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Fox

"I must protect those who I can trust. Nothing more..."

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a character in “Elemental Battles”, as played by stormwolf321

Description

Fox looks well...like a fox. She has the same orange red fur, white underbelly, tip of tail, inside the ears, and around the eyes which are a bright blue with a hint of light green. Don't get her confused though. She is a wolf. Her body has the similarities of the wolf and fox together. Nobody knew where she got these but they found it useful when she was the distraction on missions. Vines and plants grow around the tip of her tail where she keeps some feathers, and around her neck. She has gold ear rings as well.
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Personality

She has a sly personality and is quite clever. Most of the time though, she is stead fast and will focus on one task and one task only. Since she was born in the warrior camps practically all her life, she has a somewhat warrior like attitude. Focus on this and that, and only trust the one's you are sure you can trust. The only emotions you could get out of her are anger, confusion, gratefulness, and a bit of happiness. Love isn't real for Fox though she does believe in friendship.

History

Fox was one of the best warriors in the Aven army. Which isn't a lot. Still, she was proud of the name until one day, she was sent on a mission to scope out any unwanted wolves around the perimeter. There had been rumors that wolves with glowing white eyes stalked the part of the forest where she was going. Nevertheless, she went anyways and did indeed find that rumor correct. In doing so she got captured and was forcefully thrown in Rashid's prison. She almost managed to escape but was captured once again by Rashid himself. He took control of her and, in honor of her great persistance, was deemed his favorite Aven wolf. She got special duties like going on terrible killing sprees and fetching other wolves to him.

This all ended when a beautiful Kita by the name of Alina freed her from her trance.

So begins...

Fox's Story

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Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Mydnyte growled at the Dimitrios Deltas and started running towards them. The Dimitrios, carefully planning out a bridge, had little time to react when the Kamarian bit down on the Dimitrios. Instantly, shadows seeped over the wolf before it became nothing. The other two charged at Mydnyte slamming into the poor Kamarian only to hit the Kita's light shield. Mydnyte chuckled before a pool of darkness engulfed the two wolves from where they stand. When the pool was gone, there were no remnants of any other wolves. The dark wolf noticed then that the alpha Borack hadn't thrown a lot of hits lately. He turned his head and noticed that Fox was out of her trance and was fighting off Sipho.

Sipho unfortunately broke free and howled into the air. With that, the wolf's body burst into a yellowlike creature. His fur was standing on end as bolts of electricity shot everywhere. The shield was getting weak but Mydnyte noticed that the ally Borack, Canicus, and Tenneth didn't have anything. Mydnyte jumped over the stream of lava and ran to the side of the Borack and Canicus. He then charged up his energy and created a force field of darkness around the two. It will hold without him concentrating for a good while, he hoped. He then ran off and out of the field where he shot another beam of darkness at the ally Tenneth. Instead of blasting him though, it did the same as the other two. Mydnyte panted a bit and summoned monstrous claws out of his body to start grabbing and killing at the enemy.

Fox meanwhile, summoned vines from beneath the earth to grab wolves around the neck and snap their spines. The Aven wolf looked over at Anakin to see what he was going to do and was shocked to see the wolf continue to attack them instead of doing what she had done. Was it because she was female? Or was he just that far off into the trance? She looked around and saw some of the Delta's hesitating slightly before attacking.

When Sipho saw none of his powers were working, he snarled angrily in frustration and decided to try close combat attacks. That though over, he made his way over to Summanus.

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Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Anti watched everything from above until a Kita brought back Fox from her trance. Anti's ears folded back and he growled before flying off towards Rashid's prison. Once he arrived he ran into Rashid's chambers. "Rashid Sir!" Rashid who was asleep woke up and dazedly looked over at Antigonus. "Sir! A Kita wolf has been seen breaking the trance between the Aven Alpha Fox." Rashid perked up instantly. "What! Grr... Call them back! we can't risk losing any of them and then having a revolt!" He looked over at Anti who was just starting to leave. "HURRY!" Rashid snarled. Anti yelped and scurried out of his chambers and stumbled out of the prison before taking off.

Once he had caught sight of the wolves, Fox had killed a few of the wolves already. "Grr...Traitor." He growled before howling twice. All wolves turned their attention towards the sky and taking off. "Pull back! Pull back!" Sipho howls as the wolves retreat from the others making their way through the woods and towards Rashids prison. Suddenly vines sprouted out of the ground and wrapped around Anakins legs and dragging him towards the others. Anakin growls before getting up and charging at Alina only for his legs to be once again tied by the vines resulting in him to trip and his mouth being tied shut.

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Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Tiberius Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Young Tiberius had to bite firmly down on his paw to keep from letting out a squeal of fright. Having been as curious as ever, the young Arlyne had taken to the trees after his dinner to search for a spring, and where better to start looking than where he had seen those wolves earlier? He had viewed those Tenneths in the valley fighting the fire from his vantage point higher in the forest, so where better to go than to where civilization was? Tenneth's had to drink to, right? Or maybe that was just a myth. Anyway, the pup had taken to the trees before any bit of rationalism could stop him, and he soon regretted it.

A fight had seemed to erupted in front of him. It was like that earlier fight he had witnessed with his companion, but this one was infinitely more diverse. Flames and magma seemed to combat lightning and steam, all hurling together into one fabulous light show. Tiberius tried to shield his eyes, but the roar of battle continued on. Growls, taunts, mocking, cries of agony, the cracking and tearing of flesh all forced their way into his ears. There was nothing romantic about this war. Tears in his eyes, Tiberius released his paw from his maw and ran, ran as fast as he could as far as he could. Even as the sights and sounds died down, one sense still remained, perhaps the most grisly of the three. Carried by the wind and enhanced by the bitter chill, the awful smell of the battle reached his nose. It made him gag. The smell of severed flesh, of adrenaline, of rusty metal armor, of blood, of sweat, of tears. Why was battle always looked at with honor, the pup wondered. It was wretched.

Tiberius managed to reach the heights where he had been with that Aven once again, a look of horror on his face. Taking one last look back, he saw the rustling of trees and heard the pounding of paws as one side headed for the hills. Never would he be part of any battle. Never would he harm another.

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Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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---Summanus---

Seeing the collection of wolves retreat Summanus eased himself. Who ever the Kamarian was his shields and abilities helped us in the end. The shield soon fell and Summanus walked around the lava pit and went pass the Canicus. "Don't worry." He spoke mildly. "The numbness will pass on, your body just needs readjustment." Summanus explained as he walked over to the felled Borack. Summanus placed his maw over the handle and removed it from it's body. Summanus then took it over to one of the puddles of water made by those Arlynes and laid the blade upon it. Although it wasn't the best cleaning it did wash off the blood and that was most important, as he took his paw and wiped of the mud. Summanus then took his blade by the lava and held it tightly in his mouth as he let the heat dry it. Once it reached an adequate time he then sheathed his blade and returned to the others. He noticed the Kita was injured as she tried to hide it by trying to get up. "You shouldn't force yourself to move." Summanus spoke towards Alina. "You need to have someone check your injuries." Summanus recommended. "Preferably someone who is good with medicine." Summanus looked around at the destruction. It was quite a battle but he wondered why it even happened. This could have been a part of any war effort. There where far too many different wolves fighting at once. Something strange was at work here but Summanus couldn't place it.

---Durandel---

Durandel slowly started to rise, but the numbness from the shock was still persistent. Durandel fell down again as his legs felt like jelly. He tried to speak as well but his tongue was feeling the similar affects as the rest of his body. Durandel decided to lay down and allow the numbness to pass, hopefully it will not take so long a time. Durandel decided to watch the others. He notived the Kita that arrived was badly injured, if he might have helped if it wasn't for the electricity that surged about him. In his current state he can't exactly help anyone even himself. He would like to thank the Borack for saving his life but he couldn't exactly formulate words that are coherent. Instead he watched everyone and everything carefully, you can never be too sure during a war.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Artemis Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Fox

Fox looked at the fallen Kita. Vines wrapped around her body and head before they lifted her up and onto her feet. Fox quickly walked to the Kita's side before one of the vines grew around her front body as well. "Borack. Assist on the other side please." Fox said in a bit of a struggle as she snapped the vine from the ground. All the Kita's weight(Which wasn't a lot really considering she needed to lift off the ground to fly) seemed to almost drag her down, thankfully Fox was strong enough to hold her up.

Mydnyte

Mydnyte staggered over to the others. Panting was no option. His sides heaved a bit as his muzzle collected much needed air. He looked over at Durandel. "H-hey what happened back there." He said in a somewhat stern voice almost commanding for an answer. He had no idea what was going on. All he aw were wolves with white eyes and a large whole in the earth which looked like some sort of tunnel. Mydnyte could never be sure though.

Cerise

Cerise followed the group. Her eyes were trained on the Seti. Excitement seemed to build up inside of her and fatigue no longer became an issue. Almost everyone had never seen a Seti, and here was one. Standing about five feet away from her! She had so many questions, but she decided that all that has happened to the poor guy had already been quite enough. The next thing he needs is to be bombarded with questions from a very excited Avira like herself. Cerise sighed deeply. Her eyes were wondering around the room that they had just entered until they rested on a plate of food in front of her. She licked her chops and took notice that Nova had already started to chow down on his food. Eagerly to. She smiled and dove into her food as well. Her ears picked up the sound of Warrior about to discuss a plan to them. Plan! they had just got here. Ugh, it seems that they would have to be on the move once more.

Once Cerise was done with her delicious meat, she looked over at Warrior to see what sort of plan they needed to discuss.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Artemis Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Wytlius Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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---Summanus---

"Yes of course." Summanus answered as he helped the Kita on the left side. He helped give her support. "Since your an Aven do you have any medicine to help with such a cut?" Summanus asked Fox as he looked towards the Kita's injury. Summanus noticed the Kamarian speak in a demanding sort of way. Then he noticed him speaking towards the red wolf. "I'm sorry he won't be able to speak properly for a few minutes since he's numb from the shock." "You see a Borack hit him dead on, thankfully he didn't generate enough amps to kill him but he did incapacitate him." "I wouldn't worry though he will be back on his feet in a little bit." Summanus explained to Mydnyte.


---Schemeko---

He followed the others and found the rooms and plates of food for each of them. It will be strange to eat something other than toads and snakes but it won't be terrible for him. Schemeko ate the food as he heard that plans will be made. Something about rebellions and gods. None of the stuff that really interests Schemeko. Really? Gods and Goddesses? They are all tales or if they were real they most certainly forgotten about them. Of course this was just his own opinion but he didn't voice them. Obviously it would make these wolves upset. Anyway Schemeko could do with some rest it has been awhile. Schemeko decided to rest at least there are worse places to rest. Before he could slip away he heard Nova and the strange wolf speak up. Hmph, this wolf certainly pick the most "ill-opportune" time to ask for help. Schemeko thought to himself as he gave a slight chuckle. Then Nova obviously didn't like the sound of underground wolves rebelling. Which makes sense if these wolves are the same as WarriorDemon then where all screwed. Schemeko laughed a little bit to himself, it was funny to think that a bunch of tunnel wolves were going to kill them all. Life certainly has a sick sense of humor. It was odd for Schemeko not say anything but he felt he could contribute very little to any of these wolves problems. He had no desire to quell rebellions and to assist in helping empresses, these were all jobs for some sort of government. Schemeko was definitely not a public servant. In fact Schemeko tried his best to stay out of the war, he had no desire to fight in it besides why would he? All of the chaos was humorous to witness but he knew that wars don't last forever so being uninvolved just ensured it will last at least a little longer. It's not like he longed for war he isn't a warmonger, but he merely appreciated the strife that came with it. The despair and destruction was certainly an art form. Of course there are better ways to see this than just by war, it's just that war is the easiest to start. Schemeko decided not to voice his opinion he was already dragged in enough of this more than he wished to be. In the meantime he is going to rest he can't exactly think well while tired. Schemeko then closed his eyes and tried to receive as much rest as he possibly could.

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Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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---Summanus---

"Hm?" Summanus mumbled as he looked over to the tunnel then back to Fox. "I'm sorry I have no idea, you may want to ask one of the fire wolves." Summanus said point his nose at Rokunam and then at Durandel. "After all I only arrived after these two where attacked, not before." "If anyone would know anything it would be one of them." Summanus replied. He never heard of Aven warriors but he suppose every pack needs some since a war is raging. He had no interest in the war, mainly because he has no allegiances. He may be a Borack but he is not affiliated with the pack and merely has performed odd jobs for anyone hiring. Pretty much Summanus has sat out of this war, sure he has seen the destruction during his wandering and had to defend himself from time to time. Overall however, Summanus has not partaken in any of the many battles that has occurred over the island, and the only time he did help his pack was when he was hired by Shimmer Doom. Yet he could hardly call that a battle when her Boracks invaded the Sakura Ruins. The Kitas peacefully surrendered it was rather surprising and Summanus did respect them for their peaceful ways. Holding up this Kita here is making him regret helping Shimmer Doom, sure she said it was for the Cause but what was the Cause? Summanus at least was grateful he didn't have to kill any of the Kitas. Still he felt bad for the one here before him. Does she even know her people have been taken prisoner? Does she know that the Ruins she called home is being occupied by the Boracks? Summanus hoped she was unaware of their situation, he would hate to have her know about such saddening news. Even if she did he would have to deny his knowledge of it, he did promise Shimmer after all. The Borack with the title of "Doom". In the Borack pack they give titles to their most distinguishing warriors, yet there are seven prestigious titles. Out of these seven titles it is said that "Doom" is the most prestigious next to "Bane", another title.


---Durandel---

Once again Durandel tried to pull himself up once again only to feel numb. He wobbled around as he tried to gain his footing but it was difficult. It was as if walking on water or lava. The ground felt like it was unstable and made of soft material as it threatened to knock him down again. Durandel persisted but only managed to make baby step as his body trembled. He could still feel his tongue was numb as he tried to produce words but failed to make any kind of coherent sound. Durandel merely stood still as he tried to shake out of it but it proved fruitless as he fell down again. Durandel picked himself up again and continued to make more baby steps as he slowly began to regain his footing.

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Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Fox sighed and looked down at the ground. "Look, paw prints..." She says. Yes there were paw prints that had been made not to long ago, and the faint smell of wolf too only this smell was unfamiliar to Fox. "You fire wolf." She says to Rokunam. "Is it safe to venture into these tunnels?" She asks. "Surely there has to be someone that could help..." She speaks blandly.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Wytlius Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Schemeko watched Nova trying to support himself upon his shoudler but ended up failing. "Becareful now we don't want you making things worse for yourself." Schemeko said melodically as he looked over to "WarriorDemon." Nova asked more about Blue Team until the copy wolf spoke up. Ever since meeting this wolf he sounds more crazier than Schemeko. Always talking as if there were other people in the room. Then he split into four different wolves. "I guess I spoke too soon." Schemeko thought to himself as he gave a chuckle. The Seti Wolf spoke towards WarriorDemon but yet referred to her as Keta. He asked why we weren't running or hiding. This situation became rather strange for Schemeko. Here he had Mishaa yapping that this wasn't "Demy" and then the Sedi called her Keta. What's going on here? As Schemeko thought to himself. There seemed to be this evidence piling up suggesting that the wolf right here isn't WarriorDemon but this wolf looks and acts exactly like her. Intriguing. Was all Schemeko could think of.


---Durandel & Summanus---

Durandel nodded as Rokunam spoke relatively light-heatedly with these wolves. The she-wolf however seemed rather unpleasant as she ordered them to follow her. Durandel wasn't sure if he would folllow strange wolves into a cave even if they are Rokunam's friends. Then Durandel saw Fox and Mydnyte beginning to follow them Durandel then turned to Rokunam. "Well ifsh your following themsh I shallsh come." Durandel numbly spoke stating he has his back if he needs it.

Summanus wasn't exactly comfortable with so readily entering a cave with strangers. Not to mention he doesn't like being inside for too long. Electricity doesn't like to be grounded and neither does he. Still he saw a couple of the other wolves following them and heard the lava wolf would go if the Tenneth did. Then he saw Fox lead the wounded wolf and she was having trouble standing on her own. Summanus really didn't want to enter the cave he had a bad feeling in his gut if he did. Still watching the injured wolf being dragged made Summanus feel guilty, although he had absolutely nothing to do with them and him leaving wouldn't make them feel any different about him. He can do it he has done it before, after all he was used as a mercenary from time to time. A soldier of fortune, no true allegiances. He looked towards the wilderness then back at the others. His guilt however was rooted in what he has done to the Kita's people. He couldn't rectify the mistakes he's made but he could at least help her to the cave. Summanus pondered this before acting.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus

Summanus walked up to Alina as he slightly nudged her. "Come on now." "Please don't die on us." Summanus called out to her hoping she will live. Summanus could hear the sounds of other wolves as he watched Alina walked down into the cave. He wasn't sure what was going on but it didn't sound good. "Come on we should head back to the others, it's much safer back above ground." Summanus spoke trying to reason with the injured Kita wolf. So far it seemed to be a hopeless cause, Summanus may as well be talking to a wall. He wasn't quite sure what to do. He could heal her, he was no Aven. The best he could do is shock her to restart he heart if she goes under but that won't stop the bleeding. Not to mention if it was internal as well. Summanus then heard a voice from the other side. "Hey!" "Is everything alright down there?!" The voice belonged to the lava wolf Durandel whose voice was no longer slurred from the electrical shock. "No!" "Things don't look good from here!" "We need that Aven back down here!" Summanus called back. "Alright." Durandel called as he left.

Durandel

"Hey Fox." Durandel called towards the Aven. "The Borak says the Kita wolf isn't doing so well." "I heard you weren't much for healing but it sounds really bad." "Can't you do something?" Durandel asked. So far Durandel has had nothing but bad luck since leaving the mountains in search for food. He should have stayed and done the patrol he believed to be boring at times. He has no idea how those wolves on the front lines deal with this everyday.


Schemeko


Schemeko listened to Nova as he gave the layout of things before the sudden dust storm appeared all around them. Schemeko tried to see what Nova spoke about but the dust was too prevalent and surely it would harm his eyes if he opened them up to wide. Before he could respond to Nova he caught a glimpse of Mishaa about to fall. With out thinking Schemeko rushed towards where he last saw her and grasped he scruff with his mouth before she dropped out of his reach. Schemeko lifted her up and went back to Nova and placed her on the ground next to him. "Sorry about that!" Schemeko yelled. "I saw the pup about to meet her maker." "I had to save her, no one else could with the toxins on her fur." Schemeko spoke as he looked over to BattleDemon. "I don't know if I'm noticing this right but Warrior or BattleDemon isn't doing too good." "She looks conflicted while...unconscious." Schemeko spoke as he tried to find Cerise. "I can't see Cerise any where with out opening my eyes to wide!" "Do you think she got away?" Schemeko asked Nova.

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Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Rokunam Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Acheron Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Fox

Fox took a minute to ponder what was happening. They had followed the others into the dark gloomy cave and had mistakenly fallen into some kind of trap. The Alva they were following seemed to have left, and beyond the stone walls sounded like a real commotion. Fox's ears flicked toward Durandel as he suddenly spoke.

Her eyes slowly drifted on the ground before reaching Alinas body. Fox sighed as she continued to stare at the Kita's almost lifeless body lying in her own pool of blood. "Well...I guess I could try something..." She says before sitting down on the soft clay to think. After a few minutes she had an idea that has helped countless of Aven soldier during battle.

She stood up. "I do know one solution that has helped my people when they were facing death...But it will be a bit difficult to grow in such a narrow cave as such...That, and I've heard that such a strong medicine as this has took its toll on those who are willing to grow such a tree..." Fox pondered a bit longer. "I could try..." She says finally before stepping back a bit from the group.

If the cave did end up collapsing, they had a powerful Dimitrios to move the rubble aside if that were to happen. And as for Fox? Well, she was strong. Or so she hoped. These wolves could endure without her if she were to pass out and she could find her own way through the cave or out of the cave. As much as she hated to admit to herself, she would miss this very unlikely group of wolves if they ever were to part...

Fox snapped out of her thoughts and began to concentrate on the earth in front of her. She looked around her neck where a vine of some sort wrapped around. In its pods it held various seeds used for medicine, energy, or battle-like uses. She studied each pod until she came upon a golden brown pod that hung from the vine in the center of her neck. She cleared her throat. "I would advise that everyone step back..." Fox says with the usual emotionless expression. Carefully, she takes the pod in her maw and cracks it open. Immediately, a seed falls onto the ground.

The unimpressive thing had a dark brown cover and was the size of an adult wolfs nose. The Aven begins to concentrate a bit more carefully, infusing her powers into the seed and throughout the earth. Soon enough, roots tour from the brown cover, embedding themselves in the earth. Some reaching the other wolfs feet. This surprised the Aven making her loose her focus only for a second before regaining it back again. Quicker than what she had in mind, the seed had already sprouted and was already fanning out limbs. Its trunk reached to the top of the cave and stopped when it could grow no more. Its branches slowly began to dip toward the earth as leaves suddenly flourished among the branches. No sooner had the leaves appeared the fruit had too. One of the fruits already ripened and fell to the ground. Its hard shell cracked splitting the oval produce in two. Its redish-purple juices flooded the ground.

Fox just stood there. Everything was a bit fuzzy...Did she make it through it? "Uh...Er...I may not be an expert at what all of these things do..." She says referring to the pods on her neck. "But I do know that this...is a very...very sacred...fruit...Used to cure internal and...and...external...wounds." Immediately after she said this everything went black.

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Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus

Summanus notice that the new wolf coming from up the tunnel was lost in his own thoughts, otherwise he would have made some notion of aggression before coming so close to Summanus. Naturally he would be aggressive towards a newcomer as he had been with the green wolf before him. Yet, Summanus did keep an open mind about other wolves possibly passing him by and he intently looked for Schemeko's descriptions. While he tried to analyze this wolf, he already spoke.

"Well go on then. Throw me in the arena. Take me to her ladyship. Beat me. Just make it quick."

"Well I don't know what your talking about but I'll be happy to oblige unless you answer me this," Summanus paused, "Do you happen to be an Asui?" Summanus asked in a no-nonsense tone. He noticed the sandy-pelt and hopefully wished he would answer yes to his question, otherwise being this close to Alina he would have to use his sword to cut down his enemy.

Schemeko and Durandel

Schemeko noticed the small whimper from Mishaa was she was coming too. "It's alright." He mumbled as he continued to walk on. He hoped she would remain cooperative a little while longer as he knew he was about to reach the surface. Schemeko walked further up nearly reaching the exit as he saw the light at the end of the tunnel being blocked by a couple bodies. "Please don't shoot or whatever you can do." Schemeko jovially called as he placed Mishaa between his front paws to protect her.

Durandel turned around to notice a different wolf appear from the likes of the Kita or Borak. "Hm?" "Who are you!?" Durandel barked as he protective instincts kicked in.

"Oh I'm just a simple wolf who is of no consequence." Schemeko whimsically spoke.

"Then I guess no one will miss you!" Durandel aggressively replied.

"Wait Summanus said it was fine, let me come into the light." Schemeko quickly responded as he picked up Mishaa and to his surprise he would see a couple of familiar faces. Schemeko saw three wolves and two of them he recognized, the shadow wolf and the lava wolf. Placing Mishaa down before him he spoke, "Why your the Kamarian and Tenn- I mean Canicus from earlier." Schemeko spoke in a very relaxed tone. "You I don't remember." Schemeko commented as he looked towards Fox. "If I didn't know better I would say your were a fox." Schemeko playfully spoke.

"Oh I do remember you, your that rather odd Hemlock from before." Durandel spoke as he eased his pose. "Don't worry everybody this isn't an enemy." Durandel said relaying the message to the others.

"Ah I can see the exit, you won't believe the day I've had." Schemeko spoke lacking seriousness.

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Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus noted what Nova said. What he said made some sense as to why he was so defensive and covered in injuries but luckily Summanus had information as to which are friendly. Summanus watched Nova passed by as he then heard him call back to him.

I am sorry, but what did you call yourselves again?"

Summanus looked back at Nova, "We didn't." Summanus mentioned. "My name is Summanus." The Borak answered as he look towards Alina. "If you want I could introduce you." Summanus offered as he was unsure he should speak on her behalf. Already Summanus felt uncomfortable being around her now that's she gain consciousness. In fact Nova's warning actually gave Summanus incentive to leave this tunnel. He really didn't want to be in here in the first place and seeing wolves come from the other end, he didn't want to press his luck and meet an aggressive wolf.


Durandel

Durandel continued to hear voices coming from the other end and wondered if it was the Kita and Borak. If it was then the fruit must have worked. That's good to know if in any case they could be injured at least Fox has some way of healing. Of course that process did noticeably tire her. It would be wise not to rely on that. Durandel figured they were probably ready to move onward but before he moved he recognized another voice from the past. Wait a minute-is it? Durandel thought he heard another voice but was unsure of who it belonged to. Durandel began to wonder how many wolves were actually in these tunnels. Whoever it is he could hear them coming and when he can catch a glimpse of them he will tell who it is.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Cerise

Cerise continued to drag the Alva's limp body across the arena. It seemed as if the wolf was getting heavier and heavier. Cerise stopped a couple of times to cough up some dirt. The minute she had dragged BattleDemon lasted for what felt like an hour. Everything was just happening to sudden. Cerise stopped moving completely. Exhausted from the attempts. Some voices could be heard in her head, or so she thought. They were angrily shouting harsh things at her. Cerise however, did not fret and instead pondered on why she was having these voices. Most sounded like her friends and family while the other sounded much like SkyDancer and another wolf she had never even seen before. Maybe it was from stress? Sleep deprivation? Whatever it was, it made the Avira frustrated. Cerise snarls and with one flap of her wings, the sand suddenly settles. A moment of relief passed upon the she-wolf but it quickly vanished when she realized what she had done. In one swift movement, Cerise took BattleDemons scruff and frantically scratching at the bear cage doors. Eventually, she used a powerful gust of wind to open the doors. Cerise runs in, dragging Battle behind her, before closing the doors.

She stops for a second longer to catch her breath. Eyes scanning the environment around her, she carefully takes Battles scruff and moves on through the tunnel. After what seemed like a long time, voices pierced the silence. She instantly walked over toward the nearest cave and peered over the side.

Mydnyte

Mydnyte fiddled with his tail in the boredom that was being with this group. But as time passed things started to unfold. The Kita wolf wasn't doing so well and then all of a sudden the Fox wolf planted a tree inside the cave with some amazing smelling fruit. Mydnyte licked his lips but restrained from eating since it could be for the seriously injured. Mydnyte watched as a...Hemlock! Yes, Hemlock wolf came out of the shadows. He did look familiar but for now, he wanted to be left alone. Another wolf came. An Ausi and was able to pass through the tunnel. Mydnyte sighs and follows Durandel deeper into the cave. Curiosity flowing through his mind at the wolf who seemed to be interested in something in the back of the cave. His red eyes flicker for a moment before he snarls at a movement near the cave wall.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus & Durandel

Summanus noticed the snarling coming from behind and looked over to see a face by the cave wall. Summanus took a defensive stance ready to strike. While he wishes to use lightning being in such a enclosed area it would be like a double-edged sword. "I don't know who you are but reveal yourself otherwise you won't live much longer." Summanus warned as he heard a voice from behind.

"Cerise?"

The voice belonged to Nova and immediately Summanus perked his ears up. "Cerise?" "Your Cerise?" Summanus asked toward the figure as if he knew her. Summanus then saw a body lying next to her and was worried this was an ambush. "Who's that behind you!?" Summanus barked as he saw BattleDemon's body.

Durandel followed Mydnyte to encounter yet another familiar face. "So it wasn't just the Hemlock, your here too." "So uh where's the others?" "The...um...Avira?" Durandel asked as he noticed Mydnyte growling. As if instinctively Durandel growled too sending a warning towards the cave wall. Then he heard Nova speak up. He said Cerise and that brought back a memory. "Wait, wasn't that the name of the Avira?" Durandel mumbled to himself. He heard Summanus speak and when his tone changed Durandel feared the worse. "We better be ready for a fight." Durandel suggested as he began a low growl.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus & Durandel

Summanus was relieved to know that the wolves here are friendly but judging by their injuries they're in bad shape. Summanus heard the plea and was about to say to Cerise he was unsure of what to do until Alina surprisingly stood up. He didn't expect the fruit to work so quickly and effectively. No wonder the Aven are considered the greatest healers of Nigerius. Even more surprising was Alina's forcefulness with BattleDemon as she took it upon herself to shove the fruit down the wolf's throat. Obviously she wasn't going to play the pity role and is determined to help BattleDemon whether she wanted it or not. Then BattleDemon stirred and shook Alina to the side and spat out bits of the fruit. He didn't know why she was being so defiant to being assisted but Summanus spoke up. "I don't know what you've been through and what you have done but Alina was only trying to help." Summanus spoke with seriousness in his voice. "There is no need to be so aggressive with someone who just wants to help." "She obviously cares about you and your friend cares about you too but how come you don't care about yourself?" Summanus asked. Although he asked the question, Summanus already knew the answer. He understands what it's like to never be cared for, that one has to suffice with being alone just to survive. If one were to know Summanus' background he would be what you call a Lone Wolf, but even then that's just a romanticized term. What he really is, is a stray. A wolf without a pack, without a family, and without a home. A wander forced to live on his own and trust no one but oneself. He wasn't sure if BattleDemon is a stray herself but she must have been forced to only rely on herself and no one else. Summanus sighed and turned away. "Your right Nova, being down here isn't healthy," Summanus paused, "I'm going for some fresh air." Summanus said as he moved outside of the cave.

Durandel looked at BattleDemon struggling with Alina. It would seem crazy not to receive health but sometimes wolves do wish to die. It mainly has to do with honor for the wolf as if the wolf was disgraced in battle or some other reason. Sometimes a wolfs greatest treasure is their pride and if that is decimated before them, many do not wish to go on living. It's a warrior's pride and a warrior without pride is not a warrior at all. Durandel can see this wolf has been through hell and back and now wishes to rest in solitude, preparing for that final journey. The only thing keeper her here he supposes are her friend's determination. These wolves are surprisingly sentimental and do not wish to see their friend give up, it's moving to say the least. Durandel saw that all of the wolves, with the exception of Schemeko, came from out of this tunnel with many wounds and he heard the attackers could be following them. Not hesitating Durandel looked at Nova. "Asui, you said there are unfriendly wolves down there, tell me is there a chance they could have followed your group?" Durandel asked. "And they are the ones who injured you correct?" Durandel said as he looked down the tunnel intently and then back to Nova awaiting his answers.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Drais Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Kaveh Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: No Name Character Portrait: Tiberius Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus

Summanus watched as the events unfolded. He looked at the Strigoi who appeared from out of the brush. He liked his chops and spoke rather casually as he gave the wolves present an ultimatum. Summanus had no intention of willingly being led away but the response from BattleDemon made him reconsider. It is true, the pups would surely be harmed if it came down to open fighting. Summanus couldn't help but bear guilt if they were harmed. Summanus shot a glare at the Strigoi and then sighed. "I too shall submit only if the pups are spared from whatever fate, you and your masters have in mind for us." Summanus spoke as he brought his muzzle away from the hilt of the blade.

Durandel

Durandel growled at Kaveh and the Borack. Defiance was apparent in his eyes and he showed no signs of coming along quietly. Durandel is a Canicus, a proud wolf from the packs of fire and heat. Neither he nor a Tenneth would ever go down quietly, it isn't in their nature. Durandel would rather being beaten and killed than become some sort of slave. He heard the ultimatum brought forth by the Kamarian, he could hear the superiority in his voice, obviously this Kamarian is rather high up in the pecking order of the shadow packs. He heard the retort from Nova and Durandel snorted in concurrence.

Schemeko

Schemeko noticed these other wolves converging upon the others but surprisingly he was left out of the equation. Summanus and Battle were down by the river facing an enemy wolf, a Kamarian and a Borack were targeting Nova, Cerise, and the Canicus, and finally a Hemlock and some sort of wolf he hadn't seen before entered the cave. Schemeko could easily sneak away and allow the others to deal with the enemy while he escaped. Which he would have in such an intense situation but something didn't seem right to him. They have revealed themselves but instead of attacking they are talking. Schemeko easily overheard from within the cave that they do not wish to fight them, but if they do they would not only threaten their person, but also their powers? Does he mean their natural elemental abilities? This greatly intrigued Schemeko, normally he would slink away unnoticed but his curiosity was getting the best of him. He would love to observe this ability to take away another wolf's powers. Perhaps, even he could discover how to take such a power for himself if he decided to give himself up. This plan is rather risky, as he may end up having his own abilities disappear but the reward...could be so much greater. Pondering this, Schemeko revealed himself to the wolves from within the cave and spoke, "Well you got us!" Schemeko spoke in a whimsical manner. "I have no desire to fight myself, I find fighting a rather nasty business wouldn't you say?" Schemeko lightly spoke.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Drais Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Kaveh Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: No Name Character Portrait: Tiberius Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus

Summanus gave a low growl at the Strigoi who dared to chain him up. Defiance was clear in his eyes but the situation called for him to be smarter but...in a way...this is punishment for what he has done. Being captured and chained like this reminded him of the Kitas that were so ruthlessly chained by Shimmer Doom's wolves. He had helped such a ruthless tyrant effectively occupy another pack's territory. Doom herself would say this was in the Borack Alpha's best interest but really she wanted to use of the Kita's light-speed. Using them to fly her forces across Nigerius on a wild goose chase for her father. While she had not told the Alpha of her intentions she made it rather apparent to those who were under her command. Those Boracks of course went with it, any thing to show off the pride of the Boracks was more than enough incentive to do such dastardly things. Now here he was a wanderer, a mercenary for hire, someone who has no business being here. Summanus should have wandered off, why should he get involved. Summanus felt regret in his desicion, he is a loner and that was for the best. Now he has to care about the lives of others because he knows it isn't right to let these wolves die here today. The only reason why he did help Shimmer Doom is because she promised not to harm them, she only wanted them for their abilities. Summanus felt sure that she wouldn't kill them but she did threaten them with the life of the Alpha's pup if the Kitas became unruly. Summanus also felt that agreeing to this was repentance for placing such a young one in danger, at least these pups will not be in chains as well.

The Strigoi was wise to chain him up to BattleDemon, even if Summanus tried to escape the electrical current would kill the she-wolf in the process. As of now Summanus weakened the current into a low wattage, the worse anyone would feel would be a static shock.

Schemeko

Schemeko merely chuckled at the bumbling attempts by the long-eared wolf to chain Schemeko. He noticed the poor job he did in covering his fur, he should have let the other Hemlock do his job. At least now Schemeko has some leverage on an escape plan, not to mention being chained to these other wolves. If he could escape perhaps it could work out in their favor as well. Having a Kamarian and an Aven could be useful but Schemeko must see this great power they talked about. He wondered if it will be at the place they are going to bring them too. He hoped that what they said wasn't a lie to intimidate or in Schemeko's case lure into being captured. "Well then my mismatched captors, take me to your leader." Schemeko chuckled as he gave a wily grin.

Durandel

Durandel watched the others being chained as he saw Nova and Cerise being wrapped by the metallic material. Durandel gave a growl as he spoke. "Hmph!" "Try and chain me up, I will not give so easily." Durandel scoffed at the two wolves. "You two will burn before you touch me!" Durandel threatened the two.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Drais Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Kaveh Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: No Name Character Portrait: Tiberius Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus and Schemeko

Summanus saw Drais take the pups and leave and gave a sigh of relief. As he turned his attention back to the Strigoi Al inaappeared and knocked him back. She spoke words of encouragement, something to boost morale and such. She and the pup are both correct but forces outside of Summanus' control is what is forcing him to surrender. Summanus hadn't given up on life, at least not yet, he often thought of disappearing from this world. What would Nigerius need another stray for? Still being with these wolves have given him a new reason to remain or at least this war has. Summanus isn't a war monger but if this conflict were to end, then the wolves in need of some extra assistance would diminish. No mercenary jobs, no contracts, no chores...nothing. Summanus though would fight against the tyrants that seek to oppress him now if it weren't for the others. Summanus isn't injured or tired like the rest of the wolves here but that's the problem most of them were. Summanus isn't a weakling but even he can't handle a multitude of enemies. He could kill the Strigoi but then one of his associates would back him up and Summanus would have very little back up. BattleDemon was here but she is in a worse shape, not fit for any combat. There was Alina but despite her boldheartedness she isn't a match for the wolves present. He knows Kitas aren't warriors like most of the packs are. Case in point, When Shimmer Doom invaded the Sakura Ruins the Kitas there submitted as soon as Doom showed hostilities. He was there, he saw how the entire pack lost their liberty as soon as a militaristic group like Doom's Boracks appeared. They didn't have the heart to shed blood while Doom had no trouble shedding there's.

The others that came with BattleDemon were no worse for wear, except maybe the Hemlock. He didn't trust the Hemlock to secure anything so all he had to rely on was Mydnyte, Fox, and Durandel. Considering the numbers game they are outnumbered able wolf for able wolf. Summanus was dragged along with Battle as they met the rest of the group. As he figured the other able body wolves were quickly secured, except for Durandel and Alina, which also isn't a surprise to him. Durandel is just as bold and foolhardy like Alina is.

Schemeko watched as Alina dove in. Foolish she-wolf! She's going to get us all killed. Schemeko snickered to himself. Schemeko watched as the leader apparent pushed Alina close to Durandel as he told his lackeys to drag us away. Schemeko for one was excited, he hoped to see this power for himself and he assumed he would see it at wherever they are taking them too. A name was thrown out there, "Rashid" he had heard of someone with that name but it was merely a rumor, a tall tale to scare pups at night, well at least he thought it was. Schemeko was dragged off with the others through the brush as he tried to overhear what the Kamarian was going to do with the lava wolf and the light wolf. They were making a considerable pace and it was hard to hear what was going on but he caught the first words the Kamarian spoke,

"The Aonghus Crystals. Forged from the very prison we are taking you to now..."

Schemeko had never heard of an Aonghus Crystal but it sounded interesting. Schemeko wished to hear more but they were being dragged too far out of earshot. They only thing he noticed were strange lights followed by an electrical storm. Not fully aware of the details he assumed the red was from Durandel and he was fighting the Borack, who probably killed them both. Schemeko turned his attention forward as he saw their captors dragging them towards the mountains.


Durandel

Durandel growled at Kaveh when he had the Hemlock bit Fox. "You think your going to get away with this!?" Durandel barked. "Your arrogance betrays you!" Durandel shouted as he prepared to attack but before he could a Deon appeared. The metal wolf stood menacingly clad in armor. "Heh, you think that armor will protect you!?" "We Canicus have melted through your kind's defenses before!" Durandel stopped short of a breath as he saw an eerie glow come from it's mouth. Kaveh explained to them what it was and Durandel could hardly believe it. "Are you mad!?" "There is no such crystal!" Durandel argued but the red was coming close and Durandel made a few steps back. He wasn't sure what the hell this was but before he could do anything the Borack created an electrical dome. It was closing in and Kaveh presented them an ultimatum, submit or die. It isn't in a Cancius' pride to submit, die with with the flame still burning in your heart as the saying goes. To go out in a Blaze of Glory, is the dream for any warrior not just the Fire Packs. Yet, he worried about Alina. While Durandel would proudly die a free wolf he didn't wish for the Kita to share the same fate. Durandel looked over to her and ask, "What do you wish?" If her answer is submission then he will submit with her but if she chooses not to, then Durandel would stand by her in the end, defiance still in his eyes before he fades.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Kaveh Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Summanus

Summanus noticed BattleDemon growling at him and he wasn't sure why but he assumed it was their quick movements. He knew these wolves are injured and wouldn't be able to keep up with someone as healthy as Summanus. Naturally he would have slow down to be courteous but their captors wouldn't allow it. At this point they must be dragging them along. Summanus looked over to her and spoke, "I apologize for the rush but I would slow down if it weren't for our captors." Summanus spoke. Summanus looked at the she-wolf and saw that she was staring down at the ground. There was nothing there but dirt and her shadow. He wondered why she was staring so intently at her shadow. Summanus didn't see anything out of the ordinary and decided to keep on walking.

Durandel

Durandel was pushed along with Alina as they made the cover ground quickly. They wanted them there by morning as he saw the night creep around them. It will be dark soon and Durandel was a bit worried that some of the others wouldn't make it. He has seen once before if an injured wolf pushed himself further, they end up worse than they once was. Durandel's face was apparent with discomfort and anger. Anyone who saw him, would know he absolutely is hating every second of this. It's a wonder why he hasn't exploded just yet. Durandel did his best to keep his outrage in check as he knew they would have to reach Rashid before anything can be done.

Schemeko

Schemeko has been unusually quiet, except for the occasional chuckle. No Schemeko was deep in thought at them moment as he walked along etching closer to their destination. Schemeko was actually eager to meet this Rashid and find out more about the crystals. Thoughts twist and turned in his mind as they approached closer, thinking of their first meeting with this wolf. Schemeko couldn't wait.

The setting changes from nigerius-lands to Rashids Prison

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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The chill of the cave was nothing that Nova couldn't handle, it was the moisture. Every single surface capable of holding dew was doing so, and the dampness seemed to sink into his fur. Coupled with the smell of must and blood and the eerie sounds that only a cave could make, the whole experience was thoroughly more unpleasant than it had been at SkyDancer's. At least she put up a facade of kindness that they could exploit for a while. And while it was plain here that Rashid didn't care for pleasantries, their situation is no less unclear than it had been in their previous cave encounter.

One thing Nova certainly couldn't figure out was why they were all placed in one cage. There were, after all, many vacant cages lining the walls of the cave in plain sight, so why didn't they go through the effort of splitting them up? Having such a diverse portfolio of talents and ideas in one place seemed like a recipe for disaster on Rashid's part, unless of course their captor was planning on executing his plans for them immediately. Would it hurt when his element was forcibly ripped from his soul?

"If we are going to try something, shouldn't we do it now while we all still have some semblance of strength?" Nova muttered quietly. He knew it was a shallow suggestions, as he had no idea what that something was that they should try. At least if they did manage to escape, they should only have a eighty five percent casualties. Probably the best chance they would ever have.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Rashid (Brain Washer) Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Nova wondered if it would be a good idea to trip BattleDemon. Perhaps her fury would result in a much quicker death than what Rashid had planned for him. His little pitch about his cave did nothing to help Nova's perception of him, he didn't like predators who toyed with their prey.

Nova wondered what it would be like when he was brainwashed. He had once hear a story of a she wolf whose lover tried to hypnotize her to get her to fall in love with him. Knowing of the lover's treachery, the she wolf's brother gave her a magical stone that, so long as she kept it in her mouth, she would not loose herself to this wolf. Whenever the lover came to court her, the she wolf would frantically suck on the stone. As disgusting as it tasted, she failed to fall under his spell, and yet pretended to be deeply enamored by him. When the moment of truth came for the couple, the she wolf revealed the lover's treachery, and he was banished from the pack. When asking about the magical properties of the rock to her brother, the brother in turn confessed that the stone was nothing more than a mere river rock that he had happened upon. It was her belief that it was magical was what made it so. It had simply been enough of a distraction that the allure of the lovers eyes and the charm of his voice could not break her mental defenses. It was her faith and hope that liberated her.

It was a lovely story, no doubt. But in stories the ending was always happy, and the hero stayed free. Nova knew his life was no fantasy, it had no rainbows at the end of every trail, no light at the end of the tunnel. Ever since he had left home, his life had been stuck in a mire, slogging through darkness eternally, with no hope of salvation. He was no hero.

Obviously cheered up by these thoughts, Nova though he might as well hurry their jailor along in his deliberation. Curtly speaking, Nova said "If we are as tired and annoyed as you say we are, you would know that we despise any word that comes from your mouth that is unproductive. Please save your pleasantries until after we are happily enslaved."

The setting changes from rashids-prison to Nigerius lands

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: Mydnyte Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Rashid (Brain Washer) Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Schemeko

Schemeko listened intently on what Rashid spoke of. These crystals exceeded his own expectations. Judging by what he said they really are worth something! Perhaps he could persuade Rashid to part with his precious crystals. Schemeko tried to devise a plot to obtain Rashid's trust and posses as crystal. From what he gathered Rashid is very egotistical which works grandly for Schemeko. He's good at persuading others who are a lot more stoic and stubborn but his ego would prove to be his undoing. Schemeko's best plan of attack would be to keep on feeding that ego, to complement and appease him in any way. Eventually he could see him as a potential ally and from there all he would have to do is show some loyalty. What could he do to prove himself however? He could be made to defeat one of his "friends" in the games Rashid proposed, that could be easy enough. Perhaps he would like him to take the life of another or be willing to submit himself to brain washing if he turns traitorous? Many ideas but they were interrupted when Alina called out to him.

"Hm?" Schemeko's ears perked up as he walked over to her. "You called?" "Hm?" Schemeko melodiously spoke. "What's on your mind?" Schemeko asked as he was some what curious to hear what she had planned.

Summanus and Durandel

Summanus really had no intention of joining any game. He wasn't going to be instrumental to a mad wolf's entertainment. If he wants a fight he could come inside this cage, Summanus is certain anyone of these wolves would take him on. Still he did offer them away out. If they do participate they could be let free. Summanus contemplated a moment. While he is healthy and be one of the few to succeed besides those that were with him above ground. He did worry about the others. Like Nova, Cerise, and BattleDemon. They were in no shape to compete and one can call it foolishness but it wouldn't seem right to beat the weak. Perhaps if Summanus paired with one of them he will concede and allow them freedom.

Durandel was obviously outraged with this situation. "HOW DARE HE!?" "MAKE US FIGHT LIKE, LIKE, SLAVES!?" "BRING HIM TO ME!" "I'LL SHOW'EM A BATTLE!" Durandel barked but his anger would do little good. Summanus spoke up. "Please Durandel do not get so flustered, you could burn us all if your not careful." "YEAH BUT-!" Durandel huffed and puffed but brought his temper down but he still paced. "We have to get out of here and I'll be damned if it is through any of you." "I'd rather burn myself before anyone else!" Even though he knows you can't exactly burn a Canicus.

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Tiberius Character Portrait: Mishaa Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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Well Nova was certainly disappointed to find out that their current captor is just as insane as their last one. This Rashid seems, to simply be SkyDancer with a gender switch, though perhaps with a little less direct hatred for BattleDemon. As he thought, he watched BattleDemon in her own cage across the way, wondering what he would have to do to get his own private cage.

As Nova listened patiently to the reactions of others, namely the rather verbose reply of Durandel, Nova did a little bit of mirror gazing to check his own situation. Physically, he was dog tired and wounded. However, this "Elemental Battles" as it were called, was promised to be without physical violence, which meant he could rely on his more proficient mental strength, even if his mind was overdue for sleep. Nova wondered what exactly Rashid had meant when he had said "entertaining". Did he expect them to run around and tell jokes and pull gags? Or was his form of entertainment more in the realm of SkyDancers, namely the more blood, the better?

As mad as the idea was, Nova knew that this would be one of his only chances to escape this hole in the grand, granted that Rashid would keep his word. If he did, he could probably pull himself over to the nearest Ausi outpost and alert the troops. That was only a couple a klicks away, for Nova did know where he was on the mountain. There was only one thing that stood in his way, however. He would have to fight one of his companions. Companions. Did it make it easier for him to call them that? Probably. He doubted most of them thought of him as a friend. More like a depressed introvert of a spy who in his current state could not pull his own weight. Maybe that would ease their conscious when they tried to fight him. Right before they received a rain of ice shards.

"So Cerise. This may be our last trial before one of us finally gets to go home." Nova mumbled whimsically to the Avira sitting nearby.

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Tiberius splashed about in the river. It felt good to have water in his fur again, even if had been just minutes before that he had been hiding in its depths. The young Arlyne grinned as he watched fun little specks of water released from the main body create fabulous miniature light shows with the sunlight they refracted. They were like little drops of rainbow. How could anyone not be happy around water, he wondered.

As he waited for Feathers to catch up, Tiberius decided to a bit of fishing for himself. It was a bit like hunting on land with Drais, only the movements had to be quicker and everything now moved in three dimensions. The most common frustration for younger Arlynes is that they don't realize that their prey can also escape by swimming up and down, as well as the usual forward and back and left and right.

Spotting a rather large trout, Tiberius locked up his movements. As stiff as a board, Tiberius allowed the river current to carry him beneath the waves until he was directly above the fish. Luck would not be on his side today, however, and he missed the slippery critter completely. Frustrated, Tiberius swam to the opposite bank than he came in on to get his bearings straight.

The setting changes from nigerius-lands to Rashids Prison

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Character Portrait: Cerise Character Portrait: Nova Character Portrait: BattleDemon Character Portrait: Durandel Character Portrait: Summanus Character Portrait: Schemeko Character Portrait: Alina Character Portrait: Fox

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"Well, I must admit I think this whole idea that we have a choice in the matter is a ruse. Sooner or later we will all end up playing Rashid's little game" Nova explained, the words dripping with gloom. He had meant to address Cerise, but he realized that they really did apply to everyone. In fact the whole reason that Rashid was giving them a choice was probably so that he could watch them stew for a little bit, simmering from an even longer period of sleep deprivation and nerves rubbed raw.

Although for whatever reason he felt fairly confident that Rashid would keep his word about letting the survivors live, Nova realized that such an offer was so open to interpretation. Although the Ausi had been hoping that that meant the survivors would be released unmolested from the captivity, that could simply mean that he would let them live as slaves under his control. And how many survivors did Rashid expect to have? Half of them, as winners of one time duels? Or only one of them, as a winner of an entire tournament? Would Nova have to systematically kill all of his companions, and make it entertaining at that, all for a remote chance at once again regaining his liberty? That thought, as well as a gnawing hunger, made him want to chew his own paw off.