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a wolf and animal rpg (role-playing game)

Canis is a writing community for play-by-post (forum-based), freeform roleplay set in a fictional dream world in the intrusion fantasy genre. Most characters on Canis are wolves; many play elements are focused around wolves and canids, but the world makes room for a large variety of other animal characters such as dogs, horses, cats, bears, deer, and many, many more.

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You Don't Want to Know Me

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Shiroshika
Vera

"A starving child
An armored girl
Underwater, full of evil thoughts..."

@Gyrfalcon
Patrolling, that is how she spent her day. Searching high and low for the slightest indicator of malicious intent. With each day it felt like she was pushing herself more and more. She should have been sleeping last night but instead she went out to hunt for something. Sure she was slow and fighting was her specialty, but as a youth she had been training to be a hunter and survival meant knowing how to feed yourself for the most part. She had been successful too. It was no reindeer or ox, but a decent-sized mountain goat. With terrifying strength, she dragged the goat by its head, easily moving it towards depths of the pack. This could feed two, maybe three wolves, and the thought of making the lives of three wolves a little easier made her feel all the bumps, scrapes, and lack of sleep was worth it. In her birth-pack food was very hard to come by. Hunger was a dear friend there...

Maybe she was starting to push herself too hard, but the terrifying fire was still lit in her amber eye. Hinting of the turmoil beneath. She had to admit it now, she was blaming herself for the illness spreading to camp. Working harder as a form of punishment and to make amends for her cursed presence. Negative thoughts began to fill her like an ongoing wave.

She stopped as she noticed another packmember. It was a little hard to make out their colors, but her night vision allowed her to easily make-out the wolf. It looked like a female, and as usual, they were much more pretty than her. She didn't really know where to bring this goat anyways since hunting wasn't her forte. Maybe she was a little hungry or at least she could tell or show Vera where to put it. Hoping that the darkness hid her hideous face and scars, she called out to the other, "Excuse me Miss. The name is Vera, can I ask for your assistance or opinion momentarily. I'm new and still getting the hang of this all." She called out and asked. Briefly she wondered if the other would run, she was exhausted, covered in blood and scars, and had steam coming out the sides of her mouth like some sort of hell spawn. 'Oh night, please shield me' she thought.
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 This place was in one word: beautiful. Despite the fact that it was a bit chillier than she liked --something that she was sure to grow used to in the coming months-- she was more than happy to stay here with all of the beauty. While she stayed here, she tried to make herself busy and not a burden. Hunting and scouting was her forte so she put herself to work doing those tasks. In fact, she'd just gotten back not too long ago from patrolling the grounds in a late-night scout. Her lean legs carried her quickly and easily around the borders and then back to the territory. While she was out, she'd even managed to snag herself a mouse. Tiny but an apt snack. In the morning she would have something more substantial or maybe she'd take a few of the others out to go hunting... hmm...

 Her ears twitched towards the sound and scraping and dragging, to which she turned her head and saw a massive wolf. She squinted, trying to decipher male or female but it wasn't immediately obvious. Not that it mattered. What did matter was that huuuuuge piece of prey they carried!

 Under the dim light of the moon she could see that the wolf was white, like many of the residents here. Their fur looked marked with many scars from what she could tell, anyway, it was awful dark. That too, didn't matter. Gyrfalcon always thought that scars looked sick. She always admired wolves with that tough look to them, she could never pull it off so she always thought it was awesome when others could.

 The other wolf called to her and from that she gauged that this wolf was fairly formal and seemingly charming. Gyrfalcon smiled and padded over. "My assistance and opinion shall be freely given! Although I should warn you that I'm fairly new as well." She said with one of those contagious smiles. "Name's Gyrfalcon, by the way! Nice t'meet you, Vera." And then she waited and realized from the scent that wafted that this was likely a female. A very freaking cool looking female. Man, when would she get some awesome scars like that?

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Vera found herself thinking the other was bold as she showed a friendly expression and walked on up to her, a beast of death. This wolf was either trusting or confident in her abilities. Momentarily she found her older train-of-thought using her brain. Calculating ways to fight, ensuring her that even if the wolf was confident in their abilities, she was no match to Vera. She found herself quickly pushing back such thoughts. These were her packmates now, so open trust was to be expected, was what she herself should be embracing.

The other wolf saved her from herself as she started talking. Gyrfalcon, such a strange name to her like many of the other names here. Except for different reasons. It was the name of a bird she recognized from her previous world, far up north. Albeit they were not in her sub-pack area, but another one she did not visit all too often. Even during those visits the encounters were sparse, only spotting them pecking away at open wolf carcasses at a few of the body dumping/storing spots she knew. Normally it was typical scavenging birds you would encounter but no one likes to pass a free meal. Geez, it never felt like such a dark chapter of her life until she encountered with those bathed in the light.

Unlike the gruesome scenes she would find such birds about, this falcon was in a much brighter place with a far less ominous energy, quite cute if in fact! Her positivity was so bright that even Vera couldn't stop the slight smile of scarred tissue. She wondered what the other was doing up so late, was she a scout? "Ah, it is nice to know I am not the only new one. Two heads are better than one, yes?" She said with a small laugh and playful wink that leaned more towards the flirting side.

She then proceeded to lightly kick the goat corpse. "Do you know where-wwwhhhyy are you staring at me like that?" Vera's sentence quickly changed it's course as she caught on to the look that Gyrfalcon was giving her and decided to call out on. If it was brighter, she would have caught on to the fact that it was just admiration, but the darkness and exhaustion dulled her senses, causing her to be wary from experience. The way she phrased it was more curious than upset though, merely trying to figure out the other. "Got something on my face?" She added the joke that was an obvious swing at her appearance just to try and fish out from her if it was once again the normal kind of reaction she was use to getting from others.
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 Ah-ha! Was that the beginning of a smile she could see on that scarred visage? Huzzah! No one could escape the confines of her patented Gyrfalcon Smile™️! What's more, it earned her a wink. Was that the flirting kind? Hmm... "My thoughts exactly. Even if those two heads are both greener than a jealous frog." A small, bright laugh at her own joke. Oh jeez, hopefully that wasn't too lame and she lost all interest of the other party. Maybe she'd decide to find someone else with less jokes...

 Hah! As if.

 "Do you know where-wwwhhhyy are you staring at me like that?" Hu-? Gyrfalcon blinked, not realizing how noticeable her awe-inspired staring might be. Whoops! If had no fur on her face, one might notice blush on her cheeks and ears. Then, the woman gave her a way out. Of course, Gyr could have just admitted why she was staring... but where was the fun in that? "Why! You sure do! It's right there!" She reached a paw up and pointed at the woman's nose. Her eyes seemed quite serious for a moment, as if there really was something there beyond a nose.

 Hopefully, this would go over well and not just blow up in her face.

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some light pp as discussed in the shiroshika chat <3


There was not a time where Tiberius saw a pack member turn their teeth and claws on their own, not in Shiroshika. Perhaps his past, where they were filled with feisty wolves known to draw blood first and perhaps, maybe, if they were lucky -- to ask questions later. Tiberius had thought that perhaps Reiko had cultivated creatures who were more civilised than what he was used to, hence him never needing to turn his own skills on wolves who he sought to protect and help. Yet today, today would mark the change in his new life, history in the making, where things would change. Patrolling, as per usual, Tiberius had been winding down when he heard it.

Certainly on the wind he had smelt Vera and a woman he had not yet met, but he hadn't thought that later, he would hear the shriek. The plea for help, the curdling sound of pain and desperation. Everything in Tiberius stilled for a moment as he tried to pin point it and moments later with erect ears, the beast lurched forward on thick paws. Vera and the nameless woman, it had to be yet it didn't sound like something that would come from the scarred woman in white. Had Vera gone to aid the woman and was having a hard time? The wind didn't carry an intruder, no sign of another predator but Tiberius couldn't have imagined the scene that he had rushed to.

Fury, unbridled fury coursed through his veins as he watched the scene on his approach, Vera with her mouth around the leg of the woman and shaking it like she was a deer, waiting to be ripped open. "Vera!" Tiberius thundered, his voice laced with thunder as he came crashing forward. Reiko, quite frankly, was not going to like this. He had yet to see the Iceling lose her mind but he thought that this was likely a very good way to cause her to bloom into a flower covered in thorns instead of sashaying in the wind as a mere delicate petal. Tiberius thought he should have seen it, should have seen the signs in Vera for her aggression when they had met yet he had not and he had left a defenseless woman open for a world of pain.

Whatever had caused Vera to switch was of no importance to the beast. What mattered was her turning her fangs on one of their own and for that, Tiberius could see no way of redeeming her. It was unlikely that Reiko would allow him to gift the damaged woman a new bed lining in the form of a splayed out Vera, but Tiberius could imagine it as he barreled towards her with a warning, "let go," though he didn't give her much time to comply -- doubtful that she would, given how adamantly she was throwing the leg around -- for he tore forward and snatched her scruff between his waiting jaws. Skin and fur, he didn't give a fuck what he grabbed so long as he had a hold of her and with intent, fury and pure irritation, the man thrashed his own frame to bring her away from the squealing woman. Where possible, he would not seek to let go of Vera but he would try and direct her away from her victim. 

If he drew blood, then, well deserved, he thought.

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BROKEN LEG — LEFT FRONT HUMERUS BROKEN (until March 1st, 2022)

translator, I'm sorry if it is horrible for anyone fluent in Japanese!
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BROKEN LEG — LEFT FRONT HUMERUS BROKEN (until March 1st, 2022)

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