[Hopetoun] The Freeze

30th of Ashan 721

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[Hopetoun] The Freeze

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30th Trial of Ashan during Arc 721

Earlier, it had been storming like Chrien herself was berating them. Now, it was freezing.

She looked at Lars, the ranger in Hopetoun who she worked with the most, and she spoke to him with a very genuine sense of calm. "Right. In this cold, people lose toes an' fingers. I want you to get everyone together so I can talk to them," Lars nodded. "Darius isn't here or he would. Astra is on the boats, an' I've got experience of this kind of stuff. I jus' want to help." He nodded and Vega added. "Bring them here, to my camp. I'll make sure we've got warmth." They did, because Vega and Arlo were very - very - prepared for this. While Lars got all the people together, Vega made sure that the orange sand bags were circling the outside of the camp and that the heated stones from the fire, wrapped in blankets and so on were there. Spare blankets, spare clothes - and, of course, hot drinks.

She kept herself busy getting that all sorted and then when most of the people were there, Vega stood up and started to talk. "I know this is right unnervin', an' some of you are worried. Darius an' Arlo are off protectin' the island, an' we need to make sure that Darius comes back an' we all have managed great. So, I'm goin' to explain to you about the cold." She paced a little, then turned to look at them. "Layers of clothes are what you need. Because heat is good, but if you get to the point where you start to sweat, then you're in more trouble. Because sweatin' cools your body down." She smiled. "An' also, it freezes an' eventually, you'll get stinky." There were some smiles there. This was good, she knew, it was what people needed.

"So, ideally, we'll all be wearin' four layers, what can be taken off an' regulated as needed." She nodded. One of the settlers lifted their hand, almost like they were in school, Vega thought. "Yes?"

"Do you mean four layers of winter clothes?"

Vega shook her head. "No, no I don't. That's a really good point. I mean somethin' thin. Somethin' that will keep your temperature cool against your skin. Then, on top of that somethin' a little bit warmer, an' on top of that is the big heat." She showed them, then, her own set up. "So, I've got thin stockin' on my legs, look. They're comfortable, not itchy, an' not likely to make me sweat. Then, a pair of thin leggin's, an' then thick trousers." And she was wearing skirts over that. "My socks are thick, too. You get it?" There were nods all around.

"Right. You need to cover your skin. As much of it as you can. Hands, face, mouth an' nose especially because you don't want to freeze internally, an' hats on your heads. You should keep movin' if you're outside, an' your body will get hungry in this cold, hungrier than normal." She looked around and spied Selena, then, the settlement's cook. "Selena, I want you to make a really big pot of stew an' as many Faldrass potatoes as you can. Hot chocolate, too, it's got loads of energy in it, an' we'll need that."

Thinking things through, she looked at Lars, "How are we doin' for supplies?" Lars thought about it. "Good. We could manage quite a few trials on what we have." Vega nodded. "I need volunteers to get on the plants. These bags, the orange sand. Lay them down an' make sure that the plants are kept warm. Reese," she looked at her cousin. "You take five people an' get on that. Animals, plants."

"Look after the chickens!" One of the settlers called and there were chuckles around.

"I love those chooks, they're my girls!" Vega grinned. People needed to be in good spirits, she had to make sure of that. "Alright. Selena, check on your supplies, an' make a list of anythin' you need. If you need huntin' trips, Lars an' I will go."
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30th Trial of Ashan during Arc 721

Food was dealt with. Basic ideas of how to dress were dealt with. Vega continued. "We need to keep warm. I want a team of four people, please, to set up fires an' braziers around the place. Yellow dragon wood fires, surrounded by charwood or phoenix wood. Warm is important, but so is safe, an' I don't want to have to explain to Darius how we burned the place down," she smiled as she spoke. As always, there was a reason behind Vega's words - she kept reminding them that Darius was in charge. They didn't need reminding of that, they knew just what he'd done. But it was important to keep coming back to it, so they knew that it was situation normal. They were unsettled enough and she had no wish to do anything to make them more uncomfortable. "The final group I want is a bunch to go collectin' orange sand an' large stones. We'll distribute the orange sand, an' we'll need anyone with any needleworkin' skill to get them sewn into small bags for pockets, into linin's of coats an' things. An' if you've got no skill, double up with someone who has. Teach each other." She'd be involved in that, of course. "The stones will be heat sources - they retain heat so a warm stone in the place where you keep your clothes, or whatever, that's the sort of thing. A warm stone in your bed before you turn in warms the bed up. Every means of doin' it." Everything would help, and they had to work together.

"An' I want us not to be alone durin' this time." Vega said that firmly. "Double up, at least, when you're outside. Have a set of indoor clothes, an' change them in a warm room as soon as you get in. Warm your clothes an' your blankets." Vega smiled at them, and nodded. "I know I'm talkin' to you an' tellin' you stuff, but this is the difference between Darius comin' back an' we're all a'right, an' him coming back to frostbite an' hypothermia. Live in groups of four durin' this time. It'll allow us to rationalise our resources, too." The same woman who'd asked previously raised her hand again and Vega nodded.

"What about our things? If I go and live with someone else, what about my things?"

Vega nodded. "Bring your clothes, an' jus' make the best of it you can. No one's tellin' you not to go back to your own place, but don't go alone, an' sleep together in one place. That work?" The woman nodded and smiled. "Righteo. An' listen, this is the thing. When you're cold your body works harder. You're goin' to be more hungry an' more tired. So anythin' that you have to do, do so. Anythin' that you don't have to do? Don't. Sit in the warm an' make orange sand bags, or blankets, or whatever. But you don't need to be runnin' aroun' an' gettin' yourself in a pickle." She smiled slightly. "An' I want you, last thing, to check each other's fingers an' toes. People sometimes can't feel frostbite, an' if we catch it early, we'll be able to treat it." She hoped. "So, once a trial, check your fingers an' tootsies, please."

They seemed happy enough and so Vega was keen to get started. "Righteo - Lars is goin' to put you in groups. With Fi, for the settin' up fires, with Reese for the plants an' animals, with Serena for the helpin' with cookin' an' checkin' on supplies. Those groups will then live together while this is doin'. Lily, you take the needlecrafters, please, an' then Lars will take the resource gatherers to the beach. An' anyone else who has nothin' to do, you're doin' it wrong, get busy with gettin' into groups an' warmin' your home."

And people moved. They had direction, they knew what they were doing and they moved. Vega was always kind of surprised by that, but equally, she knew that someone had to take charge and she had a talent for being bossy. Also, she knew exactly what she was talking about, which helped. As Lars stepped forward and started calling out names and who was going where, Vega watched and listened. Her hand fell to her stomach which - at this early stage in her pregnancy - showed no sign of the life growing within her. "Keep them safe, Xiur," she whispered. "An' if Cassion's involved, tell him he's goin' to be a grandpappy." Breathing in, she looked around, nodded at the activity and then she, too, started to move.


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Name: Vega

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Knowledge:
Logistics: Putting the right person in a group depends on knowing the person.
Logistics: Prioritise tasks
Logistics: Ensure that you have a means of checking things.
Logistics: Identify potential hazards.
Teaching: Make sure that everyone understands the task.
Teaching: Instructing large crowds

Renown: 10 xp (for stepping into a leadership role when the leader disapoofed)

Skill Review: All Skills used appropriate to level

Notes:
First the storm, now the freeze! I keep thinking how lucky Hopetoun is to have Vega around to look to during these strange/weird/poofiness times!

Vega walks the settlers through logical cold-weather measures like it's an everytrial thing. I imagine that it's very comforting for them to see her not worrying about things. Giving people direction - a thing to do - is important when crises arise and Vega realizes this too.

I think it's important to point out that crisis management is a thing and a thing that Vega is very good at. Even if a reader didn't know her personal history, they would be aware that she knows what she's doing with the people, managing them and the resources available to them. I, personally, appreciate that.

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