The beast’s piercing eyes stared straight into mine. It knew what was coming. I couldn’t do it..
It has only been a few minutes since I joined this realm, but it feels like a lifetime ago. The terrain was surrounded with trees and leaves, pink and green. I felt a cool tingling on my skin everytime the breeze swept by, causing goosebumps to form. The air was fresh. Everything was interconnected, the only sounds were of vines wisping in the winds, tree branches swinging with the movements of the creatures that inhabited them. The blue sky I was used to was nowhere to be seen. It was magical, surreal. Almost like an alternate reality.
I was ready to take on everything, fulfill my duties, bring peace to the world. My heart started pumping seeing the beasts roam, and the humans and goblins and other elves all training in one line of sight. Well, that excitement has since subsided.
My heart sank to my stomach as Ilthalaine brought my mind to reality. As a new priest I was under the impression that I would be keeping balance in the world. Just like in those in the legends, watching from afar, giving wise advice and such, occasionally displaying some miraculous healing abilities. Here I was, on a quest to hunt down six nightsabers. And I have yet to kill my first..
It was a struggle even sneaking up on this creature. My feet seemed unnaturally large everytime I took a step, involuntarily tripping on what seemed to be anything of substance. Tree roots, crackling leaves, etc. I slowly picked up my foot, repositioning myself to attack. I didn’t even know what I was supposed to do.
“Focus and center all your energy,” I was told.
What does that even mean?
I took a deep breath, let my eyes close as I envisioned a yellow light forming, growing bigger and bigger as my breath calmed.. Wait. This is not in my head. I looked down and my heart flipped. There it was, a yellow ball of energy between the palms of my hands. Suddenly, I knew what to do. It was as if my body had known all along. I watched the light travel until it hit the beast in front of me.
It winced as it impacted with the wave I had just released. I exhaled with relief. I did it. I won’t fail after all. All the preparations have paid off. Even if it was not the way I expected. Now I just have to do this twelve more times. Great.