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My second windsonde challenge with Milvus... have had this near complete for a while but then my computer broke >.< now I can focus on my turtle festival pic!

2. You have blundered into Skrekrill territory, and some Gunna toughs have spotted you. What will you do?

High on a peak somewhere on the outskirts of Grandesque, Milvus surveyed her surroundings. She sighed, her dad had told her this was one of the best perches for spotting game and ambushing them, but she couldn't see ANYTHING.
Not that she expected to actually be able to take down a wild pig or cliff goat, she wanted to hone her tracking skills, ready for the day when she'd join her dad as one of the best Slaghre hunters.

Then, two voices! Approaching fast! She turned her head in time to see two larger gryphs land on the adjacent outcropping. She squinted in the sun, one was a big lynx gryph, eagerly scanning the surrounds like she had been moments before. The other was a slinky spotty gryph with fluffy dark fur, idly looking around with boredom written all over his face. Her breath caught in her throat, these were NOT Grandesque gryphons! And there would be no reason for Twistoulter's to be out here... They must be Skrekrills! Using HER DAD'S best outlook for... for whatever they were doing!

The lynx gryph clicked his beak at the spotted one,

"C'mon Samael, help look for something to snatch! The patrols could show up any minute and I don't fancy facing Kerberos with empty talons"

A disinterested sniff was all the lynx gryph got in return, then the spotty one sidled alongside him, almost rubbing his head against his companions face,

"How many times do I have to tell you dear Dom? Call me Sammy"

"Dom" squirmed with obvious discomfort at the move and snapped his beak at his companion,

"For Skrekill's sake why did they send you on a raid? Keep that crap to yourself and GET ON WITH THE JOB!"

"Sammy" chuckled, then glanced around half-heartedly. While he didn't spot a juicy sow to snatch, he did spot Milvus.

"Well well well, what have we here!"

Dom's head snapped around as Sammy made his way over to where Milvus was. She instantly puffed up every inch of fur and feathers on her body and hissed with all her might. How DARE these mangy Skrekrill poachers come to steal her father's prey!

"Look Dom! Isn't she just adorable! What a lovely little lady for us to play with..."

Sammy extended his head right up to Milvus' his eyes dancing with mischeif. Milvus' response was to clip the beak that was in her face with her talons as hard as she could, which in reality was unfortunatly not very hard. Sammy laughed in earnst now,

"What a proper puffed up Grandesque we've found eh?" Another evil chuckle as he eyed her up, "and look at all those lovely feathers! Why I bet one or two of those tail plumes would look perfect on me, what do you think Dom? Would really bring out my eyes?"

Dom thumped down into the rocks beside them both, clearly irritated with his fellow Skrekrill.

"Leave the stupid brat alone and get to work, or bring her to feed the council!"

Sammy turned his gaze back on Milvus, eyes narrowed thoughtfully. She hissed with everything she had.

*** Later ***

Invicta paced the cave she called home nervously, why in Mordachae's name did she have the on of the most diobediant, thoughtless chicks in the aery? Her eyes were worried, Milvus was still only tiny, and yet she insisted on trying to follow her dad out on hunting trips and then got lost and ended up who knows where. Her other daughter, Arga, watched her fret with far less concern. She was more than sure her sister would find her way home, perfectly fine.

Then Invicta spotted two gryphs approaching, no it was three! A smaller one flew inbetween the two adults. A big grey leopard gryph and a dark drake bearing the Balach Symbol touched down on their porch, with Milvus inbetween.

Invicta rushed to her chick,

"Milvus! Oh my goodness you gave me such a fright, What were you thinking!? Thank you so much for finding her, what have you been doing?!"

Milvus was clearly reluctant to speak of her adventure to her mother, so the grey gryph gave her the tale.

"We picked her up on the outskirts during a patrol, she was holding two huge Skrekrill louts at bay! She's a proper little fighter Mam, she did her aery proud today."

Invicta gasped and gave Milvus a rough check, the little one was clearly unharmed and couldn't have really been fighting, but still her daughter even being exposed to that filth!

"I'll deal with you later young lady, now get inside and clean yourself up!"

Milvus slinked off dejectedly into the cave, her sister pouncing on her with questions as she entered.

"Thank you once again my good gryphons, I'm sorry I don't believe I know either of you? My family owe you such a debt, you must stop by when my mate is here, so we can properly thank you, prehaps over his freshest kill?"

The grey gryph smiled as his companion turned to take off,

"That would be lovely mam but I'm afraid we've got to get back on patrol. I'm Pasqual and my silent friend there is Syam. A pleasure meeting you, and your daughter!"

With that the two took off, leaving Invicta alone on the ledge. She sighed, what ever was she going to do with that girl?

Inside Milvus was lost in thought about the events of the day. The fight had been amazing! The two guards had just appeared out of nowhere and sent both the Skrekrills running. Her eyes glittered, maybe she wouldn't be in Slaghre when she grew up after all...

END

wow that was a long entry! But I wanted to give Milvus a good reason for her career choice later on in life.

Many thanks to ~Quisum who owns Dom [link] and to ~Mukuo who owns Sammy [link] I hope I did them justice!

Also mentioned are *LacedDog's Kerberos [link] ~eviri's Syam [link] and *tricksparrow's Pasqual [link] as well as my own Milvus [link] and her family Invicta and Arga.

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Xendria101 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice story. I like the expressions of the gryphon based on the story.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
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Xendria101 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome. You can check out my gallery anytime.
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice! I like the different combinations!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! I can only take credit for milvus' design though! the other two gorgeous gryphs belong to other #Windsonde members =)
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student General Artist
You portrayed them all VERY nicely!
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KumariKat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing! I love their poses and the rocks. :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks kumari! I had a lot of fun doing these guys, and the backrounds defo better than my last attempt!
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KumariKat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Writer
I love this well Griffins are my favorite mythical creatures :iconapproved1plz: :iconapproved2plz: :iconapproved3plz:
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks very much! Glad you like it =)
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Writer
no problem
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Mukuo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Eehehehehehe, I loooove the way you wrote Sammy. xDD You got him down perfectly!

Is a lovely picture too, goes really well with the story and you can pick out exactly where Sammy moved at her like that. xDD

Milvus is sooo tiny and cuuute. Sammy will carry her off for playtime oneday. 8I

Beautiful picture, fantasmic writing! <33333
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehehe glad you enjoyed it! Sammy is a joy to write, such a naughty boy :giggle:

hehe poor milvus, I'm sure she'd hiss and spit all the way but I doubt Sammy would be fazed by that! She'll have to get her own back when she's a little bigger!
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Mukuo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha! I'm glad he was such fun for you! 8D
He isss, and we love it. ;DD

Hahaha. 8'D He'll look forward to that.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow a whole story to go with it. They look cool :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! hehe this has been hanging around on my desktop for about a month waiting to be finished... life kept getting in the way!
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
As it always seems to do :lol:
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sparrowstampede Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Hah, this pic makes me think of the National Geographic wildlife specials where the camera catches just that moment before the clash. Think there'll be an aftermath picture depicting what was written? :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe I'd like to do a follow up, but I'm going off on field work for 3 months in like 2 weeks time and with my turtle festival pic still due I doubt I'll have time! :noes:

a fight between Dom, Sammy, Pasqual and Syam would be awesome to draw though... hmmm
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Such great poses, they are so dynamic! :lol: I particularly love Milvus defensively holding her ground and Sammy's slinky self. (Whoa, say that five times fast @_@)

The story was awesome. I really enjoyed reading it. :eager:
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! Glad you liked the image and the story, I was worried it was too long and no one would read it lol.

slinky sneaky snarky sammy sucks up to skrekrill scouts... sooooooo many alliterations!
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Quisum Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! I love Milvus's ferocius pose and Dom's disapproving look. The story was really enjoyable to read, and the whole dialouge between Sammy and dom was hilarious! Their personalities were perfectly portrayed- now Milvus knows how much the skrekrill fight amongst themselves :D
Thanks for including Dom!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe thanks! I'm so glad you like it, I find it hard to write for other people's charaters as I don't want to accidentally say anything thats really out of character! >.<

yeah Milvus was raised to have a dislike for Skrekrill and now she has experience to reinforce those beliefs! All those 'Krill boys better watch out when she grows up...! :giggle:

This was loads of fun to draw, especially coming up with poses. :aww:
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