Day 040: Questionable Choices
Summary: Britt is not thrilled with Pontus' and Wren's plans, and Tuan asks Benning to look after Fiona.
Date: 7/8/16
Related: None
Pontus Wren Fiona Tuan Benning Elias Britt Kai 

Lake Arkadia
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and rolling foothills, the Lake Arkadia — or known as Lake Audo to the Trikru — is a sprawling, crystalline body of water that joins the Potomac watershed. It is encompassed in low grasses and young alder trees. The forests start to thicken to the west, where the rocky peaks of this small mountain range poke up out of the groves of hemlock and cedar. Following along a newly flattened path is the road to Camp Jaha. The Skaikru city is what remains of the crashed Alpha station. The enormous ring stands vertical some many hundred feet in the air, and it has already begun to be salvaged for materials.
Day 040

Kai does eventually wander back, the beginning's of her pack in her hands and eyes going off after Grey heading towards the camp and the others dispersing where they will, "I told the Bandrona." is what the grey-eyed girl utters for Pontus on her way past, angling vaguely towards the direction of the woods. Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean or what relevance it has.

Pontus nodded once and follows over to kai and Tuan. "He lives by emotions. dangerous." he shook his head and simply waited and watched patiently getting a daylight look at the place. .

Tuan has moved off from his squatting place and is using some lake water to freshen himself up, pulling some teeth scrub out of a pouch to start getting himself ready for the day. Over his shoulder he speaks towards Pontus with a smirk, "I live by emotions to you know, or so I'm told." He takes off his shirt to set about morning wash. "What I do not understand is why none of them listen to us when we speak of the mountain. Our words fall on deaf ears constantly."

Benning has been off further in the forest, harvesting some herbs that lay further out from the lake. She's carrying a basket, her bow and arrow are over her shoulder as she moves quietly to where she sees the group standing. She calls out a greeting, "<In Trigedasleng> Hello!" Before making her way closer.

Kai just grunts,"No, I mean.. you know roughly the range of the fog. People like Britt, Arlin, they know where the villages that were destroyed were. Plot where they were, you can get a range on the missiles. Find that range, you know who needs to be evacuated." there's a slow blink from the grey-eyed girl as she stuffs her blanket into her pack, adding for Tuan,"So that the Mountain doesn't have anyone else to hurt." with a glance towards the woods, and Benning, by coincidence, raising her chin in the other girl's direction by way of acknowledgment.

Pontus said to Tuan frankly, "we only survived a world that they couldn't handle and ran from. What do we know?" His dead pan was cut short. Benning's voice caught a look, and received an upnod, "<In Trigedasleng> hey yourself." by way of getting. he looked over to Kai noting, "not a bad call"

Tuan shakes his head at Kai's direction, "If it isn't the Mountain, it'll be Azgeda. If it isn't Azgeda it'll be something else. You must learn Kai that enemies are never defeated, they only take new forms." He does manage a small smile to her before he starts to make his way out of the water, catching sight of Benning. "The morning sun greets you."

Benning gives a smile to Tuan as he greets her, "Maybe the morning sun greet you too my friends." She also includes Kai and Pontus in that statement, "I was just in the forest, gathering some herbs." Being on the move, the village doesn't have their usual stock, "And since my last trip was to show Elias kom Skaikru the local flora, I didn't have a chance to bring back any for our healers here."

"Benning, is there anything you recommend I look for? Because I sure as hell don't want to eat no fucking soy." not that Kai has an attitude about these things. There's a shrug from her for Pontus' words, "To me that shit is just logical, but I'm a Second. The Skaiheda, the steheda and so on aren't going to listen to me. The Bandrona might convince them though." her gaze shifts to Tuan, grey eyes flat as she grunts her acknowledgment, “So we fight them, when they come, but right now? We at least keep them safe from the missiles."

Pontus folded his arms at rest acetic his chest and listened to Kai. "they don't listen. When is their Cano that gets hit maybe then they'll understand. I don't… get this place." it didn't fit his way of thinking. he was trying but it was strange and had too much hubris for him.

"There are a lot of things to look for," Benning tells her with a smile, "But I've got wintergreen…an herb that can numb the skin and willow bark, that can help reduce aches and pains." She breaks off a small piece and offers some of the bark to Pontus because perhaps he needs it?

"Some of us don't take that long." Kai points out to Pontus before nodding at Benning, "I was thinking more food-stuff.. the idea isn't to be seen, to not have to fight. Though that will be useful, too.. the idea is not to let them know we're there at all."

Pontus arched one tattooed eyebrow and took the bark with a nod of thanks. When Kai pointed to him the scarred man looked down and looked himself over. Mouth half full he mumbled curiously, "<In Trigedasleng> What's wrong with me?" Ah. Right. "If you learn to not need much you don't have to pack as much, Kai. Also why I always sleep on the ground. Getting used to comforts hurts when you don't

"I take nothing by my bow and arrows when I go into the forest," Benning tells Kai with a smile, "And I let nature provide. I use my arrows to bring down game and my eyes to find plants that are edible. I would love to give you a few quick pointers on what to eat if you've got a day or so before you leave."

Pontus said with a wry grin, "What can you teach her before Lunch?" Clearly a day or so wasn't a thing. He bit off another bit of the tak bark and shifted weight to his back foot. "We're headin out shortly."

Kai expels a breath and shakes her head, turning away to head towards the forest with her lips pressed together rather than risk her temper resulting in her uttering something she shouldn't.

Tuan wades himself out of the lake after finishing his morning bath; that's why he wasn't talking to anyone obviously because you cannot do such. Hitting the shore line he starts getting himself dressed with a thoughtful expression on his face. "You know the Skai best Kai. Is this action because they feel guilt over their people who were taken?"

Britt is back. Having left the Trikru delegation for a couple days, she now rides her horse back into camp. She looks tired, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

Benning looks at Kai and tells her, "It is not enough time…perhaps the next time." She looks to Pontus, "You know how to live off the forest, you could show her while you ride." She clearly wants to give knowledge if she can but time is a tricky thing. These days many do not have it. She flashes Tuan a smile as he joins them and is about to say something when Britt rides up.

Pontus looked at the bark in hand and gave Benning's assessment a fair nod of agreement. "Sure. If no one's picky. I think between Thesda and I we can keep people from starving." He paused and boggled at Benning, the spire, and back, "You cme to keep your sister out of trouble didn't you?"

Kai barely glances Britt's way as she passes, and probably she heard Tuan, but it seems the former Skaigirl done talking for the moment and slips off into the forest.

A sigh leaves from Tuan as he shakes his head then his eyes drift to Britt, giving the older woman a smile of greeting. As he sets about pulling his shirt on he speaks through it, "Benning. We're leaving soon and I was hoping to have a quick word with you, before we go?"

Britt slips off her horse and goes about removing the saddle and getting it some water and all those other… horse type things. Kai gets a curious glance when she wanders off, and Britt nods back to Tuan's smile.

Benning nods to Tuan, "I am available…" She's not sure what it is about and then looks to Pontus, "Yes…I did. Why? Is there something that Gideon has done?" She looks as though she's late to the party and doesn't know what's going on. She gives a nod to Britt, and wave to Kai as she wanders off.

Pontus looked back to Britt with an upnod and a faint shake of his head. Kai? Not a clue. Seemed to have no clue aboutthe bees in Kai's bonnet as it were and shrugged to Bennet. "<In Trigedasleng> No reason. Just wondering what would bring you out here. Figured it was familial. Gideon's fine as far as I know." He looked over to the other Archer and finally said "<In Trigedasleng> I feel like I missed something."

Tuan motions to Benning and starts walking some, not terribly far from camp but a bit away to speak with her, talking quietly while he does. "<In Trigedasleng> We are going to the mountain, to look for an entrance. Do not fret, I will be safe but it is not me I'm worried about." His eyes cast over in the direction of Camp Jaha.

Pontus gave a tilted look to Britt. WHat the kid said. Apparently the scouts were going to Mt. Weather crazy as that sounds which would explain his presence down here. More so it looks like he hadn't actually bothered to tell anyone. To his compatriot he pointed and noted, "<In Trigedasleng> And then there's that. That's a thing now."

Benning starts to walk off with Tuan, giving him ear as he tells her what he plans to do, she does look afraid because one does not look for the mountain…you avoid it. She's about to say something to him but he nods to the camp and she looks at the wired wall, "<In Trigedasleng> You fear for your Feyona?" She shakes her head, "<In Trigedasleng> Or is she coming with you?"

Wren is seated infront of the tent that he and Silver share, gathering supplies together in his deerskin satchel. Seems like he's getting ready to head somewhere at some point. Staring over what he may or may not need, he then gets up to walk over where the horses are kept, angling himself towards the massive bulk that is Roach, though making sure he's staying downwind of the horse's back end.

Britt didn't hear what Tuan said. But having gotten her horse sorted out, she walks over to greet Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> What's a thing now?" she asks blankly.

"<In Trigedasleng> I am afraid for her." Tuan says towards Benning, stopping from walking to turn and look at her. "You have seen her people. They are rash and hasty. When she stopped the attack on Britt, I have no doubt some of those people noticed and see her as siding with Trikru against them." He bites his lip and sighs, "<In Trigedasleng> If you could be an ear for her? While I am gone and in case anything should happen.."

"<In Trigedasleng> Your woman does not like me Tuan," Benning tells him simply, "<In Trigedasleng> Our last conversation did not go well and she claimed that I judge her people harshly when I got upset about what happened to Britt." She does look at him with a soft smile, "<In Trigedasleng> But if it is in my power to watch over her when she walks among our people I will. I will not go into that house of metal and glass." She points back to the camp.

Fiona arrives from the Main Gates.

Pontus paid no mind to Tuan's personal life. He waded over to greet Wren and gave him a glance over. That bruising was gonna take a while. He didn't make him talk though. He did admit. "<In Trigedasleng> Scouting advance. We'll be back in a couple days. It'll be… interesting." His opinion was at face value and he'd form an opinion after the mission was completed. At the statement, the scarecrow-scout cracked a wry grin of amusement. Ok good. He wasn't the only one here who had that sentiment.

Britt's brow creases at Pontus' response. "<In Trigedasleng> Scouting advance? For what?" An advance usually precedes an attack, and the only thing Britt can conceive of them attacking in the forseeable future is the camp on the other side of that gate right there. So color the archer confused.

Fiona comes down to the lake, havig just emerged from the camp's gates, routed to the Trikru camp, and eventually making her way down. She shields her eyes to take in the view, searching for familiar faces as she heads to the lakeshore.

Tuan and Benning are standing not far from the Lake Shore, discussing something in their Tree language. When Benning motions to Camp Jaha, Tuan's eyes go there as well in time to catch sight of Fiona approaching. A small smile touches his lips before he looks back at his friend, "<In Trigedasleng> That may be true, but still, I ask it of you Benning. Because I know that you see what it means to me."

"<In Trigedasleng> Going to hunt Reapers for the Skaikru healers." Wren states to Pontus plainly when he comes up to him. By himself? That's what it sounds like at the moment. "<In Trigedasleng> They think they are…onto to something, but they require more samples before they bring their…what is the word…'data' to the steheda. They wouldn't say what it is until they're sure but, they seem to imply it may be important." Then a shrug. “So…I will go hunting."

Benning glances over in Fiona's general direction and nods to her as the girl is approaching them, "<In Trigedasleng> I will but only because you ask my friend…and as long as it does not cause me to step against Oxfor. If he tells me to leave and go back to Tondc, I will have no choice." Benning doesn't like to give her word without being clear on what she can do.

Pontus looked from Britt to Wren and seemed compliant with this, "<In Trigedasleng> Should we see any. Gonna scout the Mountain. See how it works. Where it's weak. Where it can be weak. What intel we cna bring back. If I see reapers? I'll bring you another head. Ya shoulda told me last time." He cracked a wry smile and shook his head, "Going on foot most of the way. Few days trip." Yeah that was gonna b e a crazy stupid sneaky thing but he took it in the general stride as he always did. It was what it was. A job's a job and all jobs were dangerous until you were on the ride home.

Britt looks between Wren and Pontus, her brows knitting further. "<In Trigedasleng> Have all the ones at Coesbur been burned already?" Britt wasn't on burial detail or anything, but there should be no shortage of Reaper bits there after the missile strike. Then she blinks at Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> The kruheda wants you to scout the Mountain?" From her tone, Pontus may well have suggested that Indra wanted them to fly to Mars. It would have been less fantastical.

Fiona smiles affably at Benning before offering Tuan a broader one. "<In Trigedasleng> Will what?" she asks of the pair, before switching back to English. "You're all leaving for the mission soon, yes?" When she sees Britt, she's visibly happy to see her, though her tone makes her mouth quirk like she can't decide if she wants to laugh or just sucked a lemon.

"Keep you out of trouble." Tuan says towards Fiona with a smile when she asks about what they were talking about. He then nods his head in response to her question about the mission. "Yes. We will be leaving shortly after lunch. I just want you to know, this is all a very elaborate plan to get out of having to have dinner with your parents." The words come with a teasing smile before he glances at Benning, eyes twinkling some.

"<In Trigedasleng> That's where I plan on going." Wren states simply to Pontus and Britt. "<In Trigedasleng> I'm not going to the Mountain, the Skaikru healer need Reaper bodies, they'll get them. I figure there may few a few stragglers out there what will be easy to take down, even if I have to do so myself. They said they'd prefer one alive…don't think that's going to be possible but…" he shrugs. "<In Trigedasleng> We'll see."

Benning looks at Fiona with an apology in her eyes, "He asked me to…" Yes, she's not claiming the blame all on her own, "I have told him that I can watch out for your out here but not in there." She nods to the camp where the metal and glass are, "I am sorry but there are limits…" Limits to how much technology that Benning can take.

Fiona glances askance at Tuan. "I think you have it the wrong way around." she says with a grin. "I'm pretty capable of taking care of myself. Dropped down on planet Earth with nothing, negotiating ceasefires and all. Maybe I should be watching out for Benning, and making sure she's not too uncomfortable." She's aware of the other woman's technophobia, giving Benning a rueful smile. Upon hearing something though, her eyes dart to Wren. "<In Trigedasleng> We might be able to provide you with something to help with that. Bringing a Reaper in alive."

Pontus nodded to Benning and Wren. Apparently they were on different details. It was to Benning he offered, "<In Trigedasleng> It's seeing what there is to see, it's not an invasive manuvre." There was an accent speaking their first tongue and Fiona caught his attention. He arched an eyebrow and looked to Wren. Uhhh live reaper?

Britt folds her arms, again looking between the two men. "<In Trigedasleng> So you are planning to go play around in the Mountain's backyard -" Don't think she didn't notice that Pontus didn't assure her that the kruheda was in favor of these hijinks. "<In Trigedasleng> And you're going to try and bring a live Reaper back to the Skaikru camp?" Eyebrows lifted in incredulous challenge, she asks, "<In Trigedasleng> Are you both out of your fucking minds?" Fiona gets an arched eyebrow at her suggestion.

Fiona's words actually earn a sharp glance from Tuan at her, one of the rare times he doesn't have a playful grin on his lips. After a moment of silent staring he looks back towards Benning, "<In Trigedasleng> I am sorry my friend. Do not worry about what we spoke of; it is apparently not needed."

Wren eyerolls at Britt. "<In Trigedasleng> I didn't say that I was going to, only that option was brought up to me. They'll take what I bring back and they'll be damned pleased by. Keep in mind, nobody thus far has felt all that obligated to go with and help me, beyond oddly, one of the Skaikru warriors, so apparently I'm doing this on my own beyond him." He shakes his head. "<In Trigedasleng> But if it helps them understand something that we don't know. Perhaps how they're made, and for all we know, they may figure out how to do something about it, prevent it, I don't know, but if it helps, I'll do it." A look at Fiona, his mood quickly beginning to sour. "Explain."

Pontus looked back to Britt and spoke looking faintly bewildered and intent on looking at Wren and Fiona about this live reaper business. "<In Trigedasleng> Don't look at me. I don't bring my enemies home. And I got oders on down to see what's crawling around. I'll find out. Either way the idea is no contact because we're not stupid." He looked back to Wren and said sincerely, "Team's takin me in woods. Short trip. I'll pack double so I can take off with you or meet up with you halfway." He eyed them and looked to Britt, "I think maybe they're thinking some… cure?" He watched them and tilted his head. "Just be careful telling Arlin." The topic was close to the guy but also, a slightly volatile additive.

Fiona's own expression is pretty placid avbfbbgbs she absorbs Tuan's sharp look before she turns her attention to Wren. "A tranquilizer. You'd have to get close enough to stick it in the Reaper with one of our needles, but you're probably talking about getting about that close anyway. I can see if I can get it, the worst they'll say is no. And if you don't use it, bring it back. We can probably give you enough to drop an elephant." There's a pause. "I haven't actually seen a real one, but they look really damn big." And then Fiona's eyes go round at Britt. "That's a new word." she says delightedly.

Arms still folded, Britt focuses an irritated look at Wren. "<In Trigedasleng> Really? Because I could've sworn you just said 'it might not be possible…we'll see' … which sure sounds like you're foolish enough to even give it a try. I wouldn't blame anyone for turning down that insanity. Now if you wanted to go kill one and bring it back, that's different." Then the look is slanted to Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> Orders from who? Oxfor? He can't go sending people into the Mountain's territory and risk provoking another attack. Not without the kruheda's say-so." Now, granted, she could be wrong, but at this point it is incomprehensible to Britt that Indra would be on board with this. Especially with the peace with the Skaikru still on such shaky ground. Fiona's remark almost gets a smirk, but not quite. She does say, "We have no idea if it'll even work on Reapers. They don't feel pain or wounds the way we do. An axe to the head will drop one just as well. The last thing you want is one of those loose in your camp." No, Britt does not trust the Skaikru to be able to contain a Reaper even if - by some miracle - they managed to take one alive.

Benning gives Tuan a look that speaks of her concern for his heart but she doesn't interfere. Her friend has chosen this. She gets even more withdrawn as they start arguing around them. She listens but doesn't offer an opinion.

The back and forth between Britt, Wren, Pontus and now Fiona has also cause Tuan to shrink back some, looking to Benning at his side. His voice lowers some as he speaks softly towards her, a small laugh coming from him as he does before he nods, speaking a bit louder however he adds. "<In Trigedasleng> If it weren't your sister, I doubt I would have agreed to this."

Pontus said flatly, "<In Trigedasleng> It's a quiet party from both groups. It's not breaking the treaty and it required people with specific skills. If all goes according to plan, which it never does, we'll run into no one but be able to get a better lay of the land to know what we are at least dealing with out there." He shrugged. e watched it play out. It was hard and Tuan was a person that did thingsbecause he cared deeply about them. Reason number two why mixing tribes was asking for trouble: cultural conflict. Wren got a light pat on the shoulder. "<In Trigedasleng> I'll see what can't be found to hellp you out. I won't go home until you do if you wnat. You just have to ask me.." Because he'd delay getting back to Rain if it meant his brother made it back too. It was not an easy promise to give, but it was freely given.

"<In Trigedasleng> Then they'll be dead, end of story." Wren is not happy. "<In Trigedasleng> There will that sate your fucking mind, Britt?" There's a glance at Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> Come or done, doesn't much matter to me." Then, he's storming off towards his tent, clearly done talking."

Fiona watches Wren depart. "So that's…no on the tranquilizer then." she concludes, before looking to Pontus. "Hello. I mean, Heya. Ai laik Feyona, Bandrona kom Skaikru." She inclines her head in greeting.

"<In Trigedasleng> If you're crossing the river -" And Britt presumes they are, since the area on /their/ side of the river is already well-known and well-scouted, "<In Trigedasleng> Then you're just begging for the Mountain to send another missile down on us. To say nothing of the risk you take with the fog. Come now, Pontus, you're smarter than this. Oxfor has been on dangerous ground in this from the beginning, standing against the kruheda. If you do this, and it goes badly… it could be far more than empty buildings that are destroyed next." She watches Wren go, scowling. A shrug is given to Fiona. "Even if it knocks them down, Feyona, how long will it keep it that way? You haven't seen the Reapers' strength. I doubt any bonds could hold them." She motions to Pontus. "This is Pontus kom Trikru, one of the warriors from Coesbur."

Benning is off to the side with Tuan and when he whispers something in her ear, she laughs and then puts her hand over her mouth to stop and glare at her friend. They are having a serious argument, "I should go see Wren." She squeezes his shoulder and then lets him go, heading out to talk to Wren.

Benning leaves, heading towards the Main Gates [CJ].

Pontus watched his 'brother' storm off. Slate grey eyes followed from his default unwelcoming visage. He stood still, but the muscles slightly tensed up his arms and at his neck. Was he affected by the exchange? Yes. Did he react to it right now? No. Calmly he turned and said shaking his head, "<In Trigedasleng> Were I the only on on this, I'd agree. As it goes I'm trying to make sure that's exactly what doesn't happen. I lost my home. I lost all I had of my family and I don't want to come home from a hunt to find Rain in a crater. The way this is going down? You, me, drinks before this happens. I'll share of my mind what you might want of it. But I have concerns. My consent and council wasn't requested, my aid was and it's happning with or without me. If it works as planned careful as it is we will gain greatly." Very mixed feelings. Was he smarter? Yes which is why he voiced his concerns but Britt had no way of knowing such and that was okay too. To Fiona he looked to her and nodded. "<In Trigedasleng> Tuan spoke of you. Pretty impressive feats all in all." Wow, actual compliment.

As Benning slips off, Tuan finds himself, more or less alone now with the others engaged in conversation. The man chews at the inside of his cheek for a moment before he sets to work making his way towards his tent for breaking it down and preparing himself supplies for the journey.

"<In Trigedasleng> Thank you." Fiona says to Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> I did what was necessary. I'm so sorry for what happened to Coesbur. You've all done so much for us." There's a thoughtful regard of Benning as she departs, and she murmurs something quiet to Tuan before admitting to Britt, "There would be no way to know until it was attempted. But I thought it worth considering."

Pontus was not unaffected by the gesture and the hardcase shifted his weight to one leg relaxing slightly. He mutteres in a muddled English, "Glad we could get that kid back here in time. Heard he's alive… tell him we said thanks for making the effort." He considered and said "It's not a panther or a hound, it's insanly dangerous. And then to put them around non-combatants moreso."

Britt shakes her head, unsatisfied by Pontus' eloquent argument. "<In Trigedasleng> You have to stop this, Pontus. Not lend your aid to some mad scheme. I respect you, but I cannot stand silently by and let you go off and do something that could bring another strike - on Tondc next, for all we know. We don't cross the river. Not without the kruheda's order. If she gives it, I'll be first in line behind you." Fiona gives an absent nod. "With Skaikru or Trikru, it is reasonable. With a Reaper? I would not risk it."

Pontus looked to Britt and considered nodding, "<In Trigedasleng> Let me talk to unit command on the hunt and see who knows what." He gripped her shoulder and leaned over muttering something to her with a thoughtful expression as an aside

Elias arrives from the Main Gates.

Pontus whispers: If shit happens Wren's… got his project. Tell Star and Rain the truth of it. Peake will take care of my affairs but, my concern, is that this is joint with Skaikru and the one dipshit wants to bring a gun. I said no. I don't trust them to not go anyways. I don't know that Indra didn't give consent. But here might not be the best pace to discuss. If they go and are underarmed for it then it will get ugly and they will notice. It's an ugly situationa ll around adn we don't know if the Mountain's not goingto fire again anyways.

Tuan's packing underway, he casts a glance at Fiona and smirks at what she spoke to him, shaking his head slightly before he ducks into his tent to retrieve something, emerging a bit later with a small shoulder sack which will be enough tos ustain him over a couple of days.

Fiona lifts her brows at Tuan's reply and laughs wryly, shaking her head. For the moment she leaves him to his tasks, turning her attention to Pontus and Britt. "We don't need it for Trikru or Skaikru." Fiona says, "But I'm not going to force the point. I'm not the one taking the risk."

Britt shakes her head to Pontus. "<In Trigedasleng> I'm telling you, there's no way in hell she did." Of this Britt sounds confident, though of course she may be wrong. Stranger things have happened - like space stations being turned into settlements near the shore of a picturesque lake. Though she speaks quietly, it is not so quiet that Fiona couldn't hear. "<In Trigedasleng> And if the skaiheda is sending his people to provoke the Mountain, then she must know of this too." She looks to Fiona then. "This trip to 'scout' the Mountain - is this your skaiheda's plan?" she asks frankly.

Elias makes his way around the lake from where he's got a tent set up out by the garden they've started. It's all coming along nicely enough and looks to be well-planned. He's absolutely dressed light for all that it's cooled down quite a bit. He sets his path to lead him towards Fiona, offering her an upnod when the opportunity arises. When he does move somewhat nearby, he smiles to her and inclines his head in a nod. "Everything good?" he asks, lifting his brows up. With a look to Britt then, he stops and thinks about the question she asked Fiona. First he hears of it was not long ago at all.

"I don't know what Kane and Oxfor discussed." Fiona says. "I haven't been briefed." And that bothers her. "If you'd like I can go right now and see what I can find out."

Pontus crossed his marked arms across his chest and was listening passivly, but intently. "<In Trigedasleng> I'll ask the source. See what answer I get. She should be back soon." This didn't sit entirely still with him and he looked to Tuan as he was the first person to say anything out loud, and now grateful he was. "<In Trigedasleng> What healers think they might have ability to study these samples? We know whoto reach out to?"

Britt nods slightly. Her voice gentles a bit when speaking to the younger woman, but it's painfully apparent that she's still agitated about the whole situation. "Feyona, they're talking about crossing the river into the Mountain's territory. I cannot stress enough how insanely dangerous that is. People don't come back from the Mountain. And every time we provoke them, we run the risk of them sending another missile down on one of our villages. Peace is already tenuous enough. I can't see Indra authorizing something like this, so I fear that Oxfor is once again going against her. If your people are involved in this, and Indra wasn't, and it goes badly… it risks everything." She speaks with a passion of one desperate to avoid another conflict between their people.

Tuan shakes his head at Pontus after he sets down his pack. "I do not know anything about the healer section of things. All I know is that scouts were requested, beyond that…" His shoulders lift in a shrug, a glance cast at Fiona then his eyes turn to Britt. "They believe their people are within the Mountain, Britt." He explains it quietly, "As long as they believe this, they will not relent." Then with an apologetic look towards Fiona he sighs softly, before looking up at Elias and his approach as well. "I worry that this has become an action of grief and revenge; but I only answer the call when given."

Pontus calmly nodded with Tuan and said as a simple concern, "I have concern that that Skaikid wants to bring a gun across the river to boot." He looked to Tuan and arched one brow ridge and regarded the Second. "I won't send people off alone. If our orders are clear I'll go. I meant what I said to Gray though. I do not want to go, have someone emotional mess it up, and come home to a Rain-crater."

Elias sighs softly at Britt, looking apologetically to her. Still, the look in his eyes does show that he understands the ramifications of this scouting mission. "It's not ideal," he says, shaking his head. "I would probably ask for more patience and study, but…we may be on a limited timeline as well." There's a nod to Tuan too and he takes in a sharp breath. "I'm just hoping everyone makes it back alright. I don't know. This all seems like it progressed very quickly."

"I know what they're talking about." Fiona says calmly. "And I've just offered to go see if it's a jointly approved effort or not. I'm aware of how dangerous it is. I know the price of crossing the border and how important it is. But getting our people back is also important. You don't have to be involved, Britt. But Skaikru is capable, and moreso than Trikru gives them credit for."

Britt slants a look to Tuan. "How many have we lost to the Mountain? More than I can count. But we don't fight a battle we can't win - especially when it risks our villagers. Thripoda. Coesbur. Who's next? If the kruheda orders us to march on the Mountain tomorrow, then I'll go. But I will not follow the skaiheda, and I will not follow Oxfor. It is not his place to send our clan to war against the Mountain." She looks to Fiona then. "Just remember, Feyona. This war started when your people tried to cross the border. I don't think Indra will look to kindly on it happening again." She turns, then, intent on returning to her horse.

Pontus looked up to Elias and nodded at least more familiar with him. "So it's settled. It's aterrible situation. It started for a reasona dn regardless we have consequences to deal with. So we'll deal and move forward. We'll do it as smartly and cleanly as possible because it's all we can do. Tuan and I have our orders, and as crazy at the sound I do trust the souce. We'll verify. And we will come back home."

"And how many more will we lose to the Mountain over time?" Tuan asks towards Britt before his eyes shoot to Fiona, voice dropping quietly. "No one says Skaikru cannot do things. But you would not ask Trikru to attempt to fix one of your devices, would you?" He tilts his head at her. "If this is a task you think that Skaikru should do on their own…" He trails off at that.

Elias inclines his head in a nod to Pontus and chews at the inside of his cheek. "Just wish there was more I could do. Maybe in time, but…" He looks in the general direction of the Mountain and squints. "Honestly, I'd just slow you down. Plan on learning more in time. Listen - you all seem intent on doing this, so I wanted to wish you well. If there's anything I can get you, I'll definitely try." Looking to Tuan then, he shakes his head. "Your help is welcome. I'm just really hoping that this doesn't come back on you poorly."

Pontus looked to Tuan and said flatly, "<In Trigedasleng> Because that worked out great for Coesbur." Little burned on having his village slagged earlier in the week. "Look, Elias, as far as I can tell until I hear otherwise everything's legit and really close to boil for a lot of folks. That ain't my call to make and they don't let me negotiate for all the obvious reasons." He looked between Fiona and Elias and then Tuan. Britt got a longer look and a nod. There was an old respect there and he mided her council with great consideration. Still, he summed up, "<In Trigedasleng> The situation is fucked." He shrugged. "It's a terrible place all aound and if anyone's getting answers without causing collateral damage it'll be the ones going. Can't tak you with. Will need you o standby."

"<In Trigedasleng> Fucked," Elias repeats, quirking a brow slightly upward at Pontus. "I caught that bit." Apparently, the not so imposing smart kid is starting to pick up on the language. "Eh. Yeah. I'd get somebody killed out there. I'm not trained for that." With a shake of his head again, he considers the situation himself now. "It's true. Still…let me know if you can think of anything I might be able to help you out with before you guys head out."

Pontus considered and said "Well shit I'm packed. I'll make a list with stuff we might need when we come back and where we can set up a halfway point with a cart in case it's needed. Just to shorten the trip if we have to." For that he'd folloe Elias to someplace not inside all…that… to go over peripheral and necessary game saving benefits he could work on.

Britt doesn't answer Tuan. She heads on over to her horse, mounts up, and rides back off the way she'd come from.

As people begin to disperse, Tuan pulls a pair of water flasks out from his pack and sets to work going to the lake to fill them. AT first he is doing it quietly, but then his voice can be heard, speaking mostly to himself. "When all the choices are bad choices… find the one that gives you the most to gain, I guess."

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