40th of Ymiden 719
It was a cloudy and cold night in the Videnese wilderness. Dark, but what light was there reflected off the pure white of the snow in shades of blue-gray and violet.
The camp was peaceful and almost tranquil, yet the wilderness sounds persisted, undisturbed. That is, until the call arose.
It began as a baying of a wolf, and then grew into a full-on howl as one of the moons broke through the cloud cover, to show its face. The light was almost blinding, full as the moon was in the sky. It lit the snowfields and trees with brilliant white light.
Wald would feel Ylfa stirring, her temperament restless. Finally, when the baying and howling of wolves subsided, she said to Wald, "Master, it's Karem! She calls us to hunt!"
Once more the wolf cried in the distance, until all fell silent. The tranquil ambience of the wilderness disturbed. Karem had marked the prey that Wald was to hunt. Yet that would not make it easier to hunt. Far from it.
When Karem marked her prey in order to test hunters, she did so not for ease of finding them. She did it to give them good sport. That most probably meant days and sleepless nights of tracking the prey, until it has been brought down, and a trophy claimed from it.
Karem would not interfere, not until Wald attributed the creature's flesh to her, as the Wolf Mother's share.
This left Wald with whatever else he might like off of the mysterious prey. In Karem's pack, one shared their kills with their kin.
The moon was swiftly obscured by clouds as the call faded into echo.