Boulder Pass.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Corthian Joust
 player, 6 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Mon 21 Jul 2014
at 14:27
Re: Boulder Pass
As the Canyon Fright became another decorative ornament on the walls of the pass, Corthian let out a sigh of relief. Thank you my Goddess. He then heard one of the females that was in the party shouting down to him, asking if he could let them down. With a smile on his face and a little bit of a chuckle, he pointed his staff towards the group of pillars.

The towers of earth began to descend much slower than their trip upwards, so that everyone could have a relaxing ride down after their pretty rough spat. While the pillars became part of the ground again, the crater that Corthian had formed began to fill in as well. Corthian used this opportunity to scope out who it was that he had saved. One was a very covered, very mysterious looking mage. Ah yes, he was the one who tried to fireball the Fright. Good thing he was quick thinking and realized the error he had made. Then there was the brute of a woman. Well, maybe woman was pushing it a little. She looked like an ape, possibly a gorilla for the size she was. Strong, tough and resilient. She was the one that hit the Fright with the axe. Very interesting. Also there was some Dwarven merchants, not very interesting on their own part. Corthian had seen many of them pass through here from time to time when his mountain travels had brought him this way. Finally, there was the lady who had shouted down at him. She was by far the best looking out of the group, but being with a gorilla woman and an always clothed mage makes that a pretty easy thing to say. She had black hair and...Crimson eyes? This one I need to keep an eye on. There is strange magic with this one. Having making sure that he only said these things to himself, he finished bringing them down to ground level. Once they had gotten there the crater had completely vanished, like it had never been there in the first place.

Corthian lowered his staff and took another look over the party. He could tell that he towered over most of them at least. He began to walk over to them slowly, using his staff as a walking stick of sorts. So, let me get this out of the way. My name is Corthian. What in Terra's name were you doing passing through here while the Fright was hungry? A stern look was on his face as he asked his question. But after a few moments he just let out another sigh as he approached them. Sorry, I'm not used to others. My manners have wanned in these past years. I'm just glad you're all safe and relatively unharmed.

He looked over to the overdressed mage. You took quite a bite good sir. Are you alright? But the woman with the crimson eyes caught his attention again. And you. You took a pretty bad strike from the Fright yourself. Are you alright? Also I believe you were shouting something from atop that rock. He wondered if they would just shake off what could of been a fight with a death toll, but he would wait to hear their responses. That would show him more of their character. Corthian knew that getting to know people by who they really are made the issue of trust much more viable.
Zayden
 player, 10 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 08:20
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden felt the blood rush from his head when they were lifted, add to that some blood loss and it was no wonder he felt weak when they were lowered once more. He fought back the urge to pass out, not wanting to look weak in front of strangers; first impressions are everything after all. He clung to his staff for support as he took a few steps towards the man addressing him. "Whaaa? Psh, I'm fine. Don't worry about me." he was a terrible liar and it seemed his body was punishing him for it. He could feel his legs about to give out on him and he decided to save himself some embarrassment by taking a seat on the ground, albeit the motion looked a lot more like stumbling on his ass rather than sitting down peacefully. He held back a swear word or two as he tried desperately to play off that he was fine. "You're an amazing shaman, Corthian. I can feel how strong your connection with nature is. I always envied how much better shamans were at focusing magic through their body, then again all that training and discipline was never my cup of tea."
Lilith Sereg
 player, 48 posts
 Blood will Tell
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 00:26
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith glanced down at her still bleeding arm. “If you mean this, I did it to myself.” She lightly ran her hand over the wound with a whispered word. As her fingers passed over the cut the blood rose up in a thin red mist that quickly dissipated leaving unmarred skin behind.  The other cuts she had taken from the Fright and being thrown remained. “I did hit the ground quite hard though. Nothing is obviously broken and I’m not coughing up blood, but I haven’t had a chance to check for anything not immediately life threatening.” Her words were simple and matter of fact; this was clearly nothing new. “What I was saying before, thank you, Corthian, for your timely arrival. My name is Lilith and it is a pleasure to meet you.”

The blood mage’s face creased with concern as Zayden fell. It was hard to tell how bad his injuries might be, but he appeared to still be somewhat shaken from the blows he had taken. “I think you got the worse of the beast’s ire Zayden. Perhaps you should take a seat in one of the wagons until someone can take a look at your shoulder. You fought well.” She extended her hand to help him up if he was so inclined.
Sahara
 player, 13 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 09:33
Re: Boulder Pass
Sahara sheathed her sword as their pillars leveled with the ground. She kept a cautious eye on Corthian as he introduced himself to the group, making her way to Zayden. "We were hired to escort this merchant caravan through the pass and possibly slay the beast that made it its home. We didn't know it was a Canyon Fright." her voice was neutral and surprisingly steady. Then she noticed Zayden 'sit' and quickened her pace slightly towards him, not wanting anyone to get the wrong ideas about them. She took a knee by his side and began to check his wounds. "Clothes off, we need to see how bad it is."
Zayden
 player, 11 posts
 Human Mage
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 09:51
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden wanted to grab Lilith's hand and formally accept her help but Sahara took a knee next to him a moment too soon. *I appreciate the help, but do you have to be so damn motherly about it.* He glanced between the women, realized his chance was gone, and smiled shyly. "Thanks for the offer, but it looks like nurse Sahara will be treating me here." he laughed nervously, not daring to look at Sahara after his 'nurse' comment; another example of his big mouth working faster than his brain. His face flushed red when Sahara demanded he remove his clothes, but he did not protest one bit. He lay his staff down and quickly threw his bag aside, removed his hat and gloves, then carefully peeled off the blood-stained vest and shirt. His body was a bit thin but definitely not frail, looking like he could hold his own decently in a scuffle. He relaxed slightly and tried to stay still as best he could, seemingly forgetting his insecurity about his scarred hand.
Corthian Joust
 player, 7 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Thu 24 Jul 2014
at 01:41
Re: Boulder Pass
Corthian watched as his new found acquaintances tried to help the one named Zayden up. As the beast of a woman began to take off the mages clothes, Corthian could clearly see that Zayden had been injured. Apparently the Fright's bite to the mage was worse than he thought originally. My my. That looks a lot worse than I thought it did. Hold on, let me take a look at that. I might be able to fix that up.

He began to move towards Zayden. It was obvious that Sahara had some form of connection to the mage, but she was quite protective over him. Well, I am sure this will be awkward. Ignoring the likely glare from Sahara, Corthian made his way to Zayden. When Corthian reached the mage, he placed his hand that wasn't holding his staff over the wound. Give me just a moment. I need to concentrate.

Corthian closed his eyes. This time though, instead of a white blizzard blowing or the earth being forced to alter from its original form, the wound on Zayden began to glow a lovely emerald green. After a few moments, Corthian opened his eyes and removed his hand from the mage. Though there was still blood that had already flowed, the wound was closed.

I'm sorry I can't do more. The wound is closed, but you'll still have some aches and pains for a little while. I am alright at healing after the fact, but it takes a lot of concentration and depending on the wound it takes some time. Corthian looked back over to Lilith. Are you sure that you're ok?
Lilith Sereg
 player, 49 posts
 Blood will Tell
Fri 25 Jul 2014
at 00:50
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith turned away as Sahara ordered Zayden to undress so as to allow him a little privacy. The other woman seemed to have everything in hand which was good as the mercenary had only cursory knowledge of battlefield first aid and no healing magic she could use on others. She turned back out of curiosity as Corthian offered his aid to the other mage. “A warrior and a healer. Impressive.”

While the others were occupied Lilith stepped off to the side so as to be out of the way of any of the merchants. For the most part they seemed none the worse for their encounter with the Fright. Carefully, with obviously practiced motions she began to check for any injuries sustained from being thrown. Starting at the top of her head and working her way slowly down she felt for any signs of swelling, cuts, or other signs of trauma. As she reached her mid ribs she paused and muttered what might have been a curse before moving on. Once satisfied that everything else was fine she moved back to the ribs that had initially caught her attention. Breathing in deeply, she carefully prodded the bones and felt them move in a way that she knew they shouldn’t. That would have to be looked at. She glanced at Corthian when he inquired if she was alright.  “I’ve cracked or broken two of my ribs, probably when the beast smashed into me.  Don’t worry on my account though; I've survived far worse.”
GM
 GM, 273 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Sat 26 Jul 2014
at 06:08
Re: Boulder Pass
A few of the Dwarves had cheered when the Fright was vanquished, the leader directing them to resume work, and a few of them to examine the new monster corpse. The leader moved over to the group of warriors among their company.

"Thank you all for your aid, we should be able to push through to the other end of the pass by nightfall. I must say, without your help Sir Corthian, some of us may have been Fright food."

He motioned to Lilith and Zayden,

"If you like, you two may rest in the back of one of our wagons, its a miracle the Skullcaps didn't run off. We should have some bandages in our supplies if you wish to tend to your wounds. I apologize if I'm coming on too strong but I'm ecstatic that this beast has been slain! Speaking of which..."

By now the worker Dwarves had begun to drag the corpse of the Canyon Fright towards one of the carts.

"I know a good trophy maker outside of the Gullet, this beast will make a fine gift to the Grey Court, with your names held in high regard of course."
Corthian Joust
 player, 8 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Sat 26 Jul 2014
at 14:27
Re: Boulder Pass
Corthian walked over to Lilith. Oh dear no. Allow me the privlidge of taking care of your wounds. Cort lowered himself to be more on level with her, then placed his hand on Lilith's stomach and closed his eyes. Now please, don't speak and try not to move for a little bit. This will take some more time than Zayden's bite. Once again the same emerald light began to shine out from Lilith's stomach. It was a little bit embarrassing for Corthian to have his hand not only on a woman's stomach, but on a woman he had just met not even fifteen minutes ago. Corthian began to blush somewhat while he was healing her.

It took almost ten minutes, but Corthian finally removed his hand from Lilith and opened his eyes. He smiled at her, still blushing. There. Your ribs have been fixed and I made sure there was no punctures or internal bleeding. Like I told Zayden though, you will still have some aches and pains for a little while, but other than that you're going to be alright.

With that, his attention was drawn to the dwarf that was addressing him. It was no trouble at all good sir. I'm just glad everyone made it out with their lives and pretty much intact. Cort looked up to the sky and did see that nightfall would be upon them in a little bit. Might I ask of you a favor? I need to restock my supplies a bit in the next town. Would you mind if I traveled with you the rest of your journey there? I haven't really had company in many a year, so maybe some change of scenery is due. He looked down the road. If this is your will oh Terra, then I shall follow it. Even if it leads me back into the cruel arms of society again. But these people don't seem so bad. Maybe...maybe some things have changed. I can only hope.
Zayden
 player, 12 posts
 Human Mage
Sun 27 Jul 2014
at 10:43
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden quickly thanked Corthian for the healing before turning his attention towards the dwarf addressing him. "Thank you for the offer, much obliged. I think I'll gladly take that ride to town." He bowed slightly before being stopped by pain. *Right. Still gonna be sore.* He straightened himself out and collected his things. He quickly put on his clothes, just now remembering his burn scar, before making his way to the offered wagon. He glanced over to Corthian healing Lilith and noticed a tiny shred of jealousy break the surface of his calm. "Damn, now I wish I was better at healing magic." he mumbled as he took a seat.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:46, Sun 27 July 2014.

Sahara
 player, 14 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Sun 27 Jul 2014
at 11:02
Re: Boulder Pass
Sahara backed off slightly as Corthian did his thing and healed Zayden's wounds. She watched until she knew Zayden was alright, then she went to retrieve her battle axe that was thrown during the fight with the Canyon Fright. She turned towards the dwarves as she secured her axe to her person. "Thank you, but I'd rather stick to my assigned task and travel next to the caravan. The Canyon Fright might be gone but you never know what else might be lurking in these mountains. Lilith, you were injured; why don't you rest up with Zayden, take my spot." A devilish grin flashed across her face for a brief 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' moment. Her offer was initially out of concern for Lilith but she just realized that seating the two together could cause some feelings of unease in Zayden. She held back laughter at the thought of Zayden's inability to make small talk and the idea of him saying something stupid and then worrying about it for the rest of their travels. She turned towards Corthian, her countenance not betraying her inner amusement. "You have proven yourself a worthy ally, I have no problem with you joining us. The name's Sahara, by the way." she held out her hand for a formal introduction.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:04, Sun 27 July 2014.

Lilith Sereg
 player, 50 posts
 Blood will Tell
Tue 29 Jul 2014
at 01:20
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith stood as still as possible so as not to disrupt Corthian’s work or cause him further embarrassment. At first glance she would not have taken the mountain man to be a blusher, but looks were often deceiving. As he worked she noted her breathing slowly becoming less labored as the bones re-knit. That was good. Though she had tried to downplay it, the injury had worried her. Internal wounds were the most the dangerous for her. She would need to be more careful. Once he was done she stepped back. “Thank you for your aid. This is certainly better than trying to get back to town without unintentionally worsening it.”

At Sahara’s suggestion she ride the rest of the way Lilith  opened her mouth to protest, but thought better of it. Just because Corthian had healed her and she couldn’t feel any pain, didn’t mean she was completely battle ready. Best to take a moment to rest unless she was needed again. “Very well. That’s likely a good idea. If something else does come up, I am still in good enough shape to fight though.” As the Lilith climbed up into the cart beside Zayden she cast a quick glance back at Sahara wondering if she had actually seen the other woman grin or if it had merely been a trick of the light. Sliding into the seat next to him she turned to the other mage. “How are you feeling now? That bite looked worse than I thought at first.”
Corthian Joust
 player, 9 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Tue 29 Jul 2014
at 02:45
Re: Boulder Pass
As Lilith began to take her seat in the merchant cart, Corthian shook Sahara's hand. She had a sure and strong grip and did not look easily intimidated. A small smile came across his face. It is a pleasure to meet you. In fact it is a pleasure to meet all of you. He released her hand and brought his arm back to his side. If you don't mind, I would take the rear of this caravan. With two fighters down, we need at least one in front and one in back. That and if we were to suffer another sneak attack, I would rather take the hit than have you be injured as well. If that's ok with you Sahara. He hoped that she wouldn't take offense to his suggestion. He had just met his new companions and he really didn't want to irritate them quickly, especially since he hadn't had contact with another human being on this scale in at least a decade. Oh Terra, this is far more difficult than the Fright.
Zayden
 player, 13 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 29 Jul 2014
at 11:50
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden gave Lilith a friendly, almost child-like smile as she approached. "I'm fine, you don't have to worry about me. I'm a lot tougher than I look!" He puffed out his chest for emphasis and immediately regretted his decision to try to look tough. The muscles in his upper body, specifically his chest and shoulder muscles, were still very sore; more sore than he'd care to admit. He quickly relaxed his body with a quite audible sigh, his face not betraying the pain he felt. He laughed slightly as he allowed his eyes to wander the inside of the wagon. "This is cozy . . . So, how are you? I saw Corthian healing you too. That Canyon Fright must have done a number on you. Any pain? Do you mind if I take a look?"
Sahara
 player, 15 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Tue 29 Jul 2014
at 12:06
Re: Boulder Pass
Sahara smirked at Corthian's reasoning behind his suggestion that he take rear guard. She always found it amusing when people worried about her getting hurt. "I have no objection in you guarding the rear of the group, but if it's out of some concern that I might get hurt, don't be. I believe you're a capable fighter; I'd like the same level of faith." Her response almost felt practiced, like she was used to being underestimated but was definitely tired of it. "Don't apologize. I know you were going to. There's no need for that. Splitting up guards is a smart move, especially with two of us down." She headed for the front of the Caravan, her body language being very neutral and her voice more matter-of-fact than anything else.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 51 posts
 Blood will Tell
Wed 30 Jul 2014
at 04:07
Re: Boulder Pass
Do you mind if I take a look? Was he seriously suggesting…? Lilith’s face began to flush the same shade of crimson as her eyes and she suddenly became acutely aware of how close the quarters in the back of the cart were. Because of her particular brand of magic, she was well aware that she left more flesh bared than was considered proper in many places, but now she found herself wondering if Zayden had misinterpreted that. She had not taken him as that type though. He had lost a fair bit of blood in the fight, and likely struck his head on the rocks as well. Even with the healing, perhaps he was still woozy and did not realize what he was saying. Yes, that must be it.

The color in her cheeks still didn’t abate as she answered and her words came out a bit faster than intended. “I’m fine now. There’s not really anything to see. It was only a couple broken ribs – the bruising hadn’t even really started before Corthian healed me.” Glancing up at Zayden, Lilith continued before he had a chance to interject. “I’ll have to be careful for a little while until it finishes healing, but there’s no pain.” The heat was finally beginning to fade from her face as she realized the last bit would probably elicit questions if she didn’t explain now. If she was going to continue to work with Zayden and Sahara, it was going to become apparent sooner or later anyways. “It’s a…side effect…of my magic. I can’t feel any pain.”
Zayden
 player, 14 posts
 Human Mage
Wed 30 Jul 2014
at 06:41
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden realized what he said a moment too late and his face lit up as red as Lilith's did. He cursed at himself in the awkward moment between the stupid question leaving his lips and Lilith's stumbling reply. *Why would I even suggest that!? I can't heal to save my life!* "Uhm . . . I didn't mean . . ." He tried to interject an explanation but Lilith continued. When she mentioned she couldn't feel pain, his face went from embarrassment to intrigue. "No pain? That's pretty cool. Seems like it comes in handy more often than not. Can't say I'm as lucky as you with that though. Pain sucks." Again, he sounded childish; and his tone was almost as if nothing embarrassing had been previously said.
GM
 GM, 280 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Thu 31 Jul 2014
at 04:07
Re: Boulder Pass
The Head Dwarf nodded.

"Of course sir, you saved our hides, if you want to stick around you're more than welcome!"

By now most of the picking had been finished, the valuables loaded into the cart, and the bodies lined up orderly, least they could do. Everything else had been left for the next pickers, or for time to claim.

"That looks like everything boys, lets get these skullcaps moving, we should be able to make it to the end of the pass by nightfall."
Lilith Sereg
 player, 55 posts
 Blood will Tell
Fri 8 Aug 2014
at 00:52
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith drew her knees up before her and inwardly breathed a sigh of relief. A small smile flickered across her face as she saw Zayden turn scarlet as well. They must look like quite the pair of fools to the rest of the caravan.

“It can have its uses, true. I’ll never hesitate to cut myself for my magic, I can’t be easily tortured, and it takes a practically lethal injury in a fight to bring me down.” Looking up at him she continued in dead seriousness, what little levity there had been in her voice completely gone. “That all makes it too easy for me to not realize I’m hurt until I fall down dead from an injury I didn’t notice. I’ve broken bones and not realized it for days before. If Corthian hadn’t been able to heal me, I could have seriously worsened the injury I took earlier on the way back to town. It’s not uncommon for blood mages to die from doing just that so I have to be careful.” Trying to lighten the mood she cast another smile at him, although it was somewhat forced. “Don’t worry about it too much though. I’ve been dealing with it for most of my life.”
Zayden
 player, 15 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 12 Aug 2014
at 06:12
Re: Boulder Pass
"Dealing with it, huh?" his hushed voice trailed off as if he was talking to himself and he looked as if his mind was wandering elsewhere. After a moment, he snapped back to reality and looked a little embarrassed. "Haha, sorry about that. That was a little rude. Uhm . . . Right! Can't feel pain. So is it just pain or are you desensitized to touch too?" He reached out and poked her arm with his finger in an extremely child-like manner. "Can you feel that?" he asked as he continued to prod her.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 56 posts
 Blood will Tell
Thu 14 Aug 2014
at 12:48
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith couldn’t help but laugh at Zayden’s curiosity. It was refreshing to see no malice or wariness in his demeanor. Good fortune had been on her side to have encountered him and Sahara back in the city. Something about his innocent seeming nature put at ease. She batted his hand away lightheartedly. “Yes, I can feel that just fine. If I’ve started to become desensitized to touch, I haven’t noticed it yet. It can happen, but that level of numbness takes a very long time to set in. I’ll be probably be graying before it starts to become noticeable.”
Zayden
 player, 16 posts
 Human Mage
Mon 18 Aug 2014
at 05:34
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden laughed a little as Lilith batted his hand away and replied to his question. "Good to know you can still have fun." he laughed. If there was any 'dirty' meaning behind his joke, his face didn't show it. "So what brought you to the great bustling city of Forthu? Mercenary work can't be that hard to find." His demeanor was that of a normal, light-hearted young man and his face gleamed with interest.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 58 posts
 Blood will Tell
Fri 22 Aug 2014
at 14:19
Re: Boulder Pass
"Fun can be a little hard to come by on the road with a band of mercs who don't particularly like you." Lilith's half smirk could have meant any number of things but the blood mage clearly wasn't going to elaborate. "I ended up in Forthu after the band escorted some merchants over the pass.  We didn't run into the Fright, fortunately. Once here, well, the situation down on the border reeked of profit and work. The captain found a client who wanted some supplied taken to the front lines. There was just one hitch - the pretentious prick wouldn't hire if there was even a hint of black magic involved. The pay must have been damn good because the captain cut me on the spot and took the job." There was bitterness in her smile now, though she tried to keep it from her words. "Anyways that's how I found myself out of work in the Iron district when I ran into you and Sahara. What about you? Did you grow up here?"
Zayden
 player, 17 posts
 Human Mage
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 08:27
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden noticed the frustration behind her smile. "That was pretty harsh of your group to just up and kick you like that. I couldn't imagine leaving a pretty girl like you behind for any reason." He flashed a friendly smile, trying to cheer her up. "As for me, I grew up in large city not too far from here. Graduated from a local school of magic, apprenticed under a mage for a short time before venturing off on my own for a while. After I found myself in Forthu, I kinda wandered for about a week or two before deciding to settle down and join the Crusaders of Midas monster hunting guild. They're a good lot, provide me a place to stay and a few hot meals real cheap. Of course that comes with the membership. They set you up with a more senior member of the guild and send you on your way. I guess I'm still kinda in a probationary membership or something, I don't know."
GM
 GM, 295 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 21:27
Re: Boulder Pass
As the caravan moved through the Pass under the light of the moon and the dim glow of the Dwarves torches, light from a town could be seen close by at the end of the canyon. The path began to get smoother as the group approached a large wooden gate. Looks like they finally made it.

"Ho there! Caravan from Forthu coming in! Open the gate would ya?"

A watchmen leaned over with a surprised look on his face from atop the wall.

"By the gods! I haven't seen a fresh face from the other end in ages! What happened to the beast that was out there?"

The head merchant nodded his head towards the Canyon Fright carcass lying in one of the carts.

"He wont be trouble any longer. Now open up already we got some wounded!"

"Y-yeah, right away."

The still surprised guard moved out of sight and began to yell a few orders to some men on the other side of the wall and the large wooden doors began to drag open, revealing a town that was well alive and bustling, even in the night.

"Welcome to Foreman's Stop every one, make sure to guard your coin purses."