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The Eighth Doctor ([personal profile] beforethewar) wrote in [community profile] asgardmeridiem2013-06-15 10:29 am

The Search for Freya (Part 2)

Who:The Doctor Who cast and Hel
What: The Doctors and their friends reach Niflheim
When: Night of Day 278 through Day 280
Where: Niflheim, the land of the dead
Rating: PG-13 at the most


So, maybe leaving after lunch was a bad idea. The gloom of the craggy, shadowed land of the dead was only made worse by arriving in the dead of night. It seemed like the further they went, the darkness of night only got darker, and there was a distinct feeling of being watched all around.

And not a single sign of Freya in sight. Only whispers, and unseen eyes on them.

Still, it would be all the more exciting, right?
goesagainst_thegrain: (Alright stop! Hammer time)

[personal profile] goesagainst_thegrain 2013-06-15 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
So Six isn't quite used to this whole being human thing... sometime during the late afternoon he slipped into a doze, which quickly turned into a proper sleep. It's ok, he kept the snoring down to a dull roar.

It's only well after they arrive that he finally wakes up, sitting up and yawning. "S'dark. What time is it? Are we there yet?"
fantastix: (don't believe this man)

[personal profile] fantastix 2013-06-16 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
Nine's carefully scheduled his sleep around theirs, and thus he's currently staring at Six with an unimpressed expression.

"Finally off your shift, eh? Welcome to the land of the living. Within the land of the dead."
toldastory: (earthlight)

[personal profile] toldastory 2013-06-18 03:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Martha can't help but perk up at that, and she raises her head half-asleep to eye Eight as he left. "What, seriously? You found him face down in a petting zoo?"

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goesagainst_thegrain: (Puzzling it out)

[personal profile] goesagainst_thegrain 2013-06-16 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
Six is quickly deciding he doesn't like this human need for sleep. It's left him feeling disorientated and a little groggy, especially the way he managed to do it. Waking up in the dark after falling asleep while it's light out is... ok, he's done it before and it's nice that his head doesn't hurt right now, but it's still a strange feeling.

He's frowning a bit at what the other two are saying, but he's not really upset. It's just taking longer than he likes to finish shaking off the last of the sleep. "'Land of the dead'... lovely. And I suppose they mean that literally, here."

Nine gets an eyebrow raise. What's that look for, buddy, you have to sleep here too.

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asgardsshadow: (some things they come all things they go)

[personal profile] asgardsshadow 2013-06-16 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
The only eyes on them as they enter are the eyes of the dead, because there is nothing living in Niflheim. No trees, no birds, no scrubgrass, no insects, nothing. If they look hard enough, sometimes the dead can be seen, ghosts sitting or wandering, completely ignoring the living Travelers.

But as they pass around a large rock, they will find a woman waiting for them on the other side, leaning against the sharp rock. She's tall and severe and very much alive, her clothes simple and black. The shadows seem to cling to her, obscuring her feet. Her arms are folded across her chest and she looks rather unimpressed.

"What are you doing in the land of the dead?"
fantastix: (pensive)

[personal profile] fantastix 2013-06-16 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
"My lady," Nine steps forward, bowing his respect---it's a bit of a gamble, he doesn't know his patron goddess very well, but he's trying to strike a fine balance between respect and not being facetious.

He grins and introduces the problem without further fanfare. "We're looking for a mourner. Freya. You know her, yeah?"

Straight to the point. Nothing can go wrong with that, right?
asgardsshadow: (everyone left down below)

[personal profile] asgardsshadow 2013-06-16 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes, I know her." Her voice is dry and cold, but if he ignores the way the shadows seem drawn to her, Hel appears normal enough. Up close, though, there's no division of pupil and iris in her eyes, it's all depthless black. When she loves away from the rock and stands at her full height, she's taller than he is.

"What I don't know is why you came all this way instead of asking. Freyr isn't here, Freya has even less reason to be, and if she came calling, I would hardly harbor her."
fantastix: (pensive)

[personal profile] fantastix 2013-06-17 12:20 am (UTC)(link)
"Maybe we weren't sure we'd get an honest answer if we asked. Anyway---she's cursed some Travelers and we're getting tired of it."

That's it, right? He straightens and looks back to the others for confirmation---hey, they know more about this than he does.

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[personal profile] comeonthensexy 2013-06-17 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, this one hasn't quite given up on this lead yet.

"Has she been here, though?" Eleven asks. "I believe the others said she has. Or I might be remembering wrong."
toldastory: (calm)

[personal profile] toldastory 2013-06-18 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
In some ways, it would make the most sense for Freya to come here in her grief, so the fact that she might have been here and then left elsewhere seems the most logical of scenarios. And perhaps it means that Hel may have an idea where Freya has gone.

"My Lady," Martha begins respectfully, taking her lead from Nine. "Where do you think she may be?
asgardsshadow: (some things they come all things they go)

[personal profile] asgardsshadow 2013-06-20 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
She turns to regard him. "Which others?"

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toldastory: (I did my duty for queen and country)

[personal profile] toldastory 2013-06-18 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Heading north makes Martha shiver. Perhaps it's the lingering sensation of being among the dead, or perhaps it's something else, but Martha feels very much awake and very somber as they leave the land. Sitting in the wagon, with her knees to her chest, Martha's eyes are open and she's very much on alert. Just in case.
toldastory: (365 days. It's been a long year)

[personal profile] toldastory 2013-06-20 03:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Hearing her name makes Martha lift her head up, and her lips automatically form the standard 'I'm fine' smile. It doesn't change the being on alert position, but it softens it a bit. She too understands how good a calm voice can be in a situation like this.

It's reminding her of things she'd rather not remember.

"Yes, Doctor, I'm fine. Just prepared. In case. Didn't realize that the land of the dead was going to be so much... well, land of the dead I guess." Her smile is more real at that, the joke softening things further.

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fantastix: (looking  back)

[personal profile] fantastix 2013-06-19 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
So many shadows here and yet none are his own. He's got his fists, but other than that he won't be much good in a fight.

There's a certain chill shooting down his spine as he considers their situation, stuffing himself deeper in his jacket. Whatever his worries (and he will definitely deny that he worries about a thing), he sets them aside for the sake of the journey.

"The second time should be the charm, right? It had better be."
bonnypiperlad: (sleeping - blanket)

[personal profile] bonnypiperlad 2013-06-19 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
"Mm?" comes a rather sleepy-sounding noise from Jamie, who's somehow managing to fall asleep quite quickly already, chills and shadows and all. It's a knack with him, really, and the fact he's temporarily not on cart-driving duty means that he's planning on taking full advantage of the opportunity. But the Doctor's voice manages to break through just enough that he stirs and sits up a little, blinking at Nine a bit muzzily.

"What'd better be, Doctor?"
fantastix: (Nice one)

[personal profile] fantastix 2013-06-19 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
The Doctor smiles over at Jamie. He can't help it. The sight of his old friend fighting sleep like this is nostalgic. He scoots over, dropping his voice a little.

"Freya. We came all this way and we're not going back empty-handed. You put too much effort into this for that, wouldn't you say?"
bonnypiperlad: (pensive)

[personal profile] bonnypiperlad 2013-06-19 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
Jamie hides a yawn behind his hand before stretching and then reaching up to scrub at the back of his head briefly. When he looks at the Doctor again, it's with an expression that's marginally more awake, at least for the moment.

"Aye, well, with our luck, she'll likely be in a place that we've already been by already. You'll manage something, though." You being the collective Doctors, in this case - it's just easier to think of it that way. "Ye always do."

What that would be, he had no idea, but he still had faith in the Doctor.

"Then it'll just be a matter of convincing her to leave everyone alone, aye?"

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