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Summer's Bounty (Part 2)
Lily, Griff, and Kona awoke as the sun was highest overhead, their fur dry after their fishing trip. Griff was the first awake, stretching and pulling tangles from his mane. Lily rolled onto her belly, “Think we should try hunting next? I saw lynx sign as we were coming over, closer to the neck of the valley, she said.
“Sounds good to me. I could do with a new lynx pelt for my nest,” Kona said, getting to his paws and extending each leg in turn.
“That settles it then. Let’s get going,” Lily ordered, standing up and trotting off the pebbly shore of the lake. Griff slipped into the harness of the sled they’d brought with them and followed, the summer runners grinding over the stones. Kona came last, limping slightly with stiffness in his rear left hip.
They traveled single file at a mere walk so that they wouldn’t miss in game tracks. Lily kept her amethyst eyes peeled. Once they passed moose tracks that were very fresh, but Lily didn
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Summer's Bounty (Part 1)
Lily groaned as she looked in the food shed. Once again, the pack had readily gone through what it could hunt and kill. Only a few dried fish remained in a basket on the dusty floor. It would hardly feed them all another day. Forty mouths went through a lot of food. She growled in frustration. If they couldn’t keep up at the height of summer, what would happen come winter? They had to gather a surplus of supplies now, while there was still time. And not just meat; the pack could consume many plants, though with less enthusiasm than a piece of moose, perhaps. They needed fish, and lot of it, since it could be preserved to last for long time. And they also needed things their human could trade for meat if the shed ran out.
The sphinx backed out of the shed, nosing the door shut. She bounded across the dirt clearing and leapt atop the pile of old crates she used to address the pack. She let out a long, rallying howl into the early-morning sky. Slowly, tokotas began to gather at the
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Literature
Fight for Life
Lily stopped, realizing they were in the middle of the string of dens the remainder of the pack lived in. In recent years, the pack had grown so large, they could no longer all fit in the barn. A dozen or so tokotas had found an area with soft soil to dig their dens about a half mile from the main camp.
“Taiga take the left of here. Kona and I will take the right,” she ordered. The males nodded, and Taiga raced away toward the nearest den. Lily hoped he would be alright. She and Kona darted the other direction, into deeper shadow. They came to the first hole in the ground. Griff’s scent rose from the inside.
“Griff! Wake up!” Lily barked. A moment later, a grey shape emerged. Kona quickly filled him in and the male shook off his sleepiness. He needed no prompting to follow as his packmates ran to the next den. They roused Feather and she joined their ranks. As swiftly as they could, the group went from den to den, waking the occupants. Including Lily and K
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Midnight Attack
The barn creaked softly in the night, a spring breeze rolling through. Soft snores filled the structure, as well as the warm scent of straw and clean fur. Lily rolled over in her nest, pressing her spine against Kona’s shoulders. She’d started sleeping in the same stall with a few moons ago when the newest litter of pups left their mother’s nest and needed their own space. She found comfort in his presence and didn’t think she’d go back to having her own stall if the opportunity arose.
Lily suddenly sat up, heart pounding. She stared into the darkness, ears shoved forward. Had that been a growl she’d heard over the rustling trees and creaking boards?
For a long time, there was nothing but spring night sounds, and she felt her heartbeat slow. She slid back to her belly, head on her paws. Her eyes began to droop.
A low snarl came from somewhere outside. Instantly, she was on all four paws. She knew her pack’s vocalizations by heart, and that snar
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Literature
Washed Away
Water dripped from the trees, down each needle. Silver drops pattered to the slushy snow on the ground below. The streams ran full, flooding over their banks at times. The entire territory was soggy with the spring thaw.
Lily, Griff, and Kona all slogged through the brown slush as they made their way back from yet another unsuccessful hunt. The three tokotas were miserable. Icy mud and muck clung to their coats and was wedged between their toes. They were soaked, head to tail, and shivering. The sun had shown for many days and kickstarted the melt, only to be replaced by heavy, rain drenched clouds that sped up the thaw even more.
As they stepped into camp, the tokotas realized instantly that something was wrong. The entire pack was outside, fur fluffed up despite the rain. Their eyes were anxious, and all head turned as their alpha came into view. Lily trotted forward, ignoring the disgusting mud under her feet.
The sphinx approached Kai. The elder acted as leader when she was away. H
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Lily, Griff, and Kona awoke as the sun was highest overhead, their fur dry after their fishing trip. Griff was the first awake, stretching and pulling tangles from his mane. Lily rolled onto her belly, “Think we should try hunting next? I saw lynx sign as we were coming over, closer to the neck of the valley, she said.
“Sounds good to me. I could do with a new lynx pelt for my nest,” Kona said, getting to his paws and extending each leg in turn.
“That settles it then. Let’s get going,” Lily ordered, standing up and trotting off the pebbly shore of the lake. Griff slipped into the harness of the sled they’d brought with them and followed, the summer runners grinding over the stones. Kona came last, limping slightly with stiffness in his rear left hip.
They traveled single file at a mere walk so that they wouldn’t miss in game tracks. Lily kept her amethyst eyes peeled. Once they passed moose tracks that were very fresh, but Lily didn’t allow her pack to hunt moose in the summer. Mothers were with their calves, and the males needed to grow fat for the rut. Early fall was when they would take the huge animals. A single moose could feed the pack for days, and they were a valuable resource.
Suddenly Griff stopped and the sled fell silent. Lily turned back to see him staring into the trees, blue eyes narrowed. She backtracked and followed his gaze. There were thin claw marks about three feet up a birch tree. A lynx had sharpened its nails recently; sap had yet to flow from the marks. The scent was fresh too, not even a half hour old. “Drop the sled. Let’s follow this,” she said. Griff nodded, and Kona helped him remove the leather harness.  
They padded softly into the trees, paws making scarcely a sound over the needles that littered the forest floor. The lynx scent suddenly grew stronger. “Looks like a female and was joined by a male,” Lily said softly over her shoulder. It was breeding season for many animals, and the cats were no exception. Kona and Griff licked their lips at the prospect of collecting double the meat. A lynx could feed two tokotas for a day. This would be a good find to stock the food shed if they could catch both. The pelts would also be nice. If they were common color, the tokotas would have new, warm bedding. If they were rare. Their human would sell them, or make an exchange for meat.
The trio continued forward, slowly now, as they drew closer. Suddenly Lily stopped them with a tail swish. A low growl sounded form somewhere up ahead and slowly grew into an angry scream. Clearly the female lynx wasn’t pleased to see her suitor. Well, it wouldn’t be a problem for either of them in a moment, if the tokotas had their way.
Lily gestured for Kona and Griff to take the flanks and the two males peeled off, vanishing between the thick pine trunks. Lily proceeded forward, incredibly slowly. A single snapped twig could give them away. Lynx were fussy animals to catch. Their ability to climb trees made them hard prey, and it didn’t help their hearing was superb.
Lily could see the lynx now. The female was perched atop a boulder, swiping a heavily-furred paw at the male below. Her mottled grey pelt was fluffed up and her teeth pulled back into a grimace. The male jumped back with a hiss but didn’t leave. Clearly, he was intent on procreation, and a testy attitude wasn’t going to be too much of a diversion. They were so focused on one another that they had failed to notice the approach of their hunters on three sides. The sphinx could see Griff and Kona through the trees, and they could see her. Still, if they attacked now, the lynx could still shoot up the trees and be lost. They needed to get within strike range, and that would prove difficult given the female’s vantage point on the rock.
Carefully, so, so carefully, the tokota crept closer to their quarry. Lily could see Kona better now, though Griff’s grey pelt was so striped with the shadows of the trees, he was still little more than a blur. She signaled for Kona to stop; he was too brightly colored to get any closer. Lily and Griff continued, paws sliding softly over the forest floor.
The sphinx was grateful they had gone fishing earlier in the day. The lake had washed away the strongest of their scent, and their run through the deep pine forest had also soaked them in earth smells. The lynxes were unlikely to detect them by scent.
Suddenly a twig snapped across the clearing. Griff! Lily cursed inwardly, but she wasn’t angry. It could have happened to any of them. The two lynxes froze, tufted ears shooting upward. Their short tails flicked with fear and their yellow eyes glanced from side to side, sizing up escape routes. Lily gathered her haunches under her; now or never.
She barked once as she shot forward, landing on top of the boulder with the female. She briefly saw Kona and Griff charging out of the trees, teeth bared. The male cat tried to make a bolt for the nearest pine, but never made it.
Suddenly stinging pain in her muzzle drew Lily’s attention back. The female’s claws had scratched across her face, leaving thin lines of scarlet blood welling just above her nose. Lily growled and slammed her paws into the cat’s gut. It wheezed and tried to squirm away, scrabbling at the stone beneath it, but she pulled it back. Not wanting it to suffer, she yanked it close and wrenched its head back to expose the throat. Quickly, she brought her teeth together and released the animal. Bright blood spurted out and splashed against the greying female’s face, neck, and chest.
It let out a wet, gurgling growl and slithered to the ground bellow the boulder, trying to escape. Deep scarlet continued to gush from its neck, slowing to a trickle, before it finally expired only a few feet away. Its eyes were glassy and still. Lily leapt down to collect her kill. Griff and Kona came from around the back side of the rock, the heavy male lynx between them. It was a fine specimen; a dark pelt, which would fetch a high price.
“Good hunt, guys. Let’s go process these,” Lily said. She had the males lay both carcasses across her back for transport, feeling the warmth of the fresh bodies against her skin. They trotted back towards the waiting sled, no caring about their noise now. Once there, they carefully skinned the lynx with expert claws and teeth. The organ meats, which would spoil quickly, were devoured on the spot. Liver, heart, and kidney vanished down hungry gullets. The meat went into a basket and the furs were rolled and placed into a box for their human to tan later.
The sled was considerably more weighed down now. Almost fifty pounds meat, several large fish, and the two pelts were now secured. Still, there was a lot left to do. “Let’s head to the mouth of the valley,” Lily ordered. Griff and Kona nodded, and together, the three began their march to their next gathering site.
Summer's Bounty (Part 2)
Import: moonshardsranch.deviantart.com…
Nicknames: greying male
Prey: bear
Activity journal: blgodwin.deviantart.com/journa…
Relevant Bonuses:
-basic bow
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none

Import: totemspirit.deviantart.com/art…
Nicknames: the tawny, Kona
Prey: bear
Activity journal: blgodwin.deviantart.com/journa…
Relevant Bonuses:
-flint arrows
-dominant
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none

Import: totemspirit.deviantart.com/art…
Nicknames: Lily, sphinx
Prey: rabbit
Activity journal: sta.sh/01u4pfgsdhgc
Relevant Bonuses:
-sturdy bow
-flint arrows
-back cat companion 
-hunting saddle
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none
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Lily groaned as she looked in the food shed. Once again, the pack had readily gone through what it could hunt and kill. Only a few dried fish remained in a basket on the dusty floor. It would hardly feed them all another day. Forty mouths went through a lot of food. She growled in frustration. If they couldn’t keep up at the height of summer, what would happen come winter? They had to gather a surplus of supplies now, while there was still time. And not just meat; the pack could consume many plants, though with less enthusiasm than a piece of moose, perhaps. They needed fish, and lot of it, since it could be preserved to last for long time. And they also needed things their human could trade for meat if the shed ran out.
The sphinx backed out of the shed, nosing the door shut. She bounded across the dirt clearing and leapt atop the pile of old crates she used to address the pack. She let out a long, rallying howl into the early-morning sky. Slowly, tokotas began to gather at the base of the stack. They appeared from the woods, behind Silak’s cabin, from the barn, by the river. Thirty canids stood next to each other, a wall of fur and muscle. The remaining ten were elders and mothers and weren’t required to come to her summons.
“My pack, we have run into a problem. We only have a single basket of fish in the shed right now. Clearly, that is not going to feed all of us. Today, all camp chores are to be put on hold and everyone is to go out to gather and hunt. I’ll take Griff and Kona with me and take the eastern tip of the territory. Star, Rowan, Feather, Orma, Cle, Taiga, and Mootya, I want you to each take two of your packmates and divide the remaining territory amongst yourselves.
“Also, the pack to the west suffered heavy loses last winter and have reduced their range. A larger group should try there as well, but stick together for protection since we haven’t thoroughly explored the area. We are aiming for fish, meat, edible plants, and valuable resources for Silak to trade. Remember to take a sled per team and baskets for each tokota. Good luck!”
The assembled tokotas burst into a flurry of activity. She watched as they broke into teams, slipping into harnesses and tossing empty baskets and buckets into their sled before pulling away into the trees or down the riverbank. Lily carefully picked her way down the crates to find her own partners ready. Kona and Griff stood by, tails thumping. “Shall we get going?” she asked.
“Sure! Griff already got the bucket and sled prepped,” said Kona, trotting away. Griff followed, less enthusiastic, though he had more spring in his step. Lily had finally lifted a few of his punishment tasks since he had attacked her in a fit of hunger rage. He was still the lowest ranking member of the pack, but he seemed happier. The grey male slipped into the harness attached the sled and began trotting across the dusty ground.
Lily was incredibly grateful that Silak had made their sleds all-season modified. Two small wheels at the back and steel rounded runners up front allowed it to slide over most anything.
The trio loped through the forest, occasionally stopping to untangle the sled where the vegetation managed to overcome to the modifications. It took them just over an hour to reach the farther east portion of the territory; a wide valley that ended in a glacier and was ringed by harsh, near vertical peaks. It was a fairly new acquisition. The small pack that had once controlled it was killed off by a horrible illness, the same that had taken lives of the western tokotas. The only reason Lily’s pack was fine was human intervention. The only two tokotas of the old pack had left, unable to thrive with just themselves.
“I’m thinking we should head for the lake first,” Lily said over her shoulder. Griff and Kona pulled level with her.
“Sounds good to me. Fish is the most important right now, I’d say,” Griff responded. Kona nodded his agreement, and the three tokotas moved off again, perpendicular to the way they’d been traveling. It didn’t take long for the trees to thin and give way to a pebbly shore. Griff shook himself free of the harness and the tokotas approached the lake.
The gently rippling water reflected the sky and the few cotton-white clouds scuttling high overhead. “Let’s try for some fish, then. Spread out and hopefully we’ll find some trout or pike,” Lily said.
Kona, a lover of water, made no hesitation to pad in up to his shoulders. Griff, the opposite of his adoptive father, moved down the shore a bit in elbow-deep water and didn’t go out any further. Lily rolled her eyes and moved the other direction, also going out quite far, though not as deep as Kona.
Late fishing in summer was an art. The fish can see through the crystal clear water as easily as a tokota can see them, so perfect stillness is the key.
Lily found herself drowsing in the pleasantly cool water as she waited for the fish to adjust to their presence in the water. Their entrance had scared away the prey, but the shore was more rich with insects and would drawn them near again.
Suddenly there was a great splashing and Lily glanced up just in time to see Griff rearing up and leaping back into the water. Water cannoned out from around him and he disappeared, but resurfaced a moment later, a plump trout gripped in his teeth. The grey male stalked back to the shore, tail out and head up with pride.
“Good catch Griff!” Lily called. It was a good omen that they’d gotten a piece of food in so little time. She went back to staring at the water.
Kona’s voice called softly across the water, “Lily, there is a massive pike between us. I think if I approach very slowly I can steer it towards you. I won’t be able to catch it because it’s wary of me, but it doesn’t know you’re there. Want to try?” he asked.
Lily nodded and tried to find the fish. Kona slowly stepped nearer, and finally the creature came into view. It was nearly three feet long. She’d have to be careful; pike have razor sharp teeth. One that size could actually be dangerous to a tokota. Her breaths became incredibly shallow, so she wouldn’t move the water as much. Kona suddenly slipped a bit, one paw moving forward as the stone underneath it slid. The pike shot forward under Lily’s belly.
She snarled in surprise and turned swiftly. The mottled fish thrashed as she lunged and snagged its tail in her teeth. It lashed backwards, and she felt sharp fangs graze against her face, but didn’t manage to get a hold. Lily felt it slipping. They couldn’t lose this fish!
She gave her head a swift toss and the fish went flying, “Griff! Kill it!” she howled. The grey male whipped around on shore, confusion in his eyes. The pike flopped against the stones with a wet thud and began to squirm back towards the water. Griff snarled and pounced on it, biting the head clean off and swallowing it.
Lily and Kona came back to shore to look over their catch. Griff was licking the remains of the fish head from his lips. “We’ll, the fish won’t be back for a little while after that commotion,” Lily said. The two males nodded. “Let’s take a brief nap, okay?”
The three tokotas stretched out in the sun the let their pelts dry, eyes closing at they drowsed. They would need their energy for the rest of their gathering trip.
Summer's Bounty (Part 1)
Link to import sheetGriff 1281
Nicknames used (literature only):
Link to (hunting/fishing/exploring) journalGriff's Hunting/Fishing/Exploring Journal
Relevant Items/Companions/Traits:
-Sturdy Rod
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none

Link to import sheetKonungen 285
Nicknames used (literature only):
Link to (hunting/fishing/exploring) journalKona's Hunting/Fishing/Exploring Journal
Relevant Items/Companions/Traits:
-Basic Rod
-Dominant
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none

Import: totemspirit.deviantart.com/art…
Prey: fish
Activity journal: sta.sh/01u4pfgsdhgc
Relevant Bonuses:
-back cat companion 
-sturdy rod
Faction: PB
Defects: none
Item application: none
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Hello friends! I'm seeking a partner for the lore contest that's running right now. I already have a design planned, I just... really do not have the skills to execute it. I need someone who is familiar with doing small/large items to help me. Please post examples in the comments. If you're picked I'll note you the design :D thank you!
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Hello friends! I'm seeking a partner for the lore contest that's running right now. I already have a design planned, I just... really do not have the skills to execute it. I need someone who is familiar with doing small/large items to help me. Please post examples in the comments. If you're picked I'll note you the design :D thank you!

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Erwin0859 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
Happy birthday~ ! Hug :D (Big Grin) Have your cake and eat it too
Have a nice day~ Aww
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Blgodwin Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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Erwin0859 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Anytime~ :hug: :aww:
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Shangry-Ia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Hey there ^^ Any idea, when the sticks/log will arrive at your bank? xD
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Blgodwin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Soon, I promise. I'm sorry it's taking so long. I messed up transferring all my crafting items to the new bank by leaving the spreadsheet on private so they skipped over it ;-; 
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TheBrooklynnYouLove Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! I just wanted to check in and see if you've gotten SAI yet? I still haven't found someone who could update the designs I got from you, so if you do then I'd love the updates whenever you get the chance <3
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Blgodwin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have SAI now but my tablet isn't compatible with my new computer D: I'm so sorry. Its like $200 for a new tablet which I don't have since I just started college :( It really sucks tho because designs brought in a good amount of money for me and I need it now more than ever. So yeah, double bad :/ but yeah, you'll be needing to find some else. Sorry!
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TheBrooklynnYouLove Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear... that's highly unfortunate, because no one can copy your design since it was a custom roan brush. I guess I'll see what I can find; thanks for letting me know.
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Blgodwin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I can't even recover my roan brush :( its gone. My friend made it for me and she sold her computer a while ago. The brush just vanished into thin air. I'm so so sorry. I'm still hoping I can eventually get a monitor display so I can transfer some of my old files from my wrecked laptop (screen is broken) and if I ever get the money for that I'll tell you the settings
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