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Anu, Andira, and Claudius
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Backdated to the third week of February

It had been a long journey, but Tayui was glad she had done it. She knew that Anu had negative memories of AniWaya, which was understandable, but Tayui hoped that she could heal and see what a wonderful tribe it had become. War made monsters out of sensible people and worse too, war took the indifference and willingness to bend the rules to such harsh results. Tayui had seen the consequences of war too many times and she would never apologize for a group's actions. But the conflict was behind them, Claudius now led the tribe, and Maska was serving his sentence in the Great Tribe for his war crimes. It broke her heart to know the evils that had occurred in the tribe, so as much as this was a homecoming for her, it was also a reminder.

They came across AniWaya sooner than Tayui had remembered. It claimed what had once been Phoenix Valley; perhaps a fitting testament to their alliance. Tayui had not expected to literally stumble across the tribe's borders, but there it was, just waiting for her.

She remembered Andira telling her about the tribe's move, but hadn't really believed it. How could they leave her old home? But here it was: all the proof she needed.

She turned to Anu, trying to hide the apprehension from what she hoped was a warm smile. "Are you ready?" she asked. "Just -- howl when you're ready," she said. She didn't even know if she was ready, so although she was intending to be generous with the offer and let Anu pick when they would summon the AniWayan leadership, she was probably actually being selfish and forking the decision over to her mate. If Anu wasn't comfortable with it, she'd let Tayui know -- right?
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Andi knew of the past. She had listened to all the stories that her mother's bestowed upon her. It was the only true way to know of their history, words passed from tongue to tongue, and she was always willing to lean her eager ear. But the tales of AniWaya had always been laced with some sort of chill when told by her mother Anu. And so when the notion of a trip to their pack lands arose Andira had been been eager to join them. Low words had passed between she and Anu, and the gray woman assuring her that she was up for the journey and for the destination. Years healed even the deepest wounds, it seemed.


The guardian left with her two mothers, as a guard and as a pupil. The boys; they had complained calmly before the elder woman and the oldest with their hearts tied so closely to their mother had complained quite loudly to Andira beyond the ears of the matriarchs. The merle archer stood her ground, assuring them (as well as herself) that she was more then capable of escorting their mothers to AniWaya. The distance was not too far, closer then the Court, and the Eljuns were not feeble creatures but past leaders and warriors themselves.


Arriving to the boarders felt like winning, and she smiled as the pale mother spoke. Blue eyes looking to Anu as she waited for her response. The silver fey did not want them to be so cautions around her, and she nodded towards her mate. Assuring her with a soft smile, beyond it her feelings were hidden. At least to the daughter. Then she tipped her nose to the sky and called out. The soft sound of her voice was quite different when she howled, clear and even bold. It made Andira wonder how different she had been in her younger years. When she was her age. Had they been more similar? Would she fade into a nature that resembled something much smoother, calmer then how she felt now?


Andi clenched her bow, a light hand brushed against the blade that hung at her hip and then she joined her mother in the call.



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No problemo! :D Also, feel free to post next - I don't have anything for Tayui to do 8D

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Claudius heard the call just as he was dismounted Gda, recently returning to the Village after checking on the animals out in the barns to the west. He patted Gda's neck and mounted the horse once more, nudging her along with his legs and knees. Although the animals were fine, he had hoped to find Ibycus to see if he could take a look at Gda. He wanted to make sure she was doing alright since she had been shivering a bit in the winter cold. She seemed to be okay now that she had been moving, but Claudius wasn't sure if he could give her something to keep her warm or if it would just get tangled up in her legs. He really was not a horse guy; in fact, Gda was the gentlest horse in the tribe, so that wasn't saying much for his horsemanship.

The howl laced together with a second voice and then a third. The first had sounded familiar, the third unknown, the third he recognized instantly. It was his mother with her mate, Anu, and who he assumed was one of their daughters. He urged Gda on as best he could, taking her through familiar, trodden paths as they headed north. Luckily, he and his fellows tribesmates had travelled through the territory frequently enough that they packed down the continuously-falling snow. It was really just a matter of keeping up with it so each time it was just a little bit to pack down rather than a whole lot.

Claudius arrived to the edges of the territory in good time and slowed Gda. Before she had completely stopped, he hopped off and ran up to his mother.

"Muh-mom!" he shouted, grinning. He swept her up into a big hug, which was easy considering he was a bit taller than her. She laughed and hugged him back before Claudius let her go.

"A-a-anu," he said. "A-a-and wuh-one o-of yuh-your daughters?" he asked, turning his attention to the young girl. She was spotted, like Claudius and Barthélémy, but looked more doggish than he and his uncle did. That made sense; Claudius knew about and Anu and Tayui's children's parentage, so she would have inherited some of the contributing male's looks.

"U-uh wuh-wuh-wuh-would you luh-like... a huh-hug, too?" he asked, realizing he hadn't really done anything for Anu or the daughter. What was he supposed to do in this situation? (Send help!)
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The elder woman were much more patient then the merle girl. Often she would rise and pace the area, never drifting too far out of sight from her mothers. She would not leave them, nor miss the one that they had called for. But she took her eyes to the horizon, broken or not, and searched for the one that would greet them.


Returning once again she settled beside Anu, a silent reassurance. She and her bow. Her stomach grumbled softly when they heard the first echo of hoof beats, Andira the first among them to rise and take a step forward. Watching, scenting the air to make sure that who approached was friendly.


Blue eyes looked at the cream coated male atop the horse and she relaxed, knowing by many things that he was her blood. At least part. Andi returned to her mother's side as he dismounted and ran to greet Tayui. She watched keenly, taking in his stature as well as the obvious stuttering of his tone. When he spoke her name Andi looked at Anu, who smiled and bowed her head in greeting. But remained silent.


The Coeur fought against doing the same and introduced herself. Andi. She gave her half brother the nickname casually.


His lack of affection did not unease either of the other woman but his invitation did. Andira almost crossed her arm against her chest to ward off any physical touch the other male might attempt but instead nodded. She stepped towards him, with an arm out. Answering his question with a hesitant yes and wrapped the hand that did not hold her bow across his back. It lasted just a moment before she stepped back. Looking to her side she saw Anu standing with hands folded in her sleeves.


She had never known her silver mother to falter, not once, in such a situation. Her face did not show any worry but a soft smile that gave off a wave of gratitude and perhaps content for where she stood. Yet her silence was odd and Andi read well into it. She motioned for Claudius to lead them. Getting out of the impending elements was certainly a priority. As was saving her mother from any discomfort. Easing her into the visit. Show us the way. Mother says your pack relocated here recently, what brought you these lands? She asked him, reaching out of her own element and playing somewhere beyond her normal comfort. Still, it didn't feel odd or forced.



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Claudius grinned at the young girl, glad to get a name. Andi! How cute. Of course she would have to have a cute name - Tayui seemed to have mellowed out a lot in her old age, or perhaps she was going soft, but either way, the name fit. Claudius wasn't too sure whether she had more to say, but when she came for a hug, Claudius' grin just widened and he reached to scoop her up into what would probably be a near-bone-crunching hug, but wasn't quite able to get that far since she retreated quickly. That was fine - he'd get to know her later, slowly, whatever was needed.

Andi gave the move to lead them into the territory and then began to speak. Claudius retreated to his horse, finding a tree stump to leverage so he could hop back on. As he swung his leg over Gda, he replied: "wuh-we luh-left thuh-the o-old luh-lands buh-buh-be-cuh-cause of a c-c-c-curse. I had nuh-never buh-believed it -- I thuh-thought it was stupid, but a-a-after our suh-spirit guides -- our guh-ghost... ad-vuh-visors, I guh-guess yuh-you could... say -- left us, we nuh-knew s-s-something wuh-was ruh-wrong." He nudged Gda with his knees to turn her around so that they could begin their journey into the territory. "Thuh-there was a-a-a guh-great suh-sickness... and wuh-we luh-left... to fuh-find a place... suh-safe to luh-live a-and nuh-no longer... wuh-with suh-so many buh-bad muh-memories," he explained. He let Gda find her pace so that he fell in line with the group. "Wuh-we t-t-t-took thuh-these luh-lands... buh-because... we... well, I knew... them. Our o-old a-allies... fuh-Phoenix... Valley... once c-c-c-claimed them, so I knew... them t-t-to be good." There was more to it, for sure, but he didn't want to bring up the war with Anu here.
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Andira knew of the south-land's history, she had been taught well by her mothers. Though they were not young and did not school her in much of hunting and fighting their knowledge was vast and their memories keen. She could not have asked for better teachers, while the other adults of Vinátta were far newer to the lands then the two pale women. Warriors and trade's people dotted the lands and the packs, coming and going with the tides and the change of seasons. Historians and fable tellers too made their way through cities and back-countries and with their eagerly spent voices. But a lifetime that lingered knew much more, even if the memories were not so worldly.


Her brother mounted his horse, guiding her softly to meet them along the trail. His faulted voice came from above, answering her question as she walked. Her eyes scanned her mothers, taking short and quick account of their wellbeing before focusing clearly on the cracked words. It was easier to understand now as she found herself focusing slightly more then she might have.


A cursed land. Her Norse upbringing had prepared her for such a thing, the gods were curious beings and some believed they played with their moral forms as if they had strings around their limbs. Others felt their presence further and perhaps in a more rational way. Andi had never truly decided, opting to hold faith and fear and respect but all at arms length. And perhaps the gods would hold her at the same distance. Unlike her mother-Anu, who always seemed nestled at their breast.


Her blue eyes looked at her silver mother then, who seemed content at looking ahead. Maybe soaking up a land she remembered. It had been a home once after all.


I'm glad you found refuge from those hydras. And this is much closer to family then so far south. She smiled, her eyes passing upwards to catch his face. It was a little more then a smirk. She knew that it made her mother happy to have him nearer, but she had yet to grow close to the half sibling as she had with Alder and her other tree-names brothers.


What have you built so far? Where there many buildings left in the area? She understood a little of the AniWayan lifestyle, only stories. She let her curiosity fill the gaps between them, and the distance that Anu held herself at. Even if she wore a cloak of calmness and a soft smile. Her daughter knew she hummed inside with anxiety.




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