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here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« on: November 07, 2016, 01:27:10 AM »
Today was the day. The sun had risen high behind a faint overcast of clouds, and ascending with it were Cocytus' high spirits. He'd woken up to a whispering hunger that morning, a burning rumbling within him that urged him to go forth and collect, to secure the chains of the faithful for his mother and home. His rank was few in number, but that would not remain the same, not today, not if he could help it. Change was ever constant in their home. It sparked like the Dragon's fire burning loyally day and night.

But sometimes change just needed a little push, a little... kindling to help move it along.   

He'd killed the orphaned child of a fallen doe that early dawn, when the black mouth of the night still haunted the kingdom with its heavy breath. He carried it with him now, keeping a close eye on a young slave he'd acquired for this day's very purpose, the grey wolf reluctantly following the blue herald's vigilant guidance. Whether she knew it or not, poor Zhova was in need of it, her and so many others, the wayward spirits that he was so hungry to gather to his flock, so hungry teach and know. There were bright minds out there, he knew, minds that were perhaps just as secretly ravenous as his, in desperate need of cultivating.

Correcting.

Cleansing.

He gently corralled the timid wolf inside the hollow of a towering, withered tree, assuaging her fears with a calm, gentle smile. "Hush now," he quietly soothed, placing the fawn near her feet in silent offering. The grey female watched him warily for a brief moment, her jade coloured eyes flickering slowly to the prey, before hunger inevitably drove her to take his tender gift, snatching it quickly lest it be taken away from her, burying her teeth into its soft, ripe belly. The fresh taste made her growl quietly in delight.

That's it.

Cocytus watched her tear into her free meal ravenously for a moment, the placid smile on his face never wavering. The blood of the fawn spilled easily, staining her jaws and chest, slowly dribbling down to the aged soil beneath her, the body of Alteron's earth already well familiar with the ancient taste of death. He thought briefly of the wolf skeleton he'd found in this very same hollow the other day, some dearly departed soul long forgotten, a skeleton that was mysteriously absent now...

He hoped his quiet brother liked it.

"Hurry up an' eat yer fill, darlin'." Cocytus sat down, watching his companion feast messily for another moment, his amber eyes taking in everything. She spared him no attention this time, ignoring him completely. "You an' ah have an important lesson to teach today."

He lifted his head suddenly and parted his mouth, an echoing cry crawling forth, reaching out to any worthy soul eager to join him with a warm, beckoning hand.


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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2016, 01:44:49 AM »
The howl that broke the silence of the dying forest came just as Skunk finished her own tiny meal of a found baby bird. Part of her had been terribly sad about the way the small thing floundered on the ground, but there was no helping it back to a nest she would never reach, and her stomach rumbled in demand. Orcrist would never have let her starve, but Skunk felt neglected regardless. Perhaps the hunger in her belly was more than an absence of food, though as a child, she had no idea what to fill that gaping emptiness with. So as this call echoed through the trees, she found herself slinking silently on well versed and youthful paws to where a male of blue and cream stood.

Uncertain why there was a wolf in a tree feasting on tender fawn meat, Skunk came up slowly, taking in the scene before her. Curiosity shone in her amber eyes though, and while there was caution in her steps, she showed interest as her tail curled behind her. That gaze flickered from the male to the other in the tree and back, and she wondered if she'd be in trouble if she asked for some of the tender meat for herself. Instead, the dainty child resisted the urge, and approached the one who she assumed made the call.

"Hello, sir. I'm Skunk," she said, her youthful voice pleasant and soft, as if a whisper of wind would carry it away. A smile brightened her face and made her eyes dance as she voiced a question she hoped wouldn't be considered impertinent. "Why is that one eating inside the tree?"

Of course, the child couldn't know that there was a lesson to be learned, but if she'd stopped to think about it, Skunk would have known better. In Alteron, there were always lessons being taught and knowledge to gain in keeping eyes and ears open. Even, no, especially the children were always being taught something new that Alteron only could explain and understand. Skunk was not exempt to these lessons, and was eager to do something to curry favor with her parents.

Whatever this was, she was certain to take away a kernel of information, if not more.


So do I remind you of,
Someone you never met,
A lonely silhouette.
And do I remind you of,
Somewhere you wanna be,
So far out of reach.
Ohhh I wish you'd open up for me.
Cause I wanna know you,
Amaryllis...

In a while now,
I will feel better.
I will be better.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 11:43:34 PM »
The sight of a grey withered tree was shocking, and although he had seen many trees this one was particularly shocking to him.  Because he saw the shape of a bloody wolf inside.

Naamah -- Ragnarok -- hitched in breath.  The boy was barely a few months old, new to the world and to the concept of death.  Even as he crunched the necks of rabbits and birds to feast on their lifeblood, he didn't feel the life ebb from their bodies.  He didn't feel the hot red heart fade into lifeless grey.  Life and death, to Afzhal's son, were unknown concepts.  But suffering wasn't.  For some odd reason, an instinct he assumed, he felt a lurch of nausea hitch his breath into insanely quick huffs.

He breathed so hard his tongue hung out.

His parents thought Ragnarok was sick.  He never played.  He never spoke.  He never smiled.  He never bantered.  But here, now, he SCREECHED as his little head peeked close enough for those hungry jade eyes to be seen.  They haunted him already, gunmetal meeting an emerald of unknown viciousness.  Feral nature was, to him, terrifying.  And her starving form, bloody in all its gory, was enough to send his mind from static to pure shock.  "WHAT IS THAT?!!??"  Not an accusation, or recognition that this was a wolf.  No, it was a skeleton now, and its eyes would haunt him.

He was not enraged, because he had no concept of holding one hostage for a purpose.  Alteron's bony hands had not yet touched him the way of the blue Herald.  With a sharp gasp, and a stumbling step backwards (Skunk's words were drowned out by the thudding of his heart, his heart, how his heart stabbed with fear), he gazed up into Cocytus's eyes with what could only be described as terror.

Afzhal and Lilith still had a lot of teaching to do, but perhaps, Cocytus could give the boy some knowledge.  Or, if he was feeling particularly cruel, chase the baby away.  But, maybe, just maybe, this moment would throw the innocent onto the path that ultimately led to either the crown... or a grisly end.  Choices were a major part of Naamah's life, and yet,

he had no idea what was in store for him.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 10:48:45 AM »
Edie followed Naamah's scent without much difficulty. Her brother was a slob in that department.

She had never really intended to burst into the concept of recruitment. Edie thought that such things were beneath her but with all her other brothers and sister busy mingling, she had decided to take off after her quietest brother for a change. Freckled face was alive with curiosity as Edie trailed after him without being seen. Something sure had her brother's mind tick-tocking like a little clock. She just wondered what it was. The minds of those who knew her dearest was always important to her.

Just as she thought that she had tapped into her brother's movements, he let out a startled cry. Actually, more like startled blood-curdling scream.

"WHAT IS THAT?!!??"

Frowning, Edie walked from behind her brother to take in what had him so spooked. A wolf - or perhaps the remnants of one - was eating inside the hollow of a tree. Ugh, gross. Normally, her brother was not one for good questions but he had struck gold today.

"It is a wolf, isn't it?" Edie asked, looking at the other girl as though she had some idea.

Sensing Naamah's terror, Edie's yellow eyes turned from Skunk to her sibling. "Relax, brother," she spoke loftily. "It is interesting, but I don't think it'll hurt us." Well, she sure hoped not but anything flies in Alteron. Including blood, flesh and all manner of things. She did not want to appear unconfident in present company however, so she looked up at Cocytus with an almost uninterested expression, a stark contrast to her shaken brother.

"I'm Edie," she introduced herself. "The boy who very nearly deafened you is my brother. Be polite and say hello, dear brother."

Her family members could speak for themselves, some of them just needed a little push.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 12:48:12 AM »
The lovely cerulean Brutus shows up red eyed and hungry.

Shadowed with his peasants blood he had once settled for the spoon-fed force of his mother and fathers will. Politics were too dangerous they'd say, we dont want to lose you. And so he had shied away from the sheep and slaughter. Choosing to exist on the outskirts and in between, hunting and scavenging like haggard foxes and coyotes. Living off of rats and bugs at the worse of times, and a half spoiled doe at best.

No more.

With the disappearance of history into the thrush of the wild, some unbidden disease restless and indiscriminate devouring it whole. He finds freedom in his new life. A distant sort of disassociation with a family that nobody even remembered.

NO MORE.

He was hungry and his belly would never be full. There was an aching knot at the pit of stomach that darkened and dampened like a star imploding... never visible to the naked eye. The fiery youth appearing like a strange and exotic enigma to Coctyus call. Eyes sweeping methodically over blue, cream, and brown blotches of silky fur. His expression unreadable and mute.

"Why is that one eating inside the tree?"

 "WHAT IS THAT?!!??" 


Chatter is imminent as children bumble like flies to fruit. Makara's nostrils flare as if he is insulted or approaching violence... an affliction in the flash of his eyes and wrinkle of muzzle. He wants to listen. The sea wolf wants to participate and put a foot into his grave.. he wants to sneak and embezzle his way wicked and sharp into center of hell and take a seat on satans lap.

"Quiet now." His voice is deep and low but friendly. As stern and strong as his presence while he looms intimidatingly at the edges of the howl. "Listen and learn." Like a father reprimanding.

Why had they been summoned?
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the tide that pulls
you closer and
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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017, 03:44:52 PM »
The call had broken the silence like a gentle song, and Warsaw glanced up from his meal. He had been gnawing away at a pitiful excuse for a rabbit; starved but hopefully not suffering from myxomatosis. That would be just too typical of his bad luck. Swallowing his mouthful, he kicked away the remnants of the meal, leaving it for the maggots, and flicking his mottled tongue over his teeth and lips to clear it of some of the blood that had been gathering there. It tasted bitter.

For a few moments, he considered following the sound. It was an odd summons; not an order, an invitation; was he, as a Slave, privy to such occasions? The serf's torn ears flicked backwards in curiosity, until he eventually made the decision to follow the sound, padding quietly towards it, large paws carrying him silently through the decaying forest to the clearing.

What he found there surprised him a little.

He recognised one of the individuals in their circle. Skunk. His sister; he hadn't seen her since they'd been young, with barely their eyes open. They'd been whisked away to different houses, with different purposes. He barely knew her, and he wondered if she'd even recognise him. They'd both grown up a lot. He averted his attention, watching the apparent instigator of the summons, eyes only briefly going to the skinny wolf stuffing her face in the tree.

He went and stood, idly, by the blue-green male who silenced the screaming child. Warsaw studied his face momentarily; he was handsome, in a way. He sat, but remained silent. He was a slave; just like the wolf in the tree. He had no place to speak, not until he had reason to. He quietly lowered his head, making sure it was the lowest of their circle, and watched, bemused.











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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2017, 05:37:13 PM »
A rank and a job was a difficult thing to sort Leviathan into. He was born so against order and with so little will to follow others, that the idea of working under someone in the first place was off putting. But now he was bored. Wondering around a slave to all was starting to grate on him, churn his mind until he felt like he was dying, sinking into the dirt instead of the water. So there he was, thinking twice about following a call that rang out some time ago, until his feet pushed him forward. And who was he to deny his body what it wanted?

When he arrived, he figured he was a tiny bit later than everyone else. Not that it mattered, the speech that was sure to come hasn't started yet. So he took a moment to investigate who came. A few strangers he didn't recognize but will surely remember, maybe one or two faces he recognized briefly, including a screaming child everyone was quick to try and shush. A brother and sister were there, and he gravitated towards their familiar but long unseen figures until he stood by Warsaw.

"Brother." his voice was low, but amused, eyes flicking the the younger child screaming and bushed shushed. In front of them a rather interesting scene, a wolf nearly a skeleton digging into fresh meat. Leviathan blinked, eyes as wide as they always there, black and gray, both empty and shining. So many different members have gathered, for so many any different reasons. Different goals, different decisions. He let out a pleased hum, before his eyes landed on the leader.

Ah, yes. Introductions. He looked a little in a daze before speaking. "Hello. I'm Leviathan." monster of the sea he had never seen nor known. There was something to learn here, and he was willing to listen, but only for as long as it kept his fragile, demanding interest.

Lightly, he leaned briefly onto Warsaw, a quiet affectionate gesture. Family did feel nice, as predictable as it was. He found himself curious to ask his brothers and sisters what they spent their days doing, perhaps get involved, listen and dream about the possibilities for them, for them. The dark pelted child took a deep breath, and concentrated again on the scene before him.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2017, 02:20:17 AM »
There was a lot of young blood that had gathered, Cocytus silently noted as he waited, studying each individual face keenly. Six wolves altogether, eight if you included him and his feasting companion. Not a bad turn up at all. The blue herald was quite pleased.

"Why is that one eating inside the tree?" a dark female, his pretty little niece, asked after greeting him. Cocytus regarded Skunk quietly for a moment, considering something, before the burning intensity of his amber gaze seemed to warm. He wagged his long tail at her, chuckling. "Why, 'cause the lil lady's hungry, o' course," he answered her, quite plainly, as if that explained everything. Still, he offered the young darkling girl a playful wink.

"WHAT IS THAT?!!??"

Oh. It appeared someone was... afraid? A little taken off guard by the loud outburst, Cocytus turned to face Ragnorok, studying him, his amber gaze reading the stark terror on the child's face, terror that bled almost as vividly as the blood staining the coat of the grey slave behind him. Poor boy. Was the hungry woman really so frightening?

"It's a wolf, isn't it?"

Cocytus swivelled a long ear, his amber gaze flickering towards Eidith, listening to her brief introductions before he focused his attention on her brother again. "She most certainly is, lil darlin'," he confirmed before he suddenly stood, moving until he was just close enough to Ragnorok that he could usher the young boy to him, nestling him close against his side with a heavy paw if he didn't shy away. "An' she's nothin' to be afraid of, yuh got that, young tiger? Zhova's jus' a messy eater, s'all."

Said mentioned wolf seemed to have become aware of her audience in that moment, watching them now with a bloody, unreadable intensity in her jade coloured gaze, though she did not speak or pause in her feasting. No, if anything, her appetite only seemed to grow more ravenous, and she ate faster, curling an aggressive lip towards any curious youth that dared to draw close.

Curling his tail around his feet, Cocytus paid her little mind, instead turning his head to acknowledge Makara, Warsaw, and Leviathan, finding each of their gazes steadily before he shifted slightly, straightening. It was clear he was eager to start things, now that a fair number of people had gathered.

"Welcome, everyone. Welcome!" he greeted, smiling warmly, wagging his long tail. "Thank yuh fer joinin' me. Fer those of yuh who don't know who ah am, mah name's Cocytus, though ya'll are welcome to jus' call me uncle, iffin yuh'd like. This 'ere gatherin's a recruitment."

Silence rang, just for a moment, as he offered any of them a chance to speak, before he continued on.

"Now, ah'm a herald, which is somethin' like a... teacher o' sorts, ah guess yuh could say. Iffin there's somethin' 'bout our home or its hist'ry yuh wanna know 'bout? Yuh go to a herald. Chances are they'll have yer answers. An' iffin yuh jus' need someone to talk to, iffin yuh got questions or there's somethin' yuh jus' wanna get off yer chest... then o' course a herald will be more than happy to listen to yuh. We're 'ere as yer friends as well."

Another pause. Cocytus scanned each face again, bright smile still locked warmly in place (a smile that hadn't faltered or fallen from his face once, one might note).

"O' course, yuh gotta be willin' to listen to us as well. A herald ain't jibber jabberin' fer nothin'. What we gotta say is important too."

A strange sound suddenly came from the occupied hollow behind him, and though his head seemed to cant slightly to the side, the blue herald did not immediately turn his head to investigate the source, keeping his gaze locked firmly on the young wolves in front of him.

"A herald spreads th' good word o'Alteron 'round to prevent any dissention from leakin' in, so to speak. In fact, consider any dissent bein' spread among th' ranks like that o' a... poison, iffin yuh will. A nasty lil seed that seeks to take root and threaten th' balance o' our humble home." His gaze seemed to fall on something in the distance, and he was quiet, just for a moment, before he focused on them again. "In a way, it's also a herald's duty to sniff out that poison 'fore it can do any lastin' damage."

The noises behind him were steadily becoming louder now, sounding pained and horrible and distinctly... distressed. At last, Cocytus finally turned his head around to focus his bright amber gaze on the young woman nestled in the hollow tree behind him – the woman who now appeared to be violently bringing up the bloody contents of her meal, her pelt more red than grey now.

"Poor lil Zhova 'ere has some poison in 'er too, yuh know? An' it's made 'er want to do some awful, awful things, like try to bring harm to our dear Dragon." Calmly, Cocytus continued to watch her, watched the way she gurgled wetly, struggling, every muscle in her body pulled taut. He hummed quietly, the sound almost pitying. "Ah reckon this is jus' 'er body's way o' tryin' to purge th' poison outta 'er."

(Or maybe something had been off with the fawn. Maybe it's a good thing you didn't ask for a piece, eh, Skunk?) 

He turned his gaze back to the group, something in his voice making him seem a lot more serious, despite the warm smile still locked firmly in place on his face. "Not all lessons are gonna be clean 'r easy. Sometimes they're messy an' painful an', above all, necessary. Remember that."

He let that sink in, let them watch the slave suffering behind him for a moment, let any of them even get up and leave if they so desired. All of them had a choice here.

"So, iffin yer interested, iffin yuh wanna lend a helpin' hand in teachin' Alteron's old and future gen'rations, step forward and find a place next to me." Those who did would instantly be met with a wagging tail and smile (the latter, at this point, constant and ever predictable). He glanced at Ragnorok and Eidith after a moment though, jostling the former slightly, if the young boy was still nestled closely against his side. "Some of yuh are a bit young still, but ah won't deny either of yuh an apprenticeship, iffin yuh think yer ready."

There was another horrible retching sound behind him again, though this time Cocytus did not turn his head to look.

"She'll be alright," he calmly reassured the group, in case anyone was concerned. "Sometimes yuh jus' hafta get worse 'fore yuh can get better."

And if poor Zhova didn't get better... well. There was always the police around to lend a helping hand.

(But perhaps that was a lesson for another day.)




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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 03:22:45 AM »
Lacy black ears danced back and forth from fear to pricked curiosity.  Shiny, metallic silver eyes glinted with a piqued sense of disgust, how Alteron could pluck somebody from the quarry, anyone with ill intent in the smallest corner of their mind, and give them to this half-lidded blue hellhound.  Hatred of their home (or prison), minute as a grain of rice, would be sniffed out.  The dulled grey pelt of the slave melted into brilliant gold and for only a second, he could see himself skinny, starving, hatred burbling like a cauldron in his eyes.

Ragnarok barely felt his uncle usher him close, that long fluffy tail curling all the way around the younger boy.  He was small, fresh from his mother's womb, but there was a dread that crawled into his ears like hungry crickets, a dreadful feeling that didn't belong in a child's subconscious.  And the crickets burrowed into his brain.  And they chirped, and chirped, and chirped and CHIRPED --

The teal-haired civilian nearby admonished him like a father, attention snapping like a good little soldier.  Was that what Alteron wanted to turn him into?  A good.  Little.  Soldier.  He didn't want it, he hated it, but that image of himself as an emaciated slave was enough to make him nod quickly at the older male and forget whatever screams still billowed in his lungs.  "Y-yes, sir.  Sorry."  The pressure in his chest built.

Hot liquid mercury eyes watched the woman commandeer the bleeding food for herself, too hungry to notice whatever strange thing Ragnarok was sure Cocytus had stuffed into the meat.  Small, fluffy stature he held high; not from pride but from a burning need to watch something happen to her.  He had to know what happened.  What happened to those who dared fall from the chessboard.  Who dared to realize their status as nothing more than a pawn to the dragon and her serpents.  They dared to try and get away.  Was that what she did?  She realized too late, she tried to get away only for his uncle to catch her.  And here he sat, reaping the fruits of her betrayal.  What exactly had she done to deserve the lurching, the gurgling and writhing that slowly grew with intensity?

(You'd better love your birthplace, Naamah,) Afzhal wheezed.  Quiet, strange father, the parent Ragnarok mirrored not in appearance but in mind.  Svelte and charming but there was just something horrible about father and son that gave them the undeniable appearance of snakes writhing under the dragon-god's court.

It was then that Ragnarok saw the beauty of Alteron.  He saw the moss, the honeybees, the structure and the glittering gemstones sometimes found in the dirty quarry.  He saw the ugliness.  The dead bird, ground into a pulp simply because Ragnarok refused to allow Shatter to have it.  The grey beehive, its inhabitants long deserted.  The prickly layer of pine needles that always poked his paws when he walked.  And he remembered, that one time the stinging was too much, he had cleared a patch to reveal the bright sun-bleached bones.

His birthplace was built on a mountain of corpses and he remembered the red dragon, clambering with feverish delight up to the top.  All the while her velvety voice rang pleasantly in the civilians' ears, we will make Alteron great again.

Golden honey coat leaned into the blue fur of his uncle.  Could he smell the newfound disgust, the realization of the kingdom's inhumane propaganda?  How he wanted to melt into Cocytus, just so he didn't have to feel himself turning into that slave.  Into a traitor

(I am a traitor now, aren't I)

"So, iffin yer interested, iffin yuh wanna lend a helpin' hand in teachin' Alteron's old and future gen'rations, step forward and find a place next to me. Some of yuh are a bit young still, but ah won't deny either of yuh an apprenticeship, iffin yuh think yer ready."   Uncle shook him a little.  New-nephew jumped.  He knows.  He can smell it. Wheat-colored eyes smiled down heartily at him.  No, he doesn't know. 

His mind was somewhere.  He crossed an invisible line, one that would always hover behind him like a dementor to a criminal -- preening and whispering in his ears, always and forever.  He had been born into a warm, milky, nurturing wonderland and he had begun to see everything fall apart like a delicate little house of cards.  However, as onlookers, we could see him as luckier than the others.  Cocytus still sat and smiled at the little boy beside him, buying into his mother's venomous words.  Cocytus jostled the little boy beside him, who did not move when he requested that Herald "wannabes" sit by their new uncle.  Though he looked around, metallic eyes smiled, he could only hope to mask his ugly feelings of utmost betrayal by joining the very things that had likely just killed that hungry woman.  They would not know.  They would never know.

Inanely, he wondered how long it would be until the crickets chirped too loudly for him to play charades any longer.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 03:19:20 PM »
Another soon arrived after her brother and herself but Edie barely spared him a glance. Her attention was firmly fixated on the being before her. There was nothing more fascinating than the depraved after all, the monsters that you thought existed under your bed but are in fact your good neighbours. Your packmates. Although she kept close to her brother, it was more out of a desire to nudge him and point and laugh wickedly at what she was seeing. Still, the poor diddums remained afraid. Edie then decided she was in awe of the being before her for an entirely different reason: it scared her brother witless. Much like the worm you stick on the end of a stick and chase the pissbabies around the playground with, this monster amused Edie greatly.

"She most certainly is, lil darlin', an' she's nothin' to be afraid of, yuh got that, young tiger? Zhova's jus' a messy eater, s'all."

Ah, so it was no monster at all but a... monster-wolf with bad table manners. Edie watched as her brother was comforted and rolled her eyes in response. Ugh, baby. She thought with clear disdain. She wanted to get closer but the hungry demon before her gave off a clear warning in those unfathomable eyes.

Don't. The look told her. She heeded the warning.

"Welcome, everyone. Welcome! Thank yuh fer joinin' me. Fer those of yuh who don't know who ah am, mah name's Cocytus, though ya'll are welcome to jus' call me uncle, iffin yuh'd like. This 'ere gatherin's a recruitment."

Edie watched Cocytus in silence as he addressed her and those gathered. His cool, charismatic demeanour completely at odds with his ill-mannered guest. She kept one yellow eyeball on the creature, still enticed by it.

"Now, ah'm a herald, which is somethin' like a... teacher o' sorts, ah guess yuh could say. Iffin there's somethin' 'bout our home or its hist'ry yuh wanna know 'bout? Yuh go to a herald. Chances are they'll have yer answers. An' iffin yuh jus' need someone to talk to, iffin yuh got questions or there's somethin' yuh jus' wanna get off yer chest... then o' course a herald will be more than happy to listen to yuh. We're 'ere as yer friends as well. O' course, yuh gotta be willin' to listen to us as well. A herald ain't jibber jabberin' fer nothin'. What we gotta say is important too."

Edie smiled ironically at the word 'friends'. She was not here to make friends but the rest of the speech - the parts about teaching others the history of her home - sounded just fine with her. Her listening skills left a lot to be desired, for she was still just a child but talking? Nobody could best her at that. Not anyone in her litter nor anybody in Alteron. She could imagine her packmates now, gathered around her and she talking to them, like the one-eyed pirate upon a barrel, telling his seedy crew some imaginative tall-tale about he lost his eye.

"A herald spreads th' good word o'Alteron 'round to prevent any dissention from leakin' in, so to speak. In fact, consider any dissent bein' spread among th' ranks like that o' a... poison, iffin yuh will. A nasty lil seed that seeks to take root and threaten th' balance o' our humble home. In a way, it's also a herald's duty to sniff out that poison 'fore it can do any lastin' damage."

Her fur bristled at that word. Poison. She would not allow any poison - literal or otherwise - ruin her home. Although she thought well of Alteron, she was vaguely aware that there were some who disagreed. A great kingdom like this was bound to have those who were envious or resentful of the kingdom's success. Edie was more than happy to teach them some manners. She would not allow anybody to have bad table manners on her watch, she thought with a sneer, both eyes on the ill-tempered wolf-monster once more.

"Not all lessons are gonna be clean 'r easy. Sometimes they're messy an' painful an', above all, necessary. Remember that."

ENOUGH TALK. SHE WAS PUMPED. SHE WAS GONNA BE A PRO.

"So, iffin yer interested, iffin yuh wanna lend a helpin' hand in teachin' Alteron's old and future gen'rations, step forward and find a place next to me. Some of yuh are a bit young still, but ah won't deny either of yuh an apprenticeship, iffin yuh think yer ready."

This was the moment she had been waiting for. Standing up, Edie walked to sit beside the talkative professor with next to no hesitation, her tail held high with pride as she took her very first step into gaining rank, into a form of adulthood. No pup wanted to remain a pup forever and, even if an 'apprenticeship' was hardly a rank, it was a stepping stone into greater and better things. Better things than arguing over who was the dumbest out of the litter, for example.

Pro-tip: it certainly was not her.

Suddenly, the wolf-monster made a strange, choking noise and vomited over the forest floor. "Ew, that's nasty!" Edie squealed, her proud step completely thrown out of sync as she hurried to stand beside Cocytus and turn her back to the gruesome sight.

"She'll be alright, sometimes yuh jus' hafta get worse 'fore yuh can get better."

The hell was this man on? She honestly did not know what was more disgusting than puking your insides out but she supposed that optimism came easier to the less squeamish.

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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2017, 06:12:41 PM »
Leviathan listened to but did not react to most of the talk and chatter, waiting for the wolf in front of them and the starving shell of a wolf to finally begin what they were called here for. The slightly shorter brother rooted himself next to Warsaw, but kept his eyes forward, finding some comfort in the stillness and familiarity of family beside him.

"Welcome, everyone. Welcome!" he finally started, attention now on everyone. "Thank yuh fer joinin' me. Fer those of yuh who don't know who ah am, mah name's Cocytus, though ya'll are welcome to jus' call me uncle, iffin yuh'd like. This 'ere gatherin's a recruitment."
 Cocytus it was, Leviathan was very much not going to call him uncle.

Cocytus continued to speak, words that seemed too simple and honeycoated, but just the right way. Leviathan stole a glance at his brother, trying to gauge his reaction to the speech while listening himself. The idea that any of them were really friends here was debatable, and if Leviathan knew what money was, he would bet money on it. Propaganda and poison and policing through fear was nothing new, wasn't hard to understand. But it had potential for many things. Potential for things to stay the same, and potential for change. To Leviathan, it presented the opportunity of meeting individuals, social interactions and changing minds.

"Poor lil Zhova 'ere has some poison in 'er too, yuh know? An' it's made 'er want to do some awful, awful things, like try to bring harm to our dear Dragon. Ah reckon this is jus' 'er body's way o' tryin' to purge th' poison outta 'er." black eyes dragged to the hunched over dead looking form of the wolf gnawing on meat. How something like that even thought of trying to take on anyone was strange. Where would it go from there? After all this?

"Not all lessons are gonna be clean 'r easy. Sometimes they're messy an' painful an', above all, necessary. Remember that. So, iffin yer interested, iffin yuh wanna lend a helpin' hand in teachin' Alteron's old and future gen'rations, step forward and find a place next to me."

Without another glance at his brother or sister, Leviathan leisurely moved to go stand next to the Herald, silently awaiting further instruction.
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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2017, 05:32:21 PM »
[ I've been trying to write a reply for this for DAYS and keep getting stuck so here is a bullet post for now! ]

→ He listens closely, glancing momentarily over to Leviathan - a face he recognises.
→ Watches as Zhoda deteriorates. He feels a bitterness in his throat and stomach, but watches stoically.
→ 'Clean and easy' are foreign words, his upper lip curls, and he nods in understanding.
→ Finally, he moves across to find his place next to Cocytus, giving him a nod.
→ "I am willing to help train the young," he murmurs. He's only just out of adolescence himself - a young man. Perhaps he can find common ground with them.











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Re: here lies the wonder [Herald Recruitment]
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2017, 11:04:52 PM »
-Listens attentively to Cocytus about the job duties of the Heralds, smiles at him shyly at his willingness to allow them such informalities as 'Uncle' when addressing him.
-As Zhova starts to become more and more distressed, she turns to watch, face distinctly torn between fascination and horror for the other.
-Jerks her gaze away when Cocytus speaks of purging poisons, nodding as if she understands that. Skunk does, of course, but it doesn't mean it's easy to watch.
-Steps up when he asks them to, determination steeling in her amber gaze.
-"I'll do whatever it takes, Uncle," she says lowly, more confident in this than she's been in anything else for some time.


So do I remind you of,
Someone you never met,
A lonely silhouette.
And do I remind you of,
Somewhere you wanna be,
So far out of reach.
Ohhh I wish you'd open up for me.
Cause I wanna know you,
Amaryllis...

In a while now,
I will feel better.
I will be better.

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