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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: 2013-12-14 05:19 am (UTC)
birdofkirkwall: (smile)
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"That sounds like a marvelous plan," Hawke agrees. "Take a break, get some food and water, then do what we do best.

No offense, but I don't know how much longer I can stay around your brother before I want to throw him off one of the ledges."

Date: 2013-12-14 05:20 am (UTC)
da2_npcs: (Merrill)
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"Or set him on fire," Merril notes in a tight tone of voice.

She blinks as the others turn to look at her.

"Um...I mean..."

Date: 2013-12-14 05:41 am (UTC)
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Hawke recognizes the dwarf as one of a father-son duo that she met shortly after they begun this expedition and he's wringing his hands worriedly as he approaches.

"Excuse me, Messirs, I couldn't help but overhear that you're going to be leaving camp. I- my son's wandered off, you see? He doesn't realize how dangerous it is down here. Please, Messirs, if you could just-"

Hawke raises a hand to prevent him from babbling on.

"Don't worry, we'll keep an eye out for your boy while we're out there. If we see him, we'll send him back to camp."

Date: 2013-12-14 05:53 am (UTC)
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"You have a point," says Hawke. She takes a quick swig of water before passing the canteen over to Isabela, then stands, brushing dirt off of her pants. "There's no telling how far he's gotten by now."

Date: 2013-12-14 06:05 am (UTC)
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Hawke grimaces and brings out her blades, Isabela mirroring her actions.

"I got my fill of dealing with Darkspawn a good while ago. I suppose it's inevitable, given our location."

Date: 2013-12-15 04:53 am (UTC)
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They're a fair sized bigger than the monster spiders they've been encountering in the various bandit caves they've found themselves in over the past year or so.

It's a good thing none of them are really afraid of spiders, aside from the general 'ah, it's trying to eat me' shtick that is.

That said, it still gives them pause when one drops from the ceiling that all three of them could stick leads on and ride at the same time.

"...Ugh."

Date: 2013-12-15 05:04 am (UTC)
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"Good girl, Merrill," Hawke answers, grimacing as she spider shrieks in the way they do and curls up almost sadly. "Hit it with another, just in case."

Date: 2013-12-15 05:12 am (UTC)
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"Can't talk," says Merrill tersely. "Casting."

Maker's breath, that's a lot of fire.

Date: 2013-12-15 05:15 am (UTC)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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."

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