Bedlam awaited Se’rith when she got back to Winterhold. Berlyna excused herself and headed straight to her chambers, she wanted to study a circlet they had found in Mzulft. Se’rith went on ahead to find the Archmage and tell him about Labyrinthian. She entered the Hall of Elements to find it in chaos. Savos and Mirabelle were trying to break open a green, swirling force field that blocked the entrance to the main chamber. Savos noticed her and shouted for help saying that Ancano and the blasted Thalmor were responsible for this. Se’rith started to launch her most powerful spells at the field to supplement the magics the two more powerful mages were launching at it.
Tough as it was, it had to give way under the relentless pressure applied. It was rent apart and forced out of existence. All three ran into the chamber to find Ancano casting some foul magic at the Eye of Magnus. Eerie looking lights swirled around it and it had taken on a more sinister look. Savos ran towards the Altmer and leashed a spell of massive force, Se’rith could feel its building power. A massive explosion followed, the Dunmer was thrown through the air and cracked her head against one of the stone columns. The world went black…
She came back to the sound of Mirabelle’s voice weakly calling her. The side of Se’riths head that had hit the column was caked with dried blood, her red hair a matted mess of coagulated blood. She weakly stood up, need the support of her staff to do so. Mirabelle was also hurt, badly by the looks of it. She was sat up against another column, her face bruised, and her robes torn and bloody. She kept whispering Se’rith’s name and calling for Savos. Of the Arch Mage and the bastard Thalmor there was no sign. Se’rith stumbled over to her and Mirabelle grasped her wrist weakly. ‘Go into Winterhold, help the people, creatures…’ her strength gave out and she passed out. Se’rith ambled to the door draining a health potion in the process. Outside in the courtyard the Masters were gathered and she caught the last snippet of the conversation they were having, a snippet that made her Dunmer blood run cold. Savos was dead!
Tolfdir saw her and ran towards her. Her channelled more healing energy into her battered body and she could feel the strength return to her limbs. From beyond the walls she could her the screams coming from Winterhold. She brushed past her mentor and charged out of the College. To her great surprise Faralda and Sergianus charged with her. Winterhold was being attacked by what can only be described as orbs of raw magical energy. The three College members stood atop the entrance ramp blasting away with fire, frost and electricity. Sensing magical discharges the orbs turned to them as if they were bloodhounds catching the scent of the Hunt in the air. They sped towards them. Se’rith was glad to note that one creature that took a lightning bolt exploded out of existence leaving behind a small glowing gem. A second creature however launched three missiles of pure energy at her. She was thrown back and her robes were singed. Her chest felt as if an Atronach had just stomped on it! Faralda came to her rescue with a volley of fire bolts that similarly destroyed the creature. With a little difficulty Se’rith stood and downed her last potion. Still weak she helped her colleagues in taking Winterhold back!
They limped back to the College to find Mirabelle lying on a bed in the Hall of Countenance. When she saw Se’rith she inquired as to Winterhold and its people. Reassured all was well she drew the dark elf close. She wanted to know what she had learnt at Mzulft and if she’d learnt anything about the Staff of Magnus. At Se’rith’s mention of Labyrinthian her eyes went wide. She told her that Savos had only yesterday been talking about the place and had given Mirabelle two artefacts pertaining about the place. Did the Arch Mage have a premonition? Whatever the case Mirabelle told Se’rith that she must make to Labyrinthian with all haste. The fate of the College and maybe Skyrim itself lay inside it and Se’rith was the only person armed with the knowledge to do anything about it. This time however she would be going alone, Brelyna had been ordered, along with all the other students and Masters, to stay behind and defend the College and Winterhold. Se’rith was alone. What would she find inside Labyrinthian?