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.