No Ambition Leads Me Here

Cedric, Nora, Theo, Luca

POSTED: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:40 pm

OOC: Backdated to April 5th. Let me know if I need to change anything!

A deep frown spread across Keelan’s face as she left the Fort, two long ropes tossed over her shoulder. One of her packmates, Quinn, had been missing since the storm rolled through a few days ago, after stupidly trying to explore Dragon Tail Trail, during the storm. How on earth she and her young friend had thought doing something so reckless was a good idea amazed the hybrid. It was one thing for young fools to get in trouble with their friends, but something else entirely to willfully endanger their lives. The most she had ever done was sneaking away with her lover!

Luca had led the Brotherhood in searching along the trail right after Quinn had fallen as the storm kept raging, but it had been too dangerous to search the ravine until now. He had asked for volunteers to help search and the dark luperci had offered a hand immediately. Now that the last lingering remains of the storm had dried up it was time to put their plan into action. She would lower down one of the pack’s new recruits, Theodora, with one rope and tie her to a tree with another, just in case anything went wrong.

The female was now on her way to join the rest of the search team and do just that, moving swiftly but with confidence as she did. It was a beautiful spring day, belaying what she believed to be their grim purpose. She highly doubted there was any chance of finding Quinn alive, it had been so long since she vanished, but they might be able to find her remains and lay her properly to rest. Still, she mused as she reached the ravine, it was better not to waste time if there was any chance at all the little fool might be alive.
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POSTED: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:59 pm

It had been an uncharacteristic act of bravery to volunteer when Luca had asked the pack. So freshly accepted, she had been expecting to just sit by silently during the announcement—until she had heard what exactly he was asking for. Lightweight? Well, though she had been eating since joining Casa, weight gain takes time. She was still underweight, and the thought of an injured wolf, even one she didn’t know, slowly suffering in a ravine had been enough to rouse her bravery. You wanted to join a pack, Theodora, you better act like it. She had been even more surprised when Luca had accepted her into the group, but maybe he did appreciate having someone who could heal along for the ride.

She had packed carefully, borrowing a pack from another Cavalier that had straps to go over both shoulders, leaving her hands free. She had tied some sturdy, strong sticks to the bottom of it in case they found Quinn and she needed splinting, rolls of cloth tucked away in the bag to secure them or bandage, whatever they found needed. Various medical tinctures borrowed from the pack’s healer Morty, and fresh clean water and some basic food. Of course, and her suturing kit. The day had arrived, and she double-checked her stores carefully before heading out of her room. As she went for the exit of Fort Kingsbury, she recognized the shape of another wolf heading out, two ropes in her possession.

Though she did not know her personally, she recognized another of the volunteers, even if she couldn’t remember her name. Hastening her legs, Theodora ran awkwardly, unused to the pack between her shoulders. She was huffing and puffing by the time she caught up (this other woman seemed quite more competent physically than she did, which made sense given her role) but she did finally get to a point where she was near enough to Keelan to speak.

“Good morning,” she stated, politely, the tone implying that the morning was not all that good. She considered asking Keelan if she felt ready, but decided instead it might seem as though she doubted her, and so she kept silent. Besides, not speaking gave her a chance to catch her breath.

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POSTED: Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:37 pm

Cedric's mind had been in a daze ever since the fall of the Court and Cidro coming to Casa. To get over the guilt of failing the other boy, Cedric had pushed himself to foolish limits, giving himself little time to rest and evaluate his thoughts. He would sleep restlessly then begin another relentless day to try and work off the horrid feeling of failure. But then there was the word of Quinn falling down a ravine, being lost to the storms that had raged Casa for the last few days, and the chance that she might be in serious danger.

The Stryder could spend all day working himself to exhaustion, but when it came to helping family, of course he'd step up to the plate. Cedric might not be in the best mindset, but his body was as strong and prepared as it would ever be. He was too heavy to go down himself, something Cedric had to swallow and accept since he wanted to make sure Quinn was safe should she still be in the ravine, so the boy had offered to do what he could for those light enough to explore down below.

Solemnly Cedric walked with the others. He was glad Nora was there, of all people Cedric trusted his sister do her best at finding Quinn and knowing that it was his sibling on the end of the rope would motivate Cedric even more to hold her steady. Keelan was also there, Cedric hadn't seen much of her since their first meeting but he considered her with respect. The other woman was unknown to him, someone new to Casa like Cidro, only under better circumstances. Time would tell if she was capable, although Cedric had enough faith in his father to only let the worthy join the pack. To the new woman's greeting, Cedric gave her a respectable nod, his golden eyes set with determination for the job at hand.
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POSTED: Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:31 pm

A couple of days had passed since Risa had run to him asking for help between heavy breathes, but Luca’s frustration over the situation had only grown. The Brotherhood had failed in their search, the gods cursing them with a bloody thunder storm that had soaking into the earth and made it soft, fragile, and unsafe. He was certain that some in Casa were angry at him for waiting. Maybe if he had been younger he would have rushed to the edge, tied off a rope, and barreled into the depths himself. Now, he had a better idea of the lands, and what weather did to them. It would have been foolish and incredibly dangerous to attempt a rescue while the edges of the trail were still dense with water, and chances were they would have lost more Cavaliers than saved. No, he stuck to his gut and waited it out.

Now was the time for action. After a couple days of sun the ground was not crumbly or clumpy, it held as firm as any other regular day. So he called for volunteers, four helpful hands to take a closer look at what was going on below – where Quinn has disappeared. Following a trail of scents Luca was pleased to see that his volunteers had eagerly assembled by the trail, ropes in hand and ready to go. “Good Morning everyone.” He greeted, calling the four to his attention.

Eyeing up the volunteers he decided quickly, “We are going to be safe about this. Keelan and Cedric will lower Theodora and Nora down under my supervision. We’ll tie off the ropes to that tree there,” He pointed to a large thick tree that was along the forests edge, “so there is no canine error.” Turning his golden eyes on Theodora, one of their newest members, and Nora, his daughter, he added, “When you are down there I want you to stick together. There will be no going off on your own. Keep your voices down so you don’t cause a shake in the earth above you and put your noses to work for you.” With that he looked to Keelan, “Lets get ‘em tied then.”

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POSTED: Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:42 am

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OOC: Sorry it took me so long to get here. Nora's here now. +300 words.

Nora couldn't help but bubble with some kind of sense of both pride and excitement. It wasn't often that she got the chance to assist with something as important as finding a missing member of Casa. Her father and the Brotherhood had already been out on their own, but now it was a chance for other members to get the chance to help out as well. This was the chance that she had been waiting for. A chance for her to really be a part of the society in her home pack.

It was also comforting to see that her brother would be coming along with her for this group. It was no surprise to her that her brother would wish to partake in something like this. He had a strong sense of duty, and with what little she knew of what was personally going on with him, perhaps it would help him to refocus on some things.

The tan girl trailed along with the group, though kept closer to her family more than anyone else. It wasn't that she wasn't uncomfortable being around the others that had volunteered for this task, but rather just that she hadn't gotten the chance to really get to know them. Even so, it was good to see them both here, willing to help looking for someone in a rather dangerous part of the packlands.

Green eyes focused on her father as he began to explain how everything was going to be done. It was a solid plan, though Nora would like the chance to explore what all was down in this place. She had to take her mind away from that set to focus on looking for Quinn. Perhaps some other time, someone would be willing enough to help her down to more thoroughly explore this place for what it had to offer.

Once the explanation was over, and a nod of understanding had been given to Luca for her own tasks, she padded over to her brother, offering him a smile, "I'm ready when you are Cedric."

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POSTED: Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:24 pm

Anxious eyes darted over to Nora, the woman who would be accompanying her below. She seemed competent, which was reassuring, and Theodora was glad that she wouldn’t be going alone. After all, if she found an injured Quinn at the bottom, she would likely not to be able to move her alone. Luca was professional in his instructions to them all, and Theodora listened raptly, committing everything he said to memory as best she could. Though the man was likely quite upset on the inside about what had happened to their pack member, Theodora couldn’t tell from looking at him. One of the aspects that made him a good leader, she supposed. “Yes, sir.” Her words were quietly stated after he had finished, mostly just insuring that he knew she had heard him, and her attentions went to the strong woman named Keelan after.

“Just let me know how best to help you,” she offered, a willing participant to being harnessed. She had never thought herself a master of ropes or knots, but figured it would be best to stay still to let the other do her work. As Cedric and Keelan performed their duties, Theodora continued to run through possibilities in her mind: what sort of injuries one might expect, how best to treat them, and how to transport. Gods forbid, the worst case scenario: how best to maneuver a corpse should Nora and her find it. She pushed the thought away as though optimism might change the outcome of their endeavor, overriding the anxious energy in her body that would have her tail wagging submissively. It wouldn’t help Keelan in any way to make herself a moving target, and she would need to keep her apprehension internalized.

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POSTED: Thu May 02, 2019 3:16 pm

OOC: There's some minor power play in this, let me know if I need to change anything.

Keelan listened intently as Luca explained exactly what they were going to do, nodding sharply in response after the Lune finished by asking them to get started. She carried the ropes on her shoulder over to the tree with long fast steps, tying them around it low to the ground, one above the other. As the female finished tying each rope she pulled on them with all of her weight to make sure the knots were sturdy and would hold.

She had already gone over the entire length of each rope before leaving the Fort to make sure they were not frayed or damaged in any way, but it never hurt to double check. After all, it was better to be safe than sorry. Once she was done with that the dark luperci left one rope coiled up on the ground and carried the other over to Theodora.

The hybrid shot a quick smile at her as she replied, “Just stay still for a moment while I do this.” With that, she began trying a harness around her, forming loops around each of her leg and her waist. She tied extra knots along her back and down her sides along the way, which gave the harness extra strength and security. When she was finished creating the harness it was connected to the rest of the rope at the front. Taking a few steps back, Keelan said, “Alright, you should be good to go, just let me know if anything seems too loose or pinches you.” With that she turned to the rest of the group, crossing her arms over her hips casually as she did so.
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POSTED: Sat May 04, 2019 5:28 pm

Cedric could sense the mood was a serious one. There were looks of hope and determination shared by all the volunteers but Cedric could tell they all knew they had a job to do. The young Stryder could accept that, embrace it even. He listened to his father's instruction's with a keen ear, glancing from tree to ravine to map out where he'd stand to control the rope. Nora would hang on the other end with Cedric holding onto her life line, the boy wouldn't let her fall to the same fate as Quinn, so he hoped his look to his sister was reassuring as she came over to check on him. With a nod, the boy got the rope, following a similar sequence to Keelan as he collected one of the ropes now tied to the tree and wrapped it around himself before handing the end off to Nora.

He helped his sister get tied securely, making a few test tugs and glancing to Keelan to check the younger pair's ropes matched the more experienced one's. With a deep breath Cedric gave Nora another look. "Just be careful, I won't let you fall." Cedric muttered to her, before stepping away, his golden eyes looking constantly from end to end of the rope. From where his sister was tied securely, to where the tree held the other end.
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POSTED: Wed May 22, 2019 1:08 pm

ooc: lots of assumptions in this, let me know if anyone wants anything changed!

Theodora could only watch with interest as Keelan went to work. The woman was gentle but thorough, and Theo soon found herself wrapped up as a spider’s catch, admiring the speckled cadet’s work. Nearby, the man Cedric performed similarly with Nora, until the both of them were securely woven. Their goal accomplished, all eyes turned to Luca, and it was their Lune who gave the order. With all of the hustle and bustle, Theodora hadn’t spent much time actually looking at the gorge that had taken their packmate: it was a large scar in the earth, the sort that frail and fearful women such as herself avoided in their entirety, but in a group formed of Knights it was not all that surprising that others had thought to brave its depths. Though worry formed creases in her forehead, she swallowed down what trepidation remained, for she had what Quinn had not: security and support in the form of three able-bodied wolves at the top of the crest.

When Luca had given the order, the first step over the edge had been the most terrifying. She hoped their leader hadn’t noticed too much of her quickened breath, keeping her face pointed down to avoid anyone seeing the fear upon it. Once she had gotten over that first hurdle and begun dangling freely in space, it had become much easier: she had thought the complete loss of control would have been the worst part, but Keelan’s knots held sturdy, even if they pinched with her weight thrust against them. They went slowly and steadily down, and Theodora set herself to business by mentally reviewing her plans certain injuries again, working to slow her breathing until she felt the cool earth beneath her paws.

As her eyes adjusted to the bits of the gorge that remained in shadow, she offered Nora another small smile—the kind one gives when two wolves are sharing an experience they both preferred would not have happened. Gods protect you, Quinn, thought the wolf, and then she set herself about to searching.

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