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Skoll

POSTED: Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:42 pm

Takes place 1st March. The Sugarwoods, very close to the Casa border. [676]


The forest around Indi was bright and clean as she padded noisily along, crunching her way through the untouched layer of snow that was still falling in a gentle stream of lazily drifting snowflakes. Off to the east the sun was half risen, casting a dim orange glow through the cloudy sky. Indi had left the house early today – quietly tiptoeing around her sister and parents – in order to go out for an early morning walk, and her chosen route along the borders ensured that she was alone except for the ever-present scent of the border. As much as the presence of her family - particularly her sister now that they were back on speaking terms – cheered her up, sometimes even Indi needed some time to herself.

It had been over a month now since Tea had shifted, and yet Indi still wandered through the forest on four legs rather than two. Frustration, fear, and plain impatience rattled around her head near constantly and when she was having to pay attention to other people as well and, the overstimulated youngster sometimes felt as though she couldn’t get a word in edgewise inside her own head. She had recently taken to rising early rather than taking her customary morning nap and sneaking away to clear her head. The first time she’d seen her mother’s eyes open to meet hers as she snuck past Indi had frozen like a naughty child caught sneaking a snack, but Lyris had understood Indi’s thoughts better than she had expected. Other than a quick greeting and a bump of their noses – which had become a comforting ritual in itself – Indi was generally left to her own devices until she felt ready to be her usual self.

Her walks were normally uneventful, but today something had caught Indi’s attention. From just outside the border there was an odd smell drifting across on the wind. Even dulled by the cold and the snow, Indi’s nose could just pick up the faint tang of old blood mixed with something that she couldn’t quite place. Common sense would have led Indi back into the pack territory, safely behind the metaphorical wall of the border and the literal wall of the fort. Curiosity led her to cross the border, pausing to glance from side to side before she made the plunge. An adventurous pup, this wasn’t the first time that Indi had left the pack lands, though it was always just for some quick amusement very close by like this, but it was a new enough thing for her to still feel a little rush of excitement as she left the border behind her.

Indi moved slowly through the snow and kept scenting the air as she went, trying to mimic the silent, careful steps that she had seen her mother take. The disturbed flight of a bird from a branch above her spoke to the failure of Indi’s efforts, but enough of Lyris’ teachings had rubbed off that Indi was at least improving.

Her goal was faintly disappointing through. The churned up snow, blood splattered shrub, and small pile of rabbit bones – all quickly disappearing beneath a layer of fresh snow - might have been exciting once, but Indi knew enough now to recognise it was simply the site of a successful hunt, albeit one unusually close to the borders. A quick examination of the site revealed that the scent of whoever or whatever had brought down the animal was stale and dead, and any tracks were covered well past her ability to follow.

Well, that was disappointing. Indi had been hoping to track down some wild animal, or even catch a glimpse of someone from outside the pack! With a quiet huff the kicked a small chunk of snow at the bones and turned around, preparing to follow her tracks back towards the border and head home.

POSTED: Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:01 pm

Feel free to skip everything before the break. Skoll's in Optime form.

He'd only recently been up in the north, in the swath of woods south of Inferni's claim, but when Mottle expressed a desire to travel to Halifax to pillage some old buildings, Skoll was quick to agree to escort her there. She'd teased him about being in the neutral lands more than he was in the pack lands, a jest that he defended himself against with a mighty swat to the fool's head—but despite the shaved mongrel's shrieks of "That's abuse!" she was happy to conspire with him.

He was a little uncomfortable when she brought it up again, later, when she was laden with goods (including an antenna, a steel baseball bat, and a tangle of metal that had once been a slinky) and Skoll urged her to go on home without him.

Awfully thuspicious of you, Mottle chastised, and manuevered her elbow to catch the slinky attempting to slink out of her arms. If I didn't know you were a righteouth man—

His glare cut her short, and she tittered apologetically, able to see when her own joke went too far. Just trying to keep the south safe from coyotes and criminals, he said, and she bobbed her head.

Our thavior.

Allez-vous en! Skoll woofed at her, and she winked her good eye and departed.

* * *

Absentmindedly scratching at the top of his head, Skoll lifted his nose to the wind and followed an old track along the outer claim of Casa di Cavalieri. His scalp was still scabbed from his encounter with the mountain lion, but it seemed like it would heal better than most of his wounds; he hadn't irritated it nearly as much, even if it would show faint scars that were becoming more and more common along his face and legs where his fur was thin.

The attack was on his mind, though, and while the previous night—when Mottle had departed—he had scouted close to Inferni and Anathema territory, he was curious to know how the girl from the knight pack fared. He somewhat wanted to run into Alistair, too, to see what his friend thought of Anathema's move, but matters of politics were less important than his ego.

There was a familiar scent that must have been the girl, though it was tainted with the tang of old prey blood. He wandered toward the same kill-site as she, drawing in deep breaths until he was satisfied the hunter had been, at most, a small predator—then caught a blur of white fur and let out a bark. Bonjour, petit chevalier!


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POSTED: Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:10 pm

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Indi yelped as a foreign voice reached her ears, followed by a brief just of wind bearing a most decidedly unfamiliar scent. A Luperci, for sure, but definitely not one of Casa di Cavalieri; an actual stranger!

With a yelp Indi disappeared in a flash of white fir, diving behind a nearby tree. After a few moments she re-emerged, one single blue eye and a tilted ear shyly peeking out from the ‘safety’ of her cover to examine the scarred golden hulk that had called over to her. Her head tilted in puzzlement as she tried to figure out the strange words he had said to her. Indi had yet to encounter anyone speaking a language other than her own and so not only were the words nonsense to her, but the entire concept of a different language was something that just didn’t exist to her. Was there something wrong with this wolf? He had plenty of scars about his head, maybe some impact had addled his brain?

Bunjor?” she mispronounced, speaking slowly and cautiously.

POSTED: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:59 am

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There was a yelp, and the girl vanished.

Skoll chuckled at the sound of paws scuffling on leaves and the last little flash of her white tail disappearing behind an oak -- but then half her face appeared around the bark again. He caught his laugh between his teeth in a big smirk but did not advance until she parroted his greeting uncertainly.

Bonjour, the wolfdog corrected, his voice a low rumble and properly nasal. He chuckled again. It means hello.

His advance was slow and careful, unlike how the Knight usually tromped around. His regard for others was low at the best of times, but with children it was different. He had a responsibility to them, though one with darker origins than his knighthood would suggest. He would never again bring harm to another child.

My name is Skoll, he said, forgoing surname and rank though he usually bragged of it. I'm from Cour des Miracles -- my pack is friends with yours. He waited until he felt he was close enough then plopped down into a seat, cross-legged, leaning back casually on his hands and shaking his head to push hair out of his face. What's your name?


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POSTED: Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:43 am

Little bit of PP as I said, tell me if ya want changing. [316]


Indi tilted her head in confusion as she watched the golden wolf approach her, absently forgetting her attempts at hiding in favour of puzzling out his words. “But, why not just say hello?” she asked, not understanding what was wrong with the word she had been using all her life. ‘Bonjour’ just sounded to her like the stranger was stringing some random sounds together and pretending they meant things to mess with her.

The stranger paused not far from Indi and lowered himself down into a sitting position. Indi’s tail began to wag, much happier now; the stranger looked much less intimidating now that he was at a height closer to hers. Her ear twitched in recognition as he began talking again, naming his pack and himself. The name had an odd ring of familiarity to it that Indi couldn’t quite place, and her ears twitched as she puzzled it over, peering out at him.

“I’m Indi!” she chirped brightly, and then promptly darted forwards and began invading his personal space. “Skoll, Skoll, Skoll, Skoll, hmm…” she chanted as she circled around him – close enough that her wagging tail skimmed against his fur – and sniffed, trying to put the name to a scent that she might recognise. Skoll’s scent was interesting, an earthy scent ingrained with many wolf and dog scents that Indi didn’t recognise, but it didn’t particularly ring any bells with her. That failed, Indi decided to get a better look at his face, determined to try and figure out why the back of her mind insisted that something was familiar about the golden wolf. She circled back around to Skoll’s front and jumped her forepaws up onto his knees, peering closely at his face with a tilted head.

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The puppy -- though she would not look like a pup much longer, he thought, glancing at slender limbs growing into big paws -- cocked her head and questioned him. His grin broadened, though he gave the question due consideration. Perhaps the right answer was that he enjoyed the confusion and uncertainty in others, or that it was as much a flourish as his condescending bowing and gesturing, but that was too honest.

But the answer he gave was honest, too, in a deeper and more heartfelt way. Because it is a language my mother taught me, and I would dishonor her memory by forgetting it.

The girl, brighter now and coming out of her shell, yapped her name then circled him thoughtfully. She repeated his name in a mantra as if trying to call it from some other plane, and paused at last with paws on knees and bright blue gaze staring up into his face.

He winked at her, quite a feat for a one-eyed man, and purred, We haven't met, have we? It was another little knight I found this way not so long ago.


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POSTED: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:36 pm

Dorky Indi go! [359]


Indi nodded along thoughtfully. She still didn’t really comprehend the whole concept of a different language to the one that she had grown up, but the idea of holding onto something because a parent had passed it down was something more familiar to her.

It was almost like a light popped on behind Indi’s eyes as she finally realised why the golden wolf seemed so familiar to her, his words being the prompting she needed to grasp at the memory that had been lingering just out of reach. Her eyes promptly widened, mouth hanging open as her staring eyes drifted up to the scabs decorating Skoll’s skull. She stared for perhaps a little longer than was appropriate before she caught herself, bouncing backwards with an embarrassed squeak. “Tea!”

Not long past Teagan had returned from a trip out into the forest smelling of blood and bearing stories of a ferocious demon and the golden hero who had slayed it. At the time the story had – like all good stories in Indi’s opinion – seemed overly dramatic and exaggerated; the villain a bit too villainous and the hero a bit too large-for-life. Now though, looking over the figure sitting before her, Indi felt herself beginning to believe in the epic tale that had been spun to her. Tall, muscular, and so gold that he almost seemed to glow in the sunlight, Skoll certainly fit the role of the hero as far as appearances went.

She was staring again, Indi realised, eyes moving vacantly while her mind raced. Flicking her ear nervously she tore her gaze away from Skoll and forced herself to sit down, trying to calm down. The near constant fidgeting of her forelegs was evidence though of how hopeless a task it was to try and calm Indi down once she had gotten herself excited. “Teagan Stryder!” she clarified hastily, feeling like she was in danger of tripping over her own words. “My sister! You saved her from the cat!”

POSTED: Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:09 pm

Peh sorry short, am crapping out Skoll replies rn. :<

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The pup's expression changed at once, her baby blue eyes widening and almost sparkling as she gazed up at him in amazed recognition. She gawked at him even as she retreated a step or two, and while another canine might have cleared their throat or gently prodded them for a response, Skoll basked in the glow of her awe like the smug asshole he was.

He grinned as she clarified. She's your sister, huh? I don't much see the resemblance -- you're quite more polite. He chuckled and pushed his hair out of his face, revealing the ugly scabs matted beneath the tangled locks. All in a day's work. My duties in my pack are, quite literally, to protect damsels and the like. I'm not sure what you call your head of military here, but we call my rank Seneschal in the Court. I trained a little with some of your knights before.


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