Keep your eye on the target

For Darkness

POSTED: Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:55 pm

Not the snow not the rain can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see

OOC: Let me know if you want me to change anything. +300 words.

Nora was well aware of the fact that her skills needed some work when it came to her weapon of choice. There was quite a different between hunting prey and when it came to using her bow for combat. There was some truth that it was the same, at least when she was hidden away from her target, or perhaps if she was able to sneak up on someone, stalking them like she would prey... but once she was discovered, it would come down to how accurate she could be and how quickly she could fire them in succession. That was where she needed the most work.

After all, when it came to hunting, she could just keep trying and trying so long as she could track the animals and find them, but there wouldn't always be another chance when it came to an enemy. Should Casa face any trouble in the future, or even if she were to face any trouble in the future when she was outside of the pack, she would need to be able to use it to defend herself and fight.

The tan girl had gone out early in the morning, grabbing the items she used from the storage room, and set up a small target for her to use. Reaching and knocking one of the arrows, she closed one eye, trying to align the tip of the arrow with the center of her target. Taking a deep breath, she released the arrow, watching it as it flew off to the side of the target. She emitted a bit of a frustrated sigh as she reached for another arrow, knocking it as she aimed for the target once more. Once again, the mark was off. Was she just not aiming right, or was there another reason? Maybe she should go and get Arlen before she did some more. He would probably know.

Nora Knight

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POSTED: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:54 am

Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop.

Poda's heavy hooves carried them over the cold earth near the boundaries as Darkness' amber gaze stretched out over the world that he didn't dare go often. The string of his bow pressed against the charcoal threads on his chest and the wooden feature pressed between his back, cock-eyed over one shoulder as a hand hovered over his brow. The moon was bright over the snow cast earth and somehow shielding his sole eye from it's timid light aided him to see a greater distance.

He kept the pose for a moment, his eyes slowly taking in the far horizon, but slowly he slipped away into memories. All those days they'd spent in neutral lands. Their separation from the Red Star and the tides unable to part them, simple corporeal things that didn't compare to the life that left her eyes.

Those blue eyes.

The raspy snort of a bored horse brought him back, and he looked down at Poda as he dug mindlessly through the ground, trying to root out something green or worth eating. A sooty hand patted the piebald beast's neck near the shoulder and brought the stallion's attention from the earth. Together they moved on, from the borders to the Fort.

With Poda's skill at returning home, and the food that was always his gift for bringing Darkness back promptly, there was less risk in the Hushhowl father straying from the den, the Denali camp, or the Fort. Still, he would be hard pressed to leave the pack lands for a long period of time. He needed Poda to keep a trail that he couldn't and losing it might mean losing home. That wasn't a risk that he was willing to take on his own.

There was only one exception, and he didn't want the thought to cross his mind. He was barely here, as it was, and didn't need to sink into a deeper hole of loss than he could crawl out of. With time, they say, but time had never been on his side.

The Fort's walls came into view, the tall, stone sentinels a sign of protection in the heart of the pack's lands. While urging Podarok through, what caught his eye in the training grounds was the sight of a young woman working with a bow. Persuading Podarok to move a bit more slowly, he watched as the arrow she let fly miss it's mark. Just before she was hidden by the stable's edge, she released another arrow to the wind and it flew over and away from the target.

It was decided. Rather than work on himself today, he'd offer his knowledge to the young Knight, plagued by the desire to do well without the skill. Suiting down Podarock, he left the beast in his stall with a mountain of hay for a job well done and hung the bridle against the wall where the others rested.

Heavy stable doors met with a thud as he closed them tightly, preventing the chill of the air from entering the warmth within. He found the fortune that he happened to have his bow at the moment, despite the misfortune of losing that deer to the pack boundaries. It could simply mean that it wasn't meant to be.

Dark foot paws found purchase in the ring behind the young Knight. A strong arm pulled the bow from his back and brought it to his side, the same arm then fetched an arrow from the quiver that clacked as he jostled it. Rather that bring himself over to her with a hello or a question, he took it upon himself to reach her side in silence and offer her a small, but kind look despite the rugged features that had come to him with time.

Lifting his bow slowly, he kept his eye upon Nora as he took a deep breath. Carefully, he paced his motions and his movements, but didn't dare make a sound. It would do her good to either watch him, or copy him, as best as she could, and he wanted to see where her efforts were strongest. Was it frustration that moved her, or diligence?

Stealing his amber eye from the young woman, he cast an arrow into the notch of his bow and held his hands properly yet firm. With a creak the bow groaned as he stretched it, and he stood for a moment, frozen, barely breathing as his eye marked the sight that the arrow would take.

SNAP

Releasing the bow, the string vibrated in a low note and the arrow sailed true. A dull thud shook the hay from the target as the arrow pierced it, just left of the bullseye. Just shy of perfect, but a fair enough shot as the breeze carried it.

The bow dropped to his side as he turned to face Nora, a father's gaze upon her as he finally offered to take up a lesson with her, should she want it,” I caen shoew yeu vhat voerks feur me, shoeuld yeu vhaent?”


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POSTED: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:33 pm

Not the snow not the rain can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see

OOC: +300 words.

Nora at least knew some of the basics when it came to using her bow and arrow. While she had taken some of the time to get away from her mentor to go exploring, she had listened to some of his lessons. There were others in the pack that knew better than he did on the weapon she had chosen, and it was clear from her lack of knowledge that had been a key factor in why she had failed her first blood in the first place. Of course, that hadn't bothered her... but now that she was getting to be older and would rise in the ranks, something more would be expected of her.

Wanting to give it one more go, she knocked one more arrow, eyes focusing on the target ahead of her. So the first time it was to the side, and then the other time it had missed entirely. Maybe if she adjusted enough to the side, her arrow would land where she wanted. Following this notion, she took a deep breath, releasing her bow. Again it missed.

Great...

Ears turned to the sound of someone approaching from behind her. It was Darkness, a prominant figure around Casa. He said nothing to her, instead taking his own bow to knock an arrow of his own. He focused on the target she had set up, green eyes focused on him and his moments. The man remained completely still, his eyes forward before releasing the string. Following the sight of the arrow, it landed nearly on a bullseye.

Eyes couldn't help but light up at his skills. Once he had fired his arrow, he turned to face the young girl, offering him to show her what works best for him when it came to archery. Without hesitation, she nodded to him, "Yes please. Can you show me how you aim? I tried to move it a bit around the target but it didn't seem to work."

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POSTED: Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:29 pm

The young, tawny girl brightened up like the sun at his offer, and with her enthusiasm, he was more than grateful to offer. Her first questions drilled into the air with a novice skill, but a delighted mind, and Darkness wrapped the bow around his head and over his shoulder, stationing it so that his hands were free and the bow was in the proper place.

“Ohkaey, I viell sheow yeu,” He turned fully to her now, his hands free and his eyes on her weapon, taking it in to make sure the condition was decent enough to be firing. It wasn't as thought he was thinking that she didn't know any better, but it was more of a cautionary scrutiny, alongside making sure her basics were covered,” Fieurst, aiem die beow,” His instructions was simple to start with, as were many of the sentences he spoke,” Deu noet fier. Jeust aiem.”

As she brought her weapon high and notched the arrow, he had her hold her place. First things first, he had to fix her positioning to better suit her purpose. A gentle hand on her back to alter the way in which she stood. A father's hands then moved down her arm to correct how she held the bow or notched the arrow, were the mistakes there. Last thing he checked was her footing before glancing back up at her form. Quietly, he gestured to the things that she needed to see for herself.

“Hoeld die arroew straieght,” His voice rolled over the basics, just in case there had been a step or two she hadn't known, or if there was something she wasn't shown in the past,” Biend die elboew hiere,” So she wouldn't slap her wrist,” And die haend like dhis.”

Taking a step back, he allowed her to hold the position for a moment before his final instruction rumbled from his graveled tune,” Fier dhie aerroew vhien yeu braeth oeut,” Now beside her, again, he arched his arm over his head and armed his bow, holding his arms in place as the taut string protested. It would be one last look at how she should stand, and hold, and aim, should she need it. Watching her carefully, he released the muscle in his arm and let the arrow and bow both point to the earth as she shot, his eye seeking out where the arrow went, and where they'd have to go from there.


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POSTED: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:26 pm

Not the snow not the rain can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see

OOC: +300 words.

The chance to learn something new was not only welcome, but something she could not take lightly. Far too many times she had turned away from such training to go exploring, but now that she was actually practicing, it was clear just how much of an effect it was having on her. Her hunting was fine enough, knowing that she could at least hit something with luck and some precision was enough to give her some form of confidence.

When it came time for the instructions, the black and white male turned his attention solely on her, offering her bow out to him before he could look at it, then it was given back. He had given her the first instruction, taking being to aim with her bow. Relaxing her one arm, the arrow was pulled into place along the string, taking up her stance as she had been using for her practice. He came, adjusting her posture with his hands.

This was all new to her, but it was very welcomed. He hadn't done anything to make her uncomfortable, rather making sure that she was doing everything right. Once he had moved away, she had gotten a feel for it, then purposefully got out to take the stance again, making sure she was doing it right, "Like this?"

With the adjustments made, her focus returned to the target, taking aim again. He had given her a couple more pointers on the stance, as well as telling her to hold the arrow straight. She adjusted the projectile along the string to make sure that it was straight, never taking her eyes off the target.

Darkness soon took a step back, giving her one last instruction, and that was to release the arrow when she breathed out. Ok, so she needed to be steady, and to breath in and out. Taking a deep breath, she held herself steady, breathed out... and then she let go of the string. The arrow went flying, straight ahead to hit the target... but still no where near the bullseye. Even so, a smile came to her face, "I did it! I hit the target! How did I do?"

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POSTED: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:47 pm

To her assurance, he offered a quick yet confident,” Yies,” As she held her posture. After a few more adjustments, the arrow was primed as the young woman took her aim. She followed her instructions well and didn't fight with the reach of the bow, which had initially been Darkness's main issue. Her strength would do great things for her as long as she took care of it.

He stepped back and the arrow flew. Sailing through the air, the weapon darted like lightning to the target and struck it with a echoing clack. Her grin spoke it all, but still she turned to Darkness and inquired of him. The stoic father nodded, though his straight features didn't brighten for her, his eyes shined with a wash of pride,” Yies, viery geud,” The rumble of his tone carried on,” It iz impoeuraent teu taek stieps teu becoem bietter,” Darkness' eye found the target,” Moer praectise viell giev yeu a bietter aiem, laeter. Try oenly die staence teuday.”

With that, the Hushhowl father pulled his own bow taught, again. Plucking an arrow from his quiver, he reached back and armed the bow. The muscles in his arm corded, coiling back as his shoulders braced the string,” Paetience, teu,” His tune turned airy, so as not to disturb his aim. A long moment passed as he corrected the slightest errors in his own aim, brought by his own breath, the wind, before he let it fly. The longer he aimed, well the better it would be. He wasn't so silly to call himself perfect at the weapon, but he'd come a long way.

His own arrow shot across the breeze and met the target. It struck slightly top and right of the center, but it was simply another example for her to watch on. He didn't let his bow down, until the echo of the arrow had passed. Returning to Nora, he offered her another try,” Deu agaien.” The First Officer instructed her, waiting to see how much she might retain from her first try, to her second.


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POSTED: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:25 pm

Not the snow not the rain can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see

OOC: +300 words.

Nora had been so pleased that the man's advice had worked. In truth, it had really helped to have someone teaching her that knew how to use a bow and arrow rather than the mentor that was given to her. Yeah, Arlen could offer her a lot, and when she was not running off to go exploring, it was nice to hear some of his stories from when he was outside of Casa, but when it came to her primary choice of weapon... he seemed to just fall short.

So much had been on her own, and it was clear that this would not be the correct way to learn going forward. She had to seek it from others that knew more than she did. That was the whole point of mentors in the first place.

It was time she had grown up a little.

Green gaze turned over to the man as he spoke of the importance for her getting better, this being a good starting point for her to do exactly that. She wouldn't be able to do anything proper if she didn't start from some form of basics.

Her eyes fixated on his bow as he took it into his hands, moving another arrow onto the string. He had done this before she gave her first attempt, but now she was watching him much more closely. There had to be some subtle movements in the way that he was doing things to better understand how his stance worked in his favor. The arrow whistled in the air past them, hitting the target. It wasn't right in the center, but it still hit.

Now it was her turn to do the same thing again. On his request, the tan girl took up her stance from before, taking extra measure to make sure that it was right before she took the bow in her hand, knocking an arrow. She held herself steady, taking a deep breath as she focused in on the target. Her aim was to gradually get closer to the center. Taking extra care in her aim, she released, the arrow landing a small distance to the side of her other one, "How was that?"

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