[J] The Present Changes the Past
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The ocean breeze danced around his feral form, whipping through his trotting columns and humming in his ears. The world was warm, alive and full of motion. The sands were dappled with land dwelling sea creatures and the water lapped hungrily at the shores. Small shells waltzed in the waves and the fish could be seen catching some warmth through the transparent crests. To the land side of the seaweeds that laced the shores, large paws moved heaping frame quickly.

He had always made better time in this lighter, lupus form. His weight didn't press so much against him, and the muscle could be considered lean compared to his secui frame. He could conserve energy this way. Though, as the scents of the neutral territories began to fade into a familiar and consistent patterns, he had undergone change. For the second time in this northern land, he adopted his towering, bi-pedal motion. The transformation wasn't quick, but slow and wary. His eyes followed the horizon away from the water as his muscle and bone shifted. It hadn't, however, taken long for him to regain his bee-line toward the territory itself.

The cologne of this pack grew thick in the wind that passed, despite the brackish taste of the air. He'd stop here, bound by the translucent line of the social structure that had been more than tradition, but a strong instinct in all canines. Legs spread in order to brace his vast weight in the sand without sinking too deeply in. Crossed arms, skin stretched thin over muscles that bulged out of dehydrated flesh. He stood, in no submissive way, with his eyes directed slightly inland. If they had scouts out and about, he'd be more easily seen on the North Shore beaches than in the brush and trees. He'd left strong tracks and his scent was greatly different and easily detectable. There was no motive toward veiling his arrival. He wanted to be seen, and seen quickly.

Shaamah knew that there was a chance that no one might cross the beaches for a few hours, but as he'd keep his post, he'd remain alert to anything that might move in the distance. Sitting toward the ocean and kicking his feet into the water was a relaxation that he didn't want or need. Sniffing around so close to the boundaries would be a fools endeavor, and certainly snooping around wouldn't be welcome. Taking in one deep breath, the hum of his now old wound barely felt, he waited. Lord know, with waiting, Shaamah had the patience of a saint. Now, if only his morality could offer the same dedication to benevolence.
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Running the borders was rather a dull task when everything was as it was meant to be; inevitably, it was not long before his attention began to wane, his mind latching onto passing thoughts and falling into daydreams about anything and everything to pass the time; Silex was accustomed to the routine, the mare competent and trust worthy enough to be left to lead them, his senses honed to draw him out of his daze if something out of place was crossed.


And so he allowed for his mind to drift within the sea of clustered and chaotic thought. Most notable among his thoughts was the recent shifts in membership. It was strange how certain things swelled and deflated in force. As of late there seemed to be an influx of new faces turning up upon the packs borders, evidence of either their culture and existence spreading or a rather eager member out recruiting. If there was anyone who was actively dragging canines to join, he'd wager upon Akantha; from what he'd seen of the female, she was much the social butterfly and had truly settled into her rank among the Domus tier. Unlike his slacker mate who scraped by, not that he particularly begrudged Constantine for it; rather, he found the males overall attitude amusing for the most part, although would never admit to such sentiments, less he encourage Constantine further. Shaking his head, he snorted at the thought of how so many members contrasted in natures. It was a miracle that everyone got along as well as they had, thus far at least.


Sand began to fill the landscapes as horse and rider approached the north shores. The steady beat of hooves that had broken the silence of their patrol were smothered, leaving only the occasional thud as hoof connected with scattered, stray rocks. Looking out from beneath darkened glass, the winds shifted, the scent of a stranger reaching him long before they grew close enough for the large male to come into view. Guiding Silex over towards the stranger, a small frown marred his expression. Whomever this was, he hadn't called for assistance, although it seemed whomever this was had made no attempt to hide his presence.


As the distance reduced, he finally called out to the male. “Can I help you?”


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The mount and it's rider moved into view, and blue-gold eyes followed in suit. This one held the fragrance strongly of the area about him, if the breeze had brought it for only but a moment, and his relaxation with the terrain itself and general unpleasant nature of his expression upon finding Shaamah meant, to the beast, he must be of these lands. The man neared, still atop his steed, and the monster had taken a very different approach to the close quarters than his usual. His standoffish nature was put aside. His voice rose over the surf," I've arrived in order to join the bands of Sapient," He called, the usual hush of his gravelly tone now fully formed. Words traveled well over the noise of nature about them.

"But not without purpose," He continued. Arms dropped to his side and as his hands lifted to his waist, he put his brawny frame to a slight display," I will bring strength by Sapients command, and provide my knowledge to those unskilled. I have fought many battles and am well versed in the art of war," He certainly had the physical ability to back up his words, though as he was still a little malnourished, he'd like for his lexis and the sight of himself alone to be enough. There wasn't a doubt that he'd need to prove himself, but that time would come soon enough. If he was even allowed entry into these lands. If not? Well, Sapient would hope not to find an enemy in him.

"I would not disappoint," He finished, folding his arm against his chest once more before awaiting the others reaction, decree, or demand. He knew little of the Sapient's position, but no matter what position he held, he was in greater command than a loner, no matter how mighty.
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Cocking his head to the side, he remained otherwise motionless upon the mares back, contemplating the words as they were given in order. This male knew of Sapient, wished for entry into their ranks and he couldn't help but be momentarily curious as to how the brute had learned of their existence up north. Such curiosities were for idle small talk at a later date, however. Swinging a leg over, he landed upon the ground with a soft thud, hands reaching out to secure Silex's gear first and foremost, before stepping away from the appaloosa mare to address the other.


“Nivosus Moineau, Sagax – alpha, for a more generalised term, of these lands. Your name?” his demeanour shifted slightly, showing less suspicion and morphing into his usual snark that was wholly nothing personal to the other. It was just how he was; disinterest and sarcastic were the two modes he worked best in. “Combat is welcome here, in both theory and practical defence of the pack itself. We have both warriors and those adapt at supporting with supplies, equipment and medical treatment as needed. Whether you flourish here, prove your uses to us... that is entirely upon your capacity to show initiative, loyalty and competence.” for truly, only time would tell.


“So, I will give you a chance as I give any who ask to join” lips twitched in mild amusement as the underlying thought of 'so long as they don't annoy me when asking for membership' silently followed his words. Chances he would give, so long as the individual wasn't a complete useless fool or lacked manners. “Welcome to the pack” he added to the end, to clarify his acceptance of the males request, waving a hand back towards the pack lands to break up his likely anti-climatic approval.


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The man, who had later claimed his name and title, came down from his mount and fiddled a bit with it's packing before nearing Shaamah any further. Nivosus, the Sagax, was rather to the point about what he had expected out of the stranger. Shaamah had been no different when he had been in Nivosus's place,” Shaamah,” He replied shortly, attention following the movement of the other's alteration in nature. A thorough explanation was gifted to him, the quick in an out of what the beast should expect of a pack that he knew little of, save Maximilians' explanations that fell vastly short of informative. Not only were their different branches of Shaamah's particular talent, but there were branches that lead even further from that. The system here seemed no different than the primitive one he had engaged in the past more often than he'd like to admit, and the brute felt that the adjustment to the caste system here may be smooth, because of that fact.

Nivosus went on to give a little bit of his own to Shaamah, whether that be a warning to work in stride, an offer to contest the loners words, or an experienced leaders discoveries of certain downfalls lead in common comparison to Shaamah's spoken words, there wasn't a way for the marred beast to tell without having known the man or the situation in greater detail. The monster wouldn't give Nivosus a nod of understanding, or a reply to interrupt his speech had he any further, but he had put the words away for safe keeping. He knew full well that he'd live up to his words, and whether the perception of his description had been fully acknowledged and understood would mean the difference in Shaamah's residence or removal from this place. Of course, the beast had quite a broken track record in that instance. He'd like to be taken more literally than most, but what one would like wasn't often given in heaps.

He was given his chance at approval, officially accepted onto pack lands, and even given a wave toward the land at which this Sagax ruled. Odd-eyed gazed reached beyond to whence was gestured before returning attention to Nivosus. It was a rather silly display, but Shaamah no longer had the ability to voice his judgments. Silently, without unfolding the broad arms wrapped about his chest, he sauntered forward. A static look was given from the mercenary, a simmering coal breathing features rotating atop a thickly maned neck until the turn of his spine could no longer remain. Footpaws moved passed the mount and it's bulk, passed Nivosus, and onward. Shaamah now had a task at hand. He was no longer on post for his own duties. He'd entertain himself with surveying the areas, accessing the landscaping and scrutinizing every nook and cranny his mind could contain within the day. He'd likely be put to defend these lands or it's interior, if his experience spoke anything for him after placing it on display, and it would be his charge to know the ins-and-outs of every corner.

And just as lack-luster as he had been given entry, he had returned and with so endured, accustomed stoic nature intact and quite comfortable with the lacking drama. There was a familiar memory that rose within him as the heat of an impression came and passed without a hiccup. The nearest to fondness that he'd be able to summon from that black gut of his.
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