Post by ✧ n a v i ✧ on Sept 20, 2019 21:57:41 GMT -7
Combat. It had been written into her being with blood. Blood that belonged to her, and blood that she had forced from the flesh of others. The training had begun when she was only a toddler, before she was even aware that it was happening; it had been a trick hidden behind innocent facades. But she was ever grateful for the learning experience, she was better off having suffered through it. But that didn’t negate the horrors that she had witnessed, the pain that her sire had forced on her – those were incubi that taunted her during her sleep, unable to be shaken. Bleached enamel gnawed on the inner lining of her mouth at the thought of her night tremors as the resplendent vixen strolled across the perimeters of her home and away from the safety that encircled, the emerald outgrowths growing from the earth created a picture perfect landscape for the Goddess to venture through – her own image complimenting the topography as she slid through the trees, her movements presenting an elegance that could only be explained through her Andalusian heritage. She was bathed with a golden hue, sparing no room for imperfections as the sinew beneath her flesh flexed, pulling the skin taut as her appendages moved her mass onward. The thin, cream strands of her forelock draped against the contours of her tiara, blending in with the pallid fur – the only true pigment on her entirety being the striking pools of cerulean that nestled neatly towards the center of her dial, watching the world hidden behind thick ebony lashes.
It had been only a few weeks since she had been granted a land, but the perlino damsel had worked harder in those numbered days more so than she had in her entire life. There were long hours involved in the rehabilitation, tasks that seemed small but were very arduous at the end of the day. Eacarrah had been abandoned for quite some time, the shrubbery had begun to overgrow in places, taking over the naturally worn paths that had been forged in the earth. There were very few moments she had been able to steal away from the caretaking of her harem – even now she had to battle with herself, forcing her appendages to push her agile physique away from her woods and into the woods that fell under another rule. Patterned knives pushed into the weak soil as peace befell the atmosphere surrounding her – the only break in it being the soft songs of the birds that burrowed in their hiding places.
The legacy that this territory had etched into it was renowned, Tallulah herself had only heard whispers of it, she knew very little detail surrounding the growth of the herd, apart from the fact that they had been established since the first footsteps had fallen on Wild Equines. She wanted to know everything – she needed to pick apart the mind behind Dark Woods – how she could use their triumphs and downfalls to better her own legacy. Sunlight streamed across the plane that laid out before her, embellishing it with shadows from the growing saplings. Crisp, fresh air stirred around the topography as the single figure maneuvered through the young wood, pangs of sadness raveling themselves into her brain matter as her sights set on the developing seedlings, she watched the ground around her, careful placing each step in a way that would not disturb the new growth. The rumors that had reached her had told of lands being burnt to the ground by the Helkaer – she just didn’t think the sight would bring her so much sadness. How could one feel such pain for a place she had never encountered before? Glistening harks perched attentively atop her cerebrum, waiting for the sound of the guard – she knew it wouldn’t be too long before her arrival was noticed by the herd. It was because of this that the vixen arrived to a steady halt, summoning a gentle nicker from the depths of her belly – the saccharine sound settling into the air as she waited patiently, her expression resting with nonchalance – wanting her intentions to be printed out clear as day.
Post by + ebonite + on Nov 22, 2019 15:05:00 GMT -7
Reth was grateful for the quiet that had enveloped the Neutral Kingdom as of late. She was glad for the calm, glad for the lack of drama. Reth had had enough drama in her life to last several lifetimes and she was looking forward to the resting and relaxing for the remainder of it. History told her that this was not going to last forever, but she was relish it for as long as she could. She felt little jolts of happiness as she looked at the saplings that were growing - slowly but steadily - through the soil. The promise of new life was enough to keep her going as of late. The anger she had felt toward her home burning was still there, but it was held deep in the pit of her stomach now, ready to rise to the surface it she needed it. She still wanted to fight back against the Helkaer, but the quiet was so alluring in comparison to starting another conflict that she didn't have enough support for. It was frustrating in the beginning, but she was settled now and content to watch over her herd as they continued to live and thrive in the lands that had supported them for generations.
Her walk was peaceful, her hooves walking along the borders - in fact making new borders as the trees sprung up around her. New paths would have to be worn through the woods again, developed as the trees grew. It was a new beginning and she welcomed it. She worried a bit with winter coming back around the corner again, but if they had survived one winter, they could survive another. She would not abandon her home.
Reth twitched an ear to catch the call of someone somewhere in Dark Woods - an unfamiliar summoning call. She picked up her pace, her strides carrying her easily to the stranger. It was a mare, perlino, and a little taller than Reth's sixteen hands. She was unfamiliar but carried herself with an air of confidence. Reth stopped a respectable distance away, dipping her head lightly to the stranger, her eyes searching the mare for any signs of hostility. "Greetings. I'm Reth, the lead of Dark Woods. What brings you here?" She asked her the familiar greeting she had asked countless others. The mare did not seem hostile, though she was no stranger to battles. Good. Reth appreciated another fighter like herself. She had never expected herself to become a lead mare one day - she had always been content to be a warrior and a fighter. Life had had other plans for her, it seemed.
tag✧ n a v i ✧ timeline after meeting with Trinity notes so sorry for the wait :c
Post by ✧ n a v i ✧ on May 3, 2020 16:00:15 GMT -7
+ ebonite + - Hi love! I am in the process of cleaning out my bookmarks and am just wondering if you would like to continue this? No hard feelings if you don't, just trying to clean up (: (I'm aware it's my turn to post, just want to make sure it's going ahead before I do!)
Post by ✧ n a v i ✧ on Jun 16, 2020 3:22:58 GMT -7
A chilling breeze blew through the juvenile trees, the remnants of leaves dancing upon the earth as they were displaced. Her brows furrowed together as she watched the growing land around her, her heart heavy with empathy, she could not fathom any action that deserved this kind of devastation. Daggers pressed in the soft soil of Dark Woods; she could feel the dark earth give way slightly with each of her steps. Around her, the musky scent of fall still lingered in the air, the trees that still stood retained a small amount of their vibrant colours. Living in the forest brought the luminous femme a great deal of comfort, that kind of environment always had. So anytime she found herself in woodlands, she felt safe – even now, stepping through the land of people she did not know – she felt safe. A variety of smells entwined together to greet her, each of them hinting at a different soul, nothing like the empty smells of Eacarrah – loneliness also played a big part of her adventure today, Tallulah was driving herself insane being in constant solitude. At first, she had enjoyed it, but after a few weeks? She was craving the company of another. For a while, she had felt weak about needing someone else to keep herself sane, but as that desire grew stronger – she had reached the point where it was near impossible to ignore. Besides, she needed to make allies now as a leader.
The sound of dagger upon soil drew the damsel’s attention away from her own shortcoming, instead focusing on the approached grulla vix. Greetings. I’m Reth, the lead of Dark Woods. What brings you here? Brilliant aquamarine pools locked upon the slightly smaller mare that welcomed her, her harks danced forwards as the shadowed vix spoke. Mirroring Reth, Tallulah allowed her own tiara to swoop low towards the earth, pausing for a few seconds before righting it once more. It was then she allowed her own greeting to come to life. ”Thank you for your welcome, Reth. I am Tallulah, I have recently taken over the land one over from here, where the great lake is.” She paused for a moment, allowing the words to sink in and careful not to overwhelm her welcoming party. Cords shifted gently beneath her golden coat as the dame wiggled her hip bones, releasing some tension as she continued her response. ”I have come to extend my alliance to Dark Woods and yourself. I want to come to know all of the mainland leaders on a personal level and pledge my loyalties should they need it.” There was a confidence amongst her words that had always been a trademark of her personality – always so sure of herself and others. Some found it endearing, but others took a fearful approach; she couldn’t help but wonder what kind of reaction this would warrant from Reth.
Post by + ebonite + on Jul 28, 2020 14:30:31 GMT -7
Reth anticipated that this would be a more pleasant meeting. She was not as on edge as she had been earlier with intruders. Now that the lands were growing back she felt just a little bit more relaxed around strangers. 'Thank you for your welcome, Reth. I am Tallulah, I have recently taken over the land one over from here, where the great lake is.' The mare said. Tallulah. A new Neutral main land leader, it seemed. Reth could not help feeling a little disappointed. A new leader meant that someone else had stepped down and left the Neutral Kingdom - or at least left the position of leadership. However, it was still a good sign to see that there was someone willing to step up and take the responsibility. Reth had not seen Tallulah around before. Was she a newcomer perhaps? Reth could not recall which of the lands had a great lake in it or who had lead it before. So many had come and gone now it was hard to keep track of all of the names.
'I have come to extend my alliance to Dark Woods and yourself. I want to come to know all of the mainland leaders on a personal level and pledge my loyalties should they need it.' Tallulah continued. Reth nodded, smiling in a friendly way. Some seemed to assume that because they were all in the Neutral Kingdom together that that meant they were all automatically allied with one another. Reth did not believe that. Common alliance and territory did not necessarily mean loyalty. After all, Reth herself was Unallianced and not a Neutral at all. However, she shared a loyalty to Alistair and to Laqueta and respected them as her Royals. However, she did not expect such loyalty from those she had never gone to meet. If they did ever need her help, she would probably offer it, but she would not hold her breath and expect the same in return. Reth was still fiercely independent, even as a herd leader and oftentimes she wondered if it was to the detriment of her herd. "Welcome to the Neutral Kingdom, Tallulah," Reth said, "I would be pleased to forge an alliance with your herd. What is the name of it?" She asked as Tallulah had not mentioned it. "My herd of Dark Woods has been around for decades and we are a close-knit family. However, we are loyal to those we call allies and will provide assistance and refuge should you ever need it" Reth was more than happy to take others in if they needed safety and provide fighters if there was an attack. They had more than enough herd members for it!
Post by ✧ n a v i ✧ on Jan 14, 2021 3:27:30 GMT -7
As time ticked by faster than Tallulah could seem to grasp, she watched the tell-tale signs of the femme’s frame relax. She had not been hostile at all to begin with – but she would be right to have had reservations. Now they had exchanged pleasantries, Tallulah took note of the physique of the dark imbued mare, her muscles were well developed, and her frame was not without scars. She clearly had experience fighting. That warmed her even further to the Dark Woods lead, it was a comfort to know other like-minded equines were at the helm of the mainlands. More people to fight for the injustice others seemed to believe the Neutral alliance was worthy of. Welcome to the Neutral Kingdom, Tallulah. I would be pleased to forge an alliance with your herd. What is the name of it? A pleasant smile curled the edges of her lips at this comment, her lungs emptying into the atmosphere with relief. ”Eacarrah, I’m afraid I was never told what it was called before my reign, it seemed rather neglected when I arrived.” Her smile quickly morphed into a look of disappointment at the memory of the unruly land – but in comparison to the juvenile shrubbery of this land, it seemed rather intact. It was going to make a fine land once she was done with it, and fortunately she had no plans on leaving it anytime soon, so would reap the benefits of her work for years to come.
My herd of Dark Woods has been around for decades and we are a close-knit family. However, we are loyal to those we call allies and will provide assistance and refuge should you ever need it. A grateful nod crossed the vixen’s façade as she processed the kindness being shown. With a land with such history, it was no wonder its leader seemed to be no stranger to battling – you did not stay at the top by rolling over, after all. ”Thank you, I appreciate your generosity to a stranger.” Her tone was warm as she acknowledged the risk Reth was taking by putting her herd in an alliance with someone just starting off. ”I might not have the resources to offer you the same services at the moment, but I will give you everything I possibly can in a time of need.” She confided in her ally with brutal honesty, her tones adopting something somewhat hard – out of determination rather than hostility. Part of her felt guilty for not being able to offer help on the same magnitude as Reth – but knew that her determination would eventually make up for that tenfold. Alistair had spoken fondly of the other leaders in the alliance, and Tallulah was finding it all too easy to see why. On the topic of conversation with the King, another question bubbled to the surface of her attention; ”With a herd so rich in history, I am assuming you were the victim of the attacks on the Helkaer?” She questioned, wary of bringing up such a touchy subject so soon. Her visit to Respira had not revealed knowledge about the war, maybe Reth would have some insight she was willing to share.
Post by + ebonite + on Feb 3, 2021 22:40:13 GMT -7
Reth had lived in the Neutral Kingdom for a long time, so she had seen many leaders come and go over the years. She did not venture out much - something she had been promising to fix, but had yet to do so - so she was not as familiar with the Kingdom's lands themselves. There was a time where she had gone out to visit the herd leaders. That particular journey had landed her with her latest set of twins, now several years old and moved on. She did not anticipate having any more children, but life might have other plans. If another one came along, she would not mind. But if she was done with motherhood, that was fine as well. It was lucky that she had such a huge herd that could look out for her children as she raised them. It really was a community effort and they were better for it. 'Eacarrah, I’m afraid I was never told what it was called before my reign, it seemed rather neglected when I arrived.' Tallulah replied, a pleasant smile on her lips. Reth could not recall either. She had lost track of the names long ago now and what had become what. It was unfortunate that it was a neglected land. Hopefully Tallulah would be able to restore it and grow her herd.
'Thank you, I appreciate your generosity to a stranger.' Hopefully not a stranger for long. If they were to be allies, then Reth hoped to get to know her ally a bit better. 'I might not have the resources to offer you the same services at the moment, but I will give you everything I possibly can in a time of need.' Reth nodded, acknowledging that. She understood that Tallulah was just starting out and that was fine. Everyone had to start somewhere and Reth had no problem lending a hand if she needed to. She wanted the Neutral Kingdom to be strong and she would help others to do it. Dark Woods had plenty of resources to accomplish it. She did not turn away those seeking help, though she admittedly could be doing better with reaching out in the first place. 'With a herd so rich in history, I am assuming you were the victim of the attacks from the Helkaer?' The conversation took a serious turn then and Reth shifted her weight, her ears flattening a bit at the unpleasant memories. Her forest was grown again now, though the trees were still young and short yet. In a few more years, they would grow and fill in and her home would finally feel like the home she dreamed about again.
"We were," she said, nodding, her tones more serious now. "We burned to ashes. Most of the herd sheltered in Mount Vigilum for the months afterward while some helped clean up. I asked Utopia for aid in healing the lands. It still took time, but not as long as it could have," she explained. Her eyes hardened. "Afterward, I swore revenge," her tones became harsh. For over a year it was all she had wanted. She wanted to make the Helkaer pay for what they had done... but she did not have the numbers and it risked opening up a conflict that had already resolved itself. Why risk safety again for revenge against something that had already happened? It would not take it back. It might just make things worse. "But it would not have taken back what happened and would have put everyone at risk again. My herd is strong and healthy. That is all I can ask for," she finished. Reth didn't know what a newly made leader would make of her words, but hopefully she would know soon enough.