards them) was a void.

Not a stair in sight, just an endless (apparently) swirling void. Far, far in the distance - impossibly far away considering the size of the door itself. There appeared to be no way down, but then the group had not really explored so they might yet find something.

When they grew closer to the tree, they all felt it. Calm. Logical. Powerful. That was what this was.

What would they do?
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Achievement: Meet & Greet! Unlocked: All pcs greeted two others. Bonus knowledge at the end
Achievement: Bowl of Soul! Unlocked: All pc's used the key phrase. Bonus items at the end.
Achievement: A Sacred Vowel! Unlocked: Amaris, Devin, Rynata, Kura, Hookor and Rowan used only consonants throughout. That will earn them a treat at the end! Consequences:Negative Rowan has been rude to another pc and Tom is Having None Of It. Rowan will earn a negative consequence from this thread. Consequences: Positive:
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Consequence: Unknown: Devin and Ela have been randomly chosen as Couple 1 and Tio and Kura as Couple 2. The dice never lie - but what will be the outcome? Who knows?

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Ben
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Most obvious attribute: Strength
Cautious
Good with boats
Prefers an axe
Superstitious
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Doesn't like being called Billy Boy
Is evidently, the forgiving sort
Is not afraid to bully people into pulling their weight
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Doesn't like drugs
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Some fieldcraft knowledge.
Has a "little bit of skill" with a bow (but doesn't seem to know much)
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Hookor listened to Tom's stern words. The man was right of course, there was no room for such behavior when working as a team. Now, however, the attention was taken from that side show, to the giant glowing tree before them. It was amazing. So amazing that Hookor, normally diligent with notes, stood there in awe, doing nothing more than gazing...and smelling...and feeling the tingling.

Then the door. That brought the half-eidisi back to reality. So strange that he nearly shook his head to insure he was infact seeing it.

"That is odd."
he said to Rynata, who was close by. He turned and looked to her for some sort of words, or facial expression to confirm he was not alone in thinking it was all a little...no more than a little, crazy.

"My advice is caution." Crook said, both to Rynata immediately, and to the group more generally. He was always a person of caution. Better to look over the wharf edge to make sure there was water, than to jump in blindly.

"I think we should take a little time to study this. If this is the cause of all the trouble locally, than a thorough analysis of the tree, and...the door, would be the most prudent action at this time."
he offered. Hookor took out his notebook, and began to write down all he had witnessed. The color, size, and shape of the tree and its roots. The size and composition of the door. Each and every detail he was witness to, he now, now, began to write down...
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After Rowan’s childish outburst, Rynata furrowed her brows and watched with some trepidation as tears rolled from Amaris’ eyes. This was all very unexpected and unpleasant. They had all been working together well but perhaps it was too much to expect that such a random group would last without a hitch for so long. Still, such a messy expression of anger was immature and lowly, not to mention revealing of a clear lack of concern for Amaris’ feelings. Teamwork was hard enough without people screaming at each other. It would be interesting to see how well the young man fared not in a forest expedition but in a negotiation of Biqaj trade agreements. She’d bet on 10, no, 5 bits before he was marooned due to the second party’s sheer exasperation. As it was, Rynata didn’t do well around tears, so in an attempt to right the situation, she sidled closer to the tall woman.

“Are you alright?” She spoke softly but a little awkwardly. “I don’t know how you two know each other, but I wouldn’t let his words get to you. He seems a little too mercurial for his own good. For everyone’s good, really,” she said, eyeing Tom who had reacted rather violently to Rowan’s expletives. The man had seemed so calm and cheery that Rynata hadn't expected such a response, but it was obvious now that he had high expectations of how people treated each other, and was not afraid to reinforce those expectations. She pitied Rowan for incurring the bookish man's wrath. "I think we'll all feel better once this business is solved. Perhaps you could talk it out then?" she murmured to Amaris.

Aside from bruised feelings, Rynata safely ferried the rest of the group to the island while some stepped through the strange phenomenon Sephira had conjured. Standing beside Hookor, she gazed into the small crack of the open door and frowned slightly, tilting her head. She didn’t know what to make of that. Looking back at Hookor, she shrugged in equal confusion. However, in her eyes danced curiosity at the prospect of exploring this strange tree. It was something about the surrounding air that made her feel collected and sure of herself.

“It is odd,” she affirmed to Hookor. “And I agree, we should be careful. Looking around might give us a better idea of what we’re dealing with, yes?” However, she looked back at the door and her lips curved with the hint of a mischievous smile. “Still, a door is meant to be opened. I don’t think we’ll find everything standing out here. Until then I suppose I’ll take a look around the tree." Looking around the group, Rynata's eyes landed on the tall man with jet black hair and equally dark eyes. "Devin, was it? If you'd like to join me, I'm sure I could use the expertise of a naturalist." Noticing Hookor's notes, she assured him, "If I find anything interesting I'll let you know."

With that she took off to go in a slow circle around the base of the tree. Rynata looked at the bark and roots around the door and continued in a similar fashion. The melange of all the seasonal scents provided pleasant company as she kept her eyes peeled for any noticeable irregularities. In fact, that gave her the idea to consult the strange long snouted creature that had been adamant about following about at her heels. Kneeling on the ground she smiled fondly at the tortoise.

"Find anything interesting, my stubborn friend?" she asked laughingly, giving the creature's shell a gentle tap.
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Devin suppressed a laughter as Tom chastised Rowan. While his companions were absolutely outraged because the blonde had made poor Amaris cry, the thief found the situation highly amusing, and he was about to thank Rowan because he had just made his trial so much more interesting when he suddenly remembered that he was currently pretending to be Devin Thorn, the friendly naturalist from Rynmere. So he put on his sternest expression instead, put his hands on his hips and looked at the blonde disapprovingly before he turned to face the rest of his companions again and pretended to be just as interested in teamwork as they were.

When they had finally reached the island, Devin just stood there and stared at the tree for a moment because it was so beautiful. It smelled absolutely wonderful, too, and he took a deep breath and then another one and another one because he just couldn’t get enough of it. There was something about the smell that made him feel alive, more alive than he had felt in ages. It was quite addictive, to the point that he couldn’t help but wonder if the leaves could be made into drugs and sold for a profit. He removed one of the vials from his belt and uncorked it in order to take a sample when the blue guy spoke again. Devin couldn’t help but roll his eyes.

“If this were the cause of all the trouble, wouldn’t we be affected as well?” he asked. “I don’t feel particularly crazy. In fact, I feel better than I’ve felt in ages. I agree with her”, he said and pointed at Rynata. Why hadn’t he noticed her until now? Unlike the rest of their group, apart from Rowan and Kura maybe, she seemed to be halfway intelligent. The false naturalist instantly moved a bit closer to her. “A door is meant to be opened, so we should open it! We’ll never get anything done if we just stand there and argue! We’ll give you a few bits to come to the same decision. In the meantime, we’ll explore the area!” he said, followed Rynata to the base of the tree and handed her a few of his vials.

“We need gather samples of the leaves, the ground and the roots of the tree so that I can study them in my laboratory later on”, he instructed her in his best, matter-of-fact naturalist tone while they carefully examined the area around the door. If she helped him, he’d get more of a potentially highly addictive substance faster, and he could just throw away the samples that he didn’t need once he was rid of her again. “Don’t touch anything with your bare hands though!” he warned her and showed her the gloves that he was wearing. Protection was of the utmost importance, no matter whether you were a naturalist or just a thief and con man that pretended to be a naturalist!

“You know”, he then whispered. “Maybe the two of us should just check out that door. It doesn’t seem as if they can agree on anything! They’ll probably keep on arguing and insulting each other until it’s too late, and Scalvoris has been overrun by crazy animals!” He looked at their companions, frowning. When he had first come here, he’d wanted to do everything alone so that he didn’t have to share his loot, but after the bone place he had realized that having backup or an accomplice wouldn’t be a bad idea either in case they ran into a problem or something unforeseen happened.
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  • Due to an encounter with a magical tree Devin has bright violet eyes.
  • Devin has fancy black claw-like nails. The Grafter Rakvald made them from the spines that grow on the dubaebo's back and attached them to Devin's hands.

Items

Devin owns a Ring of Reversal. He's always wearing it, unless stated otherwise.

Potions

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Ela Wolfsdotter
Posts: 93
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:24 pm
Race: Mortal Born
Renown: 95
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[Seasonal Event] Something in the (sweet) wine water?

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Something about this trial had changed Ela a lot, and she almost doubted it was the exploding fish. She had spent many trials roaming these forests, seen many things. Yet through all of it, she had never once made a friend. Truth be told, she'd never much cared to either. Until today Ela was much more comfortable alone than with company.
Which perhaps explained why the girl walked past Kura and straight to Amaris, only giving a small nod of acknowledgement to her sister. Unlike the shy Rynata, Ela had a different approach, lightly putting her hand on the girls cheek and meeting eyes with hers. Yet despite the feral, primal nature of the pup, there was nothing terrifying about them. A friendly look, one that very few saw in the Mortalborn, covered her face.

"Those tears are wasted, girl. You should never cry over someone that will bring tears to your eye and shed none of their own, but laugh as if it was nothing" Ela offered her advice, refusing to let her eyes meet Rowan. In case Rowan came close, the Mortalborns hand was clearly on display, showing the razor sharp claws on them for any that would try and approach her from behind. Yet her gaze never once looked away from Amaris. Quiet then came across her as Ela stayed quiet for a few trills, before sighing.
"Take care of yourself, girl. If you need anything, you know where I'll be. Even if things need to get bloody" she muttered quietly to the girl, before turning back to Kura and walking beside her sister. If anyone knew it, Kura would, but that was the least 'Ela' thing she could have done. Of course, Ela kept her offer of violence quiet for nobody else to hear. But giving advice to someone because they were upset was unlike Karem's youngest daughter entirely. Perhaps today had shaped her a little differently than she could have ever anticipated.

As she stood by Kura's side, the girl looked at the doorway, though she didn't care much for it. It was fascinating, no doubt about it. But her mind was focused elsewhere. Though, she shared her opinion on it with Kura. "If we don't explore that door, our time here was wasted. Wouldn't you agree, sister? After all, our three paths led us all here, despite every bit of strangeness we had. Perhaps mother is smiling down on us by showing us to this door."
Ela then made her intentions clear to Ben, who had so far been helping their group with the mission. Anyone around could hear her proposal to. "I say we open the door and someone goes in. And I'm willing to nominate myself for that position. Someone has to find out what's in there, and these are my woods that are at stake. I'm willing to take a risk for it."

Ela then glanced around at the faces, looking at near to everyone. There were a lot of them, all here for different reasons. But the girl wondered if any were here for the same reason as her, to protect the woods and all the life in it. Predators were here domain after all, and what were predators without their prey? The Mortalborn needed these woods to survive. No, everyone needed these woods to survive.

Ela then approached near the door, waiting for everyone else to make a decision. Her eyes looked straight in to the void as it swirled before her. Ela wasn't immune to fear, but any fear she had was gone. Ela waited for a decision.
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