PLOT: Escort Mission

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This is a direct continuation from the plot begun in A Sailor, The High Seas, and... Sea Monsters?, The Angered Ocean, and Time for Action.

This is a site plot for New Atricis Weyr dragonriders. The Wing mentioned is made up of volunteers for the job. People can put in their characters as desired, there are no requirements other than being full-fledged dragonriders and willing volunteers. Certain aspects of this plot and event will be determined based on player involvement and character actions, with things being moved along as needed by the Isilsk account. The only requirement for this plot thread is that everyone needs to pay attention to the posts here, and that all the characters present are working as a team in this situation. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them, and the staff will do their best to answer.

This is a companion Plot thread to the Scouting Mission, and occurs at a different time, but close to the other plot thread.


IC Introduction
It had been a turn since the Istan dragons had been attacked by the sea monsters on a scouting mission. Ista Weyr had been trying to do what they could, but could only conclude sending dragon groups with the ships to help deter the attacks and perhaps scare the beasts off if they showed. It didn’t always help. Ships were still lost, even if less often, and even some dragons were being lost to the beasts. Ista became increasingly reluctant over the turn as they lost more dragons, causing their numbers to dwindle, especially after losing the dissenters to the South when that Zultaniterider took them away. Other Weyrs that could spare the dragons tried to help as well, but soon, much of the North was at its wits end. There was talk of ocean trade with the South being stopped altogether by some of the Holders that couldn’t get enough help from the Weyrs, and still, no one had figured out what to do about the sea monsters.

Eventually, Southern Seahold contacted New Atricis Weyr, beseeching the Weyrleaders for aid. Trade was slowing, and they had heard talk of trade with the South stopping completely until further notice. The Seahold couldn’t afford this, relying heavily on the Northern trade, and so they sought help with their allied Weyr. After messages and meetings were held, it was eventually decided that New Atricis could spare the dragons and riders, and would make efforts to try and figure out a solution to end these ocean attacks.

Scouting missions were sent out, small wings of capable dragons and riders sent out over the oceans to try to find the beasts and figure out more about them. Little things were learned from this, but not enough. Why were they attacking? Why were they specifically attacking ships? They hoped to discover more to find a solution.

Meanwhile, while scouting missions were sent out, Wings of dragons that could be spared and were willing to brave the danger of the sea monsters were sent out to help the trade ships make it to Southern Seahold. A combination of trade ships coming in groups and being surrounded with protecting dragons helped, and soon, even the dolphins resident to the shores of Southern Seahold tried to help, hoping to be able to alert the ships and dragons of the coming beasts before they took them by surprise. Together this helped, but it by no means stopped it.

Another fleet of trade ships from the North was scheduled to arrive in Southern waters that day. It was sometimes a little tricky to know exactly when and where the fleets would be when they came in, but the New Atricis Weyr Wings managed it with the help of the resident seacrafters in Southern Seahold. That day, quite a few dragons were lent as an escort Wing to protect the relatively large fleet, and so there was a lot to coordinate. Turns of Threadfall training helped here though, and when the time came, those acting as the Wingleaders of this escort led the dragons and their riders between and out over the expansive ocean.

It was hard to tell if they were in the right place, given the open ocean had very little landmarks, and they were only able to come to the right place with the help of maps and seacrafters who knew the sea, but soon, the fleet came into view in the distance, closing in from the North. The dragons went out to meet the ships quickly, and the first group landed on the largest ships to rest while the others flew around the fleet. Soon after, the dolphins could be seen coming to the fleet, the gray creatures breeching above the water to show their positions before the pod fell into place around the fleet to act as eyes in and just above the water.

Things were as normal as they could be, for now.
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So far, the seas were calm. Anytime Eva thought she saw something in the water, she placed a hand over her stomach and curled her fingers into a fist. She, like her dragon, had wanted to help in some way. While they would have been better suited to a scouting mission, perhaps due to Amarith's size, the two felt they would be better able to serve as escorts. She felt her green rumble beneath her and thought something might have been seen. In reality, the green was just reacting to her rider's thoughts. "I can't help it if I'm a little nervous." She would have been even if they'd joined the other mission.

I know, Eva. I'm not "speaking" because you're worried. I will reassure you though. She went quiet for a moment when she spotted one of their dolphin comrades in the water below. Dolphins were still a relatively new thing to them, so whenever she saw them, Amarith had to look. We will be fine. She continued as though she hadn't stopped in the first place, and Eva felt her lips tug upwards. I won't let anything happen to you. You know that. I won't let anything happen to anyone else, either.

"You shouldn't speak with such bravado, my dear. We have no idea what we'll face out here." She'd heard the stories, both from friends in the North, and people in the South. They were terrifying, and made all the more so based on the fact that the accounts had continued up until this point. Now they were trying to assist, and they had no idea what they would face exactly. They had an idea of what these creatures looked like, even had sketches and written accounts. But that meant nothing when actually faced with the creatures. She shivered and gripped her harness. "You can't save everyone, Amarith. But we'll do our best to ensure we don't lose anyone on our watch."

That seemed to be enough to appease the green, at least for now. Later, she might try and push the issue again, and Eva was prepared for that, as she always was when her green's bravado tried to inflate a little too quickly for her own good. Smiling, even if only a little, she shielded her eyes and glanced at the waters below. Nothing that she could see, and Amarith reported much the same. Would something happen, she wondered, or would the presence of dolphin and dragon be enough to keep the creatures away? A thought entered her mind and she wished she wouldn't have left herself open to it: what if their presence only attracted more of them? "Well... fuck now."
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Dark eyes scanned around him, a small sigh escaping. It wasn't one of frustration or anything. Actually it had been pretty smooth sailing if he did say so himself. The bronze rider had expected a bit more..excitement, but, quiet honestly, he was glad there hadn't been any just yet. Behemoth on the other hand, was not as thankful for that. The bronze was not really all that old, so he craved the action, loved the uncertainty of their journey. He would be ready if something happened, and he reminded A'ric of that daily. Both of them were very happy that they had volunteered and been able to help out. At first, the young rider had been a little nervous about being out here, but he really wanted to be helpful, and since there was nothing really happening yet, it had helped him relax a bit.

Thinking about that though, led his mind into thinking about what would happen when these "monsters" or whatever people were calling them, actually showed up? Would dragons be enough to stop them? What if the dragons did help, but they didn't have enough power now?They hand't even been out here long, so A'ric had not met everyone on thus mission yet. He knew there was a green rider, but he had yet to introduce himself to her, or to anyone really. Why he hadn't introduced himself, he didn't know. The young man had thought that he had overcome his shyness. It had been something he had been trying to work on since before he had Impressed Behemoth. Having Behemoth was probably the best thing that could have happened to him. The bronze had helped him come out of his shell more.

The thoughts made him smile for a moment before they were once again replaced with thoughts about the mission he was on. A'ric knew he needed to make friends, or at least be friendly to the people on the mission with him, but at the moment, he was just more focused on making sure that nothing bad happened. He water to make sure everyone was going to be safe, so that is what he chose to focus on.
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Mnenomth, if you don't pay attention to where you're flying you're going to run into Behemoth in front of you. Fox said with amusement as he slapped his bronze's dark neck. Mnenomth had his head pointed downwards towards the ocean and the ships they were escorting. I will not run into him. You should know how good a flyer I am by now, F'lin. The bronze retorted to his rider. What are you so preoccupied with down there anyways? Fox asked curiously as he too began to look down. The dolphins. The way they swim. It's...interesting. Fox could only laugh at that as he turned his head back up to look off in the distance.

So far everything was going well. There'd been no sightings of the creatures so far. They seemed to be on schedule as far as he could tell. Not that he really understood how ships and shipping worked. Honestly, he still wasn't sure why he was doing this in the first place. Fox wasn't the adventurous type normally and while he was brave enough facing thread, sea monsters were a whole 'nother story. We're doing this because it benefits the whole of Pern. Plus it will help us look more responsible so we can advance in the wing. Mnenomth broke into his thoughts. Fox gave a mental roll of his eyes. It was always advancing in rank with Mnenomth. He was sure that the bronze wouldn't be happy until he was Weyrleader. Fox himself was not as ambitious as his dragon was. He was content to be a wingrider, though even he knew he had more potential than that. I know, I know. I am happy to help really. This is, at least, more exciting than drills. I just hope it doesn't get too exciting. If these creatures were capable of pulling a dragon into the water he really didn't want to run face to face with them. With so many riders on the look out though hopefully they would see anything should it happen.
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The thought of sea monsters weighed heavy on the woman's mind constantly, as she knew it must for the rest of the Weyrleaders as well. When the call came for Atricis to lend a hand, the Weyr was eager to respond and support the cause toward a greater good. While their Weyrleader L'van chose to lead the Scouting Mission, the femme brownrider opted to lead the Escort Mission, a show of strength in both endeavors. The Southern Seahold brought trade to the whole of the Atricis settled south, and further to Evanoria Weyrhold and Ivory Tower, so there was every intention to make sure these goods and profits made it to and from port safe and sound.

Ay'li had made sure to prepare all her gear the night before, checking the riding straps, the condition of the firestone sacs and the extra she planned to bring, the drawstring of her bow was taut, her arrows sharpened to a fine honed edge and everything else was prepared as best she could think of. It wasn't often that her practiced skill had come of any use while she lived in Ista and had just been a way to pass the time or try to impress wingmates, but now her archery talent had come in handy quite a few times during her Turns in Atricis so far. The femme brownrider had to admit, the thought of taking down one of these beasts with her arrows from the back of her dragon...sounded pretty epic. She didn't have the mind of a harper, but she could imagine that there could be a song made out of that sort of bravery.

Morning came early for her, rising again before the dawn and checking her preparations once more, just to be sure. Norieth snorted at her that there is such a thing as 'too prepared' and the woman just chuckled and rolled her eyes before carrying on. There was a pleasant surprise at the door when her daughter stopped by to wish her luck and gave her a kiss on the cheek. There was the slightest hesitation in the young woman, but she smiled at her mother as the brownrider moved to embrace her. Ay'li knew better than to make a promise she didn't know if she could keep, but she wasn't going to leave without telling her daughter how much she loved her.

What felt like only a breath later, the Weyrsecond was sitting astride her sandy brown mount and hovering above the Weyryard with very precise ocean coordinates rooted firmly in her mind, and passed down the wing once more to be sure. The next moment the Wing vanished overhead, and slipped between.

They appeared again over an open expanse of water, clear horizon as far as the eye could see from here. For the briefest moment, Ay'li felt a panic rising in her chest and she gave a quiet look around at the horizon and then counted the members of her Wing. All were accounted for, so they hadn't lost anyone to the void, but were they lost? The Weyrsecond held the pattern though, stalling for another moment or two as she thought it over, discerning which direction the fleet should be coming from if they needed to fly to find them.

A volunteer Watchrider called out first, arm pointed out over the sea and the green dragon craned her head in the same direction to for a better display. The keen eyes of the watchrider were spot on as just the barest fleck of darkness crept onto the horizon and more specks began to appear as they watched. It was the fleet of ships and Ay'li breathed a soft sigh of relief, and led the dragonriders to greet them into safe harbor.

Norieth made a careful landing on the prow of the leading vessel, gently clutching the rim of the decking as his rider nimbly dismounted. The brown leaned in closer to the deck, the extra sac of firestone hauled from his neck and onto the ship for anyone to use if any fighting brought out. Ay'li moved to greet the Captain of the vessel then, and the man who would be leading this fleet of ships, she introduced herself and represented the Weyr fairly as she spoke with the Captain about preparations and their plans for what to do in case of an encounter. After a while, they'd come to a working arrangement and the Weyrsecond and Captain shook hands before parting ways to tend to their respective crews.

Walking to the prow of the ship, the femme brownrider looked up into the sky of fluttering dragon wings and took a moment to bask in what she was a part of, before the sensible side returned. Reaching out through Norieth, they were able to touch the minds of all the riders under her charge and pass along their orders. Riders at attention! Remain ever vigilant and alert for danger, for these sailors and the South depend on us! Should we encounter these beasts, the ships well be taking evasive and defense maneuvers and we are to provide offensive cover fire to aide in their escape. Keep firestone at the ready! If you run out, you'll find more on the decks of each ship for ease of access. Archers, keep your bows ready and arrows sharp! Watchers, call out at the first sight of a shadow or ripple in the waters. Stay alert Riders of Pern, we don't much about our foes, but they have sunk many ships and taken down a dragon, so use caution and sense, and watch out for your fellow wingmates. Rest while you can, but at the first sign of trouble, all wings in the air! came the regal baritone voice of the brown, with the words of his inspiring and dedicated rider.

A lasting look was given to the beasts hovering above as they began to drift apart to seek out a landing spot, or others who took first watch and continued to hover above the ships and leading the way. Nori, be my eyes, and spread those big beautiful wings of yours. The woman said as she walked toward the railing of the ship, smiling up at the sandy brown. The dragon rumbled at the compliment, and she could feel the wash of appreciation from him before the brown let go of the ship and backwinged away from the deck. For a moment, she watched the brown go, every wing beat rising him higher to join the watchers in the sky, but her attention was soon drawn away by a soft chirrup on her ear.

It was Surf, her bronze and blue hybrid flitter, and he had a small scroll in his forepaws that he eagerly handed out to her. She'd left him behind with L'van so the Weyrleader could contact her from anywhere with the firelizard, and it seemed that the man was already eager, or worried to send a message so soon. Unfurling the hide, it was a quick read. Report. Her lips pulled back into a slight smirk, as she moved to lean against the railing, pulling a piece of writing coal from an inner pocket of her flight jacket. Arrived safely and joined the fleet. Preparations are under way. First watch in the sky. Will send word of any changes. She wrote with a neat yet hasty hand and rolled the hide back up again. "Take this back to L'van. Be ready for my call though." She instructed the flit, who gave a trill of acknowledgement and took the scroll from her, holding it tightly against his chest before leaping from the ships' railing and popping between once more.

The femme brownrider leaned against the railing then, her eyes drawn the ocean beneath her, and wondering what sort of monster lay hidden in it's depth. Yet all she saw lapping at the wake of the vessel were the shipfish, their gray bodies sleek and streamlining through the water. She watched them for a while, and actually began to find their antics rather playful and amusing, the way they seemed to dances with the waves, or weave amongst each other like a child playing tag. The tension of their mission was lifted momentarily as the brownrider watched the shipfish for a while, admiring their sort of carefree attitude about this endeavor. They would certainly come in handy to spot anything from approaching beneath the ships too, so they had eyes everywhere looking for these beasts. Ay'li wasn't sure which outcome she'd rather have for this mission, an uneventful escort where no one got hurt, or an encounter with one of those monsters and take it down.
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The fleet of ships numbered twelve in all. Since the attacks have been happening traveling in large groups was the safest option. The ships sailed in as tight a formation as they could manage to try and dissuade the monsters from attacking. The larger ships stayed on the outside with the smaller on the inside. The ship in lead was the largest of all of them. As the dragons approach the vessels the sounds of cheering can be heard over the ocean. The joy of the crews that they now have the protection of dragons is overwhelming and great. The calls of the dolphins jumping as far out of the water as they can to chitter their greetings at the dragons. Once dragons are settled on and around the fleet, progress begins again of getting the ships to dock. All is going well and quiet until a call rings out that one of the ships in the back is falling behind the others. A look shows that the ship is now a few dragon lengths behind the rest of the fleet. Another sound seems to rise over the swell of waves. Upon inspection there is a small group of dolphins splashing, jumping, and making as much noise as possible.
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2. They are going to see what has the dolphins worked up

Mnenomth sent Norieth back that they would do as Ay'li said. The bronze was not the most pleased having to take orders from a brown, but he had proven himself with the senior gold of Atricis. That meant Norieth and Ay'li had seniority here. The only fact that eased the sore bronze's ego was the fact that the brown was older than himself and thus had more experience. Oh stow it, you big baby you. Ay'li is a fine leader. She knows her stuff." Fox said with exasperated amusement. I am not a big baby, as you call it. I just know that we could do as well leading a wing like this. Fox couldn't help but laugh more at his bronze's over-inflated ego.

Things were going calm and easy as they stayed with the fleet. Fox, I believe they are trying to get our attention. Mnenomth stated as his head turned towards where the small group of dolphins was making a rather large fuss. Who are? Fox asked as he instinctively turned towards the ships. The dolphins down there. They appear to be agitated. Fox finally saw where Mnenomth was looking at and had to concur with his dragon's assessment. I think you're right, Mnenomth. Inform Ay'li and the others.

Norieth, I believe those dolphins are trying to get someone's attention. Fox and I will go investigate the waters around them. Mnenomth stated and then winged off in that direction. The dolphins were a few dragon lengths to the west of the fleet of ships.
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Although Behemoth grumbled a bit, A'ric knew the younger dragon respected Noreith, and Ay'li. Well, he didn't really have any choice since they were the Weyrsecond, but even if they weren't, Behemoth always respected his elder dragons anyway. Now that they were Wingleaders, he was even more grumbly about stuff like that. He was so used to the two of them nabbing in charge that A"rid had to keep reminding him that just because they were Wingleaders, did not mean they were the leaders of everything. Of course, the bronze knew that, but A'ric had become better and controlling the dragon's ego over the past five Turns. After he calmed Behemoth down a bit, they continued on in a relaxed silence, although still being observant and the likes.

Just as he was starting to think this was going to be easy, A'ric heard one of the dragons, must have been Mnenomth since he mentioned F'lin, say something about the dolphins acting weird. When he heard they were going to check it out, A'ric nudged Behemoth and the two of them decided to go with them. No one should really do anything alone on missions like this. Behemoth informed them that they were coming.

When they reached the dolphins, A'ric did not see anything out of the ordinary, but he knew that didn't mean anything. There could still be something under the water or something that no one could see. Dark eyes scanned again and then looked at F'lin once again, preparing himself for anything that might happen.
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A keen eye watched the ship fish below for a little while longer before rising to watch those in her command in the Escort Wing. So far, things were progressing rather smoothly, efficiently, and even the bronzes were obeying Norieth's orders. She knew it wasn't easy for those bronze boys to listen to a brown, but Nori was well experienced with how to handle any naysayers by now, so she was thankful they did not have to enforce their reign on anyone this time around.

As the fleet carried on in relative ease, Ay'li summoned her sandy brown back to the ship prow and nimbly mounted astride the dragon once more, get a good look at the scene from above for herself. As they winged up higher, there were two things she noticed, the floundering and calls of the ship fish at the edges of the fleet, and one of the ships seemed to be dragging behind. Though it didn't seem by much, Ay'li knew that if they left the ship uncalled upon, that they would continue to lag behind ever further. Norieth informed they were not the only ones to notice the ship fish acting up, and she glanced toward the bronze as F'lin and Mnenomth went to investigate, the large Behemoth and A'ric just behind them. Then let's get that ship back into formation. She thought to her beast, knowing that whatever the dolphins were calling for, two bronze beasts should be able to handle. Call for back up though, we don't go anywhere alone.

Amarith! With us. There's a ship falling behind. The sandy brown called out to the green closest to him as he winged out away from the fleet, his rider hunched over on his back. No one was going to be left behind if she had anything to say about it, and if something was wrong with the ship, then they would need to halt the whole affair, or at least gather the rest of the fleet to shield this one from danger. They needed more information though before deciding on a course of action.
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The dolphins become more and more excited as Behemoth and Mnenomth approach them. The sounds of their clicking and squeaking gets louder and louder. One of them dives down deep into the ocean before coming back up to leap high into the air in front of the bronzes. Once you are close enough their antics calm down and one of the three comes forward. By the scars on the top of her head she appears to be the oldest. "Coming! Coming from west! Hurt!" She relays to them. "We help!" With that the pod of dolphins escorting the ships take off to the west quickly. This is the first time the dolphins have been involved with the ships and the sea monsters. Perhaps if they had been spoken to earlier, things would be different.

On the lagging ship it is apparent that something is wrong, but it is not anything to do with sea monsters. On the deck there is a commotion and quickly those checking on the ship will be able to tell that several men are trying to hold back a young man that seems determined to throw himself over board. The captain, seeing you approach, moves to greet you and explain what is going on. "Don't be knowin' what's gotten into him. 'Tis be his first time on a ship. Th' fool be tryin' to throw himself over board. Keeps sayin' he has to be off to her." The captain scratches his scruffy beard in confusion. Yells capture his attention and you all look just in time to see the young boy break free and dive off the edge of the boat into the water.

Those with the dolphins:
  • 1. Try to follow the dolphins.
    2. Return to the fleet


Those at the lagging ship:
  • 1. Try to get the young man out of the water.
    2. Watch to see where the young man is trying to go to.
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