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[AW; The Forest of Nod; Forester Co-Rank]

POSTED: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:10 pm

Forester: Maintain strong knowledge of Inferni's forested areas (e.g., The Dampwoods). Patrol and scout the border in the forested areas. Maintain knowledge of prey animals, herd movements, etc. within the forested areas.; 305 Words

Cartier was making his patrols around the borders like he usually did. He always started at his home in the caverns and headed through the wooded areas on his circuitous route around the pack. Ever since what had happened with the intruder he had taken to making his patrols in Secui form. He figured that the size would be good to have should he run into another wolf. He wasn't used to fighting in this form but he did have experience in fighting in Lupus. The coyote simply hoped that such training would transfer over easily enough as he was on four legs still.

The young male would pause every so often to stop and stare out past the borders and sniffed at the air for any hidden dangers. He didn't want to be caught unaware. He felt lucky that there hadn't been too many incidents to worry about. Still, that didn't mean he could slack off. No, he had to stay vigilant. He simply couldn't get too comfortable and let his guard down.

He moved slowly and carefully through the trees. He stayed close to the border stakes so that he could have a clear view beyond them. He didn't want hanging branches to end up obscuring his vision. After all the thick growth of trees would be perfect for someone to hide out in and attack. It was way he was ever the more vigilant when passing through this are of the pack than he was when he was going through the other areas. It was also why his trek through this area was a slow one. He didn't want to take a chance that someone would slip in and use the forest as cover. It was one of his greatest fears. He worried that their own land could be turned against them.

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POSTED: Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:48 pm

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”You should make an offering today, Belial,” the ghost hissed in his ear. Belial had been in his lupus form, attempting to hunt, but not finding anything to do so with. He didn’t really want to leave the territory, but realized quickly that he might have to. So, eventually he decided to head towards the skull-tipped gates of Inferni and make his way towards the Dampwoods to find some food. Unfortunate for him, however, he forgot to take the pentagram necklace off and put it back in his room, so he was accompanied by Beelzebub and would be for the duration of his hunt.

The walk towards the borders had been quiet for the most part, but once they hit the halfway point through the Forest of Nod, Beelzebub began bugging him about making an offering to Abaddon. Offerings required a sacrifice, which required his to leave Inferni and get into the mood; it required him to scope out an unsuspecting victim in Halifax and gut them, and then present them to the bloody Lord.

He really wasn’t in the mood for it. He just wanted to catch something and eat it. If he was feeling better afterwards, then maybe he will reconsider.

The ghost kept going on and on about the length of time between his recent offerings, how Abaddon will be very angry with him, he should do something a little bit bigger to please the Lord for his lack of effort lately, blah, blah… Belial knew why he had been slacking. He was focusing on himself, his life, his girl, and his rank. He wanted to become something more than a devil-worshiper.

Belial had almost been at the borders when he heard something. Lifting his nose to the air, he scented that it was a pack mate. Still, he had not revealed himself to them and watched from a distance. The man’s back was to him, and Belial was seemingly downwind. He had the advantage, and had this been a potential victim, all he would need was to sneak up on them and deliver the killing blow. Even though, he couldn’t deliver the killing blow, he would still sneak up to them. ”What are you doing?” demanded Beelzebub as Belial steered off of their course to follow Cartier. His footfalls made the minutest of sounds, and as he breathed, he drew in slow, long breaths as to not breathe too loudly. He watched Cartier walk, stop, look around, continue, stop after a while, and look around again. He wondered if he sensed him or if he was just normally this paranoid.

After a while, Belial stepped from the shadows. ”What are you afraid of?” he asked, making himself visible in Cartier’s line of sight. It may have looked strange to the Inferni male because Belial was seemingly stalking him, or perhaps Cartier wouldn’t even know he was being followed for some time.

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POSTED: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:00 am

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There had already been one wolf caught tramping through their trees and he wasn't about to have another. Of course he hadn't done much in that situation but blow it. It had been Marlowe that had taken care of everything while he had frozen up. It could be bet upon that Cartier had intensified his training after that incident. He didn't want to stand idly by again while their home was being threatened.

He had seen how their forest could be used and he wasn't about to ever allow that to happen again. If it took extra time to make his rounds then so be it. It was better to be safe than to be sorry. He wouldn't allow for another trespasser to slip past their borders ever again. Cartier would do everything that was in his power to stop that.

Cartier turned fully at the sound of the voice coming from behind him. He didn't recognize the other per say but just knew him to be a member of Inferni. He took a moment to process the question before he responded to it. "I'm not afraid, just being cautious." He responded to the question as he thought it over. "There had been a trespasser through this area before." He decided to explain just why he looked so paranoid every time he moved through the forest.

"Are you out patrolling as well?" He questioned the other male as he was curious to whether they were on the same track. If so then one would need to change directions so that they could cover more ground. Of course Cartier couldn't ask the other to change paths and so he would do so himself. Perhaps one could even walk deeper into the forest to check it out and see if someone had already slipped across or not.

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POSTED: Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:29 am

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As the Inferni male turned to him, Belial had to wipe the smirk from his face. Cartier denied his fear, and instead blamed it on the fact that the area had been breached before. Belial understood it as fear for the unknown, fear that there would be another trespasser in the woods, fear that he would not catch him in time before something bad happened or he breached further into Inferni. The fear was still there though, and it was obvious in the man’s movements with his stop and go procedures. ”Yeah, I heard about that,” Belial said, remembering the news, but not knowing much of the details. He wondered why he had not been there to help. He should have been. He was a scout too. That was his job.

”You can call it that,” he answered simply, shifting his eyes from the Inferni man to the rest of the forest. It was quiet today. There were birds that chirped and sang in distant trees, but otherwise nothing else moved significantly. There were tree branches that moved with the breeze, but that was expected and tolerated. He wasn’t exactly patrolling or scouting, but wandering around the borders was his job – and if he could hunt and work, that was a plus, right? ”You know, it might be better if you walked more silently and relied more on your ears and nose, rather than your sight, to detect potential trespassers,” Belial offered, ”You might cover more ground that way.” Why not offer his clan mates some advice? Whether it would be accepted and used was up to Cartier, but he couldn’t say that Belial didn’t try to help him.

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POSTED: Sat May 02, 2015 1:25 pm

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"That had been taken care of with only minimal injuries." Though he had received none of those. It had been Marlowe that had suffered because of his inactivity. Of course it could also be said that it was just a natural part of getting into a fight but Cartier simply didn't see it that way. He thought the only reason that Marlowe had suffered was because he hadn't done anything to help the other male out. He thought that if he hadn't hesitated and had acted then Marlowe wouldn't have got a single scratch on him.

Cartier's inability to act hadn't ended there. He had caught the trespasser hanging out near Inferni but still had been unable to act. He knew that he should have just for the proximity to Inferni but the male hadn't been harming anyone and so Cartier hadn't felt that it would be fair to attack without provocation. Once again he had allowed for the wolf to walk away from him without having even tried to attack.

"Am I really being that loud?" Cartier asked and looked down towards his paws as if they would give him an answer. He hadn't thought that he was being so auspicious. In fact he had thought that he was doing a right good job with his patrolling. He frowned as he figured it to be just another thing he would have to confess and make right on. All this time he had been doing it wrong and he hadn't even realized it. Why hadn't he ever known this before? He was practically announcing where it was safe to slip through since his steps announced his passing of an area. He would have to be more aware of what it was he was doing and not just what was around him.

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POSTED: Tue May 05, 2015 12:26 am

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Belial’s eyes rested on the male, calculating. ”Yes, and obvious,” Belial replied honestly. ”If you’re enemies were watching you right now, they’d know of your anxiety.” Belial was watching, Belial noticed the coyote’s nervousness. Good thing Belial wasn't an enemy or a trespasser because he would have taken full advantage of Cartier’s errors in his border patrol. Maybe he would have even been able to slip passed the boy without alerting him, since he was so busy looking around elsewhere.

”Try to walk more quietly, even slower if you have to, but use your ears and your sense of smell to look around you. If you stop every few seconds, it looks as though your paranoid,” the Massacre male offered, wondering if his advice would be taken seriously, or even lightly. He knew many others who didn't like being criticized. He wasn't in the mood to manipulate Cartier, so for once, Belial was doing it out of the goodness of his heart for his fellow pack mate. ”Using my ears and nose right now, I could tell you that there is a bird’s nest in a tree about… ten feet or so away from me.” He spoke in reference to the bird’s nest in a tree behind him, and while Belial had noticed the noisy bird sounds as he passed under it before, he didn't know exactly where it was. Well, he didn't see it with his eyes. Instead, he let his ears and nose do the talking and they told him exactly where it was.

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POSTED: Mon May 11, 2015 1:52 pm

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Cartier had no issue at all with taking instructions. In fact he welcomed it. He wanted to learn and to get better. He didn't want to keep making the same old mistakes over and over again. It was because of that that he took Belial's words to heart. He would have to put them into practice and see if he couldn't better himself. He knew it would take time and wouldn't be an overnight miracle, though that would be grand.

"There are always birds." Cartier responded as he didn't really see the point in pointing out a bird. It wasn't like there were never birds around. The trees were full of them, on both sides of Inferni. The young male simply saw bird sounds as ambient noise since he had grown so accustomed to them being heard. It would be another thing entirely if the other male had said that there were no birds at all.

"What about wolves? We are looking out for wolves, not birds." Or at least he wasn't after any birds. He saw no reason at all to be on the lookout for any birds. Well, unless that chickadee had come for him. "Can you tell if it is a blood sucking bird?" He asked without thought of how the other wouldn't be able to know anything about the running joke between Jehan and himself. Still Cartier thought it would be amusing to tell Jehan that the chickadee and followed him and Jehan was nowhere around to save him. The thought amused the young coyote so much that he ended up actually chuckling about it. He would have to tell Jehan whether it was a chickadee or not. He thought the dog would end up finding it amusing as well.

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POSTED: Thu May 14, 2015 9:03 pm

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Despite the direction that Belial intended his demonstration to go, Cartier seemed to take it in a literal sense. Instead of focusing on the action of pinpointing things with senses other than his eyes, Cartier focused on the birds and their presence alone. Belial sighed, understanding where the man was mistaken. ”We’re not focusing on the birds, but the location of the birds. When you can pinpoint where something is just by listening and sniffing, that’s when you can “see” all around without having to stop and look every couple of steps,” Belial explaining, trying to make it understandable for Cartier. However, hearing the man’s next question made Belial pause and turn to Cartier with a look of confusion, What? Never had he heard of “blood-sucking birds” before, unless he was talking about bats. ”I don’t know of any birds that suck blood, aside from bats – but they are not birds.” All his book-reading paid off in small, random situations. For example, he wouldn’t know anything about bats without reading a book about other animals. He learned a lot about himself from these books – the books, and from Marne.

After clearing up the “blood-sucking bird” question, Belial searched for a particular noise behind Cartier. He searched the birds, but could not pinpoint one that sounded particularly different from the others. There was no way that he’d be able to pinpoint any specific one with them all singing the same tunes. ”Keep looking straight. I’m going to go somewhere behind you, and you will use only your ears and nose to tell me how far I am. Give me 30 seconds before you start really listening,” Belial said, moving passed Cartier and covering as much distance as quiet as he could. When he was about 10 feet away, he stopped for a moment before taking slow steps toward Cartier. Between each step, he waited about seven seconds to give the man some time to adjust to only focusing on his ears and nose.

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POSTED: Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:50 am

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"Not a bat. A chickadee. They are evil." Of course Belial knew nothing of the concept behind this thought but that didn't stop Cartier from mentioning it. In fact he didn't really give thought to how no one but Jehan would be able to understand what it was that he was talking about. It wasn't that he did it to be confusing or cruel but he simply didn't remember that it wasn't common knowledge and so that not everyone would be able to understand it was that he was talking about.

"Wait. What? How am I supposed to do that?" It wasn't that he didn't understand the instructions but he couldn't pinpoint distance the way that the other could. He lacked the ability to pinpoint exact locations. He knew where things were but he couldn't give specifications like the other male could. He could only do generalities and that was it.

"How is this meant to work when I already know you are behind me?" Cartier perceived things more in direction than he did in acute distance. "What more do I need to know than that you are walking around behind me?" He asked with a shake of his head as he still didn't exactly get what the other was trying to teach. "We are supposed to be looking out for wolves rather than for each other." Cartier saw this more as having their focus on the wrong thing. Patrolling was meant to be keeping watch for outsiders, not for members of the clan. Why did he have to track the movements of someone who already belonged to the clan? Since when did that become part of patrolling? The entire point of the lesson was still going completely over his head. He got to focus more on his other senses but he didn't get why he had to find Belial when Belial wasn't an outsider.

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POSTED: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:10 am

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Cartier continued talk of evil, blood-sucking birds and Belial was grateful when the conversation switched to what he was trying to teach the Inferni. Belial walked slowly up behind the male, but he couldn’t tell if Cartier was actually paying attention due to the amount of talking he was doing. There was no way that he could hear Belial’s subtle footsteps over the sound of his voice that he threw over his shoulder. After a few seconds and Cartier’s second question, Belial stopped entirely, seeing that it was pointless to teach the young male to use his ears because he was thinking literally rather than hypothetically. ”Nevermind,” Belial said as he walked back to his original place before him.

”You’re not understanding and it’s OK. I just hope you’ll remember to use your ears more when you’re patrolling the forest in the future.” And with that, Belial said nothing else. He didn’t see the point in attempting to spell it out for the man if he just wasn’t getting it. Belial showed him in the simplest terms he knew, and still, nothing. Instead, he decided to change the subject. He would remain with Cartier for a little while before departing again. ”Let’s continue patrolling. What were you saying about chickadees?”

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