Oct 29, 2020 3:29 AM
Raafi falls into the Sunless Skies
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He considers the man thoughtfully for a moment, but moves on with the rest of the group, still keeping a metaphorical eye out for tracks or other monster-sign.

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Well, there's one of the spines. About as long and thick as an arrow, and given how it's embedded in a wood plank, about as deadly. A few others have been collected up.

...There might be animal sounds below the wind and people talking and working. It's hard to tell. Sounds about like an especially large bear, if that noise really is an animal walking around out of sight.

About half the walking wounded would be happy to be healed if this weird person can do it at a touch.

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He pushes the blindfold back up for a few seconds, first, to scan the area the monster seems to be in.

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-A hint of movement downslope, mostly obscured by thin vegetation. A brush of grey against grey. Three hundred feet away or so - it looks to be about the size of a big bear.

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The rest of the group won't be able to see it from here, but he points out the general area anyway - they'll still see it sooner than he will blindfolded, if it approaches - and then gets to work distributing healing spells.

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Several people would not like to be touched by the blindfolded... Vagabond-but-less-scruffy(?), thanks. Others cheerfully accept healing.

Tine the rat-engineer is having a loud argument with the downed vessel's engineer! The young woman sneers right back, apparently on account of species rather than the quality of Tine's suggestions, but is quickly dressed down by the downed ship's captain, a short woman wearing Bohemian accessories.

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At least nobody seems badly enough off that he feels bad about not pressing the issue.

The healing goes quickly; when he's done, he wanders toward the argument.

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It's getting increasingly less friendly. Tine is... Strident about her opinions on machines and keeps calling the other engineer incompetent. The Bohemian captain is trying to deflect and saying things like 'well, let's move forward instead of looking back!' After a bit, Captain Abernathy tells Tine to focus on fixing it, not assigning blame, and she tones down the accusations.

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He's not really inclined to step into the middle of that, but he can hang around on the outskirts listening - what does Tine seem to think is wrong, or is it too technical for him?

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Tine thinks the chief engineer tried to get more power out of a mediocre boiler and ignored obvious warning signs that this was a terrible idea. And then an important bit exploded.

(The Bohemian Captain looks slightly uncomfortable and tries to non-obviously change the subject to how it can be fixed.)

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"It does seem important to understand that you shouldn't try that again, if she's right. You might not be so lucky about the rescue, next time - we very nearly didn't spot you at all."

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Everyone agrees that they won't try it again and are very grateful to be rescued! As much as being wrecked would have sounded like good story material before, the Captain does not intend to repeat the experience.

Tine recommends a replacement engineer, but in the meantime, they can rig up something that will let them limp to Port Prosper in a couple of hours. She made someone haul her tool-chest down here (she pats the stoker in question's arm affectionately).

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Raafi follows Tine, and explains that the magic blindfold he's wearing lets him see through things a bit, in case that's useful to her repair effort. (He also has a casting of his repair spell today, which he'll mention if there's enough privacy; he'd rather save it in case they take damage themselves, getting back into the air, but it's available if it's needed.)

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There's an empty hall they pass.

"Shouldn't need it. These fools hardly deserve it either. Can you tell me whether the insides of parts are cracked? And lift me up to that pipe?"

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"Sure." He makes a very attentive assistant.

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The important-looking thingy is definitely broken but they rig up a replacement with various parts and tools and a tiny welding torch Tine brought in her toolbox. After the hard part is done she dismisses Raafi, it's just putting everything back together now.

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He'll go back out and make sure the monster isn't causing any trouble, then.

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It's gotten closer and seems agitated, but hasn't attacked. The lookouts are watching that section of forest anxiously. It's roared-or-something at them real loud a couple of times, they report.

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-huh. If he thinks about trying to talk to it, does his translation necklace give him anything?

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No, nothing. It doesn't understand any languages.

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Good to know.

He considers, and takes another quick peek at the creature.

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Bear-sized porcupine thing with exaggerated fangs, red eyes, and six legs! It notices him looking and growls.

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Weird, but there's nothing to do about it but wait for the train to be fixed. He settles in with the lookouts.

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The lookouts sullenly mutter among themselves about this being one of their worse postings and how the Captain had better give them the bonus she promised. One of them wants to know where Raafi learned to heal people, and if the blindfold is dangerous.

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He'll explain about being from another world, then, where magic is more common and much safer; he picked up both the vocation that gives him healing magic and his various magic items there.

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