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Lepidus-Malus

Post by nightwolf714 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:04 am

Name: Lepidus-Malus aka Lep

Species: Unicorn

Age: Young Adult

Gender: Female

Appearance: Lep is a frightening beauty of a unicorn with a smooth, slender horn and cloven hooves of silver. Her pelt is a soft white covered with zebra like ebony stripes. Her tail has a short length of fur with long hair attached. Mane and tail, like the rest of her body, are likewise striped. Her right eye is a soft baby blue while the left is a deep haunting red. Despite a slightly shorter stature, strong muscles bulge over her body.

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Personality: In essence, Lep is a wounded creature. Her soul aches from the terrors she saw as a fily and the pain she has felt. This left her largely as a shell, empty and cold. She is apathetic with most interactions. She mistrusts those around her, believing that they will eventually cause harm to her (either on purpose or by their loss). The only real emotion she feels is through her anger. As a hurt beast, if she feels threatened physically or emotionally she is quick to lash out. Smooth words and compliments have some charming effect on her, but also run the risk of an increased rage if the user upsets her. In the end, she believes that loneliness is an easier pain to bear than risk coming close to another.

Traits:
Shapeshifting - Lep has some shapeshifting abilities. At the present time she only has 2 alternative forms. It is currently unknown how many forms she will acquire throughout her lifespan. While Lep does not appear to fully understand how to acquire forms on a conscious level, it appears to come about as a form of full soul wishing for something. In all her forms, she keeps her characteristic eye coloration.

Wolf – Her timber wolf form was her first alternative form. The wolf form mimics her unicorn form with a striped black and white pelt. Her claws and paw pads are silver colored. Her wolf form is larger than a typical than that of a normal wolf. If she shifts into this form, it typically means a fight is nearing.

Bat – Her second alternate form is that of a small grey bat. Its form is meant for flying, distance, and to a smaller degree speed.

Voice – On very rare occasions, mostly when she’s half asleep, it will almost be like she hears something. The times where it’s distinct enough to make it out clearly, it almost sounds like the voice of her deceased brother. This causes mixed reactions from her. She may react with longing and a hint of her old, cheerful self. Or it may cause her to lash out at the reminder. Are the voices real or a sign of her loosing grip on reality? Only time will tell.

Family: From the Pax herd, a semi-nomadic clan.
Crepusculum – Father and leader of the Pax herd
Sperare - Mother
Obitus – Older brother (deceased)
Librius – Best friend of Obitus
Cor Videre – Herd’s seer and mentor to Lep


Known History: ((There’s an actual full story written out for her history. (This may get rewritten at some point to better fit this version of Lep. And to be better quality overall.) So I’ll try to keep this as short and compact as possible.))

Lepidus was the second child born to the Herd’s leader. Her life started out very cheerfully and blessed. Her early days were spent running around with her older brother whom she immediately took a liking towards and his best friend. Only the herd’s seer seemed to have any inkling of what was to come, but even those thoughts got pushed into the back of his mind as they seemed almost preposterous and couldn’t bring such worry to the herd. A decision he later regretted.

As a young filly, Lep discovered by accident her abilities to shape shift. Obitus and Librius was playing tag with her. Due to their much larger size, they were quickly outpacing her and she soon lost sight of them. In her desperation not to be left behind, she took on the form of a large wolf pup. Once she realized she had changed into this furred creature, she cried out in a sharp series of howls and ran to the herd. In fear, the herd tried to chase her away, resulting in more fear in the young filly turned pup. Crepusculum was about to rear up to strike her when Cor Videre realized who she was, yelled at the stallion to stop, and went to comfort her. Obitus promised her to never leave her behind like that again.

The herd took some time to adjust to the wolf as Lep was at first stuck in the form. However, it soon grew on them. With aid from the Seer who also acted as a mentor to young coats and fillies, she slowly learned out to transform back into her unicorn form and started trying to discover what her other forms are.

It was during a practice session where Cor Videre was playing hide-and-seek with Lep, a game designed to teach her how to use her wolf senses, that he was attacked by a rather famished wolf. The attack resulted in the wolf running away, a scared Lep, and a lightly hurt Cor Videre who was healed by Sperare.

Long after that, after Cor Videre also began mentoring the two coats privately and the herd had migrated many times, Obitus found himself drawn to the surrounding forest due to a bad feeling that overcame him. Lep demanded to follow him. Once there he began to feel foolish and the two decided to return. It was then that dark, wolf-like creatures attacked the two. Lep instinctively shifted into her wolf form in an attempt to protect her brother but was knocked to the ground and held there by one of the creatures. She tried to fight back, but it was bigger and stronger than she was. Obitus’s cries and blood filled the air. Cor Videre, having discovered the two missing, came upon the scene. Lep closed her eyes, trying to block out as much as she could.

In the end, Cor Videre carried the whimpered canine as best as he could in his teeth. He returned to the herd, injured and quite, giving Lep to her mother. All he could say was, “I’m sorry,” when asked about Obitus.

A funeral ceremony took place. Afterwards, the horn was quickly buried, as the herd was to move that day. Lep watched in silence, filled with sadness and anger. “You promised,” she had whispered to the horn. As the other unicorns got ready to go, Lep suddenly galloped away from the herd. The herd watched, saddened by understanding. Librius cried out to her, but it was ignored. She knew she could no longer stay there with the herd. She longed to be free, to fly away and leave forever. It was then she discovered her bat form and took off into the sky.

Cor Videre watched her transform and fly away, wishing for a new, richer life for her but fearing that such a thing may never come for her.

How did your character find these lands?: Lep spent an immeasurable about of time wandering on her own in despair. Over time, her tears dried and her heart hardened. It almost seemed as though she avoided others on her travels. Eventually, forests and greenery gave way to a wasteland. And then to mists which engulfed everything.

Anything Else We Need to Know?: Guess who’s back, back again? Leppy’s back! Tell a friend! XD

This version of Lep is pretty similar to the old one. The main difference is she reacted a lot harder to the trauma she faced. And she’s a lot less friendly.

First RP in these lands:

Heat radiated off the dull brown sands of the wastelands. Despite the fact that dusk was approaching, the land was unforgiving of those who trespassed. A lone figure made its way slowly across the landscape. Fatigue was setting in. Hooves dragged to form small canals across the ground. Head lowered, lacking the energy to keep it up. How long had she traveled through the wasteland? Days? Weeks? Months? She couldn’t remember, thought took up energy that precious scrub plants hadn’t provided her. No thought crossed her mind. Movements were made out of habit. She walked, because she walked. There was nothing else to do but to walk.

Mists slowly began to engulf her. If the striped equine noticed, it went without showing. She just continued walking. Sand shifting was all that could be heard. Sand shifting as hoof dragged onwards.

Then one hoof stopped, tripping on a loose rock. Lepidus-Malus lunged forward onto her front legs, before collapsing onto the ground. For a moment, she simply laid there. There was no sound. No sight, but for the grey mass about her. Nothing to smell. Nothing to feel except the tiny grains of sand that imbedded itself into her flesh. Nothing.

Suddenly the silence was broken by a loud neigh, dry and coarse as the sand around her. “Damn it! Damn it all! Damn it…” it ended as choked tears ran down her muzzle. So this was to be it. This was to be the end. She was left all alone and soon will be as nothing as the mists around her. It was almost as though the mists pressed in closer like a pride of lions stalking a wounded antelope. Lep closed her eyes and waited.

A small breeze drifted past her. Look, it seemed to say. Darkened head lifted immediately as though on a spring. “Obitus? Obitus! Obitus, where are you?!” The mare lept to her hooves, spinning around in a cycle as fresh tears flowed. “Obitus, don’t leave me again! Obitus!

Soft pants followed her outburst. After a moment, she mentally cursed herself for her foolishness. Obitus was dead. His horn was dipped into the river, placed on the ground, and then buried before your eyes as all Pax unicorn’s who have died have had done. He was dead. It was foolish to think otherwise.

As she regained her composure and settled down, she finally began to take in her surroundings. Before her it seemed as though the mists were thinner. It was like having a gray cloth placed before one’s eyes, but in front of her was a place where the fabric had weakened and thinned. Taking a step forward and squinting, Lep could just barely make out a patch of green.

It took a moment to sink in. Once it did, she started making her way to the patch of green with lighter steps. Before long, hooves landed on soft grass instead of hard sands. The mists pulled back away from her to reveal trees of every type surrounding her. Berries, plants, everything she could imagine. It was hard to believe that this wasn’t some sort of paradise for the weary. Or maybe it was. At that moment, she couldn’t really care.
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:42 pm

It was the shouts that made Gaeva turn around, something about the emotion in them made her decide not to return home for the coming night just yet, and investigate first. Maybe somebody had been hurt, maybe she could help. or maybe there was something going on, and she needed to be aware of any nearby danger. Turning around Gaeva didn't take long to break out into a gallop, wondering where to go exactly. The shouts had stopped so she now only had a general direction to run in. At least she had a general idea of how far sound traveled in this part of the flowing forest, so there was that. Though that also meant that wherever it had come from, it close to the mist. Maybe even inside it. Gaeva had gone inside it before, but never went in too far. Just in case. Still, she'd rather avoid doing that today if at all possible.

Luck was on her side though, as the almost brilliant white stood out rather clearly among the fewer trees closer at the forest's edge. Slowing down immediately as she had no idea still of what situation she was about to enter, Gaeva looked around quickly, loosening her wings from her sides a little in case she needed to make a quick escape. But nothing else caught her attention. It was just the white striped creature in the far distance. Alright then, to satisfy her curiosity and make sure nothing was amiss Gaeva trotted over, slowing down her pace as she got nearer, though her mind eased up when she got close enough to see the other sported a horn. That was a good sign. A small smile blossomed on her face without her being aware of it. Now just to make sure that the striped unicorn was unhurt.

Aware that she herself hadn't exactly made the stealthiest of approaches Gaeva made no effort to hide herself, just dipped her head in a quick greeting, "I heard a shout and came to see if you needed help, are you alright?" before coming to a stop still several body lengths removed from the other. Though Gaeva was taller she had no illusions that meant she had any kind of advantage over the other. Unless the black and white one actually really was hurt.
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Post by nightwolf714 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:36 am

OOC: Well, this brings back some memories. It'll be interesting to see how this first encounter goes. :)

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Once silvery hooves hit the softer terrain of the forest, she simply stood there for a moment. Deep breaths took in the sudden changes in the scenery around her. Hundreds of berries, thousands of flowers, immeasurable scents struck her nostrils. Her nostrils flared for a moment, taking in a particularly deep breath. It was disorienting for such a sudden change from the harsh wastelands and then the utter nothingness of the mists she had just came from. Her ears swirled, taking in the quiet sounds. Quieter than expected for such a lust landscape.

Then ears swiveled forwards, locking on to a very familiar sound of hooves on grass. A large hoofed creature, by the sound of it. Her ears remained locked forward as her tail began to flick impatiently behind her. She had not expected to be entertaining company. Particularly when she still felt rather weak. Mentally she calculated her energy reserves. Alas, too low to transform into her wolf form. She might be able to squeeze out a shift into her bat form, but she'd probably be stuck like that for a while. That wouldn't due with her being in an unfamiliar territory. If there was danger, the bat's awkward shape would leave her mostly helpless. No, unicorn shape would have to do.

A hoof kicked the ground, a visual sign that her decision had been made. She watched as the lavender creature approached with narrowed eyes. Tail flicked as the other unicorn stopped close by to her. What did she want? Was this her herd's lands? Was I trespassing? Could I survive a fight in my current condition? Why was she smiling? A ear flicked for just a moment in puzzlement before focusing back on the stranger. Her tail never stopped it's motion. Such a strange creature, particularly once she spoke. Help?

Lep gave a snort. "Well enough. I don't need help," she responded dryly. This was far from the truth. Her body ached from the journey, her mouth desperate for something to drink. But she was not about to volunteer this information. She lifted her head, trying to prove she was stronger than her current state actually was. Especially when she found that her eyes fell at a lower level than the taller mare.

This lavender female was dangerous. Here was a well rested female, taller than her, with shape teeth, a long golden horn and golden hooves. She also had wings, which could give her an advantage assuming they served for more than just looks. That would make her a decent challenge, even if Lep was well rested. In this state, bluffing and hoping to out intimidate the other mare seemed like the best idea.

It didn't matter than it was difficult to keep her head up. That dried sweat covered her hide. Or that her breaths were still heavier than normal. She would rest once danger was out of the way.
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:37 pm

OOC
No kidding, did we time travel? XD Except this time around Gaeva and Lep have something in common. Other than having a horn I mean.

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It almost felt like a dismissal. Slightly taken aback Gaeva looked Lep over one more time. There really did not appear to be any injuries and she could smell no blood. The smaller unicorn obviously was tired, but there was nothing she could help her with there. Maybe she really did not need help. Then it clicked: or want help. Catching on now to what felt like unfamiliar behavior coming from another unicorn Gaeva felt she understood enough to speak up again. With a quick acknowledging nod of her head and a verbal snort Gaeva moved just a little bit so she was no longer facing the striped one directly, yet could still look at her without it being awkward.

"You don't look like you need it, no," she said, catching a smile at the last moment so it could not be interpreted as sarcasm. She used her horn to point in a direction away from the mist, "There is a small pond that way. The water is fresh and deep enough to bathe in to clear away that dust from those wastelands." And to drink, but let's not offer some actual help that she most likely needed. "I was heading there myself if you wish to accompany me there." Ok, she had actually been heading back to her forest, but the pond was sort of, almost on the way there.

"My name is Gaeva, I live in the forest beyond if you ever need...advice." Almost used that word again.
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Post by nightwolf714 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:18 am

Ruby and sapphire eyes remained locked on the mare. Ears flicked, alternating between curiosity at the other creature and annoyance at her presence. She was in a state of weakness and hated every minute that was shared with the stranger. Yet in the back of her mind stood a tiny thought. How interesting it was to see another living soul. She had wandered in solitude for so long that seeing another creature similar to herself was strange. It was almost ... pleasant? Was that the word? Her mind huffed at the thought. Pleasant for the moment, maybe. Until they decide that enough was enough and move on, leaving nothing but another gaping hole in her soul. Such pleasantries was unnecessary. They brought only pain and she had had her fill.

Yet the mare didn't leave and Lep didn't try and force her too. She could have reared up, or charged, or even just neighed a battle cry. Anything to convince the other unicorn that her presence was not desired here. And yet she couldn't bring herself to do so. She lied to herself, saying that it was because of fatigue. That this taller mare was no real threat. That she still could if needed.

She listened silently as the mare continued on. At the word "pond," ears immediately locked on once more. Striped tail stopped in it's swishing. Pond...that meant water. Water sounded good. Immediately Lep was aware of the dryness of her mouth. Sands still clung to her legs and belly from when she had lied down. It would be good to know where water was in this area.

While in her distracting thoughts, she realized that the mare had introduced herself. Another snort followed at the idea of needing advice. Still, if she could be helpful, then knowing her may be worth the risk. At least for now. There was, after all, little risk in knowing someone's name and having them as an acquaintance. "Thanks, but I don't think that will be necessary."

There was a short pause, before the striped mare tossed her head to try and shake some of the grains free from her mane. "I'm Lepidus-Malus." Another pause as she considered her words with care. "I suppose that will do. At least until I learn the way myself." For just a moment, her ears flicked back. Those words sounded awkward even to her, but now that they were out, there wasn't much more that could be done about them. She didn't recall social interactions being quite so difficult back with her herd, but she was younger back in those days. Oh well. "Shall we head on then? I don't wish to keep you detained for long."
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:39 am

OOC
This awkwardness is awesome, lol.

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Gaeva made sure to turn her face away when another smile dared threaten. of course the striped unicorn didn't need anything, of course. Thankfully she managed to control her facial features and could turn and give another acknowledging nod, "Of course, Lepidus-Malus, it's this way."

She nearly broke into a trot out of habit, distances were long around here, but at the last moment chose for a steady walk instead. It did cause her hooves to do an odd little skip however, but she pretended nothing out of the ordinary had happened. She totally meant to do that little dance on purpose.

"When it comes to water you really can go in almost any direction in the forest and stumble upon something fairly soon. I just happen to know that this pond is the closest body of water to us right now." She was feeling this need to talk, to explain, to offer that help that was not wanted. It was amusing and annoying at the same time, but she decided it was simply because Lepidus-Malus was a unicorn like herself. Extra effort and good manners were expected when encountering another horned one. Even stubborn ones. Of course there was the very real possibility there was an actual reason for the other's refusal to accept anything but water. Gaeva could think of plenty of situations where she herself would want to bow out of a conversation, or someone's presence. Would Lepidus-Malus answer questions to find out if this way the case? Only one way to find out.

She turned to look at the other mare, "I can tell by the color of the dust on your coat that you came from the wastelands beyond this forest. Are you heading somewhere in particular?"
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OOC: Social skills, what is this? XD

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If unicorns had eye brows, it would have been lifted at the slight skip the one known as Gaeva made. Instead, dark nostrils snorted with a shake of her head before following afterwards. This mare was a strange one indeed, though she didn't seem threatening. Just ... strange.

Then again, she was probably a little strange as well. In fact, she could recognize that she probably was. She knew appearance-wise she was different from the other unicorns she had seen. She had strange eyes and her stripes were not exactly the norm. Then again, were they really so different than the other types of colorations her herd had? Prehaps not so much so. She was awkward around this other mare, but that was partly due to how long it had been since she interacted with another. Lep didn't realize that it had more to do with how vainly she tried to guard herself. No, instead it was blamed simply on being out of practice. As though being friendly was a skill that one could forget over time instead of recognizing that it was something she tried to bury.

After a moment lost in thought, she found that the mare was talking again. Did she do this often? Talking to complete strangers as though they knew each other? A swish of her tail followed that thought, though she kept from snorting again. At least it was useful information. The fact that there was lots of water around was good to know. And already her senses told her that there was plenty to eat. She would have to find out later on how well they tasted.

A shiver bristled over black striped sides. "Are you heading somewhere in particular?" The words echoed in her mind. To be honest, she hadn't given much thought of where she was going other than "away." Yet away was, at this point, much farther behind her. She had spent ages going to this "away" and the running full past it. So where was she heading?

After a pause, she decided to be honest with her response. There didn't seem to be harm in that and it felt like the easier option in this case. "Not really. Just to someplace ... different." "Someplace that didn't remind me of loss, of pain," she added silently. Another shake of her head followed as though trying to literally shake the thoughts away. They hurt to linger on them as she found herself doing all too often.

"What of you?" she asked, more in an attempt to change the subject than to be amiable. "You seem familiar with these lands. Have you always lived here in these lands?"
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:12 pm

Having been fully prepared for either no answer at all or another wall to smack into, Gaeva was pleasantly surprised at the vague reply instead. It seemed to be honest, or at least in the sense that the striped unicorn wasn't trying to lie about her true destination. So, a wanderer then. And it was always a pleasant change from the norm to meet someone who hadn't meant to head towards the mist. It might be too soon and completely biased to form such an opinion on no information whatsoever, but Gaeva was willing to bet Lepidus-Malus was a smart one.

The deflection however caught the mare completely off guard. Well, it actually made sense to have a question returned, but with the striped one's reluctance at everything so far, she hadn't expected it from her. It actually made Gaeva go silent for a few moments longer than normal conversation required. Normally people asked her how she got her, not if she had always lived here. There was a rather pointed difference to the two questions, one that shouldn't matter, but it somehow did.

"No. Not always. I was born in a herd far away from here. Then I left when, well. Then I left. I found my way here eventually." Her voice was subtly different as she answered, there had been a slightly challenging and cheerful quality to it before that was completely missing now.

Gaeva remained quiet now for the rest of the walk until they reached the pond. Her voice was normal again when she spoke, "I've lived here for years now and know the area pretty well from flying over it so often, like this pond for example," she pointed at it with her golden horn. It was a small body of clear water, yet large enough that swimming across it would get you to the other side faster than walking around it. Gaeva walked into the water until it reached her knees, then stood still to enjoy the feeling on her warm golden hooves.

"There aren't a lot of others around here to be honest, even fewer worth talking to when you come down to it. So exploring is really one of the better activities to engage in."
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The striped equine took in Gaeva's words, turning them over in her mind like she was inspecting a stone that may have been a jewel. It was clear that this other mare had a story that she didn't wish to share. Something that caused her to leave. Something that caused her pain to think about. A tiny hint of a smile formed on Lep's dark muzzle before disappear quickly. It wasn't a show of malice of her part. It was due to the familiarity that the mare's words carried. Lep understood the weight of such words all too well. For just a moment, it would seem that the two were more similar than expected.

That faint trace of a grin faded quickly. She doubted that it was noticed. That was a foolish line of thinking that she nearly stumbled down. No, not just foolish. A dangerous one. And so far, this mare had not proven herself to be worthy of such a risk. She was friendly enough, yes. But that did not require one to permit themselves to be opened to metaphorical wounds.

"Even if it would have been a refreshing change of pace," she thought, her head lowering slightly.

The two of them walked in silence, each of them caught in their own lonely thoughts. Slowly, the earth under hoof grew softer signaling the approaching water source. Indeed they soon arrived at a relatively small pond. It was a rather picturesque scene. Light from the slowly dipping sun cast a gentle glow onto the area, unbidden by the gap in trees the pond caused. The water was still enough to reflect each detail of the surrounding plant life. Small lightning bugs were already starting to awaken, dancing around a few cattail reeds that bunched together at one end of the pond. The pond had a small trickle of waterway that proved the water clean enough to delight in.

It was with great strain that Lep trotted over to the water's edge. In truth, the dust from the wastelands made her want to gallop into the pond like a young filly. But she couldn't have that now. That said, perhaps a lapse caused by fatigue did allow her a small whinny as the water lapped around her legs. She trotted deeper into the water, letting the water just tickle her underbelly. The water was cool to her skin. It made her realize just how cold she had been in the short time she was trapped in fog. She dunked her head under the water, lifting up and shaking her mane out. It felt wonderful.

The mare then gulped down some water, careful not to drink too fast. She turned to the mare, the tiniest hint of a smile on her face once again. "It all sounds rather peaceful, I think."
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:24 am

The sudden burst of sound, happy sound, was so unexpected that Gaeva could not help but react to it. She made no sound herself, but a smile did blossom onto her face as she lowered her head a little to whip her mane from side to side. That had been a very welcome sound to hear. She wasn't sure Lepidus-Malus had seen her, nor whether she would clam again if she did, but in a last moment attempt the lavender mare dipped her head down, and touched the water with her spiraled horn before taking a few sips, pretending she'd been meaning to do that the whole time. Her eyes remained on the other who seemed very content with the water and its refreshing qualities. Good, it looked like she had needed it.

"Peaceful, yes, most of the time. Or maybe quiet is the better word to describe it as arguments, fights and general squabbles do happen. I can't say they affect me much though, the few who decide they want a piece of me, usually literally..." she said the last bit while making a motion with her head to indicate her horn, "...are usually incapable of following me." And at that she unfolded her wings a little and loudly ruffled her feathers with a grin on her face. She then neatly folded both limbs back to her sides. "The ones looking for a fight usually find each other anyway."

A quick swat of her tail convinced a buzzing insect to leave her alone. She glanced up at the darkening sky. It wasn't exactly necessary for her to go back to her forest for the night, it was just the place she felt most comfortable. But right now she just wanted to make sure the other mare would be alright, and hopefully stay a little longer. Unicorn company was the best company. And Lepidus-Malus had clearly said she would learn her way around her, which definitely implied the best possible outcome: a new neighbor. This made her smile directly at the striped mare, her thoughts filled with the possibility of future pleasant conversations and play. Then the reality of the situation caught up with her again, and she quickly looked away, feeling embarrassed at being lost in thought. Maybe she was lonelier than she had thought.

Gaeva looked around, not really knowing what she was searching for, and took a few steps back to dry land, "Well, This is the pond. One of them. There are many. And other lakes and rivers and such. All over the place." Way to ramble to cover your little lapse!

"Do you need anything else?"

Oops, she offered help again. Oh well.

"A place to sleep?"

The striped mare probably didn't sleep in trees like Gaeva prefered, but maybe the mare had other preferences.
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Post by nightwolf714 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Luckily for Lep, she hadn't noticed the smile that formed on the other mare's face. By the time she realized what she had done and looked toward the other equine, Gaeva's muzzle was already dipping into the water. Still, ears flattened for a moment in embarrassment. She was no filly. Worse then that, this wasn't the time to let her guard down. The mare seemed nice enough, but that didn't mean that she was trustworthy. Especially once the mare began talking and elaborated on some of the residents in these lands. By the sound of it, she most definitely shouldn't forget to keep an eye out. Even with such potential dangers lurking this place was a nice enough one to stay at. Plenty of food and water, lots of places to roam to keep away from others, and a good fight or two to keep her entertained.

She caught the mare looking up at the sky and followed her glaze. The dusk was quickly fading into twilight, a couple of brave stars trying to shine against the darkening tapestry. It was then that she noticed just how exhausted she really was. Traveling through a wasteland on little food and water drained her of her energy. Already she was finding that what energy she had regained was slipping away. Sleep would be necessary. This area was mostly flat lands with shrubs and a few trees. It was adequate, but not preferred for avoiding others.

In a pause in her thoughts she head lowered and caught the look the mare gave her. She snorted, shaking her head and drinking in more of the water before following her to the edge. This Gaeva was indeed a strange creature. Pleasant enough, though clearly with her own hidden secrets. Tolerable, but the fact that she had secrets made her less trustworthy. It didn't matter that such a train of thought was hypocritical. It was what it was.

The question now was to ask the mare for suggested sleeping locations. On the one hoof, Gaeva knew the area. She would know what areas are safe or not. On the other hoof, that meant the other would know where she was. That could be risky. If she wanted to cause harm, though, surely she would have done so? Lep was exhausted, dehydrated, and perhaps slightly delirious if earlier events proved anything. She was an easy target. Perhaps this Gaeva could be trusted.

Besides, after one night she could always look for a new sleeping place if deemed necessary.

"Sleep does sound rather nice about now," she admitted, stepping onto the solid earth. "Someplace ... quiet."
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Post by Gaeva Winged Unicorn » Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:35 pm

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Gaeva snorted, her only outward display that betrayed her excitement Lepidus-Malus was subtly asking for something. She had been fully convinced the other would reject the offer. Unfortunately Gaeva still did not know what the other mare prefered as a sleeping place and she was hesitant to ask and risk her clamming up. Well, she was a unicorn, Gaeva would just go with the stereotype then. A loner without a herd to look after each other would prefer a secluded area that still allowed them to be aware of anyone else near, with enough escape possibilities in case of danger. Instantly Gaeva's prefered tree sprang to mind and she smiled warmly at the thought of what she considered to be her home. It wasn't what she was looking for right now though. Still, something higher up, not too far away from here...

The lavender mare looked to the side, mentally scanning the area around them as she rejected one place after the other. After a few moments of continued silence she suddenly smiled and turned to look back at Lepidus-Malus, "Going back a little the way we came, off to the side, there are some uprooted trees there. I think something or someone tore them out of the ground or something, it happened a year ago or so. But nobody goes there as the destruction made the place pretty much worthless for anything other than passing through. It's close to the mist though, so only those heading there may happen upon the place." In case it wasn't obvious Gaeva added, "Without the trees it makes for a small clearing, yet the trunks on the ground themselves provide shelter and hide whatever lies between them." She blinked, "Oh, which is just small saplings and mushrooms and the like. Nothing...talking." Which she may be doing a little too much of. Oh well, at least she had been thorough. "Would that be alright?"
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A moment passed in silence between the two mares. During that time Lep looked around the area absentmindedly. Calculations and thoughts were forming in her mind. How long would she stay here? Just a night before moving on? Already she was thinking that it might be nice to settle here for a while. The thought was strange, though, after her time of wandering. Part of her resented the idea of making roots and finding a new "home." It was like a luxury item too expensive for one like herself. She didn't feel like she should, or could, call another place home. Part of that was probably because of the traveler's instinct in her blood. The Pax herd traveled often, moving between a number of places they knew of as home. Even so, those locations were home for them, locations that they frequented often. And home did sound nice....

The striped unicorn did not fully realize that she was stalling for time for the other mare to give a suggestion. It was an action made by a strange, unconscious desire to form companionship of sorts. After a moment, Gaeva began to talk again. Ebony and white maw lifted up in half surprise at the other one's voice. During that time, she had become lost in thought.

It took a few seconds to register what the mare was rambling about. Luckily, the mare had more than a few seconds worth to speak of. It seemed that she was suggesting a location to spend the night at. It did sound like a good one. Clear, hidden, safe. It was near the mist though. A slight tremor ran down her back at the thought of returning so close to the edge. Yet it was a logical location. If she was unnerved by the idea, most others would most definitely be. At least for one night.

Lep slowly nodded her head. "Yes, that sounds like an adequate location. I assume this clearing isn't too difficult to find then?" A flick of her tail followed the question as she turned to look the direction they had came from. If only she had the energy for one shift. Her bat form would have no difficulty in the least finding this clearing. Still, better to conserve what energy she had for the moment.
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