[AW] Exploratory Party #1
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The city stretched out in front of him. Also to his sides. It wasn't as pretty as Berlin--it hadn't been cleaned up. And from the looks of it, navigating forward would be a pain in the tail. Navigating back on the other hand... well, that was another matter entirely, given the brilliant blue paint he was carrying, and had just smeared on a convenient wall. He was... well, he wasn't in charge of the group. Not at all. But he was basically the most knowledgeable one when it came to urban exploration and looking for books and tools.

"So does anyone not know what to do when exploring a city that hasn't been confirmed safe?" Someone in the back raised their paw. "Right. Long story short, a city like this is dangerous, and while it probably won't kill you at a moment's notice, it can. Back in Berlin, we once had someone decapitated by a falling panel of glass. Had to go and break out all the glass windows in the traveled areas of the city."

"Basically any building is potentially unsafe. Taller buildings can collapse, shorter buildings can have the floor give out and collapse into the basement. The ground is frequently covered in sharp pieces of glass and metal, and the wounds from them can easily become infected, so watch where you step. Which is why we have a cow with us." He patted the cow on the back, which resulted in a loud mooing. "The cow goes into a building before any of us do. If the cow falls through the floor, we don't go in the building. Then we pull the cow out--" he indicated the rope tied to the cow "--and try again with a different building."
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Serecen poked her head up, her ears perking at the sound of a small rabble of exploratory researchers. Just over a small pile of rubble she could see them down the ruined street, the bunch looking quite impressive out of context. Once you stepped back and looked at where they were... the ruined stalagmites of a destroyed city surrounded them, pushing in on all sides like waves crashing over the empty space left behind when a rock crashes into the surface of a pond.

She stood to her full height, which was still suitably impressive for a Husky, her copper coat currently concealed by the thin outer layers of a protective wrap. Here in the ruined city there were all kinds of little things that could poke and job, and a nice protective layer of leather tended to allay those types of pains. Some of the pokes left you sick, freezing your body with a horrid fever that ended up killing you with awful, back-bending pain.

She had been squatting in the dust, wiping away at a small, shining artifact. It looked almost like a piece of glass, but was armed with the coruscating rainbow shine that reminded her of mother-of-pearl. She had been finding ways to incorporate that rainbow glow into her pottery before the move. Maybe she'd find the secret here.

Either way, as she stood, she made herself plain to the crowd listening to Halan, and she stepped silently up behind him, like a ghost. Her wrappings only added to the effect, making it look as if parts of her body trailed behind her, wisps of brown cloud.

"How's the group?" she asked him in a slight voice once there was a pause in the instruction, one paw reaching out to brush the cow. It was a strange idea, using a cow, but it would be effective. She had known he would be here with an exploratory party and had decided to scout ahead, see how the conditions were. Coming from the ruined portions of Berlin herself, often scavenging just to find a way to survive the day, she was well-acquainted with the dangers of a city.
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This had been something of a last minute decision to join, she had just been walking past, not really intending to join the excursion but Halan's voice had caused her to slow and then stop. The eccentric male was waffling on about cows and exploration and Jace was torn for several seconds about staying and seeing how this.. thing.. went or simply continuing on and not wasting her time. Curiosity dictated that she stay and she recognized the paw that rose in response to his question. Jace moved through the few assembled to stand besides her granddaughter Kjintora.

Kjintora looked at her grandma and took the older female's hand, smiling with a amused glittering to her eyes. Obviously she had been the same as Jace and had stayed for curiosities sake of seeing where this ensemble led to. The veteran of exploring several abandoned cities by now Jace was always watchful, knowing the dangers that were held within seemingly innocent buildings. She had once been afraid but no longer.


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And, shortly afterwards, they were off! Serecen was a bit in front, scouting ahead a bit, and Halan was at the immediate head of the group, guiding the (very stupid) cow along and being very careful where he stepped. Never knew when you might step on a nasty piece of metal and get an infection.

The group continued walking for a while, finding some basic items. A few dirty bottles, some nails, and a couple of forks. Then they arrived at a large building, still mostly intact--or so it appeared. "This looks promising. I'll send the cow in." Encouraging the cow to comply wasn't easy, but after getting jabbed with a pointy stick a few times it moved into the building. After a few seconds, Halan stepped gingerly after it.

"Building seems safe." He briefly scanned the area. "Seems to have been a storage facility of some sort? Let's have a look around."
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