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The Trial of the Balanced

Mon May 27, 2019 9:25 am

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As Enrick and Rabu entered the portal leading into the Trial of the Balanced, that Hector had entered previously, they'd find themselves instantly being assaulted by a storm of the natural elements. Water, wind, earth, fire, lightning, ice, dust, lava, and everything in between was raging across a world constantly in flux and changing. In the distance a massive being made of the elements could be seen roaming through the chaos.

If they looked real hard, they could see an unconscious man's body floating in the middle of the large being. In this place, Rabu's inherent protection from the elements for being a Tunawa were nullified. He and Enrick would both be assaulted equally by them.

However, in the elements, there were whispers to both men. Whispers asking them to embrace the elements, to let them in, to be forever changed by them. These whispers longed for Rabu and Enrick to join them in this pure chaotic maelstrom of their power. To become one with them. Rabu would find that Yah and his Dooglewogs were present, and their abilities were available. However, they were not immune from the raging elements as well.

The Trial of Chaos for Hector was near completed, but it seemed the man could not finish it on his own. The Eternal was gone from this place, set free. Behind Enrick and Rabu was the door they entered from, and they could leave simply by stepping through it anytime they wished.

Then the ground beneath them shattered, and the world was now floating above an abyss. There were small floating stones, water, ground, fire and the like everywhere, and the wind raging all throughout. A misstep would lead to possibly falling for eternity, or worse.

Number None's voice rang out over the trial, "Be careful, kind travelers. Be brave. Be swift."
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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

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The Trial of the Balanced
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or all intents and purposes Enrick hoped that the alleged 'trial' ahead of him would be easy, since he had stepped through the door with the basic mission of saving this Hector fellow. What he did not expect however was the furious velocity in which the elements, literal elements, ready to greet him the moment he stepped through into the shifting plane of existence he'd wandered in. Quite honestly the moment he'd laid eyes upon the unnatural phenomenon, his gut had told him that this had become more than just a rescue mission on his part.

It was a fucking suicide attempt.

In which he would've turned back and left if he had any real common sense, however when he looked back at the portal he stepped out of; the sailor found that he hadn't come here alone. "Wha? Why'd y' come 'ere? It ain't safe lil' guy!" He warned as though it weren't already plain and obvious, as a gale of wind already battered against his back hard. With such wicked unrelenting force he nearly toppled over from the blast, and of course Enrick couldn't hide away the disgruntled growl as he stood fast against the blast. "It's obviously too dangerous 'ere, if y' stay ten ya risk gettin' hurt worse tan 'afore." He called out as he faced the front of the storm once more, his irides already a mixture of milky white and bronze.

At the heart of this violent storm seemed to drift a figure, the body of what Enrick had to be assume was the man who completed the trial. If Hector was the cause of all this? Something must've gone horribly wrong to create such a backlash, the elements were a wretchedly relentless fury between him and the two at the portal. Enrick couldn't fault Rabu for wanting to help but this? This was too much... It literally felt way more easier just to turn back, and call this pipedream of a mission off before he attempted. However... Rabu seemed to go on about something. It was difficult to hear through the raging whirlwind, the cackling lightning storm, and the cracking sound of the earth that loomed before them.

One look back past his arm towards the creature though, it was easy to tell that Rabu himself feared what awaited ahead. They were both in for it with this quest, and in Enrick's case he'd hoped the reward would be worth the effort. Because even in his obvious uncertainty Rabu seemed determined to go through with this, that and the combination of something else stirred a sense of boldness within Enrick also. "Be careful, kind travelers. Be brave. Be swift." It had been the voice of that None figure they'd met just moments ago, with a bit of insightful encouragement on their behalf before they were truly tested by the storm. Yet the elements weren't all just wrath and chaos, something about them beheld a fascinating allure to Enrick the more he watched. Just when he'd thought he'd developed a profound respect for Spirits, sure enough that same respect had been extended towards nature's own fury.

Because he'd be the one to front the storm.

"Oi get te impression y' don't wanna turn back... Fuck..." With his hands clenched into fists the anxious bronze in his eyes turned to a vivid cyan hue. "In tat case stay behind me, an' hold on tight so y' don't get swept away!" He instructed as he allowed Rabu this one chance to listen, after that moment had passed however the sailor stepped forward with an arm hovering over his head. It would do no good in this situation as the elements would likely lash out from all around, but regardless it helped him brave that first step in going into the front of the storm. Of course there was still a ways to go before they'd reach the heart, however Enrick found that he was still standing after he'd already made several steps.

He just hoped that wouldn't change along the way, since it would really suck to falter amidst the storm.

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Tue May 28, 2019 3:54 pm

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The moment Rabu was on the other side, a harsh gust of dusty wind nearly pushed him back from whence he came. The dust flew into his gaping mouth and he doubled over to choke out the foreign particles. When he looked back up, Rabu saw an alarmed Erick staring back at him.

“I Grown… I dis choice I make.” The Tunawa forced out through laboured breaths. “You also make …dis choice knowing of deh danger, I not let you do dis alone.” Rabu gave a weak smile to his new friend before they both surveyed the harsh landscape around them. Through squinted eyes, The tunawa say the chaos of elements whirling and crashing about but his eyes widened in dread when he saw the one Tunawa all fear, Fire. He stiffened in fright and almost headed Enricks advice to leave as he saw the flames dancing about in the sky without rhyme or reason. Flames could come from nearly any angle he’d be burnt to ashes. Rabu clenched his fists and shook away the negative thoughts as best he could instead filling his head with his reason for being here, to help someone in need.

The only being Rabu could see was a monster compelled of various different elements, it lumbered around with no discernible direction or purpose. The Tunawa initially dismissed it as he was looking for an injured mortal. His eyes darted about frantically but could see no sign of any injured mortal and negative thoughts were beginning to creep into his mind. What if the man was already dead? What if they had to search around in this endless hellscape only to find that the journey was all for not. Then Rabu’s eyes finally spotted the man within the beast, floating unconscious. The Tunawa bit his lip, he wasn’t sure if he should be relieved or full of dread.

“This place doesn’t look very fun at all!” Yah shouted from behind them “I’ll stay by you bu-“ The floating rabbit head was cut off by the sudden interruption of two odd creatures who let out a powerful shriek. They had the heads of birds with big bulbous eyes and the bodies of fish. Rabu was sure he had seen them before but only out of the corner of his eyes, they were none other than the Dooglewogs that plagued him at every turn.

“Brother!” “Sister!” The Dooglewogs squawked at each other in alarm. “The filthy mortal can see us!” They both hissed in unison.

“Arg go away, Rabu is already in danger he doesn’t-“ Yah was interrupted again when a small rock hit her in the head. She winched in pain but then all three of her eyes went wide in realization. Yah was now a physical creature who was in just as much danger as Rabu. She floated behind Rabu for shelter and doodlewogs did the same.

“We hate you mortal.” The Dooglewogs grumbled.

“Quiet you two!” Yah Barked back.

Rabu whispered back in his native tongue that he would keep them safe. A promise he didn’t know if he could keep but he couldn’t leave Enrick or the other man to perish. He did as Enrick instructed and held on to Enrick’s pant leg as they made there way towards the heart of the storm. When the pathway before them crumbled before them, Rabu’s heart plummeted with it. He looked down at the endless abyss and felt nauseous. He could hear number nones voice telling him to be brave and be swift but every part of him was screaming to run.

Rabu used his free arm to hold the bubbles stone to his chest for comfort and stop his tiny heart from racing. He began hearing the whispers from the elements telling him to embrace them and become one. His eyes darted around to see their source, but found none.
“You want hug too..” The tunawa whispered under his breath to what ever unknown force was becoming him.

“We can do dis.” Rabu stated, his voice sounding shaky but determined. He looked down once more to feel the rush of fear that flowed through his legs, unleashing their dormant power and agility . He gracefully leapt though the air towards the next platform, flying much higher than one might expect for his kind.

The dooglewogs being the pests that they were, couldn’t resist cursing him even in such a dire situation and as Rabu flew threw the air he would pollute it with the smell of rotten cabbage.
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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

Wed May 29, 2019 6:03 am

The Trial of the Balanced
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nrick had no idea that Rabu could put on such a brave front in a situation like this, even as the half-Tunawa quickly faced his match in this storm what with fire swirling about. He also seemed quite distracted by something as well, though Enrick had been far too focused with the storm. Each step made was a considerate one as he didn't wish to just fling himself at the mercy of the elements, even if they were urging him to surrender himself to their own whims. He wouldn't...

Not yet at least. The storm would truly test his resistance to the elements for a short time, but before that brief window came about Rabu took his own initiative with the challenge. The little bunny like creature had nearly hopped into a full speed dart, already with a credible amount of distance gaped between him and Enrick. "What in te hell?! Oi said- Rrrr!" He couldn't help the growl as he clenched his jaw sternly, his upper body pulled into a low bend so he too could move a little faster. He didn't like the careless wandering into the violent stormfront, but at the same time he didn't wish to fall behind in case Rabu wound up hurt either.

Thus he marched hard with his head low and eyes still barely shielded from dirt, frost, water, whatever the hell pelted against his form as he trudged along. The next thing Enrick knew, an incredible blast of lightning roared several feet away from his right. The blast of the sonic boom he felt deafening his hearing to a dull ring, as he stammered away in a daze with eyes shifting from lilac towards turquoise. What incredible power! If this was the true nature of the elements at their core, the real temperamental chaos they unleashed could never hoped to be understood until this very moment. As Enrick continued to sluggishly march forward, to try and keep up with Rabu, he felt another blast in the air only this time it was more frigid than before.

Fire even soared overhead back towards the portal they'd come from, as Enrick stood fast against the icy whirlwind that pounded him just now. He suddenly found himself wanting to turn back now, even if he knew there wasn't a good chance at saving Rabu when he did. A sensible person would if they valued their life, so why on Idalos couldn't Enrick just find it in himself to do the same? Fuck! Another blast slammed into him as he weathered dust and rocks this time around, the force enough to cause him to struggle as he started to fall onto one knee. When he caught himself he kept pushing, the winds still relentless as he fought to keep up.

Yet the sailor found himself at his limit, and the stamina to keep pushing forward had run out. Slowly but surely he couldn't even find it in himself to crawl, only cling to the ground he was so close to. "Damn..." He muttered under his breath as he tried to keep it in control, but the pounding of his heart combined with adrenaline; thus he had to do everything he could to keep himself from falling into a panic. So what? What did he need to do now? At this rate he was at the mercy of the storm, which didn't bode well for him at the rate he was going. Had Rabu made it further than he did?

Enrick hoped so. He hoped that the little wooden man with the bunny ears made it soon, maybe even put an end to the raging elements at the heart of the storm. Needless to say Enrick didn't expect himself to go much anywhere, thus the only thing left to do was listen to what he heard... the elements themselves as they called out to him. "Oi dun expect tis t' work. But..." He closed his bronzed eyes and bowed his head onto the shifting dirt, hopeful to find a moment of clarity as he singled out each rational thought. Right now none of them mattered, only survival was what mattered to Enrick. While he might've felt like a coward hiding away, initially it was an attempt to find peace as he braced himself for the storm once more. Although he doubted the latter would happen any sooner, he'd already felt his body exhausted and with no refuge from the storm; there appeared to be little chance of recovering that lost energy.

So what about that survival instinct? That was what Enrick hoped to immerse himself with, to allow himself to resonate with whatever the elements told him. Become one with them? A part of them? How did one accomplish such a thing? Needless to say he didn't bother pondering the mystery, but rather controlled his breathing as he felt the winds ravage his figure. Every grain of dirt he felt pelting his skin, every frigid drop of water, all the hell this unrelenting storm threw down at him; Enrick merely clenched his entire form as he tried to brave the front at this rate. By now he would've given up and turned around, determined to leave all this behind and live for another day.

However he stayed right where he was, hopeful that he'd immerse himself with the elements; rather than be at the mercy of their continuous barrage.

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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

Thu May 30, 2019 10:53 am

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Rabu’s eyes were wide open with his pupils dilated and darting around to every possible danger. He landed on to the next platform and leapt just in time to avoid being flattened by an incoming boulder. There were monsters all around him, roaring and screaming from the sky. Rabu just had to get some where calm and warm where the beast couldn’t get him, Then he’d be safe and he wouldn’t have to run anymore. Soft dirt, thats what he needed, soft dirt he could claw through. If he dug deep enough then he’d be safe, the earth would protect him from the bad creatures.

“RABU! Snap out of it!” Yah screamed at Rabu but the mortal born didn’t acknowledge her presence. “Your Friend needs you ya big idiot!”

“HELP!” Yah shouted with rage at the two cowering Doogle Wogs who were now hiding behind a boulder like the cowards they were.

“No!” They cackled in unison.

Rabu found the softest dirt, it was worn down by fire so it felt warm and comforting in his hands. He dug like a maniac, flinging the dirt with reckless abandon. He could almost feel the earth welcoming him in, its whispers urging him to find security in its embrace.


Yah was growing desperate, wind and rocks were pelting her and Rabu but he didn’t seem to notice anymore. She was loosing her friend, watching him become like the primitive creature he held dominion over. Steam literally shot from her ears in frustration and all three of her eyes became a fiery red. She moved directly in from of Rabu took a deep breath and belted out a deep roar as her eyes shot out from their sockets and her stripped tongue lashed about three feet from her face. Yah was certain this could scare him back to Enrick, she wasn’t sure what she would do after.

Rabu looked up and let out the loudest burp anyone has likely ever heard or ever will hear.
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All seemed lost for the duo that was struggling to face down the elements that seemed to be threatening to rip them apart. In the distance, the great elemental beast lumbered along, not seeming to have direction or purpose. It might not have seemed possible, but the elemental rampages were beginning to worsen. The stones growing larger, the winds stronger, the fires more rampant, the water more violent.

But they were not alone here.

Rabu's rather large burp had a surprising effect. The crystal that Rabu had saved sprang back to life, weakly but present. Bubbles was back. And Bubbles saw the immediate danger that Rabu was in, as were Rabu's friends. And so, Bubbles set to work, reaching out to the one element that truly mattered to the spirit. Water in the immediate vicinity of Rabu, Yah, and the Doogle Wogs no longer lashed out at them. Instead, water formed large, dense spheres around all four of them, bubbles in shape, with plenty of air for those who needed. The shields repelled water and refused fire. They softened the effects of wind and stone, though they couldn't stop either completely. The hybrid elements were not stopped whatsoever. Rabu, and his companions, would find themselves able to steer and control the bubbles with their minds.

Bubbles tickled at Rabu's ears, before fading away from sight, leaving nothing behind.

Meanwhile, Enrick, in his desire to survive, gave himself to the elements. And the elements took him, and more importantly, his soul, rather greedily. And so, upon Enrick's soul, a power grew, the power of every element in the natural world. Enrick had become initiated into Defiance.

But the elements were not done with him yet. The elements swirled around him, trying to get a feel for this new master of the elements. They were greedy and upset and decided to show it. And so, every element rushed into Enrick's body, all at once, filling him with their power and threatening to overtake him, to steal his body and soul from him. It would become a battle of wills for the man, one the elements seemed determined to win.

For they had, temporarily, made him into an Exemplar. However, because he was not a true one, one that had not made that way himself, it was very quickly putting a drain on his newly discovered Ether. He would only have access to the form of the Exemplar, but only the novice defiance abilities. And the elements were now mixed between attacking him, challenging him, or trying to dominate him. But one Enrick would find one element willing to ally itself with him.
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:15 am

The Trial of the Balanced
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n that moment Enrick had subjected himself to the elements, he'd allowed them to do what they would only as a means to an end. Yet he did not anticipate how voracious they would be in embodying his being, let alone how relentless they were when he felt them wrestle his willpower. In the spur of a moment he felt all the power of the storm... no... the world suddenly overwhelm him as he clawed hard at the ground. He felt the earth shifting beneath him already, the wind which battered him now swirled immensely with pressure, his entire body rippled as though it consisted of water, and there was even an outstanding well of heat radiating throughout his very core.

He felt them all.

The power of every element as their nature compromised his own, feuding for control as he could only grit his teeth and try to weather it. And then something in him changed... He felt the very fibers of his being churn and awaken, with every fabric of hair standing on end at the power coursing through his body. This wasn't what he had wanted exactly, then again he never once considered what it was he actually wanted out of this either. Now that he felt changed though and the challenge against his will ensued, Enrick did his best to reign back in control and maybe even perhaps fend off the elements once more. It was no good though as they overwhelmed him, they had already claimed him as their own and would consume him soon... if he didn't come up with a solution.

"Leave me te fek alone!" He demanded as his fingers dug deeper into the soil beneath him, the bronze within his eyes churning to a vivid fusion of cyan and ruby hues. Yet they refused to give way let alone allow him a moment of peace, and sure enough as he drew fingers close into balled fists; the sailor slowly looked up from where he'd fallen towards the heart of the storm. Then to Rabu who looked to be in his own sort of predicament... with the way things were getting worse, it wouldn't be long before they were swept up into the volatile tempest sweeping the Trial. Not that he'd live much longer to see it, but then again Enrick's new found resolve came with an unexpected boon; the sudden burst of motivation felt accompanied with an utterly new and different sensation.

It felt like he'd been hit with a second wind all of a sudden, that the fire burning inside him was of his own willpower now. While he was utterly helpless and at the element's own mercy, he no longer felt the situation hopeless as one element no longer demanded control. Instead it resonated with the nature of his core, and in a sense reciprocated the newly attained motivation. Slowly he started to rise against the overwhelming force of nature, until it was enough to where he barely stood slouched against the tumultuous storm. With his dirt cloaked fists clenched even harder, Enrick allowed that one Element to fill his entire being; to merge its nature into his own as he brought both arms forward to form an 'X' symbol. "Let's fekin' do t'is!" He roared aloud as he focused on blocking all that he could with the element, while he reached deep down to call for its aid with the power he'd been given.

With a long drawn out growl he projected a portion of is Ether forward from his arms, as water accumulated from all around to form almost a dense wall against the storm. With his new elemental barrier created, Enrick stood just a little more taller; with steps made towards Rabu to reach the little creature first.

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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:42 pm

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“This works too.” Yah said as Rabu and the others were enveloped in watery spheres. The Tunawa had barely reacted to her growl but given the state of chaos everything was in, it wasn’t surprising.

The tickle at Rabu’s ear woke him from this frenzied mind with the realization that bubbles was back. He only felt a glimmer of the spirit before it faded but Rabu didn’t think the worst just yet. The spirits water shields were still present so that was enough for Rabu to think the spirit was fine for now.

There was other things that rabu needed to be concerned about, he turned back to Enrick. The man was being overcome by the elements, just like the man they were supposed to rescue. Rabu donned a determined look as he willed his bubble to fly to his friend. As the tunawa made his way over he noticed that Enrick was controlling the water in the area and making a shield against the raging storm that was getting worse by each passing moment.

“Enrick! Bubbles is back!” Rabu proclaimed loudly to his newly powered friend. “Why you not tell me you has deh magic?” He floated closer and noticed that Enrick was still struggling against his own body. He seemed to have control over water but the other elements seemed to be fighting against him. Without much thought, Rabu closed his eyes and focused his mind on the water around Enrick to give it strength. “Please give him strength bubbles.” Rabu whispered to himself.
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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:06 pm

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After Enrick was able to at least somewhat tame his new powers, they were able to work towards their intended goal of helping Hector. The poor man was still consumed by the elements, likely loosing himself with each passing moment. Rabu willed his bubble shield to move towards the hulking golem, while silently praying that he wasn’t too late for the man. Daggers of Ice wizzed by, a few of them were dangerously close to impaling Rabu, instead just grazing the edge of the bubble casing. A massive boulder of molten rock threatened to crush the tunawa mere moments later and after that Rabu was nearly struck by lightning. It was an ongoing onslaught that seemed to have no end as they made there way to the man.

“Wake!.. up!” Rabu shrieked as he finally made it to Hector. Rabu was panting and his heart was racing in his chest. “You must do… deh fighting… or you be lost.” There didn’t seem to be much response from the man so Rabu used the same strategy with Enrick. Closing his eyes, Rabu focused on the water in Hector to see if he could convince it to help tthe other elements waring with the man’s body. It was next to impossible to focus with all the chaos and danger around them but Rabu had to try, there was no telling what would happen if this trial wasn’t completed.

“Bubbles…help me fight to save dis man.” Rabu pleaded with the spirit, hoping it didn’t turn into a crystal before it could bring hector back from the brink..
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Re: The Trial of the Balanced

Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:53 am

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s the water rushed to form the frontal barrier he urged to create, Enrick's eyes narrowed as he realized just what exactly was going on just now; he was in control of the element in front of him. Literally able to coax water to form a wall between him and the storm, albeit the wall itself struggled to remain strong against the battering winds. Then again the storms progression was a sure tell sign of what to expect, if they didn't clear out or save this Hector man sometime soon... What to do then? Enrick could try weathering the storm but he wouldn't get very far, and while he had a small sense of reprieve from it's wrath; he still hadn't enough time to recover all of his energy.

Thus he struggled continuously as he pressed his feet hard into the ground, all while the other elements slowly started to reject him now that one had become his ally. Strange. He was a man born of both land and sea, therefore earth and water were as much a part of him. If it were up to him then he would've likely chosen differently, however the intensity of the pressured situation left him with little opportunity to think at all. Thus he found himself entirely in a new predicament, with no certainty on where to go. Enrick's second wind felt almost short lived too even if he did gain a sudden burst, then again he did everything he could not to lose control of everything. His thoughts. His feelings. Everything else was beyond him but what he controlled, he fought to keep as such otherwise he'd compromise himself... and everything else at risk just now.

Or maybe...

Rabu floated back towards him in the Spirit of Bubbles that had just awakened, surprised to see that Enrick had managed to conjure the watery wall he struggled with. Truth be told he didn't have an answer outright as he still needed time, time to process everything when there wasn't any time at all. There was just what happened at that moment, and what would happen if he tried to waste more thought on how to harness this power. There had to be more to it than just calling upon the water, even now he felt the muscles and bone of his form ripple as though a current coursed through. He didn't want to lose himself to whatever this was, didn't want to become something he wasn't ready for when clearly...

"Oy, hang on t' me!" He barked aloud for Rabu as he focused more on himself and less on the water wall. Sure enough as he still held his arms up defensively, the outer layer of his skin swelled as water started to branch from them to hold a thinner wall out. "If Oi'm one wit' water, ten maybe Oi can use it t' me advantage!" He figured as he focused more on his feet and legs, hopeful that he could channel enough energy to them to drag more water in close. As what reserves of Ether he had left flowed there the element responded to him, feeling his intent as a small pool collectively swirled around him. Somehow his boots must've slipped off as the water constantly churned, as they were thrown out and left to the torrential storm when he started to inch forward. And then Enrick realized... they didn't slip off at all, just that his feet were no longer physically there.

While water continued to churn around them one look at his shins, and Enrick couldn't see his feet at all as they'd merged with the water. "Te f-" He bit his lower lip hard as he looked forward past the thin water veil before him, deep all the way into the heart of the storm where Hector awaited their rescue. Whatever this was... it made Enrick no longer human anymore, it made his actual being magically one with the element. With water! If that was the case then maybe, just maybe, they could clear the gap between them and Hector in time. Thus rather than lift his leg up in an attempt to step, Enrick buckled his knees to mimic a different physical movement. With a slide of his leg forward he felt his body slowly move, and when he switched to his right next a few more inches were covered. To the regular human this would've been the equivalent of ice skating maybe, but for someone in Enrick's situation there came a whole new experience.

With each push slowly but surely the alternating of his legs allowed him to move further, each push almost slightly faster as he fought against the wind. The storm of course didn't relent either, as chunks of ice, fire, earth all collectively slammed into his shield before rolling off. Enrick pushed and pushed as hard as he could to try and keep going, until at last they'd reached Hector at the center of the storm. Honestly he hadn't any idea as to how he pulled it off, figuring that maybe the Spirit accompanying Rabu largely had something to do with it. As they were both within Hector's vicinity and able to grab his helpless body, Enrick's thoughts were more focused on protection than movement now; thus the water surrounding his feet rejoined the barrier he then transferred to his back. It was honestly weird for Enrick, to feel bits and pieces of him trickle along skin as it created a layer for protection. Yet when he looked down at his feet they looked normal once more, just paler as they solidified back into their regular form in which they belonged.

Rabu seemed to beg the Spirit for more aid and while the sailor hoped there'd be a solution there, he wasn't going to wait around to be clipped by the elements of the storm. Enrick on the other hand wasn't going to wait for long, so if Bubbles didn't have any idea on how to fix the situation; then Enrick would come up with two options to attempt remedying the situation. The first being the raise of his hand as he went in for a slap, and that slap ultimately being a rush of water to the face as his hand melted into liquid in trickling past Hector's face. If that attempt didn't work then Enrick's hand would solidify and sure enough, he'd grab the bastard with both hands and attempt to make a run for it. He fought his way here using water then he could surely do it again, albeit creating a simple tide like that took a lot out of him the first time.

"Enrick", "Ẹrọim", "Follower", "NPC"
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"Every side attacks ya, when y' don't take sides."


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