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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2020, 08:22:07 PM »
Giant Armadillo Valley
Afternoon

Theodore Warsavage enjoyed the trip out in the wagon. When she was amenable, he talked with Eulalia or Temisar, and when conversation lulled, he dozed in the warm sunshine against the back of the wagon. When they stopped for lunch and to watch the mummers, he laughed loudly at the little puppet show about the spiders and the adventurers. “At least we’re just hunting giant armadillos!” he told the others with a grin.

When they turned off the road and then reached the turnaround in the forest, Theo hopped out of the wagon and offered his hand to Eulalia to help her down. Then he pulled out the large hunting spears and strapped his greatsword onto his back. He made sure his crystal focus was safely around his neck and sparked a little fire along the blade of the spear before settling it against his shoulder and looking up the trail that supposedly led to the caves. “We might need to get back before dark to make camp if this takes a while,” he commented.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2020, 01:19:21 AM »
Temisar nodded in agreement, though she was already thinking what she would do if she were alone.

The first thing she'd do is head up that trail. Quietly. Which she was fairly sure was an adverb that either of those two Sunbrawlers didn't know the meaning of. She didn't know about the other woman, though. She didn't know anything about her, save that her accent defined her as Drirrilf Hill. And not the part that started morphing into farmland.

The smaller woman hadn't volunteered what guild she was with, which meant she either didn't have a guild, or didn't have an official guild. Which might mean that she could head up a trail almost as quietly as Temisar could.

And it might be that the shorter woman would be better at spotting any boobytraps the last batch of mushroom hunters had left for anyone thinking about poaching on their mushroom shafts.

That was going to be a problem. Temisar had set traps or snares herself, but she had never thought about setting them up on trails people walked on because, well, people walked up and down those trails.

Temisar bit back a sigh, keeping it internal. If she were alone, she'd head up that trail, and she'd probably be able to avoid any booby traps. She was sure of that. And she'd find a safe place to spend the night, spying on the entrance, and figure out how many giant armadillos were coming in and out. If it was a handful, she'd pick them off one by one. And if it wasn't...

Well, she'd go back to the Guild, tell them how many she thought were in that hole, and let them send out a party.

Like the one Temisar was with right now. Except she didn't feel comfortable trying to give orders to the others one there. Of course, given the way they had talked earlier, she wouldn't feel comfortable taking orders from either of the Sunbrawlers.

So Temisar looked around, pretending she was gauging wind and sunlight and other things, as she hoped an answer would magically provide itself.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2020, 07:04:16 AM »
Giant Armadillo Valley
Afternoon

Theodore tightened the straps on his backpack, checking the quick release in case there was an unexpected fight. He stood there waiting...waiting...were they going to go? He looked up the trail. It didn’t look dangerous. He ambled along, a bit closer to the trail. “Nice day for a hike…” he commented, tossing the spear back and forth between his hands. It had a good, large head, and was nice and sharp, and had a spike on the but to set it into the ground, and a crossguard to keep a charging boar from getting too close. Good weapon.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2020, 05:14:56 PM »
Alar steered the wagon as it slowly moved along the bumpy road. He kept his senses open, he was aware of everything around him.

 “So, does anyone here have experience with ‘Giant Armadillo’s’?” He asked making small talk as they’re progressed down the road.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2020, 06:25:07 PM »
"Just shooting singly," Temisar said, eyeing the trail, and steeling her resolve to take charge. "Never even thought of trying to go into a cave full of them. Important thing is, if you corner one, don't let it get close to you. Claws and teeth. Heard one of those ivory tower types say that giant armadillos have more teeth than any other kind of warm blood. Don't know about that, but they have a lot of them. Worn down, but a lot of them."

"So," Temisar said, bracing her shoulders to make it seem she should naturally be in charge, "We'll go down the trail, single file, me in front. Keep your eyes open. This time of day," she said, looking up at the early afternoon sun, "Nothing bigger than squirrels and birds should be out, but you never know. This time of year, you don't need to worry about snakes, but don't put your foot in a pile of leaves, in case one of the nastier ones is hibernating under them. And, um, don't suppose any of you know anything about spotting traps, do you? To help me keep an eye out for them in front," she quickly added.

"Wait, hang on a second," Temisar said, pulling something out of the pouch on her belt. She muttered some strange syllables over whatever she had pulled out, then put on some leather gloves. Looking up, she focused on a hawk circling above, and let out a loud cry, mimicking the hawk's call. Immediately, the hawk dove straight towards her, braking as it landed on her outstretched right hand. The two exchanged a few grunts and cries, then Temisar lifted her hand, and the hawk flew off.

"He says that there's nobody between us and the caves, but he has seen giant armadillos going in and out of the cave," Temisar relayed. "He doesn't know how many, though, or how big they are. They're just too big. That's how hawks describe something that isn't prey, but isn't a threat."

"Anyway, the hawk said there is a dead armored body near the end of the trail by the caves. How old, he couldn't say. If a scavenger can't pick meat off its bones, then the body is too old. So, before we start up, anybody good at spotting traps? Anybody?"

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2020, 11:58:34 AM »
Eulalia kept mostly to herself and enjoyed the ride to whatever forsaken place they needed to go. The price, the payment was the only thing that was on her mind. The rest was a required evil to succeed in the completion of the mission. The trip came to and end as they needed to walk now as Temisar took charge, eager girl heh? "If they got claws and teeth, they will feel my blades" Eulalia mutters keeping check of the area.

She listens to the idea and rolled a bit her eyes "I am still learning the ropes on getting these buggers in my sight, but I can disarm the traps if you need it ya?" Until she saw Temisar pulling out something that made her narrow her eyes as the woman yelled and she saw a hawk diving down "Fancy trick..." Eulalia admits.

The woman could talk to birds and that made Eulalia shrug "Alright birdlady, lets get this done..." She saw a trap from the side "By not stepping on that trap, watch your footwork"
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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2020, 02:35:37 PM »
Temisar's lips quirked into a smile at being labeled 'bird lady.' And she felt better for having a second set of eyes watching the trail for booby traps. Not that Temisar couldn't be a fair hand at setting snares such herself. But most of the time when you were in the woods, you marked where you had been to make sure nobody stumbled on a snare and ruined it. But then again, she had been setting traps for rabbits and other small creatures. She hadn't set a trap for something her size, ever.

The foursome moved down the path, Temisar and Eulalia in front, the Sunbrawlers trailing behind them. One could tell the game trail had been used by humans, by the way it had been beaten down. But it was also visible that the trail had not been used in a while, as it was covered by dead leaves.

And then, up ahead, barely discernible, the leaves on one part of the trail looked like they had been upturned at one point...

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2020, 06:17:45 PM »
Temisar let out a soft whistle at what the shorter woman pointed out. Now that she could see it, it was obvious. There was a line leading out to the woods on either side of the path. Barely discernible were two large logs, suspended above the forest floor, that would have came crashing together over the path, presumably crushing whoever was unfortunate enough to step on that line.

Part of Temisar's mind wondered why whoever had set the trip didn't just use one log, with lots of spikes on it or something. That would have had more chance to hurt an interloper, and would have probably been less work as well setting up.

The rest of Temisar's mind told her that, whether the trap was more functional or more aesthetic, dead would have been dead regardless.

"I guess we should be careful where we put our feet," Temisar remarked, trying to sound confident.

The progress up the remainder of the trail was slow but uneventful

An hour later, the trail ended, opening up to a clearing. On the other side of the trail was a large bluff, with a few holes scattered across its surface, and one very large one at its base, about two meters in height and four meters in width. On one side of the trail's end was a skeleton wearing old, and very weathered chainmail. In the skeleton's hand was a broadsword, that looked in good condition. Remarkably good condition, particularly in light of the condition of the armored skeleton.

That was't the most impressive thing in the clearing, however. Near the entrance was a giant armadillo. A HUGE giant armadillo. The armadillo looked to be at least a meter high, and three and half meters long. It was clear that if the armadillo reared up on hind legs, it would easily tower over any of the adventurers.

The giant armadillo was rooting around the ground, either unaware or unconcerned about the arrival of the newcomers.

"There is one thing that I know," Temisar remarked. "Giant armadillos are NOT supposed to get that big."
« Last Edit: January 15, 2020, 06:20:35 PM by KiDesru »

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2020, 07:12:20 AM »
Giant Armadillo Valley
Afternoon

Theodore followed along behind the two ladies. He didn’t really like them being in danger up ahead, but he wasn’t a woodsman. So he just kept alert in case trouble found them and he could intervene.

At the log trap, he scowled. “We should disable that before it kills someone,” he mentioned. But it looked like they were leaving it behind them. Hopefully they wouldn’t have to go fleeing down the trail.

When the reached the bluff, Theo knelt down in the foliage with the spear and looked intot he clearing. He gave a low exhalation. “That thing is as big as a bear!” he muttered. It didn’t seem to notice or care they were there. “You think it got that poor bastard?” he asked, eying the corpse. It had a nice sword.

“So what’s the play here, Miss Armadillo Expert?” he asked Temisar.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2020, 03:19:28 PM »
Temisar couldn't help but agree with the big Sunbrawler as they continued down the trail. They should have disarmed the trap. But the thing was, Temisar didn't know how to disarm a trap. Well, actually, she did. By setting it off. But that was the small little snares she set for game. That big, two log flattening trap, how do you set that off? By throwing something heavy on the trip wire? And would the logs just hang there when they crashed together?

Temisar didn't know and, because she had gotten used to hunting either by herself, or with one of the older hunters in her extended family (and their friends), she didn't think about asking one of her fellow questers. If it had been one of her uncles and aunts, they would have had the solution. Temisar wouldn't have had to ask.

Instead, she tried to convince herself that it was better not setting off the trap because that way, no one would know they had come this way. Even though the slaughter they were about to engage in was definitely going to show they were here.

When Theodore asked if the armadillo was the one who had killed the skeleton in the armor, she shook her head. "I don't think so. Armadillos only attack if they're attacked, or if they're defending their lair. The skeleton is too far away. And whoever he was, he's been there for a long time, and these armadillos have only recently moved in. F*ck, he's big!"  Temisar blushed at her unintentional use of a swear word, but that armadillo was big. Bigger than it was supposed to be.

Temisar blushed again at being called the armadillo expert, but before she could answer, the armadillo meandered into the large cave entrance and disappeared.

"Well," Temisar said, standing up, "We can check out that dead body, but that seems kind of ghoulish. We can go into the big cave and see how many of those armadillos are in there, or we could climb up and go into one of those smaller entrances, see where they lead." The next question was really difficult for the normally solitary ranger to ask, but she needed to get used to asking such questions, especially if she was going to go on future quests. "So what do you all think we need to do?"
« Last Edit: January 16, 2020, 03:31:31 PM by KiDesru »

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2020, 07:03:55 AM »
Giant Armadillo Valley
Afternoon

“No sense leaving a nice sword like that lying out here,” Theodore said. “And we can give the bloke some kind of decent burial. Maybe find out who he is and if he’s got family in the city. Then check out those smaller tunnels. Maybe there’s a kind of gallery overlooking the armadillos that we could just shoot at them like fish in a barrel and they can’t get to us.”

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2020, 03:30:42 PM »
Temisar nodded, agreeing with the Sunbrawler's assessment of the situation. She knelt down by the body, not because she wanted to, but because she felt she should, seeing as she had taken charge of the group.

And as soon as she knelt down and put her hands on the body, Temisar instantly regretted it. What if the body had been booby trapped, same as that section on the trail?

Temisar wished she had asked the other woman to check the body first, in case it was booby trapped. Eulalia seemed to have an eye for that sort of thing. It made Temisar wonder what kind of background the other woman had, since she didn't have a guild.

Oh, she has a guild all right, Temisar's brain told her. Just not one the city recognizes. And one you don't want to admit to yourself.

Temisar shoved those thoughts to the side as she checked out the body.

"Nothing to say who he was in life," Temisar said over her shoulder. "Everything on his body is pretty much rusted and useless except that sword. Anybody want it?" Temisar herself refused to touch it. It seemed ghoulish, somehow, picking things off a unknown dead man's body.

Looking up at the cliff, she added, "We could get up to those entrances, have a look, and then get down and back up the trail to our wagon before the sun sets. But I don't think we can do that if we take time to bury this skeleton right now."

Temisar began rising to her feet when she heard a twig snap behind her on the trail. With speed and grace that bordered on the preternatural, Temisar had her bow drawn and arrow notched, with it aimed at the trail.

"Whoever is back there, now would be a good time to show yourself," the ranger said, all uncertainty gone from her voice and her mind.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2020, 03:52:38 PM by KiDesru »

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2020, 04:10:16 PM »
Sascha looked up at the group with an "oops" face. She slowly stood up, her hands visible and smiled at the much, much taller woman who now had a arrow aimed at her. "Sorry..." she said softly. "I, uh, came along with your group, but there were so many interesting things that, well, they were more interesting than listening to you lot talk of giant armadillos. So, I kinda wandered off, but figured I should see if you lot had gotten yourselves hurt or something yet."

She didn't look like much. Sascha was tiny, covered in colourful items that all came from nature. But, she was clean, though smelling of earth. She waved a hand and did a small curtsy. "I'm Sascha Delarosa. A druid of Marblevale Guild. Nice to meet ya?"

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2020, 04:41:58 PM »
Temisar studied the much, much shorter woman, her arrow unwavering, before she slowly lowered the bow. Wordlessly, Temisar put the arrow back in the quiver. Then, without warning, she strode purposefully over to the newcomer, leaned down, and kissed the other woman intensely.

And just as quickly, Temisar turned back to the cliffs, a clear sense of purpose in her words and actions.

"Right," she said, turning to the Sunbrawler. "If you want it, I say take the sword."

Looking down at the skeleton, she added, "I think he can wait one more day for a burial. While we still have sun, I'm going to scale that cliff, get some ropes down, and help the rest of you up. We'll see if we can start picking off those armadillos, like you suggested. If those holes open up to a big gallery that is. If any of you have climbing experience, I won't say no the help. Otherwise, I'll go ahead and start climbing." With that, Temisar opened up her pack, found some gloves, and started putting them on.

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Re: [Quest]: Silver and Gold
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2020, 05:40:06 PM »
Blinking at being kissed, Sascha stood there dazed for a moment. Staring at Temisar, trying to figure out why she'd been kissed quite so passionately. Her hand came up and touched her lips ever so gently. Then she heard the comment about the armadillos and shook her head. "Must we kill them?" She asked, puzzled. "Is there another way to accomplish your task?"