Quest The Return

Discussion in 'The Chronicles' started by Lia, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Addis Vrummal

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    Addis listened to the two go back and forth about hunting, well content to stay out of the way of that conversation. Then Kaska gestured to him, and he quickly joined her, his mind set on picking up the old skill and making it fresh once more.

    "Avoiding stations won't be so hard. We know all of them between here and there. Just the patrols to worry about." Addis remarked as he walked away.
     
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  2. Lia

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    Lia nodded her head. "At dawn."

    The Lieutenant told both of them as Addis began to walk away.

    Their journey of the next few weeks would be grueling, more so than the last time she and Kaska had done this. This time there was no one they could rely upon, no one that in the back of their mind they could go to if things went truly wrong. Her fingers tightened at that thought, eyes wandering across the small outpost.

    We're fucked if they get to Alliria first. Neither Kaska nor Addis had voiced that concern, but it was the truth. If the Major decided to take a ship to Alliria and got there first everything they were working for would be for naught. The moment they stepped through the city gate they would be thrown into the Ranger's dungeon.

    Sighing, Lia only hoped that wouldn't be the case.

    The faster they went the better their chance.
     
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  3. Kaska

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    Kaska didn't think that would happen. As it stood, they had never vocalized any dissent with the major, nor expressed any confusion or challenge with the mission. They were perfectly to the books with him ... minus their sudden disappearance. But she was confident it would take a fool of a person to try to bet her to Alliria and get a fellow Commander's offspring incarcerated on what would inevitably come through as insubstantial grounds. A fool, or someone desperate.

    Of course, he could have more men working for him than she was aware. Perhaps he could pull a whole story together and get false testimonies against each of the three, but still ... that seemed like a drastic amount of effort when he still didn't even know where they stood against him.

    She was confident he wouldn't move against her yet. She was a Commander's daughter after all.

    That confidence slowly diminished as they set out for their return the next day, a new set of concerns bracing her. Facing her father after five months away... By the end of the first week on the road, she had became agitated and sharp. Their supplies had been used through, and now they relied on trapping and hunting to keep them moving.

    "No, my gods, you're fucking it up," she grumbled at Addis as he tried to set up a trap in the darkness of night. She smacked his hand away, taking it from him.

    "Give it me. Go do something more useful," she dismissed.
     
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    The trip was miserable, with a constant pace and dwindling supplies to only add to it. It wasn't as though they could stop in at a ranger outpost and restock now. They kept at it though, and now that the supplies were done for, the traps had come out.

    Sadly, Addis had not much improved on his trap making in that time. Kaska shooed him away as he stood and frowned.

    "I've said sorry, have at it then." The elf quietly snapped back, knowing Kaska would have it done right the first time. The damned thing looked simple enough, but he had truly become lazy about his other skills, and didn't quite have the touch like she did.

    He walked off to check their horses instead, and then decided to find a tree to post up in the branches of to keep an eye out for trouble. Everything was beginning to wear on them, so he couldn't really blame them for being terse and short.
     
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  5. Lia

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    Things were not going as well as Lia would have hoped.

    All of them were becoming short with one another. Their conversations, if they could even be called that, were swift and bare. None of them were particularly up beat about their circumstances, and as the days dragged on those feelings only got worse and worse.

    A part of her had expected this, but that didn't make it any better.

    "Should've stolen a boat." Lia said quietly to herself as she stoked the small fire that they had started. Most of the time they had tried to keep things on the low. No fires at night and covering their tracks in the morning. Tonight however they would need something to cook with, and she'd decided a fire would be safe enough.

    The canopy would hide most of the smoke anyway.

    Still, she needed to think of something to relieve some of these tensions.
     
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    "As if you'd steal," Kaska snorted, almost mocking in nature. It wasn't even the hard travel that was getting to her, not truly. It was the distance they were closing, familiar Alliria routes opening up before her as they skirted about to avoid them. They close, too close to home now. Every morning she woke up with her chest constricted a little tighter than the night before.

    Did her father deserve this much apprehension? No, not really. But five months away with LIa had given her breathing room she had never encountered before. And now it felt like she was losing it all.

    She hissed in frustration then left with the trap, setting it up in a quiet spot around them before coming back. "Unless we hunt we'll have nothing tonight. No animal will touch that trap unless we're still and asleep."
     
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    The tree offered a little cover as he scanned the area for any signs of people trying to sneak up on them. Lia and Kaska bantered for a moment about stealing a boat, Kaska doubting the woman would do it before expressing the need to hunt for food. He eyed the horses and his bow, and with a frown climbed down.

    "I'll hunt." He informed them as he hit the ground. Without waiting for either of them to respond, he was grabbing his bow and quiver and heading into the woods. Traps weren't going well for him at the moment, but he would be damned if he would sit by when something needed to be hunted up.
     

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