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Dawn came early as it usually did this time of year. Mornings were growing earlier and earlier and the sun refused to set until the last possible moment. It was this time of year when the world became hot and dry, and relief was nowhere to be found. The trees had begun to lose their buds as fully fledged leaves took their place, offering as much shade as they could while they still came in to their own. This particular morning was warmer than usual but not blistering; a breeze that still clung to the chill of spring and winter was blowing through the world in an attempt to remind everyone that soon enough it would be back to kiss the land once more and leave it a frozen wonderland. Yet as the early dawn grew to late morning, it was clear that something unusual was buzzing in the air.

It may have been the time of year, it may have been the bugs coming out to stretch their tiny wings for the first time in three months, or it may have been the stench of blood that lingered in the lands that a young pup had once called home. He wasn't sure of what had happened, but as a lost boy Angus was all too familiar with how crazy the wilds could be. Still pressing ever on to find his family, Ivaylo, and this so called pack called Gemini, the pup had wandered through wilderness and wilds in hopes of finding 'The Path' that would lead him home (at least, this was the direction he was given from a very good friend who had promised he would meet him in Gemini some day soon) to the pack that he had so desperately ached to find. Yet as the days from his departure with Hyperion grew to a week, Angus was sure that he would never truly find this place called home.

"Here's what I propose we do; you tell me as much as you can about Gemini and this stranger you met, and I'll decide our next course of action depending on what you know already. And then--- we eat something. Because god dammit, I'm starving. [...] It's not worth our efforts to find this man Hyperion when he could have very well returned home by now. Maybe when we get there you'll see him and tell him how you made it there aaaaalll by yourself. Don't worry, I'll still secretly take most of the credit. We'll set out as soon as dawn breaks."

Those words stuck with Angus as he crawled through a thicket of brush a few days back when it all started. His heart ached to see Ivaylo again; to tell her that he had found Hyperion and that Hyperion showed him the way to Gemini. He was on his way, albeit still wandering the wilds of the neutral territories. As he climbed over a fallen log, he'd heard shouts in the distance. Wolves; there were many of them and they had begun to fight...directly across the path he was walking. The pup kept low as he listened to them screaming at each other, though he was unable to hear everything going on. As he'd made his way around the fight, the stench of blood wafted in to his nose- it was strong, sickly and smelled of copper. The pup had lost it there, too terrified to continue on the path he was headed down and turned sharply, running further east than he had intended to. His tiny heart had pounded in his chest as the stench only grew; the voices too, it seemed, never truly faded from his mind.

"If you want to make it to Gemini and find your family, wherever that is, you must protect yourself. It will all mean nothing if you're dead. Do you understand?"

Once more Ivaylo's words pounded in to his head as he found himself pushing with everything he had to escape the area that had swallowed him whole. He ran straight through the night, and the following morning- Angus kept running for as long as his little legs and body could carry him. If he had stopped to count, the pup had run for two days straight before stopping, but honestly, who was counting? When Angus did stop, however, night had fallen once more and the pup stood trembling, his chest heaving as he gulped in any air that found its way in to his nostrils and his mouth. Angus licked his lips- they were dry, as was his mouth, but the stench of blood had faded drastically in to the background. With a pain in his stomach from not eating and exhaustion kicking in, the pup settled beneath a rocky alcove for the night. Here, he thought, he would be safe to rest.

But dawn came early as it usually did this time of year. Mornings were growing earlier and earlier and the sun refused to set until the last possible moment. It was this time of year when the world became hot and dry, and relief was nowhere to be found. The trees had begun to lose their buds as fully fledged leaves took their place, offering as much shade as they could while they still came in to their own. This particular morning was warmer than usual but not blistering; a breeze that still clung to the chill of spring and winter was blowing through the world in an attempt to remind everyone that soon enough it would be back to kiss the land once more and leave it a frozen wonderland. Yet as the early dawn grew to late morning, it was clear that something unusual was buzzing in the air. Angus awoke to the sound of soft chatter far away and the stench of blood. With tired eyes he yawned and stretched, inhaling a deep breath of early summer air and copper. His eyes shot immediately awake and he was climbing out from the rocky alcove that he had spent the night under. The pup blinked and squinted as his eyes adjusted to the light; blood filled the air but not as terribly as it once had some days ago. Angus looked around, unable to find a source, and the pup huffed softly. He was safe, for now.

With another yawn and a stretch, the pup turned and sat down to scratch his ear. If he was safe, then he would rest here for a day and continue on to Gemini tomorrow. Yet as he lifted his hind leg to scratch, the pup couldn't help but take in the giant stone wall in front of him. His foot lowered and he rose up to all fours as he stared, marveling at its size and beauty. This...this was something new.

"Remember what I said, though-Family important... Be... smart... Save me a leg... would ya?"

Angus gave a small whine as his brain went back once more to Ivaylo. He shifted on both paws anxiously for a moment, looking around to either side of the wall. If he smelled blood, then there must have been someone else around, right?

"Hello?" he called out in a small voice, unsure if he was doing the right thing or not. Be smart, Ivaylo had said. Was this smart?

"H, Hell, Hello? Hello? I'm, I'm looking, I'm looking for Gemini! Hello?"






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Once upon a time there was a boy who made a terrible mistake that caused a lot of death and the consequences that followed came for him in the form of teeth. He ran, thinking it the only way to protect himself and his people. He must never speak of the horrors he wrought, he must never let his façade slip, because the only protection he had from those hunters were people who believed in his inherent good. The hunters caught him once in a swamp, but he managed to slip away and stumble into the borders of a budding kingdom of refugees just like him. That was the same day he befriended the prince and the prince saved him, even if he never really knew it, but the boy would never get to repay the favor.

Gaven promised he would make it worth their time, but he didn’t much like this story. The boy wasn’t a hero, as badly as he wanted to be, and Gaven suspected this story was going to be sad.

When he saw a small, russet form sitting gawking at the wall the memories flooded back and stopped him in his tracks. It was difficult to think about when he imagined that boy was anyone other than himself but tackling the realization that he was recounting memories of real things that happened to him was even harder. In this situation was the child sitting at the stone wall, questioning it with a quavering voice like the prince in Gaven’s story? No. It didn’t have to be like that.

"H, Hell, Hello? Hello? I'm, I'm looking, I'm looking for Gemini! Hello?"

Gaven closed enough space between them that he could be easily heard. He wasn’t trying to purposely startle the puppy (though maybe that didn’t matter). The Starreaver didn’t recognize the child and had he not said that exact question to the open air Gaven may not have known any better. He wouldn’t get an earful about how he was trespassing. He was a child and, with no one accompanying him, was clearly on the wrong side of the wall. Gaven scuffed the grass with his feet to announce his presence.

Today is your lucky day,” the Starreaver chirped. “You’re here, in Gemini, standing on its soil. Though you seem to be alone, kiddo? Well. You were alone. Now I’m here and that is a clear improvement on any situation. I can keep you safe.

The prince once told the boy he looked ‘remarkably harmless’. The boy wished that were true.

Gaven nodded towards the wall, “I have a thought that you’re here looking for other wolves, despite how incredibly charming and adorable I am. I can bring you to them and we can get food in your belly and a safe place to rest, how does that sound?

Because the one thing Gaven could do right was not leave a kid out here near the morbid bone-decorated wall for whatever hunters might follow him into the lowlands. Gaven had no intention of letting tragedy unfold onto this child under his watch, but he was polite enough to not hoist him in his arms without his explicit permission (though the temptation was strong). Maybe they could work there way up to that. He did once have a job as a professional puppy steed.

Some days it was hard to forget about his prince.

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The silence fell from Angus's lips as he called out to the wall and the hole near him, his ears drooping low as the world became quiet once more. Maybe...maybe there wasn't anyone here after all. He stood outside and shifted on his paws for a moment before turning around and letting out a short whine. If this wasn't Gemini then...where was it?

Today is your lucky day. You’re here, in Gemini, standing on its soil. Though you seem to be alone, kiddo? Well. You were alone. Now I’m here and that is a clear improvement on any situation. I can keep you safe.”

The voice sliced through the silence and Angus's soft whimpering, causing the pup to turn instantly on a heel. Yet as the pup looked around he saw no one until he looked up. Standing before him stood...this...thing. He had no idea what it was, but the pup began to back away slowly at first, his eyes widening with terror. What was this naked, furless creature?! What...what was with it's ears? It's face? Why was it so incredibly disfigured and not like him?

Angus's voice hitched in his throat as he tried to stammer a response but only found himself backing away even slower. This couldn't have been Gemini. Gemini was supposed to be full of wolves! This, this creature was certainly not a wolf; it was a monster. The pup turned and began to run back towards the alcove a few feet away in hopes of cowering back under the safety of the rock until this creature thing passed and ignored him.

"I have a thought that you’re here looking for other wolves, despite how incredibly charming and adorable I am. I can bring you to them and we can get food in your belly and a safe place to rest, how does that sound?"

The voice rang out again and Angus felt his heart in his chest. Could this...did this creature read the minds of wolves?! Did this creature know what he was thinking? No, no that couldn't be right; not logically anyway. Angus took in a deep breath as he tried to steady himself and overcome his terror of this bipedal monster, slowly crawling back out from the small alcove and looking at Gaven with a look of unease.

"How, how, how, how do you know my language?" he asked slowly, his little fur still bristling as he took a step forward cautiously. "Where are, where are the other, where are the other wolves? "

Step by step Angus inched closer, his ears lowering and perking back up again as he sized Gaven up. He stopped about two feet away and watched him carefully.

"Hyperion, Hyperion sent me to Gemini. I'm, I'm looking, I'm looking for my family. They might be here." The pup's heart was in his throat now as he stared down Gaven, his face never faltering in the unease of not knowing who or what kind of animal Gaven was. He didn't like not knowing, and he hated even more being scared of something he knew nothing about.

Angus's tail tucked between his legs as he took another few steps forward. "How do I know, how do I know you aren't going to eat me..?"





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He put all somber thoughts from his mind then. He needed to be here now, not ruminating on sad stories. Misery had never gained him a single thing and he took that lesson to heart.

Heh. Try not to be so afraid. I promise I won’t hurt you.

The boy’s discomfort at the sight of Gaven was obvious; the russet-coated pup was visibly reeling, trembling, and slinking away from contact with the elven man. Gaven was left to believe he was of a nervous demeanor or was unfortunately another soul who had been tormented by humans and mistook Gaven for one of them. It seemed unlikely that the child was this sheltered to have never seen an animal different from him. Either way, Gaven kept his voice friendly and soft, staying where he was instead of approaching so the pup would not be under any increased pressure to run away- or bite him. He liked to think he was good with children, but he would have to test that theory today.

"How, how, how, how do you know my language? Where are, where are the other, where are the other wolves?”

I was taught it…or was I?” his eyes narrowed thoughtfully, losing focus for a moment as he rubbed his chin. “How do you know I’m speaking your language and you’re not speaking mine? Anyway, the wolves are everywhere. Gemini is a kingdom of wolves. You just had the misfortune of being stumbled upon by me first, the one lonely freak left in this place. I move around a lot within the pack borders.

The pup dared to approach, waves of fear beginning to subside in him as he apparently began to slowly adjust to (what Gaven assumed was) the elf’s hideous appearance. Gaven in turn merely leaned on his polearm and stared back at him with large, curious eyes. At least the child was respectful enough to not sniff his butt like other Kingly children once had, though Gaven supposed that situation was significantly more awkward for himself than it was for any canine.

I don’t know who Hyperion is, but they must know their stuff. Not sure which your family might be either. There are a lot of wolves here. I don’t know them all,” Gaven admitted. “Maybe I could help you look.

"How do I know, how do I know you aren't going to eat me..?”

How do I know you aren’t going to eat me?” Gaven volleyed the question back. “I kill what I eat before I eat it. You wolves don’t always do the same. I’ve seen your kind hunt. Since you’re still standing here speaking to me, I suppose that means you’re safe from my hunger? Anyway, what is your name, pup? I can’t eat you if I have that. It’s a finicky elven thing; weird to eat what you name, you know?

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"Heh. Try not to be so afraid. I promise I won’t hurt you."

Although Angus's limbs fought his fight or flight reflex, there was something in this creatures voice that had calmed him considerably. Perhaps it was his tone? Or perhaps it was how this being dared not approach him and let the pup slowly advance instead. In the end, Angus's heart slowly returned to normal as he heard this being out.


"How do you know I’m speaking your language and you’re not speaking mine? Anyway, the wolves are everywhere. Gemini is a kingdom of wolves. You just had the misfortune of being stumbled upon by me first, the one lonely freak left in this place. I move around a lot within the pack borders.”

At this, Angus paused and the cogs in his brain began to turn a little faster now. The pup eyed the being in front of him and scrunched up his nose. That...that couldn't have been possible, could it? The pup huffed softly but remained quiet, his own self growing more curious by the second. What, no, who was this?



"I don’t know who Hyperion is, but they must know their stuff. Not sure which your family might be either. There are a lot of wolves here. I don’t know them all. Maybe I could help you look.”

The pup blinked several times as he felt his heart sinking in to his stomach. This being didn't know who Hyperion was- Ivaylo told Angus not to trust Hyperion, but yet Hyperion knew the way to the pack...Angus's heart sat in his stomach but he did his best to keep this beings latter half in the front of his mind. It wasn't necessarily that Hyperion wasn't apart of Gemini; but this bipedal creature had just never met him before. It was...a stretch for Angus to believe considering how well versed this creature was with Gemini but he supposed anything could have been possible. The curiosity began to grow even more as he bravely took a few more steps towards the other, his ears now perked and his head turned to the side. The pup closed the distance as the other spoke again.


"How do I know you aren’t going to eat me? I kill what I eat before I eat it. You wolves don’t always do the same. I’ve seen your kind hunt. Since you’re still standing here speaking to me, I suppose that means you’re safe from my hunger? Anyway, what is your name, pup? I can’t eat you if I have that. It’s a finicky elven thing; weird to eat what you name, you know?”

Fair point.

As Angus looked up to the elf his face contorted once more. There were, oh god there were so many questions now. The fear had all but left his tiny body, and the curiosity had well taken over. Perhaps Angus was gullible in trusting this elf; a creature he had never seen before in his days, or maybe he was smart in trusting in one who knew so much about everything.

"That's fair." He said as a sudden wave of intrigue came over him.

"What's...an Elven. Is that what you are?" The pup's voice was soft but still loud enough to hear; he wasn't excited but he was extremely intrigued by all of these new things and ideas that began forming in his head. He would do his best to keep his mouth shut if he could, but the words only began to spew from him like a waterfall.

"Did we come from Elvens? Or are Elvens a form of wolf? How did you learn to stand on two legs?" His nose sniffed the air as he took in Gaven's scent and the pup began to further close the distance between them, sniffing his legs before walking around Gaven and looking back up at him. "Where is your fur? And tail? How did you come here? How old do Elvens get? Have you been here for a long time? Or are you also new like me?" Angus stopped only as he returned to the place he'd initially stood after closing the distance between him and Gaven and sat down. The pups eyes held Gaven's form as they sparkled with even more curiosity. "You said you don't know all the wolves here but do you watch the rock wall? Have you seen a wolf named Ivaylo? She's my friend but I left her to find Hyperion and she was also looking for Gemini." At this, the pup looked away, his face growing a bit sadder.

Oh! The Elven had asked his name, hadn't he? How rude.


"My name, my name is Angus! What's your name?"

His stomach growled and Angus's ears instantly lowered to his head. He'd almost forgotten that it had been some days since he'd last eaten. Didn't...didn't this Elven say that there was food? Angus's tail gave a little wag as he looked up at this curious elf with amazement now.

"You wouldn't, you wouldn't happen to know where I could find some food....would you?"







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The morning sun shining radiant and vibrant in the vast pale blue expanse above went unappreciated by the dark figure currently walking across the golden fields of the lowlands. The droning chorus of bugs and the sound of dry grass breaking under the rangers paws as he moved forward with his patrol were the only things that seemed to  thrive in this blazing heat. Aside from the small gnats that constantly assaulted his nose and eyes. He had tried to rid himself of their presence but with each shake of his head it seemed that even more of them flocked around him. So far, from what he could see in the moments where the insects dispersed, he had not noticed anything out of order along his route but the tiny insects were not making his job any easier. In fact one might argue that the rangers performance was being hindered by the horde of bugs but Necros was not one to let such things effect his duties as a ranger. His flaming amber eyes attentively scanned the expanse around him for the slightest movement or sign of something amiss. Necros was duty driven and hated doing anything only halfway it just didn't sit right with the fringe wolf. The day he half-assed something would be the day that pigs flew. 

After some time had passed Necros caught a scent in the air...no...not one but two scents. One scent smelled of geminis highlands, clearly marking them as a pack member; as for the other scent. It held traces of geminis lowlands but there was an earthy scent of dirt and pines that overpowered it and told the ranger that they were a stranger to this land. Someone really needed to rescent the border markers.  The beast made his way towards the scents ears forward and eyes alert for he had no idea of what awaited him once he appeared. What he saw as he crested a small hill was not something he had been expecting. Two figures stood ahead of the dark fringe wolf. One was obviously a wolf pup but the other being was one Necros had never seen before. It stood on upright like a meerkat yet it had no fur, aside from the fur that was draped around his shoulders and the patch on his head. Very strange. Nonetheless the dark wolf approached the two.

"Hail my name is Necros, Ranger of Gemini," he stated as he was now close enough to see their features clearly and now was able to tell that the scent of gemini was coming off the two legged one, "do you need assistance," the wolf inquired as he looked up towards the strange being. The wolf had no intention of butting into a situation where he was not needed, after all he still had to carry out his patrol, but he could not just ignore the possibility that his help was needed.

It was then that his eyes landed on the small brown pup that appeared to have been alone. What were they doing here...no...how did they make it here? Did they have help? Where were their parents? Was he an orphan? So many questions that the wolf wanted to ask but he respectfully held his tongue as he awaited the others answer.






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Curiosity gradually replaced fear as the wolf pup took halting steps towards the Starreaver. Big emerald eyes watched carefully as the youngling approached, things whirring and turning behind them. Hesitance was intelligent, and inquisitiveness was an impending drew them swiftly to their doom, and no one could fight it. Today the Starreaver was much more dangerous than a small wolf puppy and he could easily lift the spear and end him quickly, but the threat only existed in potential. Gaven let himself be inspected by the pup, only watching quietly as the dark nose prodded gently at his legs, learning his scent.

Then the questions hit. A veritable waterfall of wordiness gushed from the pup, quick and unrelenting, and Gaven’s initial reaction was a widening of his eyes as he studied the little creature. He didn’t know if he could accurately track and answer all of those questions, but he would attempt to give an honest effort.

Yes. Well, I think we come from the same place, so in a way we are very similar. How did you learn to stand on four legs? I have some fur, you just can’t easily see it, but I have no tail except for those I take. I walked. Very old. I’ve been here for a few years, so I suppose you could call that a long time, and I’m not new,” Gaven seemed to be filling in a checklist with every answer to every question that burst out of the pup’s maw. “Sometimes I watch the rock wall, but this is not the border, and I have met a wolf named Ivaylo.

At this he lifted a hand to touch the bridge of his nose, “She has a brown stripe that runs down her back. I met her not long ago, but I haven’t seen her since.

Did he miss anything?

"My name, my name is Angus! What's your name?”

On cue, in an entirely unsurprising course of events, Gaven’s voice suddenly became comically loud as if announcing himself to a royal court, “I am Gaven, the Starreaver, Sabor and Lorekeeper of Gemini!” he boomed unapologetically before his voice eased back to normal speaking volume. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Angus.

Another wolf joined them, an older wolf, likely drawn in by Gaven’s almost-yelling of his many titles. It was almost too bad he hadn’t more to tack on there. He would have to work on it. Gaven couldn’t smell if he was a Gemini local the way the wolves could but he introduced himself by his title and it seemed legit. As he offered his assistance the pup’s stomach audibly rumbled and a tiny smirk tugged at Gaven’s features.

Someone is hungry. Let’s get some food,” Gaven said. “We’re not going to turn you out to the wilds and let you starve, don’t worry Angus.
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