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    Mara Dayne


    Mara looked out over the mountain pass in deep thought, while she wrapped her arms around herself and shivered. She should have bought a warmer outfit in Sifhalla. The Dalada Uplands where she was born was much warmer than the Shiverpeaks, but Mara was no stranger to them or the cold. For many years she had traveled to and from many areas in Tyria. After her mother died, she spent some time working as a monk for hire. It wasn’t the most glamorous of occupations, but it put food on the table and clothes on her back.

    It was during one of those for hire moments that she met Tallo. Turning briefly, she looked at her friend and fellow guild mate as he sat squatting by the fire warming his hands. She had been concerned for him ever since he and Hobarrt got into it about his friendship with a Charr. Several questions formed on her lips, but died before they were ever spoken. Mara was relatively reserved and often times did not speak what was on her mind. She was so very different from many of her guild sisters, Talya and Sonja being one of them, although Ariella could do a pretty good job keeping pace.

    Tora was perhaps the next most reserved, although she did speak more often than Mara. It was of her guild mates her mind seemed to wonder to, as her gaze left Tallo back to the endless ocean of mountains and snow. They had left the far shiver peaks heading south, Tallo liked to go challenging places to help Mara practice her skills. She had secretly wished he had at least picked somewhere warm this time. The thought of warmth drug her from one thought to the next as she went back to wondering about her guild mates.

    She could hear Rafairn trying to keep the peace as Talya and Hobarrt surely were involved in some heated discussion about battle strategies. What was that Tallo called them, Rock Heads? Mara couldn’t help but laugh to herself, there was often teasing amongst the males of the group towards her guild sisters. As much as they could get on each others nerves, they all understood the dangers that the two warriors faced from day to day. They were the ones on the front line and often the first to fall. So far, Mara had met few others as good as Talya and Hobarrt.

    Devona came to her mind, but sometimes Devona got herself into more trouble than she did helping others get out of it. She had a pure heart though, and Mara did not fault her for her over zealousness. Talya and Hobarrt seemed to rule the roost as the King and Queen in the guild, even though Rafairn was their guild leader. It was likely that warrior mentality, again it brought a smile to Mara’s lips and hidden laughter. She missed them at the moment, but she was just as glad to be here with Tallo.

    Turning back toward the campfire, Mara made her way over to her seat and pulled the bear skin coverings up around her as she sat near the fire. She may not be able to find the words to ask about what was going on between him and Hobarrt, but she could at least inquire as to where he was planning on taking them for practice.


    “Just where in the Shiverpeaks are you taking us? And why here and not somewhere warmer?”

    Mara realized that it sounded more like whining than a question and a slight blush touched her cheeks.
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    Anakita Snakecharm



    Lion's Arch

    Anakita moved among the market stalls, glancing at the wares, but was mostly off in her own little world waiting for something to catch her eye. She needed to buy food for the week, and material to have a new dress made for Kimi, who was growing fast... but there was no hurry, really. For once, no pressing demands weighed on her mind, and no urgent requests hung over her head. It was like a holiday festival. So of course, it couldn't last.

    As she edged between a fruit stall and a fish merchant, Anakita saw a familiar face... all too familiar. She ducked away, hoping that she wouldn't be spotted, but she hadn't reacted quickly enough.

    "Anakita?"

    She pretended she didn't hear. Perhaps he would go away.

    "Anakita! My dear little sister!"

    She stopped, and turned slowly. Caught, yet again. "Hello, Rhodri."

    "It's been far too long. I was so disappointed to miss your wedding. I've heard it was... quite the occasion."

    Anakita shrugged. Rhodri hadn't been invited to the wedding because when she last saw him, he had been vehemently and publicly disagreeing with her choice of the then-groom-to-be. Disagreeing, in this case, meaning referring to Anakita as a 'filthy little tart' and her husband as a 'semi-skilled no-name mercenary.' Anakita couldn't imagine that her brother had seriously expected a wedding invitation... or wanted one, after years of trying to marry her off to any man who had the ability to further Rhodri's own social or political ambitions.

    "Stop pouting. For goodness sake. It's even more unattractive than usual," Rhodri cajoled her.

    Anakita didn't respond. If Rhodri couldn't appreciate the difference between 'angry' and 'pouting,' she wasn't going to waste her breath.

    "Look, I need a favour." Rhodri was attempting an endearing look, but she knew him too well.

    "I'm busy," Anakita said shortly. Anything he was about to say would be for the good of Rhodri, not the good of humanity, and that wasn't something Anakita had interest in advancing at the moment.

    "But it's the kind of thing you're into. The kind of thing you always do. Remember those refugees in the Shiverpeaks?"

    "Of course." Anakita had helped guide them. Rhodri hadn't even been there. She'd seen him weeks later in Lion's Arch, safe and sound and well-fed, and had no idea how he'd gotten through. But then, Rhodri's life had always been a charmed one.

    "Well, some went missing, Anakita."

    "They died. It was a dangerous trip. It happens." In spite of her casual words, Anakita had been shredded inside about every death she had failed to prevent. But there was no way she would stick her heart on her sleeve for Rhodri like that. She had learned her lesson, far too many times.

    "Not all of them. Some survived. Got lost, wandered deeper into the Shiverpeaks. Well, we've heard from them, and they want to come home. They need a skilled team to pinpoint their specific location, and escort them to safety. Who better than a Ranger to protect them in the wilderness?"

    Anakita stared at her twin. This was exactly the sort of thing she did with her life, and he knew it. She just couldn't see his angle. With Rhodri, there would be an angle. He did nothing out of compassion or charity. But she couldn't figure it out, and regardless, if people were in danger, she wouldn't refuse to help just because it might give Rhodri some kind of status boost as a side effect.

    "Tell me where they are, and show me all the information you have," she finally conceded. "Then I'll see what I can do."

    ***

    The Northern Shiverpeaks

    They made a small camp, setting up a tent and building a fire. It made Anakita nervous, sleeping outside a settlement with her family. Normally, the two girls would stay in the closest friendly town or village while Anakita and Stefan worked. Tonight, they were too far from civilization to take advantage of that luxury. Anakita knew she would be alert for any threat till day broke.

    The first potential danger presented itself almost immediately, in the form of another fire she could barely make out through the trees.

    Anakita made a motion with her head, indicating the other camp. "I'll be right back," she told Stefan. "Making sure they're not going to cause trouble."

    She crept up as silently as a Ranger could, with Azh trailing like a noiseless shadow, till she caught sight of them and heard snippets of conversation. Mara and Tallo. She had met them, though she didn't know them well. They certainly weren't going to be hostile.

    Anakita made a sound in the direction of her own camp, the low mourning cry of a dove. Hearing this, Stefan would know there was no danger, and it was safe for the girls to approach.

    Then, she deliberately snapped a fallen twig under her boot, breaking her silence and alerting Mara and Tallo to her presence.
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    On the Shiverpeak mountains, Jacobi and Susantri and Divon set up camp after they helped a farmer earlier in the day. He had trouble with a larger land owner that wanted to take his small farm and Jacobi had offered their assistance. Susantri and Divon were not happy about it.

    Susantri asked, "How much did the dirt farmer pay?"

    "I bet it was next to nothing!" added Divon.

    Jacobi sighed and answered, "Nothing would be the correct amount. He needed our help."

    "For crying out loud Jacobi, we need to eat!"

    "You don't look like you're starving to me."

    "That's not the point! We did a lot of training for these skills. We should be getting paid."

    "Then we'd be on the landowners side. And we would have killed the farmer."

    "So?"

    Jacobi's shoulders slumped.

    "You'd think you were one of followers of the Unseen ones the way you act."

    "I am not" growled Jacobi.

    Susantri frowned at his reaction and threw her hands up. "This partnership is not working! I'm done." Susantri said.

    Divon nodded, "I'm with her."

    They both gathered their things and left the camp.

    Jacobi sighed, "How many times?" He watched them disappear into the darkness. "I just push them away." He shook his head.

    So many he had lost count. So many companions that tire of his desire to help those that can't help themselves. He threw some wood onto the fire that he had made. "They could have at least left in town."

    He didn't want to be on the Shiverpeaks alone. To close to his homeland where the followers of the unseen ones do travel. And he remembered as a kid them trying to force their views on the family. He clenched his fists. He hated this. Why was he here?

    He remembered when he and his brother actually worked together when the farm was invaded by the followers of the Unseen one. Pushing their faith onto those that were not interested. He and his brother were able to fend them off with their father. It cost their father his hand though.

    He clenched his teeth with the memory.

    It wasn't long after that that his brother left. When he returned he was completely different and not in a good way. He doubted his brother would have helped him the way he changed and they have not seen eye to eye since.

    He rolled onto his side and spotted a fire. He swallowed. He wondered if they would be friend or foe.

    He looked at his own fire and wondered if they had spotted it.
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    Tallo Diauss


    Without so much as blinking, Tallo turned to Anakita and said

    "You know you really shouldn't sneak up on people like that, something just might smite you and the Azh".

    "Come and join us, I was just about to explain to the little girl here the reasons that I want us to go to an area just south of Beacon's Perch".

    "I've heard chatter from within the mists that there may still be refugees from the searing stranded and lost on the mountains, unaware that there are other survivors."

    "Don't you ofttimes go running with that brute Mckinnley ?"

    "Despite being about as smart as a stick, he does love what remains of our world and he is good in his heart" "If he calls you friend, so will I and we could use the help."

    Turning back to Mara, Tallo, with a slight arrogance to his tone, said "You see little girl, if you are truly going to help people, sometimes this means that you have to sacrifice of yourself to that end."

    "If there indeed are still Ascalonians hiding out there afraid to come out of the caves and burrows, it is our responsibility to help them."

    "They are after all, our kinsmen, I think they are worth being a little uncomfortable for a while."

    Tallo never meant to hurt Mara's feelings, he indeed loved her like a little sister and would gladly give his life for hers if need be so, but, he knew first hand and all too well that she needed to be shaken into reality once in a while. Many times past he had seen her stop to smell a fragrant flower or pick up a shiny gem whilst battle raged ahead. Mostly he wanted her to be able to survive on her own, when she was, as he was a bit reckless with his own life and worried about such things.
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    Mara Dayne


    Mara's staff Scar Eater came to her hand the moment she heard Anakita snap the branch behind them. The ranger, whom Mara had met only once before was just as she remembered. The older woman kept to herself and was about associal as Mara herself seemed to be. She set her staff back down as Tallo began to ramble on. The urge to pout at his chastising comment briefly passed through the young monk, but she squelched the urge and spoke instead.

    "Well...that's different. You didn't tell me what we were doing, I only assumed it was another lesson in smiting."

    Turning her attention back to the Ranger, she gave Anakita a brief if not shy smile. She had not yet recognized any other fires other than hers and Tallo's.

    "Hello Anakita, it is good to see you again. What brings you up so far into the Shiverpeaks?"
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    Anakita Snakecharm



    Anakita didn't seem offended by Tallo's comment about smiting; in fact, it appeared to amuse her. She smiled briefly, showing just a glimpse of teeth, then plopped down on a fallen log, resting her chin on her hands and her elbows on her knees. Her bow was an instant's reach away if needed. Anakita had gone from wary to relaxed in a brief moment, and could just as easily make the opposite transition. Azh curled at her feet like a sleek fur blanket.

    "I do know McKinnley," Anakita acknowledged briefly. Whether he would call her a friend, she didn't know, but he certainly wouldn't call her an enemy. They had worked together, and had common goals. That was the point anyway, wasn't it?

    She didn't speak again until Mara asked her a direct question. "Good to see you, too. I'm around for the same reason you're here, it sounds like. My brother received some information about those refugees. Rhodri has... contacts, of the savoury and less savoury kinds. But he himself never goes anywhere that doesn't have a warm featherbed and a well-stocked bar. So I said I would." In spite of her anger toward Rhodri, when Anakita spoke of him, her tone was joking, not bitter.

    "I hoped to meet up with some other adventurers when I got here. I guess I have." Another brief flash of a smile. "Stefan came, too. My husband. You've probably met him. And our girls will be staying in Beacon's Perch while we deal with... whatever is going on."

    Anakita sat back, looking like she'd just run a mile. She couldn't remember the last time she'd said so many words at once. Now to be silent, and let others speak.
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    Mara Dayne


    Mara wished she had known what they had been here for, but the moment had passed and the lesson learned. She would just have to keep quiet more often, and just allow things to happen as they did. Although it secretly bothered her not knowing what was going on so that she could be prepared. Now that she knew, her skills would be required to heal and protect the innocent souls that had wandered into the heart of the Shiverpeaks alone.

    Trying to forget her momentary embarrassment, she listened to Anakita. She knew Stephan, she had worked with his group on more than one occasion, so Mara was more familiar with him than with Anakita. Mara, like many of those she was acquainted with had joined groups with the likes of Cynn, Brother Mhenlo, Devona, Aidan and Eve. There were others, others that Mara thought of as heroes that she had had the privilege to work with and she found the list surprisingly long. But Mara herself did not consider to be within the same league as the others.

    "I know Stefan, we have worked together on many missions. It has been awhile though. He is a good Warrior."Mara replied as she snapped herself from her thoughts.

    "Congratulations, may Dwayna bless your marriage with love and happiness."

    Mara involuntarily shivered, it had been awhile since she had been in the Shiverpeaks. She looked out toward the sky, dark as it was, surrounded by the cover of trees and rock.

    "There is a blizzard coming, I can feel the cold grasp of Grenth's hands closing around us. We should join our camps and prepare, it will make trying to find those poor lost souls more difficult."
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    Anakita Snakecharm



    Anakita grinned at the compliment about Stefan, and the well-wishes for their marriage. "Thanks," she replied.

    She nodded to the suggestion of merging their camps. There was no practical reason to remain separate, and it would be safer together, especially with the coming onslaught of weather.

    Then, something caught her attention, and she stared through the trees for a moment, her back straightening like a ramrod and her hand going to her bow, though she didn't notch an arrow. Azh was suddenly on her feet and alert, ears cocking the way Anakita was looking. The Ranger didn't bother to explain until she was sure, then she gestured with her chin in the direction opposite of the way she had come.

    "There's another campfire over there. Not ours-- that's behind me. We should see who it is, before we get too settled here."

    After all, going to sleep a few hundred yards from an enemy camp wasn't a good way to ensure you'd wake up again in the morning. If it was an enemy, of course...
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    Constance Terpein

    At last she was alone. Away from the prying eyes of her brothers and sisters. However, she still wasn’t far enough that she couldn’t hear her fathers voice ringing in her ears. Constance settled deeper into the long hair of her shaggy companion. She was taking a load of cloth, steel and other merchandise deep into Lornar’s Pass. Beacon’s Perch was still a good two day’s drive. The terrain was rocky and the path filled with ones who only considered themselves friends if she had something to give them. Constance feared, and yet delighted in, the fact that she did not.

    She had her fill of serving ale and making beds. Her blood called for battle – sang for adventure – and yet her heart could not bear it. The heat rushed through her veins and died in her core. The indomitable cold had made a home in her inmost parts and Constance had not the desire to remove it. It was a part of her – as she was a part of the Shiverpeaks themselves.

    Lifting a chunk of hair out of her way, she looked to the sky. A blizzard was coming. It would not do to be caught in it. She cursed her father’s time table – completely irrational. Had he never made this trek before? If she left before the snow got heavy, she could make Anvil Rock and shelter there. Her yak would need the rest, and likely, so would she. Between here and there…Centaurs, Dryders and the Stone Summit.

    Her heart allowed her a single grin.
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    Jacobi was trying to decide what to do about the other campfire when a familiar feeling hit him. He had known it from the time of childhood what the wind could tell here. He shivered and announced to himself, "Blizzard. Just what I need."

    He looked at the cave that he had decided against using before because he didn't want to be trapped inside if an enemy was about. Maybe he should use it after all. Only a fool would launch an attack in a blizzard.

    He thought back to another blizzard. One where he was alone and ended up buried under snow. He had remained in a tent which withstood the wind and created a pocket. When it was over he had to dig his way out. He really didn't want to do that again.

    He failed to notice anyone coming from the other campsite since his mind was on the impending blizzard.
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