Survival Siblings

Betes and Losis pawed at the dirt, trying to uncover their brother Cad. Mother had told them that Cad was gone, that he couldn’t play. But that was a lie. Cad was right here. He was hiding, just like they did, playing hide and seek.

Large jaws wrapped around Losis, picking him up. The hatchling gave a cry, squirming in Winse’s mouth. Betes was lifted too, instead by her father. Both larger Guardians moved away from the graves, Winse smoothing the dirt over Cad with his tail.

Leth merrily took the hatchlings from them when they circled around and into the lair mouth. She distracted them with stories and aerial displays. She even tied herself in a loose knot that Lymph needed to help disentangle her from. The hatchlings were sufficiently amused, forgetting about digging up their sibling.

Safe sighed as Zone laid beside her. She was happy, so happy, to finally have children. Betes, brave and wild. Losis, the spitting image of his father. They were beautiful, precious, loved.

If only Cad hadn’t died. They could’ve been a perfect family of five.

No, eight. A perfect family of eight. Winse, Lymph, and Leth were family, just not by blood. They may as well be, Zone had said.

It should be fifteen. Nobody should have died, in Safe’s opinion.

Her first nest, those three gorgeous hatchlings–Fluen, Kanker, and Pox–should never have died. Malihini, Bola, and Pizzicato should be alive right now too. And Cad–poor, sweet, innocent Cad–should be laughing alongside his siblings right now.

None of them should be dead. None of them.

…But they are.

They were dead…and they were never coming back…

“Safe,” Zone rumbled, as if reading his mate’s mind. “I know you miss him. But look.” He gestured his mighty head toward Leth and the children. “We got lucky this time. We have two beautiful children to care for now. Cad would want us to be happy.”

Safe watched Losis wrestle with Betes, interest lost in Leth’s story. The teal-belly Spiral looked upset by the interruption. She was swiftly distracted by Lymph trotting over to nuzzle her. They watched the hatchlings wrestle and paw and nip each other, squeaking and chirping.

Safe was no fool. She had seen the way Lymph and Leth looked at each other. They were in love. Late at night when she just lay there with her four eyes closed, listening to the sounds of the night, she’d pick up bits of conversation between them. Leth wanted a nest, hatchlings of her own. And Lymph–sweet, loyal Lymph–wanted to give her that. It made Safe feel proud.

But it also frightened her. Her first clutch and then Cad from her second clutch had all died on the nest. Leth, so brave, was still so young. How would she handle it if her clutch all perished?

She would be devastated, Safe suspected.

Had they even thought of that? Or was it just her imagining that nest full of dead eggs, the babies inside barely breathing, expiring minutes after finally coming into the world?

A sharp squeal from Betes brought her back to the present. The blood-red Guardian leaped away from her larger brother, paw bleeding from a deep bite. Losis scurried back, head lowered in guilt, eyes wide in shock. The streak of red on the cave floor shone like a neon-colored banner.

Zone rose, ready to deliver a scolding, when Safe stood. Zone watched her as she crossed the lair to her daughter. Betes’ eyes shone with fresh tears but she refused to cry outright, snout twitching in an attempt to hide them.

Safe fetched some of the herbs and plants that Winse and Lymph had brought home once from one of their outdoor excursions into the wilderness. She wrapped them around Betes bleeding paw and put gentle pressure. The flow stopped. Betes was careful in placing the damaged limb on the ground, limping slightly.

“I’m sorry,” Losis apologized softly.

Safe picked up a stray piece of linen and turned, wiping her son’s mouth. There was blood on his teeth and a smear on his lower jaw. The fabric cleared it away and her son looked pure again.

“Play nice,” Safe requested, nuzzling her son.

Three days old and Losis was almost as big as her. How fast these children grow.

Maybe it was a testament to their survival abilities. The plague had failed to kill Losis and Betes on the nest. Safe prayed they would continue to survive.

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Day 25

Day five of the Mistral Jamboree is here!

1 - scavenging

More scavenging, though I got over 20 Messengers Scrolls. Yay!

2 - material drop

Material drop! I think we all know what I’m writing about today. *squees over babies*

3 - Festive Favors

Got enough Messengers Scrolls to get another item from Joxar at Festive Favors!

4 - crown purchase

5 - crown purchased

I’m getting the crown this time around. In all holiday weeks, there will be that flight’s emblem for sale for 40 holiday currency. That’s the only item in the holiday line-up that NEVER changes. So I’m getting both apparel items and the familiar FIRST. if I get the emblem before the week is over, cool. If not, it’ll be there next March or I can go purchase one in the Auction House.

Now who to give the crown to??

6 - Zone with crown weird

I thought it’d look good on Zone due to the wind under his wings that the mask makes, but it just looks weird to me. Then I remembered…

7 - Lymph with crown cool

Lymph is a Wind flight derg! The crown matches his eyes, so I’ll leave it on him for now.

8 - Betes growth

9 - Losis growth holy

The babies be growing up fast! Especially Losis, who seems on the fast track to catching up to his 17M daddy.

10 - lair

So yeah, nothing much today…again… Maybe tomorrow?

Off to write about the babies!

Day 24

Day four of the Mistral Jamboree! Woot woot!

1 - Betes growth

2 - Losis growth

Babies are growing so big so fast! Yay!

3 - scavenging

More boring scavenging for common drops and holiday currency…

4 - another apparel drop wtf

Another apparel drop? Okay, Pinkerton, you’re scaring me a lot now. Why do you want me to have so many babies??

Guess this one will need to be Losis and any daughter that Lymph and Leth have that survives. If none, that I guess Leth may need to hook up with Losis for a nest. That won’t be for a while though.

5 - Festive Favors

So close to getting the emblem or the crown. Gaah!

6 - Training Fields familiar drop wow

7 - Betes and Ruby Webwing

I forgot that I got a Ruby Webwing from Training Fields yesterday until I looked through my hoard today. Put it on Betes because they’re both red. lol

8 - third nest

9 - new nest 2

10 - new nest 3

So, to accommodate all the incoming breeding-through-apparel nests, I’m allowing myself to purchase a third nest. I highly doubt I will have any reason to purchase a fourth nest.

That’s all for today. No Coliseum. Can’t wait until the nests start filling up in 7 days!

Day 23

Day number three of the Mistral Jamboree holiday week! Hope other FR players are having fun!

1 - scavenging

More boring scavenging. At least I got a lot of Messengers Scrolls. Yay!

2 - apparel drop

Another apparel drop? Pinkerton, you’re being oddly generous…

Are you letting me have a bunch of babies just so you can crush my soul when the coin flip kills them all?

3 - current lair

Safe and Zone are guaranteed to breed again in 8 days. Lymph and Leth will use their apparel drop to breed in 10 days. That really only leaves Winse and Betes to breed in 13 days. Sorry, Losis, you get left out…

Might need to purchase a third nest to accommodate them all. We’ll see when those dates get closer.

4 - Festive Favors

Now to get my first prize from Festive Favors since I have enough holiday currency. Yay!

5 - Windbound Mask purchase 1

6 - Windbound Mask purchase 2

Now who to put it on??

7 - apparelled Zone

Looks a little odd at first but the mask markings match with your primary gene color. I think this one’s a keeper!

8 - lair

And, of course, apparel does show up in the lair screen. Zone looks a bit weird at first but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

So we have a breeding line-up coming in the next 8 days. First Safe and Zone for the third time, then Lymph and Leth in two days, then Winse and Betes in three days. Probably will purchase that third nest tomorrow just to ensure I get these three pairs bred and ready ASAP when their dates come.

So yeah, boring day. Oh well. Tomorrow will likely be more exciting.

Weekly Report 3

So, a lot happened this week!

To start with, Zone and Safe finally had a nest again! And this time, two of the babies lived! The plague has been conquered for this clutch! Welcoming Betes and Losis to the family!

1 - Betes growth

2 - Losis growth

Leth also grew up. She now joins the Coliseum party, though she’s severely under-leveled and the Coliseum is screwing me in terms of EXP for her.

1 - Leth grown up omg

Winse and Lymph have been armed with battle stones and can now stand their own in Woodland Path. Winse is a physical fighter while Lymph primarily uses magic, both also carrying high defenses against physical and magical attacks. I’m planning to have Leth balance physical and magic attacks.

The days of doing double duty from food drops is now over! I will never need to do more than 50 battles in the Coliseum per day. Thank Plaguebringer!

Got my second DEATH STREAK yesterday…on Leth’s first day in the Coliseum party. We managed to live but only because it was Training Fields. Leveling Leth up takes forever. Will likely need to bite the bullet and dive into Woodland Path with her. I’m scared…

1 - Mistral Jamboree

Wind flight’s holiday, the Mistral Jamboree, started yesterday. I will be gathering holiday currency from both Scavenging and the Coliseum for four exclusive items in the Festive Favors shop. I’m really close to getting the most expensive one.

5 - Festive Favors

And that’s basically all that happened this week!

 

Day 22

The second day of the Mistral Jamboree is here! Yes!

1 - Betes growth

2 - Losis growth

The babies have grown over a meter since yesterday. Safe, what have you been feeding them??

3 - scavenging

More boring scavenging. All things found have been sold for cash that I will keep until I need to purchase something. Any new lair upgrades will be halted because I can’t even fill a page full of dergs. Once I fill a page, then I’ll start upgrading again.

4 - insect drop

That’s 20-30 battles, Pinkerton. Thanks!

1 - Training Fields

I know I said I’d go to Woodland Path today…but I’m a wuss. I don’t want Leth to die. May it was a one day glitch? I can hope…

Battle 1

2 - after battle 1

Battle 5

3 - Leth level up after battle 5

4 - Leth level 2 after battle 5

Yes! Leth finally levels up!

Battle 10

5 - Slayer achievement after battle 10

Over the course of 22 days, I’ve beaten over 500 enemies. Wow…

Battle 12

6 - Luna Mith has boobs, battle 12

I accidentally saved the battle screenshot as the wrong file type, so I had to go steal a preview pic from the Auction House for this enemy.

This is a Luna Mith. And I just realized something. It has boobs. wtf, FR, wtf?

Battle 30

7 - after battle 30

RESULTS

It’s not a one-day glitch. Any enemy that isn’t a Luna Mith, Dark-Tufted Sparrowmouse, or a pair of Webwings will give me zero EXP. That really sucks. I will very likely head into Woodland Path tomorrow or whenever my next food drop is in order to get more EXP.

I pray Leth doesn’t die. I really want to use that free breeding opportunity for her and Lymph. Their babies will look so cute, I just know it!

5 - Festive Favors

On another note, I almost have enough Messengers Scrolls to get a Windbound Mask from Festive Favors. Yay! So glad that the Coliseum drops holiday currency too. That really helps.