A recent trip to old stomping grounds led the majority of the cabal into a bit of trouble, not that it was without possible benefits. Too often I see others struggle to accomplish tasks and to protect what is theirs, using all their strength to do so, never seeing where negative experiences that can be spun to their advantage. The Uratha, as they are known in the spirit tongue, and our encounter with them is one such occurrence. Monstrous brutes that would as soon eat our hearts as not, taking offense at territory “trespassed” upon, when the borders are left unmarked. Damned mongrels even said they had only been here a few months and yet they expect their territory to be known and sacrosanct in such a short span of time! Regardless, getting on their good side will provide a veritable font on knowledge on spirits and our local shadow. Offering up a likely banisher for such a prize would be a pleasure – from the perspective of the Silver Ladder she is lost and only a threat to mage kind’s reputation, secrets, and perhaps even the strength of the lie upon the world if those rumors are to be trusted.
I worry about the bleeding hearts I find myself bound to though. Appeasing these Uratha provides us a more stable sociopolitical landscape on which to make a stronger more lasting peace and the knowledge they possess is something to be respected and sought after. Slighting them, or even working against their wishes, would result in great loss of life on both sides, be difficult to hide from the sleepers, and would leave the chaotic Shadow even less guarded. Further, by the sounds of these wolf-blooded, the Uratha have loyal sleepers that could be used to disrupt our spells. If they know our weakness, which I have little doubt that they do, we may even be at a disadvantage. I only hope the Consilium will approach this with mind rather than heart – before the might and peer pressure of the Consilium upon my fellows I can rest a little easier…though what some in the cabal might do even then out of misplaced goodness will keep what sleep I find fitful. The faster Raven and her mother can be found, captured, and dealt with the better.
Tomorrow, a Thyrsus mage and her Uratha mother traveling together, no doubt the spirits will have noticed…