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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:36 pm

The morning air is cold and dry and the ground is peppered with the mornings frost; winter has come. Krond packs his nap sack with the materials and provisions that he’ll need for a couple weeks worth of roughing it in the wilderness. Once he has the things he needs, he puts on just enough Armor to protect himself yet still be able to move deftly through the woods. Then he covers himself with his fur pelt and poncho for maximum warmth; he’s ready to go. Picking up Gram and shouldering it, he waits at the edge of the trail near the fire circle where he promised to meet Cricket. As the sun begins to rise he waits patiently for his young, light hearted buddy.
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:10 pm

About twenty minutes pass before the slapping of Cricket's feet against the damp earth can be heard coming up the path. He lightly jogs up to Krond by the Circle with his bag snug to his back. Smiling, he holds up a leg of chicken. 'For the road! I can nap later. Ready?'
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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:48 pm

Krond nods in approval. “Very well, then we’re off.” Both Krond and Cricket turn to face the trail. With an energetic skip in their step, they head on the trail towards Applevale; and into the wilds on Annwm.

After a few hours of hiking and bantering back and forth between the two unlikely companions, Krond thinks it is time to have sit and rest for a brief moment before continuing on. He takes out a piece of parchment and gestures for Cricket to come have a look. It is a map of Annwm; with towns and known landscapes marked all over it. He points to a section on the map not far from Applevale and faces Cricket, “this is where we’re goin. We’re gonna travel around this area and scout out some locations that would be considered ‘safe’ for human habitation. It might take a while since I’m unfamiliar with the territory; but that’s where you come in. You know these wilds better than I do. With your help, this should be considerably easier.”

He turns to face Cricket to see if he understands the mission.
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:06 am

Cricket looks intently at the map. Though he cannot read, he has seen many maps of Annwm and the words upon them are hardly a barrier. 'Mmm.' He looks up the ridge, still off the path westward, and then towards the coast about 100 or so paces to their East. 'Got it. We can do it. It ain't gonna be easy, but challenge is good.'
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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:28 am

Krond nods in agreement, “Mhmm, challenge makes us stronger.” He then takes out his water skin pouch and takes a sip of water. “Make sure you drink plenty, we have lots of travelling to do before days end.” After they both hydrate themselves and rest for a few minutes, they set out onto the road again.

After so long silence falls between the two of them. As time goes by Krond begins to feel a little awkward. He doesn’t usually know what to say to someone he hardly knows; and he’s terrible at making small talk. But Cricket will be with him for the next little while so he thought maybe it’d be good to know a little more about his new travelling companion. Krond takes a deep breath and exhales slowly, “so Cricket” he asks “where are you from originally? You were born on the island right?”
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:44 pm

Cricket walks along with a slight spring, humming quietly but not saying much. When Krond speaks he lights up. He nods. 'Yup! Never left the Island. I was born out west, in a lil' settlement by the coast. Not sure if it's still around, honestly.' He looks to the west as if he could see it from there. 'Where you from, Krond?'
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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:41 pm

Krond notices when Cricket looks in each direction as he talks about them. For someone who seems so air-headed, he certainly seems to know his way around. Though impressed, Krond responds to Cricket's question, "I come from the mainland, my clan resides in the Dragonspire Mountains. But we're a wandering tribe so we don't stay in the same place all year long. The mountains provide enough resources to live but it can be quite dangerous; large beasts can be found wandering the wilds there." Krond looks down at the ground for a moment with a somber look on his face, "But its been a long time since I called those mountains home. I've been wandering the mainland since I was 17 years old . . . and because of that I was able to make my way to Annwm."
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:47 am

Cricket looks a bit mystified. 'Dragonspire... I've heard of it, it sounds exicting... maybe someday I can explore the mainland. See all the people and creatures in the west.' His countenance is wistful, but he focuses back. 'People are scared of this area of Annwm, but this is a good place to settle, if you can ignore the devils.'
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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:05 am

“Well that’s what we’re gonna find; a place safe enough for people to live. Despite the monsters.” A slight breeze wisps by and sends chills down Krond’s spine, making him shiver. “Honestly I think the winters here are worse than the devils. This cold goes right to your bones; It’s a much different kind of cold than the mainland.” Krond then puts his hood up to keep his ears warm. Despite spending 4 winters in Annwm he still hasn’t quite gotten used to the winters on the island. They’re always so wet and damp, and the wind that comes off the ocean only intensifies the already freezing air. Krond never thought he’d say this, but the crisp and cool air of the Dragonspire Mountains seemed like a warm summer breeze in comparison. He turns to Cricket, “how do you Annwmians deal with this cold? You look far less uncomfortable than I do and you’re barely wearing any footwear.”
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:23 am

Cricket shrugs. 'Unno. We dry out easier I guess so the wet don't bother me as much at least.' He smiles and exclaims, 'Like a frog!' He points northwest. 'But there are some places on the Island that are dry and weird... shouldn't be that way but it is. People stay away from those places.'
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Post by Krond Thuliaga on Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:06 pm

Krond raises an eyebrow and looks at Cricket admirably, “you really do just know every direction at all times don’t you? How do you do that?” He asks inquisitively.
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Post by Rob (Cast) on Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:39 pm

Another shrug. 'That's just how I was taught, I guess. Was taught east and west instead of left and right. Just stays in your head.' He looks a little embarassed. 'Er... I DO know my left and right though!'
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