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Post by Ryker Laeson on Dec 4, 2020 12:35:52 GMT -5
Ryker perked up at hearing about their prisoner. He wasn't surprised to hear the the girl wasn't being cooperative. Apparent preference for defensive strategies aside, the Dresmondi were not a weak people. "Have we managed to separate the two? Perhaps if we keep them increasingly further apart, one of them will grow desperate enough to show their hand. If we can identify the source of their power, we might be able to exploit that weakness." He proposed, though he expected that idea had already been attempted. "If we haven't already done so that is."
Letting out a frustrated growl, Ryker nodded. "It certainly is. If we had a way to cloak our presence or at the very least confuse their lookouts we might be able to get in close. I doubt we'd be able to get a spy inside to create an opening for us. A diversion might be an option, but again I don't know how we could implement that. Determining the source of their magic and creating a way to exploit any weaknesses in that might be our only option."
“We have,” said Yoren. “Both of them have been given anti-magic collars, and the effect has been… interesting.” He knit his brows together as he thought back to it. The collar seemed to craze the animal - making it wild and untamed. Even Kezia was foreign to the creature when it was cut off from its magic. It had a similar effect on Kezia, actually - she tore at her collar and spat at him in anger. Though she had begged him to let the magic free. So that the animal could be itself again. But why… Yoren didn’t know.
“The collars sever some sort of connection between the human and beast. Stops them from being about to use their elements,” he continued. “But collaring every Dresmondi is impossible. They’d never let us get close enough.”
He shook his head at the idea of cloaking. It’d require more magic. Magic Coheed simply didn’t have. A diversion… that was more possible. Draw them out one way and attack from the other… Yoren’s mind turned.
Post by Ryker Laeson on Dec 6, 2020 17:40:05 GMT -5
Ryker's eyes narrowed. So not only was the connection between a dyr and their human based in magic, but so was the ability to wield magic itself. Yoren was right, it would be impossible to collar every Dresmondi. Large scale nullification was impossible by collars or by enchanted boundaries were beyond Coheed's capabilities. That left only one option. For Coheed to defeat their enemy the battle needed to be on their terms. A plan started to form in Ryker's mind.
He tilted his head, deep in thought. "This might be a foolish one, but I might have an idea. Or at least the basis for a better one. We have a prisoner, one of their own as well their dyr. The Dresmondi are probably itching to get both back not just for their safety, but to also prevent us from finding out more about their magic and weaknesses. Perhaps we could send a message that we wish to meet on neutral land and negotiate the return of our prisoner in exchange for tribute or some other feasible requirement. Granted, they'll likely either consider it a trap or plan to use it as an opportunity to stage a rescue attempt. Regardless of which path they take, it won't matter. The negotiation would just be a diversion. While this was happening, an assault could then be staged elsewhere. And if they planned to stage their own ambush at the place of negotiation, we wouldn't lose all of our forces given that they would be split at the time." Ryker proposed but sighed. "It's a simple idea though, and might be predicted by our enemy."
Yoren considered it. He doubted the enemy would trust him to make a fair trade, as they shouldn’t. Outsiders did not trust Coheed, thought them bloody thirsty and not prone to acts of mercy. They weren’t wrong.
He shook his head. “It’s not a bad plan, but I can’t imagine there’s anything they’d be willing to give up in exchange for one prisoner. Perhaps if we had captured a few…” His brow furrowed further, feeling the weight of it. One Dresmondi in captivity was quite a feat, but it was never, never enough. No matter how well he performed, it was never good enough for Yoren. He shook his head before raising his eyes back to Ryker.
“You are thinking, though. This is good. A mind for strategy will take you far,” he said with a small smile.
Post by Ryker Laeson on Dec 7, 2020 19:34:28 GMT -5
Ryker looked up in surprise when Yoren complimented his strategic mind. "Thank you. It's a skill that I hope to hone" Ryker said returning the smile. He'd spent many hours listening to the elder warriors discuss former battles and possible future endeavors. At first he'd simply been intrigued at the stories but eventually his mind started catching patterns and formulating ideas. Now he was prone to strategizing any form of plan when asked, no matter how insignificant.
Ryker sighed, he knew his chief was right about his idea. "True, the individual's caravan might, but not the Dresmondi as a whole. And even if we truly intended to give the prisoner up in exchange as part of a diversion they still wouldn't likely agree to meet." He shook his head. "The advantage magic gives the Dresmondi over us is almost overwhelming." He paused. "Chief, so we have anyone of Dresmondi blood in our tribe? Perhaps instead of negotiating with all of them, we only negotiate with our prisoner. Maybe force them to give our Dresmondi descended warriors a dyr or something" It might.." Ryker cut himself off with a scoff. "Neverminded that's incredibly far fetched. But there has to be away around their magic that we're just not seeing yet." He furrowed his brow, rubbing his temples, his mind racing to try and find something that his tribe could work with.
After a moment’s pause, Yoren let out a little chuckle. The young man’s mind was clearly working overtime. They certainly didn’t have any Dresmondi in the tribe, but even if they did, it was unclear exactly how the dyrs were gotten. He’d pressed the prisoner on this, of course. She’d been evasive at best. Told him she’d found the thing in the woods… It was maddening. Was he just supposed to wander around the woods until he found one himself? He, too, wanted a creature for himself, and he hadn't been pleased with her answers.
“We may not have all the answers tonight,” he said finally. “You should get some rest. We all should.” Yoren knew he wouldn’t sleep that night, but it was true. If they were to re-meet their enemies on the battlefield tomorrow, sleep was a must for his soldiers. He nodded at Ryker. “Thank you. For your thoughts.”
Post by Ryker Laeson on Dec 8, 2020 16:07:14 GMT -5
Ryker let out a deep breath. "Sleep would be good about now." He stood up and stretched slightly, glancing at Yoren surprise at his thanks. "No. I should be the one thanking you for both tolerating my rambling and not stabbing me for my insolence." He said with clear humor, an easy grin on his face. Ryker may be pushing his luck but he was deeply satisfied with the interaction. He felt he had a far greater grasp on how his Chief's mind worked as well as his morals, and Ryker was happy with what he'd found. He gave one last nod in respect and headed on his way. However he paused after a few steps and looked over his shoulder, giving Yoren a knowing look. "I know it might be useless to say but you should at least lay down and close your eyes for a few minutes, even if you don't plan to sleep. It'll help give you the strength to face tomorrow. And if you ever need me for anything, don't hesitate. Goodnight Chief." With that, Ryker left Yoren to his own thoughts.