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#81 Nikki Peppermint

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:43 PM

He could see more lycan snakes heading for  Eru as she slammed one against the tree, so Damien bunched up his muscles and leaped across the clearing after a running jump. As he landed he shifted into his weretiger form and landed on his legs. Black, white, and orange fur covered his massive body, but he had working hands and feet and a humanoid shaped head.

With huge hands he grabbed one of the creatures behind the werewolf and stomped a foot on another's neck. "You've got company," he growled, his voice deep and rumbling, his fangs wet with blood. "What say we show them what kind of weres not to mess with?"

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

Elizabeth remained calm and focused as she shot several of the weresnakes as they slithered through the trees towards her. Most of her shots were headshots although even the ones that sunk into the body were usually fatal. However all too soon she ran out of silver bullets and lacked the time needed to reload. So, she put her rifle down next to her backpack and switched to her machete and psionic abilities since they were now far too close for her to use her revolver safely. Then Elizabeth used her other talent. With a moment of concentration, a purple coloured fire leapt from her hand into the vague shape of a fiery shortsword. When the first weresnake reached her she swung her machete and sliced its head clean off.

She brushed her 'fire sword' across the eyes of a second, blinding it before using her machete to slice open its throat. Then she felt the weight of something on her back and the brush of scales against her skin, and the momentum of one of the weresnakes jumping on her. She fell forward, the psionic 'fire sword' dissipating and she pushed her machete outward to avoing impaled on it as she landed facedown on the jungle floor. Elizabeth squirmed against the weight pushing down on her and the feel of claws slicing the skin of her shoulders.

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When the attack began Nick immediately stood back-to-back with Aveline and began shooting the weresnakes with his revolver. When the bullets ran out he drew his cutlass and neatly sliced at any weresnake that got in range, either decapitating them, slicing their throats open or opening up large gaping wounds on their torsos. He'd been swordfighting or fencing since he was old enough to pick up a wooden training blade and little could get through to him. Fortunately he noted that the weresnakes were running low on numbers now and it wouldn't be long before they'd have to retreat or be routed completely.

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Arlene fought the weresnakes with speed and agility. She heavily favoured the blade she'd laced with venom but since she was a dual wielding fighter her other blade was used often as well. Both did seem to affect the weresnakes and any moment they were slowed, disoriented or vomiting were an advantage for her. She moved fluidly, never remaining in one place for long and was like smoke in the weresnakes' claws. She remained in the general vicinity of Tevyn though, loosely working with him to cut down the weresnakes. Like Nick, she began to note that they were losing this fight. She rather hoped that they would be wiped out entirely so they couldn't prey on anyone else again.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:15 PM

Demiriz was busy on his perch, shooting any snakes that he could see when he looked down and saw that Elizabeth had been attacked from behind and was now pinned down by one of the things. With the agility and speed that marked his kind when they were in the trees, he snarled in anger and dropped down next to her. Before the snake could even look around, he had grabbed it just underneath it's stubby arms and hauled it off of her, staggering backwards under the weight of the beast. He tightened his grip, even as the thing started struggling violently, clawing at the air and thrashing around, trying to turn and bite him. Now that he had hold of it, he wasn't exactly sure what to do with it, he just knew he had to get it off of Elizabeth.

When Aveline ran out of silver bullets, she pulled her sword and started slashing and slicing any snake that got within reach of her, just as she, and everyone in her family had been taught through the ages from her great grandfather on down. She was thankful though, when it seemed that the numbers of snakes were thinning out. She remained back to back with Nick as the two of them slowly moved around and looked for anymore of the mutated creatures. She saw Elizabeth go down under one of them, but she and Nick were too far away to do anything about it, then Demiriz jumped out of his tree and pulled it off of her, but now he was staggering back with it and couldn't let it go, lest it turn and maul him too. "Oh crap..." Was all she could say.

Tevyn had to switch to his silver-plated shortsword once the snakes got too close to use his bow on them and he continued to slash at them, noticing that their numbers finally appeared to be getting smaller. He'd noticed that Arlene was in her element, never standing still and using her blades to good effect. He was quite impressed with her skill actually. Then, just as he went to slice another snake's head off, one jumped him from behind and shoved him to the ground, digging its claws into his shoulders, causing him to howl in pain. then it bit him in one of his outstretched arms, injecting some of its venom, and the only thing Tevyn could think of as he squirmed and yelped in pain underneath the thing was if the venom didn't kill him, was he now infected?

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:35 PM

As soon as she felt the weight on her back be lifted away, Elizabeth flipped herself onto her back with her machete at the ready. She blinked when she saw that Demiriz had grabbed it and lifted it off her but was now struggling to keep the lycan from getting loose or biting him. She inhaled quickly, suddenly filled with a determination. She didn't want him getting hurt saving her. That determination focused down to a single point in her mind and she used every last bit of psionic energy she could muster and released it all at once-aimed at the weresnake's neck. The result was it snapping with an audible cracking sound. Elizabeth sighed in relief when the weresnake went limp but now a headache was rapidly developing. She'd over-used her powers and soon she would pay for it. But as she got to her feet and brought her machete up to continue fighting, it seemed that the weresnakes had lost the will to fight and the handful of remaining survivors were slithering back into the jungle. She rubbed her forehead as Arlene fiercely swapped using her twin blades for her revolver and was relentlessly firing on the retreating weresnakes, killing as many as she could. Nick seemed to take the idea from her and joined in.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

Aveline sighed with relief when the  weresnake that Demiriz was holding suddenly went limp when its neck snapped. Elizabeth must have done it because now it looked like she was very unsteady when she stood with her machete, meaning that she'd used a lot of her powers. When the things retreated, she lifted her gun once more and started shooting the stragglers, including the one who was about to haul Tevyn off with it. She shot it in the head, watching in satisfaction as it dropped Tevyn and crumpled. But now Tevyn lay in an unmoving heap and she was very afraid that she'd been too late.

Demiriz staggered a bit when the snake he was wrestling with suddenly went limp with an audible crack of its neck. He wasn't sure what had caused it, but he dropped the limp body and glanced at Elizabeth, who was suddenly looking very vulnerable and weak, so he went over to her, pulling his bow and shooting at the closest retreating snakes. If she needed help, he was going to be there to do that.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:05 PM

Arlene felt a small measure of satisfaction when, as a result of the retaliatory tactics of her and the other Explorers, only two weresnakes managed to slither off into the jungle. She reloaded her revolver then put it back in it's holster and looked around. Instantly the heat and excitement of battle drained away when she saw that Elizabeth was looking a bit pale and wobbly with blood seeping into her shirt from around the shoulder area but she didn't look too badly injured. She also saw Tevyn in an unconscious heap on the ground and her medical training kicked in. In a few quick strides she'd snagged her medical kit and reached his side. She crouched down and placed her hand flat on his chest just above his heart.

She felt it beat, quick and weak under her hand. Her psionic healing powers allowed her to feel the venom that was starting to course through his body. Arlene then knew that she didn't have too much time but fortunately she was familiar with the type of venom he'd been injected with. She had an antivenom for a similar type of venom in her pouch. Hopefully it would be effective. Quickly she got a small metal needle and thoroughly coated it with a certain amount of the antivenom liquid. Then she slid the needle through the bite wound that the weresnake had given Tevyn and under the skin. She held it there to allow the antivenom to soak into the bloodstream. Finally she placed her hand on his chest again to 'monitor' his condition. She sighed in relief as the antivenom began to work. He would recover and awaken in a few hours.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:13 AM

After the battle was over and only two of the snakes even made it out alive, Aveline hurried over to Elizabeth, who was being supported by Demiriz. She reached into her pack and pulled out a flask of juice and handed it to her, even as he sat down, pulling her with him. "Drink." She told their leader. "Nick and I will find a place nearby to set up camp, hopefully.

She then grabbed a blanket and took it over to Tevyn, where she tugged his backpack off his back before covering him up, after being reassured by Arlene that he would be fine in a few hours. She then told her that she and Nick would scout around for a good camping spot, hopefully nearby. It was doubtful that they would run into any danger, the Lycans likely had the other animals running for safer territory, so she felt safe in taking Nick and going scouting.

Once it looked like the snakes were gone for good, Demiriz pulled Elizabeth to the ground so she could rest. Aveline handed her a flask and he supported her while she drank it and Aveline, along with Nick, started getting camp set up. He had seen the flaming sword she held in her hand, and he had known then that she was one of the people with extra abilities that he had heard about, ones who could summon lightning or fire or even ice, as well as other things. As small as she was, and with barely enough fighting skill to get by on, those abilities would serve her well. He used some of the water from his flask to wet a cloth and started to gently clean the slashes on her shoulders.

Once Aveline made sure that Tevyn was going to be okay, she went back to Nick and the two of them set out to find a more suitable camping spot than one with dead bodies strewn about. Scavengers were likely to converge at any time, so they moved quickly until they found a stream with a nice clearing at its bank. Aveline bent down and splashed some of the cool water on her face and arms to wash off some of the filth from the fight. At the same time, she smiled as she planned to take Nick out just around a nearby bend and have another 'bathe' with him, after they got camp set up. She grabbed a handful of water and drank it, then helped Nick prepare the spot before they went back to tell the others.

Edited by EChatty, 11 March 2013 - 08:15 AM.
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

Elizabeth gratefully sat down when Demiriz gently pulled her down and Aveline gave her a drink of juice. She sipped the juice and looked over as Arlene was treating Tevyn. Although she didn't know Arlene very well, the grave and serious expression on her face indicated that Tevyn was badly injured. "Will he live?" She asked the Elviri doctor. Arlene looked over and nodded. "Yes, the antivenom I gave him seems to be working. I'll come check on you when he's stabilized." Elizabeth nodded. "All right." She agreed Then she looked at Demiriz, who was supporting her upright and cleansing the slashes on her shoulders. "Thanks for your help back there. And right now too." It would have been tricky trying to dislodge the weresnake whilst lying facedown on the ground and in pain from being clawed. She continued to sip at the juice she'd been given and relaxed as Demiriz finished cleaning her slashes.

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Nick couldn't help but smile when he and Aveline found a stream that wound its way towards the nearby sea. It looked clear and fast flowing enough to be safe to drink and bathe in. A little looking around and they found a small clearing next to the stream that would suit well as a campsite. They spent a few minutes hacking away the undergrowth further to make room for hammocks or tents depending on the individual Explorer's choice then he set up two of the tents from his pack and Elizabeth's which he'd brought with him. He also brushed away a clear area, leaving the dirt exposed and collected a few rocks that would serve as their camp fire later. Nick sniffed the air as he finished collecting the rocks and frowned. "We have rain incoming soon." He informed Aveline. From years and years at sea and on the coastlines he'd almost developed a sixth sense about the weather. "We'd better get the others and get dinner cooked quickly." He advised.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:38 PM

Aveline dropped her pack when she helped Nick to hack away some of the underbrush around the campsite so that it would be safer for them, then she picked up some fallen tree branches that she had spotted on the way in, and with Nick's help, snapped them into usable pieces. Then, when they'd gotten a couple of tents set up, he had glanced up and sniffed, then said that rain was incoming. "All right, I'll get a fire and food started if you go back and help the others get over here." She said. Maybe the bath would have to wait, but the thought of snuggling up to him in his tent more than made up for that disappointment.

Demiriz smiled as he cleaned up Elizabeth's slashes as best he could. "You are welcome." He said in response to her thanks. He didn't mind at all supporting her and cleaning her wounds since the healer had to remain with Tevyn until he stabilized. He hoped that Nick and Aveline found a suitable campsite soon, since there was rain incoming. He had glanced up a time or two while he sat there and the buildup of clouds was unmistakable. "It will rain soon." He told her.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

Nick nodded. "Stay alert, just in case." He asked of Aveline and returned to where they'd fought the weresnakes. He saw that Elizabeth was being tended to by Demiriz and now Arlene and was looking a little better than when he had left. Her shoulder slashes had been cleaned and bandaged and she'd drank some kind of herbal mixture that the Elviri had mixed up for her. Tevyn was laid out neatly on the floor but was still unconscious. Nick walked straight over to their leader and gave her a little smile. "Aveline and I found a very good campsite next to a stream. It's only a few minutes walk from here. We've put up two tents and she's gathering firewood. We have rain incoming so we'll need to eat quickly." He reported.

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Elizabeth nodded in response to Nick's report, and with a little help from Demiriz, got to her feet. Arlene had given her a herbal mixture added to her juice that would dull the pain from her injuries and the pounding headache that was developing thanks to overusing her powers. "Good job." She praised him, then looked around. "Nick, could you please pick up and carry Tevyn to the camp site?" She asked. Elizabeth knew that Demiriz would help support her in getting there but asked anyway. "Demiriz would you mind helping me get there? I drained myself of energy quite a lot in snapping the lycan's neck." She explained.

Edited by EChatty, 12 March 2013 - 09:02 PM.
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

Rylan untangled himself from the body of a dead lycan as the frenzy ceased and the eerie silence of the jungle was replaced by the sound of a creatures fleeing from the inevitable scavengers who would be looking to profit from the night's encounter. He wondered if the lady luck smiled upon him as he seemed relatively unhurt by the encounter. He hadn't the chance to fire his pistol before he was set upon. His knife was hilt deep in blood. He carefully cleaned his equipment before returning his attention to the rest of the group. Everybody seemed to be alive if not all together unhurt.

As the camp was settled he found a position round the end to keep watch. He doubted he would sleep tonight.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:11 PM

Aveline nodded when Nick told her to watch out, and appreciated him telling her, even though it was unnecessary. Once he left, she used her machete to split up some kindling, then got a fire started. Once it was hot enough, she started cooking a large pot of stew from some meat they'd killed just that day, along with some wild vegetables that Demiriz had indicated were edible. She then continued to make the camp more livable while Nick gathered up the others.

"Of course I will help you." Demiriz said when Elizabeth asked. He picked up her pack and draped it over one shoulder before getting an arm around her while the others got ready to head out and carry Tevyn. He was relieved when Arlene declared that the Salaran would live, he had been worried about him. "Come on." He said, letting her set the pace as they started following Nick.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:48 PM

With short, sharp blows, The Professor managed to split the skulls of four Lycan snakes before the short-but-furious battle was over.  "When I was in high school, we dissected snakes in sixth period biology," he explained to the monsters as he killed them.  "I quickly learned the sweet spot to cleave a reptilian skull quickly.  It's as easy as splitting diamonds. Which I learned in seventh period minerology."  

"Thanks, Damien!"  Eru shouted as he made short work of a couple of Weresnakes behind her.  Then she began plucking the creatures from the branches as they hung down above her, flinging them to the ground and stomping on them.  It wasn't long before the final two serpentine survivors fled into the jungle.  Changing back to her Human self, she gathered up the shreds of her clothes with a sigh; she managed to find enough pieces to tie together a loincloth and a raggedy bra.  "And another jungle adventure begins," she said with a shrug.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:44 PM

With some help from Demiriz, Elizabeth followed Nick through the jungle towards the place that he and Aveline had been preparing for camp. She smelt the smell of cooking food before she actually saw the camp and looked around and smiled her approval. A clean freshwater stream and an open clearing to pitch the tents would make it an excellent place to spend the night. Or two if Tevyn wasn't up to travel in the morning. She noted that the two tents already up had been pitched well away from the stream in case the water level rose a bit if it rained too heavily. Elizabeth was grateful to sit down by the fire as the combination of being exhausted from over using her psionic powers, and the herbal painkillers she'd been given were making her tired and lightheaded. She was already looking forward to consuming a full meal then crawling into a tent to sleep. "Thanks." She said to Demiriz, and relaxed comfortably by the fire for the moment.

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Arlene remained close to Nick as he carried Tevyn to the campsite. She too approved of its location and strategic positioning of the tents. She had Nick put Tevyn on one of the mattresses inside one of the tents that had already been pitched. She placed her hand on his chest again and used her psionic healing abilities to check on his condition. She was pleased with his progress and gave him another small dose of the antivenom to ensure he'd recover fully. He would be awake by morning although he'd probably be prone to bouts of lightheadedness and tire easily throughout the day. Arlene made sure he was as comfortable as could be and wrapped a light blanket around him. She would sleep next to him in this tent tonight on her own mattress so she could keep an eye on him. With Tevyn settled for the timebeing Arlene exited the tent and went over to the fire to help Aveline cook-after checking Elizabeth but the Hume seemed to know when to take it easy. A meal and a good sleep would fix her up right as rain by morning.

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Nick carried Tevyn and guided the remaining Explorers to camp and his stomach rumbled audibly when he smelt Aveline's cooking. He placed Tevyn in the tent Arlene indicated, and when everyone had arrived he began helping pitch the other tents and prepare the roll-up mattresses for sleeping on. With everyone who was capable all helping out he doubted it would take long to finish setting up camp for the night. He was mildly disappointed that it was going to rain for he'd been looking forward to another frolic with Aveline downstream. Still, the thought of snuggling up to her, dry, comfortable and warm while it rained outside did much to alleviate his disappointment.

Edited by EChatty, 12 March 2013 - 09:06 PM.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:16 PM

"You're welcome." Demiriz said as he sat next to Elizabeth by the fire once they reached the camp and he let her lean against him rather then the hard rock. The food smelled delicious and he could hear his stomach agreeing with his mind. He hoped the attack hadn't put them too far behind schedule and that they could stay ahead of all the other mercenaries out there, who would undoubtably head out as early as they could. Perhaps the incoming rain would delay them as well, at least Demiriz hoped so.

Aveline smiled when Nick led the others to the camp and she stirred the stew while Elizabeth sat down. "Stew will be ready in just a bit." She informed everyone. She could see that everyone was pitching in to get the rest of the tents up before the rain came, and while she was disappointed that she and Nick wouldn't get a frolic, she was happy knowing they would at least get to cuddle in a warm, dry tent. She watched as Damien put an unconscious Tevyn inside one of the tents already up, and then made him comfortable, and she was happy that he would wake by morning, though he would also be really hungry too. No matter, she had plenty of stew and she would just save him some for when he woke. Once she could see that the meat and vegetables were tender enough, she dished up two big bowls of it and carried them to Demiriz and Elizabeth, knowing that Elizabeth would need to eat before she fell asleep. She then dished some up for Arlene and carried it to her, then she dished up hers and Nick's and sat down to wait for him to help finish getting the camp set up.

Demiriz thanked Aveline for the stew and took Elizabeth's and placed it in her hands where she wouldn't spill it and burn herself. Then he started eating his and it was as delicious as it smelled. From the way she looked, she would be lucky to finish hers before falling asleep.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:23 PM

Damien watched with amusement as Eru unselfconsciously created clothing for herself. He'd had times himself when getting out of clothes to shift hadn't been planned.

"Life's pretty much an adventure all the time," he said with a grin. "I'm sure you've had many in the jungle over the years." Could the young woman really have spent the last twenty-four years in the jungle? He'd overheard the Professor saying something about persisting in biological terms. If that meant what he thought it meant, then there was no telling how old Eru really was. "I'd like to hear of them sometime," Damien added.

He transformed himself as he walked back to his pack and slipped behind a tree to redress quickly. With his heavy pack on his back he trailed behind the others to the camp set up by Nick and Aveline, noticing the tents already pitched by the stream and smelled the food cooking. He glanced around and chose a spot for his hammock, one that had a cover to protect him from things dropping from the trees.

With the smell of food drifting through the air, Damien headed to the fire noticing the injured Teyvn had been transported to the camp and Elizabeth was settled down. No one else seemed seriously injuired. Damien would wash his cuts and scrapes in the stream after he ate. A swim would be cleansing enough for now.

Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 12 March 2013 - 08:31 PM.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:38 PM

Jhandra had set up her small tent quickly and now sat by the fire eating. She planned to take a walk around the perimeter of the camp to make sure it was safe and take first watch. She was keyed up after the fight anyway, and knew she wouldn't sleep right away even though she was tired. She was glad that none of their party had been killed in the attack. She'd never seen weresnakes before and wondered if someone had created them to attack or if it was just a randon attack by feral weres.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:18 PM

Time jump: The following morning

Time Stamp: 9:02 am

Elizabeth looked around at her assembled team of explorers and nodded. She'd retired to her tent and slept until morning as soon as dinner was over the previous evening. Now she'd had some leftovers for breakfast and dressed in a white shirt, grey trousers and stout boots. Over that she wore a waterproof hooded cloak that reached down to her ankles coloured green and brown in patches as it was raining heavily and a strong breeze whipped and stirred the jungle. Her weapons and belt were strapped to the outside of her cloak so her movements weren't hampered much. She had told Tevyn to follow behind Nick to call for regular breathers since he was the one that was still a little weakened from the venom from the weresnake. "Are we ready to go?" She heard Nick call from his position in point and Elizabeth nodded. "Yes, let's go." And soon the Explorers were on their way following the coastline.

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The rain and wind had started soon after it had gotten dark so Nick had retired to his tent with Aveline shortly after dinner. He had found that being snuggled up to her on a comfy mattress, tucked up under some blankets while the wind and rain raged outside their tent had been almost as good as a frolic in the stream. Still, he did hope the weather would clear up before too long. This morning he'd had breakfast and was dressed similarly to Elizabeth against the rain. Still, there was one benefit. It would prevent all but the most determined mercs from leaving Niobia until it cleared up. When Elizabeth confirmed they were ready to go, he took out his machete and began leading them along the coast.

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Arlene walked just behind Tevyn. After dinner when the rain started she'd gone and sat in his tent to keep an eye on him for a while. When darkness fell she'd gone to bed. He'd woken up in the morning and she'd made sure he had breakfast and had been fit enough for travel. She also checked on Elizabeth before they left. Now as the Explorers resumed their journey she was dressed in a waterproof one-piece jumpsuit of Elviri design, coloured green and light brown. She kept an eye on Tevyn as they walked through the jungle, looking for any signs that he was getting tired.

Edited by Mikoto, 13 March 2013 - 05:20 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:52 PM

As Jhandra followed behind the others, near the rear of the group again...as it seemed as though Demiriz was more than willing to watch over Elizabeth which freed her from her self-appointed job as bodyguard--the Salaran Elviri kept her eye more on Tevyn. Of course, he now had Arlene looking after him. And her skills as a guide were less than adequate in a jungle she barely knew. Now put her in Niobia or the Salaran islands and Jhandra could take people all places and show them any number of wonderful things. Perhaps when they returned, the Professor and Eru would like a thorough tour of the small city since they hadn't had a chance to even look around. After finding out that the two newcomers to their group were actually dear friends of her deceased great-great grandmother, Tialyn, Jhandra found herself longing to speak to them more.

Knowing that life changes and one's role and position evolved, Jhandra decided that it was time for her to alter her role in the group. Her fighting skills and love of adventure would begin to serve her well as a general protector of all the group, even in a silent position. There were others more adept at tracking and sensing than her, but Jhandra would fight her hardest to protect and keep watch when they were camped out, attacked, or simply exploring. Last night she had patrolled around the camp silently for several hours while the others slept, listening and learning the sounds of the night time jungle. She had practiced walking silently and making no noise. She had even, since no one was around to see, practiced sword fighting against imaginary opponents using the trees and foliage to her advantage. Although she tripped over roots in the dark several times and went down on her butt, Jhandra thought she'd done fairly well and had been pleased.

Now, as they walked, she pushed strands of light brown hair out of her face and behind her pointed ears. From under the hood of her waterproofed cloak, she silently cursed the rain. Some of the water was deflected by the tall trees above them, but enough slipped through to soak the ground and make their steps somewhat more difficult.

Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 13 March 2013 - 08:38 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

Tevyn followed Nick closely, as Elizabeth advised him to, and he was glad that Nick had set a slower pace, though the pouring rain probably had something to do with that as well. He was wearing his rain slicker to keep most of the rain off himself as he walked, with Arlene staying close as well to monitor him, he figured, though he was glad to have her so close. He did appreciate the vision she made in her close-fitting jumpsuit, and it was plain to see that there was a female inside it. Aside from the pretty picture she made, the jumpsuit looked like it was better than the other rain gear and he made a note to ask her where he could get one.

He remembered waking early this morning and being very disoriented. He was inside a tent and Arlene was hovering close by. She gave him a bowl of stew, presumably from supper the night before. He remembered being very hungry, but also worried, then Arlene had assured him that he'd only been envenomated, not infected with Lycanism. So he'd eaten his stew while she told him what went on after he'd fallen unconscious, which explained why his arm was sore, but he'd take that over dying of snake poison.

Now they were trudging through the rain, looking for the slavers in the pouring rain and putting more distance between them and their closest competitors, who undoubtedly would wait for the rain to abate, something he was hoping would happen soon, or else they might start getting stuck in the mud they were trudging through.

Aveline walked with Nick and she had a smile on her face. She'd given Nick a thorough back-rubbing once they'd eaten and settled for the night. She knew he'd be sore after carrying Tevyn and helping set up tents and generally get the camp livable. Once the rain started they moved into their tent and she'd given him his backrub and then they'd snuggled and cuddled while they watched the rain pour down outside. It hadn't been long before they both fell asleep to the soothing sound the rain made on the tent and they had both slept all night. This morning there had been enough stew leftover for everyone to get some for breakfast, and then they'd broken camp when Arlene had declared that Tevyn could travel if they took extra breaks.

Now she was keeping watch while they trudged through the mud and rain. She was wearing her rain gear and she was pretty confident that they wouldn't encounter any more danger until they found the slaver ship, or the slavers themselves since most animals and people were sheltered from the storm, which was fine with her, she actually didn't mind walking in the rain too much and she would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't for the mission they were on.

Demiriz walked close beside Elizabeth when they finally broke camp and headed out to look for the slavers. After a breakfast of leftover stew, he had transferred some of the things she was carrying into his own pack so that she wouldn't have to carry so much after expending so much energy the evening before. He had slept in a tent himself since the rain was too strong to sleep out in the open, which he preferred, in a nest in a tree, made from weaving small, flexible branches together. It was both comfortable and kept him in the trees where it was safest, from both two-legged and four-legged predators.

He kept a close eye on Elizabeth as they marched through the rain, ready to call a halt himself if she looked like she would need a break.

Jhanell patrolled around the edges of the caravan she had been guarding ever since it left on its journey to Niobia. They were camped just inside the edge of a large jungle near a winding, clear stream while they waited for the rainstorm to let off. They had moved the camp away from the edge of the stream just in case it decided to flood with the influx of fresh water. She wasn't sure when they would be able to get moving again, but she wanted to wait until the rain stopped and the ground firmed back up so they could travel in safety again. She was wearing her rain gear to keep most of the downpour off of her and she grumbled and growled irritably as, like any feline, she wasn't fond of water. Oh, she wasn't afraid of it and bathed regularly, but to be standing or walking around in a downpour was the downside of this assignment, but she wasn't about to leave the caravan without a lookout in this dangerous territory just because of that. She would dry out soon enough when the rain stopped...if it stopped.


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