The Icebourne was gone, at least as far as they knew, but the mission wasn't quite over just yet. Not when there was something else that needed an answer before Samira felt comfortable enough to leave the rest with the natives of the land. She just wished that the mystery in question was not heading right for the city. There were no personal grudges that she had with the Iceberg people, but the same could not necessarily be said the same for them. Someone from there had asked for help, yes, but she was still a mage and so was Leona. Wizard Saints even so their support of Fiore and its allies was obvious. After the battle between Bellum and Pergrande, and their supporters, at the border of those two nations, the entirety of Ishgar was getting tense and it was no secret that Iceberg was a close ally of Pergrande. Their history intertwined them in a bond that would not so easily be broken by outsiders. Minimizing reasons for unpleasantry needed to be done to not escalate things further.
Samira used her magic further to command the celestial wings to fly side by side with her summon. Team Leona she could feel was following behind her so she was not concerned about them. "Kukulkan, I think it is best if you do not follow the entire way."
That suggestion amused the winged feathered serpent. She could already guess why and without being so upset about it. It was flattering, and most importantly, she had zero desire to enter that city for small chit-chat anyway. Those people were idiots and they sickened her for many reasons and not just because they foolishly fired their cannons at the Icebourne and nearly injured the mages they had asked for help in dealing with their little Ice Behemoth problem. Why didn't they just ask for Pergrande's aid or their own warriors? Such weak hypocrites. "Let me guess, you don't want me to eat them."
"You have never eaten a single human while under my control." In truth, Samira suspected that Kukulkan had never eaten anyone in her entire existence. She did seem the type to talk more than act in all cases unless she was angry and lost control of herself. Even in her time of getting into the most trouble, she was never criminalized for eating someone. Just destroying. Still, even without acting Kukulkan's way with words were most troubling in most cases. "It is the threat to do so that worries me. Not many would find humor in it and would likely believe your false intent. Given that these people were already under attack by the Icebourne I would rather them not have concerns about the winged serpent with… a strong personality."
"Who said it was false? And 'a strong personality'? Really? I feel insulted."
A voice entered Samira's mind then. She was always hit with the mental voices of her summons so that itself did not surprise her. Who it was though surprised her a great deal. It was very much unexpected and was mildly annoying considering he had done nothing to help prior. It would have been better if he had not said anything at all and stayed out of it just to lessen the amount of irritation.
'I suggest you don't go any further. You'll find more trouble in that location than anything. Best to ignore it and move on. The Icebourne has been dealt with and so your mission, as you mortals like to call this sort of thing, is over.'
Samira slowed down her pace of flight, Kukulkan doing the same but irritably looking towards her summoner for the sudden change of speed. It wasn't until Samira started speaking her half of the conversation out loud that she understood. The serpent stayed silent, listening off an on but having no true care for the conversation. "What do you mean? There are remnants of the Icebourne's essence headed there."
'Yes, and you can sense that it is harmless. It is only rejoining the piece that had been taken from the cage of the Icebourne.'
'A totem is a better word. It was found some time ago and taken to that place only to act as a beacon for the day the Icebourne rose again. They made themselves targets without realizing it. Mounted it in the center of their city. For what reason I don't know. They probably believe it to be a treasure of an ancestor they think defeated the creature originally. It's not, of course. The right to that claim is dragonkind but you know how history and lore get changed throughout time.'
"So the removal of this totem is what allowed the Icebourne to revive and free itself?"
'Perhaps. I have to look into this subject more. I have... concerns.'
'This may be the first of many to revive. I vaguely recall an ancient text mentioning this. In a prophecy lost to time. The desecration of the Icebourne's cage might have just merely been a coincidence of poor timing.'
"Should it be destroyed then? Is there a chance the Icebourne could be revived again even in its current state?"
'You ask as if I am all-knowing. I am not even in this case. The wisest choice, as you said, would be to destroy it, yes. Under normal circumstances. I am sure you haven't forgotten that war is likely approaching the lands of this continent after what happened between those other two nations. You might have been asked for help with the Icebourne but that was all that was asked of you. Destroying something of value, however incorrect they are, might just eliminate any appreciation they may have had for your success. I doubt you could convince them either. I have found the inhabitants here to be extremely stubborn. This task requires a bit more finesse from a neutral party if it is to be done. Unless you want to give this nation ammunition to come after yours. I wouldn't normally care since minor skirmishes between nations is common, but Pergrande and Bellum have broken the wall. I haven't seen this much tension since the two calamities.'
“I suppose I can understand that. Are you volunteering for this operation of 'finesse'?”
'Hmmmmm… I will take care of what is left after some time has passed. Weeks maybe. Perhaps months. That should be enough time for any connection that could be thought of to not come to mind. Just remember what I said about this possibly not being the only one of its kind to resurface. If I am right then the next one will make its appearance sooner rather than later. Do be careful going forward. The world is only going to get more dangerous.'
Samira came to a complete stop then. Thoughts ran wild in her head. She hated the thought of just leaving but some things said did make sense. The fewer interactions and connections she had with Iceberg was better overall. These politics were getting uncomfortably complicated for someone that had chosen to remain neutral after the border clashes incident. She despised herself for taking sides during that event. The minor ties she had with Pergrande were cut that day. She didn't want anymore.
A decision had then been made after some quick thinking. She began to descend, possibly confusing Leona but she would just explain later. Once she reached the ground Samira said two words. Both of them being the names of two specific spirit avatars. "Chronos. Isis."
As their names were called the two spirit avatars answered. The first appeared through a gateway of gold and bronze particles that swirled like the sand of an hourglass and combined with the vague images of a clockface and gears. As the gateway faded the avatar from it remained. The second portal was one of warmth and shared the colorful hues of a sunset. Feathers swirled as the portal appeared and as they faded the avatar from it was left.
"I want you two to go to the city and help with repairing their structures and healing those that may have been injured during the Icebourne's attack. Do this at a distance if possible and quickly. If there are any interactions with the people of Heitz remember that you are acting in my place and to behave yourselves."
"You have nothing to worry about, Samira." Chronos said with a small bow of his head. "You have finally chosen a use for me that does not involve turning me into a staff and hitting someone with it. I can now be appreciated for my actual ability." Yes, he was still salty about that one incident where that happened. Well, maybe it was two times. Three? Who was counting? "I will leave the healing to Isis. I can work on reversing the damage to the city itself."
"Do not worry about us. You should get somewhere warm. Even Ra's power has its limits and your dear friend has no magical protection from this cold. The adrenaline from battle will fade and stop being enough to keep her warm." The caring spirit was deeply concerned for the well-being of the two mages and in her words emphasized that, to her, they were more important to her. She would do the task given to her of course but her thoughts would be on them until she felt that they were safe from Iceberg's cold.
Samira nodded in agreement. If not for herself then definitely for Leona. "This is true. I will." The two spirit avatars were off after that, both of them using their magics to take to the air and head for the city. She watched them for a minute to make sure nothing happened to them. Satisfied that they would reach the city and do their part Samira could move on to what was next; the plan to leave Iceberg.
She turned around then, noting that Leona had indeed followed her even if it was likely very confusing. "Someone else will be taking care of that light," Samira informed her. "Two of my avatar summons will also be taking care of the damages and any injured. Our task with the Icebourne is completed so we can leave here now." There was just one problem and it hit Samira like a truck when she realized it. They had no quick escape. Janus was on vacation so he couldn't be summoned to make a portal and he had cut off his connection so she couldn't make use of his powers for herself either. Her own teleportation powers also weren't strong enough that she could leave entire countries and pop up in the middle of Fiore.
"Do-" Samira started to say but stopped herself in embarrassment at having to even ask. The answer was kind of obvious but she had to ask just to be certain. "You do not have a way to teleport us out, do you?" Samira hoped Leona had a trick hidden away up until now. Kukulkan was not going to be happy if they had to fly all the way to Fiore. Maybe she even had another way but she couldn't think of one at that moment.
(Word Count: 1875
Samira Total: 16,724)