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Author Topic: [EVENT] Wind-chill Factor  (Read 182 times)

Wind-chill Factor
« on: November 11, 2019, 02:10:48 PM »
[open to up to 4 cadets, December 845 - Winter Aptitude Test ]

CURRENT TEAM and loose posting order
Marco | Eren | Jean | 4

(post in whatever order and I'll adjust this accordingly)

It was glacial in the northern expanse, far colder than it had ever been back home in Jinae.  The sky darkened early in the day, the winter sun hanging pale and low.  Bitter winds whipped across the land, bending trees and biting into any and every inch of exposed skin.  It seemed impossible that they could be expected to survive outside, to make the monumental trek, to keep their extremities safe from the nip of frost.  With this thought in mind, Marco dipped his face further beneath the much-loved grey scarf wrapped around his neck.  Snow clung to his long lashes and peppered his dark hair, the cold painting rosy colour on his cheeks and nose.  Their bags were packed, the road stretching long and foreboding ahead of them.  Together they would make it, he was quite sure.

The small groups had departed at staggered times, their current path marred by the prints of those who had left before.  Those indentations were disappearing fast, buried beneath the fresh flurry of snow.  Soon they would be alone, without any indication of what routes their comrades had chosen.  Armed with only a map, it was left to the group to decide exactly how they would reach the designated checkpoints and, at last, return to the warmth and security of basecamp.  A minimum of five lonely days lay ahead of them – more if they suffered injury, or became disorientated, or halted to hunt for food.  They carried only a basic ration, scarcely enough to keep them fed.

Nervousness bloomed faintly as he cast his gaze towards his companions, brown eyes regarding his them from beneath the shadow of his hood.  “The first checkpoint is almost directly north from here,” Marco remarked, having spent the evening before poring over the maps the cadets had each been supplied with.  “There’s a river between here and there.  I guess we’ll need to look for a place shallow enough to cross, then follow one of the tributaries north?” « Last Edit: November 11, 2019, 03:11:32 PM by Marco Bott »

Re: Wind-chill Factor
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2019, 05:52:49 PM »
“Fuck snow,” Jean grunted, scowling as he pulled his coat tighter around himself. He hated the cold- it was nigh impossible for him to warm up in the winter. It always left him grumpy and shivering.  It got cold in Trost, but nothing quite like this cold. It felt like everything was frozen over this far north. He pulled his scarf around himself a little tither, wanting to ensure it wouldn’t unravel in the wind. The gloves, hat, and scarf he was sporting were all gifts from his mother. The dark emerald color of the wool standing out against his military regulation coat and pale skin. Though from the looks of it the skin that was revealed looked pink from the cold rather than Jean’s normal tone.

Earlier that morning, while the group of them were all getting dressed and read, Connie had started joking around. Stating that if they tossed Jean out in the snow with nothing on, that he would just blend in that’s how pale he was. Jean said nothing, certainly not wanting to let the rest of the cadets know that he actually tanned this summer during training.

He grumbled, ore to himself than anyone else, as he pulled up the scarf to cover his mouth and nose. It warmed his skin immediately, holding back the sharp bite of the wind. This was going to be a very long test, Jean knew it. It was still snowing! Jean had to periodically shake himself off just to ensure the dust of snow didn’t bury him. He wasn’t cut of for this weather at all.

“Cross a river? In this goddamn weather?” Jean groaned, looking over at Marco. While his face was covered for the most part, anyone could see the “please tell me you’re joking” look from Jean’s eyes. “They’re trying to kill us.” With that he was stomping forward a bit, snow crunching under his boots. At least his feet were warm with the two layers of socks and the thick boots. That was a plus.

Re: Wind-chill Factor
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2019, 06:44:12 PM »
Eren hardly felt his toes, and he couldn't see his boots under the powdery expanse of snow. He shivered, clutching at his torso and wishing he had on a second coat - he felt small as it was, bundled up like some toddler about to waddle off into their first snow. As much as they'd prepared their clothes to fight against the chill, he didn't feel as though it would last at all. They would need a fire before long, once dark hit and the cold became even more dangerous.

Listening to the other two talk, his teeth chattered as he squeezed his coat closer to his body. "Don't be st-st-stupid," he stammered, as the breeze hit his teeth and turned them to ice. "It-t's resilience... We'll find somewhere to cross without st-stepping in." Brring as he shook, he braced himself against another current of chilly air, snow patterning his hair.

He marched forward, though it didn't last - the snow grew thicker, pushing against his attempt to move on, and he had to back up to find the looser snow or a way to climb up. Bending his knee high was difficult, to say the least. It would be even easier just to follow in their footsteps, but that really made him feel small. "There'll be a bridge or something anyway." He'd done more than glance at the map, but he didn't remember if there were any marked. Maybe they didn't mark them though.

Re: Wind-chill Factor
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2019, 01:47:00 AM »
Right, the cold. Javier wasnt that enthused about spending five days to potentially a week out in this weather, but it was the training right? They had no..  choice. Even if one didn't like it, one simply had to deal with it anyway. It built toughness, something like that. Though, Javier wasn't sure how tough he really wanted to be.

But, Rosie had done something like this before hadn't she? Well, there was no way he was going to give up when his sister of all people had put herself through something as crazy as this.

He was paired with an interesting group. All around the same age, thought the smallest among them… was hardly breaking into the double digits age wise. at least the dark haired fellow with freckles seemed rather tolerable, the light brunette's sunny attitude would be something to deal with. Nonetheless, Javier rounded out the back. His rather tall stature was hunched over in the biting cold, a dark cloak did little but break the wind.

Bolt mentioned something about crossing a river, to which Kirstein replied with a rather exasperated comment. And then Jaeger, if Javier remembered correctly wanted to hope there was a bridge. Javier hoped for a bridge as well. He said nothing else but nodded in agreement, with a small "Hm." Loud enough to be heard over the trudging through the snow.

Re: Wind-chill Factor
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 06:31:32 PM »
Although he didn’t voice his concerns, Marco worried a little about their team’s dynamic.  He couldn’t say he knew Javier well – the boy quietly falling to the back of the group – but from what little Marco had seen of him, he was friendly and softly spoken.  The freckled cadet hoped he would be able to help manage Jean and Eren, if it came to that.  With any luck, the frigid conditions would cool hot heads and fiery tempers.  But once they were a few days in, the cold aching and constant, hunger gnawing incessantly in their guts… well, then everyone’s patience and cheerfulness might be tested.

Jean swearing was not a promising start, though Marco couldn’t say he disagreed with the sentiment.  Turning to the boy from Trost, who was wrapped in woollen knits of an emerald green shade, Marco shrugged his shoulders almost apologetically.  His body was made all the broader by the thick layers, the patient smile he offered alluded to only by the faint crinkling around his honey-brown eyes.  The instructors had certainly handed them a challenge, and Marco was quite sure this group’s composition was no accident.

Eren was right though, it was all about resilience.  And perseverance.  And teamwork.

“I don’t know... aren’t we a little remote for there to be bridges?” Marco mused, worrying his bottom lip with his teeth behind his grey scarf.  Not wanting to seem pessimistic or to dishearten his teammates, he quickly continued on.  “Maybe the hunters who come out this far will have built one.  I guess we’ll see when we get there.”  His tone was bright and hopeful, thinking that even a basic structure would be far preferable to none at all.

Around them towered spindly trees laid bare by winter and shining with frost.  Through their creaking branches the wind whistled faintly, eerily, the barren canopy above offering them no protection, the snowdrifts buffeted by an icy breeze.  The other groups, with their staggered starts, had spread out and already there was a growing sense of isolation, as though they were the only people for miles.  Here the snow lay in a thick carpet, taking considerable effort to plough through, powder churning around Marco’s boots as he trudged on.  “We should probably take it in turns to walk at the front, or travel two by two,” Marco suggested, bowing his head against the rising wind.  Walking through snow this deep was exhausting and there was no need for them all to deplete their reserves.  The trail would be at least a little easier on those who followed, treading along a path that had been somewhat flattened by the person ahead.  Admittedly, Marco was primarily thinking of Eren when he made this suggestion.  Eren, despite being one of the most determined cadets – if not the most determined – was by far the youngest and smallest of their number.

Re: Wind-chill Factor
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2019, 06:29:22 AM »
Jean shook his head, side eyeing Eren as the boy stuttered and shook. Despite their arguing and usual hostility, he didn’t want to see the boy get hurt or left behind. Despite his actions saying otherwise, Jean wasn’t completely heartless. Jean fully admitted to being an asshole, but he didn’t want to see any of his fellow cadets -even Eren- get hurt. He knew Eren- as well as you could know the kid you consistently got into arguments with. He was on pretty good terms with Marco- Sebastian and Marco were the two people he was closest to. They’d seen him cry so they knew too much. He wasn’t quite sure of Javier, the kid was too tall for comfort but other than that he didn’t mind him.

He glanced back at Eren, noticing how the kid was struggling. He was fortunate enough that he had long legs, trudging through the snow like this was never really a problem for him. Jean preemptively told himself to be patient, back when he had first found out who he was going to be stuck with. If not for his sake, for Marco’s sake. He would try.

He met Marco’s eye when the boy looked over at him. While Javier had them on height, Marco and Jean were the eldest at the moment. He wasn’t sure if the older one was him or Marco, but either way he felt as though he had to prove that could act their age in a way. He stood a little straighter, turning his head to look forward once more. ”I guess we’ll just see when we get there then,” Jean muttered with a little shug, quieting down after. He hoped there was a bridge or at the very least something they could use to cross like an old log. He moved up to the front as they walked, just going along with Marco’s idea to walk two-by-two. It was a little rough, with the wind biting into him through his clothes.

”We should start looking for a place to set up camp once the sun starts setting. We want to make sure we’ve got time to find a good place- a cave or something that can block the wind.” He considered the forest ahead of them as he spoke, trying to keep an eye out for structures that would look like good places to camp out. ”If we can start a fire tonight that’ll be the best. Moving around during the day will help but once that sun gets down- we’re going to find ourselves in shit...” Talking and planning kept his mind occupied. He wouldn’t focus on the wind and the cold so much if he was planning their next step.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2019, 08:24:49 PM by Jean Kirschtein »


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