Chapter 3.2: Following the trail.   Posted by IC.Group: 0
IC
Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 09:28
Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Ahlandra, Cayl, Dalir, Jennor and Nerissa all travelled sound on their hired boat. The journey where very uneventful and as the days past you never saw the sight of the other boat that had departed. One day travels south Nerissa did talk to a farmer though that had seen one passing by earlier that day.

On the evening of the second day you sighted a small village though and there surely it was, it had to be - the boat anchored to the village bridge. Your captain laid up next to it as he too was to resupply while he had the chance.
Thayna Dabei
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Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 21:35
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
During the days of traveling Thayna spoke with the Ogler trying to learn as much of their culture as she could while answering any questions they might ask in return.  She also asks Jennor to help her learn Old-Tongue.

"Nerissa, we are going to be missing a lot of lessons by being out here.  Why don't we teach each other weaves so that we both know as much as we can?"

When the Captain steared the boat out of the  main flow of the river they were approaching a small village with another boat at the simple dock. Thayna moved to the railing looking at the other ship in particular for any passenger she may be carrying.

"Captain Naren, do you know that ship?  Might it be the one that left ahead of you?"

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Nerissa din Nelyn
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Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 09:01
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
After a good night's sleep, Nerissa was feeling much better. She was still mystified by these particular Ogier, more so than the strange ways of their kind, and so decided to be very careful around them.

Upon hearing that Thayna did not know the Old Tongue, Nerissa once again offered her thanks to Agatha of Tremalking, who had taught it to her when she was younger. When Jennor began his instructions, Nerissa decided to help Thayna with it as well.


Otherwise, Nerissa was fascinated by the river and travel by boat upon it. When hearing that Thayna was interested in training with Weaves of the One Power, it seemed to be an opportunity to try some based upon water...

OOC: Nerissa does not have the Talent of Cloud Dancing, but will cast Harness the Wind at level 0 so as to show Thayna the Weave. It is not clear whether ships that travel on the larger rivers of the Westlands would have mast(s) with one or more sails; but, it seems reasonable that there would, at least, be one large square sail, one or more jibs at the front to help in turning, and a one for-and-aft at the rear.

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Johanfk
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Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 17:13
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
The captain shot a look at the other boat and then nodded.

"Yes it looks like her. I'm not very surprised this is one of those places most of us stop by at." Inwardly he cursed, that would mean much of the money already was spent.

ooc: Even without a sail controlling the wind is very good especially when travelling along a river. But no they don't have any sail up.
Ahlandra si Bashan Kellan
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Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 20:11
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail

"Mistress," Ahlandra is ready to jump on the docks and go to the other ship, "do you wish for me to go to the boat and ask of the travelers we seek?"
Thayna Dabei
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Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 23:46
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Thayna is eager to learn the waves that Narissa knows and she tells Nerissa what weaves she knows and will teach her any of them she wants to learn. 

She will work on acquiring Old Tongue, certainly beyond the few words she knows. (from Jennor, Ahlandra, Nerissa, and or the Ogier.

"Yes,I wish you to do that right away, and if they are not currently onboard, where they might have gone." Thayna responds quickly. "Oh, and find out when the ship is scheduled to depart.  I don't want to be out searching for them while their ship departs."

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Cayl
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 01:14
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Cayl gladly works with Accepted Thayna Debei of the Aes Sedai on her Old Tongue, and spends much time gazing off over the rails at the flora within sight, taking notes and trying to find anyone who knows much about any plant life in the area to help increase his knowledge of it.  He also tries to spend time with Dalir both playing stones, and when willing, discussing shaping stone.
Ahlandra si Bashan Kellan
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail

Ahlandra jumps onto the docks and swiflty strides to the other boat and heads up the gangplank.  Soon she returns and jumps back on board.

"There are 2 males, 3 females, wolf and a number of warhorses."  Ahlandra proves her intelligence as she reports to the two Accepted Aes Sedai.  "They took their horses, to go see the local Wise Woman about a wedding.  "She lives, down that road," she points, "and they are coming back to celebrate, before departing down river."
Jennor Elan
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 06:27
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Jennor had spent most of his time practicing his sword forms when time allowed.  He was willing to provide whatever aid he could in teaching the Old Tongue.  As the son of a noble in Ebou Dar, before he began his training at the White Tower, Jennor's mother had insisted on him learning the Old Tongue and her wisdom had proved useful on several occasions.  The dialect the Ogier Cayl used in teaching Old Tongue varied somewhat from the Ebou Dari accented Old Tongue but the grammar principles were basically the same.

Jennor had been about to volunteer to check out the other ship when Ahlandra beat him to it.  He waited anxiously as she departed on her fact finding mission.  Jennor had been torn between accompanying Ahlandra and remaining behind to guard the Accepted.  In the end his aid was thankfully not required and he was able to maintain his watch over the Accepteds' safety.

Jennor listened carefully to Ahlandra's report, given an approving nod at it thoroughness.  The news about a wedding prompted a raised eyebrow from Jennor as he glanced at the two Accepted saying in a curious tone (using his native Ebou Dari accent, having dropped the pretense of being a Midlander), {Common: Ebou Dar} "A wedding celebration, eh?  Kind of an unusual place to get married, but it certainly goes a long way to dispelling the idea that these folks have evil intentions.

Then again... the marriage could be a subterfuge designed to do just that very thing.  After all, who would suspect Darkfriends of planning such a normal and joyous event as a wedding?

Ahlandra, did you learn when this wedding party was expected back at the boat?"

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Dalir
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 06:39
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Quite willing to share his knowledge, but lacking much experience teaching, and feeling daunted at the prospect of teaching one of the White Tower, Dalir volunteered to help Thayna practice her skills in the Old Tongue as the others taught her, rather than participating in the teaching itself.  The very first day on the river, he dug out his notes, plans, and drawings to share with Ahlandra in the hopes of getting any input she could give him from first hand experience.

He seemed awkward around Sir Jennor, uncertain how to overcome the embarrassment of his uncharacteristic outburst at the Warder-in-training's accidental raising of the sore point of his existence.  Much as it pained him to contemplate the idea, he resigned himself to the fact that he may make one less friend on this journey than he could have.

He gladly continued discussing stoneworking, masonry, and sculpture with Cayl, speaking in Ogier whenever they were sufficiently private that doing so would not be rude to people around them, for he found his own language so much better suited to discussing that task, much as Ogier was far richer a language for discussing Cayl's specialty, which he fervently hoped he would never have to do.

As the ship pulled into the port, he had no idea what his new companions where seeking, and did not want to pry into their business.  They would share the information if they were willing, but the secrecy of the Aes Sedai was legendary.  Instead, he merely turned to the captain and inquired, "How long will we be here?  Should I consider going ashore for food, drink, and conversation, or is this just a short stop?"
Nerissa din Nelyn
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 06:55
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Nerissa finds travelling on the river to be quite interesting, and pays attention to what the captain says and notes how the crew react to it.

This is much better than travelling by horseback...

She looks to Thayna and asks, "How should we approach this other group? If they are hostile or Darkfriends, we may have a battle on our hands. This talk of a wedding makes no sense. Is one of this group from this village, and they all are invited to a wedding of local people? This may be a ruse."
Ahlandra si Bashan Kellan
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 07:09
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail

"The Captain of their ship expexts them back after the ceremony, so I would say a hour or two at most."

Ahlandra will help out in teaching old Tongue though she does not reveal just how verse she is, her diction and elocution are very precise and refined. She had had the best of tutors,
Jennor Elan
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 07:15
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
During their travel along the River, Jennor had not gone out of his way to show disdain for Dalir.  Rather the young warder-in-training seemed to have shrugged off the Ogier's rudeness from the night before being polite and cordial to Dalir in the same manner as he was with anyone else (only perhaps showing a bit more deference and respect when addressing the two Accepted).  If Jennor still held a grudge about the rudeness, it was certainly not apparent in his manner or tone.


Jennor listens as the two Accepted discuss how to approach this other group.  He nods his head at the expressed concern about a fight breaking out should this other group prove to be in league with the Dark One.
Dalir
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 09:21
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
At the mention of Darkfriends, Dalir's expression went grim.  He had worked outside the stedding in the Borderlands off and on for many years now, and had lost many friends to Trolloc raids.  That any would willingly ally themselves with the Dark ...  While he knew it had, could, and did happen, he could not fathom the mind of such a one.  Excusing himself, he slipped off to where he and Cayl were staying on the boat and returned with his staff, an exquisite piece made by a master craftsman from sung wood.

Sized for an Ogier, it was a truly impressive length of wood, eight feet long and proportionally big around.  Each end was capped with metal worked to resemble a crenelated tower, top and base, and the wood between was intricately carved from one end to the other.  Though the work was quite detailed, it was quite a reversal from standard Ogier make.  Rather than stonework that resembled living plants, his staff was wood carved to resemble stonework.  And the way he handled it, it appeared that here, at least, was one Ogier who knew how to fight and was prepared to do so.  Dalir had lost enough friends to the Dark and was not about to lose these new ones he was still in the process of making.
Cayl
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Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 17:12
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Rather exuberant for an Ogier, it was easy to tell Cayl was excited about traveling.  Often getting caught up in the idea of where they may travel, and when time allowed, was caught singing along, the melody changing as quickly as the scenery did when they traveled down stream.  Never any words, just noises, soft, harsh, it changed with the melody, some even sounding like the land itself.

When Darkfriends are brought up, his demeanor changed completely.  He seemed very solemn, and almost mournful.  He hadn't realized what type of company this group would bring, but it should only make sense, with the group that joined them on their trip.
Nerissa din Nelyn
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Wed 6 Jan 2010
at 08:02
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Nerissa had rolled 21 with her geography check back while speaking with Murane Sedai near the tent and knows approximately where the Two Rivers is located.

Nerissa approaches the captain and says, "We are likely to want to disembark where we can travel to Baerlon. Can you inform us how soon that is likely to be at our expected rate of travel?

Also, how long would you expect to stop here at this little port? The town doesn't appear to be very large."

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Thayna Dabei
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Wed 6 Jan 2010
at 08:42
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Thayna thought a momentnent before responding, "Nerissa, I think we need to find out about these people.  I would like to speak personally to the Captain on that ship or have Jennor and or  Ahlandra find out wjat they can from he crew. We can go to the inn fir the latter.Buut I think we need to not push for informatuin tii directly. Perhaps we can watch for their return to town and find something out about them."

"I wish i knew how to detect Darkfriends."
Nerissa din Nelyn
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Wed 6 Jan 2010
at 08:54
Re: Chapter 3.2: Following the trail
Nerissa remembered that her casual mention of "darkfriend" back at Adana's Inn had raised a stink, and thought that she really should be a little more careful with her use of words around these drylanders.

"Yes. Since there are so few of them, relative to the many, they have the advantage. I am wary of everyone as a result"