Posts by ~VALE~

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    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "I- how did she get this far?" The blind penumbra piped up, having discerned who the woman was from the clues the others gave her. Artemis had been a brief joiner, but one that had made an impression on Vale of some sort. Then again, everybody who she had known had, always seeming more impressive than her in their own ways, be it quiet strength or fiery passion.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "I don't usually condone violence." The penumbra was quiet as she spoke up, clouded gaze mistakenly settling onto nothing, hesitating a bit before she spoke. Spiritline had just stepped up, after all, and it had been constant backlash from the clan that had driven Canoris away. But the simple question of whether it was worth it made her feel disappointed in the polaris for the briefest of moments, her expression giving it away. "But this wasn't just a random act of violence on Adonael's part. Ver has harmed him, has harmed the Coven as a whole, and has now harmed Hestia. She had made it very clear that she was a danger to us, and even if we're not neutral or anti-clan aligned, we can't simply allow people to continue to harm us. Enough was enough, and it was clear that she was not going to leave us alone after Hestia's attack. We can't just wait until somebody is tired of playing such a twisted game with us. We're not toys that Ver could break as she pleased when she grew tired of them. Or anybody else's, for the matter." Her voice cracked a little bit at the end. The Coven had suffered enough under Ver's terror alone. Trying to fight back hadn't worked during her own time as leader, trying to calm the rocking boat hadn't either. Nothing would satisfy the tyrant of a woman besides absolute obedience, which she seemed to think was something she had deserved from the Coven. Vale's scarred face would turn towards Calina, the harsh hissing from her own companions still audible, until a sharp sound from her own maw silenced them. "I don't know what you believe, but she proved to be a danger to us. I'm sorry to say I do not feel sympathy for what happened to her. I hope you can accept that." Her voice was calm and confident as she addressed the crowd of Coveners, her tone lacking the authority that might be expected of a penumbra, sounding a bit sheepish. "If they're going to speak in private, we should probably all disperse, yes?" With that, she would move her own paw around a bit until she located Adonael and Aphrodite, offering one of the two a small tap on the shoulder, as well as a light smile that didn't quite reach her eyes on account of the fact that Vale couldn't properly mask her worry over what might be demanded of the Coven. It was better to get the two away, really.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "It's good that you came. It seems we've been saved a trip to the Veil ourselves." Despite the neutral sounding words, Vale's soft tone had been replaced with one edged in steel, as cold as the reptiles she carried on her, clouded gaze focusing in the general direction of the two before her, the sound of hissing apparent as more of her own companions slithered forward, wrapping around her legs and body, jaws snapping, recognizing the scent well.

    She rarely held grudges, really. The Ruins she'd felt fear from, mostly, not wanting to be alone in a Ruiner's presence. But something about their ignorance, or feigned ignorance, really just rubbed Vale the wrong way. Could they not keep track of one woman? One woman who had proven herself a danger to their clan and to the Coven multiple times? Or were they just playing dumb, hoping the situation could be swept under the rug if they didn't bring it up first? Either way, her own companions seemed to pick up on the penumbra's irritation, seeming to realize who it was directed towards, as well, the smart creatures they were, multiple gazes boring into the strangers when Vale's couldn't.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    It really was a lovely concept, Vale would easily admit, as she wandered over, the blurry figure of Star an unfamiliar one to her as she listened to the sound of her companions' whispers, the snakes bobbing their heads up and down. "I'm Vale, and... I'll be honest, I think prefer a place a little bit warmer than the Coven. It can get cold during winter, after all." She admitted, before adding on, "But the people here... the people here I really like, though!"


    A sheepish look appeared on the blind penumbra's face. "Ah, I understand if you don't want to kiss me or anything though. I don't need one." She'd gesture to the snakes on her body and her own scarred and scaly face and paws, completely understanding if Star wanted to pass. Vale wouldn't have minded, really. She was used to such things, from almost every one of her clanmates at one point as well. She'd learned not to let it bother her as time went on.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    The penumbra had taken a seat in one of the corners, content to just stare out into the crowd of blurry figures slowly shuffling into the room. Vale, for the most part, had taken a step back from most things, including day-to-day life, appearing every now and then to prove she was still there, but far from enough to be promoted again. She simply hadn't found responsibility of the clan something that suited her, though right now, the concept of traveling somewhere warmer was what brought her here today.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    Why snakes?


    That was a good question. Vale herself did not know the reason behind it, her own memory missing key points such as why. Multiple eyes turned to Kaz's general direction, including her own, to face the child, guarded by his teddy bear, her own paw reaching up to her own face, pushing back fur to reveal patches of dark green scales, reminiscent of the snakes she carried with her. "See that? I guess you could say I'm like them. And some of them, like Eli, have been with me as long as I remember. I've been their voice, and in exchange, when I lost my eyesight, they became my eyes." The scars running down her eyes, the vivid green pupils now unfocused, were impossible for her to cover up. There was nothing that could be done to fix it, she had accepted, and the reptiles were perhaps the only thing that could decipher what was land and what was a one-way trip to the ground for her, and tell her so.


    "Can you... describe what he looks like for me? They don't understand color well." The snake charmer gestured to the baby snake, who was still working his way out of his shell.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    Vale had been keeping an eye on the large egg that she had been tending to for quite awhile now, having set up a place outside of her hut, where a little bit of the roof hung over it to protect it from the worst of the elements, with the egg half-buried in the ground, with Vale having kept it appropriately damp. Whoever had placed the plants that had caused her to break out in hives some months ago had not shown up to disturb it, probably due to the snakes she'd kept with her, a few of them always near.


    It was when she's noticed sound of the egg cracking, so subtle she could barely pick up on it herself, that had immediately brought the snake charmer over, the excited murmurings of her own companions almost drowning out the sound as Vale watched, eyes unfocused, until she spotted a dark blur poking out from the white shell. That was all she could see of the snake whose head finally emerged, tongue flickering as it tasted the air.


    It had been an abnormally large egg, so needless to say, it was an abnormally large baby snake. Vale slowly drew closer, the dark head of the giant water moccasin bringing a small smile to her lips as she slowly extended a paw, listening to it's first words, words that she could only here. "Hello to you, too, Ava says."

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    If Vale had the ability to know what had befallen these children, she would've stayed away, not because of her placing blame on them for their ordeal, but because seeing somebody covered in snakes, and yes, some venomous, was probably not the best thing to see after being attacked by one. Even if Vale heard the tale, even she would agree, with how small they were, that they were probably seen as prey, with not a parent in sight. Such was the nature of snakes, even if hers preferred the fact that she fed them regularly over one opportunity for a big meal such as these two.


    The sound of children, accompanied by questions on their physical health by two voices familiar enough to her, had the leopard made her way over, her snakes guiding her through the foliage, and she emerged, the reptiles resting comfortably on her body, seemingly content for the time being to watch, an occasional flickering of the tongue or bobbing of the head expressing occasional interest in the two strangers. "Ah, what happened? Who are these kids? Eli says he doesn't recognize them." Words came out quickly and slightly jumbled from how fast the woman spoke, tripping over phrases once or twice as she did so.

    I can offer an interaction thread w/ Vale? I'm trying to have her connect w/ more of the newer members so she'd probably ask him something like why Amara had him tag along to the meeting and depending on how much barghest is wanting to spill they could talk about leadership? bc for vale it was especially hard since she felt obligated to stay until somebody better than her came along so she'd probably spill that to another leader besides adonael


    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    The snake charmer arrived after the first few, slipping to take a seat next to Pillow for the time being. It’d been awhile, since she’d attended one of these. Even with her previous position, she did not wield it as the blunt scalpel that it was so casually, preferring to stay out of politics now that she herself was not in a position where she’d have to be. But here Vale was, unfocused haze settling somewhat anxiously on Ama.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    Vale came to a stop behind the the polaris, gaze settled on the blurry figure that smelled of earth and ferns, having listened quietly the whole time, not offering her own input, nor her own companions. She'd prefer staying out politics as much as she could, but the more she listened, the more the woman's brow furrowed in worry.


    Takeover. Exiles. Hostages. All words that were bad on their own, but woven together sentence after sentence? The pacifist in her wanted to plead ignorance to the situation, much like how she did with the disputes between Persephone and Canoris way back in the day, but it was far more serious than that, and eventually, she gave in, the penumbra leaning down to mumble something in the current polars' ear.


    "If you need somebody to assess the situation, Nico says he will." The verdict had been given, not by Vale in this case, but her companions, on whether to turn a blind eye to such things herself or not.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    The faintest smell of charcoal wafted in the air, picked up by her fine sense of smell, and her companions' as well, the sound of hissing announcing the snake charmer's approach well before she could try and sneak up on Mulder, who'd been reduced to a much smaller blur to the leopard, unseeing eyes expressing clear confusion at the sight of the male hunched over something.


    It seemed her companions, though, were more focused on what the male had in his mouth, the scent of quail not prompting her to move forward, but the sound of snapping jaws and feeling somebody reach forward- Vera, she realized, the paw that the coral snake had been resting on discreetly moved back, knowing full well Vera would not abandon her ride, and her source of food, for a simple snack.


    "Eli is asking what you're doing here." There was no malice or accusation in the woman's tone, just the note of simply curiousity interwoven into it.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    The scent of the Exiles seemed to have attracted her companions' attention before hers, the sharp sound of hissing cutting through her ears, blurry gaze focused on the entrance to the Coven, ears swiveled that way as the sound of talking could be heard. The penumbra had been out by chance, and really, given her own track record with dealing with intruders (see; those who aren't scared of snakes means she's screwed), Vale was more than a bit hesitant, but approached all the same, the sound of snapping jaws and hissing announcing the woman's arrival.


    "Please name yourselves." Even as politness oozed from her tone, cheeriness had been replaced with clear strain, the smile having fallen off of her lips, and in it's place a tense pursing of lips. She couldn't even recognize the fellow Elysian, not with the stench of the Exiles permeating the area around her, and with nothing else to discern who was who, the snake charmer was a bit hopeless.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    A meet and greet? It'd been awhile, Vale mused, since she'd attended such a thing. Since Kady had been here, actually. The scarred snake charmer made her way forward, settling down next to Aphrodite. "I'm Vale. I don't really have a favorite color, actually. Green, maybe?" Vale mused, unfocused optics settling in the general direction of the group before her. Green was the color of spring, of just the right amount of warmth and humidity. "Ah, I lost my eyesight awhile back, so my companions act as my eyes now. Keep me from falling off the islands. That's my fun fact." The quiet whispers that she could hear formed words and sentences in the former leader's head, emerald green eyes closing briefly as she listened to them, before opening them again. "They say hello." That was the general consensus, at least.

    I would like to submit an application for a nerd-out friend


    She'd be down to listen to his weird theories or go alien hunting if he doesn't mind the snakes and describing some stuff to her


    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "Welcome, then." The penumbra offered a small smile towards the male's way, a blurry figure in her eyes, as the snake charmer drew closer, the reptiles lining her body whispering information she could no longer perceive on her own into her ears. Yet, they could only do so much for somebody who could easily walk off the edge of the islands without them.


    For now, she came to a stop a bit behind Mikhal. "If you have any questions, they say, then feel free to ask anybody." Vale murmured, speaking on behalf of the reptiles she cared for this time.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "There's no need for that, don't you think?" Two blurry figures were visible to Vale, her snakes providing her with little details that she could no longer see. The large one had four wings. The smaller one was a fox. The soft hissing was enough to soothe the snake charmer. She contemplated offering Rin a reassuring nudge, before recalling that the reptiles lining her body, her paw pulling back. People like Gabriel and Erasmus were more used to the strange woman. The other members likely haven't seen her around much. Her scarred face was pointed in their general direction as she spoke, head tilted, even if her gaze wasn't quite on the two, straying a bit too far to the right. "We're all happy to answer questions if you have any, so don't worry. I think somebody else mentioned leading you to camp." She couldn't quite put Mikhal's voice to his name yet, her words intentionally vague for that reason. She listened quietly to the sound of soft hissing and whispers, falling silent once more, before speaking up to add on one last thing. "Eli and Ava say welcome, as well."

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "Gift?" Cheery tone was replaced with audible wariness, the leopard tilting her head a bit, clearly hesitant to be here. Vale probably would've immediately turned around if she was by herself. She had been a very cowardly leader, after all. At one point, she would've been naive enough to confront a stranger with even a little bit of trust. Still could, but this... this was a Ruiner. Somebody who might not have taken her sight, but likely would've stood by and watched their fellow clanmate do so as Vale cried and begged. As much as she wanted to, she couldn't forget.


    Her snakes were just as alert as her, the sound of sharp hissing and snapping jaws making feral reptiles' intentions clear should something happen, as the snake charmer shifted her weight from paw to paw anxiously.

    What is left for me

    when I've given up everything —

    "There's no need to be so hostile, don't you think?" Vale's cheerful demeanor was a bit more muted, the edge in her tone clear at the threat the smaller feline was making, blurry gaze catching sight of of a brightness exploding from exposed palms. "After all, some animals are quite dangerous to try and pick a fight with, don't you know? Try not to threaten people or their companions, Eli says." The black mamba wrapped around the snake charmer's neck was alert, watching the smaller feline's every move. The penumbra's smile was somewhat strained, clearly uncomfortable with the blatant threats, a subtle one of her own carefully interwoven within cheerful words.


    Unfocused gaze turned to the unfamiliar blur before her, Vale tilting her head a bit as she studied the stranger intently, to no avail. Her sight would never come back to aid her in times like this, the whispers of the snakes adorning her body providing a rough picture of what the woman before her looked like, the flickering of tongues and bobbing of reptilian heads a soothing thing for the snake charmer. "Welcome, then. As he so kindly put it, this is the Coven's territory. If you're not an Elysian or not here to join, I'm afraid you can't stay long. If that's the case, I could show you where the boats are."