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Dates formatted as: Day/Month 11/02:February Activity Check. 07/08: The island's residents don't know of it yet, but they will soon enough! Introducing The Caverns of Infinite Night. 16/05: We farewell Pine, our dedicated staff member of over five years, and wish her luck in her future endeavours. 23/01: Character spotlight added to the sidebar! Up first is Shydra- prophet of the Dragon Mother, Vaseera.
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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!
Hearing Darkflame beginning to pace, he turned his head to look at her as she moved. He listened to her in silence, willing himself to forget about the Key. He rose to his feet and moved in front of Darkflame. He wanted to be as honest with her as he could possibly be. He looked down at her for a moment, gathering his thoughts.
"Darkflame, of course I would let you know if something were wrong. You and I are on this journey together, you know. I wouldn't think twice about following Fandis if he really doesn't know where he's going tomorrow. For now, I suggest we get some sleep. You mentioned that you want to keep watch during the night but I believe that rest is more important. Darkflame, the Fang Mountains are going to be involve flying like you have never flown before. A dragon can't handle them exhausted after staying up all night," D said, speaking firmly, not wishing to scare Darkflame but willing her to understand.
Darkflame knew that she wasn't the greatest flier there was. Sure, she was adequate, once she was airborne. But was adequate good enough? If D was right, she doubted she would be good enough even at her best, and in an exhausted state the little Dark dragon would be far from that.
Still, something about that Fandis just didn't sit well with Darkflame. Sighing internally, the dragoness dipped her head towards her larger friend.
"Okay, D. Thank you. I thought we would keep watch in turns, I didn't mean that I wanted to stay up all night or anything. I know we both need to sleep. But if you think it would be better to sleep all night, then I will try not to stay up the whole night."
Ooc: will probably be edited when I get home, I was just bored and wanted to try writing off my phone.
BIC: D nodded his head and then gave Darkflame space to decide where she wanted to sleep. He didn't know her preferences. For all he knew, she slept hanging upside from a tree limb like a bat or opossum. He chuckled silently in amusement at this thought before pushing it away. Of course that was ridiculous.
The large orange dragon settled in the relatively small clearing, his four legs tucked neatly beneath him and his wings pressed close to his sides. His tail arced out behind him, creating a slight barrier between the clearing and the rest of the small wood. He curved his neck so that his head rested easily on the ground, his snout almost reaching his wing. This was how he most often slept when he was able to. He recalled the times when he had found himself in the most precarious of positions (once only finding refuge on a narrow shelf behind a waterfall where he had felt like he was drowning the entire night).
This too faded as the Life Ambassador settled into sleep.
OOC: Care to time jump to tomorrow morning?
In other news, on Tuesday my house got broken into and our electronics were stolen (including my laptop and tablet). My laptop was replaced yesterday and I've been getting it up and running today. Though, I doubt I will be getting a new tablet...
She didn't recall falling asleep. She had been....lying here, curled up against the foot of a large sturdy oak, listening to the sounds of the night...listening for that Fon-dee or Fawn-dee or whatever his name was.
The Dark dragoness sat bolt upright and glanced about for D, heart pounding. Oh dear oh dear...surely she wouldn't have slept through a confrontation, her friend had to be okay, she would have heard something if not. She wasn't a heavy sleeper, not by any stretch of the imagination.
The sun was about to rise, the clearing already brightened from black to grey. And sure enough, there he was: taking up most of the clearing, the ribs of his wings just becoming visible in the twilight of morn.
Darkflame relaxed, settling back against her tree. He was probably right, she supposed. Fandis was probably harmless. In any case, her fears of the previous night seemed far less tangible now that dawn was starting to break.
more ooc: this is not my best effort I admit, but hopefully writing for Darkflame will be easier once we get back into the swing of things!
Fandis had arrived as he had said he would the previous night. He entered the clearing the way he had left and had to step over D's tail as he did so. He smiled warmly at Darkflame before turning an amused glance at the Life Ambassador. D had been sleeping rather soundly but as the sun rose and the night changed to day, he was already on his way to waking up. As the Air creation announced himself, D rose his head to look at the peach and sky blue dragon.
"Well, that was prompt of you," D said, the surprise clear in his voice.
The large orange dragon rose to his feet, feeling fully refreshed. The Fang Mountains did not seem so intimidating now as they had the night before, tired and worried as he had been. He stretched out his wings, careful not to hit Fandis or Darkflame in the process. Then he turned and walked over to Darkflame, knowing that she would not be pleased about the Air creation's presence. He watched his friend closely, alert to any signs that all was not as it seemed.
"I hope you slept well, Darkflame. I know D certainly did," Fandis commented with a chuckle.
"Yeah, I did sleep well. Are we ready to go?" D asked, looking first to Darkflame and then to Fandis.
The voice was all too familiar by now. Darkflame returned the peach-and-blue dragon's smile, rising quickly to her paws as he entered the clearing. D stirred and exchanged words with their would-be guide but, as her friend was facing away from her, Darkflame was unable to make out what was said. She watched Fandis carefully, ready to react should he make any sudden movements. Not that she was sure what she would do if he did. Warn him, maybe. Spit fire at him if he seemed actively hostile!
D started to move towards her. Darkflame looked up expectantly. What was it? Did he finally share in her suspicions? What had he just said to Fandis? But to her surprise he said nothing, just looked at her. That in itself was odd. Could she suddenly not hear telepathy or something? What if he was trying to talk, but something had happened and now she couldn't hear his mind-words?
Darkflame was momentarily distracted as Fandis spoke, and then D was replying, and she immediately felt foolish for thinking that she wouldn't be able to hear. How would that even work? They were thoughts- she could think, and he could think- of course she could hear the thoughts he thought at her!
"I'm ready," Darkflame said, less than convincingly. "Okay, let's climb those mountains."
"Climb them?" Fandis laughed aloud at Darkflame's words. "Oh, no. We're going to fly. Though, first, we need to walk to the base of them and get out of these woods here. Then, we're going to fly straight up. After that, stay close, follow me and fly!"
The Air creation had suddenly gotten very serious, his blue eyes seeming to pierce into D and Darkflame. There was no need to warn the Life Ambassador, of course. He knew well the danger. While he had no intention of becoming separated from Darkflame, the possibility of that happening were all too real. Some thought the Fang Mountains referred to the sharp peaks that looked like teeth but it actually referred to the winds that raged around those peaks, worse than anything a dragon could ever imagine.
Fandis led the way walking out of the woods at a brisk trot. D understood why this was. No need to strain their wings before absolutely necessary. The walk out was short and all too soon they stood at the very base of the mountains that seemed to rise straight up out of the ground before them. D looked up, the wind clearly audible here.
Was this why Fazoola had given her Ambassador the use of telepathy? So there was no need for him to speak aloud unless he so wished to? It was quite useful in times like these, when sounds were rushed away in such a force. Fandis flared out his feathery blue wings, cast a look at D and Darkflame, smiled reassuringly and then began to ascend in the air. D followed suit, easily airborne but waiting for Darkflame to join him.
They stood in silence, save for the howling of the winds above and around them. We're going to fly straight up. A figure of speech, surely. Or, at least, Darkflame had thought so. But standing here now, with the wind whipping up her fur and that steep, steep climb above...she wasn't physically going to be able to do this. What was D thinking?!
Even if I back up, and then run...maybe I could make it? If I wove about a little. There's still a much greater chance I would just break my bones against that mountain.
Visions came at her, then, of shattered limbs and wounds and blood everywhere. Darkflame shuddered.
Why didn't we just start flying from further back?
"I can't fly like you two!" she shouted, ears flat against her skull, aware that the wind was most likely tearing her words away before they reached either of them. "Maybe, from further back. It'll be slow, but I can fly like you if I get a running start. If you wait for me here."
D watched Darkflame closely. She was so small, so insecure. He couldn't blame her for that, it was just her nature. He heard her call out but missed most of the words but he did manage to catch 'I can't!'. He looked up at Fandis, the Air creation's long tail whipping about in the wind, as if it were eager to devour the peach and blue dragon.
"Fandis, I'm going back down. Darkflame isn't a very strong flier," D called.
"Once she gets off the ground I can help her a little while she gets going. As an Air creation I can manipulate wind a little. Though, with that, I'm not sure how much help my power will be," Fandis responded with a short toss of his head towards the winds, flying lower down as D descended to land beside his friend.
The Life Ambassador landed beside the Darkness creation. He looked steadily at her, wishing he was able to give her strength.
"OK, Darkflame. You can do this. Take your time. I'm right here and Fandis is up there to help you, too," D said.
bic: Darkflame looked at her friend. She didn't want to leave D here alone, with a stranger, in such adverse conditions as this. But he was a native of these parts, and surely if anyone knew how to navigate the treacherous mountains, it would be him? He would notice if something was up with Fandis from a mile away...if only he would stay on his guard.
"Thank-you, D," she said stiffly. "I'm going back to the edge of the woods-" she glanced in that direction to emphasise her point; "and I'll try and get airborne from there. Please be careful. I'll be back soon."
She turned and headed back the way they had come, over-attuned to the presence of Fandis, hovering some way above. The howling winds subsided a little as she neared the tree-line, but they were still perfectly adept at making their presence known. Darkflame tried to account for them with regard to her flight plans, but she wasn't used to weather like this and there were so many variables...it's going to be more like flying in the Ice lands than anything else, only you didn't have to take off then.
The dragoness shivered slightly as she twisted back towards the others, half spreading her wings as she did so. This was it. She was about to find out if she would actually be able to manage the flight. If not...she supposed D would have to go on alone. She had other friends, she could go and look for Selgar and Quintus in the Air lands, or MoonJem in Time...
She plunged forward, gathering speed- but perhaps not quickly enough. The foothills were coming up fast, and by then it would be too late- she had to take off soon- she had to try, regardless or not of whether she thought she'd gathered enough speed.
Dakflame flung open her wings the rest of the way, catching the wind and pulling them downward, hard. With some difficulty, she managed to lift herself free of the ground. Her shoulders shook with the effort, and a flight muscle twitched in protest, but she was doing it. She was flying! Though who knew how long that would last, with her about to hit the stronger winds up above...
ooc: Writing this in a study break haha, hope it suffices! I may not get another reply done before my exams finish next Wednesday, I'm afraid.
BIC: D waited for Darkflame, praying to Fazoola that she would be able to get airborne.
"I see her!" Fandis called from his higher vantage point.
"Is she-" D began.
D breathed a sigh of relief. They were doing this, together. He waited for Darkflame to get close before nodding his assent for Fandis to lead the way into the Fang Mountains. He saw the peach and blue dragon focus his gaze on the hazardous winds. Flaring out his wings completely, the Air creation entered the winds, getting pulled violently forward.
Even the best fliers had trouble in the tumult that was the Fang Mountains. D began to fly higher but he waited for Darkflame before he actually got pulled in.
OOC: Yes, this works. That's fine, Sam. Good luck on studying and on your exams! I hope you do well!
bic: Darkflame saw how Fandis was pulled roughly forward, and her ears flickered nervously. Flying was rapidly becoming easier, though her wing-beats undoubtedly still appeared frantic and without grace. But seeing that sudden difference in pressure...her jaw tightened and she didn't, couldn't, had absolutely positively zero intention of entering those hostile currents.
The roar of the wind was deafening and she wondered, not for the first time, why the Life Elemental would reside in such an inhospitable place. Had Darkflame completely misunderstood the element? Life was everything, it allowed them all their capacities- Life, it seemed clear, should be the greatest good. Yet, the uncertainty she felt was not good. This weather was terrible. She could see absolutely no connection between this place and the essence of Life- the forests of Light below, lush and green, would seem a more apt domain than these awful mountains!
D was waiting for her, for that she was thankful. The Dark Creation approached from his left; all too aware that, while she would always be able to hear his mind-voice, her friend might not be able to hear her own. Why were they doing this, again? Why was she following him into certain peril? What was that he'd said the other day, about beaches? Beaches meant ocean, and she doubted there would be mountains there- if they were, how would the water get through? Why were they here, and not flying to the beaches instead?
Surely he hadn't forgotten? But she had a right to know either way and so, close beside him, Darkflame practically shouted over the roar of the winds:
"Didn't you say there were beaches? Why don't we fly to those? They can't be as windy as this, surely?"
ooc: I seem to have an addiction to creating utterly rubbish characters, haha. At least this one has a special ability, she fares better than poor Siru (and even Prism, arguably).
Sorry for the change of tack. She's looking for a way out is my only explanation, haha.
That was what D heard from Darkflame over the wind. He tried to piece together what she said and believed he had inferred her meaning. Thinking it over, she made a nice point.
"Well, flying around the Fang Mountains is doable, certainly. It will just take us a bit longer, Darkflame," D said.
Though, how much longer would it take them if Darkflame got hurt with the winds of the mountains? D wanted to get back to Fazoola to report to her on Dragonsdeep but he knew that his Elemental wouldn't mind waiting a bit longer if it meant he was protecting a friend. The orange dragon faced the mountains and saw Fandis struggling to fly back to them. The peach and blue dragon looked almost like he was crawling at one point, the wind battering him from above. Then, he seemed to just fall out of the wind and regained his normal wing strokes.
"Is there a problem?" the Air creation yelled.
"Darkflame isn't sure she wants to fly these winds," D explained.
"Makes sense to me!"
OOC: Aw, Sam! Don't say that. Your characters are not rubbish, just special in their own way.
bic: He'd heard her. Darkflame almost sighed with relief. As Fandis yelled to D over the roar of the winds, the Dark Creation circled off to the left, the effort of flying in place putting far too much strain on her flight muscles. She didn't want to inconvenience D, but nor did she particularly want to die in this strange place. The rush of air frightened her- it reminded her somewhat of the Ice territory, but without the cold and bitter shards flung every which way. She'd been frightened there too, hadn't she? She'd still managed to keep going, somehow.
Only back then, she'd had a clear goal in mind: they'd been on their way to rescue her closest friend, and the thought of him in danger out in the cold was enough for her to press on. Here, what was their goal? Merely to get into the Life territory so that D could report back to his Creator. What was so urgent that they couldn't spend a little longer taking a safer path? Sure, that monster they'd discovered in the caverns...but it was dead now, and Icarus knew about it anyway, so what was the rush?
Darkflame completed her circle, drawing breath to yell to D as she neared him.
"I'm sorry, D. I'm not sure. How much longer would it take?
The dragoness eyed the mountains once more, recalling how violently Fandis had been pulled towards them. What if he was trying to get them hurt? Surely he realised that D, as a Life Creation, would know the Fang Mountains well, and what would he have against her? They'd never met, and she wasn't important...no, she was being foolish again! She shouldn't look for ways to justify her own cowardice. It was simply because she was too scared to fly the mountains. Darkflame knew in her heart, no matter what D said, she wouldn't be flying over them. Perhaps she could let him go alone and meet him on the beaches. It would be strange, travelling alone...but if she flew fast, surely she would make it there in no time
*** ooc: Yeah but when you're trying to think of an in-character reason for your character to stop holding everyone up, it can be kinda frustrating! xD
If they/just Darkflame end up going the long way, we should put in another time skip. =P They need to find Fazoola some time this century. Although based on the estimates of the island's size which we did with Rordrik, it wouldn't take more than a couple of hours to get there anyway.
Obviously Selgar not being around poses a problem with regard to their friendship-web, and Kaguya has pretty much confirmed she won't be rping again, so we can probably just say later on that he went missing or something. He was with Quintus last, so I'll talk to Pine about sorting something.
BIC: "Not that long at all. We'd get to the Life territory by late afternoon if we were slow about it," D said.
"So you are flying around the Fang Mountains then, are you?" Fandis checked.
"Yes, I believe so."
"Then, I'll take my leave of you. I've got further patrolling to do. Darkflame, D, it was nice meeting both of you."
The Air creation dipped his head to them in farewell, made a steep dive and flew off with a few easy flaps of his wings. D was sad to see the Air creation go. He wanted to know more about Rin, his predecessor. He hoped to be able to come back some day. Though, he understood that wouldn't happen anytime soon.
At least Darkflame would be happy without the stranger with them anymore.
OOC: Yeah, I was thinking about that. Ah, yeah. Let me know what happens with that. Out of the five dragons involved in Blood of Ice, only Darkflame, D and Quintus are still around. MoonJem died in the Great Quake and Selgar is an unknown.
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