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Leonis

Shief of the Ra'shak Clan. Leonis is both tempered and aged, but this fierce warrior has bite in him yet.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Tiko

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Feral and with a ferocity matched by few, the Mira are worthy of both respect and caution. Though of a culture steeped heavily in tradition and honor their lifestyle is one of violence and war.
A group of battle-hardened veterans. These legendary champions came from all walks of life before banding together in the defense of Terra.
Registered citizen of the Terran National Government

So begins...

Leonis's Story

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Meke
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#, as written by Tiko
The Aschen had gotten the drop on Kahl and the other Mira, but they had overlooked the main hunting party that edged its way through the jungle at the sound of gunfire. Mira were seasoned hunters and had survived worse than guns in their Aeloran homeland. They knew how to make themselves scarce, and how to move unseen. It was this talent that they employed today as they lay in wait to assess the situation. Among them was Leonis, the Shief of the Ra'shak clan that made its home here in the Veshrac Jungle. He knew the Aschen's knack for detecting their presence before they could get into visual range, and so he would need a suitable distraction before his people could move in to retrieve those captive.

He knelt down beside the young Shamana, Ryth, with his greataxe slung over his shoulder, but even on one knee the Mira Shief's bulky form towered over the child at his side.

"Just like in practice," he told the lad quietly. His voice was a hushed whisper so as to not carry through the dense foliage. "And remember, don't think it, feel it. The spirits will know what to do."

To an outsider, bringing a child to the staging ground of an ambush was a grossly irresponsible act, but for the Mira, it was a right of passage they had all endured in their homeland of Aelora. One had not the luxury of being coddled.

Ryth looked up at Leonis, his bright green eyes wide but determined. He nodded in understanding. He knew what he had to do. The child turned back to the scene unfolding in the clearing, and focused his gaze upon the trees and other foliage near to the Aschen soldiers. He raised his hand towards them, faintly glowing wisps of light forming around his clawed fingers.



Meanwhile not far from where Leonis and the rest of the tribe lay in wait, two figures crept their way ever closer to the trio of Mira being held at gunpoint by the Aschen soldiers. Tapu knew well that the Aschen had powerful weapons, and so speed and surprise were more valuable here than strength. And that's where Achack came in. Achak was an Edgewere Swampcat, native to Aelora, and with its Aeloran heritage came all of the speed, prowess, and physical fortitude of Aeloran predators. As large as a horse, but as light footed as a leopard, the feline maintained a perfect balance of stealth and power. Its thick mane of fur held vibrant hues of greens, blues, violets and crimsons that shifted and blended beneath the rays of sunlight that made it down through the thick canopy and it was right at home in a tropical environment. Swirling stripes of black on bluish-grey fur added further to the camouflage.

They chose their approach from the trees overhead with Tapu laying flat atop Achak so as to make it harder to distinguish the pair from another - easily leaving them mistaken for nothing more than a wild animal should any of the soldiers take note of them in the thick canopy.

Tapu's hands gripping the thick mane of fur beneath him, and there was a tenseness to both of them; it was a poised readiness that threatened to break free of its reigns, but both waited with brimming anticipation for the signal to move in.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Meke
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#, as written by Tiko
With an almighty creaking of wood, ancient bark began to shift and bend. The great trees of the jungle contorted, their branches flexing and twisting as a new life was breathed into them. Thick vines shot from the ground and the treetops to wrap themselves around the soldiers, tearing guns from hands and pulling their legs out from beneath them even as the trees themselves pulled their roots free and swung heavy branches at the intruders. From the grass that stretched upwards in an attempt to tangle and trip the steps of the soldiers, to the thorny bushes that slung their irritatingly spiked appendages at any exposed flesh they could find; it seemed as though all the flora in the area was converging upon the Aschen. That said, it did not appear that even the mighty trees sought to kill in their assault. They were satisfied with knocking the soldiers from their feet, to pin them with thick roots or vines and leave them incapacitated.

Over the explosion of splintering wood and snapping vines came the exhilarated cry of, "Woop!"

A shadow passed overhead as Tapu and Achak leaped from one writhing tree to another, skidding down a length of bark to launch themselves down into the midst of the fray. Claws tore into soft bark and the weight of the pair left the branches creaking dangerously, but they moved with the seasoned grace of hunters.

As they neared the four captives, Tapu leaped from the back of Achak and caught a loose hanging vine. "Yahoo!" he bellowed as he swung down to land among the trio of captive Mira.

He had a wide grin upon his face as Achak touched down beside him in a spray of dirt and mulch from the forest floor.

"Starting the fun without me?" he asked Kahl before shoving Achak towards the wounded Mira. "Go on, get him out of here, Achak."

The great cat shoved up against Kahl's side to get him back on his feet.

Meanwhile Makya grabbed hold of Jada's arm and started pulling her away as the opportunity for escape presented itself. "Come on, we need to get out of here!"



“Go on,” Ryth murmured under his breath, as though his allies within the clearing would be able to hear, though it was not the case. “Run now!”

Leonis grunted his approval as he rose back to his feet.

"Get the Shamana back to the village," he told one of the Mira at his back. "The rest of you with me."

“Leonis!” Ryth protested, turning to look sharply back at the older Mira. “I can still help! What if there are more?”

Leonis and the rest of the Mira warriors were already moving off into the jungle though. Ryth growled with irritation, staring after them for several long moments before the warrior who had been left behind coughed to garner his attention. The Shamana turned to him with a scowl, "Fine." he muttered, turning to follow the other Mira away back towards the village.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Meke
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The Aschen men began to move in, weapons at the ready to finish off the rest of the group, but suddenly the trees, the foliage and everything else began to come to life. Crackling and moving around them causing confusion among the soldiers.

One was suddenly swept off his feet with a loud shout he hit the ground, struggling against the foliage and shouting. This started chaos among the men as the trees moved in.

A branch wrapped around the feet of the Corporal, and he unleashed his weapon, a series of deafening pops followed as the Men started shooting at the trees, splintering them and setting them ablaze with their weapons.

The Sergeant was separated from his rifle, and branches had tangled themselves around his legs. He withdrew his pistol and fired up at the trees, blue bolts of light splintering their thick oaken trunks into fiery splinters that shot out in all directions. A fourth hurled a plasma grenade at one of the trees, which detonated and splintered the trees and set the nearby ones ablaze. But eventually they were overwhelmed and restrained by the branches. One of them however was not.

"Tango-Two One Seven, requesting Air Support on grid four nine seven carom one one nine!" He called out into his radio, struggling against the thorny branches that ripped at his flesh.

"Acknowledged Tango-Two One Seven, Apollos en-route for napalm strike." The Radio message was loud enough for all the Mira in the area to hear, and anyone familiar with modern weapons would have a very good idea what was about to come next.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Meke
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#, as written by Gasmask
Kahl gripped the fur of the mighty cat and hauled himself vertically over the beasts back. The knee would take time to heal, but his pride was hurt beyond what time could heal. "Shut up." The hunter muttered, shaking his head and giving a brisk laugh. "Good to see you."

The wounded Mira patted Achak. "Good to see you too." and then he slumped himself over and gripped on for dear life. Kahl was going to kill that sergeant and his men, they would pay the blood price for what they had done to his pride and his knee, this was his new goal, his reason for being.

Vengeance.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Meke
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When everything went crazy Baako retrieved his weapons and grabbed his kill. There was no way Baako was going to leave his kill behind. He had worked hard for it. Once Baako had gotten out of the fray. He joined up with Leonis and the rest of the party. Baako felt the the worst of the day was over. Baako had his kill and his weapons and all was well.

Baako hung at the back of the group as he usually did. He wondered what became of the human woman with her strange skin and staff. The Bakko heard something about Napalm. Baako wasn't one hundred percent sure what napalm was but he was pretty sure it had something to do with fire. Fire wasn't good. Baako looked to Leonis to see if he understood what the Napalm meant. Baako didn't want to tell everyone to hightail it out of there if Leonis was going to. Leonis was the leader after all.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth
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#, as written by Tiko
As soon as Kahl was securely in place, Achak was off at a swift lope with Tapu not far behind. It would seem the Mira had no intents for more than a hit and run as the tribe scattered back into the jungle.

It was moments only before Kahl and Tapu came face to face with Leonis who growled out his ire as he took note of Kahl's condition. The temperamental Mira could be a handful at times, but he was one of Leonis' best warriors. An injury like that could well change that.

"They called in air support," Tapu warned Leonis. "We have two maybe three minutes."

"That's long enough. You two get to Naia, everyone else regroup at the river. Move."

With every second counting, Leonis wasted little breath on further words. Fortunately when it came to vanishing, the Mira were little more than ghosts. The dense undergrowth that might have left others hacking their way clear proved little obstacle to the local tribes who knew every nook and cranny of the jungle, and where the undergrowth became too thick to traverse they took to the trees with the same ease as they did the ground - that is if you weren't burdened with the company of a human.

In the routine fallback, no one took note of the absence of one young Mira.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth
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The Aschen Sergeant had already ordered a retreat, and the Aschen were making it a point to clear out before the Apollos got in.

"Clear out! Let's go get free and clear out!" The Sergeant called out, while his men scrambled to get free of the roots and tree limbs and away from the whole area.

It was then a shriek could be heard. It was a deafening roar that was increasing in pitch and volume.

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"Command this is Sierra One Seven Niner, approaching target." The Pilot said as he angled his Apollo to the right, six more of these angular fighters followed suit.

"All wings we're aiming for wide dispersal, maximize your area of effect." He said, and from below, one could observe the fighters as they split up in all directions, swooping around in a broad circle.

Suddenly, it was as if out of nowhere, the heat of a thousand hellfires engulfed the jungle in towering brilliant flames which began to spread violently in all directions. They were rumbling, roaring and pulling in a hot wind from all around, sucking in the oxygen and making it difficult for anyone caught in the blaze to breathe.

Trees began to crackle and splinter and the flames continued to spread while the Fighters burned away. A broad circle of fire engulfing and consuming everything around them.

As quickly as the fighters came, they had fled.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Varden Expeditionary Theater Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth
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#, as written by Varden
Thor unit coming on grid. Officer on grid.', relayed EGO.

[Evaluating current situation…] 'Scanning enemy units and terrain. Dispatching SITREP to SOL STAT. Awaiting orders from on grid commander. Lieutenant Commander Amen Omari taking command.’ EGO relayed and displayed across multiple HUDs. The frigate sized MBC, Mobile Battle Center descended from the clouds to hover over the firestorm. In high orbit fifteen Varden ships remained to assist the TNG. They had been there for months now without incident. For the most part the Varden had let the TNG handle their own affairs. They had not gotten between the Cybran and Volaria though it would remain to be seen if they did involve themselves. Likely it would depend on the actions of the Terran Government.

'Relay a request to Aschen SOLCOM ask them if they are responsible for the strike. The fighters are not marked. If they confirm ask them to cease and desist their attack on the jungle and the indigenous peoples at least until the TNG can respond.', Omari thought and EGO obliged. "Aschen SOLCOM this is EGO in stead of Lieutenant Commander Amen Omari of the VEF requesting confirmation that it is Aschen forces assaulting the jungle. If so we ask that you cease and desist your attack on this jungle location and the indigenous peoples located herein until the TNG can respond and investigate.", EGO broadcasted.

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Varden Expeditionary Theater Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Bryn Magus
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Commander Magus sat silently aboard the AHSC Chariot of Fire, grabbing the railing as a Lieutenant turned. "Incoming Transmission from the Varden." He reported, and Magus sighed and growled slightly, as the Reverence was now over northern Hafirjan.

"Patch a reply through." He said calmly, picking up the communication phone.

"Lieutenant Commander Amen Omari, this is Commander Bryn Magus of the AHSC Chariot of Fire, Couple of things. Neither the Aschen Government, nor SOLCOM ordered any kind of attack on any jungle. We have reason to believe it was Hataf militants and Aschen settlers." He said, making a face. "We're en-route to investigate the nature of the Fire in the jungle, but to brazenly accuse us of a hostile act without any proof flies in the face of our fragile peace." He said, then he turned to his Executive Officer, Colonel Athena Truesdale.

"Set Condition Yellow." He said, clasping his hands behind his back, while the lighting shifted from violet to yellow, and an alarm began to blare.

"All hands, Action stations!"

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Character Portrait: Aschen 3rd Armored Company Character Portrait: SOLCOM Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Terran Space Navy Character Portrait: Varden Expeditionary Theater Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Kahl Character Portrait: Jada Okeer Character Portrait: Makya Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Bryn Magus
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#, as written by Varden
Omari grumbled. 'Ladar, magnetometric, gravimetric, and radar all confirm that those fighters are returning to dock at AHSC Chariot of Fire source of the transmission just received.', EGO relayed. 'Alert Admiral Apis.', Omari thought. 'Admiral Apis is currently monitoring the situation.', EGO relayed. 'Deploy Thon unit one and two. Create a firebreak. Deploy APDs to get these fires under control and search for survivors.'

Two interceptor drones detached themselves from the underside of the MBC and started to pinwheel away as six APDs descended into the flaming jungle to search for any survivors. Moments later the deafening sounds of 30mm repeating blaster cannons filled the air as the drones created a twenty-five meter firebreak around the blaze. Modulating and inverting their hydromagnetic shielding the all-purpose drones started to snuff out the accelerant fueled blaze. Cutting lasers were used to fell some trees to save others. These drones swam through the flames, floating above the ground to complete the task commanded of them: Stop these fires and search for survivors.

The platoon on board the MBC were already prepared for deployment in their PDS, weapons locked and loaded. Heavy equipment was manned and prepared for a fight. 'Transmit to AHSC Chariot of Fire that we read them.', thought Omari. "Commander Bryn Magus of the AHSC Chariot of Fire this is EGO in stead of Lieutenant Commander Amen Omari. We read you."

'Transmit to Captain MacDuff of the Diomedes the location and current situation. Ask for assistance and advisement', thought Omari. "Captain MacDuff of Diomedes this is EGO in stead of Lieutenant Commander Amen Omari of the VEF at location, containing blaze, and searching for survivors. We request assistance. Please advise.'

The setting changes from veshrac-jungle to Ra'shak Village

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Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Hebeny Character Portrait: Tila
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#, as written by Tiko
Leonis and the Mira hunting party made their way back to the Mira village without further incident, though more than a few had cast wary glances over their shoulders at the thick plumes of smoke and fire that had tore through the jungle in their wake. They were clear of the worst of the heat that wafted through the jungle as they traveled upwind from the area of the bombing, but even from here the destructive nature of the run was clearly apparent.

They Mira were apt to traveling in small scattered groups and frequently left little trail for pursuers to be led back to their villages and today was no different as extra care was taken to cover their tracks and to ensure they did not betray their tribe with a careless misstep.

Meanwhile back at the village dozens of men, women and children had gathered outside of shanty shacks and tree-houses with watchful looks and mutterings among one another. They had all heard the jets fly by overhead before the sounds of the napalm bombing had shook the rainforest, and their words of conversation seemed caught between wishes to stay and await the returning hunting party, or to move out. Without a clan second in Shief Leonis' absence, there was some confusion over who should make the call.

Fortunately the decision would be stayed as signal whistles broke out from the surrounding wood. In their homeland of Aelora such measures were ingrained into every Mira until they were second nature, and each whistle had a distinctive meaning; the system of communication almost serving as a language of its own. The Mira were a semi-nomadic people and with dozens of villages scattered through the rainforest, an early warning was all that was needed for the Mira to have a village evacuated and the tribe moving on to another before it could be taken by the void that had once served as enemy. These days their enemy came in a different shape and form - but old lessons remained strong.

Today though the whistles were not a warning, but rather they served as an announcement of the hunting party's arrival. It would be another fifteen or twenty minutes yet before the returning Mira reached the village and the uneasy bantering shifted to speculations of just what had transpired out there in the jungle while small groups of excited children exchanged bets and declarations of just how many of the human aliens their favorite hunters had no doubt slain. Of course a child's imagination and reality were not often hand in hand, and on this day it would seem there were no casualties to be spoken of for either Mira, or the ever encroaching Aschen.

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Character Portrait: Baako Character Portrait: Leonis Character Portrait: Tapu Character Portrait: Shamana Ryth Character Portrait: Hebeny Character Portrait: Tila
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#, as written by Arluar
Tila's attention was wrapped up in staring towards the village's entry as she, just like the other Mira there, impatiently waited for some sort of sign or signal. Up in the higher tree house, she sat on the edge of the walk with legs hanging down while leaning against the loose rope that served as a guard rail. That stub of a tail twitched anxiously as her ears suddenly perked to a sound in the jungle. It was a signal - though she couldn't remember what that particular signal meant. Ohh! Why didn't she pay attention during communication lessons!

At least it seemed it wasn't a signal to evacuate. All the same, the teenage Mira slid back on the planks and stood to get a better look down at the paths below. The hunting party was coming in and among the hustle, Tila scrambled to start her decent to the path. When she got down one level, she paused to look for her friend, Makya. Usually he was up towards the front, preferring a spot in the lead, but Tila could see the first few of the hunting party and there was no Makya. Was he injured?

Knowing that she would lose her good vantage point by going lower, she looked before taking in a deep breath to call out.

"Makya!" Though her smaller voice was easily drowned out in the large group. "Where's Makya..." she muttered to herself, crooning her neck out for a better look. Her hair was given a strong toss to get out of her eyes when she cried out once again.

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#, as written by Script
Having arrived back at the village only shortly before, Ryth and the warrior with him had already been subject to questions regarding the conflict with the humans. Most seemed relieved when he said that there had been no casualties on either side to his knowledge, but there were those who were disappointed that the Aschen had not been slain. The whistle had already been sounded, though, and so many had been content to wait for the Shief's return rather than bother the young Shamana for a debriefing.

Indeed it was a matter of minutes before the hunting party returned. Ryth had waited at the entrance to the village, anxiety well hidden beneath a mask of perfect calm. It wasn't that he doubted the others' ability to survive, far from it, but the few years he had spent in the Forest of the Fall had taught him that even the most capable of warriors could be slain. These Aschen were far from the persistent threat that their homeland's denizens had been, but they had strong weapons and flight machines - they were dangerous in their own right.

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Baako walked along with the group of hunters. His deer was still slung over his shoulders, he was quite proud of himself. He held onto his deer, machete, and spear throughout the whole ordeal. Despite almost being killed, Baako was in a good mood. He had a deer and he was returning home.

Baako could see the village and this excited him, he could smell home. He saw all of the Mira waiting for them. Well they were more likely waiting for Leonis. Baako scanned the crowd. Baako could honestly say he didn't have a close friend in the bunch. Baako didn't care. Then he saw Tila, a Mira he had seen a few times before, but he couldn't recall if he had spoken with her. The Mira was clearly shouting something. Baako thought he heard "Makya". Baako looked around, He realized that Makya wasn't with the group. This troubled him. He said nothing, however. Perhaps Makya had just fallen behind.

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Hebeny sat on the edge of her dwelling, one foot dangling while the other sat counting the passing moments. In her hand, she played with, and sharpened her spear. Countless times, she had removed and adjusted the tip. Things around the village had been quite dull while the Clan awaited the return of Leonis. Her nerves were shot at the resistance to leap forth through the gates and hunt down the warriors as she saw the jets and heard the explosion. She was in no position to make decisions, and as such, had to follow the orders of 'staying put.' Such was the way of her people, questions merely left for one to ponder on.

Her ears perched as the arrival signal whistled throughout the trees. Her excitement could not be contained, as she climbed, leaped, and shimmied down the tree house to race towards the village's entry gate. There she saw Tila stretching her thin body above the rest trying to get a glimpse. This comforted Hebeny, in that she hadn't missed the hunting party's actual entrance. She took a stance towards the back of the crowd against a tree trunk, and posted her spear into the ground.

As Hebeny continued to scan the crowd with her grey eyes, the hair on her collar eased back as she saw the fire red mane of the Clan's Shamana standing at the village entrance awaiting the rest of the party. At that point, she felt all was well, and was only too prepared to hear of the assumed success Leonis would talk of later that evening. Hebeny had been told on a numerous occasion that she held too much blind pride in their leader; but some things that had been taught by her Mother stuck, even through the mess of Aschen threats. Hebeny knew the Aschen were of no match for the fearless Mira, even with their technology. No one could convince Hebeny any different.

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#, as written by Arluar
Tila was busy stretching from the back of the crowd and didn't notice Hebeny at first. When she relaxed on her feet and stumbled against a spear in the ground, she looked up at the fellow female on the other side of the weapon. After the ungraceful bout, Tila frowned and stood to wipe off her skirt.

"Hey Hebeny...I was looking for Makya, did you see him come in before? Maybe I just missed it. I'm sure he's here..." The Mira was a mess already, and the hunting party was still filtering in. That wasn't unusal for the lynx like feline, however. Tila always did seem to be a hot mess, after all. It was well known that she was friends with Makya so her concern wasn't totally unfounded, but she was certainly wigging out.

"Hebeny. Let me up on your shoulders so I can get a better look." The command was given little time to sink in before Tila was climbing on the other femme, attempting to get up on her shoulders for a better vantage point. If Hebeny shoved her off, Tila would just transfer to the tree trunk near them and after a moment she would prefer that branch to another Mira's back. Claws digging into the bark, Tila clung to the plant with all fours, turning her head to look out over the crowd.

"Do you see him? I don't see him..."

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Hebeny gripped her spear a tad tighter as the lynx tripped over it's edge. She responded with a flat, dull look. "Hmm.." She paused a split second, "Actually, no I haven't seen him. But then again, I don't believe everyone has made it through the g.." She cut herself off with a "No, you may not...Oomf!!" Grabbing hold of her spear with both hands, she planted her feet firmly into the jungle floor. Tila was the same age as Hebeny, but quite the opposite of personality. And thankfully, lighter in weight.

Annoyed, the young feline reached up with one claw after Tila had climbed fully atop her shoulders, and grabbed a hold of her hind leg. "If you don't mind!" Hebeny was relieved; more of the frustrating presence, than the awkward pressure that Tila had put upon her while jumping into the branches of the tree.

Hebeny didn't consider herself any more 'close' with one Mira than the next, but Tila had been in many of the same training courses as Hebeny had. She was more of a constant, than a comfort, but Hebeny still appreciated the young Mira; at times. Standing at the bottom of the same tree, Tila's tail began to brush against Hebeny's face, "I can't see anything! Will you please calm down!" Hebeny stood straight and backed a few paces away, to keep form for the eyes that turned around looking at the pair. Judgment from the elders was not something Tila ever seemed to be worried about, a reckless side effect of keeping her company.

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Tila's lynx like bob-tail twitched in the folds of her skirt as she finally settled on a branch. For a rare moment, the young Mira looked nearly adult, posture rigid and right on the branch. A hand went up to her long bangs, holding them at bay so that she might get a better view of the procession. Her toes twitched a bit as she let her feet hang there, skirt splitting the tree.

"Hebeny...I don't see him anywhere." The tuft of fur on her chest rose and fell slowly as she tried to calm herself down. "You don't think anything happened do you? I mean, I'm sure he's fine. He's probably going to be at the back of the group dragging in some huge buck." Tila laughe a bit nervously while chattering on, but after a moment she falls quiet.

Her breath caught in her throat as she stared intently at the back of the group. "He'll show up...He's right around the corner...Right, Hebeny?"

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Leonis' return was met with the clammer of voices as several of the veteran warriors gathered to exchange words with their Shief. The exchange was brief as those gathered shook their heads at whatever news Leonis had provided them before they moved off to spread word through the village.

Grunting gruffly, Leonis slung his great axe over his shoulder as he made his way through the gathered tribes-people.

"We're leaving tonight," he informed them.

This village was too close to the encroaching Aschen patrols for his taste and it was time to press on deeper into the jungle. Nightfall would give time enough for Tapu to return.

He didn't linger to discuss the matter further as he and a trio of others made their way through the gathered Mira to discuss further action in the privacy of the Shief's hut.

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Still wiggling on the branch, she spotted Leonis and tried to wave to get his attention. It seemed he was going to pass under the branch she was on, maybe if she just scooted out a little bit further...

"Shief Leo--!" FWOOP. It was by pure luck that she hadn't landed on top of anyone, though the heap she was in on the ground in front of Leonis was not very...ceremonious. Scrambling, she pulled her skirt down and got situated on her knees before just going into a bow there on the path. Past the blushing, she finally pried one eye open to look up at her leader.

"So sorry, I err...sorry." Slowly her eyes lifted to look up at the great Mira before her. "I was looking for Makya - is he with you?"

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Hebeny recognized the seriousness in the Shief's voice, "We're leaving tonight." She herself, didn't have that many belongings, but that didn't mean others did not. As Hebeny had no 'parents', to speak of, she spent a lot of time helping the other Clan members in whichever way she could.

Pushing herself up from the tree, she respectfully waited for the Shief to pass before making her way back to the hut which she had been occupying. The uneasiness that surrounded Tila's ungraceful dismount of the branch stalled her. Hearing the desperation in her friends voice, she stayed to hear of any news Lenois himself would have, but mostly to try and coax a positive reaction from her friend if needed. It was well known the young Mira Tila wore her heart on her sleeve, and sometimes, her reactions could prove most bothersome. Makya himself was one that could tolerate and steer Tila's emotions down their smoother courses. If he was no longer with the Clan, or hurt otherwise, Tila would need to be preoccupied during the move.

So, Hebeny stood as a shadow behind Tila's skirts. Ears peaked, and eyes darkened.

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Leonis patted the young Mira, Tila, upon the shoulder as he moved past pausing only to speak with her briefly.

"Makya is with Tapu and Kahl," he reassured the youngster.

The pinch of worry behind his gentle expression betrayed his uncertainty of that fact though.

"Go on now," he told her as his hand dropped away. "It'll be sunset in a few hours."

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"Are...are they coming later?" Tila muttered, sitting up to stare at the larger Mira before her. Her question was far too soft to be heard, however, as Leonis passed by. Once he had moved on, Tila stood and brushed the dirt out of her furry legs before turning to look at Hebeny.

"Heh...guess I kinda over reacted." She said with a big grin, one hand scratching the back of her head. "Heh. So we should go pack, right? I mean, Shief said we're leaving tonight. Do you need any help getting your things? I don't have much to pack, just my bow and arrow and sleep sack...I started work on that flower necklace but I'll just make a new one when we get to the next village."

Tila seemed rather satisfied with Leonis' explanation of where Makya was. She had no reason to doubt him, after all, and with her head down in the dirt, she hadn't seen that tinge of worry in Leonis' eyes. Tila was all too happy to follow orders and go get packed up. Walking over to one of the trees, she started to climb up into her tree house, looking to see if Hebeny was coming.

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Once up in the treehouse, the young Mira grabbed a bag made out of reeds and vines, opening it up to toss some of her smaller items inside. She had really undersold what she had up here, collecting quite a few interesting gem stones and river rocks that were all part of her collection. When all the little things were in the bag, she sealed it shut before sliding the straps over her right shoulder, leaving the sack portion on her shoulder blade.

Reaching out to her weapons, she tied a bone knife around her waist, clipping it onto her skirt to keep it at her side. Leaning against the wall was a single long staff spear, one that Kahl had helped her make. Lifting her hand, she rested her paw like digits on the shaft and frowned. It seemed that was one more friend who hadn't come back. Slowly drifting over to the deck, she looked below her at the other houses in the village that were slowly being emptied of their belongings, a trail of Mira already starting to form, following Leonis' orders. Then, the teenager's eyes went back towards the forest that their warriors had just come from. Somewhere out there were her mentor and friend. She couldn't just leave them behind. If she were in trouble, wouldn't they come for her? She was certain they would - So how, then, could she possibly leave them?

Turning swiftly, she rushed back to her weapons and finished packing them into a special holder on her back, the bow the last piece to be put in place. Without even waiting on Hebeny, Tila climbed down the tree outside the house and landed rather gracefully on the ground after the descent.

She wasn't about to go out on her own blindly searching, though. No, first she needed some more information - information she was sure Shief Leonis had. Keeping her items on her back, she slipped into the jungle bush and moved as stealthily as she could, something that wasn't all that challenging for her since she was rather small for a Mira. Coming closer to Leonis' hut, she tried to hang back in the leaves while listening in for any conversation she might overhear...

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Baako wasn't at all surprised that the Mira were leaving. He found his way to his hut and inside were all of his belongings. A hammock, his spare spear, and a few small hunting trophies. Baako lived a simple life and he was perfectly satisfied with it. He removed the point of his spare spear and tucked it into a pocket. He then took down his hammock and put his trophies in it and then tied the hammock to the shaft of the spear. He then put the makeshift bag over his shoulder.

He was ready to leave. He decided to walk around the village until the order was given for him to leave. Baako wandered aimlessly occasionally saying hello to passersby. Baako found himself walking toward the Shief's hut. He began to turn around when he noticed the bushes rustling. Baako slipped into the bush unnoticed and found himself behind Tila. The young Mira was eavesdropping.

Baako put his hand on her shoulder and quietly asked, "What are you doing?"