Gypsy Chanterelle

Gypsy Chanterelle


by Felidre
PlayerX-tian
Date of BirthMarch 20, 2011
GenderFemale
SpeciesCanis latrans ochropus
LuperciYes (Verto)
Birth placeYosemite National Park, California
Current packInferni
'Souls Profile

Current Pack

Inferni

Joining dateDecember, 2015
Joining RankTirones
Most Recent RankCivilis
SignificanceCommunity and Social Rank of the Immunes Tier
Co-Rankn/a

Previous Pack

Las Setas

Joining datesince birth

The firstborn daughter in a litter of three to Tawni Dryad and Jal Chanterelle, who were council members in Las Setas, only she and her sister, Treju, survived. Their brother, who was unnamed, was stillborn and buried shortly after. Gypsy and her littermate are the eldest of the Chanterelle brood, welcoming three more siblings the following spring; two brothers Gellie and Kappi and a little sister, Syeira. Per tradition of the Clan, all of her siblings took on the surname of their father.

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  History
    1.   1.1  Before :: New Blood
    2.   1.2  2010 :: The Virus & Las Setas
    3.   1.3  2012 :: Zefyr's Pact
    4.   1.4  2014 :: Icarus And The Meeting Of The Clans
    5.   1.5  New Year 2015 :: The End Of An Empire
    6.   1.6  The Bound History Of Gypsy And Roman
  2.   2.  Personality/'Souls History
  3.   3.  Appearance
    1.   3.1  Basics
    2.   3.2  Forms
  4.   4.  Relationships
    1.   4.1  Family: Chanterelle
    2.   4.2  Key Relations
  5.   5.  Skills
    1.   5.1  Inventory
  6.   6.  Threads
  7.   7.  Images

1.  History

1.1  Before :: New Blood

Las Setas was once a massive and prominent all feral coyote clan claiming most of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, located in Yosemite National Park, California. As times began to change and new hybrid breeds began roaming the countryside, the leader of Las Setas called his council together for a vote, deciding whether or not they’d allow their borders to be open to these new hybrid canine groups. The council was made up of the prominent heads of each family within Las Setas. These were distinguished members who had proved themselves over the years or had the council title passed down for many generations.

The vote was cast and the decision was made. Any canine coming to their borders that didn't have a drop of coyote in them were to be turned away, but hybrids were now allowed. These new members to Las Setas were mixed races of dogs and coyotes. Wolves had always been the natural enemy to coyotes and this had been ingrained into their nature for generations past, so coywolf variations or any hybridization with wolf’s blood were considered an abomination and either chased off or eliminated on the spot.

1.2  2010 :: The Virus & Las Setas

Eventually the strange luperci virus, which was brought into the clan from the hybrids, began to affect some of their members, but instead of fearing the new bipedal and hulking forms, Las Setas leader and some of it’s council members saw the virus as a means of strengthening the clan. These new found abilities could be used to their advantage, especially if the virus was something that could be shared early on with their youth.

Three of the oldest family heads argued against this change and the proposed infection methods--pups who weren’t already carrying the virus would be bitten at 6 months of age for the best chance of survival from their first shift, and older members would have the option of remaining feral or receiving the luperci virus--Las Setas had always been a feral clan and this transition would alter their very lives. Chanterelle, Cremini, Bolete, and Dryad were unfortunately overruled and outnumbered by the other family heads and the clan leader. In another year, the entire clan of Las Setas would be carrying the luperci virus.

1.3  2012 :: Zefyr's Pact

Las Setas had some of the best territory along the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park, claiming perfect access to water and the most abundant prey source for food. While this was great for the clan, it also meant they had many enemies. Other clans of feral coyotes and hybrid bands wanted a piece of their territory, and were tired of being pushed out of their own lands as Las Setas grew. Continuous expansion and growing numbers gave Las Setas the full run of the area and for years their rules and customs, while not violently forced on others, at first, were accepted and obeyed as the law.

A large band of wolves from the Jacinto Valley area, were driven up from the south by horrible drought, eventually making their way towards Sierra Nevada. Their leaders learned of Las Setas within days and of the prime real estate the clan had claim to in Yosemite Park. While the conflict between wolves and coyotes went back for generations, another coyote hybrid clan, had recently been taken over by a young hothead after the former leader had been slain. The clan called Fuego had been trying to negotiate for a larger hunting range within Yosemite Park, but Las Setas had denied their request. Furious with this decree and even more upset that his leader did nothing more to argue it, Zefyr took things into his own hands, orchestrating a coup d'etat, and decided to put these age old differences aside and work out a plan with the Jacinto wolves. They meshed their cultures and became Icarus, binding their lives to one another through mateship and blood. The new pack and Las Setas seemed to live with a certain peaceful indifference in the mountain range for a few years, until their numbers had come to rival Las Setas, and tensions began to arise.

Because Las Setas territory was so vast, they had a Meeting of the Clans at the turn of each season in the central part of Yosemite National Park. This was normally the only time that all the council head members were in one place for voting and for celebrations as they were responsible for overseeing large portions of the clan’s lands and to keep those areas protected. This was also a time when outside friendly clans and packs could come to Las Setas with offerings and tributes for the protection and territory claims Las Setas offered them. They could also negotiate new terms of their hunting grounds, discuss problems within their own packs or the rules enforced on them, and trade wares to Las Setas. Fuego, now Icarus, had been cast out from Las Seta’s graces since Zefyr’s takeover. They were no longer invited to the Meeting of the Clans and were mostly shunned or feared for their mixed blood.

1.4  2014 :: Icarus And The Meeting Of The Clans

Complaints about the pack Icarus imposing on other clan’s territories, had become a constant at the Meeting of the Clans. Something had to be done to keep Zefyr’s growing numbers in check. Icarus had even begun testing the waters and pressing in on Las Seta's territory, which ended with a few tense and hostile skirmishes, but Gypsy’s clan still held the power. A vote was put to the council at their Summer Solstice Meeting, it was decided that they’d would begin to drive Icarus from the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and far from the Park, in hopes the wolf hybrid pack would return to their old lands. Outside clans and packs were persuaded to do the same, but this would ultimately push Icarus too far.

As if he’d almost been anticipating the council’s vote, Zefyr’s actions were almost instantaneous. Indifference quickly turned into outright defiance after the Meeting in the Summertime. Icarus began bullying and intimidating the smaller clans outside of Las Setas, and trespassing into the National Park more frequently, keeping the border guards busy in various locations with an almost daily assault. This served as a weakening tactic of the sorts, and after this had gone on for almost 3 months, Zefyr suddenly pulled his pack back. A guarded normalcy seemed to return to the clan’s lands and those outside of it. The Autumn Meeting of the Clans was upon them and a last minute decision to extend an invite to Icarus was passed. The decision to drive the wolf hybrid pack away had come to a cease fire until further notice.

Many members of Las Setas were unhappy with this decision, not wanting to fraternize with the pack that had been harassing them for the past few months, nor individuals that were so keenly wolf, so they chose to stay behind. It wasn’t a surprise that many outside clans and packs chose to forgo the seasonal meeting as well, it seemed it would mostly be Las Setas council heads and their families as well as Zefyr’s select group of leaders. The negotiations were tense. Icarus wanted to take the southern half of Yosemite, leaving the entire north to Las Setas to continue expansion, but this would mean uprooting members of the clan whose blood had been in Las Setas since the founding. It was an unheard of request. Brishan Morel, the long standing leader of Las Setas, was firmly against it and most of the clan’s families agreed with him, except for the council heads Blewit, Dryad and Reishi. It had been a shock to see her mother vote against her father, but the council members had enough votes, along with Morel, to deny this request.

Time of negotiations and voting were over, Icarus could propose a territory expansion and claim at the next Meeting of the Clans, but their old lands from Fuego had been restored and members of Las Setas and the outlying clans were ordered to keep the peace. The celebrations lacked the usual relaxed and cheerful atmosphere from all the Meetings past, but this had been expected. Zefyr and his own council were less than happy with the discussions that took place, but took their leave from Las Setas lands shortly after the celebrations had begun. Council heads and their families eventually departed back to their assigned territories and clan life continued as usual for the next few months, without further hostilities from Icarus.

1.5  New Year 2015 :: The End Of An Empire

The Solstice Meetings of the Clans were always the most well attended, and the next Clan Meeting was set for the Wintertime. Though the fact that Icarus was invited once more, it seemed their slights had been forgotten by this time or rather ignored by many Las Setas members who gathered in the central part of Yosemite. Even the other friendly outside packs and clans that had chosen to stay away last time, began to populate the dense grounds in eager anticipation for the Solstice celebrations and the council meeting.

Once more, Icarus proposed an expansion to their lands and requested a claim to the southern parts of Yosemite National Park. This time promising that Icarus would honor Las Setas with a full year’s halving of all their crops and successful hunts, should the council give them this. It seemed Zefyr and his leaders had been actively reaching out to some of the council heads over the months leading up to the Meeting, as it was a tied council vote. Brishan would be the breaker, ultimately denying Icarus once more. Surprisingly, Zefyr, his leaders, and the band of Icarus members who’d come for the festivities did not seem completely put out by the council’s decision, they could always try again at the next Meeting of the Clans, and this was another step in gaining trust with Las Setas and the other clans. Everyone threw themselves hard into the celebrations, except for Zefyr’s group.

Not knowing his request would be denied, Zefyr had planned ahead anyway, and had the whole of Icarus waiting outside of Las Setas territory. Icarus was now as large as the coyote hybrid clan, but with far less territory to hunt on and live off. They were being pushed to the brink and would soon be forced into invading other clan territory again, something Zefyr wanted to avoid if possible. His intentions had been peaceful at first, he wanted to negotiate what he could here, and his pack had even made attempts to enlighten other council members to their plight, but it was clear Las Setas was not ready to give up anymore land to his pack. His hands were tied, something had to be done.

With their defenses down and drink freely flowing, Zefyr and his pack, made their move. The coywolf hybrids full out attacked Las Setas in the midst of the revelry, taking them completely off guard and killing or maiming anyone who stood in their path or did not willingly surrender to Icarus. They spared many of Las Setas members and the outsiders who had come for the Meeting, taking them as prisoners instead and eventually calling them members once they’d dropped their allegiance to Las Setas. Sadly, more than half of Las Setas perished in the massacre, including the council head members and Brishan Morel, who had voted against Icarus. Gypsy’s father, Jal, was executed.

The sons or daughters of a council member were seen as a prize. These boys and girls were taken and spared even if they put up a fight, because their bloodlines were gold in the once feral-based community. Forced mateships and future offspring from these pawns of war would be used to control the old Las Setas members and hopefully be used to create the next generation of the new clan born that night, Phoenix.

1.6  The Bound History Of Gypsy And Roman

Brishan Morel created a council of all the heads of the prominent families within Las Setas. He sought the advice and counsel of these clan members when it came to governing Las Setas, the outer clans and packs, and passing laws; Agaricus, Blewit, Bolete, Chanterelle, Cremini, Dryad, Enoki, Grisette, Porcini, and Reishi made up his council of 10. Morel’s vote would always act as the tiebreaker should a decision receive equal votes. This had always been the way of life in the Clan, and once a head felt it was time to step down, they’d pass the mantel onto their own worthy offspring, or if a line should end, a new bloodline would be inducted into the fold.

Before they were born, Gypsy’s and Roman’s parents had recently become heads on the council after many generations of this honored position had been passed down along their respective bloodlines. Coming from four of the oldest families in Las Setas and far before their own lives had come into existence, their ancestors had fought against mixing the blood, believing hybridization was only tainting the value of their pure coyote blood. They were the only families to remain pure once hybrids were allowed to join and interbreed in the Clan. And much like their ancestors of old, they put up a fight against the introduction of the virus into Las Setas, ultimately failing to sway the vote. Their clansmen would eventually all carry the luperci virus, but the four families made a pact to exclusively pair with one another to maintain their pure coyote blood.

Born a week apart, Roman was the only son out of three girls in the Cremini family, a prominent and long established bloodline within Las Setas along with the Chanterelles. Naturally, it only made sense to both their parents to strengthen the bonds of their bloodlines and further their own familial relationship by arranging a mateship between the firstborn daughter of the Chanterelles and the sole Cremini boy. Gypsy’s and Roman’s generation were the last to receive the infection bites at six months of age, as everyone else was born with the virus already in their blood.

Growing up alongside each other’s littermates, Gypsy and Roman became almost like siblings, each other’s competition, and the best of friends. The hopes and dreams of their parents were constantly forced on them, their duty of mateship and to uphold the bloodlines, quickly becoming the mantra of their day to day. It wasn’t long before it became a joke to them and they learned the exact right things to say and to pretend, in order to get their parents off their backs. Above duty and responsibility, they were friends, caring deeply for each other and sharing a familial sense of love for one another, though not in all possessing and romantic way. “One day we’ll become mates, just not today.” - Seemed to be the phrase they constantly said, as teenagers, the thought of their impending binding was so far in the future.

The day came however, in 2012 when they were both of the appropriate age. Both of them went through the motions of pleasing their parents and honoring the Clan, they were now bound in more ways than one and would be expected to produce offspring within the next year. It was strange to picture a life long friend in a romantic light, they both had, had their share of lovers and fun with others, never discouraging one another to end their side relationships even when they were recognized as a couple within the Clan, but their families were growing suspicious when Gypsy failed to show the telltales signs of pregnancy months after their mateship. It was time to “take one for the team”, but the result was two stillborn pups.

Though saddened by the loss, this chastened the demands of their parents and a bit of breathing room seemed to return to their lives again. Gypsy assured Roman they could see whomever they wanted to again, as she was secretly convinced she’d never be able to conceive anyway and didn’t want to push their friendship into uncomfortable territory again. They were stronger than ever after the fact, and she was more concerned on maintaining that, even when Roman admitted to a fresh romance that had begun surprisingly with one of the Jacinto wolves. Gypsy was hesitant to be supportive at first, but kept his secret, especially because Icarus had recently begun to stir up trouble with their Clan.

Another year passed without consequence, though tensions remained high with Icarus. Las Setas was planning for the Solstice Meeting of the Clans and the territory was buzzing with activity. Tragedy struck when Roman found his lover, dead, near their borders. Enraged and heartbroken, he vowed to get his revenge, thinking Icarus had found out about their forbidden romance and had done this to send a message before the Meeting was called. Concerned and afraid for him, Gypsy followed Roman, on his path towards the old Fuego lands and tried to persuade him to come back to Las Setas where they could charge Zefyr and the Icarus members for this crime outright.

They’d gotten maybe fifteen minutes out when screams and sounds of fighting broke out far behind them. Las Setas was under attack! Racing back to their homelands, they jumped into the bloody chaos, attempting to free clanmates from the Icarus invaders and trying to fight their warriors off, but drink had already taken it’s toll on their family and friends, it clearly was a battle they were going to lose. Spotting her father amidst the fray, Gypsy was about to call out and warn him of Zefyr’s killing blow coming from behind his back, but suddenly all the lights went dark when her skull felt like it had split in two.

She didn’t know that Roman defended her lifeless form, tooth and nail after she’d went down, or that he’d somehow managed to save both their hides and escape that night, all she knew was that her family and friends were being slaughtered before her eyes and Las Setas was no more.

2.  Personality/'Souls History

Quick witted, playful, and imaginative, Gypsy is a healthy mix of the Girl Next Door, Outdoorsy Gal, Spicy Latina and the Badass Princess rolled into one. Unfortunately, after Icarus invaded her Clan's lands and Gypsy was attacked, a gruesome knock to the back of her head has diminished her into becoming something akin to a Fragile Flower mixed with The Ophelia while her memory remains out of sorts.

Gypsy suffered from Anterograde Amnesia after the fall of Las Setas. At first, she could not create or retain new memories past the hostile takeover/blunt head trauma that occurred. Most of her mornings were like a waking nightmare as her last memory was seeing her home and family being under attack. Occasionally, she would wake up mildly dazed, but had an easier time accepting what happened. Her brain was stuck in the past, and unfortunately forced her companion and guardian Roman Cremini to take things at a day to day pace with her, but somehow he was able to guide them to Nova Scotia and into ‘Souls territory.

She normally tried to keep her memory in place by keeping a running journal of people she's had met so far and things that had happened to them on a daily basis. This didn't always work however, especially when she had a particularly "bad" day. Some of her newer memories and faces stayed in place for reasons she still doesn't understand, but upon recognizing someone (not from her past), she gained a little more hope for a healed mind.

The survivors spent a few weeks in Krokar with the Cormier family where Gypsy's condition was shared with August Cormier and his sister Eliza Cormier. There they sought refuge until Roman felt it was time for them to search for a new home. Knowing they would always be welcome to return to the pack of fishermen, the two set out and eventually ran into a few different clan members of the pack Inferni. Hesitant to join another clan at first, the two found shelter in the nearby Halcyon Mountains, finally deciding to take their chances with the pack when the familiar haunting calls of coyote howls returned their souls to an earlier and simpler time.

Living much like Outsiders in the clan due to Gypsy's delicate state, the travelers have gone back and forth on whether they should stay or go. While they've made few friends, an agreement was made to 'try harder' to integrate before deciding to leave. Shortly after this exchange, Gypsy becomes introspective and realizes she hasn't had a mind shattering nightmare since the Red Star. At some point her memories began to flip into a state of Retrograde Amnesia. While this scares her and she's kept it secret from her most trusted friend, Roman, the change will most likely be permanent.

3.  Appearance

3.1  Basics

by Gen

Essentials

  • Species: Gypsy is a California Valley Coyote.
  • Fur: Her coat is the classic bright shade of most California Valley coyotes and rather thin for the warm temperature she was born and raised in.
    • Optime Hair: Gypsy's hair is wild and wavy, normally worn down and cascading to the middle of her back. The long tendrils that normally would frame her face, are held back by the bandanna she almost constantly wears.
  • Facial Features: Gypsy's bright golden eyes are her most startling feature, as they always seem to be dancing with wicked delight and are rimmed in dark grey. The next blatant feature would be her comically large ears, which are unfortunately much more pronounced when she's wearing her bandana.
  • Build and Size: On the smaller spectrum for her species, Gypsy appears fragile and dainty in all her forms, and rather pup-like when not in her optime form.
    • Lupus: Her smallest form, Gypsy has an emaciated look to her lupus form and her over large ears make her appear much younger than she actually is.
    • Secui: Hardly used unless necessary, Gypsy looks to be the actual size of the larger coyotes of her species in this form.
    • Optime: Slender through the middle and generally thin everywhere else, Gypsy cuts an obviously feminine figure despite her diminutive stature. She carries herself with a certain dancer's grace, a light and almost bubbly touch to her step.
  • Humanization: Gypsy is almost always wearing a bandanna to cover the gash on the back of her head. She occasionally wears floaty skirts and blouses, and loves putting on special outfits and costumes when she's entertaining or reading palms.

Coloration

  • Fur: Gypsy's fur is predominantly tawny shades of Driftwood (#AF8C4E). Her underbelly is a subdued cream shade of Coral Reef (#C9C0A2). The bridge of her nose is a suntanned reddish hue of Cape Palliser (#A5763F). Her muzzle and beneath her neck are washed in an off-white shade of Bianca (#FCF9F1). The midline of her back is ticked in a dirty gray shade of Kelp (#37392E) and eventually blurs out into a lighter shade of Fuscous Gray (#535444) down to her tail.
  • Markings:
    • Scarring: Healing gash on the back of her head is normally covered up with a faded red bandanna the shade of Antique Brass (#CF7B6B). Her right ear has also taken some damage and is notched and raggedy near the end.
  • Eyes: Bright golden shade of Anzac (#DBB547)
  • Optime Hair: Dark brown shade of Dune (#2B2823)
  • Nose and Paw Pads: Dark gray shade of Shark (#1F2529)

Palette

Driftwood (#AF8C4E)
Coral Reef (#C9C0A2)
Cape Palliser (#A5763F)
Kelp (#37392E)
Fuscous Gray (#535444)
Bianca (#FCF9F1)
Dune (#2B2823)
Anzac (#DBB547)
Antique Brass (#CF7B6B)
Shark (#1F2529)

3.2  Forms


20 lbs (9 kg)
21 in (53 cm)

Lupus

Very small compared to other California Valley coyotes. Gypsy is sometimes confused for an adolescent in this form.


125 lbs (57 kg)
36 in (92 cm)

Secui

Gypy's fine hair thickens and her body slightly bulks to the size of a larger coyote. She rarely uses this form.


150 lbs (68 kg)
5ft 3in (160 cm)

Optime (Preferred)

Petite and slim, Gypsy appears fragile, but carries herself with a dancer's grace.

4.  Relationships

4.1  Family: Chanterelle

  • Mother: Tawni Dryad (unknown)
  • Father: Jal Chanterelle (dead)
  • Siblings: Treju Chanterelle (unknown), Gellie Chenterelle (unknown), Kappi Chanterelle (unknown), Syeira Chanterelle (unknown)
  • Half-Siblings: unknown
  • Children: 2 stillborn

4.2  Key Relations

  • Roman Cremini: The only tie to her past and the only person she fully trusts. Roman keeps her anchored in the present and protects her from harm when she has trouble swallowing down what happened to their Clan and family. He keeps her sane and grounded and she isn't sure how she could survive without him, especially since she can't make any new memories. She and Roman were betrothed to one another since birth, but have been best friends since before she can remember even after they were technically "bound" to one another in their old Clan. Romantically, Gypsy's feelings for Roman are complicated, though sexually they've experienced each other out of duty.

Minor Relations

Former Relations

  • August Cormier: De-flowered by Gypsy when they were both younger and his family was doing a lot of traveling along the coast. Gus's family traded with Las Setas and stayed in the area for awhile, allowing Gypsy and Gus to form a brief dalliance before he had to leave and a couple of months before tragedy struck his family.

5.  Skills

  • Palm Reading
  • Belly Dancing
  • Tambourine
  • Singing
  • Reading/Writing
  • Tracking/Hunting Small Game

5.1  Inventory

Items

Traveling Sack

  • Many souls took pity on Gypsy's condition and gave her the few items she carries around in her bag, some of the things she's also picked up and collected along the way.
  • Given Items: horse blanket, cracked mirror, needle and thread, sling, clothing (cloth shirt and skirt), threadbare cloak, pelts, bandana, healing salve, tambourine, a small skinning knife, crude map, cast iron skillet
  • Collected: Turtle shell, tin can, small glass bottles, feathers, shells

Trade

Gypsy is not open for trade yet, but will be in the future.

  • Offering: n/a
  • Accepting: n/a

6.  Threads

  1. Never Stop Running (18 March 2015) \\ Roman Cremini & Gypsy have made it to 'Souls territory and go through the daily motions of her amnesia once she wakes up.

7.  Images