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Start Anew - Never Forget by Ramala Start Anew - Never Forget by Ramala
Fable addresses the pack after recovering from Valda's *ahem* herbal remedies. This would IC take place at least a week after the events of the "Turning of the Tide".

Location: Aerandel Island, near Starheim
Fable addresses the Skuld
WARNING: mild mention of blood


The air felt impossibly fresh. He drew it in as if breaking the surface of a cold sea after having held his breath for ages. It seemed to fill him with life that he hadn't felt in his veins in a long time, almost like he hadn't truly breathed in months. Though the sky was spotted with clouds warning of light Spring rain, Fable blinked in the bright daylight that still felt alien to him. He had been released from his confinement and was recovering in freedom and the company of his Skuld, and his beloved wife, the mother of his future children, but the world outside Starheim was something he was still going to have to re-accustom himself to. The thought of Polaris and the pups she was carrying made his heart flutter, and a momentary, soft smile curled the corner of his mouth.

However, now was the time for another, more sobering matter.

The dark wolf climbed to a high point of the mossy stone that wreathed the main entrance to Starheim. He howled into the trees, his voice echoing for miles, summoning the Skuld to gather.

His expression was soft but solemn as he watched the faces he knew and loved slowly gather, appearing through the deep foliage of Aerandel Island. It was so good to see them... and yet their familiar forms filled him with a stabbing pang of guilt. He'd been fooled. He'd been manipulated and rendered a few steps from insanity by a lowly fox. She'd found his deepest fears and used them to take over the pack he loved more than life. Many assured him that it wasn't his fault, but Fable remained achingly aware of the fact that in the end- it was his shortcomings that had put the pack through so much pain.

"Fellfangir. My Skuld," he began as he counted the last of them arriving. "After diligent work from the witch doctors and a while to recuperate, I am at last well enough to return to my responsibilities as usual. The first of those responsibilities, I feel, is to address you."

He breathed deeply. His expression was racked with grief, but alight with the pride for the wolves around him, "It was you that turned the tide. You who saved Fallfang from disaster. In my desperation to avert the crisis I had seen coming in my dreams, I fear I instead became a part of the catalyst that made it happen. I was too enveloped in the fox's words and her herbs to see it at the time. While I feel there may still be trials to overcome in the future, I can see now with my new clarity that the future is not mine to obtain. Everything I did, I did because I thought it was the right thing- but I put you all through something that you never deserved, and for that, I am truly sorry."

His body shuddered, and for a moment he went silent, as if to gather himself. He set his jaw and lifted his paw to his face. Quickly, before anyone had a chance to react- he took a claw to the corner of his eye and raked downward. A white-hot pain made him wince, but he set his paw down and then raised the other- clawing a deep cut into the other side of his face. The cuts were deep, two crimson lines that slithered from the corners of his eyes down his face like the track of tears. They would scar- and that was what Fable had intended.

"I will never forget what happened, and I'll never forget what you did to save the pack. I vow that, for as long as I live, for as long am of able body, mind, and spirit- I will act as a shepherd and a servant to all we hold dear. Fellfang will be a paradise once again, for that is the least a Skuld such as ours deserves."

A light, cool rain began to fall. Fable lifted his head and closed his eyes, savoring it for a moment before turning back to the pack.

"Look, the land is beginning to wash away the darkness."

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halloumicheese Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this bg Rams, it's so moody and atmospheric :0
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SaskedieJagerin Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*grandma's voice* "Fable my boy, go sit in the kitched immediately, look how thin you are! You're not leaving the table until you've eaten at least three portions of everything!"

Beautiful, so glad to see Fable finally out of Valda's grip :')
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Bahaha, Fable desperately needs a grandma to make him eat something. XD

Thank you! :glomp:
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FaIIenShadows Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous Rams <33
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank youuuu <3
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FaIIenShadows Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ofc! <3
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agungajib2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
Wow 👍
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Saraeustace91 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful ❤️
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Saraeustace91 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You’re welcome 😀😉
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Kiwiaka Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Aaaah I love this!! <3
That art is amazing, the speckles of light mixed with the rain so so beautifully executed and symbolic as well. And I love the way you write Ram!
I feel so bad for Fable literally scarring himself like that, but BOY ARE THOSE SCARS GONNA LOOK HELLA COOL WHEN THEY HEAL. A+ DRAMATIC FLARE FABLE <3
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Eee, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :heart:
Haha, he's got a smidge of a flare for the dramatic despite being an understated guy. XD

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Zoketi Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
bby fabble <3 ;D; poor poor bean, he's got so much to work through aaaaaaaaaaaaghh - this is soo pretty though! i can totes hear the rain <3
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you can hear rain, that's awesome. ^^

He's got a lot going on. XD
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Zoketi Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
hEEeeeh yaaaaaaaaaas :'D

<3 we lov u fablllleeee
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joshbluemacaw Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Filmographer
I'm having the feeling that he's going to retire soon... :(
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
No, not particularly! He's just having a rough time right now. :B
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Naviira Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Loooove this. I'm so happy to see Fable with a clear mind again. The atmosphere in this is really refreshing. I love the rain; washing away all the darkness to start things anew. ^^
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
I know, it's going to be weird transitioning back to a normal Fable after almost a year. :P
Thank you so much!
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xCinderfrostx Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very powerful words and art, amazing work Ram!! <3
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, Cinder! :heart:
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ShishiNoSeirei Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Artist
Fable <3 I love the atmosphere here <3 gloomy but with some light getting through.
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Ramala Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! 8D
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