Public SLEEP BENEATH THE HILLS O' WHITE | avalanche [PLOT START]

RIVEN

❦ | TEN OF HEARTS
Nov 10, 2020
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Bones
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⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ Frosty breath, cold puffs of smoke exhaled from flared and dripping nostrils to mingle among the falling flakes of snow. Riven had never seen snow until a few days ago, and now it was all he could see. The landscape once verdant and green now swathed in an unbreaking sea of white cold. Trees stood as stalwart soldiers against the grey eternity of the sky, dark and peeling bark soon to be cloaked in that all-consuming ivory. Fortunate was he with long legs, the snow barely reached halfway up his legs and the sensitive downy fur of his stomach was kept dry and away from the slush they trudged through.
Golden eyes narrowed in annoyance as the oncoming storm buffeted his face, lips peeling back to show pointed teeth, a threat to the storm that sought to bury them.
This patrol hadn't been his idea. Truthfully, he forgot whose idea it was to begin with, something that was likely for the best or he'd sink his fangs into their ear for the discomfort they were causing him. With the oncoming winter, for some of them their first winter, they needed to find better hunting grounds or starve. Riven would not starve. And so he organized this little group to explore the nearby semi-mountainous region, close by to where they'd first encountered the great bear Nikolai. In fact... he could almost see the pine tree from which they'd retrieved his odd hat.
The crunch of the snow beneath traveling paws was deafening to his acute hearing, forcing his ears flat against his head and casting scrutinizing stares at his traveling party.
He envied those still curled up in their dens, hidden away from the frosty fingers that dragged their nails down his nape. Why was he here? He was the chief! He should be living in luxury, hidden away and warm. A low rumbling growl would bubble in his chest but died just as quickly as the earth seemed to respond in kind with a distant grumble of its own.
His lips lowered to cover his teeth once again, pausing in his tracks in befuddlement. "Hm?" He would muse aloud, turning his narrow-eyed gaze to the rest of the patrol, "Somebody say something?" It didn't sound like it... but if not that, then what?
//Hey guys, plot start!!! The hideaway is going to be split up by an avalanche. Those on the patrol will be forced to take shelter somewhere else while they figure out how to get back to camp safely, and those in camp will have to decide the best course of action without their "leader" and some of their core members which could cause high tensions between wanting to search for them vs staying safe from the blizzard.
If anyone stumbles across this thread late, feel free to jump in and assume your character was always on the patrol from the start <3



 

Haruspex

The Outcast
Nov 9, 2020
54
1
8
Bones
20
The snow truly was not Haru's friend. The small feline had been scarcely seen in the recent moons and it had all stemmed from the paranoia that had ripped through the group for a time. But that behind them now and it was time to start over. Haru would be lying if he said that he wasn't excited about patrolling side by side with others, but he wasn't a particular fan of the weather conditions. He spent more time leaping over snow drifts than anything else. It was hard work.

However, what brought the feline to a halt was the sound of distant rumblings, and then of course Riven's words. "I didn't say anything." He remarked before he dared to look around with his single eye. Something was causing his hackles to prickle and he didn't like it.
 

SANS

[ 𝐋𝐀𝐙𝐘𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐄 ]
Jan 1, 2021
28
1
3
Bones
20
Ivorydust who not was an morning person was still sleeping but not back in camp, but by under the bridge with somebody else beside him, a big hellion dog who had snuggled themself up close to him. Ivorydust might or might not have noticed it but that didn't matter anyway since he didn't cared. Redbones was like a needy little puppy who needed hugs when he was in the current condition he was in, and with his touching problem only allowed people he fully trusted to be close to them like this. Ivorydust was one and if not the only person who ever had been allowed this close to the Hellion like this. Since the guy seemed to need it right now there was no real reason to why he should care about it, if anything it gave him a bit of warmth against the cold to have a bigger animal with alot more fur then him close to him like this.

For to many days now Ivory had been having a problem with sleeping, so he severely of times that night had woken up when he just had started to slumber of. It had made his nice tiredsome with not much rest but now close to the morning when he finally had fallen into a deep slumber... that noice could be heared from a bit away. It was enough to wake the Paragon up again for probably the houndred time this night, and as he drowsy opend his eyes looked a bit confused to where the noise had come from or if he just had imaged it all. His stomach maybe?. It always growled.... Blinking his eyes severely of times looked over to Redbones who was still sleeping like a rock, all unbothered to whatever was happening out there. It would make him grin slightly knowing his friend needed the sleep but so did he. Now he could go and investigate but it was still to early for his liking beside...he didn't really wanted to. So what did he decide to do?. The only thing he could do in this situation...Ivorydust rested his head on his paws again and closed his eyes, trying to fall asleep again, comletely unaware of the chaos that was happening severely minutes away back at camp.

// see this as a track for now since i'm not sure what to do with Ivory in this right now c': He will most likely run into the patrol later or reach the camp once things 'heats' up more (:
 

RIVEN

❦ | TEN OF HEARTS
Nov 10, 2020
140
17
18
Bones
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⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ "I suppose you didn't," he would mutter in response to Haru, lifting his head into the buffeting gale with narrowed eyes to peer into the horizon. He was certain he'd heard something. Absolutely certain.
The snow shifted beneath his paws, tumbling down the hill-sides they'd already traversed causing the wolf to lurch forward to catch his balance with a panicked oof!
The rumbling he'd heard could be heard again, but this time it could be felt. A slight vibration beneath his paws, that sent a sinking pit deep within his belly and a rigid nervousness down his spine.

His eyes narrowed further on the horizon, seeking to pull back the curtain of snow to see beyond... and it looked like there was movement.
"Hold on," he called to the patrol, taking a small stride forward through the buffeting wind to stare further. Clouds. Clouds on the ground rolling over snow and ice and rock, shaking the ground beneath them with increasing force as it approached.
Until it became apparent that they were in fact not clouds, and was instead a wall of snow. Six eyes widened in unison, panic-stricken features becoming all the more exaggerated as the avalanche grew in size and ferocity; there was no mistaking the rolling snow and ground beneath them now.
His head whipped back and forth, forward, back, paws dancing in place in the snow as he searched desperately for escape. Nearby, a trees-length maybe, an opening in the rock. A cave.
He didn't spare the patrol a glance or another word before darting for the cave, long legs bounding through the snow and chest shoving aside to form taller drifts on either side of his panicked path. He needed to save himself, if they were smart they would follow.

One stride, two strides, three- slip. He hit the ground hard, his shoulder meeting the sharp edge of a stone carefully hidden by snow, but the desperation for life drove him up to his paws to hobble the remaining distance. Diving into the cave, Riven spared no thought to the panic that would have consumed him from such an enclosed space. Claustrophobia was a negligible thing at the moment when his life was in very real danger.
So in the darkness, he stood shaking, glowing a very dim smoky grey from repulsive fear, waiting to see who, if anyone, would survive the crushing wave of snow.

 

Haruspex

The Outcast
Nov 9, 2020
54
1
8
Bones
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Haru could sense it, that impending approach of doom. Death's icy claws were coming from the heavens and were seeking them out! The small feline panicked and dove straight into a flight response. Run... run and don't look back! But run where? In the ensuing chaos he had lost track of Riven's larger form, and by the time he caught a glimpse of the Chief and began to move towards him the torrent of snow was around him. The small feline was swallowed up in the rolling flow and his cry was muffled by the thunderous cataclysm.

Death. Was this how he was to die?

His small body struck something solid and it ripped him free from the avalanche's merciless grasp. A sturdy oak it seemed, or rather what was left of it. The snow still came rushing past him and it pressed the air out of his lungs, but with determination he hauled himself along the trunk until he reached the side sheltered from the raging snow. Haru spluttered and wheezed as he sat there, entirely at the mercy of the oak that strained and creaked under the wrath of the avalanche. Crying was never something that Haru did, but at that moment he did. He was fucking terrified and in so much pain! The more the oak groaned under the pressure the more fearful he became that death would still claim him yet.

I... I don't want to die...
Morpheus...

I'm not ready...
 

SANS

[ 𝐋𝐀𝐙𝐘𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐄 ]
Jan 1, 2021
28
1
3
Bones
20

Few minutes later and he could feel the ground underneath his paws start to shake not enough to panic him into alarm but it was enough to wake him up. Once again his attempt at sleep got disturbed and he would open both of his eyes in slight suprisement. An earthquake?. Ivorydust glanced over at the dog who still was sleeping like a rock even now through all of this. It was amazing how Redbones could sleep through something like this. It was an talent he for sure was jealous of. Deciding to not wake his friend up the Paragon got up on his paws to go and investigate this all on his own. Was probably nothing but his guts told him otherwise. After having walked himself out to no longer have the bridge as the roof over his head started to see something was going on over there in the distance and now when he was paying more attention could hear rumblings, a sound he was somewhat familliar with. Something for sure was going on further inside this forest, should he go and look though?. He got a feeling it could be dangerous and he really prefered to stay out of dangerous situations. Ivorydust might have done so if not a certain timber wolf past his thinking which just made him sigh in defeat. Welp, looked like he had no choice, huh?.

Ivorydust cast a gaze over his shoulder at the sleeping Hellion giving them nothing but an apologic grin. " Sorry bud, i will be back soon...probably." he would chuckle softly to himself before he just shooked his head, and with that he started walking deeper inside of the forest and the closer he got the more the ground started to shake, and the louder his rumbling sound could be heared. In the air it was filled with fear and panic from other animals and up there in the sky he could see birds where flying away from the direction he was walking towards which just proved even more how much of an horrible idea this actually was.

He had come far enough now into the forest to come eye to eye with what the birds and everyone seemed to be running away from. In the distance right ahead of him could see the wave of snow coming his way like a raging storm. It made the pupils in his eyes disappear as he come to realise the horror.
" Oh stars..." He quickly turned tail knowing he had to get away from here as quickly as possible, so he run as his his short legs had the strenght to carry him and he searched after anything to run into to hide, just about anything at all, and all while the avalanche was getting closer and closer for each running second. It catch up to him quickly and by now it was just seconds away from catching him and driving him under the snow but right in that second saw the entrance to a cave which was his savior right now. Without even thinking twice about it he run and just when the avalanche was about to swollow him whole he jumped and manged to crash right into the cave right before the avalanche would have get thier deadly claws at him, and rushed right past him as he rolled literally into the cave whilst the avalanche locked him in there as it had left a blanket of snow blocking the entrance of the cave and trapping the domestic cat in there. Just his daily luck, huh.

to be contunied.....

 

REDBONES

[ 𝙀𝘿𝙂𝙀𝙇𝙊𝙍𝘿 ]
Dec 27, 2020
28
4
3
Bones
50

Under the meantime Redbones had just been sleeping through the whole damn thing. It was questionable if anything could wake this guy up now if not even an avalanche could wake him up. It most have been a hour or so after Ivorydust had left that the Hellion started to move around in his sleep, starting to feel after the domestic cat who was suppose to lay beside him to keep them warm but he couldn't feel them and the lack of warmth were starting to get to them now, It come to the point he actually woke up because he was cold and had been having a horrible nightmare. Redbones opend his eyes to found nobody there beside him or anywhere near, just him and that was it. Drowsy would narrow his orbs as he contunie to search around after the cat. " Ivory?." he called out tiredly and got up to his paws while letting out a yawn, not yet getting alarmed by the domestic cat absent. He was probably around here somewhere, right?. Redbones contunie on to search and saw the small pawprints after his friend in the snow and started to follow them until he saw they lead into the forest, the forest he not was allowed to enter. Tch, just great, so the lazybone had ditched him again huh?. Maybe he would have left it like that if he not could smell something in the air which were quite alarming. It smelled of fear and panic, and the forest was so awfully quiet too, not even birds he could hear singing thier stupied songs. It gave him this awful feeling inside of his guts that something not stood right here and when had his stomach ever lied to him?. It was nobody he could ever trust like he did with his stomach.

But still he decided to wait to avoid causing any trouble. He sat down on the cold ground to just stare into the quiet forest while hoping Ivorydust would come back soon. After half a hour or so he still hadn't seen any fight of the ivory white cat with the odd blue markings. Now he was starting to really get worried. Something felt off in there and he couldn't shake of this awful feeling he had been having in his guts all this time he had been waiting. Maybe he should go and look for him after all?... No, he should wait. Ivorydust know how to look out after himself and he had strictly told him to wait by the bridge no matter what....Some couple minutes later and still no sign of the cat. Now his anxiety was making him impatient and he could no longer seat around doing nothing. " Oh, fuck me. " The red skeleton pattern dog would mutter underneath his breath as he got up on the paws and entered the forest, hoping he not would regret this later and get his ass kicked out from here.

A while later, stars knows for how long Redbones had reached the part of the forest that had got hit the worst by the avalanche. Snow laid just everywhere along with fallen trees, pieces of what could have been a human nest at some point and had even seen some dead bodies laying either half buried under the snow or could just smell them laying somewhere down under there. It was really awful and he hated to walk through all of this like he was was passing through a graveyard. " Ivorydust...where the hell are ya." he would mutter worriedly, starting to get really worried now and wondered what the hell had happend here.

He had just been about to pass a oak tree, or what was left of it anyway when he saw from the corner of his eye someone who laid there, half covered by the snow. Could it be?. At that point he didn't think much about it just hurried himself over to the half buried body in both hope it was Ivorydust but also not. But it become clear it wasn't since this one looked nothing like them. It turned his worried expression to a disinterested look now, half planning to leave them there to face thier fate. Maybe they already was dead?. Red decided to check out just to be sure and took another step closer to the stranger as he stared down at them with his striking eyes. " Ooooi, dude, are ya dead?." he asked simple, watching for some sort of sign this dude was breathing still.

// interacting with @Haruspex
 

Haruspex

The Outcast
Nov 9, 2020
54
1
8
Bones
20
He didn't know exactly when he had passed out, but he had at some point for sure. Haru might have remained just so if he hadn't been roused by a voice. The words were a haze in his mind and he couldn't fully register what was being said, but he knew that he had to move or reply, or just something, anything. He strained to open his mouth but it was heavy and sticky, as if something was trying to keep his lips glued shut. As his tongue moved within his mouth he finally registered the taste of stale blood. Had he been bleeding? Clearly. It had frozen to his lips and it took some effort to pry his mouth open at last, and as he did so a croaked groan escaped his aching lungs.

Was he dead? No, clearly not, but he wasn't in a good state of health either. During the avalanche he had not escaped without injury and it had been the very oak that had saved his life that had also done him the greatest amount of damage too. "Hel...p... me..." He rasped in a weak whisper as he strained to lift his head, but it flopped back down as his strength abandoned him.
 

REDBONES

[ 𝙀𝘿𝙂𝙀𝙇𝙊𝙍𝘿 ]
Dec 27, 2020
28
4
3
Bones
50

Haruspex pleading of help was barely heared but he could hear that sound of life, a soft whisper of help. It would make the Hellion blink his eyes as he just stared down at them. So the dude was alive then?. For now anyway but for how long?. They would probably not survive for much longer out here. He looked to be in a bad shape too. Redbones failed to see what this had to do with him though. Just looked to be a pain in the ass for him to deal with this. He needed to found Ivorydust and not playing some sort of hero which he clearly wasn't. Redbones didn't give a shit for others, only himself. Life was like that, to only look out for yourself and nobody else. This Hellion would be nothing but a burden and his situation was none of his business so he should just leave them there to die, he was sure if the tables had been turned this dude would have done the same. It was the right thing to do.

Redbones looked cold in that moment as he just turned around and started to walk away but had only taken some few steps before he stopt himself. For a long minute the Hellion simple stood there seeming to have some sort of a inner battle with himself before a long heavy groan left them. Glancing back over at his shoulder at the cat would give them a glare before he cursed something underneath his breath and turned to walk right back over to them again, stoping short in front of them as his shadow fall over thier smaller form. " M' fuckin' hate ya. " he would mutter in irritation down to the badly injured cat blaming him all of this because if he hadn't been a idiot and got himself hurt he wouldn't need to fucking take care of him right now.

Lowering down his head reached for Haruspex scruff underneath the snow in an attempt to lift them up carefully before he turned on his paws and walked away from that oak and started to search for somewhere they could stay, a cave or something. Anything would do at this point. It wasn't easy to get himself forward though with all of this fucking snow laying everywhere. It took him a while to found somewhere for them to crash but ended up to finally found what looked to be one of this nests humans had once lived in, well what was left of it anyway. It was enough to give them some roof over thier heads though since apart of the roof was still left in one of the corners where the house once had stood, and the walls surrending that corners was still left as well so it would block the wind and part of the cold out. Deciding it was good enough of a place to rest the hellion walked himself over there and would drop Haruspex gentle down there. " Now stay there. " he would say without thinking and then frowned at himself as he realised this guy couldn't really get himself anywhere. Rolling his eyes at himself would turn with a huff. " M' will be right back, don't dare fuckin' die while m' away, got it?." he cast a daring glare back at them like that would actually mean anything before he left Haruspex there to head out to found some branches, sticks, or barks, whatever. Anything would work. Since he was surrended by what once had been a hut the leftovers of the house laid everywhere around him, perhaps buried underneath the snow but he had a nose to sniff these things out. So he digged some of them up, even founding some few branches to carry himself back but on his way stopt as he saw something sticking out from underneath the snow. Walking over there to check it out saw it was one of this warm coats humans liked to wrap around thier necks with. Corpsedust had one of those too, and said it was making him warm. Redbones decided to dig it up and carry it back with the rest useful materials he had found and returned back to where Haruspex was.

Placing everything he had found on the ground in front of them would use the neck warmer he had found and throw it over Haruspex to give the guy some warmth. He then focused his attention on the pile of firewood he had been able to found and started to cough, and made sounds like he was about to poke or something. After some of his efforts and struggling manged to spat up some of this gas on the firewood while at the same time using his teeths together to create a spark to lighten the firewood up with so a fire started. Redbones grinned at himself quite pleased with what he had created, and something he had learned after watching his brother having done the same thing once. Now with a warm and cozy fire to warm themself up in the Hellion would place himself close to the fire and then shot a glance over at the other guy wondering how he was doing.
 
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