Bass finished pulling on his shorts and tied a rough rope tight around the waist, the guild had yet to find anything really suitable for a man of his size to wear so most of his clothes were very badly sewn leather. He picked up the shirt they had hastily thrown together for him, but Bass didn't like the feel of the fabric, so he put it back down neatly on the bench in front of him.
He turned and took his Patu from where it was hanging on the wall, the feel of the hardwood club felt great in his hands. Bass was suddenly reminded of his younger days training to be a great warrior for his tribe. This Patu had been handed to him by his father, and was covered in small intricate spirals carved into the wood. Bass suddenly felt a pang of loss, he missed his father and his tribe, and he would have done anything to get back to them.
That was the only reason he was here today, a one legged man named Corsair had promised to return him to his family. In return all Bass had to do was play ball for a year, literally. Bass still didn't understand the rules for the game, but Corsair had promised him he would get it in no time, a 'natural' Corsair had called him.
Bass sighed and wrapped the leather thong on his Patu around his wrist. He tested the weight of it by giving it a swing forward and then back. He stretched his muscles by pulling both his arms in front of himself, and then he strode out of the dressing room ready to learn.
Jac watched the monstrous new player emerge from the dressing room taken aback by his sheer size, Jac thought he would probably make the Boar look more like a piglet, even Kraken seemed small next to this giant. The behemoth was wearing a pair of simple leather shorts tied with a rope, and a number of necklaces of varying length. He was tattooed from head to toe, bare chested and bare-footed, something Jac thought was both equal amounts of brave and stupid. Jac watched Shark walk over to the big fellow and start explaining something in a language Jac didn't fully understand, the giant nodded his head to show his understanding, and then walked over to stand by the goal post.
Everyone had stopped their practice to watch the new rookie in action, even Corsair was stood by the sidelines of the training ground with his arms folded ready to see what was about to play out.
Shark kicked a ball to Angel who brought it deftly under her control. Angel turned away from the goal and started dribbling the ball at speed. Jac had never seen anyone as good at control as this youngster, except maybe that show boat mason Flint. She spun around, turning quickly with the ball. She brought it through her legs off to the left side of the goal, flicked it out and hit it with power right towards the goal. Jac watched it soaring through the air curving slightly. He didn't think it fair that the rookie had to deal with one of Angel's best shots.
Suddenly the big guy moved, almost faster than Jac could keep track of, and the ball changed direction flying right towards Angel. It hit her in the chest full force and knocked her to the ground.
Jac looked at the giant to see him stood there with his wooden pounder gripped tightly in his left hand, expression stern and unyielding.
Without warning Shark flicked a ball in the air with his right foot, bounced it off his left knee and volleyed it toward the goal post. The giant turned at the sound of the rushing ball. His left arm came up faster than Jac could ever imagine a player of his size being able to move, his club contacted the ball and it flew off to one side harmlessly out of the way.
“Damn that guy is fast” Jac said as he noticed Siren appear by his side. "Sure hope he can handle himself in a scrum, big guy like that in defense could be just what we need" Siren glared back at him expressionless not saying a single word.
The pair of them watched as the rest of the team took shots at the goal. The big guy stood like a stone wall in front of the goal, barely even moving, batting away the shots one by one. After thirty minutes the only player to score a goal had been Sakana, and even then he had taken his shot whilst the giant was distracted by an attempt from Angel.
“Excuse me a minute will you dear” Jac said to Siren as he started to jog towards to the goal. He began to pick up speed, dialing his jog up to a sprint, as he neared the goal and his target he lowered his shoulder with the intention to barge through the new guy and knock him to the floor.
The giant turned just in time for Jac to catch him square in the midriff with his lowered shoulder. He flew backwards, carried by Jac's forward momentum, until he hit the goal post hard. The wooden post adorned with many different trinkets and talismans snapped in half, splinters of wood flying in every direction. Jac had pulled up slightly short of the post, leaving the rest to momentum. He watched as the behemoth hit the floor sending up a cloud of dust, dirt and wood.
Jac walked over to the knocked down player and offered his hand to help the fallen giant up. The monstrous player clapped his arm around Jac's and pulled his way up.
"Still got a lot to learn, but welcome to the team" Jac said jovially between labored breaths.
"Thank you" replied the big guy smiling "My name is Bass"