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.