Previously, on Sarcantasy
You wake up bright and early. George has once again provided a lavish meal of forest fruit - and looks pretty smug about the fact that he got out of and back into the tree-house without waking up Delar. The Half-Urken scowls at the shaved ape all the way through breakfast, but does not comment...
After you've all eaten, you tell Emma and Delar that George should be released under his own cognizance - if he'll swear to be a better uh, ape from now on.
"George swear, hoo-hoo!" George immediately says. "By tail of Tailless Ape and the Bonny Bunch of Coconuts of the Green Lady, George swears. Those holy
On a less excitable tone, he continues: "George be good. Never want to be bad."
You shake George's hand - a gesture that confuses him - and wish him the best. He responds by giving you a big, ape-scented hug.
"Don't make me regret giving you a chance... George," Delar says before you leave for his base-camp. "Or I'll be back for you."
"George no worry," the shaved ape replies, grinning cheekily. "You lousy trapper, ee-ee!"
"True," Delar says, grimly serious. "But I'm real good at hunting down and killing bad creatures."
George's grin slides right off his face and he gulps audibly.
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With all goodbyes said, you get ready to leave.
Looking out of the tree-house, it's your turn to gulp audibly; it's a long
"Can you cast the LVT-spell today?" Emma asks of Delar.
"Sure can," the Half-Urken replies as he takes off his leather bracelet, grasps it firmly and chants an incantation. You can see him wince as the spell drains some of his life-force, but he does not falter. His eyes flare with energy and he says: "Just grab hold of me and I'll carry us down to the ground."
You and Emma both grab hold of Delar, who steps out of the tree-house. A moment of terror - and you relax a little as you float down, gentle as a floating feather. Still, you hold on tight.
Delar seems oddly fidgety on the way down, his breathing a bit fast and his eyes fixed on the horizon. Maybe casting the spell causes some lasting discomfort?
The Half-Urken relaxes the instant you all hit the ground and let go, however. You all feel a little surge of energy as you stand on your own feet:Daisy gains 8 xp (28)
Delar gains 6 xp
Emma gains 6 xp (26)
You turn around to wave at George, who looks very small up there in his tree -- and you set off, following Delar.
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It's a long walk to Delar's base-camp, and you spend the time chatting. You ask where Delar and Emma are from, and what they do.
Delar seems hesitant. "I am from the Eastern Hills, Daisy. My parents... I was raised by the Sorcerer-Monks
. About three years ago, I went into the Distant East to... prove myself as a Fontanist. Ever since I got back, I've been travelling the world as a mercenary."
"I'm pretty much from all over," Emma says. "I've lived in Caymore, in Kirchburg, in Komfrin, the Islands Kingdom... I've even spent a little time in the Dune Empire. I've studied martial arts, been a courtesan (not by choice), I've even been married a couple of times. I guess you could say my job is science, though. Wherever I go, I try to gather more knowledge."
"Your family must miss you," Delar says, solicitously.
"My husbands I've either buried or left so they could shack up with new wives," Emma says, bluntly. "My children have better things to do living their lives than miss me."
Delar blushes and stutters, then turns to you.
"How about you, Daisy? Do you have family worrying for -- WHOA!"
Delar's sudden change of topic is caused by some WHOPPING BIG animal tracks crossing your path.
"Those are really big bear tracks," the Half-Urken says.
"Not bear. Barr," Emma corrects him.
You ask what the difference is.
"A bear's an animal. Dangerous, but just an animal. Barr are beasts
. Barr are bigger, stronger and smarter than bears. They can talk, they walk upright and they like uprooting small trees -- to whack other creatures over the head with them."
"It's too big for a Teddy-Barr, isn't it?" Delar says. "So is it a Dan-Barr or a Rosan-Barr?"
"That means, is it a cub, a male or a female," Emma explains to you. "I'd say a Dan. Not ideal, but could be worse. Dans are irritable, but lazy. Unless we cross him, he won't bother us. A Teddy might hunt us out of spite, a Rosan would do it because meat is good food and she wants to protect her territory."
"My camp isn't far now, and it's covered by a Sanctum-spell," Delar says. "We'll be safe at least until sundown if we make it there. But do we hurry as fast as we can, or do we try to sneak there? Either could irritate a grumbly Dan-Barr."
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
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