Natsuru finished her consumption simply crumbling the parchment wrap the buns came in and dropping them on the floor letting the gentle, occasional breeze dance and tumble the trash away into the wind. Normally she had at least some decency for the environment, even opting to utilize natural geothermal vents to power her factories over coal. But the simply did not have a care to give anymore. As Simon began to speak about the debriefing she turned her head towards his acknowledging his first sentence before looking away. She listened passively, somewhat, as she questioned whether volunteering to go was even worth it. Ryuko will greet us with her "happy-go-luck" behavior as usual...Shimiko will without a doubt try to boast herself like she's something special because Simon's dating her out of pity...and me? I was dumb enough to not be direct with Simon in the first place.
As she snapped back to reality she heard a smidgen of what Simon had to say, most importantly "don't hurt anybody." "Okay."
She said briefly in response before taking a couple paces forwards. Surely enough the other two would follow.
Her prediction was just what she expected for the most part. Shimiko was more enthusiastic as usual even having the audacity to try and hug her. She prodded her arm out just slightly to give a couple inches of space between her and Shimiko. Unlike Ryuko's hugs Shimiko felt like a Ruffle
as her ridges pressed against her body. The former was at least squishy and had texture which made it more comfortable. She wondered how Simon managed to get off to a girl that had the body of a twelve year old boy, but the thought of those two actually doing it would simply make her more angsty than she already was. The brief exchange of gifts between Ryuko and Simon, and Shimiko's ongoing enthusiasm to get the mission underway was enough to let Natsuru know everyone was practically ready. "Let's not waste any time, then."
Natsuru would exit the gates being on the opposite side from the village, and directly to the left the squad would find an armored vehicle.
It was built like a war wagon being fifteen feet wide and double that in length. It looked to be made purely out of iron, though in reality it was mostly wood with iron plating to reinforce its strength. The structure was lined with rubber and insulation to provide a weather-proof mode of transportation. Even without any heat source it could easily survive in Frost. Natsuru wanted to ensure whoever used this was comfortable and well fortified. "We will be taking this. There is no way in hell we would survive in Frost without not only shelter, but a
solid one. We will be approaching Frost through the Iyashi Highlands, which is the must rugged terrain and the coldest part of the land."
Natsuru was curious if any of them knew anything about the Land of Frost. Natsuru opted to do a bit of research before building her wagon. She knew it was going to be bad, but no where near as bad as what she read. Nights frequent -20 to even -50 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of high winds your clothing would have done nothing. We would have literally froze to death on our first night. Either that or we charter a ship and take the long, safer way.
Natsuru was not entirely in favor of wasting time, as her opinion about this mission was already expressed in great detail to Simon. Approaching the wagon she climbed the small side ladder which led to the coach, which was where the door was. Pulling the key from her arm guard she unlocked the door and entered inside allowing the others to enter. Directly to the right was the control area with the most windows, a large seat, and multiple controls. It would be impossible to operate without being taught by the creator. Her finesse of craftsmanship was showed by how thick the glass windows were and how finely insulated and sealed the edges wore. Windows were typically a problem when it came to insulation. They let in too much cold air due to their thinness and general design. Her solution was to simply make them as thick as the mantel of the wagon and welding the edges so they acted part of the wagon.
Inside was a well-decorated interior. There were a pair of bunk beds on either side, a sectional couch surrounding a kotatsu in the center, and three chests stacked on the side. A small kitchen area made up the rest of the interior aside from a small bathroom located in the back. "I even packed food."
She said gesturing over to the normally blank wall on the opposite from the kitchen. Piled high were a variety of instant noodles, chips, packaged melon pans and breads, and packaged sweets. They were real simple to cook: features Natsuru looked for when planning to buy food she had to make herself. Although not the most nutritionally sound selection, hot soup was not a bad choice for where they were going. Natsuru expected some rhetorical questions, so she did not settle down in the coach's chair before all of them were boarded and doing their own thing.