What was perhaps not the smartest idea from Morgan, or rather- it was pretty harebrained, was that they had ordered even more creatures; well, a few more, and it was just a mess. They would have so much on their plate to work on, and already had a lot to work on. However, Morgan was slowly getting the lay of the land, so to speak, with training, so they weren't too upset with theirself about it. They figured that they could do fine, eventually, regardless. However, it was important to keep an eye on how many critters one had. The food wouldn't be a problem, at least. Not with the ones they had picked out anyway. Finally; the docks were in site; well rather, the dock that they used typically. They had been walking on a boardwalk, towards it for a while now. Finally, they pulled up to the edge of the dock, and glanced over Domino again.
Morgan had to worry about getting the creature out of the tank, first, of course. They gently used the mechanism they had created to easily and without harm transfer the rather large spotted fish into the loch, in a small closed off area for training small creatures. This was the safest way to do this; of course. Morgan wouldn't put it past anyone to bring a giant pliathor and laugh whenever it tried to hurt other peoples' pets. For every really reasonable and well behaved responsible pet owner out there, there was another one being ridiculous. Morgan had to be careful with Domino, since she was relatively small and weak compared to one of those. "Domino." Morgan said quietly, looking down into the loch at the spotted beastling. Domino casted her silver gaze right at Morgan, silent but obviously looking pretty excited to be here. Morgan brought treats, of course.
Running the creature through a few of her old commands seemed like a good idea, since Morgan hadn't really worked with her in a while. Morgan fished around in the wagon for a moment before removing a bag of the dried calico feeder fish. They worked pretty good last time for Domino; it wasn't uncommon for fish to eat fish, after all. "Oh, you want some, dontcha?" Morgan asked, not surprised whenever the seryn made a slight slap of the water whenever the fish bag had been procured. She knew exactly what that meant, and she would eat just about as much as Morgan would let her. Morgan chuckled at her, a bit. She wasn't anything like the tat-lung of course, but Morgan could probably be a bit biased. Mostly because they could talk to tat-lungs using their ring of animal tongues, but seryn were pretty sentient too, Morgan reminded theirself.
It was pretty obvious, watching some of Domino's antics, what it meant for a being to be sentient. She was uncanny, sometimes in her understanding of Morgan's base expressions, and that was a bit surprising. Of course, when Morgan was a young child, their father had a seryn too. That seryn was very well bonded to Morgan's dad, like almost all of his creatures, but Morgan had been way too young to really understand that the seryn was sentient. Honestly, Domino looked a lot like that seryn, but not exactly of course; that one had been a Koi breed. Morgan's father often took in critters from the Labs as trials, before they were completely released. Perhaps that was part of their father's job, to study how these creatures reacted in a home environment. It made a lot of sense, at least. Domino was quite uncanny too, Morgan realized that it was her eyes that really looked... Intelligent.
Morgan brought the blue whistle to their lips, feeling a little more calm than usual today, and of course Domino immediately stared Morgan down. Yes, Domino knew what this meant; tricks would need to be done for food. Morgan wanted to make sure that she remembered this, and was planning on moving right into training other things after running her through all of these basic tricks. With any luck, after today, she would be proficient in most of the swimming things that the training guild wanted. Morgan wasn't sure why they wanted to catch back up, other than of course the prestige. That and Morgan was bored often, could one really blame them? The chaos node seemed to have given them so much more energy... But today was a good day, it would seem. Morgan gave a command, and then watched as Domino sprang into action. Her flowing movements were quite cool.
Morgan had originally picked up Domino because they needed a creature that could live in their brook; the one that moved through their land. It worked out pretty well, and after Domino was finished being worked on, Morgan considered picking up an actual Koi to live with her as well. They couldn't help but think that it would be super neat, and of course it would give Domino someone to be around. That was far away, however. They had a lot to work on before then, and of course Morgan wanted her to be completely grown before they considered getting another one. There was no need to have a billion of them around before Morgan had actually committed to finishing the training on this one. Morgan was super flighty, and it showed. Perhaps in the future it would pay to be less flighty? Morgan would really have to control what all they did, pet wise in the future.
After Domino was properly ran through all of her currently known tricks, Morgan decided that it would be a good idea to get her started on the most basic one they needed to work on. Since Domino was already an aquatic creature, they could probably work on the other tricks before teaching the at the moment somewhat redundant 'swim'. Of course, they were going to work on swim eventually too, since Domino would eventually, with any luck, be able to mature into her flying form. That was what Morgan was hoping for, anyway. For now, they were going to work on the 'land' command, or rather 'dock'. Because Morgan would need to be able to get out of the water as well, if something happened, and teaching her to go to the land would be a good idea to get Morgan out of trouble in the future. That was the idea, anyway.
Morgan would have to come up with a command for it, of course. Something complicated, and whistle-bound of course, since she may have to do the command from a good distance. Morgan considered, for a moment, tapping the underside of their chin with a finger as Domino stared on. After a moment, Morgan decided, and then moved out to the bank of the loch from the dock. They would switch between the two until the idea to come to land became apparent. Morgan decided finally upon one sharp whistle followed by a sing-songy one, since it was different enough from all of the other commands they had worked on. Domino followed curiously, but at a distance. She did want the treats, and was eager to please. Morgan called out the command, and then bent down at the water's edge, to hand off a treat. Domino saw the treat, the calico feeder, and came close to the land.
Domino was very intelligent; and understood that this was a new command. She could feel the vibrations in the water, and they were super distinct. She also saw the treat near the water, and went to go get it. She was already beginning to put two and two together here; new command... Huh? So if she was getting this treat here, that meant that she did what she was supposed to in order to get it. She was of course given the treat when she got there, which meant that she had the correct reaction. Soon, however, Morgan moved to the dock, and she swam out there as well, to look up at Morgan, trying to gauge what was needed for the next treat. Morgan gave that same command again, the 'new' one, and she moved to the dock instead. Ah, no treat here. Domino took a moment to consider what was going on, staring up at Morgan with curiosity.
Morgan gave the command again, and then seeing as they still had Domino's eyes, they waved out toward the land. At this, Domino's eyes followed Morgan's movement (something that perhaps on a sentient creature would do automatically) and then realized her mistake. The silver-eyed and spotty creature immediately went toward the shore instead, and Morgan tossed her a fish right close to her. "Good job, Domino." Morgan called out, not quite used to not doing it, since they had been using it for Nico (since they had slowly warmed up to him). After a moment, Domino came back closer to Morgan, and Morgan called out the command again. NOW Domino got it very well, moving out that direction with a swish of her fins, towards the land. Once she reached it, Morgan threw her another fish, really close to her, to prove the point. "Now she is getting it."
Now it was all repetition from here, and repetition with sentient creatures was probably as infuriating to the critter as it was to Morgan. At least the critter was getting some type of reward, though, and that was always a good thing. The bad thing was of course that Domino got bored easily, thankfully she was also a people-pleaser, so she managed just fine through it. Morgan would give the command, she was swim to the shore, and then she would get a treat before moving closer to Morgan again to restart. Then it would begin again, the command would be given, Domino would swim to the shore, and then she would get a treat before moving closer back to Morgan again. Again and again this happened, and then Morgan began mixing in the other commands Domino knew too. Soon enough, she was getting it like a champ, and Morgan was sure that they could continue on with other things.
Morgan suddenly decided that working on the 'go out to swim' command would be next. It should be relatively easy, since the seryn was of course, already swimming. The difficult part of it was already finished; most creatures were not so water-oriented and would have to be first coaxed into the water, and then taught to swim. For Domino, however, she was already living her life entirely within the water. So there wasn't a lot of work to be done that way. Just basically letting her know that she has to swim, to get into the water, when she was commanded to do so. That should be easily enough, Morgan figured. Domino was flitting about in the water already, quite pretty, spotty and dappled like the sunlight filtering through on the water. It was hot outside, and Morgan was tempted to go swimming theirself. They probably should have brought their water clothes.
Morgan had to decide upon a command for this; and once again they decided upon a whistled command, since it could be used from far off. Morgan couldn't really think of a specific situation that they may get in that would require this, but Morgan wanted to cover all of their bases anyway. "Alrighty Domino, we're going to work on swimming now." Morgan said, feeling a bit silly. Working on swimming with a creature that could already swim sounded a bit silly, when saying it like that. "Well, we know you can already swim, but on command and all." She'd need it, once she could fly, anyway. Domino was watching Morgan carefully, wanting more treats. Morgan gave the whistle command that they had chosen for swim, and of course Domino could tell through the vibrations in the water that it was a new one. Morgan then tossed a treat out into the water far beyond her.
Domino rushed out in the water, swimming toward the treat, and snapped it up. Morgan gave the command again as soon as Domino got her treat, and then threw another treat out into the water far away from there in another direction. Domino of course heard the command and went that direction too, snapping up that treat whenever she got there. Morgan gave the command for her to come to Morgan, and of course Domino returned to the dock, and was given another fish. At this, Morgan gave the command again for the 'swimming' command, and this time didn't throw any fish. Domino watched Morgan with silver intelligent eyes, curiously, as if trying to figure out what was needed, and this time when Morgan tossed the fish, she hesitated before swimming to it, as if she had just figured something out. She snapped up the treat, and then turned back towards Morgan, waiting for orders.
Morgan guessed that Domino may be starting to get it, but they were no where near done. This would be a ton easier if Morgan had a way to really cement this with her, or if she didn't have to be swimming all of the time... Morgan suddenly came up with an idea, and moved off of the dock and down to the water's edge, where they had previously worked on 'Land' with, and then Morgan called Domino to the land. Domino came over of course, since it was still fresh on her mind, and Morgan tossed a treat in for her to reinforce the correct behavior that they had worked on earlier. Then, Morgan gently lifted the seryn out of the water, gave the command for swim, and then pushed her gently back out into the water. Domino seemed confused at first, and then suddenly, raced out far, swimming just as Morgan had wanted.
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