[M] I don't even like honey

-Eden

POSTED: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:36 am

WARNING: This thread contains material exceeding the general board rating of PG-13. It may contain very strong language, drug usage, graphic violence, or graphic sexual content. Reader discretion is advised.

OCC: Marked mature for minor sexual themes and the upcoming dizzzzaster. Backdated to the first week of August.

When the morning came there were no loving words whispered under the sheets nor longing touches stolen as lovers were forced apart by duty and a rising sun. There was only silence, soothing and familiar as the giants left their home, each in turn. The golden matriarch lingered a moment longer as she had a bath prepared to wash away the sexual musk that clung to her fur. Propriety demanded subtleness from her, forbidding her desire to wear the aftermath of their breeding as if it were perfume. She was forced to be content with the claim she had over her mate through law and title, and not through the old traditions where scent and body language were involved.

Thoroughly cleansed she donned undergarments and armour, jewellery and weapons. Dressed for duty she left her home and joined a world just barely waking up, with shadows still clinging to the trees and a frigid mist cloaking the paths.

She arrived at the meeting point early as was her habit, and chose to preoccupy herself with the assessment of her blade’s condition while she awaited the arrival of her patron. The sword’s edge glistened in the soft golden light. With expertise the veteran turned it this way and that to find even the most subtle imperfections, notches and scratches. A minor indentation caught her eye, something minuscule that shouldn’t affect the weapon’s performance too terribly, but ever the perfectionist Kaeli procured a whetstone from her bag and promptly began erasing the offending flaw.
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POSTED: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:46 pm

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Eden had been outside the kingdom before, so now that he had gotten a taste of what it was like beyond the borders of Salsola, he wanted to venture back again. This time around though, he was trying his best to think smarter about his approach. For his first time out, he had gotten very lucky when it came to the Outsider he was talking to. The woman wasn't really of much of a threat to him...

But that didn't mean there weren't things lying in the shadows waiting for him.

Not having any set skills in combat, it would be for the best that he brought someone along with him this time, someone that would be able to protect him in the event that something bad did happen. He couldn't imagine what his Dad and Papa would think about him if he were to come home injured because he didn't prepare himself before leaving Salsola.

The boy had sought out the Blacksun woman, knowing that not only was she a veteran to Salsola, but a strong warrior. Many of those in the faction tiers were busy being a part of the Inquisition, so it would be better to find someone that was on level with their skills, but was not one that held the faction tier rank herself. Kaeli was the best one to fit that bill.

Eden woke in his tower, eyes peering outside as the sun began to crawl into the sky. He knew that she was likely to be the first one there, and waiting for him. It would be best on him that he didn't do anything that would make her wait longer than she needed to. A smile curled along his face as he hopped out of bed, got dressed, and was out of the door. He soon arrived to the meeting place, his pink gaze landing on the Blacksun woman. He offered a wave as he padded closer, "Thank you for agreeing to come with me Henchman. I promise, we won't be out for too long."

His smile grew, pacing a few steps ahead of her, "We'll get the herbs and then come right back here."

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POSTED: Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:16 am

Her early arrival granted her just enough time to erase the one blemish before the pink gazed young man arrived.

She gathered her belongings and stood as he approached, regarding him with the respect owed to all those who had been named familia. It was true that he had come a long way after their first encounter, his visage and his manners, once curious and childish were now more like those proper of a young hireling. She could appreciate this, even if he wasn’t a member of her own house.

He had made an impression when at a tender age he didn’t cower or let himself be intimidated by the visage of her, bloodied from prey and her self-inflicted punishment. The boy was brave or perhaps foolish, whichever the case, he was an interesting one.

”Eden” She greeted and nodded simply as he approached, following his tracks as he moved on and finally catching up easily with her own long strides. ”It is my duty to protect you and all who stand under Salsola’s banner.” She relieved the statement of some of its sternness with a faint smile and a side-glance at her employer. ”It is good work what you are doing, we will need herbs when the snow comes and everything dies out.”

She fell silent by his side, her motions accompanied by the soft clicking of her sword in its scabbard. She would answer him if he made an inquiry or attempted to begin a conversation, but her own verbal contributions would prove lacklustre and fugacious. Her focus was on their surroundings, more intently when they left their claimed lands.

A hand lingered on the pommel of her weapon as they walked, and the tension in her shoulders never lessened, not even after they reached their destination. A life wouldn’t be claimed while under her watch.
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POSTED: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:43 pm

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Being kept in the dark about many things had been both a blessing and a curse. When Kaeli had first passed by his home, the blood dripping from her arm, he had been scared, worried for her own safety. When it had been revealed to him that she had done it to herself, he had only become much more curious. It was a tradition of his home, and one that he too had undergone.

He still wasn't entirely sure what the dark woman had done to cause herself to wrap the vines around herself, but he knew of the burden that he would have to carry with him for the rest of his life. He had been willing to pay for his Mom's burden, and as a right of passage to become an adult.

Without thinking about it, Eden began to move one hand around the flower covered vine he wore around his arm. Any scars were hidden under his fur, but it still brought a smile to his face.

The young male turned his gaze back on Kaeli, his smile having remained along his muzzle. He moved along at her side while they talked, "It will still be some time before there is snow along the ground." At least, he was sure of that. He recalled the snow when he was younger, but wasn't all too sure on the time between when fall started and when the white began to cover the earth. He could only hope that he was right with his statement.

He continued where he had left off a moment later, "You are a very skilled warrior. I am happy to have you coming along with me for such a task." Then again, he would probably say the same to any that would be willing to come along with him.

It didn't take too long for them to come to their destination. Eden was quick to take to the ground, letting his gaze move about the plants that lay before them. He did his best to recall the ones that Grievous had shown him before, picking a few, and gathering them in his hand.

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POSTED: Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:25 am

She acknowledged the compliments as she would the pretty chirping of a bird, with indifference. A nod was all she offered in response, refusing to dwell long on the well-practiced flattery so common amongst the noble born. Such words would only please her when earned through sparring or blood.

Word of his Cueponi ritual had reached her, vague as was most of the gossip that flowed through Salsola’s veins, but still enough to pick her interest. Self-punishment such as they had undertaken usually came from a desire for atonement. She had paid for the sins of a stagnant life and her misplaced defiance. What should a boy as young as he need atonement for? Curiosity had her eyes traveling toward him from time to time as they walked, but she was aware that this wasn’t the moment to inquire and thus didn't.

When the boy found a suitable spot to start gathering, the gilded warrior left his side to survey the area. She looked for signals of danger, whether it was the presence of an unwelcome Outsider or tracks of a prowling predator of aggressive tendencies. It was logical to look out for such evident dangers, but the mistake lied in paying no mind to the inconspicuous bugs that buzzed by, too many and too loud for normality.

She came closer to her patron and looked at his work with an appreciative eye. Despite her brutish nature and predilection for violence Kaeli wasn’t blind to the advantages of skillsets such as the one he had begun honing with such diligence. Fierce warriors needed competent healers to reduce the chance of mortality in the aftermath of a battle. A job she appreciated personally for her own desire to perish in a battlefield and not afterwards in a sick bed.

”If you don’t mind me asking – who tutored you in herbology?” She inquired once done verifying that there weren’t any intruders in the vicinity who could disturb their endeavours. She picked her footing carefully, finding the underbrush quite thick and prone to ensnaring the legs of the unaware.
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POSTED: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:48 pm

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Eden was only mildly aware that word about his Cueponi had passed on to other members of the Thistle Kingdom. Some were not so quick to realize that the fake plant he wore tightly around his arm was meant to symbolize an ongoing use of the tradition to make up for a burden his Mom had been the one to cause. It was not his to bare, and yet he would anyways.

Them being here was no mistake on his Mom's part. She wanted them to be here, to be here with their Dad, but at the cost of going against everything that her home had stood for. She was Salsola's enemy, and gave birth to children that were part of that enemy.

That was the burden that he indirectly had to pay for.

As they had come to their destination, his fingers moved over many of the plants that rested at his feet. He had been able to make a fair amount to his collection in his hand before he rose to his feet, coming to another spot nearby. He hadn't paid too much attention to Kaeli, having noticed that she was scouting the area around them. So long as he was working on his own thing, then she could do her own thing.

Soon enough, the dark woman came over to him, looking over the plants he had gathered. He hadn't expected her to try and make some small talk, but he was welcome to continuing it with her, "Apprentice Grievous has been teaching me. We've mostly been focusing on healing herbs since that's were I have a greater interest. Some of the ones I have here are so that I can dry them and add them to our stocks."

Others would be for his own personal storage.

Doing the same as he had before, moving close to a nearby set of bushes. A smile came to the young male's face beginning again as he gathered more. He turned to Kaeli, "I could teach you about some of the common ones if you are interested."

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POSTED: Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:03 am

Charcoal ears perked forward in recognition of the offered name. It appeared that Idrieus’ betrothed was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. From what her spiced daughter told her he was currently the authority regarding the Kingdom’s horse-heads. He was also known for always lending out a helping hand whenever physical strength was required, which spoke highly of his genetics. Now Kaeli had found out that he had medical training under his sleeve as well.

Such a shame he was a taken man, for he would have made a choice consort for her red haired heiress.

Then the kid offered a share of his amassed knowledge and the aged warrior couldn’t stop her lips from creeping upward to reveal yellowed fangs in a toothy smile. ”How could I pass such an opportunity?” She came closer, intended on joining him for the improvised lecture. ”My line of work requires some basic medical knowledge, mostly to keep yourself alive until the real healers can start fixing you.” She commented, leaning onto a young tree to step over a thick patch of underbrush. ”But my knowledge is limited to stopping bleedings and resetting bones.” Just as she regained a firm footing the trunk in which she leaned on cracked, apparently too weak to support her weight. She stepped away letting the whole thing fall against an older tree, but as she turned around to meet Eden a soft thud and a crack were heard, like something akin to a melon crashing on the ground.

Realization came a second too late, and when she started running the buzzing was already in her ears. ”RUN!!!” She didn’t need a reply before her long legs started carrying her away from the fallen hive at full speed.

At some point she grabbed her patron’s hand and carelessly dragged him behind her at a pace he couldn’t possibly be following without great struggle. If he voiced any complaints she didn’t listen, all she could hear was the relentless buzzing and the frantic pumping of her heart.

Distress showed in her eyes, the dark sclera largely exposed in eyes made brighter by the shrinkage of pupils. The pain from the stings didn’t even register, only spots of irradiating heat she could feel in her ears and shoulders, one in her left hand and one in her cheek. She knew what to do, water, deep enough to submerge themselves. The damned bugs didn’t swim. ”To the river” Eden needn’t answer, for she had already veered at top speed and now headed downhill. They weren’t too far to make it.
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POSTED: Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:34 pm

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Just from a quick glance at her, Eden wasn't sure if the Blacksun woman would even take him up on the offer. Considering the kind of woman that she was, tough and strong, she didn't seem like the type that would be interested in any kin of healing.

The young male was a bit surprised when he saw the way that her lips curled, showing him a smile. Maybe it was because she held a bit of a soft spot for him, or she was actually interested in learned some of the craft, but he couldn't help but return the smile at her words. He knew there was no way he was going to be able to explain things the way that Grievous could, but he was sure he could handle basic stuff.

His hands moved together, "Well, that in of itself is already a lot, and good to have. Many of the herbs help with the healing process but can also be used to help with sickness or even easing pain."

Eden turned his attention back to the plants he had gathered, allowing Kaeli the time to get comfortable before he attempted to teach her. He had gathered a small handleful, turning his head to face her when the snaps of the tree began to ran out. It fell, and crashed into another on the way down. He had not seen the hive come down, but the sound of buzzing to follow couldn't have been a good sign.

The warrior wasted no time in springing back up to her feet, grabbing Eden's free hand to drag him along with her, "Wa-wait! My plants!" She must not have heard him or cared, a few of those he had grabbed falling out of the basket. He moved his other hand down, holding the gathered plants with his other hand to try and keep the rest of his stocks in place.

Head turned up to Kaeli, noticing the panic in her face. He couldn't believe they were spooking her so much. He had noticed the black and yellow patterns around her, and began to feel his own irritated heating along the open parts of his body. They stung.

Kaeli commanded to head for the river. He wasn't sure why she would want to head there, but he listened none the less. As the water came into view, the young male tossed his basket and plants to the side, hoping they would land somewhere easily spotable. Wasting no time, he leapt into the water, the heat dying down some, but not all the way, he turned his head, watching for his escort to join him in the water.

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