What was that? Sevyrn had never seen that kind of shiny before, this dark greeney-blue stone with reddish flecks in it. It wasn't nearly as pretty as that alexandrite that she had found, but it would be a decent addition to her collection nonetheless. It seemed that fate pulling her deeper in to the tunnels was enough to spark at least a little bit of a change in Sevyrn's sour mood given that she was back to appreciating the things that came to her even if it wasn't exactly what she wanted.
Interested in continuing with what she was doing, Sevyrn freed the gem from the bulk of the stone and tossed it gently towards Hemi for him to be responsible over. It would be very safe with him, that much Sev could be absolutely sure about. With the sleeve of her shirt she wiped some sweat from her forehead, and then it was time to go again.
There was no way that Sevyrn wasn't building up upper body strength after spending so much time in the mines lately. She wasn't weak, or at least the weakest she knew, but she also wouldn't call herself strong on any level. But with time, hauling the pick became easier and easier, though it still wasn't like second nature to her. Really she would have much preferred to be in her garden, but she loved collecting shinies and what was the point in buying gems from others when she could have so much more pride in something that she found and worked for herself? She had no judgment to people with bought or partially bought collections, but she did greatly prefer to build her collection through her own sheer motivation and determination. Hemi was an amazing creature to come to tame, who had made a great addition to her team and made the journey a little bit easier.
She brought her pick to the wall time and time again, only for the routine of it to let her get lost in her thoughts. Once upon a time she'd had an actual mining partner with her - someone to talk to. These dark walls were lonely and as good as Hemi was to have around, he was not the kind of company that Sevyrn truly craved. There was little comfort to be found in the creature of the tunnels. Perhaps it was time to start reaching out to old friends? There was no guarantee that anyone would want her back in their life, she'd either been rude to them or ghosted them pre-emptively, but most would understand... right? The grieving girl got a little bit of leeway in how she acted after losing her life partner? Unfortunately grief did not give allowances that made mistreating people trying to help her an acceptable way to act.
How did one even apologize for something like that? I'm sorry that my partner died and I took it out on you or straight up ditched you, but you'll forgive me right? Look at my sad little almost-widow face. I didn't mean it. There were multiple people that she'd tried to push the blame for her bad feelings on to at first, and those were the ones she deserved the forgiveness of the least. As much as she hated it, accountability was a thing - and something she had been learning to do better with in the last few years, yet failed when she needed it most.
Sevyrn could be a real pity party at times- perhaps it was best that she was in these caves alone with no one to talk to except a creature that couldn't talk back. A death could make anyone act in grief, but that didn't make it okay.
Sevyrn gave up on picking at the wall, knelt down to pick up that heliotrope she'd tossed Hemi earlier. Before starting to go through the new batch of rubble she should probably at least clean up her last find and get it sorted. The wyrm was unhappy to find his only jewel snatched from him, but he could watch the bag - the bag was the start of a miniature horde. She shook her head as he wrapped the length of his stone body around the bag protectively. Hemi would go nuts if he had access to the whole collection back at home - it would be a gem wyrm's life goal to have that many shinies.
When Sevyrn slipped her hand in front of Hemi's face to slide the new gem in to her bag, he seemed to think that he was about to take more away from her. His relief when she simply put the newest find inside was palpable.
How many times had Sevyrn found herself hoping to pick up new buddy for Hemi here in these tunnels? Just enough it seemed. She'd just started working through the rubble when a sudden hiss from her gem wyrm caught her attention. That was strange... he never did that, not unless he was guarding his stash and thought that she was getting too close. Her gaze flitted around the room... nothing. It was upon a secobd sweep that she caught the form of... something... illuminated by her torch on the other side of the room. What even was that? She couldn't make out its shape but she could see it moving - they weren't alone.
Moving slowly she made her way towards the other side of the room, crouching low to the ground mid-step as she got part way there. What did they have here? With better lighting, it seemed to be a tunnel worm. Not wanting to scare it off, she stayed where she was. "And what are you doing out here?"
Hemi did not like the strange being so close to its gem stash... at all. Sevyrn turned her gaze to him and shushed him. "Nothing is going to get your jewels, buddy." She said to him.. and for the moment being the gem wyrm's body coiled tighter around the backpack to protect his spoils.
Sevyrn moved closer to the tunnel worm, slowly and carefully. It seemed to be blind with the way it had ran straight in to the wall... Did it even have eyes? Normal worms didn't, and the caves were so dark that it would be a strange adaption for a dark-dweller... who knew? Even if this guy ran off she would have to look in to this species more.
She had spare expendable jewels - the cheap kind meant to feed a gem-eating creature - that she had brought along for Hemi... would this guy like those as well? Willing to take the risk, Sevyrn reached in to her pocket and gently tossed a few towards the tunnel worm.
The sound of gems clinking against stone gets the worm’s undivided attention. It is happy to sidle up and snap some up - yum yum! At least it can tell where it’s going, when you make noise... maybe it should stick around.
[Congratulations, you have successfully tamed the creature!]
Huh - it seemed that the worm liked that. That would be an interesting thing to take back home with her... perhaps it was time to put some more work in to the cave room of her kennel, given that now Hemi wasn't the only inhabitant and both of these creatures were likely to want their own space to call their own. Were they social creatures at all? Would Hemi even like a buddy if she'd found one that was at least the same type? Sevyrn hadn't done nearly enough research in to the different creatures that could be found within these tunnels.
Despite the fact that the worm seemed to be coming more accepting of Sevyrn, her gem wyrm didn't seem to be developing any fondness. Unsurprising - Hemi would see it as a threat to his horde. The worn had gotten a snack however, so the gem stash should be fairly safe.
She kept a careful eye on her gem wyrm as she grabbed up a couple of her tools and began to work through the rubble of her latest attempt to pick the wall, hoping to see that Hemi wouldn't become aggressive with the new buddy - though blind, the worm could tell what was going on and where she seemed to be, though it kept its distance. That was probably a rather smart thing for it to be doing in a moment like this. It did seem to be intrigued by what Sevyrn was up to - nosing closer and closer to her rather than the backpack in the middle of the floor that held all the spoils she'd already collected. Was it drawn by the sound? Did it think that she had more of those little gems for it to munch up? Whatever it was... the worm was making the right call to stay away from Sevyrn's protective gem wyrm.
She tossed the worm the odd chunk of stone, just to see what it would and wouldn't react to - and as much as it would check out the chunks tossed as the crash of them hitting the ground caught its attention, it showed no true interest. Alright - it just wanted the gems. The last thing Sevyrn wanted was for it to eat up one of her actual precious stones, though... she would have to be careful. Maybe this was a creature that would be better left back at home rather than here with her... at least until she was able to trust it.
Sevyrn watched it out of the corner of her eye, and she wasn't the only thing watching it - Hemi still had not looked away from the strange creature. At the same time she worked on digging through rubble and debris in hopes of seeing if she had revealed anything interesting before this thing came along.
Well, well - that was new. Sevyrn had never seen such a gem in person before, though she had seen it around in a geology book she had picked up a while back. It was a... rose quartz? That seemed to be right, though she couldn't say she was positive about that assumption. Whatever it was it deserved a spot in her backpack because she had never brought one of those home before. It was going to make a great addition to her collection! Looking to Hemi, Sevyrn found the idea of being able to train him to put things away for her was... intriguing. Was it possible? She would likely have to start with 'hold this' and then 'drop it', and then manage to work in a way to get him to go straight to her bag. It was... doable.
"Hey!" She called to the wyrm, who then uncoiled from her bag and slithered over to Sev.
Renathan: *purrumbles* Thankies for the fluffy birbdergs, Yang. :3
Sept 5, 2021 1:16:51 GMT -6
Yang: If any1 is curious, Sky is The Stat Master, so all notes about Crossbreeds (their cunning/power/etc) will all go through her before being posted :Bc it might! be a hot minute, as life is hella busy with her new job
Sept 4, 2021 14:57:15 GMT -6
Yang: thamk,thamk; streams are great for those designs that can be hashed out right quick 👈🕶️👈
Aug 31, 2021 19:18:51 GMT -6
Renathan: The Ohou extras look great! I enjoyed the stream from yesterday, as well.
Aug 31, 2021 15:23:49 GMT -6