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Author Topic: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]  (Read 3387 times)

Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:21:26 PM »
Staring out over the top of the Wall, Gustav folded his arms over his chest, momentarily appreciating the morning sun as the sky stretched out seemingly forever. He could almost forget the blood-soaked grass and wrecked districts curving out from the fallen Wall Maria. The villages, obliterated. So little found. If there were still survivors, they couldn't be in great shape. Plenty had been rescued even after the gates were closed.

He didn't want the same fate to befall Wall Rose.

After conferring with Anka on reports of an increase in scratchers, as well as general Titans getting too close to the Wall, he'd set out to talk to those who had reported the change. In conversing with the others, he could compile an even more thorough report, as well as see what he could suggest any ideas that came to mind.

Of course, he wanted to pass it off as just coincidence. But without the full reports from Wall Maria, he didn't want to take any risks. Everything had to be covered. Anything that remotely looked like a sign of a future attack had to be dealt with swiftly. Eyes had to be sharp. Ink needed to compile every note possible.

He set off, boots travelling the edge of the Wall as he made to find Arkin and his squad. While he had sent a messenger ahead of him, in case there were any further reports since the last, or anything had happened so far in their work today.
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Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 08:48:07 PM »
Arkin’s team had the Night Watch this week. They were tired and hungry but it had been a mostly quiet night. One Titan that Arkin and his second in command, Rahab, had dispatched quickly and with little fuss.  While they were a cannon team, 3DM gear and blades were the only way to actually kill a Titan. He had struggled with 3DM training as a cadet and new member of the Garrison, but years on the Wall had granted Arkin a reasonable amount of skill. Not remotely as able as say - Ian or Rico, but competent and able to perform his duties.

He watched the sun slip over the horizon and noted the oranges, reds, and yellows as each color peeked through the fading mist. It was going to be a nice day - that he fully intended to sleep through. After he ate, filled out his paperwork for the watch, and mixed some of the balms he used to treat wall burn. Then sleep.

It was odd, Arkin thought to himself, as he looked over the landscape. Once it had been a home. Now it was a boneyard. How many had not made it through the gates? Arkin did not want to think about that. He had been there. He had seen it all.

There had been a messenger a little earlier to let him know Gustav was coming to see him. The young lady had not told him why. That was fine. He knew Gustav from training and they had come up the ranks together and Arkin liked him.

Casting his eyes down the Wall, he saw Gustav. Nodding to Rahab, Arkin walked to meet him.

“Good morning,” he called when they were closer, “So what brings you here so bright and early? And hows the burn?”
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"But even yet I have so many miles to go."

Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 12:52:52 PM »
Noticing Arkin ahead, a smile touched his face as he continued onwards. He had to admit, the job was all the more easier when you got along with those you had to bother at all hours. There were a few squad leaders within the Garrison that were a little more delicate and sensitive to any kind of communication that delayed them or caused interruption, but it couldn't be helped. As long as he didn't have to talk to Weilman; the man was one of the more difficult, and while Gustav was assured of his ability to remain calm and rational, he couldn't for others.

"Good morning," he returned, with a quick glance to the sky. Was it? He couldn't tell what constituted a good morning any more. The man spoke again once he stopped by him, a tighter smile on his lips. A little forced.

"Following up on reports, chasing down any extra data there is. Seems to be an increase in the amount of scratchers as of late. You were among the reporters, so I'm here to fetch any extra reports or more details you might have." He tapped the bag slung to his side, in which he kept his trusty clipboard and writing implements. Making his own notes could be quicker, when there weren't any easily taken away.

Hesitant on the second part, he brushed it off with a shrug. "Better. Feels a lot like wall-burn, except more gritty. All those dips and bumps in the cobbles," he said. He'd be lying if he hadn't thought of how he was going to explain it away as being as bad as wall-burn - after all, cobbles were harder to slide across quite so smoothly. "It'll heal in no time," he added.
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Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 12:24:04 AM »
Arkin smiled at Gustav, “Cobbles. Right. Just keep applying the balm.” Arkin had been surprised when Gustav and Anka had appeared at his door asking for something for...cobble burn. Apparently, they had been run down by a beet cart. That was not the oddest incident that had brought people to him - but it was close. Still, Arkin genuinely liked Gustav and who was he to judge...

He nodded at the mention of scratchers, “We’ve had titans about six of the last ten watches. Last night as well. Seven meters. We took care of it.” He nodded his head towards Rahab, who gave a salute to Gustav.  The other team members followed her lead as their captain and his companion approached. They all had the same tired look that Arkin carried. All they wanted was breakfast and their beds at this point.

Arkin moved to stand just out of earshot from his team, the tips of his toes hanging off the edge, confident in his footing after years on the Wall. "A few nights back we had two show up back to back. That was a little startling."

He inclined his head to look up at Gustav, "We used to go a week or more without seeing one. Now like I said - two together. It's...odd." He crossed his arms over his chest and looked out at the sunrise.

"Remember when that was ours?" Arkin asked almost absently as his pale eyes surveyed the land before them. "It seems like forever ago." He sighed and brushed his hair out of his face, exposing for a moment the mangled pinky and ring finger of his left hand.

"One thing Rahab actually noticed was that most of the scratchers seem to be coming from the same rough direction. I don't know if that means anything." He looked at Gustav. He knew the younger man had a better mind for figuring out things like that. "I know Vanya's team had four a few nights back. Not back to back but still. Odd. Very odd."
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"But even yet I have so many miles to go."

Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 03:36:41 PM »
Arkin's emphasis briefly caused him to tense, before relaxing to appear normal again. He clearly suspected that their story wasn't quite accurate, but so be it. To keep the story, he would just have to pretend it was fine, to shrug it off as if it were nothing. That's what it would be like were the story true. So Gustav shrugged, a little 'what can you do?' motion, and nodded in agreement. "Yes, Doctor Holt," he winked at the man.

Listening as Arkin went through the basics of the report, he dipped his head to acknowledge Rahab. So many Titans, out of sync from the expected. Scratchers were hardly new, but their behaviour was admittedly less familiar to those who hadn't served on Wall Maria - there was no doubt data lost to them now, reports that hadn't made it out of the carnage. Few soldiers could compare the behaviour of the Titans outside Wall Maria to these intruders simply by memory. Even he didn't have much experience in typical Titan movements.

The same direction? He paused, brown eyes sharp as he gazed at the squad leader. "It's something to consider," he finally muttered. It could well confirm that there aren't further breaches in the outer Wall, if they were coming directly south, or thereabouts - Titan movements weren't always restricted to one place. If it wasn't from directly south, then that would suggest another breach.

"Back to back is problematic though, we don't want them moving in crowds. The more groups of Titans we have to dispatch, the more difficult it gets." The more likely casualties were. A team taking down one Titan wasn't guaranteed success, but the percentage of success was a lot higher. They couldn't afford to lose more soldiers. Not now. "How long between the two back to back? Did they seem as though they were sticking together or just odd / convenient timing?"
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Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2018, 01:22:19 AM »
Arkin suppressed a smile. Let Gustav and Anka have their secret...and dignity. Whatever happened - it must have been bad if they would rather everyone think they got run down by a beet cart. Mitabi and Ian were going to have a field day with that eventually. He hoped Gustav and Anka were ready.

"Back to back is problematic though, we don't want them moving in crowds. The more groups of Titans we have to dispatch, the more difficult it gets."

“It was a rough moment,” Arkin admitted. “Rahab and I were dealing with the first one and then Siobhan and Oscar had to dive in and get the second one. We are not used to that. Being that close together.”

"How long between the two back to back? Did they seem as though they were sticking together or just odd/convenient timing?"

He turned his head to look up at Gustav. “Maybe two minutes. The second one was a runner and just snuck up on us. It was pretty dark and we were all focused on the first Titan.” Arkin sighed and rubbed his eyes, “That’s on us though. We’re just not used to it.” In truth, Arkin was a bit ashamed to admit that. He took pride in his team and their skill and he viewed their surprise as a bit of a failure.

“Not together together. Just going in the same direction. The second one could have heard us dealing with the first one and was drawn to the noise.” He shrugged.

“Vanya said his team’s four were pretty spaced out,” Arkin offered. He sighed again and stifled a yawn, “It was odd. Just very odd.”

“What are you thinking?”
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"But even yet I have so many miles to go."

Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2018, 01:09:18 PM »
A gap of two minutes. Hardly enough time to dispatch of one Titan if a team wasn't perfectly aligned. They had to get into position, work out whether the ankles needed to be sliced, and find a path to the nape while avoiding both the mouth and hands. Easier for the more agile-focused Scouts to take down a Titan within two minutes. But to the Garrison who could go for a while without needing to take down any? Gustav was already considering his suggested course of action. He'd have to talk to Pixis about proposed new training strategies so teams would be a little more prepapred and have the strategies fresh on the mind.

"I'm thinking that this isn't just odd, it's peculiar," he commented. Changes in Titan behaviour were concerning. Were the Survey Corps dealing with the same issue? Maybe he'd pass on a note to Nanaba, see if she'd noticed anything off-the-record, while going through the official channels for information as well. Whether Nanaba had anything, or wanted to tell him anything, at least he could give it a shot. "It doesn't bode well. We don't know so much about the patterns before Wall Maria was breached. Is this a sign?"

The brunet paused, then turned his gaze onto the team leader. "Apologies. Hopefully it isn't, but I want you to keep a closer eye on it at the least. You're already doing a great job of it, of course." But it was never enough. Not where the Titans were concerned. "I'd like you to run me through the strategy you used to deal with the surprise second Titan, and let me know if there's anything you think might have made it easier. I'll look into ensuring soldiers are brushed up on some techniques on multiple targets, blend it with some other refreshed training if anything to avoid any panic if Anka and the commander think there's concerns there. Make sure we're fully prepared if double appearances becomes more regular."

He was still thinking. "I don't think it's too pressing, but I don't want to risk any of us passing over it. We need to evolve if the Titans are changing their behaviour. If this is the start, we'll be ready. If it's not, we'll just be a little more efficient."
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Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2018, 12:35:03 AM »
"It doesn't bode well. We don't know so much about the patterns before Wall Maria was breached. Is this a sign?"

Arkin blinked at Gustav - unsure of what to say. Before he could try, Gustav apologized and moved the topic slightly.

"Apologies. Hopefully it isn't, but I want you to keep a closer eye on it at the least. You're already doing a great job of it, of course."

“Of course,” Arkin said with a nod. “I’m proud of my team - but we were unprepared and we could do better. And as their captain, that is on me.” Arkin was a very laid back person - but he took his role very seriously and hated when he fell short.

"I'd like you to run me through the strategy you used to deal with the surprise second Titan, and let me know if there's anything you think might have made it easier.”

He thought for a moment and brushed a stray lock of pale hair out of his eyes, “Rahab and I were dealing with the first Titan. I was running down the wall to distract it and Rahab was going to the neck. Oscar yelled about the second Titan.” He was silent for a moment as he tried to remember exactly what happened, “Rahab got the first's neck and I yelled so the second turned to me. I kept screaming to keep it’s attention so Oscar and Siobhan could take it down. Siobhan had to swing out and she was able to take out the neck. It was...messy. We got it done, but we were surprised and yeah...messy."

“Honestly Gustav, another team member would have been great. Vanya would tell you the same thing. More eyes. More hands. More blades. And if there are more titans - more soldiers.”

"I don't think it's too pressing, but I don't want to risk any of us passing over it. We need to evolve if the Titans are changing their behavior. If this is the start, we'll be ready. If it's not, we'll just be a little more efficient."

He pursed his lips, "We were spoiled for so long. Then Maria fell and...here we are." Arkin sighed and ran both hands through his hair, exposing the manged left one for a moment.  He cast his eyes down the wall and pointed, "Our replacements are here." In the distance, another team could be seen heading towards them.

His team were tired and hungry. He turned to look up at Gustav, "I'm going to let them be relieved," Arkin said. He saluted and then gestured for them to go. "I think most cannon teams could do for a little retraining on some things. You and Anka must figure something out about multiple Titans. Larger teams. More teams. Something."

He yawned and sighed, "You'll probably want to talk to Vanya and his team. A few others. I'll get my report done and leave it on Anka's desk before I bunk down." While he did outrank Gustav, Arkin waited for the younger man to give him leave before walking away. After a few steps he turned and called back, "I made a fresh batch of ointment - come by if you need more...for the cobble burn!!"
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"But even yet I have so many miles to go."

Re: Scratching out reports. [Arkin]
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 11:15:33 PM »
Gustav dipped his head. He had faith in Arkin and his squad to do their utmost best. As the soldier ran through what they had done, the way he had distracted the second Titan in order to give a chance for his squadmates to take it down, he nodded again. Distraction was the best tactic with multiple, to take them down one by one rather than cross wires as they tried to take down as many as once.

The request for an extra squadmate earned a slight grimace. "I know, but we're spread thin as it is. There'll be cadets graduating soon, but we still need more soldiers. While there's less Wall to defend, we lost a lot of capable soldiers. Add onto that the issues with population and fights still breaking out on the ground..." He spread his hands out in a gesture of 'what can I do?'. "I'll talk to Commander Pixis about it, I promise."

The approaching team brought some relief to them all. It meant more alert, energised soldiers were ready to begin their shift, and Arkin's squad could get their much needed rest. "We'll work it out," he murmured, already running through thoughts. Training would have to take precedence. They couldn't conjure more soldiers out of thin air, they'd already exhausted attempts to bring in as many as possible. The current cadet intake was high, but it all took time.

Hopefully the Titans would take longer to get organised into a bigger threat.

"I'm on it," he said. "Get some rest, Arkin. I'll get you an update on what we're going to do as soon as we have details." Turning, he looked over his shoulder as he heard Arkin call back. A brief flush warmed his face. "Yes, doctor. For cobble burn." He could hear the disbelief still.

He headed off, making notes for his own report mentally on the way.
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