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    Sayen had returned to her feet quickly, but not quickly enough that she would have been able to catch her bounty before he'd made off. Thankfully her new compatriots were on the ball. Hassim was once again seated firmly in the dirt and Anakita was now tending to the raptor. The report of the man's abuse of his mount was most distressing. She couldn't imagine mistreating her mount. He was an intelligent creature - he rode with her as one - like minded and with the same goals. Almost as if he were tapped into the Dream as well, though Sayen knew that was well-nigh impossible. Well, probably impossible.

    The sylvari strolled over to where Hassim lay in the dirt - Shrike standing over him with a sword to his neck. She stood quite close and looked from the man's terrified eyes, up the length of the sword to Shrike's intense face, then back down to the felon.

    "You know, the bounty didn't say 'dead or alive'," Sayen started thoughtfully, "but I don't think they'd really mind either way."

    Hassim's face grew even paler and he swallowed carefully, keenly aware of the trickle of blood running down his neck. He lifted his left hand slightly, fingers splayed. "H...hey now. Outlander, you are not aware of our customs..." The man let out a terrified squeal as Shrike's blade pressed in. "Of..of course. My apologies...oh wise and benevolent...raptor. There...now, you let me live, yes?" Hassim's voice shook with fear even as he gestured to Anakita. "If you want the animal take him, and blessings. He has given me nothing but trouble..." The man seemed to want to go on, but one more look at the pirate in front of him seemed to make him change his mind. "I am ready for you to take me in, Outlander. Just...get me out of here!"

    The raptor settled as Anakita approached, but continued to flinch and keep its eyes on Hassim - until the man released him. Immediately, the huge reptile relaxed. His head swung around to regard Anakita once more and he shifted to bring his body closer to her. He seemed to want something from her, but what?
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    Anakita stroked the raptor's neck, and she moved her own body closer as the raptor did so they were leaning on each other.

    "Do you want to come live with me?" Anakita asked, talking to the animal as though he were another person. "We have a nice house. There are some other raptors there. They're a lot smaller than you, but I think you could be friends."

    The Ranger's dreams of having her own mini-army of Pocket Raptors had finally come to fruition in recent months. The tiny raptors had not been particularly hard to train - though their combat applications had been limited so far, because Anakita had fretted too much about them getting hurt.

    "There's food to eat, and I promise no one will beat you. What do you think?"

    Although the creature was not capable of human speech, Anakita waited, seeming to expect an actual answer.
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    ​SHRIKE

    Shrike’s eye brow rose in amusement as she looked at the Sylvari out of the corner of her eye. She liked this one and if there wasn’t this gnawing feeling of guilt for thinking about it, she’d ask the Sylvari to join her on her journey. She could open up her world in ways she couldn’t imagine, but the throught that it wasn’t a good idea struck her hard and the amused look on her face faltered for just a moment.

    She withdrew her blade and looked directly at the Sylvari.

    “I don’t believe we caught your name mate.”

    She didn’t need to watch Hassim, Rinoa was doing an excellent job of it, as well as the other cats in their presence.

    Shrike finally sheathed her sword and held out a gloved hand to the Sylvari. She needed to cut this short, she had things to do and the pressing urge to get on her way. Trouble was brewing with her mother and siblings, and she needed to get off this planet.

    Peace is a lie
    There is only passion
    Through passion I gain strength
    Through strength I gain power
    Through power I gain victory
    Through victory my chains are broken
    The Force shall set me free

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    The raptor chirruped and sat down heavily, curling its tail around Anakita and barely missing Azh's tail as it did so. It used its back leg to scratch behind its ear, then turned its head toward the Ranger. It would seem as though the huge reptile were smiling.

    Sayen took Shrike's hand and pumped it enthusiastically. "The name's Sayen Nekane and I think your hat is the most fantastic thing I've ever seen! What kind of a feather is that? Do you know that it reminds me of a buccaneer's hat? You must be from south of Divinity's Reach! I mean, what with the sword and all. Not that it's not a nice sword, far from it, but the sabre has it's own flair, doesn't it? I think it does. Of course, people don't think I'm from the Grove simply because of my mace! Hahahaha!"

    The sylvari finished her long-winded introduction with a belly laugh that sounded more like someone beating a triangle with a large stick than what one would expect from the physical appearance of the laugh. Sayen had wrapped an arm around her waist and was nearly bent double. Still, even as she laughed, something niggled at her. Something important. When she'd said the word 'buccaneer', to be more precise. The Sylvari glanced sideways at Shrike, suddenly serious - and just as quickly shrugged and broke into a grin. If it was really that important, it would come to her.

    "I have a lovely idea. What do you say we all go turn in this lout together? Your assistance was instrumental in his capture, after all! Won't it be fun?" Sayen looked at each member of the party in turn, nodding enthusiastically as she did so.

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    ​SHRIKE


    As Sayen enthusiastically tried to uproot Shrike from her feet as she shook her hand, the young woman laughed. If she could say anything about this world, the Sylvari were by far the most cheerful group she had met. Planet Tigers had many beings, but this was the first time she’d encountered the living embodiment of a plant.

    As Shrike laughed and Sayen chatted, she wondered how many of the Sylvari would love her mother’s planet. Would any of them even dare venture from their own home she wondered.


    “Tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance Sayen Nekane.” Shrike replied with a semblance of manners.

    She removed her hat from her head and stroked the feather fondly.

    “Tis a feather from a friend, from a far-off place.” Shrike replied almost with an air of being lost in a memory.

    Shrike found herself looking back into the enthusiastic eyes of the Sylvari. Ooops. She should pay more attention to drifting off like that.

    “It’s a feather from an Ostrich, like your Moa, just smaller.”

    So many questions and fired off in such rapid succession, it made Shrike giggle inside. Yep, she liked this one, this Sayen.

    Hmm….the hat was stolen from a certain pirate long ago, not that Shrike could mention it. The saber she had acquired on one of her many journey’s. The fact that she was an alien to this world that likely had no idea of what an alien from another world was pretty much put a damper on begin able to discuss much.

    “The sea is my home, and anywhere there is water to sail, is home to me.” Shrike replied.

    The serious look on Sayen’s face didn’t rattle Shrike in the least, but she sure did need to be cautious. She never once dropped her smile from Sayen.

    “I will travel with you for a bit, we have need for restocking our stores.” Shrike replied.

    She would have to be cautious. She liked Sayen and she certainly did not want to damage the female in anyway.

    “After you.” Shrike smiled and bowed with another flourish of her hat.

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