This is the group thread for those who wish their characters to be present at the battles between the Helkaer and Neutral Kingdom. You can bring your characters in this thread, and have them witnessing the battles as they are happening, as well as fight NPC's from either side. Please make note that the warring parties appeared together. It was common knowledge amongst the lands that this feud was going to come to pass, so even if your character was not directly related, they may know about it. The characters in specific battles did not know who they were fighting before hand. Your character may just fight an NPC, or they can associate and converse with other characters who have shown up in this group thread. But do remember that it is a group thread!
This was the weather provided: t is winter, but it's a warmer day. The warring parties arrive early in the morning, just as the sun is rising. There is snow on the ground, several inches thick, and slushy - mixing with the mud that sits beneath it. The sky above is cloud covered, perhaps it will snow later on, but if it does it will be light snow - pretty, despite the destruction that will be happening on the land below.
Post by + ebonite + on Jan 28, 2018 21:43:00 GMT -7
It was time and Reth was prepared. She had tempered all of her fury into this fight. It had been constantly lurking in the back of her mind and she made herself hold it there until she could take her revenge. She thought she would have been able to take her chance in her battle against Sailcat, but the Helkaer mare had apparently had better things to do and had let her grandson go. It had confused Reth, but she had not questioned it. Her grandson was back home and that's all that mattered. Now, this would be her opportunity to take revenge on those who had burned her lands. So many trees had perished and history along with it. Her home would never be the same. She would make the Helkaer pay for what they had done. She wanted to sink her teeth into the one who had done this - Sly. However, the two groups of fighters was so thick that she couldn't see the chestnut mare among the ground. Both of them had a considerable attendance. It made Reth feel better knowing that they were so evenly matched, though she was still concerned over the number of allies that the Helkaer had. They seemed to be such a small band of equines, but they seemed to have more resources than Reth had thought. She was frankly surprised that the Dark Kingdom had chosen to ally with them. She hoped that it didn't last, but if it did, then the other alliances would need to watch out for them - because if the Darks were no longer feuding, they would set their sights on others. If their alliance held, then the Neutral Kingdom would not be the only ones suffering. The Light Kingdom and the Versai and the Vigilum... the Darks would not stop until they conquered them all. If they kept their momentum going, who knew what would happen. Reth did not want to see that happen. She wanted to win this war for the Neutral Kingdom and fight back.
She eyed the line opposite her and straightened herself. She stood alongside other members of Dark Woods who had come to fight. Vojorn and Linkin Park were standing on either side of her. Reth knew Linkin still felt guilty over not getting the Versai fast enough, but there was nothing more he could have done. He had saved parts of their woods and that was better than nothing. Reth had been staring so long at the other line that she did not see someone else approaching her until they brushed her with what felt like feathers. She blinked and turned to look at the face of her father. The Seraphim of Utopia's gaze was gentle as he looked at her. "It's good to see you, dad," she said to him. She was glad that he was here to fight with them. The Helkaer were already getting the Underworld involved, so Utopia had to get involved too. They would not stand a chance without them.
She took a deep breath and turned back to face the opposite line while her father greeted the others standing by her. Time seemed to be passing by so slowly. She took another deep breath. Then, everything came abruptly crashing all at once. The other line charged and her line charged toward them. Her hooves pounded into the slushy ground, bits of snow and water and mud splashing at her pelt. Her gaze locked with the horse in front of her - a gray Andalusian stallion coiled with muscle. His eyes were a deep red and his face was contorted in fury. She ran toward him eagerly. At the very last second, Reth darted to his left and rammed her shoulder into him. The stallion was thrown off balance completely and went skidding across the ground. Reth went after him with an almost ravenous hunger. She would make this stallion feel every ounce of her fury.
Vojorn had not been in a formal fight yet, but she was ready for this. They had burned down her home and they would pay for it. She would use all of her training against them in this fight that they were going to have. She had followed her mother here along with other members from Dark Woods who wanted to fight. They were not going to go down like this. The Neutral Kingdom might have been partially destroyed, but they were not going to retreat. If anything, they were going to come back stronger. The moment they'd heard of this fight coming, Vojorn knew she wanted to be a part of it. What kind of resident would she be if she didn't fight? She was capable of doing so and so she would. It was as simple as that. And even then, she wanted to. She wanted to beat down these Helkaer and their supporters. She had no idea what would happen to her home and her Kingdom if they lost. Would they be forced out of their homes? Enslaved? Occupied by the Helkaer? Vojorn didn't want to think about it, but she had to. She had to be prepared. They would have to evacuate, at least some of them. At least the children and the vulnerable. They would have to go to Mount Vigilum or the Light Kingdom, if the Light Kingdom wanted to help them. Vojorn didn't know where the Light Kingdom was. Didn't they know what was going on? Didn't they know that if the Helkaer won this one, they would probably be next? It was fairly obvious what the goals would be. And from what her mother was telling her, if the alliance between the Helkaer and the Dark Kingdom continued, no one would be safe. They would conquer everyone. Wild Equines would be crushed. Vojorn took a deep breath, trying to focus on the task at hand and not be carried away.
They faced the opposite line and Vojorn's face turned grim when she saw how evenly matched they were. The Dark Kingdom supporting the Helkaer had boosted their numbers. It was a disappointing and scary reality to face, but they had to face it. Vojorn was not going to crawl back now. She was here to fight. She turned and saw someone approaching them, a grullo stallion with wings. Vojorn took a couple of seconds to recognize him, but she finally did. This was Lateralus, her grandfather. She had seen him in the times that he had visited his children living in Dark Woods and had managed to talk to him before he left. He had protected her while she and her brother had been born and had died protecting them. She felt that she owed him a debt, but he had always told her it was not necessary. He had known his time was coming. Vojorn wondered if she would know when her time came. Hopefully that time would not be today. Once Reth had greeted Lateralus, he turned to Vojorn. She nodded to him, "hello, grandfather. It's good to have you here," she said to him, her tones warm. He nodded back to her, 'I wish there was more I could do,' he replied back. However, before the conversation could continue, Vojorn saw movement and noticed that both of the lines were now charging. She took a deep breath and joined in the charge. The snow muffled the sounds of hooves, but the tide of horses coming toward her was both terrifying and exhilarating. The horse directly ahead of her looked so young, barely old enough for a fight. He was long and lanky and his ears were pinned back with nervousness. She charged toward him anyway. He was still a supporter, still a sympathizer. He had come here of his own free will and if he would not fight, he could flee.
He had been told over and over again that the fact he hadn't gotten the Versai in time was not his fault. He had done the best that he could. Looking around the ruins of Dark Woods, though, it didn't feel like it. He wished that there was something more that he could have done. His brain kept telling him that there was, there was, and he wanted it to just shut up. It was done now. There was nothing more than he could do. It was in the hand of the Afterlife now. He was only a mortal. The thing he could do now was to help the Neutral Kingdom in this fight they had against the Helkaer. When he'd heard about it, he knew he had to do it. He wanted to fight those who had burned down his home and threatened his family. He had to protect them. Dark Woods might not have always been his home, but it was his home now. It was where he'd raised his son and where he would raise his next child. He and Kathy were trying for another one. He had to make sure that his home was safe for all of them. He could not let the Helkaer win this one too. He'd had too many run-ins with them. He had personally been enslaved by their former Commander and kept in a cell for weeks until Kathy had found and rescued him. He had raped countless mares, including Kathy's sister, Joey, and Lat's mate and daughter. He was a monster and so were the rest of the Helkaer. Linkin had beaten a Helkaer stallion almost to death too. That had been Camouflage - or Castle - who had been Respira's mate. And that was because Camouflage had raped Emmaline, who had been one of Linkin's friends. He did not know what had become of her, but he had not seen her in years.
He tried to keep his breath even as he watched the other line in front of them. There were so many of them. It was disconcerting to see so many horses that supported the Helkaer and their chaotic, destructive ways. But he supposed he shouldn't be surprised considering how much of that he had seen personally. They seemed to be pretty evenly matched. This would be a long and trying fight. Who would even be declared the winner? Who was still left standing? Who was still left alive? He hoped that no one on the Neutral side would die today, but that might be inevitable. His gaze did not leave the other equines. His color blindness made it a bit hard to distinguish the equines on the other side. They all seemed to blend together. He was so focused on the other side that he didn't know that Lateralus had approached them until he heard Reth and Vojorn start talking. He turned his head to face his uncle and gave him a respectful nod. The two of them had known each other for a long time. Lateralus knew the struggles that Linkin had faced then and now. His uncle was an honorable equine and Linkin would follow him. He was very glad to see him here, fighting for the Neutrals.
However, Linkin didn't get much time to ponder these thoughts as the lines suddenly began to charge. He followed along with them, working to find his rage. They had burned his home. They had threatened his family. They would not stop unless they were forced to. They would burn down the entire Neutral Kingdom if they were allowed to do so. Someone had to stop them. And he was a capable warrior and he could do it. So he had to. His eyes locked on his with his target - a mare of some smudgy gray color - and he did not hesitate as he launched himself right at her. When they got close enough, she danced around him and he danced with her. They went around in a circle, lashing out with teeth and hooves. She was vicious and strong, but so was he.
Even in Utopia, Lateralus had heard about the war that was brewing between the Neutral Kingdom and the Helkaer. He would argue that being a part of Utopia made him even more aware of this fact considering he had a bird's eye view of everything and he listened regularly to conversations taking place so he could keep up to date with what was going on. Knowing that the Neutral Kingdom was in trouble, he had visited Dark Woods and had found it destroyed - burned but for a few spots. He had been devastated and furious. He knew that there was something that had to be done against this threat, though he feared that they may be too late. While the Neutral Kingdom might have Utopia, the Helkaer had the Underworld. It was an all-out war that involved nearly everyone. It could change Wild Equines as they knew it. Lat wished he could have done more to help, but he could help them in this fight. He may be able to get injured, but no one could kill him. He had no doubt that there would be a few demons among the Helkaer crowd.
He landed in the Battlefield and scanned the opposing crowd. They certainly had numbers, but the Neutral Kingdom did as well. This would be a long, bloody fight and Lat did not know who would come out victorious. As much as he wanted to be optimistic and say that his side would win, there was no guarantee for that. The Neutral Kingdom had lost three battles and three of their territories had burned. It would be a hard climb to get back on top of this. He was determined to not let them go without a fight, though. And if worst came to worst, he would help them gain their freedom back and try to protect their citizens as much as he could. He walked among the crowd of Neutrals, dipping his head to everyone he came into contact with, exchanging quick greetings. He wandered until he found the horses that he sought. He knew that his daughter and his other family members would fight back against the Helkaer. He approached Reth slowly. His daughter looked lost in thought and she did not notice him until he brushed her shoulder gently with the tip of one of his wings. Her gaze turned to him and she spoke, 'it's good to see you, dad.' He nodded to her and she turned her gaze back to the opposing side. It seemed she didn't wish to talk and he respected that. He could feel the anger radiating off of her. He debated whether he should try to calm her, but decided against it. Her anger would fuel her for this fight. His gaze then turned to his granddaughter, Vojorn. 'Hello, grandfather. It's good to have you here,' she said to him, her tones warm. He nodded back to her,at her and said in return, "I wish there was more I could do." He meant it. Vojorn then turned to the battle then. Lat then caught the gaze of Linkin Park, his nephew. The gold champagne stallion gave him a respectful nod and Lat returned it. Linkin was a man of few words and right now his concentration was on the fight at hand. Lat then turned to face the opposite line and that's when they charged. Lat ran with them, his wings tucked down so they wouldn't drag him down. However, when he reached his opponent - a paint mare - he splayed them out forcefully and spooked the mare so much that she skidded to a halt. Lat did not hesitate to leap at her and try to tear a gash in her shoulder.