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PostSubject: Learning New Tricks   Tue 22 Jul 2014, 00:09

Rends sat in the Umbra as Hears the Song chanted softly. The night air was cool and clean outside the city, and Rends was glad to be on the hunt already in spite of his still healing wounds.

Luna's light peeked out from behind a thick cloud, and Rends drew in a deep breath as the Rage filled his head like a shot of the strongest whiskey. Zoe's chanting stopped.

"Here you are, brother. One Lune Jaggling."

Catching a whisp of mist, a beam of Moonlight turned into an ephemeral swan, glimmering in the gentle light the spirit circled around the two Garou before swooping in front of the Fenrir and with a twirl shifting into the image of a young woman. Half of her face was concealed beneath a shadowed hood, matching the moon's phase. She looked down at the two seated Garou, tone somber and grave yet not severe. Though the spirit had a slight frame, her voice was deep and full. Flashes of memories half forgotten flitted across her obscured face, teasing at yet hidden secrets waiting for their time.

"I am called Mare Cognitum. I am the Sea That Has Become Known. Much do I know, and many are my secrets. Yet I delight in sharing that which is known with my children, for what is a secret that is never made known? Who calls me from my Lady's side?"

Rends the Gar bowed deeply to the Spirit.

"Thank you fer comin', Mare Cognitum. I am Rends the Gar of the Get of Fenris. I had you summoned because I wanted to learn a gift. I serve Gaia with claw and fang, and thanks to Luna's blessing I get to kill lots o' Wyrm stuff. But silver is always a worry for our kind, and my pack has no defense against it. To my shame, because we didn't know how much silver our enemies were carrying, some of our enemies were allowed to escape when we may have killed them. I want to learn to Sense Silver, so that we will never be in a position to let enemies we could otherwise kill get away because they might have bluffed us with one silver bullet. In exchange for this Gift, I offer this Gnosis."

Willing the power out of himself, Rends closes his eyes and feels a part of himself depart into the spirit. She seems to glow a bit more brightly and speak with a somehow fuller voice as she smiles at the Garou.

"Gladly is your Chiminage accepted, favored son of the Full Moon. Many and long are the nights you have yet to hunt for my Lady's foes, and I would not have her warriors go afield unaware and naked against the Enemy. Yet a secret revealed is a secret anew, which twice revealed is twice known anew. Take now my Gift, and see the secret power of your enemies, turning it to your strength."

Rends the Gar closed his eyes to accept the new power, and the spirit leaned down to kiss him on each eyelid with dew laden lips. Awareness flooded into the Ahroun, and even as it did he felt the spirit fading away as droplets of dew dropped down from his eyes leaving clean tracks on his dirty face. He could now feel the silver badge pulsing with strange vibrations on his chest. Smiling to himself as he opened his eyes, he turned to Zoe.

"One more spirit. Fire this time."

Zoe looked disappointed, like she'd wanted to talk to Mare Cognitum but hadn't gotten the chance. Shaking her head to clear it, she nodded to the Ahroun.

"Alright, one Fire elemental coming up, brother. But if this one starts talking about secret knowledge, don't let it get away without asking it about my family, ok?"

Winking playfully, she started her chant anew. It takes longer this time. Luna has gotten well along her nightly journey by the time the smell of burning hair and fresh ash rides down the wind. Over the next hill, a red flash streaks across the sky, rocketing to the two Garou and impacting directly between them. The two Prodigals are forced to jump out of the way of the fiery impact as burning bits of sod rain down around them. Turning to the crater and coming to his feet, Rends the Gar is faced with a sudden wave of orange light and burning pressure. A five spoked wheel of flame rotates, wobbling slightly in its invisible perch. The ground beneath it glows softly with an amber light, the sod already burning. The wheel regards both Garou, trembling with barely restrained power. Rends can feel the heated pressure increase on him as the spirit focuses on him. It speaks with a high, keening voice shrill and frantic.

"I am Keezheekoni! Hungering Flame! He-Who-Burns-Many-Things! Chariot of Fire and Terror of the Dried Plains! Little wolves should be quick! Fire is unkind to those who summon it lightly!"

Already sweating, Rends stepped forward as close as he dared to the smoldering spirit. He locked his eyes on the spot where he thought the spirit's eyes must be, but couldn't hold the gaze long for the intensity of the flames. Blinking away tears, he looked down, unable to meet the spirit's gaze as he shields his face with a hand.

"Spirit, I am Rends the Gar of the Fenrir! I've heard stories of my Tribesmen who can walk through fire unburned, wading through lakes of fire to bring death to Dragons and great enemies of Fire. My pack faces one such enemy, the Balefire Phoenix herself Akna! I have killed her once with my own claws and the power of Ice, but that weren't enough! She will be reborn to burn the world again unless my pack stops her! Teach me - "

He is cut off as Keezheekoni lets out a keening scream, suddenly burning white hot. Rends is forced back, jumping behind a boulder and Zoe following after him as the scream reaches a crecendo and a wave of flames washes over the area, burning tree and grass to the ground. Peeking his head above the charred boulder, Rends sees the still white hot wheel now spinning in a whirl of furious motion.

"THE FIRE OF FILTH RETURNS?! YOU WILL KILL HER! YOU WILL SEND HER TO THE DEEPEST, COLDEST, WETTEST OCEAN AND THROW HER EMBERS INTO THE BELLY OF A FISH! THESE PLAINS ARE MINE TO CLEANSE, AND I WILL NOT SUFFER THE ROT OF HER LITTER!"

Keezheekoni screams again, this time sending up a gout of white flame into the night sky. Befor Rends can peek around again, the burning wheel races around to face him, now as tall as the Ahroun, the fire elemental careens up to him, stopping inches from his face and blinding him. Rends screams in anger and pain as it envelops him, Zoe fumbling for he watch as her packmate is apparently consumed in fire.

"YOU ARE A FOOL TO RELY ON ICE! ICE CANNOT STOP A TRUE FIRE! I WILL SHOW YOU THE POWER OF FIRE, THAT YOU MAY UNDERSTAND AND DESTROY THE BLASPHEMY OF AKNA! WALK IN ME AND KNOW WHAT FIRE IS, AND KILL THE BALEFIRE PHOENIX FOR HER TAINT UPON MY PLAINS! WALK AS SIGURD DID, INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST AND DESTROY HER AS A BONFIRE CONSUMES A BURNING TWIG!"

The burning spirit enveloped Rends the Gar, still white hot and painful but not burning away clothing or hair. Rends screamed again, this time as a surge of heat raced into his nose, down into his lungs then to every inch of his body. The pain was unimaginable, and seemed to last forever, and the plains around him rose into a column of white fire, obscuring him from Zoe's view. Minutes passed by before the fire faded away, revealing Rends the Gar standing in its midst panting and trembling. The flames danced up and down his now exposed torso, but left no mark. Thankfully, his trousers were only a bit singed and his weapons unharmed. Calmly, but still trembling, the Fenrir stepped from the flames, and them plopped down next to his packmate, looking utterly exhausted as Zoe checked him for injuries.

"Well. That went well."
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