Advertise/Affiliate Other Forum Main Page The World Before You Play

* War's A-brewin'!

There is a civil war brewing in Connlaoth! Check out its info page here and its plotting page here!
The SotE video game is accepting crafting item submissions right here!

Also, we have a Discord chat server! Check it out. 8D

Author Topic: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)  (Read 122 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Wrathwyrm

Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:57:10 PM »
The city of Uthlyn was essentially Connlaoth's university town, a place of higher education.  Those of the modern century - so far away from this era - might call it a college town, as it was essentially a large campus with a tall tower and numerous other buildings around it for students to gain an education and even live in...plus the all the shops and things made essentially to support commerce around it.

Right now, let us focus on the buildings of business, specifically...on top of one.  She had been working at this a while, but thanks to some inspiration from a doctor called Faraday, it was finally perfected.  Well, hopefully...  She still had yet to test it.  The young lady was not dressed as young ladies DO in Connlaoth.  She was wearing a shirt and pants, and work shoes...largely due to the amount of work done around the house.  She was brown-haired, brown-eyed, and holding an unusual pistol.

The pistol was a special wheel-lock/grape-shot emsemble she made for herself, loaded with a grappling hook that was attached to a line of...spider silk.  Additionally, there was a belt with spare line, spare hook, and all the things required to make the thing fire.  And you know?  Today was such a nice day...  Why not spend it swinging around these several-story buildings?  It'll certainly be a novel thing for the people of Connlaoth.  This is the first Grappler Gun in existence.

So saying, she fired off at the top of another building and...leapt!  Almost immediately, she suspected too much line was let out for this, and so the first swoop was low enough that she could actually run along the ground, but that's okay because she didn't lose speed enough to run up the next building with the momentum she had.

Well, almost.

She got up the wall, grabbed the edge, hauled herself up so that the roof's edge was under her armpits, and then...stopped.  No, not stuck.  Just thinking about what just happened there.  Our innovator here had a few odd habits, like not worrying about the fact that she was technically dangling from a two-story building while thinking about the timing and the amount of line she had put out.  So, she was doing calculations in her head now...
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Offline Moonstruck

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 01:51:10 PM »
Sesh disliked being in Connlaoth. She suspected that she always had. Her tall, slender frame dwarfed every other woman in the street. This was what led her to believe that she was forgein, though she had no idea as to where her six year old self had stumbled in from.

The only place in Connlaoth that she could enjoy was Uthlyn. It was for learning, and learning was what she needed the most. Sesh’s great wish (for now) was to fill her head with knowledge. Learning normality was important to her.

Sesh couldn’t claim to be an expert, but surely this wasn’t normal.

Everyone else in the street kept moving, kept learning and observing, but all Sesh could do was stare in confusion at the girl who swung through the air and hung off a roof edge.

Offline Wrathwyrm

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 03:03:46 AM »
Yes, that was a little strange.  It had to be,.  I mean, if other people were staring at this in confusion, then there must be some truth to the idea, right?  Of course, a number of people around town actually knew who the girl was, so the surprise had been mixed in with them wondering 'What the hell is she up to now?'.  Meanwhile, up there...

Alright, so it seems I forgot to compensate for the flexibility ratio of the line, as we're talking about a series of stretchable spider threads woven into a rope and treated to last as long as conventional rope.  I just need to reel in a little.

So saying, she flicked a wheel device on the other side of the pistol's wheel-lock part.  This was reel, which she fashioned herself, based upon some seamstress equipment.  Essentially, in order to invent this Grappler Gun to its proper potential, she had also created an efficient fishing reel.  Flicking a switch, she got it to pull in some line automatically with a spring-loaded device.  It had a lock to stop the line and everything, so when she kicked off of the building again and swung...

"It works perfectly!!"

...she was able to get herself up to another part of the building's roof while still over people's heads, swooping up again to get herself on top of said roof.  She'd spent alot of time studying pendulum clocks to figure out how to do this.  She reeled in, reloaded, and looked down at the people looking up, which probably included Sesh.

"Behold!  A gun that makes climbing anywhere easier, by far!"

Well, that started a commotion.  Lots of talking and clamber, and maybe a few people who wanted one.  If Sesh listened carefully, she might hear her referred to as 'that Bellows girl'.
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Offline Moonstruck

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 03:31:20 PM »
Sesh tried to put the ‘Bellows girl’ out of her mind, but it wasn’t quite that easy. She wanted to know how she’d made that device, and how she’d figured it out, and why she had that much time on her hands. Now the sun had set, and people were eating evening meals or going out for drinks, and Sesh was meant to be working.

Only she couldn’t get the ‘Bellows girl’ out of her head.

Sesh tipped the last of her coins out to pay for dinner. Unless she managed to swipe something tonight without anyone noticing, she wouldn’t have anything to eat tomorrow morning. But her mind was elsewhere, and she didn’t trust her judgement.

Having finished her meal, she asked the bartender if she knew any way to find the ‘Bellows girl’, then ran off to make use of her new information.

Offline Wrathwyrm

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2017, 07:52:11 PM »
The bartender was all too happy to supply the desired information.  Part of it was no doubt due to his having been paid for the meal prior to asking questions, and the rest of it was likely due to the fact that lots of questions get asked in Uthlyn, it being Connlaoth's center of education and all.

"That's an easy one.  You go out to the college campus - That's the area around the big tower, if you're unfamiliar. - and then you head around the edge of the property, where campus meets town, on the east side.  There, you'll find a state-owned stone building with 'Bellows' in the name slot.  It was issued to the Lady Bellows and her daughter for improving the cannons or something.  They build stuff, both are kind of eccentric."

Armed with that knowledge, she would find it with relative ease.  On the east side of the campus edge, there it was, as promised.  It was a two-story stone building that looked like a few others nearby, but this one was marked with the name in the slot.  Apparently, the work of Lady Bellows had impressed either a lord or a general or even the Grand Duke himself, and she was awarded this place to continue research in either improving existing things or making new ones.  Attempts to gain entry would show that the sturdy wooden double-doors were locked and that knocking produced no answer.

The reason for this was...that she wasn't back yet.  After a bit of playing around - Because who wouldn't play around with that a little? - the girl had remembered that she would need to eat at some point, and proceeded to buy meat, muffins, raw carrots, and a bottle of apple cider.  All of this would find its way into a sack held over her back, except for the big muffin that was currently in her mouth.  Said muffin-mouthed Bellows girl now approached the house in what can be described as a hungry and winded condition, because she'd used a fair deal of energy and was munching on that muffin before she even got indoors.

She also forgot to remove it before talking to the person standing at her door.

"Mmmf!  Mmf mmf mmmf mmf mmf mmmf mmf mmmf?"

Uhhh...she seemed to want a hand with something, holding out this big sack of what was probably food and gesturing at the door with her head.  It...might be that she needed her hands free to open up the place and she needed to have someone hold onto her stuff while she did it.  Rather trusting of her, no?
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Offline Moonstruck

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 01:38:50 PM »
It didn’t take Sesh more than a few seconds to reach and take the sack. Almost immediately she could smell the food, and her stomach growled. Yes, she’d already eaten, but certainly not as much as she would’ve liked. And she had no money for tomorrow. Momentarily, Sesh considered running. She was slightly taller than the girl, who was eating, and Sesh was probably faster and good at hiding.

But the girl was opening the door and waving her in, and Sesh was reminded of her fascination. How did this girl work out the things she did? Could she show Sesh how? Despite her nerves and her instincts telling her to take the food and go, she followed the girl inside.

Offline Wrathwyrm

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 03:05:13 PM »
She really couldn't.  Outrun her, that is.  Not when she was able to navigate this city so well, was in good physical condition, and had the world's only Grappler Gun.  Still, Sesh had decided to go in, instead.  Oh, and today's facinations wouldn't just be with the gun itself.

Behind the double doors lay...another door, a metal door that required another key that looked like it was used to wind up a clock.  Sesh would never have seen something like this before, but the superbly rish of Connlaoth had these.  It was a vault door, essentially.  The Bellows had installed it - probably built it themselves - at some point.

Anyway, once inside and the doors were shut - the vault door was opened easily enough from inside - the girl with the Grappler Gun headed left, through a modest dining room and into a kitchen, where the muffin was thoroughly eaten by then and its owner realized something with wide eyes as she looked at Sesh.

"Oh no!  Did I make you carry that all the way in here?  I'm sorry, I just stopped thinking, since I'm basically famished right now.  Please, put it down.  I can take it from here."

Of course, she had no idea who this was or why she was here, but it'll be certain to work out.
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Offline Moonstruck

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2017, 07:30:26 AM »
Sesh’s cheeks turned pinkish almost immediately. Still keeping her mouth thoroughly shut, she set the sack down. Her stomach growled loudly, and, absentmindedly, she went to shush it, before realising that she was in someone’s house. Someone who was clearly very interesting and clever, and who Sesh did not want to judged harshly by.

Her face transitioned from pink to red.

Looking around the room, Sesh wondered if it would be too weird to just leave, and make tonight a working night. She could leave the city tomorrow, and would never have to think about this evening again. Then Sesh glanced at the girl, and remembered her swinging through the streets like the pendulum in the clock in the house they said she’d lived in, remembered her gleeful exclamation from the rooftop. She’d never get a chance like this again.

Steeling her nerves, she crossed the remaining floor space, and held out her hand.

“Hello, I’m Sesh Ankar.”

Offline Wrathwyrm

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2017, 12:04:02 PM »
The girl still had on the belt with the gun.  Sesh had probably seen other people with the normal pistols.  They'd have the pistol, the black powder horn, the wadding...  This much was not much different from the norm, but the rest of it looked like it'd been crossed with mountain-climbing gear.  Now, after Sesh had put down the bag and turned pinkish-red, along with that growling, the girl immediately thought she too was starving and was embarrassed by the fact.

She must be a really hard worker to stand something like that.  I wonder if I've seen her in town somewhere, and I never noticed.

Couldn't be further off the mark if she tried, but as brilliant as this girl was, she didn't exactly know people.  Her visitor could've been a robber, for all she knew, and she might not guess it because she was being manifestly good.  At any rate, Sesh introduced herself, and this delighted the girl to no end.  She'd made a friend!  ...why was she here again?  Oh, nevermind!  She took the hand and shook it with two hands and a smile.

"I'm Katherine Bellows.  You can call me Kate, if you like.  Are you hungry?  You look hungry.  I worked up such an appetite earlier that I just had to buy something."

Well, she seemed nice.  Of course, she'd achieved 'That Bellows Girl' talk among people for good reason.  She was also a little strange.  Ladies definitely don't behave this way.  She was obviously living well, but she dressed and acted more like someone for whom hautiness was other people, and she had eccentricities, no doubt.
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Offline Moonstruck

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2017, 01:54:53 PM »
A bubble of laughter rose up through Sesh’s throat, and burst through her lips in a short burst. This was undeniably the strangest thing she could remember (ignoring the fact that she only had a few months of memory). This girl, Kate, seemed completely unaware of the strangeness of it all. Sesh tried not to laugh again.

Instead, she answered that yes, she was hungry, and hoped to the heavens that her stomach wouldn’t decide to agree with her. It didn’t.

“I suppose you’re wondering who I am. And also what I’m doing here.”

Offline Wrathwyrm

Re: Who needs an excuse to travel? (Moonstruck)
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2017, 04:30:38 PM »
She laughed, but Kate merely attributed it to her mood and energy being rather infectious.  People say that if you laugh and carry on silly-like, other people will laugh even if it's not funny.  Sesh's hand was released after she acknowledged the hunger that they both shared, and immediately Kate stepped around her to take the bag to the smaller kitchen table that was used to prepare food, and upend it.  Stuff came out in a pile.

"Well, it's ready to eat.  I couldn't stand to wait.  Not when I've done so well!"

When Sesh brought up the matter of her identity and purpose in being here, Katherine had quickly stepped upon a stool with some rather nice agility and balance, crouching on the thing while she rested her head on her hand in thought.

"That had occurred to me.  Usually, the people who come here are officials and nobles who want to talk with mother, but now I guess they'll want to talk to me now too..."

That last part...she wasn't sure how good that was, exactly.  She shrugged it off, for now, and gave Sesh a look of some interest, like she'd found something worth giving all her attention to.

"But you're a townsperson, maybe even a traveler.  Student?  It's like when Dr. Faraday showed up.  You're a normal person, aren't you?"

She was saying 'normal' like they were actually the special ones.  Maybe nobles were just sort of blah to her.  Seemed to fit, wearing clothes like she was a day-to-day worker.  She was obviously fit and physically active.   We won't say that it's unheard of in Connlaoth, but you'll see less of it here than in Serendipity, that's for sure.
Signature to be approved by a city council made up of a host of monkeys, then quietly vetoed to insert whatever I feel in the mood for.

Character List Here

Tags: