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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Tierney Bevin on Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:43 am

Tierney had spared herself a few deep breathes in order to avoid losing time panting like an idiot, and straightened immediately from her crouched, hardly breathing position as she went on to explain only vaguely that she had something in mind, even that while keeping a hand to her mouth.

“Have you seen a small boy around? I've been trying to gather the children to keep an eye on them while you guys worked on your part, but I'm missing one. I went around to ask and it seems that he was last seen playing around not too long ago, but I can't find the kid no matter how hard I try.”  Now that that was explained, Tierney remembered a detail in what she had said and rose her eyebrows as she asked her next question. ”Oh, right... are you done with your preparations or not yet?”

It wasn't that she didn't trust her teammates with the plan, certainly not, but since she didn't know who could be around it was best she didn't sell out their idea and then jinx their only decent chance at trapping Sassa.

“We need to hurry.” She muttered in a frustrated manner. “It's already night-time and if she gets away with it now, God knows where she'll appear next.”

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Post  Edana Callan on Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:27 pm

«There’s no time to worry about our mistakes. All we can do is prevent the situation from worsening further. Tierney, I'd ask if you could explain while we move, but you should catch your breath before we continue.»

«Apologies, Vita.»

Edana could not deny that she had gotten a little ahead of herself when faced with the sudden news, before she even listened them out entirely, only burying Tierney underneath more pressure, instead of actually helping. So by taking a step backwards, while lowering her lance for its tip to touch the snowy ground, she tried to reduce her alertness for the sake of giving her comrade a calm moment to explain herself.

«Have you seen a small boy around?»

As a reply she shook her head.

«I’ve been trying to gather the children to keep an eye on them while you guys worked on your part, but I'm missing one. I went around to ask and it seems that he was last seen playing around not too long ago, but I can't find the kid no matter how hard I try.»

Now that she had the full gist, her expression could only darken even more. Chances existed that all of that may just have been hot air. The possibility of the child simply having run off to hide somewhere from both the evil monster lurking around and its own family or friends for whatever reason, still existed. However as someone who had seen a lot, Edana Callan wasn’t the type to simply accept the children’s book painting version. Therefore her internal alertness, even after second thoughts, would not waver.

«Oh, right... are you done with your preparations or not yet?»

«We need to hurry. It's already night-time and if she gets away with it now, God knows where she'll appear next.»


«We are far from done, but we can’t really afford to continue on if this is the situation. Until we’ve found the child there is no saying if she already was successful or not. If she already made her way here and took the child or if it slipped past the barrier and then got taken, both options do pose the threat of her actually figuring out what we are doing. That danger alone could mean, she would change targets all over again, by leaving this village in peace and picking a new one. Then all our efforts would be for nothing.»

The Irish read head would speak with a cold, very calculated voice, not expending too much emotion into anything. Seemingly Vita’s attempt of cooling her head, had actually scored beyond the board.

«If we can secure that one missing child in one way or another, we should at least be able to confirm that Sassa hasn’t been able to make her move yet. She’s a hunter, so even if she would notice what we are doing or arrive before we are done, as long as she hasn’t gotten to take her prey she is likely to try at least once.»

It was an assumption spun by someone with the natural understanding of the craft. Edana Callan was the type of person to understand her own prey by drawing connections via similarities. She may have been a little off the goal quite often, but that was excusable. Nonetheless, she would believe that if they found the child that alone would calm the entire situation by a whole lot.

As long as every child was safe, they still hadn’t lost the game.

Casting a glance towards Vita, she’d pass the ball on to her, for her to take the lead.

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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:06 am

What should we do?

Having taken in the information and considerations of Tierney and Edana, that was the sole thing left for Vita to consider. The soldier from the front lines had reported the situation, and her advisor had given their thoughts. And now, having received the meaning behind Edana's glance, the ball had been passed to her. She would have to take the lead from here, and choose the path that would to success and not failure. A mistake would not be tolerated. Placing her fist beneath her chin in a manner not unlike the famous Thinker, she began to consider their options. Deeply, thoroughly, but at the same time, quickly. Time was of the essence.

Though they hadn't finished it yet, they had still set up a perimeter around the village. That could be used to bisect everything into two categories: the village and the forest. If Sassa had already entered and left, then things were hopeless. They had already lost. Without any idea which direction she had fled in, by the time they picked up her scent she would already be long gone. But, if she was still in the village... Vita glanced toward the trap that they had just recently set. Once the target entered, any attempts to leave would be strongly lured towards this location. It wasn't necessarily completely reliable, but the fact remained they had not seen anyone come this direction yet. Though the fact that it hadn't been long since they'd set it up didn't exactly inspire confide-

"Hm? 'Hadn't been long'? Time... If we haven't lost yet, then why?"

As that phrase passed through her mind, a puzzled expression crossed her face as she looked up at Tierney. From what she had said, an amount of time had passed since she'd begun searching, and very likely there had been another interim of time in between the child going missing and his absence being noticed. But if they hadn't lost yet despite that handicap, then why? What had delayed the magician, Sassa?

Quickly, she turned over various possibilities in her head. They had already lost. There was no point in considering that. The villagers stopping Sassa. There was little chance that they could stop the magician that had accrued such a large amount of experiencing in slipping under their noses. Something having gone wrong with Sassa's spell, or some peculiar condition. While a possibility, without anything to indicate that that was indeed the case, operating under that assumption would just lead to endless circles of thought. That left...

"Folke and Erin. Neither of them are present here. If Sassa hasn't already made off with the child, then considering the amount of time that's passed just between you finding out he was missing and reaching us, something must have delayed her. And the most likely persons to have done such are those two. And between them... Folke is the only likely candidate. According to what he said, Erin shouldn't have the necessary skill or experience to hold Sassa off for this long. We need to find him quickly."



They moved quickly after that, as there was no time to waste. None of the villagers had seen the boy and Tierney had already surveyed the area of the village as she'd asked around for his location, so it was unlikely that he was there. And precluding the forest, the only places that left to search were the outskirts of the town, open areas far enough away that they couldn't be seen from the village but not yet consumed by the wilderness, such as the area around the road they had entered by.

As the village was encircled by such spaces, the necessary scope of their search was by no means small, but by beginning from the roads leading out from the village instead of randomly searching, they determined that they would be able to narrow the initial search area and add a degree of organization to their plans. And once they began, it did not take long for them to discover what they were looking were. At first it was just a speck in the distance, hardly visible in the growing dark. But when they closed in on it, it rapidly came into focus.

The speck was Folke Sundquist. They had found him, along those empty roads. But in what state?

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Edana Callan on Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:11 pm

The first to see him was actually Edana Callan.

Her eyes had been the ones dedicated the most to finding even the tiniest details in the vastness of the colourless wilderness. While everything nearly looked the exact same, from trees, over the halfheartedly built houses up to the endless white, it was quite easy to lose ones attention in the distance. However for those that actually were used to the wilderness in all its many various shapes this was actually a fair bit easier a task.

And thus she had made out that dark spot on the white plaines.

Stealing away the lead from Vita, Edana was the first to charge forward, her weapon of course at the ready. She’d rush in, only to stop at a distance sufficient for her eyes to make out any traps or people in hiding. However there seemed to be none of that.

All there was, was a man.

He lay there on his back half buried by the snow. His extremities sprawled out into all directions. His dark fur coat was torn, the navy tailcoat as well. Rips and cuts were spread all over his body. And where they were, there was also red. The red that had dyed the white all around him. Tilting her head for further inspection she finally noticed. While there were many footprints, there were also larger holes in the snowy blanket. At places the snow was covered by mud that had somehow been thrown on top of it. At some the snow had been piled, as if it had been blown away from one point to another. A tree only a few metres away was heavily fractured as if some great force had struck it plenty of times. All those were obvious signs of what could only be described as a battle against a beast.

Edana quickly return her focus to the man. His condition must have been far worse than it already was. Ignoring his obviously fractured body, her eyes wandered towards his face. It was the man she had known, Folke Sunquist. However unlike before his unnaturally pure and young face had been tainted by marks of struggle. His lips were covered by blood, his cheek was swollen and his eyes seemed weak, as their glance wandered off into the distance, searching something in the sky.

She could see them move, she could hear his heavy breath.

«…it’s about time…you came…»

Not even giving them the time to say anything themselves, he would once again steal away the honour of the first word. With a smile, even though weak, he’d confirm: He was alive.

«What happened? Did you run into the enemy? Where did they go?!»

Jumping the whole worry part for herself, Edana immediately allowed for her cold demeanour to surface yet again. She was quick to skip everything that’d hold her back, immediately intensifying the grip around her lance, even though she had only just arrived to kneel by Sundquist’s side. However as long as there was a chance to still make it up to the enemy before they could escape, there was nothing that should matter more. Especially with Sunquist still alive.

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Tierney Bevin on Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:03 pm

Originally approaching Folke alongside the two girls in a state similar to whenever she'd try to look for anyone, which for her meant a pathetic panting mess, Tierney however quickly got herself together and approached Folke in a very determined manner, her white dress lightly fluttering in the wind as she spoke up above Edana, taking the chance to answer two of her questions while she was at it.

“The remaining boy was with you.” It was not an interrogation, nor did she seek confirmation, she was merely stating the facts that this entire group needed to hear to continue their mission. “That's why you fought despite claiming combat wasn't your expertise.”

It certainly wasn't that she wanted to ignore Edana or Vita, and in fact she always welcomed being left on the relatively easygoing side, but time was of the essence right now and Tierney stared straight in Folke's eyes as she adjusted and appropriately folded the lower part of her dress to crouch.

“The more we wait around and talk, the less likely it is we'll find them before she flees the village. Where did Sassa take him? It was not a question she would left unanswered and she made it very obvious by the tone of her voice.

She rose after asking that insistent question, turning towards Vita and looking at her with such intensity that it could be as if her own family member was endangered as she opened the creased notebook. “We'll need to split for a little while. Vita, take Folke with you and regroup with Erin.” Tierney quickly scratched some coordinates on a blank page using a pen stored within the notebook, and tore it out before handing it over to the smaller girl.

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Post  Edana Callan on Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:43 pm

He could see those many familiar faces assembled around him. He could hear their voices. However…

«What happened? Did you run into the enemy? Where did they go?!»

How many years had it been now? How many years had he been with Necessarius now and how many years had he fought for their goals to accomplish his own? And yet Folke Sunquist had never found himself in a situation like this, unable to even formulate the simplest of words.

It wasn’t just that his body didn’t allow him to. It was more than that.

«The remaining boy was with you.»

«That’s why you fought despite claiming combat wasn't your expertise.»

He smiled.

Tierney had taken everything he had such great difficulty to express and simply laid in on a table as a collection of facts. This may have been exactly what he had been seeking to tell them. This was the kind of story he had been desiring to stick to.

«The more we wait around and talk, the less likely it is we'll find them before she flees the village. Where did Sassa take him?»

«…Ha…lt…»

Until then. Finally, under great struggles he would raise his voice, with as much of the soft nature he had been showcasing for so long.

«…she didn’t…the boy…she didn’t take him…»

No matter how battered, beaten and broken, his voice hadn't lost felt stronger than ever before.

«There…’s a small cave..behind that tree…I told him to go hide in there…while I was fending her off with all I could…he is concealed by a spell I made…so she wasn’t able to find him any longer and ran off…»

He forced himself to tilt his head, so that his glance would point in a particular direction. It was the same that damaged tree had been into. While his words were lacking, the way he spoke only harboured strong compassion. He had done everything he had been capable of to defend that single boy. Becoming a human shield while crafting a final line of defence, Folke Sunquist had done all in his might to protect.

However…

«…unfortunately…I…I…don’t know…where she headed…off to…»

The pain within these last words was undoubtedly the strongest. His expression was over flooded with deep bitterness and worry.


A small boy’s life had been secured. The Magician called Folke Sunquist had defended a single little individual while taking the full brunt of an overly powerful enemy solely onto himself. Even though he seemingly had no knowledge of proper self defence, especially in close quarters he had gone up against someone so physically superior that it had nearly cost him his life. His strength had waned and yet he had gone on and on. And while he had done so he had even played a decisive trump card.

To the child he had imparted both his hat and violin, as items symbolising trust and safety, as items of protection. There was a small cave underneath a certain tree. It wasn’t a large one and more of a hole made by nature or maybe because some children had dug it. It went many metres into the earth, so the child had been able to climb quite deep. However that wasn’t the sole point. He had brought together all the symbolism he had been able to, embroidered the case with a few words while giving the hat a distinct shape. Even when he had received the impacts of her strikes he had managed to direct them in ways that would affect the small tunnel’s shape in certain ways. And when he was done…

He had cast a spell to protect the child.

It was strange Magic used by a strange man under strange conditions. But in its baseline it had given the child the characteristics of a Vittra, an invisible being from Swedish folklore, said to be housing underground.

The boy would still sit there in that cave, for no human eye to be seen, cowering with the noble yet battered cylinder on his head while clinging onto that old violin case of black ebony. Tears in his eyes, his body dancing through shivers all over.

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:10 am

Vita had been at the back of the group as they approached Folke, following Edana's lead. Part of it was that her gait was naturally shorter than the other two girl's, but considering that Tierney was exhausted and Vita was not only fresh but also rather fit, that was not the only reason. She was carefully scanning what had obviously become a battlefield only a short time before their arrival.

She was sure that Edana would have noticed any traps, but she wasn't bothering looking for anything like that. Instead, she carefully scrutinized the white snow as she walked. Though there were footprints that could possibly indicate the direction the magician, depressions in the snow that were likely a result of the battle, and earth brought to the surface, she paid none of it any special attention.

The place she discovered that which she had been searching for was not in any of those obvious places, but on a spot of snow off to the side from where Folke was lying. As Edana and Tierney arrived at Folke's side and begun to speak, Vita knelt to the ground and retrieved her prize. A single hair, left behind in the fight. The color was obviously different from Folke's, and it was too long to be the boy's. In all likelihood, it was the magician, Sassa's.

With the hair in hand, Vita finally arrived at Folke's side herself, bearing a difficult expression, a clear sign of inner conflict. She had heard every word the three of them had spoken up to that point, having made sure that she had not left earshot of them in her short search, and the knowledge Folke had imparted to them creased her brow further. She had not made a decision.

“We'll need to split for a little while. Vita, take Folke with you and regroup with Erin.”

But when Tierney handed Vita the piece of paper depicting Erin's location, she made her mind up. Instead of taking it immediately, she first removed a small coin and a knife from her person. Deftly, with practiced hands, she wrapped the strand of hair she had recovered around the coin and severed it, letting it float to the ground. And as soon as it did, she shoved the coin back into her bag like it was a dirty thing and took the paper.

"With this her speed should be roughly halved, for a time. That should buy us a bit more time to catch up."

A spell from her days with the Church, it invoked the story of how Delilah had betrayed Samson, whose immense physical powers stemmed from his hair, for coin. Though she had long since disposed of all other remnants of that time, this alone she kept, despite the unpleasant memories it invoked. If one were to ask why, she would say it was because it was useful, but not even she believed that. Normally she would never even consider using it, but this situation was undeniably the fault of her negligence. She needed to take some form of responsibility.

"If Sassa is still looking for a child to take, then she must have headed to the village. I doubt I need to tell you this, but finish up here and catch up quickly!"

With those as her parting words, Vita quickly ran in the direction that Folke had previously indicated. The cave he had mentioned was not far, and upon venturing within, it was not long before she found the boy. Convincing him to follow her outside was easy; all it took was a reassurance that Sassa had left and that the man who had saved him needed help. And so with the boy in tow, they returned to where Folke had fallen and pulled him to his feet, wrapping his arms around their shoulders. She doubted this was good for his injuries, but they didn't have the time to waste for even the most basic first aid, and even together, Vita and the boy didn't have the strength to carry him that far a distance. They would give him their assistance, so he would have to put in some effort of his own.

For the briefest moment, Vita paused, considering another option. But she let it pass, ignoring the questioning look it earned her from the boy. This wasn't the time. His injuries were not severe enough, and he was a noncombatant. He wasn't important enough of a piece for her to spend this now, or if he was, it was still too early for her to tell.


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Post  Edana Callan on Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:34 pm

Worry and amazement. Both were what touched miniskirt and winter coat girl Edana Callan’s heart this very moment.

Having witnessed both Tierney’s moment of glory and Folke Sunquist’s pitiful state, she wasn’t sure which of the two to pay the most amount of respect. In the end however, it’d be Sunquist, as he still had to deliver them words. The enemy had escaped, but the boy had been secured. The way he had managed that last thing nearly brought back the amazement she had felt at witnessing her otherwise all too low profile comrade take over the reigns. Especially for someone who kept claiming that he was a none combatant, actually finding a means of hiding a child, while taking on an opponent this fierce – she could tell by the traces – was quite an amazing deed. She actually had to wonder if she would have been capable of doing the same if in his shoes.

But that did not matter for the time being.

«We’ll need to split for a little while. Vita, take Folke with you and regroup with Erin.»

An order was given.

«With this her speed should be roughly halved, for a time. That should buy us a bit more time to catch up.»

A spell was cast.

«If Sassa is still looking for a child to take, then she must have headed to the village. I doubt I need to tell you this, but finish up here and catch up quickly!»

She knew immediately what she had to do. Getting back to standing, she’d immediately cast a glance all over the scene. Thankfully the entire area was covered in snow, while the snowfall itself was just weak enough to allow for most remains of the battle to still cling to visibility. With more or less clear footprints and other trails to catch on, the Irish huntress nearly immediately could draw an image in her mind. When she was done, she’d turn to Tierney and Vita with swaying hair.

«Thank you, Vita. With the lost momentum and the traces she left behind, I’m sure we can catch up to her. It might be a bit of a gamble, but it ain’t bad if things are at least a bit risky. Makes it all the more worth to succeed.»

And then, assuming her usual role of the group’s tracking dog, she’d take the lead.

«Let’s go.»

Their march would begin honouring the situation’s urgency. Not even a moment would come to waste, as Edana would pull Tierney along to hurry after the thin line still connecting them to the culprit. It wasn’t much they had to rely on, as the weather was slowly changing to their disadvantage. As easy as snow made it to see with only sparse light, due to its reflection, it’d become a tricky challenge for trackers once its downpour grew stronger. If it weren’t for the fact that she was an expert, they may have not been as lucky.

And with the trail as their guide the two girls were lead right towards the expected location: Right back into the village.

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Erin Lightheart on Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:10 am

And what has Erin been up to all this time? Well, for one thing she was not taking any chances, given that the others had yet to return. After making certain the children were securely in bed, she made certain all windows were locked and heavy furniture moved in front of them. The purpose of this was to make it difficult for someone from the outside or inside to access them without creating noise and wouldn't allow them to make a quick entry or escape on top of it.

She even laid out noise-producing traps composed of bubble wrap underneath sections of carpet in the hall leading to where the children slept, requiring knowledge of where each one was placed if one wished to go past silently. Armed with pots, pans, and cleaning supplies, she sat ready to launch an attack on any suspicious persons who entered that hall, with a specific aim for tossing cleaning powders and other products into their eyes to blind them and hopefully give her a fighting chance. If the culprit entered through the windows, then she would almost certainly hear it and come to the rescue, too.

She never told the children about the unique tape she placed over doors and windows, either. While it could easily be interpreted as paranoia, the fewer people who knew about this particular trick, the better. The kids were left with the instruction to not leave their rooms until the sun was clearly visible in the morning. If by some chance the culprit had disguised herself as one of them and somehow got by her...she'd be able to tell which one it was just by looking at the tape.

Assuming she would be left alive in such an event, that is. By the way, Folke and the others hadn't stopped by yet. Where were they...?

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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:37 am

"...This should be it."

Their progress through the snow together had been slower than it would have been for any of them normally. Folke was considerably injured, and Vita and the boy had to bear the weight of that injured person. Leaving imprints in the snow that none could have made on their own, they had steadily made their way through the snow back towards the village.

Not slowly, but steadily. Though Folke was injured, Vita had given little care to that. She had driven him onwards, putting him forth at a pace that just barely fell short of breaking his already fractured body. Did she even realize where she'd learned this? Chasing the target, incessantly, without a care for whether the body broke down in the end. So long as the goal was achieved, so long as the heretic was punished, any measure was fine. Driving the body right up to the limit, sitting on the precipice of collapse. A pace that only cared for chasing the target down with the utmost efficiency, without thought for the pursuer. Though the boy had wanted to petition for them to slow their pace on Folke's behalf, the expression of Vita's face dissuaded from him doing so in the end.

Their progress had been slower than it would have been for any of them normally. But because Vita had driven Folke in such a way, almost absentmindedly forcing him forward in the same way she had once been forced herself, the amount of time it took for them to arrive would have surprised anyone who knew of their circumstances. Though Vita herself would be equally surprised, given that she had set that pace without having to give it even the slightest thought. By her side, Folke was now panting heavily, his face an unhealthy pallor, but they had arrived at their destination. Rapping at the door, Vita called for Erin, who she expected to be within.

"Erin? Are you there? Come quickly!"

And spoke the words she knew would bring her running.

"Sassa is here!"

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Post  Erin Lightheart on Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:59 am

Peeking out at them from a closed window, Erin carefully observed the visitors. She was clearly decked out in enough improvised gear that she might as well have been ready to wage a one-woman war against Sassa if the need arose. Upon confirming their identities, she let down her guard somewhat and carefully, cautiously approached the front door while avoiding the traps she set on the floor.

Upon closer inspection and with the door open, she noticed the bad shape Folke was in and moved to help support his weight and take him to a place where he could rest. She didn't really know much about first aid, but stood at the ready with whatever medical supplies she had found earlier. If nobody else would start treating his wounds or at least give directions, she'd try to do her best on her own.

"As in following right behind you? Or already inside the manor? Or she's made an appearance in general? I'm presuming she did this, or one of her followers or allies? Since the others aren't with you, does that mean they're currently dealing with the problem, or have they perished...?"

A pretty blunt series of questions, but it was less out of cynicism and more from a desire to be informed properly.

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:17 am

Gratefully accepting Erin's assistance, Vita and the boy readjusted their hold of Folke some to allow for Erin to take up some of his weight. Once they had done so and Erin started moving him inside, they left the direction to Erin, who they presumed was leading them to a place where they could lay the man down. This delegation of duties gave Vita allowance to focus on her surroundings instead of the weight of Folke's body. She had been unable to discern any sort of occultic meaning within the many tools Erin was carrying with her, but it was at least clear that she had thoroughly prepared herself, magically or not. With this, some credence had been lent to Folke's story that she was an immature magician, where there had previously been no evidence except his word.

When they reached the destination that Erin had set for them and set Folke down, Vita took a moment to enjoy the lightness of her body now that that literal weight had been lifted from her shoulders before asking if Erin had anything they could treat Folke with. But when she looked up, she found that Erin had already prepared it, one step ahead of her. Though she had been of little to her before, Erin's value in Vita's eyes was rising.

"We can't take the time to treat him properly just yet, but we should patch him up to the bare minimum at least," she said as she reached over to take some of the supplies that Erin was holding.

As she had said, she didn't attempt to do anything complicated but instead did a rough job that would be just enough to ensure that the worst of his wounds didn't worsen further. To put it another way, it was just another to ensure that he wouldn't die: the bare minimum. It was hardly the best she could have done, and it wasn't what one would call proper care either, but it would achieve what it was meant to. If Erin or the boy wanted to do anything further, that would be their prerogative.

"As in following right behind you? Or already inside the manor? Or she's made an appearance in general? I'm presuming she did this, or one of her followers or allies? Since the others aren't with you, does that mean they're currently dealing with the problem, or have they perished...?"

"Tierney ran across us while she was searching for the boy, and together we found him and Folke together. It seems they came across Sassa and Folke ended up like this protecting the boy from her. Tierney and Edana are following Sassa's trail, and I came here with Folke to warn you."

Erin had asked her questions bluntly and precisely, so Vita did her courtesy of answering in the same manner. It held the added benefit of allowing her to condense the explanation to the essentials, so she was actually quite glad for it.

"Sassa didn't catch the boy, so if she still intends to come away with something, then her most likely course of action is to return to the village before we can react properly. We need to prepare quickly."

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Erin Lightheart on Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:30 am

"All of the children are gathered here. If she intends to make a move that isn't just fleeing, this will be where she strikes. In the end, I figured something like this might happen, so I ensured she would be funneled into a single location we could defend like this. Though Folke is injured and out of the fight, we can still do this. Presuming the others don't get lost, if we can keep her busy here and buy time for them to arrive and box Sassa in, we just might be able to apprehend her."

She quickly went over the traps she had already set up throughout the manor, so that Vita would know. Now that the manor had to be turned into a fortress, more traps beyond just early detection were needed. Leaving additional trap ideas up to her companion, Erin went to the boy that had been brought with them.

"We're going to try and put a stop to the scary lady who did all these horrible things. You were there...can you possibly tell us what she looked like, what sort of things she said and did, no matter how weird they might be? We need your help. Please."

She did her best to appear calm and confident to the boy. He was the best lead they had when it came to making preparations for battle. What he said next could even determine the entire plan. And naturally, what kid didn't like being talked to like an equal, given a chance to be a hero?

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Re: [SS] Chocolate Fish

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:02 pm

Vita was visibly impressed by what Tierney and Erin had created during her absence. The many traps Erin described were remarkably thorough, to the point where she couldn't imagine anything to add to them without the involvement of magical means. And with the involvement of magic, she was stuck—different from Edana, she had very little experience in the field. If Vita had known the particulars of Sassa's magic, then perhaps she might have been able to throw together something rudimentary, but like this the time and effort wouldn't be proportionate to the reward.

And that was why she turned her eye to the exchange between Erin and the boy as she wrapped up the last of Folke's wounds. In response to Erin's question, he had been initially shaken: what she was asking him to recall had been an unpleasant experience from beginning to end, and in all truth wasn't over yet even now. But the way she had buttered him up was effective. The request for help made him remember the man who had helped him, and created a desire to repay the favor which easily outmatched his nervousness.

"I... Didn't hear her say anything."

He began slowly, but once he began speaking the remainder of his apprehension melted away. The words started to come more readily, and though his tenseness did not vanish, it was no longer the result of fear—the emotion that filled his small frame was instead an innocent to be of help to the man who had saved him. He was young, but he still understood what Folke had done for him, if only to a certain degree.

"RIght after she appeared, Mr. Folke sent me away to hide. But... I did see what she looked like. She had long hair, messy, like it hadn't been cut in a long time, and her clothes were dirty too. It looked like she'd been living in the forest a long time. And when I ran, she tried to chase me, and it was like she wasn't human. I-It wasn't just how fast she was! The way she moved was strange. Like an animal..."

He trailed off at the end after the hurried correction to his own words, having told all that he saw through the unfiltered vision of a child. But it still seemed like there was something he wanted to say, but couldn't find the words to properly describe it. After a few short moments of deliberation, he spoke up again, his voice far more hesitant than the last time.

"She was weird. I can't describe how, but she was definitely weird. She moved like an animal, but her eyes were... I dunno how, but definitely, definitely, that was strange."

His hesitance ended with an affirmation that he had definitely seen what he had saw even if he couldn't describe it, and it was clear that this time he had finished speaking in full. For her part, Vita was slightly disappointed. Though that was doubtless important information he had given them, she had received little insight into Sassa's abilities. It was likely she had some sort of strength enhancing spell, from the way she described it, but that much information was all but useless for them at the moment.

"It's okay, we believe you. This'll help Folke and us a lot, thank you."

She was indeed slightly disappointed, but it was wrong to expect overly much from a child. He had already done all he could; there was no way she could justly demand more of him. So she gave the boy a kind reassurance that his words had definitely been heard, that they definitely wouldn't be ignored, and that they would definitely be helpful. To both them and to Folke.

A slightly devious choice of words, but such was her habit.

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