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a character in “We All Have Pride”, as played by If_Cats_Could_Write

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I. Name - Josiah
II. Age - Elder
III. Gender - Male
IV. Breed - Iberian lynx
V. Role - Supernatural
VI. Ranking - Wise One
VII. Personality Traits -
❦ Religiously Reliable (only when you seek his face.)
❦ Grouchy and Distant
VIII. Extra - He has the power of healing. He teaches Nevaeh and occasionally Mowgli how to heal.
(This is the only NPC that cannot be controlled by anyone except for If_Cats_Could_Write)

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I. Name - Velora
II. Age - Adult
III. Gender - Female
IV. Breed - Chinese Tiger
V. Ranking - Warrior
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Mature/Patient
❦ No Sense of Humor

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I. Name - Gaston
II. Age - Juvenile
III. Gender - Male
IV. Breed - Puma
V. Ranking - Warrior
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Funny / Good sense of Humor
❦ Glutenous (that one fat guy.)

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I. Name - Lourdes
II. Age - Adult
III. Gender - Female
IV. Breed - Bobcat
V. Ranking - Hunter
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Compassionate/sweetheart
❦ Cradle Robber (Too flirtatious. Likes them younger fellows.)

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I. Name - Tariq
II. Age - Young Adult
III. Gender - Male
IV. Breed - Black Panther
V. Ranking - Hunter
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Fearless
❦ Close-minded

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I. Name - Beau
II. Age - Cub
III. Gender - Male
IV. Breed - Puma
V. Ranking - N/A (future: Denmaid)
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Quick Learner
❦ Picky

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I. Name - Dex
II. Age - Cub
III. Gender - Male
IV. Breed - Cheetah
V. Ranking - N/A (future: Hunter)
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Creative/Imaginative
❦ Easily Frightened

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I. Name - Camila
II. Age - Cub
III. Gender - Female
IV. Breed - Siberian Tiger
V. Ranking - N/A (future: Warrior)
VI. Personality Traits -
❦ Curious/Willing
❦ Annoying/Pushy

So begins...

NPC Characters's Story

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Kanta looks around as she is surrounded by all sorts of species of cat, and they're all ready to tear her apart. Her legs tremble as a lioness asks, ”What’s your name and your business here?”. Kanta's legs straighten as she sees a gap in the circle, that isn't big, but is enough to get through. She looks away from it, remembering where it was in the back of her head in case she needs to run. She tries to talk but her shyness (if that's even a word xD) makes sure that no words come out, but it's obvious she's trying to speak. All she could get out was "Ah" before bolting to the gap and this time successfully getting over the Bobcat's shoulder and continuing at full sprint, her energy suddenly recharged.

She darts in and out of the bushes, without knowing if they were chasing her or not, which they most likely would be. She charges directly ahead of her, not knowing she was going to where the meeting took place and where some of the pride still was. She'd thought the whole pride was back there. She sees Betyr, but mistakes him for a rock in the chaos and she steps on him, losing balance as she jumps, sending her sprawling again, but she gets up in an inhuman amount of time. Kanta sets off running but she takes 4 seconds to get to a full sprint.

As if the world was against her, the trees ahead are clumped together like a barrir, forcing Kanta to dodge right to avoid colliding with the trees. Kanta keeps sprinting until she starts hearing a loud gushing sound of water moving quickly. Her eyes widen as she sees a river ahead, with rapids and too wide to just jump across. She gets to the bank and lays flat under a large fern, hoping she won't be seen. She is panting from the running, her front right knee cap sore from smacking the ground twice and her nose refuses to smell from the underwater collission earler.

What Kanta doesn't know is that the river takes her right to the waterfall and back to the meeting area that she watched and listened in on.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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I listen to other winds. I talk to other faces. I feel another presence.


ImageNevaeh ran off with the rest of the group. Chasing the skittish leopard. Unknowingly invading another pride was one thing. It happens to the best of cats. This lioness has sure enough done in her juvenile days.However running away from a large group after they already cornered you and questioned you. Well that's stupid and suspicious in her opinion. Though this is a large group. It's not impossible to be intimidated. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe she's a spy from one our rivals. That's the last thing the pride needed right now. If everyone knew that Long Tale was without a leader. Then Nevaeh's comrades would appear to be weak and easy pickings.

The Dusk and Dust pride will surely take this opportunity to attack. A large group of lions who consistently searching for a fight and land. As far as they know, Nevaeh's mother was still alive. And it's for the best they keep thinking that way. As soon as they know, Long Tale was going through a transitional period. They will attack - like they always do. So as Nevaeh thinks about it for a little longer. She realized this intrusion can be not taken lightly.

When the group finally reached the faction again. Nevaeh left front paw got caught on a tree root. She falls over as panic sprints through her blood. "She can't! She can't-" The lioness roared as she tried to get her paw unstuck. "She can't leave! No matter, she can't leave." The wiseone doesn't sense any ill will from the leopard. However the female could be mistaken. The leopard could be a spy or thief. The leopard could talk and give this pride unnecessary attention.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Betyr

Betyr was unsurprisingly used to getting pounced on during naps. Between Seryn, however, Seryn did not do it as often, thankfully, anymore as she once had in her younger moons, and the current three playful young cubs of the Pride; it was the Cubs he had to deal most often with when taking a nap recently. Of mostly dainty paws, curious nose tickling, and the largest (or technically the fattest, well-fed rascal) at times could get an 'Oof!' out of his deep chest if they landed on him just right. Granted, he had never been landed on by a mostly full-grown Leopard...

With an explosive, coughing snarl of startled confusion ripped free of his maw, Betyr's fair eyes snapped open to find a sprawling leopard tail-lengths from his nose. After apparently thrown off-balance from landing on a chunk of flesh and blood, instead of a rock she'd been hoping for. His startled confusion quickly transformed into startled anger, as the young female scrambled to her feet was an unknown, a rouge, a possible spy, and was bolting through the heart of the Faction. It took a spare moment longer for his feet to get underneath him, before launching himself after the unknown Leopard in fierce chase - a short cuffing roar announcing his presence and chase in process. Betyr hardly had speed on his side, but his own stamina, knowing the terrains' and faunas' natural twists and turns kept him close and the scent fresh, and the growing weariness and injuries the younger feline had were slowing her down some.

Arriving by the river side, Betyr was winded but not panting significantly. His sparse mane was windblown wild and flat, but his hackles were raised along his back and ears pinned tightly to his head clearly showed his displeasure of being awoken so rudely abrupt and the fact that a rouge was running loose through the Pride's home and territory. His keen eyes caught the flash of a tail along the bank-ferns, the scent of fear was high on the air for his nose to catch, and her gasping breaths easy to hear. There she was. A fresh growl of warning rumbles through his chest, before he spoke "Come out now, young Leopard. You're hurt and weakened from running, and will not last much longer against an alerted Pride. State your name and your intentions in our lands, so that we may hopefully put away our teeth and claws shortly."

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Seryn

"Oh move out of the way, I just want a drink. C'mon..." Seryn grumbled, as she squeezed through the gathered cat's, only to find them creating a semi-circle around a frightened unknown Leopard female. Akinyi seemed to be questioning her for her name and intentions, with Nevaeh and Nuru and other pride member standing by; when suddenly the cat bolted again over a bobcat's shoulder, sprinting away fast, towards the faction. In the resulting commotion, their was pointless mess of tangled limbs and hisses of confusion, as the cat's tried to make chase. Nevaeh easily taking the lead, while Seryn as fast as she was, did not have additional stamina over longer distance to keep up with her tremendous speeds.

It ended up that she had just caught up, panting with a heaving chest, and dry mouth, hurrying the distant cuffing roar of Betyr and Nevaeh's much closer roar of "She can't! She can't-... She can't leave! No matter, she can't leave," as she thrashed on the ground ahead, struggling to free her paw from a tree root. Seryn paused there, bending down with slender legs to help pull at the larger lioness trapped paw, as she gasped "Betyr is after her. Hang-... Hang on, let me help pull."


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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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. . . . . Nuru felt no convictions chasing the animal that had intruded their territory. That was, until he saw the spotted pelt that had so desperately tried to flee the scene once they had caught sight of her. It was one of his kind. Where was she running off to? Did this idiotic leopard realize she was dangerously close to their faction? Where the whole entire pride was currently residing? Obviously not. Nuru tried his best, scrambling as fast as his short legs could carry him, to keep up with the two swift lionesses. Splash! One by one, members of his pride had stalked towards the scene, growling and fur bristled. The intruder was surrounded. Praise the moon and stars, he was sure he was going to die of exhaustion if they had to run any further. Nuru's body was heaving from chase, shoving himself into the circle to examine the cat. Her ears were flat, eye-lids peeled back to reveal a terrified individual. Served her right. Then again, Nevaeh did mention she felt no ill-will in this leopard. Nuru's lips curled back with a hiss.

. . . . . “STAND DOWN!” Akinyi ordered, causing Nuru to flick his tail in annoyance. Who was she to tell him what to do? "What is your name and business here." She asked the leopard. The spotted female opened her mouth to speak, but instead of answering, she bolted. Her paws pushing off the back of the bobcat, Lourdes, causing the bobcat to fall on her face from the weight. Everyone scrambled in a confused frenzy after the leopard, Lourdes cursing madly from the sudden attack and almost outran the whole pride after her (minus the three fastest females of course). So many things were happening at once, it was hard to recall everything that happened. Nevaeh got caught in a root of a tree, yowling that the leopard must be stopped, Seryn stopping to help. The rest of the pride scattered in different directions in attempt to circle around and catch her that way. However, Nuru pursued forward, past his best friend and trailed behind Akinyi. By the time they reached the leopard's scent, a very angry Betyr had cornered her hiding in the lowly brush of ferns inside the faction.

. . . . . "Come out now, young Leopard. You're hurt and weakened from running, and will not last much longer against an alerted Pride. State your name and your intentions in our lands, so that we may hopefully put away our teeth and claws shortly." Nuru was delighted to witness such a rare event. The satisfaction of finding the intruder and catching her, seeing Betyr show an actual emotion... It was quite an eventful day, he almost felt better from being ridiculed earlier. Without a lick of caution, he approached the ferns where Betyr was crouching in wait for the leopard to come out.

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. . . . . Vale already knew that the pride didn't like Nuru all that much. It was just sort of strange to hear it come out of Nina. So she only offered because she was afraid... That was more expected... For a moment, he thought she actually wanted to be leader. Then again, he kinda wished that really was the reason. He was proud of her for speaking up. "Well, if you don't actually want to be leader, you can always drop out of the competition." He suggested, a slow blink to show his understanding. When he mentioned the whole sacrifice thing of being a denmaid and how it was an honor, she appeared hurt and stared at him for a moment before saying a word. What could be going on in her head? "The sacrifices I make are ones I was forced have to made. This wasn't what I wanted to do in a pride. Be the lowest of the low and treated like dirt by nearly the whole pride. I was taken into this pride and the only thing I am allowed to do is be a den maid." Vale was almost insulted at her comment. Lowest of the low? Treated like dirt? Being a denmaid should feel like an honor. Denmaids are the most important cats in the whole pride besides the leader itself. They had to care for the young future of the pride, protect the faction from nightly invasions, they did the hard work to make sure the pride could still function! Then again, not all cats were made to be a denmaid. It was a large sacrifice to make, and if one wasn't willing, of course they'd be upset. He did make the choice after all. However, he didn't know Nina wanted to be something else.

. . . . . There was a moment where Vale and Nina looked at each other with shocked faces, as if they both didn't expect for Nina to talk like that. "I'm sorry, this isn't a topic I like to talk about much." she apologized, turning away and padding towards the pond. She didn't say anything, like if she wanted to be left alone or not, so he followed. Nina took a moment to lap at the water, so he waited patiently, plopping himself down on his rump beside her. He didn't say anything though. He wanted for both of them to enjoy the silence. However, it didn't last long. A spotted pelt flashed behind them, towards Betyr whom was peacefully napping. Vale immediately stood up, claws unsheathed at the sudden movement. The leopard certainly moved too fast to be Nuru and he was the only golden leopard in the pride. An intruder. The leopard took a leap off the lion's side, but didn't jump up as high as she wanted to, crashing to the ground and running towards the ferns. Betyr let out a mighty roar, chasing the leopard around the faction until she tried to hide. He cornered her, commanding that she show herself while Nuru and Akinyi made an appearance. They were panting, as if they were chasing the intruder for moons. Vale scolded himself for not guarding the faction like he was supposed to and bounded to Akinyi. "What is this madness?" He snarled, taking in the scent of the leopard in hiding.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Perfect. Just perfect!

Akinyi bounded after the leopard, attempting to keep up as much as she could without tripping over anyone else. Falling right behind Neveah, Akinyi kept her nose to the wind, desperately clinging to the scent if the intruder. Though Neveah didn’t believe she bore any ill will towards the pride, what she did spoke otherwise. I tried the understanding approach, now I have to assure that she’s caught. As she thought this, Neveah got tripped up by a protruding tree root.

"She can't leave! No matter, she can't leave."

That was all Akinyi needed to hear. She pushed herself to catch up with the leopard with Nuru right behind her while the rest of the pride scattered in an attempt to surround her. As the scent of the intruder got closer, Akinyi saw Betyr who’d cornered the leopard in a group of ferns. She was laying on the ground, panting and seemingly tired. Suddenly aware of how far she’d run, Akinyi noticed she was doing the same, and began to slow her breathing.

"Come out now, young Leopard. You're hurt and weakened from running, and will not last much longer against an alerted Pride. State your name and your intentions in our lands, so that we may hopefully put away our teeth and claws shortly."

The usually calm Betyr seemed to be absolutely fuming. Akinyi began to wonder what the leopard had possibly done to set him off like that. In the next moment, Vale ran to the scene, inquiring as to what happened.

”We tracked this intruder from the waterfall, surrounded her, yet she escaped.” Akinyi growled lowly in annoyance at herself for not being able to stop her, and at her because she’d done something so reckless and had basically the entire pride chasing her. Realizing she was getting upset, Akinyi reeled in her emotions. ”We now have her cornered.”

Nuru advanced to the ferns where Betyr was lying in wait. Akinyi stepped closer to make the gap between herself and Nuru smaller in case she attempted to make another run for it like before. With this many of the pride here and her being cornered, it would be dumb to try to run again, but Akinyi readied herself to pounce in case she tried to.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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A brilliant sunlight cast over the tops of the trees and Mowgli was there, resting on a soft, smooth rock balanced on the tip of the tallest tree. Around him laid twelve beautifully aged cats of black and white coated breeds. Each cat had a blanket of bright blue butterflies laying over them, stopping just over the brow of each cat. Mowgli laid their, a look of complete and utter peace covering all of his usually uncaring features. "This is the life," He said, rolling onto his back to feel the heat of the sun on his underbelly. But it all ended to soon. A long, loud cry came rising from the jungle below, and with it a harsh breeze that sent the blue winged insects flying like a frenzy out into the air, the cats they covered seeming to turn into the butterflies themselves. And with the cloud of the insects ingulfing Mowgli, the yelling got louder and Mowgli awoke from his dream, his face instantly contorting into that of irritation. "I can never get a nice long nap around here anymore," He mumbled loudly to himself.

Looking down from his branch from the tree, he scoffed to himself, ignoring the initial smirk that wanted to let itself be seen. The irony, the horrible irony. On the day their leader voices their resignation as Pride Leader everything hits the fan with a surprise intruder. The cat was surrounded and scared. They tried asking her why she was their and and who she was. Mowgli shook his head at this. They're trying to reason with a cornered cat. What does a cornered cat do? Mowgli paused his thought, deciding voicing his words would be a waste of time. He waited a moment, watching the cat as she looked around at the surrounding members of the pride, ready to pounce her at a moments notice. Then she jumped, hightailing it out of there. They run, Mowgli sighed, answering his own question, knowing all too well. He hasn't seen many circumstances like this in person, but he's seen enough cats of the past doing the same thing.

Slowly, he stretched the sleep from his muscles. After a few minutes of stretches, he sat doing, looking around for a moment, taking in the environment, his ears twitching ever so slightly at the yells cats went out every now and again. After a moment of his, he took his time climbing down from the tree then over to the watering pool to get the dryness of sleep out of his mouth. Once that was done, he sat back, closing his eyes as he did so. Feeling a presence come up and sit beside him. Opening one of his eyes and glancing over, Camila - the young Siberian Tiger cub - sat staring up at him with big curious eyes. For a moment, Mowgli closed his eyes again, trying to ignore the small cub, but the cub seemed to notice. "What are you doing?" The cub said, and Mowgli let out a deep sigh before glaring at the water. "Shouldn't you be with a denmaid, or, I don't know, in a den?" Mowgli said, not trying at all to hold back the growl in his voice as he put his head closer to the ground as he looked at the cub. "That doesn't matter. What are you doing?" Subpressing the annoyance the cub was giving him, Mowgli looked back to the water. "Waiting," He said simply, but before the cub could question, coming out of the jungle above was the intruding.

Mowgli had seen a constant contingency for lone cats being chased through these parts in the past. Cats unfamiliar to the flow of this particular little section would somehow or another get themselves turned around and end up in the opposite place they would want to. And, in Mowgli's opinion, it wasn't that hard to get lost, though his eyes weren't the best. Either way, he had a small smirk directed at himself for getting something right, proud in his accomplishment. He just simply watched as a few who were following the cat made and appearance, corning the poor thing under some roots. Slowly, Mowgli stood, pushing the cub away with his back paw as she tried to follow but ended rolling back and over itself from the small force of Mowgli's. Coming up behind the group and paying little attention as to what they were saying or had said, he pushed his way past a few of them and got close to the unknown cat. Mowgli's eyes were small slits as he tried to focus his poor eyesight on the cat so he can remember the time she caused him to be stirred from his perfect nap. "You caused me to wake up from my nap," Mowgli scolded. If only she had known the perfect dream he was having. "What have you got to say for yourself, ignorant stranger?" He wanted justice from being waken. Or, in the least, he wanted a good explanation. A very good explanation.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Kanta's prayers were not answered, as she was almost instantly spotted by the lion she mistaked for a rock. "Come out now, young Leopard. You're hurt and weakened from running, and will not last much longer against an alerted Pride. State your name and your intentions in our lands, so that we may hopefully put away our teeth and claws shortly.". Kanta growls slightly as the other members of the pride arrived. Yeah right, they'll put theur teeth and claws away shortly, after they dismember her. "Well what's going to stop you from killing me after I tell you? And even if I tell you, you probably wob't believe me, or a few of you won't anyway." Kanta says, her confidence boosted as she isn't fully surrounded, although the only place she could go is the river.

"Look, I didn't mean to trespass in your land, and then one thing happened after another and you started chasing me back to where you guys seems to hang out a lot. My name is Kanta and when you tried to reason with me..." Kanta refers to Akinyi. "your 'friends' spoilt the approach with their aggressiveness. I ran at first because of sheer fear, and I accidently mistaked you for a boulder in the panaic." Kanta says, refering to when she stepped on Betyr. As she was explaining what happened in her perspective, she was backing up very slowly and very slightly every sentence, hoping none of them would notice. "Your ex-leader spotted me watching your little get-together after some lepoard called 'Nuru' only just missed me because of the racket he made chasing off some monkeys." Kanta can tell that Nuru will get annoyed and say that she's bluffing. "When he left, I got curious and followed him for a bit." Kanta finished her explanation and hopes they believe her and let her leave.

She feels something hit her paw and she looks at it to see blood on it. Kanta had forgotten about her nose and the fact she'd made a kill earlier. "Ah, I forgot about that. When I left your get-together, I went to the Savannah and got stuck in a stampede of wildebeast. I have no idea how or why but it happened." Kanta adds, in case they were suspicious of the blood.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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I listen to other winds. I talk to other faces. I feel another presence.


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"Betyr is after her. Hang-... Hang on, let me help pull," said Seryn while helping the lioness. Together they managed to wiggle her paw out of the root.

"Thank you so much, Seryn. You would think I would be graceful by now," Nevaeh spoke as they get her paw free. She nodded to the cheetah before fallowing Mowgli. The tension became more dense as she came closer to a river, where the leopard was cornered. Cowering in a bush like prey about to be devoured. Akinyi, Mowgli, Betyr, Nuru, Lourdis, and Tariq were there. Their fur prickled with aggression and annoyance. The lioness didn't make her presence known however. Simply sat behind Mowgli, peering over his shoulder at the intruder. She couldn't help but, think how much she hated this.

This unrest within the pride. Given she was the main cause of the unrest but, it still bothered the wiseone. When the pride was disturbed so was the jungle and spirits that inhabit it. Right before the leopard started speaking. Nevaeh felt a wave nausea and worry painfully twist in her stomach. It seemed her brain swelled inside her skull. Begging to come out. Then an odd lightness. She felt herself start slipping into other reality. Then...

"Look, I didn't mean to trespass in your land, and then one thing happened after another and... Nevaeh snapped herself out of it when she heard Kanta's unfamiliar voice. The wiseone paid close attention to cat's words. When she was done speaking, the wiseone stood up. She nudge past Mowgli with a smile. She however made sure not to get too close.

"You know, you're lucky you stumbled upon Long Tale territory and no one else's. The other prides would assume you were stealing prey. And then they would have... well killed you. But like I said, this is Long Tale. We don't kill and ask questions later. However," Nevaeh paused taking a deep breath. "it's important to know what pride you are from?"

"What? I didn't even know there were other groups nearby?"

"Well of course? How can you not know that," the wiseone asked turning her head to side.

" I don't come from around here. In fact, I have no idea where I come from exactly, I only know a few things about when I was a cub."

"Aaah. I see." Nevaeh couldn't imagine a life without Long Tale. To hunt and survive on her own. To be without her friends. That sounds so - depressing. "So you are without a pride, correct?"

"Yes. I don't know why though," Kanta said. The lioness can't help to be have a huge grin. Utter bliss sent shivers and purrs. Very loud purrs at that.

"Well that's perfect! So perfect, I say the Great One planned it himself. So would you like to be Long Tale cat?" The lioness takes a step close to the new pride member.

"Are you asking me to join your pride?‏ I mean are you sure you want me tagging along?"

Nevaeh purred once more. "Aw, you're a sweet one. You wouldn't be the first. And you won't be the last. Long Tale accept all cats of all different backgrounds. Every cats adds to our history and culture. So would you please join?"Nevaeh holds her head high as she talks about the pride. The idea of a new member wants her to jump and roar in excitement. But, she most remember to be cautious. For evil snakes do look pretty.

Kanta paused before answering, as if she had to think before answering. ”If that's ok with you.”

"Fine, then it's settled," Nevaeh replied. She looked the cat up and down. The poor thing looked exhausted. The wiseone glanced at Nuru, then at Betyr. "Nuru and Betyr. I know you are both tired but, may you please escort Kanta to the faction. Help her find a nice sleeping spot or den. And rest up as well," the last part was mostly for Nuru. Who seemed like he was going to pass out. Neveah then moved to give the leopard some room to breath and walk. Lourdis and Tariq left muttering about another mouth to feed.Image

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Nina sighed softly as Vale actually followed her. She needed to calm herself down and she breathed in deeply. She lapped up at the water quietly before licking her fur. She looked at Vale walking next to Vale and nuzzling into his quietly. She felt like she honestly had to do something. He was normally the one who talked the most out of the two and she felt bad that he hadn't even said anything to her. After a while she finally pulled away from him and continued to lick on her fur. Nina's mind was elsewhere and she tried to think of something else so she wouldn't be so sad about what just happened. Everything seemed to be going all wrong today and she felt like she lost someone although she didn't really think she had any friends in this pack. She breathed in deeply and silently walked up to the pond looking at herself in it dipping her paw into it and watching the water ripple.
As she looked into the water she saw another cat seem to breeze by. She looked up and it seemed to have everyone chasing after it. For a moment she thought that maybe it was another member of the pride and she scared for a moment. She turned back to look Vale and he was gone. She gulped and stared at everyone as they chased the cat. After a few moments she had stood up on all her paws going after them. It as a slow jog as she tried to catch up to them all. Even then she would let out a small whimper here and when her leg would send a painful shock through her whole body. She just needed to catch up with them. She wasn't even caring about the fact that her leg was causing her so much pain. Her heart was hammering and she breathed deeply catching up and stood in the background.
Nina stood there in shock as she watched everyone seem to snarl at the girl. She looked at the cat and the memories flashed through her head. Nina was such a small child when it all happened. She was hurt and kept running. That was how she actually damaged her leg so badly. She came across the pride causing an awful mess throughout the whole thing. It was a terrifying memory for her and she saw it in Kanta right then. Nina was cornered into a rock near the edge of a cliff. Everyone had been snarling at her and she was scared. Scared beyond belief. One of the warriors kept questioning her. She wasn't even able to talk. Her small paws continued to back up till she nearly had fallen. The warrior questioning her seemed too much like how Nuru was now. Nina stood in horror into even being able to move in the slightest as she witness what was going on. Eventually Nina had slipped. She thought she was going to die, not that the warrior would have cared. But seconds later someone bit down on her tail. He gently gave her directions and she landed on a flat surface. The wise lion climbed down and took her back up so she was safe. The next few weeks she hadn't said a word at all and went nearly everywhere with the lion. He was who saved her. The only one she actually trusted...Before even he had to leave her.
Almost in seconds the cat forgot about her leg and got in front of the stranger cat. She snarled at everyone watching with deadly eyes. Nina wasn't typically the person you would see that would have such an expression on her face. But this brought back memories that she didn't want to remember. Everyone had finished speaking including the cat that was right behind her. Everyone had already been done speaking even Neveah. But Nina was too aggravated to stop. "This whole pride hasn't changed a bit." She spoke bitterly. "This is how everyone goes after someone they don't know! You all are idiotic! You don't know whether they are good or bad and snarl at her in mere seconds because she wouldn't exactly come and face you first thing. How could she really when you guys chased her! Anyone would have been scared, that's just..Disrespectful. These are the types of things that give other cats her nightmares. Terrorizing them since the day they entered this pride. She did nothing that made her seem like an enemy. Even a cub came here helpless and weak, and warriors chased her around like she was a piece of meat eager to get rid of her-" Nina had to stop herself from speaking at that point. She hadn't said another word and took off, it was all too much to face at that moment.
Nina kept running. She wasn't the fastest due to her leg, but she didn't stop. The pain killed her, but she didn't want to face anyone right then and there. She felt too hurt and felt as if she would cry at any moment. After running for as long as she could take it the cat kept trying and tripped on a rock. She flew an her boy scraped against the ground. She got back up and found a tree laying underneath it. She whimpered softly and laid her head in her paws. She just needed to be let alone. She shouldn't have even said anything to begin with. She was such an idiot at time, but who could really blame her. That type of feeling wasn't anyone would actually like to have.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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I promise to intervene divinely

Season: Dry | Weather: Cool | Location(s): Anywhere and Everywhere | Event: N/A.


In the jungle. The mighty jungle, Long Tale slept tonight. Or not, depending on the cat. Today has been the most spontaneous in a very long time. Nevaeh, the last remaining Zorlin descendent, has decided to break tradition. And set forth in a new era. One of the first new members of this new era was Kanta. A leopard that had the whole pride running around circles. Even Nina got worked up. However for different reasons.

The sun disappeared behind the horizon. The moon could finally show half of it's face. The stars twinkled over their favorite pride. Herds of beast started becoming still, hoping that the predators were resting tonight. Babes of all kinds cuddled close to their mothers. While the true nocturnal creatures awaken and enjoyed the comfort darkness brought.

It was night.

Who would sleep?

Who would stir?

Who would fight?

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Akinyi quietly stalked a herd of zebra through the tall grass. Crouching low to the ground she assessed her current situation, judging distance and the time it'd take to cover that distance. As she did her calculations she glanced around at her fellow hunters, Tariq, a large black panther, and Lourdes, a female bobcat. The group didn't match as far as looks go, but as a team they were a force to be reckoned with.

Tariq scanned the herd of zebras while taking in a deep breath. Not too far from the hidden group was a mother with her calf. The mother however was very injured. The male panther was surprised the female zebra was even standing. The mother always seemed to be forgotten by the herd. Usually, calves would be surrounded by a large gathering of adults. Meaning protection for the baby and the mother. It seemed cruel for the zebra mother and the calf to be the targets. However, Tariq knew his pride stomachs were more important.

Lourdes could tell what zebras, Tariq picked to be his victims. She greatly disapproved. She nudged him and whispered, "You don't normally pick easy prey. I keep telling you, killing a mother and her calf are bad luck."

The black panther bared his teeth at the bobcat. "No time to be picky."

Akinyi watched the two as Lourdes fussed at Tariq. "He's right Lourdes. We need all we can get. Though maybe," Akinyi turned her words to Tariq. "You should leave the calf be. Let it grow." She hated the thought of killing a mother and child, but she knew that they had to take down as much prey as they could. The mother would already be an easy enough target so taking out a small calf was unnecessary. Though Tariq had his eyes on the weaker prey, Akinyi had her eyes set on a larger zebra, a loner from what she could tell. He was at the very edge of the herd, dozing. The rest of the herd paid him no attention which led her to her original conclusion. Though his size was considerable, he'd be caught off guard and would be slow to react. That would be his demise. Even then, she'd still probably be able to take him out, for he was too young to be experienced yet old enough to be an adult. Akinyi licked her lips in anticipation. "Are you prepared to attack?

Tariq nodded. "Not all three us need to be attacking the mother. She's injured and forgotten. I can take her myself. So Lourdes, assist Akinyi." The male looked the lioness in the eye. "We should make sure to attack at the same time. So none of our prey get mix into the crowd."

Lourdes glared at Tariq, hating his condescending tone. Lourdes assist, Akinyi. Hmph, if you weren't nice looking... I swear.

Akinyi nodded to Tariq. As she split from him, she whispered back to Lourdes. "What I'll do is sneak up from his right and drive him here to the left. That'll isolate him even more. I want you to position yourself, and I'll lead him to you. As soon as he's within ten to six feet, I want you to pounce. That way, if he doesn't react in time we will both get him. If he does, the surprise should slow him down long enough for me to still catch him from behind." She turned and smiled at Lourdes. "With us working together. He doesn't stand a chance. Let's do our best.

Lourdes purred in response. When the lioness started stalking to the right of the zebra male. She crawled on the ground and moved a little south of her original position. Then to the left, ending in the correct spot Akinyi was supposed to lead the zebra during attack. Due to the bobcat's size it was impossible for her to easily be spotted but, hard for her to see over the large grass. Thankfully there was no need to. She could see the strong legs of the lone male. Lourdes mouth watered, she dug her claws into the ground, and braced herself. The female went into a crouched, prepping her legs for a high jump. Quickly she glanced over her shoulder to check on Tariq.

Tariq was stalking the mother who was resting beside a tree. It was disturbing how he was nothing, but another shadow. Especially at night, he could incredibly close to prey. The male was about fifteen tail lengths away from his target. The mother was facing away from him so he would have tackle her down or deal with a long chase. Tariq was a big male with average speed, so he should be fine. When the black panther liked his distance, he stopped moving. Lourdes looked over at Akinyi, to see if she was ready. Waiting for one of two other hunters to sound the signal and attack.

Akinyi watched her comrades get in place, as she got closer and closer to the male zebra making sure her distance from him was as small as possible. As soon as they'd assumed their positions, Akinyi cautiously raised the tip of her tail just above the grass, the signal to begin the attack. She bounded forward, coming up on the zebra's right. As she thought, he was slow on his feet, sleep still gripping him. He ran to the left, and Akinyi guided him to Lourdes, right on his heels.

Once Tariq saw the tip of Akinyi's tail. He silently sprinted for the mother. The mother attempted to run but, her injured hind slowed her down. He latched his claws into her hind, and made himself dead weight. The zebra screamed before collapsing under Tariq. The calf scurried off in a random direction. Confused and terrified - it only knew it had to get away. The poor calf barely was able to catch up with its herd. Tariq dragged his right paw down on the zebra's right hind. Causing blood to spill over. He then wiggled his front leg free from under his victim. Who tried to get up again but, the panther roared. Then launched himself at her neck. His teeth easily sliding in her soft flesh. The flavors of a zebra poured over his tongue. Tariq then heaved his right front leg over the mother's neck, while he was still biting. He used his whole body to twist the zebra's neck and snap it. Long Tale's new meal struggled to the very end.

Lourdes heart pumped pure adrenaline through her veins. Once the lone zebra was six tail-lengths away. She charged forward, and when the two were only four tail-lengths away, she jump high in the air. The small cat frighten the inexperienced male and stumbled back. He turn around but, he was already exhausted. So one couldn't call his attempt at escaping running.

He stalled! As soon as the zebra turned, Akinyi had already pounced into the air. She sunk her rear claws deep in his haunches, thus weakening his hind legs. He stumbled to the ground with Akinyi gripping his neck with her jaws. She pulled him to the ground as hard as she could further stunning him. She twisted her head around, quickly breaking his neck. He went limp in her jaws. She slowly withdrew her claws and fangs from him and looked up at Lourdes. "That was perfect!" She turned around and saw that Tariq was also successful in his kill. She smiled at her comrades proud of their work. [color=#FF000]"Well this hunt was a success. Let's take this back to the pride."[/color] Akinyi grabbed the zebra with her jaws and began to pull him.

After pulling the meat through the faction to the feeding rock, Akinyi watched as Tariq and Lourdes tore off pieces of meat and ate nearby. Soon, other cats came up and helped themselves to the food. After a few others took some meat, Akinyi took a piece for herself and set herself on another rock, one that was close to the water as well. She sighed. Tonight was a great night, the sky was clear and the stars sparkled brightly. She smiled and began to tear off small pieces of her meat, chewing thoughtfully thinking about the next time she’d let herself transform again. Deciding on doing it the next night she took another strip of meat in her mouth.

A moment later, she heard soft footsteps behind her. She then noticed that they came to a complete stop, but soon after resumed but much quieter and much slower than before. Akinyi smiled to herself, but pretended not to notice. Once again the footsteps stopped. She giggled slightly and counted in her head. 3..2…1. On one, she ducked down, and a small cub went flying over her head. ”AAHHH!” He landed a short distance away. Akinyi chuckled slightly. Dex stood and brushed himself off. ”You could hear me?” He looked slightly disappointed. The little hunter in training scrambled over to Akinyi. After laughing a little bit more she replied, ”Yes, but you were better this time.” He huffed, and sat next to where Akinyi rested. ”I’m gonna do it eventually…” Dex was one of the cubs she frequented at the den, and he’d made it a goal to successfully stalk and pounce on her. He laid his head down on the rock next to her. Feeling he deserved a reward, she ripped off a chunk of her portion of meat and placed it in front of him. His face lit up as he dug in, with Akinyi observing him and eating the rest of her food.

When he finished he smiled and licked the blood off his mouth. Akinyi couldn’t help but grin back at him as she petted the top of his head. ”Isn’t it about your bedtime? You should get some rest little one.” As if suddenly remembering his tiredness, he yawned. ”It is isn’t it? Oh well! He slid off the rock and began to scamper back. ”I’ll see you later Kinni! He giggled and ran back. Akinyi shook her head at the silly nickname he’d given her. She looked up at the stars once more as she laid her head on her paws.

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Character Portrait: Nuru Character Portrait: Nevaeh Character Portrait: Vale Character Portrait: Kanta Rachana Character Portrait: Mowgli Character Portrait: Betyr Character Portrait: Seryn Character Portrait: Akinyi Character Portrait: Nina Character Portrait: NPC Characters

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Betyr

Betyr was disgruntled, but true to his word, and despite her high claims of them killing her after she told them what the Pride wanted to know (really? Could Feline decency not be trusted anymore?); his lips fell, covering his barred teeth, and his tension coiled frame eased into a weary, but watchful pose. His pinned ears perking forward, listening, as the young adult female eopard, Kanta now named, rambled on with her story. From an apology to mistaking himself for a common boulder, to dangerously poking Nuru and Nuru's temper, and explaining her running the entire pride apparently in circles - and some brief mention of an 'accidental' run in with the wildebeest herd, ending in blood splattered paws.

He had every intention of bringing her back to the faction proper for further questioning, and for Nevaeh to make a decision on whether or not the Leopard was worth the Long Tales' pride's effort, or suspicion, or any other eventuality. However, Betyr didn't have time to speak to her, let alone bring this Kanta back, before Nevaeh made an appearance around the grumpy questioning Mowgli. The anger of such a rude wake-up-call was fading, but faced with a down-right giddy Nevaeh, it'd merely transformed into mild confusion. It was the truth that Long Tale was created by, and welcomed cats of all sizes, types, and ages, to make them what they were today. But, Kanta was far older than the usual cub-aged, or youthful juveniles. It was something most would raise a weary brow at, and would be watching the young female closely, however, trusting and respecting the Wise One's decision came easily enough, if reluctantly.

"Very well, Nevaeh," Betyr nodded, rumbling softly. His old persona returned, the momentary fierce anger gone but for the brief flare he'd shown. Turning away to look at Nuru for them to take Kanta back to settle in a den, a bristled, raging Nina barreled past, standing in front of Kanta, snarling. His ears' pinned and eyes narrow reproachfully through her hissing and spitting comments, clearly showing he was re-thinking his earlier comments of following the Snow Leopard's leadership if it came to it. Oh, he remembered her when she'd been found, a young juvenile himself, learning the ropes of being a Warrior. It was understandable in a sense her concern for the other cat, and the up-her-tail feelings regarding being chased and hunted, however... However, Kanta was nigh an adult, and not a cub. Even fearful, she should have known better to be running around the heart of a Pride's home would not end up with anyone giving her the kind favor of a 'sweet' introduction. So, forgive him ancestor's, but she could toughen up and stuff her tail for once...

Nina bolted shortly after her fiery speech, with Vale quick after her. Betyr followed Nuru's glance to Nevaeh, but with a slight, declining nod of the lioness head, neither warrior followed after. Nuru gestured for both, Betyr and Kanta, to follow him, before padding to return to the faction's home. "Kanta," He mused, lightly, flicking an ear in a gesture for her to follow in Nuru's pawsteps, before bringing up the rear himself.

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Seryn

"Thank you so much, Seryn. You would think I would be graceful by now,"

"N-...No, worries, Nevaeh. Ma-... Maybe one day!" Seryn snorted, in weary, wheezing amusement as finally, through a combination of Nevaeh's brute force, and the young cheetah's far daintier limbs twisting in and under the get a better grip that sheer strength couldn't do on it's own, had pulled Nevaeh's paw free of the entrapping tree route relatively quickly. She followed, with a shamelessly lolling tongue, gathering on the outskirts of the half-circle around the unknown Leopard female, bordering the river-side.

Everything was happening was swiftly, it left Seryn peering curiously at this 'Kanta' momentarily, before turning to leave herself. Certainly, Lourdis and Tariq, were not wrong to complain in mutters about another mouth, one they did not know what she could possible provide for the Pride herself to help care for all of the Pride, to feed. But Nevaeh's off-putting happiness of a new member, combined with the earlier reactions of everyone, including her "brother" Betyr ready to jump and pin this unknown stranger down, and Nina's furious outburst. Well... It left Seryn with a curious distaste in her mouth, or maybe it was the fact that she hadn't been able to get a drink yet? Humph. Who knew...

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Into the Night...

"Good fortune, and... Do be careful?" Seryn purred in good humor, giving a friendly tail-whack across Betyr's broad chest as he rose for the late evening patrol, after eating his own small portion of the fine meal, Akinyi, Lourdes, and Tariq, had caught earlier. "Always, Seryn. Good night." Flicking his tail gently across her nose, his distant form and 'glowing' pelt was soon joined by what looked like Velora, and maybe someone else, joining him, before the two or three disappeared out the tunnel, towards the savanna and the border's beyond "Good night." Seryn whispered softly to herself. It was true, by the time that patrol returned, the moon would be high in the sky, and herself, and hopefully most of the pride would be fast asleep by then. She rose to clean the leftover mess the two of them had left with quick efficiently. The bones deposited in the pile, the leftover hide in another, and a bit of meat left-over that neither had finished - she frowned thoughtfully, not hungry enough to finish it herself, and knew Betyr would not want it later. Who then too...?

Oh. Seryn spotted Kanta. Probably too nervous yet to eagerly walk up to the prey-rock, or not quite believing she was apart of the Pride - "just like that". It seemed to the cheetah, that the Leopard had not had anything to eat, yet. Cautiously, even though she was a rather rambunctious, leaf on the wind type of cat, she picked up the left-over meat chunk and made her way to a few feet away but just in front of the other young adult female. She made a quick head toss the rest of the distance, to let the meat land right at the other's paw-tips. "Here, didn't look like you'd eaten yet... There's more at the rock, if you're still hungry." She hummed, evenly. Not quite friendly, but open enough, proper enough.

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