It was quiet ‘round camp most of yesterday, at least while I was there. This timeline’s Sinafay and myself were the only ones there, for a good while. Similar to the day before, really. Not that the quiet was unwelcome or anything. Meant that I got a chance to do a little sparring with Sina, way I mentioned I wouldn’t mind doing when I first found out Argonas was training her up to become a vindicator. Figured she was ready for it, considering she didn’t seem to do too bad in that fight against the botani the other night. Wasn’t anything too strenuous, just a quick sort of session to see what her technique’s like, whether there were any basic mistakes I might’ve been able to correct her on. She’s definitely got potential as a fighter, actually managed to catch me off guard once or twice, but were still a couple errors that needed pointing out. For one thing, wasn’t all that good about not putting herself off-balance. Might be on account of her still getting used to the weight of the hammer she’s using, but there were a couple of times she attacked, wound up with her weight not being in the best position when she didn’t connect. Could probably do with learning some techniques to defend herself if someone manages to get past her hammer, get up close. Other thing’s using her head. Fight ended when I managed to disarm her and she went in for a headbutt, got the handle of my axe to the side of her head for her trouble. Nothing wrong with doing that per se, of course, but you don’t want to be doing it if your opponent’s still got their weapons and it means giving them enough room to take a clear swing at your head while you’re coming at them. Here’s hoping she takes the advice to heart. Wouldn’t want to see her try anything like that against somebody who’s looking to put her in the ground.
Few other people started showing up once we got done fighting. Strahm, Sarah, Denalorn, Iadric a little later on. Stayed pretty quiet for a while, all the same. Just stood around talking a little, didn’t really discuss anything all that important. Think we might actually’ve been discussing saberon when all of a sudden we heard this screaming coming from off to the south, direction of their camp. Sounded like screaming, anyway. Wondered if somebody might’ve stumbled into it by accident or gotten themselves captured, something like that. Figured I’d take the rifle, head to the southern side of the rise, try get a look at what might’ve been going on. Seemed to be a hell of a commotion going on down below when we got there, like something’d gotten the saberon real riled up. Had one jump up at Iadric and myself a second or two after we’d gotten ourselves into a position to check things out. Thinking back on it, not sure if he was actually trying to attack us or just wanted to get away from whatever’d put this nasty cut on his rear end, got unlucky with the direction he decided to head in. Either way, we put him on the ground pretty quick. Knocked him out, tied him up a little later on. Iadric, Sarah and myself stayed up on the ridge trying to get a look at things from up there while Sina and Denalorn headed down the hill, tried to get a bit of a closer look at exactly what was happening. I couldn’t really tell what was going on until things moved a little further south, towards the far end of the valley, but turned out that there was a fight going on. Figured that was the source of the screaming, although being a little closer, you could start to tell it wasn’t a person making the noise. Anyway, whoever it was the saberon were fighting, they looked to have the upper hand. Was starting to think the best thing for us to do’d be to just head back to camp, hunker down, try not to get noticed. Plans changed when we realised who it was fighting.
Even with my scope, I didn’t recognise him right off the bat. Thought from the colour of the armour it could’ve been a Samaritan, that Zaraxen guy maybe. Wasn’t until I saw the guy’s wounds healing up, caught the colour of his eyes that I realised it was a simulacrum instead. Think Iadric was the first to figure out that it was Balderos’. Wasn’t really sure what to do after that, ‘specially once he figured out where we were, started waving and calling out to us. Definitely put some thought into trying to put a bullet through its head, hoping that’d be enough to put it down for good. Wondered if that might’ve been enough to keep the saberon from taking notice of us. Eventually decided enough of them’d run off by that stage that it’d be safe for Iadric to head on down, try talking to him, figuring out why it is he was there and what he wanted. Made sure to keep my crosshairs between his eyes all the while. Didn’t hear all of what got said, but was some interesting information in what Iadric was able to feed back to us during the conversation. Think there may’ve been something mentioned about him wanting to take our Balderos’ place in the Sigil, but more interesting bit’s that, since he got to Draenor, Kirge hasn’t been able to control him the same as he did back on Azeroth. Guessing whatever type of blood magic the guy uses, either there’s something on Draenor that messes with it or it just doesn’t work across worlds or timelines. Whatever it was, meant the guy came across a hell of a lot more friendly than the simulacrums we’ve met before. Got himself messed up pretty bad helping our people get out of there when the saberon started creeping back.
Only real warning we got was the bushes starting to rustle. Tried getting a warning to Iadric, telling him to get the hell out of there, but came a second or two late. They got the jump on him and the simulacrum, started throwing spears before they had a chance to start moving. Iadric was lucky, didn’t look like he got hurt too bad by that first volley. Started heading for the trees, although he didn’t have all that easy of a time of it, ‘specially with the others getting into the fighting not all that long after. Sinafay took a spear straight to the stomach. Lucky it wasn’t enough to take her down right then and there. Sarah jumped down after that, got a few pretty nasty cuts right across her chest. She managed to bandage them up alright back at camp afterwards, but wouldn’t surprise me if she ends up with a couple scars from those. Denalorn got involved in the fighting as well, but didn’t see how bad he got hurt, if he did. Think the simulacrum got hurt worst out of anybody. Lucky he had blood magic on his side, otherwise I’d wager he would’ve been dead a good half dozen times over. As it was, he managed to take out the last of the saberon after our people got into the trees, made it out of there in one piece. Ours needed a fair bit of patching up, but they’re all alive, at least. They headed through the woods on the way back to camp, covered their tracks, so the portal site hasn’t been discovered just yet. All the same, think Strahm was right saying we should probably move on before it gets too late tonight. It’ll be a shame to lose this camp with how useful it’s been so far, but I’m not about to go spending too much time mourning a campsite after having come that close to having people to mourn instead.