Chapter 3:      The Rain was heavy the following morning. Boats surrounding the docks were all rocking side to side as thunder roared, hiding the beautiful morning it could've been. Kai awoke when a yell came from a nearby boat outside during the storm.      'He must be catching water, I should probably raise anchor and get the Treader out of here before I'm stuck here.' He thought to himself as he began to strap on his shin-high boots.      When he opened the door to reveal the outside world, he was instantly met with a gust of wind and rain that fell from the dark clouds above.      After shielding his face from the weather momentarily, he let his arm down and began to work. Quickly he stepped across the deck and to the side of his boat, there he began to unhook a few metal chains that were holding onto his boat from the docks. From there, he made his way to a circular crank nearby, with one swift movement he pulled the crank towards himself until it clicked before letting the crank go altogether. Right away it began to retract the anchor underwater on its own.       Once done, Kai walked to the backside of his cab where a slightly small spiral staircase was revealed leading to the top of the cab. As he reached the peak of the stairs, the pipes from inside of his cab could be seen coming through the ceiling and up to the deck above, which held a roof above it to help protect against natures course. At the center of the Captain's Deck was a 'V' shaped steering mechanism. Most boats at the dock in Catarei were normal, but the Treader was rarely seen by a Factionless.       The straight channeled fin at the stern of the boat ensured that even the slightest shift of the steering would force the boat to pursue it's desired direction. On either side of the steering stood an upright chamber, basically a giant pipe with a gauge, going straight down to the bottom of the boat and back to the stern. One of the chambers, the right one, showed a numbering system on the side of it and was see through with water inside of it. The chamber on the left looked very similar, but held a clip-on type of lid that Kai already had flipped open.       The waves crashed and shook the Treader, which was floating out in the water loosely, as the young man reached inside of his pocket to pull out a small flask with an even smaller lid on it. Once the lid was off, a tiny amount of powdered blue substance was dumped into the chamber. When he was done, he reached to either sleeve and pulled them both back to his elbows. Either arm revealed strange symbols that wrapped around only short sections of his forearms.      'Thank the Lost Ones that I had Crypt left over...'      When the chamber was closed back, he placed both hands onto the steering handles. His Treader had floated far from Catarei at this point. Giant waves carried the lifeless boat as the storm roared on.       As he gathered his grip onto the handles, a small lifted button could be seen on the deck at the base of the steering mechanism. Kai readied himself, then with one foot, stepped onto the button. Instantly, two small pricks were made into the palms of his hands from small needles that shot up through the handles he held. This caused a small amount of blood to enter the hidden cracks of the steering mechanism. After this was done, a small light began to reveal itself from the pipes that travelled all over the Treader.      'Time to go.' Kai thought to himself, and with one loud 'Whoosh' sound from the stern, the Treader was heading extremely fast towards clearer weather.       The next morning was a lot calmer. When Kai had finally awoken, the first thing he did was check his mounted compass that was linked to the Captain's Deck.      "South dammit! This storm caused us to go East!" He yelled at himself with frustration.      Forcing himself outside, he walked to the stern of the boat. Here sat a medium sized tank with another sort of crank off the side of it. Slowly, he began to turn the crank. As it rotated, water slowly filled the tank, this was his main water collection tank that the chamber on the Captain's Deck would gauge.       When he was done, he headed to the bow of the Treader. The rectangular shape of the boat was awkward enough compared to the traditional Factionless boat. Along the front of it, it carried an upright curved bow to help ride the waves it would encounter. After making sure everything was in order on the main deck, Kai made his way up to the Captain's Deck.        Reaching one hand to the steering this time, he began to turn the handles to make sure that his boat would be heading South. Reaching below the steering, he slowly twisted a small dial counter clockwise. This made sure that he would cruise at normal speeds this time, only allowing small amounts of the materials and blood to mix. The Alchemy at play, was called Sacer, and was considered an Ancient power that only few knew how to control or use. Pressing one foot to the button, his one palm was pricked yet again, this time slowly propelling the boat forwards at a more relaxing speed.       Kai's eyes glanced quickly to the chamber he had poured the Crypt into, making sure it gauged enough for his travels.      Locking the steering in place, he returned back to the bow of his Treader.      'Hopefully these outer bands of Varensvain Pass aren't reaching when I arrive at Caecis.' Kai thought as he ate some of the Sweet Bread Miss Kira had given him.       His eyes watched as red lightning could be seen flashing and striking the waters in the far off distance underneath the darkest of skies.  
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Scarfil Expanse: Chapter 3 shows our Protagonists first obstacles at play...

Chapter 3:      The Rain was heavy the following morning. Boats surrounding the docks were all rocking side to side as thunder roared, hiding the beautiful morning it could've been. Kai awoke when a yell came from a nearby boat outside during the storm.      'He must be catching water, I should probably raise anchor and get the Treader out of here before I'm stuck here.' He thought to himself as he began to strap on his shin-high boots.      When he opened the door to reveal the outside world, he was instantly met with a gust of wind and rain that fell from the dark clouds above.      After shielding his face from the weather momentarily, he let his arm down and began to work. Quickly he stepped across the deck and to the side of his boat, there he began to unhook a few metal chains that were holding onto his boat from the docks. From there, he made his way to a circular crank nearby, with one swift movement he pulled the crank towards himself until it clicked before letting the crank go altogether. Right away it began to retract the anchor underwater on its own.       Once done, Kai walked to the backside of his cab where a slightly small spiral staircase was revealed leading to the top of the cab. As he reached the peak of the stairs, the pipes from inside of his cab could be seen coming through the ceiling and up to the deck above, which held a roof above it to help protect against natures course. At the center of the Captain's Deck was a 'V' shaped steering mechanism. Most boats at the dock in Catarei were normal, but the Treader was rarely seen by a Factionless.       The straight channeled fin at the stern of the boat ensured that even the slightest shift of the steering would force the boat to pursue it's desired direction. On either side of the steering stood an upright chamber, basically a giant pipe with a gauge, going straight down to the bottom of the boat and back to the stern. One of the chambers, the right one, showed a numbering system on the side of it and was see through with water inside of it. The chamber on the left looked very similar, but held a clip-on type of lid that Kai already had flipped open.       The waves crashed and shook the Treader, which was floating out in the water loosely, as the young man reached inside of his pocket to pull out a small flask with an even smaller lid on it. Once the lid was off, a tiny amount of powdered blue substance was dumped into the chamber. When he was done, he reached to either sleeve and pulled them both back to his elbows. Either arm revealed strange symbols that wrapped around only short sections of his forearms.      'Thank the Lost Ones that I had Crypt left over...'      When the chamber was closed back, he placed both hands onto the steering handles. His Treader had floated far from Catarei at this point. Giant waves carried the lifeless boat as the storm roared on.       As he gathered his grip onto the handles, a small lifted button could be seen on the deck at the base of the steering mechanism. Kai readied himself, then with one foot, stepped onto the button. Instantly, two small pricks were made into the palms of his hands from small needles that shot up through the handles he held. This caused a small amount of blood to enter the hidden cracks of the steering mechanism. After this was done, a small light began to reveal itself from the pipes that travelled all over the Treader.      'Time to go.' Kai thought to himself, and with one loud 'Whoosh' sound from the stern, the Treader was heading extremely fast towards clearer weather.       The next morning was a lot calmer. When Kai had finally awoken, the first thing he did was check his mounted compass that was linked to the Captain's Deck.      "South dammit! This storm caused us to go East!" He yelled at himself with frustration.      Forcing himself outside, he walked to the stern of the boat. Here sat a medium sized tank with another sort of crank off the side of it. Slowly, he began to turn the crank. As it rotated, water slowly filled the tank, this was his main water collection tank that the chamber on the Captain's Deck would gauge.       When he was done, he headed to the bow of the Treader. The rectangular shape of the boat was awkward enough compared to the traditional Factionless boat. Along the front of it, it carried an upright curved bow to help ride the waves it would encounter. After making sure everything was in order on the main deck, Kai made his way up to the Captain's Deck.        Reaching one hand to the steering this time, he began to turn the handles to make sure that his boat would be heading South. Reaching below the steering, he slowly twisted a small dial counter clockwise. This made sure that he would cruise at normal speeds this time, only allowing small amounts of the materials and blood to mix. The Alchemy at play, was called Sacer, and was considered an Ancient power that only few knew how to control or use. Pressing one foot to the button, his one palm was pricked yet again, this time slowly propelling the boat forwards at a more relaxing speed.       Kai's eyes glanced quickly to the chamber he had poured the Crypt into, making sure it gauged enough for his travels.      Locking the steering in place, he returned back to the bow of his Treader.      'Hopefully these outer bands of Varensvain Pass aren't reaching when I arrive at Caecis.' Kai thought as he ate some of the Sweet Bread Miss Kira had given him.       His eyes watched as red lightning could be seen flashing and striking the waters in the far off distance underneath the darkest of skies.  

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