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hide & seek [o]

on Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:09 pm

looking for a familiar face didn't always prove successful within the haunting isles in which rhiane called home.  she'd scouted everywhere almost, and still her friend could not be found - it was like a secretive game of hide an seek, one that just happened to challenge her at this very moment. usually the female was good at tracking, but she was weary from her travels and exhaustion seemed to be playing with her mind. "now just where might you be hiding!" she sneered towards the silence.

this place was not exactly the best place to play a game of hide and seek due to its constant shrouding mist, this boosted the ability to hide beyond it, and finding a source of life was tricky. placing her blackened nose upon the crisp ground, rhiane inhaled deeply attempting to find her companions scent, but this ultimately proved unsuccessful. "i'll count to three! and if your not out by two, i'll leave you to the spirits of the dead!" she mimicked in hopes that it just might bring her friend out of hiding;

"one, two ..."

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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:03 pm
Auru Geniven

Where... am I?

He'd gotten turned around again. Mist and fog clogged the senses; something the man grown up as a nomad ought to know by now, but always found himself surprised by whenever he happened across it once more. It made it hard to even get a good scent, never mind seeing anything or anyone even through the haze.

With his luck, he was liable to walk right off the edge of a cliff and never be seen again, the dense fog muffling his cries of surprise and even the grisly thud and splattering of his body on whatever lie below the edge.

...

That was a little morbid. Happy thoughts. All he knew was he was in the fog, in a forest, and that so far, he had yet to encounter any unwanted cliff sides that might lead to his demise. See? A plus right there, already off to a good start.

Well, half of one. He could do without the whole being lost bit. But then again, he'd never been here before. Never been in any of this surrounding land before. 'Lost' was his entire state of being.

But then again, could one really be lost when one had never known a home to begin with? Could you really be lost when you had never known an area well enough to not be lost in before?

Thoughts for another time. For right now, the piercing and winding voice that echoed from the nearby landscape, like a ghost of the dead whose cries rang out into heavy mist.

"I'll leave you to the spirits of the dead!"

Well.

That wasn't foreboding at all.

Perhaps a swift retreat from whatever otherworldly figure chose this time to make herself known was in order.

Unfortunately for Auru, the dense fog allowed for his fear of falling to come true as he tried to turn and make an escape. Well, half-true. There was no falling off of a cliff side for the young man, but he certainly did find himself sprawled out on the forest floor as a mixture of a squeak and a grunt erupted from his chest in surprise.

He winced as he jaw clanged against a stone hidden under the forest soil, likely causing what would surely be a nasty bruise beneath the copper-eyed man's dark pelt. He raised a paw to rub at the minor injury in hesitant pain.

But a sudden realization distracted him from the light throbbing and instead perked up his ears to a frightened point. Muscles tensed as he froze in place, half-risen from the ground as he listened.

Ah, right, he wasn't alone, was he?


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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:27 pm

seeking the company of another familiar came to a halt, upon inhaling deeply aside from the fact she could not grasp hold of a known scent, something did make her pause in her tracks. turning around briskly, her tail angled itself above her rump, this was her way of allowing those strange to her know that she would put if a fight if given the right reason to do so. although she was female, she would stand her ground. tilting her head slightly she awaited a reply of somewhat, but as suspected there was nothing but silence.

just beyond the tree line, a figure stood almost perplexed, yet frozen in fear. and it became apparent to her shortly after, as the clouded haze parted its way from the ghoulish area - a man stood directly ahead of her, coated in a dark, auburn hue with the odd marking or two. a stranger? now what might one of them be doing within these claimed lands?
 
"perhaps it didn't occur to you..." she mused; "but - you, are in fact trespassing within my home" ; licking her burnt maw she began an almost slow motioned pace towards her intruder. though little did he know this was her test. ivory incisors revealed themselves from blackened lips, ears flattened themselves above ones crown, and haunches seemed to almost levitate from her hind. 

"can i help you.. "

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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:37 am
Auru Geniven

First of all,

Fuck.


Auru's head snapped around so quickly at the woman's approach that he would later be impressed that he hadn't come out of that incident with a bad case of whiplash. As it was, he had a cramp shortly afterward that was quite persistent.

Perhaps in a more ideal, or perhaps simply stereotypical, situation Auru would have stood his ground. He was the male, he was the one who ought to be larger and stronger. While in reptiles, the females were the more powerful, in mammals, it was often the males who carried greater strength, and as such, Auru should not have had any issue with being told by a female that he was trespassing in her territory.

As reality stood, Auru had always been slightly small, not too noticeably, but enough to note a subtle lack in height. He had the capability to layer his frame with muscle and power, true, but he was a skittish man, and skittish predators were often hard to come by their prey. He was not a skeleton by any means, but he did have a distinct look of being underfed, a consequence of not necessarily his poor hunting skills, but his tendency to flinch rather than pounce.

He was also in the wrong, he was the trespasser, and rather than playing the role of a dominant man who came to seek out new lands, his eyes instead snapped to and fro before zeroing back in on the dominant woman, trying to see if any more members of this unknown pack would simply appear from the mist like the undead ghosts he still half believed the woman to be.

He was pressed low to the ground, belly against the damp soil and head tucked in on his own frame. His ears were back and tail tucked between legs, but he was so low that one couldn't even see the appendage. Limbs were splayed as he had fallen, nails dug into the dirt as that fragile frame was shaken with frightened tremors but the man found himself without the will to run, cowering rather than fleeing despite the way every instinct screamed to leave.

Copper eyes were blown wide as Auru's jaw worked furiously, trying to come up with some explanation.

"I-I-I-I'm s-sorr-ry I-I-I didn't know- th-the f-f-fog- I-I-I d-didn't s-smell a-a-any m-markers I-I-I'm s-s-sorry-"

His mouth continued to work unintelligibly as Auru tried to come up with something, something more, something that would get him the chance to escape.

Something.

Anything.

But all he could think was a frightened circle of apologies, and he pondered in some distant corner of his mind that this was a fitting end for such a lowly wretch as he.


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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:38 pm

here she was, facing the one thing that she had longed to find- not personally, but to see another face within these parts of the everglade was ultimately mystifying despite the current scenario. rhiane kept her formation dominant, only to show that she was the leading female within her now abandoned and lone' pack. surprisingly he past her test with flying colours, and his reaction to her own' were somewhat interesting.

he cowered like a whelp, and his voice stuttered ever so slightly. it was clear to her that he was afraid, afraid of what was to come of their encounter. a smile elevated itself upon her maw as she relaxed her posture. hackles graced her rump once more, and ears that were flat were now erect, and turned ever so slightly as she listened to his reasoning. now tranquil she motioned her crown upwards then downwards, in attempt to show him that she was no longer a threat to him, nor was he to her.

"forgive me, i tend to act before thinking sometimes - there is no need to be afraid." she soothed;  "what is your name stranger? and why have you come here?"

she thought momentarily before casting her elegant gaze towards the male.

"i am rhiane."

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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:05 am
Auru Geniven

A smile curled its way across her lips, and Auru could not help but to be reminded of a serpent coiling itself before its deadly strike.

He had to wonder if this was a cobra who flared her hood before the bite, or a python whose bite was only a distraction from the coils wrapping tight around slender bones until they shattered and ground to dust.

"Forgive me, I tend to act before thinking sometimes - there is no need to be afraid."

If you will excuse me as I politely leave the room to get some fresh air due to the overwhelming scent of bullshit.

"What is your name, stranger? And why have you come here?"

Why had he come here?

The man remained on the ground as he was, ears back and teeth bared in fright, looking more like glass which would shatter to pieces if touched than a wolf. Copper eyes flicked from eye to eye as he looked at her, taking short moments to glance at the surrounding area for approaching trouble as his mind contemplated the question.

It was a fair one, an expected one, yet still Auru found himself to struggle with the answer.

He had never much had a reason to be anywhere before, there never was a reason to be there, he just was.

Such was the nomadic lifestyle. You didn't go anywhere because you needed to, or because you were required to make your presence known, you simply traveled because that was what you did, wandering was what defined you. You had no home, home was something for others. All you had were your paws and your claws, you laid no claim to a territory, held no duties except to care for yourself.

He had never had a reason to be anywhere, how was he supposed to answer?

Seeing as how his mind could come up with no better answer, and Auru's thoughts just chased each other round and round in panicked circles as he tried to answer her question, but came up short, he figured that if he were searching for a way to answer, perhaps honestly was the best path.

It still took a moment to find his voice behind clenched jaws, muscle tight and tense and difficult to unlock.

"I-I-I... A-Auru. I-I ju-just... wand-dering..."


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Re: hide & seek [o]

on Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:10 pm
The Ghost Isles of southern Vrasialion were delectably warm and full of life. No matter how far she was from the shore, the breeze hinted that briny acrid of the ocean. It lingered sweetly, deepened by the damp earthiness of the thriving rain forest. The heavy air was warm and humid. In some parts of these isles, mist veiled over the land, gently drifting amongst the dense flora. For the usual canine, of thick fur adapted to retaining heat and deflecting cool weather, such a climate might be overwhelmingly unpleasant. To Solanj, this was possibly her favorite place to have come across in this land. It brought such a nostalgic sort of comfort. The tropical landscape was much like the emerald jungles in the south of her distant homeland, Qayanayaqa.

Solanj had made herself comfortable in a corner of Echavion’s encampment. The lass had recently been advanced to Trítos. She had quickly deduced it to be the role of a trusted advisor, whose skill in various arenas was deemed to be useful in the advancement of the group. She had served as a Thelima upon her first joining, taking on basic servant duties, and on her free time trading with the local creatures (the monkeys in the area sure did enjoy her collection of seashells). Soon, she managed to impress Rhiane with some of her knowledge, to which she was offered the title of Trítos. The castes of this society did have quite the unique names. Solanj guessed it was from another tongue.

The pack of Echavion seemed much like a band of villagers. All but a handful of creatures working hard to establish a home. This sort of life required a different kind of set of skills. The smaller numbers required mostly everyone to take part in the hard labor: going on hunts, patrolling territory, learning the land. Solanj was more inclined to stick around larger civilizations during her travels. Numbers allowed for a wider variety of kinds of professions; and with some generations of development, the formation of an economy for an even broader scope of different skill uses. Here, Solanj felt the miscellaneous duties of Thelima were her best security blanket to possibly keep herself at least somewhat useful in the eyes of the others. The consequences of outstaying her welcome by using more resources than she worked for were something she would prefer to avoid. Living amongst others was a great deal easier than on her own.

Thus, despite her higher status, the canis resolved to continue her handmaiden duties here and there while Rhiane was out. Perhaps it would be considered improper, such as within an aristocratic and monarchical society where status is valued as paramount. Given all that she had observed so far, and with a fair bit of guesswork, Solanj inferred that the little community of Echavion wouldn’t really care so long as she provided help of some kind. Alas, she had only been with them for some time, more evidence was needed.

For a good portion of the time that the events took place, Solanj was otherwise occupied with her tasks. Soon, however, the wind brought the scent of both Rhiane and an unknown canine. The lass, nosy and with ever the eye and ear for the on-goings of others, could not help but find herself drawn to the commotion. As she neared, she began to hear the voices of the others.

"What is your name, stranger? And why have you come here? ... I am Rhiane."

Solanj instantly recognized the first voice as Rhiane’s. A couple more of her gentle, careful steps; Solanj pushed passed a couple of broad ferns and arrived upon quite the interesting scene.

"I-I-I... A-Auru. I-I ju-just... wand-dering..."

A golden-brown canine pressed himself low to the ground, tucked in on himself as if to appear smaller and less threatening. Fear shook his frame and cried from the entirety of his submissive demeanor. Before him was Rhiane, whose elegance was graced with a relaxed cordiality. Solanj stepped a bit closer, coming to her leader's side yet keeping a modest distance. She kept quiet after the male’s response, despite not yet introducing herself, as to let Rhiane continue to conduct the dialogue. Solanj held herself with a quality befitting of her place; with a proper, somewhat dignified posture, yet made characteristically passive by the relaxed slope of her shoulders. Her expression was bright with curiosity. Gentle... yet prying. She gave an imploring gaze between Auru and then Rhiane, attempting to briefly meet eyes.

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