Red Leaves and Dreams of Ale

A woodland frozen in perpetual Autumn. Plenty of Grimm to be found here, beware!
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Victor Valbrand
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A class trip to Forever Fall. The project: study the abnormal plant life of the forest and prepare a written report by the end of the week. Why was Forever Fall the way it was? Why were the plants that grew in that forest red all year long? There were answers to be found, and it was the students' job to find it. whether by their own observations or through other means. To accomplish this, the class had taken a field trip to the forest to study the plant life and collect samples of sap from the trees, accompanied by a pair of teachers for protection, however being huntsmen and huntresses in training, it was expected the students should be able to defend themselves if they were attacked by Grimm. Nevertheless, students were made to work together in groups of no less than two for this assignment, both for academic reasons and for safety.

He'd known about this trip ever since it was announced two weeks ago, and yet Vee felt a sense of dread when he came into class that morning. He had been here since the first day of school and yet he had no friends so far. No group, always the loner in class. Of course he wasn't the only one, but knowing how the young man never interacted with anyone in class, the teacher pulled him aside and instructed him to pair up with... Castor Archomos? Never heard of 'em. Must be another loner with no one to work with.
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Castor Archromos
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It wasn't every day Castor bothered to participate in class though after recent events it had dawned on his dumbass that maybe there was something of value in these lectures. It helped that on this particular day the professor had them group up in pairs, with the goal of the day's lesson was to look and trees...kill Grimm? Truth be told Castor was half awake through the explanation and was banking on the other student to help on that end. In usual Castor fashion, he had not bothered to learn any of the names of his classmates save for the few he's meet outside of school grounds. This new classmate of his seemed to be a loner of sorts also though by choice and circumstances was unknown.

It quickly became clear that the various groups were headed off in different directions, being as it was his first time within this forest going around aimlessly would probably not be for the best. That would just be asking for a surprise from local Grimm...on second thought. Quickly turning to his classmate "all right I'm gonna...scout ahead...make sure no pesky Grimm tries to ambush us, you go get us that grade." and with that Castor quickly went further into the forest without a care in the world.

The intent of his actions wasn't to abandon his fellow huntsman in training but to see what kind of person they were, after all both of his mentors instilled the value of actions over words into him. Besides less time they spent on overlong introductions the quicker they can get this class assignment over with. If any Grimm were to show themselves, they would at least make this day a bit more bearable. Fidi could use the exercise anyway.
Victor Valbrand
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"Not so fast," Vee spoke up. "You're not going off to have fun by yourself and leave me to do all the work." He thrust out an empty glass jar. "Get your own sap. I've plans for my own, and I'll be using yours too if I collect it myself. Bite the bullet and get it over with." He didn't necessarily mind doing the project himself, as he'd planned on working alone anyways, but to be forcefully partnered with someone who refused to do their share of the work annoyed him. Besides, if he wasn't able to go out and enjoy himself by killing a few Grimm because he had to do someone else's work on top of his own, there was no point in even coming out today, he could have just gone to the library to do the research instead. "Besides, we've a while before we must return to campus, we can hunt Grimm once we've collected what we need."
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Castor Archromos
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Castor was in the least bit surprised by his "partner's" reaction as he was handed the empty jar, the only thing running in his mind was how to make this boring, pointless lesson...just a little more fun. Turning around to face his classmate with a bit of a challenge "tell ya what, let's see which one of us can kill the biggest Grimm before the day ends, the loser has to pay lunch for a whole week, booze and all." Castor was confident that he can easily win such a contest. His semblance was particularly useful for hunting creatures of Grimm and even better at killing them. But of course, Castor would not call out fidi until suitable prey was found or presented itself. Luckily it would not take long for them to catch the attention of the local monstrosities. As out of nearby bushes popped out a boarbatusk, these little bastards were usually smaller than other Grimm, but they were just as vicious and aggressive as any other creature of Grimm.

At first, it seemed to be limping but that quickly changed as the monster quickly curled into a ball and rushed towards him. Snaping back to reality Castor quickly reacts with a sidestep easily avoiding its attack, it may be a stupid monster but its horn can easily impale someone with little effort. When it came back around for another attack, Castor readied himself by going into a grappler stance with his body leaning forward and legs spread out wide. But not before he would throw up an empty glass jar straight into the air. As if taunting both the Grimm and his classmate, at the last moment, before the Grimm could land its mark, Castor would dodge to the side using his hands to grab onto the nearest tusk and yanking it to the side. He wouldn't have to put much effort, thanks to the momentum of the boarbatusk the white bone protrusion came flying off the monster forcing it out of its little spinning death ball, crashing into the dirt face first.

The sound of bone breaking along with the boar's roar in pain echoed throughout the air. As Castor inspected the horn in his hand and the rest of the monster as it fumbled around on the floor, he had realized that the monster had already been in a fight earlier today. Judging from the numerous breaks...and bite marks throughout its body. He believed maybe an animal like a bear or wolf took it by surprise. Either way, fighting a half-dead Grimm had no appeal to the huntsman in training, so he would fling the worn-out tusk at the boar as it rose from the ground. Unlike the boar. Castor would find his target as the broken-off bone would find its new home between the Grimm's eyes, lodged into its skull before dying and disappearing into nothing as all creatures of Grimm do. Castor would out his right hand as he yawned before letting his classmate "this small fry doesn't count" as his glass jar falls back into his hand perfectly intact.
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Vee was rather annoyed by his classmate's insistence on being a nuisance. Still before he had a chance to protest, a wounded Boarbatusk came out of the bushes and began attacking Castor! Vee reached into his coat to draw one of his guns, but it seemed his help would not be necessary as Castor had the situation well under control. An easy victory. "As I was about to say, what do you mean "including booze"? You have a way to procure alcohol without being caught by the professors?" That tidbit had caught his interest. He'd intended to brew his own ale with this syrup but that would take weeks at best.
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Castor was unsurprised by the person's initial reaction, but when the person started to ask about the booze did take him by surprise. Given their reaction and questioning Castor believed he had finally met someone who shared his appreciation for alcohol. Castor quickly going through his scroll before he comes across a small list of ingredients of items, "if you're planning to make your stuff, there's a few ways to hide the materials needed in plain ordinary purchases." Castor tap his school again with a new photo. This time it showed a fancy flight of several drinks, all of them being much more expensive than any normal person let alone a student would be expected to afford. Of course it doesn't show Castor downing them like he normally would, after all if a school official found these photos he could lie and say its just photo of a drink he saw.

"I happen to know a small little place that has no problems providing their...product to all who are willing to pay, sides the owners and I are friends...of sorts so there's that." Castor would put his scroll away before heading towards to the deeper area's of the forest. If nothing else this little contest of Grim hunting just got a lot more interesting, "come on we aint got all day." He yelled back towards his classmate, Castor finally realized he never bothered to ask for their name....meh he'll ask later once the day is done.
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Vee listened to this explanation with rapt attention. He'd had his first drink on the ship ride over from Menagerie long, long ago and he'd often sneak drinks in secret, only to be scolded by Véra when he was inevitably caught. Nevertheless he acquired a taste for rum, whiskey, and ale, so now that he was no longer entirely under his adopted mother's thumb he intended to indulge his worldly desires. He'd spent the entire semester until this point searching for a way to do so, only for it to be handed to him on a silver platter? He was sure this Castor person would prove to be someone worth knowing. With a smirk he followed after his companion, heading deeper into the forest in search of the best tree to get sap from, and of course some Grimm to give him a good fight.
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Castor quickly realized both he and Vee were the type who truly appreciated alcoholic drinks, unlike many at Beacon. If nothing else it was a small bit of common ground the two shared. As the two made their way into forest proper, he figured it would be better to get the tree sap first before they started their little grim hunt. Castor would look around going from tree to tree trying in vain to harvest the sap from them, but either by misfortune or his incompetence, nothing seeped out of them. Upon further inspection Castor noticed small holes around each of the trees he tried, it seemed someone had been beaten to the punch.

"Well while this is still a work in progress, got any fun stuff to talk about ?" Castor asked not sure how Vee's progress was going but it at least killed the impending sense of doom and boredom overcoming him. Their short conversation would be cut short when something started breaking through one of the trees from...the inside? This new intruder didn't take long to reveal itself as the Grimm's white boney mask soon broke out of the wood. The monster was a kind Castor wasn't familiar with, it seemed similar to other insect-like Grimm he had seen but as it struggled to get out of the tree Castor noticed its body was bloated like some kind of waterlogged corpse. It didn't seem to pay any attention to either him or Vee as it crawled across the ground and soon started digging its way into a new try.

Castor would have killed it in most circumstances and left it at that but it gave off this sickening sweet aroma, just bearing near was starting to make the huntsman lightheaded. Almost like...." this little shit is eating the sap!" he said realizing what had happened with the tree earlier but why would a Grimm go after sap made no sense to him at all?
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Vee was inspecting one tree after another with disappointment and building anger. "These are all bled dry, we might be out of luck here," he muttered. "No luck on your end? I was sure we were the only ones to come this way." He'd missed Castor's initial question but his attention was taken away from the trees when he heard the sound of something pushing through the woods toward them. He put his jar down safely and drew one of his revolvers cautiously as a... Grimm? emerged from the forest and... seemed to ignore them in favor of the trees? "What.... is that?" he questioned. He'd never seen a Grimm like this before. "Wait, what?" He sniffed the air, and sure enough, this Grimm reeked of sweet sap. "Bastard. We'll need to find a way to harvest the sap from it before it can dissipate then. We'll need to incapacitate it without killing it."
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Castor already knew they would have to be careful with this strange Grimm, one wrong move, and who knows what could happen? Part of him was wondering if killing would leave the sap behind given that creatures of Grimm don't normally consume. Ideas of what to best do spiral out of control in his mind. before each one was discarded, anything that involved physical force or his semblance was too much of a risk. Besides that, the disgustingly sweet smell was only getting worse, Castor was unsure if it meant the Grimm was using the smell as a way to defend itself or that it was starting to digest the sap...Regardless as the two discussed how best to handle the situation, the strange Grimm started digging its way into another tree.

No doubt to find more sap for whatever purpose, before either of them could get a grab into the tree's bark, both Castor and Vee were interpreted by some unexpected but still the same unwanted guests that littered the forest. A small group of Grimm, Beowolves to be exact had noticed them and with a quick howl of the alpha soon charged towards with fang and claw ready to tear into rip all in their path. Castor paid no attention to them still focused on the bug Grimm from earlier, "you got this, I'll just focus on getting this little shit out of the tree." and with that Castor turned his back on both the approaching Grimm and Vee with an idea in his head.

Focusing his aura around his fingers tips, Castor pressed against the base of the tree and slowly started scraping away at the bark like a cat playing with a scratch post, doing his best not to dig too deeply, or else he may accidentally harm the little freaky bastard hidden inside.
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"Whatever you're gonna do, best do it fast," Vee said as he drew his guns and turned to face the approaching Beowolves, putting his trust in Castor to deal with that bug Grimm. This pack was rather small, but he wasn't sure if they had reinforcements waiting or not and he was not to keen on finding out. With a grin he cocked the hammers of his revolvers and took aim, gunning down two Beowolves that were charging at him.

"Welcome to the firing range, lads!" He mocked as he shot yet another Beowolf that has foolishly stopped in its tracks in confusion. "You'll not be stepping one paw beyond, and none of ye will leave this place in one piece." Another shot, this time aimed at the ground between two Beowolves charging together, the resulting explosion of fire Dust igniting the two of them. One died instantly and the other stopped in its tracks to put the fire out, exposing itself for an easy kill.

"Five down," he declared. "Have none of ye the stones to even be a threat?!" He heard rustling to his right and knew one was trying to flank him. His silver Aura flickered momentarily and his eyes began glowing gold as he actovated his Semblance. "Don't think I'll be fooled so easily, mutt," he said as he raised his arm and fired without turning his head, slaying a Beowolf that was indeed trying to flank him. At the same time, he raised his other revolver and fired two shots at the Alpha, who managed to dodge one and caught the other bullet in the arm with an angry roar. "Well, well, last two already! Think we'll get extra credit if we bring back a captured Grimm?" He asked with a grin as he aimed his guns at the two Beowolves. He intended to shoot the first to run in the back as punishment for cowardice.
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Castor Archromos
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Castor heard the sound of gunshots behind him as his partner in crime was making quick work of the Grimm, luckily he was slowly making progress as well as it only took a few moments for Castor to finally reach the center of the tree where his prize awaited. Initially expecting to see the same disgusting little shit from before gorging itself on sap, he instead came upon a strange cocoon made out of hardened sap. It's red shine made it look like the Grimm was sleeping in a bubble of hardened blood. Pressing his hand against it, he expected the Grimm nesting inside this strange construction to jump out and attack. Instead, all he felt aside was a faint tingle run up his arms before quickly pulling it away, like when a person accidentally places their hand over a stove, quickly moves their hand in a vain attempt to not get burned.

Sure enough, the pain in his palm snapped him out of his though a small gash wound seemingly from nowhere appeared. There was a small bit of blood dripping from his palm but it didn't seem to be a deep cut, what did worry him was Castor knew his aura was up the entire time he was working on the tree. As far as he could tell his aura wasn't damaged in any way either...

Castor was unsure how to proceed, maybe use the jar? it was at this point his fellow huntsman seemingly almost finished with his hunt asked if they should capture Grimm for extra credit.

"well these furballs are a dime a dozen, it'll be a waste of effort," he said knowing that the sap cocoon before him was infinitely more valuable grabbing one of the jars Castor would slowly press against the tree bark right under where the Grimm was and quickly in one swift motion scooped upward. Normally the tree bark would stop his plan but with some focus and aura the jar cut through the wood effortlessly and the Grimm cocoon slid into the jar where Castor quickly place top in afraid the Grimm sleeping inside the cocoon might burst out at any moment.

"Well that's one prize down, how your play date with the pups?" he jokingly asked
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"If we aren't going to capture them, best not to let them live," Vee insisted. The moment he turned his head to speak the beowolves had started charging and were now in striking range. Without even looking Vee put his gun into the mouth of the smaller Beowolf and bulled the trigger, killing it instantly. "Eight. Eight bullets wasted on you mutts." He spat in the Alpha's direction as he holstered his revolvers. "Don't think you'll have an easy death, lad," he said as he slowly drew his swords and aimed the blade towards his opponent who roared in response to the challenge.

Vee stepped to the side slowly, never once lowering his blade as the Beowolf turned to follow. This continued for a few moments longer until the Grimm had made a full 90 degree turn before losing patience and lunging at Vee, swinging its claws to knock the sword away. Vee had been waiting for that of course and swung his other sword upward, slicing the Grimm's arm off at the elbow before lunging forward, stabbing it through its throat. He pushed forward, countering the Beowolf's momentum with his own to drive the sword in to the hilt. He then swung both swords, cleaving the wolf's neck in two and severing its head while simultaneously freeing Vee's sword. He clicked his teeth in annoyance as the corpse disintegrated into a shadowy mist. "Killed it too quickly."
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