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A small half-elf, looking happier and rosier than the last time she was here several months ago, slips shyly into a booth near the wall and grins when a steaming caramel latte heavy with cream appears in front of her seconds later. "Thought you'd forget about me, or at least forget my order," she grins at the barkeep.

 

He winks. "I never forget a Ranger, you know that."

 

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Heyyo frendos!! I'm still figuring out ALL the scheduling things after getting married this fall and I am a lot less consistent about a lot of things than I used to be.  :)  So rather than try to keep up with a challenge, I have instead started a less structured battle log:

 

 

 

Please come and hang out with me there if you don't see me on the challenge boards!  :D 

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The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 49

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Nova walks in through the door, happy to be back home after a few months of studying a horde of Tee Nagers.  She had never seen a group like she had on this last expedition.  While, historically, Tee Nagers were inquisitive, intelligent, and silly (albeit a bit standoffish at times), these Tee Nagers had been more rowdy and anxious and resisted her attempts to communicate with them.  She figured the plague was to account for this, as she hadn't been able to do consistent field work for a few years.

 

She takes out her field notebook at the bar, quietly reviewing her notes from the last few expeditions, scribbling in the margins, and wondering how to improve for the next one.  

 

A cup of coffee is set down next to her, and the barkeep gently closes her notebook and places a hardcover book Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman next to her coffee.

 

"Don't you Tee Nage Scholars ever take a break?" He asked. "All your friends are here relaxing.  You should try it."

 

She smiles, "I know.  But I'm back in the field soon, and after what I just saw out there, I need to be prepared."

 

He takes her notebook and puts it behind the bar.  "Have a drink, read your book, go talk to some adults.  You can have this back after New Years"

 

She grabs her coffee and her book, and sticks her tongue out at the barkeep before finding a seat in front of the fire and settling in.

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A slim figure, slighty dusty, with an indeterminate number of layers on, slides onto a corner stool. She has ditched her winter cloak for something that looks like a motorcycle jacket and leather armor got together and huddled up in a sandstorm. Face it, she looks like she's been rolled through a sandstorm. She's trying really really hard not to sit with her back against the wall. Her hood is barely pulled back. She's a little less hunched than in the last year, but no less grouchy.  Her boot laces are frayed.

 

She chugs the first half of her beer and takes a deep breath. Trying to set aside the decisions ahead.

She huffs. At least all the rangery friends are here.

 

Outside a disturbingly large eagle perches on the hitching post out of the wind. All the horses but one back away disapprovingly.

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(2022 Level 1 Hunter:  STR 23;    STA 29;    DEX 11;    CON 14;    WIS 22;  CHA 4.)

 

 

 

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Armored now in ebony halfplate, strapped to his bulk with dragonhide belts, and bandoleers carrying potions and bombs alike, a Half-orc with golden catlike eyes returns to the Ranger Keep with a heavy steppesbow and a long curved shimmering steel blade over his shoulder.  The blade's hilt is dressed in dragonbone.  He hands over a comically absurd amount of gear and weaponry to the Keep guardsperson at the gate before crossing the courtyard and stepping into the tavern as usual upon the return from a challenging adventure.

 

Rurik orders a brown ale and half of a blackened chicken, tearing into and devouring both with reckless abandon in his dim corner of the inn.

 

How did everyone's goals go last challenge?  What are we excited about during February?  Good luck everyone!

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[Level ??] Half-orc Witcher (Blood Hunter/Ranger)

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Equipment: Hunter's padded armor & longcoat, Novigrad longsword & flintlock, Adventurer's pack & alchemy kit.

Total experience earned to date:  0 / 5000 XP

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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2 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

How did everyone's goals go last challenge?  What are we excited about during February?  Good luck everyone!

Pretty much a even split, some goals were on point, others not so much...

February I'm excited about getting workouts on track and to start training for a terrain race! 

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22 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

How did everyone's goals go last challenge?  What are we excited about during February?  Good luck everyone!

 

They went! I'm looking forward to being a bit more prepared for disruption this challenge, and excited to spend a lot more time at Crossfit.

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On 2/6/2022 at 5:45 PM, DaemonCorax said:

Only half a chicken? I hope there were some imported fried plantains with that.

 

A man's gotta stick to his calorie/financial budget! 😉

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[Level ??] Half-orc Witcher (Blood Hunter/Ranger)

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Equipment: Hunter's padded armor & longcoat, Novigrad longsword & flintlock, Adventurer's pack & alchemy kit.

Total experience earned to date:  0 / 5000 XP

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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The strange creature who entered the bar moments ago has begun shedding layers. Is it an orc? Is it composed primarily of shells and rocks? Why does it create a feeling of spikiness for everyone within 4 feet of it? but wait.... The extremely beaten in jacket comes off and....the creature is a much smaller humanoid. An aura of grumpiness still remains but.... yeah it's almost a human and almost an elf, and no longer doing as good of an impression of a balled up hedgehog.

 

"You're looking a little better" says the bartender, refilling her mug.

"I've been traveling"

"What's next?"

"Not sure yet, but it's on its way" says the now recognizable hunter, reaching for an immodest amount of bread and sausage. The bartender starts to say something, and then just hands her the rest of the loaf.

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(2022 Level 1 Hunter:  STR 23;    STA 29;    DEX 11;    CON 14;    WIS 22;  CHA 4.)

 

 

 

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On 2/7/2022 at 12:00 AM, Rurik Harrgath said:

How did everyone's goals go last challenge? 

 

Eh GIFs - Get the best gif on GIFER

 

Things went pretty well, i mustn't complain, except for the fact that my main goal almost did not budge... Weight still higher and not coming down as fast as i want!

 

But next to that i did pretty good on lifting and running workouts. I can't wait for the better weather, i am SO done with this!

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... a little odd in the head ...

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Hey everyone! I'm just gonna slip into this chair by the fire and sit for a while. A long while. 

 

The past month or so has not been kind. 

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Welcome back, @Rhovaniel.  I'm sure the barkeep has something suitable to wet your whistle for the tale to tell.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

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On 2/28/2022 at 1:33 PM, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Welcome back, @Rhovaniel.  I'm sure the barkeep has something suitable to wet your whistle for the tale to tell.  

"What? Oh, I'm sorry, I must have fallen asleep. Been happening a lot lately, I'm afraid. I'm exhausted more often than not."

 

Sorry for another radio silence. Work has been toxic, but honestly - it's just been a culmination of things starting to pile on top of me. I'm starting to claw my way back to some semblance of sanity again, but staying present is - a real challenge. Not just on here. I think I'm experiencing burnout, but not entirely sure how to fix it. 

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Epic Quest: In the Footsteps of the Dúnedain: Aragorn's Journey

Current Challenge:      Rhovaniel: Ranger's Apprentice

 

Previous Challenges: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13 1415|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|2728 29

 

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On 3/14/2022 at 5:03 PM, Rhovaniel said:

I think I'm experiencing burnout, but not entirely sure how to fix it. 

 

There's a lot of that going around.  

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51

 

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A brunette stumbles through the tavern door, and looks around to see if anybody saw her. When she sees a couple eyes on her, she pushes her hair momentarily behind her ear and speaks up, "Sorry I'm late getting here. I only just heard about this, and to be honest I don't have any training yet,  but I figure you all might have started out the same."

Her hair falls back from where she'd pushed it, and she puffs a breath to blow it aside as she takes a stronger stance in the doorway. "M'name's Maerad! It's a pleasure to start training with you!"

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11 minutes ago, MaeradCase said:

"Sorry I'm late getting here. I only just heard about this, and to be honest I don't have any training yet,  but I figure you all might have started out the same."

You're actually right on time! Everyone must start somewhere :D 

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5 minutes ago, RES said:

You're actually right on time!

 

Ah, so we have a wizard among us!!  🤣  (Welcome to NF,  Maerad!)

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

“THE QUESTION ISN'T WHO IS GOING TO LET ME; IT'S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME?” Ayn Rand

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2 hours ago, MaeradCase said:

A brunette stumbles through the tavern door, and looks around to see if anybody saw her. When she sees a couple eyes on her, she pushes her hair momentarily behind her ear and speaks up, "Sorry I'm late getting here. I only just heard about this, and to be honest I don't have any training yet,  but I figure you all might have started out the same."

Her hair falls back from where she'd pushed it, and she puffs a breath to blow it aside as she takes a stronger stance in the doorway. "M'name's Maerad! It's a pleasure to start training with you!"

Welcome. Pull up a stool. The barkeep knows what you want before you do.

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"Well, would be rude not to join you. Another cup of tea please, that last one surpassed even your usual excellence, Barkeep." 

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"What does your heart tell you?" - Aragorn

 

Epic Quest: In the Footsteps of the Dúnedain: Aragorn's Journey

Current Challenge:      Rhovaniel: Ranger's Apprentice

 

Previous Challenges: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13 1415|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|2728 29

 

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2 hours ago, Rhovaniel said:

"Well, would be rude not to join you. Another cup of tea please, that last one surpassed even your usual excellence, Barkeep." 

 

Maerad turns to smile at the speaker. "Glad to have your company. Whatever makes you drink tea? I've always fancied their chocolate beverage."

 

Side note, this meme by Moga lives in my head rent free:

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