It is safe to assume that there is a field set up for your houluh to do it's work in that is set up for any job you can think of. If something is missing that you need for your demonstration, the staff will go get it for you. Feel free to use anything within reason in your set up to display what your houluh knows how to do for their job. Please remember to repost your houluh's image, loyalty, levels, and stats in your first post, and put all of the moves/abilities/tricks your houluh does in the post in brackets or parenthesis at the end of your post/s.
The one with the most points will win the Maestre di Marq and become a Salonne Show Champion. Participation prizes are earned points only. Remember that a houluh with a Maestre di Marq can never enter a Salonne Show again.
Luna, Natural's Lunar Lane Level: 32 Loyalty: 64 Stamina: 2 Strength: 2 Resistance: 1 Dexterity: 5 Mentality: 5 Special Abilities: Empathetic Link Moves: Bite Knows Name (1) Come (1) Stay (1) No (1) Sit (1) Lay Down (1) Follow (1) Move (1) Off (1) Heel (1) Tolerance (2) Stack (1) At Ease (3) Accept Blood/Scary Sights (2) Accept Darkness (2) Accept Enclosed Spaces (2) Accept Noise (2) Accept Sudden Movements (2)
Well, might as well start, she figured with a long nod toward the Houluh. She wasn't sure what to expect from this, but she knew they wouldn't win. Still though, it would be fun enough at the end of it all. Jack chewed on her lip for a moment and then shook her head and headed out into the arena with Luna, wondering what, exactly, her job was. She was more of a companion than anything else, and she supposed that would work for them after a little while, right? Giving a nod, Jack looked at the Houluh and gave her first command, "Luna." The pup looked at her and kept her eyes on her for a moment until the woman snapped her fingers, then the pup trotted over to her and sat down whenever she pointed to the ground. Smiling, Jack gave her a treat to keep her going and then motioned for her to stay, palm out toward the Houluh. Luna's tail wagged a little, but she didn't move as the woman moved around a little bit.
[Luna shows off Name, Come, Sit, Stay]
I got a little too high today, got lost inside a sea of madness
"No Luna," Jack said as the Houluh started to sniff at her treat pouch, and the Houluh pulled back with a contrite look on her face. Nodding, Jack finally gave her a treat and then put her hand out, this time with her palm facing the ground, and the Houluh laid down easily, wondering when they might get to something difficult. Smiling, Jack turned and crooked a finger at her and Luna followed her as she walked, a step behind her for the moment. Noticing it was going well, the woman then snapped and pointed to the ground right next to her and Luna trotted forward to heel at her side, stepping daintily for the moment as time went on. Jack was pleased with her so far, she was showing off all of her moves plus her new marking she had gotten from that strange stone, and she managed a smile as she thought about what that might mean.
[Luna shows No, Lay Down, Follow, Heel]
I got a little too high today, got lost inside a sea of madness
Jack stopped and tapped Luna on the haunch and she moved out of the way. Perfect, she was doing well with this whole showing thing, just like she hoped she would. The woman led her to a table and helped her onto it before motioning at the ground, and the Houluh jumped off on cue. Everything was going just the way she wanted it to, it seemed, and Jack smiled a little at the thought of it. Chewing her lip, she leaned down and moved Luna's paws to where she wanted them and then stood up and looked at the Houluh sternly, "Luna, attention!" Luna stacked just the way she had taught the Matronne to do perfectly, and Jack tossed her a treat, to which she snapped up once Jack lowered her hand a few times in a patting gesture toward the ground, to signal everything was alright and she could be at ease once more.
[Luna shows Move, Off, Tolerance, Stack, At Ease]
I got a little too high today, got lost inside a sea of madness
With a moment of thought, Jack opened up a little vial of blood she had carried with her for... reasons... and waved it under the Houluh's nose. Luna twitched her nose a bit at it but didn't mind, and the woman put the stopper back into it and put it into her bag. She then led Luna over to a little cage and had her get in. The pup didn't seem to mind and laid down just fine. Jack then covered it with a blanket and there wasn't even a sound from the Houluh, which was certainly a good thing. No scratching or whining, nothing like that. Nodding, Jack took off the cover and let her out of the cage and then blew an airhorn close to her ears, to which Luna perked her ears but otherwise didn't react. Jack threw several balls at the Matronne right next to her face but she didn't move.
Nico Wiltholm Estate's Worse Than Nicotine Level 128 | Loyalty 256 Stamina: 2 Strength: 2 Resistance: 1 Dexterity: 6 Mentality: 5 Special Abilities: Empathic Link Moves: Bite
Knows: Tricks: Name, Come, Stay, Sit, No, Follow, Lay Down, Bow, Drop, Fetch, Beg, Rollover, Shake, Up, Growl, Kiss, Jump Up, Catch, Tolerance, Leap, Through Hoop, Combat Crawl, Cover, Silence, Kick the Can, Search, Hug, Wear Harness, Stack, Heel, Weave, Boop, Carry Load, Sit on Chair, Please, Put Away, Leap Into Arms, Leap Over Me, At Ease, Fancy Walk Abilities: Danger Sense, Hardy, Loosen Fur, Endurance Moves: Dash, Lick Wounds, Kick, Run, Bite, Play Dead, Dig, Howl, Swim
Morgan couldn't help but watch Lunar Lane's performance with... A strange sort of second-hand pride. She is a lovely Matronne, an excellent example of her species, and they wondered if maybe, after all this, Morgan could get Natural to pair up Luna with Nico again. Just a beautiful hound. However, it was over- and it was Morgan and Nico's turn. Morgan stepped out without the houluh, giving him a quick 'sit' and then 'stay' command, and stood in the middle of the field. It was good that Luna had such an excellent performance, it would help the point drive home. "Houluh are amazing creatures, aren't they?" Morgan managed out, without too many stutters. "They perform all sorts of jobs for society for such a small creature- protection, hunting, companionship... I like to think that Nico is an Ambassador of his Species." Nico looked up from the sidelines, having heard his name. At this, Morgan gave a quick cue, and the lights turned down just a little. "I present to you, Wiltholm Estate's Worse Than Nicotine!" At this, a whistle is raised to their lips, and the music starts.
Morgan gives out a command using the whistle, the one for Nico to come, and the patronne practically flies across the field on fleet feet, showing off his extreme dexterity, even for a houluh. All according to practice and plan, so far- but they had just began, it wasn't over yet.
[Nico uses Sit and Stay on Command, responds to his Name, and Comes on Command.]
Nico came a-runnin to the come command, and just as he got to Morgan the human dextrously hopped up a series of small ledges in the center of the field, and gave commands to the houluh at the same time. Follow, and he followed, up and then jump up, with him navigating the first small hop and then a quick leap up to a higher position above Morgan. The human had stopped on the middle row. Now, for the Leaps. Morgan immediately reached behind them and grabbed a glowing green ring. They held it out. Leap had him jump up higher, and then a 'through hoop' command and the creature used Morgan as a springboard to get through the loop. He flowed through it like wind or water almost, in his fluid grace, and as he hit the ground he hit the ground running as the dash command was given. So far, so good.
He was given a series of commands after this, in rapid succession as Morgan matched the beat of the music, throwing frisbees at him. Catch, Drop, Lay Down, Combat Crawl, and then Cover. The houluh responds as soon as the commands are given, even rapid-fire. He catches the first, drops it on the spot, lays down to dodge the next, combat crawl to move away from the next, and then found himself some cover in a sort of 'comedy reel' of a performance.
[Nico follows, leaps, jumps up, goes through hoop, dashes, catches, drops, lay down, combat crawls, and then finds cover- all on command.]
The houluh was doing excellent, but of course that was the case. He knew all of his commands by heart! The human was more worried about their ability to show off what he could do, if they could remember everything he knew. Morgan was able to keep up so far, though, and immediately began giving more commands to do the rest of their routine. A command for fetch, and then Morgan tossed another frisbee at him. He runs out of hiding to catch it, and brings it back to Morgan haughtily. Morgan couldn't help but shoot him a smirk before continuing. They took it from him, gave him the command for 'leap over me' and then 'leap into arms' when they turned towards him. He was big now, almost too big for this, but Morgan managed it. They put him down after spinning him around, showing off the tolerance, and then told him to stack. The houluh stacked easily, and Morgan put on his harness.
The houluh took to this well, and Morgan called him to heel, put something a little heavy in his creature pockets- and then they started. Morgan asked him to do his fancy walk, and then they walked out closer to the front of the field. The houluh raised and lowered his legs in the exact way he was trained, flowing daintily and almost like a prince as he moved.
[Nico fetches when asked, leaps over Morgan, leaps into Morgan's arms, displays his Tolerance, Stacks, and puts on his harness, carries a load, goes to heel, and fancy walks all on command.]
Now that the houluh had done his little 'walking down the street being a pampered prince' thing, Morgan knew that it was time for the next leg of their show. Morgan gave him a couple of commands rather quickly, at ease first to make sure that he stopped fancy walking. Immediately he stopped fancy walking and his body relaxed. Now for the cutesy part of their routine. Morgan bent down on one knee, and gave him the command for hug and kiss, which the houluh did with the 'kiss on both cheeks' part that Morgan had worked so long with him on. At this, they gave him the command for shake, shook his paw, and then they 'booped' noses on command.
Morgan stood back up and then backed a few feet away. The command for growl was given, and the houluh went from 'cutesy' to 'fierce' immediately. The human tossed a few different frisbees at him (they were going to run out soon if they weren't careful!) forcing him to dash a few times in succession on command before having to dodge using his danger sense when he was asked to go into a run, forcing him to turn his back.
[Nico goes at ease on command, and then hugs, kisses, shakes, and boops on command. Then he growls on command, shows off his endurance, and uses his danger sense, and then runs on command.]
Now that the houluh was in more of a 'fighter' mood again, it was perfect to get the last little bit of the routine out of the way. They needed to kick it into high gear, because the song would be over in another minute and a half. Morgan gave the houluh the command to rollover, which he did immediately, throwing himself out of his run to do so, and then play dead. He laid over on the ground, silently for a moment. At this, Morgan gave him the at-ease command again, and he hopped straight up. The command for howl was punctuated perfectly with a sort of half-pause from the song, and then Morgan's command for him to silence coincided with the music starting back up again for the final part of the song.
Morgan called for the houluh to search, and he immediately began searching around for something... Morgan knew exactly what he would find. The houluh came back with a barrel; perfect! The human called for him to bite it, and then kick it- the hound flowed from a flawless bite into an excellent full hind-leg kick. Then, Morgan called for him to dig. He found the soundbox and made a small hollow. Then the command for put-away had him putting the barrel into the hole in a bit of a comical moment.
Almost done... Morgan thought. So far, so good.
[Nico rolls over, play dead (the move), howls, goes silent, searches, kicks and bites a barrel, digs, and then puts away the barrel all on command.]
Now it was time for the finale. Morgan dropped down and swiftly removed the houluh's pack before the next part, quick enough to keep up with the punctuation of the song's beats. Morgan took off run-walking across the field to the other side of a pool that had been provided. The Houluh was called to come, and then called to swim just as he got there. Immediately the houluh threw himself into the water and swam with good form all the way across to get to Morgan. A pat on his head and a command to follow, and Morgan had him weaving on command through poles on a way to the center of the field again. They called for him to get up onto a stool, and then to sit on the chair. He was in full view of everyone as soon as the song stopped! Morgan gave him the command to beg so that he would be in that position at the right time, and then Morgan gave him the command to bow.
"That's Nico, folks! He can do anything. He's always helping me g-get my errands done. It takes a wide va-variety of different skills to keep up with my job. Aren't Houluh amazing?" And with that, they were done. Lights are brought back up, and Nico follows Morgan at heel as he was taught to leave the spotlight.
[Nico swims on command, weaves through poles, gets 'up', sits on a chair, begs, and bows, all on command.] [Done!]
The Labs' first salonne show, and here she was. Fiera and Opal had been waiting a long time for this, but she couldn't help but admit to being nervous. To herself at least. Externally, Fiera was dressed in the most structure skirt and jacket she could find, and had that classic, cold look in her eye. Opal seemed just as prepared, apparently for once catching onto Fiera's vibe and acting professional. Internally, she was relieved- perhaps she'd be able to get through this without embarrassment. When Fiera was called into the stage after Wiltholm Estate's presentation, she wasted no time in wandering over to the spotlight.
"Ladies and gentlemen!" She called, gesturing to Opal. "Presenting Breezy Daze Kennel's finest in working houluh- Opalescent Wind! Come!" She said, and Opal came trotting right over, his stance and pace right on point. Fiera allowed her to breathe out a bit- it was going to be ok.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Mar 20, 2020 21:07:05 GMT -6
Fiera took a moment to show him off to the audience, lifting his tail and legs to show off his excellent breeding and explaining the goals of her training- to make the perfect guard houluh. Then for demonstrations, she guided him to run through a series of tunnels, with tarp covered pits between each one. Each bit was filled with a nasty looking red liquid- it was mostly paint and ink, but neither Opal nor the audience had to know that. As he exited each one, Fiera was waiting with an air horn, jumping out at him and blasting it as loudly as she could. He didn't falter though, splashing through each puddle effortlessly and continuing through to the next tunnel. No matter what she tried, he wasn't phased at all. Finally he exited the final tunnel, ending up in the center of the stage, where Fiera had placed a plush equillion for the next phase of the performance.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Mar 20, 2020 21:16:16 GMT -6
The plush was surrounded by various boxes and crates, giving plenty of places for Fiera to hide as she prepared for the next part of the performance. "Opal!" She called. "Cover!" She said, and then launched a ball at him from a pile she had hidden from the audience's sight behind one of the crates. He didn't hesitate at all and immediately dodged behind a crate, letting the ball ping right off the side. She kept it going, letting the audience marvel at his athleticism as she lobbed ball after ball. Finally, he skidded to a stop near the equillion plush. Fiera then pointed at it. "Opal, guard!" She commanded. Opal glanced behind him, looking at the plush, and then adjusted himself, placing his body between it and Fiera. From the same spot as the balls, Fiera got a pole with a towel wrapped around the end- she was hardly going to challenge Opal herself, after all.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Mar 20, 2020 21:24:57 GMT -6
From here, she gave commands a bit under her breath, so he would still perform for the audience but it wouldn't look quite so staged. She jabbed the pole at Opal a few times and he loyally knocked it away, keeping his charge safe. "Ok Opal... growl." She hissed quietly, and Opal immediately let out a terrifying growl, surging forward toward the pole. "Perfect! Now, bite!" She said. He lunged forward and sunk his teeth deep into the fabric, shaking his head back and forth.
"Behold, ladies and gents!" Fiera said, trying to maintain her grip. "How fiercely he protects his ward! And yet-" She said, and stepped out from behind the cover. He looked confused, and growled slightly. "Opal, no." She said cutting him off, and when he tried to shuffle backwards, she pointed at him again. "Stay. And lay down." She said, and he quietly obeyed. "-And yet no aggression toward his commander at all! The perfect working houluh for the discerning citizen! Or at least, the perfect patronne for one of your matronnes, eh?" She said with a wink, before bowing and stepping away. She snapped her fingers, and Opal got up to follow. "Thank you all for your time! I hope to see you all soon- and good night!" She said, strutting off stage with her distinct flavor of flair. That had gone exactly to plan- hopefully it would be enough.
[Opal uses Growl, Bite, No, Stay, and Lay Down on command.] [Done]
Silver: Don't stress it, whatever you do! They're not too expensive. :3
Aug 12, 2020 5:35:00 GMT -6
Sevyrn: ... Silv, you're an absolute angel. Like seriously. Consider it replaced as soon as I'm done in Nature's Bounty, though. I'd feel bad about just taking it from you.
Aug 12, 2020 5:06:39 GMT -6
Silver: I can give you one of my Baby Berries, Sev!
Aug 12, 2020 4:53:31 GMT -6
Sevyrn: Getting in to orbarus first, have half a breeding written up already just gotta get my hands on some baby berries first. But I'm gonna see if anything comes out of houlou in the future. Who knows, I could like them more than orbs.
Aug 12, 2020 4:21:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oh that's awesome!!! I love breedables too, and houluh have been such a fun addition to that.
Aug 11, 2020 10:58:30 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I have two from when they were first released, so I figured why not give it a shot now that there's something to really do with them. Plus breedables. I love breedables.
Aug 11, 2020 10:29:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oooh, houluh kennel request spotted. :0 Thinking of getting into houluh, Sevryn?
Aug 11, 2020 10:25:55 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I've been trying to scour through things, slowly catching up bit by bit I do think!
Aug 9, 2020 2:05:23 GMT -6
Riku: Have you read all the updates, Sevryn? You’ve missed a lot, so it’s probably going to be enlightening/exciting.
Aug 8, 2020 23:24:15 GMT -6