Níngjìng Stars-In-His-Eyes

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Chun.jpg Discarded into a back alley behind a seedy brothel in Kowloon in 1984, an hours old metis cried out to the only thing he could see, the stars. It soon began to rain in that cold, dirty alley, and a small light approached the crying newborn. It was a Lune spirit that hovered above the newborn. It smiled and began to flicker softly, the warm light seemed to ease the newborn. The Lune rose into the air, just as a Garou approached, having followed the Lune spirit. The Garou picked up the tiny metis, and smiled warmly. The newborn metis had stopped crying, and when the Garou looked into his eyes, he saw the twinkling of the Lune spirit. The Garou returned to his pack, with the tiny metis wrapped in warm cloth, and they did not shun the poor discarded creature. From that moment on, the newborn did not cry. The Garou that found him named him Níngjìng or Serenity in Chinese for the calmness that he exuded, and Stars In His Eyes for the twinkle from the Lune spirit that his eyes still have to this day.

Ninjing was raised in the Sept of the Clouds, named so because of its location high atop Mount Heng. It was sept of primarily Stargazers, with various other tribes. He was raised with other cubs, and while he received the occasional double look, he experienced no animosity for what he was. At age 8 he underwent his first change, and he merely stood there in contemplation of what had happened. He was still true to his namesake, calm and serene. Ningjing looked at the other garou, his den mother smiled, and said he would soon have to pass his Rite of Passage. Ningjing was born under a crescent moon, and always seemed favorably diposed towards spirits, especially Lunes and Nature spirits, as he spends a lot of his time among them on the mountain. He was especially favored by the Stargazers of the sept and was being brought up primarily by them. Ningjing was told by the Eldest Stargazer, who was also a Theurge, that for him to be accepted by Chimera, he would need to ask a riddle to Chimera, if she is unable to answer, Ningjing would become her child.


Ningjing returned to the mountain top, outside the caern and gazed at the stars. This often brought him comfort, and felt that he could hear them speak to him, telling him their stories. He gazed at the stars the whole night. He had been taught by the Elder Theurge about Chimera and how she is the mistress of Enigmas and inner wisdom. That she is particular about whom she calls her children, and she always insists they seek enlightenment. He meditated on this throughout the night. The morning came, and he had not yet thought of a riddle to stump Chimera. The sun light beamed brightly onto his face, and it warmed him. He opened his eyes, and saw the sun rising over the mountain range. He felt its force, and he greeted it kindly, thanking it for warming him from the cold night he just had. The sun’s warmth seemed to whisper to him and it inspired him. He had the riddle for Chimera. He returned to the Elder Theurge, and proudly proclaimed himself ready. At the next moot, Chimera was summoned. A few of the other cubs had failed to puzzle her, and it lastly came to Ningjing. Several of the other Garou did not expect the Metis to succeed and had already started to make preparations for Ningjing to either become a Child of Gaia or a Bone Gnawer. The young Metis walked forward, and whispered into Chimera’s ear. Chimera stood up and let out a laugh. It looked at the other 2 cubs that failed, and spoke aloud, “This garou has indeed provided to me a riddle that even I could not answer. I believe in his ingenuity, his mind and his soul. He is a child of Chimera, he is a Stargazer.”

As a Cliath, Ningjing began to take a few duties at the Caern, such as preparing the areas for the moots and gathering materials for Talen and Fetishes for the Elder Theurge. It is as a Cliath that he also began training in Kalindo by the Ahroun. Kalindo is is a shapeshifting martial art developed by the Stargazers. It is associated with wind spirits, and many of the maneuvers are named after types of wind or storms. Practitioners of this art are called kailindorani. Ningjing made it a point to begin his nights and mornings on the mountain top. He greeted Luna, when she rose in the evening, and greeted Helios when he rose in the morning. As a Cliath Theurge, he was also tasked with speaking with the small spirits of the mountain, and learning their stories, which he would have to retell to his Elder. When he was not training in Kalindo or in his Theurge studies, Ningjing gazed at the stars.

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Time passed and it would soon be time for his Fostern challenge. He proudly challenged the Elder Theurge. The Elder Theurge tasked Ningjing to ch' ao-shan chin-hsiang or 'paying one's respect to a mountain'. Ningjing set forth in the path of Emperor Shun. Once he reached the top, he was to present a sacrifice on the summit. He set out at moon rise, and greeted Luna as she rose. The first mountain he journeyed to was Tai Shan, Taoist mountain of the east, in Shandong province. The Azure Dragon is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It represents the east and the spring season. Ningjing makes the appropriate sacrifice of food and pieces of Jade, arranged to resemble a Full Moon. He also places a branch from a tree from the sept of the clouds that Ningjing had planted himself, as wood is the element the Azure Dragon represents, and to represent Ningjing's journey, and where he began his journey. In this sense, Wood is not only the actual wood of a tree as defined by the substance, but describes the character, the dynamic state, the elemental force of the element. He meditated on the mountain, and spoke to the spirits of tranquility that made their home on the tranquil mountain. He was able to soothe himself in calmness, and listened to their stories.

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He then journeyed to Hua Shan, Taoist mountain of the west, in the Shanxi province.The White Tiger is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It is sometimes called Bái Hǔ the White Tiger of the West in Chinese. It represents the west and the autumn season. As he had done at Tai Shan, Ningjing prepared a sacrifice to Bái Hǔ, an arrangement of pieces of Jade that resembled the New Moon. He also brought with him a piece of metal. In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength, and determination. The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful, and set in their ways as metal is very strong. They are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone. The metal person is also wise, business oriented, and good at organization and stability. However, the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life. Just as metal can conduct electricity, the metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them. The metal person is patient, as well as a good person with a strong will. Ningjing offered to Bái Hǔ a sliver of metal from the alley where he was born in Kowloon. To again, represent where he began.

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Next he journeyed to Heng Shan Nan, Taoist mountain of the south, in Hunan province. The Vermilion bird is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. According to Wu Xing, the Taoist five-elemental system, it represents the fire-element, the direction south, and the season summer correspondingly. Thus it is sometimes called the Vermilion bird of the South.It is known as Zhū Què in Chinese. In Chinese Taoist thought, Fire attributes are considered to be dynamism, strength, and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. The fire element provides warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience, and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. Ningjing once more prepared his sacrifice of food, and pieces of Jade arranged to represent the Half Moon. He also utilized Create Element to create a small fire. He meditated upon the flames, and spoke to fire spirits. They spoke to him, and he told his story and how he is persevering to be more than a Metis in the eyes of his people, and to be the Theurge that Gaia needs him to be.

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His journey came full circle as he returned to Heng Shan Bei, Taoist mountain of the north, where his caern is located. The Black Tortoise or Black Turtle is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. Despite its English name, it is usually depicted as a turtle entwined together with a snake. Further, in East Asia, it is not called after either animal but is instead known as the "Black Warrior" under various local pronunciations. It is known as Xuan Wu in Chinese. It represents the north and the winter season. In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness, and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the same way, Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land. On the mountain top, Ningjing prepared his sacrifice, he arranged pieces of Jade to resemble the Half Moon. He then produced a crystal vial, and poured its water upon the Jade. A small tortoise spirit manifested. Ningjing spoke to it, and was told about the properties of water and how it relates to him being a Metis. He can choose to be fluid and weak, or endure and overcome his supposed setback.

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Only one mountain remained, Song Shan, Taoist mountain of the center, in the Henan province. The mountain is one of the sacred Taoist mountains of China, and contains important Taoist temples such as the Zhongyue Temple; however the mountain also features a significant Buddhist presence.It is home to the Shaolin Temple, traditionally considered the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, and the temple's collection of pagoda forest is the largest in China. The Zhongyue Temple is also located here, one of the earliest Taoist temples in the country. In Chinese mythology, Huang Long is a hornless dragon which once emerged from the River Luo and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Xi with the elements of writing. According to legend, when it appeared before Fu Xi, it filled a hole in the sky made by the monster Gong Gong. Its waking, sleeping, and breathing determined day and night, seasons, and weather. In Chinese Taoist thought, Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work, and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning. Ningjing's final sacrifice in his quest saw him lay out as he had done before, pieces of Jade arranged in the shape of his Auspice, the Crescent Moon. He then sat upon the bare earth. He meditated. For 1 full day he sat upon the Earth, and the sun came up. But he remained motionless. Then the day passed, and the Moon rose into the sky, the crescent Moon. It is at this time that an Earth spirit appeared to Ningjing. He had sad as the Earth does and met the sun and moon, which demonstrates patience, thoughtfulness and stability.

He returned to the Elder Theurge at the sept, and to his surprise, were present the spirits of the five elements he had given respect to. With a small gust of wind they circled the new Fostern before rising into the air and disappearing. His Elder was proud of his progression and what he had learned during his challenge.

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Several years passed, and Ningjing became a staple helper to the Caern by creating Talens and assisting the Caller of the Wyld. One night while stargazing, the Elder Theurge approached him, he told him that he had gazed at the stars long enough, and it was time to be among them. Ningjing looked curiously at the Elder. The Elder told Ningjing that all his life he had been on Earth, and lived among the spirits of the mountain, but his eyes were always on the stars. It was time for a journey through the Umbra to be among the stars. The pack prepared, and entered the Umbra. While the pack has ventured here before, the Aetherial paths do change and preferred to show the Fosterns the traditional way of conducting an Umbral quest. Their destination would be the Sept of the Stars.

The Elder Theurge led the pack through the Umbra, ahead of them in the distance was the bright shining light of a moon path. The Elder Theurge explained how the moon paths shined depending on the phase of the moon. They were fortunate that during the Full Moon, they are bright and vibrant and that during the crescent moon, they are barely visible, testing the traveler’s wits and perception. The pack looked above them at the heavens in wonder. The Aetherial Realm stretches as far as the Membrane and holds an unknown number of Anchorheads and powerful spirits. Soktha fills the night with her silvery luminescence, and Hyperion blazes forth in the distance. Then the Elder Theurge’s voice became somber, as he pointed to a crimson stain spread across dancer’s path. The Red Star called Anthelios; The Eye of the Wyrm. The Red Star pulsed, seemingly growing larger or closer, one could not tell for certain. The Elder Theurge then said, it is time to soar, and the pack in unison leapt through the clouds until they burst through like they were not even there, and then moving along their surface as the smell of fresh rain and fresh mown grass filled their noses.


In the distance a tower rose about the clouds, its metal exterior gleamed against the dark background of the Aetherial vault, Sokhta’s radiance reflected by the spirit-orrery of the Sept of the Stars. The moon bridges that pass nearby could be seen, and those farther away looked like flashes of light. As the pack approached the tower, a Garou waited for them up ahead. He had a black coat sprinkled with battle scars like stars. He introduced himself as Altair, the Sept Leader. He welcomed the pack, and explained the history of the Sept of Stars and its tradition of attempting to solve the puzzles presented by the heavens. They followed the Alpha who warned against touching anything, even the walls, as each is a gateway to a different area within the orrery. Those who do not know the way can lose themselves in some remote section, perhaps even starve while trying to find the way out. The experience inside was disorienting due to the structure’s eccentricities. The Alpha said to think of it as a tesseract. Ceilings are not always overhead and the hall may become the wall when you pass through an opening to another space. The Alpha opened the way and led the way into the Celestial Chamber. They were instructed to remain silent until they had left the room, as it serves as a meditation chamber. As the pack moved through the chamber, they could see the position of the stars in the Aetherial Ream pictured about. A flash of light in the corner was a Star-spirit communing with the ranking Theurge, Sirius Darkstar. The Alpha led everyone outside the chamber where the pack’s guide awaited, a Garou named Bright Vision. Ningjing immediately noticed that she could not see. The Alpha remarked not to let her blindness fool us, sight is not everything and sometimes she sees more than any of them ever could.


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Bright Vision pointed upward and told the pack to watch the cloudlands of the Aetherial Realm, how it teems with life other than our own. Here above the clouds, the spirits of all flying beasts may be found. Many such as the Bird-spirits, occupy aeries that rise in spirals and ledges farther and farther up, wrapping themselves around bits of cloud or around nothing at all. Air-spirits throng through the cloudtops, dancing and playing with anyone who will fly with them. The pulsing of the stars and planets, blending all together into one slow rhythm like a heartbeat. Each spirit adds its own unique perspective to the whole. It is their voices they hear. And underneath it all, the slower, more resonant tones embody the commands and judgments of the Celestines.

Bright Vision guided the pack along the star roads, moon paths that stretch as far outward as the Membrane, separating them from the Deep Umbra. Bright Vision also explained that while they move faster than any rocket trying to reach the physical planets, sometimes a journey can take weeks or even months to complete. During their time in the Aetherial Realm, food and water would not be needed; neither would breathing or sleeping, as long as they remained in the main portion of the Realm. Concentration was needed to remain on the clouds or paths and not drift up and off them. The various domains had their own laws of governance, so it was crucial to track Sokhta’s phases. During moon-dark, even Bright Vision would not be able to find the way, and one would have to be sure that the domain they chose to shelter in before continuing is friendly.



The pack began the journey with she whom the Stargazers call The Lambent Lady. Sokhta or Phoebe to some, she is an Incarna of Luna—a part, but not the whole. Sokhta can appear either in human, car or wolf form or as a sphere made of Moonsilver. She is said to be Luna’s daughter, a being of less power than the Celestine herself. During other phases of the moon, Sokhta reveals other aspects of herself. During the new moon, she is the cryptic riddler, who can also be playful. At the crescent moon she often grants prophecies or awards those who win through to her realm with Gift. While the half moon reigns supreme, she is a wise counselor, listening to visitor’s travails and offering judgment or helping to reach an understanding of what is needed to do, while the gibbous moon calls to her bardic facet. During that time, she tells stories of times before and inspires Galliards to compose glorious songs or teaches them the howls that will open the Moon Bridge as they become more obscure. They finally arrived, and Bright Vision could feel the overpowering presence of her light as it grows and could hear the passage of Sokhta’s servants as they streaked towards the pack. Moonbeams seemed to be rushing towards them. Lunes, explained Bright Vision, here to guard the approach to Sokhta. Had no Stargazer accompanied us, they would have asked us to turn back. While she loves all equally, she does not grant audiences freely. Sokhta, however, has her favorites among tribes as do all the planetary Incarna. The Lunes were faithful warders, but hardly hostile; at most, they would try to diver them onto a moon bridge back to the earthly realm. With Bright Vision’s presence, the pack would have no trouble reaching Sokhta’s chosen physical manifestation.

Ningjing was able to feel the incredible presence of the Incarna, and her chosen form of a glowing orb of Moonsilver. There was almost a prickling caress of bathing in her light, and Sokhta had replenished their Gnosis. Merely being such close proximity placed them in a more spiritual frame of mind and saturates their bodies with Gnosis. They moved forward, and Bright Vision described the sphere composed entirely of Moonsilver. Although it usually inflicts terrible damage on Garou, here in the Aetherial Realm it does not burn. Some have also been known to ask for some Moonsilver or a Pathstone. The orb shifted and transformed itself into a lady, tall and slender, with softly curling silver hair flowing to her feet, and a pallid, rounded face with the palest silvery blue eyes deepset under feather brows. Her gaze seems to speak of both open innocence and the most deeply guarded mysteries. Her raiment is luminous white with folds of soft dove gray and deepest shadow. It drapes about her like clouds on a full-mooned night. Her cloak of gray flows outward from her like moonbeams and in her hand she holds a silver goblet from which a luminescent mist arises. Framed against the night sky, lit by her own radiance, she sits upon a dark gray throne with a silver back that is rounded and softly glowing. At her feet a pool of moonlight reflects her lunar form, then flows outward along dozens of rivulets, each of which spreads across the sky, becoming moon paths and star roads. A sweet, guarded smile plays about her lips, yet by her side rests a silvered breastplate and spear. Whispers and the sound of myriad chiming bells echo through the chamber. A smell like the freshest ocean breeze after a violent storm wafts from her, bringing hope in its wake.

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In the physical world the moon is a barren orb, but in the Aetherial Realm, Moonsilver serves as faithful soil. Sokhta's garden creates a haven of life and growth where the pack may rest. Surrounding a mirror bright pool, night-blooming flower sand silver-white hedges form an intricate maze. Pastel cosmos, moonflowers, white echinacea, satin flowers and evening primrose combine with plants that have no earthly counterparts. They shimmer softly, glowing and twinkling like miniature stars in Sokhta's own light. Their sweet, heady scents perfume the air. Sokhta's throne rests in the center of the garden alongside the Moonsilver pool where pallid swans drift lazily among the translucent water lilies. The whole garden echoes to the call of night birds. It is said that the trails through the garden are constructed from linked Pathstones. In her more martial phases, the labyrinth becomes a testing ground for Garou who seek her favor, with hidden obstacles and spirit foes to test their resolve.

Bright Vision turned to the pack and softly spoke that each Garou seeks answers, and that Ningjing should speak to Sokhta for guidance and wisdom, while she took the rest of the pack, especially the Ahrouns to see Hyperion, the Incarna of Helios. Ningjing and his mentor remained behind, while Bright Vision continued on with the rest of the pack. They sat before Sokhta and Ningjing asked her, “In what way can I assist The Emerald Mother best?”. Sokhta smiled softly, and then began to walk about her garden. Ningjing took this to be a test of his patience, so he meditated. What may have well been hours passed. Ningjing would look at the stars, and notice that Sokhta’s phase had indeed changed to the Crescent Moon. The star roads were barely visible, only faint trails of where they used to be could be seen, and even then you had to know where to look. She walked back towards them after some time. She spoke and it was melodious, she spoke and Ningjing felt her words as if they were calling to his soul. Her words were for him alone, and he understood part of her riddle. He thanked her for her wisdom. He turned to his mentor, the Elder Theurge, and relayed Sokhta’s words, he was to assist the Elder Theurges in finding a way to combat Anthelios. The Elder Theurge smiled and said they would remain at the Sept of the Stars to study in hopes of assisting with the coming battle.



WAR! The Ratkin, primarily those touched by the “blessing” of Freak Factor within the Rat Race, the Plague of North America, started putting together plans for an all-out assault on, well, everything. The Rat God’s will would be fulfilled, their Ranks screamed for blood in the tunnels below. However, as always, the Wyrm was watching. By slowing subverting the will of those touched by the Freakish nature of the Ratkin’s minds, the Beast of War, the Wyrm’s embodiment of anger and violence, was able to push them closer and closer to corruption. Led by the excessively Freakish, yet charismatic leadership of the Munchmausen, more and more Ratkin who embraced their Freak Factor fell into the ranks of the Wyrm tainted Warmongers. Most deadly, the Twitchers, were thrilled that their Brethren were letting them loose on the world to bring havoc and destruction. The Plague Lords begun putting together their most virulent and deadly strains to let loose on their enemies. The Engineers fashioned even more devious and corrupted tools to use against their enemies. The outlook quickly became grim for those in the Ratkin’s path of destruction.


A number of prophecies and omens began striking the Garou Nation around the turn of the Millennium. The Ratkin can begun to stir with sinister Rage, the Eye of the Wyrm had appeared in the sky, and Stargazers had left the Garou Nation…and on one night, hidden away from the eyes of most, a female Metis Garou gave birth to a child conceived with another Metis. Little is known to most Garou about the details of the child’s conception and birth, only that some careful eyes were watching, and a number of groups interested in the child came for it. Believing the Cub to be a threat and outright affront to Gaia, the Protectors of Gaia came for it first. Led by members of the Shadow Lord Tribe, primarily of the Judges of Doom, these Garou sought out and killed Garou protecting the Cub. Strangely, were it not for the intervention of Black Spiral Dancers from the Hive of the Wyrm’s Eye, they likely would have succeeded. These Spiral Dancers believed the child to be destined to lead the Wyrm into the Apocalypse. As such, they intended to see the Cub into maturity. However, even amongst Black Spiral Dancers allies don’t come easily. Other Spirals thought quite the opposite, that the Cub would lead the Garou against them and desired to sacrifice the Cub to the Wyrm. With these Spirals from the Hive of the Broken Star fighting against their fellow Spirals, the Cub and its caretakers were again able to escape.

The Perfect Metis.

A number of prophecies and omens began striking the Garou Nation around the turn of the Millennium. The Ratkin can begun to stir with sinister Rage, the Eye of the Wyrm had appeared in the sky, and Stargazers had left the Garou Nation…and on one night, hidden away from the eyes of most, a female Metis Garou gave birth to a child conceived with another Metis. Little is known to most Garou about the details of the child’s conception and birth, only that some careful eyes were watching, and a number of groups interested in the child came for it. Believing the Cub to be a threat and outright affront to Gaia, the Protectors of Gaia came for it first. Led by members of the Shadow Lord Tribe, primarily of the Judges of Doom, these Garou sought out and killed Garou protecting the Cub. Strangely, were it not for the intervention of Black Spiral Dancers from the Hive of the Wyrm’s Eye, they likely would have succeeded. These Spiral Dancers believed the child to be destined to lead the Wyrm into the Apocalypse. As such, they intended to see the Cub into maturity. However, even amongst Black Spiral Dancers allies don’t come easily. Other Spirals thought quite the opposite, that the Cub would lead the Garou against them and desired to sacrifice the Cub to the Wyrm. With these Spirals from the Hive of the Broken Star fighting against their fellow Spirals, the Cub and its caretakers were again able to escape.

Eventually the Cub and its caretakers are brought in by Guliera Moonsister, leader of the Sept of Prophecy. This aged, motherly Black Fury and her Sept has been watching the events surrounding the Cub for some time and is able to offer them respite before their next journey. Guliera is able to put the Cubs caretakers in touch with Sirius Darkstar, an Elder Stargazer of the Sept of the Stars who takes the Cub and its caretakers in at the Sept in the Aetherial Realm. Through prophecies told by both Guliera Moonsister and Sirius Darkstar, the Cub has a great destiny in regards to the Garou Nation, the Red Star, and all of Gaia’s creations. Sirius Darkstar leads the Cub and its caretakers through the Aetherial Realm, collecting the wisdom and prophecy of the Celestines eventually returning to the Sept of the Stars. There they prepare to engage the Garou Nation about the truth of the Perfect Metis.

By the time the great journey of the Cub and its caretakers had concluded and they returned to the Garou Nation to tell the great tale, the Garou were enveloped in the worst of the Ratkin War. The cub who was now a small child and incredibly intelligent for its age, saw the best and the worst of the Garou and its enemies in these years. The group traveled from Caern to Caern to tell their tale but received little attention. At worst, Sept’s shunned them completely, calling the Cub a travesty but more concerned with the Ratkin to deal with it at the time. At best, some Septs took them in and gave them what little respite they could during the War. Some listened to their tale, but few Septs acknowledged them.

As the Cub traveled from Sept to Sept and word spread of its presence, the Wyrm once again narrowed its eyes upon them. With the Garou tied up with the Ratkin, many Black Spiral Dancers came for the child killing anything in their way to get to it. The Ratkin too sought out the Cub to bring their destructive Rage to its doorstep. With little room to run and almost no where to hide with Black Spirals, Ratkin, and many other Garou at their necks, the Cub and its caretakers fled back to the Sept of the Stars and then deep into the Umbra where few alive knew how to find them.

In 2006, in the aftermath of the Ratkin War, many Theurges and the Stargazers that remained within the Garou Nation again turned their eyes back to the Umbral skies. There remained Anthelios, brighter than ever, as if raging through the heavens hell bent on bringing its light to Earth itself, or worse, supplanting Helios in the Earth’s sky. Less of a priority as it was during the War, Garou across the Nation turned to Anthelios as the next priority in their protection of Gaia and stand against a coming Apocalypse. As the light of Anthelios began to truly burn the Umbral landscape, causing problems for spirits and the Garou both and corrupting all that its light fell upon. Theurges the world over began researching and delving into the darkest corners of the Umbra in search of anything that might halt the Red Star’s power. As little could be discovered for years, Walks the Seven Circles, Legend Theurge of the Silent Striders, uncovered lore buried deep in the lands of the dead that revealed a great Ritual that was used millennia ago to banish a great creature of fire and light from the Umbral skies. It was uncertain who created the Rite, or who had performed it, but it was all the Garou Nation had as the Apocalypse yet again reared its terrible head.


To perform a ritual of this great a scale, Garou from all over the Nation gathered in the barren landscape of Alaska in the Winter of 2010. Far from the eyes of the humanity, behind the spiritual barriers and weather controlled climate of the Wendigo Tribe, the Nation hoped to work their Ritual without the Veil being in danger. Leading the Rite with more than 100 Theurges at his side, along with most of the Bitter Hex camp and a potent pack of the elite of the Wayfarers, Walks the Seven Circles pulled the physical world for miles across into the Aetherial Realm. As Garou began to step through the portal to the Aetherial Realm created by the Theurges they found themselves on the grounds of Pluto, the Realm of Meros the Wanderer. The ritual, which combined the power of the Theurges, and the channeled energy of Earth, of Eshtarra herself, brought them through to the farthest depths of the Aetherial Realm with more Gnostic energy gathered than the Nation had ever seen. However, even wielding such a weapon, with the support of Celestines, the Garou paled under the sight of Anthelios in her full glory.

The Battle against Anthelios.

Before the Garou’s eyes the the Red Star breached the outer veil of the Aetherial Realm and raged towards Meros’s Domain, a trail of red fire leading away into the depths of the darkest reaches of the Aetherial. This close, the Garou laid eyes on the form of the Red Star, that of a colossal fiery Dragon, easily larger than Pluto, if not greater planets. However, Meros stood against the creature of pure Wyrm energy, and with him did the Garou Nation, with him the power of Gaia. The Garou could do little to Anthelios, but with her came the lesser creatures that made up the fire of her mane, they themselves the strength of Incarna and armies of Jagglings with them. A great battle scoured the already blasted lands of Meros’s Realm, all the while the energy of Eshtarra and the gathered Theurges channeled through Walks the Seven Circles to Meros to combat the Red Star.

The battle was epic, perhaps greater than any the race of Garou had ever found themselves fighting for. To them, this was the Apocalypse, this was the end they have fought for, but there was still hope for victory. However, there was little to mark the difference, it was surely a losing battle. Few Garou present were lesser than Adren, and many Elders and Legends within the Nation found themselves falling before the blazing fires of the Red Star. When the battle was turning to its bleakest, a light streaked across the Aetherial sky like a comet falling to Meros’s Domain. When the light subsided there stood a child, a child in the Crinos form, but a child none the less. The Perfect Metis. He reached out towards Meros and nodded, turning to Anthelios and speaking softly, though his voice was clear in every Garou’s mind. “No. Not here. Not now.” Eshtarra and Meros met each others gaze and she shed a single tear. Meros but nodded, and his form began to dissipate as he channeled his own essence into the Rite. Linking himself to the chain of Theurges with Walks the Seven Circles, the Perfect Metis helped channel the essence of the Celestine into the Rite. The energy of the Ritual struck true the essence of the fiery Star. As if dousing the Red Star with the complete darkness that was the Realm of Pluto, the fires began to fade. Anthelios’s roars shook the Realm and echoed through the entire Aetherial Realm. As the Rite concluded, Anthelios’s essence and form were blasted from the Realm like a comet along the same fiery path it entered upon.

As the final tremors began to settle, Walks the Seven Circles laid shattered on the ground of the Realm, even his Legendary body unable to control the energies that flowed through him. The Perfect Metis was simply gone. The single tear, shed by Eshtarra for the Celestine Meros found itself falling to the Legend’s forehead. The remaining essence of Meros, though small, lived on in the Silent Strider, and he rose, filled with the power of the Celestine, and felt the mantle of Pluto’s Realm rest upon his shoulder.

Battered and broken the Garou Nation retrieved its many dead and returned to the snow covered wasteland deep within Alaska. Victorious, they found it hard to celebrate even now, for how long had the Red Star been banished this time? Within a few days as the energies of the Ritual faded, it was clear a great Caern remained at the site of the Ritual. Many Garou that took places in the Ritual and were lucky enough to survive found great Renown in their deeds, and took up the mantle of positions at the new Sept that, unsurprisingly, came to know a great snowy Owl as its totem. A Gathering for the Departed, greater than had ever been seen saw the momentous occasion of the first Opened Caern here, the Sept of the Banished Star. The Apocalypse again, halted, the Garou Nation rested.

Following the dousing of the Red Star, the Wyrm seized the confusion and loss as an opportunity to strike at the Garou where it would hurt them most. Targeting the remaining or surviving Athros and Elders of the Garou Nation, many Pentex First Teams and strike packs of Black Spiral Dancers attacked and slaughtered as many of the higher ranked Garou as they could find. Their hope of course, to leave the younger Garou bereft of the teaching and knowledge that the higher ranks could give them, as well as depriving them of as many experienced fighters as they could. As if things couldn’t get worse for the Garou Nation, the Wyrm succeeded with sickening efficiency.

Following these events, the Garou have reorganized and adapted to their current situations. Younger Garou have had to step up in many ways to continue their way of life and leadership. Adren and Fostern hold positions formerly only known to Athros and Elders, while struggling to earn the recognition in the eyes of the spirits to once more fill the role of Teachers. It is during this time, when Ningjing knew sadness at the loss of his mentor during the battle with Anthelios, and many others at the Sept of the Clouds back on Earth that he would again seek Sokhta's guidance. Despite how close the star roads to her domain, Ningjing only visited Sokhta when absolutely necessary. On this visit she took no more than 3 seconds to reply to him. Now is the time The Emerald Mother needs him most. While it is commendable to decipher puzzles and visions at the Sept of the Stars, the Earth needs his help, especially with the fall of so many Athros and Elders. Sokhta told Ningjing that the Nation needs him. While the Stargazers may have left it years ago for the their homelands and becoming a part of the Hengeyokai, Ningjing's destiny lies among the stars, but not at this time. The Nation can use his guidance, insight and assistance. He will always be welcome at the Sept of the Stars, she smiled and bade him farewell. Ningjing understood. He returned to the Sept of the Stars one last time, and relayed his story. Sirius Darkstar nodded and wished him safety on his new journey.

Over the next several years, Ningjing began to travel, never staying in one sept for long. He began in Asia and moved west. He visited the great Silver Fang septs of Russia and learned of the First Tribe’s ways. He moved further west into Europe and the domains of The Shadow Lords and learned of their war against the vampires of the Carpathian Mountains, learning about Grandfather Thunder. Continuing on his journey he ventured into Germany, Scandanavia and the Netherlands. He met the Get of Fenris, and learned about Fenrir. It was around this time that his breeding caught notice of some Garou who came to mock Ningjing for being the product of Litany breakers. Ningjing at first did not understand the fervor in antagonism set against him. The Septs he visited would require him to go through extreme menial labor to gain acceptance to remain merely overnight, and paid him little heed. His willingness to assist the Sept in anyways was always ignored.




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With the unpleasantness behind him, Ningjing moved on across the Atlantic to the United States. He entered the northern wilderness along the Canadian border and the Uktena were especially interesting to him. They shared many of the same facets and beliefs, and the Uktena he met did not have hold ill will towards him for being Metis. He provided stories and Lore about the Beast Courts, the Stargazers and of his time at the Sept of the Stars. It was 2009 and The Sept of the White Water on Goat Island near Niagra Falls served as his home. He was assigned as Caller of the Wyld, and was a valued teacher to young cubs.

Ningjing enjoyed his time at this sept as it allowed him to commune with an immense amount of nature spirits, many of which were of Uktena’s brood. He crafted fetishes and talens for the sept’s use, and taught his rites to the Cliath. One night he had a vision of the Sept alpha being overwhelmed by bane spirits not far from the bawn. This shook Ningjing awake. The Sept was dark, and the spirits were quiet. He looked at the Moon, and it was hidden by clouds, just as in his vision. Immediately he sprang forth towards the bawn. As he ran, he communed with spirits along the way to pass word to the other sept members of the danger the alpha was in. Ningjing arrived at the site of the battle. Strewn across the area was a large serpentine bane with massive jaws, surrounded by smaller serpents slithering about. The Alpha was in direct combat with the wyrm creature, and most of the sept had engaged with the large bane or the smaller ones slithering about.

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Player: Guillermo V
Character: Níngjìng Stars-In-His-Eyes
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