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    Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:37 pm

    Date: November 1, 2012
    Time: Quarter Into the Afternoon

    Kyuu, the woods certainly had gotten quite chilly recently… at least Kikwis naturally had a fine layer of insulation to help keep them warm. As he strolled through a clearing in the forest, Machi found himself especially grateful for that fact. It did not mean that he did not shiver from the occasional sharp wind that might cut through the trees, but at the very least, he was as protected as he would have been without a thick, puffy coat around him. That was still a cozy thought, though… and whilst he was not cold, he did quite like the idea of warming up by the fire once he was back to Aicara's cottage.

    As the young Kikwi trotted through the forest, he found his spirits feeling rather lifted given the fact that he had come across a relatively rare item that he had not seen since well before they had all been whisked away from the Faron Woods... well, one could find them, but they were not nearly as numerous as Amber Relics or Hornet Larvae. He had in fact found a Goddess Plume, and as it stood, he was set to hold this piece of home close even well after he returned to the outskirts of the graveyard.

    He could not wait to show it to Aicara and the other Kikwis, Erla especially. The somewhat careless Kikwi seemed to know a bit more about these relics than even Bucha himself did, at least with regards to finding them, but even with his surprise on that subject, Machi was just excited to share his fascinating find. Who knew what other items from home might show up in this strange world? After all, if they themselves had wound up here, and so had the other Hyruleans and many other objects, monsters, and locations, one never knew what might turn up next!

    Kyuu kyuu!
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:58 pm

    As Machi continued on through the forest, he somehow wound up finding a couple more items that were strikingly familiar to him... namely two amber relics. He was far happier to find those than he might have been the larvae of a Deku hornet, but even that would have been a useful item, at least for some of his friends back at the inn.

    As a Kikwi, he was not as familiar with crafting and upgrading items as the Hylians or Sheikah themselves were, but from where Miss Impa had explained it to him once, he found the concept fascinating. To thing that such simple objects could be used to upgrade preexisting items in such a way! Kee-paleep that was amazing!
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:44 am

    Arro awoke as a shaft of light slowly slid over his eyelids. The sun had finally risen high enough to reach its fingers into his hiding spot.

    He yawned and stretched, limbs straining against tendons and muscles as they reached their maximum extension. He felt the pads of his back toes brush up against fraying bark, and moss squishing underneath, then remembered where he was.

    The dragon opened his amber eyes and stared up through the mote sprinkled hole of a massive hollowed out redwood trunk. He shifted snugly into the rotting bark and smiled from ear to ear, his eyes squinting sleepily in the lazy light.

    This was a good place to sleep.

    He'd keep this tree, come back to it next time he was in these forests and needed a rest.

    Arro looked across the circular moss carpeted hollow to where a set of sparkling white ribs poked out beneath a crop of dandelion fluff. His stomach growled. It hadn't been a very big meal.

    He sat for a few moments more, enjoying the warmth the old sequoya produced as it died, before walking out into the cool autumn air. His scales would keep him warm wherever he went. They acted as triangular thermal blankets. Or solar panels considering he could raise and twitch them in the light. But they would take time under the sun to heat up first.

    He curled up onto his stomach, pushing the ribs aside with a wave of his tail and lay there to bask momentarily. Arro was warm blooded, but lacked traditional mammalian insulation such as fur or fat. So he secured the warmth his body produced this way.

    A few minutes later he emerged from the massive trunk, leaving a matted mossy depression in his wake, and raised his head to sniff the afternoon air. His stomach growled again, and this time Arro rumbled with it. He smelled something foreign on the breeze. Something new.

    Leaves trickled down from above, fluttering about as the air pushed them to and fro. Arro walked against the rain of foliage, on the hunt for the source of the scent.
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:35 pm

    Machi continued waddling through the forest, still thoroughly enjoying the peaceful atmosphere about it. Regardless of the short span of time he had already been here, it still amazing to him just how familiar this area was to the Faron Woods yet how it was completely different at the same time. It was fascinating… and frankly a little comforting too, kyuu kyuu.

    Some time later, Machi stopped suddenly in his tracks, almost certain that he had heard something further back in the forest. Something… kind of quiet, but also kind of big…

    Kyuu… he hoped he was just hearing things! Even if he wasn't, he could quickly duck into his camouflaged state to protect himself, but hopefully it would not come to that, kyuu. The Kikwi knew that he could never be too careful after all, so he tried to stay alert even as he focused on continuing to enjoy his stroll through the woods.
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:50 am

    Arro stepped through the ferns and clovers like a red panther. He was always more feline than reptile when on the ground. He walked casually and yet with purpose, hesitating to smell and examine what would otherwise seem mundane to those without the sight of sense. A new flower with curling fronds was as much of a mystery as a translucent feather in the dirt or a lost ring entwined in the roots of an oak. But he'd seen these things before and knew them. He was familiar with the area, everything was his territory when he was the only drai around.

    So he could separate the new scent trails from the old. He passed the stale trail of the deer he had killed the other day, trails of mice and men, foxes, hopping birds... It was easy to keep track of this new fresh scent in comparison to all the old ones. And simple to tell when he had passed within sight distance. Well, his sight distance. Arro could see across many miles as clearly as one person standing next to the other. Things became a little harder though when in the woods. A figure that far away could easily be blocked by a single twig or leaf.

    Arro moved up a fern clotted embankment to stand atop a fallen redwood. Once there, he began bobbing his head up and down, peering through the tiny holes between foliage and branches.

    The new smell was coming from something small... it passed behind a leaf... then reappeared. And something brown. It moved in a waddle, and not very quickly.

    The drai kept his eyes on it as long as possible as he descended the shroom peppered log. Then bent into a skulk and proceeded to exceed his prey's pace at a lower profile. He brushed the ground with the back of his hand before placing the palm, assuring that the ground was clear of noisy debris before committing to a step. This way he was able to move rapidly while retaining maximum silence. Though it was true his raptor feet weren't as padded as those of a big cat, and his claws were longer and more cumbersome on the ground. So he bent the tips of his fingers up at the distal end to a tiny degree, keeping the claws from touching the ground to preserve their edge and prevent noise.

    He closed the distance at a confident pace. The small creature appeared and disappeared, plopping along at a casual stroll through the undergrowth. Soon it disappeared less and less, and Arro found himself crouching behind trees as he zeroed in on the unusual being. What was it? Ordinarily he'd say it was too small to be worth the trouble of catching. But it didn't appear as swift as a bird, nor capable of flight. It was plump though.

    Arro regarded it momentarily with a tilt of his head. Then suddenly leaped from the trees onto the creature, swinging down a spindly cage of a hand with the intention of trapping it.

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    Re: Kikwi Plume

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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:25 pm

    As Machi continued his track through the forest, he made sure to stay extra aware of his surroundings just in case if his ears weren't playing tricks on him. He was swift for a Kikwi, and he was incredibly quick to camouflage himself in the event of danger, but the best defense of course was not have to use one at all! If he could avoid danger all together, then he would be a very happy Kikwi.

    He kept his pace though, hoping to throw off anyone or anything that might have taken interest in him… before too long though, it appeared that his pace wound up helping him out even more than his reflexes did, as very suddenly, a great blur of orangey red bolted out from the trees, set to land right on top of him.

    "KYUU!"

    Machi managed to exclaim in surprise, but not without tucking and rolling forward, missing the great claws of the beast by a few inches before he stopped, quickly glancing back around to see just what had tried to pounce him…. it… well… this was… "KYUUUUUUUUU!"

    And thus Machi's legs gave out, the Kikwi frozen in place only to shudder as he looked to the dragon that stood before him. Koo-kakoo this was a big dragon, at least big compared to him! He wasn't quite as big as Miss Faron, nor was he blue like her… nor was he wearing a fancy jacket like the water dragon's… but he still looked like a dragon! And he had just tried to pounce on him?! Oh no… with as quick as that leap was, Machi was not certain if he could get away in time!

    … time for plan B!

    Moving as quickly as he could, Machi tried to find a clear spot in the bushes, immediately diving into them before laying right on his belly, popping the leaves on his back up into his camouflaged state. Kyuu-kyuu, let this work and let this dragon not want to eat or hurt him!
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:03 pm

    Moments before Arro landed, the small plump creature turned, saw him, and gave out a shrill chirrup of alarm.

    "KYUU!"

    It rolled out from under his claws inches before he hit the ground. Arro's palm slapped vacant dirt, and his gaze shot up to gawk at the being that evaded him. It tumbled out from under him, visibly terrified, before it's momentum ceased and it turned to give him a more thorough examination.

    "KYUUUUUUUUU!"

    Not a good idea. Upon fully taking in Arro's size and various pointy attributes the lehrall started to frantically quiver. It appeared frozen for a few moments, and did nothing but stare and shake. Arro returned it's focus, staring right back, and didn't move an inch. This lasted for a few seconds. The autumn air cooled around them and leaves skittered by, unnoticed and unencumbered. Slowly, inquisitively, Arro attempted to break the stand-still by taking a step in the lehrall's direction. But the instant he broke his composure the creature panicked and bolted into the bushes. Racing towards the path's edge, it threw itself under cover of matted ivy. The leaves rustled and squirmed, then lay still.

    The red dragon watched the spot the creature had vanished into, waiting to see if it would reappear. It did not. Arro rumbled curiously and stepped into the bushes to investigate. Had he been searching with sight alone, it would have been next to impossible to pick the creature out. Everywhere he looked there was nothing but leaves and bramble. But Arro was also seeking with his nose, and scent could not be disguised by hiding under foliage.

    His nostrils swiftly led him to a leafy patch that did not quite blend with the other species of greenery. And, thinking the lehrall must be hidden beneath, he shoved his snout into the brush, mistakenly bopping the creature and rolling it onto it's back. Arro recoiled his head in surprise, and rumbled more deeply. It wasn't hiding under leaves, the leaves themselves were sprouting from it's hide. How ingenious.
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:21 am

    'Just play dead... Just play dead, koo-kwee... Play dead... Must think dead...' As glad as Machi was to have evaded to capture by the dragon, he was now hoping that he would be able to avoid him from this second angle as well. Kikwi camouflage was certainly impressive and typically effective, but given his own previous encounters with Bokoblins and other monsters in Faron Woods, and the sharper senses of a few certain visitors to the forest, he knew very well that there was a chance that this would not work. Still, he had to try!

    … kyuu-kyuu, where were the others when he needed them? He knew he should have started venturing back before now!

    From his hiding position, Machi heard the dragon start to near him… and once he heard him poke his head into the brush, it was all he could do to keep himself perfectly still. That soon proved to be a temporary victory as scarcely a second later, the tip of the dragon's snout met his side, the sheer momentum from the action sending him rolling just to the side of the brush and on his back.

    Kikwis were normally very, very good at holding their position on the ground, but even so, there was only so much one could do when a creature of much larger size bopped one… and Machi now found himself on his back, staring wide-eyed at the seemingly surprised dragon. … Kyuu?

    … had he somehow confused the dragon? Now that was curious…

    Part of Machi wanted to instantly tuck his leaves and run again, but considering the way that the dragon had found him so quickly, and the way his last true hide-and-seek encounter had gone with far too much seeking and not nearly enough successful hiding on his end, it seemed it was time for plan C.

    "Please don't hurt me, koo-weep!"
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:31 pm

    The small creature stared up at him with widening eyes. Which forced Arro into a deepening pause. This was not the way prey of this size usually behaved. A rabbit, quail, or marmot would immediately flee, not stay to consider it's position; as this creature appeared to be doing. When Arrogath had initially pounced, the lehrall had stopped then too to look over it's shoulder at him. Vrot have such powerful instincts that they never do anything but run once their hunter reveals itself. Was something wrong with it?

    "Please don't hurt me, koo-weep!"

    Arro's eyes widened, then slowly narrowed. His ears began flicking back in a perturbed manner. As if trying to swat away a bothersome insect.

    "You speak the edm tongue..."

    It was more of a statement than a question. His voice was plagued with harsh predatory undercurrents, but his tone was neutral bordering on curious. The drai paused to think. Anything intelligent enough to talk would likely have made friends here, and he would not wish to distress or create an enemy of anyone else in the breach. The size of the vrot barely constituted a snack, he'd be hungry again in a matter of minutes. A conversation was worth more than that.

    "I won't eat you. But how is that you speak edmr? What are you?"


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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:33 pm

    Kikwis did indeed have very keen instincts and senses, and right along with that came their instinct to try and figure their way out of something when they knew that running and hiding would not work. His own request of the dragon seemed to have momentarily confused him, right before he narrowed his gaze as though to study him more intently. Oh kyuu kyuu… please don't let him be sizing him up for a snack or anything related to a battle!

    Machi perked up almost imperceptibly at the dragon's statement, right before cocking his head a little to the side. Edm? What was an edm? Was this not the language that most beings spoke? Well, at least those races that weren't monsters?

    It was all Machi could do not to let another shudder overtake him as he caught the predatory tone that laced the dragon's words, and it was only the sense that was coming close to curiosity that kept him as calm as he was at present. And as he paused to think… the Kikwi soon let out the slightest of sighs as the dragon confirmed that he was not going to eat him. Hopefully that extended to not hurting him in any other way too!

    "Kee-paleep! I speak because I have a mouth? And I… know the language?" Machi started, although his response had a hint of uncertainty to it. First edm and now an edmr? Surely he spoke normal language, though! At the dragon's second question, he nodded quickly before stating, "I'm Machi. I'm a Kikwi."
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:45 pm

    Arro sat back on his haunches, softly rustling the ivy curling beneath him. He cocked his head at an owlish angle to listen to and watch the unusual creature.

    Machi's response confused Arro nearly as much as his own questions had confused Machi.

    "My name is Arrogath" he responded in turn. Giving his own name as Machi had given him his.

    "Where I am from many beings speak but only in their own tongues," he began to explain. The drai's idea of speaking was different from that of the common mans. The deer he hunted spoke in brays, barks and screams, wolves spoke with growls, and howls. And nearly all living things communicated via the language of bodies. Talking and speaking were more than words with a direct translation in a book. To his ears, everything was communication.

    "But only a few have ever had the ability to learn and speak the words of others. And they are not ones so small."

    He licked his lips and fluttered his scales in the autumn sun. Machi was a Kikwi? He rolled the word around in his head. Like much of what he encountered in the breach, it was new to him.

    "Are you a bird? Where are you from?" His voice drifted into a lighter inquisitive tenor, rumbling pleasantly like a river over stone. He was honestly delighted to have someone other than an edm to talk to. He had gone through much for the sake of men and drai in his own world. And many edmr there were as close as siblings to him. But they were not like the people he'd met here. The breach was too easy, a false paradise where the conflict was never greater than those who rose up to defeat it. And thus he found it difficult to relate to many of it's people. It was a nice change to find someone of the wilds to speak with.
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:44 pm

    "It's nice to meet you, kyuu kyuu!" Machi noted in response to Arrogath's greeting, nodding to the dragon. He tilted his head to the side as he began to explain why he was so perplexed by the Kikwi's ability to speak, blinking as he thought this information over. He knew that many peoples had their own languages, but on the surface, most were at least able to share the common language… was it really not that way elsewhere?

    Once Arrogath noted that few species learned other languages, particularly not species that were the size of the average Kikwi, Machi looked down for a few moments. That… made enough sense he supposed, but it was so different from what he was used to! He could converse with the Gorons and Parella just as easily as he could the Hylians and his fellow Kikwis!

    "I see… koo-kakoo, does that not make it hard to communicate, then?" Sure, the Kikwis had the trademarks kyuus, kwees, and other similar noises, but they still understood and spoke the primary language of their land flawlessly!

    At Arrogath's next pair of questions, Machi perked up slightly. "A bird? Well… kind of, kyuuuu. Kikwis are pretty unique if you think of us in those terms… we're kind of birds yet mammals, and animals yet plants at the same time, kyuu kyuu…" He paused as he pondered that for a few moments, thinking that he had always really just thought of Kikwis as Kikwis. The important thing was that he was himself! "As for where I'm from, I'm from the Faron Woods, kee-paleep! That's in a place that came to be known as Hyrule. Kyuu kyuu… where are you from then?"
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by Arro on Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:55 am

    [Sorry for the late reply, I only just now noticed your post]

    The deceptive simplicity of Machi's following question gave him pause. Did a lack of a shared language make it difficult to communicate? He had never actually considered this as he personally had never encountered any trouble, until trying to commune with his first edm. The question implied that most lehrall had their own verbally descriptive language to begin with. They didn't. They spoke in sounds, and movement and scent, but these were not words, they were entire meanings, emotions and novels.

    Arro puzzled out his answer as he spoke.

    "If I growled you'd know it was either a threat or a warning depending on the subtext, I wouldn't need to tell you in common what was happening, because you'd know it. The creatures of my world speak with their emotions. It would be difficult to convey abstract thought or specific subjects, but most lehrall are unfamiliar with anything outside of the now. You could show a deer a stone and it'd know what it was, but try describing a stone to it later when none are around? It's difficult."

    He paused, it was troubling communicating his sense of language when he himself had such an atypical association with it.

    "I've never had trouble understanding other beings without common, given enough time in their presence. Edmr though have spoken only with themselves for so long that they've lost the ability to listen to other races. I couldn't speak with my friend Maud for as long as it took me to learn her tongue. Not all edmr have trouble though, Maud could understand birds."

    Machi's answer to his own question was simple enough. He was neither a bird, a mammal or a plant, because he was a Kikwi, and only that. Though Arro's inquisitive side theorized his race may have had some distant relation to birds. Machi had recognized the term so they likely existed within Hyrule.

    "I've met others from Hyrule, an edm in green and his faeries. Name of Link."

    Link couldn't speak, but those around him made it clear who he was and where he hailed from. He knew there were more people from Hyrule in the breach than he'd met. The Kikwi's were just another example of how little socializing he'd actually done.

    "We call the world Aum. Edmr named it Earth. I'm from a small northern territory called Rocrish" the name of the land sounded like two snowy boulders clashing against each-other in free fall, "the bulk of it foggy mountain slopes coated in tall pines."

    It was a cold and wet place. The name of the land itself came from the clear valleys of red grass and lichen that separated the rocky slopes. From above, looking down through the ever present cloud layer it looked like a bloody sea lapping against a patina green shore.

    He missed it.
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    Re: Kikwi Plume

    Post by The Kikwis on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:34 am

    ((No worries! I'm sorry for my own, as I was still working on catching up after my initial recovery.))

    Machi waited patiently as Arrogath paused, no doubt thinking over the conundrum of potential communication barriers. Once he did start to speak though, sorting more and more of the question out with, the Kikwi cocked his head slightly to the side as he listened.

    Growls and other sounds made enough sense, kyuu kyuu. Sure, not all communication was verbal, as both sounds and body language could speak even louder than words in many cases! But for most others… where a more complex idea or whatnot was the subject? Then speaking the same language was most helpful indeed! It seemed that two effectively agreed on that point. Machi himself still held that whilst sounds and emotions were very important, so too could sharing the same language, and that stood even with the distinct Kikwi speech patterns, koo-kakoo!

    "It can be, kwee," noted Machi, nodding as he thought about trying to show a stone to a deer. "Sounds and language, both from the body and spoken, seem to be important. One can be used, but a balance seems the best, kyuu kyuu!"

    Arrogath seemed to not have had much trouble understanding what others meant, save that time with his friend Maud… Maud who could understand birds! Curious! Could she understand Kikwis to any degree, then?

    "Kyuu! There are many beings in the forest I never had trouble with, but for things that weren't animals or monsters… I am very, very glad I can speak, kee-woop!" It would have been most difficult to help both of his Hylian friends when they first came to the forest had he not been able to!

    Machi instantly perked up as soon as Arrogath mentioned that he had met others from Hyrule, including one of the two Links! "Kee-paleep! You know the others?! Link is one of my good friends! I know both Links, Sheik, Aicara, and Lady Impa! And the other Kikwis here of course, kyuu kyuu!"

    As excited as the young Kikwi was to learn that the dragon had met some of his fellow Hyruleans, there was on thing that confused him just a bit… "… But… I thought Link was a Hylian, not an edm…" … that mean human, right? Hylians were KIND of like humans he supposed… but they had pointy ears!

    Regardless of any other differences that there might have been, Machi looked up to Arrogath as he described his own world, nodding in understanding. It sounded rather similar to his own homeworld, even if his territory was different from that of the Faron Woods. "I see… did you mostly stay in Rocrish, or did you explore a lot beyond that?"

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