ATACIUS: "Quiet everyone! Be still!" whispers the littleling when he sees the beasts. "Now, move slowly away..." he adds when the lion face the remaining panther.
TAKASHI: "Flying cats. Most unusual. Do any of you recognize these beasts?"
Crouching down a bit into the grass, BELLESH stares wide-eyed at the creatures as he sweats beneath his hood. He shakes his head slowly in response to TAKASHI's question, but does not take his eyes off of the flying felines.
GRAIAN watches intently, says quietly "No I have not seen anything like this."
The second black panther seems to be more nimble in its twists and turns. It rakes its claws on the underside of the larger flying lion, who roars and groans in pain and fury. They spiral up and down, clawing at each other, cuffing and biting when they can.
Just as it seems that the lion has the upper hand and has managed to get in a position to bite its neck, the second black panther leaps to the sky and jumps on the lion's hindquarters. It's claws dig in deep and it bites deep into the lions back! The large cat snarls and cries out! All three tumble to the ground, where a big thud and sudden silence descends. You figure they landed about 160 feet away from you.
TAKASHI: "Dare we intervene?"
ATACIUS: "Wha.. why would you? Let's keep moving!"
TAKASHI: "We have a good record so far of talking to large flying creatures... There might be more to see here than meets the eye, initially. Or, they could just be large flying cats. I don't know."
ATACIUS: "Do you want to wait, see how the fight ends and talk with the winner or intervene now and try to help them solve their differences? If you want to wait this gold piece says the lion wins."
Angon, Almanin and Claudia are enthralled with the battle. Angon whispers to you all "I've heard of mages being able to control the flying panthers, but I think the only place that the lions have been seen is near what you call ... hmmm... Regnum City? Central? They're very rare, usually only in the mountains in those lands. That they're here is fascinating!"
The silence is suddenly broken with the lion erupting from the grass and moving off in the direction of the forest to the south, limping! Severe gashes are on its hindquarters. There are a couple of snarls from the grasses, but you see no other movement. You do hear a slight whimpering/cry from the area where they landed.
"Too bad we don't have someone from the tribes or someone learned in animal care." Almanin says sadly. "It sounds like one is hurt. I'm not sure what we can do, though."
CALLIN Will chant: "By the LIGHT of this land may it shine upon my to be a beacon of hope for those that are wounded in battle. May my voice ring true to any beasts of battle, and may my ears hear their crys!" CALLIN will cast Speak to Animals, and then call out to the Lion:
" Great warrior of this land, I am CALLIN of the LIGHT and I can mend your wound from battle if you will let me. I and my friends come in peace!"
ATACIUS seeing the flying lion flee into the forest digs into his pouch and hands his friend a gold coin. "Here TAKASHI, I honor my bets."
TAKASHI: "No, friend, I made no bet with you! If I've learned anything in my travels, it is to be wary of games of chance. Save your coin and buy me an ale at the next inn we stay, assuming we ever see one again." (TAKASHI smiles)
BELLESH walks slowly and cautiously towards the sounds of the wounded panthers, the whimpering/cry.
"I hurt! I go back to where I live!" roars the lion as it disappears into the thick woods. You hear it stumbling about and then after a few minutes, there is silence.
More softly, CALLIN, you hear from the grass. "It will be OK, Braggu. The wound will stop bleeding, I am sure of it."
"But it HURTS, Praga! So much... You are sure the little ones are safe?"
The rest of you hear a soft rumble and a pained snarl from the grass.
Then, CALLIN, you hear "Shhh... something approaches, Praga! Make sure the little ones stay hidden. I will deal with anything coming close."
CALLIN will call out the Praga and Braggu. "Praga and Braggu, I am CALLIN, my friends and I come in peace. I can help mend your wound if you would let me."
There is a silence for a few heartbeats. ATACIUS and GRAIAN hear the sounds of a cautious snuffing.
Then ... "Who are you who makes our sounds, yet smells like a two-legged-pink-and-brown-walker? You smell different than the others, who leave us alone and do not make our sounds? Why would you help us?"
CALLIN: "I am CALLIN, and I am indeed a huma...two-legged-pink-and-brown-walker. I am from across the water, and through my Faith in the Light I can make your sounds and heal your wounds. I wish to help you so that we might be friends with one another."
BELLESH stops on the way to the panthers and tries to figure out what's going on; it seems to him like they and CALLIN are growling back and forth to each other.
There is a long pause, and a low rumble from the direction of the cats.
Then, to BELLESH's surprise, a black cat face pokes out of the grass at him! It's not very big, seems almost like a kitten! It makes a grumble/rawr noise in a small cat voice, which is immediately responded to by a larger cat growl/mrow further back!
CALLIN, you hear "There is a two legger here in the grass, Momma! It has no hair and it smells different than the shaggy two leggers! I like it!"
Then in response "Sonoya! What are you doing away from where we told you to stay! Do not move! It might be dangerous!"
BELLESH can't help but smile at the cuteness of the kitten. He bends down slowly into a crouch and extends his arm to hold his hand in its direction.
TAKASHI: "I'd be careful with that cat, BELLESH. It looks young, which means that mother must be close by."
CALLIN whips his head around and gives Bellesh a very hard look. But doesn't speak to him. Instead he calls out to the cats once again. "I can help if, if you let me, I will come alone and tend to your wounds. I give you my word I will cause no harm, I only wish to mend your wounds."
ATACIUS will look for some food to offer the black kitten. "Here BELESH, try this..." he says handing the food.
The small cat shows no fear as it places its head into BELLESH's outstretched hand. It has tiny wings on its back, similar to bat wings - they look thin, soft and leathery. It rumbles and purrs.
CALLIN, you hear "Oh momma, the two leg walker with no hair is nice! He's touching my head. His hands are warm!"
BELLESH, just then, a LARGER cat head appears out of the grass!
It looks at you and rumbles a warning growl. It slowly leans in and grabs the small cat by the scruff of the neck, watching you VERY carefully. The cat has visible wounds on its face and neck, with blood dripping. It moves back away from you, very cautiously.
The look on the younger cat's face looks like what a young child's face would look like if they were disappointed and knowing they were in trouble!
GRAIAN watches all this, assuming Callin is talking to the flying cats and wishing he could understand. "Hopefully we will learn something useful about this strange place" he says to himself quietly.
BELLESH smiles when the young, winged feline touches his hand, but freezes, eyes wide, as the large cat appears. After they move away, BELLESH looks back gratefully at ATACIUS, taking the food in his hands and placing it on the ground in the direction of the cats. Then, he backs away slowly from them and the food.
CALLIN: " please let me mend your wound. Other hunters will smell the wound and track you. I promise I can mend it, we only wish to help you protect your child."
There is a pause and CALLIN hears "... but moooooom... he has something to eat!!!" and a growl that ends in a definite warning. "STAY put!"
Another pause and then ... "You may come." but it sounds unsure.
Approaching through the grass, you come upon the two larger black flying panthers. One has serious wounds on it's hindquarters, sides, neck and face. It lies bleeding and panting in the grass, the blood matted and pooled underneath it. Another cat lies crouched to the side, a smaller version crouched beside it as well. It ripples its small wings in response to your approach.
The lesser wounded cat, crouching, looks and smells at you. "What will you do, two leg who makes our sounds?"
CALLIN: Comes slowly hands in plain site. "I will call to the LIGHT, all that is good in this world, and lay my hand gently on the wounded, and the LIGHT will mend these wounds. I give you my word that I will cause no harm and only heal. " CALLIN will then proceed to kneel next to the more wounded and cast cure light wounds. "May the LIGHT shine upon thee, may it cause comfort and ease. May it bind that which has become weak from battle, and give hope and warmth."
The large panther makes a growling noise while CALLIN prays, but does nothing else.
At his words " ... May it bind that which has become weak from battle, and give hope and warmth", the wounds begin to do that, to bind and close. Not all of them completely heal, and there is still a severe wound on the panther's hindquarters. To CALLIN's eye, though, it looks less severe.
The other panther mrows softly. "Braggu... the two legs has made you better! I can't believe it! Just by making sounds and touching you."
The large panther leans over and licks its wounds and smells, then stands, somewhat shakily and growls. "Yes, Praga... I can stand now."
Meanwhile, the smaller cat has gone over to investigate what BELLESH has in his hands, sniffing the food that ATACIUS gave. It sticks out a tongue, tastes the bread and makes a face.
"Ick! It's not very good, poor two legs don't eat good food!"
"Praga" turns and looks at the smaller cat. "Hush, Jellish. Don't eat their food, that is for them!"
Braggu speaks to CALLIN. "I have never had such a thing happen to me. Had I known that two legs were so powerful, I would avoid them all the more. But you have used that to help me, not hurt me, and I thank you."
BELLESH sees the kitten's reaction to ATACIUS' food and takes a look in his own pouch to see if he has something more meaty, perhaps a bit of fish or chicken, that might be more to the cats' taste.
ATACIUS: "There goes some good travel bread..." says the littleling, a touch of dismay in his voice.
CALLIN: "You are welcome Braggu, I am glad I could help. We are new to this land, and wish to travel in peace. Helping those along the way seems a good way to earn favor to those around us. We plan to travel to the city built by the two legs long ago, do you know the best way for my friends and I to travel there?"
Jellish (bigger than a kitten, but obviously a young cat) starts to poke around BELLESH's feet and legs, uncurling and ruffling its leathery wings while it keeps a hopeful eye on the young mage as he sifts through his back (BELLESH, it's up to you if you have something meaty for Jellish).
Braggu cocks his head at CALLIN and seems to consider his words before speaking.
"There are places that we do not go, they smell of death and of things that are best left undisturbed. My sire and mam taught me the places of danger - the mountain that burns, beyond the rocks of the waters and the place of death where the two legged once lived. The trees and grass continue to come to that place, but we do not go there. I could not tell you the best way, for us, it would be to stay away! If you do decide to go, know that the creatures that live there are ... not the same as they used to be."
Claudia has moved forward a bit and is wide eyed looking at both. Praga turns to look at the young lady, then begins to lick her own wounds. Claudia makes a sad face, then gets out her water skin, pours some in her hand and tentatively holds it out to Praga. The black panther looks at her carefully, then begins to lap at the water, Claudia pouring more in to make sure the cat has enough.
Braggu says to CALLIN "You are generous with your powers and actions. I have never heard of such from the two legs, beyond a rare few. The life of my son, my child, is assured for another day thanks to you."
BELLESH pulls out some of the dried fish he'd pocketed from the Amarisa. Cupping it in his hand, he kneels down and holds it out for Jellish. (@Michael S I don't know if having a character named 'Jellish' will help or hurt with all the mis-spellings of 'Bellesh'. I've corrected the ones on this page.)
GRAIAN looks on at the unfurling scene, "Bellesh, maybe you have found your familiar" he calls out in a gentle voice, not wishing to startle the cats.
CALLIN says to Braggu: "Mine is the way of the LIGHT and it shines upon all of us, if we walk on 2 or 4 legs. And this day it shines upon you, so you may continue to protect and provide for your family. I am thankful that I have been given the power to help those in need. I wish you a speedy recovery, and safe hunting! Should you need my help again know that I will always be willing to help." CALLIN then gives a blessing to the family of cats "May the LIGHT shine upon thee, may it keep your stomachs full, and your eyes sharp. May it bring you good hunting, and safety at rest." CALLIN pauses and then asks. "Is there anything else I can do for you and your family Braggu?"
Braggu again takes a moment to consider your words.
"Two legs see things in ways we do not. It is strange. And use many words in ways we do not. Whatever you have done, we will remember you as not-enemies and not-food, much like the other two legs who make our sounds. May your hunts be fruitful and your travels be swift." Braggu says.
"You have our gratitude for having done what you did. Your powers are strong. May they help you if you do go to the places of death." Praga adds.
Jellish says nothing, happily eating BELLESH's offered dried fish. "It is odd, but it is good!" it rumbles in a happy tone to Praga after eating every morsel.
After Jellish finishes, BELLESH strokes the back of his head and scratches behind his ears.
CALLIN, as you straighten up, a wall of sound assaults your ears! Animals are speaking everywhere, talking about food, about mating, about "this is my territory, not yours!" It takes some effort to shut them out of your mind, much like you would in a very crowded temple!
As you begin to move away back up the beach, you hear a sharp tone from Praga.
"Jellish! Come back!"
"Aw moooom.... I want to go with the no-hair two leg! He was nice to me and he might have more of that tasty dried fish..." you hear in a hopeful voice.
"Son, you cannot. Where they go, we must not." Braggu adds.
BELLESH doesn't understand the sounds Jellish makes, but he thinks he understands the look on his face. Raising his arm with his hand open, BELLESH softly says "goodbye" before turning away.
Your walking soon takes you out of range of the cats.
The rest of the late afternoon and early evening is continued walking. After a time, the voices turn back into animal sounds that CALLIN cannot understand. Claudia is very impressed by this new "miracle" and she asks you many times what the animals are saying in response to hearing a screech or loud sound.
In the distance, the towers of Ramathia can be seen, as can a general white "haze" that marks the great wall of the city. You figure it's another fourth or half day walk away to reach it. The shoreline curves to the west, marking a cove or bay of some sort.
If you wish to find a location for camping, it's easy enough to simply find a spot with decent enough cover. What will you do for fire or other comforts?
BELLESH has his magnifying glass in his pocket that could be used to help start a fire if we can find some wood and kindling.
ATACIUS remembers he also has a magnifying glass and mimics BELLESH technique. "That's a nice tricke there!"
BELLESH smiles at the compliment from ATACIUS. "Yeah... I guess we'd better be careful not to do any damage to the forest, though."
CALLIN: will translate what he heard as best he can to the rest of the group, especially Claudia. Once the spell fades, he will explain to Claudia: "The time for this Miracle has passed, as we have solved the problem the LIGHT wished to expose, and that it is time to focus on heading to the city. I would heed the warnings of Braggu and Praga. Things in the city are not what they once were, and that it is a place of death and darkness to be avoided. It would be wise for us to be cautious as we explore this place."
GRAIAN nods in agreement, "Yes, I fear there are many strange things ahead of us, both man and beast have told us the same thing. We must be very careful and \ever watchful as we move through this island. I hope it releases the promises of rich knowledge we believe are here for I suspect this will be a costly journey." He sighs and walk a little distance before sitting down and stares out to sea.