She had been gone from Victus for so long that she did not know what to expect upon her return. Along the way she'd lost contact with her siblings and, of course, with her parents. She had no clue if any of them were even still alive and, if they were, where to begin her search for them. She wasn't really sure what she was doing returning here in the first place. She simply had no where else to go so why not return to the familiar, even if it was not so familiar anymore.
She was a streak of purple and silver in the brilliant blue sky, fur and feathers blowing in the wintry breeze as she soared high above the lands she had been born in. Looking down below, everything seemed very unfamiliar but she could not help but feel a twinge of excitement and nostalgia run down her spine. She wasn't sure where to begin first but she knew she wanted to land right away. And she had spotted somewhere that seemed like an okay spot to begin with.
The Tar Pit was not something to marvel at in particular. Truth be told, it was a very dreary place without many signs of life. But she knew that, past the dangerous pits of boiling tar, rich and fertile land grew with rare herbs and plants. These lands had once been claimed by her parents' pack though she had never really gotten to know it. Landing on her toes, she looked around as her wings settled in to place, recalling the stories she'd been given as a child. She doubted there would be anyone lingering in such an area. It wasn't exactly the brightest of places. Still, she kept an open eye as she moved forward cautiously, wary of getting too close to the boiling pits of tar.
Ooc// I suck at thread names, idk. Come do things with me.
It was weird to stand in the snow. He had gotten used to the rainy weather of Simul's lands and the snow and ice was like a cold slap to the face. His fur had frozen all over, the ice clinging to his fur no matter what he did. In the end Kruunu had given up, and now the brute just stood still while watching at the frozen over Tar Pit.
He had been hoping to see Aidiego here but it was empty -some odd tracks ran all over the place but none of them smelled familiar so he had given up for today. Some day he would find Aidiego again -and.. Well, if he was honest Kruunu did not know what he would do. With a sad shrug Kruunu moved onwards, eyeing the pillars of fog that the still boiling pits caused. He did not want to step in any of them even by accident so Kruunu was quite happy that the holes were so visible against the snow.
It was a flicker of movement that caught his eye and Kruunu lifted his feathered head to see better -eyes falling onto a winged wolf. She was purple and adorned with markings -someone he had never seen before.
Kruunu shifted his wings closer to his sides just in case as he was not sure how to act -how did... How did those of Simul greet others? No one had given him any guidelines and in the end Kruunu decided to just go with it. ”Hello!” It was a short and simple greeting, and he took few steps towards the new individual. ”Do not fall into the tar!” The silvery white markings upon her fur were quite pretty, and Kruunu found it difficult to look at her face instead of the lines upon her fur.
She'd forgotten how unpleasant this place could be despite the rare treasures the small island in the middle of the dangerous tar held. The gases that bubbled out of the muck made her stomach turn a bit and her lip curled in disgust. Honestly she could have chosen anywhere else in the world to stop first and it likely would have been better than this. But the Tar Pit was the first place that seemed to jump out and grab at her memory. It would take a bit of time but she could probably remember where else to go from here and work on traveling elsewhere. From the looks of things, not many had been to the pits any time recently and she supposed there was good reason. But that meant that there were definitely not any signs of her parents or her siblings here.
The only bright side to being here she supposed was that it was significantly warmer than it had been when she'd been flying high above. She imagined it would be a lot colder if she had been anywhere else. If only it weren't for the smell that seemed to hang in the air like an unwanted guest. If she was here she might as well try to make some sort of use out of it though she supposed. Her eyes moved over the tar, searching for the small island that would hold the rare plants that thrived in an area like this. She was not entirely sure what she would be looking for or what any of them did. But she could grab a variety to take with her. There might be someone out there who would know. They might make a fine bartering chip on her travels.
Before she could move much further though a voice cut through the quiet that had surrounded her and she shifted to turn her gaze onto him. He was definitely... flamboyant she supposed. She studied him, observing the feathers and horns that seemed to grow from his head like a crown. He seemed to have feathers everywhere really, a glow shimmering from him even though it was a long ways from nightfall. Her ears flicked at his warning and she simply gave a toothy grin in response. "Do not worry about me stranger. I am no stranger to these pits." She'd come here at least a few times though she disliked it greatly. It was a shame that nothing besides the horrendous smell was familiar to her here. She had to wonder what he was doing in a place like this though. "What brings you to such a dangerous playground?" Her words were a slight purr as she shifted her weight though stayed where she was, making no attempt to move any closer as she observed him further.
Kruunu offered a baffled smile to the purple and silvery female, eyes darting between her and the pits that would offer a painful death. It did already worry him that she spoke in such a manner about the pits; she was no stranger to them? Had she fallen into one once?
There were no scars to be seen but Kruunu shuffled his paws a bit nervously.
Kruunu's ears pressed against his crown as she purred the words and he let out a small smile. ”Uh. Searching for someone.” He said nonchalantly even when his heart skipped a painful beat. It was not just someone, it was Aidiego he was running after.
Always running after his shadow and never catching up and it would feel so wrong to even try to give up on him. He'd never...
Kruunu shook his head before he sighed, pulling his thoughts away from the dangerous direction.
”Kruunu of Simul. Who am I speaking to?” Kruunu decided to introduce himself instead, curiously waiting for her name as well. If she decided to tell him it that was.
And he was curious too about the fact that from which pack did she come from. All Kruunu knew was that Simul was on friendly terms with everyone -and only pack that Kruunu actually worried about was Exilium.
And its horned, angry warrior.
He was deathly afraid of that one nowadays.
He seemed a bit confused as to what she meant about not being a stranger to the pits and she considered what to say about it for a moment. She supposed there was no harm in expanding on her thoughts so she rolled her shoulders in to an easy shrug. "My parents once claimed these lands as their own. Don't get me wrong, it can be rather dreary but they also hold marvelous secrets if you know where to look." She gave a toothy grin, a mischievous spark lighting up her eyes as she looked to him, attempting to read his reactions. She had not been here when her father and mother still held Aestus as their own. When she'd come here they had already been living in the Immortal Forest as deities, the girl Mira having taken over their pack in their stead.
At her questioning as to why he was out here he answered easily although she did not miss what she assumed to be the slightest of hesitations. Her head tilted slightly, a curious look taking over her features before she cast a small glance around. "I'm sorry to say I haven't seen anyone around here. I could help you to look if you wish." She had nothing better to do and he did not seem like a bad man. She needed someone to help her catch up on what she had missed. What packs were still around? Would he know anything about her parents or siblings? She doubted he would though she supposed it would not hurt to probe for information. There was a lot to catch up on after all.
He chose to introduce himself next, stating that he was from a pack. Her ears twitched at the name of Simul and she felt herself relax ever so slightly at hearing something familiar. At least there might still be something that was the same. She had never visited though her father had told her stories of the pack, a sad sort of nostalgia seeming to color his words. It seemed as though she had a half brother who had run away there. She might even have some lost family there that she'd never heard of. "Valkyrie of..." She paused after a moment. Where did she belong? She pressed her lips together, a slight frown touching her features. She didn't even know if Aestus was still around. Did she not belong anywhere then? She composed herself fairly quickly after that, an apologetic smile given as she perked back up. "Ahhh, it was a long time ago that it doesn't even matter now. I have made my home in the Immortal Forest." That was where she was planning on going next after all. Maybe she could find some sort of trace of her parents if she visited her birth place and the den they had once called home, assuming it still existed even.
Her parents? Kruunu looked around them once more, wondering again had there been something more once upon a time. He knew how these lands looked during the summer and in his opinion it was hardly better from its wintery state. But maybe there were tunnels under everything or maybe he did not just see something that was hidden with magic.
Kruunu offered her a hesitant smile and a small shrug, unsure how to deal with this new information. ”Nice?” Sadly it sounded more like a question than a comment.
It was kind of her to offer help but Kruunu still shook his head before rubbing his snout with his paw. ”Ah yeah.. Thanks for the offer but he is not here. He never is.” His tone was a bit bitter at that and he found it slightly hilarious that he was getting used to the empty feeling in his heart.
He perked up as she told her name -Valkyrie.
Somehow it suited her perfectly. Kruunu was still waiting for the information about her pack, and he leaned onwards on his paws in his curiosity.
”Oh, a Loner!” He almost gasped out, eyeing her up and down once more. How did she do it? He had been a loner as well, but it had almost killed him. Well, he had almost killed himself because of it but the result was the same.
The brute stopped as Valkyrie spoke about the Immortal Forest and he couldn't but to shiver. ”Ah.. About that place it.. It is not..” Kruunu really did not want to tell her. ”Have you heard the rumors at least? About the mad god?” He truly hoped that she had, because maybe she would understand on her own that everything on Victus was broken. Even the wolves.
He seemed a bit baffled when she said that her parents had called these lands their own but she did not expand on it right away. She simply observed, a bit amused as he tried to be polite about acknowledging her statement. She could not help but chuckle a bit. He didn't seem to know which was fine by her. Maybe he would know a bit about plants. "No one was allowed to wander here actively. It's too dangerous. But if you have the mobility-" She made it a point to look at his wings as well as spread her own just a bit. "-there are ways to get to the good parts. The ground is rich in nutrients. Over there somewhere, in the middle of all the muck. There's an island. My father told me that rare plants sometimes grow there." She didn't know where it was exactly but that was part of what made it fun. She shot him a mischievous grin though didn't make a move to go any further. She planned on looking later. It was up to him if he wanted to look as well.
He declined her offer which was fine though she did find his choice of words just a bit strange. She gave him a curious look, wondering what he meant by the fact that he was never here. Never anywhere? Was this person he was looking for actually real then or just a figment of his imagination? She was curious but she thought it was best not to press the matter. It wasn't any of her business anyways. "Ahh, well, good luck then. I'm sure you'll find him, uh, eventually." Was that the right thing to say? Was she supposed to offer encouragement if there was the possibility he was simply chasing after an imaginary friend? She wasn't sure but she supposed it was good enough.
He seemed surprised that she was a loner and she ducked her head slightly before grinning just a bit awkwardly. "Ahh, yeah. Uhh, I was part of my parents pack a long time ago. But some stuff went down and I left." She shrugged her thin shoulders, leaving the explanation at that. If he wanted her to go in more detail she could but, well, it was kind of a depressing thing. There weren't many here who hadn't at least heard of the Purge. What caught her attention was the hesitation and fear that seemed to take hold of him at her mention of the Immortal Forest. She gave him a puzzled look, ears twitching as he asked if she'd heard about some mad god. At this her eyes simply narrowed a bit, wondering what he was getting at. "No. As far as I know all the Gods are dead." Or they should be, right? That's why Victus was still standing here. When her father had sent her away it was just before they were going to face the Gods, to destroy them and bring peace. "What rumors do you speak of?" She wasn't sure she would believe whatever it was but she figured she should at least know what everyone was whispering about.
He imitated Valkyrie a bit, spreading his own wings while turning them around a bit so that the glowing feathers were on top. It was true -he could move so places others couldn't but he had been tied to the ground for so long.. That he actually had forgotten that he could fly.
The brute glanced at his own wings with a frown -he could easily find the spot that had some paler feathers as they were still growing in.
There had been a hole once.
He turned back towards Valkyrie, marvel in his eyes. She was just telling him things -island, here? In the middle of the pits and poisonous things and just overall.. This place was almost made for death and she just shrugged it off.
Kruunu found out that he respected her a bit over that and he just nodded as she wished him luck.
”..Well you must be quite skillful to stay alive alone.” He tried to soothe her, gut twisting as Valkyrie tilted her head away from him. He did not really like making others feel bad, and he really did not have anything against Loners. ”And I'm from Simul, I hardly care about where others are from.” It was actually true -he hadn't cared when he had been a member of Exilium either.
Aand she did not know. The brute coughed and shuffled his wings closer to his sides as he straightened out, eyes sad as he looked at the pretty female.
He did not particularly feel like telling everything out loud -what if they came back? So instead he gathered his magic into his paw, pushing his recollections about the Mad God into it, all the rumors the pack had been told and what he had heard. It would at least give her an idea what was happening -about the Gods and the nuclear winter, about the plagues and just.. How sad place Victus was now.
As he was sure that it would be clear enough, he walked a bit closer to her with a tiny smile -he did not mean any harm -and pressed his paw into the snow, knowing that the imprint would be very temporary. Then he waited to see would she touch it.
She watched as he spread his own wings in imitation of her action, looking at them as he turned them slightly to reveal glowing feathers. She simply watched in silence, wondering what he was thinking. It almost seemed as if he was just now remembering he had wings but surely that couldn't be the case. She couldn't imagine having her wings and choosing to not fly on purpose. Maybe she was just imagining things. When he looked back to her she wasn't sure she understood the look he gave her. Perhaps he was just curious as to what she meant. "I can show you some time if you want? I'm sure there's probably things you could take back for Simul." She extended the offer though she wasn't sure how interested he would be. Heck she wasn't even sure if they'd be able to find it though it was always worth a shot.
When he spoke next it was to give a compliment and she simply chuckled a bit. She wasn't really hurt by his question. She simply was a bit confused and maybe a bit uncertain how to answer. How did one explain that they were the child of deities? She wondered if he would even believe her if she told him such a story. "Thanks but I'm not sure if it's skill so much as luck." She grinned at him though she was definitely flattered. Her ego was sure to be a great deal bigger when she left her.
He seemed to grow very solemn as he looked at her with sad eyes as she asked about the rumors that had been floating around. What did that mean? Why wasn't he speaking? She felt tense though didn't pull away as he stepped closer. She simply watched him with doubt as he pressed a paw to the snow in front of her, leaving a glowing print full of magic. She knew what it was though she hesitated still as she glanced down and back up at him. What was he going to show her? Anxiety seemed to rise but, after a moment, she moved forward slightly and pressed a small paw to the glowing print.
Her eyes closed as the magic worked to fill her with the memories he chose to share. She saw an image of an awful beast coming down to bring chaos down, minions following at his heels. She saw images of the lands and the harm done to many of them. What he showed her was sad and painful and, after a moment, she jerked her body away a step as her eyes fluttered open, a soft pant on her breath. She shook her head, legs trembling ever so slightly but she contained it well enough. More than the slight fear that had filled her was anger. Who was this supposed god to think he could come down like this? "What of the deities? What of Eidolon and Calamity? What of Asmodeus? Why haven't they come to stop him?" She named the first deities that came to mind, her parents being the obvious choice. Clearly she didn't know that most had disappeared, that their powers were gone. Would he even know who the deities she named were?
She touched the imprint. Kruunu almost held his breath as he waited -not sure did he actually want to see her reaction. It would surely be something nasty -as it was how he would react to such things. But he stayed where he was, unsure and on edge as he waited.
It did not take long as it seemed that Valkyrie was familiar with the magic in question, or perhaps she just was smart enough to comprehend everything faster?
But it was quite obvious that she had been affected by the memories -and from her trembling legs Kruunu realized that it was not the good sort. Hesitantly he took one step closer, hovering near but unsure how to even help her.
And then she was spewing out names, and Kruunu froze up. ”I.. I know of them but I haven't..” His feathers flattened against his fur as well. ”I haven't heard of them in ages.” Which was true, but he hardly was a good source of information on that front. He had been mad for so long, obsessed so long (still was) that he did not really pay attention to that. ”..But I do know that Naos Suhail left, as did Nocturne.” Of that he was sure -he could recall all the Simul meetings with clarity.
He had not met Naos personally; Kruunu had only heard of him. But he did know Nocturne and still he thought that it was his fault that the male had left them.
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