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Old February 10, 2009, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Carnasch woke to the sounds of yelling, from the room next to his, on the opposite side of him from Niven's room. It woke him to see a pair of men crouched next to his own bed, and he jumped up into them. They werent expecting the sudden awakening of the giant, and struck out only reflexivly. Still, it was enough to leave a deep wound in Carnasch's arm, but both of them were knocked to the floor by his tackle.

As they two fell, he scooped up his axe from beside the bed and swung it as he turned, the blade low and the handle at full extention from his hands, it caught the closest man just below the knee as he stood. With a splortch sound and a crack of breaking bone the blade cleaved through the flesh and bone and carried through, and the maimed man was flipped partway in the air and landed on the ground with a crash and a scream.

From the room across from Niven's Carnasch could hear shouts of "This is the wrong room! She must be somewhere else!"

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Niven, in the room adjacent to Carnasch's was supposedly sleeping peacefully until a few candlemarks after mid-darkening. She would most likely be woken to the sounds of shouting and later a high pitched scream from Carnasch's room next to hers. Her dog, Juno, barked and growled at the door, as a pounding of footsteps came down the hallway to it.

There was a loud bang on the door as whoever was outside tried to get in, but Niven would probably have the feeling it was not Carnasch and that he would have been more polite rather than trying to break the door down. She would also probably here in the back ground of the screaming and the thumping all across the building someone was shouting about a group of idiots going into the wrong room.
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The loud noises did, indeed, wake Niven. Her pleasant dreams of her family at home were rudely interrupted with all the banging, seeming to be coming from across the hall from her. 'Carnasch!' she thought, sitting up in bed suddenly, now wide awake. Juno had his nose to the door and was growling and barking up a storm. Niven slipped quickly from her bed and rushed to the door to grab him and silence him. "Shhhhhhhhh," she soothed him, trying to determine what was going on outside. The exclaimation that "She must be somewhere else!" terrified Niven as the realization that they were looking for her hit her. Adrenaline then spread through her body like wild fire. She quickly locked the door using the deadbolt. Running back to her bed, Niven dropped Juno on the rumpled sheets and pulled on her dress. Then she looked for a place to hide.

The banging and screaming was getting louder, as Niven looked frantically for someplace to make herself disappear a chest at the far corner of her room caught her eye. She opened it to find it filled with extra blankets. 'Perfect!' She thought. Moving quickly, she smoothed out the sheets on her bed to look as if no one had slept there and stashed the things she had taken out of her bag back into it and hid her bag and her long bow under the now made bed. Niven ran back to the chest and took out all the blankets and laid them neatly on the bed. She grabbed Juno, who had jumped off the bed and had been standing at the door barking and growling as she worked and stepped inside the empty chest. Niven lowered the lid, enough that it would look closed but not so much that she couldn't see out of a narrow slit and curled up with Juno.

Keeping her hand firmly around Juno's mouth so he couldn't make noise, but careful not to cut off his oxygen supply, Niven whispered soothing words to the puppy to keep him calm. All the while she waited to be discovered Niven prayed to whatever god would listen. 'Please let Carnasch be ok. Please keep us safe....'
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Niven finished her small ruse and closed the trunk just as the door opened with a crash. Outside the doorway were three men, one nearly as big as her friend Carnasch.
The screaming across the hall had ended, painfully from the sound of things. The three thugs outside Nivens door entered slowly, expecting a trap perhaps, but when they found the room empty the shortest said, "I know theys wuz here, I could here that dog o' hers barkin like a mad beast. Check the window."

He was apparently in charge of things, as one of the men thrust the window open and leaned out it. When he saw nothing and told the others, they began tossing the room, starting with the bed. They found her things almost right away, and their searching became even more excited. They were nearing her hiding spot quickly but if she glanced at the doorway, probably to judge her chances of escaping there, she might see Carnasch about to slip into the room.

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Carnasch was so far, still in good health. The man missing a foot was quickly dieing from loss of blood, and it pooled on the floor. The second man slashed at Carnasch diagnally with a short sword, but the Vagaran was surprizingly quick for such a large man and managed to lean back just so that the weapon missed by hairs.

The would-be assassin's miss drew him off balance, enough so that he could not recover in time to block or dodge Carnasch's counter swing, and the axe came upwards to sink deep into the flesh below the ribs, and another scream ripped the night air, dieing out in a bloody gurgle as he fell.

The young giant stood over the two bodies for a moment longer before moving. From his ruck sack he pulled a chainmail shirt which he threw on hastily over his shirt. Some of the links bit painfully through the inadaquate padding, but he ignored it. He had heard the shouts too, and could here the banging on Nivens door. As he finished putting on his armor, he heard a loud crack and the splintering of wood from across the hall, and new they had entered Nivens room.

He slipped his own door open quietly, and checked the halls for anyone that might be waiting there. There were none, and he could see two men and a shadow in doorway across from himself. He crept quietly across the hall, stepping on the balls of his feet, moving with thier rummaging of the room.

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Carnasch entered the room in a fury, seeing red as he was wont to do. Before the first new he was in the room, his skull was cloven in two, brains and blood flinging across the room, accompanied by a loud crunching noise of his bone caving in.

The other two whirled about and brandied thier weapons. They spread out some to make use of thier advantage in numbers, and the leader, who was holding Nivens things including her bow, tossed them aside, right near her hiding spot.

From his spot opposite her in the room, Carnasch prepared himself to fight to the death, as he always would. He kept himself nearer to the wall, and was ready to attack them should an openning occur.
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From her brilliant hiding place Niven watched as her door was broken through and the men entered. Her green eyes narrowed and then widened as she recognised one of the men as the figure she saw in the allyway earlier that day. The recognition was terrifying. These men would go to any length to find her. 'I wonder how long they'd been following me,' she wondered. She watched, relieved as they first pronounced the room empty and proceeded to ransack the room to be sure. Her heart sunk a little as they discovered her bow and her belongings. This spurred them on and Niven's heart sank a little more as they got closer and closer. Having her bow, she knew she had no weapon on her. Juno started to whine and squirm and Niven realized that in her fear, she'd clamped her hand harder around his snout, not allowing him to breathe. Niven loosened her grip, thankful that the whines were drowned out by the noise the men were making tearing apart her room.

Niven, looked back at where the men were searching, noting that they were alarmingly close, when a movement at the door caught her eye. "Carnasch," Niven whispered, relieved to find her friend still alive. The blood that was splattered on his shirt and pants, gave away that he had been found first. 'The bloody inkeeper must have given them the location of our rooms,' she thought angrliy. When Carnasch entered, the man holding her bow threw it down by the chest and the men turned and took a defensive stance, their backs to her. Niven couldn't believe her fortune. Niven lifted the lid to the chest and poked her head out, which would assure Carnasch to her safety and alert him to her position. Juno, unable to see what was going on and therefore not detecting any danger, remained silent, something which both Niven and Carnasch would be grateful for.

As the stand off continued, neither Carnasch or the aggresors moving first, Niven soundlessly stood up in the chest and reached for her bow and quiver of arrows. Slinging the quiver over her head and securing it across her chest, Niven jumped out of the chest with a flash of her red skirts, stood in open stance and drew and nocked the arrow in the bow string. She did this with such grace and speed, it was clear she had some skill with the bow. She raised and drew back, aiming for the back of the head of the assailant closest to her. She nodded to Carnasch, letting him know that she was ready to release at anytime and waited.
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Old February 13, 2009, 02:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Carnasch's eyes nearly bugged out of his head when he saw Niven stand from the chest in the back of the room. His face must have given something away though, because the short man turned a little to see what it was.

The man who looked was to far away from Carnasch for him to strike, but Carnasch took his opportunity and a stepped forward, throwing his axe mightily with both hands. It revolved twice in the air and almost seemed to miss, but as it passed the man it caught his ear and ripped it off.

The thug clamped one hand to his ear as he screamed and fell sideways to the floor. Hopefully Niven had been quick enough to shoot the othe man, or even the earless one, but shoot someone. As for Carnasch's axe, it continued its dangerous flight passed its target and stuck into the wall nearly an inch deep on the blade, only about a foot from where Niven stood in the chest.
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The whole scene seemed to happen in slow motion, but Niven knew it all happened a lot quicker. Carnasch gave her away with his look and as the short man turned to look, Niven released her bow into the back of the head of the other attacker, piercing his brain, and killing him instantly. No sooner had she released than she felt Carnasch's axe drift by her ear, missing her by no more than a foot. Still it gave her cause to move out of the way. It made it's thunk as it stuck in the wall and Niven shot Carnasch a look. But there was still another assailant in the room, and though he was still screaming from the loss of his ear, he was still a threat. Carnasch was now unarmed, so it was up to Niven. She came up behind the hurt man and pushed him on the floor using her foot in the middle of his back. The man, caught off guard, fell front forward and, as soon as he hit the floor, rolled onto his back to look at her, but before he could even think of reaching for a weapon, Niven had her foot on his chest and her bow drawn, the arrow pointing at the man's face. He slowly raised his hands in surrender.

"Who are you and what do you want?" Niven demanded, her green eyes narrow and filled with anger.

Juno, too small to jump out of the deep chest, barked and scratched at the inside of the chest.
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Carnasch had also been moving as Niven dealt with last foe, and he hovered for a moment to make sure she had the man down, then retrieved his axe and her dog, which he scooped out of the chest with one hand.

The thug laid there and clutched his ear while Niven questioned him, but spat at her feet for an answer to her questions. Carnasch walked up, still holding her pup, and said, "He is probably one of the thugs that was to kidnap you earlier. Most criminals in Vortex are appart of one gang or another here, rather than being free-lance like of in other cities."

Carnasch onehandedly brought his axe from its resting place on his shoulder, down on the retch's neck, and the decapitated head rolled off a under the bed. After that he let the dog down and said, "Gather your things and meet me in the hall." He then rushed from the room to his own, so that he could get his things.

Once they were both ready, Carnasch led them both down the hall to the stairs. He led them quickly, but he cautioned Niven to silence. The Vagaran peeked around the corner at the stairs, but jerked back when he saw what was beyond.

The Inn Keeper and a woman that clung to him, probably his wife, where accompanied by a large group of men and elves, with a dwarf or two scattered in. Near the trembling couple was a Ratta, he was far shorter then even the dwarves, but he was clearly the leader, for he was pacing about and barking commands and insults at the others around him. It was at that moment that Juno decided to start barking at the group down stairs. He had wandered out past the other two and was barking with his head stuck between the railings.
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As the man spat at her, Niven got even more annoyed and brought the tip of her arrow closer to the man's face. She nodded as Carnasch gave his explaination of the situation and she moved away letting him decapitate the foe. At Carnasch's orders, she laid her loaded bow on the bed and gathered her things that had scattered out of her bag when the thug had thrown it aside and she pulled on her boots that she'd fished out from under the bed. As she had been retrieving her boots, the face of the last attacker stared blankly at her and Niven shuddered. She knew how to fairly skillfully kill with her bow, but hadn't done it before.

She met Carnasch out in the hall with her things. "Thanks for coming for me. I couldn't have done it without you," she said, squeezing the giants hand with her small one. She followed him out towards the stairs, Juno bounding ahead of them. Niven nocked another arrow in her bow, prepared to fire if needed. As they started to tip toe down the stairs, Carnasch whipped back. Niven looked just past him to find the Inn keeper and eveyone else in the Inn that night were huddled in a corner. 'Sweet Jalat,' she thought, her green eyes scanning everyone in the room, finally resting on the Ratta. Niven's eyes narrowed again. 'Bugger,' she insulted the Ratta in her mind, glaring at him as he paced about, shouting orders and insults at everyone.

At about this time, Juno decided to start barking again at the new threat. "Juno! Hush!" Niven said to the puppy in a loud firm whisper, but the dog didn't listen. She wished she'd thought to put his leash on him. She shot Carnasch an apologetic look, knowing that the dog had just given them away.
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Juno had indeed given them away, and one of the men shouted, "Look! Its the bitches mutt!" and the then the ratta say Carnasch's bulk just behind the corner and he shouted as well, "They are there! Get 'em!"

When they were discovered Carnasch rushed out and scooped up the dog again, and sprinted back down the hall to his room, and bolted it once they were all in. He went to the window, as pounding foot steps came to the door, as well as calls of "That was the giant!" and "Kill them!" from the other side.

Carnasch grabbed at Niven and told her to hold the door if she could. He himself went to the window and tried to open it. It wasnt meant to, but it did when he smashed it with the head of his axe, and he made sure to clean all the glass off. They could both hear shouts of "Get that door open!" and "I think I heard glass breaking! Someone go around to the window to stop them!"

The door shuddered violently as they hacked at the handle and lock with thier weapons, but it would be a while yet before they could get through. Carnasch turned back to the door, taking her place there. He said, "Go out the window. Go feet first and hold the sill until your as far down as you can stretch, and then drop. We arent high up and you should be alright. Go quickly before they get people out there! Go! I will bring Juno."

Assuming she did this, while she was, there were axe heads starting to come through the door, and when she was finally gone, Carnasch scooped up Juno and was about to make his exit when the door burst open. Carnasch looked back, then tossed Juno out the window rather unceremonially. He made to charge his assailants, and they backed off for a second, and then he jerked to a stop and ran back at the window as the ratta was shouting "Dont let him get away!" and Carnasch was flying out the window to the ground below.

He landed well, considering his leap, but he still hit the ground hard, and was having trouble catching his breath when he got up. "Im alright. Im okay." He said, "Just knocked the wind out of me." Once he could stand again, he rushed them all to the stables and onto Gus, assuming Niven was willing.
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Had it been under any other circumstances, Niven would have resented the way Carnasch ordered her about, but their lives were at stake and it would simply have been foolish to argue or not obey. The moment the gang noticed them, Niven started sprinting back down the hall from where they'd come. Carnasch quickly over took her, his legs much longer than hers and he dashed back into his room and Niven followed.

She nodded as Carnasch told her to bar the door, but Niven wondered how on earth he expected her to do that. Her small frame couldn't possibly be any help. She was quite thankful as he broke the window. She ran to the window as he gave her instructions on how to fall. Niven threw her bow and bag out ahead of her and proceeded to climb out. There was a loud bang as she made her way out, and Niven paused for a moment to see a large axe blade portruding from the door. At this sight, she hastened her exit and carefully lowered herself down the sill as Carnasch had suggested. She was still very short and the drop to the ground was farther than she would have liked, but Niven closed her eyes tight and counted to three in her head. She released at three and her fall lasted only a few seconds. She landed on her feet first, but then fell back onto her bottom. "Ooof!" She said as she landed. She wiped the bits of rock out of her palms and stood up.

She was dusting herself off when something caught the corner of her eye, and Niven watched as Juno was thrown out the window. She moved to catch her dog and the momentum put her back on the ground again. Juno licked Niven's face happily his tail wagging. Niven looked back up only to see Carnasch flying out the window and Niven tucked the dog into her and rolled out of the way as not to be landed on. She got up off the ground and walked over to where Carnasch lay. "Im alright. Im okay. Just knocked the wind out of me." Niven couldn't help but smile for a moment at their comical exit, and with raised eyebrows she asked, "Gus?"

When Carnasch was ready, she picked up her bow and ran with him to the stables where Gus had been tucked away for the night. Niven allowed Carnasch to help her onto Gus and, holding Juno tightly to her, she waited for Carnasch to mount.
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Carnasch mounted behind her, and squoze Gus into a canter with his thighs. Gus bolted from the doors just as bandits were entering the stables, and one even bounced off Gus's broad chest as they went by.

They galloped far from the city, and eventually slowed so that they could keep from getting lost in the dark. Carnasch helped Niven stay on by holding his arms around her and latching on to Gus with his legs. Carnasch never used a saddle on Gus, nor reigns, so there wasnt much to hold onto, especially with her holding Juno.

Eventually he found an alcove where he thought would be a good place to hide for a while, and they could get a fire going in the back, and none should have been able to see from the entrance.
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As Niven's blond hair bounced around due to Gus' canter, she tried to make sense of the past hour. She'd gone to bed peacefully enough only to be woken a few hours later with a gang banging at her door trying to kill her. The strangest part was she couldn't think of why she would even have been wanted by them. She'd only been in Vortex a couple of days and couldn't have attracted that much attention. The adrenaline was still pumping through her veins and she gripped Gus' mane as tightly as she could to keep herself steady and held Juno as tightly as she could. This was proving slightly more difficult as Juno was squirming, so Niven was thankful Carnasch had his arms around them.

Carnasch stopped Gus at an alcove far out of the city and helped her down. Niven quickly pulled out Juno's leash and hooked him to it. She tethered him to a near by tree and let him sniff around. She immediately began the task of collecting firewood. Once there was enough, she expertly lit the fire inside the alcove as her cousin's had taught her. Walking back out Niven untied Juno and pulled him closer in. She plopped herself down by the fire, the adrenaline now mostly out of her system and lounged sleepily. She looked at Carnasch and gave him a tired smile. "What a night," she said with a yawn.
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Carnasch was watching the entrance of the alcove while Niven went and lit the fire and tied Juno. Gus was happily munching of some grass near the others, but Carnasch had the feeling that they hadnt truelly escaped yet. Niven was getting tired again, and so was he, but he told her to get some sleep and offered his coat to to help her rest.

Wether she fell asleep or not, Carnasch kept a watch for the next few hours, and in fact, it was just beginning to get light out again before he spotted something. The ratta, his head to the ground and on all fours, was sniffing at the ground. So that was how they had been found! The ratta had followed their scent to the Inn, and gotten the the Manager there to reveal their rooms, only they had made a mistake and gone to Carnasch and a strangers room, rather than Niven's.

As the ratta came closer a group of men trailed him through the trees. Maybe as many as ten, but no less than six. Carnasch didnt bother counting properly though, and went to alert the others.
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Grateful for Carnasch's coat, Niven took it back by the fire and used it as a pillow and her cloak from her bag as a blanket. Juno curled up in the crook of her legs and slept as well. She was asleep as soon as she closed her eyes.

She awoke a few hours later to Carnasch's alert that they were being tracked. "How is that possible!?" Niven asked, absolutely miffed that they had been found so far from town. She picked up Carnasch's coat, dusted it off, and tossed it back at him. She slung her own cloak around her shoulders and grabbed Juno's leash, her bag and her quiver of arrows and bow. She ran out to the edge of the alcove and looked for herself. When she saw the Ratta and his men, she cursed under her breath. Niven looked at Carnasch. "What now? If they're tracking us, it won't matter where we go, they'll find us." Niven looked back out to where the ratta and his men were coming. "What do they want? i don't understand what we might have that they want." Niven picked up Juno and held him close, nusseling him with her face. Looking back up at Carnasch she knit her eyebrows. "What should we do? Do we head to the next city, hoping they'll tire of us, or...." Niven trailed off, looking back at the approaching group, hopelessly.
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Carnasch quickly began explaining his thoughts on why and how they were being followed. "Ratta, are supposed, believed, to have the ability to track by the use of smell, like a dog. That is probably how he found us at the Inn." He glanced around the edge of thier hiding spot again before continueing, "I think, that perhaps the reason they follow us so diligently is not that they want us for anything, or that we have something they want, but because I interfered with them taking you earlier. Some gangs, some people, are easily offended and I think that they want revenge on me, and therefore you, because I disrespected them by interfereing with thier buisness."

He whispered this to Niven quickly before concentrating on forming a plan. They were tracking them by thier scent it seemed, and as far as he could tell, there was only one ratta who could do that. If they rid themselves of the ratta and escaped again, perhaps they would not be able to follow. Carnasch expressed this to Niven with a question, "Can you shoot the Ratta? Kill him with out them seeing until its to late? If we could do that then perhapse we could escape and they wouldnt be able to follow us I think."
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