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Author Topic: Chapter V: The dangers of a voyage at sea  (Read 42554 times)
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Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels
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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2002, 06:09:22 AM »

„My dear Avour“ Talia smiles at Avour wiping her the tears from the face. She  is standing wrapped in this not very clean sheet she had indeed found on one of the planks. „I have bought some clothes for you in Strata, look what I have.“
Talia looks into her bundle and finds some green trousers, a light coloured shirt , a thin woollen waistcoat and some underwear as well. That will do for now,Avour. I think on this  ship you better don‘t wear a skirt. And here, want some fresh mil‘no leaves? They will take away most of the dirt and smell. You as well, Terra?“
Talia doesn‘t wait for an answer, but puts some leaves on  bed.
„I will now have a look after Koldar,  Almenda and especially after Capher, though I don‘t have an idea how to help him. And when I come back we will visit our animals,Avour, will we? Maybe I will even sleep there! Terra, could you perhaps help Avour if she has difficulties with the clothes, I have to look after Capher!“

Taking some things with her, Talia leaves the room and heads for the other. It is just two door s away and Talia enters after knocking.

Talia enters the other cabin , but none of the men are  there. Nobody?The belongings of her friends are lying on the „beds“, and somehow she has the feeling of a dominant presence in the room.Then she sees one of the packages move. Taking a closer look, she sees a Brownie sleeping, wrapped in some clothes.The first amusement about seeing a sleeping brownie vanishes, as she recognises, that this is Capher, Capher, the brownie.Though Almenda has told her already about Caphers shape shifting to a brownie, she is nevertheless shocked right now as the consequences come to her mind.
Talia touches him softly not to disturb his sleep, but doesn‘t know how to help him.

If  I only knew, if my drink could help him as it has done already,maybe he needs only the energy to shape shift back, but I fear this is different. He is asleep now, should I wake him up? I wonder what his true form is!.

Suddenly worn out , she takes place on one of the bunks, hoping that one of the men would come with an easy solution. Not daring to sleep, not knowing what to do, she sits there indecisive for a while.  

***Astropic of the day***

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Koldar Mondrakken
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2002, 05:50:22 AM »

Koldar waits again for any kind of reaction from this strange woman but as she offers her hand he quickly recovers from his confusion. Bowing deep over her hand he gives Issabelle a formal kiss on the hand.

~ A pleasure... My Lord~

"My pleasure, Mylady." he answers with a slightly forced smirk on the face and turns back to the water and both enjoy the loneliness of the waves again as the ship heads for the high seas.

~ 'You are hurt My Lord?'~

He looks back at her, a really majestic appearance as the wind plays with her long hair.

"Not that badly. I only got in one of the brawls you have to expect in the dark streets of Strata at night. Nothing serious though thanks to the healing skills of a friend." he tries to explain while again scratching one of the many itching bruises.

"How come that a lady like you travels alone? You seem to deserve a king's court to accompany you!" trying to push the ball back to her side not knowing how much he should be revealing to a complete stranger.

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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2002, 08:31:22 AM »

~she laughs lightly at his words...~

I am not... Royalty My Lord...

~it was true, she was of dragon blood, and dragons often think of themselves as royal, she herself did not consider herself royalty.~

I am Naught special... Just another, pretty face, as they say.

~She smiles quietly, her tongue escaping her mouth to run over her crimson lips as her eyes tug from the man... Looking over the ship silently. She doesnt offer too much info, unknowingly avoiding his toss of the ball in her court....~

And thee My Lord? Doest thou travel Alone?

~she asks quietly... Quiet unaware of this "game" as she again looks to him. Smiling reassuringly~

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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2002, 09:32:22 AM »

Talia leaves, and Terra attention wanders to her boots. her eyes settling on one of the empty pocket that had once sheathed on of her boot knives, and sorrowful shadow crossing her expression. Terra slowly reaches down, pulling the remaining knife from her boot, holding it in both hands caringly, for a moment before retrieving a shall stained peace of cloth from her pack, and carefully cleans the remaining blood, and from the blade and handle.

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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2002, 08:07:22 AM »

Avour grins and takes the mil'no leaves and starts to scrub her arms. Lifting the sheet up around her legs Avour gives them a scrub and then puts on the green trousers. She squats. Stands. Squats. And stands again, stratching the material. Over balancing with the slight movement of the ship Avour spreads her arms out and re-gains herself. Looking at Terra with a grin. Terra-kin, thinking bad again. Avour thinks to herself as she stares at Terra before turning and putting on the remaining clothing. Super hero style, bottom underwear on the top of her paints. Waving at Terra as she left the room with her new shirt feeling all soft and strange Avour doens't pay attention to the left and right turns that she takes and finds herself deep within the ships quarters.

"Avour-Halfling lost!" She says with a slight giggle. Turning around Avour retraces her steps following her own sent. Patting the door of her room as she walks past it. "If floating tree would stop moving Avour-Halfling's stomach happy much." Saying out loud to no one in particular Avour continues to walk and finds herself up on the main deck. Her eyes hurting with the fresh sunlight all of a sudden. She looks around and see's men, little men all around the place. "Avour-Halfling want Little-Kin, is where?" Stopping on of the dwarves from his work she looks down at him, then squats to his level. The man snorts and then pushes Avour off balance.

Falling on her back side, Avour groans. "Answer tell Avour-Halfling not." She says scratching her head wondering what she had done this time. Her attention is gotten by the huge white sails. "Pretty" She giggles as she stands up. Looking around she sees the sails rigging and then starts to walk towards it. The laddered ropes in front of her she looks at a man up the top. Smiling she remembers, High up, see more. Then Avour find Little-Kin, and Talia-Kin. Taking the rope in her hands she flips around to the same side as the man up the top and then starts climbing the ropes with no viaiable effort.

Once she was several peds up Avour looked around and saw Koldar standing talking with another lady. Desciding that he'd know where Talia-Kin is she climbed off the ropes not paying attention to the man up the top who had been yelling at her to get down. Once firmly, but shakenly on the deck again Avour walked up to Koldar. Seeing a lady standing near him Avour looks at her and smiles a big cheesy smile. Then it suddenly dissapears.

"Pretty-Human smell like Strange-Kin." Avour says having had a wiff of her sent with the winds wipping. Looking at Koldar, Avour points at Issabelle and repeats herself "Pretty-Human smell like Strange-Kin." Lowering her hand to the height of Capher's Brownie form Avour then stands and scratches her head. "Strange-Kin hurt." She looks back and forth from the two people. "Where Talia-Kin and Little-Kin?" Avour asks looking blankly at Koldar. Blinking as the salty air hits her eyes.

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« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2002, 04:23:22 AM »

Koldar and Issabella are interrupted in their casual talk as Avour shows up obviously uncomfortable by the unusal movement of the ship on the waves. Koldar chuckles.

"Obviously not." he answers her question.

Puzzled he looks at Avour. "What do you mean, Avour?" he asks worried that the woman make be offended by what Avour was saying and how she was saying it. Though from her explanation he rises his eyebrows and looks even more confused from Avour to Issabelle and back to Avour. This woman smells like ....Capher?

Still worried about Avour's behaviour towards the woman he assures Issabelle "I'm sorry, she sometimes doesn't know how to express something clearly. I'm sure she doesn't mean to be offensive or anything. But we nearly lost a good friend last night are now worried about his well being."

Koldar silently curses Avour for bringing him into such an embarassing situation towards a stranger and walks over to her.

"I don't know where Talia is either, Avour, so let's find her." He puts his left hand on her shoulder and writhes as the still recovering collar bone revolts under the movement. Koldar holds himself on Avour as the pain floods his body  and he reaches for his hurt shoulder. After a few seconds the pain is gone again but a slight pulsing reminds him that the bone and muscles haven not completely recovered, yet. Releasing  a surpressed hissing sound he turns back to Issabelle.

"Maybe you want to meet the rest of our merry group? Then you're eagerly invited to join us on our search for them. May I introduce," he points to Avour ", this is Avour. Avour, this is Issabelle a passenger like us and I guess we have to spend the next weeks together on this ship."

he continues trying to overplay his weakness and pain in his arm.

"I guess they must be still somewhere under deck. What do you think?" he directs to issabelle, "want to join us?" he still keeping himself stable with Avour's help. 'I could need some rest, obviously Avour's cure made me feel stronger than I actually am.'

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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2002, 11:44:22 PM »

watches the strange creature silently... saying nothing to the creatures words. If she spoke to suddenly to deny any differences between her and Koldar, it would seem she was hiding something.~

 Tis, of No concern My lord....

~she says quietly... Then he asks her to join them, and meet the others... instinct tells her no... But knowledge of the human species tells her she had better, least they again, think she is hidding something.~

If it please thee My Lord, I can join you...

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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2002, 09:54:22 AM »

Terra becomes so absorbed and meticulous in clean the knife, she does not notice Avour leave. When Terra noticed Avour was not there she tossed the knife in the bunk next to her gear, grabs a pare of red boots that match her belt, and quickly puts them on. Then grabs the knife from the bunk replacing it in her boot before hurrying out of the room and into the cramped corridors. Terra considers for a short time where Avour would have gone, and reprimanding herself for allowing herself to get distracted as she did, and decides to look up on deck, as Avour did not seem accustomed to closed in spaces, nor to traveling by ship.

Terra makes her way through the corridors. Occasionally dodging a member of the crew, who look hungrily at her form clad in the tight clothing she found in her pack. When they took in the sight of the Kasumarii Moonblade at her hip, the cool expression on her face, and her cold analyzing gaze, they continue on there way without hesitation, choosing not to get into a bad situation with her. A situation in which they may end up dead.

Eventually she makes her way on deck, scanning the deck with a sweeping gaze, that settles on Avour, Koldar, and a woman she does not recognize. Terra notes the woman regal mannerisms as she approaches the group. Terra makes a shallow bow to the woman before addressing Avour and Koldar, "Avour you should not be walking around this ship alone," Terra moves closer to Avour and Koldar then lowers her voice so that the crew would not hear her. "I do not trust this crew. I can not say why, but I feel they may have a hidden agenda, and I doubt it would be to our liking. There is much that needs to be discussed, and we all need to get some rest."

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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2002, 03:47:22 AM »

KOldar just wants to go to find the others when also Terra arrives shortly greeting Issabelle and then posing her concerns to him and Avour.
Koldar hasn't recognized anything, he was not in top shape anyway, but he cannot tell wether her assumption is based on hints by the crew he hasn't recognized or just her paranoia every warrior develops to a certain degree when he wants to get old.
But in any case he doesn't think this is the right place and time so he doubtfully looks at her.
"Every crew has a hidden agenda, smuggling, theft, maybe something else. They're usually a quiet and careful band either and don't like strangers and passengers in general. So I don't trust them either, they'll probably invent some additional tolls to pay and try to steal our things but I wouldn't call this unusual. We will have to be on the watch though I don't think there's more behind it than this... Anyway, where's Talia? Avour is looking for her and I need some sleep soon, I guess." He scratches his cheek. " And a bath... And a shave." He adds stroking his chin.

"Well, I wanted to introduce Issabelle, a passenger like we are to you anyway. So let's find Talia, I'll try to find something to wash, have some chat and go to bed. We'll have enough time to talkl the next weeks I guess."

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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2002, 08:16:22 AM »

A strained look comes across Avour's face when she realises that the others don't understand her. Sighing with frustration Avour raises her eye brows and rolls her eyes at Koldar, scratches her ear in annoyance and then turns her side to Terra. "Hrumpf." Is all she manages to say, not knowing any other way to express her general annoyance. Not wanting to give up, she moves closer to Koldar and whispers.....

"Avour-Kin try tell Talia about the smell-sames. All kin have similar smell, all human-kin. Not Little-Kin, he not human-kin, he smell no-same. Pretty-human smell human-kin, and no at same time. Like Capher-kin. Capher-Kin and Pretty-kin look like Talia-Kin and Koldar-kin, but no, different." Taking a step back she hopes that what she says explains it. "Understand?" Avour looks at Koldar with her weight now on one leg, and a hand on her hip.

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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2002, 11:47:22 PM »

insitant on figuring out who she is. A Slight frown playing her lips.~

Capher Kin?

~She asks quietly. She shows no emotion at the words... Would she possibly find her brother her? Or was there another shifter on this ship. Her eyes fall off the insistant woman, and soon onto Koldar again... Offering her arm to take as they walk.~

 As I said... Twould please me to go with you, My Lord

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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2002, 01:53:22 AM »

None of the men is coming to the room. So finally Talia decides to leave and to look after Avour and then after Swing. But when going back, she finds the other room empty as well.

Oh well, lets‘s see, if the deck is a nicer place, Avour is surely up there.

After getting lost in some of the corridors first, Talia  finds finally the way up to the deck where she soon meets her party - and a stranger.
Terra is here, Avour close to Koldar, saying something to him, and Koldar, tired and worn out looking as well, but still upright despite his bruises, is standing close to a beautiful looking woman, wonderful black hair falling down her back, a blue long dress and something  white around her shoulder.She looks wonderful, but a bit unsuitable dressed for a ship and a voyage like this one.
And while approaching the group the strange woman lifts her arm for Koldar to take it. This gesture looks so intimate, that it is, not knowing why, a shocking sight for Talia. Suddenly she feels not only tired, but dirty, old and very sad. She wanted Koldar to tell all about Soya, she wanted to ask him if he needs some of the medicine Mirijli gave him and help him to apply it, perhaps? But now she looks only  somewhat desperately at him, trying to keep an unmoving face like Terra is mastering it so well, and after a short  untypical short hello she says to Avour:

„Want to come with me to look after our animals?“

And turns, after a second look at Koldar and the woman,  away from the group , heading for the place the animals have to stay.

***Astropic of the day***

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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2002, 02:54:22 AM »

~Issabelle's amber eyes fall on the new woman... and a brow raises at the look she is given. She Meant nothing intimate by her actions. No more then anyone royal would mean anything when doing the same. Though she didnt think of herself as royal, her manorisms still held the royal look. She Looked to Koldar with a raised brow as the woman seemingly stormed off.~

 A friend of yours My Lord?

~the fact that this was nothing more then a man escorting a woman somewhere, that it was nothing intimate, didnt help Issabelle to understand why the woman was seemingly upset.~

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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2002, 08:29:22 AM »

Koldar looks startled at Talia wondering about her unemotional behaviour ignoring him and their new guest completely, not saying much at all. Confused Koldar watches Talia leave for the horse chambers with fast and firm steps.
He even overhears Issabelle's question.
Before Issabelle can lower her arm Koldar fetches it by the hand joint and slightly too fast leads her over to Terra and Avour.
“I’m eternally sorry, I forgot.” He firmly drags her in front of the two. “May I introduce to you my fellow companions: Terra and Avour. I trust them with my life so I can assure you, you’re under friends. Terra, Avour, this is Issabelle, a passenger like ourselves. Excuse me but I cannot stay her any longer. I have to help out with our horses. We hopefully may continue our splendid conversation later this night but for now I have to go.”
He makes a big smile and then turns to Avour. “Avour, you stay with Terra. I’ll help Talia with the horses. You stay with Terra, yes?”
With raised finger he wants to ensure that Terra understands as well what he expects but he is quickly reminded that it is Terra he’s talking to and so he waves the finger instead and “Play nice!” is the only he thing he adds before he quickly  heads for the animal chambers himself.
He climbs down the stairs into the darkness of the vast storage rooms. Before he enters through the door to the room where the animals were placed in secure chambers he halts and takes a deep breath.
What was that about again? Talia seems mad at me and the first thing I do is to follow her. I don’t even know why she should be mad…
For one moment Koldar scratches his head full with doubts about his latest reactions either but then he reaches for the door handle to enter the room…

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« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2002, 10:01:22 AM »

Avour smiles as Talia comes up. She wants to follow after her but Koldar tells her to stay with Terra. His finger shows her his seriousness in the matter. Feeling some what annoyed she pokes her tongue out at Koldar behind his back and then turns to Terra. Her blank face. Avour swallows and smiles nervously. “Avour-Halfling trying to tell, maybe Terra-Kin yes what Avour-Halfling is saying?” She says fumbling with her hands. She moves close to Terra so that Issabelle couldn’t hear what she was saying.

“Talia-Kin and Terra-Kin smell the same” Avour points in the direction that Talia walked off in and then at Terra. “Koldar-kin smell similar, but… more… growly” She puffs up her frame to imitate the body frame of a man. “Little-Kin smell like a little growley human, but not, Little-kin different race. Like fish-swim and bird-fly.” Avour’s eyes dart around the place as her hands fly about trying to explain her point.

“Capher-kin, strange smell. All animal-kin in one, and more.” She says folding her arms. “And growly at same time.” She says pausing and moves closer to Terra. “Pretty-kin smell like no-growly Capher-kin!” Avour whispers and then moves back to a respectable distance placing her hands on her hips. “Avour-kin, no explain like it make sense, but it make sense! Avour-kin just can’t explain it!” She says in a huff frowning. “Terra-kin understand?” She asked worried becoming more and more aggravated with herself and her inability to speak properly.

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