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intellect ashen expansion thread



Venom

Ashen
Empress

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

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4 Years
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Female
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08-02-2022, 01:34 PM
Without the option of being able to take the beaches freely Venom had already settled her mind on an alternative. Though she did desire the Obsidian beach, she was not yet willing or prepared to take the lands by force. As she had asked, Celeste had scouted the surrounding lands just as Venom had. The idea that the island dwelling pack would have another territory in which to fish had been too sweet to pass up. Still, she brought along a couple other pack members to glean another opinion. Perhaps their eyes would see something she had surpassed.

White gloved paws carried the Empress towards the river, right in the middle of the territory. Her sunset gaze never really ceased in scanning their surroundings. Not because she thought there was danger, but she couldn’t shake the feeling of being watched. There was no secret in the way she led her procession out into the wilds in hopes of taking the lands for her own use. She just suspected she wasn’t the only one to decide this was a plentiful place to take advantage of.

"Tell me what you know of the river. Or, what you think of it.” She added a caveat for those that were unaware or hadn’t been here before now. Venom’s gaze was torn from the brush, certain she had seen movement, and looked to each of her gathered companions.


"Venom"

[Image: ven-sig.png]



Celeste

Ashen
Renja

Expert Intellectual (200)

Master Hunter (245)

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2 Years
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Female
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550
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Small
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Light
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134
player
bunni

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08-03-2022, 07:59 PM
She had spent many days, nights, and afternoons at the river. Even before Venom's suggestion that they expand north, she usually found most of her freshwater catch from this very area. Living so close to it had been nice, but if they were able to successfully expand, she could spend more time on the river's shore when everyone got tired of saltwater fish. A little variety every now and then never hurt anyone.

Following close to Venom, her petite legs took as long of a stride as they could manage to keep up. After their patrol, Celeste had gotten a feeling about how Venom preferred to move. Swift, graceful, and with purpose. The other two in their group she didn't know much about but would be willing to learn more about them in the future. If she was going to teach and be more intertwined within Ashen, she would have to make efforts to get to know everyone.

Pulling to a stop as Venom neared the water, Celeste glanced around their surroundings. Everything seemed to be calm, maybe a little off. As if there was something in the air. Her brow furrowed a moment before Venom's question drew her attention to the Empress. Glancing at the other two, she thought maybe it would help if she spoke first in case the other two weren't as comfortable.

"The Rio Grande is the largest and longest river through Boreas that reaches out to both coasts," her voice is confident but friendly as she lets her gaze settle back toward Venom and the river behind her.

Celeste Akizora




Pleione

Ashen
Peasant

Novice Intellectual (20)

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2 Years
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Female
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77
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Medium
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Medium
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13
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Crys

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08-04-2022, 07:56 PM

When Venom had requested her presence as part of the pack’s expansion, Pleione had been beyond flattered. The voice of her ego said it only made sense. She was Pleione Suhail, after all. It was only natural that no matter the leader she served beneath she would be a stand-out star above and beyond the rest. The longer she felt in Ashen territory, however, the more outclassed she felt. It wasn’t just genetics, either. Venom and many of her kin might tower, but even now, traveling with a wolf nearly half Venom’s size in their party, she could sense a wealth of experience that she simply didn’t possess.

It made her equal parts furiously jealous and intimidated. Part of her tried to reassure herself that it was only her upbringing, the harshness of the world she’d come from that kept her from standing metaphorically shoulder to shoulder with her peers. And she was partly right- it was experience that she lacked, and experience that was stolen away from her by the need to simply survive from one day to the next under the harshest of circumstances.

She couldn’t keep making excuses for herself. Pleione made a note to speak to the wolf called Celeste in private when she had the time. Plague had offered to tutor her during the meeting, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t source more lessons from third parties when she could find the time and opportunity. It was obvious now, just to keep up she’d have to make the time and opportunity.

Celeste answered their leader’s question first, accurately gauging Pleione’s sheepishness to speak up. She wanted so desperately to be seen as wise when she spoke that she was afraid that anything she said now might be seen as stupid or obvious. Chastising herself in her head, Pleione reminded herself that that might be the exact point. Maybe there were things her untrained eyes might spot that the others, more familiar with this area, might overlook.

“The deep, muddy banks indicate seasonal flooding in the summer,” she observed, “while it’s wide and quick moving enough that I doubt even the surface freezes in winter.”
She looked to Venom, no expression on her face, but underneath she ached for recognition that she’d said the right thing.





Plague

Ashen
Daimyo

Master Fighter (270)

Master Intellectual (240)

Professor

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4 Years
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Male
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30
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Dire wolf
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Medium
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332
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Shelby

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08-05-2022, 07:18 PM

Plague was always willing to support and do what he could to make Venom's plans come to fruition so when she came to him with the plan of expanding out Ashen's territory he immediately volunteered for whatever she needed him to do to help. She put together a group to do some initial scouting and observations about the land she had her sights on so he tagged along, following along behind Venom along with Celeste and Pleione. The river had long felt like an extension of their territory given how the shrine's forest butted up against a portion of it, so he couldn't see anything wrong with claiming this stretch of land between the edge of the forest and the bank of the large river. Venom brought them to one of the banks in question and asked them to give their knowledge of the river or their thoughts on it. He settled back on his haunches, his emerald gaze scanning the land around them as well while the two women with them spoke first.

Celeste mentioned the length of the river and how it stretched from one coast of Boreas to another and he nodded at the fact. It did run an awfully long way which was one of the reasons why it was so difficult to find a way around or cross, but it wasn't impossible. Pleione's mention of the muddy banks made him hum and he turned his gaze toward the banks for a moment, noticing what she was talking about. It was something it probably wouldn't have thought about or noticed so it was a good call. "If we decide to build or have dens out here we'll likely want to avoid them being too close to the banks then," he said, adding on to what Pleione mentioned. He looked around again, making his own observations of the area. "This border should be fairly easy to defend at least. The water runs too fast in most places to cross safely. If anything we're simply extending our borders out to include the river we've lived up against anyway. The only challenge is going to be wolves that have used the banks as a path around our borders previously."

Plague | Viridis | Procella




Venom

Ashen
Empress

Master Fighter (245)

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Bard & Bulwark

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4 Years
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Female
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08-06-2022, 09:26 PM
There couldn’t have been a more diverse set of wolves chosen from what the pack had to offer. Plague was her second in command, her brother, the one she trusted most. He would give her his honest opinion, if not perhaps somewhat biased sometimes. Celeste was her newly promoted lead huntress, her lead scout, and ‘friend’ of her son. Pleione was her wildcard, Venom still didn’t know much about the young woman, but this was a good opportunity to be given a peek at what was beneath the stoic surface. Venom was quite interested in what she would bring to the table here.

Venom’s sunset gaze looked to each wolf as they spoke their snippet of observation or knowledge to their queen. Celeste mentioned how far the river stretched, Pleione mentioned the potential of flooding, and Plague followed up with his own observations. There would be wolves used to using these lands but otherwise would be easy to defend. She nodded to each wolf appreciatively as she thought about what they had to say.

"Good points,” the Empress began as she returned her attention to the wide river before them. "If you were the one to decide, why would or wouldn’t you decide to come here? I feel the river is better suited to accommodate our island dwelling people. However, I am not totally unconvinced we should take the Armada’s old land in the plains.” She started before looking to each of the wolves with her.

"Venom"

[Image: ven-sig.png]