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The Hunter and the Hunted [CLOSED]
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:04:09 AM »
They call it 'the storm walker'.

Legends about it have floated around the mountains outside of Pactois for generations, going back to the very founding of the town. A gaunt figure, appearing out of the mist and rain to ambush travelers on the narrow mountain roads or snatch away children when their parents' backs were turned. People not from Pactois tend to dismiss the stories, chalking up disappearances and deaths to everything from bandit activity and common Grimm to taking a bad step and a long fall. The thing is, the mountains tend to deter bandits and Grimm alike -- the entire reason why the town was built in such a remote locale to begin with -- and anyone who's grown up in Pactois would naturally learn to master the terrain. The locals know all of this, and tell it to anyone who will listen... yet, the few times that Huntresses or Huntsman have come out this way has led to nothing. No findings, no slain Grimm, nothing at all.

Until one decided not to leave. Halard Jacobson wasn't an old man when he first came to Pactois; like other Huntsmen before him he'd been called out this way to investigate 'the terror of the mountains', but though he didn't find his quarry he had found something. A girl, one of the locals... and the love of his life. Halard never left Pactois after that, opting instead to settle down in the small mountain town. There were many quiet, peaceful years together after that -- though tales of the storm walker continued to circulate, and people went missing from time to time, the town itself was never directly attacked. It could have gone on like that forever... except, these things have a way of going horribly wrong. When, after over a decade of marriage, Halard's wife didn't come home one night...

... well, you can imagine. Halard's search left no stone unturned; she'd last been seen on the road to the local trade outpost when a storm suddenly rolled in, and then she was just gone, like so many others. But the ex-Huntsman refused to relent, even when the trail grew cold. It took him years, but he finally found the beast -- or rather, it found him. Just like with his wife it ambushed him during bad weather, using the fog and storm as cover for its attack -- unlike her, he managed to survive, though not without injuries. Ever since, Halard took it upon himself not to let the beast have any more prey: he's trained up every willing volunteer within Pactois to become a town militia, set up patrol routes, bolstered defenses, and generally done everything he could think of to thwart his lifelong foe. And it's worked: barely anyone has gone missing since Halard's watch took over. There was even talk that the storm walker might have left, or been starved out, or just died of old age.

At least, until the night that a bad storm swept over Pactois. Amid the thunder and lightning came the screams and weapons-fire -- it came out of nowhere, scaled the town walls with terrifying ease, and slaughtered three guards in the blink of an eye before smashing its way into the nearest house. Before it was done an entire family lay dead in their beds, save the eldest son whom it dragged off into the night. The storm walker had never attacked the town before, and no one ever thought that it would. That it would not only attack, but stop so suddenly and withdraw, was strange beyond all reason. That night confirmed one thing, however: the storm walker was definitely a creature of Grimm, roughly human in shape and size with sharp, bony protrusions covering its back and arms.

In the aftermath of the attack, Halard grabbed his weapon and left town to hunt the beast back to its lair, determined to end this once and for all. That was three days ago. The village leaders have put out an urgent request to Beacon for whatever aid can be spared...



MISSION PARAMETERS:
- Discover the whereabouts of Huntsman Halard Jacobson
- If possible, return Halard back to Pactois
- {OPTIONAL} Kill the 'storm walker'
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STUDENTS

Beacon Student: Rory Vogel, "The Scarlet Shield" ~ 1st Year, Team VCVS

Shade Student: Sean Acacia, "Grenadier" ~ 1st Year



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Beacon Teacher / Experimental Botanist: Dr. Budonoki Sophos, Medical & Wilderness Specialist

Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Maria Sanguine AKA "Bloody Mary" ~ Underworld operative, "The Lady of a Thousand Faces"

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Re: The Hunter and the Hunted [CLOSED]
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 02:18:43 PM »
The storm walker, they didn't understated when they said that there were barely any information known about him. The myth of the disaster around Pactois wasn't something new to her, she heard a lot about it even befor she took on the mission. Kisha took out her scroll and wiped the screen of the holo-pad a few times. She read over the description of the mission again and looked at the mountain path in front of her. Everything could be expected from here out on, but she was ready. She put her scroll away and took a first step forward.

The mountains were quiet, it looked almost peaceful. The vast blue sky made the morning sun shine on the path in front of her, on which nothing but dust and pebble could be seen. The only sound that echoed through the mountains were her footsteps and the soft creaks of the supplies in her bag, which she carried on their back. Her mission started now
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Re: The Hunter and the Hunted [CLOSED]
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 03:57:08 PM »
S C E N E ~ M U S I C 
Misty Mountains
by Derek & Brandon Fiechter



Spring in the southern Sanus mountains is certainly not without both charm and peculiarity. As life re-emerges from the long winter sleep it leaves its mark everywhere, even the steepest rocky outcrop. With plants and animals resurgent there is a lot to take in... and, unfortunately, a great deal that could conceal the days-old trail of a missing Huntsman. A plan was most certainly needed.

Just after Kisha put her Scroll away, it chimed with an incoming call. Given the remote and hazardous nature of her assignment, the academy leadership had thought it best to assign support for the young portal-wielder -- that said, the timing hadn't been particularly good. Those Huntsman and Huntresses operating in the region were either incommunicado or unavailable, and Beacon's own teaching staff and experienced teams were running a bit thin on the ground as well. Though no one was available to join her hunt, that didn't mean that Kisha was in this alone. The incoming call showed as from Professor Budonoki, though the signal was weak this far out. Once the call was answered the old Faunus' voice could be heard through a cloud of muffling static.

"Ah, miss Miles! Safely arrived outside of Pactois, I hope?"
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STUDENTS

Beacon Student: Rory Vogel, "The Scarlet Shield" ~ 1st Year, Team VCVS

Shade Student: Sean Acacia, "Grenadier" ~ 1st Year



OTHERS

Beacon Teacher / Experimental Botanist: Dr. Budonoki Sophos, Medical & Wilderness Specialist

Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Maria Sanguine AKA "Bloody Mary" ~ Underworld operative, "The Lady of a Thousand Faces"

 

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