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Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby IkaikaKekai » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:03 am

((Just tossing this up here out of pure boredom and a wonder as to what would happen to Boki's village once more Drow become aware of it))

Wu Kong Village is an Emberi Village admittedly out of place, all nearby goblins settlements are halmes. It is about 8 days travel by foot, 4 by cart. The path is an offshoot from a main trading road, marked by a crude sign with some Emberi writing, Highland Raider and Explorer symbols and an arrow pointing down a river. The path itself is fairly new but the bank of the river provides enough of a clearing for wagons and mounts to follow unhindered. There are 3 clearings along the path that have evidence of being used as permanent campsites. Within 3 miles of the outskirts of the village the forest opens out into fertile farmland and rice paddies, as well as evidence of a crude road being constructed to improve the path. Several small houses of Emberi design dot the feilds, as well as the workers who live in them.

In the middle of fields is the Village proper with the river running through it, splitting it in half with bridges connecting the two sides. The buildings are of Emberi style, but for some strange reason the oldest ones show some Drow influence. Several large houses as well as businesses line the main road and a small market area. Most of the townsfolk are friendly towards Drow, mostly the ones possessing new steel tools or other drow made goods and the owners of the Inn, though a few are indifferent or cold towards them. The Inn has a few mana plants scattered about, including mana bearing grass in the yard, while not a lot its enough to make the stay more comfortable to Fae. The Inn keepers and a lone merchant who is usually away trading with Val'Raveran are the only one's who speak enough of the Drow language to be considered interpreters, though a few of the younger villagers know at least a few phrases.

Wu Kong village is run by a council of elders. While the Village hardly has anything that could be considered a standing army, the villagers are hardly pushovers and would defend their village to the death with whatever's at hand. The population numbers somewhere around a hundred Emberi and a handful of Halmes that seam to have taken up permanent residence in the village. Most of the villagers will normally point to the Inn and say 'Uncle Pei,' Aunt Wei Yao'. Or sometimes point to one of the larger homes and say, 'Nephew/Cousin/Uncle Boki', depending on their age.

The people are made up of mostly farmers, ranchers, and woodsmen with a handful of merchants. The town itself is rich with natural resources and farm goods, and the few merchants and some of the farmers eagerly try to trade and barter with any Drow that come in, despite the language barriers.
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby django » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:08 pm

Trinita was exhausted from the long days of traveling, and was thankful to be near a friendly Embrei town to rest up at. Having just passed by a few signs the village shouldn't be too far from here. "Hopefully this village will have something decent to drink here, and maybe a good tall bed for the night." Trinita said to his companions.

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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby Tsukiko » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:00 am

Sari'yas sighed as they were about to arrive.
Have some time to rest, let the people do what they came for, escort those wanting to return to Raveran.
For now, it was time to enjoy and relax a bit. see the place, trade a bit, drink a lot, wrestle a bit... Haven't she read somewhere the emberi had special, tradional wrestling? She had to see that! And then have a drink or two. A bath. A drink to conclude.
She looked at the Sarghress, Trinita, and smiled at him.
"A drink and a bed, sounds good!" she said, with a wink.
"But the drink is the top priority now!"
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby django » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:11 am

Trinita smiled warmly at her wink. "I hear its close to their festival time in this area. Especially if they had a good crop season, and if their recent trade in Raven has anything to say about it. I'd say we came at a good time." They weren't in a big hurry, and those who were to be escorted a few days. The raiders like to be early for these kind of things in case there was complications.

Nearing closer to the village. Trinita spotted a farmer karting some Grain. Trinita waved at him and asked him in embire what the weather was like and how where things in the area. His Embrei wasn't as good as his Halm but Trinita made an effort to learn as much as possible.
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby IkaikaKekai » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:25 am

The Emberi looked slightly afraid as Trinita approached him, starting to point towards the town and said, "Raider go Inn, Uncle Pei." He seamed slightly at ease when the Sarghress started speaking to him in Emberi, "Mostly sunny during the days, with enough clouds for it to be comfortable while we work, and light rains during the night. Very good harvests this year, might need to build another store house. Cousin Boki wanted Hu Lai to build him another cart for his trading." The farmer looked up and shielded his eyes from the sun, "Probably gonna be a storm either tonight or tomorrow. Shouldn't be too bad though." He looked back down smiling a bit, "My brother Phai is getting married at the Festival next week. He's suppose to be coming home today with his wife to be and Cousin Boki. Along with that pest Hu Bei."
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby Tsukiko » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:21 pm

During the trip, Sari'yas felt some relief.
This was the first time she was working with Sarghress from Raveran. Chel ones did not even knew of her clan, but those in Raveran still often associated her clan with the Black Sun.
Somehow, it wasn't that wrong, the Aqrab were a Black Sun shard. Herself was a Black Sun grand daughter. But they were rivals now. Black Sun were still brigands attacking travellers. Aqrab were protectors of those travellers.
It always hurt her when people failed notice this “slight” difference. But as she read it in a book in Orthorbbae; “trust and friendship are harvested from hard work, compromises and sometimes pain. One cannot ask for it politely”
So far, this trip went well. But it was maybe one of the reason why she was selected to lead this small group to Wu Kong. She had not an obvious Siyah ancestry, neither in her appearance nor in her manners, except with others for her clan. She was the first Raveran-born generation of the Aqrab'akkar.

“A festival? Nice! Perfect! We had some emberis invited within the clan compound during the last festival in Raveran. I'm really eager to see how they run festivities!” Sari'yas said happily, only regretting her son could not enjoy this. She will writes notes, draw some pictures of it!

She had some admiration in her eyes. That Sarghress was not just a pretty wolf with a good mastery of sword. She saw him give some little healing on a moron.
Sari'yas did warn the guy to leave alone this porcupine. But no. It wasn't much a big deal, he ended with few quills in his hands. At least, after that, the moron one listened to her carefully.
And now, that Trinita also spoke a hume language? Nice.
“Did I heard “Boki”? Is Boki around here?”
“Boki?” she asked to the farmer, pointing in the direction of the village.
The emberi was probably home, unless he already left again for Raveran. Or it was a common name. Or she got it wrong. Could be that, too.

Sari'yas looked at the sky. She wasn't the best at analysing it, but she could tell, even if she was better at spotting signs of presence of her "cousins" and at memorising ways and maps.
“The “cloud” thingies. They are gathering like the roof is about to cast at us some air and water sorcery. This would be better to reach the place today.”
She looked at the little group. She wasn't much worried for the raiders, but for the commoners who joined with the hope of making some deals to make their lives a bit better. They were no soldiers, and she didn't wanted them to be too spooked. Especially the teenage lath girl, who volunteered any little tasks and ended taking care of Sari'yas's cart.
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby django » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:23 am

"Storm huh." Trinita mumbled as he looked up. Yah he kinda wondered about those. "Thank you Emberi. Have a pleasant day."

He turned to his newfound companion and fast growing friend Sari'yas as she talked excitedly about the festival/wedding. He had to admit he was curious what an Embri wedding looked like compaired to a Halm wedding. "Boki," That name sounded really familiar for some reason. "do you know this Boki? Perhaps he can set us up with roof if the rain comes."

But they could talk about this as they walked. He wanted to settle down and beat the storm to town.
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Postby IkaikaKekai » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:39 am

The Farmer nodded, "Seams like it. Better it storms now than during the Last Planting of the season. Some might think it a waste but we got most of our crop harvested. What's left'll scatter seeds during the storm, Spirits'll take the rest as an offering. Elder Quay says that's what happened last harvest, and why we have so much now." he went on his way with his small cart piled high with wheat.
A small dust cloud could be seen off in the distance rising above the forest, getting closer to the fields as Boki's cart made it's return. What left stacked high with sacks of grain and rice, and barrels of meat was now heavy with passengers, tools, and steel bars. Boki, Phai, Clo Ann, and Hu Bei, along with a squad of Explorers and another Lath passenger and her belongings made its way down the dusty road towards the village's fields.
As Trinita and Sari made their way closer to the village, a small hut along side the road opened, and a pair of children came running out holding something in their arms, the smaller one ran back in and came out with something different, the boy and girl came out holding small wooden statues above their head, walking backwards with the two Drow, "Raider, Raider, 1 half Ada, 50 gold." both children jumping up and down as they each held up carved figures of wolves to display. The boy's wolf was rather menacing and fierce, the Girl's was more docile and dog like. They continued their chant, "1 half Ada, 50 gold! Raider Raider." As the two got closer to the hut they could see some logs set up half carved, and a few more statues of both wolves and Sarghress symbols, and trees and Nal'sarkoth symbols.
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Postby Tsukiko » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:22 am

"50 gold? Isn't it a bit much?" Sari'yas smiled widely and warmly at the children. They have learnt well the most basic of drow language, two clever little ones. "You made this?" she ask, speaking slowly, as clear as she could.
She examined both the statues the emberies children were holding. A nice work. And wood made. Sure worth half an Ada in her eyes!
An idea cross her mind. Something that would be appreciated back home.
"How long make this?" Sari asked, miming the carving. "How long day? day?"
"You can that?" she asked again, showing the scorpion embroidered on her deel coat. "You make, me give Ada or jade?" She did not carried much gold this time, but a nice bunch of unworked jade stones in her small cart. Something her so literate nephew suggested to be taken in emberi lands for trading.

Wondering if the children understood, she looked at the commoners who came with them. Maybe they could get some hints of what they could get here from cheap and sell well back in Raveran.

Turning to Trinita, she answered him; "I know one Boki at least. He came to Raveran with his family... He comes regulary in Raveran for trade. If it is the same Boki, he sure will be of good advice!"
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Re: Wu Kong Village -1114- -Surface- (Open)

Postby django » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:38 pm

Trinita thought perhaps the children didn't know the difference between five gold pieces and fifty pieces in the drow tongue. Admittedly they are good works of art, and a half an ada was a bargain. Maybe it was a ploy to get some ada out of passing drow rather then gold pieces.

"Oh ok." Trinita said as he learned about Boki. "Humans can get very rich with the right drow partners. Nals have a good market on this."

Turning to the children. He passed the children a full ada piece and told them he'd take both, to which really excited the children. "Here you are my lady. Pick one you like."
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Postby IkaikaKekai » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:33 pm

The boy held up three fingers to Sari, the girl held up one, then the boy turned to the girl, arguing, "You only took one day because Grandma helped you and you didn't have to help with the harvest!" "Grandma helped you too, and I had to go collect wood with Grandpa!" The children looked at the scorpion somewhat confused, "I thought Raiders rode wolves? That thing looks scary." "Scardy cat, she must be an Explorer then." The children didn't answer Sari at first, then when Trinita paid them the two children fought over the Ada for a moment before the boy pushed the girl and claimed it, "HEY! Tha'ts mine too!" then an old woman came out of the hut, "What's all the noise?" She quickly walked over, grabbed the boy by the ear and yanked before grabbing the Ada from his outstretched hand. The girl stuck her tongue out at her brother, then said, "Grandma, the lady wants one of thous thingys." The old woman finally let the boy's ear go and walked over to Sari and looked at the scorpion herself, "That will be hard, tell her two days and one Ada." The Boy held up two fingers, "Two day, One Ada." The old woman turned back towards the hut, "Oh, Boki is back." The two children started screaming and running down the road to the wagon, "Uncle Boki! Uncle Boki!" When the children saw there were Explorers in the cart they ran back to the hut, grabbing some more wood trinkets, this time Nal'Sarkoth themed. Again chanting as they ran around the cart and jumped up and down, holding the pieces above their heads, "Explorer, Explorer, 1 Half Ada, 50 gold!"
The cart was getting closer now but was still a few hundred feet away from the two drow.
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Postby Tsukiko » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:31 pm

As Trinita offered her to pick one of the wolf, Sari'yas looked at him with surprise.
"Really? Thank you! Since it's a present from you, i will take the fierce one."
"I mean, some in my clan-like my family- have for tradition to tattoo on their body a beast, be it the clan animal or another one, with some opposite symbolic or attitude of what they are, so to find some balance. So picking the most opposite from you" She said, as an explanation.
"So i take the nasty-looking wolf, from the kind wolf raider. Thank you."

When the emberi old lady came out and scolded the kids, Sari'yas smiled.
"No matter the species, parenting is always alike."
As she approached to look at the scorpion, Sari'yas respectfully bowed to her, knowing -or believing- eldery people were the most respected ones in society to those humes.

"Two days one ada. Yes." she said, nodding. "Six days, four adas, three scorpions? Yes?" Sari had no idea what the word for "scorpion" was in Emberi. She just pointed the one on her coat at the same time.

"Heh, we might know even sooner if this is the same Boki. I have the feeling this trip will be a very lucky one!"
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Postby django » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:56 pm

I guess kids are still kids, the wolf thought to himself as squabbled. 'Although the males a little jerk, next time I'll give them 2 half adas and save everyone a headache.'

Trinita couldn't help the red blush on his face as Sari'ya called him a kind wolf. "Its.. no big deal." He said taking his wolf carving and putting it in his back pack, all the while trying to hide his red face. Poorly. When the scorpion lady bowed to the elderly woman, Trinita was surpised. That was a rare sight, and older woman surprised looked said the same things he thought.

When the carted was shouting their prices down the road at them. Trinita smiled and shook his head, telling them no thank you in their tongue.

Turning back to his companion. "I wouldn't have expected you to bow down to goblin. Its not that I mind, but not alot of Nals show that kind of respect to humans." He sounded more curious then anything.
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Postby IkaikaKekai » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:28 pm

The old woman bowed slightly to Sari, repeating it to her, "Six days, four Ada, three Scorpion." pointing to the logo with her walking stick and repeating, "Scorpion?" then slowly walked back to her hut, picking up a log that was about the same size as the statues before disappearing into the hut. The children came back as well with their unsold trinkets as the cart pulled up and stopped next to the hut. "We'll just be a moment. Hu Bei, pass me 2 ax heads and a saw blade." The Emberi got up from his seat and grabbed the steel ax heads and saw blade, "Ahh, Sari. Good to see you, I thought you weren't coming when you didn't show up at the Explorer's headquarters. I'll be just a moment and I can give you and your Raider friend a ride into town with everyone else." He knocked on the hut's door frame, "Uncle Paeh, Aunty Phon? I've got your share of profits from my sales." he was inside for a moment before walking out with a coin pouch smiling, "Is the war going well for you Sarghress? We we're told most of the Raiders would be off fighting somewhere." he climbed back onto the cart, "There should be room in the back for both of you. These are some Explorers, their off for some ruin in the Home Islands, but their using our Inn as a way point for their journy. And this is-" The bored looking female lath spoke up, "Mika'yalh Illhar'dro, I'm here to train some goblin how to work steel and be a good blacksmith. Good to know my clan think's I'm worth 40 sacks of rice..." Boki just smiled, "Actually its 2 shipments of 40 sacks of rice, and a barrel of rabbit meat for yourself when your done. She seams to think she won't be well taken care of up here, and that this is some form of punishment." Boki would wait for the two Drow to get on the cart before he gave his Ox the order to move forward.
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Postby Tsukiko » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:00 pm

“Not a lot of Nals?” Sari’yas repeated, looking at the wolf while her head tilted.
“But dear wolf, I am barbarous scorpion lady, not green lady, lemme be barbarous then!” she said, evidently amused.
“More seriously, how could I establish long beneficial relationship without showing respect to new partners? Especially when they live so short, better establish good relations from the start, ‘cause you won’t have much time to correct it. And then, your good or bad behaviour will be told to their next generation, making trade much easier- or harder. I choose the positive long term, for myself and my clan.”
She looked again at the wolf statue, observing the details. “And this is really nice work. Skill is to be acknowledged.”

As Boki’s cart arrived –and yes, it was “her” Boki from Raveran, not someone with the same name- and he greeted her, Sari’yas gave a impish smile to Trinita.
“See? I can get you and your friends a free ride with one of this hume village’s most important figure just by showing correct attitude in the past, it works!”
She then, not losing time, greeted in turn the emberi merchant and his family, using an Aqrab salute she hoped they remembered. “Greeting to you, Boki of Emberis, pleased to see your business is healthy and your family well! The wolf here seems to have a little fever, must be Sun too harsh on him, I would be grateful if you could give him a little ride to the village. We don’t want our pretty medic wolf sick, do we?” as if nothing, she gave one more look to him, checking his reaction, to know if she could still tease him a bit or if it was crossing some line to his pride.

“And well met, Mika’yalh of Illhar’dro Clan.” Sari’yas felt torn between playing the Illhar’dro’s game, so she would fail in her work and be remplaced by an Aqrab artisan, or trying to establish good contact with this one.
“Sari’yas of the Aqrab’akkar, you can trust Boki here to be good help. And then, you’ll worth rice to feed your people a while, tools for your clan, and trust. It is far from being poor consideration.”

Saying so, she headed to her own small cart, putting carefully her present on it and slapped very slightly the donkey yoked to the cart. "Ya go, surfacemere!Ya go!"
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