Susil Crags

Disaster has struck!
The Crags are a series of rocky formations with small caves and crevices throughout. Many of the lower-lying areas of the Crags have been flooded, however, with water pouring in from the Northern stretches of Moladion. Some paths have been completely submerged, and some are nothing more than a few rocky peaks sticking out of the water. The water is fairly slow moving but begins to pick speed up towards the Grotto, becoming a series of intense rapids and waterfalls as it nears the Grotto's entrance.

The area itself is still traversible. However, it can be risky. Large amounts of debris can enter the waterway, creating bridges at times but also creating dams that break and cause ocassional flash-flooding. Be careful, travelers! One wrong step and you could end up finding out where the water goes.

Note: Susil Crags will return to normal once 25 posts have been completed (or at Staff discretion). During this time, new threads will receive a 'Surprise','Disaster', and prizes.

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* all we see or seem

"All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream."

It seemed the turn of my luck had once more shifted. It had all started with that fateful day at the riverside while I hunted for herbs to stockpile for the winter just like Solitaire had taught me before he left. I had needed to make sure my beast healed from the wounds he had taken to protect me from a cougar and if in the event I grew swollen with his children I needed to make sure that I would survive. I was small, you realize, so very small compared to the world around me. A runt, one who had been stolen from before I was even born. I blame Taji, her name leaving a bitter taste in my mouth, remembering her stench clinging to Carnifex's fur that day. I had screamed at him, tormented him, attacked him, run from him, and he had saved me in the end. I loved him. Our love was tested in the moments of the river when his cousin, Helios, raped me. It hurt me to know that I couldn't protect myself, just like I had always said, and it hurt worse as my beast grew further remote from me. The moment when I had born Myrria had been a strained one - was she my beast's or my burden's? She had been Carnifex's clearly and for a moment in time there was real joy there.

Then the bastard had to run off and run into his cousin. He had been gone for so long that day and I was hungry and tired and grumpy and cursed him. I went to search for him once Myrria fell asleep, ill at ease with leaving her behind but unable to do anything else, and I had found him. Or his body, at least, blood slick on his raven fur.

It had felt like the end of the world and it had only been a few days past. Weeks maybe? I didn't know anymore, my mind was in haze, my heart thudding like a frightened birds. I grew gaunt as time past, giving all of me to the tiny daughter that we had made. I hadn't wanted her but now I would kill to keep her. She was all that was left of him and me, of a future I had fought tooth and nail for and still ended up loosing. I feel a tear meander down my maw, my jaw opening so that it slides into my mouth. I will never forget the salty taste of grieving tears and forever would be reminded of this moment. My belly gurgled, in need of nourishment, and I stood up to find that I swayed. Weak and ill used, just as I had feared. Carnifex would have kept me fed.

I move away from the grotto, ears tucked to my head and pink eyes glancing back at the spot where Myrria was hidden. I had told her to remain quiet and stay put and I prayed she would because I didn't know how far I would have to go for food. I couldn't care for her and not myself, that isn't how it worked. I padded away from there, stretching out as I went and finding unpleasant soreness in some of my muscles. I realized I would be gone for hours as each attempt at a meal failed for the rabbits were healthy and fleet of foot and I was weak. I growled deep in my throat as my path landed me in the crags, furious with the world, with my weakness, with Carnifex's need for revenge.

I hated it all. I hated everything.

I needed someone, I needed help, I didn't know what it was to be alone and I definitely didn't know what it was to raise a child. It is then that I spot him, this black wolf with his eyes closed, and for a moment my heart squeezes. "Carni.." I whisper, brokenly. But it is not him, it is a different male, and he smells of freedom. This might possibly be the worst moment of my life because my thoughts flicker... what if? It felt like a betrayal to Carnifex but then I grew angry at myself and him. How dare he remain in my head when he had left me with a child. ME!

So I lift my head, adopting a smoother gait as I amble towards him with a sway of my hips, feeling like I was play acting considering I looked rough. "Why so solemn, my dear? Isn't life just grand? My, you are a handsome one," I say but I think my words fall flat to my own ears, my attempts struggling because I am still grieving and I'm hungry. And I'm lost. I wonder if he can see it in my red-flecked eyes.

seven - homeless - heartless - soulless
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