The Paladin – Man Down
“So… So… Shadow”
CHAPTER VIII – Man Down
Joro, Shaylyr, Nyn, Zara and Truer are all at their camp.
“Doren and Brisk Leaf should be back by now…” speaks Truer.
Just then, Brisk Leaf enters the camp, sets his long ash bow down, and sits at the fire.
“Here…” Zara hands Brisk Leaf a wineskin of water, and a stick with animal freshly cooked upon it.
“Thank you Knight…” he replies, Zara nods and continues to cook another for Doren, who has yet to show up.
“Doren?” Brisk suddenly asks.
Truer shakes his head.
“We must find him at once…” speaks Shaylyr who stands suddenly, his silver, white armour gleaming, and yellow tabard flapping in the slight post sunset breeze.
“No need for that…” Doren suddenly appears, and speaks.
He then sits at the fire, where Zara gives him a stick of cooked animal and a wineskin of water as well.
“Thank you woman…” he speaks.
With this Zara starts for her sword, but Nyn grabs her hand, and shakes his head at her.
Shaylyr sits, “Good to see you Doren… Brisk Leaf… Now a report is in order.”
Truer, Doren and Brisk Leaf go on to explain how a Magic Wielder by the name of Yo Pre Ghado, camps with 60 Dark Warriors, and enlists a small party of Trolls… And how General Zai Zai Qed will be there by nightfall.
“Very good… What is our plan?” speaks the Paladin, and Joro and Nyn smile slightly at Shaylyr’s zest.
“We wait…” replies Truer.
“Wait?” speaks Zara impatiently… “Why did we come here if we’re to do nothing,” she finishes.
“There’s nothing to be learned with these interactions,” interjects Brisk Leaf… “Truer is right… Our best bet is to continue to track them from a decent distance.”
“And their scouts? And lookouts… Will they not detect our presence…” questions Nyn.
“Not on your life,” interjects Doren with a gleam in his eyes.
“Doren’s right… We Rangers will maintain a stealthy, yet fairly safe distance and continue to report back to you as you follow from a still safer distance,” explains Truer.
“Hmm…” Zara huffs, stands, and moves to her sleeping spot.
Joro smiles once more, “Sounds good… More study time for me.”
“Very well…” replies Shaylyr as he too stands, “…we’d best get our rest then… I–” he is cut off before finishing his last sentence.
“I’ll take first guard,” Doren suddenly interjects, and stands enthusiastically.
This grabs Brisk Leaf’s attention, but he makes sure not to gaze unnaturally at Doren.
“Very well… I the second,” replies Shaylyr.
Shaylyr then heads to his sleeping spot, and takes off just enough armour so that he might rest a bit.
Joro finds a s pot to read by a tree, and Nyn finds a sleeping spot as well.
Doren gayly grabs his sword and starts a bit of a perimeter around the camp.
Truer catches Brisk Leaf watching Doren as he goes.
“What is it Brisk Leaf…” speaks Truer.
Brisk Leaf is startled by Truer… “Nothing…” he replies, as he then makes his way out of the camp into the shadows.
Truer wonders for a moment why he’s going outside the camp, then lets it go, and finds his place to sleep.
PICTURE CREDIT – Elwan