Northern Campus (Forest Ground)   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
La'Rhane
 player, 130 posts
Mon 28 Dec 2015
at 02:08
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Swinging the pack up on to a shoulder as she stood up LaRhane rolled her neck and shoulders producing several loud pops as her spine re-aligned.  "There is a very well equipped gym here and they designed most of the equipment with greater than human abilities in mind or if you want a real workout you can always go to The Pit.  They don't mind the damage there as long as you clean up after yourself."
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 80 posts
Fri 1 Jan 2016
at 07:42
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"The Pit, huh?  Not the most encouraging name, but I guess with a school like this you need to set aside an area where it's okay to blow the place apart.  Training ground sorta thing, I assume?"  Jon cringed a little at the pops coming from La'Rhane.  He silently thanked his lucky stars that his transformation was as smooth and, more importantly, silent as it was.

"Generally I don't leave much of a mess unless I get pissed off.  I uhh... I try to avoid it.  Bad news all around."
La'Rhane
 player, 131 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2016
at 02:42
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"I try to keep unneccessary destruction to a minimum.  Unfortunatly I don't seem to be very good at it and sometimes it seems like the whole world is made out of tissue paper and tinfoil.  At least I have had my whole life to learn to control it, some of the students here are still learning.  If nothing else I'm a safe person for them to practice with since they can't really hurt me."La'Rhane gave Jonathan an appraising look.  "If you don't mind my asking, are you form locked or are you a Bi-morphic?  From what you have said I am guessing you're Bi, but I'm not sure.  I would also guess enhanced strength and stamina but anything else?"
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 81 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2016
at 03:11
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon shook his head.  "Actually, while I am pretty strong compared to a lot of people, that has more to do with keeping myself in good shape than it does with the transformation.  I mainly get better senses and better reflexes out of it.  Well, that and the claws and the looks.  I uhh, I've also learned to avoid Pittsburgh around early-to-mid summer.  Being appreciated is cool, but people can get a little too interested sometimes."
La'Rhane
 player, 132 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 02:27
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
La'Rhane was puzzled by the Pittsburg reference, as far as she knew they didn't have a werewolf appreciation day or anything of the like, but then again, she had never been there.  "I've never been to Pittsburg or anywhere else really.  I had what you could call a sheltered childhood but lately I've started to enjoy going into Methis once in a while as long as I can avoid the crowds.  Most of the people I've met there are pretty nice but they haven't seen my real face, they might not be so nice then."    

La'Rhane's expression shifted to one of mild puzzlement.  "On the subject of enhanced senses, have you ever tried to describe a scent or smell to someone?  It's almost impossible in English, the words just don't seem to exist to convey all the information. I wonder if the human sense of smell was more powerful if we would have developed a language that could do it?"
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 82 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 19:54
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon shrugged.  "There's a convention out there around July that finds people like me fascinating, and I'll uhh... just leave it at that."  He rubbed the back of his neck, looking somewhat awkward.  "'real' face, huh?  Prefer a different form, do you?"

Jon perked up at her question.  "Yeah, I've tried, and you're right, it's very hard.  It's easier if you're able to compare it to the stronger smells that normal people would be able to pick up on, but the more subtle stuff that regular people can't detect... that's tough to describe if you can't compare it to another smell they'd be able to recognize.  Sometimes it feels like trying to describe color to a blind man, but it's not quite the same.  They can smell, their noses just aren't as sensitive."
La'Rhane
 player, 133 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 22:30
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"Not prefer so much as default.  This body is what I can force myself into, I have to concentrate to hold it.  Fortunatly it has become almost second nature to hold it and I can even maintain it when I'm asleep now.  Even after all my practice though I still feel awkward and clumsy when I'm trying to be human."
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 84 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:47
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"If you have to concentrate to hold this, then what do you normally look like?  If you don't mind me asking - I've known the occasional person who prefers to keep details like that private."  He thought for a moment.  "For me, it's more like... flipping a switch.  I don't have to concentrate to maintain either form.  I guess I get off easy in that regard."
La'Rhane
 player, 134 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 02:36
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"Oh, I'm a Monster."  La'Rhane explained reasonably.  "But I'm one of the good ones, I don't eat people or anything like that."  Pulling out a rather battered cellphone she checked the time before slipping it into her pack.  "I suppose I can show you, I don't have anything going on for the rest of the day so shifting back won't be an issue.  You're not the type that freaks out easily are you?"
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 85 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 05:31
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon crossed him arms and leaned against a tree.  "After some of the... 'characters' I've seen, especially over in L.A.?  Not overly so."  He shook his head.  "Seriously, some of the news stories out of that area need a big "NSFW" label slapped on them."
La'Rhane
 player, 135 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 11:39
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"OK, I just wanted to give you fair warning."  Dropping her pack back down to the ground La'Rhane unbuttoned her peasant blouse and laid it atop the pack then stepped away from it and any trees.  taking a stance with her legs spread apart she closed her eyes and gave a little mental nudge to the straining trigger inside her mind.

La'Rhane's transformation wasn't instantaneous, a fast camera could capture it, but it was 'blink and you'll miss it' quick.  From somewhere over 300 pounds and a foot of height was added to her body.  Her shoulders spread as her chest deepened and her arms lengthened and muscles like bridge cables expanded them.  Thick fur spread across her body as two large wings rose from her back and a long serpentine tail extended from her backside.  With an audible crackle armored plates grew down her spine and two ivory horns grew from her forehead.

Drawing a deep breath La'Rhane rolled her shoulders and neck producing loud pops as every thing slipped into place.  "OH Yeah, that feels better."  Opening her eyes, about the only thing that didn't change she 'smiled' at Johnathan.  "Hi."
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 86 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 21:08
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jonathan waited patiently as she prepared to change.  She made it sound like changing back to human form was a fairly difficult process, but she also didn't seem all that reluctant, either.

And then it happened... all at once.  He had to admit to himself, he jumped a little.  He took a moment to take it all in, the wings, the serpent tail, the horns, the size, (good lord, the SIZE, where did all THIS come from?!), and that uncomfortable-sounding popping and crackling.  He briefly had to fight the urge to make a Rice Crispies comment.

He managed to muster one word upon taking it in.  "...Whoa."
La'Rhane
 player, 136 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 14:05
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"Well, this is what I am.  I think you can understand why I don't go off campus much."  Spreading her wings until they strained La'Rhane gave them a few slow pumps then began to fold them back into place with finicky precision.
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 87 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 21:03
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
After a moment, he let out a low whistle.  "I have seen people with snake-like features, I've seen people with wings, people with horns, people with armor plating... never quite seen it all on one person before.  I can see how it might make some people nervous, though.  And if taking on a human form takes a conscious effort to maintain... well, I suppose I can't blame you for avoiding crowds."

He was silent for a moment, thinking back.  "I've ended up taking advantage of any nervousness I cause.  Never quite sure if local authorities are happy for the help, or annoyed at me for playing vigilante."
La'Rhane
 player, 137 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 05:19
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"I've used intimidation a time or two.  The best way to win a fight is to never let it get started.  Even someone with a gun kind of gives up after they shoot you a few times and you still keep talking common sense."  picking up her skirt from the ground were  it had dropped after her shift La'Rhane folded it and her blouse and placed them into her pack.  "As for my unusual features, my body tends to adapt to anything that causes significant damage.  This is my fourth tail, third set of wings and second face.  Hopefully the last of each for some time to come."
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 88 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 01:51
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon blinked.  "Starting to feel outclassed again.  I can't do that "get shot" thing and still be trying to talk common sense."  He listened as she described which version of which feature she's on, and winced.  "Sorry to hear that... I'll agree, hopefully you don't need to... god, I can't imagine that."

After a moment, he looked up again.  "How long have you been staying here?"
Mercy Winters
 NPC, 274 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 04:10
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"La'Rhane? La'Rhane are you there?" Mercy walked into the forest grounds looking around rather panicked. Her voice was uncharacteristically hurried. Neither the protective auntie or the stern crone.
La'Rhane
 player, 138 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 05:36
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
La'Rhane was just getting ready to answer Johnathan when she heard Mercy calling for her.  The pretty nurse was the one exception she had to her strict 'No Doctors' rule.  "Over here Mercy.  What's wrong?"
Mercy Winters
 NPC, 275 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 05:57
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
She looked at La'Rhane in her chimeric form. Mercy knew that beneath that practically invulnerable body was a young girl. "David..." David Hallite meant a great deal to many people. To La'Rhane, he was the first person who really accepted her. "David left. He left Reign Academy."

"Did he tell you anything?"

La'Rhane
 player, 139 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 02:22
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
At first La'Rhane couldn't understand what Mercy was saying, the meaning of the words just not registering.  "Well call his cell phone then or try him at home, he'll answer one or the other."  Then what she was really saying sank in.  "What do you mean he left?  Why?  Where was he going?  He didn't say anything to me!"
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 89 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 02:24
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon could see the effects of the news on La'Rhane quickly.  "Who's David?"  He asked quietly.  Obviously, he was important to her, but more context couldn't hurt.
Mercy Winters
 NPC, 276 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 03:54
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"David Hallite..." She glances towards Johnathan. She recognized the mutant from the Red Basin Alamo Site.

Mercy stutters trying to articulate the her relationship into words. "He is..." My lover. La'Rhane's first friend. The kindest most moral human being on the planet. The worlds smartest man.

"He is a good person who lives here. We are better for it." Mercy is shaken and afraid thinking that what she just said might not be true. Returning her gaze to La'Rhane she walks to her friend. "He removed himself, he's not picking up on any of his numbers. Elsa... His aunt Elsa would know where he went." Her eyes brighten with the prospect of new hope. Still her unsettled manner bleeds into the way she talks, moves, even smells. Both John and La'Rhane can pick up on the subtle hints with their keen animal senses.
Johnathan Harmath
 player, 90 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 06:40
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
Jon listened.  He could tell David meant a great deal to this woman.  To them both.  "Elsa?  You mean Elsa Reign, right?"  He tossed a glance in off into the forest, in the direction of the rest of the campus.  "I'll help out however I can.  Wouldn't be the first time."  He shrugged.  This was the kind of thing he preferred.  Helping people in need; it was too often that crossed paths with hurting someone else.  Perhaps with a little luck, that's all this would be... finding out where he'd gone, and why, and end there.  Problem solved.

It was rarely that simple, but he could hope.
La'Rhane
 player, 141 posts
Sun 31 Jan 2016
at 23:45
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"How...   La'Rhane struggled to get her voice under control and swallow the growl that was trying to get out.  "How certain are you that he has left?  You know how clumsy he is, maybe he has just fallen and knocked himself out or something. "  It was a pretty good indication of La'Rhane's state of mind that she actually considered that a better option.  "Have you checked his house yet or looked in his lab?"

Pulling a limb off a tree La'Rhane began to absently snap off small pieces and eat them with the distracted air of someone who's thoughts were clearly somewhere else.
Mercy Winters
 NPC, 277 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 18:51
Northern Campus (Forest Ground)
"I checked his lab. He left, he grabbed a few things and left..." Her resolve wavered. Raising her eyes she saw just how shaken La'Rhane was. Mercy had always been a pillar of strength to the community, seeing her like this must've been unsettling. She mentally cursed at herself giving into the weakness. Regardless of her own personal troubles, others would still be counting on her. "We'll find him La'Rhane, together. Come on now. Elsa should be at the main building."

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