Erath Portraits:Ertha-Mistress of the Rock
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Ertha was satisfied enough with Winslet and Khan and so she left them to their mission. It was time for her to return to Messinia and observe whatever Jael was up to and his elemental body guards. She was also very intrigued by Roland Sabo. He was an odd character and something about him made her pause. Not just because of his looks, but something about his aura was different. Before she returned, however, she needed to visit her personal hideout and do some reflecting.
She had used up much of her strength and energy moving in and out of the ethereal to get to Hadron Khan's domain. She had enough strength to merge with mother Erath and pass through her rocky skin to get to that private place in short time, hours rather than days.
She arrived in the south western region of Tirnerthol called the Dolminian Protectorate. Though being in contact with Erath's rocky elements could be rejuvenating, changing from flesh and bone to rock and mineral, then traveling over a long period of time was truly draining and exhausting.
The Wizard Spring academy was located in the Dolminian Protectorate and the region itself was once a sovereign nation of her own people nearly a millennium ago. Now it was under the protection and administration of the Kingdom of Neuwaullen.
Ertha arrived in a forest glade bordered on three sides with trees and the fourth side by a sheer cliff that dropped a thousand feet to a rocky shelf. It offered a beautiful view of the Aegirhjem Ocean and a view of the mouth of the Red River as it emptied into the ocean. It is so named because of all the red sand and rock it carries from the Redstone Mountains.
The only structure here is a large raised patio. Four decorative columns held up a roof of clay tiles with everything in Neuwaullen's ancient decorative style. A style simply known as the 'style of the ancient east'.
Ertha stepped up onto the patio and walked to a bench that lined one side. She opened up a section of seating and took out some clothes stashed there. Stripping out of her travel outfit she put on clothing that were specific to her position as the Elemental Emissary of Erath or Mistress of the Rock.
While all the elements are considered of equal standing, the Mistress of the Rock has a special connection to the mother world that the other elementals don't have. Ertha can speak or communicate with the 'soul' of Erath itself.
Dressed anew, but still barefoot, Ertha walked to the center of the large and roomy patio. She stood still and centered herself. She began her warm up, that always focused her thinking, by breathing in deep and exhaling, and stretching and flexing. After a few minutes of this she stood still, closed her eyes and listened to her surroundings.
She listened to the sea, the wind, the birds, the murmur of Erath herself from the flow of magma that ran deep beneath the surface and oozed slowly from an underwater cone over a hundred miles from here. She could hear the insects and tiny animals that scurried about their business oblivious that their fate was tied to her. She loved this place. It was connected to all the elements and spoke to her and aided her when she needed to focus her thoughts.
She stood in the late afternoon light facing the sea. Ancient gongs of brass were on either side of the patio's two stepped entrances, but had not made a sound from a humanoid hand for centuries. The wind had calmed and her dark shoulder length hair hung still. Her muscles ripped and flexed in anticipation of the workout to come. She took a moment to tie up her hair then broke into a martial exercise that she had been doing since she was a soldier of the Dolmen's over eight hundred years ago.
It was a routine now and it allowed her mind to expand and be free to consider her past, all the recent events and possibilities of what were ahead.