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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:57 pm

Fio'ui Aloalts smiled. He wasn't particularly fond of the memories of the orks. They were rife with tragedy and bloodshed, but those who experienced Fi'rios did something wonderful for the Greater Good. That was all any Tau could ever ask for.

"Can you imagine sending a team on a mission for a Meganob's rusty repeater or fizzing, malfunctioning power-klaw? Makes about as much sense as sending envoys to parley with the ignorant brutes." He sighed and looked beyond Elanro out past the open workshop into the low desert valley that stretched for miles and miles. It was quite a view. Elanro's question brought him back to reality.

"Now you truly speak in jest. It isn't as though I somehow go through another when handing out our extremely limited supply of arms. Especially specialty arms like a railgun. You know how stingy he is. 'Zoggin' git' is right, my friend."

He leaned in close so that no others could hear. "Now, you bring in evidence that you actually need that type of firepower - hard evidence - and I can bypass his authority on merit of an immediate danger to the settlement."

Even friends had to follow protocol, but it was clear that the Fio'ui was a true friend. Not every tau would lay out how to fudge the rules in order to bypass a superior.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:54 am

Vra'fa had a wan smile on her face as she walked alongside the elder Fire warrior. It was the irony of her choice. The one place she wanted to avoid amongst all others was the battlefield. And yet in order to try and limit future battles or war, she had signed up as an envoy, the role in which a Water caste was most likely to be forced to visit one. No, she thought, her face changing into a frown, forced was definitely the wrong word. Of all those on a battlefield an envoy was not someone who would be forced to make a really difficult decision. The burden on the warriors was far greater.
She looked up at Elanro as he continued to speak. He had seen thousands of his caste die, and likely among those, multiple friends and colleagues, his brothers and sisters. All taken from him in the most violent of ways. She felt her resolve tighten. This is what she was here for. For the Greater Good of the Tau Empire she would prevent future bloodshed and conflict and bring peace. This path would lead her one day to a battlefield. And on that day she would have to face the horror and the bloodshed..... Images flashed into her brain and her stomach jerked and only his presence next to her, prevented her from getting sick all over the ground. She could do this. She could do this.

His next words washed over her a little as she tried to focus and lose the feeling of lightheadedness. To hear him speak in such a familiar way about Orks was a strange experience. The great bogie men, stories to scare children, in a way they had never seemed completely real to her.
His last point about warriors always wanting to kill brought her out of her reverie. There were some exceptions perhaps in the alien races, but she didn't believe every warrior always wanted to kill. In their hearts, everyone preferred peace to war, conflict was just a situation in which you were forced, due to a variety of reasons to participate. She was going to say her thoughts on this when he suddenly moved away, saying that he wished to speak to a friend.

"I will introduce myself to the others and rejoin you there."
He was already striding away, his pace suddenly much quicker now that he no longer had to keep up with her. She smiled as she watched him go. He had already shifted from her initial expectations. It would be interesting to get to know him better. She turned back towards where she had been directed and moved slowly towards the shining metal vehicle and the three figures standing beside it.

As she stumped closer, she saw that one was a large Kroot, with an impressively sized.... that must be a Kroot hound right? Her heart started to beat a little faster and the smile returned to her face. Like the Fire warrior, she had never had the chance to interact personally with a Kroot before. Inwardly she hoped that he would be joining them on their mission. He was a giant though, the closer she got, the more impressed she was with his size. Somehow whenever she had seen images or in the far distance in Dal'yth she had never really understood their size. The hound was almost as all as she was and definitely weighed more. Idly she wondered if she could make friends with it or if that might be a severe breach of etiquette.

The other figure was clearly an earth caste, slightly smaller than her and paler skinned than any Tau she had met since Fio'la Jol'xil. Her heart bounced slightly and she felt herself flush. Not now Vra'fa, concentrate. This must be the pupil that the Fio'ui had mentioned. She looked about the same age as her, or maybe a little older, and smaller than she had imagined. In fairness though, it wasn't difficult to look small next the Kroot.

She stopped a couple of feet before them and took a couple of deep breaths, both to regain her composure and due to a little weariness from the journey. Her leg was hurting more than normal. If possible she should probably see the medic before she left and remember to take along some spare medication. Hui'lala hovered over her right shoulder constantly scanning the environment.

Looking back up, she leaned on her stick and smiled at both of them, an excited glitter in her eyes.
"Good day and greetings. I am Por'la Vra'fa. I understand than an expedition is being put together which will include roaming the frontier? If so I am happy to say that I will be joining you."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:57 am

[With Aloalts]

"I'll keep an eye out brother. Railguns should be easy to justify if we find some critters with... unnatural toughness.You wouldnt happen to have a helmet-mount pict recorder? Would certainly help accumulating any evidence."


"And while where there, I'll make sure that the kids dont miss anything important. And miss anything too dangerous."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:15 am

[With Fio'ui Aloalts]

The engineer reached out and took Elanro's helmet without asking permission, such was his familiarity. Although, from their time spent together, Elanro had come to understand and anticipate his old friend's semi-impulsiveness.

"Are your optics recorders and transmitters not working?" He made some quick fixes. "Should be good now."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:26 pm

"Thank brothers, that's been acting up for weeks. Well, I better go make sure the kids dont blow themselves up."

Elanro walked towards the group to join them.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:12 am

Gorthrax shifted to get a better view of the new comer who assumed to be part of his hunting party, as he turned to the side his burn scars running up his side are brought into view. Apart from the pilot he hadn’t asked for help and judging by her look and attire she was an water caste envoy, what use on such an expedition? Noticing he still clutched the box of meds to his side he placed them in his leather satchel before returning his attention to Por’la Vra’fa. She was frail and weak like the earth caste and carried a cane. Was he being set up to fail, his eyes and brow narrowed at the thought, would Angpak do such a thing? All the while he stared at Vra’fa a range of emotions played across his face; annoyance, fear, apprehension and finally resignation.

“This is a hunting expedition?”
Gorthrax replied, it was hard to tell if that was a statement or a question “I’m not sure I need an envoy. We go find worthy meat, I kill or tame. That’s it.”
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:32 am

The Kroot moved first, his body turning towards her and she noticed for the first time that a significant area up one side was badly burnt, scarred deep into the skin. Her eyes widened and she gripped the rounded top of her stick so hard, the thin ligaments on her hand stood out. It was horrific, the pain caused by that.... unimaginable. And he still stood here, willing to do his bit for the Greater Good. So many were sacrificing. She quivered slightly on the spot. While she watched, he put away a box of meds he had been carrying, probably very vital for him.

Vra'fa moved her eyes back up to see a range of emotions flicker across his face. It looked like he might be annoyed or maybe nervous by her appearance. She was more used to the former than the latter, but there were some who read into her envoy robes a position of some additional authority she did not have. Some confusion crossed her face though when he mentioned hunting expedition, she glanced at the earth caste and then back at the Kroot. She had understood that their mission was a specific undertaking by the Fio'ui's pupil.

She gave them both a rather rueful smile.
"I have to admit, I was only given a very limited overview of the expedition, namely that it would be roaming along the frontier, and none of its actual specifics. Its very probable that you will not need me, but there is a small chance that while there you may meet sentient life. That area is yet to be surveyed in any great detail. If we do meet something, it is important that I am there for first contact."

She paused and looked between both of them.
"I'm aware that it may be a bit of a nuisance to take me along but I will strive to not be an inconvenience to either of you. May I ask you both your given names?"
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:46 am

Elanro walked towards the group, activating his helmet-cam on the way. He barged into the group, interrupting everyone:

"Well folks, should we get going? The piranha has an open top, we dont want to be in it at noon with the sun beating down. It's either now or in another half-rotation."

Elanro then walked away to the piranha ignoring anyone who tried to answer and went to check the supplies in the piranha, to see if they had enough food, water and portable shelter should the piranha break down, get damaged or stolen. Orks would loot this in a second.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:59 am

Ar'Tol makes detailed digital sketches of Bok while the fire warrior rushed around. Na'No looked at him with suspicion. Somehow relieving that there will be a fire warrior with us.

"Hi .. I am Fio'La Na'No. You are the first air caste to hunt with a Kroot."  Embarrassed laugh. She admired Water Warrior for her grace, but could never understand how these neat creatures managed to tell so vividly each time. Actually Na'No hoped that the eloquent water Tau took over the conversation. After a short pause, she looked sheepishly aside. She called for her drone Ar'Tol, who immediately inserted himself into the empty Gun-Drone cradle. "One drone space is still free." she shouted rather soft. Na'no checked the wiring again and made sure the pulse carbine was connected.

She skilfully swung herself into the space to steer the vehicle and adjusted the seat to its size.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:57 am

"Gorthrax..." was all he managed before the fire warrior barged in, said his piece and then made ready at the piranha. It was good at least one of the Tau would be capable in a scrap.

Was he ready? No he was not, he had hoped to go back to his hut and hit the sky. At the thought he placed a protective hand on his satchel, his 'medicine' within. That aside he was ready, Kroot always were, although he was sometimes forgetful. He congratulated himself as this time he had left his hut with what a Kroot should always have with them; trail rations, water, hunting knife and his rifle. He even had some scraps of dried meat for Bok.

His head was still a little slow so he struggled to think up an excuse to return to his hut for a few days, in resignation his shoulders slump a little. He would have to leave with them now. Still the water caste thought there was a chance of meeting a native people, Gorthrax looks down at Var'fa "Yes, and important I am there if they are hostile. Perhaps they are good for eating."

His gaze then shifted to the vehicle and a low short whistle escapes his beak as he points at the storage area at the back, Bok could sit in that he supposed. Loyal and obedient to a fault Bok bounds up onto the piranha, his clawed feet scratching the paint work slightly. He then settles down finding himself a comfortable spot amongst the supplies. Gorthrax eyes his seat reluctantly, he'd fit but it wasn't going to be comfortable.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:02 pm

Vra'fa couldn't help but give a broad smile to Gorthrax and Na'no as Elanro strode determinedly towards the Piranha.
"Our energetic fourth is Shas'la Elanro."
Flicking her eyebrows impishly she added,
"Our party continues to grow....."

She then turned to Na'no and looked at her with some curiosity. She had rather expected the Fio'la to mention something about her specific task on the frontier but instead she had made a joke. Perhaps it was nothing or perhaps it wasn't. She decided that she would ask the Earth caste about it in private later. She sounded a little nervous. Grinning back at the other Tau, Vra'fa said
"The first and last most probably. I can already feel my ancestors shaking their heads with shame."

She had been about to follow the Earth caste towards the Piranha when the Kroot spoke again. Her face grew more serious as she considered his words. Gorthrax seemed to be of a similar mindset to Elanro when it came to meeting outsiders. It was true that they were both her elders, and had a lot of experience when it came to conflict, but they were also both warriors and had a particular viewpoint.
She looked up at him and replied with careful moderation.
"If they are hostile it will be essential that you are here with us. However if we do meet a native people we must use very careful judgement. A new ally could potentially add a lot to the lives of everyone living here."

Hearing Na'no mention about the free space, she turned towards the drone hovering at her side and pointed towards the Piranha.
"Hui'lala you have a spot all reserved to yourself."

Everything was moving rather fast now and she couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement of it all. She would really be going out to the frontier now. What had seemed likely to in all honesty be a quiet day had suddenly transformed. She felt a twinge of guilt that she wouldn't be seeing the medic today. As the bone was still healing she was meant to visit him weekly and it was coming on a week and a half now, but that couldn't be helped now. Reaching down to her belt, she gave the top of Anda's head a little squeeze. It should be ok. What was another couple of days?
However there was one thing she couldn't afford to forget, especially as the time scale for this expedition was so vague. Moving slowly over to the front of the Piranha she looked up at Na'no who was settling herself into the drivers seat and gave her an apologetic look.

"Fio'la Na'no, could we perhaps make a very brief stop at my quarters before we set out? Not realising  that we would be leaving the settlement so soon, I left my medication behind. Its quite important that I take it daily"
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:43 pm

Elanro finds the storage space adequately packed for the mission at hand. There were extra rations of water stored in puncture proof packs. There was a portable shelter kit, currently the size of a fist that would provide enough cover for the four of them when activated. There was a small case of nutrient cubes, each of which could sustain a single tau for over three days and other odds and ends necessary for an outing in unknown territory.

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The morning suns were starting to rise higher in the sky, but there was a lot of day and night left. As fate would have it, the cycles on Neg'em were very similar to T'au - 15 hour rotaa (day/night cycle) - which allowed every Tau to get their necessary 1-2 decs (1.5 - 3 terran hours) of sleep.

The TX5 hummed to life with a simple touch of Na'no's hand. Intricate holographic displays popped up giving her readings on all of the important systems housed within the vehicle. While much more efficient than Imperial counterparts, its fuel source was not infinite, but thankfully it read "full." Both drones easily slid into their housing ports. The port on the right hand side readjusted as the escort drone, smaller by half than a standard gun drone, moved in. It hovered above the ground quietly, efficiently, and ready.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:02 pm

Before boarding Gorthrax turns to Vra'fa "As you say employer of mine, you're paying the bills" he clicks and whistles in Kroot. He gives one final critical look at his soon to be cramped seat before jumping in.

Yep thats tight

Once settled he raises his voice over the hum of the craft reverting back to Tau "There is oasis far to the south, the beasts I seek are there. Water, 'life' often brings others to its shores, perhaps you'll find your 'strong meat' there Vra'fa." Gorthrax offers "A good starting point?"
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:48 am

Vra'fa was staring at the side of the floating Piranha and trying to decide how she might manoeuvre herself inside. She wasn't particularly graceful when it came to climbing and she didn't particularly want to end up on her back just as they were starting out. She was just about to make an attempt when Gorthrax started to speak. Initially she was thrown by the clicks and whistles but with a whirring vibration in her belt, her Polygot Hedron activated and in a quiet voice she could only hear, translated the words back to her. Turning her head, she gave the Kroot a long meditative look, and considered his words. To her they sounded like a fit of pique. Earlier he had spoke as if it was his hunting expedition and now he was shifting the authority to her. It was interesting that he decided to do this in his native tongue, cutting out their two companions and keeping the conversation between them. Was this a dominance thing? Perhaps her earlier thought might have been right, he was reading too much into her uniform. In any case, this wasn't a particularly useful use of energy. He might be ceding the point to her, but as much as she wanted a chance to prove herself and succeed, this wasn't worth it. As a small team travelling out to the frontier, they needed to come together and work together in harmony to be the most effective. All their skills were valuable. She whispered her reply, and the Hedron translated her words into Kroot.

"The Tau'va only ever asks for one kind of payment from us, its brothers and sisters."
She titled her head slightly and gave him a small smile before turning back to the ship and reverting back to Tau.
"Now prepare yourself to witness some incredible acrobatics and poise."

Settling herself she moved over to the craft. The side was hovering about chest height for her. First she tossed her stick and then more gently pushed her Polygot Hedron until it dropped into the seat directly behind Na'no. Bending her broken leg and lifting it off the ground, she put both her hands on the smooth sides of the Piranha. She closed her eyes, waited a second and then jumped with her standing foot pushing off at the same time. Her hip banged into the edge of the craft, and her face and chest was flattened uncomfortably into the warm metal, while her good leg kicked at empty air. Grunting, and through a combination of pushing with her hands and wiggling her body managed to move up until she could grasp the lip of her seat. Pulling with her hands she finally managed to hoist her legs over the edge and then with her good foot, push herself up to a sitting position next to her chosen seat. Her face was flushed and she was panting, but she grinned at all of them.
"And that my friends is how you board a Piranha."

She busied herself manoeuvring into the seat, taking special attention not to bang her leg and then pulling the belts over her shoulders and clicking them together in an x over her chest. Gorthrax spoke again and she twisted in her seat to turn and look at him. She was tempted to turn to Na'no behind her but decided against it. The Earth caste would speak when she wanted to.

"It definitely sounds a likely possibility to find other life. Thank you for your consideration Gorthrax. If as in all probabilities I strike out, I hope that you at least find beasts worthy of your skill as a hunter."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:15 am

Elanro watched Vra'fa's acrobatic entering of the Piranha. Though his helmet hid it, he was unimpressed. Elanro looked around, found the Piranha-mounting stepladder (otherwise known as the sane way to enter any vehicle without doors or a mounting ladder), brought it beside the vehicle, climbed up in a safe and dignified fashion, then slipped into his seat.

"You're needlessly complicating your life kid" he said to Vrafa. He then stowed his excess gear and promptly got comfortable in his seat. He would wait until they got going before taking a nap.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:12 pm

Out of the corner of her eye Vra'fa saw Elanro moving, and twisted in her seat to watch what he was doing. When she saw him wheel over the step ladder, her eyes first widened in surprise and then as the pointlessness of her last action was made clear, started to giggle while shaking her head at herself.

She grinned over at him as he took his seat, her eyes bright with amusement.
"It seems I have much to learn when it comes to climbing aboard Elanro. My entry seems doubly embarrassing now."

Turning back to the front, she reached inside her robes to retrieve a brush and absently attempted to clean the dust and grime she had picked up while sliding over the side of the Piranha, smiling happily all the while. The back of Na'no's head was moving as she adjusted something in the cockpit. They would most probably be off soon, well at least hopefully after stopping off at her place first. Time to see what lay beyond the settlements walls.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:07 pm

Elanro sighed under his helmet. She hadn't understood at all. She had missed the forest fort the trees. He thought about trying to get his point across more directly, but it seemed like a lot of effort and Work Smarter Not Harder was one of those lessons you had to learn the hard (and unfortunately not smart) way for it to sink in.

He buckled himself in and stowed his pulse rifle for quick access.

"Well, let's get going folks. We're wasting daylight"
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:43 am

Na'No was excited to drive the little group of strangers into the outback. Even though she has never drove a TX5 herself, she knew exactly how to drive this darling. Na'No wondered what kind of medicine Vra'fa needed. Of course, she had noticed her fragile figure and her damaged leg. "Okay, we're going straight to the Water Caste Quarters, just stopping at the entrance." She knew the way to the Quarters well, but also a blue glowing path on the holodeck showed her the way.

The rough nature of Elanro intimidated her. I can be braver. Do not be so intimidated. After all, he was a respect person. And there was a chance that he had meet Commander Shadowsun. Smiling Na'No looked at his helmet in the rearview mirror.

Since, unexpectedly, an escort drone was on the front right, Ar'Tol 17 had to place himself next to her in the footwell without blocking the controls.

Gorthrax took a lot of space next to her. Na'No tried to be careful while driving in the curves thinking of Bok in the storage space. And just as she started talking, the Water Caste quarters were already in sight. "Gorthrax, can you pass me the coordinators from the southern oasis. That is the place to go next, right?." Her eyes were fixed to the pebbly path.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:23 pm

It takes Vra'fa no time to get out of the TX5 this time. Na'no hovers her finger over a holographic interface and a step ladder extends out of the side of the vehicle. When she is finished gathering the rest of what she will need for the journey, the vehicle takes off smoothly.

A green icon shines on the main console in front of Na'no as they approach the main gate. There is no fire warrior on duty yet. A portion of the wall effortlessly slid into itself. It was through here that the group rode. Once they were through the wall reformed and a single drone patrolled atop. The lack of security spoke volumes to the confidence with which the tau this far out carried themselves. That, or it spoke to much more common problems associated with settlements that no one dared bring up - namely lack of resources and taupower.

The road down the cliff as winding and would have been bumpy if the vehicle had relied on more primitive propulsion and suspension systems. The TX5 handled it very well. It glided and surfed across the terrain as though it were perfectly flat, automatically leveling itself out for its riders convenience. The farther down you go, the thinner and thinner the vegetation becomes until it only strong, hardy bushes remain.

By the time you reach the bottom of the cliffs hard earth and rock spread out before you for hundreds of miles in every direction. Knowing that this was what T'au, the home planet of the Empire, looked like at one time is enough to fill any tau with a sense of wonderment.

With a destination in mind, the group heads off toward the horizon...

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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Yesterday at 1:03 am

Gorthrax regarded the position of the sun "I do not have co-ordinates." he replied to Na'no "but if you measure two knuckles on the horizon from the place the second sun rises that is our destination." to 'help' Gorthrax held up his hand and measured it out, his hand was clearly much larger than the small earth castes.

After a moment of perhaps bewildered expression from Na'no Gorthrax points "Its that way. I do not know how many days as I do not run as fast as this vehicle."
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Yesterday at 8:10 am

Na'No giggled while Gorthrax waves his paws around. Normally she is not the best navigator but in this case the data showed in the same direction as Gorthrax was pointing. "The System told us the same way. Based on the data and the appearance of water sources found on this planet." The system projected a pathway in that specific direction onto an hologram to the right side of Na'No. An almost roguish expression rushed through her face while she was thinking about the primitive Technologies that Kroot are using. "It should not need longer than one day."

She felt so much freedom riding through this empty rocky pathway. This is beautiful. So much better than the overfilled Sa'Cea. Her hair flittered in the wind. What is your home planet Por'La Vra'Fa? She noticed that Vra'Fa hasn't had the chance to introduce herself. She only had heard her name by the others before.
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Yesterday at 8:22 am

Seeing they where on their way, Elanro decided to start his nap, sitting bolt-straight in the chair as usual. With the group they had, he didn't expect he would get much sleep during the survey. The time to accumulate was now!
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PostSubject: Re: On the Edge of Expanion (IC)    Yesterday at 3:03 pm

A part of Vra'fa had been very tempted to slide down the side of the Piranha. Not only would it have been faster but it would have proven that she could do it. She should be able to after all. The throbbing which started as soon as she rose however helped dampen her giddy mood. Going down the ladder was difficult enough, and she had to grip the rails hard with both hands as she slowly hopped down with her good foot. In reality to attempt the slide would have most likely crippled her, at least for a couple of days and caused her to miss this excursion and she would sacrifice much more to prevent this.

Limping through her door, she moved over to the utilitarian reprocessed wooden cupboard by her bed roll and slid open the top drawer. There were only two items inside. The first, a purple cloth pull string bag containing her medication, was quickly withdrawn and tied to her belt. Her hand shook slightly over the second though, a roll of dark blue paper tied with a yellow ribbon and still sealed. Por'la Prin'taga's message. It had been five months since she had been handed it and she still hadn't been able to bring herself to either read it or destroy it. A familiar mixture of anger, sadness and guilt flowed through her as his name repeated in her head. Closing her eyes, she reached out and tucked the missive into an inside pocket of her robes.
A couple of seconds later she was closing her door and making her way back to the Piranha, her rolled up sleeping mat, strapped over one shoulder. Her face was more restrained than earlier as she hopped up the ladder, stowed her mat and resumed her seat.

Her mood livened up as they made their way down the cliff and as they reached the bottom, she was craning out her seat against the straps, staring in wide eyed wonder at the vast spreading plains before them. As Na'no and Gorthrax started to discuss navigation, she started to giggle and had to hold a hand up to mouth to try and contain it. There was something so comical but also heartwarming about their different approaches. Neither was necessarily wrong or right, she had no way of knowing in any case, but the fact that they were both working together despite their differing backgrounds made her heart bounce. This was the glory of the Tau'va.

She was still grinning in a happily unrestrained manner at the back of both their heads when Na'no directed a question at her.
"I come from Dal'yth Fio'la Na'no. Its a very different world to the one we find ourselves on now. I don't think I've ever seen so much untamed nature. They say T'au was once like this..... It's amazing to see something like this in person."

She raised an eyebrow at the back of the Earth Castes head, despite knowing that the other wouldn't see it and grinned impishly.
"Where do you originally hail from? If I was to guess I would say somewhere with quite a hot sun?"
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