This repeated endurance training continued for another hour, as Morgan just about made their voice hoarse from repeating the whistled command for dash so many times. Morgan was exhausted, but continued to work with him until both of them were exhausted. Then, a short rest later, and Morgan was torturing their throat again with more whistles for the dash command. The two were perhaps going over this more times than required, but they wanted to be absolutely sure, certain about this. Morgan finally was too tired to whistle the command anymore, and Waar had broken out to the other side of exhaustion to become incredibly enduring; his ability to dash no longer seemed to hinge on how many times he had done it previously. Morgan was pleased; and was sure that they would be able to use this to get him to react better in the gym, hopefully. The two decided to go on home.
It was time again. Morgan had just been to the gym with Waar a few days ago, and now it was time to get him out to the park and working on some more of his self-defense list. Morgan was hoping to get him up and being intimidating; shouldn't be hard to get him to do naturally since a lot of sarane were very aggressive and intimidating anyway, and he was a tier-3 sarane already. He did have warrior blood in him, from both sides according to Morgan's knowledge of his background, so he should have plenty of instinct Morgan was sure. Waar was once again on his copper leash and collar, since copper wasn't as reactive with acids as other metals and it kept him from melting through one. Once they got to the park, Morgan checked the time... Yeah, it was about time for the creature to get here that would help with the intimidation.
Waar was starting to understand how to use his Collar of Speech and of course the charm of brilliance had made that possible. Still, he was quiet. He knew how to get his ideas across to Morgan easily enough. He affixed his gaze to Morgan quietly and tilted his head, trying to give Morgan that uncanny gaze that he did in order to ask a question. He didn't always understand what Morgan said exactly, but he was catching on. Morgan certainly did not pull any punches for him. "Waar, we are here to teach you how to be more intimidating." Morgan said, simply. Today was a good day, a calm day. Morgan was feeling a little less stressed than usual for whatever reason. 'Intimidating...' Waar asked, but not quite in the questioning tone he was perhaps meaning. "Yes, Waar, intimidating. Big and scary, to freeze enemies in their tracks."
Waar tilts his head again, and then raises his wings up; tattered but still powerful, and tried his best to look intimidating. Honestly, he was nearly naturally intimidating, already. Not from lack of trying, of course. 'We are scary.' He specifies, looking quite arrogant. "Sure, yes you are. We're gonna hone that blade of yours. Make you more scary." Morgan said, glancing over the park. Where was that- aha. Morgan could hear the clip-clop of the equillion that Morgan always hired the owner of in order to make use of it. Apparently that tainted was incredibly well trained and would be a little difficult to intimidate but not impossible. They'd definitely be able to tell when Waar was eventually getting it right. "Here he comes now, Waar. Remember, no bites boyo." Morgan warned, making sure to keep their dominant position in standing, to make sure that Waar didn't try anything on them.
Morgan had to admit that Waar did look quite scary. He was, after all, hailing from a virulent line of horrifically strong fighters on both sides. Sarane really were the pit-fighters of the pseudo-dragon world, and it wasn't something Morgan really wanted to take part in. However, he did seem to be willing to deign to Morgan's decisions, at the very least because Morgan had broken him. That was another one of those things that Morgan just really did not like about Sarane, but they understood that it was a necessary evil required to take care of them.
Waar's nostrils (or well, what was left of them) were practically flared whenever the tainted equillion was flaunted in front of him. It was being quite arrogant, marching around with it's hooves clip-clopping. He seemed completely unaffected by Waar's simple standing there. Perfect, Morgan thought. "You're gonna have to try h-harder than that, Waar. Be scary, Waar." Morgan said, trying to get him to understand.
It was obvious that Waar's natural instincts were to be intimidating and try to frighten off other possible enemies or rivals. Of course, this would have been easier between two drakes, but it would seem that the individual's equillion was more than scary enough to make Waar naturally want to frighten it off before they had to get into a skirmish. "Come on Waar, you've got this." Morgan said, a little bit of disbelief in their voice. They didn't usually have to give Waar any kind of a verbal push for anything. Morgan watched as Waar did a few strange things. Morgan was used to working with other forms of dragon-like beings, so it was odd to note that Waar was... Posturing. He raised his wings up and then lowered them, and then raised them again. It was obvious that he wasn't sure exactly what he needed to do at all.
Morgan was not an easy person to surprise, but they had to admit that they were surprised at Waar. Surely if it would be easy to teach anything to be 'scary', it would be Sarane that could take to it most simply. Morgan glanced over at the equillion, and then the equillion's owner, and then nodded. At that, Morgan moved over to Waar and raised their hands up, covered in the acid resistant gloves. "Alright boyo, let me show you." Morgan said, trying to be soothing. Waar seemed quite frustrated, flipping his wings up slightly at Morgan's touch. "Now d-don't you do that." Morgan scolded. "Here, raise your neck up like this, and push at the ground. Claw a bit at it... And hold your wing's like... Like this." The entire time Morgan was poking and prodding at him to get him to hold himself properly, like Morgan had seen others' sarane act.
Morgan looked Waar over a moment, and it was obvious in the way that he held himself otherwise that he was incredibly annoyed. Morgan couldn't help but laugh a bit at him. "Oh come on, you'll live Waar." Morgan said, patting him on the shoulder. "See that equillion? He's got it right. Pawing at the ground, really strong, head up high. You can d-do better than that, right?" Morgan half-taunted and half-explained. They hoped that he would get it. Waar breathed out quickly in a huff, and turned his head quietly. "You have to feel scary, not just be scary." Morgan said, and Waar quickly turned to Morgan and squinted. 'Are scary.' He said through the collar of speech. Morgan grinned. "Well, he doesn't seem to think so." Morgan said, trying to taunt him into trying harder.
Morgan had been right to try to get him pumped through his competitive nature. Utilizing a creature's competitive nature was perhaps one of the things that Morgan was apt to use to get them to work harder. Waar immediately used his frustration to fuel a more natural reaction in looking frightening, brandishing his tail about with a bit of a shakey movement that reminded Morgan of a snake more so than a dragon. At this he opened his mouth quite wide, and raised his wings, getting closer to the ground as he clawed at the ground. A slight wave of nervousness crossed Morgan for a second, and Morgan could also see that it worked a bit on the equillion. That was a great start! "Great job Waar, now you just need to keep that up." Morgan mentioned. Waar couldn't help but look a little proud, reminding Morgan of that little bumbling whelp that Waar used to be.
Morgan was sure that they had it, now, and it was all about practice. Now that Waar knew what Morgan needed from him, he flowed into it like it was the most natural thing in the world. In fact, it was, wasn't it? Sarane were scary and intimidating creatures. Morgan was amazed that they didn't know how to do that naturally without a bit of work. It made no sense, but hey, there were things that made even less sense that were true so Morgan pushes the thought away. Cue a few minutes of Morgan and Waar working between the two of them to finally get Waar capable of holding the intimidation. It didn't take long though for Waar to be able to hold the intimidation, Morgan could tell because it effected them quite a bit. The equillion was quite effected as well, and Morgan was very pleased. Still, they needed to be able to work just a little more on it.
Morgan wanted to spend the next hour working on it, and of course they did. Waar felt much more confident now, and it just about seeped out of him in the way he carried himself. Despite the whole zombie thing, Waar was finally growing into his heritage as a really frightening sarane drake. It really helped, now that he knew how to hold himself and really exude that intimidating aura that Morgan had felt from quite a few creatures and even taught to a few over time, that he was practically a zombie because that in and of itself was horrifying. The pair continued to work on it, stalking around the also intimidating equillion until the frightened creature actually backed away, shivering and leg-locked. Now that was what Morgan had been hoping for! Eventually, Morgan was sure that he had learned it. "You're doing g-great boyo! Good job Waar!" Morgan said, grinning.
It had been a while since Morgan and Waar had been out to the park to work on things. It wasn't that Morgan didn't want to work with him, it was that they were incredibly busy with all of their other projects and working with their family. Waar, on the other hand, wasn't really highly motivated to do much of anything. Morgan didn't blame him, it was all their own fault that he was like this anyway. However, Waar needed to continue to be worked with, to keep his muscle condition as tip-top as possible for one, and also because Morgan wanted him to be capable of taking care of himself in all situations. So Morgan returned to the Park with him in-between taking Millicent out for her lessons, to work with him on a couple of things, the last couple of things on his self-defense list, in fact.
"Alright Waar. We're g-gonna work on two things at once. You up for it?"
Waar was not even remotely phased. He tilted his head slightly and huffed, and Morgan knew that even though he didn't force translate something through the collar of speech, that Waar was giving a reluctant acceptance. He wasn't used to this, and it was something that Morgan wasn't going to enjoy training him on. For one, it was going to be something that constituted a creature having 'thick skin', which was normally caused by semi-abusive tactics, and the other was going to be 'playing dead'. Morgan knew that these two things could technically save lives when it came to battles, not that Morgan hoped he would ever have to use it.
"Alright, s-so we've got two things- the first is that we're gonna make your sk-skin thick. Then we're gonna have you playing dead, which uh... Frankly won't be difficult for you." Morgan admitted adjusting their glasses. Waar breathed out again, out of habit, and fixed Morgan with that determined gaze he often gave.
The human had decided on this set of training a few days previously, and had made sure to secure the knowledge of where to find a patch of sharp thorns- a briar patch in fact, in an attempt to help along the 'skin thickening' since Morgan didn't want to harm Waar theirself any more than they already had before. This had to be done, in order to give him a better chance of surviving in any future attacks. With any luck, he would never have to use it, but for safety's sake it had to be done. Waar didn't seem too put off by these two things, so Morgan lead him over to the patch they had found. "For the skin-toughening... We'll train in this b-briar patch today." Morgan explained. "As for the playing dead..." They considered for a moment. "How about I g-gently tap you with a stick, and whenever I do, we'll work on you laying down a-and pretending to be dead."
Waar snorted- apparently 'gently' and 'tap' followed by 'with a stick' was something that merited a snort from a giant zombie pseudo-dragon. Morgan didn't like the idea of it anyway, but these sorts of things required a firmer hand, they couldn't get his skin thicker or more resistant to harm if Morgan was being a complete softy over it, and of course they could work on these two things at the same time. So the human snorted right back, and coaxed the drake into the briar patch with a bit of difficulty but stayed out of it theirself. Waar was already finding the thorny, sticking briars to be frustrating to move in. "Alright, good... N-now let's see..." The human said, quietly. They picked up a rather long stick, figuring that they could stand at the edge of the briar patch with it, and then leaned out to tap the drake with it.
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
Aster: Ehhh I still feel like NRS big-damage moves should stay in a few elements. Otherwise it'd kind of be taking away from Fire/Ice/Elec without giving anything to them that other elements have (ie a persistent DOT, or more crowd control for Fire/Ice)
Jul 2, 2020 19:44:52 GMT -6