Quest for Water
Rizadoman and gang are setting out on an expedition to find a fresh source of water. Starting out from the camp they will be heading westward. Through new lands they will travel and hopefully they will find what they quest for.
Note: This will be ran like a duty, bring your top three cards that you think could possibly help you brave the unknown. If you want to attend you need to have run the ' A Distant Voyage' duty.
" Ok so today we are venturing out to the unknown in hopes of finding a clean source of water. Given the dangers of the apes and who knows what else I understand if people choose to stay behind, however I just can't sit here anymore and wait for the world to tell us it's secrets. More importantly I want some fresh water, so I am venturing forth from this camp and don't aim to return till we find some clean water. " With that said and not even looking back to see who follows him Rizadoman begins to hike into the woods.
OOC Rules: Just like a duty each room will have a list of concepts you can roll and a challenge rating. You can use 3 cards total in the duty. Failing challenges may leave your character with flavorful status effects. Please enjoy and have fun.
Rama trails on her heels, though he seems a little subdued. Perhaps because he's had a hard time finding small game to hunt. Afterall, they are likely quite far from a city which means higher level animals and monsters. If there even /are/ cities here.
"With all the woodland, there has to be some kind of water source beyond just rain. We just have to find it." She nods to Yeowang's comment about the hunting prospects as well.
That is what the elf was dealing with here and she was excited when Rizadoman was ready to get a group to go out to find water? Erufu was there with bells on, heck she was almost bouniung in place at the moment. She listend to her ling time friend for a moment.
She looks over to Shiruba for a moment after that and she thinks.
"We should still boil it until we know how safe any water source is."
She looks to Yeowang for a moment
"Tell me about it, it has been hard going with what scraps even one like me can track down."
Or rather, Miyako is beckoning Kotono to join them. "I'm always ready to help out!" The Spriggan acrobat says while spinning her blades. "I agree that boiling the water is the best thing to do. We can't take any chances."
However, such filtration methods are incredibly slow and tedious, and they've been having to ration it. "Finding some source of fresh water will make sure I get some more sleep." The youth remarks, rubbing his palm under one of his eyes.
He continues to follow behind the Lizardman and grins at him, "Though I bet this one is hoping we find some sheep, so we can produce some cheese." The Cait Sith points out.
"There have to be some caves at least where water has gathered." He then offers to Mikage. "Though still water can be trouble."
Hello, yes, this is dire-shire. She is here, not far behind Shiruba, coming to help everyone find some fresh water cause, seriously? Trying to evaporate salt water for regular water takes -forever- and she hasn't quite figured out how to do it in game cause she never did it IN REAL LIFE so... yeah. Just doing what's on TV doesn't work so well.
A sidelong glance is given Kaydon, and if you blink you'll miss the light thwap he's given. You've been Gibbs'd.
Rizadoman is happy to have so many with him, truth be told he was not as confident in his abilities to survive alone as he let on. " At the rate the food is going, I would be happy for sheep just so that we could have fresh meat. " The lizardman grins as he walks trying to keep his eyes out for the ape that got away , he was feeling a little better about the odds in regards to him today.
The forest is thick, with little to no obvious path and while a few minutes walking through the forest is not going to tire anyone out, after an hour or two, people will begin to feel that exhaustion debuff setting in. If someone was able to find signs of a path or divine which way to go, it would absolutely ease the level of physical exertion needed for this part of the expedition.
[Concepts : Physical vs 10 OR Hunting, Tracking, Searching, Divination vs 9]
Crouching near Rama, Miki lightly channels some of her magic into her companion, causing him to spark a little at the ears, "See if you can't find anything, bud. Your nose is better than mine." The cat then proceeds to dart off ahead of the group, sniffing around and occasionally indicating one direction or another as he paws at trees and seems to be tracking something.
Low on food and water's not the best time to physically exert yourself, that's something she understands clearly from her background in sports medicine. But what can she do? This place is pretty much trackless, as far as she can see, and she's a city girl. Traipsing around in the woods is, it seems, not her thing.
As they go, Arashi shows that they've been at the map-making business for a while. Why? Sketches, marks on a paper, land marks, that kind of deal. The hasty scrawl is a sort of private symbolism she can turn into a decent map -later-. It doesn't help much for the issue NOW, as to where they're going. She can feel the fatigue trying to seep in but, well, that's what a canteen is for. At least it still has SOME water in it. Still. Alas, though, no help for on the way. Maybe on the way back...
Shiruba jots a few markers on her map in the making, then rolls and tucks it away for the time being as the forest gets thicker. "Hold a moment people. Let the wilderness experts take a look around so we don't meander." With that the wolven cait sith disappears into some of the denser brush for a few minutes. Then reappears, waving. "I found tracks! Animals are likely to congrigate at water sources!"
Chitchatting quietly as she walks along, she asks, "So, what kind of animals have people seen besides those giant apes? I haven't been out hunting much, never was much good at it myself."
"Not gonna give up..." She mutters as she forces her way through the area. "Can't let up now!" She also follows Miyako slightly, knowing that she's onto something.
As they get closer to the thick foilage, Cyrus tries to get a read on where to go. But his instincts are not speaking to him that well, no matter how well he's trying. Glancing about left and right, but not picking anything out.
Rizadoman's high spirit takes a hit as he can feel himself tiring near the end. It is really only to the thanks of those that managed to keep pace and even better find a path for them all that he manages to keep himself going. Talking through it all doesn't hurt anything either, " I haven't seen much in terms of animals. A few signs of Peko's around the camp is really all I have seen and if the apes moved in to this territory they may have drove off any pekos. " He says trying to keep his voice in high spirits, but the heavy breathing between the words, he really needs to find a lower calorie cheese to enjoy.
Finally the group has escaped the thick forest and come to a nice clearing. This is one of those picture perfect clearings , with pretty white flowers and nice soft grass. Even a few rocks as if placed specifically to sit on and rest. It is in fact the sight of these rocks were Rizadoman looks back at the group, " Lets take a small break. I think after all that hiking a moment to rest before we get back at it wouldn't be the worse idea. "
[Concepts : Cooking, Brew, Herbology, Alchemy, Pharmacy, vs 8]
"It'd be good to find some Pekos, but with some of the overgrowth here, I am not sure how much faster they'd be." Cyrus offers to Rizadoman. "Some grunties might do us better in the forest lands until we make it out of here." He points out, as they come to the clearing.
Noticing some of the flowers, he raises his hand and notes; "You folk take a break, I've still got quite some energy left. I'm going to gather some of those flowers for my stamina potions."
Rama, however, follows behind Cyrus. Unfortunately for her, the cat isn't quite so knowledgable about plants and ends up walking right into a patch of something unpleasant.
Miki looks over then, "Uh... Cy, what did my fool cat just walk into?"
"Oh Riza! I have some of the cheese from Cowgirl if you want some..."
Oh hey. Clearing. NICE. It gives Arashi a chance to sit and study those map-scrawls for later, add a few things she realizes she forgot, put the clearing on there -in detail-, and check Starshadow. ... nope no glow. Damn. Eventually she takes a seat not all that far from Shiruba, offering the canteen over. Just in case. Never hurts to check. "Same with me. I tend to go out solo a lot but I also try to buy supplies before I do... can't really do that here."
Unfortunately, coming up with something edible is next to impossible for someone who hasn't learned how to cook yet. "Looks like I'm gonna be taking some culinary classes when we return to the mainland," Kotono comments sarcastically.
Better, she decides, to find a seat out of the way, and get out her guitar to provide some entertainment for the people who actually know what they're doing. And keep the minds of the rest of us off of the troubles.
Rizadoman sits and lets out a sigh as he rubs his feet for a moment, " Who knew that hiking in search of water would make one so thirsty. " Taking a moment he just closes his eyes and tries to absorb the sunlight trying to gather energy. With a deep breath he retrieves a canteen of water from his inventory and tries to add some tea leaves to it and tries to brew himself some tea over the campfire. The look on his face is all one has to see to know he doesn't succeed. Then even worse he hears the call of Erufu and cheese. As if he was of the ranger class specializing in rescuing people he is summoned to the cheese that calls out for him.
The break is not as relaxing and helpful as the party may have hoped, with some recovering much easier than others. It is inevitable that this will be felt throughout the rest of the expedition.
Near the clearing is a hill, and on this hill besides rolling green grass and pretty flowers there is a large tree. This tree is thick and sturdy, however it is missing a lot of branches on it's lower half. If one wanted to climb it , it would provide a great spot to scout from. Whether they used air or earth magic to help get up to the higher branches, or just bear climbed it. Perhaps one channels their inner Yuuki and just runs straight up it. On the other hand it would likely also add to the exhaustion, there is the risk of injury, and who knows if there is anything even worth seeing.
[OOC Note: You can choose to pass this challenge without penalty ,if you choose to pass you don't get to roll. However who knows what you may miss out on.
Concepts : Air, Evasion, Earth, Physical, Transformation vs 9]
Trying to soothe the now anxious cat, Mikage doesn't seem all that interested in trying to scout from the large tree. Instead, she lingers down at the bottom, looking up after those who have chosen to make their way up. "Anything interesting?"
Scrawling. Still at it, is Arashi, and given the chance to get a nice vantage point, the dire-shire heads off to see what else can be seen, sort of following along with everyone else. Spotting the tree, Arashi doesn't even really hesitate to head up into the boughs. This was a pretty common thing for her to do whilst going solo back in Yamato. Might be the first time her closer aquaintences have seen it at all. More scrawling.
After a few minutes up there, she rembmers that: Hey, there are actually people around too. "Hey folks, I can see a few things up here. First," she motions in a direction, "I can see signs of some marsh lands, and .. maybe a dried out river bed?" Squint. "I -think- something is blocking it but I can't tell from here. Too far.."
"There's something large in the brush over there," she points out in the direction Merek called. "Yes, it could be a tiger. We should be careful, but I think we may be able to safely approach it if we are quiet."
Unfortunately, Kotono misses a spot and nearly loses her grip! It's only by a stroke of luck that she manages to get back up there. "How did I ever do this without becoming acrophobic?!"
Shiruba bounds over and leans back to look up. It's a really tall tree, but most of it's lower branches have long since succumbed to the lack of sunlight and age beneath it's own canopy. Not much to hold onto there and climb. So instead she crouches briefly and puts a hand to the ground, uttering under her breath. Not -all- her magic is done through shoot magic arrows at things. The ground rumbles faintly, followed by an upward undulation of the rock and soil to launch her into the air. Up to where branches still flourish, which she grabs onto one and hoists herself onto it. Makes sure it's stable, grabs onto another with one hand to support herself, while using the other to shield her eyes as she scans the horizon. "Hey! Over there!" She lowers her hand to point northwest. "There's mountains... and a structure of some kind. Tall like a building, or tower!" Her tail can be heard thumping against the truck behind her as it wags. This is the first sign of civilization over here they've seen!
She does her best to memorize the direction and location, once they've got water and such that could be a valid direction to begin exploring in.
The elf will finish up make sure the fire's out and head out. The Elf Archer is pretty fast on her feet and will just go full bore parkour to get up to the vantage point bounding, springing and leaping as she goes.
"Looks like a tiger. Which means if that's there, there may be water there as well. They're one of the only big cats that actually likes to swim."
"Be careful," she calls down to Kotono. "You can do it."
Finally she reaches somewhere near the top and peers outwards. "Hey! I can see my house from here!" she jokes.
Her wings flicker again as she climbs a little higher, close to Shiruba. "Definitely a tower," she agrees, spotting the same structure. "Might be a town... might be a dungeon. But definitely worth checking out!"
Rizadoman looks up at the tree but shakes his head , " No if lizardmen were meant to climb we would be birdmen." Taking a moment though he does manage to piece together the information given and looks towards the direction of the tower for a moment before more importantly towards the marshlands that Arashi mentioned. " Marshlands mean water and predators only encourage that. We should head that way but be careful."
With the signs of water sighted the group has as destination and with the help of others they know of the danger that is ahead of them. Unfortunately this expedition has taken hours and a toll of the party, so in a time when mistakes can be costly, it is a time when one must be extra careful. The group grows ever closer to where the tiger was when they hear a howl. In the distance they can see it. A large beast, yellow and striped, obviously the 'tiger' seen earlier. However now the smaller details can be made out, the canine features. Inspecting the creature reveals it's true heritage, 'Tiger Wolf', appropriately yellow verging on an orangish tint. In the distant more howls can be heard, answering the call. The group must move quickly to avoid being caught, or they could choose to go with a flash and aww style in hopes to distract it or scare it. Maybe even a quick tiger trap to stop it from pursuing, so many options but the clock is ticking till it finds you and lets you meet its' friends.
Concepts : Sneak Evasion Fire Ranged Earth Dark Capture Monster vs 9
Unfortunately, she's a little too late with her evasion attempt.
The monster gets her at the last second, and she finds herself stumbling forwards instead of dodging, crying out in pain.
As they head towards the direction the others had spotted water and the creature, Miki seems to linger back, not taking point in a situation where there may be a very powerful predator to deal with. "Let's stay to the trees, Rama. Best to avoid attracting notice." Using some of her own magic, she manages to summon a small bit of fog that offers a bit of a boon to her stealth, allowing her a view of the creature without it seeing her in return.
"I've... never seen a hybrid creature like that before."
As the flames burst onto the ground, they turn from red to green, flickering and burning, but refusing to devour the greenery around it.
Looking down, he remarks; "Hmm, you are right. I guess it's only natural for different areas in the world to have different fauna. But this is interesting."
Shiruba draws one of her arrows, knocks it in her bow, and takes aim just behind Cyrus' flame projectile to fire it. Where it hits the ground said ground collapses, forming a fairly deep ditch behind the flaming barrier. This 1) creates a second obstacle in case the monster does leap through the flames, as it will likely not see and fall into the pit, and 2) A firebreak to help keep any stray flames from spreading to the environment around them.
It's not that she doesn't trust you guys, it's a precaution simply because there is a lot of fire being thrown around even if under control, and anything can happen out here.
Deciding to throw one of his knives at one of the tiger wolves, he doesn't opt to use one of the good, well balanced ones. After all they're in some strange land and he has no idea if he'll be able to find a forge to make new ones, so he throws one of the less high quality blades, and it sticks in a tree. At least he might be able to recover it.
The elf makes grin at Riza for a moment
"It was the will of Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't it?"
She asks for a moment then will head out. She knows she can't outrun this monster so she's going to work to scare the heck out of it she takes a stance and will then slam one foot into the earth causing the very ground to shake and she bellows.
"BEGONE! WE ARE NOT YOUR PRY!"
She takes another step which causes another notable vibration in the ground to make the very earth, quake at this elf!
All kinds of information! Lands seen! Maps need drawing people! "Hold on, hold on!" Just a few more scrawlings, please! Where's everyone going?! BAH. Big circles are put around the nice tree. Arashi will just have to come back and do a more detailed survey from up there. There's critters that need dealing with. Apparently.
Even as the group marches onward, the warhorse is still scrawling when she can. As daylight fades, however, she does the best she can but, well, details will be lacking until a return trip can be made. She still has enough to get everyone home if it comes to that. It's only the howls of these 'tiger wolves' that finally get her to put away the maps and draw out her signature blade, ready to slash at a moments notice. And slice she so will do. "Not today!"
Rizadoman looks on at the creature as they finally have to confront it. Rizadoman is preparing to make a long circle around the creature to avoid giving away the group but then there is a lot of fire and earth and yelling and before the lizardman knows it he too is tossing a fireball to try and get the creature to leave. Watching it run and the fire magically disappear Rizadoman shakes his head, " That trick won't work again we should move quick."
The group gets away from the tiger wolf, while it may have been moving in to catch one of the stragglers, all hell is being raised around it and for a lone tiger wolf scout it is just not worth it. The alpha would smack him upside his head for pursuing so it backs off and disappears back into the underbrush.
The group is able to move into the marshlands and eventually finds a dried riverbed. As they travel up the riverbed they find a very large damn. This damn looks like a beaver damn, if the beavers were the size of bears. In fact you can see a beaver right there on top , dragging another log big enough for a log cabin. It is as big as a bear, and has large paws like a bear, and large sharp teeth like a bear and even called in it's inspect beaver bear. Rizadoman feels conflicted as he looks at the bear, " We should try to remove the dam, try to get the water flowing again. " He doesn't say it but personally he wishes the bear wasn't around, would feel less guilty.
[Concepts : water, fire, earth, air, magic, melee, ranged, construction, handle monster, diving vs 11]
"This has got to be a fluke right? This is worse than a palette swap." He throws out his potions into the distance, which suddenly come to life with air magic. But rather than slamming into the beaver-bear-dam, they slam into the water behind it... before turning into eddies of wind power behind the wood, starting to tear at the enormous trunks from behind and increasing the water pressure!
They are soon to stumble upon yet another of them, this one causing Rama to look a bit confused. It's likely his predator instinct puzzling about something that seems one part predator, one part prey. "You can't eat it." Miki whispers.
As for the prospect of breaking the dam, she draws an arrow, extending her mechanical bow, Dawnbreaker. Channeling magic into the weapon, she fires towards it, depending on her storm magic to help break up some of the blockage and get water moving again.
Then she gazes lowers back to the construct of wood and mud, and she tightens the grip on her bow. "We don't need to break the whole damn, just break a big enough hole in it." She aims for a spot that looks best to hit, and draws back the bowstring of Thundersnow Howl. It lives up to the howl part of the name as the whisping wail of winds can be heard as she does so, forming a projectile out of the very air itself.
And then it does indeed become a howling wind as she releases the charged shot, wailing across the dried up bed to slam into the dam with the force of it's namesake storm.
She rushes in to try to assist in any way she can, proving just how strong she truly is. "I never give up!"
Yup. That's a beaver dam. ... And that's a REALLY big beaver. ... and today? Yeah. This is not in Arashi's wheelhouse. "I'll um.. watch the beaver. bear. thing. " She's really scrawling more on her notes while she can, but rest assured she'll lunge if the beaver gets mad about it's dam getting busted.
"With the damage done so far, I think a water hammer to the base of the dam should do the trick," she says, and ripples in the surface of the lake show the movement of water deeper below the surface. It seems to draw back away from the dam, and then... released suddenly, slams into it with incredible force.
As the dam is attacked, the beaver bear lets out a roar and only seems to be threatening for a moment before it runs off into the forest, it didn't want to be standing on the dam for what happens next. As logs are blown away and strong winds push at the back of the damn. Even the water it self is hammering against it to be free. The fact that it is still standing is a testament to it, obviously in a world with giant apes though being able to withstanding strong attacks is important. Finally though it is the song of the elf that causes several of the logs to actually shatter and the water begins to flow. First a little trickle, and then sprays before the damn is finally being washed away.
At first the sediment and such of the damn leave the water cloudy and such but in moments the water turns into a crystal blue color. Even some fish and fresh water shrimp can be seen. It truly is a beautiful sight. The river begins to break up and flow down different paths, revealing small streams and overflow that leads into the marshlands. Soon where the adventurers stand will be fresh mud. The lizardman feeling at home suddenly on the river bank edge and without thinking he takes a hand full for himself to drink. "Oh that's good." Looking at the others he says, " Maybe we can take a few hours here before we head back? We will need to figure out how to get the water back there, or move camp here. "
Glorious H20! HUZZAH! When the Beaver-bear roars, and just takes off, Arashi just smirks from what turned out to be the river bed. "Nice." And then she starts peering back, jotting down where the river is going, referencing the tree, and makes a note to double check for where it may be running. Also TOWER. Giant T on a corner of her scrawlings. That will BE LOOKED INTO. Yup.
"If nothing else, we can load up Cyrus' cart." She suggests, volunteering him for that purpose.