Someday, Renathan hoped to be able to take Auburn out to the mansion again. He'd been so busy as of late that he didn't really have time to do much else, even garden. However, he knew that it would be more profitable in the long run if he was able to complete his job. This was the general thought process that went through his mind while he was otherwise mindlessly using the command to fly, and then alternating between that and trying to help Sarabi understand how to hold her wings in order to get up off of the ground.
Finally, Sarabi cups her wings, and continues to flap them at the same time. Up to this point, whenever she cupped her wings, it would take her off of the ground a foot, and then she wouldn't know what to do after that and would fall back down. This time, she kept it up, and hovered a tad.
"Good gal!" Renathan said excitedly. "You're doing great, keep it up!" He watched as she landed back down a little better this time. "Let's get you on top of this boulder here. You're making great progress." He said to her. She seemed a little giddy, if that was the correct term for her excitement. Renathan moved her to a slightly tall rock, so that she could perhaps learn to spread her wings a bit better. Then, came the process again.
The russet mammalian would give the command, and this time she'd flap and cup her wings at the same time, picking her up off of the 'ground' (or boulder in this case). Then she would land. Each time, she seemed to be getting a little better. Soon, Renathan watched her as she tried to take a leap while doing it- flapping the whole way down to the actual ground in a sort of funky looking glide.
That was it! Renathan hopped, a little excitedly. Perhaps they were finally making progress on this! He thought that it would take a lot longer (even though it had taken a lot longer than it had with his other flying critters, actually). "You're doing it!" He said, giving her a pat on the back in appreciation once she landed. "If you do that a few more times, you'll eventually find your rhythm." He knew that she didn't probably understand him all that well, but it still felt right to talk to her. She was smart, wasn't she? About like a harachiu, perhaps.
"Now let's try again." He said, helping her up onto the boulder. This time, she seemed more confident than ever. Renathan gave her the command, and she leaps into the air, giving herself a bit of a start, and flapped her cupped wings to gain purchase.
This time, she did a little bit better than the last. She hadn't quite found a good rhythm yet, but she went quite a bit further than she had last time. Renathan is sure to praise her and then help her get back up onto the boulder again. He gave the command again, and off she went. It was much the same as last time. Renathan gave her praise yet again, and then gave the command again after helping her get back up onto the boulder. This repeated a few times, and each time Sarabi tried a different rhythm on trying to get her wings to carry her aloft. Finally, after repeating this process several times, Sarabi found something that allowed her to stay aloft. "You did it, Sarabi!" He said, excitedly. "Now keep on going, go on!" He gave the command again, hoping she'd find a way to move more while flying, to maneuver.
Sarabi suddenly wasn't at all sure what to do in the air. She was able to keep herself up using her wings, but she wasn't sure how to really change directions or anything of the sort. She nearly crashes into a wall at a goodly speed, but manages to land (poorly) before doing so. Renathan looks concerned, but they work through it. Renathan did a lot of repetition with the command (which she knew the word for regardless) and the action of flying. Sarabi was scared at first, nervously landing early the first few times, but within an hour had learned at least how to turn and not hit walls, though she wasn't very good at gauging speed yet. That would come with time, they were sure.
Still, they continued. Sarabi did make several crash landings as they continued, but she always started the flight right on command. Finally, she was able to do it from the ground instead of a higher position.
This wasn't the end of the work, of course. Her movement into the air was sloppy as ever, and her landings had something to be desired. Perhaps he would teach her to land at another point, but those entries into the air were tantamount. At least they had a lot of room to practice, if they came back here in the future! Perhaps he would teach her to land, and gain higher altitude, and lower down, and all of that important flying stuff. For today, though, he just wanted to make sure that she could do it and would do it if she was commanded.
They worked very hard for another hour or so, with Sarabi learning how to angle her wings, to spill the air to lower, to avoid the walls with much more precision. She was trying to teach herself how to control her speed, to some degree, as well.
Time goes on as they work. Renathan has lost track of time, but he does know that he needs to get home relatively soon. They'd come back at some point, he decided, sometime soon. They still had two crystals to hopefully get by Turn of the Year, though he wasn't sure if he was going to manage that. Perhaps, with luck, he would. "Come on Sarabi, just a few more times, just to get it for sure, and we'll go home for the day." Of course, they'd check for anything nearby, but Renathan wasn't sure if they would find anything. They'd had both really good luck, and really poor luck today in rapid succession. It was strange.
The repetition continued, command, flight, and lots of praise, and then command, flight, and lots of praise. Eventually, Renathan was sure that she had gotten it. They checked for anything of interest, and then went home.
 - [End of 'Fly', they go home, and check for anything of interest before leaving. If there happens to be an encounter, They'll come back.]
The pair were back a few days later. The russet mammalian had a whole bunch of things he wanted to teach Sarabi how to do, and it was an excellent idea to use the things naturally found in the mines to teach these a little quicker. A few of these would probably be better suited to an individual being taught to be a messenger, and perhaps he would do that with her as well. For now, though, he wanted to teach her how to do some things that would be useful inside the mines themselves.
"Alright Sarabi, which way do you think we should go?" He asks, once they hit a three way split. Renathan wanted to go deeper into the mines than he usually did, today. He hoped to find something of interest, and knew that there probably wasn't much else where they had been. Sarabi looks at him, as if trying to puzzle out his statement.
After a breath or two, Sarabi seems to puzzle out some meaning, though if it was actually what Renathan said, he did not know. She moved down a specific one of the choices, leaving Renathan to have to follow her, pulling the mining cart himself. She always seemed to know where to go to find at least a little bit of stuff, once Renathan gave her choices anyway. Some days were a little worse than others. He was trying his best to do what he needed to do in the time allotted to him, and she was his absolute best chance at doing so. Still, it would be a great idea to continue to train her whenever they got where they were going. It took some time, as they walked down the path that she chose. Thankfully, it never really narrowed off. Sometimes in the past they'd had to go back where they came form due to narrowing of tunnels.
Renathan had found that sometimes, he liked to be alone. He'd significantly lowered the amount of pets he had several times by now, and it helped quite a bit with his problem of being quite overworked. However, he didn't really like the silence of the mines, and never really had. He felt like grumbling as they continued to walk on, but eventually Sarabi started stopping here and there, and giving a quick sniff at the rock walls, perhaps to detect things that may or may not be there. He wasn't sure if she could smell them, or if it was some other sense that was close to her olfactory nodes. Renathan had an organ in the roof of his mouth that could be used to sense certain things, so he was sure that she might have something like it. It was concerning that it might could be used for minerals, but it was useful.
Renathan wasn't really even sure if creatures from down in the mines were technically biological beasts, but perhaps that was not for him to know. It wasn't like he was a scientist, nor did he really want to be. His mind tended to wander while he waited for Sarabi to select a spot for them to begin digging. He stubs his toe on a rock that he wasn't paying any attention to, and sucks in breath through his teeth, but manages not to holler out. Doing that kind of thing down in the mines could cause a cave-in, easy. Sarabi does seem to notice, and she stops to check on Renathan briefly, huffing the whole time, and then when she is sure that he is actually fine, she continues on. Renathan's toe hurts pretty bad, but not as bad as the time that he had broken a toe as a child, so he knows it is not broken.
He struggles to put weight on it for the customary amount of 'ow, I stubbed my toe on something hard!' amount of time before finally it starts to go numb and then stops hurting entirely. Still, they carried on. The russet mammalian moves a little quicker, trying to catch up, because Sarabi has gotten a decent distance ahead of him while he was babying his toe. He catches up without any further incidence, but it is mostly because he's remembering to pay attention to the terrain a little better now. He knew that sooner or later, he would probably forget it yet again later. It was easy to get lost in the work that had to be done down in the mines in order to bring up any amount of useful minerals. Still, he frowns beneath his mask. How much further down this little tunnel were they going to have to go?
Some days, Renathan was a little luckier than others. Some days, he finds some rather strange critters, when he was looking for other stuff. That being said, it HAD been a long time since he had last seen a Karzik of any kind. His mouth shapes into an 'o' under his mask. "Well Sarabi, look at that." He says, a little impressed. "How long has it been since we have seen a karzik?" Sarabi looks from Renathan, to the Karzik, and then back to the Russet Mammalian. Renathan had brought some treats today, to hopefully be able to work with Sarabi on some new piece of training or something. He digs one of the treats from a pouch at his side and holds it out, voice soft. "Here you go little buddy." He tries to coax the critter. It did have a gem in its claws, it would seem. He couldn't see what kind yet though.
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