Eden LaValle

Penthesilea

“You have committed these crimes, and Luna has judged you guilty. Meet me in single combat and defend yourself or die where you stand.”

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Description

Eden is hard – her muscles are thick and corded. Her skin is an olive tan from being outside in the sun regularly, and her hair (regularly pulled into a ponytail) is full of split ends. Her right shoulder is covered with scars obviously given by gauru claws. Other scars can be seen all over – on legs, forehead, jaw. She tends to wear simple, easy-to-move-in clothes such as gi pants, tanktops, and hoodies, and always carries a spear strapped to her back with a red bandana either hanging loosely around her neck or tied around her wrist. She’s an identical twin to Eliza LaValle – though to say that despite that the twins are easy to tell apart is an understatement.

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Visible/Known Information

  • Deedname: Penthesilea / Penny
  • Auspice: Rahu
  • Tribe: Blood Talon
  • Lodge: Lodge of Serenity
  • Pack: The Motley
  • Apparent Age: Late Teens/Early 20s.
  • Notable Things:
    • Trained Doctor
    • Spear-wielding Badass
    • Apparently a Famous Stripper??

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Twice-Told Tales

Redeemed

This story is true.

We know that the Pure loathe us. We know especially that the Tzuumfin, the Ivory Claw, believe in proper breeding and bloodlines and that any mark of ours is impurity.

There was an uragarum born of two uratha. One was a direct descendant of a powerful Ivory Claw, so among the tribe she was meant to be used for mating. Her heart, however, was taken by a member of the Hirfathra Hissu. The two were mated. It infuriated the Ivory Claws to see one of their blood debasing herself this way.

One day while the uragarum was roaming a stretch of the wilderness, unknowingly in Pure territory, the Ivory Claw came upon her. They tore her down, they beat her stomach in case it held an urdaga child, they raped her to plant their own seed in its place. Then they stood and they blasphemed upon Amahan Iduths name – they urinated on her to mark her as their territory and bled on her to turn Luna’s look to one of disgust so that were the uragarum girl to Change, she would not be able to be blessed with one of Mother’s auspices.

The Hirfathra Hissu mate was enraged. His pack was enraged. But it was the uragarum girl who was most enraged. The pack pulled the girl into the fold, explaining what exactly had happened to her. This girl wanted to be cleansed of this terrible thing that happened to her, and she wanted vengeance against the Tzuumfin who had committed this atrocity against her.

This story is true.

The girl’s mate summoned a spirit to seek Amahan Iduth’s blessing back upon the girl. A ralunim answered the call. She looked upon the uragarum girl, who stood with her throat bared before the powerful spirit. She named the uragarum defiled, she named the blooded girl daughter of Asah Gadar, daughter of Anshega, she named her unworthy. The uragarum girl quivered but she strained to lift her chin higher.

The ralunim named the girl crusader. She named her redeemed, she named her faithful. She, the wolf-blooded named for the first garden, would be granted Luna’s forgiveness if she did her bidding. Slay seven devils. Carry your mate’s spear – and the ralunim would be the spear’s wife. The Hirfathra Hissu gladly gave up his fetish for his mate to carry, and the girl was given a silver pendant by the spirit to wear always. Were it to be taken from her, she would be defiled forever. Were she to take it off willingly, she would be unworthy forever. But were she to wear it while she slew the seven devils – she would be redeemed.

This story is true.

Not all the devils are known in this story. The uragarum did not always invite her pack. Sometimes she had to slay urathaAmahan Iduth using the holes in her own rules to ensure that vengeance was brought. It is known that she slew the Tzuumfin who had tried to plant his seed in her belly. It is known that she locked a facet of one of the maeljin on to Luna’s surface. It is known that when the irralunim attacked her during the night of a new moon, that the ralunim took over her body when she was not supposed to, and accidentally claimed the girl so that her eyes glowed silver and her thoughts were not her own.

It is known she saved many urdaga lives, this just-a-wolfblooded. It is said that she had the scent of an urdaga and the eyes of an uratha and that she regularly seemed to carry with her the blood of her enemies. It is said that she swelled with her mate’s child in her belly, and that still she carried on her quest. It is said that she took on uratha in one on one combat and won – and it is whispered she even took on a pack by herself, and managed to stave them off for nearly a minute until allies could join the fight at her side.

She sought her last devil with only a Blood Talon companion at her side in the middle of a Pure Stronghold. She went into the battle unworthy. She went into it a blooded girl, daughter of Asah Gadar and Anshega. She went into it defiled.

She emerged with the devil slain, and she emerged First Changed, the blessing of the Rahu moon on her shoulders. She carried with her a new spear, a combination of her mate’s spear and the ralunim that she had carried in her.

So I say to you, cubs who flounder and do not know your place, and you uragarum who think you can do little in the face of werewolf rage. You can do much if you but only chase what you seek.

This story is true.

Moot

“Everybody’s heard by now what a badass Penny is, so I’m not gonna talk about that. Instead I’m gonna talk about something you sons of bitches might not know, and that’s what it means to be lucky enough to be this lady’s best bud. D’you remember that Philly Moot a couple years back—the one where Edges-By actually lost the Run for a change? The one that got hit by the Marauders at the end? A couple weeks prior to that—yeah, I just said prior, asshole, as in I got prior assault charges, fuck you—was Penthesilea’s initiation into the Service. I went down there with her, pack support and all, but I told her I was just gonna shadow the thing because the Talons down in Philly don’t like me so hot, and I didn’t wanna fuck up her rep. This bitch refused to let me do that. "

“So Adonis and Lanky Bastard start in with their usual shit, and the new kid nobody knows insists on telling Glory stories about me to shut them up. The Tribe was impressed with her physically, but they didn’t know what to make of her, all because she put it on the line for a loser like me over and over again and nobody knew why. Least of all me. "

“But then, after the Games, the Marauders came in. And you ain’t seen a Pure pack until you’ve seen these fuckers—they’re not even a pack, they’re a motherfuckin’ horde, I’m talkin’ hundreds of wolves who leave the land lookin’ like the site of a motherfuckin’ Wolf Woodstock by the time they’re crossed through. Well, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody, I did a dumb thing and I got cut down. And I would’a lost my life that night, if Penny hadn’t stood over my dumb unconscious ass and defended me for like a fuckin’ hour I swear to god. So look at me. You see these Honor brands? They’re not mine. They’re hers.

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Music

“And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret – my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me
Its source is bright and endless
She resuscitates the hopeless
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting.”

“She limps on up to the top of a mount
Looks at the faltered harvest
Feels her sweat in the ground
And the burn in her nose
And the knowing in her guts
Something’s still gonna grow
She ain’t leaving ’til it does
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood.”

“And I’ve seen it in the flights of birds
I’ve seen it in you the entrails of the animals
The blood running through, but in order to get to the heart
I think sometimes you’ll have to cut through, but you can’t
We will carry
We will carry you there
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand.”

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Quotes

Pretend someone asked “What do you think of (character name)?” Answer it!

  • “I’ll always have a soft spot for Eden. Thankfully, she doesn’t abuse it.” — Galen Summers
  • “The best bud bond is sacred. We’re more than just pack. She’d die for me in a heartbeat, and I’d do the same for her without batting an eye. Shit, we both have. Honest to god, she’s the strongest person I’ve ever—ah, fuck, I’m…no, I’m good, I just got somethin’ in my eye. What?” — Jacy Carlson
  • “Uh, yeah, we get along fine. Why do you ask?” — Xander Carlson
  • “Look, I’m not sayin’ I hate her or anything. But blood grudges bite deep, and she’s kind of an uppity snot, okay?” — Marion Hunter
  • “My sister is – well, she’s a way better werewolf than me, that’s for sure. I mean, we both have our talents, just, she’s better at the wolf part, right? But the thing is, even if she only says two words? Know that she means a thousand.” — Eliza LaValle
  • “Thanks for the help quiet spear lady! Uh – I bet she and Mr. Quiet Man get along…” — Felicity Mayweather

Eden LaValle

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