Taz I love it :) it's so unique, I especially love the way the tail is like a fire :) I think the head is a little bit big for the body (I'm not great at anatomy though so I may be wrong) but otherwise it looks awesome!
The doe ambled through the grass looking around, blindly she stuck her head in a hole "uh oh" she whimpered shaing her head, "Hsssssss" The snake started going towards her head.....She yanked her head up as she felt her neck pop, she turned and hightailed away right into the woods then stopped, she looked around and saw the most beautiful area ever, she watched the deer's graze on grass"why can't this be my herd"she thought sadly and decided too sit down and watch them, then the young doe decided too lay her head down and sleep hoping too stay hidden.
Keya stomped at the snowy layer on the ground, pawing through it with her petite hoof in hopes to find some form of food below it. The winter season had overstayed its welcome in her opinion. Heavens, it was still snowing! This was supposed to be spring, yet there was no sign of it.
With a snort of surprise, she had removed enough snow to find a little bit of spring grass, lush with life underneath the crisp ice. The few strands of grass were not nearly enough to satisfy her hunger, but food was food. And right now, Keya was desperate. The winter had treated her alright, but there was only so much time she could survive on such small feedings. Like most winters, she had lost some weight, with her ribs almost peeking through her hide.
Though, something about her air simply implied she had not given up. No, she was the opposite. In such hard times, one might think she would be gloomy. However, the doe was just as pleasant as she would be in summer. Her dark eyes still glinted with sparks of happiness and hope as she found the small sprouts, not focusing on how meager of a meal it would be.
Dipping her head to nibble on the grass and swishing her tail, she sighed. The snow stung her nose and lips as she tugged at the grass.
Beau || Lead Stag || Eastern || Mentions: Dawn and Riot
It was while the stag was picking his way across the grassland about to come onto the lake when he heard a feminine voice calling his name. Raising his head, the stag spotted Dawn as she made a beeline for him.
Watching her quizzingly, the large stag watched the doe as she shied behind him talking about there being another stag drinking at the lake across from them both. Following her gaze, he spotted the stag in question (Riot), they didn’t seem to be a threat as they were just drinking from the lake and Beau wasn’t one to prevent another from having a drink especially in harsh times like this. However, the stag didn’t want to be caught off guard or be seen as a soft fool, if he was too merciful he would be seen as a potential target for fighting come the rut season. So it was best to keep up his guard.
“Right” the lead stag said to the doe, he kept his voice soft and calm trying to not further agitate the doe and also to perhaps calm her down a little. “I’m going to check if he’s a threat or not, you’re free to stay behind me if you wish, I won’t let anything happen to you. Or you can join the other does they aren’t far” Nodding towards the other does, he pointed them out, they weren’t far at all maybe just a couple meters away.
Without waiting for the doe to voice her choice, Beau started to make his way towards the stag, intending to just make conversation and see him off. The lead stag wasn’t looking to fight, with food so scarce he didn’t want to waste energy in useless conflict, neither did he want to risk snapping his antler’s which had yet to harden. So as he made his way over, he tried to smile warmly and look unthreatening but it was difficult given his large build and large set of antlers.
Fox | Herd Doe | West herd | Mentions: Lilianna, Twilight
Fox looked upwards at the cloudy sky. She knew her herd must be west, but she wasn't sure which direction that was without the sun. Slowly making her way towards a taller oak tree, she looked for any signs of moss. That would help too, but there were no signs of vegetation anywhere around her. She leaned her neck down and searched for her hoofmarks in the snow. There was one, but it was soon covered by the falling snowflakes. She couldn't think of anything else. Wait. If she kept running backward, maybe she'd get to where she was lying earlier? If she reached the border, she'd know, and just turn the opposite way towards the lake.
She did a 180 and began to run forward, ignoring the things she saw and looking for any signs of water.
After a long half hour of jogging, she reached the border. As she began to see the familiar pines become maples, she turned and searched for more fallen pine needles that littered the floor and should have been replaced when spring began. Well, maybe she could have a snack. Hmm.. what was that scent? She followed the faint traces of the smell to a small bunch of withered mushrooms. She found a decent medium-sized one, she tugged it out of the ground with her teeth and began to eat. Her stomache was finally satisfied. There were still more mushrooms. I might as well bring some for Lilianna, She thought, plucking out the biggest and carrying in her mouth.
What a treat! Lilianna will be so glad, She thought excitedly as she followed the pine needles towards the lake. She heard nothing but her hoofsteps. Beginning to think of all the birdsongs she heard last year, she imagined the birds in the trees and the rustles of the little lizards in the leaf litter.
"Oh, Lilianna! I have a mushr-" She said as she saw a little brownish tail appear and dissapear through the trees. Grawwwllllll
Fox swerved her head left and right, trying to find the source of the sound.
"-L-l-lilianna?" She stuttered as she saw the bear's head peek out from behind a pine. She took a deep breath and just as the bear's body came into view she rammed her head into its body. It wasn't fazed and opened its mouth to show messy rows of yellow teeth with four dull fangs in the corners. Grrawwwwwllllll
Fox was sweating hard now, despite the cold air. She had only encountered so many bears in her young life. Shaking, she did the only thing she could think of doing: she ran.
She ran without stop, not even turning her head to see if the bear followed, adrenaline rushing through her and-
"Err.... Fox?" Lilianna said. Her fawn stretched out her neck to see Fox, who had ran straight into the lake. Fox's hooves met the bottom of the cold lake and propelled her up the underwater slope and out of the water. When she came out, she shook her head like a dog, spraying small drops of water on her sister and neice.
Edited at October 20, 2020 12:02 PM by Riverwing Anxiety
Dawn nodded, she rather be away from any conflict. She trotted quickly for the group of does, trying to make herself in the middle. She didn't have good experiences with bachelor stags, they were rude, aggressive, and harsh, and she didn't need any of that right now. Dawn watched as Beau encountered the bachelor, she was worried. Beau's rack didn't seem strong enough for conflict, and the other stag seemed like he wasn't a kind stag-
"Please don't get hurt.." she whispered quietly. She liked Beau, wasn't in love with him, but she cared for him. He was her leader, and she cared for and loved him like a friend. She just didn't want him hurt.
Riot || Bachelor || Lone || Mentions: Beau, Dawn
Riot looked out the corner of his eye, to noticed a doe had spotted him, and was speaking to the large stag. He watched as the Doe left his side and that the massive stag was coming towards his way. Damn it..he thought to himself, he lifted up his head and took a step or two back. His hooves almost slipped on the cold, wet rocks, but he was able to catch himself. As the large stag came closer, he was starting to get more and more worried. Holy-that's a large stag..Riot was amazed by his size and slightly intimidated. But he didn't show it, "Hello-uh sir..I was just passing by for some water. I did not mean to intrude," Riot pinned his ears slightly, and moved his head towards the forest, not trying to seem as if he was invading.
Beau || Lead Stag || Eastern || Mentions: Dawn and Riot
Glancing back, Beau made sure Dawn had reached the herd safely. He knew that there were little threats here, he had chosen this spot for that reason, however he was still mildly worried about her. In fact, he worried for every doe in his herd, he cared for them all the main reason he had formed this herd had not been to continue his bloodline (that was a benefit to this situation however) but rather to protect the does and ensure the survival of the next generation. Satisfied that they were all safe, he turned his attention to the stag who was quickly trying to retreat clearly not knowing if Beau was a threat or not.
The brute sighed his breath forming a cloud, why was everyone so damn scared of him? Stopping in his tracks, he made sure not to get to close to the stranger, both so that he wouldn’t be afraid and so that he wouldn’t see that Beau’s ribs were showing and that his antlers were still in velvet.
“Greeting my friend,” the stag greeted using the same soft friendly tone he always spoke in. “Don’t worry, I’m not here to threaten or chase you off, and you can drink. I’m not going to deny you water, especially given the late spring"
Edited at October 20, 2020 12:15 PM by Peaceful Vengeance
Twilight slowed down. She was excited to see what the herd was like, but she was also nervous and a little shy. What if some does and stags were mean? She straightened up. The fawn thought that if she made a good first impression that maybe they would be nice? Anyways her mother would protect her! Her mother is the strongest doe ever! Her father would also probably protect her if she made a good impression. She braced herself to go into the herd and to meet her father.
Twilight looked behind her at her mother before walking into the herd. She stood as straight as a fawn could and looked around. There were so many deer! She could see that most of them were does but there was a few stags. She wondered what stag her father was. The fawn looked nervously back at her mother. She didn't expect there to be so many deer!
Lilliana || Lead Doe || Western || Mentions: Twilight and Fox
The mother was focused on her fawn watching as her daughter entered the herd for the first time; it was most likely a shock to the poor fawn who she suspected hadn’t met another deer apart from her mother since she’d been born. But, Lilliana knew that Twilight would be fine, she was a smart and brave fawn that was easy to love, and the herd would adore her as much as Lilliana did soon enough.
The young mother had been so focused on Twilight that she had failed to hear the other doe panicking and running through the forest. It wasn’t until the plopping sound of something heavy falling into water, that Lilliana turned seeing her beloved younger sister looking rather panicked in the water. The poor doe was most likely drenched yet she still help a clump of mushrooms in her mouth, despite her worrying about her sister’s health (it was cold, she’d catch her death) Lilliana felt her heart whell at the thought of introducing her sister to her new niece.
“Um fox,” Lilliana started not sure whether to ask why the doe was holding mushrooms, why she was in the lake or introduce her to twilight first. “What happened and why are you carrying those mushrooms?”
The young stag grumbled softly as the wind caught up to him yet again, blowing through his fur and making it near disheveled. He only lifted once its less dainty friend came following after,chilling his nose. A slight look of annoyance was evident on his face and his content mood became irascible as he rocked himself back to his hooves,briefly eyeing the print his body left in the thick snow. Ezra bid the leaves adieu as he made his way around the tree, shaking one off of his back hoof with ease. He allowed his flank to gently brush against the child plant, wondering if its low branches would snap and suffocate in the snow. He didn’t bother to look back, the silence that came afterwards was all he needed and he then leisurely trotted away, knowing that he’d later come back to see how large the child tree would be in spring. He avoided the low trunks of trees as he walked,dipping his head every once in a while for the security of his antlers. If one were to watch, they might think he was bowing. Ezra wasn’t quite sure where the certain food sources would be, he would often just find himself wandering around,trampling the fallen foliage before his hooves and hoping to come across food. It had worked for him last winter but obviously this time its different. He eventually came to a pause, his ears flicking rapidly as a large growl resonated throughout the wilderness.
He had a reason to be concerned, knowing that he wouldn’t have heard it so clearly if the beast wasnt near. Ezra wasn’t exactly afraid but he took certain measures to ensure his safety. He lept over a log dusted with snow and continued forward, his original direction slightly altered so as to not come across the bear. He came to a stop on an incline which overlooked most of the snow covered plains and his eyes met the silhouette of a creature crashing through the brambles and kicking up snow, later to collapse in a pool of water. He raised an interested brow,wondering if that was the one to set off the beast. ‘Most likely’ Ezra thought to himself as he watched the subtle amusing scene below unfold.
(Also he is not in range to be seen, so please none of that “Looking up and seeing him” stuff.)
"Thank youkindly," Riot felt more relaxed that this Stag was kind and understanding. He turned back to the lake, and walked over, drinking the cool water. He drank for about 2-3 minutes, hoping not to take to much. He held his head back up, and nodded, "Thank you again, and I wish good health upon you and your herd," Riot bowed his head in respect and walked off back into the forest. He felt more relaxed, knowing that the Stag he had encountered was understanding of his needs and if it was mandatory, and he arrived there, he wouldn't be as much as a baby as he was earlier.
Riot smiled, seeing some of the snow has melted but was afraid that it would be no use, due to the storm that seemed to be coming. Maybe it is just going to be cloudy-no snow..right? He looked up to the sky, and sighed. "You can't let us get through a simple winter transition, can ya?" He chuckled looking around at nature.