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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   3rd January 2019, 3:13 pm

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The assassin hesitates, watching to see what further move he would make or if he would back off and strike another time.
 Shashka shouts more!
Did it hit?
 -- 2
 -- 5

 Saphira was already vulnerable to waking! She awakens!
 Kitty wakes up!
--Insight 3!
Kitty gets the feeling that she understands what Shashka is trying to do and understands the situation! 
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This insight has to do with the Mind affinity~ It's almost like... Kitty... got a sense of Shashka's adrenaline-fueled thoughts? hmm...

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   3rd January 2019, 3:23 pm



Saphira had been sleeping soundlessly when Shashka's yelling woke her up. She rolled over and grabbed her pack, instinctively searching for one of her weapons, when, instead of an intruder, she saw Shashka pointing a dagger in William's direction. This was like a jolt of adrenaline to her, and she fished out her spear and jumped up, furious. "What the hell do you think you're doing?" she demanded. Had Shashka decided to kill him for a bounty or something? But they hadn't met anyone during their travels... did it happen while they were asleep? Cassandra was supposed to be keeping guard with her, though, and she doubted Cassandra would have let something like that happen. Either way, combined with being rudely awakened from a very nice sleep, Saphira was not happy.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   3rd January 2019, 3:34 pm


She pointed one of her daggers at him and he paused, still a few feet away, and took a deep breath to fortify his restraint and push back his frustration, putting up his empty hand so she wouldn't do anything hasty. What in the world had Cassandra said?! He glanced at the brunette in an attempt to glean any information from her as Shashka's words echoed around them, causing him to give up any hope of Saphira and Kitty sleeping through this - a notion reinforced when Saphira's furious demand quickly followed on the heals of Shashka's shouts. He kept his attention forward, trusting Saphira wouldn't do anything hasty so long as Shashka didn't make a move, and he calmly, hand still up playacting, asked, "What's wrong, Shashka?"

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   3rd January 2019, 3:43 pm



He was still just standing there. She wanted to slap him. Maybe I can slap him later. If he lives. If any of us live. And then she thought something she never expected to think: Thank god Saphira is so easy to piss off. She quickly toyed with the idea of goading her on, but doing that might just cause her to zero in on Shashka and she didn't want that. She needed everyone paying attention to what was around them. 

Her brain was working overtime trying to figure out how to communicate this without saying anything. Something I can say that they'll get, but the assassins won't. "You wouldn't want to end up like Charles, would you?" and then, to William in particular, "Maybe you should get on your knees and apologize." Duck you fricking idiot. They might have arrows. DUCK.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   3rd January 2019, 4:18 pm


His attempt at calming the situation only seemed to further infuriate the girl from Deepwall, bringing her to the point of using the late Lorhammie by way of a direct threat against them. He balked at her crassness, disgusted that she had even gone there after he had seen how it had affected Cassandra and Kitty and knowing full well the weight that they still bore for it. The way she spoke even sounded like she was attempting to take credit for taking his life, like she would repeat the harm inflicted on the late boy, but he knew from Cassandra that it had been the bandits that had murdered Charles, not Shashka, and that she would claim something so obviously false was mind-boggling for its ridiculousness alongside its poor taste. That she then finished with how he should fall to his knees to apologize was frankly preposterous and obscene. His jaw set, he eyed her solidly, not moving an inch.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 11:52 am



Falling slowly, through deep, deep water... She didn't remember splashing through the surface or anything about wherever she had come from, only that she now traveled through it, something pulling her down... Around her, the water dragged on her movements, reducing each motion with agonizing delay... The blue that surrounded her concentrated and darkened, and when she painstakingly tilted her head to look up, pale blonde hair waving above her head, whatever light sparkled above provided only the faintest glow, dimming with each passing second... Something constricted her chest... She couldn't breathe... She was drowning here, wasn't she, and the panic rose steadily in her heart as the rush of blood in her ears crescendoed to a terrifying roar!

Kitty didn't realize that she had awakened, not initially, so deep was the sleep she had been pulled from. Strange half-memories of the dream tugged at the edges of reality, twisting and warping it. She reached up to rub her eyes as the whirl of confusion slowly settled, sorting out the waking world from that of sleep. She remembered where she was—with the other Star Catchers, at their temporary encampment—and saw from the darkness that it was night. She could recall very little about the day preceding it; despite her request to take the first watch, she must have truly been exhausted.

She no longer lived in the dream, but she still heard that noise. No, wait, she did not—this was a different sound. This was something else. This was familiar... voices: noisy voices.

Kitty sat up, pulling the cloak around her, and tried to make better sense of the scene before her. William stood, grim and determined, facing Shashka, daggers pointed at the young man. Nearby, Saphira looked furious from the way she gripped her spear. Hadn't they gotten over this? They weren't all friends yet, not as she could tell Cassandra wished them to be, but surely they'd had enough of the internal arguing to... Kitty's eyes moved towards Cassandra, and then back to Shashka, and she felt a strange glimmer of... something. This wasn't right. The blonde caught just a hint of what the auburn-haired girl yelled.

"...end up like Charles..."

She knew how Charles had ended up. She had been there when he fell. It was over so quickly. Struck with an arrow.

They were in danger again.

The petite girl stood, trying to make eye contact with either Saphira or William. She didn't know if either would understand her fearful expression, but she hoped they'd know better than to think she considered Shashka "scary". Riled-up and problematic sometimes, but not... not like a paid killer. Not like the determined mercenaries they knew would be tracking them (mostly William), based on everything that had happened so far.

She picked up her own machete, waving it towards William and Saphira, and tried to sound bold as her rarely-added voice joined the yelling.

"You'd both better listen to her if you know what's good for you!"

It may have been five times as many words as any of them had heard from the taciturn girl except perhaps for Cassandra.

"Please," she prayed, wondering if she ought to rush to try and sweep his knees out from under him. "Please let them understand." She suspected that whatever William did, Saphira would follow. They were both so smart and so good at managing situations. If they knew there was danger, they'd change their focus. Right? She could only hope so.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 12:48 pm


Kitty's voice, loud and clear, immediately stole his attention. Jaw loosening, he turned his head, eyes wide with disbelief as he took in the sight of the petite young woman who stood with her weapon drawn on him, speaking louder and bolder than ever he had heard from her. An outburst from Shashka was not new - she practically challenged him to fight the first time they were alone - but Kitty? He thought they were getting along; they had even had actual conversations during the past two days, and while her responses had always been on the shorter side, she had initiated some of those conversations and had made no indication of wishing to end them earlier than the natural flow of conversation indicated. Had he... he had misjudged her. Foolish.

But if they thought this attempt would be successful, they, too, were foolish. Clenching his teeth, he relented, and went down on one knee before the other, his movements smooth and nonthreatening, if clearly angry. He did not show the dagger in his other hand beneath his cloak. They were spread too far apart to fight without chancing the other getting a blow in or going for Saphira before Saphira could fight back. Or after. He had no idea if Cassandra was in on it or not, but while he believed the choice could give her pause before backing Kitty, he was sure that she would back her nevertheless.

He wondered, as he waited to see what they would do next, why now. Why Kitty and Shashka? He could understand Kitty's motives - money for her sister could solve her problem without having to search for the star for weeks on end with the potential they would never find it regardless. If she had figured out who really wanted him dead or found a convincing way to bargain with any trailing assassins --

Trailing assassins. Had Shashka seen something on watch? Was this... Was this her way of attempting to warn him, and Kitty just figured it out before he did?! He kept the possibility of betrayal at the back of his mind while he considered this, fuming over how a much faster 'There's somebody out there!' could get a warning across without all this drama. Could have scared away the assassin(s), too, considering most of them would want to get the jump on them. Did she want to flush them out to capture and question them? Or attempt to, anyway, considering the success of Saphira's interrogation of the last one.

Maybe he was truly a fool, but he preferred the notion this was an attempt at a warning over an oddly-timed betrayal. His shield was back at his pack, as was his sword and his bow, but at least they had given him a reason to make himself a smaller target, if that was their intent. 

He'd just have to see how it went. He did not offer an apology.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 1:02 pm



She wasn't sure he understood, but at least he moved? It was better than nothing. She wished he had his bow and arrow in his hands. That would be so much more helpful, just in case. Kitty took a step forward, her machete held securely but no longer directed at anyone in particular. She felt her heart beating wildly in her chest, the fear that they'd be struck down by unseen danger escalating to a fever pitch for the petite young woman.

"Arrows," Kitty said to him, voice softer but not quite a whisper, trying to make the tone somewhere between a command-slash-request and a request-slash-statement. She didn't want it to end badly. She didn't want them to get hurt. She didn't want to once again live through what they had seen with Charles. She didn't want whatever lurked out there to know how terrified she felt. Her mouth tasted of sawdust again. She could feel the nervous perspiration on her forehead.

She only hoped Shashka and Cassandra would... do... something. Something that wasn't crazy. Something that helped her and everyone else understand where the attacker might be. Could they scare him or her off if they were all armed? How many might there be?

And she prayed that Saphira would understand this wasn't a true-faith attack.

Kitty looked towards Shashka and Cassandra again, trying to see if there was anything else out there, without making the action too obvious. In doing so, she stepped closer, hoping she could block anyone from a clear shot at William. She didn't exactly want to shield him with her own body, but she didn't want to leave him open either. Not because he was a prince—because they were traveling together.

This was a mess, and she only hoped they could somehow, together, make it better.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 1:20 pm



She watched the back and forth in disbelief. That Shashka would bring up Charles, again, when she never apologized for the first time, then demanded William to kneel and apologize was especially galling. Had she lost her mind? Had she decided to kill him after all and take the glory? But it made no sense. She wouldn't be a Royal Guard if she was found murdering the prince. Also, why apologize? William wasn't even there. If this was to be an execution, she'd just tell him to fall on his knees, right? So why add 'apologize'?

Saphira was angry, but her brain was also trying to puzzle the problem. Something didn't add up and as much as her instinct told her to just tackle Shashka to the ground, that itch, that nagging voice stopped her, made her hesitate.

And then Kitty picked up her weapon and yelled at them what could only be interpreted as a threat. Something deeply uncharacteristic of her. A part of Saphira - the passionate, short-tempered side - wanted to feel appalled and betrayed, told her that the other three had decided to revolt against her and William and were trying to kill him, but her more level-headed side argued that the way they were going about it made no sense. They could have just killed him in his sleep and be done with it.

Why make a spectacle out of it? For whose benefit...

She paused.

She watched as William begrudgingly knelt, and Saphira heard the word Kitty whispered next. Arrows. Her eyes subtly traveled into the darkness, trying to see if there was someone outside their group there without making it obvious. If they were in fact putting a performance for someone...

She casually walked toward William, making a big show of it as if for the benefit of the other three. As she moved, she kicked his pack closer to him so that he could grab his shield if necessary. She paused beside him and slightly in front. She didn't know where the attacker was - or if there was any, really - but this was the easiest way she knew to block the shot with Kitty and Shashka sort of covering the other sides.

"If you want him, you have to get through me first," she challenged loudly, her eyes on Shashka even if her words were not directed at her.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 2:37 pm


Kitty approached, her serrated sword no longer pointing at anyone, and he adjusted his grip on his dagger just in case -

'Arrows.' Her warning was soft - or at least, that's how he took the statement. It sounded like she was quietly compelling him to give them up, but her expression did not match one of someone demanding his surrender. While still a small voice warned him he was being naive and seeing what he wanted to see in her rather than seeing the truth of the matter, he relaxed his grip and considered his response. Everything was by his bag - he could say that, maybe indicate she could take up the bow and arrow and somehow get it to him, rather sure that if anyone else here could fire a bow and arrow they would have brought one or selected the items from among the offered arms back on the mountain. If they pointed out where the person was he could get out a warning shot and see where it went from there --

Something large and heavy slid across the ground toward him and it took a lot of self control and trust in Kitty's expression not to flinch, but Saphira's arrival and positioning made it that much easier to relax into moving smoothly, even if as tension grew in realization that she, Kitty, and Shashka were positioned to block him from view for over half the field behind and beside their path, opening them up to take an attack meant for him. He chanced the cover to quietly reach for his bag.

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 looks for the assassin!
Does she spot him? Perception check!
--Kitty's Perception: 1
--Perception Check: 7

Kitty is unable to see the concealed man!


Does he notice her spotting him? Perception check!
--Assassin's Perception: 4
--Perception Check: 9

The assassin doesn't catch that Kitty was trying to spot him!

looks for the assassin!
Does she spot him? Perception check!
--Saphira's Perception: 4
--Perception Check: 8

Saphira is unable to spot the concealed man, having no idea where to even start looking!

Does he notice her spotting him? Perception check!
--Assassin's Perception: 4
--Perception Check: 6

The assassin does not catch that Saphira is specifically looking for him. This is a great show though, he's pretty happy at what's happening.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 5:03 pm



Whatever was out there, Kitty couldn't see it. At least that failure remained tempered by Saphira's response. Kitty wouldn't say that she knew the young woman from Shadeslake "well", but she hoped that the time they'd spent together gave her enough to work with. She'd seen Saphira fight before, too. The elegant young woman's mannerisms now didn't fit with what Kitty had seen in their earlier skirmish. She instead felt reminded of the previous times Saphira had been "acting" for the benefit of some other party. Or perhaps the blonde from Lorham was simply being too hopeful... but she didn't have anything else to cling to, and they couldn't start fighting among themselves. She tried to swallow her doubts.

She heard rather than saw William move, and once again she hoped fervently that he didn't honestly expect they were attacking him. Was he able to grab his bow? Did anyone else see anything more? The machete's handle felt too warm in her grip, her hands clammy with nervous tension. Kitty desperately hoped they'd be alright; she hoped that at least one of the others could see what might be threatening them.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 7:04 pm



Her heart was thumping loudly in her chest. She still had no idea where the threat was coming from, and Cassandra hadn't made a move to let her know, but at least things seemed to be falling into place with the group now. Kitty had understood, and encouraged William to at least kneel, with Saphira flanking him. Whether or not Saphira had understood was besides the point. She was in a position to defend, and that's what mattered.

But what now? If she knew the location of the assassin, she could shoot a spark toward him or her, but what if there were more than one? What if they were surrounded, but had only noticed one person? She had no way of knowing and as the seconds ticked on she wondered what to do. She thought back to her short training with the militia and how they had used the hands of a clock to determine positions. She wasn't sure the others would get it, but William had been trained with a sword and maybe even in warfare. If he understood what was going on, he could communicate their position to her. It was worth a shot. "What do you say we wait to kill him? Should the danger come at say, 6 'o clock? How about 9? Shall we make him suffer? Any opinion William? Cassandra?" Someone? Anyone?

Shashka's position:
 
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 7:33 pm



When Shashka began to yell, Cassandra held back a frown of worry. Her plan had consisted of many subtle movements and touches to wake everyone up, perhaps with looks of warning as it happened. But this wasn't at all like how she'd thought, a twist in a story she thought she knew by heart.

But, given how she'd grown to know Shashka a little more recently, perhaps she should have expected this after all. She'd almost laugh of amusement if the situation weren't so dire.

At least now the others were awake. Cassandra kept quiet at first, keeping tabs on the assassin while the rest of the group conversed. It wasn't going well, either, and she wanted to sigh at how easily—still so easily—their group could potentially fall apart. Trust may have grown between them but it did not seem to be the default.

She could tell that Kitty understood the situation, giving an uncharacteristic approach to give weight to the situation, to show the others that something was not right here. Cassandra believed Saphira was beginning to understand too, though with Leon being the subject of the 'violence', she wasn't going to bet on it just yet. Would Saphira be able to see past the potential threat to someone she cared about in order to see the truth? It was hard to tell, not with how fiercely she protected him. And Leon, she couldn't read him well at all, his posture making it difficult to read his face, but at least he was in a defensive position if arrows came flying.

At Shashka's last comment, Cassandra looked to her, almost praising at the genius of the ruse, but there needed to be more to this. Something to really show both Saphira and Leon that this was all an act.

Taking cue from Kitty, Cassandra turned to face the group and began to raise her hands, taking steps backwards towards the assassin as she did so. She wasn't going to get too close, but she closed the distance enough to present herself as the closest target. "You're all nuts," she told them, making her voice waver. With her back turned towards the assassin, she gave pointed looks to Saphira and Leon. "Scheduling to torture and then kill someone at 7 'o clock? Who does that? What kind of maniacs are you? I knew teaming up with you all was a bad idea."

Knowing she was getting somewhat closer to the assassin, Cassandra listened closely for any sounds behind her. In case the killer decided to take this opportunity, she would be ready for it, axe still held tightly in one raised hand.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   4th January 2019, 7:57 pm



That was all the confirmation she needed. In Shashka's opinion, it was high time to reclaim control of this situation. She reached a hand out in the direction of 7 on her imaginary clock and let a spark fly from her fingertips, praying it would scare the pants off of whomever was hiding there or maybe light the nearest bush or bit of brush on fire. She was pissed off, tired, and was done with this assassin nonsense. If the spark didn't catch, well, things might not go as planned, but at least they'd gotten the jump on the jerks, just this once.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   5th January 2019, 8:59 am

Battle! wrote:

 Shashka uses her Fire Affinity and attempts to send a spark towards the assassin!
Did it work?
--4
A spark shoots out of her fingertips towards the assassin!
Did it hit?
--4
It hits the assassin!
How much damage?
--0 it's... just a little spark


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The assassin, who had been mildly amused by what was going on, startled as Shashka turned on him and a spark landed on his jacket. He rolled to quickly quash it, realizing that since there had been no other party member between him and her so the entire thing had been an act. All thoughts of diplomacy out the window, he analyzed the situation - all were awake, most were armed, target hidden - and opted to flee.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   5th January 2019, 9:29 am


As Shashka puffed about killing him at a different time he had undone the straps that held the shield to his pack, wondering if there were some safer way of attaching his bow and quiver to the bag so in situations like this he had a larger arsenal to choose from. He glanced up sharply at her as she mentioned different times, the absurdity just enough to point out she was attempting a different form of communication, and he almost smiled. She was using clockhand positioning, and asking if he and Cassandra thought they should engage the enemy. Clever. Still working subtly, he armed himself with the shield as Cassandra replied, answering in code that pointed out just where the opponent that had been spotted was hiding, though he wasn't sure if the rest was just playacting or if it was her way of saying she was against the stronger forms of interrogation. Honestly he'd prefer not to torture or kill the person, either. Incapacitate, yes, but out here that may as well be as good as a death sentence, what with the wolves. But if they left him anything less than that they may as well just never sleep. 

Before he could voice his opinion, Shashka spun and pointed at the seven o'clock position and a spark of flame shot out from her - Fire Affinity made completely sense for her - to illuminate the exact position of the assassin. There went all subtlety and pretense. He changed the grip on his dagger, looking around for signs of the man's companions, but from the sounds of it their opponent rolled over, got to his feet, and ran. So he was alone. 

William relaxed completely, rolled back towards where he had been sleeping, sheathed the dagger beneath his cloak and got up to his feet in a single fluid movement, and grabbed his bow and quiver. "So feigning to turn on each other is the tell we've chosen to indicate an enemy is nearby?" he asked in a slightly terse tone. He turned back towards them, slinging the quiver over one shoulder and holding the bow in the hand opposite his shield arm, an arrow held at the ready as he stalked towards the assassin's fleeing path. He quickly flipped his hood back over his head, not exactly enjoying the thought of what was about to happen but not seeing any way around it, either. The threat could not be allowed to go freely just so they could strike again at another time.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   5th January 2019, 10:04 am



She couldn't find the assassin in the dark, but the others kept talking in that obviously strange way that she would honestly be surprised if the bad guy didn't realize they were playacting and speaking in codes. But maybe he was just not very smart? Just like the last one. When a specific direction was finally pointed out, Saphira prepared herself to strike, but Shashka shot fire first. She could see the assassin now, who, for some reason, just decided to run off after putting out the small spark of fire. Probably because they were all awake and he was... was he alone? A coward too, it seemed. Where did all these incompetents come from?

William spoke then, and she had to agree that it was needlessly complicated. A shout with the direction of the attack to begin with would have been faster and much simpler, instead of making them stand around in confusion, stressing about what was going on while not knowing where the danger was and being sitting ducks. It was obvious that they needed to agree on a strategy to handle something like this before the next sleep.

He was headed towards the assassin, which surprised her, but she supposed just because he'd turned tail didn't mean he couldn't try to follow them again. She just wanted to continue on and sacrifice tonight's rest, but maybe if they could catch up... she followed his lead, carrying her spear in hand.

"Perhaps we should agree on a signal for next time and prioritize announcing the attacker's position as well."

She was beginning to get a headache. She knew if it were just the two of them, there wouldn't have been all that drama and the assassin would have been taken care of.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   5th January 2019, 10:37 pm



The play on words seemed to have done the trick. Cassandra watched a spark streak out from Shashka's fingertips in the direction of the assassin, her eyes widening a little at the sudden display. There was no time to dawdle on that, however, and Cassandra turned, axe at the ready, but the assassin took off back into the darkness.

"I'd hoped to lure him in closer to us, to give ourselves the upper hand," she said as explanation, the tension in her posture relaxing. "But a codeword sounds like a good idea. We should also be suspicious of any sounds at night. Better to be overly suspicious in this, I think." She tried to think of all the things she'd read in her books, about heroes trying to move quickly and safely from those that sought to harm them. "Does anyone know how to make traps? Or perhaps some kind of warning perimeter around the camp? That could give us a fair warning when something like this happens again."

Her own skills had never had much to do with trapping or building such things, but she figured, if need be, she could come up with some sort of makeshift warning system for future camps.

She spotted Leon's movements, bow drawn. Hefting her axe into a better position, she followed behind him, ready to support him if the need arose. She looked for signs of the assassin amongst the darkness, in hopes find the right direction in case the trail had already been lost.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   6th January 2019, 11:50 am


Saphira fell in behind him and he was grateful for the company and the sense she spoke. Cassandra's response was defensible, and while he wasn't entirely thrilled with the idea of being woken up at every sound during the night, he knew the ire he felt was more a reflection on what had just happened than on any of them. He'd rather be prodded awake for prey or gravity snapping a branch then never wake up again. As she, too, fell in to their "hunting" party, he replied to her question. "Shashka and I do," he offered, putting the other girl's name up for having seen her set traps a few times now, "It's easy enough to teach, we'd just need more rope and we can make it part of camp preparations." As they left the general perimeter of their original camp and passed by the bush the assassin had hidden in, he stared ahead into the darkness, eyes open for any place someone could hide, even as he kept an eye to the disturbed grass that showed the path the man had escaped following. At that point he kept his voice down as he said, "If we can help it, don't kill him. We'll incapacitate him, move him as far as we can off our path, and then keep moving for a few more hours in an attempt to lose him."

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   6th January 2019, 1:20 pm



With the assassin fleeing, Kitty finally released a sigh. She felt the exhaustion wash over her as the tide of adrenaline pulled back, leaving her aching and feeling slightly shaky. She didn't even wonder much at the spark Shashka created—the blonde was simply tired, and everything they had just done was more than she really expected to be capable of. She wanted to curl back up on the ground, but it was clear that some discussions and other steps were needed—although she wasn't sure she'd be of much use to follow after the fleeing man, which William clearly intended, given the way he pulled up his hood and strode in that direction.

Saphira and Cassandra quickly followed, which Kitty was glad of. He'd have support. She didn't want to let them stray too far, however; splitting into two teams carried many risks, but it felt like a bad idea to abandon the camp without at least an attempt at packing and removing whatever traces they could. As much as she longed for it, it would be foolish to fall back to sleep now. She kept the machete in her hand, watching the others, trying to figure out how she could best assist them—given the circumstances.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   6th January 2019, 5:24 pm



Shashka agreed with both the immense need for a code word and the idea of the traps. Why hadn't they thought of that earlier? "I can help make traps, though I've never trapped a human before. Was he alone Cassandra? And was it a he? Could you tell?" She was still slightly on her guard, though the other girls more relaxed stance told her that the immediate threat had passed. As they began to head off, she offered, "I can sneak ahead and see if I can catch any kind of trail. Shouldn't someone stay behind with Kitty? Guard the camp? She glanced at her over her shoulder, standing halfway between the group and the camp ground.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   6th January 2019, 6:39 pm


"If they weren't alone your spark should've started a fight rather than a chase," William supplied, only loud enough to be heard by the small group with him as he traced the bent grass down the hill up until it disappeared as the failed assassin jumped atop a rock partway down its slope. He paused, shield arm going out to one side to indicate caution as he looked left and right of the small boulder for any telling indentations betraying which way the man had jumped. Despite the night sky being clear and the land considerably sparser than any other locale on their journey had been, with the low brush and the low lighting it was hard to pinpoint where he had gone after scrambling the boulder. "With luck this shouldn't take long," he said, his voice louder, "but I would prefer no chance of hostages so either Kitty needs to join us or someone should go serve as her backup and start scrapping camp.

He glanced back at Saphira, finger to his lips, and nodded to the right side of the boulder. Then to Shashka, finger still in place, and nodded right. Saphira had trialed with trackers, Shashka had stated she could walk quietly and stealthily - both things they'd need if their target were crouching behind the rock, or would be useful in finding them in case they weren't. To Cassandra he made a series of signals that were practically universal for "keep an eye out, stay quiet and follow me", and then crept towards the rock being as silent as he could in order to surprise the person hiding there - if anyone were still hiding there at all. He pulled back the string on his bow, arrow readied to fire the moment he saw movement ahead of him.

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 William attempts to be stealthy!
Stealth Check! (why not XD. Operates like a perception check, but, like, hey why not roll and add their dexterity in? or half dexterity? idk i'm figuring it out)
--10
--Roll:6
--DEX: 5
----Stealthy indeed~


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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   6th January 2019, 8:46 pm



As Cassandra spoke about warnings, Saphira thought of setting up a line of cans that could rattle when someone stepped through. Did they have cans, though? Better yet, if they had a net, they could set a trap that would instantly catch the intruder instead of just warning them... But they hadn't exactly packed for fighting humans, had they?

She was actually surprised when Shashka offered to sneak ahead and find the assassin. It was such a different attitude than when they'd gotten attacked earlier, Saphira couldn't help but be suspicious. Was she just trying to run off ahead of them? Not that she'd know where to go... or was she trying to catch up to the assassin to strike some kind of deal that would only benefit herself? She didn't trust this suddenly helpful attitude, but decided not to do anything beyond keeping an eye on her for now.

She caught William's signal and slowed down, moving carefully and stealthily towards the right side of the boulder as he indicated. She held the spear on her right hand, keeping it away from the ground to avoid any noise, and crept forward, ready to attack whoever was there.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 6:23 am



She heard enough of her name to know that she needed to follow. The blonde slung her bag over her shoulder and willed herself to run up to the others, trying not to thud her footfalls too loudly. She'd worked through exhaustion before; this wouldn't be the first or the last time. If they needed to stick together, they needed to stick together. She hoped they could quickly find the would-be assassin and make their next steps from there. Wandering too far from the trail William originally charted would be dangerous. She remembered what she could of what he had shown her—although perhaps at this exact nighttime moment it didn't seem too clear in her mind—but she'd prefer that they not have to rely on her when he seemed so much more capable.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 2:37 pm

Battle! wrote:

 Saphira attempts to be stealthy!
Stealth Check! (why not XD. Operates like a perception check, but, like, hey why not roll and add their dexterity in? or half dexterity? idk i'm figuring it out)
--10
--Roll: 5
--DEX: 7
----Stealthy~!

 Kitty attempts to be stealthy!
Stealth Check! (why not XD. Operates like a perception check, but, like, hey why not roll and add their dexterity in? or half dexterity? idk i'm figuring it out)
--10
--Roll: 5
--DEX: 5
----Stealthy Enough!

Note! someone can totally get to the rock first XD otherwise if you want to go along with the plan but you can't make a post long enough tell me in discord and i'll roll your stealth and just move on when we can to IS HE BEHIND THE ROCK?

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 6:20 pm



Shashka nodded and took off in the direction William pointed, moving to encircle what may end up just being a rock, to be honest. She wasn't quite sure what the plan was if they actually found the assassin. Yeah, bonk him or her on the head but with what? And was she even capable of doing that? She shook her head at herself. Now wasn't the time to question. Just do what you're good at. She focused her energy on making her footfalls soft, and felt glad that she tended to wear slipper shoes instead of anything clunky like climbing boots.
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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 8:09 pm

Battle! wrote:
 Shashka attempts to be stealthy!
Stealth Check! (why not XD. Operates like a perception check, but, like, hey why not roll and add their dexterity in? or half dexterity? idk i'm figuring it out)
--10
--Roll: 6
--DEX: 6
--TRAIT: Stealthy! 3
----Extra Stealthy!

 Cassandra attempts to be stealthy!
Stealth Check! (why not XD. Operates like a perception check, but, like, hey why not roll and add their dexterity in? or half dexterity? idk i'm figuring it out)
--10
--Roll: 3
--DEX: 3
----A little clunky...Cassandra can't help but make a little noise as she follows after William!




They come up to the rock and...
Is the assassin hiding there?
--3
Oops! Nope!

Does the assassin attack as they are distracted, or run away?
--
4
Attack! How fortuitous! Just... not for them.

Assassin throws a knife silently, attempting to hit William! 
Does it hit?
--3
it misses!
 William is in close quarters with Shashka, Saphira, and Cassandra! Does it hit one of them?
--4
Yup
Who does it hit? 1-2=Shashka 3-4=Saphira 5-6=Cassandra
--5

The Assassin's knife hits Cassandra!
How much damage?
--4
--STR 5
--WPN 1
--Cloak: -1
--Cloak: Piercing resistant! -2
----Total of 7 points of damage!

GASP! HE'S OVER THERE! BEHIND A BUSH TO (roll) SAPHIRA'S SIDE OF THE ROCK! 

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 8:20 pm


Well so much for that. 

His weapon aimed to fire, just as he got close enough to see over the boulder where the footprints stopped, he realized that no one was there -- And then two hard thumps sounded behind him - one higher up and then on the ground, from his left. He pivoted to handle the cause before the effect, eyed the shadowy figure by another thorny bush, and held his fire to climb onto of the rock, afraid that otherwise their positions could put Saphira at risk if she moved suddenly. From a higher vantage point, that shouldn't happen so easily. His footing sure, he fired an arrow at the would-be killer.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   7th January 2019, 8:47 pm



She found the back of the boulder to be empty, but then she heard it. The sound of a knife whizzing through the air. Her heart nearly stopped for the second time that day, but when she turned towards William, he was unharmed. Instead, it seemed the knife had embedded itself in Cassandra. She winced, but had no time to rush towards her to help since the threat was still around. She whipped her head around and saw him on her side of the rock, behind a bush. She threw her spear at him, aiming for his shoulder. 

When she came to do this ultimate trial, she certainly did not expect to have to fight so many human beings on her journey.

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PostSubject: Re: [HC Event] Star Catchers   8th January 2019, 1:06 am



Even against her best efforts, she could hear how much noise she made as she followed Leon's lead. Put next to how little noise the others made, it seemed extra loud. She tried to adjust the way she walked, tried to scan through the darkness as best she could in order to find those trick twigs and leaves, but to no avail.

So focused on the ground and her attempts to remain as quiet as possible while the others checked the rock, she only heard the faint sound of something cutting through the air before pain—hot and piercing—burst from her side. Cassandra recoiled from the impact, wincing as her entire focus came down to the exact way the injury pulsed and seared within her in that moment.

She'd sustained injuries before back home, a normal hazard in a town with so much manual labor, but nothing like this. Countless stories of heroes and battles had not prepared her for such an intense sensation. The adrenaline pumping in her veins acted like a buffer, at the very least, but it was difficult to look down and see the knife there, so very present and fiery and awful.

She heard the sounds of the others engaging into combat and she couldn't—wouldn't—stand here doing nothing. She took in a deep breath—accepting the fact that the injury now existed rather than fighting against it—and pulled the knife from her side. She steadied herself for an extra second, thankful now in the aftermath that it had been herself hit by the weapon and not anyone else. And she needed to keep it that way.

Adjusting her axe, Cassandra made her way to the assassin who had announced his position with his thrown knife. She went in for an attack of her own, though not in an attempt to outright kill him despite the searing heat in her side that tried to convince her otherwise. She could give back as good as she got, but she wasn't a killer unless it became necessary.

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