Solo Lessons in Foraging

Evalynn goes to Miranda in hopes to learn about how to be a forager

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Syka is a new settlement of primarily humans on the east coast of Falyndar opposite of Riverfall on The Suvan Sea. [Syka Codex]

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Lessons in Foraging

Postby Evalynn Frostfawn on April 27th, 2022, 5:59 pm

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Syka: Spring 20, 522AV

The morning sun had barely risen above the sea as Eva had arrived at Turtle Cove. The area was tranquil and relaxing when she arrived, nearly calling her to stay longer. She was almost tempted to, but her mission to improve her skills trumped the desire to relax. Eva's brown eyes scanned over the area in search of a woman named Miranda, a local who was said to have pretty credible knowledge on foraging. It didn't take long for her to spot her teacher just off in the distance, enjoying some morning air and walking towards the water. A smile came to Eva and she started to approach the women while also calmly calling out to her.

"Excuse me Miss Miranda, I had heard you were skilled in foraging and was wondering if I may be taught by you? I also heard you know a fair bit about sea life, may I also partake in a few stories on them?"

At this point, Miranda had turned to face Evalynn and put on an inquisitive look. She took in the request with thoughtful eyes before inviting Evalynn over towards the water. With a bit of hesitancy, she walked over, unsure of what was about to happen. From the surface, Miranda looked like any other human, with long braids and chocolate skin. However, Eva knew she was an Ethaefal, and since she had never actually met one face to face, the experience was new.

'Don't be scared Evalynn, she won't hurt you! She's not some animal, she's a living being that you've never encountered before and are nervous to meet because it's something new.'

Eva found herself flush with confusion by the time she reached Miranda and lowered herself into the water with her. The cool water flowing over her skin and through her clothes did help her cool off quite a bit, so she was thankful for that. Now ner eyes watched and her ears listened as Miranda explained the proper way to forage. She gave tips on how to be cautious, never touch a plant without being crystal clear on what it is. Some plants have deadly doubles, and without a clear understanding one could end up dead.

The next topic is about knowing the land you are foraging on. Pay attention to what poisonous plants grow in the area and avoid trails mostly occupied by humans. Freshwater streams and off-trail areas tend to grow more of an abundance of items. Evalynn took in as much information as she could mentally before she asked if they could do more hands-on work. This allowed her to be able to absorb and retain the information better than just listening and having a higher chance of forgetting.

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Lessons in Foraging

Postby Evalynn Frostfawn on May 2nd, 2022, 10:57 pm

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It took a bit more conversation from Miranda before the pair wandered off into the woods behind her home. She was told the hands on process was much easier, as all she had to do was hunt for items that Miranda told her to find. This time, she was foraging for food, a fruit to be exact, that was growing in a tree. It was called an avacado, something Eva had never heard of or tried before. It was supposed to be dark green and shaped like a pear and be growing on trees. Miranda led Eva over to an area that she had claimed to see a wild avacado tree growing and wanted Eva to collect some.

On the way there, Eva also learned about some other wild edibles that was along the ground floor. A flower who's sap is a painkiller and it's leaves can be used in a salad. She learned of a good spot where bugs could be harvested for a source of protein. Evalynn looked horrified at the thought which caused Miranda to laugh.

"Yes child, eating bugs is one possibility of getting the required protein in your system."

Though, no matter what this woman would say Eva hopped she would never be put into a situation where she would be forced to eat bugs. Just the thought of it made her stomach twist and turn, making a groan if discomfort escape her lips. Miranda still found it amusing before they arrived in the area and turned to Eva with a smile.

"This is the place, around this area is an avocado tree. Once again, the fruit of this tree has a rough, dark green skin and is shaped like a pear. It shouldn't be hard to miss."

With this information refreshed in her mind, Eva turned an took in the surroundings. Her eyes scanned every tree branch she could while her feet started to guide her forward. In her head, Eva would repeat what the avacado looked like until she found it. Her eyes strained and her hands started pulling and tugging on branches to get a better look. It took maybe an hour before Eva found a partially rotting one under some thick brush.

She gasped, hr first sign that the tree was close! She kneeled down and studied the fallen fruit and all that had happened to it. It looked blackish with barely any gree to it, and possibly half eaten judging by how a chunk of it was missing. In the center there seemed to be some hard, round thing which piqued her interest. Without much of a second thought, Eva reached in and picked it up, ignoring the slimy feeling now coating her fingers. She held it out and turned it all around, spotting what seems to be a bit of green splitting out of it. Was this new growth? Evalynn stood and gently caressed the seedling in one hand as her eyes and free hand continued to look around for the tree in the proximity.

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Lessons in Foraging

Postby Evalynn Frostfawn on May 4th, 2022, 10:34 pm

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After another thirty minutes, Evalynn finally found what she was looking for. An avocado tree, blending into the thick green growth, presented itself with hardly any fruits on it. Filled with joy and relief to finally complete her task, Eva took note of the location of the tree and its features. It had glossy, oblong leaves that looked to be nearly a foot long. The branches seemed to be spreading wide, making the tree look shorter compared to it's neighbors. Eva smiled some and pushed her way through the branches to look for some fruit.

'Oh, there are still flowers on this tree. That's odd, if this tree is still flowering, how could it produce fruit?' Eva pondered this a bit before signing heavily and exiting the tree. She wasn't going to be able to complete her task now if she encountered a tree still waiting to hear it. Instead, she looked around the area again and found something else that she had completely missed beforehand. 'Are those some sort of berry??’

Eva walked over to it carefully and kneeled down, examining the bushlike tree. Sure enough, there were bright redish orange berries and looked like an off brand cherry. The branches of this bush covered in feathery looking leaves. She grabbed a branch to pick a few berries and examind them closely in her hands. They were round, with and uneven coloring of red to green and some were even orange. She squeezed one to get a feel for it and found that it was firm to the touch.

Instead, Eva used hr nails and pried one open, revealing a white flesh and a large seed. Raising a bursted berry to her nose and sniffed, not really getting much of a scent other that a acidic, fruity smell. It didn't cause her skin any irritation either, so she figured the berries wasn't harmful to eat. Taking the plunge, she took the seed out and slowly put one in her mouth and chewed thoughtfully, being greeted by a shockingly sour taste that caused her mouth to pucker some. The taste made Eva shiver some as she quickly swallowed the fruit and heave out a sigh of relief. She eyed the rest of the berries in her hand before also pocketing them and standing.

"Take note of this plant too, never know when it will be useful." Eva took a mental note of the bush before also giving a bit of a groan. She needed to invest in a journal. All these notes was going to take a toll on her mind.

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