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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 flicked her ears and nodded. Rabbits, fish...she'd only tried catching fish once, and those slippery scales and flexible, swift-moving forms had made the undertaking nothing short of disastrous. Thus she was reluctant to try it again- though, she had heard good things about fish meat.
"Bison," she mused, trying to imagine what these might look like. Probably large prey, judging by D's phrasing. She pictured a horse with antlers, a slender form, perhaps...golden fur? Darkflame doubted that they would have golden fur, but that would certainly be something. Or black-and-silver intertwined, like the night sky. Maybe a feathery tail, like D himself now sported!
"I look forward to seeing it all. Thank you for taking me there," she said, and bit once more into the horse's rich flesh.
Her ears remained pricked for any sound which could herald danger. Though she was enjoying this moment, Darkflame couldn't help but be wary. These were strange lands, vaguely resembling her former home but different in so many ways- some significant, some subtle. It wouldn't do at all for her to let her guard down. Who knew what kinds of strange wildlife or hostile dragons could be lurking about?
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2015 21:21:54 GMT by Samantha: added final paragraph.
D was rather surprised that Darkflame was thanking him. Whatever for? He didn't think he was doing the Dark dragon any favors. He really enjoyed spending time with his friend. Traveling together was a great way to do that and it wasn't like Darkflame hindered him in his Ambassadorial duties.
"Darkflame, its not like you just decided to tag along. I want you here, with me. I want to show you the Life territory. Its my home and since I saw Dragonsdeep, it only makes sense that you see where I live. Its what friends do," D said with a reassuring smile, flicking Darkflame lightly on the flank with his tail.
The Life dragon's orange, feather-tipped tail made an interesting contrast against the Dark dragoness' fur. D continued eating, slowing down as he began to get full. It was then that he noticed Darkflame was on alert. He paused, scanning the surrounding area. The horses had cleared out when they had made their kill.
The meadow was silent, save for the whistling of the wind in the grass. D could hear the birds singly distantly in the forest. There didn't seem to be anything to be alarmed about. Darkflame needed to relax. Purple eyes narrowed in thought, the orange dragon rose and stepped away from the kill.
Full now, D wiped his blood-stained muzzle clean on the grass. Then, casting a playful glance at his friend, he began rolling in the nearby grass. It felt really nice, tickling across his leathery hide. It was soft, better than a cloud, which would have soaked D through by now. Then, he froze, completely content, with his belly to the sky, eyes on Darkflame, one leg completely stretched out to the air, the other curved close to his chest and his tail snaking through the grass.
It was as clear an invitation as one could get without speaking: Join in, Darkflame!
Touched by her friend's words, Darkflame could only smile and repeat her previous sentiment: "thank you, D."
It was what friends did, wasn't it? She had shown Selgar her home. She had shown him all the glowworms, which...were no longer there, and then she'd shown D her new home...or rather, Icarus'. The small Dark Creation still couldn't imagine Dragonsdeep ever feeling like home to her. And while Selgar hadn't intentionally introduced her to his homeland, for obvious reasons; D was going to take her to his. She had friends, and they were doing friend-things, and that made her smile.
And one-day Quintus and MoonJem would join them, and perhaps go on to show her the best parts of their home territories. Then she would tell them, best she could, about the Dark lands she'd so taken for granted. The glowworms, the forests, the animal life which called and hooted and swooped in the night...that would be the closest to showing them her home that she could ever get, but it would be something.
She noticed that D had stopped eating and was scanning the surrounding area keenly. The Dark Creation tensed. Was there something there after all, something she had missed? She scented the air, turned in place, but there was nothing. Nothing that she could detect, in any case. What was it that could evade her senses so completely?
Her friend turned away, brushed his muzzle through the grass, and looked back at her with a mischievous glint in his eye. Perplexed, Darkflame watched as he began to roll about. What was he doing? Was this some display to frighten off the intruder? Did Life Creations think this was scary? It wasn't scary. Perhaps he was showing that his legs were strong and he could kick them and cause serious damage...oh. He was playing? Then...
It made sense now. He'd only been checking for potential threats, same as her. There was nothing there, and now he was looking at her, and he obviously wanted her to join in, but...one of them had to remain on guard!
But his gaze implored her, and she sighed through her nose and lay down with her face to the ground. The grass was cool against her skin, refreshing after a long day of flying and hunting. Slowly, ears still pricked attentively, Darkflame rolled her face in the grass; then flipped onto her side to avoid entirely entirely consuming her sense of smell in that one aroma (she still needed to be on guard, after all). The grass was cool against her flanks as well, and she closed her eyes momentarily, enjoying the sensation.
*** ooc: ramble post is a shamble ramble, haha. Have fun replying!
BIC: D felt slightly disappointed. Even from his upside down position, he could see that Darkflame was still on guard. It seemed that she never fully relaxed. At least she had joined in. That had been the whole point of it, after all.
The Life creation couldn't question the Dark creation on her caution. Obviously, they had lived different lives. He had lived in Snake's Mouth, one of the safest-if not the safest-territories on the island. He had lived side by side with Fazoola, learning how to be an Ambassador and he hadn't even been sent on a mission until about a year and a half ago. While he was cautious, he was also capable of just letting go and completely trusting that nothing would harm him.
Size also had something to do with it. D was large enough to give most other dragons a fair fight (if it ever came to that). Darkflame most likely hadn't had those luxuries, not just due to her size but to the territory she had lived in and the things she had experienced in her short life. It was the first time that D had thought so deeply about this and he was a little amazed that he had not thought of it before. Of course, when would he have had the time?
It seemed that one major crisis after another had been happening in the last few months. It was why the large orange dragon was eager to get back to Snake's Mouth. Once he gave Fazoola his report, he would be free to relax and hopefully get Darkflame to unwind. Just because she was cautious now didn't mean that she would remain that way...right? D realized that he had once more gotten lost inside his own head.
Giving a great breath, D wriggled a bit, moving closer to Darkflame, careful not to startle her or accidentally crush her. "This grass is awesome! Its been too long since I've been able to feel something so soft and inviting." Full-fed, the Life creation had returned to using telepathy to communicate.
OOC: I burst out laughing when Darkflame thought that rolling in the grass was a threat display.
Actually, I have an Italian greyhound mix named Mina. That is one of her favorite activities. On our walk today, we went through the park and there was freshly cut grass. She went on a rolling spree! Then, she got excited and dashed around a bit. A nice change in our normal routine.
Darkflame watched her friend wriggle closer, a soft smile adorning her lips at the strange sight. He was a lot larger than she, and the Dark Creation worried for a moment that he might accidentally fall onto her, but he stopped at a respectable distance and began to speak.
"My home wasn't known for its grasslands," she replied simply, sweeping her tail through the thick grass. "I liked walking in the forest and listening to the birds. This is nice enough, though."
She swept her tail once more for emphasis, touching her nose gently to the sweet-smelling grass. The softness and the warm sun were a powerful relaxant, to the point where Darkflame had to force her eyes to stay open. She was tired, she realised. Their adventure in Dragonsdeep, coupled with the long flight and the hunt, had worn her out. But she couldn't sleep, not here- not in such unknown territory.
"How far away is the Life territory, D?" she asked, perking up somewhat to ask the question.
*** ooc: My dog, Basil, does that too. xD He looks so adorbs.
And glad it made you laugh! She is a silly creature.
BIC: "We have the plains in the Life territory. So, grass is something I'm used to," D said, thinking back on how foreign Dragonsdeep really was.
Dragons were not meant to be underground, not even Earth creations. Unlike Darkflame, D was almost completely relaxed. He still kept in mind that he was on a mission but there was nothing wrong with stopping for a bit. Taking a nap was a nice idea but he wouldn't act on it.
"The Eye is full of colorful, noisy birds. There is a lot to look at but there is always somewhere you can go for a bit of peace and quiet. It always amazes me that the Life territory seems to be whatever you need it to be. The other territories I've been to haven't been that way. Not that they're bad but they certainly aren't home."
At Darkflame's question, D rolled to his belly, crouching easily in the grass. His head just cleared the tall grass they were in. From this vantage point, he could see the trees dotting the landscape. The Fang Mountains were not yet visible but...
"If we started now, we should reach the Fang Mountains by nightfall. Then, we should get some rest and start fresh in the morning. The flight through the mountains can be...enervating, to say the least." No need to say how difficult the flight could be, especially for a dragon of Darkflame's size.
Just because D knew where to find the Key didn't mean reaching that flow of wind would be easy.
bic: She perked up somewhat at D's words. The Fangs...the very edge of the Life territory. Darkflame didn't know much about the mountains- she might have seen them from the northern extremity of the old Darkness lands, and they didn't look overly welcoming; but, nonetheless, they marked their destination. So close! And besides, perhaps the mountains at the border with Light would be less imposing than those at Life's junction with Dark.
She clambered hurriedly to her feet and smiled up at D, tail swishing to and fro, shuffling her wings in anticipation. Her friend's description of the Life lands only served to make her more excited. Darkflame liked birds, and she liked peace and quiet, particularly after nightfall so that she could wander alone with her thoughts and the stars.
"That sounds wonderful, D," she said, blinking a few times in the glare of the afternoon sun, which now shone almost directly into her eyes. To mitigate this affect, the dragoness shifted and turned to view her friend from a slightly different angle.
"I mean," Darkflame continued, "that's assuming we're going to start out now? If not...that's okay too, I guess."
ooc: Basil is a Chinese Crested crossed with a poodle. His crested side is a power-puff though, not the hairless variety, so he has awesome shaggy fur. ^_^
BIC: D was pleasantly surprised by Darkflame's enthusiasm. He had assumed that, being smaller than he was, her endurance would be less. They had already had a moderate flight and then a hunt. Yet, the Darkness creation seemed raring to go. D rose to his feet and shifted quickly back into his original form; gone were the tail feathers and the sleek build of a runner.
Holding a shift wasn't difficult but D never stayed shape-shifted unless it served a direct purpose. Otherwise, he much preferred his original form. He moved away from Darkflame, flaring out his wings to their full length. The wind here was nice. Takeoff shouldn't be an issue.
"Leaving now is fine with me. Are you ready, Darkflame?" D asked, turning his head to look at his friend.
OOC: Aw, Chinese crested are awesome. The hairless variety can be rather high-maintenance (as are most hairless anythings). I knew a Chinese crested and papillon mix years ago named Boots. Boots was the best.
bic: In the blink of an eye, D had shifted back into his natural form. Again, Darkflame marvelled at this power. Such endless possibilities...and it seemed to come so naturally to him! She wondered whether Fazoola had given him the ability to change his form to improve his effectiveness as Ambassador, or if it had just been to improve his capabilities in general. Either way, it was an amazing gift.
"Of course!" she said excitedly, unfurling her own wings in response to his question. But...they did ache somewhat. Would she be able to make it, or would she only end up holding D back? The Dark Creation's excitement dipped noticeably at this revelation.
The flight to the Ice realm had been taxing as well, but she'd managed it. Why should this adventure be any different? And when they got there, they could rest the whole night. Her friend had said so himself. She needed to stop worrying so much. A few short hours, and it would all be over. The quicker they got going, the sooner they would get there.
"I mean, I am ready," she said. "And I look forward to seeing these mountains. Let's go!"
ooc: Aww, that sounds adorable. xD One of Basil's friends is a papillon cross (with a cavalier king charles), but she looks more or less like a purebred cavalier.
Also, I don't know if I've EVER roleplayed Darkflame turning invisible, haha.
BIC: D flapped his wings twice to get some air under his wings and then he was airborne and almost already above the trees. Mindful of his full belly, he started out with a leisurely pace but with his large wingspan, it also ate up the distance with ease. It was a great traveling speed that wouldn't tire him out. At the rate they were currently going, D estimated that they should see the Fang Mountains within three hours and would reach them about two hours after that. Then, they could get some much-needed rest and continue on in the morning.
D turned to look back at Darkflame, "I feel I should warn you that the Fang Mountains look rather foreboding."
Even though D had done so before, knowing the way and being a Life creation at that, the mountains were not his favorite place in the Life territory. However, it was one of only two ways to get home so really, as Ambassador, he had no choice in the matter.
OOC: Ah, I've known a cavalier or two. They are really great dogs.
Some dragons use their power(s) more often than others, that's all. As long as Darkflame doesn't disappear on D without warning, then its all good (that would really freak him out otherwise!).
Darkflame took more time to get airborne. A loping run, several frantic flaps of her wings, and three or four failed attempts finally resulted in her paws leaving the ground. Wingbeats strained and arrhythmic at first, but growing ever stronger, she made towards her friend, who was already level with the treetops. Thankfully he wasn't flying particularly fast, and the dragoness had almost reached him by the time D turned his head to speak.
"I feel I should warn you that the Fang Mountains look rather foreboding."
Darkflame was vaguely aware that word meant something bad. Ominous, dangerous...she failed to see how a mountain could look anything like that! Those which she could see at present were cloaked in greenery, and the ones in the Ice realm had been icy but inviting somehow...a place of refuge from the land's fierce storms and from those who wished her harm. Perhaps these mountains D spoke of were covered in sharp rocks so that none could land? Maybe they were literally made of fangs, as their name suggested? She wasn't sure, but although the thought of "foreboding" mountains made her nervous, she was also curious to find out how exactly they could be anything other than a welcome sight.
"Foreboding..." she mused, and blinked. "That's okay, D. I'm not afraid of mountains."
D looked thoughtfully at Darkflame for a moment, before turning his gaze forward once more. He figured that Darkflame did not know the reputation of the Fang Mountains or she may be a little more alarmed than she seemed now. Well, it wouldn't be a problem for a while yet. Perhaps he would think of something by then. For now, he was happy to be airborne again.
Dragons were meant to fly. The air was as much a part of them as fire-breathing. The winds in the Light territory were not as helpful as the wind over the ocean but that was to be expected. Flying over land and water were completely different. Around them, D could see patches of forest and meadow lands with here and there a small herd of horses.
The orange dragon couldn't wait until they got past the Fang Mountains. He wanted to see the familiar Ring with it's flightless hippogriffs and bison. He missed home so much it almost hurt. His only comfort was that home was getting ever closer. Lost in thought, D forgot that Darkflame was with him.
Darkflame was too preoccupied with trying to get her flight fully under control to notice D's expression. The currents were different from those she was used to- they were quite unlike those above the ocean or of the quiet, still night of the Darklands- and it took her somewhat longer than usual to steady herself.
D was getting ever further away, either unaware of the trouble she was having or unconcerned with the growing distance between them. Darkflame, on the other hand, felt entirely different about the situation. While she enjoyed being alone, being alone in a strange land and on a journey to an unknown destination was an entirely different matter. Her wingbeats became frantic once more as she strained to catch up, paws pulled in tight against her chest.
"D! Wait up!" she called loudly, to try and get his attention. "I don't know the area, remember?"
Trees skimmed by below, little birds nestling in their branches; as Darkflame realised when a flock unexpectedly took off as she spoke. Startled, the dragoness veered sideways, only to yelp as a bird rising from that direction collided with her flank.
Hearing his friend's call, D turned to look back. He was mortified when he realized what had happened. What a time to get lost in his own mind! He saw the birds just as Darkflame did.
"Darkflame, look-," D called but it was too late. Flapping and moving as quickly as he could, he raced towards Darkflame, flying beside her. "Are you alright? I'm so sorry! I got carried away in my own head!"
The orange dragon looked the smaller dragoness over anxiously, hoping she hadn't been seriously hurt. He chided himself mentally, deciding to keep up a flow of conversation if that would help him remember that he was traveling with someone. He usually traveled alone or in larger groups and he had never actually led anyone before. It was a lot to get used to.
"It's okay, D. Just not used to this place," she mumbled.
The sun lit up the treetops in green and gold, the mountains in the distance covered in bright grass and mottled with trees of darker shades. Lovely enough to look at, but strikingly unfamiliar. At least she had her flight more or less under control now. Darkflame's wingbeats were gradually settling into a more comfortable rhythm and, although she was far from calm, her earlier feeling of panic had abated considerably.
"I'm fine," she reassured her friend, turning to offer him a smile. "And I understand. It can be very easy to do that sometimes."
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