[Hey hey everybody! Its everybody's favorite demon fox, Kyubi! Anyways, enough about my return. It seems that the members of the RP have been dwindling as of late, and so under these circumstances the author's status's are unknown, and thus they're posts have been cut down substantially. The roles of Jareth and Jenny will be actively alternated between TurbulentTurtle and TBrundel. I will be taking the task of RPing Zahra, Sigoth, and the mystery woman. Of course there are high hopes of our favorite fiesty sorceress joining in on the fun and gracing us with another glorious post. But until then lets hope I do a good job of keeping her characters IN character. Alrighty, enough with the delay, on with the show, gentlemen!]
~Chapter 6 ( 7? 8? 9? :laugh: )~
The familiar blue illumination, radiated the nearby woods as our adventurers phased into exsistence within the Black Marsh.
"Hmmm... Does anyone else seem like they've been here before?" Nahrim prodded sarcastically as Jenny chuckled at his antics.
"Come, lets not stray from our thoughts everyone!" Sigoth commanded as the acting leader of the group.
The gripped their weapons and held them at the ready as they made their way from the warp point. Sigoth and Jareth leading, Sigoth to the left and Jareth on the right, followed behind them was young Jenny. The two casters, Nahrim and Zahra, walking casually up the rear.
The trees here in the part of the woods they entered were previously broken, as though there had been some sort or struggle. No. Rather someone had been running recklessly, and paid no mind to the environment. Sigoth motioned at the ground and trees with his hands so that everyone knew what he was thinking at the time, about someone being there before them.
"Sigoth, I have no idea what you are saying", said Nahrim, piping up, again Jenny chuckled.
"Oh, would you two be quiet! I am showing you that there are tracks, and disturbed surroundings--", Sigoth started.
"Meaning?" Nahrim interupted.
"Meaning, Sigoth is being too cautious. You are forgetting that Turb and Fenris returned to the camp from these marshes, my friend. Im sure Fenris ran by here upon his return to camp." Jareth explained. "We can be at ease--" He placed his hand on Sigoth's shoulder. "At least... For the moment."
Zahra looked at the Paladin for a moment, she was intrgued that Sigoth hadn't become flustered since he did not finish what he was intending to say. Usually he would get upset and intimidate the others, but with Jareth... Sigoth listened. They quickened their pace through the woods, and saw a clearing up in the distance. It was as though the marshland itself was paving some sort of path for them through these trees.
Zahra looked to Nahrim, he noticed her gaze and smiled. "Are you not going to raise your spirits?" She questioned, as her curious self.
"Well we seem to be okay for now, and if Jareth says its okay, I suppose its okay." Nahrim said unexpectedly.
"Really? Thats unusual of you, I would've thought you'd be more sympathetic to Rein's feelings still. It isn't like you to let things go easily." She picked at him.
"Yes... Well... I suppose you could say im testing the man." Nahrim winked.
"Testing?" She asked, interested.
"Yes!" he smiled, "For when Rein comes back! I want to tell her that she shouldn't hate Jareth!" He said confidently, yet because of Nahrim's nature, Zahra always felt that whatever he told her, she would have the strength to accept and believe it. In fact the way Nahrim was talking, she felt as though Rein never left, and was always close by, watching over them...
'And save us if we're ever in a bind again'
She thought to herself and started laughing softly with her hand in front of her mouth.
"Hey hey! Whats so funny back here?" The young archer fell back, curious.
"Hmmm? Oh its nothing, Jenny. I was just remembering something from a while back" Zahra dismissed.
"Ehhhh? That's no fun." she stuck her tongue out and headed behind Jareth again.
Zahra chuckled as Nahrim raised a Golem from the earth. Zahra quickly glanced over to her side at him.
"I figured you were right, though" He explained.
"Oh? About what?" She asked.
"Well this place is pretty bare of enemies and danger, but should trouble present itself, I may as well be-- Oof!" Nahrim didn't finish, since he had bumped into Jareth's back.
Zahra helped him back to his feet, "Why did we stop all of a sudden?" the sorceress perked. The forest fell deathly quiet, without the sound of them trekking through it, it seemed quite odd. "Sigoth said he heard something" Jenny alerted Nahrim and Zahra. Nahrim motioned for his Golem to come towards him, without much of a noise, save the steps, the golem did as it was told. There they stood, as if frozen by Medusa's Gaze, in the forest, no one moving a muscle. Jareth Sigoth grew skeptical of himself, "perhaps im eager for battle... I must be hearing--" Before Sigoth could deplore the thought, they heard something. "Shhh!" Jenny comically hushed Sigoth.
There it went, again.
It was faint, but it was there. Yes, the sound of something moving about. To make matters worse, it was in the direction of the clearing.
Again, rustling in the distance. Whatever it was, it was clearly in the woods with them. It didn't sound too disturbing though, it sounded like a large animal running at short intervals through the woods. If it were hell spawn they would make noises in order to intimidate humans. Sigoth figured that it was probably an animal, but to be safe - "I think we should make our way towards the clearing as soon as we can" He pointed towards the light in the clearing. "Does anyone know what lies beyond the Black Marsh?" Jareth asked, "Well lets see now..." Nahrim pondered.
"I think there might be a cave we need to take coming up ahead around here somewhere... But why doesn't that sound right...?" Nahrim said, indecisively.
Jenny rubbed his head with her fist, "Thats 'cause we see a light at the end of that clearing, smart guy."
"The Den of Evil had cracks in its foundation to let light in!" he tried to explain.
"Tamoe..." Zahra softly advised.
"What was that Zahra?" Sigoth looked back to her.
"I believe. . . I believe its Tamoe Highlands..." She told them.
"You mean--" Jenny started.
"Yes... Im afraid so." Zahra sad, sounding somewhat distressed.
"Well why look so down? I think we got here in a timely fashion!" Nahrim said, excited.
"Nahrim. Do you not remember?" Zahra queried, "About the Highlands? I can't say I do..." Nahrim scratched at his head, through his wavy white hair.
"Akara... The Sister's monastery is there. The one Andariel and her forces chased them out of." Zahra warned.
"Come! We are almost there!" Sigoth motivated them, but just as he finished the rustling in the woods was closer than ever, and so much more vivid.
"Prepare yourselves!" Sigoth commanded.
Zahra propped up her staff sideways preparing a defensive-like stance, in this kind of close quarter there was a chance of lighting her allies on fire, she wouldn't be of much use, unless the enemy came to her directly. Jenny quickly climbed up a short tree, standing on a branch just an inch above Sigoth's head. She pulled back 3 arrows on her bow string and awaited the new threat. Nahrim stood at the ready with his twig like wand and golem in front of he and Zahra, although he didn't look intimitading, an enemy foolish enough to get in the range of one of his curses were as good as dead. Jareth and Sigoth moved in closer to Zahra and Nahrim preparing to take the enemy from whichever side it may strike from, shield and sword, and gigantic axe at the ready.
"Hmph! Hiding the woods like a nymph! Bring all you have you cur!! Jareth shouted.
It seemed what Jareth said riled the foe, as the noise or rustling in the forest came at them, with incredible speed. Just then Jenny saw the figure, it was hard to make out in the darkness, but she saw the movement. 3 Arrows rained on the target as 2 more were on the way in quick succession. Miss.
"Its coming right at your direction! Get ready guys!!"
It maintained course, with incredible speed, how it dodged Jenny's arrow were a mystery in itself.
"NO! FROM BEHIND!! ZAH--" Jenny exclaimed.
But it was too late, Sigoth and Jareth had turned just to see Zahra get tackled down by... A hunk of Silver!?
The golem threw the metal clad foe off Zahra, Sigoth immediately charged in like a minotaur. The foe looked up at the giant barbarian coming down with his axe.
He stopped. About an inch away from the foe's face.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU FOOL! FINISH IT!" Jareth commanded.
In a soft mysterious voice, almost impossible to ever hear from Sigoth, he said, "Rien...?"