Description: Lief is a sturdy woman with broad shoulders, an ample
chest, wide hips and square features. She has curly, light brown hair that
soften her face somewhat and rich green eyes. Her complexion is pale, her
nose is straight, her ears stand out a bit and her lips are thin. She likes
to dress in earthy colours.
Personality: Lief is a no-nonsense kind of woman. She has some
natural leadership qualities and keeps calm in times of crisis. She's a
natural nurse and midwife and has helped more than a few people through
sickness and operations. To wind down, Lief likes to play darts at the
Family: Lief grew up in a nunnery after she was orphaned as a young
Skills: Nurse, Dispatching.
Lief looked around the small house she'd been given. The community of Dawn
Cove was young still, but growing with each passing month. A lot of the
caverns that travelled around Gremyne appreciated the small reprieve from
the road it offered. And it was safe. The water serpents that had come from
various places in the galaxy, or Nexus, made certain no-one with ill
intentions came close. No-one knew how they did it but apparently they had
A growing community meant that they had a lot of jobs that needed to be
filled. So far they'd relied on their own knowledge of herbs and had used
their own stock of herbs. One of the caravan youngsters who had impressed a
nekrat was somewhat of a herb-specialist and apothecary. But they'd needed
someone with some basic knowledge on wounds and broken bones. So the guild
of healers had sent her here. Maybe someday, when the settlement grew larger
still, they'd send an actual doctor.
A knock on the door interrupted Lief's thoughts.
"Excuse me." a young man said, "You've been asked to join
Deriaki and Gejuisu for dinner at the bay. They'd like you to meet their
nekrats and get acquainted with them.
Lief dropped her luggage and turned to leave. She was a nurse trained on
humans, but the scholar in her wanted to know about these remarkable
creatures. Did they have muscles and veins like humans? How did they move?
How did they work? She was eager to find out.
"Lead the way." the told the young man who she noticed might be
around her age.
"Certainly." he smiled and led her to the beach.
At places it was rocky, but there were patches of smaller pebbles and sand.
In the water she could see a brown and black-green nekrat playing. The two
came closer once they'd seen her though.
"She looks nice." the
black-green well called Chunyon said in her mind.
"We should ask her if she wants to
first." the brown rock female pushed.
"Ask me what?" Lief said.
"Oh, she hears us already. She'd do very
well." Chunyon told his mate.
Lief didn't even know where she was getting all this information from.
Somehow she felt their connection and could hear their conversation which
seemed to have been meant to be private.
"If you want, you could travel to Lantessama
and impress a young nekrat of your own."
"Why?" Lief asked.
"Why not?" Adelynha shot back,
"We like the company."
"You can swim, right?"
Chunyon added in for good measure.
"Yes." Lief nodded.
"That's settled then."
Mazorun's clutch was small at 4 eggs but all of her offspring would be
healthy and large judging by the size of the eggs. For this clutch two
people from Dawn Cove had been chosen to try and impress and four mer-people
had been found by word of mouth. The mer-people were the first to arrive,
benefiting from the currents and their easy sea-access from the northern
sea-level living areas. Lief and Shunki arrived a little later from the
roads as they'd been stationed more central to the island. They would leave
with Hanari and Nyaka right after the hatching and if they bonded would
raise the kittens in the Dawn Cove settlement.
Another half an hour later had the first egg hatch. The clear blue hatchling
female swam fast and skimmed the sand to fleck off any leftover shell before
she hurried to the black merwoman.
Two other eggs hatched in rapid succession. A purple an red male appeared in
the clear waters before their movements stirred up the sand and obscured the
While the purple well bonded to one of the other mer-people, the red
fountain swam toward the shore and made googly eyes at Shunki:
"Do you think they'll like me?" he
asked, hinting at Shunki's girlfriend and her bond who had already left
"Why wouldn't they, Lizaro? You look amazing."
The last egg seemed to have waited and only hatched after the sediment had
settled. When it finally popped, a bright green female flipped her tail out
of the water. She too headed for the shore, leaving the two waiting mers to
wait for a future clutch, choosing to go to the human nurse instead.
"I'd like to learn more." she
told Lief, "You can call me Beroul."
"Just ask me what you want to know and I'll try to give you an
answer." the woman replied.
As the new pairs headed out to eat and make arrangements for their future,
the sun shone brightly in the sky, a good omen for what was to come.
Patiently Lief explained to Bernoul how a human was put together. The nekrat
was quick on the uptake, sucking up knowledge like a sponge. There was
absolutely no end to her curiosity and a day without something new to learn
was a day wasted. Luckily Bernoul was not too picky about what she learned.
She was just as happy learning a new fairytale as she was getting more
But today they were discussing an old favourite:
"I've seen it happen time and time again, but
I just don't understand it." Bernoul said.
"What's so difficult to understand? Babies are born not hatched."
"But how do people get enough babies then? One
every few years seems so few"
"If you leave us to our own devices we will overrun the planet."
Lief giggled, "Actually, how do dragons keep their population in check,
even when nekrat clutches aren't that big?"
"If we get too populous we travel."
"I guess we do the same." Lief said as she'd learned at Lantessama
that humans were found all over the galaxy even if the people of Gremyne
seemed to have lost the technology to do so.
"Maybe one day we should try this and compare
"One day maybe." Lief agreed, "But maybe when I find the
Intro - Mate
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Nekrat impressed at Lantessama