One Hour Later...

Pregnant High Elf Seri has set out to find the father of her child, the common elf Azala. Along the way, she meets more of Azala's other children.
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Air covered her face quickly, getting ready for the storm, but noticed that Valkyria kept her face open, odd to say the least since she was the one telling everyone else to cover up. Air remained quiet however, as an impatient look spread across Valkyria's face as she stared at the approaching wall of sand. "Kinda scary, ain't it?" Air whispered to Y'ezela.
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Y'ezela nodded and glanced back out to the approaching storm again. Per Valkyria's suggestion, all the horses were tied to the wagon, and Luria and Phaeton took this task. The two mercenaries had sections of rope prepared now, and hurried around the group, handing off a length for each of the riders to tie to their saddles, while they tied the other ends to the carriage. Finally, they tied down their horses, and prepared to follow Valkyria's lead.

"We are prepared, Lady Valkyria," Phaeton spoke as he mounted his horse off the half-elf's flank.
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Valkyria nodded, satisfied that her orders were being followed. Urging Seri's steed onward, the tall half-elf lead the group into the wall of wind and sand. It was against the horses wishes to enter such a dangerous jaunt, but the desert-wise Valkyria knew each grain of sand better than her own body. This was her home, her domain, and even a the wall of ever-changing sand wasn't going to be able to change anything about that. She gauged the distance that they traveled through the thick blanket of wrathful sand by feeling the jarring hooves against the road. Her eyes could see no better than any other in the group but she could feel the pull of the desert in her bones. She was going the right way. After several miles down the road she carefully guided them off the beaten path taking the time to count the strides of her temporary mount until she verified that she was adjacent to the underground river. The sands were shifting, and with their shifting came the burning feeling of the sand cutting across the faces of all those who dared trespass on its dance. Even with their faces covered, the heat and pressure were felt. In the distance a thunderous boom broke the silence of the dance. Valkyria cursed to herself. The storm was getting dangerous, the sand rubbing against each other in their furious dance was causing excitement amongst the sylphs who were igniting electricity between the sands. For a moment Valkyria was tempted to take them off of her chosen path to avoid the worst of it, but decided against it. If she decided to change the route now they would be lost in the storm. She urged Seri's horse onward, albeit more cautiously, keeping her ears searching for the sound of the sand's thunder.
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Orion was more or less unshielded to the desert's fury. With a sleeve over his mouth and nose, the silver-crowned elf could barely leave his eyes open for the fire that ensued there. His horse had quite a time dealing with the desert herself. Her hooves slipped and her eyes squinted shut, leaving her only guiding light to be the reins around her head. All he wanted to do was summon up spirits, but he wondered if sylph, or any other spirit, would be able to fight themselves for their sake...
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The storm nearly overwhelmed Y'ezela. She could feel the sand finding it's way into her clothing. It scoured her face, despite her attempts to protect it. She had gotten so much sand in her eyes at this point, she didn't even bother to rub it and instead soldiered through the discomfort, keeping her eyes open only a slit. The horses drawing the carriage had been hard to keep moving, and Y'ezela had to slap them with the reins until they moved. Now, the trudged along, heads low, fording through the storm.
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Sand scoured the eastern side of the carriage and grains found their way in through every crevice. It was beginning to pile in the corners, in the folds of Seri, Kitsa, and Lanir's clothing; there was no escaping it. Beyond that, however, there was something more disturbing to the more experienced shamans. As Valkyria warned, Slyph and Gnome were thrown into chaos. There was an electricity in the air, and it made Seri tense, far more than the screeching wind and invasive sand. The high elf clenched Kitsa and Lanir's hands for comfort.
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Sairina kept her head lowered and clutched her cloak hood as tightly around her face as she could, while her other hand hung onto Aeru's reins. Sand had invaded her eyes, and she kept them half-lidded or closed so her lashes could filter out the sand. Her eyeliner was probably ruined from the tears that streamed from her eyes, washing out the sand. The storm was overwhelming her, even though she wasn't bearing the brunt of it. All she could do was cling to her reluctant mare, every muscle tense. Her horse plodded onwards, almost defeated, and kept following a straight line until it was told otherwise.
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Valkyria led the group onward, following the underground river. As the group took to their new path the storm grew in intensity, almost as if to block the path. Valkyria, wise in the ways of the desert knew that this was a sign that the worst of the storm was over, and they'd be getting into calmer winds. She just hoped that the others didn't misinterpret the growing intensity as the storm getting worse. The storm always got worse before it got better, a rule known to the nomads and desert folk. The pace set was sluggish however, horses hooves slipped in the soft sand, the stinging wind and burning sand did little to comfort the beasts of burden. Electricity danced in the air, making crackling booms over the wind, as the dry thunder burst the sand's epic silence. Each mile they moved seemed like an eternity, and as the intensity of the wind increased, so did the difficulty moving. Still, Valkyria led the group onward, and breached the storm not two miles from the oasis she had planned on taking them. With the sandstorm behind them, everyone could relax. The wind was still vocal however, so Valkyria couldn't give commands over the deafening roar of the storm behind them. Onward she pressed them till they made way to the oasis.
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The storm had began to quiet, only a few sand gusts whipped at the group, and Y'ezela could see ahead. The half-elf could see the towering palm trees of the oasis, and she gave a sigh of relief. She was looking forward to taking a break so she could get the sand out of all the crevices it had crept into. Undoubtedly, the rest of her team felt the same.

After Valkyria came to a stop alongside the spring, Y'ezela couldn't stop the horses fast enough. The two horses drawing the wagon came to a halt at the edge of the spring and began to drink eagerly while Y'ezela hopped out of the seat. She gave her cloak a shake, then yanked it off as if it were a poisonous snake. Unwrapping the gauze from around her face, she started shaking out all her clothing, her hair, and scratching the grains of sand out of her ears.
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Like the rest of the horses, Estas's mount was eager to drink and the white stallion wasn't going to allow anyone to tell him no. Estas rode his mount up to the spring, then dismounted. The water was a pleasant sight to him as well, and he knelt down on the bank and scooped out a handful of water to wash the sand from his face.
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The priestess rode her horse up to the spring as well, and as soon as Aeru stopped with her nose in the fresh water, sucking it up as if she hadn't seen water for a week, Sairina slipped out of the saddle. The priestess tossed the hood off her head and took off her cloak, shaking the sand from it. "Ugh...it just gets every where. Give me a nice, moist, sea-side city any day," the priestess complained as she tried to get more sand out of her hair and clothing.
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Seri could hear the storm growing weaker outside the carriage, and sunlight began to filter in through the curtains again. Finally, the carriage rolled to a halt and the sound of people dismounting and talking seemed to signify that the storm was stopped and they were going to pause for a rest. "Lanir, open the door, would you?" she asked of the half-elf sitting next to her.
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Lanir held onto Seri as they rode through the storm. He was wishing that he can be back in town, but he decided that it would be better to wish that everything was okay with Seri. The half elf had his eyes closed as the sand slip into the carriage and started going everywhere. The elf had his eyes closed and open them for only a few seconds to cheak on Seri and Kitsa. Once the carriage came to a stop and Seri asked him to open the door, Lanir quickly went and did what she said. The elf jumped out of the carriage and held his hand up to help Seri out of it.
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The calm after the storm was much appreciated. Orion, eager as he was to eradicate gnome's remainders from his various limbs, maintained his relaxed pacing as he dismounted Soiff and led her first to the water's edge. Like the others, Orion had discovered sand's uncanny ability to find even the smallest of spaces to dwell. Even his ears felt gritty. The white-silver jacket slid off of his back and released a small cloud of dust from both within and without. Holding the dirtied garment before him, the elf attempted to shake it out. No matter how much he whipped it about, however, it always seemed as if more sand was coming out.
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Fantasy wrote:Lanir held onto Seri as they rode through the storm. He was wishing that he can be back in town, but he decided that it would be better to wish that everything was okay with Seri. The half elf had his eyes closed as the sand slip into the carriage and started going everywhere. The elf had his eyes closed and open them for only a few seconds to cheak on Seri and Kitsa. Once the carriage came to a stop and Seri asked him to open the door, Lanir quickly went and did what she said. The elf jumped out of the carriage and held his hand up to help Seri out of it.


With Lanir's support, the pregnant high elf awkwardly climbed out of the carriage. Once she was out, she gave a sigh of relief and stood straight, leaning back slightly to stretch her back. "Thank you, Lanir," she said politely, then she began to walk toward the spring leisurely, just happy she could stretch her legs. Sand was piled everywhere in the carriage and she was tempted to clean it, but for now, she just wanted to stretch. "Kitsa, will you please refill my canteen?" she called back as she walked.
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