Role play of a panther shouts “I am not your Kajira ! “

Adventures of Red hair


 

Introduction:

Suggesting someone to become a healer of a band due to bow skills is not the smartest idea as I see it. As healers in panther girl bands are not told about in the novels of John Norman, but it is possible a a physician escaped and was captured by panther girls…..
Be aware that a panther healer has to pull her weight in dily life of the tribe – since it means raiding, hunting, trading, scouting, and the like……don’t expect your tribe to ask you for daily slave exams or removing arrowheads…you have to create the roleplay environment….You will find out like I have that every 3rd panther in SL Gor knows how to heal because she was physician, headphysician or even only physician-kajira at one point of her role play career, so the competition is high. …… . You should really prevent the “/me applies some salve” ….. it is very poor role play. An option is to think of a storyline like the one below…

Altered state of mind

A role play about Sar , a SKF panther with an “altered” personality, Marli a healer panther in SKF intends to find out what happened to Sar and to find a cure.

The role play:

  • Nala  smiles ” marli ! ” giggles and hugs her tight

  • Marli turns and smiles “Nala!” and hugs her tightly

  • Jale : Arr!

  • Nala : well few days ago a male here talked about priestkings oil he sayed that will help sars memmory and that it heals almost everything “Takes out a small vial has about 3 doses in for wounds ” but i prefer to give it to you i know you will use it wise and right “smiles wide and handing you the small vial ”

  • Marli takes the small vial , its glass clear and she holds it up to the sun light “Priest king oil….i only saw this once before” then carefully tucks the vial in her belt “Thank you Nala”

  • Nala : well hope you will never need to use it sis but just in case “giggles” you now have it

  • Marli  watches Sar with some interest, her hand resting on her belt containing the vial “I plan to find out if this pk oil Nala has gifted us can help your mind in some way Sar”

  • Sar  looks over at Marli, it is good that Marli has used the shortened version of the Priest Kings’ title, otherwise she would be blacking out, then she nods her head, “if you think it will bring me back to me, then I welcome the attempt.”

  • Marli nods “I will prepare a small dose , perhaps in combination with some hypnotic herbs to induce a trance like state ”

The Vial

Getting closer to a cure?

The role play:

  • Sar  sighs

  • Marli leans forward “Bran and Priscilla , neither have shown up yet”

  • Sar  nods, “I don’t think they know we are here, we might have to go capture Bran and bring her.”

  • Sar : as for the Shaman, perhaps if we can catch her also.

  • Marli grins “yes…..she might be useful as well”

  • Sar : the otherday, I ate as I was bound up, and I was eating raw meat, and enjoying it.

  • Marli lifts an eyebrow “mamba tendencies? how odd”

  • Sar  shakes her head, “I don’t know what mambas are.”

  • Sar : or I don’t remember

  • Marli  nods “mamba are flesh eater….they have sharp teeth….i know of one that tried to join Sang Suri….i examined her ”

  • Sar  nods, “well my teeth are normal, so far as I can see anyhow,” bares her teeth and smiles at Marli.

  • Marli giggles as she takes a good look “Yes they are normal”

  • Sar : some keep telling me my affliction is because of some herb, or a potion, or some kind of crystal, but I don’t know, something tells me that a potion would not be so selective on when I black out.

  • Marli  nods “a potion that would cause similar ailments is a cypher drug…also known as iskander potion….names after a famous gorean physician….i wouldnt expect many healers or shaman to have this knowledge”

  • Sar : me nods, and then after thinking some more for a few moments, “but what bothers me most, is I have been told that on three seperate occasions I have tried to kill three sisters here, and I don’t remember it, I have also been told I completely black out at times.”

  • Marli listens carefully , then feels her belt, the vial Nala gave her yesterday still tucked there “As i mentioned yesterday , im playing with the idea , well that if you agree to it, to induce a trance in you using herbs” she paused

  • Sar  nods, “I have heard of such trances, but aren’t they dangerous?”

  • Marli  shakes her head “If done in a controlled manner and perhaps you should be bound when we try it”

  • Sar  nods slowly, “I understand that, and I agree, it is probably safer for all involved.”

  • Marli  shows the vial , its contents glistening in the sun “This may help also…..its unique properties could cure your mind…..its been known to regenerate tissue”

  • Sar  looks at the vial and smiles, “it is a pretty thing, what is it?”

  • Marli  eyes widen and she looks around mysteriously , then whispers “Priest King oil taken from Srimgar”

  • Sar  as the words Priest King are muttered Sar goes completely slack on the stump she is sitting on, her face blanks out and she just sits there with no life in her eyes for about an ehn.

  • Marli  stands up as she sees Sar slump, she slowly moves closer , having heard Sar mention her black outs , she opens her pouch and produces some smelling salts “Wake up Sar”

  • Sar  makes no effort to wake up or even move away from the smelling salts, whatever process is going on her mind right now keeps her unresponsive whatever the stimulous, Sar’s eyes are not even blinking as she keeps staring straight ahead but unseeing.

  • Marli  mutters to herself “Thats odd ….she blacked out when i mentioned ….Priest king oil…..mhmm” she ponders “a cypher like key perhaps…..though how to undoe it ” she flicks her fingers infront of Sar ‘s eyes , as the smelling salts had no effect

  • Sar  comes out of the brief fugue suddenly and then brushes Marli’s fingers away in annoyance, then looking at Marli she asks again, not realising the question had been answered, “so what is in the vial?”

  • Marli  curls her lips , she was cautious now “just a special oil ….to be used in small doses….some call it, ummmm…..healing oil”

  • Sar nods and smiles, “it will be interesting to see if it works, for certain.”

  • Sar : anyhow Healer, I must find my furs, I am exhausted and it has been a big day today, I will try to wake up a little later

I am not your Kajira !

Memories of past.

The role play:

  • Sar  stands on the platform and looks at bran, she clenches her fists at her side and then lowers her head, her green eyes though are staring at Bran, she clenches her teeth in rage.

  • Gem: oh look someone else arrived. Do you need a dentist?”- she smiles

  • Bran steps back after checking the construction… “This thing is safe it seems. But i think you two need a better home to start your life together” then spying sar she looks up curious, not really sure what to expect. “Greetings there…” then seeing the expression she pauses. Prefect she was putting on the show just they had rehearesed. “I see you are home again Sar, and as cheerful as ever. I wonder what lies they have beens rpeading to you about me here. TTrying to manipulate you i am sure.”

  • Gem  turns to Bran -”Is this one of our new sisters?”

  • ßℓσȿȿσɱ  turned hearing Gem’s reference then stopped, not certain she could rely on Sar for sanity given recent events, she said nothing, instead gazed between all of those present and regretted it as her neck cricked with each exagerated movement.

  • Bran looks over to Sar hearing gem she just shakes her head.. “no no this one is one of Morr’s . She spent some time with us recently, there ws errrr and incident.”

  • Sar  her teeth still clenched in rage she breathing is quick and shallow, inside her gut she feels like she is about to explode then she hisses out at Bran, “I…………AM…………NOT…………YOUR…………..KAJIRA!!”

  • ßℓσȿȿσɱ flinched and jumped out her skin hearing the hissing, she’d witnessed much odd behaviour from Sar but .. here she was .. unarmed exposed and looking like a walking .. well. Blossom!

  • Gem  takes Blossoms hand -”well I know nothing about that but please let us announce our marriage to you”- she looks at Blossom -”we are now Panther Companions”

  • ßℓσȿȿσɱ if it had been anyone else she’d have somehow asked for help, in some fashion, still unsure of her own sanity at this point all she could do is allow the hand holding and hope that Sar was too preoccupied with Bran to notice

  • Bran looks away a bit disapointed… “I never said you were.” she says thinking sar is doing an excellent sell. “well i think everyone hear knows that, unless there is someone who wants to contest it. That is a pretty large protest. But i dont see a colalr or a marking i guess you are corect”

  • Bran : “But ther eis no reason to be angry right now, its a happy time, one of your sisters as found true love and has joined with our family to Companion with my sister”

  • ßℓσȿȿσɱ  standing behind Gem she leaned to the side and shook her head; with both their backs to her it was possible they wouldn’t see this motion.

  • Gem : yes we are Panther Companions which unites our bands. It is time to rejoice and listen to how my sweet companion purrrs

  • Sar  crouches to the ground, and starts swinging her head back and forth, then she inches closer as she does she still hisses in a stilted voice, “You ………….told …………….me ………..on …………..the mountain …………..that I am ………………your ……………..kajira!” Sar manages to spit out the last words with much difficulty, the spit flying from her mouth as she struggles to get the words out.

  • ßℓσȿȿσɱ  she backed away recalling the last time Sar got like this and being unarmed she couldn’t afford to get injured even with a healer to hand “i’ll um, t ry to find uh. the camp then.” and backed away quickly

  • Gem : good let us go

  • Bran  did not like the look of this. And her mood suddenly changed. Position shifted tohte balls of her feet, and the grip on her bow changed sliding down a bit making it more a melle type wepaon if needed to fend off the couched beast. “Hey wait i thought i was coming with you ….. ” she said but eyed Sar still her other hand gripgging towards her belt holding thenhil t of her small knife if needed. She watched. “I only ever spoke the truth, And you would be dead to the world if not for me and my actions” her words cold and cold with truth. “You would be a vegabtle acatatonic and senile. I brought you back. I saved your life. You know this place we live in. My words were true”

  • Sar  coils her legs under her, her head still swaying back and forth, she is now drooling from her mouth uncontrollably, she manages to blurt out, “You Lie!!” then springing suddenly she launches herself at Bran her fingers clutching for the woman’s throat, as she springs her voice now a deep growl like a beast.

  • Marli  eyes widened with complete surprise , seeing Sar jump at Bran, her left hand slid to her belt, its where she kept her poison darts, they were quick and effective if she needed them, she took some steps back

  • Bran had positioned herself ready, her back foot slid to the side behind herself as the woman spreang from her crouch. There was no surprise at all. As her foot slid back atothe side her shoulders followed and body leaned back from the wasit. Every muscle alive and tightened yet loose. Her century and a half of forest toned body twisting like an ost. Rear foot planting and dpping her front knee she overhand swings the bow shaft acros her face withthe turning of her shoulders…. striking down and hard across Sar’s back looing to knock her to the ground. feet steady under her poised and ready.

  • Sar lands heavily on the ground, the strike of the bow across her face drawing a huge gash on her cheek, Sar now smells blood, her own blood but blood just the same. landing heavily on the ground face down she rolls to her side and curls up in a fetal position then in a plaintive wail she starts to rock herself back and forth cradling her hands into her chest, “somebody end this, tell me who I am, but somebody end this! I don’t even know who I am!”

  • Bran  stalks around Sar as she slumps. Part of her wants to approach her. But the woman is not that foolish still holding the bow in hand ready, dancing on the balls of her feet, the blade sheethed still. bran points forcefully with the bow… “You. You are Sar. That much you know. Your name. Its a start” then holds her hand from her blade… holding it up open palmed… showing the scar across her hand.. “Look at your right hand.. LOok at it! What do you see.. Do you see the Sister to this scar? Tell me” her tone commanding. Demanding.

  • Sar  draws her hand slowly from her chest, then for the first time she sees the scar on her hand, it is a thin line across the palm and she had no idea it was there, then she looks at Bran’s palm, then as suddenly as her attack her eyes roll up in her head and she slumps to the deck of the platform, the blood from her cheek pooling under her head.

  • Bran  watches Sar slip unconcious again and looks to Marli… “well tend to her” she states in a firm command. Bran holds back for now still. Not tursting at the moment. But not gonig to seek to steal the woman away at the moment either.

  • Marli slid her poison dart back in her belt, she walked quickly to where Sar lay, she squatted and unfastened her medical pouch, a leather pouch containing salve and rep cloths, she moved Sars head to one side as she examined the cut

  • Sar ‘s eyes are still opened and rolled up into her head showing only the whites of them, but something is different this time, her eyelids are fluttering, like she is in deep thought, her breathing goes shallow again and she breathes out two words, but Sar is in no state to know that she even spoke them, “blood sister.”

  • Marli  wiped the blood gently from the wound using the rep cloth, her fingers dipped in the bottle of salve as she smeared it on the wound, she had ofcourse the vial of pk oil, but a small wound like this did not merit its use , she feels some relief when Sar speaks

  • Bran  nods looking down as marli tends to Sar. “blood sister” she repeats and relaxes a bit… not tnetirely but a bit seeing she is bening well tended. “When she comes too. Tell her to come see me if she wants to know the truth of who she is.” looking knowing the woman will hear deep inside if not abel torespond right away.. “I did save your life sar. I saved your very being perhaps. From a fate worse then death. There is hope for you to be who you once were still. But you know what the saving of a life means as well as i do. YOu know it deep down. Come see me when youare well. Or send a runner and i will return.” there was no doubt or fear in her fvoice… as she backed towards her caone… “take care of her Marli and be well”

  • Sar ‘s eyes still flutter, she had not heard or understood anything that was said by Bran, her mind was pasangs away from where she lay, she said one more word before her eyes closed and she slumped right where she lay, “Mountain.”

  • Marli watched Bran leave in her canoe, she then focused back her attention to Sar, she cleaned off the last of the blood , the salve was doing its work and slowed down the bleeding , She sighed as she put back the salve and bandages in her pouch , she whisperd “The mountain is your home sister….i will take you there”

  • Marli  stood up and pondered a moment “Hmmm….i could try and carry you but im not that big….maybe i should bind and drag you to camp” she was talking to herself

  • Cari: Tal

  • Cari : what ‘s wrong ith Sar?

  • Marli  watched Cari approach “Tal Cari, Sar has passed out”

  • Sar  senselessly lays on the ground, her manner more of a deep sleep now as she lays on the platform, she doesn’t hear much from anybody, but at least her breathing is slow and normal, like sleep.

  • Cari : well, spat some water over her, i thought you where learning to be a healer?

  • Marli frowns “yesterday i tried smelling salts , they had no effect…..meh….maybe ice cold water works” she looked around and searched for a well

  • Cari  looks a bit helpless at Sar, as she’s only used to put people in this situation not to help

  • Marli tossed the bucket down the well with a thud ….she heard a splash and tugged on the rope pulling up a half full bucket of ice cold mountain water

  • Marli giggled “If this wakes her up ill tell her it was your idea” and she tossed the water over Sar and stepped back , slinging the empty bucket far away from her

  • Cari : if it doesn’t work drag her over to see Wendy the healer

  • Sar  spits and sputters as she wakes up, she stands slowly looking about then with a flip of her head she tosses her long hair behind her, then looking around and not even noticing the two around her she says in a low and gruff voice, as if a woman is trying to imitate a man, “what in the name of an Ubar’s ball sack?” then hitches her thumbs in her skirt and stands there looking around some more, addressing nobody in particular she says, “I think I have been here before, but I am not sure when.” still using that lowered voice.

  • Marli  snaps her fingers as she looks at Sar “Snap out of it sister, you are Sar , a panther” she recalled the hypnotic herb formula Rhen of the pa ri tor had given her many moons ago , she hoped she wouldnt need to use it , so waited for a reaction

  • Sar  doesn’t even react to the fingersnaps or acknowledge that Marli was there, she just kept looking about, then she pats her hand on her left shoulder, and starts to grasp at what would be the hilt of a sword if it was there, she frowns when she grasps nothing and then looks down at herself, “who dressed me in these abominations of clothes, is this some sort of a joke?!!”

  • Marli shaked her head and steps up to Sar and moves her body to the North West she leans into Sars ear and whispers in a dull hypnotic tone “Go to the camp in the mountains……go there …..go there”

  • Sar ’s eyes glaze over and slowly she starts to walk up the trail to camp, it is one that she knows well now, she walks rather clumsily, almost drunk, but she manages to maintain her footing as she walks up the trail.

  • Sar stops at the campfire in the middle of camp and just stands there motionlessly, now stance to her body and no expression on her face.

  • Marli  caught up with Sar and made her face one of the tree stumps “Sit down ….sit down on the tree stump” she repeated in a low tone , keeping her fingers crossed it would work once more

  • Sar  sits on the stump, and then putting a hand on each knee, her back straight she stares into the fireplace, again expressionless.

  • Marli  shook back her hair and then unslung her pouch and started rummaging through its contents “Ah here it is ” she found the scroll with Rhens ingredients for the hypnotic herb formula

  • Marli  muttered “Lets see …..i need white poppy seeds…..3 parts….then 1 part Hops, 1 part Motherwort,5 parts Passion Flower and 2 dried Wild Lettuce

  • Marli : Mmmm…..Add dried ingredients to mortar and grind into a find powder… avoid inhaling. Once ground pour into a leather pouch and keep in a dry cool place. To use, inhale a pinch or mix with vegetable oil and rub on arm, then cover with bandage

  • Sar  still sits totally motionless, her breathing is slow and her expression still blank she repeats the ingredient list in a dead cold empty voice, “white poppy seeds, 3 parts, 1 part hops, 1 part motherwort, 5 parts passionflower and 2 dried wild lettuce.”

  • Marli looked around “Thats right no infirmary here yet …..” she then saw the servery “worth a try ….should be herbs and stuff there….and a mortar maybe ……stay here …..stay here” she then walked over to the servery

  • Sar  repeats deadpan again, no inflection in her voice, “worth a try, should be herbs and stuff there, and a morter maybe, stay here, stay here.”

  • Lilfoot : Holy hell that is a workout

  • Lilfoot : Greetings Mistresses

  • Marli  made lots of noise as she looked through the servery and clutterd through the pots and pans ….finally finding a mortar…..she found some wild lettuce and the other ingredients , much to her relief it seemed the herbs had been left here, she started to mix and grind , then placed its contents on a cloth a returned , smiled at Lil “Tal girl”

  • Sar  is still under whatever trance she has been in since seeing Bran and just repeats the words she hears around her, “holy hell, that is a workout, tal girl.”

  • Marli whispered “this is a hypnotic herb formula”

  • Sar : me repeats with no inflection, “this is a hypnotic herb formula.”

  • Marli unfolded the cloth and held its contents to Sars nose , making sure she inhaled it “I am Sar……I am Sar huntress……I live with my sisters in Srimgar…..my mind will become clear”

  • Sar  repeats as she breaths in the aroma of the herbs, “I am Sar, I am Sar Huntress, I live with my sisters in HRIMGAR, my mind will become………..” Sar then breaks off and says softly, “do what you were bid to do girl.”

  • Lilfoot Aeon looks at the Mistress and makes a circular motioon with her finger by the side of her head, indicating Sar is crazy

  • Marli : Hmmmm” her eyes shifted to the servery “we have guests”

  • Lilfoot : Greetings Huntresses, may I help you?

  • Marli : Tal

  • Elysia : hello

  • Elysia waves

  • Joyce : Tal

  • Joyce : Yes… what are you doing on Sadi Sani land?

  • Joyce : I flagged this land weeks ago… move and find another place!

  • Cali : Tal Joy.. Ely

  • Lilfoot  looks at Cali and smiles, “Greetings Mistress”

  • Elysia : hello carli

  • Marli  pushed Joy back “Care to repeat that?”

  • Joyce  laughs ands nods “Ehmmm… i said… WOULD YOU MOVE ON::: THIS IS OUR LAND”!

  • Marli  nods “Needed to make sure you said that” and then unsheathed her bow

  • Joyce : laughs

  • Joyce : dont be silly

  • Lilfoot looks at Joy all serious like, “My acorns could down you Huntress” she says bravely a smile curling on her lips

  • Marli : why dont you stay and see our special area ?

  • Joyce : “You said -our- “!

  • Joyce : I don’t know of a special area.

  • Joyce : We use this land to grow kanda only.

  • Cali : and obviously use it *snorts

  • Marli chuckled “Oooo……we ….i mean you keep the kanda in the caves ” points below her

  • Elysia : well lets come back another time

  • Joyce : “You didn’t touch it… did you”?

  • Elysia : be well sshs

  • Joyce : I ll be back soon. Make sure your things are packed and you are moved then!

  • Cali  shouts: take less kanda on your next visit

  • Marli  sheathed her bow

  • Cali : Well, that could have gotten worse

  • Cali : Tal Tal Smexah Sar

  • Sar  sits still staring blankly into the fire, then hearing Cali she repeats deadpan, “Tal Tal Smexah Sar.”

  • Cali  blinks

  • Cali : did she get into the kanda also?

  • Sar  is in a trance

  • Cali waves her hand in ront of her face “hmmmm.. i could have my way with her.. and should counldn’t tell a soul” as she grins evily

  • Marli  sighs “I am Sar….I will recall what happened in the pa ri tor camp and i will telll this to Marli when i awaken”

  • Cali  eyes widen

  • Sar  says nothing now, something in her mind is blocking the response and her eyes roll up in her head and her eyelids start to flutter very fast again.

  • Cali  takes a shiney object from her belt, ties it to a piece of string, and rocks it back and forth in front of Sar’s face “Take off your clothes….. Take of your clothes…” speaking in a monotone fashion

  • Marli  steps before Sar, waits for the stripping to begin and adds “The priest kings want me …..Sar…… to tell Marli what happened in the pa ri tor camp”

  • Sar  her eyelids still fluttering she arches her back as if in pain, then she says loudly, “the Orb, they made me touch the orb!”

  • Marli : Aha….” she nodded “a clue at last”

  • Lilfoot  looks to Marli and whispers so quietly, “She touched a man’s balls?”

The Herbs

More is revealed.

The role play:

  • Sar looks at Marli and says softly, “whenever you are ready, I would like to try the herbs again, I think it helped last time, I don’t feel so far out of place.”

  • Marli nods and stepped up closer to Sar, she examined her belt and found the cotton wrapping containing the ground hypnotic herbs “I have some here ” she then held the herbs close to Sars nose letting her breathe them in “Breathe in and clear your mind”

  • Sar breathes deeply and closes her eyes, her hands go to rest comfortably on her thighs as she breathes in the aroma of the herbs, then her breathing slows and she sits motionless at the log, perfectly comfortable and peaceful.

  • Marli  squatted beside Sar as she places the empty cotton pouch back in her belt , she leant forward and lifted Sar’s eyelids to see if the pupils had dilated

  • Sar  looks straight out of her eyes to the fire, her eyes not reacting to anything she just sits there at peace, her pupils wide and dialated but she responds to nothing.

  • Marli  cleared her throat and spoke in a soft monotone voice “listen to my voice….travel back in your mind….now repeat…..I am Sar…..huntress with the SSH….i was in the pa ri tor camp….I remember what happened there…i must tell Marli what happened …..I must remember what happened”

  • Sar  her voice off in a distance she says softly, “I am Sar, I was in the Pa Ri Tor camp, I remember what happened there, I must tell Marli what happened, I must remember what happened.”

  • Marli : “I am in a dream state….I can see what happened to me in the pa ri tor camp…..when i awaken i will remember…..I will remember who I am, what happened in the pa ri tor camp…..when i awaken i will feel a terrible urge to tell this to my sisters”

  • Sar  licks her lips once, and she repeats again, her voice far off, “I am in a dream state, I can see what happened to me in the Pa Ri Tor Camp, when I awaken I will remember, I will remember who I am, what happened in the Pa Ri Tor Camp, When I will awaken I will feel a terrible urge to tell this to my sisters.”

  • Marli nodded and gently stroked Sars forehead “I will remember my past and who i am……I am Sar huntress with the SSH……when i awaken i will tell my sisters what happened to me” she paused “now i will sleep and in my sleep i will dream…..i will dream all my past and remember…..” her voice trails off “dream and remember……dream and remember…..dream and remember”

  • Sar ’s head slumps down and she starts to sleep deeper, as she falls deeper into the sleep she says quietly, “I must dream now, so I may tell my sisters what I remember.”

  • Marli  cleared her throat “Uhum……wake up sister” she loudly snapped her fingers close to Sars ear “Wake up sister!”

  • Marli  waits for a response , thinking to herself that she will get some cold water otherwise and splash it over Sar

  • Sar ’s head snaps up and she is fully awake, she looks around and her eyes lock on Morr, she remembers what she had done to her En a hand ago and looks down, tears coming to her eyes, getting up she walks in front of her en taking the bow off her back, as she sits down she lays the bow down between her and Morr and says softly, ‘there is so much I need to say to you, and so much I need to apologise for, it was wrong of me to try to kill you En, there is no excuse.”

  • Marli  sighs with relief , so happy that Rhen ‘s hypnotic formule was so effective

  • Sar  waits for Morr to respond before she goes on, she sits antsy, feeling an uncontrollable urge to tell all that had happened to her since she met with Kao that day

  • Morr has listened to the exchange, and by now has gotten a pretty good idea of what has happened to you. I smile softly as I stand and give you a hug. “Pick up your bow huntress. What you did was not your fault. We understand this now and welcome you back to our ranks.” I sit back down and gesture to you to do the same. “If you can, we would like to hear what you remember.”

  • Sar  picks up the bow and sheathes it on her back, then she says softly, “you sent me to see Kao, and Kao had an item of interest to show me, she said it was an Orb, and willingly I went with her, she said after I examined it she wanted me to help her move it out of the camp, when I got there, she had me relinquish my bow, as was proper, I was a stranger in that camp.” takes a breath, and then continues. “when I got to the hut there was an orb on the floor, it was glowing and had a faint sound coming from it, I squatted down and reached out and touched it, but I felt nothing from it, and Kao and I continued to talk, Bran and Priss came by as well. All of a sudden I felt something probing deep into my mind, probing my secrets I try to hide and it found where I have connections to the Kurii, then I felt absolute and terrifying anger from the probe, and it blocked off me, myself, my inner being and I slumped to the floor, I felt like I was outside my body and watching all that was around me, but I couldn’t respon

  • Morr listens, never having heard such a story before

  • Marli felt a cold shiver down her spine as she listened, clearly this orb had great power

  • Sar looks up, “I spent a long while in that state until Priss moved me away from the orb a few feet, then she stripped me down and left me there on the floor of Kao’s hut, Bran came back after a while and carried me to her hut, and I could react more, but I remembered nothing in my body, not even the ability to move, stand or speak, I was a shell, Bran then tried to make me well and took me into the mountain in Panther Ridge, she had me touch the object I showed you in there, but no reaction, but there was another orb, I ran from that like a frightened urt and tried digging through the solid rock to get out of that chamber, and finally Bran had to tie my hands and leash me, she handed my leash to a slave that was there, then told me I was her slave, Brans, and told me she had sent me here long ago to spy on the Sa Sa’ng Hrimgar and on you in particular, and that I had infiltrated well, she then had me serve the Pa Ri Tor to show that I was a slave, then one morning as I was cleaning Alt’s hut, Q of the Di’Ja

  • Sar : n came and decided to get me out of there.”

  • Morr feels my jaw tightening as I hear of the treachery of my former slave. “It seems we owe Brandi a little payback for this action against you Sar.”

  • Sar  takes a breath and continues on, “Q brought me to Shadowlands, and announced what Bran had done to me, but I was convinced I was Bran’s slave, and that my cover was blown in the Sa Sa’ng Hrimgar so I started acting as a slave should, I didn’t realise what I was doing, I had also been given an armband by Q, one that I wear when I am working for the Lords of the Enclave, and I felt a sudden urge to study it intently, and in my mind all I could feel was intense pain and shame as I studied it, then Shimmer came and licked my face, something she had done a million times, but to me it was blocking whatever message I felt I was getting from that armband, and that is when I tried to choke her to death. Imani took the armband away from me, and hid it from my sight so I forgot about it

  • Sar : then Imani told me about what I was here, and how valuable I was to this band, she equipped me with a bow and some clothes, and told me to live in her tent for a while.”

  • Morr nods as the events you describe match up with the actions I remember. I ponder on all you have said so far, but wait for you to finish. “Go on”

  • Cali yawns and stretches, waking up from her nap, catching the conversation.. but not wanting to interupt

  • Morr turns and smiles. “Tal Cali.”

  • Cari  waves at Cali

  • Cali  waves back “Morning Sisters” wearing an ear-to-ear smile

  • Marli  waves to Cali smiling

  • Cali plops down against the log, getting comfy

  • Sar : Then I remember talking to you in camp when we were alone, you asked me about the Kurii and my work for them, but the armband, or seeing it had set up a conflict in my mind, the Orb was of the Priest Kings, and it was influencing me to forget about the Kurii, and gathering information for them, but then you said the word, the name, Kur, and the conflict I felt inside exploded, and for whatever reason that part of my mind thought that killing you and silencing you would resolve that conflict within me.”

  • Morr unconsciously rubs my neck as I listen, remembering that encounter all too well. I nod at you, understanding.

  • Sar : the third time I tried to kill, it was Imani, she had taken out the armband to show me, and in my mind I had to have it, no matter the cost, so I tried to choke her to death to remove it from her, and that is when the Tu’atha Mor came and captured us, there wasn’t even a fight, as Imani was fighting for her life from me, and I was intent on getting that armband back, we were an easy target for them, it was then that Ice decided to try to take advantage of my mental state, and convince me also that I was her slave.

  • Morr nods. ‘Yes, rather bad timing on that raid, for us anyway.”

  • Sar  looks down again, she is nearly spent, “and the night I had the captive, I think when the Priest Kings were mentioned, it was whatever was implanted in my mind, was trying to repair the damage or the broken connections, call it what you want, but I think that influence was trying to repair itself.”

  • Morr nods once more, glancing at Marli. ‘ANd how do you feel now?’

  • Sar answers the question by standing in front of Morr, she takes her dagger out of it’s sheath and a strip of cloth out of a pouch, she uses the dagger to make a slice in her right palm cutting across it and letting the blood flow freely, she then turns the dagger over and offers the hilt to Morr, she nods to the En to respond in kind.

  • Marli  catches Morr’s glance and repeats “yes, how do you feel Sar?” she guessed the whole episode was exhausting for Sar

  • Morr smiles gently and nods. taking the dagger and making a small shallow incision, but one that bleeds easily and I extend my hand to clasp yours, a strong welling of emotion washing over me as our hands clench together, and I wait for your words.

  • Sar wraps the two hands in the strip of cloth, binding them together, she then says very slow and steady, “I am Sarena, former slaver of Tampica, former Tu’atha Mor, former Verus Var, now I am just Sar, and with this bond of blood between us Morr, I swear to you I am myself again, and my oath is, if I cause harm to you or any of this band again, my life is forfeit.”

  • Morr nods, my gaze steady on yours. “And I am Morr, leader of the band of the Sa Sa’ng Hrimgar, and I welcome you back to our ranks as a huntress and trade negotiator. You have been through an ordeal that would have broken many. I am proud to have one of such strength to stand beside and call sister.”


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