Winter has gripped Anikira alongside a dangerous and deadly disease that has begun to spread throughout the continent. Three brothers emerged from the Southern Isles searching for a cure. Will they find it on Anikira?
Snow is falling all over the North while Winter brings the wet season to the south. The disease is slowly spreading, and so far there is no cure in sight. Who will find it? And will it be in time to save Anikira and The Southern Isles?
Joints creaked and muscles shook as Valdis made her way through the land she had come to call home in the direst of times, the land that had taken her in and offered her salvation. In the wake of the fire, which felt like a dream these days, Miera had been a safe haven. Here, she had revived Aesir after it had faced extinction. Here, she had raised and lost pups, fallen in and out of love. She still missed the friends she’d lost along the way: Baard, Hel and Heimdall, Jotun. They had shared some of the worst experiences of her life with her, and that was a bond that wasn’t easily dismissed. She missed her errant children, too: Ingrid and Vali. All her children were her pride and joy, and it hurt to remember that she may have outlived some of them. It was the not knowing that hurt the most. She could only mourn their involvement in her life.
A cold wind cut right through her old bones, and she shivered in response, bracing herself against the harsh blows. Valdis had always appreciated that Miera was a hard land. It bred hardy wolves. The pack was better of for it, of that she had no doubt, but in her old age, it proved more difficult to navigate. Valdis would never complain of it aloud, but she had accepted now that she was not the young, strapping wolf she had once been.
Valdis came to halt near the Path of Enathu, partly out of exhaustion and partly out of nostalgia. This was the easiest way to cross from the mainland to Miera, but Valdis doubted now that she would survive a trip to the mainland. It was a strange feeling, to be so useless. She hated that she relied so much on the care of others, and sometimes wished she had died fighting like she had always imagined. It was a slow, pitiful death to die of old age. There was no dignity in it.
[attr="class","text"]Most of the time, it seemed that Raynor was the one following Sköll, but today - it was oddly different. Sköll was slowly following behind Raynor, who was moving ahead of him, still staying within eye sight of the large wolf pup. The pair were inseparable, more than he was with his sister, Hatí. The young wolf could feel that something was very different in his mother. His odd eyes watched her closely every time she was near them. She wouldn't speak very much and she was slower to stand than he remembered her before. He wished that he could understand why things were this way, but it was hard. Of course he would be told "you are too young" or something along those lines. It didn't really matter. He loved his parents dearly - equally. Sköll prayed to the Gods daily, hoping that they would hear his call and understand the wishes he had for his family. Raynor was moving through the lands, sniffing everything he could while keeping a not-so-steady pace. He would run a little, then stop and smell something for so long that Sköll would have the opportunity to catch up.
When they came across the scent of mother, Raynor was the first to greet her. His large body barreled towards her. He almost crashed into her as he shouted, "mom!" Instead, the bear tumbled and rolled onto his side. His brown eyes stared up at Valdís as his ears slid back against his head as he had watched his siblings do when they got in trouble as well. At first, Sköll was worried that his mother would have gotten harmed by the large and clumsy bear - but it wasn't so. He quickened his pace regardless, making his way to face them both. "Mother, are you alright?" He asked, making sure this the nit-wit of a bear had not harmed her in his foolishness. How many times had he instructed the Ursa to be more careful and not to charge the ones we love? Raynor knew that he was not the favorite child of the Hilmir. That was obvious to him. But he had hoped that by now, she would realize that he loved her like a mother - not having recalled his own species before Volsungs saved his life.
Sköll gave a respectful bow of his head to his mother and moved to nuzzle his head beneath her chin as a sign of respect and love for the one who brought him into this world. He gave a delicate lick to her chin and stepped back. "What brings you out here?" She was the Hilmir and could go where she wanted, but lately she had been sticking close to the den - to their direct home. He had wanted to see her up and wandering, so when she was now - he should have handled it better. He could hear the concern in his father's voice when they spoke, and he could see it in his eyes.
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Brunilda initially started on Anikira from Foraz. She had been hand-chosen by the Commander, Olympus herself. She along with her partner in position - Rhett, saved the pack from a nosey and no-good intruder. It was in her dedication to Olympus and Foraz, that he again picked her to bring forth a treaty between Aludri and Foraz - joining them together. She continues to be a strong character with a good sense of right and wrong. We cannot wait to see what Susy does with her next!
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