(1exp on time + 1exp subplot +1exp referencing "Rick"+1exp goal = 4exp)
Interesting piece of machinery we got here, right guys? Capable of sending a message "anywhere" to any other "anywhere". I'm sure every faction dedicated to building "magic tools" wouldn't love tearing one of these beauties up. I just wish we didn't have to part so soon after meeting finally meeting up again.
I hate to break it to all of you, but working with the Tribes of the Moon-scratch that, werewolves in general- ain't exactly a vacation either. Day to day, it's each pack to itself, fighting off other every other pack for small scraps of land with the occasional access point into the Shadow up for grabs. The spirit lords do not make the situation any better. It's either you must kill a sheep to appease a loin spirit, but then the sheep's friends get upset and try to kill you and the lion doesn't even give a damn about whether or not you live or die. Then some grass spirit backs you up and asks you pay back with a favor involving a tree trunk. It's even worse in the so-called Pure Tribes, who outright sell themselves into slavery for mere trinkets and scars that say how much better they are than you. Has this what Father Wolf's Children have been reduced to? I can understand respecting beings of such power and they do deserve some of it, but the needs the spirits place upon us often greatly outweigh the benefits. And that's not even counting the ones which actively trying to kill you!
Thankfully, Luna gave us the ability to regenerate lost body parts and survive from injuries that'd kill any normal human being, though I do hope that I do not need to find out if I can regenerate lost parts of gray matter. And really, thinking about it, it reminds me more about my middle school days, the more I think about it… only with more weapons, fur, and claws.
But enough about my problems, I'm supposed to be here to tell you of my progress, after all. These days, every time I go into the Shadow, I can hear howling, lots of howling, coming from… well everywhere, I'm not exactly sure "where", but I am very sure it is "there". Now, I can understand you guys not really getting the whole howling "language", but I can feel it every time I listen, those voices, they want me to…prepare. Of what, I do not know. I don't know what they want, but I ain't planning on finding out without a weapon and a pack behind me. I might as well start looking for those two things first anyways. Maybe I can sweet talk and Iron Master from the Lodge of Swords or two to make something special for me… though I am kinda unsure about how I am going to be paying him back.
Still, I wish you guys luck. Especially you, Ricky. I hear there's a Lodge of the Great Lakes and well… werewolves tend to be territorial, especially against other shape-changers. You'd be the equivalent of a competing predator and they WILL disrupt your work, drive you away, or if that doesn't work... Except axe throwing.
Hope to see you again soon and hopefully not in a casket, Darrel.