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Ashen

“Only in the shattering can the rebuilding occur.”

A lawful neutral-evil pack, the Ashen Empire home of the Royal Matriarchy led by Venom Klein Abraxas and her husband Hanzo Hattori. Here actions speak far louder than words, trust is to be earned and admittance into Ashen's ranks will be highly scrutinized.

Ashen is home to two Japanese warrior schools: the shinobi and samurai paths. Shinobi teachings and ranks focus on offensive maneuvers that tend to take place outside of the Empire's borders in raids and missions. Whilst the Samurai are the core strength of the pack, defenders and councilors, whose word carries great weight.

The wolves of Ashen are an elegant people with refined tastes in food, entertainment, and life. Strength and intelligence are paramount, but cunning and caring are equally prized.

General Rules

1.The Empress always has the last word.
2.Have honor and dignity. Respect the rule of law. Show restraint.
3.Obey your superiors and show them the respect they deserve. Appear at all pack meetings and all of your personal skill related meetings.
4.All Ashen wolves should know basic self defense.
5.No Trespassing. Attack on sight any who are not invited over the line. Show them what happens to those who cross the wolves of Ashen.
6.Contribute your share. Do your duties promptly and with pride. Answer all calls for learning.
7.Spars and dominance matches are encouraged, however real bodily harm or touching without consent is prohibited. Don’t steal. Don’t be a dick to your fellow pack mates.
8.Don’t antagonize other packs without permission. Smell pack on somebody? Don’t touch ‘em. Words don’t count. Freedom of Speech yo. But dont be spouting off pack information to those you don't know.
9. Birth control is available to all those who need it. Have consensual sexy times as much as you want but no puppies. Not even whoops litters. If this rule is ignored you will be thrown out. No exceptions.
10.Pups may choose their area of apprenticeship at 6 months of age. They may not leave pack lands without accompaniment until 1 year.

Customs:


— Ashen consists of two warrior schools. The traditional samurai ranks focus on the defense of the pack. Whilst the shinobi takes a more offensive approach, aka taking the fight to the enemy.
— Summer Festival: The Empress calls together the packs of the Empire and their allies for a tournament and feast.
— Weddings: Ashen will come together to celebrate the lifelong union between two wolves. Traditionally with a feast and ceremony.
— Joining: When a wolf of unknown origin asks to join the ranks they are put into a half a season (one ooc month) probation period to prove themselves worthy of serving her royal highness. Activity and skill level will be monitored.

Pack Lands:


Alabastrine Shrine: Most of Ashen's residents, unless stated otherwise, reside here.

Dove Island Archipelago:

Nephilim Island: To the northwest, closest to the mainland, lies Nephilim, a small but tropical island with scenic beaches and palm trees that sway gently in the breeze. It doesn’t take long to traverse the island from one end to the other and the creatures that inhabit it are about what you’d expect. If you’re looking for privacy this isn’t the place for it; with a land bridge on one side connecting it to the Shrine, and another which leads to Inu island, Nephilim is more of a crossroad than anything else. With supply stores and communal spaces littered along the way.

Inu Island: Not far off the shore of Sea’s Plain lies Inu, the second-largest island under Ashen’s domain. The terrain here can best be described as rugged, perhaps even treacherous, with most of the land covered by dense jungle or craggy rock. Rising from the centre a mountain looms over the island and is the starting point of many of the subterranean tunnels and caverns that reach out across Inu, forming Ashen’s imperial palace. Currently, only the Empress, her Shogun and the rest of royal family reside here. Unlike the others Inu has four land bridges. One connects to Nephilim, another to Sea’s Plain, then Rekaru and finally Dove Island. As with all the land bridges they appear and disappear with the oceans tides, acting like sandbanks when the waters rise high.

Rekaru Island: Rekaru is the easternmost island in Ashen’s domain. Linked to Inu via a short land bridge, it’s relatively small when compared to the former. That being said, the island itself is a bit of an oddity, unlike its neighbours it has very few trees and instead is inhabited by many strange species of lizards that can’t be found anywhere else. A large and gaping crevice carves the land in half and those unfortunate enough to fall in will have a very hard time getting out. The bamboo planted seasons ago have taken over much of the island, with some of it being used to create structures such as huts and an azumaya (Japanese gazebo). Rekaru is a home away from home for the koi-wolves of Iga, a peaceful recreation of Nippon within Ashen's shores.

Dove Island: The largest of them all, Dove Island lies at the centre of the archipelago and as its name suggests it's forest homes a large colony of doves. They fill the canopy with feathers and birdsong all year round, making strolls down it's tropical beaches quite a relaxing experience. Doves aside, plenty of exotic wildlife resides on this island, such as wild boar and deer, making it a prime hunting location for the wolves of Ashen. Gaining access to it is easy, thanks to the short land bridge that connects it to Inu Island.

Black Island: Despite the fact it's just off the shore of Time’s Cavern, Black Island is notoriously difficult to access. With no land bridges the only way to reach the island is to swim, and with the rough currents, razor sharp coral and rocks it’s a risk many chose not to take. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the island is known for its constantly bad weather, even on the mildest days the sky is darkened by storm clouds and its shores battered by choppy waves. The plant life on land is very exotic, and the same can be said for the animals too as venomous insects and reptiles dominate the land. Aside from the occasional and arguably naïve explorer, Black Island is uninhabited. For now.

Ibon Isle: Just a short swim away from Gambit Briar, Ibon Isle is closer to Auster than to the Shrine. Much like Nephilim, it's a quiet and unassuming island, with tropical forests and grassy clearings. However unlike the former it’s mostly populated with small mammals and birds as most creatures avoid the potentially dangerous swim over the reef from the mainland. Currently this island is not in use.

Relations

Ranks

EmpressBoss Bitch
Venom

Shogun Appointed by the Empress, the Shogun is the military leader and secondary alpha of Ashen. In her absence his word is law. Expected to father the Empress's royal children.
Hattori

Crown Prince(ss) The Heir to the Ashen throne. Expected to train in fighting and another skill of their choice. Alongside the Empress and Shogun they play an active role in governing and politics, as well as maintaining relations with the other packs in the Empire. Basically they have to earn their keep.

Daimyo Master of the Samurai. Basic duties include attending every high ranking meeting, frequent patrols, arranging apprenticeships in the Samurai and defense of the pack. This rank can be challenged for by a Samurai.
Plague

Jonin Leader of Ashen’s Shinobi ranks. Along with basic leadership duties such as attending meetings and teaching their underlings they also act as the Shogun’s second pair of eyes and ears. They lead the offensive and strive for the betterment of Ashen and it’s empire. This rank can be challenged for by a Chunin.

Samurai High ranking warriors of traditional fighting style specializing in defense of the pack. Expected to take an apprentice, train frequently, and patrol the border. Frequent sparring between Samurai is encouraged.

ChuninHigh ranking Shinobi who specialize in offensive measures that serve Ashen from beyond its borders. A somewhat secretive rank, they are tasked with gathering intelligence on other packs, bands etc .Because of their work they are often absent from the pack and it’s daily affairs for quite some time.
Kuroki

RenjaLead hunter and or navigator of the pack, in charge of training of lower tier hunters and navigators as well as food stores and organizing large hunts. Should be knowledgeable about the pack’s territories and herd movements. Expected to patrol the pack borders and surrounding territories as well.

GeishaA very special rank designated for the Ambassador of the pack. Must have grace, poise, and impeccable communication skills. Will also take up the responsibilities of overseeing important ceremonies and festival entertainment.
Ikigai

Apothaker The Pack’s lead healer, expected to oversee the lower ranking healers in the pack, may work closely or be part of Ashen’s supernatural ranks.
Kiyo

AshigaruRank and file soldiers who serve beneath the Samurai. Are expected to attend all training sessions, frequently spar with each other and patrol the borders.
Malachai
Panic

Genin Low ranking shinobi who serve and work alongside the Chunin in their offensive measures. Just like their soldier counterparts they’re expected to keep themselves busy with training and sparring. Basically they’re in ninja school.
Yaeume

ScoutsRanked hunter and or navigator, expected to scout the surrounding territories and report to the Renja.

HerbalistsRanked healer, expected to see to the health of the general population and report to the Herbalist. May have different specialties within the group(battlefield medic, midwife, gardener).

ApprenticesWolves that have yet to be ranked into their prospective rolls. Expected to participate actively in all training as well as with their mentors. Usually young wolves. (apprenticed in traditional fighting(samurai), specialized fighting(shinobi), Scouting(hunting), or Herbalism.)

Princes Children of the Empress, may keep this rank until an area of expertise is chosen. Of higher expectation than other pups.
Takeshi

Princesses Children of the Empress, may keep this rank until an area of expertise is chosen. Of higher expectation than other pups.
Kitsune
Shuriken

Pups Pups not born of the Empress. Should choose an area of study at 6 months and will stay in this rank until they’re 1 year old.

Peasants A wolf unable to be ranked upon joining. Has one ooc month to decide or they will be forced into “indentured servitude.”
Haru
Rava

ServantsSlaves in all but name. Must earn their freedom or a more desirable rank.

Prisoners Always watched. Always under guard. Fed sparsely. Not to be touched unless they attempt escape or physical harm against any member of Ashen.