Stone Circle Saying life
All Welcome  November 13, 2020, 10:10 PM
Arbiter
Legion
Legate*
At a certain point, she couldn't just delay. She had to assign someone to keep the children corralled and headed swiftly towards Easthollow. It had been ages, she wasn't sure how long, honestly. But if the Saints were still lingering outside the borders they were beyond patient. So, time to check in with Easthollow, as the coast was likely clear. It wasn't like things were going to get any better any time soon unless wolves invented smartphones.

The trip was uneventful, and she only paused when absolutely needed. Perhaps next time she'd send Warlock -- she'd make sure to mention that here so they'd know, but with nobody in view but herself, that would be a really silly thing to say to open air. There at the borders, she howled -- mostly for @Valette, since she was the one she knew... That's right, did she really know anyone else? Hm.

Arbiter is often not a nice person and will think mean things without acting on them.
If you aren't sure whether her snarky thoughts might be readable, just ask!  IC≠OOC
November 14, 2020, 06:26 AM
Valette
Easthollow
Matriarch
Valette headed the call instantly, as it was familiar to her. The Matriarch made her way to the border at a quick pace. She considered Arbiter a friend, not a good friend but a friend. A fellow Matriarch she respected. It made her realize that she never went to visit the female up north. She rarely had the time will all that had been going on at Easthollow. The female woofed in greeting and then stopped before the female. "Arbiter," she verbally greeted as well.

"What brings you here? Good news, I hope?," she asked with a hopeful tone. The female took a glance over the other, she didn't look ill-kept, so that was good. She figured she managed to set up her pack after all.

November 21, 2020, 01:14 AM
Arbiter
Legion
Legate*
Well, at least not too much seemed to have changed here. And Arbiter was also glad she didn't have to go through and explain it all to someone new. It'd just take up time. At some point perhaps she would meet other members of the pack (aside from that rather meek boy, what was his name again? Oh well, no matter). Not today. She dipped her head to Valette as she approacched.

Arbiter, though had sort of a wry smirk when she responded, Mm. Is it ever? More curiosity. We had some rather peculiar visitors recently, in more ways than one. Have you ever run into the Saints of the Dying Light? Somehow they knew of my pack from Ursus. Which from the way she said that, Arbiter definitely found it weird. Arbiter hadn't exactly had a positive chat with Merrick last time they met.  If they had met the Saints, no point in going through the descriptions, but if they hadn't, well, Arbiter would quite happily make sure Easthollow was aware just how sketchy that pack was.

Arbiter is often not a nice person and will think mean things without acting on them.
If you aren't sure whether her snarky thoughts might be readable, just ask!  IC≠OOC
November 21, 2020, 04:12 PM
Valette
Easthollow
Matriarch
Valette sighed softly when the other responded, it was more of an admitted sigh 'guess not'. "I try to stay positive," she admitted to the other female with a hint of a smile. She wondered how long she was able to even keep that positivity going. Valette's frown deepened. "The name doesn't ring a bell---" If only the female realized she met a member of the saints. " However, we were attacked by Ursus several times. The first time there were wolves not belonging to that pack. They had different scents. Perhaps it was them?"

"Please don't tell me you are on good terms with Ursus? They have been quite a pesky neighbor so far," Valette spoke, and that had been a friendly way of putting it. She didn't want to think if those Saints were real good friends of Ursus, then, they might be in a lot of danger. Valette had a worried frown on her face. She was very reluctant to leave the grounds they had settled for years.

November 21, 2020, 06:03 PM
Arbiter
Legion
Legate*
Time to chuck dialog and run back to doing work, rofl.

I think there's been other news you've missed out on, but it's far older and less immediate. And from her tone, of course it wasn't good either, Some days I wish we had just stayed on Sunspire. Things were less troublesome there. She'd take a famine over other idiot wolves -- a famine had followed them anyway, so it wasn't like it was escapable. Hell, Arbiter probably should mention Terance's fate, Kaertok being missing (if only so Valette could tell him to piss right off, hopefully)... But later. 

She had thought at one point that Ursus was going to be the most trouble. Go figure they had kept distant and everything else went wrong instead. Distance made good neighbors with some, but were they on good terms good terms? I doubt it. Though they haven't bothered us at all recently. Merrick stopped by once. And he seems to take offense I didn't step in to mother him as a child -- and considering I remember him wanting to be recognized as an adult and he freely admits to killing his mother, probably for the best I didn't. I suspect his grasp on reality is tenuous at best. It was about the only way Arbiter could explain it. The way he'd acted had reminded her of some of the worst parts of her own father.

So had they escaped the Saints, then? We'll see if they strike any chords then. The Saints said they were in the mountains somewhere, but I've personally only run into them once. They're lead by a wolfdog named Donovan or Kynareth -- striped, curled tail that's stuck dominant. He apparently had a reputation with Whitebark -- my son met one of their members who had mentioned him as someone to be wary of, and we later took in another wolf who said Donovan had fought Dawn directly. Hm, how was it best to phrase the nonsense that had happened? He showed up at my borders with a wolf named Valour wanting an alliance, and the pair of them took offense to the fact I asked them what they really were wanting. They did this while the wolf who had been there and fought beside Dawn stood beside me, mind you. I can't see how they thought it would have gone well in the first place -- between attacking neighbors and using Ursus as their reference to us.

Arbiter is often not a nice person and will think mean things without acting on them.
If you aren't sure whether her snarky thoughts might be readable, just ask!  IC≠OOC
November 25, 2020, 01:46 PM
Valette
Easthollow
Matriarch
So excited for this haha

Valette perked her ears up. What else had she missed? She felt that they had endured enough. That was perhaps why she missed other news because she was so busy with their own troubles and their grief to really focus on other packs and what happened with them. "I would like to know," she spoke, worriedly. It was good that she would know, even if it was older.

Valette out a breath of relief when Arbiter said that they weren't on good terms, because then it would be hard to be allied to Arbiter. Or, she would have to convince the female Ursus was not a nice pack. "I think you made a wise decision with that. He did indeed kill his mother Indra. She was part of this pack as well. Her sister Laurel is still recovering from it." She shook her head, still not understand a son could do that to their mother. "Better best to keep your distance with them, Arbiter," she warned her.

"Valour?," she asked, surprised. She knew Valour. What was he doing with the Saints? Valette decided to listen first before to react. Valette nodded a frown as Arbiter was done with sharing her information. "Valour saved my son once. I don't believe he is necessarily a bad wolf," she spoke. It didn't matter now, since Clay had died either way. But Valour had been a friend to her son, and she trusted her son made friends with him because of his good character.

"So these Saints with this Donovan/Kynareth figure... They are a bad wolves then? Someone to watch out for?," she asked to be sure. What Valette didn't know was that she talked to the Overseer of the Saints. "I will watch out for them, luckily, we haven't been bothered by them," she spoke. "We have been bothered a lot by Ursus. They caused fights at our borders several times," Valette explained. "All that on top of me losing my sister, a packman and stillborn grandchildren because of a cougar," she sighed and shook her head. "We got quite a lot to deal with lately," she explained to Arbiter.

November 29, 2020, 05:49 PM
Arbiter
Legion
Legate*
Laurel was no innocent figure in Arbiter's eyes, but that was a whole different thing which she wasn't going to get into this instant. It was comparatively unimportant. Mm. They're the ones who came to my door. I think I've told enough of my members to avoid them. If they're up to trouble, not much we can do to prevent it.

Arbiter was not so forgiving. She was more apt to think Valour was more likely doing the right thing by accident and then doing the rest by purpose -- or he just wasn't very smart. Donovan hadn't struck her as a particularly clever wolf, so he doubted he could convince anyone of reasonable intelligence to follow along. Well then he'd best shape up and realize who he's teamed up with -- he was the one who got the most offended by me questioning them. They just showed up asking for an alliance, and said they'd give me time to think about it -- but think about what? They're lead by a man who attacked Dawn, and not saying why they wanted an alliance with a pack so far away. There was literally no additional information to think about. It seemed to me they needed us more than we needed them, and I don't think they wanted to say why.

As Valette confirmed, Arbiter nodded. Definitely a sort out to stir trouble. I don't know where they're exactly located besides in the mountains, nor how far they typically roam. I hope it means they're far enough that we're the edge of their range.

But it seemed Easthollow wasn't free of issues either. So, she had her own grim tale to tell, Sorry to hear that you haven't escaped problems either. I found out what happened to Terance. My son returned briefly to say he had been wounded and eventually died while they'd been off hunting. Others vanished too, but I think he's the only one you'd know. Thanks, Kaertok. And a bunch of faceless others.

Arbiter is often not a nice person and will think mean things without acting on them.
If you aren't sure whether her snarky thoughts might be readable, just ask!  IC≠OOC
Yesterday, 04:38 PM
Valette
Easthollow
Matriarch
Valette listened quietly and found that Arbiter was very wise. She had been asking the right questions with these Saints. Clearly they weren't saints, that was for sure. She would keep her members on high alert for their scent, perhaps Greyback would know more about them, or her son West. "Well, you clearly did the right thing. We will make sure to question them as well if they want an alliance with us," she stated, unknown to her, her daughter was joining that same pack. "If you need any help with them in the future let me know. We might be able to help," she added.

She let out a soft sigh and shook her head. "I really hope that they don't come to our borders we have enough to worry about," she stated. Ursus was mostly one of them, luckily it had been quieter lately. They had defended their borders well.

Valette's perked her ears up at the name of Terance. She knew that was Arbiter's mate she had been looking for. Though, it was paired with bad news and her ears fell back a bit. "I'm sorry to hear that. But at least you know what happened, that might give you some closure," she spoke, she never had that with Stark. Over the years though, she realized that she had not loved him like she loved Greyback, or had loved Steady, her first love. She quickly stopped that thought. "Can I offer you some food as a thanks for all this information?"