Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Traveling to Sin-Haree|
Traveling in one desert is much like traveling in another, you always need water. Each desert though has its own dangers to be aware of. I was only a half day away from Amgree when I saw the large rocks. I had put my assassin’s bow together earlier and slowed the drama to look at the rocks closely. At the base of the rocks were the bleached bones of animals.
When the creature came out it was large. It had six legs and two pincher like arms. It held a wicked looking tail up behind it that looked sharp and pointed. It danced back and forth and chattered while the drama hissed angrily. I pulled the bow back and aimed carefully before releasing. The scream it made when the arrow struck was high pitched and almost painful.
The drama all growled until I hissed a warning. They quieted and I watched the creature as it lay on the ground and jerking and twitching. I slid out of the saddle and set the bow down before moving forward carefully. I skirted the spider like creature and checked the rocks before coming back to lead the drama. I unsaddle them by the rocks and then used a sword to break open the shell of the spider thing.
As soon as the drama smelled the insides they came forward. I headed to the packs and moved things around before stretching a large gauze sheet from the rocks over my packs. I ate some dried fruit, drank a small bit of water and waited for the drama to finish eating. When they were finally done I hissed and moved out to scratch and rub them.
I led them back to the packs and had them lay down before hissing softly. I moved back to my nest under the gauze and watched the male and female shift and move together before putting their heads down. I closed my eyes and slept lightly, I woke to the sun setting and moved to get the drama up before saddling them.
I went to look at the scattered remains of the spider thing and found two fist sized blue stones. I used sand to clean them and tucked them away in a pack. I scratched the male behind his ear hole, “Water.”
I wet my hand from my water bottle and rubbed his nose before climbing into his saddle. It was semi dark as we headed into the desert. There was a half moon looming over the desert so I could see. It was almost dawn when the male hissed a warning. I was looking around and could see an area in front of us that might be a small spring.
I leaned forward to hiss softly and scratch his neck before slipping out of the saddle. I had the drama kneel and we waited while watching the spring. Just as the sun began to rise I saw the tiny shifting of small bodies near the spring. I waited and then pulled my swords and moved forward, leaving the drama behind. I was almost to the small pool of water next to a large rock when the sand shifted a few feet away.
I stopped and waited, I didn’t concentrate on the one place where the sand had moved. When the sand moved suddenly from both sides of me, I shifted and slid back. Two snakes came out of the sand and coiled. They almost looked like cave vipers but were longer, fatter with a slightly different color. I kept watched and a third and then a smaller fourth joined the other two snakes.
One seemed to yawn and right then I knew they were something other than vipers. The teeth I saw were meant for eating and they almost looked hollow. I put my swords away and pulled out small darts. I put one in the head of the largest snake and as it died the rest hissed and rose up. I killed a second one and the last two began a hypnotic sway. I killed a third and the last began backing away.
I killed the last one and slowly moved closer to the water. I checked around the spring and then knelt to skin the four snakes before bringing the drama closer. The male nudged the snake bodies to the female and she hissed softly before snatching them up. I let the drama drink and filled my water bottles before mounting again. It was an hour before I stopped against the side of a ravine.
I unsaddled and fed the drama dried meat before having them lay down. I positioned my gauze tarp and moved under it to sleep through the day. I woke to the shifting of the drama and looked up to see dark clouds. I quickly broke camp and put the packs on before moving out of the ravine. I led the drama up the side of the ravine as lightning crossed the sky.
I kept to high ground and moved slowly as the heavy sky opened and rain poured down. The drama shifted and the male turned to lead the way along a narrow ledge. I glanced down at the wet ravine below and then up to look through the curtain of rain. The male turned and entered a wide overhang and the females crowded around.
I slipped out of the saddle and scratched behind his ear hole before walking to the edge of the overhang. I could hear the distant grumbles of thunder and sighed knowing this would be a wet night. I moved through my drama rubbing and giving each a little attention. I heard a clatter of rocks and spun as I drew a sword. The drama hissed as a huge wide bodied toad like creature appeared, it was four foot tall and twice that long. Before I could do anything the drama lunged.
I didn’t recognize the creature but the actions of the drama were those of a hunter attacking prey. I put my sword away and watched as they tore the animal apart and devoured it. I checked the rest of the area under the overhang and squatted by the edge. The drama finally left the shredded remains and moved to the back before dropping to the ground with a satisfied hiss.
I smiled and looked out as the ravine filled and a flash flood roared down. It was several hours before the rain stopped and I prodded the drama up, I kept to high ground as I moved out. Dawn found me looking at the broken expanse of a bright yellow shale. I finally hissed and the male moved forward leading the way and seemed to spread itself wider and get lower to the ground.
The shale shifted and moved as we went over it and the drama began moving as if to go around something. I didn’t ignored their unspoken warning and let them make their own way. We were almost all the way across when the shale off to one side began sliding as if into a huge sink hole. The drama hissed in anger as a huge spider rose out of the shale.
I slid off the male as it shifted and then they were all attacking the spider. The fight spilled down into the now open shale pit and I moved closer with my swords drawn. I watched as first one female would attack and then back off as the male lunged in. It was finally over and the spider was being torn apart as I dropped into the pit. I glanced around at the bones scattered along the walls.
I found several human remain as well as animals, there was no egg sac and no young. I walked into the drama hissing to get their attention. One at a time I stripped their saddles off and let them finish eating. When the drama finished with the spider I prodded them into laying down.
The day was muggy and hot but I felt the electricity in the air and knew another storm was coming. I dozed off and on throughout the day and then woke a few hours before the sun set. I saddled the drama as they woke and stretched. We moved out of the pit and I headed towards a ridge to one side of us. The sky was again overcast and lightning flashed through the clouds.
When we came to the jagged crack through the ridge I sat on the nervous drama and looked around for a way across. I finally turned and headed down one side, we were almost down when I saw the huge rock column. I stopped to stare and had a bad feeling as the drama started acting hesitant about going any closer. I don’t know why but I slid off and stripped the packs and saddles off the drama.
I had just finished when the rain started. In a crackling flash of lightning I saw the rush of bodies. They were small and I had the impression there had been lots of them. I pulled my swords and hissed an angry sound of challenge as I moved out in front of the drama. The swarm of small furry bodies came out of the rain and gathering darkness.
I let my senses go and spun into the dance of blades. This was a whirling dance of slashing sword strikes. The dancer had to continuously move in sliding twisting steps as his swords swept out to cut and slice anything that came close. As the swarm struck I slid through them. The one or two that managed to live after passing me died as the drama tore them apart.
When it ended the whole area around me was littered with small bodies. I had never seen anything like these creatures and knelt to check them as the drama started eating. They almost seemed like people or Sirens except they were covered in fur. Their mouth went half way around their heads with hundreds of sharp teeth and they had tiny eyes.
In the body of one I saw a small orange red stone, it almost looked like the stone was on fire. I pulled it out and the two others that were with it to look at it. They were like gizzard stones a bird uses. I started checking other bodies and some had gems and some had regular stones. It was dark and the rain was coming down harder.
The drama hissed in satisfaction and I moved to saddle them and put the packs back on. I stayed on foot and when I reached the tall stone column a flash of lightning showed a narrow stone arch across the narrow crack in the ridge. I led the drama across and swung up on the male. The rain stopped an hour later and the air seemed to get crystal clear.
As dawn peeked over the horizon we had come to the end of the ridge. There was a narrow ledge the drama had led me to and I saw a clear pool of water in the back. I took their packs off and let them drink before pulling out some dried fruit. It was a few hours later that the drama shifted about.
My eyes had snapped open quickly but it was a while before I saw the other drama. They slipped around the edge of the overhang and hesitated before heading towards the water. I rose and hissed softly and they froze before there was a return hiss. I moved towards the two led by a mature female.
I smiled as I realized her state of readiness. I moved to the wild drama scratching and hissing. The younger drama headed for the water but the other female went towards my male. I knew nothing would enter the overhang with two drama mating and went back to sleep. The wild drama were still there when I saddled up that afternoon.
I filled my water bottles and swung up into my saddle expecting to leave the wild ones behind. As we left the ledge the wild drama shifted and then just fell in behind us. I glanced back and then grinned as I leaned forward to hiss softly to the male. Since it was a clear night with no sign of rain, I put my bow together.
The country around us had short sparse looking grass and it was midnight when we reached a low ridge. I slipped off the male and hiss for them to wait. I looked around a boulder and saw what looked like a long narrow pool of water. What drew my attention was the toad like creatures. I used my bow to kill one and then turned to lead my drama over the ridge.
My drama seemed disinterested but the wild ones headed towards the fresh kill quickly. I hissed at my drama and watched the others feed. It almost looked like they were starving. It was awhile before they finally moved away from the remains and I swung up into the saddle. I used more concealed ways when we left and it was just after the sun had come up that I stopped beside a dry stream.
The bank we were on was well above the dried stream bed so we were safe from flash floods. The wild drama hissed softly as I scratch mine and rubbed them and I grinned before hissing back. They shifted and moved closer and I spent extra time scratching and rubbing them.
When I woke it was early afternoon but all the drama were on their feet facing up stream. I didn’t move but let my eyes look in that direction. Three tribesmen were trying to move stealthily and I waited until they slipped behind the last group of small boulders before rolling and dropping into the dry stream bed. A dozen fast silent steps and I was coming out of the stream bed with both swords drawn.
The three were looking around not five feet away and jerked back. I was moving quickly as the first tried to swing wildly. I swept his sword up and stabbed into his guts as I continued into him. My other sword struck straight over his shoulder into another tribesman’s throat as I shoved the first man’s body into the last man. I followed it and sliced the last man’s throat as he tried to get untangled from the dead man.
I looked at the three dead tribesmen and returned to saddle my drama. I rode out keeping to the shadows when I could, the wild drama had again followed. It was turning dark when I rode around the boulders and stopped to stare at the four spider sting creatures I had encountered the day out of Amgree and I readied my bow. So far the four hadn’t noticed us but that would change.
A pool of water beyond them explained why they were here, to feed on any animals that came to drink. I took the one that was on the other side of the group. My arrow struck true and it dropped to the ground jerking. I shot a second one next it as it turned to look at the fallen one. The other two were facing towards the two chattering. The last one I had shot had given out a scream that echoed off the rocks.
The angry hiss of the two wild drama brought the two remaining creature spinning to face us. I shot a third just before they charged. The scream as it crumple brought the other to a stop. It turned slightly to see the third one jerking on the ground and I put an arrow in it. I slipped off the male and walked forward.
I retrieved my arrows and cracked the bodies open before going back to the drama. I slid the packs and saddles off and they headed towards their meal. I headed towards the pool of water and looked around. I wasn’t surprised to find the remains of men and pack beasts. I looked through the torn packs and salvaged bolts of fine silk, I also took the time to alter two saddles into pack saddles.
When the drama had eaten their fill and I had filled my water bags, I saddled them. I hissed at the two wild drama who quietly hissed back. I carefully saddled them and they only turned their heads to watch me. I swung into the saddle and headed out. The land we traveled through became less arid and just after midnight I stopped in a small clump of trees.
Sin-Haree was only a few hours away and I wanted to arrive during the day.
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