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!
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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: She felt positively ancient- which was accurate enough, Adutaine supposed, but she very rarely felt it.
The revitalising winds whipped through the dunes. Time closed her eyes and felt the sand wash over her scales in a great rolling tide, allowing herself to truly relax for the first time all day. Her mind had been heavily taxed, she wasn't going to be of much use without some rest.
Then, a sudden shifting of the currents. A stillness approaching, a bubble of whirling air keeping the sand at bay. She knew of only one dragon who would approach in such a fashion- well, approach her anyway, most showed greater hesitance- and so Adutaine rose, turned, and confirmed the identity of the newcomer.
"Astraeus," she said. "What brings you here?"
It wasn't much effort to keep curiosity from creeping into her voice, but she had to admit, it was strange for him to come here like this. Perhaps their earlier conversation had meant more than she'd initially thought. Adutaine stood a little taller and waited for Air to reply.
ooc: just so you know, Adu would definitely have contributed to the CoM. =)
I assumed Astraeus would alter the air to make it easier for him to approach her without being stung by the sand. I can adjust this if that wouldn't be accurate.
Astraeus was serious, deep in thought, as he flitted through the air heading toward Time. The Creation of Many, that's what Haikal and Tam had come across. He'd already talked to Tivialous and was now on his way to meet up with the other Elementals. This was not some matter to be handled lightly. It had to be dealt with immediately. He only hoped that the others would actually listen to him without blowing him off and saying that he was making it up to cause some sort of ruckus.
Time's island quickly approached and Astraeus moved the air around him, pushing the sand away to keep it from embedding itself into his fur. A dark shape loomed up ahead and quickly turned into a recognizable form. Adutaine. He wasn't sure why he had come here first, but he had.
The small dragon placed a light smile on his face as he landed in front of her. "Hello, Adutaine. An important matter is why I am here. It is something pertaining to both of us, I'm afraid."
Adutaine blinked, but otherwise remained perfectly still for the time being. Something pertaining to both of us. Was this about the twins? She was tired, and could hardly be bothered dancing about the point of this conversation. Thus, deciding to be direct, Adutaine gently inclined her head to acknowledge her fellow Elemental's statement and replied with her customary bland facade:
"Greetings, Astraeus. What exactly brings you here, which you couldn't divulge when we so recently engaged?"
Adutaine was to the point, like always. He couldn't blame her though, not this time. He himself should be direct with this rather important matter. His smile fell and his expression turned serious. "Something new or rather something old that has come back. The Creation of Many is not dead. It lies within the tunnels of Dragonsdeep, killing and maiming. It is dangerous and it needs to be dealt with."
It took a moment for Adutaine to even remember. A Creation they'd built together, eons past...it had proven too dangerous, they'd trapped it, and that had been the end of the whole wretched matter.
Or so she'd assumed.
"Are you sure?" Time asked, a glint of anger in her voice. "How can it be alive? It would be older than any Creation by far. Older than our own children."
How can he come here and say this? But she held her tongue, the tip of her tail flickering to and fro- an acceptable sacrifice which allowed her to concentrate on maintaining order over the rest of her posture.
A beat of silence and then another one. Adutaine finally spoke anger in her voice and her tail fluttering with the emotion. "I am sure," Astraeus replied evenly. "My rider along with a few others ran into it in the tunnels. There was a battle and they managed to scare it off. Unfortunately there was a casualty, which I doubt was the first one. As to it being alive, I can only assume that our combined energies when we made it have kept it alive until now, but there can be any number of reasons."
Adutaine eyed him carefully. He wasn't lying, even Astraeus- or, perhaps, especially Astraeus- would never make this up. So, then, how?
Uncertainty. How could this be so? She shook her head slowly, eyes still locked on Astraeus, thoughts spurred back into motion by this entirely unwelcome and unexpected news. Sluggish at first, but rapidly gaining momentum- yet, catching on the same issue every time.
How? It's impossible!
"I don't think it can really be that creature," she said. "Those tunnels are sure to be a magnet for all kinds of depraved beasts and undesirable dragons. The aggression is an issue of course, but I am sure that Darkness will have been informed and can take appropriate measures."
She started shaking her head, but didn't respond for a long moment. And then... She didn't believe him. She didn't believe him. Anger began to burn in his belly and his expression shifted for a brief moment into a scowl before he carefully made his face go flat, his jaw clenching in annoyance. The one time he needed Adutained to think about things, consider them, she tossed it away and fell back into her emotions. How ironic, how stupid of her, how annoying, and how--oh! Why did no one trust his word on rather important matters?
"Adutaine," he started carefully, trying and failing to keep the annoyance from his voice, "it doesn't matter what you think. It is real. The Creation of Many is back. Yes, Darkness has been informed by now and probably has started to take the necessary actions, but he cannot take care of the Creation alone. We must help destroy this menace once and for all."
Astraeus had blanked his expression, but his jaw remained tense and his tone sharp. He was evidently aggravated. About what? What had gotten him so worked up that he was returning to these fantasies? It was impossible that the Creation of Many Elements, one of their most spectacular failures, could still be alive. Creations of even two or three elements didn't last very long, the conflicting energies wearing them down and pulling them apart.
Perhaps you just don't want to acknowledge what its survival could mean?
Adutaine brushed this thought aside- she knew perfectly well what it could mean, after all- and rose to all fours to look down at Astraeus. He was being petulant. It would help to give him a visual reminder of what he was dealing with.
"It does matter what I think," Adutaine said, fighting to keep her voice level. "Even if you were right, what would you have us do? What could we contribute that Darkness can't achieve on his own? Strength was never the issue. In theory, any single Elemental should be able to overpower a Creation of any element or elements. In practice, this one held a kind of power which defied our expectations."
*** ooc: Hopefully this works for you, it's late and I'm tired but I wanted to do a reply tonight and realised I hadn't replied to this particular thread for a while. =P
So ah...yeah, looks like Adu's going to do her darndest to avoid the plot after all!
A soft growl started in the back of his throat and then died quickly. How dare she? How dare she try to put him down. The dragoness had risen to her full height, towering above his small form, in an effort to intimidate him. Petty, how petty. Just because he was the smallest of all the Elementals did not mean he would be cowed by them. He was not to be brushed off by her just because she thought he was wrong when in all reality he was right. She was not thinking, but he would make her see, make her understand.
Astraeus sat there, the sands blowing around him without touching him, his blue eyes, while not narrowed, were hard chips of ice. His refusal to move showed just how much he didn't care about her trying to intimidate him. "Yes, it held a power we did not expect," his tone was cold, but even and calm. "It still does, and therefore several of us must take care of it. It, after all, is all of our responsibility, Adutaine," her name came out harsher than he had intended. "Now please, refrain from insulting me. The facts show that I am right, whether you believe them or not."
Astraeus met her angry gaze levelly. While she may be losing her head, he was not about too. Cold anger was far better than hot, burning anger. His was cold, and it kept him level-headed; hers was hot, and it kept her from thinking. Air did not move as she stepped toward him.
"Oh? Really? 'It can't have been the Creation of Many Elements'? You may not have seen it, but my rider and a number of others have. From one, it could be a lie, but when several say the same thing, it cannot be refuted. That, I say, is proof enough. Where, dear Adutaine, is your proof? You've said nothing to prove your belief."
Fine. Her head was far too thick to think clearly. He had made a mistake by coming here. Too late to change that. What's done is done. Astraeus stood, his neck craning up to look at her. "I see you are too bull-headed right now to think clearly. Very well then, do as you wish, like always. Have a good rest or your day." With another word or backward glance, Astraeus turned and took off, heading back to his own lands, and more important matters than dealing with a childish dragoness.
Adutaine inclined her head, the sneer still not fully removed from her features, and watched him go. Something had gotten into Astraeus, that much was certain. She didn't have the energy to dwell on it right now. As he departed the fire had abated somewhat, and she felt that old exhaustion return.
"Bloody fool," she snorted, shaking her head and stamping her feet now that she was alone. Then she refocused her energies, regained her composure, and looked to the horizon.
Perhaps it was time, after all. Not to investigate Air's silly claims, of course, but rather to finally see the tunnels for herself. She'd visited Earth, she'd seen the damage to the other territories from above, but she'd yet to visit Dragonsdeep. With preliminary exploration done with and strange creatures beginning to make themselves known, maybe it was finally time.
But first, she needed to rest.
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