Post by Rosen Stele on Aug 19, 2015 13:20:41 GMT -7
Cadence nodded to her friend. She watched him shaking saw the whitening of his knuckles as he clasped his hands together. Now that he had descended, she knelt to eye level with him, and placed a hand on his shoulder. "You're very brave, Teret. In case I can't say it later, I'm glad I decided to come here when I did. I will help you get these rods." Her tone was easy, as comforting as she could make it. She wondered what Jace would have done in this situation. Probably would have gone right up and stabbed on of the gargoyles in the eye. The thought made her almost laugh.
Steeling herself, she rose to her feet and retrieved the rest of the trick arrows from the crate by the now exploded door, as well as any other arrows laying around. "Let's go. You'll have to lead the way; I don't know where Pendlestone's shop is. I only met him the one time." She related honestly, "And I don't know I would have believed what he said in the state he was in at the time regardless." She game a small chuckle.
Using the abundance of trees to her advantage, Caello perched between branches with just enough of a view to see one segment of Pinecrest. A while ago a large movement of gargoyles had caught her attention and sprouted enough interest for her to drop the individual she was carrying into the wood without much care. He was lucky to have been released, luckier yet if he survived the fall. Caello’s attention was fully placed in the scene unfolding before her. Normally, she didn’t favor Halflings because, obviously, they were small and a touch would kill them. Although now, as she saw the town being ravaged by gargoyles, something within her sparked.
Caello’s eyes darted from place to place in hopes of finding something worth her time. The first thing she came to notice was a girl being pulled into a house only to be lunged at by a gargoyle in mere seconds. She saw as they escaped the house; she saw as the girl along with a Halfling made their way to cover, and she saw how the little house became a little fortress.
She decided she liked them.
After what felt like a show, the gargoyles began to leave and retreat to another part of Pinecrest. The human and the Halfling knew how to defend themselves, she mused. When prey had bite, the game would always turn fun if just for a little while, and she wondered how long this game would last.
[!] Caello will follow Teret and Cadence while keeping hidden. She will swoop in and kill whoever poses a threat to her prey.
Cadence had a very calming strength about her, the hand she placed on his shoulder leaking some of that into his own self. Teret ceased wringing his hands together and instead made fists, taking another deep breath and letting the smile that grew on his face seep into his bones. This could just do it; for the night. But no, he couldn't think of the dark times ahead it was time to stay positive.
As his human friend rose to gather the remaining arrows Teret disappeared behind his counter to grab the small fire starter and a very small pouch. He slipped the two into a pocket before proceeding to grab one of his screwdrivers on the workbench on the way to the door. It wasn't the best weapon but it felt better to have something and a saw was just too impractical for a gargoyle encounter.
"At least his shop is more stable," the wiler commented after half a laugh at Cadence's mention. "It isn't too far, but we'll have to go around the berry wall. Quickest way would be through one of the market squares..." It was an unsettling though, all that open space to be spotted and swooped down upon, but as long as they were careful he knew they'd be okay. The thick bushes atop a the bricked planter that basically composed a long wall was a beautiful sight with its flowers and berries, but right now he wished it was replaced with trees instead of a prickly barrier.
Teret gave Cadence a nod that he was ready, reaching up for the door so she could have both hands for her bow. There was nothing hostile immediately visible as was expected considering they just ran a small group off. The halfling, after a double take down the streets, began skittering around his shop to head deeper into the market section of town.
Post by Rosen Stele on Aug 20, 2015 11:10:19 GMT -7
Cadence gripped the bow tightly, having knocked a combustive arrow. She looked around them quickly for anything they could use, and she grabbed a few miscellaneous supplies; a length of rope, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a box of nails. Bow at the ready, she let Teret lead her out into the market district. "It's a shame." She noted wistfully. "I had hoped to be shopping there in the morning." She knew this would not be only a night time endeavor. Gargoyles were usually only scouts and preemptive attackers. They would be beset by Aeliavim sooner rather than later. "It seems the reality will be much different.
The Berry wall lay before them, and she contemplated it's defensibly. It was dense, and prickly, but the Gargoyle's tough hide would not be phased by it in the least. She mused briefly about setting the whole thing on fire, but that would only destroy more of the town. She sighed to herself. Tactician she was not. A dark shadow cast itself over them, and Cadence didn't even take the time to glance upward, she snatched Teret up by his lapel and ducked them both into a tight alleyway between two buildings. the passage was narrow, and the overhangs from both buildings nearly met, casting the two escapees in deep shadow. She looked upward through the gap, trying to see what was stalking them.
Caello watched the little one and the human girl as they exited the safety of their homes. They really were an interesting bunch, she admired. That they decided to venture out into the fray after having fought for their lives made her want to test them out all the more. For now, though, a few scared and tricks would satiate a growing urge to swoop in and take them herself. Taking them both on was not an option for now and she would see how far she could try to push them.
Leaping off the branch, the harpy made her way through the abundance of trees trying her best to steer away from clearings. However, that seemed rather impossible the way they were heading and decided that flying close enough not to draw shadow would be fine. Caello followed and saw as another gargoyle made its way above them. She watched the scene. The girl seemed to notice something looming above and took them both into an alleyway. There was no way the beast or the harpy could fit in there without being obvious targets.
The gargoyle flew past them and Caello almost chuckled at its low perception until it reared its head around. It started to slowly glide over to the spot the girl and Halfling had been. Caello furrowed her brows and flapped picking up the pace. In one quick motion she flew overhead the alleyway and dug a claw into its body. Both of them landed atop of the building. She thought him dead, but the gargoyle stood and butted her out of the way and darted to the ground. Caello screeched menacingly as the beast made its way to the alleyway and towards the two bodies below.
With a surprised gulp Teret found himself pulled into an alleyway. At first he thought he'd just been snatched up by one of those devious beasts but the lack of pebbled claws immediately quelled any shouting he was about to do. His heart was beating in his ears though, eyes wide and his lungs in need of a deep intake. The halfling put a hand to his chest to ease himself and looked up at Cadence. He had enough wits to know he should remain quiet. He craned his neck further and tried to follow her gaze through the slim opening above them.
After a moment there was a large bulky dark shape against the starry sky followed by a loud thump on one of the roofs. Teret shuddered with fear, tightening his grip on the screwdriver until his knuckles ached. He tried to press himself against a wall and make himself smaller, shuffling a few steps away as quiet as he could manage. The wiler didn't make it more than a couple before a dense creature crashed through the edge of the overhangs above and an ear shattering scream hailed down on them.
It was a horrible noise and the gargoyle seemed to agree as it released its own screech whilst covering its rocky ears. The creature fell out of its directed dive and hit the wall, bouncing lightly and sliding down the rest of the alley's height until it made a hard landing. Teret's legs shivered as he clasped his hands to his ears and made a staggered run away from the descending gargoyle. He barely pulled at Cadence's leg before picking up speed to get out of the narrow alley.
Post by Rosen Stele on Aug 27, 2015 14:30:38 GMT -7
Cadence took a shallow breath as she watched the skies, looked back at the head of the alley at her contingency. She had noticed it when she had been running, and it was why she chose this narrow path. It was a keg of gun powder. As the gargoyle circled back around she herd the woosh of wings, not the creaking that the gargoyle's stone-like bodies made, and the crashing on the roof. Was there something else aiding them? she couldn't see enough of the sky from here. But when the gargoyle came crashing down from above, she heard the screech. That was no Gargoyle.
But it was not something to dwell on. Their time, it seemed, was growing shorter. As Teret retreated past her the Gargoyle was staggering to his feet, presumably deciding whether to go after them, or the thing that downed it. She didn't give it time to make the decision. The barrel of gunpowder was nigh but 6 feet from the creature's landing spot, and She loosed an explosive arrow right into the side of it, before turning on her heel and running. At first the Gargoyles redirected it's attention to the two of them, seemingly mocking her failed attempt to hit him. Then came the explosion. If Teret looked up at Cadence after she caught up with him, he might notice that her face was almost forming a smirk as the explosion sounded behind them.
Taking a glance up at his human friend to double check that it was indeed Cadence beside him as they fled the alley it was hard to miss the smug expression. Before the halfling even had a chance to be confused the echoing bang and proceeding crackles of powder exploded from behind. Licks of fire and smoke rushed out to tickle their backs as they turned from the mouth of the alley and avoid getting riddled with flame and wood chips. There was a moment Teret twisted around to see the lightly scorched mouth of the alley, slowing his run, but it was for only a second. "Pendlestone's is just around that corner and across the street," the wiler pointed to an intersection coming up.
In the moonlit and starry skies it was trivial to notice the approach of several dark shapes coming in from various directions. The screech and now explosion unsurprisingly had drawn their attention. But there was something else too. Off to the north were visible signs of other halfling resistance firing off bolts and various fiery projectiles at a couple of gargoyles. It wasn't along their path but did give Teret a bit more hope.
The corner came up fast and was clear, though they would need to move quickly to avoid being spotted by the incoming. Hopefully all the stone bats would be too interested in the billowing smoke from the near alley to bother keeping track at what was scurrying in the streets. When they came to the street there was one just overhead, signaling Teret to stop and push himself against the wall. Unless something happened it appeared as if it would glide right over.
Last Edit: Oct 1, 2015 7:14:39 GMT -7 by The Maven
Post by Rosen Stele on Oct 15, 2015 10:20:16 GMT -7
As the two took cover from the explosion, Cadence took a deep breath and assessed herself. She was getting too far into these war games. Fighting for her life was not her favorite sport. She had to admit, though, it did give one quite the rush.
Cadence nodded as her companion plotted their course. She was proud, despite herself, that her explosion had doubled as a distraction. She was trying to rid herself of the feeling that she was still killing things. Or trying to. These were no different from deer. It was about her own survival, nothing more.
That said, as they stopped beneath an awning and watched another figure fly over head, she had to fight the urge to loose an arrow. Once the figure had gone overhead, she quickly ushered the halfling out ahead of her. They were nearly at their next destination.
He felt the soft touch of his friend's hand and gave himself a nod, taking a deep breath before darting out across the street. No horrible screeches, heavy thumps, or wingborn claws assaulted them as they went: they had made it. Now they stood at the door to Pendlestone's shop. Sadly Teret didn't exactly have a key for this one but the estranged halfling should be inside; as it doubled has his home. They could either try to get the inventor's attention from outside somehow and have him open the way inside for them or break in.
"He's like not to be asleep. Dunno how anyone could in this mess," Teret spoke just above a whisper while looking for some windows. Luckily the den was built more into the ground than it was built up so the height advantage that Cadence had left her practically perfect for peering into any upper windows. Lo and behold there appeared to be a balled up figure nestled between bed and end table, feet just visible at the right angle.
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