Ten of Clubs, Venus day. Waxing Gibbous Moon.
Cast: El Arder Hala, Sheep, Holly, Wolf.
El learns Ambidextrous (2), Allies: Family Connections (1), Resources (1) and Expression (1)
Scene 1: Drive to town
El’s truck takes some effort to start, but goes without problems. Leaving his property, El can see the wolf in the woods looking at him. He notices a mailbox reflecting light back at him in an unexpected manner. After about an hour, El arrives to the outskirts of town.
Scene 2: Strange Encounters
El can see a dark woman with pink/purple eyes by the side of the road. She dresses in leather pants and leather jacket, looks like a biker. This distracts him and he almost doesn’t notice a drunk native american crossing the road. He manages to stop the car and the man slams his fist on the hood. El rolls down the window and offers him a ride, which the man accepts since he wants to visit Holly as well. He introduces himself as the Black Crow and starts rambling about how his parents were killed when he was a child, his father being European and his mother Native American. They were a controversial couple since his father adopted to the Native culture and was looked down upon by some members of society. The Black Crow then asked why El was seeing Holly and El told him about his wolf problem. Upon hearing this, the Black Crow started telling him an old legend his mother had told him.
“In a long forgotten time, man started to separate herself from the natural world. She became greedy and spread across the earth, threatening the ecological stability of the other animals; her brothers and sisters. Over time, she started to eradicate some of her larger siblings for meat.
The Great Dreamer of each animal gathered for a council to find a way to restore the balance. The Bison could not understand why man would kill so much, for food and for furs to wear. Neither could the Boar. The Tiger thought of herself as superior in strength and cunning and saw man as no threat to herself at all. She did not understand the danger of man gathering and hunting in such large numbers.
As all the great animal dreamers were arguing, the Great Wolf Dreamer was listening. She realized no one but her had the capability to know the human spirit and decided to slip away unnoticed from the gathering.
Travelling for days and nights into territory dangerous and unknown, the Great Wolf Dreamer reached the heart of human civilization at their largest spiritual celebration, the midwinter solstice under the full moon.
As the great wolf dreamer watched she decided the only way to reduce the threat of man was to to teach man. She gathered those wolves whom destiny and fate would have never noticed. To these she charged to befriend mankind, and in doing so the wolves passed on the knowledge of how to live in a group win harmony, the ways of hunting the weak and the sick, and cultivating the herds to be strong and flourishing.
For a time this worked out, for wolf and man each respected and nourished each other. As with the way of all things the bond became unbalanced. In the wolf it became too strong and in man too weak; instead of the teaching balance as it once was it became master and slave. This lead to man treating the wolf as a beast of burden and in man thinking he had conquered the Wild.
In some humans this did not occur; they rejected such thinking and maintained the balanced relationship the great wolf dreamer created. In those humans she granted a blessing or curse, for some could embrace the Wild and direct it and other were consumed by it. This spawned our myths of skin walkers, shape shifters and werewolves."
As El finished listening he started feeling queasy, images of the wolf attack the previous night flashing through his mind. After he recovers, he continues to drive to Holly’s place. Holly’s father is Native American and her mother is from India, giving her a mixed beauty that can enchant most people.
Scene 3: Meeting Holly
As El arrives and meets Holly the queasy feeling returns with a vengeance and he bends over from gut pain. He gathers himself and Holly helps him to gather the sheep into her barn, then El goes outside and rests on a couch there. The pain intensifies. El puts his attention on the pain. He feels it as a knot unwinding in his gut. He feels that he needs to become a warrior and remembers a quote from Sitting Bull.
“For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another’s life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”
Holly gives him a remedial beverage and he falls asleep peacefully. He wakes up 4-5 hours later to delicious scent of the kitchen. First he drinks the rest of the cold tea and then waters a tree before having a delicious meal with a beautiful woman. In El’s mind, life couldn’t be much better. The Black Crow left to the bar after eating some food from the fridge while El was asleep.
Scene 4: The Attack
After a the meal El decides to walk to the bar where the Black Crow is to ask him about Cliff. He decides to take a short cut through some alleyways to the bar. In the alley El is approached by a raunchy man who threatens him with a knife. El left his crossbow and staff in the truck and prepares himself unarmed for the battle. From a shadow, the wolf appears and attacks the man, sinking its teeth into his throat and pushing him down to the ground.
As the wolf is tearing the raunchy man’s arteries open, El throws a rock at the hind leg of the wolf, startling it and making it run away. He approaches the bleeding man and tries to patch the wound after a quick call to 911. The ambulance arrives and El steps aside as the paramedics try to save the man’s life, but fail. Soon the cops arrive as well.
An Hispanic police officer named Diego approaches El and asks him to come to the station to answer questions regarding the incident. El is defensive and doesn’t like being treated like a suspect rather than the good Samaritan he actually was. After some argumentation, Diego’s colleague Timothy Catcher steps out of the car and acts in a much more forceful manner, ordering El to enter the car and drawing his gun.
As El’s inner anger increases, he stealthily draws his knife and pretends to stumble toward the car, puncturing the car’s tire. The aggressive Tim becomes startled and shoots El in the arm. At this El decides to surrender and follows to the police station without further resistance. For now.