The path continued uneventfully for a while, but eventually made another sharp turn. It continued for a good distance, before widening out into a small chamber, and disappearing entirely. That was rather disappointing, but Nerius decided he'd explore the chamber before turning back around. It was still possible to find something decent there, even if he couldn't go any farther.
Though, as he reached the chamber, he realized the tunnel didn't truly end, just the above water portion did. The water continued to flow, though it did slow down and widen into a small pool, before running through a large opening in the rock. Only a little of the tunnel was above water, but he could see more of the tunnel on the other side. Not that he'd be able to get Ice to go through there, even if he felt like taking a dip. She still didn't want to be any closer to the water than she had to, and was taking advantage of the chamber to get further away from it.
Well, at least he could investigate the chamber, it wasn't nearly as large or interesting as the previous pool, all dull stone, which appeared to be worn away naturally. But that meant other people probably hadn't dug away at it yet, so it was a decent spot to check for gems. Ice was already investigating, starting as far from the water as she could, though he couldn't tell if she was on the scent of anything yet.
If she was going to check over there, Nerius decided see if he could spot anything in the water. He'd found stuff before, and this pool meant the floor was probably deeper here, which meant heavy stones being dragged along with the current might have gotten trapped here. But the depth was also a bit a disadvantage, it was difficult to see all the way down to the bottom, especially since his only light source was the handheld flashlight.
Nerius was still trying to look into the water, when Ice let out a happy scree. She must have found something good, for that kind of reaction. Or 'things', he realized, as he paused his searching to go see what the familiar had found. He could see at least two different colors shimmering from here, even with the excited gem dragon in the way. Ice was continuing to dig, enlarging a hole that had been dug into the wall.
The stones were just sitting in there, not actually in the stone of the wall, which made him think it was an old mining familiar stash. It wasn't a natural collection of gems, that was for sure; these little hordes were always an exciting find, and it was the first they'd come across this trip. It was likely thanks to the out of the way tunnel they were in that it hadn't been found by someone else already.
"What did you find there?" Nerius asked the gem dragon, as she finished enlarging the opening to the horde. Whatever had made it had been smaller than she was, and Ice hadn't been able to fit inside. She could now, and was taking out the gems inside, stacking them into a nice pile. There were three nice gems, including one that looked like a ruby, those didn't get dug up very often. Ice might not have known what stones were expensive or not, but she was very proud of her find, and looked very smug as she accepted a pet.
But there was something else besides the gems, that Ice hadn't been very interested in. It took Nerius a moment to realize what it was, the thin, pale prongs didn't look much like a gemstone. It was a fossil, he realized, remarkably well excavated, for having been done by a familiar. Carefully, he picked it up, it looked rather fragile.
He'd found fossils before, but nothing quite like this one, usually they were bulkier pieces of remains, often encased in stone. This, well, it reminded him of what he'd find in a roast chicken, except much larger. It looked about as delicate too, and getting it safely back home would be the challenge. It was too large to fit in the small pouches he had for valuable stones, it would have to go in his pack, but he'd need to wrap it up safely some how. Maybe he had something that would work, he'd have to look.
Or would, right after Ice quit nudging his arm to get him to take the gemstones. She was more excited about those than the fossil, and didn't want them to be left behind. Nerius didn't want to leave them either, and though he wasn't likely to forget, placed them in the carry pouch first, before taking off his backpack.
Nerius had brought an assortment of supplies, but really the only thing he found that would work was some old rags. Not ideal, but he decided to wrap them around the fossil, it wouldn't protect it from being dropped or something like that, but should keep it safe for the trip home. Once it was safely wrapped up, he took a peek inside the hole that had held the gem stash, just in case there was something Ice hadn't been interested in. It was empty, not surprising, she tended to grab anything she could get her little claws on.
She'd also moved off while Nerius had been wrapping the fossil, going back to searching for any other gems in the area. He rather doubted she'd find another horde like this one, but if a mining familiar had been in the area at one point, there was a good chance that there were mineral veins around.
He'd leave that to Ice, and decided he'd check the pool again, he knew the familiar wouldn't want anything to do with that, and she'd distracted Nerius with this last find before he'd really had a chance too look. And she might again, the gem dragon seemed to have a lead on something, and was sniffing along the floor like she was on to something. There wasn't anything obvious and exposed, so she'd probably have to do some digging in any case, so he let her continue and went back to the stream.
There was.. something at the bottom, and Nerius knelt down for a closer look. That didn't mean much, the stones at the bottom could have just been ordinary rock, loose stones would have gotten dragged along and stuck, just the same as gemstones. He tried to aim the flashlight at the rocks a little better, but the water gave everything an odd color, he might have to reach in and grab a handful to really tell.
Morgan: No one knows yet. But I did want to make it clear that the jar itself isn't used for lotine husbandry in any way. c:
Jun 5, 2020 4:24:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I'm only assuming that it does something similar like a Fungal Beast that infects a Leaf-scatter. (the one with moss and I think it was a pink flower growing on the head.)
Jun 5, 2020 4:18:34 GMT -6
Silver: I'll try it soon and we'll find out!
Jun 5, 2020 4:16:11 GMT -6
Silver: I don't think anyone knows yet!
Jun 5, 2020 4:16:05 GMT -6
Darky: What did the 'infection' do again?
Jun 5, 2020 4:14:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for this information, its really useful to know! <3
Jun 5, 2020 4:14:30 GMT -6
Morgan: The lolatic doesn't disappear after one use, and can be reused on the same lotine when it is allowed to 'infect' a lotine- to my knowledge.
Jun 5, 2020 1:41:37 GMT -6
Morgan: The only effect/thing that the jar can be used for is to open up into a lolatic. The jar itself has no use in lotine breedings.
Jun 5, 2020 1:39:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: and the jar is then gone, if with the creature I am more guessing with this the creature doesn't disappear and it has unlimited use.
Jun 5, 2020 0:17:55 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Something else I am wondering about with the Lotine breeding is whether one would use the jar the Lolatic comes from in the breeding, or actually the creature itself. I'm assuming with it if its the jar, then it gives people only one shot in a breeding,
Jun 5, 2020 0:16:08 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Then using it in my rps is definitely just for the sake of rp's and not for anything additional.
Jun 5, 2020 0:12:17 GMT -6
Renathan: Fish are unlimited use once bought though. c:
Jun 4, 2020 22:31:17 GMT -6
Renathan: There's no additional effect for adding a fish to a magical berry in a lotine breeding. Magical Berry is kinda it's own thing. Adding a fish for roleplay value shouldn't hurt, but it has no effect when used on a magical berry lotine breeding.
Jun 4, 2020 22:27:14 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: be just for the sake of rp, and perhaps seeing if it might lent a bigger chance to multiple offspring with unique pattern. X3
Jun 4, 2020 15:31:01 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I think your right on it being unlimited use yeah, although.. *cough* I only found out a couple hours after I started writing that I had yet to buy the fish in question so used the one you could get for free as a replacement, it still was meant to mostly
Jun 4, 2020 15:30:59 GMT -6
Riku: From what I loosely understand about the fish is that it isn't one-use, whereas the berry is. I feel like there wouldn't be any consequence of 'using' the fish...which I'd think just ooc wouldn't be counted for whatever rolls or whatever it is that it uses
Jun 3, 2020 14:14:30 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that piece of info Ren! <3 | But would it be allowed for the flavor of the rp if the berry wasn't filling enough for the Lotine?
Jun 1, 2020 6:09:21 GMT -6
Renathan: There is no need to double up on a fish and a magical berry (doesn't change the effect of the berry at all) in a lotine breeding.
Jun 1, 2020 6:02:21 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Does anyone know if it is possible to combine both a magical berry and a fish in a Lotine breeding? Or is you can only choose one of them? (right now writing a Lotine breeding)
Jun 1, 2020 5:36:49 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6