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Offline selfexiled

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2012, 03:24:43 PM »
"If lizard you think you be. I find rather that the tales of 'dragons' being celestial beings more fitting for you and the young one here. Come to earth as a falling star to remind the masses of the beauty that lies in the heavens. Be it of face." Igneus' wingtip strokes Skylar's cheek, "or of soul." Lightly the tip caresses where Melody's heart would be.

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2012, 03:42:37 PM »
"For the most part, however, the great Dragons of old were murdered in their homes for they were thought of as evil. But we shall never really know, shall we?" She shrugged, and despite her words, she was quite happy with what he had said about them. "Perhaps I misjudged you. Not a chicken, but a hawk. Fierce in battle and strong willed. It's easy to confuse the two... both are very delicious when dumped in soup." She allowed a short spurt of quiet laughter before her stomach growled loudly. "Perfectly timed, as always. All this talk of food has me hungry for dinner. Care to join us?"

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2012, 04:29:06 PM »
"Many a thing has been claimed evil and destroyed simply out of ignorance. As to dinner after all your jests how can I be sure I won't be the main course, hmm." After a small chuckle of his own, "I wonder though how your family will accept me as a dinner guest."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #53 on: March 13, 2012, 07:22:40 PM »
"Oh, they won't like it one bit to be honest with you. However, we honor debts with the highest regards and I have quite a big one to repay." She smiled and shrugged again, turning her back and walking through the gate. Over her shoulder she called, "And you needn't worry about a thing... You aren't mature enough for me to enjoy quite yet. And way too scrawny." Her laughter echoed off of the objects about her, filling the air with an electricity.

Offline selfexiled

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2012, 07:44:36 PM »
Shifting to human form and falling in behind her. "I don't recall anything about you owing me something. Plus I'm not quite sure how to take that last comment, my family ages well and I think my physique is considered fit in the eyes of most people."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #55 on: March 13, 2012, 07:54:37 PM »
"It was the best fight I have had in a long while, how can I not repay you for that? Plus the liquid thingy you gave me after the battle, remember that? It's a belief of mine that if I don't repay a favor properly, something bad will happen to me. Karma I believe the term is." She walked the rest of the way to the door in silence, turning to him briefly once when they reached the door. "Just follow my lead, and don't pick a fight." She then pushed the door open and walked inside, immediately being greeted by a large figure... Very tall and quite muscular, towering above her like a troll.

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #56 on: March 13, 2012, 08:29:44 PM »
"Didn't pick you for someone that believed in karma." Nodding at her request to be civil when the giant appeared at the door he remained quiet until Skylar made introductions and defused any immediate irritations.

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #57 on: March 13, 2012, 08:46:08 PM »
She didn't even blink twice at the guy before handing him Melody. "Hey Dug. Didn't realize you were here... Sneak in while I was away this morning?" He nodded before looking behind her and spotting Igneus. "Who is he?" Sky looked at him warningly and stated simply, "Igneus came for dinner." Then she walked past him and motioned for Igneus to follow. "That was my cousin Dug... He's not much for words so I wouldn't bother with an introduction. I'll point out certain people as we go along... and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask."

Offline selfexiled

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2012, 08:50:48 AM »
"So I shouldn't bother to strike up an indepth conversation with him then?" Looking around at the home, "I wonder if you could describe the decore here since my own home looks nothing like this. What are the inspirations? How old are some of these paintings, vases, statues?"

(Just grasping there, but would like a description of the house.)

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #59 on: March 14, 2012, 02:59:19 PM »
"You like? We took inspiration from the older Japanese culture and bits and pieces from the English. A weird combination but I think it works out just fine. The house is a couple of floors and continues to grow but it expands far behind, as you should have noticed from the sky. The majority of art pieces you find in this house are from members of my family. Dating back all the way to the first pack of us. It's a way to help us practice, both in groups, pairs or even in solitude. And it's rather pretty." She lead him around to the open courtyard, filled with beautiful vegetation. Sitting out in the middle of it was a man meditating. Stepping down and following the foot path she walked up to the man. "Hey Dan, is dinner almost set?" She asked, and for a moment he didn't reply. "Yeah, I think so." He opened his eyes and saw Igneus, his eyebrow raising in question. "Dan, this is Igneus a friend of mine. I dueled with him earlier, and I have to say I think you would have enjoyed a fight like that." She smiled then turned to Igneus. "Igneus, this is my Uncle Dan... He's like 20 and most deffinately the type of guy you could get along with. Unlike Dug, this is who you have your deep conversations with. He loves strategies and mysteries and well talking in general. Dan, go wash up. You're all covered in dirt..." She growled at him, rolling her eyes. "He also has the maturity of a todler." She added. Dan grunted. "I can hear you, I hope you know that." He sighed then began walking off. "I look forward to talking over dinner." He called over his shoulder at Ignues.

((Lols, completely forgot about the house. XP I have a picture I drew inspiration from:

Offline selfexiled

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2012, 09:50:52 AM »
((Very nice house))

"I look forward to the conversations with new people." Waving to Dan as he left, "Well Sky seems that other than your brother everyone I've met in your family appears decent enough." Taking a moment to look up to the sky, I've always been fond of the stars you know and this open courtyard has just the right ambiance to amplify the beauty of the moment."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #61 on: March 20, 2012, 09:56:49 AM »
((I know right?! I wish my house looked like that.  :o ))

"Wait until the drinks start pouring." Sky sighed, as if dreading the meal to come. "You are a lucky individual to be invited to this dinner. It's the reason some of my family returned home early from personal training. Tomorrow is the start of our family tournament, a set of games and tasks set up to test our skills against our brothers and sisters. It's so much fun, but they made it a tradition to have a huge feast the night before just so they can get drunk. Quite pathetic... but if you have ever seen a drunk dragon, well you might as well end your life. Absolutely nothing is more amusing that that." She smiled and laughed, remembering her memory of the previous year's tournament."What about you? Does your family ever do anything like this?" She then asked, looking up at the sky. She knew exactly what he was talking about. The courtyard had always been the dreamers' spot, a quiet corner to read and study. The right conditions to train in relaxation. It was the reason it was created and well protected.

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #62 on: March 20, 2012, 10:47:08 AM »
"Well, not really. Some of us have tried on our land but it got cut short because of what it does to the fields." After thinking for a moment and then smiling, "But being able to fly opens up the chance to find abandoned valleys and what not so some of us still get together every so often. As far as feasts, we try to adhere to most of the standard feasts and celebrations of the common people so as to include our workers." Looking back on memories past, "Though we do have a couple of feasts exclusively for the family. Once one of the young ones come of age and shift for the first time, and when the head of house changes. Oh and the anniversary of our first father's establishment of the house."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #63 on: March 20, 2012, 11:30:02 AM »
"Include the workers, huh? Why not just invite them to feasts anyway? Here we value the work that we accomplish on our own but here and there you might find a servant in charge of caring for the very young and the very old. All work on crops, art pieces and the upkeep on the grounds are all done by us as a part of our training. So we don't have many servants, but the ones we do have are invited to just about everything. Just not to the celebration we hold for the shift in power, when our current head hands off the power to their successor." Sky talked with pride at her family's customs. Her smile faded though as the sound of footsteps came down the hall. They were the distinct sound of Sebastian's pace, the very last person she was interested in seeing. He rounded the corner and stopped dead, a glare immediately painting across his features. He took a threatening step forward but Skylar had already anticipated his reaction. Her eyes shifted to the menacing glare that her dragon form possesed and her teeth elongated in some places. The growl that came forth was not in the bit human, the partial shift giving her hiss a deeper and more threatening sound than it would have been had she stayed in her complete human form. Sebastian paused, his eyes not leaving Igneus' form. "Why is he here?" He hissed, obviously displeased. Turning towards Ignues, Sky gave him a 'told you so' look and then returned her gaze to her older brother. "Oh him? I hope you don't mind that I brought a friend to dinner. Melody will be skipping out on tonight's festivities so you can sit at her spot at the table, because Igneus here will be taking your seat across from me." She said deffinitively. "We will see about that." Was all he said before stomping off. "Don't worry about him. He has trust issues. The more you ignore him, the better off you will be. Now, I smell dinner! Let's go and meet the rest of the family. She lead her guest into the room where a long table was set. It was low to the ground and had pillows wet out at each place. The food was already being set out along the table, the auroma filling the room to the point where you could almost eat the food through the air. "What do you think?"

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2012, 01:39:42 PM »
"Well, keeping the servants out of a couple of the feasts is not really a welcome policy but as it is. Really the idea behind the family being the only ones present for the young ones first shift is that not everyone gets it right the time around. So we keep them with people that have raised them and they feel most comfortable with. We raise our own, and the servants generally work the fields. We have about forty families that work for us. So it gets a little difficult with that many people."
Busy talking Igneus barely noticed the man approach. The curt arguement between the two reminded Igneus of some of the fights he'd seen in his own home, though he had no direct siblings of his own many of his kin looked to him as a brother.
"Well this IS quite the spread. And it smells wonderful."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #65 on: April 03, 2012, 06:24:42 PM »
"Makes sense." She nodded her head as he explained a few of the feast customs. Then she sniffed the air with a smile. "Mum's cooking. You can tell because she always uses a special method when cooking and it turns out better than anything else. She won't share it with anyone for the moment, but she said that she was in the process of writing it down. I guess that she plans to share it when she takes her trip to the grave. Until then, I'll be content with not knowing." Sky laughed and pointed to a specific seat. "That right there is my brother's seat. You can sit there while I go see if Mother needs anything."

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #66 on: April 04, 2012, 08:16:35 AM »
"Well I would think half the fun is trying to guess how she did it as you eat it." Looking to the seat, "All right... though I feel a bit odd seating myself then having my hostess leave but I'll be alright." As she leaves Igneus sits and looks around the room, seeing a table already full of many platters of food but there are obvious gaps for more to come, surely this was a feast. The decor was masterful, she said each was done by a member of the house at one point in thier history. Surely they are great artists. Many of the sculptures seemed ready to step off thier pedestals they were so life like.

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #67 on: April 07, 2012, 08:57:50 PM »
"You have no idea." Sky smiled, dissapearing around the corner. Back in the hallway in which the two had entered stood three young children, two boys and one girl, all staring curiously at the dinner guest. They giggled quietly to themselves, pointing at the strange man and wondering about him. Sky returned with multiple platters in which she placed expertly at different parts of the table, her eyes turning to the spying kids. Placing her hands on her hips, she looked sternly at them. "Go wash up, dinner will start soon. Off with you now, shoo." She watched with amusement as they scattered, laughing all the way out. Rolling her eyes she looked at Igneus. "Kids." Behind her, Dug dragged a large block of ice into the room sitting it on the center of the long table. "Yours." He said simply, turning and leaving again. "Honestly, I did the last one! You have got to be kidding me." She sighed, placing a bare hand on the freezing ice. "Want to see how we decorate the place?" Closing her eyes, she breathed out slowly. Her breath showed frosty white, despite the warm room, as if she had become part of the ice itself. The large block began to move, to take a shape. It appeared as a thin dragon wrapped around a crystal like structure. It unfolded its wings as it looked at her, a sound erupting from its mouth. It rang like crystal bells throughout the room, holding an empowering chill to the tone. Skylar smiled as she removed her hand from the icy dragon, the sculpture immediately falling still. "What do you think? Cool huh? We don't just control the elements, we breath life into them. We become one with that in which we seek help with. If one suffers, so does the other. We keep the balance between humans and spirits. Most find it hard to understand, but it's something that our family leaders must learn. I admit, it took me a while but the longer I thought about it the harder it got. It's not something that can be taught, you have to feel it. And I have to say, it feels wonderful."

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #68 on: April 09, 2012, 06:59:20 AM »
Igneus couldn't help but smile at the unbridled curiousity of the children, that was one thing you could count was children being honest about how they felt about someone. Sky returned with several plates moaving about an placing them like they were attached to her cause they didn't move at all until she set them down.

Dug dragged in an enormous block of ice and set it before Sky indicating she was to do something with it. Which she immedieately complained about, it was kinda funny to watch the sibling banter. She then reached out and caused it to change.

"I am quite impressed with your talents. I would've created a vortex around the ice and let the wind shape it but asking it change shape itself is quite unique. And I think I do have some idea of what you speak of, while it's fun to control the weather there are limits to what you can do before you upset the balance that nature has made. Even though we don't ever wish it sometimes droughts are needed along with forest fires, and tornados. While we have the power to stop them, we can't always do it. Without some death there can be no life."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #69 on: April 09, 2012, 11:33:39 AM »
"Exactly. Without a drought, the plants can't adapt to grow stronger. Without forest fires, the trees would sufficate and nothing could grow anew. And even tornadoes and heavy rains, floods and slides included are necessary so that we may learn to build better and stronger. Nothing can exist without a price, and every price is worth it for a newer and better life. That is the natural way of things. I believe I heard somewhere that chaos is the law of nature and order is the dream of man. We can't control what isn't ours, but we may guide it." She smiled, reciting the words she herself thought of the world. Behind her a light clapping emerged. She didn't have to turn to know that it was Dan from earlier. "Very well spoken, I couldn't have said it better if I tried." Attached to his sides were the three younger children from before, their hands still dripping from washing them for dinner. Skylar sat across the table from Igneus, Dan sitting beside her. "The rest of us should be arriving shortly, the smell of this food has just about soaked into every inch of this house." Dan said with a shrug, eyeing the food hungrily.

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #70 on: April 09, 2012, 11:59:43 AM »
Seeing Dan Igneus stood and bowed slightly. "It is good to see you again philosopher." As Dan sat so did Igneus. "As to the nature of chaos being the way of nature, I think that in the grand 'chaos' that is the way of nature there is an order to it, but it is so far reaching that we will never live to see it. Could it not be true that many eons ago what was once a desert received a flood and is now a small ocean full of life. But lets say that said flood could not have happened if there was not a great fire that destroyed a forest, which removed that lands ability to hold its seasonal rains which led to the flood. Now several generations later the forest has recovered, however, in a slightly diminished form but yet its first demise was used to create a whole new world and then itself was restored. These may seem as chaos since it was likely to have happened over several hundred generations, but it was all planned in the great scheme of things."

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #71 on: April 09, 2012, 12:10:59 PM »
Dan listened intently to Igneus' words, nodding when he had finished. "Precisely. I think it helps to imagine life as a painting though. Each brush stroke adds on and to the finished product, but until you see the full painting it is impossible to tell what it is supposed to become. The only exception is those who ask the painter themselves what the picture is meant to represent. In our world that is what death has become. Those who have lived out their lives, watching as their brush stroke comes to end. Those who seek enlightenment and move on in order to see what will come to those they left behind. Whether they laugh of they weep at what they see, the painting is still beautiful either way."

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #72 on: April 09, 2012, 12:24:08 PM »
Igneus also nods to Dan's remark even considered clapping to it, "Agreed, there is a haunting beauty to the finality of life's end. Though so many are focused on thier little portion of the picture and making it look better than everyone else's that they do not see what they are adding to the greater whole and when it comes time for thier part to end they are upset because they didn't get what they precieved to be the best colors or patterns on thier little nook." These thoughts caused Igneus to stop short and reflect on many of the previous masters of his house, he had just described at least half a dozen of them but several more were the exact opposite and saw the immortality of the master of the house as a way to reach out to others and help beautify thier portions of the painting as well as their own. He hoped one day he would be considered one of those that reached out instead of withheld.

Offline Animegurl5Topic starter

Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #73 on: April 09, 2012, 12:45:33 PM »
"I agree but this is where he and I differ in our op pinions. While Dan here believes that it is impossible to know how ones stroke will flare and what pattern it could be I take a different approach. I strongly believe that we witness many possible versions of the painting when we close our eyes and dream. There is a reason that some dreams fade the moment you wake up, and it is because what you saw isn't meant to be shared. On the other hand, some are lucky to remember even just the slightest bit. Those are the people that create whole worlds that only they can see. Like children. We call it make believe but what if they are truly windows looking upon what could be? What if great artists gather inspiration, whether it be painting or singing or writing, from these rare glimpses into the future?" Skylar proposed, immediately getting a look from Dan.

"We call their games pretend for a reason. What they are looking at and experiencing is nothing more than them learning about their surroundings." He countered, earning a scowl from Skylar.

"See what I mean Igneus? He refuses to admit the slightest possibility of predictability. But early societies prophesied the comings of great creatures like us before our families had even gained the enlightenment required to shift. Don't you see, Dan. People thought of us before we existed. It was a plan already set in motion and somebody caught a look at what was to come later down the road." She sniffed as Dan rolled his eyes.

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Re: What's Your Seal?
« Reply #74 on: April 09, 2012, 04:23:44 PM »
"Ha ha ha ha, well it is true that what children consider to be real and possible adults call make-believe and fairytale. I would like to think that both are true. While yes stories children dream to pass the time or play with friends may well be pure fantasy there is still a possibility that every so often what they dram may come true. For most of us mortals the dream of immortality is unreal, but then some of us," gesturing in a circle. "Know that that is not entirely true. Have you considered ever going to the moon? You know it is to far because the air becomes to thin and you can no longer fly but what if you had strength enough to create a bubble of air around yourself that could sustain you for the entire trip? It's no a fantasy is it? Just extremely difficult."