- Mission Info:
- Name: Tracks in the Snow
Participants: Moon Village, Sun Village, Missing Ninja
Type: Plot Mission (leads to future plot event)
Solo: 20 EXP
Group: 25 EXP, 20 Ryo
Location: Kellen Plains (Region 4)
Details: Trackers and hunters up in the Kellen Mountain Range have started to find massive tracks, foot prints of a creature to large to be any normal animal. They tracks occasionally come down into the plains, but always return up into the snowy mountains. No one quite knows what these tracks are, but whoever made them is big, and fast. Shinobi are being sent up into the mountains to locate these tracks and hopefully identify what has been making them. (You can not find the actually culprit in these missions, just the tracks)
The blistering heat of the desert quickly dwindled and became more temperate eventually freezing as he came closer to his desired destination. The Kellen plains and mountain range were blanketed in snow so much so that its normal earthen nature made the landscape appear mottled. The temperature of the area dropped significantly lower than it should have been normally but whatever was causing the natural phenomena. Very few endemic life seemed present here in what should have been a lovely place. Something must have the animals spooked, and unwilling to be seen.
Gen had been sent on a mission that had two tasks. He was to discover what had caused the sudden environmental changes that were out of season, and there were reports of giant tracks all over this region leading somewhere unknown as of yet. The origin nature of the steps were also at question as whatever had made them was large and fast, completely unlike anything that was supposed to be endemic to this area. It was both an intriguing and terrifying mission to go on. Stories of giants and mythological beings raced across Gen’s mind when he had first accepted the assignment.
He was wearing clothing meant for colder environments over his standard attire as he ventured out into the unknown. A climbing axe in both hands, with pitons on his feet, he scaled over a small cliff facing that he had come too after his second day of traveling in the lower part of the region. The trek upwards was easier for him then maybe most as his physical strength allowed him to plant and remove the climbing axes easier, to rocket himself upwards towards the summit of the cliff that was currently an obstacle for him. Upon reaching the top he would crack his neck and stretch, taking a good breather from the physical activity that coalesced in him scaling this cliff.
The valley was truly breathtaking as he looked down upon it from up here, seeing where it was that he had started his search the days previously, the opening into the region identifiable by its topography. From this vantage point he could see the footsteps of the aforementioned creature as a map of sorts now, heading back and forth front front the center of the mountain ranges. This meant he was now on the right track at least.
He would set up a camp here, gathering stone and wood from the nearby sources. He used these to form a simple stone ring for the fire that he created almost effortlessly with his bakuton. From there he pitched the tent he had brought with him, clearing the snow from under where the base tent tarp would eventually nest. After his camp was set up he went foraging for more wood finding several smaller trees that had lost bushels of branches nearby from some time of strong gust of wind it seemed. Noting this he went back to his camp and made sure the fire was well fed and supplied, before pulling out a kettle and spit hook, starting a bone broth miso soup to keep himself fed this night.
The morning was warm and came welcomingly as he awoke from his cozy slumber, the residual warmth of the ashes in the firepit, keeping his tent extra toasty throughout the night. The snow in an even wider berth around his camp was melted as he awoke. Starting up the fire again, he made a millet soup for breakfast before going out to jot down apathing for the steps, he would figure out whatever this creature was, and where it nested.