You reach for the magic in the air, when it all comes clear to you. Green bands of magic flow through the forest. You must be close to a spring of magic. And while you’ve never once channelled magic in your life, there’s so much of it here, you can easily grab a few strands and throw them at the hell creature.

It’s not a proper spell, but the sudden impact is like an electric shock, and the beast goes off running. Its howling reverberates through your bones, but at least you still have bones.

“Did you just do magic?” An old woman is standing on the path behind you, looking curiously at you. When you don’t answer immediately, she grabs your hand. “Come. I want to show you something.”

Go with her.