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The mining settlement for Atricis was technically established way back during the initial Expedition after a group was shown a series of gemstone rich caves. Over time, what was a temporary settlement to gain resources and wealth for building the new Weyr, has become permanent. There is frequent travel back and forth between the mines and the Weyr proper, with a lot of stone, gems, and metal resources coming from these mines as long as the Weyr has miners to work them.
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Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:08 pm

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Randomized Plot - someone is wrongly accused of a crime. story about risk-taking

Dualhandler Rhea

He had left Rheask and Rask half-way between the mining settlement and Atricis to keep them off the radar of the settlement's guards. They'd warned him off already when he'd tried to argue Bristin's defense and offered to help find the real thief they hadn't seemed to believe existed. But Rhea knew Bristin. She wouldn't do something like this. She wasn't the type to steal.

Bristin was 18 turns, a journeywoman miner and had two younger siblings, one a wher candidate here at Atricis and another still in the creche, but whom had set his sights on dragonhide. She'd lost one parent when Isil had collapsed. The other had fallen to Firehead in the south. Yes, things were rough, but the Weyr had taken in her siblings for care and her apprenticeship met all of Bristin's needs. Having walked the tables a turn ago, she was making more money off her work now. She didn't need to steal—not that she would even then. But no matter how hard Rhea had argued, he had been brushed off at the stories of two guards having found her with the bag of stolen goods next to her.

If only Rhea hadn't stayed in sick. If only he'd sucked it up, downed some feverfew and klah and brought a pocketful of handkerchiefs to sneeze and blew his nose into and taken on one of those guard shifts. He could've been the one who found her. He could have listened to her story about the person who knocked into her, dropped the bag and kept running. He could've sent others to search and catch.

“Just because you consider someone a friend, doesn't make them innocent,” the guard captain had sneered at him, “It's always the quiet ones you never expect.”

“Did you even try to search?” Rhea had pressed, “I'd do a better job of it than your entire team! I'll find him without having an innocent person point me in the right direction.”

“You'll do nothing of the sort and I better not see you here, visiting or working or otherwise, until this case is resolved.”

And then Rhea had been escorted out of the mines.

That had been under a week ago. Bristin's sentencing was tomorrow, or so Rina had told him two days. She'd also told him nothing had been done to look into her claims of another person. So Rhea had spoken with the one other person he knew would and could help.

He put his fingers in his mouth and whistled like a bird twice, the signal he and Toross had decided on, to let him know he was here in case Toross had arrived first. If not, he would hide himself and wait for Toross's whistle.
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:17 pm

Curfew for daywher candidates was being broken this night. But for a very noble cause. Toross did not regret saying yes to Rhea. When he'd heard what had happened, he'd thrown up his hands and paced off a theatrical response of outrage and despair at the plight of the poor soul. His loud outburst was not allowed to continue in case anyone near had heard. Sheepishly he'd shut his mouth and nodded compliance.

Plans to meet had been made. A system for signalling the other was set.

Now that Toross was sneaking through the night, he'd worried about making the bird call as was required of him if he didn't Rhea's call first. He wasn't the best at mimicking them but now it was too late to admit to it.

Thankfully he did not have to. A great sigh of relief came to him when he heard the signal given. He assumed it was the signal. It really did sound like the real thing. Maybe he should wait and see if it happened again? No, if it really was Rhea, he might not chance another sound. Speaking of sounds, where had that bird call come from? Off to his right? Left? Not really.

As he moved he tried to remember where it had originated from. And as he tried to be as silent as he possibly could, and looked all around as he went, he nearly tripped right on top of the one he was trying to find. So much for being subtle, as a muffled grunt came from his throat as he tried to catch himself from falling.

Moving into a like stance to Rhea's Toross' signature smile brightened his face for but a moment before returning to the seriousness at hand. "Hi." He whispered and bit his tongue on the longer, more theatrical version of his planned entrance. He knew when to shut up. Most times.

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Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:36 pm

He did, admittedly, feel bad for dragging a candidate into this. But he'd known Toross as just an apprentice when he'd helped with bringing loads of metal ores over to the smiths and Toross would help receive them. Toross would've likely known Bristin, as well, from similar times. But even if he didn't, Toross had always come across as a smart guy if a bit clumsy in manner and means. Rhea hadn't been concerned about his willingness to help, but in his ability to keep everything a secret.

A very loud voice in the back of Rhea's head told him he was doing it again, acting on his own when he could work with those in positions of power to resolve this a more appropriate way. But Rhea wasn't a 16 turn old kid anymore. He was an adult, he had a moderate amount of power, and he had attempted to work with those who had more over the mine only to be forced away. This was the only thing he could do for her.

A rustle sounded nearby, followed by the breaking of a twig. Rhea froze as whatever was causing the noise drew closer. He hadn't heard Toross signal in reply. An icy chill worked its way up his tense spine as he worried over whether his efforts would come to an end before he'd even got his plans off the ground. Just as he was about to move, however, whatever it was tripped right into Rhea's space, nearly landing on him.

Rhea sighed in relief at the sight of Toross and his surprisingly short greeting.

“Hey,” he greeted in return, turning his attention back to the mine grounds. They would sneak over to the storage areas and each hide in close but separate places. When they saw the thief, they'd signal for the other person and take chase. It was perfect aside from the one glaring flaw that had been weighing on Rhea's mind since he and Toross had planned it.

What if the thief decided to lay low until Bristin took the fall for him?

Rhea shook his head to clear it then grinned at Toross, feeling a bit of that boyish troublemaking he'd shoved down when Isil collapsed. “You ready?” he asked.
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:51 am

Despite his happy-go-lucky attitude most of the time and his theatrical mannerisms on frequent occasions, Toross wasn't always the 'fool'. Especially when the situation was serious and possibly very dangerous. It already was, for Bristin. He was here to help Rhea set them free. A nagging doubt thudded in his chest as he nodded with a grin to the question 'Ready?'.

Most everyone he knew carried a knife, a dagger or a dirk as habit. He was no exception. The thief, he realized, probably had one too. If they were brazen enough to steal, then maybe they wouldn't be shy about....

"Was born ready." Toross' grin turned briefly into a smirk and as was pre-planned he moved off to set himself into a hiding spot. Before he'd gone more than a couple of steps, he had to crouch down again. There was a guard patrolling the area and he'd just come this way. Toross would wait until the man turned and headed back the way he'd come before moving again.

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Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:29 pm

Toross was an interesting guy. The type to use ten words when one would suffice. It had been Rhea's main concern when garnering his assistance, so the wherhandler was happy to find he was working to remain silent tonight. Remaining undetected to guards and the thief would be the key to success tonight.

Toross turned to take off for his hiding space. "Take care," Rhea whispered, barely loud enough for Toross to hear him over the breeze and then turned to leave for his own hiding space, only for the nearby sound of Toross's steps to halt. Rhea looked back to find the kid frozen, staring at a guard in between him and his hiding place.

Rhea's eyes narrowed. He'd been timing the guards' rounds but thought they'd had a bit more time before the next guard showed up. He paused and watched, as well. As he studied the man, he noticed it was one from the night Bristin had been taken in. This would make things harder. Rhea was known personally to this man. He would have to wait until he passed out of view--and probably give it another minute or so after that, just in case. It also meant, however, the thief might feel more comfortable taking action tonight, considering he'd gotten away with it the last time this one had been on shift. Despite the increased danger, Rhea felt more sure of his decision than ever.
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Sat May 04, 2019 3:53 am

Toross felt exposed in this new location. Would the guard see him if he turned his head in Toross' direction? If he was discovered, would Rhea also be, seeing as he wasn't that far away? Their hoped for plans for the night to save an innocent would be ruined before it even began.

What to do? What. To. Do?!

He wasn't the sort to panic but he felt that if something did not change for the better....

A slight shift under the collar of his tunic caused his eyes to widen with an idea. Reckless? Indeed. But what choice did he have? He couldn't mind read his thought to Rhea. He had no dragonkin to relay a message. He didn't even have a flit to share a visual of his plan. So, he took a slow breath to steady himself for this crazy plan.

Zipper was a hyper gemlizard, playful too and he thought the 'mission' Toross sent him on would be great fun! Running down his man's shoulder, arm and hand he dropped the inch down upon the soil, Toross' hand hovered over to let him down. With a playful dance he looked back at Toross and then scurried off.

Losing sight of Zipper soon after his brown left, left Toross filled with worry. Not moving and daring even to breathe he waited. It didn't take long to see the result of Zipper's playful attentions upon the guard. First the guard stiffened, then shifted his leg out and shook it, then stomped his foot and tried to grab his thigh. A shiver erupted along the guard's body and Toross took that excellent distraction to sneak on his way again to the hiding place he'd been headed to before.

When he was settled he mentally called Zipper. A moment later the guard made another grab for himself. This time it was not directed towards his thigh. A sudden hunch over and a high pitched squeak from the guard was heard. Thinking that Zipper had done the worst caused Toross to mentally cringe. A few moments later the familiar touch of gemlizard feet scurrying up his arm, has he crouched with his hand upon the ground, could be felt and he sighed with a semblance of relief.

The guard was still hunched over a bit, not moving quite so much. A quiet curse drifted upon the quiet breeze and it almost had Toross' chuckling. He didn't. It wasn't even remotely funny. Or, it shouldn't have been. He felt sorry for the guard. Glancing in the direction of where Rhea would end up, he wondered if he'd taken the opportunity of this distraction for his own movements too.

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Sat May 04, 2019 4:23 pm

Before the guard could move on in his watch, Rhea watched him grab his leg and start shaking it. Something had happened, but he didn't know what. Not far away, Rhea could see Toross take the opportunity of the guard's distraction to move. Had Toross done something? How else was he to know how long this distraction would last? Or that it was a distraction at all?

Toross disappeared and Rhea heard a squeak as the guard bent over. He decided it was now or never and moved, skirting the guard as much as possible to slip into his own hiding spot. Whatever had just happened, Rhea felt like he should probably feel a bit of sympathy for the guard.

He didn't.

Now they would simply have to wait. Rhea checked his surroundings for any sign of someone else making use of the distraction, but the night appeared to be still for the time-being.

This mining hold, like most Southern settlements, was not built into the walls in the ways of the Northern holds. While the mine itself descended quite a ways and grew ever more as its workers did their duties, the residents slept and lived in wooden buildings and the mined raw materials were kept in a wooden storehouse until they could be sent to smiths for processing. It gave Rhea and Toross plenty of space to hide in the plants around the building with lower risk of discovery. It also meant there was substantially more ground to cover in a watch. Rhea waited with baited breath now for the soldier to move along. The worst fear would be if he called out and brought other guards over. Or a wher. He and Toross would be found instantly if they attempted to hide from a wher.
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Mon May 06, 2019 3:39 pm

Time seemed to stretch and slow. Toross felt it keenly. He was not the most patient and yet there was nothing to be done about it. He could not pace, fidget or sigh with long-suffering. He just had to bite his cheek and pretend he was a statue and keep ever vigilant for any sound or sight out of the ordinary. He saw nothing from his vantage point.

If Rhea was keen in his observing, he might begin to see, hear or sense a slow presence beginning to shift in the shadows closer than might be expected to where he hid. As of yet this unknown was not heading directly for him. Their trajectory would have them pass near and continue on. Straight towards the guard who was leaning up in a dark shadow. He seemed to be in hiding as well and not on patrol. Toross could see the guard and thought it odd. He could not see anything else. Toross did not know about what might be coming.

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