TToV vs Kale and AyaThe Treasure of VeronChapter 8The Battle BeneathJiorea brushed at awareness gently, the soft threads of unconsciousness sticking to her like an old spiders web. Her escape from them came slowly.</i> Jiorea blinked, but the darkness still surrounded her.The dry smell of stone and dust was thick around her her, muddied with the iron tinge of blood. Jiorea carefully stood, and when nothing went horribly wrong put her pack back on an took a few tentative steeps away from the wall.When nothing happened she grew more bold, actively exploring the huge chamber. Jiorea thought about it. Jiorea gingerly stepped over the ring of simple runes painted on the floor, clearly visible despite the thick layer of dust laying over them. She dashed after him. Wait for me!They traveled tense silence, mostly on her part, but also the zleet Umbra, who seemed uncomfortable with her presence. For his part, Kale seemed to tolerate her tagging along w
TToV SE 3The Treasure of VeronChapter 7No Stillness After BattleJiorea jerked away from the fallen man, an silent snarl frozen on her lips. She felt herself sway on her feet. < I think I'm going into shock.> She realized numbly.An unearthly scream jolted her awake, but the new wave of panic was quickly overtaken by curiosity. She staggered in the direction it had emanated from, attempting stealth as best she could. A moment of hesitation was pushed aside as easily as the stand of grass that separated her from what she sought.Jiorea froze, staring in horrified fascination at the scene. Two Zleet, somehow distinct from each other, were locked in savage combat. They struck each other again and again, crashing together like waves, their cries of battle unlike anything she had ever heard. It was like two beasts, two armies that knew there was survival for only one as they swirled around and through each other, theirs screams echoing across the grass. Suddenly one dark for
TToV vs BlaineThe Treasure of Veron Chapter 6A Hunt and Those Who Take Part in ThemUnder the cover of the forest, it was easy to forget that Veron wasn't like the rest of Yatora. The sounds of life all around her reassuring Jiorea that the dead town was far behind, she could almost convince herself that she was home, stalking quietly through the trees as she hunted with her family. The only reminder of her unusual location was slinking vaporously by her side, coiling through the trees.What are you doing, I told you that your next opponent is near the mountain. You should be going that way.One of the reasons I'm not. I'm not ready to fight, much less climb. She keeled, searching the forest floor. The other is that I'm following a game trail. I haven't eaten in two days and haven't even seen anything potentially edible yet. This is my best chance of actually eating today. If thats running contrary to you
TToV SE 2The Treasure of VeronChapter 5 Leaving That Which is Dead to RestThey sat in tense silence, Jiorea watching the empty streets, Mikia watching her. The air stilled oppressively around them, waiting for something to break.ThanksStartled, Jiorea glanced at Mikia. For what?Not killing me.Huh? Oh, no problem. Jiorea stood carefully, suppressing a grimace of pain as her body reminded her that she was not built for wrestling. So what now?Jiorea slowly gathered her scattered equipment, keeping one eye on Mikia at all times. Heck if I know. Though I wouldn't try to attack me again.Mikia stiffened, her voice a thinly veiled challenge.Why not.Jiorea picked up her abandoned weapon. I have a sword. You don't.Mikia paused, then slouched, grinning wryly. Good point. The werewolf stretched languidly. What do you think that sound was? The howl?Jiorea s
TToV vs Mikia1.5 The Treasure of Veron Chapter 4 Wrestling With the Wolf
TToV vs Mikia1 The Treasure of Veron Chapter 3 Something Stalks the RuinsJiorea looked in wonder at the buildings around her. These ruins weren't like any she had visited before.