As the first month of summer comes to a close, Alistair puts all of his belongings into his mage dimension, except a single knife he wears on his belt. He takes the key to his room where he has stayed these last several years down to the buildings owner, and heads out through the city. He leaves the harbor district, and follows the outer ring of the city until he gets to the main road out of the city, and walks until he finds another road out, not wanting to take the obvious path. As he leaves the city, walking past farmhouses and barns instead of through the tight packed streets he had become accustomed to, he slowly relaxes, and begins to look around at his surroundings with interest instead of caution.
"I can help, though you'll need to keep an eye on it for a few days."
"I was looking for strange things - I'd heard about something going after people's chickens and the like..."
Alistair stops looking around and walks down to join Xena.
"A monster got you? What are the other kids still doing in the river then?"
She breaks into a full on sprint towards the sound, moving her chakram to her hand.
There is something in the water. It looks like a mass of tangled plants and driftwood, but it definitely seems to have grabbed one of the kids who was playing in the water and is trying to pull them under. They're flailing wildly and trying to get away, but seem to be having little luck. All of the other children have gotten out of the water, and are yelling and throwing wood and rocks at the creature, which seems to be drawing the wood into itself, though occasionally the rocks will manage to break off pieces of the creature and cause them to float away. This doesn't seem to bother it.
She throws her chakram, first, even as she sprints towards the kid. Her chakram's perfectly angled to cut through a thin, load bearing point on the parts entangling the kid - and then her sword's in her hand, and she's moving to hack at the plants and pull the kid to safety.
The monster goes down easily enough, but as soon as she's got the kid out of the water, it begins to re-form, and rise up out of the water, something it hadn't done before. One section of the creature, a long tangle of plants with a piece of wood on the end, rises up into the air and falls quickly towards Xena.
"Watch out! It reformed!" Alistair thinks desperately for something he could do to help in this fight, and settles on setting the main body of the monster on fire.
She retreats, a bit, yelling for the kids to keep getting away, and fends it off with her sword, analyzing its movements and darting or jumping around when needed.
The monster sinks into the water to put out the fire. The attacking limb(?) continues to fall, but it is as easy to chop off the body as it was to free the boy, and now that she's watching, Xena can easily prevent the monster from taking back the pieces she chopped off. When the monster rises back up from the water to strike out with another limb, it looks somewhat charred.
Alistair lights the main body on fire again, and then closes his eyes and begins to concentrate, sometimes moving his hands around in ways that make little sense to someone watching.
She keeps fighting, fending it off from the shore - never going too far into the water - her sword's keen and she's good at this, she's already adapted to its movements -
He opens his eyes, intending to check the location of the monster, before he puts the magic in place. He notices that it's already been defeated, and sighs and closes his eyes again. A few moments later, the river abruptly becomes still and calm again, any last blades of grass from the beast that were still twitching falling still with it.