As Sevyrn grew more confident in the ghaenelt's capabilities, she finally dared to breach the treeline. Looking behind her to locate Brin, she no longer saw the bright lights of the oasis she had just been wandering for what seemed like hours - it was replaced by a dark sky and the rumble of thunder in the distance, like a storm was about to pour down relentlessly. Somehow the rainforest itself seemed calm, untouched by the sudden change in weather. Strange... weren't the forests more likely to be poured down on? Despite the thunder and the threat of pouring, as she watched for minutes the lush ground stayed dry.
"Alright, follow me. You have to stay close, Brin." With that, Sevyrn finally dared to wander deeper, stepping over weathered tree roots, the fronds of ferns brushing against her legs as she travelled upon the worn out grass. It seemed something must have been here before. She didn't stop calling to Brin, merely reduced the frequency in which she called and with that the snack rewards as well.
She had spoken too soon earlier when she had been surprised that the rain hadn't hit the forest - because, as if simply to spite her, it came down like hail from the sky, hitting Sevyrn's skin as she strolled along the edge of a creek as if the thick canpoy of leaves high up above their heads didn't exist at all. Woah. "Follow me, Brin - we need to get out of the rain!" Sevyrn signalled for the baby to follow her as she speedwalked towards the trunk of a large, likely old, tree just a few feet from the creek's edge. Once pressed as close to it as possible she pulled Brin close and waited to see if the rain would let up. If it didn't.. well, she might have to leave, and get soaked in the process.
She pumped her fist when the rain ended - it was time to follow the creek further in to the forest. "Follow me," she said to Brin as she started to walk off, the ghaenelt doing her very best to keep to Sevyrn's side.
Walking along the river, Sevyrn was idly keeping her eye out for anything that might show up. Brin was the one who found a strange compass lying on the shoreline, and her interest pulled Sevyrn towards it. She knelt down along the edge of the creek, the knee of her pants digging in to the wet dirt and stone and she pulled it out. Looking to Brin, she cocked her head. "What's this, huh? It's a nice find." After giving the outside of it a once-over Sevyrn opened the compass up and moved it around. Even more it seemed to be working! Yeah, this could come home with her. The black and red design was pretty cool, and who knew... maybe one day she would go on a camping trip and it would come in handy. After giving Brin a pat on the head for the good work, it was time to get moving again.
Just a little further down the creek, Sevyrn found two shells poking out of the water, the tips of them buried in to the mud with just the open ends sticking out to be seen. She grabbed the one and then the other, and then loaded both of them in to her backpack. This place really liked shells, huh? Sevyrn would have thought they would be more common on a beach, but she had to remember the sandy dunes she had walked through when she first showed up. The mansion cared little about what game it was playing now, what it had to offer was unexpectable. First the bird, then a manta ray in a net - now shells and a random compass. Had someone left that behind? Was there a way for her to ever know? This place would likely remain a mystery to her.
She had to wonder what would show up next... she could see light in the distance, a sign that the world wanted to change
The rainforest opened up in to a beach, a stark change in scenery. The river expanded abruptly in to a lake, seaweed visible from beneath the clear water. Driftwood logs littered the shoreline, flat stones, pools of trapped lake water unable to return to the mass with the low tide that had settled in. Wet grass and dirt beneath her feet turned in to soft sand and Sevyrn ached to take her shoes off, even if the sand was so hot it burned her toes. Brin was sinking in to the aand, so small that the loosely packed partials were enough to bury her feet. She chattered at the woman, who stopped to pick her up. "Yeah, yeah - you're having a hard time," she remarked as she gave the ghaenelt a kiss on the top of her head. Maybe they should wander off of the sand... might be better for Brin.
She didn't want to walk away from the shore, but Brin's lack of size necessitated it. Because of that, Sevyrn wandered towards the tree line - which was really just the odd tree spaced out along where sand met grass, and it seemed that there was a path behind it. When it became time to amble down the path, Sevyrn let Brin walk along beside her once again. The pair moved idly, not in any rush, for quite sometime before Sevyrn narrowed her eyes and pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose - was that... a building? She swore that she could see a ramshackle building in the distance. It left her curious, so she made her way towards it and pushed the door open to reveal whatever it was that shack had to offer her. Brin was much more cautious about going in, but eventually she did and Sevyrn was able to close the door behind her.
There was a hammock inside, next to a curtainless window that left sun beaming inside. On the other side of the single-roomed building were some cabinets beneath a counter top. It looked like it might have been someone's home, but that didn't make sense - this was a building inside of a building, and Sevyrn hadn't seen a single person yet.
The hammock did leave her wanting a break, though. They had been walking for quite some time as they trekked through the forest and up to the shack, after all. Figuring it was time for a moment of comfort, Sevyrn scooped Brin up from the ground and situated both of them on the hammock - Brin got to rest on her belly. It was at that point Sevyrn noticed a small chest on the ground... curious. What would be in there, if anything at all? Knowing this places tricks, it was a trap.
Prying the crate open was fruitless - it was locked up tight. That didn't stop Sevyrn from giving it an extra tug to try and pop it open. Eventually she had to relent though, and at that point she made her way back out the run-down door of the little shack. Once back on to the path, she found a couple more shells- they could join the first three in her back pack.
Looking at Brin walking beside her, Sevyrn had to wonder what this place would have to offer her next. Part of her had been really hoping to find something interesting in the little shack, especially given that locked crate inside of it. This place surely had better to offer than some shells and small sea life. On the topic of sea life, that bird from when she first entered the mansion swooped down from the sky as Sevyrn walked along the path.
Sevyrn wondered if maybe that bird knew something that she didn't about this area - it might not have been home base like the fields they had first met in, but the mansion was nonetheless its home. Sev put her faith in its instincts, anxious to see where it would bring her. Not far down the path it swooped down again, looping around Brin and herself suddenly, before once again taking the lead mid-air. What was that about, Sevyrn wondered as she walked and reached behind her back, blindly searching for her water bottle. The heat was slowly but inevitably getting to her more and more - was it getting hotter in here than it had been before? She had showed up in the early afternoon, if anything it should be starting to cool by now. After gulping her drink down, Sev was desperate to find shade - or at least Stonegate to stop so that she could offer Brin a drink as well.
The trees had seemed to disappear, replaced by a seemingly endless sea of sand .. with not a cloud in sight, the sun beat down hot on Sevyrn and Brin. What had possessed that bird to lead them here if all places? Sevyrn's pale, freckled skin didn't fare well with the hot sunshine and for all she knew she was going to walk out of here with a bag burn, provided the sun in the sky could hurt her and the heat wasn't simply an illusion. Brin seemed desperate for a pit stop, though... and with no shelter in sight, here was better than nowhere.
Kneeling down, Sevyrn gave the ghaenelt a pat on the head. "I'm sorry, baby. Hopefully we will find somewhere better soon." After getting the little one's water bowl out of her bag, she poured some of her own drink in to it. Brin seemed thrilled to be able to have a drink.
The heat was so, so terrible - Sevyrn hated it. As Brin took her shirt break, Sev couldn't do much other than curse at the bird. Why had she trusted it, anyways? It was probably another of the mansion's endless tricks anyways, not something meant to guide her way...
"You better be bringing us somewhere better, " Sevyrn said to it as she put Brin's stuff back away and picked the tired young one up off the ground. For now she would carry Brin, no matter how long she had to. With how things were going right now... it was going to be a long, tiring journey. There was still no end to the sand dunes in sight. At least before they had gotten on the path there had been water - Sevyrn should have stopped for a quick swim, or at least dipped her feet in to the water. It would have been a little bit of relief.
She wished that she hadn't left the oasis behind - it had been a beautiful sight with so many things to find and check out. Was it too late to turn around now? Most likely.... she'd traveled quite the distance since then, and she at least hoped that somewhere more appealing was getting close. One thing was for sure - she wasn't going to be trusting that bird again. Pretty soon it was going to be time to head home and yet this thing had just brought her farther in to barren, harsh desert than she had ever been before.
Then relief finally hit her - the heat wave died off first and then slowly she started so see tepid over the horizon. At least, there was some kind of shelter from the heat, and maybe something more interesting to explore than the endless waves of sand that hadn't stopped in what seemed like (but wasn't) hours.
Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6