OOC: VF... that was a wonderful post
Joske from Ko-Wahi and cue DRAMATIC ENTRANCE
The unusually low tide wasn't the only thing that stuck out to Agni. It was the sudden change in air pressure.
It dropped slightly.
For almost anyone else it either would have been unnoticed or passed off as a weather front moving in soon. But not to Agni. No, he was a seasoned warrior, seen and experienced things that most people don't even think about over a whole lifetime. He knew this type of sensation, a very unique signature that could belong to only one thing: the pressure in front of a rapidly-moving object.
Nine times out of ten, it was a reckless Kakama-user coming in hot.
Agni turned on the bridge, towards the main pad, a surge of emotion bubbling to the surface, for he knew what was going to happen next, and who. But when the figure popped into existence, the wave of air and sound echoing away as the mask powered down, whatever Agni was about to say didn't happen.
There before him stood another Ta-Toa, clearly many decades to centuries his junior. That itself caused quite a scene on the main pad, for one Ta-Toa in Ga-Koro was rare enough; two was quite sight, not to mention his arrival with a sonic boom. He wore no armor, stripped down the necessities; he carried no weapon, no toa-tool to focus his powers; his arms and legs here frostbitten severely, a majority of his body was iceburned, gashes and bruises covered what little real estate was left, and his face looked like a jigsaw puzzle a few pieces missing.
This... this couldn't of been Joske.
When the world warped back from its blurry backdrop I found myself exactly where I wanted to be: in Ga-Koro, standing in front of Agni.
Well, standing was being generous.
Granted, I was on my two feet, but wavering in place would have been a better term. I don't know who was shocked to see me more; the locals, or Agni.
Yeah, I didn't look so good. I didn't feel so hot either.
I opened my mouth to say something, but no words would emerge. I tried to move my hands, but they did not respond. I simply had nothing left. Drained of elemental energy, heat, and emotion, there was nothing I could do but stand there before him. And even that would give... right about now.
I felt my stomach in my throat as I lost the sensation of gravity, my knees finally buckling beneath me. Through my frozen body I could feel Agni catch me mid-fall, confirmed by the fact that I didn't feel a painful impact at the end of it.
Actually, I wasn't sure if I would felt that anyway.
Consciousness was slipping away faster than water down a whirlpool, but I did manage to put together a few words before I blacked out. I was going to need some serious medical attention.
This time I gave in to the darkness.