The green fumes, while spreading did get a yelping reaction from at least one of the creatures, were dampened due to the heavy rains of the thunder storm. It tried it's best to spread but with the constant pelting of water it wasn't nearly as effective as it would normally be. The ploy at least gave Amula plenty of cover to get back onto her horse and dash off through the forest for the refuge of her city.
The respite was short but enough to make the standing fight a chase. From behind two of the howling beasts could easily be glanced. They had a slightly easier time weaving around the trees but had to avoid the thicker bushes unlike the large horse. Luckily the equine was practically clearing a path for them. Soon they would both be at Zhi's heels, snickering in their odd voices.
Amula had been to busy worrying about the creature to realise it was still raining and that her smoke balls did little to give them cover to get away though they had managed to get a head start at least with the creatures close on there heels.She was trying to think of a plan,but was caught off guard when lightning had struck a tree near by sparking it on fire in the rain for a second or two as it made a loud cracking as it began to fall to the ground where the bolt had split it. She had quickly turned Zhi to the other side as the tree came crashing down nearly hitting Amula as he leaned down a bit to avoid getting hit as it landed behind them. "Zhi"She said tiredness in her voice as she had pulled the reigns sharply to the other side and led Zhi into a different direction. "The river...."She breathed. (though I am not sure if a waterway is close by....so let me know)
It seemed even the storm wanted a say in the skirmish below, a heavenly bolt striking down a tree. Sparks flew from the sundered wood as the silent behemoth buckled under its own weight and fell into the pathway. The whinnying of the horse and erratic howls of the beasts giving chase. Branches snapped as the forest crackled around it, wood and bark spraying everywhere as daggers in the night. The rains swiftly snuffed the birth of actual fire leaving naught but charred marks to its existence.
What happened with the howlers? It was hard to say from Amula's perspective. If one had been hit the mass of the tree was more than enough to end the creature without so much as a chuckle. What could be said is there weren't any immediately behind Zhi for the moment; though distant howls still echoed into the thundering clouds above. This would hopefully be enough to get to the river in the west, the one that caressed her wonderful city in a crescent shape. Though, she would need to slip around the tail end of the lake first and avoid hitting the river at its thickest point.
After a minute or two of only pelting rain near Amula, the bushes to her right side started obviously rustling. Another of the things was coming up from behind and out of range of a sword. Glimpses of its tall quills could be seen through the dark vegetation as it strode beside.
"Theses creatures wont give up.....there very persistent in this....guess once they get prey in there mists they will stop at nothing to bring it down....how aggravating"She muttered to herself as the rain was finally starting to get to her as well as her wound from earlier. She was covered head to toe in rain and it was starting to make her cold and give her a chill,but she knew she wasn't going to let theses creatures get the best of her. She saw one out of the corner of her eye and knew as soon as they broke from the bushes beside them the creature would make it's move .She knew she couldn't get a good attack on it from where it was. She knew the creature was watching her every move. She sighed as she reached into her saddle bag and took out a dagger as she rode cutting her hand open she let a bit of the blood drip down on a ripped piece of cloth before she had leaned to the other side of zhi and stuck the new fresh blood cloth into the bushes on the other side.Maybe it would throw them off as she wrapped her hand up she had quickly made way for the easiest way to cross the river for her and Zhi.Maybe not to the creature,but Zhi had big long and strong legs so he could cross where it was a bit deeper then the height of the creature. "Oh my lord.....how foolish would you feel if I died out here....your strong wife killed by a bunch of holwers"She said with a slight laugh.
The howler emerged from the bushes in stride with the horse. It didn't jump for Amula or even glance upward at the woman. The beast focused on timing itself and getting closer to Zhi. Armed with only a dagger it would be difficult to reach down and swipe at anything other than the dangerous quills protruding from the howler's body. Her saving grace, however, is that no further critters appeared to be approaching. Perhaps her blood cloth trick had worked.
The forest was thinning, the bow of the river and dark glimmering of the nearby lake coming into view. This was it, the final stretch to safety. As Zhi rushed for the crossing the howler made its move, leaping up a foot or so whilst keeping pace with Zhi in an attempt to stick its quills into the horse's belly. It made sure to keep to the side so as to not get trampled.
It had happened quickly as they rode and you could hear the painful scream of the horse when the quills of the howler had struck him. Though it had missed his belly it still had got his side which caused a painful gash in his side from two or three of the quills as Amula had pushed Zhi to keep going and rushed into the river quickly to try to cross it safely as she had turned and lashed out at the following howler before the entered lashing out at it with her sword. She knew Zhi wouldn't make it with an other attack like that and she had to get to safety so she could patch the wounds up."I'm sorry boy"She whispered to him as she patted his neck. "I'll help you soon"She said as she glanced back behind her.
The howler was unprepared for the long blade jabbing down at it. It chuckled oddly and stumbled for a second as it adjusted for the new gash along its head and shoulder. Its paws reached the soft bank of the river and sunk in for a rapid stop. It seemed it didn't really feel like following the larger beast through water it could drown in should Amula get a good whack on it. Instead it stood at the bank and howled. A long unsettling ebb into the stormy night.
The creature remained at the river side, stalking a little ways as if searching for a better crossing. Luckily for the pair reaching the other side of the watery barrier it didn't find any. Only the shivering howls could reach them now.
((Random Encounter Ended))
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2015 9:53:24 GMT -7 by The Maven
Once on the other side of the river Amula had let out a sigh of relief as she had watched as the creature had paced up and down the bank on the other side to try to find a better place to cross and with it's eerie sound of it's howl she figured it couldn't find a better place to cross at. She unmounted Zhi and had began to go over his wounds from the creature he was in rough shape,but nothing they couldn't handle. She went to work on taking the barbs out of his hide and go on about patching him up with the little healing supplies she had with her. Most of it was from her outfit that she had ripped and torn to patch his wounds up using the water from the river to rinse any excess blood off them. They didn't need to attract anything else with the smell of blood. Once she finished she decided to just walk along side Zhi as they headed back towards home. Figuring they would find another place to cross as they went if not then she would find a town to go to to take rest.
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