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Arcadia / Captain's Log of the Odyssey
« on: December 28, 2015, 10:33:12 PM »
Captain?s Log May 8th, Commander Holmes reporting:

Today we landed on an island that we were directed to by a local chief A chief by the name of Nujabe.  Please see the report about the Rhineflau tribe for more information on their Chief and their tribe. He told us about an island that they used to inhabit that was they had to leave because of wild spirts that turned people to stone. Hochi of course told the chief he would check it out and try to get rid of the spirits.

After sending a few scouting missions for the afternoon they couldn?t find any ghosts or spirits. Every squad we sent out reported seeing multiple statues all around the island in total 56 were found.  Hochi had the idea that these spirits may only appear at night, so we should set up camp on the island.  Then he would lead a scouting mission into the forests to find these spirits.  I told him we should probably just leave and tell the tribe that the island is cursed and to never step foot.  But Hochi of course has to be the hero who saves the day.

Will have a new log recorded once we send out the next patrol.

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Arcadia / The Welfaal Civil War
« on: December 05, 2012, 06:41:52 PM »
Hochi stood in the wheel house looking at the navigation screen, ?We should be able to see this Welfaal in the next hour or so.? He looked out at the horizon as the Calypso rose and fell with each large wave. He could smell the salty sea air as the gusting wind blew through the open Wheel house. He loved that smell, it was simply enticing better than any home cooked meal . Martin stood behind the large wooden wheel, checking the status of the engines, and making sure they were staying on the right course.

?Yeah we should, been bout a week since we we had to leave that paradise island with those girls, and those margaritas.? Martin sighed almost sadly as the memory of that beautiful island flooded his mind. ?Why are we even going out of our way to go here in the first place? Its not like we actually need the jobs, we have plenty of money between the two of us, and if we run out you can make us a few diamonds to sell.? He generally wouldn't say anything but something about Welfaal, just how pushy the people at that, gem of an island, were.  They said that there was a lot of work to be had, every kind of job you could possibly think of. From smuggling, to fishing, to just transporting people from place to place. He usually never said anything because Hochi would always give him a much larger share of the pay. But something about gave him a bad feeling, and his bad feelings were usually right.

?What, why not, its a new place, new people, new everything I  haven't been there before. Plus I like meeting new people and making connections,? having connections had helped him out of a jam in the past.  One time he had gotten into some trouble with a local gang boss. Hochi chuckled as the memory of being smuggled to his ship in a whiskey barrel played in his mind. Took him about a month to get that whiskey smell out of his clothes, even longer out of his hair.  ?Plus, doing jobs give you a purpose out here. Plus I like keeping busy. but just because you are busy doesn?t mean that it keeps you out of trouble.? Hochi turned from the nav screen and looked out at the ocean. As he looked out at the rolling waves he caught the glimpse of something. ?I think we have something.? He grabbed the binoculars and focused them at the large mass ahead.

    The large mass of land of what was Welfaal came into focus, it was a massive shoreline indeed.  It stretched further than they eye could see. The capitol of Welfaal, which was called something like Inglman city or something like that.  He could see large mountains, most of the peaks were hidden above the clouds. As they drew closer to the shoreline he scanned along the shoreline with the binoculars looking for some sign of the capitol. Suddenly a slew of skyscrapers began to appear in the distance just on shore. Just off shore he could also see what looked like a blockade made up of a lot of very large warships. ?I see Welfaal, at least I believe it is port looks pretty damn busy, they have half of a fleet of warships just sitting round the port. Some pretty tight security? He lowered the binoculars, ?Lets just try to bring the ship in nice and easy. I want to see this city, I also don?t want to end up dead for doing something stupid.? He smiled at the mere thought of seeing some unknown land. Seeing new customs new cultures, just pretty much new everything.  He had never seen buildings built as tall as these, these were thousands of feet tall.

Martin saw that look on Hochi's face, that pure excitement, pure joy. ?Aye sir, I already figured that? he spun the wheel as he brought the ship to head for the port and the blockade of warships.
Hochi moved to the weapons console and quickly shut off all weapon systems.  The closer he got to that blockade the more nervous it made him.  He wanted to make sure that he looked as friendly as possible. With the nervousness came the excitement that also grew as they drew nearer to the the city, the mountains grew larger by the minute.  They dwarfed the city that they surrounded, he could see snow about half way up the mountains. He had the instant need to try to climb one of them; maybe in a few days he would have that adventure.  He smiled as he thought about planting a green flag at the peak of one of those mountains.  He shook his head he had other matters to handle, he picked up the com and broadcasted on all frequencies.  ?This is the Calypso, we are just looking to dock for a few days.  So it would be really nice if you guys just let us on through.?  He put the mic down, it was a few minutes before a voice boomed through the speakers of the Calypso.

?You will shut off your engines, have all crew on deck, prepare to be boarded.  If you resist we will open fire.?

?Uhhh, well hello to you too? Hochi chuckled slightly turned off at the unfriendly response, ?Well they aren?t very friendly, hmmm I guess turn off the engines.  They would slaughter us if we tried anything different...? he trailed off his eyes going from ship to ship each one had every weapon pointed at them.  

Martin frowned he didn?t like this at all, he knew Hochi felt the same way.  That smile was replaced with a stern stoic expression.  He knew that Hochi was trying to figure a way out of this situation. he shook his head killing the engines he could feel the rumbling slowly fade as the ship drifted to a stop. The ship gently rocked back and forth with each wave as they sat there in silence a smaller ship, still heavily armed, headed their way.  It quickly made the gap and it came up along the Portside of the ship.  The two ships sat there rocking back and forth until a loudspeaker bellowed ?All crew must be on the deck! You have thirty seconds to comply?

Hochi frowned as he looked at the ship, there were men on machine guns aiming right at the wheel house.  ?Lets go before they kill us.? He stands up letting Martin exit the wheel house first.  He headed onto deck hands up. ?Geez! Here we are, don?t shoot bloody hell.  You sure know how to make a guy feel welcome dontcha.?  Hochi shook his head as the stepped out onto the middle of this ship.

?This vessel and its crew is being conscripted into military service.  Do not resist?

Hochi cocked his head to the side confused, ?Did he just say military service? They think they are going to take my ship!??  

?Don?t do anything rash, I would rather live longer than a few more minutes.  Just do as they say.?

?Well no s***, the longer we are alive the more chances we have to get out and escape.?  Hochi snarled.  The  other ship lowered gangplanks and a dozen men crossed over.  They immediately started to comb through the ship moving in all directions.  Two went straight to the wheelhouse. ?Make sure you wipe your feet ?fore going on my bridge!?  He turned back around and suddenly there was a man that was wearing a navy blue Naval uniform.  The number of medals and the stripes let Hochi knew this man was upper echelon.  The man stepped up to Hochi.

?Are you the Captain of this Vessel, and what are both of your full names??

?Yes sir I?m Hochi Bird, this is Martin Holmes.  Can you tell me what is going on here.  We don't want any part of  this bloody conscription business.  If you just let us on our way that would be great!?

The man chuckled as he wrote down their names, ?Oh no there is no getting out of this.  You either comply, or we send your asses to jail for however long we deem necessary.  Take them into custody, we will drop them and the others off at Fort Khuldan.?  He motioned for two of his men.  Before Hochi could turn around both of his hands were brought behind his back.  He was being pushed forward across the gangplank, he struggled as he crossed over and was on this other ship.  He was guided down below deck deeper and deeper into bowels of the ship.  He and Martin were put into a large room with about another 60 men; the door slammed behind them.

    Hochi looked around the dark room at all the faces that were looking back at him. They stood there for a bit, they could feel the ships engines kick on.  Hochi looked around for a spot to sit down, he needed to think. Suddenly a very young man came up to Hochi he was so tall he had to duck  slightly so he didn?t hit his head on the ceiling.  The man towered looking nearly 7? tall, he looked younger than Hochi by a handful of years.  He shook Hochi?s hand and smiled, ?ah, you got caught here too, how did they get you? Were you on your way to Welfaal, or did they get you out at sea?  Ahh where are my manners, the name is Jonathan.? The tall man smiled brightly shaking Hochi?s hand.


((Thank you for reading! More to come!))

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Arcadia / A Captain's Regrets
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:33:40 AM »
The early Monday morning sun was shining down on Arcadian lands as it normally did. The rays broke through the low hanging palms and shined on Aja and Hochi putting up pens together. The pair worked well together, one would hold the rail and the other would weld it into place.

Aja was banging out some of the pipe ends and saw Hochi spacing out at the bay. She kept working a little bit longer before speaking.

?As pretty as da scenery is, Hoch.. Da blue doesn?t always hold da answers.? she banged on the pipe a little more and saw him turn to look at her curious. She would let him think about that for a little while and continued working.

His mom was a bit amazing to him. How she would know what his thoughts were, or when to leave him alone with them, he didn?t know. But there were a lot of times he was glad she was that way.  

Aja didn?t say another word for a while, she kept working waiting for Hochi to be ready to talk on his own. It occurred to her as she worked that Tanner had always allowed her to work through things in her head, he?d remain close by though.

She was no different than him in the way she dealt with Hochi. She knew, pushing would do very little to help, in fact it could get him to shut down which would prevent her being able to help him in any decent way. It would?ve been like that for her had Tanner been any different. She hated when people got all pushy to know what she was thinking. She?d tell them when she wanted, not a second before. If ever sometimes. Some of those thoughts in her head were dark memories best never spoken aloud to those that would never understand for they had never stood in her shoes. They knew little about suffering at the hands of others. That was something that her and Hochi understood all too well.


Hochi came over slowly and picked up the hammer, Aja stepped back and grabbed a bottle of water, letting Hochi bang on the pipe, flattening out the end while getting his irritation out. After a drink, her water bottle went to the side, she replaced it with the sander and got to work on the end he just finished as he started on the other side. She glanced over at him, at the expression of his face, she suspected it wouldn?t be too much longer before he had something to say.

Hochi sighed as he let the hammer rest against his leg he knew this conversation was going to happen.  He glanced back toward the water then to Aja, ?It feels really nice to be back, I know I keep saying that, but it really does?  he smiled quickly before he set the hammer on the bench.

?I don?t mind hearin it, and a good days work with family can never be praised enough.? Aja said in between hammer strikes.

?It helps clear the mind I think, too much adventuring can...sometimes...cloud it.? Hochi said pausing ?I missed the docks, I?ve seen hundreds of others,, but this one is my favorite.? Smiling as he looked around his childhood playground.

?Aye. I?ve seen mah fair share a da realm. Nothin quite compares ta home.? She gave Hochi a smile. ?And da people dat make it such.?

?Yeah? There are quite a few people that know the name of Bird..?

?Dat be so?? Aja seemed amused, with an undercurrent of slight concern. ?Friendly ports?? asked idly.

He nodded, ?A few of them were not the friendliest of places? Hochi grabbed the hammer and another pipe beforing hammering flat the end of the pipe.  ?A few of the people were of the unsavory types, but now they just know there are two dangerous Birds out there.?

?Birds of prey as it were.? she smirked a little. ?Aye. Dey be right about dat. I keep JiJi busy in Ballentine with Ajay. Not dat I don?t believe those two couldn?t hold dere own in a battle, but it be best not ta find out. Aye?? Aja sighed. Of the family, Ajay was best suited as a King and JiJi? Well, she had too much a tendency to panic first for Aja?s comfort level to allow the twin anywhere near a battle scene on purpose.

?I would rather not find out if they could or couldn?t handle a battle. It is always best to not get involved in one if you can.?  Hochi had learned the hard way that there are people out there that just can?t handle the intensity of a battle.

?Secret?s safe wiff me, Kid.? She smiled at her son getting the impression that he worried about the other family members finding that out.. ?Don?t rat me out either, eh??  Aja had that same thought herself.

?I won?t rat you out, its our secret? he smiled brightly

?Good.? Aja grinned and turned the pipe. ?Much as I love yer Uncle and Aunt. Dey have skills best used right where they are.?  no sense lying to her son. ?JiJi fancies herself a brawler, but I do not believe dat is enough fer what she would encounter out dere.? Aja waved a hand toward the open ocean. ?She?d be dead ?fore she even knew what hit her.?  The expression was one of deep contemplation now. ?You and me. We?re special, Kiddo.? Aja went on sanding the pipe smooth for the welds to come.

He nodded knowing all too well that dangers of the ocean, and those that traversed it. He smiled happily hearing her, ?Damn straight we are special, we have gone out there and come back, more or less the same.? He whacked the pipe a few times flattening it ?Did you like my new ship, pretty big isn?t it?? He beams proudly as he slams the hammer down onto the pipe.

?Aye, it is at dat.? she was remaining silent for the more about going out and coming back the same comment he made. There was more to that statement than he was telling her right now. ?She requires some modifications ta fit da new motor in, one powerful enough ta propel it. But it?s a damn fine ship, Hochi.? she paused in her sanding to answer his question giving him a smile and then taking up her work again. ?If it?s alright with ya, I?ll be addin some special modifications ta her. Ones I believe yer gonna find most useful fer when yer ready ta go back out again.?  her own ship had undergone such modifications and she had been grateful for them.

?Modifications huh? What sort of modifications??

?Aye.? Aja nodded as she kept sanding. ?Added some new defensive modes ta da Breeze.? she knocked the sand block against the pipe to clear the shavings off. ?One, defects most magic attacks from mages on nearby vessels. Another slows cannon shots allowing any on board mage a chance to fling them off inta da sea.?

?I like the sound of those, right now all I have are cannons, and people who are well versed in hand to hand combat.? He paused, ?I?m going to be the scourge of slavers soon.? smirks, but there was a twinge of worry in his voice.

?Who says ya ain?t now??  she gave him a smile before getting serious again. ?We?ll train yer crew up on da new weapons. And if yer amiable ta it, new fightin skills. Oh! And explosives!? she suddenly grinned big remembering that one, then got back to the conversation. ?Some new hand ta hand skills and long range sniper rifles.?

?I would be up for the new fighting skills and training, I can get a few of the men who came to Rhydin to do the training, most jumped ship at previous harbors. I kind of just picked up a rag tag crew along the way when needed.?  Smiles, ?you know me too well, I love explosives! The more the merrier? laughs

?We?ll train ?em in Arcadia. RhyDin is alright fer a test run on some of da skills, but I think trainin is best handled round home. No need havin a new crew distracted with RhyDin City antics.? said to Hochi as she knocked off more metal shavings. ?Ya and me will go out ta da demo island later dis week. I?ll show ya some of mah latest ideas.?

?I will have to call the remaining crew back into Arcadia, seems like their fun is now over.? Chuckles, ?What Rhydin antics are you talking about? smiles knowing all too well the antics one can get into in this town.  ?Demo Island, uhh yeah of course we are going out there!?

?Good ta let ?em have a break.? Aja said about the first part, then looked up at the question. ?RhyDin City has many distractions. Da latest seems ta involve zombies.? she shrugged slightly, she would tell Hochi of her own encounters with those later, it would be off the subject for now. ?Don?t know how dey came ta be, but I don?t think a rookie crew would be equipped ta handle dem jist yet.? she again knocked the metal shavings off her sanding block and brushed off the pipe. She thought a moment about what else would be needed to update his crew. She had already cornered Hochi?s on board cook and had sent him to train with her own, who was now a successful diner owner in town. ?And what of yer healer on board, is he up to date on the latest advances??

He shook his head, ?We used to have one...? sighs still shaking his head, ?She was lost...? Hochi took a deep breath. ?We haven?t had one in the past three months.?  

?Have ta fix dat.? Aja said as she inspected the pipe. ?We?ll talk ta Parker. He?ll find a good one.?

?Yeah...that sounds like a good idea, anyone he recommends is going to be the best there is.?  He sat down leaning against one of the posts looking out at the water.

?Hoch?? Aja started slowly, ?Not ta go all pushy ma on ya...?  she leaned against the saw horses, she?d go ahead with her question although she likely knew the answer already, given what bits of information he?d already related to her.  ?Did ya bite off more dan ya could chew out dere ?fore ya had da good sense ta come home??

He watches the waves coming into the harbor, glancing up at the seagulls.  ?Something like that...? he took a deep breath ?I landed at this Island, I knew they weren?t the best of people.  I was almost sure that they were slavers but I wasn?t completely sure. So we docked and what not and took a look around, before you know it my entire crew...was captured.?  He sighed still staring at the water.

Aja listened as he spoke and tugged her gloves off, they got tossed on the workbench, as she grabbed a couple new water bottles from the coolers quietly as Hochi related his tale. Coming over to him, one water bottle was given to him as she took a seat next to him.

?And I take it ya couldn?t get dem all back??  she guessed not looking at him, but staring off at the water like he was.

He nodded pausing ?Yeah...I lost a lot of people, very good people.? He takes the water bottle unscrewing it taking a drink.  ?Almost was caught myself...was on the ship for a few weeks.? He closed his eyes tightly remembering the dark cargo hold.  The hundreds of other people chained below deck.  The terrible conditions, the waiting, and the silence, the parading about on a dock in front of a buyer. ?I was almost bought...I had to start a big fight so they wouldn?t want me...? sighs looking at the ground between his legs going silent.

Aja?s hand reached over to come to rest on his shoulder as he spoke.

He takes a deep breath, ?I was terrified, I hadn?t been that terrified since I was a little kid when those men took me away from you....? closes his eyes tightly. That hand that had merely rested on his shoulder went around and she pulled him in a little. He was never going to be too old for her to comfort.

?Loss. We know it well.? she said quietly. ?We shall always feel it.. no matter how much time goes by. As we will with da fear.?

?When I finally managed to get a rebellion organised to take the ship.  I went back to the Island to see if any of my crew were there...I lost 10...because of me...? he moves in closer to her, ?I brought them there...I had lost crew...but never lost any to a slaver...sent them to a life worse than death...? lowers his head remembering his own time enslaved as a child.  Being fed just enough to keep you alive, the whippings, the pain.  ?I tried to find them but I couldn?t I had to leave the Island very fast but those slavers are still on that Island.?  Takes a very long drink of water.

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Arcadia / Hochi Galvanting about the world!
« on: October 18, 2012, 04:08:56 AM »
The Griffin Tribe

"Timber!" Martin shouted loudly as a tree crashed to the ground sending birds and animals running in all directions.  A few of the crew were able to react fast enough to take few rabbits down.  Hochi looked around his makeshift camp that was starting to be set up. He was splitting logs for the fires, there were a few men working on tents and a few were out in the woods looking for food.  This island wasn't on any of his charts or maps, there was just a few mentions of it in some books.  He slammed the axe down splitting a log in two.

He finished with the rest of the logs that were designated for firewood.  Night was coming fast, he looked at his watch, 6 O'clock they had about an hour before sunset.  This Island was strange, it was in a tropical place, but yet there were no palm trees or any tropical plant life in general.  The trees were mainly weeping willows and pine trees on the interior of the island.  Almost all the beaches were hard to navigate due to cliffs and large rocks that had to be scaled to get around.  As far as he knew, there were no inhabitants, at least they hadn't met them yet.  

As the sun sank below the tree line the shadows over took the forest.  Fires were quickly lit, food was cooked and bellies were filled.  Hochi wrote in his journal:
  Island seems safe enough, the forests are overflowing with animals.  First day of hunting and we have enough rations for a week.  Its amazing!  Possible hunting grounds for the future? Tomorrow we will move deeper into the island while fortifying our position.

He closed the journal, "Ill take the first watch, lets get some sleep, we have a lot of work to do tomorrow."  The men slowly moved to their tents for the night.

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Arcadia / Hochi's trip home
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:45:54 AM »
Hochi stood at the bow of the  The Odyssey, his newly acquired vessel.  It was a beautiful ship, sure it wasn't built by the careful hands of Aja, but he loved it nonetheless. It was 50m in length and held a crew of 25. Had three masts, 10 cannons on either side, and a very large cargo hold.  Thanks to the previous owner's occupation, slaver traders. He chuckled to himself thinking about her checking every inch meticulously, writing down upgrades, or improvements that would have to be done all in the name of safety for her crazed adventurer.  He missed her so much, it had been a long time since he had stepped foot in Rhydin. So much had happened since then, he wondered how things were going in the shipyard, whether or not if Peanut still played around the docks. He knew Lenny missed that monkey.  The beagle was at Hochi's side, time had shown itself on the dog.  The two companions had seen their fair share of trouble and death defying exploits.  Hochi reached down scratching that sweet spot which made Lenny's eyes close happily.  He turned from the bow and headed toward his cabin spotting Martin as he headed over.
   ?Sir, do we have a heading, or should I start the usual procedure and pick a random direction??  Martin grinned, the man needed the rush of adventure much like himself.  
   ?Uh, I think we should make a heading toward the Alabaster peninsula, we need to drop off a bit of cargo and crew, if they want off, before we can go home Martin.?  Hochi smiled, as he brushed past Martin.  He opened the ornate mahogany doors going to into the Captain's quarters.  His quarters were decorated with a few trophies, one was an ancient orcish war axe.  The same axe that nearly took the head of martin.  His eyes moved to his map table which was covered in scrolls, books, parchments with strange markings on them, and a smattering of runes.  As he walked across the room he passed by the table looking at his charts estimating how long before he would see home again.  It would only be a few days.  He moved to his bed and flopped down onto it closing his eyes.  Lenny laid down in his own bed as the two companions fell asleep.

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Riverview Clinic / True Tall Tales of the Explorer Brat!
« on: July 23, 2009, 11:09:35 PM »
Hochi stood in front of the small crowd of kids with a big smile plastered across his face.  ?Hi, Hochi Bird Onyxfire is the name, this is Lenny and Peanut? the spider monkey poked his head out of the collar of Hochi's shirt chattering happily as he was mentioned.  ?If you have not heard, Hochi is the best explorer ever and Hochi is here to tell some amazing stories of exploring, that are all true by the way.? Giggling he rubbed his hands together thinking for a few seconds.

?Hochi is going to tell you about Yellow Skull Island, and the treasure that Hochi found there? he looked around the recovery ward, ?this island, is surrounded by miles and miles of cold, harsh water. Covered with forests, which is filled with dangerous animals.  No one has ever been to Yellow Skull Island, Hochi was the first explorer there.? He paused for effect, ?we landed the boat onto the beach and ran onto the sand and then we moved into the scary dark forest it was dark...and...? pauses thinking ?gloomy Hochi could hear scaaaarrrry animals.  Suddenly there was a loud crash,? he claps his hands together to add emphasis ?then, a very, very angry elephant saw us and ran right at Hochi! Hochi and Lenny jumped out of the way but Peanut stood still!  Hochi watched as peanut stood still as the big ol' mean elephant ran straight at Peanut. But instead of being killed Peanut Jumped and climbed on top of the Elephant.?

He started to giggle as Peanut jumped onto the floor flexing his arms chattering, Lenny moved towards one of the children.  ?Peanut held onto the elephant and started to tickle the large animal, Hochi didn't think it was going to work.  But then the elephant crashed into the ground and started to laugh? Hochi giggles now as Peanut puffs out his chest all proud like. ?The elephant wasn't mad anymore and just left us alone and just walked away.  So we continued to explore this dangerous and deadly Island, we walked for hours and hours until we finally found a cave.  This cave held the treasure of Yellow Skull Island, this treasure legend says is massive!? He spread his arms wide to show them how big the treasure is ?As we came up to the cave two lions jumped out of it and were growling at Lenny and Hochi.?  Now Lenny wagged his tail watching Hochi as he hears his name called.

?These two lions moved closer to Hochi and Lenny, Peanut vanished? He gave Peanut a playful mad look, ?So Lenny and Hochi attacked the lions punching and kicking and biting? he punches and kicks the air, ?Then after Hochi fought off these lions we entered into this scary cave.  Lenny and Hochi moved through the cave slowly, suddenly we came up to an edge we looked down and saw? He stops for a few seconds ?a river full of giant Hochi eating sharks,  Lenny and Hochi didn't know what to do, after a long time of discussing our options. We had decided to jump across over these hungry sharks, we took a few steps back and ran and jumped over the water four sharks jumps out to eat us!? Flailing his arms in the air ?but we landed on the other side rolling back to our feet then there it was, the treasure of Yellow Skull Island, we walked up to the glorious treasure and it was? stopping he looks at all of the excited faces ?it was a bag full of shiny rocks, Hochi returned from the Island with his crew to share Hochi's treasure with everyone here.? He pulls a bag out of his pocket and moves to hand each child a few rubies and diamonds ?These are enchanted to bring good luck so keep them safe.? He smiles happily as he finishes his story quickly.

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Dragon's Tales / Taken!
« on: July 16, 2009, 10:51:57 PM »
Running home he glanced down at his watch, 4:50 he was going to be late for dinner.  Mama and Maria were going to be mad if he was late again.  He ducked into an alleyway knowing it was a shortcut home.

"Hochi going to make it!"

Suddenly Asar moved into view from around the corner standing infront of Hochi, he stopped dead the color draining from his face his heart plummeted.  

"n-n-n-no...Taskmaster..."

Asar smiled looking down at the boy,
"Ah yes you do remember who I am, lets see if you remember how to listen.  Now put this on around your neck."
Asar dug into his pocket pulling out a silvery collar and tossing it on the ground infront of the boy.  

Hochi's legs shook as he stared at Asar he started to back up slowly. "Hochi no...Hochi has to get home..." he stuttered.

Asar furrowed his brow as he looked at the boy for a few seconds before a whip materialized in his hand. "Put it on now slave 76845 or else."

Hochi winced as the whip appeared, "No Hochi light you on-" Hochi stopped as Asar cracked the whip just knicking Hochi's right shoulder, causing hochi to jump backwards. "Put the collar on now or you will get worse then this now!" Tears streamed down his face as he reached out with a shaky hand and quickly put the collar on.  A numbing sensation began to take his body over as the collar was fastened around his neck.

Asar smiled, "See, now that wasn't so difficult now was it?"  Hochi began to lose feeling and control over his legs and arms, he layed on the ground crying. "Now stop crying I'm going to allow you to wave this life goodbye" Asar moved to the side letting Hochi see his home two blocks away, "You almost made it back, but see now your going to make me a very rich man."  Asar snapped his fingers three men came out of the shadows gathering Hochi up they moved back away from Aja's house.  Asar stared at the house for a few more seconds before turning following his men into the alley chuckling to himself along the way.

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Dragon's Tales / I'm watching you...
« on: July 08, 2009, 04:13:04 PM »
There was that strange feeling, just barely noticable.  The taskmaster switched visions checking each of the dark connections sensing any changes then there it was it couldnt be him.  He focused on the connection, "So you really do have new friends Hochi" He focused a a bit more, yes there...I have you now.  

"Im leaving for Rhydin, I want thirty men with me."  He turned moving towards the stables men scrambling to get the other men ready.

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