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Zi'da 10, Arc 716
The northern farms, she said. That was four trials ago when he got that information and since then he has been searching for his mentor without any success. They searched where they could with the intel they had but it was almost as if Telar has vanished into thin air. Frankly, it was starting to get daunting, frightening even. It was getting harder and harder for Finn to remain positive. Tendrils of dark expectation began to snake their way into his thoughts.
When they searched around the northern farms later on the sixth trial of Zi'da, they found nothing. They went from door to door, barn to barn. They asked and were asked in returned. Finn gave out a few nels to have them either rejected or taken for information that was half truth or of no use at all. It wasn't until the next trial, seventh of Zi'da, that they happened upon an older couple that has met Telar. In fact, it was the same man who chased the cow across the path when Finn arrived trials before. Telar stayed with them for a few nights. Yes, he left a few trials back, headed east as if towards the Anari river to follow it towards Millstone. Finn felt his blood drain on that day. He knew the geography of the area enough to understand the horrifying significance of that news. If Telar indeed headed that way, the route would take him through the Willow Woods rather close to the Catacombs. There was danger all over the place at the moment.
Ever since then, the search became frantic. Not only were Willow Woods full of predators, who knew what was hiding in the Catacombs! A half blind man might be seeking shelter from the biting cold night weather in places from which he might not emerge ever again. Each night he'd return to Tei'serin's farm to lodge there, he would lay with a heavy heart, having troubles falling asleep and the moment he would close his eyes, horrors would unfold on the black canvas of his eyelids. Oftentimes, he'd spend majority awake, only passing out from exhaustion as that would grant him the safe haven of dreamless nights. He suffered silently, not wanting to worry his hostess who seemed to have been battling her own demons.
Now a few trials after they have learnt what Telar might have been up to, Ti and Finn have ventured further into the Willow Woods. Then sun tried to pierce through the crown of the forest but its weakening rays have left behind the biting cold in the shadows. In this setting, Finn was next to useless. Just a noise that followed his Sev'ryn friend around, failing to keep quite and offer peace to the master at work. All he did was carrying a sack of food supplies, medicine and a dagger on his belt he bought in case of an emergency. He figured that since that one bounty did not quite work out back then, he knew little of the creatures that hid within the woods. And he felt somewhat safer with it at his side.
So he only observed. He watched Ti, trying to understand what he was doing, what he was looking at, or looking for. He kept listening to the sounds of the forest. Sometimes, it could be unsettling. He has been hearing the cracking of twigs here and there. Once on the left, other times on the right. It was irregular and each time, he would swear that something was lurking around. But then again, he was no hunter. He had no idea if they were being preyed upon. Hence, why his hand was almost glued to the hilt of his dagger. He believed that until they'd find a solid trace of a man having walked through here, calling for his mentor might attract some unwanted attention of the forest's predators. He was not a coward. He was a priest just as helpless if alone as his own mentor stranded somewhere in this vast expanse.
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It was at times like this that Ti wished his bow was not back in Desnind. The forest seemed more alive than usual today, animal calls could be heard the occasional twig would snap or leaves rustle. His friend was close behind him, he was the guide following the occasional hint at human tracks. There were slightly broken branches on bushes here and there and occasionally Ti could make out half a footprint. The problem was that the trail was so old, most of the tracks had already faded and damage to the plant life was beginning to be hard to spot. Yet he remained hopeful, something about today felt different to him, like they were destined to find what they were searching for. He stepped carefully through the forest that he had grown quite used too now, it was almost like second nature to be walking there now.

He noticed a broken branch on a small bush and headed that way moving slightly and slowly left through the trees as he searched for other evidence of someone having traveled through the forest before them. Some leaves appeared to have been disturbed shortly after that broken branch. Ti examined the branch and leaves and continued over them keeping his eyes pealed. He could not afford to miss anything if he wished his friend to find what he was looking for. His bare feet left barely a mark in the forest, he had grown, skilled by being a hunter, in leaving little trace when traversing the forest. His friend behind him, however, did not have the same skill. Yet that would make it easier for them to find their way back when the time came for them to return.

A stick snapped off to their left and Ti found himself reaching for his bow. Much to his discomfort it was not there and he looked around him cautiously. He examined the forest all around them scanning the dense woods with his trained eyes, he found nothing. Maybe he was imagining it, but he couldn't be sure so he looked to his friend for his peace of mind. "You hear that?" he asked as he looked around one more time before continuing. He was not completely sure if he was following the tracks he found or that ever constant pull he felt of his familiar, maybe he was following both he was not sure.

He continued to walk his nerves on edge as he had heard of some of the horrors that resided in this forest. He stepped carefully, he had heard of hunters snares being left at random places in the forest. His ankle itched as he thought about ta rabbit snare taking a leg. He kept looking carefully all around him searching for evidence, anything to give away the presence of he lost man. As he looked he saw something, they looked like eyes ahead of him, blue eyes, on a black panthers face. Ti shook his head closing his eyes briefly and opening them again, surely he was imagining it. He said nothing to his friend for now he did not wish to spook him unnecessarily.
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Finn could never hope to be as stealthy as Ti. Hence, he didn’t even try. Where Ti’s footprints were almost nonexistent, unless Finn’s sight has gone that bad that fast, Finn was leaving behind broken branches, twigs, messed up leaves which could be followed like a trace of gold for the poor. So be it. Even if he wanted to disappear into the woods, look like part of the foliage, Finn also believed that if they were to meet a predator, maybe his larger frame would work. Make yourself bigger than the animal to scare it away, no? Wasn’t that one of the survival techniques? He just hoped that he would not need to test the theory, to say the least.
The twig snapped. The loud cracking noise that bounced off the bark of the trees nearby and then jumped further away in a ripple effect. A droplet of noise on the glassy lake of silence disturbed. He froze, looking guilty. Or was it not something under his foot that produced this almost deafening sound? No. His friend was staring off to the side, his hands grasping at emptiness as he most likely hoped for his bow to be there. Finn’s hand tightened its grasp on the hilt, his knuckles whiter than white as his eyes shot in the same direction. Nothing… Even the breeze stopped in apprehensive expectation of the Lurker, Lysorian Skinbane, or even the Sylvithia to come rushing in from behind one of the trunks and devour the supposedly lost travellers.
Lost. Finn was afraid that that’s what they might become. Just like Telar. Forever seeking in this maze of nature for an exit where nothing had a face or direction to it. Could one lose their sanity here? He questioned himself like back then in the forests around Desnind. But there, the woods are peaceful. Here, they unsettled him. Even Ti appeared to be strangely out of it. Or extremely with it? His focus was astounding and Finn has forgotten just how a tracker and a hunter looked like when they were doing their job. But it was small things like an occasional frown on Ti’s brow, momentary distancing of the gaze as if he was seeing something else that was not in the here and now.
Silently, without response, he continued to follow his guide. He was afraid words could attract things. His eyes shot back over his shoulder, however, and for a fleeting trill, Finn could swear that he saw a movement back there. But just as his heart jumped to his throat and the quiet of his surroundings was his witness, it was just a delusion of a preoccupied mind. Or whatever did lurk behind them, was quick to hide again.
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Ti focused on calming himself for a moment, he was on edge and was beginning to lose concentration on the important task at hand. He inhaled deeply through his nose and then out through his mouth, he forced himself to relax as he walked through the forest. They were deeper than they had been before and he in some ways was thankful for Finn leaving an easy trail to follow back. He felt the relaxation come over his body and his concentration returned as he calmed down. He returned his gaze to the floor and the bushes searching for a trace of the man, his eyes caught sight of an old footprint and a small trampled flower. He followed the trail that way making his way through the forest his eyes again panning the landscape for more clues. He had never tried to track something that had been gone for so long before and it was definitely more difficult to follow now. If they did not find the man today Ti would lose hope or belief that they would find the trail again, at that point finding the man, alive or dead, would be complete luck.

He heard another stick snap ahead of them, he ignored it as he kept walking, not allowing himself to be distracted by impossible sounds. Another trampled plant lay ahead along with a snapped branch on a bush, it was completely possible Ti was tracking something much worse than a Human, but it was all they had found so far. Ti was not going to give up on his friends mentor just yet, there was still hope. He began to formulate a prayer in his mind, he was going to request her help, she had helped him in the past and it was not the first time he had prayed for his friend. His mind flicked back to their visit to the temple of Moseke those many arcs ago, then he had prayed for his friend to find his path and guidance to see himself as a new good man. He would pray again for him now, he knew what it felt like to lose someone close to you and he did not wish it on Finn at this moment.

He began to say the prayer, nothing but a whisper. "Moseke we need your guidance. Please help us find the man for whom we search, he is old and alone and in need of our help. He has served as a mentor to this man, a helper and a guide, he has shown him how to live kindly and freely. Grant us the strength to find him, guide us to him so we can save this man from a slow and lonely death. Oh mother of my race, immortal of life and and all things natural give me the ability to find this man, I have asked a lot of you recently but I ask you for not only me but for Finn and for Telar. We need your help and your guidance now." He finished the prayer and smiled, he hoped it would help, although, he could not be sure. He was beginning to test his faith and ever since he met Moseke he believed he felt her presence more, she heard his original prayer so why not these.

Suddenly he saw something ahead, again a black shape moving on between the trees. Some how he felt like it was trying to guide him, like it was inviting him to follow it. It suddenly hit him that in helping Finn he had almost completely forgotten that his Familiar was still out there. He had no doubt now that it was her, she was trying to get his attention. Reminding him he was still supposed to be searching for her? No, it wasn't that, it was more like she was trying to show him something. He decided to follow, she appeared to be going in the direction of the tracks. He walked carefully following the flashes of her he saw and the tracks that were obvious. Maybe today was the day they would find what they were looking for.
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One foot before the other, Finn entrusted himself in the hands of the young man in front of him as well as all the Immortals that could end or protect them at a whim. Perhaps it was thanks to Finn being a man, but a hidden compass in his head was still pointing to where they left the waggon by the edge of the Willow Woods, hoping that it would remain untampered with for as long as they were gone. In whatever state they would find Telar, and Finn still prayed he would be alive, they would need a quick transport back to Tei’serin’s farm. No one left out in the wild surviving for a few trials was bound to be without a harm whether that be an illness or injury.
Just nothing deadly, Immortals. I beg you. He is old and strong, but he still a fragile man. Vulnerable man. Finn thought. Despite being a priest, Finn had no strong belief in any particular Immortal. Only a few, but in general he worshipped all which in moments like these he felt were mightier together rather than petitioning a singular entity that might be engaged elsewhere. Ahead of him, he heard Ti murmuring to himself in the melodic language of his native tongue. He took comfort in the sounds, but could not fail to hear bits of what the boy said. He was not talking to himself. He was calling upon an Immortal...for Finn’s sake. For that brief moment, Finn’s gaze grew soft as it bore into Ti’s back. Unaware of the fact that Ti has prayed for him way back when the two first met, when Finn was groping in the dark for some strings of faith to hold onto, this gesture has touched him greatly, caressing his arcs hardened heart. Today, he felt even more indebted to the young man for his undying kindness. In a search for his own familiar, the boy was looking for Finn’s mentor. Not many would displace their own needs for others. Maybe Ti should consider a career in the spiritual field, becoming a priest back in Desnind. Though, such an idea brought a fleeting smirk onto Finn's face.
I will ask for mercy for you, my friend. Now and always. You deserve it. Finn made a mental note for when he would return to the Eastern temple to undergo a kind of a pilgrimage to all the temple in Ne’haer and indeed ask the Immortals residing there for their guardianship over Ti’niva. Especially in the Southern temple where Moseke was worshipped. There his case would be the strongest, he knew.
He looked up and ahead and saw nothing that Ti might have seen. If Ti'niva indeed was seeing the back of his familiar, that would always remain invisible to Finn’s eyes. If it was a predator that they were accidentally tracking, then Delana give them mercy and strength to survive, because Finn saw nothing in that case too.
”How is it going?” Finn asked, at last, unable to remain silent for longer. Gratefulness turned back to minor anxiety and apprehension with their surroundings unknown and full of betrayal. He needed to know where Ti stood on the issue. Whether he knew better than Finn. Whether together they could remain confident in their task.
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"We are close, I can feel it." He said reassuring his friend that they would find Telar. "The trail good and I tracking clear sign." He said quietly to his friend neglecting to mention that he was seeing and trusting his Familiar to take him there. He continued to follow her, she definitely seemed to be leading him somewhere, to something, to someone. He trusted her, she was part of his soul after all. Yet he was also trusting what to anyone else who was not Sev'ryn could be considered hallucinations. He shrugged off the idea as he saw something ahead, the forest seemd to open up a little letting more light in from the gap in the trees. It seemed so bright, like the light at the end of a long dark tunnel. something seemed promising about it. And Ti saw his Familiar disappear into the light entrance reassuring him that something 'good' was awaiting them there.

Ti quickened his pace a little as they headed to the light opening and the clearing beyond it. He stopped looking for tracks part of him feeling it was no longer necessary to look for them. The clearing drew closer as Ti looked back at his companion a slight gleam was in his eye. He suddenly felt more confident, like all his doubts about finding Finn's mentor had been for nothing. He walked faster than he had all day part of him being fueled by a passion that seemed to have surfaced. He did not believe it was for finding Telar, it was like the pull again but stronger, a lot stronger. He felt himself cross the fresh hold from the covered forest to the open clearing.

He looked up and his eyes adjusted quickly to the light revealing an old man sat lent up against a tree on the edge of the clearing. Even though he had been expecting it, he still felt surprised and amazed that he was actually there. Upon quick inspection Ti knew he was alive he could see his chest rising and falling, although it did appear irregular and weak. "He is here, by the immortals he is here, oh Moseke thank you, please let him be okay." Ti stepped over to the man and looked at his friend, he had little medical experience and not the first clue about what to do for Telar. But he knew he was happy to see the man there and alive.
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He could only give Ti a trusting nod. There was no way of him knowing that a branch which laid broken somewhere meant that they needed to go in a certain direction. Though, it appeared that Ti grew more confident in where they were going. His steps were more resolute as they progressed through the forest. Finn also noticed that his friend was not looking around as often, or perhaps Ti no longer needed to, having followed a strong trail. Finn couldn't quite figure it out, nor did he attempt to.
As they kept on walking, at last, they began approaching an opening between the trees and as hopeful as it looked, there was something ominous about it. There was a sense of uncertainty that baffled him and got his heart pumping fast and strong. Following close behind Ti, Finn saw the scenery in front of them unfold with little to no delay and the air suddenly felt too thin for him to breath as if he has climbed the highest mountain of Idalos. He was there!
"Telar!" Finn exclaimed, rushing past his friend. The world was blocked out. His fears swelled inside his mind like a tumour that pressured against his brain. He has never felt this worried out of his mind before. Yes, they found him. Yes, he appeared to be alive. But for how long? How badly was he injured? Ill? Have they come in time?
Dropping to his knees next to his mentor, Finn's hands darted towards Telar's face. He held it gently with delicate care but with a sharp sight of a man who was looking for signs of ill-being. The skin was red and cold from the weather. However, the old man reacted to the sudden movement. His eyes fluttering open slightly, his breath intake shaky with a certain hoarseness.
"Who...Who's it?" Telar breathed out, immediately adding a cough to his words. It was deep and dry, perhaps seated somewhere in the chest.
"Don't speak much, Telar. It's me. Finn. I'll take you somewhere safe. Put you back together. Just nod for me. Can you walk?" As he spoke with the softly stringent undertones of, his eyes were scanning the old man for any signs of blood, torn clothes, oddly positioned limbs. He was looking for injuries and to his relief there seemed to be none. His hands then carefully moved from the face and began feeling the body which felt so thin to the touch. Or it was just that Finn has never had to touch his mentor in such a manner.
On the other side of the conversation, Telar shook his head.
"My satchel..." He whispered, weak hand attempting to move somewhere but it only dropped from his lap onto the cold ground. Finn swiftly grabbed the flaccid extremity. It was nearly bone and skin, the sign of a wisp of a man before him.
"The satchel is unimportant. We can replace it. But..." Coming to gather the man into his arms, finding no other way but to carry him, Finn said the one true reason for the persistent search that he has committed to. "...I can't replace you."
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Ti watched as Finn helped his mentor lifting him into his arms. The man seemed frail and weak, but he was not bleeding. The lack of blood calmed Ti he felt relieved and happy for his friend. "We must take back. He be sick." Ti said as he moved to help his friend with the old man and carry him back to the carriage. Yet, then, something caught his eye. His head turned quickly to face it, the black mass moving in the trees. It was her and she was back. She stood waiting for him, calling for him, tempting him to follow and chase her.

He looked at the man by his side, and then to the panther. He looked between the two again, he did not know how to choose. While it happened he did not choose. He felt his feet start to move running from the clearing, he must tell Finn. As he ran he shouted back. "I sorry, I must go, she here, I must follow." He shouted as he ran his feet pounding against ground. He felt dread and shame for leaving his friend behind but he had no choice, for some reason he knew he had to follow her there and then.

"I sorry, follow your footstep, you find way home." He shouted this last thing louder than the other things as he got further from Finn and the old man. He kept running chasing the panther who ran fast and agile through the trees, she was wild and free. He could not help but chase her, his whole fiber burned with a passion so strong. He ran like a wild beast in pursuit of its prey, his uncontrollable emotions guiding him. The pull was stronger than ever before and he could not resist chasing her anymore than a cat could resist chasing mice.

He would see his friend again soon and he would then apologise again for leaving him behind. He quickly prayed to Moseke for Finn and Telar's safe passage through the forest. He hoped they would make it safely back to Finn's Carriage, the last thing he wanted was for both of them to be lost. But he kept running making chase, he was not going to lose her now.
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Detection: Strange noise, could be a hunter or a creature.
Endurance: Keep searching even if nothing turns up.
Endurance: Suffering terrible nightmares in Silence.
Field Craft: Scare creatures away with a bigger frame
Investigation: When the trail goes dry
Investigation: investigating the strange behaviour of a hunter
Intelligence: using gathered info to find someone.
Intelligence: offering Nell in exchange for information
Intelligence: must know what is Ti doing, looking at or looking for.
Intimidation: Make yourself look bigger
Meditation: Desperately grasping on to positivity through adversity.
Navigation: knowing when you are headed towards danger
Medicine: look for visible injuries
Persuasion: A little nell doesn’t hurt
Stealth: doing your best not to attract the attention of monsters.
Stealth: Foot prints should be nonexistent
Location Willow Woods: Full of Predators
Location Willow Woods: Don’t go into the catacombs.
Location Tei’serin’s Farm: A nice place to crash
Lurker: A large and terrifying creature.
Ti’niva: Very stealthy and focused
Ti’niva: A good friend
Telar: Found him :)
Telar: Can’t be replaced
The Satchel: Can be replaced

Pray to all the Immortals in times of need incase one is busy
Loot: 
N/A
Injuries: 
N/A
Fame:
+ 1 look for a lost friend
Magic:
These points can NOT be used for Domain Magic
Devotion:
N/A

Story: 
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You guys worked well together.
Structure:
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I noticed the use of “quite” instead of “quiet” but other than that ya did good.


Ti’niva


Knowledge:

Detection: Followed by Finn
Detection: The willow woods is more alive than usual
Detection: blue Panthers eyes or just imagination.
Detection: your familiar is trying to guide you
Detection: Yay you found the old guy!
Investigation: An old trail
Investigation: slight broken branches on bushes of someone ahead
Investigation: can’t afford to miss a single thing
Investigation: finding an old foot print and a crushed flower
Investigation: tracking something much worse than a human.
Investigation: Putting your trust in a familiar to show you the way.
Navigation: Intuition or just sensing the pull of a Familiar?
Meditation: using meditation to get back to the task at hand.
Medicine: No sign of bleeding
Running: Don’t let your familiar get away.
Stealth: doing your best not to attract the attention of monsters.
Humans: don’t understand familiars.
Telar: Found him :)
Finn: Remember to apologize for totally ditching him
Loot: 
N/A
Injuries: 
N/A
Fame:
+ 1 helping a friend
Magic:
These points can NOT be used for Domain Magic
Devotion:
+ 1 pray to Moseke, +5 Spare the life of a person (you saved him so that counts) = 6 points to Moseke

Story: 
5/5
very good :)
Collaboration:
5/5
You guys worked well together.
Structure:
5/5
I didn’t see anything *thumbs up*



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