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Species: Vystrian Wolf
Kuda is a runt of a wolf at only two feet to the shoulder. Coloured a luminous pale blue from head to tail, she has the thick, fluffy paws and manelike ruff of a creature well-adapted to the icefields of the north. Her appearance from afar can be unsettling; she moves like a mirage through the snow, shifting from visible to invisible seemingly at random.
Up close, the fleecy quality of Kuda's pelt becomes even more astonishing when you realize how thin she is. Prone to the famine-feast lifestyle of a hostile environment, she attacks food with a ravenous appetite that lends a new definition to "wolflike." Strings of bone beads and tiny hollow crystals are woven into her ruff, chiming along with her gait in such a way that, strangely, does not alert prey to her presence. Her eyes are a very dark, expressive blue, which makes it all the more startling when she experiences a "spirit shift."
Kuda can be a bit off-putting. Abandoned as a pup in the Hallow Ridge mountain range, she survived - against all odds - and haunted the region into her adulthood, though she never quite grew to the full size and strength of most. Her reclusivity, in addition to a startling intuition for the behaviors and identities of complete strangers, led to her being naturally shunned from any wolf community that neared the Ridge. She is a lonely creature and her presence has contributed to the legends of spirits that linger in the eerie reaches.
Despite this enforced isolation, however, Kuda is drawn to the relationships of others. Much of her understanding of wolf culture is from distant observation, gained from following others for long periods of time. Seers especially intrigue her; she feels a faint connection with them, for what she lacks in future vision she makes up for in other, strange ways. These are but faint echoes of familiarity, however, for she has no friendship with the living, and has not been granted a companion by Cirrus. It is her quiet, patient belief that she will be called out of the mountains and into a greater purpose, and it is this idea that has sustained her through winter after solitary winter.
Kuda is capable of something she terms "spirit shifting." Raised in an especially potent place that crosses the boundaries of the living and the dead, the wolf interacted with spirits so frequently that she never developed the barriers to the mind that would naturally bar possession. Many times, possession by kind or experienced spirits saved her from an early death, and her trust in them has led her to permitting them into her thoughts and body almost without restraint. These occasions are marked by a change in her eyes; when possessed by the dead, they turn to a bright, pupil-less white.
Kuda can also use a range of other rudimentary abilities that flirt with the kinship of magic. Animals flock around her, though prey keep their distance when they sense her insatiable hunger; she is sensitive to spiritually charged objects and can recognize any form of reiatsu as easily as one recognizes a face; and she is able to traverse mindscapes with remarkable ease, speaking to trapped souls where others cannot. Her diminutive physical strength makes her something of a liability in battle, but wherever the dead linger, she can surrender her body to their power.
-blazeh was here and did stuff- ;D
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