[Hopetoun] The Art of Surviving

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Re: [Hopetoun] The Art of Surviving


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Arc 721, 26 Ashan


When Vega mentioned the tent where people checked in and checked out, Elisabeth mentally noted it. Movement in Haven had been monitored tightly and leaving the settlement was forbidden unless checking in with Balthazar in some fashion. She wasn’t exactly sure what the procedure was but she herself had only been out of the settlement a few times. The Badlands presented an ever-present risk and even if it hadn’t, the system Vega spoke of sounded quite logical. Nodding her head, she took another sip of her tea. “I think that’s perfectly reasonable.
Especially if you check the list before nightfall to make sure everyone has returned. At least you know where to start looking.”


They then spoke about what Vega called ‘responsible hunting’. It was something Elisabeth was a bit passionate about but by the sounds of it, she didn’t need to worry about it for a while. At least until their population grew a bit more. Regardless, the redhead went over a few things that would help when that time came, which Elisabeth appreciated. She had been mostly guessing when it came to how managing natural resources worked, but Vega had practical experience – that was invaluable for her to hear about.

Elisabeth had spouted off a bit before giving the answer Vega had asked for, but at the very least it had been something related to the topic, so she didn’t admonish herself too much. It was important to her that Vega understand that she thought about things and mulled them over in her mind before acting, especially when they were things that would affect the settlement and its potential for growth.

They moved on, and Vega spoke of Elisabeth’s mindset again, giving her a practical example of the Umbral Caverns. They had been there together. From what the other young woman was saying, considering any environment that was foreign to one should be considered wilderness. She had never considered that way of thinking before although the way Vega laid it out, it was more than obvious it was. Wouldn’t someone prepare the same way? The young mage continued to marvel at how she had never thought about things in that manner. The wilderness was someplace you didn’t know the rules.

Vega had paused at certain intervals to make sure she didn’t have any questions, and she presumed, to allow Elisabeth time to absorb information. They had enough experience with each other by then for the other woman to sense, perhaps, that she needed that time to properly store information. She also, by virtue of her nature, always had questions or comments. As trials went by, however, she had become more skilled at asking only the questions that mattered and leaving all others by the wayside.

Nodding her understanding of the concept, her voice spoke briefly, wanting to make sure she fully comprehended. “So, instead of thinking of a quick trip in the Ashwoods as simply that, packing as though things will go wrong is preferable? I understand that. I’m curious though because I could honestly see this happening with me, is there such thing as letting yourself go too overboard with it? Is there a line between ‘prepared’ and taking the entire camp with you?” It possibly would seem a silly question, but perhaps an explanation would help. "I think you've drawn the line enough for me in terms of medical supplies, but what about other areas, like food? I assume one would take a bit along, just in case?"

“My mind has this tendency to overthink situations,” Elisabeth explained. “You might have noticed a time or two.” Giving Vega a smile, she continued. “I worry that I would do something similar with this situation.”

With that out of the way, she nodded at Vega’s offer. “I believe I understand what we’ve spoken of…and I would welcome going hunting with you. I feel it important I understand things if I’m going to be helping create systems involved in them. Plus, the experience itself will be valuable.” Elisabeth didn’t want to just hear how things worked for sometimes things were lost in translation. No, doing them was the best course of action.


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26th Ashan, 721

Had Vega had the first idea of leaving Haven being forbidden, she'd have had a lot to say. However, she didn't and instead she just nodded at Elisabeth's assessment. "Yeah, it makes things much more efficient, too. Saves us goin' to the same place twice in a trial because we didn't know the other person was doin' so - stuff like that." She spoke, pausing and letting Elisabeth think about it, then carried on. That seemed to work for the two of them and Elisabeth raised an issue.

Was it possible to go too overboard? That gave Vega pause for a moment and she looked at the young woman in front of her with a slightly quizzical expression. "Well, yeah, of course it's possible." But then, Elisabeth explained and, while it didn't make a lot more sense to Vega, it made more sense. So, she considered it. "It's like I were sayin' to you before, about things. Things aren't important to me an' Arlo, we can pack up everythin' we have an' be out in an hour. An' we can turn around an' walk away an' take none of it with us without a bother." She smiled slightly. "So, before I answer you, I got to be honest an' say that I can't really put myself in the situation you're talkin' about, of ever wantin' to take the whole camp." However, that said, she tried to answer the question.

"I mean, first off, if you want to overthink an' bring everythin' with you, you're goin' to be laden down. So, it's important to always have that in mind. Like all baggage, physical an' otherwise, you got to wonder whether it's worth carryin'." Vega considered how best to answer the question. "Ok. So, lets take the example of food. Now, I would take food with me if I were goin' with Arlo, because he's Cassion-marked an' always hungry. Literally. So, because of that, I would. If I were goin' alone, though?" She shrugged. "I might still take some food with me, because I know that if I got lost Arlo would be the one to come find me an' he wouldn't think about food or anythin'. But if I were plannin' for myself? I wouldn't." She paused, waiting to check Elisabeth was following her logic.

"Because I know that I can catch food, an' make it edible. So, the weight of the food isn't worth it for me." With a slight shrug, Vega tried to explain. "So, what it comes down to then is thinkin' about what would I need to survive? An' for me, the answer to that is a lot less stuff than it would be for you, until you get your skills up." There was no judgement there, simply a statement of truth. "But think, realistically, what you need. How long would it take someone to find you? If you can go eight trials without eatin', are you actually likely to survive that long whether you can eat or not, that kind of thing. Food keeps up the spirits, largely, but it's not needed for days. Water, though, or heat?" Vega shook her head. "Dehydration will kill you in days. Frostbite in hours or even minutes. You're better off preparin' against those." Vega thought that she was getting her point across. She hoped so, anyhow. "Think about what you need, not what you'll want. You'll want to be warm but you need not to freeze. You'll want to sleep somewhere soft, but you need to sleep somewhere safe. An' you'll want a hot meal in your belly, but you'll need water."

As for joining her on a hunt, Vega nodded. "You're welcome any time," she said. "Recognisin' tracks an' stuff is much easier done out there, not sittin' here," and that was the simple truth of it. She was more than happy to help, but Vega had to ask. "So, have you not got like, survivalists in Haven? People who can hunt an' stuff? You came here to ask me - are you lot all ok there?" But then, she supposed, the two men wouldn't have been asked to set up the settlement if they weren't clearly able to do it.

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Arc 721, 26 Ashan

There had never been a moment between the two women where Vega hadn’t been completely honest with her, so the moment the redhead spoke the words of warning, Elisabeth smiled, and then listened to what was said.

The young mage’s question about overthinking brought about some good information from Vega. The example about her and Arlo was a bit surprising, the fact that Vega would pack food knowing he wouldn’t think about it. So, part of her preparations included knowing things about other people and how they would react too? It wasn’t a line of thinking she would have come across on her own but as Vega explained it, it made sense. Elisabeth didn’t have any clarification questions – she had explained the concept perfectly – so the raven-haired woman simply nodded and let Vega continue.

What would she need to survive? The redhead’s point about her skills was taken and understood. It was a fact that Elisabeth needed to work on those types of skills so Vega pointing it out was logical. She had come to her for help and that help would be less effective if skirting around the truth of things.

The young mage didn’t know how to catch food, so that would be a requirement for her until she knew how. Oh, wait. She did know about clams, but those were in a very specific area and not likely a place she would get lost…but still, it was something she knew. Every time she learned something new, it could potentially lead to one less thing she would have to bring with her.

Frostbite was something she knew about from Viden. Dehydration, that was an important point. People could survive without food much longer than they could survive without water. Luckily, that was one thing Elisabeth took with her most everywhere – her canteen. “So, the concept is just like the one regarding the medical supplies? Take what you need to get you back home.”

She had never considered herself a hunter but realized the necessity of needing to know how if the situation should arise. “Thank you, and I agree. I might enjoy reading books, but I’ve found practical experience a better teacher.”

Vega’s question about the people in Haven caught Elisabeth a bit off guard, but the redhead always spoke her mind and she felt comfortable enough with her to answer. “We haven’t been there that long. Balthazar and I only arrived about fourteen trials ago, and the entry into Haven was a bit bumpy. Balthazar is still sorting things out. Truthfully, I’m sure there are people that can hunt and fish, who have the skills you are talking about, but I’m still getting to know people there and figure things out myself. I know that you’ll make sure I understand correctly and be straight with me. I can’t say the same for the others yet.”

Getting to know people, any people, was a slow process. It wasn't something to be pushed and as such, Elisabeth was taking her time with those in Haven. It was something she was working through, wanting to make sure a solid foundation existed...but then again, she could say the same for her relationship with Vega.

“I also just wanted to see you and say hello. Check in on you. See if there was anything I could do to help out over here.”


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What Elisabeth said made sense, and Vega nodded at her question. "Yeah, jus' like that," she said - equipment was brought along using the same logic as medical supplies. She understood Elisabeth's explanation of Haven too. It sounded like a different place, she thought. That was fine and no issue, each place would have a different feel to it, she had no doubt. Vega liked it here, in Hopetoun, because there was a community - a sense of building a home. Whether it was the same or different in Haven, Vega didn't know. One trial, she thought, she'd have to pop over there.

Elisabeth's reasoning for why she'd come here and asked her for help made a sort of sense to Vega. It was fair to say that the two women were very different and Elisabeth's way was most certainly not Vega's way. That wasn't to say one was right and the other wrong, but they were both right for them and who they were. So, whatever thoughts and opinions Vega had, she kept to herself and instead she gave a grin when Elisabeth said she'd come over to say hello and to ask if there was anything she could do.

"I don't think there is," Vega said with a slight shrug. "But I don't know. Darius might have somethin' that needs doin'." She gestured in a vaguely over-there-ish sort of way. "Unless, of course, you brought with you a cure-all for all of pregnancies grembellings?" It was a word. It was a Vega-word, but it was a word. "If I'm not cryin', I'm feelin' like I'm about to throw up. My mind's all over the place flittin' about like a half-baked flea bein' chased by a frog." Shrugging slightly, she chuckled. "Gennadiya tells me that it's all normal, but I don't know what is an' what isn't, so I'm right grateful to her for that. "

As for what else they might need? Vega didn't think there was anything. "It's right nice of you to ask, though," she said. Elisabeth had come here wanting something from her, and that was fine. It was fine because she'd been clear and she'd asked and - importantly - she'd offered something back. That was how people worked when they worked their best, Vega thought. It meant that she didn't mind helping out - and indeed, she never would mind doing so. Vega had a strange set of personal rules but this met them and so she was happy.

All in all, it had been a good meeting, she thought.

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Elisabeth:
Fieldcraft- Items that are multi-purposed save space
Fieldcraft - Carefully consider each item's purpose
Fieldcraft - Too many things can weigh a person down or be a waste of space
Fieldcraft - Layering clothes is a basic tool of survival
Fieldcraft - Carrying a knife with you everywhere is a good idea
Fieldcraft - Take what you need to get you back home
Fieldcraft - Prepare for the worst, hope for the best
Socialization - Realizing that a visit can have multiple purposes
Socialization - Recognizing the value in knowing someone you trust
Caregiving - Asking after someone's wellbeing
Logistics - There is an element of logistics in survival skills
Logistics - A check in/check out list to keep track of people is helpful

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Comments: I really commend Elisabeth for her desire to be better for Haven and learn how to survive in the wilderness on her own. I wonder if she’ll ever find herself in a situation where she has to survive in the worst of conditions though. That would be a thread I’d be very interested in reading, although it would probably be better if it never came to that!

Anyway, I hope that she’ll be able to put what she learned from Vega this trial to good use!

You described Elisabeth’s relative ignorance when it comes to matters of survival and her desire to learn very well in my opinion. I liked how she considers every piece of information and wants to make sure that she understands, and how she mentally notes it, and is observing and listening.

That has been more or less a constant in the Elisabeth threads that reviewed!

I liked that Vega asked Elisabeth what her definition of ‘survival’ was so that she wouldn’t tell her stuff she didn’t need. I still remember the first teaching thread of Vega’s that I reviewed (She was teaching Darius, I think.). She’s come a long way since then in my opinion. She is indeed better than she thinks, as you wrote in one of your posts!

Vega gives me the impression of being very creative and resourceful in this thread. I was impressed when she talked about the different things you can use a belt for, for example. I also found her opinion on what a wilderness is – anything you don’t know – interesting.

You portrayed a character that is highly skilled in Field Craft very well in my opinion!

What I really enjoyed about this thread was that it wasn’t just a teaching thread; I also learned something new about both Vega and Elisabeth as well as Elisabeth’s experience in Haven and on Faldrass so far. I’m quite impressed by the level of detail in both of your posts!

I agree, this was a good meeting, and one that I found very enjoyable to read!

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