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Alastor

"You're never fully dressed without a smile!"

Elysium
Commander

Master Fighter (245)

Master Hunter (260)

Bloodletter & Defender

age
6 Years
gender
Male
gems
1582
size
Dire wolf
build
Heavy
posts
415
player
Joe

Pride - BisexualDouble MasterLoserThe Ooze ParticipantThe Ooze - Variation 3Ice Bridge Explorer
WordyCritical Fail!1KHalloween 2020 - Spooky Cave
08-25-2022, 12:41 AM

Alastor did so love having guests over to Elysium! He loved it even more when he was hosting wolves he actually enjoyed the company of too! In this case, it was the lovely Briar, the esteemed Queen of the Hallows he and Manea had visited a couple of seasons ago and had attended the wedding of shortly after. She and her now husband had come to their island home for a visit themselves, and the Mendacium couple had received them with open arms and warm smiles. After all, they'd had such a good time with the pair during their vacation! While Manea was off discussing alpha matters with Artorias and attempting to broker an alliance between the two packs, the Mendacium patriarch had led Briar around Alias Island to show off their home to her. The tour ended with the fluffy-furred dire wolf leading the Austral queen up the mountainous paths to show her the views they had from their home, as well as their home itself where they could relax and chat while they waited for their respective partners to return from their walk.

"And here we are! Home sweet home!" Alastor declared when they rounded a bend in the path and the large mountain cave came into view. He turned a wide, toothy grin to Briar and with a wave of his paw, he gestured her inside. "Please, come in! Make yourself at home!" Alastor meandered into the den, crossing the large common living space to grab a few of the plushest furs they had on hand and spreading them out for the two to get comfortable on. "You know, I've been meaning to ask you something, Briar. How do you manage to keep all your fur so pristine and well kept?" The behemoth of a wolf slid down onto the spread of furs, gesturing to his own long flowing ebony and ruby fur while he waited for Briar to join him. "As you can see, I'm not very good at maintaining it myself."

After a moment of chitchat, an expression of realization crossed Alastor's face, his obsidian eyes shooting wide with alert. "Oh, I nearly forgot! You had mentioned you'd brought some of your new wines for us to try. Well, we'll need some things for that!" Shooting Briar a casual smile, Alastor stood once more and padded over to the shelves the family kept their everyday wares on and grabbed a couple of small stone bowls more akin to larger cups that his daughter had crafted and carried them over, setting them down between himself and his guest. "Ordinarily, I'd offer you the liquor as our guests, but I do remember how much you take pride in your winemaking. Are these more of your own creation?" he asked with a curious raise to his brow while he watched Briar prepare their drinks for them.

"Alastor Mendacium"

Warning: Alastor is an intensely mature character. Message me for content warnings.
As his mate, Manea may enter any of Alastor's threads.
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Briar

The Hallows
Queen

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

Bulwark & Professor

age
3 Years
gender
Female
gems
25
size
Large
build
Light
posts
501
player
Shelby

LegendaryPride - DemisexualTeacherThe Ooze ParticipantThe Ooze - Variation 3Vengeance
Critical Fail!Ice Bridge Explorer1K
08-30-2022, 01:44 AM

Briar was both eager and nervous to visit the Elysium leaders. The night they had spent together still felt a bit like a hazy dream and in the setting of the wedding they hadn't had any opportunity to be alone with the other couple so she hadn't really needed to confront the reality of the fact that Manea and Alastor had seen her and Artorias in some extremely compromising—and pleasurable—positions. She wasn't ashamed of that night by any means, but she was worried that her nerves or shyness might take over when put with the lecherous pair again. Luckily, it seemed like that wasn't the case. There was a moment of uncertain awkwardness on her part when they were first greeted by Manea and Alastor, but they were both so warm and welcoming that relaxing around them again was easier than she had expected. Alastor in particular had a certain charm about him that she was fond of so when Artorias and Manea stepped away to talk about some of the more pressing and business related matters of the pack she didn't have an issue with spending some time alone with the ebony and ruby man. She followed him as he gave her a tour of their island home, landing them at the Mendacium's den at the end of it. She smiled as he invited her in and gave a small, thankful dip of her head as she walked in with graceful strides. "Thank you, I will. You're a wonderful host."

Once he laid out a few plush, comfortable furs for them to relax on, she gave him another nod and settled in on the one he offered to her. A content sigh escaped her as she relaxed, lifting her turquoise gaze up to the larger male as he spoke again, asking her about how she kept her coat so neat. The question made her grin and laugh lightly and she gave him a sympathetic glance as she looked over his long, plush, and luxurious fur. She could imagine that it was indeed quite a task keeping all of that fur groomed. She had her long tail to contend with, but her fur otherwise was more sleek and contoured to her body than his. "Well, admittedly, I've always been a bit particular about my fur and staying groomed," she admitted with a chuckle. "So some of it is just being in such a habit of bathing every other day or so, plenty of brushing, and using soaps and oils that keep it smooth. The other part of it is having a close friend and handmaiden that helps me with things like braiding my tail to keep it neat." Her tail curled over her thigh as she glanced down at the thickly braided fur, steaks of tan, ivory, and turquoise all interwoven with one another. She was sure she'd have a harder time with it if she didn't have Lia to help her re-braid it when needed.

Her gaze was brought back to her host when he suddenly remembered the wines that they had brought with them and she watched him curiously as he got up, a smile crossing her lips when she spotted the bowls that he retrieved for them both. "We certainly will!" she replied with a chuckle and she stood for a moment as well, retrieving one of the bottles that had been stowed near the front of the cave with the rest of the small gift they had brought for the Elysium couple. Bringing it back to where they had been laying and settling back down on the furs, Briar started to pull the cork free with her claws and gave Alastor a grin when he mentioned how much pride she showed in her wine making. "They are! I always try to bring at least one of my own bottles when we're visiting with someone or giving gifts so I can hear others opinions on it. I know what I like of course, but I like to hear what other wolves think of it too!" She poured some into each of the bowls as she added, "This is made from the harvest of berries we got from the Wildberry Grove at the end of the summer. The berries were very ripe at the time so it made for a very sweet wine I think." Setting down the bottle between them, she pulled her own bowl closer to take a drink while she peeked at him at waited to see his reaction.

"Briar Carpathius"





Alastor

"You're never fully dressed without a smile!"

Elysium
Commander

Master Fighter (245)

Master Hunter (260)

Bloodletter & Defender

age
6 Years
gender
Male
gems
1582
size
Dire wolf
build
Heavy
posts
415
player
Joe

Pride - BisexualDouble MasterLoserThe Ooze ParticipantThe Ooze - Variation 3Ice Bridge Explorer
WordyCritical Fail!1KHalloween 2020 - Spooky Cave
08-30-2022, 02:40 AM

It was still so funny for Alastor to look back on how far he had come in his life. There had been a time in his youth where he had been an unhinged, dangerous killing machine with no soul, heart, or conscience. Now, thanks to Manea's love tempering him and mellowing him out, he had become something of a house husband, willingly playing host to their guests when they came for some extracurricular diplomatic purposes. At least, that's what Alastor assumed the Carpathians were here for as well, and not just to stop by to say hi and drop off some wine. Briar, bless her heart, had been so nervous and awkward when they'd greeted the alphas at their borders, but she once again showed her resilience and constitution with how easily she settled herself back in amongst the Mendaciums. She was becoming more comfortable and confident with herself; it was a truly impressive sight for Alastor to behold and know he'd lent a paw to that change!

His initial question about how Briar maintained her fur seemed to help put the Hallows queen at ease with how mundane and normal their conversation was. What, did she just think he and Manea walked around all day in a constant state of horniness? If they did, then no work would ever get done around Elysium, and Alastor was indeed capable of behaving himself when he needed to! Not often, but he could do it! Briar looked over him with an empathetic glance, then detailed her grooming regiment to him. Alastor listened with keen interest, already dreading the idea of needing to take baths every other day and with oils and soaps, but hey, if it would help him tame his unruly coat, he was willing to try anything. "Well, you've done a wonderful job caring for your coat, my dear! I can't recall many, if any, other wolves with a coat as pristine and beautiful as yours!" he replied with a hearty chuckle.

Black eyes landed on Briar's tail while it rested across her thigh, ever so subtly following it up along the curve of her leg to where it connected with her shapely rump. An appreciative murr rumbled in the dire brute's chest, though it could have been mistaken for a sound of acknowledgement. He then cast his dark gaze down to his flowing tail, giving it a couple of flicks before turning a sly, mischievous grin back to his lovely guest. "Do you think Manea would want to braid my tail, or would that look silly on a brute like me? It could be helpful, especially when she's trying to get to certain parts of me." While Briar's braided tail was an elegant accent to her natural beauty, something told Alastor that the hulking, muscular, dark Commander of Elysium would look more ridiculous than anything else with his tail done up in braids. Battle braids didn't exactly have a great ring to them.

He mentioned the wine she'd brought and Briar lit up with ecstatic glee. Her mood was infectious, and Alastor was equally as giddy while he gathered up the bowls for them to drink from. Settling back down near her on the furs, he watched with keen intrigue while she expertly uncorked the bottle of wine and began to serve them both. Alastor enjoyed listening to Briar speak about her sommelier passion with such gusto. He found it fascinating to learn what other wolves were passionate about. When Briar handed him his bowl, the dark dire scooped it up in one giant paw and studied the bright red liquid within. He gave it a tentative sniff, already smelling the sweetness of the sugar from the fruits infused in it. Briar explained this vintage and its inspiration. "Well, in that case, cheers to your bountiful harvest!" And then Alastor brought the bowl to his lips and took a long, slow drink of the rich wine. Briar was right—it was very sweet indeed! He suspected a wolf with a sweet tooth or one new to the flavor of alcohol would like this one. While sweeter than he would normally prefer, Alastor could not deny that it was indeed tasty! Smooth, light-bodied, with a delightful sweet-tart finish.

The Mendacium alpha smacked his lips and ran his pink tongue across the ebony end of his muzzle while he considered the wine. "Mmm you can definitely taste the berries!" he remarked, taking another slow sip to get a second sampling to round out his verdict. "This is going to be a popular one, I think. It's crisp and light, easy to drink. I'd let my yearlings try this as an introduction to wine and they'd probably love it. The added fruit flavors help bring a unique flavor to it as well. It's a delightful blend! I think claiming the berry grove was the best move you could've made!" Alastor then lifted the bowl to his lips and downed the rest of his wine in one long swallow. He set the bowl back down and slid it over to Briar, a silent request for more of the alcoholic beverage while they relaxed and waited on their mates. "What got you into winemaking in the first place, Briar?" asked Alastor, making small talk while he waited for his refill. "Do you do all of this work on your own? The planning, the recipe making, the harvesting...?"

"Alastor Mendacium"

Warning: Alastor is an intensely mature character. Message me for content warnings.
As his mate, Manea may enter any of Alastor's threads.
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Briar

The Hallows
Queen

Master Fighter (245)

Master Intellectual (240)

Bulwark & Professor

age
3 Years
gender
Female
gems
25
size
Large
build
Light
posts
501
player
Shelby

LegendaryPride - DemisexualTeacherThe Ooze ParticipantThe Ooze - Variation 3Vengeance
Critical Fail!Ice Bridge Explorer1K
09-22-2022, 01:05 AM

Briar's cheeks flushed at Alastor's complimenting of her perfectly maintained fur and how beautiful her coat was, making her give him a shy smile in return. "Oh, well, thank you. That's very kind of you to say." She had never been very good at taking complements, especially not when it was about her appearance, but she always appreciated the sweet words regardless. Her gaze shifted to his tail when he started questioning whether Manea would want to braid his tail or if it would make him look ridiculous, Briar giggled at the thought, trying to imagine someone as big, hulking, and intimidating as himself with a beautifully braided tail. It was something that sounded like one of his young daughters might do as a silly prank, but even she could admit she couldn't see him walking around with a braided tail. It didn't fit the aura that he gave off normally. However, when he mentioned keeping it out of the way when Manea was trying to get to certain parts of him... She chuckled softly, her cheeks flushing again as a little grin tugged at her lips. "Well, you don't have to braid it, necessarily. Just tying it up in a couple of places to help keep it from flowing everywhere should help."

As their attention moved on to the wine she had brought with her, they both took generous sips from their respective bowls, the sweet, slightly tart drink flowing over her tongue. It was a familiar taste to her now, but even she had to admit this was one of the better iterations of her experiments and trails with the berries they collected from the grove. She was eager to hear his opinion on the wine and has he started talking about how he could taste the berries and how popular this one would be she couldn't help but grin, her tail wagging gently behind her. She was proud of her work and she was always glad to hear when it was paying off. She took another sip of the wine when he mentioned how this would be a good one to introduce young wolves to for their first alcoholic drinks and she nodded in agreement. It was sweet and easy to drink without the bite and sting that some alcohol had. She grinned again when he reaffirmed that claiming the wild berry grove had been the best move they had made. "I have to agree with you there. The berries there are an obvious bonus, but it's just a beautiful location and has all kinds of herbs and prey as well. It's been a good addition to our lands."

They both finished off their first bowls quickly and when he pushed his bowl toward her with a silent request for more she giggled softly and easily complied, tipping the bottle to fill both of their bowls again before she nudged it back in his direction. She glanced up at him when he asked her about what had gotten her into making wines and whether or not she did it all on her own, an easy smile lingering on her lips while they chatted and enjoyed each other's company. "Oh no, I have lots of help with it, especially with the harvesting. I handle most of the planning and working out the recipes, but I get a lot of help from the pack for gathering the grapes and berries to make it with and with the process of making it as well. Its become a bit of a hobby for several of us around the Hallows." She took another sip of her drink, gently swirling it in the bowl for a moment as she pondered the first half of his question. "I guess I really got into it after I moved to the Hallows to be with Artorias and I was just trying to figure out the best way to make myself useful." She shrugged a little and smiled as she lifted her gaze from her drink to look at Alastor again. "The Hallows already had a supply of wine in the cellars from whoever once used and owned the castle long ago, but I thought that making our own wine and creating new variations on it would give the pack another unique and more sustainable item for trade with other packs. It gave me a project to work on and helped me get settled into this whole directing and organizing other wolves thing once I became Queen."

"Briar Carpathius"





Alastor

"You're never fully dressed without a smile!"

Elysium
Commander

Master Fighter (245)

Master Hunter (260)

Bloodletter & Defender

age
6 Years
gender
Male
gems
1582
size
Dire wolf
build
Heavy
posts
415
player
Joe

Pride - BisexualDouble MasterLoserThe Ooze ParticipantThe Ooze - Variation 3Ice Bridge Explorer
WordyCritical Fail!1KHalloween 2020 - Spooky Cave
09-22-2022, 01:50 AM

Alastor listened with keen ears while Briar explained to him the habits and methods of producing the wines that came from the Hallows. She explained how it was not a single person's endeavor, but a whole affair of the pack, with multiple wolves working together to make the final products, and while she did most of the brainwork behind the recipes and brews, she did not do it all alone. The dark dire wolf hummed with consideration while he glanced down at the dark merlot liquid in his cup, swishing it about gently and taking another long sip. Briar's story behind her motivations to be the official sommelier of the Hallows was adorable and endearing. A little smile touched Alastor's lips while mirthful black eyes turned back up to the nubile queen in repose across from him. "I'd say you certainly found your calling, my dear," he remarked with a rumbling chuckle, taking another gluttonous swig of the wine. "It was a wise move, too. The Hallows is well known across Boreas for its wines by now! You built an entire market around your product, and you've done it very smartly." Was he flattering the young queen a bit? Perhaps. But he was also being honest. You'd be hard pressed to find any wolf in the north or south continents that hadn't partaken of the Hallows wines at some point.

Raising the cup to his lips, Alastor once again downed the remains of his beverage in one long gulp, starting to feel the pleasant tingle of the alcohol in his bloodstream. He was a large wolf and it would require a good amount of liquor to get him drunk or even tipsy, but that pleasant buzz was already starting to kick in. It was also beginning to affect the more... baser sides of Alastor's personality. If Manea and Artorias didn't return soon, they may very well come back to find him already making moves on the lovely Hallows queen. "Elysium doesn't do much in the way of open trade, though I know Manea is hoping to strike a deal with your husband in their talks tonight. We have some metals and gemstones we pull from our mountains, locally growing flora for the healers, and a curious little treat my wife's consort makes." Rising to his paws, Alastor padded over to the den space Irilyth occupied. The little healer wasn't in right now, so Alastor helped himself to one of the clear vials containing a pale gold liquid, bringing it over and placing it before Briar with a salacious smirk on his lips.

A giant paw lifted to tap a siam claw almost musically against the glass vial, drawing attention to it. "This is a special kind of treat for wolves looking to let themselves be a little more free and loose in their sex lives," he explicated to the tawny fae, abyssal eyes shining with an amusement and curiosity to see how she would perceive of Elysium's sole product. "It's an aphrodisiac. A powerful one too, at least according to its maker. She calls it Ambrosia. I haven't tried it myself, but Manea has told me it makes your bedroom antics otherworldly and mind-blowing." With a husky chuckle, Alastor pushed the vial closer to Briar's paws, allowing her to pick it up and inspect the drug closer. "That one's for you, my darling Briar. A free sample for you and Artorias to enjoy together sometime. If you like it, well, you'll be able to trade for as much as you'd like once our partners get through their negotiations. Though it might be some time. Manea does like to ensure she stays on top."

The brute gave a chuckle at his own innuendo. Then Alastor's expression perked up some as an idea came to him then. "While we wait for them, could I interest you in a back rub, Briar? Much like you and your wines, I've started to fancy myself something of a masseuse, and I'd like to get your opinions and feedback. With our partners carrying the burdens and responsibilities they do, it's nice to be able to do something to help them unwind, and I want to make sure I'm doing my best for my mate. Plus after your long walk to the north and then all the way out here, I'm sure you'd appreciate a nice massage." He flashed a wide, toothy smile to Briar, putting on a humorous show of puffing up his chest proudly and giving her a charming grin. "All you'd have to do is get comfortable and enjoy your wine. I'll take care of the rest. What do you say?"

"Alastor Mendacium"

Warning: Alastor is an intensely mature character. Message me for content warnings.
As his mate, Manea may enter any of Alastor's threads.
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