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Raizen would escort X.O back into the Doman of Tanazir to consume the fruit that blossomed in this area. Perhaps due to the grace of the Elder Dragon herself, the acolyte could not help but rethink of fond memories regarding his sister. She taught him so much about the importance of life and the land that they walked upon. Not to take it for granted and most importantly, the significance to feast upon the blessing of the land. These waters and fruits that existed here were responsible for bolstering great vitality.

“Sir X.O. Majority of your training has to occur here due. Ever since the Cataclysm, the remaining Elders have become reclusive and barely venture out in anticipation that conflict may arise amongst themselves.”

Raizen would continue to lead the human deeper into the domain, going on and on about the political atmosphere of the island. Ever since the king had sacrificed himself, the remaining elders took on the responsibility to rule over the surface of this island. Running not only their domains but others, the council had been effectively ruined regarding its balance and structure. Once they reached a clearing, Raizen would punch a tree causing multiple fruit to fall.

“Consume these fruit, it’s vital for the success of your improvement.”

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Recently recovering back to full health, I worried that my abilities had grown rusty in my short time off. With the goals I planned on accomplishing, setbacks were more detrimental to me than most. I would stretch and begin to sprint, Nolan who was also now back at full health himself, chased after me playfully. Unbeknownst to him he too would be getting a workout of his own. The two of us did laps around the floral area for hours, at some point the runners high took over and I lost sight of my goal of training, instead opting into playing tag with Nolan. I would chase the little one in attempts to catch him, of course I would lower my speed in order for us to have a fair game. With how he is at the moment he was far too slow to actually escape me. Once I grew tired I would end the game.
 

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"Food! Finally!"

X.O. didn't wait to start consuming the fruits that had fallen to the ground. The fact that sustenance did reside on the island truly was a blessing and made X.O. understand the importance of what Raizen was telling him. Tanazir was magnificent, X.O. hoped he would one day have the chance to meet the other Elder Dragon. The juices from the fruits all had different mixtures of sweet, tangy, and sour. X.O. could feel the rich nutrients permeate his body filling him with strength and vitality. X.O. continued to eat the abundance of fruit until he could do no more, after all it had been days since his last meal. X.O's body which was beginning to appear as frail as Raizen's bolstered back to its athletic build rather quickly.

"So, Big Bro, how much further away are the other domains and what Elders remain here on this Island?"
 

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Immediately after X.O finished his question, Raizen blitzed the human and big booted him into a nearby tree. Completely crashing through the bark, the top part of the tree toppled over and began to obscure X.O. The frail man would slowly approach the scene, intently awaiting any spontaneous movement while speaking. He intended to answer the human’s question, however he never said that training was halted. The training Raizen was intending to deliver involved Raizen successfully completing rituals the Acolytes of the Nico Bolas were required to complete. Those that survived proved their worthiness to commune with the dragons.

“You are too weak. You express interest in the Elders, but cannot dodge a frail and dying old man.”

Raizen would assume a stance that caused for his legs to spread, his dominant leg extended in front of his other. The angle of his body was sideways and his arms were outstretched, although the dominant arm was stretched further. The frail man would focus his hands into a claw like fashion, mimicking the claws of the dragons.

“Stand weak one. You are in no shape to commune with Nico Bolas…”

 

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After me and Nolan's run, I decided it was time for strength training. I would begin doing push-ups, performing multiple sets on each individual arm, Nolan would imitate my actions albeit poorly. I would correct him by altering his form with my hands. As we worked out I would hear a loud crash in the distance. I jumped up frantically trying to locate the source, Nolan began squealing as he popped up on all fours, his limbs shaky from the exercise he was not used to just yet. I grabbed my weapon and Nolan mounted my shoulder as we walked towards the source of the sound. Chances are it was just some dragons fighting just like before, but it would at least be some valuable training for me. Nolan was far from ready to do battle with other's of his kind, so I had to do my best to keep him protected.
 

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X.O. had been so involved with eating he had let his guard down and was subsequently punished for it. He had to remain prepared for anything on this Island. X.O. used all his strength to bench press the tree off him due to its size. Standing up, X.O.'s hands turned black and wispy as he charged towards Raizen, ready to punch him with all the power he could muster. He was getting annoyed with Raizen simply toying with him as he saw fit.

X.O. never saw himself as a Martial Artist, he always preferred to fight and attack his adversaries head on, he saw Raizen assume his stance but paid it no regards simply for the fact he was pissed off to the point he was gonna teach Raizen a lesson in who he was dealing with. Though X.O. knew he was clearly outclassed, he was going to land a punch regardless.
 

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Raizen leisurely allowed his pupil to approach him and deliver his attack, only to be countered via clashing with one of his claws. Once contact was established, the frail man began to clench with such ferocity that an aura of the dragon could be felt. This was further accentuated when the eyes of Raizen beamed bright yellow with slit iris and a low, yet intense growl could be heard coming from the frail man. Whenever he employed the Dragon Claw technique, the frail man could not help but embrace the dragon heritage that shaped him as an individual.

Despite the boycott from eating food for several decades, the acolyte possessed an enormous amount of strength. It was due to the rigorous training that he endured on this island of dragons. The weak was deemed nothing more than cattle for the magnificent creatures, so if that was not motivation to become strong then being the only acolyte adopted by Nico Bolas was more than enough inspiration to seek strength. Displaying this strength, Raizen gripped the human’s hand and summoned enough strength to cause the man to yield – falling to one knee.

“You attack without thought. You attack on emotion…full of openings.”

Raizen’s nose began to twitch at the entry of two new smells. One was familiar in the sense that it spelled like dragon, but the other? It smelled foreign like his student. Releasing his grip, the acolyte would simply vanish from his sight as he sprinted into the forest. The scent was tracked several meters away and even though the acolyte was walking towards uncertainty, he refused to let this scent be around the dragon. It smelled fresh as in newly born, a familiar nostalgic scent. Coming to a halt, in front of the individual, Raizen eyes expressed animosity.

“You! Identify yourself.”

 

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Something raced towards both me and Nolan, my eyes darting around frantically trying to locate the target. As I stood still, a frail man would appear before me and Nolan requesting to know of who I am. Surprised by the sight of someone other than a dragon, both me and Nolan became guarded, not knowing what threat this man could pose. Someone of my stature does not get approached so recklessly especially in a place like this, so despite this man's appearance he had to either be formidable or insane. Either way, he was someone to be cautious around.

"I am Thokk, and this is my companion, Nolan. Who are you and what are you doing on this island?"

As I spoke my hand would move downwards to rest on my Mace as it sat on my hip, this being a intimidation tactic to let his eyes see the weapon and realize that conflict could occur.
 

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Surprised at the abrupt departure of his teacher, he quickly tried trailing after him. Tracking Raizen through the forest was hard work, it was clear Raizen moved rather quickly through the brush as X.O. surveyed the surrounding for any sign of disturbance. Broken twigs and sections of disturbed ground were all that could provide a general sense of the direction Raizen went. X.O. Finally making it to where Raizen was, he was equally as surprised to see another on the island and crazily enough a small baby dragon rested upon his shoulder, a companion to the newcomer .

X.O. walked up beside his teacher studying the new guy in front of them. The guy had his hand upon his weapon, a sign he was taking caution and was no doubt not related to Raizen in any fashion. X.O. didn't quite know what to expect from the exchange, letting it play out.
 

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This intruder dared questioned his purpose on this island? That question was enough to cause Raizen to become infuriated but killing was forbidden in the Domain of Tanazir. The value of life was too immense to waste with barbaric violence. It was a sign of disrespect to the land that blessed its people and the acolyte refused to disrespect any dragon, especially an Elder Dragon. Although Tanazir was dead, this was still his land until a suitable dragon to assume reign was born. Even more peculiar, he referred to that baby dragon with friendliness which piqued his interest.

“Who I am matters none. I would have killed you where you stand for intruding in my lord’s domain if not for that very same lord’s wishes.”

At this moment, Raizen began to smell that X.O was approaching albeit very slowly. Probably due to the foreigner’s inexperience with the island, the acolyte not fathoming that his student was so weak that tracking him was impossible. Raizen began to snarl at the baby dragon, causing him to wince in fear and hide behind the intruder. This proved that the dragon was indeed allying with him.

“I have never seen walking cattle. You would make great sacrifice for Lord Velomachus….tell me your life should not amount to being a feast?”

Raizen began to walk slowly towards Battle Beast, unafraid or concerned about anything the cattle could possibly do. He smelled the scents of other dragons faintly lingering on his person, which meant these cattle not only crossed the path of some other dragons but survived. A strong testament to say the least, however the acolyte wondered how much of a role did this infant dragon play into that. As Raizen pondered on what to say, he would circle the intruder only to cease and return to his spot. A few moments later, X.O would join.

 

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I relaxed my arm, his statement of following his lords wishes meant he was not going to attack, or at the very least he would not kill me.

"Is this Lord Velomachus of yours the giant dragon that blasted me and some other dragons a few days ago with his flames?"

Seeing that he had no plans to attack me, I placed a finger on Nolan's head causing him to brush up against it, this was meant to provide him with comfort after the stranger scared him. I walked closer to the man, slowly as to not rile him up, my hands not on my weapon this go round. I noticed that an ally of his came and took his side, the other man looking as if he was from another place entirely.

"Ignore that question. What are your names, stranger."
 

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"Lord Velomachus? You met an Elder Dragon already?!" X.O asked the newcomer visibly jealous and excited at the same time. He was now interested in the new guy much more knowing he had already encountered an Elder when so far all X.O. had heard were stories and statues in their honor. This was one of the first chances X.O. had to see a dragon first hand. He quickly approached the stranger and started to try and get a look at the small creature which nuzzled against him.

"Name's Xavier, but you can call me X.O. and this guy here is my Big Bro Raizen, he's rough around the edges but means well. "

X.O. was quite intrigued with the fact this guy had managed to obtain a small dragon as a pet, if there was anything he wanted it woulda been a pet dragon to call his own. The creature that was on his shoulder was probably one of the cutest creatures he had seen, and X.O. had almost no interactions with Minks, he had rarely seen one in person either.
 
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Raizen stood in shock after hearing that this intruder survived a clash with Lord Velomachus. This much could be discerned from the intruder’s words when he mentioned fire breathing. That was one of the two unique abilities of that elder. To make matters worse, the elder’s philosophy boasted the idea of conflict and aggression. The world needed balance to exist properly, so as much as Elder Tanazir governed the concept of creation – Elder Velomachus governed the concept of destruction. The two often clashed but respected one another. Raizen chuckled on the inside, thinking they had no choice in the face of father.

Raizen returned his attention back to the baby dragon as his student began to take over the conversation. He cared nothing about the intruder learning his name, especially since he was nothing more than cattle. However, the dragon must have been the deciding factor for why Velomachus did not commit to slaughtering the cattle. It walks on two feet and speaks, which would have appealed to him. Raizen understood his elder brother well and that a mere baby dragon would have not prevented his wrath, in fact it would have been victim…..unless.

“Step aside, pupil.”

Raizen would approach the intruder as well but with animosity once more. He needed to challenge his theory and being calm about the situation was not going to help. As long the acolyte refrained from killing the intruder, he would still be honoring the late elder. His right hand formed his Dragon Claw once more. Massive in size, the acolyte quickly gripped the intruder by his face and began to crush his skull.

“Do you wish to see your friend die?”

 

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As I began to respond to the man named "X.O" the stranger told him to step aside, as I had previously let my guard down I had not expected to be attacked at this point. Nolan crawled across my shoulder and attempted to bite at the man's hand. I would instinctively grab the man's hands in an attempt to peel them from my face, but his grip was dangerously tight. As his hand was placed over my eyes, I could not see his face, but his chest and arms through the holes in his fingers as the man began to speak.

“Do you wish to see your friend die?”

As he spoke, my body calmed down. Assuming he was talking to me about Nolan, that was something I could not allow. However Nolan who had been with me for sometime now and could somehow understand me, began to understand the situation that they were in. His attempts of biting the man's hand ceased as Nolan would run across his arm and towards his face, attempting to once more imitate the actions that he would see being done as he had did earlier with my training. As Nolan approached his face, I would raise my lower body up and wrap it around the man's arm, placing my legs just in front of Nolan to halt the surely futile attack that could have possibly led to his death.

"I thought killing was not allowed in your 'Lord's Domain?"

Nolan simply stopped on the man's arm, blocked off by my legs, and he began to growl at the man. Both he and I acting to save the other, however only I realizing that these attempts were not going to prevail.
 

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X.O. recognized the "Iron Claw" immediately when it began to be administered. He shied away at the sight, but peeked out the corner of his eye to see how the newcomer would react. He was in no position to help the newcomer as he had come to learn Raizen's methods usually came with a more hands-on approach. So, X.O. stood to the side as he surveyed the situation, keeping his eyes on the baby dragon and his reaction to the danger it's friend was being put through.
 

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Once bitten, Raizen eyes widen with thrill as he continued to stare down the baby dragon. The efforts of the cattle interested him none because the acolyte was trying to discern the nature of the dragon. If Lord Velomachus had halted his attack on a weakling incapable of prying himself free from his claws, then the elder stopped because of the baby. Dragons of all ranks were free to assault and even kill each other, simply because the race only wanted the strong to survive. The only rule that prevented such actions was that Elder Dragons were not allowed to attack other Elder Dragons.

Although a baby, this dragon care none about its wellbeing and only wanted to protect the cattle. Even though the intruder was attempting to protect the dragon, which was admirable to care about another before themselves, the dragon continued to show its fierce will. As Raizen’s eyes gleamed with excitement, things were starting to become clearer. The only nuisance was that the cattle attempted to challenge him, using the creed of his lord as a weapon. Annoyed, the acolyte used his free hand to grab the baby by the throat and toss the cattle towards X.O.

“You! I see the might within your eyes. The draconian pride within you. As small as you are, you dare bare your fangs at me?”

Raizen held the dragon up into the air with the sun basking over its back. He began to survey the dragon’s body, looking for something specific. A marking to confirm his suspicions. If he spotted the marking of Nico Bolas, then this dragon was not ordinary one. Under the breast was the marking. Raizen began to tear since realizing that he was hurting his little brother. His grip lessens and as the dragon dropped, the acolyte would catch him in his arms. The usually tense individual became completely opposite. Soft in his touch and hold, Raizen began to speak in a tongue unfamiliar to X.O and Battle Beast yet the baby dragon instinctively understood.

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Raizen would grip Nolan by the throat before tossing me towards X.O, my large body crashing into the strange young man and my mace would land on the ground next to us. I scrambled to get up, instinctive roars coming from my throat that I could not control at this moment in time. As I grabbed my mace and began to move towards them, the sight would stop me in my tracks. Raizen would hold Nolan as if he were his very child while speaking some weird language to him. The sight at which I was seeing for some reason ensured me that there would in fact be no killing in this Lord's Domain, and as such I did not interrupt their one sided conversation.

I would sigh before putting my mace back to my side, realizing the danger is over for the moment.

"Raizen..."
 

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X.O. would catch Thokk in his arms and drop him to the ground, watching as the tried to hurriedly stand back up. X.O. looked over at Raizen once more seeing him eye the dragon and begin to speak to him in his draconic language. Raizen's intensity once more turned docile as he began to handled the baby with the utmost care. A distinct marking became visible as X.O. looked on.

"Yahahahaha, Told ya, Big Bro's a handful! " X.O. laughed heartily as he stepped beside the Mink and folded his arms across his chest with a wide smile across his face. "Hey, you gotta let me know your secret though. I want me a pet dragon too!"
 
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As X.O spoke to me I kept an eye on Raizen, after the shit he just pulled he definitely had my attention for the moment. X.O's silly mood however was easing the attention making it harder to ignore him entirely.

"Secret? As far as I know I don't have any. Nolan came to me entirely on his own and I just began to take care of him."

As I finally managed to break my attention away from Raizen, I would turn to X.O and begin to question him.

"What's the deal with you and him, and what's his infatuation with these dragons?'
 

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In response to the question, X.O. took his hands and placed them behind his head, looking up towards the sky as he pondered him and Raizen relationship. As Raizen and the dragon continued to converse, X.O. turned back towards Thokk to respond to the question he'd been asked.

"Heh, well, that's kinda a long story..." X.O. began to speak about how he had simply encountered Raizen as he explored the island and had taken a liking to him. He wasn't too sure of the newcomers intentions on this island and didn't want to divulge too much information to someone who could possibly be allied to the World Government, though the Mink didn't give off that vibe, X.O. still didn't quite know what to expect from the Mink. However, he did know that he was proving to be an interesting character.
 
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