South

The southern part of the city has a chic family-oriented sort of charm to it. Here, small locally owned shops run rampant, neighbors often know each other by name, and the monthly socials are an event not to be missed. In the South, children can often be seen safely playing in the park or on sidewalks and in the weekends, families often take to the beach to enjoy the warm waters surrounding the city.

What You'll Find Here

Ascension Center of Equitation
Beachside Bar & Bistro
Hyde Park
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
The Outskirts
The University of Sacrosanct

Ascension Center of Equitation

The Ascension Center of Equitation is the epicenter of the Dark Hunter Cavalry Unit. Originally a high-class facility for show-jumping, Ascension now caters entirely to the Cavalry Unit. Here the Dark Hunters learn how to ride and fight upon the backs of horses - many of which are Were's themselves.
Home of: The Cavalry

Beachside Bar & Bistro

Resting right on the beach near the small, locally owned shops and markets sits a bar and bistro with an elegant yet modern interior. There is seating both indoors and outdoors on the back patio where one can enjoy the melodic sounds of saltwater waves and fresh air. The menu consists of French dishes alongside American and Seafood choices and a wide range of liquors at the bar inside to accommodate the varied tastes and cravings of its customers. It is a charming little establishment that allows for those needing a break from the busy city streets to come and unwind.

Waitress Abigail Hughes
Hostess Malia Tate

Hyde Park

Hyde Place takes up a large part of the Southern side of the city and includes a large playground, several fountains, and a small garden. The park is open from five in the morning till midnight though many shady characters may visit this place while it's technically "closed". The park has also been a venue for several concerts and hosts many holiday-related events. Under a full moon, witches are often seen here for the sacred ground beneath the iconic Weeping Beech.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is an award-winning combined zoo and aquarium located within the Southern Part of Sacrosanct. Situated on 92 acres in Sacrosanct's Hyde Park, the zoo and aquarium are home to over 9,000 specimens representing 367 animal species. Point Defiance is also widely known for its conversation efforts regarding the breed and release program of Red Wolves.

The Outskirts

Beyond the city limits and over the bridge lies the deep, dark, and almost impenetrable forest. Often seen as a way to guard this magical city against the world that surrounds it, many are entirely ignorant of the evil that may creep between those tree trunks. Many were-creatures use the forest for the transformations of their newest members and some even take to hunting here. It isn't particularly peculiar for people to go missing within this forest but once you get through, the rest of the world awaits.

The University of Sacrosanct

The University of Sacrosanct offers some of the top programs in the nation with its outstanding campus and specialized faculty. The University places a high focus both upon educating future generations but also on research to help revolutionize the world. The University welcomes the talent of students across the world to enroll and unlock their unlimited potential. With applications from across the nation, classes fill up quickly.

BA in Plant Biology Abigail Hughes

Chase the sky into the ocean


Posted on May 29, 2020 by Arya Calder
South
Arya Calder

If there was one positive from this encounter, it was that Arya had found herself delightfully entertained by her new friend. He wasn't quite like anyone she had ever met before, and she, despite being introverted, had met a lot of people through her work, schooling, and simple travels to Scotland to visit her extended family. His boisterous laughter and antics were contagious, perhaps that was sickening to some people but to Arya she found it to be an endearing quality. Any hesitation she had felt about her sudden burst of marine life knowledge was quickly washed away by a humorous response from her new companion. She giggled lightly through their mental connection, she hadn't thought of it that way but she supposed he was right. His comment about her being a smart ducky though see's a small wave of embarrassment roll through her, those amber eyes darting away in sudden shyness. "Oh...yeah sorry," she murmured, one short flipper stretching to scratch as her head in a bashful manner, "I work at the local aquarium and have a degree in marine biology, so sometimes I can get carried away." Perhaps she was throwing herself under the bus with a statement like that, but it was the truth. There was nothing the girl was more passionate about than marine biology, and whenever an opportunity arose to speak about it or educate, she simply couldn't stop the wave of information that left her, no matter how embarrassing it was.

However despite her book smarts, Arya was far from smart in all aspects of life. One of those being media. While she had read a great many books in her leisure time, the WereSeal was not well versed tv shows and movies, and especially out of the loop for what was popular or not. Zach's sudden insistence that she shared a name with a character in a popular series called 'Game of Thrones' see's her tilting her head in curiosity. She'd heard this statement before from her coworkers at the aquarium, but she hadn't really put but much thought into it until now. The WereOrca's sudden reassurement that this fictional Arya was indeed awesome was relieving to hear, though she was stunned to then be told she was nicer and far less likely to murder him. Amber eyes blinked curiously, her head tilting to one side from the other as she pondered whether to take that statement as a compliment or not. "I don't think I could murder anyone," she hummed, both in amuesment and in thought while she looked down at her tiny little flippers. There were claws there...but they were far from dangerous and the teeth in her mouth were sharp but not exactly deadly to anything outside of fish. Then of course there was her power, empathy could only really make someone feel bad while they beat her up. Even in her human form she was...small and weak. Truthfully this Arya was rather helpless, unlike her fictional counterpart apparently.

However the topic swiftly shifts from one of the fictional world to Zach's very real reality. She listens intently then as he tells her about his life, about living in the ocean nearly full time with his pod. She was nothing but intrigued by this, it even seemed to sparkle in her warm dark eyes as she listened. It was so strange how differently they had grown up. Despite still being marine mammal Weres, Arya still very much lived her life almost entirely on land while Zach had lived his life almost entirely in the sea. He reassures her that his life wasn't so bad, and that they followed their animal instincts, but this does not exactly warm her to the idea. She laughs lightly, "I suppose it's easier when you're the ocean's top predator." The statement wasn't meant as a dig at his lifestyle or even him, more just a reality. If she tried, she too could probably let her humanity go far enough for her animal instincts to kick in and for her to live her life out in the wild...but it was far more dangerous for seals than killer whales. "It's really fascinating. We're both marine mammal Weres and so our existence is centered around the ocean in some way, yet we both live very different lives," she hummed her thoughts aloud for him to hear.

Despite barely knowing him, it felt wrong for Arya to abandon him here, to spend his days drifting along the coastline for months until his family returned. The girl was too good natured, caring too much for even strangers, but this was not a flaw but a strength and a trait that most admired in her. So she offered to buy him clothes, a way to venture on land even when she isn't around so that he may not be trapped in the ocean. What she doesn't expect is his overwhelming excitement and thankfulness over something so simple. Her small grey and spotted form flinches and naturally shifts back in order to avoid the way Zach moves his large body closer. She knew it wasn't intentional, but she was also aware that one good smack from those pectorals or hard headbutt would hurt."It's really not that big of a deal," she murmurs sheepishly, while the thanks was appreciated this was a little much and she wasn't quite sure how to handle it. However she is quick to make a mental note of the sizing he said before he zips off to another topic, where they plan to meet. She nods her head but has little time to respond before he thanks her once more and already heads off towards the cove he had just talked about.

For a moment she is stunned, perhaps suffering mild whiplash from everything that just happened. But a promise was a promise, so Arya quickly turns and swims towards shore. Once there she galumphs her chunky body up the sand, headed towards a rocky outcropping she had stashed her clothes. With a lot of effort and wiggling, she managed to climb up the rocks that seemed so steep to her, though in reality they were quite small. It wasn't exactly graceful but eventually she managed to get herself into the little hidden area she had put her clothes in the little ziplock baggie. Swiftly she shifted back into her human form and promptly wasted no time in putting clothes on before anyone got too close and caught sight of her naked form. As she stood, one hand shoved the baggie into the back pocket of her shorts while the other held on to her flip flops and phone. Carefully she traversed the rocks before she hopped back into the soft sand, slipping her flip flops on, and immediately headed up away from the coastline towards some of the small beach shops that were mostly frequented by tourists or people who forgot something important like sunscreen.

After a quick transaction, she wandered back out and the shop and towards the cove Zach had referred to. She hoped he had been patient, because it had taken her quite a bit just to change forms alone, let alone buying him a pair of flip flops, swim trunks, and a tank top. She sighed lightly, it had been a little more expensive than she had hoped for but it would be fine, she would be fine. After a short ten minute or so walk, Arya wasn't really paying attention, she started to head down the stairs that led to the cove. She froze suddenly at the sound of someone screaming, amber eyes shooting down to see a lady slapping someone before turning and running away. Her eyes narrow for a brief moment as she tries to see what happened before realizing that it was Zach that the lady had just slapped and run from...and he was naked. Her face immediately burned bright red, luckily she was too far to see much but still...he really didn't wait for her? She hurried down the remainder of the steps, sure to keep her eyes down at the sand so she didn't have to get an eyeful. She stopped a little ways away, face beat read and eyes downcast as she practically threw the bag of clothes at him. "Please put these on before that lady calls the cops," she mumbled in embarrassment. Perhaps he wouldn't recognize her physically now that she wasn't a small seal but instead a small, skinny woman with long, wavy brunette hair. Her voice, and amber eyes, which were hidden, the only features that were easily identifiable as the same Arya seal from before.

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