Search and Rescue: Tag: Rhea/Linnea (fuzzy timed before surveillance thread)

The lands around New Atricis that are regarded as Atricis' new territory. Not as big as their previous protective range, but still lots of space and wilds to explore. Dragon Flights and Wher Runs also occur across these lands.
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Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:08 pm

tag Rhea/Linnea
One of the bad things about being a healer was that you spend turns developing skills that you should hope to never use. When Galana and Galask had first started trying to learn how to track missing people, it had been much the same. When their skills were needed, it was always bad news. In a perfect world, Galana would sit idle in the infirmary, and Galask would get to relax all day and night.

Today, the Weyr had been expecting a merchant, and all reports said that he had been on the trail early this morning. At this point, he was very late. Ordinarily, they might have been willing to let it go until he was more than a day late, but with the dangers from the roaming felines, it was a bad idea to leave anyone unprotected overnight, and they were taking the delay very seriously.

Which meant that Galana would not be spending the evening waiting for potential injuries in the infirmary and treating current patients. Nor would she go on one of the short-range patrols that she and Galask often took. They would be doing everything in their power to find the merchant before the felines did, hoping that he was still close to the trail. Galask's bags were packed with her medical supplies, but also with various supplies for basic survival- it was surprising how often people were found with minimal traditional injuries, but serious dehydration, or suffering from exposure.

On their previous searches, it had been enough for Galana and Galask to bring along a human partner. Or-they had thought it had been enough. They had never run into any threats that Galask couldn't handle, and they had foolishly assumed that they wouldn't. She knew better now, but she was one of the relatively intelligent people who could learn from other people's bad experiences as well as her own.

Thanks to the recent feline attacks, she was now required to work with at least one other wherhandler, but if the leaders had expected her to object, she had surprised them. She was no daredevil, and her pride didn't depend on convincing people that she could do everything alone. So she was waiting on Rhea and his two whers before heading out. She didn't know how much experience they had with tracking humans, but even if they were just going to be the equivalent of bodyguards for the missing merchant, she would be very grateful for the help.
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:31 am

Rhea, Rheask and Rask had limited experience in tracking humans. While it had been part of their training during wherlinghood, tracking was a skill that had gone towards testing air or following animal paths while on guard duty. Hopefully the application would not be too difficult. Rhea had been asked not long ago to assist in the search of a merchant who was believed to have gone missing in the forest. With the pride of large felines wandering so close to the Weyr, a search group was being sent to meet him after he had failed to arrive within his expected timeframe. Rheask being a particularly sensitive tracker, was hoped to be of assistance to the healer they would be joining beyond sheer protection.

Expecting the healer to have hopefully prepared to bring most of their own things, Rhea focused on packing an individual first aid kit, water, rations and minimum necessary supplies to rough it if they did not make it back by daybreak. He grabbed his crossbow and the sword he had begun practicing with much more frequency, as well and left to meet up with his partner. Rheask and Rask follows behind, Rheask his silent and reserved presence, as per usual, while Rask chirped and bounded with excitement at having a new task to attempt.

"Galana," Rhea greeted with a smile and a wave as he met up with the bluehandler. "My apologies if you have waited long, but I am ready to head straight out. I hear it's a merchant that's gone missing?"

Rask trundled up to Galask and greeted the blue. Rask greets Galask. Rask ready to search now! Rheask, on the other hand, snorted his greeting from a distance, as silent as ever.
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:15 am

Galana greeted the dualhandler almost absently. She was sure that his whers would be useful in tracking, though the merchant wouldn't be trying to hide his scent in any way. She was more concerned about having enough obvious muscle in their group to make felines uninterested in attacking. It would also be useful for them to be alert to feline scent, though she would hope that they didn't find any.

Or...actually, that wouldn't help. The felines might be intelligent enough to mask their scents, and definitely had reason to. She would be worried regardless.

"Yes, it's a merchant, and not of any usefully odorous good," she said, drily. "Fabrics and clothing. Though I guess if he were transporting anything that smelled strong enough to make it easy to track him, that would make him more attractive to the felines, too." She shook her head. The merchants should be traveling in large caravans for the safety of numbers, but who was she to tell adults to be careful with their lives? Just the person who had to patch them up when they weren't, that's all.

Rask, Rheask, the blue acknowledged respectfully. Find human not on trail, and he was dismissive of the stupidity of humans leaving the trails when they made them to be safe.

"He was supposed to be taking this trail to the Weyr," Galana indicated to Rhea, "and obviously got off the trail somewhere. I think the most efficient way to find him is to take it the opposite direction. When the whers first smell a new human scent, that should be where he got off the trail. Hopefully they won't also smell any of the big cats."
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:09 am

Rhea smirked to himself as Galana mentioned the merchant not holding anything easy to track and how that'd be a good thing as it wouldn't draw in felines. "You'd be surprised," he replied, "Some spices can mess with an animal's ability to smell or track anything, if not cause downright pain." He thought back to a time ten turns ago now when he had used some to throw off Isil's whers from his and his sister's scent to wait out their parents' departure. He had been young then, and stupid, but it was an action that, even now, he did not regret. Rina was safe here, at New Atricis, with him and her own craft of preference. Rhea wouldn't mind if she found some more friends or a partner, but she often told him the same thing.

Rhea shook his head and tuned back in to Galana, nodding his head in understanding and agreement of her own plan. It was likely they wouldn't specifically catch scent of the human, but of his dray beasts. The merchant, after all, would be the one driving the dray. "Do we know if it was just the one merchant? Or if there was a party?" he asked. It sounded like it was just the one, but Rhea wanted to hope no one was stupid enough to travel alone.

Rask tilted her head at Galask's scoff. Why leave trail? Trail safe. she pointed out with a huff, giving the blue a bump as she passed him into the jungle. Rhea facepalmed as he realized Rask must be beginning to prepare for a run. It was nowhere near her time of season just yet, but apparently it was close enough to have her flirtatious.

"I promise she won't be a problem," he winced and sent an apologic look to Galana, "But shall we head out? Rheask is an Isil wher, but he prefers nonverbal forms of communication, so if he catches scent of anything, we'll all know immediately."
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:32 pm

Galana grimaced at the mention of spices causing trouble with senses. That wasn't a problem right now, but..."What worries me most, is that anything that makes it easier for us to track him, makes it easier for the felines as well. If the spices would cause trouble for them, they'd cause trouble for our whers too." It was starting to sound like the human methods of tracking would be the only edge that Atricians might have over the felines, and they weren't exactly Galana's strong suit.

Well, it was never too late to learn.

"It was just one merchant," Galana answered. "He apparently thought it wouldn't be a problem because he wasn't planning to travel at night." There had probably been some arrogance and machismo involved in the decision, too, but that was so obvious there wasn't any point in mentioning it. She supposed it was possible that he didn't have anyone he could travel with, but she dismissed that idea. Surely he could have timed his trip to coincide with one of the caravans.

Stupid to leave, Galask agreed with Rask, though his tone had become a little confused. Humans stupid sometimes, he continued, while he looked at the flirtatious electrum.

Galana just watched, amused at the interaction. "I don't think she will be a problem for Galask, at least," she agreed before moving to follow Rheask.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:25 am

Rhea didn't quite agree with Galana's opinion that scents that turned felines away would also turn whers away. After all, their creatures were smart. They may not like the smell, but if it didn't cause actual pain, they could still track it, knowing there was a person to rescue at its end. Felines were straight animals, however. If something didn't smell like food, they would not be inclined to follow. If they could figure out something that could repel a predator but be trackable by whers and daywhers, that might actually be something they could put into practice to help in situations like this.

Stupid lots, Rask agreed as she brushed past Galask completely before turning to look back, We help.

It would not help them this time, however, so Rhea sighed and shook his head in disbelief at the merchant's stupidity. "That's not a bad thing. She can be a bit of a diva," Rhea laughed and Rheask snorted at his side, his eyes intent on the forest, muscles bunched, ready to move. Rhea patted Rheask's flank, "We should probably find him before anything else does. Your plan sounds good to me, so we'll follow the trail until a human scent besides ours becomes noticeable. Rheask can take lead for tracking. I imagine we'll want Rask and Galask with us for defensive purposes." This particular mission may be new for Rhea, but it wasn't like he was unfamiliar with guard rounds.
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