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(This post was last modified: November 10, 2017, 01:20:10 AM by Alana.)

ALANA ☽⚪☾
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"Little hope, little home of heaven,
come and save us from this ugly truth.
Little hope, sprung from necessity,
may all good things in life come to you."

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Alana found herself unable to sleep, shaken (literally) as she was by the recent earthquake. There was also the matter of Ayliyra and Mercury, both puzzle pieces that she had yet to find places for. Things were.. difficult with Aylie, and she felt estranged from Mercury. Alana didn't know how to help them - a lot of that was due to Aylie, as hard an egg to crack as she always had been. Mercury was unsure of where she stood, but seemed willing to offer options at least. In time, they would both find their places within Nardir again. To Aylie, it was a pack full of people she believed mistrusted and hated her. To Mercury, it was a virtually new pack full of new faces, one where she was Queen no longer. Alana had hope that they could both overcome the obstacles they each faced - and she would do all that was in her power to help them.

The matriarch set off into the frigid night, her breaths white plumes in the air. Things were changing swiftly, the snow from the mountaintops beginning to creep further southwards as autumn gripped the land. Leaves turned from green to yellow to orange to red, blanketing the forest floors in fiery colors. Duskwood remained as thick and tangled as ever, but sported snow in spots. It would not be long until the rest of the territory began to fill up with snow; they would need to prepare for the oncoming winter. There were food stores, dried meats and such, but if the herds were scarce that winter.. the stores would not last. She needed to send out hunting parties, perhaps give the Mantles something to do. There had been very few battles as of late, something she was thankful for, but it did leave certain ranks idle.

So distracted by her thoughts was Alana that she almost missed the ethereal blue glow seeming to come from the ground itself. Seafoam eyes locked on to it when she noticed it, curious but uncertain - what was that? She approached with caution, nimble body low to the ground and nose sniffing about. It did smell strange, very earthen and somewhat damp, like an old leaky cave or a rotting fungi-coated log. That only brought on more questions -
and since nothing seemed too obviously dangerous, she pressed forward. To her surprise, the deep grasses had hidden a pathway, formed by collapsed earth and rocks. It led down into.. what was that? The moon queen's small paws moved hesitantly towards the opening, inspecting it as she went. It seemed new, the earth freshly churned. Had the earthquake caused this? It seemed like the only viable option.

She pressed on.

At the bottom of the collapsed part of what was apparently the roof to a tunnel, Alana halted, seafoam eyes wide with wonder and awe. There were mushrooms sprouting from the large tunnel walls, gigantic and glowing brilliant blue. From them dripped long tendrils of light that, upon touching cautiously with a toe, Alana discovered was sticky. She rubbed the goop off onto the ground, taking a few steps further in with her heart racing in her chest. This was amazing! The tunnel seemed to go on for a while, and if she wasn't mistaken -- was that another opening? How many tunnels were there? What were these lovely mushrooms and how did they glow? She had heard tale of things like that, but Alana had always assumed it was simply fantasy. The Queen scrambled back up out of the tunnel, feeling a small sense of relief as the cool breeze ruffled her fur softly. The tunnel had given her no reason to fear it, but it was so different than anything she had encountered before.

There were so many things running through the woman's head that a headache bloomed. She inhaled the crisp fall air deeply, releasing it slowly to calm herself. This was a potentially big discovery, something she wanted to share with others. As she was considering when to call a meeting, Alana noticed a faint blue glow in the distance far in front of her -- and then another to the left, much father (barely visible, she had to squint). There were.. there were more?

Tossing back her head, Alana let loose a loud howl that rang out through the Nardiri night. This could not wait - the tunnels needed to be investigated, and it would be much easier to find a bunch of glowing holes in the ground at night, without the sun's interference. Even the Night Mother was silent that night, her brilliant light absent from the dark sky above. Alana stood waiting her pack mates, seafoam eyes flickering to the tunnel entrance every now and again. While beautiful, she needed to know if those tunnels concealed any hidden dangers that now had access to the world above, or whether or not they led anywhere. Could their enemies use them to travel into the packlands unseen? There were so many potential dangers and so many questions that needed answering. The sooner they got started, the better.

this is an official starting thread to kick off the 'exploring the tunnels' part of the plot! you're encouraged to post here before the 30th. that's a little over two weeks to post here before i post again and close the thread/give everyone assignments!



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(This post was last modified: November 10, 2017, 06:15:50 PM by Ayliyra.)

She had been working since the quake searching for missing members, searching for herbs, searching for clean water searching for anything and everything useful and doing anything and everything she could think of that would be useful. It hadn't left much time for anything else but she had noticed strange new scents wafting on the air here and there throughout the day and had paused occasionally to rest and to try and figure out where they were coming from but as much as she disliked having unknown things possibly lurking about in the packlands rescuing packmates from certain disaster took precedence. But with the falling of night perhaps there would be time now to investigate. She hadn't come across any signs of anyone needing rescue for awhile, though she couldn't be certain that that wasn't someone somewhere still needing rescue, and she had already rounded up herbs and delivered them to the healers so she supposed she rest a bit and work on locating the source of the strange scents. Or maybe not as Alana was issuing a summons for the second time today. It wasn't exactly what she wanted to hear but at least like the first one this summons wasn't specifically for her but was rather a meeting call for the pack, or at least whomever could answer it.

That meant her so she began working on pinpointing where Alana was and once she had an idea headed in that direction. It didn't take long for her to get there, still covered in dirt from working, and to spot Alana still looking as though she'd never worked a day in her life she mentally snorted but otherwise the glowing and the fact that the strange scent she had noticed earlier was here took most of her attention especially given the large hole forming what appeared to be the entrance to a tunnel was also there. It didn't take a genius to realize the potential threats here and there were several she could think of and all it would take was one to cause all sorts of problems. Something was going to have to be done but that would require investigation of the tunnel to see exactly what they were dealing with. Something she was rather tempted to go ahead and start on rather than waiting since she was used to investigating strange new places and didn't really want to sit through a meeting which she assumed was probably going to be about the glowing tunnel anyway but just waltzing around Alana to go check things out would hardly be diplomatic and something Mercury wouldn't approve of so with a mental eye-roll but a respectful dip of her to Alana she sat to wait for things to commence.

((and Tallulah is recovering so won't be making an appearance))


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Akutan saw his, presumably, ex-adoptive sister among those gathering to further explore the caves he and Kyra had found by accident. First time in so long. A niggling in his gut warned him to keep his distance...and to say nothing to her at all. While he hated the idea that he was doing so out of cowardice, the Maelstrom trusted his instincts more than he did most wolves and thus knew he was the exact opposite. Peace was something long denied him and he was going to work for that peace moving forward. He was going to earn it one way or another. While he was confident Aylie wouldn't dare try to start trouble with him while others were around (indeed, she was probably going to ignore him right back), Akutan just retreated in his old familiar shell as was habit in order to protect himself.

He nodded in greeting to Alana. Thinking about what lay in that cave brought about a startling revelation to him. It was in that place that it seemed the last remnants of his old grievances had finally been put down. It was like the serenity of the cave had soothed his soul, which had been bleeding out for so long, and he felt a spiritual awakening. Topside, the wind felt even more alive and it felt like his ancestors really were walking with him. With that realization came the equally startling conclusion that it no longer mattered what Aylie could or would do if she decided to start something. Again, he didn't think she would but in the off-chance she did, Akutan felt like she no longer had any power to get a rise out of him whatsoever. She was a ghost, he realized...a ghost left behind in the old forest that just happened to turn into a vengeful spirit but still lacked any power to do a damn thing to him or the clan. A calm had since settled over him as he closed his pale greens. No...she could do nothing to him. Even if she tore his throat out, she still couldn't touch him. Couldn't break him, as he suspected she wanted to for a long time. 

In the end, his revitalized soul was infinitely stronger than she ever could be. Doubtless, she wanted the family that failed her to suffer as she had. However, such things were doomed to fail. Byakko was old and his eyes were focused entirely on his own end. He no longer cared about the past because it was as dead as he was going to be very soon now. Akutan had come into new inner strength and he could say with confidence that he couldn't be broken again. He had come through the fires of his many trials stronger than ever. With his anger now behind him and the future he would build with Kyra before him...what the hell could Aylie possibly do? Just like that, she was rendered a non-threat completely. Just an empty void groaning at injustices both real and imagined. A void content with hanging onto the past. Akutan knew that all too well because he had let the past rule him for so long. She could take her best shot...and still fail. Sarajevo was the only one who wouldn't survive Aylie. Her kind soul came at a potentially fatal price: she could be killed emotionally and mentally if she was attacked viciously enough. She would never recover because she was the Heart of the Clan. But even if the Heart was attacked and killed, the Clan would survive and justice for the slain Heart would be served.
 
With his thoughts now set in stone and ready to focus on the present, Akutan came up to Alana's side. "I should tell you, Lady Alana...that this was the place where I found Kyra buried alive. After I pulled her free, I had noticed we were in the cave and we went in a bit further to explore just a little. I apologize if that was unwise but we didn't venture in too far. I feel it's worth noting that what we're about to see...will probably change our lives for the better. It's...beautiful...and if you know me, I don't say such things lightly." he said. In hindsight, it probably had been unwise for just him and Kyra to have gone in without backup but any creature will tell you that stress and excitement don't lend themselves well to smart thinking. Akutan personally didn't think it was too huge a deal but whatever Alana would say, he would take in stride because he couldn't be made to regret it at all. Not with what he had seen and what he had come to feel afterward. Of the many things he wished he could take back, this could never be one of them.


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Despite her reservations, despite her somewhat lacking memory, and in spite of all common sense, Raka found her pawsteps leading her towards the howl that summoned the pack. Who's howls was it again? Oh yeah, the alphess. Couldn't remember the name, could not even quite recall the look of the wolf but she felt sure she might recognise her by smell alone. Since her arrival back in Nardir her memory had gotten better in small spurts. And of course it helped that she was a lot calmer - much better than the broken, aggressive, confused wolfess she had been when she had last left the pack .. and the love of her life.

The old wolfess sighed as a small smile graced her forbidding facial features. Byakko had also grown old, but at least they were now together and could face the sunset of their time with each other, safe in a pack. Safe. Hmf. Not so much anymore. An earthquake had shattered the peace. Raka grimaced. Great of all the things she wanted to remember, this she did clearly. She would never forget the look on her daughter's face - what was her name again? White one? nevermind - the look on her face with her pups scared and panicky at her feet. If anything had happened to them...but it had not. She had to keep reminding herself, keep the nightmarish fancies at bay.

Oh wait, here she was. For a moment she paused, her pearlescent eyes scanning the trio in front of her: nope not one of them seemed familiar. Oh why had she not come here with Byakko or Schimmah? The shoulder beneath the dence black fur tensed up, her face closing down into an unreadable mask. They are friendly, you are safe - she chanted to herself in the confines of her untrustworthy mind. Her nose whiffled from side to side as she took in their scents.

There - that one - the male - she knew him. Now his face registered, and though his name escaped her at least she could now categorise him as "safe". The other female, older - no recollection but by the way she carried herself and by scent she registered as alphess. The other one was just a female - uncategorised, for now. Raka moved closer slowly, catching the last of Grumpyface's words. Beautiful? And something that will change lives? Fleetingly a desperate hope filled her eyes. Maybe the caves were magic and might heal her? No don't be silly. Such puppish fancies for an old wolfess! Raka cleared her throat to announce her presence, and dipped her head in a bow to the alphess. Watching Grumpyface she positioned herself just behind his right shoulder, not too close - if he allowed her there she would stay, if not she would move away a little. He was the only one there that she knew (kind of) and would feel safer. She still did not trust herself completely, even though she had changed so much.
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After a short rest, Kyra had been prompted back to the dens of the clan. So she was no longer in the caves, she was also being tended by her father Hakan when he was able to break away from his duties.

Arik on the other hand, was resting in the open air after a full day of searching and digging and trying his best. He had at least some time to himself to recoup and grab a bite before taking his nap. He was lightly dozing when he heard the call from somewhere near Alana's den. It wasn't a panicked howl like he had heard throughout the day and it took a moment for him to register the meaning of the call. It was a curious call and he was ever the curious one.

Energized as the sun sank below the horizon, he stretched out large sore muscles and shook his dusty fur, marred from digging, and made his way to the meeting at a brisk and easy lope. His large size made quick work of the distance and he settled himself near the edge of the gathering. He would loom in the shadows watching with his soft green eyes. He saw the brown woman he had met on his journey today, she was quick, and smart. He had known Akutan since childhood, and gave them a nod if they paid him any attention, but otherwise Arik was keen to keep his distance and keep to the edge of the gathering.

He had noticed the strange gashes in the earth immediately after the shaking disaster. If his able body had not been needed to rescue and toil in the wake of the quake he would have been happily exploring the caves on his own. He certainly felt a pull to explore and discover the strangeness. Something deep and exciting was waiting for him, it was very much akin to the call he felt by The Mother when she was full faced and bare to the world.


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(This post was last modified: November 12, 2017, 11:30:54 PM by Sycon.)

Sycon,


And when you die
I won't be at your wake
No eulogy from me
Just a smile on my face

actions - “speech” - thoughts

A call sounded and while the big guy was still searching high and low for one of the three he was worried most about, the actual smart part of his mind told him to go. To follow. Sycon hadn't seen much of that blue cutie since he dropped her off with the Halos, even saw that blinsing yellow wolf and whatshisface there too. They seemed to ve getting along again. Ugh. More kids soon he was sure and bleh. Gross.

As Sycon strode on up to the party he saw Alana, he knew it'd been her call. Akutan was at her side and he grimaced. Ugh. Bitchboy was here. Greeeeeeat. Then his eyes seemed to light up when...

He
Saw
Her

“Well slap my ass and call me Sally....”

He chuckled, gliding right on over to Aylie, poor thing. He was probably the last wolf she wantwd to see. The massive male snickered as he made a move to brush up against the smaller girl's side. “Hows it hangin, Sugar? When the hell did you get let back in?” There was a rather jovial tone in his voice, had he missed her? Probably. She was there the day he was let in.

“Heya Queenie, are Puffin, Terebellum, and.... Kas... Is.. Is Kastra alright?” There was a strange sense of worry in his tone and the far more gentle way he spoke Kastra's name was probably disturbing to some.

Then Akutan spoke. Uuuuuugh. Sycon rolled his eyes. He glanced about at the group that had gathered and heaved a sigh. Greeeeat. This was just perfect. A whole bunch of lame wolves. Ugh. Ok... So exploring a glowing cave. Sure. Maybe he could bring Kas back here and show him. Wouldn't that be sweet.

“So uh.... Who goes first? I can if ya want!”

He looked to Alana with a wide grin. Yup, let the big bulldozer go first, least then if the floor fell in they would know it couldnt hold heavy weight champions. Of course there was a chance he'd end up getting stuck but... He couldn't pass up a chance to explore and mess with Akutan and Aylie.








ooc: Hehe. Im sorry Aylie and Akutan. Least you both know as a person I am harmless. XD


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(Ill edit this to his post table when i get home. Hehe. Im sorry Aylie and Akutan. Least you both know as a person i am harmless. XD)
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MERCEDES
paladin, paladin, where do you roam?
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There is a color
that shines through your skin
Like the moon on the wind
when I dare bear you in.
The night is full on behalf
of your evaded mask
And the rings round your eyes

We are stranger than earth
with her seasons misled,
stronger than her moods.
When our parts parted
she bled and bled and bled,
I wasn't thinking about you


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Mercy had been an absent part of Nardir. Her days were filled often with solitude, which the dark daughter didn't mind so much. It left her alone with her own thoughts, allowing for much introspection, endless days and nights of exploration. It made the royal child have a powerful grasp on who she truly was, and what she wanted from life. She had been running along the foot of the eastern mountains when the earthquake had struck, very literally shattering Nardir's foundations; it was shocking to see the world like that, to see how alive it truly was. Had they angered the earth beneath them somehow? What could they have possibly have done? It was foolish to believe the world had a motive for such a thing; much like sickness and death, there were no hidden reasons. Those things simply were - and things such as that, permanent hazards of their world, were things that Mercy could at least prepare for and do something about.

When she heard her mother's call, the hybrid struck out towards Lake Deepholm at breakneck speed. But something within her, upon seeing that growing crowd of Nardiri she did not know, had stopped the dark royal. It struck her then that she had no idea who these wolves were, their faces unfamiliar, scents just the same. Instead of joining the group and more importantly letting her parents know she was fine, Mercy turned and fled into Duskwood. That decision haunted her as Mercy nosed her way through the dark forest, head hanging low. A few things on her route had changed, some trees and rocks and slabs of earth displaced and toppled. The world was always changing, one way or another, she supposed. They had to change with it - adapt or die.

She had to change.

So it was that when her mother's second summoning howl came hours later after night had fallen, Mercy rose to meet it with steely resolve. The dark royal trotted at a steady pace to where the others were gathering, following fresh scents through the darkened territory. Here and there, there were strange lights softly glowing blue in the distance. As the hybrid approached, she could see that it was the lights - and where they came from - that was likely the point of this meeting. Mercy pushed forwards through the crowd to her mother, offering an apologetic smile and leaning in to give Alana a short embrace. Now was not really the time for such things, but she had missed her mom. Without saying anything (mostly because she had no idea what to say) the red-speckled royal curled her haunches beneath her and sat, bi-colored eyes drifting to the giant hole in the ground that seemed to lead down into the bowels of the earth.

“So uh.... Who goes first? I can if ya want!”

Teal and rose eyes inspected the neon-marked man, having picked up bits and pieces of his previous statements. He seemed pretty ready to go, fearless - she liked that. "I'll go," Mercy offered simply, offering a crooked grin to her mother. She herself was pretty interested in what was down there. A new place to explore, with potential to help Nardir grow and develop further, it was perfect. Now they just had to answer one big question: was it safe?
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just a few more days left if you want to be a part of this!



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    We'll sew clothes from the stem of our womb
    Oh, my sweet fairy the past is strong, strong
    Touch not my bosom for I'll not get far, far
    Color your cartography in your dreams of me
    Maps will not lie, will not lie, will not lie in me
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 The Dark Moon of Nardir                    ☿
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- Emilie Autumn



The pack gathered, old and new, slowly but surly. The wolves gathered around the opening of the tunnel, curious but cautious.  Murmured opinions and speculation whispered on the wind. The tunnel itself was dark, giving no indication of the glowing fungi that lay beneath. Just as Mercy decided that she would be the first to enter, there was a scraping and rustling sound coming from below. The sound increased, stones clacking in the underground. And then there was a glow, dim at first, but increasing in intensity as the sounds grew louder.  Suddenly, there was a streak of movement, and a figure lept from the mouth of the hole and back above ground.  Her brow was crowned with glowing spores, and as she shook, her coat released a cloud that glittered like starlight.  An entrance, if the Dark Moon did say so herself.  Aqua eyes shown brightly in the dim of night, and she flashed the pack a smile.

"Come now, are all of you going to stand about all night," She chided, her tail wagging. "Or will you be joining the expedition?"

She gazed at those assembled, catching Aylie's eye before spinning and leaping back down the tunnel.  At first she had been excited about Alana's plan to reveal her by having her go into the tunnels before the pack had assembled.  Merc had been known all her life as the Brave Princess, then the Brave Queen.  What was she now?  The Brave Parallax, she supposed, but somehow it lacked the same ring.  Still, she would lead them by example, rather than title.  So, descending bravely into the depths that the quake had unearthed, Mercury was the first to begin the exploration.  She had already been in Alana's main cavern, but now turned her attention to the serpentine passageways that ran from it at odd intervals.  Some were no more than alcoves, others narrowed into cracks and crevasses that ceased in solid stone.  More opened into additional caverns.  It was awe inspiring, and Mercury felt an enveloping comfort in the soft glow that was so like gentle moonlight.  Heedless of those who had not followed, she pressed forward with those who were likewise as brave to do so.



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(ooc: gonna be breaking the fourth wall a tad here in some parts. Hope that's OK in Nardir and, even if it isn't, Auklet don't care. No seriously, I'll edit the post if there's a problem.)

While some of his fellow "packmates" were legit sad or guilty that they had been absent or busy when it came to contributing to the pack's infrastructure. Auklet, on the other hand, could care less. He had no interest in doing anything of value for these wolves. Not because he was lazy - oh no - but because he simply had no respect for them. If it weren't for his brother's presence, he would have shrugged and left long ago. However, he could not desert Puffin, especially if he was being manipulated and led on by these beasts. For now, he had to play it cool. Be a snake in the grass. However, the occasional flares in his temper were to be expected.

He had been woken from a rather soothing dream by Alana's howl, so he was not in the best of moods.

Well, to be fair, he was never in the best of moods. Especially when surrounded by these savage, uncooperative wolves. He completely ignored those who were gathered, not even betraying a flicker of interest at those he was supposed to have recognised. Who cared either way? Certainly not him. Auklet was just attending this meeting so that he wouldn't appear lazy or inactive or whatever. He had just decided to pop in as a kind of 'hey i'm still here' sort of thing. For better or for worse. 

The wolves were gathered in front of what looked like a tunnel. Huh. A rather interesting display to a bunch of morons, he guessed. Several wolves immediately volunteered to explore first but Auklet decided to speak up once he detected a delightful source for his hostility. "Hold it!" he snapped, aiming his vitriol at Mercedes in particular. "Don't be such an idiot! You don't just go prancing into strange tunnels. What if there was a cave-in and you got buried? You'd be no use to anybody then. Just another dead wolf." 

Knowing that these wolves would probably lose their shit at him reprimanding one of their own, Auklet would merely step forward. "I used to watch humans explore tunnels like this back home," he admitted grudgingly. "They used to dig materials from them. I'll go first, to make sure it's safe."

After all, he did not wish any of these wolves to die needlessly. He was not that much of a dickwad. Besides, as a dog, he subconsciously wished to display how knowledgable he was.


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(This post was last modified: November 29, 2017, 04:37:49 PM by Vidar.)


VIDAR
WITH MOON DUST IN YOUR LUNGS, AND STARS IN YOUR HEARTS


Some distance away, Vidar paced restlessly.  He was grateful for peace, grateful to be home and under Nardiri sky. Yet he still felt restless. The bacchus was not a creature who liked to sit idle. He preferred a task, any task, to boredom. What was the idiom?  Idle hands are the devil's workshop? He wasn't so certain about all that, but he knew he was damn bored, and that he'd welcome the chance to do something productive. He was not yet tired enough to find sleep and the idea of lazing about until he was did not appeal.

His head cocked to one side as the howl met his ears, listening intently to the summons. Was that...the queen? He thought so. He needed no further encouragement than a royal summon. As far as Vidar was concerned, any friend of Julek's was a friend of his - and he respected Alana a great deal, even if the two were not closely acquainted. Vidar didn’t hesitate for long, turning an about face and trotting toward the sound.

When he arrived he glanced over the assembled, suddenly poignantly aware of how... reclusive he had become. Did he know any of these people save Alana herself? He did not think so. Despite that, his steps did not falter as he drew closer, brow furrowing as he inspected the strange hole the Queen stood before with curious bright blue eyes.

What a strange thing... the glow was like nothing he’d seen before and it seemed to stretch on interminably. He frowned at it dourly, as if that might intimidate it into closing back up.

He stepped a bit closer, sliding in alongside two strangers and dipping his head in a nod of deference to Alana. The big bacchus paid little mind to the banter around him, instead playing the part of a stoic statue until he was issued an order. Auklet’s imperious tone earned a stern frown and glance from Vidar, but only for a moment before he decided that it wasn’t worth his attention. Instead, his gaze flicked back to Alana.

“What would you have me do?” His voice was deep and sonorous. Direct and to the point - he was not much for small talk.





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I can see where they’re dawning
Over the sea
My father said what I had become
No-one should be

Outside I look lived in
Like the bones in a shrine
How am I forgiven?
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The earthquake had really...shaken things up. But they'd done their headcount and sent out parties for missing persons. Kestrel was fine, as were the monarchs, and Alue. There were others he meant to check in with, but he needed rest. Several of his nails had cracked and broken from the ferocious digging he'd done, and though Kestrel had concocted a topical coagulant for him to apply every time he scraped a scab, he still could benefit from staying off his paws for a little while. Like, say, a few hours. Yeah, he could do that! And then nothing would keep him down! Except Kestrel, if she thought he still needed more rest.

In the dead of night, a familiar howl jolted him into wakefulness. Alana! He touched his nose to Kestrel's sleeping form before rising and padding out. His queen didn't sound alarmed, or hurt, but this was such a strange time for a summons that he couldn't help but feel concerned. He set off immediately, following the familiar trails through the woods almost by heart. There was barely light to see by; a new moon tonight, by the look of it. But he knew these woods, and he could picture the general area from which his queen's call had come. Minutes ticked by as he made his way through the forest until finally he made out the voices of others through the trees.

"It's...beautiful...and if you know me, I don't say such things lightly."

He counted heads, looking for familiar faces. Alana, Aylie, Akutan, an older black wolf he hadn't met yet, Sycon, Mercy, ...Auklet. Puffin almost laughed, but he bit it back behind a giddy face as he stepped up and gave Sycon a friendly nudge before turning to take his place next to Alana. He inspected the opening from above, eyes widening as he realized the extent of it. He raised his eyebrows in surprise as Mercury leapt out, gave her pelt a shake, and invited the rest of the pack to explore with her. "Well, as long as we explore in groups--" he began, before Auklet's voice cut through.

He looked up and fixed his brother with a cockeyed smile, and waited for him to finish. "As long as you take your exploring buddy with you, brother dear," Puffin replied, his tone rife with mischief. His gaze shifted to Sycon. "Why don't you and Sycon pair up?" He smiled sweetly. A volatile pairing, but more than a match for each other, he thought.


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After the earthquake, he'd scoured the rest of the valley looking for missing or hurt packmates. It appeared towards the evening that everyone left to be accounted for had been found, but he put the long hours in regardless. Tracking the fault lines, adding the effected areas to his memory. What had changed? What pieces of landscape now took a different shape? He'd heard even some of their streams curved in new ways now. By the time Alana's howl went up, he'd only been asleep an hour, having worked well into the night. His muscles complained as he rose to his paws, but he marched on into the night, worried. What had happened? What was wrong?

The worry deepened as he saw the gathered pack. He picked out wolves he knew, nodded to Alana lit from beneath by something growing in a newly opened cave below, and took up a tentative position by his uncle, Vidar. The others spoke of exploring, and the dark-furred copy of his mother leapt out of the cave to chide the group for not diving into exploration. His brow furrowed. He rolled his eyes at Sycon, but looked sharply at the black and white dog that admonished his sister, his expression a match for his uncle's.

“What would you have me do?”

He glanced up at Vidar before nodding to his mother. "Put me where you need me. I'm ready for anything." He wondered where Anika was. Heck, he wouldn't be surprised if she was already down below. It worried him that he didn't know where Terebellum was, however. Kastra was around, he knew, but his sister hadn't been seen in some time. He hoped she was okay. His gaze wandered to Mercy, whom he knew barely at all. He needed to do better. Perhaps he should seek her out, when this was done. Get to know her better. Get to know all of them better.


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Something woke him - a shift. Cold air where warmth had just been. The Bacchus turned his head, blinking one sleepy eye towards his mate.

Except she wasn't there. Instead, the den was empty save for him. His eye widened as he rose to his feed, shaking off debris and dirt as he followed her scent. He found her soon enough, standing over a massive crack in the earth that led into a deep, glowing tunnel. She vanished into it and his heart filled with panic and he hurried on after her, slowing considerably as he approached the tunnel itself and recognized the hazards of the collapse. He scoured the shadows with his only remaining eye, spotting her as her moon-lit body scrambled back out of the shadows.

He nearly melted with relief and moved towards her, his own form coming out of the shadows just as she lifted her head to call to their pack. As her howl ended, he reached her and pressed a nose against her shoulder - affectionately and lovingly. Moon. It was a signal to show her that he was there with her, supporting her - no matter what this tunnel brought. She was his Moon. He moved off, though, to investigate the entrance, carefully picking his way around the hole to rest in the shadows and observe the wolves who approached.

He was Alana's iron golem, watching silently as she greeted those who came to her call.

The first to arrive was Ayliyra, who had returned not long ago and had apparently stuck to the mysteriously-returned Mercury like a sick puppy high off of glue. Or something. Julek hadn't witnessed it for himself so all he knew was what he'd been told, which, granted, was not a lot. If she spotted him among the brush, he would give a slight nod. Just because they'd had issues in the past and he'd exiled her didn't mean he couldn't be civil.

He offered the same to Akutan when the other male appeared. Although he had had his own quarrels with the clan the male was from, that was long forgotten - almost literally. He had once taken them as an almost-threat, but now he didn't much mind, as long as they kept in line. The most interesting thing about this was that there was animosity between Ayliyra and Akutan - animosity that Julek had no clue anything about. If he had noticed the male ignoring the recently returned female, Julek said nothing. He listened to the other speak to his queen and nodded thoughtfully to the statements.

An older female appeared soon after, one Julek had not yet met but recognized the ambient scent of. She seemed confused and Julek watched her with interest, even as she scanned the gathered few and made her way to stand behind Akutan. If she greeted him, he would do so in return to her - a silent nod.

Another male joined - one who had the king's height but nothing of his weight. Another unknown name, but given a nod just the same. He found himself curious of the moon-shaped marking on the male's side, but turned his attention elsewhere - to Sycon as he arrived. The male had always been loud and somewhat obnoxious, so that was nothing new. The king watched calmly as he sidled up to Ayliyra, chatting her up in an odd way.

But then someone much more important to him arrived. His own flesh and blood - Mercy, he said softly, just loud enough for her to hear from where she was getting ready to sit by Alana. He slid from the shadows and approached her, pressing his nose into her shoulder if she would let him, before turning and circling back to stand beside his mate.

A noise - movement. Julek's eye crossed the clearing to focus on the hole again and spotted his mate's sister atop the rubble. He watched her silently, noticing the stunning similarities between the sisters and even too between aunt and daughter. She chided the others for waiting before rushing back into the hole. Huh. His attention was immediately drawn to the black and white dog Auklet - brother to his brother-in-arms, Puffin. He listened intently as the dog told Mercury off for rushing in foolishly, though decided that Alana would be more suited to defend her sister if that was what she decided to do. What materials? he asked, breaking his silence. They'd never really used things dug up from the earth, at least not in his knowledge, so this was something he wanted to know, regardless of how the show of brawn was taken.

Ah! A brother in blood as well as in arms! Vidar appeared and Julek gave a bow of his head, slightly deeper than he'd given to the others. Vidar had been his cohort and ally since they were very young, back in their home pack of Bacchus. Therefore, he trusted Vidar more than anyone here, save Alana - and perhaps Puffin, who appeared now and with Becrux not far after. Becrux, he greeted with a nod, careful to not appear to be offering favourites to any of his children. While he'd never been sure of his parentage, his pups were sure of theirs and he wanted to make the most of that. Still, he couldn't help be proud of his son. While none of his second litter had really caught his attention thus far (he'd been away most of their lives so he wasn't blaming them), his older three had all been good in their own rights.




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A N I K A,

I know I've been off the road, but I promise I'll be back

The quakes subsided and slowly, the moonlight kingdom began to heal. Today, Alana rallied her people to one of the gaping wounds that had been left in Nardir's surface. In the days following the earthquake, Anika became accustomed to seeing irregularities in the earth, divots broke open, shifts in spaces she once had memorized, but this particular gash had a remarkable pull. From the outside, Anika glimpsed glittering rows of bright blue, illuminating the crags and crevices of the recess like a constellation sprouting from the stone. Anika squinted, perplexed -- and realized with a jolt of wonderment that they were mushrooms. She lived in Nardir for almost a year and she had no idea that something like those mushrooms existed there.

A great many Nardiri were already present when she arrived. Anika was pleased to notice one of her Mantles, Becrux, who she regarded with a nod. (The Centaurus was hard to read, but maybe he would notice the twinge of approval directed towards him. Good for you, Becrux.) The titanic one-eyed king who had returned to them after so long in hiding. Aylie and Mercury, who she helped bring home, both offering initiative as volunteers in this new venture. Mercury felt adrift in the reformed Nardir; maybe providing assistance could help reaffirm her value if not in Alana's eyes, but her own.

Anika issued a disapproving snort at the disrespect that Auklet showed for the ex-queen, but her superior, Puffin, allowed the trespass to slide. She didn't begrudge him for that decision since he decided to pair him with Sycon. Anika didn't know Sycon, but based on that telltale, contemplative pause interrupting Puffin's tone, she assumed that he had a strategy in mind. Anika trudged past Auklet - pointedly exuding an air of unaffected disdain that alleviated only when she passed him - and for the entrance, standing beside Becrux. Though she was unimpressed by Auklet's tone, he did have a point. They were venturing into a potential livewire of tectonic activity. Besides the apparent dangers that came with entering a dark and uninviting cave, Anika knew that the earthquake had to have dislodged and rearranged many of the passages they would have to explore. If there was a cave-in, the consequences for all of them could be disastrous.

She swallowed her speculation. They needed decisive action and thorough planning, not another pessimistic voice. "I'm willing to do whatever you need me to," Anika told the ruling triad, straight and to the point. "Are we assigning teams?"


ooc: sorry about the garbage post, everyone!! i just really wanted to participate in this thread ;A;



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alrighty, this is officially closed! i'll reply soon so we can get this moving



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