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A New Beginning

Post by Savan on Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:22 pm

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A dragon, not like that of other ongoers of the Stormcaller's, approached the Twilight Palace, gawking at the scenery above him. Knowing not how easy it was to find their home. Of course, stories and legends pointed out the obvious storm cloud sheltering the denizens from most of the barren desert he reluctantly traversed. It was however, curiosity, and fate that had eventually tugged his attention to the only place he knew would be of any asylum, or help.

That being the grand library the Stormcallers had protected over the course of their existence, which was behind the storm he just conquered.

Ever weary and worn from the frantic combat the violent wall gave him, the western dragon finally set down on one of the lower platforms of the mountainous Palace. His wings nearly were drooped to the ground with a hanged head and tail, all signs pointing to tiredness. His scales were still drenched wet from whatever section of the clouds he fought, as with the scarf that covered his chest, appearing heavier and darker than it should appear.

He eyed the wound bandage of plant materia surrounding the majority of his forward right paw, before starting into a limp towards the corridor that would bring him further into the Palace, paying no mind to those whom gave the black dragon estranged glances.
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Savan on Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:22 am

Savan hesitated, before eating the rest of the food without worry. He listened to her words and what she had to offer. He nodded with a smile finishing the rest of the platter, his entire form seemed to stop as she lent an offer to him, of joining the Tribe. Her words brought back those old memories, lowering his head to the meat he had half-eaten.

"I... I don't know... I'll need more t-time to think about it."
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Artemise on Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:20 pm

She'd been expecting this response, for Savan, so far, seemed a timid one. Nodding obligingly with no traces of disappointment on her face, she said as cheerfully as she could without sounding fake, "That's perfectly fine. Take all the time you need, Savan. I won't rush you." With this said, she reached for the book and opened it, the pages producing a quiet crinkling sound as she did so. Lifting herself back onto the armchair, for the food had been laid across the floor (and so was where she sat), she let her wings spread out, comfortably, around her. "Shall we?"

If Savan followed, she would return her gaze to the book, her eyes scanning the lines eagerly. After the mysterious (and admittedly short) introduction came the description of an arena, surrounded by a silent shadowy crowd watching two fighters in the ring. One was a black-and-white female, the other a grey male, their colours dull as if both had been leached of any real vibrancy, life, and watched by the shadowy crowd, who were wisps of shadows with blazing red or gold eyes, possessing shapes that vaguely remembered a dragon's, but without any real details. The fighters, meanwhile, were evenly matched, though written from a neutral perspective - that was to say, not from either of the fighters nor the crowd, but simply narrated.

The black-and-white one had pale, misty eyes that seemed blank and unfocused, but her deadly motions were the opposite. The grey one responded in kind, dodging and evading, both exchanging blows. Smacks and hisses as claws tore through flesh were the only disruptions in the heavy silence that hung over the entire place.

It was apparent from their motions that this was a fight to the death; neither were holding back. The female was not as swift as the grey one, but her blows landed hard whenever they could, and the grey one staggered back after a particularly brutal blow, and she leaped forward, and drove her spiked tail through the grey one's neck. The reason for doing so was apparent when she stepped back and the entire crowd floated forward, surrounding the grey one, and she walked away, her dead eyes only following her master as greedy sucking sounds followed her.


"Well," Cara remarked once. "Well, that was... Interesting. Though ... What do you think those creatures are? They're definitely feeding on the loser's blood, but they seem to be simply shadows. Spirits, of sorts?" she suggested. "What do you think?"
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Savan on Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:05 pm

There was a respiteful smile and nod to her respect of his decision, though shortlived. In the end however, a sort of, panging of his heart began, as he felt guilty for rejecting her offer, but he too wasn't sure of such a decision.

Not yet, at least.

Indeed he turned back to the book, nodding quietly again at her invitation to read once more. While Caramina's body was relaxed, Savan's was stiff, a Rook atop a board, not knowing that the game had ended, and peace would no longer be a luxury.

Savan read the book along with her, sentence by sentence, word by word, engaged, and engrossed in the book's scene, and sense of the dueler's battle. His head leaned in, eyes leaping to each word as the fight went on, it was obvious he was excited, drawn, focused on the battle.

And when the blow was struck, reality came back to him, as the final blow reminded himself of the ways he had done similarly, albeit leaving their body, rather than becoming feral. When Caramina's words snapped him back to reality, he thought for a moment, recalling the dark creatures devouring the corpse.

"Some form of creature, perhaps beyond our realm? I... I-I can't say. One thing is for sure the book described the crowd being numerous. I just hope I don't have to face them in my lifetime." Savan let out a suppressed burp as his stomach readily began to feast upon the overwhelming nutrients of his recent banquet.
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Artemise on Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:44 pm

Politely, Cara pretended not to have heard Savan's burp, and reached for a cookie, nibbling it thoughtfully.

"I believe that these creatures mentioned here are fictitious ... no more than a product of someone's imagination. So don't worry about encountering them; it is not possible." She flashed a reassuring smile. "However, they are undeniably intriguing; they seem to share the same liking for blood, like vampires, yet their physical forms seem intangible. How did they manage to draw blood with nothing but shadow and mists?"

She ate the last of the cookie, and sighed, answering her own question, "But we do not have enough information currently, so we have no choice but to continue in hopes that the book will reveal more. But!" She held up a claw to catch Savan's question. "Do you think the female is the very child who was kidnapped at the start?" She raised another claw, then another, as she listed out discussion questions. "If so, why? And how do you think the creatures managed to organise this arena? Do you think they have a boss?"
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Savan on Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:09 pm

The off-black dragon sat there for a moment in thought at her waving of the fictitious monsters. He read back through the lines a few more times.

"I think she is... Perhaps she has a valuable talent or power to her that someone else finds useful, at least that's my thought." He mused, before continuing. "Maybe the creatures do have a leader, maybe a hive mentality?"
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Artemise on Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:49 pm

"That someone finds useful, huh," she echoed. "That explains why she hasn't fled - not because she didn't want to, but because she couldn't. Though ..." She paused, her gaze dipping back to the book to scan a few lines. "From 'misty eyes, blank and unfocused'," she quoted, "it's possible that her willpower, or something similar, has been removed from her, so she doesn't rebel or try to run. It's easier to do that, than to constantly keep what you don't want to lose under surveillance."

"And as for the leader, well, I wonder if he's one of the spectators. Though, I think for someone in his position, he should be seated somewhere fancy. Is it possible that he's her master?"

One more answering her own question, Caramina went back to reading.

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She asked, as soon as the sounds of feasting faded behind her, whether she had done well, looking up at the towering shadow.

It fixed her with its flaming auburn gaze, and did not respond immediately - or at least, not until she asked again, less confidently now, edging near fearful.

Seeing her squirm made him smile, a crescent slash of gleaming white teeth like razors, and he was pleased enough to spare her a verbal response -

"Passable," it said in a low, rough voice, each syllable drawn out with an intent to mock, to insinuate that he meant the very opposite - and she knew it.

She seemed to shrink, then, tucking her wings close to herself, her head held low. She was tugged along by an ebony leash, which was linked to a collar sitting right above her shoulders, at the base of her neck. All around it, the flesh was a faded gray, as if the collar had squeezed the very life out of it - or perhaps blood.

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The scene cut to what she presumed was the next day, but she spoke up, pointing out, "They didn't elaborate on the collar - but what if it drew blood from her, and there was a tube in the leash that somehow gave blood to her 'Master'?"
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Re: A New Beginning

Post by Savan on Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:26 am

“Maybe, or maybe there’s something that isn’t explained about the collar.” He mused, reading over the lines a few more times. “Secrets are revealed with the passing of time, my mother said.” He tilted his head back, popping a few bones here and there as he stretched a bit, before looking back down with remewed interest.
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