The gem dragon was on to something, and after a few moments of searching, Nerius felt a pulse of excitement from the gem dragon's side of the link, as she started digging into the floor. Nerius walked over, looking over her shoulder; at first, he couldn't see anything but ordinary stone, but after a bit of digging from Ice, he could see a vein of green tracing through the rock.
Ore, by the looks of it, which meant it would probably take a bit for her to dig it all up. He'd likely get in the way more than anything, so Nerius left the gem dragon to dig, as he explored the small chamber. There really wasn't much, it was smaller than his living room, and really the only thing of interest was the scattering of loose stones. Lacking anything else more captivating, Nerius decided to investigate the loose rocks littering the floor.
They were scattered at first, but were denser near the wall, and on closer inspection it appeared that the small bits of rubble had fallen from a small hole in the wall. It was much to small for someone person sized, but would have fit a gem creature quite well. There could be something there, said critters tended to horde gems, and there might be something in the hole or in the rubble. Nerius checked through the scattered stones first, in case anything had fallen out. It was a more exposed area, and easy to spot, so he wasn't too surprised when he didn't find anything but dull chunks of grey rock.
Ice was continuing to dig, and had exposed a decent chunk of the ore. Her small claws had far more dexterity than a pickaxe, and she was able to delicately scrape away the stone from the vein of ore.
The hole itself was a better bet, and Nerius knelt down, shining the flashlight up into the hole. It was clogged with bits of rock, it looked like the little tunnel had at least partially collapsed, and not seeing anything hazardous, Nerius reached in a scooped the rocky bits downward. They clattered loudly in the small cavern, and though at first Nerius didn't see anything of interest, after a few scoops he spotted something pale and blue glimmering from the pile. He paused, picking up the stone to examine it. Definitely a gem, probably aquamarine, nothing remarkable, but it was something, and the first gem of the day.
Though technically, Ice had found the ore first, she just hadn't fully excavated it yet. She was nearly there, it wasn't a terribly large vein, though compared to her it was a big chunk, and would have been difficult for a creature her size to move.
She wouldn't have to though, and after a little more digging, she let out an excited 'scree' to let Nerius know she was done. He looked up at the sound, putting the blue stone away in a pouch before heading over to the gem dragon. It was an unusual color for ore, and he might not have noticed it if not for Ice. "Good job Ice," he told the gem dragon, giving her a pat on the head, before picking up the chunk of ore. It was elongated and lumpy, but it fit in his backpack well enough, even if it was heavy.
He went back to the hole in the wall after that, and lacking anything else to capture her attention, Ice followed him. She was interested in the gem creature sized hole as well, and since Nerius had already cleared some of it out, scampered up into the little tunnel.
The loose stones were easy for her to dig though, and a small avalanche of pebbles tumbled out as she worked. Ice was quicker at it than he had been, and Nerius picked through the stones as the gem dragon dug them out. So far, it was just more of the stone the walls were composed of, and not anything of interest. It was also making quite the mess, but it was a natural tunnel, not the inside of his house, so it didn't really matter.
Still, it was getting hard to tell which rocks he'd gone through already, and which ones he hadn't looked at yet, so Nerius decided to shovel the looked over rocks further into the cavern. They were quite small, and at least wasn't too heavy work. The tumble of stones from the tunnel was slowing down as well, Ice was probably getting though most of the rubble.
It held a stone in its clawed hands and beat its strange wings against the air for a moment, glancing around. It was the boss down here, and it heard something... Curious, it went to investigate and then stopped abruptly when it spotted the man and its gem dragon. Hmmm, not the best chances here, but it would still attempt to see what was going on.
Less stonefall meant Nerius was able to clear out stone faster than Ice could send them down, and he'd made good progress separating the stone piles. He was facing the tunnel that led further into the mines, and though he hadn't been watching it intently, he did notice movement out of the corner of his eye.
He looked up, and paused; the bronze colored creature hadn't been what he was expecting. Nerius had heard of gargoyles before, but he'd never seen one in person before. It didn't seem hostile, maybe a bit wary? He wasn't an expert of this type of creature's body language. Slowly, he set the shovel against the wall, not wanting to seem like he was holding a weapon at the creature. From what he understood, they were rather intelligent.
Ice, thankfully, was still interested in the hole, and hadn't yet come out to investigate. She didn't always have the best manners, and Nerius was trying to be friendly. "Hello," he greeted the creature. He wasn't entirely sure what to say, but he doubted it could understand him anyway. It was holding a stone, and so he asked, "Are you looking for more gems?"
Tilting its head, it then bowed a little and straightened up. Intelligent as an average person, its sharp eyes took in the person for a moment before standing forward and rolling the stone toward him. It could have help, if it befriended this one, it would seem.
The gargoyle seemed to bow in response to his speech, though Nerius couldn't tell if the gesture meant the same thing for the creature as it would for fleshier people. Still, whatever the specifics, it seemed to be a friendly greeting, and he bowed slightly in response.
He could still hear Ice digging in the small tunnel, too small for the gargoyle, probably, and every so often a bit of stone tumbled out.
Then, once again, he was surprised, as the gargoyle rolled its gem toward him. Huh, making friends by offering stones was usually his strategy, he'd never encountered a creature willing to give up its gems. "Thank you," he told the gargoyle, picking up the purple stone, before taking out the bit of aquamarine he'd found earlier. "Would you like to trade?" he asked, a gargoyle was a far more interesting find than the little stone, and he set the blue gem out for the creature, before taking a step back.
It was confused for a brief moment before remembering. Ah, yes, a trade then. It stepped forward and reached for the stone with a nod of its head before sitting back on its heels and staring at him. After a few moments, it glanced to the side where the dragon was and shook its own head. A few steps and it sliced through the rock with ease, setting aside several large chunks of the wall in front of the man. They could work together, could they not?
Renathan: I feel ya on that one TC; I thought I had most of mine done but alas. It's a good motivator!
Oct 22, 2021 15:08:00 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: (And this just might give me the kick in the butt I need with updating the images in my kennel and everywhere else to neocities, before starting the registration. X3)
Oct 22, 2021 15:02:46 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It definitely looks pretty with how you did it Silver~! XD
Oct 22, 2021 15:00:38 GMT -6
Xentus: I suppose I'll share my trick here too for those working on registry/inventory stuff. You can drag and drop images from one thread to a different post if you have the two windowed, side-by-side. The receiving end needs to be previewed
Oct 22, 2021 9:52:11 GMT -6
Silver: I just want people to register stuff in whatever way is easy for them (while still being enough that it's easy for staff to read if we need to). So I hope people aren't too stressed.
Oct 22, 2021 2:43:35 GMT -6
Silver: Ah! Thanks. I try.
Oct 22, 2021 1:49:37 GMT -6
Ashe: Yours is so pretty tho
Oct 22, 2021 1:43:44 GMT -6
Silver: For anyone looking at my inventory - don't worry you don't have to do it like mine, the list is very clear about what you need to register - I've just gone extra with mine!
Oct 22, 2021 1:34:25 GMT -6
Renathan: Heheh-yeah! New registries! :3
Oct 21, 2021 18:53:24 GMT -6
Alma: Same old same old for me. Glad it's going well for you two, hope it reaches decent spook-levels.
Oct 21, 2021 13:55:02 GMT -6
Ashe: Super busy, irl not as spooky as I'd like, but on here it's going great
Oct 21, 2021 13:13:15 GMT -6
Badrani: Really well! What about yours?
Oct 21, 2021 12:56:08 GMT -6