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Postby Vasin on May 4th, 2019, 6:46 pm

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Never before had Vasin come up against anything just like this, not even that bear he ran into compared to the horror that they just fought. It left him shaken, its clear vicious intent obvious the moment it had attacked them. He was used to dealing with other people or even natural animals. But this thing, it reminded him of legends and stories. It was freaky, and he didn't understand it as he eyes Kelski over. He had not gotten a good look of the fight when she came in to assist him. Vasin didn't think he saw any wounds, but his eyes quickly went to her own. From just a look he knew she was also shaken like him. Not all mysteries were pleasant as this thing had demonstrated to them equally."Yeah... a big metal snake..." he said his eyes going back to the limp metallic corpse."I think..." he breathed."It has metal scales?" he said not daring to get close to it. Perhaps it was playing dead? No, it couldn't right? She got it right in the eye."It can't be... well there is no way that thing is natural." Vasin would say gesturing towards the creature.

"It's okay..." Vasin would reassure having steadied himself by now."Probably was the best thing to do in that situation. Quick thinking on your part." Vasin said nodding appreciatively."It probably wasn't used to someone beating it close up like that." Vasin said shaking his head, recalling how quickly her strikes had landed true when she had closed the distance."Thank you." he said appreciatively with the start of a smile as Kelski had called him a friend."Luckily you won't have to figure that part out. That snake is dead, and I care to explore with you for a long while more." he said glad that Kelski valued his company as a friend and as a fellow explorer."Plus, we still have a whole lot more exploring together. I don't think our cords of fate part ways just yet." Vasin said recalling how earlier she had mentioned the cords of fate. He didn't know for how long their own met, but he wanted them to stay together for a while.

Vasin smiled back now more fully his eyes to the snake and then to her."Happy to be a special case then." he said with a brief nod now cautiously approaching the snake as well, glancing down at its metallic form."Even if our trips together are short in nature, I think that our burning desire to find the unknown and to see the unseen will let us do all of that and more. Even if it is short trips." he said echoing what Kelski had told him."I mean, in just one trip we stumbled upon..." he gestured to the metal scaled snake."So sometimes right? I'll make sure to take you up on the offer." Vasin said with a nod."We make a rather good team I think." he added on. There was something about Kelski which had let him take that first step."You know..." he said rubbing his chin a little and stroking that beard."If I hadn't met you on that dock, and if you hadn't gotten me to open up... I would probably still be just there, staring off into the distance. But after I met you, I feel like the possibilities of the world opened up to me." he said trying not to sound overly sappy.

"It could be either really." he shrugged with a thought."But yeah, we should skin it so we can show others. People would just think its a drunken tale otherwise." he confirmed thinking it was a good idea."Plus, it helps to bring back pieces of explorations or adventures. Taken the unknown, and make it known to others." he reasoned though was also curious about the exact nature of the creature."Some examination should also tell us what exactly it is, and where it came from right?" he said as he watched her get the carcass into position. Vasin would squat down next to her, carefully watching the process.

Vasin watched with curiosity as she jabbed her blade into the lower belly of the snake, right up to its vent. There was a soft spot no doubt he reasoned as he watched her start to cut away. He blinked in surprise as he saw its exposed skeleton briefly glint under their artificial light."It's got metal bones? This thing is full of surprises." Vasin said before nodding at her request for help. Jabbing his fingers under the skin he would help her peel it off. Revealing more and more of its interior workings."Could try hauling it... but that might be messy... or attract unwanted attention." he would say after they had finished. He didn't mind blood, his line of work, and his living here made him rather used to it.

"Well..." Vasin started to say looking forward."It couldn't hurt to take a look around right? Maybe there could be some answers?" he said standing up."The blood and meat might attract Brats... but judging by those bones... I don't think there will be much of anything else in there. Anything alive I mean." he reasoned out but was not entirely sure himself.
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Postby Kelski on June 10th, 2019, 12:36 am

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Kelski had to laugh at their situation. “If I weren’t here in person, witnessing this, I wouldn’t honestly believe it myself. Metal snakes… metal scales and skeletons. It’s just not natural. Whom ever heard of flesh living in metal frames? That must be a kind of lost magic I’ve never heard of.” Kelski speculated, then shook her head and glanced around. “Well… if we are going to explore, lets get on with it. Just keep your eyes out.” Kelski said pleased. She was still glowing under the compliment of Vasin thinking they made a good team. She’d had little praise in her life, and each bit people offered freely buoyed her up like a bobbing apple in the Mudway at high water.

“I don’t think you would have still been there, on that dock, If I hadn’t met you.” Kelski countered his words gently. “You have too much of a burning desire to explore. You are like me… like we’ve talked about… asking too many questions and trying hard to figure out the answers.” Kelski said, certain he still wouldn’t have been on that dock reading.

Kelski glanced at the skeleton. “Let’s leave it here for now, explore further, and when we head out you can decide if you want to haul it or not. It looks heavy, but not that heavy. It’s skull, for one thing, might make a great display piece. You never know when you need to convince someone to fund one of your adventures and that might make a convincing argument in and of itself.” Kelski added, looking thoughtfully at the remains of the corpse. The meat they would have to leave. Kelski doubted either of them would chance eating it anyhow.

Meanwhile, Kelski wanted to explore what was more and more looking like some sort of crazy animal collection. She didn’t actually have a way to fly over it to scout for the ceilings were too low, but she had a good time pacing out the length and breath of what she considered a ‘facility’ and along with Vasin discovered cages and areas where various animals were kept. They found nothing else alive, but they did find evidence of other odd dead things, including larger metal skeletons of things she couldn’t even remotely begin to identify with. They found something that looked like an office of sorts, though the record books that seemed to line the shelves were all crumbling with rot and decay, absolutely unreadable. Kelski was meticulous in her searching though, and left nothing unturned or unmoved in her investigation.

In one area, Kelski discovered what looked to be a sort of insect lab. It had bottles and bottles of preserved insects floating in some sort of liquid. Some of the bottles were labeled. Some where not. But on one shelf she carefully searched, she found a big jar of what looked to be beetles that were labeled ‘Blood Beetles’. Below the title was the scraweled old fashioned common that read ‘Open in the event of a blood spill. They will consume the spill.” The jar caught her attention because the beetles looked like metal jewelcrafting workings and were not suspended in liquid. “Vasin, look at this?” She said, showing him the jar. She didn’t attempt to open it, but indeed decided to slide the jar into her backpack. It was big enough it barely fit through the mouth of the bag. “Let’s keep looking. There might be other things around. I’m going to call up magesight. Auristics is a magic you should learn too… it might lead to other things.” She added, concentrating, pooling djed into her eyes, and expanding her eagle vision and flooding it with djed. Tendrils of power drifted through the entire facility and she realized suddenly it glowed.

“Vasin…. there’s magic all around us.” Kelski said softly with wonder. She turned, exited what she thought was the insect lab, and studied the glowing all around her. “I think there are things of magic here… lots of them.” She whispered, not sure what exactly she was looking at.
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Postby Vasin on June 14th, 2019, 10:08 am

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Vasin had been looking at a rather... malformed? Yes, a malformed metal skeleton sitting in a cage when Kelski had called for his attention. He wasn't exactly an expert when it came to animals, but this thing... it didn't look right. Like the metal had not been set properly? Bones were fused together and made droopy. Joints were fuzed in places to it retained some shape as it had in life. This wasn't just some collection, it was... experimentation? There were a lot of questions floating in his head, his eyes locked on that misshapen skeleton. Who? What? Why? Were the three main questions when it got boiled down to the bare elements."Hmm?" he questioned his attention turning to Kelski after a brief moment. His eyes wandering to the jar she had found."Blood Beatles?" he asked curiously as he came over to get a better look. This place gave him the creeps, and whoever made this place was probably creepy in return. Like that Mad Doctor in the world above. Probably someone like him right?

"I don't doubt it. Whoever... or whatever made this place must have used magic..." he said having never even really ever heard of anything like this, not even in regards to that doctor. "Probably a good idea for me to learn, especially if it lets me see magic stuff. I think you used it before didn't you?" he said recalling when her eyes had glowed before, and now watching her once more he saw the same thing happen again. As she had pulled djed up into her eyes he saw them glow. Then, an exited look came to her face and Vasin knew immediately that she had found something."All over the place?" he glanced around."Like what?" he asked though followed her line of sight over to the insect section. While Vasin was not able to see it, there was for certain something that would stand out over at that end of the place. He squinted his eyes though it was a pointless effort.

With her vision, Kelski would see something that stood out which had been hidden before. Seeping through into her vision was the telltale glow of a magic object. It was in a box behind some of the jars and underneath a stack of decayed paper. There was something in it, and to her, it was clear as day without a doubt. But to Vasin, all he really saw was what was obvious. The jars, the papers, and the rest of the lab equipment. What could be back there?
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