Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: Day 158: Doldrums 38: The Stranger: A Blur of Motion
Sannit keeps his guard long enough to make sure the Stranger is not faking, then San-Bolo go to Sheldon's side to see to their friend first. Bolo takes a stone and uses Way to light it, holding it up so the others can see the area.
Turtle sniffs around and keeps watch.
Tellerian Hawke said:Merin approaches Sheldon and attempts to augment Bolo's efforts, since she is the most skilled at this sort of thing.
Tor will also help augment Bolo's efforts, but only after slitting The Stranger's throat first, to ensure that he is dead. "We might have shown you mercy, had you not chosen to brutally murder our friend," Tor spits at the corpse with disgust.
After Sheldon is healed, Sannit will search the Stranger's corpse, thoroughly, while Bolo and Turtle keep watch. He will make note of any identifying marks on the body and cut away the skin of any organizations mark so that it may be copied in detail later.
Bolo adds,Kwargrow said:"Let us strip the corpse and burn the clothes before we bury the body. I propose we say nothing about this until the caravan leaves. Let this man's masters wonder what happened to him. At the appropriate time we will speak with the town's leaders about this in detail."
Indigo interrupts.Kwargrow said:"We should bury him underneath Myth. The lynx will keep anyone from finding his body."
"That's a good idea. To be as fast and agile as he was, he must have been using Way, so he probably has enhancements and augments hidden on his person. Which reminds me, I wanted to put the following idea forward: for items that don't need to touch the skin in order to provide benefit, we should think about having Raven and Fallen Leaf make us belts with integrated pouches that can be buttoned shut, that we could wear underneath our clothing. That would prevent not only someone from noticing that we're wearing such things, but even if they suspected that we had augments, they'd be almost impossible to remove, even by force."
"We should also cut off his feet so that his spirit cannot walk the world of the living and haunt us, and so that he will have to crawl in the after life. When we bury him put him face down with his head in pointed east so his spirit will never experience another sunrise. He deserves no honor in the next life."
"No, we will not bury Myth. He deserves the honor of a warrior's sending. We will make a pyre."
After returning to the guild house San-Bolo rush over to where Sheldon has pointed out the collar but do not approach it yet. "What a strange gift," Sannit says, rubbing his beard. "Was he planning on coming back for it or was part of his purpose here to deliver it to us?"
Bolo says, "Sitting on the floor like that it looks like bait for a trap."
Tellerian Hawke said:Tor says, "It does seem strange that he wasn't wearing a collar, and yet, he bears the mark of not only a soldier, but also a caravaner, which means he WAS considered an asset, subservient to a master. For all practical purposes, he was a slave. I wonder if this wasn't his collar, but if it was, why did he remove it? I hate to say it, but perhaps we killed him too quickly."
Kwargrow said:Turtle sniffs all around the guild house to try and pick up any other strange scents. Maybe that murdering person did not come here alone.
After checking to make sure the collar is not physically connected to anything, like a trigger for a trap, Sannit will pick it up and turn it over in his hands. He will look for any identifying marks.
Kwargrow said:Bolo goes through the guild house to see if anything else was disturbed or changed. If nothing else happens San-Bolo will propose getting some sleep and picking up the matter of their mystery assailant tomorrow. She instructs Turtle to keep watch tonight, but to come warn her if anyone comes to the house instead of engaging.
Kwargrow said:Turtle stays close to the house and keeps watch. He hopes somebody will come start some more trouble. He won't miss with his paws again.
Saemund addresses everyone,
"There is nothing we can do about this until morning, I suggest we all get some rest and then investigate further tomorrow."
Saemund goes to lie down but cannot rest easy. Death seems like a preferable outcome to ending up in a collar. Saemund wakes later in the night, dresses and straps his axe to his waist. He carries his carving axes in his hands and walks the perimeter of the Guild house. While doing so he concentrates on detecting humans approaching in the night, he readies his mind to trap the mind of anyone approaching and cause them to stop in their tracks and wait for him to approach them. He also goes to check on Feroz in his roost.