Return of the Emblem Chapter Eight: Affairs of the World
Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:33 PM
<Not making a good impression to them huh.> John thought, watching as the whole thing kept unfolding. And now the Captain presented his own points. <Hopefully this won't get worse.>
At this point we'll be here even longer. Sophia noted. It won't even matter if that other ship gets away.
Well, John was wrong, now Shadrak wanted to use violence too, warning be dammed. <Oh come on, is this really worth fighting over?> He probably could lend a hand in protecting Raquel, however, she had her own plans, whether willingly or not.
And so the end result was, Raquel finally took action, and in what way! The unleashed energy was apparently enough to have undone Lilith's fusing of the emblem piece and the cloak's gem.
<Well, let's see how this unfolds now...> He thought.
Amazing, did it just triggered with her anger? Sophia wondered.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:46 PM
Kill the dragons, sink the ship, the notions were brought up in differing volumes, and soon things got out of hand. One knight proclaimed Raquel a traitor, and drew his lance. By the time Faatina had readied her own, there was already a defender brandishing her blade, and a mage poised to bring the knight down in a single fell swoop. The man's threats grew more harsh and severe, but the knight had not yet backed down, and Faatina gripped her lance ever tighter, a cold sweat trailing down her back. This was the second time today, that she had drawn her weapon against a comrade, in hopes of ending a conflict. As she looked at his armour thoroughly for a gap she could use with non-lethal effect if she need take the man down, she scowled as she didn't find one.
Then the golden glow. A strange object clattered from Raquel's attire onto the gauntlet thrown to the ground by the knight. Raquel herself seemed shocked, and Faatina tensed up. Would the man take this as an opening? If he struck, she was ready to try and keep him at bay but she wasn't sure she would be quick enough to actually stop him so much as simply retaliate.
"You heard the man. Drop your weapon and raise your hands above your head. Now." Faatina said in a firm voice.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:46 PM
This light lasted for a long moment, and when it had faded, the seductress' gem had changed colors. Fancy parlor trick, no more. It wouldn't save her. Then, the new wench seemed to think that she could order him around. Fool.
"I will never surrender to your kind, mongrel. I fight for honour, for justice, and most of all for-"
That was as far as he could go before his own gauntlet came flying towards his face. That was the only warning before that blue haired Ursian sellsword attacked him, landing a small cut and a scratch on the armorless arm. As Zel shouted out in pain, he swung his lance out and managed to strike his foe. The swordsman and knight broke contact then, which allowed the latter to assess his adversary. What little he needed to, anyways. The impudent peasant was clutching his right arm, where Zel's lance struck true. He didn't even have proper armor on, only some flimsy coat probably made out of complete garbage! As he realized the inevitability of his victory, the cavalier chuckled.
"You will be the first to die!" he announced, as he twirled his lance around and dealt a mighty blow to... Nothing? What? How?
As if to answer his questions, a heavy strike from above knocked the knight onto his back, and into darkness.
"He's out cold," Blake said, as he checked the zealot's unconscious form. Slowly and painfully, he rose, sword still in hand. "Anyone else want to try me? Or can we carry on?"
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:56 PM
"We can leave him here I suppose- we have no need for traitors," Veronika remarked after Blake knocked Zel out. "As for the rest of you," she cast glances at Bert and Shadrak "if you won't participate in the mission, you can find your own way off of this port. I doubt the captain wants Ursian sympathizers aboard and we have no need for traitors in our ranks either," she said, giving a glance to Raquel in an attempt to prompt agreement.
Nadya considered healing Zel, but figured since he was about to attack the boss that she shouldn't bother. Her mind was on the dragon eggs anyway. I doubt they'd miss just one...though I won't have Luca for a quick getaway... she pondered to herself.
Edited by -Cynthia-, 11 April 2012 - 09:57 PM.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:57 PM
<Hopefully that's the end of it... though I have the feeling it's only for now.> Well, with the situation calming down, he figured it was safe to come back closer, to which he did, approaching Raquel. ''Hey, feeling better?'' He asked. <This certainly took a toll on her.>
Sophia looked over where Zel lied. Should she...? No, she shook her head. After that, it would be dangerous to do so. Especially if he quickly goes after Raquel once more.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:58 PM
"Are you alright, Miss Valcyn?" Faatina asked, holding her lance in a more relaxed position at her side, giving the foolhardy fallen knight a simple glance before looking back to the merchant.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:51 PM
Norbert opened his mouth to reply, but then something came to mind that made him close it again and rethink what he was going to say. I am one. And so are my sisters. But there was a time when we needed looking after. And a good deal of us wound up in the military, fighting against Neviskotia. ... No, no way! We're not like some nest of dragons! ...Right? No. Dragons are just like any other wild animal, only they're much more dangerous than most of the others! And besides, they're not my family! I don't have to worry about them!
Then the light came, gaining his attention. Raquel was glowing. What? Why's she glowing? Many others had already stepped in to defend Raquel. Gytha had her pistol at the ready, Veronika had her sword drawn, Shadrak had some sort of dark mass ready, Blake threw a gauntlet... Wait. A short battle later, Zel was on the ground and Blake was injured but standing. In spite of himself, Norbert smiled at that. That's right, military dog, stay down.
Everyone began relaxing. He wasn't sure why. As far as he was concerned, the conflict remained. Only the immediate threat had been dealt with. Well, almost everyone, it seemed. Gytha remained at the ready and was eyeing him suspiciously. "Relax," Bert huffed as he crossed his arms, regaining his scowl, "I don't agree with this at all but it's not worth breaking someone's neck over. I'm not about to attack anyone." Gytha seemed to remain skeptical but slowly holstered her pistol.
Then Veronika addressed him and Shadrak. Her phrasing prompted a wry grin from the pegasus rider. "'Ursian sympathizers'? You say that like I'm not Ursian. As for what I'm going to do, I'll decide that for myself. You can't tell me what to do -- you hold no authority over me. I haven't decided if I'll help with this particular job yet or not but it's a pretty safe bet that those eggs should be kept far away from me if I do help out. 'Cause unlike that military zealot, I don't want you guys to get killed in the fighting and that means I want to do my best to keep you guys alive, by Wrath! ... I'm...still uncomfortable about the dragons, though. They're dangerous to my family so I'm not exactly inclined to keep them safe." By the end of his statement, Norbert sounded less fervent and more uncertain, maybe even unsettled. What effects will the fate of those dragons have on my sisters and their families later on? I don't feel good about this...
Edited by Mercakete, 11 April 2012 - 11:21 PM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:10 AM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:16 AM
Gytha kind of felt sorry for Norbert. Though she disagreed with his views on dragons, Robin was bothering him even though he clearly needed to be left alone. She'd been there, after all.
Edited by Mercakete, 12 April 2012 - 03:21 AM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:20 AM
"Tch. You're injured, don't pretend you could beat the next man so easily." Shadrak hissed at Blake. Still he lowered his hand and the dark energy dispersed. "And no, we can't just carry on; not yet. We need to toss Zel overboard before he wakes up and goes on another rampage." he then gave Veronika a glance when she mentioned him. "If I wasn't going to help with this, I would have jumped overboard while the docks are still close enough to swim back to." he explained as he crossed his arms. "I'm still firmly against 'rescuing' these eggs as opposed to sending them and the Dark Utka to the bottom of the ocean, but I won't let Raquel get herself killed over it. I'm going to stay. If nothing else, I can make sure she doesn't get hurt or lose anything 'important'."
Raquel was still shocked that Zel nearly attacked her. He was actually about to kill her for what she'd done. It almost dragged her back into her troubles in school. Her ideas weren't well received there, either. She felt Veronika was right; if anyone wasn't going to help, they should probably just leave. At the same time, she hadn't warned anyone about this in advance. No one had been given time to argue. This in no way excused Zel's actions, but perhaps if they knew about it in advance, things wouldn't have become so heated so quickly. Maybe he would have attacked regardless. Finding out on the ship wasn't much different from finding out on the docks. Once he learned that she was set on helping Bogdan, and by extension, Veronika, he probably would have reached the same conclusion and readied his weapon. She quickly reached a decision about Zel, though. This decision wasn't quite the one she wanted to make; she was still fearing for her life at that moment despite all the protection in the world, but she still had the bigger picture to consider, and a lot of different perspectives to gather in the meantime. "T-tie Zel up."
"Tie him up?" Shadrak echoed with that 'are you crazy?' look on his face. The captain was also curious but said nothing.
"I'll need a guard ... or ten ... but I want to talk to him when he wakes up. A lot of people didn't agree with me or my friends when we talked about how pointless the wars between Ursium and Neviskotia are. I usually avoided people like that at all cost but at least one was working for me until now. I keep picking up people from various backgrounds and walks of life ... sooner or later I'm going to pick up someone who disagrees with something I feel we need to do. That's just the way it is. Zel just tried to kill me out of the blue; maybe he's crazy, or maybe he was just overwhelmed by what I'd said. I don't know either way, but I didn't see it coming because I haven't been paying much attention to anything or ... anyone. I'm responsible for this entire group and I almost died because I made a decision without thinking about everyone involved. It doesn't justify what he did, but I shouldn't have brought him on this ship in the first place. I need to understand all of you better in the future, or we might not survive this."
"Stop recruiting Ursian knights, simple." Shadrak shot back dismissively. "We're getting rid of him, right? You aren't actually going to keep him around after he just tried to nail you to the Dauntless like an ascension ornament, RIGHT?"
"I ... can't really take that chance," she said, shivering slightly. "... but I still want to talk to him. I want to know why he did this. Even if it turns out to be pointless, it's better than tossing him overboard. And what about Sliep? You're not going to throw a horse overboard too, are you? We're not thieves."
Shadrak glanced over at Nadya for a split second. "Maybe not 'horse' thieves ...."
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:53 AM
''Well,'' he spoke up. ''If you ask me, I suppose it didn't help that so far our jobs had been stuff we've universally agreed to do. I don't know who expected that to last, but this one certainly broke that streak. At least before his threat everyone was willing to just talk it out, certainly better than resorting to trading blows at first chance. By the way, about sending the eggs to Neviskotia,'' at this he turned to mainly face the captain. ''If you don't mind me asking, is there a reason in particular the eggs get sent there rather than returned here? Is it just not possible or something?'' He made a guess.
Well, healing Zel was out of the question, but Blake had also gotten injured. Knowing this choice was certainly safer, Sophia approached the latter. ''Are you alright?'' She asked as she began to heal him.
Edited by Acacia Sgt, 12 April 2012 - 08:19 AM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:18 AM
She decided to answer John's question with a theory of her own. "Honestly, even if we did return the eggs to their parents, chances are we won't receive a warm welcome. We could be killed, even if we came to them with good intentions."
Now she as well decided to face the captain with a question of her own. "Pardon me sir, but what should happen if the eggs... hatch?"
Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:39 AM
"The lady is ... correct," Bogdan replied to John with a slight grimace. "The dragons in this region are extremely hostile and reclusive. It is almost as if they know about the violence up north; the slavery, the religious discrimination, all of it. Some suspect these 'wild' dragons don't even speak any known languages. They attack humans on sight ... or on scent. You don't bring an army up into the mountains, and they have the home field advantage. It is almost suicide to tread there, let alone steal eggs. Humans have stolen their children for longer than anyone can possibly remember. I doubt they will be grateful to anyone trying to return one or two. It may not appeal to some people, but at least in Neviskotia they can live among humans without being mind controlled or killed to sate a hateful god." he explained.
"What a wonderful cop out, Captain; 'It's too dangerous to return them to their homes, so we'll send them to the empire and cash in.'" Shadrak commented wryly. "I mean your job is soooo safe, chasing down heavily armed smugglers in foreign territory with no reinforcements and transporting dragon eggs all the way up north ... through pirate infested waters? Yeah, that's nowhere near as dangerous as taking a few eggs to the base of the mountains and leaving the parents a note and some cookies." Shadrak rolled his eyes.
"I would gladly risk your lives or anyone else's on the off chance the dragons take the eggs back and leave gratefully, but not mine or my crew's." Bogdan replied before turning his attention back to Chelsea. She had brought up something he would have likely explained eventually, but now seemed like as good a time as any. "We have had hatchlings before, though only on two occasions, and only one at a time. They hatch a lot bigger than one might expect and startle very easily, but my men know how to handle them. If we find hatchlings on the Utka, or one of the eggs hatches, my men will deal with it. You lot can simply keep your distance or spoil the Utka."
Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:43 PM
John brought up that this was bound to happen sooner or later since this was an issue where your views on it really were dependent on your background. He could agree with that. Then John asked the captain a question and Chelsea of all people answered it fairly accurately before asking her own. Merz, if we have to take care of one of those winged freaks... The dragons the captain described sounded like the dragons he'd grown up hearing about so no surprises there. Also, if one of the dragons did hatch, the ship's crew would be the ones to take care of it and keep it far away from any of their own group. Good.
Gytha, meanwhile, had been listening as well. She thought it was good of Raquel to assess the situation like that. A small hope began to form, too. If Raquel started getting to know the members of her crew, that meant Gytha would probably have a chance to get to know her, too. She was looking forward to that. The mariner figured it was good that the captain decided that his own crew would take care of any hatchlings since some of their own would probably wind up killing them.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:01 PM
"I don't see why we don't just have a flier return him to Port Temptress, but as long as he's unable to attack that will do for now," she said, deciding to ignore Shadrak's complaints for the moment. I doubt he'll sabotage the upcoming mission...wish I could say the same for everyone in our group. she thought to herself, looking at Bert.
"Well if we're gettin' rid of our local crazy knight, we either need to train his horse ourselves or send him back to where he came from- he won't be able to live out in the wild," Nadya offered, catching Shadrak's glance. Why'd he look at me when he said thief? He can't read minds...I think. she thought to herself, shuffling away from Shadrak slowly.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:48 PM
"I'm alright aside from my arm. Thanks for asking, though," Blake said, as the pain from the wound went away and his flesh knitted itself back together.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:14 PM
<Hm, it'd be really something to see if a dragon does hatch during all this. Although too bad we wouldn't be allowed to get near. Oh well...>
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:21 PM
There didn't seem to be any objection to Raquel's prisoner plan, so she decided she would continue with the briefing. She noticed her emblem still resting on the deck, and reached down to pick it up. It was a little awkward being able to hold it, again. She was happy to not need that bag she usually carried with her, so with the emblem back in hand, she wasn't sure where to store it. In her hand would have to do for now. "Okay ... the ... next issue. Our battle formations ... combat teams; we need to discuss those and probably how to handle them in the future. I'll need some time, but it would probably be best if I organized the group into teams before any foreseeable engagements. If nothing else, it will streamline the process and encourage me to get to know you all better."
Raquel organizing the teams? Shadrak was certain she wasn't ready for that kind of responsibility, but she didn't say anything about advisers. She could take advice, couldn't she? Of course. Now he just had to make sure he was among the first with a say. "I've paid attention during our travels and I'm quite familiar with the combat capabilities of almost everyone. If you need any help deciding on things. I'll be here."
"Thank you, Shadrak. Blake also had some ideas that I'm considering." Raquel replied.
"Hm?" Shadrak raised an eyebrow ... had Blake launched some sort of uber preemptive strike? Long before the meeting he was making suggestions? Curses.
Edited by Phoenix, 12 April 2012 - 08:24 PM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:29 PM
Gytha was curious about this topic. Why were they shifting around teams? Was something wrong with the previous ones? It was a tad unsettling.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:47 PM
'They did seem to be divided into groups last time...'
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