Duskfire Glacier I don't know, man.
All Welcome  September 24, 2018, 11:23 AM
Uki
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set at Meltwater Lake :)
The water level was lower than when they arrived, if only fractionally, which spoke of the seasons soon to turn. On this particular morning, anaktok would not be patrolling the boundaries or replenishing caches - she would be in worship. She passed by the Lake, glancing at the lowered level, and continued on.

For too long she had let the conflicts of daily life burden her heart, it was time to return to her gods and let them heal her. 

The confines of the dark conifer forest swallowed the tundrian's pale form as she followed a path that she herself had worn into the ground. It stopped in the heart of the forest, in a semi-circle of fallen trees - their trunks long covered with fuzzy green moss. A few trinkets lined the trunks, rudimentary offerings - the skull of a fox she'd caught, a chunk of rose quartz she'd found by a stream, the rotten remains of the psychedelic mushrooms she'd cast aside. 

The girl rested her latest token, the horn of a deer, with the rest - settling on her haunches amongst the fallen sentinels and allowing her silvery eyes to fall shut. 

"Nunarjuk," she addressed the earth, the forest surrounding her, the glacier beneath her feet, "take this offering. Heal the sickness in me."

Her words were soft, northern, meant for the gods alone.

"And you're tired of not being strong."
September 26, 2018, 12:47 PM
Currituck
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Tiguak
Stay in the territory, Currituck, @Takiyok warned her earlier that day when she’d gotten too close to the borders. Have they taken up to following her, or is it coincidence they’d ended up at the same place? Of course, @Tahani had given her warning before she even left the den and of course she didn’t listen. As the girl retreats back into the territory, settling to exploring what she is familiar with (if only to appease the boring adults), she finds a scent of one of the northern women. She is family but not family but she hasn’t bothered to ask—she isn’t like Tahani or Shivali but she can’t pull any older memories that don’t include Uki in some form.
 
There’s a fond memory of a juicy, fatty beaver tail.
 
Her mouth waters.
 
Currituck licks her lips, lowers her nose, and follows the scent until she locates the travel worn path. Olive eyes narrow a little, having never noticed it before, and not-so-quietly does she follow the trail. Large ears cup forward but they’re not so large to catch the prayer. “UKIIIIIIIIIIII!” she shouts, picking up speed when the pale woman finally comes into view.

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September 27, 2018, 05:30 AM
Uki
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Tapeesa is lost in silent meditation, nor does she expect anyone to know that this small corner of the forest is her temple. It's for these reasons that she doesn't hear the youngster's approach. 

"UKIIIIII!"


The shout is enough to startle anaktok almost out of her skin, jumping with fright. She recognizes the voice of a child and turns with a small shake of her head and a chuckle. She's more familiar with Shivali's children - particularly Tunerk - but recognizes Currituck instantly. 

Uki may not have been spent much time caring for the pups - the Ateneq sisters preferred caring for each other's children as a group rather than leave them with a baby sitter, not that the tundrian blamed them. Despite this, she spent the majority of their travels patrolling and chasing off possible threats, searching for food for the little mouths, or watching them play. Uki feels she's watched them grow and is already familiar with them. 

Currituck she remembers as a playful, fearless child that never failed to draw smiles from the adults. It appears she's still as fearless, as she comes pounding into the forest. The pup only picks up speed as she nears Uki and Tapeesa braces herself for impact. 

The pup isn't enough to knock her over though she does make a soft oomph noise. 

"Hi, Curri," she greets with a fond smile, feathery tail wagging.

"And you're tired of not being strong."
September 28, 2018, 06:17 PM
Currituck
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Tiguak
Currituck doesn’t notice the start of the other, hopping and skipping along until she’s close enough to even thinking about putting on the brakes. Her paws struggle to slow down enough and she crashes into the large wolf’s chest, a giggle slipping playfully out of her muzzle. When she’s able to get her feet under control, they split out beneath her and she stumbles to the ground, rolling over and peering longingly at the woman.
 
“What’cha doin’?” she asks, pawing at the air between them.

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October 01, 2018, 11:36 AM
Uki
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"I was bringing a gift for the gods," Uki answers without thinking. She doesn't consider the fact that the Ateneq family might not hold to any one religion or its teachings, nor that Tahani night not want her speaking of her own in front of Currituck. 

"I have brought them an antler to show them I honor them, so that perhaps they will honor me in life," she explained further, smiling softly as she glanced to her rudimentary altar. In a few weeks, she would have this place looking like a home to the gods themselves. 

"What are you doing, nutara?" She teased gently, pawing at Curri in much the same fashion.

"And you're tired of not being strong."
October 06, 2018, 05:31 PM
Currituck
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Tiguak
Currituck’s brows knit together and her head cocks slightly, ears flopping in momentum. She spends a lot of time by herself because the other puppies don’t seem to want to spend time with her (perhaps causing a lot of pent up energy to burn off, and the subsequent trouble she gets into). The adults aren’t all that exciting either so they’re only of so much use after all.
 
“Gods?” she ventures to ask, watching her with interest. “I’m doin’ nothin’,” she tells her with a swish of her tail thumping against the ground.

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October 11, 2018, 10:29 AM
Uki
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Oops.

Uki grimaces slightly at the innocent question. Would Tahani be angered if she tried to explain her religion to the child? Or perhaps it would be a good idea to educate the pups on northern religion?


"The northern gods, from my homeland. The earth, sun, and moon: Nunarjuk, Siqiqniq, and Tiqqaq. They created all the spirits and brought forth life," she explained as simply as she could. 

"Well, you're welcome to join me if you'd like. I could teach you about the gods," she offers, unsure if it's an activity that would entertain Currituck who always seems so energized. She figures if any of the Ateneqs have a problem with it, she'll hear about it later from them. 

"And you're tired of not being strong."
October 13, 2018, 05:49 PM
Currituck
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Tiguak
Currituck listens with interest as she explains the earth, sun, and moon each have respective names and that they’d created everything. She’d never really thought about where she’d come from or anything else, for that matter, but suddenly she has a lot more questions. Her smile turns into something contemplative, slowly rolling out from beneath the pale wolf and sits up proper.
 
Her eyes narrow as she thinks about it, slowly nodding that she wants to learn more. Beings existing outside wolves and prey fall hard to grasp and she lifts her head a little. “Are they wolves, too?” she asks as she tries to wrap her little brain around it.

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October 15, 2018, 10:04 AM
Uki
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She shakes her head gently, a smile turning up her lips. 

"The gods are unseen. They are in everything. They are the spirits that give life to the prey animals, to the birds, to the insects. They are the life within the trees and plants, the spirits within the rivers and rocks and stars. They live in everyone, even you and I," she explained.

"You cannot see their bodies but they are life itself. They are emotions - the excitement of a hunt, the love of your mother Tahani, the pain of injury." She waited patiently, unsure if Currituck was following. 

"And you're tired of not being strong."
Yesterday, 07:28 PM
Currituck
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Her brows knit together as Uki explains. Currituck takes a deep breath of contemplative thought, looking around her at the first tree she trees, then searches for the rest of the list but they don’t help answer anything. “Trees and rocks and stuff are alive?” she decides to ask first, having never considered much from her surroundings. Trees and rocks and stuff were just… there. They didn’t do much except sometimes get in the way or something.
 
“They live inside us?” she questions with a slight tilt of her head.

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