Renathan was able to just barely make it to the mining cart. Renathan's head was swimming a bit. He had one more trick up his sleeve, and he could only just now remember it. Renathan put one hand on his leg and quickly gave a burst of healing to it. He was running out of mana now, he could feel it. Renathan then gently placed a hand on the small creature, and sent a messy burst of healing it's way too, hoping to stabilize it. Renathan was not a skilled healer, and he didn't feel much better, but he felt a little less lightheaded. Renathan found himself climbing to the top of the mine cart, and then he was able to easily lift himself outside of the cave, after putting the wrapped-up chiryma up on the ledge first. Renathan then bent down, and put both of his hands on the mine cart's pully.
Renathan felt so weak, but he pulled as hard as he could on the mining cart. Thanks to his adrenaline, he was able to slowly make progress, backing up and pulling and then backing up and pulling again, until he was able to get the mining cart back up and out of the mine. Renathan breathed out a sigh of relief, but felt so sleepy... He didn't know how much blood he'd lost. Renathan scoops up the now stabilized chocolate-colored chiryma in his hands, and drags the minecart out of the mines completely, running out of breath along the way. Renathan was lucky that he had a good spike of adrenaline; it did not take him long to find a healer for the baby chiryma. He knew that if he hadn't remembered last moment to give a shot at healing them both they probably would not have made it. Renathan made it back to his house beaten and bruised, just in time before the 'sever bond' would have worn off.
Renathan had told himself that he was not going to come back to the mines for a while; but he was running out of good supplies for his jewelry working job, and he wanted to find a few more... He knew that he would never bring Lisle down here again, partially because he was getting so big, and also partially because of the horrible thing that had happened last time he was here... Yes, now he was going to come back and find some gemstones with a creature he'd not been down here with before, a gargoyle named Sarabi. He figured that since she had lived here before previously, that she would be able to protect herself decently enough... He hoped so, but Renathan was also not bringing them to the same place in the mines he had been before with Lisle. He didn't feel comfortable going back down there. They were going to stay very close to the top of the ground, anyway.
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Renathan dragged the little buggy, keeping an eye on the gargoyle the whole time. This was his first outing with her; he'd not really been down here with a familiar very much, not because he didn't want to specifically, but because he usually enjoyed getting closer to his creatures while he was down here, for training purposes later. He had no interest in training any of his mining familiars; for one he really didn't understand how they thought or really anything else about them. He knew that they lived in the mines and probably knew where all of the good gems were, but not much else. However, he was looking very specifically for fire crystals this time, and he figured that bringing a mining familiar would help. He considered bringing Meteorite down here, but then he remembered that he hadn't spent much time with Sarabi. That was that; now the two were down here looking for crystals, specifically.
Renathan would really not be super interested in crystals, to be honest, but he knew that Jack was looking to make a fire node, and if he found some crystals, maybe he could kind of pay her back for all the kindness she gave to him? Sure, she didn't want to be paid back, but he was going to do it anyway! Besides, he figured that if he found any crystals that were not the fire-kind, he could sell them, or perhaps trade them. He was always looking for more funds; he had a lot of creatures to feed, after all! Well, that, and even more creatures he wanted. Renathan finally found his way down into the mines, Sarabi in tow. She looked quite excited to be back here, in her own way. She looked bored most of the time, and perhaps a little queenly, but there was a gleam that she seemed to exude that told Renathan that she was excited.
Renathan was a bit afraid to pet Sarabi and talk to her the way he did to his other pets. He got the distinct impression that she wasn't exactly a pet-like creature. Sometimes, she was perceptive, almost like a person. He wondered if perhaps she was another one of those creatures that was actually sentient. He had no idea, not really. There weren't a lot of things for him to study on mining familiars; they were weird and foreign, almost dangerous. She was winged, too, that was scary. She moved forward, beyond him, now that they were in the mines. Perhaps she was feeling something that he was not? Renathan was curious but cautious. She wouldn't try to run away, right? Not now that they had already started being around one another. She did seem excited, though, so Renathan followed her as closely as he could. He hoped that they were not going really deep into the mines.
Renathan knew that the actual chances of finding a crystal were probably much lower than the chances of Sarabi literally running off, and that made him a bit nervous. Magic was very hard to find in the labs, and he knew that was the case for a long time. He'd luckily found several crystals over the last year, well, two to be exact. One of which was already given to Jack. Renathan figured that he would be fine today if all he found was gems, however. Renathan watches Sarabi as she seems to slow up a bit; perhaps to let him catch up and keep up a little easier. Renathan was certainly glad for that. He was glad that he had the light stick at the end of his mining cart to keep the area lit up so that he could see more easily. He wasn't afraid of the dark, but being unable to see down in the mines was dangerous.
Renathan hoped that he wouldn't run into any creatures down here in the mines today. There just wasn't really any kind of creature he needed from down here, and he found them a bit troublesome. Those were just the ones that he could probably capture too; the bigger ones... He was so glad he'd never accidentally ran into a big tunnel worm or anything. Because of what had happened last time, he had been scared to come down here for a long time. Now, he couldn't imagine doing what he used to do and coming down here to look for creatures with a tiny baby pet. He can't really imagine what he had been thinking now. He figured that Sarabi could take care of herself though. In fact, he hoped that Sarabi would specifically turn him away from creatures, if she could tell well they were at. Renathan continued on down the mining shaft, feeling anxious as he followed the gargoyle.
Renathan had been doing a lot of training lately. Between Shy Guy, Auburn, and even Lisle, he'd hardly had any time without the three of them. He was a little nervous, actually, being without one of these creatures. Auburn's gentle personality tended to calm him down quite a bit, and both of the big creatures simply calmed him with their huge presence. However, he was by himself, and with a large and strange gargoyle, that he wasn't a hundred percent used to. It was also going to take a long while for her to get used to him, too. Renathan was silent the whole time he followed Sarabi, keeping right behind her as he traveled down the mining shaft, glancing left and right every once in a while to see if any of the walls looked, or felt, interesting. He wasn't sure where he wanted to start digging, but he knew that he would soon.
Renathan was still quite a bit nervous about coming down to the mines, due to what happened with Lisle last time. He was, after all, the reason that his poor chiryma had to go through so much rehabilitation and hard times due to the leg. The leg that had been injured by a creature down here in the mines. The leg that had been injured because Renathan could not protect him. Couldn't protect himself. Renathan clenched his fist, digging his claws between his hand pads. He hated this a lot, and had no idea what to do about it, but he knew that he couldn't just avoid the mines. He had to come down here again sooner or later; and Jack's need for fire crystals had given him a reason to do that, at least. The mammalian continued to follow behind Sarabi, who turned to the left down a big, wide corridor. Renathan followed dutifully, curious as to where they were now.
Renathan took a look around, because Sarabi seemed to have stopped in this room for some reason. Renathan looked nervous, moving over to the walls and listening for in case there was some kind of monster. Sarabi did not seem to have stopped because the area was important, however, Renathan hadn't known that at first. Sarabi instead began 'grooming' back behind her wings, and Renathan stopped checking the wall just long enough to look at her and watch her. He didn't know that gargoyles even groomed like that; it wasn't quite like a cat or anything, and gargoyles weren't scaled or anything like that. Renathan was curious, but knew that there was no way that he could stop here and pull out all of his mining equipment, unless the gargoyle had decided to stay here. Renathan waited until Sarabi stopped grooming herself; perhaps she had been itchy? Soon, they were on their way again, down the tunnel way some more.
Renathan hoped that just his presence would be enough to get Sarabi used to him. They needed to be able to make a team, down here in the mines, and since this was the first time they had been down here together he knew that it would be strained. Heck, it would probably be strained for a long time, easily the next few trips down here if he went exclusively with her. Renathan was not always out to the mines, in fact, it was somewhat uncommon for him to come down to the mines anymore. He just had tons of training to do, as opposed to much else. Renathan kept walking down the vaguely boring looking mineshaft, knowing that this area was generally made of very smooth granite and that it was a very strong stone. That meant it would be hard to mine, but that it was more structurally sound than most. Sarabi still looked very bored, and kept walking s straight.
Well, Renathan was about ready to stop going deeper into the mines. Sure, he knew most of the areas around here just lead back up to the surface; in fact, he could feel a wind coming from up ahead, like they were coming to the surface not too far from now anyway... Yeah. Renathan was quiet for a moment, and tried to decide what the best way of making Sarabi stop was. He didn't want to anger her, but he thought this might be at least a little bit a good place to stop at and check the area out for gemstones. He kept walking, trying to figure out what to do about it, but he wasn't sure how to go about it. Sarabi just kept on going, turning to the left again, and this time the floor had a definite up-grade to it. Renathan sighed, unsure of what he was going to do about this situation.
Renathan was not prepared for what happened next. He suddenly got this deep heart tinge; a kind of strange thrumming feeling. Yes... Hopefully this was a good thing. Renathan felt a bit scared at it, and also didn't know if he was even going the correct direction to be going towards it; or well, even if it was actually a good thing or not. He had no idea what to think about that. However, after continuing to follow the gargoyle another turn, he felt it get very strong before suddenly going away. Just what did that mean? Should he go back and check? Did the gargoyle even know what that was either? Had she even felt it? Renathan wasn't sure how to 'bring it up' or if it even mattered. He decided to ignore the feeling, and he just kept going on. If Renathan had a choice, he would have went back and checked himself. Hopefully, Sarabi knew better.