[Viden] A Hunter's Journey

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[Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Fri May 17, 2019 11:12 pm


10th of Ashan 719, Before Noon

Wald had just finished with the hunt of the large bear, the one that had a home near his new camp. Using his donkey and horse, Wald used the ropes from his tent to begin dragging the animal out of the stream bed. The bear was massive, the two struggled to get it out of the ditch. Wald had to help with the push out. Though once out the two had no problems dragging the beast. Before heading out, He gathered the spikes and traps that he used. Storing the traps in his cart, and the large spikes were left at the camp site.

Ylfa, who seemed to be in good spirits, started dancing around Wald. "Master, Master you did so well, Master" The wolf seemed very happy with the kill, truth is Wald got to exited again. He had torn a hole in his arm, though not deep, It would need a small amount of treatment. Lucky for Wald he was heading to such a place.

Wald looked down to Ylfa. "Yea, we..." Before Wald could finish his eyes and teeth felt warm, just like how he felt when he first accepted Ylfa. Wald looked at his hands as the warmth subsided. "We... We did well Ylfa." Wald was both confused and knew what had happened, almost by instinct.

Ylfa seemed to smile with her wolf maw. "Karem seems to like Master hunts." Wald looked over in agreement, as he got the chart hooked up to the donkey. As the horse was now able to pull the bear on her own.

Walking through the forest down a common path, the group headed towards Viden. As they were, Ylfa ran ahead of the small group. "I smell something, Master." Wald watched as Ylfa disappeared from sight for the moment. Ylfa had come across two beings studying over a headless remains of a bear. She moved closer and told Wald of what she had found. She began to describe the paring. Wald may of recognized one, but not the other. This is when Wald told Ylfa to stay visible but not physical, and to let herself be known.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 7:40 pm

As Tulias continued to investigate the corpse of the bear, he heard a crunch in the snow coming from a direction that suggested it wasn't Sybil. His ear twitched in response and his head looked up to investigate. His eyes went wide as he gazed upon the wolf before them, but instinct quickly kicked in as he jumped to his feet and maneuvered himself between Sybil and the wolf. He unsheathed his sword and held his shield at the ready as he sternly called out, "Sybil, stay close and get behind me. Get the oil and flint and steel out of my pack. If there are others we might be in trouble so get that torch lit. If this is just a stray, we will be okay." Something did strike Tulias as odd about the wolf's behavior, but this was not the time to ponder such things, not when they could be in danger.

The ithical bellowed out angrily at the wolf and took a defensive posture as his eyes locked onto the wolf and he banged the side of his shield with his sword. His tail coiled up behind him, similar to how a snake's would when it was getting ready to strike at a would be predator. Tulias was trying to make himself appear as big and threatening as possible in the hopes of simply scaring away the wolf, a fight wasn't necessary. Tulias muttered under his breath, "I do not want to hurt you little one, but neither will I allow you to hurt my friend of me."
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 8:11 pm


Freezing in place, Sybil was almost entirely unable to focus on what was on display. A wolf had approached the two, silent as the very winds of the Tundra itself, and had slipped past the two's collective perceptions. However it managed to do this, brought a distinct sensation of fear upon the student's psyche. Tulias's words were sounding as though they were being passed through a thick layer of water. Chest rising and falling, Sybil's breath begins to catch, memories of the trauma they had endured beginning to flash behind the student's eyes, the distinct memory of Wald almost getting tackled by the maimed wolf. It caused Sybil to pause, at the sheer horror of it all. There wasn't enough of a moment to catch a breath, before a hand reaches to the side of Tulias's pack, landing first squarely on his flanks, missing the target, before patting its way up, trying to find the things that were asked of Sybil to find.

Tulias could feel the shaking movement of the hands, before they could find the flask of oil, and the flint and steel. The wolf seemed to pause, as though simply staring at the two. It was something that Sybil wasn't expecting to handle, especially this close to the city. Thoughts racing, Sybil pops open the flask of oil, backpedalling behind Tulias, before drenching the torch's head with it. Shaking hands made the ordeal harder, and it was something that couldn't be done flawlessly by a city dweller like Sybil. The student was beginning to struggle. Eyes glancing between Tulias and the wolf, the flint came in contact with steel, as they tried to balance the two pieces of equipment, while getting it to interact with one another. Sybil wasn't used to starting fires, outside of the tinder that was used for the hearth, something as rugged, and survivalist as this, simply wasn't a part of the student's normal part of living, taking quite some time.

"I-I'm trying!" Sybil manages to murmur out, stumbling over the words. Sparks were being produced by the flint and steel as the student was struggling to get it to fully light the fire. It was always just a bit too far away from the torch. Yet bringing the torch closer meant that there was a very real chance of the flames to spark of the student. Sybil was beginning to panic, eyes glancing towards the beast that seemed to simply sit there, as though it would alert the pack to the two's existence. The thought started to pulse within the student's head, fear beginning to swell without recourse. Sybil's posture became more hunched, as they desperately attempted to get the torch to light, swearing beneath their breath in an absolute panic.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 8:57 pm


Ylfa was watching the two as per Wald's instruction, she would not be on the ground but floating over the snow. Though before the two could notice, she floated slowly around the two. "The small one seems scared, Master." Ylfa relayed information again. Wald could feel the two as if his mind was pulling. Though with that in mind, that would mean they were not bandits. Sadly Ylfa was not familiar with humanoid beings, so her descriptions were not very accurate.

"Go a little higher, what are they next to Ylfa." Wald spoke as he continued down the trail. Using the wolf as a second pair of eyes.

Ylfa slowly floated well above the height of the two, she spotted a skeletal frame of a creature. She began to describe the bear skeleton, Wald knew the bones well. That is when he heard the delayed echo from the distance. "I-I'm trying!" The echo was quiet, but panicked. If it was whispered then the man would not of heard the voice.

Wald instantly recognized the voice that was coming from the distance. Unlike the normal quite voice he was using to speak, Wald shouted loudly. "Ylfa, back!" This command would be heard a distance, and cause the wolf to go back to Wald.

Wald continued to where he was going, and told Ylfa when she arrived back. "I believe i know the small one, as you described them." Wald continued forward, bow as close to ready as he could. He still hadn't a clue who the larger lizard was. Though if it was someone who was to try and hurt Sybil, then there would be hell to pay.

A few bits later Wald would emerge from the woods, in the same spot the wolf had emerged earlier. He looked over the situation, bow at his elbow ready to move in a moment's notice. His eyes judged the situation with their normal glare.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 9:51 pm

Tulias gave a slightly uncomfortable jump as Sybil patted his rump, but back up slightly as the odd wolf suddenly began floating in the air. "Shit! What is this? This is no ordinary wolf!" As the wolf took to the air, Tulias wrapped his arms defensively around Sybil. "Forget the torch! I don't think it is going to help. I won't let anything happen to you!" But Tulias was taken even more off guard when the wolf just suddenly left as suddenly as it appeared. Tulias's arms left Sybil's sides as he scanned the wood line.

Tulias was beginning to feel fearful his heart-rate had skyrocketed. He had heard stories before of magic and magical creatures, but he had never actually seen anything of the like. He looked back to Sybil, a look of fear in his eyes for the first time since he left his tribe and spoke in an obviously uneasy tone, "Have you ever seen anything like that before?" He tried to recollect himself. Now wasn't the time to lose his nerve. His eyes returned to the wood line, where he saw an unfamiliar man standing with a bow ready. Tulias placed himself between the man and Sybil, his shield ready and blocking as much of Sybil as possible as he barked an order, "Sybil! Get down. Archer! Could be a bandit. The hell did we just get ourselves into? Identify yourself! Friend of foe?" Tulias's focus and composure had swiftly returned as he stood ready and waiting for the stranger's response.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 10:12 pm


The command to the wolf to heel was something that stirred something within Sybil's mind. Something was familiar about that voice. The pounding adrenaline rushed through their veins, as their eyes slowly glance to the side, towards the source of it. It was getting harder to focus. They had forgotten what Wald sounded like, in mere seconds. The voice itself was familiar, mind nudging that this was, indeed, who they were looking for. But something, just as basic, was all but screaming that the voice was foreign, and not who it said it was. The panic stirring within the student's mind was enough to cause a swelling of absolute pain in the chest. The visible breath leaving Sybil's lips was quickened, but shallow. It was harder to get a proper breath in. The dry air of the tundra was all but forcing Sybil's breath to scrape against the lungs, irritating the bronchi. Eyes shook in place, as they traced the origin of the voice itself in disbelief.

Certainly it wasn't him. It couldn't have been. Standing beside Tulias, Sybil was unable to move. The order to get down was barked out, but the student was absolutely frozen in place. It was impossible to move. The thumping of the heart within the chest seemed to bring with it a level of agony, the joints seemed to freeze in place, with the whipping of the icy wind. It was painful. It was utterly, and completely painful. The cool air started to rip into the student's clothing with a renewed force. Sybil's blood seemed to freeze within the veins. There wasn't anything else that could truly describe it. The breathing was becoming quickened by the second, it was getting harder and harder to even retain enough oxygen. Sybil's eyes unfocused, as it began at the very bottom most glance of Wald. Time seemed to slow, something was bubbling up, right above the student's waterline. Goosebumps raised upon the student's very flesh.

Sybil's lips moved, but the student was locked in place, unable to speak. Eyes stuck. It was impossible to get a good look at Wald. Something within the student's very mind refused that option, as though the truth would be too much to handle. As though the realization that it likely would not be Wald, would be the killing blow upon the student.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 10:31 pm


Wald slowly walked closer to the pair, his donkey was behind him, pulling the cart. Behind her was the horse, pulling the impossibly large bear. He saw how the ithecal was shielding Sybil. Though not knowing why, even the way in which it spoke surprised him. His mark was going wild in his head, telling him he was noticed, of course he was that was the plan. And still the Mark was pulling him closer, just like it would the small prey in the forest. The sensation was strange, though he continued slowly walking closer.

Wald was close enough to see the fear in Sybil's eyes, along with the Ithecal. Slowly he slid the bow from his arm to his hand. Looking towards the Ithecal, and spoke clearly. "Sybil, is this person with you, or are you being held here." The question was directed towards Sybil, but Wald's gaze was focused on the Ithecal. A soft growl in Wald's breath came out, and to the surprise of the small group. A fox that was hidden in the area began to run off, as if frightened by the air that passed through the man's throat.

Wald had changed a decant amount since he left. Though he was still had those focused eyes, the kind that make people uncomfortable. Wald had yet to pull an arrow from his quiver, simply sitting there waiting on the response of the two.

Ylfa was staying hidden, though she was next to the Ithecal in her spectral form. I the world of the unseen, if the Ithecal had a mark of his own, or a spirit familiar, the hiding would never work. Though she stood there, ready if the Ithecal was in fact holding a pack member against their will. Wald had informed her of the situation more clearly. Since the Ithecal was unfamiliar to Wald, Ylfa would be ready to pin if they were not a friend.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 11:07 pm

Tulias continued to stand his ground and guarded Sybil. His tail swaying this way and that, threateningly. As the unfamiliar man called out to Sybil, Tulias listened to the his words. It generated some level of ease, though Tulias stayed on guard and called to the man, "I am Sybil's help and protector. I have been taking care of them through a rough patch and now that they are better, they wanted to look for their lost friend and I offered my services."

Tulias's heart was still racing, but his face would not reveal such things as he worn a stern look upon his face. He had an uneasy feeling, almost as if something somewhere else was watching him, but as far as he could tell, it was only this mystery man, his horse, and donkey, Sybil, and Tulias himself, but his quick glances to his sides revealed nothing. There was an uneasy sigh as Tulias took a step backwards, closer to Sybil.

Tulias looked passed the man and saw the huge bear being transported by the horse. Tulias recalled Sybil mentioning Wald hunted bears and as he did, he lowered his sword, though his shield stayed at chest level as he began to visibly relax slightly. His gaze returned to the man walking towards them and noticed there was no arrow at the ready yet, suggesting this wasn't a planned ambush. "Wald. That would be you, I presume? Is the spirit wolf with you or something else? I can deal with wolves but, no such familiarity with the supernatural."
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sat May 18, 2019 11:48 pm


The rapid heartbeat was starting to get too much for the student. The field of vision that was laid before Sybil seemed to shift in place. Vertigo began to take over, as the gaze that left Sybil's eyes began to travel up the figure. A loud ringing started to rise in pitch within the student's mind. A distinct, overwhelming sensation of complete and utter shock. It was looking familiar. There was something within Sybil's mind that was screaming at the body, that the eyes were moving too slow. Time was going so fast, it was like watching some sort of anomaly with perception itself. The two spoke among one another, exchanging words, but Sybil's couldn't produce any sound. A migraine began to pass through the mind, synapses firing off, as the body started to demand a response. Eyes were upon Sybil. The sheer notion of making a verbal response wasn't possible for the student, not now, not until Wald's face was seen.

The pounding of the heart was becoming audible, as Sybil's heart began to race. It made focus something that was a luxury. Breaths started coming in quickly, and taking in very little air. The student's head was swimming. Sweat began to bead upon the surface of the skin. Over and over again, the student was forced to listen to the sound on repeat. Each bounding hit of the heart seemed to bring with it a surge of pain. It was getting to be too much. Eyes slowly tracing up the person's neck. It was Wald. It had to be, there was no other way. The chin was in sight. Sybil's movements started to become more and more sluggish. Eyes shaking, tears started to roll down the student's face. Sybil's fists balled up. They wanted to lash out. They wanted to cry. They wanted to let loose all the things that was felt during the disappearance. The sensations of loneliness compounded endlessly, into an illusory abyss of mental agony.

But then, Sybil saw Wald's face. For a moment, it didn't look right. It didn't match the memory. Finally, Sybil's lips parted.

Only to double over, vomiting onto the snow. The student crumpled onto the group without even trying to stop it. The words that tried to leave the student's throat was reduced to the bile that left from the lips, and into a puddle at their feet. Sybil could only cover their eyes. A long, wailing cry leaves their lips, as Sybil begins to sob. It was too much to do anything else. There wasn't any point in talking. The hurt that was serving as the dregs of the heart itself, finally bubbled to the surface, and purged out from the body. Sybil's cry wasn't something that was cute, it was decidedly ugly. It was the sob of someone who lost all volition to keep up appearances. Loud, disgusting, and wet, the sobbing was something that almost echoed like a banshee's forlorn wail. The thick fog that suppressed Sybil was still there. Seeing Wald wasn't a cure. But it hurt less, even with the student being out of commission for the talk, tears streaming down.
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Re: [Viden] A Hunter's Journey

Sun May 19, 2019 12:10 am


Wald studied the Ithecal's face as they spoke. Still unsure of what the person was truly there for, if they were telling the truth or not. He watched as the muscles moved in their face, along with watching Sybil's face. The scared look went and changed into many emotions. All of them quickly moved one to another. As the student began to part their lips, Wald thought they would speak finally. Instead stomach bile ruptured from the opening.

Wald quickly moved forward, and shouted in worry. "Sybil!" Wald ignored the puddle, as he had been through worst. Taking the student into his arms quickly, rubbing their back gently. Wald cradled the student gently, almost as if the student was a child. Gently Wald's arms caressed the head of the student, holding it close to his chest. The heart beat would be slow and calm at first. He was trying to keep calm, as he went to comfort the student.

Wald swallowed softly, and began to softly whisper to Sybil. "Where are you going? Said Richard to Robin. Where are you going? Said Dibyn to Dobyn. Where are you going? Said John~. Where are you going? said the Never Beyond." Wald was not a good singer, though he had a soft gentle voice, despite his rough looks. Wald would continue to softly speak to the student, trying to comfort them. It seem as if Wald was ignoring the other party nearby, even if they were a stranger. He could not let Sybil sit there in their own bile.

Ylfa continued to be on the ready. If the Ithecal did any aggressive action towards her Master, she would pin them down quickly.
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