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Post  Kin of Locke on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:45 pm

In the northern border of the human Empire and the clans of races separated by mountains, forests, plains, and - the biggest dividing factor - warfare, an extended family of humans made their home in the frontier. The Kin of Locke made their homesteads in a large, remote section of forested wilderness in the mountain plateaus of the north. They were mostly solitary folk, keeping to themselves and living off of the land.

Any travelers coming by would notice a modest column of smoke rising from what seemed to be a chimney somewhere in a clearing, by a gently gurgling rocky creek that led from north to south. In this huge expanse of wilderness, anyone who was in danger from the cold or needed supplies might not have seen any other sign of life in days - they might have to investigate if they intended to survive out here on their own.

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Post  Snow Wolves on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:57 pm

A figure cloaked in a brown tattered cloth wondered the wilderness alone. It stopped and looked to the sky to notice the smoke, one could tell that what was under the cloak was small, thin, and fragile. It moved toward the snow, walking through deep snow drifts and icy winds in search of food, water, shelter, and warmth.
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Post  The Brethren on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:41 pm

A group of scouting Tuatha saw the smoke rising from the large building and growled thier hatred, they knew it was humans, and these humans had probably had run ins with the tuatha before this day. They began moving toward the house, some like beasts running ahead of the pack fast other like humans but still faster than any man could run. Their tell tale howls pierced the frozen landscape.
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Post  Kin of Locke on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:22 am

Someone in the house recognized a sound in the distant wilderness outside. It was late, but he could pick it out of the darkness...

"Pa," the teenaged boy rushed over to his parents' bedroom down the hall in their large wooden cabin. All the lights were out. "Pa, get up! Somethin's outside. Gettin' closer, it sounds."

An older bearded man sat up in bed, next to a woman wearily rubbing her eyes. He grumbled. "What is it, son..." The boy replied hastily. "Howls, Pa." "I'll be damned. Well, go get yer sister. Bring her in with Ma." The boy did as he was told, fetching his younger kid sister from her room and bringing the squawking child into the parents' bedroom while his father unlocked a tall wooden cabinet in the corner. He pulled out two crossbows, handing one to his son and loading a bolt into the other one himself.

"Get yer coat, boy." The old man got ready and watched the windows while his son gathered everything else they might need. They went downstairs, into the main room, and peered out the windows carefully. The heavy wooden front door was barred from the inside, as were the windows - the cabin was clearly well-built for security and efficiency. They watched for any movement or signs of a disturbance anywhere nearby.

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Post  The Brethren on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:47 am

They could tell the howls were pretty far off, they have amazing eye sight in the north, the best of any race in the north. So they would have seen the smoke long before the other person did, they would make it there shortly before the Tuatha would. Also from the opposite direction, the tuatha could smell humans and they wanted to turn the snow red.
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Post  Qunxi on Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:20 pm

Qunxi would be near by the humans ( not knowing they were there) with a small camp fire simple shelter and some food sitting on a log of wood staff laying on the ground next to him his acute hearing would pick up on the howling not knowing what lived in these rugged lands he would keep his guard up and keep a weather eye out on the horizon for any would be creature that was foolish enough to enter his camp " looks like another long night with out sleep looking up at the stars for guidance then return to looking into the fire for some comfort thinking back to his homeland"
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Post  Snow Wolves on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:30 pm

The house came within sight of the figure. It saw the people, armed and ready for a battle but what choice was there? Go forward or freeze to death in the harsh wilderness. It emerged slowly from the trees into a spire of light from the sky with hands in the air. The figure was cloaked so it would be difficult to see its face or determine gender however, considering its size it had to very young.
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Post  Kin of Locke on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:42 pm

The young man spotted the figure's movement first, coming forth from the dark forest. He prepared his crossbow, but then hesitated and gestured to his father. "Pa, look." The older man saw it and, being overly cautious from the howls they had heard, was already prepared to shoot. He pulled open a wooden slat by the window - designed specifically for the cabin's defense. He took aim.

"No, wait!" The young man pulled the slat back, closing it before his father had a chance to shoot.

"What the hell did you do that for, boy? Kill or be killed. Y'know you can't pity any of these beasts up here."

"Pa, that's not a beast. Look! It's too little. Not a Tuatha, Pa. It can't be..."

"Devil's work, boy! How in the hell d'you know? Can't trust nothin' out here, I'm tellin' you..." The old man went to open the slat back up, and his son stopped him insistently. He grumbled more, certain that he was right.

"Just go check before we shoot, Pa. It's not a Tuatha. I bet you it's not."

Carefully and slowly, the old man unlatched the front door. He took one step out onto the front porch, still with his crossbow aimed at the figure. He spoke sternly but quietly, so his voice wouldn't carry.

"D'you speak? Tell me why you're here. You got five seconds before this bolt goes through yer heart."

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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:48 pm

The Tuatha were all on all fours now moving incredibly quickly their howls growing closer, in the opposite direction of the little figure in the snow, it was most definitely not a tuatha. Their howls still pierced the night sky, growing louder and louder as the seconds pass, they would at one point be able to hear their paws punching into snow banks as the bounded over them toward the small house. They stopped just above a hill still with some distance, watching. Their leader made them stop as he saw the strange little figure.

One Tuatha growled "Why are we stopping!?"

The leader said calmly "The little one....does not smell like a human...and they are giving her a chance, so we shall give them the same."

The other Tuatha shifted uncomfortable, not liking the idea. But they dare not disobey their powerful leader.
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Post  Qunxi on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:58 pm

Qunxi sitting there eating some of his rations when he heard the howling get closer and louder this would peak his interest enough to keep him focused on the sound until he heard fast and steady feet punching through hard pack snow that he had been traveling in all morning " he would grab his staff from the ground and a stick of fire he would then keep his wits about him and began exploring around his camp about 5-10 miles out from his camp looking for the source of the noise out in the night"
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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:00 pm

The leader of the Tuatha heard the other noise but did not have is men break off to look for it, he sniffed the air and could only smell the humans inside the cabin, no others. He assumed no other creature int he area would fight them so they stayed and watched the humans.
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Post  Snow Wolves on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:09 pm

A soft voice of a young girl spoke, shivering profusely, whether from fear of from the cold it could not be told.

"It's cold. Fire, Warmth." She spoke in sentences but the wind broke her words apart, they wouldn't hear much else of what she said.
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Post  Kin of Locke on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:17 pm

The old man skeptically took a step closer, not yet going off the porch.

"I can't let you in here. Don't know who you are, I got a family to protect. Keep on movin', now..." There was a tiny hint of hesitation in his voice, but he was still firm. He couldn't risk his family's safety.

Against his father's orders, the boy came out onto the porch. "Pa, you can't turn her away. It's not a beast. She's...she's a girl." He stepped closer, although his father grumbled at him to stay back and get back into the house. The son shook his head. "At least let her come in. She'll freeze. No place for a young girl out there. And what if somethin's hunting her?"

"Then it can keep on a-huntin', because it ain't stayin' here."

"No, Pa. Bring her inside. At least for a night. She'll freeze..." He took another step down onto the porch stairs. "Come on in here. Get outta the cold."

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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:20 pm

The tuatha would begin slowly inching their way up the hill, incredibly silently and because of the snow falling they were blending in very well. They would not attack unless they needed to, the leader was interested in what this little girl was, not killing the humans.
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Post  Qunxi on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:27 pm

Qunxi would be making his way around the camp when he would stumble on to the tracks of a strange creature ( the tracks of the turatha ) kneeling down to see what it was responsible for making them and what had disturbed him he would sniff them to see where they had come from ( there origin ) then would begin to follow them till he found those responsible for making the disturbance
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Post  Snow Wolves on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:38 pm

She moved hesitantly toward the boy. The cold forced her to trust him even though previous experiences told her to run. She came only a few feet from him and stopped, there was still time to get away if he turned on her. She looked back to where she had been and then to the boy, torn between her sense of judgement.

By now the scent of the Tuatha reached her nose, she looked toward the hill as the wind blew her hood from her face. This showed her long redish brown hair, and also.... the ears and tail of a wolf.
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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:41 pm

The tuatha saw the ears and tail and they stopped dead and their tracks confused, they thought all the snow wolves were dead. For fear of bringing retribution down on her they stopped and waited, silently, one of them looking down and maybe seeing torch light in the shadows behind them but smelled no humans.
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Post  Kin of Locke on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:47 pm

"There you go...come on. Come here, it's safe." The boy tried to comfort her.

As soon as her hood blew off, the old man immediately jolted back into an overprotective state. He raised his crossbow. "Get outta the way, boy! She's Tuatha!"

"Pa, she's not a Tuatha!"

"Then she's some kinda hybrid spawn, I don't care what in the hell she is, I ain't havin' her here!"

There was a quiet click of the crossbow's release as the old man started to squeeze the trigger. His son heard it just in time, and shoved the crossbow down towards the ground just as the bolt discharged - it was unclear whether the father had actually fired, or whether the force of the push dislodged the bolt. It clunked and plunged straight into the wooden planks of the porch.

"Damnit, boy!" He quickly began to reload another bolt, and as his son went off the porch, he tried to reach and grab him by the collar...but he was too slow. The boy had heard the howls closer and closer in the distance, and he moved quickly.

"Come on...get inside, hurry. Something's out here."

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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:50 pm

The tuatha roared loud as the human tried to shoot, scaring them, hopefully trying to get them to let the girl inside the house. The leader of the tuatha growled in anger and slowly him and his pack began to ascend the hill again.
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Post  Snow Wolves on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:54 pm

She quickly averted her eyes back to the men when the bolt discharged. She instantly went into shock, she froze completely. Flashbacks came to her of her past, of how humans like these murdered her family and burnt their homes. She was just as she was then, when she returned from the mountains with herbs only to see her village in ruins, and the people being slaughtered in utter chaos.

When the boy ran to pull her inside she still could not force herself to move. Her body stayed even when she told it to leave, to run, to hide as the Tuatha descended upon them.


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Post  Qunxi on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:55 pm

qunxi would come to the base of the hill where the tracks had deepened like someone had spent some time in that spot then would look up and see smoke from fire on top of the hill a slight smile would cross his face till he saw that the tracks continued up that hill as far as he could see by torch light and his smile would fade he would douse the torch he carried in the snow and keep going in the dark thou he had no problem seeing not knowing what was up at the top of the hill he moved with hardened steps to see if he could see if any one could hear him coming
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Post  The Brethren on Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:06 pm

The tuatha saw were incredibly adept hunter and their wolf like appearance spoke volumes of their senses. A few of them turned scanning the hill below them for movement, if they saw it they would warn the rest of the pack. The other tuatha continued moving slowly up the hill until they reached the lip of the hill, the would sit and wait there.
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Post  Kin of Locke on Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:19 am

The old man continued cussing and fumbling with his crossbow, about to load another bolt in case he needed it. At the same time, the boy was alert to the surroundings - he saw the silhouettes moving over on the hill, even the faintest glimpse of movement, and realized how close the source of the howling and roaring beasts were. Fearing for the girl's safety and his own, he saw that trying to talk her into coming inside wasn't working. Although he was only a few years older than the girl at best, he was able to pick her up and carry her.

"Hold on. We've gotta go inside." He gently lifted her up and took hold of her, and if she wouldn't resist, he would carry her back up to the porch quickly and head towards the front door.

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Post  The Brethren on Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:26 am

The tuatha begin circling the hill, running and moving just out of sight of the crossbow and the man knocking another bolt. They were going to move in and make themselves known, once the man was inside and once they were sure they could talk without getting shot. These humans were different and they wanted to know who they were.

A few of the tuatha broke off the main group and went down a bit, as they saw the strange figure they stood up, standing 7 foot and 7'9, these two tuatha stared at the new comer "Who are you?"
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Post  Qunxi on Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:34 am

He would stop in his tracks " i could ask you the same thing in a deep feline voice looking at where the voice cam from" staff at his side still in hand
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