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Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« on: January 23, 2016, 09:28:14 PM »
((This is semi-open! Please let Sitiden post first, then anyone else can join in :) ))

The rains were finally starting to slow. She'd heard it was a monsoon, and that it wasn't usually like this, but the painted dog hadn't been there long enough to see even a single a ray of sun. The dens were dry, at least, and the attitudes of her new packmates were warm and welcoming. Kamaria still hadn't fully settled in. The land still felt unfamiliar, the sights and smells were different. She desperately wanted to fit in to this new pack. Her old pack had been huge. It was nearly impossible to be alone; Tralerach's strength had been in numbers. This pack was a good deal smaller, but seemed close-knit. They lacked overwhelming numbers, but their strength was resourcefulness. Everything about this place was different. Not bad, but it was a lot to get used to.

Ka curled up in her den, overwhelmed from it all and hoping to get some rest. She knew she'd adjust in time, and she was happy with the decision to come here, but all the change was exhausting. The sound of the rain lulled her off to sleep quickly, the sound gentle and soothing. Initially she slept peacefully, though the quiet rest would not last.

Sudden and vivid, the nightmares burst through her mind. Teeth, claws, fangs, gore - the memories too vivid, the sounds too loud, colors oversaturated. The horrors of the battlefield replayed slowly, her mind amplifying every detail. She was frozen, unable to move as her packmates fell left and right, could do nothing but watch as a lion leaped toward her, fangs bared and claws aimed at her face...

The dog jolted awake with a loud yelp, leaping to her feet and smacking her head against the low earthen roof. She groaned and eased herself down, resting a foreleg over her eyes. Ka hoped no one had heard that. She was glad to be awake, to know she was safe, but the imagery was still fresh and she felt unsettled. It was pretty clear she wouldn't be sleeping for a while. Kamaria trembled, trying her best to calm down. She tried to focus on the details of the present - the rain, its sounds, smell...anything to push the unwelcome memories from her mind. It was going to be a long night.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2016, 10:30:09 PM »
Stars. He couldn't see many, and not consistently, but they were finally there. Uduak wondered if he would ever see the glimmering light again. Tonight he sat atop his den through the drizzle, staring up at the stars as they danced in and out of the drifting clouds. It was chill, and occasionally the dog would shiver, but it was better than sleep. Sleep brought no peace to the former Ranger. There was pain, fear, anger. There was the smell of lions, and the cries of cubs calling for help as he crushed the life out of him...

Uduak shook his round ears, dispelling the rain more than the memories. He wasn't tired, but there was little to do when the clan slept. A clan now, filled with all sorts of creatures. Including lions. The very thought angered him as he started to pace the den area. Imani lead him here and he trusted her, but the idea of calling a lion comrade seemed impossible. There was little accounting for the hyena's taste, letting the felines into their ranks. His spine prickled, and had he not been wet his hackles would have raised at the very thought.

A yelp cut through the damp night. The dog stopped his march, recognizing the voice. Kamaria had found her way to Ukoo not long after he and Imani joined the ranks. That gave Uduak hope. How many others escaped that day? Following the sound and scent he trotted to the mouth of the den. In the dim light he say his comrade shaking, and it was easy for him to guess what had happened. Uduak wouldn't enter the den without her permission.

"Ka, are you alright?" His voice held a hint of worry, just in case something bigger was going on. As if anything could be bigger than the persistent, menacing dreams.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 10:51:35 AM »
"Ka, are you alright?"

The familiar voice helped Kamaria further ground herself in reality - it was one of her old packmates, Uduak. "Yeah, I'm fine. Just...dreams," she said, half-heartedly wagging her tail. She was genuinely happy to see a familiar face, but she was still feeling very unsettled and couldn't muster enough energy to put on a "yeah, I'm fine" act. She wasn't fine, she had the feeling that the other Rangers weren't either. She didn't feel the need to elaborate on her dreams - she certainly couldn't be the only one that had them - and she had no desire to relive those memories for a second time that night.

Out of anyone that could have heard her, she was glad it was one of her old packmates. Surely he understood. "Please, come in," she said, gesturing him inside with a nod of the head and moving off to the edge of the den so there'd be more space. The den wasn't overly large, but it was dry and she could use the company. Hopefully it would help her get her mind off things.

Ka waited for him to get settled before continuing. "How've you been?" She hadn't had the chance to catch up much with those who'd come to Ukoo. Hopefully things were going well for him too. She couldn't say that she wanted to go home - if home even still existed, they certainly wouldn't take deserters back. She missed the familiar. Things were peaceful here - she liked that - but she couldn't shake the lingering fear that suddenly they would be under attack again, and she would lose her new home just as she'd lost her old one.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2016, 12:41:20 PM »
Lilliana herd a soft noise that woke her from her light sleep. Someone, a canine it sounded, was distressed. As her duties demanded, she had to make sure there was no issue that could be helped by the pack and the grace of the queen. Sighing, the orange and white lioness left her pelt lined den and made way to the caller.

As The Shadow approached, she recognized the smell as the new coming wild dogs. She knew they had had issues with her kind in the past and she could tell by the looks some gave her that they held a deep hatred for her based on their past experiences. She knew she must tread softly if she wanted trust. Peeking her head into the den she asked in a soft voice, "Is there anything I can help you with, perhaps some sleeping herbs?" She was just doing her job, making sure all was will inside the pack, and she desperately hoped that the painted wolves saw her intrusion as that.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 07:55:21 PM »
Uduak nodded somberly. He was all to familiar with those types of dreams, along with the level of 'fine' Kamaria was trying to portray. He wouldn't push her, instead returning a small tail wag. Fine was for the lucky, those unspoiled by the horrors of war. Little did outsiders know. Uduak was glad he was the one who found her as well.

"Thanks."

Upon the invitation he shook his coat clear of excess water. The dog felt slightly guilty for bringing yet even more moisture into the den, but knew Ka wouldn't mind if it meant what little comfort he could provide. It was a tight fit but Uduak laid down with her. The company was nice, he even felt himself relax. Uduak knew Kamaria as a comrade, but not closely. The dog had avoided such connections; it was too difficult to stay strong when one had to watch his fellows crushed in lion jaws...

"Oh." He had caught himself spacing off again, nearly falling out of the conversation and into dark memory, "I'm, well, as you would put it, I'm doing 'fine'." Uduak's smile was only half hearted, "I'm trying to adjust, it's so different here. How have-"

The scent hit him like a rock. Lion. All adjustments afore mentioned were forgotten. Muscles tensed, ready to launch at the creature coming for its revenge. A guttural growl slithered out of his bared teeth, but silenced when he saw the pale lioness from a few days ago. Teeth remained bared, eyes just as sharp staring her down. This might be a 'clanmate', but she was still the enemy.

"We don't need anything from you, Cat."

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 08:07:15 PM »
Her ears flashed back to hug her skull for just a second, a natural response to the threat, but she quickly corrected herself and settled her adrenalin. "We don't need anything from you, Cat." It stung more than it should have. She just wanted to do her job, to help them and make them as happy as she could on a worldly level, but there was only so much she could do Lilliana supposed. "As you wish," Lilly said in a soft, motherly voice and she turned to leave thinking she would bring the herbs anyway and get some to ease herself in sleep as well. She didn't know what to think of her pack mates because she just wanted them to see that not all lions were like whatever ones they had known. Some things, however, could never be changed.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2016, 11:41:24 PM »
((Sorry it took me a while to reply!))

Uduak accepted her invitation, shaking droplets from his fur and settling down beside her in the den. He was quiet for a moment, perhaps lost in troubled thought, before he responded. "Oh. I'm, well, as you would put it, I'm doing 'fine'." Uduak's tone was knowing, and she easily picked up on his emphasis on “fine.” They were managing. Fine, in the sense of “not currently being mauled,” but they were hardly truly fine.

"I'm trying to adjust, it's so different here. How have-"

The conversation was cut short; Ka caught the scent an instant after Uduak. She scrambled to her feet, careful of the low ceiling, her fur bristling and teeth bared, her own growl echoing that of the other dog's. She felt trapped. There was no escape – dirt walls behind, a lion outside the entrance. There was nothing they could do but fight their way out of this. Suddenly Uduak fell silent, and Kamaria glanced over, trying to ascertain why. She kept her teeth bared, but allowed her growl to taper off. Maybe he had a plan, maybe it was better if they tried to be silent. She couldn't be certain of his expression. He still seemed tense, but something seemed different. Recognition, perhaps?

"Is there anything I can help you with, perhaps some sleeping herbs?"

The lion's tone was oddly calm, and dare she say, “tender.” As if a lion could be such a thing. Why wasn't it threatening? If anything, this unnerved her more than the bared teeth and roars she'd known before. That was straightforward and she knew what to expect. This felt strange, and made her wonder what ulterior motives there were. She'd heard there were lions in this clan. The dog was no fan of that idea, and would have left had it not been for the knowledge that a few of her kin had joined. This lion was probably part of the clan. Why else would there be a change in Uduak's demeanor? Admittingly, she didn't know him well, but she couldn't think of a different reason.

”Do you know this lion? Is she...part...of this pack?” Ka whispered to Uduak, rather than asking the lion herself. She turned her head toward him as she spoke, but her gray eyes remained fixed on the lioness. She would not let her out of her sight.

”We don't need anything from you, Cat," he replied, venom still in his words and teeth still bared. The lion's ears flattened, and the gesture sent a jolt through Ka's body; it was something she noticed that lions did right before striking. The painted dog lurched forward a step, ready to meet the attack she was certain would be coming. Her jaws opened, a growl issuing forth again, but then the lion seemed…hurt. Sad, perhaps, and the posture she'd perceived as a threat was gone in a flash. The dog stopped, her teeth clicking a warning into the air, growl fading again. "As you wish," the lioness replied with what sounded almost like sadness in her voice. The lion was clearly upset because her plan had been foiled; who knew what kind of herbs those were. She turned, presumably to leave. A quick thought entered Ka's mind. ”You can leave the herbs and go.” She tried to sound bold, though her voice cracked. She wasn't good at taking charge of situations. Ka had no intention of actually eating the herbs – or poison, she suspected – but figured it might come in handy. If nothing else, maybe they could study them and figure out what it was, and she could hang on to it as some sort of “weapon” for future use; a safeguard of sorts. The lion was doing a good job of acting polite; maybe she'd get lucky and they'd be able to acquire the herbs. If not...then what? What if her plan backfired? What if this incited the wrath of this lion? Ka wanted nothing more than to retreat further into the den and let someone else take over. She felt certain that she'd messed up and didn't know how to fix this. One thing was certain – things were not going well.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2016, 09:09:33 PM »
Uduak knew lions. He knew their behaviors and what they were capable of. Bloodthirsty, heartless creatures who never hesitated to kill. When the dog had first encountered this particular monster he knew this one had a different tactic. She was more subtle and sneaky with her tactic; acting like the gentle mother. Uduak would not be fooled. A flash of teeth and spray of blood played in his eyes. It was all a ruse, and he wouldn't let any Ranger fall for it.

"Yeah," He spoke softly, as if only for Kamaria, though intense eyes never once left the lioness "She says she is a healer..."

Large ears came forward curiously as Lilliana retreated from the den entrance. Oh, this one was dedicated to her game. But Uduak would not falter. The dog was forever on his toes around cats and it would never change. It seemed they would be left alone for the rest of the night, that is until Ka called out for the herbs to be left. Head turned to his companion, expression rather surprised. Who knows what the lion would slip her. He watched as the former Ranger became nervous, seemingly second guessing herself. In this cramped space Uduak did what he could to shield her. He would not allow her to get hurt tonight. Once the cat left them he would turn to Ka.

"You weren't going to take those, were you?" His voice was skeptical, worried, "You know it has to be a trick."

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2016, 10:44:31 PM »
((Wildwater hasn't logged on since March 1st, so I'm going to go ahead and post as though Lilliana has left, since that seems like what she was going to do. Wildwater, if/when you come back, feel free to jump back in!))

"Yeah...She says she is a healer...” Kamaria's lip twitched; she didn't believe that at all. As though one of them would – could –  heal or care for anything beyond their own (if the barbaric creatures even did that). Uduak's eyes remained locked on the lioness as he spoke, and Ka remained tense and frozen. The lion's every move was catalogued between the two of them; nothing would be unnoticed. Uduak looked back, surprised at Ka as she made demands of the lion. He didn't question her decision, thankfully, but stepped forward to try and shield her. The situation grew tenser, the two of them on edge, waiting for the strike they were certain would happen…

But the lion backed off. She “peacefully” set down the herbs and left. Ka stood there, hardly believing what she saw. She stayed still, anticipating her to turn and attack, or otherwise try to catch them off-guard, but nothing happened. The lion simply left. There was a long pause before the wild dog moved again, relaxing somewhat. ”Thank you,” she said to Uduak quietly. She appreciated his support, and was glad to not be alone.

"You weren't going to take those, were you? You know it has to be a trick," Uduak said, understandably concerned. Ka was still shaken, but she was beginning to regain a measure of composure. ”Of course it is,” she said, a slight smirk working its way across her muzzle. ”But now we have these herbs and she doesn't.” It could be a case in their favor. Maybe they could show them to the alpha, and prove the lions were a threat. Maybe then they'd realize. Kamaria brushed the herbs inside the den with her paw, touching them as little as possible. She cautiously leaned down to study the leaves, sniffing them and trying to identify their scent.

”What do you think these are anyway? I don't recognize it.” The painted dog wasn't too familiar with herbs; she'd only seen a few. She'd been given some once to settle her stomach, and she'd seen some to help ease wounds. Her herb knowledge ended beyond that. Hopefully Uduak knew, but regardless, she was glad to have them in her possession, though she was uncertain yet how she would use it. Perhaps he had some ideas.

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2016, 07:50:33 PM »
Hackles started to smooth as the cat's footstep's faded. They were safe. For now. Uduak knew of other lions in this clan. For a moment he became glassy eyed. The hellish healer was off to gather the others. He and Kamaria were sitting ducks in this tight den. Run. Find Imani. Prepare for battle.  It was Ka's simple thanks that brought him too. Uduak blinked and turned to his companion, nodding a simple 'your welcome'.

Tail wagged for a moment when Kamaria smirked. That was a clever plan. While this certainly wasn't he lioness' complete stash, every weapon that could be confiscated should be. The herbs were carefully pawed over, and once she was done investigating Uduak gave them a sniff over. He had just as limited knowledge of herbs. But to his surprise, he found one he recognized. Gingerly he picked up a stem covered in tiny purple flowers.

"This is lavender." he placed the flowers near Ka, "It's used for...sleep" This couldn't possibly be proof of the lion's benevolent intent, "But we don't know what the others are. It's best if we don't touch them unless we have to."

The dog laid down again, feeling relatively confident the cat would not return. He tried to put on a calm face for his friend.

"So, how have you been doing? Hopefully we won't be rudely interrupted again."

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Re: Leave a whisper (Sitiden/open)
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2016, 01:20:01 AM »
[so sorry this has taken me so long!!]

"This is lavender," Uduak said, carefully placing the plant near her so she could inspect it. "It's used for...sleep." Kamaria glanced down at the plant, back to Uduak, then again to the 'lavender,' if that's what it truly was. It couldn't be. Despite her scrutiny, the plant simply lay there, refusing to give up any secrets. "But we don't know what the others are. It's best if we don't touch them unless we have to." Ka nodded in agreement with that statement, still eyeing the plants suspiciously.

"The lavender can't be harmless. There must be something wrong with it. If nothing else, it has to be a decoy at least - the others must be poison." The lion was clever - Ka hated to admit it. The thought was terrifying, and added further to her distrust and fear. She wasn't alone, at least. She, Uduak, and the Rangers - they were smart too. Even if the hyenas didn't see it, the dogs knew better. It would be tough to convince the rest of the clan, though. They seemed to have no problem with the lions in their rank. They were lucky to have evaded the lions' foul claws. She and the others would have to win them over before it was too late. Kamaria still felt distant from much of this new 'pack,' but she couldn't handle losing them the same way she'd lost her old one. Would they even listen to reason, though? She and the other rangers at least had to try.

Kamaria gathered some stones, carefully placing them over the plants to hold them in place, safe from the tendrils of the night breeze that threatened to steal them away. That would keep the herbs...poisons? - whatever they were - secure until morning. Kamaria eased herself down, stretching her long limbs in an attempt to relax. She knew she wouldn't get any more sleep tonight, but habit insisted she try. "What should we do with them?" she said quietly, jerking her head toward the partially buried plants. She felt uncomfortable with them there, even at their distance, even though it was a "weapon" for her now.

"So, how have you been doing? Hopefully we won't be rudely interrupted again," her friend asked, changing the topic. Ka was quiet a moment, thinking before she responded. It was a difficult question to answer. The truth was ugly, but there was no point lying; she was sure life  for him was just as difficult as it was for her. I'm...managing," she finally said. "It's not the same. I'm glad...a few of us...made it at least. But it's strange. I'm not unhappy to be here. I'm grateful. I'm glad we have a home again - less thrilled that lions are here," she added, attempting to smile. "Everything's still too fresh. I can't...not be afraid. I can't relax with them here." Ka paused for a second, sighing. "I can't rest, and that makes everything worse. But, I'm managing. What about you?"

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