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 Out of the South, Open (Tag Bjarven?)
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 Posted: Oct 6 2016, 03:17 PM
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Month 4, Turn 6, Pass 10.

Even after at last reaching regions of the southern continent where the temperatures became comfortable. It took days of traveling in any form that he could manage, before he truly felt warm again. Fortunately, Kereriar decided, the feelings of sickness after waking up, had gone away quickly this time. Somewhen while he still was in the icy southern reaches.

Avoiding the territories of wryssai and other potentially troublesome creatures as best he could, much helped by the effort of his firelizard. Eventually Kereriar knew that he had to be nearing some part of the coast. Things had change, of-course, but with a firelizard and a compass to help, he should be able to find his way...

Then he came across something that he truly hadn't expected. No time before, when he had come this way. Had there been any signs of that people had come to the southern continent, always seeming so comfortable with staying in the safer north.

But... Man-made objects too new to have been there for a long time, found at what clearly had been campsites. Then a dragon and its rider in the sky(neither of who Kereriar had any wish to contact yet). The evidence was too clear to ignore.

Closer to the coast still. He made sure to wear the best of the clothes he had available to him-- that were worn, but not overly so. And choosing the form of a relatively young human man. Kereriar made his way along the coast. Having the firelizard scout ahead to report back on anyone it found, in the hope of finding someone he could trust to possibly provide him with passage north.

Days later, and fairly early in the morning. He finally reached a ship anchored in a sheltered spot along the coast, with some habitation nearby. And it being as early as it was, he set himself down on a spot clearly visible from the ship. Because waiting to be seen, instead of directly hailing the ship when the sun hadn't even peeked over the horizon, was better.

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 Posted: Oct 6 2016, 03:49 PM
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Bjarven groaned a little as he rolled over in his cot, the large ferali just couldn't get comfortable for some reason. He didn't want to wake anyone else on the ship yet, not even his faithful Worg, but he knew he couldn't just stay in bed any longer. With a heavy sigh the large creature carefully rose from his bed and quietly made his way out to the deck of the ship, grabbing his trust battle ax Lightning Biter on the way out of his room. He took a very deep breath when he finally reached the open air of the deck of the ship. He looked around carefully, trying to decide what all the crew had left to load onto the ship before they lifted anchor and set sail for the Northern continent.

Bjarven turned his large head curiously when he heard one of the many critters of the ship pop in from Between. It was actually one of his own firelizards, Admiral to be precise. "Good morning Admiral, couldn't sleep either huh?" Bjarven's deep voice, though soft as he spoke to the firelizard was still rather loud. The large king firelizard nodded his head a little and tried to point the large grizzly man towards something he had seen when he had popped in from Between. "I wonder who it is, and what they want." Bjarven strapped Lightning Biter to his back and placed his large paws on the railing as he watched the stranger for a few moments.

Bjarven shook his head a little and made his way down to the shore, but refused to get too far from his ship. "What's your business here Stranger?" There was no mistaking that the roaring voice had come from the eight foot tall bear man with the large king firelizard sitting on his large furry shoulder. He crossed his arms and waited a little stiffly for the stranger to respond.

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 Posted: Oct 7 2016, 02:45 PM
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Warned by Linde about that he had been seen, and they'd soon have someone from the ship showing up. Kereriar sent a brief thought of thanks to the firelizard, wherever she had perched herself to get a good view of the area. And he took the few moments he had left before having to talk, to think things through.

Probably he didn't look like much. But clothed like a traveler in these parts might be expected to, and any weapons he carried were easy to spot. They were all tools that were neccessary, and it would have been far more suspicious not to have carried any here. He did miss the better ranged weapons of old though, but they had not survived all those years since the time of Landing. So nothing that could be done about that.

Taking a moment to get a good look at the first sailor to appear. He didn't really make any judgement of the person, perhaps other than that a bear ferali was not the strangest seaman he had seen.

Kereriar stood up, giving a nod to Bjarven. "Guessing that showing up like this, down here, doesn't make me seem too trustworthy. But I've been in a bit of bad luck, so right now I'm going along the coast in hope of finding some way of getting back north."

Pausing, he gave a bit of a grimace. "Any chance that your ship might take on a paying passenger? If you're headed back north?" Then, half appologetic, he also gave the ferali his name.


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Bjarven looked the stranger up and down, wondering just what kind of threat this strange man might pose if any. The large bear man growled a little as the stranger moved, letting him know not to make any sudden movements. His fuzzy ears twitched a little at the stranger's voice. "No it doesn't, and being in the south it'self is bad luck. Are you part of the Raiders?" Bjarven didn't really mind hauling supplies for the raiders, but refused to let even a single one on board his ship under any circumstance. "If you've got the coin then we may be able to arrange something, but this is a cargo ship. so don't expect no fancy accommodations." Bjarven sniffed a little as he spoke, but all he could really smell was the familiar smell of the ocean water and what smelled like something extremely old, though he wasn't sure what that was. "I'm Bjarven, and this here's my ship." The large bear kept his arms crossed, but did relax a teeny-tiny bit as he spoke. This stranger seemed to have more manners than the people he usually worked with.

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This wasn't going all that badly, not yet at least. There'd been that chance, even if it was a small one, that those onboard the ship would just have shot first. With the reaction when he stood up though, Kereriar made sure to keep his hands in view.

And...

Thinking over what Bjarven had just asked. He took a moment to think it over, then decided that he'd just have to gamble. If he answered wrong, he'd just have to get out of there and hope to be lucky enough to find another ship. Then looking as someone entirely else.

If he answered right, then there would be much less problems.

"I've met a few. But not working with them, if that matters." To be honest, with what he'd learned of raiders when he'd been awake in the past. They weren't any group of them he'd want to be around. Pretty bad examples of humans and others, most of them.

Money..that was a problem that sometimes came up. And Kereriar had long since stopped taking any marks with him when he went to his longer periods of sleep. In the distant past, it'd not taken him long to learn that like coins of more civilized places, the marks of Pern also changed with time. So those from a hundred years in the past, were very likely to be useless in the present. But, there were other things that could be used to get around that.

"I you take uncut gemstones, or lumps of more valuable metal ore? To be honest, I was hoping to sell most of it back north. But I can't expect to get free transport back either." He shrugged.

"Pleased to meet you. And lack of luxury isn't a problem, it can't be worse than any night I've spent around this continent. "

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 Posted: Oct 8 2016, 05:00 PM
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Bjarven took a deep sniff as he watched this strange smelling man stand, wondering what it was about this stranger that gave him a strange feeling. To be honest though, he had to admit that a lot of people gave him that feeling. "Hmmm....I guess you'll need to meet the rest of the crew..." With these words he sent out a mental pull to his Worg, his number one friend and crew member. Not long after he spoke a deep growl could be heard as something large came prowling up onto the deck of the ship.

Bjarven looked Kereriar up and down, trying to gauge the other man's reaction to the large royal worg, when he heard the man talk about gems. "Gems don't do much for a sailor or his crew, but I guess we can make arrangements to...escort...you till you can pay your way with real money." Bjarven's voice was gruff for sure, but it was still friendlier than what it had been. Shadows-In-The-Trees was still growling at Kereriar, knowing that his pack mate was still rather unsure of this stranger.

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As the ferali seemed to smell the air again, Kereriar momentarily thought about whatever made him do do. If it was the scent of something potentially troublesome he picked up, or..

"Of-course," he said with a nod. Kereriar was half into just asking if Bjarven scented something, weighing for and against doing so. When the worg appeared. Of-course he had heard of the canine-like beasts, and even seen some at a distance a few times. But for people having clearly rediscovered them sometime during the last several decades. That was interesting. Whether he wanted it to or not, Kereriar's expression was probably, for just a moment, somewhere between surprise and fascination. When the worg appeared and approached them.

"That sounds fair enough." Giving a nod to the man, and the large worg. Kereriar decided quietly that any decision on acctually paying or not, would depend on how these people went about escorting him. "Is he with you, or someone else in your crew?" Asking that, he gestured slowly towards Shadow-in-the-trees. "And lead the way?"

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Bjarven gently rested his extremely large paw-hand on top of the Worg's head as he watched the strange man. "He is mine, his name is Shadows-In-The-Trees." Bjarven nodded slightly as he spoke and gently rubbed Shadows' soft fur. "As for the rest of my crew they should be waking shortly." His deep voice rumbled with a slight growl as he turned towards his ship. "Shadow will follow you onto the ship." The large bear man spoke without looking back at Kereriar as he climbed the ramp onto the deck of his ship. Shadows-In-The-Trees growled and lifted the side of his lip a little as he waited for the strange man to approach.

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Giving just a slight tilt of his head to the worg, that might have been a nod, or some sign of internal curiosity. Kereriar watched the large animal for a moment longer, "pleased to meet you". While not so interested in making closer contact with Shadow, politeness was an easy thing to give.

With a very quiet line of thoughts stretching towards Linde, he told the firelizard to stay out of sight unless he was alone. And that she could certainly join any wild firelizards who joined the ship on its crossing. If things still were something like during previous times when he had gone by ship, that wasn't too unusual, he'd learned.

Taking a breath that was a bit deeper that usual, he didn't really give any visible reaction to that baring of teeth. Setting one foot in front of the other as he followed Bjarven, seeing at least some of the crew coming onto the deck now. Several humans, but in all being a mix of all three races.

And, with hope, they wouldn't be against the presence of a passenger-- an unplanned one. The time it took to get to the North would be long enough, without having anyone at all to exchange the occasional word with at least. Even better, if any of them was worth talking with.

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Bjarven growled and started introducing his ship-mates to Kereriar and wondered if there would be any objections to letting the stranger ride the waters with them on the way back North. The large bear of a man looked as he posed the question to his crew, many of whom wanted to know how the stranger intended to pay them for their hospitality. He explained that once they reached the North he and Shadow would escort the stranger to somewhere the man could sell what he had to in order to have the marks to pay for the ride, at which point the others had no more complaints.

"Alright, you can join us, we will be setting off immediately." Bjarven had turned back to Kereriar as he spoke, and at the same time his crew set about getting the ship ready to sail. Shadow sat close to the two men as they spoke, waiting patently to keep an eye on the stranger. "Shadow will show you where you'll be staying on this trip, and while you can join the men for food, I suggest you stay in your room unless you know how to help the men with the ship." Bjarven wasn't sure what the man knew and what he didn't know about being on a ship, but nodded his head towards his large male Worg who stood up quietly and led the way to an open door that led down into the ship.

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Giving a nod to each of the introductions, Kereriar tried to committ at least some of the names to memory. He wouldn't learn them all this fast of-course, and he might not meet most of them enough during the voyage to learn them. But, at least a few names he could put to faces, that was a start.

And well, he was in some luck that he'd found the ship when he did then. Although leaving right away was for the better. He could live in and off the wilds, but it wasn't something he found nearly as easy as lliving in more inhabited areas. "Good thing I showed up when I did then. Mostly there's not too many ships to be found along a coastline this long, or holds. Unless there's some that's popped up while I was looking for minerals?"

That should get him some info, in case things had changed in big ways on the southern continent since last time he was awake.

"Probably not so much, at least nothing that your crew can't do better. But I'm fairly good with some weapons, in case a need for that comes up." Following Bjarven, he made sure to get a look at the ship as they walked on it. What he sew seeming to be in good condition, so that was a relief. "And I can accept that. Some visits to the deck, for fresh air now and then. Would that be fine?"

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