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At the mountains Summit
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:20:33 AM »
As the team flies to their destination a briefing plays through their scrolls. It is read by reasonably well known Mistrali Huntsman, Sam Copper, who has more or less been given charge over the extended operation to find the Dustsmith. Sam has been trailing the Dustsmith for years now and has a considerable well of experience for the matter. He stays on the line for any questions.

++++++++++++íOver the past three days four Faunus members of the Falcon Haven community have died under mysterious circumstances. Falcon Haven, like many dust mines, has a long negative history in regards to Human-Faunus relations and as such in a of impartiality the towns ruling council has asked for Hunters to help them deal with the situation. With no full Hunters available as they are busy chasing the Dustsmith of securing towns against more immediate threats. There is a fear that even if the attacks are not race related, which they do appear to be, the White Fang, who are becoming more and more active in the region since the Dustsmithís arrival, might use this situation to rally more to their banner. As such it is of critical import that this situation is resolved as quickly as possible, Falcon Haven is simply too critical a base to let it fall into disarray when it is needed most.

The dangers facing you are likely to be considerable. The despair these murders has caused as well as the bad memories they cause to resurface has attracted a great number of Grimm to the mountain. As it stands few if any land-based Grimm have made a serious attempt to gain entry to Falcon Haven but itís aerial guns have been firing two days straight to keep the Nevermores, Griffins and Lancers at bay. This is why you wonít be able to land in Falcon Haven itself and must make your way up through the mining shafts. The wildlife isnít going to be a threat but there is always the possibility of freeholders taking advantage of some of the mostly tapped veins far from the repercussions of Falcon Haven. And past all this is the possible murderer, to make their attacks now just as the Dustsmith is handing out weapons seems too much to be a coincidence so even if they arenít trained fighters they shouldnít be approached lightly. If they exist that is. The medical staff and policing force of Falcon Haven should serve as powerful allies regardless and they can shore up any investigative flaws you have.í+++++++++++++


The Bullhead had been flying close to the ground for the last ten minutes as she made her final approach to Falcon Haven. It was a bumpy ride as the pilot had to navigate the rocky outcrops and temperate forests of their environment, Atlesian by her uniform but she didnít look like any specialist the collected Huntsmen-and-Huntresses-in-Training had seen before and she didnít offer a name. The reason for this extra danger was clear to anyone looking out the windows, a black shapeless swarm hang heavy around Falcon Haven, Nevermores but too far away to see in any detail,  and the wreckages of airships all around them who had flow too high into the Grimm flock.

Regardless the team made good time and quickly reached the mining shaft they were entering from, around fifty meters above the ground and the Bullhead hovered close enough to make it an easy jump. Up ahead was mostly darkness and a steep climb, miners hadnít gone this low since the airbase had been constructed which meant the lights although still in place had most of their wiring damage by the mountains various native inhabitants. The flickering lights would probably end up being more of a nuisance than benefit as it stopped peoples eyes adjusting to the dark.
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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 05:00:56 PM »
Toast had spent the majority of the trip lounging about the bullhead seemingly without any cares in the world.  In fact, he seemed to be enjoying the bumpy ride as the bullhead tossed and turned to navigate through its environment. 

When Sam came on to give the briefing for the mission, the young man nonchalantly listened.  The mission seemed simple enough.  ĒSo, basically, fight our way up the mountain into the town, then collect jizz samples until we find the guy thatís been killing people,Ē he summarized succinctly.  He didnít really have any questions, at least not any that Sam could answer better than the people in the city, so the young faunus simply leaned back, relaxed and enjoyed the rest of his bumpy flight.

When the bullhead arrived at the mining shaft, Toast leapt through the door almost as soon as it opened, performing an acrobatic flip before landing into the cave.  He took quick stock of his surroundings, giving the area a careful scan, but the flickering light made it hard for his eyes to adjust to the darkness quickly.  In any case, he didnít spy any immediate threat, so he casually leaned against the cave wall as the rest of his team joined him.
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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 01:49:06 AM »
Revya listened to the briefing quietly and gave a chuckle at the response from Toast. He had put Ladybug in the bullhead and once the doors opened to let the group out Revya was already on the bike with helmet on.
The instant the doors opened Revya gunned it and flew from the bullhead hitting the ground and skidding slightly spraying rocks around. after landing Revya dismounted and walked the bike towards the cave.
"Glad I brought ladybug, I think her headlights will come in handy." With that comment Revya turned on Ladybug's headlights to try and illuminate the cave in a more reliable manner.
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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 08:52:32 AM »
Dawn stood by one of the Bullhead's windows, watching as they passed through the craggy environment. Only at the sound of her scroll did she averted her gaze from the window to look at the holographic screen and listen to Sam's briefing.
She nodded silently as he finished and immediately turned back to the window, having no questions in desperate need of an answer.

When the Bullhead arrived at the mining shaft, Dawn grabbed her skateboard, which was leaning against the wall next to her, tucked it under her arm and then jumped nimbly into the cave. The flickering lights made it hard to get a clearer picture of their surroundings, but nevertheless, she was determined and ready to go "Well then, let's get started guys."
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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 06:12:34 AM »
Camelia didn't really mind the rough ride. She'd done far worse to herself when she was starting out with her semblance. Nothing like accidentally smashing your head into an amphitheater's ceiling to get you going. Apart from that, she keenly listened to the briefing given (at a distance) by none other than Sam Cooper, who'd she heard of before. She didn't hear of much unless they had some reputation, too, so that spoke lengths as to how known they were around Hunting circles.

The briefing was clear and concise and Camelia found she had nothing to want for in terms of additional information. She was, however, thoroughly disturbed by Toast's comment, sat opposite and to the side of herself. Collect... jizz samples? What? "...What?" Alas, before she could either figure out what the hell that meant or get an answer, the Bullhead arrived at its destination.

Being armoured as she was (and seeing as how someone'd brought their vehicle along), Camelia decided to bring up the rear. After everyone else was off, she jumped onto the roc below herself, landing with a loud thud accompanied by the rock breaking a bit under her equipment's weight. She immediately took hold of one half of Unity and left the other sheathed, whilst Orion remained on her back for the moment. She'd probably take a hold of it after a bit, depending on how fast they progressed through the mine.

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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 06:40:14 AM »
Although the pilot chuckled slightly Samís reaction mirrored much of Cameliaís in bewildered annoyance although the experienced huntsman managed to hide it reasonably well. íThere will likely be a little more to it than that Wabul but hopefully for all our sakes I hope the end result is the same. We need Falcon Haven secure if we are going to have a solid base here. But if there arenít any questions Iíll leave you all to it, I have other debriefs that I have run so I wish you all the best of luck.í Sam Copper remarked before terminating their call. The bullhead quickly flew away, a little higher than before with itís lighter load making the ride look a lot smoother.

Illuminated by Ladybugís headlights it was clear that despite these shafts hadnít been in use for a while and the lights were playing up they were well made. Cut almost completely square with regular wooden supports showing little or no signs of rot or decay. Slowly going further and further up the shaft curved around itself until it would eventually reach Falcon Haven. It would make dragging Ladybug around difficult unless Revya rode it which would cause problems with noise and additional flammable materials.

The group started to find a fair few offshoots to different parts of the mining system. All of them carved out in the same high quality in craftsmanship and regular breaks to ensure the stability of the entire system. All of them except for one. Harshly carved out with a drill made this tunnel more circular than square and there was a complete absence of any wooden supports. More worryingly there was the sound of mining and heavy machinery coming from further down the tunnel.

If the impromptu group of hunters in training decides to check out this noise it wouldnít take long before they could hear voices intermingled with all the sounds of industry. Luckily with all the excess noise going around, it would only require a moderate amount of stealth to sneak up on them and get within a reasonable distance of the group. There looked like there were two miners working heavy machinery and other four loading up mining carts The workers were all singing a song and working in time to the beat of the words. It was well timed which suggested this being a regular activity. If the group decided that they had to at least check in with Falcon Watch and begin their mission as soon as possible before diverting their attention there was an elevator a fair distance along the main mining shaft. It would bring the group to Falcon Watch quickly although from the look of it the noise could easily be heard over the mining machines.
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Re: At the mountains Summit
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 08:29:07 PM »
It took Toast a bit to realize Sam was addressing him when he made his comment, but by the time the faunus realized the huntsman was using his real name, he was already in the mine.  Oh well.

In the meantime, Toast took stock of the surroundings now that there was an adequate source of light, and the environment surprised him slightly.  Whoever built these mines knew what they were doing.  Or, at least, it looked like they knew what they were doing.  Everything looked square and uniform, which made it seem like there was a degree of architectural planning involved.  The only real sign of mineís abandonment is the faltering lighting system. 

Normally, Toast wouldnít really think too much on any of this as the group wandered through the tunnel, but the jarring difference between what seemed to be the official, if abandoned, portion of the mine and the one off-shoot that lacked the support structure and clean-cut pathways of the rest was just too hard to miss.  Between that and the sounds of work and machinery, the cat faunusís curiosity was piqued, and Toast started meandering down the tunnel without really waiting for the rest of the groupís opinion or comment.

Heís not being entirely lackadaisical, of course.  He is on a mission and treating it at least somewhat seriouslyÖfor him, at least.  He sticks close to the walls, using his acrobatic skill to keep light on his feet and stealthy and focusing on his auraís natural ďdanger senseĒ to sniff out anything dangerous before it bites him in the ass.
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