02-10-18 ★ We just released some beautiful new neutral lands to explore with your characters. Here's to many more new adventures in these newly discovered lands!

03-14-18 ★ Arae leader auditions are closed, please wait for a decision and a post by Aranea!

03-01-18 ★ The Prince's arrival is imminent... expect to see this mysterious figure arriving very soon, along with his entourage! How will our herds welcome this stranger?

02-20-18 ★ Congratulations to Crucis for winning Herd Dominance of February 2018! (Read More)

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  Spring, Year 3    Leviticus Era
Join Lord Kyrian in celebrating springfires on the shores of Satin Beach!
Congratulations to Kyrian, new Lord of Arae!
Shakaya is the new Carinae Queen!
The Crucis king, Gotham City, is holding a ball to celebrate his rise to the throne, and invited all herds to participate!
Benna has become the Empress of the Heretic herd!
Draco has been kidnapped by Moonfire, whom fled the scene quickly!
Gotham City is the new King of Crucis!
A meeting for the Knights of Lyrus is being hosted by Commander Kodarki in the Red Waste!
Destroyah has lost to Draco in a heated fight, but we're sure we'll see more from the mare!
Valor the dragon-horse has lost against Zuriel, fighting on behalf of Etain for Crucis!


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 Adult, 4 yrs  Other/Non-binary
 17.0 hh  2400 lbs
4 Posts 65 points
 Kornari Offline
Posted on Dec 30 2017, 2:32 AM. (Edited: Jan 05 2018, 12:43 AM by Strider.)

nothing but crossed wires in my head
        active: Production/Oversight/Analysis
        active: Additive/Manufacture/Type
        alert: Intrusion/Source:External
        active: Countermeasure/Phase-shift
        alert: Intrusion/Denied
        alert: Intrusion/Source:External
        alert: Countermeasure/Phase-shift
        alert: Breach/Firewall 3706:403
        alert: Reboot/Purge...Successful
        alert: Intrusion/Accepted

The whirring of gears and whisper of steel scraping against steel rang out in the silence. From the fog he emerged, a metallic monstrosity... a steel-coated wraith. Despite the dim atmosphere, light glinted dully off scratched and dented plates that covered the creature's shoulders and haunches. Beneath the plating, wires and mechanisms whirred softly. The angular head lifted, a blue light emitting from the creature's eyes. It flickered against the drifting flakes that fell softly from polluted skies.

The material that fell like snow from above was something new. The creature knew about snow. That had been one of the weather patterns where it had last been. But this strange matter was not cold, nor was it truly white... Olfactory sensors within flared nostril-like cavities tested the air. The blue light from its eyes flickered again, numbers and letters scrolling across its vision as its processors gathered information.

Ash. Powdery residue that remains after a substance is burned. Sample shows traces of plant and animal biomass.

The words scrolled, a light, feminine robotic voice in his head reading them aloud. Visual sensors indicated that there was no fire, nor any sign of recent burning, in the near vicinity. That was incongruous with the readings.

There was so much to learn about the world it seemed.

The creature known as Strider kept moving. Metal hooves carved deep holes wherever he stepped, the weight of his body displacing much more than a flesh-and-blood equine of the same size. Beneath his armored hide, cords of wire muscle stretched and electricity crackled. His internal navigation was no use in this place, so far from the mountains where he had come from. Where he presumed that he had existed for some time, based upon the wear and tear to his chassis. Internal logs said that he had last undergone major repairs approximately fifteen-hundred days ago, so he could extrapolate that he was at least that old, but truly he knew little else.

The light that emitted from his optics cut through the fog before him, two beams of light refracting off of a million tiny particles in the air. Delicate, cone-shaped auditory sensors atop his head swiveled towards a noise far in the distance. Without thought, Strider headed in the direction of the sound.

OOC | Come one, come all to meet my new baby! 


 Adult, 4 yrs  Mare
 15.3 hh  900 lbs
91 Posts 20 points
 Moseley Offline
Posted on Mar 06 2018, 5:35 PM.

This land was just... ew. There was ash everywhere. Like literally everywhere. Strangely enough, in all her time in Elysium, Benna had not been here. But apparently, this was where one went to recruit new herd members. And, as newly appointed Empress, Benna supposed she ought to suck it up and go recruit. The Heretics needed more fighters - well, healers and others would be good too, but fighters definitely. As far as she knew they had few Knights. If Benna really wanted to take Elysium by storm, she would need a solid army at her back. And this was the best place to start, was it not?

There was a whirring sound, grating against her ears and breaking the otherwise silence of the monochrome land. Benna paused - was that normal? Did this land normally make grunts and scrapes and whatever elses? It was almost like metal grinding against metal, but as far as Benna had seen there was no metal in this land.

But then she saw it. She metallic hide of an equine creature, only it was clear the creature was not like her in any way. For one, she could not distinguish a gender from the being. Him? Her? She settled on they, that seemed best.

Secondly, they were made of only metal. She could see that now as she moved closer, eyes wide not out of fear - what even is fear? - but pure astonishment. The more she looked, the more she saw of this creature and the more she liked them. Their metallic hide was scratched and dented, movements were far more fluid that she would have expected and their eyes seemed to hold more intelligence than one would expect of an inanimate object. This creature, however, was most definitely not an inanimate object.

Their head had snapped towards her when she stood an a branch, the brittle bark cracking underneath her hoof. Her jaw forgot how to work and I'm pretty sure Benna forgot to breathe for a moment under that gaze.

"Oh my Gods," she started, "You're incredible."

Great Benna, just great. Perfect way to start off the recruitment process. The dragon gave her head a little shake before recovering her adult senses.

"Forgive me, it's just that I haven't seen anyone as unique as you. I am Benna, Empress of the Heretics. May I ask your name?"

There, that ought to cover it.
blood guts & chocolate cake
OOC| Strider Uhm... Idek if you want to carry on playing Strider, but here. Have a Benna trying to be a responsible leader x'D


 Adult, 4 yrs  Other/Non-binary
 17.0 hh  2400 lbs
4 Posts 65 points
 Kornari Offline
Posted on Mar 12 2018, 1:25 AM. (Edited: Mar 13 2018, 12:01 AM by Strider.)

nothing but crossed wires in my head
14:23:01 - ORBIT 4F8 INITIATED: CYCLE 808231
14:24:12 - 43/46 DORMANT    

The creature's sensors had picked up on another life-form, its blue gaze shining upon the slender woman whose face stood out stark white against the grays of the world around them. Auditory sensors atop the metallic man's head rotated towards the mare, catching easily the exclamation that fell from her lips. Its head tilted with a soft whir, in that universal look of curiosity, as she seemed to have some sort of malfunction before her words came again. The steel creature did not quite understand her meaning, though even in his robotic mind he could process that the two of them were fundamentally different. This woman, and it was certain from the readings that were feeding across his visual sensors that this was a female, was completely made of flesh save for a few metallic adornments that glinted from various spots on her body. He had not encountered such a large flesh-creature before... only small woodland animals that his internal database categorized as rabbits, foxes, or squirrels.

He processed her words carefully, hoping that he parsed them correctly before speaking.  From deep within the creature a tinny, robotic voice crackled to life like an old vinyl record being played.

"Hello Benna Empress of the Heretics. Sensors indicate you are... unique as well."

The words were delivered with no inflection, which to most would sound almost sarcastic in its delivery. The thing meant no disrespect, he simply had not had occasion to speak with many other creatures to this point in his existence. Her query, though, confused him. Name? He did not have a name... Quickly he accessed his internal servers, searching for the answer to what she asked. Haltingly, as if unsure of himself, he spoke aloud what his database returned.

"HZD Acquisition Class Machine 7874347 Codename: Strider."

The creature did not know what these words meant, but according to the article that now displayed within his blue gaze it was what he was called. Strider. That was as close to a name as he could find. 

"Benna Empress of the Heretics, query: What is our location?"

The creature asked the question strangely, but again he had not yet learned the intricacies of speech. His vocabulary was vast, but it would take time for the steel being to grasp syntax.

OOC | Benna Of course! You're just trying to get me to have as many Heretics as you XD


 Adult, 11 yrs  Stallion
 20.0 hh  2400 lbs
59 Posts 2,660 points
 BailanduSilueta Offline
Posted on Mar 12 2018, 2:47 AM.

Being on the lookout was all the stallion seemed to know anymore. Constantly in search of new additions to his beloved herd, the black and blue stag was strangely changed. For the better, though, one might find themselves insisting at the very least.

He trekked through the claiming grounds, endlessly familiar with it by now, eyes narrowed and scanning for helpless souls who stood alone and in need of company. Today, Gotham had no such luck. There was, however, in the distance the silhouette of a peculiar thing he thought looked somewhat familiar. In curiosity and curiosity alone, the Crucis King stalked closer to the familiar shape and the equine who accompanied it. The shape was equine and yet somehow not. Somehow it echoed words of a mechanical nature, and the glint that reflected from its back only served to prove the man's suspicions right. He had met this creature once before, in the snow on the peaks of Elysium's own Lunar Mountains, and remembered the conversation as having been distinctly strange. Regardless, dark beast continued to close the distance between himself and the conversing pair, ears twitching towards the already initiated conversation as he traveled at a brisk pace.

The mare who accompanied the machine he realised now was the newly crowned Heretic Empress, a woman he was yet to meet. Perhaps here was not the best spot for an impromptu meeting, but better here than nowhere. He dipped his head a few inches lower to the dusty ground as he drew nearer to the new Queen, but refused to regard her first out of respect to his own policy. She was of the same "caliber" as he, so to speak. If she were to be offended by his greeting the rogue first, sobeit. It was no secret that Heretic and Crucis had far from a jovial history, and it was not within the King's most forefront intentions to rectify the bad blood between the two.

He looked upon the strange being with a gaze that held only the slightest flicker of warmth. He wasn't entirely sure how much emotion the creature could detect, anyhow. "Good to meet you again, Strider," he couldn't recall if names had been swapped when he had first met the equine... thing, but had been lucky enough to catch it being spoken as he approached. "Benna," he had heard the Empress' title on the wind as news of her rise to the throne whispered through Elysium. His sight, as he directed it towards her, was not scathing but far from warm. Gotham City was unaware whether she was even here to drag this unsuspecting soul back to the atrocities of the herd she ruled, but he didn't give a damn.

"Are you both well?" unfortunately, the expectation of a King's niceties overruled his desire to chew through the Heretic Queen's ears.
i am the monster you made me
tag: Strider Benna
words: 480
... i couldn't help myself e.e

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