A Memory of Lutari Pond: Before the Discovery
This is a story of Luna, the first discovered Lutari.
Under sunlight, Luna swam with wild spirit.
Under moonlight, Luna swam gracefully and slowly.
When she finished her nightly swim, she hopped
out of the water and onto a log.
Careful about not slipping, she shook out her
blue, wet coat and brushed it with her teeth.
When she finished grooming herself, she rested
herself on the log and peered at her surroundings. Around her were assortments
of trees and bushes, all thick enough and big enough to hide her beautiful home.
The pond was gorgeous at night, with lily pads with white flowers floating on
the surface on the water. The moon cast a large reflection on the pond through
the hole in the trees, making a shimmering white circle in the middle of the
blue-green pond. Some trees produced sweet berries, which were eaten by the
Huge willow trees hung over the pond, giving
shade to the other Lutaris who slept under them. Pond reeds, lily pads, and
willow trees were abundant in Lutari Pond.
A huge wood raft floated next to the log, and
on it slept a green Lutari who smiled as he dreamed happily. Luna smiled and
looked up to the moon. The moon seemed to look down at her, making her fur shine.
Luna rested her head on the log and soon fell asleep, thinking about her wonderful
home where Lutaris swam free.
No Neopet in Neopia had found out about her,
her friends and family, or her world. Lutari Pond was protected in the largest
of forests, in the heart of it, protected by the trees.
Still, Luna also worried.
Many inhabiting species were discovered by Neopians,
and soon lost their language and were forced to forget their native lives. Luna
watched as one by one the many unheard of species were being found. The Hissi,
the Xweetok, the Ogrin, and the Gnorbu had fallen to them and soon adapted to
the Neopian lifestyle. As the species were found, the forest decreased in size,
and Luna knew that she and her species could be next.
But still, she slept a good night's sleep, dreaming
of diving into clear blue water and having a ball.
The sun rose and shone through the many trees
in Lutari Pond.
The glow of the sun made green light glimmer
over the Pond, waking up all life.
Luna woke up and gave a big yawn and a stretch.
She saw the water below, a lovely blue green,
and a still sleeping Lutari on the raft.
That gave her an idea.
She smiled mischievously and walked off the log
and went behind one of its big branches that had no twigs or leaves and was
Then she jumped over the log branch and dove
into the water below.
SPLASH! She hit the water and dove right through.
When she came off, the Lutari on the raft was
wet and rubbing his head saying, "Not AGAIN," in Lutarian, the language
If you were not a Lutari, their language would
sound like hisses, clicks and teeth clacking to you, with a lot of body language
Luna giggled and got back on the log.
After the big splash, everyone soon woke up and
started to swim.
As other Lutaris swam and dove, Luna just sat
up straight on her log very still, looking at her fellow Lutaris and their antics.
She saw a bunch of Lutaris have a race from the old, sunken log to the baby
willow tree and back. The red Lutari won by a mile.
She also could see two Lutaris try to balance
on a log and make the other one fall down.
The green Lutari seemed to be a bit clumsy and
soon fell over, but his blue opponent lost balance and fell into the water with
him. When they both came to the surface, they laughed and laughed. A few Lutari
children were having water fights and water spitting contests. One yellow Lutari
spat 10 feet in the air, and won the contest.
A few Lutari couples swam together, side by side,
hand in hand.
A few Lutari mothers were teaching their young
how to swim, while the fathers watched proudly. A mother Lutari was resting
in the shade with a newborn baby Lutari under her chest. The father came up
and smiled upon them both. And then the couple both smiled upon the baby, whose
eyes were not even open yet, and yet it could still smell its mother.
Luna smiled upon all of this. She was happy to
have a world of her own, where no one would bother her and everyone treated
her kindly. She was happy, her neighbors were happy, and every Lutari in the
pond was happy. When a mischievous Lutari did the same stunt as she did and
made the sleeping Lutari on the raft jump, she only smiled and stared into space,
thinking about her wonderful home.
When she looked to her right, she suddenly spied
Curious and afraid, she jumped from the log and
waded in the water, getting closer to the object she spied. When she came close,
she hid under water and sneaked through the reeds. When she came to the ledge,
she popped up to the surface and found herself staring into a bright black object
that seemed to shine. Suddenly from behind the object, there was a scream. Not
knowing any better, she screamed back. The thing behind the object screamed
again, and so did she. She then looked aside the object and was staring at the
face of a Quiggle. They both screamed at the sight of one another. The Quiggle
put down his object and started to run. But Luna caught him with anger about
She said in Lutarian, "Who are you?! Why
do you come here?! Don't make me hurt you!" To him, it sounded like ten hisses,
three clucks, seven clicks, and a "KAHEEE!"
He trembled as he took up his object and said, "Look,
I'm sorry about the intrusion. I'll just go and-"
"KA HAYEEE! MUSHNIK ALBO DOH!" This meant, "GET
OUT OF HERE! YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH US!"
The Quiggle gulped and said softly, "I'm really
sorry, but boy is my boss going to love this when he finds out about you guys!
So, what kind of species are you?"
Luna tilted her head, raised an eyebrow and said, "Lutari,
Lutari Nada." This meant, "I only speak Lutarian, you don't, so I don't
But the Quiggle was just scratching his head
as he said, "Lutari. Hmm… That's a nice name."
Luna was now just getting mad, so she hunched
her back like a cat and kept her head low as she said, "Stay… Away… NOW!"
To the Quiggle, it sounded like hissing and a large snapping bark.
When she snapped, he ran away from the place
Luna smiled and went back to her log, not realizing
that she had just met the first ever Neopian who had discovered Lutari, and
was about to tell Neopia! When news broke out about this, Luna and her species
were discovered and brought to Neopia Central to be adopted.
Luna and her species were taught the language
that every Neopian spoke.
Luna and her species wound up being cared for
Sure, Luna did find a nice home with a good owner
and new friends, but she vowed to never forget the days she had in Lutari Pond.
Her spirit, her memories, her lifestyle, was gone and crushed. She would only
have one special memory of Lutari Pond. Only a few days after she was discovered,
the baby had opened its eyes and saw the Pond for the first and last time. That
moment was the most special thing to the baby's life, and to Luna's.
Even though that baby would forget, Luna wouldn't.
Luna would still be a wild Lutari in her mind
and spirit and heart.
She WAS a Lutari.
She VOWED to be one.