Welcome to Dragons of the Elements, a fantasy roleplay site. First established in December 2007, the site has since been relocated twice. Take flight as a powerful Elemental dragon, one of their Creations; or even their human or elven Rider! If you need anything feel free to contact a member of staff. Besides that, make yourself at home, and enjoy your time here at DotE!
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!
Fazoola was in a forest that edged the border of Light and Life. The Fang mountains loomed tall and fierce somewhere behind her, though she could not see them through the thick woodland she was currently in. After her Ambassador's report she had decided to do a little exploring of her own. Deciding that the safest place for Jester would be in their territory, she had left him to his own devices, studying the wildlife that could be found in the Ring. It had been some time since she had actually visited another Elemental's territory, preferring her own.
The Life Elemental recalled that Tivialous had unusual wildlife of his own. Astras and soles she believed they were called. She had never seen them and hoped to see some in her time there. She couldn't remember if they were rare or not. At least she would enjoy searching for them.
The large orange dragoness went still as she watched a sole travel almost wraith-like through the trees. She had never seen anything quite like it and she marveled at this creation of Tiv's. Given time for thought, she now remembered that soles were creatures of the day and astras of the night. She pondered whether to stay that long in the same territory. Tiv, mate of Ysera, was most likely not at home so there was no risk of running into him or his mate.
Those two were not the Elementals Fazoola relished to see.
Fazoola sniffed the air and decided that, barring her upsetting any territorial creation, she would stick around and perhaps experience the Light territory as D had described it to her.
The forests had always been a place of comfort. The sunlight filtering through the canopy, dappling the earth below, and the soft sigh of leaves above and around would sooth and relax even the most agitated soul. He could feel it impressed upon him- a softness, a calmness- dulling the impact of his fears even if it could not abate them altogether.
Tivialous yawned and glanced to the right, upwind, where the call of a sunking had caught his attention. He possessed a weaker sense of smell than many if not all of the Elementals, and he could barely even detect the creature over the thick scent of plant life all around. However, even Light could tell that there was somebody else there. A dragon, and not one of his own. It was likely it was merely one of the travellers who passed through from time to time, and he truly had no quarrel with such dragons, but these were strange and trying times. It would be best to make sure, if only to be certain they didn't end up with another Zannet.
He turned and padded through the trees, headed in the direction of the faint yet increasingly familiar scent. It was only as he got much closer that he realised it was an Elemental, and he slowed down, and then it occurred to him that they were very close indeed when he figured out who it was just as he saw her move past less than one hundred feet away.
He blinked. Fazoola? What is she doing here? I haven't seen her outside her territory in a long time...besides Gatherings.
Life was unlikely to be here for dangerous purposes- that wasn't her way, Viamor and Ysera might want to turn the world upside down but Fazoola had just never been like that. Perhaps curiosity brought her here, perhaps she was looking for somebody. Perhaps him. Tivialous released his hold upon the bands of light which had rendered him invisible until just that moment, and stepped out towards his fellow Elemental.
"Good morning, Fazoola. May I help you with anything?"
*** ooc: I put him downwind from Fazoola to justify him being there when she couldn't detect him earlier. =)
He's totally not moping woot (have at him, you justifiably annoyed Life dragon you!)
BIC: The Life dragoness showed a flicker of surprise in her golden eyes but then she went carefully neutral, even as a strong wave of emotion-second only to when she had wanted to kill the Air Ambassador five hundred years before-seized her. Her great height was hindered by the canopy of trees so close above her head and she longed for the far more open ground of her own Ring. Then, she realized that she had been staring at Tivialous for too long a time in silence. No matter what she felt, it would not do to insult another Elemental.
"If only you were able to help me, Tivialous. I have not been quite myself for some time. My Ambassador recently traveled through your territory on his return from Dragonsdeep. What I heard from him was not positive." Here Fazoola paused and let her gaze wander from where she had fixed Tivialous in her sights.
Once more, D's words rang in the Life Elemental's mind. This whole situation with Ysera had sickened her in more ways than one.
"Had D been traveling by himself, he would have died in those tunnels," Fazoola said, her tone suddenly becoming icy, in sharp contrast with the peaceful setting of the forest. "I make sure all of my Ambassadors are capable dragons so if one of mine could not handle Dragonsdeep, I hate to think of what will happen to dragons that now have to live there."
OOC: OK, so I decided to stop right there, knowing that is plenty to start with. I didn't want Fazoola to completely rant at Tiv. She's going to attempt to at least talk with him, not at him.
Staring at him like this would be uncharacteristic for most dragons, save maybe Adutaine. It seemed particularly out of character for Fazoola, whom he viewed as particularly clear and straightforward....he was about to say something, when the Life dragoness mercifully began to speak.
He'd heard so little of the place...rumour mostly, Tivialous paid such things little heed. Ysera, when they'd spoken, hadn't told him an awful lot about it either. Surely she wouldn't have given the realm to Icarus if it was dangerous? They needed to pacify him, not...start another war, with tensions already running high as they were.
Tivialous could hardly blame her for her tone- she had every right to be angry about the destruction of the Dark territory, and all those lives lost. Still, it unsettled him to hear her speak this way, in such a situation as this, bringing to mind...a far distant memory.
"I don't think any of us are particularly 'ourselves' right now," he began. "I'm glad that D returned safely to you, and he and yourself are always welcome here, should you require anything. Did he inform Icarus of the danger?"
Succinct. To the point. Perhaps too much so. She was obviously here for a reason, he sincerely hoped she wouldn't take brevity for a lack of concern.
ooc: The 'distant memory' refers to when they made the Creation of Many because, even if it didn't upset her as much as this; I'm probably correct in assuming that she didn't like how they approached the situation, right?
BIC: Fazoola could only snort softly. Not ourselves? How could Tivialous make such a ridiculous excuse? Had he any idea of the agony that she had gone through during the Quake when she had literally felt the lives around her slipping away to Death? How helpless she had felt when she had seen her territory change before her very eyes?
Fazoola's golden eyes flickered with heat and it was all she could do not to growl with frustration at the Light Elemental. His assurance sounded hollow to Life. This wasn't about her! Tiv seemed to be completely missing the point that she was trying to make.
"That is not my Ambassador's duty to inform another Elemental. If anyone should have told Icarus what his new territory contained, it should have been Ysera. She was the one who kept those tunnels secret from everyone for so long. It was her silly tantrum that caused Icarus to lose his territory and have to make do with Dragonsdeep. Some consolation if dragons aren't safe there. What happens when they have to leave because Dragonsdeep is uninhabitable?"
What would Light have to say now? Would he understand? After all, he still had his territory. It seemed like he hadn't even gone to see the tunnels. Did he even care that an affront from one Elemental to another had not occurred in such a fashion since the last War?
OOC: That would be correct. Fazoola was not pleased with that situation either and would have spoken up then. I don't even want to think about what she'll do when she finds out the CoM is still alive!
Her viewpoint seemed worryingly black-and-white for one so ancient. Shouldn't she realise there was far more to it than should and should not? More shades of grey than just righteous anger and a 'silly tantrum'?
She's upset. That much is clear. And why wouldn't she be, given her particular elemental affinity?
"I can't speak for Icarus, nor Ysera, nor any of the dragons currently residing within Dragonsdeep," he said, after a moment's hesitation, "and I did not mean to imply that it is your Ambassador's responsibility to ensure the safety of my brother and his subjects. If Icarus does not know of whatever dangers his tunnels may pose, I will be very surprised indeed. But in these times, we need to look out for one another more than ever, or...more than we have in a very long time, in any case. If those tunnels do ultimately prove uninhabitable, perhaps sacrifices will need to be made with respect to our own lands. We've done so before, and I would more than happily do so again."
Tivialous wasn't sure if these words would make things better or worse. He wasn't so good at judging these days, it seemed. Still, he had to try. For so long, his primary function among the Elementals had been as an ear, a listener, to murmur assent and offer approval or critique or advice. If he couldn't be that even now, then what good was he to anybody?
*** More fleshing out of his character and role, woooo!
Pine We talked about them considering each other as siblings, but never really showed it in universe. Since the current situation is a particularly tense one, I had Tivialous refer to Icarus as his brother (in paragraph three). If this is an issue, please let me know and I'll change it to simply 'Icarus'. =)
Fazoola could respect Tivialous' first statement. He was rather wise in not speaking for others.
"Even if Icarus does know the dangers, how could he keep his dragons safe?" Fazoola thought of the great worm that D had described to her and mentally shuddered at the thought. "Yes, that is something we should always do. For some of us, it is as if the Wars never happened, when the Island was almost torn apart when some of us decided to act on their own selfish ambitions."
Fazoola struggled not to be swamped by thoughts of Ta'zeen and focused her attention back on Tivialous. She sighed and could only shake her head slightly in uncertainty, a gesture picked up from her human Riders over the years.
"I can't imagine Icarus or his dragons enjoying moving to yet another new territory. I will gladly welcome any of them into my territory but of course it isn't meant to contain all of them. They were meant for the Darkness territory, which was taken from them without them even being able to try to keep it. How many of them would enjoy Fire, Water or Ice as their home territories? How would Viamor and Izett take to having their territories divvied up to another Elemental, regardless of whether that Elemental is in need or not? I fear that Ysera has started a series of events that will only lead to much tragedy."
"I don't think it will come to that, in any case," said Tivialous softly. "Icarus is capable of removing any threat posed by Dragonsdeep. Perhaps the Dark dragons would need to find refuge in other lands for a time while he attends to such matters, but I can't see that being a permanent arrangement."
He fell silent. When it came to Ysera, his thoughts were hardly coherent at present, even to himself. Light took a moment to filter them, before continuing on:
"I will agree that this sequence of events has already led to much tragedy, the repercussions of which may be felt long into the future. First Viamor, then Ysera...I can't...perhaps, I don't think anything like the last great war could happen ever again. But I doubt this will all reach a peaceful conclusion."
Viamor had almost killed one of his bravest living Creations, Eetu. Ysera had actually killed Zannet, a friend, albeit...unintentionally, of course, she would never have wanted this much death! It was nothing like the loss Fazoola must feel, as the Elemental of Life, but even so it felt very...sore, and personal.
"But why are you really here, Fazoola?" Tivialous spoke up, perhaps more forcefully than intended. "Are you truly seeking my help in some matter, or merely passing through? If the latter, I shan't keep you any longer. If the former, I will make myself of use best I can."
Fazoola was not in doubt of Icarus' abilities to handle threats to his dragons but Dragonsdeep was completely new to all of them, except Ysera, of course. Yet, surely it was unreasonable to believe that Icarus should handle such matters alone? She believed that the Darkness Elemental would find help when he needed it but it still didn't put Life at ease. More stumbling from Tivialous was fraying at Fazoola's taught nerves. So, when he became direct with her, she suddenly snapped.
"What I want to know, Tivialous, is why you couldn't talk some sense into your mate before she completely lost it and caused all of this damage, to the Island and everyone living on it. It's not like she was born yesterday. It's not like you've only just become mates. Isn't that what having a mate is all about, to check each other before doing something completely irrational?"
Fazoola had taken a step or two forward as she finally let loose everything that she had felt since the Quake. Her golden eyes burned with the intensity of her emotions and her retractable claws were unsheathed, piercing the forest floor. She would have lashed her tail had she the room but unlike some dragons she could think of, Life had more restraint.
Tivialous stood his ground. This wasn't the first time he'd been shouted at- he was an Elemental, it came with the territory. Regardless, he couldn't avoid flinching at this sudden, unexpected outburst.
It wasn't as though he hadn't thought about these things already. He should have caught on earlier, he should have done something. But Ysera didn't share her thoughts freely, and was perhaps first among the Elementals in her ability to conceal them. By the time Tivialous had realised something was wrong, by the time the world began to shake, it was too late.
"Events like this aren't often pre-mediated," he said, tilting his head back to meet the furious dragoness' gaze. It wasn't easy- even reminding himself that she was justified did little to help that. "I couldn't do anything about it because I didn't know. We have our own territories, we are frequently apart, I saw her so little in those weeks- or else, she would certainly have heard of the trouble with Viamor sooner."
Tivialous did his best to keep his voice level, but the ability had gone right out of him. He could avoid backing away, he could even meet her gaze, but he could no longer maintain the polite warmth that was his professional norm. There were just too many other things to focus on.
"Besides," he continued, after a moment's pause. "In my experience, mates don't do much to keep each other in check, anyway."
Fazoola trembled with fury but she was still capable of listening to reason. She respected her fellow Elementals, difficult as it so often was. Slowly, slowly, Life regained her composure but there was no warmth in her gaze as she looked at Light. Tivialous had no reason to lie to her. Of course, having a mate didn't mean he left all of his own responsibility behind.
"Isn't that what Ambassadors are for? Even if you could not have gotten away, you could have sent Libra with a message to Ysera, informing her of what we had learned," Fazoola said, her voice retaining a hint of steel.
Life did not comment on Light's last words. She took a mate so infrequently that she could not say for certain what a relationship between mates was supposed to be like.
"That's true," he admitted. "I have excuses, of course. There will always be excuses, but I doubt you'll find them sufficient."
He looked back up at Fazoola. No longer furious, she was staring at him with a wholly uncharacteristic coldness. He suppressed a shudder, thinking back on what excuses there were. He'd thought Eetu dead, he'd been worried for Icarus, with his lands in such close proximity to those of Viamor. But if anything, that should have made him want to spread the news all the more quickly, to ensure future tragedy did not come to pass...why hadn't he?
"Besides, all that seems to have been forgotten now," he said, with a slight frown. "Without Viamor there would have been no earthquake, but now that it's happened, the threat from him has been forgotten and the focus fallen on Ysera- even though the threat posed by her, so far as I can discern, has been exhausted."
Fazoola never let her gaze wander from Tivialous. While she wanted to think that he had changed the subject because he no longer wanted the focus to be on Ysera, she could see that he had made a good point. Had Ysera and Viamor been working together all along? No, that was too ridiculous to even think about. She may have always shared a border with Ice but she had not gotten to know that Elemental well.
Would one of the other Elementals-Water or Fire, perhaps-decide to get in on the action and make a bid for power?
It was very easy to fall into the worry pit but Life had lived too long for that. She knew that this was just the way Life was. All too often, they faced one threat after another. True peace was a rarity to be treasured. Then, she pulled herself back to the her conversation with Light.
"I certainly couldn't say but I suppose even Ysera isn't foolish enough to make things worse than she already has by acting up. As for Viamor, my border with his land has been quiet but I haven't visited the western Fangs in some time. Though I can't shake the feeling that Ice is only biding his time..." Fazoola felt a firm tug, drawing her back to her own territory but now that she was in a discussion with Tiv, leaving would just have to be put off for a while longer.
Tivialous settled into a seated position. It looked as though they were going to be here for some time, he might as well get comfortable.
"When I last saw Viamor, it certainly seemed that way. He was evasive. He seemed to be toying with us, he was...up to something, I'm certain of that much. Though I can't be sure what, those reports were famously difficult to interpret."
His gaze darted up to Fazoola's own, not wanting to provoke another outburst as he chose his next words:
"And you are right, of course. About Ysera. I suspect she'll keep out of the way for a while now."
He was glad that she did not possess any ability like his own, for as he said this he felt a twinge of unease. Was this necessarily true? Could he really claim to know Ysera's plans and motivations at all? *** ooc: He's referring to when Ysera and Tiv went to track down Viamor after the last gathering.
BIC: Fazoola sat in silence for a moment, thinking. She truly had been neglecting her border with Ice recently. Even before Dragonsdeep, it had been some time since she had even been in the Fang Mountains.
"That actually sounds normal for Viamor. Since when is he ever direct with anyone? He reminds me of Adutaine in that respect. They both have this way of thinking that is not straightforward. It makes it rather difficult to get information from either of them. At least if I don't want to tell you, I will tell you that I don't, so you're not wasting your time or mine. With them, all too often it feels like the conversation just goes in circles."
Fazoola paused, thinking once more. Viamor had always been power hungry but it had been centuries since he had given any of the Elementals cause for concern. Now he seemed to be waiting to strike but how and when?
OOC: Yes, I do recall that rather vaguely.
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