Survival Of The Dragonbloods: Part 2 (A roleplay)

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Twilight watches in confusion as the twins lead most of the others out of the great hall and towards the forest. She frowns, wanting to follow and find out what's going on, but knowing better than to run off while being treated for her injury. She sighs quietly and stays put while she waits for Rune to bandage her up, but she watches the others carefully, planning to follow later.

 

Scamp spots most of the others leaving, and he swallows one last fish before quickly following behind. Nora and Jason follow the others too. They listen to the twins' explaination. "Dragon nip!" Scamp sqawks happily and dashes into the feild, rolling around joyfully. "Um, what's dragon nip?" Nora asks, confused. "Supposed to be great stuff. Dragons love it. I've never actually been around it before though" Jason explains. He shifts to hybrid and walks forward, Nora reluctantly shifts to hybrid too and follows him. After only a few steps though, they both end up shifting to full dragon form and bouncing around in the dragon nip, the goal of crossing the feild completely forgotten.

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Mareena was drawn to the dragon nip as well, and tried to resist but couldn't. She stepped nto the field warily, but as soon as she brushed the plant she shifted to dragon form and started sniffing the plants eagerly. She tried to flap up before rememering it wasn't allowed and barreled forward. She got about two steps before giving up and bundling into the dragon nip.

 

Shade switched to hyrid form and focused on a tree across the meadow. He narrowed his eyes and started sprinting.   Ignore it, ignore it! He gritted his teeth and realized he was almost there, but a net shot out of a tree as a stepped on a wire, entangling him in the plants. "Ugh." he mumbled, trying to get out of the thick ropes. 

 

Dunestar was asleep in the field by now. 

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Once the Chief had said that I could come, I slipped away to follow the Dragonbloods. When I found them, they were trying to cross the field of dragon nip , something impossible for anyone with any bit of dragon in them. Well, might as well give them a bit of help. I pulled out the metal ring that I had just stolen from the Chief, and threw it out, over the field. "HEY! CATCH!" I yelled at the dragons. I wasn't sure if they heard me or not, but eather way, I slipped away, hiding behind a nearby house to watch.

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Root laughed when the net trap he'd set successfully caught someone.

 

As soon as she saw that the grass was Dragon Nip, Flitt swooped upwards again. Yes, she liked to be happy, but not Dragon Nip happy. Hoping no one had saw her, she landed on the other side of the field and watched everyone spring around in the grasses.

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(Oops, sorry for being gone so long! XD I am here now!)

 

Rune finished up the bandaging before glanceing at the field. "Oh thor" He growned to himself "Not another twin "Dragon-blood test" thing!" He looked back at Twilight "I'll have to look at it again tomorrow to see how it's healing, okay? other then that, your done!" he started walking away, looking for Cutt.

 

Cutt however, couldn't help but accept the challenge. She couldn't help but think that she could do it. she stayed in hybrid at started running through the dragonnip. She picked up one of the loeaves and held it in her teeth. Dragon nip, dispite smelling wonderful! Tasted awful! She got to roughly where Shade was before falling down into a hole. She used her clawed wings to climb up. Thankfull that she wasn't full human. She went over to where Shade was and helped him. "There we go!" she told him "Let's get there together, I have got to get rid of this headache" 

 

Found her! Rune thought "Oh no!" He said aloud. She was on the course! Why were dragonbloods so stupid? He walked into the field to try and get Cutt out to check her face.

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Twilight smiles at Rune. "Thanks" she says quietly, feeling a bit more relaxed. She frowns slightly as he groans and says something about a 'Dragonblood test', then walks off. Twilight follows slowly, then stops as they get to a feild of dragon nip, where most of the others are bouncing and rolling around. She grins and shakes her head. Her smile fades for a moment as she sees Rune walk into the feild, heading for Cutt, who's at the far end. 'Eh, he'll be fine. Not like the others can hurt him the way they're acting' she thinks. She sits down on a nearby rock to watch the show, feeling very glad that she's in human form.

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Shade grinned at Cutt as she helped him get loose, and smirked good naturedly, "Not if I get there first!" He dashed ahead, competitive side taking hold just enough for him to avoid the pull of the dragon nip before slowing down to let Cutt catch up. He pretended to fall behind, yelling playfully, "Ahh no! She's too fast! She's basically a speed stinger!" And feinted falling over in exhaustion. 

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Unfortuanatle, Gusto wasn't

Unfortuanatle, Gusto wasn't in the range of Sasha's helping hand and even if he did the help was totally ignored in favor of sniffing the grass, by this point he's already in full dragon form and in cloudnine

After the bliss came the chaos though as like some of the others, Gusto found himself trapped in the rope. However, the different being that instead of detered him it seemed to fired him up even more in his hallucinated bliss

"A snakee????? Dont be silly a snake can't stop me on my sprint dadadaddadadadaddadadadada"

Stood up on two leg, The skrill began to sprint forward but due to anatomic reason, his head crashed into the ground and dragged forward while the legs carried him on, he got a face full of grass which unfortunately speed him up even more, faster than the trap could activate and would likely ram into someone at full speed at this point.

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From what I was seeing, my help hadn't really helped much. The Dragonbloods were to distraced by the grass and kept getting caught in a trap... that I didn't set. I carefully walked into the field, slowly approching where the trap was. I only just managed to not get caught. "Hello? Is anyone there?" I called out, preparing to run at a moments notice.

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Ian:

Fifty-fifty. More like than not at least one of the girls was like him. He touched his fingers to his brow, darkest fear realized; they wouldn't merely be bargaining chips, they'd be subjects. It was already settled in his mind he would do exactly what he'd done before, lure Argos on but knowing this brought on a new strain of urgency. Whether or not they confronted Argos, fought, won or lost; flitting precariously between the lines of capture and escape was the only way he could ensure the Deathgripper wouldn't turn back to Mykines before Haddock's raid could steal his family to safety.

"Thank you Chief." He said simply, putting his faith in Hiccup's words. "I hope to someday to be able to repay your kindness."

 

 

 

 

Argos:

He didn't gloat. He only pulled the blade away from the Gronckle in one hand, and deftly coated the back of Mabin's throat with the speed stinger venom in the other, paralizing only the muscles used to fire a shot. That done Argos turned from her and clicked a new order to the Gronckle, grimacing with his bad eye tightly shut. It promptly left the cave while the dragonblood put the speed stinger venom out of reach, thinking about what he had learned. He pulled a small leather book from his pocket and scribbled something in it.

 

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Cutt stood for a moment before quicky chaseing after the dramillion. She started laughing as he slowed down and joked. Cutt fell down beside him, a huge smile on her face. "You're ridiculous!" She giggled out. She stood up again and helped him up before grapping his paw/hand and dragging him behind her to the end of the meadow. "We made it!" She gave Shade a huge smile then hugged him.

 

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The Twins, Ebony, Ian:

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"Whoa! Is that Sandy a dragonblood? If not then... DISQUALIFIED! And I know Scamp isn't. No real dragons or people are allowed to compete. Referee, remove those dragons from the playing field."

Ebony stood, happily rambled over to Dunestar, took in one whiff of the dragonnip and flopped over. And over. and over, and over... her purr was so loud it could be heard clear across the meadow.

"Worst referee ever."

"Pfft. Chicken I chose you."

With wild flustered clucks, the hen went sailing into the fray. She disappeared in the deep grass.

Ruff snorted. "Uhh, there's no way your stupid chicken will be able to pull any of those dragons out. Lets just call them emotional support dragons."

"Oh I can't argue with an adorable emotional support dragon, even if it's a strongly abused catch-all. Continue on, my fine fellows."

 

The Twins laughed maniacally as the contestants fell like flies. The Deathsong and Deathgripper bounded through the field like overgrown puppies, the Skrill sort of dragged his face along the ground making a trench in his wake, unorthodox but eh, it was getting him there. He actually managed to miss a boobytrap that way. Shady was making suspiciously good progress, too... that is until he fell into one of Root's nets. The Sandy had fallen asleep, and Ebony continued to roll. She accidentally bumped into Nora, and they just laughed at each other and continued on their merry way.

"Flitt don't be such a stick in the mud, join the grassy side!" Tuff yelled to the white fligthmare observing from the safety of a tree. "You too Twilight. Don't you know we're doing this in the name of science? Think guinea pig thoughts."

"Hey, CATCH!" Sasha appeared at Tuff's side.

"AHH!" He screamed like a girl. "Oh it's just you Sasha. Trying to help the dragonbloods and destroy everything we worked so hard to build up. If it wasn't so underhanded I would be disappointed. Say, wanna be our referee?"

"Ooo we got a crafty one," Ruff said between snickers, pointing at Cutt. 

"The old bitter-taste trick! Good one. I didn't know that was a thing with dragonnip." Tuff ripped a bit of the grass off the ground before his feet and ate it. "Seems... grassy."

Ruff smiled wickedly. "Maybe it tastes bad to dragons. I'll make a note of that."

She oepend a book titled in 'how too untrane someone elses dragon. Or dragonblud.'

"Uhh, sis did you invite Rune?"

"Of course not. He's far too sensible."

"Well he's on the course."

"Good I hope he triggers a tra- HEY NO HELPING THE COMPETITION CUTT! Leave him in the net! Cutt, leave him! Leeeaaavveee himmm-"

Annnnd Shade was out.

"That's it! Take advantage! You're almost there!" Ruff roared to the dramillion. "Go! Go- NONONO! Brooo, he's throwing away his edge!"

"The horror!"

"Ohhhh and now Cutt is too."

As Cutt and Shade laughed, got up and raced together to the finish, Ebony rolled herself onto a collision course with Gusto,.

Ian walked up. He stared at his fellow dragonbloods all acting very... strangely in the meadow.

"What... is going on here?"

 

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June had somehow stumbled out into the clearing near the meadow. She had to find someone who know how to change. She saw the man who had changed through being knocked out, she wondered if he knew any other tricks to change. Grr, She desided she would have to ask "They're doing a "dragonblood test" or whatever" She told the man "Hey, know any tricks on how to turn normal again?" She looked at the man with arms across her chest and a frown gracing her, would be if she was happy, pretty face.

 

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"STOP RUNNING FROM ME! CUT- Grah!" Rune had fallen into the same pit as Cutt had. Although Rune, didn't have a way to get out. "Guys?!?" He called out "Can anyone help me?"

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"Sorry June, if I had any good answers I probably wouldn't be here." He sent her a sideways glance. "Though I do understand the feeling. ...How did you not know you were dragonblood? You were a dragon."

 

The twins laughed in an unsettling way as the young man who had been helping the healer ran after Cutt, and promptly fell in the hole she had fallen into earlier.

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Twilight huffs and rolls her eyes as the twins call to her to join in. "No way. Not happening" she answers firmly, though with an amused smirk on her face. Ian and June arrive and Twilight overhears them. "Dragon nip" she says to Ian, gesturing to the other dragonbloods. Before she can say something to June though, she hears a cry for help, sounding very much like Rune. "Oh, great" she mutters. She glances the twins way, then narrows her eyes thoughtfully. She pulls a piece of cloth out of her pocket and ties it around her nose and mouth as a mask. 'Let's hope this works' she thinks and warily steps into the meadow, making sure to stay in human form. The scent of dragon nip manages to waft through her mask, but she shakes her head firmly, trying to ignore it. 'Help Rune' she thinks over and over, then runs towards him as quickly as she dares, hoping she doesn't get caught in a trap.

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"Party p.ooper. Ok. Officially Shade and Cutt are the winners of this round. Root! Wanna go ahead and make sure everything's ready for the next test?" The Twins yelled.

"Dragonnip?" Ian repeated. By all appearances, it had the same effect as catnip. He smirked as he saw Gusto make trenches in the grass with his face. This might be the perfect time for revenge...

A thought struck him. "June you might turn into your dragon if you go out there, everyone else has. I'm going to try it, see if Twilight wants any help getting Rune out."

He walked out into the field. The smell of the plant seemed to tease his nose and a dull ache made him actually want to shift. That was weird. He tried, but of course, couldn't by will.

Ruff slapped Tuff in a low whisper. "Twilight's headed right for the big one!"

"Shh!"

"SHHH!"
"SHHHHH!"

They hissed at each other in the most suspicious way.

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’Absolutely not,’ Flitt said from her tree. She did not want to become crazy like the others had... Though it was funny to watch. She called out tips to the Dragonbloods trying to be helpful. ‘This way, THIS way! No, not there, there's a hole-- oh nevermind. Trap! Watch out for the trap!’ Of course, no one took the slightest notice of the Flightmare perched on the tree.

 

Root shot through the grass like a Terrible Terror after a flying fish, making the most racket out of everyone there. He vaulted over a rolling Night Fury, stopped momentarily to pat Rune on the head then barrelled into a cave. Only a second later there was a small explosion and Root yelled, ‘It's READDYYYYYYY!!!!’

 

Mabin gagged on the paralyzing stuff the Deathgripper had used. It was just cold at first, like she had gulped down some freezing water, but then she lost the feeling there and almost panicked. No fire! That was practically the only thing she had had slight control of. Not that it would have done much good in a dragon proof cage.

    ‘Who are you?’ She asked the Dragonblood in a low mutter. In all the time she had been here, she hadn't yet found out his name.

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Although he'd never get used to Jason's dragon form it was helpful that this Deathgripper had so much white on it. The dragon in question romped by in a lumbering sort of way, being chased by Nora. Like Ebony they had about trampled the entire meadow and still somehow managed to escape the traps. Mostly. Ebony had a cage clamped to her tail but it didn't seem to bother her.

Ian caught up to Twilight who was almost to Rune. As he did he spotted a tripwire directly in her path.

"Ahh-that!" He tried to warn, the words not coming fast enough. "Wire!"

 

An explosion came from the direction Root had disappeared.

"That's the signal!"

"All right let's get everybody out of the field."

"..."

"..."

"Uhhh Sasha, as our newly and forcibly nomitated referee, getting the dragonbloods out of the field is your responsibilty. Ok? Great. Now chop chop we don't have all day."

 

 

 

 

"I am Argos." He said absent mindedly, brushing over previous notes and finding minor flaws. "No three parts limestone, not sandstone. Two parts." He set the book down on a rock that lent itself quite well as a table. "Here." 

From one of the crates he'd brought in from who knows where, he pulled out a salmon.

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Flitt entered the cave to find a frazzled looking Root. 'COMEEEE ONNNNN!!!!!' He yelled.

 

 

Fish... She was hungry, but she didn't trust Argos in the slightest. Mabin glared at the salmon and stayed right at the back of the cage. 'Don't take it, Mabin, don't take it,' she muttered to herself. 'But so hungry... Don't take it...'

 

 

Aqualine stirred to find sand in her face, soft sand with sharp pebbles. She was cold, so cold, and she couldn't keep her eyes open. She drifted into the depths of unconciousness again.

 

(What time of day is it? If it's near night then maybe it could be full moon while they're doing the challenge)

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Gusto collided into Ebony but

Gusto collided into Ebony but continue to march forward with the same speed. With the way his head digged down it work almost like a moving ramp that'd sent everything and everyone flying. He continued on at the impressive speed too and would have came out after Cutt and Shade if he didn't for some reason going in the zig zay directions. and unintentionally hounding after the any poor souls to sent throught the air like some kind of battle royal

Finally though, he made it out

"I'm the king of the world, woooooooooooooooo" He was back to  his hybrid form, grass in hand where he would surely sneak it to his mate after all is said and done.

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"Sure." I said in response to Tuffnut's question. 

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Twilight steps on the trip-wire just as Ian tries to warn her. Before she can dodge, she gets ensnared in a large net. She yelps and struggles, then instinctively shifts to dragon form in an attempt to escape. Her makeshift mask comes off as she grows in size and she blinks, suddenly hit with the smell of dragon nip. Her pupils grow wide, a goofy grin forms on her face and she goes limp, making happy purring noises. Her ears twitch towards the explosion, but she doesn't react to it otherwise.

 

Scamp lifts his head at the explosion and he tries to get up, but trips on his own wings and falls flat. Not bothering to try again, he falls asleep then and there.

 

Jason and Nora pause in their play at the explosion. They exchange glances, then start to roll around and play-fight.

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Shade laughed as Cutt dragged him over the finish line and hugged her back, shifting to human form. In human form, he was no longer drawn by the dragon nip. Ebony had apparently failed at her referee job, and so had the chicken. Sasha - he thought that was her name - had agreed to the task, but wasn't making any move, so he beckoned to Cutt. "Come on, get Mare, Scamp and Gusto out of there. I'll grab Twilight and the other two dragons." He jogged over to Twilight and untangled her from the net, then yanked the cage off of Ebony's tail. He went over to Dunestar last and shook him, trying to get him out of the daze. 

 

Mareena stirred as a cage clamped on Ebony's tail loudly, waking her. She grumbled before smelling the dragon nip and purring again. She burrowed deeper in the dirt, setting off a net trap that shot over her head towards the twins. 

 

Dunestar purred loudly and chewed on Scamp's tail. Suddenly, Shade started rattling him. "Stop! That tickles! You can't have my grass!" He yelped and rolled away from Shade, making the exasperated teenager chase after him. Dunestar ran into a tree and bounced off, tripping Shade and they both fell over. Shade shook his head and used his sword to poke Dunestar. The sandwraith squeaked and jumped up, flapping his wings to get out of range of Shade's pokey thing. As he rose up, the pull of the dragon nip cleared and his eye sight adjusted to the scene. 

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June started walkin ginto the field. She was ready to try anything right now. She sat down and tried to calm down. (BTW, incase anyone is wondering, June can only change if Banana forgives her. She cares for Banana more then she thinks)

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Cutt started heading out. Where was Scamp? She looked around 'Ah, there he was!' She hopped over to the scuttleclaw "Hey Scamp?" She started "Do you want some dragonnip fish?" There we go "Come on. come on!"

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Rune waited for someone to find him. He heard some noise but it had stopped and became purrs. Grr, now he was stuck down her- Was that an expslosion? He jumped up to see utter chaos. "We're dead" He slumped to the floor. 

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(Btw he just sorta threw the fish her way)

Argos narrowed his eyes as Mabin argued with herself. Out of instinct he looked around, then without a word he left the cave, shifting to dragon.

As the day wore on the sound of the gronckle eating rock and spitting up lava continued. The deathgripper seemed to be flying off and returning from time to time, checking up on the gronckles work. Within the first hour he brougth into the cave a strange but vaguely familiar shaped gronckle iron plate, one of five continually shrinking in size. He also brought in a roll of copper colored wire. At one point, a piece of paper slipped from his book to the floor. On it was a very detailed drawing of a skrill's metallic spine, spikes attached. He picked it up. "Electicity, ground and metal have a unique relationship to each other," He said. "And as I've made serveral prospective enemies in the last few days I'm thinking it's time to test some old theories, maybe upgrade my armor. I'll see how it works out for the Gronckle first, though."

 

Ian, Twins:

"I'm here," Ian leaned down and offered Rune a hand.

"HAHA! It worked! You done got LOKI'D, TWILIGHT!" the twins headbutt each other. "Alright, the suns nearly down, and the full moon is rising! You dragonbloods have no control over shifting, you have to be dragons! Follow us to your doooommmm."

they ran, pushing and shoving only about twenty feet or so before one of the nets set in the field fired and tangled them up.

"Ow! Hey! Move you're face out of my face!"

"Yeah get you're foot off my stomach!"

In true Thorston fasion, instead of working together to get undone, they fought and tangled up even more.

 

 

Ebony:

When Gusto rammed Ebony she went flying into the air. But did that stop her crazed rolling? Of course not. ONly after Shade pulled the cage off her tail a few minutes later, Ebony rolled herself out of the field. She stood up and shook, stomach growling angrily things. "Ooooh. I'm not sure pastries and squishy squashy mix."  She said with a burp, dizzily wandering up the hill toward the cave Ruff and Tuff had mentioned.

 

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As she waited, Flitt looked around the cave. There were two hastily crafted Flightmare statues on either side of the of the cave, both staring blankly down on three circles on the floor. Experimentally, she stood on one and immedietely ducked in anticipation of something swinging at her, but nothing happened. Root laughed at her then darted out of the cave, yelling at everyone to HURRYYYYYY UPPPPPPPPPP!

    In front of her was something that looked like a wooden portcullis, firmly shut and heavy looking.

 

 

Mabin glared at him until he left, then she glared at the fish, which she ate not long after. With nothing better to do she talked to herself, telling herself quietly that she would get out of there soon.

    She only half listened when he came back, but she heard enough. What was he planning? What was he going to do to the poor Gronckle? 'Don't you dare hurt the Gronckle,' she growled. 'I WILL get out. I WILL. There's a way.. Always... Shut up, Mabin. No, I won't. Yes you will. No, I, won't. I want to get out of here and I know I can. Really? You? How? I don't know! Well then... I am going to get out, now you shush. Fine.' She took a breath, having not really paused throughout.

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Rune nodded up at the older man then grabbed his hand. Although Rune wasn't the strongest viking by any means, he wasn't weak. He quickly got up. "Ah, Thank you" He stood up "Haven't seen you here before, I'm Rune, you are...?"

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June growled. It wasn't working! She stomped over in the direction the noisy kids were going. Not sure what else to do.

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Scamp looks up as he hears Cutt talking to him. "Dragon nip fish? Ooh, yeah!" he trills and scrambles to his feet, then he follows her out of the field.

 

Jason and Nora roll around in their play, accidentally crashing into Twilight, and the three of them tumble out of the field. Nora and Jason both shift to hybrid as the effects of the dragon nip wear off, while Twilight starts struggling against the net again. Nora shakes her head, then grins. "That was pretty fun!" she giggles, glancing back at the dragon nip. Jason nods and grins, then gets up and frees Twilight from the net. She sighs in relief and shifts to hybrid. "Thanks" she says and gets up slowly, wincing a little from her wound, which is miraculously still firmly bandaged. The three of them slowly follow the others, though they hang back a little.

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(OOC: @ginger - Shade already freed Twilight lol, but it's okie. :))

 

Shade rolled his eyes and grabbed Dunestar's tail, pulling him after the others. Flitt and a boy he didn't know were already there when he arrived, the sand wraith in tow. Twilight had also managed to get out of the field, he noticed, and was hanging back with Jason and Nora. 

 

"Eek!" Dunestar said, as Shade pulled him by the tail towards the cave He batted the boy on the head with his paw indignantly. "Let go!" He freed himself as they approached the cave and got quiet again, blinking with curiousity into the darkness. 

 

Mareena sighed as everyone left the field, leaving her behind with the squabbling twins. She was content by herself until one of the blonde sibling kicked her in the head and she snarled. The distraction allowed her to shift to human form, and she shook her head, dazed. She reached for her axe to help free the sibling before remembering she didn't have it. She sighed again and grabbed the net harshly, yanking at it. "Stop moving," she ordered Ruffnut and Tuffnut, drawing a knife, "Unless you want to get hurt." 

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Cutt got Scamp out of the Dragonnip. "Wow!" Cutt exclaimed "I thought that would take forever!" She looked to see Gusta already out of the field and Mareena handling herself. She travled with Scamp to the group. "What's next?"

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I guess that they didn't need much reffereeing. I walked over to them, approching them from behind, out of habit. "Uh, hi? I was just wondering when you were going to go find your missing friends."

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Ian:

"Ian. Nice to properly meet you Rune." Once Rune was out of the pit they shook hands. "Healer's understudy, eh? Looks like you were having a time of it roping in Cutt." He grinned, feeling kind of proud of the girl for being that patient who outran her doctor.

June stomped by, very much human, very much irritated, and following the others. "No luck for either of us then." He muttered. As much as he didn't like being dragon he kind of had to be so he could learn how to fly. Otherwise how he was going to join the searchparty for Argos? "Well those two troublemakers seem to think somethings going to happen with the full moon tonight. Maybe your luck will turn for the better."

He trailed in the back, where the girl who could pop out of woodwork reappeared.

"Um, hi? I was just wondering when you were going to go find your missing friends."

"Friends? I only know of Flame missing. Not- that it shouldn't be a very real concern," he admitted sheepishly as he followed tricksters up a hill to play games. "Hopefully after these chinanigans everyone will rest up and be ready in the morning."

 

 

 

 

 

Twins:

"She's my new favorite." Ruff said about Mareena as the dragonblood either warned or threatened them with the knife. She cut them loose and they tumbled opposite directions.

BE-GAWK!
"CHICKEN!" Tuff ran back into the grass. The fowl dangled upside down, flapping it's wings wildly with a foot caught in a noose trap. 

 

"Yo," Ebony came up to Root, sniffing him and the cave curiously. "What is dis? Smells like... pumpkins."

It didn't take the Twins long to catch up to the others, but by then the sun had set, and dusk was giving way to night.

"BEHOLD!" They pushed their way through, trying to save the dramatic intro even if every Dragonblood had already seen it. "Loki's Maze of Bloodmoon! It's exactly like Loki's Maze of Mayhem, only finely tuned for dragons by yours truly and the Root of most Evil."

"There will be fire."

"And explosions."

"And Eels."

"And Dragonroot!"

"And Grimoras."

"AND THAT is only the beginning. There's an extra special challange at the end."

A faint, creamy yellow light sent rays dancing across a quiet sea. "Now see? As the full moon rises, dragonbloods, enter if you dare."

They backed away, Tuff making echoey ghost noises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argos stared at Mabin. "Who are you talking to??" The deathgripper demanded, once more glancing about the sandstone cave with tail raised. "There's no one here!"

He noticed her mutter, how her tongue would move between 'her' talking, and the undetectable stranger. His eyes bulged and he snorted angrily.

"You talk to yourself. In the third person. Of course. The way this job is going I'd get stuck with the delusional one."

 

 

 

(Guys, feel free to chose where the eels and grimoras, dragon root, etc are, and work together to come up with ways to avoid it! Doesn't have to be canon I can't remember half of the tricks anyways, just have fun with it ^^ At the end I'll add my own little surprises, and Flitt can have Root cause mayhem wherever Root so pleases.)

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Ruff and Tuff announced a

Ruff and Tuff announced a maze as the next challenge, with something about dragon root and grimoras and full moons. All things dragons were affected by, not humans. I dashed into the maze, running down the long corridor, looking around for something to climb up. About halfway down the corridor, I found a wall that I could possibly climb. I clambered up it, pulling myself up onto a ledge to hide on.

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I had managed to figure out where Argos was, at least, I had an idea of where he was. I echolocated until I found something, and flew down and landed to state my terms. "Before you try and kill me, hear what I have to offer!"

 

(@Flitt: Maybe Sasha could run into Root? Just an idea :))

(@Lissa: I have an idea for Argos and Flame, want me to PM it to you?)

(The deathgripper Flame found was Argos, btw.)

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Nora tilts her head, curious about the maze. "Sounds like fun!" she smiles and shifts to dragon form. Jason shifts too, frowning a bit. "I'm not sure I like the sound of this.. but if it'll help us fight Argos, like they mentioned before the challange started, then I guess it's worth a try." Twilight shifts and takes a few steps back, staring at the others in disbelief. "This is madness" she hisses, shuddering as she glances at the maze entrance. "You're as mad as them if you're planning on going in there" she growls, her ears pinned flat. "Oh, come on, Twilight. It can't be all that bad!" Scamp trills, curiously entering the cave. Nora and Jason follow the scuttleclaw. Twilight paces back and fourth. 'I should get out of here before the twins force me to join... but I gotta make the others see sense!' she thinks. "Guys, come on! You heard them, this is pretty much a death-trap! It's pure madness!" she hisses, talking to the group as a whole.

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‘Probably,’ Flitt said to Twilight, then grinned. ‘But still. I want to know what's in there.’ She ran in, followed by Root. They had all figures out the door opening mechanism quite quickly; all the floor buttons had to be pressed down at once, and luckily there had been some handy rocks nearby.

    

 

Mabin kept on muttering to herself, but smiled a little. She had creeped Argos out.

 

(@Ninja: Argos isn't on Dragonblood island anymore. And maybe Root could... I'll have to post that later, gtg now)

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(@Flame: sure, pm me what you've got in mind and we can see if we can work something out. Meanwhile I'll wait on Argos answer until he's done talking with Mabin, he's currently not on DB Island but I can get him there in a little while)

 

"I don't know what any of those things are."  Ian looked from the entrance of the cave to Twilight as Scamp, Nora, Jason, Root and Flitt all went in.... Root laughing madly. The twins were obviously trouble, but he'd assumed fairly harmless trouble as the worst that they'd done was send the dragonbloods into a field that made them ridiculously happy.

"Oh it's not that bad, Twilight, we put some cool stuff in there."

"Like sagefruit, salt, and Meatlug. And if you can conquer it, dragonnip for your final test."

"Yeah a Chicken could get through this course. Right Chicken?"

Begawk! 

Tuff ploped the bird down and it scurried through. "That's right! Show them your stuff! Full disclosure, Chicken's been known to really help or really hinder a situation. She's good at setting off traps."

"So is Ebony though."

As if to prove their point, the black dragon slithered in, ate a pumpkin keeping the door open and then got stuck in the door.

"Good thing we brought extras."

They tossed another pumpkin from a hidden cart and snuck around to watch the contestants. The door re-opened, and the fury flicked her tail. "If they're not for eating why would you put them there?"

Ebony had only just disappeared when some inexplicable urge commanded Ian to turn to watch the moon rise. He did so, the light glinting off his eyes, sounds of a young night echoing through the forest around them. It was a peaceful, pleasant feeling... until the dull ache he'd felt in the Dragonnip field returned in fierce and full force. The brown eyes shut tightly, and with clenched teeth he hissed; in an instant finding his senses overwhelmed. 

The sharp pain resided, he remembered to breathe again and it was almost like waking up after being in a dream. The sights, the sounds the smells! The scents were all different from Dragonblood Island; strange, and new... mostly. He recognized those who had been with him there. And there was this one smell that was just wonderful... it seemed to be on every human and dragon, making him want to rub his head against them.

He shook the thought away. Weird.

"I'm going to practice flying," He said as he passed the cave entrance and Twilight.

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Gusto doesn't seemed troubled by the challenge, The dragonnip already set him in the good mood wheter it's friendly approachable kind of good mood is the other thing. He ran into the maze and when the moon rises, he seemed ready and welcome it entirely

"Hereeee we gooo" Gusto boosted and posed and began to shifted dramatically (he went back to human brieftly just for the dramatic effect" Growling and hissing then roar triumphly once he's done.

"Stay out of my way if you dont want to get zapped" He growled with a smug and began to charge forward with the true Skrill's speed

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Twilight stops hissing and pacing as the twins try to calm her down. She huffs and turns away as they sneak off to watch everyone who's already in the maze. She looks up as she hears a hiss of pain, and sees Ian, now in dragon form and looking like he's trying to gather himself. "I'm going to practice flying" he says and walks past. Twilights ears perk as she sees this as a chance to escape. "I'll come with you. I can show you somewhere you can practice" she says quickly. She hurries off, avoiding the dragon nip field and leading Ian into the forest. After a while, she reaches a large, open clearing. "Here we are" she tells Ian, then drops her gaze. "Sorry I insisted on coming. I know you probably want to practice alone, so I'll go if you want me to. I just.. couldn't stand going into that maze" she says quietly.

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Rune shoock Ians hand and nodded "She's always been hard. Once she broke her arm and I wasn't able to clean it with how much she ran." He shuddered "Well, Nice meeting you, I've got to go and catch her finally" He ran off in the direction of Cutt.

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Cutt was finnally corralled by Rune. She let him look at her head and heard is final thoughts. "It's healing well," He started "But I don't want you doing anything rash, and I'm going to clean it tomorrow, got that?" He asked with an eyebrow raised "Oh, oh yeah" She said with very little enthusiasim. Rune sighed before heading back to Gothi to report what her knew.

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Cutt went over to Ian and was plesently supprised when He turned into a stormcutter. She was about to say something to him when he stated that he was going to practice flying. She wanted to do the maze, bu she thought that Ian needed her help more, plus, Twilight was also going. And she hadn't talked with Twilight for a while. She followed the huge stormcutter. "Hey Ian, would you like any help?" she asked "I was told not to do anything Rash," She giggled "Like I would do something rash" She quickly went back to what she was trying ot say "So the maze is out of the question, and I know you said that you would like some help... if you don't want it anymore though then I go, but..." (She's going to keep rambling untill someone stops her XD)

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Root ran on, practically bouncing off the walls when he took the corners at the speed he was going. 'EeeeYAAAAAAHHHH!' He yelled, just for the Hel.l of it. He leapt at a wall that looked climbable and scrambled up, then dropped down a but when he saw someone. 'HI!'

 

Flitt sighed when she heard Root yelling. He was either being Root or got himself caught in his own traps.

    She had Shifted to hybrid form when she had entered the tunnel, just so she could use her hands to brush cobwebs away. There were a lot of them around, yet no spiders to be seen.

    Flitt stopped with a shiver. Oh, she knew that tingle that had crept up her spine. It forebode the fullmoon and the time of the dragon. With a small smile and a sigh, she shivered into dragon form and stretched her wings. The full moon night always made her feel so alive, no matter if she was tired or not. 

    She moved on through the tunnels, spotting a glow ahead. 

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"Ah!" I said, startled by the person's screaming and yelling. "Who are you?"

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‘ROOT!' Root shouted, and climbed further up the wall just so he could drop down ten foot to the platform. ‘AHHHHHHHHHHHHHnd you?’

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"I'll come with you. I can show you somewhere you can practice," Twilight volunteered.

"Perfect," Ian nodded and let her take the lead.

"Hey Ian would you like any help?" Cutt joined them and asked.

"Actually-"

"I was told not to do anything rash, hehehe like I would do anything rash! So the maze is out of the question and I know you said you'd like some help..."

"That sounds-"

"But if you don't want it anymore though then I'll go but..."

She continued to ramble off on two or three different rabbit trails.

"Cutt you are so much like Grace!" He finally stopped and scruffed the top of her Razorcutter head with a wing. "I shudder at the very real possibility of you two being in the same room together." He laughed. "Yes, I'd love your help. Heaven knows I need it this four-wing thing is something else."

Any wings for an ordinary human was something else, but meh this wasn't an ordinary world was it. He looked to Twilight and threw away any remants of pride he had left. "All the help I can get. I do a lot of face-planting."

She showed them to a very large clearing. Very large, with very soft earth and grass that would make for the most comfortable face-plants possible. 

"So what troubled you so much about that maze?" He asked the Nightlight, stretching his wings... and pumping into Cutt. "Oops sorry." He pulled them back in.

 

 

 

 

Twins:

Using stangly shaped bugles to distort and deepen their annoying voices, Ruff and Tuff made ooing and ahhing noises in the first room.

"Annnd soo, the contestants enter the first challange. A room of mazes. Any one wrong turn will place them in the jaws of DEATH! Or baby Lokis, to be more specific. The goal is to get from door A to door B without waking the sleeping baby Kytes who have a nasty habit of chewing on other dragon's faces."

"BUT there's something important in this maze too- something you'll need if you want to pass one of the coming challanges, so DON'T BE TOO HASTY, and think BOULDER."

 

 

 

 

Argos: *Sad moment, he is evil after all x(* 

 

The Deathgripper shuddered involuntarily as Mabin continued to talk to herself. Creep.

Annndd thanks to her weirdness he felt it would be irrisponsible not to make a perimiter check, to be sure she wasn't talking to a real someone/thing and just covering it up with pretending to talk to herself. Curse his paranoia.

He shifted just long enough to grab Mareena's Deathgripper axe, then shifted back and crawled out and all around his makeshift base and of course found no one. 

"How are things going?" he turned to the half-blind gronckle, spitting a tiny trickle of silvery metal into a mold.
"Can't... do... any... more..." It burped, the one eye still slit and strained as it tried to spit up more molten rock, but couldn't.

Argos switched to human, reaching for Mareena's axe.

"Pity. I was hoping to squeeze another day out of you."

 

As the sun set moments later, he was flying off to find another gronckle. It took him all of twenty minutes to pick up a trail.

This one had seen what he'd done to the other, and was determined to evade his clutches. Still Gronckles are kind of like flying rocks; tuff, but only able to fly so fast. In desperation it aimed for Dragonblood Island, taking his chances with Skulker and hoping that the speedstingers found the Deathgripper before they could find him.

Argos didn't mind. As long as he remained in the canopies he was safe from the speedstingers, and he preffered hunting from this vantage point. 

The gronckle, trying to keep his grunts to himself tiptoed through the forest, eyes wide and nervous but never once looking up to find the deathgripper creeping up.

There was a sudden rush of wind!

"Before you try and kill me, here what I have to offer!" To his ears Flame's voice was grating and more than just a little poorly timed. He stabbed the ground where the gronckle would have been. It charged through the forest and out of the tops of the trees squealing in terror.

"You have my attention." He hissed, curling for another strike while bracing for anything. Flame was a wildcard, he had no idea what she had in mind.

 

 

 

(*Kytes are a fanspecies of mine: these are babies and they are currently asleep thanks to the effects of dragon nip)

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"Sasha. Nice to meet you."

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"I'd like to make a bargin."

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He waited, glancing around. "Bargain away."

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"I have a simple offer. I help you with whatever you are trying to do, and in return, you force some answers out of some dragons that I bring to you about Snowstorm Island."

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Argos perked up, relaxing his aggresive stance. Ooohh so she needed him for something. That changed things.

"Generous offer, helping with 'whatever' I am trying to do. But lucky for you what I want is also simple. You give me information- GOOD information, right here and now, and I'll help loosen some dragon lips."

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Twilight looks up at Ian, happy she could help. "So what troubled you so much about that maze?" he asks. "O-oh. W-well.. um.. I- I don't know if-" she stammers, hesitating, then she sighs and sits down. "Argos sold us to a dragon fighting arena. I was stuck there for eight, maybe nine years, forced to become their champion fighter. The ring masters knew I'm a dragonblood, so they took advantage of it.. by making me fight on full moon nights. All the other fights were during the day. They always made sure I was highly stressed, gave me stuff to make me more aggressive, and.. well, the day-time fights weren't usually fatal. But they made sure the full moon fights always were." Her voice catches in her troat, but she shakes her head and continues. "I panicked about the maze because.. well, it reminded me of it. Stressful situation, dangers like dragon root and grimora, being trapped inside on a full moon, with other dragons." She shakes herself, then looks up, offering a weak half-smile. "Don't worry, I'm used to these kind of things. I know I'm free and safe, and the twins aren't really bad, they're just lunatics. My past is just a fact of life, can't get away from the memories" she says, trying to sound cheerful. She drops her gaze, knowing her last statements probably weren't helping. "Sorry for ruining the night for you..." she mumbles.

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"Oh Twilight," Ian stuttered, those ever stern stormcutter eyes seeing right through her brave smile. Eight or nine years. Two months in Argos care had been more than enough time for him to lose track of his humanity; what that poor young woman must have gone through.

 

Argos sold us to a dragon fighting arena...

 

And yet there was only her. Ten years ago, she would have been just a child, she would have had parents. Ebony's a nightfury and Flame's a lightfury. I'm a Nightlight, a hybrid of the two, Her words from their first meeting echoed back to mind. 

"us", night and light, reigning champion, "stuff" that made her more aggressive, fatal full moon fights. The pieces had fallen into place. Her parents were both dragonbloods and hadn't made it out of the arena... possibly by her own doing.

"I'm... sorry." He said as a very raw part of his own heart broke for hers. Unthinkingly, he leaned down and pressed his head toward hers in a Stormcutter version of a hug. "I'm so sorry."

 

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‘YOU TOOOOOOOO!’ Root promptly fell off of the platform, laughing all the while.

 

Boulder? Flitt was already deep in the maze and she had yet to see anything to do with boulders or kytes. 

    Scrap that last part.

    A tiny kyte slept right before her, curled into a ball with its wings wrapped around itself. She backed up and took a different route, keeping an eye out for whatever the twins were talking about.