The storm lasted for what seemed like weeks. Well, she shouldn’t call it a storm. It was more like a hurricane. The weather was so rough. The waves were so tall that her iceberg got tipped and rolled around so many times. But, she made sure to maintain the mana circulation throughout the whole time, even though it seemed like her control was going to break. Though most of her concentration was keeping her most significant resource and the holder of her core safe.
After a long time, the storm began to break, and the sea got calmer and calmer. Only when this happened did Amy start tentatively taking stock of her territory around and outside her iceberg. However, what she saw did not surprise her due to the intensity of the storm.
First of all, she was upside down. Well, the iceberg was. It took her a while to realize this until she went looking to see the damage to the ice roots, and she didn’t find them where they were initially. Amy found what was left of the ice roots above the ocean’s surface, not where they were initially.
The upside-down iceberg posed a big problem for Amy. For she wanted, at least for now and until she gets stronger, to be hidden. To not draw attention to herself until she is ready. So, she has to figure out how to right herself before she gains unwanted attention because who knows where she ended up after the storm.
Amy quickly thought of a potential idea that could work. Back on Earth, when she was a kid, she used to go tubing at her grandparent’s cottage. And when the tube got flipped over, to turn it back over, you would put your weight on the left side while grabbing the right side, allowing the tube to flip back over. Now, if Amy could do something like this with the iceberg, then she would be golden.
The first stage of her idea is to get this idea to work by putting a huge amount of weight on one side. So, Amy decided to use ice mana and solely increase the weight on the west side of the iceberg. She kept on adding and adding and adding more ice to the west side. Once she stopped, Amy hollowed out the ice, made a hole, and let the seawater in. She knew that this would help add more weight to the west side of the iceberg. When Amy closed up the hole, she looked to see if the added weight affected the iceberg, and it did. The west end of the iceberg was closer to the water than any other part of the iceberg.
The second stage of this would be using mana threads and attaching them to the east side of the iceberg. After Amy attached close to 50 mana threads to the side, she pulled. She pulled and pulled and pulled, and after a massive amount of effort, Amy was able to flip over the iceberg, so it was back the way it was before the storm. After the iceberg was righted, she dissolved the ice that she used to weigh and tip over the iceberg. With a huge crash, the water that she used as a weight fell down onto the iceberg and into the ocean.
With the iceberg righted, Amy finally took stock of what was missing and destroyed by the hurricane. The first thing that she started to check on was the ice roots surrounding the iceberg. Of the layers and layers of ice roots that grew along and around the iceberg, most were destroyed. Only those that were very large and close to the iceberg survived. Even then, those that mainly survived intact were seven of the knots.
So, Amy had to regrow them, but she would not do it the same way that she first did it. When she first grew the ice roots, she let them grow wild, and most of the non-loosely knotted ice roots were destroyed. Only seven large and strong-knotted groups survived, so Amy wanted to grow more like those. And if she did, it would lessen the chances of her having to regrow them.
Instead of having something like a defence barrier that ran all over the place like the original batch of ice roots, Amy decided to grow eight, 16 by five-metre cylinders around the iceberg but situated five metres below the surface. Each of those cylinders would be placed around the iceberg equally. Before Amy started the regrowing process, she took some of the ice roots with kelp roots still within them from each knot to start the eight cylinders.
Using the ice mana, she grew larger, bigger, and stronger roots of ice than before, creating her tightly packed cylinders. Once the cylinders of ice roots were created, Amy started with the plants. Since every cylinder had some roots and one or two heavily damaged plants on it, she wanted to try regrowing and fixing those first. Amy focused on the roots and took a mana thread, placed it within the roots. She then pushed mana as well as pushing a grow command into it, and it grew. The roots produced shoots, which then grew one metre tall before she stopped pushing mana or the grow order into it. Amy left the few damaged strands of kelp that remained and started transplanting what she saved before the hurricane hit onto each of the cylinders. While not as full of plants as the ice roots were before the storm, they still covered about 50% of the cylinders.
With the ice roots and the plants fixed up, Amy released the fish and snails back into open waters. She reopened the rooms and tunnels that connected to the outside ocean and let everything swim back out into the expanse of her domain. The barracuda made their territory within the clearwater area of her domain. In contrast, the flying fish made their territory within five metres of the surface. All of the smaller fish made their home within the eight cylinders. The smaller fish especially liked that they could swim within the cylinder, which protected them from predators. The snails just slowly moved along the underside of her iceberg as well as on a couple of the cylinders. The penguins and swallows were also let out of their rooms to go and make nests.
Amy took a big sigh of relief. She had survived the storm, hurricane, with not as much damage as she expected.
As Amy looked around, one thing came into her mind. ‘Now, where am I?’