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September 4th, 2023 After Tinúviel collapsed at the Wolfbron Bluff's challenge, she was unable to make it back to the Lagoon to take up her leadership position again and the pride disbands. Diomedeidae & Cirilla fight for the pride.

August 28th, 2023 Both Amara and Morrigan keep their prides. Lachesis doesn't show to defend the Brook and Renfri takes over. The Wolfbron Bluffs challenge seems to be setting off fireworks already.

August 15th, 2023 The two longest standing female leaders are both fighting for their prides once again. Anthonius challenges Amara for the Bluffs. Amaroq challenges Morrigan for the Summit. A new leader faces his first challenge as Renfri challenges Lachesis for the Brook. Did anyone think that peace was something the island was able to have?

August 1st, 2023 Conflict, drama, love, and loss - the lands are never free from any of it for more than a fleeting moment. As the summer months wane on and the season nears its end, there is no telling what is coming next upon the horizon.

June 19th, 2023 With the rains leaving and spring upon the island, things are heating up among the lions. Bruno seeks to unseat his father in the Mire. Helah looks to dethrone Scorpius in the Oasis and keep the fire between the Bluffs and the Oasis alive. The Plains have raided the Brook and allies on both sides showed up to help.

May 23rd, 2023 All is fair in love and war - moments of chaos and peace lull in a cyclical nature across the lands of Amaryllis, though most are wise enough to know that the quiet never lasts quite long enough.

April 20th, 2023 Alexander manages to win the Hollows and Tiamat keeps the Lagoon. Vághan challenges Amara for the Bluffs but Amara is able to hold off another challenger and keeps the Bluffs. The Cove was hit by a storm that washed away it's leader leaving the lands open to be claimed by Nephthys and Keligan who both are attached to the land. Cirilla attempts to take the Oasis from Scorpius who seems driven to keep the land.

April 5th, 2023 It doesn't take long for the dust to kick up as the Hollows is challenged for by Alexander once again and the Lagoon is challenged for by Fernweh.

March 31st, 2023 As wars and challenges continue to break out across the lands, Amaryllis is certainly keeping up with its turbulent reputation. One can only hope that the dust will settle soon enough - for everyone's sake.

March 10th, 2023 The turbulance of the prides never ceases for very long, as a violent landslide forces the members of Firnen Rainforest to evacuate and disband. Who will step up for the throne this time around?

March 1st, 2023 While Gauthier manages to retain control of Caladan Cove, Lorien Plains' fate is not so simple. With Aeistrios overthrowing Violarum and taking the pride's throne, how will things unravel from here?

February 20th, 2023 Even though the last batch of pride challenges did not succeed in shifting most of the political tides in Amaryllis, it did not deter ambitious souls from seeking out thrones of their own. The fates of both Lorien Plains and Caladan Cove now hang in the balance, stirring further unrest as a result.

January 25th, 2023 It seems that the island wasn't ready for new leaders to take over right away as Vermier keeps ahold of the Hollows and Cassandra keeps the Brook in the family. The steadiness doesn't last long as a blistering sand storm rolls through the Oasis, leaving it empty until Ronin and Scorpius take up battle to see who will claim the lands.

January 16th, 2023 After battling for their prides, all current leaders remain with their crowns. Amara successfully wins a challenge for the Bluffs for the third time. Morrigan wins her first battle after a year of leading the Summit, the relations between the Mire and Summit seem to have splintered as war breaks out. Ryker battles a familiar face in Leander for the Oasis and manages to keep his crown and denies a family the ability to get back to it. Alexander battles Vermier for the Hollows, a move that causes Ryker to drop his attachements to Alexander's family.

January 9th, 2023 After peace seemed to settle over the island the warm air and lifting of the rains brings out the challenges for prides. The Lagoon gains new leaders. The Oasis leader, Ryker fights to keep his pride from Leander. Amara, the oldest leader in the island once again fights to keep the Bluffs, this time against Arkyn. While Cassandra fights against Aeistrios to keep the Brook in the paws of family and friends.

December 19th, 2022 In a bold move, Amara of Wolfbron Bluffs has taken King Alizabeth prisoner after she was attacked by some mammoths. This has left Scilla Lagoon empty of it's leader once again.

December 16th, 2022 Spring works it's way to the island and with the coming of warmer weather it seems that the island has calmed and for the moment allowed things to settle.

November 29th, 2022 The winter season has proven to be brutal and unforgiving as the weather pushes the lions of Scilla Lagoon from their home, once again leaving the pride vulnerable for claiming. This time, Ronin is looking for the opportunity to rule, though he is quickly countered by Alizabeth, who is hoping to reclaim what was once her's.

November 11th, 2022 After Alizabeth left the Lagoon to find her cub and ended up falling ill, the pride has found itself at the center of another challenge and war. Prometheus and Recluse fought to see who would lead Scilla Lagoon, with Recluse reigning victorious, while the lions of Wolfbron Bluffs extend their reach with Vermier as the new High Sovereign of Obsidian Hollows. With so many changes to the leaders of Amaryllis, what is ahead for the island?

November 8th, 2022 "When will this end?" you may ask yourself as you are thrust in between worlds once more. This time, however, you are not simply floating in the nothingness or above the land you call home. No. It is snippets of visions that pay now before you as if you're there. As if it isn't just a memory of a time long gone. Their piercing eyes gaze at you. You are taken aback out of fear or maybe awe. Somehow you know deep within your heart the identity of this loner: Kivuli. When you awake, the memory of the fury in their gaze remains burned within your mind.

October 22nd, 2022 An earthquake has resulted in parts of Obsidian Hollow to fall in, trapping Roan in the process as he sought to evacuate the others. In the aftermath, Vermier and Revna waste no time moving in to make their claim for the newly vacant territory.

October 17th, 2022 It is happening again - you are thrust into this in-between of worlds, the tendrils of mist swirling before you like hungry serpents. You can almost feel them tickle your sides and wrap around your ankles -- "I am Kivuli," the strange chorus of voices responds firmly, their fury brimming at the tip of their words. It is powerful and intense, like a titanous wave about to crash and leave everything in ruin. "... and I will take back what is mine." What is coming for the island? Will there be enough support to keep Maua as the stronger deity or will Kivuli take over?

October 8th, 2022 A rumble is felt on the eastern side of the island, prompting violent waves to crash into the lands of Caladan Cove and driving out the lions that once lived there. Days pass before the ocean calms and settles once again, but the lions that were once there are now gone, and the pridelands are open for a new ruler.

October 7th, 2022 Alizabeth remains the leader of Scilla Lagoon whilst Seneca loses his battle to Ryker for Andal Oasis. Will the outcome of these battles shape how the island works together in the coming days? With new leaders also taking over Lorien Plains (Ghyslaine) and Vermeda Brook (Cassandra), things could be on edge once again.

October 1st, 2022 Something takes hold of those living on the island - - shared vision or dream that seems to shake the core of what they have come to know. Accompanied with a strange voice within their minds, those who came to Amaryllis long ago, guided by Maua's voice, will feel a pagne of familiarity. Only this time, the voice is different and chilling. What is coming?

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seldom all they seem
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There’s a half-forgotten dream shifting in the back of Pasha’s mind. He can’t recall specifics, except maybe the smell of brine, and coarse sand beneath his paws, if he focuses hard enough. The lingering feelings drag him out of his den just as fading rays of sunlight disappear below the horizon – not harsh enough to hurt, but bright enough that he’s forced to squint.

By the time the cleric reaches the shore, the sky is dark and clear, only the weak light of a waning gibbous to illuminate his path.
Pasha settles himself on a partially submerged rock, close enough to the edge that he can feel a cold spray of water with each wave. The Ocean Goddess greeting her disciple.

From a pouch around his neck, Pasha upends his scrying bones onto the slippery stone surface. Carefully, he takes them one by one and dips them into the frigid, midnight waves, cleansing them of the last ritual’s energy.
He recites his prayer of intention, “Я заряжаю эти кости Ее силой, чтобы принести ее послание в мою жизнь. Так что пусть будет так,” low baritone hardly louder than the crashing of waves.


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I have three eyes
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she had stopped for a brief glance at the dark sands only to spot the lion a distance away. even from where she stood, olympia noticed the fellow cleric as he took out his items that he would conduct for a ritual. it had been so long since she took part in one. perhaps the man wouldn't mind if she joined? olympia made sure to be quiet as she slipped towards him, knowing how important it was to respect the main cleric. yet still, she called out to him so he would know of her presence and interest. hey there! fancy another cleric for assistance? olympia said as she sat down and gave the man her best smile. i'm good with any~thing as long as it's fun. @Pasha

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Having expected to conduct his ritual in solitude, Pasha nearly jumps out of his bone-white skin at the sound of a woman’s voice.
It takes all of six seconds to realize, of course, she’s not a threat, but his heart continues to thud loudly against the cage of his ribs, not having received that memo.

Pasha turns his head to look at the incoming cleric, but has to tilt his neck up, slightly.
His first thought is: oh, she’s tall. This is followed immediately by: oh, she’s beautiful.
All pale, peach fur, and bright teeth, both made paler and brighter under the light of the moon.
Her energy is friendly and inviting, “…as long as it’s fun” she’d said – no one has ever described Pasha as fun in his whole life. His own calm, taciturn disposition returns as the earlier alarm finally wears off.

Still, he doesn’t want to disappoint.

“Do you know how to cleanse a ritual area?” It’s the first thing he says to her, and he wishes he could have started with Hello, How are you, My name is but it’s too late now. He’s never been good at small talk.

I have three eyes
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small she thought as she looked down at the male who was around her age and not just some youth. yeah, olympia got a lot of that, men who were much tinier ( but that made them cute like cubs to her ). she offered him the same smile as she didn't want to make him think she was here to demean him or anything that was bad. hm, hmm - hmmmm. yes, i can bless it if i have the right stuff. olympia looked around; there was the sea water which was a natural purifier, but nothing to hold it in. unless, of course, the guy's okay with her projectile vomiting out the sea water after she forced herself to chug some in. do you have something to hold it? like a turtle shell or a skull... @Pasha

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If Pasha was biologically capable of blushing, he would be. Instead, his embarrassment manifests in the sudden and abrupt way he stands and marches off the rock.

Once his paws touch obsidian sand, he starts to feel some regret. For multiple things.
Why hadn’t he come more prepared? Why didn’t he introduce himself? Did he really just walk away without saying anything?

If the Sea Goddess was trying to teach him a lesson in humility, she was certainly doing a wonderful job.

As this internal debate rages on, Pasha quickly finds what he’s looking for, just at the edge of the gently lapping tide. He picks it up with his teeth, and returns to where the woman is, miraculously, still waiting for him.
“Will this work?” he asks, and drops a large, empty clamshell at her paws.

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he, to tell the truth. olympia couldn't figure out if he was just rude or if he was bad at socializing or something in-between. yet still she remained, curious, and ever so interested in the ritual aspect of this conversation than anything else. however, she did remain quiet as the man moved, as she thought that perhaps it would be better for them both to not talk as much as possible. seconds later, the man re-appeared and olympia almost did a double take, as her mind had wandered off and she half-slept that second away. yep! she said after a few seconds of silence. she gently took the clamshell from him. okay, let me dip this... her words trailed off as she sidled towards the water and slowly scooped up some with the clam. then, olympia took back the shell to where the man stood. i shall bless it and it'll purify the water! she explained. yes, she did tell her new cleric companion the waters were technically purified already, but she could purify it some more by casting a blessing onto it. olympia sucked in a deep breath before she lets it out, before she chanted o' spirits, cleanse our souls and the water we shall pay as tribute. she took a swig and, with the force of an elephant, sprayed it against where the ritual would be conducted.

at least, she hoped she aimed it right this time.


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The woman is being far more patient with Pasha than he deserves, and he takes a moment to gather himself while she's retrieving the water. Slowly, he closes his ruby eyes and takes a deep, centering breath. Clerical work is his element, and he is in control of it. While friendly conversation with an attractive lion is not his area of expertise - this is.

Feeling more grounded, Pasha opens his eyes just in time to see the lioness put the water into her mouth?? and then, before he can say anything, spray it over the area between them. A few of the droplets landing on his paws.
There's a moment of silence , and then he clears his throat.
“That’s one way to do it,” he starts, and thinks about explaining how simply pouring the water out of the container is a more, uh, traditional method. He quickly decides against it. Instead he continues, "Have you....worked with scrying bones before?"

Well, they could move on now that the area was cleansed. Or, it probably was, anyway.


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to be honest, olympia had not expected the stranger to enjoy her spectacle. she was certainly conscious of the strangeness of her way of doing things, but as long as the other lion had no qualms then she would most definitely not spend time explaining why she did that. consider it something of a quirk when it came to her cleric duties. most of the time it was considered serious and sacred to be able to conjure spirits and guardians, but to olympia it was just fun to dabble in the supernatural and otherwordly business. i can projectile spray it farther if i try olympia added, though she beamed with pride after she spoke. the act of purification wasn't important, that she knew as a young girl, it was the reason and desire for what was to happen that could justify the act in the first place. scry bones...scry, yes! only once olympia put up a paw to emphasize the 'once' part. d'you wanna try it tonight? as part of the ritual. @Pasha

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“Mn. I believe you.” A rumble from deep in his chest, not quite a laugh, but close. This must be what the peach lioness had meant by “fun”, so different from the stoic reverence he was brought up in. Pasha can’t tell if her frivolity could be considered sacrilegious, but the ocean remains even and calm, no hint of offense in Her waves. The cleric’s Goddess seems to like her, even, as the cold waters never once splash her pretty coat.

The lioness confirms that she’s used scrying bones before, maybe, once, and seems interested in what Pasha has planned.
“Yes,” he begins, using a paw to pile his assorted bones. “I came here hoping to seek guidance from the Sea Goddess. I thought she had a message for me,” he pauses, sorting through the fading wisps of his dream. He thinks he remembers a flash of teeth - bright, cheerful.
“But I think maybe she has a message for you.”

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olympia grinned and was mostly satisfied that someone understood her. she could and very well spray stuff ( and lions, if they were so inclined ) of any liquid, even if said liquid wasn't just water. that, however, was a tale for another time, though it would be best to believe she did do that once upon a time in her life. olymapia decided that she would stop mentioning that now that @Pasha had took out the bones that they — would? may?— use for scrying. if she could sweat then she would, because as she saw the little sun-bleached things pile on the black sand she realized she had mostly forgotten how to scry. was there some kind of incantation to say or was it all in her mind? was she supposed to perform a summoning dance, a dance of blessing, or just a little blood work?

oh...? sea goddess you say? the temporary change in subject perked olympia's previously sheepish mood into an interest at the mention. her eyes gazed out into the sea, calm as it was currently, and shivered. she had not had good interactions with the seas nor the lakes back in the other country. one time olympia almost drowned. i'm not in trouble, am i? she added as she peered into the bones. sadly, this was probably something only pasha could decipher.

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