Now vomiting black, bloodstained bile, howling the full length of the spear as he uses the massive gamera trunk to force it through.
Finally, at the cusp of consciousness the weapon leaves his body and he collapses to his knees amid fallen foemen. Moments pass like hours and then the sound of hoarse laughter splits the silence like an axe braking logs.
"Alive! Still alive muija!"
Using the gamera as support he claws himself to his feet. Blood oozes though his tunic from the ragged edge of the spear wound with every heartbeat as it flakes from innumerable other gashes, gouges and cuts.
Gripping the knife sheath in his teeth Aatos' powder bubbles as it meets the wound. A white hot blast of pain sweeps though him, only the sweat stained leather preventing him biting though his own tongue. Finally spitting the ruined hide from his lips he checks his side to see the wound has already begun to close. The old man was right about that at least.
Thinking it likely that the scum around him may have companions that will eventually start a search for them he hauls himself to his feet and begins to trudge back toward the narrow mountain path.
The gamera is a large hardwood native to the upper slopes of Taivasleikkuri range, although it can be found at higher altitudes scattered across Saaristossa. It is slow growing with deciduous needle like leaves. The close grain and hardness of gamera wood would make it ideal for any number of tasks were it not for its overly knotty characteristics causing it to split irregularly once sawn.
Wise Women and Canny Men perform a number of important services to the villages and small towns of Saaristossa, treating wounds and healing the sick being one of them. Verenseis powder is one such remedy, prized by militias, sellswords and other naer-do-wells it can stop the bleeding of even the most serious wound in a few moments. Of course it the treatment can often be worse than the ailment and verenseis powders are no exception. While efficacious their application causes pain so acute that unprepared users have been known to bite though their own tongues or shatter teeth with its use.
Removes the bleeding adjective from any consequence and begins the healing process. However use of the powder requires a superb willpower test to avoid passing out from the pain of using the powders.
- Core Aspect: Fearless warrior, down on his luck
- Trouble: Never back down, never surrender
- 3rd Aspect: The strong protect the weak
- 4th Aspect: Pain is an illusion
- 5th Aspect: Talk is wasted breath
Skills of Note
- Stunt - Spearman: Long hours of practice with the spear have made you more proficient with it than most. +2 Fight when using a spear.
- Stunt - Didn't hurt a bit: You may make a willpower test versus the severity of a physical consequence to prevent it being compelled for the remainder of the scene. You may only do this once and my not do it again until the consequence is removed.