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Blackmoor Castle Dungeons

POSTED: Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:33 am

(000) Anyone welcome! This is towards a rank requirement, so I'd really REALLY appreciate anyone hopping in! No requirements, no rules. Just accompany Lithia into this tiny, dark tunnel :D

The dungeons were dank, smelly and wet. She couldn’t imagine being a prisoner stuck down here for long periods of time. Maybe back when the castle had been used by humans it wasn’t so run down… but still. How were they to stop a flood when they didn’t even know where it was coming from? There was always just water down there… and the deeper into the tunnels one went, the more water seemed to accumulate.

Unfortunately, "deeper" was where Lithia had to go. To further impress Kentaro, she needed to find Anathema’s new escape route. Casa di Cavalieri had proved to be their first scare. Even if they infiltrated the lands, the castle was expected to hold strong. Only, the gate that was supposed to protect the castle from outside forces was no more and they didn’t even know whether they had an escape route.

Lithia hung around the mouth of the first and only entrance to a tight, dark tunnel. It was located behind an old wooden cabinet shelf that had fallen to ruin due to rot and termites. What had remained laid in a puddle beside the tunnel’s mouth. The water had come up passed her feet already, threatening her ankles with its murky, coolness.

With lantern in hand and her backpack on her shoulder, Lithia held the lantern up and peered as far as she could see into the inky darkness of the supposed escape tunnel.

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POSTED: Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:39 pm

OOC: I rambled a bit. My apologies. x3

The day seemed to be dragging along, proving to be dull. His siblings were busy and Greed was disinterested in any of his usual activities. On the search for something to do or someone to bother. He stormed through the castle hallways until he came to the staircase that lead down to the dungeons. Bright eyes squinted and gazed into the darkness curiously. Someone was down there. The chocolate male's head cocked as stood and thought, wondering if it was worth it to follow whoever had gone down into the dismal underground.

The pumpkin eyed prince had only been down here a couple times, on adventures with his siblings. The dungeons weren't exactly the most accommodating or comfortable place to be, but the dark dreary tunnels did prove to be interesting. Grabbing a torch off the wall in the main hallway Greed submerged into the dingy depths of the dungeons. The smell was horrid down here. It wreaked of still water and rotting wood which made the young male's nose wrinkle in distaste. He continued though, following the scent of his adventurous pack mate. Whoever chose to venture down into the wet and deteriorating base of the castle would surely prove to be more interesting than the rest of his day had been.

He was on edge down here, fur standing on end. What was there to be afraid of though? It was just the dark part of the castle and nothing more, or so he told himself. The sounds were eerie. Water constantly dripped into the puddles on the floor, the scurrying of small rodents sounded every so often, and there was a constant low howling from drafts. He only knew that now because when he was younger he thought they were ghosts before his mother explained the sound. The growing pup shouted as a moth fluttered past his ear, knocking him off balance and sending him plummeting into a wall with a grunt. The torch was dropped and dimmed as it landed in a puddle. He scurried to save the fire, but by the time he could reach it the flame was out.

No! Crap! Greed panicked in the darkness, hear sounding loudly in his chest. He could barely make out the walls of the dungeons, but the best place for him to go was forward. He stood carefully and stepped lightly. The prince followed the walls of the tunnels, keeping a hand on them at all times. His eyes adjusted somewhat to the dimly lit tunnels, though his vision was still extremely limited. It just kept getting darker. Luckily, the scent of his pack mate was growing closer. Whoever it was must have stopped or slowed. Adrenaline pumped as he traveled slowly through the wet darkness. Anyone there? He said quietly. His voice reverberated through the walls and echoed into the blackness. Hello? He repeated, desperately hoping someone answered.
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POSTED: Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:39 am

(500+) Your post was fine ~ not rambly at all!

In the time it took for someone to join her, Lithia had already pushed forward into the darkness and put a good distance between herself and the beginning of the tunnel. The deeper she went, the darker the tunnels became. Luckily, they didn’t narrow anymore, but they were still pitch black, stinky, moldy and wet. She tried to keep calm when she heard things scurrying past – felt things run over her momentarily still feet. There were times where she couldn’t help herself and jerked away from the creature that she could barely see – jarring her torch in the process and threatening its flame with the sudden, yet small, whoosh of air.

There had been the sound of footsteps in the tunnel, but they resonated from behind her. At least she could tell that much. She didn’t worry about it that much – maybe Gideon had come into the Dungeons to clean up the splintered cabinet mess. Maybe he had sensed another in the tunnel and tried to make them stop – but Lithia was further than anyone would want to venture into them right now.

A hard object hit the stone floor, echoing off the rock walls, followed by a splash and the frantic tones of someone from behind. Lithia paused, shuffling her feet every few seconds to keep the rats away. She looked ahead, making sure there were no threats, and then she turned toward the source of the noise, pointing the torch to illuminate the dusty, sometimes slick walls. Eventually, the voice stopped and the noises stopped, and so Lithia continued forward, finding a cave-in just a few yards ahead. The cave-in made the tunnel very narrow, so much that Lithia would have to squeeze passed. As she contemplated the narrow space, Lithia heard someone call to her again. She turned her head and craned an ear toward the voice. He was getting closer – who in their right mind would come this far for no reason? Lithia was damn sure that she wouldn’t be in these tunnels if it weren’t her job…

Still, she lingered instead of disappearing before he could find her. She held her torch toward the direction of the voice once more. She had to admit – she couldn’t place the voice. If it had been the voice of Amorette, Isolde or Kit, she would have disappeared quickly to leave them in the darkness. What if he were a new member? She needed to be kind to her members if she were to assume the throne of the Atheed one day.

Pink eyes reflected in the dim light as they settled upon a brown frame, Greed Lykoi. A defeated sigh pushed from her lips as she turned away and rolled her eyes. She should have left him in the tunnels and disappeared. Still, she had to deal with the problem as it faced her and she couldn’t just run from him because she didn’t know what was ahead either. She had to deal with this like how her mother taught her – to fight her way through it.

”What are you doing here?” she asked, irritated.

He had come far and now, inevitably, Lithia knew she was stuck with him until they found the other side. She had skipped the subtleties because she knew exactly who he was, whether he knew her or not. He should have known her, as she was an important pawn in Kentaro’s game as well. Lithia wondered what piece Greed was in Kentaro's game of chess…

Probably a bishop.

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POSTED: Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:44 pm

Silence fell around him even as he called out into the darkness. The young prince continued to travel, slowly, along the walls of the cave. His hand was covered in an abundance of filth and slime but there was no way to navigate through the tunnels without the use of some sort of guide. His face was contorted into a sour mess as he traveled, though upon seeing the dim glow of something in the distance his expression lightened. Whoever he had called out to seemed to have stopped. The nearing light was almost to bright to look at after seeing nothing but darkness for the past fifteen minutes or so.

The earthen male picked up his pace and continued through the maze, eventually able to see and walk without help the walls. Though, as pumpkin orbs met glowing pink ones the female turned away from him dramatically . He recognized her, though he'd never spoken to her before. He'd heard her name in conversation and his memory was working on his side today. Lithia? He questioned, finally reaching the dark woman. Her response was direct and harsh at best. He could tell she wasn't happy to see him even though they'd never had an actual conversation before. He shot her a toothy grin and a hand raised to tussle his hair back into shape. I was bored. Thought whoever came down here would be more fun than what I was doing. He stated truthfully.

Eyes awkwardly glanced away before drifting back to Lithia slowly. What are you doing down here? He asked with a bit of attitude of his own. The fantasy eyed female was attractive and Greed was wishing he'd spoken to enough girls to be able to speak to her with confidence. I mean, It's kind of disgusting down here for someone like you. He added with a cocky grin, trying his best to impress her though it was a lame attempt at flirting. He stood tall and puffed his under developed chest out. He glanced towards the narrow entrance she was standing in front of. Was she planning on going in there?
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POSTED: Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:17 pm

(300+) You do realize he just ran a hand, coated with slime, through his hair, yes? xD Sorry for the wait!

Greed’s coat took on an orange glow from the flame that burned inches from his head. There was no escaping the situation now. He couldn’t go back because he’d be unable to see and if he were to go forward, well, he’d be better off going with her since she didn’t even know if they’d make it all the way through anyway. The flame emitted heat that warmed Lithia’s face, making her want to pant and release sweat beads from her tongue. She lowered the torch, taking it away from their faces. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust and they glowed in the dim light when they looked upon him.

”Trying to find an escape route… This is an old tunnel, it should lead somewhere,” she explained, feeling that she had no choice. She could have lied, but it seemed pointless. ”If we’re lucky, maybe we can find a way to drain this water too.” Then they could use their dungeons properly without worrying about the main floor caving in from the moisture.

So, it seemed the Lykoi kids came to explore dark, moist tunnels when they were feeling particularly bored. She couldn’t understand that. Dark tunnels though? Really? What if she hadn’t been here when Greed dropped his torch? He would’ve been stranded in the middle of them with nothing to save him. He would have had to hope he was going the right way to find his way out on his own. And if he wasn't going the right way? Well, it would have been a long night for him.

She snorted in amusement at his compliment, and questioned it with a smirk on her face, ”Someone like me? And what sorta girl am I?” It surprised her to receive a compliment like that from the likes of him. She despised most of the Lykoi kids, but Greed was different. He was kind, not manipulative. He had feelings that the others didn't. Her eyes narrowed at him, but she didn’t expect him to really answer the question.

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POSTED: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:03 pm

OOC: Nope! But hey, natural hair gel. He totally would do something like that too. x3

The bright light of the torch was moved and he could see better, his eyes already used to the darkness of the cave rather than the light do to his dropped own flame. He could see her better too, slightly intimidated by her striking appearance and strong aura. His blazing orange gaze drifted away for a moment before she explained. The tunnels were old and used to be used by humans. No wonder some of the pathways were so small. That would be awesome. It'd be a lot easier to come down here and explore more if it wasn't so...wet. Greed emphasized with the wrinkle of his muzzle. He felt disgusting from head to toe, not able to tell his fur from sludge any longer.

Her reaction to his words made him recoil, his shoulders hunching slightly and ears quivering backwards for a moment. She really was intimidating, laughing at his comment and even questioning it. He was quiet for several seconds and not quite sure how to respond. Finally he rolled his shoulders back into place and raised his head, grinning widely. You're too pretty to be somewhere so gross. He couldn't recover, so he was honest. After that, he pushed past Lithia awkwardly to gaze down the narrow and pitch black tunnel mostly to change the subject.

Are we going through this or not? He questioned, not really able to see anything in the narrow space he was peering into. Greed turned back towards the mottled woman and raised a brow, motioning towards the entrance. Ladies first? If it scares you, I can go first. A toothy smirk accompanied his joke and he waited for her reaction. He was probably digging himself into a deeper hole with her from trying too hard, but chances were he'd only learn the hard way.
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POSTED: Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:50 pm

(300+) with a pungent smell lmao.

His direct compliment caught her even more by surprise. He thought she was... pretty? Lithia wasn’t sure how to take that. Kentaro hadn’t even ever called her “pretty”. No one had called her pretty. Not even in the most indirect, slightest way. This was a different experience for her… and she wasn’t even sure how to feel about it. Her ears partially flicked back and a faint smile fought its way to her lips, despite her usual careful composure. ”Thank you,” she said, turning away quickly to hide the giddiness this gave her and also to make it seem like it wasn’t just a huge deal that someone called her pretty.

Her quick movement left him in the dark, literally; she moved away and her shadow cast upon him. Instead, the torch illuminated the narrow, partially caved-in path through the tunnel that they were to squeeze through and push on. He came too, and apparently, he beat her there because by the time she advanced upon it, her torch was illuminating the back of his head again. I have the torch, remember? Since someone left theirs back there in a puddle,” she said, looking at him pointedly. Then she pushed passed him and squeezed, torch first, into the narrow space.

It required a little shimmying to get passed the rubble without disturbing the heavy rocks too much, but being thin, she managed well enough. The other side opened up to some more dark, winding tunnel. The torch illuminated the shining walls, and the floor was drier here, but the water continued in a contained stream along the left wall. The tunnel seemed to go slightly downhill, which made Lithia a little nervous. Were they going deeper into the earth or had they gone uphill without noticing?

”Be careful,” she threw over her shoulder when he tried to pass through the space as well.

For that moment, she just stood there, feeling the torch’s heat on her face and fighting the urge to begin to pant. She also fought her anxiety back. She didn’t want to go any further, and maybe she wouldn’t if…

Greed’s grunts pulled the girl’s gaze from the dipping path as she looked back to see him struggling from the space with dirt and rocks stuck to his coat.

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POSTED: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:34 pm

Instead of a complaint or another question, she actually accepted his compliment and thanked him which seemed to help brush off some of his uneasiness. He was surprised at her reaction and proud of himself for saying the right thing. Greed thought he may have seen a smile, but Lithia jerked away from him taking the light with her and leaving him in the dark. Lucky for him, because he had a large grin on his face and not the usual cocky grin. It was a genuine beam of satisfaction. Maybe this wasn't so hard.

When he turned back towards her the flame of the torch was blaring in his face forcing him to squint. Greed grinned again and re-motioned for her to enter the tunnel. More reason for you to go first. She was already entering the small space as he spoke, not hesitating but being cautious to her movements. Alright. Greed followed with a little more difficulty. He was thin as well, but he was built thicker than a female. The prince had to pay close attention where he decided to move which body part or he may have ended up stuck in the entrance.

With one last grunt, Greed managed to force himself into the tunnel next to Lithia and was greeted with candy pink hues. His own sunny gaze took in their surroundings. It seemed to be better in here than it was where they came from despite the lack of width and him having to contort to get in. There wasn't so much slime and gunk on the walls and the air was dryer. He barely fit in the space, and already his left side was damp from the constant trail of water down the wall. The prince smiled at the woman, then gazed past her at the path ahead. Are...we gonna go? He questioned with the raise of his brow. If she wanted to find an exit, they would have to be very thorough and it was going to take time.

It was going to be toughest for him, but this was better than anything going on on the surface.
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POSTED: Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:24 am

(500+) I swear it didn't look that long in word :o Also, you are free to initiate awkward hand touch >:D since I've initiated awkward-everything-else touch lmao

”Yeah,” she answered absently, tilting the torch so that she could see Greed’s face again. She couldn’t crack now, not even under fear. She needed to push through. Greed was with her in case anything went wrong. That was what he was good for, right? But who would hear them howl in this deep tunnel but anyone in the Dungeons at the time? If that were even it? What if they were too deep in for even Gideon to hear them? What if they were to be lost forever?

Pink hues blinked and with a wave of her hand, Lithia walked forward. The tunnel did tilt downward, leading the trickling water downwards toward someplace where it must have collected. For now, her feet were pretty dry and there were no puddles. The ground, even though stone, was not slippery even as it was damp. The torch’s flame flickered as they passed through tiny drafts of air that whistled by within the tunnel. The sounds sounded like howling souls, lost forever in the tunnels. Pink eyes suddenly checked the ground, wondering if there were any dried up corpses in here. She had not seen any, but she wouldn’t doubt finding one in here, even with how tiny the tunnel was.

The sound of trickling water was everywhere. It was hard to tell where it was coming from. There was a constant drip coming from some parts of the ceiling, and a light trickle from others. The rotted smell of the tunnel came and went, probably determining weak walls where the smell wasn’t so bad. The torch made Lithia’s face burn, and the urge to pant came and went. She didn’t want to taste the smells of the tunnels any more than she wanted to smell them.

The coyotes must have been walking for about 15 minutes, with the tunnel lurching slightly downward, but not changing shape aside from the leaks that dripped from the ceiling. Lithia was quiet, as she was focused on the path the tunnel took them. She would need to sketch a map of this later.

The ground suddenly straightened and Lithia’s feet sloshed through an unfriendly, cold puddle. As she pointed the torch downwards, she lit up the murky depths of the tunnel. This was where the water collected and funneled out somewhere else. This water was disgusting and it had the stuffy smell of death here – though, as she looked around, she could not see anything dead down here.

Ugh, that smells is horrible,” she groaned, covering her nose with her hand. It didn’t help the stench too much though.

Seeing a drier walkway ahead, she rushed forward trying to get her feet out of the diseased water. Unfortunately, the rushed movement staggered the flame and the few droplets that dripped onto her arm snuffed the flame out with a hiss.

Shit!

Now they were stranded in darkness with no more light than the shallow holes in the ceiling in few places. It was pitch black around them, and while they managed to get their feet out of the water, there was still tunnel left. And without a torch, she wouldn’t be able to see much of an exit if it were staring her right in the face.

Lithia lurched forward and tripped over something and caught herself by holding the walls. She backed up, flattening her back to the wall and losing her train of direction. Awkwardly, she felt around in the darkness with her hands along the walls, trying to find them again. She backed away and backed right up into the brown Luperci, feeling much of his body against her for that split second.

”Watch it!” she growled, knowing it was damn well her fault. Awkward. She moved away from him, but the invasion stung her skin for seconds after.

”Can you see anything?” she demanded, hoping that her eyes just hadn’t adjusted to the darkness yet. Hoping that they wouldn’t be blind to almost everything in this tunnel. She didn’t want to deal with the unknown if she couldn’t see it.

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POSTED: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:34 pm

If it was even possible, it was much eerier down here than it was in the main tunnel. Unfamiliar sounds filled his ears which swiveled in a different direction every few moments. He was on edge. He turned around to check behind him when a louder sound would resound in the tunnels and each time he did so he rushed to close the gab between him and Lithia stopping before he touched her. Of course there were no others down here but he swore he could hear sounds that would make him believe so, such as the wind that sounded similar to a wolf's howl. Lust teased him once about ghosts inhabiting the tunnels, human and canine alike. He was childish to believe them, but the deeper they traveled the more he saw the truth in them.

Their journey felt like an eternity and the crumbling pathways seemed to go forever. Who knew where the exit they were supposed to find would lead them, but this didn't feel like Anathema anymore. The splashing of water drew them both to a halt. Greed's nose wrinkled as he saw the greenish tinted pool that matched the smell in the air. It had a thin layer of debris and slime drifting atop it due to the lack of flow in the water. Greed nodded in agreement to Lithia's comment although she wasn't looking at him. His face was contorted into a scowl. Yeah, like rotting meat and shit. His explanation only made it smell worse, it was almost overwhelming.

Sunny hues followed Lithia's as she raised the torch to see before them. The trail continued and lead them out of the water. This must have been the stomach of the beast that was the dungeons. Before he could say anything, Lithia pushed forward though she didn't get far. Her sloshing caused a splash that was strong enough to put out their only light. Darkness swarmed them in an instant. Really?! Greed snapped, his eyes looking in every direction. He felt like something would come now that the flame was out but it was all in his head.

Greed could hear the panicked splashing of Lithia as she sloshed around in the muck distracting his ears from the sounds he needed to hear. He growled in irritation, though his angered sound was cut off by her whole body falling against him. Instinctively, he raised his hands to grasp her arms and support her so she didn't fall any further. His face grew hot for a moment and eyes widened as her body pressed against his own. Then, she growled at him and he released her. Fine! He shouted angrily as his hands let her go and crossed over his chest.

The ember prince turned around, not sure where he was in relation to where they'd come from anymore. He felt open to attack with his hands crossed over his chest, so he dropped them in a swift motion. His arm swung back and bumped in to Lithia, knocking against something relatively plush. In relation to where he stood, it could have have only been her rump. His eyes drifted an he inhaled sharply determining what he had touched. Greed stayed quiet and moved away from her, hoping she hadn't noticed. It was a long shot though.

Greed continued to look around the cavern trying to determine where they would go. They had no light, no sense of direction, and no way to find their way back. Their best option was to move forward and hope they found the exit. There were various places where the light shone through the walls, down each tunnel. Greed turned again, back towards where they were headed playing close attention to where he was standing and where he was turning. He squinted and looked down their original path. He swore there was more light down that tunnel than any around them. Let's keep going forward. I think we're close. Look. He ushered, pushing forward carefully. His arm brushed against the woman, and his hand grazed against hers. He quickly recoiled, trying to distract her with his words this being the second time he touched her on accident. Look to where we were headed, straight ahead. Then look around. Is it just me or does that way have more light? It could very well just be his mind playing tricks on him, but he was sure there really was more light that way.
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