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Into the Dark (Luxon Cobrat)

Nothing reaches as high as the mountains, the tallest peaks carrying snow even in summer time. But even so the eye will be drawn to that one oddity, that one that is referred to as "The" Mountain. From a distance it looks like a volcano, from up close...it still looks like a volcano, but it isn't. A conveniently smooth path leads up to it's edge, and one can easily make their way inside the water filled crater for further exploration as well. This water is one of the main sources of life for the rest of these lands and while spectacular waterfall rush out of the crater, there are many more rivers that start their journey in here.

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Sunlight beat down upon them. The heat of the morning intensified as the great ball of fire in the sky reached its zenith. Great long tongues lolled from the kobolds' mouths - the only way for them to disperse body heat, for they could not sweat from scales.

Twisting from woodlands to mountains, reptilian feet found a pathway carved into the bedrock and eroded smooth from the passage of time. This simple stone work had not been done by their hands, but by those from eons passed.

The brute hefted their prize with a stalwart frown. While the lifeless corpses of deer could feel no disruption to their eternal slumber, Entropy was not offered a similar bliss. Her flesh was dragged across stone, skipping roughly for every dip and rock they came across. The felcaeri had been unconscious for most of the trip here. That might not lost for long.

Up ... Up ... Up they went. Inches to feet, feet to miles. The stone road appeared endlessly winding until finally it wasn't.

A yawning chasm of a cave entrance awaited them, and into the darkness they arrived.
"We all change, when you think about it, we're all different people; all through our lives, and that's okay, that's good, you've gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be."
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The world was a timeless blur to Entropy. For a brief moment, she would be aware of the ground dragging beneath her, and the bundled animal corpses she was lashed to. She would instinctively struggle against the rope that bound her wrists and ankles together, but she had no strength to make a difference. The rope would hold firm, and the world would fade again into nothing.

It was the dragging that kept bringing her back to the brink of consciousness, but these struggles to regain awareness only sapped her energy and caused any real recovery to be delayed long beyond when it would have otherwise come.

She wouldn't remember how many times this happened or how long it went on. It was simply her entire existence for the time that it lasted.

But eventually, she woke up, and it stuck. There wasn't anything special about this time compared to the others. Oblivion simply didn't come back to reclaim her.

As soon as higher thought returned, Entropy stopped fighting the rope. Breaking free of it right now would not have been good. At best, she would have been knocked out again. At worst, her captors might have decided that letting her live would be more trouble than it was worth.

She didn't advertise her return to consciousness either. Instead, she closed her eyes and went as limp as she could, hoping her captors wouldn't notice the change. She did loll her head to the side and barely opened the eyelid closer to the ground, hoping to see what she could without letting any of the reptilian creatures see what she was doing.

The stone steps made this hard to endure, as she bumped against each one and had to fight the urge to react.

As the hunting party and their captive moved further up the stairs, Entropy began to see more and more stray bones left about. Her face passed within inches of a skull that did not look like it belonged to a mere animal, and she resisted the urge to shudder.

Trying to focus on anything else, she noticed something interesting about the rise of the land. For the most part, it seemed that the path up was lined by rough-hewn stone walls. But every now and then, these would fall away the path would flatten out for a time, and she could see a shelf of flat soil overgrown with vegetation extending beyond it. Almost as if the ground had been carved into stairsteps for giants.

It was terraced, she realized. It was long-distended and overgrown now, but someone long ago had carved out the landscape that now stood here. Terraces were usually meant for agriculture...

And in these places where the ground was flat, there seemed to be stones standing at regular intervals, taller than they were wide. Most were badly worn or broken, but some seemed to retain a vaguely humanoid shape.

Entropy couldn't see ahead and dared not move her head to look, but she eventually began to feel the chill of a draft contrasting the heat of the summer air. So she knew she was coming to a cave entrance some time before the sun disappeared behind a rocky ceiling. Carved bones adorned that entrance, arranged now with purpose. Among them were more of the humanoid skulls, staring at her as she passed with empty eyes and eternal grins.

Passing beyond here, all Entropy could see was the light from that entrance receding, growing smaller and smaller as she was dragged on into darkness.
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A grumble erupted from beyond the mouth. Reddish eyes flowering, longer teeth gnashing right. "Claxon wux drong aurthon," groused a hiss like sandpaper across the flesh. Movement from the shadows - figure only partially illuminated by lit torches adorning the cave walls. "Wux naktada wer pliso itheikir."

The entourage of kobolds came to an abrupt halt. Those at the back huddled together as though forming a group would make them safer. Scales shuddered, jaws clenched. A subtle stench of fear.

At least the brute rose to this challenge. He spoke calmly: the voice of one who had weathered many storms. Unintimidated yet respectful. "Yth confna boga vin unusual munthrek." Alpha's eye ridges perked considerably at this. "Yth return mrith coi. Nomagqe coi geou faestir ekess entertain hesi daariv."

Emerging at last, the alpha sidled closer. A stumped tail barely dragged across the cave floor. Scales of deep, handsome bronze gave the impression of gold when light struck in certain places. The left eye was but a hollow socket, left barren and exposed but cleaned of rotten flesh.

Hot breath spilled over Entropy's face. A claw traced her skin. When it found a wing, it clenched the bone and pierced the membrane when spreading it out for further inspection. "Nomeno ui thric munthrek si tepoha rinov ocuirtor."

"Nomeno thaczil jahus jikahshia ekess tepoha unusual tobor ghoros hesi arrival."

Alpha huffed. "Wux vucot svabol ekess tir mrith wer sventi. dronilnr nomeno... rekisix... ekess wer jilgir cells. Vi humanoid ui vi humanoid. Yth geou press jacioniv ihk anyuiri." A long tongue ran across his teeth. "Daygyr nomag lamith vi taste di sthyr ekess refresh wer senses. Sjek ti, yth geou rechan coi ekess wer screruqi."

Claws sliced through the rope binding her to the deer. While the brute carried on with their kill into some other part of the caverns, the other four worked to carry Entropy further in.

Eventually she was thrown roughly, still bound, into a cage built in the wall.
"We all change, when you think about it, we're all different people; all through our lives, and that's okay, that's good, you've gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be."
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((Permission is given to do anything not fatal or permanently-debilitating to Entropy.))

Entropy maintained her feigned unconsciousness as well as she could. She didn't know what the reptiles would do if they discovered she was awake. But she still tried to observe as much as she could.

Not that she could see much in the dim torchlight. It was a fairly large entrance chamber behind the cave opening, with walls, ceiling, and floor of hewn stone instead of natural. Where the light shone brightest, she could just make out the barest hint of engravings, but time had worn them and she couldn't tell if they were runic, pictographic, or some other script. They were obviously ancient, and she wouldn't have known the language anyway.

There were also several alcoves in the walls, and a few of these housed more broken stones like the ones outside, but none were anywhere close to intact.

More bone carvings adorned the room as well, fresher and displayed more prominently. Strings of bones hung from the ceiling at regular intervals, and stakes stood near the walls with more bones hung from them.

The two forms of adornment were so dissimilar that Entropy guessed whatever this system of tunnels was must have changed hands at some point in the distant passed. But both displays were likely geared towards the same purpose: telling whoever passed through this chamber exactly who owned this place.

It didn't tell Entropy who owned the place, but it probably told someone.

Entropy's musings didn't last long before a voice hissed through the darkness, sounding... irate? Demanding, perhaps. A voice of challenge to whoever it addressed, which seemed to be the party that had brought Entropy here.

Entropy closed her eyes completely now. Some of her captors huddled together, but one spoke back, undaunted but not brash.

Words were exchanged, but Entropy only recognized the sound of a couple. "Entertain" inspired thoughts she would have shuddered at if she weren't determined to maintain her cover. She continued exerting her will to not react as the new reptile drew close enough for her to feel the heat of its breath, its claw moving along her skin.

The claw piercing her wing membrane was almost too much. Her breath caught at that, and she worried she might have given herself away. She managed to do no more, though in fact she wanted to scream as the pain grew louder and louder in her mind. And she kept her wing limp as her examiner drew it out for inspection.

That taste of Hell ended not a moment too soon. As the dominant reptile spoke again, a hot tear streamed down the side of her face. Moments later, she was seperated from the deer and hauled somewhere else.

She was eventually thrown into a wall, where she fell to the floor. Hearing metal bars slam shut, she peaked again and saw that she was caged now, though still bound hand-to-foot.

Now that she was locked away, she probably didn't need her unconscious act anymore. In fact - that word "entertain" rang in her head again - it was probably best that she drop it. She would give it a few more minutes, lest her return to consciousness seem too convenient, then she would let it go.
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Time lapsed. Minutes or hours or ... not days. No. Not yet. But there was no way to really tell. This part of the cave was lit only by dim candleflame. Dancing embers cast moving shadows upon the walls, taunting with their slow tango.

Silence was to be had initially. Shattering it were periodic screams and roars from deeper in the system. Deeper pandering would alot Entropy clearer vision of her surroundings: a faint scent of iron; subtle red stains on the walls. The cell across from her was decorated with gnarled lines across the wall - tally marks by a claw or nail, numbering into the dozens.

Clamoring voices and a wet dragging noise grew louder. One kobold entered carting something with four legs and mangy black fur matted in places with an unidentified liquid too dark to see in the faint light. The creature was tossed remorseless into the neighboring cell. When it struck hard stone, it whimpered and curled into a tight ball.

< ... No more ... ,> it cried weakly with a voice that penetrated the minds of those around it. < ... Please ... >

The kobold reared back with a snarl. Dull brown claws plucked a large rock by his foot and hurled it at the hound. It connected with the wolf's skull with a sickening crack. Silence. Blood oozed from the canine's left ear. Ragged breathing was the only sign of life.

Satisfied, the kobold lurked back. But when it caught wind if Entropy's alertness, it paused long enough to leer between the bars. It suddenly snapped forth with a hiss, teeth gnashing just before old steel.

With a harsh laugh it withdrew from the room. The felcaeri was left with a new 'roommate'.
"We all change, when you think about it, we're all different people; all through our lives, and that's okay, that's good, you've gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be."
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Entropy must have been in shock before, or she hadn't fully regained her senses. Or maybe the need to keep her act up had let her keep her emotions under control.

But now that she was alone, the reality of her situation fully set in, and the terror it deserved along with it. Her academic analysis from before slid away, and now she looked out on iron bars and blood-stained walls, with roars and screams from somewhere else breaking the silence. She wanted to curl up, but the rope made it impossible. Instead, once she'd seen enough, she squeezed her eyes shut and sobbed.

Of course, she was soon second-guessing her decision to surrender so easily earlier. Would she have really done it if she had known what would follow? Had she even thought about it?

No, she couldn't let herself regret that. She couldn't have fought back without her magic, and she couldn't have escaped. The reptiles would have overtaken her, and she would have been killed, or at least hurt worse than she had been.

But she'd made some mistakes before then. She shouldn't have used up all her magic in the first place. But... she needed to keep herself sharp, and she needed to go all-out so she'd be ready if she ever really had to. And she'd thought that area of the forest would be safe enough. It should have been. She couldn't have forseen the hunting party that wandered in there.

Her magic would come back... eventually. It would have only taken a night of good rest on a full stomach, but... she doubted she'd make out so well now. But it would come back. And she had to stay alive until it did.

With the passing of time, at least the pain in her wing grew dull. Or at least, it grew familiar. Crying incidentally helped with that as well, providing a release for it. The pain from the gash down her back was still there too, but it was becoming an old one as well, and the two pains danced about and mixed together...

A sound called Entropy's attention back to her surroundings.

A reptile was dragging something four-legged, furry, and wet. Entropy watched, transfixed, as if she was watching her own fate. The animal was thrown into the other cage, and Entropy heard a telepathic voice begging for mercy. Then the reptile threw a rock at its head.

Entropy recoiled at that and sucked in a sharp breath. Her fear rose to a pitch, and she could hear herself breathing hard.

The reptile must have heard it too. It noticed that she was awake and leered through the bars at her.

Visions of being dragged out of the cage and into some torture chamber raced through Entropy's mind. She wasn't ready! If she'd held out any hope of acting brave in front of her captors, it wasn't coming to fruition. Terror had her in its grip, and she was visibly shaking already.

The reptile lunged and snapped at her, and Entropy jumped with a shriek.

The reptile laughed about that and left. Entropy lowered her head, feeling weak and ashamed.

But... maybe it had been a good thing. Her captors wanted her for entertainment, didn't they? Holding out on them... wouldn't keep her alive. She needed to give them what they wanted.

Not too easily, though. They would likely grow bored of that as well. She would need to find a balance. Let them know she had fear and weakness in her, that she could be broken... but that breaking her would be a challenge. She had to get it right if she wanted to live.

With that... unpleasant... thought in mind, Entropy looked at the wolf again. It was still alive, mercifully. Or, maybe it would have been a more merciful thing if it wasn't.

But it was. Entropy wondered if she should... talk to it? She didn't want to be alone, but... maybe she shouldn't disturb it either. And she didn't really know what to say. Hey, I see you just got tortured, what was that like?

No, that wasn't funny. Entropy had that coming too. She wouldn't get out of here unscathed.

Ultimately, she decided to wait and see if the wolf noticed her.
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The wolf did not stir for a very long time. Initially, the clarity on whether the creature would survive at all was hazy at best: fragile and tenuous. Shallow breaths would shudder, halt. Tense seconds felt like minutes until sporadic rasps exhumed relief. Bloodied jaws, with pale gums cut and fangs twisted in all the wrong ways, shivered uncontrollably. Oozing ichor pooled about the prone carcass-to-be ... dribbling from gaping slices across its flank, dashing the ribs. Glints of white hinted exposed bone.

Those were claw marks.

Too big for a kobold.

Nostrils flared. The wolf stiffened, lips curling into a feeble snarl fit for a geriatric canine.

< ... Bastard ... > Telepathy required no breath. Yet the canid gasped with each word. < ... All ... bastards ... Rot with ... Your ... queen ... >

She struggled then, opalescent eyes twitching sluggishly open. Transfixed in the direction of Entropy's scent yet unable to see anything but a hazy shape. The growl rattling from her throat was barely an octave above a grumble. Forelimbs drifted across the cave floor, naiks scrabbling for a purchase but too feeble to take hold.

< ... I'll ... Kill you. Kill you ... all ... >
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Entropy shivered when she recognized the massive claw marks for what they were. What... had done that? She didn't want to find out, but she had a sinking feeling that she would...

After a long time had passed, the felcaeri began to fear that the wolf wouldn't wake up. She had actually given up and closed her eyes to rest when the first telepathic words entered her mind.

She snapped back to attention and saw that the wolf was looking at her as it spoke.

"I'm n-not one of them!" she stammered quickly. "I'm a prisoner too."

She only hoped the wolf would hear her, and that it wasn't too far-gone to care.

"Who... are you?" she asked.
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