This short story is based on a roleplay that happened recently……..The GTM are back again …. GTM is an established merc group, once part of the Teveh Pass sim and now situated in Valkyrie Forest…..with the BIGGEST failure coming last!…Man flexes pecs and snaps bow in half…….lolz
The past few weeks had seen the Di Jan tribe rebuilding their camp, the savage volcano outburst and earthquakes in nearby Ven had all but destroyed the camp. Marli stood on a nearby hill, she saw a few Di Jan panthers busily scurrying about inside the camp, she assumed the rest of the band was out hunting. In the heart of winter both tribes , the Luna and Di jan had to hunt further afield, sometimes travelling many days from Lake Ias.
Marli leaned on her spear , a cold breeze blowing through her lovely red hair. A thin smile appearing on her face as she thought of hunting a tabuk in kalana woods. Caught in her pondering she was unaware of a group of mercs charging through the shallow ravine, only when she heard the falling rocks did she turn around and yell out loud “Raaaiiidddd!!!”. Lifting up her spear she slung it around her shoulder, in a swift flowing movement she had unsheathed her wooden bow and notched an arrow. Sending a few well aimed arrows at the leaders of the merc group.
As they came closer it was clear they were heading directly at the Di jan camp. With three panthers in their camp, Marli decided they could handle the raid, she ran to the safety of her swamps, yet when she turned her head she saw a merc had followed her. She halted near the Luna trade post and shouted “Leave , these are Luna Lands !”. The woman ignored Marli and continued to run towards her. Marli looked along her arrow and aimed at the womans feet. She did not stop. Marli grunted and fired several arrows now, she ducked and took cover as the woman shot arrows back. From the cover of the swamp Marli shot her arrows from relative safety and the woman finally retreated.
Marli checked her wounds and bruises, she limped back towards her camp. Shocked , she discovered a lone Di jan panther had sought shelter near the swamps and now many mercs were buzzing around near her camp. Marli was tense , there was no sign of her sisters , she didn’t want to hail out to them for fear of discovery. Yet, just then when she was halfway near her swamps she heard a male voice “Get her!”. Marli gasped when she recognized the voice and the face , it was The Meph. Still weak , Marli tried her best to better the stronger male, in the end it was to much and Marli slumped to the ground when the final arrow from his bow grazed her leg. The red headed panther lay unconscious on the snow , a pool of blood surrounding her.
When Marli awoke she found herself in binds and being dragged towards the docks. She heard the male pay the captain and hands grabbed her body as she was bungled down below deck with another panther, it was too dark , but Marli thought it could have been a Di Jan. The boat journey took several hours and when Marli awoke she could see the sun rays leaking through the wooden beams of the upper deck. The captain and the male leashed the two panthers and both were dragged to the docks. Marli looked around , her eyes adjusting to the bright light , she recognized the lands as those belonging to the Valkyrie Torva . She grumbled at the rough treatment as she was pushed and shoved. After what seemed an eternity she finally saw a forest clearing and the GTM fortress appearing from the ground. To her it looked like an ugly shard on the landscape. Her male captor took her bow and her spear. Marli blinked as the male was so strong he could simply snap her weapons in two pieces! She cursed the Priest Kings for giving men such superhuman strength…….