It is a cold winter’s day.
Snow swarms any walking in the storm. The village has shut themselves in to protect themselves from the storm. Those who do go out, do so if they have too.
The sun has not been seen for days. The storm clouds have eaten it, and as the clouds eat their meal, the storm rages. It is the time of Talvi Paksu (Winter’s Deep). For three months, far to the north, the sun dips so low that the land is shadowed by perpetual night.
Storms of Darkness.
Once it was thought Tapio created this time to mock and harm his people. After all, Tapio is a capricious god, and when he deems it is time to recognize his worshipers, he does so by taunting them.
Yet, here in the village that is not the case. This time of the year is seen as Odotus (The Waiting). Since Børæn returned to his home, and took his rightful place, many things changed. The most notable one is the worship of the goddess Mesha. Many looked skeptical at Børæn’ belief, but with patience, the Wolf Tribe slowly begun to see that Mesha was more closer to the way of the northern tribes, and now the Wolf Tribe venerates here.
The lodge is quiet.
Gone are the rowdy feasts.
The endless drinking.
The continuous boast of deeds great and small. It is the morning, and the lodge is devoted to its’ other role; learning.
The children of the tribe, sit and learn. Besides the Mesha, Børæn brought with him teachers. With them, a goal of teaching his people so they could have a more secure future.
A old man sits by a small fire. He is hunched over, and his body shows the signs of many battles. Sitting in front of him are the youngest of the tribe.
The old man is happy. This is his favorite task; teaching the children.
His voice is strong, despite his weak appearance. It is a voice capturing everyones attention. Everyone stops their tasks, turn, and listen to the man. He speaks:
Many are the tales of Børæn and the deeds he accomplished. There are many tales and lessons to learn, but this tale is a simple one.
See Børæn riding with great speed to the village.
Børæn is angry. His anger builds as he gets closer to Enonia.
His anger is one of helplessness.
The events at Irecia have angered him. The men trapped by the foul Vihreä-iho (Greenskins or Orcs) fuels this anger.
He wanted to save those men.
Wet his sword in the blood of the Vihreä-iho.
He wanted nothing more then send them to Tulipalot Helvetti.
Yet here he is, riding in failure.
Though Belàldur tried to calm Børæn, Børæn still raced off.
In truth, this anger was not about failure, it was about the fact they could do nothing for the warriors trapped there.
Arriving in Enonia, see Børæn stalk to the tavern he and his companions frequent. All who see the warrior, know a storm has arrived. They run from his wake.
See his knuckles grow white as he clenches his mighty fists.
Hear his footsteps roll as thunder across the tundra.
See the door burst into fragments as Børæn’s storm breaks.
The storm has arrived.
It is obvious to all he is angry.
The storm has come.
As it makes its’ way to the back of the tavern, no one stands in his way.
The storm hits the companions, and his fist pounds the table. It is like lightning, and the table splinters into shrapnel.
See one try to speak, but his words are swallowed as the gaze of Børæn’s anger touches him.
Hear Børæn speak, and hear the strength of his words fill the air.
“Cowards. Drunks. You lack honor.”
“You knew we were to ride to Irecia. Some of us did, while the rest of you still celebrate a victory that is now over. You are like all lazy people here in the south. You are soft, weak, and live in ignorant bliss ignoring the danger that blights this land.”
“Do you care that Irecia is nearly gone? Do you care that those warriors are near death? Why you sit here, drinking and laughing; while those warriors eat leather, eat dirt, and still do their duty.”
“Your greed speaks of you. Your greed shows you for what you are.”
“Grab your weapons, find your spines, and remove your asses from this tavern. Because if you do not remove them, I will remove them for you.”
Though they try to speak, one look at Børæn shows that he is not to be tested.
“We have three days to rescue the men at Irecia. You have ten minuets to be outside. We ride as soon as Hemming gathers the men.”
See Børæn turn and leave the tavern, but before doing so, gives the tavern keeper some coins.
Hear Børæn speak with shame, “I am sorry for the damage, sometimes I get a bit angry.”
Hear the tavern keeper stammer, “If that was a bit angry, I do not want to see you really angry.”
See Børæn look over his shoulder. Hear him say to the tavern keeper, “If that sorry lot do not move their asses, you will see my true anger.”
With that, see Børæn leaves the tavern.
He is too ride again.
He and Winter’s Bite will resume the hunt.
Tooth and Sword.
Claws and Axe.
Vihreä-iho blood will flow as a spring river fat with the flow of melting ice.
The two will kill many before they return to Enonia again.