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8.29.19 - 10.13.19
by Split, 08-31-2019, 09:06 PMRE: News Archive
It's time for an update to how we handle time! Now that we are a couple days into the first season of this year, I'll explain how our flow of time will now work. We will be keeping double time, but our time will be more fluid. Essentially, from here on, you will be allowed to back date threads.

All threads from here on out will need to have a date AND time listed in the thread title. This will allow users to see exactly when a thread occurred.

Previously, if you posted a new thread, the time and date that thread was posted was the time in which that event was happening. We are altering the rules regarding timelines to allow you to backdate threads for any date in the current year. (This is Year 3.) So this year started on 8.29.19. You may date a thread from the current date backward to the first day of the year. So as today is 8/31/19, you may date a thread for any date between 8/29/19 and 8.31.19. You may not date threads forward.

So as the year progresses, you will be able to date threads for any time that has already passed in the year, but you must be careful not to break your own character's timelines. The best way to track a character's timeline is to go to their profile and click the button on it labelled "Thread Log". It shows every thread the character has ever participated in. Likewise, events that would break your timelines should also be carefully monitored. So, for example, if I posted a thread for a character dated for today in the desert, it would break the timeline if I posted a thread dated for the 29th in which they ended up dying.

Excessively breaking your own timelines or other characters' timelines is frowned upon and if done consistently, Staff may intervene. Tomorrow I will be instituting changes to leader logs and pregnancies that reflect these changes, so keep an eye out! Please DM or PM a staffer if you have any questions.
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Kicheko Faraja

The hyena observed the borders, dark eyes on the lookout for any loners entering and leaving. Kicheko was sure to sniff closely for any unusual scents--Salvus was his to protect, and he was going to do just that. There was no way in the entirety of Omne could the King let Salvus fall or weaken. He needed it for his family. This was his family's home, their place to grow and flourish. His striped head raised from the ground before he moved onto the next section of the borders.

Perhaps a discussion with Kimagure was necessary. She, and no one from Okan, had shown up to Salvus' meeting, so Kicheko found it fair to inform the Queen that Ireneus was under new identity and rule. While the same values were held, Kicheko felt his changes were vital to improve where it was due. Part of him was quite glad no Slaves had been taken in--it allowed Kicheko to so easily mold the identity of Slave in the culture of Salvus. Anyone who would become Rejea would still qualify as living beings deserving of respect. The male was sure to enforce that, should it be necessary.

He was especially glad to have Amelia at his side. Loyal Scout by day, *dedicated babysitter on the side. What a pal. Someone he could rely on. He was sure Mitis appreciated the occasional break. As he roamed, sniffed, and looked, he not only kept an eye out for trespassers, but also runestones. Those were still a priority.

OC: *While it wasn't explicitly said IC, it was mentioned between Split, Nibi, and I several times OCly that Amelia would be the one to watch after the kids in Kich and Mitis' absence. 


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Scavenge Roll for Kicheko Faraja

(Rolled on Discord) Kicheko's scavenge for a Red Runestone is Unsuccessful (7).
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Shadow was wandering around his new home. Much was on his mind. He couldn't help feeling bad still for actions at the meeting. Yet his instincts said that all herbivores are food. He thought back again to when he attacked Damia and she hissed in pain. If the fawn was sentient and I attacked him then it would feel pain too. Would I be a murder? How do I surprises my instincts to hunt? I have never been around any sentient creature other than a carnivore since I got here. He thought back to the temple and the horse that was with him.
 
That was the only other herbivore I knew it was sentient. It had been awhile and he had almost forgotten about their encounter. Shadow thought back to all the time he has spent around his family and any other creature he had encountered. He could sense something different about them. It was subtle but there. I cannot turn into a monster. I guess that fawn is not food but rather part of our pack. He sure did look tasty though.
 
He kept wandering until he saw his king. The strange wolf is here. What does he want? Shadow walked over and approached him and paused for a moment. Golden eyes darted around the ground near his leader. I'm unsure what to say other than this. "I don't want to be a monster. Help me."

OC Note: Sorry it a bit short.

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Kicheko Faraja

Nothing, nothing, nothing. The hyena shook his head lightly as his runestone count remained zero. He had all day, though. While he prefered to not spend all day away from his family, he longed to return with something to teach his babies. He hummed softly to himself, the melody of a childhood song in which words were long forgotten. The humming faded as did his speed in walking until the hyena stopped altogether to observe the area. Then a voice of one of his own residents snatched his attention.

I don't want to be a monster. Help me.

His tan head spun around, followed by the rest of his body as he found himself face-to-face with the young wolf who had joined. The canine bore no rank currently, for Kicheko preferred to let kids have their time to be kids and leave the burden of responsibility to the adults. His dark eyes hovered over the young male, and his brows lifted with soft curiosity, spiced only merely with concern. "You consider yourself a monster?" He questioned calmly, one of his pointed ears angling back slightly towards the song of a bird that distracted him for only a second. The wolf's crimes, if any, Kicheko wasn't sure of. Perhaps he had violent tendencies he kept to himself. The King couldn't be sure with baseless assumptions. He knew nothing about the wolf, only the noteworthy fact he was with Damia and her family. While he remained uncertain about Damia, she had thus far proved no danger.

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Shadow thought about his king's words and a puzzled look crossed his face. Do I think I am a monster? I don't think so. I haven't killed anyone. I did look at a sentient creature as a meal though. And that is murder. Once again the taste of Damia's blood in his mouth came back to him and a repulsive feeling built inside him. He ignored the fact that he attacked his brother. In his mind Karci had attacked him first and there was nothing wrong with what he did. The young creature's mind blanked and a moment would pass before he would try again to grasp for an answer.
 
I might be a monster after all. I wanted to eat a member of my own pack. I failed to notice his sentience. I let my instincts take over. I failed myself. "I might be. I tried to kill a leopard once because I hated felines. I thought she was a tiger sent by my old slave masters to take me back there. Even though I attacked her and wanted to kill her she still took me in and adopted me as one of her own. I am grateful for that and she has a good heart even if she seems a bit off at times. Look, I saw the strange color fawn at the meeting and I wanted to eat it. My instincts blocked out the fact that he was a sentient creature like us. It was wrong I don't want to be an evil monster. I've lacked a moral compass."
 
Deep down he knew that this was not an excuse since he had been far away from the slavers for awhile. I hope Damia doesn't get tossed out for my sins. Her and my siblings shouldn't be punished for my misdeeds. He sat down and stared at the ground while he waited for an answer.

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The words of the wolf were troubling. Kicheko stared in silence, allowing him to speak as he shifted his weight ever so slightly. Violent tendencies were apparent, and it brought the hyena discomfort. Especially given it was heavily implied he had desired to fell Amanakai to fill his stomach and to retaliate to negative responses with hostility. Given by the things he said, it took Kicheko a moment to realize he was speaking of Damia. He tried to kill Damia, simply because of her species. While paranoia influenced such, it seemed the main reason came from hate. Then the wolf confirmed for himself that he had wanted to hunt Amanakai.

"Instincts, I understand. It's natural of us to eat other creatures. But this land...Omne, it's different. There's an obvious difference between who is sentient and who isn't. The sentient have complex emotions and needs. They have friends and loved ones. Goals in life and desires. That deer has loved ones. He lives here--this is his home, the very place he was born, and the very place he will grow up. I could understand if you had said it before I announced the rule. But you started something after the fact." The idea still made his ears and eyes tight with emotion. His defenseless baby.

"The fact that you were willing to murder someone just because of what they were is...upsetting. Nobody can help what they are. But anyone can decide who they are. Trust me--I know how it is, to be victimized by a certain species. I spent half of my life as a slave in an unforgiving mountain, and if I stepped out of line, punishment wasn't hesitated. I sucked up to them because I was afraid of them. I would hurt others and killing for them wasn't out of the question. While I don't forgive them and never will trust them or their family, I can't fault all of their species. My experiences don't define the whole species population of who will wrong me. I've been wronged by my own kind, even." A semi-vague memory of the male spotted hyena who had attempted to harm him, not once but twice. First, to steal a necklace, and second...Kicheko wasn't even sure why.

"Species won't tell you who is good or bad. That's never something to rely on. Because if you keep doing what you're doing, you will hurt someone who just wanted the best for you." It would even appear the wolf had trouble in identification of varies species. The King paused for a moment. "Part of a Youth's responsibility is to learn. Let me tell you the difference between various species to start that, and maybe it will help you better distinguish others. This does not mean it is okay to judge others on what they look like. I'm sure you didn't choose to be a wolf. That you didn't choose to have such dark fur. Just like I didn't choose to have feathers on my scruff."

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Shadow raised his head and looked Kicheko in the eye after he spoke about the deer having having loved ones and how this was its home. It struck a nerve with him. He missed his real parents.  Emotions stirred inside the young wolf as he listened attentively. I have yet to meet a truly kind feline. They are all evil to some degree. While I do care about Damia she did enslave me. My instincts about felines have been right. I won't tell him the truth about the mark on my face. I don't want to hurt my family now. Shadow waited. His brain was a storm of emotions and he decided to wait till his king finished before replying. 

The part about being enslaved made him laugh inside. He really is a weak creature. We overthrew our masters. He sucked up to them. Only spinless, weak creatures will do that. The coyotes were like that. Mindless suck up slaves that did the tigers bidding. I hate this creature even more. I have nothing to learn from him. A snear crossed his maw. His face clearly displayed a look of disgust. During his time waiting his eyes wandered. It was clear he was not paying attention. Almost like a rude child who was caught by his parents disobeying and ignoring their lecture.

Once the hyena had finished he paused wondering what to say. There was one part that stuck with him. It was about the deer having a home here. He remembered at the meeting how the deer was his kid. Magic or adoption that's the only way this could happen. Just like that filthy thing marked my face. I have nothing to learn from him he is weak. If he shows strength then I will obey. Until then I will do as I please. His mind paused as he thought about the deer and how he wanted to kill it and eat it. The snear came off his face and he was puzzled as a wave of emotions hit him. If I had a pup and some monster tiger wanted to hunt him I would not have been so nice as he was to me.

With a broken voice his words came to him,"I am sorry for talking about hunting your son. I really am." His tone changed to something that was a bit condescending and angry, "What can you teach me? Your a weak creature. YOU joined your slavers. We revolted and earned our freedom. I will never be in the presence of any tiger or coyote. I will always hate them for what they stole from me....What they did to me. Each scar on my body is from them. Even when I woke up here I still had them in this body. I like being the black wolf. It makes me unique and there is nothing wrong with it. What is wrong is being a whole species that prey on others with unimaginable cruelty. Every tiger or coyote I have come across had harmed me or someone I cared about. I know when I see one they hate wolves. We are nothing but slaves to them. You betrayed the other slaves by joining your masters. Your a monster for doing that. Why should I trust that you can lead me? Or better what can you teach me? I know how to be a slave I will not be one again."

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The frustration of Shadow made Kicheko's legs itch with a sense of restlessness. Could he ever get through to the young canine? He had figured maybe the male had stopped paying full attention at some point, but he brushed it off. Though, it would be difficult to brush off the sporadic mood swings of the Youth continuously. In one moment, he was apologizing for verbal threads toward Amanakai, and not even a minute later, insults were being hurled at the King. The words of Shadow were immature, hypocritical, and illogical. The hyena sighed softly, taking a moment to decide just how much longer he could keep going like this. He refused to lose his temper with a boy for ignorance.

"So you will punish everyone who cannot help what they look like because someone completely unrelated to them wronged you? You like being a wolf, yeah? Imagine if I decided that you were evil and cruel just because a wolf, a wolf that you never met and know nothing about, from a far-away land had hurt me for no reason. Does that sound fair at all? I sympathize what you went through, slavery is no easy ride. Hard choices are made, and unfair abuse is taken. You say what is wrong is being a whole species that preys on others with cruelty. But tell me, Shadow, do you think all wolves are good? Do you think all hyenas are good? There are bad and there are good creatures. Species has nothing to do with it. It is their upbringing that makes someone who they are. Salvus is a place of peace. A home for whoever needs it." He couldn't keep letting Shadow run around with such a dangerous attitude. Kicheko was trying to be as flexible for the boy as possible, but he wasn't making it easy. If anyone felt unsafe with Shadow, Kicheko would have to step up his actions. He was sure Mitis remained uneasy at the display of the wolf during the meeting. Kicheko sure was.

"We provide you a home. You follow our rules. Our rules ask for respect and tolerance. All I want is for everyone in Salvus to feel safe. I am trying my best to make you happy, but it can't be at the cost of anyone feeling unsafe. It's fine if you see me as weak, I won't lose sleep over it. But if you want to keep at it, there's other things we can try. But I don't think you'd like any of it." Other things that Kicheko would prefer as a last resort. Other things that were much harsher in tone and action. He stared at the wolf, silent for a moment. "I can teach you many things. But you need to actually listen to me before you can learn anything. I've had many experiences and learned many lessons. I've lost and I've gained. You won't get by in life if you treat everyone like your enemy. One day, you might even hurt someone trying to help you." Kicheko truly believed the last statement to be true. Shadow could very well lose his home in the Primeval Forest if he continued his bursts of rage and verbal abuse. Kicheko would hate for it to come to that, but he could only help better Shadow if Shadow allowed for it. And right now, Shadow was having none of it. Kicheko saw no improvement with that attitude of his.

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Shadow listened to his king respond. A smug smile crossed his face. He focused on each word. For some reason he didn't feel the need to let mind wander. The young wolf wanted to hear what the hyena had to say. Inside he mused and though about what he was being told. I do like being a wolf. I wouldn't want to change that for anything. I sure as hell would not want to be a feline. Well unless I could be a leopard like my mother and siblings. That might be kind of interesting. I've never met at tiger or coyote that was nice . I refuse to be around their filthy kind.  If they any of them in here I will fight then and force them to leave. I refuse to live among them. They will hurt me.

The last bit struck nerve with him. I do want a home. A wolf needs a pack. Its much harder to be on my own. I do doubt that he could actually teach me something. He is so weak. I would never hurt someone wants to help me. A tiger or coyote would never help a wolf. They hate us. His mind paused as he formulated a response. Golden eyes darted around as he became conflicted. Despite how pathetic he is this creature is not a threat to me and never will be. I could easily defend myself if needed. I don't trust him. But Amelia does and I trust her. So I have nothing to fear. I still doubt he can teach me anything. Why don't I find out.

A thought flashed in his mind and he wanted to test Kicheko. But first he had something to say, "I  love being a wolf and wouldn't change that for anything. Maybe if I could be a leopard for a day to see the world like my family does. Find me a tiger that won't try to kill me and I will admit I am wrong. But you won't since they all will. They are evil. Tell me what was the species of your captors? I've never been harmed by a wolf. They are pack creatures and do not hurt their own kind unless they are provoked." His voiced changed. It was smug and arrogant. He seeked to push how far he could go, "If a wounded tiger came to you and asked for help would you heal its wounds and allow it live here? You know it puts my life at risk.  They do not like wolves. You would not only put my life at risk but all of the wolves here. A creature has to earn my respect. Amelia did it by being kind. Damia by being strong. How will you do it?" The grin remained as he waited for a response.

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Kicheko was frustrated. It was like Shadow was so unaware of the hypocrisy and lack of logic he displayed. Kicheko tried so hard to spell it out for him, and it just flew over the wolf's head. Like always. He was getting nowhere. "Yes. You love being a wolf. There's nothing wrong with that. But do you see anything wrong with this? Would you see anything wrong with me saying that all wolves are evil, just because every wolf so far I've met has hurt me in some way? I can't just make a tiger show up at our doorstep just because you want to bargain with me." His brows lowered as he eye'd the younger male, working to keep himself calm. This felt so hopeless. He was running out of options. "It's lucky you've never been harmed by a wolf. There are bad wolves in the world. There are bad hyenas in the world. There are bad everything in the world, Shadow. But someone's species does not define their personality. Their upbringing does. If a wounded tiger came, wounded and in need of help, yes, I would. Your captors do not speak for all tigers. If a tiger ends up joining, and you can't tolerate them because of something they can't help, then you can't be trusted to follow the most basic rules to keep others safe."

Kicheko was running out of things to say. He had tried to speak nicely and patiently. Now he was adopting a sterner, heavier tone. It was rare of him, and he didn't quite like it. But he felt pushed into a corner, thin on options. "I get earning respect. I do. But do you expect me to pet you on the head and sugar-coat my words when you parade around blatantly breaking Salvus' rules that I put in to keep everyone safe? Speaking so cruelly of others who have nothing to do with the crimes against you? Openly speaking about hunting a sentient child just seconds after I had put the rule in against hunting a sentient creature? I am trying, so hard, Shadow, to make you feel comfortable in Salvus. If you can't even appreciate that in the slightest, you're free to leave at any time. Otherwise, take up my offer for learning and make an effort to be nice to those that live here." He couldn't stay any longer. He felt like his efforts to keep his anger and frustration buried deep were starting to leak through, and he wasn't about to lose his temper on this boy.

"Think about what I said. I'm going home. Do not follow me there. If you're ready to make an effort in this, call for me, and we'll talk about it again." With that, he turned, walking toward the direction of the Faraja den. He closed his eyes, putting in the work to inhale and exhale. He needed time to cool off. Part of him regretted not telling Shadow the species of his captors as asked. But Kicheko knew that would have made it worse, even if it was irrelevant. But if Shadow found out, Kicheko knew he'd be called out for not telling all the facts. But the hyena couldn't, then Shadow would just use that to further his skewed image of creatures.

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The grin returned to the young wolf's face as he listened in amusement. I love angering this feathered mongrel. He thinks he superior to me. He is not. Weak and pathetic. The tiger lords would have shown him how weak he really is. The hyena's words were ignored and laughter began to escape his maw. This is amusing.  He is such an idiot. One of these days I will show him that tigers are vile creatures and that he is wrong. Next time we cross paths I will show him that I am stronger and put him in his place.

When his king brought up how he wanted to hunt the deer the laughing abruptly stopped. Inside he felt horrible about that still. The one thread of moral fiber he had that pulled him away from his cruelty was exerting its influence over him. The feeling resonated deeply and he could not suppress it as much as he wanted. Relief washed over him as Kicheko walked away. Shadow took two steps towards him and opened his mouth to say something but no words came out. Frustrated and confused and hurt he turned around and walked back towards his den.

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