Washing what you know out to sea

POSTED: Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:32 am


ooc [466] Hiya. Ly is here to crash your party. Multiples welcome~

Snow crackled under heavy hooves, long-ago dead leaves flattened to the ground under the weight of sturdy horse and Luperci. Dark, slanting eyes peered through the fluttering flakes, nostrils flared. White seeped from her lungs, pale wisps of breath disappearing into the canopy. The horse moved, crushing snow and sidestepping drifts of the latter that had built up among the base of trees. Lyris pressed her heels into Kenyon’s sides urging him forward. They were almost there.

Leather snapped as archer’s muscles strained against the reins, pulling the horse’s head backwards. A gruff whinny and puff of white was the response. “Woah, boy. Not too close, there.” Leaning forward, the white wolfess gave the Gypsy Vanner a stroke along his neck. Dropping the reins, Lyris twisted her body and leaped from his side, feeling the shift of weight beneath her as she hit cold snow. She could almost vanish in the white: the only thing that gave her away was the blue-tipped arrows and white bow on her back, as well as the leather cuff around her upper arm. The loner crouched, running her fingers through the snow to brush it away. As she did so, dead, bare ground was exposed and with it, a whiff of New Dawn. She knew exactly where they were. Standing up, Lyris tried to see through the snowfall, but couldn’t see more than two feet in front of her. She hesitated.

Her third family in three years. She’d only been here once or twice before. She knew very few others. Was it worth it? What if these ones left her too? Then where would she be? Alone, again. She was finding it hard to trust people any more. She’d met too many bad ones. She’d met people who gave her a second chance, that she thought would always be there. And then she turned around, and they were gone. She’d given too much of herself. She’d told her story to one person, but that’s only because they were as broken as she was. It followed her everywhere. It was burned into her face with the scar that was always there. People stared. They wondered. Could she trust these ones?

She felt a cold nose on her arm, and found a pair of dark eyes looking back at her. Lifting a hand, she stroked the horse between the eyes a minute. She was old enough to make her own decisions now. And this one was either going to be the best one or the worst one, but either way, it was better than standing out in the cold. Lyris turned forward again, peering through the falling snow. She lifted her head, and parting her jaws, she let a short song pour, letting herself be known. Now they would wait.

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POSTED: Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:02 am

OCC: Hope ya don't mind me throwing Leela in here. Couldn't resist the chance for her to see a horse.

A rambunctious young subordinate had been out trying to catch snowflakes that fell from the larger snow piles in the branches of the tree when an odd sound rang in her light grey tinted ears. Her neck had been stretched out and forward with her jaws wide open, but froze when she heard it. Leela recoiled back to sit and listen. The howl was unknown to her and after having a less that brilliant meeting with the last new comer, she was a little wearier this time – grant the fact that she had ambushed the new pack mate so it wasn’t his entire fault. The wind ruffled the blue collection of feather that she kept behind her left ear were her mane was longest. The small and dainty wolfess moved through the snow as mindfully as she could, zigzagging through the terrain. When she had first heard the call, she known it was close. Just thinking of what and who this visitor could possibly be thrilled the youthful girl at all the possibilities and she wasn’t going to be disappointed.

When the stranger was finally with in her bi-colored sights, she stopped and stared in fascination. From her vantage point, Leela saw the biggest and fattest beast that she had ever seen! Surely it was an offering for a festive feast! The animal was big enough to feed all the members of New Dawn! Still the light creamy she-wolf was confused at why the animal didn’t flee from the luperci that stood right beside it. That’s when she saw that the animal was bridled. The white figure had somehow tamed that massive beast! The adolescent moved through the shadows in a very un-stealthy manner, despite her best efforts and neared for a closer look. The female seemed to be waiting patiently now for someone to answer. Not showing any hesitation, the girl emerged from the wooded lands and made way towards the other. “Hello,” she greeted from a far, her eyes fixated on the largest hoofed animal she’d ever seen, rather than the canine she spoke to. Surely this wolfess wasn’t a pack mate, the Amarok girl surely would have heard of such news.
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POSTED: Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:01 pm


ooc [581] Forgot to mention that Asgeir is with her as a Pnpc~ c:

Snowflakes dusted the Gypsy Vanner’s back and mane, giving him the appearance of more white than black. Even before hand his black and white dappled coat gave him the appearance of having just emerged from a snow storm, but now if she brushed a hand against his side the snow and cold was real. Lyris glanced to the overcast sky, and finding nothing but slate gray, turned her attention back to the silent pack grounds. She’d done this before, but last time had been different. Last time, the Luperci virus was absent in her veins, and she was skinny and fragile-looking. Barely a year old, X’yrin had taken her in. She’d helped her. She’d passed the virus on to her, and trained her. And it only took two years for her to vanish. She was alone again, and though she may have looked stronger and more able than before, she had lost most of her trust in this species. The itch to get out of this skin was almost painful- she wanted to be on all fours again, she’d traveled this way for months. She wanted to run like a real wolf, and not one tainted by this sickness. And she knew that New Dawn would accept that.

It was hard to pick things up through the snowfall: everything smelled wet and heavy, and vision was obscured. But her hearing ability was not impaired, and it was easy for her to pick up faint crunching of snow in the distance. And soon enough, a young pack member appeared, her fur bearing resemblance to Lyris’s own.

Suddenly she remembered that if she wanted to run with them she had to act like them, and she was very familiar with submission, even if she didn’t like it at all. She’d never tried to practice it in Luperci form before, though. Looks like I’ll be winging it. Lyris lowered one knee to the snow, folding her ears back and keeping her eyes to the paws of the young girl. She balanced an arm across her higher knee, keeping her tail low and out of sight. It was not the lowest form of submission, as she was aware the girl was not a pack leader.

It was about this time that Asgeir decided to reveal himself. He’d been travelling with Lyris and the horse, though had kept to the snow and trees, not feeling the need or the urge to socialize any time after their first meeting. The earthy-toned man stepped from the snow-laden trees, moving silently toward woman and horse. He fluently kneeled to copy Lyris’s stance, not even a breath heard from him. The woman flicked an ear before pressing it back against her head, now moving her eyes to the New Dawnner’s shins as she greeted herself. Lyris noted the way her body turned slightly toward Kenyon. She risked a glance, to find her eyes trained fully on the stallion. She returned her gaze to a proper place, now parting her jaws to speak. “Hello. My name is Lyris Stryder and this is Asgeir Ceston. And this is Kenyon.” Lyris moved her eyes to the horse, gently tugging on his reins so that he gave a short whinny, knowing the curious glimmer she had saw in the girl’s eyes. “We hail from Sangi’lak.” She wasn’t sure if the white wolfess would know of the pack, but she could only hope that Zalen or Raeka would show up soon.

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POSTED: Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:43 pm

The nearly ten month old she-wolf watched the large formed woman lower herself submissively, something that Leela wasn’t quite use to getting so easily but was pleased to see. If only her pervious encounter had gone this way, she and Red would have been off to a much better start. Still, the Amarok girl wasn’t going to bash the male again for his mistake, she knew that he felt enough remorse and that it was partly at her mistake as well. Besides, this meeting seemed to be going much smoother. Her double colored gazed traveled between the canine and the equine until another form appeared which caused her eyes to follow the darker male with mild interest. He was nowhere near as interesting as stocky hoofed and almost handsome beast before them so she fixed her eyes on the stallion instead.

Feel confident as usual, the faint hued wolfess stepped closer to the trio, their appearance here very exciting. When she spoke of their names they seem somewhat familiar but not enough to really know who they were. Leela had been very young when New Dawn’s former sister pack had joined them and when they ultimately disbanded but she knew of the friendly relations they had had with Sangi’lak and her wail wagged, only to stop and lower while she stepped back when the horse whinnied. “You must have come to speak with the Knight King and the Earth Queen,” Leela barked, not realizing that they didn’t know Zalen and Raeka by the title that only she given them earlier in her puppyhood. “I’m Leela Amarok,” she offered, looking back at the horse again with a perplexed look forming on her face, “Why would you name your prey?” she asked. Giving it a call name would surely make a hunter feel some attachment to ones prey. Before the other could answer she noticed that they seemed to be waiting still and added, “I’ll call for a leader.” And in another heartbeat the New Dawn youth tilted her head back in a long call, requesting leadership immediately. There was little urgency in her sing-song voice, more like a respectful summoning.
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POSTED: Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:26 pm

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Raeka blinked inquisitively as she stood in the middle of a field. Flowers blossomed brightly over every inch of the clearing and the sun shone without shame. In the distance she could see Zalen, standing tall and proud in his optime form. A smile spread across the Alphess's face as she ran towards her mate. But as she neared his image change and shifted until the male before her dissolved into a pile of puppies. Raeka yipped in surprise as she slid to a halt, her eyes growing as big as saucers. One pup was silver, another the color of an orange mood, a third dark and night, and the fourth the color snow. All of them looked back at her with brown and greens eyes.

The she wolf didn't know what to do or how to react to the tiny balls of fur until one shouted, "Mommy!" Chaos erupted as the puppies suddenly multiplied and all charged her at once. She backpedaled, golden ears flat against her head as she soon became surrounded by a sea of pups. All of them were yipping and screaming and calling for her attention and Raeka became a helpless mess.

Off in the distance, storm clouds gathered rapidly until the entire field was covered in darkness. The pups huddled at Raeka's feet, quivering and whimpering at the sight of the storm. She glanced down, only to discover miniature versions of her packmates. Lightning struck and fire engulfed the field in a matter of seconds. Cries of distress rose from the pups and Raeka began to panic. She tried to raise her voice, to shout orders and lead them to safety. Yet her body was frozen and her voice gone. Amber eyes shifted back and forth as the flames drew closer.

Raeka jerked awake as the last notes of a vaguely familiar howl drifted away. Her golden ears swiveled atop her head to listen and she half wondered if she had simply imagined the call. Slowly, the chocolate wolf stood and stretched. Her back arched downwards and she let loose a massive yawn before standing to shake herself. Her baby bump was still small and not very pronounced. Raeka looked back at her own belly, half afraid that the dream meant she would loose this litter as well.

Another call caught Raeka's attention and turned her thoughts away from their downward spiral. Leela was asking for her presence. Immediately, the Alphess set out for the boarders as she pushed her thoughts away. It took a few minutes for her to reach the boarders and when she did a strange sight was there to greet her.

Raeka approached with her tail raised to show her status as Alphess and her head high in dominance. Leela stood with two other canines, both former members of the disbanded Sangi'lak. Raeka nodded at Lyris, whom she had met before. The earthen queen moved to stand next to her young subordinate, giving the Amarok female a nod before speaking. "Hello Leela. It's been a while Lyris. What can I do for you?"

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Lyris groped for what information she had gathered about New Dawn during her time as an ally. It wasn’t hard to rationalize the girl’s- Leela’s- curiosity towards the stallion. The pack chose to revert to the true wolf and spent most of their time in Lupus form, and she wouldn’t be surprised if many of them were Verto, as she was, or if some of them were non-luperci, even. Horses were probably not common sight, and Lyris would not be extremely surprised if there was no stable on the packlands. Luckily, Kenyon would know how to stay close to home, and she was sure building a pasture for the horse would give Asgeir something to occupy himself with. First, she’d have to explore. The only thing standing between her and home was this border.

The terms of Knight King and Earth Queen took several seconds to click into place- she must have been referring to Zalen and Raeka. The pale woman offered a nod, before flicking her pinned ear again as Leela inquired of the oddity of naming your prey. Lyris smiled at the ground, speaking again. “That would be because he’s not my prey. I take care of him, and he takes me places. He’s my friend.” She explained. Kenyon’s dark eye turned to Leela, curiously eyeing her back as she examined him. The horse didn’t usually take kindly to newcomers, but he was minding himself today. It also helped that nobody had tried to touch him yet.

As the howl broke the snow-laden air, Lyris let the smile fall from her face, watching the ground quietly. It didn’t take long before a cocoa figure parted the white landscape. Once Lyris could clearly feel Raeka’s presence, she lowered herself more, lowering the knee she had propped up to fully douse her legs in snow, leaning forward to let her forearms vanish into the thick powder again. The blue-fletched arrows were clearly seen from the tip of her quiver, and it was miraculous that they didn’t fall out.

The Alphess was close now, and even through the wet, heavy snow she could smell something not picked up on before. She couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was, but it was oddly familiar. She could picture Rakea’s fur to become a burning Autumn, the landscape full of oranges and reds instead of pure white. Giving he head a miniscule shake, the colorless snow returned, and she was able to catch the superior’s greeting. “Raeka,” She spoke softly. After a moment of trying to gather her thoughts, Asgeir spoke for her. He mimicked his posture, his earthy figure much more prominent than her white one in the snow. “We wish for a place to call home.” He said roughly, and Lyris glanced at what she could see of him from her bent posture, usual slanting eyes wide.

‘I… wish for a place to call home.’ Brilliant orange and red fur filled her vision, paws doused in green grass. ‘It is a pleasure to meet a wanderer… especially one that is seeking a home.’ She risked a glance, and found only warm golden eyes. They watched her for a moment, before vanishing without warning. Lyris shook her head again, harder this time, closing her eyes to point her nose at Raeka’s feet again. These ones were brown, not red. Brown, not red… brown…

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POSTED: Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:00 pm

OCC: Feel free to just assume that Leela is there doing whatever. I don't think I'll need to post anymore after this. That way ya'll dont have to wait on me...

The answer that the girl received from the stranger with the even weirder ‘pet’ was hardly satisfying for the inquisitive youth. Sure it was much stronger and more handsome than saw a deer or elk, but an animal of such grand size and height could provide massive amounts of meat for the whole pack. Was it really worth the energy to keep it alive and ‘befriend’ it? Who tames and becomes friends with prey any who? And how does that beast help her travel? To the Amarok teen, the pair before her seemed to be playing with their food – Still she wasn’t about to judge them. The idea was still fascinating. Never had it occurred the she-wolf that such things went on in the world as she had never left the borders of her birth pack. The world at which she was raised in was the only world she knew.

Leela thought of all those questions to ask, but remained silent, happy to contemplate deeply in her own thoughts and creative ideas for once. “Oh…” was all that she physically said as her eyes clearly stared questioningly. The female’s mismatched gaze paid close attention to the horse and his movements. She wondered what her brothers would think of it and she smiled at the various comical thoughts. Until the earthen queen appeared, the subordinate remained silent, a strange occurrence for her but it wasn’t an awkward silence – at least for her.

When the expecting Alphess approached and greeted the jubilant wolfess, she nodded respectfully with her usual cheerful tail wag, the dainty she wolf’s body language remaining low and discrete but for the most part unchanging. Her slightly darker toned ears pricked with intrest when the newcomers spoke there reasons for coming. The fact that they wished to join was even more exciting, meaning that there would be plenty of time to pick the strangers brain about the four hoofed beast she dared call her friend.
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When Sangi'lak had first disbanded, Zalen and Raeka had both expected to greet the members of their fallen sister pack and were ready to do so with open arms. However, as they days turned into weeks, not a single member of the nomad pack called on them. Although it had confused them a little, Raeka could not fault the others for seeking a different life. Despite the fact that Sangi'lak had been more feral than most, it was still not as close to the old ways as New Dawn was. The culture and beliefs of the two packs were what had prevented them from merging into one. Even so, the last thing Raeka excepted at this stage was for Lyris to show up after so long.

After her quick gesture towards Leela, the Alphess focused all of her attention on the strange trio. Raeka had to hide her inquisitive stare as she watched the ivory female. Her face smoothed over into a mask of polite dominance and was mirrored by her body posture. Although they were no longer in Sangi'ak, Raeka was not about to forget the friendship between the two packs nor the members who had once called the Shepard's lands home.

The reaction of the two potential joiners was something Raeka had never witness before and threw her for a bit of a loop. She watched as they got down on both knees. With their hands placed in front of them, they each lowered their heads to the ground in what Raeka could only assume was some extreme form of a bow. In that position, Raeka could clearly see the arrows in Lyris's quiver as they perched precariously over her head. It seemed only by pure luck did the shafts stay inside her quiver.

Although Raeka had expected proper submission from the pair she had never expected such a strange display. It was almost enough for her to break her mask, almost. Instead, the earthen queen managed to maintain her composer and listened as Asgeir told her of their purpose. A place to call home. Raeka took a moment too look carefully at both wolves. They were in their optima forms and Lyris had her weapons and horse. The weapons weren't a problem. They could be stored in the medical hut with the rest of New Dawn's meager supply. It was the horse that Raeka was unsure about.

"We would be glad to accept the both of you into our home…" Raeka paused and let her gaze fall directly on Lyris. "I'm sure you both realize that we respect the old traditions in New Dawn and are aware of our customs. I'm a bit worried about your horse though." Her amber gaze drifted to Leela, who's interest in the animal was obvious and a little worrying. Her reaction to the horse would most likely be mimicked by the rest of the pack. "We have no place for your horse. You could try asking on of the neighboring packs for a place to board the creature, but if you insist on keeping it here you will have to understand that it will be your sole responsibility to protect it. I have no doubt that some of our members might see it as lunch."

Raeka frowned for a brief moment before her expression smoothed over into a smile. "Otherwise, welcome to New Dawn." The Alphess saw no point in dragging the decision out. She was already well aware of Lyris's character and Asgeir would be a welcomed addition to their pathetic male population. There weren't enough strong males in the pack over the age of two years. If anything, with all the females going into heat recently, Asgeir might find himself to be a very popular newcomer.

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Rest now, traveler, for you are home.

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POSTED: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:35 pm


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Lyris had needed to let the anger in her die down and subside before making rash decisions. And she’d decided that living out some of her time alone would be good for her, and maybe she would persuade herself that to live alone was the best way for her to be. But after she’d mostly erased the fact that X’yrin had basically turned her back on her entire pack, she’d craved something else. Out here, she was just surviving. In a pack, she could live. She could have company, no matter how little she enjoyed being social, and she wouldn’t have to be on her toes every time a branch rustled in the darkness. Bears had since become one of her worst fears, and the few months she’d spent alone had been full of memories she thought she’d forced herself to erase. Within a border, she felt safer, and knew the alarm would be sounded if anything such as that dared to cross them. It had taken a lot of sitting, and a lot of thinking. She’d grown to love archery and her animal companion, and she knew these things were not something exactly supported in a place such as New Dawn. The weapons wouldn’t be a problem; she’d use them less, but still keep them close. She’d had worries about Kenyon, though, and had already been searching her mind for a place to keep him. Raeka’s words only solidified the worry that she couldn’t keep him within their borders unless she wanted to risk him vanishing. She knew that the wolves weren’t savages: they were far from it. She’d settled on the idea that she’d keep him there for a couple of days, but unless she could find somebody to care for him, she knew that Asgeir would be happy to build a pasture and perhaps a small stable outside the territory and upkeep the horse. The man had lost his own mare and stallion when he had been hijacked, and perhaps if he found them again, it would be a good place to keep them.

Lyris realized they were probably going overboard with the submission. But she was done taking risks with that, and submission was all she had ever known. The only time she’d been able to meet the eyes and stand taller than them was in Sangi’lak, and that was something she wanted to forget. She wanted to forget she ever existed there. She wanted to forget X’yrin just as much as Asgeir did. The only way to do it was to fade into the snow and become lowly. She was never above anybody. She had never been dominant. She had never.

Once the chocolate-furred lady spoke, Lyris nodded, raising her gaze from her paws to her shins, and loosening her tail from its extremely cramped pose of being tucked beneath her body. “Understood, Raeka. Asgeir will build a place for him outside of your borders, and tend to him. We’ll make sure he’s out of sight and out of mind.” The woman said, and the stallion next to her flicked his tail, powdered snow falling from where it had gathered there. He could almost understand what she meant, but she knew that Kenyon was strong enough to protect himself and Asgeir was extremely skilled in engineering. He knew exactly what a horse needed, and she had confidence that he could craft a safe place for him.

Asgeir parted his jaws again, rough voice prominent and a little lighter than it had been before. “Thank you, Raeka.” Lyris rose from her submissive posture, feeling her joints pop as she stood. The man followed her and rose to his height. Lyris and Asgeir both knew that the pack was dominated by females, but he had promised her he could handle it. They wouldn’t bother him anymore after X’yrin.

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