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Aysu

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a character in “The Hunters and the Hunted”, as played by stealthpanther

Description

Name:
Aysu

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'Mermaid' by YummyKitty of Deviantart

Age:
Looks about 23

Sex:
Female

Species:
Mermaid

Skills:
enchanting song -like most merfolk, she can entice and hypnotize someone with a mermaid's haunting melody
poisonous bite

Strengths:
Fast
excellent eyesight
quick study

Weaknesses:
bold curiousity
impulsive
has no idea how to use her legs if she comes on land, though she's tried


Likes
Humans
Learning
Seals
Shiny things
Sunlight
Exploring
Sunbathing


Dislikes:
Fishing hooks (fishers in general, but especially hooks)
Sharks
Humans disturbing sea life (eg throwing rocks, harassing, blatant littering)
Sea urchins
Storms
Icy cold oceans/habitats
Being alone

Fears:
Getting caught in a fisherman's net/on a hook
Being hunted
Being completely alone

Hobbies:
Watching/studying humans
Singing
Following boats
Playing with other sea mammals
Trying to learn human speech

Personality:
Generally docile, Aysu is curious and playful by nature. She likes to explore and learn things, especially thrilled by anything relating to humans. She only reacts in aggression when feeling directly threatened, or if she sees fishing equipment. While a bit naive and impulsive, she is a quick study and is quick to defend anything she cares about.

Background:
Living in isolation from humans, Aysu has come to find them intriguing. She is not fully aware of how dangerous they, or others, can be to her, only familiar with her watery home. Fellow merfolk have warned her to be wary of anything on the surface. She is reluctant to believe fellow merfolk, particularly since very few have even seen a human, much less watched them. In spite of everything, humans fascinate her, and so she spends much of her time studying them. She hasn't directly approached one yet, but she relishes the thought of someday meeting one and finding out what they are like.

So begins...

Aysu's Story

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A school of kahawai were unaware of being watched with a hungry gaze, the group swimming along the coast of the bay without care. Their blissful ignorance was short lived, a sudden dart of movement and blue shimmer passing by before two of the larger fish were snatched up. One fish was already in a set of powerful jaws, the other clutched in a tight grip from deceptively gentle looking hands.

The creature smiled in content as she munched away on her dinner, quickly finishing the first before biting into the second kahawai with relish. She finished off two other fish before deciding she was full, watching as the school in question swam away in a nervous flurry. The fish would become complacent in mere minutes again, living the life of simple prey.

Swimming to the surface and peeking her head out of the water, the young woman glanced around for a moment, relaxing upon seeing nothing unusual in the bay. No small vessels were out on the water, and the towns were far enough away to not be of undue concern, but not so foreign as to not show a soft glow of light in the distance. Forests and mountains dotted the landscape before the land sloped down and eventually met the shore of Golden Bay.

Approaching the beach of Golden Bay, the unusual creature made her way to a large rock protruding from the water, deciding this was a good perch for the time being. As she hoisted herself up, she revealed a shimmering, iridescent blue tail starting from her waist. Blue scales dotted her torso and covered her chest, and blue hair contrasted with her pale skin. The mermaid watched in fascination as her tail slowly began to morph into human limbs, the only sign of her tail having existed manifesting in lingering scales spotted along her skin.

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Stretching the strange, fascinating appendages that had only moments before been her tail, the mermaid smiled. She swung her legs over the side of her rock, watching them dangle just out of the water with apparent delight. If only she could learn how to use them properly! Excitement bubbled inside as she thought of learning how to utilize her limbs. What if a human could teach her?! It would certainly be as fine a way as any to interact with one and study them up close.

Pleased with herself for coming up with the idea of getting a human to show her how they traveled the land, the mermaid let out a happy trill, kicking in excitement and nearly falling off her rock. She steadied herself quickly, not wanting to shift back just yet. Her smile faded a moment as she took into account the lack of any humans around. She couldn't very well go looking for one, so perhaps luring one to her would have to do. Hopefully humans had good hearing.

Straightening and facing the shore, the mermaid smiled again, all too happy to sing. Imagine her, trying to sing to entice a human for the first time! She was excited, never yet using her song for anything other than her own satisfaction and to show off to other merfolk from time to time. Parting her lips, she let out a soft melody. It was smooth as silk, sweet as honey, and sounded akin to a lullaby. She grew louder, getting into it, always delighted to sing, whether when alone or with her fellow creatures of the sea. The sweet tune was almost haunting, her clear soprano voice carrying itself into the air, birds pausing as well as they heard it.

The setting changes from the-wilderness to The Common Ground

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Character Portrait: Shaylee Character Portrait: Alistair de Soirs Character Portrait: Aysu

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Alistair de Soirs

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Alistair almost giggled as a warm sensation ran all over his body. Shaylee was summoning some cool magic thing to keep them warm and, to Alistair, a creature who never really felt warmth, it kind of tickled. “There,” the faery said after she finished her spell, “I am not sure if your species even feels cold, but I thought I would cover you all the same. Shall we?” Alistair nodded in affirmation.

As the snow beneath both the supernatural’s feet gave way to the layer of warmth that surrounded them, the two made their way past the leaves and shrubs and into a very small clearing where, past a wall of trees, one could see the outlines of a little town. It was night, so little lights from the far off town twinkled in the darkness. But in the ditstance, Alistair could see that the darkness wouldn’t stay for long as daylight was gradually approaching.

“This is it,” said Shaylee, “What is it you would like to see?”

Scanning the land from left to right, the vampire could see the wilderness curving around a large bay. To the left was the town, in the middle was the bay, and to the left was a skinny strip of land sticking out into the vast Tasman Sea. Alistair smiled. This place was perfect.

But before Alistair could decide where he would want to go, he felt something tickling the small, vibrating hairs in his ear. It was the faintest sound to those with normal hearing, but to the vampire he could hear it quite clearly. It was far away, possibly somewhere in the bay, but Alistair’s ears could detect that it was coming from an area somewhat straight ahead. He began walking towards it, motioning for Shaylee to come with.

“Do you hear that?” said the vampire, “Because I do. It's the oddest thing. Do you think we could go check it out? I think it’s coming from somewhere within the bay.”

Alistair waited for the faery's response and afterwards prepared to begin running when he remembered that not all creatures had the same speed as him. He turned around, and looked at Shaylee, “I’m not sure if you have superhuman speed too, but I think I’m going to go run over there as fast as I can and see what that noise is." he said, "If you can’t keep up and think we might get separated, I can bring it down to a light jog. Otherwise, is it cool if I just meet you over there instead?”

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Character Portrait: Shaylee Character Portrait: Marissa Newton Character Portrait: Alistair de Soirs Character Portrait: Adonael Iaoth Character Portrait: Aysu

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Adonael stared at the girl, getting no response from her. He sighed, wishing that she would answer him, but since she didn't, he decided that she was probably ignoring him on purpose. Suddenly, he heard a strange singing type noise. It was beautiful but still sounded strange in a way. He could hear it clear and plain but was unsure if the girl could. "Do you hear that?" he asked her, assuming he wouldn't get a reply. "I'm going to check it out. Follow if you wish, though I will not force you to." With that, he spread his wings quickly and took off, soaring toward the sound.

High above the ground, he could see almost everything. He could see a small town, a bay, and the rest of the wilderness that stretched out for what seemed like forever. He tuned his hearing into the melodic tune he was searching for and pin pointed it near the bay. He looked down around the wilderness and saw what looked like two people, but they looked odd, covered in a warm, glowing blanket of light. "Shaylee?" he muttered questioningly to himself. He swooped down to the figures, and as he got closer, he could tell who the figures were. "Shaylee," he said, folding his wings against his back after he'd landed. "Can you hear that? That singing sound?" He looked to her for answers, unsure if she could hear it or not.

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Character Portrait: Shaylee Character Portrait: Alistair de Soirs Character Portrait: Adonael Iaoth Character Portrait: Aysu

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Shaylee
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Shaylee looked up as Alistair spoke. His head was cocked as if he was hearing something peculiar but her ears were not picking up anything other than the whistling wind. He ran off and she jetted through the gusts of snow after him. He came to a sudden halt and if it wasn't for her natural faery grace, she would have collided right into him. "If you can’t keep up and think we might get separated, I can bring it down to a light jog. Otherwise, is it cool if I just meet you over there instead?”

"I do not hear anything, so it would probably be best for you to go on without me. Your lightning speed and my wings cannot compete," she says with a chuckle. Suddenly, she feels a gush of air next to her and a pair of large black wings on the back of a boy with purple hair land there. She smiles from ear to ear in pure happiness and turns towards Adonael.

"Adonael, it's good to see you," she says. He looks at the two of them, his head cocked the same peculiar way as Alsitair's had been, and asks, "Can you hear that? That singing sound?" Shaylee looks to Alistair before sighing and shaking her head. "Alistair has been following it, but I wouldn't know it was there except for the trees. They are swaying in a way and telling me to listen to the voice. They say it is a beautiful girl that is singing on a coastal rock. But, the beach is many miles from here. It would be best if we rested for the night seeing how it is almost pitch dark, and then went to the beach later tomorrow afternoon to find the girl."

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Character Portrait: Shaylee Character Portrait: Alistair de Soirs Character Portrait: Adonael Iaoth Character Portrait: Aysu

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Alistair de Soirs

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With Adonael and Shaylee agreeing to the plan, Alistair said goodbye for the night. He would regroup with the two the following morning.

As the angel and the faery settled down to rest for the night, Alistair began making his way towards the sound of the girl's voice. From what he could hear, the voice was projecting somewhere near the bay, and it was singing some beautiful and charming melody. If the vampire was not such a curious specimen, he would have been driven by the sheer beauty of the melody alone. But perhaps the mesmerizing effect of the voice wasn't something he was willing to admit to having. So he decided to blame it, instead, on his natural inclination for inquiry.

Before Alistair knew it, the bay was in sight. He had been running at superhuman speed for quite a while now, but for some reason didn't realize where he his feet were taken him until he finally came within mere feet of the mermaid. "Mermaid?" Alistair said in his head. What an odd forest he must be in to shelter not only vampires, faeries, and angels, but mermaids too. The confused immortal stopped running, his feet now planted in the beach's fine sand. If it was that what he saw in front of him indeed was a mermaid, he had better make sure he didn't fall victim to any of the traps mermaids were known for having. His childhood education included many tales about mermaids, and they all included a brave sailor who was mysteriously lost at sea...

"Hello," said the vampire cautiously. He made sure to keep watch of his feet, as he didn't want them to go wandering towards the mermaid while his conscious wasn't aware of it. As he inspected the mermaid, noting all the little details that brought to life the creature that had once only been in fantastical drawings, the vampire couldn't help but walk nearer--utterly drawn towards the incredible realization of the mermaid's presence. Now that Alistair was off the frost-covered ground of the mountains, he could feel his feet liven with a certain warmth and comfort. He could also feel those feet move closer towards the mermaid, eager to bring the rest of him closer to the magical creature.

The setting changes from the-common-ground to New Zealand

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Character Portrait: Alistair de Soirs Character Portrait: Aysu

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Lost in her music, the mermaid relaxed despite her exposure and her still useless limbs. Singing cheered her considerably, and were she not of mermaid origin, she herself would be easily drawn in by a sirens song, only to become lost in the tides. Making herself comfortable as possible upon the rock poking out from the sand and three feet of water, Aysu vaguely wondered if any humans would come. She had never yet used her song to entice. Perhaps it only worked when she was in the water? Her family and friends always followed ships and sang if they were inclined to prey upon unsuspecting humans.

The mermaid prepared to slip off her temporary perch when a sound caught her ears, making her freeze and turn towards the direction of the woods. With surprising speed, a figure approached her bay, excitement and trepidation bubbling rapidly inside her mind and gut. The singing ceased, the mermaid appraising her visitor for mere seconds before he spoke, his tone sounding anything but threatening.

Relaxing her shoulders, the mermaid let out a cheerful trill, recognizing at least that word, hearing humans use it all the time. She presumed it must be a greeting, or at least something good, as sometimes it was all she heard humans say to each other when she was close enough to hear the mortals. Smiling at the stranger, Aysu repeated the greeting bck to him.

"H-Hello!" she chimed in a soft, sing song voice, eyes riveted to the admittedly pale human. Strange, from boats they at least seemed bigger and darker. Deeming this a minor detail, the mermaid tried to stand, knowing with the human limbs she was at a severe disadvantage, even if she did figure out how to use them. She kept her eyes on the moving human coming towards her. An attempt to straighten herself and try to look at least more in control of herself and the situation, the sea creature yelped softly, losing her balance as well as her pride as she slipped, falling into the shallow water housing her rock.

"Kiiii!" she squeaked, trying to right herself on unfamiliar human legs as they began to shift back into her natural form.