There is a sentence in the leopard's reply that, bar none of the others, would require a considerable amount of unpacking to process, but the man decides to put that aside for later (summon a portal using roses that resulted in sweets? Really?) in order to focus on the important right now - the path out. Proverbial or literal, the manor was littered in these glass roses and perhaps following the trail of where they showed up, the two might actually get to some semblance of exit. Although at this particular point he really wouldn't mind a banquet hall either. At least there they could find some real food (or fake real, which at this point was just as good, as long as it made them feel fake full).
The knight politely declines the offer of sweets, shaking his head, "I have no sweet tooth, but I thank you. In the north, our treats tend to be more salt and bark." A scattering of faint noises passed as the star bear and black dove scampered and fluttered about briefly, still making themselves evident of existing despite efforts to lose them, while the knight continued to explain, "I found this one in the room here," indicating towards the lantern space, "If the roses form a path, then, surely, the next one near here would indicate the direction. What do you suppose, mister Xentus?"
No love for leopards or sugary confectioneries in the knight's heart. Shame. A simple shrug and slight look of disgust was the feline's response to the first half of the knight's reply. Salt and.. Bark? Like bark from a tree? That did not sound appetizing in the slightest, but it did decidedly mean more sugar for himself. One pointy ear turned to listen in on the tiny animal sounds, the other towards the man to consider the rest of what they had to say. He took a moment to consider the logic, unwrapping the rejected sweet and popping it into his mouth. A few thoughtful chews, a glance to the room then rest of the atrium. The ling-ling around his neck was thankfully too distracted by the noise to try to swipe away the sugary treat.
"It is certainly a sound thought. Any desert dweller would do the same", he decided with a nod after swallowing the morsel, "There were no further roses up where this one went, so perhaps another would prefer this level or side of the area.." He glanced briefly up the stairs towards the altar room he wandered to, then down among the other nooks and paths offered on the ground floor of the atrium. There were also the the hidden spaces up the stairs to consider.. His eyes trailed a bird flittering away beyond a twisting staircase.
"Xentus will check up there", he motioned to where the dove once was, "Mind searching elsewhere down here?" The leopard already began to follow after the small creature on a curious hunch, leaving no chance for the man to refuse. He figured he would spare the knight a trip up and down the stairs. It couldn't have been easy on them walking around fully dressed in armor all this time. How were they not tired?
The helmet does a lot to hide away too clear of a facial tell. In this instance, the knight's mouth manages to open with the beginning of a reply but unable to bring the voice to bear before the leopard is already off towards the stairs. There's a pause, a slight incline of the head and the mouth closes. Well, then. That doesn't happen all too often, but he guesses this is what it feels like when it does. He turns to search the ground floor, at the knightly measured, calm pace.
In truth, he is being a lot of things by that point and tired certainly pushes itself into the top five. The search for escape is going on for a fourth hour and the pressure to perform truly as the knight is certainly mounting (it rarely happens to be a problem like this, but then, he rarely, if ever, has a house poke around in his mind to begin with). If anything, the armour is a strange source of comfort not unlike the dragon happens to be to the leopard - it is both familiar and an extension. It also helps that it just happens to be a metallic shell between himself and whatever entity held control over the manor.
The knight peeks into another room down the hallway, this time seeing a row of large flower pots situated in the middle of the space. The plants growing out of the pots are about as grey and dismal as the rest of the manor, though he cannot tell them to be dead things, merely grim in appearance. And among them a small sparkle of gold against a black that would otherwise go completely amiss.
Now, where did that little birdy go? Xentus was light on his feet making his way up the staircase, looking around for some semblance of the black dove. Much like the arrangement on the other side, this set of stairs branched off into two paths; one into a nook, the other upwards to the next level. The opening among the books certainly did garner more attention though. Unlike most of the manor, the room seemed to be in quite a bit of disarray. Papers were strewn about on the floor, many holes of missing books in the shelves that made up the walls. It was like a small tornado winded its way through here. Did the little bird somehow manage to do this?
As funny a thought it was, given that he didn't hear any of the commotion happening, it was safe to say it likely was not the dove's doing. Xentus erred on the side of caution for once as he made his way into the room, eyes glancing about for whatever was the cause. But, he found nothing except the furnishings of an unkempt study. The ling-ling perked up at the feeling of wariness creeping from its owner, again trying to be on alert for whatever was to be alarmed of. It coiled a little more tightly to the feline's neck. Sort of made it hard to look around, but it wasn't too inconvenient.
Aside from the mess, there didn't seem to be anything of note until the leopard got closer to the large wooden desk near the wall. A lone black dove feather rested atop a round box of chocolates. The dove's doing? Yes, he liked that story. Dove chocolate. Eh.. Maybe that wasn't the most appealing if taken too literally.
More roses.. given how long the two have been walking this house, one would think they would have found enough of the things to cause something to happen. The man sighs, reaching for the rose and plucking it from the flower pot. A breeze rushes past then, stirring up dust from the shelves and dry dirt from the pots like fine pollen. He closes his eyes, shielding the face from any of it getting in the eyes or face, as a small ripple goes through the floor unnoticed. The moment is brief, but a few seconds, when the breeze dies down and the man swings the hand around to clear the last of the dust, coughing a few times. Damned place, now the dust was trying to kill them.
He turns and steps back out into the hallway. The usual 'thump' of a heavy boot does not come, however, and the knight pauses, senses catching up. He looks down. The floor, which had been wooden before, has turned into sturdy tiles, basked in brilliant light. He quickly looks up. The skylight, so dreary and dismal from before, has become a brilliant spectacle of pastels and bright shimmering tones. He looks around him, only to notice the library.. is not quite a library any more. The overall architecture of the place has remained somewhat the same, but the books on the shelves stand up-side-down or replaced entirely by any number of random objects, from table spoons to miniature chairs. The grand expanse seems to have shrunk into a smaller space, a doorway just off to the side clearly but a dozen feet away, but weirdly angled, as if the carpenter had properly and truly botched the job.
There's a pause as all this new information is processed, and he then calls out, "Mister Xentus.." though the voice does not carry well and comes quieter than most shouts, "The house.. has changed again."
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6
Riku: It’d definitely put me a month closer to my goals, literally, at least. 🤔
May 31, 2020 15:50:19 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: You can always try! :3 At the very least its more levels for your character and more TP for your pet
May 31, 2020 15:50:14 GMT -6
Riku: I love that you can mention that and know what it is. Muahahaha! Everyone has their secrets. 😈 (Iz not secret, just oOooOoooh mysterious effect. 😉)
May 31, 2020 15:49:41 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I hope you do decide and are capable of finishing it Riku! Will definitely be worth it in getting more points for your master plan.
May 31, 2020 15:48:23 GMT -6
Riku: I know...that was why I wanted to do it. Hm. Maybe I can plow through it. O.O (plow as in tumbling down a steep slope, not in the fast powerful way.)
May 31, 2020 15:48:18 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: This quest got 3+ quest points.
May 31, 2020 15:46:39 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I have no idea about that one for sure, but there does seem to be a few that are nearly in the rainbow spectrum with how many different colors they have on their hide.
May 31, 2020 15:46:12 GMT -6
Riku: Note that I got panic buttons this month, so in the future if the quest is only a 1QP-er, I can go do a 3QP. Or if I simply don’t want to do a new one on both accounts, I can do an old one on the second. // I type faster than my phone screen can keep up.HA
May 31, 2020 15:45:15 GMT -6
Riku: Is there a rainbow sarane offspring yet? Descended from every T1? Lol That’s be cool. // I know I’m only a few posts away from completing the quests, but I’m SO tired that I’m in and out of coherence. Lol
May 31, 2020 15:43:40 GMT -6