Finally, she was back hosting meetings. The two weeks that she had spent being sick had been handled well by Ulla, but she had itched to hop back up on the meeting rock and make announcements herself. The stone underneath her paws felt comfortingly familiar. "Veilers, it's meetin' time!" She thundered, peachy eyes flickering over veilers as they filtered into the meeting room. "'m back to hostin' meetings, since 'm feeling a hell of a lot better. Thanks to Ulla for makin' sure Shadow Veil never collapsed into a shitshow." She didn't think it could collapse too quickly, not with its current member base, but she was grateful to the doe for holding down the fort either way. "As always, welcome to our joiners 'n' veilers who've been around more as of this week- POLARIS , Belial. , GLASSHOUSE , Corydora , Nautilus , MARROK R. 'n' COTTON ! . We've also got an emissary from th' Solaris Kingdom stayin' with us- dryice. Good to have all of y', 'n' once the meeting's over, feel free t' pipe up with any questions y' have or track more experienced veilers down later. Everyone'll be nice." She guaranteed that, punctuating her words with a confident nod.
The corners of her mouth twitched up before she continued speaking. "I'd also like t' formally introduce adelaide a. t. , Aizik , Kirusha A.T. , NIKLAUS; , FREYA RHOSYN (Rhosie), SABINA A.T. , 'n' vanya. to th' clan, since they've been poppin' around a lot. If y' didn't know, they're the kids of Freya, the late empress of Volary Flights, 'n' I." She summoned a grin, proud of the litter being around. Internally, things were stormier. She wanted Freya there, to hear their names be rattled off, so that she could flash that grin specifically at her. She needed to move on quickly, else she falter badly. She brushed past her sadder thoughts.
"As for politics, 'm declarin' the Sanguine Ruins an official enemy. They captured a child for no good fuckin' reason, and it's been unspoken that we're enemies, but I wanna make it clear." As far as Calina was concerned, they had been less than neutrals for a while, but nothing had ever come of it until recently. A few sparks trailed out of her mouth, and she rasped her tongue over her maw before speaking again. "The raid went well, so unless they strike first, don't bother with 'em. I want our border with them patrolled as much as possible, 'course." She hated that they were so close. Only months ago, it had been convenient. Ambassadors could pop over in the blink of an eye. How far their former alliance had fallen- from one of the longest-lasting partnerships in Agrelos, to shaky neutrals, to enemies.
At least they had forged new bonds in the meantime. The Sanctuary and The Arcane were still fresh allies, and the Phoenix Eclipse Alliance still ran strong. "I want ambassadors to head out this week, make sure all of our allies are doin' well. After everyone's visited, if Mystletainn wants to host a session where y' all talk about how things are goin' with your respective clans, that'd be cool." She paused only a beat before realizing she had forgotten something. "The Arcane's still on a trial alliance, so we should sort that out, too. If any of our current ambassadors want to visit them as well to see how they're doin' and report back to that ambassador meetin', that'd be great." Another beat, and she added more on. "Jingwei's still missin'. Ask our allies if they know any clans with big water sources that might wanna snatch a veiler." If the child of Ulla wasn't found soon, Calina would just be making trips to all the neighboring non-allied clans that had a source of fresh water. Simple as that.
Now that she had run through welcomes and politics, she got down to the ranks. "Bad news for ranks first. Greygarden 'n' Indrik stepped down- thanks t' both of y' for servin' the Veil. JUNEBUG A.W. gets a warnin', but that's the worst of it." It was a relatively pain-free week. No demotions, at least, which was a bonus. " POLARIS , step up to duskguard if y' want it. Sylmae Winzor , I'd like y' to become a darkseeker. Shout-outs go to Orfhlaith Faelan , LOU . 'n' adelaide a. t. . High positions did pretty damn well this week." She couldn't shout out all of them, but she wanted to give them a reminder that she was happy with their performance. "I'd also like to give Órfhlaith the Patriot title. You've been in Shadow Veil almost as fuckin' long as I have, 'n' you've done a hell of a lot for the Veil. Without your healin' 'n' teachin', probably a lot of veilers would be dead. Thank y' for your loyalty." Grossly formal, but it needed to be said.
She had forgotten how long meetings went on for. "This week we've got a lot of stuff goin' on around the Veil. Sylmae's hosting weekly tasks. Junebug's got a potluck happenin', Mystletainn's planting fruit, 'n' Lou's hosting a sparring session." A wide range of activities, some social, some agricultural, some combat-oriented. All of them fun, she hoped. "We'll also be havin' a culture festival go up soon, keep an eye out for that."
Speaking about Órfhlaith had reminded her that there was something she needed to get done, but she had saved it for last, since it was supposed to be all ceremonial. "I also have the fuckin' ascension quest rings for Órfhlaith 'n' Mystletainn! Forgot about this shit after the Shade Hour." She tapped the two bronze bands, pushing them toward the front of the stone. " Ver Million 's also completed her second ascension quest." An impressive feat, since Calina had never seen it done before. She knew that the ascension quest assigned to Ver couldn't have been easy- none of them had been, but Ver's had been particularly heavy emotionally. "Another show of loyalty 'n' dedication to the Veil, so... fuck yeah. Y' three should come get your rings. If anyone wants an ascension quest who hasn't told me before, come 'n' tell me now." She hopped down from the rock and then stood on her hind legs and scooped the rings off from the top of it before dropping down again.
- welcome to polaris, belial, glasshouse, corydora, nautilus, marrok, and cotton! it's good to have those characters here and nice to have y'all in the ooc community, too! the discord link is https://discord.gg/N5mxGjN if y'all are interested in joining in on that and haven't already. :)
- also welcome to adelaide, aizik, kirusha, niklaus, rhosie, and vanya! kids of the late great freya and also some rude wolf lady named calina.
- the sanguine ruins is declared an official enemy and i'll be updating the guide with that info!
- ambassadors should go out this week, and it would be much appreciated if somebody could visit the arcane before a final decision is made on the trial alliance.
- if mystletainn could host an ambassador meeting after the visits go out that would be awesome!
- jingwei is still missing.
- greygarden and indrik stepped down.
- junebug gets a warning.
- polaris is promoted to duskguard.
- sylmae is promoted to darkseeker.
- órfhlaith, lou, and adelaide get shout-outs!
- órfhlaith receives the patriot title!
- thread plug stuff! please look at the links in the post.
- órfhlaith and mystletainn finally get their bronze rings for their completed ascension quests!
- ver gets her silver ring for her second completed ascension quest!