You notice the ground around you start to crackle as small embers come to life at your feet. In an instant you are engulfed in arcane fire. Smoke clogs your lungs and eyes, hair burns as does your flesh. Oh go ahead and make a Dex. save! Hugo reacts instantly nimbly leaping to relative safety. Miguel shrugs it the burning fire off like a light rain shower his Dwarven resistance to the arcane serves him well. His brother Alfonso is not so lucky, the fire overtakes him, he does not emerge from the flames. Captain Ron, though only on the edge of the deadly burning ring, struggles in the fire, and must have been over come by the smoke inhaling a lungful at the wrong second. Ron falls hard just out of the deadly ring.
Which was I, and which do I try to be? How do you want to handle descriptions?