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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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#1
He hated mountains.

Kicheko Faraja stared at the looming tower of rock that seemed to taunt him. He could see the natural structure from almost anywhere in Omne. It wasn't until he slowly sauntered up close that he could feel the ghosts of before cooing his name. Loyal Slave. Loyal Knight. Loyal lackey. He was glad for the fact the forest covered most of the sky--or else the sight would tease him even in the peace of Salvus. Despite standing on the last fading patches of grass before the ground transitioned into dirt and rock, he could feel the unforgiving roughness on his pads. The unforgiving roughness that at first had cracked his pads and made them ache. The unforgiving roughness he had adapted to and clung to. 

Not only had the mountain been cold and merciless, though. And he excused it. Clung to it and bowed to it.

Sickening. Stupid.

He scoffed at the mountain as he moved forward. He wasn't going to be intimidated by a piece of rock. No one was around to hurt him. No one was around to trap him. It was just him and the mountain. Him and his confrontation. Him and an inanimate, lifeless hunk of stone. He hauled himself up slopes of various degrees and sizes, and #Water Shield was quick to protect him from an incoming pebble. While not large enough to cause longterm damage or worse, but the hyena was certain if his magical water-based shield hadn't stopped it, he would have been walking away with an aching temple. With a sigh of soft frustration, he continued to haul himself up the incline. He was sure to place his paws with care, for he was familiar with the risk of making a misstep. In his time away from mountains, he had lost his touch, perhaps.

#2
 

Look, Ruth wasn't a stalker--she was just, very bored. Besides, it was the first time she'd actually followed anybody in Salvus this far.

Plus, Ruth hadn't followed him the whole way. She had merely noticed he left, could sense the faint sounds he made as he walked, and so she tagged far behind. She hadn't intended to follow him far, only wanting to do so to prevent herself from wandering aimlessly, and so the moment she caught scent of a potential future meal--outside of the Forest--she stopped following him and went for it.

But the scent trail got jumbled and seemed to go all over the place, so she gave up and followed Kick's trail again.

It ended up going all the way to the mountains Northwest of Salvus. She got confused, for some reason, when the scent trail went up. He had climbed? What for? And so she took a moment to ponder whether it was worth following him more or if she should just go back home, make sure Mitis and the kids were okay.

Eventually, she decided that anything was better than being cooped up in the Forest, and so started to climb. It wasn't easy. She wasn't used to it. She struggled a lot as she went; her tail made many sudden movements to accommodate her near slips and falls. If she wasn't careful, she'd get some scrapes and bruises--even worse if she fell down one of the deeper slopes.

He could probably hear her scraping against rocks with her claws or grunting in surprise, but maybe he was a better climber. Regardless,he was out of sight and sound, and so really all she had was his fresh scent to let her know he was still up there.


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#3
See? Just a hunk of rock. What had Kicheko feared? Mountains were harmless--if you knew where to step, anyways. But Kicheko hadn't been afraid of falling. He had irrationally been afraid of meeting some undesired faces. But really, how silly was that? It wasn't like they were limited to mountains. His blunt nails scraped softly against the stone as he traversed, findnig himself able to make his way onto more stable surfaces that were walkable. The nostalgia of such a surface was nauseating almost. Though, he sighed, slowly adjusting to the thinning air. He had forgotten that part--higher air was harder to breathe. Gladly, he wouldn't have climbed so far in that span of time that the change was drastic. It had only been noticed when his ears had a muffling sensation. Such, also, was not drastic, though.

Suddenly, a sound caught his attention. He paused, straining to listen, and the hyena felt a rush of shock throughout. He stared down from where he came, though he saw no one. Just the wind? An unintelligent creature? Shaking his head slightly, Kicheko resumed his ascent. He wondered just how far he could climb. He had never reached the top at the other mountain. He had never thought to. There had always been something eerie about the peak, anyways. Besides--the temperatures had been far too piercing. Oh, but he knew it would get colder the further he went up. Kicheko could feel the incoming chill as the crisp air separated his feathers and fur. He could see the snow that capped Rudis' Peak. He had remembered the names he was listed, and common sense suggested this was indeed Rudis' Peak. A single mountain, towering and mighty, akin to the wretched beast himself. Uneven and unpredictable, dangerous and quite far from forgiving.

Soon, Kicheko would find he had climbed far enough. He was panting, and despite the colder air nipping at his body, he felt the blood rushing throughout, keeping him warm and energized. He found an area where the ground just barely smoothed out, flat and broad enough to support the hyena and more, and he took advantage of such by leaning against the wall, lying. Breaths came quickly, in and out of his slightly parted maw as he stared at the Primeval Forest from afar. Snugly next to the Birch Valley. Far to the side, he spotted the Boreal Forest, made up of chilled taiga trees. This sure gave him a good layout of Omne's world. Perhaps one day he could climb the Volcano, which was more in the center of Omne, for a better mapping.

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#4
 

Okay. She was starting to regret having come up here now. Despite being a naturally graceful feline, Ruth never really had a need for climbing up things, and climbing up a mountain was way different than a tree.

She felt that despite her unsheathed claws and neverending moving tail, she wasn't quite as good as she hoped she'd be. By the time Kicheko nearly got to his destination (unbeknownst to her), Ruth had gotten into a bit of a pickle.

Imagine that you're on a mountainside. You've accidentally landed on a part of the mountain where you can't go up, and there's no point in going back down because you could just go to the side a bit, where from there you could go up. Only problem is, there's a bit of space in between your hunk of protruding rock, and the hunk of protruding rock you have to get to.

She didn't like it.

She could have easily crossed it, but the space between was so steep...if she fell, it would hurt a lot. “Um, Kicheko?” she called into the air with uncertainty, ears perking up to hear out for him. She still couldn't hear or see him, “Kicheko!” she said a little louder, sure to reach his ears.


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Just how much he could see was astonishing. It was familiar, in the sense of just how far he could see, how much detail he could make out--and yet, unfamiliar, given the difference in setting. He used to wake up to these kinds of sights every day. He used to welcome the chill on his skin as the crisp air blew and howled softly. Now he was just cold. He used to cringe at the softer textures in grass and sand. Now his pads felt inflamed. As nostalgic as it was, it was also not as welcome as expected. His head tilted slightly as he focused on the volcano. Ugly and unkind-looking, like Rudis, yet intriguing. Though, there was no reference to Rudis in any of the territory names the Runestones had told him, except one. He was sure the mountain he was on, however, was Rudis' Peak. It had to be, given The Volcano was already a reserved name, and logically, reserved for the volcano. He sighed softly as the cold breezes continued to nip at what skin would expose upon shifting fur and feathers.

Kicheko!

Was Mitis calling him? The striped hyena clamped his teeth as his jowls lifted slightly in a grimace. He hadn't broken his promise, surely. Climbing mountains weren't dangerous if you knew what you were doing, but even then, could the stumpy little aardwolf make it this high without him noticing? His dark eyes looked around the area, and as he leaned over the edge of his platform, he spotted the cool-toned pelt, some ways away. "Ruth?" The name escaped his maw in a baffled mutter. His ears fell back slightly as he glanced at the peak of the mountain--still so far to go. It seemed like an eternity away compared to the base of the mountain. "What're you doing? Are you stuck?" It was easy to get stuck on such unpredictable inclines, to be fair. And without intending to seem rude: Ruth did indeed look stuck.

Without waiting for an answer, the hyena began his carefully-planned descent. His heart pounded with anxiety at the amount of focus it took him, but eventually, he had it. As familiar as he was with mountainous terrain after living in it for over two years, another two years without a mountain made the ascent and descent quite iffy--required more thought than what would be so, two years ago. Now Ruth, he wasn't sure if she had experience living in a mountain or even traveling within one. Kicheko's first months hadn't been easy. His paws had constantly hurt and occasionally bled, he had been cold and lost, hunting was difficult. As is when you are thrown into new environments than you're used to. It wasn't like he planned on getting used to it again. He just had a point to prove to this lump of rock. And himself, he supposed.

#6
 

He had heard her. Ruth felt a bit of relief swelling up inside her, but a moment afterwards came a tinge of embarrassment. How had she gotten herself in this situation? The arrangement of rocks made the route look much more safer than it actually was from the angle she looked at it before she got there. And now, actually being here, it...obviously wasn't a good idea.

Kicheko certainly didn't take this route. And if he did, he handled the situation much better than she did. Soon, his pelt came into sight, “I'm here!” she shouted, trying to ignore the slight bubbly sensation in her gut--that feeling of embarrassment, sitting next to her relief, “Is there some other path I can go around?” she really did not want to jump this space. I mean, it wouldn't kill her or cripple her (unless she was extremely unlucky and clumsy), but the thought of having to suffer a broken anything was alarming enough.

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#7
Kicheko Faraja
He sighed softly, feeling a twinge of pity for Ruth. He didn’t mean it meanly, but he knew how scary it was to be stuck on high cliffs with no apparent safe route. He steadily made his way closer to the feline, stopping at the edge of a cliff, somewhat elevated above her. Ruth would be fine, he could tell, as this area wasn’t too dangerous to tumble from. But Kicheko desired to keep injury level minimum. Scrapes would be avoided if possible. Any tumble would hurt, at the very least. ”Okay, Ruth. Listen to me, you’re not in danger. Panicking will make it seem worse for you.” Rule one of climbing mountains: Panicking would make you reckless and prone to missteps. Staying calm left you open for best results in getting out of a tight spot. ”See the ledge I’m on? I think you could reach it if you jumped. But I might have to help pull you up, and that might ache a little.” He explained carefully as he observed the distance between Ruth and Kicheko’s cliffs.

He lowered his upper body, readying himself to catch Ruth if necessary. ”Whenever you’re ready. Just jump to this ledge as high as you can, and use your fore paws to grab onto the edge. Your back claws might be able to catch cracks and bumps in the stone to help you up, but I’ll pull you up by the scruff if you need it.” He explained, reminding Ruth once more that he’d be ready to catch her if she needed the help. Mountains were something to get used to. They were unforgiving and harsh. He was sure a pair of wings like Mihnue had would have made travel to and fro so much easier back then. He wondered why Ruth had followed him in the first place. Had Mitis asked her to? No, Mitis was a woman who would follow you herself. She did in the storm, after all. Had Ruth just picked up a curiosity for his seemingly meaningless trip? He would see.

"Inquiry."
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#8
 

Relief ran through her body at the sight of Kicheko. He was here, he would save her. But then she took a moment to assess and realize just how much she was thinking of him.

Look at her, allowing the King of Salvus to waste time enjoying his breaks so he could save the damsel in distress, which was her. How pitiful was that? Embarrassment grew stronger with each section, with each notion of calmness and surety he radiated. And then there was her.

A scaredy cat.

Her brows creased. She hated the situation she brought them in. Ruth forced herself to act more confident than she felt; to hide her embarrassment and how inferior she felt to him. Saving face, if you will--the last thing she wanted to seem like was some girl afraid of everything.

“Of course, I got this.” her eyes shone with a sudden determination; a determination to make her seem more brave than she was. She forced her slowly rising fur to go flat again and hunched her backlegs, eyeing the spot beside Kicheko. She would make this. She wouldn't slip.

Except she did, and though three of her legs landed in moderate safety on the rock, her left backleg didn't habe much luck and kind of slipped on the edge, unexpectedly pulling some of Ruth's weight down with her. Of course, Kicheko would try to help, buth Ruth would refuse by hurriedly scrambling back up the rock before the rest of her body could fall. Claws scrape against stone, and in the process of getting to where Kicheko was, she ended up scraping and bruising some part of her left leg.

But she wouldn't show it. As much as it stung, she wouldn't let him see it, wouldn't show him it existed. No, she would not allow herself to be seen as weak by him. Both to save pride and to thwart pity.

“So...where were you going?” she says in the most non-chalant voice she can fake. I hope he doesn't see the blushing from my embarrassment...


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#9
Kicheko Faraja
Ruth seemed to be insistent on making the jump up herself. The hyena, albeit hesitantly, nodded and shuffled to give Ruth maximum space. When she jumped, the King couldn't help but lean forward, prepared to grab if needed. The woman, though, scrambled up quickly, and he felt a wave of relief wash him. That went well. He smiled lowering himself until he was laying on the surface of the ledge, forepaws dangling as he took in the view once more. Where was he going? Oh. He looked back towards Ruth, offering a sheepish smile as he huffed in amusement. "Oh...I was just, you know...climbing. Wasn't going anywhere but up, just to do it." Still truth. Truth with a lack of detail, but still truth. He definitely preferred to not go into the deeper details right now. Besides. That was pre-Omne. Irrelevant.

"I guess I just wanted to see how high I could go. And if there was anything to see if I got high enough. He pointed out as he gestured toward the scenery before. So much could be seen. "It also shows Omne at an angle not everyone might get a chance to see it at. You can see a hint of just about every territory from this high up. Even if it's not detailed." The only bad thing being so high up? The air was thinner. Your ears popped, and you had to work a little more to get enough oxygen. That was something he sure didn't miss. But so be it. It was tolerable.

"Inquiry."
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#10
 

Good. He didn't notice her feigned surity. Or maybe he pretended not to.

Think of something else. Right. So the mountain had a good view of Omne. She wasn't really paying attention to that, though, because her eyes were kind of occupied getting a better, closer look at the feathers on his nape.

And then her eyes trailed lower, going farther down his back until--

She sighs, eyes breaking away quickly, laying entirely on her right side so that she still faced him, but could also see the view that he saw. It irritated her new scraped leg, yet she ignored it and focused on the conversation. “It does, huh,” she says, half distracted with trying not to think about what her eyes wanted to, and to not think about her leg.

For a brief moment, she wondered what was going through Kicheko's mind. What secrets did he possess, and would they ever get close enough for him to tell her? Wishful thinking. “Our forest looks so small from up here,” she says, finding something to keep the silence from arriving. Ruth shifts positions, now laying with her front half laying upwards, and her lower half still on its side, “You don't mind if I keep you company up here, right? Take in the view together.” she didn't look at him when she asked, not wanting her eyes to be caught doing something it shouldn't, and her tone of voice was more wistful and calm than anything else.


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