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Sons & Daughters
Criss, son of the Water and Fire Elementals, is an angry and conflicted young dragon with a buried heart of gold. While many dragons are most at home in the sea or the sky, Criss prefers to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground, thank you so very much. But if he could only embrace his Water heritage, he would find that he can breathe underwater just as well as he can breathe air!
Darkflame saw the confusion in D's eyes, but couldn't offer much in the way of answers. She was totally confused herself! Had she missed something?
"Do you have a better idea, Darkflame?"
She quickly shook her head, slightly embarrassed. But what was she going to do? It would be safer with the others...but she couldn't let D go off alone. What if something happened to him? She'd never forgive herself if he was injured, wandering the tunnels alone, suddenly beset by some ferocious beast or evil dragon...
The Dark dragon shuddered, looked around them, and then back at her friend.
"Well, if you're sure," she said, though not without hesitation. "But not that tunnel. How about that one over there?"
She gestured to another, just off to the left, which seemed wider and far more accommodating than the one D had in mind. Plus, it was hopefully well away from the strange dragon. Though who knew what other monsters lurked within? Darkflame tried not to think about it- besides, they'd faced the wrath of the Ice Elemental and emerged unharmed! D was strong, and she would do her best, and they would be fine.
In any case, these were caves. There was a limit to how big and frightening something could be while still managing to survive within one. Even so, she hoped that D would change his mind. Clarify that it had all been a misunderstanding, trail after Icarus. But the possibility seemed remote at best.
D cocked his head quizzically and waited patiently for his friend to gather her thoughts. She seemed to be working something over in her mind but finally, she spoke. He heard the hesitation in her voice and he believed he understood why that was. Dragonsdeep was still quite new and she was intimidated to travel without a large group of dragons. He was encouraged that she would at least try.
D walked back to his friend, looking down at her, still with a bemused expression on his face, "Sure, we can head that way. I'm not picky about where we go. How can I be when no creation has ever been down here before? Though, is there any particular reason why you don't want to go down that particular tunnel, Darkflame?"
At his last question, the orange dragon waved his tail behind him in the direction of the tunnel he had first suggested.
Darkflame cast her glance towards the tunnel in question. Should she say something? She would seem somewhat silly and irrational to be against it, if she didn't. But even if she did say something, it was only another dragon...was she being irrational? Or would D want to seek out the uninviting being? The Dark Creation had no idea.
"It just looks...wider," she finally replied, somewhat lamely. "This one here- if it gets too narrow, we'll just have to turn around, and that would accomplish nothing. But the one over there is wider to start off with, which I think is a good sign."
Darkflame thought it was a fairly solid argument, and not exactly a lie, after all! D was a lot bigger than her. Sticking to the larger tunnels would be the best idea if they wanted to remain together as a team.
Sure, why not? xP I just didn't tag the last one because I'd already tagged you in "All Aboard", and sent a link.
Also, she's more or less not taking into account his ability to shape-shift. I get the impression he hasn't done it /that/ much around her and so, caught up in exploring Dragonsdeep, something like that could easily slip her mind. If that's alright/works for you?
D could have laughed at Darkflame's excuse but it was a valid concern. In the large cavern they were currently in, his size was hardly something to worry about. It had never occurred to the orange dragon that it was quite the possibility that he could get stuck down a tunnel if he was too big to fit. He studied the tunnel he had chosen and compared it to the one Darkflame had chosen instead. There didn't seem to be a noticeable difference in their sizes.
"Well, for all we know, the smaller tunnel could widen out as we go along and the larger one could narrow. Why take the chance? Some dragons would argue that its all part of the adventure but I'm not one of them. Lets go the way you've chosen. Besides, if I do get stuck, how am I supposed to get back to Fazoola to report my findings?"
D moved past Darkflame and headed for the tunnel she had picked out. He didn't enter it straightaway. He paused just at the dark, open mouth and looked back at his friend. He still sensed that something was bothering her. He had no desire to pressure her and if she wanted to back out and rejoin Icarus, he would still give her plenty of time to do that.
*** Samantha OK, that works for me. This is true. However, the thing about D's shape-shifting is that he cannot change his size. If he wants to look like a Water creation with fins or have fur or feathers or look like Vastille just to see how such a dragon lives, he could do all of that but his size stays relatively the same. If he wanted to learn what its like to be Acacia's size, he would be out of luck. Should I add that bit to his character profile?
It felt like a great weight had been lifted from Darkflame's chest. She scurried after her friend, stopping only when he paused to look back at her.
What was it? Was she supposed to have replied to his last statement? She frantically tried to scrape together some kind of answer. What did he say, again? Something about not being able to report back to Fazoola if he got trapped...something else about extra danger not necessarily being needed for adventure...
"Um, yes," Darkflame said. "This tunnel will be good. It wouldn't be good to get trapped somewhere, this far underground and away from the others."
She hesitated. "So...should we go?"
It still felt a bit odd, wandering off alone down here. But D's presence was a great reassurance. It was probably good that he was the one she had found, he supposed, rather than MoonJem or Selgar. MoonJem's poor eyesight wouldn't do her any good at all in such an enclosed space. As for Selgar...well, it hadn't seemed as though he would be up for adventuring any time soon.
The orange dragon headed into the tunnel branching off from the cavern they were in. Thankfully, it kept to relatively the same size, with a few undulations that were normal for cave walls. Slowly, the spongy ground gave way to hard rock. D kept himself alert in this strange place. Nothing seemed to be happening just yet...
The rock was hard and unwelcome against Darkflame's paws as she padded after her friend. She'd become accustomed to the soft spongy earth, which gave way a little beneath her feet and stuck in her claws as she walked. The stone was cold and distinct, making contact with her paws for only a moment with each step. It didn't cling there or move at all. The change felt strange.
The caves were quiet, save for their footsteps and their breathing; and a constant drip, drip, drip somewhere not too far off. A small trickle of water, it sounded like. Possibly descending from a larger source above. Darkflame wondered if it were drinkable. How would they even find out if any of it was? It wasn't like they could just taste it and see...that would end badly if it was contaminated. Maybe Elementals could tell these things? She wasn't sure, she'd never thought to ask. Was there some way they could tell if water was safe to drink?
"I think it's getting darker," Darkflame observed. Not that that should be a surprise. But while before she could see it quite clearly, it was becoming increasingly difficult to discern D's silhouette through the darkness. They must be quite deep within the earth now...
"So it is. Though, as a Dark creation, I wouldn't believe you're afraid of the dark. It doesn't bother me," D said mildly.
If Darkflame truly was bothered by the dark, the orange creation believed he could try to alleviate that fear. He had heard of other dragons who had bio-luminescence but had never seen any. He supposed he could try and shape-shift to see if he could do it for himself. Though, he also understood that light in a dark space was basically asking for trouble. He could feel Darkflame relaxing a little at a time and he didn't want to jeopardize that.
"I suppose that only means we've gone deeper. This isn't so bad. Oddly, I thought the tunnels would be more...disjointed than they are so far. Other than the cavern we were in, there don't seem to be too many options for directions to go," D said with a whisk of his tail.
Darkflame hissed as her shoulder scraped against a wall.
"I don't mind the dark," she said, "but it's nice to be able to see where I'm going."
She squinted into the gloom. The ground seemed to have levelled out, and the drip drip of water was receding into the distance. The Dark Creation wasn't even sure if she could see D any more- perhaps a flicker as he moved, or maybe she just thought she did- maybe her eyes and her mind were playing tricks, or something. Things like that did happen. She'd heard a story about a dragon who went blind and refused to believe it for months, because he knew the area well and his mind convinced his eyes that they could see things as they were.
Darkflame felt a momentary rush of panic at the idea of being blind, or as good as, lost forever within these tunnels; before her senses returned and she turned towards the sound of D's footsteps.
"Maybe we could use our fire to light the way?" she suggested. "If we could find anything to light, that is."
D had to agree with Darkflame's statement as he actually hit his head -rather hard- on a protruding bit of rock. He let out a growl of frustration and lowered his head. He felt the scrape of the rock as it passed over his shoulders. Was it just his imagination or were the walls closing in? Having never been in such a situation, he knew nothing of claustrophobia or whether he suffered from it.
"Lighting the way would be lovely, actually. Though, finding something to light down tunnels where nothing seems to grow is a bit fanciful," D said.
The orange Life creation let out a wistful sigh, thinking of the forests in Snake's Mouth.
"Hmmm...that's true. If we'd been thinking ahead, we could've grabbed something back in the cavern."
They'd reached a slight uphill climb- not enough to make her weary, but enough for the dark dragon to recognise that the angle of inclination had changed. Darkflame slowed and lowered her face into the shadows, scenting for anything which seemed even remotely like plant material, to serve as a torch. But as before, the damp dank underground smell dominated her olfactory sense. She could barely even scent her companion. It was a little offputting.
"I don't think we'll find anything in a hurry," she said, with a soft sigh. "We'll just have to push on until it brightens up a bit."
"I'm not expert at this exploring thing. This is the first such mission that Fazoola has ever sent me on. I had no idea what to expect down here. I don't know why I didn't think about grabbing something to use to light the way. We're underground, of course we wouldn't have any light down here. I didn't think it would be that much of a problem," D said.
Light would be very nice. D could only imagine what he could tell Fazoola at this point. "Oh, yes, it was very dark and cramped down the tunnels. Not very interesting at all." The orange dragon sighed and slightly shook his head, wary of bumping it once more.
Kiira curled her tail around herself, adjusting her body to the curve in the rocks. She gave a deep sigh, smoke rolling from her nostrils. She had been exploring the cave since the moment the Earth gave. She had not gotten far, but she had become familiar with the few tunnels around her. At first it had been hard to get her bearings. She constantly ran into the walls. Just because she was a Darkness Creation didn't mean she could see perfectly in complete darkness. After bumping into a wall for the 50th time, Kiira came up with the idea to use her shadow creature ability to get a "sense" of what was around her. By having a shadow creature follow her around, Kiira was able to sense the walls around her and maneuver through the darkness easier.
Kiira tightened her wings around, trying to keep warm in the dank cave. She had found an overhanging ledge on one of her explorations. It had a large dip in the middle perfect for her size. It had become her "home" for awhile. Kiira was about to doze off when she heart a noise. She threw her head up and listened. There it was again. Voices. The voices echoed throughout the cave, and it was quite awhile before they got close enough that Kiira could sense them. She sent out her shadow bat, and came across Darkflame with another dragon. The bat dispelled into a puff of smoke, and Kiira awaited for them to arrive. If they would notice her on the overhang, she was not sure. But she knew a fork in the caves ahead would be dangerous if they made the wrong choice. One lead up to more caves, while the other lead to a drop off with sharp rocks waiting below. Kiira would have certainly fallen over if she had not sensed the end of the cliff through her shadow creature.
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Darkflame frowned, though of course he couldn't see the gesture.
"I didn't think it would be this dark," she said. "I mean, I went into a cave once. But apart from that, there's always been at least the stars. I guess I didn't really think about it. Even when there's no moon, you can still see shadows."
She heard D sigh, and knew that the situation did not exactly please him, but didn't know what to do about it. They could only fumble on and hope they came across some source of light soon, or else turn back. And turning back was becoming an increasingly attractive option.
Darkflame stopped and glanced back. Only darkness that way too, but at least they knew the route was safe. She sat back on her haunches and cleared her throat to gain D's attention.
"Maybe we should turn back," she said; "if only to find something to help us explore. I'm sure there would be something useful in that cave. And we could take a different route next time too, if you wanted."
D heard the pause in Darkflame's paw steps and paused himself, not wanting to travel too far away from her. Not that, at this point, there was much chance of them getting separated or lost. He flicked his tail for a moment. Darkflame brought up an interesting point. Perhaps it would be wiser to turn back. Yet, what would they gain from that, other than light?
D shook his head before remembering that of course Darkflame couldn't see his gesture, "No, let's not turn back. I'd like to try something, first."
The orange Life creation focused, not sure how anything would work out. He had never tried this form of shape shifting before and he had never tried to shape shift unable to see how it was all turning out. He could feel (though it wasn't painful, more like a claw running lightly down his side) slight furrows forming all along his body and spiraling about his legs, tail and neck. Then, it took a moment longer for him to figure out...there! Slowly, light began to grow, dimly and then brighter and brighter until it was a pure white light flowing all along the grooves on his body.
Bio-luminescence! D had actually done it! Then, he blinked his eyes against the light. It was soft but after darkness for so long it was a shock to his purple eyes.
"I should have said to close your eyes, Darkflame. Of course, I wasn't sure if it was actually going to work! Though, it did! Look what my wings can do!"
D could now see that they had come into a slightly wider tunnel than they had been in. He was able to flare his wings out slightly, though they still brushed the sides of the tunnels without being fully extended. Then, he focused for a moment and light flowed from the undersides of his wings, lighting the way ahead of them. Yes, it had worked and now they could see. D already felt more confident.
*** SamanthaAndromedia There. No use in walking around without being able to see anything.
Samantha: And Paradox was amazing Dae! I enjoyed writing Adutaine opposite them. =)
Apr 23, 2018 12:02:57 GMT
Samantha: I get that Blazeh, no worries. <3 The site is pretty dead, it was just me and 27th and we couldn't keep it going on our own.
Apr 23, 2018 12:00:45 GMT
DaeSiggil: Oops, I know I haven't often helped by disappearing as I did. But still thinking about this place! <3
Apr 18, 2018 16:11:08 GMT
Verridith: Hey hon, love you guys but haven't seen anything happen since 2017 ;A; hope all are well! But have to remove you from BTACD's sister sites. I'm sorry! </3 </3 </3
Apr 6, 2018 12:22:38 GMT
Samantha: Exactly! It can be tricky, back home most of my friends are just from school, university or work. xD And it was lovely. They were all so lovely, the ones I was with spent the whole time talking about history, it was fun and edumacational.
Sept 30, 2017 10:02:29 GMT
27th: Wow! You got to have dinner with the authors? Making new friends is always nice. I know that struggle as I don't socialize like my peers.
Sept 12, 2017 18:00:11 GMT
Samantha: that great at doing haha (I don't like going out to parties and stuff, which seems to be the main way people my age socialise.)
Sept 11, 2017 23:11:00 GMT
Samantha: -looks at timestamp on last reply- Eeeek, apologies for the delay! But yeah it was AMAZING. My favourite author signed my favourite book, and we even had dinner with the authors one of the nights. Plus, I made some new friends, which I don't tend to be
Sept 11, 2017 23:10:37 GMT
27th: That sounds very cool! I would have loved going to something like that.
Aug 20, 2017 21:03:22 GMT
Samantha: It just means 'science fiction and fantasy.' So it was a conference for authors of these things, and scholars who study them!
Aug 19, 2017 21:10:27 GMT
27th: Glad you had a good time in Sweden! What is SFF?
Aug 11, 2017 16:08:48 GMT
Samantha: Sorry for the disappearance. I was in Sweden for an SFF conference- it was pretty cool!
Aug 11, 2017 10:48:27 GMT
Samantha: It's sad, yeah. We need more members to have more staff, we need more staff to keep the place active, and we need to have the place active to get more members. Sort of a vicious cycle. =P
Jul 31, 2017 16:46:13 GMT
Samantha: The problem is that the main person who likes to run contests, Riv, also has a tendency to disappear. xD And I don't have the time and the energy to run this place proper on my own.
Jul 31, 2017 16:45:38 GMT
27th: Yes, it is a lot of work. Though, I agree it could be worth the effort. As far as contests go, we've tried them here at DotE before. I don't know how well any of them worked but we it couldn't hurt to try.
Jul 30, 2017 5:53:42 GMT
R: Could try a contest?
Jul 29, 2017 4:40:04 GMT
shadow: Well. Yea. That also is a lot of work. It would be worth it though
Jul 28, 2017 4:12:51 GMT
27th: Well, recruitment would be key to that. Contacting the members we already have to try and get them to participate here would also be part of that.
Jul 26, 2017 15:52:29 GMT
shadow: I wonder what would happen if we tried to make it alive again
Jul 25, 2017 19:48:19 GMT