It had been a while since he was last here. Last time it had been so that he could adopt a thundergug. This time, he was here for a very different creature. Kadin came into the adoption agency with his runner. He very quickly made it clear that the runner was only there as a companion and would not be set up for adoption anytime soon. Once that was all cleared up, Kadin asked to be taken to see the blackgold tilvander that had been here for a while. He'd always had an eye on one, but never quite found the time to go and see it. Today he wanted to come and see if he could befriend it and, if so, perhaps it would be happy to come home with him today. Once everything was sorted, Kadin was escorted back to the tilvander, and he was soon left alone with the creature and his runner.
Now that they were all left alone together, no one really moved or did anything for a good couple of moments. Kadin looked between the runner to the tilvander and back again. Then he started to look around the room. The tilvander was set up in a nice kennel that was well suited to its amphibious needs. There was a pond that almost looked natural, complete with additives to the water that make it more acceptable to the blackgold in particular. The ground was soft and covered with fake grass to keep it from getting injured if it did ever leave the water. Luckily there was a place for him to sit so that he didn't have to sit on the wet ground. He went over there with the runner, setting them both up not far, but not too close to the pond. He wanted to give the tilvander space while they were getting to know each other.
It wouldn't be good for anyone if he tried to rush this interaction and ended up ruining it for all of them. So instead he sat a bit apart, giving it the space it might need, while it got used to his presence. The tilvander had been here for a while, after all. It stayed mostly hidden in the pond, looking at the human and running with its eyes only just above the water. Kadin didn't bother looking at it just yet, he understood that it might want to watch him, but he didn't want to make it think he wanted to pressure it by keeping direct eye contact. Instead he looked around at the belongings he brought along, searching out the treats he had brought in order to try and get the tilvander won over. He shuffled around until he had the bag of treats, making the runner perk up.
Even if the tilvander hadn't perked up, Kadin wasn't too worried. He offered the runner some of the treats. It sniffed at them, but only growled and turned its head away. The treats were for the tilvander, after all, so they weren't too appealing to the runner. Luckily, Kadin had thought about that, too, and offered it another treat that was of the correct flavoring. This one, the runner accepted. Kadin didn't want the tilvander to think the treats were back just because the runner didn't want to eat tilvander treats. Now that it probably just watched another creature eat treats he had, Kadin tossed some treats over towards the tilvander as an offering. He hoped that this would tempt the tilvander into perhaps showing more of itself and getting more comfortable with him. He wasn't sure if it would work, but it was worth a shot. He just needed to tempt it.
The tilvander didn't even flinch as the treats landed in front of the pond. It stared at Kadin for a while longer, waiting to see if he would do anything else, before finally lifting itself a little bit out of the water. Then it waited again. When Kadin and the runner still didn't do anything, it rose out of the water even further. Then it paused yet again. When nothing happened this time, it finally rose just enough out of the water so that it could lean forward and sniff at the treats on the bank. Kadin watched, silent and still, with the runner in his lap as the tilvander examined the treats he'd brought specifically for it. After waiting even longer, the tilvander seemed to finally decide to nibble at one of the treats to see what it might taste like. It nibbled at it, slowly and carefully, under Kadin's gaze.
Kadin was as careful as possible to stay still as it nibbled more at the treat, paused, and considered whether or not it actually liked the treat. After waiting a little longer to roll the flavor around in its mouth, it quickly gobbled up the rest of the treats all around it and quickly slipped back into the water again. This time it submerged itself completely, leaving only ripples at the top for Kadin to watch, waiting to see if it would appear again after contemplating whatever it was it was doing down there. Hopefully it liked the treats well enough to come back for more. He and the runner waited in anticipation to see what would happen. Eventually, the very tip of the tilvander's head appeared. Then a little more, Kadin could see some ears. Until, eventually, its head was once more above the water so that it could better stare at Kadin.
Taking the stare for what it probably was, which he was assuming was watching and waiting for him to offer more treats, Kadin grabbed said more treats and tossed them towards the tilvander. It stared at him, not flinching again as the treats landed in front of it. It was a lot sooner than last time that it finally decided to leave the water and move forward to sniff at the treats once again. It wanted to make sure that the treats were the same as before! Kadin had been pretty sure that he'd done the same treats as before. He was more assured of it once it nibbled at the treats, stuffed them all in its mouth, and then went back under the water all over again. Kadin smiled as he watched the ripples in the water. The runner watched, too, tilting its head in curiosity as to what the heck was happening here.
Kadin leaned back in the chair, grabbing another handful of treats while he waited for the tilvander to emerge again. The runner sniffed at his hand, wondering what was there, but then snorting when it smelled that it wasn't the treats that it wanted after all. It shook its head a bit and huffed, upset that it wasn't getting treats that it wanted, only that Kadin kept bringing out the other, gross smelling treats. Once the tilvander emerged again and put its eyes on him, Kadin tossed more treats again, but this time he didn't toss them all the way to the pond. He had them land a bit closer to the chair this time, about halfway between the pond the the chair, to try and encourage it to get a little closer to him. Once more, it didn't flinch, but when its eyes went over to the treats it seemed to consider them.
It didn't want to get further out of the pond, Kadin could tell. But it also wanted those treats, Kadin could tell that, too. And so it was another waiting game to see if it would emerge and actually try for them. Kadin was a bit disappointed, but they went backwards to the emerge, pause, and wait dance. It did it about three times this time before finally reaching the treats. This time a larger amount of its body emerged as it couldn't reach the treats without doing that. Kadin waited, watched, and still didn't move at all as it got the treats and then went to go hide in the water again. This was going to take a while, Kadin could tell. It had already been taking a while. All he could do now was wait for the tilvander to come back out of the water and continue to try and convince it.
Eventually, the tilvander remerged from the water once again. Kadin waited for a little while, then he tossed more treats in the same spot to repeat the process again. The tilvander acted much the same as last time, only going a bit faster to take the treats and then disappear again. The next time it appeared, Kadin scattered the treats between the midway point and the chair. The tilvander came up to get the treats closest to the pond, then disappeared. Then it reappeared to stare balefully at the treats that were just a little too far from the invisible line that it must have drawn for itself in its head. It was fine if it took time. Kadin could be patient. He waited there, looking down at the runner as he offered it some treats that it actually liked, watching the tilvander out of the corner of his eye to see if it would change its mind.
After a while, it eventually did make up its mind that it wanted the treats. It slinked out of the pond, grabbed some more treats and shrinking back part of the way to gobble them up. Kadin was more than surprised that it didn't go right back into the pond, instead choosing to inch along across the ground while stuffing more and more treats in its mouth. Kadin tossed some more near it to encourage it to stay out of the water, offering more and more treats as it drew nearer to the chair. This was nearly a breakthrough, seeing so much of the tilvander out of the water. He didn't know what had finally gotten through to it, but he had a feeling that it was probably the treats. He must have been patient for just long enough and it no longer considered him an immediate threat anymore and would emerge.
Kadin continued feeding the tilvander treats as it approached the chair. Before long, Kadin was handing the tilvander treats as it wrapped some of its tendrils around the legs, nibbling on treat after treat as Kadin offered them to it. The runner was on his lap, safely out of the way of the tilvander, as he continued to feed it.
"There, this isn't so bad." Kadin said calmly, watching as the tilvander ate the treats carefully. "We're getting to be friends now, aren't we?" The tilvander didn't respond, of course, but Kadin was heartened by how it wasn't immediately trying to hide again. He just had to keep feeding it treats and it would stay nearby. With another creature, Kadin might even attempt to pet it by now, but with this tilvander in particular he'd heard that their skin could be dangerous sometimes. He didn't want to risk burning himself right now.
Now when they were making such good progress right now. It was peaceful, really, sitting here and feeding the tilvander in the agency. Kadin was pleased that they were making such good progress, the tilvander practically eating out of his hand at this point. He sat back and watched the tilvander, wondering what else he could do to convince it that it would be a good idea to come home with him. After waiting with each other for a little while longer, Kadin saw the tilvander look up at him, having finally ran out of all of the treats he'd dropped for it. Kadin tossed it another one, just to watch it go for it again. It ate it quickly and pleased, only to raise its head and look for another one. It seemed as if it would happily eat all of the treats he had if he let it, not a surprise.
So Kadin offered it yet another treat, watching as it ate it and then, finally, laid down on the ground with a soft, wet-sounding flop. The tilvander squirmed and wiggled where it was, rolling over onto its back. Kadin watched in amusement as the long body wiggled and stretched out its body, small arms flailing around a little bit. Kadin wondered if he'd fed it too much and now it was too full to move anymore. He leaned forward in his chair, watching the tilvander as it wiggled around some more. Its long coils ended up circling his chair, making it suddenly very difficult for him to move anywhere unless he wanted to risk stepping on the poor thing. Kadin had a feeling that he must have been able to befriend it after all. After a while of wiggling, the tilvander finally looked at him again. Kadin wondered what would happen if he offered another treat.
Since he'd given it a treat every time it'd made eye contact so far, it only made sense for him to toss another treat to it again. "There you go, is this what you want?" He asked, amused, as the tilvander slowly slinked its body around and around until its mouth was finally next to the treat. It ate it lazily and then spun around some more, just to really get its message across, but Kadin had no idea what it was trying to say. He just sat and watched, amused, and offered the creature a hand. "Do I still need to worry about getting hurt if you touch me?" He wondered. "Or are we friends now?"
The runner watched, also with fascination, to see if Kadin had actually managed to win over this creature with those nasty, nasty treats that he had kept feeding it. It didn't see the appeal, but it wasn't a tilvander.
Twilight-Claw: And usually I do notice those things. x3
Aug 11, 2022 8:35:50 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Lol, I honestly hadn't noticed them until you said that Darky! XD
Aug 11, 2022 8:35:38 GMT -6
Darky: With bonus feesh~
Aug 11, 2022 2:09:03 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Awesome growth! And I see they still got the birds flying around them. x3
Aug 10, 2022 13:31:10 GMT -6
Morgan: The Shabutau eyes are so expressive! I'm impressed with them. c:
Aug 9, 2022 21:09:30 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: *Dances* Yes! Primal Expertise is here! <3 Just now noticed the list with what is updated, thanks Silver! Definitely loving all those tiny updates that where made with the rest as well! <3
Aug 1, 2022 15:20:01 GMT -6
Darky: Yep, they're def 5-fingered, complete with a thumb :3 And danku~
Jul 21, 2022 4:04:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The Dynasty Tat-Lung looks awesome Darky! You made them look really cool! I think I even see a thumb in their design that fits their most likely one to read books in their design. <3
Jul 20, 2022 13:26:25 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like this part "and would like to remind you that lost digit reattachment is a service offered at all Labs-Aligned hospitals within the city." of them a lot for some reason, I don't think many people go to that establishment a lot. x3
Jul 2, 2022 3:42:55 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I didn't even noticed it was double headed until it got mentioned in the cbox (which was really just five seconds after seeing them! XD). :3
Jul 2, 2022 3:41:30 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: I'm glad you like them!! Seeing as they're a retired breed, I wanted the Magestorm to be extra special.
Jul 1, 2022 21:08:53 GMT -6
Morgan: Oh, the Magestorm being double headed is a really neat surprise! What a cute species. c:
Jul 1, 2022 21:02:39 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Afraid I don't have any. :C
Jun 30, 2022 14:16:45 GMT -6
Darky: Btw, still on the lookout for 1 sapling flower if anyone has any spares? (Not picky about colour~)
Jun 30, 2022 4:28:15 GMT -6