Pilgrimage (Open) May 29, 2011 14:50:57 GMT -5
Post by Ribitta on May 29, 2011 14:50:57 GMT -5
Coarse, golden sand was the only known reality in this part of the Kemei desert. Completely convinced that nothing could survive here, oasis, civilization, or anything else, Riul lifted a hand to her forehead to shade her vision in an attempt to scan the horizon. It must have been the hundredth time she had tried within the last hour, and she was quickly beginning to worry that coming here had been a mistake after all. As a gust of wind picked up yet again, she melded a shield of light in a spherical shape around her body, not stopping the wind but rather shrugging it off to go around. Despite the heat, she shivered slightly at the thought of someone coming here without magic. Looking down to her feet, which were suspended about six inches from the ground, she wondered idly what would kill a person here first. The wind? The sand that had been ignited to the temperature of hot coals? She had been told there would be beasts out here, and while she believed it at the time she was quickly wondering if even the fiercest of predators could survive in this wasteland.
As her gaze stayed at her feet, though, her ears began to pick up a rumbling noise. Quickly in succession, the sand beneath her feet began shaking as well, and Riul's eyes widened with realization. She had only moments, rising into the air yet further as a large Sand Maggot burst through the ground, its vicious pincers snapping at where she had been floating only a moment ago. While distracted, though, her magical shield faded from effect and yet another gust of wind blasted her floating form, unbalancing her and sending her light body crashing into the searing hot sand. The impact alone was enough to break the skin on her hands, and she did her best to ignore the fiery feeling throughout her entire body, especially her hands that had already begun screaming in pain from the impact and damage. Shaking her head quickly, Riul clambered shakily to her feet now, quickly locating the Sand Maggot that indeed was already on its way to meet her again. There was only one advantage to being the in the desert for Riul, though, and that was the sun. Flowing through as easily as blood flows through a man's veins, she redirected the glaring rays of the sun through her marred hands, a wrist-thick beam of light coming out immediately and colliding directly between the pincers of the Sand Maggot.
The blow was powerful and decisive on the Sand Maggot, killing it instantly, but Riul's fate was still dwindling. The fight, however short, had drained her energy quite deftly, and her need to find a respite had quickly become more desperate than ever. The noise that had been created by the fight would either prove to invite more of the creatures to devour her alive, or perhaps summon some aid in this wasteland. Levitating her body once more, the girl set off in the direction she had been travelling, keeping her guard up but living primarily on hope now.