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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:28 am 
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Day 2, On The River Trail
Never Split The Party
Godsday, 23rd of Reaping
Early Evening, Hot, Humid, Buggy


Franny slips off into the jungle at the side of the trail as soon as she hears the strange noise. Krystal creeps up ahead slowly, listening intently at the pounding. She sees only more trail when she moves forward, while the smacking noises seem to be coming from even further ahead.

Ferris keeps one eye on Keilif and the other on Krystal’s backside. Seeing the scout move up beyond the next bend, he sneaks over to the right side of the trail to have another look at the river. It too bends ahead, blocking his view of anything other than more foliage. He doesn't spot any more of the bamboo skiffs, but does notice that the river is flowing even faster here and there is a loud crashing of water coming from up ahead, possibly indicating rapids or a waterfall of some kind close by.

Aldo purrs at Bonnie again before sprinting off after Krystal and the mysterious pounding noises. (see private thread)

Bonnie keeps right on talking to the strange cat as if it can understand her, which might seem completely normal if she were only a few thousand years older. She draws out her bow and slowly creeps up the trail with Brufrig and Keilif, who are also trying to move along with her as silently as possible.

After a few more bends in the trail, Krystal starts to see another clearing developing in front of her. With the sun now setting and darkness about to creep in, it is hard to make anything out in much detail, but she is certain that there is another large clearing just up ahead. Her assumption becomes even more obvious once she hears the pounding noise cease and the telltale signs of voices on the air coming from far off in the distance.

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Ferris 6/7 DM, RM, 0/1 first
Krystal 4/5 CL DM RM 1/1 first
Keilif C2 7/15 2/4 first
Bonnie 6/6
Brufrig Granitesunder 11/15
Aldo 2/8

alone in the jungle:
Franny Buurlslammer 9/12 (see private thread)

still in the clearing:
Waesfaren Rhey 10/10 2/4 first
(still in private thread)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:48 am 
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The gnome will sneak a bit forward to the river bend then turn back to the trail and the elf's rear.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:47 am 
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The pounding ceases because the shift is at an end. The men working in daylight to dam the river? Krystal thinks.

She will listen to the voices, distinguishing between the common languages. She tries to approach the edge of the next clearing, still tucked into the leafy shadows behind fallen logs and thick trunks.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:36 am 
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When she hears the pounding stop, Bonnie halts and listens intently for a moment. "Sounds like voices. People." She starts moving again, looking out for scouts or perimeter guards. "What's our thought? The loggers moved here and enlisted the natives?" She addresses Keilif "Let's keep this amicable. No complaints or arguments until we assess."

Bonnie starts moving a bit quicker, trying to reach the voices.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:50 pm 
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Sorry about the MEGA post, but there is a lot of stuff to detail here.

Day 2, On The River Trail
The End Of The Line
Godsday, 23rd of Reaping
Early Evening, Hot, Humid, Buggy


Ferris keeps himself near the river as he moves forward. The roar of the rushing water is nearly deafening as he gets closer to the clearing. He pops out near the edge of the river bank to see something truly amazing.

Krystal tries to keep to the shadows of the foliage, thinking that there must be a bunch of dam workers nearby that have just gone through a shift change. She peeks out of the edge of the jungle and sees something truly amazing.

Bonnie turns to Keilif and Brufrig behind her, petitioning the opinionated priest, telling him to use tact here and not fly out of control. She lets her curiosity get the best of her when she walks right past Krystal into the clearing, glad to hear voices in a language she can understand. At the very end of the trail she has been following for the last two full days, she sees something truly amazing.

The well-used path following the river this whole way has finally reached its end at a massive opening in the jungle that stretches as far as your eyes can see. The river meets its end here as well, in the form of a huge waterfall that must rise at least 100 feet into the sky. The entire eastern side of this clearing ends abruptly at a massive black rock cliff face that the roaring waterfall pours over, depositing immeasurable amounts of water into a tumultuous lagoon that forms the mouth of the Dutty river. The waterfall is about 40 feet wide at its base, spewing heavy sprays of cold water in every direction. The mist it creates in the air actually cools off the area around the base of the waterfall a few degrees as it sprays about. The rocky outcroppings and uneven ground in that area form a huge pool that churns and roars with the sounds of the crashing flow of water.

There are several wooden buildings in the clearing and you see a few more of the long skiffs pulled up onto the shore of the riverbank. You count at least 5 of them in the waning sunlight, complete with pulling ropes and long push poles piled up nearby. Next to the row of beached skiffs are 3 more of the long thatch drying barns with the open ends, just like the ones you found in the last clearing. There are a few more of the smaller huts built close to the edge of the pool as well, most of them are tucked away towards the huge cliff wall that runs to the northwest and eventually disappears into the jungle foliage.

Looking further into the clearing, you see that the land has been stripped of the thick jungle for as far as your eyes can see. There are several plots of crops that are planted in neat clearings that rise up in elevation and stretch out amongst the rolling hills of this fertile looking farmland. The hills continue on for what seems like miles, offering you a wondrous view of the raised, cleared, and manicured land that is still being bathed in the orange glow of the last few waning rays of natural sunlight. Small huts dot the landscape of the fields, the noise from the pounding of wood seems to have been coming from far off in that distance.

You can see several dark-skinned men moving around off in the distant fields, along with a few more of the giant, yellow skinned brutes that you already encountered. There are sounds of several voices coming from the many different huts and shelters in the immediate area around the waterfall. Aldo is there too, a few yards ahead of you in the clearing. There are 2 young men (X) walking towards the cat, but they don’t seem to be acting hostile towards him at all. One of the white skinned humans walking towards him is holding a shiny machete while the other has a sword on his belt.

There is a commotion coming from the long building just past the drying barns. It sounds like there might be a party going on in there or something. The pair of men moving towards Aldo spot the group as they walk into the clearing. They smile at you and wave for you all to come on in to join them.

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Ferris 6/7 DM, RM, 0/1 first
Krystal 4/5 CL DM RM 1/1 first
Keilif C2 7/15 2/4 first
Bonnie 6/6
Brufrig Granitesunder 11/15
Aldo 2/8

alone in the jungle:
Franny Buurlslammer 9/12 (private thread)

still in the clearing:
Waesfaren Rhey 10/10 2/4 first
(private thread)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:31 am 
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Ferris

was thinking of sneaking up the riverbank to get behind these fella's, bet the black skinned fellows are press ganged in the fields by the ogres. But having been seen he decides to take some initiative. (not the dice rolling kind though!).

"Hey Boyz!", he waves in a friendly manner to the two armed guards, "I'm big Fez, these are my trading buddies. Gronk sends his greetings, he said you lot were up here and he has the 'picnic stuff ready' when Capt' Bing passes by. Fancy a smoke buddy?". The gnome approaches waving his tobacco pipe and a few sprinkled herb leaves. he lights it offering it out to the man nearest the river.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:18 am 
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Playing the typical skittish cat, Aldo bounds away from the two men, heading for the nearest drying shed. His tail is still up, indicating he's not scared.

Yo Bonnie! Ya hear me? I dunno what else dey got goin' on here, but dey's definitely got a buncha that South Evony Gold growin' here. I tink somebody been sellin' pipeweed onna black market. Keep on yer toes- dey may not like de idea of cuttin' us in.

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Equal parts shocked and impressed by the sights, Bonnie reacts slowly. She then starts running after Aldo, calling out to him "There you are my precious! What's that you say? Oh, I agree completely!" She follows him into the drying barn, if that's where he's going.

"Sorry guys! My cat seems to be free-spirited!"

Her bow is still out, but not ready as she runs after Aldo.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:09 pm 
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"Fine enterprise you have here. A real old Ponderosa ranch. What's the party for?" she comments, walking behind the gnome.


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