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Group 4 - Puppies/Youth

POSTED: Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:02 am

Backdated: April 1st; night (+532)
Note for me: follows this thread.
pNPCs: Morty, Clara
yNPCs: Damon, Isobel, Armani, Owen, Kyrah

“Not even death could tear me away from you,” Teagan promised her littermate, a small, reassuring smile on her lips. She gave her sister’s hand a reassuring squeeze as if to prove her point. Inwardly though, she hoped that they would all see each other again. It was disturbing to think, the kisses her parents had given them might have been the last they ever received. It took everything in Teagan to not let her inner turmoil become visible. It wouldn't help anyone, especially Indi. She had to pretend to be strong.

Ahead of them, Morty was surprisingly silent. Much like the talkative Indi, it seemed the harsh slap of reality had dampened their normally outgoing, bubbly souls. It made for a depressing realization that the hell they had gone through was real. Their world had come crashing in all around them, and the Luperci were unable to stop it. “Hurry, we haven’t much time,” the Medico warned them suddenly, tugging on Teagan’s other hand as if to help the two girls move through the chest-high water faster.

“Until what?” Teagan dared to ask. The urgency the adults had insisted upon had her both worried and confused.

“Waves never come only once, love.” She grunted and maneuvered them around something as her knee brushed against something hidden beneath the dark waters. “There will be another one.”

It made sense now, and Teagan felt her ears slowly begin to press against her wet hair. There were going to be more of them? She took a quick glance at Indi and then over to her injured arm. If another one came…would she have enough strength to keep the two of them together? She took a deep breath before returning her attention to their party leader. She’d have to. Her parents told her to keep them together.

The chocolate-furred woman looked about as if she were searching for someone. “If you see any of the others, tell me.” Teagan nodded, remembering the order her father had given Morty. She tore her gaze away from the older woman’s back to search about the mess that had once been their home.

The dim, blood-red sky allowed for some light amongst the darkness of the night, but, it was also a reminder of why they were in this mess in the first place. Even with the additional light though, it was hard to make out Luperci from debris. Every time Teagan thought she saw another one of the younger Cavaliers, she had to quickly bite her tongue from sounding a false alarm. It was either a bobbing log or some other piece of floating debris; one had even been a dummy from the training grounds.

She began to feel discouraged. The other children were older than her and Indi. Surely, they had managed to make it out of the giant wave alright? Morty managed to lead their little line up onto a bit of higher ground, pausing their search party so they could survey their surroundings and hopefully find one of the others easier. Teagan’s canary gaze squinted as her head swiveled about. “You see anyone, Indi?”

Teagan Stryder

Casa di Cavalieri
War Lord
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The Brotherhood: Master of Bladed Weapons
You shoot me down
but I won't fall
I am titanium

POSTED: Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:11 am

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There was something disquieting about how quiet it was now. Not silent - the night was still sprinkled with moans and shouts and the gentle sloshing of the water that now filled Kingsbury – but compared to the roar that the wave had made when it first struck the comparative quiet right now had the fur pricking up on the back of Indi’s neck. The wrecked scene of the fort backlit by the eerie red sky above looked like something from a nightmare, and lent the slow slither of the floodwater back towards the sea a sinister presence. It was deceptively calm now, but Indi could still almost feel some invisible tension growing and pressing against her.

Morty’s experience seemed to agree with Indi’s gut feeling, and her hand tightened around Tea’s as a quiet whimper slipped through her lips. She grimaced as the water pulled at her arm when she sped up - moving level with Tea and then almost past her, tugging her forwards urgently - but pushed on nonetheless. The injured arm was hanging loosely, trailing behind Indi as she forged her way through the water. The bandages wrapped around her shoulder were quickly staining red with blood and the sling holding her arm up had snapped during the first strike, but there was no time to fix either and for the time being, letting the arm trail was slightly less painful than trying to hold it up unassisted.

It somehow felt wrong to talk, as though the eerie peace was all that stood between them and the raging waters, and breaking it by talking would doom them all. As such she hovered on the edge of the sparse conversation, taking in Tea and Morty’s words but neither replying nor truly listening. Instead, Indi’s focus was outwards as her eyes roamed around the shattered landscape, desperately searching for any sign of movement in the red-hued gloom. It felt good to have something to do, something to focus on and block out all the sinister little thoughts rattling around inside her head. Indi had been rattled and shaken enough tonight, too much. If she stopped and actually thought about what was behind her, about their parents… No, she had to focus, do what she could to get Tea to safety. Little as that was; despite her best efforts when Tea spoke, Indi had seen as little of the missing youth as she had.

“No, I don’t-” Indi said quietly, cutting herself as she caught a flash of movement out of the corner of her eye. “No, wait, over there!”

Indi’s ears pricked up as she spied a thick-set Luperci shakily rounding a corner from where they had presumably taken shelter behind one of the houses, their black-furred form looming protectively over a smaller, reddish female. The koi-coloured female gave a sigh of relief as the figured came close enough for her to make them out in the dim light. After a lingering glance down, Indi let go of Tea’s hand and brought her arm up to wave. “Damon, Isobel! Over here!” she called out, her voice lightening for the first time in almost an hour. They could do this, all they had to do was find the rest of the youth and then… well Indi had no idea what they were going to do then, but surely their parents had a plan?

As Morty detached herself from the sisters, making her way towards Damon and Isobel and looking them over, Indi took Tea’s hand firmly again and glanced towards her, forcing her lips to curl up in a shaky smile. “That’s two down,” she said, forcing as much confidence as she could into her voice.

POSTED: Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:23 pm

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Three down, three to go! Oh, and a second wave!

Had she not been so focused on her mission to help Morty gather the others, Teagan might have been cursing the gods for the bad luck they had dealt the knightly pack. Everything was in disarray. Their home was two feet under water. Their packmates were scattered and beaten and bruised to some degree. In the wake of the disaster though, they had to all remain strong, had to keep having hope—Indi finally spotted someone. Teagan and Morty’s heads snapped to the koi-colored girl, using her body language to cue them to the source of her finding.

Teagan’s canary eyes had to sweep the general direction Indi stared in a few times before she found what her sister was looking at. It was Damon and Isobel! Veri’s children! In the dimly lit sky, the darkly-furred male could have almost been mistaken for a shadow had it not been for his more boldly colored sibling standing next to him. When standing next to Isobel, he looked larger than he normally did. Indi was the one to grab the two’s attention, calling for them and waving them down. Seeing the group, Damon and Isobel waded their way towards them.

“Stay here,” Morty instructed as she moved to meet the two young Cavaliers halfway. It wasn’t a command Teagan had any intention on disobeying, content with the sisters’ stand on slightly higher ground. Standing in knee-high water was less chilling than being chest-deep amongst floating debris and bumping into random obstacles beneath the water’s surface. Teagan idly watched the healer as she looked the two over, her attention only waning when her sister reached to join their connection once more.

Seeing her sister’s shaky smile, the Stryder returned it with a reassuring one. She moved a wayward strand of her sister’s copper hair from her face, trying her best to not let her eyes stray to the crimson stain that drained from her sister’s bad shoulder. “See, even hurt, your senses are sharp as ever! You did good, Indi. It’ll probably go a lot faster with three...” She mentally counted heads before amending, five pairs of eyes now.” Her gaze shifted as Morty and the new pair made their way towards them. “Here they come.”

The party regrouped. Morty took up point once more, holding one of Teagan’s hands to help the two smaller Luperci navigate the tricky waters better. Isobel started a new connection by holding on to one of Teagan’s shoulders, and, connected to her and bringing up the rear, the larger Damon. The group kept their eyes peeled. The Medico had explained the situation to the Secanti children when she had looked them over for injuries. Everyone was on the lookout out for the younger stragglers of Casa di Cavalieri.

They waded around for a few moments, searching behind debris and other obstacles, and even sometimes letting Morty or Damon check inside the shops for someone in hiding. The search-and-rescue strategy had been how they found Teagan and Indi’s cousin, Armani. The Catori had been wading around her mother’s blacksmith shop in hopes of finding her maternal figure there. The older girl was looked over and quickly added to the line of younger knights as well.

Clara remained to be found, as did the two pups that were closest to Teagan and Indi in age. It was a worrisome detail, and even more so as there was a distant roar of another incoming wave. “Brace yourselves!” Morty yelled in warning to her gathered party. Damon had been the one to pull the group back behind a building. The dark male had grabbed a hold of Isobel and Armani while Morty wrapped Teagan and Indi in her arms.

When the second wave hit, it was not as drastic as the first had been. They had been prepared, and the buffer the building provided made it so that the group was not instantly assaulted with the large body of incoming water. Still, it did jostle them around. Teagan held onto Indi as tightly as she could, not wanting to risk losing her sister now that their father or their great uncle wasn’t around to keep her from being swept away. “Hold on, Indi!” Teagan told her sibling over the rush of running water.

Teagan Stryder

Casa di Cavalieri
War Lord
User avatar
Songbird
The Brotherhood: Master of Bladed Weapons
You shoot me down
but I won't fall
I am titanium

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