The cure has been found! Wolves on Anikira are recovering from the disease and life is moving forward with the promise of pups in many packs. And yet darkness looms on the horizon, daring the creatures of Anikira to relax and allow themselves to get comfortable once more.
Within the territory of Nain lies a forest built primarily of stone, and within this maze of stone a caramel painted fae made her way about. A long, never ending breeze blew through the forest, sending a chill down the spines of those not accustom to its climate. The caramel coated fae had a long coat, but it was relatively thin, and so she too felt this chill. But she liked it. The chill kept her alert, aware of her surroundings. This was a new land to her after all.
It had been a good while since Tiriel had left her homeland, the Southern Isles. Tiriel tried not to think of it often, of the life she left behind and those left with it. Like her father, who had basically pushed her towards the tunnel and gave her no choice but to leave. She had been in such a rush Tiriel had not even had time to locate her sister, Irithya, or any of her other faction mates for that matter. She knew that some came through, as well as some from the other faction, but had not heard any specific names. A pang went off in her chest, the first sign of sadness that she felt towards being separated from her people. Perhaps it would have been best if they had stuck together.
But Tiriel had also found a lovely bunch of wolves here as well. They had taken the time to bust through her shell, get to know her and revive the happy-go-lucky girl inside. The caramel coated fae was the happiest she had been in months. She had found a new home, a new mission, a new life! Perhaps it was time to do away with her old self as well, the one who was always serious and void of company. They would not be able to attract new pack mates if Tiriel continued to act in such a manner. And in truth, she did not want to act her old part. The feel of the unknown had caught up to her, and rather than be nervous or scared, Tiriel was excited for what was to come. She was excited about the new friends she had made, and those yet to meet. Perhaps she would even meet someone on this patrol. Then she could put her new personality to the test.
And so Tiriel continued on, stopping here and there to place her scent. If their group wanted wolves to take Asa seriously, then they would have to get better at refreshing the borders. They would have to begin to act the part, and soon everyone would know about their pack to come. For now, it was just one day at a time.
It was chillier here in the stone forest than anywhere else in Nain; Theron chalked that up to the presence of so much towering rock. What sunlight could shine here was made cooler by the steady wind that whistled between the formations at all hours of the day or night.
Theron was not possessed of an incredibly thick pelt, but neither was he any stranger to cold weather. Chilly winds were not the worst he had ever been made to endure - and he was more interested in exploring the length and breadth of his new territory. He had put the stone forest off for last in part because it seemed the least immediately dangerous region within Nain, but there had also been the matter of waiting for the weather to be right for the excursion. The winds had been somewhat high for the majority of the time since they had settled here, and Theron could only imagine that it might have been strong enough to blast him off his feet here in the stone forest.
But today the wind had finally seemed to calm down enough to venture out into the breezy stone forest, and left with no other excuses to put off its investigation further, Theron finally ventured into the heart of the great formations.
He knew the others may have been here before, braving the high winds here for the sake of keeping this area of their territory marked while their little pack struggled to pull itself together. That knowledge made him feel more than a little guilty for his own procrastination, but it did little good to dwell on the past. He was out here now, and could rectify his laziness through proper action. That was what mattered.
He found many of the markers had already been refreshed, and extremely recently. Following their trail lead him to Tiriel, the Isles wolf who had joined their little group on the islands more out of basic necessity than anything else - though, truly, hadn't they all come together to make their exodus easier? Tiriel was a loyal member of Asa now, and that was what mattered.
Truthfully, he was eager to speak with her one-on-one; she was the only pack mate with whom he had not had the chance to speak in private, and she had been the first to advocate for his rise as their pack's alpha. If nothing else, he would like to know more about his unexpected supporter.
"I'm glad to see not everyone is as lax as I have been in maintaining our borders," he said by way of greeting, smiling as he approached the caramel point woman. "I suppose this means we have you to thank for the lack of intrusions we've had so far."
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The caramel fae had continued on her way, stopping every now and then to refresh another scent marker. It was beginning to shape up as a very peaceful day. Despite her earlier assumptions, she had yet to cross paths with any wolves. Even her soon to be pack mates were absent, so doubt still near Sana Sarsys. The meadow was the safest place in their region of Nain, easily protected and easily the most beautiful part of their territory. The group had spent a lot of time in that region, talking over their futures together as well as the role they would play in their pack. Surprisingly, they all seemed to be on the same page from the start up. It was so different from her home faction back on the Isles, where everyone was constantly arguing and sparring had been common in order to determine what one would decide. Here, they talked things over and discussed as a group and they all had equal say. It was a nice change, Tiriel had to admit.
She had just finished another mark and was about to move on when something in the wind shifted. She would soon not be alone. Her large form stiffened as she listened and waited for the appearance of her unexpected guess. She was so used to having to constantly watch her back, to expect an attack at any time. Her body's response to tense and prepare for an ambush was natural, an old routine. However it appeared that the reaction was all for nothing, because soon her orbs landed on Theron as he came into view.
It took a bit longer than it should have, but the tension did leave her body. She returned a smile of her own at his words, taking his compliment lightly. She was just doing her duty, nothing deserving of special recognition. "Just doing my job Theron, working out the kinks with the borders. Pretty soon no one will be able to mistake the rising of Asa." Tiriel shared a grin of her own, peaking at Theron from the corner of her eye with a gleam of excitement in them. Tiriel was eager to start her new life here, and for their numbers to grow. They needed to grow if they wanted to survive. There was not a doubt in Tiriel's mind that soon a rivalry pack may turn their attention, and see their land as desirable. It was a possibility at any time, and they needed to be ready. Tiriel hoped, however, that that time was still far off in the future.
"What brings you to the forest? I assume everything is alright with the others?" Tiriel turned her body once the smaller black male reached her, and intended to keep walking side by side with him. Aside from their travels with the other two females of the group, Tiriel had not spent any time with Theron. She was interested to see how he acted in a different setting, where it was just the two of them. It was her experience that males were much different in private. She was hoping that Theron would continue to prove her assumptions wrong.
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