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Nature, Nurture

Spirit



Meadow

Ashen Armada
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Hermes

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07-11-2020, 06:16 PM
Spring is in full bloom as Meadow moves through the unfamiliar land. Flowers are unfurling, the sun shines brightly and a cool breeze ruffles her fur every now and again. The small female has wandered to the east in search of a specific herb that is said to grow near the falls. If all goes well, she can fill her bag with the precious herb for the Armada. A smile rests on her lips at the thought of bring Io something she might not have.

The walk is beautiful and breathtaking. She often finds herself stopping to smell flowers or listen to birds as they sing their sweet songs. By the time she reaches the falls, it is well past midday however Meadow does not mind. The thought of camping near the falls for the night and starting her journey home the next day is very appealing. A night under the stars might do her some good.

Prone to daydreaming, the wolf finds her mind retreating to the clouds. She is so wrapped up in her thoughts that Meadow does not realize the falls are right in front of her. Finally, when her eyes adjust and find the sight of the falls, she finds herself stopping dead in her tracks. Mouth parts and a soft, “Wow” falls out.

It is magnificent.

She stands there, enthralled with the way the water cascades down each level, leaving behind pools in its wake. This place holds so much beauty and Meadow is truly glad she came here. After several minutes, the small female tears herself away from the scene and moves toward the edge of the water. This is where an herb she seeks can be found, in the sandy soil. Horsetail is what she seeks and with her eyes downcast, oblivious to almost everything around her, Meadow starts to hunt for the plant.



"Speech!"

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Meadow has a Great Horned Owl companion named Rigel. He is always with her unless otherwise stated.
Disclaimer: I, Hermes, always write in the Present Tense. If this makes it hard to follow my posts, please message me.



Spirit

Abaven
Cereus

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Treat 2019
07-16-2020, 01:48 PM
Spirit hadn't really left Abaven since coming back here, just months ago, though it felt like he'd just barely arrived. Most of his early memories had been of wandering with his mother, though not because they'd had much of a choice. He didn't want a life like that again - one of nervous uncertainty, of wondering where he'd spend each night. Though he was still adjusting to life here, at a remarkably slow pace, he preferred the safety and security that Abaven provided him. Now that he was beginning to become more accustomed to things, he thought that exploring the lands beyond Abaven's borders would be a good idea. Fearing life outside the comfort of his home was one of many things he knew he had to work to overcome.

It was a beautiful spring day, which was encouraging for the shy yearling. The lands, as he headed west, seemed even more luscious than he'd expected; with the warmth brought on by spring, flowers were blooming plentifully, and his senses were delightfully overrun. So much so that he hardly noticed the scent of a stranger as he neared the falls, at least not until it was too late to shy away from them without being noticed. Spirit nearly flinched when he saw a stranger enter his vision, but he took a deep breath and steadied himself. His mind had been wandering, drifting to the clouds that floated sparsely above his head, but suddenly he was jerked back to reality.. and after a few more steps closer, he found himself frozen entirely, probably looking as stunned as he felt.



Meadow

Ashen Armada
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07-19-2020, 12:36 AM
The search for the Horsetail herb has been, so far, unsuccessful and Meadow finds herself becoming more and more discouraged. Eyes look over the land, trying to spy the telltale signs for the plant. Yet, they do not spy the green treasure. A sigh is pulled from her lips as the frustrated wolf shakes her head in annoyance.

However, when she looks up from her task she spies a young wolf of brown and white coloring coming into view. When the young male stops and looks stunned at the searching Meadow, a great pang of sympathy resounds with the small wolf and she finds herself wanting to put the younger wolf at ease.

A soft smile gently tugs her lips up and she calls out, in a kind, friendly tone, “Hello there.” Her words are gentle and slow, not wanting to overwhelm or frighten the young one. She notices that the scent of a pack, unfamiliar to her, hangs on the younger wolf. The smile slowly grows as she bows her head slightly in greeting and says, “My name is Meadow. I promise you, I mean no harm.”

It is the truth. Meadow never means any harm those she meets. Motioning a paw toward the sandy soil that she has been searching, the older wolf says, “I was just looking for a special herb that grows around here. It is… proving difficult to find.” A small chuckle is released as she thinks about how rotten her luck has been so far. She adds, “I hope I did not startle you.”

Another kind smile appears and she hopes, against all hope, that the other wolf will not be afraid of her.



"Speech!"

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Avatar by skelle; Chibi by Resin; Pixel by NachoMumma
Meadow has a Great Horned Owl companion named Rigel. He is always with her unless otherwise stated.
Disclaimer: I, Hermes, always write in the Present Tense. If this makes it hard to follow my posts, please message me.



Spirit

Abaven
Cereus

Beginner Intellectual (0)
Beginner Healer (0)
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1 Year
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Male
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70
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Light
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nyx

Treat 2019
07-20-2020, 09:07 PM
Initially stunned by the sudden sight of a stranger, the smile she offered him did wonders to ease his nerves. He knew, deep down, that not everyone was nice and kind - he knew wolves could wear masks that made them seem far less threatening than they were - but part of him was naive enough to hope that he might be lucky enough to never meet wolves like that. Spirit had a feeling her kindness was genuine, especially when she started to speak. "H-hello," Spirit stammered out quietly, trying to find his voice and simultaneously marveling at how difficult it felt. How did wolves do this all the time, he wondered? It felt so impossibly difficult. "I-I'm S-Spirit, Destruction," he added after he found some strength to speak up. His voice was quiet - likely not audible from anything more than the short distance they stood apart.

Cautiously he drew closer, curious about what she was looking for. She explained she was looking for a special herb that grew here. Despite his wariness, his eyes lit up with interest. The plants that he and his mother had found on his journey home had interested him quite a bit, but he wasn't sure where to begin learning about them... or even if it was a worthwhile pursuit to begin with. "W-what kind of herb?" Spirit finally asked after a short pause. While small talk was hardly easy for him, when it came to things like this - things he was interested in, or wanted to learn about - it was easier for him to focus on the present, and keep his head out of the clouds. "N-not that I'd k-know what it even is.. b-but plants.. interest me," he explained softly, his eyes still wide and curious.



Meadow

Ashen Armada
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Female
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07-24-2020, 10:22 PM
The younger wolf’s quiet voice reaches her ears and Meadow almost has to strain to hear him. Her smile grows and she bows her head in greeting when he offers his name. The way Spirit stammers and his stunned appearance when they first met, has Meadow feeling great empathy for him. She decides to take it slow and to try not to be too overly cheerful with him.

When she speaks of her search and Spirit asks what kind herb, her smile grows even more. Eyes brighten with joy at the prospect of sharing her limited knowledge of the herb. Still, being respectful of the other wolf’s seemingly shy disposition, Meadow does not rush her words or move to quickly. “Well Spirit, I am looking for Horsetail. It is a very beneficial herb. The plant can often be mistaken for weeds and go unnoticed. It grows on stalks with small tube-like pointed leaves that branch off the main stalk”

Pausing to allow the information to sink in, Meadow takes one paw and makes a small drawing in the dirt. It is not the best but it conveys what the plant looks like. Looking up from the drawing and back to Spirit she says, “Horsetail likes to grow in wet, sandy soil or even submerged slightly in water. That is why I am here.” With the last words she indicates the waterfalls. With a bright smile she asks, “So Spirit, have you seen anything like this?” She motions back toward the simple drawing in the ground. Maybe they can find the plant together and she will get to teach Spirit a little about the herb along the way.



"Speech!"

TABLE & CODE © SKELLE 2020

Avatar by skelle; Chibi by Resin; Pixel by NachoMumma
Meadow has a Great Horned Owl companion named Rigel. He is always with her unless otherwise stated.
Disclaimer: I, Hermes, always write in the Present Tense. If this makes it hard to follow my posts, please message me.



Spirit

Abaven
Cereus

Beginner Intellectual (0)
Beginner Healer (0)
age
1 Year
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Male
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70
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Light
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nyx

Treat 2019
07-27-2020, 06:44 PM
He liked Meadow so far, Spirit had already decided. Maybe he was being too hopeful, but she struck him as someone he could potentially get along with... if only he could overcome his crippling shyness. Spirit was hardly oblivious to the things he needed to work on, but it was far easier to imagine change than it was to enact it. He wished so badly he was more like everyone else, that he was better - that he was stronger, that he was more useful, that he was just different. The thought was a painful one, and one he tried not to dwell on for very long. Instead, he'd dive head-first into considering the little lesson she was suddenly giving him.

Spirit wished that he could recognize the plant she was describing, but it struck him then that he hadn't really paid much attention to any plants in particular, except for certain flowers he'd come across. "I... d-don't think I've n-noticed it," he admitted tentatively. His eyes widened further when she demonstrated vaguely what it looked like by drawing in the soil. Though he wasn't sure if he'd ever come across it, he thought he was bright enough to get the idea. A small smile twitched at his lips at her words. "B-but I c-could help!" He felt like he lacked much usefulness within Abaven as he tried to figure out where he really belonged; even the possibility of helping a stranger seemed to infinitely brighten his mood.



Meadow

Ashen Armada
Student

Beginner Hunter (0)
Advanced Healer (60)
age
5 Years
gender
Female
gems
352
size
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Hermes

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07-27-2020, 11:58 PM
Meadow watches Spirit with a smile on her lips, kindness in her eyes and empathy in her heart. He is so shy it almost painful for her. If only she could give him some of her self-confidence. Not a lot because she would still need some too. She really wants to help him feel comfortable around her and all she can do is offer a friendly ear to him. In this situation, Meadow finds that taking it slowly and allowing him the opportunity to talk is the best approach.

When Spirit looks at the drawing and mentions that he hasn’t noticed it, Meadow nods slowly, a thoughtful expression on her face. She really wants to find the herb but now she is presented with a chance she has not had before. If Spirit will let her, she could teach him. Eyes brighten and the smile reappears as Spirit says he could help.

With a dip of her head in agreement, Meadow says, “I would really appreciate your help Spirit. What do you say, should we start our search near the water’s edge over there? Or over there?” With that statement she points a little way off to the left and then to the right. Ultimately, she wants to leave the decision up to Spirit in the hopes that this will give him some confidence. She adds, “I will go wherever you think is best.” and gives him a warm smile.

There is no urgency to the search and there is no risk of making a bad choice with Meadow. She knows that they will find the herb no matter what direction is chosen but this is a valuable moment. Maybe this will help Spirit find a little part of his voice. So, Meadow readies herself to follow Spirit’s lead.



"Speech!"

TABLE & CODE © SKELLE 2020

Avatar by skelle; Chibi by Resin; Pixel by NachoMumma
Meadow has a Great Horned Owl companion named Rigel. He is always with her unless otherwise stated.
Disclaimer: I, Hermes, always write in the Present Tense. If this makes it hard to follow my posts, please message me.



Spirit

Abaven
Cereus

Beginner Intellectual (0)
Beginner Healer (0)
age
1 Year
gender
Male
gems
70
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Large
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Light
posts
32
player
nyx

Treat 2019
07-31-2020, 09:38 PM
He tried to memorize the shape she'd both drawn as well as described to him. Tall with tube-like stalks. That was easy enough to remember, even if it wasn't totally confident that he'd be able to accurate point it out if they happened to come across it. But Meadow seemed to be willing to let him tag along, even if he didn't necessarily know what he was doing. Oh, he was so thrilled! He looked far less hesitant now, a small smile touching his lips as the near-stranger invited him along. "T-that sounds g-good," he accepted her invitation without thinking for a second on it. The thought of being useful was weirdly intoxicating, and he definitely felt a slight bit of confidence from the thought.

But... leading was up to him? He had no idea where to begin. Maybe away from the falls.. though she'd said the plant liked wet soil. He paused to get a good look around them, trying to figure out the best spot. Spirit started to veer slightly away from the falls, glancing back at her as if to make sure he was making the right decision. "W-what.. does horsetail do?" He finally asked, truly curious what she might be using it for. Or maybe nothing at all - he supposed just wanting to collect some would be a valid reason in itself. He realized all at once just how much he had to learn, if he hoped to ever know a thing at all about plants or healing. Not only where they grew, or what they looked like, but also what they were useful for.



Meadow

Ashen Armada
Student

Beginner Hunter (0)
Advanced Healer (60)
age
5 Years
gender
Female
gems
352
size
Small
build
Light
posts
77
player
Hermes

1K
08-01-2020, 12:09 AM
A smile rests easily on her lips as Meadow watches the tentative quality in Spirit start to melt away. When a small smile appears on his lips, she finds her own growing brighter. Her invitation is accepted and she bobs her head in welcoming acceptance. When Spirit weighs his options, Meadow waits patiently to hear where they are going. He decides to turn slightly away from the falls and Meadow follows him. “Great choice Spirit.” The words are warm and filled with approval. He took a big step in making the decision for them and Meadow is extremely proud of him. She is quickly becoming very protective of Spirit and wants to let him know he is doing wonderful in all he does.

As they walk, she stays close enough to him that she can hear when he speaks and if he needs help. However, she is far enough back that it will show him that he is definitely leading. When he asks what Horsetail does, Meadow finds herself getting excited at the prospect of teaching. While still keeping an eye out for the plant, she speaks slowly as she begins her small lesson, “Horsetail can be used to bind open wounds. If you crush the leaves into a paste and apply it directly to, say, a cut, it will help stop the bleeding and act as a clot. The body will then close the wound quicker. However, that is not all you can do with it.”

Pausing for moment to allow him time to absorb the information she goes on to say, “The leaves can also be brewed into a tea to help with urinary issues. It is a valuable plant and, when we find it, you will have some to take home too. I don’t know if you want to be a healer or if have any herbs yet, but Horsetail is a good one to have in any case.” Her smile is cheerful and Meadow walks happily along, while still slightly behind Spirit. If he does want to learn to be a healer and does not have many herbs, she will show him some of the more common ones in the area before she leaves, that way he will be well on his way to starting his own collection.



"Speech!"

TABLE & CODE © SKELLE 2020

Avatar by skelle; Chibi by Resin; Pixel by NachoMumma
Meadow has a Great Horned Owl companion named Rigel. He is always with her unless otherwise stated.
Disclaimer: I, Hermes, always write in the Present Tense. If this makes it hard to follow my posts, please message me.