Winter Song

The wise wolf.

Description:

Breed: Lupus
Auspice: Theurge
Tribe: Red Talon
Virtue: Fortitude
Vice: Lust
Mental Attributes: Intelligence: 2, Wits: 3, Resolve 4
Physical Attributes: Strength: 3, Dexterity: 4, Stamina 4
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 1, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Investigation 2, Medicine 1, Occult 4 (Umbra), Rituals 3.
Physical Skills: Athletics 3, Brawl 3 (Claws), Stealth 3 (Outdoors), Survival 3, Weaponry 1
Social Skills: Animal Ken 4 (Canines), Empathy 1, Expression 3 (Howling), Intimidation 2, Persuasion 3, Subterfuge 1
Merits: Animal Magnetism 2, Fighting Style: Tooth and Claw 2, Iron Will 3, Pack Affinity 1, Old Blood 3, Spirit Heritage 4, Trained Observer 1.
Renown: Glory 1, Honor 0, Wisdom: 5
Rank: Fostern (2)
Rage: 5
Gnosis: 5
Gifts: Beast Speech, Mother’s Touch, Name the Spirit, Pulse of the Prey, Sense Wyld, Sense Wyrm, Spirit Speech.
Rites: Rite of Binding, Rite of Cleansing, Ritual Mind, Rite of Talisman Dedication, Rite of Spirit Awakening, Rite of Summoning, Rite of Becoming, Rite of Prophecy, Rite of the Fetish, Rite of the Sacred Hunt.

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Bio:

Born to an isolated pack of pure bred lupus in the northern Rocky Mountains, Winter Song is one of at least a dozen children of the famed Red Talon Galliard called Stormwalker. Stormwalker – the alpha of a pack of Red Talon Garou – believed it was his duty to sire as many wolf pups as possible in order to shore up the declining number of wolves in the world, and to bolster the ranks of the Red Talons.

Having raised many of the blood, Stormwalker foresaw Winter Song’s potential, and took the young pup to tutelage only a month after his birth. Although Stormwalker frequently left the wild wolves to run with his Garou pack, Winter Song learned quickly, and took it on himself to explore the world on his own. Even as the snows of his first winter began to build, Winter Song often ventured miles from the rest of the pack to hunt small animals, and to explore new territory.

It was on one such adventure that Winter Song first encountered Blood Eye – another Red Talon Garou who was consolidating wild wolf packs and stealing those with potent bloodlines from other werewolves. The newcomer was kind, at first, and after sharing meat with the young Winter, followed the cub back to the rest of the pack. Though welcomed with unease from many of the other wolves, Blood Eye soon established his dominance over any objecting males. By the time Stormwalker returned to the pack, it was well under the intruder’s control.

In the ensuing fight, Stormwalker was killed by the older, more vicious Garou.

Blood Eye personally killed most of Stormwalker’s children who still ran with the pack. Winter was spared only because he was Garou. Instead, he was driven from the pack.

Winter stayed with his dead father’s body for three days as a powerful blizzard ripped through the valley he had called home. His howls became the source of his name. On the third day, three of Winter’s brothers arrived to take the young wolf to safety.

During the long journey to Alaska, Winter’s change came upon him. The event was not monumental in and of itself, but the sudden awakening and expansion of his mind allowed him to grieve for his father in an entirely different way. Despite his wolven nature, a part of him was incensed by the senselessness of Stormwalker’s death and the harshness of the lupine pack structure that led to it. These thoughts would form a foundation for a life of questioning traditions of the Garou Nation, the Red Talons, and even of wolves in general.

Following his rite of passage, Winter Song spent time running with a pack comprised entirely of his brothers and sisters. Together, they spent much of their time protecting the wilderness surrounding the Sept of the Weeping Daughter’s Caern.

As a Theurge, Winter Song found himself often drawn to the spirit world. As long-held questions regarding wolven politics and the Red Talon’s adherence to tradition took hold, the wolf found himself seeking out animal spirits of all types within the Umbra in an attempt to understand such creatures and their own social structures. He came to enjoy these exercises, often spending days at a time with spirits of mountain lions, beavers, snakes, and all manner of other creatures. Less commonly, and more furtively, he also began to spend time in the Umbral version of Lawson, where he engaged with some of the human spirits he encountered there.

Through interaction with spirits in Lawson, he came to understand aspects of the human world in a way few Red Talons ever had. He also became sympathetic towards them – sympathies that soon disturbed his pack when they came into the light. Unashamed, Winter Song argued that the Red Talons’ approach to the humans was flawed and that any attempt to cull the population could in and of itself destroy the world and bring about the apocalypse.

Naturally, this did not go over well with most of the Sept, and, after much chastising, Winter Song voluntarily left his pack rather than wait to be removed by force.

Soon after, Heart-of-Winter, the leader of the Sept, opened the Caern to other tribes. Although Winter Song does not understand why he did this, the Theurge welcomed the arrival of new blood to the region. From the umbra, he’s kept a distant eye on the Wolves of Montauk since their arrival. As this strange pack prepared to leave Lawson, Winter Song has appealed to Heart-of-Winter to be allowed to join them.

Physical Appearance

Lupus
Winter Song is a large Rocky Mountain wolf with thick shaggy fur – primarily gray but with thicker patches of reddish colors spreading down his back, as is common among purebred Red Talon lupus. He’s large by wolf standards, weighing about 135 pounds and standing at a height of 32 inches at the shoulder. His eyes gleam with the deep amber hues of a wolf.

Homid
As a homid, Winter is about 6’ 3” tall, with a broad shouldered build that combines awkwardly with a compact musculature to make him look skinnier than he actually is. He has shaggy, reddish brown hair often a few days growth of a beard. He possesses an air of mystery and authority that many would find attractive (he has the animal magnetism merit which makes it easier for him to charm and persuade people). When emotional, his facial expressions resemble those of a wolf more than a human.

Winter Song

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