AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby PMiller » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:31 am

~ Day 20 - 16:00 - Arriving at the other tribe ~Image Image Image
The Ul-mor's translated words came from the poly-vox around Argo's neck, "The tribe here use water for drinking and maybe washing. In desert, the One does not waste water so easily on washing. But here in these lands, water is more."

"One can see bottom near shore."

Miranda was nearby during Argo's question and wondered aloud, "Maybe the Ul-Mor are not actually aquatic and do not swim. To us that would appear to be a natural conclusion from their likeness to such aquatic creatures we have records of."

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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Herzog » Tue May 01, 2018 3:43 pm

Maya paused in her musings as the Ul-mor responded. She had gone off thinking materialistically again, and that went against the view the aliens had of water. It was a precious resource to them, necessary for survival. Not something that should be squandered on a bit of vanity. The girl's cheeks redden with embarrassment. But a bath would feel so good...

"Would the other tribe be offended if we used it as such? To clean up? Would you be offended?" she asked.

"Are there other methods of cleanliness or hygiene that you practice?" Maya asked the aliens. Although, she wasn't sure she would like the answer.
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Aura » Tue May 01, 2018 8:47 pm

Upon arrival at the lake's shore, Rufus reaches into his bag and retrieves the necessary tools and reagents necessary to assess the water's safety to humans and canine. As he does, he interjects, "Perhaps the Ul-mor are simply stating the value of water to them, not making moral judgements on its use in a situation such as being beside a lake. We will see. In any case, I don't want to tarry too long." With that, the obviously dirty and dusty man looks up, watching a color change in a capillary tube. "Answer in less than a minute, now."


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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby PMiller » Mon May 07, 2018 12:19 am

~ Day 20 - 16:05 - Arriving at the other tribe ~Image Image Image
Kahai Long Rider and the other desert nomad Ul-Mor were dusty as the lopers, but they did not smell strongly of body sweat or other things that the humans exuded. Argo would know with his keen sense of smell. In the past week, no one could recall them ever washing.

The poly-vox translated the response. “This tribe might use water to clean skin, where we do not.”

“The desert can clean our skin well enough if something sticks to it. Though, if a cut happens, we use water to clean dirt from wound. We just do not waste water...”

“We not have hair like you. We don’t smell either.”

Alex chuckled and waved a hand in front of his face, "Hell, yeah we stink. Been mawkin' hot and we have been sweating for days in this heat."

Miranda retorted, "Just cool it." She chuckled at her own words' double meaning.

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3 compasses
2 life jackets
1 pocket multi-tool
3 pairs of boots
Extra Water
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby LMiller » Mon May 07, 2018 2:06 pm

Trever listened to each of the companions' conversations and decided that he will go closer to the water but won't touch it yet. Something inside his mind stopped him and he didn't argue.

"So I guess you guys almost worship water,"Trever said to himself and chuckled. He squatted down real close to the water to see the ripples and small waves.
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Herzog » Wed May 09, 2018 3:23 am

Maya nodded in thanks to the aliens as they answer her question. Although it wasn't an answer that really helped. It just confirmed that they wouldn't use the lake to bath themselves. Nor did it answer if the other tribe would be offended.

The purple hair girl moved down the lake. She looked over to Rufus as the others.

"Vanity aside, is it safe enough to drink? Should we stock up on water?"
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby PMiller » Mon May 14, 2018 10:23 pm

~ Day 20 - 16:10 - Arriving at the other tribe ~Image Image Image
From the end of the lake, the structures of the other tribe’s village or camp were in view. The structures looked to be more permanent than the tents the desert tribe used, though the appearance was similar in style.

As Rufus tested the water, Kahai paused the procession of lopers to wait. So he was able to hear the poly-vox translate Trever’s comment and the translated response came out, “The One does not worship water, only does not waste things.”

“The water should be safe to drink,” the poly-vox translated as the Ul-Mor had received a translation of Maya’s question to Rufus as well.

For his testing, Rufus was not able to test the water without the use of Miranda’s bioscanner to test the water sample. She dismounted and provided the sensor and it confirmed the Ul-Mor’s statement.

Alex remained mounted with the rest of the Ul-Mor.

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1 first aid kit (Basic anesthetics, stimdoses, antiseptics, medscanner, antibody plus, antitox, spray hypo, etc...)
3 compasses
2 life jackets
1 pocket multi-tool
3 pairs of boots
Extra Water
3 Backpacks


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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Aura » Tue May 15, 2018 7:14 pm

"Hrm...." the mechanic fiddled a bit more before thanking Miranda for the use of her scanner. "Was hoping I could detect some of the odd toxins through a indicator test, much like litmus. But no, best to use the scanner, thank you, Miranda." After a moment, he confirms the Ul-Mor's suppositions and hands it back to the group's medical expert, "And that shows it's clean. If we can't test something, I think we can trust them well enough to take their word for it."

Restocking his carried water supply at the lake's edge, Rufus shifts conversation, using something of a subdued tone, "Please be careful how you word things if you're waring a 'vox, guys. These are desert dwellers, they have deep respect for water supplies. We don't need to exaggerate it and make it seem we're looking down on them." He just stares out over the water a moment before adding, "Personally I think there is quite a bit we can learn from them, given time. Hopefully, vice versa."


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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Herzog » Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 am

Maya watched as Rufus finished his own testing, backing up what the Ul-mor had told them about the water. She understood that perhaps they would need to hold off on the refreshing dips, and just focus on restocking their own water supplies. At least not until they received permission from the other tribe.

"Well, we can ask the other tribe about our use of the lake. If it's something we are allowed to use."

With a last longing look, the purple haired girl returned to own Loper mount, and climbed back on. It seemed they were close to the other tribe now, and should finish the journey.
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby Argo » Fri May 18, 2018 11:10 am

Argo knew he would have loved to jump into the lake. He could imagine splashing around, chasing the others and finally giving his body vigorous shakes to fling off all that water. But the Ul-Mor were right. It would be a waste. If everyone did that, many liters of precious water would be displaced, and that was water that would keep many sentients alive.

“Thank you for answering our questions, Kahai Long Rider,” he said. “We are very curious about the ways of the One. There is so much we don’t know.”

Argo sat down on his haunches and reflected that his statement was somewhat ironic. There was so much they didn’t know – not just about this planet and the ways of the Ul-Mor, but also themselves.

Not being able to remember his life before still troubled him. He knew he must have had friends, good ones. But were those people gone? Or were these people, the ones he thought of his new friends, his old friends too? As far as he knew, Trever was the only one who had spoken specifically about another person, and that was his brother who had died. Why was Trever different, he wondered? Why had Trever remembered someone and the rest of them had not?

He looked for a long moment at the boy. He was glad for Trever, in any case. Glad that he had remembered something, even if it was something so sad.

Argo saw that the others were ready to move on. The other tribe’s buildings were in view, so the rest of the journey would be relatively short.

“Are we ready to move on?”
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Re: AtS: Eh!? What Happened? [IC]

Postby LMiller » Mon May 21, 2018 2:28 pm

Trever walked up to the lake and wanted to touch the water with his finger, but resisted the urge at the last second. The boy felt a sense of loneliness as he stared down at the pure water. When was the last time he relaxed in soothing water? After the memory loss, he didn't even know if he ever swam in a lake like this. Unless it was the encounter with his dead brother.

He sighed and refilled his water canteen before joining the others again. Deep thoughts in the young boy's mind just led to sad memories that he could still hold onto. He wondered if there were ore memories tucked in the back of his brain.

"Um, do you think we can talk to the other tribe?"Trever asked his companions.

"We might be able to learn a lot more about our enemies."
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