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    "I suppose you did as well." He teased with the back handed complement, still making sure that she did not tumble and collapse onto the floor.

    In his head he began to do various small calculations, trying to place where they would fall once they hit land and what they would have to do from there.

    Shelter would be the first, though he supposed the ship would do for that.

    He wondered how much of the supplies on board had survived, if any of it had been tainted. There were still so many questions that needed to be answered. Glancing Keyleth though he realized that none of them needed to be answered right at this moment.

    "Why don't we get you to bed." He told her. "I'll make sure we get to land."

    By that he meant he'd let her get some rest while he watched them drift to shore.
     
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    Keyleth nodded weakly as her head drooped down, coming to rest against the front of Thren's shoulder. She knew that he must have been exhausted, given how much energy he'd expended in the fight with the mist wraith; but she didn't see much point in arguing with the barbarian. He was a grown man and would take care of himself.

    Which is what she needed to do now, instead of being prideful.

    "Right... bed sounds nice." She murmured, her words jumbling slightly together when she spoke.

    "Will you get me when we're closer to shore?"
     
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    "Probably." Thren said with a smile, though he remained vague.

    In truth he felt it might be for the best that Keyleth remain at rest even once they got to shore. He had been able to sleep quite well, and his magic did not take much of a toll on him at all.

    Unlike her apparently.

    She seemed like she was about to topple over into a heap and call it quits. Thren knew that once they landed on the shore they would need to be at their very best. He very much doubted the ship carried them too far, and if the Wilds was where they landed then they were hardly out of danger.

    Not at all in fact.
     
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    Keyleth forced a brave smile and managed a small nod, letting the barbarian help her into the bed back in the quarters.

    Using her magic had been costly, but necessary. She only had a limited supply to draw from and the sacrifice to pull from that reservoir was ... Significant.

    In truth, she wasn't sure what it had cost her in terms of time.

    As she curled up on her good side and closed her eyes, sleep quickly settled over her and she was lost to the world around her.
     
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    The ship made it to shore eventually, though it was a wonder that it somehow survived.

    Apparently the west of the continent was shrouded and covered in mass coral reefs, and as they approached a scraping sound could be heard from the underside of the ship that made Thren cringe.

    The tide however was strong, and slowly but surely the vessel was dragged onto the shore of the beach. Sand caught it's underside, and the vessel stuck itself into place only a few meters away from the land itself. Thren considered dropping the anchor, though quickly realized he had no idea how to do so.

    "I hate boats." The Siruk said quietly to himself.

    This whole thing was starting to make him grumpy.
     
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    There was no need for Thren to come wake up Keyleth as the boat lurched to shore.

    The horrific scraping of coral against wood was enough to do that for him.

    She opened her eyes and groaned lowly, pressing the back of her forearm against her forehead as she grimaced. Her head felt as if it was being split in two and her body languished in exhaustion. It was as if her life force had been pulled from her being... which.. in essence, it had been.

    Draconic magic came at a heavy price without the established bond.

    She raised her hand over her face and flexed her fingers, looking at the wound that ran across her palm. The magic still flowed through her veins... but she'd used a considerable amount in their fight against the mist wraith. She wondered if she would fade away into dust once it was all gone. Slowly, she opened and closed her hand, then dropped the loosely balled fist down onto her chest with a heavy sigh.

    Laying here and wallowing in her misery was not going to accomplish anything.

    She needed to move.

    With an uncomfortable grimace, she pushed herself up and then swung her legs out of the bed. The spear was positioned next to the bed, which was still being used as a walking stick. Reluctantly, she reached over to take the crude tool and carefully made her way out onto the main deck.

    "I hate boats" She heard the barbarian grumble, and she couldn't keep the smirk from her lips.

    "For what it's worth... I'm fairly certain they hate you too, Mainlander, given your track record with them. Generally, you aren't supposed to run them aground."
     
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    He chuckled, glancing back towards where Keyleth had come from.

    The barbarian was entirely sure she was correct of course. Ships didn't suit him. It was why he was so glad to be back on land...or close enough to it that he could spit on it if he really wanted to. There was a comfort there he couldn't quite put into words even if he tried.

    "Won't matter soon." At least for a while. "I think we're pretty well stuck."

    Since they'd crashed into the corals they hadn't actually moved for what seemed like hours. He was pretty sure the anchor would have just been another bandaid to make him feel better. They still needed a homebase, and a ship was better than any tent he could make.

    At least until they started moving anyway. "We'll need to walk to shore."

    The water was shallow enough for that thankfully.

    "Find out where we are exactly." Right now he had no idea if they should head north, south, or directly west through the wilds.
     
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    The land here was already vastly different than Minaris, just from what she could see from the ship. She hoped that the barbarian would be able to tell where they were, and which direction they should head in. She was now out of her element.

    "No time like the present." She muttered, slowly making her way towards the ladder in the side of the ship.

    When she glanced at her arm while untying the knots, she noticed the thin black tendrils in her forearm, following the lines of her veins. She frowned. The poison was still spreading.

    If she didn't find the herbs she needed soon, today would be her last, no other way around it. She decided not to tell the Barbarian for now.

    The rope tumbled down the tall hull and the end splashed into the shallow water.

    She already had her shield strapped to her back, and she slid the shaft of the spear into the notch on the shield to hold it in place.

    "Ready when you are."
     
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    For a moment he considered motioning her back and telling her he should go alone, but he quickly realized that would likely be met with disapproval.

    Thren had no doubt that at her full strength Keyleth could hold her own against most anything, hell, he'd seen it already, but she still wasn't fully recovered. The idea of what they could run into in the Wilds was...unsettling. The place held more monsters than the Blightlands.

    "Ever been to the Wilds?" He asked as he followed along and headed towards the rope she'd tossed down.

    For a brief moment he wondered if she'd ever even been off the island.
     
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    "When I was younger... Many years ago. Before the Duke decided I'd make a good bride." She answered him truthfully, glancing down the ladder and then back to Thren.

    "We did not venture far from the shoreline though." She explained, gesturing for the ladder.

    "After you." She feigned being polite but there was another motive behind letting him go first and it was simple: if she slipped, she wanted him to catch her.
     
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    Interesting. "I'm guessing that didn't take you far."

    Thren mused as he jumped onto the rope ladder and slowly began to lower himself to the ground using it. Rather, the water. He splashed down into waves, his boots instantly flooded.

    "Should've taken them off." The Barbarian muttered. "Come on!"

    Thren called up to Keyleth as he began to trudge towards the shore. "No sharks around."

    Yet.
     
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    Keyleth nodded once and then carefully climbed down after the barbarian.

    It took her a little longer than his descent did, but she didn't rush herself. Falling would have hurt more than just her pride.

    Her boots splashed down into the water and she gave a content sigh, feeling the solid earth beneath her feet. While Thren wished that he'd taken off his boots, she knew that it would be dangerous to do that in the water. Especially on a reef, best to wait until they were on shore and let their shoes dry off on the sand.

    She slogged forward through the water, breathing heavier than she would have liked.

    Curse this infernal poison.

    Once on the shore, she turned to look out over the water with a small frown.

    She didn't see any signs of the mist.

    Just where the hell were they?
     
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    The wilds.

    It was a thought that ran through his mind with an almost pleasant connotation. He remembered his time here well, almost in a good light.

    As well as anyone could remember the Wilds as good. "I doubt we'll find a village."

    He told Keyleth as he looked back towards her.

    "Or even an outpost." No, maybe smugglers, but they would have to get incredibly lucky for something like that. "We'll need to make a decision."

    Thren went on. "Either we head North, South, or into the Wilds themselves."
     
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    She kicked off her boots while Thren spoke, dumping the water out of them with a sigh. It splashed against the pale coral sand.She noticed that it was a much lighter color than the volcanic rock shores of Minaris, but pretty in its own way.

    "You know the area more than I do. What would you suggest?" She asked him earnestly, glancing up at him while she dumped out the second boot shortly after.

    One thing concerned her as she took in her surroundings.

    She's sent Aviana here.

    Her intention had been to send her daughter with a guard... but the man's corpse had been found along the shoreline a few days after the original uprising. Which meant that Aviana was on her own. A frown etched itself onto her features as she thought of her young daughter trying to navigate the harsh landscape alone.

    "Do you know where a village might be then?"
     
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    He chuckled. "Well there might be one to the North."

    Thren glanced around.

    "There might also be one to the South." He shrugged at her. "Or to the west."

    It was obvious the joke he was making here. Their chances of finding a village in any one direction were as likely as finding one in another. Still, the Barbarian knew there were some better options, or rather, ones that might not lead them into the immediate jaws of death.

    "North or South would be best." Thren said finally, rubbing a hand over his face in thought before glancing over towards the ship.

    "The Wilds are harsh." Simple way of putting it. "Walking along the beach is annoying, but we have a good chance of finding a coastal village at least."
     
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    Keyleth nodded quietly as she listened to Thren's explanation.

    They needed to walk to get to wherever they were going, but she knew that she was in no condition to embark on a proper excursion. She needed to regain her strength and find the herb that would be necessary to concoct an antidote for the poison that was still seeping through her veins.

    "Now that we're out of the mists and away from Minaris there isn't such a rush. Perhaps we make camp here for the night, find everything we need, and then set off for the North?"
     

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