Going Through The Paces { tag } LdyPayne / Zilel'vis

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With the establishment of the Pearlriders and the Atrician Glint, a home along the coast for the Pearls and their riders needed to be made. Over time, the original beach camp was transformed from a series of tents into buildings and homes. While some of the Flotilla is being built, the primary areas such as Dining Hall, barracks for candidates, and other necessities have been completed. A series of docks with homes attached are still being built for future Pearlriders in hopes their numbers will grow, and each home is fitted with necessities as well as a personal boat that can be used for some water travel as well as living out of for relatively short periods of time.
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Koda was still trying to get used to the fact that he was a bonded man now. Ukie, as he affectionately called his pearling, was growing by leaps and bounds, so much so that he estimated he was going to end up being the largest member of his clutch. He placed his hands on the warm gold-toned scales and grinned as he considered the implications of that. Served him right for being all up in arms over everything in his life, to then end up with something so large as this magnificent dragon of the sea. He didn't think he deserved the creature to be honest, after everything he'd pulled in the most recent of Turns, but then again, maybe this was fate's way of saying he now had no way of running from his responsibilities. Gone were the days of being handed something important and taking off when it all became too much. With Ukie, there was no hightailing it to some other location partway across the globe. He had his home, his place of belonging, no matter how unbearable life would ever become.

Exactly. We are where we must be, though you could have handled sending word North better. You could be handling their response much better. He supposed he could have, in both instances. Once he'd told his parents of what had happened, their response had been less than pleasing, and his response to them had been less than pleasing in return. At some point he would have to bridge the gap between them and figure out some way to rebuild a bridge, but at this point in time things were tender and sort of "disowned" so he had no plans to stir the pot or even think about Crom. The only issue at hand was his sister Wenon. Eventually he'd find a way to pull her South, but when and if that would happen, he didn't know, and considering the fact he was sort of sea-locked for any foreseeable future meant no chances to go get her himself.

What he did know was he had to deal with things in the now, as much as he was able to, so as right as Ukie was, Koda had to find ways to anchor himself in the present. That meant focusing on things like training, learning about pearls, and when he was able to, sharpening his skills as a tattoo artist. The last wasn't as much of a priority as the rest, but he still intended to make use of the craft considering there had still been some request from other Flotilla folk since he had Impressed, and once he was released from pearlinghood, he intended to make good on the promises he'd made to take commissions again. He even wanted to work on his own personal "canvas" once more, which really confused Ukie on some level. Where do you have room left to put more colors on you?

"Plenty of room left, brother." He gave him a pat and pushed away, striking a hand over his legs and against his stomach, where he knew there was still space despite there being plenty of markings in the area surrounding the flesh. "But let's not concern ourselves with that. We have some time for a little bit of work, don't we? No lessons, and plenty of spare time. No need for either of us to be lazy." He heard a little whine could out of the black-gold, and lifted one of his brows in a sharp manner, only to hear the creature give a rumble in response and rolled his eyes. "Little shit. Let's get going." He was about to suggest they work on some diving and fishing when he spotted one of their hatchmates, and lifted his chin. "Want company while we tend to matters? We can discuss what we do rather than make it singular."

Ukie rumbled again, this time in pleasure over the suggestion, and reached out to the man and pearl on a different section of the beach. Aurinvis, Zilel'vis, a hearty greetings to you. My rider and I were just about to attend to some practices, and we wanted to invite you to join us. We can discuss what would be the best course of action to take if you'd be interested and go from there.


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Zilel'vis had spent a couple candlemarks reading over his notes from the last lesson and decided he knew it as well as he will ever and set it aside. He didn't like memorization work but understood it was stuff he should know but he preferred more practical lessons. In fact he preferred being with Aurinvis more than he did people on some level. He was a part of him now despite being a separate creature altogether. Aurinvis was receptive and cunning enough to know his own desires often before Zilel'vis realized it himself and the Pearl was barely out of the shell.

Heading out towards the beach, his goal to swim and do more practical exercises with Aurinvis it was with some surprise when he heard the voice of another Pearl calling to him. Aurinvis also heard his clutch sibling's call and turned to regard the black-gold with interest. Whatever Ukamevis and his rider had in mind was sure to be something Aurinvis could cunningly turn into a competion, one that he would strive to win.

>What do you think, up to a little fun with our Clutchmate?< Aurinvis asked Zilel'vis.

Zilel'vis recognized the golden Overtones of Koda'vis's Pearl and was definitely interested in what the other former Northerner had in mind. He certainly hoped it was practice of a more physical nature than quizzing each other on what he had spent half the morning studying.

"Yes, lets go see what Koda'vis and Ukalevis have in mind," Zilel'vis murmured to his Chimera Pearl. It had been quite a surprise to see his rather two toned Pearl turn into a gorgeous blend of gold and green Overtones with the gold on top and green below meeting along his flanks in streaked rays like sun struggling to penetrate the deep green depths of the sea.

<We come to join you Ukalevis,> Aurinvis replied to his clutch brother then made his way as quickly as he could towards the black-gold.

"Ahoy Koda'vis and Ukalevis," Zilel'vis called out, reverting to a sailor's greeting simply because in some ways that is what Zilel'vis was now. Pearls were sea creatures and lived and hunted at sea and Zilel'vis will be spending the rest of his life in and near the sea even if there was little chance of them heading into the open ocean together. "Ukalevis mentioned you are going to do some practicing, it wouldn't by chance be some of the maneuvers we learned during our last lesson?"

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Koda grinned and nodded, standing as his clutchmate approached. It would be good to enjoy a practice with another, even better knowing it was one that he could work with. "Just so happens we'll be working some of those swimming maneuvers. We both spotted you and Aurinvis and figured you might like to join us. It'd be nice to work with you again besides, considering how well we worked together during candidacy." Granted it had only been once or twice during that time, but in his opinion, that had been enough to form a thought that they might have a solid pattern down if they tried working together again.

Ukamevis splashed in the water, impatient to dive in and get to work. He didn't understand that his rider needed to work out one or two things with Aurinvis' before they could get started. A shame our humans don't have funs and gills. It would be nice if they could live in the water with us more consistently. But then, perhaps, they would shrivel. Koda'vis complains about his skin becoming like a prune. He does not tell me what a prune is. The black-gold told his brother, finding it far too silly of a thing. Oh well, he supposed it would just be a few more moments before they could get to swimming, though he did start to pull himself further into the water. If he was going to have to wait, he was going to wait while in the water.

Hearing only some of what Ukie said, Koda rolled his eyes and shook his head free of pearl-thought to focus again on Zilel'vis. He was going to have to work more on that - the blocking out of thoughts. He was still getting used to such a thing. It was easier to push away flitter chatter than it was something as strong and forceful as the thoughts and words of a bonded pearl. "What say you - how should we proceed with things?"

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Zilel'vis nodded both to being willing to join Koda'vis swimming and that they worked well together in the past. It was also easier to like the man when so far it didn't look like Koda'vis habitually was rough with the girl River. Then again Zil hadn't had much opportunity to observe the two together and who knew what happened when nobody else was around to witness it. At least now, with both of them Pearlings, there wasn't likely any chance of them being alone and Zilel'vis was quite certain if Koda'vis treated her badly her Pearl will protest and that would put an end to it one way or another.

Aurinvis snorted at Ukamevis's complaints about his human but he had no more idea on what a prune was than his fellow black. Shifting in the water he rolled over just enough so he could splash towards his Rider. >Enough talk, come swim, it is time for me to show Ukamevis who's the fastest!> the Chimera called, letting his clutch brother hear his challenge as well.

Zilel'vis heard everything his Pearling said and knew it wouldn't be long before Aurinvis was racing off through the water regardless if he or Koda'vis was ready. "We might as well head into the water and swim, we can then add dives and what we learned in class recently to our practice."

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Ukamevis gave a playful little sound towards his clutchbrother before splashing him. If he wanted a race, then it was a challenge he desired, then it was a challenge he would have! I think you'll find I won't give you the satisfaction of being that slow, brother. The black-gold pearling stated with a little pleasure, ensuring his rider could hear him as well.

Koda chuckled and agreed. From the way his own pearl felt, and from the way he was speaking, he was just as eager to get to the swimming - More. I am more eager to get to the swimming. I need to show Aurinvis that I am faster than him. Grinning, the man gave a nod of his head. "We'd best get in there before both of them take off. I'm not sure which of them will do so first, but I can feel Ukie ready to cut through the water."

Before they could get in though, he said, "What you suggested sounds like a plan, by the way. I would like to work on underwater identification a bit, if possible. I'm a little dull in that area right now." He winced, because he would have thought at this point he'd be a little sharp there, but he'd been more focused in other areas.


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<We shall see very soon who's the fastest brother!> Aurinvis returned, flicking his own tail to return his clutchbrother's splash. He then quickly pushed through into the water, no longer wanting to wait till his Rider to catch up. <Enjoy my tail-wake because that's all you're going to be getting!> Without any other warning Aurinvis whipped his tail behind him and shot forward through the water in a burst of speed, his lateral fins kept tight against his body to make him more streamline.

"And Aurinvis is off..." Zilel'vis responded. Clearly he was the one first off the mark. He considered calling him back but decided to let him have his fun. They were natural in the water and as long as they didn't head for the open ocean they were safe enough. Plenty of adult Pearls within a shout as it was so should danger come their Pearlings can be protected. Then again he didn't think there was anything in the ocean that could harm even young Pearls.

Zilel'vis nodded, perfectly fine with working on identifying the various creatures that lived in the ocean bottom. At least with the goggles they could see without the brine of the water stinging their eyes. Ever since becoming a Pearling Zilel'vis had been surprised at how many creatures lived in the ocean which didn't get caught by net or line but would make for good eating. He knew about crabs and the like but there were so many more.


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Ukamevis let out a growl as his clutchsibling rushed ahead of him in the water, catching him initially off guard. The black-gold shook himself free of his shock relatively quickly and dipped underwater, intent on catching up with Aurinvis as fast as he possibly could, and thinking there was no better way to do so than being submerged. He could take his brother by surprise that way; how clever was he, he thought to his rider! You will not get far from me, Aurinvis! Mark my word, I will catch up to you!

The entire thing made Koda chuckle, and he shook his head in his amusement as he turned to Zilel'vis. "We may as well leave them to their own devices. They aren't hurting anything, and long as they don't harm themselves..." He did check on his own pearl one last time though, out of habit, and decided he was in fact fine and not pushing himself any.

"Okay," he pulled his goggles up into place. "Ready to dive into place. You want to make a game out of this like they are, make it a little more interesting between us? Might as well make the learning fun if we can." Why not, right?


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Aurinvis saw Ukamevis dive under the surface as soon as he was in water deep enough to do so and did likewise. Swimming underwater was no more difficult for the Chimera than at the surface, in fact it was actually easier. There weren't waves to deal with though it was a calm day so little in the way of waves. Air was easier to move through but he preferred diving over swimming on the surface anyway.

<You words so ominous but they won't bring you any closer to me brother. Save your breath, you'll need it to catch me!> Aurinvis teased, determined to leave the black behind and prove for good who was faster. Aurinvis had no idea if he was faster but his competitive nature compelled him to push himself as fast as he can go to see if he was. If Ukamevis did prove more swift then he'll accept defeat but only because he knew he gave it his all. The Chimera was also aware he had plenty of growing to do before he reached his full potential so even a loss now didn't mean he couldn't beat Ukamevis later on. Confidence was the important thing and Aurinvis had plenty of it.

"Aurinvis is competitive, he's definitely determined to win...but he's not likely to hurt himself or get Ukamevis into trouble," Zilel'vis responded. Pulling on his own goggles he considered Koda's suggestion they have their own competition and decided it would definitely add more interest in their practice.

"Sounds like a plan. How about we both dive down and see how many creatures and other objects we can identifiy then when we come up for air, we see who recognized the most things. Any conflict can be simply proven by going down and pointing out what the other missed." Zilel'vis suggested as a way to test and compete with each other.


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Ukemavis huffed at those words and would have splashed if they weren't underwater, though the action would have been made as nothing more than a playful geasure in return. Perhaps I will go deeper in the water than you are able to, brother. But that might be something I shouldn't try yet. I don't think Koda'vis would be pleased if I tried. There were times when he tried to go a little more deeper into the water than the time before, but his rider would always try and stop him before he was able to find the chance to. Even so, he was getting off the subject, and he growled softly in the water as he swam, putting in more effort than before since he had slipped up, as he saw it. Enough of this idle chatter. I'm not going to let you distract me any further!

Koda liked the sound of that, and so he nodded. After checking on his goggles, he pulled them back into place and glanced at the other man. "Ready to go when you are." He pushed his bag back over his shoulder and made sure he was prepared to head down, knowing they had only so long with the way human held breath went. But this was part of it, a training measure as well as identification, and it would serve to strengthen both things.
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Aurinvis snorted and turned his attention to swimming though he wa tempted to head into deeper water just to prove he could beat Ukamevis it won't matter how deep he dived, Aurinvis will win in the end. But a mental check from Zilel'vis reminded him he couldn't go far or two deep yet. Directing his frustration into action Aurinvis instead whipped his tail harder through the water to propel him faster.

Confident his Pearl won't do anything he isn't suppose to Zilel'vis pushed his goggles over his eyes and took several deep breaths before diving into the water. With strong kicks of his legs and movements of his arm he reached the bottom pretty quickly and started looking at the various crustaceans, seaweed and other creatures brave enough to linger so close to where humans and Pearls were swimming. Once he identified as many things as he could on one breath of air Zilel'vis swam back up to the surface and looked for Koda.

"What did you find?" he asked.
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