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You decide to bring Stinger along. Not wanting to draw unneeded attention, you inform the group with some simple hand signs rather than talking. They’re easier for Stinger to understand, anyhow.

He follows you as you slip past the nearby Bogknight; this proves to be rather simple, as this patroller seems relatively young and inexperienced.

You can’t help but find that odd in and of itself. True, if you have to accommodate new patrollers, you want them further out; but most of the troops you’ve seen tonight are young. They shouldn’t be that shorthanded.

Of course, it fits with what Mudviper said – that a greatrat infestation disrupted everyone’s sleep schedules. You’ll have to pass this along when you get back.

For the moment, though, you need to look at the tree. You stop in a bush in a dark spot, and sign to Stinger that you’re going to be concentrating. He nods, and starts looking around for patrols that might catch you.

You look in the direction of the tree, and focus your eyes. You can see the tree, and the front gate of the base, as clearly as if you were next to them – except, of course, for the fact that they’re all in shades of blue. It’s a strain to see this far, but you’ve had enough practice.

What you can see is that the blue tree leads to a blue window with a blue shutter above it. A blue lookout is peering through; he seems to have a pair of those blue long goggles. You wish you had some of those, maybe then you wouldn’t have to strain your eyes like this.

Regardless, that lookout makes the tree a difficult point of entry. You’d have to either climb up the tree entirely unnoticed, or take out the lookout from a distance while having some way to check that nobody else notices what happens to them. Either way, it’s a tall order.

You’re just about to sign to Stinger that it’s time to head back, but he’s prodding you frantically. There must be a patroller nearby.

Your eyes haven’t readjusted to short range yet, though, so you sign that you need him to guide you. Everything still looks so damn blue.

You’re now Stinger. Your squad leader is signing to thin air that he can’t see very well right now and needs your help. That’s inconvenient, considering there are some Bogknights checking the bushes not far off from here. You can get yourself away easily enough, but you’re not used to acting as a guide.

How are you going to make sure neither of you are discovered?

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NOW LISTEN UP
HERE’S A STORY
ABOUT A LITTLE GUY WHO LIVES IN A BLUE WORLD
AND ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT AND EVERYONE HE SEES
ARE JUST BLUE LIKE HIM, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

and then they were patient and eavesdropped on the approaching bogknights

 

Dive for cover and wait for them to pass.