Ariel's Direwolf

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Appeared in chapters                                     36                  54  56

Ariel's Direwolf
Moonless Age Character
Portrait of Ariel's Direwolf Portrait for Arc_II
Race: Direwolf
Current Status
Sarghress War-Wolf
Family

Ariel's Direwolf is an as-yet unnamed Direwolf gifted to Ariel after she was assigned to a Sarghress squad under the command of Sar'nel.

Appearance & Personality

Ariel's Direwolf is a large Sarghress Direwolf with blue eyes. Its fur is predominately black, although it has a large patch of white fur from its snout to its underside. While the fur around its eyes is black, it has a white patch of fur in a shape reminiscent of a pair of connected crescent moons.

Ariel and Faen shower the young pup with affection.[1]

As a pup, it was a friendly an affectionate animal, especially towards Ariel. However, the years apart from its master caused that formative bond to disappear, no longer recognizing Ariel as its master. As with most Sarghress wolves, it is aggressive and well-trained, making it well-suited to the close-quarters combat favoured by the Sarghress. However, in the absence of commands to attack, it displays lingering, if wary, traces of affection.

Biography - Arc II

Ariel's Direwolf first appeared shortly after Faen joined Ariel as an unofficial member of Sar'nel's squad.[2] As the group stopped at the kennel to retrieve Sar'nel's own direwolf mount, Ariel took the opportunity to introduce Faen to the young pup, greeting it warmly and expressing joy at the prospect of fighting beside it once it was fully-grown. With the Squad preparing to depart on a patrol to the Sullisin'rune dome, Ariel gave the beast a final affectionate pat before returning to her duties.

Biography - Arc III

A Hostile Reunion

The next five years saw Ariel's Direwolf mature into a fully grown war-wolf, capable of rivaling even the Sharen dragons in battle. As fate would have it, it was one of the many warwolves used by Sang's Assault Legion as they pursued Ariel's splinter faction to the Kyorl'solenurn colony of Shikomei.[3] Recognizing its distinctive markings, Ariel made an attempt to placate the creature rather than treat it as an enemy. However, years of separation left the wolf with no recognition of Ariel and it leapt to attack its assigned quarry without hesitation. An arrow from Shan striking it in the shoulder was sufficient to halt its attack, though Ariel pleaded with her allies to spare its life, much to the irritation of Chakri.[4] Injured, it limped away from the heart of the battle with the other wounded war-wolves.

Ariel's former wolf no longer recognizes its former master.[5]

A Tentative Bond

While Ariel's wolfpack was able to elude capture at Shikomei by fleeing aboard the Airship, Sang's pursuit was relentless. An attempt was made to strike at Snadhya'rune's holdings in Felde in an attempt to incite a conflict between the legion and the city's defenders. Ultimately, while the city was devastated in the ensuing battle, the wolfpack's plans ended in failure and defeat. With Ariel and her faction now prisoners of the Sarghress, Ariel's Direwolf accompanied Kor'maril as he discussed the former heir of her possible fates.[6] While initially intending to place Ariel on trial or use her as a stabilizing figurehead, the death of Sang left the Sarghress with no remaining leaders capable of maintaining unity. As Kel'noz insisted Kor'maril's use of Ariel as the only remaining hope, she made a tentative attempt to renew the bond with her former wolf as it warily returned her affections.[7]

Return to Chel

As the legion returned to Chel, Ariel's direwolf remained in the company of Kor'maril as the convoy was confronted by Chrys'tel over the recent events in Felde.[8]

Notable Quotes

"WOooo."[9] - Cheerfully greeting its master.



This article reflects events up to Chapter 56.

Sources:

  1. Chapter 36, page 11
  2. Chapter 36, page 10
  3. Chapter 54, page 25
  4. Chapter 54, page 28
  5. Chapter 54, page 26
  6. Chapter 54, page 142
  7. Chapter 54, page 144
  8. Chapter 56, page 18
  9. Chapter 36, page 11