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    Shadows on the Ocean Floor [Underwater Adventure: Running Out Of Air] (Akeya/Solo)

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    Shadows on the Ocean Floor [Underwater Adventure: Running Out Of Air] (Akeya/Solo)

    Post by Akeya on 9th August 2017, 4:01 am

    The vast majority of jobs and missions occurred on dry land. Sometimes it was underground and sometimes it was high up in the air, but because humans lived on dry land and jobs were basically tasks assigned to mages to improve the lives of the humans that was were all the jobs originated from and focused on. However there were always exceptions: some jobs required you to travel far away, some of them even required the mages to travel to other worlds and dimensions (although this was exceedingly rare: there weren't many reasons for most people to have much interest in places so separated from their homes unless it was for resources or information).

    A job which went underwater was also considered uncommon, although not impossible. It wasn't the first time for Akeya, who was walking at the edge of the water while looking outwards towards the sea. Humans didn't live underwater, and their interactions with the underwater world were minimal, despite it being so close by for some of them. There were fishers, sailors, pirates, traders, and various other people who had reason to either travel across or interact with the oceans which spanned the entirety of Earthland. However for most of them the water was only an obstacle to cross, and the others never went deeper than a dozen yards at most. Those few exceptions tended to live more interesting lives... and most humans actually didn't have as much desire for an interesting live as they themselves believed. Youngsters would dream of seeing the whole world, but when they grew up the majority would realize that they preferred a normal, safe, steady life where they knew that tomorrow was going to be similar to today.

    In situations were someone had to go through interesting circumstances people tended to employ mages. More so, if people weren't content with leading mundane lives there would be little work left for mages, because their entire job was about experiencing interesting things that other people couldn't handle.

    In this case the employer was actually a group of researchers, and rather than being interested in some lifeform which lived in the sea (Akeya had to deal with a Kraken before) they were interested in something located at the bottom of the ocean, which meant that it was far, far deeper than any place that most humans ever visited in their entire lives. In fact for most it would be impossible, since without magic or special equipment you couldn't get that far down without the water pressure or lack of air killing you.

    The researchers had been so thoughtful to give Akeya some magic items that would help solve those issues, but Akeya had declined the offer since she didn't actually need them. True, her usual body wouldn't like going that far down. She had long ago made sure that she didn't have issues with lack of air, but even so her body wasn't built for deep sea pressures. The dragoness looked out across the ocean with narrowed eyes, trying to draw a mental map of the spot where she should dive in. The researchers had point out where they thought the artefact should roughly be, but there was a lot of room for error in there. Akeya would rather not spend too much time looking around down there, especially since the artefact they wanted her to find wasn't supposed to be very big.

    In Akeya's case she had a way to deal with both the lack of air and the water pressure by herself, because she had the justified reputation of being crazy prepared. Before ever even hearing of this job or taking any job which included going to the depths she had already anticipated that it might one day happen and taken precautions just in case. She was the kind of person who would go to great lengths to maximize the chances of success in any mission she undertook even before she knew when she would actually be going on a mission of that nature. In her case she had done extensive research in the nature of magic and how it interacted with the body, and how one could enchant one's own body with magic tattoos. That extensive research had resulted in her crafting four sets of tattoos on her own body, and two of them were going to be of excellent use here. The first tattoo had removed her need to breathe as a land creature, allowing her to stay underwater for as long as she wished. As for the other...

    Flapping her wings Akeya rose up into the air, flying over to the spot where she would begin her descend to the depths of the waters. Circling several times above it she gathered speed, then flew straight up only to then dive straight down, head first towards the endless blue-green expanse beneath her. While falling her body began to rapidly change: she became slimmer, her wings disappeared and her scales became smoother and shiny, turning from natural armour into a slippery layer covering her entire body. When she entered the water she already had fins and gills, although the gills were more as a safety net in case something managed to force her to breathe. With long hands and feet and thin membranes connecting her digits, together with the large fin on the end of her tail, Akeya had turned into a sea creature herself, making use of what was by far the most complicated and extensive tattoo she had managed to produce: a tattoo which allowed her to alter her body at a whim.

    With her ability to see in the dark Akeya could actually see very far underwater, blatantly ignoring the fact that the sunlight rapidly diminished into nothing as she dove deeper and deeper. Using all five of her limbs to propel herself forwards she moved both quickly and smoothly, her dark scales helping her become nigh-invisible in the dark waters even without her magic abilities involved. Ignoring the creature swimming about Akeya headed straight for the bottom, even as she descended altering her body to slowly make it a body type suitable for moving about easily even with all the water of the ocean bearing down on her from all sides.

    As an added benefit, this job meant she could do things at her own pace, because not only was she doing this on her own but there wasn't anybody nearby who she had to keep track of.


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    Re: Shadows on the Ocean Floor [Underwater Adventure: Running Out Of Air] (Akeya/Solo)

    Post by Akeya on 4th September 2017, 12:55 pm

    Even with her body being altered to suit the unique circumstances it still took quite some time to get all the way to the bottom of the ocean. This wasn't exactly surprising: even if this place was relatively close to land the bottom was still far, far down. Akeya couldn't make an accurate guess since she wasn't used to guessing distances underwater, but she was pretty sure that it was closer to a mile than half a mile. Even if Akeya's body was now suited for easy and fast movement underwater that kind of distance couldn't be bridged in the span of seconds unless you were either willing to burn a lot of energy or were a true specialist. Adaptive body or not, for Akeya the underwater world was still an unusual place, not something she visited every day just for the hell of it. She was confident in her ability to survive and deal with the underwater world, and she would get to the bottom without issue, but it'd take some time, and she'd have to be careful.

    Thankfully Akeya was actually enjoying herself, swimming all the way to the depths while practising her ability to move about underwater. She believed in strict discipline and control, training day and night to refine her body and spirit so she would be able to deal with any situation. However she couldn't deny that she liked being able to use the skills she had acquired through training, taking satisfaction from success and feeling herself improve through action. The satisfaction of knowing that her shapeshifting tattoo was working, that she was capable of moving about in the underwater world without having to worry about drowning. She even used her gills, testing them out and feeling the oxygen get filtered out of the water. She only did it for a minute or so, switching back to relying on the magic tattoo on her chest so she wouldn't get too used to breathing again. That magic tattoo protected her from suffocation and poison spread through the atmosphere, but since it substituted her breathing rather than removing it entirely if she got too used to breathing she'd get affected by the poison regardless.

    However she did really need the practice for moving underwater. Having the right body was already helping a lot, and Akeya had done her homework on what an aquatic body should be like. While most people never went that far underwater that didn't mean nobody ever did, and there were lots of books about underwater life, both near the surface and farther down below. She knew a good bit about the biology and the structure, how the fins helped you with pushing the water so you could propel yourself forward. However even so her experience with such a body, moving about for sustained periods of time, was limited. Akeya was proud of her ability to adapt and learn, but she couldn't just immediately get used to an entirely different form of movement. Moving overland was different, moving through the skies was different. Here underwater it was strange because unlike both of the other types every single part of your body played a vital part. On land you primarily just had to keep your legs moving and use your arms as counterbalance. Up in the air you tried to keep most of your body in a line to help reduce air friction and used your wings and tail for moving about. Down in the water though... Legs, arms, tail, everything was used. There wasn't a solid surface to launch yourself from, and the water was thick enough that every limb could be used.

    As a stroke of fortune the only underwater creatures which had turned hostile were close to the artefact that she was supposed to retrieve, so as long as Akeya didn't attract attention from the more dangerous sea creatures she would be able to safely practise while making her way to the bottom of the ocean.


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    Re: Shadows on the Ocean Floor [Underwater Adventure: Running Out Of Air] (Akeya/Solo)

    Post by Akeya on 19th September 2017, 8:31 am

    With no way to tell time except her internal clock Akeya had to guess at how long it took, but by her own estimates she had been swimming for at least ten minutes when she finally arrived at the bottom of the ocean. Putting aside the fact that she had been spending a lot of that time practising she still was somewhat disappointed in herself (if her guess of the time was correct), since she was quite sure that wasn't much faster than what an experienced human could achieve. Given the fact that she had above human physical prowess and could adapt her form to suit the water she should be capable of going much faster... The dragoness frowned as she resolved to spend more time training her ability to move about underwater, since she didn't want this to remain a weakness. It may not happen often but she was quite certain that at some point she'd have to be able to swim quickly, in which case she wasn't going to be satisfied with something achievable by a mundane human. So far it hadn't been an issue since she wasn't racing anyone, but if she wanted to be able to deal with the underwater creatures that were supposedly guarding the object she was meant to retrieve she couldn't get away with these results.

    However for now she had reached the bottom, where she softly placed her webbed feet on the ground and immediately had quite some sand rise up into the water as a result before it softly settled again. All the way down here there was no sun, no source of light that would conveniently allow underwater visitors to see. Akeya had to rely on her ability to see in the darkness, even as her own dark form merged with the darkness of these deep waters so she became invisible even to those who shared her ability to see in the darkness. The land underneath the water looked quite different from its surface variant: the bottom was made out of rocks and sand, with nothing like dirt or clay. It also looked quite barren, since there were very few plants. Or rather, what plants Akeya could see were quite monotonous and small. There was seaweed, and sea moss, but other than that... It looked like if Akeya were to explore a bit more she might find more interesting sights, as in the direction of the island from which she dived she could see some more colours and tall shapes, most likely rocks and underwater cliffs. Further seawards it also looked like there would be more rocks and the like, although Akeya was pretty sure she wouldn't find what she was looking for over there. Looking upwards Akeya could see the occasional fish swimming by, but there wasn't even the faintest sign of the surface world so far into the depths.

    Honestly this kind of place suited Akeya quite well. She still wasn't completely accustomed to the resistance she felt moving about, the heavy water pushing against her with every movement where the air would have moved aside without issue, but the promise of eternal darkness was certainly to her liking, and it was nice and quiet down here. That didn't mean there were no sounds at all, but it felt a lot calmer down here, and without there being any big civilizations or sentient creatures moving about it was more likely to stay calm down here... Although the dragoness wouldn't be surprised if she would find some underwater people if she kept searching for long enough. With the kind of miracles this world contained and the vastness of the oceans it was impossible that nothing that lived underwater had managed to create a semblance of intelligence and civilization. However that wasn't her objective right now, and honestly she would be happier for now to pretend those didn't exist as she made her way through the underwater world.

    After watching for a bit longer she shook her head and pushed herself off, once again kicking up a cloud of sand. Looking down Akeya saw that while it was somewhat obscured she still had left footprints, so she ran across it a couple of times with her long tail to make the ground look smooth again before she swam onwards, towards the colourful coral reefs that surrounded the island of the researchers.

    Now that she was getting closer to the actual objective Akeya became more serious, looking around carefully as she tried to also use her ears to hear any sounds of danger. She had read before that sound travelled faster underwater and thus also farther, so together with her already sharp ears she should have good odds of noticing approaching trouble before it reached her... Except that the more dangerous creatures that lived here probably were good at making as little noise as possible, sliding through the water without so much as a ripple. Akeya had made her own form as slippery and smooth as possible for that same goal, and she was trying to combine swimming fast with swimming soundlessly, disturbing nothing as she made her way forward. Which was actually harder than moving silently on land, since at least on land you mostly had to worry about the ground. Here Akeya had to worry about the very water she was moving about in, which added a fair bit to the challenge.

    As she came closer the coral reef loomed before her, a lot taller than she had originally thought. This place hadn't been disturbed by anything major for millennia (so far as Akeya was aware), and it looked like the underwater life had taken full advantage of that fact. It wasn't very organized, but it still was quite the sight to see the large colourful corals covering the landscape, with all kinds of sea creatures making their home there. There were more weeds, anemones, sponges... Akeya slowed down when she saw a swarm of fish approaching her, surrounding her. They were all very small fish and she didn't see any way for them to harm her, but they still were more active towards her than she had anticipated. When they got closer she narrowed her eyes, but as they began to nibble at her it seemed like they couldn't actually get through her scales, leaving the dragoness watching with some curiosity as the fishes effectively cleaned her form before swimming away again.


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    Re: Shadows on the Ocean Floor [Underwater Adventure: Running Out Of Air] (Akeya/Solo)

    Post by Akeya on 24th November 2017, 7:24 pm

    Aside from the school of fish that had decided to visit her upon her entering the coral reef Akeya saw a lot of other sea creatures, but not a lot that showed much interest in her. Which was odd, since she would have thought that in a place like this, which was effectively its own independent ecosystem, any invader would get a reaction, regardless of the actual level of danger. The more isolated a location was the more resistant it should be towards any kind of change or interruption, and the fact that this place seemed to not obey that ruling given their lack of reaction towards Akeya made the dragoness wary. The only explanation she could think of was that either she just wasn't very easy to spot, since she was still doing her best to remain stealthy (although she was doubtful that she was that stealthy in this situation where she was out of her element that none of the creatures around her could pick up on her presence), or the magic of the artefact that she was here to retrieve was affecting the behaviour of the creatures living here. Which was interesting, since if it made them less hostile that could provide knowledge about the artefact in question, but on the other hand it made you wonder what would happen if you tried to take the artefact away from here. Would all the creatures living here all attack at once?

    She spotted a spotted ray, swimming along above the coral reef. There was another one a bit further away, moving in the same direction, so most likely those two were actually paired up even if there was a distance between the two of them. Akeya's knowledge of the creatures was limited, but she assumed that since she remembered something about those kind of creatures being poisonous that it was better to keep her distance as she searched for the artefact. Staying hidden down below she waited for the spotted rays to disappear into the distance, far enough away that she would have found it suspicious if afterwards they still returned to her location to bother her. Then again, who knew what kind of sensory the creatures worked with. For all Akeya knew they could hear you from miles away, since all the way down here they didn't have much reason to invest energy into vision, if everything was dark anyway.

    Well, that left the most important question: how was she going to find the artefact. The coral reef was like a maze, tall enough that Akeya couldn't just oversee it with her naked eyes, especially since she wanted to keep low and stealthy in case something more dangerous than a group of small fish or some spotted rays showed up. It might make her task take a bit longer, but Akeya would take being slow but careful over being hasty and potentially getting herself into trouble. Unless there was reason to believe that waiting would only make matters worse she'd remain careful, so if something happened she'd be capable of reacting quickly. Besides, even if it wasn't too precise she could still faintly sense the magic of the artefact, so she'd know if she'd moved too far away or not, and the closer she came the more accurately she'd be able to pinpoint it, shielded against magic detection or not.


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