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Roleplaying / Re: [PRP] Fine Feathered Favor
« on: July 30, 2021, 04:54:58 AM »
“I- I really need you to turn into a bird.”

She paused for a moment, realising how absolutely insane that sounded. The relief of knowing she’d found the right kin mingled with the heat of shame that came from the particular peculiarities of her problem. “I mean. Well. That’s actually why I came here, to see you turn into a bird. I- let me start at the beginning. To explain why I need to see you turn into a bird. You can turn into a bird, right? I heard that Watch Me could turn into a bird, and if that’s you, then I really, really need your help.”

She took a deep breath, then began to recount the events of the expedition to the Totoma lands.

“There was a kin who was able to take us beyond the Swamp, and she led us to the mountains, where the Totoma come from. I went because I wanted to know what it was like, because I was curious. And there was this obelisk, a huge shattered pillar of... something. Crystal-like, it was. And it did strange things to the animals around it, and there was this...” She swallowed, forcing herself to go on with the telling. “There was an eagle, blood-red and spectral, pierced through with these crystal shards. It was huge, and it... it picked me up. I was clutched in its talons like prey– no, not like prey, I was prey. And I fought and fought and I ended up... on top of it, and all the while I thought I was going to die. I was so sure of it, but I wasn’t ready. And somehow, I didn’t die. At least, not all the way. I think maybe the eagle did kill a part of me, and it was the part I liked best. I miss who I was before. I don’t want to think I left her in the snow, but I think I did, and I want to try to get her back.”

She pawed at the ground, thinking how to explain. “I know you didn’t know me before, but I wasn’t always like this. I used to be brave. I used to explore, and I loved it. Traveling with my companions under the open air, going wherever the wind and the stars pointed us... that was me. But now, the sky seems like a constant threat, no matter where I am. The canopy of trees mean I can’t see what might be coming, and the open sky means that I can’t hide.  I miss being able to look at the sky and not feel afraid. I miss being able to enjoy birds. And... well, the kin who took us, she could turn into a wasp. I’ve seen a kin take the form of an eaglehound. I’ve been looking far and wide for someone who can turn into a bird because I think that if I can see a bird like that, a bird that I KNOW is safe, then maybe... I dunno. It might not work. But, um. If you could please turn into a bird, and maybe... if I don’t start panicking? If you could fly around a little bit, maybe come up from behind me so that the shadow goes over my eyes? If I do bolt, then maybe this won’t work, but I have to try. I don’t want to be afraid, but even thinking about birds just... it’s like my mind goes back to that place, like I’m living it again. I can’t live there. I don’t think anybody can live there- so like I said. Can you please, please turn into a bird?”


Roleplaying / [PRP] Fine Feathered Favor
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:58:08 AM »
It had taken a lot of courage for Strange Creature to cross the swamp. She’d traveled mostly by night, sticking to treelines and scrub, but she was here now. Tracking down the Royal Rainbow Troupe wasn’t hard, and as the sun rose above the trees, she found the strength to stand and timidly wander into the camp, looking up and over her shoulder every few steps.

She was so, so tired. She was exhausted, physically and mentally, from being caged by fear. She was tired of the compulsion to watch the skies and to shrink away from open spaces. It physically hurt her to not do the things she’d once loved. She couldn’t explore anymore, couldn’t run and play under the open skies. It almost made her sick to think of what she’d lost- no, not lost. What had been taken from her. She wanted to be herself again, but she couldn’t. Not on her own, and not even with the help of her friends. As wonderful as they were, the specific problem she had was... avian in nature.

Logically, she knew that the eagle was gone, that it couldn’t hurt her again, and that she was home, in the Swamp, far away from the icy treachery of the mountains. But she couldn’t help flinching at every shadow overhead and at every breeze at her back. She felt paralyzed much of the time, just waiting for talons to close around her once more. She needed to reconcile herself to reality, but it was simply impossible to overcome without...

Well, she needed a bird.

Not just any bird. She needed a small bird, something that wasn’t an eagle, and a bird that could help her. A bird that could listen to her and understand what she said. As far as she knew, there was only one kind of bird that could do this, and that was the kind of bird that took a kin’s form from time to time.

Or perhaps it was the other way around.

Legendaries, she knew, could change their shape, sharing their mind with the body of an animal. Their forms were many, but after asking around, she knew of at least one who could turn into a bird– and was friendly enough that he would probably humor what she knew to be an insane request. It wasn’t hard at all to find the legendary in question. Watch Me, she’d heard him called. She’d seen him before at festivals– granted, they’d never spoken or anything, but she’d seen a performance or two. He was hard to miss. There weren’t really a lot of kiokote around with acha scales and glowing eyes.

She waited until he didn’t look busy, then approached. “You, uh. Ah. You’re Watch Me, right? I’m in the right place talking to the right kin?” Her face, haggard and wan, broke into a hopeful smile. This had to be the right kin. Hopefully he would help.


General Chat / Re: Social Media Spotlight
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:44:32 AM »
Username: Scaramouche Fandango
Info about the art: In addition to the core species, Matope’s familiars and pets are delightful additions to a kin’s story. Trouble Double- the tegu- is Strange Creature’s best friend. Ever since the events of the last meta, Strange Creature’s had a hard time being alone. But things are easier when you have a loyal companion watching your back. In this case, literally. (image is linked to the full version on DA!)
Social Media Names: Scaradango on DA

Username: Scaramouche Fandango
Naming Dream/RP/Story:  https://matope-swamp.com/forums/index.php?topic=145.msg3282#msg3282
Notes: Not all Totoma naming stories recount a single deed of great heroism. Sometimes the greatest deeds are the ongoing sacrifices you make for your family. In Waddle’s case, that sacrifice... was her dignity.
Social Media Names: Scaradango on DA

Games & Events / Re: A Name Game!
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:22:36 AM »

Games & Events / Re: The Last Letter (Matope Edition)
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:19:25 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Movie Alphabet!
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:18:36 AM »
No Country For Old Men

Games & Events / Re: Word Sandwich
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:18:03 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Word Sandwich
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:58:02 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Would you rather?
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:57:05 AM »
Too cold, for sure. When you’re cold, you can add layers. When you’re hot, you can only get so naked.

Would you rather be bald or have hair down to your feet?

Games & Events / Re: Kin, Not Twin!
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:56:04 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Over/Under
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:55:32 AM »
Logic says I should say over... but something’s telling me to go UNDER!

Games & Events / Re: Rock! Paper! Lizard!
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:53:29 AM »
Rock, paper, lizard!

Tegus beat cheetahs because they have a MUCH better sense of smell!

Games & Events / Re: The Last Letter (Matope Edition)
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:51:51 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Count Until a Mod Posts!
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:51:24 AM »

Games & Events / Re: Word Transformation
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:50:41 AM »

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