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  1. OOC: @Unreliable Narrator IC: Cipher - Ga-Koro Streets "It's not bad for a guy who by all accounts picked it up a day ago. You got a feel for it quicker than I'd figured." Offhanded explanations aside, I openly allowed myself a thoughtful frown as I folded my arms and pondered the actually pertinent question he'd asked. Dorian and I had met here several times before, true, but it always seemed as travelers crossing paths rather than anything else. Ever since Anthyn, we seemed to be content to simply meet when those journeys intersected and part once either respective road led us to. No real rhyme or reason beyond "I tend to show up for the important bits" that I knew. To be honest, this was the first time we'd earnestly promised to meet somewhere specific in recent memory— That is, if you ignored where his pit stop was gonna be. Regardless, this meant that I hadn't the most perfect grasp of who he really knew from here— names like Flay, Tuara, Skyra, Onuzek, Stannis, and Cael all passed through my train of thought, but I knew many of them to be scattered to the four winds as we ourselves, and didn't know them near as much as I knew he knew them. Even if we all shared one story, I knew preciously little about even some of my closest allies. ...Well putting it like that makes it sound lonely as all karz. Yeesh, Compassrose. "Can't say." I finally replied, shrugging my shoulders. The bird on my pack seemed to be used enough to the natural sway of my cadence already, so he wasn't overly bothered. "We have a nasty habit of just dropping in and out on eachother. Even a guy like Onuzek, I've only met the once before."
  2. OOC: @Unreliable Narrator IC: Cipher - Ga-Koro, Gaksi's Bird Store. Blankly, I stared over my shoulder at the Matoran's leaving form. ... A pair of beady black— no, actually dark brown— eyes tried to meet mine, ensconced within a mess of sun-colored plumage. I slide mine down, and find the Screamer nested (somehow) within the crook between my bedroll and the strap of my bag. Right down at the bottom corner of my line of sight. A soft chirp heralded a nibble at the corner of my kanohi, maybe as some attempt at allopreening. Luckily for the little guy it wasn't under the impression my face was a chew toy. It'd have really soured my notoriously good mood. But, more importantly, the sensation made everything click into place. ...Alright. You got me, you little son of a brakas. I started to follow him through the throng, after giving Kotzu and Gaksi my thanks on the way out.
  3. IC: Cipher - Ga-Koro (Gaksi's Bird Store) "You sure?" I asked, idly waving away a beak from behind me as it tugged curiously on something it wasn't supposed to. "I've got time if you need it. Believe me, these things like to work out either way."
  4. OOC: @Unreliable Narrator IC: Cipher - Ga-Koro I smirked, touching my knuckles to the lively Ko-Matoran's. "Got a mean left hook on him. Good to meet you." My fist practically dwarfed hers in frame alone, through the natural difference in build between us as Matoran and Toa. Factoring in that hers was (to my knowledge) so much less conditioned than mine on top of that... Must have felt a little weird for both of us. I've thrown a lot of punches in my life, and I won't call all of 'em smart; my first two knuckles were a touch more pronounced than anyone else in the building's. Probably felt like fistbumping a rock on Kotzu's end. Pulling away, I made sure to mind the ceiling— Ga-Koro housing, being on a lilypad as it was, was a bit smaller than other villages by necessity of light weight. Not to the point where I myself was squeezed, but there wasn't much extra headway left for, say, a halberd made to Toa scale— polearms are generally accepted to be taller than their wielders by a noticeable margin, after all. I'd held it in my off hand at a bit of an angle as we entered to minimize the chance of dragging a spearhead through Gaksi's roof. This was all to say nothing about carrying camp on my back through this mess of caged avians. I wouldn't have been surprised if a few of the more adventurous ones didn't try to grab a flap of a pocket, or maybe my hastily stuffed duster within one, through the bars. I never knew much about owning them, but experiencing them in the wild taught one more than enough about how they played when they saw something they could get their beaks around. Deal with that when it came. For now, I'd let my friend and his friend catch up quietly.
  5. OOC: @Vezok's Friend @Unreliable Narrator @Tyler Durden IC: Cipher - The Great Takea Cool and refreshing, I downed a healthy swig of the cactus water. Took a fair bit of rummaging around behind that cabinet of hers to retrieve it... well, all I'll say is that I appreciated the note of florality and how smoothly it went down. I've never really kept track of the economics regarding cactus water shipment, so I didn't know how much of a windfall this really was— but all the same, it was fresh as advertised. Bottle she used looked fancy enough. I'd feel pretty safe in guessing the Skakdi— Rhow, I'd heard in passing— had treated us to a good one. "Obliged." I replied, raising the mug for a moment in thanks before my smile shifted to a smirk. "And it was my pleasure. I like this place, y'know?" As Rhow then made her way over to Arero, so did my attention. He'd managed to suss out the second marine's accent fairly well now, and had been giving a brief rundown on the idividual he was looking for... a "Kotzu". Sold tea, pale Akaku-shaped mask, Ko-Matoran... In spite of myself, I'd begun to run through my admittedly short list of names and faces to try and peg a match while I savored the slightly bittersweet water. Couldn't tell you why. Ko-Koro was a rare stop for me most of the time— I've probably wandered the drifts more. Even though I always make sure to at least look for civilization, within all that whiteness that was easier said than done. Nothing came. I had a vague recollection about passing a birdseller one of my visits to Ga-Koro, at least, but it certainly wasn't a solid one. Never patronized one of those in my life, thankfully. Taking an animal into my life would be cruel and unusual to the poor thing, for sure. I got into too much trouble. Not that I'm gonna say it to his or his friends' faces, but it'd probably get eaten. Ah, he was walking back over. Guess things finished up. "Ready when you are, pal." I replied with an easy grin, setting the empty mug down onto the table as I scooped up my halberd from the depths of the booth. "You've got a friend waiting." "...That way we'll probably meet in Ga." Clock's ticking, D.
  6. I just done the best I could with what I had. — Joe Louis No plot movement here, just one part a tribute and one part self-indulgence. This kinda work is long overdue for my boy. Can't wait to get started with him next arc.
  7. IC: Jolek Highwind - Ta-Koro Rebellion. A double-bitted battleaxe of largely standard, but sturdy make. In looks, it really wasn't anything special. Well-kept, weighty and long, the Stormbringer wasn't one for striking imagery when he could simply strike. He was... like that. He was like that about a lot more than just how he had his weaponry crafted. It ran through his blood. Nothing put to waste. Not one bit more than necessary. With the quartet of would-be adventurers having long departed in search of some new trouble to get into, Jolek Highwind quickly excused himself from his superior(s) in turn, a haphazard yet exact pile of widgets in his wake. There was a lot about city life he still didn't get, but "not owing things" wasn't amongst the number— that much even a jungle boy knew how to extrapolate easily. Warrant Officer Soter and Private Elly were pretty generous in letting him tag along, sure, but he wasn't ready to have any hard debts to them. The latter was definitely the type to hold it over his head some time down the road, and if "Taku Wash" were any indication... I'll get taken advantage of for a laugh. Pass. Not my thing. ...It was a much safer investment. A little cash to take the place of a lot more energy and temper. "I'm gonna head out. You guys have a good one." He'd heard such values— that frugality and lack of needless frills— were passed down in their family from man to man. Duibhne Highwind. Diarmuid Highwind. Perkahn Highwind. Jolek Highwind. Fathers to sons, keeping their unlucky, unsung clan from getting their heads too big. "As if," the weatered Fe-Toa had said with a sardonic laugh, "life hadn't done it enough." Jolek felt a hand creep towards the lengthy pommel that peeked over his shoulder as he walked. It was still a very unfamiliar weight upon his back to simply move around with, let alone contemplate. Nothing approaching crushing, not when you'd carried around something resembling a sledgehammer of similar proportions— but it felt weird in comparison. That, he supposed, made it seem far heavier than it should be. He gripped it firmly for a moment. Or maybe it's because this thing's family, too. He lifted. Perkahn Highwind and Arianna Highwind knew these things— the weight of a good battleaxe, the misfortune of their line, and how to take pride in both. They knew far better than he ever could, if he had to guess. Wherever they were. His mother and father had left it to him without a word. They'd left... Everything. The house, the axe, the histories of both. That long-sought freedom that they'd built with their own two hands, enduring years of struggle and injustice. Criminal branding. Loss of those loved. Stuff he could scarcely comprehend— their stories were a lot bigger than his. He felt, even now, like an outsider looking in. Just some lunkhead from the humid forest to the south, barely knowing himself. Let alone the weights they had shouldered. He traced a familiar path across the flat of the head, where an old fight had once left the scar of warping. The eldest surviving Highwind had removed it himself, after another Toa of Iron (Kree, or some name like that) tried to be cute and turn his cutting edge elastic in a barfight. Perkahn had molded it into a greatsword for the next couple of minutes the tussle lasted. He'd liked telling that story. Always said that it was much more entertaining than the others that had scars still attached. The burns on his right hand, the map of weathering on his Kakama, those didn't have half the funny factor of "My opponent actually thought I yielded when I asked her to. Could you imagine?" A finger floated up to trace the white line on his cheekbone while he rounded a familiar corner. It made sense in hindsight, but Jolek had never realized just how sharp Rahkshi staffs truly were until one had sliced him open— and gotten its head lopped off for the trouble. Sharp as the wits of their master Makuta, but not sharper than Rebellion. That was how he'd describe it. If each scar had a story, then he had so many fewer than the man who had once taught him so much— before that siege, his slate had been wiped clean. He'd missed a lot of stories. There were a lot of memories, a lot of weight, a lot of meaning attached to all he'd been left. While he was spending simple days in Le-Wahi, that man had built the house he now stood before himself, piece by piece, wasting nothing. He had rubbed shoulders with warriors, leaders, men of all stripes and creeds. He had fought, raged, cried, and laughed as he wrested his name itself out of the mud, seeking justice. Jolek had gleaned little bits of it over their time together, just enough to know that each mark the years had left upon Perkahn's Kanohi carried a whole lot of hard life with it. Compared to that, he was just a wisp. A ghostly, uncertain figure within that epic saga. One thin line, right at the end. The porch was getting a little dusty. Shields adorned the short hall inward, as they did seemingly every wall in the entire house. He hadn't known any man of the Highwind family to ever use one, actually— not that he was told. Rather, it was just... "A collection, dear." Arianna Highwind had once told her curious boy, now a young man in his own right. Her voice was so unlike her husband's, soft, gentle, and always thoughtful. He'd always guessed that his ability to teach came more from her than Perkahn. She was a healer who had spent lonely days waiting with faith and grace beyond imagining, helping the village however she could. Even with a husband maligned, even with her flesh and blood missing or dead. "Your Father liked taking the crests, back when we were your age." The countless months that she had spent tending this place on her own must have been like that too. Surrounded by shields with stories all their own, each a trophy from some victory, combative or otherwise. Tale after tale adorning those spotless, immaculate walls, while she lived out her own. How many were here when they had first built this place? How long did it take for them to begin to truly cover them? How many were won in a fight, how many were looted, how many were bargained for? He didn't doubt that she knew what each one meant. Karz, he'd seen the woman's skill with her blade and her lightning— he wouldn't even be surprised if a few were hers, pacifist or otherwise. The elegant Vo-Toa lacked the scars Perkahn had, but hers wasn't an easy road either. Jol wasn't a very emotionally smart guy, that much he could freely admit. He was one of a pair of dudes who only really knew eachother when they came to this town, and were more busy making sure they were alive than really learning anything of the soul. But even he knew that nobody cried like that seeing someone's face unless they had been hurting for a long, long time. The martial artist dipped his head forward, peeking around a corner to observe the kitchen. Spotless. Untouched. Empty. It had been for a good while now, hadn't it? Right when he was getting used to coming home from a hunt or trapping spree to a bowl of salad and feta. It had seemed like she was always there, until she just wasn't. Until neither of his parents were. Given that he didn't have the heart to tell her just how out-of-place he felt sometimes, even in the face of their earnest efforts to welcome their returned son into their life... It was a small blessing that they had decided to go on one more adventure. He felt pretty selfish thinking that. No, he was definitely selfish. Accountability was irreplaceable, so to run from it was foolishness. Jungle Law. Be real. "...Like I know what's real, huh?" But that was the problem. What was real for him? Everything his parents remembered, from the time before some great storm had taken him from them? He couldn't disregard it. Not to them, after they'd worked so hard for his sake, after he had miraculously came back into their lives. Their reality definitely included that, and their memory of him definitely included that too. But his memory started after he'd coughed up seawater, far away from their home and this family. All he knew then was his name, how to fight, and he was staring at the Jungle before him. That was his world for every part of the childhood he'd lived, everything he could ever recall unclouded by a thick veil of inky fog. To deny that it was the foundation for who he considered himself to be would be more than wrong, more than painful. It'd just be stupid. So. A weapon was reserved for somebody with the assuredness to use it. You didn't give dangerous things to those who didn't understand them, that much was really simple stuff anybody with half a brain could get. Did he have the right, then, to hold Rebellion? Simply made or not, the battleaxe was more than just a weapon, wasn't it? It wasn't something quite like what he could walk down to a local forge and get made for him within a week, it had a history. It had a memory. It had a story. It had a weight. One I don't know the half of. I'm sure you meant well, Old Man. I think I know you well enough to say that much. But I don't think I deserve this yet. Not until I know me well enough to. Honesty. Honor. Confidence. Respect. Discipline. Self-Control. Courage. The principles of a martial artist. Things one aspired to be for their whole lives. He wasn't perfect at all of them— he probably wasn't even perfect at any of them, truthfully. But he knew that they were the things he had to be during times of real importance. If he wasn't, he'd falter as a man. He would fail his teachings, more than he had already in forgetting who they came from. This was one of those times, wasn't it? ...Yeah. The fireplace's humble stone, just as the house leaned against the walls of the fortress city, found Rebellion leaning against it once more. Just as it had been left. He owed such a sanctified, venerable thing that much, at least. After all, when Perkahn Highwind returned, he'd want to know where to find that tool for freedom. The weight upon his back that he knew best. Something that had shared the scars, seen him through the memories, and written the tale of his life through fire and blood. The front door quietly closed, and two stories of wood, iron, stone, and history were once again left in solitude, standing silently vigil over the outskirts of the rebuilding cityscape. Until that time came, Jolek Highwind would write a few of his own. He had no doubt in his heart that they were both out there, same as his brother in all but blood from The Jungle. They were a strong bunch, the people that were important to him. He knew better than to worry about anyone he could feasibly call his kin. Rather than that, a weird little thought struck him. "Hey, Dad?" He'd promised one that they would meet again and compare their growth, once upon a time... He glanced back over his shoulder— "...When you see me next, I'll be sure to have a couple stories for you to hear." —And began to walk forward. Not one more word was necessary.
  8. IC: Cipher - The Great Takea This was almost definitely wrong of me, but I kinda wanted to see if Arero could make out what was being said on his own. Let him take another shot at it, at least. Part of the fun of travelling, my friend, is piercing through regionalisms and dialects. It colors the way we communicate with the tones of our cultures, and all that. I'm a wandering mercenary, not a worldly philosopher. Maybe if I had a house to learn in, you'd get better material from me, but alas. Listening in as best I could, I nonetheless allowed myself to recline a bit further into the booth as I kept a watchful eye over the shoulder on the whole affair. I'll admit that I was jumpy after the way today was going, but the badge the formerly smoking Skakdi brandished after catching Arero's attention matched the rest I'd seen today— Marine. Nothing to worry about here. Probably. In any case, he and his accent's offer to give us some direction towards the refugees that had managed to escape to these balmy shores was exactly what Arero had been hoping for in the first place. Once I'd cleared the little Giant Toothy Speedbump that threatened our progressed, seemed like everything was going smoothly. At least, it was on our end of the equation. So listen closely, young grasshopper. Put your big brain to work. Wait, no, that sounded mean-spirited. You guys know me, I'm not like that unless someone's annoyed me. Like Skyra did that one time. Wonder how she's doing. Maybe I got lucky and the premonitions are someone using her as a battering ram without me to help. Maybe it's that that I was missing out on. And nothing else important. ... Okay, that one just is mean-spirited. Sorry. I promise I'm not hanging onto the stickerbook thing. I'll focus now. Never got much description on the friends Arero was looking for myself, so this'd be enlightening.
  9. IC: Cipher - The Great Takea The look he gave me was searching, and I knew I'd made a misstep. It was only due to his innate politeness that he was letting this slide— I could plainly tell that he wanted to press the issue. Maybe. But not here. Thanks for putting up with it for now, at least. "That'd be a good call. I had figured we'd hear it at the gate, but that was pretty obviously mistaken. Go for it."
  10. IC: Cipher - The Great Takea "You're not. He was just a nice surprise." Getting familiar. Well, I guess he was starting to read the room of his talks with me. If it lead to some confidence down the line, all the better. The meek may inherit the earth, but it helps them to have the assuredness to put it to good use afterwards. "I was hoping I'd find Dorian. Day's still young, so it might still be a possibility— Let me worry about that, though." I explained, getting the sense that somehow my oratory skill had been called into question. "We're here because you've got friends that mighta come out this way, right?"
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