-Going to be placed timewise after post 50 in the mansion, Kouta is here, passive presence, no leveling for these three posts, draconic will start gaining after 3rd post-
The canyon is a technically barren place for those who don't know of it. Its made of rocks and weathered by time and the claws and magic of those who might inhabit it. For Labs folk, the canyon is a gash on a world map. If one is brave, they may try to fish there. Only a few, higher classed humanoids know what it really does. The green eyed man does know what it is. That is why he chooses to gain the ability on getting back and forth there in an instant. He's already buried the portstones, a long time ago before his reputation recedes him. Giving one of the other port rocks to the cat man, and slot one in for his animals, because port stones dont' work properly for humans vs pets. 8.10
He even has a contact there, but 'the ancient pact' forbids speaking of the language, the name, even the location outside of the canyon. Would rather NOT be struck by a freak bolt of lightning for a pact violation, but its the perfect place to hide. "Speak this word when you are most dire need, and have these rocks in hand." he tells the cat man. He'll have to forage for his own clothing, as there's no way he'll fit in the green eyed man's own spares. Their body sizes differ too much. The fluffy mammalian takes the rocks, unsure, but still faraway. Ok, he is taking slight advantage of this ability to disappear and hide outside of the city. "E-t-e-r-r-a. Does that work for you? Say it with me." No, theres no specific reasoning behind this. E...eterra. The cat finally manages. Maybe the one word that may translate between languages. The dog suddenly yips loudly, and there's a burst of light. 9.10
There’s not much going on for the green eyed man’s contact in the canyon. The sky is blue, occasionally dotted by the clouds crawling past. Summer means its hot. The contact’s heritage is a reasoning for caring for the state of the sky. A mix of umbral and clarity/flame crest. Only the clarity and flame crest of… something. The contact has been alone for a long time. Long since ousted from the nest, and roaming. They met the green eyed man, and they needed a place to hide. He hid in the cave for a bit and dug a hole and planted a rock. A magic rock, and he said it could take him places, if you had the right rock which served as its double. A burst of light, and there’s a loud yowl, a bark, and the cave is suddenly quite crowded. The contact wakes with a grumble, blinking in the dim light. Thee’s a cat, a dog, and a very disgruntled draconic, all in a single cave. The world is upside down. he’s clinging onto Kitri, who scrambles out of his arms with a bark and a whine. Did he hurt her? No? 8.0 properly (lv 18)
(after september mansion) The cave is suddenly extremely crowded as the smell of fading magic crawls off them and there's a yelp that turns deep. another yowl. The lashak snarls, kicking xer legs forward to get the rapidly very heavy group off of xerself. Xer own eyes are more suited for caves then these things; and it appears the cat animal is holding onto one of those unusual magic rocks, that clatters out of his hand. Paw. Both? Unfortunately, xie doesn't have xer mother's ability to hide in xer own shadow, and just holds perfectly still once the pile of fur is off. By smell, two males and a female. By sight, two dogs and a cat. Occasionally wild dogs or cats would come into the canyon after the fowl and fuzz on legs that ate down the grasses on the walls, hunting the draconics' food. Those tasted good too. Skylos hasn't felt this disoriented since waking up at that strange black monolith outside the city walls. His head pounds to the tune of his heart, and two heavy scuffling creatures are on top of him, trying to figure out up. Its a faceful of coarse brown fur and finer black fur as two canines, two BIG canines, scramble their way onto their own feet. Kitri was much bigger and ...uh... burlier then five minutes ago. Like her front half had grown up more then her back half, about the size of a small horse. But at her nose level is the ohou pup. He's got some LEGS ON HIM.
Skylos rolls over onto his belly, getting his limbs under him to get to his knees. Shifting his weight into sitting back on his toes a bit, centering his breath. Before he reacted, what could he sense? The ground is hard and rocky beneath his limbs, the air dry and moderately warm. Around him, he can hear the familiar, if not much louder, snuffles of his two dog companions. Their nails scraping on the rock with each step. Excessively long nails. There is something else here too... a dark, no... a shadowy curl. He opens his eyes, and there is something with gleaming green eyes staring him in the face. A shadow with teeth. Skylos jumps to his feet, lashing out with his claws. The shadow dissipates before him with no noise, but the sense of the shadow curl is still here. On edge, the cat man looks about wildly for the shadow monster with teeth, but he doesn't see it again. Instead, he goes to his animals. If Kitri could stand up straight in this space, she'd be taller then he is. That's... unnerving. He didn't know his worginu would get this big! She's sniffing at the ohou with curiosity. He's a lot bigger too, his own head reaching the worginu's nose. Quite a height difference. But there's no growling or lack of recognition as the two animals walk about each other, now sniffing each others butts. The lashak watches them. The cat has seen xer shadow... but xey hadn't moved yet... and why were those two animals sniffing each other's rear?
Neither looked hurt, and he didn't feel hurt. Thats a relief. Now where were they now? Lets see... he crosses his arms across his bare chest and thinks, tail twitching. He got some strange engraved rocks from the green eyed man and was told to say a word. e...eterra. Something about earth? What an unusual thing to say, and suddenly they were here. The cat makes to go outside, but the shadow with green eyes and teeth appears before him again. It growls at him but makes no move forward. Just to block his way. A pause, before he swipes the shadow again with his paw. It dissipates. Just a trick. The cat doesn't let it phase him this time around and walks towards the front of the area. It looks like a cave. The two canines recognize each other's scents! You got big! they bark at each other, now sniffing every other part they could reach. Kouta finds he can walk right under big Kitri, his ears dragging along her belly. She wiggles and stamps a bit, with a strange sounding yip of surprise. She was ticklish maybe? But she noticed something crawling along the ground nearby, towards the rock discarded by friend cat. She barks once, and the sound REVERBRATES in the cave. Everything freezes from the sound. The shadow has frozen in place briefly, before shooting forward like a dart and pulling the rock into the shadow. Wait! her body acts before her head, and the worginu charges headlong into the shadows, and into something.
Skylos turns around to see his worginu's tail disappear into the shadows and the crash. Kitri tumbles backwards to sit on her butt, shaking her head. What? And now he's too far to reach her if something attacks! He starts back towards the other end of the cave, and can hear barking again. Less loud, and more umph, maybe its Kouta. The ohou barks at the shadow, his posture tense. He sees something! Hears something?! The sounds of something scraping against rock. Something much larger then a dog's paw. The shadows are shifting. Looming. And whatever this is... is BIG. Bigger then any of them. Something clatters out from the shadows, rolling into Skylos' toes. Its the engraved rock? It has a greenish blue gradient to the stone's rune. And its... smaller. "That's a soul port stone..." the shadows speak out, raspy and underused. "only one person has linked port stones here..." and it comes out into the light. The shadow with green eyes is connected to a stormy gray reptillian face, a mouthful of sharp pointed teeth, like a crocodile, and fins sprouting behind its eyes. The two dogs leer backwards a bit, and start barking, backing up with their tails backing behind their butts. A port stone? Skylos wonders aloud, stooping while looking up at the reptile to pick up the stone. What is a port stone? "A stone that will take a person or a creature to a specific place. A human came... and planted a stone here. Has he died?"
No, he has not died. He gave me this stone, and told me to speak a word... E...etterra. the cat answers the reptile. What are you...? The giant reptile's vivid irises narrow angrily at him. He is the labs Alley Reaper. The reptile sneers, the edges of its mouth exposing the rounded sharp teeth. The skin is rough, raised up in areas one's skin should not raise like that. Big reptile. "This stone was modified." The reptile hisses at the stone. "Soul stones only bring one. He made it bring three." There's suspicion in their voice, harsh and rough as it is. "If the holder speaks the location, the stone joins the planted twin in location." Namely, the cave. "This is Eterra. Draconic territory." I haven't heard of a draconic before. Are you another lab monster? the cat asks, missing the raised flare of their eyes. It snarls, and suddenly he's pinned and its dark. "Filthy cat beast, you dare ask if a draconic is created by the labs?!" the creature's surprisingly cold breath drifts in his face, as Skylos feels his body seize up in fear. This reptile was going to eat him. "Draconics are noble clans of DRAGONS. You offend the Great Mother for your insolences!" the cat shivers as he struggles under the shadow's pin. Beside the giant lizard thing, the two dogs hang back, the size of the giant rather frightening. But they had friend cat! And could they even run? The two dogs start barking. Loudly. lv 7 Skylos
The cave lights up with light again, and someone appears, pocketing a rock. Wait, its the green eyed man? "Oh, did I interrupt something?" he's got a teasing smile as he approaches the angry dragon, who had the cat pinned by darkness. "You" the dragon hisses at him. "Why are they here with YOUR stones. These filthy addled lab beasts." Sharp teeth gleam in his direction. Not an uncommon threat. "You're as biased as your mother said you were. I sent those three forward with my stones, yes. But not to be eaten." he looks down at the struggling cat with a lack of interest. "I think you might have a similar goal in mind." "It called me a lab monster." the dragon snarls, the shadows reddoubling their attempt to pin and strangle the cat. "This will not be forgiven." Either he's very brave or very stupid or both, but the scarred human backfists the dragon in the space between their eye and their earfin, just a tap really. The vivid green eye swipes sideways to glower, then sees the golden coin in his fingers. "One of these to let him go, and another one to listen without interrupting." Several seconds pass before the dragon slowly loosens the chokehold on the cat, and shifts their bulk to face him. Skylos rolls over, coughing. Gah, that thing almost tried to kill him. His dogs scuttle to his side, shivering but not running away. He sees the man give two gold coins to the reptile... and is totally lost on it.
"You alright there, Katze." the man peeks under the dragon's extended limb, turning their coins over and over with a hungry look in their eyes. a bob of his head as the cat nods a reply. "Good. That was my fault for not sending ahead to tell Coins-for-brains that you were coming instead of me." Coins-for-brains, that isn't a kind thing to call a...dra...draconic. Skylos rasps, massaging his throat a bit. It'll eat you too... "This idiot was raised on canyon fish and fowl and has a gold hoarding habit as long as xer cave. Not the worst draconic to land in a cave with but..." the human clears his throat and smirks. The gray reptile glowers at him sideways but has money in its clawed hands. "Goldhoarder, this is Katze, and he's of interest. So don't kill him unless he's dying of old age or plague." The crocodilian muzzle turns with its head to glower at the green eyed man then glance at the cat. "Katze told me he wants to be rich and fancy, but needs a place to keep his money, and for hiding out. Personally I think the two of you have something in common here." Common how... this thing wants to eat me. Skylos points out. The dragon exposes more teeth and snarls at him. "Well you did kind of offend xer delicate little ego. Draconics consider themselves very not lab-city supporters. Humans occasionally come seeking companions here, mostly to fill a void once forgotten. Like a pet? the cat is looking at his dogs, both looking into his eyes with whining faces and hidden tails.
The green eyed human winces at the word 'pet' as the dragon wheels around with a snarl of indignation, putting himself between them before something got ugly. "Insolent lab-addled beast of a cat! How dare-" "Listen without interrupting, goldhoarder." the male reminded xem, before the draconic sneers and doesn't finish xer sentence. "He knows nothing about you, your culture or even the existence here. I told him nothing, so you can't entirely blame the cat for not knowing. Draconics of legend are almost nonexistent stories inside those walls now." those eyes gleam a bit menacingly. "So letting him so easily offend you is being hatchish, and you know it." He's almost nose to nose with this massive creature, as Skylos watches this exchange. "I don't like his tone, unknowing or not." the draconic growls openly. "We are not pets, nor monsters for their keepence." "Definitely not. But a hideout is more what he needs. You have plenty of space in your cave and don't tell me its full. I'm no idiot." the gold coin wielding dragon grumbles. "Somewhere to be while the heat dies down, and a place to keep his money." The storm gray earfin twitches. How dare this man keep flaunting xer love of all things shiny and gold for this. Skylos listened to the green eyed alley reaper plant the seeds of suggestion in the dragon's head about his potential gold gain for putting up with him. Right now it only was a pittance. But he did notice, while petting his animals, that the dragon was distracted and the hole to outside is open.
"Besides, he won't constantly stay; no human(or cat) stays forever here, do they." 'That is true' xey consider. "He's got the other pieces of my port stone collection for that rock I planted some time ago, so as long as he doesn't lose them, moving back and forth won't be difficult." Briefly venturing into the shadows to retrieve the broken off pieces of the stone in the cat's paws. "Better then a three day ride on a horse to get out here, thats for sure." Glancing around the draconic's build, he notices the cat and the dogs heading for the exit, trying to be quiet about it. "Plus, he's not aware of the geography outside the city." Prompted by a yowl of surprise. "Why did you choose such a precarious space to find a cave, anyhow." "so I need no uses of any canyon pests." the draconic replies curtly, turning xer head to watch the cat scuttle back inside with their dog-beasts. They bark and whine, nuzzling at his ears and his shoulders. "They should mind the drop." If theres a way down from this place, there isn't one that the cat could see. Sheer rock cliffs beneath his paws and across from him in the deep cut of the earth. Or up even. He's... not afraid of heights, but taken by surprise that this is such a hole in the wall. "Only letting your niece and her egg in, huh." the human smirked. "She prompted the idea." "Right..." the man totally didn't believe xem.
Cautious now, the man with green eyes switches his language choice to one he definitely believes the cat isn't aware of, draconic. He speaks about as well as a tourist, to the amusement of some draconic. [That, and the humans may or may not be hunting him for murder.] the gold twiddling between xer claws stops. [for killing a human? Let the guards have him, thats what they do with addled lab beasts?] [He's a..] how to say animalfolk... because the draconics are supposedly less privy to the occasional humanoid in the canyon. [Not a lab beast, but a beastfolk. Talking animal.] the ridges over the green eyes angle in disbelief. [Yes, there is thing as talking animals. Just as to him, there's a talking dragon in front of him that isn't between the pages of a book.] He would let Katze explain his own story to the dragon if prompted, it would spark a conversation at least. [Do you think you can handle an occasional intrusion on your space if it benefits you.] The dragon exhales over him, breath surprisingly cold for such a big creature of the flame crest. Hadn't xey mentioned they were a mixed clan once. Perhaps their story would draw xer curiosity. the smerter the draconic, the more likely a story is going to draw their interest. Granted one can't override instincts. the goldhoarder glances again in the cat's direction. He's staying far away from the opening of the cave. Well of course, it has no no-wings access unless you could climb. Why would a beastfolk need to hide from humans, unless mistaken as an addled lab beast. [ I will trial them.] the dragon finally decides. [but I want more gold.] the man's face-fur over his eyes raise a bit before he laughs. [ I feel like I'm paying you to let him live.] [Tht is true.] a few gold coins drop into an offered scaled palm that disappear rapidly. Where does this idiot even keep xer money hoard. "Katze, Coins-for-brains and I have come to an agreement. If you mind yoru tongue, you can come, go and stay here as you wish. But beware not to leave your dogs behind; draconics do not favor the labs at all, even for what comes out of them." 13.0 Kitri 14.0 Kouta
I understand. The cat murmurs... finally speaking again. He's super quiet for being bigger. What is the dragon's name? A pause... what was Goldhoarder's actual name? He'd only thrown around teasing nicknames since they'd met, and xey had never mentioned it. "Uh, do you even have a name?" the alley reaper looks back over to the stormy reptile. Now that their eyes were adjusting, all of them could see the creature is bout three times bigger then the alley reaper himself who is quite...tall. "I called myself something, but have forgotten it." the dragon replies with a shrug of a limb. "Names pin you down into one or the other, some draconic clans treat each other differently depending." Well that did make some sense to the man, he knew of some very old-timey folk who were very attentive to one's birth specifications. Namely being a boy or a girl. He nods in understanding of the dragon's logic, even if it is a bit outdated. How about Kepauvoc. the cat brought up the term after several minutes of observing the stormy reptile's ranges of grays and even some dark grape purples on its visible limbs. It means thunderbolt. The draconic turns its big head to stare into those odd colored eyes. Was it considering on eating him? As long as it didn't go after the dogs, that was...not going to be good. "Kind of fits, with such a stormy mood-swing and all." the alley reaper tries to joke on it, but the joke falls flat.
"Kepauvoc. Sounds like an eideon name, to my ear." the cat's ears twitch and he just blinks at the term. ...oh. Right. "If you two insist to call me something, that might as well fit. It doesn't apply to either specifically." xie isn't looking right at either of them, fixating on the two cowering pups of animals trying to make themselves hide in the shadows. Silly simple minded lab-addled beasts, xie is the shadows. "Well its good to make a more formal accquaintance now, Coi-er, 'ahem' Kepauvoc." the green eyed man smiles and nods a tiny little bow. The dragon watches his actions with a blank stare. Skylos... Katze. the cat finally says, pointing to himself. He hasn't moved since the dragon tried to chokehold him with the darkness. Inside his head, he felt both curious and a bit nervous of the dragon of legend. It isn't nearly that fancy of sort. "I'm not the only one who uses these caverns, human. Keep that in mind." xie reminds him. "Yes yes, I'm aware of that. and I really need to get back to the city. So uh... do whatever trial you have in mind for him and I'll be off. New Pethia." A crackle of cyan light and the man is gone. Looking around the dragon's bulk, Skylos sees nothing but dust where the man stood. THe dogs look to each other. Look at their friend cat, and at the scary monster. Kitri's body angles towards the ground, growling and showing her teeth at the giant.
Zenjesi: Hi!! I have not. Makes me feel old but I am not very familiar with discord. xD Can you shoot me the link?
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Noa: This is Kitzu/Aster btw
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Noa: Oh hey, long time no see! Have you joined the discord yet? :0
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Zenjesi: Hi, y'all! Cairo here. So happy to see you all here again!
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Twilight-Claw: I didn't know of it either until they mentioned it and we went there.
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Alma: A bit of hobby, a chunk of work work. I'm not enjoying the latter quite so much. XD Sounds like a pretty good time. Never even knew there was an Ikea Museum.
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Twilight-Claw: Toy Figure by Coarse from that place, it looks rather pretty and feels heavy for its size. x3
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Twilight-Claw: Work things, or hobby things for you? And I certainly think so, we went in the two weeks I was there with my parents to Secondhand shops, a zoo and even a Ikea Museum since that was close enough to their vacation home to make the trip and got an Fox Art
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Alma: Been going decently over here, just working on some things. Do a lot of fun things on your vacation?
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Twilight-Claw: Its going great! Just got back from vacation, how is it going for you?
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Twilight-Claw: Thanks for answering the question Silver! This will make it easier for me to add the boxes of them into the registry without worrying about any new colors popping up and where to place it in a way that makes me like the organization of it. <3
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Twilight-Claw: That's pretty awesome, and I imagine the Wishing Star helps out with it as well.
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