07.11.3013: Preparing the Arborenin Woods
Summary: Agnes and Kaedin do a perimeter walk to find a good spot to ambush the Hostile forces.
Date: 11 July 2013
Related: None.
Agnes Kaedin 

Arborenin Woods — The Spine, Imperius
Tall, monstrous trees dominant the forests that take up most of the southern half of the Spine. Their trunks are like the legs of giants, and their dark bark is home to brightly colored moss and the broad steps of mushrooms. Natural light must filter down through broad leaves, casting much of the forest in a cool green glow. The forest floor is covered mostly in soft peat and rotting debris, creating a fertile bed for lush flora, which in turn become the habitats of diverse fauna. Nurse logs, hollowed snags, sink holes, and small forest caves adds layers of detail to the broad stretch of Arborenin woods. Toward the outer edges of the forest, the giant trees transition to smaller evergreens and firs, transitioning into mountain forests to the west and rocky beaches to the east.
11 July 3013

Orelle born and Khourni trained, Kaedin makes his way easly to the forest floor, landing and giving a quick strech before taking out his longbow and looking around. He may not look like scout material, but he considers himself a jack of all trades as far as war stuff in conerned. Leaving his helmet collapsed, he looks around once more. "Now, where IS that other Knight I was suposed to do this with." He says, a slight bit of pacing due to his unability to hold still.

Sir Agnes Peake is not a scout. Not even remotely. But she's here to determine a good spot for the Arboren ground defenders to be concealed from the enemy should they approach the tree city. She's asked Kaedin along to help her mark out areas that the defense needs to be tightened, and good ambush spots. "Have you spent much time in the woods, Sir Kaedin?" the very tall woman asks. Her armor is on, but her helmet has been retracted for the moment.

Tall, is a releitive term, as kaedin actualy has to look slightly down at Agnes. "I've spent some time in the forest, so I'm not a total stranger to it's ways." he says as he begins to walk away from the city, looking up to see the city. "Lord Hollolas came to help with a problem on marie Maris, so I figured this would be a good opertinuty to return the favor." he adds as he continues his walk.

"Ah yes, good man, Lord Hollolas," Agnes notes. She pulls out a datapad which has terrain maps of the area around the city. "Let's start on the north side of the city. We need to mark any possible routes the Hostiles may take to get to it, then make sure we make all but one of them impassible. If we can control their approach, we can set up an ambush."

Kaedin nods in agreement. "Bottleing the enemy, while cride, is very effective." he states as he moves with her. "You can set a few archers on that platform there, if any happen to be lucky enough to get past us, that would be a nice cut-off spot." he says, motioning with his bow. "Also, a few scouts making rounds to see if any get past us would help to make their defense easyer."

"I'm taking into consideration that so far, the Hostiles have reacted to situations more like automatons than people. So if we force them into situations that rely on instinct instead of coordination, we might have an edge," Agnes explains. There's a reason she's a Knight Lieutenant. She gestures up into the trees at his last comment, to point out a few scouts moving about limb to limb nimbly. "Scouts aren't a problem." She smiles and strides to the north, marking notes on her datapad as she goes. "We can put deadfalls together to block some paths, get some drones to dig out pits in others."

Kaedin nods and continues his walk. "Pits would be a good idea, give's your archers a change to get a shot off on any before they can climb out for a counter." he says. "On Niveus we did more hammer and anvil tactics, but the forest would make that kind of battle chaotic."

"No real room for cavalry to move in the woods here. We need to find ideal spots where ground forces and archers can have concealment so we gain surprise. Again, forcing them to react with instinct instead of programming, or whatever it is that makes them tick," Agnes murmurs. She pauses at a spot where there is a hunting blind up in the trees, a large one, and very dense brush to the left and right of the trail. "What do you think?" she asks Kaedin.

Kaedin looks at the hunting blind. "Nice." He says as he steps back abit and holds his bow up, measureing line of sight from the ground. "Beyond this point here would be good shooting, I also beleve our melee line could hand behind thease trees." he says as he lowers his bow and looks at her. "I'll be on the ground, I'm much better with a sword then I am with a bow." he says, though, he has become a wonderful shot wit hthe bow as well.

"I'm only learning archery recently. Was more focused on tourney skills when I was coming up as a Squire and that left me sorely lacking in ranged weaponry ability," Agnes admits. She pushes some of the brush aside to step through it. "Am I well screened from that side of the path?" she calls to him.

Kaedin gives a nod. "Yes, though, you might wantt to watch for any twigs on the ground if you plan on landing a first atttack." he says as he finds a tree and leans against it. "This should give me a bit of cover." He says as he looks around, picturing the battle in his mind. "best case senario, each of the ground forces can try and take out one of the incomming hostiles, while the archers up top volley their flank, that would cause enough chaos in their ranks for us to mop up and continue." he says to Agnes with a nod.

"We'll have the archers strike first, draw their attention upwards, so the ground forces can then surprise them in a pincer move," Agnes notes. She makes the notes on her datapad so that others can come finish prepping the ambush site.

Kaedin nods. "That seams the best course of action. Let's hope we don;t suffer heavy casualties during this ambush." he says with a frown. "How many are we expecting to be on the ground?"

"I don't have all the minutae yet, I'm afraid," Agnes says, coming back out from the cover of the brush. "Lord Declan will be leading this ambush. I suspect we'll get the information on numbers and such later today, at a planning meeting." She follows the path further along and marks the spots where cross paths need to be cut off.

Kaedin nods as he continues to walk. "Any trees that have fallen can be moved, I wouldent make the suggestion of chopping any down though." he says, that would make it look like someone was already here, and COULD give away their position.

"Plenty of deadwood in the forest. I'll get a contingent on gathering it to create blockages. And I'm fairly sure we have a few Awakened who can knock over some trees and make it look natural, if need be," Agnes notes with a small grunt as she plucks a twig out of her hair. She continues on in the walk, beginning a perimeter scouting for more paths to make difficult for the Hostiles.

Kaedin nods and lets out a sigh. "I beleve that's everything, any further out and it would just be too much, we can bottle them in to this way, and just take them out.' he says, simple… Step one: Kill hostiles, Step two: ????, and step three: PROFIT!

"We need to make sure our people know to not try and take these things one on one. Three to one odds seem to work best. Surround one, off balance it, and overwhelm with numbers," Agnes murmurs. She's still favoring her right arm a little from damage on Primus. She turns back to walk alongside Kaedin towards the city. "Thank you for your assistance in this."

Kaedin nods and offers Agnes a smile. "Don't thank me yet, we still have a battle to win." He says with a nod as he continues his walk. "Maybe once things calm down, I can spend a week out here camping, get away from the ring for a while." he says with a frown, rubbing his head. "Some of the archways are two low…"

That gets a short, bark of a laugh from Agnes. "I know the feeling, believe me. I'm not as attuned to the woods as those of my Paramount. Khar-Mordune is as unlike this place as you can imagine." She lives inside a mountain.

Kaedin nods. "Yeah, most of my family barely tops six feet, neck starts to cramp." He says as he looks at her. "Thats why I like the outdoors better, I don;t have to worry to much about banging my head on a steel beam or a door frame."

"Understandable. However, the Arboren like to be up in those trees, and at our height, it seems even longer to the ground," Agnes warns with a small smile. She sends out some messages from her datapad. "I should be heading back to the Nether Keep. My nephew has threatened to shoot me up with a paralytic if I strain myself before I'm fully healed."

Kaedin nods and offers her a warrmors hand clasp. "Just do what I do and lift said family member over your head…" He says with a snicker. "It will be a honor to fight alongsuide you tomorrow."

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