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Astred Valfreyja Lilja
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Winter had begun to cast its shadow across the land and for that, the Lady of the Slain was grateful.  Gone were the vexing temperatures of summer, replaced by the frigid winds that the Guardian was so familiar with.  In the mountains of the Covenant and the ocean to the south, nothing felt so familiar to her homeland: the frozen fjords in which she had been birthed into.

She remembered living through three winters.  This would be the fourth.  The Lookout was serene and chilly during the time of day Astred found herself venturing into its depths.  Saying she was on patrol would have been a lie.  In all truth, the warrioress had wanted to visit the place which reminded her most of Sjóvatn with the smell of salt in the air and the sound of waves crashing against the shore.

It had been an entire season since the warrioress’s presence had graced Covenant lands and she was still getting used to being around those she had left.  That particular evening, Astred had left Damien in his alcove and was now seated rather close to the edge of the cliff that surrounded the water, her glacial eyes boring holes into the dark waters that churned below.


Jun 09, 2018 12:41 PM

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Dyani Gabriel Lucas
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The chilly wint smelled like seasalt here. Dyani had seen the sea only once in her life, when she and Ayani had first left home to look for Taho, but she could remember it still, so clearly as if to feel the droplets in her fur again. Now, gentle flurries fell from the sky, and Dyani knew that soon the white could cover everything.

Strands of dying sunlight broke through the edges of the Lookout. Dyani closed her eyes as she felt one hit her face. She remembered the last time she was there, too. She wondered, not for the first time, what had happened to those wolves.

There was another wolf there today, aside from her. Large, pelt dappled in browns and pale creams and whites. For a quiet moment, Dyani silently took the sight of the pretty stranger in. She ached for company, now that she had no brothers to stay with her. But should she bother the woman? The last thing she wanted was to find another unfriendly wolf.

She sighed inwardly.

“Hello, ma’am?”


Jun 09, 2018 12:52 PM — Post #1

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Claes Stephansson Quinn Staff
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Astred had returned. He’d caught her scent back in the basin and Anna had confirmed it. He’d been conflicted, in the beginning. About seeking her out. But when her scent trail crept from the basin towards the lookout, he’d followed.

At a distance, but still, he was there. Thoughts about demanding a continuation of the lessons they’d been promised flitted through his mind, but he didn’t need Astred to teach him. Papa could just as easily.

More so, he was curious why this wolf held his sisters fascination so wholly. Not many could say that, Claes knew, and it made him want to pick her apart. To find out what about her made Anna think she was so great.

Claes didn’t think she was anything special, but he couldn’t suppress the curiosity.

Astred’s scent led right to the edge of the lookout, but Claes didn’t approach entirely. He stood back, yellow eyes scrutinizing the pale figure on the edge. There were two wolves within sight, but Claes’ eyes didn’t flicker towards the timber wolf.

They remained steadfast, locked upon Astred.


Jun 09, 2018 12:57 PM — Post #2

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[ Edited: Jun 09, 2018 01:34 PM by Claes ]
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Course, being alone, even if only for the smallest amount of time, was too much to ask for.  Perhaps she wouldn’t have minded if it were Anna or Relic, but the voice that disturbed her thoughts was a strange feminine cusp in which she had never heard before.

Her teeth didn’t bare as they once might have, but instead her ears pricked, eyes averting from the sea towards the presence that had arrived.

A timber female, smaller than her.  Astred hadn’t seen this woman before and wondered for a moment if she had been recruited to the Covenant while she was gone.  But the girl hadn’t been seen at the meeting Relic held nor did she smell of the tribe itself.  Better to assume that the woman was a stranger.

Ma’am.  Not once in her life had anyone ever called her ‘ma’am’, though Astred was aware of the pleasantry.  She thought it too delicate—to feminine—to be used on her.  Still, though, she etched a polite smile onto her features and gave a flick of her tail in acknowledgement.

“Hello.”  Was the best she could offer in return.  One of two Starlights hovered in the background, but for now, Astred was unaware of his presence.


Jun 09, 2018 01:14 PM — Post #3

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The stranger smiled, and part of Dyani relaxed. As long as she wasn’t going to be yelled at or risk a fight, then it was fine. Then she didn’t mind. A single, gentle wave of her tail was send the the woman’s way, and Dyani offered a polite smile in return.

Dyani had never attempted to make conversation out of the blue before. She couldn’t say she was enjoying it in the slightest. She had said hello- now what did she do? Oh, gods.

Alright.

“Am I intruding?”


Jun 09, 2018 01:28 PM — Post #4

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It was inconvenient how often strangers showed up and shoved their noses in places they didn’t belong. Surely, the timber wolf would smell the pack scent both he and Astred carried. It should be enough to drive any rouge in the opposite direction, but no.

They always seemed to flock to pack scent, like stupid insects to a flame. Claes’ lip wrinkled, but only because he knew he would remain out of sight as long as he hung back. Astred hadn’t seemed to pick up on his presence yet, even, so he knew the timber wolf wouldn’t either.

He stood, watched. The two greeted each other and Claes let out a little sigh of impatience. Could the stranger leave, now? That’d be great.


Jun 09, 2018 01:40 PM — Post #5

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Astred Valfreyja Lilja
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In all honesty, Astred wasn’t exactly in the mood to converse.  Maybe if it had been someone she knew well, but when faced with the presence of a stranger, silence felt kore at home than all the words in all of the languages the Lady of the Slain was fluent in.

Am I intruding?

A shrug was given, though Astred’s face was anything but negative.  “No.”  So… was that it?  Could the female leave now?  She would have remained silent if her probing sense of responsibility urged her to at least ask the woman what she was doing so close to Covenant lands.

“What are you doing out here?”  Blunt, but not unkind.  Astred merely needed to confirm that the woman wasn’t a threat before she moved on.


Jun 09, 2018 01:47 PM — Post #6

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Out here?

Out implied there was an in, but Dyani had no in to be. She was just drifting, looking. Looking for what? Company. For her brothers.

It didn’t seem that she found any luck in either, no matter how hard she looked.

“I’m- just wandering.” Just passing through. Truly, the question caught her a little bit off guard. This was not claimed land. Should she not be there? How strange everything was lately.


Jun 09, 2018 01:55 PM — Post #7

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Claes was tired of waiting. Tired of this wolf wasting his time. He’d come out here for Astred, not to watch her chat up some stranger.

With a flick of his tail, Claes finally stepped forward, claws clacking against the stone. It would be impossible for either to remain oblivious of his presence now.

He still barely spared the wolf a glance. A brief observation of the timber wolf before his eyes settled on Astred, expression mostly disinterested. “Kanske borde hon vandra någon annanstans, tror du inte?

It was still a struggle to remember his manners, remember to be nicer. Another subtle shift of his gaze, a brief acknowledgement. He would give his name, maybe, if she gave hers. But until then, she didn’t deserve to know him.

/// I don’t like to include translations, but because google butchers this one Claes says - “Maybe she should wander somewhere else, don’t you think?”


Jun 09, 2018 02:10 PM — Post #8

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Astred Valfreyja Lilja
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I’m—just wandering.

Astred’s eyes roamed the face of the timber in front of her, seeking to determine if the woman spoke truth.  She could see nothing that pointed otherwise, however, and so the girl escaped her interrogation.

If she had not been so distracted by the stranger, perhaps Astred would have recognized the scent of another.  It wasn’t until Claes appeared that the Guardian realized he’d been waiting for some time.  Surely the woman could smell the pack scent on the both of them?  If not, Astred would do the courtesy of reminding her.

“These parts are awfully close to the Soulfire Covenant.  If you grow tired of wandering, I’m sure we could allow you a few days rest.”  Her invitation was friendly enough but not particularily encouraging.  With winter’s presence it would be hard enough for the Covenant to keep its existing members fed—plus the addition of the Hellmaw children and lingering guests—with Damien as their only hunter.

Kanske borde hon vandra någon annanstans, tror du inte?

An amused smile took over Astred’s features, if only for a second.  While she agreed with Claes, she would not say such a thing to the newcomer.

“Ja, men jag kan inte så bra säga det till henne, kan jag?”


Jun 09, 2018 04:41 PM — Post #9

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There was a puppy there.

Where Dyani came from, puppies did not speak in strange tongues. In fact, no one spoke in strange tongues- she could not understand a thing. And… frankly, that was not very nice. Every day, it seemed that she lost faith in contact less and less.

Dyani sighed inwardly.

If she were to search for a pack, it would be because she intended to join it, but this strange woman did not make it seem all that inviting. She was polite, though. Dyani glanced between her and the little boy as they exchanged their strange words.

“This is not pack land, is it?” she asked softly.


Jun 09, 2018 05:13 PM — Post #10

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It was hard to keep his expression neutral. Harder still, when Astred extended an invitation to the wolf - no matter how much she might not mean it. He was really tired of everyone doing that. Inviting in strangers and any ol riff raff they found out on the outskirts. But he couldn’t say anything, now could he? He’d been trying so hard to be more polite. Pleasant.

He noted the amusement that danced across Astred’s features at his words, almost flashed a grin of his own. His lips did quirk up when she replied. So Astred thought along the same lines as he did. He wished it wasn’t such a bad thing to tell rouges to get, but Relic wouldn’t like that. Momma either.

Claes just shrugged, moved to place himself close enough to the edge that he could look down and see the waves pummeling the cliff. “Ingen skulle veta det.”


Jun 09, 2018 06:16 PM — Post #11

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Astred eyed the woman as her glance become more… halfhearted.  While it wasn’t her problem to worry about the timber’s feelings, she couldn’t help but soften her glacial eyes.

Ingen skulle veta det.  She would have smiled again if not for taking tye stranger’s feelings into consideration.  She must have felt out of place.  So, in a hushed mutter, Astred gave one last response to Claes and allowed the aide of her mouth to quirk upwards.

“Väldigt sandt.”

From then on Astred would speak the common tongue until the stranger had left.  The question the woman asked next, though, caused Astred’s brow to raise.  Hadn’t she… just answered that question?  Mere moments ago?  She was pretty sure she had.  Still, for the sake of this strange woman she would repeat herself.

“It is not, though the land we find ourselves upon is sometimes patrolled by the members of our tribe.”  Namely her, and mostly to make sure no sketchy personas found themselves within breathing range of the Covenant.


Jun 09, 2018 07:17 PM — Post #12

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Okay.

Well. She was… visibly intruding, really. She wasn’t sure what had made her think this would be a good idea. So Dyani gave a soft nod, and slowly stepped back.

Not a good place for her, then.

“Thank you for the information,” she replied simply, and sending the dark pup a glance, turned to leave.

;; exit unless stopped uwu


Jun 10, 2018 05:04 PM — Post #13

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Claes’ ears twitched at the sound of paws stepping back - of a retreating body. Her words confirmed what Claes assumed but he didn’t look, just watched the waves, eyes narrowing. If he cared more about making good impressions on strangers outside of pack lands, he might have felt a bit of regret over the stranger leaving.

As it were, Claes’ only indication that he knew she was departing was the twitch of his ears. If she wanted more information about the pack, she could seek out the borders. Claes had come here with a purpose - vague as it may be. And the stranger had only been impeding his plans.

Lifting yellow eyes from the waves he eventually turned them towards Astred, brows furrowed. “Anna talar mycket om dig.” Always Astred this, Astred that. And when Astred did something Anna thought was cool or whatever? Well, Claes would roll his eyes and suffer through whatever story Anna had about how cool Astred was. “It’s annoying,” A grumble, accusatory - like it was Astred’s fault that Anna couldn’t shut up about her.


Jun 10, 2018 07:25 PM — Post #14

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Thank you for the information

As soon as the timber female arrived, she was gone.  Astred couldn’t say that she minded, though their interaction had certainly gone better than some in the past.  Lo and behold, the Lady of the Slain was improving.

Anna talar mycket om dig.  It’s annoying.

She watched the whelp, eyes unimpressed.  He sounded irritated—with her.  She was getting better at dealing with children.  But right now, with all of the thoughts swirling through her mind, she wasn’t exactly in the mood to deal with Claes.  She hadn’t forgotten the way he’d sunk his jaws into her paw because he couldn’t take a hit.

“What do you want me to say.”  Yes Claes, tell her.  Because she wasn’t going to deal with you having a stick up your ass for no damn reason.  Let him think she was a bitch.  Astred had too many things to worry about at the moment and childish squalors had no room in her mind.

No sooner did the monotonous words exit her mouth than Astred took a moment to compose herself, allowing her eyes to soften in the slightest.  She wanted to be able to coexist with Claes.  But his blinding anger was no longer appropriate in her mind.

The time had come where you could grow up or move on.


Jun 10, 2018 08:00 PM — Post #15

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