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    The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Elyion and Vantu on Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:17 pm

    Time: 12:01am
    Date: 4/21/2018


    The siblings met one another's gaze over a lit campfire as a member of the party rambled on. Somehow, the pair had fallen into the company of a dirty thief halfling, a human-looking mage, and an elven-looking rogue girl. Just earlier, the rogue had tried to pickpocket her and had been caught, before immediately trying to play it off as groping her backside instead. Elyion sighed softly, then turned to Magus, who was rambling on about his tournament prize spontaneously combusting when he'd tried opening it and quirked a brow. "Do not forget, that trap wasn't meant for you. No one expected you to win, Magus." It deflated his ego to hear, but it was fairly accurate.

    "...No one expected he'd put every opponent to sleep." Vantu spoke, turning his attention back to his drawing. Not even hours before, they'd had to wrangle cattle that'd been loosed into the city, seemingly by happenstance. Unfortunately, both of them quickly realized that, somehow, this little group had been made the target of something bigger by getting involved in this mess.

    "I can check with the thieve's guild, see what they know about this." Rhys, the halfling, offered, a blatant shit-eating-grin.

    "If you can keep your hands in your own pockets that long." Elyion spoke quietly, breaking into a small grin herself just after. Xilli, the elf, chuckled to herself, only to be met with a stern gaze. "I wouldn't be laughing if I were you, molester." The elf lowered her gaze, almost in a pout. Yes, she'd been caught trying to steal, but Elyion, in a good mood, saw it fine to return the favor of the psuedo-molestation by depositing a gold coin into the girl's cleavage, since she was apparently hard up for money. The crowd had seemed amused by that, at least, and the theft attempt had been forgotten.

    "Regardless!" Magus clapped loudly, seeming quite pleased with himself. "Its been a tough day, we should rest~" With a spring in his step, and magically created, semi-translucent flowers following his footsteps, he headed towards his tent. Vantu sighed, and Elyion's gaze fell onto her brother once more. Clearly he was not tired either, Magus had fought him as well...so he ended up taking a nice nap on the battlefield. That was probably why he was so...quiet.

    Soon enough, Xilli and Rhys followed suit, leaving the siblings to the first watch of the night.

    And the night itself was fairly quiet. The pair sat back to back, minding each side of the camp, respectively. Closer to dawn, though, Elyion's hair began to stand on end. Her rigidness was an immediate red flag for her brother, who grasped his axe firmly. Her own hands readied her bow. Both of their eyes began to scan the area for the threat she'd sensed.

    Though, she must have gotten tired during the watch, because she was unable to sense just where the animal was lurching at them from. No, that wasn't what she was sensing...! The surprise knocked her off balance, and the wolf managed to slash her chest open, deeply, before aiming a bite at her neck. Vantu whirled around, albeit too slow to thwart the initial attack, before knocking the animal to the side. It's teeth tore into her shoulder, but it went flying easily from the force of the blow.

    And that was when the ground under them gave way.

    Into seemingly nothingness.

    ~

    When the pair could see again, Vantu had coiled himself around his injured sibling; they were falling, whatever they landed on, he was hoping to take the brunt of the impact. And when his back came to a sudden stop against the asphalt, is fear was justified. She would've been in pretty bad shape if she'd have fallen without a cushion. But...what in the hell had he landed on!? His ears were ringing from all of the new sounds out of the dead quiet they'd had just been in. There were moving lights and large, haphazard machines rushing past them. For a moment, Vantu stood, mesmerized with the bleeding mass in his arms. At least, until she groaned, trying to reach for her shoulder. She wasn't completely out of sorts, but their free-fall hadn't exactly been the most pleasant experience, either. "Vantu... Off...the road..." Elyion groaned.

    The man quickly nodded, carrying his sister quickly into a patch of grass, before laying her down to examine the wounds better. The wolf had gotten her pretty badly from what he could make out. The wounds on her chest seemed to be the worst, but her entire shoulder on one side was drenched in blood. At least he'd knocked the animal off of her before it'd torn out her jugular...
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Curiosity on Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:48 am

    Snif.. Sniff.....Sniiifffff!...

    The scent of blood attracts all kinds of wild creatures but in a city full of tamed citizens it only attracted a passing glance and shocked gasps. Other than that most minded their own business, though there are the few who will take it out of the time to help others in need. A particular beast has yet to decide which kind was he.

    Heavy paw steps quietly make their way around the Main Street, it was not their usual route. Normally, they would be tucked backwards and cruising in flight, but their owner was being cautious. His visit to death’s door from a diving accident had been too recent. Besides the ground was a different angle to see from and variety was good, not to mention the tasty scent of foods that passes one’s sniffer.

    These cooked dishes were quite complex compared to the his natural diet of raw meat. The added flavours and colour make a messy meal into a feast and take it to new heights, but of course there was a price to pay for just a nibble. Their servings were too small to feed Someone his size. Yes yes Curi wasn’t their target market, but the real problem wasn’t that no one explained what currency or money even was, it was that certain things they add to the food might kill him or just upset his stomach. So instead of wandering in and eating everything the curious beast took in their scents and how they looked, hoping that perhaps one day Scaramouche will cook something spectacular again.

    The scent of almost familiar human blood had drawn the Deviant from his stroll around the city. He hadn’t gone back to the forest yet, the flight back this early after the curse purged from his system seemed to frighten him. He wasn’t sure if the curse was indeed over and done with or would it had more surprising delayed effects like a few days ago.

    A few days ago he had a terrible crash accident at Central Park, when the aforementioned effects kicked in while he was way above the clouds. Luckily, it was too early in the morning for anyone to have been the area, no casualties just one near if not very critically injured pseudowyven.

    The beast shivered at mere thought of the accident and his first trip to the hospital. The thought of more delayed effects caused by the curse was terrifying, but so far nothing had happened. It was safer to wait them out in the city where the Doctor was rather out in the wilds where nobody would have been the wiser.

    Curiosity eyed a certain spot on the intersection in front of him. There was a trail of an all too familiar deep dark red liquid that lead to a pair of humans huddled in a patch of grass. The scent of this blood worried him, he wasn’t sure why, but he wanted to find out. From a glance the beast knew that neither had seen him just yet. He could tell that both, much like his rider looked capable in a fight. Hunters?

    The female of the pair had been wounded and perhaps her mate was hovering over her either mourning or trying to patch her up. From what the Silverwind saw he was t able to do much about her bleeding out in front of everyone. Surveying the area around them he purred finding himself near the intersection he had arrived at and met Scarlet. He recall her back then, a stranger who ran over to help others and quite frankly ride him.

    With that memory in his mind the Deviant quietly approached the injured pair. He came from their flank, the blind spot of the male but in direct view of the hurt female. Perhaps he could help them, the hospital wasn’t too far and that woman was looking very pale. Stopping a safe distance away the beast sat down and gave a light almost friendly trill, something he had heard from Kev. Of course with his size and structure it sounded between a purr and a lightly pitched growl.

    “Trrrrr~...”

    He was announcing his presence to the pair, he knew that his sheer size and deadly looks could easily start a misunderstanding. Once one of them noticed him he gave them his best smile, he really should practice making it look less like he was gonna eat you. Curi watched their movements in case they took his greeting the wrong way, his skin would be enough to deal with most weapons and neither of the two looked ready to hunt him.
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Elyion and Vantu on Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:43 pm

    Vantu was the first to react when the new being made itself known. Of course, for the monster hunter, that first reaction was to grab his axe and go on alert, making himself look as threatening as possible. Elyion leaned her head to the side, looking to see what had made the strange sound. Her ruby hues settled onto a large creature, who had sat itself down and announced its presence? Hm... They'd never stumbled across anything that looked the way this animal did. It piqued her curiosity, but...that wasn't her biggest concern at the moment. "Vantu...stand down...ugh... It...isn't attacking..."

    The monster hunter looked to his sister for a moment, who was attempting to sit up. Her voice had been, perhaps, a bit deeper than the beast's rider that he was so used to, but... Her face, save for a tattoo around one eye, was nearly identical. Even the way that her hair flowed around her face was strikingly similar. If she hadn't had blonde hair, it likely would've confused the pseudowyvern immensely.  Vantu glanced down to where his sister was trying to sit up and set his axe down, reluctantly, before moving behind her to help her up. "Careful...bloodloss..." He murmured.

    "Thank you..." She groaned and grasped her shoulder as the pair shifted her to an upright, sitting position, before her gaze fell onto the creature once more. "...It...looks as if...it may be concerned?"
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Curiosity on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:39 pm

    Amusement lit the intelligent beast’s features as the male of the pair stood and tried to intimidate him. Sure the Nargacuga knew that you couldn’t underestimate the smaller bearing but it was always cute of them to attempt to use such methods to discourage him to make trouble. In truth it always just made him want to go at them swinging. Trying to bully him away with a weapon always felt like a challenge of dominance, it really just encouraged him to get up and fight. He had leaned forward on his wingarms and started to puff up his fur, instantly doubling his already large self.

    His pulse quickened anticipating a brawl for dominance, adrenaline started to release into his system. His tail swayed from side to side, causing his spines to rattle lightly against one another. The nargacuga’s wings tucked against his sides in anticipation for what was coming next. Curi had started to intake a large amount of air in preparation for a challenging roar when a very familiar voice cut through his excitement with two simple words.

    "Stand Down..."

    Curi’s ears flicked up in alarm at what sounded like his rider’s voice. His raised hackles and fur immediately flattened, his tail steadied and returned to being silently on the ground. He let loose quietly the breath was holding, as he approached cautiously to see the bleeding woman who had just spoken. It was his rider, but not?..

    The deviant stared hard at the woman, even going as far as to bring his face right up to hers. The motion was fast enough to be shaken as an attack but his body was wasn’t on the aggressive display. He was so visibly confused at what he was seeing and hearing that he had already forgot about the Male that challenged him. Curi circled his wounded rider, who seemed to have changed her hair colour and gotten some kind of face marking. He’d seen shops that did that so that wasn’t impossible, besides she sounded just like.. well herself but maybe deeper. Perhaps it was the wound that got her voice to drop out of pain and weakness, or maybe she just caught a cold?

    Just how did she get such wounds?
    Did she go to the forest without him?
    Was she replacing him?

    The large beast glanced at her wound, it had telltale claw marking of a much smaller animal than him. If Curi had done something like that his rider her guts would have been spilt not to mention diced up as well, but he would never do that to his rider. Right?

    Sniff.... sniff...

    The scent base was similar to the brown creature from the forest, which he hoped would forgive him when he came a cross it again. This scent how ever was fresh but he saw now fluffy thing that resembled the hunter he met.

    Drawing the conclusion that she was his rider, he knew she had to get that wound sealed or at least see by the metallic doctor that patched him up recently, but how? Scarlet wasn’t one to ask for help, but she had this male hanging around her. Speaking of which his rider had ordered the one called Vantu which must have been the name of the male. He stored that piece of information for later perhaps he could do with another spar?

    Oh wait Scarlet was bleeding out, and that wound didn’t look too clean. He leaned his head closer, an offer if she had the strength to grab on. Of course to an inexperienced person it just looked like he was going to maul her or worse start eating her.
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Elyion and Vantu on Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:13 pm

    Vantu blinked in confusion as the beast, too, took the order to stand down. It appeared like it'd just been scolded. Once she felt stable enough to sit up on her own, her brother set about tending to her wounds. Elyion sighed, glad the tension had dissolved enough to relax and worry about the mess she had made of herself. "Thank you...not too tight, though..." Her voice was slightly pained as the man adjusted the makeshift bandages he was applying. Neither were the best at tending to wounds on the field; typically, they relied on Magus for that... His healing magics were quite useful, after all. Though, at least they knew the basics from surviving on their own for so long.

    It was only after the beast came close to sniff at her that she looked, frankly, confused. Why was it looking so worried...? It made no sense in her mind. Though, it was better than being mauled to death while she was bleeding. As it came in close to her, she looked to the animal curiously, before extending a hand to pet it. It was interesting. Once Vantu had finished tying off her makeshift bandages, he sat himself down beside her and pulled out a book, as well as a quill, before starting to sketch the nargacuga.
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Curiosity on Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:45 pm

    Perhaps something had hit her on the head too? She was hesitant to even pet him, through really his message to grab on had been misunderstood. Drawing back a bit Curi sniffed at her torso, of course the scent of fresh blood did make him kinda hungry, but this was his rider so he didn’t feel the usual urge to wonder what she tasted like. Instead he had bigger things to worry about, like who was this male and what she was doing in the forest without him. It was a little avoid that the beast was confused, but now that he had backed up and was looking between the two he sort of looked hurt. Betrayed even, but just barely.

    The nargacuga eyed the rider’s male companion as he moved about to scribble something of some collection of paper. Was he like the demon, Daemeon, who took down notes to exploit later. Curi lightly nudged his head under the woman’s hand, aiming to try and move her onto his back. Perhaps he could carry her to the metallic Doctor, who helped him not too long ago. If she was too weak to get on his back he’d need to try other means to get her to the hospital.
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Elyion and Vantu on Thu May 10, 2018 3:39 pm

    As the beast forced its head under her hand, Elyion smiled faintly, scratching gently near where she had assumed its ears were located. Vantu seemed to be on guard when it came closer once again, quirking a brow at the pair. "It likes you." The man murmured, tucking his sketch away for the time being as his attention fell back onto his sister.

    "It seems that way. Though...I can't imagine why. Perhaps he's just friendly."

    The man shrugged, and the woman turned to the nargacuga with a small smile.

    "Camp..."

    Her brother's voice snapped her out of her thoughts for a moment. He was right, they would need to set up camp at some point. After all, this place was...unfamiliar. The sharpshooter narrowed her ruby eyes, peering past the pair beside her for a moment. "I see a treeline...that would probably be fine for shelter for now. It'll give us time to deal with my wounds properly..."

    Vantu nodded, and Elyion reached to pet Curiosity once more. "...Him?"

    She shook her head. "I'm not sure... Maybe he has a nest or something nearby."
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    Re: The Horizon-Walker and the Monster Hunter

    Post by Curiosity on Wed May 23, 2018 10:44 am

    Treelines?! She had the inn. Why would she need to go make camp outside of the city?! Not to mention they were quite deep within it.

    The beast drew back once more to look if she was joking. When he realized she wasn’t he game a loud huffed with distain and looked towards where he knew the healing building was. He knew only Kev understood his words so he had to try other means to communicate. The nargacuga even made nudging motions towards where he wanted her to go.

    Once it was obvious that they didn’t understand him simply stared hard at her willing her to follow him, which of course didn’t work. He had to try everything. The beast quickly gave up on trying to will her to understand and simply snatched her hand with his beakmaw and tugged. Like with dealing with fragile things and people the frustrated beast was as gentle as his kind could be. He tugged and dropped her hand on to his back, or as far as he could get it to his back. It was an unmistakable on what it meant, or well to Scarlet it would have been.

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