HE Lux goes into labor and calls for Igbo. The screams attract Kopec, who stands guard at the entrance of the den while the couple both mourn and celebrate. After two healthy pups, comes a stillborn who they decide to bury together. ("Honey, get the car!")
HE Scotch and Nima plot an attack against The Kingdom, but Igbo and Kiel oppose their decision. Things come to an explosive head when Nima admits to killing Idemoni. ("So Much to Consider")
HER Alexis returns to Hellmaw Empire, desperate to join. She is intercepted by Belarus, who had been ordered to keep her away. When she refuses to leave, he charged at her, hoping to chase her off. Instead, she asks for death and he gives it to her. ("A Second Try Couldn't Hurt?")
HE Nima goes searching for Idemoni, worried for the girl's well-being. Ide, miserable and starving, begs for death. When it becomes clear that there is no other way to help her, Nima consents to ease her suffering with a final act of swift mercy. ("Somewhere Deep Inside of These Bones, an Emptiness Began to Grow")
I. The Empress—
The ultimate authority of the pack. The Empress is responsible for overseeing the wellbeing of all packmembers and has the final say in all decisions. She is the only wolf who can deem a member Loyal.
II. The Loyal—
Wolves who have proven themselves to the Empress. They have authority over all Unproven, and may carry job titles related to their specific skills and what they can contribute to the pack. To be deemed Loyal, a wolf must pass a test as granted by the Empress.
III. The Unproven—
Wolves who are newly recruited to the pack or who have yet to earn the Empress's favor. These wolves are subordinates and may be ordered about and commanded as necessary by their superiors, but excessive cruelty or bullying within the pack is looked down upon by the Empress.
Values and inner workings
The Empire is a safe haven for those wolves who do not fit in at other packs, whether due to perceived weaknesses or appetites and ambitions that run counter to standard morality. Members are encouraged to nurture their strengths and interests, and will not be stopped from indulging in their darker habits unless it breaks pack law.
- Wolves are, above all, loyal to the Empress. Insubordination will not be tolerated.
- Wolves may not bring trouble upon the pack. Members are responsible for their own actions outside the pack and will not be shielded from the consequences.
- Internal disagreements should be settled between the wolves responsible, but the Empress's judgments are final.