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Grassy_Aggron
01-03-2011, 02:04 AM
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Rules
1.) No god-modding, power-playing, etc.
2.) Be respectful to others!
3.) Please, no insanely powerful characters...Even the staff wielder will have weaknesses (I'm lookin' at you, Metal!)
4.) Rated PG-13 for blood, some language (no "S" or "F" bombs), some romance (No sex please @.@), and occasionally some gore, although I don't think it'll get too severe.
5.) Try to post at least a paragraph.
6.) Have fun!

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Green eyes, specked with yellow mixed within, silently studied the river of viscous black water down below, the land distorted from the rain of altering matter that poured from the black hole in the burnt sky up above. It had been like this ever since the first orb had been destroyed five years ago, but the red sky was slowly spreading, as was the dark matter that poured from the ever widening rift. Why he had chosen to remain in the closest village to Inferno Valley, and constantly come up to the most heavily infected area, was simple.

In order to understand the effects of dark matter, it had to be studied. Unfortunately, this exposed him to the risk of becoming corrupted as well, but so far he had no symptoms, and planned to keep it that way. Of course, the river of dark matter below him caused the most interest, but his many attempts to figure it out - magic, overloading it, whatever - had all ended in failure. There had to be a way to convert dark matter back to ordinary matter, but whatever it was, he simply couldn't find or didn't have enough power.

While frustrating, he did not give up hope. He glanced at the large Shinolf beside him, the streak of yellow across its muzzle the only thing differing it from a normal one. "Yes Blitz. We should return home. We must help those who have become ill from this plague." The sky blue hedgehog proceeded to turn around on a dime, his companion following him down the rocky slope. I have no doubt others will be coming to investigate this disaster. I have already heard that many are losing their families because of this... He was a victim himself, but it was long before the rift had been opened. And I cannot shake this horrid feeling, either.

GallantlyGlaceon
01-03-2011, 03:15 AM
Nyx Itzel
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Thin prinpricks of bright light filtered through the numerous cracks in the forest canopy. The sound of cicadas chirring and most likely other insects echoed throughout the quiet woods. Despite this aforementioned light illuminating most of the area, some spots were completely covered in darkness, and that was where one lone, small wolf was silently treading.

Nyx kept to the shadows, carefully making his way over large tree roots almost the same size as him and various other obstacles that most would fall victim to for easily overlooking. This place has a calm, almost soothing atmosphere to it...There's something amiss, though. But for the life of me, I can't place my finger on it... For this reason, he made sure to keep his senses sharp, graphite-grey irises darting around as he observed every miniscule thing he passed by. His train of thought was interrupted as he lightly leaped over a petrified log, but it soon continued. It shouldn't be too much longer before I reach that city that frog told me about a couple of days ago..

Nyx shook his head, trying to clear his thoughts as the memories of last week came flooding back. It's strange, though. What kind of disease could that have been? The event he was referring started quite simple. He was passing through a small town near the woods he was traversing now. It wasn't the most populated of towns, but it was still quite bustling, as the creatures living there were all busy completing some form of task; whether it be the children playing peacefully, or the adults conversing with eachother over a meal.

Everything was perfectly fine until, suddenly, a shrill scream resonated from origins unknown. Everyone, including Nyx, whirled around with suprise to see a few people carrying a tiny girl on a makeshift stretcher. He didn't get a good look at her, but her yelling was so many decibals loud that Nyx had to cover his ears. It hurt even more due to the honed hearing of the species of wolves, and he likened it to the shout of a banshee. The kid was literally throwing a fit, twisting and writhing around. She was carried inside of a huge hut moments after Nyx had this agonizing thought. He only stayed for a few minutes after that, for he was too, although he was loathe to admit it, frightened and slightly shooken up to stay around much longer. He did overhear one of the townspeople say something about a 'mutation' as he walked by the hut. Just before he left, he questioned one of the locals, an emerald-green frog, about this incident. The animal merely shook his head and replied, "If you really want to find out more, then head east through the woods. You should reach the city in just a few days."

His thoughts came back to the present as he noticed a break in the trees. There's only one way to find out what's going on...And I'm afraid it might not be terribly pleasant...

Winter
01-03-2011, 03:56 AM
Luna and Nadia

"Are you sure it's here we need to be?" The white of Nadia's teeth glittered in small flashes against her night-dark fur, the panther shivering as her mind was once again brought to the level of environmental disturbance in the area. She wasn't one connected completely with nature, but Nadia could tell nature was thrown off-balance here more than anywhere else. She clutched her blue cloak tighter around her shoulders in response.

"Yes, Nadia." The fox next to her sighed, a stark comparison to the black panther next to her, the fox was nearly completely snow white, blue eyes filled with sympathy for Nadia. "It's closest to the infection area, they should have more information here. Maybe they'll know what we need to do here." Luna reached back to pat the handle of her sword, a nervous habit she'd never manged to break. Nadia's green eyes were huge and wary, she really, really didn't want to be here, and Luna understood. As a mage and being closer to the environment, she felt more in the land than Luna did, not to mention she could hear more thanks to her wind magic.

"Death and misery is in the air." The panther said quietly, shivering again. Luna again felt sympathy for her friend, but didn't speak. She felt it too, but it didn't bother her, whatever made her run from places that felt like death had broken a long time ago.

"I know. You should've gone home. I should have made you go home, back to Cloud and the others." Luna replied, and Nadia shook her head.

"No, someone has to watch your back." Nadia shot back, Luna sighed and looked to the sky, which was no longer the friendly blue she used to see.

"I watch my own back well enough, Nadia." Luna said quietly, and picked up her pace.

Doodlebop
01-03-2011, 12:47 PM
Nova Rowling

Wow, this is gonna be sooo much fun.

Nova stared down at the village below. She may not be a super-magical witch or whatever they were called these days, but she could definitely feel the dark energy. Maybe it was the ominous sky, maybe the dark flowing river she could see in the distance, or maybe it was the dark creature that had tried to maul her (which she had only escaped by shimmying up a tree and it had eventually got bored- she really should get some sort of weapon)- there was no telling, really. But enough feeling and sounding like some drugged magical love hippie. She had to check this out. She began to stump down the slope toward the village, muttering under her breath.

Nova was silently wishing she had never embarked on this stupid quest. Anyone else (with common sense) whose father had died by the hands of some evil creature would have just hid for the rest of their life and hoped it didn't find them. But nooo. Why had she been so stupid? From what she had heard, this was big. Nothing she could do could stop it. But she had already started, and she wasn't about to quit now. No sir- Nova tripped and slid several feet, shouting expletives the whole way down.

Of course, she thought as she nursed her skinned knee, that kind of showed how moronic I really am.

Re and Nimue

Meanwhile, someone else was having thoughts similar to Nova's.

This is dumb, Nimue, Re thought, kicking aside a pinecone.

*You're helping people. What's so bad about that?*

Nothing, except that helping them seems to involve tromping to some village in the middle of nowhere. What am I going to do, anyway? He pushed a branch aside, which immediately snapped back and slammed into his face.

*Well, how am I supposed to know?* Nimue had a smug smile on her face, leaning back against nothing. Re stumbled, then paused to lean against a tree.

Garr, stop that.

*Stop what?*

Being... visual. In my head. It messes up my vision.

*So you want me to be visual out of your head?*

It doesn't work that way. Don't be stupid.

*I know. It's just fun to play with you, that's all.* Nimue faded away, and Re was left to walk through the woods.

So, evidently this whole dark matter thing or whatever was heavy in this valley... When they had heard about it, Nimue had bullied Re into going to check it out. It was better than sitting around doing nothing, but it wasn't exactly fun, either. The guy they had gotten the tipoff from had seemed downright unreliable, too. Shifty. Very shifty...

*Don't judge people, Re. And look.*

Re paused and looked down the valley. A village was in the valley, and in the distance, a dark river, filled with something that was definitely not water.

*Well?*

Okay, but there's probably a better spot he didn't tell us about.

Hawky
01-03-2011, 10:50 PM
Astor had managed to arrive here not before too many others a few had already passed by recently. The wind and ground held some of there scents. Sighing to herself she missed the icy wind and snow of the north already but she could not give up. Her home land was more enjoyable then this place but she could not go back for now. Looking around she spotted a tree among the others but this one was climbable it's branches close together.

Slowly making her way up the tree she could see her destination. A small village among a valley. That didn't interest her though it was the river nearby not filled with water, but dark matter. This would be a good place to gather clues in finding a way to make the dark matter spread farther. Taking a breath as she started to climb back down she stepped down onto each branch carefully. As she was almost down the branch she had prepared to go down to next broke as her weight met it. Gripping the trunk of the tree to balance herself.

As she did she said “And this is why dogs should not climb trees I guess.” Looking down it was not too much farther from the ground but it would still hurt a bit to fall from this height. Growling at the tree she pulled herself back up to a branch and then attempted to get down once again. This time the branch below her did not break and slowly she was out of the tree.

Sitting under the tree that had given her trouble she decided to take a break here. Just as she decided that her stomach agreed to her making a low growl of hunger. Sliding the bag off her back she opened it and took some of the food from it. There was not much left in it two loaves of bread and a pound of dried meat. Breaking off some of the meat as she closed her bag back up. Hopefully the village below would have food if not she could try to find some nearby but it would be harder. The scent of the meat would attract unwelcome visitors unless she finished it soon. Taking bites from it as the dry flavor became rather noticeable.

s00pahFr0g
01-04-2011, 03:35 AM
Kratos was taking a leisurely stroll through the woods. He didn't have too much on his mind. There were no schemes he was working on and he had no plans to exploit some poor souls today. He had all the money he wanted and a life that easy, although rather dull. All this power.. and what could he do with it? Sit around and, essentially, steal other people's money. It was a horrid thing to do but Kratos had no sense of right and wrong. He lived for the moment, choosing to do whatever he wanted the most. It was a shame that this always meant bad things. It was common knowledge that he was one bad cat.

As he moved through the forest, his yellow eyes caught a glimpse of a dog that was struggling...in a tree. What kind of dog climbs trees? He watched with amusement as the dog did her best to get out of the tree. A few moments later she managed to get out and then proceeded to sit and eat.

He strolled up to her, wearing an evil grin. "Why hello miss. What brings you to these woods?" He eyed her, trying to gather what sort of dog she was and whether she was one of those snobby people who believed themselves to be 'good' or if she was morel like; a dirty scoundrel. Hopefully she would be the second. He didn't want to hear another lecture about how he really ought to change his ways.

Grassy_Aggron
01-06-2011, 03:01 AM
(I don't feel like bringing in Cryo yet, and this post is a little short in my opinion. Blarg)

Skye Silvart

On the way down, Skye spotted something unusual - a fox? - that took a head long fall down the side of the valley, shouting harsh words and curses that could have made his ears melt. She had clearly injured herself, as she held her knee while grimacing. Blitz followed him cautiously as he made his way over to the slightly klutzy creature, and Skye took a bow as he introduced himself, offering her a hand up.

"I am Skye Silvart, and I noticed you took a fall. Are you all right? And if I may ask, why have you come to Inferno Valley? Surely you know the dangers of staying here..." The Shinolf behind him huffed slightly, almost as if to say "she just fell down a cliff - she's probably not that smart in the first place", but the hedgehog ignored him. After all, that was no proper way to treat a lady! "If you need help getting treatment, Blitz behind me will be able to carry you if you cannot walk." He scrutinized the wound, which was cut up and bleeding, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. "Your wound is not that severe, thankfully. You should be able to walk on it rather quickly, if not already. Still, we should get it treated so it does not become infected. An unhealthy immune system around this place is begging for disaster..."

Winter
01-06-2011, 04:00 AM
Luna and Nadia

Nadia and Luna's ears flicked, catching the sound at the same time--a feminine sounding voice cursing quite loudly. The two frowned slowly in unison, "Why do I not think that sounds good?" Luna asked, Nadia sighed.

"It sounds like someone fell." Nadia corrected, unaware of just how right she really was on the matter. "But further away from us. I think I hear someone closer by, maybe..." The little panther cocked her head to the side. "Stumbling around, it sounds like?" Luna's ears swiveled atop her head, trying to find the sounds. "Whoever it is stopped now." Nadia said quietly, Luna sighed and frowned further.

"I hate it when that magic of yours makes your hearing better than mine." She commented, looking at the younger girl, Nadia laughed.

"Sorry, Luna. Anyway, let's go see if we can find whoever it is--I, unlike you, seek out civilization." Nadia said, turning in the direction of the sounds, and took off.

OOC: Out of time as of right now, they're headed towards Re.

Doodlebop
01-06-2011, 06:12 PM
Nova Rowling

Nova was almost ready to stop pitying herself when someone ran up. A light blue hedgehog with unusual eyes had just run up. He seemed older than her, and not only in appearance, but in the eyes- something seemed almost ancient about them... She gave a tiny shake of her head to clear it. He had started talking, a little rapidly.

"I am Skye Silvart, and I noticed you took a fall. Are you all right? And if I may ask, why have you come to Inferno Valley? Surely you know the dangers of staying here... If you need help getting treatment, Blitz behind me will be able to carry you if you cannot walk."

It was about this time that Nova noticed the wolf thing standing behind him- Skye, she supposed. Before this point, she had been quite prepared with a volley of sarcastic comments, but the best she managed was an 'ummm'. He didn't seem to notice her staring in shock at the wolf and continued talking.

"Your wound is not that severe, thankfully. You should be able to walk on it rather quickly, if not already. Still, we should get it treated so it does not become infected. An unhealthy immune system around this place is begging for disaster..."

Nova's brain finally started working again. Okay, she told herself, it's not eating me. It's not eating him. So I'll worry about it later. She sighed as she looked into his eyes, purple-blue into green flecked with gold. It was very tempting to say something biting and extremely rude but he had just been trying to help, she supposed. She waved a hand dismissively. "Ehh, I'll be fine. Just a skinned knee." Without waiting for him to answer, she opened up her bag and pulled out a roll of white cloth bandage. Determined to prove she was capable of something besides falling over, she tied the bandages around her knee and inspected it. "It'll do for now," she finally said, rolling her pant leg down and tucking it back into her boot.

"So, you're Skye, huh?" She crossed her arms. "Nice to meet you." I guess. "I'm Nova Rowling." She balanced briefly on one leg, her good one, than placed it back down. Nope. Not bunny-hopping the way to the village.

It suddenly occurred to her that Skye had asked her why she had come. Why, indeed. "I came to ask some questions," she said evasively. "Mind walking me to the village?" Without waiting for an answer, she walked past him. Coming or not, she was going to village and getting the info she needed. If she didn't... Well, she'd worry about that later, but she predicted a lot of expletives in the near future.

Re/Nimue

Re froze suddenly. Did you hear that?

*Yee-ees...* Nimue seemed uncertain, then suddenly she seemed certain. *Yes. Re, hide, it's possible it could be one of those shadow beasts.*

Don't have to tell me twice. Re, with the agility of a cat, swung himself up into a nearby tree until he was up near the top.

*Was that wise? Your usual way of getting down from trees is falling.*

That was the one time.

*Oh, I'm sorry. What were the other times? Weren't you nearly shot out of a tree once?*

Garr, shut up, Nimue. Re paused as he looked down at the two below him. Two, a fox and a panther, both close to his age. Hey, neither of them were too bad looking... Actually, they were both kinda...

*Re.* Nimue sounded appalled.

Sorry, Re thought, without feeling very sorry at all. A grin crossed his face as his mind shifted gears. He had the perfect opening line already for the white-furred fox hefting the big sword. He opened his mouth to speak...

And immediately felt a electric shock run up his body. He let out a strangled cry and slipped off the branch he was sitting on. After tumbling for a moment, he grabbed onto a branch and was left dangling in midair.

*Smooth,* Nimue thought.

What was that for? He demanded, wishing that Nimue was a physical person so he could clobber her. This was rewarded with another shock, but Re gritted his teeth and ignored it.

*What you were about to say was really stupid, Re. She knows what she's doing. I can tell. Not to mention it was kind of rude.*

I know what I'm doing, OK?

*Re.*

Fine. Whatever. I'll be polite. If they don't kill me first. Re blew hair out of his eyes and looked down at the two below him. He'd let them speak first. There was no way they hadn't noticed him by now, anyway. Falling down a tree yelling and barely avoiding falling on top of people below him had a way of attracting attention.

((I will introduce Xenon eventually... And I leave it to your imagination for whatever Re was going to say. XD))

Hawky
01-06-2011, 08:56 PM
Astor


If the tree had not been enough now there was someone bothering her. Finishing her food with a large bite and swallowing. She replied to the odd yellow tinted lynx “I was just looking around. That dark river can be a rather big addition to the landscape.” It's not like she was going to reveal what she was actually doing here not to some random stranger.

Slyly saying “And what are you doing here in these woods? Other then probably watching me get stuck in that tree.” This lynx obviously was not from around here at least she thought so. Her bow and arrows were within reach if he made a wrong move of attacking. There was her magic too but it always been a bother to use. Waiting for his reply while keeping an eye on him. The wind picked up a bit and as it did a leaf from the tree behind her slowly drifted down. Landing on her face and covering her eyes. Trees always did hate her and she hated them back. Grabbing the leaf off her face to see it was a maple leaf perfectly intact. Twirling it between her index and thumb she then remembered that the lynx was still there. Looking away from her distraction she stared intently at him. Thinking of all the options that she could do to get him to go away or not bother her. But none she really wanted to do right now either way.

s00pahFr0g
01-06-2011, 09:41 PM
Kratos

Kratos raised an eyebrow as she spoke of the river. He knew of it; just about everyone knew of it. Most people were terrified of it and the things that it supposedly did to people. It didn't bother him much and he couldn't care less about it. To him it was just some whacked out river and nothing more. There was more to it supposedly but Kratos, at least for the moment, didn't really bother with such stories. That's all they were to him; just stories. The sort of thing that a group would sit around a campfire and tell; stories of great adventures...and...ultimately good triumphing over evil. They were all so naive! Good did not win every battle, let alone always overcome the evil.

"I think that the river makes a rather nice addition to this place. All this green...it makes me sick! I like to see it dead, charred, and black. The world needs less of these living things. They're a nuisance to our existence. They slow us down! and they give people some sort of peace. I honestly don't know how but it's true and people don't deserve peace! No one deserves peace." It was clear that Kratos was getting rather angry. Fortunately for Astor, Kratos had a feeling that she wasn't one of those good people. He may be wrong but he had a hunch. That alone stopped him from attacking.

In order to get his anger in order he pulled out one of his yo-yo and began to send it up and down, just like any other yo-yo. Soon it was spinning fast enough that the blades were extended from the yo-yo. He swung it around above his head, slicing any trees that were within it's three foot arc. The blades sawed away at the threes until the tops of three of them dropped off, clean cut. Then he holstered his yo-yos, took a seat in front of Astor, and waited calmly for her response to his words, acting as if he hadn't done a thing.

Grassy_Aggron
01-07-2011, 12:54 AM
(Ooh, good. I'm glad someone thought he was a bit ancient in terms of his eyes. I was aiming for him to look older than he actually was)

Skye Silvart

Skye was not so stupid that he didn't notice the vixen's hesitance upon seeing Blitz. Frankly, he couldn't blame her, as the Shinolf was quite big. That being said, she quickly introduced herself as Nova Rowling, then got up and bandaged her wound. Without even waiting, she walked past him towards the village, answering his previous question that she was coming to get answers. She didn't specify what they were, but the hedgehog had a very good idea of what she was curious about.

"Nova Rowling, is it? A beautiful name, if I must say so." He wasn't flirting, only being courteous. "You came for questions about the disaster, did you not?" He hadn't moved an inch, knowing full well that his response would capture her attention with ease. "Unfortunately, I have more questions than answers to this disaster. That being said, it does not mean I have not learned anything from studying the river." If anything, he had been researched it far more than any others in the village.

It was curiosity, as well as a natural ingrained fear that had driven him to come every day, sometimes even at night when it is the most dangerous, to the river. He had even managed to take a sample of the dark matter by using a rock he had cut out into a bowl, as rocks could not be radically altered by dark matter. A rock is a rock, despite the stories and treasures it may hide. Despite this, he was still no closer to figuring how to stop, and furthermore, reverse, the damage done. He'd seen families torn apart by a father becoming a monster, or a child an abomination.

He'd suffered himself at the hands of mutation, claiming his grandfather and brother. It had scarred him, leading to an "alter ego" of violence, blood lust, and insanity. And to think, this was all due to dark matter...How worse could it get if he became corrupted? What if this disaster wasn't stopped? How many lives must be ruined in the face of an untouchable, mysterious invader?

He'd stop this disaster, he'd find a way to prevent it instead of forestalling it like before. He'd reverse the damage done.

Even if it cost him his sanity.

His life.

Dr Robotnik
01-07-2011, 02:09 AM
What are you doing? You said you were helping! That angry voice came again. Morgoth still held no concern for that voice whatsoever. His plan just happened to align with a good thing for the very few of his species, so he was helping because of it. The fact that there were people in this forest so nearby to the town that 'the Great Darkness' had ordered destroy were none of his concern, nor was the angered rant that he had allowed them to escape. Finally, however, the perfectly concealed being of shadow merely shrugged. Anyone seeing it would have thought the shadows themselves had come to life, spawning from the depths of the forest a human shadow with glowing yellow eyes.

The shadowy demon raised his hands into the air, conjuring a ring of purplish-black flame which quickly spread between the closely-gathered trees. That would take care of them. He honestly didn't care that he had emerged in a position to be easily sighted by a pair of anthropomorphic wolves. If they say him... well, they probably wouldn't be able to live long enough to say anything.

((Yep, I just set your lives ABLAZE *cackles*))

Hawky
01-07-2011, 03:39 AM
Astor

She agreed with the lynx on the fact that they did not deserve peace none of them did. Saying back “The snow lands are much better then all this green forest. Peace it gives but only for a moment before they strike each other down.” The wind picked up blowing into her face. It was holding the smell of something....FIRE! She would never forget that smell not ever. Some dumb person probably started a forest fire but the smell got stronger every second and it was spreading.

Standing up she said to the lynx “Well looks like our talk is gonna be cut short there is a forest fire. I don't want to get burned and I think you'd agree with me on that too. Mr.....” She didn't ask his name but they had not been talking too long in the first place so it did not matter.

Smelling the wind she then said “My name's Astor and if you want away from this forest fire we should go.” Grinning she glared at the trees they would not be here much longer.

Winter
01-07-2011, 04:02 AM
Luna and Nadia

Both Luna and Nadia's heads snapped up in unison at the scream and the sound of branches moving, Luna glanced up and spotted the snow leopard first. "I thought cats were supposed to be good tree climbers. Nadia is." She said smugly, the panther next to her frowned darkly.

"Luna! Be nice--he nearly fell out of the tree!" Nadia shot, sounding mortified at her companion's seeming lack of sympathy. "Are you okay? Like Luna said, I'm Nadia Dusk." Luna reached over and patted Nadia's head with a wide grin.

"Ah, come on, Nadi, you know I'm playing." Luna said, looking back up to Re. "But yeah, are you okay? Like Nadia said, I'm Luna. Luna Valentine." The fox offered before slipping her sheath over her head quickly and gently placing it on the ground. She seemed to examine the tree a moment before running at it and jumping, digging the claws on her front paws into the bark to form a handhold and easily pulled herself up to the tree branch Re was hanging from. She tested it a moment to see if it would hold both their weight and then darted along the branch, crouching down above Re and grabbing the back of his jacket to pull him up like he weighed nothing. If he though he was going to get a look up her skirtlike armor, a simple par of shorts stopped that. As soon as he was safely on the branch, Luna grinned and hopped off and landed easily on the ground below. Nadia just shook her head as Luna lifted the sheath back into place.

"Show-off. And why'd you leave him there?" Nadia asked, Luna shrugged.

"Felt like it." She replied, shrugging.

Doodlebop
01-07-2011, 12:47 PM
((Well, he's seen a lot, so I figured you could see it in his eyes... *cue dramatic music*))

Nova Rowling

"Nova Rowling, is it? A beautiful name, if I must say so."

Nova snorted, still walking along. "Yeah, well, glad someone thinks so." She had way too many memories of people making fun of her unusual name. Well, it didn't matter. Her father had given it to her... And she loved her father. Well, she did... Before he had changed.

"You came for questions about the disaster, did you not?"

Nova stopped midstep, and silently cursed. This guy was smart. He continued after she stopped.

"Unfortunately, I have more questions than answers to this disaster. That being said, it does not mean I have not learned anything from studying the river."

Nova slowly moved her outstretched foot back to match place with the other one. She turned her head slightly and looked at Skye out of the corner of her eyes. "Not much gets past you, does it?" It was not really a question. She sighed, closing her eyes a moment. Then she turned fully. "Yeah, I've got questions. And maybe you don't have a lot of answers, but I bet you've got more than I do." Absently her eyes flicked up to the trees, and they widened.

"Oh my-" she pointed over Skye's shoulder at the unearthly black and purple flame billowing in the trees. Well, that was one reason why she had had that terrible feeling when she arrived. "Hey, Silvart, I'm gonna guess that the forest going up in purple flames isn't a common occurrence?" She struggled to remain calm- or at least outwardly calm.

Re/Nimue

Both their heads had snapped up immediately when Re had fallen. "I thought cats were supposed to be good tree climbers. Nadia is." The white fox grinned at him.

The black panther didn't seem to like this remark. "Luna! Be nice--he nearly fell out of the tree! Are you okay? Like Luna said, I'm Nadia Dusk."

"Ah, come on, Nadi, you know I'm playing. But yeah, are you okay? Like Nadia said, I'm Luna. Luna Valentine."

Re inhaled for a moment. Then, hoping to retain some shred of dignity, gave a charismatic grin, or grimace, depending on how you looked at it. "Hello, ladies. And trust me, cats are. Getting down, now there's the problem." Nimue snickered in Re's head, and a brief expression of irritation flickered over Re's face. Suddenly, there was a rustle of branches and Luna was beside him. She tested the branch a moment, then scuttled out and pulled Re up. The next moment, she was back on the ground.

"Show-off. And why'd you leave him there?" Nadia asked. The fox shrugged.

"Felt like it."

*So, does that make you the damsel in distress?* Nimue was barely concealing laughter. Re ground his teeth and resisted the urge to respond in verbal terms. Instead, he gave a wave to the two.

"Thank you, I can take it from here." He jumped to another branch, steadied himself, and then jumped down.

"Is it time for formal introductions now?" He shrugged lightly. "Well, I suppose for me it is. I'm Re. No last name, really, but I can make one up if you'd like." He tucked his hands in his pockets and suddenly frowned. "What's that?"

He had spotted a flicker of black flame in the distance, and it was getting closer. "Um, you might find it useful to look behind you," Re said, trying not to panic.

*That's dark magic,* Nimue said, a panicky note entering her voice. Re winced as the flame advanced at an unnatural pace.

((And now, for everyone's favorite psychopath!))

Xenon

"Hmm." Xenon paused. He had been trying to get the blood stains off his axe when he had seen the flames. Blood stains on axes really weren't his style. I mean, sure, it communicated 'hey, I do a lot of chopping and hacking,' but it was just so... vulgar. But then, he couldn't just sit there polishing when there was a fire. Looks like he was going to the dark matter river a little sooner than planned. He jumped to his feet, shoved the axe inside his cloak, and ran along the forest.

"You know," he said conversationally to the air, "fire really isn't supposed to move that fast. I should know." He sprinted along a bit longer, then continued, "I mean, after I set fire to all those buildings, that fire went rather slowly. At least, compared to this fire."

After a moment, he added, "I shouldn't talk to myself. People might even think I'm crazy." Ridiculous as this thought was, he ran along silently, until he reached a lynx and dog. "Hello," he said cheerily, then continued along his way, not even stopping to listen to a response.

s00pahFr0g
01-07-2011, 03:18 PM
Kratos

Kratos didn't know much about the snow lands but he supposed they might be better. He didn't much like the cold though...so that might be an issue. He had to admit he was a little disappointed when the smell of the fire reached him; he had been enjoying some company for once. This dog hadn't even reacted to what he had said about peace. So I was right, she isn't the nicest of creatures. That's good...very good. Suddenly a Wolverine walked past...randomly saying hi and continuing to look. Kratos merely shot him a funny look.

At first it seemed that she was going to dismiss him, using the fire as an excuse to get away from him but then a moment later she seemed to change her mind. "At least this place will be dead soon. Those flames won't stop until they've eaten this forest up. I'm sure the fire loves the taste of those delicious green trees. Too bad they went be green much longer." He ended with an evil laugh. "So where do you suggest we go? We could head back towards my home or whatever. It don't matter for me, I've actually been trying to escape my home. Maybe this fire will make the perfect excuse! I know plenty of people saw me enter the forest, I might just be able to fake my death." The thought was very pleasing to him. Now they shall all suffer at the hands of man they believed to be dead! The fools! how wrong they were.

He made sure that he was ready to go wherever the road took him. Let's see...no food, no money, no supplies...yep I'm ready!

Hawky
01-07-2011, 06:23 PM
Grabbing a few branches off the ground and shoving them into her bag for later. She then said “Yes they'll be gone soon but this fire's moving too fast for a normal one. We could go to your home it's closer then mine. Anyways it's not like there's gonna be a village much longer here.” A few second after she said this a wolverine passed by said 'Hello' then left.

Tilting her head while saying “Well that was rather....” but before she could finish a branch fell from the tree. Landing in front of her the tree seemed rather displeased but maybe it was just her imagination. Looking behind her to see the flames a lot closer then they should be but they were not normal.

Grinning as she said to the lynx “It looks like someone's been playing with dark magic. That also means we better run very fast unless we wanna become charred.” She was ready to follow the lynx wherever he might be going. But if he didn't get going soon she'd leave him to the flames.

Winter
01-08-2011, 02:09 AM
Luna and Nadia

The look in Luna's eyes as she turned around almost scared Nadia. The older fox looked as though she was seeing a ghost from her past--something Nadia had never gotten her to open up about. Cloud had said before that Luna had lost her home to a fire, but that was all she'd ever really learned about her friend's elusive past. "Smoke scent, flickering light. Fire." The white fox stated in a deadpan that really scared Nadia.

"Luna? Are you okay?" She asked, but the fox didn't pay much attention to her at all. Luna reached over to touch the worn braided leather bracelet the hung from her wrist almost reverently.

"I'll be fine as soon as that fire's out." Luna replied softly, looking at the bracelet. It seems I have to confront an old enemy, one that's a lot harder to kill than bandits. Maybe I'll be able to save someone like I was unable to save you, sis. She thought, the looked to Nadia. "You think you can cut off the air in the area or remember a water spell? 'Cause all I know are fire spells myself." Luna admitted, Nadia shrugged.

"I can try, what about you, Re? Do you know any spells that might help?" Nadia asked, taking her staff tightly in both hands and closing her eyes, trying to summon up her magic and think through her mental spellbook to find a spell that would ut off airflow, maybe even oxygen flow.

Grassy_Aggron
01-08-2011, 05:25 AM
Skye Silvart

When Nova stopped, Skye knew he had correctly guessed why she was here. Then again, it wasn't too hard - why else come to this village? Nova turned to face him, responding that not much got past him and that whatever answers he had would be better then nothing, essentially. If only she knew why not a lot gets past me. Sometimes I wish I could be ignorant again. However, when her eyes widened in shock - and fear, although he couldn't blame her - she asked if that unnatural fire was a common occurrence.

"No, it most certainly is not." He glanced at Blitz. "Get Master Shinto and Cryo. Their magic should be able to put out the fire. In the meantime Blitz, put up a barrier of light around the village. No fire gets in, get it?" The Shinolf gave a huff, dipping his shaggy head before bounding down the barren slope. At least, Skye thought, there is no vegetation on this side...But... His eyes hardened. "Nova, get to the village. Follow Blitz!"

He didn't wait for an answer, bounding down the slope with fluid leaps, the steep slope proving no match for his years of training. He was headed directly for the forest, recalling the only water spell he knew. It may be offensive, but...We need to attack this fire. It cannot spread! Dark magic it might be, it is still fire...And although it will be more difficult to put out, it can be done. Something disturbed him though, a nagging feeling in the back of his head. These do not start naturally...But who would...?

Cryo Silvart

Glancing up with her deep blue eyes, the little crocodile grinned as her companion came bounding down the slopes. This meant that her father wouldn't be far behind...But Blitz's worried expression meant something was wrong. This was further amplified by shouts of "fire!" and "get some water!" from the villagers, and the old, graying panther beside her was quick to react, his worn leather armor groaning in protest as he moved far too quickly for someone his age.

"Master Shinto...?" Cryo peeped up.

"Cryo...We will need your help. Your water and ice techniques will come in handy. I don't want to put you in danger, but as long as you stay by me, no harm will come to you." She nodded. There wasn't a choice. She glanced over at Blitz, who's green eyes were glowing yellow, a transparent shield forming on the fringes of the village. He couldn't cover the whole village, but as long as the perimeter was okay, the huts couldn't catch fire.

She exited her quaint home, magic already welling up inside her. She was connected to it...It came to her naturally. She didn't really have to learn it so much as how to control it, as there had been a few instances where she started laughing, and Skye had found himself an unwitting icicle. Immediately she started showering the nearby trees with her icy cold breath, knowing the heat from the fire would melt the ice and drench itself, weakening it. She noticed villagers were clearing the ground nearest the huts, a "fire break", if she could remember right.

After all, any fire, natural or not, needs fuel to burn...So if you take away that fuel...

Doodlebop
01-08-2011, 12:59 PM
Nova Rowling

"No, it most certainly is not." Skye's eyes flicked to the wolf creature at his side. "Get Master Shinto and Cryo. Their magic should be able to put out the fire. In the meantime Blitz, put up a barrier of light around the village. No fire gets in, get it?" The wolf huffed and ran off. "Nova, get to the village. Follow Blitz!" With that, he ran off.

For a fraction of a section, Nova hesitated, then she forced herself to rationalize. There's no way she would be able to help. She couldn't get close to it without locking up, and it wasn't like she knew any magic.... But then something struck her. She had remembered hearing other people's voice near her... Which meant... "Silvart, there are still people in there!" She yelled it as loud as possible so he would hear her. She sprinted after the wolf very quickly.

She burst into the village, glancing around for someone who looked like they might be in charge. There was a graying panther heading towards the flame. She inhaled, raised her voice, and yelled, "hey, you there!" Without waiting for him to turn, she shouted, "there are still people in there!"

Well, not much she could do now. Nova glanced around and saw they were clearing anything burnable away from the huts. Well, she could do that. She quickly began pulling debris away. No one questioned the newcomer- they were probably glad to have extra help.

((You have no idea how tempting it was to write 'geezer' instead of 'you there'. xD ))

Re/Nimue

Re looked at Luna, who had a strange look in her eyes. "Smoke scent, flickering light. Fire." He flinched slightly at her flat, emotionless voice, but he could see emotion in her eyes. Nimue?

*Oh dear. This doesn't look good.*

"Luna? Are you okay?" Nadia spoke, sounding nervous. Luna was rubbing a worn leather bracelet on her arm, a strange light in her eyes.

"I'll be fine as soon as that fire's out." Luna's voice was barely audible. her hands dropped to her side and she seemed to focus again. "You think you can cut off the air in the area or remember a water spell? 'Cause all I know are fire spells myself."

"I can try, what about you, Re? Do you know any spells that might help?" For a moment Re didn't realize she was addressing him. He blinked at her for a moment, then forced himself to think.

"Oh, um, I know some light magic, but it needs certain conditions to use it..." Nimue. Please tell me I can use it.

*I'm thinking, I'm thinking!* There was a slight edge of desperation in her voice. *Okay, looks like something bad happened to Luna when there was fire around. It could kind of be viewed as justice... You're good to go.*

Okay. Help me. He raised his hands, trying to keep them from shaking, and slowly, a white, see through barrier appeared around them.

"We'll be able to get in and out of it, but the fire won't be," he explained to Nadia. I hope.

Winter
01-09-2011, 03:08 AM
Luna and Nadia

"Okaaaaaay..." The little panther huffed, unable to actually see the barrier with her eyes closed in concentration, but she could feel it. Magic, to her, had a certain feel to it, and she could feel it near her as she finally found a spell that would, hopefully, cut off the air flow to the blaze, though if it would actually work against the dark flame, she had no idea. The panther's green eyes opened as soon as she murmured the spell softly, waiting to see if it would have an effect. She felt the drain to her reserves slowly as the spell moved at a crawl, it felt, to the dark flame.

"Ugh, I hate only knowing a few fire spells." Luna growled irritably, her fur standing on end, Nadia sighed, holding her concentration, but also thinking up something to tell her friend. The fox was tense, she didn't have to look at her to know that Luna hated the situation she was in. She felt useless, and they both knew it.

"It's what you're good at. It's not like situations like this pop up everyday." Nadia replied softly, not taking her eyes off the flame, waiting for the spell to reach it. She felt the slow drain begin taking more energy from her as it hit the flames and she saw, much to her relief, the flames flicker wildly as their air flow cut off, depriving them of more oxygen, but she had no idea how long that would last.

"Yes, but I should be ready for them!" Luna murmured, Nadia caught the words and shook her head.

"You can't be ready for everything. You have to know there are some things you just can't do, some things you can't be ready for." The panther commented, and Luna sighed.

"There are lots of things I know I can't do." She countered, rubbing the bracelet again. Like bringing back the dead. Like reversing time. Like returning life to the way it was before those bandits showed up and my entire town died. She thought bitterly.

OOC: I know Luna sounds emo, but she's not like this all the time. Just let her spend a little time in her emo corner and she'll be back to normal once the fire's out. :)

s00pahFr0g
01-09-2011, 04:02 AM
Kratos

Kratos had not wanted to go to his home, but since Astor had chosen that he would take her there. It did ruin his plan...unless he could be sneaky about it. He began moving in that direction, moving just fast enough to stay ahead of the flames. "Alright, follow me, but we must do our best not to be seen. This fire will come in handy if I can go unseen as I return to my home." Astor still had not really said what she was doing here; she had avoided the question.

"So, you never really answered, what exactly are you doing here? You're obviously a ways away from your home. It also must have something to do with the river. You did try to avoid it but I'd at least like a little bit of information if I'm gonna take you to my place." He would still go either way, and he would let her come if she wanted to, but he really hoped she would give him at least part of the knowledge he desired. Maybe he could help her on her quest...he didn't really have one himself so why not?

They were to the edge of the forest by now, and his house could be seen in the distance. Pointing to it, he made his best effort to make it clear that they could not make a sound. She would hopefully know how to do that...some dogs just had no sense of stealth or silence what-so-ever.

GallantlyGlaceon
01-10-2011, 01:15 AM
OOC: Geez, I sit back and relax for a few days, when I come back, the party's already started. xD BTW, sorry if this post seems kinda...meh. Mostly just trying to get where everybody else is.


Nyx Itzel
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Just as he was placing one dark-gold paw through the break, his stomach churned uncomfortably. His senses suddenly started screaming at him, and for the first time in quite a while, pangs of fear shot through him. What the... He lifted his head slightly and sniffed the air. A slight breeeze coincedentally passed by just as he did this action, and with it came the scent of char, burning, and some other obvious indications of fire. No way.

Nyx growled, although it was more in exasperation instead of anger despite the nagging alarm that still clouded his thoughts. He leaped through the previously mentioned break in the trees, and a slightly abnormal sight greeted him.

Before him stood a small village tucked away in a valley, which first made him feel some anger towards that frog from before. He called this a city!? I know that town that he lived in for probably his whole life was pretty tiny, but this doesn't look like the bear's descriptions at all... He sighed inwardly, his ears pricking as he heard the shouts and yells of villagers and such. "Fire!" "Go get water!"

Is this fire really that bad? It only seemed to be starting up when I sensed it... Nyx whipped around, and what he saw made him quickly back away, although not in fright this time, more due to shock.

Jet-black flames almost the same exact shade as his fur were flaring brightly, along with some lavender rings in the mix. His mouth gaped open for a split second but he quickly shut it. This is most certainly not natural...Who's the wise guy playing with black magic? It's alright, I guess, but this just screams, "Idiot!"...Unless they were meaning for this to happen... Nevertheless, Nyx knew he couldn't help much at all, not that he entirely cared, however.

He merely examined the proceedings, watching as a sky-blue hedgehog bounded down the slope and towards the forest, clearly attempting to prevent its destruction. Nyx's steel-grey eyes slightly widened as he watched some icy frost gather on some of the trees. I need to learn more magic sometime...Maybe if I find who just did that, they could teach me...

Hawky
01-10-2011, 10:07 PM
As the lynx took off towards his home she followed with the flames following them. Nodding her head to him as he talked to her until he asked her a question. Deciding that she was probably just better off telling him what it was that she was doing there, rather then hiding it. Saying to him “I was looking for clues on what started that river and how to make the landscape more like it. Killing who ever tried to stop me.”

As they got to the edge of the forest she took time to catch her breath. Stealth was never useful to her but she was not bad at it. She would have to be careful walking with her boots on though. Waiting for him to go first she stood there her ears moving around trying to find any signs of people. She could not pick any out right now but that could change fast. They needed an advantage if they had to get away too.

Grassy_Aggron
01-11-2011, 02:01 AM
(Lol, an old geezer eh? Well, Shinto is pretty old...At least in his late sixties.)

Skye Silvart

The hedgehog halted slightly as Nova shouted to him that there were still people trapped in the forest, and he cursed himself for his oversight. Of course there would be others in the forest! Who wouldn't be? It was insanity to think there wouldn't be anyone, as there were plenty of resources in the area. That being said, with the disaster looming overhead, it was also unlikely they would stay too long. Maybe just long enough to start a fire with dark magic...

Skye halted as he perched atop a tree that had been lucky enough to escape the coming fire thus far. The thick canopy prevented even his sharp eyesight from seeing much, so he instead relied on his ears, flicking them forward to catch the sounds of the forest. He heard, of course, the crackle of fire consuming plants, the wind through the leaves, and...Something else...What is that...? He thought he heard words being spoken, and on top of that, his limited use of magic allowed him to sense - albeit lightly - the presence of other magic.

Over there! Even as he jumped from canopy to canopy, he was silently observing the ground, seeing where lusher plants grew. I need a vein of water for my spell... He stopped just short of where he heard the words, landing on the ground as he glimpsed others fighting the flames. Sometimes, a good offense is the best defense. He drew upon the spell, tapping into the water hidden in the ground below as it surged upwards, forming into the shape of an armless dragon with glowing eyes of yellow, of magic. With a roar it shot forward, smashing into the flames closest the others, smothering them with its torrent and putting them out. It moved, grinding on the ground as it drew water, pursuing the fire as it tried to flee.

But of course, there would be no escape.

Skye glanced at the three (or four, but he had no way of knowing about Nimue), frowning. "Is everyone okay?" He glanced at the white fox, feeling as if he knew her from somewhere, but was more concerned about everyone's welfare.

Cryo Silvart

Shinto glanced back as Nova delivered the same message she had given to Skye - or shouted, rather - as he nodded. "I'm sure my student is already attending to that matter. What is more important is to keep the fire away from the village." He glanced at Cryo, who was still breathing ice on the nearest trees. "How are you holding up, little one?"

She halted to catch her breath. "I'm okay, I think. But I don't think the ice is going to do a lot..."

"Nonsense, Cryo. It will slow the fire." He glanced over, seeing the snaking head of Skye's water dragon spell. "Your father has his spell active. It is seeking out the fire and destroying it. However, we must hold up this end to buy time for it to get here...Or destroy the fire from this end." He glanced at Nova, but said nothing as Cryo started up her ice magic once more.

There would be time to chitchat later - right now they had a village to save.

(If it wasn't clear, Skye's spell is drawing from the water in the ground, allowing it to "travel" over the land and seek out the fire. It'll remain active until the fire is gone, Skye cancels it, or Skye runs out of energy)

Dr Robotnik
01-11-2011, 03:29 AM
"You see, here's the thing," A voice echoed, coming from what was only visible as two pinpricks of gold a fair distance away, barely visible beneath the flames. If they knew that the being was not only unharmed by his own attacks, but also unseeable because of the deeper darkness they were now creating, they likely wouldn't know what to do. Even the ones in the nearby village would have heard the calm, almost casual voice. "Smothering, water... yeah, works. On normal fire. What you see here? Not normal fire, nowhere near. Why start a fire that can hurt yourself? Anyways, trying to protect that little town talking to you, old fart and the rest, real cute, ya got spirit. In fact, it's so cute, that I'm gonna make a deal I usually don't. You stop fighting it, and I'll just drop a big blast, boom, you're done. And did I mention this is a limited time offer? As in, it ends in the next ten seconds?"

There was a flash of darkness behind the old graying panther as if in emphasis, revealing that same black shadow that had started the fire to begin with. "And that you don't really have a choice but to die? Really, run all you want, as soon as a cloud's over wherever you're at, boom, Morgoth. That's me, I'm a villain, hey how ya doin', and would you look at that, you're out of time already? You know, I was just going to drop a giant explosion on this little hole in the ground, but I think I'll just fill it up with some minions for you instead. As fir saving your village and killing them off, eh, win some lose some. Have fun," Just as quickly, the shadow was on top of one of the roofs of the village's buildings, outlined even darker than the night sky was. He waved that rod his master-by-choice demanded he carry around, creating several blasts of smoke, producing various monsters of different shape and form, some wielding swords, others more beastly, instantly seeking out targets to destroy while the apparent master of them looked on, not too concerned about being found out, apparently.

((You can make up what they look like; I feel decidedly uninspired.))

Winter
01-11-2011, 03:38 AM
Luna and Nadia

Luna turned at the arrival of the newcomer while Nadia swore as her concentration was lost on the the newcomer's spell, not that her own efforts were needed anymore. It seemed the enormous ice dragon had everything under control, and much better control than her crawling suffocation spell. "We're fine, actually. We were trying to fight the fire, but you obviously have it now." Luna replied, shrugging and suddenly overcome by the idea she knew the sky blue hedgehog that had come to their rescue. He seemed familiar, but maybe it was something else, had there been another child in her hometown that look similar to him? She was sure there hadn't been. The only hedgehog family that had lived in town had been Aster's family, and she had been an only child.

"Yeah, a little drained from trying to choke off the fire, but that's fine." Nadia replied, slackening her stance and easing her grip on her staff. "I'm Nadia. thanks for saving me the energy loss, it's nice to meet you." She offered, grinning slightly.

"I have to agree with Nadia on that one, thanks. I'm Luna." She told him, tilting her head and trying to figure out just why the heck the hedgehog looked so familiar. She couldn't shake the feeling, but she couldn't identify him, either, though she thought she saw in his eyes that look others described in hers quite often--that look of having seen too much of the world for his age, whatever it was. She wasn't about to guess, just hope she could solve the reason behind the feeling before she was driven crazy.

Doodlebop
01-11-2011, 03:31 PM
(I figured Nova would be too busy freaking out to be smart-mouthed. xD))

Re/Nimue

Re gritted his teeth and tried to focus on keeping the barrier up. Every once in a while, the barrier would crackle and almost fall, but with Nimue's help, he kept it up. For now. But how long would his limited knowledge of magic aid him?

Suddenly Nimue's voice entered his head. She sounded weary, but tense. *Re, I sense a new aura from not too far off. Getting closer.*

Oh, garr, don't we have enough to deal with already? Re turned his head slightly to see a sky blue hedgehog drop down nearby. He seemed to concentrate, and suddenly a giant dragon shot out of the ground, surging towards the shadowy flames. For a moment, Re was very tempted to yell several choice expletives, but he suddenly realized the dragon seemed to be made of water. The rushing water almost sounded like a roar as it surged towards the flame.

"Is everyone okay?" He seemed older than all of them, in more ways than one.

*He's seen a lot...* Nimue sounded faintly sad.

Garr, hasn't everyone around here? Feeling irritated, he said, "yeah, we're okay for now, but I'll be a lot better when that fire's out... But you seemed to have handled that, huh?"

Suddenly Nimue seemed to grow tense again. *Re, do not drop the shield. There's something else coming.*

Suddenly a loud voice seemed to fill the clearing. "You see, here's the thing. Smothering, water... yeah, works. On normal fire. What you see here? Not normal fire, nowhere near. Why start a fire that can hurt yourself? Anyways, trying to protect that little town talking to you, old fart and the rest, real cute, ya got spirit. In fact, it's so cute, that I'm gonna make a deal I usually don't. You stop fighting it, and I'll just drop a big blast, boom, you're done. And did I mention this is a limited time offer? As in, it ends in the next ten seconds?"

Re swore extremely loudly, and felt a shock hit him. "Nimue!" The shout was involuntary, and it vaguely occurred to him that no one would know he was talking to.

*Sorry!* Nimue sounded meek, and actually sincere for a change. *Can't help it...*

The voice had continued. "And that you don't really have a choice but to die? Really, run all you want, as soon as a cloud's over wherever you're at, boom, Morgoth. That's me, I'm a villain, hey how ya doin', and would you look at that, you're out of time already? You know, I was just going to drop a giant explosion on this little hole in the ground, but I think I'll just fill it up with some minions for you instead. As fir saving your village and killing them off, eh, win some lose some. Have fun."

The fire was surging back. Re quickly strengthened the barrier, gritting his teeth and blinking sweat out of his eyes. "So," he said in a conversational tone, "how's running sound?"
Nova Rowling

Nova jumped as the voice filled the village. "Sugar honey iced tea," she muttered (well, technically, she said something a lot less polite and significantly shorter, but beside the point). dark creatures materialized all around. Oh, man. The things were creepy. They seemed to be made out of some black, goopy stuff that seemed to flow into shapes. Details seemed to change with each step, and they didn't have eyes and mouths. They were especially creepy when you were close to them, as Nova quickly discovered one of them made a beeline towards her.

"Sorry, bud, you can't have any." She kicked him in the stomach and sent him flying. Felt solid enough, but now some goop was stuck to her boot. Eww. Giving it a good shake and letting it slide off, she darted behind a building.

Okay, so spooky guy's the leader. Nova eyed the leader. He seemed as shadowy and scary and his minions. Whatever, she had just sent one of them flying. It probably wasn't a good idea to get close, though. Nova gripped the ring on her tail, rubbed it with her fingers, then yanked it off and aimed. Hold on... There! He was looking the other way. She flung it, hoping he wouldn't notice, hoping no one got in the way, and really hoping that it would actually hurt him.

Grassy_Aggron
01-13-2011, 12:23 AM
Skye Silvart

Skye nodded at the three, although he thought silently as Luna spoke her name. I met her somewhere. But for once, my memory is clouded...Is this an effect of dark matter, or age? He glanced at Re when he shouted, as the voice filled the air, promising them death, that there was no way out. He noticed the fire coming back, and watched - somewhat dismayed, but one would never know it from his calm expression - as the fire snaked up around his spell, strangling the aquatic dragon until it fell apart. Not good...

When Re suggested running, Skye nodded. "We have no choice. Blitz - my Shinolf - has a barrier of light on the perimeter of the village. The fire will be unable to penetrate, given dark and light magic counteract each other." He shook his head, although he had already taken out his spear, red with streaks of gold running down it, with a heart shaped blade embedded with diamonds around the edge. "The forest will regrow. The lives in the village will not." Sensing Re was weakening, the blade on the spear lit up pink as he pooled some of his energy into it, and a shield of the same color appeared around the group. As a bonus, it was made of light magic, so any fire that came in contact was dispelled as a result.

"We need to hurry. This shield is based on my energy and strength of will. I have much of the latter, but my stamina is somewhat lacking...And I will need your help to protect the village." He turned quickly, glancing only once to see if they were coming, and bolted forward, back to his home.


Cryo Silvart

Shinto folded his arms, shaking his head at Morgoth. "I see...You are the one responsible for the disaster, just by showing your powers. Are you foolish for revealing yourself to your enemies when you are not yet to your goal, or are you cunning, with some plan behind you? Time will tell, perhaps." He gave a cough, a result of his old age (and smoke inhalation). "As for dying...We all die eventually. You are incorrect, however, in that it will be today. We choose when we die, not some entity of darkness." He revealed a weapon he had hidden, a sharp spear that he had used to train his student, and had never failed him. With that, he attacked a monster bearing down on a panicking villager, quickly dismissing it.

Cryo, in the meantime, took shelter by Blitz. The Shinolf couldn't do much as his attention - and thus energy - was focused on maintaining the perimeter barrier around the village, so Cryo was left to fend for herself. As a monster lumbered toward them, dripping black saliva - was that dark matter? - she opened her mouth, unleashing a blizzard upon the beast.

It shook it off, but was slowed from its frozen limbs. Cryo focused, eyes glowing cyan as she drew upon the energy that she was so intimately connected with since birth, and fired off a shard of ice from her palms. It went through the creature's chest, freezing it from the inside and ultimately shattering it in a flurry of ice and solid dark matter (which was completely harmless...But pretty heavy, according to Skye).

Dr Robotnik
01-13-2011, 01:52 AM
"Now that's just rude. I take the extra effort to come out here and terrorize you personally and you're going and making me feel like I'm doing a bad job. Tell me something, does that mantra mumbo-jumbo you so-called heroes spout off something you believe in, or are you just trying to psych me out?" Morgoth mocked, shrugging and revealing the staff. "You see, the thing is, a barrier of light is fine for keeping darkness out, but let's say I cast an actual fire spell? Let's find out," The shadow continued, snapping his fingers and creating a fireball, which he lobbed at the closest thatch roof.

"Wait, don't say it, let me guess. 'You monster! On my honor I can not allow you to get away with such vile acts. En garde, villain.' Or something very similar. Really, I'll never understand why you people have to state the obvious facts of everything. I'll ask again; you guys give up, I'll wipe you all out nice and quick; no dark possession, just quick and painless death. Say, thunderbolt to the brain, instant incineration... Take your pick. And I might recommend putting an ASAP on that; looks like your villagers are being attacked," The monster said, giving a nonchalant wave in the direction of several more monsters that had appeared. "Of course, if you want to fight my contractor's minions, go ahead, I can wait."

Winter
01-13-2011, 03:40 AM
Luna and Nadia

Luna chuckled softly, sprinting after Skye easily, unsheathing her sword and lightly perching it's flat on her shoulder. "Nadia, come on. People are something we both can handle. Just point me to the bad guys." She said, suddenly feeling more capable of helping, and some of her stress lessened and allowed her to keep pondering the feeling of knowing the pale blue hedgehog. She darted up to Skye and sighed. "I know this is probably not the right time, but the feeling will bother me until I figure it out, do you recognize me? Because I could swear I know you from somewhere...did you ever venture to a small town near a forest called Rhea when you were younger?" She asked, and even as she it, something seemed to fall into place in her head. She kept running, but she got the image of a small pale blue hedgehog standing before her, staring at her blankly, eyes burning a hole into her, it felt, and she shivered. Is that him? Why can't I remember clearly? She wondered as Nadia came bouncing behind her.

"I know small healing spells and I'm focused on air magic, but I know other basic spells, where would I be best focused?" The panther called up to them, wanting to be best prepared for the situation at hand. She shivered to herself as the full impact of the dark being in the village, catching bits of conversation. "We need to hurry..." She whimpered, not liking the turn the discussion was taking.

Doodlebop
01-13-2011, 12:28 PM
((Hey, Metal, did Morgoth not notice the fact that Nova chucked a big heavy ring at his head? xD))

Re/Nimue

Re nodded in agreement. "Right, let's go." He sprinted alongside them, occasionally glancing over his left shoulder to make sure nothing was coming up his blind spot. He blew hair out of his good eye, which promptly fell back in. Exasperated, he shoved it back with his hand.

*You need a haircut.*

No, I don't.

*Yes you do.*

Shut up.

"I know this is probably not the right time, but the feeling will bother me until I figure it out, do you recognize me? Because I could swear I know you from somewhere...did you ever venture to a small town near a forest called Rhea when you were younger?" Luna was talking to Skye. Re stared at her in disbelief.

"Um, could it wait until this is all over?" He jumped lightly over a log. Suddenly he found himself staring at the village. Oh, no. Real fire was on one of the roofs, and it was spreading. Not to mention the shadowy forms moving up and down the town, attacking villagers. "We gotta hurry." He slid down the slope and sprinted towards the village, quickly covering the ground.

GallantlyGlaceon
01-13-2011, 06:53 PM
Nyx Itzel
~~~~~~~~~~

This is really starting to get boring... Shortly after he had this thought, Nyx's eyes widened in sheer astonishment as a huge, ice dragon rose from the ground. He watched in amazement as it starting fighting the dark fire.

Nyx was so transfixed on the dragon's actions that he barely heard the loud, casual voice that suddenly echoed through the village.

"You see, here's the thing, Smothering, water... yeah, works. On normal fire. What you see here? Not normal fire, nowhere near. Why start a fire that can hurt yourself? Anyways, trying to protect that little town talking to you, old fart and the rest, real cute, ya got spirit. In fact, it's so cute, that I'm gonna make a deal I usually don't. You stop fighting it, and I'll just drop a big blast, boom, you're done. And did I mention this is a limited time offer? As in, it ends in the next ten seconds?"

Nyx snorted. Who's the wise guy spouting this stuff? It's obviously the creator of these powerful fla- His thoughts were cut off as the voice rang out again.

"And that you don't really have a choice but to die? Really, run all you want, as soon as a cloud's over wherever you're at, boom, Morgoth. That's me, I'm a villain, hey how ya doin', and would you look at that, you're out of time already? You know, I was just going to drop a giant explosion on this little hole in the ground, but I think I'll just fill it up with some minions for you instead. As fir saving your village and killing them off, eh, win some lose some. Have fun."

Nyx growled and cursed quietly as large, shadowy monsters started appearing around the village. Morgoth...What a weird name. Why's he trying to destroy this village? Doesn't really seem like he has a grudge against it or anything...You never know, though. Nyx almost immediately sensed a presence behind him and spun around, quickly unsheathing one of his dual blades, Kai, to be exact, as one of Morgoth's monsters slammed a fist that positively oozed with dark magic on it. Surprise attack, eh? Not the best approach. Nyx lunged forward, pushing back the creature and started battling with it, slashing at every opening he could find, although he was still careful to stay back and dodge whenever the opponent tried to hit him. Who knew what that stuff was made out of?

Grassy_Aggron
01-14-2011, 04:43 AM
(FYI, that dragon spell was made of WATER, not ice >.> Doesn't matter now because the dark fire strangled the poor thing to death.)

Skye Silvart

Skye glanced as Luna approached. "I know this is probably not the right time, but the feeling will bother me until I figure it out, do you recognize me? Because I could swear I know you from somewhere...did you ever venture to a small town near a forest called Rhea when you were younger?" He thought for a moment, even as Re mused that it wasn't the proper time for this. He kept thinking, barely hearing Nadia speaking about her spells. It wasn't his place to give orders to her - she knew her magic best, so she would know where it would be most effective.

But, in response to Luna's question..."Yes. I think I did...With Master Shinto. Many things are a blur because of my past. You seem familiar as well, but I am beginning to think all my exposure to dark matter has clouded my memories..." As they burst into the clearing, they passed through the perimeter barrier of light and into the village. Skye immediately launched himself onto a nearby beast, spear cutting through bone as if it was butter and killing it instantly.

Cryo Silvart

Cryo drew on her magic reserves again, spitting out a spout of water onto the fire covering the thatched roof. It went out easily, sputtering before drowning in the torrent, while Shinto gazed calmly at Morgoth in response to the taunting, his amber eyes betraying nothing. "You think you are so smart...But power means little without strategy. Are you doing a good job? It depends on who you are asking." He seemed unimpressed even further on the whole mocking of the code.

"You reduce yourself to mockery, now. Heroes are not black-and-white, and conversely, neither are villains. I have a code of honor, but I do not allow it to cloud my judgment of the situation." He glanced at the staff. "I see you wield Kakon's staff, further cementing my thoughts that you are the one behind the disaster. Power comes at a price..." He glanced over as some new arrivals (and led by his student, not surprisingly) burst onto the scene, and was pleased with how quickly Skye took care of one monster.

"Ah, I see you finally returned. Good to see you in good health, Skye."

The hedgehog glanced over, cutting down another monster, although he had already spotted Morgoth - he made no attempt to attack him, however. "I see, Master Shinto, you are torturing yet another soul - innocent or not - with your lectures?" He glanced at Morgoth. "Sorry, but I am afraid no one is getting corrupted today...As that is what you most likely meant by 'dark possession'. Seeing as destruction is what both states want, I feel it is unnecessary to call the same phenomenon by different names."

Skye shook his head. "Why is it that overlords must have their lackeys fight, and not their selves? Especially when their minions prove to be incompetent and ultimately fail, even if they succeed in one or two missions."


(I made Skye a little too sassy...He's not cocky though. Just pointing out what he thinks XD From now on, I'll have a single post...As in, not split up for the two characters)

Doodlebop
01-14-2011, 03:46 PM
((Nova's post will wait until Metal responds.))

Re/Nimue

Re quickly went through the light shield. There was a brief tingling sensation before he passed through. Breathing fast, he quickly assessed the situation. Well, this was no good. The monsters seemed to vary in size and strength... Brain strength was probably about the same, though. He concealed a grin. Nimue, please tell me I can beat these guys up.

*Go for it.*

Re pulled a knife from his belt and weighed it in his hand. Small, sharp, light, but with a long blade. Okay, lets see... He darted around a bigger one and sprang up and grabbed onto it's back. It gave a roar and tried to shake him off, but he held on, repositioned his grip on the knife and stabbed it in what would have been the base of the creatures neck. It froze, then began to fall backwards. Re quickly extracted the knife, scrambled over his shoulder and jumped off. That was too close for comfort, he thought.

*Be careful, Re.*

Don't have to tell me twice.

Xenon

How peculiar.

Xenon scanned the distant village. Lots of dark creatures there, and a lot of panicked villagers... Ooh, this meant opportunities! He could go in there and bash up some monsters, and who would blame him if some villagers died in the crossfire. It would be terribly sad, of course. Poor villagers, poor Xenon who would now be tormented by what he had done... Or maybe not. And he would be gone before they could figure out that it wasn't an accident. He grinned widely and produced his axe, and blinked at the bloodstains. On second thought... He put it back and yanked out twin swords. There we go. He quickly ran towards the village.

Winter
01-14-2011, 08:26 PM
Luna and Nadia

"I see," Luna murmured as she burst into the clearing, making a straight shot for the nearest beast and dispatching it with a quick swing if her massive sword. She blinked as a spear of air streaked past her head, whipping her hair against the side of her face with enough force that it stung. She watched as it impaled another beast making it's way towards her, it fell, clutching it's stomach. "Nice shot, Nadia!" She called, turning in time to see another smaller monster going for her rather quickly. "Behind you!" She shouted, Nadia turned and swiped her staff through the air so that the tip of the crystal on the staff caught it and sliced a clean gash across the creature's body. Nadia gave a war cry and stabbed it with a motion of finality, a wave of air emitted from the tip slicing the creature in half.

"Got it!" She called, Luna nodded and turned to finish off the monster Nadia had downed with the spear of air. She blinked and suddenly the monster heaved itself up, hole in it's middle quickly closing. Crap! Healing! She realized, darting towards it and slashing it's midsection one way, then diagonally up on the second swing, both hands firmly gripping her sword to give herself the maximum amount of force she could. She ducked as she heard a rapidly approaching air disturbance, and another spear of air flew over her head, smashing through the creature's forehead. This time it fell to the ground and did not get up.

Dr Robotnik
01-16-2011, 01:18 PM
"Well, now you're saying that like this is a serious attempt to destroy your village," Morgoth replied, disappearing from view just in time to avoid whatever attacks had been thrown at him. What happened next was a blur; a massive explosion of black fire directly in the center of the village, quickly spreading to the nearby huts. "I know magic the likes of which you clowns can't match up to. I'm destroying your village for my own entertainment; waiting for my contractor's darkness to take over everything gets kind of boring some times, if you catch my drift." The light of the flames now made the shadowy creature stand out somewhat clearly. A darker shape against the purplish flames, staff in hand.

"Try putting that one out with water."

Doodlebop
01-16-2011, 11:35 PM
Nova Rowling

Nova winced as he vanished and the ring flew harmlessly away. Great, and now she couldn't get at it easily. She dropped back out of sight, out of the way. She had to figure out a way to get the ring back... And get that guy to go die in a deep, dank pit. Gah, he was irritating. She had never met someone that was begging so hard for a punch in the nose.

Suddenly, there was an explosion of light- or was it darkness? as suddenly a blast of shadowy flame lit the house she was next to. She fell back, feeling her body hit the hard ground, and almost bounce pathetically off it. Nova could faintly hear the creature's sardonic, mocking voice say "Try putting that one out with water." It was hard to hear, though, over the sound of her scream.

Re/Nimue

Re jumped back as a -was that gold? ring hit the building behind him. What the...? He was immediately distracted by an explosion of flames and a girl's scream. He turned and looked for the source, but was immediately distracted by a gigantic monster. "Do you guys ever quit?" He shouted the words as he lunged forward, sending a blast of magic at it that knocked it aside. Assessing the situation quickly (crap, we're all going to hell) he ran towards one of the flaming buildings. He desperately hit it with a spurt of white magic. It was pitiful. If only he had been trained.... Nimue!

*I'm trying!* She sounded desperate. *Okay, try it now!*

What immediately followed was an explosion of white which Re assumed he had done, because it came out of his hand. He fell backwards head over heels. White spots danced in front of his good eye, and everything seemed fuzzy. I'm not going blind in this eye, too, am I? He could not see the affect of his spell, only knew he felt horribly tired.

Grassy_Aggron
01-17-2011, 06:52 AM
(Really quick - gotta go to bed. Wasn't on yesterday because internet was out. And Metal, keep an eye on how powerful Morgoth is...I don't want him getting any stronger than he is now, at least not until more orbs are destroyed. Which will be difficult, mind you.)

Skye and Cryo Silvart

Shinto sighed, glancing at Blitz. "Blitz, forget the barrier. Take care of this fire." The Shinolf gave a gruff "huff", turning around and aiming - but before he could even take down the perimeter barrier, a blast of light magic completely vanquished the dark fire on the hut, and the one who had been responsible - a snow leopard - was sitting dazed on the ground. "Or...Not. I suppose that will work as well." Shinto was surprised, obviously, but he could only shake his head a little. "Always trying to show off! Kids these days. Using more energy then it is worth."

As Skye was also blinded by this light - his sensitive eyes making it extremely painful - he caught himself from falling, smacking his blade into the side of a monster's head and sending it toppling over stunned. But even more pressing was the scream he had heard, and blind as he may have been, his hearing was more than enough to lead him to the source. He put up a barrier of light around himself and Nova (although he didn't know it was her at the moment) and the barrier was a little big, as he couldn't judge distance well right now.

"Are you okay? What happened? I am afraid that burst of light has blinded me right now, so if we have met before, I apologize..." He winced a little bit as that same monster, he was sure, slashed at the barrier, but Skye's will made it so that it would not falter. Any gashes on the pink translucent bubble healed instantly, and the monster was harming itself just by hitting the light energy...Although it too was healing just as quickly. And Skye couldn't use his spear either, exposing perhaps the one fatal flaw of the Spear of Herutsu;

It either served as a weapon or shield. Not both.

Aaaaand...Maybe standing next to a thatched hut that had previously been on fire wasn't the best idea. Although, if more dark fire was shot at it, his shield would block it. Even if Morgoth attacked them directly, with the spear or his own power, Skye was confident it would not fall. He had to be - it derived most of its strength from his will. It it faltered, the barrier would as well...And he'd rather not get a dose of dark magic - or matter - in any case.

Doodlebop
01-17-2011, 12:51 PM
Re/Nimue

Re groaned as he propped himself up on one arm, clutching his head with his free hand. His head was pounding, he was seeing stars, and every sound seemed magnified. As soon as this is all over, I'm getting trained.

*Re, you know it won't work. Your particular brand of magic is so rare-*

Re thought something rude. Nimue zapped him and he yelled, hitting the ground again. Unbeknownst to him, A monster was looming overhead. Not to Nimue, though.

*Re, move it.* The command was delivered in such a threatening voice that Re actually forced himself to his feet and started to walk. Wasn't good enough. *RUN!* Re growled and ran out of the way of a slow but powerful punch.

*Okay, good. Go the left- that's your right- and duck. Okay, go right- straight- speed up!* Anyone who was watching Re stumble through the village, clenching his eyes and miraculously not getting his brains blown out by every which monster that came his way probably thought he was very lucky- or that something else was up.

Nimue, I can't keep this up much longer...

*Re, you have to,* she said desperately. *DUCK!* Re lost his balance and toppled.

*Okay... fine... go left...* Re pulled himself to the left and though he did not know it, was now laying on the threshold of a hut. *Wait till you recover than get back out there.*

Do I have to?

Nova Rowling

Fire. So much fire. the smoke filled her eyes, nostrils, ears, and seemed to smother Nova. She couldn't see, couldn't think, only knew the dark smog, and the flickering black flames, too close too her. It was too close. Someone make it stop, make it stop... Nova curled up on the ground, trembling, eyes shut, ears flattened firmly against her skull. Some voice in the back of her head was screaming at her to get up, and run away, but she couldn't. She just wanted it to stop...

Behind her there was a flash of light. Nova did not move. She heard footsteps run against the ground, and then, sort of another flash, though this one was less obnoxious. "Are you okay? What happened? I am afraid that burst of light has blinded me right now, so if we have met before, I apologize..."

The voice was enough to stir Nova from her sort of stupor. It sounded familiar... That was... the blue hedgehog... his name... name... Silvart. She forced herself to sit up. The smoke was slowly clearing. She shook her head and forced herself to speak. "Silvart...?" It was more a croak than anything else. She stood up and focused on the scene. There was sort of a pink translucent bubble surrounding them, and a monster was banging up against it. Skye's eyes seemed unfocused. Blinded? Oh, that light... The fire's gone! A great weight seemed to lift off her chest.

"It's me, Silvart," she muttered. "Nova. I'm fine. Fire..." Scared. No, she wouldn't say that. "...Surprised me," she finished lamely. She was glad that he had not seen her in her petrified, huddled mass.

Winter
01-17-2011, 11:21 PM
Luna and Nadia

Luna and Nadia cringed both cringed at the sound of Nova's scream, and Luna understood why as she looked up--the roofs of the huts were on fire now, and part of Luna started to panic, but she shoved the distress down, as she was needed to at least try to kill the monsters. "Dangit!" She yelled as she turned her head to find the nearest monster when Nadia felt the magic welling up from Re.

"Luna, close your eyes!" The panther shouted in warning about a second before Re released a bright flash of light that Luna could tell had been released even with her eyes closed, as it bleached the colors inside her eyelids white. She opened her eyes shortly after and began looking for something to kill and to make sure the others were okay. "I'm going after Re--he didn't look very good." Nadia called, Luna nodded and took off to find others.

She found a monster banging away a a pink shield the protected Skye and another fox, it seemed neither was looking at taking the thing out at the moment, so why not? She kept quiet as she moved all the way around to get a full shot at the creature's back, it's attention was more focused on those inside the pink shield then those outside of it, she smiled grimly as she ran up behind it, and slashed. "Hey, your attention should be on the ones not protected by barriers." She taunted, though it was more to herself than the monster, she'd used enough force to behead the thing in anger and frustration formed from her panic over the fire. Seeing as the monster was finished, and tilted her head, looking at the bubble. "You two alright in there?" She asked.

Meanwhile Nadia had managed to duck and stab her way to Re. Unfortunately there were plenty of monsters after her when she reached the leopard. The panther sighed and banged the foot of her staff on the ground before tilting it forward and making a sweeping motion with the thing, looking almost delighted as the monsters after her all were suddenly knocked off their feet and into each other. "Re? Re, are you okay? I mean, you look bad, but things aren't always as bad as they seem..." Nadia spoke nervously, worried at this point something bad was going to happen, well, something worse than everything else that had gone on so far.

Doodlebop
01-18-2011, 12:49 AM
Nova Rowling

Nova frowned. Another fox was sneaking up behind the monster, footsteps inaudible on the ground. She seemed taller, older than Nova, and tougher. Oh, and the fact that she was swinging the biggest sword Nova had ever seen didn't hurt. She felled the monster instantly, taunting, "hey, your attention should be on the ones not protected by barriers." Nova had to smile slightly. The white-furred fox focused on them, blue eyes critical. "You two alright in there?"

"Totally shipshape," Nova responded, arching an eyebrow as she uttered this dry remark. She pinched Skye lightly on the arm. "Hey, Silvart. Eyes any better? A knight in shining armor has rescued us."

Re/Nimue

Re stirred somewhat as he heard footsteps and a banging on the ground, then a sudden ka-thud. Well, a collection of ka-thuds, really. He lifted one head to see the panther girl from earlier. Her brow was knit with worry. "Re? Re, are you okay? I mean, you look bad, but things aren't always as bad as they seem..."

*Re, she's worried. Calm her.*

Yada, yada... With a heroic effort, Re forced himself to sit up. He could see now, but his head was still pounding. "Yeah, I'll be fine," he said, wishing that annoying ringing noise would go away. "Overexerted myself. Not too good on controlling magic. But hey," he said, giving her a slight grin, "not too bad for a rookie, huh?"

((Sorry for shortness. gtg.))

((EDIT: Oh, it probably should be noted that someone who could sense magic could probably sense something is off about Re. Like they could tell he has some enchantment, but they wouldn't be able to tell what.))

Dr Robotnik
01-23-2011, 01:24 PM
"...Whoops. Would you look at the time? Lucky you, you get to keep what's left of your village and try to stop me elsewhere, too. Be glad I'm such a nice bad guy..." Morgoth taunted, slipping into the shadows and disappearing. Why he left quickly became apparent; the sun was rising, and being plainly visible would have made it easy for them to get in the hits required to take him out. Not an ideal situation.


Void of Darkness


"That went well," Morgoth commented, slotting the staff in to a rack on the wall. It was plenty dark here, and the light was of an enchanted sort that wouldn't bother him, though his thin, humanoid frame was visible now. Well?! You imbecile; letting those fools live could bring more trouble than you know!

"That would be your problem, not mine. I can't exactly die, and you're stuck in a metal rod. Hey, I'm helping you out, be happy; I doubt anyone else is vying for the end of the world as they know it for a species of shadows that should be on the endangered species list," The shadow replied, taking to floating in the air with his arms crossed. His eyes were closed, but they now just formed two yellow lines instead of yellow circles. "Hey new guy, pull yourself back together yet?"

Grassy_Aggron
01-24-2011, 01:39 AM
Skye and Cryo Silvart

Skye was relieved when the pressure on his shield disappeared (and after Nova had assured him she was all right). The voice that asked him if he was all right came from...What was it...Luna? Yes, I believe that was her name. Sensing the danger was gone for the moment - although there were some remaining beasts to take out - he allowed the shield to drop, although he nearly jumped when Nova pinched him.

"Hey, Silvart. Eyes any better? A knight in shining armor has rescued us."

"I am well aware we have been rescued, Nova." Skye responded, although he shook his head. "And I am afraid not. My eyes are sharper than most, so it will take some time for my eyesight to return. Perhaps a day, if lucky." He kept his eyes closed, as there was no use exposing them to danger...Especially since he had to rely on touch and hearing. "What of the village? How is it faring?"



(Blarg. Not proud of this post. And FYI - if that was me instead of Skye, I would've forgotten everyone's names already XD)

Winter
01-24-2011, 04:06 AM
Luna and Nadia

Nadia sighed, looking down at Re. "Don't scare me like that! It's not funny!" She snapped sharply, then shook her head. "Would a healing spell help?" The panther asked him, suddenly aware she could feel something...off with him. She pushed it down and blamed it on her worry, and waited patiently for an answer, as it seemed there were no more burning rooftops and the evil entity was gone now. It had left a few monsters though, and the ones she'd knocked over in her scramble for Re were getting up. "Excuse me," She said gently before turning and swinging her staff again, tip emitting a blade of compressed air that cut the monsters in half. "There! Maybe there can be some peace now. Bad guy's gone too, but who knows for how long... Hopefully long enough for us to rest up." She sighed.

Meanwhile Luna looked down at Nova and Skye, sighing as she heard he was blinded and probably wouldn't be seeing for awhile, but she couldn't help but smile at the other blue-furred fox's comment. "Actually my armor is leather, so it doesn't really shine, though my sword does. I'm Luna, how about you?" She asked, leaning down to take a hold of Skye's arm. "And some of the roofs are burnt, but nothing that can't be repaired, I think there might be a few monsters, but nothing that can be taken care of quickly, all in all, it isn't too bad--I've seen worse." As in burnt to the ground beyond all repair and no one but myself still alive. "C'mon, get up, I'll make sure you don't run into a wall or something, I gotta find where Nadia and Re made it to. She said he looked bad after the spell that blinded you, but things could have been a lot worse without it." She admitted.


Sola

Sola shook her head, coming out of the darkness behind Morgoth in time to catch the end of his little speech. Her hood was down and the red of her fur stood out in the dim lighting, her hair cascading over her shoulders. She wore a purely disapproving expression as she walked up to the shadow. "I'd have more respect if I were you, once he breaks free of the staff existence could become...problematic for you. And even before then Lord Kakon could decide he wants a new servant, one who doesn't talk back as rudely as you." Her voice sounded tiny and fragile for coming out of the fox's mouth and she tilted her head, purple eyes shining mischeviously. "I can't say I wouldn't mind taking you place." She said simply, looking almost bemused.

Doodlebop
01-24-2011, 04:50 PM
((Totally agree, Grassy. xD Actually, I'd already be dead, but besides the point.))

Nova Rowling

Silvart jumped a bit when Nova pinched him. Huh, he's jumpy. He seemed to restrain himself from overreacting, though, and said calmly, "I am well aware we have been rescued, Nova." Then he shook his head. "And I am afraid not. My eyes are sharper than most, so it will take some time for my eyesight to return. Perhaps a day, if lucky."

"I can identify with that," Nova muttered, flicking an ear. Sharp ears were useful, but also a bit of a pain at times. Skye seemed not to notice her comment, or didn't want to respond.

"Actually my armor is leather, so it doesn't really shine, though my sword does. I'm Luna, how about you?" The white-furred fox with the oversized sword was addressing her. Huh. Luna. It meant moon, didn't it? Now there's a coincidence for you.

"Technicalities." Nova placed her hands on her hips and flicked some hair away from her face with a shake of her head. "I'm Nova. It's a pleasure, I'm sure. Thanks for the rescue." Didn't see any reason to make a snarky remark out of it, neither she or Skye had been in a position to save their sorry butts.

"What of the village? How is it faring?"

"And some of the roofs are burnt, but nothing that can't be repaired, I think there might be a few monsters, but nothing that can be taken care of quickly, all in all, it isn't too bad--I've seen worse." Luna bent down and helped Skye to his feet. "C'mon, get up, I'll make sure you don't run into a wall or something, I gotta find where Nadia and Re made it to. She said he looked bad after the spell that blinded you, but things could have been a lot worse without it."

"I'll help Silvart around," Nova said, taking Skye's other arm. "You go look for your friends." Though she didn't exactly want to drag Skye all over the village, she owed it to the guy, and to Luna. She sent a silent thought-message to Luna saying, just let me do it. Not that Luna could hear her.

Re/Nimue

"Sorry, didn't mean to scare you." Re was surprised that the apology felt genuine. Stupid. What was there to apologize for? Nothing. Garr, Nimue wasn't getting to him, was she?

"Would a healing spell help?" But before Re could answer, she said, "excuse me," and turned around. Nadia swung her staff and the monsters that were lumbering towards them suddenly toppled. After a moment, Re realized that they had been cut in half. Oookaaaayy....

"There! Maybe there can be some peace now. Bad guy's gone too, but who knows for how long... Hopefully long enough for us to rest up." Nadia did not seem to notice his surprised expression.

Re forced himself to answer her earlier question. "I think I'll be okay, although..." He hesitated, scratching his ear. "I have this annoying... Ringing sound in my ear..."

Xenon

Xenon stopped outside the town. Well that was disappointing. He had set off at a nice pace, but before he had reached the town, the attacker was gone. Phooey. With a sigh, he turned and trotted away from the town.

Although, whoever had attacked the town had seemed pretty good. Xenon wondered who he was and where he got all that power. It was incredible! He hadn't seen anything like that since... ever, really. Mmm, wonder what he was up to... Surely he had some motivation for burning the town. Apparently, people usually did besides just for fun. Now he was curious! How could he contact the person... Morgoth, was it? Well, Xenon intended to find out.

Grassy_Aggron
01-25-2011, 12:58 AM
(Skye's quite the looker. Four pages in and he already has two women hanging onto his arms! XDDD I swear, if this turns into another love triangle...He always gets caught in them, I swear!)

Skye and Cryo Silvart.

Skye was confused when he felt Luna grab his arm, and then Nova took the other. To be honest, he wasn't used to others grabbing his fur, nevertheless women. Of course, he wasn't about to get any ideas - he was sure they were just helping him out. "I am glad the village is all right. Repairs will need to be started soon..." He flicked his ear forward, catching the patter of feet. He recognized them easily, and soon enough, Cryo poked her head between two huts, grinning.

"Hey Dad! I helped fight! I beat a monster!" Her face turned into one of worry, noting his shut eyes. "Dad? What's wrong with your eyes?" Cryo had scurried up to him, although she hesitated upon noticing the two vixen that were holding his arms. "And who are they...?"

This is going to be fun... Skye thought with sarcasm. "I am proud of you, Cryo. I wish I could have seen you, but with my eyes currently blinded by that flash of light, I cannot see much at the moment." He thought for the best way to introduce the others. "Cryo, these are my acquaintances, Nova and Luna. Nova and Luna, this is my daughter Cryo." There was a tone of affection when he stated Cryo was his daughter, and he couldn't help himself. Being a father was something he had never anticipated, and though there was heartbreak and anger, there was great reward and joy in it.

Cryo blinked, before grinning. "Oh! Hi Nova! Hi Luna!"

(Cryo is such a cutie <3 )

Dr Robotnik
01-25-2011, 02:48 AM
"You seem to forget who dug up your corpse on request and hit you with that glob of revitalizing goo. I think I get the right to make comments with all the hard work I do," Morgoth commented idly, somehow managing to levitate on his back in such a way that you'd think there was a comfy sofa beneath him.

"Silence, both of you," A third voice drifted from nowhere. The whole point of that little rack was so that the boss man could speak to someone who wasn't holding the staff. Something else he'd done on request for the joy of a world of darkness. "The current approach takes too long. Drenching villages in darkness one by one does not swell our numbers enough."

"I've been thinking about that, actually, and I think I know the perfect solution. What we have is a strong magical powerhouse, but physically I can't take a hit and she's a corpse. What we need is something to balance this out; anyone with decent aim could send us right back here before we could get to our targets without magic. What we need is physical force to back our monsters. Give them a good combination of magic and strength, add in a bit of defensive power for good measure, some regeneration, we could get out of this slow crawl. Because, as much fun as torching villages in person is, I got a bad feeling off those idiots in that village; something's up with them."

"And what makes you think your plan fares any better than mine?" Kakon demanded, only to have his voice cut off by the staff being pulled from its rack.

"Simple; our enemies think we only have a magic based force. The moment we introduce heavy hitters, they'll be caught unprepared, and whatever's in our way will be overwhelmed. Really, you act like I haven't done this before; I WAS a war magistrate in my past occupation. Any comments to that, maggot farm?"


((Yes, I am indeed plotting.))

Winter
01-25-2011, 03:14 AM
Luna and Nadia

"Hi there, Cryo!" Luna chirped up, offering a smile to the child Skye called his daughter. "Your father explained it pretty well, a friend of mine set off that flash and it seems like his eyes couldn't take it, we're just trying to make sure he doesn't walk into any walls or anything." She said brightly, then turned her head to Nova. "If you've got him, okay then. I have something to discuss with him later though, so don't let him knock himself out." She joked before letting go of Skye's arm. "I'll go find Nadia and Re and see you guys soon, hopefully, not like those two could really go too far, I hope." She commented before turning and jogging away.

Nadia blinked, shaking her head "I dunno how a spell could do that to you, it was just a light spell, right? Unless you overpowered it, maybe?" The younger panther shrugged. "My forte is air magic, not light magic, I dunno what to tell you, honestly."

"Nadia! Re! There you are." Luna said, coming into view of the two, looking relieved. "Glad to see it doesn't look like either one of you is hurt too badly."



Sola

"Obviously not you." The fox sniffed under her breath, listening to Kakon before Morgoth jumped in with his own plans, then called her maggot farm. "I'd watch yourself, Shadow Boy. Making me mad is not a smart thing to do, living or not. Aside from that, if you weren't paying attention, most of this body is shadow matter, considering I was pretty much incinerated from what I can figure out." Sola growled sharply before looking to the staff. Only I still can't figure out why the heck I'm here, because the fates have to have a sense of twisted humor if I'm stuck with this guy bossing me around.

Doodlebop
01-25-2011, 12:41 PM
Nova Rowling

Skye seemed somewhat disconcerted when the two foxes grabbed his arms, but took it in stride. "I am glad the village is all right. Repairs will need to be started soon..." He suddenly paused, flicking an ear, and suddenly Nova realized that there were footsteps coming his way. She had been hearing them for a while now, but had been preoccupied with things like not dying. A head appeared between two huts, grinning like mad to reveal rather sharp teeth.

Nova was momentarily startled, until she realized that it was a crocodile girl. She was small, so she had to be pretty young. This was emphasized when she crowed, "Hey Dad! I helped fight! I beat a monster!" Suddenly, her eyes clouded as she looked up at Skye's closed eyes. "Dad? What's wrong with your eyes?" The crocodile scuttled up to Skye, looking anxiously back and forth between Luna and Nova. "And who are they...?"

Awkward, Nova thought. She supposed it looked a little odd- Skye being towed around by two young vixens. Skye seemed to realize this too, and said after thinking for a moment, "I am proud of you, Cryo. I wish I could have seen you, but with my eyes currently blinded by that flash of light, I cannot see much at the moment. Cryo, these are my acquaintances, Nova and Luna. Nova and Luna, this is my daughter Cryo." His tone of affection made Nova slightly jealous as she remembered her father's way of referring to her- bored and slightly irritated.

Cryo blinked up at them, then beamed widely. "Oh! Hi Nova! Hi Luna!"

"Hi there, Cryo!" Luna smiled widely at Cryo. "Your father explained it pretty well, a friend of mine set off that flash and it seems like his eyes couldn't take it, we're just trying to make sure he doesn't walk into any walls or anything." She looked at Nova. "If you've got him, okay then. I have something to discuss with him later though, so don't let him knock himself out. I'll go find Nadia and Re and see you guys soon, hopefully, not like those two could really go too far, I hope." She trotted off.

"I won't be held accountable for damage," Nova said drily. She looked at Cryo- not really down, as Cryo was near her height. It was almost up, actually. Kids grow way too fast... Or maybe I'm just short. Gosh, I sound like an old geezer. "Hey, Cryo. Nice to meetcha." Nova thought for a moment- she kind of doubted Cryo was Skye's biological daughter- cumbersome logistics somewhat prevented that, though it was possible, if unlikely. Adopted? Well, she wouldn't go prying into his personal life. "So, Silvart, where to? Anywhere out of town and I demand a tip," she said sarcastically, with a faint grin at Cryo to show she wasn't serious. Skye would realize this as well, unless he was totally clueless.

Re

"Something like that, yeah," Re muttered in response to her question about whether it was a light spell. "It was kind of an explosion, so maybe the noise just hurt my ears. I'll be fine in a bit. And anyway, it was definitely overpowered." He grinned up at her. His energy was slowly returning. He managed to make himself stand up, though he had to support himself against the wall of the hut.

"Nadia! Re! There you are." The white-furred fox with the overly-large sword came into view- Luna, was it? She looked relieved. "Glad to see it doesn't look like either one of you is hurt too badly."

Re gave a little wave and said, "Yeah, seems we're none the worse for wear. I think I'd be a goner if Nadia hadn't decided to save my sorry hide." He gave a little grin, brushing some blonde hair out of his good eye.

Grassy_Aggron
01-25-2011, 10:04 PM
(I figured everyone else will end up on the outskirts of the village...I mean, that's where Skye/Shinto/Cryo's hut is. It's pretty noticeable by the fact it's apart from the other huts XD)

Skye and Cryo Silvart

"Hi there, Cryo!" Luna chirped up, offering a smile to the young crocodile (although Skye couldn't see, he guessed she was by her tone of voice). "Your father explained it pretty well, a friend of mine set off that flash and it seems like his eyes couldn't take it, we're just trying to make sure he doesn't walk into any walls or anything." The fox said brightly, then apparently spoke to Nova. "If you've got him, okay then. I have something to discuss with him later though, so don't let him knock himself out." Skye then felt Luna let go of his arm, trotting off.

"I won't be held accountable for damage," Nova seemed to retort, little humor in her voice. "Hey, Cryo. Nice to meetcha." Nova stopped for a moment before addressing him. "So, Silvart, where to? Anywhere out of town and I demand a tip."

Cryo, of course, found this whole thing quite amusing, giggling. "I like you Nova. You're funny!" She pointed back towards where she came from. "Master Shinto wants to talk to you, Dad. He's worried, even though he doesn't want to show it." She glanced down. "I think...I think some of the villagers died."

Skye winced at those words, shaking his head. "Such a shame...But, my Little Icicle, it is not a discussion for you." He sensed her grief. "Please, will you lead Miss Rowling to Master Shinto? I am not trusted enough to walk around with no eyes."

"I thought you said you were blind! You lost your eyes?" Cryo hadn't guessed the meaning of his words, and was starting to panic.

"No, Cryo." Skye managed to place his hand on her long snout, calming her for the moment. "I still have my eyes, but I cannot see. So it is as if I have no eyes. Get it?"

"Oh, I see. Okay!" Cryo chirped, bouncing away. "Follow me then!"

Doodlebop
01-26-2011, 12:55 PM
Nova Rowling

"I like you Nova. You're funny!" Cryo was giggling, a smile turning up the corners off her mouth.

"Well, assuming you mean funny ha-ha and not funny strange..." Nova tilted her head slightly, purple-blue eyes half-hidden under dark brown eyelids. "...Thank you." Nova smiled slightly. She liked the kid. It had been quite a while since she had seen someone who seemed so cheerful. Hopefully cynicism didn't rub off- Cryo was too cute to be pessimistic.

Cryo pointed back at the village behind her. "Master Shinto wants to talk to you, Dad. He's worried, even though he doesn't want to show it." A shadow passed over her face as she looked at the ground. "I think...I think some of the villagers died."

Nova felt a tiny stab of pain in her chest, as Skye winced and shook his head regretfully. "Such a shame...But, my Little Icicle, it is not a discussion for you. Please, will you lead Miss Rowling to Master Shinto? I am not trusted enough to walk around with no eyes."

Cryo looked mortified. "I thought you said you were blind! You lost your eyes?"

"No, Cryo." Skye reached out and while Nova made sure he didn't fall flat on his face, laid a open hand on Cryo's snout. "I still have my eyes, but I cannot see. So it is as if I have no eyes. Get it?"

"Oh, I see. Okay!" Cryo began to run off, calling, "follow me then!"

"Cute kid," Nova remarked. "Okay, how are we going to do this?" This was almost to herself. She had a hold on Skye's arm... The main problem was that he couldn't see. He could walk just fine. All she had to do was guide him.
"We'll start walking on three. I'd rather not start with you not expecting it and you falling on your face. After all, you might land on my tail." She carefully moved her tail out Skye's foot reach, unless he was some kind of stretchy freak. "Ready? Right, 1, 2, 3," she counted off, then began to move forward, slow enough so Skye could keep pace with her.

Cryo was moving towards a hut that seemed a bit apart from the other huts. There was an old panther that Nova recognized as one she had seen earlier and yelled her head off at. So that was Master Shinto, huh? As they walked, Nova noticed a glint of gold in the center of the street. It was her ring! Convenient. They were heading straight toward it. They stepped over it, and Nova moved her tail to lift the ring up and around her tail. All right, back to business...

Dr Robotnik
01-27-2011, 01:54 AM
Morgoth lazily pointed his staff at a nearby monster composed of dark matter, his eyes narrowed menacingly. "I wouldn't recommend crossing me, girl. Don't forget that you're made of the same stuff I just made rupture; useful though you are, it wouldn't be hard to corrupt an even better magician than you. Am I clear?" His voice had a completely different tone than before; his jovial tone was completely absent, and all of it had left his stance. "I'm the one who will engulf this world in darkness, girl, not you. I want to make the chain of command here as obvious as I can; you do what I tell you to, you agree and do it."

Even Kakon's voice was silent after this. He apparently had no idea what really lie under that jovial, half-serious visage. "I'm going to scout out my next minion. Keep an eye on that group from the village; I want to know if they so much as breathe outside of that town," He said, disappearing as quickly as he had come. Something about that group bothered him enough that the old part of him resurfaced; he was going to pound them flat. And then, everything would be perfect.


((Phase shift!))



"Excuse me! Hello! ... hm.... could the darkness have struck here as it did home?" Called out a voice, entering the village. The voice's owner was a rabbit with bluish gray fur and a tan muzzle, though he had a more rabbit-like bottom half than most. He wore a silver chest plate and gauntlets on his arms, as well as a green hood, with a sword much too large for his body in comparison strapped to his back. Curiously, he also had messy blond hair on the top of his head. "Hello? Any assistance I could receive would be greatly appreciated! ... Maybe everyone simply fled?..." The rabbit supposed, frowning and crossing his arms. Well, I suppose I can't blame them...

Winter
01-27-2011, 03:43 AM
Luna And Nadia

"Heh, Nadia's good like that. She can't stand it if even a fly gets hurt within ten feet of her." Luna said, laughing softly, Nadia snorted.

"Hey, don't make fun of me! I just sliced a few monsters in half, you could be next." Nadia teased, Luna laughed harder this time, reaching over to flick the tip of Nadia's closest ear.

"I'm closer and faster on the draw there, Nadi, I'd think before I act if I were you." Luna warned just as teasingly as Nadia before looking to Re. "I told Skye I'd catch up as soon as I found you two, and I left him with another girl, but the spell of Re's blinded him and I'm hoping she doesn't walk him into any walls." She said, Nadia raised her eyebrows at Luna and the fox lightly slapped the panther on the arm.

"Another girl, huh?"

"Nadia, shut up while you're ahead."


Sola

"Hmph, I wouldn't underestimate me there, Shadow Boy." Sola growled softly after his disappearance, turning her attention to nothing in particular before lazily waving her hand in front of her and muttering something before a window appeared in the darkness, showing an aerial view of the village.

OOC: Meh, not my best.

Grassy_Aggron
01-27-2011, 11:42 PM
Skye and Cryo Silvart

Despite having been blinded, Skye walked with a certain grace and confidence that few in his position could possess. The panther lifted his amber eyes to gaze at Skye with a little bit of worry, although he sighed when he figured it out. "It is rather ironic that you have been blinded by light as you struggle with the darkness within, but fate works in mysterious ways." He nodded at Nova and Cryo, the latter of which went up to greet a new arrival - an armor clad rabbit.

"Hi mister! I'm Cryo Silvart. We just got attacked by a bunch of monsters, but everything is okay now." Blitz was laying on the ground, exhausted from using up so much energy. "Dad is over there," she pointed at Skye, "or Master Shinto, the panther next to him."

Skye focused his ears on Shinto. "How many?"

"Six dead, many wounded. Some are children. And," sorrow crept into his voice, "some of the wounded have become corrupted. They will turn before the end of the week."

The sky blue hedgehog gave a low growl, a slight rumble within his throat. "Not good. What of the village?"

"Repairs are already under way, my boy. We were in desperate need of axes," the last word caught Skye's attention, "but don't worry; I would not allow your axe to be used. To be truthful, no one desires to touch the corrupted wood for fear of becoming corrupted themselves, although that is quite preposterous."

Skye remained silent, thoughtful, rubbing his chin with his tan gloves. "I need to set off soon, Master Shinto. It can no longer wait. The staff is in the hands of a dangerous enemy." He redirected his attention to Nova. "Sorry about this. I trust you know of the ancient legend about Kakon's staff?" He turned his head instinctively towards where the rift in the sky was. "I intend to put a stop to the disaster, at any cost."



(So Cryo is talking to Metal's new character, and Skye gets a little dark ^^' Nya ha, Master Shinto doesn't care if others hear about his student's problems. Considerate, no?)

Doodlebop
01-29-2011, 01:18 AM
Nova Rowling

Shinto eyed Skye for a moment before sighing. "It is rather ironic that you have been blinded by light as you struggle with the darkness within, but fate works in mysterious ways." He nodded in acknowledgement to Nova and Cryo. Cryo had run off to greet a a newcomer.

"Hi mister! I'm Cryo Silvart. We just got attacked by a bunch of monsters, but everything is okay now. Dad is over there, or Master Shinto, the panther next to him." Cryo pointed at each person in turn. Nova briefly scanned him. Stranger danger, bad feeling... Then again, ever since she had arrived, she had had this doom and gloom sensation, and it was impossible to tell what exactly it was referring to. Heck, for all she knew, her senses might be telling her Cryo was a megalomaniacal mass murder. And what was Shinto talking about?

Skye was speaking again. "How many?"

"Six dead, many wounded. Some are children. And some of the wounded have become corrupted. They will turn before the end of the week."

A stabbing pain where Nova's heart was appeared in a sudden jolt, and she became suddenly aware that her grip on Skye's arm had suddenly tightened, beginning when Shinto had mentioned the children, and strengthening to her full arm strength when Shinto had said that some of the wounded had been corrupted. Albeit, her arm strength wasn't much, but it was enough to hurt somewhat. Embarrassed, Nova quickly loosened her grip, eyes sliding away from Skye, even if he could not see her. She wasn't some sillygirl to need a man to support her every time something bad happened... But still... She let her eyes slide shut

Skye gave an almost feral growl that rumbled slightly. "Not good. What of the village?"

"Repairs are already under way, my boy. We were in desperate need of axes-" Skye suddenly stiffened. "-But don't worry; I would not allow your axe to be used. To be truthful, no one desires to touch the corrupted wood for fear of becoming corrupted themselves, although that is quite preposterous."

Nova looked at Skye out of the corners of her eye. What are you hiding, Silvart? He was rubbing his chin, deep in apparent thought. "I need to set off soon, Master Shinto. It can no longer wait. The staff is in the hands of a dangerous enemy." He suddenly addressed her. "Sorry about this. I trust you know of the ancient legend about Kakon's staff?" Skye lifted his head towards the rift in the sky, and Nova lifted her head as well.

"I intend to put a stop to the disaster, at any cost." Skye sounded grim.

Nova thought. Kakon's staff. It sounded familiar... She suddenly recalled the story her mother had told her when she was a child, about Kakon. She thought it was just an old legend... But then it was... But legends had to come from somewhere. And this would match the situation. Yes, of course. "I have heard of it." Nova looked at Skye.

"You're gonna be the big hero and try and stop it, huh?" She looked back at the rift. "Well... You can't set out just yet- I don't think a blind hedgehog's going to be that affective against all-powerful evil. And..." She took a deep breath. "I'm coming along. And don't try to stop me, Silvart."

Re/Nimue


"Heh, Nadia's good like that. She can't stand it if even a fly gets hurt within ten feet of her." Luna said, laughing a bit.

"Hey, don't make fun of me! I just sliced a few monsters in half, you could be next." Nadia grinned at Luna. Luna laughed even harder, flicking Nadia's ear.

"I'm closer and faster on the draw there, Nadi, I'd think before I act if I were you." Luna looked at Re. "I told Skye I'd catch up as soon as I found you two, and I left him with another girl, but the spell of Re's blinded him and I'm hoping she doesn't walk him into any walls." Nadi wiggled her eyebrows at Luna.

"Another girl, huh?"

"Nadia, shut up while you're ahead."

Re grinned. The two were obviously close- he didn't think he'd ever known anyone that closely...

*Except me.*

Re groaned inwardly, and Nimue laughed. He shook his head slightly and said, "well, shall we go then? I should probably apologize to Skye." He began to walk out, supporting himself with one hand against the wall as he exited the hut.

Winter
02-04-2011, 02:57 AM
Luna and Nadia

"Here," Nadia offered, holding out her staff to Re. "You can use Nightglow as a kind of walking stick--gotta be easier than leaning up against houses."

"Probably safer, too. Dunno which ones are unstable form the fighting, and it would be bad if you fell through a wall or something." Luna chuckled at the thought, earning a disapproving look from Nadia. "Anyway, I wouldn't be too sorry about it, you kept the village from burning down and provided a decent distraction, even if you did blind Skye in the process. Pretty awesome, wish I could do that, but I can only start fires, not put them out most of the time." She flicked her wrist and a small flame burst to life about her paw before she twisted her hand, cupping the flame and then closing her grasp around it and ending the flame.

"Show off. Just don't ask her to do anything small with it--mostly she uses the magic to blow things up that are in her way."

"Useful though, isn't it? I don't hear you complaining often." Luna fired back. "Now come on."

OOC: Meh-ish, but must keep going!!!

k_pop
02-09-2011, 08:07 PM
OOC: (Scuse the sudden excitement, but Sage rather excels at it. ...Or should I say rolls with it? Whichever, I thought it was the best way to introduce his personality. ^^
Oh, and his accent is Gaelic, Irish in more general terms. XD)

IC:


Sage Willowsgate

Breaking out of the trees, a dark shape was racing toward a village, heavy foot beats raising up dust. Three pairs of massive tusks curled up from its top jaw in front of blazing eyes and another two pairs jutted out straight from the over-sized bottom jaw. The legs seemed too short for its body, but propelled it forward powerfully. Among the jagged spikes raised at odd angles all along its flanks and hunched back, a long wooden pole of pale red stood out. Enraged by the pain it could not rid from its back, the dark creature was following the sense of a fleeting surge in dark energy and warped instincts urged it towards that darkness and away from the one who pursued.

Another figure emerged from the trees, wearing simple leather armor and armed with a longbow, but the glint of a sword hilt with a dark pommel stone flashed in the morning light over his shoulder. Sage quickly followed the twisted boar, an arrow fletched with black and white feathers already nocked to his bow. The boar was not more than thirty strides away from a small village. As soon as Sage saw the figures near the edge of the small homes, he slid to a stop, drawing the arrow back in the same motion...and let fly, another following right behind. A roar followed as the first arrow struck hard in the creature’s front leg, making it stumble and opening a vulnerable spot. The second arrow was buried deep into the base of the boar’s skull. It fell to the ground in a swirl of dust only ten yards from the people outside the village.

With a shake of his head and a sigh of relief, Sage trotted to where the creature fell. The heather green raccoon walked around the side of the fallen creature. “Well mate, gave a good run, ye did. Least you can get to yer rest now.”

He gave a tug to the wooden staff jutting up from the spikes. When it came free, it became apparent why the pole was stuck in the first place. A heavy, single-edged blade was affixed to the end of the long polearm. He smiled as the steel-blue blade came out surprisingly clean, a slight flash disappearing from its bronze back edge. He then removed the arrows with a little more difficulty and started walking towards those standing nearby; a couple older, some younger than himself.

“Now that’ll never do,” he said inspecting the arrows which were visibly darkened, tainted by the dark matter that had twisted the boar. He pulled a cloth from behind his quiver and began to rub the arrowheads, the black stone on his glove flashed and a slight glow shown between his fingers. When he put the cloth away, the arrows had returned to their steel shine. The raccoon nodded in satisfaction, “Much better.” He looked up at the small group he had approached. “A simple healin’ spell does wonders for the little bits like that.”

His smile was rather charming and he spoke with a slight accent common to the people of the neighboring country, Greenlake. Sharp, grey eyes shone calmly from behind the natural, dark green bandit's mask as he quickly caught sight of the damage done to the village. Returning the cleaned arrows to his quiver, he gave a polite bow, clear and forthright with his explanation. Sage was certain they would like to know why he was chasing the creature in the first place.

“Must apologize for droppin’ that fella on yer doorstep like that. Couldn’t catch up to the blighter for a clear shot in the trees. Couldn’t let him go either. Etel’s already mighty hot she let her glaive run off. Not quite used to the demons runnin’ up so often yet, are we? ‘S what comes from living far east for two years, aye? I can have him removed for you if need be. Won’t do to have the dark stuff hangin’ round.” He nodded at the burned homes. “Was headin’ this way when we saw the light of fire and it looks like ye’ve already had a bit of trouble. From the dark magic lingerin’ must’ve been a right ould nuisance. If that wasn’t just the thing to get the big guys’s attention back there. Name is Sage Willowsgate and I’m a healer if anyone’s in need of help. I’d just have to go an’ gather up my friend.” He thought about it for a second before chuckling. “Though it’d be fair to say she wouldn’t like it put that way.”

Grassy_Aggron
02-11-2011, 12:54 AM
(Can't post anything for Cryo, but I should be able to get Skye done)

Skye Silvart

The hedgehog felt Nova squeeze his arm, although she quickly let go - he wondered if the knowledge children had been hurt was what had upset her, or if it was the corruption. After that, she quickly responded to his previous question about Kakon's staff. "I have heard of it." He felt her gaze fall on him. "You're gonna be the big hero and try and stop it, huh? Well... You can't set out just yet- I don't think a blind hedgehog's going to be that effective against all-powerful evil. And..." Nova took a deep breath. "I'm coming along. And don't try to stop me, Silvart."

He was, admittedly, a little surprised about that. "It will be dangerous, Nova. But from your tone, I suppose there really is no way to talk you out of it. I appreciate the help, I really do, but..." He hesitated. "I cannot let anyone else get hurt because of me. I could not bear it again."

"It wasn't your fault, Skye." Shinto spoke up, although everyone present turned their heads when a monstrous boar, it's body misshapen from corruption, burst forth from the trees. It was quickly felled just as quickly from well aimed arrows, collapsing but a scant ten feet from the village. A well armed raccoon appeared, introducing himself as Sage Willowgate, a healer.

Shinto seemed to eye Sage's armor, but Skye beat him to speaking. "Greetings, Sage Willowsgate. I am Skye Silvart, spear-master. This is my master, Shinto. My companion here will introduce herself, I am sure." He folded his arms, thinking. "We can take care of the boar, it is no problem. You did stop it from destroying more of the village, after all. And you said you were a healer? Can you heal temporary blindness?"

Doodlebop
02-11-2011, 01:08 PM
((Yeah, I don't feel like waiting around much longer. xD))

Re/Nimue

"Hey, thanks." Re gripped the staff and began to walk along. "I'll be fine pretty quick- I think I might've lost my sense of balance for a bit." He gave a slight grin.

"Probably safer, too. Dunno which ones are unstable form the fighting, and it would be bad if you fell through a wall or something." Luna laughed, and Nadia gave her a little glare. "Anyway, I wouldn't be too sorry about it, you kept the village from burning down and provided a decent distraction, even if you did blind Skye in the process. Pretty awesome, wish I could do that, but I can only start fires, not put them out most of the time." She flicked her wrist and a small flame burst to life about her paw before she twisted her hand, cupping the flame and then closing her grasp around it and ending the flame. Re watched this silently. She actually knew how to control it, instead of Re, whose magic just kind of leaked out when he least expected it.

"Show off. Just don't ask her to do anything small with it--mostly she uses the magic to blow things up that are in her way." Nadia rolled her eyes.

"Useful though, isn't it? I don't hear you complaining often. Now come on."

The trio began to move towards the outskirts of the village. The hedgehog from earlier was talking with a graying panther and a rabbit, while a blue-furred fox girl supported him. And... What was that?


Nova Rowling

Skye looked a bit surprised. "It will be dangerous, Nova. But from your tone, I suppose there really is no way to talk you out of it. I appreciate the help, I really do, but..." Skye stopped, hesitant. "I cannot let anyone else get hurt because of me. I could not bear it again."

"It wasn't your fault, Skye." Shinto spoke.

Again? Nova decided not to pry into it for now and pursued the topic at hand. "Tell ya what, Silvart, I'll keep myself in one piece and you'll do me a favor and keep yourself in one piece. Sound like a deal?" She released his arm. She kind of doubted he was going to fall over, he seemed pretty at ease.

Nova was suddenly distracted when she saw something, large, black, ugly, angry, and fast moving at high velocity towards the village. "Oh, holy-" but abruptly keeled over. Nova stared in disbelief- what, had the thing had a heart attack or something? But then saw the arrows sticking out all over the creature.

A raccoon that had silver-green fur appeared and introduced himself as Sage Willowsgate. Nova stared in disbelief at the boar. Well, that pretty much explained the bad feeling. The thing nearly mowed them all over.

"Greetings, Sage Willowsgate. I am Skye Silvart, spear-master. This is my master, Shinto. My companion here will introduce herself, I am sure." Skye seemed more or less unfazed. "We can take care of the boar, it is no problem. You did stop it from destroying more of the village, after all. And you said you were a healer? Can you heal temporary blindness?"

"Silvart, does this village normally get so much traffic?" Nova arched her eyebrows and looked at the boar. She sighed, shaking a hand, though what she was shaking it at was unclear- Nova wasn't sure herself. "Anyway, name's Nova Rowling. Quite the entrance, Sage." She crossed her arms.

"What is that?" Re asked as he moved a little closer. "Do those things show up quite often?" He blinked at it, as if not believing his eyes. He sighed and turned slightly. "Hey, Skye. Sorry about the, um... eyes." He finished lamely. What do you say to a guy you temporarily blinded? Hey, sorry about the eyes, but wasn't that neat what I did? No, that wasn't gonna fly. His eyes flicked to vixen standing next to Skye. She looked familiar...

Winter
02-13-2011, 01:15 AM
Luna and Nadia

Nadia grinned brightly glad to be of help to someone and the group began moving towards the outskirts of the village, where it seemed the rest of the group had collected and met up with a panther, and Luna could see Cryo and a rabbit not too far off. She sighed, the kid seemed to have her freedom around the village, much like her at that age. She just hope what had happened to her didn't happen to that child, though it seemed obvious to her that something had happened to land her in Skye's care, there was almost no chance the little crocodile was the hedgehog's biological daughter.

"What--?" Luna's thoughts were interrupted by Nadia's confused gasp, and she looked over in time to see a massive, distorted black creature that looked most like what used to have been a boar, but had fallen to corruption. She unsheathed her sword on reflex, even though she was no where close to being able to do anything to prevent the boar from reaching the village, which it was barreling toward...

Then it wasn't.

Luna watched as the boar fell and she saw a green...raccoon, maybe? Approach the others. By the time they got there, she only caught a handful of words from the newcomer and Skye's greeting, calling the raccoon Sage Willowsgate and asking if he could heal partial blindness. Nova and Re made their own comments, Re's Luna couldn't help but reply to. "Re, this village is pretty close to the corruption, I'm sure things like this aren't exactly rare." She said before looking to Sage, "But however rare they are or aren't, it's nice that someone got to it before this place got reduced to rubble. I'm not a resident here, but thanks anyway." Luna offered. Nadia nodded slowly.

"This place seems to be a magnet for trouble. 'Course it's better than sitting around and having nothing happen while the rest of the world falls apart." The panther shrugged.

k_pop
02-13-2011, 04:04 AM
Sage Willowsgate

The hedgehog introduced himself as Skye –a very fitting name- Silvart and the older panther as Shinto. Sage bowed respectfully to the latter, not missing the interested look being cast at him. He chuckled at the dry comment made by the blue fox holding Skye’s arm. She seemed to be younger than himself and Etel, though Etel would be about her size if not shorter. He could not help smiling at the thought of her reaction as the fox introduced herself.

“Anyway, name’s Nova Rowling. Quite the entrance, Sage.”

“Think so?” he asked with a smile. “Wasn’t I just the lucky one to run into him then?” He thought it over. “Can’t say my friend would be agreein’. That fella picked far too early in the mornin’ to attack her and ended up with a glaive in his back. And didn’t she have the good luck of losin’ her grip on it? Elsewise, that would’ve made for a wild ride.”

Three others were arriving then. The snow leopard that was apologizing to Skye had an odd aura –almost like it was doubled- that Sage would have to ask about later. He made a comment about the twisted boar and a white vixen carrying a massive battle sword said that those things would not be rare so close to the point of corruption. She had addressed the leopard as Re, though he did not hear the ladies’ names. The white fox then thanked Sage for taking care of the boar, to which he smiled and waved it off.

“This place seems to be a magnet for trouble,” said the young panther accompanying her. “‘Course it’s better than sitting around and having nothing happen while the rest of the world falls apart.”

Sage winked at her. “I’ve a friend who’d agree with ye completely. Isn’t that why we came back from the far east then?”

“We can take care of the boar,” Skye was saying, “it is no problem. You did stop it from destroying more of the village, after all. And you said you were a healer? Can you heal temporary blindness?” Skye seemed very well-spoken and clear in his voice.

“Well, I take it, not havin’ opened yer eyes since I arrived that ye’d be the one needin’ that fix.” The raccoon laughed lightly. “And wouldn’t I be just the one to have somethin’ for it. Shan’t take but a moment, so I can go on and help ye now. Won’t even need to bother with a healin’ spell. My ould mum always made sure I had a goodly supply of the eyebright. Usin’ the Sight too long leaves me seeing spots and a wicked hammer of a headache.” He pulled a small bottle from a pocket in his quiver. “Some goldenseal root, a touch of blue mountain sage, just warm it up and ye’ll be right as rain.” Sage passed the glaive he was carrying to Shinto and winked. “Can ye keep hold o’ that for me a moment, sir? Don’t need the Sight to tell me you won’t harm it and I’m not needin’ any beasties runnin’ off with it again.”

Closing his right hand, he muttered a few words before flipping his fingers open, releasing a small spark of flame that hovered over his open palm. Moving his hand beneath it, he coaxed the flame a little larger, like on the fat wick of an oil lamp. He could not create anything larger that would be useful in offense, but it suited his purpose. Rolling the open bottle over the flame, he carefully warmed the liquid inside. Satisfied, he closed his hand, extinguishing the flame. Going up to Skye, he entered healer mode and pressed the bottle into the hedgehog’s hand.

“That’ll do ye. Pour a few drops in each eye to soothe things. Pardon me,” he said as he gently steered Skye around and toward the nearby hut. “Ye’ll be wantin’ to do that inside though. I can tell you from experience, out in sunlight’ll do you no good. A minute or two is all it takes for myself to be back to rights. If ye’ve been blinded though, things may be a bit blurry for a few minutes, least it won’t harm you to look around.” He chuckled as they entered the shadow of the small home’s entrance. “And ye’ll have to excuse me for being disrespectful and pushin’ round my elders, but mum’d be doin’ the same were she here.”

While he allowed Skye to take care of that, he continued talking to those present. “If there’s anyone else needin’ help, I’ll have to go get Etel first. Can’t leave her waitin’, though I’ve a feelin’ she’ll send Tywyn after me if I take too much longer. We’re bound to find a way to set things to rights, at least find one of the orbs to keep that seal from breakin’. Etel doesn’t take to stayin’ in one place for long round here though.” He did not tell them however, that the reason she did not like staying put was because they were so close to their home country and she did not want to be found. That was a subject entirely up to her.



OOC: (Skye should probably be able to at least see decently enough to get around in about a minute, and well again in like two posts. ^^)

Doodlebop
02-13-2011, 07:30 PM
Re/Nimue and Nova

Sage chuckled and gave a charming grin. “Think so? Wasn’t I just the lucky one to run into him then?” He paused, apparently thinking. “Can’t say my friend would be agreein’. That fella picked far too early in the mornin’ to attack her and ended up with a glaive in his back. And didn’t she have the good luck of losin’ her grip on it? Elsewise, that would’ve made for a wild ride.”

"Mmm, nothing like waking up to an angry boar as big as a house trying to gore you. Bet that was a fun morning." Nova crossed her arms and shook some dark hair out of her eyes. She was becoming mildly curious about this mystery friend. Evidently female, and also handy with sharp pointy things. What fun. Her ear flicked as some others approached. Luna, Nadia, and someone else. She didn't bother turning to look.

"Re, this village is pretty close to the corruption, I'm sure things like this aren't exactly rare. But however rare they are or aren't, it's nice that someone got to it before this place got reduced to rubble. I'm not a resident here, but thanks anyway," Luna said, and Nadia nodded.

"This place seems to be a magnet for trouble. 'Course it's better than sitting around and having nothing happen while the rest of the world falls apart."

"Probably a lot of things are better than that," Re agreed. He glanced at the fox, who did not apparently deem it worthwhile to turn around. She looked familiar from the back... If she would turn around, Re would recognize her, he knew that.

Sage spoke again. “I’ve a friend who’d agree with ye completely. Isn’t that why we came back from the far east then?” Nova listened. Far east.... Huh.... This guy didn't seem too private, did he?

He then instructed Skye in the ways of healing eyes. He held up his hand and muttered a few words, and a flame appeared in his hand. Immediately Nova felt uneasy until he made the flame vanish by closing his hand. Nova shuddered slightly. That just wasn't natural. He then guided Skye into a nearby hut, explaining that the mixture wouldn't do any good in the dark.

"Don't poke your eyes out, Silvart," Nova called after him, arching an eyebrow.

Sage returned. “If there’s anyone else needin’ help, I’ll have to go get Etel first. Can’t leave her waitin’, though I’ve a feelin’ she’ll send Tywyn after me if I take too much longer. We’re bound to find a way to set things to rights, at least find one of the orbs to keep that seal from breakin’. Etel doesn’t take to stayin’ in one place for long round here though.”

Orbs? Oh, don't tell me he's on an epic quest too. Actually, thinking about it, it was likely Nova was going on the same epic quest pretty soon. "I don't think we need any help, unless one of you guys is injured and keeping quiet about i- Oh, great, just what I needed." This last part was directed at Re.

"Oh. It's you," Re said glaring at her with obvious dislike.

"You're only now picking up on the fact it's me? Wow, you're even slower than I remember. Times sure do change fast, huh?" The two glared at each other with obvious dislike.

Grassy_Aggron
02-13-2011, 11:05 PM
(I, uh...Went overboard on this. And Skye only says like, one sentence XD Wowzers.)

Skye Silvart

"Think so?” Sage asked in response to Nova's statement, smiling. “Wasn’t I just the lucky one to run into him then? Can’t say my friend would be agreein’. That fella picked far too early in the mornin’ to attack her and ended up with a glaive in his back. And didn’t she have the good luck of losin’ her grip on it? Elsewise, that would’ve made for a wild ride.” Skye couldn't help but chuckle at that statement, amused.
He barely caught the statement about him coming from the far East.

“Well, I take it, not havin’ opened yer eyes since I arrived that ye’d be the one needin’ that fix.” Sage laughed, a light sound that Skye honestly could say he wouldn't get tired of hearing. He also realized he was talking to him this time, not Nova. “And wouldn’t I be just the one to have somethin’ for it. Shan’t take but a moment, so I can go on and help ye now. Won’t even need to bother with a healin’ spell. My ould mum always made sure I had a goodly supply of the eyebright. Usin’ the Sight too long leaves me seeing spots and a wicked hammer of a headache.”

Skye's ears pricked at hearing the emphasis on Sight. He has an ability similar to mine? It didn't sound like it let him see into the past like his, but he would certainly have to ask him about it. Sage then handed off the magnificent glaive to Shinto, who accepted it without saying anything. He heard the raccoon utter some words, although he was unaware of the fire that had appeared on his hand. He also seemed to be running off a few ingredients, although Skye was not nearly as knowledgeable on herbs as he was with rocks.

He barely heard Sage approach him, but was able to refrain from jumping when something warm and smooth - a bottle - was pressed into his hand. “That’ll do ye. Pour a few drops in each eye to soothe things. Pardon me,” the raccoon was pushing him from behind, and Skye couldn't help but be reminded of his brother, whom had always done that when he got into trouble. His heart ached briefly at remembering, and the hedgehog was quick to push the feeling - and memories - away. “Ye’ll be wantin’ to do that inside though. I can tell you from experience, out in sunlight’ll do you no good. A minute or two is all it takes for myself to be back to rights. If ye’ve been blinded though, things may be a bit blurry for a few minutes, least it won’t harm you to look around.” He chuckled, and Skye felt a distinct coolness as they rounded a hut - out of view of the others, perhaps for privacy - and into the shadows. “And ye’ll have to excuse me for being disrespectful and pushin’ round my elders, but mum’d be doin’ the same were she here.”

Skye nodded a bit. "Thank you. And...You said something about Sight? I have some questions about that, if you do not mind." He sensed the raccoon starting to leave. "I will ask you later, if that is all right." Sage had then rejoined the group, leaving Skye alone.

"Don't poke your eyes out, Silvart!" He heard Nova call out after them, and sighed. He would have his hands full with that one. He focused his attention on the vial, pulling the cork out and feeling how heavy it was. It was a smaller bottle, but if only a few drops in each eye were needed, it would suffice. So, without further ado, he tilted his head back and did exactly as Sage instructed (and yes, managed to avoid poking his eyes out).

Skye rubbed his eyes a little to get the watery feeling to leave, before making sure to cork the bottle. A minute or so and things will be blurry? That will be fun. Sarcasm aside, he buried Herutsu's blade into the ground just in case he needed something to hold his balance.

Deciding it had been long enough, he cautiously peaked from one eye, and then the other. His sense of sight was immediately assaulted by blotches of color, although he managed to stay upright thanks to his spear. I am glad I am out of sight of the others. Looking like a pup opening its eyes for the first time would certainly be embarrassing. He could make out the brown of huts, the tan of the ground, and the red of his spear. Finer details, like the gold streaks on Herutsu, were not visible yet.

Removing the glove off his right hand, he scrutinized it. He didn't like always having to wear his gloves, but he didn't want to risk activating the Past Sight. Could there be a link to Sage's Sight? Not only that, but his own ability hadn't "awakened" until he was fifteen. It had its uses, but accidentally prying into someone's past to an event of significance just wasn't right. He didn't bother putting the glove back on - he wasn't at risk of touching any items of importance. He'd put it on before rejoining the group, but for now...

Skye took off his other glove, enjoying the soft breeze that his hands now felt. It feels so peaceful...Yet, it is far from that. He placed the gloves in his lap, thinking.



(Lol. Da gloves are comin' off! XD For now. His hands can breathe now! :D )

Winter
02-15-2011, 02:26 AM
Luna and Nadia

Luna laughed softly at Nova's comment as the newcomer led Skye away from them to restore his sight. "Don't let Cryo hear that, poor thing was worried enough when she thought he lost his eyes." She commented, Nadia nodded to the responses to her own comment.

"Yeah, helping try to fight it is much better than staying back in town and sitting in Sigfried's house all day learning spells...someone oughta dust that place once in a while..." She trailed off before seeming to realize what she was doing. "Oh! Sorry, just wondering about those who live back where Luna and I came from. I wonder how Cloud's doing?" She said, still going off on absentminded thoughts. Luna shrugged in response.

"Dunno, probably just fine. Not like we're the center of the universe to him or he would have come along. Speaking of, Sage, this friend of yours sounds interesting, I wouldn't mind meeting her. Oh! My name is Luna and she," Luna paused to point out the little panther beside her. "is Nadia. Sorry for not introducing ourselves right off." She said, suddenly realizing they hadn't introduced themselves. She faintly noticed Re and Nova growling at each other, but was paying too much attention to Sage to really listen to their conversation.

k_pop
02-15-2011, 03:20 AM
OOC: (Will probably get Etel started in the next post. =P)

IC:


Sage Willosgate

Sage had actually not gone far, only back around the side the others had been standing on. His ear flicked at Skye’s question and he was about to turn and answer him when Nova spoke up.

“I don’t think we need any help, unless one of you guys is injured and keeping quiet about i-” The fox stopped midsentence as she caught sight of the snow leopard who had walked up. “Oh, great, just what I needed.”

Re seemed equally thrilled to see her as he retorted in a similar fashion. Sage couldn’t help a small laugh at the pair, turning to Shinto.

“Don’t they just sound like a fun pair?” He looked at Re and Nova, smiling. “I hope you two won’t be startin’ any scraps after the excitement round here already.”

The young panther that walked up had somehow managed to attach her comments to home. Her companion must have been used to it since she rolled with her rambling thoughts.

“Oh! My name is Luna and she is Nadia.” The white fox indicated herself and the younger panther in turn. “Sorry for not introducing ourselves right off.”

“Not a problem, miss. Can’t say that introductions are at the top of everyone’s list of late,” Sage said with a shake of his head. Then he chuckled. “I’d love for you to meet Etel. She’s a bit shy of others, but I’m workin’ on that. If you could excuse me for a moment though, I should probably check on the patient.”

He nodded at them before backtracking a bit and stepped around the side of the small home, shaking his head. It was certainly an interesting group and he would enjoy getting to know them. If there was no need for his work at the moment however, then he would most likely be leaving -not knowing that they would also be setting off soon- and Sage had to know what Skye wanted to ask. He stopped at the edge of the wall and leaned against it.

“Well, there just may be trouble with that Re and Nova. Sure an’ all they don’t seem to like one another.” He chuckled before turning his attention to the hedgehog. “You were sayin’ something before I stepped away. Aye, I’ve got the Sight. Let’s me see what normally can’t be seen. Also makes me a deadly shot with an arrow, though I don’t like braggin’ bout that. Good thing comes from it though, can choose my shot so my only option isn’t shootin’ to kill. You said ye’ve got questions, may as well share em. If there’s no one else here needin’ my help, I’ll have to be on my way.” He thought for a moment before smiling. “But, I’d like ye to come meet my Etel before we continue our journeyin’, if ye’d not mind.”

Etel was always shy of meeting new people. Sage would have to practically drag her to introduce herself. Certainly she couldn’t avoid meeting them if he brought someone to her. And he had a good feeling about this group. They all had good hearts, even if they all did not know it.

Dr Robotnik
02-23-2011, 08:49 PM
The rabbit's ears perked up in surprise at that. He'd been worried that something like that had happened, but that was what he got for hoping for the best. "Ah... I suppose I'll let them finish their discussions then. I doubt what I have to say is very important by comparison. Not at the moment, leastways. Oh, I almost forgot to introduce myself! I am Cornelius, charmed. If you would, please let your father know I would like to speak with him when he gets a moment; I'm not in that great a rush," The rabbit said, giving a brief bow when he introduced himself. After his request was made, he drew out his sword a ways away from the others and started shadow-fencing. No sense in standing around.

((Blagh, sorry for the wait.))

Grassy_Aggron
02-25-2011, 12:49 AM
Skye Silvart

Shinto nodded at Sage when he suggested that Re and Nova were quite the pair, glancing at the two. "Calm down. Bickering, especially after what has occurred, will do nothing. Resolve your quarrel peacefully, please." He may have been an old cat, but his voice held authority while his eyes held a strong sense of life.


Meanwhile, Skye glanced up as Sage reappeared. His vision wasn't perfect, as everything was still blurred far-off while being fuzzy at close range, but he could recognize the raccoon's voice when he started to speak. “Well, there just may be trouble with that Re and Nova. Sure an’ all they don’t seem to like one another.” Sage chuckled. “You were sayin’ something before I stepped away. Aye, I’ve got the Sight. Let’s me see what normally can’t be seen. Also makes me a deadly shot with an arrow, though I don’t like braggin’ bout that. Good thing comes from it though, can choose my shot so my only option isn’t shootin’ to kill. You said ye’ve got questions, may as well share em. If there’s no one else here needin’ my help, I’ll have to be on my way.”

The hedgehog nodded thoughtfully. "I was curious because I have what is called Past Sight. It developed when I was about fifteen, and it lets me see into the past." He held up one of his bare hands. "I have to wear gloves to avoid activating it on accident. I have no control. It only activates if I touch something that is not alive - or not anymore - and shows me events that bear significance to that item. It does, however, involve be passing out for a few seconds or minutes, depending on how many events there are." He glanced away. "I suppose I was just wondering if our abilities could be related somehow...And if there are others out there." Skye also heard the request to meet someone named "Etel".

He nodded. "I have no problem with meeting this friend of yours, Sage. You have helped me, so it is the least I could do."


Cryo Silvart

The rabbit clad in armor bowed, introducing himself. "Ah... I suppose I'll let them finish their discussions then. I doubt what I have to say is very important by comparison. Not at the moment, leastways. Oh, I almost forgot to introduce myself! I am Cornelius, charmed. If you would, please let your father know I would like to speak with him when he gets a moment; I'm not in that great a rush."

Cryo cocked her head. "That's a nice name mister. My dad is busy, but if you want you can talk to his master." She pointed at graying panther. "That's Master Shinto. He leads the village. He's a nice man, so he'll be more than happy to listen to what you have to say." She glanced over at Blitz. "I have to go make sure my friend is okay. Just go and ask Master Shinto, okay?" With that, she turned with a wave, hopping over to the Shinolf to check in on him.



(Gotta get in the grove again XD)

k_pop
02-25-2011, 05:49 AM
OOC: I'm posting cause I'm only responding to Skye and I wanna get Etel started. ^^

IC:


Sage Willowsgate

“I was curious because I have what is called Past Sight. It developed when I was about fifteen, and it lets me see into the past.”

Sage was a little surprised as he listened to the hedgehog explain his own Sight abilities. Being able to see into the past just by touching an object? That was something he had never heard of. Really, he had never met anyone else with Sight like his, but there were supposedly others.

Skye looked off the other way. “I suppose I was just wondering if our abilities could be related somehow...And if there are others out there.”

Thinking it over carefully before he answered, Sage traced his finger around the top edge of his bow as was habit, the other end resting against his toe. He decided that the best way to start would be to explain his own abilities.

“Couldn’t say I’ve ever been able to see into the past. Now and again, I’ve some capability in scryin’, though there’s not enough power in me to choose when I’m able to do so. An’ it’s always been somethin’ in the present. Most of my strength is with a bein’s aura, as I said, things not normally seen. With it, I can tell intentions or lies from small changes in someone’s presence.” He winked at Skye. “Don’t ye be worryin’. I make it a point not to be checkin’ the aura of everyone I meet unless I have reason to. ‘Tis a nuisance to always be usin’ it anyway. When I was younger an’ hadn’t learned to use it yet, things...got to be a bother for a while. Some days it’d be so bad, I had to be stayin’ indoors away from others. Mum tried to keep me out bein’ as I had to learn to live with it, but she couldn’t do much to prevent the headaches my Sight caused, only soothe em. I would be forever seein’ flashes at the corner of my vision that made me turn my head an’ caused everyone to ask if I had a problem or some kind ‘a tic with jerkin’ my head round all the time.”

It was difficult for him to keep good friends then. At that age, there was no stopping the ones who did not understand from teasing whenever he had to run home in tears of pain, clutching his head. It was worse when his brother had to come round to get him after he collapsed from a particularly bad migraine. Still, he learned from it all, gaining traits that drew others to him, like patience and a presence that radiated calm. It also made him appreciate and treasure good friends all the more. He still knew that those who used to question and poke fun at him did not always intend to hurt him.

The raccoon sighed and shook his head, speaking his thoughts aloud. “‘Tis just the way of people an’ it couldn’t be helped.” He looked back at Skye smiling. “But who’d I be to dictate a person's nature.” Standing up straight, Sage began to unstring his bow as he talked, coiling the string into a pocket at his waist and slipping the now straight bow into clips on the quiver. “About there bein’ anyone else out there with abilities like that...well, I may be younger’n yourself but I’ve traveled all the way t’ the far east an’ back. I never bumped into another with Sight like mine, or a Past Sight that I know of. Accordin’ to mum, the last in my family to have the Sight was my father’s gran’pop. Some we’ve met could use magic to see, but nothin’ that just came to them. Still, didn’t I learn somethin’ from it all? The world is a big place an’ there’s a lot to learn from it. I’d say it’s a fair chance there’d be others out there with somethin' like ourselves.”

His smile seemed to brighten when Skye said he would like to meet his friend. A sudden thought made him laugh. “Well, if ye truly feel obligated to do so. Mayhap Etel won’t be so sore with me for bringin’ you along t’ meet her. It’s not far, so when yer feelin’ ready we’ll head that way,” he said still chuckling.


Etel and Tywyn

Jewel amethyst eyes were watching the trees. “He’s surely taking his time.” A light auburn red panda was waiting on a mossy boulder. She was fairly pretty, still managing to look her age despite her small stature, wearing a dark blue tunic over a lavender dress. Though at the moment, she looked quite irritated.

A slight giggle sounded overhead. “C’mon Etel, since when is Sage not able to take care of himself? If anything, that demon boar is just giving him a good run.”

Fingers drumming on the boulder she sat on, the red panda’s other elbow met her knee so she could rest her chin in hand. “Shouldn’t I have been the one to go following the thing, then? I’m faster than him.” Her accent was like Sage’s only lighter and a bit more refined, though she tried to hide the latter fact.

“Uh huh. With your glaive in that monster’s back, you also wouldn’t have had a weapon to stop it.” The creature resting on a branch giggled as she glanced up at him. He was covered in bronze feathers, looking like a cross between a small house cat and a kestrel. The griffkin’s gold eyes glittered gleefully most of the time, as they did now. “It’s true though. And Sage’s arrow can outrun pretty much anything.”

Etel sat back on the rock and sighed in defeat. “Don’t I know it? Still an’ all, I shouldn’t have let go. Guess that’ll be what I’m most upset over.” She looked up at the griffkin. “An’ what were you doing to help at the time?”

“Me?” Tywyn asked, landing on her shoulder with a giggle. “Do you think I could’ve done something? Other than make him more mad after a couple zaps.”

Etel crossed her arms. “Didn’t the beast run off with my glaive nonetheless?”

“Oh, you’ll get Ardal back. Sage will make sure of that.” The griffkin grinned and tugged at the red panda’s bangs with his beak in an attempt to cheer her up.

She brushed her hair back trying to glare at him, but could not stop a small smile. Looking back where Sage had vanished into the trees her smile faded. Though she was still mad with herself for letting the twisted boar run off with her glaive, Etel could not help feeling a bit worried. With another sigh she turned her gaze upward. They were sitting under an old, gnarled apple tree. Having not eaten yet and needing something to occupy her mind, Etel stood and leapt up to the lowest branch. Tywyn had jumped off her shoulder and was fluttering nearby as he watched her climb up to where the fruit was ripe.

Doodlebop
02-25-2011, 01:43 PM
((Must... post... *gasp* And... decide HOW IN THE HECK RE AND NOVA ACTUALLY KNOW EACH OTHER...))

Re/Nimue and Nova

“Don’t they just sound like a fun pair?” Sage smiled at the two of them good-naturedly “I hope you two won’t be startin’ any scraps after the excitement round here already."

"Calm down. Bickering, especially after what has occurred, will do nothing. Resolve your quarrel peacefully, please." Shinto sounded somewhat imposing. The two briefly continued glaring at each other, then turned away. Nova glared at the ground. What was he doing here? Ugh. It was a small world after all. It desperately needed to be larger, if that meant she wouldn't have to look at Re again. Chaos, he was such a... She shook her head. Why waste time thinking about him? She'd deal with it later. There were bigger problems, then that irritating guy who had always- no. Not thinking about it. She crossed her arms and stared pointedly away from Re. It suddenly occurred to her that she had nothing to say, for once in her life. She sighed. Well, apparently it was an improvement.

She turned her head to look at the wreckage of the village. It seemed like everyone was busy with their own thing. "So who was that guy?" She didn't address anyone in particular. "He had control over dark matter... How?" She spoke in undertone to herself, walking a little closer to one of the buildings. "And he said his name was Morgoth...." Nova snorted a bit. "What kind of name is that? and..." She stopped, tilting her head to look at the sky.

"What was he?"

Re frowned, moving Nadia's staff a bit so he could lean on it more comfortably. Nova's questions had occurred to him (minus the name thing, but she was being her usual sarcastic self, so he figured it was a moot point), and it bothered him that he didn't have an answer.

Grassy_Aggron
03-12-2011, 03:33 AM
Important announcement: Since Metal can no longer role play as the villain (Morgoth), we now need someone else to take possession of Kakon's staff. To be honest, I'm terrible at villains (and I am Kakon, technically), but it would also offer others a unique advantage. So, does anyone want to take the role as villain?

Skye Silvart

Sage seemed genuinely surprised. “Couldn’t say I’ve ever been able to see into the past. Now and again, I’ve some capability in scryin’, though there’s not enough power in me to choose when I’m able to do so. An’ it’s always been somethin’ in the present. Most of my strength is with a bein’s aura, as I said, things not normally seen. With it, I can tell intentions or lies from small changes in someone’s presence.” The raccoon winked. “Don’t ye be worryin’. I make it a point not to be checkin’ the aura of everyone I meet unless I have reason to. ‘Tis a nuisance to always be usin’ it anyway. When I was younger an’ hadn’t learned to use it yet, things...got to be a bother for a while. Some days it’d be so bad, I had to be stayin’ indoors away from others. Mum tried to keep me out bein’ as I had to learn to live with it, but she couldn’t do much to prevent the headaches my Sight caused, only soothe em. I would be forever seein’ flashes at the corner of my vision that made me turn my head an’ caused everyone to ask if I had a problem or some kind ‘a tic with jerkin’ my head round all the time.”

Apparently lost in thought for a few moments, Sage sighed. “‘Tis just the way of people an’ it couldn’t be helped.” He smiled. “But who’d I be to dictate a person's nature." Sage stood up straight, taking the strings off his bow and clipping it to himself. “About there bein’ anyone else out there with abilities like that...well, I may be younger’n yourself but I’ve traveled all the way t’ the far east an’ back. I never bumped into another with Sight like mine, or a Past Sight that I know of. Accordin’ to mum, the last in my family to have the Sight was my father’s gran’pop. Some we’ve met could use magic to see, but nothin’ that just came to them. Still, didn’t I learn somethin’ from it all? The world is a big place an’ there’s a lot to learn from it. I’d say it’s a fair chance there’d be others out there with somethin' like ourselves.”

That smile brightened when he heard Skye mention he'd like to meet his friend. “Well, if ye truly feel obligated to do so. Mayhap Etel won’t be so sore with me for bringin’ you along t’ meet her. It’s not far, so when yer feelin’ ready we’ll head that way." Sage chuckled.

By now, Skye's eyesight had returned, and he was glad to see someone else smiling despite problems they had suffered. "You speak wisely for one so young. Then again, I suppose I cannot speak much either. It is problematic when my Past Sight activates on accident...And wearing gloves all the time is quite the bother. Unlike you, who seems to have some control over your ability, I have very little." His eyes went blank as he looked down. "And many times, the visions I see are...Not very pleasant."

Slipping his gloves back on, he got back up, slipping Herutsu onto his belt that went from his right shoulder to his left hip. "And, you said her name is Etel? What an unusual and beautiful name." He gestured. "Lead the way. Master Shinto will take care of things in my absence."

Winter
03-12-2011, 03:42 AM
Luna and Nadia

"You're asking questions none of us know the answer to." Luna pointed out flatly, tilting her head. Nadia frowned, shaking her head.

"Dunno about you guys, but whatever this Morgoth guy was, he wasn't like us...he emanated pure evil... It was disturbing, not natural at all..." Sola shivered in remembrance, Luna patted her shoulder gently.

"He's gone now, so what's our next move?" The white fox asked quietly.

OOC: Short 'cause I'm brain dead, but...MUST POST.

k_pop
03-13-2011, 04:34 AM
OOC: (Hehe, Winter... "Sola shivered in remembrance..." Think maybe you're gettin a little mixed up there. ^^
And I had to post for Etel and Tywyn too just cause I didn't want em sittin there. =P)

IC:


Sage

He could not help but chuckle at being called wise. Sage had never really considered himself wise. To him most things were simply common sense or something he learned from someone smarter. But, even Etel would tell him he had an ancient head or call him ‘old man’. He tilted his head, grey eyes lightened a little as Skye looked away while talking about his Past Sight.

“Unlike you who seems to have some control over your ability, I have very little. And many times, the visions I see are...not very pleasant.”

Sage could not imagine seeing pieces of someone else’s past. The only thing he really liked about his own Sight was that he could see where a person was injured, making it easier to help them recover. He felt that his archery could be almost just as good with enough practice and he never really liked being able to see a people’s auras. But it was true, he had gained some control over all that. Not knowing if something you touch will trigger another’s memory nearly made him shudder.

After a moment, Skye seemed ready to go, pulling on his gloves and holstering his spear. “And you said her name is Etel? What an unusual and beautiful name.”

Again, Sage could not help but laugh outright. He was already growing to like Skye. “I agree. Ye can try an’ tell her that if ye like. Couldn’ say what reaction ye’d be gettin’ back though. And sure enough, doesn’t that master of yours seem as if he could handle more a share of things?” He turned to walk back around the home, but paused and just glanced over his shoulder at the hedgehog, unable to let the conversation end where it did. “Y’know, the head of this family we were stayin’ with is an ol’ swordmaker. Now there’s a wise man for ye. He liked t’ say that sadness is important in life. Without it, happiness becomes worthless. Don’t I think it’d be a fair guess to say that ye’d be the one to appreciate happiness more than some?”

Leaving it at that, he walked around the side of the small home to where the others were talking, just hearing the end of what Nadia was saying.

“...emanated pure evil... It was disturbing, not natural at all...”

The white fox, Luna, gave her a comforting pat. “He’s gone now, so what’s our next move?”

Sage stepped in. “Well, I couldn’t say what ye should be doin’, but I’ve got to get back. Etel’ll be wantin’ to get back on the road. Since it’s those orbs breakin’ that’s supposed to be causing the trouble, she’s just bound an determined to save at least one. Skye here’s coming along to meet Etel before we head off,” he said nodding his head at the hedgehog. He then turned to Luna with a light smile. “If I’m to be rememberin’ correct, you said ye’d like to meet her as well. Yer all welcome to come. I left her not far that way,” he said, pointing in the direction he had come.

He walked over to Master Shinto to retrieve the glaive before leaving. He gave the old panther a polite bow. “Thank ye for lookin’ after her Ardal for me. Even if it were only for a bit.”


Etel and Tywyn

Standing on a thick limb, Etel wrapped her long tail around the branch behind her to keep steady as she looked around. All the apples around the lower branches were still hard and green. She looked up towards the canopy. The fruit had ripened faster where the sun was strongest. Reaching out, she swung up to a higher branch, quickly finding her next step.

“Y’know, I could have just got them for you.” Tywyn fluttered up to a branch above her.

Etel leapt up to another branch, using it as a springboard to reach the next and pulled herself up beside the griffkin.

“I know that. But you know that I hate relyin’ on someone else. Especially for somethin’ so simple. Besides, it's not that high,” she said reaching out to pluck a ripe, blushed apple. “And don’t I just enjoy the climb?”

He watched her bite into the fruit before giggling. “And didn’t you just leave the supply bags down there alone?” he said, mimicking her way of talking.

The light red panda tweaked his ear. “Cheeky thing, aren’t ye? You don’t think anyone willing to walk off with our havvysacks wouldn’t be willing to try takin’ em while a single maid is with em, eh?” This brought out another giggle from the creature. “I’m not far, and you could scare the daylights outta a demon, ye lil’ featherbag.”

“Oh ha ha!” He was giggling though as he fluttered up to peck at her ear.

Winter
03-13-2011, 07:04 AM
OOC: It seems I did. XD Totally didn't realize it--was aiming for "she" rather than Sola.

Luna and Nadia

Luna looked to Sage as he offered to let the group come along to met his friend Etel and smiled. "It's something to do that isn't standing around here, I'll go. Etel sounds interesting, not too many women I know are willing to stab a corrupted anything, let alone something much bigger than they are." She laughed and then looked to Sola. The panther rubbed her arms as if she was still trying to get rid of the crawling feeling the darkness the surrounded Morgoth had left, but looked to Shinto.

"I'll go, unless you'd like some company here, Master Shinto?" She asked, ready to help as always, and if Re and Nova decided to stay then someone ought to keep an eye on them. After all, Re had exhibited magical ability and her was holding her Nightglow--the result could be a bit nasty if they really got into it... She begin to wonder if it was even safe to leave the village alone, it would leave it open to Morgoth if he decided to attack again... But the sun had risen, did that keep him away...? What if there were others who weren't bothered by the sun?

OOC: The gears in Nadia's head are turning so fast they're smoking. XD

Doodlebop
04-01-2011, 04:32 PM
((Okay, I'm just gonna skip the part where Kakon absorbs Morgoth into the staff, and yes, that's the official story. Sorry for keeping you guys in limbo. Oh, btw, Grassy, I changed Sara's age. Anyway, here goes...))

Sara

Far away from the town, a figure was traveling over a dusty plain.

Sara had been trudging along for hours. Some voice inside her head had actually had some form of sense and told her to keep away from main roads- it was likely the people running the asylum were looking for her. Sara didn't like listening to anyone, but the voice had been very persistent. And irritating. Mostly irritating. She would've stabbed it, but it was inside her head, and so she couldn't see it. Theoretically, she could stab her head... She considered this as she walked along, breathing a little heavily as she walked. Her constitution was too delicate for this... walking. When she began exacting her vengeance, those who were responsible for her having to walk everywhere she went would pay. Sara could remember when she simply had to snap her fingers and give a command... And then she could be carried across this plain! It should work now. But it didn't, she had tried it earlier. The world was unjust. And she was getting dust all over her dress.

Clunk.

Sara paused and looked down. Where had that staff come from? Had someone left it there? Her first impulse was to attempt to smash it into a million pieces. It had gotten in her way, after all. She raised her foot, then paused, and lowered it again. There was something odd about it. She reached down and picked it up.

She shook all over. Oh... There was dark power in this staff. And she could... Yes.


Nova Rowling and Re/Nimue

Nova suddenly felt a very bad feeling briefly pass over her. She froze, then began to scan her surroundings. Re stared at her. "What are you doing?"

"Oh, nothing, just making sure nothing's about to come out of nowhere to maim, crush, dismember, eat, or otherwise harm me," Nova said absently. "Must've just been a passing thing..."

Re arched an eyebrow. "All right, I suppose that's a... decent pursuit..." What a head case.

*Now isn't that polite.*

Shaddup, Nimue. He turned to face Nadia. "Hey, do you need your staff back? I can probably stand on my own now, though I guess I should stay here." After a bit of mental prodding from Nimue, he added, "thanks for lending it to me."

Nova snorted as she walked by. "If he's staying in the village, I think I'll go and meet this new person. What a fun day. Making new friends, running away from unearthly fire, nearly getting rammed full force by a monstrous boar... And that's not even mentioning the guy with the staff and his buddies! It's like my birthday, only with a higher chance of dying. Horribly."

Grassy_Aggron
04-02-2011, 04:55 AM
(All right time to for me to post! Woot!)

Skye Silvart

Sage laughed at Skye's comment about Etel. “I agree. Ye can try an’ tell her that if ye like. Couldn’ say what reaction ye’d be gettin’ back though. And sure enough, doesn’t that master of yours seem as if he could handle more a share of things?” Sage turned to walk back, but paused to glance at Skye. “Y’know, the head of this family we were stayin’ with is an ol’ swordmaker. Now there’s a wise man for ye. He liked t’ say that sadness is important in life. Without it, happiness becomes worthless. Don’t I think it’d be a fair guess to say that ye’d be the one to appreciate happiness more than some?”

Skye blinked, surprised. He had never truly been read before like that, and in all reason it unnerved him. He also realized that he had been so caught up with worrying about seeing into the past that he often forget to enjoy the present. This is unusual... He thought. He followed too slowly to catch what Sage had said to the others aside from him thanking Shinto for holding onto the glaive, something which the panther responded was no trouble at all.

Luna piped up. "It's something to do that isn't standing around here, I'll go. Etel sounds interesting, not too many women I know are willing to stab a corrupted anything, let alone something much bigger than they are." Nadia seemed a little more worried, looking to Shinto for guidance. The older panther told Nadia to do what she thought was best.

Skye, in the meantime, responded to Luna. "Not many men are willing to face corrupted beasts either."

Nova snorted as she walked by them, apparently going to travel as well. "If he's staying in the village, I think I'll go and meet this new person. What a fun day. Making new friends, running away from unearthly fire, nearly getting rammed full force by a monstrous boar... And that's not even mentioning the guy with the staff and his buddies! It's like my birthday, only with a higher chance of dying. Horribly."

Skye shook his head at that comment. What an interesting group...

k_pop
04-04-2011, 03:03 AM
OOC: (Sorry if I kinda push it here. I didn't wanna make more than one post for a couple hundred yards of walking. ^^' And the post is a little long so I could introduce Etel and Sage's interesting relationship. ^^)

IC:


Sage and Etel

Sage chuckled as everyone was deciding whether to go or not. “Well, whoever’ll be comin’ along, let’s get on.”

He led them in the direction he had come from. The path taken through the trees needed no tracker to identify. Broken saplings, trampled plants, and churned up earth were clearly visible where the massive boar had pounded through the undergrowth. Sage carried on past everything, following the trail back to where he started. The raccoon was fairly quiet along the way, really just warning the others to look out when there was a low branch or roots in the path. He still had a mild expression, but was regularly scanning the area around them. Another reason he was not as talkative? No reason to draw attention to everyone. It was still early in the day and not all demons hid with the shadows. It really wasn’t far to where he had started from though.

“Now, just a warnin’ to ye,” Sage said as they approached the spot he had left. “Don’t be surprised if Etel’s less than happy...to see I brought ye...” He had trailed off as he stopped, glancing around. “Where’n the world did she get off to?”

Their haversacks were still lying beside the mossy boulder, but there was no sign of anyone there. A sudden rustle overhead was followed by a light screech as a feathered creature dove from the branches. Sage however did not move, crossing his arms as the griffkin came to a halt in front of his nose. Broad wings beat the air to keep the miniature creature in the air while his pointed ears stood up straight in indignation.

“You’re no fun! You don’t get surprised anymore,” he said, crinkling his beak.

The raccoon tilted his head. “Mayhap it’s because ye’ve done that so many times I expect it?” He gave a small laugh as the little creature considered this. “So where’s she got to, Tywyn?”

An apple core fell to the ground beside him followed by a call from a light voice. “You could try lookin’ up here.”

Looking up, Sage could only see the bottom of Etel's feet, ankles crossed, directly above him. Stepping back a few feet he could see where the auburn red panda was sitting on a branch with another apple.

“What’re ye doing up there, then?”

“I got hungry and needed somethin’ to keep busy while you were takin’ yer time coming back,” she said sounding exasperated.

Sage smiled lightly. He knew Etel very well and could easily tell she was relieved to see he had not run into trouble. Knowing that as soon as she realized there were others there it would be impossible to get her down, Sage immediately entered tease mode. “Well, I’m glad to be knowin’ you were so worried for me.” He easily ducked the half-eaten apple that was chucked at his head.

“Aren’t ye just beggin’ for me to come down there?”

“Well, yes actually. I’ve got some friends who’d like t’ meet ye.” He saw her freeze with another apple ready to throw as she looked down through the branches. Then came a look he knew quite well...gnawing uncertainty. Before she could say that she’d rather not meet strangers, he spoke up again. “Course, I could always come help ye down if yer stuck,” he said knowing full well that she had no difficulty climbing. It had the desired affect though as Etel’s attention was drawn back to the raccoon who had to duck another apple. “Oh good, keep ‘em comin’ an’ I’ll make my apple fizzer.” Two more apples came down.

Etel, nearly at her boiling point, was standing on the branch now so she could reach more of the fruit. “I’ll apple fizzer ye!”

Watching her, Sage’s tone suddenly became serious. “Etel, hold it!”

Surprisingly, she did stop. Even with her temper, Etel could recognize the change in Sage’s voice. She followed his gaze to the branch she was pulling apples from and swallowed a fearful gasp. Eyes wide, she was watching a large, woolly brown spider with a body the size of a dinner plate. It was unexplainable to her, but there were few things she feared more than spiders. She took a shaky step back on the limb, not hearing Sage try to tell her it was only after the same thing she was and to stay calm.

Sensing how scared she was, Tywyn popped up beside the red panda clacking his beak at the wood spider. “Shoo! Go on then, back off!”

It just stared back with four, shiny black unblinking eyes. Turning a bit toward the apple Etel had been reaching for, it started forward. With a startled yelp, Etel stepped back again and with a louder yell lost her footing. Sage caught his breath when he saw her fall back into the branches of the tree towards the ground.



OOC: (Tywyn's so cute. You're up, Grassy. ^^)

Grassy_Aggron
04-04-2011, 11:06 PM
(Lol, I suppose it's time for Skye to be awesome. And a little sassy too :D )

Skye Silvart

Skye observed everything with a keen eye. The forest, which was becoming more beautiful as they left the tainted proximity of the valley, although the destruction of the rampant boar was obvious. As they passed trees with large wounds from the run, he felt pity that something unable to protect itself had to be the victim of dark matter. Muttering a spell, he pressed his hands to any trees that needed healing. The bark would close, new leaves would sprout, and health would be restored. It left him slightly fatigued after each bout, but the sense that he had extended the life of a wonderful being gave him renewed vigor.

They came to a clearing, and a loud screech followed by what appeared to be a miniature griffin came swooping down. It halted right in front of Sage, who seemed unimpressed, and began talking away. Sage was quick to ask where Etel was, and nearly got clocked by an apple as a response. What followed was a humorous game of back and forth with words. It was only after throwing a few apples did something interrupt them.

A fuzzy brown spider of exceptional size was crawling on the same branch as the auburn panda. The small griffin popped up beside Etel, trying to shoo the creature off. It simply ignored it, its mind focused on the apple, and started forward. Etel stepped backwards on the branch, losing her footing with a yell.


He reacted instantly. Darting forward even as Sage seemed frozen to the spot, the hedgehog performed a slide, opening his arms as he positioned himself beneath the flailing panda. He braced his legs to absorb whatever weight she had - although she looked rather light - while also keeping an eye out for any falling branches.

Etel fell into his arms, halting short of the ground. Skye stood up, still holding her as he knew she was probably a bit shaky from the fall, due to her panting. That being said, she could also have been panting from how loud she had screamed - twice!

"Pardon me," Skye stated, a smile twitching at the edges of his mouth, "but I do believe an apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, not summon them." It was good humored, and also to lighten the situation. He recalled Etel was nervous with strangers, so anything he could do to make it easier for her would be helpful. Of course, he didn't think she was fit enough to stand at the moment, but it was ultimately up to her.



(Lol Kris, there you go. You wanted that joke, courtesy of Skye. And I hope I didn't god-mod too much - I figured you expected that to happen. Etel can kick her way out of him holding her if you want - he sorta expects it from a nervous nelly like her. Or complete paralysis XD)

Winter
04-05-2011, 04:16 AM
Luna and Nadia

After finally deciding to tag along with Luna and taking her staff back from Re, Nadia followed quietly, surveying the havoc wreaked upon the forest by the tainted boar, Nadia felt a pang of sadness, but watched quietly as Skye healed many of the trees he could save. Luna didn't say a thing until the group came across a tree where a small creature that looked like nothing either girl had seen appeared and addressed Sage, not looking too impressed before nearly getting pelted with apples with a small red panda who could be no other than Etel. The two watched in amusement until Etel was stoped by a rather sizeable brown spider who wanted nothing more than the apple she had been ready to pelt Sage with. Then she fell out of the tree. Luna was ready to move, but Skye was already there and catching her before Luna could do much. Nadia giggled softly and muttered a soft wind spell to cut down an apple and float it to the spider gently while Luna was laughing outright. "Nice catch, Skye!" She called with a smile, Nadia nodded.

"I suppose you save damsels in distress daily, with that attitude." The panther commented lightly.


Sola

Sola knew it when Morgoth was gone, as Kakon's staff disappeared, and she could feel the massive amount of darkness pulling at her to an area rather far off from where that village had been. So it had chosen yet another bearer and it wasn't her... Disappointment tugged at her for a moment, but then she got over it. At least she wasn't a puppet yet, she should at least be thankful for that, and then of course there was the matter of them new person she'd be taking orders from... She sighed and lifted her hand, effortlessly creating a portal of darkness to take her from her current position to the staff.

When she stepped out of the darkness. the first thing she saw was what appeared to be an incredibly emaciated and dark-furred squirrel, and she sighed again. Master Kakon really knew how to pick 'em, of course, she didn't care as long as she got to see everyone suffer in the end. "I see you're the next one Master Kakon has decided deserves his power. Hope you're better than shadow-boy." She grunted.

k_pop
04-12-2011, 01:15 AM
OOC: (Hope you don't mind, Doodle, I'm gonna go ahead and post. ^^')

IC:


Etel and Sage

Etel felt branches breaking away beneath her and her left shoulder slammed against a larger tree limb. She was only a short distance up, but it was far enough that hitting the ground would cause damage. Too far back to reach her, Sage still started forward. Skye was closer though. Bracing himself under the falling red panda, he caught her. Sage stopped where he was, leaning against the glaive he was still carrying and heaving a sigh of relief. That had scared him. Etel was a strong person, but her small frame was easily damaged and she could not defend herself from hitting the ground.

Meanwhile, Etel was so tense she was quivering all over. The spider had scared her horribly, it was a fear that she never really could explain, and then she was badly shaken by the fall. For a moment, all she could do was shake and try to catch her breath. After she realized that something had stopped her from hitting the ground, she looked up to see who caught her. It was the light blue hedgehog that had come with Sage, a small smile on his face.

“Pardon me,” he said, “but I do believe an apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, not summon them.”

Etel was still trying to get over her scare and she blinked as the comment surprised her. “Th...than...” She mentally berated herself as she tried to thank Skye. Come on, you can say that much!

A white fox laughed at the comment. “Nice catch, Skye!” she called.

A young panther beside her said something about saving damsels in distress, to which there was a light chuckle from Sage. Tywyn meanwhile was still up in the tree. He had landed on a branch to watch with some interest when Nadia’s spell carried an apple to the wood spider. He apologized for the disturbance as the spider was dragging the apple back into a gap in the tree before gliding back down to the ground.

He grinned at Nadia. “That was a nice thing to do. She’s very appreciative.” The diminutive griffin fluttered to stay in the air. “Oh, and I’m Tywyn. Nice to meetcha!”

Her quivering started fresh as she listened to the newcomers. Already she could tell that they got along much more easily than she did. Simply talking was difficult for her, especially with people she did not know. Often-times, if she was not angry and yelling, her voice became quiet and she would say only what needed to be said. This left many people who met her for the first time to think she had no feeling for anyone or just did not know how to think for herself. And for her, it was an issue of frustration that was depressing.

Seeing her face flushed, Sage quickly caught on to her distress and stepped in to draw attention. “Well, this’d be Etel.” He then grinned mischievously. “Congratulations, Skye. You saved the princess,” he said chuckling.

Etel’s face reddened further as her head snapped up. "Bi samhach!"

She still had an apple in her hand that she threw, this time catching the raccoon in the arm. Unfortunately, twisting where she was being held up also sent a sharp pain through the shoulder that was slammed into a tree limb. Sage stepped over as soon as he saw her wince and grab her shoulder. Looking serious he pressed lightly against it.

“Same place ye broke two years ago. Been havin’ trouble with hard hits to it since then, haven’t ye? Least this time it wasn’t dislocated, only been jarred good.” He smiled. “Ye’ll have to take it easy though.”

She glared at him. “That’s just well an’ all,” she snapped. “What’re ye goin’ round telling strangers I’m a princess? ‘Tis none o’ their business where I come from!” Her accent became stronger as she was irritated more.

Tywyn tittered overhead while Sage sighed and shook his head. He knew that Etel disliked letting anyone know of her connection to Greenlake's royal family, but he had not anticipated that she would react so harshly.

“He was only teasing, Etel,” the griffkin giggled. “You’re the one who’s confirmed it.”

If it was possible for her blush to deepen any further, it certainly did now. Part of her wanted to yell at Sage for baiting her into saying that, but a stronger part was saying that she really couldn’t fit well with others when she could not even let something so simple slide without losing her temper. She set her gaze to concentrate on the hem of her skirt.

“Could you please set me down now?” she asked quietly, her voice tight and falling back into the refined speech she had been drilled most of her life.



OOC: (Just FYI, 'bi samhach' means 'be quiet'. Anytime I use Gaelic, I'll put a translation at the bottom. And a pronunciation if anyone asks. ^^)

Doodlebop
04-15-2011, 12:13 AM
((No, I don't mind, Kpop. I really did not have the foggiest clue what to write. ^^'))

Nova Rowling

Nova reached out her hand as the girl slipped, but knew she was entirely too far away from her to get over there in time and probably wouldn't have the strength to catch. But Skye was already there, easily sliding underneath and catching her.

Skye had a light smile on his face. “Pardon me, but I do believe an apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, not summon them.”

The red panda looked startled. "Th... Than..."

"Nice catch, Skye!" Luna grinned, and Nadia said something about damsels in distress- Skye did seem to be rescuing a lot of those, lately, didn't he? Herself included. Bah, Nova was better than that. What was wrong with her lately? Nova watched as Nadia waved her hand and an apple floated down to the spider, which was quite possibly one of the ugliest things Nova had ever seen. She wrinkled her nose as the spider retreated with it's apple, out of sight.

The strange thing that Nova had seen earlier floated down to Nadia. “That was a nice thing to do. She’s very appreciative.” Oh, all right, so the spider was a her. She didn't want to know what the male looked like. “Oh, and I’m Tywyn. Nice to meetcha!” Nova tilted her head to one side. Looked kinda like a miniature griffin. Thought those were fairy tales. Well, learn something new every day.

Nova realized that the girl was shaking. Sage seemed to notice this too, and attempted to draw attention away from her. “Well, this’d be Etel.” He grinned again. Nova had never met anyone who smiled so much. “Congratulations, Skye. You saved the princess.”

It was remarkable how fast she seemed to recover from her shyness. "Bi samhach!" Etel glared at Sage angrily. She chucked the apple at him, then winced.

Sage grew serious, walking over and touching her shoulder. “Same place ye broke two years ago. Been havin’ trouble with hard hits to it since then, haven’t ye? Least this time it wasn’t dislocated, only been jarred good.” He smiled. “Ye’ll have to take it easy though.”

Etel glowered at him. “That’s just well an’ all, what’re ye goin’ round telling strangers I’m a princess? ‘Tis none o’ their business where I come from!” Her accent was thickening, but Nova understood her last words well enough. Oh goody, royalty. Hopefully she didn't hope for Nova to suck up to her. It wasn't going to happen, that was for sure.

“He was only teasing, Etel,” Tywyn giggled. “You’re the one who’s confirmed it.”

Immediately after there was an awkward silence. Etel commenced staring at the hemline of her dress. “Could you please set me down now?” She said it very quietly. Nova suddenly realized she really had nothing to say.

Sara

Sara heard footsteps behind her, and whipped around gripping the staff, only to see a red furred fox with purple eyes standing there. She sighed. "I see you're the next one Master Kakon has decided deserves his power. Hope you're better than shadow-boy."

Sara's first instinct was to attempt to blast her head off, but something in told her that this instinct was not a good one. Well, fine, it was actually the staff, but it still counted. So instead, she settled for her best I-am-a-duchess-and-you-are-a-maggot look. It used to be reserved for politicians who were getting on her nerves, but now it was for anyone who got in her way. Too many people got in her way. "And who are you?" Her lip curled as she spoke.

Winter
04-15-2011, 12:45 AM
Sola

Sola sighed as the squirrel gave her the most ugly yet comical expression she'd seen on anyone yet. "And who are you?" She asked, sounding as if the fox were the scum of the earth. Sola rolled her eyes.

"Or maybe not." She breathed, puffing her cheeks out for a moment before responding. "Someone who owes her current existence to the being trapped in that staff you're holding. An ally, seeing as Master Kakon has chosen you, now." She said politely. Not that I like it in the least. Sola tacked on the end mentally and waited for more holier-than-thou crap to come from the squirrel, as she knew it would. "You can call me Sola." She offered simply, that might take her down a notch--rather than offering her name, she'd told her what to call her. It might be similar to playing with Shadow-boy, maybe even more fun.

Luna and Nadia

Nadia looked to Tywyn and smiled "Well, since your friend there freaked out and all it wanted was the apple, I figured I'd make amends, in a way. Oh--and I'm Nadia! It's nice to meet you as well." The little panther said brightly before turning to Luna, who was enjoying watching the fight between Sage and Etel. Well, up until all the joking was ended with a wince and Sage inspecting the red panda's arm. Apparently she had broken it before, and she'd hit it in her rather rough descent, but it was just a little sore.

Once that was settled, then there came the angry words that rooted Luna to the ground in shock--this girl was a princess? You had to be kidding! She had the high-and-mighty act down all right, but when your friends get you flustered, you're entitled to it. However, the throwing apples thing had to be a bit undignified, as was the original tree climbing idea, and it was obvious the girl couldn't take a joke to save her life... Princess? Luna couldn't believe it, and apparently neither could Nadia.

Oblivious to the girl's discomfort, Nadia's eyes widened and she got that expression of pure awe that was common among young children, which was what Luna thought Nadia was mentally most of the time anyway. "Wow, a princess? A real princess?" She asked in clear amazement, as if it were the coolest thing in the world. Luna facepalmed and sighed.

Grassy_Aggron
04-17-2011, 01:50 AM
Skye Silvart

Etel glanced up at Skye, attempting to thank him but apparently becoming too tongue tied to do it. Sage piped up and stated, in that sly way he had, he had saved the princess. This caused a rather humorous reaction from the panda within his arms, who shouted some sort of phrase at the raccoon before tossing an apple, which aggravated an old injury. Sage was quick to address the problem.

“Same place ye broke two years ago. Been havin’ trouble with hard hits to it since then, haven’t ye? Least this time it wasn’t dislocated, only been jarred good.” He smiled. “Ye’ll have to take it easy though.”

Etel glared at him. “That’s just well an’ all,” she growled, “what’re ye goin’ round telling strangers I’m a princess? ‘Tis none o’ their business where I come from!” It amused Skye that as she grew angrier, her accent became noticeably stronger.

The little miniature griffin was giggling. “He was only teasing, Etel. You’re the one who’s confirmed it.”

Etel blushed, and it was far from a "little" blush. She practically turned cherry red, in Skye's opinion. She held her tongue, glancing down at her skirt and politely asking him to put her down. While Skye was a little worried about doing so (and admittedly, he enjoyed holding her. It was rather the first time he'd ever swept any girl off her feet, even if that meant he had to catch that girl from hurting thyself), but he relented and placed her on her feet.

Nadia was watching with wide eyes. "Wow, a princess? A real princess?" Luna smacked her own face and sighed at the panther's rapture.

"Nadia," Skye spoke up, "perhaps you should look past the princess part and instead focus on Etel herself? She obviously does not like her heritage being known. Let us respect that."

He glanced at Etel, bowing. "I am glad you are all right. I did not introduce myself. I am Skye Silvart. The corrupted boar fell outside the village, and Sage helped explain what had happened. He also helped me with the temporary blindness from a spell." While Skye was happy she was all right, his face still bore no emotion. "He wanted me to meet you, and the others with me decided to follow."

k_pop
04-18-2011, 06:51 AM
Etel and Sage

The hedgehog put Etel down to stand on her own. Sage caught hold of her arm as she was still unsteady, but it only lasted for a moment. She quickly caught her balance again and took the glaive that Sage returned to her. The red panda stood there awkwardly as she glanced up at the others’ reactions. It did not escape her notice either that two of the girls, the panther and a teal fox, were both taller than her despite appearing to be younger.

Nadia seemed to immediately grow excited. “Wow, a princess? A real princess?” she asked, wide-eyed.

Etel lowered her gaze slightly, not much enjoying that she was currently the center of attention. She was still not happy that she had allowed herself to become angry and ‘spill the beans’ –so to speak- from Sage teasing her. Before she could respond to the enthusiastic panther, the hedgehog spoke up first, telling her to respect Etel’s feelings.

Turning to the panda he bowed. “I am glad you are all right. I did not introduce myself. I am Skye Silvart.”

Automatically out of years of habit, she returned his bow with a short curtsy, no lower than was required. Skye, huh? That fits, she thought. He explained that Sage had stopped the boar outside of his village. All the while, he showed little emotion with an expression that Etel could not read.

“He also helped me with the temporary blindness from a spell. He wanted me to meet you, and the others with me decided to follow.”

“I’m sorry for Sage draggin’ ye all the way out here.” Her light voice remained quiet and her accent was not as strong. She shot a glance at the raccoon beside her. “He seems to like makin’ me meet others.”

Tywyn was gliding back and forth overhead absentmindedly, tittering as he watched. “The only way to know friends is to meet ‘em first, silly.”

Sage grinned at her. “‘Tis the truth, an’ ye always want to be avoidin’ towns an’ such. So, will you be introducin’ yerself then?” She seemed to hesitate and he shrugged. “Alright then, I’ll do it. This is Gelace Etailltiu T-”

“Stop.” Etel interrupted without raising her voice, speaking through a clenched jaw. “Do not use my last name.”

Sage was watching her carefully. She was looking the other way, but he saw her hand tighten around the glaive shaft. To most she would certainly look angry, though not as irritated as before. Sage however, knew better. There was some anger involved, but it was many other things. To put it simply, she did not want to be reminded of her parents’ name.

He put a hand on her shoulder and smiled softly. “Sorry. The full title slipped a bit. Ye won’t be hearin’ it from me.”

She turned back to face everyone, but still did not raise her head. It slightly occurred to her that her mother would be berating her for lowering her gaze to 'commoners'. “Please, just call me Etel.” She looked at Nadia. “And it’s not really all that special...bein’ a princess.”

“Away with ye,” Sage said chuckling. “Don’t go an’ ruin her imagination. An’ was it all that bad now?” He smiled at Nadia. “Really, I’m thinkin’ it was the growin’ up that troubled her more than the status. OOF!” He was winded by a sharp elbow to his stomach. “What, ye didn’ grow up?” He jumped back from another jab at his stomach.

Tywyn had landed on Skye’s shoulder, giggling. “They’re always like this. It’s so much fun. Specially since Etel’s been so serious about coming back.”




OOC: (Just wondering, when we'll be gettin moving. ^^;)

Doodlebop
04-19-2011, 12:17 PM
Nova Rowling

Nova stood back a bit, watching the group. Nadia seemed excited. Well, she supposed it was only natural. Weren't girls supposed to be obsessed with princesses and floofy dresses and other such feminine fripperies? Nova wouldn't know. Living on top of a mountain watching stars kind of prevented her from knowing. More than kind of. Anyway.

Skye gently placed her on her feet. Always the gentleman. He certainly had been polite to Nova, and that required quite a bit of patience. He introduced himself and explained why the group was here, without a bit of emotion in his face. Nova never understood how people could do that. She always had to have some expression on her face, even if it wasn't the one she was actually feeling at the moment.

Sage tried to give her full name. From what Nova heard, it was a mouthful. Ugh. Etel stopped him. There was anger in her look. Sage seemed apologetic.

Etel faced them, looking embarrassed. “Please, just call me Etel.” She looked at Nadia. “And it’s not really all that special...bein’ a princess.”

“Away with ye,” Sage said, laughing. He was perpetually laughing and smiling. “Don’t go an’ ruin her imagination. An’ was it all that bad now? Really, I’m thinkin’ it was the growin’ up that troubled her more than the status. OOF!” Etel gave him a sharp jab to the stomach with her elbow. “What, ye didn’ grow up?” Another well-aimed attack, though Sage jumped out of the way.

Nova decided it was about time to remind people that she still existed. "Well, I'm no good at bowing and I don't think I can actually do a curtsy right now for what I hope are obvious reasons. Will a handshake do?" She offered her hand to Etel. "Nova Rowling. Not at your service. Course, it's not like I'd be particularly useful anyway."

Sara

The fox before her puffed out her cheeks. Impolite and vulgar. It was extremely tempting to turn her into a scorch mark on the ground. "Someone who owes her current existence to the being trapped in that staff you're holding. An ally, seeing as Master Kakon has chosen you, now." She gestured at the staff in Sara's hand. Sara's grip tightened slightly. An ally? No one was her ally. Everyone else was in her way. Everyone else deserved to be removed from the earth. The fox had continued speaking. Disrespectful little... "You can call me Sola." Call her? Sara could call her whatever she wanted. Maggot, scumbag. Scorch mark. She really wanted to be able to call her scorch mark.

The voice in the staff- Master Kakon? No one was Sara's master. He attempted to reason with her. If she had allies, it could hurry the fate that the rest of the world deserved. She supposed so. But what if she got in the way? Sara would wait. If the fox got her in the way, she would be disposed of immediately.

She stared at Sola for a moment, considering whether she should give her full title or not. Perhaps it would teach her some respect. In one breath, she snapped out, "I am Duchess Sara Cynbal of Everlat." She paused. "The third."

((FFFF YES FULL TITLE. Now I just have to remember it.))

Grassy_Aggron
04-24-2011, 05:58 AM
Skye Silvart

When he had bowed, Etel had returned it with a slight, refined curtsy. “I’m sorry for Sage draggin’ ye all the way out here.” Etel's voice was light, her accent not nearly as strong now that she was calming down. She shot a glance at Sage. “He seems to like makin’ me meet others.” The little griffkin Tywyn chattered about how the only way to make friends was to meet them first.

Sage began to tell them Etel's first name, but was cut off by an angry tone when he tried to say her last name. She gazed at them and asked for them to simply call her by her first name. Sage went into explaining about her, but received a jab to the stomach. He managed to avoid a second one, however.

By now, Tywyn had perched on Skye's shoulder. “They’re always like this. It’s so much fun. Specially since Etel’s been so serious about coming back.” Coming back? Skye wondered. Does he mean back here? Or to where she came from...? He decided not to ask. It wasn't his business, after all, and he hated prying.

Nova stretched out her hand, claiming she couldn't curtsy. She then proclaimed that she wouldn't be useful even if she served someone, to which Skye was forced to disagree.

"Nonsense, Nova. Everyone has hidden talents, it can just take some time to discover them." He glanced upwards into the red sky, thinking for a moment. "I do believe we should head back. It is not safe in the forest. Furthermore," he stated, "I have to get ready for my journey tomorrow."





(BLARG it's not very good...)

Winter
04-25-2011, 03:21 AM
Luna and Nadia

Nadia blinked, suddenly forgetting her total awe before as just about everyone told her to calm down. Luna laughed in amusement as Etel and Sage got into an almost playful argument over it. "Well, if it makes you feel any better, my name isn't as long as yours seems to be, but in full, it's Lunaria Valentine. Everyone just calls me Luna. The walking spell encyclopedia with the disposition of a five-year-old is Nadia, sorry about her, by the way." She said, and Nadia turned to her.

"Hey, not nice, Luna!" She growled, eyebrows tilting downward and together until they nearly met in a 'V' shape. "And sorry, I tend to be impulsive." Nadia grinned.

OOC: Soooooooo bad and sooooooo late! Sorry about the late part, time decided to desert me for awhile.

Sola

Sola raised an eyebrow at the squirrel, looking ever slightly amused. What you are is completely nuts. She thought before smiling and opening her mouth again. "Pretty name. Might I suggest we get on with the whole demolishing the world idea the staff picked you for in the first place?" The red fox asked. If the squirrel was going to be moody, Sola could do the same. Being downright infuriating to people seemed to be one of her hobbies, and it provided some much-needed amusement.

k_pop
04-26-2011, 04:07 AM
OOC: (Don't feel like you're being pushed for anything, Winter. Everyone's life gets crazy sometimes. The past few days have been nuts for me with Easter. ^^')

IC:


Etel and Sage

Still teasing, Sage had said something about not meaning her height, but growing up mentally. Before Etel could swat him again though, the teal fox had spoken up.

“Well, I’m no good at bowing and I don’t think I can actually do a curtsy right now for what I hope are obvious reasons. Will a handshake do? Nova Rowling. Not at your service. Course, it’s not like I’d be particularly useful anyway.”

Etel was a little surprised at the forthright introduction Nova had made. Hesitating just a moment, she shook the hand offered to her, wondering what the obvious reason would be that the fox could not curtsy and silently cursing herself for not noticing. She was perhaps more surprised at Skye’s response when Nova said she wasn’t useful. The red panda’s brow knit as she studied her glaive shaft. Etel knew things she was good at, but there were often times when she questioned whether or not she was useful. And, she also knew what she was not good at. Hidden talents, huh? It’s easy enough to know your own negatives, but positives... Wonder if I’ll ever be gaining any talent for being ‘round others. While she was musing in her thoughts, the white fox, who looked to be only slightly older, introduced herself and the panther.

“Well, if it makes you feel any better, my name isn’t as long as yours seems to be, but in full, it’s Lunaria Valentine. Everyone just calls me Luna. The walking spell encyclopedia with the disposition of a five-year-old is Nadia, sorry about her, by the way.”

“Hey, not nice, Luna!” the younger panther said indignantly, but her face quickly became a grin. “And sorry, I tend to be impulsive.”

The red panda nodded at them slightly. “That’s alright. I...suppose I’m used to it a bit.” Really Tywyn acted like that quite often.

At that comment, the griffkin sat up. “I’d say she’s used to it a lot,” he agreed with a slight titter. “And her name is actually longer if you can ever hear it in her old language.”

Skye had been glancing at the reddening clouds. “I do believe we should head back. It is not safe in the forest. Furthermore, I have to get ready for my journey tomorrow.”

“Ah, yer setting out, are ye?” Sage asked.

Tywyn giggled. “Probably for the same reason you two came all the way back from the East,” he said with a grin. Ever observant and ever restless, he dropped off Skye’s shoulder to flutter in the air. “I can’t imagine anyone wanting to start a trip for any reason around now unless they’re looking for a way to fix things. Isn’t that right? Of course it is.” He nodded answering his own question in agreement.

“Would that be it then?” Sage said with a brightened smile at Skye. He ignored the look coming from Etel, knowing she had guessed what he was about to ask. “How’d it be if we joined ye? As I said before, we came back here lookin’ for those orbs that’s been talked about, but have no real idea where to be startin’.”

Etel was hissing in a low tone through her teeth uncertainly. “But, Sage, I really don’t think...”

Sage already understood why she was so uncertain. She did not think she could travel with someone new. However, the raccoon also knew that once she was accustomed to someone, Etel became a wonderful person to know. And her shyness no longer seemed to hide her, but was rather charming. Picking up the two haversacks off the ground he shook a finger and turned his smile at her.

“Even if he was to decline, wasn’t I just thinkin’ it’d be a good idea to ask if we could go back to the village for the night? We know well enough what it’s like out ‘ere after dark.”

She frowned at the grass, making Tywyn giggle and knowing that what Sage said made sense, then let out a sigh. Twisting the glaive around her hand so her grip reversed, she tipped the shaft over her right shoulder and let it slide it into the holster across her back. Bowing her head at the hedgehog, she tensely asked permission. “Would ye mind us spending the night? We’d be beholden to yer hospitality.”

Sage’s smile softened toward her. The request may have come out a bit abrupt, but she was trying.

Doodlebop
04-26-2011, 12:33 PM
((The reason Nova can't curtsy is that she's not wearing a skirt, k-pop. xD))

Nova Rowling

Etel hesitated a brief moment and then shook Nova's hand. Well, good. Hopefully that might make her relax a bit. Nova couldn't really tell if she had or not.


Skye decided to give his two cents, starting with a nice bit of alliteration. "Nonsense, Nova. Everyone has hidden talents, it can just take some time to discover them."

Nova snorted as she placed her hands on her hips. "Well, then, I certainly hope mine stop lazing around. I'm thinking I'll need some non-hidden talents soon what with all that's been happening lately."

A round of introductions later, Skye glanced up at the clouds above them which, Nova realized, were starting to turn red. “I do believe we should head back. It is not safe in the forest. Furthermore, I have to get ready for my journey tomorrow.” Nova felt mild alarm to realize how much time had passed. She had arrived some time in the morning, hadn't she? That meant... Oh, man. Nova suddenly felt the sudden need to take a break.

“Ah, yer setting out, are ye?” Sage asked.

The little whatchamacallit giggled. “Probably for the same reason you two came all the way back from the East,” He jumped off Skye's shoulder and fluttered in the air. “I can’t imagine anyone wanting to start a trip for any reason around now unless they’re looking for a way to fix things. Isn’t that right? Of course it is.” Pretty self assured, aren't you, Nova thought, looking at him.

“Would that be it then?” Sage was ignoring Etel's glare. “How’d it be if we joined ye? As I said before, we came back here lookin’ for those orbs that’s been talked about, but have no real idea where to be startin’.”

Etel hissed through her teeth. “But, Sage, I really don’t think...”

Sage picked two haversacks off the ground.“Even if he was to decline, wasn’t I just thinkin’ it’d be a good idea to ask if we could go back to the village for the night? We know well enough what it’s like out ‘ere after dark.”

Etel frowned at the grass. After a long moment, she finally asked, “would ye mind us spending the night? We’d be beholden to yer hospitality.”

Nova tilted back on her heels. "Afraid I'm gonna have to make the same requests, Silvart. Can't have you tromping off into the wilderness by yourself and being gored by a wild boar or something crazy like that, can we?" She paused. "Also... If I have to go much longer without at least sitting down, I think I'll just keel over. Which would solve my problem, but probably create quite a few new ones." She gave a weak smile. Honestly, she was just saying what everyone else was probably thinking. They had been running around all day beating up shadow guys and psychopathic boars. Everyone would need a break after that, right?

...Right?

Sara

The fox- Sola- stared at Sara in obvious amazement. Wasn't it amazement? It had better be amazement. The stupid girl finally gathered her wits and said, "pretty name. Might I suggest we get on with the whole demolishing the world idea the staff picked you for in the first place?"

Ugh. What a ridiculous thing to say! Sara didn't need her help! She didn't need anyone's help. She had been planning to do just that! She knew exactly what to do and-

And...

Um...

Hm.

How exactly was she supposed to begin going about this whole destroying the world thing? Destroy those orbs, yes, certainly. But where? She stopped at looked at the fox. Maybe she knew something? She seemed to already have been working for the staff... Sara hated to be dependent on others. But, she reasoned, the sooner this was over with, the better.

"Well, obviously," Sara snapped at her, still attempting to maintain a feeling of superiority. "I need the locations. I don't suppose you would have an idea to their location?"

Grassy_Aggron
04-27-2011, 03:21 AM
(Lol Doodle. Sara is such a nut - I love her XD)

Skye Silvart

“Ah, yer setting out, are ye?” Sage asked Skye, after he had stated he needed to leave soon. Tywyn fluttered off, quickly stating that they hadn't come from the East for any reason other than to "fix things" as it was. “Would that be it then?” Sage grinned. “How’d it be if we joined ye? As I said before, we came back here lookin’ for those orbs that’s been talked about, but have no real idea where to be startin’.”

"But Sage, I don't really think..." Etel was hissing slightly, nervousness clearly written on her face. Skye found it somewhat amusing how Sage pushed her all the time, yet was saddened by how her fear was almost crippling.

“Even if he was to decline, wasn’t I just thinkin’ it’d be a good idea to ask if we could go back to the village for the night? We know well enough what it’s like out ‘ere after dark.” The raccoon had picked up their things, eying Etel as he spoke.

She relented, bowing although she was terribly tense. “Would ye mind us spending the night? We’d be beholden to yer hospitality.”

Skye returned the bow with an elegant flourish, although it was not because Etel was a princess - he had simply been trained to always be courteous. "Of course you may come. I would be no better than the deformed creatures that spawn from the dark matter if I turned you away." Although considering I murdered my grandfather and brother, I suppose being courteous no longer matters...

"Well, then, I certainly hope mine stop lazing around. I'm thinking I'll need some non-hidden talents soon what with all that's been happening lately." He glanced at Nova, who had placed her hands on her hip. Skye couldn't help but chuckle, when she added on more words. "Afraid I'm gonna have to make the same requests, Silvart. Can't have you tromping off into the wilderness by yourself and being gored by a wild boar or something crazy like that, can we?" Nova paused. "Also... If I have to go much longer without at least sitting down, I think I'll just keel over. Which would solve my problem, but probably create quite a few new ones."

"You will discover you talents soon enough, Nova. As for gored...I doubt that. I successfully killed a creature corrupted by dark matter when I was only nine...And it was not a small creature either." His last words ended with an ominous, pained tone which caused him to glance away. Why did I bring that up? My past...It always plagues me! "But...If you do collapse, I can carry you back." He added on hastily, turning around and beginning to walk into the brush. "Follow me."




(Oh yeah, Skye just had a dark moment XD I already know he is going to get pestered about what happened. Pester away - you may get him to display some of his temper! XD)

Winter
04-28-2011, 12:10 AM
Sola

Sola laughed at Sara. "Who said I was supposed to know? Master Kakon only tells me things when he feels it is necessary, and that was not something he deemed necessary. It's a bit obvious who he thinks it is necessary to tell--you're the one holding the staff, aren't you, Miss Duchess Sara Cynbal of Everlat the Third?" the red fox pointed out almost smugly. She didn't care she didn't know the location of the orbs in the slightest, so long as she was led to the place so she could do some destroying. "Why don't you ask Master Kakon?" She suggested, wondering how the moody squirrel would react ot the suggestion.

Luna and Nadia

Luna had been about to ask about herself and Nadia staying in the village as well as the fact it seemed most of the group was headed for the same goal when Skye made a comment about killing something corrupted when he was nine, and she detected the sour note in his voice the Cloud had so often told her he'd heard in her own. Something had happened to him when he'd killed whatever it was, and it had hurt him. she glanced at Nadia. "Stay back with the others, I want to talk to Skye about something real quick, I'll be back a a moment or two." She assured, darting quickly off into the brush after him before anyone else got the chance to follow. She jogged up until she was beside the hedgehog and sighed. "I've only got a moment to say this before the others follow, but, we all have our problems with them past. If you ever want to talk, I'll share mine, too." She whispered softly before falling back with the others.

"Not all abilities are impressive, Nova. I'm just a girl with a memory for spells." Nadia was saying to Nova cheerfully, and Luna jumped right in.

"Mine's simply the ability to swing a large sword around without getting tired easily--but it's more inherited and trained than a real hidden talent. My dad was bound and determined to have a child inherit his weapon choice, boy or not. Obviously he didn't get a boy--he got two girls, six years apart, so I was kinda the default choice." She said brightly, leaving ou the fact her father and said sister were no longer living.

OOC: I lol at Sola sooo hard, she like making everyone mad! And you wanted to know when it started, Grassy, there you go. Not intentional, but still... :)

k_pop
04-29-2011, 03:28 AM
Etel and Sage

Skye graciously permitted them to stay the night in his village, Etel and Sage both thanking him. Nova also asked permission to stay in the village and to accompany Skye on his journey. Etel was a bit unsure if the hedgehog had accepted Sage’s offer to join in his journey, or had simply granted their request to stay the night. While she was trying to decide, Nova was saying something about being tired.

“If I have to go much longer without at least sitting down, I think I’ll just keel over. Which would solve my problem, but probably create quite a few new ones,” she said with a forced smile.

The hedgehog responded first to Nova’s comment about her skills. “You will discover your talents soon enough, Nova. As for gored...I doubt that. I successfully killed a creature corrupted by dark matter when I was only nine...And it was not a small creature either.”

Etel thought he had said that rather sullenly, as if it were a bad thing. Granted, she considered it a bad thing that anyone had to fight them at all. Sage and Tywyn glanced at each other. They had both heard the pain in that last statement, or in Tywyn’s case, felt rather. Skye however seemed to want to move on, quickly saying that he would carry Nova if she was unable to walk back before beckoning everyone to follow. Luna whispered something to her friend before darting after Skye. Etel did not seem to notice. The red panda had begun arguing with Sage about being able to carry one of the supply bags, to which he only grinned and held it out of reach, saying she needed to rest her shoulder while they followed the hedgehog.

Nadia was talking cheerfully. “Not all abilities are impressive, Nova. I’m just a girl with a memory for spells.”

Luna had returned to walking beside Nadia and added that her ability was being able to use a large sword, though she did not consider it a given talent. “My dad was bound and determined to have a child inherit his weapon choice, boy or not.”

Not really hearing the rest, Etel’s attention had snapped around to the white fox. “Your father actually wanted you to train?”

Sage chuckled. “She’ll not really be th’ exception t’ any rule. As yer not either.”

Etel continued in silence, staring at the ground in front of her as she walked. She knew that there were many families who allowed their girls to train in martial arts, but it still seemed to shock her to find there were those who actually encouraged it. After growing up under the strict rules of her parents, trying to cultivate the perfect court maiden, it had been difficult for her to realize that there were other ways of being raised.

Tywyn had flitted on ahead after Luna was walking back with Nadia. “Hiya.” He began flying backwards in front of Skye. A feat he was rather proud of since it took a long time to master not having wings of the insect or hummingbird variety. He tilted his head at the hedgehog. “What’s your village like? Is it big? I didn’t think there were any large villages around here, so I’m gonna guess no. I can feel magic on you, a little bit. What kind can you use? I can use all kinds of magic. It took a long time to learn, just don’t ask how long.” He tittered as if it were a huge secret. He then looked back past Skye and shook his head. “Tut tut. Etel’s getting melancholy again,” he said, hinting that he had sensed the red panda’s feelings. Tywyn smiled and asked his opinion. “Guess I’ll have to cheer her up, huh?”

Truthfully, he had wanted to ask Skye immediately about the troubled expression he had felt. But the hedgehog seemed so stressed by it he had walked away from his own comment. Plus, the little griffkin could not stand for anyone to be in a bad mood when they did not need to be. So, he chose to try diverting the hedgehog’s attention. He could always ask later if they were going to end up on the same objective. For the moment, he only hinted at being able to sense another’s feelings. He was closer to Etel, so the feelings were strong enough that he could almost pinpoint what was wrong. Having just met everyone else, their feelings were fainter, even Sage was not as strong to him. Whether Skye would understand or be accepting of the fact was an issue he waited to discover.



OOC: I'll leave the troubled-past inquiries to Luna for now. Tywyn's just being curious at the moment. ^^

Grassy_Aggron
05-03-2011, 01:01 AM
Skye Silvart

As Skye led them away, he was surprised when Luna suddenly darted up beside him. "I've only got a moment to say this before the others follow, but, we all have our problems with our past. If you ever want to talk, I'll share mine, too." After whispering that, she dropped back and began talking with Nova and Nadia. In the next instant, Tywyn was flying directly in front of his face, and backwards, no less! The little griffkin launched a barrage of questions from his beak.

“Hiya. What’s your village like? Is it big? I didn’t think there were any large villages around here, so I’m gonna guess no. I can feel magic on you, a little bit. What kind can you use? I can use all kinds of magic. It took a long time to learn, just don’t ask how long.” Twywyn tittered, acting as if it were a huge secret. He then looked back past Skye and shook his head. “Tut tut. Etel’s getting melancholy again,” he said before smiling and asking his opinion. “Guess I’ll have to cheer her up, huh?”

Skye ran the questions through his head before answering. "It is a small village, yes, and growing smaller do to the dark matter. I have some magic capabilities; I know some spells of water, earth, and fire." He glanced at Etel as well. "Oh? And how do you know that, Tywyn?" He questioned, curious. For the moment, the griffkin's plan of distracting him from his memories had worked.

The village was coming in sight too, and he was relieved to see that nothing had happened in his short absence. Cryo and Blitz were waiting patiently, the former grinning. "Dad! You took your time getting back! I was going to look for you, but Blitz wouldn't let me!" The Shinolf grinned a little, acting innocent.



(Not a lot in the village right now - just getting to it)

Doodlebop
05-07-2011, 12:56 PM
Nova Rowling

"You will discover you talents soon enough, Nova. As for gored...I doubt that. I successfully killed a creature corrupted by dark matter when I was only nine...And it was not a small creature either." Skye glanced away. Nova frowned. Clearly that was a touchy subject. But why? But then he said something else that distracted her. "But...If you do collapse, I can carry you back." He turned and walked into the brush. "Follow me."

Ahh, geez.

She hadn't given that impression, had she? She had. Darnit! What was wrong with her lately! She didn't need to be carried. She was so hopeless. While struggling for the proper words to express her... She didn't even know what she was trying to express. Embarrassment? She realized everyone else was already gone. She raced after them, hoping they wouldn't notice the inside of her ears were flushed bright red from embarrassment.

They arrived, and Cryo eagerly greeted them. Re was hanging back a bit. To make herself feel better, Nova made a face at him. He looked annoyed but did nothing. That's disappointing...

Sara

She laughed at her. Laughed at her. "Who said I was supposed to know? Master Kakon only tells me things when he feels it is necessary, and that was not something he deemed necessary. It's a bit obvious who he thinks it is necessary to tell--you're the one holding the staff, aren't you, Miss Duchess Sara Cynbal of Everlat the Third?" She sounded extremely smug. "Why don't you ask Master Kakon?"


Little bits of magic were trickling out of the staff, barely restrained by Kakon. Sara now had every intent to turn her into a peculiarly shaped smudge on the ground. After a long involved conversation- well, it seemed long to Sara, anyway- Sara finally managed to calm herself. Well, relatively. "Of course," she said through clenched teeth. She silently asked the voice in the staff- Kakon- where the orb was located.

A picture appeared in her mind. A mountain? No... There was smoke coming out of the top. A volcano. Sara twitched. Opened her mouth to speak, closed it. She twitched again.

"A volcano," she finally snarled.

Winter
05-07-2011, 05:43 PM
OOC: Sorry for lateness, allergies are killing me and so I've been in bed a LOT... Of course, Black is appreciating the love it's getting, but the RPs I'm in...not so much.

Luna and Nadia

Luna laughed at Etel's apparent shock that her father had wanted her to train in fighting. "Had to make a living somehow, and I never was the kind who had patience for simple housework or worrying my tail off over a man who spent his days adventuring. I was the second mother of most of the younger kids back home, but that was as far as my "womanly" qualities extended. I was actually one of the better swordsmanship students in Rhea, everyone got a kick outta me and Isaac sparring publicly." She grinned at the memories of sparring with Issac, the kids watching, adults, cheering for one side or another, except for that last time... Luna blinked and shook her head. "It...it wasn't easy, mind you, and it took forever, especially with the fact you were supposed to train with swords in growing weights and sizes, then there was the fact of having to figure out the last bit of training on my own--" Luna stopped abruptly and shook her head again.

"You okay?" Nadia asked softly, Luna nodded quietly.

"Memories." She replied quietly, and Nadia was hit with her own.

"She always seemed furious with herself when she didn't get it right. You see, her weapon isn't one easy to find a master for, and at her age, they wouldn't let her leave the village, but the training had already ruined her balance with normal swords. The weight didn't agree with her when she knew she was meant to fight with something heavier. She had to figure everything out by herself because she had no master to train under, and that sword of hers--it took her forever to convince Gareth to forge it for her, but he made it a work of art. Her whole life since she got here has basically been a fight uphill, Nadia. Leave her alone about the sword." Cloud had warned her when a younger Luna had simply started ignoring her when the young panther had begun to shoot her a barrage of questions. She didn't have time to make up excuses or explain as the village came into sight, and they were greeted by Cryo.

"Ah, there was a little er...problem." Luna said, suddenly cheerful again, shooting a glance at Etel. "And Sage's friend was a bit shy."

Sola

Sola nodded thoughtfully, and then pressed for more. "Didn't exactly study geography, and if I did, I don't remember it. Ask him where." She said simply, shrugging. She could fell the magic the squirrel kept trying to use on her, however, Sola knew that even if she tried, the spell wouldn't hit her, be it that she evaded or simply used a counterspell. "Interesting adventure, though." She said, tugging at the bracelet around her wrist.

k_pop
05-10-2011, 04:43 AM
Etel and Sage

Tywyn did not reply to Skye’s comment about the village growing smaller. He understood what the hedgehog meant by it being due to the dark matter. Everywhere that there was a strong presence of darkness...there was death as well. Instead, the griffkin nodded when he heard what magic Skye was capable of.

“It’s always good to be well-rounded in spells if you’re able. The same goes with any kinda knowledge. You shouldn’t focus on one thing or you’ll be in trouble when it comes to everything else.” He nodded, agreeing with himself again. Then he grinned at the hedgehog’s question. “I can sense a lot of things. The feelings around me are one of those things. It’s much stronger with Etel, cause I’m linked to her. Y’know, it’s been a long time since I had someone to make a connection. I’ve had to avoid people so much anymore.” He stuck his little tongue out in annoyance at this last fact before giggling. “But, I’m not worried bout you all. Sage is a great judge of others.”


“Had to make a living somehow,” Luna said with a laugh, “and I never was the kind who had patience for simple housework or worrying my tail off over a man who spent his days adventuring.”

Etel was listening to the fox, thinking about herself. She had never had to worry about anything like that. Of course...she had never had the chance to find out either. Etel had to hide her training from everyone and may not have ever advanced at all if it were not for Sage. Luna sounded as if she had some trouble with training herself as she stopped talking about it rather quickly. Etel opened her mouth to ask, but immediately closed it again. I shouldn’t ask about that. Why am I even trying? They would not be around each other very long anyway, would they?

As they left the trees, the village could be seen nearby. A young, icy blue crocodile was waiting for them along with a creature they had not encountered before. Sage thought that it was a Shinolf, though he had never seen one, only heard of them from one of the palace instructors.

“Dad!” the young crocodile called excitedly. “You took your time getting back! I was going to look for you, but Blitz wouldn’t let me!” The creature beside her seemed to grin at the comment.

Luna spoke up to justify the time they took. “Ah, there was a little er...problem. And Sage’s friend was a bit shy.”

Etel shot a glare at the raccoon beside her who chuckled at the comment, then looked away with a slight blush. “It was not my fault,” she said quietly. She was trying to get past her surprise at hearing the hedgehog had an adoptive daughter. I wonder how that came to be.

Tywyn meanwhile was fluttering beside Skye, watching the Shinolf. “Been a while since I ran into one your kind. Though it’s been a while since I’ve been in this area too.” He seemed to realize how close they were to the village and gave a sheepish grin. “Oops. ‘Scuse me.”

He swerved around, flying to Etel. As he did so though, a red glimmer started at his head and traveled down his body. It was gone by the time he landed on the red panda’s shoulder and his wings disappeared as they were folded against him. He now looked like an unusual copper-colored cat with narrow, tufted ears and a short tail. For him, it was a matter of security.

Sage shrugged and gave a short explanation. “He says it’s to stay safe ‘round most people. Etel’s just happy he’s not drawin’ attention.” He chuckled then glanced at Nova. “An’ y’know, it isn’t nice to be makin’ faces at others.”

While it made Tywyn snicker, Etel gave a slight roll of her eyes. Sage only winked at the panda, making it obvious that he was enjoying himself immensely.



OOC: Not short, but feels blah. xP
Grassy, if you want to let Blitz to say something, Tywyn'll understand him. You don't have to make whole conversations or anything, just if you wanna throw a comment out or something. ^^'

Grassy_Aggron
05-16-2011, 12:28 AM
(Short, but eh.)

Skye and Cryo Silvart

Twywyn nodded. “It’s always good to be well-rounded in spells if you’re able. The same goes with any kinda knowledge. You shouldn’t focus on one thing or you’ll be in trouble when it comes to everything else.” He nodded to himself. “I can sense a lot of things. The feelings around me are one of those things. It’s much stronger with Etel, cause I’m linked to her. Y’know, it’s been a long time since I had someone to make a connection. I’ve had to avoid people so much anymore.” He stuck his tongue out in annoyance before giggling. “But, I’m not worried bout you all. Sage is a great judge of others.”

Skye grinned a little. "Yes, that is very true. Knowledge is important...But one must be sure not to be consumed by it as well." He thought for a moment. "You can sense feelings? Interesting...That is a rare talent." Before Cryo could notice him, Tywyn hopped onto Etel's shoulder, form shimmering into that of an unusual cat. Sage quickly informed them that it was to stay safe, before reprimanding Nova for her behavior.

"Ah, there was a little er...problem," Luna said to Cryo, "and Sage's friend was a bit shy."

Cryo grinned once more. "Oh, well, you're back now!" She did a little spin, spouting a plume of icy breath from her mouth in her excitement before practically tackling her adoptive father. Skye himself barely managed to stay standing. "I'm just so happy! I was getting really worried...I mean, with the attack and everything I thought..."

"Now now," Skye spoke soothingly, "I am here now, and nothing happened." He glanced at the Sage, Etel, and Tywyn. "This is my daughter, Cryo." She grinned and waved. "There are enough abandoned houses here for you to use, but you will need to pair up in groups of two or perhaps three in order for there to be enough. I hope that will be acceptable?"


Blitz glanced over at Tywyn with a yawn. <My kind isn't around this area anymore. They either were killed, fled the darkness, or were consumed by it.> He answered calmly, flicking his tail. He craned his head forward so Skye could scratch behind his ears.

Doodlebop
05-23-2011, 01:07 PM
Nova Rowling and Re

Nova vaguely registered that Tywyn had turned into some kind of copper-colored cat. She glanced over at him. A little odd looking, but no one would think twice after looking at it. Sage shrugged and said, “he says it’s to stay safe ‘round most people. Etel’s just happy he’s not drawin’ attention.” He laughed softly and looked at Nova. “An’ y’know, it isn’t nice to be makin’ faces at others.”

Nova was a little surprised he had noticed, but managed to retort, "I've never been particularly concerned with being nice."

"Think we've noticed that," Re muttered, crossing his arms. Nova considered responding, then decided that getting in a long involved argument with Re wasn't desirable right now.

Cryo was chattering incessantly to her adoptive father. Skye managed to soothe her jittered nerves by saying, "now now, I am here now, and nothing happened." He glanced up at the newcomers. "This is my daughter, Cryo." She grinned and waved. "There are enough abandoned houses here for you to use, but you will need to pair up in groups of two or perhaps three in order for there to be enough. I hope that will be acceptable?"

"I'm fine with it," Nova put in.

Sara

The fox seemed to take it in stride, only nodding. "Didn't exactly study geography, and if I did, I don't remember it. Ask him where."

Sara ground her teeth, but did as she said. A map came up in her mind. It was rather far. How would they get there? She was not walking all that way. And... What? Oh.

She had never done this before, and she sincerely hoped she would do it right. If the squirrel laughed at her again... She pointed her staff and dark matter trickled out of it and formed a portal. Feeling pleased, she turned and said, "through here."

k_pop
05-24-2011, 05:04 AM
Etel and Sage

Standing outside the village, Etel was trying to listen to the others talking. There was someone else waiting as they had returned, a snow leopard with a slight bluish tint who had not come out with the others before.

“I’ve never been particularly concerned with being nice,” Nova countered to Sage’s observation.

The leopard crossed his arms, muttering cynically. “Think we’ve noticed that.”

Shaking his head, Sage clicked his tongue. “That’s too bad,” the raccoon said smiling. He glanced at Etel and nodded his head toward the snow leopard. “Oh, this’d be Re. He an’ Nova seem to get along quite well, doncha think?” He grinned at the obvious exaggeration, making Etel sigh and rub her head.

Skye seemed intrigued by Tywyn’s abilities, but did not have much more of a chance to comment as the young crocodile welcomed her father home. Sage was chuckling and Etel even had a small hint of a smile when Cryo spun around happily before nearly knocking the hedgehog to the ground. She was obviously very energetic. When Skye introduced her, Sage gave her a light bow.

“It’s a pleasure to be meetin’ ye, lil’ lass. I’m Sage, this is Etel and the odd creature on her shoulder would be her friend Tywyn,” he said indicating each of them in turn. The red panda bobbed her head in greeting while the cat narrowed his eyes with a grin before turning his attention to Blitz.

The Shinolf yawned at Tywyn. <My kind isn’t around this area anymore. They either were killed, fled the darkness, or were consumed by it.>

Tywyn gave a mental sigh. <Seems like that’s been a regular occurrence anymore. It’s really too bad that so many creatures have needed to go into hiding or disappeared completely.>

While they were speaking, Skye was telling everyone where they could stay. “There are enough abandoned houses here for you to use, but you will need to pair up in groups of two or perhaps three in order for there to be enough. I hope that will be acceptable?”

Nova took up the offer. “I’m fine with it.”

“Sure an’ all, that’ll suit us alright,” Sage said with a nod. “Right, Etel?”

The panda did not seem to be paying attention. She was gazing at the changing sky as the sun had just sunk below the horizon. The last light of the day was beginning to fade, shading the sky in rosy hues of violet and gray to dark blue as stars began to come to life again. Etel’s amethyst jeweled eyes reflected the colors in the sky as she watched its rapid change to night.

The copper “cat” on her shoulder gave a slight giggle. “Watching your ‘last rays of day try to grasp at the night’?” Without looking away from the sky, Etel reached up to flick Tywyn in the ear. “Hey, I heard it from you first! Very poetic,” he said giggling more.

“Twilight has t’ be my favorite part of the day. Everything is peaceful...even if it’s only for a short time.” Etel had started rubbing the griffkin behind the ears absentmindedly. She loved that there seemed to be no clear line between the daylight and night. The hunters of the day would be settling and the hunters of night had not yet roused. “The hours before dawn are nice too. It’s calm...and familiar.” Couldn’t say why that’s so... she thought as her mind began to settle. But, it’d be a grand goal for people, to find a way in the grey hours.

Sage tilted his head to face her, smiling softly. “Musing t’ yerself again?”

“Aye, mayhap I am. So what?” She reddened slightly, but had not retorted so sharply this time.

“I’ve got no issue,” he replied, chuckling. The raccoon was used to her change in attitude during the evening. “Skye was just askin’ if we’d be alright with usin’ any of the empty homes.”

“Whatever he’d be able to offer would be much appreciated,” she said quietly.



OOC: Sorry, I'm beginning to feel long-winded. @.@ If I need to trim back, please just tell me.

EDIT: Decided to scrap the very end of the post. Actually decided to scrap the whole idea altogether. Seemed to me to be too much going on with one character. Anyway, the part I didn't like has been edited out. ^^'

Winter
06-01-2011, 08:15 PM
OOC: GAH! This is sooooooooooo overdue, but I've been crazy busy and had not near as much time as I'm used to having. Thankfully that's over now, soooooo...

Sola

Sola cocked her head at the portal of dark matter, as if she was waiting for something else to happen. Very gently, she reached out and prodded the portal as best as one could prod a portal. She seemed to think for another moment before seemingly finding it satisfactory. "Well looks like you caught on to that quick enough, it's at least stable. Now hopefully it leads to the right place." She sighed before stepping into the portal completely and disappearing from view.

Luna and Nadia

Luna gave Cryo a look of faked disappointment. "Aw, come on, something happen to us? Really? That doesn't sound like you have very much faith in our abilities to take care of ourselves, Miss Cryo. I'm disappointed." She teased lightly, Nadia grinned.

"Group as big and seemingly experienced as us? I think we woulda been fine even if something had happened. Don't worry so much." The little panther said cheerily before turning her attention to Skye's comment.

"That's fine. Nadia and I can pair up with someone else, considering it's probably not smart for Re and Nova to share. The place would probably be rubble before tomorrow morning." Luna laughed, Nadia frowned and shook her head.

"Be a waste of a house." She agreed.

Grassy_Aggron
06-03-2011, 01:45 AM
(Naw haw, I was waiting for Winter to post before I did XP Now I can finally post! ...Wee.)

Skye and Cryo Silvart

Cryo grinned as Sage introduced himself, Etel, and Tywyn to her, although she focused on Tywyn the most. "He's so cute!" She squealed - unfortunately right into Skye's ear, earning a pained expression from him - before grinning. "Can I hold you, Tywyn?" She asked politely, although it was hard to her to contain the "awe" factor in her voice. She didn't seem to hear Luna, her attention focused solely on the odd cat sitting on Etel's shoulder.

Luna commented that she and Nadia could pair up with someone, since Re and Nova together was liable to ruin a house. "I suppose that is true. I am sorry I am not the best host...I have been feeling run down lately and stressed." Blitz tugged on the hedgehog's belt, whining a little.

"Cryo can lead you to my master, Master Shinto. He runs the village, and will help you. As for me...I have business to attend to." Another tug and whine. "Such as fetching some food for Blitz..." A happy bark. "I will go and catch some fish from a nearby, unpolluted river. I will try to bring some back for you as well." He turned around, the Shinolf following.

"Blitz and I shall not be long."

(BLARG I need aaaaaaction. And what's this? Skye's not feeling well? GEE, could it be because you go right up to a RIVER of DARK MATTER, perhaps? He's such an idiot sometimes!)

EDIT: Dang it Kris! Stop pointing out my typos, because then my OCD makes me correct them DX

Doodlebop
06-04-2011, 02:10 PM
Sara

The fox cocked her head, and after a moment, gently prodded the portal- Sara was not entirely positive how she had managed to do that. After a moment she stepped back and gave a slight nod. "Well looks like you caught on to that quick enough, it's at least stable. Now hopefully it leads to the right place." Giving a weary sigh, she stepped through the portal.

Sara hoped it didn't. She hoped it opened up right above the volcano so the miserable fox fell right into the lava. Of course, that meant that she would fall in too, but Sara was not a particularly clear thinker when she was angry. She didn't think clearly too often. She stepped through.

There was a rush. Ground seemed to move beneath her, and darkness swirled around her. But just as abruptly as it began, it was over. She stepped forward a bit, and after a moment, realized she was someplace entirely different. She looked up and saw the volcano looming overhead. It was gigantic. And... She would have to climb it. She looked at her bare feet in silent despair.

Nova and Re

Luna and Nadia lightly teased Cryo for a moment before turning to Skye. "That's fine. Nadia and I can pair up with someone else, considering it's probably not smart for Re and Nova to share. The place would probably be rubble before tomorrow morning." Luna laughed as she said this.

Nova shrugged. She couldn't deny the truth of that statement.

Skye seemed to agree. "I suppose that is true. I am sorry I am not the best host...I have been feeling run down lately and stressed." The wolf creature- Blitz? tugged on his belt and whined. "Cryo can lead you to my master, Master Shinto. He runs the village, and will help you. As for me...I have business to attend to." Tug. Whine. "Such as fetching some food for Blitz..." The wolf barked enthusiastically. "I will go and catch some fish from a nearby, unpolluted river. I will try to bring some back for you as well." He turned and left, Blitz loping behind him.

Re finally decided it was about time for him to speak up. "Well, Cryo, was it? Lead the way." Nova was about to say something, but then closed her mouth. Her expression grew somewhat distracted and worried. She had got that feeling again... That something bad was going to happen. To the village? She didn't know. It might take place somewhere else entirely...

Grassy_Aggron
06-24-2011, 10:53 PM
(Before I post anything for Cryo, I'm waiting on Kris and Winter to respond. Skye is fine though)

Skye Silvart

Trotting along the dark, decaying forest with Blitz beside him, it only took the hedgehog a few minutes to get to the river. Of course, "river" was an overstatement, as it was more a "moderate stream". Still, it provided plenty of fish, and his mood brightened a little as he saw a familiar figure. Shouting out the fishing eagle's name, his friend looked up, grinning.

"Yo Skye! Come to beat me at fishing, huh?"

The hedgehog, slipping off his shoes, shoved Lucien aside while grabbing his pole with humor. "This time, yes...Yes I will. You will be amazed by my sudden ability with the slow art of fishing!" He ducked a splash of water, grinning. "Too slow Lucien."

The eagle huffed, folding his arms and shooting him a mock glare. "If you ask me, you're too fast. Caught in your own little world." He shook his head. "Good luck, though. I've been here all day and nothing has bitten except very tiny spawn."

Skye could have laughed as he felt a moderately strong tug on the line. "Oh really?"

"Um...Yeah really."

Jerking the pole back, Skye brought out a dark colored fish the size of his hand, unhooking it quickly. He saw Lucien's beak nearly hit the floor, and couldn't help but laugh outright. "Apparently the fish love me." He tossed the fish to a drooling Blitz, ignoring Lucien's mumbling. "Oh? Catfish got your tongue?"

"Not funny, Skye!" Lucien responded, trying to smack the hedgehog on the head. He succeeded this time, as Skye tried to dodge he was tripped, falling face first in the water and still receiving the bonk on the head. As Skye sat up, shaking his head free of the cool water, Lucien noticed Blitz hadn't touched the fish. "Hey boy, what's the matter?"

Blitz whined, batting the fish. As it was turned over, it was revealed to have three eyes, and was dripping a dark ooze. Blitz started to bark a little, eyeing the stream's horizon. Even as Skye scrambled to his feet, his gaze pierced to the desired area. Black was covering the blue and slowly spreading toward them. Reacting quickly, Skye and Lucien jumped out of the stream, watching as the diluted dark matter quickly overtook where they had just been standing. Mutated fish swam in the murky depths, answering the question why Lucien couldn't catch any fish.

Glancing at the fishing eagle, they nodded and started to trek upstream to see what was poisoning the stream. Blitz followed after them, leaving the dead fish behind...Having no desire to ingest dark matter any time soon. The purest of sources turn black, Skye thought, and the purest of heart turn evil...

(I intend for no one else to interrupt Lucien and Skye. You'll see why)

k_pop
06-26-2011, 01:48 AM
OOC: Sorry, sorry! I didn't mean for it to be so long. I was out of state for two weeks and only got online once then. And since I've been home, we've been "Spring" cleaning...and I'll stop making excuses and post now. xP

IC:


Etel and Sage

Luna suggested that Nova and Re not share a place for the night and Sage had to chuckle at her reasoning. There was certainly no doubt that things would get a little out of hand if the two were left on their own for too long. The fact they made it openly clear that they disliked each other was proof enough.

Skye had to wince when Cryo squealed near his ear. “Can I hold you, Tywyn?”

The griffkin of course, was always ready to accept attention. He jumped off Etel’s shoulder to rub against the crocodile’s leg. “Sure. Just don’t squish.” After only a second’s thought he added, “And I like my back scratched.”

“What a lil’ featherbag.” A small smile escaped as Etel watched her little friend. “Ye would do anythin’ for a little attention.” Tywyn only shrugged, grinning in reply.

“Cryo can lead you to my master, Master Shinto,” said Skye. “He runs the village, and will help you. As for me...I have business to attend to.” The Shinolf following him seemed happy at the mention of food as they walked away from the village.

As Re asked Cryo to lead the way, Sage looked at Etel. “Mayhap you should go with one of the other ladies for tonight.” The red panda frowned as she was about to object, but Sage crossed his arms at the reaction and winked. Wouldn’ ye say that’d be the right thing to do, then? Re an’ I’d be sharin’ a space, an’ neither Luna or Nadia would need worry bout it. Hm?”

His smile broadened when Etel glared slightly at him, until she had to shoot her gaze at the ground. He was right and she knew it. He was also correct in knowing that she would prefer to not split up with someone else. If there was one thing she was ever unsure of it was other people, and being alone with someone she had only just met worried her. It will only be one night... She could handle one night, couldn’t she? She looked up when she heard Tywyn’s voice in her head.

He was grinning. <No worries. No one’s gonna get mad if you don’t know what to say.> He stretched against Cryo. <Besides, you know I’ll be with ya.>

Although knowing did make her feel a little better, the red panda sighed. “Very well.” She looked up at the other girls. “If ye are not mindin’, I’ll stay with one of you.”

Winter
06-26-2011, 03:18 AM
OOC: Well, I was typing a reply for the RP, and it was all good--I actually had a decent bit of text done, until my freaking computer decides to wig out on me with some crap about Vista Antivirus or something and it says my computer's got twenty million viruses, so it took me and my stepmom forever trying to figure out how to shut it up because McAfee says nothing's wrong, and then our eletcrical decided to go nutty beause it's so hot outside, and because of it, the computer desk got buried while trying to fix our AC during that crisis...but now I'm back. Hopefully for good. :) Everybody hope so. Please? XD Now to posting.

Sola

Sola whistled loudly at the sight of the volcano, tilting her head back and brushing her hair out of the way to pull her hood up as she did. "Wow...big rock. With lotsa very,very hot, melted rocks inside it." She said conversationally, with a slight tone of awe to it. "Looks like we got a long walk ahead of us. Might as well get moving." She was already moving herself, flipping through her mental spellbook for ways to make the journey easier, as she knew there was absolutely no way they'd be able to teleport to the orb. It hadn't worked out with the other ones, why would this one be any different? Just for the sake of trying, she closed her eyes and concentrated for a moment, trying to get a fix on the orb.

Just as she suspected it would, it failed. She could faintly feel the orb was there, but she couldn't pinpoint it further than that, just like with the others. "Of course it'd be the same." She murmured softly, eyeing Sara and wondering whether or not the squirrel would continue the high-and-mighty act. Not the she cared, she was a master at ignoring those who annoyed her and then annoying them back. "You coming?" She asked.


Luna and Nadia

Luna would have tried to assure Skye he was being a better host than she could have been in the situation to try and boost his spirits, but he left before she could say much on the matter, and they were being handed off to Cryo to be lead to Skye's master. They stood quietly, waiting on more on the housing issue or for Cryo to start moving. Finally Etel said she'd be willing to share a house with one of the girls, but sounded uncomfortable. Luna smiled at her. "Well, Nadia and I tend to stay together, but if you'd be more comfortable with one of us than Nova, I'm sure there would be no objections. I don't think any of us bite, but still..." She said with a grin.

OOC: Luna and Nadia's sucks, but I honestly didn't have much to say for them. I wonder what crazy action Grassy has going for us?

And if anyone is up for random music, I've recently become addicted to "I'm Alive" by Becca thanks to some friends who got me watching an anime called Black Butler, lol. I think it's good, but I also like loud music and inspirational music, reminds me of my life at times. XD

Doodlebop
06-27-2011, 01:11 PM
((Glad your computer's back up and running, Winter. x3))

Nova Rowling and Re

Sage said to Etel, “mayhap you should go with one of the other ladies for tonight.” Etel frowned, but before she couldn't say anything Sage grinned and said, "Wouldn’ ye say that’d be the right thing to do, then? Re an’ I’d be sharin’ a space, an’ neither Luna or Nadia would need worry bout it. Hm?”

Etel looked at the ground. Nova blinked at her. She was awful shy. Nova wondered why. She hoped there wasn't some scarring backstory involved. Nova hated those, mostly because sitting through them was awful and she never seemed to be able to say anything helpful. Nova wasn't good with touchy-feely or giving advice, just sarcastic remarks. Then again, it wasn't likely anyone was going to pour out a sob story to Nova anytime soon.

Etel finally spoke, pulling Nova out of her thoughts. . “Very well.” She looked up. “If ye are not mindin’, I’ll stay with one of you.”

Luna smiled warmly. "Well, Nadia and I tend to stay together, but if you'd be more comfortable with one of us than Nova, I'm sure there would be no objections. I don't think any of us bite, but still..."

"Take your pick, I'm not picky, as long as whoever I bunk with knows how to keep their mouth shut," Nova put in. Oh, well, that was rude, wasn't it? Whoops.

Re watched this without comment. Nimue had something to say, though. *I wonder why she's so shy...*

Is it important? Re sighed quietly. Anyway, we have bigger things to worry about. One, Nova.

*She's not that bad.*

Clearly, she's never kicked you in the face. But what about that Sage guy? He's got magic. He can probably sense you.

*I hadn't thought of that. What should he do?*

How should I know?

Sara

Sola whistled loudly, and Sara flattened her ears against her head. What a vulgar noise. "Wow...big rock. With lotsa very,very hot, melted rocks inside it. Looks like we got a long walk ahead of us. Might as well get moving." She began walking up, then turned and said, "you coming?"

"Of course," Sara snapped. She began shuffling up the mountain. Absurdly long walk up an active volcano... A duchess should not have to do this. It would be worth it, though. They would pay for their sins.

Grassy_Aggron
06-27-2011, 11:57 PM
(Lol...Skye's in for a FUN time. Lots of reading everyone XD)

Skye Silvart

Trekking alongside the steadily darkening river only served to agitate Skye more and more as his frustration built. The situation was hopeless, especially if the spring that the river originated from had itself been poisoned from dark matter. There was no way to purify it other than using a continuous supply of light magic, but nothing, not even Herutsu, could keep the proper amount sustained for more than a day. His anger was justified at his inability to do anything more than sit by and watch his world crumble even further apart.

"Skye, look up there!" Drawn from his thoughts, the hedgehog glanced up where Lucien was pointing. The spring of water burbled down dark, yes, but the darkness originated from above it...Meaning the spring itself wasn't contaminated! "If we can plug up the hole, the river can be saved." Fluttering his wings, the fishing eagle took off towards the source.

"Wait for me, Lucien. You may be a year older, but I have far more experience with dark matter." Skye told Blitz to wait there, before darting up the steep slope that housed the source of the river. He arrived to where Lucien was hovered, holding a nicely sized rock. "What are you...?"

"Plugging it up, duh." The eagle stated. "This rock...It looks to be about the same size as the hole. It should be able to seal it off." He passed it to Skye, nodding. "Be careful, though. You can't hide your infection from me."

Heh, rather be infected than corrupted... The hedgehog thought, aiming and wedging the rock into the hole to stop the spouting of hazardous material. Lucien cheered. "That was easy. The river should start clearing up pretty...Soon?"

He stared at the spring, which before had gushed clear blue water which was rapidly turning black...Blacker than anything. "Chaos..." Skye cursed, shaking his head. "The spring...It is not simply not contaminated; it has become its own river of dark matter. Maybe not pure dark matter, but still highly potent..." A rumble sounded which drew his attention to the rock that had been wedged as it began to shake. Skye placed his hands on the rock to hold it in place, but the more he pushed, the more the forces behind pushed back until...

The rock shot forward, whipping Skye's arms back uncomfortably before it smashed straight into Lucien, who had before safely hovered out of range of the previous leak. It smacked him in the stomach, winding him as a geyser of the matter sprayed forth onto him, wetting his wings to the point they could no longer support him. Screeching, he went crashing downwards, being swept into the river of toxic substance.

Skye followed, jumping down while calling the eagle's name. He eyed the river, cursing his mind over and over again until he saw a glimmer of brown feathers. Summoning up a shield of light, he jumped into the stream-that-was-becoming-a-river, wrapping his arms around the eagle's chest and pulling him out. Lucien was coughing up dark matter, thrashing in wordless agony with enough force to knock the hedgehog backwards onto his back. The last thing Lucien, truly Lucien, did was mouth the words of "help me" even as his body began to change form.

Regardless, the creature he turned into was no longer Lucien, his mind warped into oblivion by the same substance which was dying in Skye's own veins. The hedgehog uttered a shrill scream of terror as the beast came down on him, twice his size and strength, a blast of light magic from Blitz hardly deterring him. Instinct drove him to lash out with Herutsu, the diamond edged steel blade easily slashing through one of new pairs of clawed arms his friend now supported. This did not prevent Lucien from slashing into Skye's stomach and, in general, body, with the other arms, however.

Bellowing, Lucien snapped with his mandibles, catching the hedgehog by the arm; if Skye hadn't wrapped his legs around it and applied pressure, he surely would have lost the appendage. His quarry was smashed in the side by a ball of light magic this time, causing him to lose his balance and topple straight into the river.

The shock of smashing into the dark substance did little to clear the hedgehog's mind, as newfound panic surged through him as he now used Herutsu to slash off the mouth of his enemy. Struggling through the viscous substance was a chore; his body buzzed uncomfortably with each second. He didn't think he'd make it before the worst happened.

At the last possible second in the crucial line between remaining infected or becoming corrupted, he erupted from the river, sprawling onto the grass and panting. "Blitz..." The shinolf dutifully came over to his fallen master, obviously thinking the same thing. "Help me up..." Whatever dark matter that remained on his pelt had already begun to turn into harmless crystals, and while it would be painful to rip them out, they no longer were a threat to his health and could be ignored for the moment.

The river ruptured again as Lucien emerged, shrieking with fury as it charged. Chaos, Lucien...Please...Forgive me! Blade shining pink as energy filled it, Skye swung Herutsu around, launching a crescent shaped wave of pure light at his opponent. The attack struck his opponent beneath the neck, cutting deeply as light overpowered darkness, until ultimately, head was severed from body in a spray of blood to land lifelessly on the ground.

Skye hadn't looked. He wouldn't have been able to handle it. He was naturally afraid of any blood that was not his own from what he had witnessed when he was still an innocent child, and his current weakness would have made him unable to withstand it. Leaning on the worried shinolf, he directed him to take him back, breaking into a fit of coughing on the way there.


Cryo Silvart

As Tywyn hopped down, rubbing up against Cryo and proclaiming he liked his back scratched, the little crocodile gave a squeal of glee, picking the Griffkin-turned-cat up and rubbing behind the ears. "Oh my gosh! You talk! How cute!" She giggled, listening as he heard him purr. "And what a cute little purr!" Cryo couldn't seem to get the smile off her muzzle if she tried (although given she was a crocodile, a smile from her was somewhat intimidating), and her giggles came unchallenged.

Even as the others settled the dispute of who stayed where, she piped up. "All right! I'll take you to see Master Shinto..." She giggled. "As long as Tywyn the cute talking cat lets me hold him on the way there!" Without waiting for a response, her excitement propelled her to start walking in the direction they needed to go. "~Cute kitty!~" She continued to coo, obviously enjoying petting and holding Tywyn. Despite her size and strength, he was lucky she was being gentle.

Kakon

<Apologies, Mistress Sara...> A voice, dark and sinister yet surprisingly polite, came from the staff and penetrated the crazy squirrels mind. <I cannot change the heat of the area. However, when you agreed to the deal, I had thought you understood that the orbs would be in dangerous areas...For they would have been destroyed easily any other way.> He seemed thoughtful. <However, I did not expect for it to be this easy...I suspect after this orb is destroyed, the remaining three will strengthen their defenses. We must remain vigilant to any changes.>


(I'm aware the fight between Lucien and Skye only took maybe 5-10 minutes. However, not every fight is going to take hours...As in nature, fights often only last a minute. That, and Skye is really quick to finish enemies off. He may or may not arrive in the next post or so...Depends on how much time passes. Since it took maybe about five minutes at a quick pace to get to the stream, in his beaten state it will take longer than that. Probably double the time. They are far enough away that, maybe a bellow may have been heard, it could easily pass as a wild animal...And screams as the call of birds. It'll be quite a surprise, I think, when they see him XD

And for the love of Chaos, he ISN'T corrupted. He's still infected, but that's nothing...I'm not THAT cruel, you know.)

Doodlebop
07-01-2011, 12:51 PM
Nova Rowling and Re

Nova paused before moving after Cryo. Her sense that told her something bad was going to happen had been sitting on her all day, like a dull pain, but it had suddenly spiked, becoming a sharp, stabbing pain. She gritted her teeth.

*Well, say something to her,* Nimue prodded Re.

Re sighed. She'll just be snarky. Nonetheless, he asked, "Something wrong, Nova?"

"Besides your face, not much," she replied reflexively. In the distance, she heard a bellow of what sounded like a wild animal. She sighed. Great. Probably a beast was going to come careening out of nowhere and attempt to eat them all. Or maybe the sense was referring to some hapless, smaller animal. It was really stupid like that sometime. She shook her head and said shortly, "I'm fine," and walked after the group.

Sara

Sara shook her head briefly before realizing the wizard inside the staff was the one speaking in her mind. She relaxed a tiny bit. A tiny bit. She answered, I will be fine, Kakon. Everyone must make their sacrifices. She blanched slightly at the thought of this being easy. Easy? A live volcano? ...No matter. It would be worth it.

(Ew)

k_pop
07-05-2011, 07:40 AM
Etel and Sage

Cryo squealed happily as she picked the copper cat off the ground. She scratched his ears and Tywyn couldn’t help but start purring. “Of course I talk. Just don’t go spreading it around to everyone,” he giggled secretively.

Smiling, Luna said, “Well, Nadia and I tend to stay together, but if you’d be more comfortable with one of us than Nova, I’m sure there would be no objections.”

Before Etel could reply Nova added in. “Take your pick, I’m not picky, as long as whoever I bunk with knows how to keep their mouth shut.”

Great, now she was being an issue. Etel felt like she could just wind Sage for putting her on the spot like that. It made her uncomfortable. What if she said something wrong? The red panda sighed. No, that’d only be what they would tell me. That’d be all they ever told me. She felt a slight nudge against her shoulder. Standing next to her, Sage inclined his head towards the others. They were waiting for her to decide. She did not want to make Nova think she was uncomfortable, but even though Etel was not very talkative, the teal fox did not seem to like her much.

Still excited over Tywyn, Cryo began to lead them into the village. “Alright! I’ll take you to see Master Shinto... As long as Tywyn the cute talking cat lets me hold him on the way there!” she said cuddling the griffkin.

But Tywyn’s gaze was looking back over the croc’s shoulder. His eyes seemed to flash gold for a moment as he looked a bit worried.

Etel tilted her head at the small creature concerned. Are you alright? She knew he would hear if her thoughts were directed at him.

<I’m alright,> he said. <Just felt a big surge of dark matter in the direction Skye and Blitz went.>

The red panda was about to stop when she felt a hand on her back pressing to keep going. Sage winked at her. Tywyn had let him hear the message as well.

“Why don’t ye keep headin’ on?” the raccoon asked. “I’ve already had the pleasure of meetin’ Master Shinto. I’ll just follow after Skye an’ see if he’s needin’ help with his catch.” He smiled at Cryo. “An' no worries, lil’ lass. I’ll be makin’ sure he hustles back.” He immediately turned, waving over his shoulder before treading in the direction Skye had taken, tapping the edge of his Sight to be on the lookout.

Etel watched him go before continuing to follow the others. She snorted slightly. There was no doubt that she would not have been able to create an excuse quite as smoothly. The red panda would have simply said she had to go check something. Maybe not as slick, but still believable. Tywyn however, thought her expression rather amusing and immediately took Sage’s place in teasing.

He giggled. “You look like you’re mad that he left, Etel.” Being held by the crocodile, Tywyn was unable to avoid having his ear flicked.

“You’re a lil’ featherbag, d’ye know that?” She raised an eyebrow when he only giggled and stuck his little tongue out at her, reminding her that she had to make a decision. Sighing, she did not want to make Nova share if the fox did not like her...and Luna had offered. She finally looked at Luna and Nadia. “I suppose if the two of you aren’t mindin’, I could stay...”

Behind her, she heard Re ask Nova is something was wrong, and a sharp reply back. Wonderful, she probably did say the wrong thing. If she had insulted Nova, it was too late to take it back now.

---- ---- ----

Sage walked carefully through the trees, on the lookout for either Skye and Blitz, or demons. Already, his Sight could pick out the dark aura clouding the distance from whatever had caught Tywyn’s notice. He had not gone far before a glimmer stood out among the dark. It was light magic from the Shinolf. He picked up his pace until they met and did not like what he saw. Skye had deep slashes in several places, his arm looked badly mangled, and there were dark crystals embedded in his pelt.

He hurried over to help support the hedgehog and gave a grim smile. “I take it fishin’ did’na go well. An’ I’m guessin’ ye know where the surge of darkness Tywyn sensed came from.”

Being a healer, his first thought was to make sure the hedgehog could make it back and he immediately set to work. He carefully pressed Skye down to sit for a moment -though the hedgehog grumbled slightly about that- and opened his Sight further. Physically, other than a large amount of blood loss, the most damage seemed to be in his lungs made obvious by his harsh coughing fit. The dark crystals clinging to Skye did not worry him much, but the fact they were there meant he came close to trouble. He was not prepared for what he saw in his aura though. Looking past the thin cloud of darkness that still surrounded the hedgehog from his encounter with dark matter, Sage recoiled slightly as Skye’s aura burst in his vision. Immediately stopping use of the Sight, he hissed and rubbed at his temple with a free hand.

“A’right then, brighter'n I expected. Have t' remember that next time.” Feeling the ache in his temples he carefully shook his head, trying to rid his vision of sunspots. “Not lookin’ like ye have any permanent damage, but ye’ve got dark matter in yer lungs and I have t’ get the worst of yer wounds under control. ‘Old still a moment. Those dark crystals will be gettin’ in the way.”

Holding his hand out, the black opal on the back of his glove glowed dully while light formed under his palm. A wave of light shot across Skye’s pelt, the jolt of opposing matter caused the dark crystals to shatter. The light magic then concentrated under his hand as he held it over Skye’s chest, repairing some of the damage and drawing out the fluid that hampered his breathing. Dimming, the light settled on the worst wounds to stop them from bleeding. Still feeling the headache from his Sight, Sage put his shoulder under Skye’s arm for support as he slowly got to his feet.

“That’ll do for now. Let’s be gettin’ back to the village so you can get fixed up proper.”

Still trying to catch his breath, Skye looked at the raccoon questioningly as they walked. “What...happened? What was...brighter than you expected?”

“Hm?” Sage glanced over at him, before returning his gaze forward to watch their path. “Well...yer aura was. Part of it might've been the sudden change from reachin' through that dark cloud made by contact with dark matter...but not all of it.” Sage smiled lightly, and gave a chuckle. “I'd say ye've got a fair bit o' light magic in yer veins. Surely surprised me like a thunderbolt. An' I've got the headache to prove it.”



OOC: *sighs* Why do people always have to create work for my healers? Anyway, field healing 101, take care of the vital stuff first, everything else when you get somewhere safer. And he did notice Skye's tainted, just didn't say anything yet.

Winter
07-06-2011, 02:53 AM
OOC: Lol, back in the old Knights RP that was Sola...of course now that she's a nutty and technically dead, that job apparently falls to Sage...

Luna and Nadia

Luna looked to Nova and raised an eyebrow. "Okay, then...you can share with me and Nadia, and grumpy there can have a place to herself." It was a bad attempt to sound teasing, it came out sounding more like totally dumbfounded. However, Luna wasn't even sure Nova would notice with the way she was snapping at Re. Nadia fidgeted like something was bothering her, but she said nothing about what was bothering her. And then there was the fact that Sage simply ditched them because he'd met Master Shinto already and he wanted to go find Skye... Great, just great. Talk about a rather touchy situation.


Sola

"Hmm...Lord Kakon giving you any ideas on an entrance?" Sola asked Sara without looking back to her, still flipping through her mental spellbook and experiences with the other orbs for anything that might be helpful.

OOC: Blegh, especially for Sola, but there's not much to do.

Grassy_Aggron
07-08-2011, 02:41 AM
Cryo Silvart and Master Shinto

“Of course I talk. Just don’t go spreading it around to everyone,” Tywyn giggled secretively to Cryo's surprise at him talking. The young crocodile nodded eagerly, before she focused on what the others were saying. The issue of where Lady Etel would be staying seemed to be a heated topic, but she giggled anyway. It was odd that a lady was so nervous! She had always thought they were supposed to be brave yet dainty, and always willing to demand what they wanted.

“Why don’t ye keep headin’ on?” She glanced back as she heard Sage. “I’ve already had the pleasure of meetin’ Master Shinto. I’ll just follow after Skye an’ see if he’s needin’ help with his catch.” He smiled at her. “An' no worries, lil’ lass. I’ll be makin’ sure he hustles back.” She was a little curious on that. Did Dad catch a big fish? I hope he did! I'm hungry!

She laughed outright as Tywyn made a smart comment, getting flicked on the ear before Etel reluctantly agreed to stay with Luna and Nadia. "Oh miss Etel! You need to stop being so shy! We already like you!" She glanced ahead, gesturing to the older panther that was waiting patiently. "Master Shinto! We're baaaaaack~"

"So I can see, Cryo." Came the response, although there was a small amount of humor in his voice. He glanced at Etel, nodding a little bit. "So, you are the newcomer...Judging from your accent, you are from Greenlake, yes?" He held a hand up to stop any complaints. "I visited the area once or twice for rare ingredients."

He glanced at the others as well. "Skye informed me you would be needs rooms. I take it you have decided who will sleep where?"


Skye Silvart

Skye thought. "Light magic...? Never used it. I do not deserve to use something so pure." Came his response, followed by lighter coughing. He was glad he could breathe, but his strength had waned. "Sage...I need to sit down." Without a complaint, Sage and Blitz led him to a fallen tree, allowing the hedgehog to lean up against it. "I have no energy left, both from stress, sickness, and fear. They have all drained me." Sticking his spear in the ground beside him, the reality of the situation fully sank in as he sat in silence.

The river was tainted.

Lucien was dead.

He is dead...
(It is your fault.)
I wonder, if I had done anything differently, would he still be alive?
(You lopped off his head...I think you should have cut off him arms. Made him bleed. Made him suffer.)
Why would I do that?
(Not sure about you...But I know I wanted to.)
Enough. I will not discuss this with myself!
(Fine...But the longer you run, the more tired you become. And when you are exhausted...That is when the predator falls upon its prey.)

Skye snapped out his mental battle, shaking his head. It had only been a few seconds, so he doubted Sage had really noticed. "The river...It is tainted. The village needs to move." He didn't mention Lucien. It simply hurt too much...And Sage didn't even know him. Why would he care? "This...This disaster has to be stopped. Too many are dying because of it. It has to end."


(Ya'll ever read "Cujo" by Stephen King? I loved how he did the mental battle in there, which is how I got the format for Skye's personality duel. It looks good <3 )

k_pop
07-20-2011, 06:00 AM
OOC: Ok, finally took a moment to drop a quick reply here in between WAR stuff. ^^' Was gonna wait for Nova's response from Doodle, but figured I'd go ahead while I'm here. Hope ya don't mind.
Oh, and Sage gets more talkative when he's working. Never thought he'd turn into such a chatterbox. Kinda has to make up for Etel being so quiet I guess. XD

IC:


Etel

“Okay, then...you can share with me and Nadia, and grumpy there can have a place to herself.” Luna sounded rather disapproving.

Etel immediately began waving her hand defensively. “Oh no no, that’s not... I mean...I didn’t mean...” She sighed. She had made things even more uncomfortable, she was sure. Etel heard Tywyn mentally tell her to relax, she was only teasing, but the red panda was not so sure.

“Oh miss Etel! You need to stop being so shy! We already like you!” Cryo said excitedly before calling out in a singsong to an older panther that they were back.

He nodded to Etel. “So, you are the newcomer... Judging from your accent, you are from Greenlake, yes?” He forestalled any surprise saying that he had visited before for ingredients.

The panda gave a graceful curtsy and nodded shyly. “Yessir. That would be our home land.” She was conflicted to hear that he had visited the country. Suppose he had heard something about her leaving? But, then maybe he would know the condition of the country since she had been gone. “I wonder if...ye might have been there in the past couple years?” She glanced down. “It’d be some time since I’ve been there...” How was the kingdom faring with the surge in dark matter spreading?

Master Shinto asked if they had decided who would be staying together and Etel immediately became uncomfortable again. Had they decided?

Tywyn quickly chimed in for attention. “Don’t mind her. She’s way too shy, especially for roy-YII!”

Etel had pulled him off Cryo’s shoulder before he could finish and was now holding the copper cat at eye level. “An’ what might’ve happened t’ not spreadin’ round that ye talk, eh?” she scolded unhappily.

The griffkin giggled. “Shouldn’t get mad when it’s true y’know.” This only brought a huff from his friend who promptly sat him back in Cryo’s arms.


Sage

Skye considered what Sage had told him. “Light magic...? Never used it. I do not deserve to use something so pure.” He gave a light cough, though it was no longer from anything filling his lungs. “Sage...I need to sit down.” They were almost back, but they stopped to let the hedgehog rest. “I have no energy left, both from stress, sickness, and fear. They have all drained me.”

While he sat trying to gather his energy, Sage pulled the pack off his shoulder. “I can unnerstand the lack of energy. Noticed that infection affectin’ yer health. No worries, though. I won’t be speakin’ of it if ye have reason not to. So long as ye’re sittin’ still though, I’m goin’ to take care of that arm. ‘Tis the worst of those wounds. Hope ye won’t mind a stitch or two an’ it looks like the bone’s been chipped.”

Sage was going through his pack to find supplies he needed and did not really notice Skye’s silence since he was supposed to be trying to rest a moment anyway. A roll of thin linen strips, a small copper tin, canteen, and leather pouch were all pulled out. He was about to start cleaning out the wound when Skye shook his head.

“The river...it is tainted. The village needs to move. This...this disaster has to be stopped. Too many are dying because of it. It has to end.”

The raccoon nodded his head in agreement. “Aye. There’d be something I’ve heard more ‘n once. ‘Scuse me, this is gonna burn.”

He started rinsing Skye’s arm with clean water from the canteen, using a bit of magic to make sure everything was cleared away. The hedgehog cringed from the liquid running over the raw wound, grumbling slightly despite Sage’s warning. After using his Sight –more carefully this time- to find the chipped bone and making sure it was not fractured too deep, he started to make a few short stitches to help close the tear in Skye’s arm. Sage continued to talk, mostly speaking his mind, which he often did as he worked.

“Ye might have never used light magic, but wasn’t I just certain that I saw plenny of it runnin’ through ye. No one really deserves magic at all, though I’m thinkin’ it may’ve saved ye. It’s given to some an’ what’s done with it is up to each. I surely never asked for it, but I plan t’ fight with it for some peace. That’d be what we’re all workin’ for, eh? With somethin’ that spreads like dark matter, the problem becomes what to do when yer out of places to move. And ye can’t be movin’ a whole country. Can’t help but wonder what will happen if everythin’ reaches that point.” The fact was he worried often about his home and what might be happening there. He knew that Etel likely worried over it more so, even if she rarely said. She was normally reluctant to talk openly about the things on her mind. Sage knew her well enough that he could tell, though a little push now and then did not hurt. Thinking about her made him smile. “Still, there’s plenty o’ good to be found.”

He spread some of the contents from the copper tin around the wound and started to wrap Skye’s arm firmly with the linen. “That salve will keep it from bleedin’ too much. May start to feel a bit numb right there, no worries though. That’ll do ye then. Leastways the worst is taken care of,” Sage said as he started rolling away the remaining linen and stowed his other supplies.

Grassy_Aggron
07-22-2011, 03:59 AM
Cryo Silvart and Master Shinto

The panther watched as Etel curtsied. “Yessir. That would be our home land.” She seemed to hesitate a little, almost reluctant to ask anything about it. “I wonder if...ye might have been there in the past couple years?” She glanced down, once again seeming ashamed. “It’d be some time since I’ve been there...”

He nodded. "Ah, I knew it. That accent is hard to miss." He nodded. "I was there within the last two years, actually. I am not one to judge a land based on events...But crime has increased, unfortunately. Not only that, but with the princess missing...Well, it is not faring as well as it could be." He shook his head. "If you ask me, however...No ransom, no body...I believe it is merely a teenager going out to explore the world. They are rather unpredictable, as I have found out raising Skye."

Tywyn piped up, saying something about her being too shy before he was cut up, getting scruffed. She spouted something about "not that kind of talk" before placing him back into an utterly confused Cryo's arms. In the end, however, she simply shrugged and went back to petting Tywyn, giggling.


Skye Silvart

Skye observed Sage taking off his pack. “I can unnerstand the lack of energy. Noticed that infection affectin’ yer health. No worries, though. I won’t be speakin’ of it if ye have reason not to. So long as ye’re sittin’ still though, I’m goin’ to take care of that arm. ‘Tis the worst of those wounds. Hope ye won’t mind a stitch or two an’ it looks like the bone’s been chipped.” He furrowed his eyebrows at the raccoon's statement.

"I have no reason to tell the others, since it is a minor problem. Why worry them with it?" He listened as Sage replied he'd heard about the river being tainted in other places, then exclaiming the treatment might burn a bit. It did - the water poured from the canteen hurt his wound, and he couldn't help but grumble a bit in annoyance. Getting his arm stitched, however, hurt much less - he was rather used to pain at this point.

Of course, Sage turned out to be one of the notorious talkers when healing. That being said, Skye greatly enjoyed his words and accent, so he listened without complaint.

“Ye might have never used light magic, but wasn’t I just certain that I saw plenny of it runnin’ through ye. No one really deserves magic at all, though I’m thinkin’ it may’ve saved ye. It’s given to some an’ what’s done with it is up to each. I surely never asked for it, but I plan t’ fight with it for some peace. That’d be what we’re all workin’ for, eh? With somethin’ that spreads like dark matter, the problem becomes what to do when yer out of places to move. And ye can’t be movin’ a whole country. Can’t help but wonder what will happen if everythin’ reaches that point.” He seemed a little worried. “Still, there’s plenty o’ good to be found.” At that point, he spread some contents from a copper tin onto the wound, wrapping it firmly. “That salve will keep it from bleedin’ too much. May start to feel a bit numb right there, no worries though. That’ll do ye then. Leastways the worst is taken care of."

To test it, the hedgehog flexed his arm slightly, wincing a bit as he found where he shouldn't bend the arm to what extent and other factors. It was pretty light, however, so it wouldn't hinder him too much...At least it is not my dominant arm. "So I have light magic? Odd...I do use some magic, but light is not one of them. It is very possible that is what saved me, for light and darkness fight each other on a daily basis...Although, I am far from normal." He pushed himself to his feet, slinging Herutsu back onto his back and through her sheath. "Yes, it has to be stopped. The land is important...But the families. I wish for those to be saved most of all." He felt a tinge of pain in his heart, but ignored it. His memories were so fuzzy of what happened, but he still recalled it numbly and faintly.

"We should be getting back. The others will be worried, and Master Shinto needs to know about what happened." After Sage had gotten his supplies back together, they began to walk back. This time, however, Skye didn't need anyone to help him back.



(FYI, Skye, and with permission from Kris, Sage, will be arriving back in the village. When you guys post, you can notice and ask questions/glomp/yell at them XD They'll be just arriving, but you can interact. Skye probably looks like hell, buuuuut XD)

Doodlebop
07-22-2011, 02:00 PM
(GAH I was typing a post and I got off and my dad logged me out so I lost it and motivation. Ugh. Bad post incoming...)

Nova Rowling and Re

Nova didn't feel particularly upset that Etel had not chosen to bunk with her. It met piece and quiet, for one, and Nova was aware that she was not the most likable of people. The upset-stomach feeling she had was not helping either. Fortunately, Re was around to receive the brunt of it. She sighed and listened to Shinto speak of Etel's home land. Disappearing princess? Hmm, a forbidden roadtrip. Well, it wasn't Nova's business, and if she had been in Etel's place she supposed she would have gone tearing off at high velocity much before now.

Re was not really listening. He was trying to figure out how to keep Sage from noticing Nimue, and his thoughts were growing more and more ridiculous. This isn't working, he finally decided.

*Well, I guess we'll just be found out. There are worse things.*

For you, maybe.

Nova glanced over her shoulder absently and her eyes widened. "Oh, holy- Skye?!" Re turned as well and stared in shock. The hedgehog looked a mess.

Sara

Sara glanced at Sola, and sighed, blowing hair out of her face. Kakon? She asked inwardly. The volcano was much too hot. She wiped the perspiration off her face. How do we get inside this thing?

Winter
07-24-2011, 03:16 AM
OOC: Nothing for Sola to respond to atm, so just Luna and Nadia this time around...

Luna and Nadia

Luna realized with a bit of shock that Etel seemed to think the odd tone of her voice caused my Nova's rudeness was meant for her and quickly tried to apologize for it. She was going to say something immediately, but they had come to Master Shinto, who asked them if they had decided who would be staying with who, and commented on Etel's accent, seeming to know where she was from, having visited the place in question and it seemed their princess was missing. Luna had to fight the urge to laugh, and shot Nadia a "Don't you say a word" look to keep her quiet as well. When there was a break in the conversation for a moment, as Etel had managed to keep Tywyn from saying anything as well, she grinned. "On the matter of who is staying with who, we have figured that out, sir."

"After a slight bit of difficulty." Nadia said jokingly, trying to lighten the mood. It seemed the night might be nice after a rather stressful day, but that was dashed when Luna heard Re speak up. The pure shock in his voice was enough to make her turn around and wish she hadn't. Her eyes widened and she heard Nadia gasp.

He looked horrible. Like he'd gotten into a fight with something vicious in the middle of a hurricane in the woods while he'd been gone or something. What in the world had happened to getting something to eat, because this obviously wasn't what one returning from getting something to eat looked like. Nadia let a sound similar to a whine while Luna pressed a paw to her mouth. "Oh gods," She could hear herself speak, but it was almost as though she was detached from herself. "what happened?"

Nadia was shaking her head like she was trying to get something out of her head. "Ugh, the darkness..." Her voice came out as whine once more, as she was seriously bothered by something.

OOC: And so the fun begins! XD For me, anyway. Luna and Nadia are going to be having panic attacks.

Grassy_Aggron
07-26-2011, 12:44 AM
(Yes, I got permission from Kris to bunny Etel right here. It would be somewhat odd for her to post right now just to respond to Shinto, after all XP )

Cryo, Skye, and Master Shinto

Etel looked up, clearly bothered by what the panther had said, worry filling her expression that the kingdom could be falling apart. She bit her lip at hearing that her disappearance might have added to the cause. “Has it...really grown worse? But...” Yes, she ran away. But, she had a reason...right? It wasn't just to go out and site-see for a while. How could she know what was going on in the country? She had not been there... But, she did leave, that was the bottom line.

Tywyn was watching her sorrowful gaze, but did not have a chance to say anything as his attention was called by the others catching sight of the sky-blue hedgehog coming back with Sage. Namely, Nova stated his name in shock while Luna responded, in equal shock, asking what happened while Nadia complained about the darkness.

Cryo hugged Tywyn to her chest a little too tightly as she whined. "D-Dad...? Are you okay? W-What happened?" As it was, Shinto prevented her from approaching, as he had already rushed over to his student's side. He took a firm grip on Skye's uninjured arm, frowning a bit.

"What happened, Skye? You are burning up with an incredibly high fever, and these wounds..." He narrowed his eyes. "You have been in contact with dark matter, haven't you? To what degree?"

The hedgehog shook his head, coughing slightly at the motion. "Oh, nothing more than a dunk in a river of the stuff." Shinto growled a little, stating this was no time for jokes. Skye couldn't agree more. "I am fine, I assure you. Sage has patched me up; he got the remaining liquid dark matter out of my lungs so I could breathe." He furrowed his brows. "But...Like I said, I fell into a river of dark matter. Dragged in, actually. The large stream I went to get fish from..." He shook his head. "The village has to move."

Shinto narrowed his eyes. "What else happened, Skye? You are not telling us everything." The hedgehog looked away, not really willing to respond. "Skye Silvart...Your grandfather raised you to be honest, and I enforced it. What else happened?"

"Lucien was there...We investigated the incident together. But we plugged the hole, and...He fell into the river when the rock used to plug it popped out and hit him. He was..." For once, small tears had formed in his distressed eyes, even though he so bravely fought to hold them back. "He turned into a monster in front of me...I had to fight him. He tried to kill me. He had my arm," and he glanced at his injured arm to emphasize, "and tried to sever it. Blitz knocked him into the river, but he took me with him. I managed to get out in time..." He thought for a moment. "I think. I feel very odd and unwell right now."

The old panther studied him for a moment. "You realize just how dire your situation truly is, yes?" A nod. "You need to rest, Skye. You are very sick right now...Only rest will heal you. You cannot leave until tomorrow - you clearly have little strength left."

"But if I do nothing, more tragedies like this will- "

"You may have become corrupted, Skye. You could turn into one of the very things you are trying to destroy. You need to rest!" Shinto's words came out harshly but not unreasonably, and Skye seemed like he would challenge him for a split second before the angry fire in his eyes turned into one of regret and acknowledgement.

"I...I suppose..."

Kakon

Hearing Sarah's question, the staff vibrated softly as it turned, even when gripped within the squirrel's hand, to point upwards. <We must fly.> Came the soft response. <Now, if I am not mistaken...My little slave, Sola, should be able to use her magic to fly. There are stairs built into the volcano once we reach the top that will lead into the ruins. If we cannot fly, however...There are some living steeds nearby that could assist us. They are called Darkorns, as you no doubt have heard of them. Capable of wielding dark magic, they are not creatures born of dark matter...But we will be able to control them. Using dark matter on them is one option...Or magic is the less "ghoulish", more merciful way.> His voice became snide on merciful, as if it was a bad taste in his mouth. <The choice is yours, Sarah. I am but a spirit sealed within a staff...I cannot do much on my own. Yet.>


(Darkorns...I'll put a picture up later, if you so choose)

Winter
07-31-2011, 04:44 AM
Luna and Nadia

Luna listened on in total horror while Nadia kept shaking her head slowly and whimpering. Why do things like these always happen? Why? Luna wondered as Nadia finally spoke up slowly. "Ma-Master Shinto? Are you sure there is nothing other than rest that can be done for him? I know a bit of healing magic, if it might do any good..." She murmured shyly, glancing nervously at Skye. Luna couldn't take her eyes off him, it felt to her like she was frozen. Why...? Do the good ones always have to die horribly? Slowly, she reached to touch the bracelet on her wrist like it might ward off any possible evil from attempting to harm her and those around her. Her own village, the people and the place, flashed before her eyes. She winced and blinked the images away, moving to Shinto and sighing.

"Is there anything I can do to help? I can't just stand here and watch this..." She was almost pleading for something to take her mind off things as it practically overloaded with morbid thoughts.


OOC: GAH! SHORT! And still no Sola... *sigh* Oh well.

Doodlebop
07-31-2011, 01:12 PM
Nova Rowling and Re

Nova rubbed her arms. On the up side, she had figured out why she had had that bad feeling earlier. On the down side... There was really nowhere to go but down in a situation like this. She bit her lip, not sure what to do. Even she had enough tact not to be sarcastic in a situation like this. That was all she was really good at.

Re wasn't sure what to do either. Nimue, can we do something?

*You know it doesn't work that way, Re...*

Well, it should, Re thought with some venom.

Sara

Sara had heard of Darkorns and wished to avoid them, if at all possible. She turned to Sola and snapped out an order that could have been confused as a question. "You can fly, correct?"

k_pop
08-04-2011, 03:18 AM
OOC: SO sorry for the delay. I lost my first attempt then couldn't remember what I had written already. Got frustrated when I couldn't come up with a new post and I'm not really happy with this one. >.< Sorry.

IC:


Etel and Sage

Hearing the full explanation of what happened at the river, Skye apparently had good reason to be bothered on the way back. Tywyn gave a squeaky chirp when Cryo squeezed a little too hard. The others were looking rather worried about the hedgehog’s current condition though. Shinto obviously understood how dangerous the dark matter had become to his student, and was very firm in the fact that he needed to rest. Although, leaving an area infested with so much dark matter would help him greatly.

“Ma-Master Shinto?” Nadia spoke up rather quietly. “Are you sure there is nothing other than rest that can be done for him? I know a bit of healing magic, if it might do any good...”

Sage grinned at the young panther and jumped in. “Ahh, good to be hearin’ there’s another round here with some healin’ knowledge. But when it comes to magic, my ol’ mum would tell me ‘tis allus better to be lettin’ th’ body work fer itself and save yer energy ‘til there’s pressure from time, so ‘tis.’” When mimicking his mother, Sage’s voice had picked up a heavier accent. The raccoon scratched his head. “Well, I’ll be havin’ to agree about him needing rest an’ there’s still wounds to be cleaned. Nothin’ else to do for the darkness that he isn’ already fightin’...pretty well too, if ye aren’t mindin’ my opinion,” he added with a small quirk.

The hedgehog’s surprisingly bright aura had not been forgotten, though the headache it caused nearly was. Sage was just unsure why Skye had been so against the idea that he might have light magic inside him. While he was thinking that, he glanced around quickly and saw Etel still standing where she had stopped. She was staring at the ground in a troubled manner that mixed frustration and apprehension. It was an expression that Sage grew to recognize in the past few weeks. As they had traveled closer to the source of the darkness, they heard more often about what happened to people from contact with the dark matter. And every time, Etel had made that same face; frustrated that she had not yet found a way to help, and fearful of how everything was affecting the people with no way to fight it or get away. This had become all the more apparent to her since hearing from Shinto how her home was faring. To Sage, the frustration and fear she felt for everyone else were important traits he thought a leader needed since they were feelings born from compassion. Again he realized that despite her distaste of the position, she belonged there. That was a mountain neither was willing to challenge just yet though.

Luna was looking rather distressed by the situation. “Is there anything I can do to help? I can’t just stand here and watch this...”

Thinking it over quickly, Sage offered a suggestion. “Actually, if no one has somethin’ for ye, I’d like to ask a favor.” He nodded his head toward Etel who was still hanging back. “I know someone’ll be awful upset if she misses her evenin’ workout. If ye’re interested, she could probably use a sparrin’ partner.”

Tywyn was squirming slightly in Cryo’s tight grip, but still shook his head in mock severity. “Nuh uh. Sage, y’know she won’t be happy if you go and make arrangements for her.”

“Aye, don’t I know it,” he said with a faintly worried grin. “But, it’ll do her some good to get a bit o’ practice with someone new, doncha think? ‘Specially with that whoppin’ great sword Luna’s carryin’.” And it would get both the red panda and the fox –and perhaps some of the others- focused on something else. Not to mention, Skye seemed like he could do with a little attention eased off.

Grassy_Aggron
08-04-2011, 09:36 PM
Skye, Cryo, and Master Shinto

The reactions of the others were, more or less, immediate. Luna clearly appeared to be in shock, but Nadia was able to speak up, if somewhat quietly. "Ma-Master Shinto? Are you sure there is nothing other than rest that can be done for him? I know a bit of healing magic, if it might do any good..." The panther shook his head slowly. Luna, who was equally as disturbed, had moved up next to him, asking if she could do anything because she couldn't just stand by and watch this happen. Nova, across, looked irritated - or was it helpless? - while Re looked similar.

Sage responded before Shinto could. “Ahh, good to be hearin’ there’s another round here with some healin’ knowledge. But when it comes to magic, my ol’ mum would tell me ‘tis allus better to be lettin’ th’ body work fer itself and save yer energy ‘til there’s pressure from time, so ‘tis.’” His accent had become heavier. “Well, I’ll be havin’ to agree about him needing rest an’ there’s still wounds to be cleaned. Nothin’ else to do for the darkness that he isn’ already fightin’...pretty well too, if ye aren’t mindin’ my opinion." He then addressed Luna, suggesting to spar with Etel, even though Tywyn said the panda didn't like having arrangements made for her.

Shinto nodded. "That sounds like an excellent idea, Sage. Of course, it will be up to Luna to decide. It will help both of you sleep later tonight, as I already suspect there will be problems with it."

Skye grinned a little at that. "Of course, if you sleep like a baby in a village located right next to the disaster...Something is wrong with you." He coughed, although the grin still remained slightly on his face. "I would watch and see how well you fight, but frankly, I am exhausted."

Cryo, in the meantime, released her grip on Tywyn, having realized she had squeezed him a little too tightly. She muttered a "sorry cute kitty" before running up to her father, staying close by his side. "I'm going to help Dad rest the best I can! So don't any of you guys worry!" That being said, her worry was quite clear to be heard, and it notably pained the hedgehog to hear it. Before he could object, she grabbed him by his arm (thankfully, it was the one that hadn't be injured) and tugged him toward the hut...Although he stumbled in his efforts to keep his exhausted body at the fast past she was going.

Shinto was amused. "What a bright little star Cryo is...Skye was fortunate to find her. They form a good combination - water and earth." He nodded to himself before turning to the others. "Do not worry. I am sure Skye will be fine. He has survived much more than you would think. Now the issue, however, is delivering the news of Lucien's death to his wife. It will not be easy, as grief can easily turn to rage." He cleared his throat. "I would like to remind all of you to be careful. We have stored water, but as Skye said, the village will have to move. I need not remind you of the dangers dark matter presents."

He didn't yet walk off, though. He had a feeling more questions would be asked of him, and to be honest...He wasn't looking forward to delivering the news to Lucien's wife, or what remained of the village. It would be done, but if he could put it off for just a few minutes...Well, he wouldn't complain.

Winter
08-05-2011, 04:53 AM
Luna and Nadia

Nadia sighed and thought a moment before she spoke again after being told there was not much she could do, although Sage seemed interested in her healing abilities. "I can heal...but I can't use much more than a few more simple spells. I specialize in air magic, actually." Nadia admitted easily, glancing at Skye at rather frequent intervals. "If there's anything we can do..."

"Nadia, I know that look, if the darkness bothers you that much, get away from him." Luna sighed before addressing Sage herself. "I believe that would depend on Miss Etel's willingness to spar. I wouldn't mind, though, if she agrees." Luna said, it was something to do, and she needed just that if she was going to keep herself from worrying herself to death, between the memories of her home and Skye's appearance.

Sola

Sola glanced at Sara and tilted her head. "Fly, no. Levitate, yes. Do you have a spefic place we need to go before I do it? Levitation is an energy-killer." The fox said simply, sounding as though she were actually trying to pull a plan together.

OOC: Short and suckish, but I posted! XD BTW, will be away from home until next Friday, we're supposed to have wifi where we're going but I dunno if my laptop will like the password to get on the wifi. It has a problem with letters in the passwords.

Doodlebop
08-07-2011, 01:34 PM
(Uuuugh. I had a post all typed out but then it just kind of poofed. I'll just skip Nova and Re, not much for them to do, and skip to Sara. Sorry it's so short.)

Sara

Sara's fingertips tapped impatiently on top of the staff in her grasp. Too risky to have them fly (or, fine, levitate) into the volcano and have Sola all worn out. If they needed a spell that Sola could not provide, Sara would not be pleased. "Never mind," she sniffed. "I have discovered an alternative. Have you ever heard of Darkorns? They are in the area. It would be simple enough to bend them to m- our will." She ground her teeth slightly.

k_pop
10-02-2011, 04:05 AM
Etel and Sage

Tywyn was back on the ground as Cryo hurried over to the injured hedgehog and began pulling him toward their home with the assurance that she was going to take good care of him. Watching them leave with a rather pleased expression, Shinto said that the young crocodile was good for Skye and he would most likely be fine despite his injuries. The panther did not at all seem to be looking forward to the news he had to deliver though.

As she was replying to Sage, Nadia appeared bothered to hear that there was nothing she could do. “I can heal...but I can't use much more than a few more simple spells. I specialize in air magic, actually.” She seemed to trail off after that and Luna told her to stay away if the darkness was bothering her.

“D’ ye know, Nadia, you shouldn’ be discouraged by not knowin’ many spells for healing. Ye know some an’ that’s more ‘n most. An’ don’t forget, there’ll always be plenny more to learn,” Sage said kindly.

Luna turned to the raccoon. “I believe that would depend on Miss Etel's willingness to spar. I wouldn't mind, though, if she agrees.”

To Sage, it seemed like Luna was a bit relieved to have something to do. Before he could answer however, the staff of Etel’s glaive bumped against the back of his head.

“I don’t appreciate plans being made for me,” the creamy red panda said with a frown.

Rubbing his head in slight confusion since he did not think she had been close enough to hear, Sage was about to ask how she knew when Tywyn leapt up on her shoulder. He stuck his tongue out cheekily. Sage started to chuckle realizing that the griffkin had already told her.

“It was only a suggestion so ye’d not have to miss your workout with me bein busy, and Luna was itchin’ for somethin’ to do. It seemed like a good opportunity for some practice against someone new.” He leaned over smiling lightly. “Besides, ye should know that I’d not be makin’ plans for ye without askin’.”

Etel’s face reddened slightly as she glared at him then looked away. “You just like to be messin’ with me.” When he only chuckled, joined by Tywyn’s giggle, she looked over at Luna uncertainly. “I’m sorry he pulled you into his joke like that,” though Sage adamantly –and still chuckling by the way- assured her it was not a joke. “Ye don’t have to go through a workout with me. But...if’n you were serious about sparrin’, it would be nice to have a new opponent.” Even through her doubtfulness, she had a certain battle-ready spark that most might miss. Strange as it might seem from the young princess, combat was where she felt most secure in her actions.

“See, Tywyn? Didn’t I tell ye that she’d not mind?” Sage did not miss the second glare shot at him by the red panda.

Tywyn, who found the entire situation hilarious, ended up rolling off Etel’s shoulder only to receive his own dressing down from the irritated princess. Sage turned to face the old panther standing beside them.

“I’m not much worried bout whether Skye is able to be battlin’ that darkness. There are still injuries that probably still need tendin’ to. I really only took care of the worst one before we got here. I can take care of that an’ then I’m sure everyone will be headin’ to bed after today. Etel most likely will sleep hard after her workout.” He grinned fondly as he lowered his voice. “I’m not thinkin’ she’ll ever be the type to take it easy.”

Winter
10-02-2011, 05:32 AM
OOC: It lives again! *cue lightning, thunder, and creepy music* ...Now I just gotta get back in the mindset...

Luna and Nadia

"I...I'm not sure you understand. Specializing in air magic like I do makes it that much more difficult to learn more and effectively use complex spells of any other kind... And then there's the fact I'm just bothered by darkness in general, and I just feel bad, not being able to do anything to help..." The younger panther rubbed the back of her head, Luna patted her shoudler gently.

"No different from me, Nadia." She said softly. She only halfway paid attention to the conversation between Sage and Etel until addressed her. She turned to the red panda and forced a smile. "I wouldn't mind sparring with you, as I've stated before. It gives me something to do rather than nothing. Doing nothing will drive me insane..." The fox's tail swished back and forth agitatedly.

"Just hope you're good at dodging." Nadia piped up quickly.


Sola

"I know a little bit of Darkorns." Sola admitted slowly, noticing the catch in Sara's last sentence. Somebody didn't like teamwork. Then she noticed the grinding of the teeth. "Keep grinding your teeth like that and you'll not be able to use them to eat later on." She told the squirrel airily before setting off to walk again. "Now to find these Darkorns..."


OOC: Ugh, suckyness. This feels sooooo weird writing for this RP after so long...