(1exp on time + 1exp subplot +1exp referencing "Rick", "Austin", "Christian", and "Lizzie" +1exp goal = 4exp. Total to Date: 12)
Well… I'm definitely going to be aching for a few days. This last week has been quite soul testing. As soon as I got Silver-Tongue back, my pack has unanimously decided to go search for that damn T-rex that's been bothering our territories. Once you figured out what general route he plans on taking each day, he was surprisingly easy to find. We ambushed it in the Shadow, just as it was about to eat its meal, allowing us to take it down without too much of a fight, Strikes is thinking of getting points for Cunning since he made the plan. Thing is, we weren't the only ones planning on catching up to it.
You want to know what I think is worse than the damn cultists we fought before? Werewolf cultists. They called themselves the Ascended Brotherhood of Wolves Subservient to the Rightful Lords. I am NOT making this name up, insane werewolves apparently make overly long names. We call these heretics Bale Hounds. What is up with these freaks? I know what convinced the Pure to turn against Luna, but what convinces one of the People to serve such evil. Damn Traitors ambushed us before we could kill the overgrown lizard and captured me. In fact, they were planning on catching only me. They drove the rest of my pack away, 'cause I was the only one that mattered. They were waiting for me on making a move, when they learned I was stalking the dinosaur (I think I might have been too vocal asking for help around other packs), they decided to bait a trap using our prey . I dunno what's scarier, who they claim to serve or their thought process. Either way, I know now that insane does not mean stupid.
And that stuff ain't the worse part. It's what they were planning on doing to me. They didn't want me dead, no that would be merciful compared what they did to me. They wanted to corrupt me, make me join their side using torture, both physically and emotionally. You wanna know how it goes? I'm not telling you everything, just know that man, I got close to losing it. First thing they did was neuter me using a hot iron knife (thankfully, this specific part has made a full recovery at time of writing) and it just goes downhill from there. Next, I got impaled with tiny silver spikes all over. Silver is the one things that us werewolves could not regenerate easily, so I still got the marks from those. Then they harmed Bound-Yet-Free using some blasphemous rite that caused both of us physical discomfort. In a way, I am thankful they did not have the necronomicon and that their torture methods only extended to physical and emotional abuse. I may have suffered by their hands, but I still refused what their offer.
Course, that still paled in comparison to what they did to the T-rex. I had recently learned its name to be Stand-Alone-Unbroken as I overheard the abuses the Bale Hounds did to it. They forced the spirit to feast on all kinds of bizarre and strange forms of essence. Everything from lightning spirits to the spirits of cars, they defiled the old spirit with glee. In Stand-Alone's place was a true monster, like someone decided to make a cyborg rex and then put cancer and infest it with a colony of wasps. They worshipped their new creation.
It was at that point, my pack had come to liberate me. I praised our Lord for Deliverance as I was set free. It involved lots of explosives and silver bullets. I think like two or three of the cultists got killed as they retreated into the Shadow with their newfound diety. I survived, but… I think I'm going to need some time to recover before I chase them down again. In all, I had endured 5 days behind enemy lines. Jack says I might get marked with Purity for my determination, but this whole ordeal has made me think.
I have Luna's Full Moon as my Auspice Blessing, which means that I was chosen above all other roles for Purity. The Full Moon also fills me with greater Rage than other werewolves. Our enemies are the impure and mad, those who have been corrupted and betray their own kind and serve wretched false gods. I believe, I was chosen to destroy them, tear them apart using the Rage that is in me. I have decided I should pursue Purity more, so that I might stand against our enemies.
I've given myself a few days to recover after writing that first part up above. So I can focus on what you guys are doing, now that that stuff is not as fresh in my mind, surely you can understand why.
Now Christian, turning yourself into a fox once might be a different thing entirely compared to the shapeshifting Rick and I can do. I might not be an expert of magic, but in our case, we essentially are the animal we change into, both spiritually and in a way genetically, if it can be called that. It is intrinsic to our nature, but it is not to yours. I'm not so sure you got fox-blood, so I'm pretty sure your experience would be fundamentally different from the ones we experience every day. Also, hope you get something nice from your Masters, I'd ask for a sword myself or a book of spells if I was in your position.
Lizzy, Japan seems pretty much screwed now don't it? Lots of death is not good for the Spiritual world, I'm expecting an imbalance in death spirits causing more and more deaths if this goes on for too long. Also, I heard about the Cherion Group. Nasty stuff from what I hear. Maddie Mauler tells me that she ran into one of their workers during her First Change. Apparently, the guy tried to grab her before her first change for something. The guy spat acid as projectile weapon and ate metal. Maddie got away obviously, but man, that guy was a monster. I'm not really sure if he represents every Chiron employee, but you might want to treat carefully.
Hopefully, Rick, Silver-Tongue did a good enough job to win us some permanent allies. Diplomacy is something I am not very good at, I realize that that's what going to win us this war.
And lastly Austin, do you think we can really use that time and space stuff in anyway? Maybe send ourselves messages from the future or maybe make a reliable method of teleportation? Those would come in handy, but please, do not delve too deeply on such things. While victory is our goal, it'll be meaningless if it costs us our very souls. I only hope you do not focus your attention too much on those cursed objects.
Either way that's all I got. I hope the other Packs will be more receptive to us now that Bale Hounds are involved. Heck, maybe we can start a Silver Crusade while we're at it.
Hope to see you again,