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 Something Right, [WI:17 Ridesk's First Run]
Ivy
 Posted: Nov 24 2017, 06:42 PM
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An unpleasant sound erupted from her only to be followed by a pleasant feeling - or what most would consider pleasant if they were not the cyan in question. Riddled with confusion and a tinge of anger Ridesk’s mind whirled as she struggled to understand just why she was feeling this way and why she couldn’t stop it. Despite all the turns she’d put into it she’d never learned how to empathize with anyone outside of Hers and thus feelings oftentimes regarded as trivial things, both her own and Rider’s. As lust coursed through her lithe form the cyan took up pacing back and forth in their wherhole as if doing so would make the feeling lessen or pass. She felt so restless after a full five minutes of pacing, digits flexing to drag her claws across the stone in a display of her frustration. The walls seemed to suddenly be so stifling as if they were closing in on her and with a growl she took off, pushing the thick hide aside as she tore through the corridors until she burst outside into the crisp night air. Walls could not close in on her out here, the weyrbowl was huge compared to her wherhole and she felt her restlessness ebb if only for a moment. In its place came hunger, a purely primal hunger that was not meant to be sated by her mouth but with nothing to compare the feeling to she whipped around towards the pens of herdbeasts and found one to her liking. Downing the beast she tore into it but despite having no experience she knew not to burden herself with a heavy meal. Leaving most of it to be picked over by firelizards, pillies, and tunnelsnakes she snaked out of the pen towards the lake in order to rinse herself clean.

Pale gray-blue hide shimmered ever so slightly in the night as Timor and Belior shone down upon her; if not for her pacing she might appear nothing more than a shadow cast upon the snow rather than a living being to the casual observer. As she took up pacing once more, water dripping from her form, her mind reached out almost hesitantly to Hers, Ridesk no feel good, may need be seeing healer to get better.

If she expected a prompt response from the man the cyan wher would be disappointed - after eight full turns it was understandable that he hadn’t expected this at all. In fact if someone had told him that his wher would decide to run after all this time he would have laughed in their face; Ridesk didn’t run. All of her siblings had run when they were old enough or ready to run but not Ridesk. Turns slipped by without any signs she even cared about such things except from the role of an observer. So when her frustration, anger, hunger, and lust fell upon him from the cyan he was caught completely off guard. Fingers curled under the table top and dug into it as he sucked in a deep breath, face flushed by the unexpected rush of emotions. Being in the dining hall he suddenly felt vulnerable as well as awkward, keenly aware of what he’d rather be doing now than filling his belly with hot soup. A few more breaths saw him calming himself enough to answer his wher as he stalked from the dining hall down one of the corridors leading away from it; he’d rather avoid the snow outside if he could. You’re fine love. Just… do what feels right. He was of no mind to explain the vtols and whersports to his wher, she was intelligent enough she’d eventually piece it all together.

Right, he had told her to do what felt right. A low growl, so unlike the cyan, rumbled in her throat as she snaked this way and that through the snow. That felt good but not right. Anytime she stopped moving she felt that unfamiliar restlessness burning inside of her once more and eventually she gave in, Ridesk needs… something. Her words were not for males alone, nor only for whers. In her frustration she had broadcast her unspecific need to the entirety of the Weyr and beyond its walls as well. Perhaps it was for the best though, as she could feel through their bond that Hers needed something too. Giving in to the need to move she took off in a sprint through the weyrbowl, jumping and gliding over the wider parts of the water that cut it in half with her abnormally large wings. Lithe form twisted back on itself as she turned around going back the way she’d come until the gap in the weyr wall caught her eye. Out there she would not be hindered by the pens and stables, by the water, by the stone walls that jutted into the skies around her. Out there she could really stretch her legs and that felt about as right as any of this did.

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 Posted: Nov 24 2017, 07:09 PM
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Ridesk's announcement stirred the attention of a blue scrabbling about in the undergrowth, looking for food. His powerful jaws clamped down on a small creature that tried to bolt, filling his mouth with the sweet taste of its blood. But his belly turned with the want to hunt a different prey. Alisk lifted his head, inhaling deeply, scenting the female that declared her need so loudly. It was one of the human whers. He Chased and caught one recently. A pretty cyan who appreciated his offer to hunt shiny flying creatures for her. He worked his jaw. Resisting the urge to chew and swallow the morsel.

Instead, he ran towards the delicious scent. The female. He would Chase. Yes! Perhaps she would be impressed by his hunting skills. Lean hips and powerful shoulders rippled as he bolted through the trees, vivid hide bright in the shadows. He was scarred but a survivor. Not especially fierce or bulky, but he made up for it in a sort of cleverness. Or was it common sense? He knew when it was time to back down or give up. And he also knew when to throw caution away and pursue his desires.

Right now, though, all he knew was the feel of the ground beneath his claws and the smell permeating his senses.

'Ridesk needs. Alisk help.

The blue burst through the undergrowth and at last saw the wher that called out. A cyan with a glorious wingspan. Beautiful.


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 Posted: Nov 25 2017, 01:54 AM
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Taresk had been through a good few runs even if he was relatively young and his bonded wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about chasing after the opposite gender (or the same gender for that matter) as his Brown. The Brown wher briefly looked back towards his handler as the Brown headed the Cyan’s call, but Tarele wasn’t about to go to a random handler’s Quarters even if said handler was a former classmate. Tarele was more than a little surprised with the fact that Ridesk took this long to feel the urge to mate, but it wasn’t something that he could really question since he was neither a wher nor female.

Taresk wants to help, as long as it isn’t too violent towards other whers, said Taresk closed in on Ridesk’s location as he plowed through the snow. He couldn’t glide all that much, seeing as his wings were average at best for a wher even for his size so for all intents and purposes useless for even gliding let alone powered flight. Instead he followed as best he could along the ground keeping a respectful but competitive position even with a sole male chasing her right now in the form of a wild Blue.

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With a final *crunch* of vertebrae, the burdenbeast stiffened, then went limp. The smell of blood filled his nostrils as Scarsk took a large bite from the juvenile male he had dragged away from the rest of the herd, ichor dripping from the gore wound he had taken in the shoulder... a minor injury, just another scar to add to the patchwork covering his massive frame. Suddenly, he paused mid-bite, lifting his head... he had just felt something. Faint, but with an undertone of need that penetrated his thick skull and made him pay attention, even in the throes of a fresh meal. It was man-words... another domesticated wher from the two-leg caves was entering his forest to Run. Snorting, the wild bronze placed one massive paw on the shoulder of the burdenbeast, bit into its neck, and heaved, ripping the entire head of the creature off with a sickening tearing sound. It had been a couple seasons since he had last Chased... it was likely high time for him to remind the whers of the area who this forest belonged to.

Loping off in the direction of the call, leaving a trail of blood from the severed burdenbeast head in his jaws, he sent out in reply, "I Chase. I come to win," his confidence completely unaffected by his last loss when he Chased a domestic wher. While he was not the fastest wher, his massive size let him simply run through obstacles smaller whers would have to go around, and soon he caught up to the pack, seeing that only a wild blue and a domestic brown were chasing so far... and his prey was a cyan with strangely large wings. This would be easy.

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 Posted: Dec 9 2017, 05:53 PM
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Knows what Ridesk needs.

The mindvoice that slid its way into the Cyan’s brain practically oozed. It wouldn’t be a familiar one—this particular creature had not called Dalibor home for long. For so little time, in fact, that he did not even have a proper territory to call his own. Oh, he knew where the lines were, was keenly aware of the scents that claimed this or that place as belonging to this or that wher. There was hardly any room for an interloper. But that didn’t bother this wher so much. He didn’t need to own the land to make use of it. Not when he could just slide right through and take what no one knew to miss. So she slipped in between the cracks of the island, and waited, and listened, and took what was not his, and slithered away before they had noticed.

But here was something that would not go unnoticed. Ridesk was a beacon to the whole island, she could not have been more noticeable if she had been preceded by a fair of flits singing her praises, nor if the moons should both go full on a cloudless night and shine spotlights down on her. Still. The wild wher waited. He was canny, you did not get to live in the cracks of the world if you were not. He would not breach the walls of the Weyr. Not where the scent of a hundred whers that would wish nothing but death on him called home.

When Ridesk finally burst through the gap in the Weyr walls a shadow detached itself from the undergrowth in pursuit. It oozed along after her, for all the world as though it were not in a hurry. He took his time. He slipped under foliage rather than plowing through it. Squirmed easily around the obstacles that nature saw fit to put in his path.

In the occasional break between trees where moonlight could pierce down to the lowest layers his competitors—even his prize, should she be so bothered as to look—might finally catch a glimpse. He was an odd little black, fashioned along the same low-slung, long lines as Ridesk herself, having something of a tunnelsnake-like countenance. His forelegs were narrow and almost uncomfortably long, bending out sideways at the elbow as he scuttled, so that his front and back half were level. His backlegs were frog-like, bulging with muscle as the wild wher propelled himself through the forest. It was as though all the muscle of his body had gone only to his hindlegs, leaving the rest of his body as little more than a bendable, twisting noodle, terminating in a flat, wide head. And he was deep, matte black, unmarked by scar or pattern. He was either very young or very shrewd to have no battlescars to call his own, and with the way he flitted on the outskirts of the Run, far from the maiming claws of his fellow suitors, he was not like to bear any new ones at this rate.

Oolsk know what Ridesk needs. Let Oolsk show.

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Still unable to pinpoint exactly what she needed she felt a tinge of relief upon hearing the males respond to her call, as if they might hold the key. Unfamiliar voices flooded her mind as the wild whers chimed in before coming into view. Taresk was known to her, they had once been in the same pride. Now the brown and His were prideseconds. Hrm, Ridesk was a wher who could appreciate such things even if she had no drive to rise through the ranks herself. Maybe someday but not now, not when she still had so much to learn about… well everything. Especially whatever this was that was happening. The brown’s words caused the pale female to pause in her trot through the underbrush. Tilting her head she regarded him, Why Ridesk be violent? Silly to hurt other whers, need whers for patrols and protection. She seemed genuinely confused at the idea that she - or any female for that matter - might demand whers to be violent towards one another; as if that would do anything to sate the need she felt creeping up along her back and warming her entire form. Then again it seemed likely after she considered it longer that he might be talking about the wild whers.

Each of them, except the black, had scars upon their hide to tell of all their previous fights and conquests. Glaring at the blue, black, and bronze she cast a critical eye upon them before whipping around as she heard rustling to her back. Another blue, this one also familiar to her, emerged looking quite pleased with himself. Dabysk here to help! Help Ridesk with all needs, Ridesk see Dabysk is good at that. He seemed to beam at the cyan as he admired her form from a respectable distance, not wishing to draw her ire by getting too close. Looking over the blue she snorted before stretching her impressive wings outward, Say have what Ridesk need but what is that? How all know but Ridesk no know?

It burned within her veins as she looked from one male to the next, tucking her wings back before breaking into a trot once more. Freshly grown plant life was squished by each foot fall, some would be broken beyond repair while others would spring back to life once the whers had passed. Spongy moss and mud clung to her claws as they sank into the ground, each heavy push propelling her further ahead of her suitors. Somehow it felt right to run even though she wasn’t entirely certain why that was.

As she puzzled through the why Rider was caught up in a much more dire predicament. Ridesk had plenty of suitors chasing her while he was very much alone. Of the cyan’s suitors only two had counterparts residing within the walls of the Weyr; one was a man who he had done many a patrol with and who he respected, the other a woman who he’d done just as many patrols with when he was still in Epsilon. Would it be awkward to intrude on Qivi to see if she was free at this candlemark? His lust addled mind was to the point of not caring much as he roamed the corridors trying to find the best route to the rider’s weyr, managing to get himself all sorts of lost. Shards and shells Ridesk, why did you choose now? Slumping against one of the rough stone walls he let out a heavy sigh, body aching and cheeks flushed as he struggled to gather himself.


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Taresk only made a brief glance towards the other males that had joined the run after him in the form of two more wild whers in the form of a scar riddled Bronze and a Black that wasn’t really known to be in the area. Taresk has heard of others not as unwilling to cause violence. Taresk want to make sure that not the case at least for Ridesk’s intentions, said Taresk trying to clarify.

Though it was a little late, at least another bonded wher, compared to the other three wild and therefore most likely unpredictable whers, and wasn’t an unknown to Taresk by a long shot seeing as Dabysk was a member of Taresk’s Pride and that they had been on a few patrols together. A mate at least for the end of this run, not know what need during this run or after this, said Taresk taking a rather straightforward approach to Ridesk’s question.

Tarele wasn’t about to completely change how he dealt with runs in general though it didn’t look like there would be anymore bonded whers that would be joining the run and the least that he could do was to see what was going on in Rider’s Quarters. With a bit of searching he did find where the Priderunner was pocking his head in somewhat feeling a little sheepish even with all of the emotions that came with runs saying, “Hello?”


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What a peculiar Run, the little black wher thought to himself. More of a stroll really. This wasn’t his first—though one did not Run and tell, he was polite enough to know that—but it was the first in memory that had not immediately left him huffing for breath. There were disadvantages to being a little wher that did not like to rush. You were likely to get winded. Or stepped on by bigger, more brutish ones. He did not puff himself under her regard, only crept up as close as he thought inoffensive, his head swaying slowly atop its long neck. The sight of her flared wings drew an appreciative hiss of breath from Oolsk. In sad emulation his own wings, or what passed for them, fluttered. Nothing more than vestigial nubs, the gesture was too small to see in the gloom, even for photophobic eyes.

As Ridesk turned away and took up her easy trot he once more fell in, keeping off the right side and a little behind, his head craned to keep one eye on her and the other on the wher to his left. The Bronze especially was a concern to him. Wild, and clearly used to getting his way. A Blue might think twice before trying to literally squash his opponents—a King-sized wher had little need for such caution. But then perhaps he would underestimate his smaller opponents. As much as he loved Ridesk, for in that moment he did, with all his oily little heart—as much as he wanted to sign himself over to her fully, he would always prize his own skin above all else.

Need more than mate, the black crooned, eyes whirling purple with desire, need other wher for stoke fire in blood! Then for put fire out. Before bonded wher burn all up from inside. He pulled a little closer, squirming through the underbrush a little more carelessly now, a few leaves trembling in his wake. Sloppy! Careless! But it was a risk he would take for Ridesk. Choose Oolsk! Oolsk full of fire too, fire for Ridesk. Was she a wher who cared for poetry? He did not know, but if nothing else maybe it would make him stand out from the pack.

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