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SF Round Four - epilogueSilence fills the aftermath, silence broken only by the occasional snap of a branch or the cry of a dying creature. The sharp scent of tree sap permeates the senses, the lifeblood of so many broken forest behemoths.SF Round Four - epilogue by Cloudbat
Meka, Tilt, and Camilla are safe - sheltered by the cage of vines as destruction raged around them. They have small cuts and bruises, nothing more.
Thank you, former competitors. Despite grave losses, the forest still lives. Even though technically the final round never had a victor -
"Oh, give me a break." mutters Meka.
- I will still grant each of you a wish, as a reward for your services. Dercas's voice sounds half irritated, half amused.
Tilt speaks up hesitantly, but with a hopeful tone. "I...I'd like Lance to be cured, and to go home again..."
It is done. Be free, Anonymous.
The gray beast smiles, and Navi appears to guide his way back.
Camilla pipes up. "If...um...I'd just really like to fly again!"
The fox laughs - It is done.
SF Round Four - page 8Allele sings as she flaps and glidesSF Round Four - page 8 by Cloudbat
Making her way back to the web of bones and vines.
At last she lands on a narrow ledge
Pauses a bit to restore her breath.
So tell me, what do you desire?
The forest's voice now had notes of ire.
"It's just like I said before -
I want to serve you, nothing more."
You took me here to tell me that alone?
"I can't bear the impure others!
I wanted to be on my own."
Impure, you say? No more than you.
I know of everything you do.
"I swear I'll change all that now
Just show me, please, tell me how!"
You need to peel back the heart's thorns.
The very center is where its power was born.
Biaxident tells the others nervously
Even though there are no eyes to be seen.
No one knows how much time Allele can buy
They must be fast, cunning, and sly.
Tilt, Meka, I need you to do this for me.
Be fast, but careful as can be.
The two creatures nod and start to work away
Praying they will see the end of this day.
Allele nods and p
SF Round Four - page 6Allele whispers, afraid the forest will hear -SF Round Four - page 6 by Cloudbat
Speak with your mind - it will enter my ears.
Can we even kill the god? Could Mobius?
Mobius could kill the god - and then would kill us.
There's another problem as well -
I care for all who in the forest dwell.
I wish to end my servitude yet keep them alive
This place is my home - I will not let it die.
Will you save the other competitors too?
The rest aren't so bad; this I will do.
Could you take the god's role for your own?
Make the forest your leafy throne?
Only a spirit can inhabit the wood.
I haven't the power; I would if I could.
Then how do we solve this awful riddle?
With two crazed deities and us stuck in the middle.
Meka, Biaxident, you and Tilt-
You're to be my distractions
Until both creatures are killed.
Dercas spoke in all their minds
Explained her plan to kill both things divine.
Could you take Mobius's energy?
Meka asked once she'd finished.
SF Round Four - page 5A vast snarling figure appearedSF Round Four - page 5 by Cloudbat
Her orbs blazing with light
Dercas leaped into the fight.
Mobius laughed and shot away from her claws
With Camilla's body it evaded her snapping jaws
Up the fox chased as the stunned fighters watched.
Still the song played with the voices of ghosts
Again the pair grappled
As intruder spoke with host.
"Oh Dercas, it’s been so many years
How is life as a servant, my dear?"
"What do you want, you daft parasite?
Go fade back into the ether of night."
"Why, when I will have a body of my own?"
"Camilla is innocent. Leave her alone."
"You feed innocents to your master, surely this you'd condone.
"No more!" Cried a new voice, in the midst of the din.
"No more will I allow for more corpses and bones."
Navi's fur shone in the morning light
She made for a passionate, angry sight.
Mobius laughed, but was cut off
Dercas finally grabbed it in her jaws.
The nebulae eyes glowed as it laughed on
"You think this is it? You think you've won?
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Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 8 - ENDTilt jerked awake.Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 8 - END by Miirik
“Whoah, calm down, boy!” said a familiar voice. A warm hand touched Tilt’s head--he looked up and saw best friend. Not sick. Alive.
Tilt burrowed his head in Lance’s lap as the boy hugged him. “What’s wrong, Tilt? Bad dream?”
* * *
Flutter Song woke up in her old home, baffled. What just...?
“Dancing Leaves?” she chirped nervously.
The fox tumbled into view below the tree Flutter Song was perched on. “Flutter Song, wake up! I thought you said you wanted to see the kits when they were old enough to get out of the den!”
“Th-the what?” she asked, dazed. Familiar trees surrounded her--she and Dancing Leaves’ injuries were gone. “Where’s...where’s the Sacred Forest? Why are you alive!?”
The fox tilted his head. “I had a similar dream but...” He glanced around. “My mate never died. How could any of that have happened?
Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 7Camilla shivered on the cold forest floor. Was it real? Was she dreaming?Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 7 by Miirik
Please, please let it have been a dream...
She saw Meka, very still on the forest floor, surrounded with embers. It was all real.
She crawled over to Dercas--the kitsune was wheezing on the ground, opening her eyes when the girl got near.
“Dercas,” Camilla croaked, “why did you even offer to grant a wish?”
Dercas stared blankly ahead, her breathing shallow. “I was lonely,” she whispered. “So lonely. And I hoped that, maybe, by some small chance...I’d be freed by the wish.” A tear slid down the guardian's face. “What an idiot I was...am.”
Camilla glanced at the scarred forest, the fallen, the shaking ghosts whose hold on the world was fading. “I ruined everything,” she sniffled, choking back a sob.
“There, there,” Dercas said, almost tenderly. She weakly pushed Milly towards her with one of her tails and nestled with h
Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 6Allele lurched to her feet, hacking up teal blood.Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 6 by Miirik
Make the wish! Dercas’ panicked voice hissed in her head.
“I-I don’t know what to wish for,” Allele croaked, salty tears nearly forming in her eyes. She was in agony--her wings were too torn to even fly, and bleeding heavily. She realized with a cold sinking feeling that she might die today.
She could see in her fuzzy vision two gigantic beasts crashing into each other, snarling and sending blood of all colors flying. The competitors ran backwards in a panic, trying not to get crushed.
What a mess.
Allele stomped a hoof on the grass, staring Mobius in the eyes. The massive creature glared back, coiling around the leafy creature’s neck as the creature smashed Mobius’ face into the earth; she struggled free and slithered over to the competitors, tossing them to the side.
Allele stomped the ground with the last bit of her strength. “Hey!”
The massive gray creature turned to face Allel
Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 5Allele’s wings were weak; she flew falteringly, nearly falling out of the air at some points and flying back up afterwards.Sacred Forest - Round 4 - Page 5 by Miirik
Not that Meka was doing a great job flying, either. He could barely fly in a straight line, and when he did, Camilla nearly slipped off his back. The haziness around the edge of his vision didn’t help.
“Hang on,” Meka growled to Camilla--she clung to his mane tightly.
Meka clumsily snapped at Allele, but she swiped her tail, slashing the scar on his chest without a single warning from his instincts. He grunted as he lost altitude, but he caught himself and chased after the moth again.
This time, Allele tried to kick Meka’s snout--he swerved to the side and slashed at Allele’s tail as Camilla leaped off of his back. She dug her dainty claws into the bug’s leg.
“Get off!” Allele screeched, shaking her hoof to pry the Abstraction off. Meka was able to tear off a chunk of Allele’s wings before Milly co
SF OCT Reference Al tunSF OCT Reference Al tun by maelstrom14
Species: Marine Velarian
Likes: Fish, clean water, swimming, bathing in the sun while close to water, examine new machines.
Dislikes: Staying away from water for too long, getting into trouble for dismantling machines, Poisoned waters, drying out.
Personality: Quiet, focused, easily excited by the presence of machines including those he has never seen before.
Characteristics: dark blue scales with light blue underbelly, yellow slitted eyes, webbed hands and feet, short sharp claws, short length snout with small nostrils, fins going from the top of his head down to his tail, long vertically flat tail, four toes on each foot as for each velarian, three fingers and one thumb on each hand, able to walk on all fours and on hind legs. scars from claws on chest diagnally, one scar from a blade just under his left eye, large scar on his right thigh. Slender but muscular build, compact scales that appear almost like skin, s
Mortal SF Audition Writing page 1(This connects to my last comic page...)Mortal SF Audition Writing page 1 by Wolfstream
Mortal shivered and took a step, then another. In his mind, old memorys drifted up, so old he did almost not know that he still had them.
'A wanderer, that's what I am. A passenger in my own life. Never at home... A demon. An Exile.' He thought bitterly, as he walked beneath the trees, whose trunks threw long shadows across his back. His thoughts strayed in another direction, maybe because of the sense of magic, he got a little wistful.
'Life...' Mortal said aloud, then continued the trail of thought in his mind. 'What is a mortal life to a demon? What does that make me? Do I even have a soul?' His ears drooped for a moment at that. Then he shook himself and continued on his way.
Suddenly, a little cyan ball of light was floating in mid air, right infront of him, and it seemed to Mortal, as if there was a faint voice, like the rustling of leaves, and it whispered something... "I... can offer an escape!" And there she was, face to face with him,
Sacred Forest Round one Part twoA smallish brown creature swam through the air like a fish in water, seeming very happy. She giggled and flew lower, down to a white fox looking creature with a black mane and dark blue scarf. He, as opposed to the brown creature didn't look very happy. He looked focused.Sacred Forest Round one Part two by Lunaterasu
“Would you quiet down, Pest!?” He snapped up at the giggling female.
“But Dadd-y!” She whined and landed in front of her father.
“For the last time…” The white creature began through clenched teeth. “I am not your Dad!”
The small, brown creature pouted.
“Fiiiiine…Mekaa…” She spat the last word out in a deeper, mocking tone. “But I like Daddy better.” She mumbled to herself
Meka sighed. Sometimes he just couldn’t take this creature…
“Daddy, I’m bored! Can we play a game while we look for this intruder?” the creature begged as jumped back into the air.
Meka gave her a look, but the