A sprawling city complex covered the surface of New Holstice as far as the eye could see, and at this time of night the streets were neon-lit in a spectrum of glaring color. There was still a fragment of sun left that hadn't disappeared past the horizon yet, leaving streaks of deep reds and pinks through the sky as it sank further. It would surely vanish below the sky within the hour, although it made little difference.
Lina Renning would've liked to be watching that sunset - in a meadow, perhaps, sitting comfortably as she watched stars gleam into existence in the sun's absence - but the streets were considerably lacking in meadows and so crowded she had to keep moving without pause to avoid getting trampled, so she could spare the sky only a passing glance as she wove through clustered strangers. A shame, but she didn't have much further to go before she could stop and catch her breath and then perhaps she might-
She sprinted for cover and found none, ducking instead near a wall a fraction of a second in time. A deafening boom sounded through the air, enveloping the layered white noise of the city, consuming it entirely. The air shook and there was wind, wind everywhere, thick with ash and broken glass and distress. Cries broke out seconds later before the air could even settle, scream upon scream of confusion and panic and mayhem.
And pain. Somewhere in the midst of cinders and chaos, there were people in pain.
The space between heartbeats stretched out as Lina waited with her arms over her head for the shaking to stop, counting those agonizing seconds before she could get to her feet. Soon. Surely soon. She achieved nothing crouched against a wall with - had she sprained her ankle? - but she achieved nothing by dying. Her life meant little, but her death meant even less.
Finally, achingly, she got to her feet.
"Is anyone uninjured?" Her voice rang out, dry and undertoned with distress - "oh, thank the stars." Clear blue gaze landed on a brunette woman getting to her feet and she sighed heavily. "Do you have any experience with first aid?"