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Varanis — 1626 0948 Impasse

????, Storm Season, Disorder Week


Storm Season, Disorder Week, Clay Day. After [[[s02:session-24|Session 24]]].
Straw Weaver Bison Camp, somewhere in Prax.

Varanis tries to get more information from the prisoner while Berra guards the shaman’s remains.

Takes place several hours after the [http://journeyoftheheroes.wikidot.com/varanis:1626-0940-interrogation interrogation].


In the depths of the night, Varanis enters the yurt where the prisoner is being kept. The guard who was in the yurt steps out. He shrugs at his companion and takes up position outside. After several minutes, there is an indistinct cry. The guards glance at each other, but do not move to intervene. Silence falls again.

Berra calls out, “Varanis, alright in there?” She is no longer shivering, and has sent Farqaa to send someone else, and sent the someone else for a new relief warrior – time has passed but the little Humakti has stayed at her post.

There’s no reply, except from the guards, who look Berra’s direction and shrug. A short time after that, the guards respond to a command from within the yurt and step inside.

Berra growls slightly, and gets back to doing her own work. Staring into the darkness, over the body.

Show In the yurt… (Berra, mild spoilers for Varanis’ behaviour)

After several minutes pass, Varanis emerges into the rain, followed by one of the guards. She speaks to him quietly. They exchange nods and part. He stays by the yurt, while she heads in Berra’s direction.

Berra notices, raising a hand in greeting. “Mm.”

Varanis yawns. “We can’t let Rajar set a trap for Harjoon’s clan,” she murmurs when she’s close enough that only Berra will hear. “They have nothing to do with Rushes to Battle.”

“Tha-hell?” Berra says, no louder but with a lot of drawn-out emphasis.

“Rajar was talking like he wanted to capture Harjoon’s people after they paid the ransom and took him away. I can’t let that happen. Harjoon ran away from home to join Rushes to Battle. Assuming he’s correct and they will pay the ransom, they still have nothing to do with what happened to Billy.”

“Ah, yes. I think he won’t try, then. Especially not if we tell him right. But yeah, they don’t. Make sure the Khan knows, because that could help stop a lot of trouble.” Berra pauses. “Which you knew. Sorry.”

Varanis shakes her head. “It’s fine. I’m tired. Safer to say it aloud than risk me missing the obvious. For now, I need some sleep. Windsday. I need to worship beginning at Yelm’s rise and that’s not far off. You ok?” The words run together a little as the energy drains from the Vingan. Whatever has been fuelling her has run out.

“Then send someone to let the Khan know, or one of the people around him? Although I think it’s probably going to get light soon.” Berra does not look tired, but given she just pretty much repeated it was about to be dawn, she might be. “Send someone. Um. Maybe even Rajar. Give him a reason to give the Khan good news.”

Varanis nods. “Good advice as always.” She turns in the direction of Mabana’s yurt. “Mabana must hate us sometimes,” she murmurs. Within a few steps, she’s straightened her spine and is walking resolutely.

“Uh…” Berra shrugs, and goes back to watching.

Varanis stops, turns on her heel and comes back. “Wait. Why are you still here? I sent someone to relieve you when I couldn’t come myself. Tell me you’ve taken a break, at least? You didn’t just send him away?”

“I took the time to get changed,” Berra replies. “That was what I needed.” She taps her helmet. “Warm and dry now. And I brought food out. Go get your sleep. And talk to Rajar.”

There’s a brief flash of frustration, but she replies with a nod and heads towards Mabana’s yurt.

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    Passed Insight: If Harjoon gets near a mount, then the gods want him to escape.