Dashing through the bushes and the undergrowth, he checked his surroundings again with his aura ability. Nothing had changed since the last time he checked. It was still there, that strange presence among the familiar landscape.
Several scenarios danced mockingly in his head ever since the alert had reached him. The words still ringing at the front of his mind clear as a bell, “My Lord, there's an intruder in our borders.”
His preparations had been a blur from there, his rushing out of his home even more so. He remembered telling his attendants to see to security, for patrols to be set out and ready to evacuate the settlements should the need arise. But would it be enough if his worst fears were brought to light? If this intruder was one of many, what could he do then? How had they gotten in? What were their intentions? Could he stop them from ever coming back?
As he ran up to where that presence was coming from, he halted. Readying himself for battle, eyes open and searchi