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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Sep - 21:30

A giant monster stormed through the Nile.

But, the Crocodile did not care. That monster, was family. In fact, the Crocodile was simply drifting in the river. Pretty much like it did for the past ten years. Sometimes looking for food, sometimes basking in the sun. It never knew any predator, it never swam in populated waters. It was, in short, a lazy but very happy overpowered floating jaw able to slam shut with a pressure of 5,000 pounds on anything that dared move near it. Nothing messed with it, ever.

The monster, however, was even more impressive. It stood several times its height, and likely had as much strength in its foot than the crocodile did in its jaws. And yet, the monster was kind and loving. If anything strong enough to be a threat came around, the monster, and the others like it, would band together and the thread would brutally cease to be. And If, like now, the crocodile was in its way, it would gently slow down, and carefully push it aside before resuming it giant's stride. It produced sounds, as it did so, sounds that had no meaning to the lazy crocodile.

For all its carefulness, the waves it left behind as it ran were genuinely disturbing. The peace and quiet of the crocodile was thus disturbed as it was rocked upon the river Nile where it would get covered by Nile Roses.

A giant monster had stormed though the Nile.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Sun 22 Sep - 15:12

Waking up from it's peacefulness as it's giant brother passed beside him, the lazy crocodile felt the beginning of future hungriness. It moved out of the flowers and it's with great haste, at least for it's standards, that it slowly started to wave it's tail, moving along the flow of water, silently and invisible to most, hoping to find some food. The lazy crocodile went on an adventure!
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Post by Admin on Sun 22 Sep - 15:52

Young crocodiles tended to feast on things that are easy to find and of a smaller size, such as fish, frogs, aquatic invertebrates and insects, but this Nile Crocodile was past this now, it had grown through the juvenile phase and was well into the subadult phase of its life. And for one such as it, food was indeed still found in water, but the larger prey were found on the banks. There, mammals of all shapes and sizes inevitably came to drink where a lazy and patient crocodile could easily wait in ambush.

Adventure awaited it, in either one of those two options.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Sun 22 Sep - 16:35

Not feeling great hunger yet, it decided to wait for a big and warm meal. He went looking for an open area where such creature would often drink water.

There it would wait, only it's eyes ant it's nostril poking out of the water, invisible to the unwary animal that should come innocently hydrate itself.
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Post by Admin on Tue 24 Sep - 21:20

The lazy crocodile made its way to the banks. It was still too young to feed on the truly big creatures. At his age snakes, rodents, water-birds, terrapins or crabs were more appropriate. Soon, it would move on to bigger preys, but not yet.

Half on the ground, half in the water. Completely immobile, completely hidden by the waters and the verdant greenery, the crocodile waited. And then, it waited some more. Following by some more intensive waiting.

After several hours food came walking by. In the shape of a Pangolin.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Thu 26 Sep - 0:27

Awakened from his laziness by the smell of his warmed blooded soon to be victim, the crocodile examined the small creature hoping to drink some water. Without further ceremonies, our crocodile friend dashed toward the unsuspecting Pangolin and snapped it's mighty jaws on the little creature.
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Post by Admin on Thu 26 Sep - 16:43

The animal's reflexes were quite insufficient in the task of keeping it alive. All of its muscles tensed, but all it achieved was to cause the animal to jump slightly upward before being abruptly brought back down by an amazing amount of teeth.

It was quickly drowned and eaten.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Sun 29 Sep - 22:22

The pangolin was tasty and nutritious, but no more than and entree of potato chips for the common man, and so the lazy crocodile was still hungry. Even though innovation was a good thing, sometimes old ways are the best ways, so it slowly went back to the middle of the river. Going under water from time to time to look for food, it let himself go with the flow of the river.
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Post by Admin on Mon 30 Sep - 14:32

The lazy crocodile allowed the current of the Nile to sweep it northwards. Soon, it reached a spot he knew well. This was where man had established their traps for the fishes. Wooden logs would go from the bottom of the Nile up to above the surface. Attached to those are strange things in which fishes enter and find difficult to leave.

For the crocodile, this was fish, lots of it and easy to find. But it was also dangerous for it to remain stuck. Not within the traps, but between the logs. He was simply too big now to navigate in there like he used to.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Sat 5 Oct - 16:04

Even knowing that the space to move has become a little tight over time, the lazy crocodile felt that by being careful it would be okay. So much food in one place meant it's hunt would be over for a little while and it could resume comfortably basking in the sun, and that idea felt great.

Carefully approaching it's price from the surface, it dove when on top of the net and aimed for the fish.

What could possibly go wrong right?
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Post by Admin on Mon 7 Oct - 20:56

A lot, as it turned out.

The crocodile was about 2.8 meters long. While it was much less wide, it still was not lean by any stretch of the word. Regardless, the animal was hungry and this was easy fish. Easing into the weir basket was almost simple. It's mass, strength and speed was aided by the gushing current of the river Nile. That was enough to force through the wood, here and there loosening the logs just enough to pass. But when it stopped moving forward to eat, it lost the advantage of motion. To make matters worse, the logs behind resettled mostly in their original position. Meaning one of his back leg no longer had room to move, and the other was was paddling helplessly. His front legs were no less in a better position. One of them was stuck in a basket and the other was the only thing keeping his entire upper body afloat.

Still, at least he had gotten two big fishes. And the fishes were tasty. True, he was indeed irrevocably stuck, but he was still able to breathe. All in all, it could have been much, much worse.

If only the human on the bank of the river would stop screaming.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Mon 7 Oct - 23:17

After it has taken time to asses the situation, the lazy crocodile knew there was only one solution to this problem, the same as anytime it get stuck somewhere. It would took it's time to build up it's strength. When it would be ready, it would violently start to spin on itself, knocking off everything around it. It would aim for the net, being the soft part of this trap, it should let go more easily... right?
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Post by Admin on Tue 8 Oct - 16:17

Spinning was second nature during conflicts, that was how a crocodile attacked and drowned prey while hunting. As a result, needless to say, his entire body was at its best when doing two things, biting hard and spinning. As intended, the trapped frontal leg was freed relatively easily although it wounded itself in the process. There was a small wound between two "fingers". It had also bumped its head on a log at the same time, but the log likely felt it more than the crocodile.

All of that did not matter. It would heal and it was free to attempt to move again. With the advantage of motion it managed to escape the weir basket entirely and return to the Nile proper.

Also, and thankfully, the human had stopped screaming. In fact, better than that, it was gone.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Thu 10 Oct - 21:45

Happily the crocodile went on it's way. He had a scratch on the hand sure, but the bleeding had already stopped and it would heal in no time.

Stomach a little fuller than before, it decided that it was enough stress for today, it would hunt again tomorrow. And so it went on it's way, again with the flow of the Nile, until night would fall.
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Post by Admin on Thu 10 Oct - 22:07

Following the flow of the Nile, the Crocodile's peace and calm was annoyingly disturbed. A monster came up to it, a different one than the one that had moved it aside earlier. This one was quite disconcerting and had the troubling habit of coming out of nowhere, grabbing it twisting it around and leaving just as quickly as it came.

This time was no different, the Crocodile was pinned down under ridiculous strength. It tried to bite, as it always did, but the monster simply put its paw over the crocodile's jaw and held it filmly shut. Once his hold was established, the monster's mass changed completely until it looked similar to the humans on the banks. Exactly like it always did. This human, however, didn't fear the Crocodile at all. More troubling, this one knew how to hold safely even with such a drastic loss of body mass and strength.

After the human was done looking at his wounded paw, he became a Crocodile too and in the process had to let him go.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Wed 16 Oct - 21:44

The lazy crocodile angrily let the monster do it's biding, not that it has much of a choice. It was the most annoying thing about hurting himself, dealing with that creature who apparently only wanted to see. Once it has taken the skin of his kin, the lazy crocodile looked at him a a little while, not that long, and when he saw it did not want anything from him, it went on his way again. Trouble seeming to find him the more it went on with the river, the lazy crocodile went on the other side, on where he was peaceful this morning.
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Post by Admin on Fri 18 Oct - 13:09

The Lazy Crocodile drifted back towards the general area he was in this morning. Back where the monster had ran. There he spent several peaceful hours completely unbothered.

But...

Then he began to feel a little odd. A sensation akin to being cold, may be even a little feverish - if he had been able to understand the concept.

Being in or out of the water did not help him regulate his body heat. In fact, it made no difference at all. Soon, he found himself drifting unintentionally. As if nodding to sleep.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Sat 26 Oct - 11:37

And to sleep it would go.

Not understanding why he was so cold, and not being able to regulate it's temperature has it always had, going to sleep and hoping that everything will be alright in the morning was the best solution to it's problem.

The Lazy Crocodile drifted to the shore and find himself a cozy little mud spot to rest upon. Shortly it would enter dream land.
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Post by Admin on Sat 26 Oct - 19:09

Drifting towards sleep, the crocodile forgot about being cold, forgot about being wet, about being sick. It slid into a feverish dream.

What he saw there was nothing like anything he ever did before. It was as if he had no body to restrict him. He quickly moved through water and tree alike. At times, he felt like he was a Crocodile, as he always was, other times, he felt like he was a man. Those things the monsters didn't want him to eat. For a moment, he almost understood why, but the instant passed and he was clueless again.

He dreamed of a great battle, he never was a part of. He dreamed of endless sand, and recognized it as a desert, even though he knew not the concept. He heard the roar of infinity and recognized it as his. He heard the lash of the whip and knew that to be the sound of an enemy he did not remember.

And then, he found himself laying on a really big rock about 1 meter high, but 10 wide and 5 in length. In front on him, several thousand things he somehow recognized as "seats" made out of rock were spread over a distance he could not guess. He knew it was FAR, impossibly far, yet, he could see it. Here and there he could vaguely make out indistinct human, lizard, dragon and dinosaurs of all shapes and size. This was familiar to him, but it was also off. He was supposed to be able to see the first few rows clearly.

Something was awfully wrong here.
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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Tue 26 Nov - 21:37

Being what it is, and being used to live with monsters, the lazy crocodile did not fear. Everything was off, for as long has it remembered, it has never seen anything like this weird place before. Feeling adventurous, it started walking around to see what was to see. Of all around it, the Dragon it saw was the most impressive, and it liked to look at him. If such a thing was possible for one as him, the crocodile would feel envious of it's massive and powerful form.

Yet there was not much else the lazy crocodile could do for the moment, it's simple mind not having a clue of what the hell was happening!
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Post by Admin on Sat 30 Nov - 20:19

The Crocodile walked into the rows of stone, but feet did not meet floor. Cold water greeted him down below, for he was no longer in that large room. He lay instead submerged, fighting for air. Emerging to salvation he found himself floating in a new river. Different from the one he had always lived into. All around were creatures bigger than even he had ever seen whose necks alone were longer than he.

Of those, several were wrong, like they had been in the room he was just into. They were there, but not. Their outlines existed, but they were somehow absent. Somehow he knew that meant that they had been... Forgotten. And that this was not acceptable.


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Post by Kevin Dundee! on Mon 23 Dec - 1:39

Confused by those feelings, and angry that those mighty beast were... what? Forgotten, how could this be possible if they were before him. That thought could have killed him if he had not been... where exactly. No point for now. He needed to remember what those beast were. For the first time in his life, the lazy crocodile stopped being lazy and swam as fast as he could towards those who were lost.
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Post by Admin on Mon 23 Dec - 14:00

The Crocodile, which was no longer lazy swam with a purpose. He was swimming upstream towards a tower of an animal. The memories and torrent around him were gushing and splashing within the river. Flashes of his past lives sometimes emerged from the waters only to be submerged again. They went by too fast for him to recognize most of them, but some were strong and vivid enough for him to recall what they were about if not what they meant. Swimming at the speed of thought, talking with the great dragons, being one of them, his first meeting with one of the Garou, the blood that would later come from such an encounter... All so vague, yet so intensely familiar.

When he stepped out of the water, and regained his feet, he noticed that everything had shrunk. No, not shrunk. It was him that had changed. He was now bearing a shape that was extremely similar to the very monster he had seen this morning. He was one of the great two legged lizards. One of the greatest predators of this era. But, those here did not fear him. Most were just like him, Mokolé, chosen by Sun, moon and earth and entrusted with the protection of the most important of all quarries. The memory of the World.

His translucent ancestor was nearby, he was eating a tree that showed no signs of his gnawings, and drinking water that did not splash around his jaw.
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