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Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:10:57 PM »
"I have a special assignment for you, miss Chlophyll." Budonoki explained as they headed away from the camp site. "Something for which I think you may be uniquely suited."

The old faunus gestured to the south-east. "In that part of the forest is a family of foxes, one of several that Beacon uses to keep tabs on Forever Fall. The creatures are fitted with unobtrusive collars that include a miniaturized tracking device and a set of tiny cameras, and as they go about their lives they enable us to keep a weather eye out for signs of Grimm activity. As Grimm very seldom bother wild creatures it's a novel and surprisingly effective solution... however," He rested his free hand atop his staff, a look of some concern passing across his features. "Not without the occasional snag."

"One of the foxes' collars has stopped transmitting. Normally this would not be a matter of concern -- they break down with about as much regularity as you'd expect. This time, however, the collar abruptly ceased immediately after the fox came within sight of a pair of Boarbatusk."
He reached into a pocket on his gi and produced a small memory card. "If you plug this into your Scroll it will give you access to the camera feeds closest to you, as well as mark the last location where our missing fox transmitted from. With any luck we're just dealing with an uncanny malfunction... but somehow, I feel like that's not the case. All you need do is locate the fox and try to ascertain what went wrong, but if the creature is injured do what you can for it."

"Will you take on this mission, miss Chlophyll?"
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 06:50:37 PM »
Helena followed Doctor Sophos along as he gave explanations, keeping her eyes peeled for Grimm instead of admiring the view this time around. Her ears, however, were entirely focused on her teacher's words.

At the word 'that', Helena briefly focused back on the man before looking the way he was pointing for a moment. Foxes were an excellent choice in Forever Fall, what with their oranginess mixing well with the omnipresent reds of the shedding trees. The mention of a snag, however, made a frown appear on her previously neutral, somewhat serious face.

As the supervisor explained, her expression grew more worried. When she was handed the memory card, she promptly (but respectfully), taking the utmost care not to drop it. She took out her scroll and, as the professor finished, inserted the item inside the matching slot. She gave her answer; "With pleasure, Doctor Sophos.", her visage having gained even more determination than before.

On that, she checked the position, turned towards it and activated the camera peeking function. Keeping an eye out on the scroll as well as her surroundings, in particular looking out for an odd orange mass of fur or a Grimm, she slowly pulled Seikatsu from its sheath, her ears scanning for the slightest suspicious sound.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 06:55:57 PM »
The camera feeds that Helena would see through her Scroll were mostly the benign and expected -- a fox-eye view of the forest floor or the gnarled branches of underbrush. At least two of the foxes seemed to be resting in their burrows, as those cameras were switched to grainy green night-vision or blobby red-orange-purple thermal imaging; another camera showed two foxes wrestling in great chaotic tumbles of playful fur, and one of particular interest showed a pair of very young pups being groomed by their mother. It was an intimate peek at the lives of Forever Fall's vulpine residents, but there didn't seem to be anything that would lead her to the missing fox or its tracker...

... at least, not initially. Fifteen minutes passed, then thirty, then forty-five as Helena made her way deeper into the amber foliage of Forever Fall, all without a sign of her objective. However, one of the prowling fox-cams suddenly had eyes on something of potential interest: tracks in soft earth that had got the curious attention of fox marked as '041-M'. The video feed wasn't terribly steady as the fox poked and sniffed about, but the tracks were clearly hoof prints of some kind. They could belong to wild pigs... or Boarbatusks.

The fox's signal wasn't coming from too far away -- the map showed an area of shallow gullies just north with the fox's transmitter right in the midst of them.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 01:57:03 PM »
Helena kept looking between the screen and her surroundings. She suddenly remembered that the collar may not actually be attached anymore and could've just dropped into the forest, so she kept an eye out for that in addition to signs of (fox) fur and (Grimm) black/white/red.

She couldn't help but show a large smile at some of the feeds; some were playfully fighting, a mother grooming her children... It was heart-warming. She took care to not let herself be distracted, though. That wasn't why she was here.

She'd been walking for quite some time, without having seen anything that could've hinted at what had happened, when one of the feeds switched to a fox tracking marks in the earth. 041-M, apparently, was the name. Tracks were hoof like, but no horses resided here, so... boars? Or maybe Boarbatusks?

She tapped on the feed, bringing up a map overlay, and followed the signal North into the trees, keeping herself even more alert than before. Seemed like gullies, from the looks of it, so she wouldn't have to be in the middle of the arborescent plants much longer.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 07:35:04 AM »
The gullies proved to be the perfect tracking ground. Here, in the shallow trenches of earth, the soil retained just a little bit more moisture and the amber leaves were mostly stuck together in wet clumps and piles. As Helena approached she would catch a glimpse of a fox's tail as the creature who'd led her here bounded away into the forest.

The tracks, once she was able to examine them up close, were clearly too big and heavy to be local foraging pigs -- these were Boarbatusk tracks, without a doubt, and relatively fresh at that. They followed the curve of the gully east and seemed to establish a well-trodden path, suggesting that one or more of the boar-like Grimm used this route regularly. One thing she might also notice, though perhaps not at first, was how quiet the forest was suddenly, with any noise of birds seeming incredibly distant...

The tracks would lead her to a small cave, too low and flat to the ground for a person to ever enter except by crawling. In the gloom of the underground something stirred, though what wouldn't quite be clear at a distance. Hanging from a low tree branch nearby was what looked like a gray pet collar studded with several round protrusions -- this had to be the missing fox's collar!
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Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 08:06:46 PM »
As Helena trekked forward, the gully became more pronounced. So did the tracks lining its center; a path was now obvious. The depth of the imprints betrayed that this was most definitely a Boarbatusk. Or rather, Boarbatusks, seeing as travel was repetitive enough to create a path of trodden, disturbed earth. She glanced up from her scroll just in time to catch the tail end (quite literally) of the fox who'd lead her here turn a corner. Looking back at her scroll confirmed it.

As she kept advancing, she suddenly realized how little sound there was apart from the intermittent rustling of leaves. Birds sounded bizarrely far away as she came into view of a small opening in the rock, where people could've only fit by scraping themselves against the ground. Something moved around in the shadows, so she kept a trained eye (and ear) on it while briefly scanning her surroundings and the cameras.

A small, nearby movement of anomalous color caught her sight. Her eyes darted towards the source before focusing back onto the hole. The lost fox's collar, that or somebody had set a dog free in the vicinity. Keeping her attention on the cave entrance, she grabbed hold of it with her left hand before shoving it into one of her empty pockets as best she could. That being done, she turned on her scroll's light and slowly aimed it at the rock-surrounded darkness, doing her best to not startle whatever was in there. Although, in the case of Grimm, it was more about avoiding any rapid movements.
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