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The Cartel was a small, coyote-run drug cartel, presently a group of ex-Infernians and ruffians down on their luck, banded together for companionship and survival. They later joined with the Drygrass Posse to form the pack, Del Cenere Gang.
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The Cartel was a predominantly coyote-run group comprised of stragglers left in the wake of Inferni's disbandment. Its origins were largely founded in the thoughts and ideas of dissenters under Vicira Tears' rule -- including her own children. As the clan suffered from flooding, illness, and famine, discontent spread. Boone Lykoi declared his desire to overthrow his mother or desert Inferni, but the idea remained only an idea for some time.
On August 1st, 2018, Vicira disbanded Inferni. That night, she unexpectedly abandoned the remaining coyotes, with her mate Redtooth leaving in search of her. When neither returned, the small group (many of whom intended to part ways with the other stragglers) properly banded together. The group was largely nomadic from this point forward - following misfortune after misfortune in hopes of chasing proverbial greener pastures. While they had no true mission, the group remained together out of familiarity and stubborn acceptance as to what had come to pass, striving to keep the remaining pieces of the coyote clan alive in memory and little else. After a stint of wandering the wilderness, intrepid brothers Boone Winthrop and Nazario del Bosque attempted to each pull rank to start directing the band's aim towards intrepid goals and cohesion amongst their otherwise wayward and misfit group, to divisive response. Ultimately, the band dissolved in order to form the Del Cenere Gang.
The Cartel did not have ranks or hierarchy -- rather, characters were titled by their animal nicknames. The names arose as a joke made by Laurel and caught on, and had the intention of eventually being utilized as code-names when engaging in otherwise underhanded or illicit acts.
El Gallo - Boone Winthrop
Named such for his braggadocios attitude and no shortage of brashness, the Machiavellian Boone earned his nickname through his conduct and overtly stubborn, proud behavior.
El Zorro - Nazario del Bosque
Thought to be clever and quick, Nazario was quick to lean into his opportunistic, trickster nature and sticky hands in order to pilfer goods and swindle strangers out of their belongings on trade ventures.
La Paloma - Dahlia Winthrop
Whilst hardly as soft as the nickname suggested - Boone gave it to her after growing sweet on Dahlia after she defected from Salsola. Disarming and quick, Dahlia brought new meaning to what it meant to be a dove.
La Alondra - Larka
Partly a play on her own name, sweet Larka was taken in by Johnathan and given the nickname to suit her delicate - yet resilient - nature.
La Cierva - Lyssa Fontaine
Flighty, nervous, and cautious - Lyssa garnered her nickname after she was found by happenstance, and later sought out The Cartel herself.
El Burro - Johnathan Winthrop
Johnathan's stubborn, at-times-loud, and deprecating personality made for a number of checks that his mouth was not quite up to cash. Much like the imagery his nickname evoked, Johnathan's mouth was about as cleanly as a barn.
El Guyo - Skeleton Key
Look at this man. Quick to smile to diffuse tension and more than a little suspicious at times, the well-meaning Skeleton unintentionally stuck to his nickname surprisingly well.
La Perra - Clover
Arguably the least creative nickname - she garnered her nickname for her stubborn attitude and being otherwise designated as the 'fun police', which was, as it turned out, a much more necessary role than anticipated.
La Abuela - Vesper (NPC)
Whilst not an animal nickname, Vesper was far from your grandma's grandma. Named such for her advanced age, and her experience, Vesper regularly subverted expectations when it came to little old ladies.
El Perezoso - Ronald Winthrop (NPC)
Easy-going and amiable, Ronnie wasn't so much in the business of causing trouble with others so much as he was dissuading arguments or conflict with his friendly, if sometimes lazy, demeanor.
El Halcón - Briarblack (NPC)
Sharp eyed and counterpart to Clover's fun-police, Briarblack got her nickname for her harping and sometimes abrasive attitude. (And, perhaps, a little part to her shrill nagging.)
El Conejo - Hope Lykoi (NPC)
A drastic contrast to her younger sister, Hope exemplified her nickname with her outwardly soft-spoken demeanor and approachability.
- Previous Members » Magpie Trouillefou, Merari Tears, Laurel del Bosque, Jethro Lykoi, Marlowe de le Poer, Ichabod Bertram, Rozenn, Laurentius Astora, Tamara de le Poer, Noel Priyantha
After the abandonment of then-Aquila Vicira Tears, the Cartel formed out of the stragglers that remained in the wake of Inferni's disbandment; with the newly formed band packed up, they sought out their first destination: The Dampwoods, which was still somewhat familiar in the wake of the Inferni-Salsola War. Instead of finding solace and bounty, lean times followed the fledgling group, and kept them fruitlessly moving. Over the winter, the band, suffering losses and gains alike, relocated towards Searsport to try their luck in new localities.
With concerns for their safety after Dahlia Winthrop (ne. de le Poer) joined their ranks (thanks to her stint within Salsola), the band relocated once again northwards to their final destination at the Northern point of Moosehead Lake. In the dead of winter, they come upon the still small Drygrass Posse, struggling with a broken-down wagon and looking down on their luck. With promise to help them over a mutual interest in aid and familiarity in their coyote-dominant groups, The Cartel made strives to assist their fresh allies, unaware of the trouble that tagged along on their heel.
As spring emerged, the Cartel and their newfound sister band attempted to put together something of a feast to get to know one another. Members collected, snacks  and prepared for a party -    though during the dinner, members of the two groups realize that strange occurrences have been popping up throughout nearby territories.
A series of strange happenings started to unfold throughout the following week while members of the two groups investigate. Members discovered a horse, still in full-tack, wandering through the woods,M , a camp was discovered, and evidence of fighting in the newly-discovered camp were uncovered,M , a dead coyote-looking woman was found hanging from a tree,M , a loner was chased off in a rainstorm,M , and a wolf was interrogated.M  These uncomfortable events all preceded the final horrifying message: Calhoun Escuella's body was lashed to a horse, beheaded, and his head placed in the saddle and sent to The Cartel and the Posse as a warning.M  The two groups came together to host a funeral, and made further discussion as to what needed done with these unprecedented threats.
Aggressors Solomon James and Pippin Hamer made efforts to set the Cartel's camp ablaze in the dead of night to stir chaos.,  Driven to act, the duo of bands faced off against their attackers and came to the decision to come together and form Del Cenere for mutual protection against future threats.
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- THREAD TITLE (Date)
- Participating Characters
- [M] Sic Semper Tyrannus (July)
Boone gathers conspirators (who will later form the Cartel) and decries Vicira's leadership.
- [M] Like anger, like smoke from an unseen fire (August)
The group of coyotes band together, preparing to leave old Inferni territory.
- a dark wood where the straight way was lost (September)
Jethro comes across a stranger who has connections to Inferni.
- I know that apocalypse, that was where your heart is (January)
Skeleton and Carnivore meet Dahlia. After some discussion, Dahlia tells the siblings about The Cartel. Skeleton is intrigued, but Carnivore is not yet convinced.
- I can't decide, whether you should live or die (March)
Julius catches Dahlia planning her departure from Salsola and confronts her about it.
- It's not easy having yourself a good time (March)
After Dahlia realizes that a member in Salsola has discovered her defection, she alerts Nazario and Boone. They decide to move the loner band to Moosehead Lake.
- Lost at Moosehead Lake (April)
In her search to find Inferni, Lyssa comes across The Cartel instead, and joins the loner band.
- Nothing more, Nothing less (Spring)
Dahlia asks Hope to join her in The Cartel; Hope agrees.
- Members of The Cartel and the Drygrass Posse collect snacks for the dinner. (April)
- Members of The Cartel and the Drygrass Posse prepare for the dinner. (April)
- but with it comes the knowledge of everything (April)
During the dinner, members of the two groups realize that strange occurences have been popping up throughout the territory.
- Strange things start to unfold throughout the week while people investigate!
- [M] have I ever told you 'bout the time I - (April 29)
A lone horse, still in full-tack, is wandering the woods alone. A fleabitten mare with a gentle disposition, she certainly doesn't seem the sort to be turned out feral, but before further investigations can be made, she wanders back off into the forests from whence she came.
- TBD (April 29)
A camp has turned up, and while there are a myriad of scents there, a recent rain has washed much of it away. Swinging from some branches, though, are bloodied, soiled bandages; whoever was wearing them must not be in a good way. In a half-buried satchel, there's a series of wire snares.
- [M] The Slip (April 30)
West of the Cartel's camp, signs of a scuffle are evident. There's three scents here, one of which seems to smell coyote, but it's hard to tell amidst the smell of turned-up earth and mud and coppery blood - it seems fresh, perhaps a day old, and there's all manner of tufts of silvery hair thrown about. Nearby, further up a hill, there's rope.
- [M] Thurday, 2nd May (May 2)
A grisly discovery is made.
- [M] And Storms Will Surely Come (May 3)
A tiny camp is made to settle in at night, to wait out a storm. It's dark, and the fire can't seem to stay lit - the deluge picks up, and it gets hard to hear. Someone else is there. A scuffle ensues - and someone ends up with a minor injury, though the assailant is chased off, worse for wear. He vanishes, beneath the cover of night and heavy rainfall.
- [M] the debt un-reconciled (May 4)
- [M] have I ever told you 'bout the time I - (April 29)
- [M] strange hands halted me, the looming shadows danced
Calhoun Escuella's body is sent to the Posse's camp as a message.
- And we'll all go together (May 17)
The Posse and The Cartel hold a funeral for Calhoun.
- With the warning still fresh on everyone's minds, conflict strikes.
- Conflict follows throughout the week, and the attackers are now identified.
- [M] there's a dead man in the back (May 26)
An ambush fails, and the coyotes enjoy a minor victory.
- sooner or later God will cut you down (June 5)
The Coyotes band together for safety, and strategy for their survival, and start discussing things such as leadership and community.
- Wolves have been harassing, and menacing the coyotes, but they drastically underestimate who it is that they're tangling with. With their camps partially destroyed, their spirits rattled, but their attackers now known, the coyotes double down in their defense. These wolves won't know what hit 'em.
Rather than wait for the wolves to come to them, the coyotes start doing a little reconnaissance of their own! Fortifying their camps, and scouting out into the wilderness for signs of their hunters, the aim is to keep low, keep hidden, and keep track of these assailants.
Nothing tells others to go away quite like making the land inhospitable. Find the wolves' old hiding spots, or camps, and thoroughly destroy them. Set traps, and conceal them. Better yet, leave warnings, as they sent to the Posse's camp - the coyotes won't be trifled with any longer.
- [M] Reckoner (June 7)
Some of these trespassers stray too close to some of the coyotes. Perhaps they should've been more aware, because the coyotes saw them first.
Desperate, and furious, the wolves retaliate, but the attacks are thwarted. Thank God for the buddy system.
- TBD (June 15)
With nothing left, and shaken by the resolve of their quarry, Solomon James is baited into his final confrontation.