The Preservers of River Twine Holt   3.1*  
Written By: Trena Driessen
Posted: 07/31/06     Updated: 07/13/07 [No comments yet]


Preservers are small fairy-like creatures which come in many different colors. They are genderless, immortal and nearly indistructable. Their biggest weakness is their fragile wings. They do not wear clothing, although some do fashion hats for themselves out of different natural components, from flowers to mud. Preservers are all generally the same size, about 6" in height (15 cm).

Preservers produce a sticky web-like substance from their mouths which they call 'wrap-stuff'. The webbing has a preservation property allowing creatures cocooned within to hybernate for long periods of time. Anything (or anyone) enclosed in a cocoon of this substance is "outside of time." It has been used, among other things, for preserving food and to prevent gravely injured people from dying until a healer could take care of them. While an elf sealed in wrapstuff does not need food or air, they can still work magic, thus it was used to enable elves who wanted or needed to concentrate on their magic alone for a time.

In RTH, the preservers wrap-stuff has been used in the creation of 'silk', an airy fabric that can be used in clothes, blankets and screens used as canopies to shield from the sun while still alowing airflow.

Preservers often talk in a round-about way, and call different things by their physical description rather then by a proper name. For example, they call the rivers "Big Wet", as to preservers, that's what they are. These nicknames are are also assigned to elves, determined by how the preservers preceive the elf.

Preservers can tell at any time in which direction the Palace of the High Ones is.

History with the Tribe

The preservers have always been with the wolfriders, coming from the Palace of the High Ones along with the first comers, and following after Wolfsister and her band until they settled in River Twine Holt.


Preservers often 'bond' (read: attach themselves) with a particular elf, thinking that they are the elf's sole protector and friend, no matter if the elf has a mate, bond, cubs or other relations. Though the bond between elf and preserver is not the same as the bond between elf and wolf, the preservers are extremely loyal, and rarely leave their elf's side.

Preservers do not always bond with an elf.

Because preservers are asexual, they do not breed, so there will not be any more preservers in the holt then there are at the present time.

Daily Life with the Preservers

The preservers of RTH are not merely decoration. Because of their wrapstuff, they are used to preserve food during the winter, help with healing when neccessary by wrapping mortally wounded elves until their wounds can be healed, as well as used in the making of silk. Preservers also make great scouts, if an elf can keep their attention long enough to do so.

River Twine's Preservers

Berryflop: eyes are golden yellow with dark red rings around them; skin is dark pink (near magenta) and wings are light purple with red "splotchy" patches. Berryflop likes to use dreamberries as caps. Berryflop is particularly fond of dreamberries, and loves participating in howls, even if it's not horridly sure what's going on during them. Berryflop is an expert berry hunter, being able to sniff them out in whatever form they happen to be in.

Dewdrop: eyes are pure white with black pupils and pink rings around them; skin is dark mustard yellow; wings are base-green with white spots. Dewdrop is a particularly shy preserver. Seems to almost be afraid of everything, including its own shadow. Dewdrop rarely does anything 'crazy' and prefers to stay in the holt then go adventuring.

Flutterby: eyes are extremely dark purple (nearly black); skin is light spring green; wings are light pink fading to a light purple color with dark pink veins. Flutterby is a special friend of Whispersilk, being the main producer of the wrapstuff that is used in the creation of Whispersilk's woven silk. Flutterby feels that it is Whispersilk's sole protector, never leaving her side for very long, and is a particular nuisence to Far Cry because of it. Flutterby likes to think of new and interesting ways to make funny noises come out of Far Cry.

Foamspray: eyes are fire-red with an orange ring around them; skin is light sea-green, and wings are extremely light blue (nearly white) with dark purple veins. Foamspray is particularly fearless as preservers go, nothing is too high, too far or too scary. Foamspray loves to get into everything, and is often growled at because of it.

Gurgleflap: eyes are large and round, dark navy in the center ringing out to a light sky blue; skin is bright orange, almost neon in appearance; wings are bright yellow with darker yellow veins. Gurgleflap is friendly and outgoing, as most preservers are. Happy and chattery, it prefers to spend its time outdoors, especially near water. Gurgleflap likes to sit on the edge of the rivers and toss things into the water and watch it float away.

Muckabout: eyes are different shades of purple, from dark on the outside to light on the inside; skin dark blue (when not coated with dye); wings are light purple (though there's only ever small patches of that color peeking through). Muckabout often wears a leaf wrapped around its head akin to a kerchief that's splattered with paint. Muckabout loves color! It loves dyes, and anything to do with tanning. Muckabout thinks that it is very helpful, especially when it comes to dying leathers and clothes, often times making the process difficult. Though Muckabout spends most of its time with Whispersilk, it's not 'bonded' to her, especially because Flutterby is a bit possesive

Mushroom: eyes are stormblue eyes with dark gray rings around them; skin is a muted light yellow; wings aredark orange wings with near-black veins. Usually wears a gray mushroom as a hat. Mushroom is a bit of a 'doom sayer' and differs from other preservers in that it seems to always look on the 'bad' side. However, Mushroom is an expert scout, and loves to spend time with Farscout 'helping' him. The only problem may be how Mushroom is utterly certain that something 'really bad' is around the corner.

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