Hunted ‹~(Closed Roleplay)~›
Shoop-de-Woop let's get this show on the road and hope it doesn't burst into flame once again :D
~ THE PLOT! ~ (Put it up again because why not?)
The Dome, a government-run experimental facility designed to test and create human/animal hybrids in preparation for a possible up-coming war... Has failed. A small group of hybrids discovered a breach in their security and successfully escaped with the rest of the dome hybrids from the facility. The Dome and its lab was evacuated and shut down, with the hybrids still on the run. Now free, the hybrids must survive in the outside world while being pursued by The Hunters, hybrids and well-trained humans tasked to track down and capture the escaped hybrids. Can they survive and evade the clutches of the Hunters?
Since the roleplay is closed to outsiders the rules shouldn't be necessary. IF YOU WERE IN THE PREVIOUS RENDITION OF HUNTED (ya know, the one that crashed and burned.. Sorry about that) and are still interested in it please p.m. me and I'll work something out.
time to track and wait for green light
Le tracking post :3
Link to form: Feather's Hunted Form
Last Update time: 1/20/17
((Sorry, I need to refer to it sometimes. Plus, I like staying up to date with forms and stuff. If there's an edit, I'll update this post. Oh, and DNRD))
Tracking, Tracking, Tracking!!!
Oh, man I can't wait.
whahoo! I just saw all that has been decided and am tracking
(I felt like a whahoo)
That first night spent on the run was one of very little sleep and rare stops for breaks. After the loss of Fae and then the disappearance of Magnus mixed with the sheer hatred and want to flee our prison kept us going for miles. I had felt something strange as we fled and my tired mind told me it was Fae's spirit following us. When we did stop for the night few actually slept, the younger and injured hybrids welcomed the restless sleep they got. I had spent the whole first night leading the group in a sort of haze, pain from my injuries mixed with stress and fatigue and it left me in a sort of fog that threatened my consciousness which was only held up by the emotions of the hybrids who had come to call me their leader. When we all agreed to stop and sleep a little I managed to tell everyone who would choose not to sleep to keep watch and to warn the hybrids I knew better -who happened to be closest to me- of my impending black out.
When I did awake on that first full day of freedom everyone seemed to be relieved that I was alright and at least a little bit rested. Food was hunted or foraged for and once we were all nourished, at least a little bit, it was agreed upon to keep heading away from the Dome. Some took to the skies or the trees to give bearings to those on the ground. On that second day the sense of fear that seemed to be in all when in the Dome slowly began to fade, not much, but it was still enough to raise most spirits. The pace on that first full day of freedom was also a little more controlled and less frantic than the one that was seen on the night of our escape.
The first full day passed and then, before I knew it, the second one had passed, then a third; so far our escape had been successful but there was an underlying knowledge that it might not last. We all knew the scientist had seen us escape, that was how they got Fae and Magnus, but we had no idea what they would send after us, probably other hybrids I had thought to myself with disgust.
I woke on the fifth day since our escape from the Dome and looked over the other sleeping hybrids. Sleep for me was still restless for I feared and stressed for the hybrids I gazed over now; I nodded at the hybrids who had taken the final night watch, wordlessly thanking them for their vigil and stood, stretching as I did so.
Trees stood all around us and a small river whispered as it made its ancient way between the trees, I had decided to the stop the group here for it would be good place for rest for both land and water hybrids.
I walked over to a bush that was laden with little berries and began collecting a small handful as to calm my stomach's mild rumblings.
He was a day or two behind the escapees for he was going by foot, he did not want to take flight for he knew they would see him before he got to close. When The soldier had left the compound that his stasis pod had been in he had been informed by his wrist mounted GPS communication device that there were other Domestic hunters going after the hybrids, he could care less if he had back up or not -or ran into it-, his mind was on the mission, to kil,l the rebel group's leader and then capture the rest of the hybrids, eliminating any that resisited.
((if I messed anything up please tell me and I will edit it))
The first night on the run was the most scarest nights I've ever been through one of very little sleep and rarely stopping for breaks. Was I worried? Yes, I'll be honest.. I was worried about everyone but I was more worried for my mother.. there was a point that she was slowing down which was starting to put her in the back of the crowd; I had to carry her on my back.. it was grueling, having to carry my mother was worning me out even more than I previously was but nevertheless I refused to let my tiredness get the better of me. When we did stop for the night I knew that some of us weren't going to have any sleep, the young and the injured hybrids welcomed the restless sleep they got.. I wouldn't blame them.. when we all agreed to stop and sleep, Faolan told everyone who would choose not to sleep to keep watch and to warn the hybrids.. I volunteered, perching myself on a near by tree that over looked the hybrids who slepted.. my mother offered to stay up with me, sitting down placing her back against the tree that I was perched on but after a bit was overcome with tiredness and fell asleep.
Was it hard to stay awake? Not really.. there was no way I was ever going to get a good nights rest, I was on high alert.. scanning the area for any signs of movement that can prove to be Hunters. It frightened me.. I was hoping that when I turn my head there wouldn't be any swarm of man with death transqulizers creeping up on the group.. just thinking about what happened to Fae, Jake and the disappearance of Magnus was unbearable.. we've losted to much.
When day break came, we were relieved that Faolan was alright, he really didn't seem ok last night but he was at least rested which can do anyone good.. including my mother who woke up with energy. Food was hunted for and once everyone was nourished at least a little bit it was agreed upon to keep heading away from the Dome. On the Second day the sense of fear that I'm sure was in everyone slowly began to fade, not much though because my fear was still with me which I wish would go away.
The first full day passed and then the second one has passed, then a third; so far everything was going pretty good which brought me a sense of peace and somewhat of less fear.. but sadly I was still uncomfortable, I took the final night watch.. I haven't slept for five days which is the longest that I've ever gone on without sleep. When daylight came I was proud with my determination to help as much as I can but once my mother woke up.. she started to worry about me not sleeping.. I told her not to worry that I'm fine. But only I knew that it was a lie.
Once some hybrids were awake including Faolan.. I decided to take a small nap on the very tree that I've been keeping guard for hours.
((Tracking zee new thread))
I smiled when I heard a familiar voice, "as good as one could get in this time of flight" I said after I swallowed a few more berries, "finally rid of my headache, I need to remember to not use my heat vision that much" I said chuckling. I looked over all who was awake and who was still asleep, I noticed Tigerlily napping in a tree, that was good for I knew she had not been sleeping all that well; Hawk looked to be catching fish for the whole group; I noticed Mynah and Ryu just milling about.
I looked back at Aki with a smile, I didn't quite know why but I felt happier than I had been in years when I was with her, her fire seemed to help warm my cold heart that had not seen warmth since the day I lost my parents. "You sleep well yourself?" I asked her back.
Mynah scuffed around. She saw Hawk catching some fish and thought that if she wanted to be helpful she might as well hunt. She however, didn't want to scare the fish away from Hawk, so she settled for berry foraging. She made a pouch out of a couple leaves to carry them in. After a little bit she had collected a pile of red berries; they were in a shape of a cup and seemed to be made of tiny segments. ((raspberries)) She had never seen this type berry before, and didn't know if they were poisonus. Back at the camp, she saw Aki and Faolan talking together, so she flew over and waited for them to finnish speaking. "Hey Aki, Faolan, do either of you two know it these berries are poisonus?"
It was very uncomfortable in the van. There was too many people and a couple of hybrids packed into too small of a space. The van felt sweaty to Sperehope, well, maybe it was just her who was sweaty. She consintally found herself having to sheild her wings and censored her dolphin tail away from being crushed by someone. After a few hours, a man announced "We're getting close. Get ready, we'll be arriving in around two or three hours." Sighing in relief, she reminded herself that they were chasing the dome hybrids. The hybrids who had escaped and ruined the research project. She remembered when the gas had started pouring through the dome when the scientists had found out of the rebellion. There was no way that she would let them get away with it. She owed it to the scientists.
She was unpleasently snapped out of her thoughts as an annoying person squashed her tail. She hoped they would be getting out soon. Two or three hours started feeling like a longer time.
The van was cramped a muggy, shaking from the rough, off-road path we were driving on. My custom, built-in perch was rattling off it's screws, shaking me up and down more than anyone else.
I didn't care, however. We had a mission. I had a mission. I had been put in charge of assassinating the better fighters in the rebeling group, as soon as we reached our target location. Was I excited? No, all emotion had been trained out of me in my five harsh years of training, although I did have trouble remembering those first two years...
But that didn't matter. Nothing mattered except fulfilling my purpose by successfully completing this mission, just like all my other missions.
On that note, I concluded my thoughts and looked around the van, observing the others that were being sent in with me and making a list of their already-obvious weaknesses to pass time.
I was tired. I was hungry. I was hurt.
I was the first success and one of very few. I was the first soldier, mentally wiped of conscious memory; I still had my memories but I did not know that. They were only there in my subconscious as a way to control me and keep me from becoming like all the earlier failures that went mad with instincts after a full wipe, the one before being a wolf and owl hybrid.
I was always called the "soldier" and that was what I was. Trained to take on humans in armor and take out mechs and tanks with great stealth. Once I had become a war machine they froze me and kept me at the ready incase of war or the need for an assassination.
I had been told my my wrist-mounted device that a group of humans and hybrids were on their way to where the escapees were. I had caught up with them and watched the group through a set of binoculars, keeping an eye on my main target, the back dragon hybrid.
"Good" I replied when Aki said she had slept well, I was never going to get used to being on the run but I could learn to cope with it. "Also good to hear though I have a feeling that we are being followed and at some point we are going to meet our enemies" I said with a sigh.
I looked down the river that we had stopped at, "maybe, I did tell everyone that they did not have to stay with the group, I warned them why the shouldn't but I could not force them to stay, Sea Fern is strong and clever, if we don't see her again I bet that she'll be living happily in the ocean" I said reassuringly to Aki, I could tell she was worried about the cuttlefish hybrid.
Mynah came up to Aki and I, asking about some berries she had found, "I don't know, I have had them before, I think they are called raspberries, but then again I ate a whole bunch of weird things when I was living alone in my forest and I never got sick, might be immune to being poisoned don't know for sure though" I commented, thinking on the berries that Mynah had, "but from what memories I have regained from my past, they are not poisoness" I finished.
It had been a long, hard journey from the Dome. We fled like sheep from wolves, always looking over our shoulder and checking to be sure we weren't followed by Scientists or Domestics. We ran, and we never quite stopped. We simply slowed from time to time, camping out to eat and rest before setting out again a few short hours later.
His arms were crossed over his chest, eyes closed, foot tapping silent rhythms as he let his body swayed in sync with the van every time it shook. It was his first mission ever since he was born as a hybrid, relegated from normal humans. The mission somehow didn't feel foreign to him, it felt like knowing the back of his hand. He didn't recall any particular training yet he felt ready for this. What made him have such assumption, he had no clue. As he tried to recollect his memories, a mild headache forced him to stop.
The blonde man internally sighed in exasperation; he had almost never been successful in gaining answers to his questions by reminiscing and it made him upset, especially since he couldn't do anything about it. He once tried to remember the origin of his name, believing it wasn't his birth name, only to get a painful headache. It was as if his own mind didn't want him to know, didn't want him to unlock his memories. Others knew him as Lon'qu, an aloof hitman, but deep inside he knew he was someone else.
It's not worth thinking about it right now, Lon'qu thought, his eyes fixed on the floor. Had he been given the choice, he would've chosen to travel individually rather than with a bunch of other hunters who came in different types and...genders. He knew for sure a woman or a girl was sitting right in front of him, therefore he kept his eyes on the ground as to not ruin his composure. Seeing women, for some reasons their mere presence made him nervous. He didn't know why, they just had that effect on him. It might have something to do with his past but then again, he couldn't remember what.
Lon'qu sighed and shut his eyes, waiting for the moment he'd be free from the infernal vehicle.
((I don't know if this is relevant but fyi, no one knows of Lon'qu's phobia.))
After a moment, a hybrid I had learned was named Hawk came over and sternly inquired who I was. I smiled, warm enough to be friendly but also wide enough to show off my mildly sharp teeth.
"Name's Lucy." I answered simply.
"Sorry about the fish. I thought it was a community pile." I explained.
((Short post, sorry))
"I don't know, I have had them before, I think they are called raspberries, but then again I ate a whole bunch of weird things when I was living alone in my forest and I never got sick, might be immune to being poisoned don't know for sure though." Faolan told her. "But from what memories I have regained from my past, they are not poisoness."
Then Aki said what she knew, "Yeah, raspberries aren't poisonous at all."
She thanked them and walked away towards the center of the camp.
Ah, so these are raspberries.
She popped a few in her mouth and was about to go place the rest of them out for everyone else to eat, when she saw Hawk questioning a new hybrid.
“You still hadn't answered what your business here is. Why did you come here? It is probably more than to just take a fish.” He asked her.
Not sure what to do, Mynah went over to put the berries next to the fish, glaring at the hybrid.
I thought for a moment, choosing my next words carefully to answer Hawk's question.
"I'm an escapee from the same Dome as you. When you all originally fled, I was a bit daunted by the size of your group and the familiarity between you all. However, I don't have anywhere else to go, so I've been following you for quite some time, waiting for a good moment to make an entrance." I claimed, taking another bite of the fish.
A hybrid came over with a bowl of raspberries and set them next to the fish, glaring at me. I returned it for a moment before looking away and flicking my tail in her direction, and obvious message of 'You're not worth my time' hidden in the action.
What I had told Hawk was mostly true, I was an Escapee from the Dome, I didn't have anywhere else to go, and I had been following the group for a while. However, I had followed them out of curiosity. I had escaped from that place some time ago, and after watching the group's resourcefulness and ability (they had managed to escape within the span of three days!) I just... Followed. I had questions, and I needed answers, so I followed.
The hybrid said that she was also an escapee who had been reluctant to join their group due to the size of it. Hawk nodded at her acknowledging her before turning back to the hybrid. The hybrid had a different response to her appearance; she glared right back before flicking her tail and ignoring her. She had a 'You're not worth my time' air about her.
~Why that purple haired censored!~
~This one is no good!~
Up to something
Mynah suppressed her annoyance and decided to keep an eye on her.
"Faolan had said that if you were to go on your own, you should’ve been ready to do so,” Hawk decided. “I suppose we can see if you’re allowed to join. Let’s go, Lucy. Final decision is up to Faolan.”
So she's Lucy
Mynah decided not to say anything and let the rest of them decide. She stalked off to a tree that was near by and still in hearing distance. Deciding to climb rather than fly, she swung herself onto a low branch and climbed up, digging the claws on her feet in to get a grip. She perched there on guard. Her eyes scanned the forest for intruders while her ears remained alert to the conversation below.
Her thoughts wandered and she suddenly felt ashamed. She had let her anger, her bad side, get the better of her thoughts. Sure, it had been once in quite a while, but wasn't her goal for it to be never? To be in complete control of her thoughts? And she had let her mind get away from her, all over a silly new hybrid!
When Hawk started to leave, I quickly downed the fish and followed, not wanting to seem like I didn't care about Faolan- their leader -'s opinion.
I observed the camp as we walked, keeping my reflective blue wings close to my body, and making sure my third eye was covered by dark purple hair. I wanted to make a good, lasting impression, not scare them or make a scene by accidentally bumping into the wrong person.
'The important thing is to make a deal with him to keep myself safe.' I thought to myself, going over my plan in my head.
I could hear Lucy quickly finishing her fish. I didn’t mind, swishing my tail nonchalantly and glanced back at Mynah. I saw the purple haired hybrid send a silent message with a flick of her tail dismissively towards the wyvern hybrid, which I found worthy of consideration. She could use some practice in the manners department.
Lucy followed me over to Faolan. I spoke up. “Faolan, Lucy here, would like to join our group. She claims to have been wanting to join our group for a while, but was too shy to confront us until now.”
I kept my tone serious, though the latter part was more of a tease with a small smile forming at the corner of my mouth. I decided to correct myself. “Or at least, she was just waiting to find the right moment to come. Are you going to allow her in?”
I watched Hawk lead the purple haired hybrid up to me and Faolan. I listened to the hawk hybrid explain the situation. An uneasy feeling stirred within me. Why didn’t I like the idea of the hybrid suddenly showing up and wishing to join? Was it some premonition? The hybrid could be a spy for the scientists. I twitched a tail feather, gently brushing Faolan’s tail for a moment, hoping to show some uneasiness without expressing it out loud.
((Edited. It's much better now))
When Hawk brought the newbie over to Faolan, I decided to add my two cents on the matter. I quicky headed over, careful to keep my bushy tail away from eager bushes looking to snag my fur. I edged over to Faolan, before relaying the information I knew about this hybrid. Or, rather, what I didn't know and had concluded from it.
"She's not a domestic, I remember the profiles for most of the domestics, and I don't recall a dragon/fish hybrid named Lucy." I informed the trio, watching the purple, blue, and black hybrid the entire time.
I recognized Hawk's teasing tone and playfully nudged him with my wing as we stopped in front of the leader of the entire group.
"Not shy, just didn't want to cause too much of a fuss until things quieted down." I butted in, not wanting my first impression to be ruined by a teasing comment.
A new hybrid briskly walked over and claimed I wasn't a domestic, since she didn't remember my profile. I nodded in agreement, looking at the branches of the tree above us before bristling at the thought of being on the side of my captors. They had put me in a tank filled with water. A small tank. While I did enjoy swimming, they had specifically melded me with fish DNA, to put in me in a tank, and cage me there to be trained and experimented on. None of my memories there had been pleasant.
I started slightly when the red-head's words truly registered with my brain, and I realized she had made a small mistake about my DNA.
"It's demon, not dragon, actually." I politely fixed her mistaken assumption.
I didn't want to start off with a reputation built entirely on lies, after all. Just the few necessary ones were fine, thanks.
I frowned when the newbie corrected 'dragon' to 'demon' DNA. A memory of Cora telling me something about a demon hybrid tickled the back of my mind, but I didn't dwell on it, as memories of Cora were rather unpleasant to dwell on. I thought about introducing myself, but decided against it for now. This girl could be dangerous, and might need to leave the camp for all I knew. I stepped back a bit and waited for Faolan's decision before doing anything else.
((stop posting!!! let me get something in))
I looked up when I heard a bit of commotion over where Hawk was and when Mynah left to go put the berries with the fish so that everyone could have some. There was a hybrid that I did not recognize trying to get at the fish that Hawk had just caught for the group of escapees, I cocked my head in curiosity as I watched the scene play out.
Lucy, as I heard her name, and Mynah exchanged body language and glares. I listened longer as Hawk spoke with the new and unknown hybrid. I watched Mynah and her body language and then as she left the group and went up a tree.
Hawk then told the hybrid that it would be up to me if she stayed or not, I heaved a sigh. I faced and listened to what Hawk reported to me about Lucy, I mentally grinned when she corrected Hawk, my mental grin faded when I caught her scent. "yes, I am going to let her stay with us though under one condition" I said to Hawk before I turned to face Lucy, "if you tell me how long you have been outside of the dome" I told her.
I was one of the newest hybrids that entered the Dome and the first thing I noticed about each new hybrid I met was that they had a familiar smell to them, it was as if there was a stagnant scent that blanketed all in the Dome. The same flowers, the same animals, -mostly- the same hybrids, they never changed and thus making that blanket scent that all Dome hybrids had and in addition the smell was always tainted by the slight and hated smell of the scientists. Lucy had this scent on her but it was so faint that I knew she had been outside the dome longer than our escape.
I shifted uneasily at Faolan's question.
'If you can make a deal, the answer won't matter. You'll be safe either way.' I reminded myself, letting my wings relax from their stiff position at the thought.
"It's been several months." I lied to him, staring at the tree behind him instead of at his serious expression.
In truth, it had been about... A year and a half? Two years? I had lost track of time, since I never stole one of the watches from the Scientists to keep track of the minute, hour, or day since I was free.
"Now, if I stay here, I won't be... Hurt by the group, right? None of the hybrids will hurt me, as long as I don't hurt any of them in return, correct?" I inquired, before putting out my hand in a late-invited handshake.
"Name's Lucy, by the way. I forgot to properly introduce myself earlier." I smiled warmly.
The proposition was out, I wouldn't hurt anyone if they didn't hurt me, and vice versa. I would be friendly and peaceful and get all the answers I needed to satisfy my starved curiosity. It was all set up, now he just needed to take the bait, shake my hand, and I could finally relax and get to know everybody properly.
((I went with a third person view. Because it worked out for me))
Mynah listened to the conversation as Hawk introduced Lucy to Faolan. She heard when Amelia said that she knew most of the domestics and never had seen Lucy before. Mynah was surprised when Lucy corrected her and said that she was part demon.
Demon, I've never heard of a demon. I wonder if they are generally annoying and that's where Lucy gets it from.
Oh, forget it.
I'm probably making up this suspicion and she's perfectly fine.
She was also surprised to hear that she had escaped a few months ago. She had thought that it was a miracle that they had escaped and had thought it was almost impossible. Well, she had only been in the dome shortly before finding the escapee group, so what did she know?
She noted that Lucy made an agreement to join and not hurt anyone unless someone hurt her.
So Lucy is a demon/fish hybrid who escaped a couple months ago somehow. She is allowed join if she doesn't hurt anyone and vise versa. How did she escape? What is she up to? Is she up to smething?
Mynah looked up from her thoughts to see Tigerlilly wave at her. She smiled back and continued to keep guard.
((I'm not sure if someone is controlling when the van stops or anything so Im going to wait))
Lucy seemed to relax a bit before she answered, though from the way she did not look at me I could tell she was not telling the whole truth though I didn't think to much of it and chalked it up with my intimidating figure.
Lucy's question was a bit curious in nature but valid for such a large and diverse group of hybrids, "you are correct, though I must warn you that some might not take to kindly to your sudden appearance or attitude" I warned. I reached out and took her in my own larger and scaled one and shook it firmly, "Faolan, welcome" I said to her, sighing happily that went well and without to much confrontation.
I looked up from Lucy and saw that Tigerlily was awake now and washing her face in the stream. The hybrids who had paused to watch began dispersing and got back to foraging for breakfast. In a while and once I knew everyone had eaten I would gather everyone up and move the group once more, putting even more distance between us and the Dome.
I smiled when Faolan agreed to my statement and shook my hand. Now all that was left was...
"The deal is sealed." I claimed, golden flames erupting over our hands and over the hand of every hybrid in the group. The flames didn't burn or sting, they mainly a sign that a deal had been made and sealed.
A gong-like sound was heard by everyone involved in the deal, and I let go of Faolan's scaled hand, smiling apologetically.
"Sorry, I just needed security if I was going to stay here." I told the dragon hybrid, backing away.
"Now, if anyone here hurts me enough to break bone or draw a significant amount of blood, the deal will be broken and they will face consequences. If I hurt anyone here enough to break bone or draw a significant amount of blood, I'll face the same fate." I explained to everyone listening.
"And now that that's out of the way-" I snapped my fingers and a top hat and cane appeared in a flash of blue flames, along with a blue, glowing, floating title of 'Lucy' above my head in fancy script.
"Greetings everyone! Name's Lucy, nice to meetcha." I introduced myself to everyone, taking a low bow before everything disappeared again. So much for not causing a fuss. Curse my love for a good show.
Expecting retaliation, I was teleported into the higher branches of one of the numerous trees. I sat and waited, knowing it would take some explaining and time for everyone to calm down after that.
Lucy said that the deal was sealed and then everyone's -including my own- right hand lit up with painless fire and finally a gong sounded. I pulled my hand away from her as she backed up, I was seriously confused; I looked at her, face hard with confusion as she smiled back in apology.
I listened to what she said and then watched her little show, still confused. I shook my head when she vanished up to a branch in a tree, "a precaution of security, or whatever that was that you did, will not be needed for we are all fleeing our captors and thus need to trust each other, this shows distrust" I called up to her I had many questions for her but one came up the most in my mind, "does this double edged sword of precaution of yours extend to a betrayal on your part?" I asked her, even from here I would be able to see her body language if she lied. If she lied I would know she was a spy, if she told the truth she would just be very distrustful; my face and body language betrayed these thoughts to Lucy but that was what I wanted.
My wrist mounted communication device told me that the group of hybrids and armed men had stopped and were advancing on the hybrids. I hit a button and my location became known to the advancing group. I rose to my nearly 7 foot height -the scientists had told me that because of my dragon and snake dna I would never stop growing and if I was lucky I could hit 200 years of age- and began moving towards the direction that the humans and domestics were moving.
I listened to Faolan and sighed, a bit exasperated about the trust issue.
"Allow me to explain my logic: A new hybrid, with demon DNA and magic in her blood, suddenly appears out of the blue to join your group, while you are being hunted down by a different group of hybrids bent on trapping you and bringing you back to your former prison." I paused for a moment, remembering my tank and shuddering.
"Obviously, not everyone is going to be welcoming about my presence here, and will probably be a bit jumpy about my show magic- the blue magic. Might be mistaken as threatening to some, and I just wanted security. I haven't exactly had the most pleasant experiences in the past with others, so forgive me if I'm a little cautious." I finished, shifting my position in the tree.
"And to answer your question, the deal extends to me as well. If I seriously injure anyone here, I'll face consequences too. If you're talking about a betrayal where I betray you to the hunters, well..." I debated telling him a little about my past, to help him understand why I would never work with them.
"When I was trapped, I was kept in a tank, all day, every day, for three years of my life. They would send in other water hybrids to train me, punish me, and try to... Beat me into submission. Often they didn't change the water in the tank, and any blood left over from our fights would just drift to the bottom and stir up again when I swam around. The food they gave me was always the same- pellets of meat and nutrients compacted into bite-sized bits dropped into the water. There was nothing else, just their oversized fish food. It was horrid. I can promise you, after the way they treated me- treated all of us -I will never work with them." I told the dragon hybrid, looking down at him from my perch.
I started when gold flames suddenly appeared, painlessly covering my right hand for a few moments before disappearing again.
Perplexed, I watched as Lucy introduced herself to everyone, and teleported high up in a tree. Her and Faolan talked about her 'deal' and the trust issues surrounding it, and Lucy explained to Faolan about her past. I felt sorry for the hybrid, her story reminded me of Jake-
No. I was not going to think about them. They would want me to move forward. Onward. Past their deaths and into the future of possibilities.
I choked on a sob, the image of Jake's head at an unnatural angle bursting forth in my mind. Fae, telling me to run before becoming so still, laying among the dead bodies of our enemy. Tears pricked my eyes and my chest felt tight. Had the trees always been this close and looming? I felt trapped. Scared. It was my fault. My fault-
I quickly took off from my spot, soaring high up into the clouds as I sobbed, remembering the two that died. I didn't stop flying upwards until the camp looked like a small circle filled with moving specks. Far away from everything. And there, I broke down, letting out all my emotion.
I would be okay eventually, but right now, I was broken.
The van swerved and jerked to a halt, sending a few other hybrids forward with the motion. When Harkness opened the door I was one of the first ones out, flapping my wings and silently soaring higher to scout the area. My special goggles regulated the light so I could see, and with that, I was on the hunt.
I saw a small speck of orange and black flying high above cloud level, circling a specific place in the forest numerous times in a shaky manner. Already knowing it had to be one of the Escapees, as nothing but a hybrid was that large, I dived down again to report.
"I saw one, an Escapee. Let's go!" I shouted to the rest of the group, opening my beak to amplify the sound. Harkness looked irritated, but with my track record of excellent training and successfully completed missions, he knew better than to argue my decision to choose the group's direction. I dived into forest, dodging trees and swerving through dangling ivy.
Let the hunt begin.
A notification popped up about the Hunter's progress with the Escapees, and I automatically started typing a report. Buzzing sounds filled my ears and clouded my mind, keeping me working. Keeping me under control.
I managed to voluntarily sigh, wondering where they were. How were they? Why hadn't they come to help?
There was a breif pause in the endless buzzing, and I managed to bring forth a memory before the commands started up again. Typing away at the keys, images flashed through my mind, startlingly bright in contrast to this dark and dreary place.
"C'mon! Let's go!" I called out to my best friend, running along the sandy shore as a blurry figure seemed to be focusing censored something.
Suddenly, there was a rush of air, my past self's hopes soaring high with it... And then it stopped.
"I can't! I can't do it!" They cried out, I couldn't tell if the voice was male or female from the distance.
"Just try again!" I shouted back, stepping forward a few paces more.
The wind started up again as the figure concentrated, the air whipping about wildly before... Stopping. There was no rush of magic, or a loud pop, or anything their mother had described. I frowned and walked back towards them. They started forth as well, head hung low.
"Are you sure wind is your element? Maybe they got it wrong." I tried to remain positive, but both of us already knew- it was pretty hopeless at this point.
My friend sighed and stared out to sea, watching the sun slowly lower to a four-o-clock position instead of answering. I stood and watched with them, listening to the sea breeze blow and the seagulls crying out as they fought over a fish. It was peaceful, a wonderful place to live.
"Let's go back to my house. I'm sure my mother will have some snacks ready for us." I tried to cheer the individual up, taking their hand and tugging them forward.
Reluctant, they followed my lead, and we arrived back at the house in no time.
"Mom! I'm home!" I shouted as we entered through the weathered, creaky door and into the tiny building.
The interior was blurry, but the smell of chicken soup being prepared was very strong. A tall figure with wavy blonde hair and bright green eyes exited the kitchen and smiled at the two of us. Her freckles were dark and her smile wide, but it didn't quite reach her eyes and she folded her arms over her stomache, obviously pregnant.
"I see you brought Lucifer over again. Always a pleasure." Mother greeted my friend- finally being dubbed as Lucifer.
The memory was abruptly cut off, only a few flashes distinguishable before the grey walls of my room became obvious again. Eating carrots with a purple-haired hybrid. Being taken. Mutated. Forced to work because I rebelled.
The buzzing increased when the sensor detected an increase of brain activity that was against code. I was lost in the stream of information needing to be logged, all thought slipping away as I became a mechanical being once more.
((The mystery thickens))
She heard Faolan make the deal with Lucy and she looked over in time to see them shake hands.
"The deal is sealed." Lucy said.
Golden flames burst around everyones hands, but they didn't burn. Mynah stared in fascination as they trickled across her palm and over her knuckles. Then the flames faded as a metallic bong sounded.
"Now, if anyone here hurts me enough to break bone or draw a significant amount of blood, the deal will be broken and they will face consequences. If I hurt anyone here enough to break bone or draw a significant amount of blood, I'll face the same fate."
Mynah simply perched on her branch, astounded.
"And now that that's out of the way-" Lucy said and snapped her fingers. There was a flash of blue flames, the appearance of a top hat and cane, and letters spelling out 'Lucy' floating in the air. Lucy bowed and her props disappeared.
Mynah's mouth dropped and her face was the picture of astonishment, then amazement, then suspicion.
Demon! Well I've never heard of one, but I should have s'posed. Magic, of course!
~She is up to something and she has unearthly powers~
No, there is no evidence she is up to something. She could be telling the truth.
~investigate her, find out!~
Then Lucy disappeared into thin air. Mynah blinked, but after a little bit of looking around, she saw her sitting in a tree.
I'll have to get used to this use of magic. I can't be taken by surprise every time.
Mynah was a flexible person, she could deal with things as they came; that's what she got from her odd life. But she could deal with realistic things. Things that made sense.
She had never dealt with magic, nothing that came out of the fantasy books her 6-year-old self remembered the older students reading. The closest thing to fantasy she had dealt with was herself, a weird hybrid, but that wasn't actual fantasy. That was some odd science occurrence. Science fiction was it called? But she had stopped thinking about fantasy and books and science fiction a long time ago. All of this was when she had still lived in human civilization, about 10-11 years ago.
Then Lucy explained her trust issues logic and told them what the scientists had done to them. It seemed horrific- just what the scientists would do.
At least she won't betray us to them.
A little shaken up, she felt even if she did keep guard she wouldn't be able to focus well. She jumped off her branch and glided to the water. She submerged her head and all the background noise went quiet.
After a little dozing off, the van jerked to a stop and she stood up. The man opened the doors, but before they could go out, he gave them a briefing.
"We're parked a small hike sway from the group. Load up and stay quiet, these are superhumans we're dealing with here. Hybrids, you're going out first. As for the rest of my men, we'll be following a ways behind. Whatever element of surprise we can have, take it. Don't compromise the operation, or you'll deal with me personally."
Then she climbed out with the other hybrids. Then they walked off, and she followed whoever was leading them.
I watched Lucy and my expresion softened as she went on, nodding at her sound logic and sympathizing with her story. "We have all suffered much at the hands of these hairless apes" I said, chuckling slightly, "I can see where you are coming from and understand, though hiding up in a tree makes it hard to get aquainted with you and get used to your magic" I finished off with a kind smile gesturing for her to join us back on the ground, "I do hope though that in time you will remove your spell, I do not like the idea of being followed by this spell of yours for years" I said with good humor and a friendly and welcoming smile.
I heard a choked sob and looked to see Amelia take off into the sky, I did not know what she was doing but I let her be, she was a little fragile after the death of Jake and the sacrafice of Fae I knew it was best to let her be.
I then watched Mynah come out of her tree and stick her head underwater, the action confused me but after all that had happened I just let it go by, it was the least odd thing that had happened in the last few minutes.
I was only a few minutes out from the other hunters and soon I would get sight of the lead of the group.
A familiar sound caught my ears, "wizzt, wizzt" huh, no, thats not possible, it can't be I thought to myself as darts wizzed by and a familiar hybrid came into view. "AMBUSH" I bellowed, the single word echoing for miles and would reach all the hybrids, they all needed to be warned, we needed to group up so that we could not be singled out and captured.
Darts hit me and stuck out from my armor like scales and I pulled the things out as if they were nothing. I saw a hybrid I recognized from the tunnels (James), "look at you, fighting with the people that kept you trapt underground for all these years and drove one of your fellow tunnel hybrids into consuming madness" I mocked, hoping my words would cause him to think and maybe question his actions, I did not want to ki,ll any hybrids, I nearly ki,lled Amelia in a fit of emotions and I did not want that to happen again.
((Loooong post ahead, so you might want to get a snack. :P))
I was glad that Faolan understood, and I smiled at him in thanks. However, when he mentioned me removing the binding magic of the deal, my expression faltered. The problem was, I had no clue how to release deals without breaking them. I had tried to figure it out numerous times, but no dice. Everything I tried always ended in someone being punished for breaking the contract. In fact, had skewered a young Doe once because I fed her grass when I managed to make a deal with her not to ever eat again. That had taken some time, since I needed a sign of affirmation from the animal, which wasn't easy to get. Later on I found a fawn and ended up taking care of it, feeding it and keeping it safe. However, my magic ended up corrupting the animal and turning into a back buck with yellow spots and antlers, which was a tad concerning. I wonder what ended up happening to him...
I was pulled from my rabbit-trailing thoughts by a sharp 'thud' in the tree's trunk a foot below where I sat. Curious and concerned, I peered down at the object to find a dart, smelling of a substance that I had hoped never to come in contact with ever again. A few seconds later, another dart narrowly missed my wing, and then another whizzed past my leg.
"Ambush!" I heard Faolan cry, and in an instant I was airborn, soaring up on glassy wings that reflected the light of the sun like warped mirrors.
However, I didn't get far before a small, compact body slammed into mine. I got a flash of yellow hair and owl-like wings before the hybrid was off of me and zooming upward, most likely to try and tackle me again from above. I corrected my flight and growled at the miss-matched bird hybrid, barring my fangs threateningly.
We reached the camp without delay, and as soon as I heard the sound of darts piercing the air, I was off.
My first thought was to target the leader, who seemed to be immune to the sleeping darts and would thus be more difficult to capture. However, he was currently picking his battle with the lobster hybrid, and I didn't want to interfere. I always disliked it when others interfered in my own battles without cause.
I silently flew above the camp, looking for a new target to take down. Out of the blue, a hybrid took to the air, providing the perfect opportunity for me. I instantly dived and tackled the female, sending up both spiraling downwards. I released my hold and flew upwards again, preparing for another dive at my opponent when they righted themselves and snarled.
I clucked, amused. This would be interesting.
My claws reached forward, flashing dangerously in the sunlight as I swooped low once more, aiming for the hybrid's throat.
The two clashed, literal sparks flying as they blocked each other's attacks. The bird hybrid screeched at an earsplitting note, while the purple-haired demon roared with the ferocity of a dragon.
The battle proceeded with an even number of blows on both sides, each sporting gashes, bruises, and sore wings. It seems they were evenly matched, until the younger of the two spotted a new weak spot- her opponent's third eye. She rushed forward, faking a blow to the heart while rearing back her head for her true plan. When the demon quickly protected her chest, the blond's black raven's beak painfully stabbed the eye in the center of the other's forehead.
Screeching in pain, Lucy's magic abilities were activated, and a bolt of lightning nearly struck Lilith out of the sky. Next, a sword of pure electricity was sliced through her, badly electrocuting Lilith and causing her to drop like a stone.
The victor hovered, watching the enemy fall as she caught her breath and calmed down. Her eye had magically been healed, but the memory of the pain remained, reigniting a bonfire of hatred in her soul directed towards the scientists, and everything horrible they had ever done.
I fell, and for some reason I screamed a name into the wind, a name I did not recognize nor had any attachment to. It was the first time I had failed to at least bring down my opponent, even while loosing. It was a huge blow to my reputation.
I tried to right myself, but everything ached and burned from the electricity that had coursed through me during those few crucial seconds, and I found myself unable to do anything to slow my fall. A minute later, I crash-landed into the branches of several unforgiving trees, powerless to do anything but croak as I waited for my body to start responding again.
As I watched the small hybrid fall, filled with anger and hatred, I heard a name yelled into the wind. A familiar name, one that I felt like I had forgotten long ago.
"Cro... Cro what?" I quietly repeated, only able to remember the first portion of the name.
The emotion slowly began to drain out of me as I thought, until I heard more shouts and sounds of fighting below. In a flash, I was diving, ready to reenter the fray of battle and help the hybrids I had only just met.
I wasn't even aware of the fight until the lightning flashed down from the sky. Startled, I looked down to see a black speck crash-landing into a row of trees far away from the camp, Lucy diving into battle, and everyone else fighting guards and Domestic hybrids.
I decided to follow after the speck, seeing as they could be injured and might possibly even be on our side. I didn't want to chance leaving one of our own at the mercy of the enemy. I wasn't going to abandon another hybrid.
I dived, and after several long minutes finally managed to pinpoint the area of the hybrid's crash and land within a ten-foot radius of the stunned... Domestic?
Owl patterned feathers lined the hybrid's body, and oversized crow-like feet and a beak were distinguishable from the rapidly breathing figure. As soon as I saw the mask covering the hybrid's eyes, I knew who they were. Soldier Domestic Lilith: Top in the training courses for time with a flawless track record for missions. In all her file photos with the reports, she seemed so clean and confident. Now, she looked tired and burned, nothing like what she was described to be.
Unsure of what to do, seeing as she was a seemingly badly hurt, potentially powerful enemy, I hid in a tree, watching the figure of Lilith as she slowly recovered from her fall.
She popped her head out of the water just as she heard the wooshing sound. "AMBUSH!" Faolan yelled, and then fighting broke out. Rage burst up in Mynah, they had FOUND THEM! She wheeled around on her toes and charged the first attacker she saw.
Ummm... Kinda both Mynah's and Sperehope's POV
Sperehope raised her tranquilized dart-gun and fired, but the hybrid dashed out of the way. Her eyes widened slightly and she involuntrly took a step back before droping her gun to return the tackle. She had never been one for hand combat, prefering long range. Sperehope got a scratch to the hybrid's shoulder and her face while Mynah got the most on her. She had tackled Sperehope, who had fallen onto the ground, and was about to leap on top of her, when Mynah toppled over. Sperehope jumped to her feet as the hybrid slumped on the ground, a dart stuck in her back. Then she turned to see what to do next.
((Yeah, im no good at fighting scenes))