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PostSubject: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:21 pm

(This will be continuing the short story I had written here.)


“I was so close!” he growled and stood up while gazing to the sky above, “…so close.” He sighed and let himself slip into silence. Owl had since ventured out to meet his master and gave a inquiring chirp. The mandalorian raised a hand that conveyed a: not now, as he stalked back towards the speeder. Yet the remote was persistent and it followed up with an alarming hoot and bobbed in the air distractingly. “What is it?” he practically shouted at the droid which shot back in alarm. As it recovered it began to nudge the mandalorian before shooting off towards the crest of the hill.

Mav followed after as his mind began to run over the possibilities. It was most likely tusken raiders, the wild natives of Tatooine who were always ready to pick fights with those that trespassed on their desert. It came as a shocking surprise to the mandalorian then as what he found staring directly at him when he reached the top was none other than the most feared predators of the desert planet itself. A thunderous Krayt Dragon with massive teeth barred as it smelled the mandalorian out came stomping towards him with the intent to kill. “Osik...” he clenched his teeth and quickly brought forth his trusty rifle to face the incoming foe.

The krayt must have been attracted to the sounds of the fight that must have occurred when his brother tried to take the con-artist down, and was probably eager to pick off any survivors along with any other living things around the area. That list of possible meals just so happened to include Mav.

There was not enough time to take a precise shot as the krayt dragon rapidly closed the distance between itself and the mandalorian. Running was out of the question as the dragon stomped down on the speeder during its charge, crushing it into a flattened hunk of metal.
Mav took a quick guess and aim before firing off a pot shot towards the dragon’s scaly head. He was pleased to hear the large dragon wail out in a mix of surprise and pain, alas this did little to slow its advance and Mav was forced to attempt another shot with similar results. The distance was far too close for his liking and the mandalorian had to immediately drop to the sand to avoid the clamping jaws of the dragon as it passed by.

The mandalorian had a brief period of respite as the dragon stumbled for a few of its mighty paces in its attempt to slow before taking a swipe with its beefy tail. The tail was far too large to dodge and it smacked into the warrior causing him to howl out in surprise and pain as bones broke against the impact. The blow was so forceful that Mav had been tossed off from where he had been standing and landed some fair distance down the slope. To make matters worse, one of the many spines on the dragon’s tail had found an unprotected section of the mandalorian’s torso and caused a deep gash before slipping back out again. Mav continued to slide down the slope helplessly as the world came in and out of focus. It felt like death was upon him, and he had finally met a creature he could not take down. Then it occurred to him that had he been but a few moments sooner in his arrival that he could be with his brother on their way to reunite with the rest of their clan. This brought up a soft cry from the mandalorian, not that he was going to die but that it would be so alone and bested by a beast too. His family would never learn of his demise, and perhaps they too would search in vain for many years to come.

Then as may come to those who had thought themselves resigned to death, one last hope welled up in the mandalorian’s battered chest as the krayt dragon peaked its head over the dune to stare directly at its prey. He had his final opportunity at that moment as the perfect shot opened itself to him. With the last reserves of his strength Mav brought his rifle to bear and with a few strained breaths sighted his rifle over the weak spot in the dragon’s otherwise impenetrable defenses. With the trained muscles of the hunter that he was he pulled the trigger in as clean a fashion as was possible considering his predicament. The shot rang out, as so many had before it, and a life was extinguished just the same. One shot, one kill.

The dragon let out a lingering roar as life escaped it and it slammed down against the sand. The mandalorian let his rifle settle down against the ground next to him and he allowed himself to relax. Surely he was still doomed to die, but he had not lost and that gave him reassurance. Settling into this calming state of mind as he drifted into unconsciousness, he did not notice the figure approaching cautiously out of the sands that whirled about to figure out what the ruckus had been about.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:47 pm

Two gloved fingers pressed themselves against the side of a well-worn helmet, activating a binocular function. As the image zoomed in, the figure behind the visor raised a brow. She had no idea what had brought the ship into the middle of the Dune Sea, and even less of a clue as to why the Krayt dragon one of the newcomers had evidently killed was still lying there. Usually the only people who would bother to mess with such a fearsome creature were those looking for the famed Krayt pearls. This dragon, however, seemed to have been killed for no reason at all. Unless...

The armored woman made a cautious approach down the side of the rocky outcropping she had been perched behind, riding silently atop a two-person sand speeder, minus the second person. Kicking up the desert grains, the bike swerved quickly around the corpse, but stopped suddenly as it rounded the front. There, as if sleeping on the sand, lay a being clad in armor closely resembling her own.

Killing the engine, the woman drew a sidearm and moved forward on foot until she was standing directly in between the light of the twin suns and the other person, casting a distinctive shadow over him as she leaned over. Immediately noting the gash across his torso, she knew he had little time left to him. It was a wound she'd seen many times before, and one few lived from.

The same gloved fingers fished through a side pouch as she knelt down, extracting a small vial filled with a strange greenish liquid. Unscrewing the top of the vial, she tilted it end over end until its contents lined the length of the laceration, then replaced the empty bottle within its original pouch. A stick paste was applied next, followed by a bit of gauze and wrapping.

It was probably a good thing, for the injured one at least, that he was unconscious. She didn't have time to be thorough or gentle. Any moment now another of the many vicious beasts of Tatooine might come along, drawn inevitably by the scent and sound of the dead brute. Not only that, but the sands had started to whip around the pair a little harsher as well. A sandstorm was coming; of that she had no doubt.

Hoisting him up via his underarms, she dragged him the short distance back to her speeder and lifted him carefully into the second seat. Before leaving, however, she swiftly went back to the dragon's corpse and made an incision along its belly with her vibroblade. Reaching inside, she ignored the sticky mess and grasped her objective. Retracting her hand, she shook the goop onto the desert floor before pocketing the pearl she'd found there.

The sand was really kicking up now, and she knew she had to get out of there or else they'd both be in trouble. As an afterthought, she picked up his rifle and strapped it across her back. He'd probably be wanting it later if he pulled through.

The speeder had just started moving again when from out of nowhere a small round object flew out of the sand and directly at the woman's helmet, making an awful sort of screeching noise. She ducked, just in time to see it crash into the back seat and land in the lap of her incapacitated passenger. Blinking in surprise, she watched it for a moment until she was sure that it wasn't a trap. At least, she doubted something out to hurt either of them would be clinging to his shoulder and...hooting? It sounded worried, whatever it was. Must have belonged to him.

Facing forward again, she pressed onward a second time, leaving the scene behind as she headed for the humble hut she called home.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:35 pm

The mandalorian gave out a groan of discomfort as he stirred. What had happened? He wasn’t sure. Maybe it had all been a dream, or rather a nightmare more like it. Mav shuddered as he recalled the kryat dragon and his brother’s departure. It had to have been a nightmare, it just had to. This state of mind was comforting for a while as he remained happily oblivious to where he was situated at the time. Yet as with all escapes from reality, it came to a close. He began to take note of how unlike the place he was sleeping in was from his ship. Maybe he had gotten a room somewhere, but he certainly had no memory of that.

Owl bobbed on over and nudged the mandalorian to get him up to which Mav replied with a growl and muttered some obscenity under his breath. The bed was not his own, that much he could be certain of. Pushing him up to get out he froze as a sudden spike of pain shot through his body. With a cry the mandalorian slumped back down into the bed, “Ow, ow, ow…” It was then that he decided to look down at the cause for his pain and found his chest wrapped in bandages. “What…?” he coughed and tried to inspect the extent of his wounds. It felt like broken ribs, but what was that other searing pain that worked its way down from his chest to his side? The only way he could tell would be if he removed the bandages, but he wasn’t so curious as to risk making matters worse for himself. Whoever had put them on knew what they were doing and he wasn’t going to tamper with that. Yet it raised a question, who had tended to him seeing as the duel with the krayt dragon was quite real. The mandalorian shoved the fact that his years of searching also had collapsed around him aside into the back of his mind as well.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:11 pm

As Mav looked about, pondering his situation, a door on the opposite side of the room parted to let a figure pass through. With a hidden smirk of satisfaction, the Mandalorian woman acknowledged the fact that he seemed surprised to find another of his kind tending to him. In one hand, she carried a bag with contents unknown, and in the other a pitcher of water. Her boots made a slight scuffling sound as they crossed the floor, sand having made its way into many of the hut’s surfaces and crevices. It was unavoidable.

Before she made it half way, the avian-like remote unhooked itself from Mav’s bunkpost and made a beeline for the woman, only this time it flew slow circles around her from a distanced radius. At the sound of its low hoots, the figure laughed, a young feminine sound coming from her helmet’s speakers. Holding out the arm with the bag, she let the curious little droid perch there and turned to Mav.


“Quite the persistent beskar’ad you’ve got here, vod. Rather annoying little thing when trying to patch up a wound, always hovering like that,” she said as she took a seat by the bedside. She knew that she hadn’t exactly given the most informative of introductions, but she figured he was capable of asking his own questions.

“Oh, and before we get into the “where am I”s and “who are you”s, you need to drink this. It’ll reinforce the salve on that slash of yours and help you breathe easier, as I’m sure you’re still suffering from some of the more potent effects of that Krayt venom.”

She handed him the pitcher then, and if he looked close, he would be able to just make out little green specks floating around within it.


((Beskar'ad = "droid"))


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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:32 pm

Mav watched Owl dart off to circle the mandalorian woman ahead and he easily figured out who must have helped him. The droid wouldn’t be so social with those it didn’t trust, and for it to have come to trust her without his approval must have meant she had done something worthy. Mav figured that saving his life was worthy enough to Owl to earn its trust. This brought a smile to the mandalorian’s face and he would have chuckled had it not hurt so much.

“Well he can get into things he shouldn’t, but Owl means well,” Mav nodded towards the droid as it lingered on the woman’s arm. Then his eyes drifted to the concoction and sighed, “If it’s the doctor’s orders” He reluctantly lifted it to his lips, and after a hesitant sniff, sipped it down. The mandalorian grimaced before settling back down again with Owl coming over to perch next to his head. “Alright, since you gave me the idea… Where am I, and who are you?” he grinned despite the pain and scratched the side of his head absent mindedly.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:09 pm

“This,” she said, laughing as she sat the bag down in her lap, “is paradise. Can’t you tell?”

Placing a hand on either side of her helmet, she popped the seal and slid it off, revealing a young, kind-looking face. She couldn't have been more than twenty. There was a sort of subtle attractiveness to her features, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly obnoxious either. She didn’t have the “fake” beauty of a holovid actress, but rather a natural look about her, undoubtedly borne from years of living on the harsh desert planet. Her hair, plaited in two lines down the back of her head, was a sort of dark auburn, not nearly as bright as Mav’s ginger color.


“And you can call me Mesh,” she explained, leaving off the full version of her name for now. Only her father had ever used it anyway… never minding the fact that they lived more or less alone.

“Your turn," she chimed in. "Who are you and why are you here?”
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:52 pm

Mav nodded, “Ah, so it is. I and here I was thinking I was dead and passed on!” he raised a finger as he spoke to emphasis the heavenly aspect that he was mentioning. Owl hooted casually and bounced along the cot. “Of course I’ll get it for you, pesky droid,” he sighed and glanced over to the woman as she removed her helmet. “Mesh, got it…” he glanced around trying to locate his pack.

The mandalorian grumbled for a bit as he poked around for what the droid had demanded of him. Mav retrieved a power cell from his gear and snatched Owl out of the air where it was hooting obnoxiously. Ignoring the burning sensation from moving he fitted in the new power cell to replace the old one that was running on dry. Mav glanced up from his work and released the newly-recharged droid to shoot off into another spree of hoots. “Name’s Mav, and I was looking for my brother,” he gave a depressed sigh and scratched the side of his head again.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:50 pm

Mesh'la, as was her full name, dug around through the bag she had brought while Mav was busy replacing his droid's battery. Pulling out a small kit, she replied to his equally-brief introduction.

"I take it he had somethin' to do with that ori'me'sen that touched down? It's how I found you, by the way,” she said as she lifted the object up so he could see it. “This here should help patch up your kute. Unless you’d rather I did it, but I have to warn you I’m not as good at fixing things as I am people.”

Her brown eyes looked from the package held aloft by her spiked gloves to Mav's freckled face as she waited for his reply.

((Translations: Big ship // underarmor))


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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:11 pm

Mav eyed the kit curiously as he began to run through his head what he’d need to repair his gear. The vest that held the plates together wouldn’t be an easy fix, and he’d probably need to gather a new hide to use. Preferably he’d use something far sturdier in the future, and maybe incorporate some of that energy-absorbing weave implemented in some light armors to reduce blasters’ effectiveness. He cocked a brow as he spied the damaged cuirass and took note of just how bad the tear really was. It painted a pretty good picture of what he must have looked like underneath those bandages.

“Aye, that was him. Two years I had been looking for him, and found him I did. It’s just that I found him too late and he was gone, just like that…” he growled and grabbed a fistful of the bunk in anger but forced himself to calm down. “Sorry, it’s just frustrating.”
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:02 pm

“Don’t apologize for how you really feel,” she said, watching him as he started to look over the kit she had given him. It wouldn’t fix everything he had wrong with his suit, but it had a needle and thread along with some heavy-duty tape. It might not be pretty, but it’d keep it together until he could find a real armor-smith.

“So uh, what about the rest of your clan? Is he all that’s left?” she asked, hoping the question wouldn’t upset him. Family was a touchy subject for some people. She knew that all too well.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:48 pm

Mav nodded and shut his eyes as he mused over what she said. It made sense to him, but he didn’t want to fall into a rampage either. The mandalorian tapped his fingers rhythmically over his chest as he took in the momentary silence between them. Owl had actually managed to quiet down for a moment and had settled down against Mav’s neck, though whether he had noticed or not, the mandalorian didn’t show it.

“My clan…?” he gazed at the ceiling overhead in silence as he attempted to piece together all that he had clued together. “As far as I’m aware we’ve still got some numbers left, though I have no idea where they are. Only person I could even get a lead on was my brother and you saw how that turned out,” he groaned. Then, with the subject of family in mind he began to glance around the room till he spied an image of Mesh and another person. He took a guess and said, “Your dad?” he nodded towards the picture.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:58 pm

Mesh’la waited patiently as he gathered himself up to speak again. When he finally did, she listened attentively, nodding in the appropriate places. He paused as he looked about the room, but she let his eyes roam, her own thoughts elsewhere. Leaning back in the seat, his comment took her by surprise somewhat, and then she remembered the holoimage her father had kept on his wall for years.

She had kept herself from looking at it for the past few months, but she followed Mav’s gaze now and half regretted it. A much younger Mesh’la stood in the picture, peering out from under a helmet that was clearly too big for her then. Beside her, her father smiled, one arm wrapped around her shoulder and the other giving a thumbs-up. Mav deserved credit; the man in the picture looked nothing like the girl to his left. His dark features were a bit of a contrast to her somewhat fairer tone.


“ ‘Lek, ibac ner buir…” she said, her voice considerably softer than it had been previously. She knew the questions which would come next, so she decided to answer them preemptively. “Nu kyr'adyc, shi taab'echaaj'la. I just wish I knew who did it,” she explained, adopting a tone very similar to the one Mav had used earlier when talking about his brother. It was tough, desiring revenge but not knowing who deserved to feel the wrath. She'd wrestled with the feelings for the three months since his death, but still hadn't come to terms with them yet.

((Translations: Yeah, that's my father. // He's passed on.))
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:18 am

(had to make a quicky post, little time left)

Mav noticed how she was struggling not unlike how he had been, though her sorrow was much credible than his own. At least he still had his brother, and it didn’t look like she had much other family to speak of. He decided not to press the matter and tried to think of a new topic.

“So uh, any idea when I can actually get out of this bed?” he had started to become uncomfortable in the enclosed confines of the hut, and a faint glisten of sweat began to form on his brow. Owl hooted in agreement and bobbed is way over towards the exit. Mav looked after the droid and glared at it till it returned mournfully.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:15 pm

Mesh’la smiled again, thankful for his changing of the subject. “Well, you really should rest until you’re healed. I’ve got a bacta patch on your wound but even that will take a while. Rib fractures like yours should be given at least a few weeks in bed, because all it takes is a little extra movement in the wrong way for it to bring you all the way back to square one. Of course, I’m not making you stay or anything…”

She realized she had been borderline ranting and shut up for a moment before continuing, “If you want to heal faster, I can drive you down to Bestine’s medical facility. It’ll cost a bit, but they can toss you in a tank and what would take two weeks might only take a few days.”

A part of her hoped he’d stick around a while. Since her father had passed, she’d literally only talked to a handful of people whenever she had to run into one of the towns for supplies. Life alone on Tatooine was a miserable experience sometimes; she was amazed that her father had managed to do it before she showed up.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:28 pm

“I know, I know, but its getting a bit small in here…” he chuckled nervously and glanced around with equal anxiety. How he longed to get some fresh air, but he was in no condition to be moving around, he understood that but it didn’t help his anxiety. Mav shifted uncomfortably on the cot as he tried to feel less enclosed. Owl picked up on his discomfort and gave a soothing hoot and nudged him gently and reassuringly.

The mention of being tossed into a tank caused all color to drain away from his face and made his freckles stand out even more as he shuddered from the thought. He had only been conscious while in a tank once before and he had nearly done more damage to himself trying to get out of it than he had when he came into it. Since then they had always made sure to make sure he was nice and drugged before he went in, though he doubted the local medical facility would let him get away with that. "I think Ill stay right here," he laughed nervously again.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:49 pm

Brow furrowing slightly, Mesh’la looked at Mav’s apparent discomfort with concern. He paled considerably in all of a few seconds and at first, she thought he might be having a relapse from the venom. She almost stood up to get some more of the antidote before she connected the dots.

“Oh…hey, have you ever seen a Tatooinian night?” she asked, deftly avoiding embarrassing him with an acknowledgment of his claustrophobia while still offering him a way out. She actually did stand up then, and left the room before he could reply. A sort of crashing noise issued from the hallway before she returned, rolling in a cart on wheels. It just so happened to come up almost completely level with the bunk as she pushed it next to Mav. She’d found a makeshift gurney.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:46 pm

Mav perked up when she mentioned the night which he instantly attributed to being able to get some air. Was it just him or was it getting very hot in there anyways? Normally that would be a good excuse if he actually had more than some bandages on his torso that could actually get stuffy for him, but laying around as he was in a hut designed to keep one cool from the outside it did not have much ground. This was particularly true if it was daytime, though he had no idea prior to her mentioning the night as to what time it was. Normally he would have just been able to check his helmet’s chrono, but obviously that wasn’t exactly available to him at the moment.

“Uh, can’t say I have…” he bit his lip and thought back over it, maybe as a kid he had but that was probably Dantooine. The rolling fields had a tendency to be similar in appearance to rolling sand dunes in a memory from childhood. Mav watched her get up and leave and for a moment was disheartened till she came back in with a cart. He suppressed a laugh as he thought over how ridiculous that would end up looking, but he was willing to do just about anything to get outside at that point.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:32 pm

Smirking at the expression Mav’s face had taken upon seeing her devised method of transportation, Mesh’la teased, “Don’t worry. Your pride will heal faster than your ribs would if you were to make the fractures worse.”

She spread a blanket over top to make it a little more comfortable before holding the cart still enough for her guest to situate himself on. Once there, she handed him another blanket and the pillow from the bed. “You’re going to want this too,” she added, grabbing a thick coat from out of her father’s closet.

Most outsiders were caught unaware when the twin suns set; as hot as the day time was, nights on Tatooine were certainly contrasting.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:53 pm

Mav had been wondering about temperature just as the woman fished out a coat to put over him. “Was just going to ask about that too,” he spoke as he had slowly shifted onto the blanket covered cart. Owl was not far behind and took residence on top of the pillow as well. “Well I’m set, just don’t tip me over okay?” he smirked and settled into the blankets.

Once he was free of the confines that made up that hut he gave out a long sigh. It was so nice to have some actual space! He wanted to stretch out and enjoy the freedom, but with how he was confined to the cart he’d have to settle with just stretching his arms. “A lot nicer at night than in the day,” he thought out loud and glanced over to Mesh.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:10 pm

The back porch, although covered in a layer of sand, actually had a decent view of the rolling Dune Sea. Random rock formations jutted out every so often, and somewhere a creature cried out to the night. Overall, it was peaceful, and Mesh’la had to agree with Mav. “Yeah. I used to come out here every night just to imagine what it would be like somewhere else, somewhere without two suns burning down on everything in sight,” she reminisced, closing her eyes for a moment after settling onto the thick railing that ran the length of the porch.

For a while, she said nothing, content in the silence that passed between them. It was enough just having someone there with her, having the potential of conversation. Just when the void of speech started to grow awkward, she spoke up again, “What planet are you from, Mav? Tell me what it’s like there…”

Owl hooted softly, floating around like a happy little balloon without a string. She almost envied the little remote, wishing that she too could just zoom off and do whatever she pleased.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:34 pm

Mav glanced over to her as she spoke about the twin suns and he couldn’t necessarily disagree. The two orbs that were slowly settling behind the horizon were an impressive sight to see, though he still favored the calm sunsets of the world he considered his home as the last light of the day filtered through the canopy overhead. The mandalorian shut his eyes for a moment as he gave himself a brief rest as the silence continued.

When she spoke up again Mav started to work out an answer to her question. “Technically I was born on a ship, though where the in galaxy I have no idea. We were in hyperspace at the time, so I guess we covered a good few light-years of space when I was born,” he chuckled to that and gazed up into space. It was by no means his favorite place, though it was very open. The only issue he had with it was how he was usually forced into confinement within the tight hull of a ship.

“However, my parents decided to briefly settle down to raise me, my brother, and my sister. Whatever planet we were on I can remember the trees. There were so many, and as a kid that meant a whole lot of climbing to do. Of course it wasn’t all just climbing trees; there was plenty of hunting to do there too. A big part of it was because food wasn’t exactly the easiest to go out and buy where we were settled. There were also a number of predators, so it sort of set me up to become a hunter,” he grinned, though his eyes were still closed. Owl hooted one last time before settling down into a hibernation mode, leaving only its proximity alerts on to wake it up quickly. Mav followed suit soon enough and slipped back into unconsciousness as the suns continued to set on the horizon.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:04 pm

Mesh’la smiled at his recounting of an early life among the trees and wilderness. It was something so different and yet at the same time very similar to her. She’d worked for her food her entire life. Never buying it straight from town, her father had taught her the importance of “reaping what you sow”, though that term had never applied literally. In the sands of Tatooine, she’d had to hunt and scavenge the land to live, just like Mav had needed to do across his forest world. Quite unlike the young sniper beside her, however, Mesh’la had never seen trees in person. At least not quite like the ones he had mentioned. There were little more than shrubberies and rocks across the desert floor.

Mid-pondering, she glanced over and noticed that her unexpected companion had fallen back to sleep. But that was good. He needed rest if he was to recover soon and get back out there to find his brother. Wheeling him back inside as gently as possible to keep him from freezing outside, she pushed the cart against the wall in the most open part of the house, which happened to be near the backdoor in case he desired to escape or something of the like.

Heading to her room, she closed the door and kicked off her boots. It had been a long day. Taking off her armor, she stacked the plates in a semi-organized pile before settling into bed. For a long while, she lay with her eyes open, thinking. Finally, sleep overtook her, though she woke just before dawn anyway.

Several days later, Mav's wound was sealed up nicely, and his ribs almost completely finished healing. As he awoke on this day, however, it was to the smell of something being cooked and the sound of someone cursing in Mando’a.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:16 pm

Mav stirred with a groan as his eyes blinked to rid them of morning drowsiness. “Whasadathcooking…?” he grumbled out as he shifted in the bed to locate the source of the smell that continued to assault his senses, making sleeping impossible. The mandalorian grudgingly slid out of the bed and ignored the lingering soreness in his chest as he made his way to the source of the smell and swears. “What time is it…?” he couldn’t say for ever since he had been confined to the bed his concept of time had devolved to guesswork.

Mav rubbed his eyes with his forearm and yawned before settling back down into a chair. Owl was in sleep mode still, though it wouldn’t last for long now that Mav was not next to it. Sure enough, a few hoots signaled its arrival as it bobbed on over to the seated mandalorian. “Mmm, morning Owl,” he mumbled out to the floating droid and glanced back towards Mesh.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:21 pm

Mesh’la was too busy swatting at some surprisingly thick plumes of smoke rising from a pan to answer Mav immediately. Coughing, she turned her head away for a moment and then turned the burners down, sighing as the smoke cleared to reveal some sort of frizzled meat strips. “Um, it’s about 0900. And it looks like we’re stuck having womp rat again… I just made a shabla mess of the bantha meat,” she confessed, looking a little downtrodden. Cooking was not her specialty and it showed.

Tossing the ruined food out the window and into the sand, she went about reheating the same meal they’d had every morning for the past week. Breakfast was yet another reason she missed her father every day. From living alone for so long, and then raising a daughter as a single parent, he’d become quite proficient at getting things on the table without mutilating them first. It must be genetic, she figured, because she’d certainly not gotten that trait from whoever her biological parents were.

Setting the plates down and taking a seat, she soon dug in with little enthusiasm; she had to remind herself several times that she would need the energy from the meal to complete her day. Staring down at her food, she spun the fork around listlessly, munching on a particularly chewy piece of rat.
“So I’m guessing you’ll be taking off soon, huh? Seeing how you’re pretty much all healed up now….” she muttered without looking up.
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PostSubject: Re: RPG THREAD: Continuing the Hunt   Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:37 am

Mav cocked a brow as he eyed the remains of bantha, well he had certainly eaten worse before. He chuckled slightly to himself and was a tad bit greener in the face as he remembered just what sort of morsels he had been forced to eat when stuck in the middle of nowhere. Despite the fact that he had been eating womp rat for some time now it didn’t bother him, and perhaps for the very same reason why he still found the burnt bantha possibly tasty.

The mandalorian prodded a bit of suspicious looking meat with his fork before running it through. He raised it up to eye level and stared at it intently for a brief moment before plopping it into his mouth and beginning to chew contently.

Mav froze in his chewing for a moment as she asked a certain sort of question. He noted the words and easily agreed to that, “Suppose so.” He wagged the piece of meat still on the end of his fork around slightly. Then he tried to figure out the later portion of that statement; what had been the real intent? He doubted she wanted to resume her solitary life after having some company around, but there was no way he’d stick around on Tatooine longer than he had to. The planet was far too sandy, and far too hot. He longed for the forests of his home planet and it was then that it hit him.

“Want to go on a hunt?” a grin formed on his lips, and then it grew as he added in, “On Endor.” His eyes were bright with childish excitement at the possibility of taking another along with him on a hunt and glanced to Owl who merely bobbed in agreement.
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