Illiad Easle

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On 2/12/2020 at 5:58 AM, Illiad Easle said:

Slend would speak up in her head, "Once you get that down, Silver has a few more specialized dives, apparently Luna was fond of the pointed spiral dive, but I wouldn't recommend that one until you've got the others practiced."

"Perfecting the glide now. Crashing and burning later."

A spiralled dive were something that Null had seen before, but it were something she associated less with showing off and looking cool, and more with someone getting shot in the wing and desperately trying to avoid getting their face smashed on the way down. Something which in general, worked about as well as you might expect. Considering how she were actually for once enjoying herself, and doing something that were the closest to flying she had done since the last time a dragon had thrown her over to the other side of a canyon for annoying him, that sort of thing were not high on her list for now, even if she did have the memories implanted to give it a shot eventually.

Over the next hour or so, Null would pressure herself quite a bit to go through the varied dives and glides that were on talk from her four coaches, be they inside her head or around to keep an eye on her. It went fairly well, though as they got into the more advanced versions, she would at times crash. Not as severe as had happened before though, as either Void or one of the two others, would follow her from beneath, ready to capture her before she pancaked her face.

Eventually, after one more glide of the steeper varieties, her legs would start to visibly tremble as she just stood there, gasping for air. Her heart were in doing more and not stopping yet, but whilst the spirit were ready, the body were weak, and considering the long time it had been since she had done anything like this, it put quite a bit of strain on her whole body to go through the motions over and over again without pause. It'd get easier in time, but there were a lot of muscles that needed to sync up properly at this stage, and that'd take time. Her running more or less constantly during this session wasn't helping either honestly, but she needed momentum to get a good glide, so until she could actually fly like a regular pegasus, this were a necessity.

Seeing the state she were in, and hearing the brothers encourage her to relax herself now, Void would go over and gently swoop her sister up on her back again, where the tired pegasus could lay down and not strain herself more right now. Not always she were a big fan of this, but in the moment, feeling about as used as a wrung package of tooth paste, she weren't gonna complain about it.

On 2/12/2020 at 5:58 AM, Illiad Easle said:

Lessons concluded, they'd walk the sisters back to the city, open to any questions they might have.

"How much longer until I get to fly?"

They probably expected this question. For one who were so determined to get back into the sky, it were a given that gliding wouldn't be enough in the long run, and she wanted to have some sort of idea about how long this were going to take, before the lessons went into her actually rising up, instead of just falling slowly.

"Wouldn't it be best to t-take it slow? Your wing are still a little beaten up big sis, and like they said, you d-don't want to strain yourself too much and set you back again. Think of it l-like breaking your leg, maybe?"

A thing which had happened a few times, and would require retraining afterwards for upwards of a month or two, which were not good with their regularly nomadic lifestyle. Sure she might not have broken anything now, but her wing hadn't been used like it were now in decades. It undoubtedly needed time to gain some muscles before it had the strength to flap around with her weight, and after that, it could be ages before she'd be able to lift around things at the same time.

"Maybe. Or maybe I just need to push harder. Holding back's just gonna drag it out."

Void cringed some at hearing this, and looked towards the brothers. Hopefully they could tell her more specifically why it were that pushing too hard were going to be a really bad idea. Null might listen to her more, but these had more technical knowledge on things, so their input were more informed than hers. If they came up with an argument, she could support that stand, and use it to push against Null's fervent tenacity in a way that might make her listen.

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13 hours ago, Blitz Boom said:

"How much longer until I get to fly?"

The brothers looked at each other for a moment before looking back at the sisters. "We'll see how you do tomorrow"

"If everything goes well"

"You could be clear to fly within a week"

"You won't be a strong flyer to be sure"

"That will take a few months at least"

"But you'll be able to fly under your own power"

"Again, tomorrow will tell"

With that they had arrived at the city entrance. They nodded in farewell to the sisters before heading off in their own direction, "Rest well"

"You'll need your full strength for tomorrow"

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"A week..."

Null trailed off in thought on this for a moment. She had thought they would've said something like two months at best, or even a year before she could be something more than a glorified flying squirrel. But a week? That were barely anything.

Of course it would require her to focus and push forth to reach that goal, but knowing that she had a potential end point here, were going to fuel her determination in the coming lessons even further.

A spark almost seemed to ignite in her eyes as she set her target on that date. 7 days from now, and she Would be back up flying. Didn't matter how hard she had to push herself over the next few days. Even if she ended up passed out after every single lesson, and covered in bruises from top to bottom, it were going to happen.

Urgh, but not more right now. She had something to finish up after this, and then she were taking a nap. Maybe if she got a solid rest, she could put in some evening training or something.

It wouldn't be long after that that they would reach the point where they had to split up, and Null finally broke her silence again, just before Void veered off the path and back towards the forge.

"I'll see you tomorrow. And... Thanks for today, I guess."

Null were still not the best with doling out compliments, and she had issues keeping eye contact as she said this, but she were at least trying. To think that Troy of all places would be where she'd end up having to thank a bunch of folks... This world were a mad place.

Provided there were nothing else happening, they'd go back to the forge, where Void would start working on a few replacement eyes she had been asked to prepare for tomorrow night, if possible. It'd be a bit tight on time, since she had some standards she'd like to keep to avoid the eyes she made feeling bad inside someone's socket, buf it were feasible.

As for her sister, she started off taking a nap for an hour or so, and when she woke up, would start to carve out a leg for a griffon she that had been around yesterday. Seeing as this included talons that were supposed to be able to grip things, it were a bit of a challenge to get right, but she had an idea to work with, and someone with a peg leg desperate to get rid of it. In part because it looked silly, though mostly because that sort were uncomfortable. Just a quick solution for an urgent problem, and that wasn't gonna last forever if she could help it.

She didn't have a deadline on this per se, but it were one of those things that she'd like to get done sooner, rather than later. Especially since the griffon in question had made her feel pretty bad, with how close to tears the lady had been when talking about the issues with what she had right now. Almost made the rough little pegasus shed a tear too, though she managed to hold it back. Void didn't, but that weren't a big surprise, as she a more positively emotional mare than Null had allowed herself to be for a long time now.

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10 hours ago, Blitz Boom said:

"A week..."

"Granted, you won't be a strong flyer at that point"

"Gaining speed and strength will take longer"

"Maybe a few months with constant effort?"

"But after a week or so you should be able"

"To confidently fly under your own power."

10 hours ago, Blitz Boom said:

"I'll see you tomorrow. And... Thanks for today, I guess."

The brothers nodded as they headed off, together, to wherever they had to be.

 

Nothing else of note happened that day.

On the next training, the brothers were waiting up on the wall watching the moon rise to signal the start of a new Trojan night. The top of the wall was accessible via a number of staircases built into the wall, it was quite the climb up it to be sure.

Looking back on the city from the top of the wall one could see a faint rendition of Luna's moon made with a series of floating lights in the oasis. If the sisters looked at it long enough the brothers would comment: "It used to be a lot better,""Used to be more creatures to keep the lights lit."

Otherwise they would wait for Null to recover from the stairs to proceed.

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On 2/15/2020 at 11:49 PM, Illiad Easle said:

Looking back on the city from the top of the wall one could see a faint rendition of Luna's moon made with a series of floating lights in the oasis. If the sisters looked at it long enough the brothers would comment: "It used to be a lot better,""Used to be more creatures to keep the lights lit."

"Give it time. It will shine b-brightly again."

The two had wandered up, not knowing what were going on, and just stared down to get some idea of it. It had taken a bit longer than it perhaps should have to realize that this were some sort of rendition of Luna's moon, though why it were being remade here of all places, were hard to say. Even if there were a good chunk from Equestria here, it still seemed... Weird, somehow.

Null though, felt something strange at the sight. It were faint and weak, but it were as if there were a longing somewhere towards this imagery. Even faint as it had become, it were as if something small in her being yearned wished to both rejoice and cry at the sight.

She'd shake it off and turn her head away, not long after Void had started to talk, unsure of what had just happened there. Probably just... Getting swept up in the moment or something.

"I hope P-Princess Luna comes back in these being l-lifetime. They seem to miss her a lot."

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The brothers simply nodded at Void's words before turning their attention back to Null. They motioned for Null to join them on the outside of what remained of the safety railing, there was enough room there to stand comfortably without falling off the wall, the wind blowing up the side of the wall was also much stronger there, threatening to lift Null up if she spread her wings out.

If Void moved to follow they'd try to dissuade her, "Too dangerous for you," "Wouldn't want to fall off"

Once Null was with them they'd continue.

"So, you think you're ready?"

"Ready for what you might ask?"

"Wall Launching!"

"The base of the wall is enchanted"

"Which generates quite a bit of upward wind"

"And the wall is curved outward"

"Directing the wind away from the city"

"Which keeps the sand from blowing in, mostly"

"And gives pegasi an easy access to the upper air!"

"Just fall, spread your wings, and let the wind carry you all the way up."

Just as before the bothers would have one of them demonstrate for Null, and the other would follow behind. The demonstrating brother gave a little hop backwards off the wall with his wings tight at his sides. He oriented himself in a full upright position, rear legs towards the ground, neck towards the sky, minimizing his air resistance to fall quicker while still keeping his face towards the wall. When he was halfway down he extended his wings slowly so as to not suddenly fling himself back up. He held his wings at an angle to force himself against the wall while still being lifted, allowing him to run at a full gallop up the side of the wall, his wings were fully extended by the time he reached the top, the wind launching him past them at great speed, and he quickly grew smaller as he ascended into the sky, landing on a cloud that had likely been brought there earlier.

The wall itself was tall, about 25 meters to the ground, and given how small the brother was, the cloud was likely twice that above them. The remaining brother started explaining, "When you jump off, you want to be facing the wall, it makes running up it easier. Running up the wall isn't required, but it makes it easier to not hit the wall on the way up. Also, on the wall there's a line when you should start opening your wings, if you open them too fast it won't go well for you, so be calm, I'll jump down right with you so if you mess up I'll help you recover. You're going to do one flap soon after you pass the top of the wall, then extend your wings again once you stop going up, we'll bring the cloud over so you can rest before we move on to the next bit of training."

If and when Null made the jump Nine would remind her of each of the steps that the brother gave them.

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"I can see why you said I'd need the energy."

WHilst listening to the explanation, Null went over and had a look down. That were indeed a pretty steep fall. If she tumbled down there, she wouldn't be scooped up again from there alive, and the best she could hope for were that the fall would instantly kill her. No way it wouldn't cause some sort of fatality at least.

Guess this meant playtime were over and the trial by fire she were half-joking about yesterday had come then.

Still... It seemed doable enough, as she looked at the brothers show what they meant by their explanation, which honestly were a nice touch. Words were all fine and good, but stuff like this needed a stronger visual representation in her opinion, and thankfully, they seemed to share this idea. Far be it from her to like others all that easily, but these two were alright she supposed. You just had to get past their weird twin talking, which had turned out to be surprisingly simple to tune out the more she listened to it. A bit strange, but eh, better than it grinding her gears. Not that she'd have much getting to her now that the stakes had raised. Literally, she were going towards the next step of flying: Getting raised up on winds. Weren't the same entirely, but it were a start. Just had to keep her head cool and this would probably work out okay.

"You're going to be o-okay with this?"

Void had stepped back as instructed, not wanting to risk tumbling down into gods knows how deep of a drop, and now were more or less just listening in, watching, and looking at her sister rather concerned. Gliding were one thing, but this seemed mighty dangerous.

"Yeah, ain't looking as bad as you might think. Seems safe enough."

She wouldn't want to worry her sister too much about how steep of a drop it actually were, so she tried playing it off in a somewhat cool fashion, as she got into position, and ready to make her own jump.

"Alright, here goes nothing."

Feeling about as ready as she'd ever be, Null ran over, and did things just as she had been instructed, focusing intensely on both that, what Nine were saying in her head, and on the wall like her eyes could bore through it. It all helped to keep her focus away from the massive pit beneath her that threatened to swallow her whole.

It seemed to go well too. She made contact with the wall, wings spread in unison, and started running as fast as her legs could carry her, as the strong wind from below pushed her along.

Void looked on as it appeared to go well, and then, like thunder from a clear sky, it suddenly went badly.

Not being used to these winds, Null didn't make her way up top running exactly like the brothers had shown, and ended up falling backwards. Void's heart were in her throat as she helplessly looked on with big, terror-filled eyes at her sister starting to tumble a little, before she managed to catch the wind beneath her wings again and rise upwards. Were she going down here, Void would have tacklehugged her and whimper right now, as the scare she got from this were making her heart pound away with a deafening thunder, which would not have been helped by Null looking just about as terrified in the moment, thinking that she'd end up a tiny little spot on the floor.

Thankfully she had been able to stabilize quickly, but she had to admit, for a moment there, she herself were seeing a bit of her life flashing by. Bit of a sour way to go honestly, considering her life. Seriously, who did she have to pay off to get someone elses life flashing by her eyes instead the next time? Someone who had been at a beach resort or something ideally. She had heard those places were pretty nice and relaxing, and that'd be a finer way to go than seeing something grizzly, or one of countless images of her sister crying.

When she finally got up on the cloud, she were looking a bit used and still trying to calm herself down, but she made it up there at least. Now it were just to say something to play it off between taking some deep breaths, that wouldn't make her seem rattled.

"The air's... Pretty thin up here... Huh?"

Yep, that'd do it for sure. Weren't any way they'd spot her being a bit harrowed now.

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The brother already up on the cloud looked impressed, but chuckled at Null's attempt to hide her shaken state.

The brother who was following her arrived shortly after, and nodded to the brother.

"I must say I'm impressed,"

"We didn't actually think you'd do it on the first try"

"Most either hit the wall, or fall off the current"

"Like you nearly did, but worse"

"But you recovered beautifully"

"You sure you haven't done this before?"

By their expressions they were clearly speaking in jest.

The brother who had already been in the cloud stood up, shaking the stray cloud from himself as he started hovering above the cloud.

"Time to get flapping, don't go too hard"

"We'll keep the cloud here"

"If you can do it up here, where the air's thin"

"Then you'll have no problem down there."

And so the brothers and Nine would walk Null through how to hover in place, suggesting she start with her hooves on the cloud, flapping just hard enough that she could feel the cloud pulling back at her, but not enough to leave the cloud, then once she could do that without strain, as they had her take frequent breaks, they would have her rise a bit above the cloud and hold, before alternating between rising and falling in place over the cloud. They wouldn't push her any harder than she felt she could do, and would let her stop whenever she wanted, reminding her that she'd still have to glide back down afterwards.

 

Assuming Void had not left the wall, Selena would find her there, "I had hoped to speak with you, is now a good time?"

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On 2/20/2020 at 6:11 AM, Illiad Easle said:

"I must say I'm impressed,"

"We didn't actually think you'd do it on the first try"

"Most either hit the wall, or fall off the current"

"Like you nearly did, but worse"

"But you recovered beautifully"

"You sure you haven't done this before?"

"I had some help. It's... Not a big deal."

"Pretty sure you had something to do with this one way or another, Nine. Thanks."

It might have been luck, or quick reflexes along with some instinct buried some ways down, but the odds were there that Nine had subtly influenced things again, like he had at the gates. Considering the alternative might have been her laying as a pancake and her sister having actually witnessed her horrible, gruesome death, Null would gladly take the help, and even be thankful about it. She didn't want to die when she were this close to finally being able to fly again.

Urgh, though the thing air up here were going to take some time to get used to. It reminded her of mountain air, which she also hadn't been around all that often either, as mountains tended to be rather cold and Void and her were more used to these sorts of warm, dry climates. Last time she had been in air like this were about... Five years before they were caught? Sounded about right, and she could feel that it hadn't been enough to prepare her. She'd be fine and all, but just... Give her a few to acclimate.

On 2/20/2020 at 6:11 AM, Illiad Easle said:

Time to get flapping, don't go too hard"

"We'll keep the cloud here"

"If you can do it up here, where the air's thin"

"Then you'll have no problem down there."

After a few minutes of getting used to the air and having her heartbeat get back in check, Null would get up on her hooves and start getting to work on flapping her wings. They might be telling her not to flap too hard, but if nothing seemed too happen, she'd get a rather annoyed look in her eyes and flap harder until something did. Unless said something were her feeling like something were about to snap in her wing, at which point she'd instantly stop, with a really frustrated look on her face. She didn't want to be set back by having a broken wing, yet at the same time, it would be infuriating to be so close, and yet so far. If it went well enough, and she did see results, she'd follow the routine they set forth, as it did show a line of progression she could focus on, whilst keeping her frustrations in check.

On 2/20/2020 at 6:11 AM, Illiad Easle said:

Assuming Void had not left the wall, Selena would find her there, "I had hoped to speak with you, is now a good time?"

Void nearly jumped out of her good skin when Selena suddenly addressed her, and when her hooves again made contact with the ground, she'd swing around and face the crystalline pony with big, teary eyes and visible shock. It'd start to fade not long after she saw who it were that had snuck up on her, but right in the moment, after the scare she just had with her sister, it hadn't taken much to rattle her substantially.

"W-What th- Selena? Why do... Don't s-sneak up on me like that! You almost s-scared the hair off my back."

She'd rise her right leg up and dry her eyes on it, so that she could see more clearly. She hadn't been crying, but it had been rather close, after the thoughts that went through her mind as Null had seemingly been about to stumble in the air, and plummet down with all the grace of a sack of potatoes. A visual that would probably be more fun, if it didn't involve her big sister as a broken heap on the dirt. That sort of visual drained all potential fun out of it for her.

After she had dried her eyes, and gotten herself a bit more in control, shed lower her head in slight embarrassment over how she had acted before. Might be it were understandable enough in her mind, but it had seemed a bit rude, which she didn't want to be towards one of those who had helped her sister being able to eventually fly again. She'd still keep her gaze on Selena though, unless she seemed angry, in which case Void would look away with an even bigger blush on her dark cheeks.

"Sorry, big sis a-almost fell and I uhm... Guess I got a l-little rattled. What did you need me for?"

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[Null]

As she tried for herself the Brothers would be encouraging throughout, Nine prodding her along to use larger flaps to move more air rather than short hard flaps. The new technique would be both easier and more effective at maintaining a certain height without tiring herself out too much.

Eventually the brothers would split the cloud in half, one moving to the other cloud and moving the cloud a short distance away.

"Alright, it seems you've got hovering and gliding down"

"Which are the two most important in flight"

"As if you typically mess anything else up"

"Those two will keep you alive"

"Now we do flight"

"Go to the other cloud, then come back."

Each time Null successfully made it to the other cloud they would widen the gap just a bit.

[Void]

Selena nodded apologetically, "Sorry about surprising you, I did kind of pop in unannounced." Selena sighed as she looked up at Null flying in the sky. "Do you remember when we were in her head? When Nine mentioned that I could use Mercy? Well, lately the world needs more merciful acts than I alone can bestow. I've noticed the store you've set up, giving creatures limbs for practically nothing, forgiving many of those who have hurt you... You are a very merciful pony Void, with a pure heart despite what you've gone through." Selena looked over at Void, "I'd like to make you an offer, you don't need to accept it right now or at all, in fact I encourage you to think about it for a while. I would like you to become a servant of Mercy, like I am. In doing so you'd have the power, and the responsibility, to bring mercy to those who are in need of it." She motioned out to the city, "You've seen first hoof how much mercy the world needs."

Selena would turn to leave with a bow of farewell, "Again, I don't expect an answer any time soon. Think about it, discuss it with your sister and your parents, then come to me when you're ready."

If Void did not object Selena would leave the way she had arrived, her form growing wings for her to glide down to the city.

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