- 10 months ago
After Elder Tarfin dismisses the group, they scurry off to gather the equipment and supplies they'll need to help them. They all head to gather backpacks, and look through the different options provided.
Saffron chooses a pack made with mixed color maple leaves and sewn together with vines, which also
provide the straps. Toby chooses next weighing a folded leaf sling satchel as his first choice, but looking over the others options before finally settling on a hollowed out acorn, which will provide not only space to store stuff, but also a bit of protection if it is needed. But while he was indecisive, Pip grabs a non-descript gray sack for his items. Snack Snatcher, wanting to travel as light and quick as possible goes for a dark green moss pouch in which to store her items, while Cheeky taking more time to decide finally settles on a palm leaf and plant fiber backpack.
Once they have their packs, they head off in different directions gathering what equipment they need.
Saffron and Toby head to the kitchen, where Firepetal, the chief cook, watches Saffron as she gathers a clay skillet, some wood dishes and cutlery, and a couple of chef knives. ”What are you going to be doing with those,” she asks the reddish-gold mouse, who just mentions that Elder Tarfin needs them to head off somewhere for something. The thought of any mouse willingly wanting to go more than a few hundred feet from their home frightens Firepetal. Why would any mouse need to venture off when there is more than enough food just outside the entrance. While Saffron was talking with Firepetal, Toby grabbed a few handfuls of food to stick inside his backpack.
Pip, the studious one of the group, heads back to her room and packs up some pulped wood paper and a few thin pieces of charcoal, in case she needs to record anything. Along with this she packs some tools that she keeps when she feels like tinkering. Someday she hopes to get skilled enough to make things to help out the community. Finally she looks back and forth trying to decide whether to pack some food, or to grab a book she thinks will help. After a bit of indecisiveness, she had takes down the book she had on her bookcase. It is a book by BA Greyfur, who had ventured into the woods and land near their home and had written down his findings. She thinks this might help her with finding food and is a better bet than just carrying some.
Snack Snatcher, who has more experience with doing unmouselike things, grabs a fire kit with two pieces of flint bound with twine. She also grabs a small seashell with some scented crushed berries in it. Applying these to her fur can cause her to not only look different, but also smell different in case anyone is looking for her... something she has experienced frequently in the past. She also grabs a bag of sand that has multiple uses and a ball of silken rope.
Cheeky heads to the armory first, although to call it an armory is quite a bit of an overstatement as it is really not much more than the tool storage room. She grabs a wooden spade, sharpened at one end, and useful for climbing, walking, and fighting, if need be. She also grabs some palm leaves and ropes made out of plant fibers, both of which she can use to make other items as the need may arise.
Having finished his foray into the kitchen, Toby stopped by his room and picked up a shortened stick that he had trained in defense with, and that could be used for walking. Leaving his room, he headed to the tool room where he passed Cheeky as she was coming out of it. Looking around at what was available, he picks up a large coil of plant twine, that should be strong enough to hold him, if needed.
All in all it takes the five about an hour before the assemble at the entryway, ready to make their way forward. Elder Tarfin is waiting for them as they gather and wishes them, ”Good luck and make good speed. I hope things work out for all of us, for I would hate to lose more of you. If you don't find anything in a reasonable time, come back. Don't stay out forever for something that may never be found,” he finishes by saying.
As they head out the door, he waves at them as they head off.
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