Featured: The Tenth Shantel
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Shantel - Sharona [mc88f]
Sharona was prancing in place, surrounded by her family—fathers and both sets of grandparents. Havelock was seated nearby, still pale and haggard but looking much improved from the time of their arrival. They had all been staying as guests at the Realm for a few days as preparations for her Shantel were made, and she was beyond impatient for the event to finally get under way. It was apparently the first time in a while that Bishen Realm was hosting a Shantel, and residents were beginning to arrive from all over the Refuge in anticipation of the late day ceremony and following feast.
Not that spending time at the Realm wasn't proving to be an utter and complete treasure trove. And after that, the surrounding Refuge itself might provide even more people to talk to and learn from. But Sharona really wanted to see what the Kailan had in store for her.
*All right, the Kailan is busy preparing,*
Shantel - Raphael [mc89m]
The instant she spotted the tarnished silver necklace, Anastasia knew it was destined to be a magical object. It was nestled among some charred beams of an old church, dropped by some patron and long forgotten after the place had burned. She had been overjoyed when, upon a careful cleaning, the pendant was revealed to be a tiny, perfect mirror set into a silver frame.
The necklace sat in a jumble of knickknacks for several weeks before the young dragon decided what magic it would hold. The delicate jewelry spoke of old times, long forgotten, a bit of memory left behind of happier days, so warm memories and a feeling of longing for the past went into it. It was one of those objects in which natural elements had no hand, and the results were always variable when working with the more abstract magics. Still, Anastasia was greatly satisfied with the final results, which she dubbed the Nostalgi
Shantel - Julep [mc124]
The voice is distorted, as though it is bouncing around inside a tunnel, but it isn't coming from the fog. It's inside his head and swelling in his chest, a trickle of light that makes something inside him ache and reminds him of bright blue sky. He sits up and scans the area, but there isn't anything to see. Breath held, Julep waits.
The voice seems to call across a great distance. *Hellooo...*
*Who... who's there?* Julep demands, looking around again. Nothing but white, damp air lazily flowing across the swamp. He feels the familiar swell of annoyance.
*Oh, good!* the voice exclaims, now sounding more female. *Julep? Can you hear me?*
*Excellent! This way, please.*
And then there's a pull, as though gravity is now tumbling him sideways instead of down to the earth. Startled, Julep digs in his talons and balks. The world seems to shift a bi
The First Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 1: Wild
There is excitement in the air as Bishel Dragons from all over come to the Realm for the first Shantel. This is an important event. The first clutch ever adopted out at Bishen Realm is going to become full Bishen. The crowd of dragons turns to watch the five shrapes, who have lined up in front of the Kailan's cave.
A few of the shrapes fidget back and forth. One blue arboreal is doing loops in the air. Suddenly, a hush falls over the Realm as the Kailan steps out of his cave.
He is an old arboreal dragon. His once red hide has faded into a deep mahogany color with years of wind and sun. His wings show proud battle scars from his years of leading his clan. He sails slowly and gracefully over to a tall rock outside the cave and perches there, looking carefully at the young sh
The Second Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 2: Athena [mc01f] & Jarod [mc00m]
On this day, all the children from Athena and Jarod's first clutch have come back to Bishen Realm. It is time for their Shantel! Before the ceremony, Athena and Jarod walk around, visiting each of their children, now grown shrapes. Some of them they haven't seen since they were eggs. They listen to the lovely Juliette's tales of volcanos and magic. Keisne tells them about his life with the girl they had chosen to be his bondmate. Vienaguo, who has become a fine marine shrape, tells his parents about the huge mountains he lives in and shows them a few of the tricks he has learned. Atlan sticks very close to his bondmate, Faay. He doesn't speak much, but his parents know this is just his way. Mya, who has been living with her father Jarod and her bondmate Siann
The Third Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 3: The Kailan's Hunt Clutch
Additional Shrapes: Clarinet [mc42f]
Jarod looks slightly harried as he darts around, trying to gather up the shrapes from the Kailan's Hunt clutch. This clutch had been one of the most unusual and wide-ranging clutches.
*Pierre, get those ladies over here! The Kailan will be arriving any minute!* Jarod yells to a red terran dragon, who immediately darts off towards a group of female shrapes chatting near one of the pools.
Pierre is used to Shantels being a dignified and quiet affair, and all this hustle and bustle is disconcerting. He rushes over to the two terran females, who are discussing their dens.
*Yes, Ashureii,* one is saying, *I've got my own little den right und--*
*Excuse me, l
The Fourth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 5: Amon'Ra [mc21f] & Keisne [mc10m]
The Realm is bustling. The white egg has been laid, and the spring festival is rapidly approaching. On top of that, two clutches will be undergoing their Shantel soon. Jarod, per usual, is nearly frantic.
*Where is Pierre?!* he cries, letting out a piercing "treeee!" to accent his distress. Athena, who is nearby, reaches over to wrap her tail around his back.
*Calm down, dear,* she says, *you're making the parents nervous!*
Well, at least one of them looks nervous. Keisne is hopping from foot to foot, watching the proceedings. Amon'Ra, on the other hand, is her normal, composed self. She watches her arriving c
The Fifth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 4: Naturail [mc06f] & Atlan [mc09m]
*Well, will you look at that...* Jarod says. He is sitting next his mate, Athena, watching the arrival of their latest clutch of grandchildren. After much coercing, Indyana and Pierre had managed to convince him to take a break from managing this Shantel. At the moment, he is staring at one of his grandkids, a terran-arboreal hybrid.
*See, I told you, dear,* Athena says nodding. *Patience.* Jarod and Athena go over to greet the new arrival. Already, two of her siblings have arrived, a graceful green marine and a friendly blue arboreal. Soon, a second marine shrape, this one blue, arrives.
*We're here! We're here! Mom! Dad!* The shrape races over to where t
The Sixth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 6: Clarinet [mc42f] & Pierre [mc02m]
Additional Shrapes: Sofi [mc43f], Sharma [mc44f], Solar [mc45m]
*Clarinet!* Pierre calls and runs over to greet his mate. She is back from her latest voyage, bringing their lost son with her. The two touch snouts briefly before Pierre continues. *You've missed so much... but not now. Now we must make sure our children's Shantel goes smoothly.*
Pierre runs off and begins greeting all his children in a harried and excited manner. Clarinet laughs to herself before following.
Bishen Realm is fuller than Jarod and Athena have ever s
The Seventh Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 7: Juliette [mc12f] & Kashi [mc29m]
It is officially time for the next Shantel, and the Realm Centre is as busy as ever. The shrapes have all arrived already for once, and they all await eagerly for the Kailan to arrive. Jarod, meanwhile, is hovering nearby, wearing a fine trailing cape and looking rather miffed.
*These wonderful gifts for Christmas, and for once they're all well behaved...* He mutters.
Athena, who is sitting nearby, smirks at him. *Perhaps they are well behaved because you are wearing the cape and the horn and carrying a staff,* she points out. She is wearing her Forest Crown for this special occassion.
*Perhaps,* Jarod says, *but they seemed very well behaved when they got here.*
It's true. The four shrapes are quietly chatting, with an occasionally whistle of laughter brea
The Eighth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 8: Gunnhild [mc33f] & Devgan [mc17m]
The Eighth Shantel was about to begin as the five shrapes from Devgan and Gunnhild's clutch sat and chatted with one another nervously. It certainly was going to be a Shantel to remember, being the first to welcome Divine Bishen into the Machesri clan. Mjollnir skittered in nervously and joined Athena and Jarod.
*Good timing, Mjollnir.* Athena said, smiling at the Mountain Haze Terran female. *We were just about ready to begin.*
Mjollnir smiled and waved in greeting, taking in a deep breath in preparation. Jarod patted her on the shoulder comfortingly.
*You'll do just fine.* He projected to her.
Mjollnir stepped forward and cleared her "voice".
The Ninth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 9: Commission Dragons
Additional Shrapes: Olena [mc56f] and Adrik [mc57m]
Written by CMCricket
The din at the Realm was almost deafening as Mjollnir, Pierre, Jarod and Athena gazed upon half of the wild ninth clutch, trying to figure out exactly what it was they were going to do. Two Green Terran shrapes wrestled, battling one another with dull squeals and a clamor of telepathic argument. A Black Terran-Arboreal stood close to her bondmate, looking skeptically at the other dragons with a snarl plastered upon her face and lashing her heavily-spined tail in apprehension. She growled at a Moonstone Terran male who had bounded up to them, a red feather
The Tenth Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 10: Faiamitsukai [mc39f] & Striking Echo [mc23m]
Athena ducks her head as one of the shrapes does a sailing loop past. She doesn't normally run the Shantel ceremonies, but today is Mjollnir's day off, Pierre has been busy all day helping Indyana train a new sentry, and Athena doesn't want Jarod to undergo the stress of having to deal with the ceremony. So, it is she who was trying to keep an eye on all the arrivals.
Unlike most Shantels, this one is being held at sunset. The Centre Square isn't too busy, but there is still a crowd gathered, as always. There are seven shrapes in this clutch, and all of them seem full of energy. Athena is enjoying meeting them all, but now it is time to bring
The Eleventh Shantel
Clutch: Machesri Clutch 11: Estrella [mc27f] & Neelam [mc22m]
Jarod bustled about, green wings flitting this way and that, keeping an eye on the center square. He reached down to pick up a stray water bucket and toy hatchling on wheels around the fountain and moved them to the edge of the burrows, hoping their owners would retrieve them. It was the first Shantel in some time; there were only three guests of honor, but they were some of his great grandshrapes and had attracted quite a crowd. The Terran-Arboreal paused to frown at the fountain walkway. The stones lining it were dirty and sinking into the ground. There was no time to do anything about it now, but he would have to have a team of groundworkers re-lay the stones before the winter set in. Realm Centre straightened as best as possible, Jarod turned his att