"Nobody asked you to come after me." Ridelys informed the grumpy gemling. "You made your own decision." She had her back turned at present, opening the buggy's roof to remove her tools. Pick, shovel, chisel.... and the mallet head. With gloves and a careful hand, she could probably make use of getting a harder it on the chisel. Wood splinters from tools, from experience, are no picnic to remove though. Absentmindedly considering this, her nails scraped the bottom of the buggy's hull loudly, startling Ridelys out of her thoughts. She removed her hand from the buggy, examining her fingertips. The nails were getting longer, darkening at the tip of the nail. Almost like a talon... Draco didn't react to her noisy mouth sounds. How could such a dumb-of-underearth creature make so much noise? Putting this out of his mind, Draco walked up towards the buggy again, his eye sockets and gem-sense nose keen. 13
There was an unusual scent in the air. A familiar scent. Or sense. Believably, gemlings likely could smell something if they were near a gemstone. Particularly their choice of one to eat. But this wasn't his favorite stone smell. The one of cubey gold that made humanoids very confused. For it wasn't gold, it was pyrite. Draco still loved his pyrite. He stopped, looking this particular portion of stone up and down throughly. He could scent it not too far into the rock. If gemlings could crack their claws as a human can pop their finger knucklebones, that would be what anyone else heard. Draco's claws started into the untouched walls, carving into the stone chunk by chunk. Wondering just what Draco had found, Ridelys finished digging out her items, dawning her hard hat. The wall before her looked at the best to start. Before long, both theron and gemling were carving stone with metal and claws. 14
When he had been clawing away at the wall for a few minutes, Draco paused. The rocks had changed color slightly. A band of paleish white seemed to cross thru where he'd been tearing into the noncommital stone. Almost foggy, like the white part of an organic eyeball. It wasn't terribly big, but something. He started to dig into the left side of where the deposit appeared to be coming from. It went only a few inches deeper, if measuring by humanoid standards. However gemlings don't measure. Instead once he stopped seeing eyeball white rock as he dug in, the gem dragon pulled back, shook off the rock dust and went after the other side. Ridelys on the other hand, worked slow. Much slower then Draco. However, she did find a vein of something herself. Clunk She paused, looking to the right. Raised up on his hind limbs, Draco's forehalf struggled with drawing out a vinyl disc sized chunk of stone. With a different color no doubt! 15 lv up
What kind of stone did the gemling find? Pausing in her work, Ridelys put the pick down to avoid a bad hit that could take off her fingers. Instead, she came closer. The torch's magical light didn't reach too far beyond her, so the disc remained in her shadow. It looked gray, but with a gash of whiteish fog white scoring thru the middle. She reached for it, but Draco clicked his beak in her direction. He managed to get himself back out of the hole, powdered with rock dust. "Don't you want to take it home if its smaller?" she asked him, displaying the chisel and mallet head at her feet. Draco's eye sockets narrowed. He didn't like that terribly much. "There's something here too." the noisy female gestures at the messy gash of rock she'd been pulling apart with her metal claw. It did smell like mineral, and something different then the band of stone. 16
"You're better at hollowing out then I am." she gestured back at her own gash hole thing. "Share?" Draco glanced at her, down at the disc of stone, then at the gash she made. If gemlings had eyes, he would have glowered. The dragon passed her roughly, his solid body bumping into her overly long hind legs. Fine. If she wanted the stupid disc, do what she wanted. He still did not like the idea of 'sharing'. Ridelys waited to move towards the disc until the gemling started into her own pickaxe hole. Taking a minute, Ridelys tried to pull the buggy a bit closer for the torch light. She pulled a bit harder then intended... Twang The torch came free of its bracket on the buggy. Thankfully the bracket didn't appear broken at all, nor did the torch. Well then, this would work to her advantage. Wasn't there a few extra brackets? 17
Thankfully, when she had packed the buggy for previous expeditions, there were extra torch brackets. However the last time she used them, the mallet wasn't broken. The pick made too big of holes. Carefully, Ridelys held the mallet's head in her dominant hand, bracing the bracket with another. Bang bang bang It took a minute or two of steady banging of wood on metal into stone for the bracket to finally attach deep enough in the stone. The torch could be slotted now into the wall. Now the light illuminated more of the walls and the floor then being up the tunnel in the buggy's bracket. 'I'll have to remember that comes off now' she noted, taking a seat with the disc. Now that she could see a bit easier (oh nightvision, what are thee), there were actually two strips of color in the disc. A deeper orange line, tracing the foggy white. She could hear the rocks behind/beside clattering away as Draco went to town. 18
For Ridelys, the best choice of making the disc take home-able was to shave off as much stone as possible from the lines of color. The mallet would break it up too much (if it was repaired) and the pick would also break it up too much. Instead, she pulled the chisel and mallet out of the pile of tools, setting to work. Hunched over the disc, she braced the disc between her calves and started to chip away at the stone with the chisel. The mallet tapped on the chisel's handle, digging the metal flathead driver deeper into the stone. The chunks of stone took some time to shave off. The more stone that she could get off, the more likely she could figure out what this was. The orange line went deep into the disc, vs the white foggy stone that seemed to remain relatively shallow around the orange-brown line. Draco paused in his carving away, before giving the wall before him a headbutt. More of a shoved headbutt. The stone crumbled. 19
Draco hadn't had any rocks drop directly on his head in memory, and thankfully his head (more of his whole self) remained harder then some stupid rock. The rocks crumbled a bit easier then he anticipated. As the dust settled, Draco saw a small inlet of pointy colorful stones. They were a transulcently clear purple. Well then, that was something he didn't see typically. Backing carefully out of his hollow, the gemling landed back on his feet as the chisel the other one wielded split the foggy stone and the orange stone apart. "Did you find something?" Ridelys asked the gemling, not expecting an answer. The dragon looked back at the hole, expecting her to fill in the blanks herself. But her own find had the noisy one distracted. The orange-brown line was a small vein of copper, now that she could see the familiar sheen. That fact, she was bringing the whole left half of the vinyl sized disc home to get as much copper out of that rock as possible. The foggy stone approached the size of her foot. Decent, and it had a few red lines. Were those also copper? No, wrong color. Red. 20 lv up
Silver: I can give you one of my Baby Berries, Sev!
Aug 12, 2020 4:53:31 GMT -6
Sevyrn: Getting in to orbarus first, have half a breeding written up already just gotta get my hands on some baby berries first. But I'm gonna see if anything comes out of houlou in the future. Who knows, I could like them more than orbs.
Aug 12, 2020 4:21:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oh that's awesome!!! I love breedables too, and houluh have been such a fun addition to that.
Aug 11, 2020 10:58:30 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I have two from when they were first released, so I figured why not give it a shot now that there's something to really do with them. Plus breedables. I love breedables.
Aug 11, 2020 10:29:12 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Oooh, houluh kennel request spotted. :0 Thinking of getting into houluh, Sevryn?
Aug 11, 2020 10:25:55 GMT -6
Sevyrn: I've been trying to scour through things, slowly catching up bit by bit I do think!
Aug 9, 2020 2:05:23 GMT -6
Riku: Have you read all the updates, Sevryn? You’ve missed a lot, so it’s probably going to be enlightening/exciting.
Aug 8, 2020 23:24:15 GMT -6