A loud, thunderous echo sounded throughout the wood, rumbling over the landscape like a clash of thunder. A small plume of dirt and debris from crushed trees was flung a good dozen feet into the air by the crash. The dust settled, revealing a heavily armored Titan laying sprawled on the ground. The Titan groaned in disapproval of his current predicament. He scolded his companion, "Be more careful, this is my body."
"Sorry, sorry, I just," responded the Prophet of the Titan, lying safely inside the cockpit in the behemoth machine's chest cavity. She adjusted her helmet, which had been knocked loose during the fall. She checked it to make sure the impact had not damaged it, as the helmet was a critical component of the bond between herself and the great Titan. She closed her eyes and focused her efforts on moving the Titan's large body, relaying her thoughts through the helmet and into her Titan; the task required an immense amount of concentration on her part. Grasping the controls, she finally made the heavy machine roll over and get onto his hands, pushing up and finally climbing onto his feet.
The Titan's arms waved around as he regained balance, before at last becoming stable, "Are you having difficulty focusing, Julia?"
"Yeah, nghh... My head hurts," Julia finally opened her eyes, looking into the bright display before her, which showed the outside world as seen through the eyes of her Titan companion. Information of all kinds pushed its way into her brain, forced into her thoughts through the link connecting them. She pressed her hand to the side of her head, "S-sorry, it's just so hard to concentrate. R-T, do all Prophets feel this way?"
"Maybe not for other Titans, but only Prophets who have a strong mind may use my gift. You must overcome this challenge if you are truly worthy of my power," The display on the screen changed to display a map of the area and the face of a clock, "Now, we must hurry, you are already late... and I ask that you do not trip again."
Julia slowly exhaled to clear her mind, trying to focus all while thoughts buzzed in the back of her head, "I won't R-T... promise."
R-T's legs picked up one after the other, very carefully and deliberately at first. When Julia's confidence started to build, she urged her Titan forwards, picking up the pace. R-T trudged down the path, outpacing a lonely horse-drawn cart. Julia took special care to give the cart a wide berth when she made R-T run past it. She looked back to see the driver's jaw drop at the sight of the machine charging on ahead. R-T, in his deep gravelly voice, spoke to Julia, "There are inquisitorial forces gathered not far ahead; I hear that they might be recruiting for something. Is that why you were in such a hurry to get there?"
"Yes," Julia nodded, "I owe them that much. They agreed to help me, so I must do everything I can for them."