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Alex Meditates on the Grey Velox

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Arc 706, 37th trial of Vhalar
Alex sat in her room, relaxing. Since her mother began to teach her more and more potions and Alex began studying the massive book of ingredients, she had been given more time off from work. Her parents knew that she was aching to get started, and had finally given her time and space to do so.

They had sat down with Alex after she had returned, and discussed what had happened. It felt odd to her to be talking again, after so many seasons of only herself. But she talked, and they were overjoyed. That she had found and successfully captured a Grey Velox on her first attempt was incredible, and their pride of her abilities grew.

The next step was for Alex to sit, and practice relaxing her form. She knew what she had to do, but it was the actual time that she knew she’d have to put in that discouraged her. She just wanted to make it, and finally be able to transform.

She opened her eyes, and put more wood on the fireplace. The temperature was already sweltering, but it wasn’t enough yet. The hotter it was, the easier it is to liquefy her form. The wood crackled as she settled back, closing her eyes once more. The room was quiet, and the sounds from the street were muffled.

She focused on her breathing, letting her heart rate slow. This was the first part- being able to calm enough to make the transition possible. In….Out…In…Out She felt her mind begin to wander, and she gently brought it back. Breathing In…and Out… In…Out As she felt it slow, and her pulse began to become her world. She softly changed focus, and brought her attention to the break between breaths.

The breaks became longer, but as they did she noticed that her breath barely paused, and the inhale and exhale simply slowed, the air hardly stopping. The moment of stillness in the action. This was the idea she had to perfect. She began to feel it, her arms and legs loosening. The sensation was an odd one- similar to switching races, but she was stopping in the middle ground. She had started the change, but her mind was clear, her form couldn’t continue beyond that.

She felt herself become formless, loose and flowing. Her arms melded with her legs, and she felt herself sink towards the floor as her body fused together. She reveled in the feeling, but as she focused on the feeling, it disappeared. Her body snapped back into place, rocking Alex and making her vision swim before her eyes.

Ugh, what was that? She thought, reaching up to steady her head. Standing up, she tested her limbs. Everything felt normal, and she didn’t feel any other injuries.

Sitting down, she refocused, and twenty or so bits later, she felt herself begin to become formless. Yet again, as she realized that, her body rebounded, and she slammed back into her human form. She leaned over to the side, and retched, but nothing came up.

A dawning suspicion came creeping into her mind. “Maybe it’s from loosing focus?” She tested her suspicion, focusing and relaxing and then purposely loosing focus. It snapped back, but more gently this time. Smiling, she realized that she needed to focus on ignoring the feeling. Or rather, she could notice it, but the thought had to be like a droplet of water in a river- coming through her mind, and passing right through.

She readjusted herself on the carpet, and settled in for a long evening.
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Arc 706, 75th trial of Vhalar
Alex stood and stretched, her legs stiff and sore. She reached over, and grabbed the kettle off the fireplace, pouring it into a cup. The smell was revolting, and Alex took several deep breaths. Ugh, this is gross! She plugged her nose, and swallowed the vile mixture, the scalding liquid scorching her throat. She set the cup down, gasping in pain. OWWWWWW! That was so not smart! The inside of her mouth and throat were throbbing, but the tea from her mother was already working.

Her mother had expected the ricochet effect, and after the first night of practicing, when the pain pounding in her head made tears freely flow from her eyes, her mother had met her at the door with a cup of tea. Her mother had explained it happened to everyone, and that until you got better, the pain wouldn’t stop. The tea was a weird mixture of various plants and herbs, and her mother had given her the recipe to make on her own. The relief it gave was instantaneous, and powerful. It was strong enough to make the headache disappear, but it was far too strong to drink more than once a day. She usually tried to wait until it was really bad before stopping, but she had made some serious progress today, and was hopeful.

Grimacing at the reside left in her mouth, she added another log from the diminishing pile next to the fireplace, and returned to the mat in the center of the room. Crossing her legs, she shifted back into the indents left behind by sitting there since noon.

Her shoulders relaxed, and her mind focused on the steady, rhythmic breathing. She had managed to get herself to become formless, but that was it. She hadn’t managed to progress beyond there in half a dozen trials.

Today, however, she had got the closest. Focusing again, she relaxed, and became formless. Her limbs lost their edges, and she felt the freedom of being unmade. She began to focus on a canine shape, but before she could, her body snapped back into position, and the vertigo hit her like a ton of bricks. Dry heaving over a bowl she had brought in last week, she felt a tear fall down off her nose, splashing into the bottom of the bowl. What is wrong with me! Why can’t I manage this? Thoughts of self-doubt had begun to plague her after a week of being unable to progress. Her parents had obviously expected her to long before this

A knock on the door startled her. Her parents had never come in here before, leaving the process of improvement up to her. But in they came, her mother and father both carrying large boxes.

Setting them down, they walked over to her, and her mother gently rubbed her back. “Well sweetie, we figured out something that might help. Now there’s no guarantee, but we thought it was worth a try. It’s hard to learn a new shape this late. Most kids have already started learning one by now, so its easier to keep going.”

As her mother consoled Alex, her father was busy unpacking the boxes. Each one held several canvases, and when her father set them down, she saw what the painting was of. Every one was a Grey Velox, in various states of motion and from different perspectives She gasped, and looked up at her parents in appreciation. The tears came freely now as she jumped up and ran to her father. She wrapped her arms around him, and buried her face in his chest. “Thank you so much…”

She knew how expensive those would have been, and it was a grand gesture from her parents. She extracted herself from their arms, and flopped back down on the mat. Calming herself, she kept her eyes open, focused on a painting. Her eyes bored holes in the canvas as she focused on the snout. She blocked out the sounds of her parents breathing, and stared at the canvas, internalizing the shape and look of it.


She felt herself begin to go liquid, but this time she kept her body solid. She focused on releasing the head, and the shape of her face disappeared. Staring at the painting, her world revolved around the head. She felt her face elongate, and the nose extended as her ears stretched up and made vaguely pointy shapes above her head. She felt her head jut forward as the connection to her spine cracked and shifted.

Then just as fast it was gone, but the dizzying vertigo that Alex was expecting never came. Her parents were beaming, and they came over to congratulate her.

“Sometime people need a visual cue to help them, and we figured it wouldn’t hurt. We’re so proud of you honey.” Her father’s voice was deep and throaty in her ears as he hugged her tightly.

She gently extricated herself from their grasp and sat down, focusing on replicating that effect. No matter the effort, I will finish this.
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Arc 706, 122nd trial of Vhalar
Alex sat down, ready to begin again. Over the last seventy days, she had begun to make the rough forms, one at a time. The first day she had succeeded was the best day in her memory. The clouds were white and fluffy, the sun a perfect ball of yellow in an otherwise brilliant azure sky.

She had started out with the head, and that had taken her over a dozen trials until it was the rough shape. The ears in particular had given her trouble. For whatever reason, pulling the ears up correctly had made her life incredibly difficult. She sat on the mat and practiced, she felt herself slip away and become loose, her head elongated, and her nose extended. The odd feeling associated with her ears pulling up was normal for her now, and she switched her gaze to a mirror. She hadn't needed to use the canvas for this anymore, and she could see the rough outline of a Grey Velox's head in her reflection. It was fuzzy around the edges, like a little kid who couldn’t colour inside the lines drew it.

She slowly let it go, and returned to herself. That was the biggest accomplishment she had achieved over the past fifty trials. Allowing herself to return to formless, then shift into human kept her from experiencing the ricochet effect, and allowed her to practice for breaks longer each day.

She had then worked on the limbs, and she had changed one limb at a time, the joints shifting and hands melding into rough paws. Finally, she had focused on her body and tail, feeling it sprout from the base of her spine in much the same way her wings had from her back.

But today was the day. The day that she would try to put it together for the first time. She knelt, and stared at the final canvas. A single painting of a Grey Velox staring straight ahead covered it, its grey fur seeming to ruffle in the wind.

She let herself go, and felt her human form begin to disappear. Alex was formless, but kept her mind focused on the Velox. She refused to let anything interrupt her, and her other senses faded from her consciousness. It started in her hands and feet, the fingers shortening, but the blob that they made was unrecognizable. It traveled up her wrists and ankles, making her limbs thinner. The elbows popped as they switched direction, and her shoulders curled inwards as the transformation spread. Her spine cracked and snapped as it readjusted itself to the new shape. It extended, pushing its way out of her back to become a tube-not quite a tail yet. Her face was the last to change, and she felt the nose lengthen and her ears move up. As it did, something went wrong. Her body shook, unable to keep the form. Her hands snapped back, and she watched in fascination as the blob that was supposed to be a Velox was turned back into human. Each part shifted back, moving its way up her body. When it reached her head, it rung loudly in her ears, and the world faded to black...


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VLUHARQIH:
Skills:

  • Discipline +2
  • Medicine +1
  • Meditation +3
  • Observation +3
  • research +1

Knowledges:

  • Basic
    • Failure Symptom: Ricochet Effect
    • Recipe: Headache Medicine
  • Specific
    • Headache Medicine: Tastes Terrible
    • Ricochet Effect: Controlled Slip Not as Bad
    • Ricochet Effect: Uncontrolled Slip Gets Worse Each Time
    • Transformation: Detach Your Mind from the Changes
    • Transformation: Easier to Learn Young
    • Transformation: Hot Environment Helps
    • Transformation: Paintings of Target Animal Help Focus
    • Transformation: Patience and Small Steps
    • Transformation: Go Formless Between Forms
    • Velox Form: The Ears are the Key to the Head

Loot:

Sorry. Again, not a loot-oriented thread


Injuries:

Migraines and a Blackout


Comments:

You are really giving us lore-worthy stuff here for Yludih transformations. :D
Keep up the good work!
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