— by athena
Along the summer's first full moon, Antares and his littermates arrived earthside
—the firstborns to Moonspear's newly-ascended second alphas, Hydra and Dirge Ostrega. With a healthy reverence for their family and their generational home, they grew fierce, and trained hard, strong even in the face of nature's hardships over the course of their first year. He made for a good student—one who liked to think, and compete with the other youth, all well to his advantage.
Then, around their first year, the firstborns welcomed younger siblings, and soon after, young cousins. They ventured readily into new roles and further into the threads of packlife on the proud mountainside. Thanks to a summer of growth and plenty for the clan, the Ostrega were able to fully reinforce their claim on hunting grounds in Firefly Glen with Osiris leading an offshoot
there. Bolstered by the support of his brothers Antares and Atlas in second, and several of the other key faces behind the cause, they all left Moonspear’s supremacy in their stretch of wilderness unquestioned—even as tensions stirred among other packs in distant regions and his wayward uncle found deceased.
After the height of winter, it would only be tragedy from close to home that would unseat their protective grip: a bear encounter
against the mountain wolves cost them several
key faces of the family, Osiris among them
. Due to ranging elsewhere, Antares was too late to the fight. He later helped
his mother kill the bear, but the damage had been done. Then, not long after, Atlas went missing, and full of grief and guilt, Antares suddenly inherited the helm of the Fireflies.
They supported him for a time, made it work surprisingly well. He grew very fond of the heart of the pack, and naturally more disaster came before the winter was up: a meteor struck
Moonspear, and with it, most of his remaining family. Antares, frantic, searched
and found no survivors.
-needed found himself, shell-shocked and grieving anew.
-Glen dissolves into his surviving aunt's new establishment
-Antares ranges, or.. flees? Travels with Vallkyrie Archer.
-awakens in strange lands, Izumi finds him and brings him back to Shiroshika.
-becomes samurai, misplaces the prince he was to guard.
-exile + tiger problems in the tundra begin to set up.
-mercy kills a starved, frozen young wolf he finds.
-wanders across the plains in the winter when large herds are stampeding, and finds the forest queen in the south.
-Shiroshika rallies with Vanderfell Woods against the tiger and his companion; blizzards thwart the attempt, lives are lost on their side.
-Izumi leaves the pack. Shiroshika relocates, and gains a new emperor.
-the world shifts again, but Tsukiishi remains. he also stays cozy with the royal family.