The forest was silent all throughout the pair’s trek towards Jhorm, no sound of birds nor sighting of fleeting animal life. It was as if the forest itself had been totally drained of life and all that remained was its frozen remains. Even as Nara reached out with her senses to feel Nature, she found nothing more than the trees and a few distant pulses of birds flying overhead. Before the shriek had pierced her mind Nara had never thought as to use her druidic powers to feel the world around. She had been unguarded and mentally shaken afterwards but with it came the realization that she is no longer in a game, her powers are that of a Druid and she must act like it.
Though, even as she tested her abilities she noted that her connection to this natural world was minor compared to what it could be; perhaps a side effect of being so new to it. Nara’s mind was not sharp enough in this world to completely sense everything around her it came in pulses. However, her attempts to understand this feature had to be put on hold as the advanced down the mountains. Her focus was put towards their movement into the boundaries of Jhorm, the forest thinning as the few buildings stood in the clearing. There seemed to be few people in this town, only two people in the near barren fields and a bandaged man who approached them.
It took Nara a minute to take in the sight of the ‘village’ if it could even be called that and answer the man’s question. ”I am Nara and this is my friend Iva,” Nara said with a motion and minor bow to the man, ”We come from the forest above and were motioned here by a troll after we mistakenly wandered into its territory. We came here hoping you could tell us about this region or, by chance, point us in the direction of someone who could.” Though Nara’s voice conveyed an inherent friendliness, even being so kind as to bow the man during her statement, her face betrayed that it was all merely formality. It was quite possible that the man would view a couple of strangers wondering into the town in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. While they could no doubt get information from him another way, Nara rather wished to not force it out.
However, Nara’s brief pause in thought was interrupted as she realized that, perhaps, they too had felt the shriek from the mountains or at least seen the fleeing wildlife. ”Also, did you by chance hear a monster’s shriek? If so, do you know what creature would make such a noise that could cause even a troll to run in terror? I wish to know what being could make a forest totally barren with such little effort.” Nara’s voice was less friendly than before and her expression more serious as she looked up at the man. Hopefully he knew what creature could perform such a strong mental attack that not even Iva was able to fully withstand it.