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The Tumbledown Bridge over the River Ahvinn

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The Bridge Remnants 

Here of old was a mighty stonework bridge that spanned the Ahvinn East to West. Reached a few days journey from Straith, the three arches from the bridge have long since mostly collapsed leaving a scattering of stone pilings that emerge from the waters.  

The center span of the bridge is in the best condition with some of its deck still intact.  So it is possible for a small party to camp here, but it can be quite buggy.

Crossing the River here is still possible, even the relatively slow flowing Ahvinn is quite dangerous.  Fallen stone blocks make the waters shallower but can create dangerous eddies.

Duilliath Suilleach Seanake, Fool and the Traveler Who Lost a Kingdom


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OOC from the Old Road

The Sidhe stopped at the bank, looking down at the swirling water around the fallen stones and the pilings of the bridge.  They could have jumped from stone to stone, Baoun wouldn’t like it, but Marigold would not be able to do so.  Doré’s clever steed would be badly injured in the attempt.  

There was enough of the bridge deck that formed a sort of snaking path, and with some crossing of a couple of bridging logs, but he had no desire to risk the doughty mare further.  

“Seems we have a decision to make,” the Old Road continued on the other side of the river, but getting there would be a challenge.  The road on this side dwindled to a path. 
“That is the easiest way to reach the Glow… but I’m thinking it’s not quite so easy after all.”

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Baoun the Ur-Cat

 

From the Old Road

Baoun looked at the waters, deep and swirling, with some distaste obvious in his gaze.  He turned to Duilliath as if to say “Is this the BEST you can do?” Then the ur-Cat contemplated for a moment and jumped easily and lightly into the first stone, then balanced on the edges of the next one…

”This is easy, Wanderer.

He did not see the reproachful look that the Sidhe gave him.

”Turn the worlde inside out and step easy, if you don’t want to wet your toes. I have Seen you do it.”

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The Sidhe Speaks

Duilliath considered the Phouka’s challenge and mild rebuke. Yes, he could do it, but he should not. Not as depleted as he may be. 

“Very well, Ser Pussums, I will turn the worlde inside out… starting with you.”

 

He did no such thing, of course, but the spark he sent after the ur-Cat was a relentless little willo-the-wisp. 

“Scout the way across, if you will,” as the tiny yellow spark followed the feline form. “Let us see what the two greatest holders of elemental potential might come up with as a solution.”

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A Cat’s Fancy (for a very fancy not-cat) 🐾 

The sudden appearance of the honey-colored spark caused Baoun to jump up and leap to the next rock. In the center of the spark was a black circle: it reminded the cat of the Sidhe’s dark eye.  

He then pranced across some debris that had caught cross-wise to the current against the stone pilings.  Here, the water was piled up, deeper and quieter.

From this vantage he launched his own spark, blue-green, at the golden one. The two motes circled one another seeking advantage, then chased one another around the bridge ruins. 

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The Sidhe Sees

”Doré,” he began, “how much around water is Marigold?”  She had not panicked at the other distractions, “Would she ford this if we could see the bottom of the riverbed?”

The challenge would be in how the Ahvinn’s bed had shifted after the collapse of much of the bridge.  It could be scoured smooth or littered with debris. Footing could be treacherous either way… 

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                                    The Jam Loosens

"The ancestral chateau occupies the lands beside the Great Azure Cliffs, and the homelands extend to either side of the cliffs. Times uncounted, Syn and I rode along the cliffs down to the sands. To do so, we must cross rocky, shifting tidepools and in clement weather, we swim in the waves." Doré's eyes sparkled, her typically sunny countenance becoming warmer with the fond memory.

"Worry not, we shall cross with great care." Doré was aware this crossing could prove to be dangerous on many different fronts--but she did not wish for either Duilliath or Baoun to have to stress themselves to a greater degree than their recent circumstances had done so already. She was determined they would not suffer for her company.

"Come along, Marigold, let us go for a swim," Doré tied up her skirts and mounted up and encouraged her mare to a point of the bank that look a bit less muddy. Marigold's hind hooves slid a bit, but the mare waded confidently into the becalmed water behind the place where the debris had pushed against the pilings. 

Up, up higher on Doré's legs the water came--all the way to Marigold's mid-chest. "Across we go," Doré urged in the happiest sing-song voice she could muster. Fear would only swamp them both. 

The current rippling from the mare's body as she semi-walked, semi-swam was just enough to cause one sizable fallen tree to work its way loose and come toward them.  It looked as though the other debris were threatening to come free as well.

"Sah, Sah!" Doré  loosened the reins to give the mare her head for the opposing bank, which was both steep and muddy. It would take a lot of effort, but Doré wasn't worried about that. Instead, she fisted her hands in Marigold's black and silver frosted mane and prepared to try to divert the nearing log so it would not strike Marigold.


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It’s a Mistake

Duilliath had meant to try to alter the flow of the river by some magico-physical means and either slow the flow and deepen the pool upstream or slow the flow to expose the riverbed downstream.  He had been standing on one of the nearer pilasters, looking to dam the flow even more than now.  

He turned as Marigold splashed into the water, and the litter of debris damming the flow suddenly gave way… perhaps one of her hooves had struck something important and dislodged it. No matter now, for he saw the half submerged log break free and move menacingly toward horse and rider.

He spoke a word, and then he leapt.

Sidhe are creatures of preternatural balance.  But now that he rode the tiger he found it difficult to control.

He started to run, trying to spin the waterlogged wood…

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Spun Wood

Kicking the log to divert it had been her only tenuous plan, but then she had not counted upon the Sidhe. The log missed her and Marigold thanks to Duilliath's well-timed leap. Marigold reached the bank, and pushed up the hill by digging her hooves into the mud until it reached more solid ground beneath it.

As Doré was being jerked uphill to safety by the faithful Marigold, her hazel eyes we glued behind her on the sight of the spinning Sidhe. "Bloody Hell!" 

Once the mare came to a stop, Doré patted Marigold's neck and slid off the horse's back. Turning back down the bank she'd just come up, Doré called, "Baoun Moggie! He needs our help!" 


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The Ur-Cat, Baoun, Lord of Felines

 

The ur-cat opened its eyes and fixed them on the Sidhe as he seemed to run along the log. Under his tread it turned one way then the other.

What in the worlde was he doing?”

”Shadow-walker! I am coming.” The cat jumped up, shifting as he did…

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Log Rolling

The effect was in some ways comical, the Sidhe’s large feet spun the log and directed it by main skill at an angle that would miss the horse. Baoun’s sudden arrival nearly pitched the Phouka from the wood.  But limber enough and possessed of claws that were sharp and grabbing… he turned and began to run the same direction faster… and faster still. 

The impromptu raft turned like a beached whale and slowly struck another stone.

Masters of the Elements; both went flying into the water.

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Mud Bath

Doré gave a yelp as she watched the events unfold in surprise and dismay. Skidding and sliding down the bank to the edge of the water, she arrived just in time to get splashed. "Oh!" 

She shook her arms to the side and swept back her damp golden hair so she could see. "Duilliath? Baoun?"

Wading ankle deep into the mud, she was looking for something to assist them and spied a rather stout stick. Leveraging it by twisting, she was able to get it into the water. Sitting back into the muddy bank, her feet braced against a large stone, she called to them again. "This way! Grab the stick!"


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As Easy As Falling Off A Log

The Sidhe flew one way, the Phouka flew the other. Neither relished being wet but it was Baoun that was more irritated by the development. 

The Sidhe surfaced a little ways downstream, spitting water.  He started to swim toward the bank… and then he saw Doré clambering into the muddy water and waving a stick.

Baoun needed rescue, sort of.  The ur-cat leapt up, claws out spitting and hissing.

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In an Octopus’ Garden

Well.

Well, hells.

As the waters closed in on him again, he almost laughed at the irony of it: he reflected on his unique journey: The Hero became the Fool on purpose, and became a Hero by accident….only to run full circle to Fool once more.

An accidental Fool.

The river grasses seemed to reach up for him and he was able to see better away from the bridge and the plume of silt that the horse’s passage had created. 

“So very impressive…” came a voice unbidden. “Isn’t this just the very picture of your miserable, long life?”

It was a voice he had not heard in almost two eons. What brought this fresh ridicule?

 

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Baoun the Cat from Soggy Bottom

The Phouka had no issues with water-when he was calling the tune, that is. 

Being unceremoniously flung into muddy water without so much as a ‘by your leave’ was simply more than his ur-Cat pride would bear. 

First, he was going to get out of the water.

Second, he was going to bite the Sidhe.

Third, he was going to take his scarab and go.

”Very well… what was first?”

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