Airborn - Ice Setting (Simon Kopp)
Bugduff left the promontory on which they had secured their f-boat and climbed the elevation leading to the heart of the rock cluster.
He knew the natives to be very suspicious. After all the atrocities committed by his kind, who would not?
So he ordered his men to remain as far as possible from the homes. The flutte measured barely a mile in its greatest length, rather small to accommodate a hamlet like they had seen.
The captain turned around one last time, preoccupied. He did not like to leave his men like this. Palfront, his second, was a man to wield authority but he feared the bad temper of some could outweigh his patience.
After the last battles, all lost, his men were too nervous and were too keen on assaulting those simmers, as they called them. They felt they'd be avenged from the successive humiliations.
There was, therefore, only him to replace the Harvesters. He could not trust anyone else. Never mind, he'd be returning the next day. If everything went well.
He readjusted his scarf. In this season, the cold was more intense and it would be even worse once the sun was down.
His backpack was light, he started a brisk walk. He carried only the bare minimum: the retractable f-barge, which he'd be using on the way back, and some tools and glass jewelery to exchange with the minerals.
He had adorned his helmet with a few feathers, as a sign of respect. He came on foot, as a sign of wisdom. He had laid down his arms, as a sign of peace − except for a knife, which was their traditional symbol of adulthood.
For a good trade, it is always best to respect the traditions of the savages living in the fluttes.
The extraction of levitation minerals was a perilous undertaking. It could undermine the delicate balance of the floating island. Only natives were able to dig it up.
If they wanted to set off again, he had no choice. He had to be successful. And if the villagers refused to help… He guessed his men would enjoy demonstrating the raw technological superiority of their weapons over number.
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