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Post by Azriel on Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:06 pm

If you asked, Azriel would say that he was a very busy dragon in general -

- General, haha, get the pun? -

- he rolled his eyes at this, but appreciated the spark of humour; it didn't come very often. His life was rather full of things to do: there were newbies to train, guards to check on lest they slack in his absence (rarely did this happen, much to his relief), small conflicts along the borders and in the city to handle, finish his book... The list stretched on.

This kind of free time was rare, and he was going to take the chance to wander about for a bit. The day was still new, the sun just rising off into the sky, each step closer to its throne bringing along more light to illuminate the world.

He continued into the city, which was waking from its slumber, its low hum turning into the hustle and bustle of things being prepared. Perhaps he would just walk around and observe the city life for now. If nothing happened, he'd just return to the castle for a bit of reading.
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Post by Oculus on Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:01 pm

The sleepy city was straining its eyes awake as early birds got to their stations, opening shops, starting the ovens and forges, or saying goodbye to loved ones before they headed out for a tour of defense duty. This was a common site that Oculus had watched time and time again. Having to wake up early for meetings at times, he had to get up before the sun rose, some days having barely any sleep as he had to watch over operations during the night. For now, he was just killing time and enjoying the somewhat quiet atmosphere of the air, with a couple of birds chirping as he strolled down a center alley with some shops just starting to open. Noticing that along his path was Azriel, he mentally sighed, wondering if this general was going to go off on him again for having his skyggers purposefully find workarounds in his defenses, and only sometimes telling him of the gaps.
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Post by Azriel on Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:39 am

Azriel had to say, he enjoyed watching the city. Being part of them he didn't like so much, not being one for small talk, but observing it from a distance was entertaining, dragons moving about and socialising while the sky behind them transitioned from morning to afternoon and finally into night.

No one approached him, which he was fine with, and he wasn't unused with this treatment. No one approached a dragon of high rank just for small talk, unless they knew the dragon personally, and if you asked, Azriel would say, with a touch of regret in his voice, that he didn't have real friends, not really.

He had been born out of Xoya, opened his eyes in a distant place, and remembered little of his childhood. No friends like those spoken of in stories, no truly happy memories save for the joy of discovering new things. Azriel was sad to say that nothing now truly made him happy, but like the solitude of holding an important rank high up there, he was used to it.

Perhaps he was missing out on things, he reflected, but train of thought abruptly breaking off when he spotted the larger male. Oculus? Oh, that, he didn't talk to him often. His Skyggers were as malicious and nasty as their job, happily pointing out holes in his defenses, some when he investigated turned out to be nonexistent, though some revealing to be small gaps in the armour he built around Xoya that indeed could lead to a breach.

Oculus himself wasn't that bad. Despite his young age (as compared to the rest) he did produce fine Skyggers, almost as good as the previous General of Intelligence, either because he truly was skilful or because he accepted only the best.

This wasn't the time to act all businessy though. They were out of the castle, so he would just... be normal, granted that Oculus would be willing to be the same. Azriel inclined his head slightly in acknowledgement, eyeing Oculus curiously. "Does anything here interest you?" he asked, glancing around. If all else failed, the only thing he would lose would be his pride.
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Post by Oculus on Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:51 pm

Halting his walk as he heard the somewhat soft voice bounce a question in his direction, a bit of uncertainty tainting the voice. Turning to look at Azriel quizzically, Oculus squinted slightly to try and read the posture of the Herre of Defense. His question was somewhat confusing, causing oculus to pause. It was known that he was very young from the position, and that his attitude towards other generals was... less than ideal. Before Have ‘s promotion, it was pretty well known oculus clashed with Haven, while he held some respect for Azriel, even if he made snarky remarks about his defensive arrangements from time to time.

Do you mean the stalls, the weather, atmosphere, or something about a new defensive arrangement you made?”he asked, looking at Azriel. Something seemed to be on the older drake’s mind, but it was, he was not sure. Having time to spare, Oculus perused closer to Azriel, stopping in front of him and looking up. “is there something up?”he asked the taller dragon, leaning back onto his haunches as he peered over Azriel, looking for telltale signs in body language that would give something away.
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Post by Azriel on Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:34 pm

As Azriel's eyes fixed onto Oculus, for the first time being presented with an opportunity to properly take in the other's appearance, he wondered what kind of personality, exactly, was concealed beneath what he showed himself as -- something he rarely wondered, a question not often asked, for not many beings caught and held his interest, not the way the other Generals did. An untouchable General that commanded the fearsome Skyggers, that's what Oculus was, a distant figure as all the three Generals were, their name known but not seen in person often; almost like myths on the battlefield, their power famed throughout the Xoya and beyond.

Azriel couldn't help but feel his gut clench in apprehension as each step brought the two Generals closer together, though his posture betrayed nothing of the inner emotions brewing in his heart. Each step he placed, the way he held his head. No show of confidence, no display of power, acting as if he were only normal. He looked at Oculus, expression blank. Polite.

"Anything but the last one," he said in his soft, mild voice. "I was referring to the stalls. Surely something here must have caught your attention and brought you out?" He cast his gaze around him, quickly flitting back to meet Oculus's yellow one at his question. A bit of true emotion graced his features then, an eye ridge lifting slightly. "Oh? No, why do you ask?"
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Post by Oculus Today at 12:17 am

The other general of the Xoyan seemed to just passively look at him, before making motion to the stalls. One thing that Oculus had learned early on was politics was act all nice and that there was usually a ‘favor’ or demand behind their actions. What or why Azriel was going for was not known to the young General of Intelligence. Funny really. The Benesl of Intelligence not knowing something that kitty sppear to be trivial. The response from Azriel was soft spoken, only making him all the more suspicious. Whether his suspicion rose from his profession or his age, he waited for Azriel to response fully before speaking.
Cocking his head off to one side, he replied in a somewhat confused manner. “The only thing that caught my eye was a nice walk through the alleys. I have no use for trinkets, and meals are better caught fresh than hung up for sale.”. Shifting to a more balanced position, even slightly bent his knees to relax in a standing position and keep blood circulating. “I ask as I find it... different... that you would approach me outside of a meeting without discussing of the holes in your wall or to bicker about a spion sneaking in and out without forewarning.” he replied somewhat bluntly, not quite sure what Azriel was up to, as to him, a normal conversation with each of their positions considered seemed, foreign at the least.
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