Well, that had been the plan, at least. But while they'd started in the middle of an open field, all that walking around had resulted in the pair ending up near an old, gnarled tree. A tree that Juniper was now interested in, particularly an open knothole. She was peering into it, and after a moment attempted to reach in. The hole wasn't very big however, and Nerius was sure she was going to get her 'hand' stuck. "No," he called out, but that didn't stop the evergreen, and her twig-like fingers poked into the knothole.
"No!" he repeated a bit more sternly, and Juniper froze, the harsher sound startling her a bit. She stared at Nerius for a moment, not understanding, but after a few moments of nothing happening, attempted to reach for the knothole again. "No," he repeated, before she could do more than reach the edge. Once again she froze, giving him a confused look.
This wasn't the best way to bond with a creature, Nerius supposed, but it was something important. Especially since he was considering taking her with him to the Mansion later this month, it wouldn't be good if the evergreen tried to touch something dangerous, and he had no way to stop her. And judging by Juniper's attempts to grab whatever it was she found interesting in that knothole, that was a real risk. At the very least he'd be able to get her to let go of a darn fork.
After a little more staring at him, she went for the mystery object again, reaching for the knothole. "No Juniper," he told her again, less startled and more confused. He kept making sounds like he wanted something, but then nothing happened. So after waiting a moment, she reached for the knothole again. "No," Nerius told her once again, but this time the evergreen ignored him, and reached all the way into the knothole.
"No!" he repeated, tone sharper than before, and accompanied the word with a tap on her branchy wrist. Juniper had managed to reach what was in there, but was startled into dropping it. She was startled, and stared at Nerius unhappily, but still he repeated, "No."
He was able to get a look at what it had been she was reaching for, it looked like some kind of old tarnished jewelry chain, possibly a watch band, if he had to guess. It wasn't even something good, just a piece of junk. Not that it stopped her from trying to pick it up, and though getting stuck was no longer a potential problem, Nerius still wanted to continue with the training. "No," he repeated, giving her another tap. She stopped, but wasn't exactly happy about it. He suspected she'd go right for it again, and that was quickly proven right. "No Juniper!" He gave the evergreen another tap on the wrist, and she made an unhappy noise about it.
There was a stare-off after that, but after a few moments her gaze turned back down to the bit of metal. She'd only just started to reach, when Nerius told her sternly, "No Juniper." He didn't tap, but did point a finger warningly in her direction. But that was enough, and she stopped, giving him an unhappy look. Well she could be as unhappy about it as she liked, he still wasn't going to let her pick up the piece of junk.
Not that it stopped her from trying again a few seconds later. "No!" Again there was a warning point, and again, the evergreen froze in her movements. Another stare-off followed, and at least had the decency to wait a bit longer before going for the metal yet again. "No Juniper," he told her, and she stopped. That part was good, what he wanted was for her to quit trying to grab the object again right after being told no.
She waited even longer this time, but still, started to reach for the object again. "No Juniper," he told her, and she froze, looking more sheepish than confused. "You know you're not supposed to grab that." She was just being stubborn, and wanted to pick it up anyway.
After a while, she looked to want to grab it again. Nerius didn't even let her start to reach, before telling the evergreen "No." She didn't try, and just gave him another unhappy look. After a few moments, that look turned back to the metal chain, and before she could even reach for it, was told "No Juniper." She didn't even try to reach for it.
But eventually, she did glance back down, though not as intently, as if she didn't expect to be able to get it. "No Juniper," Nerius told her, and the evergreen turned away from the bit of metal. He waited, unsure if she'd try to grab it again, but she didn't. When Juniper did finally turn her attention away from him, it was to another pair of owner and pet traveling through the park, not the chain.
With that little distraction taken care of, now he could get to training what he'd actually planned for. Nerius took out a pellet, and called "Juniper." The evergreen looked over to him, that part of the training seemed to be sticking, so far. But she wasn't being rewarded for that, and he slowly started to walk away, calling out "Follow." The evergreen was just confused, she wanted the treat, but he was walking away with it.
Here was where teaching her to come when called would hopefully come in handy. "Come Juniper," Nerius gave the command as he slowed his walk, making sure the evergreen would be able to catch up to him. She did, and Nerius paused only for a second, to give her a treat. "Follow," he repeated, still walking slowly. She was able to catch up to him again, for the treat rather than the command, but was still praised. "Good evergreen," and he paused again to give her a treat.
He started walking again, but the evergreen didn't, just watching as she ate her treat. "Follow," Nerius called again, still walking slowly, and held up another pellet. That encouraged her to start moving, and she easily caught up to him. He praised her, and handed over the pellet.
She stopped walking again though, which wasn't what he wanted, she was meant to keep up with him, not for it to be a one time thing like 'come'. "Follow," he repeated, holding up another treat. Juniper walked over, but this time when she reached him, Nerius didn't hand over the pellet. "Follow," he called again, and the evergreen made a confused sound, but kept up with his slow pace. After a few seconds, Nerius gave her the treat, "Good evergreen."
Juniper stopped to eat again, which wasn't ideal, but as she finished, he called out again "Follow." The treat in his hand encouraged her to walk over to him again.
She quickly caught up, but again he didn't hand over the treat immediately. "Follow," Nerius repeated, continuing his slow walk, and once again Juniper was able to keep up. After a few more steps, she was praised with a "Good evergreen," but was not given the treat just yet. She was a bit confused, usually those words were accompanied by a treat, but not this time. "Follow," he called again, though she was still moving, and after a few more steps, gave her the treat. "Good evergreen." He didn't stop walking though, and immediately pulled out another treat.
"Follow," Nerius called out before she even had a chance to finish. That was odd, to the evergreen, but she wasn't about to let another treat just walk away, and after only a short pause, continued walking while she ate the pellet. She was praised, but not yet given another treat, she still had one, after all.
Even when Juniper finished the treat she already had, Nerius didn't immediately give her another. She was still following him, which was good, and when she started to slow down, he held out the treat enticingly, and repeated "Follow." That motivated her to move a little faster, and when she caught up was finally given the pellet. "Good evergreen." Nerius kept walking, and as he took out another pellet, so did Juniper.
"Follow," he called, and she did, eating her treat as she continued to keep pace with him. "Good evergreen," he told her after a few yards, but didn't yet give the treat. "Follow," he repeated, though she hadn't slowed down, and after a bit more distance, gave her the treat and praise.
This time, as he kept walking, so did Juniper, with out needing further prompting. She was still mostly interested in the treats, Nerius was holding another one, but it was progress. "Follow," he repeated, making sure it was in view.
Juniper kept up with him easily, and after a bit of distance, he told her, "Good evergreen." No treat at that point, but after a bit more walking, he finally handed it over, and praised the evergreen. This time, Nerius didn't take out another treat, but did call out "Juniper, follow!" She didn't seem to notice he didn't have one this time, and continued to keep up with him.
After a while, he praised her, but didn't give the evergreen a treat yet. After a bit more walking, he gave her one of the pellets, and told her "Good evergreen." Nerius couldn't tell if she'd been surprised he hadn't been holding one, but she ate the one given, same as before.
"Follow," he called out again, though she hadn't stopped, again without holding a treat. Juniper kept up, and after a bit of walking she was praised, and after a bit more she was given a treat, and praised, "Good evergreen."
Hm, it would be a good idea to have her start 'following' in the direction home, or rather, to the garden. The evergreen seemed to have a good idea what she was supposed to do, but it didn't hurt to go over it a few more times, since she'd be following him back to the garden anyway. Juniper walked alongside him for quite a while, but when she finally started to slow, he called "Follow," and she picked up her speed. He praised the evergreen, and gave her a treat.
This continued for even longer, and the evergreen was only distracted by some sort of flashy crossbreed or custom that Nerius couldn't identify. "Juniper, follow," he called, and the plant creature quit rubber necking, and hurried to keep up. "Good evergreen," he told her, and gave a pellet as a treat, and she kept following him as the two headed to the exit of the park.
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Nerius had honestly been surprised to hear that sarane were back, it had been so long he'd half expected that their genetics had broken down or something, and they'd be out of season permanently. But whatever had led to their infertility before was no longer the case, and the title "Sarane are back!" had been plastered across just about every news outlet lately. It didn't seem to be all talk either, Nerius had spotted several sarane hatchlings on the way to his training spot. Schism thankfully didn't pay them more than a brief passing glance, they weren't his hatchlings, and this wasn't his territory, so the drake didn't really care.
Not that Nerius expected him to terribly interested in his own hatchlings, if he ever had any. Which was an option again, if not the easiest thing to accomplish. With sarane being back in season had come the announcement of a tournament. Schism had fought in one before, but he needed a lot more work if he was going to have a chance to win.
Besides, Nerius really didn't want a repeat of the whiptail experience. It likely wouldn't be that bad, even with Schism's current training, there were usually unbroken browns, and the purple drake already had more training. But even a moderate loss rate could harm a drake's chances for dominance, which was why they were here today. Nerius would have liked more time to prepare, but that couldn't be helped, and he supposed they expected there to be a lot of trained drakes out there already.
Was this his spot? Nerius honestly couldn't tell, but it would do, mostly open space, with a few trees as potential targets, and some rocky areas. And was a decent distance from anyone else, the first thing he had in mind was going to get loud. Schism looked at him as they stopped, and asked, <Are we there yet?> He didn't see anything particularly special about this area, it was mostly empty, with no good spots for prey or hens.
<We'll be using this spot for training, yes.> Nerius answered. He wasn't sure if Schism associated these outings with training. It.. it had been a while. The sarane at least wasn't too out of shape, Nerius had taken him out for other activities, but he hadn't been taught anything new in a long time. <Training? For what?> And judging by his response, Schism was no longer very familiar with it.
<Do you remember fighting in a tournament?> Nerius wasn't sure how good a sarane's long term memory was, but if he was likely to remember anything, it was that. <Oh! Yes! Against other drakes!> Schism was still as bloodthirsty as ever, which could serve as an excellent motivator for this training session. <Well, there's another one soon, if you're interested.> Nerius was asking, but he fully expected the answer to be yes, or he would have asked before bringing the drake out for a training session.
<Of course I want to fight other drakes!> The sarane's enthusiastic response confirmed his suspicions were correct. <I thought you would, but first it would be good for you to learn a few things to make you a better fighter.> Nerius was appealing to the sarane's ego a bit there, that and their love of bloodshed made for excellent persuasion. <Oh,> Schism was a bit disappointed he didn't get to fight other drakes right then, but was at least still cooperative, <What's your idea?>
<I have a few, but I thought we'd start by having you learn to roar loud enough to frighten your foes.> It wasn't the most violent of things to train, but was useful, as it could startle other sarane into not dodging properly. Or anything else, really. <Okay.> Schism wasn't terribly excited about it, but at least the idea of being showy and scary kept his attention a little. <I just, roar?>
Silver: I'm so glad! I really want people to feel like they can 'do stuff' with their sentient pets, and Draconics especially! I'm excited to see what you guys come up with. :3
Jan 17, 2021 17:59:39 GMT -6
Morgan: I like the update overall.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:56 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm legit so happy now that draconics will basically be able to communicate in draconic instead of being completely unable to communicate from birth unless classically trained or 7+ intelligence. It was so weird to try to do story breedings like that.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:21 GMT -6
Riku: I hope things work smoothly for you, Jack. <3 // The new update looks awesome.
Jan 17, 2021 10:58:47 GMT -6
Jack: Thanks for sticking with us!
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:33 GMT -6
Jack: So for those of you not on the Discord, I would like to say I'm still around, just not as much. Had to quit my job to watch the kids, opened an Etsy shop, and I'm trying to just keep things rolling through my current bad depression.
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:29 GMT -6
Riku: I am doing well. I also hope everyone else is doing well! <3
Jan 10, 2021 13:32:14 GMT -6
Morgan: I hope everyone is doing well. c:
Jan 9, 2021 15:20:41 GMT -6