Thunderfoot and Posse Make Off With Nevarre

Ulfden Clearing

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You stand in the midst of a clearing in the woods. Tall trees surround you on all sides, with a wooded hill looming over you to the west. Little sunlight streams through the foliage of the trees above. Rocks jut from the ground and hill, giving the clearing a wilder look. Jutting out of the wooded hill to the west is a rocky overhang casting a slight shadow around the entrance to what seems like a cave. A scraggily wolf pads back and forth before the entrance, glancing your way.

The clearing ends in a rock path leading through scattered trees to the east. A small cave entrance dwells underneath the overhang to the west.

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You can go:  In the Cave <W>, East <E>

Contents: A wolf of intimidating size and strength (Nevarre); A wolf with a smoky coat (Indra); A wolf with a snow-white coat and golden eyes (Eirwyn); and Beo.

Indra says, “I would be surprised.”

Eirwyn says, “As would I. That’s why I said it seemed atypical.”

Nevarre nods, “We will be ready to fight should the need arise”

Caileana pads out into the Clearing from the den and gives her fur a shake.

Nevarre says, “Speaking of which, I think I am going to head to the practice lists to train some.”

Eirwyn gets to her paws. “I’ll walk with you. I was hoping to see Petraverd to see how Peridot and Quicksilver are doing.”

Nevarre nods in response to Eirwyn, “That is fine.”

Nevarre looks to Indra and Caileana, “You are welcome to join us as well.”

Indra nods, “Very well.”

Eirwyn says, “Only if you wish to, of course.”

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

Caileana bows her head to the them. “Alphas, Mother. Certainly.”

Indra’s body tenses and goes low to the ground as it trembles beneath her.

Nevarre nods again and begins to move in the direction of the practice list as the ground trembles slightly beneath him. He tenses up and growls slightly, “That can’t be good.”

Eirwyn frowns, likewise tensing at the movement beneath her feet. She looks to Nevarre. “No… it can’t. But I can’t place how far the sound was….”

Caileana’s hackles stand on end and a low, faint growl escapes her. She eyes her superiors warily.

Nevarre shakes his head as Eirwyn speaks. He says, “I can’t tell either.” he looks to Indra and says, “Come with me.” He turns to Caileana and says, “Go with Eirwyn”

Indra nods hastily.

Caileana bows her head.

Eirwyn looks to Nevarre. “Which way do you want us to go?”

Nevarre looks to Eirwyn, “Stay safe and keep out of sight if you see the giant. Check near the northern border. indra and I will move towards the circle” He looks at Caileana and says sternly, “Keep her safe.”

Caileana nods at him soberly. “Sir.”

Eirwyn frowns, looking worried. “We’ll regroup as soon as possible. You be safe too.”

Nevarre nods, “We will. Move out.”

Eirwyn nods and then starts off toward the border.

Nevarre runs into the woods with Indra behind him

At the Edge of Lantern Waste

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The terrain here is rocky and somewhat barren. There are windclipped evergreen trees here, their branches mostly bare and spindly with sparse clumps of needles sticking out at odd angles.  They give way to the denser forests of Lantern Waste to the southeast, and to the north they give way to lonely, rocky moors that exist under permanent whisps of fog.  It’s a lonely place, very quiet, and a bit chilly.  The great cliffs of the west rise up not too far in that direction, and their shadow falls across this region.

You can continue following the woods to the northeast, or follow the cliffs southward.

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You can go: East <E>, South <S>, Northeast <NE>

Contents: A wolf with a snow-white coat and golden eyes (Eirwyn).

Eirwyn continues with Caileana. She frowns as she looks at the tracks. “I don’t like this… They went south. I don’t think we should leave them. There seem to be more than one.”

Eirwyn looks to Caileana. “I think we need to follow the Giant tracks. We’re going back.”

Caileana sniffs the ground intently. “At least three.” She nods.

Gathering Circle

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What a sweet place you have wandered to. The forest trees here are scattered across a soft meadow of heather and wildflowers, and the sun dapples the ground through the leaves above. This is a wide section of earth, and it seems to be a gathering place – indeed, there is a ring of stones in one side of the open clearing where it seems fires have been built over many nights. To the south, a worn path leads to the Caldron Pool and the waterfall that feeds it. You can also see a path leading west toward the cliff-face. To the east the path leads into the deeper forests of Lantern Waste.

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You can go: Clearing <N>, Into Lantern Waste <E>, Caldron Pool <S>, Base of the Cliffs <W>

Contents: A giant carrying a club; A giant wearing a tattered blue cape (Thunderfoot); A giant with a large warty nose; A giant with huge ears; A wolf of intimidating size and strength (Nevarre); A wolf with a smoky coat (Indra); A wolf with a snow-white coat and golden eyes (Eirwyn); A wolf with half of a left ear (Virika); and An unicorn stallion wearing a torc  (Petraverd).

Nevarre stands in the clearing, talking quickly with the rest of the wolves and the unicorn gathered. He is tense and alert.

Virika stands near the two wolves, her muscles tight.

Lovisa emerges from the thicket to the north.

Thunderfoot stomps in, looking quite irritated, upon seeing the gathering though, he suddenly grins and waves at them. “See!” he says defiantly to the others, “Fuzzies!”

A giant with a large warty nose follows Thunderfoot, the leg of something mammal sticking out of her mouth.

Petraverd gives a small nod to Nevarre, and turns to make off – only to see the encroaching giants. “Somehow… I don’t think there’s time.”

A giant with huge ears exclaims happily, “Fuzzies!” He tromps forward.

Virika turns, her eyes widening a moment. Her lips curl back in a snarl and she draws closer to her fellow Narnians.

Eirwyn pads into the Gathering Circle with Caileana, coming from the east. She slows down quickly when they come upon the giants, tensing.

Lovisa makes her way into the Gathering Circle, following the noise. Her bearing is alert and ready as she takes up a quiet position next to the Ulfden wolves.

Nevarre spins around as the rumbles become stronger, eventually leading to the giants arriving in the clearing, He moves towards Virika and Petraverd and says quietly, “Keep close and do not let each other out of your sight. We do not want to be divided.”

Caileana sticks close to Eirwyn. Her eyes are black and her posture tense, but calm.

Lapis emerges from the thicket to the north.

Virika spies Eirwyn and Caileana across the clearing as well as Lovisa as she joins them. She mutters, “Well… Winterden wanted to help…. now’s definitely the time.”

Petraverd says simply, expression hard, “You know where I stand.”

Thunderfoot points as the white coated wolf and the scarred one come into the area next he grins and says, “Look dey gave me stuff!” turning to them again he says, “More?” ignoring all the talking wolves and unicorn.

Lovisa nods solemnly, having heard Virika’s comment. She keeps her gaze focused on the enemy.

Nevarre sees Eirwyn and Caileana show up behind the giants and gestures for her to stay out of side and find another way around. He then turns to those gathering in front of the giants. He looks at Lovisa who has arrived and says, “Now is the time you prove your worth to me”

A giant with huge ears can’t seem to resist. He clumps forward and makes a grab for a likely-looking fluffy.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Nevarre, but misses.

Nevarre dodges out of the way as the giant reaches down to grab him. He growls and in retaliation he snaps at the giant’s hand

A giant with a large warty nose says, “PRETTY”

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the west.

A giant with crimson eyes arrives from the west.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Eirwyn, but misses.

Virika snarls and leaps at the one that went to grab Nevarre. “BACK OFF.”

>>> Nevarre bites Bumblegub!   Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Caileana gives Thunderfoot a malevolent look, but is distracted by Nevarre’s motion. She nods to him and looks to Eirwyn.

>>> Virika bites Bumblegub hard, her teeth sinking into Bumblegub’s skin.  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Indra leaps to her she-Alpha’s defense.

Eirwyn stays close by Caileana. When the giant points to her and Caileana, unable to escape notice, she says to him, “We can get you more. But we don’t have to fight.”

>>> Indra nips at Urmgalag!  Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Petraverd’s attentions shift to Eirwyn, scraping at the grass with a forehoof.

Thunderfoot turns again just in time to see the two wolves respond badly to Bumblegum. He stomps his feet and strides forward, smashing at the nearest one entirely distracted from the bribe by the snarling. “HEY!” he yells, “Be nice” while smashing his club down

>>> Thunderfoot beats Virika mercilessly with his Bone club!  Virika is sent flying, landing a short distance away and looking quite injured!

Lovisa turns her attention toward the female giant Indra is attacking and goes at her, teeth bared.

A giant with a large warty nose yowls and tries to smash the wolf.

Virika yelps in agony as she’s thrown across the clearing and lands on the ground with a thud.

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Indra, but misses.

>>> Lovisa bites Urmgalag!   Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

A giant with huge ears draws back and howls, shaking his bitten hand. He goes for a less troublesome fuzzy.

A giant carrying a club does not appear to care about the wolves or the other giants. He just stands there. Eventually he pulls an indeterminate meat artifact out of his bag and starts biting at it.

>>> Bumblegub smacks Virika hard with his fist!  Virika is seriously injured!

Indra dodges the attack, “There are too many of them for this!”

Nevarre growls as Virika is thrown a distance away. He bites at the giant who attempts to hit Indra

Petraverd rears with a sharp whinny, charging across the circle to give Virika some aid.

A giant with crimson eyes hears the commotion and lumbers over towards the gathering circle, eyes growing wide as he sees the Narnians attacking the other giants. He comes up next to Thunderfoot, eyes becoming greedy. “Fluffy…”

>>> Nevarre bites Urmgalag hard, his teeth sinking into Urmgalag’s skin.  Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

>>> Petraverd lowers his head, charging toward Bumblegub and spearing him with his horn.  Bumblegub doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

A giant with huge ears yelps. “BAD FUZZY!” He swats at the white pointy thing.

Virika starts to get up while she’s grabbed. She yelps again and bites at the hand as she wriggles free.

>>> Virika bites Bumblegub!   Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Caileana leaps in front of Eirwyn when the giant makes a pass at her, joining her mother. She snarls at the giant but doesn’t yet attack.

A giant with huge ears kicks at the one-eared fuzzy sulkily. “You stupid.”

>>> Bumblegub tries to kick Virika, but misses.

Petraverd lets out a hard breath, staggering with a pained expression. He gives his mane a violent shake and kicks at the giant going for Virika.

>>> Thunderfoot kicks Petraverd firmly!  Petraverd is left smarting from the blow!

>>> Petraverd kicks Bumblegub firmly!  Bumblegub doesn’t appear to be too hurt by the blow.

Virika sees the kick and manages to dodge, wheezing and looking pained.

Eirwyn frowns as the situation quickly devolves into fighting. She looks to Caileana and Indra, “Stay close. We can’t leave them!” She then runs toward the giant that attacked Petraverd and lunges at it.

>>> Eirwyn bites Thunderfoot hard, her teeth sinking into Thunderfoot’s skin. Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with crimson eyes looks around the chaos, one finger over his mouth, looking somewhat unsure of which of the ‘fluffies’ to go for. Upon seeing one of the wolves bite Thunderfoot, he frowns. “No bite king!”

>>> Magnar kicks at Eirwyn.  Eirwyn is left smarting from the blow!

Indra stays close behind her Alpha, attacking the red-eyed giant to pull him away from her.

Petraverd stumbles at the kick, scrabbling a bit to keep himself upright. He lets out a breathless ‘thanks’ toward Eirwyn as she leaps into action near him.

Lovisa remains near the party with Ulfden’s she-alpha, and she is close enough to snap at the giant who kicks Eirwyn as well, one step behind Indra.

>>> Indra bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Lovisa bites Magnar hard, her teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Nevarre pause a moment to assess the condition of those gathered. He looks to Virika and Petraverd and is about to tell them to retreat when Eirwyn is hit hard by the giant. He growls viciously and lunges at Magnar, biting hard.

A giant with huge ears takes advantage of the fuzzy’s attack on Magnar and grabs it by the tail.

Virika huddles near the base of a tree shaking. She wheezes and looks about the Circle with wide eyes. Seeing the giant hurt Eirwyn she snarls and charges for it.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Nevarre, but misses.

>>> Virika awkwardly snaps at Magnar, her teeth chomping down on mostly air.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with a large warty nose tries to grab a pretty thing again.

Caileana takes quick stock of the situation and moves close to Virika in a defensive posture. She joins the attack on the red-eyed giant.

Eirwyn growls as she’s kicked by the giant, getting knocked off her paws. She gets herself up quickly enough to see the giant go for Nevarre, and she comes around to try to bite the giant.

>>> Urmgalag smacks Nevarre with her fist!  Nevarre is seriously injured!

>>> Caileana bites Magnar hard, her teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with huge ears shouts, “Sit STILL, fuzzy!” and whacks at it again.

Thunderfoot hammers his club at the pile of fuzzies attacking Magnar. “You MEAN!” he screams angrily.

>>> Eirwyn bites Bumblegub!   Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Petraverd shakes off whatever pain he must be feeling, and follws after Eirwyn, horn lowered.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Nevarre, but misses.

>>> Nevarre dodged!

>>> Petraverd lowers his head, rushing Bumblegub in an effort to gore him with his horn.  His horn graze Bumblegub as he passes him.  Bumblegub doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

A giant with crimson eyes bellows in rage as he is singled out. “NO BITE! ” He kicks at the last to attack him.

>>> Thunderfoot beats Indra mercilessly with his Bone club!  Indra is sent flying, landing a short distance away and looking quite injured!

Nevarre is hit hard by Urmgalag. As her fist makes contact, he attempt to hold on with his claws and bite her, but is injured by the fist.

>>> Magnar tries to kick Caileana, but misses.

A giant with huge ears howls again at the gore. “POKEY NO POKING!”

Indra lands against a tree when she is sent flying by Thunderfoot’s club. She doesn’t move.

Caileana dodges the flying foot and snarls when she sees her mother go flying. She lunges after Thunderfoot.

>>> Bumblegub swings his fist at Petraverd, grazing him.  Petraverd is left smarting from the blow!

Lovisa whirls around in to charge at Urmgalag in an attempt to divert the giant’s attention from Nevarre.

Virika moves about, panting. Her movements are stilted. She snarls again and goes for the giant that kicked at Caileana.

>>> Caileana nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Eirwyn turns to see Indra get sent flying. She changes course and runs at the giant who hit her.

>>> Lovisa bites Urmgalag!   Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

>>> Virika bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Eirwyn nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with a large warty nose scowls at the bitey wolf. “OW.”

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Lovisa, but misses.

Nevarre gets to his feet, only slightly shaky and growls. He rushes back into the fray, snapping hard at one of the giants hands close to the ground

Petraverd lets out a short, fierce whinny even as he scrabbles and eventually loses his footing, tumbling to the ground for a moment before he recovers himself. His resolve doesn’t waver as he continues to follow Eirwyn’s lead.

>>> Nevarre bites Urmgalag hard, his teeth sinking into Urmgalag’s skin.  Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

>>> Petraverd lowers his head, charging toward Thunderfoot and spearing him with his horn.  Thunderfoot doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

A giant with huge ears shouts at the wolves, “HEY! NO SMASH URM!”

Virika continues to move about, weaving between the giants legs. Despite her pained expression her movements are becoming more fluid.

Thunderfoot angrily roars again, switching targets to the familiar Unicorn attacking him! “Why no give now?”

A giant with crimson eyes stomps the ground, growing further enraged. He looks to Thunderfoot. “They bite! hit with big knife!” he roars, then kicking at one of the wolves attacking him.

>>> Thunderfoot swings his Bone club, missing Petraverd completely.

>>> Petraverd dodged!

Virika bites at Thunderfoot’s backside as he attacks Petraverd.

>>> Magnar tries to kick Virika, but misses.

Lovisa is just swift enough to avoid being hit and goes at the female giant again.

>>> Virika viciously tears into Thunderfoot with her teeth!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Lovisa claws Urmgalag!  Urmgalag doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

Nevarre dodges the feet the constantly trample the ground. He avoids a fist thrown at him and bites the wrist of the attacker

Petraverd swerves out of the way of the club, whether through skill or luck is unclear. He rears and thrusts upward with his horn, trying to rake the giant’s leg, as he shouts, “You’re HURTING MY FRIENDS!”

A giant with huge ears howls in pain and swings his fist at the mean wolf again.

>>> Petraverd lowers his head, rushing Thunderfoot in an effort to gore him with his horn.  His horn graze Thunderfoot as he passes him.  Thunderfoot doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

Caileana backs away from the fray as the giants turn their attention elsewhere and rushes over to Indra. She noses her. “Mom?”

Indra manages to pull herself up, “We have to get organized, it’s our only chance at surviving.”

Eirwyn runs toward the giant who tried to attack Virika, snapping at him.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Nevarre, but misses.

>>> Nevarre dodged!

>>> Eirwyn bites Magnar hard, her teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Virika makes a digusted expression as she scampers away, under Magnar’s legs.

A giant with a large warty nose frowns at the scratchy fluffy and tries to smash it away.

A giant with crimson eyes winces as the she wolf bites him, quickly swinging his knife at her in return.

>>> Urmgalag swings her wooden club, missing Lovisa completely.

>>> Lovisa dodged!

Caileana looks relieved. She nods, and assesses the conflict quickly. “Stick with me.” She rushes to Eirwyn’s aid.

Thunderfoot yelps as a particularly hard bite stings his rump and he swings about, flailing about at that attacker.  “Me trying!” he yells to Magnar.

>>> Magnar swings his blade, but misses Eirwyn.

>>> Eirwyn dodged!

>>> Thunderfoot swings his Bone club, missing Virika completely.

>>> Virika dodged!

>>> Caileana bites Magnar hard, her teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “STOP”

Virika manages to dodge the club. She snaps at Magnar as she passes.

A giant carrying a club looks up from the thing he was eating when he hears Wart Nose shout. “We smash now?”, he asks, obliviously.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “BEING”

Eirwyn crouches low below the swinging blade. She jumps up and snaps at the giant again.

Lovisa twists her body away from the she-giant’s swinging fist and tries to call out over the noise of the tumult, “Indra is speaking sense…we have to organize.”

A giant with huge ears complains to Thunderfoot, “THESE NOT GOOD FUZZIES! FIND BETTER!”

>>> Virika nips at Magnar!  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “TINY”

Thunderfoot shoves his club in his huge pack and pulls out something else, his eyes turning really angry.

>>> Eirwyn bites Magnar hard, her teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Bumblegub swings his fist at Nevarre, grazing him.  Nevarre is left smarting from the blow!

Thunderfoot pulls Ettinsword from A huge leather sack.

Thunderfoot takes out his Ettinsword, standing ready for combat.

A giant with crimson eyes roars in a complete and utter rage. “NO! NO BITE! ” He screams to thunderfoot. ” BIG SWORD!!” he kicks weakly at one of the wolves.

Thunderfoot puts Bone Club in A huge leather sack.

>>> Magnar tries to kick Virika, but misses.

Petraverd grits his teeth, still focusing on the giant with the cape, trying to take advantage of his search through his sack while he can. “Focus on one!”

Virika snaps at the giant trying to grab her.

Indra steps up beside Caileana, ready to defend her if she is attacked.

>>> Virika bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Petraverd lowers his head, charging toward Thunderfoot and spearing him with his horn.   Thunderfoot doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

Virika moves to stand near Eirwyn.

Lovisa cants her head, sparing only a moment to observe the giant’s sword. Her expression grows grim and she braces herself to spring.

A giant with huge ears swings his fist at random eligible fuzzies..

Nevarre looks to the sound of the voice and says, “Organize! The one with the red eyes is weak!”

Thunderfoot waves his sword about in the air yelling in anger and swings mightily at the irritating horned horse! “YOU SMASH! BIG KNIFE!”

Eirwyn remains close to Virika. She yells, “And watch that sword!”

A giant carrying a club looks at the sword guiltily. “Oh.” He then wanders over to the battle and makes a half-hearted attempt to kicks one of the wolves.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Virika, but misses.

>>> Virika dodged!

>>> Jotun kicks Nevarre firmly!  Nevarre is seriously injured by the blow!

Caileana’s gaze circles the crowd again. She takes note of Thunderfoot with a snarl. “Alpha! Sword!” She yells.

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Petraverd!  Petraverd is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

COMBAT> Thunderfoot has DEFEATED Petraverd!

Indra nods to Nevarre, gasps in some air, and rushes the red-eyed giant.

>>> Indra nips at Magnar!  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with crimson eyes sees the sword and grins madly, kicking at one wolves again.

>>> Bumblegub tries to stomp on Indra, but misses.

>>> Indra dodged!

>>> Eirwyn bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Magnar tries to kick Eirwyn, but misses.

Virika nods to Nevaare’s command. She charges for Magnar, dodging another’s fist. She pauses as Petraverd is hit and runs toward him, “PETRAVERD.”

Nevarre finishes what he is saying just as he is hit hard and is sent flying a short distance. He gets up weakly, but rushes back in attempt to get the red eyed one’s attention, “Hey stupid, over here!” He bites at him.

Petraverd lets a pained equine scream tear from his throat as he staggers and falls, the sword having left its mark as a stark red streak.

>>> Lovisa bites Thunderfoot hard, her teeth sinking into Thunderfoot’s skin.  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Nevarre bites Magnar hard, his teeth sinking into Magnar’s skin.  Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Eirwyn runs out of the way of the kick and bites at the giant’s leg again.

Indra manages to get out of the big-eared giant’s reach. She sees Petraverd fall, but does not let his defeat deter her from keeping the others alive and on their feet.

>>> Eirwyn bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

COMBAT> Eirwyn has DEFEATED Magnar!

Virika gets to Petraverd’s side, “Where do I take you?” She’s shaking.

>>> Indra bites Magnar!   Magnar winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Magnar FAINTS!

Virika stands defensively in front of Petraverd.

A giant with huge ears shouts, “HEY!” and goes after the white wolf.

Nevarre yells at Virika, “Help Petraverd get out of here!”

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Eirwyn, but misses.

>>> Eirwyn dodged!

Caileana flicks her gaze between Petraverd and Magnar. She snaps at the giant with huge ears when it hits at Eirwyn.

Virika forces herself under Petraverd and helps him stand, “Let’s go!”

A giant carrying a club shuffles over to the prostrate giant in the least obtrusive manner he can manage. (It is not very unobtrusive.)

>>> Caileana bites Bumblegub hard, her teeth sinking into Bumblegub’s skin.  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with huge ears lets out a grunt and swats at the other wolf.

Jotun pulls A huge leather sack from Magnar <FAINTED>.

Petraverd makes his way to his hooves unsteadily with Virika’s help. “Shelter… tree…” he gasps.

A giant with a large warty nose howls as her friend goes down and flails.

Thunderfoot roars his eyes turning bloodshot instantly as he hears himself being called stupid, “GET DAT ONE!” he roars, charging agter the big intimidating wolf.

>>> Bumblegub smacks Caileana with his fist!  Caileana is seriously injured!

Virika partly drags partly helps him walk north.

>>> Urmgalag swings her wooden club, missing Virika completely.

>>> Virika dodged!

Eirwyn dodges the swinging arm. She glances over to Petraverd and Virika briefly before continuing the attack. She moves in close beside Caileana and attacks the giant attacking her.

Virika trots north.

Petraverd trots north.

A giant with huge ears lumbers after chief to get the nasty nasty name caller.

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Nevarre!  Nevarre is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

COMBAT> Thunderfoot has DEFEATED Nevarre!

>>> Eirwyn bites Bumblegub hard, her teeth sinking into Bumblegub’s skin.  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Nevarre, but misses.

>>> Nevarre dodged!

Virika emerges from the thicket to the north.

Virika charges back into the battle wheezing.

Lovisa somehow manages to avoid being hit before flying at the giant’s chief again, this time in defense of Ulfden’s alpha.

A giant with a large warty nose giggles at all the falling fluffies.

>>> Lovisa bites Thunderfoot!   Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Caileana charges back after Bumblegub as he attacks Nevarre.

Eirwyn yells, “NO!” She runs over when sees the blood flying and Nevarre being attacked. She bites at the giant with the blade.

>>> Eirwyn bites Thunderfoot!   Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Caileana bites Bumblegub hard, her teeth sinking into Bumblegub’s skin.  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with huge ears hits at the wolf attacking chief.

Virika observes the chaos a moment. Her eyes locking on the Alphas.

Indra braces to attack the big giant. “Keep your heads!”

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Eirwyn, but misses.

>>> Eirwyn dodged!

>>> Indra viciously tears into Thunderfoot with her teeth!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Nevarre sees the giants running towards him and begins to dodge them, running towards the cliffs. He is hit hard by the sword and flies in the direction of the cliffs. He barely gets up just as Eirwyn rushes to his rescue and says, “I love you and I’m going to keep you safe” He finds some strength and yells at the giant to anger him, “Over here stupid” and runs in the direction of the cliffs

Virika spies the downed giant moving. She growls and moves around, charging at Thunderfoot.

Thunderfoot continues his attack, “ME SMART!!!!” he screams angrily, entirely ignoring his other attackers as he presses his attack against the one that called him stupid.

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Nevarre!  Nevarre is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

Nevarre FAINTS!

Eirwyn frowns at Nevarre’s words. “I love you too!” She calls out to him. She runs over at attacks the giant with the blade as Nevarre faints.

>>> Eirwyn bites Thunderfoot hard, her teeth sinking into Thunderfoot’s skin.  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Caileana looks a little lost at all this chaos, but her eyes lock on the conflict between Thunderfoot and Nevarre. She joins in with Eirwyn.

Virika snarls, “BACK OFF YOU STUPID BRUTE!” She bites at Thunderfoot again.

Indra moans, “Alpha Eirwyn,  the lists. They can’t get into the lists.”

>>> Virika bites Thunderfoot!   Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Caileana nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with huge ears hits nonchalantly at the one-eared wolf.

>>> Bumblegub smacks Virika hard with his fist!  Virika is seriously injured!

Lovisa comes at the sword-wielding giant again, low and hard, just in time to see Nevarre fall. She calls to Eirwyn, “Help him by protecting yourself…”

>>> Lovisa nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Virika is thrown by Bumblegub’s blow. She yelps and whines, struggling to rise.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “NO HIT CHIEF.”

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Lovisa, but misses.

Nevarre slowly wakes up.

Eirwyn frowns. She nods to Indra and Lovisa. She yells, “To the lists! Get the injured you can help and fall back!” She runs to Nevarre, attempting to lift him.

Indra asks, “Can we take him with us?”

Thunderfoot winces as all the wolves seem to focus on him and reaches into his bag to get something else, flailing about with his sword while he does so.

A giant with huge ears observes, “Want a fuzzy.” He helps Urm smash.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Lovisa, but misses.

>>> Lovisa dodged!

Thunderfoot pulls Red Potion from A huge leather sack.

Thunderfoot uncorks a bottle and swallows its contents.

Lovisa dodges the female giant. “Then leave their alpha be…” She turns to snap at Urmgalag.

>>> Lovisa bites Urmgalag!   Urmgalag winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Lovisa! Lovisa is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

Caileana runs to Virika. “Come on, Hunter,” she says, helping her up, after Eirwyn’s command.

Nevarre stirs painfully and his eyes shoot open. He howls in pain!

Nevarre throws back his head and howls into the sky.

A giant with a large warty nose’s head swivels at the howly thing.

A giant carrying a club frowns. “That hurt ears.”

Virika leans against Caileana to get up. She gives a pained nod and slowly moves to follow. She freezes at the howl.

Eirwyn winces as she’s so near to Nevarre and the howl. “Nevarre…. We have to fall back. Come on.”

Indra’s eyes widen when Nevarre wakens at Eirwyn’s approach.

Caileana keeps moving, her ears flattening at the sound of the howl.

Lovisa’s moment of distraction is enough; the sword pierces through her fur and she is knocked to the ground with a howl of her own dying half-formed.

Nevarre gets up painfully and limps in the direction of the practice list, keeping close to Eirwyn.

Thunderfoot turns at the howl, eyes returning to the bloodshot look. “ME SMASH!” he yells at that wolf, “ME SMART!!!!!” he runs to after the wolf, his sword raised angrily

Virika sees Lovisa fall and snarls, cursing all sorts of bad things. She moves to Lovisa’s side and pushes herself under Lovisa to support her. “Not gonna have you die on us…. come on!”

Caileana makes sure Virika is good on her own and then circles around behind her and Lovisa, watching the Giants warily in a protective stance.

Eirwyn trots west.

Nevarre trots west.

Virika trots west.

Lovisa trots west.

Indra stays at the back of the group.

Indra trots west.

Thunderfoot rushes after the big wolf, angry!

The Cavern of the Lists

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The Cavern of the Lists is clearly dwarfs’ work. What was probably initially a moderately-sized cave running into the western cliffs has been hewn out into a much larger chamber, carefully braced with thick wood struts, and hung about with iron lanterns in bracers on the walls. There is a large cavern opening at the far side, leading into the main list. A large bear stands next to it, dozing cheerfully. A smaller opening to the south leads into the training lists, while a third, to the northwest, leads to the gallery.

The cave opens to the east, leading outside.

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You can go: List Cavern <W>, Gallery <NW>, Practice List <S>, Out <E>

Contents: A wolf of intimidating size and strength (Nevarre); A wolf with a snow-white coat and golden eyes (Eirwyn); A wolf with half of a left ear (Virika); A wolf with iron-gray fur (Lovisa); and Combat Tournament Kiosk.

Indra enters from above, joining you in the cave.

Eirwyn leads Nevarre into the lists, panting. “Is everyone here…?”

Virika helps Lovisa to the cave, shaking with every movement. When they reach the list, she draws back panting. Her body is shaking all over. “You… you gonna make it?”

Caileana sticks close to her mother near the back of the group. ‘Yes, Alpha,” she tells Eirwyn, panting slightly.

Indra stays at the back of the group, entering the cavern last and standing near the entrance to watch.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

Lovisa smiles faintly at this. “I’ll live, I imagine”, she manages. “Thank you, Virika…”

Nevarre limps into the practice list with Eirwyn, his facial features showing extreme pain. He surveys those gathered and says, “Did Petraverd make it out safely?

Virika smiles a little and laughs weakly, “Good. Would look horrible if something too bad happened to you here…” She tries humor. She looks to Nevarre growing serious. “Yes. He’s safe by the shelter tree.”

Nevarre sighs deeply, “Thank you Virika”

Thunderfoot enters from above, joining you in the cave.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

Lovisa keeps her eyes on the entrance to the cave. “He’s as safe as any of us can be, but there is only one way to ensure he remains so. They will turn their attention elsewhere if we are unavailable to them…”

Thunderfoot smashes in after the big wolf that called him stupid, “YOU!” he screams searching the crowd, “ME SMARTTTTT!” he holds his bloody sword in two hands and searches for his target.

Caileana howls out a warning as the giant comes crashing into the cavern.

Caileana throws back her head and howls into the sky.

Eirwyn stays close to Nevarre. She gives a sigh of relief at Virika’s words. She then nods to Lovisa’s words but then growls and turns quickly at the sound of smashing and yelling. She yells to the others, “Fall back!” She says to Nevarre, “Come on….”

Lovisa weaves a little on her feet as she shakes off some of the debris, but she is swift to try and place her own body between Nevarre and the encroaching giant.

>>> Lovisa nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Virika hears the approach of the giants and stares at the entrance. She smirks — until she sees the giant smash through the roof and walls. Her eyes widen in terror. She snarls and bites at Thunderfoot. “GET OUT.”

>>> Virika nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Indra exclaims, “Lovisa, Virika! Fall /back/.”

Nevarre growls violently as the giants smashes through the rocks of the cavern. Hearing what the wretch says. He says quietly, “He wants me…” He looks at all of his wolves in turns and says, “Protect each other, the den, and the waste”

Virika moves toward Lovisa and wheezes, “Further in!”

Without hesitation, Nevarre gets to his feet with what strength he can muster and runs out of the cave to get the giant to follow

Caileana echoes her mother’s sentiment but doesn’t retreat until the rest have. She gapes after Nevarre.

Thunderfoot slashes as he sees his target running past, turning to follow.

Eirwyn shakes her head at Nevarre’s words. She yells after him, “NO!”

Lovisa growls at Nevarre, “This is folly! You are far more important. Get back!”

Nevarre trots up the path, exiting the cave.

Thunderfoot walks up the path, exiting the cave.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the east.

Virika stares in horror as Nevarre runs out. “NEVARRE!”

Eirwyn stands frozen, her own look one of utter terror. She growls and looks back to Lovisa, “What do we do? I can’t go after him alone.”

Virika limps to Eirwyn’s side. “I’m coming with you. You won’t be alone.” She wheezes.

Indra steps forward as well, “Me too.”

Lovisa turns to call to Eirwyn, panting, “Get reinforcements. I am well enough to start for Sted Cair. There is something else behind this…”

Caileana snarls after Nevarre, her jaw clenching. “Yeah right, Alpha.” She runs after him.

Along the Western Cliffs

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You stand at the base of the Western Cliffs, the bluffs of incredible height that mark the western border of Narnia.  This area is shady, but open.  The trees of Lantern Waste can be seen just to the east, but the foliage here is sparse and sacrubby, the ground rocky and hard.

The cliffs continue northward and southward.  Ahead to the south, you can see an opening in the cliff-face.

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You can go: South <S>, North <N>

Contents: A giant wearing a tattered blue cape (Thunderfoot) and A wolf of intimidating size and strength (Nevarre).

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Nevarre!  Nevarre is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

Caileana follows her Alpha’s and the giants tracks at full speed, her jaw clenched and golden eyes flaming.

Indra comes trotting toward you from the south.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

Nevarre lays weakly on the ground. He raises his head just slightly to see Caileana arriving along the path. He shouts, though weak and ambiguous to who, “Get back!”

Caileana howls as she sees Thunderfoot pierce Nevarre with his blade. She leaps forward to put herself between the two, ignoring Nevarre. She snarls at the Giant. “THAT IS ENOUGH. STOP THIS, THUNDERFOOT!”

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

Caileana throws back her head and howls into the sky.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

Thunderfoot roars in anger, not even hearing the words, much less acknowledging the other wolf coming in. As she leaps in front of him he roars, “MEEEEE SMMMMAAAAARRRRTTT!” and swings aiming for Nevarre, but with the other in the way, who knows?

Nevarre gets up to his feet and says quietly to Cail, “I told you to stay away.” He then shouts to the giant, “Hey stupid! Follow me!”

Nevarre trots northward, following the cliffs’ base.

Thunderfoot walks northward, following the cliffs’ base.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the north.

Indra comes up behind Caileana. “Lion,” she mutters. “Nevarre–”

Caileana grits her teeth and follows them

Along the Western Cliffs

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You stand at the base of the Western Cliffs, the bluffs of incredible height that mark the western border of Narnia.  This area is shady, but open.  The foliage here is sparse and scrubby, the ground rocky and hard but the trees of Lantern Waste can be seen just to the east, a thick wood of dense trees and undergrowth.

The cliffs continue southward and northward.

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You can go: South <S>, North <N>

Contents: A dwarf with a red beard (Larkbeard); A giant wearing a tattered blue cape (Thunderfoot); A leopard with black fur; and A wolf of intimidating size and strength (Nevarre).

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Nevarre!  Nevarre is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

COMBAT> Thunderfoot has DEFEATED Nevarre!

Indra comes trotting toward you from the south.

Nevarre sets down a leather satchel.

Nevarre sets down a Bone Pendant.

Nevarre continues to run north with the giant following him. As the giant’s sword hits him hard, he flies forward and lands hard on the ground, unable to get up

Caileana snarls again and leaps after the two. “I said stop!” She directs this at the Giant and leaps at him.

>>> Caileana bites Thunderfoot hard, her teeth sinking into Thunderfoot’s skin. Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Indra says, “CAILEANA.”

Thunderfoot picks up the Bone Pendant.

Thunderfoot picks up a leather satchel.

Thunderfoot ignores the attacking wolf entirely, still focused on the one, he scoops up the wolf and everything around him and tries to  run him along the edge of his blade

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Nevarre!  Nevarre is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

Nevarre FAINTS!

Thunderfoot picks up Nevarre.

Indra cries out.

Caileana howls and howls. She attacks the Giant again.

Caileana throws back her head and howls into the sky.

Caileana throws back her head and howls into the sky.

Indra throws back her head and howls into the sky.

Larkbeard walks in from the north.

>>> Caileana nips at Thunderfoot!  Thunderfoot winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Larkbeard looks at the giant and the wolves.

A leopard with black fur walks in from the east

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

A giant with a large warty nose comes walking toward you from the south.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

A leopard with black fur pieces the story together

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

Thunderfoot turns now, smiling victoriously as the wolf goes down again, finally he spins on the othe wolf that’d been attacking him

>>> Thunderfoot mercilessly rams his blade into Caileana!  Caileana is cut deeply, the blow sending blood flying everywhere!

A giant with a large warty nose comes from the south. “KING THIS STUPID.”

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

Indra howls her daughter’s name.

Indra throws back her head and howls into the sky.

A giant with huge ears comes walking toward you from the south.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

A giant carrying a club comes walking toward you from the south.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

A leopard with black fur runs south

Caileana goes limp and collapses as Thunderfoot pierces her with his blade. She struggles to get back to her paws. “Listen…to…your underling…Thunderfoot.”

A leopard with black fur pads southward, following cliffs.

Larkbeard pulls out his axe.

Indra runs to her daughter, standing before her in case of another attack. “Caileana, he won’t hear it.”

Thunderfoot looks up, actually now hearing the wolf’s words and looking to the others, “What stupid?” He says dangerously.

A giant with a large warty nose points to the wolves.

Larkbeard moves closer to Caileana.

Caileana pushes herself all the way up and eyes Thunderfoot and the other Giants. “Then he’ll listen to my teeth,” she growls low. “He’s not taking Nevarre.” She doesn’t move just yet, waiting to see what the Giants will do.

A giant with huge ears pokes Jotun with one forefinger. “Want fuzzy.” He eyes Caileana speculatively.

Thunderfoot shakes the bloody one in his hand and grips his sword “Me have mine.” he says maliciously, “You get own. Dey fine if you want.” he nods to the two wolves near.

A giant carrying a club frowns at Ears. “Take then.”

Indra says, “Think. It is your only asset against them. If you blindly attack you will be the same as them, except less powerful.”

A giant with huge ears, speaking of blindly attacking.

>>> Bumblegub swings his fist at Caileana, grazing her.  Caileana is left smarting from the blow!

Indra growls at the oncoming giant, defending her daughter.

>>> Indra nips at Bumblegub!  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

A giant with huge ears says sternly, “BAD FUZZY.”

Caileana quivers and looks as though she’s going to answer Indra. She staggers sideways at the giant’s blow.

The bone pendant slips through a gap in Thunderfoots fingers, landing unnoticed in a clump of weeds near the cliff wall.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Indra, but misses.

>>> Indra dodged!

Thunderfoot sets down a Bone Pendant.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “STUPID.”

Thunderfoot has had enough, “THEN SMASH STUPID! You can!” he roars angrily, walking away now. South again, apparently lost?

Thunderfoot walks southward, following cliffs.

The ground trembles faintly as you hear heavy footfalls to the south.

A giant with a large warty nose says, “UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHH.”

Virika comes trotting toward you from the south.

Caileana places a paw on the pendant as she staggers. She looks down sharply,  and grabs it between her teeth. She looks torn between her mother and the shaking ground to the south.

You pick up the Bone Pendant

Indra manages to dodge the big giant’s attack. She stays standing between the giants and Caileana.

Virika runs in from the south, looking worse for wear. She howls.

A giant with huge ears aims another smash at the gray wolf.

Virika throws back her head and howls into the sky.

>>> Bumblegub swings his fist at Indra, grazing her.  Indra is left smarting from the blow!

A giant carrying a club says, “Loud.”

A giant with huge ears agrees, “Too much loud.” He smashes at Virika too, because why not.

A giant with a large warty nose scowls at Jotun. “You loud.”

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Jotun, but misses.

>>> Bumblegub swings awkwardly at Virika with his fist barely making contact.  Virika is bruised!

Caileana stuffs the pendant into the small bag she’s wearing close to her side and snaps at the Giant who hits at her mother.

>>> Caileana bites Bumblegub hard, her teeth sinking into Bumblegub’s skin.  Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

Indra takes a hit but manages to dodge most of the blow. “He has Nevarre,” she tells Virika.

A giant carrying a club growls. “What that for?”

>>> Jotun beats Urmgalag mercilessly with his wooden club!  Jotun’s weapon is dull! Urmgalag is bruised!

A giant with a large warty nose exclaims, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUWWWWWWWWWWW!”

Virika dodges the first but not the second. She rolls as she hits the ground, regaining her feet shakily. She yells, “I know!” She pants and draws back.

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Jotun, but misses.

Indra asks, “Where is Alpha Eirwyn?”

A giant with huge ears shouts, “OWWWWWW! YOU STUPID!”

A giant carrying a club doesn’t seem to notice the second attempted hit.

>>> Bumblegub smacks Caileana hard with his fist!  Caileana is seriously injured!

Caileana calls over her shoulder at her mother, “We need to go after Thunderfoot!” She calls out just before staggering under the fist of the giant.

Indra jumps to defend Caileana, “No, Caileana. Remember your father!””

A giant with huge ears blubs, “Oww!” and retaliates.

Virika says, “With Lovisa… they were behind me…” She snarls, “NO. That’s what got us into this mess in the first place… Oh bother!” She yells as she watches the two giants fight, “Draw back, let them fight each other.”

Larkbeard picks up a Roasted Rabbit.

Larkbeard picks up a Pack of Hardtack.

Caileana’s ears flatten. “If we can get to him before he takes him out of the Waste…” She starts

A giant carrying a club lumbers towards the dwarf picking up the food. “Hungry!”

Virika yells, “WE CAN’T.”

Larkbeard says, “No, this is for you.”

A giant carrying a club attempts to take a rabbit away from the dwarf, but… sort of can’t. Not very dextrous. He ends up hitting the dwarf instead.

>>> Jotun tries to hit Larkbeard, but misses.

>>> Larkbeard dodged!

Larkbeard hands Roasted Rabbit to Jotun.

A leopard with black fur comes padding toward you from the south.

A giant with huge ears, thoroughly frustrated, flies into a temper tantrum and swings at any wolf in reach.

>>> Bumblegub smacks Caileana hard with his fist!  Caileana is seriously injured!

COMBAT> Bumblegub has DEFEATED Caileana!

Larkbeard says, “Try it.”

Caileana’s eyes darken. She pulls back just in time to be smacked again. She collapses in a heap.

A giant carrying a club looks surprised to find himself in possession of a rabbit. He goes back to ignoring all the other creatures while he eats it.

Virika glowers at the dwarf, “You fool! Leave the food and RUN.”

A giant with huge ears hits the most convenient fuzzy again.

Indra cries out. “Virika, help me get Caileana out of here. Larkbeard, run!”

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Caileana, but misses.

>> You dodged!

Virika runs to her packmates, “To the den!”

A leopard with black fur walks in from the south

Larkbeard says to the giants “Who wants a Rabbit.”

Caileana rolls to the side only just enough to avoid the blow from the giant with huge ears. She grunts and starts attempting to get back up.

Indra shrugs Caileana’s body over her shoulders.

A giant with huge ears shouts, “NO! MY FUZZY.”

Virika helps Indra get Caileana up. “Take her.”

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Caileana, but misses.

>> You dodged!

Indra moves as swiftly as she can under the weight.

Virika snarls and snaps at the one grabby handed giant.

A giant with huge ears hollers, “YOU CAN’T TAKE MY FUZZY!”

>>> Virika bites Bumblegub!   Bumblegub winces, the bite stinging him a bit.

>>> Bumblegub tries to hit Virika, but misses.

>>> Virika dodged!

Virika snarls, “BACK OFF.”

A giant with a large warty nose grabs for the rabbit, “ME”

>>> Urmgalag tries to hit Larkbeard, but misses.

A giant with huge ears lets out a roar that sounds something like a spoiled three-year-old denied a favorite toy. Times fifty.

At the Base of the Western Cliffs

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You stand at the base of cliffs so tall you can only barely make out where they stop and the sky begins above you.  The forest presses close against them here, making this area cool and shady.  A large cave opening yawns into the side of the cliff, the path leading in tilting sharply downward and disappearing from view almost immediately.  To the east, a path winds through the trees, lead to the large clearing that makes up the Gathering Circle.

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You can go: Gathering Circle <E>, North <N>, Cave <W>

Contents: A wolf with a smoky coat (Indra).

A giant with huge ears comes walking toward you from the north.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

A giant with huge ears pelts after them, hollering, “COME BACK FUZZY.”

Indra struggles to get away from the giant, but Caileana’s weight encumbers her and she can’t get to the den in time. She makes for the closer cave instead.

The Cavern of the Lists

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The Cavern of the Lists is clearly dwarfs’ work. What was probably initially a moderately-sized cave running into the western cliffs has been hewn out into a much larger chamber, carefully braced with thick wood struts, and hung about with iron lanterns in bracers on the walls. There is a large cavern opening at the far side, leading into the main list. A large bear stands next to it, dozing cheerfully. A smaller opening to the south leads into the training lists, while a third, to the northwest, leads to the gallery.

The cave opens to the east, leading outside.

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You can go: List Cavern <W>, Gallery <NW>, Practice List <S>, Out <E>

Contents: A wolf with a smoky coat (Indra); An unicorn with blue eyes (Lapis); An unicorn with flowers braided in her mane (Trianna); and Combat Tournament Kiosk.

A giant with huge ears enters from above, joining you in the cave.

The ground trembles beneath your feet.

Virika enters from above, joining you in the cave.

Indra labours into the cave and into a back passage where the giant can’t fit.

Practice List Cavern

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This cavern is considerably smaller than the others, but it has the same rough-hewn appearance that belies its origin as being the result of dwarves pickwork as opposed to natural process.  Some lanterns hang here to illuminate the cavern, their flames casting a flickery orange-green glow that dances on the stone walls and ceiling.   The chamber is approximately round, and at the center of the room there are several wooden boxes set up, around which you can see the remnants of straw and torn burlap.  At the distant end of the room, Chinafar the dwarf sits with a thick needle and twine, sewing more targets together for patrons to use for practice.

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You can go: Main Cavern <N>

Contents: A wolf with a smoky coat (Indra); Chinafar; and Straw Target.

You hear a bunch of REALLY ANGRY ROARING and stuff from the outside chamber.

Indra trots north.

Eirwyn arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Lovisa arrives from the main cavern to the north..

Indra arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Caileana is sort of collapsed in the center of the Practice Lists, her head raised and ears up. She looks like she’s tried to get up several times.

Indra half-collapses as soon as they enter the cavern, wheezing.

Trianna arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Lapis arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Eirwyn pads into the practice list with Lovisa, panting but otherwise not looking particularly injured.

Lapis barely dodges a third attack on herself from the giant before bolting hard southward.

Lovisa makes it through the entry just as Eirwyn does, finally taking the time to assess her wound, which has opened up again. She, too, is breathing hard.

Virika arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Trianna whinnies to Eirwyn. “We were looking for Petraverd. Where is he?”

Lapis trots over toward Lovisa, glancing to Trianna.  “Do you have anything to heal her?” she asks her herd sister.

Eirwyn pants heavily. She says to Lovisa, “Sit….”

Indra moves over to Caileana to assess her wounds.

Caileana watches the Wolves and Unicorns filter in, sides heaving and blood streaming from a particularly nasty stab wound. She drags her paws under her but doesn’t succeed in getting up.

Trianna shakes her head. “I emptied the load I carried at the Cail days ago. There are things I could retrieve from the woods. Unfortunately we may be stuck.”

Virika scampers in a few moments after the unicorns.

Lovisa answers the unicorns first. “He made it out. Alive, at least, though…injured.” She weaves on her paws suddenly and has to do as Eirwyn suggests.

Virika stops and turns to look back to the north, trembling as she stands. Her ear and a half perk as her breath comes in ragged gasps.

Lapis says, “I don’t think its save to leave the caverns.”  She whinnies painfully as she spots Caileana in pain.  She trots over to the wounded scout, lowering her head to help support her and get her toward her packmates.

Indra says, “Stay still.”

Trianna looks around at the injured wolves. “Where might we find him and how might we help you?”

Virika remains facing northward, her muscles tight. She lowers her head and listens.

Eirwyn looks over to Caileana. She nods and says to Caileana, “Just… rest a moment, Caileana.” She then looks to Trianna, “Virika helped him to the shelter tree. You’ll find him there.”

Caileana offers Lapis a wavering smile but her ears flatten to her skull when Indra addresses her. She nods and noses the Unicorn’s cheek slightly before resorting to panting in a controlled attempt to get her breathing under control.

Trianna looks at the mouth of the cave. “Is it safe to venture out? We shouldn’t leave you with so many wounded. We must find Petraverd and take him to the naiad, though. Esynyn will heal him.”

Indra says, “You’re bleeding pretty badly, and if you move you’ll lose more.”

Virika keeps her head low and moves several steps forward.

Lovisa sinks to her haunches to tend to her wound. “Your mother is right. See to your own safety or you cannot help anyone…”

Lapis’s white muzzlefur is now stained a bit red from Caileana’s blood.  “They may be safe here,” she says to Trianna, “but I don’t think any wolf is in any condition to fight.  It may just be up to us.  If that giant is still holding onto Nevarre … we won’t be able to free him, not through fighting.  Maybe … if we had something to barter with …”.

Virika cautiously moves northward.

Virika trots north.

Virika arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Trianna shakes her head and watches as Virika moves north.

Caileana just grunts at all the comments aimed at her and swings her nose around to eye her wound. She catches sight of the leathery string sticking out of her money bag. “Alpha,” she wheezes.

Virika returns and says, “The big one’s gone but I hear more thunder… and not the storm kind. It was a bit beyond the entrance. I think we should wait a while more.”

Caileana tugs the bone pendant out with her teeth.

Eirwyn surveys the other wolves in the pactice list. She remains quiet for a long time, shaking slightly as she takes in their conditions. She then looks back to the Unicorns and frowns. Her voice is pained. “There is little you can do now.”

Lovisa struggles back to her paws and speaks to the unicorns this time. “No. I am ambassador to Their Majesties, and I say this is beyond any of us. The Waste is more important. You may tell your dominant that the castle will hear of this. Do not pursue without the reinforcements they can send.” Her eyes fix on the pendant.

Indra pulls the pendant out of the bag for her daughter, “Alpha Eirwyn. Caileana recovered this before the giants could take it.”

Virika lingers near the entrance, listening.

Caileana fixes Lovisa with a black stare as her gaze fixes on the pendant. She sits up and straightens her shoulders with a grimace of pain.

Lapis looks to Lovisa.  “Should one of us try to reach Their Majesties to let them know we’ve been invaded and attacked?” she asks.  “I am strong and healthy enough, I haven’t been injured by the giants … but I don’t know the way.  I’m sure, though, other Narnians would help, and I could ask any I meet, to have their warriors come to Lantern Waste.”

Eirwyn simply nods her agreement with Lovisa. She pads over to Indra and Caileana, looking almost blankly at the pendant. She gives a small nod. “Thank you, Caileana…”

Virika asks quietly, “Alpha… I–I don’t hear it. Should I should go to see if the coast is clear?”

You hand Bone Pendant to Eirwyn.

Trianna clops toward the entrance a few paces, her hooves echoing in the cavern. She looks back at the younger mare. “No, we have our duties here. We must find Petraverd and take him safely back home.”

Lovisa meets Caileana’s glare with some asperity. “Throwing your life away will not assure the return of your Alpha. I will bear the message myself, as soon as it is light. This is no time for anything but sense.”

Indra says, “Let me scout the way. I’ve survived giants before.”

Eirwyn nods. “Indra, perhaps you and Virika should go together.”

Virika takes a step towards the unicorns, “WAIT.” Her voice is sharp.

Virika looks to Indra, “I’ll follow your lead.”

Lapis looks to all.  “I was with Nevarre and Petraverd a few days ago,” she recalls.  “Nevarre asked Petraverd to help defend the Ulfden dens in case the giants did attack … is there anyone left there?” she asks.

Caileana gives Lovisa a flat look and doesn’t say anything. But her look conveys quite clearly, “Don’t try to pretend like you know me.”

Indra nods to Virika. “Let’s go then.”

Virika nods and cautiously departs with Indra.

Virika trots north.

Indra trots north.

Lovisa lets Caileana’s expression roll off of her and sinks down again to let herself start to recover.

Eirwyn moves over to Caileana. She speaks quietly to her. “Not now, all right? Just rest. Please.”

Trianna eyes the wolves as they leave. “And if the coast isn’t clear, will one come back for help?”

Caileana hehs. She nods to Eirwyn but doesn’t lay back down.

Eirwyn nods. “Or they will retreat, or howl for help. They are both wise Wolves.”

Lovisa nods in agreement with Eirwyn’s assessment of her pack. “They have demonstrated as much to my satisfaction this day”, she says.

Caileana’s head dips slightly between her front paws, which are braced against the stone floor.

Trianna scrapes at the ground with a hoof and sniffs it. “If you are not in need of us here, it is useless for us to stay. Especially if Petraverd was wounded enough to be taken somewhere.” It’s obvious her expression is pained. “I wish not to offend you. It’s appreciated that your pack would be so kind to scout.” She looks back at Lapis. “I think we should go.”

Lapis looks over the wolves carefully.  “If we find any Ulfden wounded or stranded, we should bring them here,” she says to Trianna.

Eirwyn frowns. “Any of ours should be brought to our den, if it is safe enough to be out in the Waste as it is. I would advise remaining until they return.”

Virika arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Indra arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Petraverd arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Caileana twists around with a grimace and starts, after a moment’s pause, licking her wound clean.

Indra comes into the cavern with Petraverd and Virika, moving to back of the group again as they enter the caverns.

Virika returns after a good number of minutes have passed. She and Indra move cautiously. Virika remains close to Petraverd’s side. Her expression is grim.

Lovisa’s ears are pricked forward, listening for any signs of someone returning. She picks her head up to see who is coming.

Lapis’s ears perk and swivel at the approaching paw and hoofsteps, the once familiar echo much distorted by the contorted destruction in the List Cavern entrance.

Petraverd’s movements are stiff and stilted as he makes his way into the cavern with Virika and Indra. His own appearance is ragged, his coat stained, and his expression, while doing its best to remain relatively calm, betrays his own pain.

Trianna looks over Petraverd and gasps. She whinnies angrily at Virika. “Why would you bring him here? It’s too far to travel with such a wound!” She snorts and trots over to the stallion. “Oh, Petraverd. Are you alright?”

Virika’s gaze snaps to Trianna. Her mouth draws in a tight line and her eyes blaze with indignation. Her body trembles violently.

Eirwyn sits down not far from Caileana. She continues to shake slightly, but she frowns deeply when Trianna whinnies angrily. She gets to her paws and pads over to Virika. She whispers something to her quietly.

Caileana’s head raises as the threesome arrive, and her own expression shadows at Trianna’s tone. She inhales and watches quietly, for the time being.

Petraverd manages a faint smile as he says simply, “I’ll be fine.” He adds something in a lower tone.

Lovisa maintains her calm, attending to the matted fur around her own wound. “Safer here than in the open, and closer than the Dale”, she observes.

Lapis bolts quickly to Petraverd’s side, leaning into him to help support him. “Peridot, Quicksilver and the other Un’aireken got to safety in the Cail,” she tries to assure him.

Indra explains mildly, “This is the safest close place.”

Petraverd mumbles “And… take … … … don’t … … be … … other’s …at a … … …”, to Trianna.

Indra nods to Lovisa.

Virika’s jaw tightens further. She swallows hard as Eirwyn whispers to her. She gives a very slow nod to her alpha. Her eyes, however, remain locked onto Trianna and her expression is decidedly unfriendly.

Lapis mumbles “… … … hold … … … … … holding him seemed … uninjured … … most … … … … have … idea … he … … … … their clutches. … I … … conversation … Nevarre … … … … … … Defending … … …”, to Petraverd.

Caileana watches Virika and Eirwyn closely. “Hunter,” she says weakly, after a moment and motions Virika close to her with her muzzle in a distinctly hopeful, but not commanding, gesture.

Trianna gives Petraverd a look and mumbles something to him.

Indra paces the entranceway of the cavern. She seems mostly fine on the outside, but her breath comes in wheezes, and she struggles a bit to move.

Eirwyn takes a moment to look over Petraverd’s condition, but remains at a distance as his herdmates go to him. She then looks to the north and the exit, her expression and tone even, numb, as she asks Virika and Indra, “Were they still close?”

Virika draws several deep, shuddering breaths in and out through her nose. Finally she speaks. Her voice is cold and devoid of emotion. “They’re gone. It should be safe to return to our homes.” Her gaze remains locked on Trianna.

Petraverd closes his eyes a moment, taking a few breaths to steady himself. He gives the faintest of nods toward Lapis’ words, but his attentions shift to Eirwyn, the pain in his face giving way to concern.

Trianna mumbles “This is … … … … … … trusting. Our herd is being … … … … … strong enough … … … to … … … … … too far, …”, to Petraverd.

Lovisa directs her next words to Virika in a low, even tone.

Petraverd frowns deeply at Trianna’s words, and replies.

Petraverd mumbles “If not for the wolves, … would … … standing … … now.”, to Trianna.

Lovisa mumbles “Do … … … the trouble … … … … for the … … … herdmate ought not … be mistake … … offense. … would … the … in … … of … … … suspect. Be … …”, to Virika.

Virika’s gaze moves to Lovisa. She replies quietly.

Virika mumbles “Concerned yes. … not … so. … … not … the ones … helped save … … my own.”, to Lovisa.

Virika mumbles “… am deeply wounded by … rebuke … … will… … … pass.”, to Lovisa.

Lovisa replies with a faint smile.

Trianna snorts a little and looks Petraverd over. She shakes her head and mumbles to

him.

Lovisa mumbles “… … … … … the … wisdom … …”, to Virika.

Indra moves over to Eirwyn, “Do you want a full report on what happened, Alpha, or would you rather wait?”

Caileana glances between the whispering parties with a faint frown. She exhales a lengthy sigh and then her gaze rest on Eirwyn and the bone pendant. Her eyes shadow. She sinks to the ground completely and lays her head on her paws.

Trianna mumbles “Yes. … … still be where you … … taken … safety so we… … … together. As a … … wolves. I … … … have … but truly … … unicorns … to … … own … … …”, to Petraverd.

Virika manages a slow, grim smile to Lovisa, although it does not reach her eyes. She lowers her gaze and her expression becomes sorrowful. Her breathing is raspy and she trembles where she stands. She finally looks up to Petraverd, “Do you need my help getting back to your home Petra?”

Eirwyn turns her attention to Indra. She pauses for a long moment before saying quietly, “Best not to wait. Lovisa should hear this too, so she can bring as much information to Their Majesties.”

Indra nods once, “Here, or someplace more private?”

Trianna shoots an angry glance at the wolf and replies for the stallion. “NO!”

Lovisa shifts a bit to take some of the pressure off of her injuries. She tilts her head toward Indra and Eirwyn at the sound of her name. “I am yours to command for the present”, she says mildly.

Virika ignores Trianna, keeping her gaze on Petraverd. Her expression flickers.

Lapis lifts her head to listen intently.  She glances toward Eirwyn, as though she has something to say, but patiently awaits the report.

Petraverd looses a rather sharper whinny than one might expect considering his state. “Enough!” he says toward Trianna. “I can speak for myself.” Turning to Virika he says, “I think my herdmates can support me well enough on the way home.” Finally he turns his glance to Eirwyn. “We’ll speak later?” he says simply.

Virika gives a slow nod. “All right.”

Eirwyn is about to respond to Lovisa and Indra, when she hears the sharp whinny. She looks over to Petraverd and nods. “We will. Petraverd, thank you for everything tonight, and be well.”

Trianna’s ears flick forward in surprise at Petraverd. She returns, “And you usually speak for all of us.” She looks back at Lapis. “We are leaving. Now.”

Virika says quietly, “Petra?”

Caileana watches silently, her eyes flickering.

Indra glances up at the whinny as well.

Petraverd nods toward Eirwyn, replying, “The same to you.” He regards Virika with a small smile, saying, “We’ll speak later as well. Thank you for leaping to my aid tonight.”

Lapis turns to face Eirwyn, vowfully.  “I will, however, return, and do my best to help protect the den, as Nevarre had asked.”  She looks to Trianna.  “Ulfden, Un’aireken … we are all Narnians, and … when we can … we should stand as one.”  She moves to leave with her herdmates, protectively near Petraverd.

Trianna nods. “We fight together. We live apart. Unicorns and Wolves are different.” She looks at Petraverd. “Shall we start off slow?”

Petraverd nods once toward Lovisa. “We will need each other even more in the coming days.” He wavers slightly, and lets out a breath. “Let’s go. I should be back at the Cail before my strength gives out.”

Trianna trots north.

Lapis trots north.

Petraverd trots north.

Virika blinks at Trianna’s words and stares at the wall ahead of her. Her expression is grim.

Lovisa lets out a breath of her own, not without some effort. “I did not expect I would have yet another front to fight on…” she says quietly.

Caileana murmurs quietly, “Welcome to the Waste.”

Virika looks to Lovisa. Her voice wobbles, “What… did I do… to cause /that/?”

Indra looks surprised and confused as well.

Lovisa watches in the direction the unicorns left. “I would say…nothing. Such resentment was not the product of an afternoon.”

Virika looks down at her paws, carefully drawing breaths in and out. Her frames starts to tremble again.

Caileana speaks up again. “No. Trianna strikes me as protective of her herd. And she does not agree with Petraverd’s closeness with us all. It is not so much you as he, Hunter.” She makes a pained face and falls quiet.

Eirwyn is unable to respond to Lapis before they leave. She sighs, beginning to lose her composure as her breathing hitches.  “I have never known Trianna to say such things, whatever her opinion.” She inhales deeply, trying to calm herself again. “For now… Indra, that report? Here will be fine. I am loathe to move the injured just yet, and this is as private now as anywhere.”

Virika very slowly lowers herself to the ground, resting her head on her paws. She stares at the wall, her expression becoming vacant.

Lovisa settles herself to listen.

Indra nods and finally allows herself to sit. She breathes carefully, “As you know, Caileana followed after the Alpha, and I after her. Upon arrival I saw that Alpha Nevarre was quite hurt. Caileana did her best to distract or fend off the Giant, but he was fixated upon Nevarre.” She pauses and releases a great breath before continuing, “He hardly even looked to her until Nevarre–” She stops again and glances at Caileana. “Caileana fought even after,” she leaves after what vague, “The giant dropped the pendant, and Caileana managed to recover it. He eventually tired of us and walked off carrying the Alpha.”

Indra glances to the other Wolves who were present.

Virika gives a low whine.

Indra says, “I… believe the Alpha was still alive, but I am not certain of it.”

Caileana nods, her golden eyes filling with grief. “Yeah, I think he was alive. But he was at least unconscious. Likely the one with huge ears would’ve taken me too if it hadn’t been for my mother.” She looks down at her paws. “I’m sorry, Alpha.”

Lovisa gives a solemn nod. “Then…it is as I suspected. If they did not kill him right there…”

Virika immediately looks to Eirwyn, her expression becoming concerned.

Eirwyn’s knees buckle and sits down heavily. She shakes her head, her composure finally breaking. She says nothing for a while, her breathing irregular as she tries to stay calm. She asks Lovisa, her voice cracking, “Then…?”

Virika forces herself up. She stands beside Eirwyn protectively.

Indra says, “There were more giants. We fought them until they became distracted and then returned here. They had begun fighting amongst themselves. Caileana fought until she had no strength left, Alpha.”

Lovisa murmurs, “And beyond, it looks like…”To Eirwyn, she replies, “We have so little to go by. As I said, it is possible they want him as a pet. If so, they will not harm him if they aren’t provoked.”

Caileana watches Eirwyn carefully, her expression concerned and pained. But her ears flicker at her mother’s added words, and she glances at Indra with some surprise in the depths of her eyes. It’s overpowered by sheer exhaustion quickly. She gives a small nod to Lovisa’s comment.

Virika says gently, “He’ll get out of this Alpha. He’s strong… and can be clever… I know he’ll get out… he’ll want to come back to you, so he’ll do what he needs to survive. You’ll see.”

Indra nods to Virika’s remark.

Eirwyn listens to the others talking, her expression pained. She glances to Virika as she speaks, her eyes watering. She blinks rapidly and then she says to them, “You all fought so admirably. Thank you for that.”

Indra says, “I am sorry, Alpha.”

Virika looks to Eirwyn, her ears pressing against her skull. Her expression is sad. “You and Nevarre led us well… we had good direction.”

Caileana gives a soft whine and blinks herself. “I wish I could’ve done more.” She looks away and murmurs near silently, “Again.”

Lovisa replies, “No need to speak in the past tense. I have negotiations to conclude and I intend to do all that I can to see Nevarre is back to take part in settling matters. We all did what was needed tonight, and we stood together.”

Eirwyn nods. Her voice is quiet, “Everyone did eveything they could. There is no need to feel as if you could, or should, have done more.” She nods to Lovisa, “And good… thank you.”

Virika gives a slow nod to this.

Caileana nods to Eirwyn slightly. Her muzzle slips back onto her paws, and she exhales wearily. Her eyes slide shut and she appears to be listening just with her eyes closed for a few moments, before her breathing deepens and she is asleep.

Indra glances between Caileana and the others, “I think we should assess injuries, leave someone here with those who ought not to move, and let the others go on to the den.”

Virika says quietly, “I can carry her. It’ll be better to have us all together… where we belong.”

Lovisa offers, “I will stay, since I alone have no place in your den, if one of you will come relieve me at first light so I may begin my journey to report to Cair Paravel.”

Indra glances at Eirwyn for a decision, rather than arguing her view.

Eirwyn looks to the others. “I think we need to do what will be best for those who are injured, even if it is to remain here for the night. I would rather not make something worse by moving one. However, if they are well enough to be moved, then perhaps the den is where they should go.”