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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Sat 17 Mar 2018, 2:24 am

She just shrugs. "Hey, don't look at me! If you could, I'd totally let you have one teeny, tiny sip if it was my wine."
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 9:21 pm

14:03 PM, 25th of July, 203 A.F.
On the sea, in view of Shadowstep


The Tempest has anchored.

Two hundred meters away is Shadowstep. From here, only the beach and the vast forest standing behind it are visible. This is where the squad members must land and somehow initiate contact with these reclusive magical entities.

The imperial sailors are already lowering one skiff into the water. One of the ship's officer is supervising the maneuver, and it takes them only a minute to be done. Despite the summer heat, Colonel Marcus Riddle is wearing his scail armor and his shield. He is exchanging words with the captain, and once their conversation comes to an end, he nods at the naval officer, salutes him and walks down from the quarterdeck onto the deck to meet the squad.

"We have three days," he announces with pearls of sweat visible on his forehead. "If we manage to establish a dialogue with the Elementals and need to extend the duration of the expedition, we'll have to come back here to inform Captain Hoelder. Otherwise, he will leave on the third day, with or without us. So don't get lost."

Colonel Riddle then pointedly looks at May and Smirk; he cannot say anything with so many imperial sailors present on the deck, but the message is clear.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 9:31 pm

Nick pointedly returns the look. For a moment, even Smirk's casual goofiness vanishes.

"Yes sir."
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 9:48 pm

"May vil rouse these looky-loos in time. Elementals probably don't have much wein." She shrugs nonchalantly.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 9:54 pm

Samantha gives Colonel the Attack on Titan salute. "We'll do our best." That's probably all he can expect from them, given the inconsistent degrees of success and failure this repeat quest is infamous for.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 10:01 pm

Marcus Riddle looks at his subordinates and nods.

"Let's go then."

He signals the squad members to follow him and to climb down the rope net. Once everyone is sitting in the skiff, the Colonel grabs an oar and waits for someone to do the same.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 10:31 pm

May easily climbs down the rope to the ship below and takes up an oar. "On your time," she says to the Colonel, and begins rowing in time to his call once everyone is onboard.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 10:36 pm

Nick is embarrassed at having been beaten to the oar. He tries to play it off, but - "Shame on you, Nick Bradshaw" - Smirk is having none of it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 10:57 pm

"On you too, Smirk," Anne retorts with a discreet grin.

After only a few oar strokes, the colonel and the monk find a good rhythm and the skiff makes good speed. This is when the imperial soldiers decide this is the perfect moment to wish farewell to the squad members.

"Have fun ladies!"

"Don't forget to get yourselves a good tan!"

"By Deremonda's tits, I love myself a woman who can row."
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 10:59 pm

May winks at the soldiers and begins burping loudly in time to the rowing.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:00 pm

"I'm in love! Come back sooooon!"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:08 pm

Sam calls back over her shoulder, "Left my lotion at home, sorry!" She's not.

Then May starts burping on command. "May!"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:11 pm

May burps the word "Vut?"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:15 pm

Marcus raises an eyebrow but keeps a straight face and doesn't tell his subordinates to cut it out. As for Anne, she's clearly enjoying this little banter. She even waves back at the sailors on the ship, which causes some of them to redouble their efforts.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:21 pm

Sam cups a hand over her nose. "She drinks. Every. Morning. Why is it okay?" she whines.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:22 pm

Zeiss wrote:
"On you too, Smirk," Anne retorts with a discreet grin.

Smirk points at Nick - "You're only hurting him, you know." - he jests, with mock seriousness.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:27 pm

"Yah, is good. May is trustverthy agent, cleared for all duty," May says proudly. "Punch the beasties and bad men, kiss the folks that needs kissing, and drink the vunderful wein."
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:29 pm

The colonel doesn't seem bothered in the least by the current shenanigans. Captain Hoelder however seems tired and the squad members can hear him bark orders at the sailors. Things quiet down on the Tempest.

Anne chuckles at Smirk's retort. "That's okay, I'll make it up to him later when you're not around."

She winks at Nick.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:35 pm

Nick's jaw drops slightly, though he's clearly trying to think of something to say before he remembers he's mute.

"Nick Bradshaw... you dog." - Smirk remarks in mock amazement, much to his summoner's annoyance. Or embarrassment.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:44 pm

"Careful Anne, he might hold you to that."

Grinning behind her, she leans in and whispers, "Or hold you to something."

At least May has stopped belching.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:46 pm

Nick sighs in annoyance. He starts avoiding people's gaze.

Smirk couldn't look more pleased with himself.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:08 am

Anne is amused by Nick's reaction but is merciful enough to let him be. Sam's comment makes her turn her head.

"I'll be careful," she jokes with a hushed tone.

The skiff continues to make its way towards Shadowstep, leaving the smell of May's burps behind.
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The small boat lands on a deserted beach.

The sand extends in both directions but is stopped on the right by a large rock formation which gradually turns into a cliff. In front of the imperial agents stands a dense forest with a lot of foliage blocking the way.

Colonel Riddle brings out a few machetes out of the supplies the party brought with them. He distributes them to all of his subordinates.

"We'll make camp here later tonight," he declares, "But we still have some time for a hike. How's that sound?"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:12 am

"Nick Bradshaw is always willing to brave the wilderness. And come to think of it, maybe i have relatives here!"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:15 am

Sam stifles a laugh.
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It sounds horrible. "Where to, Colonel?"
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Interlude: Shadowstep   Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:22 am

May holds the machete like its a foul thing. "Best path not alvays straight. Best walk up beach and look around."
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