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Double Axe [Nexus Prime] Traveling to Port Alyxandrya the Adventurer's Way

 
The Day: First
The Month: Ioannes
The Season: Summer
The Era: XXIV Post Fractum
 

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Expect Time to CompleteThe Expected Journey is 3 cycles(Weeks)

Standing guard just to the north of the end of the Great Mountains and south of the Iceheart Forest, the fortified city of Nexus Prime serves as a port for the western Bay of Kyathis into the Northern Sea for facilitating trade with Arakmat and Arium.

It was barely dawn, but there was already a long huge crowd around the tavern. It seemed that two different groups were hiring and their destination was the same. Port Alyxandrya in the District of Maeve.

The first group of people were all dressed in armour and they were equipped with swords, shields and bows. When anyone approached them, the speaker, a muscular human male would speak with them. ”Serale. We are looking for guards for our caravan. We will first be heading towards Primus Gaudeo before continuing our way to Port Alyx. We pay quite well, so don’t bother negotiating. Aside from that, we will give you 50% more pay if you somehow lose any of your limbs protecting the caravan and we will double the pay if you die in service. Do let us know which account we should deposit it into.”

The second group of people looked like they were from the navy. Matching uniform, military bearings and the speaker, if one, that was not a faerie, were to approached them, was a charismatic looking sea elf, would say. ”Serale. Do you have any sailing experience. We need experienced sailors only as the last storm had injured quite a number of our men. We need to get to Port Alyx as soon as possible. You would be well compensated, of course!”

If it was a faerie. ”Oh! A faerie! You’re a faerie right, not a nasty Pixie! Do you have a faerie friend or something that wish to travel to Port Alyx? We need a faerie guard. One that is cunning and brave. We have a prisoner that can only be guarded by a faerie. The last faerie had his wings broken by the tricks of the prisoner”. The pay upon arrival would be very attractive!”
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Lady was attracted by the number of people at the tavern in so early in the morning and immediately flew in. She asked around the room and found out that it was her lucky day! She had only decided last night to travel to Port Alyx and two groups were heading to her Port of Call!

The choice between the two groups were easy for Lady. She did not really trust boats and the talk of injured sailor and a broken wing faerie had scared her away, irregardless of the pay. She do hope that the other faerie would recover from the traumatic experience. She approached the caravan leader and hovered at his eye level. “Greetings. I am interested to be your guard. Don’t look at my size as a detriment. I can naturally sense magic, I am quite nasty with my bow and I have powerful battle supplements. Fire bombs and acid to rain down on any enemy. If required, I could even take out a secret weapon to increase the strength of one of your man!
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The man eyed at the faerie and her talk about bombs, acids and a secret weapon to increase strength. He was familiar with far-folks to know he was talking to a faerie and even more familiar with alchemy. If it was a pixie that came, he would have dismissed the small creature, but a faerie. A faerie would also be a good spy or scout. This was interesting.

”So explosive, acids and such eh, my little faerie. Tentatively, I will hire you on the the principle as anyone else, but with one condition. IF! A battle begin and I see you running for cover or not pulling your weight… or should I say, an average human weight worth of effort, I will let you go after that battle. No pay. I’m sure it will be fine if you are as good as you say.” The human finally spoke after a long time. ”My name is Eddie and my left and right hand man, standing left and right of me respectively are Duncan and Silva.”

Duncan proved to be a human man with the build of an ox and he had a sheathed greatsword behind his back. Silva was a half-elf that looked like he would fall if a strong enough gust of wind blew.

”Write your details here and we will meet at the gates in two candlemarkshours. Look for the the The Cerritulus Nourriture. We will leave with or without you.”

On the table was this form.

 Name:
Next of Kin OR A place you want to put you pay into, just in case:

I know my risk. I know my place. I know my pay. Sign here:
 


On the back of the paper was the pay scheme, your signer’s task and acknowledgement that they are hired as guards and should not handle any Cerritulus Nourriture customers while on duty and up to 3 months after, should not try to help the porters with the crates… just don’t touch the crates and to fulfil and ad-hoc duties that might occur as part of a guard’s job.

”NEXT” He called out after the Faerie moved on.
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“Agreed then.” Lady said. She was sure to pull her weight better than anyone else. She was of the Guardian and she have her far share of beasties and thugs.

The form part was a little harder for this tiny creature. She flipped the page and read the terms. It was quite acceptable, not unlike that of the Guardian, except the part about not touching the crates. The caravan master might be handling fragile objects and did not want his people to be liable. She found all was well and filled the formed up.

Name: Lady Cherjaine Aldred
Next of Kin OR A place you want to put you pay into, just in case: Luna Aldred of Port Alyx
I know my risk. I know my place. I know my pay. Sign here: L.C.A.

She did not know if there was a Luna Aldred, but if the Caravan was thinking of illegally capturing citizens with no families as slaves, a Next of Kin would stop that. By the will of the gods that she was to die, a lucky fae by the name of Luna Aldred would just get a windfall.

Lady fluttered out, collecting her stashed belongings and headed out to look for The Cerritulus Nourriture. It was an odd and long name and she wondered what it meant.
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When the faerie was outside the Gates, she would notice several caravans. Some were fancy, some were shabby, and The Cerritulus Nourriture turned out to be a rather fancy caravan, except that it smelled really bad, like it had carried rotten fish or something along that line.

There were 8 people standing around the caravan, seemingly unaffected by the smell. They were either of human, half elf or half orc and they were dressed similarly. It would seem these 8 people were long time guards to this caravan.

There was another half elf sitting somewhere near the caravan. He was covering his nose and his face seemed to be one of regret… regret for taking on this job.

Lady had arrived too early, there was still 1.5 candlemark before the meeting time.
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Lady greeted the 8 guards around the caravan when she found the correct caravan. "Serale! Phew, what's that smell! I am Lady and I will be accompanying the caravan as one of the guards. Please to meet you."

She would then head over to the lone half elf. "You are one of the new guards to this caravan? One off or planning to be permenant with this outfit. I am called Lady, joining this caravan just for one trip. A trip without earning anything is quite wasted, don't you agree? So about that smell, it's horrible. Hope the smell will dissipate soon."
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The half elf looked at the fae. "Yes. It is horrible. I heard this caravan specialised in food and medicinal transport. I was hoping it smell better than my last job, which carried uncured leather. I guess it's only polite to say my name? Name's Nieford, and depends on how it goes, I am very likely to look for another caravan to join."

He pulled out his wicked looking scimitar and a whetstone. "I should sharpen my sword. You should prepare yourself too."

1.5 Candlemark Later

Eddie returned with his two companions and looked around. ”That is everyone! Those who are not here when we set off can attempt to play catch up or forfeit their pay! The rest of you, listen up!”

To Duncan and Silva. ”You know you roles. Silva as the driver and PLEASE remember to stock up the arrows. Didn’t install a quiver at the front for nothing. Duncan, you be following at the back. Pick your guys.”

Silva went into the caravan and took out a stack of arrows before heading to the driver’s seat. Duncan pointed out to 3 men, all uniformed and they went to the back. These four men will be guarding the rear.

To the five remaining full time guards. ”The two of you, left flank. The two of you, right flank. Dickson, you lead the front. Each team pick one of the new guards. Flankers, remember to keep the fresh one in the middle.”

And off they went. If Lady were to notice, the half elf she first saw earlier seemed to be very happy to be leading the way.

To Lady. ”No point asking you to flank, lead or protect our back. You are too small to be a deterrence factor. You will be stationed above the caravan’s roof. It’s a bit dusty, so you might need to clean it. While you are at it, why not just clean the roof properly. Careful not to sweep any dust on me. Let me know if you need cloth and water. Can use my waterskin and this rag here.”

Eddie grinned at Lady, took out a dusty (which was the size of a broom to a fae-folk) and hoped onto carriage beside Silva.

”Off we go then! We will travel for 5 candlemarks, have a candlemark break then continue traveling until the moon shows her beautiful face. We are taking it easy today! Let's go!”

And the caravan started to move.

 The Caravan

The caravan is made up of 2 close wooden carriages, linked together with metal chains. It is drawn by 4 stout country horses.

While on the move, Dickson and his freshman is always 20 feet in front from the horses. Dickson will use hand signals to get the caravan to slow down, speed up or stop whenever he sees problem.

Three people on each side guards the caravan. They were even spreaded along the sides with the freshman in the middle

The back was Duncan and his cronies trailing no more than 30 feet from the caravan. They seemed to be very relax, chatting loudly and even singing. For a big guy, Duncan had a very nice baritone singing voice
 


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For Lady and any joiners, there will be nothing happening, detail what you will be doing in the five hours to the first chec... rest point
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Boy! Was Lady infuriated by the chore given to her. She was a guardian, not a cleaner! She flew up fumingly and noticed the layer of dust and was that bird poop? Ewwww.

She decided it was better to clean up properly if she was to stay on the roof the whole time. Eddie might even ask her to sleep on the roof and she would prefer a clean place to rest.

When she was satisfied with the sweeping, she asked for the rag and the waterskin. She hoped that by doing this extra task, she will be better paid.
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Eddie chucked at the willingness of Lady. He was expecting her to make a big fuss about cleaning not being back of her duty, but after a candlemark, he began to understood why. He had always asked his men to clean the carriages, top to bottom, and trusted them to do so. He guessed this trust was misplaced.

The carriage continued on without any incident and soon it was the first rest time. All the long time guards knew they job and they took their 'apprentices' at hand. As the horses were watered, the area scouted and the carriage checked for damage, Eddie called to Lady. "Didn't expect the top to be that dirty. Accept my apologies on that, but not much. As you might have guessed, the roof of the second carriage would be where you rest at night. Me and Silva will take turn to sleep on the top of the first carriage, so I have you to thank for cleaning it so well."

Eddie looked at the second carriage and grinned.Gonna assume you spent 5 candlemarks cleaning "And you got yourself to thank for cleaning the second. At the end of our next leg, look for Silva for a tent to protect you against owls and night creatures. We used to have a Pixie as our spotter, but he decided it was enough."

"Alright fellows! Let's go! It's a long journey from here on!" Eddie shouted after he saw everything was done.

As the caravan made it's way through the well travelled road, Eddie looked back at Lady and asked. "So, you said you were a Guardian eh? What in Telath is Guardian? I don't think I have ever heard of it before."
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Lady had to control her joy when Eddie apologised to her. “It was a simple task, don’t worry about it.”

“A tent, sounds good. So what happened to the Pixie?” She inquired. She hoped that the Pixie wasn’t torn apart or worst.

Lady really had to control herself against doing a loop the loop when Eddie asked about the Guardian. “The Guardian is a fae-folk adventurer guild. We are ten in all. Pixies and faeries. We usually take on exploration quest, something not many people can. One exploration which requires mapping through the wind tunnels of the Aelyrian mountain took us 28 eras to complete. The tunnels are really small and will suddenly open to a free fall. Nope, no way others can do it. The tunnels also contain dangerous creatures and we have to fight it or get past it. My last quest with the Guardians were on the Great Mountains. I had an urgent business back home and had to leave for a while. When I returned, I can’t find them no more. Very likely they have completed it and return to our home. I am making my way back now.”

The entire story was true, except for the last part. She had left the group due to homesickness and though it was true she could not find the rest, she have a strong feeling they were already dead. The Guardians always left trails and signs while exploring and such trails went dead.
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Eddie listened to her story. The guardian seemed like an exploratory mercenary group. This meant Lady had some real combat experience. That was good. "I will keep a look out for any fae-folks who claim to be Guardians and send them to Port Alyx. Well, for now, keep a look out for any danger. Use your eyes and all your other senses too."

It was almost nightfall when Duncan yelled. "Ambush!"

The caravan halted immediately and everyone was on alert. When Lady looked around, she would see Duncan and three of his men had their weapon drawn and in combat stance. One of the men was lying on the ground, an arrow on his body. Eddie was running to the back, his sword and shield drawn. The other men remained where they were, by the sides and front. Silva had already notched an arrow in his bow.

Several more arrows flew towards the caravan, but luckily they either missed or was blocked. A man jumped out from behind some rocks and yelled. "Charge!!!" He charged, brandishing a sword with seven men following. They were all dressed in quite shabbily and charging in a tight formation.
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Lady thanked Eddie for his promised help, although she doubt there was a need to.

She was actually enjoying the ride, looking at the beautiful the scenery. As the sun prepared to sleep, she was shocked by the shout from Duncan. Ambush? She had not seen anything suspicious or even saw any people or humans anywhere. Then again, if it was to be an ambush, the attackers must be well hidden.

She was under sudden attacked before and her instinct kicked in. She quickly hooked a bottle of explosive around her waist and took flight with her bow. In the air, she saw the men getting ready for an attack. A few arrows went at the caravan and she sighed a breath of relief, for none came her way.

Lady’s attention was caught by someone yelling charge and then 8 men came charging at the caravan. Her lips curled upwards and quickly flew forward. When she was just above them, she took out her vial of explosive liquid and dived. She would throw the vial, mid dive at the group of ambushers before pulling back up. She didn’t want to be within sword reach of any of the enemy.

She would then start firing arrows at the men.
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The enemies did not notice Lady’s action, but Eddie did. In fact, he was wondering what his new faerie guard would do in such occasion. ”Silva! Knee!” He yelled.

Silva jumped onto the roof of the carriages and let lose an arrow, just as Lady began her dive. Silva’s shot was true. It hit the leading bandit’s left kneecap and as he toppled on the ground, the charge faltered. It was gross stupidity in play. The bandits did not expect the enemy to use projectile weapons against them when they themselves had used bows earlier. This faltering allowed the faerie to drop her bomb in the center of the group easily.

Maybe the fae was used to fight against much smaller enemies or her bomb was not prepared well. The little vial fell onto the head of one of the center bandits and exploded… but the damage was minimal. True, that man’s hair caught on fire, but it did not do anything more. The tiny arrows shot by the fae did not do anything more than just a minor annoyance.

Fortunately, they were fighting against a bunch of amateur… and the arrow that actually hit Eddie’s man was no more than just a really lucky shot. The man with burning hair began to scream and started running like a wild chicken, pushing and tripping his own comrade… And as though as the gods were in Lady’s side, that man fell and set fire on the clothes of his other comrades. It was a hilarious sight to see… The leader groaning in pain, a man with his head on fire flailing, a man looking at his burning chest and just stood there screaming and the other people staring, mouth wide open.

On Eddie’s side the scene was more professional, however. Eddie called for all ranged attack to stop as he, Duncan and two other men charged. ”Stop firing! Duncan, More and Karzoug, disarm them!”

There wasn’t even a fight. The men promptly dropped their weapons and surrendered. Eddie was even nice enough to help put out the fire. After the 8 silly bandits were tied up, the caravaners started laughing.
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Lady was ecstatic with the success of the battle. She had expected the explosive was just going to set fire to someone’s head and arrows were going to be nothing but a mild annoyance, what she did not expect was the amateurish behaviour of their attackers.

She looked down at the scene below and tried very hard to maintain her composure. It failed when a man stood still and screamed at his burning chest. She burst out laughing. She now understood the joys of her pixie cousins.

Lady returned back to the top of the carriage, knowing there was no way she could help in apprehending the bandits. She wondered what would be their fate.
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Eddie watched the faerie returned to her post without further comments. She was the MVP of this encounter and it was his usual practice to defer to MVP decision on all his captured enemies. This time though, he decided against it and made the decisions.

”Status check!” He called out.

Duncan reported the there was only one injury, but it was of nothing life threatening. Although the arrow struck the man’s shoulder blade, the tip did not pierce deep enough to cause any lasting damage. The injured guy should be able to fight again after a few brightening rest.

Silva reported that the attackers were all tied up and after a quick interrogation, they were nothing more than opportunist youth who decided that robbing was easier than working on a farm.

After all the injuries were tend to, tt was time to go again. The injured caravaner and the injured bandit was allowed to sit at the back of the last carriage while the other bandits were made to walk just behind the caravan. They journeyed for another three candle marks before stopping suddenly moving off road and stopping a 30 minutes later.

”Rest time! Secure the prisoners, set up camp and patrol order. We split 3 shift. I will take the first shift. Duncan lead the second and Silva take the third. Duncan will assign the shifts for everyone else! Remember your shifts. We will follow this order until we hit PG!“ Eddie called out. ”Lady, you with Silva. On your shift, just stay on the carriage and call out if you spot any hostile movement, tap the shoulder of Silva and fly high.”

The camp was quickly set up, the prisoners were all rounded up and securely tied to a tree. They then took turn eating before the first shift begins. For each shift last 4 candle marks. One man was assigned to watch over the prisoner, another sits atop the driver’s seat and the rest were to patrol around.

When it was the third shift, Silva was sitting by the driver’s seat and the prisoner’s guard was Nieford.

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During Lady's watch, Silva was whittling on a piece of wood. Mid-watch, you notice some sort of animals prowling towards the caravan.

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