Eye Of Airsile- Round 1 VS Nofu: An Innocent Mistake
master? Wasnt this tournament thingy supposedve started already? Im bored
a somewhat short boy with blonde hair said. His light brown clothing marked him as warrior, but he carried no weapon, and was currently scratching his head.
The black anthropomorphic panther stopped walking ahead of the boy and turned to face him. His large ornate necklace glittered in the sunlight as well as the bracers on its ankles, tail slowly swaying from side to side. You must learn to have patience; everything has a time and a place. And NOW is not the time to be complaining about not having to fight.
The boy stretched. Yeah, I know what you mean. I mean, its almost a shame that were not off fighting monsters or anything
I thought I would WELCOME the break
The boy felt a light tug on his pants, as if it was caught on something.
Hmm? He turned around and looked down. He saw a small black and white creature staring up at him with bright red eyes. From the looks of its arms, it appeared to him it was a bird of some kind. Uhh
master? Theres a weird bird here
The panther walked back to where to boy was, and looked down. He saw the small bird and stared. The little bird stared back, its gaze stuck on the ornate necklace which the panther wore.
The bird reached out for it.
It is not worth your life, little friend. The panther said low and firmly. If you touch it, your very being will be sucked out of your body.
The little bird was startled, and its eyes started to tear up. Pengu
The panther, realizing his mistake, sighed. I am sorry. I did not mean to frighten you.
Well, I dont think that being a big, mean cat is helping you much master. Karlo replied matter-of-factly. The panther dug into the bag he was carrying on his back and pulled out a small biscuit. He then bent down to lower his eye level closer to that of the birds.
Be still now little one. He held the biscuit out to the bird. I wont harm you, really.
The little bird stopped sobbing, took the biscuit and began to nibble into it. The panther patted the birds head gently. It cooed softly.
Aww, I think he likes you. Karlo snickered.
The panther glared back at him. Do not judge his behavior as primitive; hes a very clever creature, and you could learn from him.
Karlo took a step back. Uh, Id rather NOT- I mean, come on master, hes a freaky looking bird thing
KARLO! Mind what you say to others! the panther quickly chastised. The little bird, now finished with his small meal, flapped his flippers and gently flew through the air, landing on top of Karlos blonde hair, and laid in it. Karlo stood there, unsure of what to do.
master? Lil help? Karlo didnt move, clueless to what the bird was doing.
I think he wants you to say sorry and be your friend, so youd better apologize to him. The panther tapped its foot. Karlo reached up on top of his and gently patted the bird.
Nice little birdy
Im sorry; youre not weird
hey, his hair is really soft! Karlo continued to pet the little bird. The panther smiled.
Im glad you are learning to be more understanding; your time with me has not been wasted after all. The panther felt a little proud, thinking of how much Karlo had changed since first taken under his tutorage. Karlo was now trying to gently push the little bird off of his head, trying to put it on the ground, but it had fallen asleep, and was keeping a tight grip in Karlos hair.
Vogel was waddling around the town, desperately looking for his friend. He was the same species as his friend, albeit a bit larger. Pengu? Penguuu? Where are you? Where did you off to again? Vogel put his flippers on sides, taking in deep breaths, tired from having to chase after him for so long. He turned a corner, and saw Pengu sleeping in a strangers hair (Yet again
Vogel thought) very contently. He saw the other creature standing next to the boy and gulped. Vogel had only had contect with that kind of creature once before, close to his size, and it had tried to eat him.
Vogel didnt want Pengu to become his next meal.
Vogel rushed in as fast as he could to the boy. HEY! PENGU! Get down from there!!!
Karlo turned and saw yet another bird of similar markings, yet larger in size waddling up to them rather quickly. It appeared angry.
HONK! HONKHONKHONKHONKHONK!!! the larger bird said.
Gah! Theres two of them! Karlo exclaimed before falling over on his butt.
The panther sighed. Although you still have the grace of rogue bull elephants trying to tap dance
he muttered to himelf. He saw the large bird still honking, apparently worried about the smaller one. Do not worry, master penguin. I do not eat meat unless Im very close to death from starvation.
The larger penguin looked at the panther with a puzzled expression. Ah
I promise I will not eat you or your little friend, the panther said in simpler terms.
But he wont let him go! Vogel said, before starting to peck at the boy, trying to make Pengu fall out of the boys hair. The boy got up and started to run.
Hey! Oww! I would drop him if I could! Vogel started to chase after him, and the panther chuckled at the slightly comical scene.
Give back Pengu! Vogel said, trying to peck the boys feet again.
Master, help! This crazy bird wont leave me alone! Karlo said, trying to avoid the larger birds attacks. The panther was barely able to keep his laughter in, seeing how desperately Karlo was trying not to getting pecked.
Hold on, Ill try to calm him down or get the pengu off of your head, whichever comes first
the panther said, wiping a tear of laughter from his eye.
Well, hurry! Im getting tired!
The panther sighed. Well, calming the other one wont work
He closed his eyes, and a few moments later, started to glowing in a blue-ish color.
Karlo started to rise off the floor. Ahh
he looked down and saw himself floating off the ground, slowly rising. Ahh, help? Help please! he said, confused. He saw the larger penguin floating up as well. Oh! Karlo understood then; his master was using his aura to levitate the two of them.
The larger bird, confused to what was going on, tried to flap his arms, to try and figure out why he was flying again, but only succeeded in turning himself upside down.
Please do not struggle
the panther said, eyes still closed with a strained look on his face. Pengu gently floated off of Karlos head and softly placed on the ground. The turned the larger penguin right side up before placing him gently on the ground as well before letting Karlo fall to the ground. The panther opened his eyes, and fell on one knee while taking sharp, small breaths, his blue glow fading away.
Karlo said getting up, rubbing his nose. He saw his masters state and rushed over to him. Master! His master raised on paw quickly.
Leave me, Ill be ok
The panther slowly stood up, still breathing heavily. The Pengu had woken up, and was hopping up and down.
Well, Im glad you enjoyed your little nap
Karlo said, a bit disgruntled. The larger bird was looking at the panther strangely.
I assure you, the panther said, breath returning to normal, Im only dangerous to those who wish to cause harm to me or my students.
Pengu! Pengu pengu. Pengu said, rubbing his belly happily. The larger penguin kept looking between the small happy penguin and the large anthropomorphic panther.
Karlo leaned over and whispered to his master, I dont think the big one likes us very much
He is just distrustful of me, rather than you. He replied solemnly.
But you havent done anything to him!
But, a species closely related probably did
The larger penguin was honking to the Pengu, and the panther was able to catch what the larger one was saying. Hey! We should be trying to gather supplies! the larger one said, slightly reprimanding the younger.
His straight face cracked slightly. Word of the Eye has traveled quicker than I thought
this is very bad
I need to destroy that evil eye before anyone tries to miss-use its powers
He coughed loudly to get the large birds attention. Are you traveling far?
The larger bird turned, and stared at the panther before replying. Weve going to Greenland.
Interesting destination, he replied. Im new to this planet, and may have to visit there one day. I am Nofu, and my young student whom the small one has taken a liking to is Karlo. He walked over slowly and gently patted Pengus head, smiling while being careful to not reveal his sharp teeth, lest he scare them again. I know this little friends name by his obvious speech pattern; what is yours?
The bird hesitated, and rolled his eyes. Vogel. Long story. Were both penguins. He paused and looked Nofu over again.
Are you SURE youre not hungry or anything?
No, we are not hungry. Nofu politely replied.
Uhh, Im still a little hungry actually
Karlo said. Grumpily, Nofu reached into his bag and tossed a small biscuit to Karlo. Pengu began to reach out to Nofu.
Pengu pengu pengu! Pengu said, making a grabbing motion with his flippers.
Nofu took notice, and got out a few more. He bent down to Pengus level and gave it to him, who promptly began munching on it. Nofu offered one to Pengu.
Well, if Pengu likes it
Vogel took the biscuit and pecked at it, eating it slowly.
Nofu smiled again, again being careful not to smile too much and show his teeth. See? I wont hurt those who are innocent. Pengu kept on happily eating his while Karlo grumbled something about having to eat the same thing over and over.
Well, Karlo said after a few bites, this place isnt so bad
I think its a bit boring, you know
He glanced around. Im used to big monsters, and poisonous snapalogians trying to attack us
Nofu stood up and chuckled. Give it some time; things usually have a way of finding us. He turned his attention back to the two penguins. What are birds like you doing here during a fighting tournament?
Vogel was taken aback. Wait
Master, what is he saying? I cant understand a word hes saying. Karlo replied, frustrated by his limited language skills.
Nofu ignored him for the moment and kept talking to Karlo. Little creatures like you have no business here. You should probably leave before someone finds you and thinks they have to fight you.
With a look of terror on his face (while grabbing his pearl necklace), he turned and ran.
Hey, didnt that one guy say that the only people here are contestants? But
that doesnt mean that penguin is actually a contestant
is it? Karlo stared after the fleeing penguin, and the Pengu who was happily dancing around singing some non-sensical song to himself.
Nofu sighed. I guess the large one is after all
He took off his sword and passed it to Karlo. Hold this. He began chasing after Vogel.
AHHHH!!! Vogel was running with his flippers over his head, waddling like crazy. He lept into the canal, and floated in the water. Ha! Cats dont swim!
Nofu, without breaking his stride, dived into the water expertly after Vogel. Vogel was stunned, about a cat liking the water. Not wasting any time, he swam away from Nofu, but was quickly thrown upwards as a large wave formed under him and propelled him out of the water and back onto the road. Nofu calmly climed out after him.
Eep! Vogel took off again, running back to where he had left Pengu, wanting to pick him up and carry him off away from danger. Pengu was pulling on Karlos pant leg.
Huh? Karlo looked down.
Pengu? Pengu held out a deck of cards. Karlo merely scratched his head.
He wants to play you Go Fish. Vogel explained, forgetting that Karlo couldnt understand him. Nofu calmly walked back.
Its the game where you draw 7 cards, then ask the opponent for a certain type of card. The object is to make 4 of the same kind together. Nofu explained, trying to shake himself dry. Vogel eyed him carefully.
Oh! Ok. Karlo sat down, and Pengu dealt out the cards to each of them.
Pengu! Pengu smiled, happy to have found someone to play with. Pengu held up an eight of clubs; non-verbally asking Karlo for any eights. Karlo sighed and handed one over to him.
Got any jacks? Karlo asked. Pengu handed him over one jack. Hey, I think I understand this game now
Nofu gave a small chuckle while watching the two play. Understanding and winning are two different things.
Vogel was still feeling uneasy, and so in an effort to stop Nofu from doing anything to him, leapt for and pecked Nofus exposed ankles.
OWW! Nofu tried to say but instead roared out loud, shaking the ground a little. Both Pengu and Karlo was oblivious to it; Karlo since he was desperately trying to win, Pengu because he was so happy playing cards was ignoring everything else.
Got any kings? Karlo asked, staring intently over his cards.
Pengu! Pengu happily shook his head.
Karlo sighed. Darn, I thought you had one
He drew a card from the deck. Nofu, meanwhile, was hobbling back in pain from Vogels pecks.
Will you stop fighting me now? Vogel asked, prepared to start pecking again.
I did no such thing! Nofu replied, rubbing his tender ankles. I havent been fighting you seriously yet! If I wanted to hurt you, I would, but I dont! Karlo passed another card to Pengu.
Wow, youre really good at this game, Pengu! Karlo scratched his head, confounded how a small animal could be winning a card game. Pengu drew a card from the deck, then layed all his cards down together into sets of four; four fours, four jacks, four aces, four queens and four nines.
Pengu! Pengu smiled happily from winning the game, hopping up and down again. Karlo sat there, with his mouth agape.
WHAAAT??? How?!?! Karlo pointed at Pengu. How are you beating me?!?
Nofu stood up straight. Like I said earlier, he is a clever bird; you need to use better strategy. He looked over at Vogel with a scowl. Think very carefully about what you do next, penguin, as you may him my humor may disappear.
You said we HAD to fight! Vogel honked back.
Indeed, fighting is the aim of the contest, but there are other ways to compete, in a sense
Nofu said. So, he looked down at Vogel while smiling widely, revealing his teeth. would you be so kind as to give up nicely instead?
Vogel stared at Nofus large teeth. AHHHHHH!!! Vogel took off running. Nofu merely stood there, watching the penguin flee.
Vogel had gotton some distance away before stopping and taking a few deep breaths. With that, he suddenly remembered that he felt Pengu behind, and stealthily made his way back. He stuck to the shadows, and watched as Nofu stared at Pengus and Karlos card game. Vogel carefully and as quietly as he could climbed up on a few boxes, and then leapt at Nofu.
RAAAAA!! Vogel landed on the side of Nofus head, and Vogel tried pushing and pulling to make Nofu unsteady and fall over. However, it didnt affect Nofu at all.
do realize I heard you coming, correct? And that your chosen method of defeating me is obviously not effective. Nofu merely stood there, easily pulling Voegl of from his head. He punched the bird, sending him flying a few feet away. Vogel got up quickly, and began to flipper slap him, but Nofu easily sidestepped the birds attacks.
Karlo and Pengu still were completely engrossed in their game.
Got any kings? Karlo asked, and Pengu handed him over one, and Karlo placed down his set of kings. Okay, your turn. Hey, I think Im winning this game!
Pengu? The small bird held up a seven. Karlo shook his head, and Pengu drew another card. In the meanwhile, Nofu was easily winning his fight, although Nofu was clearly putting in no effort at all; he easily dodged Vogels attacks, and only delivered gentle punches and slaps to the bird, and still had kept his sword sheathed. One slap sent Vogel tumbling across the ground, scattering Karlo and Pengus card game.
It would appear that I have made Vogel disrupt your card game you were playing. I am sorry. Nofu apologized to the small bird, lest it started crying.
Karlo saw that Pengu was going to cry, and quickly gathered up the cards. Its okay, how about we play Snap instead? he said, cards in hand. Pengu raised a single, oblivious to what snapping was due to his lack of fingers. Oh, you dont have fingers, sorry
Well, how about Slap instead? We each take turns pulling a card from the top and turning it over. Whenever we see a Jack, we slap the pile! And whoever slaps first, gets to keep the stack!
Pengu honked happily, and began to play eagerly, flipper raised and ready to slap down. Vogel picked himself up and waddled over to Nofu.
How come youre so good at fighting? Vogel asked.
Nofu smiled, this time keeping his teeth unbarred. You see, little bird, I have spent many years in training both my body and spirit; I am in fact in charge of instruction for Karlo, which is a hard task in and of itself. You see, he is quite free spirited, and not too focused in many ways
Yeah, I know what you mean. I mean, watching after Pengu is pretty hard; hes always running off on me, even when he shouldnt. Its a little frustrating but
I really like him
So then, if you care so much for him, they why did you bring him to such a place?
Well, Vogel scratched his head, a bit emberassed. I didnt exactly BRING him here, he sorta
joined by himself. And we didnt come here; we just got a bit lost. We just floated off course, I guess.
Oh? Nofus eyebrows and ears raised slightly.
Its a long story-
Pengu! Vogel and Nofu turned to see Pengu standing next to Vogel holding a clear stone rock on a leather necklace, much similar in design to the one that Vogel was wearing.
where did you get that? Vogel asked.
Pengu pengu. Pengu pointed to Karlo and smiled. Nofu had a sudden thought.
Wait a moment
you did not know this was a fighting tournament when you joined, correct? Nofu asked. Vogel nodded.
Did you both write your names down? He asked the two birds.
PENGU! Pengu exclaimed happily, smiling. Nofu stomped over to Karlo and tugged on his ear.
Why did you give that to him! Nofu asked.
Oww, oww, Master, that hurts! Karlo said, slightly in pain from Nofus strong grip. I just wanted to make him happy, so I let that little Pengu have it!
Did you not full read the rules as I instructed you???
skimmed over it?
Nofu tightened his grip on Karlos ear, and Vogel calmly pulled out the scroll he was given from Skieerhet. Sure enough, it was a list of rules for a fighting tournament. Vogel sighed.
Why didnt I read this sooner
he sighed. He skimmed down to the bottom of the page. His eyes rested upon one rule: You must keep this gemstone safe and in your possession at all times. The only time the necklace is to leave your possession is when you give it, or forfeit it to another player. In order for the victor to win the fight, it/he/she must take the necklace without resistance from the opposing player.
Vogel looked up in alarm, finally realizing what Nofu was talking about, while Pengu was happily dancing with his new shiny necklace.
Pengu? Pengu stoped dancing and looked back at Vogel.
Skieerhet was casually leaning on his windowsill when he saw a most peculiar event happening below him. 4 objects were running by, each yelling something as they passed:
Skieerhet sighed to himself. Thats what happens when you dont read