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.
Lorem, ipsum, dolor Things had been uncharacteristically quiet in Kairos lately. It was enough to put the large brute on edge. Beleth was used to the silence, but it was odd when the entirety of his home was quiet. He hadn't seen his brother in god knows how long and even Aphrodite had done well to escape his clutches once more. The female was aggravating him, especially now when there were so many perfectly fine females in heat and ready to be bred. But Beleth was determined to keep himself for her, he had made that promise to himself despite how much Iscariot did not agree. But even so Beleth was recognizing the pang of loneliness that was striking through him. He almost missed having the company of others though that did not stop him from doing his job as General. Vor'asa was his playground and he still had to make sure that everything was as it should be no matter how quiet. He assumed that Hyperion had everything handled on the mainland so he put his entire focus into Vor'asa. The youth were finished with their Agoge, none of which had decided to bring their eggs to him. He supposed it was because he was so antisocial, perhaps he was even intimidating to them. He didn't have answers nor did he want them, they didn't owe him anything nor he they. He had almost felt like he had come up short though. No one had chosen him, again, and it felt horrid. Iscariot cackled in the back of his brain again at his expense. He enjoyed making fun of him and it only angered Beleth.
Light snowflakes fell from the heavens and Beleth let out a sigh, the air was so frigid that he could see his own breath before him. It was in that instant that he found his paws leading him to the cove, the crash and roar of the waves pulling him ever closer. This was a place of solitude and he found he always came back here whenever he was most unsettled. But even in that moment he caught the scent of another and it appeared he would not be alone today. Large paws left indents in the moist sand as he closed the gap between himself and the other wolf until finally the hulking frame of Xerxes came into view. Beleth had not spoken to the male but he was on his turf and Beleth was intrigued. He almost expected him to stay on the mainland but he supposed even others had to get fresh air and fresh scenery every once in awhile. "Xerxes. Didn't expect to see you on Vor'asa." Beleth's tones were deep and gruff but conversational. It was nice to pass the time with someone else he supposed, even if the individual was not one that he saw often around these parts of Kairos.
For whatever reason, Xerxes felt at peace here. He liked to be close to the water's edge, watching the waves and smelling the salt in the air. During his travels, he was all inland and only saw the peaceful waters of a stream. He liked to see the chaotic crashing of the waves in the wild. It was beautiful and perfect. He could allow his mind to just wander and be free. It would not be long until he decided it was time to enter the cove. The last time he had visited there, Tallyn was with him, in fact, he had followed her scent to this very spot. He wanted to stay longer, but she had other plans.
His large form made it for the cove, always ducking his head low - just in case he forced something to fall on his head. He took a deep breath as his paws forced him forth. He stood in the silence, watching the waves break against the rocks. This sight made him think of one thing - Poseidon. He had wanted nothing more than to kill his own brother and for some odd reason, the bastard was still alive. He watched the roaring waves, who appeared to be of such strength and will... but when they came to meet the hard nature of the rocks - they stood no chance. He knew he could do nothing to his brother now. The leech had found a way to keep himself alive, and made a life within his pack.
Xerxes would only find true happiness when his brother's blood was spilled upon the floor, and he would watch him take his last breath. Not long after his thoughts of happiness had started, a figure entered the cove. This wolf, a General of Hyperion's ranks, spoke to him. Of all the things Xerxes was, he was respectful to the higher ranks of his pack. And mostly to all members of the pack. With a respectful bow of his head, he turned to look at the other male. "General Beleth," he lifted his head and looked to the other respectfully. "I find this place of solitude good for the mind." It was true, though his thoughts were not the best things to think of - but at least they made him happy.
"What brings you out here?" It had been a long time since he had seen any of the other wolves from his pack. He wondered if Beleth was going to ask him where he had been or what he had done in his absence. If a General asked anything of him, of course he would oblige.
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Beleth appreciated Vor'asa for the solitude. He didn't have to worry about being bothered and that was what he preferred the most. He didn't mind doing his job, he was just so socially awkward that it was best that he remained by himself. Scaling the land was just part of his job, he needed to check every corner and crevice to determine that there were no intruders. It wasn't often that someone trespassed but when they did he was quick to put them in their place. However he was genuinely surprised to see the hulking form of Xerxes up ahead. He drew to a comfortable halt a few paces away from him though he still had absolutely no idea what to talk about with the brute. He hadn't seen him hardly at all so he supposed they could pass a few words between one another. After all they weren't exactly in the same line of work and perhaps he had something interesting to tell him. Beleth never really heard much of what was happening on the other portions of Kairos so perhaps Xerxes would be able to fill him in. General Beleth, I find this place of solitude good for the mind. What brings you out here? He almost smirked at the question considering this was his playground. He was hardly anywhere else but here. So honestly he could be asking him that very question but he supposed he could humor him and give him a response. "These are my stomping grounds. I never venture far from here considering Hyperion has stationed me here."
His voice was characteristically monotone, he hardly ever showed any emotion and it was effortless for the brute to be completely stoic. However now it was his turn to ask Xerxes just what it was that he was doing on Vor'asa. "I suppose I could ask you the same question, what brings you to my home?" Perhaps things weren't very exciting back on Ina'mos, or maybe he just wanted a change of scenery. Beleth couldn't be mad about that, especially considering Xerxes was a higher classed wolf in Kairos. He could do as he pleased to an extent as long as he didn't step on his toes. He pulled his haunches to the ground as he sat, showing Xerxes that he had no intentions on starting a fight. He was merely curious of his intentions, and perhaps more so intrigued as to why he was here. Beleth hardly got any attention or visitors so seeing a new face was always interesting to the male.
It had been hard to recall who all did what and wear. He loved this place, it was tranquil and quiet. The large male looked to the larger of the two, and his head gave a respectful nod. So this was his land, determined by Hyperion himself. That was fine. He just wanted to find some solace. He never was the closest to the other males in the pack, not like he was to Hyperion, but he wanted to change that. He wanted to be more to Kairos than just an old face and the Emperor's once mentor. "My apologies, I meant no offense."
It was true, he was not trying to ruffle anyone's feathers. "While I was away, I dreamed of this place." he wanted to see the water, he wanted to be by the waves. The smell of the salt water was perfection, it made him feel like he was home. There was not really much he could tell the other, not that he wanted to tell him. He would never speak of Tallyn. He did not want anyone to know about her, especially if they did not need to know. There was nothing concerning his possible young that would be of importance to Beleth. Xerxes was never one to really engage in small talk either. He had fulfilled his curious nature. He turned to look at the ocean from the opening.
He took a seat and looked around them. He wondered if there was anything else he could tell the General - which was not warranted. After deciding there was nothing else, he sat down. He hoped he was not invading the space of the other. Of course, if Beleth asked of Xerxes to vacate, he would. He saw the coloring of the other male, noticing that he was much like himself, only he had brown on his muzzle and some black along his back blended in. He was a beautiful creature, and Xerxes could appreciate that.
Beleth knew that even on the best of days he could come off as a bit prickly. He was rusty when it came to social interaction, he had never been good at this sort of thing and so even when he did talk to others it was often forced and never very welcoming. However that didn't mean that he didn't like the company, it was a reprieve from being trapped in his own thoughts the majority of the time. My apologies, I meant no offense. Beleth dipped his large cranium in response to the brute. "It's fine Xerxes, I'll admit I'm the worst when it comes to conversation. I should have stated that well.. I don't leave here very often. When others come to visit me it shakes things up." He was truthful no matter how awkward he was and he gave Xerxes a sideways glance. He didn't want him to feel like a fish out of water, he should feel welcome to explore Vor'asa whenever he pleased - he was a part of Kairos and that meant that Vor'asa was his home as much as any other territory. It was best to just see that Beleth was protective of this particular piece of land. It held a lot of memories for him. Memories both good and bad and he wanted nothing more than to shield it from the outside world. Sometimes he needed to remind himself that not everyone was out to get him or Kairos and that even his fellow pack mates deserved to be treated fairly. He made a real effort to lower his shoulders and relax his stance, that way Xerxes could feel a bit more comfortable around him.
While I was away, I dreamed of this place. This intrigued Beleth, both because he had been away and because he had dreamed of it. Beleth found Vor'asa to be enchanting in it's own ways and so he turned his head, piercing blue eyes focused on Xerxes face then. "It is captivating in it's own way." He returned his gaze to the water, watching as the waves crashed and rolled. "Where were you? You travel often?" Normally Beleth wasn't one to pry about someone else's business but he supposed it was the only option he had right now. Xerxes was the first Kairos wolf he had seen around here in quite some time so he found that no matter how awkward things could get he still enjoyed having the smallest bit of company. It beat being alone, he was always alone and sometimes that just got old for the brute.
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Kenai Dominant ▲ 4 years ▲ Kairos General 2/4 Threads Available
Apparently it was not common knowledge that he had even disappeared. That was both unsettling and slightly pleasing. Xerxes had already promised he would never leave the pack again. His travels brought no joy to him, only sorrow upon his return. The bastard he thought that was in the ground was risen and thriving. He was even spreading his seed through Kairos. Xerxes looked to the other and shook his head gently from side to side. "I do not make it a habit to leave the pack often, or ever. I only left for a short while, saw nothing but land. I missed the smell of the ocean, the crisp, cool waters." He looked to the other male and gave a smirk.
"I take it you do not get out much? When was the last time you visited Ina'mos?" He didn't really know if the Generals were forced to stay in the land they were designated or if they could rotate. He never saw the want to be one. He wanted to be close to Hyperion whenever he could, after all, that was the only family he felt he had. Hyperion had grown up to be the son he never had. "Have you ever trained any pupils for the Agoge?" he was rather curious if the Generals themselves had time to train the younger wolves. He had not seen many in the pack, but he figured that with the winter season coming to an end and spring arriving soon, that pups would be filling through the lands. They would probably flood the lands of Kairos. he could only hope that his pups would choose Beleth or another strong individual to train them, even if they did not want their own father to do so. He knew he would be tough on them, like his father was to him, and how he had been to Hyperion. But look at him now, he was the Emperor of Kairos.
Beleth didn't exactly have friends. The only two individuals he could think that he actually enjoyed the company of was Hyperion and Duchess. He knew that he needed to branch out more but he was so content here in Vor'asa, far from the others and in his own miniature kingdom. He didn't completely want to be antisocial but he didn't trust himself around others, it had been so long and he found that he simply was just most comfortable being alone. But he supposed he had to reach out of his comfort zone every once in awhile, which had led him to begin conversation with Xerxes. After all what harm could come from talking to him? He would probably be able to provide some excitement and Beleth couldn't help but actually look forward to that. I do not make it a habit to leave the pack often, or ever. I only left for a short while, saw nothing but land. I missed the smell of the ocean, the crisp, cool waters. Beleth nodded his head in response to Xerxes words, he understood him completely simply because he himself had once felt like that. He had left Kairos a long while ago, back before all the wolves had been transported to the Southern Isles. He had left because he was weak, but he hadn't turned his back on Kairos since, especially not since Hyperion was willing to give him a second chance.
Ever since he had returned he had done nothing but to prove himself which was why Hyperion had named him one of his Generals. I take it you do not get out much? When was the last time you visited Ina'mos? Beleth pondered the question for a moment before he responded, "The last time I visited Ina'mos was when Hyperion accepted me back into Kairos. I too left once, which is why I haven't left Vor'asa. Somehow it feels like I would be betraying the pack a second time if I left my post here. I know that must seem strange to you but.. My past is something that I cannot forget and I do not wish to do what I once did." He certainly hoped that Xerxes would not judge him, though he assumed that the brute would understand. After all it seemed that they were quite similar if Beleth had to make an assumption. Have you ever trained any pupils for the Agoge? He asked and Beleth couldn't help but give an awkward smirk at the question. "No I have not, at least not yet. I wonder if I intimidate the young ones, no one has approached me thus far but I would certainly be open to mentoring one of the youth. How about yourself?" He questioned in return, wondering if that Xerxes was interested in that sort of thing.
Xerxes listened and observed the other wolf. He was wise, and knowledgeable on many things. But the ivory male had known this about Beleth far before this point. Hyperion was far too intelligent, and saw the true value of a wolf, even when they did not see it in themselves. "You and I are far more similar than you might think, General. I understand exactly what you meant. My past has come back to bite me in the ass, searching for a way to destroy everything I hold dear to my heart." He knew he should alert the high ranking members of the pack to the ill intentions of the sheep in wolf's clothing - Poseidon. He was a snake, hiding in the bushes, just waiting for the opportunity to strike when they were not looking. Poseidon could literally go to any area in the pack and wreak havoc.
"There is one thing I need to bring to your attention. There is a traitor in our mists. He goes by the name of Poseidon. While I was away, he was able to come into the lands and insert himself as a good member. He is not." He did not need to go into details with Beleth just how dastardly his brother was, that was talking about him too much. He was always on Xerxes' mind, which was a losing battle for him. That's what it felt like. Poseidon was not the better of the two, he was scorned and claimed a scoundrel by his own father. The bastard deserved to die, the last image being Xerxes' massive jaws opening over his face and ripping it in half. As Beleth spoke of the young wolves, he gave a nod of his head.
"I trained Hyperion when he was just a young thing, not that he is much older now. I am looking forward to training more of our future. I hope that at least a few come to me to prepare for their Agoge. Should I find a young wolf seeking a mentor, I will send them your way."
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