Role-Play The Quest of the White Halls

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  1. Isa

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    "There, about fifty paces ahead of you." Reier nodded and drew back on the bow string in his hand. There was a difference he couldn't describe to wielding Sun and Stead as weapons, the slight green tint of Sun as a shardblade shifted as Stead flowed into the shape of an arrow and settled before he released. He closed his eyes as he felt the impact. there wasn't any sound. There never was when he hunted like this. He lowered his hand as sun dropped back to the ground taking on his normal shape and sliding beside him.

    "You were risking the curse again." Reier frowned, he'd been trying to ignore that. He'd sought the Old magic of the Valley on Roshar when he first became a Knight Radiant. Any person on Roshar could do it once in their life, the sought out the Nightmother and asked a boon of her, she would grant it and give a curse as well. He'd asked that he be able to kill the spren he'd bonded and in exchange he'd feel every blow he struck with them. When he was calm he only felt the physical impact, but when the Thrill was riding him he could feel that last moment of terror as a person or creature died, the shock from his first battle after the Valley had nearly killed him.

    "I wasn't thinking about that, all I could think about was one of you being in danger. You said yourself it feels like one of the unmade, what if it can hurt you like they could? It may not be of Odium but we've seen things on other worlds that could do worse than Ryse ever could. Imagine it a forger had stamped you and made you forget what you were?" He bent down and scooped up the dead rabbit from under where Stead was hover to mark the spot and hung it next to the others on his belt.

    "Then nothing would happen, I've told you before we are tied to your spirit web. that's why we can't go far from you anymore. If this world was tied to the cognitive realm that wouldn't be the case. This beast whatever it is though worries me, if it can truly attack a the soul like a shardblade or honorblade then it's more dangerous than the others know, and it's not as mindless as the town's people think."

    Reier grunted as he held out his hand letting Stead drop into his hand in the shape of a short knife and quickly field dressed the five rabbits he'd caught as before pulling the wire framed ruby from his bag.

    "Storming contraption is dun, and those rations didn't give me enough to make light." He put the stone aside and used his shardblade to cut free a couple tree branches before arranging them for a fire and pulling out his tinder box and striking a spark.
     
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    Vale offered a vague smile before nodding to both men and giving a shrug, her cool demeanour beading across her features once more. She said nothing more, shoving her hands in her pockets - her eyes vaguely drifted to Magus' hand, peering at the ring that perched quietly upon it, before opening the door and settling herself outside. Too awake to rest, the elf returned to the quiet sanctuary of the book that sat humbly on the wooden floor, awaiting the careful touch of her broken fingers.
     
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    Vare watched the elf go with a touch of sadness. He chalked it up to his encounter with the beast and his near death at the hands of the strange knight. The cork was placed back into the bottle as he nodded to Magus, too tired to speak again. He sat for a moment longer, staring at his front door, cursing himself silently. The hunter stood from the chair and placed it quietly beneath the table. He turned and entered his room, shutting the door behind him and fall face first into his bed. Only a moment was spared to remove his spectacles to avoid breaking them. He was asleep another moment later.
     
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    The cold came first. The only sensation that bloomed across her torso before the rest of her senses echoed in response. She realised that she was on a marble bench. The skin across her belly felt knotted and tangled. As wakefulness prised her eyes open, she realised that the sensation was everywhere, right up to her neck. Her grasp felt alien.

    ‘Ah.’

    She turned to meet the voice, staring into crimson eyes. The edge of her mouth crooked into a deep frown. The Drow couldn’t hold her gaze and he quickly flicked to the ends of her pale feet. They twitched in response.

    ‘Who the fuck are you?’ she asked.

    The Drow chuckled. ‘You’re not exactly in a position to ask questions. I’m impressed, really.’

    She tried to sit up, but her body was stiff. It landed with a thud. She growled. ‘What the hell’s wrong with me?’

    ‘Certain incidents have forced us to wake you up. You may be a little different.’

    ‘Cut the crap. Speak plainly.’

    The Drow rolled his eyes, as if he was expecting such a response. ‘Your little clan were packed tightly into a ship. We needed the ship – but we also needed its captain. We plucked you out of your little hidey-hole, but you fell apart. We didn’t think that you’d want to be one of our pets. We’ve reconstituted you.’

    Looking down her body, she saw traces and markings all over – her limbs had been sewn tightly against her frame. Some parts were duller than others, but were far from foreign. Something felt unusual. Her eyes retreated to her belly.

    ‘Of course, we had to do a little… ethical tweaking.’

    Her eyes fell upon a white sheet, bloody and ruined. The Drow’s gaze had followed.

    ‘Ah yes, well. It was a toss-up, really. We wanted to see who screamed and tried to escape first. Though you seem less of a fighter than…’ he gestured towards the corpse.

    She pushed herself up, staring at the opposing slab. Morbid fascination dared her to find out who was beneath it – the blood was still dripping from the corpse’s fingers. There was a bloody gouge in the centre, as if the torso was drilled out. It steamed in the tomblike room.

    ‘Oh, well. Seeing how closely acquainted you are. If you want me to introduce you…’ the Drow didn’t wait for her response. He strode the short distance towards the corpse and pulled back the covers.

    ‘Hell. Shit! Son of a bitch!’ Vale scrambled, realising that half of her body had landed on the ground, her head facing towards the sky. Her neck ached, having braced itself as the rest of her lay on the porch.

    Hell.’ She growled again.
     
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    "Good morning?" Vare said as he eyed the pirate curiously. She looked extremely puzzled, or angry, or was it terrified? He was still horrible with people. In his right hand he held his bow while two rabbits dangled loosely from his left, tied together with twine. Their white fur was stained crimson with blood that still seeped from a narrow hole in each creature's neck. He had approached from the side of the house that faced the forest and heard her cussing before he rounded the corner of his home.

    The sun was bright enough to consider it midmorning, but they were still far from noon. He had failed to sleep much and decided that rabbit sounded good for breakfast. The hunter was pleased with both the morning and his catch for it was pleasantly warm, and he had lucked out finding the rabbits. But his guest puzzled him. Had she slept outside? That aside, it looked like she had suffered a terrible dream. His curiosity getting the better of him, he asked, "Did you have a bad dream?"
     
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    Vale stared at the archer's feet for a moment before rolling over and grinning like a naughty child. Sitting up, she rubbed her eyes and frowned, looking indoors to still see a slumbering body inside. She surprised herself in being happy that Magus had remained, just as she was glad that Vare had seemed to pull himself from a stony slumber - or at least had enough energy to shoot some white coneys. She eyed the scarlet spatter across their coats, finding her eyes darting to the man's shoes.

    She rubbed the back of her neck softly, nodding.

    'Yeah. Sorry.'
     
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    Vare offered her an apologetic look before waving off her apology. He dropped the rabbits on the opposite side of the door and entered the home. The hunter returned only a moment later carrying a slab of stone and a pair of knives. He sat on the ground near the door with the slab in front of him and set about skinning the rabbits. His back was to Vale and he sat between her and his work. She wouldn't be able to see what he was doing unless she sat forward and looked over his shoulder. He glanced back at her and said, "You can go on inside if you want. This will take a little while. You are welcome to clean up in my washroom."

    It was quiet as he worked for a few moments. A breeze swept across the field beside his home. He spoke again, but this time didn't turn to look at her. "I think I know your answer, but I feel obligated all the same. If you are still tired you can rest up in my room. I can let you know when the rabbit is done."
     
  8. Isa

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    Reier sat up as a jolt of energy collided with the side of his head. He looked around and saw what had caused Stead to wake him. Standing across the clearing from him was a creature he didn't recognize. While certainly not the one that had the town in an uproar he could sense the danger it represented, the thick tusk protruding from it's mouth were long enough to gut a man. the thick hide was vaguely reminiscent of a horse but their was nothing in his experience that had the narrow legs and pointed hoofs. He stared at the creature judging it's size and rolled over and away from it as it charged. He brought his hand up in and felt the reassuring but slight weight of a shardblade drop into place in time to place between him and the creature neatly slicing one tusk off as he used the flat of the blade like a shield to block it's charge. With the odd creature stunned from the impact he rolled the blade around and swung the blade forward slicing through it's brain and heaved a sigh of relief as clouds of smoke escaped it's eyes as they turned to cinders, leaving the rest of the body unharmed.

    "Well, I'd just been thinking those rabbits wouldn't be enough food for long, but I have no idea how to prepare this thing. I suppose I'll have to speak to Vare again." He turned to his pack and cursed his luck, the creature's sharp hoofs had sliced it open across the back rendering it useless. Reier wrapped the pack in his coat as best he could and then tied the whole thing around the creatures remaining tusk, grabbing the other off the ground. Perhaps like the tusk and shells of creatures from his home the hunter would have a use for it. He paused as he considered how to carry the beast, it was easily as heavy as him. Finally he bent and awkwardly maneuvered it unto his shoulders and began the walk back to the hunter's small cabin.
     
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    Vale raised an eyebrow, listening to the hunter tinker for a while. Her ears pricked gently as he worked, the sound a mixture of skill and careful cuts and cleaning. Out of curiosity, she stood up and peered over his shoulder, making her presence known fairly quickly. Her eyes were wide with interest and her mouth was a pout of intrigue, tilting her head one way, then another. She grinned like the Devil.

    'Y'know, you really need to figure out this whole wine-n-dine thing. You can't just ask.'
     
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    Vare was just pulling the skin off one of the rabbits as Vale peered over his shoulder. He considered pausing his work while she watched since skinning and cleaning was a rather unpleasant procedure. A quick glance up told him that the pirate was more curious than grossed out. He wasn't about to tell her, but she was much prettier with a genuine expression on her face. A frown crept across his own face when she spoke. She was teasing him again. The rabbit's insides sat in a neat, bloody pile on one corner of the stone slab and he continued to cut the meat with his second knife. He didn't respond immediately. The first rabbit was clean, cut and ready to cook.

    He looked back at her again as he started on the second one. "You know what I meant," he said with small amount of exasperation escaping his otherwise calm demeanor. His hands moved deftly as he made a clean cut on the second rabbit and began the process all over again. Before he could stop the impulse a quiet mumble escaped him, "As if I would."
     
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    Reier stumbled along occasionally bumping into trees. the rabbits from last night hadn't done much to replace the muscles he'd damaged by using stormlight when he was so low and the beast on his back seemed to weigh twice as much as he normally did in his best condition. Perhaps Vare would accept half of it as a peace offering. If he ate enough he would be able to use the surge of progression on himself to repair the damage he'd done. He finally stumbled out of the trees near Vare's home.

    "I'm aware I'm likely not welcome but I have this creature that attacked me when I woke up. The storming thing tore open my pack and I have no idea in damnation how to field dress something like this. Any chance one of you knows what to do with this? You can keep most of the meat if you show me what to do."
     
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    A wicked smile at his response.

    'Pity.'

    She stood straight, glancing behind her - the wind had quietly shifted. Something stirred - not threatening, but definitive and strong. A familiar wash of strength and magic - terrible, in its own way. She smiled and shrugged; things needed to settle - but she wasn't going to play diplomat.

    'Gonna take up the offer and get that wash. I stink.'

    At that, she moved away, tipping her hat towards Reier before striding into the cabin. At the door to the archer's room, she paused and looked at Magus. Despite his slumber, she couldn't help but say loudly:

    'Rise n' shine. Golden Boy came back.'

    With that, she shut the door.
     
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    Vare flushed as the she pirate teased him again. He barely noticed the approaching knight. His eyes moved up from his freshly skinned and cleaned rabbits to stare blankly at Reier, as if he didn't hear the man. It was a moment before his mind caught up with what was said. He glanced back at the door to his home before responding, "I am sorry about last night. Do not worry about what happened. The beast showing up like that complicated things. We can talk about it at length later." His eyes moved down to the boar. They lingered on the unusual wound on its head for a moment, darting to the knight curiously then back to the boar. He didn't bother asking because he knew the man possessed strange magic.

    He gestured to the boar with his bloody knife. "I can dress it. Let me get breakfast going and I will clean the boar too. It will make a good lunch later, with plenty of meat left over. It can be dried so it will last for travel without an ice box." He finished slicing the rabbit meat carefully before taking his knife and wiping it clean on the grass. The hunter stood and moved towards the door. "Give me a moment." He entered the house and started a fire in his fireplace, setting up a grate over the flames and laying out the strips of rabbit meat carefully. Various spices were dashed across the meat as it started to cook. He watched it for a moment before returning outside to Reier.

    The hunter looked the boar over carefully before nodding to the large man. "Come with me, bring the boar. We need to drain it before anything else. You can lift it up to the branch when we hang it up. We have to be quick though, I do not want to burn the rabbit."
     
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    Reier hefted the boar and carried it to where Vare indicated.

    "I'm sure this will sound odd, but I was actually hoping I'd be able to prepare most of it for eating this morning. I'm afraid I did a few foolish things last night while," He paused for a moment the Thrill was common knowledge where he came from and men learned to recognize it in each others eyes at the same time they learned to fight but it was still considered a private thing, "I was overcome with the Thrill. I managed to catch five rabbits last night but they didn't do much to replace what using my shards as I did cost me."

    "What this oaf means to say is he burned stormlight without anything to burn and now he needs to eat like a chull to replace the damaged muscle and heal himself." Reier glanced at Stead where he was perched on a nearby tree branch sitting on the underside. Even after a decade it still bothered him when the spren looked so human but did things that went against the laws of nature.

    "Thank you Stead. He right though I'll probably need to eat about half my weight in food, or a pound of metal before I'm able to use my abilities, and until that happens I can't do much to help. I talked to Sun about what you two saw last night and it has me worried. This creature- whatever it is- kills in a manner similar to one of the things of my home, and it seems to be rather intelligent if it's avoided the town and a large group so far. If it's at all like those creatures then it's much more dangerous than the people chasing the bounty on it realize."
     
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    A voice called from the edge of the dark abyss. Magus opened his eyes to see, or perhaps he more of heard a door close. He also heard the voice of Vare talking to the voice of Reier, the people he met just yesterday. "Not a dream" He mumbled as a relaxed fist cleared his eyes. He got up from the sofa and wore the rest of his gear, taking in his surrounding again as if acknowledging it.
    He found the voice owners outside.
    He had followed them to a tree and was bewildered in sight of what seemed to be a hunts' results.
    "Good morning" He waved his hand once and continued the motion to gesture at the boar, hanging from the tree like a pinjata "You got up early, to get ready to cook that."
    He strolled till he got to a nearby tree and sat, leaning on it and watching the men do their work with the beast.
    His thought trailed back to the nights' events and his eyes loosing their focus as his mind wandered "Vare, what exactly happened, last night?"
     
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    "Didn't have much choice in the matter. If I got up much later I think the storm tossed thing would have eaten me instead, I've seen Stormforms with better tempers and those bastards will take a mans head off before talking to him. What the hell is it anyways? Seems a bit rude to eat something without knowing what it's called." He paused looking at the tree branch Vare had indicated and the beast realizing he had no way to hang it without his abilities. He glanced at Stead and jerked his head as he struggled to heft the creature up. The honor spren obliged him flitting over and settling on the tree by the beast feet. "Do either of you have rope? I'm afraid it's not something I'd normally need and Stead can't lash something this large for more than a minute or two."
     
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    Vare watched Reier with confusion written plainly on his face. The boar was quite large, a hefty beast. This knight wanted to eat most of it, or a pound of metal? What exactly were his powers? Before he had a chance to ask Magus approached. He nodded at the man silently as he moved around the tree he had indicated. The grass around the base of the tree was stained and nearly black. A large portion of it was dead and dried out. He reached around the trunk of the tree and into some weeds behind it. A length of worn rope appeared from the weeds and he gathered it quickly. The fabric was stained the same color as the grass and frayed in several areas, but it was still sturdy. He handed the tether to Reier as he turned back to Magus.

    "Walk with me, I have to check on the rabbit," he said, stepping past the magician towards his home. He stopped and turned to Reier again. "That is a boar. It was probably upset because you must have been near its nest. The flesh is quite delicious when prepared right. I am a better hunter than a cook, but I will do my best. Take the knife," he pointed at a blade stuck in one of the tree roots. "When you have it secured, slit the throat to let the blood drain. If you know how, you can gut it or wait for me to come back. If you want to cook all of it, we will need a pit for roasting too."

    He turned back to Magus and continued walking. "Last night," he spoke softly. "I do not know why the beast showed up like that. It did not seem to want anything from us. I expected to feel something, pain, maybe? But it was warm, like it knew me. Or, maybe it knew something about me. It may have killed other people, but it seemed more curious than anything else." He was quiet as they made it back to his home. He opened the door silently and entered the small house, leaving the door ajar.

    The rabbit was cooking nicely. Each piece was turned carefully and when the hunter finished he sat by the fire. He was quiet again, but spoke soon. The bowman didn't bother to look up and see if Magus was there because he assumed the man had followed him. "I thought... I thought something like that would be pure evil. And maybe it is too bold of me to say so, but I did not sense any evil from that creature. It was unnatural, but at the same time it felt like a force of nature. I think it has a purpose here, other than killing. I think it means something."
     
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    Reier took the rope and nodded his thanks before tying the boar's feet in place. He glanced at the mentioned knife in the tree and frowned. He hadn't held a normal weapon since his twentieth weeping and was uncertain he could still properly care the tool. He sighed and held out his hand to Stead letting the familiar weight of a shard blade settle into it. He took a steady breath and moved to cut partially though the throat of the boar only to have his inexperience with conventional methods show as the knot he'd tied slipped. He frowned at the fully severed head laying on the ground in the rapidly spreading pool of blood.

    "Well at least the thing bleeds red, and theirs no odd smell to it like a whitespine or axehound."

    "Your not particularly helping the matter Sun. Look at the cut, perfectly straight and then it goes off at an angle."

    "Well yes you did use Stead to make it."

    "That's not the point, I wanted to slit the throat not take the head off and even if I had I should have been able to do an even slice. You know I don't like people asking questions about you, how am I supposed to explain a perfectly smooth cut like that? I should probably go talk to Vare about gutting this thing anyways, for all I know it's got this worlds equivalent of a gemheart and I'll destroy it if I just split it open like I'm gutting an axehound. I'd give half the treasury in Urithru for a soulcaster right now."
     
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    Magus tried to keep himself beside Vare but he found himself walking behind Vare and leaving Reier to alone, he was never good with cooking anyways. He had accepted what Vare said on their way to the house and dwelled on it untill the huntsman spoke again.
    "Not everything is black and white." Magus nodded with approval, he sat down again as he said "And maybe you're bound to it in some way, or it found something in you. But I didn't see a beast when I got there, only you and Reier. Describe it to me, how did it look like? Did it make a sound?"
     
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    After the elf had finished cleaning, she grappled for a slip of cloth, haphazardly drying herself before twisting her fiery hair into a braid. Her nose occasionally crinkled, her thoughts tempting her to grab a knife and cut the entire thing clean off. After a few seconds of wrestling with her tangle, she threw the braid away to hang down her back and promptly yanked her clothes on.

    Vale took a moment to observe the room, Simple, had it not have been for the flag staring starkly at every corner of it. Vale frowned; the darkest of sunbursts, bleeding across a veil of crimson.

    This man was no mere hunter.

    Shoving on her boots, Vale walked out, closing the door behind her and ambled cautiously towards the murmur of companions.