Within the mountains beyond the Howling Moors lies the village of Andelheir, and right in Andelheir's backyard lies the Crystalline Caverns, which lead towards the underground realm of the Emberlight Depths. Home of the Saurians.
Due to the close source of valuable gems the village enjoys some wealth, and some renown. Which can lead to many adventurers and explores coming to dive into the Emberlight Depths.
An Owl Mage had just landed in town, her eyes were focused as she walked into the library she spoke in a quiet voice "Excuse me? Do you know any guides into the Emberlight Depths? I'd really like to explore down there" she said to the nearest person to her.
At the current moment, a student from a far away kingdom was sat down reading up on the Emberlight Depths. He came from a top-notch college and was apart of the top group of students. Both trained with his body and his mind. Though, regardless of his stregnth, he is still a student and still has lots to learn.
There in fact was an entire corner of the library dedicated to the subject. this student was probably within said corner, as not only did that it house the Guides and such, but also some comfortable furniture.
"Oh no, you must've misunderstood my question. I meant do you know anyone that could take me into the actual Emberlight Depths. I've been wanting to visit it, it's unknown to me" she spoke in a tired voice, as her eyes narrowed sleepily.
Someone nearby, a miner who worked in the "Emberlight Descent" as the entrance to the underground realm was called, looked up from his book. "That's simple, just 'ead to that Savant..." He pauses, trying to remember the name. "Lyon, Leon? Somethin like that."
he went back to his book, before remembering that Savants charge a fee for their transport services. "Or ya could head West of here, when ya start seeing crystals jutting out of the ground you'll be close."
"So he originates from them? Very interesting." He said as he took out a leatherbound notebook and pencil. "Now I know you don't know exactly what he asks for in payment but could you give a rough estimate?"
"The thing is, he doesn't have a consistent price. Oh one occasion I saw him ask for three gold and on another a jar of Mucus Toad Mucus. Who knows what for..." The miner shrugs. "He stays at the inn if you need him."
"Hm... If I had to guess he basis his price on what he currently needs at the time." He then nodded. "I will once I finish up this book..." He then took another glance at the Owl Mage. "Uh... Will she be alright? The library isn't exactly a place meant for napping."
The Owl Mage had awoken from her short nap, yawning, she rose from the chair and quickly preened. "Much better," she said, turning around to see the miner and student. "Hello, gentlemen, I overheard your conversation. Hope that you don't mind. Now then, these... Saurians. Are they Mamono or some other species altogether? Also, do they have Demonic Energy or Spirit Energy? I just wish to stay prepared, and knowledge is power as I've heard" she said.
"I'm no expert on that kinda stuff, but I would say they are another species altogether, since they aren't entirely female. And the most Demonic Energy they would have would be from Demon Realm produce or relations with a mamono."
"Undine Springwater? Hmm... That's a bit difficult, though not impossible" Harriet said, "Ryan. Have you heard of Undine Springwater?" she asked, trying to specify if he'd at least known what it was that they were trying to obtain.
"Splendid. I'm pretty good at carrying living things without hurting them" she said, picking up Ryan. Carrying him to the lake, "How are we supposed to get the Springwater from the Undines?" Harriet asked, a few yards from the lake already.
"Wouldn't hurt I guess?" she said, setting Ryan down and landed herself. "Hello? If there are any Undines present, please make your presence known" Harriet said, looking out over the lake's surface, spotting something forming from it.
Harriet flapped her wings and swept Ryan up into the air, "That was quick, are you fully prepared for the Emberlight Depths? Or do you need a bit more time to prepare?" she asked, recalling that she herself didn't have any equipment and would rely on Ryan for most things.
"Let's see... I have a little bit of money left though I'm doubting the Saurian people even use our currency. I have my sword and magic for offense and defense if we encounter anybody being hostile. My satchel, on the other hand, is right now light on food. So I'm going need to buy some dried or canned items. My canteen is full so water won't be a problem... So I'm just going need to buy some food."
"I am a bit peckish myself. I'll just go hunting for a nice snack" Harriet said, just as they arrived at the inn, setting Ryan down. "I'll return here when I've eaten," Harriet' said, returning to the forest.
Ryan would look over the items. "Exactly how long with this trip be?" He thought to himself. He only had so much room in his satchel too... He then looked if they had some sort of backpack for more space.
Harriet perched on a tree branch, sitting silently and still she spotted a wild boar, and thought to herself 'Delicious looking pig', Harriet then proceeded to attack the boar, snatching it into the air and dropped it back on the ground upside down, crushing its own skull under its weight. Harriet landed and clawed the boar open and began to feast. After feeding, Harriet decided to save some of the boar's meat for later and took some with her. Landing back in front of the inn, Harriet's eyes became heavy, so she nestled into her feathers and took a nap.
Harriet had awoken from her nap, looking around for Ryan, who- to no surprise was- not there. "I wonder what's taking him, so long?" she asked herself as she got up and headed towards the store. Upon entering, Harriet saw Ryan "What's taking you so long, Ryan? I've had a nap. Even though they only last five minutes, that should be more than enough time to gather some food" she scolded.
"Hmm... No response? Strange indeed, no matter... Let's hurry back the Saurian" Harriet said as they walked into the inn, and towards the Saurian "We've brought you the Undine's Springwater as you've requested, and we are ready to enter the Emberlight Depths" she said, placing the boar's meat that she had collected in Ryan's satchel with the other food.
"I feel a bit uneasy about this, these crystals look dazzling though," Harriet said, eyeing an orange crystal. "Shouldn't we get moving?" she asked, grabbing a different green crystal and inspected it.
"I honestly don't know. But, I do know that it's not wise to split apart, especially since the Depths are so vast, it'd be almost impossible to reunite" Harriet replied. "Let's go... This way" she said, heading towards the bright chamber in front of them, lined with dazzling crystals, which Harriet admired as well as picked up.
"Oh well. If there are any in here, I think they'd be: Golems, Trolls, and Gnomes. Since all three are the closest connected to the Earth. Though maybe a few Bug-type Mamono might be here, like an Oomukade or Sandworm! Do you have a favorite type of Mamono, Ryan?" she continued on.
"My favorite... Mamono...?" Ryan said as he saw the yellow slug. "Uh... Alright..." He said and shook his head.
"Uh, well I haven't thought about it. I've bee busy with studying and practicing swordsmanship at the college but if I had to say off the top of my head a Mamono that's not aggressive and... Well, that's all I'd really want." He said as he followed behind.
"Well, it probably already has a name by the Saurian people but it's a pretty straightforward name..." He said, deciding to offer his red crystal to the slug.
"This creature is fascinating. Depending on which kind of crystals it eats, it's own color will correlate to the crystal's color" Harriet continued to make her own conclusions as she inspected the creature. "Yes, I believe we should continue forward, though... I'd really like to take this slug creature with us!" she said, hugging the slug.
"I'm taking the slug with me, we'll have to find crystals along the way. I'm taking as many as I can right now, then I'll let it feed when we find more crystals" Harriet said, placing three handfuls of crystals into the satchel. "Now let's go. That should last a while" she said heading towards the next chamber leading the slug with a purple crystal. "Also, I should really name it. How about, Sticky! I love it!" she said, feeding Sticky the crystal.
The slug moved at a walking pace, which is far better then what it could have been, and any fears about crystal supply were unfounded, as in the next cavern, which was the size of a decent city and the area surrounding it, also had many crystals.
Harriet looked at the flying reptiles with their beautiful rainbow-colored wings "Wow. The feathers on these reptiles look beautiful! Though the reptiles themselves aren't as spectacular. I wonder if they hold any magical properties?" she wondered, "Let's find out! Pluma Saggitae" Harriet said, motioning her wing as if she were throwing a knife, sending one of her own feathers flying towards one of the lizards.
The flying lizard didn't even notice the feather. However, when it hit the Lizard it stopped flying. It landed in the ground and looked around for the offender. Occasionally it would screech at some crystals, causing them to shatter into pieces.
"Well, that's a bit unexpected. OK, I'm done researching these creatures" Harriet said with an exasperated sigh. "Would you like to explore this city? Seems weird that nobody even noticed me attacking that lizard creature" she said, watching the pierced lizard dead on the ground.
"You're right, I was brash and hasty. Experimenting takes time" she replied, picking up the lizard and devoured it. "I shall act accordingly from now on. In the meantime, let us explore this city!" she said, walking down the road.
Alright thought of what Ryan just said, Harriet was already halfway to the Saurians when Ryan spoke. "Excuse me, gentlemen, I was wondering why you were giving that cave entrance so much attention," she said.
The two looked at each other and held what might be described as a silent conversation before looking back to her.
"There's a damn Tenochitcoatl in that cave. Bad enough when it's a normal one, but this one has been transformed into a Mamono like you and has found herself a nice breeding partner! So now this place is swarming with Coatls!" One says to her.
Someone could only assume the flying Lizards were the Coatls he mentioned, and a Tenochitcoatl some related creature.
"You think we haven't? It is very hard to coax someone that is comfortable with where they are at out of that location. It only got harder when she became more interested in having relations in there then anything else."
Ryan would be dragged by the arm towards the cave. "This had bad idea written all over it." He thought as he looked at the slug following them... "Wait... Can that thing turn Mamono too?" He thought, feeling a bit off by that.
"These eggs are hers? Their beautiful, but I wonder if she'd lay them in there and the Coatls would carry them to this chamber or if she'd simply lay them out her?" Harriet wondered, picking up an egg and inspected it.
Within the next chamber was a magnificent amount of treasure such as gold and gems. On one of the piles was a group of Wyvern like mamono, though with rainbow feathered wings and red or blue scales. They were cleaning a Mamono that easily dwarfed them.
She, like her progeny, had rainbow wings. But the same applies to her scales, which were from the knee and elbows down on her limbs. She had piercing golden eyes and wore a resplendent golden headdress and little else.
In what looked to be a nest made out of silk and other valuable soft materials were some eggs and the Tenochitcoatl's husband, who looked like your typical Order hero.
Wait a minute... Shouldn't he be the one leading her around? He is the one that brought the bottle, letting her use his satchel, and... His thoughts would stop as he looked around the room before landing on the Mamono being cleaned by the larger Mamono. "Oh... She must be the mother... And he must be the father of them all..." He noted, seeing what Harriet was going to do or say.
Harriet stared in awe at all that the Mamono before her had accomplished, "Look at these priceless treasures! She even has Mamono cleaning her gorgeous scales!" Harriet said, "But I digress, we have to kill her now. Ryan?" Harriet said, readying her wings and talons. "Ready?"
"She is, and I whole-heartedly respect her... Maybe kill her was a poor choice of words, I'll work on that. I meant we need to throw her out of this place to be more... civil" Harriet tried to fix her wording, "Maybe we could reason with her, if all else fails, we'll take care of her," she said, relaxing and tucking her wings beside her, Harriet's eyes drooped. "Well, time for a nap... You'll have to talk to her for me Ryan. Goodnight" Harriet said, falling asleep.
"W-wait!" Ryan said as her eyes closed shut. "She... She just went to sleep... Right when we were in a Dragons den..." He clutched his fists, feeling a bit pissed. Why he outta... He then let out a sigh, calming down just a bit.He then turned to the Mamono being groomed.
"Excuse me, miss... May I have your name?" He better watch what he said... Things could end badly.
"Aren't you supposed to be the wise Owl Mage here?" He said with a sigh. "Well, you could try asking them to behave as a mother. If that doesn't work you give them a punishment. That's how I grew up in my household."
"I told my darling daughters to find the wayward Coatls and ask them to come here, if they don't then I will hunt those that didn't come and bring them." She said, before adding "Is that satisfactory?"
(Yeah, been awhile. Uh, I posted something on his wall. If he doesn't respond in, say, an hour lets go on without him I guess. Also, Shade, I recall you wanted to join the Journey RP. Still interested?)
Still leading around the giant slug, he'd see that his owl friend has gone and disappeared. "Wait, where'd she..." He then gave a heavy sigh seeing as she wandered off somewhere. Assuming she'd find him later, Ryan looked around for a place to rest.
Soon, a Half-Breed Mamono had found her way into the city, she didn't know where to go so she just wandered around before coming across 'The Hydra's Den', she looked at the sign which appeared to be a Hydra's seven head coiled around the words on the sign. She studied it for a minute before she sat down next to Ryan and crossed her legs.
Seeing as the slug entered the stable, he would head in the inn and take a seat at one of the tables, waiting for service. As the Half-Breed sat down at his table, he raised an eyebrow. "Do you have business with me...?"
"I'm doing a study on the Emberlights as I'm interested in this places culture, geography, and etc... That reminds me." He said while taking out his notebook to write down some more notes. "Anyways, are you also a stranger here?"
"Well, I've done some research on Elves and found that there are three main types. Wood Elves, High Elves, and Dark Elves. Appearance wise, Dark Elves have dark skin, High Elves have pointed ears that are elongated and Wood Elves have shorter ears but still pointed. That's how I tell the three races apart personally. I've also met my fair share of different Elves at my university."
"Really? Well, I inherited no magical properties from my Wood Elf bloodline, so I'm mostly Human. Though, my eyes are extremely sharp and so is my hearing" Rose said, standing up and drawing a bow, an arrow of magical energy appeared, Rose aimed at a wine bottle then shot the arrow. "Bull's Eye!" she cheered, sitting back down.
At this time, she was starting to get bored, "What is taking the service so long?" she asked looking around.
"It's not like I was aiming at anyone, AND the arrow didn't hit anyone. We should fine, at most I'll get a warning about shooting arrows and I'll have to pay for the wine" Rose said, already pulling out some coins to pay for the wine.
The only people in the inn were Rose, Ryan, a Savant, a Golem waitress, and the Saurian Bartender. The Golem shoots Rose a glare before cleaning up the mess she made. Afterwards she heads to their table.
The silence in the inn was shattered as the door was swung open. Entering the room was a Saurian completely covered by a cloak. The only things visible were a pair of glowing red eyes and the being's claws, and even then the claws were coated in metal.
The bartender gave a groan upon the arrival of the Saurian, the golem gave a sigh, and even the nearly passed out Savant managed to drag himself out of his drunken stupor to watch the new arrival.
Said arrival sat down and muttered something unintelligible. The golem seemed reluctant to attend to them.
If he had even briefly studied any work on the Emberlight Depths, he would know that Violight was one of it's greatest cities, and home to not only the main body of the Savants, but also their deity, The Abyssal Augur.
Indeed, the city was important enough to be the seat of power of one of the four High Lords, who were second only to the Ascendant, the ruler of the Emberlight Depths.
Though Ryan didn't know this, the Hjgh Lord of Violight had been overthrown a year ago. Thus bringing us to our new arrival.
This was Lord Sorin of Violight, currently he had nothing to his name except the clothes on his back and his life. He often came here to complain of the lack of action on the part of the other three High Lords.