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Winter is in full swing as the Northwest reaches the middle stages of the cold month, and Dalibor, taking full advantage of a crackdust filled break in Threadfall, is back at it again. Delving into the Southern ice and snow, they have paired with Grove Weyr to fully explore the lands they only slightly uncovered the previous turn during the Jungle Expedition. This, however, will not be a warm and relaxing waltz through the woods; although was it ever that to begin with?
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 Southern Expedition: Glaciers & Mountains, WI:18 {Map Exploration Event}
Ruin
 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 12:45 PM
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Roleplay posts for exploration only need to be 100 words, but may be as long as you wish!

ORANGE Squares are Wherhandler/Wherhandler ONLY
BLACK Squares are Dragonrider/Dragonrider ONLY

Prizes may differ between species so choose carefully!

Note your team structure (DRAGON/DRAGON, DRAGON/WHER, WHER/WHER) somewhere before or after your posts. You must be accompanied by a friend or NPC, please check the public forum post for people looking to be dragged along!

Your post MUST include the square to which you want to move (e.g. #10, #33, or #77)

Remember your friend is only there for the fun, but you still must have a friend to move! If you're using another player, you don't have to wait for them to be available to post (though they might enjoy having the opportunity so let them know!).

After a successful post which will earn you a Staff Response you will not be able to move on the board again for 24hr but you are free to roleplay your response, and other threads are encouraged!


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Jungle Expedition
Palefolk Expedition
Northern Expedition



Grove Weyr.

Mid-Winter, falling Thread turns to dust in the bitter cold, Dalibor is free of her duties to safeguard the West.

The Expedition of the previous turn had uncovered more dangers in the jungle than even Grove, Tuana, or Skerry could have ever anticipated, as well as unleashing a deadly Jungle Fever that spread Pern-wide. Yet Dalibor, in partnership with her Southern sister Weyr, has decided to return to finish exploring out the areas left uncharted previously. Though dark whispers may be issued from those who wonder why the Western Weyr continues with such dangerous pursuits. Going into unknown territory and bringing its flora and fauna out to the world.

Much as before, Grove Weyr has been outfitted with various camps for Beastcrafters, Tanners, Miners, and the like. Every Craft having its own stake in the Expedition and what might be found there, every eager student looking to make their knots by being the first to catalogue or identify some new species or valuable resource as has happened so many times before.

The Weyr is bustling at capacity, but those beholden to her, Skerry and Tuana, are eager to supply beasts and crops to sustain the Expedition's efforts. Preliminary survey by air has shown that this Expedition will require a divide between what can be explored by foot and what must be explored by air, not unlike the first Northern Expedition to the dangerous ice so far above Dalibor.

This division of labor has meant the foundation of a camp for Wherhandlers, and one for Dragonriders, with a central board between them so that each evening the Handlers might come and check on the Rider's progress, and each dawn the Riders will do the same for their night-dwelling cousins. There, amidst the eager buzzing chaos caused by hundreds of excited adventurers, Oreanda sat with scribes overhearing their hasty scribbling as they finished separating the exploration areas into easily manageable quadrants.

She would have little opportunity to explore this time, as she maintained order of the Wherhandler dispatches, not unlike her Dragonrider counterpart who was working in the tent to her lefthand side. Expedition. Danger. Discovery. Many of those who would go out could still remember the bruises of the last, if not the suffocation as their lungs abandoned them. Oreanda knew that she could. Soon enough it was done, and they were ready for the first day.



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Available Moves: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 29, 43, 57, 71, 85, 99, 113, 127, 145, 144, 143, 142, 141


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 01:09 PM
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TEAM: Zel of Copper Zelsk/NPC Verity of Cyan Veritsk
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'Bad fever from here.'

Zel felt Zelsk's apprehension as they prepared to start on their expedition. They were wherlings when the last exploration in the south occurred, and Zel the victim of the plague brought back. Fortunately she recovered and no one was harmed by the restless copper while Hers was stuck in a delirium. Now they stood at ready to face the dangers that awaited. Despite worry, uncertainty (and yes, even fear), this was part of their duty to Dalibor and Pern. To put their safety and lives at risk for the good of others.

Expression strained, she glanced at her partner for the evening. A Grove cyanhandler pair, Verity and Veritsk. The older woman was tall, thin and had a lady-like properness. Her bonded was much the same, a slim noodle that did her best to sound prim and self-important...which might be effective if her mind voice was a, ah, little quieter and less shouted.

"Let's go."

Gripping Zelsk's harness, Zel urged onwards to start their mission.



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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 02:39 PM
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Zaela of Pink Nektisuth and NPC Ge'tu of Green Iramth (Open to changing in future posts)

Zaela refused to let the previous expedition's events colour her status as dragonrider or hinder her capabilities at all. She glanced at the greenrider, who's dragon Nektisuth had taken a liking to. Which wasn't surprising since Nektisuth took a liking to anything and everything. The pink was, however, being more cautious than last time. She kept looking over her shoulder to make sure her rider was still there, even though she knew she was, and flying slow and gentle. Just in case.

"You can hurry it up," Zaela complained with a loving slap to the pink's neck.


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 02:55 PM
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Sev'ren of Black Varith and NPC Ja'qal of Blue Sooth

Sev'ren had urged his black to go on the expedition, it was warm there in the Southern area, and they could both bask and sun when they weren't working, right? right. And so he had gotten the grumpy black to let him do so. They were getting prepped to go, Sev'ren checking to make sure that Ja'qal was ready to go as well. It was up onto his dragon he went. A nod was given and off they went into the cold that was now finding them. This isn't what you promised. Varith spoke to Sev'ren.

Where's your sense of adventure, love?
he responded as the two flew over the open water and to start their adventure. Ja'qal was a silent man beside him. Nothing but the sound of wingbeats between them.

Well, this was going to be fun, huh?


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 03:10 PM
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[OOC: Team: NPC Bronzerider B'ird of Fayranath & NPC Greenrider Saera of Taeth, both of Grove Weyr- Sq 113]

It is time. The dark voice slid through his mind, comfortable and familiar. Eyes turned to the outside, ears listening to the excited chatter, then back in, towards the female seated nearby. Less familiar than the voice, still a new addition. Her dark brown eyes were on him, but distant, then sharpened. "Taeth ready?" he asked mildly, and Saera nodded, standing. His daughter, only recently found when he'd transferred to Grove, and he'd never known of her. But she and her Green had easily made themselves comfortable in his life and that of his Bronze.

Standing himself, B'ird strode to the tent opening and flipped it open, looking at the sky. Gray, and too cold for Thread's dangers. Cold for dragonwings too, he thought, pacing to his Bronze, who turned his massive head to put one whirling eye on him. Fingers ran over the delicate membranes, making sure everything was alright, and he watched from the corner of his eye as Saera did the same with her Green. Taeth was a pretty thing, so pale as to almost be white on her extremities, a stark contrast to Fayranath's almost black hide. We have been instructed to go to the heights of the glacier nearest, his Bronze stated, and he nodded. Saera glanced over, and he shared the information with her, causing her to nod.

Both of them then lifted to their dragons' necks and took to the skies, heading for the glittering ice wall that rose up above the camp. Taeth followed behind Fayranath, using the breeze off his large wings to keep from having to use too much energy too quickly...


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 04:13 PM
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Who: Jyderin of Black Jysk / Ijo of Brown Isk
Where: Square 141

It had been odd, truth be told, for Jyderin to be approached by the Wherlingmaster. Ijo had heard about the ongoing preparations, though for what reasoning the man wasn't entirely sure. He'd anticipated some sort of event, be it a Gather or somesuch, but had yet to really figure out that they were going once more into the breach.

A bit daunting, but now that he had no Class to look after, the truth of the matter was, Ijo was restless. He wasn't alone - he and Jyderin shared that sort of restlessness, though the much older man was a bit worse for wear. Jysk was curious about everything, and while Ijo had discussed the matter with the Master Tanner, Isk had entertained the Black wher's twenty questions.

Jyderin had denoted that his brother was at Southern with Al'dr, and would probably be making an appearance; Ijo accepted that he'd be venturing into some situations either with Jyderin himself, or with Mutorin. It was fine - he got along with both easily.

So when the beginning of the expedition began, Jyderin - bundled in his own leathers to keep himself warm, and with a protective vest-like harness on his Black to make sure Jysk didn't befall any ultimate ruin by way of claws or ice shards to the torso and back - took up his place beside the much shorter Wherlingmaster.

"Good luck, my friend."
"To you as well, Jyderin."

Isk and Jysk bounced around one another, curious for the most part before Jysk scrabbled up on top of Isk to use him as a lookout point.

Jysk king of the world!
Get down from there before you hurt yourself.


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 05:44 PM
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NPC Garet of Blue Gask, NPC Kay of Brown Kaysk
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Gar looked over at his partner, Kay. She and Kaysk were both young, only just graduated, but there was potential.

"What if we go here?" Kay suggested, pointing at a square. "There's another team going to the section to the left, and one here." She pointed at two other squares. "We might as well start somewhere, right?"

"And none of them are better or worse than the rest," he reasoned, rolling up their map and stuffing it into one of the supplies bags Gask had across his back. "Let's get moving, girl."

"My name is Kay," she said with a frown, jogging a few steps to keep up with him. The whers trudged along with their humans between them. This was not going to go well if they couldn't get along.


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 07:49 PM
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K'ton of blue Ironth & T'ran of burgundy Morgoth
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The brothers had heard about the expedition around the mountains and glaciers in the south but neither was certain they wanted to go. Until T'ran, bless his heart, approached K'ton with the idea. Boredom had a bad habit of getting the burgundyrider to do things he normally didn't do. Their dragons enjoyed each other's company and T'ran could leash his need to smack his brother in the head enough to get them there without incident. K'ton agreed though he was loathed to leave Nari and Eni alone, though they were clearly not alone as T'ran pointed out on several occasions, they were weyrlings and perfectly fine. So the pair went on this grand adventure.

"I don't know why its got to be so sharding cold," K'ton whined to T'ran when they reached their destination. T'ran looked at him from the corner of his eye with smirk on his face. "Don't be such a baby, idiot. We're in the mountains, what did you expect." K'ton scoff and slapped a hand against Ironth's blue hide, "I don't know some sun?" Both dragons snorted in amusement at the bickering of the brothers.

T'ran laughed and motioned his brother, "Lets get this show on the road then. Look over there and I'll look over here." T'ran moved forward into his adventure, K'ton laughing as he went to his side of the area they'd picked.


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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 09:07 PM
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Team: NPCs S'ess of Blue Isserenth and L'oque of Pink Tasrayeyth
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L'oque was slightly more enthusiastic about the expedition than his best friend, but the pair had impressed together, and the blonde man was going to be damned if they didn't do this together too. As they decided where they wanted to go, S'ess made his complaints known...and loudly. The other pairs probably would have been tired of him right about now, but L'oque, well used to the younger man's eccentricities, only smiled and clapped him on the shoulder companionably. "Don't worry, man. It'll be fine. What's the worse that could happen?"

S'ess just stared at him.

"There are so many things I could list off the top of my head right now."

Of course his friend just waved him off. "It'll be fine!" Then he turned to go. S'ess had half a mind to just turn back around and go home. He'll get hurt if you let him go alone. Plus, he wont ever let you forget about this. Isserenth wasn't any more thrilled about this turn of events as S'ess was, but he had a point. The latter being a lot less important to the man than the former. "Fine." He half grumbled, eyeing his friend's retreating form hesitantly before hurrying to catch up.

This was going to be so much fun.
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 Posted: Jun 29 2018, 10:00 PM
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TEAM: W’ryn of Blue Earth / Aglaktii of Burgundy Kangath
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The decision hung like lead weight in his gut. Talk of the expedition held a different pitch this time than the last—before any of them had ever set eyes on the verdant jungle beneath Grove Weyr, it had all been a big adventure, a chance for excitement and grandiose notions of what being an explorer meant. The chatter was noticeably more muted this time. It had only been a turn. Even among riders, whose weekly existence involved brushes with death, the reminder of what had been lost was still keen. They might better pretend this time that they knew what was at stake. And there was so much more to lose now than there had ever been.

Two days before Dalibor’s forces were to descend on Grove once more the Bluerider had rolled over in bed, hidden their face in the curtain of a certain Whiterider’s hair, whispered fiercely, “You already know, I know you already know, but I have t’go with ‘em, and I’m so shardin’ sorry,” and that had been that. Was it fear that someone else might find the danger that had been meant for him? Or just an excuse to be on the move, to see the new thing first, to tame the wild and perhaps even bring a small part of it back with him. W'ryn did not know and did not care to know.

He had never felt so somber to put on Earth’s flightstraps before. Everything was taken care of, right and proper this time, not the optimistic unplanned thing of yester-turn. Whisper was in the kennels, the pillies had been informed and plied with extra snacks, in case the winter proved meager hunting. Mushroom the Rosey and Peapod the treetail had been left in his weyr, along with personal instructions for a drudge to care for them in the interim. Peapod couldn’t have come anyway, she was being almost purposefully odd and building a giant nest in one corner of the room, and it did not take a Beasthandler to recognize the round, hard belly she was growing.

W’ryn and Earth flew in silence much of the way, giving little more than a nod to the pair that joined them. Aglaktii was similarly taciturn, her own Burgundy Kangath as stalwart as ever.

Ready mate? Let’s have a go then, he called to the Blue as they both sprang up into the air as one. For her own part, Aglaktii felt called to the expedition only for fear that it might echo her recollection of Dalibor’s interference in her homeland. What if they should find people here, people who did not want to be found? She could not turn back time to change the past, but perhaps she could bend the future in her own small way.


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 Posted: Jun 30 2018, 12:58 AM
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G’len of Bronze Zeuth / N’baatar of Burgundy Shieth; Square 28.

It had been almost a year since the last time G’len had out in this jungle. Then he’d been helping explore the place while gathering the plants to use in curing the jungle plague the explorers accidentally unleashed on the rest of Pern. Thankfully enough of the herb was found to help cure the stricken, but not before much of the planet was killed off by the sickness. The dead included a close friend of his, and his sire and many of his Trader kin.

And yet here he was, ready to explore again. Once more mapping a place no human was known to go before, simply because wandering and exploring was part of his heritage. Staying home safe in his weyr simply because of fear of danger wasn’t a part of who he was, so here he was again, waiting in base camp for his partner of the day to join him and begin their adventure.

N’baatar had his own reasons for returning out here. One, the Beastcrafter wished to see what the Southern Wastes were like as compared to his native Northern Wastes, and see how likely it was that people could survive in them. Two, and related to one, was a desire to see what kind of animals lived down here, and see how they related to animals found in the rest of Pern.

And three, if there were indeed people who made their homes here like his people did in the far north, they’d need someone to help them with interacting with the strangeness of the rest of the planet. Admittedly he didn’t have the best temperament for being an ambassador type, but found he could do it for those of his people who followed him and his cousin Shivi out here.

That had to count for something, right? Even if these theoretical Southern Wastewanderers had yet another way of living that was different from the rest of them. Which was likely to be true, but N’baatar would cross that icebridge when he came to it.

Once Zeuth gave the coordinates to Shieth, both dragon pairs rose and went between, to face whatever dangers awaited them that day.
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Tarele of Brown Taresk / NPC Hirmon of Blue Hisk; Square:143

With Winter settled finally once again on Northern Pern the Weyrleadership of both Dalibor and Grove decided to send out another expedition to the Southern Continent this time furhter to the south east of Pern’s newest Weyr. Tarele didn’t really mind the prospect, the Brownhandler had done this before and not just to Grove Weyr’s lands either seeing as he was part of clearing out the Palefolk stronghold. Tarele and Taresk were well aware of the dangers, seeing what had happened to other people who went on these expeditions but he also knew about the various discoveries coming from expeditions.

Hirmon and Hisk, though only through passing meetings and at least once pairing up during the previous expedition, were well known enough to Tarele and Taresk to be comfortable enough with being paired up with the slightly older pair for the first day of exploration. Sure the Brown wher wanted to flirt with a female pair during the less tense moments but he didn’t have anything against the smaller and skinnier wher and got along with Hisk well enough to not cause unnecessary tension within the group. Tarele didn’t want to bring any of his firelizards along even with someone that he was at least familiar with, it would be hard enough to keep himself safe let along up to five firelizards.

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Cairenn of Red Ingoth / Roselle of Green Tserieth - Square 15

Ingoth's powerful wingbeats pushed through the cold air, the freezing wind blasting past Cairenn's face, tucked behind the high collar of her flight leathers. Her brown eyes were narrowed, protected by the wind by her goggles but still watering from the bright sunlight, even brighter due to being reflected from the nearly unbroken whiteness of the snow-covered glacier below. The redrider felt sorry for the wher teams trudging below... if the light was affecting her eyes this much, how much harder would it be on those closer to the snow, both wher and handler adapted to working in the darkness.

Finally a full rider, Cairenn jumped at the chance to join the Expedition... she knew there were dangers, but she also knew she couldn't sit idle and let others face dangers when she felt she was capable of handling herself. She was still a weyrling during the last Expedition, and so had been stuck at the Weyr, but now Ingoth was fully grown and the pair were ready for anything. Turning her head to the left, she saw that Roselle was still in position slightly ahead of the redpair, a spacing adopted both due to the fighter being swifter in the air than her massive red cousin, as well as Ingoth's desire to be in a position where she can keep a protective eye on the two members of her "pack". A quick mental message to Ingoth was followed by Ingoth sending to Tserieth, "Mine wishes to know whether you or Yours have spotted anything yet,"

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DAWN OF THE FIRST DAY


CAPTAIN / ZAELA & GE'TU / DRG&DRG
No matter the time of day you go, the sun seems to gleam off of the silky ice far below with blinding accuracy. Many will try to find an ideal time where Rukbat isn't quite so torturous, but many will fail, especially when flying out over the Northernmost reaches untouched by any man, woman, or child.

The way seems treacherous below, and it becomes immediately evident as to why the map was split between those of wing, and those of brute strength, as the gusting air from the dragon's wings reveals a series of deep and sinister cracks in the ice. You can even hear them shifting as if the ground itself is complaining about your intrusion.

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Snow shifts beneath you and reveals a pit of inky black in contrast to the blinding snow and ice



AERONA / SEV'REN & JA'QAL / DRG&DRG
You stick to the open lake--though it may as well be a sea--as you begin your adventure. There was some sort of monster in the Jungle, perhaps brought about by glacial waters...or trapped within them...and you know that Skerry rests firmly upon a rock in the middle of this expanse of water. So. Better to be safe than sorry.

There are no monsters for you, at least not for today, there are however--delicious fish.

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Glacial fed and delicious



LYNN / B'IRD & SAERA / DRG&DRG
Cold and bitter are the skies, slick and dangerous is the ground, and there seems to be little place for a dragon and its rider in all the mess of it. But this is part of your duty, or one that Grove has assumed is necessary; because when your sister Weyr wants something? It's best to give it, because that's the best way to find yourselves up to your eyeballs in new transfers.

You catch a hint of something down below and drop for a closer look, but your dragon's wings expose only danger. Beautiful, but without value.

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Snow shifts beneath you and reveals a pit of inky black in contrast to the blinding snow and ice



JENN / K'TON & T'RAN / DRG&DRG
The way is clear and open. Those who have come before, to the Jungle, recognize parts of the Southwestern map, but the ice? That's almost entirely new. Rukbat will shine throughout your quest, blinding you no matter how hard you look, so you will be forced to devise a method for using your eyes that doesn't get them burned out of your head. You must have succeeded, because you do finally spot something dark down below and swoop in for a closer look.

What you may have mistaken for some rocks, turns out to be something entirely different as a...flock? A...troup? Well they seem to be moving funny so we'll just call them a 'waddle' of toggins. You even have the courage to venture down onto the ice from the safety of your dragon because...hey...this is about adventure, didn't someone slap a cat last time?

Which means you're in the right place at the right time when a weird looking toggin in the bunch comes waddling over to you and lands right on your foot like a tiny little fat pillow.

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It seems you've found an atypical friend, best get it back to camp for further inspection



QUINN / S'ESS & L'OQUE / DRG&DRG
You start at the very beginning, because as you've heard, it's a very good place to start. That means the water-slick ice reaching out into the inland sea. You watch as some of it sloughs off, exploding a spray into the sky that nearly reaches up to you where you are sitting on your dragon's back. You too, are snowblind, at least for a moment. There is something down there that is particularly bright and blinding. Something that you believe is not ice.

You're right.

Upon further inspection on foot, a dangerous but rewarding tactic, you discover a loose bolder caught within the ice matrix. Riddled through the striations of its matter are what can only be gemstones. Perhaps you should have your dragons pry it out and return it to Base.

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An odd algae coloured green gemstone stuck hard in a rocky outcropping. It must be worth something.



TOBES / W'RYN & AGLAKTII / DRG&DRG
You are on the cusp. Jungle on one side, ice on the other, and there's even a chance that--from the air--you recognize some of what you are seeing in one direction. That's the beauty of returning to near the same area two Expeditions in a row. Surely you know that the ice will be just as dangerous as the jungle, but could it carry sickness? Could it carry death?

You're forced down low by the trees to clear your area thoroughly, you'll never want to be the one who misses something, and that's when you see something moving in the trees. Like silk on stone, or liquid silver, it seems shy and uncertain. When it does finally feel exposed enough to stop you can see that it is a feline. Not unlike the Southern Felines of ill repute, but white and grey rather than dusky browns.

It might seem entirely too cute, if you aren't smart enough to know the difference, and one of you has been raised by being hunted by a similar, yet entirely different, type of them. This is the Expeditions first run-in with a Southern Icemauler, and as it becomes increasingly nervous of your presence it sinks back into the darkness of the jungle to wait for a better time to cross back onto the ice.

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Smaller than its Northern cousins, this Southern mauler of the snow seems far more timid and reclusive. That doesn't mean it isn't going to try to devour you. Life is hard on the ice.



TIGER / G'LEN & N'BAATAR / DRG&DRG
You're a smart one, you are. You loitered around the Dragon Assignment Desk just long enough to swoop in and take an open spot, rather than one of the ones first made available. You know that any surveyor worth their salt probably would have simply taken any riches they'd found previously. You want truly fresh territory. Something no one has ever seen before, not even once.

Well, you'll have to go further South for that, but it doesn't mean you won't find riches. Or will you? After covering the area you swing low to scope out a dark opening you thought might've just been a dangerous glacial crack. Instead, it turns out to be a cave. You'll need to report that to the Wher Assignment Desk so that they can mark its location; only a Wherhandler pair will be able to spelunk those depths safely.

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AFTER / CAIRENN & ROSELLE / DRG&DRG
Ahh the open inland sea. No salt air, but quite a few honking sea-obsessed wherries flapping around in the sky looking for easy pickings. Then becoming terrified at the two random dragons infringing on their once-pleasant territory, and fleeing in terror. Just Expedition things. You can't imagine you're going to find much of anything out here, but it's important to check. You've heard the stories about the other Expeditions. This is all about keeping Hold, Hall, and Weyr safe, right?

Even at the expense of a bit of your flesh.

Well, you won't be expending any flesh today, and in fact, you'll be taking back a bit of good fortune for your efforts. Far below, like silver arrows slipping through the blue, you see a school of fish. They were a true prize back during the Jungle Expedition, and you are sure the tastes of the people haven't changed since then.

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CATSITTA / ZEL & VERITY / WHR&WHR
The twin moons shine and illuminate the world, but you won't suffer the same type of blinding as your dragon cousins no matter how bright they are. If you even think about it, you might laugh. Sometimes, it pays to be a Wherhandler. The world is cool, beyond cool, as if you've been locked in one of the Hold caverns that they store ice in for the wealthy and fancy people. Yet so much worse, and so much bigger. Without Rukbat to melt her, the glaciers far below in the valley are settling, filling the air with low cracks and groans.

Even in the still and quiet of the world, you never see it coming.

She has you (ZEL) before even your wher can react, and has taken your slender and oh so vulnerable neck in her jaws. The Icemaulers do not understand the bond of a Wher and its Handler, how can it. The Southern Icemaulers have never even seen a wher--or perhaps those who have, have not lived to tell the tale in felinespeak. Yet what does a wher do when a comparatively dumb animal is now holding its bonded by the very root of its life?

A scuffle happens as the cat begins to make off with you, to drag you back to its lair to feed its children? Or itself? It is survival on the ice, and it treats you like it would treat any other soft land omnivore. Roughly, and without regard. However it happens in the night that you are rescued from its jaws, it is apparent that you are not delivered to life.

Your wounds are extensive, and grievous, and you will only make it between once, so who can say whether you were taken to convalesce at Grove or Dalibor. The only thing that can be said for certain as the dragons come to see the blood dripping down the rocky mountainside, is that you will not return to the South for a very long time.

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Smaller than its Northern cousins, this Southern mauler of the snow seems far more timid and reclusive. That doesn't mean it isn't going to try to devour you. Life is hard on the ice.

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RHIA / IJO & JYDERIN / WHR&WHR
It may have been muggy and horrible in the Jungle, but up here it is cool to freezing with absolutely no cover. The mountains, if they can even be called that since they more largely resemble piles of boulders moved perhaps by glaciers of the past, have been scoured of all vegetation save the most hardy grasses. Whether wind, frost, or the crush of ice, there is nothing left here. Barely enough to sustain whatever beasts might be around--and surely there are some beasts, because you can note that some of the grasses seem to have been cropped shorter than others.

Your night is relatively without concern or cause for worry. At one point you might have heard something like a scream echoing down the mountain? But perhaps it was only the wind, and regardless of its origin, if you could find it, you've already stumbled upon the last part of your quadrant that needs to be cleared. A cavern. Oh delicious hole in the pern like existed so long ago in the North, how whers of all colours did so enjoy finding things within your depths.

So in whatever way you make your move inside, whether through caution or foolhardy excitement, you delve in, and there, littering the walls is a cavern of oddly glinting gemstones. Why this is truly a vast wealth that needs to be marked so that Crafters can return and take all that they can get:

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SUMMER / GARET & KAY / WHR&WHR
The night is cold and bitter, but you probably recognize beauty all around you. Beauty in the stars shining above when they aren't drowned out by the twin moons who seem their large cousins. Beauty in the glinting ice far below the mountain of dark rocks you are carefully traversing. Everything is still. The world is quiet. Peaceful. Here a hundred thousand leagues away from responsibility you maybe feel as if you can take a rest.

That's when the screaming starts.

Or is it?

The sound carries and bounces up and down, back and forth, from ice to rock so it's hard to tell if it's a woman, a feline, a wher, or...all three? You don't have very long to concern yourself with it either, because the sound has set off a much closer grating groan. Four pairs of eyes turn upwards to the snow-capped peak only to see the rushing snow.

Luckily, by the time it reaches you most of it has largely diverted or been slowed by the rocks. In fact the most you and your partner face is a brief snow shower to dust your face and make you even more chill. At least there are fires back at Base.

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MOPSY / TARELE & HIRMON / WHR&WHR
The twin moons shine down on snow and dark craggy rocks, illuminating your way and causing little harm to the eyes of your wher with their cool light. The mountains are your oyster, without shell...or water...or probably pearls. Well, maybe there are pearls. Just not here. You're up in the snow-capped areas, trudging through drifts that the winds have solidified into an icy crust, crunching through them as you trudge up and down the rocky mountain looking for signs of...well...loot.

But there isn't any loot. Not here. In fact there isn't so much as one errant piece of grass or root you might take back to Base. In contrast to the Jungle, where it seemed like there was something on every single part of it, this desolate area seems to imply there might be plenty here that is just...empty. Unable to sustain life, and without value for life to try and sustain itself on it.

But that's alright, soon enough you hear screams on the wind, or maybe that was simply the voice of the breeze howling through the rocks. You won't know the truth of it until you make it back to Camp and hear all about the Icemaulers people are starting to see. But you? All you got for your efforts tonight was a little bit of damp melted snow soaked clothing, and possibly some bruises from banging into rocks just hidden beneath the shimmering surface.


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"Okay, so luck wasn't on our side yesterday," Kay admitted. They'd almost been crushed by an avalanche, after all.

"We escaped an avalanche with nothing more than a bit of snow in our faces," Garet said. "I'd say that counts as lucky." Kay nodded. He did have a point. "But this time, I'm picking. This one."

The map got rolled back up into the bags on Gask's back, while Kaysk had bags full of not only first aid supplies, but some dried food for the Handlers to munch on while they walked. And, of course, the handlers both carried their daggers after hearing about the discovery of icemaulers. "And tomorrow, it's my turn again," Kay told the older handler.

"Works for me," he muttered. "C'mon, we're burning moonlight."

"Burning moonlight? Really?" Kay said, giving him a look, once more having to jog to keep up.


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Who: Jyderin of Black Jysk / Ijo of Brown Isk
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They'd had a rather lucky break, all truth be told. Gemstones. Beautiful ones at that, and Ijo kept a small bit of them - the mainstay going to the Smiths to investigate, as well as other Miners at the Hold - to add to his collection of stones from around Pern. Beautiful specimens, honestly, but at the same time Ijo was wary of them as far as allowing any part of them to touch his skin. He was careful of sharp edges, and any potential particles those sharp edges might be able to lodge into his flesh.

After all, with the whole fiasco of the Sleeping Sickness from the Jungles, it never hurt to be careful about what one put their hands on.

Reports of the sights of icemaulers had both Ijo and Jyderin 'arming' their whers with the thicker-hide vests that Jyderin had crafted for the occasion, as well as both men taking up arms with machetes on one side, and daggers on the other, to make sure that there was adequate defense should a potential issue arise. Both men knew the damage a wild animal could cause, and were taking no chances. Both also carried a length of rope and a basic first aid kit, in case it was needed.

Jyderin, using a walking stick to assist him, explored with Ijo with a sense of curiosity. It had been many, many turns since he'd been out and about in any sort of adventurous way, excluding the not-so-small swim across the channel to Crescent in his Wherlinghood. Jysk stuck close to His, Isk wandering abouts in a moderate circle, investigating what was going on around them, but never so far that he was out of sight. Ijo had cautioned his Brown - make sure you stay close, all it takes is a crack and I could lose you forever.

Not something either man wanted, but something they did consider.

They talked, while they explored. Low voices to keep from spooking anything, but all the same, silence wasn't something either enjoyed too much of. It made them uneasy. Discussions of Ijo's lack of relationship, conversations about Jyderin and how much he missed his family, including his relationship with his son.

With any luck, Jyderin had mentioned, this excursion into the great, unknown beyond would have the Master Tanner returning with a bit of earned respect from his Ironriding son. Perhaps some reason for them to start talking again, and for Jyderin to try and help Z'dyn overcome the fear of what he'd once been so badly mauled - nearly to death - by.


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Shards, it was hard to see! Zaela envied the handlers' goggles and swept lower in an effort to actually see anything. The gusts from the dragon's wings swept up the snow and revealed gaping caverns beneath them... Which might have been interesting to explore if it hadn't felt like the entire continent shifted once Nektisuth set down. The pink immediately leaped back into the air, then tried again in a different location, only to incur the same result. Nope! She wasn't risking Zaela again! With a wave to their partner, the pair hurried back to basecamp, despite Zaela's protests that she was fine and they could have looked a bit more.

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L'Ru of Green Syrath & Ellianne of Brown Maeradith (@Rii)
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L'ru hadn't stopped talking. Which was about the norm for any interaction with him. "At least it isn't so sharding hot!" He laughed, flashing a toothy grin at the woman he was seemingly intent on either forcing to socialize or seduce. It was hard to tell when they were both similar in look. L'ru talking a lot and always being right there like Elly might somehow escape. Which, honestly, wouldn't have been hard since L'ru was roughly three times her size.

"See anything? Other than Rukbat trying to seer my eyes out of my head?" That, too, earned a chuckle as seemingly everything did from him. Syrath exchanged a long suffering look with Maeradith, knowing the effect her rider could have on people but loving him all the same.


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[OOC: NPC B'ird of Bronze Fayranath and NPC Saera of Green Taeth of Grove Weyr= Sq 114]

Day 1:

The snow danced up around their wings as the two dragons lowered, wedge-shaped heads swinging back and forth, searching for anything of interest. Nothing to be seen, whispered through B'ird's mind, as well as those of his Bronze and of course, her rider. The Bronze whuffed softly in response and settled gently, only to instantly jump back up as the snow fell from beneath his paws into the dark crevice. Growling softly, more in irritation at his almost folly than any danger, the King looked it over, his rider leaning over carefully to do the same. Unsafe. We will continue on this path tomorrow. Just to see if this goes anywhere interesting, Fayranath told Taeth, who bobbed her small head, reciting to her rider, who also nodded.

Day 2:

The news from the night wasn't good. Zel and her Copper had been removed from the Expedition due to an attack by a snowcat. Another pair had also been endangered by an avalanche, though had gotten only a faceful of snow for their trouble. Still though. It was time to continue their journey once again.

B'ird glanced over to Saera, who was looking up at the glacier thoughtfully. "Time to go," he said calmly, and she nodded. They padded over to their dragons, Taeth shaking snow off her face from where Saera had playfully thrown a snowball at her, then headed back up to where they'd left off the day before, continuing along. Time to see what the next quadrant held....


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Sev'ren was looking for adventure, and while his partner didn't seem to talk much, if at all, adventure was going to be had! And so him and Varith coasted along, and rather than adventure, they had found...fish. Well, it was something? It looked delicious and they had plenty, so he guessed it was time to turn back around. Ja'qal took what he could, carry, and the whole way back there was still nothing said between them. How boring was this man? Maybe the next time they set out to adventure it would be better? But after a long day of freezing, Sev'ren promised his darling black that they would rest and sun.

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Square 128 Dragon/Dragon Os'nin of Blue Alwanath and Vek'ta of Green Vuuth @Captain

Os'nin wasn't sure that going on an expedition while being the Jr. Weyrleader was the best idea, but adventure, and duty had lead him and Alwanath to both set out on it today. Of course, behind him was Vek'ta who was always by his side. "You would have been safer back at the Weyr." He told his Weyrmate as he got Alwanath ready for the flight.

Will you be alright with the flight Vuuth? It's rather cold from what mine says. Alwanath was concerned for both the green and her rider. He seemed antsy to go, but worried that anything might happen to the pair of them.

"Well, that frozen waste isn't going to explore itself." Os'nin said with a sigh as he hopped up onto Alwanath with the dragon's help and settled in the straps. With the signal given he was off, the green in tow beside him. They were heading to one of the glacier's starting areas, and would move inwards from there.


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DAWN OF THE SECOND DAY


CAPTAIN / L'RU & ELIANNE / DRG&DRG
The inland sea. A sight to behold from above, and so few people have had the privilege; really only those who watch for Thread and came to settle this seemingly hospitable part of the South. You can see the light reflecting off of the ice floes ahead of you, but your quadrant is here. Where the blue waters seem restless below you.

It isn't only blue waters down there.

Leaping, hopping, cavorting carefree--and soon to be dinner, are many silver fish; the same found during the Jungle Expedition of the previous turn.

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LYNN / B'IRD & SAERA / DRG&DRG
Rukbat is bright. Perhaps you made adjustments due to how bright it was the day previous. It's hard to see even at the best of times, so you're forced to fly fairly low on the off-chance you might miss something. Or catch some glinting treasures buried beneath the snow. It isn't a treasure that you're familiar with...that you eventually find.

Instead it's a beast. Big and lumbering and...rather dangerous looking. It challenges you with bellows, flashing its pointed antlers your way.

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AERONA / OS'NIN & VEK'TA / DRG&DRG
A new day, a new daring adventure...in boredom. Okay, so you probably aren't bored yet, but by the time you've covered every inch of space in your quadrant, you might be close. There isn't anything. It's that simple. Not an out of place rock, or odd footprints in the snow. Not a crack, or a crevasse, or so much as the hope of a cavern. You'd been warned it could be desolate, but this takes the word to a whole new meaning, why...it doesn't look like anything has passed through here in seasons, much less today.



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SUMMERRAIN / GARET & KAY / WHR&WHR
Up on the mountains there is little indication that dragons have been scouring the icy glacial shelf all day while you were resting. In fact, the wind can be so hard through these chasms that everything seems to get swept away within a candlemark or two anyway. No matter, you're resolute in your want to fill out the map for all of Pern. There'll be Harpers studying these scribbles for turns to come, why...someday they might form a Hold or Weyr down here where Threadfall can never threaten.

You don't know! So, while it might be disappointing that the night drags on and leaves you empty handed, at least you know you've literally made your mark on the history of the world.


RHIABLACK / JYDERIN & IJO / WHR&WHR
No screams for now. Maybe no screams at all. However there also aren't any caverns, or jewels, or even so much as a whisker of an Icemauler. Not that you'd probably be hoping for such a beast anyway. The night is still and calm, and while it's cold, it's obvious that you won't need to worry about downpours or flooding rivers. Things are, in many ways, simpler up here on the ice, even if they're harder in other ways. Maybe you think anything is better than the Jungle, maybe you're just happy to stretch your legs. Whatever it is, hopefully it helps you overcome the disappointment of returning to Base with nothing to show for it except some markers on a hide. That's another square crossed off the list.



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RIDE-ALONG RESPONSE: CAPTAIN/L'RU

“S’one sharding big difference between here and Grove, that's for sure,” Elly called back to her exploring partner. “Cold enough here t’freeze the straps off a dragon’s back!”

She’d been spending a lot of time with L’ru, ever since he'd first accosted her in the Dining Hall. At first it had been a little grudging, but that had faded as she found it wasn't a passing fancy of his to bother her once or twice and never again. Having him there, persistent, loud, larger than life - well, it left a whole lot less room for silence and introspection. That was good. She had already done so much of that that even Z’dyn had called her out on it. Making an effort had dated from that first, all-important talk he'd had with her, but her headway had honestly been slow, painful, and not always forward until L’ru had dropped into her life.

Which had brought her here, exploring a glacier that was so far south that it felt like it was north again.

“All I'm seein’ is ice… and water. Lots’f water. S’borin’ stuff for an adventure, eh?”

I will take boring over deadly. We can't achieve anything if we're dead. Maeradith returned the green’s long-suffering look. Of course he was glad that Elianne was finally sparking with a bit of her old spirit, but he was still in protective mode.

Suddenly she pointed downwards at a rippling, popping effect just beneath the surface, giving a whoop as silvery bodies broke surface and fell back under. “Fish! They’ll be happy t’know there’s more of them about.”

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"What in the world is THAT!"

Saera's call echoed out from Taeth's neck as they flew down lower to better see, and B'ird followed her pointing finger. It was a massive... BEAST, of some kind. Not a herdbeast, for sure, but something much more intimidating. It would be a good resource for the Weyr, as well as a curiosity for the Herders, Fayranath pointed out, and Taeth rumbled her agreement. Their riders both agreed, and Taeth dove down, a silent dart aimed at the beast.

Massive antlers were shaken at the diving Green, then the animal turned and ran, though it didn't get far. While Taeth had distracted it, holding its attention, Fayranath had come down behind it, and when it ran, he swiped at it. His shot missed, the beast darting to the side just in time and racing off. Taeth swept by the bigger dragon, giving chase, and Fayranath followed her, keeping slow. When the Green's stamina ran out, he moved, taking her place so she could rest and driving the animal on. Eventually, it collapsed, unable to go on, and B'ird leapt down, his Bronze keeping watch out as he darted to it and sliced its throat, ending its life in one humane strike.

Taeth caught up to them and gently picked up B'ird, settling him to the Bronze's neck once more, both dragons recalling the unsteadiness of the ice when Fayranath had attempted to land before. The King then picked up their kill and they headed back to camp, their job complete for the day.


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Team: NPCs S'ess of Blue Isserenth and L'oque of Pink Tasrayeyth


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Mine wants to know what that is. S'ess heard Tasra's voice in his head as they flew along, unable to hear or see much. For the moment, the men were almost completely dependent on their dragon's senses. The dark haired man followed the pink's voice, letting his gaze move along the landscape as Issy's heavy wingbeats moved around him. I don't see...

But then there it was. Something shiny. Blinding even through the whitewhiteness of the snow. Sure, S'ess had his misgivings, but he also really liked shiny things. He had Issy relay to Tasra and L'oque that they were landing there, and they did. The other man was just endlessly pleased that his best friend was finally getting into the spirit of exploration, even if S'ess was really just blinded by the shiny.

Even he was entranced by the sight as the brushed the snow away. L'oque made the executive decision to Have Tasrayeyth and Isserenth pry the mass out of the ice while their riders tried their best to stay warm. That took much longer than they thought it'd take and as they were both completely frozen by the time it was out, and it was quite large, they decided to simply take it back to camp.

The Next Day.

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S'ess found himself thawed out and maybe feeling a little braver today. He'd decided to leave L'oque behind for the moment and conned some poor hold handler to coming with him. Blade was young and Bleck was very small and shrimpy...not at all the kind of wher one wanted with them on an excursion, but he had noticed something from the air earlier, and Issy wasn't going to let him go alone. The pair stood outside the cave's entrance, S'ess resting his hand on Issy's leg for comfort.

His friend would just have to find his own way.

Cave dark and scary. They heard the small wher's transmission. It was clear that they were both very young, but Blade was headstrong and little too big for his britches. "It's fine, Blesk. We got this. If there's anything there, you can maul them." Blesk didn't seem quite so confident in her mauling capabilities, but she trusted her handler.

S'ess wasn't sure he trusted either of them, truthfully, and he wanted to turn and go back, but Blade and Blesk were already headed into the dark cave and the man had to hurry to catch up, holding onto the voice of his dragon, even if Issy had to stay outside the dark cave. Stay safe, mine. The anxiety in his tone was palpable.
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What Reaction and second day.


Some how or another, K'ton and T'ran had figured out how to shield their eyes from the sun on the ice. Finagling a sort of goggle system that helped keep much of the sun from their eyes. They'd managed to encounter a flock of something. When they'd set down an odd little colored toggin - K'ton realized what they were when they landed - had waddled over and landed in a neat little puddle on T'ran's foot. He'd scooped the little bird up and Morgoth had insisted they take him back to camp. Camp was where they were.

The next morning it was Ironth that was excited to get moving. The blue wanted to find more little birds and K'ton groaned in despair. He had no doubt that the blue's new obsession would be the small black and white toggins. He knew Ironth would insist on having a flock of his own no matter that K'ton had gotten the dragon his own firelizards. Firelizards they'd had to leave him. K'ton did have to admit he missed the beasts.

"Come on little bro," he called to his brother as he mounted up, "There's more places to find. Get your lump of a dragon moving!" Morgoth grumbled about the ridiculous words that rider's brother always managed to spout for no reason at all. Well at least no reason that Morgoth could see. Ironth had explained to the younger dragon that K'ton liked to get reactions and to just humor him. "Shut up idiot," T'ran snarled at him as he sprawled in his place on Morgoth's neck, "I'll shove you off the mountain if you're not careful! That's go look by that cave they found yesterday."

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DAWN OF THE SECOND DAY


JENN / T'RAN & K'TON / DRG&DRG
Once more into the abyss. Okay, into the bright and sunny world with the brisk air and the generally happy--if desolate--setting. It isn't any warmer in the sun than it is at night for the Wherhandlers, but you might not know that. So you probably spend a lot of time complaining here and there if your flight gear isn't up to snuff.

That won't keep you from completing your objective of uncovering the secrets of the South while on dragon's wings. Your survey goes fairly well from beginning to end, and while it takes you a bit to notice the darker patch on the ice below, you and the dragons do. As you drop lower it resolves into an Icemauler. The obviously skittish beast flattens its ears and lowers itself flush with the snow, but the jig is up.

Like a swift shadow it skitters off and disappears into some invisible crack...or perhaps it just vanishes into thin air. Either would be believable.

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QUINN / S'ESS & BLADE / DRG&WHR
You come once the sun is down, even goggles won't protect a wher's eyes from being blinded by ice and snow. No need to do permanent damage to one half of your group before you even arrive at your target. The cave. Exposed by an earlier pair. So tempting when you saw it on the assignment board, scribbled hastily into a quadrant.

What lies within? You'll only know if you risk the journey, and you do...plunging down into even deeper darkness, able to rely only on your Wherhandler partner and the basket of glows you brought from the Weyr. The cave isn't that large, you come to find, which is good. The second good thing? Soon enough you stumble upon a seam of ore running through the interior walls.

Unless you're Minerfolk there isn't much left for you to do here after noting your discovery. You'll be rewarded, of course, but the digging? That's for the professionals. After only a half-candlemark of effort you reap the rewards and get to head home for a night of rest or relaxation.

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So there are treasures beneath the ice





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-CONTINUE DAY 2-


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