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(Ira realizes Klamptrap has a point and facepalms.) Well...you know if I just became a pair of huge wings then I wouldn't be able to carry you or see where I'm going, but...yeah, there are other forms I probably could take to get across this easier.
(Ira momentarily sets Klamptrap down and begins doing another haka that ends with him placing his claws against the side of his head and abruptly shifting into a different dragon form. He is now red and much taller and skinnier than his true form. He also appears to have soft, sandpaper-y-looking skin rather than scales.)
Those should hold me better now! (Ira says. He looks to Klamptrap.) If don't mind waiting a bit, I'll get you across after I get across myself.
(Ira doesn't think about how confusing this might sound to Klamptrap before starting across the puzzle, following Ezekiel as carefully as he can.)
The boy holds onto the back of Tom's shirt with one hand, following him back to the ship. He pockets his watch again and wipes the tears and snot onto his sleeve. (Maybe I shouldn't have come after allÖ) Yes, Jane was alive and well, but that was probably the most harrowing thing he's ever witnessed with his own, two eyes. (But, then againÖ where else would I have gone anyway?) He stares down at the ground, wondering why all of this was happening and if it'd get any better.
Tom notes the hand grasping at his clothes and walks at a slightly slower pace so the boy won't tug at his shirt. It's not that it's expensive, but he'd really rather not ruin his clothes without a good reason. Still, it doesn't take long before they're back to the docks, and Tom kneels down to pull the gangplank up and onto the deck of the ship.
"Alright. Onboard you go."
Kauri gives Tom quick bow of his head... so, more of a nod, really. "Thank you." He boards the ship once more, honestly still out of it. He scratches his head, murmuring some troubled gibberish. He needs someplace more... secluded. (Maybe below deck...?) Not bothering to look at Mr. Tom or Ms. Jane, he heads down.
As the others follow rank and file behind him, Ezekiel, feeling forced to move on by the others encroaching on him, is once again at a crossroads. Before him are an N and an X...N would be the more sensible option in his mind, but Preperit, like any language, was not always sensible in its arrangement.
However, something else to note was the hole to his right, and this got him thinking about the nature of the contraption. "Duane," he starts, "could you—" In absent-mindedly checking behind him, he notices another dragon—he'd hazard a guess that it was Ira, considering his apparent stint as "Lyle" back when they had first met...and frankly, that part still rather confuses him—taller and skinnier, with a long neck to perhaps...
"Ira, come over." He steps onto the N, wanting to give the dragon some room. "Why don't you see if you can look underneath the stones here, I'm curious as to what constitutes the underbelly of this puzzle..."
Oh? Sure, I can try to do that. (Ira says.)
(Ira gets close to Ezekielís location. Once he does so, he very carefully leans down until he is on all fours (with his back arched up slightly; also giving the others a clear view of the wings he is absent-mindedly forgetting he could use right now in his current form) and stares intently at a nearby rock.) Now how does she do it...? (He mumbles under his breath.)
(His eyes glow purple for a moment. At the same time, the rock he is staring at wiggles and should come lose and fall down. If Ira successfully gets the rock out of the way, heíll peer down through the hole and see how the underside of this puzzle looks.)
As Ezekiel steps onto the N, the tile almost immediately falls under his foot.
Meanwhile, Ira can see that it works as such; certain tiles are supported by a grid-like system underneath the puzzle. Others are not.
"Shit..." Sticking his arms out in desperation as the crumbled platform gives way to the spine-filled pit below, Ezekiel catches himself on the X, a slight nerve-wracked grin on his face as he looks to the others.
(Huh, interesting...donít think Iíd have the time or patience to make something this elaborate. Heh heh. Ira thinks to himself as he looks at the setup for the trap (and continuing to cringe at the remains of the unlucky fellows who fell through).)
(Suddenly another rock falls and a pair of furry legs show up in front of him. Ira jerks his head up to see Ezekiel hanging from the edge of a hole.) Ack! You okay? (Ira asks as he moves to pull Ezekiel out.)
Sadly, once Ezekiel places his hands on the X, it falls as well. This makes Ira's grab far more important.
(At this, Ira more urgently grabs for Ezekiel.)
Kauri makes his first venture to the lower decks. He was expecting to see some corridors leading to the chambers. What he actually had discovered... were cannons. He blinks. (Did... Did I make a wrong turn?) He considers returning to the top deck, but he shrugs. He wanted more secluded, and this'll do. The young boy walks over to the corner of the room and sits down, curling up. (Maybe I shouldn't have come along with them... It's so scary out here... I'm just gonna get myself killed. Or worse. Is there worse? Probably.) The world truly was intimidating. He had no idea how he'd survive with all this around him. An eleven year old boy vs giant frogs with claws? Yeah, no chance. Maybe if he had a gun, like Mr. Tom, or was just plain old strong, like Ms. Jane... He looks up at the cannon closest to him, also in the corner. After a brief moment of thinking, he smiled a little. A child like him, holding a cannon above his head to ward of threats... the thought made him giggle. "Hehehe... you can protect me, can't you?" Standing up, he hopped over to the artillery and set his hand on it. "Yeah... you can scare off all the monsters!" He opened up the little window thingy next to the cannon and stared out at the open sea. "Look over there!" He whisper-yelled, pointing out at the ocean. "There's an angry shark coming for us!" There really wasn't, but a little pretend couldn't hurt right now, right? He gave the tube a light smack. "BOOM! Fyeeeewwwwww... Sploosh! Darn, we almost had him!" Smack. "BOOM! Fyeeeeewwwwww- aaand sploosh! ... Wow, you're aim's pretty off." He repeated this process a couple more times, more or less using the same sound effects. The boy let his imagination run wild, using his new cannon friend to fight off nonexistent invaders.
Ify, about to head back to the mines, hears the "cannon". He wants to disregard, but he decides to stay by the dock, and watch the ship.
Edited by TacoBadger on Feb 10th 2019 at 9:39:05 AM
Klamptrap was confused as to why Ira left him here when Ira was probably strong enough to carry him and fly at the same time, then suddenly he saw Ezekiel fall.
Klamptrap: OH #$%@&!
10 nautical miles away at a neighboring island
A massive ship was tucked in a little rock alcove along the shore, hidden from the prying eyes of the nearby port town several yards away. Its hull was at least 5 stories tall, with its fin-like jagged sails just as tall. From a distance the ship looked like a humongous sea monster, with sharp silvery blue-green plates pointing outwards along the sides of the hull like scales. The front of the ship was covered in similar plates to resemble the head of some ancient fish with sharp teeth, its eyes being windows.
Its masts had twin sails on each side of them, the sails slanted at an angle and mirroring each other. The sails has spines inserted into them horizontally and evenly spaced to help sell the illusion that it's the fins of some sea monster. The sails were black that gradates into purple along the sides that face away from the mast. The masts all had silvery blue-green plates in front of them that curved to resemble the spines of a fin. Two more fin-like structures are along the sides of the ship to be the "side fins" of the sea creature the ship is designed to emulate.
???: Bah, where are they? They know I hate delays...
The figure at the railings lowers the spyglass. He has thick, ruffled hair and a thin pointed mustache. His violet, almost-black eyes contrasted his tanned skin. For a pirate, he was dressed like an aristocrat, purple being the dominant color among his frilly clothes. Save for Dirus, his 6 foot 5 inches frame towers over his crew.
??? Perhaps they just ran into some unexpected trouble, Korvales. Give them some time. Remember that sort of thing happened to you in the early days old friend
The captain smiled at his longtime friend. The ship's doctor was covered head to toe in dark clothes, with a black plague doctor-like mask with red lenses over his face.
Korvales: Yes, you're right. I'm sure they can handle themselves just fine.
He brings up his spyglass again.
In the distance, Dirus and the other pirates were coming back to the ship on foot and were carrying a sack that had something alive shuffling around in it.
Korvales: Oh ho, looks like they found some potential negotiation material!
Jane lies down on the deck, yawning. Even though she probably didn't need to.
"Think I impressed him. That was fun." Whether or not Tom heard her, she was pretty ambivilant. Wasn't much to do now though but sit there and wait.
"Where did the other guys go anyway? Something about a cave?"
"ZEKE!" Melvin has been hanging back, watching the others cross. He's ashamed that he can't figure out the puzzle, and didn't want to get in their way. But upon seeing Zeke in danger, he runs onto the platforms, carefully but quickly choosing the ones he saw the others step on, then reaches Ira. He grabs onto Ira's shoulders to help him pull the raccoon up.
Kauri's little play session wraps up, his mood substantially improved. "Ehehe..." He sighs and pets the cannon as if it were a pet. "Thanks for that, Mister..." He takes a couple seconds to come up with a name for the ordinary piece of ordinance. "Sssplooshy. Mr. Splooshy!" He proclaims, giving the cannon another pat. "I can count on you, if another monster shows up, right, Mr. Splooshy? ... Actually, I should find a way to mark you in case you get moved." Kauri looks around the deck, finding a variety of swords and knives. He walks over and picks up one of the knives in his right hand, then trots over to his new 'friend.' He flips the dagger into an ice pick grip and starts trying to carve into the metal tube.
"!!" Parada, similarly to Melvin, has hung back because she couldn't figure out the puzzle. She runs after Melvin, though she makes sure to give the others space to help Zeke up.
Edited by Daydre on Feb 10th 2019 at 12:49:16 PM
"I believe they were searching the cave for the legendary egg. Was that ship earlier your previous captain's?"
Tom has begun swabbing the deck, working his way around Jane and making sure everything is cleaned for when the crew returns. He looks down for a moment as he hears Kauri making noise belowdeck, but shrugs it off and continues his work. As he brings up the ship they'd seen docked when they arrived, Tom looks over to see whether it's still around. He hopes nobody would try to make him actually use the broken pistol in his pocket.
Nephenee is quick to rush forward and follow Melvin's lead, also lending her strength to Ira to pull Zeke back up.
"Hang in there...!"
Thankfully, before he can fall any further, Ira and Melvin and the others are there to hoist Ezekiel up to safety. Pirates saving a privateer...and Ira and Melvin don't have the luxury of ignorance, and yet they were quite ready to save him from his untimely death. And he's not unthankful, yet it still strikes him as very strange.
He adjusts his glasses before looking to Melvin. "Did I mention I don't like very many people calling me Zeke?"
Finally on solid ground, he pontificates on their next course of action. "Right...PO. I've exhausted my linguistic contribution, and I'd rather not have another near-brush with Death."
Jesus man, you get saved from death, and the first thing you do is complain? Thatís just cold.
Duane looks over. Well, it looks like weíll need to jump if we wanna get further. Do we have any idea what P-O means?
"It was a life or death situation, did you want me to stand there and shout a three-syllable name when I could have shortened it?" Melvin grumbles.
"Well, that's great... "Cargoam"... teacher... what does it all mean?!"
Edited by DrNoPuma on Feb 11th 2019 at 12:48:58 PM
Melvin suddenly slaps his forehead. "GUYS! I think, just maybe, I know what the solution is now. But I'll have to jump two spaces, and if I'm wrong, well..."
"Ira, do you think you can help me reach the L? Or, if Ezekiel keeps up his attitude, I could just throw him to it, heh."
Edited by DrNoPuma on Feb 11th 2019 at 1:13:27 PM
Dirus and the young pirate arrive at the ship with their ruffling sack in tow and are helped aboard the ship. Korvales greets them.
Korvales: Welcome back! So, what's in the sack?
The wolf chuckles.
Dirus: Oh nothing, just the mayor's daughter that happened to be playing near the outskirts of town.
Korvales stares at the sack for a moment.
Korvales: There was no one watching over her?
The wolf shakes his head.
Dirus: Nope. Not a soul in sight.
So our research on the town over the past couple of days was correct: the mayor really is getting lax with the security thanks to the peace this place has known for so long.
He turns to the ship's doctor.
The doctor tilts his beaked mask right back.
Take the contents of this sack to your room. See if you can get any information out of it with your expertise.
The doctor gave a quick nod.
With pleasure my lord.
The doctor slung the bag over his shoulder as he trudged on belowdecks to his room, the poor girl inside the bag yelling something that was muffled by the bag.
The captain turned his gaze back to Dirus as if nothing has happened.
Korvales: Now, tell me everything you learned from your scouting mission.
They told him.
Edited by TheGamechanger on Feb 11th 2019 at 1:48:07 PM
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