Morgan was sure from watching the sarane that he had 'gotten' the gist, so to speak, so it was repetition time, as per usual. The command would be given after the creature went to bite something; the two snaps signalling him not to bite, and then he would back away. Morgan was pleased with this, each time they repeated it, and he was then quickly given a treat. Morgan believed that he had gotten it after a few dozen attempts, and then began to work with him on both the 'no bites' behavior and the 'don't eat that' behavior one after the other. Waar quickly showed his great cunning; and was carefully patient until he was given the treat, knowing that if he didn't follow what Morgan wanted, that he would not get his treats.
After many practice runs of both of these commands, Morgan was sure that he got the 'don't eat that' behavior as well.
After working on the first two behaviors today, Morgan was already feeling a lot more confident and less fearful about this situation. Waar was still there, underneath all of that dead flesh. Morgan was realizing that more and more, now. The human looked up at the sky; it would get dark relatively soon. They needed to get whatever they were going to do next done as soon as possible. After glancing over at Waar for a moment, Morgan decided what they were going to do. Three more things today; and one of those was going to be teaching him to fly. Not right this second though; Morgan wanted to teach him when he could stand down. This would be good for the no bites command that they had worked on earlier, and for future commands for protection.
The 'stand down' or 'at ease' behavior would indeed need a command, however. Morgan had to think about how to train this, as well.
Luckily for Morgan, there were a variety of commands types that Morgan had not yet used, and there were also quite a few commands that the sarane already knew that would allow Morgan to practice releasing him from commands off and on and such. Morgan was sure that it was going to be fine, Waar was sharp and tended to understand things quickly, even if he didn't always play nice quickly enough. Morgan decides on a command in that they would wave their hand in a quick, dismissive way to tell him that he was at ease and that all commands were revoked.
Now armed with an idea of how they were going to do this, and the confidence that this was truly Waar; Morgan became more confident in this. They could do this, it would just take a lot of work and patience. Waar was willing to put it in; so should Morgan be.
Morgan started by giving the command for Waar to lay down. For a moment, the large sarane drake seemed confused, and then his bright green eyes seemed to fill with a bit of understanding. He laid down on the ground, the tree-saplike acid hissing against the grass in a whispering manner. Morgan would have to teach him how to keep that stuff off of the ground, in the future. Then, Morgan waved their arm in the 'dismissal' fashion they had chosen, and then waited. After a moment or two, Morgan decided that they may actually have to help out a bit; and they threw a food item away from him. Waar moved over to it, jumping up, and then Morgan tossed him another one for good measure.
Morgan then called him to lay down yet again, and then waited a bit. Waar stayed laid down the entire time, and after about five minutes, Morgan gave the 'dismissal' hand motion again.
Waar looked up with a bit of confusion across his nearly flesh-less face, and Morgan watched it with a vague curiosity. Getting used to this was going to be difficult. After a moment, Morgan went to throw another treat away from him to get him to stop; and that was when Waar seemed to realize what was going on, or at least a vague management of such understanding. He got up, and instead of throwing it away from him, Morgan tossed him the treat directly. Now for the next phase, Morgan thought. They quietly called the sarane to drop down into the lay-down position again, and then waited. After a little bit, they tossed the treat away from the sarane, and Waar stared at Morgan for a moment, eyes narrowed, perhaps trying to figure out whether or not he could go get it? He tried not to, and eventually laid all the way back down, ignoring the treat but keeping one eye on it.
Morgan was pleased with this, and then made the dismissal hand sign. Before giving him a treat for this, Morgan watched as Waar got up and went over to the other treat first. After waiting a second to see if Morgan was going to give him a command not to eat it, he gently picked it up and choked it down without chewing. Morgan found a bit of bile rising up over that one, but swallowed. Waar was an eating machine now... Full of goop too. However, he was the same old Waar. The bespectacled human figured that they were lucky that they had managed to break him before this happened.
Now it was time for repetition. Morgan continued to work with him; this time with other commands. After about thirty minutes, Morgan was even able to put meat on his nose and give him the command not to eat it. Waar would only eat it when given the 'dismissal' hand motion command for the at-ease behavior. The pair continued working at this until finally, Morgan was satisfied.
After Morgan was thoroughly convinced that the 'at ease' command was getting understood quite well, Morgan figured that the next thing they would work on today was the 'dodging things' command. Not the 'dodging things on a dime' danger-sensing thing, but the 'get away from it fast' thing. Morgan didn't think that he was ready for the danger-sensing thing, in all honesty, but wanted to start him off on some self defense first. That was important; since he was... Well, Morgan didn't want to have to take him back to the temple Yet Again, after all. He needed to be able to get used to his body again, and Morgan wanted to teach him to fly this evening anyway.
Morgan had to think of what kind of command to use for a dash. It would almost have to be verbal, or something of that nature, so that he could do it on a dime if the need arose.
Dashing was not, in fact, like the danger running... Sensing... Thing. That thing, it wasn't anything like it. Sure, a lot of critters that could feel the danger coming tended to get out of the way in some fashion, but it wasn't as physical an issue as a Dash. A properly executed so-called 'dash' could get out of the way from say, a physical attack, but not most elemental ones. On the other hand, a properly trained danger-sensing thing allowed a critter to figure out even when those were coming for the most part. Morgan figured that Waar would take a while to get that used to his body.
Morgan decided on a quick soft burst of a whistle; a sound that could be heard by Waar but might be missed by others. A specific sort of sound that wouldn't be recognized as something else. Morgan had a plan to get the sarane to perform it; as well.
By this point, Waar was staring at Morgan curiously, head tilted slightly. Morgan wasn't really sure if this was some kind of new habit, or worse, perhaps his muscles in his neck weren't really working tip-top anymore. Morgan picked up a few rocks, the smallest of them. They were sure that using these as an example as to why 'running' away was a good thing and to start this bit of training would be good, if the rocks were enough, anyway. Morgan wasn't sure how sensitive the creature's skin was anymore. He was already one of the more resilient sarane, with his pit-fighter heritage on both sides and all.
The bespectacled human pulled the whistle from around their neck and brought it to their lips, and then gave the command. Waar knew that the whistle noises were commands; but which one was this? Morgan gave the command to follow, and then took off running. Like every other critter than Morgan had trained this in the past this exact way; Waar ran after Morgan the best he could.
Morgan stopped not long after Waar seemed like he capped off his speed (he was so much slower now, they were going to have to work on that) and then turned around to toss him a piece of meat as a treat. Waar stopped (it even took him a moment to skid to a stop; that's terrible) and choked down the piece of meat quickly. Morgan wondered, for a moment, holding the whistle between their front teeth so as not to have to touch it too much. Morgan waited until he was finished up with it, and then blew the command for the dash again. When Waar didn't move, and instead tilted his head, Morgan tossed a stone at him, slowly and underhand. Waar saw it, and Morgan gave the command for the dash before it was going to hit him. Waar rushed away quickly this time, perhaps finally putting two and two together, or perhaps it was instinct. Who knows?
Morgan could have jumped where they stood; glad that finally Waar managed to do what was asked of him without too much help. Waar skidded to a stop and immediately Morgan tossed a piece of meat to him. Good, good, now for repetition. Hopefully he would continue to manage to do this one the same, until he got better. After he was done, the process was started. The bespectacled human would give the command for dash, and toss a stone. At first, the stones were thrown very slowly, so as to give him time to react and dash away from it. As soon as he did and then stopped once he dashed away from it, Morgan would give him a piece of meat as a treat. Soon enough, the rocks were being thrown more and more quickly, with less and less time between them. After about an hour of work, Waar was reacting to the dash command as speedily as a creature like him could, much better than Morgan had been expecting for sure.
Two more things, today. Morgan thought as they glanced out at the Sarane. Most folks probably would have started him immediately on some kind of cool battle strategy, but Morgan had been more worried that he wouldn't be well mannered enough to bring home than him needing any kind of physical attacking thing. He was a carnivore; most carnivorous creatures could hold their own to at least some degree. Sarane were hyper-carnivorous, as well, so Morgan was not worried. Morgan was worried about giving him some ability to protect himself, though. There were two things that Morgan wanted to work on next; and the first of those was a healing move that Morgan had heard of other... Undead creatures learning.
Most undead creatures could sort of shift broken bones back into place to heal wounds. Morgan thought that it was gross; and didn't want to hurt their creatures ever, but with Waar... The possible positives outweighed the negatives of this.
Morgan hadn't thought about this before coming here of course today. The bespectacled human hadn't really even known that Waar was going to be coming home today, so there probably wasn't going to be anything around that Morgan could... Well, hit him with. A lump rose in Morgan's throat, and they fought it down a little bit. Then again, the day that Morgan didn't feel bad about doing this was going to be the day that Morgan should really be worried. Right now... This was fine. Morgan looked around, with Waar following in tow, acid beginning to firm up again by the looks of it. After a little bit, they managed to find a sharp stick. Morgan stared at the sharp end pretty good; and then figured that this would do. He needed to be taught how to move his body to deal with bleeding wounds and other such issues, anyway.
Morgan stepped forward, gave the command for 'no bites' and then pressed the sharp end of the stick into the flank of the sarane. He noticed that Morgan was hurting him, looking between the little scratch, the sharp end of the stick, and then up Morgan's arm to their body. Morgan frowns, and then pulls the sharp stick away. The command that Morgan had chosen was a sound command, using the whistle, because it would probably be used in a situation that would call for it. Morgan chose a strange sing song-y whistle using three tones, and then looked at the sarane's face. He glared at the offending scratch, and then at Morgan. Morgan knew that he understood that this was some kind of command. Morgan pointed to the scratch, and of course didn't touch it because of the acid, and then gave the command again as they did so. The sarane looked from scratch to Morgan's face, and then back at the scratch.
You're gonna make me do this, aren't you?" The first thing that Morgan has managed to say all day, and it was to scold the sarane. Waar didn't understand Morgan of course, but he did tilt his head at the tone. He looked Morgan up and down, and then Morgan locked eyes with him, a battle of the wills. Finally, Morgan lifted their boot to an area that had less of the acidic 'blood' on the flank, and then quickly used the rubber bottom part of their sole to put as much weight on him as quickly as possible before backing away, sole causing the grass to sizzle. It did as was intended; breaking one of the more fragile bones in his leg.
Morgan tried not to be sick, swallowed, and then gave the command. The sarane looked up at Morgan, down at the wounds, and then as if to spite Morgan, shifted the bones back into place. Morgan immediately threw him a treat, and watched as it clicked in his head.
Riku: Oh yay! A new staff member to help us! <3
Jul 3, 2020 15:09:28 GMT -6
Fanged: Hooray! Thanks Nadia for stepping up to the plate. <3
Jul 3, 2020 14:39:19 GMT -6
Darky: I may have looked into things before.. x3
Jul 3, 2020 4:58:37 GMT -6
Riku: I love it when you walk into a room like "Oh, ye, hear thine wisdom." <3 It never ceases to amaze me.
Jul 3, 2020 4:10:33 GMT -6
Darky: From what I've looked at things over the years, both sides are actually correct: the elements do need some fleshing out, but they are also very much their own types of style/flavour/effect as well. Still, one doesn't have to compromise the other x3
Jul 3, 2020 2:23:22 GMT -6
Riku: I think Morgan's attempt was less of a "do this now plz?" and more of a "Can we simply acknowledge that this is where we eventually want to go?" -shrug- // Congrats to the agility winners! <3
Jul 2, 2020 21:34:18 GMT -6
Riku: For instance, elements can be perceived different than usual. Like Shadow not being evil, or acid being direct and immediate harsh damage rather than a DOT. Things can also get interesting when you mix elements. So imagine a DOT cold move, etc.
Jul 2, 2020 21:33:19 GMT -6
Riku: I also came to the conclusion about every element having the different techs, but like mentioned it would be a massive overhaul so I just didn't mention it. lol I do feel like elements should be more flavor than technique, therefore all having all techs.
Jul 2, 2020 21:30:49 GMT -6
Morgan: I wish I could thumbs-up a cboxpost. /laugh/ If the nerf goes through, they could be made NRS and nerfed down to the other similar moves. But this was just the heart of my first suggestion here, I was hoping to make more as time goes on.
Jul 2, 2020 20:01:13 GMT -6
Haix: We have moves like deluge/harsh gust that cost 7/8 tp, deal 10 fit damage, but lack the NRS modifier that would make them as powerful. Maybe they could be altered slightly to be on a similar level as they have the same cost?
Jul 2, 2020 19:59:20 GMT -6
Morgan: You're right, they're not suited for the only fighting we've ever had on site up to this point.
Jul 2, 2020 19:59:14 GMT -6
Morgan: I agree, but we definitely Do Not Have Those at the moment.
Jul 2, 2020 19:58:55 GMT -6
Aster: Mmm, I dunno if they're not 'good' so much as not really suited for the only type of fighting we have access to, which is one on one. I think the metagame would be pretty different with like, the boss battle type fights Skylark had been workshopping before
Jul 2, 2020 19:58:07 GMT -6
Morgan: I know that curses/poisons are a thing, but there's a reason no one uses those. They aren't technically... Good. (Not with fltnrs10 around. While someone is trying to drain the person's stuff, which doesn't work with hardy anyway, the fltnrs10 kills.)
Jul 2, 2020 19:54:14 GMT -6
Morgan: And if it isn't overpowered for one element to have the tech, then it shouldn't be for others (obvious exception is physical) because the same rules go for all resistances/immunities save for physical. Nothing was meant to be resistant to every element.
Jul 2, 2020 19:51:51 GMT -6
Morgan: Doing it in pieces would be best, because other than spirit's little blurbs (which we've changed other things before for the good of the site) the elements aren't really set in stone with tech choices. Moves were added fairly often before.
Jul 2, 2020 19:49:01 GMT -6
Morgan: I know, but I've been suggesting it for... Quite some time.
Jul 2, 2020 19:47:55 GMT -6
Aster: That would be a pretty big rehaul of the current movepool P:
Jul 2, 2020 19:47:35 GMT -6
Morgan: I personally don't think that the elements matter, IE: I think every element should have all tech choices.
Jul 2, 2020 19:47:00 GMT -6
Aster: And 7 STA is still a pretty significant threshold. Definitely not as much as 10, but
Jul 2, 2020 19:45:13 GMT -6