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Bison BBQ Night [Pack Hunt!]



Cairo II

Valhalla
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Master Hunter (295)

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4 Years
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Male
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376
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Briena

Halloween 2020 - Witches HutValentines 2020
05-29-2021, 04:55 PM

He trotted across the plains, eyes scanning the herds through the late evening gloom. The unusual seasons weather had been hard on the prey animals, but he thought just maybe, if they had enough warm days, the toughest might make it through winter if nothing else happened.

Cai snorted softly, shaking his head. Something would happen, it always did. For now, he had one or two less than healthy bison in mind that he’d spotted. Best to cull them and leave what graze remained to the stronger animals.

Chrystaloria drifted to land on his armor-clad back, and he paused to look over his shoulder at his friend. She clicked her beak and said softly, “The two you mentioned are on the northwest edge of the herd. One looks worse than the other since yesterday.”

Cairo nodded, murmuring, “Thanks Chrys” before tipping his muzzle to the sky and howling for the hunters of the pack, tone suggesting that the hunt was for a larger prey animal.

As he sat to wait for the others, he examined the sharpened bear claws on his bracers, nodding in satisfaction that they hadn’t dulled too much. Then his eyes lifted to scan the plains again.





Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Hear" ---- Think




Ardyn

Valhalla
Destiny

Master Fighter (250)
Advanced Hunter (60)
age
1 Year
gender
Male
gems
876
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Dire wolf
build
Medium
posts
122
player
Briena
05-29-2021, 05:05 PM
Ardyn Cadeyrn Aodhán Phoenix Adravendi

Ardyn had been fiddling with an idea of containment for small livestock when Cairo’s call for a hunt came. The yearling dropped what he was doing, ears perked with excitement as he took off at a quick trot, ink black coat flaring under his movements.

He spotted the Sentinel and came to plop down beside Cai, nudging the older male with his shoulder, grinning as he scanned the plains as well, wondering who’d be hunting with them today. Drachen, maybe? Probably Aslaug. Maybe Fidelias would join in. The boy, now yearling, too, was quiet and reserved, but he had the sense that Fidelias did like hunting at least.

“What’re we hunting?” He turned back to Cairo, tail sweeping the ground as he waited to hear the man’s answer.

Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Labhair an Sean-Teanga." ---- "Hear" ---- Think

Ardyn's family (Red, Aurielle, Siblings, Valhalla) are allowed to crash threads, regardless of private tags.

Ardyn at first glance is as black as can be imagined with a raven sheen.

Closer inspection proves that he shimmers in fire tones in every hair on his hide right down to his lashes.

More obviously, he glows like a bed of coals and flames with every movement and brush of fur. His tail is usually wagging, so blazes like a torch.

His adult teeth are in and his saber canines have grown past his chin by now. His mane and tail hair have grown to a noticeable length, with still more length to grow to, as well as being lightweight and easily buffeted by breezes.

A look at his front paws will give the impression of hands, with his dew claw dropped low and lengthened into a functioning thumb, and his toes elongated into fingers. He has retractable, solid black cat-like claws on every paw.



Drachen

Valhalla
Outlander

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Advanced Hunter (70)
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4 Years
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Male
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Large
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Medium
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64
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Lioness
05-29-2021, 06:56 PM


He had made up his mind that he was going to go for a hunt earlier that morning, aiming for smaller prey like hares or even a small deer but just as he was about to set out on his self proclaimed mission, a howl caused him to stop in his tracks and his dark ears to perk on top of his head. Cairo was calling a hunt! Drachen's lips parted in a small but warm smile as he turned and made his way towards the call. Drachen enjoyed the man's company and he would not pass up a chance to hunt with the Sentinel when given the chance. It wasn't long before his long dark legs carried him swiftly to the group of two gathered, Cairo who made the call and also Ardyn, who Drachen was also fond of. "Good day Cairo and Ardyn. I hope all is well with you both." The Vaekhal male rumbled warmly in his hushed tones with excitement burning brightly in his oceanic blue eyes.

As usual Cairo was cladded in his armor and Drachen couldn't help but silently admire it, longing to make his own one day but for know his focus was on providing the pack with food with this lengthy winter chill. Swiftly and with near feline grace, the black and tan male reclined to his haunches and swept his tail to curl around to his side and out of the way. Judging by the way the other hunters were waiting, Drachen assumed that it would be something big they would be taking down but Drachen still turned his dark face and patiently waited for Cairo to answer Ardyn's question.

Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Hear" ---- Think

Drachen has a female Red-Tailed Hawk companion named Enzi that is always with him unless otherwise stated



Dómari

Valhalla
Dauntless Butcher

Master Fighter (280)
Master Hunter (245)

age
8 Years
gender
Male
gems
31
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Large
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Heavy
posts
275
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lunarcat7

Double Master
06-06-2021, 07:53 PM (This post was last modified: 06-06-2021, 07:54 PM by Dómari. Edited 1 time in total. Edited 1 time in total.)
Domari Xanilov

Day by day Dómari was getting better. He was finally able to walk easily and even run since having one of his legs broken in a hunting accident. He was still embarassed that a bison had fallen on him but there was nothing he could do about it except to get back up and try again. He'd started taking short patrols and as he was about to start his patrol for the day he heard Cairo calling the hunters together for a hunt. At first Dómari hesitated. Was he ready? Deciding he'd have to get back to hunting at some point he headed to the source of the call to see that Ardyn and Drachen had already arrived. He grinned gently. "Hope I'm not too late. Doing a lot better today."


Walk ---- "Speak" ----  "Hear" ---- Think



Cairo II

Valhalla
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Master Hunter (295)

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4 Years
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Male
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Briena

Halloween 2020 - Witches HutValentines 2020
06-07-2021, 04:28 AM

Naturally, the first to arrive was Ardyn, and Cairo grinned, nudging the yearling’s shoulder with his own, marveling at how big the boy was, and how much room he clearly still had left to grow. He was already taller than Cairo himself, and h could only hope the boy got all his growing done when it was supposed to be done and that he wouldn’t get hit with a three-inch growth spurt at two like Cai had.

With luck, we’ll have at least one bison to process at the end of the hunt.”

Drachen was next, and Cairo answered the man’s friendly greeting with one of his own, “Glad to hunt with you today, Drachen, and I’m good. I hope you like bison, because that’s what’s on the menu. Hey, Domari.”

That last came as Domari arrived, and he glanced over the leg Domari’d broken, remembering his own days of broken legs and long weeks of healing. He’d have to keep one eye on the older man, though he knew Dom was capable.

Once greetings had been exchanged, he scanned the plains, but Aslaug was surprisingly absent. However, they had enough paws here that he merely noted the absence and turned to the males, laying out the plan.

“Alright. I’ve been keeping an eye on a pair of bison in the local herds that have been looking unwell. Taliesyn has been walking among the herds for a better look and says at least one has a lung sickness by the sound and smell of it, so should be the weaker of the two. It’s the larger one, though, so it should feed the pack for months.”

He tilted his head to glance back at Chrystal as he went on, smiling, “Chrys has told me that the two are currently both at the northwestern edge of the herd, so the plan is to cut them out from the herd. Domari, Drachen, I’d like you to get them spooked in the right direction. Ardyn and I will be tucked in the tall grass about a hundred feet ahead. Drachen, if Enzi is willing, she can keep an eye on Ardyn and myself and let you and Domari know when we’re in position. Chrystal can fill in as messenger as well.”

He looked between each set of eyes, lips twitching in a faint smile as he realized that almost all of them were some shade of blue, and Ardyn’s fiery eye in his mismatched gaze stood out, and added, “Once Ardyn and I have begun to latch on to the bison, you two should join in. Hopefully the herd doesn’t decide to join in the fight. With luck, we should be eating well.”

He rose as Chrystal pushed off and drifted into the evening air, though he waited to see if anyone had a question before he padded at a brisk walk toward the herds, slowly enough to make conversation until it was time to peel off from the group with Ardyn.


Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Hear" ---- Think




Ardyn

Valhalla
Destiny

Master Fighter (250)
Advanced Hunter (60)
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1 Year
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Male
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876
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Dire wolf
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Medium
posts
122
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Briena
06-07-2021, 04:44 AM
Ardyn Cadeyrn Aodhán Phoenix Adravendi

Ardyn’s tail swept the ground, flaring in a show of excitement as Cairo greeted him with a nudge. “Bison? That sounds like fun.”

Drachen arrived soon enough, and Ardyn grinned in greeting, adding, “I’m doing great, you?”

Domari was a bit of a surprise to see, but Ardyn grinned at the older man with his usual affection. Domari was as dedicated to Valhalla as Cairo was, and though he’d aged and recently broken a leg – while, ironically, hunting a bison – Ardyn was pretty sure he was healed enough to hunt. At least, he’d heard Paladin mention that he thought Domari could return to duties as long as he was careful enough.

He was a bit surprised not to see Aslaug trotting up, but he supposed you couldn’t make it to every hunt, so when Cairo began laying out the plan of action, Ardyn bent his head forward, listening, eyes flicking toward the shadowy herd. Evening was falling, and he was glad to be wearing his cloak—it would mask most of his glowing coat from the bison herd.

He rose to follow Cairo, though his ears and eyes turned to see if the other two males had anything to add, interested to hear – and learn – what they might have to say or point out.

Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Labhair an Sean-Teanga." ---- "Hear" ---- Think

Ardyn's family (Red, Aurielle, Siblings, Valhalla) are allowed to crash threads, regardless of private tags.

Ardyn at first glance is as black as can be imagined with a raven sheen.

Closer inspection proves that he shimmers in fire tones in every hair on his hide right down to his lashes.

More obviously, he glows like a bed of coals and flames with every movement and brush of fur. His tail is usually wagging, so blazes like a torch.

His adult teeth are in and his saber canines have grown past his chin by now. His mane and tail hair have grown to a noticeable length, with still more length to grow to, as well as being lightweight and easily buffeted by breezes.

A look at his front paws will give the impression of hands, with his dew claw dropped low and lengthened into a functioning thumb, and his toes elongated into fingers. He has retractable, solid black cat-like claws on every paw.



Drachen

Valhalla
Outlander

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Advanced Hunter (70)
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4 Years
gender
Male
gems
357
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Large
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Medium
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64
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Lioness
06-10-2021, 08:57 AM


As he approached the other wolves, he was greeted warmly and he rumbled in reply"I'm very well, excited for a hunt" with a small chuckle. Soon they were joined by another, Domari, a male that Drachen had met before and heard that he had suffered an unfortunate injury. The black and tan male did not miss the looks of slight concern that both Cairo and Ardyn gave the monochrome male, even he glanced over the male, but Drachen had faith that Domari knew himself and his limits. Drachen returned his deep blue eyes to Cairo as he began laying down the plan and assigning him and Domari as the chasers while Cairo and Ardyn launched an attack once the target was driven to them. Drachen then nodded in agreement when Cairo asked if Enzi would be willing to help, the red tailed hawk who had landed on his shoulder while Cairo was laying out the plan fluffed her feathers and set a golden eye on the brown wolf "Of course Cairo." she replied before returning to the skies.

Then finally they were off, Drachen following the group and falling into step with Domari. Though he had only hunted with the other male once Drachen was still glad to see the wolf up and moving around again after his injury. "Glad to have you back." Drachen said to the other male with a small but happy smile. He was only supposed to be in Valhalla for the winter season to help hunt but he had been truly happy here for what felt like the first time in his life and the time flew by. Before he knew it, it was now nearly the middle of sumer. In that time he had grown fond of many of those who called Valhalla home. Finally it was time to begin the hunt and Drachen looked at Domari to see if he was ready and then to Cairo and Ardyn. "See you at dinner" he rumbled with a confident smirk and then turned to head in the direction where they planned to begin the hunt.

As he moved his whole energy changed from reserved happiness to a stealthy predator, his movements becoming much more graceful and precise, his paw steps becoming nearly silent on the cold ground below. He made sure to keep in pace with Domari to keep things coordinated and once they reached the outskirts of the herd, Drachen stopped and crouched on his belly in the tall grass. Thankfully there was still enough light to clearly observe the herd and he soon spotted the two bison that Taliesyn had told Cairo about. "There, those two" he spoke softly, subtly motioning with his muzzle towards the two bison standing away from the herd, their movement slower than the rest. Drachen then turned his blue gaze towards the sky, scanning the orange and navy expanse for Enzi. A smile danced on his lips for a moment once he spotted her doing lazy circles in the sky as she rode the air currents high above. Even from here, he could see could see her circles slowly drift as she followed Cairo and Ardyn. He watched his companion intently until she circled in place a few times before the hawk turned into the wind in hovered in place for a few moments. She then dove towards the ground and swooped back up, a clear signal that the others where in place. The Vaekhal male released a soft breath and turned his dark face to Domari and asked "It's time, are you ready?"



Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Hear" ---- Think

Drachen has a female Red-Tailed Hawk companion named Enzi that is always with him unless otherwise stated



Dómari

Valhalla
Dauntless Butcher

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Master Hunter (245)

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8 Years
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lunarcat7

Double Master
06-14-2021, 05:51 PM
Domari Xanilov

Dómari listened intently as Cairo laid out their target of a sickly bison. A lung disease made for a promising target and it was hardly surprising after this long cold winter. The lack of food had weakened many prey animals and those that huddled together, like bison, quickly spread disease among their fellows. Cairo laid out the plan and Dómari nodded as he was given instructions to help scare their target toward the wolves that would be lying in waiting. He was up for that task and eager to give his legs a real workout after being cooped up in his den for so long. Drachen looked to him and he nodded once more. "Sounds good to me, let's do this!"

Dómari padded after the younger man, moving slow and quietly both to avoid prematurely disturbing the bison and to get a better feel for how his leg would perform. The muscles were stiff but the joints felt good. As long as he didn't over do it he'd be fine. Dómari crouched down in the grasses next to Drachen, eyes scanning the herd as the younger wolf pointed out the targets. "Yea, that's them alright." He eyed the older bull, noting how it held its head quite a bit lower than the others in the herd. It lingered on the outskirts, clearly struggling to keep up. Dómari nodded. "I am, let's get this party started!" His legs coiled beneath him before he burst forward, barreling toward the back of the herd, his eyes fixed on the weaker animals. The sudden appearance of the wolves startled the bison and they started to run, heading toward those laying in wait. Dómari accelerated. They'd need to cut off their target from the herd and encourage it to go toward the wolves in wait while at the same time urging the rest of the herd to scatter off. Driving a full stampede toward their friends was extremely dangerous. He'd learned that the hard way.


Walk ---- "Speak" ----  "Hear" ---- Think



Cairo II

Valhalla
Sentinel

Master Fighter (250)
Master Hunter (295)

age
4 Years
gender
Male
gems
494
size
Large
build
Heavy
posts
376
player
Briena

Halloween 2020 - Witches HutValentines 2020
06-15-2021, 11:38 PM (This post was last modified: 06-15-2021, 11:39 PM by Cairo II. Edited 1 time in total. Edited 1 time in total.)

With the others’ agreement with the plan, Cai peeled off with Ardyn, slipping along a deer path in the tall grass, Chrystal acting as his eyes, hovering over the target pair of bison to give the Sentinel a mark to circle around.

When he settled into the chosen ambush point, he nodded to Ardyn, gesturing for the younger wolf to move off to a point five or ten feet away, near a boulder. Dusk was beginning to settle in, but he noted Ardyn had flipped the hood of his cloak up to cover his head, and shield the light of his fur from the herds.

Cai, glancing up and scanning, found Enzi and nodded to signal they were ready as Chrystal dipped her wings in a tip-tip motion, gliding silently to resettle over the bison.

The thunder of alarmed hooves trembled through his paws, and he flashed a quick grin to Ardyn as he readied himself, and as Chrystal, keeping abreast with the chosen bison from above, gave a screeching hiss, Cairo barked softly to Ardyn and leapt from cover as the bison, thankfully the larger, sicker one, came into sight, mouth open, nose running, wheezing with effort.

The bull gave a growling low of surprise and pain as Cairo slammed into its shaggy shoulder from the side, jaws latching onto the side of the beast’s neck with a growl and trusting Ardyn to do his part on the other side. The other two would likely catch up to help bring the beast down and put it to rest.

Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Hear" ---- Think




Ardyn

Valhalla
Destiny

Master Fighter (250)
Advanced Hunter (60)
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1 Year
gender
Male
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876
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Dire wolf
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Medium
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122
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Briena
06-15-2021, 11:48 PM
Ardyn Cadeyrn Aodhán Phoenix Adravendi

Ardyn nodded as the older wolves agreed to the plan, and as he trotted quietly after Cairo, he hopped on one forepaw to flip the hood of his cloak over his head, the cloth covering his ember-like black fur. His tail, unfortunately, would have to stay in the open. Maybe next time he had a hunt he’d wrap the long hair in cloth or something and braid it.

Cairo took his place, and Ardyn followed the silent nod and settled, ready, into the spot, watching the pale form of the barn owl in the sky as the signal was sent.

The rumble under his paws was exhilarating, and he repressed a quiver, drawing and releasing a breath until Cairo barked and launched.

Ardyn leapt from the cover of the boulder, pushing off and sinking his claws into the bull’s side, opposite of Cairo, and clambering toward the shaggy hump of the bull’s withers, though he was quickly shunted down toward the bison’s beady-eyed head with its curved horns. Quickly, he adjusted, grunting as he let his weight drop to one side, clinging with his front toes around the bison’s head and horns as the hulking beast staggered at the sudden imbalance in his front end, nearly going down. Nearly.

One good hit or two, and we’ll have him, surely. He hoped so, because he didn't like the idea of losing his grip and falling under the bull's sharp hooves and fury-- it was already trying to sling him off its head.

Walk ---- "Speak" ---- "Labhair an Sean-Teanga." ---- "Hear" ---- Think

Ardyn's family (Red, Aurielle, Siblings, Valhalla) are allowed to crash threads, regardless of private tags.

Ardyn at first glance is as black as can be imagined with a raven sheen.

Closer inspection proves that he shimmers in fire tones in every hair on his hide right down to his lashes.

More obviously, he glows like a bed of coals and flames with every movement and brush of fur. His tail is usually wagging, so blazes like a torch.

His adult teeth are in and his saber canines have grown past his chin by now. His mane and tail hair have grown to a noticeable length, with still more length to grow to, as well as being lightweight and easily buffeted by breezes.

A look at his front paws will give the impression of hands, with his dew claw dropped low and lengthened into a functioning thumb, and his toes elongated into fingers. He has retractable, solid black cat-like claws on every paw.