Glaesfaet Sceawere is the name gifted to the mother river that flows through the center of Blossom Forest, bringing life and sustenance to all of the lands. It breaks off in many places, giving birth to smaller streams and estuaries, but the main body flows from the lake high in the north in Dierne Hrof all the way south down through Uyaraut to empty into the ocean. It is a fresh water river, but down through Uyaraut, the salt water does taint it. In places, parts of the river are underground and run through caverns unseen from aboveground.

Water buffalo grace these shores - with plenty of meat, though at a dangerous cost. Many river trout leap upstream daily.


Finding Lambda

Lela hesitated. She knew what she wanted to do, but her cautious nature, her lack of curiosity kept butting into her thoughts, telling her " No!".

Her sister, Lambda, had left the pack many moons ago, and now Lela felt the need to go find her. She and Lambda were not only blood sisters, but sisters of the heart, the spirit, and Lela felt less than whole. They had a connection beyond the oneness of the pack, and the ability to sense what the other needed, what the other felt. Lela missed that, needed that. And she wanted back the feelings of strength and confidence that Lambda inspired in her normally reticent self.

Pushing aside her doubts, Lela started to make her plans, for tonight would be the night. The pack had killed a large moose in the morning and all had feasted to their heart's - stomach's - content. They would all sleep deeply. Thorin, tonight's sentry who was known for his lazy approach to everything, would probably not be as awake as he should be, and might even take a snooze or two. Yes, tonight was the night.

As the sun began to hide behind the trees - was that the way she should go? - and darkness settled in, her fears began to surface - but so did a longing for her sister and a feeling of excitement and anticipation. Lela looked around and saw that all of the wolf pack were settling down for the night, and she pretended to do the same. She gave Romar, her mother , a lick and leaned against her, knowing that she would miss her desperately. Romar, thinking that her daughter was very tired and full after the feast, thought nothing strange, and after licking Lela back, continued to take care of her new pups. Lela then made her bed and settled down for what would be her last evening with her pack for a while - she hoped, not forever.

There was only a sliver to the moon this night, which would help light up the path she chose. After a long while, she quietly stood up and went from wolf to wolf - all were asleep. Even Thorin was snoozing, as s' d hoped he would. Now it was time to go.

Lela trotted quietly out of the group area and started toward the river - she decided to cross it and then head toward where the sun had disappeared - why not? Tireless, she trotted for hours, keeping alert and aware of her surroundings. Although she had heard many night sounds, none had raised her hackles, and for now at least, she felt safe.

She traveled for hours, and when the sun rose, found a cave. There were no smells of any inhabitants and she laid down and went to sleep. Several hours later she awoke, and again began her trek. In the background, she heard the howls of her pack and she knew that they had realized that she was gone. Moving more quickly, she traveled many miles until tired muscles and hunger made her stop. Finding a squirrel, she made a quick meal of it and settled into a deep sleep, dreaming dreams that disturbed her. She was glad to awake, glad to rid herself of the ghosts in her dreams, and once again settled into a lope toward the west.

Suddenly, she came upon a vast desert with no end in sight. It was still early in the day, and she decided to continue her journey.

Days later, hot, tired and hungry, she came upon a large, fierce river and searched for a way to cross it. And then, she smelled wolves and stopped in her tracks.


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