Shooting Star and the Blue Sonya
Many stories abound about this most legendary pack and its alleged Queen of Light, though its true history is perhaps forgotten. The story itself remains etched in the walls of the cavern behind the infamous falls themselves, written in an ancient tongue by the siblings Roxy and Razor Jaw, whose backgrounds are rather epic themselves.
But our tale truly begins with a lone wolf, a pure angel by the name of Shooting Star who left the divine realms to pursue love and life in the wilderness she once safeguarded against evil.
She was a beauty in every sense of the word, with fur more luxurious than spilled ink. Her defining mark, however, was the gold five point star etched upon her brow, a symbol of rank in angel hierarchy. She was once a seraph of great influence, and a personal servant of the goddess Alameda.
But Shooting Star’s better known role was as the mother of Rainbow Chaser. Before this, she was the mate of Black Star, a wolf of great stature and moral standing. The pair lived together near human tribal colonies, before the human race became extinct to the Wolf Web Realm, and at a time when shamanistic and nature magic thrived in the land’s rich resources.
They established a home and a pack, called the Blue Sonya, and lived mostly alongside a river across from a tribe camp. The land became full of their good magic; plant life abounded, and the waters were cleaner and fresher than anywhere else on earth. The wolves, having sentience, became more acquainted with the native humans, and rituals once kept by man were now passed down to beasts. Some imagine this short lived span of human influence is likely the cause of the many extravagant species found in the Realm, particularly in the wolves who shared a more direct bond with the people. Whatever the reason, Blue Sonya, though small, remained a notable pack because its foundation has such influential ties to the early history of the entire Realm.
Shortly after the pack’s establishment, Shooting Star conceived her first litter of pups. Of the healthy trio, two were males, called Bandit and Lightning. The last born was a female, who the couple named Rainbow Chaser. Until adulthood, they would remain a content and mostly unremarkable family.
At adolescence, Bandit and his father, Black Star, went off on an expedition into uncharted lands and never returned. Lightning remained with his family until the age of two before he left to seek a mate and purpose of his own, leaving mother and daughter the sole inhabitants of the Blue Sonya lands.
Shooting Star was troubled during this time, as any mother and widowed mate would have been. But Rainbow Chaser was a bright spot in her life, and from an early age her talent for optimism was inspiring even to the once-angel. She perhaps didn’t realize it, but her blood’s legacy had passed on to her daughter, and as she began to peak in her adulthood there came some amazing changes to her abilities.
Since she was a puppy, RC learned herbalism and healing magic at her mother’s paws, but her prowess was then bolstered by the three-quarters angel blood that pulsed sweetly through her veins. She was a happy-go-lucky sort, the kind who could sense the moods of those around her and made it her goal to boost their morale.
But nothing could have prepared her for the troubled relationship she would experience with Tornado Whip.
Tornado pranced into their lives from a neighboring territory, a defamed leader of the Stormy Souls pack whose family had all dispersed in similar fashion. From the start, RC sensed a wrongness about him, and his suave façade and whispered promises began to taint her mother’s self awareness. Their territories merged to form the Stormy Sonya pack.
Shooting Star became the priority, and two strong-willed beings now battled for her attention. Being a young adult, RC was easily overpowered by Tornado Whip, and he often kept her stashed away in a cave chamber that he managed to seal.
One day, however, she managed to escape the prison. Star, having come to realize her situation, had threatened to leave Tornado and take her daughter with her, still mourning her lost love but no longer dependent on this intruding male figure.
Tornado Whip had grown increasingly aggressive toward them as their intentions became more and more evident. Side by side, they defended each other and fought off Tornado’s desperate advances. He clung to his imagined sense of leadership, craving power and renown til it consumed him entire. But desperation was not enough to dissuade the pair from their final stand, now that Star had finally come to her senses.
Tornado left, jaded and still seething over his failure to conquer the Stormy Sonya.
But was it already too late to rescue her mother from a breaking heart? Much without her daughter’s knowing, Shooting Star had long resolved that her mortal life was unnecessary now that her mate was gone and a legacy had risen up in their wake. Rainbow would discover later during her own encounters in the heavenly realms that it had been her mother’s desire since the disappearance of Black Star to return to the heavens, though she wanted to see that their children grew strong and independent enough to survive on their own.
When Star sincerely encouraged her daughter to pursue a life of her own beyond their simple, abandoned homeland, Rainbow finally relented and left her mother and Blue Sonya behind.
The pack and its sole remaining founder faded away once more, until at last the angel’s mortal life was ended and she left to join her lost mate in heaven’s realms. Or so she thought.