Vampire Hunters of Delmi, part VI
Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:35 AM
Six Months after the events of the last Arc...
The Kilairi quickly moved out of Vincent's bunkhouse and into the temple once it had been refurbished. Between them, the vampire hunters managed to supply them with enough food to last the last month of winter and provided whem with enough common farmyard animals and crops to start farming the areas close to their temple. They continued to learn the basics of human language and Graayth visited them often during his hunts, at least, to help supply them and to start learning their language in turn.
After a few weeks it turned out that the rumours of little green people appearing all over the continent were true as other groups of Kilairi started to arrive. They had determined where the 'fix' of their dimension sealing system had come from and were travelling in groups to investigate. Their numbers continued to grow and within a month or two they started looking for a new place to build their own town. Apparently, they found a place deep in the unexplored wilds to the south of Delmi But where exactly not even the vampire hunters knew.
By now, six months later and in late summer over 400 Kilairi had arrived at the temple and gone deep into the forest to wherever they were setting up their new home. 20 or so remained living in the temple including the ones that the vampire hunters had initially met after repairing the device. They maintained good relaitons with the vampire hunters and occasionally used Vincent as an intermediatary to trade with the humes of Delmi for things they couldn't yet construct on their own. Usually this was metals or smithing equipment. They traded with him and his farm directly as well.
As for the vampire hunters, things had been relatively peaceful over the last six months as they only occasionally had to deal with the odd feral lycan infestation and some troublesome vampire groups that tried to settle in. The only real thing of interest was about a month ago when Sephira's brother had arrived in Delmi bearing a message from her family in her homeland. Phlack reported that there were a number of disappearances happening in Luanda, her hometown and frequent sightings of terrifying beasts out in the jungles nearby. It was enough to convince Joanna and the hunters to travel to Luanda since they were only a day away from the coast and it would take three weeks by sea to get there, to go and investigate the problem, leaving Delmi in the hands of Khazar and the secondary team of hunters who were capable in their own right.
And so the vampire hunters had spent almost three weeks at sea aboard a merchant vessel heading for Luanda, and were due to land within the next day or so...
Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:48 AM
Graayth also sat on deck reading another book. It was a joint complilation of Hume language and Kilairi language along with a guide on how to pronounce the words in spoken form. He had been using the trip at sea to help study their language and had made some progress over the long three weeks. Nevertheless he would be glad when they docked tomorrow and he'd be able to roam and hunt again in his wolf form. The full moon was only a week and a half away. Idly he adjusted his position slightly and continued studying the Kilairi heiroglyphs on the page.
Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:47 AM
She'd been to Dhaska several times as a child, but was more familiar with her own nation of Venn. It would be interesting to visit the other Elviri nation. But she hadn't contacted her family to let them know she would be back in Rivisia...to them she didn't exist any longer. So that is how she would act, Tialyn thought with a shrug. The white-haired young woman wondered briefly if she might stay a bit longer and visit her homeland without seeing her family.
Sighing, Tialyn went back to the game she was playing with one of the sailors as the final leg of the sea journey seemed to be coming to an end by tomorrow.
"I think I have you beat," she teased the older man, who had professed to be a champion in this old game of chance and skill. "Surely you don't want to lose in front of your crewmates?"
The old sailor laughed heartily and shook his head. "Not on your life, Missy. You just watch this move."
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 23 December 2009 - 10:49 AM.
Posted 25 December 2009 - 04:26 PM
Phlack knew he couldn't really sneak up on his sister, no matter how deep in thought she was. He simply put his arms around her and held her close, knowing she was just as worried as he was about their family and home. "Yeah, I'm worried." He said. "We don't know what it is that's making people disappear, but I knew you and your friends would be able to find out and hopefully help us get rid of them." He knew she worked for the vampire hunters in addition to her healer job because one of her infrequent messages explained it to him, also warning him not to tell anyone else. She had only told him just in case she ever disappeared or got killed on a hunt so he could explain it to the rest of her family. He'd been as good as his word until the disappearances started, then he'd told them about her and that he was going to fetch her back to help. That was well over six weeks ago and Aiden had told him of the pregnancy just before he left. He was very worried that he would find her gone when he got back and not seeing her or their unborn child was the single thing that was scaring him most right now-even more than what was out there terrorizing their home.
"We'll do our best." Sephira said. "It depends on what it is as to how difficult it will be to get rid of it." To her and the rest of the hunters it sounded like some form of Lycan, but they wouldn't know for sure until they got there and could investigate.
Vincent prowled around below decks restlessly. He had stayed below and tried to conserve his strength as much as possible to keep from having to feed too much while they were on this voyage. He, like Graayth, had brought some books on the Kilairi language to study, as he was trying to learn it since he was their liaison when they needed to do any trading. He had done his best to teach them about his kind, and how to avoid or kill them if they couldn't avoid them and they seemed to understand-which was good, because while they could hide from most of the rest of the world, they couldn't always hide from the evils in the world.
He prowled around some more, feeling like something was about to happen. "Or maybe I'm just being paranoid." He whispered to himself.
Posted 28 December 2009 - 10:10 AM
Joanna set down her book and hurried inside to her cabin where she collected her sword, bow and arrows. She always carried daggers under her clothing but they weren't suitable weapons for the upcoming fight. Once her weapons were strapped in place she hurried back up to the deck and picked a good position behind some crates where she could start firing arrows at the pirates once they were in range. And by now they were already almost close enough. Jo knelt down and set an arrow to her bow, half hidden behind the crates as she waited to take the first shot.
Graayth also looked up when the warning shout came from the crows nest. He cursed and closed his book, then drew his sword and crossed the deck to where he could see the pirate ship heading towards them. He took up a defensive position next to some of the crew and waited for the inevitable battle. He saw Jo emerge from belowdecks carrying her weapons and smiled slightly when he saw some of the sailors giving her strange looks as she took up her position and loaded her bow. They didn't seem to be used to the idea of a woman fighting and it amused him that the Vampire Hunters would likely give them a few more surprises by the time the attack was over.
When the shout of pirates came, the sailor that had been playing with Tialyn immediately dropped his cards and stood up. "You'd best get belowdecks or to a safe place missy." He warned her quite seriously then hurried over to help his crewmates prepare for the impending pirate attack.
Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:39 PM
Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:38 AM
Vincent glanced up sharply when he heard the shout from the decks above, and he went to his cabin and got his bow and arrows and his swords. He strapped his swords to his side and slung his arrows to his back and headed above-he wasn't about to remain below when he knew his other hunters would already be preparing for the incoming pirates. He arrived on the top deck, after wading through a sea of frightened passengers heading belowdecks, and went to the side of the ship where the pirate ship was obviously heading for and set himself and an arrow and waited patiently, standing behind a stack of crates and in the shade of the sails, for now, to keep out of the full sun as much as he could.
Posted 03 January 2010 - 05:00 PM
Sorry, old girl, he thought glumly. Nearly an entire lunar month in a stall below decks would not be good for you. Neither, I don't think, would a Tropical clime. At your age-- and pardon me for raising a delicate subject-- but, at your age, I fear it might kill you and I couldn't risk that.
Suddenly, he was roused from his thoughts by the strident cry of "Pirates incoming off starboard!" Well, that was a surprise. He had been on ships that were attacked by pirates twice-- three times if you counted those three fellows from Nantriscuit-- but he had been so distracted that it had never occurred to him that it might happen on this trip. He hurried down to his cabin to fetch his silver-headed cane and survival knife.
Eru Anaid was stretched out on her bunk studying the extensive notes that she had collected on the spoken Kilairi language before leaving Delmi. She had been part of one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in recorded history and she was determined to understand everything they were learning inside and out; she smiled to herself as she secretly wondered if she would return to Theseus as a student-- or a teacher.
She jumped in surprise and tumbled onto the floor in a flurry of pages at a shout from above decks. Had she really heard someone yell, "Pirates?" She scrambled to her feet and rushed to the porthole to scan the horizon-- but the large ship flying a Skull-And-Crossbones flag was a lot closer than the horizon. She gulped.
She quickly pulled off the green sleeveless top and short brown leggings that Tialyn had given her and clutched the Pendant of Lon that hung around her neck. She took a deep breath as her body grew larger and more muscular, her arms and legs grew longer, thick brown fur sprouted from her follicles and her entire head changed shape. Now that she was among people who accepted and understood what she had once considered a curse, she realized that she was learning to enjoy being a Werewolf. A Lycan.
When the transformation was complete, she flung open the door to her cabin and rushed toward the stairs to the upper deck.
Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:08 PM
Graayth waited quietly while the pirate ship drew closer and those amongst the Hunters and the sailors who had archery equipment felled as many pirates as they could before the fight actually started. As soon as the pirates started to board he attacked the first pirate that landed near him with his sword, sinking his blade into the pirate's back. Graayth was wondering if he should revert to his full wolf form during the fight. He had never been much of a sword fighter in his hume form and most of his battle skill was as a wolf. He would see how it went and how skilled the pirates were. He growled as another pirate charged towards him with a rusty hook upraised.
OOC: All right players, have fun with the pirates. Else I might assign you some myself.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:43 PM
The pirate sneered as he almost got past Sephira's guard and she managed to block him. "Women and children should be cowering in the hold." He said, taking another swipe, and getting blocked again.
"I've fought meaner things than you by far!" Sephira said, blocking the pirate again. "Things that would make you cower under your bed." She blocked and parried with her knife and sword until he made a mistake, allowing her to duck under his sword and jam her knife into his belly, killing him. "And they were much better fighters too." She said as he dropped dead. She looked around and jumped between a pirate trying to grab a woman who was trying to get below and raised her sword and knife in a defensive position. "Try a woman who can fight back, you cowardly pirate!" She bellowed at him.
Phlack half-listened to his sister, amused, as he also prepared to fight by drawing his sword. He'd felled several of the miserable excuses for Elviri before being forced to put his bow up and now he was engaged with one of them in a swordfight. "She not only remembered her lessons, she's gotten better." He thought to himself as she felled two before putting herself between a helpless female and another pirate, allowing the poor thing to get below. He ducked under a swipe, spun and nearly decapitated his opponent, then didn't have much problem finding another opponent, as another one tried to take him by surprise. "As my sister said." He told him as he blocked his attack. "You give Elviri everywhere a bad name!"
Vincent's speed and skill with a bow, coupled with his vampire reflexes and enhanced vision, allowed him to fell several pirates before they started swinging over, then he managed to shoot a couple more as they were swinging over before he was forced to abandon his bow in favor of a sword. Being taller than they was a bit of a disadvantage, but he used his reflexes to block him when he would try to use that to his advantage. Fighting and sparring with Sophia for all those years gave him an advantage most tall people didn't have when fighting a smaller opponent and he took full advantage of it by keeping his sword low and blocking him at every turn until he made a mistake and got his head lopped off for it. He then turned and took on another one who had jumped onto some crates behind him, trying to take him unaware. "Not quite." He hissed, staying in the shadows as much as he could as he fought the pirate. If he didn't watch it, he might end up having to feed before this was over with, but one of the pirates would make a tasty snack if it came to that, and in the commotion around him no one would notice one dead body with fang marks going overboard.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:21 PM
"You'd best get belowdecks or to a safe place missy."
"Oh, that's just what I intend to do," the Elviri said as the sailor ran off to join the fight. "Sort of...," she added, as she raced down belowdecks to retriever her knife-tipped quarterstaff and her projectile weapon tucked into a holster at her side. Tialyn always carried her dagger on her, but knew she's need more than that.
*Good thing I've been keeping in shape on board the ship,* she thought to herself as she dodged other sailors as she made her way back up to the deck.
Tialyn jumped right into the fight with the Elviri pirates as she popped up through the hatch. She slammed her quarterstaff behind the knees of a pirate near her, causing him to buckle to his knees, then arced her staff back to knock him in the head....
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 08 January 2010 - 07:51 PM.
Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:56 PM
"Here, now!" muttered the Professor as he jabbed out with the silver head of his walking stick. The blunt instrument struck the pirate in the face, driving the knife backward through his mouth, slicing through his cheeks all the way back to his jaw. The pirate gurgled and frowned with dismay as he toppled backwards and fell into the ocean.
Arjhay turned and noted a cutlass-wielding pirate sneaking up on Tialyn as she was preoccupied with swinging her quarterstaff at another pirate. He drew his survival knife and threw it spinning through the air; it embedded in the sneaky pirate's chest and he went down.
At the sound of a heavy footstep behind him, the Professor turned to see a peg-legged pirate standing there, his cutlass raised to strike.
"Were you aware that your shoe is untied?" Arjhay shouted over the din of battle.
"Arr, ye canna trick..." The pirate dropped silently and heavily to the deck as the silver head of Arjhay's walking stick struck him between the eyes.
"It was a rhetorical question," said the Professor.
Eru burst through the hatchway onto the deck as a dozen pirates, armed with cutlasses and rapiers slid down the riggings and dropped around here. She crouched, flexing her claws and waving her arms menacingly, and snarled.
"ROAR!" she said.
The pirates all took a dubious step backward, regarded her quizzically, and then began moving forward again. I've got to learn to be more menacing, she thought.
The pirates were all around her. She dodged backward as one swung a cutlass at her face, and she felt the point of a rapier jab her in the thigh from behind. She roared louder that time and spun around, grabbing the pirate by his long hair before he had a chance to move. He screamed in agony as she lifted him and spun him around like a sack of grain, knocking the other pirates off their feet; several of them pinwheeled over the railing and tumbled down to the ocean, and she threw the pirate who had stabbed her after them.
Then she sprang through the air and fell upon the others before they could pick themselves up and knocked them unconscious, one by one.
Posted 10 January 2010 - 08:47 PM
"Oh, now see...that's what you get for sneaking up on me!" Tialyn exclaimed, blowing a lock of white hair out of her eyes. "So, you won't mind if I just inherit your cutlass...right? I mean you won't be needing it anymore," she told the dead pirate as the blood gushed from his chest wound. The cutlass was slipped through her belt to hang at her side.
Tialyn turned just in time to begin fighting anew with another pirate, her quarterstaff whipping back and forth. She found herself moving closer to Eru in her wolf form, but saw the young Lycan holding her own quite well.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 10 January 2010 - 08:48 PM.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:35 PM
Graayth finished off his opponent after taking a gash to his leg and ducked behind some crates for a moment. He quickly shed his clothes and shifted into his full wolf form and emerged to jump onto a pirate about to attack Sephira and Phlack as a large gray wolf. He felt better now that he was in his complete beast form, more battle capable and instinctively knowing where to bite and slash his opponent. He let out a bloodcurling howl and bounded across to the pirate ship with one great leap, determined to bring the fight to them and lessen the amount of pirates his friends and the sailors would have to defeat.
Posted 15 January 2010 - 11:55 AM
Phlack twitched and spun around when he heard the bloodcurdling howl behind him, then watched the big gray wolf leap off to attack more pirates. Even though his sister had told him all about Graayth, it still unnerved him a bit to hear the howling. He launched into another attack as another pirate came his way and started battling with him. He was clearly used to simply using brute strength and was unused to someone who could actually fight and Phlack had no problems finding an opening and slicing open his middle. He then turned and looked around, then went after more of the pirates, who were trying to gang up on the less-experienced fighters to get them out of the way.
Vincent was having his share of troubles with the little pirates as they started trying to gang up on him once they saw him taking their numbers down so efficiently. When one managed to slice his arm and saw it almost immediately heal, he used the distraction to neatly slice off that pirate's head, then blocked the attack of another who came after him. He took several more slices from others before taking them down, but he would have to feed if they kept that up and he would need to be in a less populated part of the ship to do that, so he worked his way over towards some tall crates, luring the pirate to follow when he thought he was getting the upper hand, and when he was out of sight he deliberately took another slice to the arm to get him close enough, then grabbed him by the front of his dirty tunic, telekinetically flinging his sword away from him. "While your hygiene leaves a lot to be desired, you'll do." He hissed at the startled pirate, who was struggling futilely to get away from him. He quickly fed, clamping a hand over the screaming pirate's mouth until the he was dead, then flung him overboard and went to join the fight once more, keeping as much to the shadows on deck as he could.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:38 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 11:43 AM
"I think I'm good!" she yelled back to Jo. "It seems we won...again," the Elviri remarked with a grin as she headed toward the other woman.
Nothing like a good fight to relieve the boredom of sea travel, she thought.
"How are the crew doing, do you know? Can we still sail?"
Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:36 PM
Phlack nodded when he heard Jo asking if everyone was fine. "I'm okay." He said, then went about helping Sephira tend to any wounded that were there. As worried as he was about Aiden, right now others needed help and he just hoped they would get home soon, this voyage had been trying on his nerves and he was ready to get back onto dry land.
"Yeah, I'm good." Vincent said, throwing another dead pirate over the side. "I'm going below though before I get sunburned." He headed below to check on the people down there and his companions, as well as get out of the sun. This voyage had been trying for him too, since he'd had to spend most of it below and out of the sun, with not much to do except read and keep from smiling at people. He hoped they reached their destination soon-he was not a sailor and preferred his feet on solid ground.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:36 PM
The Professor patted himself down, checking for serious injuries. "Merely a few bruises and slice to the right forearm," he said. "It's been many a long year since I've had to contend with pirates, but I acquitted myself quite nicely, if I do say so myself." He looked at the silver head of his walking stick and frowned at the drying blood upon it. "I wish I had thought to pack some polish," he said.
Eru was exhausted from all the fighting and felt herself shrinking. "I'm all right," she said to Jo as she headed for the hatch to below decks. "But I just have to get back to my room and get my clothes before I lose my fur coat."
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:42 PM
"Just in case she doesn't make it...," Tialyn said as she ran after the young lycan.
She caught up to Eru as the the girl was heading quickly down the hatch. "I'm right behind you, Eru, just keep running. And, you!" the Elviri shouted to a gawking sailor. "Turn away, man! Have some respect! Go help up top and clear off the dead pirates!" she ordered.
"You're going to need a larger wardrobe if you keep this up, Eru."
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