-Gideon Fell, Earth Class-
Gideon nodded as Ramona did as she was told. If the girl had noticed that none of her classmates were anywhere to be seen she would soon find out why. Not but a moment after she set her bare feet upon the ground she would find it collapsing out from under her. Like the others, Ramona would find herself landing on a cushion of soft moss at the bottom of a deep hole. “Now class.” Gideon spoke with authority as the walked to the center of the room and took a seat. “Since everyone is now here, we can finally begin your first exercise to start you on the path to mastering your element. I will warn you now that this first task is a difficult one and not everyone is able to complete it on their first attempt. If you indeed cannot, wait until the exercise is over to let me know.”
There was silence for a moment. In that time the man took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and readied him self for the task ahead like he had so many times before on his own, and a few with other students such as these. “I want you to take a seat my students and make yourselves comfortable. Now, take a deep breath and completely clear your minds. There is nothing now but yourself and the very Earth that surrounds you on all sides.” Down in their holes Gideon’s students would find the sound of his voice descend from stern and commanding to hushed and hypnotic while still ringing out clear as day across the room. “Focus on it, the walls of rock that surround you, tall and strong, and the soft moss that cushions you. Take it all in my students; how it feels underfoot, the texture and the hardness of the rock, the rich smell that encompasses you. All this my students, from the highest mountains to the deepest valleys, to your own place in the ground, all this the earth has to offer you.”
“Now I want to shift your focus inwards. Go deep inside yourselves and then deeper still, farther and farther until you reach the very core of your being. Search carefully my students, for there you will find your own elemental power yet weak and untested but there just the same. Examine this power of yours. Visualize it. What does it look like? What color is it? Does it remain still, shake and quiver, shift and change? Embrace your power my students. Know that it is wholly your own, and will be for as long as you live.”
“Now, take hold of your power and extend it downwards. Imagine yourself moving downwards with it; into the Earth, down through the dirt and stone, down through the rocky interior and the molten rock, all the way down to the very core of the Earth.” Here it was the most difficult part of the ritual. As the students extended themselves downwards they would begin to feel a great pressure on their bodies, and an even greater heat growing ever stronger as they descended. However it may feel however, no one was in any danger. Gideon felt the intense heat and pressure just as his students did but pressed on just the same. He had done this many a time over. “Do not be alarmed my students. You will feel heat and pressure all around you as you descend. Do not allow it overwhelm you. Push yourselves on through.” The man was booming once more, as to inspire confidence, and to let himself be heard through the pain he knew his students would be feeling.
It was not hard to know when the ordeal was over. Gideon felt awash in relief when he finally reached his destination. “At the Earth’s core my student’s you will find and end to your ordeal. There you will find relief and sanctuary. This is not all you will find however. You must listen, and listen carefully, for it will not come quickly. You may need to listen for some time, but you will hear it, a soft but steady thumping, strong, ancient, and unending. This, my students, is the beat of the Earth. It’s very spirit. Let it resonate through you. Listen and know that the Earth around you is alive, alive and willing to do as you ask to the extent of your own powers.” Gideon did not need to wait long to feel the rumblings of the Earth. It came to him naturally. Before long he opened his eyes, the exercise now was now over. “When you are finally able to feel it within you, you may open your eyes. Your task is complete.”