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Welcome to the Thistle Kingdom

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  1.   1.  History
  2.   2.  Members
  3.   3.  Foreign Relations
  4.   4.  Trivia

Salsola is a large pack located in the Sticks and Stones' Drifter Bay territory of 'Souls. Its territory claim includes the expanse of Cape Chignecto Park, Isle Haute, and Millstone Village, and stretches north into Amherst and the Halcyon Mountain. Luperci of any type are welcome to join, though Salsola is highly matriarchal and has a strict cultural code. Its fanatical obsession with hierarchy and bureaucratic games makes Salsola an intimidating pack for newcomers.

The Family (as its general populace is known) is tight-knit, valuing mateship, political rank, and secrecy. While Salsola's social structure appears to be uniform and cohesive and there is a general air of public camaraderie, not everything is as it seems - backstabbing, secretive trysts and betrayal are commonplace as a sinister undercurrent to the public persona of a collaborative community. Salsola has an abundance of subtle cultural codes and signals that form an unspoken language. Those who find themselves breaking any of the many strict conventions of the pack too frequently will find themselves ousted from the pack altogether, or in much direr predicaments...

Salsola is strict with regards to IC hierarchy; All canines are expected to show proper submission and dominance over other members, depending on where they are situated in the ranks. Those who rebel risk being punished or usurped. Salsola respects its own above all else, and those who contribute to the well-being of the pack are held in especially high regard, finding themselves favored by the leadership and members alike.

One is unlikely to find Salsolan members outside of their claimed lands very often, due to their habit of maintaining intense secrecy; Few Salsolans will identify themselves as such beyond the thistle borders.

If you are interested in joining Salsola, please ensure that you have read through our relevant Joining Information - If you have any questions with the more complex content, just ask our friendly leaders!

Salsola

Pack Details

Symbol The Hand of Eris
Colors Dark Sienna (#312B1F)
Olive Green (#4B5320)
OOC Leaders Mel, Alaine, Songbird
IC Leaders Elphaba Revlis, O'Riley Eternity
Abbreviation SL
Demonym Salsolan
Dates Active 7 May 2011 – Present

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Top Poster Pine Tree
Co-Rank Ram Skull


Experience

We will welcome any eager player, however, newcomers to roleplay might find our policies and our joining rules difficult to follow and/or understand! As such, we often recommend more experienced roleplayers.

Archtypes

Typical: Loyalists, spies, sly/secretive, liars, power-hungry/ambitious, servants, occultists/witches, high-humanization, merchants/traders

Abnormal: Gentle/sweet/soft, wildlings/loners, uncivilized, honorable, vigilantes, non-Luperci

Whilst 'abnormal' archetypes may be found within Salsola's flock, they are likely to have a difficult experience integrating successfully into the pack - making them a challenging option for any player.

Scent

Pine/evergreen, with salty and marshy overtones. Dominantly female, and thoroughly hybridized with no strong preclusion to wolf/coyote/dog.

Common cover scents (used when outside of the border to conceal an individual's identifying pack-smell) include bayberry, earth, wild mint, sage and wood-smoke.


1.  History

Salsola was formed out of two canines' desire for power and privacy. By using intimidation, trade, and other means, Salsola has established itself as a formidable (if immoral and nefarious) pack among those in the North. In more recent years, Salsola has seen a tremendous growth in both population and presence. Skilled hunters, traders, entertainers and craftsmakers all have found their niches in the pack, owing to the extreme specialization of the Family's ranks. Since the conclusion of the Boreas Conflict, Salsola has taken a special interest in the breeding, training, and trading of horses. Due to its nature, Salsola has seen various conflicts large and small since its inception, and violence regularly finds the Family.


2.  Members

Active

Off-Board

  • See The Outpost for current members of Salsola living in the pack's claim within the Portland area.

Salsolan Births by Year

Key

  • All characters listed on a single bullet-point were born to the same litter, regardless of different sires
  • Line through name indicates a puppy that was stillborn, or died shortly after birth.


3.  Foreign Relations

Allied ALLIED | Good GOOD | Neutral NEUTRAL | Poor POOR | Foe FOE
Packs

Casa di Cavalieri (2011 - Present) - Poor

In distant history, Casa di Cavalieri and Salsola have had their fair share of violence and conflict with one another. Although the two packs have not had an altercation in many years now, there is a negative stigma and certain perception that remains about the other, and has, unfortunately, been passed down through generation after generation. As a result, the two groups remain somewhat provoked — interaction with this pack is tense at best. (Show)

Historical Past

  • Though Casa initially sought peace with Salsola, in 2013 then-leader Jazper challenged Salvia as to Salsola's slave practices. She chased him off.
  • Sebastian infiltrated the pack on behalf of CdC. He fled the pack with two slaves.
  • Aedan infiltrated CdC seeking information regarding his son.
  • Salsola members Hyacinth, Boss Salvia, and Stannis captured Alistair in February 2016. He was held for ransom in exchange for two of CdC's horses.

Recent Past

  • After a long, drawn-out standstill with the Cavaliers, Teagan shows up on Salsola's borders in Fall 2018 with the proposal for future trade between the packs in the wake of packs dwindling in the area. Boss Elphaba accepts - with conditions. Teagan is recognized as Casa di Cavalieri's Ambassador for Salsola.
  • In October 2019, the Mafiosi were invited to attend a Diplomacy Summit being held in Casa di Cavalieri. After some debate, terms were agreed upon, and Boss Elphaba, O'Riley, and two handpicked escorts traveled south under the watchful eye of Warlord Teagan.
    • Other members of the pack set up a temporary trading camp not far from the borders, while still more choose to lurk unseen in the neutral lands beyond.

Recent

  • After falling out of communication when ex-Warlord Teagan left the pack in late-2019, her ex-Cavalier apprentice, Minerva, attempts to start communications between Salsola and Casa di Cavalieri again through Boss Elphaba. She becomes the Cavalier's ambassador for Salsola in 2021.
  • Salsola is invited to Casa di Cavalieri's Games, however, the Kingdom declines the offer.

Del Cenere Gang (2019 - Present) - Poor

Salsola and Del Cenere have had little formal interaction since its formation. Knowledge that many of the Gang's founding population were ex-Infernians has caused the Kingdom to keep its distance, particularly with the unresolved tension leftover from the Inferni-Salsola war. Salsolans are warned to be wary of the Gang, and to not cause undue trouble that might stir up unwanted conflict. (Show)

Historical Past

  • After the fall of Inferni post-Inferni-Salsola War, soon-to-be DCG leader Nazario accosts Salsola's borders looking for revenge. He is met by Helena and a violent altercation ensues, in which Nazario loses an eye and is chased from the border. Helena also suffers for her injuries, losing her unborn litter.

Recent Past

  • Symre and Torin investigate the Gang's borders, where they are intercepted by a leader and a small posse. A tense but non-violent standoff ensues when one of the posse and ex-Salsolan, Dahlia, recognizes the allegiance of the two trouble-makers.
  • One of Del Cenere's leaders, Boone, is the ostracized son of ex-Infernian-turned-Salsolan-loyalist, Andrew. During the 2019 Diplomacy Summit, he was informed as to the truth of his father's whereabouts by Boss Elphaba, though Boone did not believe her.
  • Unknown to the rest of Salsola, Andrew's personal servant and little-known, ex-Boreas member, Alejandra, escaped (with the aide of Pontifex) and fled to the Gang.
  • Unknown to Salsola, after faking his own death, Andrew, his secret lover and ex-Sotto Cappo member, Helena, and their daughter, Pontifex, also fled the Thistle Kingdom for shelter amongst the Gang. They were joined by Helena's other daughter and Salsolan-deserter, Eusebia Troy Lykoi.
  • Unknown to most of Salsola (and the Gang), Bambino Catalina was found and adopted by the Del Ceneren leader, Nazario, after nearly being killed by her Salsolan mother and left to die in neutral territory.
  • Emissary Kamari infiltrated the Gang posing as a Loner during their 2021 Lancaster Stockshow event under the guise of an unassuming Loner.
    • While there, she discovered Salsolan fugitives Andrew and Pontifex, though, kept this knowledge to herself.

Recent

  • Emissary Kamari infiltrated the Gang under the guise of an unassuming Loner in early Spring 2022.
    • While there, she discovered a bounty for Salsolan Pentiti Aani and learned of the Gang having friendly ties with Casa di Cavalieri
    • She also confirmed Catalina to be alive and to be the adopted daughter of the Gang's leader, though, she kept this intel to herself to protect Catalina.

New Caledonia (2019 - Present) - Good

What started out as a fledgling relationship has slowly grown into something more since New Caledonia's foundation. Originally approached with a request for aid, Salsola has accepted a tenuous debt from the pack, something that, too, has only grown year after year. Salsola recognizes their crafting talents and trade potential, and currently has an amiable relationship with New Caledonia — its members are of the few that have been allowed access into the Thistle Kingdom on friendly terms. (Show)

Recent Past

  • Lord-Regent Athras meets with Boss Elphaba, and successfully brokers a further meeting to arrange for the trade of aid goods to help his refugee populace.
  • Clementine under the alias of Antiope, an errant merchants daughter, meets High King Iomair. They discuss the potential for trade between their peoples.
  • Salsola agrees to a Trade Delegation and are invited to stay for New Caledonia first Call to Court. Iomair re-encounters Clementine and realizes her affiliations. The Realm is gifted three horses and a myriad of other items.
    • O'Riley and Kamari spy on the pack during the gathering. They recognize former Casa di Cavalieri Warlord, Teagan, whom they later confirm has left her home for New Caledonia.
  • Having forged connections with Ambassador Percival, Clementine once again visits New Caledonia. She is given a tour, and later has a private meeting with the High King.
  • Salsola was invited back for a second Call to Court in January 2021.
  • In a historical first, Salsola hosts New Caledonia in a five-day trade event.

Recent

  • When New Caledonia is attacked, Salsola comes to their aid during the Tear in the Tapestry in January 2022.
    • A month later in February, Salsola "gifts" New Caledonia with 4 mules covertly obtained during the final day of the war by Kamari.
Previous Packs

Older Pack Interactions

Relationships with the packs listed below were so early on in the foundation of the Thistle Kingdom that, by present day, they have left very little impression. However, they remain integral to Salsolan history, and thus are recorded in the simplest way here.

POSITIVE: Midnight Shores, AniWaya
NEUTRAL: Cercatori d'Arte
NEGATIVE: New Dawn

Vinátta (2012 - 2017) - Neutral

The talk of Vinátta's heritage was what first attracted Salsola members to their borders, though it was hard at that time to miss their neighbors across the bay. They had dealt with many Salsolan members before, though most of those interactions where conducted under false aliases - the truth of what Salsola and Vinátta thought of one another is now largely lost to time. (Show)

Anathema (2011 - 2018) - Neutral

Most of Salsola's original foundation came from Anathema, and for a long time it continued to attract members from this pack. The connection between Salsola and Anathema grew thin over time as the latter became increasingly unpredictable and extreme, and by the time of its conclusion Salsola had little ongoing interaction with Anathema. (Show)

  • Sirius and Eris, originally Anathemans, left together to create Salsola.
  • Alaki made babies with Sirius' personal slave, which was an insult; they did, however, work a trade out.
  • Axelle Napier brought gifts to Salsola on behalf of Anathema.
  • Believing Wraith Creed to have come from Anathema, Salvia sent her sister Artemisia to spy on the pack.

Sapient (2014 - 2018) - Good

Salsola and Sapient remained relatively amicable towards one another, engaging in occasional trade right up until Sapient's disappearance from the Mainland. (Show)

  • Sapient approaches Salsola amicably with a small group, including their Ambassador. Despite a few peculiar incidents, a tentative line of contact is formed between the packs.
  • Salsola members later travel to Sapient on a trade mission, and stay for a Masquerade Ball - where they are are accused of having something to do with the murder which occurs, despite their relationship with the hosts. They assist Sapient's efforts in uncovering the truth.
  • While trespassing on what they assumed to still be Sapient territory, Kamari and Brocade come to the startling discovery that it had mysteriously and recently disbanded.

Inferni (2011 - 2018) - Foe

For a long time Salsola and Inferni were strong trade allies with multiple positive connections, as many family bloodlines and names transgressed both groups. The two packs previously shared ownership of the Bay Horses, before their relationship soured. During and following the Inferni-Salsola War there were many ferocious fights between the groups. Hostility and tension remained palpable between Salsola and Inferni up until the latter's dissolution. (Show)

  • Some members of Inferni participated in the Sequoia Raid, including Vesper, Zana, and Ángel.
  • The Boreas Conflict brought these packs closer together, as the wolves targeted them for their members' coyote heritage.
  • Salvia and Myrika engaged in the Covenant of Salt, a trade pact, in August of 2012.
  • The Second Boreas Conflict saw a return of this mutual enemy. Pack relations strengthen when Salsola and Inferni band together during the war, though communications cease during a peaceful summer.
  • During the fall of 2017, Inferni accuses Salsola of stealing Drifter Bay horses only to be coldly turned away, causing tensions to build. Several following assaults on both Inferni and Salsolan are blamed on the other pack. After the first casualty emerges, war erupted.
  • A squadron of Salsolans (Kamari, Brocade, Kaeli, Seppo, and Symre) search the remains of old Inferni after its disbandment. They give chase to the remaining ex-Infernians they discover.

Krokar (2014 - 2018) - Neutral

There was limited contact with Krokar on behalf of Salsola, though both groups were aware of each other and had traded before. (Show)

Cour des Miracles (2011 - 2019) - Neutral

Salsola had little interaction with Cour des Miracles, though did spy upon the pack previously. (Show)

  • Artemisia Eternity and her daughter infiltrate this pack in Autumn 2013.
  • Loki Helsi joins under guise to gain information on the CdM/Inferni skirmish in Summer 2015.
  • Posing as a loner searching for a relative, Emissary Kamari confronts Skoll Haskel on the Court's borders in October 2018, asking for a coyote named Dove, who was supposedly involved in the disappearance of Loki Helsi's son, Ask. However, she returns with only news of Dove's unfortunate death earlier that spring and nothing helpful about the missing child of the Crone.
    • Using this intel, O'Riley and Kamari set out to Cour des Miracles to seek out information on behalf of Loki Helsi regarding his son that went missing/was pronounced dead during the Infernian-Salsolan war.

Mistfell Vale (2018 - 2020) - Neutral

Salsola and Mistfell Vale have had little formal interaction, though are aware of each other. (Show)

  • Saga D'Angelo, who was born in Salsola's Outpost, abandoned the Family to help form this new pack. Some of her brothers would later join her.
  • Spy Kamari confirms that Saga is a member of MV, as well as that MV actively trades with CdC, and it is likely that they are "friends" with one another given that Saga's wording and business out to the pack in the first place.
  • Working under an alias to protect her anonymity, Helena trades with Mistwalker Ezra Vahn for a rare supply of live bees. It is only the first of a number of trades they undertake, though Ezra has yet to realize he is trading with a Salsolan.
  • Salsola's Mafiosi formally meet Saga at the 2019 Diplomacy Summit, but have little interaction beyond this.
Loner Bands

The Troupe (2019 - Present) - Neutral

Salsola has had minor interaction with the Troupe thus far, and is currently neutral toward it. As their establishment, La Estrella Roja, is within relative range of the pack, many members frequent the place under disguise as their aliases. (Show)

Recent Past

Recent

  • Upon members of the Troupe opening up La Estrella Roja, there have been multiple neutral-positive encounters between disguised Salsolans and Troupe members.

Bête Noire (2020 - Present) - Neutral

Salsola has had minor to negligible interaction with Bête Noire, and is currently neutral toward it. (Show)

Recent Past

Recent

  • (OOC Assumption) During a diplomacy mission, Band members, Uriah and Besekel, approached Salsola in January 2022 in an attempt to establish friendship and offer the Rest Stop as a neutral place of diplomacy for the pack to use. Salsola declined their offer.

Oglethorpe (2020 - Present) - Neutral

Salsola has had minor interactions with Oglethorpe, and is currently neutral toward it. (Show)

Recent

  • Posing as Loners, Kamari, Krios, and (covertly) O'Riley discover the existence of the group in November 2020.
  • Clementine and Grievous trade one of Salsola's draft horses, Brody, to the group a few weeks after Salsola's previous discovery of Oglethrope. They do so as Salsolans.
Previous Loner Bands

The Bar Squad (2017 - 2018) - Neutral

Although members frequented Biff’s Bar due to its proximity to the pack, Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Bar Squad before the group disbanded.

The Circle of Ravenshadow (2018) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Circle of Ravenshadow before the group disbanded.

The Eyes of Omni (2018) - Foe

Salsola had a singular negative interaction with the Eyes, and as such considered them enemies. (Show)

The Order (2018 - 2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Order before the group disbanded.

The Cartel (2018 - 2019) - Neutral

Despite being a splinter group of the disbanded Inferni, Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Cartel before group merged with the Drygrass Posse to form the Del Cenere Gang.

Drygrass Posse (2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Drygrass Posse before the group merged with The Cartel to form the Del Cenere Gang.

The Shoal (2018 - 2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with the Shoal before the group disbanded.

La Marea (2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with La Marea before the group disbanded.

Petite Cour (2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with Petite Cour before the group disbanded.

New Caledonia (2019) - Neutral

Salsola had minor to negligible interaction with New Caledonia before the group grew and became the pack of the same name, New Caledonia.


4.  Trivia

  • Using titles, ranks, epithets or aliases for members is common-place; ex: Salvia as "The Queen", "Boss", or "Tigress".
  • Salsola's creed words are the Latin old-tongue Familia Fortis Elegit, which translate to "Family Chose The Strong".
  • Thistle grows rampantly on pack's territory, especially where it is purposefully cultivated at the borders. Salsola also derives its name from thistle - genus Salsola.
  • The pack sigil and IC/OOC icon is The Hand of Eris, appropriated by the black witch Eris Eternity at Salsola's founding. She initially discovered it in an old human-made book of astrology.


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