Post by ❅ Icy Dragon ✩ on Mar 3, 2021 18:55:07 GMT -7
After spending a considerable amount of time rushing about in a perpetually exhausted state, a lull in activity felt like a vacation. The healing required for Respira's wounds was getting less demanding and offered more of a chance to move around and get other things done. Not only that, but the twins were getting old enough to where they could go quite a while before nursing. That in itself felt like a blessing and Zana was pleased when her ribs finally stopped peeking out from her sides. The coronation had gone well enough and now the Vigilum mare was trying to return to her 'to do' list. There were still several herds she wanted to visit with and offer assistance, but there was one she'd already been to and hadn't had the chance to chat with the leader. Though her initial visit to Dark Woods had been pleasant (and the twins had made a new friend), Zana knew she'd have to return. Once things had died down a bit from the coronation, she decided it was probably as good of time as any to make the trip again.
The twins were content to stay on the mountain without her watchful eye forever on them. Respira was in stable enough condition to where Zana wasn't still fretting constantly. It seemed like a miniature vacation as the ebony mare stepped into the young forest that lined Dark Woods. Overhead, the sun warmed her despite her thin coat that was very unprepared for winter. Summer couldn't come soon enough. Spring was nearly there already and she knew that'd mean another influx of foals. Another thing she could offer assistance with. While Zana didn't care what anyone's opinions were of her, she did hope at least to make a good impression on this herd. She wanted to extend the Vigilum's reach and hopefully gain enough trust to take on rescues again. Her last one had been Razz, but it was so long ago and she wasn't sure just who else was still being kept captive somewhere. If the herds could rely on the Vigilum, they could really start getting some work done.
As it became much more clear just where the boundary of the herd was (and judging by the familiar sights), Zana came to a halt. She cocked her right hind hoof and simply relaxed for a moment as her dark brown gaze scanned the trees. The forest looked quiet and Zana could imagine all the lives the trees were hiding from her. Perhaps lives she could save, someday. "Good morning, Dark Woods! I've come calling, yet again," she called out and her harks pricked forward to catch any responses. Silently, she wondered if she might run into Aragorn again or perhaps finally lure out Reth.
Post by + ebonite + on Mar 9, 2021 21:14:57 GMT -7
The sun that shone brightly in the sky today actually brought some much needed heat with it, for once. Dark Woods had been trapped in a chill that had lasted several days, but it seemed to have finally broke. Reth was glad for the relief and looking forward to summer. Each year, the trees grew more and the forest filled out with more plants. This year would probably be the year that her home looked like a proper forest again. She couldn't wait to see the green of the leaves, the trees budding with flowers, the scent of fresh foliage in the air. Three years after the fire that had taken her home down to its roots, it was growing back strong again. It had taken time, but Reth did believe that Utopia had played its role well in the restoration. Coaxing an entire burnt forest to grow back could not be an easy task, especially if their attentions were turned elsewhere, and especially if they had to constantly maintain it. She was grateful for their help in the regrowth, even if they hadn't prevented it in the first place. She still felt bitter over that, but it was time to let that particular grudge go. Her forest was back and her herd was healthy and safe. That was all that she needed.
Her pace across the borders was casual as she enjoyed the sun warming her grullo pelt. Patrolling was an unavoidable part of her morning routine, but she had never resented it. She enjoyed seeing everything that she protected and rather than being bored that nothing changed, she was reassured. Everything was in its proper place and everything was as it should be. The Neutral Kingdom had gotten a change in leadership now that Avinash was in charge. Reth had not attended the coronation, instead conceding that Vojorn should go in her stead. Her daughter was taking up more and more duties as the heir of the herd and it would be good for her to go and build those relationships. Besides that, Vojorn was much better in that department than Reth had ever been. The lead of Dark Woods had never been particularly sociable and from what her daughter had told her, the coronation had attracted a very large pool of guests. Hearing that, Reth had been grateful that she had not attended and had let her more gregarious child take the reins.
'Good morning, Dark Woods! I've come calling, yet again,' the call disturbed Reth's patrol - something different in her morning routine. Nonetheless, the mare sounded friendly and it sounded like she had already been here before. Reth made her way toward the caller, finding that she was not far off from the spot where she'd stopped to summon Reth. The lead gave the mare a nod as she approached, stopping a respectful distance away. The mare was black, about a hand shorter than Reth and beared a few scars. Reth was willing to bet this was the Vigilum mare that had come calling earlier, having met with Aragorn. Hello and welcome back to Dark Woods," Reth said, giving her a friendly smile. "I'm Reth, the lead here. What can I do for you..." she fumbled a bit as she tried to remember the mare's name. "Zana was it? Forgive me," she silently grumbled to herself. She was usually rather good with names. Perhaps old age was catching up to her. After all, her father had aged rather prematurely. She was hoping that particular gene would miss her.
Post by ❅ Icy Dragon ✩ on Mar 28, 2021 20:26:39 GMT -7
After the first meeting having been what she'd call a success, Zana was pleased, but not surprised when she soon heard the approach of another. Her call had hardly had time to settle among the budding leaves when she heard the rustle of hooves. As per usual, the Vigilum mare held her relaxed pose and simply swiveled her ears towards the noise. As a dark hued mare stepped out from the forest, Zana had a feeling her call had worked. The mare gave a nod in greeting and came to a halt. Given that the grullo mare seemed just as old as Zana, it offered hope that she might be a leader. "Hello and welcome back to Dark Woods," the mare offered with a friendly smile. Zana was quick to return it as it seemed like a good way to make an impression. It wasn't clear where the Neutral herds stood with the Vigilum, but she would try to improve upon whatever the status was. "I'm Reth, the lead here. What can I do for you..." the grullo introduced herself, though paused for a moment. Zana quirked a brow as she waited (unusually) politely to see if there was a continuation. "Zana was it? Forgive me," Reth finished and the words drew actual surprise to the Vigilum mare's face. She hadn't expected her name to reach Reth, even if she had met with a herd member prior. She wasn't really sure why she'd thought that either. Perhaps it just seemed strange to acknowledge that others spoke of her. Regardless, she was pleased that Reth appeared to know who she was and was friendly even with that knowledge.
"Good afternoon, Reth," she greeted as she called upon all the manners she'd learned in her youth. A fleeting thought reminded the aging mare that this was probably why Casi did most of the talking. "I hope my name found its way to you on a positive note," Zana said with a soft chuckle. If she were less exhausted, perhaps she'd had more snark. "Last time I was here, I met with one of your stallions - Aragorn. He was rather charming and my kids loved him, buuut my intentions had been to seek out you," she explained, though a hint of amusement flickered in her words. Aragorn had been quite a find. Such a small stallion, but he carried himself in a way that Zana thought she might hold him above some of the giants she'd faced. That and he was great with the twins. "I wanted to ask if you needed any assistance. In any way, really, the Vigilum have a broad range of things we can do," though the main point of her visit had been addressed, Zana couldn't help but pause as she considered another. Dark Woods was a name that she did know, though had never thought too hard about. If she'd abided by the rules of her first home in this land, they were to be enemies. "Though I'd be lying if I said that was the sole purpose of my visit," she added with a bit of a scandalous tone, her voice lowering, "Years ago, I lived with a herd who considered Dark Woods an enemy. I was there perhaps a few months, but I just had this lingering curiosity about this herd who I was meant to hate without a reason given."
Zana's Rose - + ebonite + Notes: Reth with the old age comments but Zana is older lol
Post by + ebonite + on May 18, 2021 19:36:02 GMT -7
Reth felt like she would always owe some sort of debt to the Vigilum for allowing her herd to take refuge on their mountain after their home had been burned down. She remembered how scared they had all been, how shaken and haunted. She was grateful everyday that she had made them practice evacuation drills and had amped up the patrols once the war had been declared. That kind of preparation had likely saved their lives. They had all gotten out with a few injuries that had been attended to by the same Vigilum that had given them shelter. Because of that, Reth would always welcome the Vigilum in her home. They had helped her and her herd in one of the worst days they'd ever had. That, and they were a group that was to remain neutral and they were experts in medicine. She would be a fool to turn any of them away.
Zana looked surprised that Reth recalled her name. 'Good afternoon, Reth,' Zana said. 'I hope my name found its way to you on a positive note,' Reth nodded. 'Last time I was here, I met with one of your stallions - Aragorn. He was rather charming and my kids loved him, buuut my intentions had been to seek out you,' Zana continued. Yes, Aragorn was a very pleasant stallion. Reth was glad that he'd chosen her home to call his own. He seemed a capable warrior as well, which Dark Woods was always in need of. Reth would always have her fighter's heart. 'I wanted to ask if you needed any assistance. In any way, really, the Vigilum have a broad range of things we can do,' Zana said. Truthfully, Reth's only thought right now was to send some of her herd to learn the ways of medicine so they could treat injuries. Some of the herd did know some - a remnant of one of their old herd members. But it could always be improved and more could learn.
Reth was about to tell Zana so, but the mare dropped her voice and added more. 'Though I'd be lying if I said that was the sole purpose of my visit.' Reth's attention was immediately piqued, her head tilting a bit in curiosity. What did Zana want to know? 'Years ago, I lived with a herd who considered Dark Woods an enemy. I was there perhaps a few months, but I just had this lingering curiosity about this herd who I was meant to hate without a reason given.' Reth blinked. Well, that was certainly not what she'd been expecting to hear. Dark Woods had had a few enemies over the years - usually the same crop of equines from the same gene pool. Carnevale Letale was the biggest of all of them. They'd dissolved years ago now, which fit Zana's timeline. "Our most famous enemy was Carnevale Letale. Given that, I assume that's where you lived?" she questioned with a quirked brow. Reth did not like to judge, especially for events long past, but Carnevale Letale was a rather raucous herd to have been a part of. "They rose after my father lost the fight against its founder and they took our lands," Reth commented. Her father had told her all the stories. His knowledge had to live on and Reth intended to tell every single one of them to Vojorn as well. "Long after we moved on and took new lands, they insisted we be enemies. Some sort of alliance competition," Reth gave a shrug. She cared very little for alliances, which is why she took none for herself. "We used to be a Dark land and they considered us soft for not covering our lands in gore," she chuckled a bit. If Zana had truly lived there, she would have known about all of it. "As far as services go, though, I would love to send some of my herd members your way to learn herbs. We know some, but probably very little in comparison to you," she chuckled again, smiling. Maybe Reth would go there herself.