ardent

no matter where you go, there you are

island hoppin'~! pt 1



Makara

Loner

Intermediate Fighter (50)

Advanced Navigator (60)

age
4 Years
gender
Female
gems
349
size
Large
build
Light
posts
57
player
Xarae

Samhain 2022
07-10-2024, 10:49 AM

The swim from Boreas' shore had been more taxing than she'd anticipated... but now that she stood here on the silvery, sandy shores and her body felt wonderfully sore and depleted, her island adventure could begin. Makara shook out her coat thoroughly, although it still stuck out in strange and unpredictable ways from the saltwater. Her goggles were dotted with water but she was hesitant to take them off and let them dry, as the sun was mercilessly bright out here. No matter, it could wait.

She stretched long and low to the ground, then took off at a trot to inspect her surroundings. It was, she estimated, about a quarter mile off of the shore and rather secluded. Rich scents of spring-ripened fruit and small, furry, edible things tempted her from the thick tropical foliage that bordered the beach. Most of the plants were typical of these sorts of areas - she'd seen many, now, in her travels. Nothing too special. No trace of those who had come before them. Just your average, untouched, beautiful, tropical island. Boring.

Well, that wasn't to say there wasn't more hiding in the undergrowth. Those creatures that had inhabited these lands long ago were tricksy ones and often had shelters where she'd least expect them. As such, she usually spent more than a day or two the first time she explored a new area - and this time would be no different. She sighed and dug her toes deeper into the sand. Her leather booties were carefully stowed in the pack that she wore, ready to be tugged on when she needed to dive into the grasses and trees, but there were plenty of materials scattered along the beach to create some shade. It was unseasonably warm and she'd need to hide from the sun for a few hours until it began to set, lest she risk a painful sunburn. Being albino did not have its perks. She set off along the shore and began gathering fallen banana leaves. They were a brilliant green color and quite sturdy. It wouldn't be her first time using them for shade in a place like this!

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Lumine

Hemlock
Wayfinder

Master Fighter (250)

Intermediate Navigator (40)

age
1 Year
gender
Female
gems
407
size
Extra large
build
Balanced
posts
73
player
Bunni
07-11-2024, 12:24 PM


Emotions fueled Lumine's body west from Fenrir's Maw. Blurry eyes laden with tears barely saw the landscape around her until her paws splashed into frigid waters. A yelp of surprise escapes her as she pulls back, blinking away everything that she had been feeling in the last day. Arrange for marriage!? How could he! Her head screamed at her over and over that the gods were no longer smiling down upon her. Nor were they even real. No true god would ruin her life to such an extent.

Wishing, hoping, desperate to get as far away from Boreas as possible, Lumine pushes forward. Her legs, exhausted, carry her through the choppy waves until she's once more on somewhat dry land. The tide is out revealing darkened packed sand that's easier to walk on as she trudges up the beach. With labored breath, she continues on until the ground around her changes from pale, sparkling sand to dense undergrowth that pulls and tugs at her fur. Frustration seeps from her pores as she rips her appendages away, tufts left behind, clinging to poky sticks and dangerous thorns.

The scent here is overwhelmingly sweet similar to the mead she's snuck a few times from the stores. Her shifting eyes from icy blue to warm gold finally take in the sights. She slows down, turning to look over her shoulder, realizing she hasn't gone very far after all, but the island will do for now. It will have to. She's too tired to go much farther.

Weaving through the brush and ducking under low hanging vines, Lumine is surprised when a fresh scent of wolf smacks her in the face. Someone else was here right now. At first, she's on guard, fur bristling, muscles tensing until she spots the albino figure not far off, just on the other side of the trees where she stood now. Approaching cautiously, Lumine watches the stranger gather banana leaves which immediately piques her curiosity. What were they planning on doing with them?

Releasing an alerting bark that carries tired, but friendly tones, Lumine finishes her approach with a slight cant of her head. "I apologize if I'm intruding," she begins, soft baritones speaking volumes of her ingrained politeness. "Care for some company? I can help with whatever you're doing," Lumine offers before she leans down to grab a banana leaf and extend out as a sort of peace offering.

Lumine Trygg

table coding by bunni ♥



Makara

Loner

Intermediate Fighter (50)

Advanced Navigator (60)

age
4 Years
gender
Female
gems
349
size
Large
build
Light
posts
57
player
Xarae

Samhain 2022
07-12-2024, 10:35 AM (This post was last modified: 07-12-2024, 02:09 PM by Makara. Edited 2 times in total.)
While much of her travels were spent alone, it didn't mean that she craved solitude. In fact, Makara was always happy to welcome another traveler - she was a natural chatterbox and would talk the ear off anyone who would listen. It was a trait that had been tempered by time as she grew older, but it was still easy enough for her to get carried away on a wild tangent. When she heard the soft voice of a stranger, Mak spun around with excitement and a flagging tail. "Oh, certainly, certainly!" she said, her tone bright and easy-going. "You're not intruding at all. It's always lovely to have an extra set of helpful paws." Makara took the extended banana leaf and placed it in the same pile as the others she'd been collecting.

The sun was getting higher in the sky now, reflecting brightly off of the warm, tropical waters - and heating up her googles. They were getting a bit misty from the humidity of the trapped water after her swim. Makara wiped them off quickly on her right forearm then straightened up again, squinting at the young female. "Ah, yes - I'm making a quick shelter for the height of the afternoon sun. I still want to do some exploring on this beach - I don't have high hopes I'll find what I'm looking for, but you never know! Always best to do a second and third look when you're somewhere new, so I don't want to stray too far inland yet and I get the most wretched sunburns if I stay exposed for too long in this heat." The tips of her ears, soft delicate pink, were already heating up. "These leaves are nice and thick, if we can find something to prop them up against, I'll be good to go for hours as long as I have a place to retreat to!" This beach was just like many she'd seen before, although the sand did glint a lovely silvery color depending on which way you looked at it. There were no rocky outcroppings or significant landmarks - just blinding, beautiful sand as far as the eye could see. It was lovely, but boy did it reflect the sun back into her goggles until her eyes were sore.

She scanned the shoreline. The tide was beginning to come in, the waves lapping further and further up the shore as it went. They'd still have plenty of time. A few hundred yards down the shore she spotted the remains of a structure - poorly crafted with some canvas on supports that seemed too weak, but it would do for now. "Bingo!" Makara gathered half of the banana leaves in her mouth and headed towards her target, gesturing for Lumine to grab the rest if she so pleased. When she had made it about halfway there, she realized she'd never given her name. "'Mhmh Makharahs!" she mouth loudly over her shoulder around the stems of the leaves jammed in her mouth.

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