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The Falcon's Nest

The Falcon's Nest

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As the riverine patrol boat rounded the bend in the river, Elfrida beheld a sight such as she had never seen in her lifetime.

Ahead of them, standing at the water's edge, were a half-dozen tan trees, speckled with brown spots. But that was not what was so mind-blowing about them. Rather, it was the fact that they were giants, soaring up into the sky for hundreds of feet, their huge roots disappearing under the pale blue water.

Ringing the colossal trunks, every twenty feet or so, were wooden platforms, some with doorways to rooms bored into the tree, others with huts, supported by thick beams.

A narrow bridge, without railings, spanned the river, connecting two of the largest trees.

Whatever she had imagined the so-called 'Falcon's Nest' to be, it paled in comparison to the real thing.

Behind her, manning the tiller of the boat, the captain called to his sailors.

"Lower the sail boys! And get that mooring line ready!"

As the crew carried out their orders, movement on the bridge ahead caught Elfrida's sharp eye.

A Lenfel Scout Sniper stepped out onto the walkway, watching the boat approach, then turned to call down to someone, presumably to say they had arrived.

Rounding the biggest tree's trunk, they came within sight of the small dock built into the trunk. A figure walked out to the end of the dock, waiting for them to pull up.

Elfrida grinned and waved when she saw who was waiting for them on the dock.

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Captain Rhinedall Alden smiled, and waved back as the boat pulled close enough for him to see his old friend, whom he hadn't recognized at first with her shorter hair, standing amidships, waving to him with a huge grin on her face.

Stepping forward, he prepared to catch the mooring line, as it was tossed to him by a sailor.

 

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As soon as the boat bumped against the dock, pushing a small rowboat out of the way, Elfrida jumped nimbly onto the dock, and embraced her childhood friend warmly.

He returned the embrace, then held her at arm's length.

"Look at you! You've changed so much, I barely recognize you now!"

She laughed.

"I'm a full-fledged Ranger now Rhinedall. Of course I've changed. You however," she looked him up and down, "haven't changed a bit!"

"He grinned, and they started walking towards the ladder leading up to the first platform, after untieing the patrol boat so it could continue on it's way.

"Why'd you cut your hair?" Rhinedall asked curiously.

The other replied,

"I found it was starting to get in the way during combat. Plus, knowing I was being deployed here, I decided long hair might not be the best idea in a humid environment. Why? Don't you think it looks good?"

Rhinedall shrugged.

"No, I do think you look good. It's just going to take some getting used to, that's all." Changing the subject, he added," You must have lot to talk about."

She smiled. "I do indeed. But first, got any ale in this place?

Elfrida and Rhinedall had known each other since childhood, growing up together in Stonebourgh. Both had joined the Rangers when they'd gotten old enough, but they were sent to seperate places, Rhinedall to Stonewald, Elfrida to Durrough, where, during her stay there, she had run into a young knight by the name of Haymar, and decided to take a break from her tedious ranger training, and join his company, participating in several notable quests and events, such as the Battle of Durrough.

Having recently left Haymar's company, she had traveled to Stonewald, to finally complete her erstwhile training. It was here that she and Rhinedall ran into each other again, and their old friendship was renewed, only to be broken again when news of the Great Western Islands reached Stonewald, and Rhinedall was deployed there, to establish a Scout Sniper outpost.

Now however, they had been reunited once more, as Elfrida was now a full-fledged Ranger, and had also been deployed to New Lenfald, to chek up on and help with improvements, to both the Emerald City, and the outpost, which had been dubbed The Falcon's Nest.

And we won't be separated again. Not if I have anything to say about it, that is.

She was snapped out of her reverie, by the shout of a panicked (and unseen) Scout Sniper, on lookout duty somewhere in the outpost.

"River Serpent!"

Grabbing her bow, Elfrida followed Rhinedall out of the small hut were they'd been having lunch.

Seems I'm about to find out just how good my Ranger skills are.

 

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The Falcon's Nest is my entry for Lenfald's LC 21: New Lenfald Rising.

 

Hope you all like it!

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