Morgan was already feeling less anxious about this too, as Seimei was moving around now, feeling a little stiff still, but not nearly as stuck. That was good; that was the start of it, at least. Morgan knew that it was going to take some time to get him used to it, and all they had was time right now, anyway. Over the next hour, Seimei slowly got better and better at moving around the creature, until he had his full range of mobility back, and from what Morgan could tell, full strength too. Morgan knew that they weren't quite done with the whole 'not being afraid of scary creatures' thing that was very needed, but they were at the point that Morgan wanted to keep the equillion here while they worked on the next leg of training they were going to do today; the landing training. Morgan had wanted to make sure that Seimei wasn't terrified before starting it, though.
Now that Seimei wasn't too stiff anymore from being scared of the equillion, Morgan knew that they could start having him learn to land under duress; which Morgan was sure would finish off the last little bit of anxiety that Seimei would have when it came to 'scary' creatures. "Good job Seimei, now we need to teach you how to stick a landing. We'll be using a signal for it, just in case. We're going to keep the equillion here, so try not to be distracted." Morgan signed, spoke, and then translated across the ring so that he understood, of course. Seimei gave Morgan a look, whipping around to glare, but Morgan could tell that he was mostly giving an empty threat. They weren't sure exactly how they extrapolated that, but it was what they understood. "Oh don't give me that. Go fly, and I'll give the whistle signal. You'll know it when you hear it!"
Seimei didn't take long to throw himself into the air. His flight skills were getting much better, much more artful looking, though he still had a long way to go, Morgan could tell. Morgan had to decide on a command now, and that was going to be the difficult part for sure. They finally decided on one, all the while Seimei was circling above, watching Morgan carefully and waiting with a bit of annoyance for the signal. Morgan finally whistled the signal that they had chosen for land, and then watched as Seimei immediately touched down, nearly tripping over himself as he did so. So there still was a little bit of stiffness, and Seimei couldn't help but glance over at the 'scary' equillion during this time period. "Seimei, that wasn't so good, but I can tell what you're doing that's causing landing to be so hard on your joints." Morgan conveyed, signed, and spoke.
Seimei shot Morgan a glare, but was still appearing very curious. He really did want to know how to get better, though he had his own idea of how to do it. 'Maybe I can just... Get close to the ground and drop down?' He conveyed, a bit of insecurity coming through the conveyance. Morgan smiled. "Do what you want to try, Seimei. You know your body better than I do, after all. Is the signal okay?" Morgan asked, remembering to be as understanding as possible to him. Seimei was probably Morgan's most emotionally insecure tat-lungs, which was a shame. He was very, very bright. Seimei leaped up into the air, giving a quick 'yes' as he did so. Morgan knew that with sentient and more intelligent creatures, the command signal was generally picked up incredibly quickly, and the technique was what needed to be worked on the most. Morgan noted that Seimei didn't spare a glance to the equillion, this time.
At least Seimei was doing better and better as time went on ignoring the 'scary' equillion, over there. The owner was quiet a decent individual, at least he came when asked so that the equillion would be present for training this valuable skill to whichever of Morgan's creatures Morgan felt were ready. They were paid, of course, and Morgan didn't have to worry about it too much. Seimei circled around in the sky for a moment like a wheel before Morgan gave the whistled command they'd decided upon for the 'landing' again, not that Morgan would Ever call it a 'command' in front of any of their tat-lung. This time, Seimei didn't go straight to the ground, hanging for a moment above the grass before dropping gently onto the hillock nearby. "Great job Seimei!" Morgan conveyed, spoke, and signed to the tat-lung. He had only spared a passing glance at the equillion, this time, as if an afterthought.
Morgan knew that this last one was quite perfect, and now they only really needed repetition to make sure that it stuck well enough. "Great job, Seimei, you really did awesome there." Morgan fought the urge to tell him to chin up and be more okay with himself, and then decided not to patronize him. They knew that he could probably understand it just from watching Morgan. Eventually, Seimei would grow more sure of himself, than he was faking now. "Let's do that a few more times." They continued, with Morgan calling up the tat-lung into the sky, and then to land, and of course Seimei got better and better every single time they did it. After about thirty minutes of continually working on this, Morgan realized that the tat-lung had stopped paying attention to the 'scary' equillion at all. After they were done, and Seimei could land perfectly, the owner of the equillion was paid, and Seimei and Morgan went home.
 - [End of 'Hardy' and 'Land'] - [The pair go home.]
As soon as Morgan had gotten Shigeru home from his lesson, Morgan had rushed to go to Ryuusei to bring him out to the park. Ryuusei had never been to the park yet, and was pretty excited as he walked alongside Morgan. He was still getting used to the whole walking thing, but he was already moving like silk. It was pretty surprising, how quickly tat-lungs got used to having a completely different body after the maturation event. Ryuusei couldn't help but take the entire world in stride; he glanced over all of the people walking down the streets with their pets, and was super happy and excited to be able to ask questions about all of these things. He was very watchful, and very astute with his ideas, as well. It did not take long for them to get to the park, where the excited Ryuusei practically bounded. He knew exactly why they were there!
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After answering about a billion and one questions, Morgan knew that it was time to get them started. Morgan was in the same area of the park where they had managed to 'teach' (or rather, it much more felt like convince) Seimei to fly. The little hillock was there, and Morgan lead Ryuusei up to the top of that hillock, where the wind was a little more brusque in the autumn than the practically dead air that Seimei had learned to fly in. It seemed to be that way for Seimei a lot; he learned under much more difficult situations than Ryuusei often. "Alrighty Ryuusei, feel that wind?" Morgan asked, conveyed, and signed to him. Ryuusei nodded, having picked that up from Morgan since he was raised by them. "I'll give you the same talk as Seimei. Why don't you try it yourself, at first? Whatever feels most comfortable."
Ryuusei had always been more well adjusted than Seimei, perhaps even by far. He was way more comfortable with his personal stations and his own state. Morgan almost found theirself a bit envious of him. Morgan wished that they had half of his confidence, since it was such a true confidence. Ryuusei allowed his mane to be whipped by the wind, his eyes closed, and then he finally shook his head. 'Nope, sorry Morgan, I can't find it.' Morgan was pleased with just the fact that he seemed to know that it was something he was going to have to 'find' within himself. Tat-lungs had no wings to fly with, they simply wanted to, and then PHWEM they went! Morgan was going to explain this to him. "We'll use the same whistled signal for you to fly as Seimei and I did, just in case you need to get up into the air in the future, like anything else."
Morgan brought the whistle they always used to their mouth carefully, and blew the command that they used for Seimei last time. They always made sure to teach things at the same time as their commands, just in case. "Can you tell the difference with that one?" Morgan asked. Ryuusei gave an affirmative, and Morgan smiled. "Alright, so how we managed to help Seimei do this was that I told him that since he didn't have any wings, he needed to be able to find it within himself." Morgan said, and then when Ryuusei gave Morgan a quizzical look, as if he was looking inside himself in all the wrong corners to try to figure out how to lift off of the ground. "Tat-lungs mature, at least in the stories, because they wish to fly. So technically, all you need to do is really, really want to fly."
Ryuusei seemed... Perplexed by this. Honestly, Morgan was pretty perplexed by this theirself, if only because they couldn't imagine just being able to look up at the sky and... Go there. Somehow. Now that Seimei had been taught to do it, he did it all the time and without any difficulty. However, poor Ryuusei looked like Morgan was babbling nonsense. "Trust me, Ryuusei. You don't have any wings, and that is literally how everything else ever flies. You have a special way of doing it, you just have to look at the sky like you belong there and just... Go. Want to go, and go." Morgan reiterated, smiling. It was hard to look at these tat-lungs like they were anything but little siblings or children, even though Ryuusei was kind of intimidating, even at his smaller size in maturity. He still wasn't even done growing! It was difficult to imagine.
Ryuusei seemed to understand the theory, but not the practice of it. He turned towards the wind again, and appeared to focus bodily on himself. Morgan watched as his muscles tensed, as if he were willing his body into the air a little too hard, and then he released a breath, and nothing happened. This happened again a few more times as Ryuusei seemed to try to figure it out, until he was making soft grunting noises. Morgan frowned and shook their head quietly. "Not your body, Ryuusei. Try with yourself, and not so hard! You're trying way too hard." Morgan conveyed to him, signing at the same time. Ryuusei snorted at Morgan, a bit frustrated in all honesty, but then finally, finally seemed to calm down, no longer tensing his muscles. After a moment, the miraculous happened; his toes lifted off of the ground all at once, nails dragging the tops of the grass.
Ryuusei seemed to not notice it until it was too late; and he had floated a little ways off of the ground. Immediately upon realizing that he was off the ground, he freaked out and fell down, scarcely landing. But he was making a strange noise, a giddy sounding bell noise... Was he laughing? Morgan's eyes widened, surprised at him laughing and Not at the fact that he had just had his first little tastlet of flight. Ryuusei was as confident as ever, as soon as he picked himself up and stopped laughing, he turned, gracefully gave Morgan a wink, and then just threw himself off of the top of the hillock as if he had grasped the idea firmly, floating into the air and then flying; really, really clumsily. Morgan watched as he slowly began to teach himself how to do it well enough. Soon, he landed back down, very, very roughly.
Morgan was grinning at him when he came down. "Great job, Ryuusei! I knew you had it in you. We've just got to work on your form now, and of course the signal... Oh, and landing. We'll work on landing, it has a signal too just in case." Morgan explained. "This means to fly:" Morgan said, and whistled the command. "And this means to land." At this, they whistled another command. "Is that okay, Ryuusei? We need to practice." Morgan was ultra pleased, this was going super well, and it was downhill from here really. Ryuusei nodded, excitedly, and Morgan gave the command to fly.
It was a little easier looking, this time, and Ryuusei threw himself into the air, looking a bit more graceful than before as well. After making a few very lopsided arcs, Morgan gave him the command to land, and he made a too-step dive downward.
"No no no, Not so steep!" Morgan cried out just in time, thankfully remembering to give the call out in triplicate. Ryuusei pulled up, made another loop, and then came at the ground much less steeply this time, still a bit hard on his joints though. "Goodness, Ryuusei, you are going to hurt yourself!" Morgan said. "When you come in to land, don't do it so steeply. You need to gently land. Don't ram into the ground, you can gently drop, okay? From a safe height of course." That was how Seimei had learned to do it, anyway. Thankfully, Seimei was a bit more careful than Ryuusei naturally, so Morgan had been lucky to get the easier to work with one worked with on the trial run. Goodness. "Lets try that again." Morgan said, and then called him up into the air again, watching him fly quite a bit more skillfully now. Tat-lung sure learned fast!
Darky: Does anybody remember how those breedings worked? Were they just bought of USD or was it like a special offer thing Spirit did?
Oct 17, 2019 8:44:23 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Maybe if they had been bred more, there might have been a few mixes of it. :3
Oct 17, 2019 8:39:02 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I hadn't checked that yet, but that sounds similar to the Kairfuryoo in that only a few where able to get mixed colors from them.
Oct 17, 2019 8:38:17 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, them dragon-oaks are pretty grand. It looks like dragon oaks didn't have offspring that were between colors on the parents though, those are the exact colors of the parents. /checked them out on the genealogy thread
Oct 17, 2019 7:26:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Aww, I like the little Dragon-Oaks, they remind me of the Draconics in how the babies looked in the past. <3
Oct 16, 2019 23:47:25 GMT -6
fieraferella: also holy cow ashe, that image gallery is massive!!! thank you so much for showing it to us!
Oct 16, 2019 19:56:04 GMT -6
fieraferella: Oooh, I remember the new egg hype! That was always the best- i was so excited to see what they'd turn into!
Oct 16, 2019 19:07:57 GMT -6
Morgan: *Folks: Save your posts for a bit. The site is derpin'.
Oct 16, 2019 19:02:00 GMT -6
Darky: And even if some things are completely lost, we have enough material to remake missing bits by reusing linearts and files with a little colour fiddling~
Oct 16, 2019 18:16:32 GMT -6
Renathan: I miss it too. x3 Hopefully someday we can find a way to restore more of what was lost a little at a time.
Oct 16, 2019 18:14:57 GMT -6
Darky: This is just another huge step closer to getting the base files in order, to the point we can start filling in Stat pages with actual examples again~
Oct 16, 2019 18:12:39 GMT -6
Ashe: I miss the excitement. Spirit would post eggs, we'd go crazy, they'd hatch, we'd level them all up asap just in case lol
Oct 16, 2019 18:07:52 GMT -6
Renathan: I'm glad it was easier than expected though! Just... Kinda makes me realize how much we've lost over the years in site functionality? Makes it even sweeter that we've got some of it back.
Oct 16, 2019 18:06:03 GMT -6
Ashe: I'll have to do some organizing, and I'll add stuff if I find more, but I'm glad I finally got to share these. I was at a loss; it would be a TON to add to PB, and I'm not familiar with many sharing methods. This was easy peasy
Oct 16, 2019 18:03:17 GMT -6
Renathan: Those little dragonoaks and the jackaroos are just -scream- cute.
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Thanks for showing us them, Ashe!
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:06 GMT -6
Flare: The mussimander babies are SO CUTE
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:00 GMT -6