Pheeobe’s Promotion

Practice List Cavern
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This cavern is considerably smaller than the others, but it has the same rough-hewn appearance that reveals it’s dwarf-carved origin rather than a natural one. Some lanterns hang here to illuminate the cavern, their flames casting a flickery orange-green glow that dances on the stone walls and ceiling. The chamber is approximately round, and at the center of the room there are several wooden boxes set up, around which you can see the remnants of straw and torn burlap. At the distant end of the room, Chinafar the dwarf sits with a thick needle and twine, sewing more targets together for patrons to use for practice. Vv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@v@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vVv@@@vV
You can go: Main Cavern <N>
Contents: A wolf with a slight limp (Pheeobe); Chinafar; and PROCLAMATION:
WANTED.

Caileana sits in the center of the practice lists, her posture alert and her tail curved neatly around her and settled over her paws. She watches the cavern entrance expectantly.

Pheeobe runs through the cavern entrance smiling. “Cail! Are we doing some more training?” She runs right up to Caileana and sits down gracelessly.

Indra pads into the training cavern from where she has been sitting in the shadows of the gallery.

Caileana inclines her head and smiles at Pheeobe. “Tenderfoot,” she greets her, her voice a touch more serious than is normal. “On the contrary, we are having your inspection for promotion today.”

Pheeobe eyes grow wide. “Today? Really?”

Indra’s tail flicks around her front paws.

Caileana dips her head. “Yes, today. The Alphas have given the go-ahead for me to do the inspection myself, and Indra is here to observe as well.” She nods at her mother.

Indra inclines her head in confirmation.

Pheeobe pose smiles widely but sits up straighter. “Well this is grand news.”

Caileana grins. “I think so,” she confides. She gets to her paws and becomes more serious again, crossing to shrug out of her satchel. “We’ll start with a spar. I need to assess that your skills in combat are where they should be.”

Pheeobe nods and removes her satchel.

Indra moves off to the side to observe from a more out-of-the-way position.

Caileana pads back into the center of the cavern and wheels around to face Pheeobe. She glances at Indra to be sure the other Wolf is ready, and then drops into a ready stance. “You may have the first attack, Tenderfoot.”

Pheeobe nods once, takes a breath, and then gets in her ready stance. She pauses for a fraction of a second before lunging forward to bite.

>> Pheeobe bites Caileana hard, her teeth sinking into Caileana’s fur. Caileana winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Caileana’s muzzle wrinkles at the contact, perhaps as much with the pain as with approval at the strength of the attack, and it’s only after Pheeobe lands her first blow that Caileana starts to move. She circles the Tenderfoot before darting in with a quick

>> Caileana nips at Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Pheeobe gets nicked by the bite and flicks herself around to Caileana. She lunges again, aming for her leg with another bite.

>> Pheeobe nips at Caileana! Caileana winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Caileana lashes out with the leg to claw at Pheeobe while she’s close.

>> Caileana claws Pheeobe! Pheeobe is scratched!

Pheeobe pulls back a bit but then burst straight into an answering claw.

>> Pheeobe claws Caileana! Caileana is scratched!

Caileana wheels around tightly so that she can sink her fangs into Pheeobe’s foreleg.
bite pheeobe

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe winces a little at the well-placed bite but answers the bite to deliver another scratch.

>> Pheeobe scratches Caileana with her claws. Caileana doesn’t appear to be too injured, however.

Caileana manages to dart away enough to avoid the worst of the damage this time, and then she bullies forward again quickly, ramming Pheeobe with her unscarred shoulder and sinking her teeth into the fur of Pheeobe’s back.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe takes the brunt of the bite and returns it with another bite to Caileana’s leg.

>> Pheeobe bites Caileana! Caileana winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Caileana shakes her off her leg with a grunt and snakes her head forward to bite Pheeobe’s shoulder.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe winces again as her shoulder is bit. She kicks Caileana with her back legs.

>> Pheeobe kicks Caileana firmly! Caileana is bruised!

Indra moves sleekly toward another corner as their movement brings them nearer her.

Caileana swings her haunches away when Pheeobe’s back paws connect with them solidly. She wears an even, dogged expression, and takes a step closer to Pheeobe to keep pressing her attacks.

>> Caileana nips at Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Pheeobe presses back and bites at Caileana’s shoulder.

>> Pheeobe nips at Caileana! Caileana winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Caileana rears back on her hind paws and swivels, snapping at the top of Pheeobe’s hindquarters.

>> Caileana nips at Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Pheeobe jumps from under Caileana’s bite, only getting nipped, a responds with her own bite back.

>> Pheeobe nips at Caileana! Caileana winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Caileana drops back to all fours smoothly and barrels fowards again, snapping at Pheeobe’s shoulder.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe hard, her teeth sinking into Pheeobe’s fur. Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe grimaces for a moment before reeling again, going forward again to bite.

>> Pheeobe bites Caileana! Caileana winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Caileana doesn’t retreat, and it’s becoming obvious she’s trying to force Pheeobe back into a wall and corner her. She bites at Pheeobe’s paw.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe fights back and pushes Caileana away with a kick.

>> Pheeobe kicks Caileana firmly! Caileana doesn’t appear to be too hurt by the blow.

Caileana dodges, and latches onto the paw instead of being pushes away.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe bites Caileana.

>> Pheeobe tries to bite Caileana, but misses.

Caileana shies away from this bite entirely and then lunges forward again with her teeth.

>> Caileana nips at Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

Pheeobe scratches at Caileana.

>> Pheeobe tries to claw Caileana, but misses.

Caileana ducks the claws and bites Pheeobe once more.

>> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces in pain, the wound bleeding a little!

Pheeobe bites back at Caileana.

>> Pheeobe tries to bite Caileana, but misses.

>> Caileana nips at Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

>> Pheeobe tries to bite Caileana, but misses.

> Caileana bites Pheeobe! Pheeobe winces, the bite stinging her a bit.

COMBAT> Caileana has DEFEATED Pheeobe!

Caileana draws back when it’s evident Pheeobe has exhausted all her strength. “That’s enough, Tenderfoot.” She takes a few breaths and pads closer again. “You all right?”

Pheeobe licks her shoulder for a moment before nodding and sitting up straight. “Yes. I am fine.” She breaths a little heavily. “How was I?”

Indra circles both participants, observing their wounds and general state.

Caileana backs off and sits down across from Pheeobe, taking a moment to assess her own wounds and lick the worst of them. “Tenacious,” she says, for a start.

Pheeobe nods. “Okay.”

Indra steps back, deferring to Caileana’s assessment.

Caileana glances to Indra. “Mother, can I hear your thoughts?” She goes back to cleaning, her ears perked.

Indra inclines her head. “Undaunted in the face of exhaustion, but not reckless,” she says.

Virika arrives from the main cavern to the north.

Caileana nods and straightens from her attention to her bites and scratches. “I agree. You hold your emotions in check admirably, and you avoid getting frustrated and angry, which I know is something we’ve worked on, but it’s also something that will serve you well in the future. You could be stronger, but that will come with time, and you use your skills well.”

Virika follows her nose to the training cavern. She slips to the side quietly and watches.

Pheeobe nods, tail wagging just a bit. “I tried to use my small size…it did allow me to get pushed around a little.” Her ears go a little pink.

Indra dips her snout in acknowledgement of Virika.

Caileana flashes her teeth in a grin. “Smart. I try to use my height to overpower smaller opponents, but you can use your smaller size to outmaneuver.” She doesn’t seem to have noticed Virika.

Pheeobe has not noticed Virika herself but listens closely to Caileana. “Yes.”

Virika smiles and gives a small dip of her head to Indra. She continues to smile, watching Caileana and Pheeobe.

Caileana inclines her head. “What are your thoughts on your progress, Tenderfoot?”

Pheeobe tilts her head side to side, assessing. “I think I have come a long way…from not wanting or being comfortable with sparring to being able to control my emotions and do my best. I think there are still some things to work on, tactics and becoming stronger…but I feel ready. It has been awhile…”

Caileana nods. “I agree. You have made a lot of strides, and you have been very patient throughout this process.” She tilts her head, and then gets to her paws, going first for her satchel.

Pheeobe also stands. That is when she notices Virika. She gives her a little wave and smile.

Virika nods to the two wolves, “A very thoughtful assessment on both parts.”

Caileana blinks and then smiles. “Ah, Hunter. Thank you.” She nods to Virika.

Virika says, “Greetings Indra, Caileana. Pheeobe.”

Pheeobe bows her head a bit.

Caileana says to Virika, “We’re just having an inspection, Hunter.” She looks at Pheeobe. “If you would walk with me, Tenderfoot?” Then back to Indra and Virika, “You two are welcome to come along, of course.”

Pheeobe nods and comes to Caileana’s side.

Virika nods, “I would like to join you if that’s all right.”

Indra steps forward to join as well.

At the Edge of Lantern Waste
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The terrain here is rocky and somewhat barren. There are windclipped evergreen trees here, their branches mostly bare and spindly with sparse clumps of needles sticking out at odd angles. They give way to the denser forests of Lantern Waste to the south, and to the north are lonely, rocky moors that exist under permanent wisps of fog. It’s a lonely place, very quiet.

The woods’ edge continues to the east and west here.
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You can go: Southwest <SW>, East <E>

Caileana walks north and finally slows when the reach the edges of the Waste, at the northern border. She looks to Pheeobe. “As a Scout, your duties will consist of regular patrols, and hunting for the pack when need calls for it,” she says. She inclines her head and gestures around them. “What do you smell?”

Virika follows quietly, observing the following with a faint smile.

Pheeobe looks around and then sticks her nose to the ground, sniffing intently.

Pheeobe says, “I smell Mendor to the Southwest and a rabbit hopped through to the East.”

Caileana bobs her head. “Good,” she says. She pauses. “Have we done any hunting of big game together? It seems that we did.”

Pheeobe nods. “Yes. I also hunted with the Alpha once.”

You say, “Good. You’ll be doing a lot more of that now, though we do try to take down deer as a group. It’s more effective that way.”

Pheeobe nods. “Of course.”

Virika nods to this.

Caileana wrinkles her muzzle in thought and then asks, “Do you have any questions? Anything we haven’t talked about?”

Pheeobe thinks about it for a moment, tail wagging. “Umm…not really…I know I can ask when something does go wrong or I need something.”

Indra inclines her head approvingly to this notion.

Caileana nods. “Yes. A promotion doesn’t mean we’re just…pushing you out unprepared into the world, or anything. You can always come to me, or anyone in the pack, really, with questions and concerns. The Hunters are a good bet for things above your authority.”

Virika smiles.

Pheeobe nods and looks between Virika and Caileana.

Pheeobe looks like she may burst with excitement.

Caileana takes a breath. “I think you’re ready, Pheeobe. Really, I think it’s more than time.” She spares a glance to Indra and Virika.

Virika gives a nod, looking proudly at the two. “I couldn’t agree more.” She offers her two cents.

Pheeobe looks to Indra.

Indra inclines her head. “Indeed.”

Pheeobe smiles at Caileana. “I agree.” She smiles brightly, sitting higher than ever before.

Virika beams.

Caileana nods, more decisively. “Well,” she says. “You’ve passed all my inspections brilliantly, Tenderfoot. And I have permission to tell you, that being the case, Pheeobe, you are now promoted to Scout.”

Pheeobe beams and then jumps up and down (just a little bit). “Oh thank you!! Thank you!”

Caileana grins at her, the look maternal and proud.

Virika grins and nods her head, “You’ve earned it Scout. Congratulations.”

Pheeobe smiles at Virika. “Thank you, Virika!”

Indra chuckles at the younger wolf’s excitement, looking pleased.

Caileana’s tail wags a few times.

Virika grins and her tail swishes behind her.

Pheeobe dances around.

Pheeobe asks, “What now?”

Indra looks to Caileana, “I believe celebrations are in order?”

Virika gives a small nod to this.

Caileana bobs her head, still smiling. “Definitely.” She looks at Pheeobe, “What do you think, /Scout/, how would you like to celebrate?”

Virika teases, “I can always grab the Alpha and we can hear one of his long winded speeches.”

Caileana shoots Virika a ‘please, anything but that’ look.

Pheeobe shakes her head. “No thank you.

Pheeobe tail wags. “We should run to the basin!”

Pheeobe pages, “Always jumping the gun” to you.

Caileana tips her head and says something in an undertone, smirking.

Caileana mumbles “Yes, but if I catch you in that tree again, I’ll be rescinding the promotion, won’t I.”, to Caileana.

Caileana mumbles “Yes, … if I … … in … tree … … … rescinding the promotion, … …”, to Caileana.

Virika smirks and says, “A nice run through the woods would be nice.”

Indra says, “I believe it would be appropriate for the new scout to lead?””

Caileana looks approvingly at Pheeobe.

Pheeobe looks to the others, scratches the ground a few times and starts running.

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