Current - 4 years
Starting - 4 years
Dominant - brownish coat [AA], short legs [AA], long tail [AA], short fangs [Aa], pink/red nose [Aa], green eyes [Aa]
Recessive - randomly-sized spots, smallish paws, dark undereyes
Carrier - long fangs, black/grey nose, blue eyes
|| Obedient and Respectful || "Yes, ma'am."
-- Mourey does anything a female tells him to do (unless, of course, it defies Lene in any sort of way). You will never catch him disobeying orders.
|| Attentive and Perceptive || "Quiet, I'm trying to listen."
-- Mourey hangs onto words like a lifesource. When others are speaking, it is the only thing in the world that matters.
|| Curt and Gruff || "No."
-- Although he enjoys listening to others, he doesn't much like using his own words a lot. In his mind, his words are worthless. This isn't a result of any sort of insecurity, but instead his belief that his opinions and voice as a male feline are about as powerful as the small breeze you feel when a bird flies too close.
|| Loyal and Trustworthy || "Anything for you, Lene."
-- Undoubtedly loyal, Mourey will do anything for the betterment of the Olum. His devotion is obsessive and, sometimes, creepy.
|| Nostalgic and Sentimental || "I miss Homeland. A lot."
-- Unfortunately, Mourey can get painfully attached. Homeland, his mother, Noah...even Ariadna. Things that he has lost in his life he puts up on a pedestal, and it often hurts emotionally to see things that remind him of his past.
|| Religious and Faithful || "May Vaska bless your journey to Homeland."
-- You will never catch Mourey's faith in his goddess-like mother faltering. He wholeheartedly believes that Vaska sent the Olum on a great journey to save them, and everything they do is because of some great plan that their ancestors have in store for them.
|| Violent and Savage || "I dare you to challenge me. I will rip your heart out of your chest and feed it to the maggots."
-- Anyone who does not comply with the Olum rules is garbage and he will kill them. These...disgusting Ferox are mere vermin. Something to be exterminated to make way for the great and powerful Olum to once again thrive.
|| Cocky and Boastful || "Oh, this scar? That's just a little thing from a Homeland bear. No big deal."
-- Seemingly unlike the rest of his personality, Mourey loves to show off. Almost everything. His scars, his success stories fighting humans and Homeland bears, his tail collection...he will boast it up. But only around males. He has nothing to boast about around females. Nothing. They are too powerful.
Mourey is the Advisor of the Olum, but only because of his relationship with the Matriarch. He believes his only reason for existing is to serve Lene, and nothing else. He would do anything for her, and listen to anything she said as if it was coming from a god. He has a few friends in the Olum, but typically does not like to get close to anyone for fear that his devotion towards Lene would start to waver with too many distractions. He is the son of the Last Matriarch, Vaska, and worships his mother as a goddess, just like the rest of the Olum. He values tradition and respect above anything else.
Mourey was born in a litter of two; him, and his larger, stronger sister, Lene. Their mother was the Matriarch of the Olum. From birth, Lene was expected to one day step up and accept the role of Matriarch, and Mourey was to become her advisor. Lene and Mourey trained closely under their mother, Vaska, who was stern but always loving towards them. Vaska loved all of the Olum, and brought the Olum to their peak of power. But her ways were unconventional, at best, and unforgiving, at worst. Vaska trained with Lene and Mourey, but typically put more focus and pressure on her daughter because of who she was going to grow up to be. And her brutal ways seemed to rub off on Lene. Sometimes, they would go hunting, and Lene would purposely leave the animal alive, hanging on right before death, screaming and whining in pain until it finally passed. Mourey never said anything in protest; after all, he was just a male. He would just silently watch beside her. As they grew, she began to kill other things, such as other cats, and eventually humans. It seemed as if Mourey’s entire life was lived unnoticed in the shadow of Lene. But despite how heartless and sadistic Lene seemed to be growing up to be, he never doubted her as a leader, or her views. Mourey loved both Lene and Vaska wholeheartedly; and when their views and leadership techniques began to divulge from each other, Mourey was left lost. Who should he support? His experienced mother, or his best friend and only companion? But one day, after Vaska took Lene out for a hunt, everything changed. Lene was changed, physically, and mentally. She didn’t speak to Mourey for days, which was hurtful to the snow leopard. But after that, Lene was never the same, and Mourey did not know if it was for better or for worse. Nor did he care. He felt her changing was somehow his fault, as if he wasn’t there for her as much as he should have been. So he made a vow to never doubt her, and never leave her side.
Just before Mourey turned two, he became a father to a son named Noah. His mother, Mourey’s mate, was Ariadna, whom Mourey felt more of an obligation towards than actual love. He knew Ariadna felt differently, but…he still only really cared for Lene and Vaska. And now, Noah, who he began to devote part of his life to. Again, his attention and devotion towards Lene began to falter as he spent time training and preparing Noah for the life he was going to lead; a life serving the Olum.
Winters in Homeland were typically harsh with little prey, but this one in particular wreaked havoc on the Olum. Snow towered higher and higher nearly every other day, and the cold winds that whipped through the mountains made the drifts that much worse. It was frequent to wake up in the morning with a fewer number of cats than who fell asleep. The cold was never not present; Mourey can recall feeling it in his bones, infiltrating his lungs, making his spine ache. He had thought, many times, he was going to lose his toes, or his ears, or he wouldn’t wake up in the morning. The cold almost made his hunger and weakness ignorable…but just almost. The winter was long, and while the Olum survived living off of what little prey they could find, their loss was catastrophic. Not only did they drop drastically in numbers, but they also lost the most important cat in their ranks; including the Matriarch herself. And, more importantly to Lene and Mourey, they lost their mother. And Mourey lost someone he never imagined having to bury; Noah. Mourey took Noah and Lene’s deaths as a sign from the ancestors; his life was meant to serve Lene, and only Lene. Every time he began to falter from his purpose, bad things happened. He would not let it happen again. So he cut his ties with Ariadna and accepted his new role.
Lene took up the position of Matriarch, which meant that Mourey was the new Advisor. For a year, the remainder of the Olum struggled to survive on what little life the land had left for them. The humans that didn’t flee the land were sparse and spread far apart, and it was obvious that if they continued to hunt them, they would soon lose all of their food sources. Lene decided there was only one thing they could do; leave Homeland in hopes to find a new place to live. While many Oluman disagreed and questioned Lene, Mourey never once doubted his sister’s decision, and even went so far as to encourage her choice. He punished the males who dared speak against Lene, and did his best to influence the females.
As they began their journey, Lene gave birth to a daughter named Vin, who was treated like royalty. Which, in a way, she was. But her clear privilege over the rest of the Olum did not sit well with some cats, including Vin’s father, whom Mourey had never been fond of. So one day, Lene decided to make a spectacle of Vin’s father, using him as an example of what would happen to cats who crossed her. His throat stained the last bit of snow they would see for a while scarlet.
For the next year, they traveled southward. They lost sight of the lights in the sky, of the mountains that towered high above the clouds. They slowly lost Homeland. And many cats lost faith in Lene as they struggled to find an ideal place to settle. But she never faltered in her strength, and she shot down any sort of rebellious acts seemingly before they could even begin. After a year of challengers and struggles, the Olum stumbled upon a place called Rome, unbeknownst to them. The Olum set up a new camp in the northern edges of what was known as Solus territory, and began to explore their possible new home. After discovering large groups of felines residing in the near area, Lene decided the territories were survivable and ideal for them. But it wouldn’t be easy. They would have to clear many obstacles; starting with the cats who knew themselves as Ferox.
-- Mourey collects tails of animals he hunts! Every tail he himself has collected from prey, save for the arctic fox, who was hunted by Noah, and the bear, who was hunted by Mishka, who was only really interested in the bear's bones, and allowed Mourey to keep the tail.
-- Mourey is big on tradition, and is probably the closest thing the Olum have to a priest or pastor. It is uncommon for a day to go by without Mourey making some sort of comment about their ancestors, or saying a quick prayer under his breath. Religion and faith is important to him.
-- Mourey misses Homeland and talks about it with Luka frequently. But at the same time, he believes Lene did the right thing when evacuating their old home, and believes she will lead them to success in this new land.
-- Mourey does not fear Olum females, but definitely sees them as on a higher tier of power than himself, despite being the Matriarch's Advisor. He would never disregard or disobey a female's direct orders. Obedience is just something that has always been, and never will change.
-- Mourey's greatest strengths come out when he is in rocky territory, which is why he likes to stick to the mountains. He can use the land around him to his greatest advantage, and is unnaturally good at jumping from cliff to cliff quickly to confuse his enemy. Flat land scares him, and he has yet to experience forests like the ones the Ferox reside in. He will probably be a pretty decent fighter in the city, however, due to the abundance of edges and roofs for him to jump on.
-- Mourey isn't a fan of using his words. He'd rather be the brute force of a mission, and leaves the talking up to his sister. He's that creepy shadow in the corner, green eyes glowing, regardless of the situation.
-- The loss of fellow Olum is the greatest pain Mourey will ever feel. Unless Lene is the one to order someone's death, every Olum life that passes is like a personal blow to Mourey's conscience. He feels a great need to protect and serve the Olum, and if he feels as if he's failed, he will seclude himself for at least a day to cope with it.
The Last Matriarch [Mentor] - Mourey and Lene were both trained under Vaska, their mother. Although Vaska put more attention towards Lene's training and development, Mourey had always been a good learner, and learned a lot just by watching and listening.
Vaska [Mother; Olum Matriarch, "The Last Matriarch", Deceased]
Unknown [Father; Deceased?]
Lene [Sister; Olum Matriarch, Alive]
Ariadna [Ex-mate; Oluman, Alive]
Noah [Son; Oluman, Deceased]
Vin [Niece; Oluman, Alive]
Olum -- "The all-powerful Olum will thrive once more."
| Lene - Mourey would do anything and everything for Lene. His feelings for her are somewhat like love, but deeper. Devotion, dedication, and obligation are just a few of the emotions Mourey feels when around his sister.
|| Ariadna - Ariadna is Mourey's ex-mate, and he is eternally unsure what to do around her. He had a child with her moreso out of obligation than anything else, but when Noah died, Mourey avoided Ariadna at all costs. She never expressed anger or frustration with him, and always has stayed by his side for support. Mourey is still not quite certain what to make of it.
|| Vaska - Mourey's mother, and the Last Matriarch. He worships her like a goddess, and when she was alive, respected her more than he respected anyone else, save for Lene. He misses her dearly, as a mother as well as a Matriarch.
|| Noah - Mourey's son who died in the same fateful winter where they lost Vaska. Mourey loved his son and was devastated by his death. He does not like talking about Noah or even really thinking about him, but keeps an arctic fox tail (which Noah had hunted down and killed) in remembrance of him.
| Luka - If Mourey can feel respect towards any male, it would be Luka. Luka had been in the Olum since before Mourey was born, and good friends with he and Lene's mother, which meant he spent a lot of time around Mourey and Lene as they grew up. Now that Mourey is an adult, he and Luka are closer than ever, and are seen together regularly. Mourey sees Luka as an older brother, or possibly an uncle. In any case, Luka is a constant in Mourey's life, which is what he needs.
Ferox -- "Disgustingly soft cats. Once we find out more about them, I cannot wait to crush them."
Solus -- "We ran across many of these Solus when we were living in Homeland. They never lived long after we ran across them, though."
Bounty Hunters -- ?? Mourey and the Olum do not yet know the Hunters exist.
Mourey watched as Ronin and her patrol climbed back up the mountain side. They had been sent to finally interact with these...settlers. These other felines. Another Olum, but weaker and less organized. Less likely to survive. They didn't even feed on the most reliable food source available to them; humans! What an absolute waste of flourishing and valuable hunting ground. But...Mourey couldn't help but think maybe these cats had something else they were aiming to accomplish. Another task. Another reason. If they weren't hunting humans, why would they stay here? In the shadow of a clearly bright and powerful human village? And the odd things some of them wore around...they weren't made by the paws of cats. They were constructed by humans, specifically for feline bodies. Could...could these felines be pets? Maybe even protectors?
Well...he was sure they'd find out soon enough. Once Ronin and the rest reached their small, makeshift mountain camp, they'd have a much better idea of what they were up against. So far, all of the loners they'd captured had done nothing but fight back at them. All they had to do was give Lene a little bit of information about the human city and they could be on their way, but now, there was just a pile of feline corpses growing at the bottom of a cliff a ways across the mountainside.
"Who do you think they are?" a voice asked from behind him.
The snow leopard Advisor turned his head to see a massive golden cave lion approaching him. Mourey shrugged. "I don't know, Luka," he sighed. "But the way they're positioned, the way they have their territory set up...it makes me think they might be actually guarding the humans, or something."
Luka didn't say anything for a while. He sat next to his friend, watching Ronin get closer and closer. They sat in silence for a moment before Luka suddenly asked, "Do you ever think of Homeland?"
"Everyday since we left." There wasn't a pause or hesitation in Mourey's voice. He didn't even have to think about it.
"I just want to go home, Mourey."
The snow leopard only sighed sadly in response. He knew. He knew that this place would never replace Homeland. This...horrid place that lacked snow and the bright, colorful lights that covered the northern sky. He knew they all missed Vaska. They missed the forests and mountains that seemed to stretch for ages. They missed their old life.
But that was gone. There was nothing to go back to. Lene had made the right choice. Lene was going to lead them to victory, and prosperity, and a new life with a new home.
"We are home now, Luka."
Lesson one. Think before you speak.The next day began with some amount of excitement. Through use of a messenger Leartes and Kostenlos knew the latter gladiator had been accepted to join the Assassins. Kostenlos stored away his chain necklace and gold-plated anklets in exchange for his battle armor, and alongside his remade friend Leartes, they had walked to Fire Empire. During most of the journey, Taze explained to Kos what the training was like and what to expect his first few days. The first day was the worst but it got easier from there. The key was to not give up. Be resilient. And always end whatever you said with "domina Andromeda". Kostenlos kept it in mind, but he had already met Andromeda before. She had been a calm and understanding leader. Surely as their mentor she wouldn't be so terribly different?
"Did you hear from my mouth that you had my permission to stay with my empire? To walk on my grass? What makes you think you can just join the Assassins whenever you damned like, Shadow scum
Dominant; Dark pelt (AA), short legs (AA), green eyes (Aa), large spots (Aa), large paws (Aa)
Recessive; Thick-furred tail, standing spinal fur, small muzzle, barred legs, white-tipped tail
Carrier; Amber eyes, ocelot-spots, small paws
|| Focused and Ambitious || "Leave me alone for, like, the rest of the day."
|| Handy and Innovative || "I can probably figure out how to fix that armor."
|| Snappish and Defensive || "Gods, I guess I can't do ANYTHING right around here, can I??"
|| Elitist and Entitled || "Pfff...Damn Falcons think they know EVERYTHING."
|| Emotional and Empathic || "I'm sorry. I wish I could do more to help."
|| Protective and Loyal || "If you so much as LOOK at her wrong, I will leave your corpse out for the vultures."
|| Talkative and Confident || "Hey, how are ya? Haven't seen you around in a few days, what have you been up to?"
|| Reckless and Optimistic || "Meh, this is probably an okay plan. We'll see."
|| Social and Eccentric || "'Oi! What's yer name? Haven't seen you around here before."
|| Honest and Straight Forward || "I'm not gunna lie...that armor looks ridiculous on you."