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« on: November 30, 2019, 01:03:39 AM »
Even without a sense of smell, you could tell when you walked into a clan's borders.

There was some deep instinctual feeling, some wrench shoved into your soul, a tightness in the chest - a feeling that you, suddenly, were an outsider, and that you, suddenly, were liable to be a target. It was the sort of feeling that made the hairs on your back stand on end; rather, the hairs all over your body, as in Abathur's case, the sudden shift in atmosphere from regular liminal space to owned liminal space sending every one of the hypersensitive strands of hair on his body to stand on end, as if each one were an antenna, reaching out, trying to grasp at whatever danger may lurk around him.

He let off a low grumble to himself. Truly, he wished he had a mastery over his own biological functions, because he knew the flight or fight reflex that was building inside him was mostly baseless. He was here for a reason - talk to someone, somehow find shelter even in his body, and then wing it from there. And in case someone decided to attack him, to send him reeling away from the border as they oft wanted to do, he had developed a backup plan, specifically involving the lovely trees all around him. Felines (as were most common in inhabited areas such as these) were good climbers, but they were no match for him, especially with his years of practice in tactical retreats.

Many, many years. People were never too kindly to his kind, which he, as far as he knew, was the only one of - were they to have thumbs, he was sure he'd have been chased by torches by now. Given his massive legspan of three feet, though, he supposed it was somewhat reasonable of a reaction. Most didn't respond well to regular spiders, and given that he was three times the size of the biggest other spider species... well. That didn't bode well for his odds of not getting persecuted.

Ironically antsy, the great black spider shifted his presence, moving just another meter forward, before settling next to a nice looking tree and waiting. Had he had eyelids, he may have closed his eyes and listened, but since he didn't, he simply watched and waited, proverbial fingers crossed that someone would run across him soon, for better or for worse. He may have a lot more time to live out, given his relative youth, but he'd be damned if he was gonna spend too much of it waiting just to probably be attacked - push comes to shove, he'd just keep marching through the marsh and find some life on his own.
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2019, 01:26:10 AM »
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The territory of Tanglewood especially seemed to have an atmosphere of being owned, mainly due to the fact that if you weren't a member of the group, the swamp that they inhabited could be an absolute nightmare to navigate. Recently, Aurum had made sure that all of the tree signs were refreshed everywhere, but that didn't particularly help anyone outside of the group that assent aware of what the symbols meant, which meant that they were susceptible to traps or other hazards of the marshy territory around them. Luckily for Abathur, however, the first male to find him didn't have any particular interest in just launching himself forward and attacking without at least asking some questions first. He didn't have a tendency to do that, at least as long as someone didn't smell of the Pitt and hadn't recently kidnapped his son. So Aslisk happened to be quite the special case. Otherwise, though? Aurum tended to exude a friendly and warm atmosphere as he approached anyone at the border, whether they be a joiner or just someone from another group who was interested in getting some sort of information out there. Honestly, Aurum wasn't sure he was aware of anyone who would've chosen to just attack Abathur on sight, at least outside of the context of perhaps a prank or joke. It wasn't as if they were the insanely violent Pitt, and it also wasn't as if Abathur had gone strolling past the border with reckless abandon, so they weren't going to do anything so rash and violent right off the bat.

It was a bit unnerving, however, to be patrolling the border and find such an absolutely massive spider sort of just... relaxing there. Aurum had never been that much of an arachnophobe, since he had always been so big and so much more powerful than spiders that they represented little threat to him unless they were highly, highly poisonous. Sure, their appearance could be unnerving, but so could his to the right person, so what right did he have to judge? This was the first time, however, he had encountered such a creature so large, and evidently so intelligent, if his resting and waiting at the border was anything to go by. Aurum found himself hesitated before he steeled himself, wandering up to the spider and settling back on his haunches before he spoke, his wings spreading out a little bit to help maintain his balance, "Hello there... I'm assuming you're waiting here for someone, so could you tell me who you are, and why you're here at Tanglewood?" Part of him had just wanted to straight up ask the creature if he was sentient, since Aurum wasn't sure if he had ever actually encountered a sentient spider before, despite having encountered many sentient prey animals, but... that felt rude, so he decided to go with his standard greeting, his fluffy tail coming to wrap around his paws as he relaxed. Even with his slightly disturbing appearance, it didn't seem as though Abathur was here to go on a rampage of biting and pillaging anything, so the angel didn't feel there was any reason for him to be so tensed up.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2019, 01:33:20 AM »
SNARL

Snarl generally knew when she was crossing into space which she didn't belong - but through years of cultivation, well, she'd learned to ignore the sense of wrongness that came with it. She didn't care, much - every space was owned. She'd be chased out if they didn't want the rowdy hyena - and she couldn't blame them. If they let her stay, she'd stay. She wandered this way for a long time. If someone could keep their space, they kept it - if not, she'd inhabit it, and if they let her stay peacefully, well, she didn't have much issue with things being easy. Not to say the hyena didn't relish a good fight - They were always fun. But Intimidation tactics were useful, especially if she could fudge not being injured when she was. You gotta do what you gotta do - Snarl wasn't necessarily proud of the things she'd done, but she was far from ashamed.

But, since she'd made her most recent home, she'd spanned its territory many a time. Endless pacing through the trees, hopping over stumps, avoiding quicksand with the 'grace' only having done it hundreds of times before could get you. Today was no different - she was differing from her usual route, taking a wider path around the full boundaries. A little difference was good, and though it wasn't much difference - by now she knew the swamps like the back of her own feet - it was still a little bit. Though she walked and walked and walked - Never was she able to out-speed Aurum in responding to incidents. The sphinx was too fast - You could only move through swamps with so much speed, especially treading the ground. To fly above, peer through the trees? She had no hope of catching the lion. Not even today, was she lucky. Aurum usually slept. Snarl did not - this was her 'saving grace'. Or her, 'hah I beat you in a competition that you didn't even know about', or so she hoped.

As Snarl paced, she constantly scanned the forest around her. Always and forever. That branch shook, those trees waved. Listened for the wind. Her sense of smell wasn't as good as it used to be, nor her hearing compared to that of true cats, but Snarl could always see. She had great eyes, sharp ones - She caught movement wherever there was movement to catch. Right in her path was a mass of *something*, slicked with hairs probing off its body. Past it, however, was Aurum, the golden lion shining bright in what light remained. As always, the softie greeted the creature, whom she was just piecing together to be a massive spider, kindly. Snarl wasn't so kind as she approached, at a right angle to her much larger lion friend.

Spoke, voice steeled but not yet in a growl - "State your name and purpose, outsider. Quickly. I've not all night."

It wasn't so often you saw a spider nearly so large as yourself - She'd always thought spiders were rather cool, and this one was, perhaps, even more interesting. How did it get so large, and why was it patiently here, neatly curled? She knew spiders curled when they were dead - but normally they were upside down, when that happened. She doubted the massive creature lacked life.




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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 02:41:51 AM »
The appearance of a winged lion startled his quiet thoughts, sending his eight eyes directly towards the source of the disturbance. It was polite, thankfully, giving himself time to decide on whether he should be incredibly intrusive about the lion's body or otherwise, and not forcing the spider to run in terror, nor being incredibly rude. He also, thankfully, didn't question whether or not he was feral - that was one problem Abathur had never run into, strangely. Perhaps he just exuded an aura of intelligence (which he would certainly like to believe), or perhaps people just connected his otherworldly size with him being some sort of super-spider, this meaning he had to have some semblance of intelligence. Frankly, both were plausible for communal animals to assume, so he didn't spend much time dawdling on why people didn't mistake him for just another bug, instead focusing more on whether or not he was likely to get crushed like one regardless.

"Greetings," came the spider's cool voice, deep and rumbling, emanating from some unseen mouth like rolling thunder. Tentatively, the ebony-shelled arachnid took a few steps towards his lion interrogator, moving to circle it and examine its wings from a distance. "Abathur Everman. Require residence in area. Would be... grateful for subjects' accommodation." He said as politely as he could possibly muster to his now growing audience.

The newcomer, a hyena, was kind of a jackass. Not that he could really talk, but still - to start a conversation by telling the other person to hurry up was a bold move, and one that twisted the cryptid's stomach in anger. It took quite a bit for him not to retort venomously, convincing himself that policy was much more necessary than provoking this canine when it came to the current situation, but the broiling fury in his thorax truly did put him on edge. Strategically, the spider did not react beyond his previous words, and simply turned to watch Snarl, calmly dissecting the hyena with his eyes, to see if the other held any noticeable weak points - both in case of emergency, and because putting himself through more analytical thoughts helped quell his anger.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 04:17:16 PM »
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Crowley hasn't ever mustered strong opinions on most species of animals. It was somewhat bizarre to him that people had without ever encountering them, even. Spiders, snakes -- awfully similar in that sense, weren't they? It was a large part of the reason he didn't tend to be in public with that form. Or ... hadn't been at all since he'd arrived, actually, though he was partial to lounging around as one at home with his plants, or in the sun in a secluded spot. Which .. didn't technically count as public, thanks. He hadn't been witnessed yet.
The serval, having gravitated towards the ongoings by habit, is .. admittedly just a little startled to see a spider. It was awfully big, wasn't it? Crowley had been half-convinced that it was mostly ... mammals and predators that were, y'know ... well. he'll be blunt. thinking and sentient. Glad to see he wasn't the only one*.
*To be entirely honest, Crowley considered himself more of a snake than .. anything else. It was just that it was more convenient to be .. literally anything else.
"No problem," Crowley states as he comes to a rest between Snarl and Aurum. He spares a glance to Snarl -- he had more leniency for Snarl's .. behavior than most, but he gives her a somewhat bewildered smirk nonetheless. That was sure a way to endear newcomers. Promptly turning his attention back to Abathur, the serval shrugs. "Crowley." He introduces. He could probably offer to help the guy out but .. nah. He's been too helpful already. Best to be bland and generic in his greeting, cause, hey, at least he's there at all.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 06:38:26 PM »
If she had thought about it, over the months she had been here in Tanglewood, Moth had thought of herself as someone that was getting stronger mentally and no longer being scared of most things that came across her path. She had been able to come to the border with confidence after the incident that had left her bedridden for a while, and she had been proud of herself. But when she had heard voices at the border, one of them being that of someone she didn't know and a joiner, she had gone over to the border, only to stop in her tracks for a moment, rushing over to Aurum to hide by him for but a moment.

It was a spider. The new voice that she didn't know was a giant spider, and the giant spider wanted to join in the group. She knew they couldn't push others away without a reason - usually the reason being they were from the Pitt - but she did not think she'd be comfortable being this small with a spider that big. It couldn't survive off of bugs like the other small spiders, there weren't enough, so what was it going to eat? Simple. Her. The new member of the group would be having Moth for dinner. It was inevitable.

"Er... welcome to Tanglewood then..." The worried feline would speak, looking towards the creature and swallowing some of her fear for the moment. "My name's Moth, and I'm a medic here." She was important, she was pretty sure, she'd be missed by Aurum and Selby at least. If she suddenly went missing they'd know to check a giant spider web, right?
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2019, 11:15:36 PM »
Oh god, oh no, that is a bigass spider.

Kazuhira doesn't consider himself a coward by any means - in fact, he was the top of his class, the first to take to the field, and there was little he hadn't trained extensively for - but this isn't something he can just nod along and move on from. The fire breathing cats with wings? Okay. The occasional dragon? Ghost? Demon? He would get used to it. Tanglewood was full of surprises, yet this seemed to be a whole other level of confusing.

So he smiles, a little too tightly, and tenses the muscles at the nape of his neck to keep from cringing visibly. That is the routine he is accustomed to, outside of the other variables, and some kind of baseline to stick to makes the situation slightly less daunting. The cheetah tries not to think of all the vivid nightmares he's going to have about the camel spiders and rotting bite wounds he'd seen in the outer jungles of the Beyond, and grits his teeth for a moment just to bear through the excruciating mental effort.

"Subjects," he repeats slowly, then clears his throat a little to hide the fact that he more or less squeaked the word. He swallows, tries again. He finds one of eight eyes to focus on, if only to make this less about the fact that this is a giant spider and he might as well be a fly. Carefully, Kaz recites in the most modulated of tones, "Miller. Kazuhira Miller. Welcome to the ranks."
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2019, 01:17:55 AM »
i was born, on the highway, in a train wreck
with a heart, that was beating, out of my chest
At a certain point, Aurum had just grown... accustomed to people wondering about his wings. Sure, he was far from the only unusual animal with wings around. Hell, he was far from the only unusual animal with wings in Tanglewood, but people still found themselves inexplicably interested in his wings, mostly because of their broad size and bright coloration. So, when the uge spider came skittering forward and began to inspect him, Aurum couldn't muster up anything more than the barest of annoyance at the whole scenario. He had just grown so used to the limbs over the several months he had them now that it was sort of baffling to him what the deal was. However, what he was really surprised by was the amount of confusion and vague uncomfortableness that lingered on the faces of his fellow Tanglers. Even Crowley seemed a bit perturbed by the appearance of the giant spider, and Moth practically dove down behind him before she actually greeted Abathur. The Captain blinked a couple of times, bewildered by the reactions. Surely they had seen more interesting or crazy things by now, right? For fuck's sake, there were huge dragons in this world. Wouldn't that be more frightening than a giant spider? The male just let out a soft grunt and shook his head a bit before dragging his tail gently over his sister's back in a comforting motion, hoping to get her to relax and stop thinking that Abathur was going to devour her for some reason. He then turned his one eyed gaze back to the joiner at hand, offering him a smile and a nod, "It's nice to meet you, Abathur. Er, my name is Aurum, and I'm the Captaim of the Guard around here. If you have any security related problems or big matters and Leroy's not around, you can come to me... sorry about Snarl. She's a little rude." Honestly, what unnerved Aurum the most about Abathur wasn't the fact that he was a giant spider, but instead because of how he talked. It was so oddly jerky and unnatural, not to mention the fact that he just referred to them as "subjects." That made Aurum feel uncomfortably like a lab rat, and he doubted such a thing would go over with someone like Roy either.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2019, 01:50:21 PM »
The spider shifted backwards, towards the tree he designated his safety anchor, a twitch of movement that was subtle in how precise it was, as if he had spent a few minutes measuring exactly how much effort he would need to put into moving himself exactly that much distance.

Eyes flicking from person to person, he let himself register the odd oxymoronic occurrence he found himself enwrapped in. He was desperately outnumbered, and yet he felt like he held the upper hand - paw? pedipalp? - here. Half those who approached him were smaller and very obviously filled with fear, and the other two still seemed to be in unease at his presence, with the only unaffected one being Snarl. On top of this, despite the familiar situation, they were all so... polite (again, excepting Snarl, but even she wasn't setting him on fire). He had, frankly, never been so well spoken to, and he was, frankly, slightly disturbed. It felt like he was the fly wandering into the spider's trap, rather than the other way around, and he did not enjoy the feeling.

Fingers - claws? - crossed this wasn't a cult.

"Greetings," he said to Crowley, trying to figure out if there was an appropriate response to being told "no problem." "Welcome to clan is appreciated." He settled on, literally and metaphorically, letting his legs relax and sink just a little bit into the mud.

Scared subject number 1 - Moth - hid behind the large lion, indicating some sort of familiarity between the two that was interesting. Perhaps data he could use later? He filed it away, quietly, moving towards Moth to examine her further - not close enough to invade any normal person's personal space, but still close enough to view anything he might need to view. "How are medical duties in Tanglewood?" he asked, half absentmindedly, not waiting for an answer to move over to the next person.

He was the second scared subject, almost amusingly so - from how he carried himself, Abathur could tell he was either important or had a healthy dose of self respect, so the whinging 'subjects' that left his mouth was very entertaining to him. A cruel irony that he couldn't help but be delighted by. He did not laugh, however, instead moving closer, closer even than he moved towards Moth, gazing into Miller's eyes with his eight. "Appreciate greeting. What are clan ranks like?" His aura of authority gave Abathur the impression he would be a veritable fount of information in those regards.

Last to speak was Aurum again. The spider shifted his weight towards the lion, crawling in a way unique to spiders, in a way that left a harsh juxtaposition in one's mind of his walking versus his talking. One so fluid and natural, the other choppy and robotic, both measured and careful in two very different ways. "Indeed," he said, glancing with one eye back to Snarl. Very rude indeed. He quickly skipped all the talk of the angel's position in the clan (though he did file away the name Leroy and the title captain of the guard for later) and jumped straight to his own questions. "Why does subject have wings? Present at birth, or acquired mutation? Is subject distinct species from most terrestrial lions?" With every question he carefully moved forwards, stretching out with one leg and pushing with an opposite leg, repeating the motion until he was standing face-to-face with the 'lion.'

It seemed all thoughts of policy slipped his mind the moment he was accepted.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2019, 12:29:13 AM »
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It was... honestly pretty funny, the fact that the majority of the members of Tanglewood could probably take on Abathur and take him out with only a bit of effort as long as they avoided being poisoned, but so many of them were so utterly terrified just because of the male's appearance. Aurum himself wasn't too unnerved by anything save for the eyes, unsure of where he really should've been looking to meet the other's gaze. Abathur continued to talk slowly and clinically, and Aurum gradually found himself relaxing despite the strangeness of it all. Sure, the almost robotic way that Abathur spoke was still quite foreign to the captain, but it was pretty clear from the way that Abathur continued down the line that this was just the norm for him, and wasn't just some sort of unsettling persona. The angel still feared he would at some point have to remind the large arachnid that his new clanmates were not, in fact, ripe unwilling test subjects, but for now he decided to give Abathur the benefit of the doubt, against perhaps his own better judgement.

Aurum watched curiously as the spider moved from person to person, inspecting them while also spouting out curious questions, clearly very enthralled with knowing the ins and outs of every part of Tanglewood, even if he had to vaguely push for the information. The arachnid asked Moth about her medical knowledge, Kaz about the ranking system – a fact that made Aurum slightly jealous, considering the fact that Kaz was a relative newcomer, and apparently just exuded authority – and then came to him, asking him about his wings. The lion really supposed he shouldn't have been surprised, considering Abathur had already been circling him like a shark in bloody water beforehand, but he still needed to hold back a sigh as he stretched out one of his large wings, showing off golden and red bright feathers, some of which needed to be plucked and preened at some point. Clearing his throat, the captain decided to answer Abathur's numerous questions in order, since he was pretty sure if he didn't, Abathur would just grow frustrated and continue asking anyway, "I don't exactly know why I have wings. I guess that the simple answer would be that I have them for flying. It's a mutation, I'm pretty sure, cause I definitely didn't have them back when I was a cub. Had to deal with all of the pain of them just growing from my back when I was an adult..." A grimace spread across the male's face for a moment, remembering the agonizing pain of when his wings had first grown in, with skin tearing and muscle and bone shifting to form the new limbs, "And... I don't think I'm any sort of distinct separate lion species. I'm pretty sure I'm still just an African lion. Just... with wings." That was the best explanation he could honestly give, since he was pretty sure the explanation of "well I have them because I'm an angel" wouldn't sit well with Abathur, and Aurum wasn't even sure if the wings were a direct result of his angelhood.
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2019, 09:54:45 AM »
Ranks. That was supposed to be an easy question, but Kaz at that point had known of Tanglewood's mere existence for all of two days, and thus was a little lost on most practicalities. He's aware of Leroy, he knows that much. He'd seen the leader at the most recent meeting, talking about death-undeath and immediately jumping to a discussion of clan infrastructure and promotions. He was a man of action and quick decision. He knew of... Wormwood, who had possibly taken on another name that he wasn't made aware of at the meeting. The lion was more or less unknown to him at this point, but the meeting had made it clear that he was worthy of a battleborn position. But other than that, Kaz was a little lost himself.

"Er," he doesn't really bother, this time, to hide the slight cringe that curls his lip as the spider crawls forward to inspect him. Kaz doesn't step back, nor does he break the careful eye contact he's made with the arachnid's many-eyed gaze. His expression flattens back to a careful neutrality. "I'm a little new myself, so I apologize for not knowing as much as I ought to. Leroy is our General, the chief of command around here. That's our Captain -" he tips his jaw towards the winged lion off to his side, "And I've seen multiple medics in Tanglewood besides Moth, if that's your area of interest. I'm sure they could use a... Hand." Ha-ha, a pedipalp joke, spiders had eight legs and... Yeah, maybe it wasn't the best time. Kazuhira's a little defeated at this point - the initial hey, what the hell has waned into something more of a dull discomfort - so he sighs, takes a seat. "Where are you from? I've never seen a spider like yourself before."
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2019, 11:55:37 PM »
Abathur let off a small grunt, moving around and under the wings to inspect them further. "Interesting. How recently did wings grow in?" he asked, the very peak example of someone who doesn't know how to deal with other's personal space, as he reached out his pedipalps to feel the limbs himself. Feeling was important to him, something that dominated most of his sensory information, so the act was one of pure curiosity from his point of view - although it was possible that his actions could be viewed in a less charitable lens. Not that he could do much to them; he was rather lacking in grand physical strength.

Wings at an adult age... how peculiar."Major physical developments in adult life, unusual... did development of wings coincide with significant life event?" He mused, almost to himself. His new hypothesis was that this subject had undergone some sort of stressful situation, which had increased other hormone production and perhaps started another miniature pubescence. If that was the case... well, Aurum would certainly be a far cry from an African lion.

Moving back to Miller, the spider found himself less enthralled. The male had a sort of disgusted look on his face, which he found rather rude - although he did push it to be neutral at the end, so perhaps he, too, realized it was impolite. Not that Abathur cared much about policy; as long as he wasn't being lynched, he was fine. "Hrm. Interesting. Why does subject have such authoritative body language despite newcomer status?" Subtlety was not one of his finer touches. At the very least, though, he was entertained - anything that he could ask a question about was something that truly fascinated him, that made him push and ask more and more questions, so he was quick to forget any rudeness, especially after being asked something himself. "Born in neutral territories. Did not know parents. Lived alone for substantial time, but gained affinity for knowledge. Satiation of curiosity required travel, so wandered for some time. Chased out of most clans self visited." He left his sentence dangling, unfinished, though the unsaid words were obvious -  so this hospitality is unusual. It didn't add a whole lot, but perhaps it explained his peculiar vivacity right now.

In the spirit of being a bouncy ball, the arachnid moved his attention and body back to Aurum, facing him head-on. "Any other important information about ranks?" He asked, perhaps the most reasonable question of his yet.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2019, 08:52:49 PM »
i was born, on the highway, in a train wreck
with a heart, that was beating, out of my chest
Aurum wasn't sure if he was beginning to feel more annoyed or uncomfortable by Abathur's strange and invasive circling and questioning, but either emotion probably would've worked. A small frown came to his muzzle as the spider reached out and touched his wing, the large limb twitching slightly and feathers spreading out in response. Part of the lion wanting to snap at Abathur for the invasion of personal space, but a larger part of him just wanted to be polite and keep the peace. After all, Abathur sort of just seemed like a strange guy in general, not to mention his status as a new member of Tanglewood... it wouldn't exactly look good for the Captain to be ripping his head off just for a stray touch. So, instead Aurum took a deep breath inward before answering, his voice a soft rumble as he pulled one of his wings away a bit, "Erm... not very recently. A few months ago, I think? It's been a while since it happened. I've gotten used to having them, so..." He awkwardly shrugged his shoulders as the wings settled against his spine once again, not really having a concrete answer. At one point in his life, Aurum had been counting every day that he was in Tanglewood, desperate to get out and leave, but... that wasn't the case anymore, and it felt like time just went flying by now. When Abathur asked if the growth of his wings had coincided with anything important, Aurum struggled to think of an answer, both because he was very uncomfortable and because he truly couldn't remember, "...I don't quite remember. I think my Mother had just joined the group at the time? I never had a very good relationship with her... but I don't think that caused my wings to grow." The arrival of Judith in Tanglewood had certainly been a very stressful situation for Aurum, but it had ultimately ended up being a good moment, since he had stood up for himself with the help of Sam... he had really been coming into his own, but it didn't feel like that would cause something like wing growth, would it?

Aurum watched for a moment as Kaz and Abathur interacted, holding back a snort when Kaz was caught off guard by the questioning. It seemed as though Kaz was just as confused as Aurum was, at least as to why he had been asked. It kinda hurt, hearing Abathur say that Kaz had a more authoritative attitude than he did, but... it was sort of true. Aurum had a tendency to be more warm and welcoming rather than authoritative. Still, he found that he didn't mind it being that way. His attitude didn't change his rank or the knowledge he had, and when Abathur turned to him questioningly, he found himself smile. Tail flicking back and forth lazily, Aurum rumbled to the unusual new spider, "Well... Miller was right. Leroy is our General, and the one who runs everything around here, and I'm his right hand. Technically there's a rank above me known as Proxy, but we don't have one right now due to a very recent leadership change. Our medical team is split into two, with one medic being the head medic known as the sawbone. There are also chasers, which are our stepping stone rank, and guardsmen. They're who I'm the captain of, and they're in charge of welcoming in joiners, hosting events, guarding, all of that... that's pretty much it." All in all, Tanglewood didn't exactly have a huge amount of ranks, but that had never been a problem in the past, and Aurum found he liked it that way. Even if sometimes it seemed like they could use some sort of "party thrower" rank exclusively for Feza.
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