Bodies shuffled about as crews were designated. Linika had been fortunate to have approached Yorrick with her question before, as she now found herself more or less situated in her group already, and not being shoved around by those trying to line up elsewhere. Once again, a frigid breeze whipped by, and she was reminded of the effectiveness of the cloak she'd been assigned for this task.
On an impulse, she scooped up a handful of snow. It was cold in her hand as her body heat melted it. Lifting the hem of the cloak to drop the snow in it, she found that it did not
melt there. So it seemed that this cloak did not actually comfort the body by generating
heat of its own, but rather by locking the environment out somehow, so it didn't affect the wearer. But the snow had been an actual target
of her hand, when she held it. That appeared to make a difference in the dynamics of whatever magic was involved.
She approached the human, Yorrick, again. She made no effort at "winning him over" with needless flattery, getting instead right down to business. "Sir, if you need names, mine is Linika. I was wondering if we are going to divide this group up, when we reach the docks; and have smaller groups take on the searches of individual vessels? I honestly believe that it works better than to have such a...swarm...clambering over each one."
If the man demanded some explanation, she would recount her own misadventures as a child in Augiery. She had won the title of 'Paragon of Disobedience'
at the ripe old age of 9 arcs. Having been told to stay out from underfoot of the sailors aboard the Naerikk vessels in harbor, she did not take this to mean "stay off the boats", but rather, literally, only to not
get stepped on, in the process of burning her boundless energy
searching out every nook and cranny to be found on them.
Not that these would be the details she would recount. It would be more that a huge knot of bodies like this often got more in the way
of each others' searches than complimented them. She had evaded many eyes by interposing bodies looking the wrong way between herself and them. And also found that, with so many people looking, some corners were assumed by everyone to have been scoped out by someone else.
One last concern with such a large group, was the likelihood, especially here in Viden, that there would be several with Yvithia's 'Xypha'
blessing. She had no doubt that the two primary leaders would have it. She wanted to keep hers hidden. Certainly Virikai had it. There had been a woman with him, that Linika had assumed was some partner from his sphere of authority. But the woman was now being placed in the same group as herself. She wondered if this some deliberate move by Virikai.
Okay, word count is 497 (by paragraph: 67, 103, 76, 90, 74, 87) - check
Childhood memory - check
Something involving snow - check
Use of key words - check
Introducing oneself to Yorrick - check