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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1036 Post by Phaing » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:08 am

DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:42 am
He looks down again, "They haven't come back yet, but not tellin' how long that will last. If you are armed, I take it that means you are coming first?"
"Fine" She said with a huff. She didn't want to but it was the only way to go. She approached the rope and grabbed it. That is when she heard the clatter of Silvi's spear and turned around to see if they were up yet. Seeing Silvi climb up made the situation a little better, but she still went to cross the rope first.
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"If you can crawl along the top of the rope, that might be best. Head towards us, pull yourself along with your hands, and let one leg dangle for balance..."
He deos not think you have the strength for an over-hand pull, what with you being female and all.

When Raimius shows up, she will already have started across (in whatever way she decides to go).
The Rookie wrote:
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"You've seen me do things with ice all the time..."
"Yeah, but that was big, and fast!"

(visually, I was thinking of something out of "Frozen")
The Rookie wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:34 am
"I'm ok," Sylvi says through a few short gasps of air. She hurries to pull herself up right, extending an arm down to Raimius to help pull him to his feet too. "Quick, run ahead. I'll be right behind you."
And he's gone, time to see what Rita has gotten them into this time.
Sylvi may not be alone , more iron bars sound as if they have given way down there.

When he gets to the cell. "Hi Sven, where did that damn horse get off to.... holy!-" He sees what is happening. "Rita, you are NOT getting on that rope!"
"But-"
NOT until Annaria is safe on the other side." He marches up to the window. "And may the Gods have mercy on anyone that threatens that safety!"

Only Annaria can hear one of the convicts mutter; "Look at that sword, maybe this wasn't such a great idea..."
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1037 Post by The Rookie » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:42 am

Phaing wrote:"Yeah, but that was big, and fast!"

(visually, I was thinking of something out of "Frozen")
(Kind of, but far more chaotic. There's little elegance and grace to the whole affair, almost like there was a very aggressive ice storm, more than the nitpicky creative design.)
Phaing wrote:And he's gone, time to see what Rita has gotten them into this time.
Sylvi may not be alone , more iron bars sound as if they have given way down there.
Indeed, and that's something that needs to be addressed immediately.

Sylvi waits until after Raimius is out of range before she begins disenchanting the main supporting pillars she'd conjured up a few moments prior. There's no sense leaving the walk way for their avian friends to follow.

Just as an added precaution, Sylvi reinforces the top of the stairs with a phalanx of 3 meter long icicles, should any of the beast manage to make it to the top, as well as clearing any gaps that had given her and the others such difficulty before.

Sylvi cursed herself for wasting more precious mana on such defences, but reasoned to herself that it was necessary to secure their retreat; even if it was starting to make her feel a little weak.

Once that was complete, she makes her way towards the rest of the group gathering around the window.
Phaing wrote:When he gets to the cell. "Hi Sven, where did that damn horse get off to.... holy!-" He sees what is happening. "Rita, you are NOT getting on that rope!"
"But-"
NOT until Annaria is safe on the other side." He marches up to the window. "And may the Gods have mercy on anyone that threatens that safety!"

Only Annaria can hear one of the convicts mutter; "Look at that sword, maybe this wasn't such a great idea..."
Sylvi wasn't so kind to her faithful companion. "Sven, where have you been?! You were supposed to stay close to us and keep Rita safe. Not sneak off and wonder around the complex!" Turning to Rita "As for you missy, we'll talk later."

She seems as if she's about to scold Raimius for Rita "Taking after his side of the family", but that's when she sees the rope connecting to the building across, and the vixen dangling between.

She really can't turn her back on this lot for a moment without something else going wrong.
Phaing wrote: Only Annaria can hear one of the convicts mutter; "Look at that sword, maybe this wasn't such a great idea..."
((Roll for Keidran hearing perks?))

((Anyways, sorry for the delays. The holidays have seen me travelling all over, and this the only time I've really been able to sit down and write something up.
Merry Christmas, and happy New Year, by the way S:P ))
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1038 Post by DarkTheImmortal » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:32 am

(I is back from vacation. also w and q keys not working too well. Trying to make sure all are there but if there's a word that should have one that doesn't, you know why.)
Phaing wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:08 am
"If you can crawl along the top of the rope, that might be best. Head towards us, pull yourself along with your hands, and let one leg dangle for balance..."
He does not think you have the strength for an over-hand pull, what with you being female and all.
She may, but she takes the advice anyways. Once getting onto the rope she stumbles a bit to get balanced, but once she does she starts to slowly make her way across, not looking down as it would be better not to know if the birds are keeping a close eye on her.
Phaing wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:08 am
Only Annaria can hear one of the convicts mutter; "Look at that sword, maybe this wasn't such a great idea..."
She paused for a small moment after hearing that, but continued to press forward. She has the advantage now. They don't know where her weapons are or hat even they are. Going back would also be a bad idea as the bars keeping the birds out have already been bent. When she gets to the other side. She will make no attempts to reach for her daggers yet, and will try to act like she didn't hear them.

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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1039 Post by Phaing » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:05 am

(Doh! A whole week went by? Sorry, I'm back on it now)
The Rookie wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:42 am
She seems as if she's about to scold Raimius for Rita "Taking after his side of the family", but that's when she sees the rope connecting to the building across, and the vixen dangling between.

She really can't turn her back on this lot for a moment without something else going wrong.
Rita takes the opportunity to put her foot down, and since she knows she will have to go across eventually; "Well, I suppose that means I will be going next!"

She reaches for the rope, and finds herself dangling by the scruff of her coat, held by Raimius one-handed as he looks to Sylvi. "What I just saw back there, that was damned impressive. I have to be close to be that dangerous, mind bringing up the rear again?"
The Rookie wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:42 am
((Roll for Keidran hearing perks?))
see below...
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:32 am
She paused for a small moment after hearing that, but continued to press forward. She has the advantage now. They don't know where her weapons are or hat even they are. Going back would also be a bad idea as the bars keeping the birds out have already been bent. When she gets to the other side. She will make no attempts to reach for her daggers yet, and will try to act like she didn't hear them.
And it is the one of their voice that tells you that they might be just as afraid of you as you are of them.
WHen Annaria gets inside, helped along by them as time seems short here, she can notice something else about these men; they have no weapons. Nothing but a few iron bars and some wooden cudgels that used to parts of some sort of furniture. Not even a knife or a sling, as far as you can see...
And these guys have been holding off those Birds for days, at least.

((no, its not really like that 3rd Aliens movie, but then again, it kinda is))
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1040 Post by The Rookie » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:28 am

Phaing wrote:Rita takes the opportunity to put her foot down, and since she knows she will have to go across eventually; "Well, I suppose that means I will be going next!"

She reaches for the rope, and finds herself dangling by the scruff of her coat, held by Raimius one-handed as he looks to Sylvi. "What I just saw back there, that was damned impressive. I have to be close to be that dangerous, mind bringing up the rear again?"
Sylvi nods, giving an unspoken command to Sven to stand between the doorway and the window, pointing his antlers toward to sound of squawks and bending iron bars. "Yell out when it's safe to send Rita across, but don't be too long." she calls over her shoulder, as she too turns her attention on the door way.

"Rita, would you mind taking this?" she ask, offering her the lamp.


Phaing wrote:((no, its not really like that 3rd Aliens movie, but then again, it kinda is))
((Despite actively trying to forget the 3rd/4th films, I know what you mean S:P ))
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1041 Post by DarkTheImmortal » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:36 am

Phaing wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:05 am
And it is the one of their voice that tells you that they might be just as afraid of you as you are of them.
When Annaria gets inside, helped along by them as time seems short here, she can notice something else about these men; they have no weapons. Nothing but a few iron bars and some wooden cudgels that used to parts of some sort of furniture. Not even a knife or a sling, as far as you can see...
And these guys have been holding off those Birds for days, at least.

((no, its not really like that 3rd Aliens movie, but then again, it kinda is))
When she gets to the other side she sits down, making sure she can see the others though the window, to take a little breather after climbing the broken stairs and then crawling across the rope.Seeing them seemingly unarmed and scared was good for now but she was scared too after hearing what they said.
"So..." She says, trying to act cool, still trying to hide the fact she heard what they said. "How long have you been held up here with those... things out there?"
She looked out across to the other building to see that it looks like Raimius would be crossing next and she let out a slightly audible sigh.

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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1042 Post by Phaing » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:32 am

The Rookie wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:28 am
"Rita, would you mind taking this?" she ask, offering her the lamp.
"Sure," and Rita takes it before she even knows; "why?"

You can hear them, down below, with their claws tap-scratching the floorboards and their low gurgles, but you can't see the Birds down there yet.
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:36 am
When she gets to the other side she sits down, making sure she can see the others though the window, to take a little breather after climbing the broken stairs and then crawling across the rope.Seeing them seemingly unarmed and scared was good for now but she was scared too after hearing what they said.
"So..." She says, trying to act cool, still trying to hide the fact she heard what they said. "How long have you been held up here with those... things out there?"
She looked out across to the other building to see that it looks like Raimius would be crossing next and she let out a slightly audible sigh.
"Four days, I think. How... why did you come here? Did a rider make it through?"

Raimius goes hand-over-hand dragging his feet behind him, head forward and keeping an eye on all the convicts as he comes. Just a few feet shy of the window he reverses his hands and swings, entering the window feet-first and landing with one hand on his sword handle and the other on a knife, ready to draw. Stepping right up to Annaria's side he then takes a look around. ".... the hell?"
This isn't what Raimius was expecting, either.

"Okay, Rita, come on over." He shouts through the bars before asking these men anything.

And before he can ask them anything, Rita calls back; "Just a minute!"

"What?!"

"Hold on, I'm helping mom!"


Stand by for a thunderous burst of profanity in 3... 2... 1,,,
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1043 Post by The Rookie » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:36 am

Phaing wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:32 am
"Sure," and Rita takes it before she even knows; "why?"
"It's for Ana, and I sort of need both hands at the moment." she looks down to Rita, giving her a smirk. "Besides, I've seen your climbing. I bet you'd have no trouble getting across with a little extra weight." nodding her head toward the open window. "Seems like the perfect job for you."
Phaing wrote:You can hear them, down below, with their claws tap-scratching the floorboards and their low gurgles, but you can't see the Birds down there yet
Sylvi's ears begin flickering, and her expression sours. "Alright, Hon. Time for you to go."
Phaing wrote:"Okay, Rita, come on over." He shouts through the bars before asking these men anything.

And before he can ask them anything, Rita calls back; "Just a minute!"

"What?!"

"Hold on, I'm helping mom!"

Stand by for a thunderous burst of profanity in 3... 2... 1,,,
"Mom?!" Sylvi blurts out under her breath, unsure to if she should be touched by the gesture, concerned by it's implications, or just generally irritated that her father's pig headed influence seems to taking more and more hold each day.

"Oooooh no, over you go now." Giving Rita a soft guiding push back behind her and Sven. "You can help by getting the lamp to Ana in one piece, and by not getting eaten, alright?"
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1044 Post by DarkTheImmortal » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:12 pm

Phaing wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:32 am
"Four days, I think. How... why did you come here? Did a rider make it through?"
"Oh we were just wandering by when we came across this place and those things showed up." She purposely made it vague as to not give them too much information for now. "I've never seen anything like those before."
Phaing wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:32 am
Raimius goes hand-over-hand dragging his feet behind him, head forward and keeping an eye on all the convicts as he comes. Just a few feet shy of the window he reverses his hands and swings, entering the window feet-first and landing with one hand on his sword handle and the other on a knife, ready to draw. Stepping right up to Annaria's side he then takes a look around. ".... the hell?"
This isn't what Raimius was expecting, either.
She was relieved that someone else was over now. "They don't seem too dangerous, at least since they haven't attacked me." She said to Raimius, attempting to not scare them into attacking.
She stands up and brushes her clothing to get any dust off, then takes a quick glance over to the other building to make sure nothing has happened to them.

(Sorry for the short and long wait reply, I'm drawing blanks on what to do atm. Maybe has something to do with school being back in session)

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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1045 Post by Phaing » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:35 am

The Rookie wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:36 am
"It's for Ana, and I sort of need both hands at the moment." she looks down to Rita, giving her a smirk. "Besides, I've seen your climbing. I bet you'd have no trouble getting across with a little extra weight." nodding her head toward the open window. "Seems like the perfect job for you."
"Oh, right." Rita ties the handle of the lamp to her belt. "Gotta keep my hands free, right?"
The Rookie wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:36 am
"Oooooh no, over you go now." Giving Rita a soft guiding push back behind her and Sven. "You can help by getting the lamp to Ana in one piece, and by not getting eaten, alright?"
"Right!" she sighs, tween exasperation writ large all over her face and posture. Then she lights up with a smile as she decides to make it a bit more fun. Sylvi is being so encouraging, after all.

Rita jumps at the rope, climbing on top of it. No, not tightrope-walking, she is laying on top of the rope, headed for the other building and pulling herself along. She balances with one leg dangling down, and the other pushing her forward.

Sylvi can hear it, they are testing the stairs now, and one large head soon appears, scanning the landing carefully.
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:12 pm
She was relieved that someone else was over now. "They don't seem too dangerous, at least since they haven't attacked me." She said to Raimius, attempting to not scare them into attacking.
"Why would we do that?"
"Yeah, we ain't that hungry!"
"Yet."
Raimius waves them down. "Where DID these things come from?"

Before they can answer-
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:12 pm
She stands up and brushes her clothing to get any dust off, then takes a quick glance over to the other building to make sure nothing has happened to them.
Raimius nods. "Go over there and help the little show-off in here... I don't even want to look." he grumbles.

Rita arrives, and she is going to hesitate. It looks as if she isn't sure about how to dismount from the rope and climb in through the window.
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1046 Post by The Rookie » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:06 pm

Phaing wrote:"Oh, right." Rita ties the handle of the lamp to her belt. "Gotta keep my hands free, right?"
Sylvi pauses a moment before the edges of her mouth curls into a smile. "Clever girl, I'd never have thought of that. I was just going to suggest biting down and carrying it like a dog with a... Stick..." her voice trails off and her smile fades, replaced by a deep sigh of regret as she realises how that suggestion must sound coming from someone like her. "If you make any jokes about playing fetch I'm taking dessert away for a fortnight..."
Phaing wrote:"Right!" she sighs, tween exasperation writ large all over her face and posture. Then she lights up with a smile as she decides to make it a bit more fun. Sylvi is being so encouraging, after all.

Rita jumps at the rope, climbing on top of it. No, not tightrope-walking, she is laying on top of the rope, headed for the other building and pulling herself along. She balances with one leg dangling down, and the other pushing her forward.
"Show off... " Sylv mutters with a tinge of pride. A sentiment that Sven echos with a nod.
Phaing wrote:Sylvi can hear it, they are testing the stairs now, and one large head soon appears, scanning the landing carefully.
"<[censored]..>" The she-wolf expletives, looking for a lose stone or chunk of tile to throw down range at the curious raptor to dissuade him from growing bolder.

Taking Sven by his thick jaw, Sylvi reassures the majestic elk that everything was going to be ok; giving him a soft stroke before disenchanting her familiar and returning his essence to the bead upon her wrist.

Should the bird continue to make ground, Sylv will back further and further towards the windowsill; waiting for Rita to make her way across before starting the climb herself. There's no certainty it'd carry both their weight.

At this point she'll begin channelling some mana from her spear, just in case she'd need another barrier or deterrent to keep her stalkers at bay.
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1047 Post by DarkTheImmortal » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:49 am

Phaing wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:35 am
"Why would we do that?"
"Yeah, we ain't that hungry!"
"Yet."
Raimius waves them down. "Where DID these things come from?"

Before they can answer-
"Well I appreciate it either way. It's not easy being a keidran in human lands." She said. Shortly after, she quickly grumbles under her breath "<don't need to be hungry to kill me though.>" She's assuming they don't speak keidran and hoping she said it quietly enough to where they didn't hear..
Phaing wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:35 am
Raimius nods. "Go over there and help the little show-off in here... I don't even want to look." he grumbles.

Rita arrives, and she is going to hesitate. It looks as if she isn't sure about how to dismount from the rope and climb in through the window.
"Right-o" She exclaims, quickly making her way to the window, watching Rita cross in a similar fashion as she had.
Once Rita gets to the other end and sees her hesitate. "Need help? I can grab you and pull you in if you'd like. We should hurry either way to get Silvi to start crossing." She said, glancing behind Rita to make sure Silvi is till there.

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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1048 Post by Phaing » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:39 am

There is an small wooden stool near Sylvi's feet, one of it's legs is missing.
The Rookie wrote:
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Taking Sven by his thick jaw, Sylvi reassures the majestic elk that everything was going to be ok; giving him a soft stroke before disenchanting her familiar and returning his essence to the bead upon her wrist.
Sven is not eager to go, but he has to assume that Sylvi knows best.
Before he evaporates, Sven sounds a panicked-sounding squeal, and it has exactly the effect he was hoping for.
Did we forget about that last horse?
Yes, one made it up here, and Sven's call is all it takes to make the poor animal bolt from it's hiding place and go charging around the galleries. If Sven had still been there he would have suffered a collision, and as i is Sylvi had better be well back into that cell when the crazed beast goes by. There is only one way out, and down it goes.
The Rookie wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Should the bird continue to make ground, Sylv will back further and further towards the windowsill; waiting for Rita to make her way across before starting the climb herself. There's no certainty it'd carry both their weight.

At this point she'll begin channelling some mana from her spear, just in case she'd need another barrier or deterrent to keep her stalkers at bay.

The birds heard that too, and they start coming up the stairs more boldly now, you can see them clearly... and that is only the start of their troubles. Sylvi's attacks will be distracting and maybe even harmful to them, but that only helps the charging horse. These birds enjoy feasting on such animals, but not when this half-ton battering ram made of horseflesh is coming down on them! One Bird manages an incredible sideways leap, hooking one leg over the railing on the far side of the gallery from Sylvi.
You can't see the other birds, but there is a crash and the sound of breaking things... bones included. One of the birds is mewling patheticallym dying, and the one hanging impotently from the railing is looking straight at Sylvi with the most malevolent look she has probably ever seen from an animal.

Yeah, its personal now.
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:49 am
"Well I appreciate it either way. It's not easy being a keidran in human lands." She said.
"Oh yeah?" one of the prisoners sneers. "How great do you think it is being a human convict in Human lands, eh sweetie?"
DarkTheImmortal wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:49 am
"Right-o" She exclaims, quickly making her way to the window, watching Rita cross in a similar fashion as she had.
Once Rita gets to the other end and sees her hesitate. "Need help? I can grab you and pull you in if you'd like. We should hurry either way to get Silvi to start crossing." She said, glancing behind Rita to make sure Silvi is till there.
Rita gets fancy, and swings off the rope to jump the last few feet. And that was a mistake.
She lands on her feet, but that ledge is still a little slippery. Rita panics when a Bird below squawks and stands there waving her arms around to get her balance back.

Annaria can grab her, that isn't the problem. The problem is, as soon as she does, some helpful soul grabs at her, from behind. One arm goes around your waist, and one hand grabs your tail.
:roll:
From that alone, you know it isn't Raimius. And, while he might be trying to help, he didn't grab the base, but about half a foot farther along, and he is trying to haul you back into the cell.

About the only good thing is that Rita hasn't cried out, but that also means that Raimius isn't getting that warning that something is wrong.
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1049 Post by The Rookie » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:33 am

Phaing wrote:There is an small wooden stool near Sylvi's feet, one of it's legs is missing.
Sylvi grabs the small stool by one of it legs and hurls down range towards the approaching birds with tremendous force; staggering a few feet forward once it left her hand.

((I'm completely unsure what to do with this other than throwing it.))
Phaing wrote:Sven is not eager to go, but he has to assume that Sylvi knows best.
Before he evaporates, Sven sounds a panicked-sounding squeal, and it has exactly the effect he was hoping for.
Did we forget about that last horse?
"Hey hey, easy! Easy, it’s ok! What's wrong with y-" She freezes mid sentence as the sound of thunderous hooves cover beckoning from behind.
Phaing wrote:Yes, one made it up here, and Sven's call is all it takes to make the poor animal bolt from it's hiding place and go charging around the galleries. If Sven had still been there he would have suffered a collision, and as i is Sylvi had better be well back into that cell when the crazed beast goes by. There is only one way out, and down it goes.
Using her keen Keidran senses, Sylvi leaps out of the way, pushing herself against the cell wall as hard as she could just as the panicked beast charges past; various curses fill the chamber.

Once the horse has gone by, Sylv runs out to witness the carnage as it unfolds
Phaing wrote:The birds heard that too, and they start coming up the stairs more boldly now, you can see them clearly... and that is only the start of their troubles. Sylvi's attacks will be distracting and maybe even harmful to them, but that only helps the charging horse. These birds enjoy feasting on such animals, but not when this half-ton battering ram made of horseflesh is coming down on them! One Bird manages an incredible sideways leap, hooking one leg over the railing on the far side of the gallery from Sylvi.
You can't see the other birds, but there is a crash and the sound of breaking things... bones included. One of the birds is mewling patheticallym dying, and the one hanging impotently from the railing is looking straight at Sylvi with the most malevolent look she has probably ever seen from an animal.
“Oh... Fuuuuck...” Sylv mutters in disbelieving horror, as she stares back to meet this thing’s gaz;, its plumage and distinguishing features burning into her mind, having the distinct feeling that she’ll come across this thing again before long.

With this last detail, Sylvi abandons her plan to wait for Rita to cross and decides it’s now or never. ((Rita would likely have made it by now, but Sylvi wouldn't know for sure without looking away)) Backing up with her eyes still fixated on the raptor’s, Sylvi holds out her spear towards the beast while using her tail in a sweeping motion to feel for the window. Her movements are slow and mechanical, not unlike what she and Raimius had done during their first encounter.

Once she feels the cold brush of stone against her rear, she immediately spins around and is out the window in a flash. Leaping several feet and attempting to grab the line in flight than risk being dragged back through the window while attempting to slowly meander across at her usual pace.
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Re: The Daily Beasts (open)

#1050 Post by DarkTheImmortal » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:43 am

Phaing wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:39 am
Rita gets fancy, and swings off the rope to jump the last few feet. And that was a mistake.
She lands on her feet, but that ledge is still a little slippery. Rita panics when a Bird below squawks and stands there waving her arms around to get her balance back.

Annaria can grab her, that isn't the problem. The problem is, as soon as she does, some helpful soul grabs at her, from behind. One arm goes around your waist, and one hand grabs your tail.
:roll:
From that alone, you know it isn't Raimius. And, while he might be trying to help, he didn't grab the base, but about half a foot farther along, and he is trying to haul you back into the cell.

About the only good thing is that Rita hasn't cried out, but that also means that Raimius isn't getting that warning that something is wrong.
And grab her she does. Rita may not cry out, but when the person grabs her tail she lets out a quick "yip" and freezes. If she wasn't being pulled herself she may have just stood there holding Rita. The pulling didn't help either.

Once she is let go of, she starts rubbing her tail and moves away, speaking quickly with a quivering voice. "Nononono, don't grab tails, especially don't pull it." She turns around to look at whoever did it. "It's not a handle and feels very unpleasant when grabbed."

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