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Apocalypsands
« on: October 10, 2010, 11:57:00 AM »
I. The Hunt

Idaho looked down from her position on top of the hill. There was no sign of movement in the Waste, just the wind writing runes into the dust. She has long given up on the idea to understand what the wind was trying to tell her.

She sighed and shifted the weight of the spear on her shoulder. It was going to be a long way to Shelter 7, she knew it. But she had to go. There was no need for a bounty hunter in Fleatown anymore, and she had to move on. Shelter 7 had problems with bandits in the area, and the last Hunter they got was now some warlord's shat'ra decoration. Poor Gibbon. She knew him for years now, and they have been on the Hunt on two separate occasions. He was a good man, strong and silent. He did not deserve to go like this.

Idaho made a mental note on visiting Gibbon's wife. She lived in Pigshield Cauldron, just a day's walk off Shelter 7, last she heard. No kids? Idaho wasn't sure. Gibbon was a... strong man indeed, she remembered. It was a sweet memory. But three of every four men in the Waste had a non-functioning reproductive ability. Radiation can be a cruel mistress, and even though it was long gone, it's only legacy lived on with the ones it had damaged the most - humans. Who says the Wastemother has no sense of humor?

Scorpions and cockroaches assumed defensive positions around her boots as she carefully made her way down the slope. The sand was screeching beneath her feet, and it appeared to be the only sound around Idaho. She suppressed the instinct to use the spear as a walking staff. It was her weapon, her Companion, and as she expected it not to fail her, so did it expect the same from her. Treat your weapon with respect, because your enemy would not, her Mentor used to say.

There was the mark, the red stone with the barely visible arrow pointing out the direction to Shelter 7. She knew where she was going, but it was always nice to confirm you're on the right track. The Waste does not tolerate strollers.

She stopped by the red stone to take a sip of water. She carefully closed the lid of the water skin and tucked it away safely in her bag. Then she walked.

It was almost two days to Shelter 7. She didn't expect any trouble on this side of the Waste. She slipped into a comfortable pace and let her senses soar around, always alert. Not expecting trouble and not being prepared for it are two very different things. One means nothing. The other means death. Idaho was prepared.

For almost anything...


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Re: Apocalypsands
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 11:16:49 AM »
"Oh, Wastemother!"

Idaho carefully observed the body. It was a man, in peasant clothes. Young, bald, lying on his side by a pile of useless rusted junk.
He was stabbed in the chest. He had no bag on him.

A robbery, the Huntress thought as she was looking around for tracks or something else. But there was nothing. She circled around the place, dividing her attention between the ground and the horizon, looking for any evidence of foreign presence. Nothing. The man was murdered no more than a day ago. So whoever did it carefully removed any shoe prints and other signs of their presence, and then they left in a hurry.

Something tickled Idaho. It wasn't in the nature of bandits to be so thorough. They would usually leave a mess. So this here was either a special bandit, or not a bandit at all.

The murder scene was just a few hours out of Shelter 7. Maybe the man was from there? Idaho carefully memorized his features and moved out. The surrounding area was flat and barren. It must have been a lake once, a long time ago, but all the water was gone now and all that was left was stone, bone, and rust. Far ahead the ground gently went up to form a smooth ridge. That's where the shore must have been. And that was the only place hidden from Idaho's eyes. If there was anyone nearby, they would be up there, behind that ridge.

Idaho stopped for a moment to tighten the laces of her bag and to buckle it up around her waist with the special belt she had ordered made a long time ago. Thus the bag was secured on her back in case she had to run, jump, tumble, or fight. And she could use both hands now. She tightened her grip around the spear. If there was a fight up ahead, she wasn't afraid of it.

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Re: Apocalypsands
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 12:52:07 PM »
A cloaked figure slowly rose from the dust behind Idaho. The camouflage worked perfectly! She paced by not 10 feel from him and she didn't sense a thing.

The man observed the dark-haired woman with the powerful legs and the spear on her shoulder as she was making her way up the ridge. He couldn't help but admire her smooth and agile movements. She had the posture and the motions of a predator.

As soon as Idaho disappeared on the other side of the ridge, the cloaked man followed. He carefully measured each step to prevent any sound. He knew that woman by reputation, and he was aware of her fine-tuned instincts of a Huntress. He knew he couldn't afford any mistakes. Not even small ones.

As he approached the ridge, he hesitated. This part was the most dangerous part. He took a deep breath and began climbing.

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