Mountains

Compendium Entry North: Himalayan
Central: Appalachian
South: Rockies

A mysterious set of mountain ranges sprawls across the the terrain, curiously flowing from one extreme to the next. In the south, temperate zones are split with canyons and cliffs. The central terrain is comprised of low mountains that appear blue in the distance. Toward the north are intense peaks taller than any have ever gone before. Many of the mountains and ranges are dotted with old bridges and mysterious ancient structures.

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Late Evening
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Discontentment came before comfort; each of Qiuyue’s eyes blinked open independent of the other while she decided whether to appreciate or question the sudden calm. Wherever she was, it wasn’t where she’d been before, and the people she’d been around seemed to have disappear.

She started lifting herself upright to scan her surroundings for any sign of family. In Mandarin, Qiuyue called for both Yingyue and Fengmian, then each of her siblings.. but there came no response. Frustrated, she began walking, deciding that they must have been somewhere nearby.
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It had been another day for discovery; an activity that had quickly begun to occupy more and more of the dark male's schedule. With Empyrean entrenched upon the Nameless Mountain, he was not the only member of the pack who spent large swathes of their time scoping out the surrounding areas. Of particular curiosity to him, now that the snows had melted and passages to distant peaks had become easier to manage, were the other mountain ranges nearby. Mountain born, mountain raised, he craved the journeys that led him over new challenging terrain.

Lately, that was largely due to the fact that the challenge kept him thinking about the balance in his limbs and the sturdy rock beneath his feet, and not as preoccupied on the existential crisis that was waking up in an impossible dream world and not remembering where you came from, or maybe the fact that you'd died and this was some sort of... afterlife, maybe? But anyway, that was specifically what Element was not keen to think about today, hence the trek into the eastward peaks.

His curiosity had been of great reward today. While he wound a path through the jagged terrain, the crisp smell of glacial melt had reached his nose. Having grown thirsty from his hike, the cool water had an especially alluring appeal. There was another sort of thing dragging him in that direction though - the sound of falling water, roiling over the rocks before mingling with the water below. He couldn't place why it called to him, but he was enraptured by the siren song of the distant falls and couldn't tear his mind away from it.

Until, at least, he heard a strange voice speaking a tongue foreign to him. Black ears swiveled in the direction of the voice and he slowed to a halt, scanning the surrounding terrain to see if he could get a bead on who was nearby. Curious, but cautious (because more and more strangers appeared to be showing up these days, just as he had), Element let out a rumbling whuff to announce his presence.
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Under different circumstances, Qiuyue might have mistaken this stranger for Fengmian, her father, or one of his relatives. However, primarily due to her high stress, she was more attentive to scent markers; unlike the Mandarin wolves, he did not carry the unmistakable scent of ash or salt which meant that he mustn’t have been from any of their clans.

So.. who was he?

Qiuyue carried her tail high enough above her back for its curious twitch to have been visible. He was conventionally attractive enough for her to think that, if he didn’t resemble almost every member of her known family, she might have tried to use one of her mother’s investigative tactics instead of making conversation.

It took her a moment to think of what to say. “Hear me?” Qiuyue asked, her words heavily accented, “Eh, missing.. lost.”
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 She appeared quickly after that, moving into his visual field with a tail raised high and curiosity emanating from the way she held herself. He did not recognize her by sight or by scent, he noted, as he sniffed cautiously in her direction. This was not strange, given how little he knew of the lands and how all his past interactions had gone. No scents were familiar ones, no faces were those intricately carved into his (admittedly very fragmented at the moment) memories.

 He wasn't expecting her to be someone he knew, but there was still a split second of disappointment that rocked through him, there and gone like a breaking wave.

 They seemed to eye each other in a moment of contemplative silence, and he was just opening his mouth to speak when she did so first. Her voice was a curiosity - strange to him, and novel. His ears quirked forward as he listened, needing an extra second of processing to decipher her words through her accent. "I, uh, hear you," he responded, pairing it with an affirmative nod and taking a cautious step towards her for another sniff, his interest now piqued. It seemed there was at least one bit of familiarity they could share, if he was understanding her correctly. Missing and lost. Another one to awaken. He felt a surge of empathy towards her, thinking back to how he had woken and the state he'd been in when Hydra had come across him. To this stranger's credit - she was remarkably more well composed than Ele had been. "Did you just wake up?" he asked quietly, slowing his words in the hopes she would be able to understand them better.

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