Leo Shepard

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25% Dingo, 25% Australian Shepherd, 50% Great Plains Wolf
Date of Birth:
1st July 2013
Luperci Ortus
Leo's coat is a complex mix of rather neutral colours. The base colour of his coat is a reddish-beige colour, a mixture of his mother's dark wolf coat and his father's bright golden coat. His looks seemed to show much of the Australian Shepherd side of Leo's inheritance. His face is marked with typical dog coat patterns. From the lighter beige spots over his eyebrows, to the white mask that covers part of his muzzle, and travels down from his jaw to his lower belly. Much akin to Leo's name, and the reason he was given it, Leo also has a different coloured coat around his neck and head like a mane. It is a dark, rather dull brown tone, and covered his neck from the shoulders up, but doesn't however overlap the white stripe that goes down to his stomach. Around his muzzle also there are dark spots.
His dingo genes don't take much effect on Leo's appearance until it comes to his coat length. Leo's fur is as short as a dingo's, with only a slight increase in thickness around his head, neck and tail. Around Leo's legs, there is also an essence of the white socks dingo's usually have. For his front legs, the white fur exists only around his paws and up the back of the forearm to his elbows. For his back legs, the white fur exists as white socks, covering the entire area from paw to first leg joint. White fur also exists on the tip of Leo's tail.
Leo's eyes are heterochromia, each being a different colour. His left eye is a mint green, whilst the right is a sky blue.
Leo spends a lot of his time in Optime form, probably due to his choice in occupation. But there isn't much difference in coat length when in this form. His mane is considerably longer and more 'poofy', but it kept out of Leo's face and eyes by a pair of goggles that Leo is always wearing as a gift from his mother. He has no idea what their real use is for, other than keeping his untamed hair back.
Around his neck, Leo has a small wooden flute, used to make simple noises that command Leo's sheep.
His ears remain upright, much due to his Dingo heritage, though pointed, it's unlikely to see them lifted and not planted against Leo's head from his shyness.

As of August 12th, Leo has a few scars. Four claw marks across his stomach, and random litter scars around his forearms, from previous bite marks. These are significantly smaller compared to the stomach scar.
Leo is nothing like the majestic beasts that link to his name. He is a coward, and shows it in almost everything he does. He is very tense around meeting others, and is always looking for an escape from conversations. He doesn't like being nervous. Leo is actually a really friendly guy, who only longs for friendship. And so is always frustrated with himself every time he cowers away from an interaction with another. To add to his fragile demeanour, Leo suffers from a genetic form of Stuttering. Passed down from his fathers side, it runs through Leo's blood. Which only makes it hard to attempt to talk to others. Even when Leo isn't nervous, his shaky voice and uncontrollable shivers make it seem like he is.
But there is one hope to Leo, one topic he can talk about the easiest, his sheep. Leo has a family bond to his 6 sheep and one goat. They were the last things left to him by his mother and father, and his little goat has grown with Leo from his birth, sharing the same birthday as the Luperci. Leo talks to them, tells them apart by their personalities, and takes care of them. In return, the sheep do what sheep do best, they follow Leo wherever he goes.
What goals in life Leo has at the moment is to look after his inheritance, being his sheep and goat. And he follows the Shepard family tradition of being travelling farmers, constantly moving and looking for places to stay for a short while, before moving on again. Leo doesn't know if he should settle down to a pack, his father never told him to in his talks with the boy, and Leo himself doesn't know if he'd cope in such a social place.
Amongst Leo's many phobias, he hates water with a passion. Drinking it is as far as he goes, and even that is done with caution. As strange as the phobia may seem, Leo's past reflects a perfect reason for it.

-Sheep Handling: A skill any shepherd can handle, though the Shepard family have a personal way of going about it. They create connections to their flock like a family, and that attachment plus special training leads the flock to be as loyal as they appear.
-Music: Leo's flute is usually only for commanding his sheep. However, Leo's taught himself some simple tunes using the instrument as well.
-Farming: There was a time where the family stopped for a while, in which Leo was taught about farming by his mother. He hasn't relied on these skills for a while, but still remembers some tricks of the trade from his mothers teachings.
-Sewing and handling wool: Leo knows how to turn wool into a yarn, and has basic skills in sewing certain items, and making repairs as well.
Mother: Bella Field - Deceased
Father: Monty Shepard - Deceased
Siblings: Tucker and Marie

Taurus: (American Black-Belly) An old ram picked up in the families travels through North America. Leo calls him 'old man', but there's life in the ram's hooves yet, as he can be quite protective over the group. -- As of August 11th, Taurus is deceased.
Phoebe: (California Red Sheep) She's the oldest of the two California Red Sheep Leo has, and mother to Rose. Being the only sheep to reach motherhood from the group, Phoebe is a calm lady, and doesn't take much nonsense. Because of it, she can be rather stubborn.
Rose: (California Red Sheep) Phoebe's daughter, and youngest sheep of the small flock, Rose is an adventurous one, however always thinks with her stomach. The others can rely on Rose to find good pasture when they need it.
Sam: (Merino Sheep) She was received by Leo's father alongside the other Merino, Theo. So the two are assumed to be brother and sister. Sam always trails her brother, who then trails Leo. So as far as trouble, the siblings cause little to none.
Theo: (Merino Sheep) Sam's brother, and a ram without horns. He seems to be the most simple of the sheep, not really caring about anything beyond following Leo, and getting food. Taurus never seemed to challenge the younger ram for popularity, since Theo never seems all that interested in things beyond dinner.
Queen: (Lincoln Longwool Sheep)Queen is a rarity. A young adult sheep with very valuable wool. She was a gift to Leo's father when he was too young to remember why, but knows that Queen is a special lady. Of course Leo shows no bias when caring for his sheep, however, when caring for their wool, Queen's wool gets extra special treatment.

Dawn: (Kiko Goat) Easily Leo's best friend. Dawn was a gift to Leo when he was born, both the Luperci and the Goat sharing birthdays. So Dawn has been with Leo her whole life, and vice versa. Due to this, the two are completely inseparable, more so than Leo and the other sheep. Dawn's milk is used for trading when Leo visits traders, or for his own consumption. Beyond those uses, Dawn at most is a companion, keeping the nervous and timid Leo comfortable during the worst days.

Spirit Guide - Atsotasdi (Atso):(Little Owl) A bundle of feathers and insults, Atso is an interesting little bird. He cares a lot for Leo, but isn't afraid to use tough love to get Leo in the right frame of mind. He loves to play games and talk, and it's a miracle when the Little Owl isn't talking. He likes to remain ever present on Leo's head or shoulder, and the shepherd never sees him anywhere else. In fact, he's almost convinced that Atso can't even fly.
History begins with the large Shepard family. Monty Shepard, Leo's father, was a traveller at most. His long family line over the ages had journeyed slowly from Australia to Europe. For a long while, the Shepard family lived in the Alps, there earning their last name as they raised and farmed all sorts of Sheep. The family was so large, including uncles and cousins and grandparents, that alone the Shepard's were their own pack. They were primarily lead by Monty's father, who kept the family safe from outsiders. But sickness took over the large family, carried from their flocks to the Shepards themselves. Many of the elderly members died, as did Monty's father after a year of struggling. So Monty took charge of the group, although it was now weakened. And worse was still to come for the family pack. Monty was strong like his father, but never as skilled. So numerous times, the pack was raided by others. Sheep taken, stock taken. Even moving to different areas of the Alps, Monty and his family still found themselves in trouble. Monty took it to heart each time he failed to keep the family, including their precious sheep, safe. And so he came to a decision, the family was safest on the road, constantly moving with small flocks. Others thought it was a ridiculous choice, but with all the years of tragedy, no one else had a better idea. Plus, the family knew they couldn't remain together forever. So they split, Monty's younger siblings taking shares of the flock and going off in different directions. One north, a few back to the east. And Monty, he decided to take his portion of the family overseas to the continent of America. He'd given much of his portion of the flock to his siblings, and traded off the few Sheep and supplies he'd been given off to sailors to gain access across the ocean. Monty didn't like the seas very much, it was nothing like the green fields he'd known in his life. But he stayed strong with his decision to leave to America, and was glad he stuck to it. Because not half a year into finding a life in North America, did Monty meet Bella Field, a farmer she-wolf living in a nearby pack. Monty didn't want to join the pack, stubborn in his decision to not settle down like that again after a life of failures. But he did bond to Bella when they met in neutral lands. The two sparked a romance, the only issue was Bella's pack. They didn't approve of outsiders, and so demanded that either Monty joined, or Bella left. And the bold Luperci woman bid farewell to her family, who reluctantly accepted her decision. She was given two sheep from the pack's farm, since they'd belonged to Bella anyway, as a parting gift. And like that, Monty Shepard had a flock to look after again, be it a small one. Though quite soon their numbers would increase, as Bella became pregnant with the pair's first litter together. And thus, Leo Shepard was welcomed into the world, with his tiny brother Tucker, and bulky sister, Marie. The family were happy, if always on the move, and for Leo and his siblings, movement was all they knew. Tucker was the most active, tiny guy around. And it made Monty proud to see someone of his line not only accept constant travel, but also enjoy and bask in it. But there was one thing in travelling that was always a risk. The unknown. The Shepards never knew what was ahead of them, only more land. And one day poor Tucker proved that to his parents and siblings, and changed Leo's life for good. Surveying at the top of a waterfall, looking for a way down, Tucker rushed closer to the edge, whilst the others remained further back. The weight of Leo's small brother was all it took, and a chunk of the cliff, carrying both parents, Leo and Tucker, broke loose, and dropped the family down to the unforgiving waters below. Leo couldn't remember anything but the fall, the crushing impact of water, and then being chucked around in the currents until passing out. When he woke up, he was laying on the shore, just far enough out of the river to escape it's power. Coming to, Leo looked up to find a familiar gaze of rectangular pupils. Dawn, his goat, standing and waiting for Leo to wake up. And with her, the six other Sheep the family currently owned. All of them had found their own way down the cliff and followed the river until they located Leo. Leo remained by that river for a long time, sore and disorientated. And very scared. Everything happened so fast, and for a boy only just turned his first year, Leo had no clue on what to do. Despite his pain, Leo was lucky to retain no serious injury. However, searching for his parents and brother, and finding nothing, Leo could only assume they weren't as lucky. Probably dragged much further than Leo by the river. So far he couldn't even pick up a scent. So Leo returned to the waterfall, getting back to the top of the cliff carefully, followed by the small flock of course. He carefully made his way to the spot where they'd fallen, finding the family's cart, stocked with hay and other supplies that had fortunately not been looted yet. But that was all Leo found. No family. Even Marie, who was searching elsewhere when the others had fallen, was no where to be found. This was Leo's first time alone... well, not quite alone. Perhaps confused, the sheep stuck to the only person they recognised, being Leo, just as they'd been trained to. Out of hope, Leo remained by that waterfall for days, praying the others were alright and would probably think to meet here. But for days there was nothing. And so Leo reluctantly decided to move on. With a heavy heart, the boy took the spare wooden flute from the cart, and commanded the sheep to continue following him, remembering from what his father had taught him on how to herd the sheep using it. And with his flock on his heels, Leo moved onwards to northern lands. Travelling for a whole year before reaching the lands of Nova Scotia, and perhaps even finding a reason to finally stop moving there.
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