When solid ground grows soft with emerald moss and rivulets of black mud, and coffee-colored water pours slowly around the trunks of densely carpeted trees, this marks the beginning of Laod Mor: the swamp of Blossom Forest. Time itself seems to slow to a soporific crawl . . . the humid jungle air grows stagnant, thick with the scent of rich flooded earth and an abundance of green things that can be found nowhere else—except perhaps Caidir Olc. In some areas of the swamp, water rises so high the only way to cross it is to crawl across fallen logs or massive roots arching from their liquid beds; in other places a wolf might wade easily through the mire—or find a fortunate stretch of mostly dry earth. Pieces of the great river, Glaesfaet Sceawere, also slice through from time to time: small falls that feed into surprisingly clear pools, only to terminate into tar-like pits. Of course, Laod Mor’s beauty shines brightest at night. Here, fireflies gather at all times of the year . . . suffusing the shadowy place with millions of twinkling lights.

Those looking to hunt here of course find a myriad of water prey, including caiman, turtles, fish, crayfish, otters, and toads.


every scar will build my throne

“Blood Titan?”

Even before the other wolf had spoken, Titan had felt the itch of familiarity when he finally saw the other canine’s face. Faces and names flipped through his mind as if they were on a side-by-side mental rolodex. His emerald eyes followed the male’s movements as he scooped up the fish and began making his way up the stone steps. Kale… no… Kain? Kal… yes! Kal… Kalgalath! That’s right, that was his name. As soon as his name clicked, the rest of his associated memories came with. He had been the alpha of Aurora Borealis the last time Blood Titan and Akina had been in Blossom Forest. They had only met briefly, but Titan recalled him having a respectable presence. And just based on their first meeting he seemed tactically minded, like himself. What was he doing way out here though? Had he left his place at Aurora, voluntarily or otherwise? Maybe just taking a break? As the brute closed the distance between them, Titan could better pick up the different scents intermingled within Kalgalath’s own unique smell, and from that he could tell Aurora Borealis was still thick on him.

When the gray hued wolf returned the fish at Titan’s paws, he dipped his skull in appreciation. Really, he should have just kept it. The bicolor male wasn’t going to force feed anyone a fish but he did find it curious that it was returned to him. His ears perked forward to catch the greeting the other male offered. Up to this point he had remained more or less straight faced, but he couldn’t keep a small, fond smile off his face at the mention of Akina.

“Hello, Kalgalath. ‘Kina is off scouting lands, I believe. We hadn’t decided which land we were settling in yet… or really if we’re staying in Blossom permanently or moving on again. I’ll really only know once we meet back up…”

He wondered if Kalgalath knew about Titan and Akina’s history with that pack. They had actually been alphas of it, years ago. It was when they were just barely fresh out of teenhood and on top of that they had just had pups. It was his idea. Saw Tooth was the pack they had grown up together in and there had been so much drama and changing in leadership that they had decided to leave it. Titan got it in his head that taking over a pack would be the perfect fresh start for them. Of course it fell apart, and it didn’t even take that long. He wasn’t disciplined enough and Akina was too unsure of herself. Sin came into power not long after that and in hindsight Blood Titan was thankful. She kept Akina safe and sane during his absences. There was also the matter of Kong. At one point, had Titan not returned when he did, he imagined that he would have lost her to the dark male. He was naturally a jealous wolf and while it would always be a rough spot for him, he also knew it was his own fault for being gone. He could hardly blame Akina for trying to fix her loneliness. It had been an important lesson for him and he had never left her to fend for herself, emotionally and otherwise, ever since.

“What brings you up this way, things at Aurora still smooth?”

Eh. It could pass as decent small talk. It was nice to see a familiar face but in all honesty he had never really gotten to know Kalgalath very well. Like most things in life, that could always change. Depending on what Akina decided she wanted to do, they could very well end up back at Aurora Borealis. Sin was no longer there, but ‘kina’s attachments to the land itself was. Their pups were born at Blossom’s public dens but it wasn’t even a week later they were moved. The pups were raised in that land. Weaved alongside the hard times they faced while in the pack, there were good ones. Some very good ones. He was far from decided, but returning to a pack didn’t seem like the worst decision they could make right now.

{||blood titan || male || adult || packless || greensmurf ||}


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