Beyond the barricade, is there a world you long to see?

POSTED: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:29 pm

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It's afternoon near the borders, and the [sleet] is letting up.
Your character has encountered a small fire.

Lupus | Mistfell Vale southeastern borders | NPC: Einarr (+469)

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AW for one please! Help Skadi do a scout-y type thing and deal with a Loner too close to MV’s borders!

It was a miserable day. The skies were an ugly, depressing grey, and the temperature was absolutely frigid. The ground was cold beneath her paws, and covered in a wintery mix that was something between rain and ice. It had been fun at first, something new that she and her siblings had yet to experience in their young lives. The novelty of it had quickly worn off the further and further Skadi and Einarr walked in it though.

Despite whatever she or her brother felt, there was work to be done, and inclement weather didn’t mean duties could be skirted.

Her nostrils flared as she took in a few quick sniffs on the go, not wanting to stop in her patrol unless she found something of interest. While she prided herself on the discipline her mother had instilled in her, Skadi was not foolish enough to stay out longer in the elements than what was necessary while it was sleeting. She didn’t want to risk getting sick, after all.

From her nose billowed wispy breaths into the chilly air. Skadi licked her nose, cleaning it of the icy crystals that had collected on it. She couldn’t smell anything foreign on the gentle—but bitter—breeze that moved and tossed the sleet around. Some part of her doubted they would find anyone out in this kind of weather, but, they had to be sure. Who knew? Maybe another coyote might try to sneak in and cause mischief like before.

The Wolverthorne padded on, squinting through the icy precipitation as she walked the border of the Vale. One of her ears flickered as she felt Einarr suddenly match her pace beside her. She glanced at him, and the bear nodded to something up ahead of them. “Look over there,” he whispered.

Skadi’s glacier eyes shifted as she halted their patrol. Sure enough, a little deeper in the forest and off the main path, the faint glow of a fire could be seen. In the dim, afternoon light and amongst the sleet, she couldn’t make out anything else. It was on the unclaimed side of the Vale border, she recognized, but, even so, they were awfully close. Perhaps too close.

“What should we do? Call for help?” Einarr asked.

“No, that would draw too much attention if they’re hostile,” she replied, shaking her head. Her lips twisted in contemplation, her eyes never leaving the flickering light in the distance. They couldn’t very well leave it unchecked. Skadi and Einarr were young and inexperienced compared to their mother though when dealing with strangers to the pack.

Einarr tilted his head up towards the bare-limbed canopy above. “Well, make your decision quick, Skadi. The sleet’s getting lighter, and we might lose the element of surprise.”

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POSTED: Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:18 pm

Along the outskirts of the borders she made her way through the paw-deep snow in light, warm hunting garb. Rialu squinted her eyes and bent low to the white crystalline earth to study tracks, tracks that she followed for some time until the trail ran colder than the air and sky, but a strange sight. As she looked around, frost coated muzzle letting out only small puffs at a time, other tracks of a much larger beast could be seen winding among the icy pines and foxholes. Rialu came back to where the smaller tracks ended abruptly and turned her head, she saw another larger trail through the forest which she followed and when her instinct told her death had happened here, she brushed away snow until she found it blood soaked. With the sleet beginning to thin the smell only came brighter through her nostrils and she left the rabbit's blood to be buried once more.

When Rialu moved along she could now smell smoke through the air, and she drew her weapon from her back. The tall coyote stayed as low as possible, using her haunches for support and watching the light of the flames get closer. She tried to move around for a better angle when she spotted a familiar face through the brush and made a temporary retreat so she could get to her side.

"Psst," Rialu hailed in a hush, approaching from Skadi's rear. "Loner?" Rialu questioned small but worried with a point to the obvious fire and smoke that came through the trees and inclement, icy weather.
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Both of their heads turned at the soft crunch of approaching footfalls and a whispered voice. It was one of the coyote hybrids of the Vale, Rialu. The Hawkesond house seemed filled with their type nowadays. She was in her Optime form, dressed for the rather frigid weather and armed with a weapon. Neither Skadi or Einarr had worked with her before, but, she was older than they, and, as the assumption went, likely the more experienced guide they would need in such a situation.

“Yeah,” the Wolverthrone confirmed with a nod. “And they’re really close to our borders.” It might have been one thing if the Loner intended to join the Vale or had merely been passing by. However, there had been no summoning howl, and, whoever they were, they had set up camp, which likely meant they intended to stay a while. It was something Ragna would not have allowed had they been with her on the patrol. She wasn’t with them though, and it was up to them to make the call on how to deal with the situation presented to them.

“I think we should confront them,” Skadi decided, thinking how her mother might have, “See what their business is so close to the Vale.”

Beside her, Einarr shook some of the sleet from his dark fur. “Only if there’s less of them than there are us,” he clarified, eyeing his sister. The bear was not keen on engaging in a losing battle, particularly not with a packmate around to witness such a blunder.

Skadi narrowed her eyes at Einarr, accepting his terms, even if she didn’t like them. Turning her attention back to Rialu, she asked, “Are you in?”

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Acknowledging the situation for what it was, a dank sleet dusted day that was about to get a bit more interesting than Rialu would have liked. Almost too focused in on what this could mean in the next several minutes to heed the black bear, Einarr, whom for whatever reason was Skadi's companion. Somehow Rialu doubted she could trust such powerful creatures, let alone fight alongside one.

Rialu's gaze nervously adjusted on the dark furred beast, trying her best to remember her help was needed or this could get out of hand. She sucked in a breath of air and exhaled. "Mmmyeah, mon amis. This is no good, them being this close by." She looked at Skadi and exhaled again, the distant but defined crackle of flames making her left ear lean outward to hear more acutely. The fire itself was small, the column of smoke nearly invisible in the waning sleet which explained how they had remained undetected until now. "I found where they skinned a rabbit," the hunter told them. "I think they're trying to lay low, they may have already overstepped our borders."

Without much more time to waste, minutes meaning steadily increasing visibility - potentially taking away the element of surprise. Rialu thought it best to do this tactfully than too swiftly, but them having the advantage was important. "Let's take a peak see." She glanced in Einarr's direction and scratched an ear. "Uhh, big fella...you might uh, have to hang back for a minute," the red coywolf informed him, not caring if she was too harsh of tone. After all why would she remember manners for a bear. They just weren't like canines.

Waving for the Eklund to follow, squatting low she made her way through fresh snow and evergreen leaves. Then she laid down and crawled making sure she remained unseen between low hanging foliage and the natural trench where snow had not fallen beneath the tree. Not going beyond this hiding place to the bare maze of sumac or they would surely be spotted.

Just beyond the winding branches there were three wolf hybrids, wearing assorted furs crowded around a small fire with a spit. One tent proved enough for the three it seemed to cram inside and keep warm come nightfall. "Merde," she whispered low beneath the vast and faint rasp of wind. Using her arms she backed herself off, pulling herself from the green curtain, disturbing the chilling white powder that fell on her shoulders, head and face. Rialu shook her upper body abruptly, bow still gripped tightly and aimed to the earth. "I saw three potential problems. They have spears and knives. Both of us are armed, and we happen to have a bear. Maybe we don't have to be dangerous, just look dangerous."
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A strange phrase slipped from her tongue, but it seemed that Rialu was in agreement that the situation was one that needed to be taken care of. What she revealed further did not sit well with Skadi, particularly after what had become of her brother. Trespassing, possibly hunted on Vale lands? It was outright disrespectful to their pack, and certainly something that needed a swift repercussion to ensure it never happened again. Callisto was still young, and another incident like the one that took Steinarr weighed heavily on Skadi's mind.

When Rialu decided their next movement, both of the teenagers nodded firmly in agreement. However, when her attention turned on the bear and callously dismissed him, Skadi's hackles raised and her features sharpened. A growl rumbled in her throat before she felt her brother’s paw touch her leg. Her eyes snapped to him, and he shook his head silently as Rialu had already started to walk off.

Skadi let out a heated exhale before following along. "His name is Einarr, you know," she growled lowly at Rialu as she caught up with her. As much as she wanted to pick a fight with the woman for her rudeness to her brother, the Eklund was able to subdue her anger for the time being. There were more important matters to take care of first. If she was lucky, maybe she’d be able to take it out on the trespasser. It’d keep her out of trouble with her mother and Saga.

She adopted a stalking crouch, carefully traversing over the accumulated, icy sleet and leaflitter. It was no different than hunting prey with her mother and brothers. Be silent. Be aware. Don’t be seen.

Eventually, she and Rialu got close enough that they could assess the situation that they had come across. Three Loners, and they looked like they had been in the area for quite some time if they had been able to erect a tent to help ward off the weather. Skadi could smell the scent of cooking meat, which was likely the rabbit that Rialu had reported about earlier. Her attention shifted to where the Hawkesond was when she caught movement out of the corner of her eye.

Skadi retreated, returning to the adult’s side as she gave her assessment of the situation. The individuals were armed, and with all looking to be full-grown adults, even the confident Skadi had her doubts at their odds. While Ragna had been teaching Skadi and her brothers how to fight, she was not foolish or arrogant enough to believe her skills were good enough to best an adult by herself. With Einar though…maybe they could overwhelm their enemy.

“What if we took them by surprise?” She suggested, eying Rialu’s bow. “If you can shoot as good as my mom, we could lessen their numbers and maybe ambush them in the initial chaos.” It was a tactic her mother had taught them, something Glade had rumored to have been useful long before the family had taken root in the Vale.

The Eklund considered their options more. “You could approach them and tell them to leave, and, if they refuse, Einarr and I could ambush the smaller one after you shoot one of the other two?” It was risky, but, maintaining some element of surprise would have been the only way they would be able to gain the upper hand if the Loners refused to cooperate peacefully.

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Skadi grumbled about something behind her but dismissed it for lack of better reason to care about a kid's squabbling. Both of them knew there were more urgent things to be done here. Post-reconnaissance they plotted there in the frigid air with breath rising stacks above their heads, all the while Rialu avoided nervous stares at the bear and the alarm she felt deep within from his mere presence. But they needed each other, and when all was needed to be said, Skadi's ideas out in the open Rialu stared blankly for a moment.

The archer coughed and sniffled, settling eyes on the young Vale member and her friend, who despite fearing she still would protect if only for the sake of the Eklund. Rialu sighed, looked down and kicked at the snow. "If we're doing this, we are going to need both at the same time." She clarified, the only logical thing was to have the edge from the beginning or all could be lost. "I will take a shot, whether a warning or a hit, I will try to hit in this shit." She raised an arm and felt the sidelong winds through her fingers that warped the evergreens. "Then you and," she looked to the four-legged creature and saw calm but raging machine and glassy eyes wrapped inside, falling short on looking deeper. "Ei...narr, you both will show yourselves and do whatever you can to scare them. Look pissed off. This is our maison mes amis."

Rialu turned her head, then began edging away with her bow gripped tightly, she turned back to look at the pair once more to say, "Wait for the arrow, and don't do anything stupid?" She asked as a question sure that this clean precise arrow would hit nothing but air in more ways than one.

The Avarice girl stalked away using the winds to cover footfalls and her scent best she could, a quarter way around the camp from where she had originally left Skadi and the bear. Already the weight was falling away and her breathing had slowed, and soon she found a place to perch where the feast was in view. In all its crude grandeur. It was insulting, but these things were not about petty emotion, just about sweeping the porch or death trying. She drew back the arrow on the string keeping her frame rigid, arms strong and chest back.

Rialu breathed like a fish out of water, felt her heart in her head and waited for the wind to dissipate so she could aim. With the sleet faltering and the dwindling winds, she shot for a forearm holding some steaming rabbit. A red mist tainted their rabbit stew and dappled the white weather, the ground. One of the wolfdogs collapsed with a surprised yelp-scream, clutching his elbow in the snow.

Rialu stepped from the trees with another arrow already loaded and pointed stern, the remaining pair of loners scrambled for spears, and the quickest threw one at her. Rialu leapt sideways and crawled behind a tree, loading another arrow, glancing at where the iron tip spear had buried into frosted bark. Her body tensed and her spine twisted out of shape, snarling there behind cover. Her skill had failed her for the umpteenth time. She stood and stepped jerkily around the tree once more and yelled, "You are trespassing now get the hell out before I start shooting for the chest! I will call for backup!!"

She choked on the blatant lie knowing very well this is all they had, that no one would be able to hear them scream if this all went wrong, meanwhile steadying her aim lips curling to show her bite. She hoped all they would need is to act with smoke and mirrors but now there was fire, and she didn't want to watch someone like Skadi burn for her mistakes.
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NPC: Einarr (+505)

tNPCs: Undetermined (arrow to the forearm), Wolfdog female (threw first spear), Coyote-mix male (attempted to throw second spear)

Sorry for the wait! Skadi and Einarr will continue attacking coyote-mix dude! I thought it might be fun for you though for Rialu to help protect Einarr!

The adolescents listened carefully as Rialu crafted their plan. The confrontation hinged on their ability to work together, and to do so effectively. A slip up could lead to an unnecessary injury, or, worse, death. And another incident at the hands of a Loner was the last thing the Vale needed after everything that had happened that year.

They agreed to their roles, and, even though they didn’t fully understand the final group of words uttered by the red-furred woman, they nodded their agreement to what had been decided. “You either,” the Wolverthorne answered back, smirking.

With that, Skadi and Einarr split off from Rialu to move into position. They moved in a wide arch around the encampment so as to not be detected before the time was right. They stalked low, their paws careful and as silent as they could muster over the sleet-covered earth. Closer and closer they drew until they were nearly at the edge of the camp. The trio of Loners were none the wiser of what was closing in, too absorbed in their own, whispered chatter and cooking.

The Eklund siblings hunkered down and waited for the signal.

It came suddenly and swift, breaking the anxious, tense energy that had been building within the teenagers. One of the Loners was struck by an arrow, and chaos broke loose. Rialu appeared from hiding, and the two unharmed strangers quickly armed themselves and attacked.

“Trespassing?! This is neutral territory! Come out here and fight, bitch!” One of them—a male coyote-mix—snarled. The minute he saw Rialu move out from behind the tree, he had wound up his throwing arm, ready to launch his spear at the Mistwalker.

Skadi and Einarr both sprung from their hiding places with a vicious snarl and a low roar.

The sound of a bear caused all three Loners’ heads to snap towards the source, with the two unarmed ones scrambling to move away in expectation of a full grown, angry bear to be charging the camp. It wasn’t until too late that they realized it was only a yearling.

Skadi launched herself at the coyote-mix that had been aiming for Rialu. Her teeth came down around his bicep, and the momentum with which she hit him caused them to crash to the cold, wet ground. Einarr arrived only a half second later, hooked claws raking the male’s spear arm. His jaws bit down into the wood of the spear’s shaft, and he shook his head to force the Loner to release his hold on the weapon.

“Get the hell off him!” Screeched the wolfdog woman.

A swift kick to Einarr’s side caused him drop the spear from his mouth. Turning, he let out a roar as he snapped at the Loner that had tried to come at the aid of the coyote-mix. Skadi, meanwhile, continued to struggle for dominance against the furious male, snapping and snarling while he tried to wrestle away from her sharp teeth.

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