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Third and final batch.
Wed Sep 2, 2015 23:09

(( Finally. Stupid YourWebApps, crashing when I needed to post...

(( Disclaimer: I am le tired, and cannot go take a nap before firing ze missiles. Advance apologies for any dumb mistakes, oversights, etc. ))

Alleb's green burst from her shell with a squeal and shook her wings to dislodge a fragment that clung to her. Once unencumbered, she began sniffing for food, mewling in her tiny voice so that her hunger was known both audibly and psychically.

Zeke, meanwhile, attempted to swallow as much as Alex would give him at once, crying any time the supply seemed to dry up. His tiny belly soon began to bulge with the meal, though, and his movements became slower and clumsier. In addition to getting full, he was getting tired. Hatching was hard work!

As the others fed their hatchlings, the last four eggs rocked harder and began to crack.

Teyala's was the fourth green, the color of pine needles. She spilled herself abruptly onto the warm sand and, after a moment's rest, struck out straight toward the asari, shrilling her hunger.

Des' egg was on the larger side of medium, and when it cracked open, it divulged a sturdy little brown who would dry to an eye-pleasing dark amber shade. He quickly realized he was penned in by Des' crossed legs and screeched a complaint, then set about scaling the nearest ankle with his little needle-sharp claws.

Next to him, Dawn's egg, which had made a strong start but little progress so far, finally picked up the pace again. The original crack widened, splintered, and finally bifurcated the shell entirely. The creature that scrambled out from between the halves was bright gold, her wingsails nearly transparent as she spread them to dry. Then she was on her feet, calling loudly and urgently. She'd had a hard fight to get free of her shell, and she was ravenous.

The last egg to hatch, because the Laws of Narrative Drama demanded it, was the Notary's. With a final heave, the shell shattered, its liquid contents soaking into her robe. A little blue, his hide a pale periwinkle, shook himself free.

"Lola" was a male. Apparently the Laws of Narrative Irony hadn't wanted to be left out.

He tottered about, creeling, until he snagged a claw on the fabric. His cries turned agitated, and he flapped to free himself so he could continue his urgent quest to fill his stomach. He was still too wet to fly as yet, so he didn't succeed in doing much except creating a small breeze, but at least he was distracted from lunging at the roasting skewer and potentially impaling or burning himself. So far, so good.

OOC notes!

1. Pern RPers tend to leave the gold's hatching for last for maximum excitement, but I hope we can all agree that's not the most interesting story here. {= ) I gave it to Dawn for three reasons: 1) DawnFire knows Pern, so she'll know what to do with her; 2) she's active and likely to do stuff with this character and fire-lizard; and 3) Agent Dawn is in a relationship with Agent Des, which leads me to:

2. I've given Des a nice big brown because I quite simply find a brown-gold pairing more interesting than the usual bronze-gold. Plus, this way, their clutches won't tend to have more golds in them, which will keep HQ's fire-lizard population nice and manageable. [And while I'm sure they'd prefer mates other than their siblings, such a mating won't hurt their offspring, at least not in the first generation. Dragon-kind has more robust genetics than human-kind.]

3. I planned for the Notary's fire-lizard to be a blue since we talked about colors back in the ICEP trade thread. More than the color, though, I went with this because blues are the least dominant members of a fire-lizard fair, so they're sort of used to being pushed around by everybody else. I figured that would give the Notary the best possible chance of a successful bond. I didn't do it to screw with her, I promise.

4. I like the name Zeke! I didn't mean to criticize; I'm just slightly baffled by the notion of naming anything before you meet it, that's all. {= )

5. If anybody's wondering, the Lichen got a green, as per the numbers I set out back in the ICEP thread. Some of you might've caught the hint about Nume picking out the smallest egg, too.

Also, questions!

1. What language is "Feysuei," and what does it mean? It doesn't seem to be Chinese... and if it were, I'd think it would be "Fei," not "Fey."

2. I assume "Khataltelet" is Hebrew? That's a big name for a little fire-lizard! What does it mean?

~Neshomeh is the curious.

  • to it, and put it besides her. She took a small piece of meat and offered it to the creature. Then, she did something that she haven't done in months, months that felt like ages, Shui-Hua... more
    • Third and final batch. — Neshomeh, Wed Sep 2 23:09
      • ((Finally!))Desdendelle, Thu Sep 3 00:14
        Des smiled when his egg finally hatched. He took a piece of meat and handed it to his fire-lizard, who gulped it down and continued to scale Des' leg. The Floater started humming under his breath,... more
        • "Hello, Lola."Scapegrace, Thu Sep 3 04:29
          The Notary rummaged through a pocket with her offhand and came out with a pair of long evening gloves, one of which she struggled to put on. Once the task had been completed, she resisted the urge to ... more
          • ...emerged from her shell and spread her wings wide. A gold? A gold ? Somewhere, behind the utter shock and a healthy amount of awe, part of Dawn's mind went, shiny . The hatchling found her feet and ... more
            • Whoot whoot, fire-lizard!Alleb, Thu Sep 3 18:32
              Alleb saw a bright flash of green as the little dragon emerged from it's shell. It shook itself, then began to mewl, nosing around for food on the sandy floor. Alleb felt the hatchling's intense... more
              • Teyala's eyes snapped open as the egg broke.PoorCynic, Fri Sep 4 11:34
                The asari moved quickly, fishing several slivers of meat out of the nearby bowl and offering them to the tiny green creature. The fire-lizard wolfed them down within an instant before trilling for... more
                • ((OOC: Well actually...))Edhelistar, Sun Sep 6 10:48
                  ((...the correct pinyin spelling for the name is Fěi-cuí , but I wasn't going for a correct spelling, I was going for an American English spelling that gave me the pronunciation that was the... more
                  • ((Oh, by the way, Nesh...))Alleb, Sun Sep 6 14:51
                    ((...Alleb never got to trade her dagger to Ilraen. Do you want to RP that, or just write a little one-liner like: "Alleb handed Ilraen the dagger, then left,"?)) ((-Alleb))
      • ((OOC: So you seem to be saying...))JulyFlame, Wed Sep 2 23:58
        ((That we need to introduce more fire-lizards into the PPC for healthy genes? *g*))
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