Nerius praised the whiptail, and tossed over a pair of treats, and as they were eaten up, attached another bag to the branch. This would be the last one, he decided, unless Jumanji decided to forget all the training they'd done so far, and follow the command completely wrong.
He held out the last victim, and commanded "Spit!" The vinesnatcher did, reducing the bag to little bits of melty plastic. "Good murder vine!" It seemed that she had it down, and that meant they were done for the day.
Carefully, he unhooked the whiptail's chain from the tree, hopefully she'd be less of a nuisance to get back to the garden than she had to get here. She'd eaten plenty, so maybe she'd quit lunging at everything that could possibly be food. The remaining bags he left alone, the TROD, which had just arrived, could get them. Nerius commanded the robot to clean up the bag and branch mess, and with that, headed back to his garden with the vinesnatcher.
It was a week or so since his last visit to the park, he'd managed to get the whiptail home without incident, though she still wasn't any easier to work around. Still, Nerius had returned to his garden a few more times to continue working on it, and on his last trip he'd found he had someone following him as he tried to leave. The king of the evergreen had been quietly watching as he gardened, and was interested enough in him to try to follow.
It was odd, but he wasn't complaining. The evergreens were in season this time of year, Nerius could see a few small berries on the tail, probably still unripe. But as much as he wanted them, he doubted the creature would let him harvest any without a chance to warm up to him first. Which was why he'd let the creature follow him to the park, he could have tried to bond with her in the garden, but he might as well get a little training out of it while he was at it.
Teaching the evergreen her name would be the best place to start, she hadn't come with one, but he'd decided to name her Juniper. It was a type of evergreen that produced berries, maybe not the most creative name, but it worked. It should be an easier task than training Jumanji had been, whiptails weren't very bright, but the evergreens, while not sentient, were a much more clever beast.
She was a bit distracted by the new sights of the park, so Nerius attempted to get her attention, "Juniper." An ear twitched, but she was still more interested in her surroundings. "Juniper," he repeated, and this time the evergreen turned to look at him, curious. "Good.. tree.. thing." It didn't have the same ring as 'murder vine', but he wasn't quite sure what to call the odd creature. Still, it wasn't like she'd care, and he held out a garden pellet as a treat. He didn't have to toss it this time, she was much less aggressive than the vinesnatcher, and he didn't have to worry about loosing a finger. Or hand.
Sure enough, she stared at the pellet for a moment, before delicately taking it from his hand with twig like fingers. She seemed to enjoy the treat, which was good, since Nerius wasn't quite sure what they ate other than that. There wasn't a lot of information out about plant creatures, so working with them could be a trial and error experience.
But so far, things were error free today, and as the evergreen took interest in the park again, Nerius called her name again, "Juniper." She turned to look at him again, not because she knew her name, he was sure, but out of simple curiosity. He could have said any word, and she'd likely respond. Still, it was what he wanted, so he gave her another pellet. "Good evergreen." Still wasn't as catchy as 'murder vine', but it was less awkward than 'tree thing'. Less insulting too, though the evergreen didn't actually understand the common language enough to be offended.
Nerius let her eat the pellet, and get distracted again. The park wasn't that interesting to him, but she very well may have never been out from the garden before. It made this part easier at least, and as she watched another person and their pet in the distance, he called her name again, "Juniper." The evergreen looked back at him, interested, but probably not understanding. Still she was given a pellet, and praised.
The process was repeated, this time with the evergreen looking up to watch something fly overhead. Someone's sarane mount training, perhaps? He really ought to train something as a mount, but hadn't the slightest idea how. But now wasn't the time to get distracted by that, and as the evergreen watched the sarane, he called "Juniper." The evergreen looked down from the flying creature, and stared at Nerius. "Good evergreen," he told her, and handed over another pellet. It really was nice to be training something that wouldn't try to take his fingers off.
She was responding consistently, that was good, now Nerius just needed to teach the creature it was the name specifically she was supposed to respond to. Which meant calling out random words. He'd done food before, uhh, how about garden supplies this time. He waited until the evergreen had lost interest in him, and called out "Rake." As with her actual name, Juniper turned to look at him, confused when she wasn't given a pellet.
Her attention drifted after a moment, and Nerius called out another random garden supply, "Wheelbarrow." The evergreen looked at him, and once again wasn't given anything. She looked even more confused, and after a bit, lost interest again. "Trowel." At least, he was pretty sure that's what those small shovels were called. Juniper twitched an ear, but this time was more interested in the cave vulticus that was being led along by a struggling Fae in the distance. Or rather, the Fae was being dragged along by the massive canine.
It was, to be fair, a much more interesting sight than talking about garden tools. So this time, he tried again with her actual name, "Juniper." Another ear movement, but no proper response. "Juniper," Nerius repeated, and this time she did turn to look at him a little. "Good evergreen," he gave her a pellet, which she seemed a little surprised at, but was happy to eat it.
She did go back to staring at the unfortunate Fae, it might have been rude, but the person likely had other priorities. Wrestling with uncooperative beasts tended to do that, he was sure at least one person had stared while he was dragging around the whiptail.
"Juniper," Nerius called again, and this time she looked back on the first try. "Good evergreen," he gave her a treat as well, which she was less surprised at. "Lawnmower," okay it wasn't technically a tool, but close enough. This time he was given no response, which was exactly what he wanted.
Would she still respond to her name properly? He expected so, the evergreen seemed to have a pretty good grasp of what she was supposed to do. "Juniper," Nerius called, and the plant creature looked up at him. "Good evergreen," he gave a pellet as a treat, they worked surprisingly well for that.
Now for a not name word. "Watering can," it took him a moment to think of something, but regardless, the evergreen ignored him. "Potting soil." While he doubted anyone would actually name their pet that, it worked, and Juniper ignored him again.
"Juniper," he called, this time using the word that was actually the evergreen's name, and she looked over to him. "Good evergreen," Nerius told her, and gave another pellet treat. It seemed like she had it down now, but he supposed he'd find out later in the training session if it didn't stick. But with any luck it would, the whiptail had figured it out, and Juniper was much smarter.
Hm, what next? He'd really rather teach the evergreen to follow on command, but it might be easier to start with teaching her to come when called. Moving a few steps away, Nerius called out "Juniper, come." She watched him, but made no movement. It looked like she needed some encouragement, and he took out one of the garden pellets, holding it where she could see it. "Come," he repeated, holding the treat just out of reach. The evergreen took a step forward, and reached to take the pellet from his hand, which Nerius allowed. "Good evergreen."
As Juniper ate the treat, he took a few more steps back, and once she had finished, held up another pellet and called again, "Come!" Seeing the pellet, she took a few steps forward, and reached for the treat. Once again she was allowed to have it, and was praised. The process was repeated, with Nerius taking a few more steps back as the evergreen ate.
"Juniper, come," he called again, holding up a treat. As before, she agreeably walked closer, and was rewarded with the treat and praise. As usual, Nerius took advantage of the pause given by the snacking evergreen, and moved away again. This time though, he stopped a good ten feet away. It was much farther than before, but evergreens were reasonably sized creatures, and it still wasn't that far a distance for her.
"Come," he called, holding up a pellet to make sure she saw it. She gave him a confused look, she wanted the treat, but why was he all the way over there with it? "Juniper, come," he repeated, tossing the treat a little. Still not sure why he'd moved so far away, Juniper walked over to him, reaching for the pellet when she got there. Nerius let her have it, and praised the creature, "Good evergreen." He had been concerned he might have gone for too great a distance, but she'd still been able to spot the treat.
Nerius let her eat the snack, and walked away again, a similar distance as before. It was roughly ten feed, but he hadn't brought a measuring tape. "Juniper, come!" he called, holding up the pellet as obvious as he could with such a small item. She spotted it, and this time was willing to walk over for it without any confusion or hesitation. He let the evergreen have the treat, and praised her.
She was still just going for the food, and not in response to the command word, but it was progress. Again he walked away, the same distance, and repeated the process of holding up the treat, and calling, "Come!" Juniper walked over, and accepted the pellet out of his hand.
While she snacked, Nerius walked away again, and once at the previous distance held up his hand. His empty hand, he hadn't grabbed a pellet, but would the evergreen notice? "Juniper, come!" he called, and the evergreen, used to the process by now, walked over without looking close enough to check for a treat.
To her surprise, on actually reaching him, Juniper realized there wasn't any treat to be seen. At least, at first. "Good evergreen," Nerius told her, taking out a pellet and offering it to the plant creature. She still seemed a little confused, but happily accepted it. As usual, while she ate, Nerius moved away again.
When at the proper distance, he held up his, again empty, hand and called, "Juniper, come!" The evergreen considered this for a moment, she couldn't tell if he was holding a treat or not. But she had gotten one before, either way, so after a short pause, walked over to Nerius. She wasn't disappointed, because while he hadn't been holding anything, she was given a treat just the same, as well as praise.
This process was repeated, and he walked away before holding up an empty hand and called, "Come!" Juniper was quicker to respond this time, walking over without hesitating. "Good evergreen," he told her, handing over a treat.
She was walking over consistently now, which was good progress, but now it was time for a little modification. Nerius walked away again, before calling out "Juniper, come!" That was all the same as before, but this time didn't even pretend to be holding a treat. The evergreen looked at him for a moment, and he repeated the command, "Come!" After a moment, she walked over. She'd gotten treats before, visible or not. "Good evergreen!" Nerius told her, and took out a pellet, giving it over as a treat.
As she finished her snack, he walked away again, preparing to repeat the process. Once she was finished, he called out "Juniper, come!" again without holding up a hand. She didn't pause this time, and walked over, expecting a treat once she arrived. The evergreen was not disappointed, as she was praised and given a treat.
The process was repeated, same as before, except this time Nerius moved a bit further away, about fifteen feet now. It wasn't that much further, and he called out "Come!"
Fortunately, the increased distance didn't bother her, and Juniper walked over without any issues. "Good evergreen," Nerius told her, giving a treat. As usual, he let her eat as he walked away, again increasing the distance, this time stopping about twenty feet away. "Juniper, come!" he called, and once again the evergreen walked over, looking at him expectantly when she arrived. She was praised, and given a treat.
Again Nerius walked off, increasing the distance further, to about thirty feet. He had to be a bit louder than before, but when he called out "Come!" Juniper agreeably walked over. "Good evergreen," he praised her, handing over another treat. She seemed to have the command figured out pretty well, but it wouldn't hurt to increase the distance a little, in case she ever wandered off too far. So once again Nerius walked off, stopping about forty feet away, and called "Juniper, come!" He'd had to be even louder, but she walked over to him without any issues.
She was praised for responding, and given another treat. As usual, while she ate it, Nerius walked off, stopping about fifty feet away. This time he actually had to yell when he gave the command, "Juniper, come!" That was probably as far as she reasonably needed to respond, and fortunately she did, walking over despite the now large distance. "Good evergreen," he told her, no yelling now, and gave a pellet as a treat.
Nerius repeated the process, just to be sure. After reaching a distance again of about fifty feet, called, or rather, yelled, "Juniper, come!" She did, which he honestly expected by now, and walked over to him. "Good evergreen," he praised her, giving a the plant creature a pellet. It seemed like she had figured it out by now, and they'd be able to move on to something else. Something very similar, actually, he wanted to teach her to follow along without having to worry about a leash.
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
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6