You came up behind Adaire, curious as to what they were doing, and silent enough to not make yourself known while you peer over their shoulder. As they continue in the process of something involving those same bones you saw in the clearing, Alphonse comes up beside you and snickers, poking his master in the flank to get their attention. When they turn around to meet the snake, they're met with your much bigger form and jump back, shocked by the size and.. species difference from the snake sitting nearby. The bones clattered on the ground faintly, and as the shock wore off, Adaire gave an apologetic, and slightly irked chuff, clearly embarrassed by being taken off guard. You feel kinda bad now..
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As you trod through the slowly darkening scenery, trees begin to fill your vision and disorient you in a way that leaves you reeling. It was getting colder the deeper you went, and you haven't seen a sign of live aside from vegetation for the past hour, making it almost seem like a wasteland. Though, despite the lack of visual signs of creatures milling about, you couldn't shake the feeling of being watched by many unseen eyes- Like their gazes were boring into your frame, and making your skin crawl uncomfortably.
You kept pausing to look around for landmarks, and just became all the more stressed as the wind whistled and danced through the bare branches of the surrounding blue-tinted forest.. It almost sounded like they were crying, or singing a sad song. Hauntingly beautiful, but unnerving to say the least.
It was only when you came across a barren clearing that you came to a full-stop, staring at the sight before you- It was like it was purposefully set up, almost to look like some of those human rituals that the more native humans set up and danced around while chanting in their strange dialect. Glancing around with uncertainty, you took in the pointedly patterned rocks, sticks, and bones that lay strewn across the floor. There were more bones and rocks than anything else, and needless to say, that wasn't a comforting sight to take in while lost in the middle of nowhere- Heck, you didn't even know how you got here. You just wanted a quick snack before settling for the night, but here you were- probably about to encounter some huge bear-like beast..
You were pulled from your thoughts as, sure enough, something rustled in the undergrowth, followed by several loud cracks that could almost be mistaken as bones- only they didn't have the wet snap like a fresh bone would. It was definitely a stick.. Shut up. You weren't paranoid.
Pulled from your thoughts yet again, a figure stepped out from the undergrowth, it's sight already making your skin prickle and your hair/fur stand on end as you took in it's stilled frame gazing back at you in confusion. It seemed to be a lioness- or at least a lion, without a mane. It was cloaked in darkness, literally, with a sparkling vapor and ash always seeming to follow and surround them like a cloud, along with oddly colored fireflies.. Like they had been tinted blue by exposure to the tainted forest around them. A collar sit proudly on it's neck, and it wore something akin to snake-skin garments underneath what seemed to be blacked bone armor.
From it's eyes, mouth, and nose poured and leaked a blue essence, that would probably leave you with nightmares later that night. On it's haunches sat a pure white, huge snake, eyeing you curiously and occasionally flicking it's tongue out to taste the tension filling the open space.
If you were to ignore the whole 'I look like the God of Death' getup, their fur seemed to be very soft, and nicely colored, with piebald seeming to take over parts of their fur in an elegant way that left you looking a bit longer than desired.
As the stare-off continued, the snake was the first to break the silence, immediately catching you off-guard at it's raspy voice filled the air like a ghost, able to be heard perfectly well from all sides.
"My, Addie, Sseems we've found a losst soul." 'Addie' only rumbled in agreement, not pulling their gaze away from your frame for even a second. Their stance was somewhat relaxed, but there was still some uncertain tension behind their calm air that seemed to put you off.
"Sshall we take them back, or would you prefer to continue burying your dead?" That was what pulled them from their half of the staring contest, shooting a pointed look at the snake- who snickered quietly -, before sighing and gesturing for the snake to continue.
"Right. Greetingss, traveller- My name is Alphonse, and thiss is my 'master',-"How did the snake make quotation marks??"-Adaire. We welcome you to our territory, and ssincerely hope you have the brains to not betray our, or the forest spirits' trust."
You can attack another lion for one of three reasons - skill, experience and territory. If you are successful with a skill attack, you will gain some experience and a small increase in skill. If you are successful with a territory attack, you will receive some experience and your territory will expand by 1 space. If you are successful with an experience attack, you will receive a big bonus to regular experience gains from a fight.
A lion can only be attacked for territory once per day, and can only be attacked once every 2 hours.
You cannot attack a lion who is more than 2 levels below yourself. The defending lion will receive a defensive buff, so keep this in mind before attacking.