Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 17, 2019 16:51:26 GMT -6
The lid was heavy- a lot heavier than she had been expecting. Still, despite the weight and it sticking to the rest of the coffin, Fiera was finally able to get it to budge, sliding it off with the low grumble of stone on stone. When it was free, she looked down into the coffin, eager to see if the mansion had prepared anything. Oh. Yeah. That sure was a mummy, Fiera realized with a cringe. Victor came up behind her, sniffing loudly. “No.” Fiera snapped, shoving him away. “These bones... are NOT for eating.” She cringed. The body inside was as dry and dusty as the rest of this place, wrapped in bandages to preserve it. It was also covered in various ceremonial headdresses, jewelry, and dashed to preserve their deluxe look in death, apparently. It was probably worth a fortune... but taking them would mean touching a dead body.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 17, 2019 18:25:09 GMT -6
Instead, Fiera let her eyes trail down the length of the mummy. It was similarly dressed in fine clothes, but she couldn’t help but notice an odd shape at its feet. Leaning closer, she realized that despite how dry and dessicated this body was, a mushroom had still found a way to grow here. She suppose she had to commend its hard work- or at least she did until it started moving. Fiera yelped with surprised as it suddenly shook itself and leapt out of the coffin. It slammed shut behind the creature as Fiera had dropped the lid. Victor immediately started barking, which didn’t help at all. The creature turned to look at her as Fiera tried to calm down her rakai. Whatever it was, it had a wax leaf in his mouth. Fiera bit her lip. She definitely wanted that... but would she be able to convince the critter to give it to her?
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 17, 2019 18:52:29 GMT -6
“Hey buddy!” She said in the most sugar sweet voice she could muster. “Could I have that please?” She said, putting. The mushroom critter immediately snarled, showing off as many teeth as it could. Fiera flattened her ears and Victor snarled right back, but it clearly didn’t affect the creature much, as it kept a tight grip on its wax leaf. She supposed she would have found it intimidating we’re it not for the leaf sticking out of its mouth making it look absolutely ridiculous. It’s tiny growls were also pretty silly, considering that it was a fraction of the size of her and Victor. She gave it a withering look as it kept trying to intimidate her. “...Ok, I’m done with this. Gimme the leaf.” She says, reaching out for the leaf. It shimmied backwards, still growling, but Fiera was able to get a good grip.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 17, 2019 18:57:54 GMT -6
“Ok, you’ve lost.” Fiera said, pulling at her prize. “Let go, I’m way stronger than you.” Still, the mushroom critter continued in a laudable display of determination, yanking backwards with all its strength, it’s whole body contorting to resist Fiera’s grasp. She kept pulling though, slowly dragging the poor thing across the length of the crèche she had found it in. “Seriously? Just let go! It’s not even food!” Fiera said, exasperated. Finally, she gave one last mighty yank, pulling the leaf into the air... only to find the pocket pet still attached to the other end, hanging off of the leaf with a dogged sense of determination. Fiera gave the leaf a wiggle and it still held on, growling a bit as it wobbled in midair. Fiera sighed. “Ok fine. Keep it then. I’ll be taking you along too, though. Just saying.”
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 17, 2019 19:04:50 GMT -6
If the creature understood what she was saying (which it didn’t), it clearly didn’t care. She held the leaf in one hand as she wrestled with her backpack, finally dropping it on the mausoleum floor. It seemed quite happy to hang there as she unzipped the part of the bag she had been keeping the other pocket pets in. She’d rather put the leaf with the others... but she REALLY didn’t need this toothy fella claiming the rest of them as part of its hoard. She’d never get them back like that. Still, when she dropped it in it didn’t even struggle, nestling itself next to the jars and the spleen. “Huh.” Fiera said as it chewed happily on its leaf. “...Whatever then, I guess. All’s well that ends well.” And with that she zipped up the pocket before hefting the backpack back up.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 9:28:49 GMT -6
Just as Fiera finished putting the strange critter away and zipping up get bag, another flash of yellow flitted across her vision. She couldn’t help but smirk- it was as if the mansion was apologizing for the hassle it had put her through on collecting the last wax leaf. She could still hear the mushroom shaped, toothy pocket pet growling quietly in her bag, no doubt reacting to the other creatures she had put it in with. Well, they’d just have to learn how to get along. Still, she was more than happy to snatch the new wax leaf out of the air and add it to her collection. From there, it was time for her and Victor to move on. To where though... she wasn’t quite sure. The pair of them had been in this tunnel for quite some time by now, wandering between graves and coffins.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 10:17:07 GMT -6
There was the occasional branch in the path she thought, as she flipped her backpack onto her back once more and grabbed Victor’s leash from where she tied it. But all of them led down through more graves and stony walls, as far as the eye could see. And that was quite some distance now, with the regular torches. She was hoping the monotony would get shaken up too... but quickly knocked on a wooden barrel the moment she thought that. After all, there were plenty of “surprises” that the mansion had thrown at her thus far, and she and Victor didn’t need to get attacked by any more zombified limbs or shrieking laughter again. But... she WOULD like to find more of those magic crystals. So there were ups and downs. All she knew for sure was that this monotony in the mausoleum was wearing on her a bit.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 10:26:45 GMT -6
She let Victor pick their direction as a result, allowing him to lead her any which way through the tunnels, past endless deluxe tombs. Soon though, they came to an intersection, four ways, with another one of those large beast statues in the center. Fiera wasn’t sure if the creature depicted was meant to be a god, a guardian, or what. All she knew was that the imagery of them was ubiquitous in this place, to the point where she just ignored them where they appeared by now. However... Victor didn’t appear to be getting a bead on where to go next. He just kept sniffing, nose to the ground, walking in circles around the statue, grumbling with frustration. Well, great. Was Fiera supposed to pick now? The fact that she didn’t want to was the whole reason she had let Victor take the lead to start with!
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 15:27:35 GMT -6
A little frustrated, Fiera paced around the statue before finally giving it a good kick. A hollow thus echoed down the halls as her foot made contact. Wait, hollow? Fiera moved closer, knocking gently on the stony surface. Sure enough, the noise echoes back from inside the statue. So either this place was built cheaper than she thought, or this statue was hiding something. Fiera glanced at Victor- it looked like he had been on to something after all! The rakai sarane sat down, looking at her expectantly. “Alright yeah, good job.” She admitted, and then put her hands on the statue. A few good shoves later and she got it to move. It slid across the floor slowly, producing a low grinding noise that reverberated through the catacombs. Soon, she had managed to push it several feet over. Fiera put her hands on her knees and breathed a sigh of relief.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 15:34:51 GMT -6
Then, she looked at what she had uncovered. The statue wasn’t an easy move- it had likely been there for ages, judging by the dust she knocked off. Sure enough though, where it had sat was a hole, deep and dark. Looking closer, Fiera realized that there was a very narrow spiral staircase leading down to the gloom. She glanced at her rakai- could he handle it? Well, probably. He had managed a field full of undead hands after all. Still, she wondered if there’d be anything of interest down there. She leaned against the statue as she thought... only for it to start tipping. She yelped and scrabbled to grab it, but it was too late. The stone statue toppled to the ground, and broke on the hard stone floor. The feet chipped, the tail broke off, and the head rolled off god knows where. Well, oops.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 17:55:55 GMT -6
Fiera quickly peeked inside the beheaded, hollow statue. She wasn’t surprised at all when she found a wax leaf in there. Of course there was. Why not. She plucked it out, letting Victor smell it before popping it in her backpack with its fellows. One more leaf for the pile. Just then however, a vast rumbling arose around them. Victor snarled, pressing himself to the ground while Fiera wheeled around, looking for the source. Pebbles cascaded from the ceiling, and the floor beneath them vibrated. Then, as soon as the rumbling started up, it stopped. Fiera and Victor glanced at each other, concerned. The air no longer felt warm and comforting. Instead, a deathly stillness came over the intersection. Finally, Fiera spoke up. “So. Not saying that was my fault. What with the knocking over the statue. But something definitely just changed.” She said, to no one in particular.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Oct 19, 2019 18:21:23 GMT -6
The moment she said that however, a distant roar rang out from somewhere in the distance, followed by a series of ominous thumping noise. Victor went nuts, snarling and barking. “No Victor, shh! Letting it know where we are is the OPPOSITE of what we want to do!” Fiera said, desperately trying to hush the rakai. It was little use however, unless she wanted to get bitten. She’d have to look for another solution instead. She whipped her head around as the source of the roar, whatever it was, continued to approach. She mumbled curses under her breath, but that wasn’t especially helpful. She made a snap decision- yanking a torch off the wall and yanking Victor’s leash towards the pit. She had no clue what was down there, but whatever it was it would have to be better than what was facing them up here.