A Tree and a Bear || Open Nov 11, 2016 20:06:02 GMT -7
Post by Ellis Danton on Nov 11, 2016 20:06:02 GMT -7
Dusk on the 3rd of the Scales of Judgment, 5152
In a Clearing Several Miles East of Fort Fabelle
|Two days ago, Ellis met Xanthe. His world felt... Changed by the moments they shared. He had never met a savage before, only heard the stories, and she wasn't at all what he expected. She looked the part, certainly, but she was quite intelligent for a creature who had never gone to school, for a beast who had never been taught proper common. He had debated on his half-day journey back to the fort whether or not to tell his superiors about Xanthe. In the end, he decided he would. He went to his leader with just that information - but when he was greeted with anger and disappointment at his failure to gain useful intel on the peacekeepers, he changed his mind. Now he had something to prove. If he could civilise Xanthe, and create an alliance between the Aurcaeli forces and the Attonians? He would be a hero to his people. Heck, he could even be in charge - maybe. |
For now, he took his lumps, accepted the verbal abuse and punishments. Then he took on his next assignment - a less important one than before. Faith had been lost in him. He'd show them soon. This assignment was quite simple, actually. Scout out a field for potential use as the land for a new Aurcaeli fort. They wanted to ensure no natives would bother them there, that it wasn't home to any terrifying beasts, and most importantly: no other force was trying to call it home. If they were, Ellis was to return and inform a man who would lead a force down to take them out. If there wasn't, he would plant their flag, and return with both the army, and a team of architects.
He arrived at the location around dusk, and only knew it was here because of the blackened tree marking the place. He had simply been told to go east until he saw that tree, and to stop if he hit another legion's fort. He hadn't gone too far. He was an excellent scout. The blackened tree wasn't as he expected however, being incredibly tall and almost... Lively? For something that had been struck by lightning. He found it almost... Enchanting to look at. He could swear there were tiny volts of electricity jumping through it's branches, lighting up the dusk with an attractive glow. He got closer and the tree felt warm... Could it be a source of power? Perhaps that was why his leader wanted them to make a camp here.
In his distraction, Ellis failed to hear a growl, failed to feel the thundering of heavy footfalls, and didn't catch the beast that was advancing on him until it was too close for comfort. The roar shocked him and he gave out a yell as he turned towards the animal barrelling towards him. He had seen a few bears while scouting the area, but this one was larger than most - or at least it seemed larger when it was coming to attack him. Ellis dodged out of it's way, around the tree, and caught his breath while he loaded the crossbow. How had he not noticed? How had he not been more prepared?
The tree reminded me of her, His mind reasoned, making excuses for his failure to perceive. The bear wasn't as forgiving, and turned to chase him again. This time, he was prepared. He took careful aim with the crossbow and fired, lodging a bolt into the bear's shoulder but barely stunning the thing. He struggled to load another as he ran backwards - but he tripped over one of the tree's roots and tumbled to the ground, the bolt dropping from his hand with a light clink. The bear didn't have any sympathy and lunged...
"H-h-help!" Ellis cried out, praying someone was around, or at least hoping that the bear would be distracted by the sound for the single second he needed to escape. The bear's warmth was too close, it's maw was aimed for whatever fleshy part of him it could grab -- he knew the bear wouldn't be merciful.