What a load of bullocks!

Mandriano Co-Rank

POSTED: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:08 am

Mandriano: Harvest animal products from Salsola's communal livestock (e.g., collect eggs from chickens, shear sheep, milk goats and cattle).


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His beloved Myrkr was dead.

Sebastien had found his familiar’s body lying still beside his surviving mate, Tara. it had been several days since had made the grim discovery and unfortunately, the drake wasn’t the only casualty. Many of the other livestock and companions had succumbed to the storm’s fury. Anger hummed in dangerously in his bloodstream - his hands twitched when he tried to still them, and he paced endlessly.

Sometimes the only solution to lift one’s mood was with hard work. The Krokaran way, he thought with a smile. Sebastien focused on the rough texture of the shovel between his fingers as he let the repetitive motion of digging soothe him. It seemed to be working, as he shovelled a heap of snow into the piles he’d been making. Tara was like a second shadow in the aftermath of her mate's demise. The pale bird clicked at Sebastien sadly, occasionally turning a single eye to observe her master. Mostly Tara would pick at the ground half-heartedly and tucked her head beneath her wings. The male stopped to take a moment to stretch his back muscles and drew out a breath. The lowing of the cattle drew his attention, setting aside his work to peer in at them.

Weak sunlight filtered onto the walls of the stall, barely outlining the bovines within. A large woolly head lifted to greet Sebastien as he leant against their door. A smile touched his features as he reached out to caress Erik’s head, uncaring of the ropes of saliva that dribbled down his arms. “Hey, sweetie.” A larger, shaggier creature drew near and regarded the hound beneath her full lashes. “Come on Helma, let me love on you too!”

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POSTED: Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:46 pm


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Eee, I am so glad I can still hop on this! 8D

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Her heart was shattered, the heavy losses they were slowly just starting to discover seemed to just be the tip of the iceberg. As the snows melted and receded there were more and more discoveries to be made. She ached like nothing before, never had she been dealt such a large loss, not just in her time invested in each of those individual animals, but with that time she had really grown to care for each animal as an individual.

Sometimes she could not help it, especially when she passed Black's damaged stall, it was such a heavy blow not just to herself, but the Thistle Kingdom as a whole. These great losses had sent a shockwave that was palpable in their community and Evelyn found her mood somber with waves of erupting emotion that took her out of nowhere. Feeling the tightness rise again in her throat, she choked back a sob, tears beginning to brim the edges of her lashes before they spilled down over her cheeks. Leaning against the damaged post, she let her tears flow, her shoulders hunched as she tried to make herself small and invisible in the dim lighting of the barn.

A familiar voice caught her attention, and Evelyn quickly made work of the tears staining her cheeks by swiping them away with the back of her hand and trying to straighten herself out. She did not want her family to worry about her and the impact the losses of the Thistle Kingdom truly were having on her. Her eyes were shot with red, but she tried to put herself together a bit before stepping out of the barn and heading over to where she thought she heard the familiar voice of her papa. Taking her time with her approach so she could collect herself.

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"Evelyn speaks."

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For a moment he enjoyed the simple pleasure of brushing his hands through Helma’s shaggy coat. Sebastien watched the way the sun’s light filtered through the wavy strands, changing tone from a buttery cream to a deep chestnut at the ends. Erik, feeling left out, nudged into the female’s side and exhaled hot breath onto the hound’s hands. The uneasiness in Sebastien’s chest seemed to unwind with each stroke across the animal’s faces. Locking gazes with the beast’s expressive eyes reminded him of how his work was needed.

“Now more than ever,” he murmured as he rested his head against Erik’s. The tingling sensation in his fingertips stilled - these hands that had crunched soil and grasped a newborn animal had not been created for violence. Sebastien closed his eyes and inhaled the scents permeating the pale bull’s hide. He brunched Erik’s hair into both hands in a loose grip briefly. The bull shifted to one side at the sudden pressure and grunted. The hound sighed, releasing the bovine and sagged against the gate as he let the heaviness leave his body. No, these hands aren’t for hurting or killing. I can make something of myself without spilling blood.

Sebastien’s ears perked at the sounds of distress nearby. Salsola had lost many of its beloved stock, and the sight of the devastation was enough to elicit strong emotions. He frowned but let the canine have a moment of privacy to come to terms with what had happened. The hound’s nose told him it was Evelyn as her aroma strengthened the nearer she drew to him.

Sebastien turned with ears flat against his skull and a series of whimpers issuing from his throat. “Evelyn…” His fair daughter shuffled forwards, with her long mane obscuring her features drawn in obvious distress. Ignoring his previous instinct to leave her well alone, the male threw his arms around her. “Dear sweet Evelyn! I’m so sorry.” The sentiments felt hollow but what else could he offer? “T-Take as much time as you need to… adjust. I’m going to help around here however I can. Do you feel up to it?”

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The emotions were still weighing heavy on her heart as the girl tried to push herself through the day to day chores. It was just so difficult since the majority of her grief stemmed from the sights - or lack thereof - within the barn. The damaged stall, the other ones empty among those that still remained. Evelyn wanted to believe that the other horses felt the loss of a horse that would presumed to be their leader if they were left wild as he was a strong-willed and temperamental stallion.

A flash of red fur caught her attention through her blurred vision and once Sebastien had realized his daughter was in pain he came out, arms open wide to console the girl. Normally, Evelyn would have been okay to choke down her emotions and great whoever had come to the barn with a wide smile like nothing was wrong, but something about the way he saw right through that made her choke back a sob. Falling into his embrace, letting his warm arms cover her like a familiar blanket, Evelyn let out a soft whine, fresh tears glittering her cheeks as she tried to dam them.

"Th-thank you, Papa," she choked out, sniffling to stop herself from sobbing. Miserable, but still needing to get some chores done, she found comfort in her papa's presence here. "Y-yes, let's get to work. I've taken too much time already this morning," she said, wiping at the tears on her cheeks. She knew that the other knew just how much she cared for these animals and nothing needed to be said about their loss and how it impacted her. It would keep affecting her every day, but she did not wish to speak about it. Normally, she would just put her head down and work through any of her feelings because it distracted her. It was hard to distract yourself when the fresh wound was open right in front of your usual distractions.

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POSTED: Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:45 pm

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Sebastien breathed in his daughter’s scent as he nuzzled against her. He ignored the sensation of Evelyn’s tears running rivulets cool against his skin. Her heart fluttered against his chest as she apologised unnecessarily. “You know there’s no need to say sorry,” he murmured into her hair. Sebastien patted Evelyn’s shoulder and gave it a gentle, reassuring squeeze. He hoped the motion would convey the sentiments he felt were a given. You don’t need to explain your sadness to me.

He pulled away from Evelyn in time to see her compose herself. Sebastien looked into her eyes and smiled fondly as he brushed a hand against her face. The male sighed deeply as he pushed his misery aside and searched for calmer waters. The task at hand would require patience and a quieter headspace than he currently had. “Ok, what we’re going to do today isn’t going to be pretty,” the hound rubbed his hands nervously. “We need to take the cattle from their stalls and into the pasture. Then we clean up after them.”

Sebastien glanced at Evelyn and nodded. He knew his daughter to be a hard worker, and not easily discouraged by unpleasant tasks. Still, the male wanted to check that the girl knew she could refuse. Tara chose that moment to make her presence known and sidled up to Evelyn with a series of quiet clicking sounds. The female animal had always shied from either of the children, despite the siblings developing out of their boisterous puppy stage. The hound watched as Tara looked up at the girl with her head tilted to one side. Perhaps with the absence of her mate, the bird had become bolder. A bittersweet note entered Sebastien’s voice as he said, “Tara’s saying hello.”

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