Scrambled - Decra Drain Quest

Posted Feb 28, 2023, 9:26:24 PM UTC

Prompt #4 - Freestyle

Have an exciting idea of your own about how to handle the story? You can make up your own reason for the orb’s loss of power. Is it being stolen? Is it draining off into a portal that opened inside it? Is there an energy eating plant that grew on the temple and is now overtaking the floating island as it eats the orb’s power? Draw or write about your character’s own adventure to discover the mystery. Your piece must include your character and an element of the story you’ve come up with for the orb’s troubles.

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Normally Paiko liked shiny things. This shiny thing was a handful. Were baby Orbytts supposed to be this active?

"Where did it even come from?" Kirianne asked, watching the newly hatched translucent creature run circles around the pedestal where the actual orb should've been.

Paiko tucked his tail in, having already been trodden on twice and trying to avoid a third injury. "It was an egg. The cracks - it was hatching." Which explained all the weird egg goop puddling about. Eughh.

"If the egg had been sitting here since the end of the festival, it's absorbed quite a lot of energy from the Tura temple," Kiri concluded. "But that also means the actual orb is missing. I'm going to look around." She flared a fire in her hand and went to inspect the trail of egg shards.

Mozza had tried to fashion a collar and leash of some sort, one that could contain all the excess energy of the Orbytt. The trouble now was trying to get it on the wild child. The Orbytt decided to take off at a dead sprint around the room, dragging the poor mouse-girl behind like some water-ski gone rogue. "Eeeeek someone help me!"

Paiko sprang to his feet and chased after them, tackling the energy creature and forcing it to stop. It chirred in surprise, wiggling around, but didn't put up a fight.

"Hope the mommy comes back soon-" Mozza panted, scooting back safely while still holding onto one end of the rope. "I am not doing that again!"

Still on top of the Orbytt, Paiko twitched his ears at Mozza's words. "If the mom comes back... will she get mad at us?"

"Oh~ I did not think of that..."

An exclamation from Kiri startled Mozza and Paiko, and they turned to see her pointing at one of the entrance arches. "Aras, what are you doing here?"

The vampire shrugged with a slight smirk. "Investigating the missing orb."

"I find that difficult to believe."

"I see you have a new playmate."

Kiri put her hands on her hips. "Did you have something to do with this mix-up? Where is the actual orb?"

Aras held up one hand. "To be honest, I don't know where the actual one is. This one was working as a fine substitute. Until you broke it just now."

"It did not break. It hatched," Paiko piped up. His arms were getting sore from holding the baby Orbytt in place.

Kiri sighed, pressing her fingers to her forehead. "I'm not even going to ask where you found the egg, but you're going to help us return it before the mother notices-"

A distinct tremor through the ground made them all pause. Paiko could tell something big was on its way. "Speaking of the mother..."

The baby Orbytt chirped and squirmed around even more restlessly, then somehow flipped Paiko over so that it now had the drakon pinned under itself. Mozza clutched the rope with a squeak of alarm, trying to avoid being smacked by the creature's wagging tail.

"Hey!" Kiri hissed, noticing Aras trying to sneak out the entrance. "You can't just walk away without taking some responsibility!"

"Why not? The mother's come to pick up her child. Nothing more for me to do. Good luck, have fun." He waved and disappeared through the arch.

As Paiko tried to shield his face from the slobbery, eager snout of the Orbytt, he saw a huge, glass-green silhouette at the edge of his vision.

"H-hello Momma Orbytt... would you like your kid back?"

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A fun take on the Decra Drain orb troubles - though who knows where the real one is, maybe Momma Orbytt has it stashed somewhere? Thank you to Minimaid (Kirianne), Bordayus (Mozza), and SchwarzerAlptraum (Aras) for lending me your characters ^v^

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  • May 18, 2023, 12:13:07 AM UTC
    I'm so sorry I never commented on this before, but it is brilliant, and I love the image and the story both so much. You did an excellent job of the whole thing!
    • May 31, 2023, 8:04:59 PM UTC
      Aaa thank you Mini! I'm glad you like it, I had fun coming up with it ^-^ That's the wonderful thing about collabs - it's like opening up the Master Chef mystery basket and putting something together (in a hopefully artistic way) Big Smile
  • Mar 2, 2023, 4:50:37 PM UTC
    Awww, Paiko made a friend. c:

    This is super cute - and as usual your use of colour is super on-point! Plus really fantastic sense of texture on the Orbytt!
    • Mar 5, 2023, 11:03:36 PM UTC
      Playdate is over when momma shows up ;P

      Thank you!! I did color pick from character reference photos heheh - some credit to my sister for the background though; I asked her opinion on it and she decided the blue-purple fit the atmosphere the best ^v^
  • Mar 1, 2023, 11:16:51 AM UTC
    Haha, Aras trolling people again.

    And ja, where did you get that egg from. Or more like how.
    • Mar 5, 2023, 11:00:56 PM UTC
      I'm kind of surprised he didn't freeze the floor while he was at it. Man I should've thought of that earlier ahaa >-<

      Where could one acquire a large glowing egg, hmm... grocery shopping at the night market?
      • Mar 6, 2023, 12:57:54 AM UTC
        How did the mother lose it there...

        The frozen floor would have been funny, but I'm actually rather happy with the way his expression turned out. So trolly.
        • Mar 9, 2023, 2:51:14 AM UTC
          Oh, thank you! It was fun to draw (especially since I'm the kind to make faces while sketching things out) ^-^

          I don't have too many trolly characters to draw those kinds of expressions often, so Aras is helping me meet my quota Wink
  • Mar 1, 2023, 8:43:00 AM UTC
    What a fun little story Big Smile Beefcake (Aras) up to trouble like normal Giggle poor Paiko also, I hope the mama doesn't get mad at them
    • Mar 5, 2023, 10:57:46 PM UTC
      Haha I think they made it out of the ordeal mostly unscathed... except for some Orbytt slobber perhaps ^w^
      • Mar 7, 2023, 12:27:24 PM UTC
        Ah yes the best kind of battle wounds (maybe not for Paiko Giggle )
        • Mar 9, 2023, 2:52:51 AM UTC
          "Nooo not laundry day again ~"

          Yep, the slobber is the problem. There goes the worst of Paiko's worries XD

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