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."

Nora Knight

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