The stone balancer

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Natural Rut Notes

Sangai naturally rut from late January until May. Since stone is one of the only denizens rutting at this time, he may attempt to minimize some of the changes to his behaviour; however, he still has all the instincts of a stag in rut, and it will often come out in his personality across this period.

The most violent time for sangai is late February and March, when the stags display and fight to establish territories and harems. Due to this, stone's temper is often short at this time; he becomes territorial and protective—even possessive, if it's allowed of him. His herding instinct becomes much stronger toward anyone not perceived as a rival or threat, with him particularly attracted to other feral deer. He is prone to mood swings—positive and negative—and tends to become depressed when left alone. To sum him up: he is quick to judge during this time, and while he seeks to form a group which he will protect at all costs, he is also rather aggressive and prone to conflict. His prejudice toward beings who are not feral deer decreases during this time, however, he is more biased against those he perceives as threats than usual.

Late March is the peak period of the sangai rut; after this point, mating has typically begun and males are generally less aggressive. Likewise, stone becomes more patient and docile, though retains his strong herding instinct through the remainder of his rut. At this point, his viewpoint is typically "the more the merrier", within reason. While earlier he was quick to display aggression, late March triggers courting behaviour in him. When welcomed, he will court most receptive beings, simply because it comes naturally to him. This means lavishing attention on others in an effort to "butter them up". While feral in this regard, he also possesses a notion of "honour", so anything unwanted need not be worried over. During this time, he lives to please; he seeks to impress, to be noble and strong and desirable. He makes every effort to expand the pool of individuals who like and admire him, and will do almost anything on their behalves. To sum him up: his herd is not a thing he possesses, but rather a group of individuals placed on a pedestal, who he aims to impress and win over with every fiber of his being. Any previous notions of possessiveness were simply an effort to have an audience to pamper, and he dedicates himself to it entirely. His prejudice toward beings who are not feral deer remains decreased for the duration of his rutting period, though he continues to be protective should a perceived threat present itself.

Spring Rally Event Notes


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Picto of stone StoneBalancer

Having just concluded his rut, stone is in his physical prime at this time—though often fairly lean—and has already been making a concerted effort at forming and providing for his herd. This leads naturally into the Spring Rally event, and stone finds himself amiable towards it, even if he feels he may have been ready for it a bit earlier than it always comes.

Rut Event Notes


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Given his subspecies, stone does not naturally rut at this time—however, with the pheromones surging, he finds his own testosterone levels elevated in turn, and his behaviour reflects it. He is in a state of pseudo-rut, desperate to impress, both to gain respect and for the possibility of breeding. He will court virtually any female, try to impress anyone, and bluff or even fight for the sake of winning over or protecting those in his harem. His antlers are shed relatively recently prior to the Rut Event, so he may appear less impressive to others, and will be very careful with his head so as not to damage his new antlers while they are in velvet.

Though he is normally prejudiced against non-deer species, while rutting, he becomes conspicuously more open to herding with just about anyone receptive to him. He is exceptionally attracted to feral does, particularly of purely cervine origins. While he hopes one day to encounter another sangai, he's concluded he's unlikely to ever meet with his own subspecies again. He is more than open to the idea of mating with virtually any receptive female cervid who he's capable of mounting, but he is only capable of siring offspring with his own species.

Over his time away from his homeland, he's gathered a herd of friends. If he feels like anyone is being aggreived, he will not hesitate to confront their aggressor for the sake of continuing or expanding his own social circle. While it does not come naturally to him to assimilate into a herd belonging to another, he now possesses the mental faculties to ignore his instinct should this benefit him or those close to him. He will, however, strongly tend toward forming his own herd—he is incredibly prideful.

Though initially his body was old, he has forgotten his earlier frailty and returned to how he once was in his prime. The many years he's seen have not come without experience, and he makes a formidable opponent; should he choose to stand against another, he should not be taken lightly. Ultimately, this is all quite unlikely however, as like any feral stag, he far prefers to bluff than to come to blows.

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Will never accept a name.
Nicknames (never capitalized)
The stone balancer, stone.
Picto of stone StoneBalancer
Panolia eldii eldii, locally known as sangai or Manipur Eld's deer.
Male. He/him/his.

No longer physically ageing past nine years and four months.
Born November 11th, 2004. Entered TEF March, 2014. Entered RotR August, 2023.

26. Alternative reference/without antlers.

Weakly of his own urine, dry grass, detritus, humus. Moderately of his own urine, dry grass, detritus, humus. Strongly of his own urine, dry grass, detritus, humus. Moderately of his own urine, mud, fresh vegetation, detritus, humus. Weakly of his own urine, mud, fresh vegetation, detritus, humus. Mud, fresh vegetation, detritus, humus. Fallen leaves, dry grass, detritus, humus.

Barn Owl Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Light Real Deer Pelt. Barn Owl Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Noh Pelt. Antlerless; Real Deer Mask; Noh Pelt. Noh Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Noh Pelt. Space Beluga Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Noh Pelt. Deer of the Dead Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Light Real Deer Pelt. Golden Butterfly Antlers; Real Deer Mask; Light Real Deer Pelt.

Quick Facts

  • Old. Given to long, frequent periods of rest partially due to age, mostly due to lethargy.
  • Wild. Largely a feral animal. Behaves primarily according to biological needs and desires.
  • Proud. Strives to be respected and regarded as reliable. Confident and easily offended when dismissed.
  • Voiced. Speaks aloud to communicate, as a human would; has modified anatomy to do this, caused by Forest Magic.
  • Casual. Acknowledges others by looking at them with no reaction, or sniffing them, then returning to what he was doing—this is a means of displaying approval.
  • Natural. Equally capable of feral communication, however is limited by species, being more accurate and detailed with those of closer taxonomic relation.
  • Reserved. Does not bow, considering it too "unnatural". May use similar gestures—such as nodding—though these actions are performed with an unusual curtness.
  • Enduring. No longer physically ages since entering The Forest; all bodily characteristics are unknowingly governed by his belief alone, be that to his favour or detriment.
  • Purposed. Driven to be the protector and provider he feels stags live to be. Protective to a fault; views himself as the expendable protector of his herd, if necessary.
  • Nostalgic. Often found at the Pond or in the Birch Forest—they remind him of home.
  • Perceptive. Capable of spontaneously understanding virtually anything via Forest Magic; copes with the constant influx of unwanted knowledge by rock balancing.
  • Prejudiced. Distinctly hates having, using, or receiving enchantment spells, especially those which more drastically alter his appearance. Will never participate in Magic.
  • Mistrustful. Tends to avoid areas he associates with Forest Magic, such as the Twin Gods and the Old Oak. Also tends to avoid the Ruins without a real reason.
  • Companionable. Considers others around him to be herd-company, even at a distance. Often reliant upon socialization and camaraderie.

Physical Description

Body colours
Coffee eyes, armadillo nose, and umber hooves.
Winter coat
Wenge base with a millbrook back, a malta belly, khaki legs, and a black coffee mane.

Winter coat begins to show through in early September, and is fully developed by the beginning of November. The process gradually grows more noticable, with the change being incremental and not a dramatic shift. While fur is overall much denser during cooler months, the fur on the neck is particularly thicker and coarser than bodily fur, lending to the appearance of a mane which is also somewhat darker than the fur on the body. Colours are overall darker and desaturated; colouration is somewhat inconsistently patchy across the body.

Summer coat
Milk chocolate base with a jambalaya back, a pale taupe belly, brown sugar legs, and sisal flank spots.

Begins to shed Winter coat in late April, and will be in Summer coat by the beginning of June. The process is very obvious, with patches of thick fur coming out in clumps, and a generally scruffy appearance across May. Fur is overall much thinner and less insulative during the warmer months. Colouration is somewhat more uniform reddish-orange across the body, and there are the distinct presence of fawn-like pale spots on the flank.

Year-round coat qualities

Smooth, thin fur with thin and sparse underfur; uneven hair length resulting in a shaggy appearance. Fur inside the ears is very long and smooth, almost silky but still somewhat rigid. Fur is speckled with gray overall, having lost pigmentation over the years; fur continues to grow more gray over time due to stress, but this pigmentation loss is reversed in times of calm when body chemistry returns to homeostasis.

Average in kilograms/in pounds. Ranges from ~100 kg/~220 lbs to ~130 kg/~287 lbs based around season and activity level.
Reproductive traits

Antlers may begin being shed at end of June, and will be shed by the beginning of September; antlers are free of velvet between late December and early January. Neck muscles begin to visibly strengthen as soon as the velvet is shed, are at their peak size by early March, and return to normal size by early May. Rut period is from late January until May, with the peak fighting months being late February and March; urinates on himself through rut period.

He is more than open to the idea of mating with virtually any receptive female cervid who he's capable of mounting, but he is only capable of siring offspring with his own species. He will only mate during his own natural rut or The Rut community event; he may still court outside of these periods, however.


Much like that of a dog, a deer's sense of smell can be up to 1000 times greater than that of a human, with deer being able to distinguish up to six individual scents at once. This sense can extend up to roughly 800 meters or half a mile.

Smell is the primary method of communication for deer, with species possessing several varied forms of scent communication such as urine or feces, salivary deposits, or a number of glands called the preorbital, forehead, tarsal, and interdigital. Stone freely utilizes all of these to the fullest extent of his capacity with absolutely no regard for social norms, and consequently may come off as a bit… Smelly.

Despite appearances, deer hear roughly as well as humans do; a human's most sensitive range is from 2,000 to 5,000 hertz, and a deer's most sensitive range is from 3,000 to 8,000 hertz. Deer can hear ultra-high-frequency sounds humans cannot, and can utilize the muscles in their ears to target the source of a sound with precision.


Due to their eye structure, deer have a type of red-green colour blindness called protanopia. He can distinguish blue from red, but not green or orange from red. He also sees colours like light gray and tan better than dark reds, browns, or greens. On the contrary, he sees colours in the blue spectrum much more distinctly than humans can—including into the ultraviolet range—most likely because this is the most prevalent spectrum of light during the crepuscular periods, when deer tend to be most active.

His horizonal pupils allow for nine times the light absorption of the human eye, leading to incredible night vision and a roughly 310° field of view, including about 65° of binocular frontal vision providing depth perception, and lacking only about 50° immediately behind him. This allows him to track the motion of anything within his field of view, which is about 85% of his eye-level surroundings, without moving.

His vision is processed at least twice as fast as that of a human, giving him hyper-sensitivity to movement and ample time for reaction. However, with little need for acuity of detail, his vision is only about 6/18 (metric), 20/60 (imperial), or a third as detailed as a human's.

Though he was born in 2004 and is a member of a subspecies whose wild lifespans only average ten years, stone is much older than this. Since he arrived in The Endless Forest at nine years and four months old, he has not truly aged. His body now is only affected by his belief, though he is unaware of this. Initially he felt old, and so his joints were frequently sore and he grew tired rather quickly. When he is stressed, his fur grows in grayed; when he is injured, he limps and feels pain. However, as time has gone on, he's forgotten some of his age, and has come closer to how he once was in his prime. In times of peace, his fur grows vibrant; his body seldom aches; he finds himself energetic as long as he believes it true. Though unaware of it, he has become "timeless", and is only affected so much as he believes himself to be.

His head is generally held high, not in a challenging manner, but rather with the stance of an individual already in a position of importance. His bodily posture ranges from tense but confident to relaxed and open; he very rarely displays any form of submission. His ears are typically relaxed, back is never hunched, tail generally hangs loosely, and hooves are splayed in a manner suited to walking through waterlogged ground.


Upon departing his homeland, stone's body was instantly modified by Magic to suit the demands which were put upon it: his brain became more complex to allow for more developed thought and memory, his vocal cords shifted and grew to resemble those of a human, while his anatomy was modified to produce human language. He is ambivalent toward the intellect he acquired upon departing his homeland due to its Magical source: he enjoys being able to reason to the degree he now can, to think and deduce and understand—but, he never asked for it, and he cannot forgive the Magic for putting it upon him. He is perfectly at ease with all things he considers "natural", including thinking, speaking, and manipulating his environment, as he did all of these things back home to the best of his ability. These things, to him, are rooted in the "natural"—that is to say, they are physical, non-Magical things which are Earthly in nature. For this reason he enjoys learning about the world around him and possessing his new-found intellect. However, given that the origins of his reasoning are still seated in Magic, he finds himself burdened by conflicting thoughts and feelings—comfortable with the nature of his new surroundings and abilities, but repulsed by the Magic that brought them to be.

As a result of his contempt, he does not let his mind wander idly—that is when the knowledge comes to him in full force. His method for coping with and staving off the knowledge is to occupy his body and mind with rock balancing. Though not particularly good at it—he is, after all, using his mouth—he devotes much of the time not spent on the upkeep of his body and socialization to carefully constructing these cairns. He does not keep track of their height nor even where he builds them, as this would be too mindful for his tastes. He does not mind if something happens to them, even while he's building them; he does not bond to his craft, only uses it as a tool of distraction. He merely collects some stones by his side and sets to work, leaving when he is satisfied.

Fairly non-confrontational, he is content to lie down most of the time, watching others participate in their endeavours. Though he is often at rest, it is not truly because of his age. It's true that, for his subspecies, he has passed his prime—however, his body is more capable than he lets on, and growing steadily closer to his old self the longer he lives as a "timeless" being. Any soreness is largely from his idle tendencies, and he can outpace many with less experience. Ultimately, he's just fallen into a habit of lethargy.

Being a feral creature, his personality is greatly altered by his hormones and physiological state. He is at his most vulnerable when he is without solid antlers. He is prone to wary behaviour around others across these periods, but has calmed down significantly as he's gone on living away from his homeland. He finds safety when in the presence of those he trusts, and will stand up for himself or others in proper company. When alone, he wanders about seeking trustworthy company, avoiding or fleeing from that which threatens him. Rarely though does he truly fear anything now that he has grown accustomed to strangeness.

In contrast, when his antlers are grown, he tends to be quite confident in himself, but not brash or overzealous. His confidence is felt as a certain self-possession, and he is as close to objective in his analysis of whether it is wise to fight, flee, or freeze as he can be in this physiological state. This state of mind is the closest to his most base personality of all those governed by his hormones.

Continuing on to the extreme, when his rutting period comes about or others around him are in rut, he goes from being docile and unassuming to audacious and uninhibited. While not a stupid being, he's more likely to make rash decisions when his testosterone levels are elevated.

Along with his rut comes an amplified sense of his responsibility to fill his role as the "patriarch" of a herd. He is the guardian, the provider; he must always be steadfast and reliable, to help and protect those for whom he deems himself responsible. From his perspective, it is his legacy to devote himself to a cause bigger than himself: the safety and comfort of others, and the continuation of his herd. Even while not in rut, this is a constant aspect of his personality which will come out when others are vulnerable, or others try to help him—though he will always be grateful for efforts made on his behalf, he can be somewhat prideful.

According to his feral history, he is a herd animal through and through, and welcomes company; whether at some distance or up close, he is far more comfortable and at ease with others. That said, he does prefer a bit of distance while getting to know someone, and may settle himself away from those so eager to befriend him that they do not give him personal space. He is also seasonally prone to preferring large herds, smaller herds, or occasionally even solitude.

Contrary to his ambivalence, he enjoys conversation: learning about others' experiences and thoughts, and even enjoys speaking himself; he can be exceedingly verbose around those he is fond of, and is often found chatting to himself even in the company of those who cannot understand him. It is of note that the stone balancer actually does quite literally speak, aloud, as a human would. He considers all spoken languages to be the same "language" cognitively, simplifying them to himself as merely "talking". In other words, while he can become instantly aware of the pronunciation and meaning of any word in any spoken language, he does not recognize words in different languages as being in different groups, and instead merely perceives that there are many equally valid ways to vocalize singular concepts.

When not speaking, he communicates in the feral ways one would expect of a deer: scent, body language, non-word vocalizations, and the like. He is, however, only capable of communicating perfectly—albeit simplistically—with members of his own subspecies in this way. When communicating in a feral manner with members of other species, miscommunication is common due to differences between vocal, visual, and olfactory cues. Simply put, different species communicate differently, and he is still limited to his own feral capacity in this regard.

Though he prefers the company of others, there are some beings which he may be wary of, or in some situations, even reject outright. These sorts include: his natural predators, or beings who he considers to be formidable even if they appear otherwise nonthreatening; beings who are in some manner "unnatural", including "unnatural" colours and hybrids of two or more species which cannot naturally reproduce; beings who appear sickly or somehow dead/undead; and beings who associate themselves with Magic. These are merely examples of beings who he may initially be wary of, but could easily warm up to. He is mistrustful not only due to others being somehow "wrong", but more specifically by how their appearance and/or behaviour may negatively impact him. It is important to note that, like with other aspects of his personality, he's become much more open-minded since his arrival, and is tending toward more and more acceptance all the time, with regard to life events.

Contrastingly, he is drawn to some entities upon first meeting them, including: benevolent or neutral spirits, deities, mythological creatures, and the like (I imagine that animals on Earth would be generally innately aware and at peace with such beings, and that these beings are entirely separate from Magic); "natural" beings—especially but not limited to deer—which are generally herbivorous; and female two-toed hoofed beings (particularly cervines), for obvious instinctual reasons, as well as that a good portion of his Earthly life was spent protecting his harem and their offspring. Again, these are only an examples of the sorts of beings he finds himself drawn to, and his developed curiosity often pushes through his caution.

He will, generally, treat all actions and appearances as they seem to be in-game. He generally perceives a being to look like its in-game appearance implies due to his poor eyesight, and is only granted clarity if I elect to research the character; understandably, this can lead to some interesting misconceptions, and his behaviour will reflect his current understanding. I assume the least detrimental result of his actions until shown otherwise; for example, if he strikes a character, I assume he is merely trying to intimidate them and they have not been harmed, unless the player chooses to have their character suffer a wound. He perceives all "unnatural" things (lag, glitches, etc) as some form of Magic; additionally, movements such as tripping or walking through trees are also perceived literally. Basically, I only alter his perception to suit his character and when I'm not certain how to translate it.

Interestingly, despite his distaste for Magic, he is exceedingly fond of the Pond and, to a lesser extent, the Crying Idol, despite their obviously Magical ties. This is due to the fact that the Pond is capable of removing all Magic, and that the Magic granted by the Crying Idol differs from all other Forest Magic (Spells cannot be cast upon those who bear its pelt). While he still prefers things of a non-Magical nature, these areas of the Forest are distinctly different to him. He has come to regard De Drinkplaats with mixed feelings; while it does remove Magic, it also generates its own. Despite this, he is especially fond of the area it occupies—particularly the most grassy areas of the Birch—and has come to tolerate it for this reason.

Having come from living in and around a lake, he spends much of his time around the Pond and stream; there he occupies himself with drinking, eating water plants (a personal favourite of his), and wallowing in the muddy shore water. He may at times spend hours just laying or even sleeping in the water at the shoreline, and has grown fond of watching some of the smaller animals which frequent the area. His homeland also strongly resembled the Birch Forest away from the water's edge, and thus he is happy to spend days simply wandering through it. In general, he may be found bathing in the Pond, resting near the Crying Idol, grazing the blueberries in the Blue Bowl, lounging in the tall grasses near De Drinkplaats, or observing the Forest from Red Hill.

As he's gone on living away from his homeland, he's worked on coming to terms with his circumstances, and his herd has been imperative to that. Though he will always resent the Magic for taking him from his home (if it did—he thinks so), forcing intelligence upon him, and continually feeding him information without his desire or consent, he's come to love many of the beings he's met, the fact that he can think to the degree he can, and what his life has become as a whole. He will never be completely satisfied, and he will always be disapproving of many beings he encounters, but given a chance to go back now, if he had to give up his new herd and his intelligence, he wouldn't. That alone speaks volumes of how he's changed since he first arrived.


Little research has been done on sangai social behaviours, so his body language is based on other species.

Typically, the stone balancer will behave amiably, maintaining a sort of cautious acceptance. He does react negatively to certain set items (e.g. Zombie set items, DotD set items, etc.), which is an assumption about the character based on the features used to represent them. I will generally try to locate the character's biography during interaction, so his behaviour may change to reflect his current perception.

His actions are a combination of his natural behaviour as an animal, what he finds reasonable with his intellect, and body language he's adopted from others. However, he is selective about body language, and absolutely will not use certain gestures, such as bowing.

He may come off as rude, abrasive, or aloof due to his tendency to err on the side of caution: he far prefers to run or be standoffish if he knows it will keep him safe.

Body Language

Initial Response:

Upon first meeting another, he will look at them from his current bodily position, moving only his head while doing so. He will hold a stare for a few seconds while he evaluates them based on their appearance, behaviour, company, and biography.

= Ambivalence:

Often times, he neither accepts nor rejects another outright. In this period, he'll exhibit somewhat in-between signals, though none are intended to be ambiguous.

Indecision: Standing with his side to the other at a 60° angle, neither aggressive nor fearful, but not comfortable.

Cautious acceptance/”I don't want trouble”: Standing with his side to the other at a 90° angle, his gaze averted.

+ Acceptance:

If he accepts the other but their acknowledgement is brief, he will then return to what he was doing, reassured that he does not need to pay close attention to them.

If they express friendly behaviour such as sniffing, he will return with a sniff and maybe a curt nod if he thinks the sniff does not suffice. If no further action is taken by them, he will return to what he was doing, even more assured than he otherwise would have been.

If they attempt to engage in further amiable behaviour, his own behaviour will be his version of that same degree of acceptance. He welcomes all friendly company, and will only reject someone if he thinks he cannot trust them, though he may also be aloof with those who he takes issue with but does not fear.

Trust: He will graze, drink, and bathe around the other, putting himself in positions of vulnerability.

Complete trust: He will lie down and sleep around the other, and feels no need to observe their actions whilst awake. (Take with a grain of salt, as I also inadvertently let him fall asleep.)

- Rejection:

He responds negatively in two ways: a flight reaction (cautious/fearful), or a fight reaction (defensive/aggressive). As with any interaction, the order of these responses depends on the situation, and engagement which begins one way may change to another partway through. He sets his own health above virtually everything, and thus will almost always flee from any perceived confrontation. His exceptions to this rule are: when defending another being, when he is in rut, or when he knows that fleeing will not help him.


Alarm: Head facing the other for a prolonged period of time.

Snort + Stomp: Head facing the other for a prolonged period of time + Head shake "no" (+ Sneezing).


Ear drop: Facing the other directly with head and body.

Hard look: Facing the other directly with head and body + Taunt.

Sidle: Head facing the other with his side at a 30° angle, walking an advancing circle around the other, taunting periodically.

Boxing: Rear; Taunting periodically.

Antler threat: Antler.

Rush: Antler + forward.




Manipur, India—the southeastern portion of Loktak Lake, among the phumdis.

Heralding from a protected area (Keibul Lamjao National Park) created due to the low numbers of Manipur Eld's deer, he and his herd rarely faced predation by humans, and were given some protection by them from other natural predators as well. As one of the older members of his herd, he had given up his place as one of the dominant stags in the breeding season before coming to the Forest. Despite this, in his prime, he sired many fawns and led his own harems. Though past his prime, his antlers are still quite impressive due to his age, and he's had a fair deal of experience, so he knows plenty of tricks if need be, and has certainly not given up on courting and showing off.

While he was originally a purely feral deer led almost entirely by instinct and qualia, upon being brought to the Forest he was granted intellectual awareness of the world by "Forest Magic", resulting in essentially a human level of cognition. In the Forest, he finds himself aware of language, logic, complex cultural beliefs and behaviours, a gist of the overall nature of the world, the greater implications of cause and effect and the problems which may follow current paths of action, and other general data-based knowledge. So long as he keeps his mind idle, busied by unimportant tasks, the knowledge will not come; however, if he focuses his attention upon something, awareness of details relating to it come flooding into his mind via that Magic. Though he has come to terms with the nature of the Forest and his new-found intellect, he still strains to keep touch with his feral past, and to resist embracing the knowledge and its source.

Admires; attracted to; bewildered by; biased against; (+qualitative) comfortable with; considers an ally; curious about; entertained by; frustrated by; feral company; (+qualitative) fond of; hesitant about; interested in; learning from; protected by; protective of; respects; wary of.


  1. Rune
    "My charge. My reassurance. My son." Comfortable with; considers an ally; feral company; exceptionally fond of; interested in; protective of. Thinking fondly back to when Rune, barely older than a newborn, first snuggled up to him for warmth at the Pond, stone considers him a son. He feels a special tie to him not shared with his "sisters," since stone was the first to bond with the buck. Stone takes comfort in his very feral appearance and is comforted by his cautious nature, in that he ought to do well for himself with it. Like many, Rune is a scarce but welcome blessing, and will always be held dear to stone as one of his most rudimentary herd-mates.
  2. Stria
    "My onus. My young equal. My daughter." Admires; bewildered by; exceptionally comfortable with; considers an ally; entertained by; frustrated by; exceptionally fond of; interested in; learning from; protected by; protective of; respects. Present for and bonded since Stria's birth, he witnessed a good portion of her growth in her early days before his increased absences, and considers her a daughter. Though he's not always been the fondest of her decisions in company or life progress, he's always supported her the best he can even where he cannot understand her. Regardless of his concerns, she's grown to be more physically capable even than he, and he's finally come to realize she does not need his protection anymore; regardless, whether she wants it or not, she still has it. She is constantly there to press at him and force him to face the world, encounter new things, and challenge old ideas; he is there to impart his own knowledge upon her and guide her where he can, if needed, though not always wanted. It is no longer about what he should do for her, and is instead about what they will do for one another.
  1. [Mule deer]; "Muley"
    Comfortable with; feral company; fond of; interested in; protective of. He's comforted by their feral form, and would love to be around them all the time. Took to them right away, and appreciates the simplicity of the deer. Admires their vigilance and distinction between instances which call for fight and those which call for flight.
  2. [Sambar hind]; "Rusa"
    Attracted to; comfortable with; feral company; fond of; interested in; protective of. He's comforted by her feral form, and would love to be around her all the time. Took to her right away, and appreciates the simplicity of the hind. Hers was a species he encountered back home, so she brings a special comfort.
  1. [Mule doe]; "Dusty"
    Attracted to; very comfortable with; feral company; fond of; protective of. A now familiar face, stone appreciates her restful nature, as she seems to help put the herd—and himself—at ease. As he's discovered, she's not opposed to bouts of play, which has greatly earned his favour.
  2. Elliot
    Admires; comfortable with; considers an ally; feral company; fond of; interested in; protected by; protective of; respects. An old and close friend for whom stone's fondness remains no matter what length of time passes between their meeting. An invaluable ally in past misadventures, and firmly seated in some of stone's most cherished memories. One of few he truly trusts to take charge even in the worst circumstances.
  3. Falea
    Attracted to; very comfortable with; curious about; feral company; fond of; interested in; protective of. A bit more commonly seen than many of the other ferals, he's relieved by her reliable companionship. Discovered she also possesses the capacity for speech, though a reticence to use it, and is absolutely delighted to be in such company.
  4. Ruun
    Admires; comfortable with; considers an ally; entertained by; feral company; fond of. Despite knowing relatively little about him, stone is entirely biased toward red deer as a species now, and Ruun appears to be about as feral as himself. A pleasant reprieve.
  5. Tuli
    Comfortable with; feral company; fond of; interested in; protective of. A relatively new face, though he is always thrilled to welcome feral deer to the Forest and as his friend. Doesn't know much about her, but is always happy to see her. Despite a few meetings so far, has not yet gotten to know her, but is interested in doing so one of these days.
  1. Starling
    Attracted to; somewhat comfortable with; curious about; feral company; fond of; interested in; protective of. A newer acquaintance who he can sense has been around a lot time. How their paths did not cross earlier intrigues him, but she charms him nonetheless.
  2. Talla
    Admires; fond of; interested in; protective of; respects. Feels kinship in her likewise flighty nature. Fantastic company for a skittish mood—if she's comfortable, nothing dangerous is around.
  1. Greitai
    Completely abhors; frustrated by; wary of. An absolute threat he hates so much it surpasses his fear. Profound intolerance and loathing. Thinks everyone would be better off with her dead. Will attempt to hurt or kill her given any opportunity.
  1. Rossamund
    Fond of; hesitant about; interested in; protective of. Seems like a pretty cool kid. No idea what he is, but he's definitely something. Stone admires how he seems always to be surrounded by friends.
  2. Smol
    Bewildered by; biased against; curious about; entertained by; somewhat fond of; hesitant about; interested in; wary of. Probably not a threat? Little undead thing. Seems to be trying to blend in with feral deer, though not maliciously. A good distraction for potential predators.
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Hullo. <3

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Hello. &hearts;

Hello. ♥
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ooh, he's handsome.

ooh, he's handsome.
Toya's picture

Wow this is amazing. What a

Wow this is amazing. What a beautiful character.
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Kimi, You're handsome. 8l


You're handsome. 8l Thank you.


You flatter me! To be honest, I spent so much time on it, I'd be really upset if it were anything less than what it is. Regardless, thank you!
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...Stone....My spirit says I

...Stone....My spirit says I should stop here...
" ~ Lady in Red ~ "

♥ ♥

I really enjoyed reading all

I really enjoyed reading all the info up there about him, you've mentioned him a few times now and I'm so pleased to see a bio for him! Hum that header art is AMAZING! I like that you used a shading technique that requires patience...I feel like it reflects his character in more ways than just appearance.
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Vala, Honey, you flatter me.


Honey, you flatter me. You're always welcome, wherever you'd like.
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Ooo how lovely

Ooo how lovely ♥
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&hearts; Thank you very much.

♥ Thank you very much.
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oh my god i love him i love

oh my god i love him i love him
hes mine i love him

stealing this so i can read all about him later hehe
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Late track. ;_;

Late track. ;_;
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din, You precious beb


You precious beb omg.
Same though. Idec that he's my character, squishes him. Squishes his cheeks. Asks him who's a good boy.

Ty friend. I totally understand--I got a little, erm, carried away. You can skip the old updates--they're kind of boring.


Pls you've been on this well enough without a track. I loved watching you write those updates in tandem with mine. (It gave me warm fuzzies, seeing someone respond like that.) I still can't get over,

Rune wrote:
Listened to brown-shape as he made funny noises with his mouth, staring at the stag with wide eyes. Burbled in return. "Buuhpgh."

I'm just.
I wasn't ready.

'stone watch stone' >merge

'stone watch stone'
>merge with stones
>give eyes
>stare at deer
/your new pet rock, complete with googly eyes

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pssstt Have a quick


Have a quick little doodle-gif.
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Dude omg he's so cute. That

Dude omg he's so cute. That fluff good God. I'm same, though.

Thank you, friend. You are the sweetest. <o>
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Would some rp be ok, either

Would some rp be ok, either here or on your interaction blog?
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Yes pls. Let's do Interaction

Yes pls. Let's do Interaction Blog so it finally gets some, you know, action. It's been a while--I may be awful. xD'
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That's perfectly fine, I

That's perfectly fine, I haven't done much recently either. I'll go post over there. c:
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-Gentle screeching.- -Gets

-Gentle screeching.-

-Gets so excited I pee.-

No really this made me need to bathroom break.
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Love this guy. &hearts;

Love this guy. ♥
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Thank you. In a way, he loves

<u> Thank you. In a way, he loves you too.

I love the coding for this so

I love the coding for this so much omg hhh. Forever entertained by it.

Also forest, don't be rude. That update is freaking adorable though, friend.
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Oooh, it is done. Looks good.

Oooh, it is done. Looks good.
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Wind, Good God I'm same.


Good God I'm same. Sometimes I come here just to look at it. He did so astoundingly well on this—it's beautiful. That dropdown will entertain me for months.


Thank you. I had nothing to do with it, as you've heard. ;u; -Pets biography. Pets it so, so gently.-
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/pets also, not so gently but

/pets also, not so gently but not like Lennie or anything too rough
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This is really awesome

This is really awesome looking css right here.
=-= *plops down and scribbles a track*
"Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire
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Alison, What is Lennie like?


What is Lennie like? And who is Lennie? o:


I will tell GMSuerte you said so! I know I love it so much. Thank you. :D
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It was an Of Mice and Men

It was an Of Mice and Men reference. Sorry. Smiling
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Ohhh, I see! I unfortunately

Ohhh, I see! I unfortunately haven't read or seen much of this world, so I very rarely understand references. One day!
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Normally I hate the guy who writes that novel's style so much that I generally cite him as my least favorite serious literature guy, but Mice and Men is short and fast. Lennie is a mentally disabled man who likes animals but doesn't know his own strength, so ends up accidentally killing some small animals by petting them too hard.
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bruh that popup cookie shit

bruh that popup cookie shit is bad ass haha
the add new comment button too instead of reply, oou
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Alison, idk man I'm a


idk man I'm a praying mantis unicorn.


IKR. I'm same. GMSuerte is a fuckin' wizard. I love him. ;u;

I want the Add New Reply function on all of my blogs, but I haven't gotten to that step. Much like I haven't gotten to the Nexus thing. One day...
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" ~ Lady in Red ~ "

♥ ♥

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E-Adress in my bio , not for

E-Adress in my bio , not for long ...
" ~ Lady in Red ~ "

♥ ♥

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Got it! Thank you for that,

Got it! Thank you for that, Miss Vala. c: ♥
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Done...Hug .

Done...Hug .
" ~ Lady in Red ~ "

♥ ♥

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-Hug!- Thank you so much!

-Hug!- Thank you so much! I'll let you know what's said, though I'm sure that fixed it!! ♥


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Oh thank you. I've seen you

Oh thank you. I've seen you boopin' some tracks around lately—I hope you get to see some awesome stuff through it. c:

Hum Yes yes, I've seen very

Hum Yes yes, I've seen very VERY attractive bios here and there. |D
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I know what you mean! Well,

I know what you mean! Well, I'm honoured to think you believe stone's to fall into that category. It certainly wasn't that way, but with GMSuerte's help, there are so many amazing functions here that I can't help but agree now!

Hum Yes, well done. You've

Hum Yes, well done. You've done well with his bio. And oh, I absolutely love his pictogram. Certainly does resemble a pile of neat stones.
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Thanks again! Though

Thanks again! Though honestly, I didn't do a thing! I'm only responsible for the content itself really: the background image, the writing, the character himself. GMSuerte is the one who coded this all from the ground up, some of which is really ground-breaking stuff that I've never seen before, in terms of coding development on TEFc! It's still a work in progress too—there are some features we're still testing. He's honestly something of a Wizard with it all.

I obsessed over finding a pictogram for him for so long. I'm really glad I finally settled on one, and ecstatic that you're taken with it as well!

Hum Oh yes~

Hum Oh yes~