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Reyna grunted as she flopped down onto a boulder near the snow covered beach, her horses hobbled and grazing behind her, as the cats slept in the pile of tack and her belongings near the rock. Getting her horses to cross the frozen water behind her had been a trial. They had been understandably nervous, but had they really needed to fight her every step of the way? Not to mention the cats, who had simply refused to walk on the ice, clinging to either the horses backs or the hybrids, depending on who was closer at the time. She was exhausted and freezing now that the crossing was behind them.

When Jehan had told her of the pack on the island she had been excited, and eager to join. Now, however, she was just tired. While she still wanted to join the pack, she was no longer feeling like an excitable pup, but rather more like a tired old grouch. Grumbling to herself, she eventually tilted her head back and loosened a long, low howl, that sounded as tired as she was.
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A long howl pierced the air, and Skye's ears perked. She turned to Felix, about to tell him to watch the pups, only to find him snoozing while resting against the kitchen counter. She turned the corner, sneaking a peek into the living room; Elizabeth and Elijah were asleep on the couch. Apparently a full day of doing nothing was tiring. She snorted and left without a word, careful to close the door quietly behind her.

She traveled at a moderate pace, analyzing the howl in her mind. Female, and it seemed tired - Skye jaunted to the borders that made the pack, the borders she still had yet to get used to.

Slumped on a rock with a variety of goods - Skye eyed two horses, as well as some cats - sat a female Luperci. Her coat was a reddish brown, flecked with grays and blacks across her body. Skye assumed her usual position when dealing with strange outsiders; a slightly dominant air, but not overpowering.

"This is Midnight Shores," she said simply. "I am its leader, Skye. Who are you?" Her posture held more questions than that - 'what do you want' was always one that had to be answered in these situations, anyway.

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Reyna stood from her position on the boulder, her normally graceful movements made slow and tight by her sore and tired body. She faced the leader, making sure to keep her body language submissive. She didn't usually act this way, being too confident in herself and her skills to do so. However, the female understood that now was the time to be respectful. She spoke calmly, making sure to keep respect in her voice, "Hello ma'am."

The hybrid took a step closer, holding out her paw for a handshake. "My name's Reyna." As she spoke, she made an effort to control her accent. Normally, her English was nearly perfect, but when she was tired, it became much harder to speak clearly. "I heard about this island a while ago, and it sounded so much like my homeland, I decided to visit. When I heard about your pack, it sounded like it would be a good fit for me."
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The female slowly, almost painstakingly, turned to face Skye. She seemed so tired - where had she traveled from? Was it far, or was she merely weak? She seemed young, and had some muscle on her, so Skye was loathe to think the latter; after all, someone who was weak would have had those horses stolen months ago.

Reyna was her name, and she wanted to join Midnight Shores. Skye's ear flicked when she said that she'd heard about the island - it appears that Midnight Shores's secret was now a secret no longer. Their edge had been brief, but it had been enough for them to get settled in and grow, and now they were strong enough to handle a threat should it come. Fortunately, it hadn't yet.

"Where's your homeland?" Skye asked, curious; knowing more about loners also helped avoid the crazy ones. "What skills do you have that would aid our pack?" She'd allow no freeloaders in the Shores.

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The hybrid shifted a little when Skye didn’t take her hand, and dropped it to her side. She had hoped to make a better impression than she obviously had, if other the female would not take her hand. Maybe she shouldn’t have called out until she had rested a little. Her horses were not at all used to crossing ice, and having to basically drag to rather large animals across the strait had drained her.

When the leader asked about her homeland and skills, she regained a little of her usual self confidence. She wouldn’t have asked if she wasn’t considering her for the pack. When Reyna replied, she did so with more confidence than she had spoken with before. ”I was born in Italy, but I grew up in Greece. This island resembles certain portions of that land.” A small grin and a shrug punctuated her words. ”I’m sort of a jack of all trades. I traveled across Europe when I was young, and I did pretty much everything to support myself. I’ve got a little experience in construction, blacksmithing, been a farmhand, and I helped my father aboard his merchant ship for a while. Mostly though, I’ve worked with animals, well, horses really. She jerked a thumb back to the red roan mare and dapple grey gelding grazing behind her, and remarked ”I trained those two myself.”
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Although Reyna's demeanor was tired and ragged, she seemed to straighten a bit when Skye asked about her skills. Perhaps her journey was merely long, and she had a hidden confidence underneath her exhausted exterior. Skye nodded to herself silently, but otherwise allowed the female to tell her tale.

Italy - Greece - they were names that Skye was familiar with, but hadn't had intimate relations with. She knew that the first incarnation of Cercatori d'Arte had been inspired by Shawchert's relations to Italy, and her own brief encounter with the language, but the origin had been quickly forgotten with the new insurgence of members and the slow evolution that had taken over the pack until its eventual death.

Skye's eyes bored into Reyna's as she described her skills, and despite herself, Skye's eyebrows raised a bit, impressed. Blacksmithing was an incredibly rare skill that took years to master, and even a small amount of experience was unexpected. The experience with ships was especially useful, as was the livestock experience; Skye wondered if Reyna had heard anything else about Midnight Shores, because she seemed almost the perfect fit.

"Your skills are useful," she said, "and I'm sure they'll serve the pack well." Her eyes warmed slightly, and she stepped back to allow the female into the lands. "Welcome to Midnight Shores. I can show you the town, if you like."

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Welcome to Midnight Shores!



Hello, and welcome to Midnight Shores! You've just joined one of the many fantastic packs in the world of Souls; this pack is perfect for a soul looking for a breathtaking and open place to stay - so welcome to the family! Some things you might want to check out in this unique pack are:

  • Check out the pack game, where you can earn points to get cool titles and icons!
  • Read up on the information about the ranks and co-ranks so you can advance in the pack!
  • Look at the territory page to get a feel for the land, and choose a residence for your character to live in!

If you don't know where to start posting, you can check out the thread requests forum or the open threads! You can also create or join an all welcome thread for some IC fun. Why not also start plotting with other members and begin a fun plot or activity that people can enjoy and experiment with?

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