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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:23 am

It was wise to avoid unnecessary conflict but it was also an opportunity to learn if one did lurk in the floating plants. Gorthrax cranes his neck to look at Elanro "Wise to be cautious, but what if they are harmless? It would be best to find out what we can, yes?"

Gorthrax was curious about the plants but didn't particularly care either way, the beasts at the oasis could no doubt wait an extra day or two.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:46 pm

Vra'fa leaned forward in her seat with interest, her chin just above Na'no's shoulder. At this distance the dark shape still looked like a cloud but she trusted that Gorthrax was right. Floating plants in numbers this size? She had never seen anything remotely similar to this and she was fascinated. What would it be like to fly through it, a green river of life running through the sky?

"How about we fly closer to it and judge a bit closer? We are not in an especial hurry but our resources are not infinite and it would be wise to not take an unnecessary delay. If it looks like it won't do any damage to our ship or contain wild creatures we should fly through."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:26 am

Even though Na'No doesn't like when others come close to her private space, she has no problem with Vra'fa leaning over. It seems that she starts feeling really comfortable next to her. Having another Tau around her that could lead to a possible friendship gives her strength. Never had she thought that a Water Caste would be so interested in her stories.

"We are coming closer. It should need no longer than a Dec to be right inside the storm." Art'ol keeps blinking on the front of the TX. The drone made records of the sinister appearance. The storm had a intriguing appeal.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:22 am

With the decision made, Na'no powered the TX5 up and headed straight for the mass. The closer you get, the more easy it is to distinguish what they really are. It was as Gorthrax had said; plant life by the thousands floated in a great mass. The lowest were about ten meters off the ground, while the highest stretched up and up, easily one hundred meters or more.

Both small and large specimens were present. Thick, rounded brown foundations, which looked far too heavy to float, branched up into bright white, blue, and teal flowers. They bobbed up and down slowly, as though on unseen waves. Beneath them, the desert floor was bathed in extremely inviting shadows - a respite from the harsh suns.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:46 pm

While the Piranha bobbed there, Elanro lifted himself up out of his seat, and pulled out his rifle, aiming it towards the mass of plants. He put his eye in the sight, scanning the edge of the mass, trying to spot any other signs of life. Afterwards he scanned bellow, looking for irregularly moving spots of shadow and light. Such a dense thicket could easily mask larger life-forms, but their movement out of sinc with the shadows below could give them away.

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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:05 pm

Vra'fa's eyes were wide and her mouth slightly open as she stared in wonder at the sight before her, a forest of life literally taken to the skies. It just didn't seem possible. Some of the plants seemed like they might have serious weight. Perhaps they were hollow or porus? Were they so light that the suns heat caused them to rise up like this? Or could it be other forces at play?
Vra'fa wished she knew a little more about natural biology, but her failure to understand didn't detract from the rush of blood to her face and her beaming smile. This is what it meant to travel the stars, to see things one wouldn't even imagine back home.
She glanced over to look at Elanro to see he was pointing his weapon up and down at the mass. Maybe sites like this were more commonplace to him. At least his gun wasn't pointed inside the vehicle.

"I feel like I need to rub my eyes... This is just so... Its amazing. It shouldn't be possible and yet... It's truly a wonder of this planet."

She contemplated the floating masses for another moment before getting control of herself.
"Perhaps we could fly underneath them? It looks like we should have enough space."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:13 pm

Elanro looked at the image, eying it suspiciously:

Sure, we could go under. But be careful with any flames, it could be flammable gases keeping that zogg up in place.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:27 pm

The floating meadow continues to bob and weave peacefully, despite the suspicious glares thrown its way.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:35 am

Vra'fa nodded as the old fire warrior spoke, one finger on her cheek.
"Ah it could be that. I was imagining it was something to do with the sunlight. If it is that, there might be some low lying heavy gasses. If anyone notices any problem with their breathing we should turn around immediately."
She gave Elarno a grin.
"That's a good point Shas'la Elanro. We should probably refrain from firing any of our weapons while underneath this."
Privately she was amused by the symbolism of the warrior asking for care to be taken around his own element but kept this to herself.
"Shall we go then? See if it feels safe under there and if so continue our journey onward."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:14 am

I would have wanted to check weather the TX5 had some leak on cables and electricity but since we repair it, this should be save. She was answering the gas concerns. Na'No speaks slowly and with appreciation for this environment. It almost feels like she would whisper it more to herself than to the others.

She feels calmed because of the surroundings. The waves on the ground reminds her of a phenomenon that she knows from her home planet; the mirage of a fata morgana which sometimes appears when thermal inversion happens.

Na'No slows the TX down. But since no one of the expedition members were sure or not weather to go forward she drives strictly in the direction of the weaving meadow and was right about to bring all members of the team under the floating beauties. Her drone keeps blinking and record the phenomenon.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:35 am

Gorthrax stared at the floating plants as the others spoke. Any good scout and survivalist would get out and look ahead at this point, it was also what he was paid to do, he almost couldn't be bothered comfortable to a degree in his cramped seat. Ideally they'd separate one of the plants from the others at the edge of the 'cloud' and see if it had any affect, perhaps shoot it to see if it exploded or something. They were out of reach though so that was even more effort than scouting ahead.

He lets out a quiet clicking noise "Fine" in Kroot, before standing and leaping down from the TX5.

"I'll scout ahead some, stay two hundred long strides behind me. If we're good after the time it takes to eat your morning food I'll get back in the craft."
he says in Tau with a backward glance.

Bok pokes his head up from the back compartment as Gorthrax lets out a sharp whistle and at a gesture bounds to his master side. After a brief stroke of Boks head spines Gorthrax starts to range ahead into the forest of the floating fauna.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:00 am

Gorthrax ventures out under the floating forest and immediately feels the temperature change. Not only were they blocking him from the direct rays of the suns, casting shadows for miles and miles, they were also insulating the area underneath. It was similar to being underground. Any breeze that came through was cooled and it was quite comfortable.

The plants themselves continue to bob peacefully some thirty feet above his head. None of them come crashing down and nothing jumps out to attack him.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:46 pm

Vra'fa was still leaning forward, perched on the edge of her seat, looking over Na'no's shoulder at the moving figure of the Kroot. His skin was dappled with the hues of the different moving shadows from the floating forest. Unaware that she was doing so, her fingers tightened on the edge of her compartment as she waited for something to happen. But the scene before her didn't shift or change, other than the shape of Gorthrax slowly getting smaller. She breathed out the breath she was holding, and felt her heartbeat start to slow again. Suddenly shaking her head, she giggled and looked over at the Earth caste with a broad smile.
"I was actually a bit worried there for a second. Not even sure what I was expecting- perhaps the trees to take revenge on us for the blood we have made them spill."
Casting a brief look over at the Fire Warrior next to her she continued.
"Thankfully it looks like his cloaca is safe for now."

They hung in the air for a while watching as the Kroot continued.
"I'm no expert Na'no but does that look about 200 long paces about now?"
She grinned again at the pilot.
"Should we go forth and experience it for ourselves?"
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:33 am

Well, we get going I'll keep watch.

Elanro tenses up, ready for anything that might appear.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:53 am

Gorthrax trudged on, happy to be out of the glare of the twin suns and away from the natter of the Tau for a while. He found the environment relaxing which pulled against his attention which he tried to keep focused on being a scout instead of his desire to hit the sky. He was almost always thinking about his needs. Perhaps tonight if the opportunity presented itself.

He paused and looked back at the stationary vehicle of his companions, it had been 220 long strides now. What were they waiting for. Beckoning for them to follow he trudges on. While walking he stretches his left arm up, trying to loosen the scar tissue that tightly covered him, it never helped but it was like scratching an itch.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:00 am

Gorthrax notices a ripple in the shadows. Dozens of smaller shadows move across the light that broke through the trees. Looking up, the kroot sees flocks of small avian creatures moving from small island to small island.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:56 am

Na'No listened to Vra'fa while seeing Gorthrax continue move along. Just as Vra'fa asked to continue she saw the big silhouette from the Kroot waving in the back. Na'No started the engine with a slick handmove. "This is so peaceful. It doensn't reminds me of a cloaca at all." She smiled. Vra'fas and her hair began to wave a bit with the sudden movement. She felt slighty goose bumps on her skin as they going further. It's just the sudden change from heat to this coldness, she thinks to herself.
"Yeah, the trees would take revenge on us" she brings out a weak laughing while repeating what Vra'fa said. She was distracted as she notices that Gorthrax suddenly stoped walking. The TX5 was about 100 long strides behind the Kroot. Boks posture seems to change as well.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:57 am

He pauses for a moment studying the creature’s flight path, trying to ascertain if a predator had caused the movement. Gorthrax didn’t think they looked like a threat and if they had been disturbed it was more likely due to him and Bok or the TX5. It was rumoured by Shapers that some Kroot had wings, it must be exhilarating to fly like a bird he thought. As his companions get closer he simply stands there, his head up watching the flying creatures jealous of their freedom.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:14 pm

Ya dont want to underestimate trees kid...

Elanro was on high alert, constantly scanning his surroundings. He tried to seem relaxed as he sat in his seat, but the tenseness of his body was clear to see.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:02 am

The TX reached Gorthrax. Na'No stopped the engine some meters behind the Kroot. "What is going on there, Gorthrax?" She notices that the Kroot stood there more fascinated than in shock. After making sure that the Pulse Pistol is at its right place at the fatigue - right next to her nano tool, Na'No jumped over the vehicle door. As she walked towards Gorthrax she noticed the flying shadows over their heads. "Is this something we should be afraid of?" She noticed how well the small moving shadows blend in the trees. What a nice place to hide, she thinks to herself. She stood right next to her drone.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:31 am

The creatures, a small flock, dart through the openings quickly. While moving around in erratic patterns, they do not seem to be being chased by any sort of predator.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:11 pm

After a pause Gorthrax eventually looks down at Na'No. It had been a welcome distraction, a few minutes of peace he'd managed to grab himself.

"Studying them. I learn their patterns and so am able to read them when a predator or some other peril is nearby." he speaks quietly in his halting Tau, not wanting to disturb the birds. "All seems safe, perhaps we should get going." Gorthrax gestures at the TX.

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Bok sniffs at Na'No and then looks back at his master. Gorthrax ignores him. -whine-

No orders were to stay close. This gave Bok some wiggle room. He stalks around Na'No sniffing at her at her from a few feet away, the kroot hound was clearly wild and gave the impression is was not to be pet. It was however inquisitive and drank in the smell of one of its masters pack.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:09 pm

That Kroot has got the right idea kids, you can learn from that.

He looked up, trying to get an idea of the natural rythms of the flying forest.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Yesterday at 3:49 pm

It was definitely cooler under the shade of the... floating plants? She had expected it but a flurry of goose-pimples rose up her arm in response. Absently pressing down on them with her free hand, she stared out of the sides, curious to see if she could spot any signs of life. When the Earth caste mentioned about the 'cloaca', she grinned broadly and gave the pilot a wink before settling back in her seat.
When she noticed Gorthrax was suddenly still and staring up into the plants, she craned her neck and attempted to spot what he could see but failed to see anything beyond the gentle movements of the plants.

She remained in her seat when Na'no quickly hopped down. Naturally she would have preferred to explore for herself but she had the sense that this wasn't to be a long stop and considering the amount of time it would take her to get down, it was probably not worth it. Almost like it was responding to her call, she felt a twinge of pain and cramp from her leg. Carefully reaching down to cup her knee and then gently lift the limb, she rested it, fulled extended on the lip, running around the edge of her seat. The angle meant that she had to scoot forward a little, lowering her viewpoint but it was ok for the moment. She'd pull her leg back in once they were moving again.

Looking over at the Fire Warrior as he spoke, she gave him a smile.
"Indeed Shas'La Elanro. Its an important skill for everyone to learn, to properly judge a situation before making a move. As the old saying goes. Golg grath’im’la ugaal lek eio'ko'io."

Reaching forward to give her shin an absent squeeze, she looked up again at the floating wonder above them and then back to her companion properly noticing for the first time how rigid and tense he was.
"I wonder how long it will take us to get to the other side?" She paused a moment before continuing
"I'm guessing also you don't have a lot of positive experiences in forests, even if they aren't floating."

[Golg grath’im’la ugaal lek eio'ko'io- 'Even monkeys fall from trees']
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Today at 12:51 am

Patterns, Gorthrax words get through Nan'Nos head. The possibilities of using patterns to increase stealth levels was something that Na'No would love to investigate further. But Elanros immediacy to continue breathes down her neck. "I agree, let's continue." Na'No blinked to see more through the light and shadows.

When thinking about the flying shadows and their stealth abillity, Na'No turned herself to the TX while Bok came closer to her. Never had she seen him that close. The Hound seems to be really interested and sniffes in her direction. The weird sound from his nostrils also produces a little gust of warm wind. Na'No could feel it on her hand as she reaches out to him. From a distance Bok seems dangerous to her but as he came closer she could see his fierce facial characteristics got intermitted from Bok faithful eyes. She was not willing to touch him yet.

When Gorthrax keeps moving in the direction of the TX5, Bok seems to follow its herd leader. Na'No giggles to herself while she was making up a story in her mind. It was about how Bok tries to snuggle with Gorthrax. But he was all grumpy about it and yelled at his hound. Na'No puts a hand in front of her mouth to not snort with laughter.

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