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Rum Bridge Rebuild Assessment

POSTED: Mon May 06, 2019 3:15 pm

OOC: Backdated to 05/02/19. Looking for 1 or 2 more people! This can be a fairly short thread. We just need a couple extra hands to poke around and make observations about the fallen bridge and start moving some debris around to see if anything's salvageable (it won't be, lol). Ultimately we're gonna go with a wooden bridge. :) Feel free to utilize pNPC Brom as well. ^^ WC: 564 +10, use co-rank in the thread.

IC: After the collapse of the Rum Bridge, the rains seemed to slow and seemingly stop altogether for nearly 12 hours. It was almost like after all the effort the storm had put into ruining the crossing had temporarily worn it out. This thankfully gave the Mistwalkers a much needed respite from the hazardous weather. It also gave Sedona, the pack's Constructor and her close comrade in building, Brom, enough time to assess just how bad the damage was to the crossing, without being hammered by the rain and winds, and having to worry about the flooded St. Johns river.

Reaching the muddy disaster zone, the white furred male gave a low whistle, eyes wide at the destruction evident all around them. Mortar, stone, mud and tons of other natural debris clogged the banks and middle of the waterway forcing the mighty riverway to rush around the obstacles with it's mighty energy carving a new path through the channel. Sedona chuckled grimly. "Yeah. Told ya it was bad." She'd seen the direct aftermath herself after the commotion of packmate Genevieve literally getting caught up in the falling bridge as it gave away under her. Her rescue was swift thank the stars, but nonetheless scary. But despite the dangers that still lurked around them from shifting stones and mud pits as well as loose branches and trees that had been carried from upstream, today's task was to asses what could be done to potentially fix the nearest way across the river to Winterwynd. Having to walk extra miles just to cross around to the Northe Bridge was an extra pain to every Mistwalker, so in order to prevent this, Sedona hoped to be able to come up with the plan to salvage or rebuild the bridge.

Picking her way forward, careful not to slip in the muck, the Whitesage woman examined the busted, crumbling brick, stone and mortar that once held a pillar of the bridge upright that had tipped and collapsed into the rushing waters below. There was a gaping, span of a hole between where the Mistwalkers stood and the next safe section of the bridge more than halfway across the water. They'd definitely have their work cut out for them. As she looked down upon the still swirling, muddied water, she noted the center island of silt, sand and mud had grown larger with the splitting of the river in this area after the collapse. The debris had started to reform the riverbed, creating a false island which began giving the Constructor ideas. She turned and pointed out the island. "That island could be useful in creating new support struts..." She said to Brom who nodded in thoughtful agreement, not looking away from the gap. 'This is going be one hell of a project Sedona. You sure we can fix this thing? It looks pretty done for to me." The male said and Sedona looked at him incredulously. "Now is no time to be negative. We're supposed to be considering all options first before just giving up." She reminded him and Brom gave her a sheepish look. "Come on, let's go down by the water's edge see if a different vantage point helps us come up with some ideas." She smiled and wagged her tail, starting to pick her way down along the side of the crumbling column, not giving up hope yet.
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POSTED: Wed May 08, 2019 12:35 pm

The spring melt had caused, as typical in the more northern regions, havoc within the area. Particular concern was for Rum Bridge, which did not suffer lightly under the torrent of rain in recent days. While her expertise was on the battlefield, and she offered to lend her strength were she could, she was not limited by her abilities. Offering to head out with Sedona to inspect the state of the bridge, she lumbered behind, her white undersides grey with dirt and mud.

Raydiance could tell they were behind as the sound or roaring rapids began to crescendo from the otherwise inconspicuous white noise of the surrounding area. She remained silent as the came upon the bursting banks, observing the wreckage with a hardened stare. The stories of Genevieve being swept away in the murky waters as the bridge crumbled away was still fresh in her mind. Suppressing a shudder by gingerly rolling her shoulders, she stepped forward, sinking into the mud a bit. She was thankful that there was a break in the rain, but knew that it would not end there.

Her knowledge in construction was virtually non-existent, but any layperson could see where piles of debris were precariously pushed off to one side or another, which pieces of essential support were totally lost, or which ones could possibly be salvaged. The bridge was quintessential to the pack, so surely it was worth the effort to try and restore it. Brom seemed doubtful, but Sedona was quick to admonish him, insisting it was not the time to be so pessimistic.

Raydiance chimed in, shuffling along after her packmates as they continued to survey the area, inspecting it from all angles. "It might look impossible now, but once the river returns to it's normal size, some answers might become a little clearer. Something useful might have been swept down from upstream, or maybe the current will be changed to something more favourable for us." Carefully navigating the slippery terrain, she poked around the assortment of scattered stone and vegetation. Whole trees had been uprooted and displaced, the force of the surging river had been so immense. "I'm not sure if much of this will still be useful, but maybe we can start to move it out of the way." Bending over, she tugged at a leafy branch, and with a grunt, freed it from the rocky trap in which it had been ensnared. "Remember the current is still very fast, we all need to be careful." She added, speaking to the group at large.
Mistfell Vale
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Ray
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POSTED: Wed May 22, 2019 10:32 am

OOC: My apologies for the wait. Was waiting to see if one more person might join in. <3 WC: 401

IC: Sedona was glad that Raydiance had come along with them to give another set of fresh eyes on the assessment. Although the cowgirl didn't know the larger woman that well, any and all help was greatly appreciated. The Whitesage woman made a mental note to herself to personally thank each and every person who volunteered on the Bridge project. In some way she'd repay them from their efforts. That was, once efforts got underway. A small smile found its way to her maw as she picked her way along the fast flowing river. It definitely seemed that not much in the immediately area would be salvageable, but at least like Ray had said, the debris could start to be removed.

"Remember the current is still very fast, we all need to be careful." Sedona nodded and as if on cue, Brom sld in a patch of mud and teetered dangerously towards the rushing waters. Sedona gripped his arms and hauled him back to safety and the male gasped wide eyed, whimpering apologetically. "Be careful!" the Constructor laughed, her heart in her chest. The last thing they needed way another wild rescue like what happened with Genevieve. Continuing on and skirting around some reeds and a fallen branch, Sedona shook her head, looking around at all the broken stone work and mud. "Some of the stones could be potentially used again, but I honestly think we're gonna have more luck with rebuildin' from scratch and goin' with wood." Assessed the cowgirl with a cluck of her tongue, placing a paw on a large chunk of stone and pressing against it, seeing how firmly in place it was stuck in the muck.

"We need to get a good few volunteers out here to start movin' the debris." She nodded to Raydiance at her previous suggestion. "We'll need others to start cuttin' down trees in the forest to start constructin' the actual bridge planks, beams and supports from." She took in a deep breath. "This is gonna take quite a bit of work and time. I just hope everyone's prepared to put in the hours." She chuckled and turned to Raydiance. "Think ya'd be up for helpin' me lead the team here on debris patrol while Brom here takes the lead on the forest part?" She indicated the male who was looking out across the river judging the distance across with a slight frown.
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POSTED: Wed May 29, 2019 10:02 pm

Navigating the treacherous terrain carefully, Raydiance kept an eye out both for herself, and her packmates as well. It was important that she was able to jump into action if necessary, and it nearly was, when Brom lost his footing and slipped in the mud. Her muscles twitched, braced to launch, but she need not worry with Sedona so quick on her paws. After that, they were all a little more careful, taking their time as they surveyed the damage. Aside from her polite responses, she kept to herself. There was less at stake for a newcomer to the pack, less sentimental value towards what had previously existed. In this instance, she was relieved that someone else took the lead. She still had much to learn if she wanted to be able to offer Mistfell Vale her very best.

Turning her solemn blue eyes back to the cowgirl, she nodded politely, eager to lend her strength where she could. "Sure, I'll get a team going with clearing the river banks on this side." Looking back towards where she had come from, she assessed the damage that she could see. There was a long road ahead of them, but in time, they would rebuild the bridge, and the scars left by the floods would disappear. "Maybe starting tomorrow, we can get some of the whelps out to lug some stones out, build a berm to redirect the river should it flood again." She grinned wolfishly, far more interested in seeing wayward youths be put to work than she was in her suggestion of preventative measures against disasters.
Mistfell Vale
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Ray
Luperci

POSTED: Thu May 30, 2019 2:57 pm

OOC: <3 WC: 357

IC: The Constructor was glad to have someone as straightforward, sturdy and to the point as Raydiance along with her. Her nature was one that was needed right now in the times of chaos and uncertainty. Brom on the other hand, while valuable in his knowledge of reconstruction, Sedona was beginning to regret bringing along as for a second time the male nearly tripped on a fallen branch and almost toppled towards the rushing river. This time there was no need to intervene as the white furred builder caught himself quickly and growled in frustration. "Damnit this place is a mess! I can't wait till it's cleaned up." He huffed. Sedona rolled her eyes.

"Yeah, that's why yer leaving it to us. Ya can't even navigate the mess without causin' more trouble. Why don't ya go wait up on stable ground for us, Brom. I can't bear responsibility over yer clumsiness right now. I need ya when we start cuttin' down trees. Ya hear?" She set a paw on his shoulder, fully grabbing his attention and making sure he listened to her as he could become very easily distracted, before continuing on with Raydiance. Brom sighed and relented, carefully picking his way back the way they'd come to wait for the two women.

"Sure, I'll get a team going with clearing the river banks on this side." The other woman said eagerly in response to Sedona's query and the Whitesage woman's tail wagged happily. Raydiance would be a good choice to lead a team. There were plenty of able bodied Mistwalkers who could assist. "Maybe starting tomorrow, we can get some of the whelps out to lug some stones out, build a berm to redirect the river should it flood again." Her companion suggested and Sedona paused. "Not a bad idea. I'll let you handle that." The coydog nodded and smiled. "Seems pretty straightforward. The biggest hassle will be debris moving and avoiding any further accidents while the water's still high. I trust you can handle your team and keep 'em safe?" She looked seriously at the woman, ensuring she understood the responsibility she was being entrusted with.
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