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After being chased out of Viden. Wald went home.

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:Mature: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:58 pm


30th of Cylus Arc 719 Late Evening

The cold wind of the north had been biting hard. Pushing against the man as he went forward. Wald continued to fight through the wind, even when his legs wanted to give. He may of fallen a dozen times on his trip, each time the soft snow broke the fall. His body was weak still, his short time in the hell hole they call a city. That broke him inside. He held a brave face, but even that was a challenge for the man. He could still feel the city behind him as he continued, the only reason he didn't stop yet.

Moving through the forest slowly, Wald approached something odd. Once his back lost the sense of Viden, ahead of him there was, steam? Wald walked closer to the area, the smell of sulfur was apparent in the air. The small amount of steam came from a little puddle. The smallest of opening in the ground, had given way to a small spring. Wald could of gathered all the water in the spring in his boot, it was that small. The spot peaked the interest Wald. Since he couldn't feel the city. Wald choose to set camp near the tiny spring.

Wald began to unpack his animals, to allow them some rest from their walk. He began to take the tarp away from the cart. Spreading it out where he thought best suited a tent. He hadn't the time to clear the snow just yet, he would do that tomorrow. Wald slowly threaded some rope through the holes in the tarp. After doing so he began to pull the ropes. Slowly the tarp rose to be a tent. Wald put the stakes down into the snow, even if it would not do much. Anything to keep the wind from blowing the tent away.
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Re: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:55 pm


After raising the tent Wald walked over to the cart. Pulling some of the hay from its bale, laying it out for his two animal companions. The two began to eat as Wald went between them. Softly he patted down their sides, and then stroked down their manes. Wald was checking to be sure nothing was attached to the two. Luckily nothing had grabbed hold of the group. A tick is a minor inconvenience, but in the Videnese wilderness. Things got a lot worst then simply drinking blood.

Wald felt his body begin to cramp on him. His stomach was empty, the veggies he had before the trial. though little, finally left his system as he ran on empty for a time. Though right now he could not afford to hunt. He needed to get a fire ready in order to cook the meat. He walked off to the forest, with his hatchet in hand. He gathered several bundles of sticks, each from a section that was dried by leaning against the tree. Bringing each of the bundles back to camp. The pile had grown to his knee. This would be enough to at the very least cook something to eat, and sleep in relative comfort.

Beginning to snap the sticks and limbs into smaller pieces. Making a small pile in front of him, Wald put the smaller pieces on the bottom slowly getting larger on the top. Taking his finger to the bottom, slowly making a hole for the flame to catch. Lighting the match he placed it inside the hole. The flame slowly started to grow, and consuming the wood going up. The heat of the fire kissed Wald's face, as he began to feed the flames more wood. Once the flames settled in Wald got up, and gathered a few items to look for food.
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Re: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:19 pm


Wald took his bow from the cart, and began to walk off of camp for a ways. The dim glow of the fire could still be seen through the tree line, as the dark sky's lights were only the several stars. Wald looked around for signs of life nearby. Taking things slow he trudged through the snow. Small marks were scattered in the snow near various trees. The marks were small in size, but varied in frequency. The small sounds of chattering could be heard from above Wald's head.

It was another cold day of the cold time of year. The squirrel had gathered plenty of nuts during the warmer seasons. Storing them where he could find them easily. Though some of them he couldn't remember where they were hiding. Having looked all over some of the ones he had stored were missing. Some had small green things in there place as well. Moving around the tree he tried to remember where he could of left them. Then things went dark, the squirrel fell from the tree onto the snow covered ground.

Wald spotted a squirrel above him, slowly he notched an arrow onto his bow. Taking a couple of steps back so he wouldn't have to shoot straight up. Pulling back the arrow he followed the movements of the darting animal. Once he gained the pattern of the creature, he stopped the movement of the bow. Loosing the arrow while it was making its way towards it. The arrow hit the squirrel into the head, felling it from the tree to be gathered by Wald.
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Re: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:36 pm


Wald lifted the squirrel from the ground, with a smooth motion to remove the arrow from the body. Carrying the squirrel by the tail, he walked back to his camp nearby. Taking the time to confirm no other larger animals near the camp. This was to confirm he was not on the path of a predator. A single wolf would not cause much issue, though any more would cause much more issue. Not noticing any large tracks in the area, he returned a bit more relaxed.

Sitting down next to the fire, Wald felt the warmth melt over his body. Taking a relaxing moment in time, he took a few breaths slowly. Allowing nature to move through his body, calming his mind slowly. The feeling of being home was great. Something about the wilds would never get old for Wald, this was where he belonged. In his heart there was no where else he should be.

After is small break, Wald pulled his knife out. Laying the squirrel down slowly on the ground. Taking the tip of the knife he slowly pierced the neck of the squirrel. Slowly cutting down the squirrel body, taking time to not puncture the squirrel to deeply. Putting his fingers under the skin, he then put his thumbs on the squirrel back. Pushing the animal with his thumb, the skin slowly came off the animal. The skin stopped at the tail and hands, Taking the knife he cut the hands off, allowing the skin to be free from their grip. Then Pulling slowly the skin of the tail started to come off. Leaving the skin inside out he placed it near the fire to dry out.
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Re: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:21 pm


After the skin was removed form the squirrel, Wald readied the knife for the next task for the preparing the animal. Taking the neck of the animal against the blade, with a single slice he removed the head putting it aside. Moving the knife he placed the blade onto the chest, slowly he cut the flesh down the middle. Putting the knife inside he twisted it, breaking open the rib cage of the animal. Opening the body cavity, Wald placed the blade flat against the inside of the spine. Slicing down he removed the internal organs, moving them with the head. Taking his time, Wald began to cut the rest into pieces for easy cooking.

Preparing the animal was simple to do. After it was done, Wald went to gather a pot from the chest. Placing the pieces of freshly cut meat inside the pot, he placed it on top of the fire. Taking a wooden spoon to move the meat around. Making sure not to let it stick to the pot itself. The meat slowly turned brown as he cooked the pieces. Smell filling his senses as he cooked at the fire.

When the meal was finally done, Wald took it off the fire. Placing the meal in a small bowl for eating. Before starting to eat he gathered some snow into the pot. Placing it onto the fire. The meat was hot, but it was worth eating early. The squirrels meat filled Wald with a warmth that he needed. It was a reminder that he was alive, and nothing took it away from him yet. He is alive, because others had to die. This is why he thanked every kill. For extending his life that much more. After he finished his meal he moved the pot away. The water inside was warm, so he added a little more snow to cool it. Taking some to drink he left the rest for his animals. As they drank Wald took his hatchet to the side of the camp, With it he buried the animal remains before going to sleep.
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Re: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:21 pm


1st Ashan 719, Early Morning

The first morning of Ashan was cold. A soft snow fall was coming from the sky, most of which did not make it to the camp under the trees. Wald slowly woke on the cold ground, slightly sunken into the snow under him. Rising from where he slept he began to stretch. Wald had a strange feeling he was being watched though. Something about today was off. In any case he left the tent where he slept. The darkness of the world was only lit by the soft glow of embers, in what was left of his fire. The fresh air had a soft sulfur smell from the small spring nearby. The smell warmed Wald's lungs despite the cold wind.

Taking hold of his hatchet, Wald walked off into the woods a short ways. Finding a medium sized tree that was close enough to his camp. He looked up the tree to see if anything had made a home in it. There seemed to be no nests made, no squirrel or other fauna seemed to have claim on the tree. After confirming this, Wald began to swing his hatchet.

Wald chipped away at the tree, putting his might into each swing. Going through bark at first. Then getting into the wood itself. Slowly he made a wedge into the tree, making a small pile of wood chips on the ground. He also thought that if he was a beaver this would be easier. Or if he had an axe of a good size. He would surely be at this for sometime. But he needed to do something while he was out here, might as well make something he can use.
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:37 pm


1st of Ashan 719, Morning

The sound of chopping had been heard through the morning breaks. The sounds made a calming rhythm through the forest. Each echoed for a small distance before the land swallowed the sound. Wald had been chopping into the tree for some time. He had finally made it to the final stretch of his work. As he continued to swing, the sound of cracking began to come from the trunk of the tree. As the cracking became leaning over, Wald backed up away from the tree. The tree fell onto the forest floor, leaving a stump half snapped and half chopped.

The thickness of the tree that had fallen was just thicker then Wald's waist. Wald walked up the tree to its branches. Picking one that was large at the connection point of the tree. Starting to swing again, he was able to use gravity to chop through easier. Wald was not chopping this one straight though. He was chopping the end at an angle. After a few moments the branch was severed, with a wedge like form where it was cut. Wald then cleared the smaller pieces off the branch smoothing it out.

Wald took the branch, and it's pieces to the remains of his fire. Throwing the pieces in the fire, he blow softly into the embers lighting a small flame. Taking the branch he sat with his hatchet and knife ready for work. Beginning with the hatchet, he pushed the blade against the wedge. Slowly pealing pieces off, making it sharper and skinnier. Moving up he smoothed out the top part. Making it easier to get a hold of. Taking the knife out after some work. Wald began to focus on the wedge carving out a shallow indention. This went on for almost a break. At the point of stopping, The branch had turned into a crude shovel like tool.
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:08 pm


1st of Ashan 719, Late Morning

After finishing the Shovel, Wald took a moment of rest. His body was feeling better from the ordeal of the last few trials. Taking in the moment of silence was nice, It filled him with confidence. All the fear that was built up, from the city had left him. Slowly standing up, his new tool in hand. Holding his hand out for a moment, he felt where the wind was coming from. Walking towards the wind he drew a line in the snow.

From the line Wald drew in the snow, he began to dig away at the icy snow. Moving the snow away piling it up behind the line. The area he dug out was around the size of the tent. The depth of the spot was up to Wald's thigh. And the pile of snow was growing to a decent size. Wald uncovered the cold ground fully for where his tent should be. Though before he moved for the tent, he began to work on the large pile of snow. Using his shovel he began to smooth out the snow. Making a wall out of the snow, blocking the wind from traveling into the campsite's core directly.

After smoothing the wall, Wald walked over to the tent. Calling his animals out of the tent, they began to come out slowly. The animals didn't want to leave it would seem. Wald took the tent down slowly, making sure not to let the ropes go out of the loops. Moving it to the new cleared spot, This would keep him warmer at night. Slowly the tent rose again in the hole that was dug. The snow would insulate the walls of the tent as well. Allowing the heat inside to keep. Finally Wald was able to stake the tent to the ground, securing it from the wind.
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Re: :Mature: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:38 pm


1st of Ashan 719, Noon

The morning was hard work, and Wald felt it as his stomach turned. He really needed something other then a single squirrel today. But to do this he had to finish his work. Luckily for him the last thing he needed to do was gather some more wood. This was something he could do quickly, as he knew where to look for proper fuel for his fire. Searching the nearby area, Wald was able to gather a decent pile of fuel for his flame. Once he had, Wald grabbed his bow and went out for a hunt.

Walking into the forest again, the wind blew into Wald's back. As he searched for trails made by game, he took things slowly. Each step was a step in the right direction, in a since. As with every hunt, the prey would be ahead of him somewhere. After a short walk, Wald's head hurt for a moment. Though the pain was not intense, it made him pause for a moment. Something told him that prey was ahead. He didn't know why, but he felt it was true.

When Wald cleared a few trees, he found a small frozen stream. He stopped here in the treeline. Scanning the area around him. He saw some small holes in the earth near the stream. Possible where rabbit's have made their den. Unknowing what was inside, Wald decided to wait with his bow out. Notching the bow, but without readying the string fully. He watched the area around the hole for signs of activity in the area. His eyes focused on what ever would come from the hole.
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Re: :Mature: (The White Forrest) The Returning Day

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:49 pm


The cold season had not been kind. First, he was unable to attract a female to his den. This meant he was unable to reproduce. Second, he had been having trouble with finding food. The rabbit was not having a good season. Despite this he continued to dig his den. Hoping that next arc will bring him the chance to mate. He chose a great spot, he even defended it from other males wanting it. The following arc looked promising.

The rabbit then started to push some dirt from one of the openings. The cold air was buffered by his fur though, as he got closer to the entry. Pushing the mound out of the hole, he thought he should check outside. With a few hops out, he looked around to see if anything was nearby. He thought he heard something whistle, as his ear's twitched.

Wald waited patiently outside in the treeline. Keeping still so nothing would spot him easily. He saw something brown come out of the hole. It was a mound of dirt, Though behind the cover of the dirt Wald readied his bow. He pulled the string back slowly, as a rabbit started to hop out of it's hole. Loosing the arrow after it took a few hops away. The arrow landed into the side of the rabbits neck. It was an instant kill. There was no pain for the animal that he had killed. Before Wald went to gather the rabbit he stopped at the frozen stream. Chipping the ice off the top, he used his hands to cup some water into his mouth. The cold water refreshed him greatly.
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