Procutteus nodded, stroking his bow to make sure it wasn't damaged. "Yes, I'm fine. Thank you." He glanced at the main tent. "I heard some people talking about how you left. We thought you were gone."
Epoline came out of battle only slightly wounded. She was out of breath, and she had a few cuts, but overall she would consider herself lucky. Taking deep breaths, she stored away her weapons, keeping only her knife in her belt, just in case. She walked over to Kerli, and examined her broken bow. "It looks pretty damaged.. I wonder if anyone here would be able to fix it." she murmured. Then, she noticed Camden, coming out of his hiding place. She hadn't noticed him assist in battle at all. "Hey, you! Come over here and fix Kerli's bow. You could at least try to be useful." she scoffed, forcing the bow into his hand.
During the battle Camden had hidden himself behind a cluster of bushes and trees. Deciding it was safe to come out, he stepped into the clearing. Before he knew it, Kerli's bow was being shoved into his hand. Fix it? How did she expect him to do that? Without a word, he sat down and examined the damaged bow. It was made of cherry wood, he'd have to find some to replace it or perhaps craft a new one.
Procutteus gave a quick farewell to Bink and approached Camden. He hadn't seen Camden during the battle, and greeted him by looking at the damaged bow in his hands. "Want me to help?" He asked with a smile. "I know how bows work and I've fixed mine before."
"Yes, but it is an easy fix," Kerli said standing up. "How many did we lose?"
Bink looked at Procuttetus. "I did. And I was. However I saw these things pass over my camp, headed in this direction. I followed them back here. I guess for some reason, I'm supposed to be here."
((sorry my creativity stash ran out.))
"I heard someone say five," Procutteus answered. "And that's just for tonight. We still have weeks worth of traveling to go through." Procutteus eyed the bow. "This is expert craftsmanship. Wish I had one like this. How far does it shoot?"
Kerli snatched her bow from Camden's hands and away from everybody. "You people think I don't know how to fix my own bow?" she growled. She turned to Procutteus. "With a good wind my baby can shoot over 200 feet. Nobody has one like it because mine's an original. I crafted it."
((Scratch the 200 its supposed to be 400))
Procutteus nodded, glancing at his bow. "Impressive," he said blankly. He glanced at the break in Kerlis bow. It looked easy, but Procutteus knew an original bow like that would be fragile.
"I just need some time to repair it. It broke at the solid grip so it's not shattered like it would have been if it broke at the hollow points," she shrugged. She eyed Camden. "You," she growled, "go make yourself useful and..." she turned to Procutteus "You mind if I borrow this?" she said picking up his bow. Without waiting for an answer she took two of her own arrows and shot into the trees. A squirrel fell from the sky with an arrow through it, dead, and not long after, so did a racoon. Kerli handed Camden the squirrel. "Skin this thin for me please." She picked up the racoon and sat down by the fire. She pulled a knife out of her boot and started slicing into the gray fur.
Procutteus stood in awe. He grabbed his bow and looked into the darkness, seeing if he could find any animals to shoot, but it was pitch black. He shrugged, and ended the search. How would he ever become that good at archery? He decided that he'd ask his question. "Kerli?" He asked. "I know you're a master of archery, and I was wondering... Could you teach me how to become a better archer?"
Kerli looked up from the bloody animal and smiled at Procutteus. "You're already a phenominal archer, sir. You underestimate yourself, but I would be proud to help train you into an even better archer," she beamed. She was always considered the princess's tutor, and was therefore never given anybody else to train. The princess was her sole responsibility, and therefore she was not allowed to teach anyone else. However, seeing that they were all in the wilderness together and there was nobody there to prevent her, she was excited to have a new student that had an unmeasured amount of potential.
Bink wandered around the camp. "It's almost dawn, he said looking west at the slightly brighter sky. "If we want to get to the jungle as fast as possible then I recommend leaving at dawn. That way we make the most of daylight."
Procutteus smiled. "Thank you. There aren't many archers in the city, and I'm not in the Archers Guild, which only makes it harder to find decent training." He said, explaining his training predicament further. Meanwhile, Edron nodded to Bink, then eyed the orange sky. "Alright, wake up, ladies! We can't waste any daylight!" He shouted, and the camp started to dwell.
Epoline narrowed her brows. Sunlight was beginning to break in the sky. She packed up her things in her knapsack, and refilled her canteen with water. After finishing packing, she waited for Kerli's orders.
Camden blushed, and nodded sheepishly. Taking out his pocket knife, he began skinning the squirrel just as Kerli was doing with the raccoon. Once he finished skinning, he asked, "S-should I begin cooking i-it?" he stuttered in a quiet manner.
Kerli looked over at camden. She sliced off the last bit of skin from the racoon and held the animal carcas by the legs. She dropped the carcas at his feet and snatched the squirrel skin from his hands. "Do whatever you want with the meat. I make my own leather straps," she said. She slipped her knife back into her boot and quickly stretched out the skins and tied them to sticks to dry. "Pack up everyone, we need to get moving!" she called out quickly packing her things. She put her broken bow in her bag and pulled out a thick sturdy slingshot and put a few rocks in her pocket.
Procutteus did as he was instructed, quickly packing his things into a pack and slinging the pack over his shoulder along with his bow. He walked over to Camden. "Don't let her intimidate you," he said calmly. "We're all equal out here."
((bump. Guys this is a dedicated RP. Please treat this as one, because me and b-ballplaya can't do everything and I don't wan to leave you guys behind))
Anoye packed her things and was ready to head out but then the cooks stopped her and asked her to do another favor for them. She didn't protest although she wanted to and began handing out a good sized piece of bread to people. It wasn't much but it was at least enough to continue on the journey without fainting from being famished. "Here's some bread," she said, handing a few pieces to the two dogs which one almost bit her hand off. Scared, Anoye quickly walked away and gave the last peices to Epoline, Camden, Procutteus, Kerli, Edron and Bink. "Eat up!" She said.
Procutteus smiled at the food, then looked up at the girl who'd handed it to him. "Do you get any?" He asked.
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Edron packed his tent in a hurry and was greeted by Margaph, whom he hadn't seen at all during the shadow fight.
"Edron, sir," Margaph said. "According to the map, we should be exiting the kindgom lands soon, and entering the frontier. I believe that little incident last night will only be the beginning."
"Which means we'll have to be extra careful," Edron grumbled. "We already lost five men. That's one fourth of the whole group."
Anoye nodded. "Yeah, Anoye was eating it while she was handing everyone else their share."
Mathias finished his packing and stretched out at the sun. He whistled for his dogs who obediently came running towrds him and knelt down next to them. "Frontier, huh?" He said, over hearing Edron's and Margaph's conversation, "Isn't that where the cannibals live?" He smiled and petted his dogs "Or at least that's what I've heard."
"Just rumors," Edron said, answering Mathias' question. "I've never encountered any. In the frontier, the most dangerous things you have to watch out for is your own mistakes. Because they very well could cost your life or someone else's."