"Uh, ok. Can you do it next time?" Elpsis looked a bit overwhelmed. She could not deny Laira's logic, but it sounded painfully like...responsibility. Something she was generally very adamant about avoiding. It was why she'd never trained anyone in the Order of Fire, despite nominally being a mistress of the order. And why she had no formal rank in Firemane. It was a comparatively carefree life.
But it seemed she'd have to do the responsible thing now. So she straightened her back and tried to calm her nerves when the camel riders surrounded them. She was not concerned about their personal safety. If they came to blows, she could hit the accelerator and dash away. No, she was worried about messing up in general. She took a breath when one of the riders yelled something in archaic Catharese, before repeating his query in broken Basic.
Speaking of Cathar, they were the bipedal, sentient felines, not the Gnostic sect that was wiped out during the Albigensian Crusade. Elpsis kind of liked the felines. Their fur was warming and nice to touch and they were wild in the sack. Anyhow, on with the plot.
"Hiya. We come in...peace," she began. It was the first phrase that happened to pop into her mind. She put some empathy into her words. "We're...explorers from another world. We mean no harm to your tribe or its territory. I am Elpsis, this is Laira. Sorry if our ride startled you a tad."
Edited by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori, 25 December 2017 - 09:50 AM.