We have been upgraded!
The layout is new to me,
so bear with me as I explore.
In the meantime ...
We have a shout box!
Since we haven't gotten very far,
we're still limited to non-magical humans only.
The spot where their magic is hidden hasn't been found yet,
but a new race HAS been spotted in the forest!
A town has been flooded with large/giant spiders
And a chest has appeared at the bottom of the Forbidden Cavern
Post by NPC_Account on Feb 2, 2013 18:27:32 GMT -5
The Dark forest. It is a forest that surrounds part of these lands that lead up to the mountains. They are ominous, and down right creepy. The dark forest is the only outside source of fear in all of the five kingdoms, mother all around tell fearsome stories to their little ones so that they'll never even think about entering.
Yet you are here. It has called to you and you have come.
You are greeted by the sight of a recently ravaged deer corpse. Now what?
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 12, 2013 1:50:51 GMT -5
Red frowned at the sight of the animal. Poor thing looked like it must've been mauled by some horrible, certainly fearsome beast, but what...?
She and her...Traveling companion, Green, had certainly heard all of the stories about this forest. How dangerous it was....What horrible things would happen to them if they ventured inside. Green had suggested bypassing it entirely, but as their travels closed in nearby Red's curiosity overcame her. Green had only ceded to her friend on the condition that they make sure to get food BEFORE the adventure. She'd also wanted to maybe hire a few Dentora mercenaries for protection and peace of mind, but their meager funds would not likely have sufficed to procure the services of any sellswords. Any trustworthy ones, anyways.
Still...Standing in the gloom of the unexplored(or at least, unexplored in the known past) forest...she really wished she'd found someone, anyone to go with them. Red felt her fear, though it was shadowed by her own. Yet...Curiosity built up inside her. She was standing a small distance away from it, partly out of respect, partly because she was currently dressed in one of Green's outfits(and while the blood might not really show on one of her own, it would play havoc with the colors of one of Green's). Gingerly, she carefully stepped closer, taking care not to get too much blood on the emerald leggings of her mental companion's, and inspected the damage of the creature to see just how bad it was, get a idea of what might have caused it.
Post by NPC_Account on Feb 12, 2013 2:30:38 GMT -5
The snow around the most destroyed part of the animal was bloody and trodden down. Most of the footprints were mashed together and hard to get a read on. However, a closer look may produce some better ideas.
The body itself was still somewhat warm, it's blood just starting to freeze in the cold air. And it is missing a leg. A slim red trail, along with a matching trail of trodden snow would lead straight into the forest from there.
The wind blews strongly before dying down. A bird call was heard in the distance.
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 12, 2013 23:32:35 GMT -5
Red stepped back from it after getting a idea of what happened to the poor thing, shivering from both the cold at from the brutality that had visited itself upon the deer. With the warmth of its body, whatever did this was prooobably still here, or at last close by. Regardless, she was still going to press on, even against her(and Green's) better judgement.
She grabbed her pack of clothes and supplies, and cautiously set out further into the forest, looking around and listening for anything out of place. She didn't exactly follow the trail, but didn't go out of her way to avoid it as she did so. If that was the easiest path, then so be it...She'd just have to try not to alert whatever beast had ravaged the corpse there.
Post by NPC_Account on Feb 13, 2013 4:05:08 GMT -5
The trail was covered with all sorts of animals tracks. Some which maybe readily identified, and others that may be a little harder to recognize. (birds, wolves, deer,rabbits,squirrels..)
The little path of blood drippings still follow this path.
Further into the forest, the trees get closer together, and the round gets rougher. More so on the left than it is on the right. On the right, another path - a game trail- can easily be noticable in the snow. It makes a sharp bend towards the path you are already on. The one tree that separates the two paths is a (white) pine tree that is larger than most of the other trees easily wider than your arms reach would allow. There's also a gleam coming from it's trunk area at about eye level.
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 13, 2013 23:45:39 GMT -5
((Bluh, my brain must be running on empty today. Meant to post something earlier but I couldn't think anything up, and this is all I managed to get at all. ;_; ))
Red looked through the clearings, trying to decipher which path the creature(or creatures, as it may be) had taken. After determining her route, she inspected the gleam to see what it might be, unable to resist her curiosity to what it could be any longer.
Post by NPC_Account on Feb 14, 2013 21:58:41 GMT -5
Upon closer inspection, there gleam came from inside the back. It was a clear, blue, pointy object imbedded within the trunk of the tree. Since she was closer to it, it also seems to give off a faint glow along with its natural gleam.
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 14, 2013 22:13:35 GMT -5
On the one hand, this was clearly artificial. Red and Green had both traveled through wilderness before, and more often than not nature deigned against producing shinies of any sort, much less the pointy or blue kind. On the other hand, given that this forest was pretty much entirely wilds and/or horrific monster territory, whoever DID own it probably either wouldn't be needing it anymore or wouldn't be around to retrieve it. Naturally, Red gave in to her first impulse to take the object for her own(assuming she was able), inspecting it yet closer when she had it as she made her way down the left path(assuming the object had no trap that would prevent her from leaving at her own pace).
Post by NPC_Account on Feb 14, 2013 22:46:06 GMT -5
On closer inspection the blue pointy thing wasn't as artificial looking as Red may have thought it to be. It was heavy like stone, and shaped into a point on one end. It was in fact a crystal. The only unnatural quality left for it to possess seemed to be the faint glowing.
As she continued down the path, the light trail of blood continued, but the types of animal footprints changed. Most of the animals veered off at some point, leaving only that one specific animal, of which there were many, and the blood. (Hint: They look like a dog's pawprint...but bigger)
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 14, 2013 23:06:58 GMT -5
Well. A crystal. That was quite different from what she was expecting, she supposed, but nonetheless could be quite handy. Besides, it was neat, what with the glowing and all, and that was enough reason as any to take it. However, it wouldn't do to keep on carrying a glowing crystal of some form, not out in the open where it might get her noticed(the green clothes would do a fine enough job of this on their own, out in the bitter cold and snow. I presume there's snow, anyways). So as she followed the path, she placed the crystal in her ever-handy travel pack and headed onwards, taking note of the diverging paths and the ever-increasing blood trail.
Now, Red was impulsive, and it may be true that Green was the Smart one of the two, but Red was not dumb. She did understand that what she was doing was dangerous. But as she followed the path, she realized that whatever this was was interesting her, in much the way a bandit raid draws interest. She WAS following essentially a blood trail, but as she did so she decided to be careful about it. If she heard something abnormal, she would stop. If she came upon a clearing, she'd sneak to the edge and carefully make sure, to the extent that she was able, that it was safe. And if she saw something...Well, what she'd decide to do would depend upon just how hostile it appeared to be to her, and if it'd seen her as well.
Post by Avatar of Grima on Feb 14, 2013 23:54:17 GMT -5
Red cautiously approached the noise, sticking to the shadows and the cover of the foliage, well, what little foliage Winter afforded. She tried to keep her breath still as she went closer to the sounds, but every breath felt loud enough to alert everything nearby. Her fear grew with every step, and she was beginning to reconsider this idea...But it was a bit late to back out now. Besides...She was in the Dark Forest. She was the one who'd wanted to go. They would eventually meet who-or what-ever roamed these woods. Under optimal conditions, it would be on their terms, not surrounded or chased. Still, that didn't do much to help calm her down...Nor to silence Green's protests at getting so close to a wild predator in its own habitat. At least Green was quiet outside her head, though...
Post by NPC_Account on Mar 4, 2013 15:12:49 GMT -5
The wrestling continued despite whatever noise she was making. It ended only when one was obviously victorious and the other belly up in defeat. The reigning wolf stood there and panted for a moment, before looking to get his bearings. He was just starting to walk away, followed by the other, when he suddenly stopped and started sniffing again.
Post by Avatar of Grima on Mar 7, 2013 5:33:39 GMT -5
[[Augh sorry I've been taking so long to post myself, the past few days have been hectic both on and offline]]
Red froze once she found that they stopped as well. Had they found her? Did they smell something else? This was bad, very bad, not good at all. She squeezed her eyes shut as she started to panic, her mind racing a her body started to react to her fear unconsciously. And then, she abruptly stopped, appearing to have a shift in paradigm. Green opened her eyes and took a look at the situation. Red had crept close to what appeared to be a pair of wolves, though more may still be in the area...Wolves tend to travel in full packs, not merely pairs, after all. They had food, meats certainly, and while she would hope to keep as much food as possible for their journey, it seemed a sensible idea to at least attempt a offering if they were, in fact, found out. Perhaps the wolves might recognize her gesture, or at least be too distracted by the food to notice her slip away if she did. In any case, she cautiously shifted her pack from her back into her arm and reached inside for the food pouch and awaited the wolves' actions.