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Well. Based on your recent experiences, just talking seems worth a shot. At least it probably won’t leave you any worse off. Besides, dealing with these Protectors has improved your skills at communicating with someone who won’t answer you back.

You get a little bit closer, until the bird takes notice of you. It makes a strange noise – you think it’s angry, but it’s not very loud.

“Easy now,” you say. “I’m going to help you, but I can’t right now. Just stay right where you are, and I’ll be back with help. Okay?”

The bird just makes its strange shriek at you again. You don’t think it was paying attention.

But on the other hand, now that you’ve gotten it on the defensive, it’s not wandering any more. So it sort of worked. You should at least be able to keep it still while it can see you.

So you back away, keeping your eyes on it. That seems to keep it fixated on you. You manage to get to the crates while keeping it in sight, at which point one of the Protectors comes out and stares at you.

“There’s a wounded bird,” you start to explain. “Real big. Got hit by the bolt that went past us.”

Suddenly, the Protector looks very upset.

“It’s, um, it’s a bit agitated. I might have scared it a bit without meaning to. But at least it’s staying still now.”

The Protector steps away, and returns with his cohort.

“Keep filling the barrels,” he says, with no further explanation. Well, that’s a bit rude, but also not out of character at this point.

You suppose it would be good to keep the water going, but you’re also a bit curious as to just what the Protectors are going to do. Do you get back to work, or do you watch?

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Oh you’re definitely going to watch. You’re sick and tired of being out of the loop, especially as it concerns the protectors.