Maybe this wasn't the best time to bring a fidgety, nervous wreck of a halfbreed into the mines, but that was alright, she would be able to figure it out. Considering it had taken every bit of thirty minutes to get the lead on him though, just so she could keep track of him, didn't bode well. She straightened up her spine a little and nodded, however, she would get this done with this halfbreed and everything would go just fine. Nothing would go wrong, they'd find the item (she hoped) and then they would get back out and be fine. Jack nodded again and double checked all of her gear, the wagon held her light on the outside and her tools on the inside, along with a couple of bags for any stones she might find along the way. Also inside was a bag of insects she figured the halfbreed would enjoy during their trip, and she hoped things would go well between them the whole time they were there. Well, he was nervous, but that was fine she figured with a nod and a smile, he would eventually get over it, but he flinched hard if there was a great amount of noise or she tried to touch him, which made the lead necessary but evil for him to go with. Jack gave a little sigh and deflated a bit, it wasn't too late to go pick up Goran or Grim, she figured with a little frown on her face, but no, she had chosen Vary and that was who she was going to go with. Still though, she had an odd, nagging suspicion at the back of her mind that told her something was going to happen, but she just didn't know what that was going to be yet.
Vary clicked and chittered to the woman and himself as she double and triple checked she had all of her equipment. Even the twin swords at her hips were there, just in case, which she figured might be working on his nerves even more than she thought they would. Jack sighed a little and touched the hilt of one of her champion swords from the Pit and then nodded. It was time to go in. They would work on the walls a little as they went, especially if Vary pointed to anything in the mines, but for right now she would just follow the rudimentary map the man had passed out as well. It was very, very rudimentary, and she suspected there were many more twists and turns to it than were shown, but she couldn't prove it just yet, so she just had to take him at his word it seemed. Jack pushed a hand through her hair, grabbed the wagon handle with the hand that didn't hold onto the lead attached to Vary, and plunged into the darkness of the mines. Vary chittered some more, and some scratching was heard as she noticed him trying to meld into the shadows, probably to hide from whatever might be down there. Too bad for him, the lead was very visible and she tried to coax him back out with a few insects in the palm of her hand. It was going to be slow going as they headed deep into the mines, but that was fine, she wanted him to get used to her before anything else happened, she figured. If the Sarane were in the nest, then it was going to be hard to get the items needed for the man to have at the end of it all when she went to turn it in.
Vary was a little uncertain about things. He knew of the woman, of course, he had been told about her by the wise gargoyle and the other halfbreed, but seeing her was a different story. She was so tall, though he wasn't too small at the same time, and he just didn't know what to do about her. According to them she used a long stick to walk, but that wasn't happening now, and she didn't seem to have a bad leg, so it was a little odd and he wondered if he had been lied to about it. A little more cunning than some, less cunning than others, he nevertheless wanted to know all he could about her before making a decision on whether or not to trust her. For now he didn't have a choice but to follow her, and ate a few of the insects out of the palm of her hand with wary eyes staring straight into hers as he ate. He didn't know what to do, but he thought he needed to get out of there as well, though the darkness felt like home almost at the same time. There was something natural about it, and as he clicked his ears swiveled as he realized he was hearing things deeper underground because of the noises he made. That was interesting and something he didn't know he could do until now, so maybe it wasn't too bad what was going on. He eyed the woman after he finished eating and then sniffed around, smelling interesting things in the darkness of the mines, the only light the one on the wagon the woman was pulling behind her. It was the scent of stones, and he knew it, but how he knew it he really didn't understand. It just didn't work out for him.
A howl came from within the mines, making Vary chitter faster and louder, hiding behind the wagon as he did so. He barely peered out from around the wagon and the woman looked a little concernedly down into the mines. Well that wasn't good. She had to admit, the mines seemed a little more eerie right now, but she could handle it, she was just worried about Vary handling it. If push came to shove she could put him in the wagon and then go along by herself, but she didn't think that would be too good for her to do at the moment would it? She frowned a little and pulled on the lead a bit, soft as she could, and the strange little band of people and things went further into the mines a little ways, trying to find something to dig for, trying to find a Sarane nest. She'd never seen a nest before in the mines, just the hatchlings who had wandered off from their mothers, poor things. One was a mother now in her own right, even a grandmother, at least if she remembered correctly. Jack just didn't know what to do about things at the moment, and she shrugged her shoulders as she tried to go further into the mines without terrifying poor Vary beyond all comprehension. He had faded into the shadows again and was sticking to her heels so much she was afraid she was going to step on him. For some reason she gave him a little bit of comfort, though he didn't know why that was at the moment. She wasn't too familiar, just a little bit, and she was odd at that. It wasn't everyone who would want to train the animals she trained, and as he slunk along at her heels, he wondered if there was something wrong with her.
The howl raised up again and Jack faltered for just a moment while Vary ran back behind the wagon again. She didn't know about this, was this a Sarane? Because she had never heard a Sarane make this noise before. A shiver ran down her spine for a moment before she shook her head again and plunged on into the darkness yet again. Nothing was going to scare her out of the mines right now, not while she was on a mission like this. Jack was determined to get it done, and get it done she would no matter what. She grinned a little as Vary slowly came up to her feet once more, wanting to stick close to the only thing he knew even a little bit down here. Everything else was foreign to him, like the smells he had discovered in the entrance to the mines. He paused and lifted his head up to sniff at the air, and then got excited and looked around for a moment. Jack was impressed, apparently he had picked up on something, and he walked over to a wall, sniffing the whole while, before beginning to pick up rocks and toss them behind him. Those opposable thumbs were good for something, she figured with a little chuckle. Tying the lead to her waist so he couldn't run off, she grabbed the shovel and started digging at the base of the wall, just in case there was something good in there no matter what and all. It was the first time in a long time she had mined with a creature that didn't glow, both Goran and Grim glowed in the darkness, which was nice and comforting when all was said and done. She smiled a little, they would feel left out, being left at home, but it was alright, they would be fine.
She hoped to find a few pure crystals so she could make another node during the next year sometime, but she didn't think she would manage to find a grand seven of them in that amount of time, she barely had time to mine as it was! This somewhat made up for it though, the gentleman who put up the ad said she could keep anything she came across, which meant more crystals for her if she could find them, she supposed. Ah well, it would all work out in the end, even if she just made another greater elemental node at that point. She chuckled, how was it that node creation had become so mundane? She smiled a little and shook her head as she dug, she really didn't know, but it was amusing to her no matter what. Jack glanced over at Vary who was still moving rocks with his front paws, using them a lot like his Felusine heritage did when it came to things like this. Unfortunately he was a rather horizontal creature, he couldn't stand up on his hind legs very good, and only then when he had his front paws propped on something. It would all work out though, he would be able to find something eventually. His short, nubby claws started working at the wall, working less efficiently than either Goran or Grim did of course, but still nice enough to get a few things done. Jack reached down and lightly touched his head, making him chitter anxiously and drop the rock he was holding. He froze a little bit and stared at her with big eyes, and she pulled her hands up and showed them to him, backing off and starting to shovel again. It would take awhile for him to trust her she knew, but it still hurt.
Jack simply hoped there was a purpose to this digging, she really hoped to train Vary up a little bit after awhile, and having him stop and pick up on stones or crystals as they went wasn't a bad thing she figured. Still, if they didn't find anything after awhile, she could have them continue down into the mines to try and find that nest. As she dug, she wondered what was back there that had Vary almost in a frenzy at this point. She sighed a little, probably nothing good, but that was the beauty of it, she never knew what was coming until it came along. She chuckled a little and shook her head, whatever happened, at least she would be a little productive, at least she would have gotten Vary some experience out in the world, as nervous and jittery as he was. Vary dug a few more times and then sniffed in the hole he had dug before sitting back on his haunches and licking dirt from his front paws. Opposable thumbs only went so far, she supposed, and she sighed a little and patted him on the head before putting up her shovel. Vary twitched when she touched him and drew away from her for a moment, but that was fine, she could figure it out later she supposed. Oh well, he would get used to her eventually she thought, and she hoped that things would go well no matter what. If only she had another animal who could handle her in the mines with her, but she had decided on Vary and that was that. As time went on he would get more and more used to her, she knew that much, and she hoped that things would work out in the end with them, and if they didn't...
Jack pulled Vary along behind her by the leash with one hand, the wagon in the other hand as she walked along, every now and then stopping to check the map the man had given her. It was a terrible map, but it had a few things on it she thought she knew, but who really ever knew this kind of thing. She could read maps just fine, she knew landmarks and everything, but this was just terrible. Chuckling a little, she stuffed the map into her pocket and then wandered around in the mines, wondering if they were getting close at all. The map never showed the trail forking off, but it certainly did, she might have to give him some tips on map-making in the future, she figured, if she ever saw him again. Apparently he was a jewelry maker, but she had never seen him around before. Reaching up, she touched the item Renathan had made and given her one of them, fatestones, something she could use to make jewelry anywhere, apparently, she just never did it seemed. It didn't matter, but it was interesting to see what kind of things she could do with them. She could make her own fire, of course, but this stuff burned a little brighter in the end of it all. She stopped and paused to tie her shoe, but felt something... odd... in the air. Glancing around, a shiver ran down her spine as she realized she was being watched, but no eyes were visible anywhere around in the mines where she could see right now. Blinking a bit, she tried to find something, but nothing was there, only scuttling off into the distance. Whatever it was, it spooked Vary, but that never really seemed to take much either.
Vary stood still, though his limbs shook with every fiber of his being as he heard the scuttling. He thought he saw something in the distance, tiny and black, but there was no way of being sure it seemed. He clicked a little in fright and then hid behind the woman, his favorite thing to do at the moment he felt. It meant he was safe, if only because whatever it was would get her before it got to him. If she knew he was using her as a shield, she might be a little upset, but that wasn't what was going on at this point it seemed. Jack reached down and lightly touched his head, and that seemed to snap him out of it as he jumped up in surprise and clicked as menacingly as he could at her, which wasn't very much. She simply smiled and chuckled and then moved on down into the tunnels a little further. She wanted to finish this quest, she just didn't know what they would do with everything she was supposed to get from finishing it. She'd heard there were quite a few prizes, not to mention point toward the shop that was open in the middle of the city now. Some of the items were pretty interesting she felt, though she shook her head a little as she walked along, wagon and Vary bumping along behind her. She came to a fork in the tunnel and frowned, eying the map again. There was nothing in there about this, maybe the nest was a little ways away now, but there was no real way for her to be sure, she figured. She just had to keep moving and hope that Vary was learning something, she couldn't really go wrong with that, right?
The nest was down one of the corridors a little ways, and Jack peered around to make sure nothing was there. She smiled a little when she found the coast was clear and snuck forward, leaving Vary behind, tied to the wagon. Glancing through the nest, she picked up a few things that looked expensive or interesting and then slipped them into the wagon before heading out again, leaving behind the Sarane nest with a few eggs in it. Her heart hurt, she wished she could have taken some of the eggs, but that wouldn't have done much for her, she already had her Black Hen and Black Drake from the mines anyway, though she was sure someone would offer to buy them from her if she went for it. Smiling a little, she shook her head, when she went for an addiction, she really went for it didn't she?
Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6