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The Dolrion Woods

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a part of The Multiverse, by Remæus.

It is rumored that a lot of supernatural phenomenon can occur deep within its depths, and many legends and tales and spurred from this place. However, it is also popularly used by people for other normal Origin activities.

LookingAtPerks holds sovereignty over The Dolrion Woods, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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It is rumored that a lot of supernatural phenomenon can occur deep within its depths, and many legends and tales and spurred from this place. However, it is also popularly used by people for other normal Origin activities.

And while monsters and the like can also be hunted here, this place has also been used by Astrius Academy and other places for field trips and camping trips. Unless one goes too far in, the monsters are normally not that strong in this region so it can make great training.
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The Dolrion Woods

It is rumored that a lot of supernatural phenomenon can occur deep within its depths, and many legends and tales and spurred from this place. However, it is also popularly used by people for other normal Origin activities.

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The Dolrion Woods is a part of Rosetta Continent.

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Meeko Maow [68] "What was done cannot be forgiven."
Atrix Akir [68] "Where I am from and who I am does not matter...I have to succeed!"
Hayden Oakley [58] "I got the tech touch."
Valiance [1] "I Don't Speak For myself"
Vailframe [1] "The end is to come"
Dolrion [1] "I am the sentinal of the forests"
Kro, The Wood Walker [0] *Ghostly Whispers*
Orion, The Forest Sentinal [0] "I am the sentinal of the forests"

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As the sun was just heading into the afternoon, a large force of people had decided to occupy one of the deeper parts of the woods that normal civilians would not go to. However, this group was not just made of normal civilians but in fact was filled with people who came from all sorts of background, and a number of which had combat abilities if not all of them.

That was because this was one of many Astrius Academy Field Trips, and this one was "officially" to help survival skills and on location combat training.

But anyone who saw this could only say it was a school field trip, that involved camping. Well, there were many different field trips and this just happened to be one of them.

However, one member of the field trip had decided to isolate himself for a bit. That member was Atrix Akir, and at the moment he was testing out his new powers and abilities. The ones that had been discovered that day. As he focused his mind, he felt the shadows...from his own shadow for that matter as well as others, creep up his body and then come to swirl around his arm. Surely enough, there was something there. It looked a bit like black mist right now, but it was definently something new.

"I wonder...could this be from my father's bloodline?"

Atrix never knew his father, just that it was someone his mother fell in love with while traveling. He had stayed with her for some time, and apparently Atrix was born because of their farewell night. Atrix got red in the face when he thought about it often, but he had to wonder what his father was like.

He had no idea his father was actually the Demon King that was supposedly killed 1000 years ago, Millen.

As he did this training, other games and activities began across the camp ground...some were not very themed to camping, such as video game competitions using magic power sources and such, and others were very typical camp stuff, but some involved advanced technology, magic, or both.

Supposedly they even had someone coming who would be hosting a big activity later that they hired.

But for now, Atrix worked on his powers and abilities, trying to learn just what he could do with them.

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Meeko took a page from Atrix's book. He figure that Atrix would like to be alone so as to focus better and just to get some time to himself. Meeko, not really knowing many of the other students that well, decided to try and focus on his own abilities as well.

Meeko was away from the camp entirely, though it was still in view, as he felt he needed some alone time. He had come to this school to make friends, yet he only seemed to be comfortable when isolated or when he was with Atrix. He figured one of the best things he could do now, as far as working on survival skills, would be to hunt down some dinner. That was what people did on camping trips right? And it was definitely a survival skill.

Meeko climbed a tree and took a big whiff of the air trying to catch the scent of a forest creature. He caught the scent of something that had a gamey smell, very musky almost like leather and mildew. He jumped from the tree and took off in the direction of the creature.

Meeko followed the scent until it was nearly overpowering for his feline nose. He stopped just short of a clearing by the edge of a lake. It was there that he saw the huge creature, it looked like a moose from Earth, but with six legs and two sets of antlers. Meeko turned into a cloud of vapor and drifted toward the creature slowly while it was drinking from the lake. There was no way the thing would have seen him with nothing but the light of the moon as he was little more than a cloud of smoke or fog. When he was right at the creatures side, he suddenly re-materialized and sank his claws into the beast's spine, paralyzing it so it couldn't thrash about to hurt him. The creature let out a loud moan of pain that echoed through the woods and Meeko was sure they heard it back at camp. He made his claws intangible to reach into the creature and crush it's heart quickly and put it out of it's misery. He then went about cleaning and bleeding the beast out before bringing it back to camp.

As he brought the beast back, not an easy task as the creature was so huge, he received cheers from many of the hunters in the group as well as a good portion of combat focused groups. He cut the thing up and skinned it using only his claws, careful not to use any of his venom, and put the meat onto steaks next to the fire so it could smoke as it cooked.

"Dinner's on me." He said before taking a large chunk of the meat, putting it on a stick and holding it in the fire just long enough to barely brown the edges. He preferred his meat rare. He then went to the edge of the camp to eat alone.

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As the energies swirled around him, and he began to manifest effects into the area around him, he found himself learning more and more about this ability. For one thing, its danger. It seemed like this shadow he could control had many different effects, it could heal and restore and protect. But it could also degenerate and dissolve and destroy. And destruction was a lot easier then protected. It was a power that ate away at everything, and Atrix could not help but wonder what it was eating from him.

But as he learned more about it, he in a way "discovered" a new power.

"Sorsceliion!"

Suddenly, dozens of electoral swords appeared around him. They were alighned as if they were on rings and would rotate around him. Atrix did not know where that word came from or what language it derived from, but the power it created was one of both defense and offense. A spell to both protect and destroy. However...

"Ahh!"

Getting entranced by it, because this spell was of a higher level then any he had used in the past, the spectral swords "shattered" and one of the fragments cut Atrix's skin releasing blood. It dripped a little on the ground, but Atrix could not help but notice he could "feel" the blood still.

"Wait...does this also include powers over my blood? Just...what awakened inside me exactly?"

Taken aback by the surprise, Atrix found himself realizing just how late it had been. He ended up working the entire time and had forgotten to even take a break.

"Uh oh, better get back before I get yelled at".

Wrapping his hand in a bandage, Atrix immedated started to run back to camp....as his Blood "disconnected" from him and soaked into the ground...

As the power within began to have consequences on the natural area, slowly but surely, something would occur.

And meanwhile, for perhaps the first time in both their lives, there were students looking to ask Atrix and Meeko about things. If one would have to ask why they don't normally do this, that would be simple.

There were less people who bullied Atrix here then when they were at the academy. They didn't want to get caught up in it themselves, and to be honest, Atrix didn't blame them too much. But the people of the academy were not so cold as to be uncaring towards the situation, they just did not want to suffer themselves.

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Meeko sat at the edge of camp. He was trying to eat his meat in piece when another one of the students came over.

"Hey, thanks for the... whatever that thing was, don't think I've seen one of those before. So, you're new here, huh?"

"Yeah, just started." Meeko replied. He looked over at the kid with blue hair, he looked taller and older than him. But his eyes looked friendlier than most of the other students. "My name's Meeko."

"My name's Hayden." He introduced himself with a chuckle. "So for someone who just did something cool for everyone on the field trip, you're sure going out of your way to try and be a loner. So what's your story?"

Meeko looked at Hayden and for some reason he felt like he could trust him. "Well the point of this trip is improving survival skills and finding food is a big part of that. It didn't look like anyone was bothering to do any hunting, or they brought their own food, so I figured I'd do something to help out. The hunters and fighters seemed to like it."

"I meant why are you at school? What are you studying? You know, your history."

"Oh, well I was born into slavery, then sold to a science lab where I was genetically altered."

"Oh so you got powers and stuff? Wait, aren't you that kid who was chased down by cyber dragons?" Hayden asked excited.

"Yeah, that was me and yeah I got some interesting powers." He sighed. "I can generate an intangibility field, turn into vapor, and I generate a toxic venom in my teeth and claws."

"That's so cool." Hayden smiled at him wide-eyed. It was clear he was genuinely interested and not just patronizing him. "I'm just a technomancer myself. Don't get me wrong I can do some cool stuff, but you got some awesome powers too."

"Thanks I guess."

"Well I'll let you eat in peace, see ya around." Hayden went back to the other techies he came with.

"Oh crap, I wonder if Atrix remembered to eat. " Meeko worried. "I better go check on him." He said as he ran off to find Atrix after getting him a piece of the meat from by the fire.

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In the Dolrion woods, there was Sodar, Sodar was a hunter. He saw a light. He walked with a tense bow towards it. He has been never before in the Dolrion Woods. What could it be?

There he was and he saw a camp.

"Hello there?" He said. He dind't know if there was anybody out there. Because they could have been killed by evil forces on which he was hunting.

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The camp set up by the students of Astrius Academy was one that was well developed. Actually, some of it looked strange for those unfamiliar with Astrius Academy and its students. There were some who seemed to have normal tents, sure. But there were buildings, modern buildings, which had not been there this morning. Other tents were bigger on the inside, and boasted things from dining rooms, to fully functioning kitchens, to master bedrooms and even bathrooms.

As for Atrix, he had come with a new, personal tent he invented. It had three bedrooms, two guest rooms, an armory, various storage areas, a kitchen, a dining room, a mobile laboratory, heavy duty security enchantments, and a number of other things. Of course, tents like this took mana to maintain. They could not be used indefinently, and took weeks to charge up with magic for just a few days use unless one used money to buy extra magical charge pre-made by others. But in return, it was great for extended field trips like this.

Of course, there were still campfires and what not outside. This sort of event was meant to help bolster relations between students, as well as train up their skills, learn about their envirornment. But in the end, most of the time students would interact and play with each other.

But it also provided other opportunities. Although Atrix was not really hated by everyone, people tended to keep away so they did not get involved. But obviously the entire academy could not come at once, only groups of students would take the trip at a time.

However, it did not mean there were none at all either. And that was why Atrix was sure to be careful and took a roundabout route back to camp. However....there was just one issue...

"It seems...I may have gotten lost again..."

And that was that Atrix had absolutely no sense of direction.

"Craw! That way!"

As it was just him and the birds, for a moment he thought he heard one of them speak out as it pointed its beak in a direction...

"Did you...just speak?"

"Craw craw!"

"Nah...it was probably my imagination...well, it wouldn't hurt to try this way either..."

Atrix had no clue that bird was actually a familiar sent by Demon King Millen to watch over him, nor did he consider the possibility it was a familiar at all as he walked in exactly the direction he needed to.

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Meeko was about to got searching for Atrix, but remembered the kid's appetite. He turned back to the fire and grabbed one of the six legs that was roasting next to it and took that as well as the initial piece he had grabbed.

He went off in the direction he saw Atrix leave last then searched the area only to see him returning to the camp a few yards away from where he was at. Meeko noticed how dark it was getting and figured he'd gotten lost or turned around while he wasn't paying attention.

"Hey, Atrix!" Meeko called and waved the leg of meat to get his attention. "Hey, I went hunting while you were gone. I saved you a leg and I think this is some rib meat." Meeko smiled as he ran up to him. There were some cat-like traits that Meeko had that were obvious and some that were more subtle. This was one that most wouldn't pick up on, bringing a "gift" from a recent hunt to a friend or someone close. Granted it wasn't as bad dropping a dead bird at Atrix's tend, but it was still cute. His big grin showed just how proud he was of his kill. That and he was happy to see Atrix come back to camp so he would have someone he knew to talk to and hang out with.

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"Food?"

The moment Atrix heard Meeko's voice, he was glad he decided to take the bird's suggestion...even if it was probably just a random coincidence, but then when Meeko brought up food Atrix remembered his hunger and went into high gear.

No, actually Atrix ran faster then he meant to. Ever since his Demon King Blood awakened, his body and abilities had been rapidly increasing. Of course, not too rapidly so Atrix himself had not become fully aware. He understood it was strange, but he thought maybe it was his growth spurt...even if it might be bad down the road. It was well known that sometimes, instead of having a physical growth spurt, mages would have a magic one. Or at least it would take away from the physical one.

But he was still completely unaware of the Demon King's Blood that had awakened within him. He sensed he was gaining power, and Meeko had likely noticed, but that his father was secretly Demon King Millen, who should have died 1000 years ago but was secretly alive, and that he had inherited the Demon King's Blood from him was a complete mystery.

The Demon King's Blood gave a variety of benefits besides physical and magical enhancement, such as access to special abilities that while seemed like magic operated outside it in certain ways. Regenerative abilities too, and the ability to use certain magics and powers most could not acquire or handle. Of course, with that power came various side effects, some of which were directly a result of that power and were the reason Demon Kings did not populate the world.

For example, Demon King Blood intentionally will only awaken around ten or eleven and then stop all growth completely because the power sucks up all the nuitrients meant for that, or takes over the processes used for that and converts them into something else like regenerative abilities. However, this also makes it virtually impossible for a Demon King to reproduce because they are stuck at that age, and even then the power also diminishes any reproductive abilities. And then, Demon King's and their power just naturally makes them prone to getting involved in things that prevent them from taking time to really form relationships.

And also, despite the amazing abilities and stats of a Demon King, they are not invincible. Power alone does not guarantee success, and one must always consider strategy, skill, and just general compatibility of combat techniques.

And also, Demon King's had something else which made that whole explanation relevant. It was not well known, but they had famous appetities. Demon King Millen had to hire four full time cooks once in order to keep himself completely satisfied.

But in the process, because of his speed Atrix ended up barreling at Meeko on accident...though in the process he somehow managed to bite into/catch the meet in his mouth.

And in a mumbled voice full of food he was now chewing... "Sorry about that..."

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Meeko laughed before giving Atrix a playful tousling of his hair.

"Don't worry about it kid." Meeko said. Watching Atrix attack a huge leg of meat that was almost as big as he was, it was just too funny and Meeko had to hold back his laughter.

"So, I made new friend while you were gone." Meeko pointed over at the group of kids using the high tech camping equipment. "That's him over there, he's a technomancer, he might be able to help with some of your inventions. His name's Hayden."

They walked back to the fire and sat down while Atrix ate.

"So what's the deal with these field trips anyway? Is there any structure to them? Is there a schedule of events or are we pretty much just thrown into the woods to fend for ourselves?" Meeko was curious because he hadn't heard much from the teachers since they arrived.

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"Oh good! I know not all the people are jerks, its only a small portion, but the others just don't want to get caught up in it. Cant really help.. Its good that we are making progress on the friends department! And good, given that I spent the last few nights working on some processors. Good to have a second set of eyes".

As he started to walk back over to the main camp, he considered the purpose of the field trips.

"Officially? They are for training, testing, experimentation, and all sorts of stuff. How large scale magic can work in the real world, improving survival skills, seeing how certain new technologies interact with the real world. That is the official story, and to be fair that is what tends to happen....but, truthfully? Its just here to give us a break and have some fun".

He then pondered some things, and added an extra bit.

"But occasionally, after the first day and the first night, they have some fun activities planned in the name of testing and training. I heard a rumor that we will be 'improving agility and throwing skills' which usually translates into dodgeball...I wonder..."

Atrix wondered just how his new abilities would help him in dodgeball...and Atrix started to have some fun ideas.

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"Yeah, I'm glad we're making friends too." Meeko agreed. He took another piece of the meat from in front of the fire, now it had a more smokey flavor to it.

"Well, I like the idea of a nice vacation. Dodge ball, huh? I'm the king of that game, but it's hard to hit someone when the ball goes right through them, or when they can turn into vapor." Meeko laughed thinking about the look of shock on the other kids' faces when they couldn't hit him. "Oh look, Hayden's coming over." He pointed out when he saw Hayden make his way across the camp.

"Hey, guys mind if I join you here? The other techies started playing video games, but not the ones that I like so I thought it'd be nice to go hang out with new people." Hayden smile a warm friendly smile.

"That's fine with me." Meeko returned the smile.

"Oh, hello there, I'm Hayden. I met Meeko earlier, you must be Atrix. You're the other kid who went up against those cyber dragons. You guys are so brave for taking them on head on and not just running away. I don't think I could have done that at your age." He said as he sat down next to Meeko.

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"Well it does help that most of those jerks who bully us...well, me, were not in the same grade as us and have their field trip at the same time".

Astrius Academy Grades were extremely flexible and technically each person's schedule was tailored, but it was true there were grades and that older people were typically in higher grades. Now, the average grade itself often had an average age range where it would not be surprising to have students five or six years apart from each other in terms of age. After all, it all depended on ability and how much they needed to learn.

Atrix and Meeko had to learn a lot, and so did Hayden. Even if Atrix was a genius with magic tool creation and quite good at magic itself, as well as being familiar with various scientific methods like Kordan's Rules (he discovered the same thing Newton did, and their discoveries mirror each other), the Scientific Theory of Mana, and Energy Conversion factors.

However, Atrix lacked a good amount of common sense of the world. He was a nomad for his whole childhood, going from place to place. He got a good base education, but there was a lot of core stuff he was still missing. Plus, there was plenty about Origin that even Atrix did not know, let alone the other two, though he would know more hten them not just because he lived on the planet the longest, but because he was also a former nomad.

As Hayden introduced himself, Atrix greeted him back.

"Yeah, my name is Atrix. Atrix Akir. As for the Cyberdragons..."

Atrix remembered the humiliating position they had been in. Thankfully no photos somehow got taken, though Atrix was sure somehow Milo was involved, but in such a public place...

",,,thanks for the praise. I gotta say, they went really extreme that time. Luckily, I think that wont happen again, or at least very often. Cyberdragons...seriously, who came up with that idea?"

Atrix mentioned that as he started looking through his backpack that he had left nearby for more food as it started to get late.

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Hayden nodded. "Yeah, a lot of the kids in the higher grades can get pretty arrogant."

Hayden himself was eighteen, but he was in one of the lower grades for a number of reasons. While he was born and raised on Origin, his parents were not native to this world like he was. While he was raised in Questrios city he was a bit of a juvenile delinquent, using his powers to get into all manner of trouble from cheating at games in the arcade to tricking his teachers into thinking that the tech in the class room was possessed. His powers were unique and something that could have only evolved on a planet like Origin. He went to a traditional school most of his life, but, after being banned from so many establishments in Questrios, his parents sent him to the academy when it opened so he could learn discipline and learn more about other forms of magic. The headmaster had deemed that he wasn't mature enough and had too much to learn to be in one of the higher classes. This was very sobering information to Hayden and he has been working on getting his act together the last couple of years.

"They used to pick on me too, but to be fair I used to deserve it. I was a bit of a jerk when I got here and I used my powers irresponsibly." Hayden explained.

"I wish our torment was deserved." Meeko sighed. "Best I can figure is that most the guys who pick on us are mad because we're cute and the girls seem to like us. I mean, yeah, I got the whole kitty thing going for me and Atrix there is adorable, even if he won't admit it, but that's not a good reason to attack someone. If they want a reason to attack me, I'm more than willing to give them a good one." Meeko growled a little as he retracted his claws and dribbles of his venom slowly dripped from them.

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As soon as the moon awoke from it's slumber, Vailframe Slowly got up from A Deep Spacious hole Next to a tree. He walked to a tree, Strange Marking Exclaiming --TUOEDIH--. Valiance got to Vailframe, Grunting, like he was in a bad mood. "Oi, Let's get going, No time to be wasting", He scowled. "Wait .. I found some 'Engraved' Letters, you think it's a code of something?". "Where that idea come from?" Vailframe questioned Valiance. "Well .. let's try solving 'This?'" It only took 3 Minuets into they solved the engraved writing. "Hideout?", Valiance said. "That's the only word it forms", He also added. Trekking around the forest, They heard growling, somewhat unordinary, distorted.. They Unsheathed their Blades swiftly, growling was heard in every direction. Upon the shadows, they could see eyes radiating envy. Mud Flew everywhere and something deformed and disgusting Twitched towards them. It was missing one arm, dripping a white, grimy liquid with filled the area with a stench unimaginable. It striked it's arm towards Valiance, but in one swivelled movement, Valiance penetrated the entity's chest, stopping it. "It's Dea--" It twitched back up on its stance, spitting the white liquid at them. Vailframe ran as fast as he could and in one strong throw, there it was, Dead.

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Atrix still found it extremely embarrassing when he was called adorable. After all, he was a boy. That much should be expected, and maybe it was something he acted normally in.

"I mean, its not even for the times when I pull an all nighter in my private lab working on stuff. I wasn't even aware that was the reason...are they really that jealous? I mean, I never thought of myself that way...not with the way my whole clan...looked..."

It appeared that Atrix himself accidentally stepped on a landmine, and remembered the destruction of his whole clan. He already had some tears, and looked like he was about the cry...but, he managed to resolve himself before he burst into tears.

No, there was something else that drove him. Besides, it had been months, maybe even a year now, since that incident. He had to grow and get stronger...but also, he really wanted to resolve this sort of thinking. And so, he took out a Holo Projector, and resolving himself for the pain, activated it and showed the two of them something.

It was images...images of all the various members of the Akir clan before they died. Fun images, training images, a few embarrassing ones Atrix did not realize were in there, including that time when he and the other kids got paint all over themselves, or when they skinny dipped in that oasis, and such...

However, one thing was perfectly clear from these images. It was not just Atrix. The entire Akir clan either had amazingly handsome looks, breathtaking beauty, or were unrealistically cute. It should also be noted that the shorts Atrix usually wore seemed to be the popular design there, since they allowed so much room to breath and did not impede movement.

"See! Look at that! Compared to them, I am normal!"

Of course, in truth Atrix would probably be considered superior to them, but that was because of the Demon King Blood in his system that pretty much maxed out his body's stats, including charisma. And because it was himself, he didn't realize or recognize that at all.

Atrix suddenly grabbed another bit of food by the fire and stuffed it down his mouth...no, if anyone had been paying attention, he had been doing that this whole time. And yet, he didn't look phased at all. It was one of the school's seven mysteries on where Atrix stored all that food...or why he didn't go to the bathroom as much as he should given how much he eats.

"Its starting to get late...we might need to head to sleep before tomorrow. Have you figured out where you are sleeping yet, Hayden?"

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"Really?!" Meeko chuckled. "You think that this makes you seem less adorable? If anything this just proves that you're going to grow up to be really attractive."

Hayden nodded in agreement. "Face it, you're cursed to be handsome for the rest of your life." Hayden laughed. "But to answer your question, yeah I got a tent over with the other techies." He smiled before taking one of the few chunks of meat that Atrix hadn't yet eaten. He took a few bites and ate much slower than the other two. "Yeah it is getting kinda late though, I should probably get to bed too. See you guys tomorrow." He waved as he headed back to his tent. Meeko yawned and stretched as he stared into the fire.

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"Wh...what?! No no no, it was supposed to have the opposite effect! It was supposed to make me look less adorable!"

Atrix was completely and totally defeated, and fell to his hands and knees with some tears. After all, all of his hard work...

"I even tried using an experimental growth formula on myself...and there has not been a single result yet..."

Atrix also accidentally revealed something about him that was dangerous. Self experimentation was a horrible idea. Atrix was a genius, but he was also an idiot at times.

With that loss, he started to walk towards the tent he had brought for him and Meeko. It was a magic tent he made that was bigger on the inside. It had almost everything...the only thing it lacked was running water at the moment, because while he could make a mobile power source, get a bunch of things working inside, he could not spawn an entire functional plumbing system into a camp ground. Technically there was a sink, but it ran on a single container of water and should only be used if absolutely necessary. But, it did have plenty of room for the both of them. Yes, it should be fine.

"Ah, Atrix, Meeko!"

Suddenly, as he was approaching his tent, a camp councilor that had been standing in front called over to them before Atrix even walked that far.

"I hope you don't mind, but uhh...well, we had a bit of an issue. There was a sort of transfer student that did not bring a tent, and he was getting sleepy, so uhhh...I let him stay in one of your bedroom's. I am really sorry, but I was told I absolutely had to make sure he was comfortable! Not that you don't deserve it too! I, uhh...anyways, I hope you and Meeko will be okay with sharing a bed, since you are roommates anyways. Well, since I figured you might not want to share a bed with someone you never met yet. But I am sure tomorrow you will get along great!"

Atrix just stared at this councilor as he gave those excuses, and also was a bit embarassed and also a bit...sad. That was probably because the last time he shared a bed, it was with other children of his clan. And in the first place, he had not brought anything to sleep in since he had thought, thanks to the tent he brought, they would not be in that situation. It was not like he minded Meeko, since they woke up at the same time and the boy's shower room was not that private, and they shared a room anyways, but because this came up out of nowhere he was not sure what to do at first...

"Who is this person?"

"Ah...his name is Ixian Rixy...he is actually an orphan, younger then you. That was also why...I thought it was best if he was around someone he could get along with".

The moment he heard orphan though, Atrix heard the situation and let it go. He knew all too well the pain of being alone, and he did not have the heart to kick someone out who went through that. He then looked towards Meeko.

"Alright. Do you mind bunking then, or should I take the couch? I don't mind what you prefer, the couch is quite comfortable. I did make it myself last week over ni..ni..over a few days!"

Atrix's tongue slipped on that last part. Since, from what he made sure everyone who got concerned about his work ethic thought, he did not pull any all nighters last week.

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Meeko couldn't turn away an orphan either, it was clear this was why the counselor had chosen them to bunk with the kid as both he and Atrix were orphans as well. It was a little unexpected but he didn't mind all that much. He was, however, a little upset that Atrix was sneaking off to the lab and pulling all-nighters again. It was Meeko's job to make sure that Atrix was staying healthy and his lack of sleep wasn't good for his studies. He also wasn't thrilled to hear that Atrix was experimenting on himself, especially over something as petty as the fact that he didn't want to look cute.

"I don't mind bunking together, I can sleep just about anywhere." He said with no concern for himself. He could tell that Atrix wasn't thrilled with the idea of a stranger coming into the tent and invading his privacy, but he also knew that Atrix was too nice for his own good. Meeko planned to keep an eye on this kid, just as precaution, until he got a good read on him. Meeko was usually a pretty good judge of character and didn't want to assume the worst before he even met the guy. His tail twitched a little as they walked to the tent, he didn't hear the counselor say when this Ixian boy would be joining them, so he felt a little anxious.

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"Ah good. He was already a bit sleepy, so I had to put him in there already, so thats good to hear. Glad there wont be any problems" the councilor told them as he gave them a good smile. Atrix was a little bit shocked to hear his room was already occupied, and wanted to get a bit mad at this councilor...except he was actually a pretty nice person, and he once let him hide from bullies in his classroom so Atrix decided to let it go.

"Ahh, well, I was not sure if you were comfortable sharing a bed and not...actually, thinking of both our sleeping habits and since I don't want to make you sleep elsewhere, maybe it would just be best if I took the couch and..."

Atrix was about to continue, but the councilor suddenly started to emit a fierce aura and had a bit of a scary smile, though it appeared to mostly be directed at Atrix.

"Ah, that wont do. Meeko, sorry if it seems weird for you, but please make sure you keep direct physical contact with him while sleeping. Just in case he tried to slip out of anything he was wearing..."

"Wait wait, teacher! What are you..."

"Just now, when you suggested you would take the couch in your tent, you were actually thinking about doing more late night experiments, maybe even doing a few on Ixian out of caution, instead of sleeping right? Listen, I know it was kind of bad for me to inconvienence you with Ixian, and I am sorry for that, but that is because I am acting as a councilor for this camping trip. And I happen to both know your bad habits, and as a teacher and councilor look after your health! Which is why..."

He then turned to Meeko and gave him a nod. Even though it was dark, it kind of felt like that he was glowing a bit as he displayed the attitude and determination of a model teacher that looks after his students.

"I am sure you will be fine handling this. But absolutely, do not let Atrix stay up all night working on some experiment. I am counting on you as his roommate and friend, got it?"

"It's not that bad!"

"It is!"

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Meeko shared the teacher's concern for Atrix. However, there was something about his concern that seemed oddly familiar to Meeko, but he couldn't put his claw on it. He nodded in agreement with the teacher.

"He's right, Atrix, those all-nighters aren't good for your health. You're gonna burn out soon if you keep it up. I'll keep him in my arms all night if I have to, to keep him from working." He assured the teacher. It was getting late and Meeko was tired.

"Come on, Atrix, let's go get some sleep. I'm tired as hell right now and you should be too this late." Meeko went into the tent and saw the other kid laying in one of the beds and he seemed to be sleeping. He quickly got undressed and under the covers. He waited for Atrix so he could fulfill his promise to the teacher and so that Atrix would stay healthy. Meeko was starting to view Atrix as something of a younger sibling, even though he had never met any of his real siblings. He wondered if the new kid would be falling into this mix as well. The little white-haired boy looked just as adorable as Atrix, so it wouldn't be a stretch to think that he too may start to get looks from the girls.

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"I...I...I...well, fine..."

Between Meeko and the teacher, Atrix ended up caving under the pressure. It was pretty much pointless to argue, and Atrix was pretty sure that if he kept resisting Meeko might just drag him in, tear off his clothes, and force him into bed. It was a good thing Atrix did not vocalize this though, since he himself failed to see how his thoughts could be warped in any such way.

"...though lately, it actually feels like it has not been affecting me".

Naturally, that was actually true. Atrix had Demon King Blood inside him. His stamina, recovery speed, and vitality were drastically increasing ever since his Demon King Blood awoke. But because he himself was not aware of the Demon King Blood, he ended up just agreeing with them.

Besides, even if he could operate on less sleep, if he got proper sleep his brain could still improve function. The Demon King Blood had totally halted his growth of age, but he could still work out his mind and body. His outer appearance would not change, his cells would just become of higher quality and the changes would be more internal. Atrix was cursed with forever having his current appearance.

He glanced at the boy who was sleeping in his bed. He was under the covers, but some outer clothes like shorts and a jacket had been folded at the side. Atrix noticed the white hair though, and internally he got a strange feeling from him but...he decided to ignore it.

Meeko quickly got undressed and then went under the cover. Of course, it was not the first time Atrix saw him naked, or vice versa, but it was the first time in a long time he shared a bed with another. He felt a bit reluctant and embarassed, but he decided...he decided Meeko was his friend, and he would trust him. He thought it would be insulting if he hesitated. So he also took off all his clothes and hopped into bed.

"If I told you that you did not need to cling to me...you probably would still do it anyways, wouldn't you?"

Of course, the teacher actually didn't know how good of friends they were or that his own words might be misinterpretted, as he actually had just met make sure neither of them wore shirts and have Meeko wrap around him like in a hug so he wouldn't get away, but between how Atrix currently slept and the lack of details this could be missed. Plus...

Atrix snapped his fingers, and suddenly the ceiling became transparent, or showed an illusion of a star filled night sky. Atrix shifted a bit closer to Meeko so he could point out some constellations.

"Truth is, this is not something...not something I have not experienced in the past. All of us children in the Akir clan, there were a number of nights when we were camping under the stars, where we would all strip down, go under a huge blanket with a huge line with our bodies pressed against each other so we would all fit, and look at the stars till we fell asleep...I really...really miss that..."

Atrix said that as he started to cry. It was something Meeko probably noticed already but...Atrix had not quite used up all his tears for his clan yet. Mostly because, he never had someone to cry to.

Meeko was a very important friend to him, as he cried until he fell asleep.

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Meeko wrapped an arm around Atrix.

"Yeah, I would, but just because it's nice." Meeko smiled, as they looked out at the stars and he heard the hitch in Atrix's voice when he started to cry.

"I didn't get to see much of my litter when I was a cub, but I still remember at night how we all would curl up together in a big ball to stay warm. I used to look at the stars as well. I miss my family too." He said. "But you're my family now. We'll take care of each other."

He pulled Atrix close so that his head was resting on Meeko's chest. He remembered how hearing someone else's heart beat was super relaxing and could help to let him get some sleep. He kept his arm around Atrix as though he were a stuffed animal and, without even realizing it, he began to purr as they fell asleep.