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The Never-Jungle; ((A Fantasy adventure for Elena and anyone else!))
Topic Started: May 23 2015, 09:17 AM (511 Views)
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((Elena! A Jungle Adventure awaits you!))

Daniel Quarris reclined in the relative comfort of his tent. The remnants of his journey littered the space between him and the open flap. It slapped lazily against the side of the tent, a gleaming, bright window into the vast sunny nothingness beyond. He scribbled the last of his accounts onto a rumpled scroll and quickly rolled it and sealed it in a case.

Sounds of laughter drifted to his ears, and he smiled. Taking a moment to compose himself, he went to the narrow, full length mirror in the corner of his tent and gave himself the brief once over. His Hazelnut hair hung in messy waves just past his brow in the front and he vainly attempted to push it back up off of his face. His hazel eyes were clear of the circles that had underlined them for several days - result of finally a full night rest. His face had the barest evidence of stubble, but was otherwise handsome and noble. (A family trademark, honestly. He took his mother's looks, and his father's charm, or so he was told.)

He was dressed in worn travel leathers, a saber buckled to his waist and knee-high travel boots strapped in tightly. His jacket was sleeveless, and the front was pulled open because of the heat. On the edge of this Jungle it was abysmal hot.

A thrill of excitement powered the broad, endearing grin that swept across his face, and in turned powered his legs as he burst out of his tent with scroll case in hand. He Passed several other tents and an assortment of wagons and crates, and in the background was the looming silhouette of the City of Jun'hada. It had taken Daniel three weeks of sailing to arrive at Kira'hal, another two weeks to cross a desert, and then four more days to find this city - the city closest to their fabled Never Jungle.

He had read about it in stories since he was a boy, his Nan first telling him when he was five. Now, twenty two years later his father had finally allowed him to make good use of his inherited fortune to make an expedition to it's mysterious depths.

He was elated. The day was finally here!

He passed the scroll off to a weasley, over-sunned man with a red nose. He almost fumbled the case. "Lord Quarris, your applicants have arrived, they await your presentation just by the corral on the east end of camp." He tucked the scroll case under one arm and briskly tried to keep pace with the excitable noble Daniel. "Bradey will be going to you of course, as discussed with your father before our departure, and several of the guides from Jun'hada have volunteered."

Daniel smiled, nodding at men as he passed. To the left he saw the City - and to the right was a band of dense, dark green stretching along the horizon. Past that were mountains, trees, and a seemingly endless supply of adventure. "Excellent. Thank you Wieben. Would you mind getting that where its supposed to go?" He gestured at the scroll case and hurried on.

When he arrived at the corral at the east end of the camp, he leaned against the rail and observed the throng of people eager (or desperate enough) to undertake the expedition into the mythic Never Jungle - the expanse of lush jungle that has never been the same, where explorers have been famed to disappear for decades at a time, emerging at unexpected places. His eyes twinkled over the mass, grinning almost madly. After a minute, he cleared his throat and soon enough, he climbed up onto the rail to address them.

"Thank you All for coming! As you know, I am hiring dependable people to go on an expedition into the Never Jungle. I have room in my party for five more experienced ... travelers. I'd like to speak to you all briefly before I review any credentials you have with you. Lets start here, with you."

((I hope that's ok!!!!))
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((Only because that conclusion was so damn cool. I hope nobody minds?))

He pointed at Solomon with such sudden movement and accuracy that it startled him. He cast his eyes side to side hoping that he could duck out of view. Nope. He was boned.

"Erm, actually I was picking pockets." Smooth Solomon! He grumbled then started chuckling and kneading the half drunken man beside him in the ribs. The large man hiccuped then started to chuckle which quickly became obnoxious laughter. Thankfully most of the crowd was half drunk and were susceptible to the first man's laughter. "Of course I'm here for the cruise..." He smiled, making sure to show a lot of teeth.

Truth be told, he was on his way through town when he got swept up with the crowd. The hint at money and the possibility of warm food was hard to avoid. He hadn't decided if an expedition to a mythical juggle was hat he wanted. But there had been a time in his life where this would've fascinated him.

To the hells with it. This one is for you your Solomon.

His face was smooth like an elf but the round of his ears marked him as human. The long blonde hair bunching at his shoulders made people rethink if he might be an elf after all. What few possessions he owned were in his pack and satchels, his sandals were worn and traveled and he carried a staff, the butt ends were capped in metal. "I'm ready to go anywhere and I have a vast knowledge on plant life." He pffered as a peak at his resume.
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Daniel Let out a surprised bark of laughter when the man said he had been picking pockets. His laughter remained as a smile in his eyes until he got a really good look at a bulk of the crowd.

More then half of them were drunk. Not only that, but they were looking around with the interest of circus-attendees. He glanced across the throng, to a fidgeting Wieben, only to see him helplessly shrug and scurry off. That was no help. He'd known the locals would humor him, but he hadn't thought they would see it as just a big joke.

He stifled a sigh, lamenting how the group didn't seem to be taking this seriously, but then he locked eyes again with the man he had just pointed out - an elven looking fellow with an impressive staff. He grinned, and nodded his head at the man, gesturing over to the side of the corral, closer to where he was standing. "Excellent, my good man. If you'll take a spot over here, I can have a word with you after I've mad a few more introductions." He cast his eyes out over the throng like a net, and cast his voice out to another stranger. "You there! I can see that adventure is in your veins!"

Bradey wove her way through the crowd with relative ease. She depended on her glare to move most people, and if that didn't work, she simply turned her head, and the jagged black scales would move the rest. It was an affliction she had been born with - accusations of demon-cavorting, blah blah. She didn't particularly care to find the facts on that little matter, and her mother had died before she could share.

What 'Bradey' did know, was that along her right cheekbone, around her eye like a hook, over where her right eyebrow should be and then that whole side back into her hairline was a jagged colelction of black, shining scales, like a large prickly lizards'. Her right ear was slightly finned, and lay flatter against her head then her left, and the hairline on that side was pushed further back on her head. Her hair was a rather average brown, and Her eyes were mostly blue, but her right iris was also ringed in orange.

She had gone to the same school as Daniel, although in a very different ciriculum. He had been flunking his history classes, and when he sought refuge in the training yard, he had seen her cleansing and raking the field. From there it had been a continuous sibling friendship, and he had taken her on as body guard, advisor, and friend. Of course, her real name was Marza Bray'deel'lanzi, Goblinoid for Dark Half-Scaled. Daniel nicknamed her Bradey and it stuck.

Now, she slowly sifted through the crowd as he enacted his shenanigans. She claimed a spot just down the rail from him and watched the crowd. She was wearing casual travelling clothes with a pair of leather bracers, and she had a knife and a purse at her hip and a bow and quiver on her back.

((I know. I couldn't resist. I love characters.))
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The crowd was stifling to Tessa, whose stature prevented her from even seeing the man addressing the crowd. Judging from the way they responded, they were at least excited about him. She tried to jump and peek over someone's head, but her pack full of books kept her close to the ground. Behind her, a gruff, burly man grumbled disapprovingly. His pack of books was even larger.

"Come on, Rosh." Tessa frowned and determinedly started to push her way through the crowd. The man behind her assisted in the effort, giving anyone who protested a stern look and shake of his head. Rosh was at least a head taller than the tallest man there, and seemed to have a bit of orc in him. He was heavily armed underneath all of Tessa's bags and belongings, but he didn't seem to mind the weight of it.

She waved her hand at the man before the crowd, jumping excitedly. "Lord Quarris!" She called. She didn't have to shove her way through the rest of the crowd, as they parted to her boldness. She was a short girl, probably close to twenty two years old, with wild curls pulled back into a messy bun. Round spectacles rested on her nose and her face was peppered with freckles. She was dressed in travelling robes, and carrying a book in her hands. Behind her, Rosh was an intimidating sight. His face was scarred and he was fully armed and armored. He looked more like a bounty hunter than a body guard, but Tessa's colorful packs gave him away. He scowled at a man who staggered into him.

"My name is Tessa Sungaze. I've been studying this jungle since I became a journeyman at the Academy. I would be forever grateful if I could join your expedition for my studies." Rosh grunted. "Oh, and this is Rosh. He is my dearest friend and companion." She smiled expectantly at the rather eccentric fellow before her.
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Solomon pushed his way through the crowd to where Quarris had designated he go. He walked passed the woman with the scaled face but didn't feel any reason to stare at her face. He understood what that felt like. He did, however, give her a brief nod as he walked. The young voice of a sober woman drew his attention as she volunteered. She seemed young but part of a package deal with the biggest man Solomon had seen. Did he have Orc blood perhaps?

Solomon: so uhh...are the mosquitoes going to be bad?

He said to the person beside him.
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Bradey settled in beside the newcomer, and overheard him ask someone about mosquitoes. She schooled her face to remain as stoic as possible (Which was harder then she liked to admit) as the man burst into laughter, slapped Solomon on the shoulder with a shake of his head, and moved away through the crowd. "I've heard they can be big, but they don't like fire much." She extended her hand. "I'm Bradey. You are?"

She loved Daniel like a brother, but he had a habbit of being excitable and flighty, and not asking for someone's name was kind of... slacking. WHich was where she fit in, apparently. Her smile was unimpeded by the scales on the right side of her face, and she naturally tilted her left side forward. It was a polite habit at this point in her life.

Daniel was oblivious to this interaction, a smile as broad as the horizon streaking across his face at the apearance of two new faces. Sober faces. Serious faces. One of which was very imposing, and the other was scarred and grumbly. He waved them forward. As they approached, He looped one leg around the post of the make-shift fence, and lowered himself to the next rung down, leaning out to extend a hand in salutations. "It is my sincerest pleasure to make your aquaintances! Of course anyone from the Academy is welcome! I would be remiss in not offering you the obligatory warnings of danger and peril and all that, but you seem to have your own very capable protection." His smile made the corners of his eyes crinkle up adn they glimmered in the afternoon sun.

"I'm going to try to snag a few more for our trip, but if you make your way over to my friend Bradey and that new bloke over there, I will be by shortly!" He pointed toward the two chatting figures.

He hoisted himself back up and started hawking at the crowd once more, attempting to wheedle out the true adventurers from the gawkers.

For a crowd of foreign people here for a joke, he was pleased with his luck so far!
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Tessa grinned toothily at the older gentleman. She wasn't scared of the perils of the jungle. Danger was completely foreign to her, of course, and she was curious to a fault. Luckily for her, however, Rosh was quite experienced with danger. She glanced up at him, standing almost a full two feet taller than her. "Not a problem at all, Master Quarris. Rosh can handle anything thrown at him!" She boasted.

She wasn't a very imposing girl, but her eyes flashed determination as she approached the two strangers by the fence. The blonde- who had claimed to be picking pockets- was the less intimidating of the two. If she didn't know better, she'd have thought he was an elf, and certainly not the pick-pocketing type. Maybe half elf, then? She glanced at him curiously before shifting her book to one arm and extending her hand to shake.

"Greetings! I'm Tess. This is Rosh." Rosh grunted his usual grunt.

She turned to Bradey next, who she thought would have been very pretty in a scary sort of way if it weren't for the black scales marring the side of her head. Tess had heard of such affliction in her time at the academy, but had never actually seen it. She made no effort not to stare.

"You must be Bradey?" She extended her hand to the woman as well. "Your scales are lovely," she complimented, with no sense of polite conversation. "I've never met someone touched by the lacerta before. At least that's what we call it at the Academy!"

Rosh muttered something and Tessa turned scarlet. "Oh I'm terribly sorry. I do hope I'm not being too forward. This is my first expidition out of the school." She ran her fingers through her tumbles of curls and fidgeted nervously before clearing her throat.
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He accepted her greeting and smiled at her spritely nature. When he heard talk of the Academy his breath caught in his chest, which was awkward in the middle of the tight handshake Rosh was administering. It came out as a noisy cough that he immediately hoped didn't draw too much attention.

She couldn't mean "that" Academy could she? Well, at least he never made it to his first day as staff but if she was a magic used, he may have to keep some distance between them.
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Bradey and the new stranger (Who still hadn't introduced himself, much to her chagrin) were interrupted by a small girl and a very very large man. She smiled briefly at them both, offering a full face and an extendedhand. She accepted Tessa's first then moved to shake Rosh's hand. She couldn't help but smile a little wider at the guy - Big guys made her smile. They were just big towers of absolute ass-kickery.

She appreciated their abilities. And they were huge. "Yes, I'm Bradey. It's a pleasure." She glanced over their shoulders, and saw Daniel making chit chat with a few other types that had sifted forward towards him. He had that sort of electric charisma that was hard to avoid. All of those thoughts occured in the split second between 'you must be bradey' and the rest of what the girl was saying.

Her smile vanished, to be replaced with a blank startlement. It wasn't that the scales were lovely - though, ok, maybe that did susprise her. It wasn't that this girl was forward, it was the word - she'd never even heard that word before. She furrowed her brow, shaking off the blank stare (no doubt unsettling) and fumbled for words. "Uh, no no, its fine. Well. I - Um I see you've met Lord Quarris." She blinked and cleared her throat. "I'm sure I could answer questions for you if you really want to know, but he gets so enthusiastic about sharing."

Daniel spoke to several other people - he ended up taking on a down-on-his-luck carpenter and repair man, as well as some sort of desert tribeswoman who seemed adequate with traps and snares. Once they were gathered, He had to fish his way OUT of the crowd now. It warranted a laugh.

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Rosh accepted the woman's hand. He was a full seven feet tall, with rippling muscles and short jet black hair that he didn't seem to care much about- as it jutted out haphazardly in different directions. His skin was grayish and calloused, and his arms and exposed shoulders were criss-crossed with scars. He did not smile, but nodded to Bradey. She had a strong handshake. He liked that.

Tessa nodded at the woman, her smile still plastered on her face though it was obvious she was trying very hard not to offend Bradey. Her new acquaintance had changed the subject quite rapidly, after all. But that's what Tessa was there for! What was she thinking? "Oh!" She shifted her book into her hands and began flipping through pages.

"I have a collection of maps from the Academy made by different scholars who have explored the region. They've all been copied thoroughly from the originals. No one's tried an expidition for two hundred years! Can you believe that?" She began flipping through the pages in her book. Many of her maps were simply of the areas on the outskirts of the jungle, and if one paid close attention, there were slight differences in all of them- differences that wouldn't be explained by the passage of time.

She pointed to one of the maps. "This one is the oldest! It's by far the most thorough, but-" Rosh placed a heavy hand on her small shoulder and nodded towards Daniel Quarris. "Oh- I should probably wait for everyone to be together, huh?" Rosh grunted.

It appeared that Daniel wasn't the only one enthusiastic about sharing.
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"Oh shit! I'm Solomon. Pleased to meet all of you. I get distracted easily, I should be useful at spotting all manner of critters high and low as we trek the jungle." He said and then dropped his eyes to his feet.
"I'm much more useful than I come off." He added. As the press of bodies crowded the fence, Solomon was careful to put a bit of distance between himself and the Academic.
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Bradey managed a light chuckle at the girl's exhuberance, and gave Rosh a sympathetic wink. The sudden acompanying words from Solomon jolted one eyebrow (her only actual eyebrow) up and she nodded. "It's all right. You aren't the only one I know who is easily distracted." She glanced back at Daniel who had made his way just about to them. She noticedh e had two people with him, and sighed.

"Excuse me." Bradey slipped along the side of the fence, and claimed daniel's old position. She let out an ear-piercing whistle and the crowd stilled for just long enough for her to make an announcement. "Unless you have any qualifications and wish to ask for special consideration for this expedition, I need to ask the rest of you to move on. Thank you." She gestured at a handful of hired muscle, and they started thinning the crowd.

Daniel led the two newcomers - an average looking man named Halad, and a strangely tattooed woman named Rala - over to the waiting group, where he made brief and pleasant introductions.

Bradey returned once the last hand had been shaken, and she nodded for him to commence his shenanigans.

Daniel smiled. "Well. Excellent. If you would follow me, I set up a small pavillion tent so we could review your skills and such, and discuss other details of the trip - out of the sight of the curious villagers we seem to have collected here." He nodded at Bradey, a silent thanks for dispersing the crowd - and then he turned and started marching off. Over his shoulder, he spoke, "I have a good feeling about this, truly. We have some chilled wine or water if you like, and I've asked my man to fetch us some food. Ah, here we are."

He ducked into the modest tent, where a table and far too many chairs had been assembled. Daniel sighed. However, after he held the chair out for Tessa witha smile, he took his own seat just a bit down the side. "Now. Why don't we start with some questions?"

bradey took a seat too, pretending to cough at his last words. The laugh came with the nostalgic thought of how Daniel had never been prepared for a presentation in his whole life. His life's work was apparently no exception.
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Tessa accepted the seat graciously, dropping her pack with a huff and a clatter next to the chair before settling into it. She rested her book in her lap. Rosh was far too large for the tent, and stood stooped before giving in to the chair Tessa patted. It was comically small underneath him, but his face did not give away his discomfort.

As the rest of the party shuffled in, Tessa cleared her throat and resumed flipping through her book. It was finely bound, if plain. The writing inside was neat and orderly, with very few flourishes, and the only drawings were the maps themselves. She looked up as everyone settled in and Daniel addressed the crowd. Her hand shot up into the air- as though she were in a classroom, and she smiled at the leader of their expedition.

"What are we looking for?" There were several legends surrounding the Never-Jungle, many of which could be easily dismissed as myths. Tessa's only real interest was discovering something undiscovered- recording information that the Academy did not have and confirming information that it did. What was Master Quarris' reason for the adventure?

Rosh kept his eyes moving over the people in the room. With the eight of them, the tent felt suffocating. He never much liked small spaces, but when your charge was no taller than five feet, you learned to deal with them. His eyes fell on Bradey- the exotic scaled woman, and then dropped back to Daniel at Tess's question. Tess did love to ask questions.
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Daniel glanced over at Bradey who offered nothing but an amused half-smile. Looking back over the new faces, his grin returned at half power, if only to accomodate for the speaking he was about to do. He leaned over the table a bit, hands splayed on the rough wood surface as he addressed Tessa's question.

"For as long as I can remember, the Never-Jungle has been an item of interest for me. I heard the stories first, from my caretaker as a young boy, and when I heard about it in school, I was thrilled to see those stories were given factual purchase. SInce then, the Jungle has been on my mind. I've attempted to get an expedition out for years, but this was the first tiem thehigher powers have relented." He smiled. The higher powers? His father. The Quarris' were Silver-miners. They didn't do silly things like explore insane jungles.

He glanced over everyone. He was certain beyond a doubt that everyone's reasons were different. But he could chalk them up to at least one common denominator: Curiosity. He continued, meeting Tessa's eyes, shoulders relaxing as he leaned back in his chair a fraction.

"As for what I am looking for? I am delighted to say that I have no idea." His eyes glimmered with mischief. He got smoothly to his feet. Bradey leaned back and listened closely, curious now as to what Daniel was getting at. "Can anyone tell me for certain what is in the Never Jungle? Can your books give me an inventory of the minerals that could be mined there?" He gestured towards Tessa's books. "...Or the trees or fruits that can be harvested?" He nodded towards Solomon for his professed knowledge of plants. "Or even what kind of skins or pelts we could hunt?" He gestured at the Trapper, Rala, who raised a painted eyebrow.

He put his hands on the tabletop again, and looked about him at his new companions. "So to be honest with you, miss Tessa, I am not looking for anything specific. I have no idea what I will find. But my goal IS to find something, many somethings, and to shed light on the mysteries of the Never Jungle. I intend to lead this expedition to adventure and discovery. Our names will go down in history; not for the expedition that got lost in the jungle. For the expedition to return from the jungle, with things scholars had never seen, and goods that have never before been traded."

Daniel took his seat calmly and smiled around the table. Bradey's half smile was full again and she briefly nodded once at him. She was impressed. But then, Daniel had always been able to speak. Speak his way in and out of anything he wanted. And this expedition had been something he's wanted for years.

She looked down at the table, remembering Natalia, and she knew Daniel was remembering her too. She had always sharedhis passion about the Jungle. If the Gods had been kinder, she would be here too.

But, Bradey knew how unkind the world was. So now it was up to Daniel to carry out his own dreams; with her as back up, of course.
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Tessa nodded eagerly to Daniel, knowing that he was speaking to the entire room, but pleased that he answered her question directly. She was used to the scholars at the Academy taking her question and addressing it to the rest of the class. Daniel had a way of making everyone in the room feel important, and she respected that. She placed her book on the table and flipped it open, turning it towards Daniel so that he could easily see its contents.

The young journeyman was apathetic about whatever goods they might discover in the forest. She had a feeling that whatever they discovered would not be things that could be easily harvested. What she wanted was knowledge- knowledge that she could bring back to the Academy to further everyone's education. And if she gained enough skill on this level to earn her mastery, well- that would be good, too.

"I've brought maps of the jungle edges. No one seems to have made it in past the first three days, and the maps are all slightly different." She flipped to the most recent map, in the middle of the book. "This is the most recent map the Academy had access to- and it's more than two hundred years old. Rumors of curses followed this expedition back from their journey."

Tessa did not have the same way with words that Daniel did, but she was certainly a talker. She could do nothing but talk all day long if someone let her. "And if you look-" she placed her finger over this map to hold its place and flipped back to the beginning, "It's completely different from the oldest map we had access to." The map she showed them now looked far more thorough than the latest one- but it was so different that, without a trained eye, one might think that it was a different area all together.

"My notes indicate that all of the plant life on the edges of the jungle seem fairly standard- though they can become very invasive species when moved to different lands." She closed her book and started to rummage through her pack for another, but Rosh put his hand on her shoulder. Silently, he conveyed that she should give the others a chance to speak.

Surely they'd have time to speak on the road, after all. And when it came down to it, Tess didn't really know what they would find. She looked back up, her eyes barely peeking over the table before straightening up in her chair. "I hope you don't mind if I take notes?" She pulled a smaller journal from within her robes and clicked it open, leaving her book of maps open on the table. If she was going to earn credit for this expedition, she would need to record it thoroughly.
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Solomon faded into the background as Quarris got into an excited conversation about their trek with Tessa. Personally, he had to admit a growing excitement for this expedition as well. It had been far too long since he allowed him to do anything other than fleeing.

When Tessa started taking notes, Solomon couldn't resist leaning over and taking a peek at her maps.

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Daniel leaned over the table to get a peek of the maps and exclaimed excitedly, "I've seen that first map before! Was it... Was it Gainsmith's Voyages! I can never remember the volume numbers." He looked closely at it while she spoke, and he managed to smile very briefly at Rosh's restraining hand. Daniel generally found intelligence (especially bountiful supplies of it) intimidating. He wasn't the best in his classes, and had no memory for dates and names of famous historical figures - but he had a great eye for maps and things. It endeared Tessa slightly more to him already that the first thing she pulled out were maps.

Bradey noticed that, and silently approved.

When Tessa asked about notes, He shrugged, betraying the inherant boyishness he possessed. "Take as many notes as you need. Who knows, when we return, I may ask for copies to add to my own."

Bradey cleared her throat, and Daniel looked over with a nod. "Maybe we should discuss what and who else will be coming with us?" She gently prompted.

Daniel nodded enthusiasticly and took his seat again (More then likely to jump out of it in a minute.) "To my knowledge we have two locals who have agreed to accompany us. They are residents of Jun'hada, like our friend Halad here -" He gestured at the carpenter who shyly raised a hand in aknowledgement. "We are also taking about half a dozen of my personal guardsmen. The ones I can convince to stay, anyway. We also have Bradey here, who is my second. As for supplies, we will have three of those narrow carts they use in the streets so they can be easy to navigate through the trees, and eight mules, I think. I have supplies for about twenty people to last about a month, of course accounting for not finding any food of our own on the way. This includes Sakuran Rice and cornmeal as well as dried goods like beans and grain. Speaking of which, Solomon, was it?" He looked at the quiet elven looking man and smiled. "If you profess a skill with plants, I could use your help before we go. I was promised that a large parcel contained excellent herbs for useage in all sorts of ailments, perhaps we could look that over?"

Bradey tried to think of anything else that needed to be said, and interjected while Daniel was distracted; "Are there any individual concerns we should be aware of? Can anyone do magic, or detect it?" She herself had some very, very minor abilities, and they only really showed up when she was in a heightened emotional state. When she asked, her eyes were level and non judgemental.

Rala the trapper raised her hand. "Some little. Not... violent."

Bradey nodded.
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Tessa raised her hand as well, smiling. She was a trained mage, though she had never practiced outside of the Academy. Anyone who looked at her robes and the strange symbols on her packs could identify her as a magic user immediately. She didn't feel the need to expound on her skills, however, and immediately went back to jotting notes.

So far, they had herself, Rosh, Solomon, Rala, Halad, Bradey, and Daniel himself- as well as six additional bodyguards and the two local guides. A party of fifteen, with three wagons and eight mules, and enough food for a little over a month. She attempted to note people's skills as they went around the table. She was glad that she wasn't the only magic user at the table, though she could tell she was the only one with professional training.

She was tempted to show off, but Rosh never approved of her using her magic needlessly, so she kept her head down and her pen moving. She had some experience with combat magic, as did all mages trained at the academy. For a while, Rosh had been her sparring partner- he had some innate abilities that made him resistant to magic, though he was completely incapable of using it himself.

At the academy she'd also learned skills such as scrying and minor illusion- with some other very basic spells. With her she carried several spell books, though. Whenever she found a spare moment, she could be seen with her nose pressed firmly into one of those books. She would never be happy with her skill level; she always wanted to know a little more.
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Solomon nodded to the first question for aide with herbs. "I'd be glad to help, captain....errr sir? Boss!" He decided on. The man didn't look to be the type to get offended by names. When Bradey brought up magic, Solomon instinctively looked for the nearest exit and his throat began to clench shut. Had he been found out.....calm down fool. It's not always about you. He scolded himself then put on a wide smile and raised his hand then shrugged.

"I'm a magic user washout but I remember my lessons very well...there's just no juice. That might have something to do in that I'm a bit of a curse to anything magical. Keep me away from it or it won't work or maybe even worse. I'm decent with this thing." He clunked the staff and looked at it uncomfortably. "I've read a book or two, I'm sure you guys will find a use for me."

He made a quick note of all the magic users in the room and carefully organized their faces into a memory vault. They would need to have minimal contact with him. It was unfortunate, he liked Tessa's gusto.
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((I get so exciterd when its my turn to post! P.s. there should be 15, the two local guides, too!))

Daniel glanced around at the raised hands taking careful note. He liked the idea of magic. It could be very versatile if used properly. Unfortunately, he had never shown an aptitude for it. Apparently, he lacked the focus for anything even as small as lighting a candle. Ah well. What he lacked in academic or magical prowess he had in other things - like sword play, ettiquette, riding, climbing, and charming.

He liked to think they had every relevance to normal life. "Excellent. Seems like everyone has something, that's good." He cast his eyes around the room and continued, "Somewhere along this border there should be the remains of an ancient road - its depicted ... here" He stood againand pointedat the spot on the 200 year old map - or rather, the most recent one. "Several scouts from the past few days have claimed to see it, and I'd like to make sure its still there when we head out. It will make getting in easier if we have a path."

He scratched the back of his head. "Oh, yes, I hope to leave as soon as everyone is settled and acquainted - I would say the day after tomorrow if that is sufficient? I can provide tent space for all of you, the majority of my traveling companions to this point have already left for home." His grin was about as broad as his enthusiasm.

Bradey stood up. "If anyone needs to unload or get some rest I can show you to them."

Daniel moved to stand by Solomon. "Meanwhile, Solomon and I will see to our plant stores. The rest of youmay feel free to roam as you wish. If you need anything, my tent is the small, yet irritatingly colorful one with the required noble pinion on the top."

He winked at Bradey who snorted in amusement with a roll of her eyes.
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