It was surprising Nerius hadn't been here before, really, given the Mansion was saturated with magic. He'd heard about it long before now, just never visited, but it was about time that changed. The Mansion itself didn't look too menacing from the gates, if he hadn't known what it was, it could have passed as any old house with expansive grounds. He doubted it was like that all year though, perhaps September was one of the 'friendlier' months of the year. At least in appearance, and he knew full well that looks didn't mean much when it came to magical threats.
And Nerius hadn't exactly brought a powerful companion, it was doubtful the seedling in his arms was capable of fighting off a pocketpet. But he'd been looking for an excuse to get the little thing out and about, it clearly wasn't growing kept in his kennel all day. And it did seem to enjoy the crisp autumn breeze, if he was correctly interpreting the waving tentacles. It was hard to tell with golems, really.
Still, golems did need to be 'fed' their element, so the breeze, at least in theory, would be good for it. They were an interesting species, at least if you were as interesting in magic as Nerius was. Particularly the fusion aspect, and if he was being perfectly honest, was was exactly what he had planned for the little seedling, once it grew. He'd named it Gusty, so he had something to call the thing wiggling in his arms, but wasn't really invested in the name, or the idea of training it.
Which meant it would probably react terribly to any horrors the Mansion spit out, but currently there weren't anything more threatening than bees. Which, to some, were terrifying, but Nerius wasn't really concerned about the insects. They were after the apples, he supposed, he couldn't see any flowers around, and it was mostly the wrong time of year for them. Actually, it was surprising how much the trees in the Mansion grounds had turned already, for the rest of the city leaves were just starting to turn.
But for Nerius, fall couldn't come fast enough. Summer temperatures at the Labs were miserable every year, and it still wasn't as cool as he'd liked. The breeze helped, at least, though it was suspiciously strong here given the air had been still on his trip here. Part of the magic of the mansion, he supposed, as it embodied autumn. Even if most of September was actually still summer.
The apple trees too, he expected, were part of that. Autumn here was nothing like that of his homeland, but he'd come to learn harvest time, turning leaves, and apples were a 'fall thing' here. Oh, and pumpkin. It was getting to be that time of year where everything was pumpkin. Some of it was good, and some were things that had no business being pumpkin. But he hadn't seen any pumpkins yet, just a lot of apples. And their accompanying bees, which were starting to get annoying, particularly when one landed on Gusty, which prompted the golem to freak out, and start wiggling all over the place.
"Can you stop?" Nerius grumbled at the seedling, here was where the lack of training was starting to be annoying. Golems may have had the drive to please their 'one', but that didn't mean it actually knew what he wanted without training. So Gusty continued to squirm, making an odd whistling noise, like wind through a canyon. It wasn't developed enough to actually have any elemental powers, but all the wiggling did scare off the bee, thankfully without it stinging either of the two.
Nerius shifted the golem in his arms, it probably wouldn't hurt the thing to drop it, but he'd still rather not. Though, he realized he might regret bringing a pet that had to be carried to travel at a decent pace. It wasn't exactly heavy, but it probably would start to feel that way after carrying it around for a few hours. Particularly with his lack of upper body strength. Or lower body strength, or really any real amount of muscle mass at all.
At least it was less heavy lifting than mining, and prettier scenery too. The trees were pretty, but not really all that interesting. He probably should start looking around more, the pair had made it a decent way into the grounds. Nerius did, of course, want to check out the inside of the building, but it was worth looking at the grounds first. Other than bees, apples, and leaves, he could see little critters scurrying around. Looking for food, most likely, assuming they were something resembling a natural creature, and not some kind of magical construct of the Mansion.
Would he be able to capture one? Probably not, he hadn't brought anything to help in that, and carrying the golem would make that extra difficult. It was still a bit wiggly, and if he put it down, it would likely scare off anything small and skittish. Maybe some of the creatures were friendly? Nerius had seen that some shops purchased the little creatures from the Mansion grounds, so it had to be possible to bring some of them home.
While Nerius was still watching the little critters, Gusty started wiggling again. "Now what?" he asked, knowing full well the golem wouldn't answer. It didn't, of course, but at least it wasn't the wild flailing of before. But it was trying to reach its tentacles toward.. something. Something shiny, Nerius realized, as he followed the golem's gaze as best he could. It didn't feel like anything magical, or at least more magical than the ambient feel of the whole grounds.
Kneeling down, and picking a leaf out of the way, he could see it was a glass marble, or perhaps eye. It looked safe enough to touch, though that didn't stop Nerius from poking it with a leaf first. It didn't catch on fire, disintegrate, or otherwise suffer an unpleasant demise. It didn't feel dangerous either, and hesitantly, he reached out and picked it up. Nothing happened, other than that he was now holding a small piece of glass.
Nerius had heard of something called 'serpent eyes' before visiting the Mansion, and inspecting the bit of glass, he could see why. It really did resemble the eye of a snake, or maybe a cat. But the holiday, according to the notice, was called Serpent's Dawn. Even after living at the Labs for a few years, he still wasn't completely familiar with the local holidays. They were quite different than the ones he was used to, and involved Gods he'd never even heard of before arriving. Not that this had stopped him from ripping off a piece of his soul to make a node. It was actually possible to find magical crystals here, though not the elemental variety of the mines.
But what he had right now was (just?) a marble, and Nerius put it into the pouch he brought, before adjusting his golem, and standing up. "See anything else?" he asked Gusty, but the golem was content to be held, and wasn't wiggling after anything shiny.
Nerius didn't see anything shining from the grass either, or anywhere else for that matter. There were other things than the eyes in the Mansion, but he didn't see anything else of interest either. He'd head to the Mansion itself now, if something else caught his eye, he'd stop, but he suspected the building would have more items of interest. The grounds were pretty, but it was mostly trees and small creatures, and he hadn't come here for the scenery.
Was the golem enjoying the scenery? Probably not, from his reading Nerius knew they weren't exactly intelligent. He wasn't even sure 'intelligence' was even the right word, if they were anything like other golems or constructs he'd learned about, they didn't 'think' in the same way as living beings. But the Labs had never gone into detail about the creation of their golems, most people wouldn't care, he supposed, but all the same he wasn't sure he didn't know the extent of the creature's awareness.
Nerius eyed the golem in his arms; he rather hoped they weren't terribly aware, given how the fusions worked. It wouldn't remember anything after being merged, that much he knew. But, death and rebirth also made a golem 'forget' everything. Was the fusion an entirely new being? Or was it a combination of the existing golems? There really wasn't a lot of information outside of what the Labs provided, it didn't seem like many people were all that interested in the species. He'd never actually seen anyone with a fully matured stalker, and he'd seen all manor of strange creatures in the streets and park.
But any fusions were a long way off, Gusty was still only a seedling, and he hadn't even started to raise a second. A seedling that was starting to feel a bit heavy, next time he'd best wait until the golem had grown into the walker stage. Well, that was another reason to reach the Mansion proper, maybe he could set the golem down while he searched around.
There wasn't really a lot to search through here, unless he wanted to dig through fallen leaves. Which didn't sound very enjoyable, and didn't seem likely to result in much of interest. He'd found the eye, yes, but there just wasn't' a whole lot that could hide under a dry leaf. Nerius wasn't sure exactly what he was looking for, specifically, but it was the magic that had drawn him here. Were there magical artifacts just lying around? He doubted it, the Labs didn't have much in the way of magical ruins. But people had returned with magical items, but from vague discussions he gathered there was something more to it. Maybe he should have gone with someone more familiar with the Mansion, but there were two issues with that. One, he didn't want to share his finds, and two.. well.. he wasn't exactly that close with anyone.
And the golem was starting to squirm again, great. Had it spotted something again, or was it just unnerved by being this close to the building? They'd finally reached the front steps, and it seemed larger than it had from a distance.
What do you know, there was another of those marble eyes. Golems weren't known for a love of shiny, but Gusty was having a good eye for the shine. Sure, they were designed to want to please their 'one', but how would the golem even know that's what Nerius wanted? Whatever the reason, it was convenient, and he gave Gusty a friendly pat on the shell before picking up the marble, and slipping it into a carry pouch. The golem's wiggling ceased after this, but, what was that?
For a second, Nerius thought it was a small creature, but quickly realized it was an inanimate object. He knelt down for a closer look; it was some kind of effigy, made of.. grass? Wheat? The latter would make more sense with the 'harvest' theme the Mansion currently had, and it resembled some sort of hooved animal, like a goat. Or maybe a horse? Were those supposed to be ears or feathers?
It was often difficult to tell with these kinds of crude sculptures, maybe he'd have a better idea of what it was if he were more familiar with the local harvest God. It didn't seem to be part of a larger altar or setup, even if the marble could have been an offering. And people brought home all kinds of items from the Mansion, it didn't seem to have an issue with people taking things. Might as well bring it along, Nerius supposed, even if it was a bit big to fit in a pocket, which was what he had been planning on with any finds. Best to bring a backpack next time, but he could carry it for now.
Although, the golem in his arms made it a bit more of a challenge, because as he picked up the effigy, Gusty started wiggling at it. It was tempting to let the golem do the work of holding it for him, but Nerius didn't trust it not to damage the fragile looking item.
Twilight-Claw: Hey Ridelys, I still got a Sarane Fidelity Egg if your interested in trading your Green Drake for it, you'd have another shot in trying for it then.
May 31, 2020 1:11:44 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you can barter someone else's champion voucher off them for a gold hen, I'm happy with that too. XD \ Otherwise, I'm open to hearing offers.
May 30, 2020 21:19:39 GMT -6
Aster: Hey, if you don't want that green drake, I'd be happy to offer on him :U Alas, I don't have a gold hen either
May 30, 2020 21:18:03 GMT -6
Ridelys: Well, like I said, I'd have to get lucky.
May 30, 2020 21:13:55 GMT -6
Ridelys: I have a feeling its going to be a long one unless I get lucky.
May 30, 2020 18:19:31 GMT -6
Riku: Good luck with your golden egg hunt, BD! <3
May 30, 2020 15:40:20 GMT -6
Jack: Thanks for the notice!
May 28, 2020 10:05:26 GMT -6
Darky: Heads up: there's a chance you might notice Trepuldra images having loading issues on June 3rd, for about 3h. No need to panic, Veebimajutus just notified there's going to be some scheduled maintenance, is all x3
May 28, 2020 10:05:06 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: right??? i was really hoping i could find one of those pachee before the season was out.
May 26, 2020 18:51:32 GMT -6
Fanged: Oh wow that's an awesome garden find FF
May 26, 2020 18:13:26 GMT -6
Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
May 26, 2020 6:40:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6