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Group A Simple Camping Trip

Discussion in 'East Hyrule Field' started by Nines, May 2, 2017.

  1. Nines

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    The campsite was a well used one, far enough off the main road to not have a significant amount of traffic but not far enough away to receive none at all. A fire crackled in the well worn pit, but added little light in the pre-dusk hours. What it certainly served to do however, was provide a beacon for those that would follow after the sheikah on the outskirts of its warmth. Hanging idly in the grasp of a hammock, Nines paid little mind to the coals or the the rest of the things that had already been set up in the campsite.

    Despite the time he'd spent recently in the wilds stocking up on materials, the sheikah had managed to clean up enough to be moderately presentable. At the very least, his gear seemed clean and Nines had shaved, but his largest pack was still covered with the dust and muck of the road. He read quietly inside of his hammock, not the ancient tome full of puzzles but some trite and tasteless romance novel he'd picked up but hadn't gotten around to on his last visit to the Hera Outpost.

    More than anything else, the sheikah seemed relaxed. All of his tools were stowed, and the only thing that could even be remotely construed as a weapon that remained near at hand was his staff, propped up against the cordage at one end of the hammock. He paid little mind to the chirping of the birds or the babbling of the small stream that ran nearby, leaving all of his focus placed squarely on the pages in front of him. The fact that Katsuto still lay easily within riding distance by horse certainly did something to assuage any concern, but once he was lost in a book he wasn't easily retrieved.

    He continued to read quietly, leaving only his nose open for the smell of finished chili and cornbread.
     
  2. Ria Netherkeep

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    It seemed these little excursions came faster and faster every year. One minute she was busying herself with the homestead in her parent's brief absence and a next she was helping in the library in Kasuto. Although personally she would take the latter over the former, merely for the sake of the records kept within and no little sticky hands to grab at them. Nonetheless the reminder that the day had come so quickly was enough to keep her tempered, not too excited.

    If one knew where to look the place wasn't that hard to find. After so long really she could probably locate it with her eyes closed, walking backwards while singing some sort of blithering hymn and effectively patting her head and rubbing her belly. Well maybe not that far.

    Adjusting the pin that held her shawl in place; polishing the bronzing fake gold affectionately the hylian shimmied off towards the side of the main road. Careful of the small dip that maybe had tripped her up a time or two; the scent of fire was the first thing she caught. A deep breath did wonders for the soul, a familiar warming smell that only made her earn for the idea of camping all over again. There was just something about getting even but a few miles away from any village that was too hard to pass up. Really the location just added a little more considering it was decently plush. A stream offered water and the coverage of the sparse outcrop was enough to make even the less imaginative minds think they were but in the woods.

    Hands quickly tucked themselves into the self sewn pockets of the traveling linen pants - having forgone the idea of a long skirt knowing that it would only cause issues- attention barely deviated as she followed the trail of campfire. Luring her further until she had to skip and jump over small debris making her fair share of noise trying not to suddenly startle anyone. Although she doubted that could even be achieved.

    The sight of the campfire was warming, raking the crown back before taking a look around. It would seem the last being had yet to arrive whilst the first was nose deep in a book. One that she wasn't sure of its current contents, but would probably find out eventually. "Look at you, all prepared and ready. If I didn't know any better I'd think you'd been training to be a housewife." Ria teased without effort making note of the meal cooking on the flame. Again she looked around to see if the other was close by but resided they really weren't here yet.
     
  3. Blade

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    "Prickly damn thorn bushes, you haven't seen the last of me!"

    Stumbling his way out of a trap made of thorns and branches, he hacked at the foliage beast with his sword, wanting nothing more at this moment than to completely destroy the foe that had ripped into his pants and leg beneath it, determined to draw more blood from his body. But not today! Not anymore! Slashing through the brush, he limped away and grumbled loudly as he made his way through a much safer place back to the road and further on the safety of friends and a cozy fire. Why he even brought snacks to roast for such an occasion. Stomach growling, mouth watering, he picked up the past as fast as a cripple could go.

    Only a short time later did he come up on his friends, entering their view, the last to arrive due to a rather annoying but well needed detour to answer the call of nature. Next time he'd just do it alongside the road (provided there weren't travelers making their way to town in plain sight of him or him of them).

    "Hey!"
    he greeted, waving his good arm high above his head, "Am I late? I detoured off to..." Looking to the lady, he thought about his next words, debating tact and politeness, then apparently didn't care and continued anyway, "I had to take a leak, and was viciously attacked by a thorn covered bush trying to get my pants off. I think it bit me..." Carefully, he checked his leg and a wonderful bloody tear in his pant leg. It wasn't too nasty, only a scratch really, but it was still uncalled for!

    Now that was enough about him and his misadventures. He stopped there before he went off on a rant about the plant that tried to steal his pants. Maybe someday someone could write a book about that. He'd sure read it.
     
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    "I'm prepared and ready because I've been here since noon," Nines shot cheekily back at the hylian, "If I ever turn into a housewife I expect you to find a big white horse, then ride in to save me from whatever demon or witchcraft managed to beguile me, Ria." The sheikah's eyes peeled away from the pages in front of him then, letting his head tilt to cast an amused look her way. It had been a few months since he'd seen either the pair, and as much as he enjoyed his solitude, these trips always served as a highlight and something to look forward to.

    The sheikah sat up with a groan when he heard the approach of Alex, swinging his legs out of the hammock and using it as improvised seat to regard the other hylian with a growing smile. He drew a hand up to his ear as he listened to the man's complaints, tugging loose the bookmark he'd stowed there and shoving it unceremoniously into the book. It was only afterward that he set the object aside, giving the hylian pair the full attention that they deserved.

    "It could always have been worse you know, Alex," Nines suggested, raising his eyebrows in a teasing expression, "I think I'd rather deal with thorns than a snake, for instance. Who knows what could happen while you're out there relieving yourself?" As a smile drew wider across his features then, the lithe sheikah hauling himself out of the hammock fully to stand. "Ria might make you tough that one out 'till we could get you to Katsuto." Nines allowed himself a chuckle at the thought, dire though it might have been.

    "Aside from thorns though, I take it your trips were uneventful? How've things been lately for you two?" The sheikah seemed in good spirits as he drew close to the fire, dropping into a crouch to retrieve the cast iron hook so that he could check on the food. His movements were calm, but not quite practiced as he reached for the wooden spoon to test progress of the simmering chili.
     
  5. Ria Netherkeep

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    If that were the case I suggest you book me in advance cause that just sounds absolutely horrid and time consuming. Not to mention, why would I have to save you, surely one of your numerous admirers would risk the feat and do it.” Hinting heavily at his known flirtatious ways she could only keep a straight face for so long. It broke promptly only in time for her to tip back and balance on her heels noticing the arrival of the third person. His attention had focused on her briefly and hers in return only to scrunch up her nose to him.

    I am so glad you feel the need to share that with me, no wonder the thorn attacked you. It was trying to get you to go away less you pee on it.” Nature called after all but there was never any statement that it wouldn’t attack you back for attempting to relieve yourself within it. Nature was a vicious beast even in the best of times. Although the mention of snakes her brows lifted and thinned. Almost debating if it might be worse or better, yet whatever conclusion she came too Ria didn’t say. Instead she shrugged and rocked on her heels. “I’m not mothering you, if that’s what you are asking for.” Catching onto what Nines had to say in the matter, the female hylian smirked almost cattishly at the other hylian. “Although I’m sure you’d like it too much anyways, so you’ll have to mend yourself Alex.

    It was funny how quick things seemed to roll back into comfortable territory. She was mostly the sort who kept to herself on the best of days but these two managed to draw out the less meek side of things. As she noted Nines moving from his hammock, truly she wasted no time in shuffling around and scooping the book he had held. Of course, it was the first thing she would do, even though she was listening. “Recently came from Kasuto and well,” She gave his book a shake, “The library naturally.” In a swift swoop, she swung the book up and looked over its. In similar taste, she rolled her eyes and looked to Alex. “Any adventures of wild bounty hunting, Blades? lips quirked in a soft gest though she was curious if he had bagged anyone of interest. For a moment, she would hold onto the book debating what she would like to do with the tacky piece of literature."And I mean actual bounties, not conquests."
     
  6. Blade

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    Making his way to the fire, Alex hunkered down and got comfortable, cross-legged as he began picking at the scratches with a nail. Nope. Just as he thought, it was nothing more severe than torn clothing and shallow scratches. "Snakes or thorns," he huffed, "It doesn't matter what it is, just so much that if it's sharp and potentially poisonous then it needs to stay away from nethers and leave me alone." Though it wasn't like he tried to find the thorniest bush. He just didn't have the convenience to seek out the best place ever and was in a little bit of a hurry. "Wasn't my fault at all," he insisted, "I'm sure it struck first."

    Leaning over, he sniffed at the food that was cooking, then sat back and rummaged through a pack he brought to find a good stick and a pack of long sausages. Spearing one, he hovered it casually over the fire. They could eat whatever they wanted, but no meal was complete without a tasty tasty sausage. His mouth was just watering with impatience that it would cook quickly and would get to disappear down his belly before too long.

    "And no by the way,"
    he said, eyes trained on the campfire, "Wait, I mean yes. It was pretty uneventful. I wish I had an interesting story to share about what terror I tracked down and took in, but work's been kind of slow lately." He looked at Ria briefly, "Work as in bounties that is. Unfortunately I've got no adventures to speak of." And no conquests either, sadly. "Although... there was that nice looking gent at the inn..... You know, I think he had a thing for eyepatches. Pretty catching really..."

    Looking back to the fire, his eyes glazed over, probably thinking about the eyepatch loving fellow he had come across. Slowly, the sausage lost its hold on his stick and plopped into the coals, lost forever. A thoughtful look turned into a frown and he sighed. "Aw... well that's disappointing."
     
  7. Nines

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    Nines cast a glance backwards as Ria moved around, quirking an eyebrow at her as she inspected A Struggle of Love. He didn't let much show in the look other than wry amusement, his penchant for torturing himself with the worst sorts of literature well known. If the lurid drawings on the first page or so were any indication, the book was undoubtedly a specimen worthy of such description. Too many nights had been spent giggling at the absurd descriptions of quivering flesh and sultry gazes.

    The sheikah plopped backwards as the hylians spoke, letting the as yet unfinished meal simmer and bake for a while longer. It was with a particularly curious gaze that he observed the bounty hunter's efforts with the sausage, his brow furrowing as it dropped into the flames. "Seems as though your grasp on weiners could use some work there, Alex," he teased, but began to fish through the nearby pack with his cooking supplies. He drew out a long handled metal fork, and passed it to his friend readily for a subsequent effort.

    "There was actually a young man who was following me around for a bit there recently," Nines said as he settled down and got his hands to brace himself. "Wanted to learn something about magic, and I warned him how boring finding reagents is. Not surprisingly though, it didn't last long." He gave a rather amused smirk at the thought, then shook his head, "Might have been better if I'd brought him along to hunt some stal or blin, but that's not the smartest."
     
  8. Ria Netherkeep

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    She could only read a few pages before she felt every piece of literature she ever read throw up at this sad excuse, a quirked brow was offered in response to Nines. Truly she doubted she would have to call attention to how bad it really was. Some people should never write but thankfully she would force her focus to the other hylian. "You'd think in this day and age you'd be having a lot of work. I mean, it isn't exactly the most peaceful of times." Although she wasn't sure it was terribly horrible either. The war was over and honestly she hadn't heard anything nerve wracking in the ways of devious monsters or the dark king.

    "You know who else has a thing for eye patches," She plunked herself down on the hammock deciding it was fair game, "Pirates. Not to mention poor hygiene, missing teeth and scurvy. Maybe he thought you were a trying to be a pirate then and was only playing pretend less you nab them up in a loot bag and scuttle your way back to the nonexistence waters." Jesting easily only to watch and snort at the commentary of the wiener falling into fire; Ria could only shake her head. Perhaps she should be slightly aghast at such talk but really, it was minor. She knew it could be much worse.

    Folding a hand over a knee careful not to suddenly fling herself out of the makeshift seat, a brow rose in a peculiar arch. "I would say you aren't exactly the most likely candidate of teaching magic but if he left before you could inexplicably blow him up, then I have nothing to say. Although hunting a stal or blin of any sort, yeah that sounds more up Alex's alley. What have you been doing anyways besides chasing skirts," The mention was more at the two of them since their hobbies were similar in that regard.
     
  9. Blade

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    Grimacing, Alex set down his stick, flexing his hand. "Shoulda used the left," he agreed, "My gripping strength's not what it used to be." With a little pout, he watched the smoldering sausage, dying alone and miserable on the hot coals. Such a sad way to go really. It could have made Alex very happy, filling his belly and satisfying his taste buds with its succulent deliciousness. But alas, now it would have to shrivel and burn and no one would be able to lick it again.

    "But hey,"
    he defended, "My strength's enough to handle anything that matters.I'm both gentle and precise, nimble if I'm not all that powerful as I could be." Of course now if they were talking about the arm that he didn't accidentally blow up a decade ago, he was confident he was strong enough to beat any challenger in a fair and square arm wrestling match any day of the week. Well, that was unless his opponent was some kind of enraged body builder with a god complex or something.

    Reaching a hand up, he felt at his eyepatch curiously while he studied the woman. "Do you think I could pass as a pirate sailing the high... fields... I guess? I don't have to make up some weird story about why I don't have a ship because it's not like there's anywhere around to have one anyway. So far inland, I'd be a pretty lost and lonely pirate hunting for booty. Oh speaking of booty!" He raised a finger, then thought better of it and gave his head a shake, "On second thought, nevermind. A story for another time."

    "Your stories are probably way more interesting anyway,"
    he decided matter-of-factly. "You know.." He looked to Nines, "I had half a mind to ask you about magic, but I doubt it would help me any. I've already decided I'm terrible and should probably never touch fancy spells again." He really rather wanted to keep his remaining eye. A blind man would make a very useless engineer, after all.
     
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    "I don't think calling yourself a pirate would get you any extra booty over being honest about being a bounty hunter," Nines said easily. A teasing smirk stole over his features at the comment, casting a glance towards the hylian male before he shifted back into gear. He tended quietly to the chili, stirring and taking a quick taste test as he spoke. "Anyone looking for someone 'dangerous' would have enough there to begin with. And being honest never hurts."

    The sheikah leaned to the side and popped open a nearby satchel filled with various small jars then, rummaging quickly through them. He plucked out three of the spice filled containers, and opening each in turn. "And as I told the other guy, I'm not much of a teacher. I cheat with tools. It takes too much focus and practice in the middle of things to expect to remember how to weave everything together. It does help though, to have an instruction manual that enables such practice."

    Nines distributed healthy but varied amounts of salt, chili flake, and cumin into the simmering mixture, and then resumed stirring. "I haven't really done much else but decipher it since last we met though," his tone shifted a little as he spoke, seeming more serious at the subject. "More elixer recipes to help with common illnesses, and an odorless salve that keeps mosquitos away." The sheikah sighed at the conclusion, clearly underwhelmed.

    "I'm not sure why it's getting more difficult to decrypt when it seems to be getting more mundane." After he replaced the lid and fell back onto his rear, he shrugged, "Must be something I'm missing." The sheikah mused for a moment, then seemed to let the matter go all at once. "Oh well! At least I can sleep without having my blood drained. That's always helpful, right?" He directed the question at Ria, his frustration washing away as the amusement returned.
     
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    "You can pass anything if you sell it with enough confidence, and find the most gullible person on the planet." Shrugging nonchalantly, her words weren't exactly untrue. Find someone that was easily fooled and well you probably could convince them that the lands were sea and the sea were lands. Although her brow crooked at the mention of booty and half expected Alex to delve into a tale of chasing said booty but seemed to be side tracked by that of Nines.

    Now as she listened to Alex go on about how he vowed to never touch fancy spells again and considering his state of being, she would privately agree that it may be for the best; Nines was keen on replaying the tale of his own. "I don't know if cheat is the right word. Utilize perhaps." Was there really a right and wrong way to use magic? Regents provided their necessary outcome no less than tomes or direct flows of energy, so she wasn't sure it was exactly phrased correctly. Even though she knew only healing herself.

    "You're probably over thinking it. Making it more complex when really you might need to step back and give yourself a breather." She suggested giving the hammock a careful rock. "Or show Alex. I mean you two are practically the same person with almost the same mental capacities. Maybe a new view to could help although I won't complain with the lack of mosquitoes." Her gaze narrowed on him, "Depends on where the blood is being drained from."
     
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    "You're right actually," Alex agreed, "Being a pirate would instead get me arrested and thrown in jail for all the crimes that pirates usually commit. Rape, plunder, murder, you name it. See now a bounty hunter is apparently a more honest profession where one instead gets paid to murder. In a way there is not much difference, but in another way, whoa, we are waaay different. I've only done the third thing, and not because I enjoy it mind you." The pay was good and he had some skills that were harder to come by, that was all. "Though I wouldn't mind having some secret stash of gold and jewels hidden away in the world with only a single ragged map and some punny clues to guide people to it. That sounds fun. We should go search for buried treasure someday. Mark this on my to do list before I die."

    Carefully, he speared another long sausage on his stick, using his good arm now to roast it over the fire. Surely any meal Nines was cooking would be way better than a sausage, but he was damned if he was just going to let his first one burn away to ash before it could be properly avenged by one of its brethren.

    "You know,"
    he said suddenly, a thought worming its way into his head as he stared down his cooking meat on a stick, "If you're so prone to cheating, then maybe you need to find a good teacher as well. From everything I learned from my teachers, cheating is bad. Cheating leads to frustration when you find you can't do the work. And frustration leads to you blowing yourself up." He looked up then, a smile on his face, "And I'm not talking about me. I'm unrelated and from a totally separately caused incident." Though he was pretty frustrated and angry at the time...
     
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    Nines raised an eyebrow at the pair of hylians, clearly skeptical about both of their plans and suggestions. "Even with brute pyromancy I've never managed to hurt myself," he told Alex, an amused look starting to turn at his features. "Everything else tends to go up in flames, but that's typically why I just avoid using it if I can help it. My staff and the all the wind spells I can channel with it are usually enough."

    The sheikah leaned back and propped himself up on his hands as the food continued to cook, hardly seeming interested in the prospect of another teacher. "Besides, it's not like I don't know how it all works. I'm just not good enough to put it all together in my head on the fly." He chuckled at the thought, glancing between the pair. "That's why I've always kept a bit of charcoal handy, or done my sigils in the dirt. Molding and channeling magic at the same time just isn't my thing."

    "If I couldn't work with tools I'd get relegated to working in a shop someplace and brewing wart removal elixers for the rest of my days. Maybe I'm off, but quite frankly that sounds like misery." Nines shook his head thoroughly at the thought, distracting himself by starting to pry into one of the satchels that hung from his belt. He drew out a small round container, no bigger than a compact mirror and a flask. He flipped the container to Ria for inspection, and began to uncork the flask. "Where'd be the adventure in not having to worry about some nocturnal bloodletting?"
     
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    Giving Alex the slow look over as he gave his thoughts about cheating in the ways of magic – not that she was surprised considering what she knew about the man and his own liberties with the arts – focus promptly drifted from his grin to his missing appendage. “Might be separate incidents but you would have the most experience in the knowledge of getting frustrated.” Ria put gently not trying to poke at him but again stating the obvious. They hadn’t known each other this long without knowing a lot of one’s past. The smell of food was starting to get to her and she narrowed slightly an eye at the bounty hunter. Her first thought was to make a comment then thought better. She’d have to carefully phrase her words less she suddenly have a brunt lewd comment. “Make me one too please.”

    Only for a moment did she shift to alter her attention barely managing to catch the compact item thrown at her without dropping it into the dirt; “You couldn’t handle staying still in a shop, and you know it.” Idly she chimed at the mention of a shop brewing war removal elixirs. Without a moment of hesitation once she had the damnable thing within her grasp, did she give it a study. Mostly curious to why he thrown it at her, “I’m good without that style of adventure. Be it mosquitoes of fictional vampires. Now comes the real question,” A flip of her hand did she close the mirror and lean forward in her seat, “What sort of adventure comes next, I mean it wouldn’t be like us not to have a little excursion while we are all together again.”



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    "Well I'm apparently way too good at hurting myself and ought to be stopped," Alex added with a shake of his head. It wasn't that he regret what had happened. Wait yes he did. He regretted every minute of it. Had he better control of his temper, he wouldn't have lashed out and lost control of of his magic as well. And now he could barely walk because he was an idiot. Well done, Alex. Well done. "I'm clearly a terror and danger to myself and others. I wonder what ever there is to be done with me. Maybe lock me up and throw away the key? Maybe just get a pretty lady with a really good arm to slap me right across the face." Everyone knew women slapped better than men, right.

    Checking his meal on a stick, he gave it a soft jab with a fingernail to test its tenderness. Satisfied, he passed it along to Ria, a cheesy smile on his face, "For you. my dear. Absolutely perfect, I promise. Juicy and tender." Yep. Perfect. Spearing another, he arched an eyebrow the Sheikah's way. "You want one, too? Man, I got plenty to go around. Gotta get these every chance I get. Nothing beats a sausage cooking over a campfire. Gets that smoky flavor you can't get elsewhere." Nope. Nothing beat it.

    "So you think it's time for an adventure?"
    he then asked, "I don't suppose this adventure has any sort of women chasing, tavern hopping, or party jumping does it?" While he wasn't the most attract man ever (having a missing eye tended to detract some charm for many), he still enjoyed the company of those who accepted it. Hey, take what you can get right? "Or are we dungeon delving, treasure seeking, monster hunting? I've been practicing my weaponry and adjusted my brace, so I'm roaring to go whenever you require me." Holding up his arm, he showed off a lovely array of metal and leather and wood that did wonders to hold his arm up, strength when he most needed it. Crude as it was, it protected weakened muscle and concealed horrific scars.
     
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    Nines nodded at the question about a sausage, but only smiled as the hylian went on to question what sort of adventure they'd take on this time around. "I've been giving this some thought the last few weeks, actually," he said casually, "And my thought was that we should try to do something bigger this time around." The sheikah's smile sharpened into a smirk at that, looking between the two hylians as he started to explain his line of thinking.

    "I know we could probably just keep doing light work, but we could turn this into something more permanent if we did something to make a name for ourselves." He shrugged, but continued on regardless. "I'd like to do more than just run around collecting reagents for farm equipment, potions, and poultices. I think if we could tackle bigger hurdles than what we have, we could either find enough loot to keep us going, or make enough from the towns and villages to make it worth it."

    "I think we should make an excursion into the ruins," he suggested, "If we could map out some of the outer catacombs or clear out enough of the rogue stal, I think we could do that pretty easily." The sheikah shrugged then, and drew his attention back to the food. "I'd totally understand if either of you would rather do something a little safer though, it was just a thought." Nines lifted the lid on the cornbread then, peering more closely at it for a long moment before fetching the hook to pull the pot it was in away from the fire.
     
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    She felt the need to reach over and cuff Alex behind the ear at his declaration of being no good and a terror. Hopeful a well suited disapproving glare would be enough to calm his quibbling. "I'll give you a slap if you keep that up." Everyone made their own mistakes, it was how one went forward with fixing them that made the difference. She personally didn't want to hear him whining about what went wrong considering he was still here and he had ample amounts of time to make any changes she could. Obviously he was doing something right otherwise she highly doubted he would have survived even as mangled as he had been.

    The offering of the food was much appreciated causing her to lighten her mood considerably, and took it without making an offhand comment to his own commentary. Mostly cause now she was interested in seeing how would bite at her mention of adventure. It was nice moving around and doing her own thing but it became terribly tedious after awhile. Rupees were good but the boredom was not. "Don't you get enough of the women chasing, tavern hopping or party jumping on your own time. I'd think that would be almost all you do in-between bounty hunts." Ria smirked as she snacked away on the delectable campfire sausage.

    Certainly Alex was all ready to go in any form and she'd prefer him to be practiced with a weapon considering she'd prefer to be just that of a healer. Fighting was not her style after all.

    Yet ears lifted curiously upon Nines integration of the topic and the mention of him thinking about his already. "Something bigger?" The thought wasn't complete by any means although she braced a little just to be safe. Knowing that he had something to add obviously if he had been thinking about it for the last few weeks. Using the time to devour the meal previously presented, naturally she balked at the mention of the ruins. "While I have no issue with upping the game we decide to play but what has possessed you to go full force into the ruins. If I know you Nines, it isn't just for the sake of being the first ones to do it, something you've heard has caught your attention about going in there beyond clearing out rogue stals." Looking sidelong to Alex, "Is there something of worth in there that no one else has thought about or heard of?"
     
  18. Blade

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    "Bigger," was the first thing Alex said, then to repeat, "Bigger. Bigger and better is good I hope. Better than tavern hopping and getting slapped by pretty women maybe?" He angled a look towards Ria, face locked in a mischievous grin. The goddesses only knew what he was thinking right then and there, but safest bet was that it wasn't anything entirely innocent and for all ears. Good thing none of them were children with purities to remain intact.

    Fire crackling, sausages sizzling, Alex licked his lips and kept his eye on the tasty morsel while his mind wandered to some more thoughts about what sort of adventure this was all going to entail. Whether it be pure adventure in the sense of treasure hunting and discovering old ruins or something, or if it involved something dangerous with ferocious beasts to slay and conquer, he was okay with either. He loved loot and exciting discoveries as much as he loved battling fiends. By the sounds of it, this adventure was going to have plenty of both and that got the engineer extremely overjoyed, so much so that he almost dropped the stick right into the fire.

    With Ria questioning, he nodded momentarily, but said nothing. Did the presence of Stals mean there was something there worth finding? Well why else would they go there? There had to be treasure or where was half the fun! "I can handle some Stals, but let me take up the rear okay?" Any sort of event where they needed to make a quick getaway, he was going to need a head start or wind up getting left behind in the dust. Sometimes it sucked not being able to run.

    Pulling back on his now charred roasting stick, he gave the sausage a light pinch then passed it on to his pal. "So do you have any specific ruin in mind? I mean they're all over the place now, huh? I don't know many myself. Only the major ones like... the city." Boy, the city must have been impressive in its day...
     
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    "The Harkinian ruins are filled with caches of resources and weapons," Nines explained easily, seeming undeterred by the questioning. "The stal don't need, can't use, or don't know how to use a good deal of what was left there, or they would have brought them all to bear on the rest of Hyrule during the war." His attention shifted rapidly back to the meal he was preparing then, lifting the lid of the pot of chili to test the mixture again. After a moment of silent contemplation about the matter, he used the hook to pull it from the coals as well.

    "As far as specific thoughts go, however..." he added slowly, building anticipation as he stood and turned around to face the woman. "My grandfather's workshop is on the outskirts of town. Everything in his book is something that was tested or created there." The sheikah drew over to his pack near the end of the hammock then, starting to fish around in it for utensils and vessels with which to eat with. "If his stories were anything to go by, augmenting armor and enchanted equipment for focusing and bolstering all manner of magic were kept and developed there."

    Nines stood with his culinary tools then, shooting a smirk at Ria and then grinning at Alex as the excitement bubbled past his explanation. "Just think of it," he added, starting to move back towards the fire. The artificer didn't quite make it back though, halting in his tracks as his eyes narrowed and stared at something in the distance through the trees. Faint at first, a pinprick of azure light glittered in the sky. It grew rapidly, approaching the copse of trees they hid in and then overhead to the west. The ball of fire flew over a hill and out of sight, impacting a few moments later with a muted and distant whumpf.

    "I mean....I guess we could go hunt for a star fragment instead though..." he said after a moment of silence. After all, the celestial missile had been heading in exactly the direction he'd been suggesting.
     

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