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Posted on Jan 14 2018, 4:52 AM. (Edited: Jan 17 2018, 8:44 PM by Jaxx.)
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This place seemed so desolate and dark. It was obvious all life had been stripped away from a fire some time ago. It raged and ripped through the landscape burning trees to the ground and charring others that remained standing. It was an awful sight to see there was no longer any color. Just ash and dust that stung the eyes and clouded the lungs. Jaxx knew why there was no one else here; it was tragic. Much like her own story - well not really. Jaxx simply left her mountaintop alone because her herd didn't think a world existed outside of it. Jaxx knew better and she had proven to herself she was smarter than others thought her to be. Now that she here on the ground, she wasn't going back. Jaxx shuffled her wings and shook her head nervously while she strode through the darkness of the forest to find whatever destination she was heading to. Jaxx didn't like this place one bit and wanted the skies to fly in again. Though her horn that lit the darkness made it easier to see, it didn't make her more comfortable. It wasn't as if she could fly out of here or use her horn in defense as it was.


Jaxx came to a clearing and a sigh of relief slipped from between her pursed gray lips. At least she could stretch out her wings here, but the canopies still acted as a cage. While perhaps she could break the branches with her own body, those were injuries that would like not to have as she thought of the two scars she had on her body. She had enough accidents in her lifetime to avoid more. In the clearing, she could see others that had been through here at one time or another and it was comforting to know that there were no skeletons around. It meant that there indeed was a way out. But which way? Would it be better if Jaxx waited for someone to guide her? Maybe. In the meantime, Jaxx opened up her massive twelve-foot wingspan and let them have a good long stretch. Maybe she could clear the ash a bit and make it so she could see the ground and breathe easier. When she kicked the ash with a hoof and watch the cloud billow for a while, she thought better of it. She allowed her wings to hang loose for the time being so the joints would not settle into rigor mortis again. Occasionally, she would hold them vertically to also get the blood pumping back toward her heart before hanging them loose again. After a few moments of this, she tucked her wings away again and looked around. Nothing ever changed with this landscape did it?


Jaxx knew she blended in with the landscape very well with her muted colors, so she instead kept her horn lit at middle intensity. Jaxx had the ability to control how bright the tip was which was useful for blinding enemies, but also to find her way. She could even make it dim for aesthetic purposes. For now, it was middle so that she could both see and not blind who would come up to her. Call it a beacon as you will. Probably not the smartest idea out here, but she didn't think other predators would actually be hunting out here either. Unless they ate the horse bone and all. Still not likely. Jaxx trusted she would get out at some point, but she wasn't sure when. Jaxx supposed she would have to wait until someone came to "claim" her.
"Speech."


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."




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Posted on Jan 15 2018, 2:25 PM. (Edited: Jan 20 2018, 3:31 PM by Tantibus.)
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The man was never up to any good, not anymore.
 
Since the tragic – assumed – passing of his wife and daughter, Tantibus had been led astray by the tauntings of his very own mind. The sense of self that he was exuding was, in fact, nothing at all like the man he truly was, unfortunately unbeknownst to those who had to witness, or experience first-hand, his nightmarish tendencies. By this point, his emotional seclusion had become his unravelling for so long that there was no telling when the man would regain his kind, charming behaviour that Khadeeya had taught him. This ‘phase’ he was experiencing was nothing like the smarmy exuberance of his youth, but something altogether quite more disturbing. The wiring of his head had in fact somehow changed, so that his intentions were no longer good and honourable, but most definitely the very opposite.
 
Today, you might say the dishonour of his intentions was temporarily put on hold, but on closer inspection would likely wish to take back your words. He was here, for the third time, in the claiming grounds, but for the first time with a purpose lit well in his mind. He had settled well with Syrilth and the Lyrus army, but as his mind grew constantly darker and darker, so did his actions. Eventually, the Queen of the herd he now called home would find out and no doubt she would be immensely displeased. Now, what honourable queen would allow a Knight beneath her name to be committing such distasteful crimes?
 
So, his intentions on this day were to woo his Queen. Perhaps woo was not the correct word, but rather, she would be more likely to look past his insanities if he worked occasionally to serve the herd like the loyal Knight he was intended to be. He would bring her home another member to fill out the Lyrus ranks, he had decided, and see what thanks she had to inflate his ego after that.
 
The Claiming Grounds had been quiet for quite some time now. The stallion had, on rare occasion, passed by on his travels, looking over the ashen fields to watch for any new blood that may be worth a conversation. Besides the few stragglers that had already been picked up by scouts and creatures of other herds, there was most often nothing. Today he had ventured in with a higher purpose in his head and a distinct sense of determination; it was near as empty as usual, but this time there was a winged beast who caught his eye immediately. Granted, her pretty dappled coat was not as eye-catching as some of the extravagantly coloured creatures out there, but Tantibus had a keen eye for pretty creatures, and his determination only seemed to enhance his spotting ability. Besides, it was less the mare’s coat that took his attention but rather her splayed, somewhat angelic, wings, and her spiralled horn that appeared to be radiating a soft white glow.
 
He set out toward her at a startling pace, his cloven hooves swallowing the ground and throwing a cloud of black ash around him. His leonine tail swung out behind him and his eyes remained trained on his target. Within a few hundred metres of where the mare stood, though, he slowed to a leisurely trot before coming to a prompt halt an appropriate distance away. While his mind might’ve been swimming with unspeakable thoughts, today was not a day for despicable behaviour. He was here to be charming, to honour his herd even if it was partially in falsity, and so he plastered a charming, warm grin on his chiselled features.
 
He dipped his head towards the mare, careful not to let his bony antlers or swinging piranha skulls brush with her own glowing appendage. He took note briefly of the two scars marring her hide and wondered what it was that could’ve caused them. Could it be he had happened upon another warrior, or was there some other excuse for such battle marks?
 
”Good afternoon, m’lady,” he began, voice as warm as melted chocolate amongst the cold-hearted remains of the Claiming Ground plains. ”What pretty wings you have,” his tone was unusually non-predatory, going for a truly complimentary intention rather than that of the ‘big bad wolf’. ”And your horn and bracelets, too,” he mused – nothing he spoke thus far was a lie. The man stood many a hand above this new creature, in fact he wasn’t sure he had met anyone quite as small in his time here thus far, but the size worked well for her. Cute was perhaps the wrong word, tainted by the magnificence of her feathers and elegance of her silvered coat, but she was somewhere between cute and beautiful.
 
”My name is Tantibus. What brings you here?”

Jaxx he's a little crazy, but no worries he won't harm her, he's just here to invite her to Lyrus if she wants c:


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Posted on Jan 15 2018, 3:19 PM.
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pour salt into the wounds and let it bleed
It had been a slow day, to say the least. The sun had taken forever to rise, and now it was taking an eternity to reach its peak. It was near that time in the day near noon when Caelian decided he was entirely bored. He lay on his side, his neck stretched out and his head laying on the ground. He couldn’t say it was the best spot, right outside the claiming grounds where the ash mixed well with the leaves. So he let out a sigh and rolled his blue eyes back into his head for a second, before rolling and pushing himself up onto his dark hooves. It was time he’d do something.

For some reason, he did not set off toward the mountains in the near distance, but went the other way entirely, toward the ashen landscape. He had a feeling that he hadn’t had since he got here, a feeling that other life was near. Not just any other life, but equine life. He wasn’t sure if it was a feeling to follow, but he didn’t have anything better to do with his day. With quick hooves, he nearly leaped into a run and sped through the forest, creating a wake of ash behind him. With ears perked, he listened for any sign of equine life.

Then suddenly he heard voices, or a voice. He stopped abruptly, skidding across the landscape for a few feet until he stood up straight again. His ears maneuvered until he had pinpointed the exact location of the voice, and followed it to a small clearing. For a moment, he stood in the shadows of the charred trees and watched the two converse for a moment. The one in the centre of the clearing was beautiful, if to say short. Her dapple coat was alluring, and her elegant wings were just as gorgeous. Her horn resembled his own in its spiralling form, and for a moment, a picture of his sister went through his mind. With a shake of his head, Caelian rid her of his thoughts and turned his gaze on the other, a stallion. He had unique antlers atop his head with skulls hanging down, and a skull of a stag on his own. Caelian could see that the strange creature possessed lean muscle, just as himself, and would be one to reckon with. His colouring was unique, as if the ash had an influence on what colour it turned. It was a sooty black fading into tainted cooper. He held a few unique red marking on his coat, though Caelian was done examining.

The freckled stallion stepped out of the shadows at nearly a right angle of the other stallion and walked straight up to the mare. Caelian met the other’s hazel eyes for a moment, his brilliant blue ones tinted with a sense of mystery, before he turned his head down to the pretty mare before him. He bowed to her, his legs spreading apart to allow his neck the flexibility. While in the bow, he flicked his eyes up to her and smiled before standing up straight once more. ”Where I come from all beauty is artificial, fake. It is rare to find one so naturally beautiful.” A flirt he could be, but it was a simple compliment. Honestly, he was looking to add a little life to his day, and if he could edge on the other stallion, it would make this day a little more memorable.

He circled halfway around the mare so that she was between him and the other stallion, Tantibus from what Caelian had heard. He then turned and lowered his head to the mare’s ear. ”Scary looking, isn’t he?” Caelian mused quietly, before raising his head again and trotting a small half-circle outward, so they all stood in a line with even lengths between each other. ”My name is Caelian.” He had nothing to say and do after that announcement.
866 WORDS FOR Jaxx AND tantibus ― i need to fix this template. its not working all the way i want it to. and i can tell either im not used to caelian or my roleplay is a little rusty


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Posted on Jan 17 2018, 8:38 PM. (Edited: Jan 17 2018, 8:50 PM by Jaxx.)
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Jaxx gave another hefty sigh, but only because her lungs needed fresh air and her wings needed to carry her through the skies. Jaxx wasn't accustomed to being on the ground for so long, but it was nice when she was from time to time. The only exception was being in a place like this. Jaxx would rather fly out of here than stay. If it weren't for the danger of trees she would gladly be gone by now. Knowing her wings had enough of being hung loosely, Jaxx tucked them back in above her withers gently. The sun had risen a little more in the sky and the area became slightly brighter now, but it never changed the mood. The silver Arabian Pegasi still matched the color of the landscape minus her eyes and could have hidden if she wanted to. However, there was no point to that now because the sound of hoof beats was heading her way at a fast pace before quickly slowing down as they arrived.


Instinctively, Jaxx spread her wings wide and brightened her horn to blind anyone arriving. She didn't know exactly who it was or why they were coming so fast, but at least they would be someone intimidated, right? Even though Jaxx looked a little shorter than anticipated, the dip in ground level she was at now made her seem that way. When she backed up a bit, she rose a little and her hooves were more revealed now. Jaxx was indeed beautiful, definitely not the term cute, but she also wasn't intended to be underestimated either. When the stallion arrived, she looked him over and wasn't sure what to make of his appearance. The stallion was a sooty black that changed to a lighter brown along his spine and head. His mane was short though his forelock was long, and the two other differences were the deer skull he wore on his head and the different tail he adorned. Revan tried to imagine why he could possibly be wearing such a thin and what the piranha skulls meant hanging from each three prong antler, but she did not ask. Fear and confusion took most of the voice out of her. When the stallion spoke and greeted her politely, she calmed down a bit and lowered the brightness of her horn and tucked in her wings again. The horn was now dimmed so that they could both see each other well without being blinded.


"I'm.. I'm Jaxx." SHe said as calmly as she could still not able to understand the appearance of the new stallion. Perhaps this was because of the lands here and that there were other horses of different appearances compared to her. The more she examined him the more curious she became until finally, she was calm enough to feel comfortable for the time being. It was nice that the stallion noticed so much of her which made her question just what his intentions were. "Thank you. Tantibus is it? I am here well... I guess I am here to learn about the world and not stay stuck up on the mountain my family herd refuses to leave." she said with a scoff. "There is more to life than what the mountain has and I am here to find it." Jaxx had never seen another horse like Tantibus before, so she could mark this off as a new experience already. Then, another stallion arrived and this time larger, but more slender as well.


This new stallion was almost black with freckles, obsidian-like mane and tail, and purple horns. He was not as muscular as the other stallion with a skull of another animal on his head, but he did show a little more arrogance it seemed. Jaxx perked a brow and nodded in agreement with his comment about being scary. "Maybe... But it's actually kind of cool." she said with interest. Jaxx was able to closer examine the other stallion this time and saw that his mane and tail was not made of rock, but actually very soft. When the other stallion trotted off to the side and was of equal distance to everyone, he announced his name as Caelian and she nodded in greeting. "I am Jaxx, or you might have heard since you were close by, to begin with. I could hear you when you arrived." Jaxx said with a smirk. One thing that she had gained since living on a mountain was sensitive hearing. Since everything echoed so much, she was able to pinpoint the source of noises a little easier at times. With this setting being in a forest with no sources to bounce off of, Caelian was easier to pinpoint.

(Wow I miscalculated my hands lol... I meant to make her 16 hands but I thought 12 hands would have been the 5.5 feet I was imagining. Lol Nope! She isn't a pony for sure.. Maybe it's a dip in the ash. Who knows.)
"Speech."


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."




tantibus Caelian


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Posted on Jan 20 2018, 3:31 PM. (Edited: Jan 20 2018, 3:32 PM by Tantibus.)
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As he approached, the woman shifted where she stood and suddenly rose a few inches in height. For a brief moment Tantibus was entirely bewildered, though he found the sense to look down at her hooves and realised she had been stood in somewhat of a divot in the sand whilst he had galivanted towards her. She was not the pretty, miniscule creature he had thought her to be, but rather a height not too dissimilar to his own. Still pretty, though. Unfortunately this had no ability to change things in his intended dynamic with her: while she was no longer small enough for him to think of her as a pony or a small child, his intention was still to bring her back with him to Lyrus. As his feigned gentlemanly ways would have it, he could not likely be his despicable self with a mare of his own herd. It was far too obvious, too conspicuous, and he would most certainly be immediately disciplined. 
 
The change in height wasn’t all Tantibus noticed about this new mare: as he slowed and opened his mouth to speak, she suddenly began to radiate a bright white light from the crown of her head. Her hooves, too, seemed to glow strangely silver. He squinted against the light but spoke anyway, now more curious than ever as to who this woman was. When she spoke her reply, the vivid light seemed to dim and her feathered appendages folded back into themselves against her sides. A soft smile broke his lips – at least she wasn’t deathly afraid of him, though the tone with which she spoke suggested at least a little apprehension. Perhaps apprehension was to be understood, however. While most here were familiar with peculiar equine appearances, the occasional few were not. This mare possessed traits of both Pegasus and unicorns, yes, but besides that her coat was relatively natural. More beautiful than the majority of mares he had looked upon, but he was not bemused by her confusion at the skull on his head and the marks on his chest. And the leonine nature of his tail, the antlers between his ears, the other skulls hanging from those, need I go on? He was lucky the peculiarities of his appearance worked well for him: he was scary, but he knew it was in the handsome kind of way.
 
She spoke his name with a questioning hitch at the end, and he nodded reassuringly to tell her the pronunciation was correct. He continued nodding politely at her response, a knowing smile creeping over his maw as she spoke of there being more to life than that which she already knows. The stallion holds a certain admiration for those seeking more in life. They are the ones who yearn for adventure and consequently almost always the most exciting. His mouth was just beginning to widen with a reply when a slightly taller but skinnier black stallion rudely interrupted. His words were not insulting so much as conceited and irritating. The way he pranced about was considerably petty and, had the time been any other and Tantibus was not attempting to woo Jaxx into joining Lyrus, he would quite frankly have beaten him to the ground. He had no idea if this black man was going to try to steal the mare for another herdland, but he was pissed off by him nevertheless. Fortunately the stallion was trained in keeping his temper under control and knew any retaliation would only serve to scare the fae off. Keeping his lunacy in tow was difficult as was without a pratty distraction trotting ballerina circles around him, but this was all for a bigger cause.
 
He decided the best way to skirt this issue was in ignoring the other stallion, who had now named himself Caelian, and focus on Jaxx instead. Looking completely past the black figure between them, he smiled apologetically at the mare, ”I may look a little different, yes, but I assure you there is nothing scary about me.” this was one of the biggest lies he could’ve told, yes, but the mare would never have to know that. She was safe from his antics within Lyrus, and therefore the target was washed from her back. When she said his appearance was ‘cool’, the warm smile on his expression grew a little wider. ”Thankyou, Jaxx,” he dipped his head in quiet appreciation.
 
”Indeed, there is more to life than mountains.” he nodded with approval. ”In fact, I hail from the herd of Lyrus. Syrilth is our Queen and we hail from the Red Wastes. Not the most appealing of land names, I realise, but I love it with all my heart and I say it deserves a chance. Would you say you are looking for a change in scenery?”

Jaxx & Caelian Smile


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Posted on Jan 20 2018, 9:42 PM. (Edited: Jan 20 2018, 9:47 PM by Caelian.)
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pour salt into the wound and let it bleed
Caelian let out a sigh across the clearing, his elegant head dropping slightly and his eyes falling to the ashy ground, but he flicked the baby blues quickly back to watch the equines before him. Their conversations continued, and tension grew in the air as the skull-headed steed opposite of the freckled one struggled to remain calm. This observation made the high-class, pompous man smile, yet he remained still to watch the rest of the scene unfold before him.

The tall steed had not overlooked what the now-taller mare had uttered. She had good hearing. Perhaps it was due to where she had grown up. Mostly likely. It was a quality that had to be learned through years of experience.

Caelian lifted his head up again to its full height and stood straight, shifting the weight on his hind legs. He narrowed his eyes as the sooty stallion continued, almost entirely ignoring the freckled one, which only amused the magisterial male. What he said make Caelian raise his brow, causing his blue eyes to look wider. Nothing scary about him, what a lie. The freckled man could tell from the other’s head to toe that he had had a past, and that he was fully capable of taking what he wanted. Yet, he was holding back… for the lady. When he finally spurted off why he had come, Caelian finally broke into a true smile, his white teeth showing.

”A hoity-toity pecking order,” he nearly spat, his eyes growing cold. He had had has time in a hierarchy system, and he knew first-hand how miserable it could be. He stood a step forward, throwing his head to the side a bit, to catch both Jaxx and Tantibus’s gaze. ”Say Jaxx wanted to join this duchy of sorts, would she not be nothing more than a low commoner? What is the cost of such a life.” Caelian’s gaze snapped back to the stallion, and he advanced further upon the other equine. ”And what are you… a knight at the royal round table? Or are you a serf, forever doomed to serve a queen you might not even like.” His black hooves stepped back, his head held high and a clear smile twinkling in his crystal clear eyes. ”Pardon my manners,” he said through clenched teeth, ”You have no idea what I’ve been through.”

For two moments, he held the hazel gaze of the presumably knight, his furrowed and piercing, before he let the tension break and whipped his head to the Arabian pegasus. He slid toward her, his steps long and graceful, but instead of stopping, he walked straight past her. ”Jaxx,” he spoke as he continued trotting slowly away. ”You might want to know a bit more about hierarchies before throwing yourself into one.”

And just like that, the freckled stallion left them to do their bidding. Or at least, that’s what he made it seem like. He exited the clearing, his dark form instantly fading into the darkness of the forest, before making a large circle and coming back around to watch them in the shadows, his eyes piercing the black. He did not intend to leave them just yet, but he did want to watch Jaxx. Caelian became concerned about her and the knight’s offer. If she joined a life that he had once known, one of horror and misery, it would nag at his heart until he could do nothing but live in guilt. She would slip through his fingers and he would know he could’ve saved her. However, his thoughts of this kingdom and Queen could be false, and she would live a life of pleasure in the Red Wastes. He would leave her to her life and probably never see her again, though he hoped that would not happen.

Caelian shook his head, clearing his roaming thoughts. For now, he would wait and watch. There was nothing more he could do.
879 WORDS FOR Jaxx AND tantibus ― hmm maybe i should get my writing skills together. this is so jumpy and doesn’t flow whatsoever || if you need an image to go with caelian, rn this picture is giving me the caelian vibe


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Posted on Jan 20 2018, 11:47 PM.
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(Going Tableless for now before work. tantibus Caelian)

Jaxx only watched as the freckled stallion showed that he had been had but continued on anyway. Jaxx wasn't sure who Caelian was or what history he had come from, but it seemed he had a history. And this history had carried on with him even into new social interactions. Jaxx rolled her eyes and shook her head with a smirk. Caelian was different, but he seemed to care about her well being through his mannerisms and basically disrespecting the antlered stallion Tantibus in front of her. Jaxx allowed Caelian to finish what he said, and as soon as it was silent, she took her turn even as he wandered away into the darkness. Her ears rotated to hear exactly where he was since he was still in visual sight of them, and she shook her head again. "He's over there behind me. But anyway." she stated with a sigh. "If you are trying to be nice for me, don't. Whatever personality you have, you may as well not put on a mask because I don't trust others who hide who they are. You don't scare me, and you won't either." Jaxx perked a brow in curiosity to see if he would actually reveal more of his true self. Jaxx had to admit that he indeed seemed to be overly nice in a sense of being respectful and not wanting to scare her off with his wooing of going to his herd. 

"But do answer the questions Caelian asked. If I were to go with you rather than travel alone, what would be in it for me?" she asked. She had been in good and bad hierarchies before and she would be able to fly off at moments notice if she had to. That was why her horn could shine so brightly anyhow and she can activate it within a second to flash her opponents. It did little to defend herself with otherwise. "I am looking for a herd, but I will not be a slave or a possession for anyone else." Not that Revan was anyhow from where she came from. Revan actually had a good decent life, but the herd never traveled anywhere but the mountain so it made it impossible to do anything beyond staying in their stony citadel. The silver Arabian pegasi had felt it in her heart that they were not to be secluded and shy, but she had little say in the matter till she turned three when she could actually make decisions for herself. 

Jaxx was curious about Tantibus and could tell he was interested in bringing her back with him. But Caelian was different in his arrogance and whatever he had gone through. It must have dealt such a blow to him to act differently to where he cared and yet he didn't show he cared. Why was Caelian interested in her well being to begin with? Jaxx wasn't sure how to act with Caelian being the way he was or what he was trying to do. He had no herd and that was possibly on purpose. She did think she might run into him again at some point, she just wasn't sure when.  

"What are the Red Wastes? Some sort of Desert?" Jass asked in curiosity. Jaxx had seen deserts from the distance before, but she never actually ventured to one. Her old herd members often told her stories about how hot they were and that there was no water to be found unless you knew exactly where to go. The sand ran for miles and the plants were dangerous weapons against the curious minds who looked or touched one. Some were edible, and some were toxic. Jaxx was always told to avoid such plants if she wanted to live and see the next day - which was the other reason why she stayed away from the desert. One could get so lost in it that they would never be found again, body laying lifeless for the vultures to feed off of for who knows how long as her skin becomes leather like and not decompose due to the heat and the dry salty air from the sand blowing into the skies.


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Posted on Jan 24 2018, 11:50 AM. (Edited: Jan 24 2018, 11:50 AM by Tantibus.)
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It's a lucky thing Tantibus' insanity wasn't any further along or this man who called himself Caelian might've found he was missing a few limbs. The skullfaced stallion had no tolerance for time wasters and suspected the mare, Jaxx, had not come here in search of one either. The black stag had proven he reigned from no herd, he had merely invited himself to the conversation in attempt to deter the mare from what she seemed to have already decided. Perhaps he had his own bad experiences within herd-based hierarchies, but surely that was not to say he held any stance in discouraging others who had made up their mind. 

As Caelian spoke once more, addressing him clearly with something of disgust and spite, Tantibus could not withhold the smirk on his lips. Evidently this man knew nothing of the systems in Lyrus, how fair and noble they are. His apology, or pardon, at least, was unexpected but Tanti suspected he should take it with a pinch of salt, anyway. So his suspicions of a questionable past beneath an alpha were correct, though he held no curiosity as to hear what the rest of the story might be. That was the stallion's own business, and he had come here with far too smug an intention in his head to warrant any pleasant conversation.

Before the red-painted-beast could respond to his acquaintance who was hell bent on taking this mare away from him, he slipped away into the forest behind them. Jaxx appeared to notice where he lurked straight away - Tantibus hadn't quite cared enough to watch whether he came back but he appreciated the mare's... warning?

Well, Caelian had at least succeeded in pushing doubts into the mare's head. He took a moment to watch an exhalation swirl from his nostrils, picking a fine cloud of ash up with it as it dissipated into the air between them. "Fair, I may not be quite the man I approached you as," he nods, though his acknowledgement would never come to state the degree to which his madness had become, "But it makes no difference to you. Were you to join me in my journey back to Lyrus, you would hence be excused from experiencing my less amicable side." and not a word of that was a lie. Except, perhaps, the fact his lunacy was not so accurately described as 'less than amicable'. She did not need to know that.

He nods at her next questions with understanding, t'was a shame Caelian had kindled such doubt in her but they were reasonable questions, he supposed. "Lyrus is a noble and honourable herd. We are headed by Queen Syrilth, a respectable and honest leader." he reminded himself to take care in not speaking her name with too sweet of a tone, "If you came back with me now, yes you would take the rank of a citizen. However, this is by no means a slave or a 'possession' and you are perfectly capable of climbing the ranks if you wish to do so. In conversation with the Queen herself, you may even be able to rise immediately to few of the titles. I am a Knight," he dipped his head briefly, watching her expression in case it changed and told him of her reaction, "and skipped past citizen immediately. If you wish to do the same, I believe you would only have to engage Syrilth in a short spar to convince her of your ability."

The questions kept coming, and though the man was growing restless he refused to let it show and continued on with patience. "The Red Wastes are indeed a desert. They are hot, yes, but you grow quickly used to it." though it had taken him no time at all to acclimatise, being from the fiery origins that he was, "And it only serves to prove that we are the strongest herd in Elysium." he was not sure how he could sound any more convincing. The stallion only knew that she would be crazy to refuse his offer.

Jaxx & Caelian sorry about the delay!


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Posted on Jan 24 2018, 6:46 PM. (Edited: Jan 24 2018, 6:47 PM by Caelian.)
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pour salt into the wound and let it bleed
As Caelian leaned against an ashy tree, his ears perked and his eyes narrowed, he watched and listened to the final exchange of the pair. He had temporarily forgotten how well Jaxx’s hearing was, though assumed that his presence still being close by had no effect on either equine, though the freckled stallion’s presence would not last much longer. He had nothing else to say, and it seemed almost purposeless to say anything else. Jaxx had made up her mind, that was clear. If he hadn’t had the experience, he would’ve joined a herd, as well. However, his dreams of being with a group of horses were nightmares, and he couldn’t think of why anyone would allow him to join.



He was nearly useless. Sure, he had a brain full of knowledge and a biting tongue that didn’t seem to affect anyone, but he had not one clue how to fight a single horse. And so watching Tantibus, he had a faint respect for the creature, as he does with every creature, yet it was slightly stronger for the knight. Caelian suspected that if he was faced with an enemy, all he would be able to do was kick and run, maybe bite a few times. Once again, he was practically useless.



The splurge of answers spoken by Tantibus faded into echoes within the freckled man’s head. He dropped his crystalline blue eyes and pushed off the tree, catching his weight and turning. ”Enjoy the life you have chosen,” he murmured quietly to himself, swishing his tail before taking off at a low walk. His method of walking was called direct registering to minimise noise and visible tracks. There was no need to stay and hear Jaxx’s answer. He already knew what she had decided. Once out of hearing range, he picked up his pace and went into a trot, before almost skipping the canter and going into a quick gallop. Ash swirled at his feet, and he held his head high as to not inhale it. His time in this land had just begun. What an impression he had created.
534 WORDS FOR tantibus AND Jaxx ― caelian’s left, continue on xD and stupid template i dont care xDD


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Posted on Jan 24 2018, 8:38 PM. (Edited: Jan 24 2018, 8:57 PM by Jaxx.)
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That was probably the first time Jaxx had ever encountered anyone like Caelian, though he reminded her of some of her old herd members from home. While the arrogant like attitude wasn't appreciated, she did appreciate she got his name so she wouldn't forget it later. Jaxx would prefer to remember names of those she may forget later so she was at least rsepectful.

For once, Jaxx was glad Caelian was gone. While she admired his desire to protect her, he had no way to protect her from anything else since he traveled alone. Jaxx had been a loner for too long and her desire was to be in a herd for a while, even if that meant joining a hierarchy she didn't approve of for a while. As she listened to Caelian leave, she could now focus on the task at hand with Tantibus and the possibility of joining his herd. Jaxx waited until Caelian was definitely out of earshot and then she continued the conversation with Tantibus.

Jaxx appreciated the honesty that Tantibus had. Not experiencing what his other side might be was pleasing to her so she didn't press it further. Jaxx had yet to meet any of the horses at these lands yet so she had little to trust on. Though to leave this place, she would have to trust whoever could guide her out. Tantibus didn't seem to intend harm, so why wouldn't she trust him? Giving a slight sigh, she nodded. Jaxx listened as he went deeper into his herd, Lyrus, and how it existed in a desert. Jaxx was curious by this. A desert? She had never been in one of those before. Tantibus explained how hot it was and how others adjusted. With the fact Jaxx did not have her winter coat anymore from the mountains, that would have been easy to adjust to. 

Then there was the mention of jumping up in ranks after meeting the queen. This sparked her interest. Did the queen appreciate her members so much she would place them in a rank that was best suited for them? Jaxx tried to think of what would be best suited for her and her own capabilities - beyond flying and being resourceful. Jaxx tried to think on what other things she would be good at also. She couldn't think of anything. Jaxx's eyes widened a bit when Tantibus said he was a knight, and it didn't surprise her at all. He had the build and the bulk required for the position. Skill would be something she may witness later at some point. After everything was said and done her mind was indeed made up.

"I don't think I have the capabilities of a knight, but I do have other skills. I will go with you. Plus it gives me the space to fly. Unlike this place." Jaxx said with a disgusted look on her face as she looked around her. "My wings itch to fly and I'm tired of walking. Though I know we will be required to walk a little more as we continue." Jaxx said with a sigh settling into the fact that they would be walking again soon. She would appreciate getting out of the ash and the black and seeing colors for once. Her mind was tired of the sadness and death that surrounded her.


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Posted on Jan 27 2018, 1:15 PM.
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The man could not help the devilish grin tugging at his maw as the black stallion, Caelian, resigned himself and disappeared from the Claiming Grounds. The grin only grew wider as his new acquaintance, Jaxx, accepted his invitation to Lyrus and agreed to follow him home. It was in the best interests of the man to keep his facade warm and inviting, and so that is the way the grin was intended to come across. His eyes sparkled in the dimming light of the afternoon - there was a distinct lack of colour to be reflected in their mirrored surface - as he bowed his head in mocking to the departed man, whom was clearly ticked off, and returned his attention to the mare.

She spoke of wishing to stretch her wings, and though Tantibus himself was not in possession of such a fine set of feathers, he understood precisely from where she was coming. Walking was so mundane, so boring that it hardly deserved to be a pace. He was capable of so much more speed and strength that he almost branded walking as weak. Why walk anywhere when you could run and get there twice as fast?

He nods his head in understanding, lips twitching into the slightest of smirks as he watched her face contort into one of disgust. This mare was a character, for sure, and he was quite certain Syrilth would be pleased to recieve her into the herd. 

His convoluted plan was destined to work - he was sure of it. Jaxx was the first of many creatures he intended to invite to Lyrus, all for the purpose of distracting his Queen from what he was really up to. Harmless promiscuity was bubbling into rape was bubbling into meaningless bloodshed was bubbling into kidnappings and who knew, really, what was to come next? But he was building a wall, as it were, of fresh blood to gift Queen Syrilth with, and she would not be able to look past it and see his sins.

The mare looked a little more melancholy than he had expected, and so an idea crossed his mind. "I understand, Jaxx." he nodded once more, "If you wish, I will gallop on ahead and you may fly behind me? I am sure I will be able to keep the pace. I realise you must be desperate to fly with such incredible wings." flattery would surely do the mare no harm. "Come, whatever you decide your method of following shall be. It is not far," he offers a smile and sets off toward Lyrus, cloven hooves thundering over the dry earth and sending clouds of ash behind him. He was quite impatient to see what his Queen had to say of her new citizen.

--exit tanti--

Jaxx figured this was a good time to close up the thread c: you can post once more if you wish, showing her following him, and then post in the updates thread to get jaxx updated as a lyrus member <3


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Posted on Jan 28 2018, 12:29 AM.
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Yass.. One more to officially close it, and then we shall thread in Lyrus @[Tantibus].

Jaxx was so thankful she would be leaving this place soon. So much so that as she began to follow him, she bounced in her steps in anticipation. Her wings also began to ache more realizing they would be leaving soon. The ash and dust was just so depressing. Jaxx was surprised but not surprised with the flattery from Tantibus; he didn't have wings either so perhaps he felt a little envious as their glory. Nah - her ego wasn't so big that his comment fed it. Jaxx rolled her eyes and chuckled, remembering she did have a big ego from time to time and flattery assisted in its growth occasionally. Jaxx shook it off and continued walking behind Tantibus. 

Then he made the suggestion of flying while he ran to the lands. Jaxx's ears perked up at this suggestion and then looked upward. The canopies were so close that there was no possibility of flying out of them safely. Maybe there would be a clearing up ahead for that. As Tantibus took off, so did Jaxx at full speed. Running seemed almost like flying in a way. As her wings partially unfolded while she ran, Jaxx ate the wind and blissfully accepted the gift of the breeze wafting through each feather. It was like taking a refreshing dip into a lake at just the right temperature. It got her fired up the excitement of a new place to be. The moment she spotted a canopy that was open enough, Jaxx launched herself upward, shielding herself with her wings temporarily to break through the canopy, and let out a whinnie as if it were a cry for freedom. From there, she looked to the ground and followed Tantibus toward her new home as he dodged in and out of the trees. 

(Yeah - cheesy ending but whatevs. On to Lyrus!)




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