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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!
BIC: D, the Life Ambassador and his close friend, Darkflame, a Darkness creation, were in the Light territory. They were headed for the Air territory, having left Life after visiting Fazoola. The Life Elemental had allowed her Ambassador the freedom to take this journey with his friend in order to gain some closure. She had given them both some rather disturbing news that a friend of theirs, MoonJem, had died in the Great Quake. With the shock of this, they had felt the pressing need to find other friends they had made some months ago in order to see how they fared after the destruction of the Great Quake.
They were currently in a patch of forest with trees spaced widely enough that D did not feel cramped in the midst of them. However, visibility wasn't the best down here and he was hoping they would soon reach an area of grassland that was also common in Light. They had been mostly quiet during their flight to Light, intent on traveling as they were. However, they now had some time to talk. Being in Light so soon with the goal of finding old friends made the Life creation think of a Light creation, one of the first non-Life dragons he had ever met: Eetu.
"Darkflame, do you ever think of Eetu?" The large orange dragon looked at his friend, purple eyes dark with memory.
OOC: Just to be clear, Eetu is presumed dead, yes? Samantha
Darkflame didn't meet his gaze. Tears pricked her eyes. She hadn't heard Eetu's name since their return from Ice. They hadn't talked about him at all, really. Until now. It was Eetu who had found her and revealed his brave plan, Eetu who then convinced D and MoonJem to join him in his journey to rescue Selgar. And it was Eetu who had never seen the results of their venture.
"Why would you...?" Bring him up, she finished internally. Out loud, however, she let the sentence hang a few moments before choosing different words.
"I do. I didn't know him very long, but he was Selgar's friend and...I'm sure he would be proud of what we managed."
But he never got to see that. We could have helped him- if I'd been paying more attention...
She focussed on the path ahead. The last time she'd been here, she and D had hunted together for the first time. That was the happier memory which she needed to remember, rather than dwelling on the fate of her fallen friend.
While D had been more nostalgic than sad, he hadn't realized that Darkflame would be more sensitive to the memory of yet another of their lost friends. He felt terrible that he had now brought up the subject. He looked away from the Dark dragoness, as if searching for a new topic amongst the trees. In the silence that followed Darkflame's words, the Life Ambassador tried to change the mood that he had unwittingly placed upon them. Then, he spoke slowly, as if working to form his thoughts into words.
"Yes, we did accomplish something great. He got us there and we certainly didn't let him down," D finally managed to say and hoped his words didn't sound as feeble to his friend as they did to him.
Darkflame lowered her nose to inhale the scent of the dust and dirt, crumbling leaves and scuttling insects, beneath her paws. Now that she was thinking about him, Eetu was all around. She'd thought, just for a moment, that she'd caught his scent off to the side somewhere.
That couldn't be right. Though she'd tried to tell herself otherwise, there was no way he was still alive. If he was he would have let them know by now.
Darkflame lifted her head again, and the scent was gone, replaced by the sweet earthiness of ground soil. She started out once more, determined to put this memory from her mind. However, she'd taken no more than a couple dozen steps before it was back, and she frowned and cast her gaze sideways.
"I'm imagining things," she told D, voice wavering a little. "Not sure why. But this was his home, and I keep thinking he's here."
D had begun to start moving again but he noticed almost at once that Darkflame seemed to be distracted. Since he was much larger than she was, he usually let her set the pace and he watched her as she set her nose to the ground. He knew that she had an incredible sense of smell. He didn't use his own snout for that purpose much but he admired his friend for her own ability. He pondered what scent she was looking for but he certainly hadn't expected her to say that.
The Life creation blinked in surprise. "Eetu? You smell him here?" D shook his head, frowning. "Is it fresh? It can't still be lingering from when he lived here before. That was months and months ago!"
D didn't even bother to scent for himself. His nose wasn't really good for that. Instead, he began to scan their surroundings in earnest but couldn't see any familiar shapes amongst the trees. He moved to stand beside Darkflame.
"Darkflame, we don't know what happened to Eetu. We should follow the scent," D suggested, looking down at his smaller friend intently.
"I know," she said at length. "I mean- we never saw what happened, did we? But if he was okay, he would have let us know."
Maybe he was alive, just not really 'okay'? Darkflame felt a surge of hope, ending with a pang of guilt. Why would she hope for that? He would have to be really badly hurt, to keep him from going back to them...he'd been so determined to make sure Selgar was okay, there was no way he would abandon them if he could help it!
"I think I'm just imagining it," Darkflame added, as firmly as she could manage. "But, if you say so. It's that way."
She gestured with her nose, and padded off in search of the source of this confusing memory. Unable to keep her footsteps from quickening despite knowing what the possibility she entertained would entail.
D knew Darkflame had a point. He had never considered before even the remote possibility that Eetu was alive. The Light creation was not the type of dragon to just disappear without warning. If he had not gone in search of his friends when they had been separated in Ice, how could it be that he was still alive? How could they not have known?
Something just did not add up.
D followed in Darkflame's wake, not wanting to get his scent tangled up in the trail that she was on. He flicked his tail, a wave of emotions beginning to rush through him. Suddenly, the Life Ambassador wanted the answers to all of his questions that plagued him. He needed to know and he needed to know now. Was Eetu alive?
Darkflame kept her nose to the ground, afraid of what her eyes might tell her. But there was no scent of blood, no overwhelming fear, nothing to suggest that something could be wrong here. Just a memory. Though for Darkflame at least, memory had always been a thing of the mind, with false sounds or images or scents presenting themselves for only a few fleeting moments at a time. While her senses told her nothing was wrong, her brain thus told her something had to be, and she couldn't have said for certain what she hoped to find at the end of the trail.
"There's somebody there," she said quietly, stopping and looking up at D as he appeared beside her. "Just...no, yes, just through these bushes I think."
ooc: Couldn't decide whether to introduce Eetu, but decided to leave that up to you since I'm not overly confident about rping him yet- also because Darkflame herself is a bit apprehensive right now. =P In any case, they're standing in front of some tall bushy plants, and he's either among them or on the other side.
The dragon had heard the approach of others and decided to do nothing about it. They seemed harmless enough and he assumed they were on the hunt for prey. If that were the case, no need to get involved in another's hunt. He would only be in the way. Then, the dragon had stopped completely in his tracks because he realized with a jolt that he knew these dragons.
They were alive!
Then it came to him that they were not tracking prey. They had been tracking him! Knowing in particular how sensitive Darkflame was, he remained where he was. If they truly did find him, he would reveal himself but not before. No need to shock them anymore than they already were.
The dragon smiled to himself as he heard Darkflame's voice. So hesitant, as always but at least she had a strong friend in D. The pair of them seemed to be waiting for something to happen and he did not disappoint. With two steps forward, he faced two of the group of dragons he had traveled with and almost died for. Though he knew it was a shock for all of them, his shock was swamped by his immense joy at this reunion.
D, of course, recovered himself first as he stared at a dragon that he believed he would never see again. Believed, in fact, to be dead. All of his questions tangled together in his mind so he could only manage the Light creation's name instead of the several words that wished to pour out. He shook his head, trying to clear it. There was so much to say and he couldn't just stand there dumbly!
"You're still alive!"
OK, a bit better.
"Yes, D, I am. You're in shock, friend. You must be since you are usually far more articulate than this," Eetu said with a warm smile. The Light creation's gaze flicked to Darkflame but he suspected it would take her longer than the more outgoing Life Ambassador to regain her composure. "I believed many times that I would not survive our excursion into Ice. It was the kindness of a Water creation that saved me. I returned home, never imagining that any of you could have survived either. When the Quake happened, I couldn't leave. There is still so much that needs to be put right," Eetu said, taking in their surroundings with one broad sweep of his long tail.
BIC: Eetu shook his head slowly, the soft smile never leaving his face. "No, why or how could anyone have told me the news that I most wished to know? You look well. What of the others? Selgar? Quintus? MoonJem?"
The white Air creation slowly walked around the two younger dragons, taking in their appearance as he began to gently inquire into the others of their group. He wanted to know so much but, unlike D, he seemed better able to express himself. He noticed first the change in D's face and he froze, not sure what to make of that look. Of course there would be bad news along with the good.
"We are traveling now to Air to locate the rest of our friends. Though, we learned from my Elemental that MoonJem died in the Quake," D said gently, the pain visible in his purple eyes.
Eetu was shaken by the news of this loss and looked down at his clawed paws for a long moment. Then, he heaved a deep sigh and returned his gaze to D and Darkflame.
"I would like to accompany you. It has been too long since we saw one another. There is no need to detain you here if I can continue on with you. Three of us will certainly be better than two, especially if the good news ends with the three of us," Eetu said with a light flick of his tail.
It had been such a surprise to find out that D and Darkflame were alive. However, he would not begin to hope that the others could also be alive. Poor MoonJem! It was quite possible that the rest of their friends would share her same fate. If so, he did not want to leave the two young dragons alone with that burden.
Eetu had a lot of catching up to do if he were ever to make up for disappearing for so long.
OOC: Yes, they were rather busy without the added burden of searching for Eetu.
BIC: D was rather taken aback by Darkflame's sharp tone. He wasn't used to her being quite so forceful, especially when speaking. The young Ambassador didn't quite agree with his friend's explanation of MoonJem's death. Though, he didn't really want to outright disagree with her. If that was the way she coped with their friend's death, then who was he to argue?
Eetu, as the oldest of the three, understood where Darkflame was coming from. The pain of losing a friend was very real and very new for them all and every one grieved differently. It would be most unbearable if they learned the truth about the rest of their group. What if they truly were the last three still living? One would think that the Light creation would have gotten used to it by now.
Many dragons had lost their lives during the Quake.
Death had been a constant for Eetu and he had struggled in his own territory as he stumbled across familiar faces no longer amongst the living. He quickly shook his morbid thoughts off. Perhaps it would be best if he tried to be positive. Though, that in itself would be difficult. Like D, his mind buzzed with so many thoughts that trying to make sense of the tangle was a daunting task.
Darkflame didn't speak much during the course of their journey. Occasionally she would pipe up with a burst of chatter but, for the main part, she was content to advance in silence. For despite her words, she had no idea what they would find ahead. Selgar, her oldest friend; and Quintus, who'd saved him and probably them all that day in the Ice lands, could well have met the same fate as poor MoonJem.
But if Eetu had survived, then surely they would have as well? Selgar had been weakened, but they were both smart...oh, why hadn't she gone to find them earlier? Why had she wasted time visiting Dragonsdeep?
Darkflame was pulled back to the present by the shifting scents in the air, and by subtle changes in the texture of the earth beneath her feet. Looking up, she saw islands floating overhead and unfamiliar columns of stone off to their left. Not far off mountains, not unlike those they'd traversed to reach Life- though perhaps slightly more forgiving- dominated the skyline.
"We're here," she said, probably rather unnecessarily. *** ooc: Sure, and I'll move the board accordingly. Prepare for the return of Quintus, woohoo! he's not very social he might even be able to out-awkward Darkflame we shall see
As they traveled, both D and Eetu were alert to their smaller friend, Darkflame. They guessed correctly that the Dark dragoness was worrying her fur off over their friends. There really was nothing that either of them could say to assuage her fears. So, it was a mostly silent journey except for brief discussions about their travels. Thus, they arrived in Air.
D felt a glimmer of hope that grew brighter as they arrived at their destination.
Eetu felt his heart sink in his chest. He wanted to hope but he was weighed down by guilt about becoming separated from his friends and then leaving them so long to cope for themselves. He couldn't so quickly forget what had happened to MoonJem. The Quake had been devastating. How could Quintus and Selgar have survived when so many others had not?
"So, any suggestions to where we should look first? I was thinking we could head for Astraeus' home. Quintus is his Ambassador, after all," D said.
"That sounds good to me. Though, hopefully we won't have to travel that far. We may be able to meet up with a local who will give us a clue as to Quintus and Selgar's whereabouts," Eetu said.
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