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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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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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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 05:36:31 PM »
(OOC: Wow, did not quite realize I'd left this idle for over a month. My sincerest apologies. I'll try not to neglect these threads again.)


Helena's light into the cave would reveal a single resident -- a fox, its rear half pinned by a cascade of earth and stone. No... not just a cascade -- it looked like several rocks had been pushed into place after it had become trapped, as if to ensure it couldn't leave. The poor creature stirred, blinking under the Scroll's light, and let out a pitiable whine, clearly exhausted from trying to free itself. There was a nasty gash on its forehead as well, the blood matting its fur in a mess of caked-on dirt and tiny twigs.

Something was wrong about this. The immobilized fox, the collar hanging in plain sight from a tree...

Caw! Caw! Caw!

They seemed to appear almost from nowhere, swooping down in threes and fours to take up positions on branches encircling the area: Nevermores, a dozen strong and all juveniles no bigger than common crows. Beady, faintly glowing red eyes glared at Helena from behind their tiny bone-masks. Their shrill avian cries filled the air, though none moved to attack -- yet. Then a loud, aggressive flapping could be heard, a larger Nevermore roughly the size of a person erupting abruptly through a thick canopy of red leaves to take up a position of prominence on a high branch. The leader-apparent of the flock let out a long, loud shriek, and a moment later two Boarbatusk came charging into the clearing as fast as their hooves could take them, making a beeline straight for Helena.

The Grimm -- likely the dominant Nevermore -- were somehow cunning enough to set up a trap. The fox and its collar were bait... and now Helena was in the middle of it!



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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 12:18:30 PM »
(((1. At least you remembered :)) 2. I interpreted the leader's cry as screaming to the sky a bit, hence the "momentary lapse in attention" 3. I might've also taken some liberties with the surroundings, tell me if it's bads)))

As the light shone upon the fox, Helena's mind flooded with several things at once. Firstly,feeling heartbroken due to the injured animal, the wipers only amplifying it. Secondly, instantly engaging battle mode; it was obviously a trap, seeing as rocks had been pressed in there after the fox got in, if it even got in on its own. Thirdly, some relief that the fox's injury seemed to not be life-threatening. She softly spoke to the fox, directing all her kindness into every word. "Don't worry, I'll help you once I get rid of the meanies. You'll be fine in no time."

As she finished, she rapidly got back up, turning around, putting Seikatsu back in its sheath shoving her scroll back where it'd come from and taking out Artemis and an arrow as she did so. She gave the surroundings a brief scan; a dozen or so crows with glowing eyes swooped down, soon followed by a much larger Nevermore, seemingly the ring leader or something.

Helena briefly stepped to the side. As the leader let out a cry, she took advantage of its momentary lapse in attention to nock, aim and fire an arrow at max power almost too quickly to follow, aimed right at the underside of the larger Grimm's neck. She then quickly redirected her attention to the ground as the shadow boars charged.

At the last moment, she ran towards the cliff surrounding and jumped onto it, walking up and further off to the side as she did so. Her goal was to have the Boarbatusks smash right into the exposed rock, hopefully stunning and exposing them for some time as well as allowing her to dodge the attacks.

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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 05:07:39 PM »
(OOC: Nah, your tactical read of things is right on the mark, no worries. Strong start -- very good!)


It was only the leading Nevermore's last-second reflex that kept Helena's arrow from punching clean through it's throat; the moment it caught the glint of the arrowhead coming its way the large bird angled itself to one side and attempted to flap its wings but it was much, much too slow for a complete dodge. The projectile lodged directly into it's shoulder, turning it's rallying cry into a screech of avian torment and knocking it backwards off its perch. It tumbled down, snapping branches along the way as it tried to flap itself upright, managing to turn over only just before hitting the ground. The cadre of its younger kin looked on, seemingly stunned for a moment that their "alpha" had been struck down... then, almost as one, their red eyes turned to where Helena was now contending with the Boarbatusks.

Her tactics were working -- one of the piggish Grimm indeed ended up eating a face full of cliffside, too ungainly to slow down in time. It fell, squealing, onto its side as the other one ground to a halt next to it, growling angry as its eyes darted around looking for a fresh angle of attack. It was then that the flock came swooping down, a chorus of shrill 'caw!'s heading right for Helena with talons and beaks eager to rend flesh.



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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 08:24:23 PM »
As Helena somewhat expected, all did not go as planned. Things were still looking good for the most part, though. Speed and precision in manipulating her weapons would be the main component of her next moves, working as quickly as she could. Most people would've had lots of trouble just following her hands at this point.

Continuing on her momentum from the brief cliff climb, she drew an arrow, slapped a Fire augment to it and unloaded it right in the vulnerable Boarbatusk, attempting to simultaneously catch the unharmed one as it went around the former.

Without even looking, she continued to step away, getting another arrow - this time with a Lightning augment - and firing it directly at the stunned Nevermore, planning to kill it in a single blow. She then immediately went on the defensive, manipulating Artemis as a makeshift staff (it could take the beating), her blows and strikes at the small neuermores flowing like a fluid.

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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2018, 05:15:15 PM »
Helena's second arrow struck its mark without err, striking the exposed underbelly of her target and reducing it to nothing with the explosion that followed. The remaining Boarbatusk, too close to avoid entirely, was sent reeling by the blast -- it tumbled for several feet, squealing in panic, before hastily scrambling to its feet and fleeing the scene. It seemed, then, that the pig-like monsters had not expected to face a genuine fight.

The second arrow also had a prime, exposed target, and likewise struck true. The grounded adolescent Nevermore may have been cunning and strong enough to rally its lesser kin but by no means was it an Alpha Grimm. The electrified arrow plunged into its chest and instantly lit its entire body up with sporadic jolts and arcs of current; its muscles spasmed, its wings flailed, and as smoke and the smell of charred feathers rose from its body it let loose one last desperate shriek before slumping over, dead and already beginning to dissolve.

The death of their leader had an assorted effect on the smaller Nevermores. Some, perhaps realizing their situation, flew into a panic and darted off into the trees. Others seemed to have their momentum broken, hesitating and uncertain whether to fight or flee. Of those that remained three chose to become even more aggressive, harassing Helena as best they could... which, thanks to the protection of her Aura, wasn't much. In greater numbers the birds might have overwhelmed by sheer force of flock, but that advantage had been weak to begin with and was truly lost to them now. Her graceful, smooth strikes with Artemis readily swatted them aside with enough force to snap necks, wings, and spines, leaving their twitching bodies to skid across the forest floor.



Adolescent Nevermore: □□□□□□ (STATUS: Destroyed)
Boarbatusk I: □□□□  (STATUS: Destroyed)
Boarbatusk II: □□ (STATUS: Retreated)
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2018, 06:11:58 PM »
Helena nailed a few of the smaller Nevermores, but still got nicked here and there despite her defensive stance. After all, there were twelve of them. She didn't have to fight for very long, though, as the death of their leader seemed sufficient incentive to make them depart with haste. She rapidly slung Artemis back on, made a mental note of where her arrows were and strode towards the small hole in the cliff once again, keeping alert to her surroundings as well.

Leaning down and opening her scroll again, she set it to "lamp" mode and dulled its brightness before putting it outside the mini-cave, leaning onto the rock so the light would go inside. She quickly started to move the rocks out of the way, gingerly taking them one at a time before throwing them behind herself without caring about where they landed. "Hold on, little guy.", she said softly. "I'm here now."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 05:07:34 PM »
The small fox seemed timid and fearful at first when Helena approached, though it seemed it lacked the strength to put up any kind of panicked struggle. However, it seemed to calm down somewhat as she began removing the stoned that kept it pinned, only letting out small whines every so often as she worked.

It took some doing, and as she worked it became apparent that this, too, had been part of the Grimm trap. Scrapes and hoof-tracks from the Boarbatusks could be seen in the dirt around the pile and there were what seemed to be scrapes, likely from the creatures' tusks, on several of the stones. Finally, however, her efforts paid off; feeling the pile around it loosen the wounded fox summoned up what little of its strength remained and pulled itself free of the remaining dirt and stones... only to fall over, breathing heavily and with one of its back legs badly mangled. It looked up at Helena with pain and fear in its eyes...
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Nathan] (CLOSED)
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 08:29:11 PM »
Once the fox was free, Helena took back her scroll and unceremoniously shoved it back in its place, keeping her eyes trained on the fox. After crawling out of its own volition, it looked at her.

Her heart melted.

Her expression softened to a degree that would probably make most indifferent and even hostile men weak in the knees. She whispered, in the quietest voice, "It's okay. I'm here now. You're safe and I'll take care of you." Ever so carefully, she brought one of her hands close enough for the animal to smell while using her left hand to inspect the damage. Activating her semblance at the bare minimum allowed her to feel the 'tug' of injuries without actually healing them. As expected, some head trauma, a few broken ribs and a heavily damaged hind leg.

Waiting on the fox's decision before actually petting it, she reached into her backpack and brought out a water bottle, room temperature. With an incredibly soft and gentle touch, she picked up the small ball of fur and put it on her knees, keeping her right hand above the front torso in case it panicked. She said "This might be a bit unpleasant but please bear with it..." before rinsing the various wounds with appropriate amounts of water.
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