There was a lull in the conversation, which only picked up when the aid spoke for the first time. "My Elder," he did a customary kneel, "I grow weary of the amount of people there are.. Do you know why there are more people than when I was last here?"
Elder Shantu looked to the aid and gave a grim expression. "Whispers, from among the broken footed. They speak of beasts that spit flames, and men who kill at a distance. I am of no contest with these whispers, nor do I rebuke their cries for help. Those that you may see come from the coast to the west."
The aid's concerns were only made manifest in this moment, and he fell silent as result. But sensing that shouldn't be hanging around for too long, the aid decides to escort everyone outside the building. This was to give the elder some much needed room to think and converse with the other elders.
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As her mind grew vacant of any intrusions, the gem that was laden into her forehead began to shimmer. The shimmer only lasted a few moments before it glowed, lighting up the area immediately around her branch. Then suddenly, a wave extended outward from her forehead and flashed out into the depths of the jungle.
To her, she was soaring.
Her eyes could see all of the island, from the highest mountain at the center down to the lowest reefs just off the coast. However as she was embracing the utter euphoria of being one with the Anu-Hadis, being one with the island, her attention was gripped by walls of smoke along the western coastline.
She flew over to that side of the island, and saw that those men had weapons that spat flame like geysers. She watched in horror as they burnt everything before them to ground. She even felt a singe on her arm, and she reflexively gripped it. She snapped back to the scene unfolding before her, she only felt sadness and rage. They were destroying her home, and for what purpose? Why did they come here? She still didn't know.. But, she was determined to find out..
She flew off, failing to hold back tears. She flew to their vessels, and looked for the most striking out of them. Once she found one with the most uniqueness, she flew down onto the deck to observe the goings-on here on this ship. To her, these men were stone-cold silent. Everything appeared to be business. She wandered the deck for a while before she spotted someone that looked to be the most important, and closed in on him to listen in.