Darkness could hang thick underneath the thick pine canopies of a black forest in Northrim. To be precise, this forest lay just west of Rimegard, in Frost Raven territory. The Frost Ravens, however, did not build grand cities or cut down entire forests. This forest was vast enough to hold the Frost Ravens and a good deal of wild animals and stranger things, and even Utlagr Hall to the northernmost corner of the woods.
The forest itself was just as untamed as the Frost Ravens that lived in it. During the day, birds sang, deer cautiously lingered in the forest, and when night fell, the sound of crickets filled the air, interspersed by the occasional haunting howl of a wolf. In these woods lurked mystery, darkness... and the wild beauty of raw nature.
The pale morning sun filtered sparsely through the branches. In the middle of the woods, a group of nine unusual folk had gathered... but most of them were only just now waking up.
Alys, Neath, Valya, Bale, Sean - none of them could remember the previous night. Neither could Judoc, Dastavand, Dana, or Meryl. But there was one who could.
Hale stood tall over everyone, pacing about with his arms crossed and keeping a watchful eye as his pack awoke. He had never fallen asleep. As the pack looked around, they saw one of their number was missing: Meryl, one of the somewhat younger werewolves, though still older than a pup. This was nothing terribly new, of course - not all the werewolves gathered in the same place in the morning, though they were never far off. A werewolf wouldn't distance itself too greatly from its pack.
They all awoke to the smells of the forest, strong and thick in the air: tart pine smells mixed with the familiar scents of their brethren, and the smells of earth and the morning dew. All around them, they could hear birds singing as the forest started to wake up.
Last night hadn't been a full moon, nor anything near it, and they had not changed to their greatest of forms. Instead, they had turned only somewhat. While still devastatingly powerful, that meant that their clothing, equipment, and anything else on their persons had not been damaged or gone missing.
Several of them were still relatively new to this pack, and Sean, Alys, Neath, Valya, and Bale all felt somewhat unfamiliar with each other - as well as their other pack-mates - to a fair extent. Not much talking had been done since any of them had joined. Hale had been a whirlwind of activity lately, keeping the pack on the move, trying to travel south as quickly as possible in order to catch up with this mysterious werewolf rumored to be ravaging Illikon at night. Some of the newer members of the pack were only just familiar with each other's names.
Right now, however, they seemed to have a breather. Hale hadn't said a word yet, glancing over everyone, making sure they were all accounted for, and waiting for any stragglers like Meryl to find their way back toward the pack... such as Bale, an Omega, who had woken up a good several yards away from everyone else.
So, for the time being, they had a chance to wake up, gather their bearings, and make some conversation over breakfast. Hale, still silent, knelt over a small fire-pit he was busy preparing, in order for them to have a brief breakfast before they set out on the road again. He had no meat yet, but catching meat was rarely a problem amongst this group.
((Introductions/interaction time. Get a feel for your characters and interact with each other and the NPCs. It's up to you how long your character has been in the pack and whether or not you know the names of most people.
A few notes: I'll be providing more info on werewolves as needed as we go along and things come up, but most of it you should already be familiar with from the wiki article. However, I'll say that now is a good time to start thinking about the personality of your character's werewolf form. If you have any questions about that and how it works, just ask me.
Also, please note that you should ignore the quest description for IC purposes. In other words, your characters haven't been introduced to the situation yet. No one knows one of the werewolves was injured with silver arrows. That will happen in-game and then that part of the quest will begin.))