In a land much like ours, there lived a variation of intelligent creatures. The most prominent among them were humans, but few other species exist. These species, who would be called alien in our realm, act as servants and companions to the humans. Even the less intelligent ones (mainly those who basically have the brain of a dog) are able to be trained and used like pets or even accessories.
The fantastical creatures of this world, dubbed 'Astalia' by the natives, is full of danger and beasts. Dragons and gryphons (as well as other winged creatures) can be regularly seen in the skies. But beware- the most deadly beasts congregate in the wild, eager to eat whatever they come across.
And humans who own creatures are constantly watched- nobody knows who, but there's an army forming beneath the walls of the city... threatening the people of the city
Teras strode through the streets of the Middle Sectors, she wore a cloak to halfway conceal her feathers, but harpies were oddly inhuman, and the cloak didn't help much. She gazed at the stalls and shacks set along the road, basically just tables with a bookshelf or rack behind them and a tarp for shade. It was market day, and many people were selling homemade trinkets, weapons, or clothing. Someone even advertised that he sold the most fantastical beasts in his shop.
The sky was blue and white, puffy clouds scattered the horizon. The sun was just peaking up from the massive wall that surrounded the city, which was quite a distance away from the middlegrounds, and the mountians could be seen peeking from the top of the towers. The city was filled mainly with humans, but there were also different beasts here and there, a small blue dragon, a tall stoic centaur.
Teras wondered what others stalked the city, and how many would be lurking below in the massive tunnel system that stretched under the whole city. That was where beasts mainly congregated, and where the largest black market dealerships lived.
Akemi had always been a part of the Poor Sectors. Seeing as how she was always in very tattered clothes. She hid her ears with a hooded cloak. She feared everything and anything. Trust no one... That was what she lived by. Screams could be heard almost everywhere in the Poor Sector. Akemi just wanted to leave the hell hole. That was supposedly called [i 'home']. She let out a slight huff as she headed to the tunnel systems. [center -] As she entered the tunnel she thought about all the awful shit that happened here. [i [+red ''God someone needs to help this place out..''] ] She thought to herself Akemi quickly shook her head a the thought. she had always thought about going into another sector but she was afraid she might get dragged out of it as soon as she stepped foot into it. [center -] She looked at all the beasts within the long tunnel. Maybe she'd see someone she knew or better yet meet a new person.
Teras slid into a cluttered alleyway, dust and grime on every surface. She tried not to get her feathers too dirty, they were a pain to clean. A rat jumped from inside a crate and disappeared into a gap in the side of a building, the tall harpy followed, striding with sure but cautious steps. The Tunnels had many openings, the one Teras ducked under connected directly with the poor sector's tunnels.
Crowded along the sides of the tunnels crouched various characters, some were dirty and drunk, others looked cleaner, mainly drug or weapon dealers; Teras counted almost every kind of person and creature in that one tunnel. Almost all had scars, tattered clothing, or some smug glare on their faces.
She wound around a small shack built housing a dealer selling fresh herbs and medicinal drugs from outside the city, Teras determined that the shack wouldn't even last the night. She trusted no one who she saw, but what she didn't realize is the she was subconsciously following a pale, white-haired girl.
Akemi had sighed and gone back through the tunnel and back into the poor sector's. She pulled her tattered hoodie closer to her body. [+red ''God.. it's cold''] Akemi muttered to herself. Her ears lowered as she heard footsteps behind her. [center -] She turned around and tensed up [+red ''Why are you following me?!''] Akemi was scared. She thought that something bad was going to happen to her. Akemi didn't trust anyone. She grew up on the mindset that everyone was out to ger her even if they weren't. [center -] Akemi had started to back up a bit as she looked at her. She backed up more and more before walking into a wall. Her ears lowered more. Akemi picked at her nails nervously as she kept a close eye on her. [+red ''Why did you come here out of all places?! Y-you look so nice..'' ]
Teras stepped back, suddenly realizing she was following the girl. Her curved talons scraped on the cobble flooring. A breeze that gusted through the tunnel ruffled her feathers, and she wrapped her wings around herself tighter.
"Oh... oh, I'm so sorry!" The harpy looked down. "I didn't realize I was following anybody. I'm just here to meet with... somebody." She stepped back again to give her space, she knew anybody cornered could become either dangerous or incredibly frightened. A couple rats ran along the side of the tunnel and slipped into a wooden crate.
Akemi crossed her arms a bit [+red ''You arent lying are you?..''] She asked as she looked down at the rat running along at their feet. Akemi knew she couldn't trust those in the upper sectors. They were always bad news. [center -] She inched farther and farther away from the other female. Akemi wanted to run but she also wanted to stay and find more out about the other person in her vicinity. [+red ''Why would you want to meet them here out of all places?''] she asked. Her tone was soft yet icy.
"Well uh- no I'm not lying but... I like I down here. Barely any humans, where creatures like us," she gestured to her feathers, "can move and exist freely. Even though thugs do live here, I like the tunnels." She avoided the qustabout meeting her contact. Teras shrugged, her feathers poofing up a bit against the cold.
Akemi was still unsure about trusting her. [+red ''Mmm.. okay..''] she said in an uncertain tone. Akemi looked around quickly to see if anyone else was coming her way. [+red ''Well... I'd be careful if I were you..''] Akemi says. [+red its dangerous around here for someone like you..''] She told her as she shivered a bit. Akemi once again pulled her tattered jacket closer to her.
Teras laughed, seeming unruffled. "I've been down here before, I'd think you're the one who needs to be alert." She stepped to the side of the tunnel, her long curved talons clicking on the hard flooring. "But I guess there's safety in numbers, care to tag along on my meeting?"
[+Red ''Me on alert. Yeah right.'' ] Akemi said rolling her eyes slightly. Her ears had started to perk up. Becoming more noticeable through her cloak. [+red ''Do you really even want me to come along?''] She asks [+red 'You already have trust in a stranger?'']
Teras smiled. "Of course, I'm an [i excellent] judge of character!" She boasted, opening one wing, it swept across the width of the tunnel, her primaries brushing the opposing wall. "Besides, it'd be foolish to go without a companion." She narrowed her eyes at the top of Akemi's head, noticing the ears.
Akemi looked up at Teras. [+red ''N-nobody has trusted me..''] she rubbed her arm slightly. [+red ''Th-thank you..''] She winced slightly as she had noticed the fact her ears were basically reviled. Akemi's ears quickly lowered as she tried to hide them again.
Akemi sighed and flipped her hood down reviling her ears to her [+Red ''I-im part human part wolf..''] After she showed her she put it back. [+red ''Sorry I'm so all over the place..'' I'm not used to people being nice to me..'']
Teras smiled under her mask, then slipped the black bird skull helm off her face. "Interesting, I'm a harpy." She clipped the mask to a band under her wing and folded her feathers over it. "And don't worry about that, I don't mind!" She was oddly energetic and joyful.
[+red ''That's cool..''] Akemi said as she cocked her head to the side. [+red [i how can she be so energetic?''] ] she thought to herself as she watched her. Akemi just shook her head and sighed as they continued to walk. [+red ''Where are you going to meet this person?''] she asked softly.
"That might be true, but he's different, nobody really knows [i what] he is, exactly..." The harpy trailed off, ducking through a low arch to a more open spot. There was a large crack in the top, as if some point the room's top crumbled and hadn't been rebuilt fully. Sunlight filtered through the gap, giving the room a pleasant golden glow.
Akemi nodded a bit as she [+red ''Understandable..''] She stayed quiet the majority of the walk as she followed her. Akemi looked around as she walked. [+red ''How much farther away are we now?''] she asked qiuetly.
Teras stopped in the room. "Actually, we're here." She glanced around the room, most of it was washed in golden light, but there were pockets of shadow, and a shape stood casually in one of these patches, leaning against the wall.
Akemi looked over at the figure against the wall. She tensed up a bit as she looked at Teras. She hated meeting new people it just made her overly anxious. Akmeis' ears lowered and she held her cloak close to her.
Teras sighed and looked up at Spade. "She's shy," Teras explained. "Thanks for agreeing to meet me here."
Spade dipped his head, the metallic arrowhead marking over where his right eye should be caught the light and glinted dully. "It was no problem, but making the package was difficult. Be aware this will be the only one you'll recieve." He took a large bag and placed it down in front of him.
A small, mismatched fox-like creature stood next to the bag, waving its long plumed tail. The creature looked part jackalope, part fox, but instead on antlers it had a horn nub on the left side if her head.
Akemi looked to the side as the bag was set down. She wondered what was inside of it. Her tail swayed as she stepped to the side of Teras. Akemi looked up at Spade. She looked at the mismatched fox-like creature. Akemi stayed quiet as she listened to Teras and Spade. [center -] She shivered a bit as her eyes went to the ground. Her tail stopped swaying. Akemi gave a small wave to the small creature. She quickly glanced back up at Teras. [+red ''I-is this why you came to meet with him?..''] Akemi asked in almost a whisper voice.
[+red ''What's in the bag?''] Akemi asked her quietly. As she watched Spade and Muffin leave. [+red ''Also, what do you mean by her being spades?.. Hybrids have other hybrids as pets?''] she asked as she tilted her head to the side. [center -] Akemi shivered a little more as she looked up at Teras. Her mind was racing with thoughts and questions.
Teras smiled, "Yes, we keep the more animalistic ones as pets and companions, it's more popular in the Rich Sectors. But Muffin, and this thing, isn't just a hybrid. It's more like a mix of two creatures. But they're undead and can only be bonded with one person, for life." She explained. "I had Spade help me get one, they're expensive but useful."
[+red ''O-oh..''] She said quietly. Akemi sighed a bit and pulled her cloak down from her head. [+red ''W-well... now is the time id assume we split up?..] She asked her. Akemi just wanted to leave at this point even though she had no idea were she was going to sleep for the night.
Teras tipped her head, "Are you sure? You seemed like you were looking for something when we first met." She clipped the bag to a band under her wing. "Also if you come from the poor sectors, I'd doubt that there'll be good places to stay tonight. The air smells of rain." She was casually offering Akemi a place to stay, but was hesitating to ask outright.
Akemi tilted her head to the side. [+red ''I w-wasn't really looking for anything she said.''] She took a deep breath. [+red ''I'm sure ill find someplace there to stay..''] Akemi told Teras. [+red ''I don't want to intrude... Besides no one really likes people from the poor sectors going into the upper classes..'' ]
"Oh come on, I'm right on the outskirts of the middle class sector. Don't worry about it." Teras shook her head. "You're not going to sleep in a dusty alleyway, I have a small home connected to a private alley. A family lives in the house but they added a roof to the alley so that I can sleep there. It's spacious and I've been wanting a roommate for a while."
[+red ''A-are you sure you want me as a roommate? I mean.. you only just met me..''] Akemi said quietly. [+red ''I-i also don't want to be a bother..''] she says as she looked at the ground. Her ears lowered once again. [+red ''ill be fine out on the streets.. i promise... Thats where i grew up..'']
[+red ''Are you sure you are fine with it?..''] She asked her quietly. Akemi sighed as she looked at the ground waiting. She rubbed her temples slightly as she looked at Teras. Akemi felt that she was doing it out of pity.
"I am, I really need a roommate. It's sooo boringgggg having the families' kids try to play with me all the time." Teras smiled, "They just want to ride on my back, it's obnoxious." She sighed, talons tapping of the stone floor.