Redhawk Caldera Follow your heart, little child of the west wind.
All Welcome  May 03, 2021, 12:47 PM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
When Meerkat ducked inside the Hobbit Hole, dripping wet from the morning rainstorm and announcing she needed to tell her mother something, Towhee immediately assumed the yearling might be interested in becoming Regent. Her heart leaped a little, since she thought both of her daughters were strong candidates. But it turned out that wasn't what Meerkat wanted to tell her. Actually, she declared that she was going to resume the search for @Phox after all and she was departing imminently.

After recovering from her initial whiplash, the Sovereign made Meerkat sit with her to be certain she really wanted to do this. After all, Towhee was hoping everyone could begin moving on, per the recent pack meeting. The yearling insisted she knew her mother wouldn't demand it of her and that she'd thought about it long and hard. She expressed sadness at missing out on more of her younger siblings' lives but she simply couldn't live with herself until she found them all some answers.

She left when the rain tapered away, after hugging and kissing the little ones and promising she would return with news. Towhee insisted on walking with her as far as the caldera's rim, where she remained standing now, watching Meerkat's silhouette disappear into the distance to the west.

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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May 06, 2021, 10:42 AM
Ruenna
Redhawk Caldera
Regent*
Rue had given the little family some space while they were saying goodbye in the Hobbit Hole. Rue hadn't know Meerkat very long, but she had swiftly become Rue's favorite of the grown Redhawk children. The pups loved her, she was a dependable caregiver, and she made good choices even when she was uncertain. Meerkat's decision at the border with Sifaka was evidence enough of that. Thanks to her, they now had another able-bodied, experienced wolf聽in their ranks.

Rue had intended on recommending Meerkat to Towhee for consideration for the open Regent position, if she'd ever been able to get Towhee alone. Meerkat-- dependable as she was-- was so often there herself, and of course the children were聽omnipresent. They were at the stage where they unknowingly babbled everything they heard, usually at the worst possible moment (they had already picked up some of Towhee's more colorful language).聽So it seemed more or less聽impossible to have a private conversation over their heads and then have any guarantee that what was said would聽actually stay private.聽

Rue聽gave @Reyes a heads up to keep an eye on聽the pups, and she聽then made her way, at her usual slow and聽shuffling pace,聽to the rim of the Caldera. She approached Towhee at聽a wide arc, so that the Sovereign would see the movement in her peripherals without being startled. Rue moved to stand beside the Redhawk leader, wordlessly joining her in watching Meerkat become a dot on the horizon. She wouldn't speak first, but she was here to support Towhee, if she needed it. Towhee was probably used to her kids coming and going by now, but with her recent losses, she might be feeling a little more raw about Meerkat's departure.
May 06, 2021, 11:27 AM
Ephemeris
Lone Wolves

Can be just a cameo if you all would like. :)

Of course he had been intrigued by the sight of the landform. He had spotted it as he had come down the mountains but he had been caught up in the care of his face for a few days. Helped by that kind woman not far from here.

He figured he could check it out on his wandering way. Except scent told him this place was not empty, and he was pretty sure that if he squinted he could see someone in the distance.

Maybe best to keep his own distance for now.
May 06, 2021, 02:54 PM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
Not long after Meerkat vanished into the distance, someone approached nearer at hand. Towhee tore her eyes away from the spot where her daughter had disappeared, her orange gaze softening as it landed on Rue. She motioned the woman closer.

"I told her she didn't have to," the Sovereign said, perhaps unnecessarily since Rue had been more or less in the background this entire time, "but she basically told me that as much as she wants to hang out here, she can't rest until she finds her dad or at least some word of his whereabouts."

She meant to say something else, probably change the subject, but she saw movement near the horizon. Towhee's heart leaped despite herself. But it wasn't Meerkat with a change of heart, but a stranger. At least, she didn't think she recognized the figure as she squinted down at it.

Without really thinking, she found herself bellowing, "Can we help you?"

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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May 07, 2021, 05:47 PM
Ruenna
Redhawk Caldera
Regent*
Rue nodded. She had understood the gist of it all, but the finer points had gotten a bit muddled. Rue was still getting the hang of the way the Redhawks communicated聽with聽one another, and she tended to fall behind when the ptero-to-speech ratio swung in favor of the former.聽

So, Meerkat wanted to locate her dad, who had gone after聽his mate and children. This was yet another example of the young Redhawk's leadership bent; a shepherd at heart,聽she couldn't rest easy until her whole flock was home safe.聽

"She's聽my nomination for Regent," Rue remarked, but her words were drowned out by Towhee's shout. Rue squinted at the horizon, locating the stranger with interest. Knowing it would be up to her to dictate any shouted response to Towhee, Rue聽waited silently, ears at attention.
May 07, 2021, 06:12 PM
Ephemeris
Lone Wolves

"Can we help you?"

It seemed to be the question of the month. This time, the answer was clear in his mind.

No, He bellowed back, respectful despite the volume. Sight seeing. Sorry. He would wait to see if they had anything to say about it, otherwise he assumed he would be on his way. Unaware of the problems or current topics聽the caldera held within it.
May 07, 2021, 06:26 PM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
He made a reply of some kind and Towhee looked to Ruenna for an interpretation before yelling, "If you have no business here, then scoot!" It was more of an encouragement than a demand, though Towhee gave him the beady eye from all the way up here.

Soon, she retrained her attention on Rue. "I actually asked her about that. She said she's not remotely interested in leadership," Towhee shared with a huff of laughter. It was a little disappointing, though she respected Meerkat's take on the matter. "What about you?" she couldn't help but voice the thought that drifted through her head. After all, Ruenna had been her Beta once before.

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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May 07, 2021, 07:26 PM
Ruenna
Redhawk Caldera
Regent*
"Just sightseeing.." Rue dictated to Towhee, her brow furrowing as she turned back toward the stranger. Standing firmly upon the rim beside Towhee, she imagined that the pair of them would appear intimidating enough to a lone wanderer.聽

After the brief interruption, their conversation resumed.

Meerkat wasn't remotely interested in leadership? Rue let out a huff, equal parts amusement and wryness. Wasn't that always the case? Those most suited to leadership seemed very often to be聽the most reluctant.聽

"She may change her mind, in time."聽 Priorities had a way of rearranging themselves, as wolves got older.聽

Towhee's next question was not unexpected. Rue nodded thoughtfully. Towhee must know by now that Rue was here for her, in whatever way she needed her to be. A聽friend, advisor, beta, Auntie Woo.. she'd been聽all of it聽before, and she'd happily be any of it聽again.聽

She dipped her muzzle in an affirming gesture.

"I would be honored," Rue answered.聽"But I would聽understand, if you wanted聽some聽younger blood." Or, you know, Redhawk blood. It was their namesake, after all. With so much of the pack being family, it begged the question of whether they would follow the outsider.
May 12, 2021, 10:05 AM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
Rue mentioned a possibility that had occurred to Towhee too. It was always possible, though she was really and truly starting to understand that her children didn't necessarily subscribe to her visions for them. If Meerkat didn't want leadership, then she would simply have to accept that and support her in the things she did want to do. It sort of fell under the same umbrella as her oath to raise her youngest kids to understand that dispersal was just as viable an option as sticking around.

Pushing all that aside, the Sovereign smiled softly at her friend's counter. It immediately made her think of her recent conversation with Wraen. Could Ruenna be her "old cow"? Then she could fill the other position with a "young buck" (or doe; Towhee was an equal opportunity employer).

"Well, there's more than one position open and a wise woman told me it's good to aspire for diversity in leadership," Towhee replied, leaving it a little open-ended. Just like Meerkat and the rest of her kids, she wanted Rue to decide for herself without direct influence or pressure from her.

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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May 12, 2021, 02:48 PM
Ruenna
Redhawk Caldera
Regent*
"She does sound wise," Rue remarked, lifting a brow questioningly. Clearly Towhee had spoken to someone about this decision, but who was the confidante?聽

So they were aiming for diversity, then? In that case, maybe the non-Redhawk had a shot.聽

"Has anyone volunteered?" she asked. It would be easier to judge聽the potential leadership team for聽diversity if Rue knew who the others applicants were.
May 12, 2021, 06:06 PM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
"Nope," came Towhee's easy answer. At this point in time, no one had yet approached her about it. It had come up in casual conversation with Meerkat but that was about it. "And I'm kinda glad about that. I didn't want anyone to just jump at it all willy nilly. I want my second-in-command鈥攎y seconds-in-command? My second-in-commands?鈥攖o really think it through and want it, you know?"

She canted her head and peered at Rue, wondering what she might say next. She'd mentioned it would be an honor but did that equate to actual interest in the position? Towhee really wanted to fish, yet she remained silent, letting the she-wolf speak for herself.

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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Yesterday, 03:28 PM
Ruenna
Redhawk Caldera
Regent*
No one had stepped up yet? Rue's brow furrowed. Niamh and Phox left behind large pawprints to fill, certainly, but Ruenna had expected that some of the聽young聽Redhawks would be聽chomping at the bit to prove themselves.聽

The implication behind Towhee's words was not lost on Rue. This promotion would not be like the other times-- those in聽which Towhee had requested that Rue fill a particular role or position.聽This time, she聽wanted Rue to say she wanted it.聽

"I want.." Rue began, drawing out her words in a thoughtful tone,聽just to bait Towhee a bit. "I want.. to say it would be seconds-in-command. Not second-in-commands." A teasing half-smile pulled at the corner of her mouth.聽

"I get it though," she allowed, in all seriousness. "You want someone to fill the role out of initiative, and not just out of duty." Rue paused, a bit torn. The problem was, she was all about duty. Ambition and self-promotion weren't really her wheelhouse, and yet those were聽exactly the things聽Towhee was trying to solicit. Rue let all of her breath out in a long sigh.聽

"Let me do it. I-- I want it." Without a doubt, this was the most difficult thing Towhee had ever asked Rue to do. Will you be a baby daddy?聽 Sure. Will you be my Fusor?聽聽No problem. Will you put aside your dream to become a mom this year?聽聽Ouch, but okay, I guess.聽

But this? Actually asking for something that she wanted? Out loud? Rue was neck-deep in uncharted territory here.
Yesterday, 03:46 PM
Towhee
Redhawk Caldera
Sovereign*
Rue seemed to be thinking out loud, judging by her slower cadence, and Towhee's ears were aquiver as if they were somehow picking up on every hanging word. When her friend simply corrected her grammar, she blew out a rude noise. She very nearly gave her friend a playful shove, though fortunately she remembered Rue's bad back and checked herself before she wrecked herself her comrade.

But she wasn't done yet. Towhee offered a silent nod at Rue's astute analysis of the situation. There were many reasons why a wolf might be interested in leadership and the Sovereign could guess at a few of them. She knew Rue was a very dutiful, loyal wolf with a heart of solid gold. Towhee truly believed she would want it not for herself but for the betterment of the pack.

Although there was one perk that Towhee imagined Rue might enjoy solely for her own sake: breeding rights. It would give her second dibs next season, first if Towhee decided she was done having kids (questionable). And, honestly, with Phox, Niamh and their litter in the wind鈥攁 brutal reality Towhee had slowly come to terms with by now鈥攖here might be room for more pups even this year...

Towhee could only grin when Ruenna reached out and grabbed the Regency, however haltingly. "Let me do it. I鈥擨 want it." "If you were anyone else, I might grill you a bit first. But you've been my sidepiece before and I already know you'll be excellent. Welcome to the role, Ms Regent."

-Signing.- | "Speaking." | -"Signing & speaking."- | "Mouthing (inaudible)." | Thoughts.
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