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Post by Peregrine on Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:56 am

Cinaed and Keen had flown into Corden two days ago. It wasn't an overly long flight, but the disuse of his muscles made them ache. It was early dawn and the sun was just peeking over the mountainside. Cinaed was already up and dressed. Taking a rag he began to clean his sword. The steel was inlay and sharp as the day he had picked up the order. A small smile glinted on his face.

Admiring the sword for a scant minute, he briskly stood up. Though his muslces ached it was hard to tell. Cinaed always moved with a fluid purpose. An hour passed as he practiced sequences of patterns. The man was an expert swordsman, but he rarely practiced in front of others. His kingdom knew of his exploits, but only because of one or two instances from which rumors had spread.

By the time he was finished, sweat ran down his face and his dark hair hung in his eyes. I'm not sure if that is manly and appealing or smelly and grotesque. Keen grumbled into his mind from where she was curled up and watching.

Cinaed harrumphed, "I like to think it is manly and that the sweat brings a glisten to my skin." He was used to the simple banter with Keen, but if another walked in they may be appalled and start laughing.... mostly because they could only hear his replies.

Ahh well. You had better hope the girl coming this way thinks the same Sir Smelly. Or not, her dragon seems to be male based on scent. Keen rose and stretched, waiting for the new comers to approach their Guildmaster and his bond.
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Post by Lunar on Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:21 am

It had been a few weeks since Isolde and Tor had first bonded - and it had taken that long for Isolde to convince the dragon to leave his territory, and that they must have a bigger destiny calling to him. The dragon, had been content to remain in his lair, having just found himself someone to clean it out for him. That had taken a while for Isolde to explain, too, that she was not planning on cleaning it constantly. She had merely taken it upon herself to gather up the scales scattered about that he shed from time to time. They sold for a decent amount, and Isolde knew she'd need supplies.

Supplies like a needle and thread. Her dress - her one possession since she'd fled Norhollow- was practically in tatters. Or rather had been, before she mended it. She'd also managed to get some food, a bag, and a few other small things she thought might be useful. But the little town she'd visited near the Kingdom's edge had only been the start of their journey. She'd finally persauded a rather grumpy Tor to go even further, aiming for Corden.

This better be worth it, Tor said to grew closer to Corden, I'll have you know it took me a full year to sneak that cave out from under a bigger male.

"So you've said," Isolde said, rolling her eyes at his dramatics, "But we'll have something better in the end." She looked down, able to pick out little bits of fallen stone building among the heavy growth below. "We're nearly there! Can you smell anything?"

Tor sniffed the air. "Another dragon," He said, perking up a bit as he added, "A female. And another human." He wrinkled his nose a bit. "I think." He began to spiral down, landing in a large field, not far from where the other dragon and rider waited. Isolde slipped from Tor's back, taking a moment to steady herself on sore legs, before they set out to find them.

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Post by Peregrine on Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:40 am

They've landed. Keen informed Cinaed in her brief manner. Neither of them were creatures of many words. The man moved off and Keen knew he didn't have to say anything. He started forward and she followed, this was how their relationship worked. They couldn't both be making decisions or things got entangled. She got her way however, more often than even he knew.

The pair didn't have to walk far before the small female and her male dragon companion came into sight. Keen could already tell she was larger than the male, though she was often larger than other dragons and this did not surprise her. She pressed out the fan on her face and it's silver color glinted in the light. Her face showed no emotion, but there was a gentle curiosity in her eyes. Sitting on her haunches she wrapped her tail around her feet and her wings folded evenly against her back.

Cinaed had the same placid look on his face, but he looked mostly at the girl. His dark green eyes focused on her figure instead of the dragon's. He trusted Keen enough to allow her to make decisions on his abilities. The girl was pretty, whether she realized it or not, and not nearly young enough for him to think to look away. She had lovely hips and he couldn't help but appreciate them. Keen caught him looking however and snorted at him through their mind connection.

"Hello Rider, may I enquire as to your name and your dragon's?" Cinaed would wait to proffer up his own name. It was entirely possible she may already know him, but then again if she is a new rider she may not. It was always a toss up. His fingers rested gently on his sword hilt out of habit. These two, from first glance, seemed to make a strong pair and he would enjoy having them as part of his convoy.
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Post by Lunar on Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:59 am

It was not long before they were met by the pair. It was just, as Tor had said, a female dragon, quite a bit bigger than Tor was - but then again, he always had been a runt. Isolde found Keen an impressive and beautiul sight, though the power of the dragon was clear enough. She felt Tor tense besides her for a moment, the dragon relaxing as he saw only curiosity in his fellow's eyes. He settled down, as Keen had, by sitting with his tail wrapped around his feet and his wings folded neatly.

Her rider seemed to match well with her, at least in Isolde's opinion, handsome and strong. She eyed the tattoos that ran down his face and neck to disappear beneath his shirt, wondering if they carried any significance for him, or if they were mere decoration. She did not miss his eyes sweeping over her form, and felt heat rise to her cheeks as he did so, suddenly and painfully aware of her lack of grooming. She'd never thought to purchase herself a comb or brush and she hadn't really had a proper bath in a few days. Hardly a presentable picture.

Nevertheless, when asked for names, Isolde cleared her throat and answered. "My name is Isolde," She said, beforing gesturing to the blue dragon besides her. "And this is Tor." She fell silent, looking to the man expectantly, wanting to know his name as well. She had heard rumors of there being riders at Corden - but nothing had cropped up as far as names went.

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Re: First of Many {Lunar}

Post by Peregrine on Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:16 am

He saw her blush and a slight smirk appeared on his face before it disappeared abruptly. This was not why he was here, but a little diversion was not all together unwelcome. His green eyes twinkled with mischief. Keen told him she disowned him in his mind, and he stifled a laugh. "It is lovely to meet you Rider Isolde," He stepped forward, and though it was presumptuous, grasped her fingers and went to bring her hand to his lips. Keeping her hand within his, he figured he had better answer her question, "I am Guildmaster Cinaed and this is my bond dragon Keen." Keen nodded her head at the two. "I am pleased to have met your acquaintance. Do you have an affiliation as of yet? For I would be pleased for you to join with me and my cause." Yes, he knew the hidden meaning there and he could feel that Keen was resisting thwapping him over the head.

Meanwhile, Keen had been busy talking with Tor as Cinaed tried to win himself a lovely lady. I am pleased to meet you Tor. It seems to me the bond is new to you? Yes? She did not really need confirmation. The evidence was there in his mannerisms with his new rider. They had no sync as of yet, but that came only with practice. You will find a better bond with your rider through training. Though Cinaed often goes about introducing females to our cause incorrectly.. She rolled her eyes, obviously displeased with his actions. He means well. We can provide the pair of you adequate training. In return for our care and teaching, all we ask is that you remain under our command until our mission has been completed. Keen did not ask if he was interested. She did not have to. He would let her know in his own way. They all did. And in that she would learn much more about his personality and his potential.
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Post by Lunar on Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:47 am

The blush remained as Cinaed brought her hand to his lips, Isolde having to remind herself that she had not come to let herself be charmed by handsome men. When he did not release her hand, holding onto it for a moment, she gently tugged it from his grasp, letting it fall to her side. She gave a short shake of her head as he asked about affiliations. "None," She told him, choosing to ignore the double meaning of his words. "Though what exactly is your cause?"

A few weeks, Tor informed Keen. He was tempted to ask just how long she had been bonded to Cinaed, but she pressed on speaking, leaving him without a chance to do so. It was hardly the time or place either, he supposed. There were more important matters at hand. He cast a sidelong glance at Cinaed and Isolde for a moment. Will I need to bite him? He asked, mostly on impulse, not wanting his new bond being treated poorly. And what will this training entail, exactly?

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Post by Peregrine on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:14 am

As expected, she pulled her hand from his, but it had been nice while it lasted. He had no intentions of a relationship anyway and she seemed too innocent to spoil. Though, she could prove him wrong. "My cause? Surely, you have heard that the Demon King has returned through nefarious means. As in the past, I believe the only way to stop this imminent reign of terror is to bring the Riders to a rise again. Even then, it is a slim hope, but it is a chance I am willing to take." He was talking too much, but that was just to show how passionate he was about stopping this madness that was spreading throughout the land.

Keen chuckled, a deep rumble that bubbled forth from her throat. You may at that. Though I get first dibs at the boy. She looked back at her "ward" fondly. He was a good man. If he ever let anyone in, he might find himself a good girl some day. Unfortunately, she knew this slip of a girl would most likely not win his heart. There was too much of an age difference and she was only but a fascination at the moment. Training for you will require learning how to respond to your rider effortlessly. There are movements that done by yourself are much easier than with a rider, especially in the air. Training for young Isolde will involve sword play and riding. And the both of you will be learning how to take and give commands quickly. Efficiency is key.

Cinaed crossed back to Keen. He had said his bit and if she wanted to follow she would. This was just how he worked. He would never force another to join his Riders. Once they were in however, that was a different story. These Riders must give one hundred and twenty five percent or risk extinction. "I'll be going back to Corden now. If you'd like to learn more and start your training I'd love to have you." A small toothless smile appeared on his face, "Even if you have your doubts, we would be pleased if you camped with us. It is not often that we have such agreeable company."

Keen dipped her head at Tor and Isolde before saying aloud, "I would be honored to have you join us." Pointedly, she looked at Isolde, "If he bothers you, and you do not return his feelings, he knows I'll unman him." Smoke sizzled out of her nostrils and a sinister glint flew through her dark golden eyes. From anyone else this would be funny, but Cinaed winced. He knew a serious threat when he heard one.
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Post by Lunar on Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:22 am

His cause was as she'd guessed it would be, she merely needed the confirmation. Isolde knew of the Demon King very well, having seen his minions firsthand. She had been one of the lucky ones, able to escape them without being harmed or being forced under their control. If she could help to put an end to it, to ensure no others would be enslaved or forced from their home or worse, then it was a more than worthy cause to follow.

Tor responded to her chuckle with one of his own, though he soon grew serious again as she began to explain the training that lay ahead of them, if they chose to join them. It seemed like useful things to learn. What do you think? He asked his rider.

We may as well give them a chance.

Isolde found hersel blushing again as Keen gave her rider a threat. "...Thank you for that," She said slowly, not entirely sure how to respond to something like that. She cleared her throat before speaking again. "We'll join you at your camp, until we've made a final decision," She said.

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Post by Peregrine on Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:24 am

Keen was excited for these two. Well, as excited as Keen got. She was a very serious creature and older than her years. Most assumed that she was about ten years older than she actually was. It was disturbing on some occasions. "We are happy to have you."

It was tempting for her to want to ask Cinaed to climb upon her back and fly to their camp ground. There was less weaving about these trees with her large body. Unfortunately, it took skill to take off without any steps and go straight up. It also took skill to drop to the ground and land without stepping. It was something her and Cinaed had worked very hard on and was a coveted skill. She had no doubt that Tor and Isolde would be able to do so as Tor was small enough to give him an advantage. Tor, one of the skills you will learn will be to take off from a wooded area and to land in a small clearing without much room to move once on the ground. If you are able to practice by yourself without your rider I would recommend it. Every move you make differs with a rider. There was a possibility he could already do so without a rider, but the small rider often through off balance and some aerodynamics that one would never think of.

Cinaed walked next to Keen, not wanting to take the chance of making Isolde uncomfortable because Keen always made good on her threats. It was something he admired about her. She was a wise leader and he was lucky to have her as his bond.

Cinaed walked slightly in front as he was leading and he had longer legs. He had a powerful stride and a strong passionate mannerism. "So, where are you from Isolde?" His green eyes scanned ahead and he did not look at her. It was a bad habit. "I often don't get out of my realm of influence, and when I do I tend to be alone. Makes it hard to meet people." Cinaed placed a hand on Keen's shoulder and felt her muscles move and moved in pace with her. It calmed him and was something he did quite often.
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Post by Lunar on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:38 am

Tor cast his eyes upwards to have a look at the trees overhead. He'd learn to do so while he was still young, finding it a useful tactic to put distance between himself and much larger, unfriendly dragons. It was one of the few times he'd found his small size to be an advantage, I can do that already, He said, Though I don't think I'd be able to do it with Isolde. Just having her on his back had been difficult at first, a big difference from flying on his own, even if she wasn't the largest human. He had just barely gotten used to that - and learning to leap straight up and take flight wasn't half as easy as simply learning to fly had been.

Walking between Tor and Keen - more or less keeping her pace so she stayed at the pair's forelegs as they made their way at the forest, Isolde turned her attention to Cinaed as he spoke up again. "I suppose it would," She said with a nod, hesitating a bit before she answered his question. Though it had been a few weeks now, the bad memories still lingered in her mind. Beyond that, she had grown to dislike the pitying looks she so often recieved when she mentioned her former home. But who knew if he'd heard about that specifically? "Norhollow," She answered.

"And you?" She asked, "Have you always lived near Corden?" How long had he and Keen been out there, part of the guild? Or perhaps they had been the ones to restart it, that the old stories were wrong and there hadn't been a long line of guild members, clinging on to the old ways.


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Re: First of Many {Lunar}

Post by Peregrine on Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:03 pm

Ahh, understandable. Keen's quick mind often produced answers like this. She would deduce reasons for which he was able to do so, and his small frame would have made it a logical reason to learn. So, she tried to amend herself with a more amiable comment. It is very impressive that you have learned this on your own. A toothless smile pressed upon her lips. Showing teeth was often misconstrued as a threat, even when smiling. Because she had met Cinaed at a young age, she often would portray some human traits. We are almost there.

The man shortened his step to be able to walk more comfortably with Isolde. Norhollow. That was the town that had just gotten over run by the Demon King. A scowl formed on his face at the thought. So many lives needlessly scorned and snuffed out. "Ahh, I see. If you need, Keen and I could go pick up any friends or relatives that would be in harms way." Kicking a rock with a shoe, he sighed. He knew that was unlikely. Not many had survived the town's ambush. That was all he really wanted to say on the matter. Hard times are every where now and Cinaed had little pity for people who could not make a life from what they were given. He was hard headed and stubborn in this way.

"I grew up in Corden, but have just recently come back home. My title was just passed to me and Keen and I have been making our way back here, collecting riders to go after the Demon King." Cinaed thought to his wild years. Keen and him had been all over the world, learning and training. When he got the message of his uncle's passing without any heirs, he flew home as quickly as possible. This was a phase in his life that he could never have envisioned. He assumed his uncle would have had heirs, but he has passed young.
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Post by Lunar on Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:41 am

Tor was rather pleased with the praise Keen offered. He pulled himself a little taller, walking with a bit more pride in his accomplishment. It was only a subtle change, one that would escape one's notice if they were not paying close attention.

Isolde felt herself tense as he offered to help any friends or relatives that might be in harm's way. She slowly shook her head, not saying anymore on the matter. The chances of any of her friends or family escaping was slim, and she knew that, not wanting to kid herself into thinking otherwise.

"Are there others, then?" Isolde asked. If there had been someone to pass on the title, surely then, he couldn't have been alone in the guild.

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