It's Plain (Esks)

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It's Plain (Esks)

Postby Toshi Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:17 am

Vorago didn't like to venture far from HIS pond, in case any creature got the wrong ideas about it. But he considered this an escort mission for Mykonos, who he also didn't like venturing too far afield, also in case other creatures got the wrong ideas. He was large, as esks went. Not the towering landscapes that some of his fellow figments represented, but sturdy. Enough to frighten most of the world's living creatures. His tail and mane flowed around him as if he was still underwater, but far from his heart he wasn't the intimidating threat he normally represented.

He gave the back of Mykonos's neck a possessive nuzzle, and as they arrived the sun had just began to spread watery color over the horizon. It looked like blood.
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Snip gave the air a suspicious sniff, hopping down from Worm's shoulder blades. He was a handsome, unnervingly blonde esk with sharp features and clever claws. He and Worm both defiantly wore their features, an ornate pair of scissors twisted into Snip's back like strange wings, and the firm leaves of a trillium set on his head like a cap. His eyes were as pale as the rest of him.

Snip knew he could not smell the blood and fire that had seared this plain some time ago, but it was as if death danced on the wind. He bristled as the sun broke over the horizon. "Spirits gathering over graves," he said to Worm.
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It had been a long journey for Flos, who had trotted alongside Acedia amiably, but now plopped down in the grass to pant and scratch behind his head. "A glorious morning," he said with his usual enthusiasm. "The sky could shame any field of flowers." He was a little shy of the crowd, preferring their solitary walks, but everyone had gathered with some importance. "Some of them are from very far afield, aren't they?" He did not stray far from Acedia's side. This was his first time venturing as far as they had from their forest. The soft flowers that usually decorated his neck and tail had fallen away, and all that was left was his puffy, sheepish fur and light feet. It was strange to see a world devoid of hills, flowers and grass stretching on and on into the curve of the earth.

"The earth smells sweet," he said, and asking, "Are you tired, Acedia?"
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Re: It's Plain (Esks)

Postby Baneful Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:45 pm

Mykonos was a very curious sort of Esk and the pond was somewhere he felt as if he'd explored from top to bottom and which held no other secrets for him. It meant that he often ventured out to other lakes in other places far from where he and Vorago lived. He'd found strange creatures there and once even turned one of them into an Esk, gaining the strange emerald heart which rested on his chest. He didn't often get to explore the world beyond the water though and that was why he was so excited about going to the grasslands, unphased by the weakness he felt seeping into his body as he crossed the threshold of their domain. He twitched his whiskers eagerly at the new smells and sounds, moving with excited motions, running from one exciting new thing to another. His webbed feet weren't much use for walking on grass but this didn't seem to bother him either.

He turned to press his cheek against Vorago's in response to the nuzzle.

"It's so BIG." he said. "So big!" And so dry, with such strange creatures. It was nothing like anything he'd ever seen.

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Worm rearranged his large iridescent wings across his back when Snip hopped off. His marble halo slowly turned as he thought, looking over the sprawling landscape. It was nothing like the sewers, nothing like the cathedral, and yet there was something in it that was shared, some thread of glory that ran through all of it. The sky was a soaring and grand canvas that was hinted at in the beauty of the cathedral's painted ceiling but which no human brushstroke could do justice to. There was something about the way the wind whipped across the grass which in turn bowed its back before it that reminded him of worship. Every life a strand, every blade of grass a person before the vastness.

He did not feel the death, only the life that seemed to reach up out of the ground towards the grandeur of the sky overhead.

There were no humans here and he should have been weak, but since his Becoming, the world could not touch his power any longer.

He turned to his smaller companion, angling his head to see him with his good eye. "Something must be coming." he said, and couldn't help but sound a little excited.

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Acedia was always propelled by no small amount of hatred and anger. It was no different today, he had come to the grasslands but he had come because of instinct, because of something tugging at his drive insistently and drawing him forward in spite of himself. He did not like the other esks and found himself possessive of his companion. He would have wrapped thorns around him, but right now his thorns were gone, leaving him bare, a stark black and white creature far from his home with no way to hold onto his soft companion.

His alternative was to stick very close to the other Esk, bristling suspiciously.

"It doesn't matter where they come from." he hissed. "They aren't to be trusted, understand?"

He shook his head. "Not tired." he added. "Just weak. There are no trees here." And no darkness, no black soft earth, only dry grasses and sprawling nothing.

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Lysander loved the plains. He galloped across them eagerly, a huge equine figure whose feet hammed our a heartbeat beneath him. He was bare of his nature features but his mane billowed in the wind as he ran. On his back, another equally bare figure held on for dear life, wishing he had a saddle or some other way to hold on than just mane. Uig had come with Lysander because their task had been for a long time to look for the mysterious figure Lysander was obsessed with. He'd come to this gathering in the hope that somewhere in the crowds, they might find them.

Uig wasn't hopeful and wasn't very happy to be far from the sea either, but he was loyal to his stupid friend and invested in finding who it was he sought.

"My bum hurts mate." he said. Lysander laughed.

"Only if you want it to! You don't need to hurt." he said.

"Well I wanna." said Uig sulkily. "Are we nearly there yet?"
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Re: It's Plain (Esks)

Postby Toshi Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:28 pm

"It's not that big," Vorago said, immediately competitive with the landscape. He crushed a wildflower demonstratively. "But," he said with an edge of dark interest, "The tall grass isn't far off from Pondweed."

He hunched lower, hulking, his long tail drifting behind him like an eel. His eyes shined red in the early morning darkness.

"Do you think those buffalo have met anything like me?"

He rolled his shoulders impressively, edging close and then looking back to see if Mykonos was watching.

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Snip didn't like the sound of that either. "Perhaps," he allowed. Many esks were silent as they drifted over the landscape, but Snip made a small, whisper of a sound like grass being cut. "One called this tribunal, didn't He? We should meet him. He's supposed to be very brave. A hero." If you believed the stories. Snip was wary.

"I don't detect men here, either." Although in an environment like this, a thousand other small souls rustled over the ground. The grass itself, the flowers with their soft and bowing heads. Worms and mice and toads and all sorts. Snip was unable to help his fascination with mankind, among all the world's many wonders.

He looked over at his companion. It had not been long since his Becoming, since he reclaimed his heart and power. Snip had never had a heart. He was closer to an automaton, but Worm had been a friend regardless. "Your wings suit you," he told him.

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Flos looked carefully at the others, "We're all lost," he reasoned, "But I have not seen so many of us together. If we're fortunate, we'll learn something." He gave Acedia a teasing nudge of the shoulder. "And you like walks, in any case. This is just the furthest one I've been on. I'm quite fat, you know. I'm not made for these rigorous excursions."

He did not leave Acedia's side in any case.

"The flowers are lovely, each of them." Those little ones were not too distant from the ones he kept watch over at home. "I wonder if any will end up joining us?"

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Re: It's Plain (Esks)

Postby Baneful Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:25 pm

Mykonos didn't look too phased by Vorago's posturing, flitting through the grass in long bounds. It was a bit like water in some ways, you could duck below it only to resurface again. It wasn't the same though exactly, everything here was heavy and a bit dusty in a way he could feel in his body.

"It doesn't move the same." he said. "Pondweed... the water shooms it and wooshes it. Side to side with the slosh. Here it all goes the same way. The wind isn't as heavy, it isn't as strong it's all ..." and he didn't seem to have the words he needed to express his disdain for the efforts of the wind.

"I think buffalo are ugly." he said. "They aren't very pretty, I think maybe they'd think you were handsome, even though they can't see your big head fanciness." He meant the elaborate plant normally on Vorago's head.

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"He is not a leader." Worm said with more than a little disdain. "A true leader, the true leader would not need to call a meeting, all would simply be there and be subservient before them." Worm had been listening a little too closely to the sermons and discussions under the roof of his new home. This meeting out here under the sky, without humans present didn't sound like what he was looking for so he treated it with no small degree of scepticism.

"The men were here." he commented. "They killed." he tilted his head from one side then the other. "Many. Each other. The animals." And it lingered, he could feel it. They had brought others like what he'd been and more besides into this land.

If he'd been able he'd have smiled though at the compliment and added cryptically. "I had to learn to fly before I received them."

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Acedia looked grumpy about Flos's continued interest in the gathering of Esks. He should be the only interesting thing in the whole damned world, he should be central to his world. The others shouldn't be interesting, what could they teach that he couldn't? He bristled.

"I hate walks!" he said, it didn't matter that he seemed to pace unrelentingly through the forest, never resting for long, always prowling dangerously in search of anyone foolish enough to cross his boundary.

"You are fat though." he said, because being mean to Flos made him feel better. He even gave him a nudge with his head to make a point. "Flowers are ridiculous."

He always got more vindictive when he was out of his depth.

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