Fluffy Goat Monster
Madeline quickly begins to feel more of a kinship towards the jaguar-folk that were once present in these lands, believing thanks to the theme that is constant in her dreams that music played a very important role in their culture and perhaps even in their magic. She begins to wonder if she'll get a chance to learn more about them and gain more understanding… Perhaps even find some of their music so that if nothing else she can make sure it is never lost to the end of this world's existence.Madeline finds that her dreams often include an element of music: the distant chiming of wind chimes, or a complicated staccato drumbeat, or deep voices singing words she cannot understand. She feels a slowly growing . . . understanding of? Connection to? tecuani culture. It's nothing so clear and obvious as being able to recite facts about the jaguar-folk, more of a dawning awareness as to why certain things are the way they are.
Quite happy to find that her music is helping her lover and friend, Madeline finds herself spending much of the journey humming or singing soothing tunes to try and further provide help and relief to Anna.She and Anna soon learn that her lullabies are helpful: while the dreams do not cease, Madeline's singing helps Anna retain her emotional stability. The unseen presence of her sister/other self remains, but she feels less weak, less alone. She has a dream of herself and Lili competing to complete a puzzle, and though only fragments remain when she awakens, she feels that she should have felt more afraid than she did. Often in her dreams she feels a strong desire to use her fire magic, but an equally strong sense that this would be a bad idea holds her back.
Soon, you find yourselves standing before another forest, tall and dense, if perhaps a little less so than the one to the north. It's late afternoon; you have only an hour or two before true night falls. Standing to one side of the weed-grown road, just outside of the forest proper, is something that resembles a scarecrow: a pole made from a sapling with a crosspiece tied near the top. It is decorated with shaggy pelts that remind you of the hairy pigs, as well as strings of small bones, turtle shells, and large, brown feathers. Surmounting the whole is a skull, human at a glance. It does not look very old.
"Its a totem.... a scare-person" Anna mumbles as she looks at the abomination of a 'statue' before the group.... "its fresh made, and a threat to any newcomers"
Gazing at the scarecrow, Madeline frowns and listens to Anna mentions, coming to just about the same conclusion. "Something tells me that this might be for us… Alternatively, someone else doesn't want anyone or anything coming close to our destination. We should be careful and keep alert… And now that I think about it, it might be best if we make camp here first. Make sure we're well rested before we go in.""So, do we need to avenge whomever that was?" Rikku asks the others. "Or do we just assume they were bad, and had it coming? Either way, we can't really let this scare us off. World ending and all."