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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:23 am

There were two things that set this town apart from any of the elven towns and cities they had traveled through: the first was the number of elderly people, with silver or gray or white hair - if any - and wrinkled face and stooped backs; and the second was the number of injured or sick - some from disease, others from drink.

No one spoke to the group, though there were fewer suspicious glares than when they had passed through Winum, where they had met Khetal and where Kyrie's adopted family lived.

"Is it always this cheerful?" Geran asked uncomfortably as they continued through the streets.

Kyrie shrugged. "More or less."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:26 am

"The number of people who are not well, I'm surprised to see these many elderly," Lin commented softly.

Though the elderly didn't look well she noted. The years clearly had worn on them as well, quite unlike her grandfather who was considered elderly but was still pretty spry for his age.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:31 am

"Just wait until we get a bit further," Kyrie murmured. "You'll see."

"See what?" Kaito asked curiously.

But he received no response until, a few minutes later, the street they were on opened into a wider street, with a fountain visible further on. Now there were more children than anything else, children running, calling after each other, some of them playing, others chasing or being chased. There were a few who were working, sweeping or scrubbing walls; some were well dressed, others in rags.

There were also younger adults now, too. Tradesmen and merchants, as well as those who were buying from them or talking to them or on their way to other areas of town. Like the children, most were dressed unremarkably while there were some who were very well dressed and others in rags.
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:34 am

Lin looked at the scene before her, she couldn't help but note there were a number of people in rags. So there was a very clear (perhaps a extreme) line between the poor and the well off. Were they in a slum earlier? But again why so many elderly people?

There were also a lot of children now, and she glanced about to see if she could see the parents keeping watch.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:36 pm

The only children who were with parents looked to be about four years old or younger; the rest were on their own, working or playing without supervision.

"Watch your coin pouches," Kyrie warned them as the streets grew a bit denser with more people going about their business. "Especially around the children."

Her warning came just in time as a group of children running in a pack ran right through the group, dodging and weaving between them all. They were just about through when Kyrie reached out and grabbed the wrist of one young boy.

"Hey!" the boy cried out, turning to her with wide, innocent eyes.

Kyrie said nothing but only looked at him grimly as she raised his hand. Holding him firmly, she took her coin pouch back from him and tied it back at her waist.

"Next time I'll take your hand along with it," she told him, giving him a look that showed how serious she was.

She let go of him, and he ran off, yelping.
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Re: Plotting Through Poleria - 119 4A

Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:43 pm

Miyuki took her coin pouch and shoved it deep into her bag, making note of which items it was in between. Besides, she wasn't going to buy anything here so she might as well make sure it wasn't a mark. She did make a mental note to see about connecting it to her belt using her sticking rune.

"They pickpocket?" Lin had heard of such a thing, but it was the first time she had seen it.

Most other places they had visited were well off enough where such a thing didn't help, much less among children.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:04 pm

"Some out of need, some because they can," Kyrie nodded.

Rose sighed. "Well, I'm glad I didn't bother taking mine out," she murmured. Of all the people there, she and Holly would be the only ones who might even have some of the country's currency; but since they had been told they would mostly be doing forest travel, she hadn't bothered even to take her bag with her, but left it in the tent. She had her cloak back now, so she felt safe enough with a fistful of it in each hand and walking close to the others.

"To be fair," Kyrie added as an afterthought, "this area has the highest risk of being pickpocketed simply because this is the market area. Purses are at their most vulnerable because they're out so often."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:11 pm

"True...." Lin replied with a nod, though it still bothered her that children were doing this.

"Best to keep your bags close and in front of you though," Miyuki murmured.

She didn't want anyone to have a damaged bag, especially those that kept large items that shouldn't fit into a bag.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:56 pm

Those who had bags shifted them so that they were in front of their bodies instead of beside or behind, and Makaela blinked in surprise.

"There's a tear in mine!" she exclaimed, astonished. She ran her fingers over the tear. It had smooth edges, as if it had been cut by a blade, and when she poked her fingers inside the hole, she felt only emptiness. Her eyes grew wide. "It's empty!"

"Empty through the hole or empty from the top?" Lancaeriel asked, checking her own bag.
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Re: Plotting Through Poleria - 119 4A

Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:03 pm

Miyuki went over to Makaela, she had runed everyone's bags as it was easier that way. Her main concern was for the rune itself, if it was damaged then Makaela could have easily lost everything that was in the bag.

"Put your hand into to the top of the bag," Miyuki told quietly Makaela, "And check to see if your things are still in there."

Her mind was thinking that perhaps she should think about adding to the array to prevent cuts like this. It would be a more covered bag, but it would provide additional safety. She added to her to-do list.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:10 pm

Makaela flipped back the top of her bag and put one hand inside and immediately felt a rush of relief.

"There," she breathed. She pulled the opening wider and rummaged around, peering into the bag. "And ... it seems ... nothing is missing ..."

"Be careful," Kyrie said, sounding a bit impatient. "We're strangers here which is going to make us more of a target."

Makaela blushed faintly. "Sorry, I just ... never thought people would ever do anything like this."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:15 pm

"Okay," Miyuki nodded, "Then it can be repaired, I recommend though keep your bag close to your chest. As long as the rune array itself isn't damaged nothing is going to fall out. There's a fail safe grandmother put into this array I learned from her that everything will just come out if the array is damaged."

If she had known that this place was going to be prone to this sort of thing, she would have made sure everyone left as much of their stuff in the tent as possible.

"Let's keep going then, the sooner we're out of the crowd the safer we'll be," Lin commented.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:24 pm

They all kept their bags closer to themselves, more protected, as they passed through the busier part of the town, and when Kyrie led them out the other side of the town, they were all relieved.

"I will never take another open field for granted," Makaela murmured, her voice shaking, as they left the town behind.

Lancaeriel put one hand on her shoulder to comfort her. "Calm yourself," she smiled. "It's now behind us."

"Until the next town," Kaito muttered under his breath.
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Re: Plotting Through Poleria - 119 4A

Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:32 pm

"It's probably for the best if we keep as much as possible in the tent," Miyuki murmured thoughtfully.

It was certainly unpleasant having to be so careful.

"At any rate, the rune array on your bag is fine, it's just the bag itself that needs repair," Miyuki added.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:40 pm

Makaela nodded. "I'll fix it tonight, it doesn't need more than a simple stitch, especially as it's not truly holding anything."

Rose hurried forward to walk next to Kyrie. "Why is this country so different from Gemia?" she asked her with a frown. "I mean ... I've always known there were other countries with humans in them, and I always thought they would be more or less the same."

"How could they be?" Kyrie asked in reply, looking at Rose. "They're in different climates, they have different geography, different neighbours, different histories ... the plants that grow in each are very different, the trees are different ... all of this of course means that they'll have different economies, different needs ..."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:27 pm

"Also we're lucky where we were living," Holly added, "Tropical areas tend to have a larger set of resources, and we didn't have to worry about preparing about preparing for a Winter where very few things grow. We didn't have to prepare for something like that, and there's just something about tropical weather that lends itself well to a diverse set of resources."

Holly was always grateful she hadn't landed somewhere where there was a snow Winter, because she doubted she would have survived her first year in this world if there was.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:33 pm

Rose shivered thinking about it. She knew now what Winter was like in northern areas, thanks to the special gardens Lancaeriel had made, and she didn't like it.

"I wonder if there are other human lands as far south as Gemia," she mused aloud, wondering at the same time if they would be more familiar to her.

"Nearly, but not quite," Kyrie answered. They left the fields behind and entered the trees once more. "But Gemia is by far the best of the human nations."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:48 pm

Holly nodded at this, at least there was a small blessing in that.

"That's interesting to know," Miyuki murmured.

They hadn't been through many human nations actually, this might have been their second one.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:03 pm

"Very good to know," Rose added, feeling a swell of pride welling up inside of her.

"How far are we hoping to go today?" Shoneah asked curiously.

Kyrie looked up at the sun above them. "We should be able to make another ten miles or so by nightfall," she thought aloud. "We'll have to activate the security runes tonight, that's certain."

"And how far is this place you want to check out?" Shoneah pressed.

Kyrie laughed softly and glanced sidewise at her. "You seem anxious."

"Just curious." Shoneah smiled sheepishly. "I guess you usually give us more information, is all."

"Actually," Earendil spoke up, grinning, "she's told us about as much as she always does. You're just usually more distracted, I think."
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Re: Plotting Through Poleria - 119 4A

Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:08 pm

Lin chuckled at that and nodded in agreement, "We'll probably find out more as we get closer to the location in question."

At least she hoped so, because that meant Kyrie wouldn't be doing whatever she needed to do alone. That was always a bit worrying when Kyrie took it on herself to get things done.

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Re: Plotting Through Poleria - 119 4A

Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:18 pm

"And there actually isn't much more information I can give you at the moment," Kyrie laughed. "It's a general area, not a specific place. As I explained, it's been a few centuries since I've been here, so things are likely going to be different. This may turn out to be more exploration than anything, at least to start out with."

"And what if what you're afraid they've rebuilt, they rebuilt in a different area?" Shiro asked quietly. "You do seem to be interested only in one area, but you've already told us how large this country is."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:21 pm

It would take a long time to search the whole country if they had to do that, Lin couldn't help but think.

"Is there something special about that one area?" she asked, curious.

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:27 pm

"It used to be nothing special," Kyrie answered, her eyes forward, sounding a bit distracted, "but in the following centuries, it developed into an academic hub of sorts. There are all kinds of schools, academies, laboratories ... not that they really produce anyone or anything useful, but ..."

Kaito immediately pictured the towering stone or glass buildings of Gaia, with hundreds or even thousands of students pouring in and out for their classes.

"I should encourage Khetal to come with us when we look at it," Kyrie chuckled softly. "He wouldn't recognize it."
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Post by Kara Winters on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:31 pm

"Sounds like a university town," Holly murmured being the most familiar with that concept.

She had, after all gone to a university until her disappearance.

"That would be quite a sight."

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Post by Nara-pyon on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:48 pm

"Well," Kyrie said thoughtfully, "I suppose it is quite different from regular towns."

As she had predicted, they did make another ten miles before she called them to a stop, and she told them all to stay in one general spot while she scouted around to make sure it was safe for them to camp for the night. It didn't take her very long before she came back and gave them the go-ahead to set up the tent again.

Earendil set up the tent and Lancaeriel set the security runes, and then everyone headed inside.

The aroma that greeted the travelers was one of the best that Kyrie could remember. Her mouth started watering the moment she stepped inside, and her stomach growled loudly.

"I'm going to guess that Daenis had something to do with preparing dinner tonight," she murmured, licking her lips in anticipation.

At the sound of her voice, Iorlas stepped out of the kitchen, grinning. "You would be right," she agreed cheerfully. "We thought we'd make something really nice, since you were all risking life and limb out traveling."
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