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Varric does not like being underground.

He's said this before, plenty of times. It's a known fact. He hasn't mentioned it since five minutes after they stepped into the Deep Roads (how Blondie managed to secure those Gray Warden maps of the entrance he doesn't know, but he's grateful). It would be bad form, considering how much of this expedition was his idea in the first place.

But, Maker, it's been four days now- he thinks- and they're still picking their way downwards with no sign of treasure anywhere to distract him from the knowledge of just how much stone is positioned directly over his head. This... this is not his idea of a good thing.

They'd better find the good stuff soon. This is getting way too old for his liking.

Date: 2013-12-15 05:15 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (smirk)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
It really, really is.

Hawke spares a glance behind them, to makes sure they're not being snuck up on, before she returns her attention back to the burning spider.

She can't help but watch on in awe until.

"Merrill? Sweetheart, I think it's long dead, now."

Date: 2013-12-15 05:23 am (UTC)
da2_npcs: (Merrill)
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"You can never be too sure," says Merrill. Varric just shakes his head.

"Come on, you three. Much as I'd love to warm my hands by the light of a roasting spider, there's probably darkspawn up ahead."
Edited Date: 2013-12-15 05:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-12-15 05:28 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (focused)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
Hawke just shakes her head fondly at Merrill, and leads the group away.

"Off to kill more darkspawn, then. It's probably for the best, because I'm fairly certain that spider is not supposed to smell appetizing."

Of course, they do run into more darkspawn, which is sort of a given at this point given that they're on their home turf, and mid-battle, Hawke gets a strange sort of glee in punting a skinnier looking fellow off of the cliff-side.

Date: 2013-12-15 05:55 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (despair)
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"Fairly sure it is," Hawke says, picking her way down the steps amid the darkspawn corpses. "That is, unless there's another dwa-"

She was focused on the darkspawn before, but the wall on her right ends, the area opening up to reveal a frozen ogre in mid roar.

For one, horrifying handful of moments, she's back in Ferelden, and all she can hear is Carver screaming. A very undignified yelp is all she can manage, and she skitters backwards into Isabela.

Date: 2013-12-15 05:59 am (UTC)
da2_npcs: (Isabela)
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Isabela's caught many a sailor when he was off his balance before; she catches Hawke reflexively. "Steady, now," she murmurs. "It's not going to hurt anyone."

The sound catches the pale-haired dwarf's attention. Sandal turns to the newcomers, smiles brightly, and says, "Hallo!"

Date: 2013-12-15 06:05 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (serious)
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Hawke's hand wraps around Isabela's briefly and squeezes she sucks in a shaky breath before exhaling a steadier one.

Mentally shaking herself of the memory, Hawke releases the pirate's hand and steps forward, crouching down to Sandall's level.

"Well isn't this something. How did you manage to kill all of them?"

Date: 2013-12-15 06:12 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (focused)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
Hawke nods at the explanation, taking the offered stone gently and looking down at it.

It's simple enough, it seems.

"Good job," she praises, then, looks towards the frozen ogre. "What about that?"

There's another long set of beats, where it doesn't seem like the boy it going to answer. When he does, though, it's just as enigmatic as 'boom'.

"Not enchantment."

Date: 2013-12-15 06:20 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (serious)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
Hawkwe's eyes remain fixed on the ogre for a few moments. "Sure looks that way to me," she says in response.

She straightens, looking down at Sandall.

"You'll remember that, right? S-"

The boy nods emphatically.

"Smart boy. Stay here."

Date: 2013-12-15 06:33 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (determined)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
"Good idea," agrees Hawke.

That ogre is just too damn unsettling.

She clasps the buy warmly on the shoulder before they head off, leaving him with a bit of food and her canteen for the moment.

"Let's go kill some more darkspawn."

Date: 2013-12-15 05:46 pm (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (smile)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
Hawke whistles low at the sudden change in scenery.

"Well then, this looks pretty impressive. Think it means we're on the right track?"

Date: 2013-12-15 05:54 pm (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (determined)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
Of course they are.

Hawke just groans frustratedly at the noises.

"So, I'd like to make a motion. After this is all said and done, no more darkspawn or Deep Roads ever again."

Date: 2013-12-15 06:06 pm (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (serious)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
She's wiping the darkspawn blood off of her blade when she spots the golems against the wall, and she pauses, half expecting them to come to life and attack them.

That seems to be their luck these days, after all.

"People are going to come ask me to help save their second cousin or some such from the deep roads," she says, picking up on her previous thread of thought. "'Please, Hawke, save them!', and I'm just going to laugh. One of you hit me if I don't."

Date: 2013-12-15 06:30 pm (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (champion of Kirkwall)
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"It sounds like you're the best friend a girl can ask for," Hawke says cheerfully, pausing to inspect the lyrium vein now that they don't have darkspawn to deal with. "You know just what to say to a girl."

With that, Hawke leads the way up the stairs, muscling the ancient door open and-

There's a roar, and a yep, and...

What happened earlier, with Merrill and the spider? That's now replaced with Hawke, her daggers, and an ogre.

Date: 2013-12-15 06:36 pm (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (champion of Kirkwall)
From: [personal profile] birdofkirkwall
SHINK, SHINK, THOQQ!

The ogre roars, staggering to the ground and staying down.

Hawke, meanwhile, shows no signs of stopping her assault.

Date: 2013-12-15 06:38 pm (UTC)
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"Ah- Hawke?" says Isabela, raising her voice. "Hawke, you can stop now. it's properly dead."

Date: 2013-12-15 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Hawke's mind creeps back from wherever it had been, at Isabela's words. Her attack hesitates, then stops with the woman looking a little embarrassed.

"Ah...sorry about that..."

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