Morgan then pulled back and stood up to cause the pretty seryn to lose interest and move away, further into the small cut off area of the loch that was specifically for smaller pets. The seryn was in no way small, but Morgan did not want someone's rogue pliathor to come and eat the spotted creature. The sad thing is that such things would undoubtedly happen often without these sorts of stop gaps. Morgan grabbed another food item from their pouch, this time one of the small cicadas again, and then held it over the loch again before blowing that soft command whistle, the three-toned one, that would mean for the creature to come to Morgan. The seryn immediately turned around, already figuring out that this noise meant food as well, though perhaps not seeing the difference between this one and the name. Morgan would have to make that distinction after doing some more work.
Morgan was finding it a little easier now to take this at a more scientific mindset, more of a curiosity than a strange feeling of effervescent hiraeth. Morgan hated that sort of thing, and it was hard not to feel this way when it was such a bright morning. The coolness off of the loch was quite nice, and bright sunrise glinting off of the dark waters of the loch made for the perfect mirror shimmering red, pink, and golden-orange. The human took a moment to take it in, and explained it scientifically to theirself in their mind quietly, packing it away for later thinking. Morgan wanted to make sure that the command was taken well, so they whistled it one more time, using that nice new blue whistle, and then held a tiny shrimp over the water. Hardly a morsel, these bits and pieces, but they were great for training, and would do wonders for Domino's scales.
The fish was used to coming up to Morgan for the food with the command and immediately did so with a swish of her dotted fins. Morgan gave over the tiny piece of the soft shell shrimp to the dappled creature for doing the correct response. Now it was time, as always, to mix it up. Morgan rose up and waited for the fish to move over to a different area, and then grabbed one of the feeder fish out from the bag, quite tiny and brightly spotted itself. The blond human whistled the wrong whistle this time, and when the creature turned around, Morgan immediately saw the realization that it was not the correct one flash across the creature's silver blue eyes a moment too late, and it was odd to realize that the creature realized it, judging by the eyes. Domino had already made it half way up to the dock before realizing this.
Morgan tsked, and then shook their head at the creature, meaning to establish this as a body language cue early on as they continue to work on training as the time went on. Domino turned around, and Morgan realized that she was just pretending to not pay attention; clever creature. The blond human whistled the correct tone this time, and the koi-colored seryn moved around, swishing her fins in the quick way that she did to move back over to retrieve the food item that Morgan had. Morgan gave over the tiny morsel for the good behavior, and then straightened up to allow the creature a moment to move away again. Morgan retrieved another tiny soft-shell shrimp, and then gently whistled the command yet again, and then bent down over the water. The seryn whisked around and snatched grabbed the piece from them. The next command was a wrong but close one; and Morgan was pleased to see that it did not trick the calico creature.
The only thing that could be done now was a continuation of the repetitive parts of the training that always plagued these sorts of things. Morgan had wished that the Labs had spent as much time and money making these creatures learn quicker, as opposed to making them magical or whatever else they also did... Giving them souls or whatever they said that they did whenever pestered by the general populace. Whenever the bespectacled blond whistled the correct command, the swishy creature darted quickly to where Morgan was, and then whenever the creature heard a wrong command, no matter what it was, it was not reacted to at all. Morgan would hand over treat after treat, glad that they were small or else Morgan would be concerned about making the creature too overweight, not that Morgan had ever seen an overweight seryn, which might be unhealthy. The blond human was finally quite confident that Domino knew to come with that whistle.
The bespectacled human blinked their glowing green eyes and stared out over the glistening loch, slumping down to sit on the wood of the dock with their feet dangling boots and all over the water. The seryn looked up curiously at them again, realizing that the food had stopped coming and the noises had stopped. Somehow, Morgan was more interesting to the creature than even the other things in the loch, and that concerned the human a bit. Morgan put their hand in the water, gently touching the waves and could almost swear they could feel the dissonance of the molecules of water sliding past one another in an extreme force of chaotic dissonance. Morgan tried to shut this out, feeling the effects of the chaos node even more so at the moment, and then felt the seryn brush up against Morgan's fingers. Morgan's eyes flew open from their semi-closed state, having been trying not to blind themself on the bright golden light glinting off of the loch.
Morgan knew that they still had a little bit to work on; and these next two training bits were certainly going to be a lot harder to train a fish than they would be to train to literally anything else. The one that Morgan had to do next was 'stay'. Stay was quite easy to teach a creature that can sit or stand in one place, but obviously a lot harder to learn by creatures that were quite stuck in the water and couldn't necessarily force themself to stay in one spot. However, the bespectacled human did indeed know that the creature could indeed be trained to stay in a very small specific area at the very least, so the idea would be that. Morgan decided that this would be done by throwing a food in the water, and then calling out the command, and waiting to see if the creature would stay there. If it would, the idea was to throw another piece of food in the water for it in the same area, and if not, then it would be ignored.
Morgan got to work on this, by throwing a morsel into the water right where they knew that the tiny piece would be found by the creature. In fact, Morgan chose the bright and shiny feeder fish specifically because it would float and be quite shiny and obvious to the seryn. True to form, the seryn swam over to the tiny morsel and gobbled it up. Obviously, the tiny bits were not filling the creature up, and they were not meant to. Morgan fed their creatures on very specific time tables, after all, and this was not meant to be a meal. As soon as the seryn was in that spot, the bespectacled human whistled a new command; and it was already causing the creature to be given a bit of pause. One quick sharp whistle; an attempt to get attention and make a creature stop. True to form, Domino was too confused as to what the disruptive and strange sound meant to actually move. Morgan waited a moment, and then tossed another small morsel to the creature for doing a good job.
Domino of course had no idea what had caused her to be given food, but she was clever and quick; she knew that this was a pattern that would probably continue. One of the hallmarks of sentience, of course, was the understanding of patterns and the ability to easily manipulate and exploit them to be able to obtain was what desired. Domino was no ordinary fish. She was a seryn, and that came with a certain amount of intelligence. Domino watched the strange four-eyed being curiously, waiting for some kind of indication as to what was desired for the wanted outcome. Morgan picks up a very small mushed berry and threw it over into the water area a bit away. Domino of course moves over there, a little bit more slowly to watch things, and then when she got there, Morgan grabbed another little morsel. That meant that food would be coming soon? A sharp whistle blow happened.
Domino copied what she had done last time; staying in place. Patterns, right? This happens, so this other thing should happen, and then profit, right? She waited for a while, and right before she began to doubt it, she was thrown another of those shiny little multicolored fishes. Domino snapped the prize up, and then realized exactly what was going on; at least through the eyes of a being without skills of communication. Certain actions appeared to be desired when certain noises happened. That meant that from here on out, this would be a way to exploit for food, right? Whenever Morgan once again dropped something in the water, Domino went there, and as soon as that one sharp whistle blast occurred, she stayed in that area, fins fanned out wide. Soon, a treat was throwing into the pond, one of those little soft shell shrimps. Domino snapped this up and then watched the strange being curiously.
Morgan decided to mix up the commands a little bit, sure that the creature would provide proof that it learned them if given the chance. The Seryn was much easier to teach than any of the other creatures that Morgan had worked with so far; some of them were too dangerous to work with before the psycho-social effect began to cement itself. However, this seryn had a calm personality, almost like Morgan's little spitfire of an izer, only without the attitude issues otherwise. Morgan was beginning to feel a little better about this situation than they had previously. The bespectacled human ran the seryn through the commands, calling her name, and then using the whistle command for come, and then switching to the whistle command for 'stay'. The calico seryn floated serenely next to the dock, looking up at Morgan expectantly with those silvery-blue eyes. It was always amazing how quickly the psycho-social effect began to form.
This was going to be the hard one, Morgan knew, for two reasons. The first was that Morgan didn't really see a point in trying to set up some arbitrary situation to attempt to teach a fish how to respond to no, and the second one was of course the fact that the training of 'No' was usually quite a bit pointless in general, since the psycho-social effect would eventually allow a creature to read an owner's body language to the point of feeling their emotional state, simple as that. Most creatures at that level of psycho-social effect would not at all do anything that would make their owner upset. That was how Morgan had found it, anyway. However, this was the last bit of training that the Training Guild wanted them to do, so this was what was going to happen. Morgan pulled out a few of the more desirable treats, and then also pulled out some treats that would not be desirable, something too big for the creature to swallow.
Morgan proceeded to coat this undesirable food object by rubbing it against some of the more desirable ones, like the little feeder fish, to get the 'scent' on it. At that point the bespectacled human dropped the ball into the water. At that, Domino came up to the thing, figuring it was food, and Morgan gave the whistled command for 'No' that they had decided upon. It was a particularly shrill call specifically so that the creature would be shocked by it and stop. It worked like a charm, with Domino staring at him with those bright silver blue eyes curious about what was going on. After a moment of not touching the ball, Morgan threw a feeder fish just a little ways away, to let the koi-like fish know that she had done good. So far, this was one of the easiest creatures that Morgan had ever trained. It would seem like a calm personality and high sentience allowed for ease of training.
Morgan was quite sure that this was going to wind up being a lot easier than they had originally thought. That was quite good, at least. The sun was beginning to climb up a bit higher, so it was probably somewhere around o-nine-hundred in the morning. It was getting about time to go home and feed the creatures, after all. Morgan would have to get this done a bit quicker, they decided. Morgan waited until Domino finished their snack and then moved over to the ball again in an attempt to test it out. Morgan called out the no command using the whistle yet again, and was quite happy to see the creature stop doing that again and begin to swim away. Morgan threw out another calico feeder fish for her, making sure to pick only the smallest ones. The blond human did not want to spoil the creature's apatite or anything for later.
Today was a good day so far. Morgan's mind had been quiet for a while, somewhat tame for once, which was abnormal since the swallowing of the chaos node. It was nice, for once. Morgan watched for a moment, waiting for Domino to grab the treat, and realized that the water was no longer golden shimmering, and instead glinted a bit of the morning sun hear and there over the bright blue water. Morgan breathed in to take in some of the smells of the loch. The day was quite nice, at least. Finally, Domino came around to test out the ball again, this time watching Morgan curiously. That was good, at least! That meant that she was thinking, Morgan was sure. The bespectacled human used the whistle to call out the 'no' command, and Domino turned away quite quickly, as though she was used to this now. Domino snapped up her treat this time rather quickly.
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