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[G] [O] 743.08.02 | Stalkers In the Shells
10am | Touching Thread, Candidates

Gold Malvayth

Date of Birth
14.02.717, 26
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5'10"
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Brown right
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Lean, tomboyish.
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Dark Auburn, Short

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Written By: BardlyThere
#1
Malvayth shifted her weight anxiously on the sands as she looked over the neatly numbered eggs one more time. Were they spread far enough apart? She had the golden egg in the back, on the edge of the group closest to her where it wouldn't have a remote chance of being crowded. Maybe two of the eggs were still too close. She considered getting up to adjust them, but Cazan gently reached up to give her a pat.

"I'm sure they're fine. The candidates know you're very cautious about your eggs. Bedith and Xyxyth are here too to help keep an eye on things." And the goldrider was really quite grateful for that; while Mal was still agitated and unhappy with letting the candidates in for the Touching, she was being much calmer about it. At least outwardly. That and they had the firelizards as backup. Sir, ever vigilant, either flew or marched around the outer perimeter of the Sands in a vigilant patrol for intruders, and Lady was up above in the rafters eagerly watching the goings on. The dragon took a deep breath in and huffed it out in annoyance before nodding. Fine. I am ready.

She still sat stiffly, glaring at the candidates as Xyxyth allowed them to come in. Most of them at least. She didn't give her usual cheery chirps to her friends, instead just giving them small nods before moving her gaze along to the next candidate that clearly needed a warning glare. Cazan just tried to at least give everyone a smile as she welcomed the candidates.


Candidates are divided into groups of twenty (20) who each visit the eggs for an hour, with a 15 minute gap between sessions. For the purpose of RP, all PC Candidates are in the same group, which is being threaded now.

This Touching commenced at 10am and these guys are the first group, meaning that no one else has Touched the eggs yet. There are twenty five eggs, 24 which have numbers neatly marked on them in charcoal, and one gold egg. A minimum of one touch is required.

Candidates are expected to be polite and demure; the safety of the eggs is paramount and anyone found to be goofing around will be removed. Firelizards are not allowed on the Sands during the Touching and Sir is patrolling the perimeter to attack or chase off any who come near. Malvayth normally loves firelizards but is quite protective of her eggs. The same goes for humans that are not a part of the class and the instructors (while Sir has not been tasked with this, he is bold enough to try and chase off a human intruder as well). Special permission can be granted if asked beforehand but even then, there won’t be many exceptions granted.

Eggs are approximately 4 to 5 feet in length, and approximately half to two-thirds that in width. They’re rather squat and roundish. Eggs are laid in a leathery state, much like an earthen snake egg. They slowly expand as they harden with the youngster growing within. When a candidate Touches an egg, they will find the shell to be hard, but kind of lumpy and bumpy in some spots, and smooth in others, depending on how the dragonet shifted during the hardening phase. All the eggs are roughly the same mottled greenish-tan, except for the gold egg, which has a bit of the metallic gold color in the shell, in addition to being larger than all the others.

Additionally, when the candidate’s hand connects with the shell, the dragonet within will reach out mentally and touch their mind. The response the dragonet has to each individual candidate is extremely varied and often considered private by the individuals. A negative response from a dragonet does not denote the inability to Impress the hatchling within! There have been several cases in the past – PC and NPC – when characters Impressed to a hatchling from an egg that they thought hated them.

If you want a reply from the egg, put an ooc note below a hr tag with a number 1-24 or Gold for the gold egg and I'll get one up.
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03.08.723, 20
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Blue
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Written By: InsultingTruths
#2
Orgailian was relieved to be walking into a Touching without needing a spotter this time. He still didn't feel one hundred percent better and sometimes he was lower on energy than normal but he could walk and stand without a sibling hovering nearby and that was the important part. It was the little things in life. He did, however, have to promise Fetch that they could stand near each other for the Hatching so the big guy could drag him out of danger if need be. It was honestly a compromise since it sounded like Fetch wanted to try and hold him or carry him on his shoulders the entire time if allowed so a guardian at his side was a lot more doable.

But for the Touching, he was free to roam without supervision that wasn't a looming gold shriek beast. He returned the nod given to him, somewhat surprised and relieved Malvayth wasn't in a chatty mood that day. Maybe he could tolerate her for longer than five minutes. He would never understand how T'ryn put up with Malvayth day in and day out practically since she Hatched. Then again, he was a goody-two-shoes and a proper bronzerider so even if he was suffering, T'ryn would smile and push through it.

Enough of siblings and other dragons, Orgailian chided himself. He had his own future to think of and that involved touching some eggs and hoping for the best. He circled around the edge while other Candidates darted into the middle, probably thinking to work their way outward. He wasn't in a rush this time since the heat wasn't bothering him as much as it had in Benden. So he walked around until he stopped at egg 22. No one was at it yet and it seemed spaced out a little further than the rest which was intriguing. Did Malvayth like this one more or less for that treatment? It was probably just accidental and his being smaller than a dragon was likely the only reason the spacing seemed off. Whatever the reason, he was there now and his palm pressed against the shell.


Egg 22
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Bronze Pardrith

Date of Birth
09.07.726, 17
Height
5'7"
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Brown
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Lithe
Hair
Curly dark brown to black

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Written By: vet
#3
Chir had grown so used to seeing Malvayth's eggs on the sands during his visits with the gold dragon that he was wholly unprepared for the anxiety that flooded him when he finally stepped out onto them alongside his peers. Automatically, he looked first to Malvayth and sought out the familiarity of her warm welcomes and proud boasts, but found her far too focused on sussing out concerning behavior to pay him more mind than a mute nod. Without the familiar weight of Chirp on his shoulder as well, he found himself feeling quite alone.

It had been explained to him already from several sources, how a Touching worked. The candidate master had gone over it several times, and Chir wasn't altogether certain if that was because it was his first or because he was assumed to be...of lesser intelligence due to his disability. It wouldn't be the first time someone had made the assumption, so it didn't seem all that far out of the range of possibilities for him.

Chir kept close to the candidates he knew upon entering the sands, preferring to at least have the comfort of them until the last possible moment. He stood among them as if bracing for battle and was caught wholly off-guard by a kiss from Mylorah along his cheek. Chir's face flushed with embarrassment at the gesture even as he watched her offer the same 'good luck' to Sironar. The momentary distraction was almost as unsettling as facing the judgment of Malvayth's progeny! Finally, he stepped away from the pair of them to skirt along the outer edge of the sands, habitually angling himself closer to Malvayth even if he really wasn't here to visit with her.

Knowing well how anxious the dragon was about having so many around her precious prizes, Chir opted to sit alongside one of them and scoot cautiously closer on his bum so Malvayth wouldn't worry about him approaching too quickly. Maybe it took him longer to reach the egg compared to other candidates who were already touching, but it made him feel better to go slow with it all.

Chir took the time to admire the egg beside him now. He could readily fit inside it even without curling up tightly as he would have when Mal first clutched. He hesitated when he lifted his hand and curled his fingers when he realized how badly it was shaking.

This was...he wasn't meant to be here. He was just a nobody from the chilly wilds of Lemos. There were others here who had tried for years to earn the favor of a dragon. What right did he even have to try when he knew so little? Only two months ago, he hadn't even known how to read or write! But he was expected to become a partner for a dragon? The opportunity was more than flattering. It was...awe-inspiring, really. But he still couldn't help but feel like he'd fooled everyone here into thinking he was good enough for this.

But S'far thought so. And Cazan and B'jin. Larrikith, Taith, and Malvayth. Maybe Tiberuth and K'dar, too. Would they be disappointed if he failed?

Today was not a day to even Impress, he had to remind himself. Today was a chance to hear Malvayth's babies, her precious prizes! Holding that reminder close, the boy pressed his hand to the egg's surface.



Egg 13 please!
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Gold Amagrith

Date of Birth
10.02.721, 22
Height
5'8
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Light Brown
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Curvy
Hair
Brown, long

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Written By: InsultingTruths
#4
Mylorah wasn't exactly subdued but she also wasn't as bouncy and carefree as usual. She walked alongside Sironar and Chironhes and still smiled and was chipper but Touchings were slowly moving down the list of favourite things. She still remembered Thallyath's first clutch and the vivid nightmares the one egg brought to her but it was the overall overwhelming emotions so many eggs brought out that were starting to exhaust her. They made her question herself and a lot around her or find a memory she didn't want surfacing. Why couldn't they just see how much fun she had and that they would have that soon enough as well?

Maybe it was just the fear of never Impressing making her grumpy and doubting everything. She still had years before she was deemed too old to Stand and K'dar was only slightly younger than she currently was when he Impressed so it wasn't a lost cause no matter how it looked. Casa and T'ryn Impressed around twelve and thirteen and A'tay was early teens as well. So many of her friends had also Impressed in their teens and while she was always happy for them, it did leave her wondering if she was meant to be a dragonrider. She wasn't meant to be a Lady of Tillek either so maybe she had better start working on her cooking for her fate in the kitchens.

But her own way of feeling toward Touchings didn't matter at that moment. It was Chironhes' first one! That was exciting and she could see how nervous he was getting as they got closer to the Sands. She couldn't, wouldn't, promise it would be fine but instead told him about some of the nicer eggs she'd met over the years before giving him a kiss on the cheek for good luck. She gave Sironar the same kiss and smiled when he returned the gesture before they parted ways.

Well. She might as well get it over with, she decided as the gold egg came into view. The women had to Touch it and Mylorah found it was best to get it over with and then meander around the others for a bit--now that she was allowed to do so at all of the Weyrs. Somehow she beat the other girls in her group to the egg and with a deep inhale and slow exhale, she finally set her palm against the shell.


Gold eggie
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Date of Birth
12.10.720, 22
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6'2
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Pale green
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Trim
Hair
Dirty blonde, shaggy

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5
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Written By: InsultingTruths
#5
Another Weyr, another day of feeling up some eggs. It was a shame it wasn't a spectator sport like Hatchings but Ulliendis supposed it really wouldn't be that riveting to those watching since most everything happened in the Candidates' heads. There was the occasional amusing moments of someone falling over based on what they saw, like falling or being hit by a wave, and sometimes there were the horrible images that left people screaming and in a ball on the ground. Hm. Perhaps it was best they didn't let too many outsiders in. Still, it would have been nice for Geric to see what he had been trying to explain to his friend the night before. Ah well. He would just have to crash into Geric's comfy bed in his nice guest room later and explain the most recent visions.

He appreciated his friend humouring his latest theory that Candidates were high on hallucinogenic drugs since he didn't fully believe it anymore. Whether it was his own mind or the dragonets themselves, he'd now been told twice by eggs that he was being silly for that belief. The logistics were a nightmare no matter how he came at the idea so he really did have to believe the dragons in baby form were powerful and knew when someone came knocking on their shell. Dragons were odd creatures.

He flashed a charming smile at Cazan, but like at her last Hatching, she didn't seem to pay him much mind. Given how many men--and who they were--she had in her life, Ulliendis could understand. She wouldn't be able to handle adding him into her roster without over-exerting herself. His attention drifted back to the group he had come in with as he stood just off to the side to better watch them. An interesting mix of people and a lot of faces he swore he often ended up doing this dance with. Not that he minded since they were a good-looking group. Mylorah, as gorgeous as always, didn't seem to shine as brightly. Was that due to the two young men with her or the little incident he had dragged out of Geric? Next he saw her brothers. It was good to see them up and about a bit more than last spotted in Benden. Nearly dying didn't seem to improve Orgailian's personality all that much and it was a shame about Zoremet's scarring but perhaps he would work in a visit with the cuddle monster before the Hatching.

After checking out the others, Ulliendis finally made it seem like he was a proper Candidate and cautiously frolicked through the clutch until he stopped at a vacant egg. "Hello, eggie. Ah, number nine, I see. A good number. A little teasing loop for those that like a detour from the straight and narrow. Did you know there's also a song involving your current namesake? It's about a love potion..." Ulliendis started humming it as he set about caressing his new friend.


Egg 9
[Image: candidate.png]
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Gold Malvayth

Date of Birth
14.02.717, 26
Height
5'10"
Eyes
Brown right
Build
Lean, tomboyish.
Hair
Dark Auburn, Short

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48
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Written By: BardlyThere
#6
Egg 22 for Orgailian:
There is a cautious little poke from the egg, disgruntled and annoyed, but it catches onto something and lingers. Oh you're a creative one aren't you? There's a sense of music in your mind as you feel the presence in the egg snooping around, delighting in the odd thoughts and leaps between ideas. Illustrations?! What could you do? So many possibilities! It demands that you show it more, try to think of more little interesting twists and turns and bits to help entertain. But it seems whatever lurks within this egg has a short attention span, there's a sense of yawning, a turn and curl and plop and the feelings fade.

Egg 13 for Chironhes:
It suddenly feels crowded in your mind, like something is squishing up against you, and there are anxious prickles picking at your mind. What's going on? Who are you? Why are you here? There's so much going on! You know dragons? Ugh.... a blue and a bronze?! You should have better friends! Oh the green seems nice, that gold too. Those seem like better friends, especially with how nerve wracking things are right now. Poisons and dragons falling from the sky, what could go wrong next? The baby lurking within doesn't seem too pleased with it, but does seem pleased with your general resourcefulness. You'd probably keep it safe, even if you should probably not spend so much time with those dragons. Do you have anxieties? Hm, seems you do, maybe you're not the best fit. It's not sure though, it will have to meet more people to see.

Gold Egg for Mylorah:
There's something lurking there, pacing in agitation, studying you curiously. Something is happening, something is going on! Can't you feel it? Are you excited? The egg certainly is, and it eyes you curiously, unsure what to think just yet as it pokes and prods and explores. What were things you've anticipated the most? You have so many friends, who do you get the most excited to see? The presence pokes around a bit more, seems to make a speculative humming sound and then slips back away to consider the things that its learned.

Egg 9 for Ulliendis:
Who are you, what do you want? Why are you here so early?! The presence in this egg is annoyed, angry, but also intensely curious. You can feel it sift around in your mind, can almost feel a physical presence clawing and climbing in your thoughts and memories as if it were a jungle gym or many limbed tree, snooping and poking, and full of outrage at almost everything it finds. How could you do that?! Why?! Even with that constant growling and grumbling and griping though, you begin to get a sense that the presence isn't necessarily angry with you specifically, just angry in general. By the time it's done knocking around the proverbial books on your bookshelf it seems a little calmer. You should have come later in the day and not disturbed it so early. You could have been more interesting then! For now though, the presence withdraws in a huff.
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14.05.726, 17
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6'0"
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Brown
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athletic
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Brown, wavy

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Written By: BardlyThere
#7
Sironar was a bit more excited about this Touching, mostly because it was Chir's first. So he'd done his best to remind him the rules, that firelizards weren't allowed, to be polite and subdued. But otherwise he wanted to leave some mystery, and even if he had tried to describe it it was something that was really better experienced than explained. He gave Mylorah a smile and returned the kiss with a quick peck of his own before waving her off. "Let us know how it goes!"

Hopefully it would go well, though he wasn't sure if she had figured out what she wanted yet. Maybe he'd ask her afterwards to see if it helped him figure things out too. But even while he was afraid of whatever could happen, he was still excited by the possibilities. So as the group began to disperse he took a deep breath and walked up to the nearest unoccupied egg and... just stared at it for a moment as he took a few deep breaths. He could do this. Probably. There was a small tingle at the back of his neck and he turned to see Malvayth glaring at him suspiciously.

With a meek smile, Sironar waved at her then reached forward and gently set his hand on the egg. The dragon was much more terrifying than his own concerns.


Egg 2
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Date of Birth
04.03.723, 20
Height
6'5"
Eyes
Icy Blue and small for his face
Build
Beefy and solid
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Blonde and usually kept short, he tries to keep it combed but it has a tendency towards getting mussed.

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Written By: BardlyThere
#8
Fetch was a massive tangle of nerves as he walked onto the Sands, tangled enough that Chuck briefly attempted to follow him in only to be quickly confronted by the gold pair's bronze firelizard. Despite his bulk, the brown was a lover and not a fighter and quickly gave a shrill squeak as he sped away in terror. Sir let out a brief little bugle of victory before continuing his patrol. Fediletch winced at the confrontation, but at least it seemd that Malvayth didn't notice it much as she glared around at the candidates.

He withered beneath her gaze even as she turned that glare on him too, though he quickly let out the breath he was holding when she didn't stop him or throw him out. Mylorah had been right and it really was fine! He smiled as he surveyed the eggs, looking around for a moment as he tried to figure out where to go. He still didn't want to be too close to any of the other candidates, mostly because he just didn't want to risk having another accident.

Egg 6 looked like it was set off nice and far enough away from the others that even if he tripped and fell he'd just face plant harmlessly in the hot sands. Yep. That was definitely a better plan. He saw Mylorah near the gold egg and gave her a smile and a wave before he reached out to softly greet the egg and touch it. "Hello little guy. Or girl. I'm Fetch."



Egg 6
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03.08.723, 20
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Blue
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Blonde, ear length

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Written By: InsultingTruths
#9
He was creative, wasn't he? Creative didn't necessarily mean talented as his drawings were still lacking but Orgailian smiled as the dragonet latched onto that in particular. It was hard not to be amused and want to show it more when the presence seemed like a familiar song that brought out comfort and even accomplishment. He thought about the stories he liked to write and the poems he sometimes tried his hand at but it seemed like the dragonet was more a fan of art than written word and soon the presence vanished and he was left alone again.

Was that simply a dragon with a short attention span or a sign that maybe he should focus more on drawing? He had recently started a little mini project with Fetch to see how well they could work together to bring an idea to life. It seemed to be going well with the test pages and there was a potential future for an illustrated book. One book. Unless Fetch wanted to draw the same images over and over so they could get a few versions of their story out but that was far off in the future. "Maybe I'll work on drawing scenery some more. Just for you," Orgailian told the egg quietly and then added with a grin, "and whether you like written words or not, you'll be in my journal later."

Chuckling softly to himself with a shake of the head over how foolish he was being, Orgailian walked by a few more eggs before stopping. He hadn't gone too far and sometimes he didn't like to linger in the same section of eggs but this one called to him. Hopefully not literally as he didn't want to spend more time in an infirmary because he was hallucinating now. It was probably just because it was his final day as a nineteen year old so he might as well celebrate the milestone with a matching egg. "I'm in a weird mood today," he told the egg before laying his palm against it.


Egg 19
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Date of Birth
12.10.720, 22
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6'2
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Pale green
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Trim
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Dirty blonde, shaggy

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Written By: InsultingTruths
#10
"Mornings are a dreadful invention, aren't they?" Ulliendis agreed aloud with his little buddy and wasn't at all put off by the anger and attitude. It was hard to trust someone that was a chipper morning person so this egg-dweller was great. He yawned as the tornado blew around in his mind a bit more. Any answers it wanted were right there for the taking if it was clever enough to do so. He liked his little buddy but Ulliendis wasn't going to hand it everything it desired on a silver platter. If it wanted to know his motivations or some of the secrets he kept locked away, then a little hard work wouldn't hurt. It wasn't something he particularly enjoyed doing but sometimes he'd find something worth the effort and felt his mind qualified as that for the dragonet.

After the presence left, Ulliendis smiled and gave the egg a light pat of affection. That was fun but there was still plenty of time for more so he meandered a little further down and stopped by an egg a boy had just walked away from. Worked for him. Inspired by his patting the last egg, Ulliendis struck up another song that he quietly sang. "Knock three times on the--" he stopped himself before actually knocking on the egg and shot a quick look at Malvayth. He didn't think she saw him or knew what he had intended to do but it was best to avoid angering her. So he lightly tapped his pointer finger on the shell three times before the rest of his hand settled against it. "--on the shell if you want me."


Egg 3
[Image: candidate.png]
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Gold Amagrith

Date of Birth
10.02.721, 22
Height
5'8
Eyes
Light Brown
Build
Curvy
Hair
Brown, long

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Written By: InsultingTruths
#11
At first Mylorah was cautious when the little gold brought up that something was happening. Did she mean with herself? Should Malvayth and Cazan be informed? Or did the gold mean outside in the Weyr? Should she be more alert? But no, it was enthusiasm and soon Mylorah was giving in and yes, she did feel it as well. A Hatching was coming up where new life bonds would be created and she was surrounded by so many of her loved ones. Did she encourage the next line of thought or had the dragon encouraged her to have a surge of affection for her friends?

She didn’t stop to think about who she was always the most excited to see as an image of Tazikel formed in her mind. Her Sir Tazicurls smiling as they danced. But her Master Harper also always made her excited. And Fetch. And Sh’ran. How could she not be happy when she saw such wonderful people? She did her best to explain her feelings for all of her friends by bringing up lovely memories of each one, smiling the entire time. Mylorah was fairly certain she was still being judged like all of the other golden eggs over the years had done but this one seemed subtle about it. Did she pass? She’d find out at the Hatching.

“Thank you for your time,” Mylorah whispered when their brief bond broke and it was time to go their own ways. She didn’t dwell long, knowing if a line wasn’t behind her, another girl would be zooming in as soon as she saw the egg was free. She also didn’t want to linger because Malvayth was standing fairly close by and Mylorah didn’t think either of them were in the mood to discuss how that egg was doing. She did, however, give an encouraging smile to Cazan and A’tay, a silent sign that the dragon was in good spirits and so was she. It was so weird to see the wrong brother standing next to Cazan and A’tay seemed to know it as well with how he fidgeted and did his best to look like he wasn’t about to bolt for the door. Zelly would soothe his frazzled nerves later.

She walked by Ulliendis in time to catch him softly singing a song she knew but refrained from singing along. The Sands with a nervous gold dragon glaring down at them was not the place to start up a singalong. But she admired the runaway Harper for keeping to his roots and seeming to enjoy himself. Maybe it was the chance to hear more singing that had her stopping at an egg close to Ulliendis or it was simply Mylorah figured one egg was as good as the next. Whatever the reason, she nodded a greeting to the egg and introduced herself when she touched the shell.


Egg 1
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Date of Birth
13.07.724, 19
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5'2"
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dark brown
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thin
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black

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Written By: BardlyThere
#12
Despite the glare from Malvayth, Zelana gave her and Cazan a bright smile anyway. She'd been warned about the gold's personality shift when she was on the sands and wasn't too bothered by it since it was a very temporary situation. She also gave A'tay a grin and a wink as soon as she saw him though she at least didn't do anything more than that. Had to be at least a little proper! She wasn't in any particular rush as she eyed the eggs, and she could get to the gold later.

For now she took a look around as she slowly walked around the eggs. Zelly spotted Gail and decided to slowly meander her way towards him, following along as he moved to another egg. She gave him only a very quick greeting before stopping at nearby egg 18. She knew not everyone talked to the eggs when they touched them, but enough did that she wouldn't be seen as too odd as she let out a soft, "Hello there!" to the egg as she circled it, looking for a nice smooth spot to set her hand down on.

She didn't think it mattered where she touched the egg, but she was going to do a casual experiment about it anyway, seeing if smooth parts held different sorts of moods than rough parts. After an eternity, or eight seconds, she decided that it really didn't matter and just reached out to set her hand down with a smile. "Sorry for being silly."


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Written By: Jenn
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After all of the shit that had been happening around the weyrs, Landen almost hadn’t come. He’d almost went home to Ista to wallow in the sun and the sand but he hadn’t. One of the other candidates had convinced him that coming to Telgar would be better but Lan couldn’t decide if it was really the best thing or if he’d made a gigantic mistake. In the end, he’d come and now he was here and there wasn’t anything to it.

He’d actually enjoyed himself for the most part, making sure all of his friends were okay and nothing was happening to them but after Zory’s attack Landen was positive they were all going to die. It upset him but he didn’t want to make a scene in the touching so made himself forget it for the time being. He’d made sure his firelizard was up and away from him when he entered the sands with the rest. It wouldn’t do to have the firelizard getting in trouble for no reason.

He skirted around everyone and made his way towards one the eggs to lay a palm on the lumpy shell and tried to think happy thoughts.


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Egg 2 for Sironar:
Whoa! Who are you and why are you touching it?! It as just casually resting there in the nice toasty sand when suddenly you came along and disturbed it. The presence takes a quick shuffle, a few quick peeks, and then just as quickly huffs off.



Egg 6 for Fediletch:
At first there's nothing but then a very quiet and distant sensation of confusion. What's going on? Why are you here? Do you like the egg? Why? The thoughts fade away after just a moment, leaving you feeling slightly cold and disoriented.



Egg 19 for Orgailian:
There is suddenly an enormous presence in your mind, stomping around as if it's trying to own the space it finds in all of its bulk. How do you feel about secrets? They're important you know, but the presence within the egg isn't sure you appreciate them as much as you should. There's a sense of combativeness, a daring to see if you'll do anything, curious to see what you'd do if challenged, but it's unsure if you're quite right. If they're quite right even. Is anything in the world even right? It seems there's so much going on out there and it's not quite sure how to address any of that yet, it hasn't even been born after all. Will it even remember these thoughts? You? It becomes distracted with those thoughts as it slowly withdraws.



Egg 3 for Ulliendis:
Are you powerful? You seem to think that you have certain skills and talents, certain secret assurances as to what you can do and a lot of those are frankly not nice at all. The presence huffs as it digs deeper, searching through what else you've done in times when you had power to act, and finds many of those scenarios disappointing for one reason or another. There's another huff, a scowl, and then a very sudden dismissal as the presence attempts to just shove you away.



Egg 1 for Mylorah:
There's something so warm and bright about you that the presence finds enticing, and it's very gentle as it peeks and pokes and looks around. You seem very uncertain lately, why? Does it help to worry about things? Why can't you have some of the things you want? Have you asked? Have you tried? There's no judgement there, the presence within the egg just seems curious, wondering what all of these things are like. How often do you just sit and think about things? Is it fun? It seems like it might be if you don't let yourself get weighed down by thoughts. But thoughts can't be heavy, they're only made of air. It gives you a gentle and encouraging nudge before it slips away.



Egg 18 for Zelana:
Ugh. Are you bored? Because this egg is. It's just sitting there in the sand! When can it actually do something? Would you like to do things? How do you entertain yourself? What do you do when you're bored? It digs and digs and shuffles around, and it seems quite surprised by what all it finds. At least you seem to really enjoy yourself when you go find some distractions! But what if you're all alone? You can't just nap! Oh but maybe you could. That does seem like a great idea! The presence seems incredibly pleased with the time that its had with you before taking you up on the unintentional suggestion and curling up for a nap.



Egg 12 for Landen:
There's a huff and a puff as something begins to root about in your mind. Bah. How could anyone trust you if you're so careless and don't think things through? How can you help your friends? At least you have them it supposes, but it's not sure if you really deserve the ones you have, if they even deserve you. The presence lurking in the egg seems puzzled by the thought, cynical even as it picks apart terrible choices you've made, terrible people you've spent time with. Pick better friends, make better choices and take some responsibility, maybe then you'll be worth something. If you can even pull it off. The presence seems to doubt it as it casually dismisses you.
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Written By: vet
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Chironhes winced against the sudden intrusion, the hairs along his arms and neck standing on end despite the warmth of the sands. He shudders against the onslaught of a young mind that has the gentleness of a rampaging bull. It's nothing like the presence of the dragons he knows; where they are an easy presence, the little one barrels against his thoughts, pinging off each one in a way that makes his head whirl.

Despite that, he quirks a private smile. Were colors such an important thing to dragons that they were judged for it instead of who they were? He supposed that was natural, to pick out differences and regard them with suspicion.

The way the unhatched baby within gleaned information from him was as exhausting as it was exhilarating. Was control something that was learned as they grew? Maybe they could also read his mind as if it was an open sieve and were just too measured to mention them.

It's important to spend time with those you care about, I think, Chir reasoned gently. If you don't, they pull away, they don't understand they are cared about. The boy gently braced his forehead against the surface of the egg. He was familiar with the loneliness of having no one to care for him.

It's okay if I'm not for you. I want you to find whoever is the right fit. But I'd still like to be friends if we can. Things are scary out here sometimes, but I want to help make it better and protect all of you. Idly, Chir gave the surface of the egg a soft scratch just as he did for Malvayth or Taith or Tiberuth or Larrikith. It was an affectionate gesture meant to soothe and voicelessly communicate comradery.

Sensing his dismissal, Chir leaned back with a smile despite his head feeling somewhat scrambled from the rough intrusion. Babies needed even more protection! Looking over the egg, he saw Malvayth steadfastly standing guard. She was a good mama.

Turning to observe the other candidates, he noted the way they moved on to other eggs as well. Following their example, he slowly got to his feet and carefully meandered his way through, avoiding eggs that already had a candidate in search of more lonely options.

Sitting in front of the next, Chir touched upon another.


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Written By: InsultingTruths
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Ulliendis took a couple of stumbling steps back from the egg when it felt like he had been shoved. He was chuckling, not at all upset at how the interview had gone. "Not a fan of that song, I see. Some just don't have a taste for the oldies," he stated nonchalantly as he started to walk again. The entire encounter with that dragonet hadn't bothered him, just like most encounters with his seniors and peers at the Hall hadn't. Everyone was skilled in different areas and some just couldn't accept that or how others behaved. He had been drafted into the secret lessons because someone had believed in him and he had excelled in most areas but lacked interest in others. So yes, he had confidence in his skills, even the not so nice ones, and sometimes felt powerful. But he was in the Weyrs now and did what he wanted. Was that what the dragonet was judging?

No matter. That one probably wanted an adorably squishy craft-trained kid with morals and a respect for authority. Ugh, it was probably a bronze. Definitely not a match for him. Ulliendis dismissed the egg from his mind as easily as had been done to him as he continued to hum about knocking three times and walking around to find his next victim. By the time he did reach an egg, he was struggling to think of songs with numbers in them that weren't one through four so he switched to colours and landed on one of his favourite rousing tavern songs about the old black rum. Not that dragons came in black but it was close enough and perhaps inspired by the bronze and black terror circling above them.

"Twenty-four and holding up the rear. Or would the gold egg technically be twenty-five? You're the last of the mystery eggs so you have that going for you, eggie," Ulliendis went back to lightly singing the chorus of the song while he appraised the sturdy egg and finally made contact with it.


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Written By: InsultingTruths
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Some things aren't meant for everyone, or even truly desired. Her thoughts of being with her favourite Holders were just whims, Mylorah tried explaining. She knew she would never be happy in a Hold or married. Far too many rules and restrictions for her liking. But a little fantasizing didn't hurt when indulged on occasion; just like worrying sometimes was okay as well. It felt like forever passed by as Mylorah willingly shared her feelings and thoughts about daydreams and what she might actually want and should try to get. It helped clear her head a bit and by the time the presence left her with a nudge of encouragement, she was smiling.

"No more heavy thoughts, I promise. How will I fly if I'm so weighed down?" Mylorah actually did feel lighter on her feet as she walked away, doing her best not to actually skip. That might be seen as too enthusiastic around the eggs and she didn't want to be shrieked at or devoured that day. She paused when she reached the outside of the eggs and watched the rest of her group continue to move around and switch eggs. She had only Touched two but it felt right to stop. Both had been positive experiences and it didn't matter if neither ended up destined to be her mate. They made her smile and feel better about issues she hadn't fully allowed to grab her attention because she had been so caught up in looking after everyone else--like K'dar. She would go spend time with her brother and Tiberuth later and tell them how the Touching went and be there for him though she wished she knew how to help him. He had been so happy and making plans...

No. Happy now, mourn later. She could spare a few hours of happiness for herself and it wouldn't end the world. And she had to catch up with all of her friends and siblings to see how the eggs treated them. That was why she made her way over to the stands so she could watch them, especially Chironhes as he continued making his rounds at his first Touching.
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Written By: InsultingTruths
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Orgailian winced as the dragonet came crashing into his mind and stomping around like an entire class of weyrlings. It took a moment to catch up but he was soon frowning at secrets and not respecting them. He clearly respected some or his nosy siblings would have learned about his kid before he finally said something. Otherwise, he didn’t care one way or the other about secrets. Everyone had them, just some were minor and others extremely major. He kept other random things to himself but that was more just him not caring to share or forgetting about it. Was someone keeping something from him? Eh, good for them.

The presence seemed like it was itching for a fight and Orgailian sent waves of amusement back at it. Sorry, you little bossy bitch. I’m not that easily swayed to violence. He wasn’t much for verbal sparring either. Tossing out some insulting comment—truths—and then proceeding to ignore the other person was usually how it went. Sometimes the other person wasn’t even worth a comment and Orgailian moved right into ignoring, maybe an eye roll before it.

Once the dragonet seemed to start having an existential crisis of some sort and questioning what was outside the egg and how it wasn’t even born yet or if it would even remember their interaction, Orgailian lowered his defences a bit and gave it some soothing thoughts. He really didn’t think the dragonets remembered anything of the Touching—which was probably a good thing. What if the mates had a bad first impression and always remembered that? Or worse, what if their mate never Touched the egg and a bond couldn’t be formed otherwise? These were definitely done for the superstitious and probably helped the Searched holders in some way.

But the poor dragonet cramped in an egg. Orgailian tried to promise he would keep an eye out for their big arrival at the Hatching but the presence was already gone. He had been ready to dismiss the dragon like he did with a lot of people and move on but now he was fully occupying his thoughts—and his head in general as a headache started. Damn, that really had been a powerful introduction. Should he call it quits early? Nah, at least one more and then check on his head and health in general.

Orgailian smiled as he past Zelana to go to her other side and lay a hand on egg 17.


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Written By: Jenn
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Rude...

Landen jerked his hand away from the shell, the dismissal stinging far more than it should have. He didn't think the people he spent time with were terrible and Landen refused to allow the idea of choosing better people to take root in his mind. His friends were just fine thanks. He thought things through, he really did! It was there on the tip of his tongue to insist to the dragonet that was already gone from his mind and it took a lot for Landen not to say it all out loud. How embarrassing would that be?

He gave the egg another look, glaring hotly before moving away from it. He would find a better egg, he was supposed to make better choices right? He scanned the eggs, smiling softly at Zory and found an egg that looked promising to lay his hand on.


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Written By: BardlyThere
#20
Sironar almost jerked his hand off of the egg as soon as he felt that sudden jolt of surprise. He managed to stay there though he did cringe and mumbled some quick apologies. "Sorry, sorry, didn't mean to startle you, didn't mean... didn't mean to upset." He took a deep breath as he tried to calm down himself in an attempt to also calm down the egg but it didn't seem to help as he felt it quickly just huff off petulantly.

He blinked as he straightened up, wondering if that had been the fastest he'd ever been shooed off by an egg or not. Siro wasn't even sure how to really feel about it at all since it had been so sudden and fast. Then again it was hard to tell how long anything lasted when they touched the eggs. Maybe he'd been stooped over cringing for several minutes? He glanced around and decided it wasn't worth thinking about, even if it had been a negative egg, maybe he'd try and find a better one? And he also needed to set some sort of example for Chir he supposed.

So Siro looked around, spotted egg 14 and decided that would do as well as any others. He shuffled over, made sure he wasn't cutting anyone else off, and gently set his hand on the egg.


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Written By: BardlyThere
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By the time Fetch pulled his hand away his head was reeling and he stumbled backwards unsteadily. In a moment of panic he twisted and looked around and let out a sigh of relief as he realized he had in fact gone no closer to any other eggs before he set his hands on his thighs to brace himself a little as he caught his breath. It wasn't too hot in there was it? He just felt confused and dizzy. Maybe he should sit down.

He saw some movement out the corner of his eye, someone was coming to check on him but he quickly waved it off as he straightened back up and looked around. Mylo was off to the side already, that seemed like a good enough idea to him. He slowly made his way over and leaned back against the nearby half wall for a bit more support and stability. "How were yours? Or did you only touch the gold?"

Fetch took a deeper breath as his head started to feel a little better, and looked back towards the egg he touched. "Mine made me confused... I don't know if it actually liked me or not. But then I started to feel dizzy so I think I'm just done. Going to stay here so I don't... lose my balance." He didn't want to say fall on an egg, didn't want to repeat that just in case saying it aloud made something terrible happen.
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Written By: BardlyThere
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Was she bored? Zelly didn't think so, but she could definitely see why the egg was having a boring time! Hopefully it would be able to get out in a week and meet more people and that would probably be a great time! Well for most people. Probably even for her too she supposed, even if it meant she couldn't have the sort of fun she normally liked. For months.

But naps were great ways to fill in the gaps, and the little baby latching onto that thought made her yawn as she nodded in agreement. A nap did sound fun, but maybe she could burn off a bit of energy before that. Maybe see how Gail was feeling, or Ullie, or any number of other candidates honestly. Except for Zory who made for an excellent nap partner but was tragically too gay for even her to tempt. The most difficult of A'tay's siblings to acquire for her list. Ah well.

She gently pulled away from the egg after wishing it a good nap and set off towards the gold egg since she had to touch it anyway and introduce herself. After waiting for the girl currently there to finish she stepped up with a cheery little, "Hello there!" and reached out to gently set her hand on the shining shell.


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Written By: BardlyThere
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Egg 8 for Chironhes:
Aren't you hot sitting there on the sand? Sometimes the egg thinks it's hot and that a nice soothing swim would be just the thing. It curiously digs into your head, rummaging around curiously trying to learn as much as it can in short order. Oh! You've accomplished quite a bit. Reading? That seems fancy. How does that even work? Why would you have to learn it? Huh so you can't talk? But it can hear you just fine right now. Still you've gotten a lot done it seems and in such a short time, the presence seems impressed, but you get the feeling it's not quite sure just how impressed to be as it studies you. Eventually you can feel an almost shrugging motion as the presence withdraws without any further consideration.



Egg 24 for Ulliendis:
Ohmyhiiiiiiii!!!!!! You feel the presence eagerly brush against your mind and softly curling up around it for a snuggle. What are you doing? What do you like? You seem nice! Interesting! Cool even! Would you teach it things if it asked? Would you bring it to parties? What are those anyway? Oooh! Those look fun! And oh! That looks really fun too! And that! That looks less fun, but oooh. The presence immediately gets distracted with one shiny thing after another, poking and rolling and curling up around your mind and asking innocent and silly questions before it finally runs out of steam and just seems to curl up and have a nap.



Egg 17 for Orgailian:
Who was your friend you smiled at? What sorts of things do you do with her? Oh! Do you plan on doing any more? Oh maybe you could do something nice and fancy together! You could hunt something, present it as an enticing gift... oh you have had some adventures recently! With your siblings too! It's good that you all survived, it should make for an interesting story. It's nice that you make stories, but it would be nicer if you added a bit more affection, a bit more sweetness, some love and adventure and brilliant shining idealism. You don't seem very romantic though, maybe give it a try? You seem really nice and this egg seems very curious and hopeful. It tries to give you a gentle encouraging nudge before retreating.



Egg 8 for Landen:
There's a soft giggle in your mind. What has you in such a tizzy? It's nice that you'd try to fight for your friends, you should be able to do that, but the fact that you wanted to fight an egg is a bit amusing as it conjures its own little images of a man punching a giant egg shell over and over again only to have the egg topple over and crush him. Hehe. It knows that's not necessarily the right idea but it's fine, you're plucky and that's good! What other fights have you gotten into? Do you have any fun stories? Know any jokes? The presence will stay for as long as you have fun jokes and anecdotes to share before it wanders off.



Egg 14 for Sironar:
The presence seems to circle you, poking at the edges with idle curiosity. You seem to have a lot of shame for things you haven't done. Why? Why be ashamed for the imagined perceptions of others? Who is S'far? Why should you suspect he would tell you anything otherwise? Ah. Perhaps you should focus more on your strengths, there's a lot of good in there that the presence can see, a lot of potential, but it won't matter if you're so distracted with your own shame that you don't take advance of them. If you do insist on keeping that emotion, perhaps use it to motivate yourself? The presence seems to think you have it in you and it wishes you luck before it stalks away.



Gold Egg for Zelana:
There's a bit of added pressure as the presence from the egg pushes deeper into your thoughts, your memories, digging around curiously. It finds it sad that you were sent away by people who didn't want to accept you, sad that you still have to hide a few things, keep secrets. But while others aren't very accepting of some aspects of your life you seem very accepting and open to others. That would normally be a good thing, but there's something about the secrets and the games you're willing to play with them that the presence finds distasteful. It roots about a bit more before pulling away and leaving you alone.
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Written By: vet
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Egg 8 for Chironhes:
Aren't you hot sitting there on the sand? Sometimes the egg thinks it's hot and that a nice soothing swim would be just the thing. It curiously digs into your head, rummaging around curiously trying to learn as much as it can in short order. Oh! You've accomplished quite a bit. Reading? That seems fancy. How does that even work? Why would you have to learn it? Huh so you can't talk? But it can hear you just fine right now. Still you've gotten a lot done it seems and in such a short time, the presence seems impressed, but you get the feeling it's not quite sure just how impressed to be as it studies you. Eventually you can feel an almost shrugging motion as the presence withdraws without any further consideration.

Chironhes grinned as he pressed his cheek gently against the egg. He was quite hot, but sitting seemed less threatening for the worried, protective mother hovering nearby. While the boy was more than eager to meet the eggs, he didn't think it was fair to do so at the risk of overstressing Malvayth. She'd already worked so hard carrying so many safely, and now she had to stand guard and ensure there was no funny business. An accident could happen so easily, and it would be a tragic, senseless loss. The last thing Chir wanted was to trip over his own feet and slam into an egg. While they were large, they seemed fragile simply for how young the lives within were.

Feeling this egg focus on his most recent accomplishments, he turned to brace his forehead affectionately against the egg's surface. He had, hadn't he? Only a few months ago, he was living a lonely existence in ignorance. With so many new dragon friends, there was no way he could ever feel especially lonely! And perhaps one day, he'd never feel lonely again with a dragon to call partner, bonded, mated.

Chir was grateful this egg's presence was less painful than the first. He couldn't tell if he was growing accustomed to the rough entry of younglings or if this one in particular just had a softer way about it. Either way, once he felt it retreat, the boy stood to move on.

Spotting Mylorah sitting in the stands with another, Fetch, he thought, he shot her a sunny smile. This was fun! Scanning around his fellow candidates, he spotted Sironar still among the eggs. There didn't seem to be any rule against greeting more, and while he doubted Malvayth would tolerate the candidates' presence long enough for him to meet all of them, he wanted to see as many as he could.

Spotting a lonely egg closest to Malvayth that others had so far avoided, Chir wove his way over with the same calm manner he had with all the others and knelt beside it. Bracing both hands gently against it, he touched his forehead to it and closed his eyes, his mind open and welcoming for the next.


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Written By: InsultingTruths
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Every so often they ended up in a position where she was taller than Fediletch or roughly the same height. Thanks to the slight step up into the stands and his leaning against the half wall causing him to slouch just a smidge, Mylorah was able to easily kiss his cheek and drape her arms around him and rest her head on his shoulder as they looked out at the eggs together. "I did the gold and one more that I decided is a fun blue or maybe a green. But both went well and I'm feeling encouraged and lighter." She gave a soft giggle as she recalled the blue-green's impression of heavy thoughts. This had been one of the better Touchings she had been a part of.

She frowned at Fetch's confession and gave his neck a little nuzzle for comfort. "I think it liked you because to me, the best ones are the ones that make you think a little even if you start out confused. Mine gave me a lot to think about." She didn't dwell on the fear of falling on the Sands since Malvayth might hear them, even if they talked in code. But Mylorah was glad Fetch came over when he did just in case. She wanted him to be happy again, especially around eggs, but knew it would take a while. Standing again at Benden and now here was huge in her eyes and only getting one egg in that day was more than enough.

"I'm going to visit K'dar this afternoon and I have plans tonight but do you want to get together tomorrow to work on some drawings? I even have some instruments now! We can do new poses," Mylorah cheerfully declared, even if she was still a bit embarrassed over Gangleri following through and getting her a wind instrument. She owed him so much for his kindness and generosity no matter how much he insisted she didn't. But she couldn't deny she was excited to learn and it might help Fetch as well!

"And work on favourite older poses," Mylorah added in a softer tone before telling herself to behave while on the Sands.
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Written By: InsultingTruths
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Ulliendis was deeply amused by this one. He liked the enthusiasm and the mostly lacking distaste over what was discovered--though some of that distaste was at studying so points were earned with that one. He almost found himself interested in Impressing and wishing for this one as his chosen mate but the short attention span would prove to be a challenge to work with. In one way, it would be beneficial if his dragon forgot some of the things he got up to but that quick to distraction nature could also work against him if the dragon was too chatty or left his guard post.

He would just have to be happy with their brief time together and let himself wallow in the light affection that seemed to come from the napping presence before it slipped away. It reminded him of one of the spoiled cats at the Hall and Ulliendis smiled with fond memories. Those cats weren't good look outs but they were great napping companions when studying was being avoided. So this egg earned an affectionate pat as well.

So far, this clutch seemed like it was full of good beans but a few more getting tested would help figure that out and give him an idea of what to expect at the Hatching. He'd still have to compare with some other Candidates since he wouldn't have time to get through them all but by the time the Candidate Master was calling for them to head out, he had managed to meet a few more eggies and had some fun stories to share with Geric that night before worming his way back into that comfortable bed.
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Written By: InsultingTruths
#27
This was a nosy one but Orgailian also got the impression that it was approving of his activities as well. Until it found out about his writing and he gave a mental eye roll. It was interesting to see where people fell when they learned he liked to write the occasional story. Some assumed he wrote erotic while others hoped he did or didn't write romance. He liked writing little adventures but he just wasn't convincing when he tried adding in a romantic subplot. The fact this dragonet figured out he wasn't very romantic in general without diving that deep was also amusing but maybe a little disappointing as well, especially when it gave him a little nudge of encouragement showing it believed in him to try again and succeed.

It got his hopes up. Not about his writing skills but maybe this was his dragon and Orgailian hated that. He didn't typically lack confidence but Impressing wasn't something he could control. He entered every Hatching with a small dash of hope that that would be the where a dragon wanted him but only enough to make sure he attended. Too much hope meant he'd be crushed at the end when he walked away alone instead of being able to shrug it off as no big deal.

"Damnit," he growled softly to himself. What was he supposed to do now? He actually kind of wanted this to be his mate. They could work well together and Orgailian liked the approval and belief in him. It wasn't like he lacked that already when his siblings were just as nosy and insistent that they always be there for him but it wasn't the same thing. One could almost argue that being related meant they were obligated.

Fuck it. He was done for this Touching. He was going to end on a good note even if it was going to ruin his day in a week. Egg 17. Maybe he could have a little more hope than usual but just a little. As Orgailian walked off the Sands, he convinced himself that that particular egg-dweller was an eternal optimist like Zor and gave such connections to everyone. It wasn't going to hurt when that dragon bonded to someone else, damnit!
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Written By: BardlyThere
#28
Zory had almost managed to sleep through all of this, but between the Candidate Master and all of his siblings he hadn't been allowed to. Not that he was upset about it! He was happy and excited to meet this batch of eggs, his sister in law and his brother had produced them after all! Well their dragons did. And it wasn't the the brother that the sister in law was mated to. Which... well he guess that was probably why A'tay had seemed so anxious about it all. Still he'd been excited anyway, and since this was an extra familial sort of clutch he was extra excited about it. What if he and Gail and Mylo all Impressed?! He knew things probably wouldn't work out like that, but he could hope.

So he'd touched as many eggs as he could, and even if some of them hadn't liked him, enough did that he still had a good feeling and was in a great mood. Until he walked around an egg and found his food colliding with another candidate and they both spilled over into the sands. Thankfully they were at least further away from the egg rather than closer (and especially not on), and thankfully it was only Cazan who showed up and not a glimmering golden ball of rage. Cazan's words were whispered and rushed as she quietly got them both up to their feet as quickly as she could. "Hey you two how about you run off really quickly before Malvayth tries to find out more about what happened, A'tay can only distract her for so long."

Zoremet was so embarrassed that he didn't even give his brother a glance as he grabbed onto the other candidate's arm and dragged him off towards the stands at the side. "Sorry about that, I didn't see you. Um.. you're... uh... I feel like someone introduced us already. Maybe Siro? Sorry I don't remember your name. But, uh," he lowered his voice as he saw Mal turn her head in their direction, "we should probably be very quiet and not draw any more attention and maybe just sit here in the Stands for a bit."
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Written By: vet
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Chir didn't even have the chance to greet the egg before someone walked on top of him and subsequently tugged him into the sands. It was lucky he had no voice and only a surprised grunt passed from between his teeth. The boy lay still, frozen to the spot as he took stock of himself and his surroundings. The egg, thankfully, lay unharmed and hid the tangled pair from Malvayth's watchful eye.

Even when Cazan appeared, Chir lay in the sands until after Zory regained his feet, not wanting to risk colliding with the other candidate again and risking any real damage. Once he was in the clear, the freckled mute accepted Cazan's help back to his feet where he stood with his head lowered in shame. He'd tried so hard to keep the eggs safe! And to keep Malvayth comfortable. And still, he'd mangled it. Recalling how sensitive the gold dragon was to emotions, Chir quickly battled back the feelings of failure. If he was lucky, Mal would only assume this particular egg hadn't cared for him.

Chir didn't resist as he was tugged towards the stands, though he looked back with some regret at missing his chance to greet all of Malvayth's babies. Hearing the other stumble over his apologies, Chir turned to offer a reassuring smile. He held up his index finger and thumb in a circle, his other three fingers relaxed over it in an 'okay' sign. Everything was fine. Though what could have happened haunted him, Chir knew that focusing on it all too much would give the could-haves more power than they should have over him.

Climbing up into the stands, Chir was relieved to be greeted by the familiar weight of his firelizard. The little green trilled as she circled around to snuggle him fiercely. All was well that ended well.
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