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Saga gets a chance to make a good first impression on Lheili Dawn.

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The Diamond of Kalea is located on Kalea's extreme west coast and called as such because its completely made of a crystalline substance called Skyglass. Home of the Alvina of the Stars, cultural mecca of knowledge seekers, and rife with Ethaefal, this remote city shimmers with its own unique light.

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Flame and Fortune (Saga)

Postby Luminescence on March 21st, 2019, 5:00 pm

Flame and Fortune

41st of spring, 519 AV

Lheili was exhausted. The season had been rough so far, particularly for her and the other reimancers of the city; the constant rain had resulted in flooding and landslides that required all of her attention and energy in order to keep the city and its citizens safe.

Still, it was rewarding work. Walking back from the Amaranthine River along the streets of the Shinyama Peak, she didn't bother trying to keep herself dry from the light drizzle of rain; she was wet from sweat and water from the river already, so it was pointless. While magic was useful, there were still things best done with physical labour, and her muscles were slightly sore, unused to it.

Deciding she would make a stop at the Zintia Rest on her way over the peak, and already dreaming of warm water and gentle scented soap, she almost failed to notice the danger; almost, but not quite. The heavy smell of smoke taunted her, and Lheili glanced around with a furrowed brow, wondering what was smoking in such damp weather.

Her answer came to her quickly enough. She was walking down a quiet street with a few houses scattered between businesses, and while it took her a moment of glancing around, she could see smoke billowing from the open window of a nearby house, quickly thickening and becoming darker.

"What's going on?" She muttered, breaking into a run towards the house. There weren't many other people on the street, but the few that were present were also beginning to take note of the situation. As Lheili approached the house, she heard the high-pitched sobbing of a child from within, interrupted occasionally with coughing.

"Shyke," she swore, spinning around on her heel, beginning to snap out orders. "Someone go get the Shinya, tell them to bring a doctor. Start bringing water!" With the rain, she doubted the blaze would get very large, and she was more than capable of putting out flames; but already she could feel the heat from the open window, and she was already tired from the past few days of work. Besides, it didn't hurt to be prepared.

A man in the small crowd, which was already dispersing, caught her attention; he was dark-skinned, with shining silver hair. While that served to catch Lheili's eye, what made her fixate on him was his build. He towered over everyone else around, and looked to be decently strong.

Saga, who had just happened to be in right place at the right time (or perhaps the wrong place at the wrong time), had suddenly found himself recruited for a rescue mission.

"You," She pointed a finger at him, speaking briskly as the crying of the child increased in volume. "Come with me." If any part of the building had collapsed, she could redirect the flames, but lifting furniture and wooden beams was beyond her. She needed someone with strength for that.

Not waiting for a response, she whirled around; focusing for a moment, she drew up a small ball of res, tossing it onto the handle of the front door as she turned it to water. Steam hissed off the metal, and she quickly opened the door; the handle was hot, but not enough to hurt her thanks to the quick splash of water.

"Come on," she said, impatiently to the man, before she bounded into the building. Inside was hot, and thick smoke clouded the air; Lheili coughed as she willed up more res between her palms. She spun her hands around her head, guiding the transparent, thin liquid and turning it to air, creating a small wind that whipped around her head, keeping the immediate area clear of smoke.

Feeding a thin stream of res into the wind to keep it going, Lheili plunged ahead into the smoke. Some of it still slipped past the makeshift barrier of wind, causing her to cough and blink her stinging eyes. She could hear the crying of the child upstairs.

"She's upstairs," she called back to the man who she had so suddenly recruited to help her; she was assuming he had followed her, but if had decided not to and she received no response, she would forget about him and forge on alone.

Flames crackled around her, making the air grow steadily hotter as they greedily licked at scraps of clothing and furniture, climbing the walls and growing larger. Making her way to the steps, Lheili tested her weight on one; but just as she began her climb, a section of ceiling came crashing down in front of her, causing her to stumble back with a swear. Upstairs, the little girl screamed.

"Petch it all, can't get by without moving that," she snarled. She was sweating, and ash was clinging to her damp skin, smearing dark marks across it. Dropping the wind from her face to focus on the task in front of her, she grit her teeth and drew res up out of her palms, turning it to liquid and shooting jets of water at the smoldering debris on the staircase.

She could feel the exhaustion creeping up on her; alarm bells went off in her head, the lessons on overgiving that had been drilled into her coming to mind. It had been some time since she'd needed to use her djed so intensely and so frequently, and she was unused to the exertion. The water jets flickered, and then Lheili stopped the res, cutting them off completely; the debris was still smoldering slightly, but was no longer on fire.

Tightening her jaw, she moved closer and began to pull at a smoking wooden beam blocking the path up the stairs. She could feel the fire inching closer, and the child upstairs had gone worryingly quiet; it was clear, however, that she was not going to be able to move the beam alone.
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Postby Saga on March 26th, 2019, 5:56 pm

Saga couldn't get enough of the views. Lhavit was visual masterpiece. The young Akontak was making his way down the streets of the Shinyama Peaks. He had been drawing some eyes from the citizens, his huge size was noticeable from afar. Wearing black robes of Akajia, his silver-white hair stood out incredibly. Saga was used to double-takes. However it was his turn to gawk and marvel, for the mountainous buildings were one thing. But he wanted an encounter with an Ethaefel, they were an interesting bunch.

Lost in his strange thoughts he almost didn't notice the crowd gathering around a spot. The city was pretty lively, perhaps they was a performance of some sort. But Saga's senses were picking up on the impending situation. Smoke could be seen and the smell he was able to pick up quite fast. A fire! He was Knight through and through although he took a break to increase his prowess.

He moved to the front of the crowd to the house caught up in flames. There was a woman there directing people in the crowd to act. They were transfixed by the fire, and there a child screaming for help. All of a sudden, the lady pointed to him, saying 'You. Come with me'. Saga did not waste a second, he discarded his robe and it fell to the ground. "I'm coming." And he followed the woman brave enough to fight this fire.

She was obviously used to these type of situations. Not many would dive head first into a fire. The woman was also a mage, as she used water reimancy to cool off the handle, allowing them to enter. Very impressive. He thought as he followed her inside. She mentioned that the child was upstairs, so the duo made haste to the stairs. Flames were spreading all around the house, destroying everything slowly but surely.

Apparently it had been spreading quickly before they got there. As a beam fell from the burning wood, it crashed down on the staircase barring them from going further. The beam was on fire, but the lady wasn't going to let that stop here. With a control he was unused to seeing, she summoned her res and sprayed the beam with jet like stream of water. The powerful res stopped the fire from eating the beam and it was smoldering within seconds.

"You are quite adept. Allow me to lend me strength at least." The woman he moved to moving the beam herself. He quickly worked around her and placed a hand on the hot and wet beam. He had great strength, and which he used to push with all his might. With the two working together they could lift the beam and toss it over the banister. Then they could save the child.
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Postby Luminescence on April 14th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Pleased that the man had followed her after all, Lheili only grunted in acknowledgement of his comment, too busy pushing the smoldering beam with all her weight. Embers still glowed hotly in some spots, and she could feel them burning her fingers; she was sure to have blisters later, but that didn't concern her at the moment.

She felt the beam begin to shift once Saga put his weight behind it as well; the Akontak would feel similar sparks of heat on his palms, but nothing that would stop him from being able to push the beam. Between the two of them, they managed to heave the beam up and over the railing of the stairs after a few moments of struggle. It went crashing down to the floor below, and Lheili flinched back, throwing an arm up to shield her face as sparks flew up from where the beam landed among the flames.

"Let's go," she shouted to Saga, turning and running up the rest of the stairs, not having a moment to spare. The wood of the house creaked ominously around them, flames licking up the walls. The smoke was getting thicker, making it difficult to breathe as they climbed the stairs.

Lheili coughed, pulling her shirt up around her mouth and nose. There were two sections of the upper floor, the hallway leading both right and left. The child had gone quiet, leaving them with no indication of where she might be. "Hello?" Lheili called, and swore when they received no response. "Petch it all. I'll go left, you take the right. If you find her, shout, and I'll meet you back here. We need to hurry up and get out of here."

As if to prove her words, another beam crashed down from the ceiling not far from where she stood. "Let's go!" Without another word, Lheili turned and ran down the hall to search the rooms to the left of the upper floor, leaving Saga to search the rooms to the right.

It was the smaller side of the house; the room closest to Saga, the door wide open, showed a large tub, the room clearly meant for bathing and washing up. Another door was closed further down the hallway, flames creeping up the doorframe.

If he made his way down the hallway to the closed door, Saga wouldn't be able to open it properly, the door handle hot enough to burn the skin of his palm if he tried as much. He would need to find a way to either cool the handle, protect his hand, or otherwise break the door down.

If he could figure out a way to open or break down the door, inside he would be greeted with a child's room going up in flames. The smoke was thick and dark, choking him and making it difficult to see; but curled up in the corner on the floor, covered in soot and ash and unconscious, lay the form of a little girl clutching an equally dirty stuffed okomo.

The ceiling creaked, collapsing inwards in the middle of the room with a thundering roar; flames leaped gleefully to the bed nearby, greedily seeking out any flammable material, edging closer to the prone form of the child. The wall of flaming debris between Saga and the little girl was growing by the minute; if he wished to save her, he would have to act fast. He could try to call Lheili for help, but there was no guarantee she could get there in time...if he didn't want to risk the life of the little girl, then he was on his own.
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Postby Saga on June 30th, 2019, 9:25 pm

The situation was already dire, and it seemed to be getting worse by the minute. The two were able to heave the large beam over the railing, clearing a bit of the way upstairs for them. However as they reached the top there Lheli quickly made the decision to search for the child down left side oft he building. She mentioned for Saga to cover the right. With a quick nod Saga burst down the hallway looking for any and everything.

The first room he came across was bathroom being eaten alive by the powerful flames. But there was nobody there, so after a quick glance he was moving down to the next room. This door was closed as well, and as Saga learned before, those doorknobs were potentially very hot.

He held his hands over the door knob and allowed himself a quick deep breath. Saga began to pour a small stream of a silver liquid res from his palms. It formed itself around the doorknob easily enough. And he transmuted the res into an earthen mixture, where it began to harden immediately. Sure enough within seconds the doorknob turned into a hard rock like substance.

The earth element stopping the heat from expanding any further, Saga grabbed onto the earthen doorknob and opened the door. He was greeted with a blast of smoke and fire emanating from the room, a child's bedroom.

Saga began choking and as he dropped to his knees to avoid the thick smoke that had gathered in the room. His eyes searing but still was able to see. There was a small body on the floor, clutching a slightly burnt toy. The girl!

The fire was dancing around the room and there was simply no time for him to wait for Lheli, he had to act now. Saga fell to ground after giving a few more throat tearing coughs. He began to crawl rapidly towards the girl. Saga was used to this type of environment so he broke no focuses in rescues. He reached her in no time and began to check for signs of life.

There was none that was obvious but he could still feel her stirring as he grabbed her and put her on top of his back. The Akontak would direct his crawling towards the open door to quickly get away from the engulfed room. When they reached the door he was able to crouch and pull her more securely on his back. "I have her!" He bellowed in his very hoarse voice after facing the fierce smoke.

They needed to escape quickly. Saga began to shuffle his feet and head towards the stairs with the girl on his back. "Lets get out of here!" He called for her once more.
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