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« on: December 16, 2008, 11:50:52 PM »

A beautiful pristine world populated by people missing from their own worlds and spread at random along a seemingly endless coast around a boundless sea under strange skies.



Diana's hammer rang tediously, endless repetition of labors that stretched for hours on end.  So little time to waste, soon the sea dogs would be coming back for more, and there were two few to stop them.  Bloody dragon boats!  She swore and pounded the bent sword, trying to straighten it.  She heard the great crash from the roof above and looked up to see one of the hairy brutes smile down and hurl a cask down that split on the forge, she had only the briefest flash of flame and the world was gone.



Fucking idiots, Willie grinned as he chipped through the weakened plaster patch in the holding cell.  At this rate he'd be out in no time.  He had a good piece of steel and the work went quick.  He grimaced as his tool struck the rebar, but was relieved to the deep gouge his tool made.  One more hit to go through, then he'd find that little whore that screamed rape.  One more hit... and he didn't see the tool pierce the high pressure line that ran to the police garage on the other side of his cell, or room-covering stain that was all they'd ever find of him.



They, like hundreds of others would emerge from a warm sea to collapse on the sandy shore, naked they'd entered the last world, and so they had this one, except for the shiny metal cylinder hanging from around their necks from a silken soft metallic cord.  It was eighteen inches long and four inches around and experimentation showed them that they could open them like segmented thermos.  Their first breakfast was a mixed bag, everyone had something a bit different, but one thing universally greeted was a thin silky cloth of the same material as the cord to their vessels.  These were quickly fashioned into garments as people studied their surroundings, and the people, most nearly in shock from disorientation.
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Re: We, the missing...
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008, 08:45:01 PM »
Subaru drags herself along the bank, her palms squishing unpleasantly against some seaweed washed ashore with her. The former detective hates water, especially large amounts of it thanks to the near-death experience one of her cases brought her to some time ago. This time, it was supposed to be yet another simple case. Subaru stopped believing in those words long ago; infact, she stopped believing in a lot of things. She pulls herself to a sitting position fully aware of her lack of clothing and the necklace strung around the nape of her bare skin. "Tch," she mumbles rising to her feet and stretching her arms.

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Iola, fully dressed in the silk cloth, runs along the shore kicking the water angrily. Two hours ago, she had thrown herself back into the water with the hopes of swimming away but exhaustion brought her back and an hour later, she is back on her feet. Iola hasn't seen anyone for hours and has already eaten a good portion of the food left to her. The more active she remains, the more her body needs. Thoughts such as that don't come quickly to her but when they do, she finds a way out of them; however, that is only because she if often in the comfort of her palace surrounded by the legions ready to protect her. At the moment, standing on the beach, she felt so alone.

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Re: We, the missing...
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008, 10:31:52 PM »
Diana wasted no time, she was named for the Huntress, deference to the ancient Romans by a father that loved the old stories.  She opened her vessel and listened to the loud man talking.

"We'll be looking you over, workers and soldiers, if you aren't fit for either we'll take half of your daily ration as a tax," he shouted.  He was the largest of the group, he wore a loincloth in the same fabric that was wrapped around them all.  "Eat and drink now, tomorrow we make the cull.  After you've eaten place your grail on the grotto, one to a niche."

Willie listened, but he was already eating.  Stew and a few slices of bread, sliced fruit, he looked at the powdered coffee and tea, but there were little rolled paper packets of salt, pepper, and sugar.  There was also a paper parcel containing part of an ounce of another herb altogether, and a small Foil packet with a shot of a colorless alcohol.  Willie ate quickly and gulped the liquor then dumped the spices and rolled the weed in the paper.  He took the last item from the grail, a focusing crystal and concentrated the light until the tip smoked and puffed away while he watched the others.

Diana listened carefully and hoarded what she could of her goods, eating only what would spoil, the rest she tucked into a knotted corner of her garment.  She wasn't sure who the big man was, but she wasn't cut out for soldier or slave to anyone.  She stood and walked to a high spot.  The grottoes extended down the beach, one every quarter of a mile of so.  It looked like she'd be walking soon.

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Re: We, the missing...
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2008, 11:44:15 AM »
Subaru trots up the beach toward a cave amongst some trees. Standing several feet before it, she turns to her left and then to her right, just barely being able to make out two more caves, one on each side. Subaru's stomach growls and her fingers twitch in response. Her face remains expressionless, nothing surprises her anymore but that doesn't lower the level of annoyance. The woman could not even begin to fathom where she is nor why she'd been sent or brought here. Is this place some kind of game? Was it the power of some spirit that brought her here so that she may answer its distress call? Though Subaru's eyes stare blankly ahead of her, the questions looming about her brain, the corners catch a light smoke rising towards her left. The best she could think is to move in that direction.

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Iola remained hard at work. She'd found a sturdy branch just at the forest's edge and began drawing circles and symbols in the sand. Her hope was to cast a spell that would either bring help to her or get her home. She took her time making sure the symbols are perfect; after all, the more precise there are drawn, the more powerful the spell. The first time around, half-way through its completion, the waves of the water came crashing along the shore to wash her design away. Angry, Iola threw the stick into the water followed by words of malice. The second time around, further up the beach, she completed the circle. Standing at an edge, she chanted incantations very quickly and seriously, then proceeded to smack her palms at the circle's edge. The waters turned, the wind blew, but nothing happened.

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Re: We, the missing...
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008, 06:26:19 PM »
Willie had his plan, he smoked up the rest of his herb and thought it through some more as he studied the beach for easy marks.

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Diana studied the beach carefully, first she found a nice flat sliver of rock and sat far off to one side.  She made a small fire and carefully napped a cutting blade from the piece of flint, then used that to fashion herself a short spear, tipped with a razor sharp obsidian blade.  She sat by the small fire, more for comfort than warmth, studying the sky.  The stars were all wrong, and the moon was entirely too big and its face too was wrong.

Maybe that idiot priest was right and she should have behaved herself a bit better.

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008, 12:08:48 PM »
Otric sat there upon her bed in her room, she was extremly exhausted and all she wanted was a peaceful sleep. She had, had a hard day with all the stuff she had done. Her swords were sitting next to her bed like they were every night. She had been careful to clean them before climbing into bed. The day had shown her how much trouble people could be, espically when you have a price on your head. Otric had finally calmed her mind enough to where she would lay down. Before she fell asleep she thought that she had heard the sound of a beach in her mind, but she knew that it was just her imagination taking her to a far away land called sleep.

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Otric started to gasp for air, the only thing that she recieved in her lungs when she took that gasp of air was water. Something wasn't right, Otric tried to look around, but the only thing that she saw around her was water. She thought maybe that she was dreaming, "Wake up Otric before you drown yourself," She thought to herself. She tried to keep herself from panic, but the water that had filled her lungs were starting to burn and she needed to find a way to get it out.  What she thought was a decade she finally reached the surface of the water and coughed loudly. The water came rushing out of her lungs and the freash air that finally filled it put the fire in her chest out. Otric swam for a momment where she was, she looked around, as far as she could see there was nothing but water, but then she saw it, something out on the horizon, smoke? "You've got to be kidding me, what kind of strange dream is this," She muttered to herself.

As she swam she became even more tired, she kept telling herself that it was a dream and that she would wake up before she drowned, but something didn't seem right. Something seemed admiss, the cold water that surrounded her she could feel as if she was in a bath of water. Otric swam for a while longer until exhaustion had taken it's toll. Finally letting go of what she thought was a dream she just held her breath and drifted back off to sleep. She figured if this was a dream, she would wake up when fell back to sleep.

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As Otric came awake she thought she could feel her covers over her, she hadn't opened her eyes yet and she tried to pull the covers up to her chin. What she grabbed ahold of her was not what she thought it would be. She thought for sure that she would grab ahold of her quilt and pull it to her chin, but instead her hand closed around a handful of sand. With a start Otric opened her eyes and sat up quickly. Looking around all she saw before her were people scattered around the beach, none had any clothes on and a necklace of some sort hung from their necks. Otric looked down at herself and also saw that she was undressed and had the same sort of necklace around her neck.

"What the hell is going on?" She half asked herself and asking the necklace that was around her neck. The last she knew she was dreaming that she would be drowned, and now that she was awake she was starting to wonder if it was really a dream at all.

Otric took the necklace off her neck and looked at it, upon searching it she realized that it could be opened. Opening it she had found there was stuff inside. A few pieces of cloth that resembled clothes, and food that look like it would only last a few hours. Hurry herself she clothed her skin, she couldn't stand the thought of being in front of all these people nakid, after a few momments of putting on the brown cloth that had resmembled clothing she ate just a bit. She never did eat much, and what was there was more than she would normally eat in a day. Finishing her food she had seen the gathering of the other people. With more curiousity than anything she walked up with the rest of the crowd.

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Re: We, the missing...
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008, 12:42:39 PM »
Iola continues to smack the circle's edge trying her best to let the energy in her body flow through her fingers and activate the spell; but nothing would happen.  She had prepared just as she did before and it worked in her home; so, why did it not work now?  Frustrated, she stood prepared to kick the sand the circle is engraved in.  "Sand...Maybe the and is not solid enough," Iola thought aloud.  She looks to her left, and then to her right but it was nothing but sand; however, to her right was a light smoke rising in the sky.  Without much thought, without further a due, Iola began to sprint in its direction.

The sand did much to slow her down except that her motivation could not be deterred.  She reaches the outer edge of a group of people and looks around.  She'd already forgotten about the solid surface she was searching for; instead, brought her eyes to the edge of some rock a woman sat upon.  "Hey, peasant," she cries out to the girl.  "Where is this place?"

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Subaru reaches the group but doesn't say a word.  If anyone noticed her, it was because she walked up but none seemed too interested.  For the most part, they appeared to be in the same situation.  She spoke to no one, watched a couple persons perform the act of storing their things inside a cave and proceeded to do the same.  Had Subaru heard the man's message earlier, then placing anything inside the cave would have been out of the question.  Subaru did not like authority, especially self-appointed authority.  It would be the weight on the right side of the scale seeking to kick her out of the police department; however her skills would be the weight on the left side keeping her there.

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008, 06:20:50 PM »
Just before dawn Diana hefted her short spear as she placed her grail in the grotto and stepped back, she watched the wave of humanity flow toward them and place them into the niches and step back, and as the light of the sun broke over the horizon there was a flash and the grottoes glowed and when they dimmed she took her grail from the niche and backed away from the beach, watching as the men started gathering their tribute from those they considered "culls" the rest they began to divide into workers and possible soldiers.  Diana had decided if they cam to her she wouldn't be the only one bleeding.

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Willie studied the approaching group and when one reached for him Willie wrenched his arm, tearing it loose at the shoulder and shattering his jaw with a well-placed elbow.  "There's your cull," Willie grinned.  "I think you know where I fit."

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 10:42:48 AM »
Otric stood around the circle listening to what was being said. She had looked down at grail, there wasn't much there. But she did what she was told. The one thing she hated was to take orders from much of anyone but herself. But she figured this was all but a dream and decided that the more she tried to do as she's told, the faster that she would wake up in her warm bed once again.

After setting her grail down on the grotto, she backed away and looked around, when she saw that no one seemed to be really watching, she slipped away around the back to see what other sorts of people were around her. She had seen some that looked like they might be human, and then some that could of very well be human, but she knew from experience, just because something looked human, didn't mean they were. Otric kept circling around the circle of people, hoping that she wouldn't be notice. She wasn't the type that liked to 'work' for what she did, she was the type that did what she wanted, when she wanted, and how she wanted. It wasn't anything to complicated. It kept her alive all these years, why would she want to change it now.

The thought of the solider came into her mind, maybe, just maybe, if she could become a solider is this little so called army the man talked about, she could find herself in better places, and maybe, just maybe, a faster way of waking up from the nightmare that she had begun.

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 09:11:42 PM »
Willie sauntered off to join the warrior queue, watching as more were being selected for one of the three groups.  The trend would have disturbed him had it not worked in his favor.  Wimpy men and unattractive women went to the culls.  Strong men and attractive women to the slave queue, and strong men with evidence of fighting skills or aggression to the warriors.

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It was a matter of time, Diana reflected as she fashioned a sling from a strip of cloth she cut with her flint scraper.  Damned tough fabric.  The extra cloth with today's meal went around her waist, how carrying goods she might need, including a supply of sling stones.  She hoped they got the idea that they should stay away as she slowly walked down the woodline.

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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2009, 02:15:11 AM »
Up and down the long beach were people from every age, but all roughly the same age.  They could recall their long lives but none of them returned at any other age than what appeared eighteen.  Some could recall ninety years or more before, and now felt the strength of young limbs that were well-formed and strong.  Those that had lived their lived overweight, sickly, even disabled found themselves trim and fit, it was something to get used to.  So many people, of all races, and some in appearance that none had ever seen from prehistoric to something beyond what most would know as modern.  Also, it appeared, the curse of Babel had been lifted, and all could understand each other.  Also odd were stories that those that died would return from the water, fresh and alive, and with a full memory on their time in this world.  A strange world indeed.

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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2009, 01:58:00 PM »
Otric continued to follow around in the circle, she was trying to figure out what she could do, what seemed strange though, was she had seen people, well what she assumed were people of all sorts of races and nationalities.  She was used to seeing people of different types, but there were some that she had never even seen before. The strangest part about it was, she swore she could understand what they were saying.

After her last round around the circle she came up to someone who she thought would be human, speaking in her native tongue she asked the gal what she was doing. Otric was surprised to have the girl answer her and they both seemed to understand. Otric was confused as to why this woman could understand her, most other humans in her world couldn't answer her when she spoke her native tongue.

Giving up trying to understand, she went around to find where the soliders had started to form. She came acrossed someone that looked like they would be in charge, looking the man up and down, she couldn't help but smirk. He might of been full of muscle, but from what she had learned, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Otric couldn't help but chuckle to herself and approached the man. "Hey you!" She hollered at him, "I am going to be a solider like the others, no way in hell i'm going to be one of those other things." She demanded.

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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2009, 03:54:20 PM »
"What the hell do we have here?" the largest of the group asked.

"A woman I think," another said, looking over the Zabrak carefully, taking in her height and the vestigial horns cresting her skull.  "And a horny one," he joked lamely.

"Women aren't soldiers," the first replied coldly.  "Even ones we don't recognize.  You look more cull than slave even, and what in their right mind would couple with you?  You're a milch cow.  You supply the fit."

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A few others walked up the beach toward Diana.  "Father, you named me for the goddess of the hunters and Amazons, you better have named me well," she murmured as she loaded the sling and spun it slowly at first, picking up speed as it went.  "Off with you." she warned."

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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2009, 04:53:39 PM »
Otric just laughed at the man that had insulted her. Back when she was awake, she had her swords and her guns and she would of blown them away where they stood. Here in this dream, she had nothing but the clothes that she had on her body. Otric stared at the man, "I may be horny," she stated as she patted the horns on her head, "But I sure in the hell am no milch cow," She glared at the man a momment and then spoke again, "I don't know who you think you are, or what you think I am, but I promise you, you under estimate what I can do for what I am. I am a woman, sure, but I am not just merly a woman. I am a Zebrak woman, a proud one at that. One that has put many a man like you down where they stood." she continued to stare at the man.

Otric refused to take her eyes off the man. She knew that if she turned her back, or moved the wrong way the man would probably strike out at her, they always do, she thought to herself. She stood there staring the man down, knowing that he probably wouldn't give into her, but there was no way she was going to become some kind of 'slave' as they put it.

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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2009, 06:22:37 PM »
Hearing Otric's words they spread slowly, looking to encircle her as behind Diana loosed a stone, the sling bullet smashed into an upraised arm, thrown up at the last moment to save his eyes.  "Take her!" The leaders of the groups approaching Diana and Otric shouted at once.  Diana being the farther back attracted a large group of dissenters to join with her, a few moved to join Otric, but she was on lower ground and most didn't like the lay of the land.  "To me!" Diana shouted as she spun another stone.

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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2009, 09:09:55 PM »
Otric had seen the stone slam into the man, and she couldn't help but smile, someone else had the same feeling she did. As the men ran after her, she turned herself quickly, as the man came closer she timed herself, tripping the man and then running to the girl that had hollered for her.

As Otric ranned toward the girl that had hollered, she tried taking out a couple of the men that stood in her way. The one that had a wounded arm, she quickly knocked him to the ground. Otric couldn't help but continue to smile to herself, she loved this stuff. Lived for it, died for it! It was what her life had always been, and it is something it will always be, even if it's on her own.

Arriving at the woman she looked at her, "Thanks, but you gotta another one of those?" She asked wanting to get in on the action.

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2009, 11:05:00 PM »
"The thieving roaches are coming," Diana shouted and passed over the sling to Otric and hefted her own short spear as they rushed.  "Find rocks and clubbs," Diana shouted, "and back into the trees.  Just like when the Saxons come."  She brandished her spear and started backing up the slope to the trees.

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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2009, 06:09:18 PM »
Otric nodded her thanks and took the sling. Bending down and quickly standing up she grabbed a few good rocks. Otric would sling the rocks at the people coming after them, and then followed behind the woman as she ran. 'This is like throwing gernades back at home,' Otric couldn't help but chuckle at herself as she continued to swoop and run and sling rocks at the others that followed.

Otric still felt as if she was dreaming, she couldn't believe she had gone to such medevil type stuff. She had only heard of these types of weapons in books she had read in school. She had never really seen any of them. The spears on the other hand, was something her family had used when fishing on her home world. She followed the woman into the woods, picking up more rocks as she went and holding them as she could. She had no pockets, so she couldn't stick them there, but her hands were always good at holding a good amount of stuff.

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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2009, 08:22:40 PM »
Six of them made it into the woods, four men, Diana and Otric.  The men quickly rounded up sticks of their own but as soon as they entered the woods the pursuers gave up on them.

"I'm not sure I like that," Diana murmured.  "Are they afraid we can ambush them in here, or is there something in here that scares them, and maybe should scare us?"

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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2009, 11:13:46 AM »
Otric smiled as the men didn't come much further into the woods. When they stopped and the other woman spoke she turned to her and frown slightly, "You know, i'm not sure to be honest. I still think i'm dreaming, but the more and more the day goes by, i'm starting to think this is real," Otric looked around the woods. She could feel the rocks that she held in her hand. They were smooth and were starting to warm with them being in her hand. She could feel the sling in the other hand, it two had a smooth feeling to the fabric and it to was begining to warm from the warmth of her hand. It seemed to odd she could feel the sensations that she was. Otric wasn't breathing very heavy, but she had learned years ago how to adjust her breath when she ran, her heart on the other hand could be felt pounding in her chest from the aderline that had coursed through her body.

"Do you even know where we are anyways?" Otric looked around the woods. The growth of the woods almost looked like there had not been anyone in it from some time.

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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2009, 02:50:43 PM »
"I don't know this shore," Diana said thoughtfully.

"Nor those things they call grottoes," one of the men agreed.  "I've only read about things that can make food appear like that in science fiction.  And did you notice that we can only open the one that we hold, its like there is some sort of biometrics involved."

"I have two," another replied.  "There were extras on the grotto when I arrived.  Anyone can open my extra one."

"What the hell is science fiction?" the third asked.

"This is some weird-assed shit," the fourth opined.  "So, Trekboy, what the hell?"

"I think we all speak the same language," Diana sighed.  "We just don't use it the same."

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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2009, 07:50:21 PM »
Otric looked around at the others that surrounded her and the woman that ran into the woods. "Well I don't know about you guys, but i'm not going to stand here and just be bait for whatever is in these woods," she looked around where she stood and picked up a leaf that looked like it could hold a few stones. She placed the stones on the ground for a momment and then looked around for something that might tie to it and then around her waste.

As Otric worked she continued to speak, "Well I don't know if we all speak the same launguage, but I do know it's very odd that you guys can understand my native tongue. Most humans, espically I should say, have a very difficult time with my native tongue." she had said in her native Zebrak language. Finding some vines that would do good as a robe, she tied it to the leaf and then to her waste, making a small pouch.

Then after she was done, she placed the rocks inside the pouch, keeping the sling in her hand, "If I were you guys, I would find a way to arm yourself, I don't know what those people wanted, but I'm not taking a chance of being come sort of slave for anyone." Otric contiued to work on her sling, making it where it would fit in her hand a little easier and gathered some sticks. She was hoping that she could find a few rocks here and there and maybe make some spears.

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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2009, 12:16:25 AM »
"I agree," Diana nodded as she looked around.  "Lets walk along the treeline down the beach and see if we can find a place with fewer people, a lot fewer might be good until we figure this out.  Like where we all came from," she grinned ruefully.

"I say we go in the opposite direction from where those jerkoffs came from."

"Jerkoffs?" Diana asked.

"You don't want to know," one of the men replied.  "But its a good idea, I think we can do at least five miles before lunch, and we can get our grails refilled and decide what to do next."

They seemed to be in accord and walked in the direction agreed upon, quickly to avoid a repeated encounter with the men on the beach.  "It seems like you came farther than the rest of us," Diana said to Otric conversationally as they walked.

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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2009, 08:36:53 PM »
Otric finished what she was doing and gathered with the few others that had ran into the woods. As they walked she would look around to keep an eye on things. She wasn't going to have anything or anyone sneak up on them. She also kept a look out because she wanted to know which way she was going so she could learn her tarain. The one thing she found in her business was that you always keep a watchful eye out on where you were going. If you had to come back to the area, you wouldn't look like a fool looking around like you didn't know what you were doing.

When the woman spoke to her, Otric turned her face slightly and smiled, "I have no idea were we are, so I can't say how far I have come," she spoke the truth as she continued to look around her. "I do know this though, if someone wants to ambush us, these woods be a wonderful place to do it. I say we spread out just a touch, don't get to far away from each other, this way we can see each other in case something happens, but if we keep together like this, anyone, or anything could take us out quickly."

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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2009, 08:53:05 PM »
"Good idea," Diana nodded and everyone seemed to spread on their own.  They walked until nearly lunch when they came to a point where a collapse of a ledge hundreds of feet up had collapsed and made a rough ring of rocks less that ten yards from a grotto.  This looks good," one of the men said.  "Near to supplies, a defensive position, and we can thatch over some areas to give us places to sleep."

"A good place for lunch if nothing else," Diana agreed, placing her grail in an empty slot.

 

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