Sevyrn knelt down to the ground, and offered the gem out towards the wyrm. He didn't quite know what to think of it, but when it was offered to him he took it gingerly in his teeth... it was his now, it seemed, or so he thought. "Hold it," Sevyrn said to him, waited a minute, and then followed up. "Now drop it," she said, tapping the ground beneath his mouth. When he didn't Sev didn't quite know what to do... she'd never worked with these creatures before, and the last thing that she wanted was to get her fingers in his mouth. "Drop it," she repeated, this time grabbing the end of the crystal farthest away from the wyrm. "Drop it."
When he relented, Sevyrn realized that she had absolutely no idea how to reward a creature like this. They weren't exactly friendly like the other creatures she'd trained before.
She settled on pulling out some more of those little feeder gems that she had offered the tunnel worm earlier on in the day - maybe they would make for a nice snack. It seemed that they were good enough for the worm, but Sevyrn couldn't tell whether or not he was actually pleased by the treat. Did he have feelings like that? She... had absolutely no clue what to expect. All that she knew was that she was trying to train something that lacked the mental capacity of most others that she had been around. This was definitely going to be interesting.
The wyrm seemed to have no problem holding on to the gem when requested - Sevyrn probably didn't even need to ask him to, it was in his nature to want to keep his stash safe. The hardest part was getting him to put it back down when he was supposed to.
Working with the wyrm was a much more draining process for Sevyrn than working with her other creatures, though she did think that it was worth the work. He just... struggled rather badly to listen to her. The thing couldn't really be blamed for that, though - he might have been tamed by Sevyrn, but this was simply not a domesticated or intelligent species. Sevyrn had to work with him over and over again before he even started relenting a bit sooner when asked to drop the jewel, and even longer after that before he let up on a little bit more of his resistance. It was simply against his nature to let the shinies that 'he' found leave him, even though he was somewhat aware that Sevyrn wasn't about to run off with them for good... well, for now. Once they left the mines, the only part of the spoils that he wound remain with were any duplicate gems that she found.
Sevyrn found herself getting bored of the monotony - this task seemed rather fruitless. No matter how long she kept trying the wyrm just didn't feel like giving in. Or, at least, that was the way it was for a long, long time. She didn't realize it because progress was slow, but Hemi was slowly becoming more willing to put the gem down on the ground if not in to her hand. He needed to be putting it on the ground exclusively before they could call this done, though. After that it would be a matter of getting him to drop whatever he had at her bag, so she would have to teach him to go to her bag. That was going to be another arduous task, more than likely...
After longer than even Sevyrn had thought it would end up taking, the wyrm was finally consistently dropping the quartz on to the ground on command. Sev didn't even want to take the next step.
What was that? Sevyrn noticed it she had started to move away from Hemi and towards her backpack, but she had to start to pick it up off of the ground. It was some kind of lava rock, it seemed - she had one back at home, but that one was black in color. Figuring that it might be useful for the next step in Hem's basic training, she shoved it in to her pocket for later use. Everything was good in the world - she'd taken a short break from mining, and still managed to find something useful sitting around waiting for her. Of course it had likely been revealed during her last attempt and she simply hadn't seen it before now but... oh well. Life was good.
Hemi noticed it too - and he wanted it, just like he wanted the gem. He wasn't too fond of the woman who wanted take gems from him.
"Hold it," Sevyrn said as she leaned down to Hemi, offering out the quartz from earlier for him to hold on to. Once he had it in his mouth she walked over towards where her backpack laid in the middle of the room, calling him over to it. "Go to the bag," she said to him, repeating the call despite his unwillingness to moves. She had little gem treats to offer and lure him in, so she pulled one out for him. That, unsurprisingly, was enough to get her attention.
"Now drop," she said to him, only handing the snack over once Hemi had placed the rose quartz down on top of her backpack. From here... this was not going to be fun. At least Sev was not planning on getting in depth in training the gem wyrm, basics seemed to be hard enough for him. That wasn't really his fault, though.
Over and over and over again... Hemi either did not want to do what he was supposed to, or struggled to figure out what exactly was going on. It was hard to work with a creature who didn't respond to happiness in her tone or a good petting, either - those things were very much part of Sevyrn's normal training routine. At least now she could say that she had managed to even vaguely train a gem wyrm? How many people had even ever tried?
Sevyrn did have faith that Hemi would be able to grasp this at some point, even if he had a hard time. At the end of the day he literally only needed three commands - to take the stone from her, to go to her bag, and to put it down. He already had two parts of this, now it was just a matter of working on the hardest one.
"Go to the bag," Sevyrn said to Hemi for what felt like the millionth time, this time the lava rock in his mouth. "Go to the bag," she repeated. "Bag." Nothing, still nothing. She pulled one of the little feeder gems out of her pocket and once it caught his attention, she repeated the 'go to the bag' command as she guided him over to her backpack, and one he had reached it she asked him to drop the rock from his mouth. Only once he had, she placed the reward on top of her backpack, again repeating the key word in this - bag. Then it was time to go at it over again...
At least things were starting to get better? Sevyrn swapped out the lava rock for the quartz that was still in her pocket, and it was time to go back at it again... and again. Eventually she was able to stop needing to guide him to it?
Even after she didn't have to guide him any more, he wouldn't move without a snack already out waiting for him. Because of that she was going to have to keep trying again and again until he was finally listening to her without a reward in the picture. Sevyrn knew one thing for sure from this experience, though - she would probably never be training a gem wyrm (or any other mining familiar, for that matter) ever again. They just weren't meant to be working animals, that wasn't a flaw within them.
She was genuinely trying to get him to go to her backpack without pre-emptively knowing he was getting something for it... and eventually that time did finally come! Success. A little while longer and he was even listening without her already standing there. Alright... one more attempt.
"Hold this," Sevyrn said to him, offering out the quartz once again. "Go to the bag," she said in clear words right after. Hemi slithered off successfully. Once he was there she told him to drop the stone, and walked towards him for a final reward for figuring it out.
And finally... they were all done. Sevyrn would never be trying to train a gem wyrm ever again, that much was for sure. It would be worth having a little helper, sure, but it was a lot more effort for a very basic task than she would have had to put in for, say, a houlou. Gem wyrms simply were not meant to be trained, and at best would only ever be able to understand basic commands. A three step process was pretty complicated for them, but that was part of why Sevyrn had worked on each step in the process, so that she would be able to guide him with each move. First hold it, then go to bag, then drop it. Slow and simple. With time he might even get comfortable enough to do it on its own, but Sevyrn didn't exactly have her hopes high about that one.
Alright... time to get some stones put away now that they were done working with them. Sevyrn had Hemi first put away the lava rock and then the quartz, and then she realized that there seemed to be even more shinies hiding in the pile of rubble. A sliver of light blue gleamed under the light of her cystal torch, and Sevyrn moved to investigate whatever it might be. After pulling it away she realized that it was another aquamarine - a very pretty stone that she happened to own already. That was okay... it could be part of Hemi's little horde, something that was growing bigger and bigger with each and every trip as Sevyrn came to own a larger variety of unique stones and began to find stuff she'd already collected before more often. The first ones always came home with her, though! She needed to make her desk look pretty and maybe a little witchy.
Oh - something else was sitting around. The silver shine was more subtle than the light blue hue of the gem, but it was obvious enough to catch Sevyrn's eye up close. It seemed to be some kind of ore? Sevyrn couldn't say for sure what kind it was but it was brighter than the last piece she had found, so she offered that out to Hemi as well and carefully instructed him to place that in her bag along with the other stuff. She didn't have any use for ore now that the gemstone workshop was closed down, but if it were to open one day then she would be prepared! It was unfortunate - before it had closed she had been planning with Ryden to go down there together, he had been planning on teaching her... she would need a new teacher now, if she were ever to venture down that road.
"Good job," Sevyrn said to the wyrm after he had properly retrieved everything and brought it to her bag, offering him out another of those little gem snacks that he seemed to enjoy. With time he would get even better at it, and she could dream that one day he would be doing it on his own without needing direction from the woman with him. That kind of smarts was probably far in the future, but considering he was with Sevyrn every time that she came to the mines, it was likely that point would come at some point.
"Alright - we're going to need to get back to work," the woman said to the wyrm, though first she stopped at her backpack to pull out her water bottle and guzzle some of it down. Once finished she capped it and put it back away, walked back to the wall, and grabbed her pick once more.
Silver: That's okay, things can change a bit. :3
Sept 27, 2021 5:42:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Since the Bellafaux are the dumbed down but bigger version of them. Love the fact that they got stats of their own now though! Finally they can be trained! <3
Sept 27, 2021 0:06:11 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Hmm, for some reason it doesn't feel as if the Bellaroxi has the right move set when looking at the old entry of them in text.
Sept 27, 2021 0:05:02 GMT -6
Renathan: -points at the sushi monster- Him go 3 Miles an Hour. Lookit him go.
Sept 26, 2021 21:31:10 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: That just means rl has caught up with you, it can happen. X3
Sept 23, 2021 10:10:22 GMT -6
Renathan: I'm gonna have to get caught up on all the updates, I've let myself fallen behind sooo badly.
Sept 22, 2021 4:47:08 GMT -6