Air Elemental / Wind Elemental (Tentative Image)
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Kyflynn, Desmond and Vera (previously Agustina) - Final Revision (Dark Elf Assassin, Berserker, Ice Mage)
‘You’re right. It means we must plan our moves wisely and quickly. This room is too crowded now,’ says Robert in discomfort. ‘Now let’s see. There are four doorways in this room, North, South, East, and West. We came from the West door, so we must decide whether we go to one of the doors together or split up.’
Christopher, who rarely suggests anything, speaks up. ‘I think we better split up and try each door. If there are foes ahead we can still join other hunters and fight them. And if any of us comes back here, he or she must wait for the others to share information.’
‘Good one, Chris,’ says Andreas. ‘And don’t forget the riddle: follow the flow and know your way. It’s a strong hint for what lies ahead. And it mentions about flying, so there’s a chance that we will fly in there.’
‘Okay, so we’ll split up,’ says Robert. ‘I’ll go with Chiel to the North, Andreas with Carol to the East, and Chris with Iris to the South. Let’s go now, and may Vadis and Enia be with us!’
Carolyn releases Chiel from the bag, and as though it understands the briefing earlier, it immediately follows Robert to the North door, and the other two teams run to their respective doors.
‘Hey, you all! Wait!’
Robert and his party stop. And they look back to see who’s talking. Apparently it’s Kyflynn’s trio along with other hunters. Kyflynn talks, half-shouting with his hands on his waist.
‘Don’t go there only two-by-two! Wait for us, will ya! We’ll split up too and we all will go together into whatever lies behind those doors.’
‘Oh, don’t worry, Mr. Kyflynn. Of course we welcome company. We are just trying to act fast, you know. The heir maybe have reached and claimed the Kraal’shazar already. We must act fast to stop him!’ Says Andreas excitedly.
‘Haha, you know I’m fast, father. So let’s split up guys! Hurry, hurry!’
Kyflynn chooses to go with Robert, Desmond with Andreas and Carolyn, and Agustina with Chris and Iris. The hunters also split up and follow them into the respective rooms. Kyflynn enters the North door. In the North room, there are six large tunnels: three on the left wall, three on the right wall, and there are three large tunnels at the front. The tunnels are large enough for an ogre to walk in. Yet as he walks past the six tunnels and approaches the tunnels at the front, he is hit by a violent wind coming from two gigantic propeller fans on the center, facing the six tunnels at the front. Kyflynn feels that his body is lifted from the ground, apparently it’s like flying. It’s flown by the wind, to be exact.
Kyflynn immediately shouts to Robert, ‘Quick, choose a tunnel!’
‘Center!’ Robert answers hastily, ‘Chiel, follow me!’ And Chiel follows Robert into the center tunnel.
Kyflynn cannot control himself and enters the left tunnel. Rather than resisting it, Kyflynn lets himself fly inside it. The tunnel bends upwards, then left. The sudden maneuvering makes Kyflynn loses control again and bumps into a tunnel wall. Kyflynn grunts in pain, but he quickly regains his concentration as the tunnel bends sharply downwards. He quickly does his Cartwheel Somersault to avoid being hit again. Success! He lands on his feet.
Now all I have to do is to fly by and see what’s ahead. He keeps gliding in there for sometime and doing several somersaults at sharp turnings, and finally he reaches the end of the tunnel and enters a room.
The room looks rather different than the North room. Now Kyflynn enters from one of the three entrance tunnels in the room. There are also two fans on the left and right, but these fans, instead of blowing wind, they suck wind and function as exhaust fans. Kyflynn tries hard to balance himself, trying not to get himself sucked and minced into the fan. He successfully lands on the windless section of the room.
There also come other hunters: a swordsman and a sorceress. The ill-fated swordsman cannot balance himself and gets carried by the suction wind into a big fan, but before the fan blades slices him into pieces. Blood splatters everywhere and his head is severed and flies to a corner of the windless section of the room. The sorceress, however, thinks quickly and casts a spell ‘An Petravia Fyasch!’ And a jet of water comes from her wand to the wall above the tunnel and pushes her out from the wind. She lands roughly on the safe area. ‘Yowch!’ The sorceress yells in pain.
Kyflynn looks at her and says, ‘Good thinking, ma’am. Poor soul, he is. If only he prepared himself better.’
The sorceress, a woman in her forties, smiles feebly and responds, ‘Years of experience has prepared me much, Mr. Kyflynn. You don’t have to be famous to have a taste of it.’
Kyflynn lips twitches aside. ‘I can’t help being famous, and I don’t want it.’ He says, ‘By the way, we need to keep going. Please help me, madame…’
‘Genilda. Yemima Genilda. Of course, with pleasure. A polite dark elf like you deserves more than just a help.’ Genilda begins to walk, following Kyflynn.
In front of them, there is a big, closed door. Kyflynn says, ‘Guess there’s no other way but forward’. He immediately opens the heavy door with some effort, and enters with the sorceress.
The next room is considerably longer than the previous. It consists of an entrance, an exit and fans on the left and right walls. This time the fans blow wind, but the wind is not so strong that can make humans fly. Kyflynn is puzzled.
‘This is too easy,’ says Kyflynn. ‘Smells like a trap, I say.’
As soon as it is said, two black whirlwinds – each slightly larger than human size – come out from the fan, and the forms of the whirlwinds are as though they have heads and hands on them. They move in a very high speed, rotating haphazardly around the room, and block the exit. Kyflynn and Genilda are having a hard time avoiding them. A single graze of the whirlwind leaves a cut wound on Genilda’s back, and Kyflynn immediately pulls her to safety. ‘Thank you!’ says Genilda.
‘Damn!’ Kyflynn curses, ‘Now we are trapped!’
‘Jolly holly, we have no choice,’ says Genilda. ‘We must defeat them of go past them to get to the exit. They’re air elementals!’
‘Let’s go past them! I can use wind energy in my skills, but it won’t be enough to divert them! And you?’
‘I’ll try this! An Petravia Prdaj!’ Again, a jet of water comes out from Genilda’s wand, but this time Genilda rotates her wand around her and Kyflynn continuously, making a wall of water around them. The air elementals can’t pass through liquid, even when they extend and rotate their ‘hands’ forming two gigantic sickles in a quicker pace. The sickles’ sharpness are somewhat muffled totally that only gentle breezes of wind come through the water wall and hit Kyflynn and Genilda.
‘Wow, great!’ says Kyflynn honestly.
Genilda doesn’t respond. She is still concentrating. Using the moment fully, Kyflynn and Genilda moves on forward and finally they reach the exit door. Kyflynn opens the heavy door, but as the door is barely open, Genilda loses her concentration and the water wall breaks. The air elementals are now attacking brutally using their ‘hands’.
‘Kyflynn… quick!’ says Genilda.
The door is opened at last. Kyflynn reacts. ‘It’s opening! Go! Go! Go!’
Genilda and Kyflynn rush towards the next room and both of them quickly shut the door to prevent the air elementals from breaking in.
‘They’ve stopped. Maybe they are supposed to guard that room only,’ says Genilda.
‘I guess so. Hmm, let’s see what’s in this room,’ says Kyflynn.
It’s the room with two fans and three tunnels again, just like the north room.
‘I think this room is different than before,’ says Kyflynn. ‘Let’s try… the right tunnel.’
‘I’ll take the middle tunnel then,’ says Genilda.
‘No, please don’t. Come with me. I still need your help for whatever lies ahead.’
‘Jolly holly! The famous Kyflynn needs me, the poor, plain witch from Barc’vadon.’ Genilda smiles, and says again, ‘All right then, if you insist.’
Kyflynn smiles and says, ‘So, let’s take the right tunnel for starters.’
They step at once into the wind, and then let themselves be levitated and flown into the tunnel. Kyflynn helps Genilda to balance her body so she won’t bump into the tunnel walls on turnings, and they arrive at the end of the tunnel at last.
This time it’s a room with six tunnels, just like the first room they entered north from the lobby. Kyflynn is confused now. ‘Now what?’ he says, ‘Where should we go? Right or left?’
‘Let’s try right first,’ says Genilda. They both open the heavy door on the right and look inside. It’s the three-tunnel, two-fan room again.
‘Now let’s check the left room,’ says Genilda. ‘I have an itchy-bitchy feeling about this.’
They go back to the six-tunnel room. As they enter the room, they meet a few hunters who are going to the room Kyflynn and Genilda have just left. One of them, an old sling shooter, exclaims with surprise, ‘Lo, you two just came back from there, not goin’ in there?’
‘We want to check the other room first,’ says Genilda, pointing to the room she’s going to.
‘Oh, ‘tis that darn room with ancient runes on an epitaph. We can’t read it, so we went south.’
‘You should’ve waited for your elf guide,’ says Kyflynn.
‘He’s dead, lad,’ the old sling shooter answers with a sigh. ‘A mutant bee stung him squarely into his chest.’
Genilda says sadly. ‘Jolly holly! Looks like we’re back on the starting point. No time to waste now. Let’s try south this time.’
‘Hey, not yet. I have an idea,’ says Kyflynn. ‘Why don’t we wait at the rune room? We’ll gather some information from other hunters first, so we’ll have more accurate combinations of the right tunnels to the exit.’
Genilda says with a mixture of admiration and mild surprise, ‘And lower the risk of being slashed into pieces.’
‘Yes. Good idea. We’ll wait too,’ says the old sling shooter.
All the other hunters murmur in favor of this idea. So they all go to the rune room and wait. Kyflynn speaks loudly, ‘Any of you have gotten into the tunnels and back? Please raise your hands.’
Two hunters except Genilda raise their hands.
‘So, where did you go?’ Kyflynn asks them.
The first hunter answers, ‘Right at South Room, Second room middle, third room left and back at the North Room.’
The second hunter says, ‘I went East, chose right and then redirected to the North Room.’
Kyflynn listens, pauses for a moment, smiling. And then he begins to frown and turns to Genilda. ‘Can you remember that?’
Genilda shakes her head and says, ‘We need to take a note here. Does anyone of you bring a quill and some parchments?’
There’s no answer.
‘I have some.’ A woman’s voice comes from afar. Then the speaker comes out from the East room. It’s Carolyn! She says, ‘What are those for?’
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