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Minnow had been enjoying every single moment of his new life. All the new friends he had met. They were like one big family! He sometimes thought of his people, though. Part of him missed them, but out here was so much more fun! Back with his people he had done his best to be a good dog, and they did their best to be good people, but... this was more fun. That was all there was to it. He was happier, and he was sure they were too. They'd be happy he was happy. They were good people.

Gajou was just a pile of rocks to him when he had first seen it. Well, it was still just a pile of rocks to him, but it meant a lot to the dogs that lived here. He had been told stories of how they defended it, about bears and crazy attack moves. It was all over-the-top as far as Minnow was concerned, and most of it made no sense to him whatsoever, but he was in awe anyways. The dogs here were way cooler than the dogs back where he used to live. These dogs were up on a pedestal a mile high in Minnow's eyes. And they would probably be up there for a while with the way Minnow idolized them.

He had yet to meet all the dogs, though. There were some heroes he hadn't met, like Gin and Weed, and many others, but he was okay with that. They were busy! He didn't know with what, but he was positive they were busy. He'd meet them sometime. Until then he would busy himself with something, something like soldier training.

Minnow's blue eyes had been wide with excitement at the thought of being a soldier, even though he didn't know what a soldier was at first. Something to do with fighting he guessed, or guarding, or defending. Like a guard dog! Yeah! That was it! Soldier was another work for guard dog! He could handle that... maybe. Though he hadn't exactly been a very good guard dog back where he used to live. Minnow just couldn't understand the difference between a “bad guy” and a “good guy.” He figured if they were nice to him, they were good and his people would probably not want him to be mean to them.

Well, he told himself he'd try a lot harder to understand what the difference was between good and bad. Maybe these dogs could make him understand better. People didn't really explain things well to him. He didn't understand people language too well.

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The tiger-striped dog exhaled a breath through his nostrils that was so large that it ended up more of a snort. That, however, was fitting with his general mood. Things had all but stagnated in and around Gajou. While that was a good thing, generally, it set certain dogs on edge; himself being one of those. There had been the reports of the human machine dog and the white dog, and then nothing. It all but set his teeth to grinding. They had to be able to turn up something on either of them eventually. They had to know.

But no information came and no encounters. There had been the attack on Sabin, the witnessing of the death of a wandering dog, one missing soldier from the ranks and that was it. No one had encountered them since. No one had gone missing or been harmed. It was as if those creatures had vanished. Even the few new dogs that came to Gajou since then had never heard or seen either of those dogs. Threats like that didn't just disappear; that was Kagetora's experience with things like that. They didn't just go away.

The Kai dog snorted again from where he was stretched out on one of the small ledges on the rock structure of Gajou. There were a few places that you could do this, just as there were a few places within that you could spy out of, that you could take another route other than the main entrance out of. Gajou was a solid structure but it really was not easily defensible; they had proven that when Weed and Akame had slipped in from below when Hougen had ruled Gajou for a short time. The winter was slowly descending on them and he was taking the time to soak up the rays of the sun while the day lasted, enjoying the feeling of it on his fur and the way it warmed the rock that he was lying on.

Kagetora shifted his head and the golden eyes caught sight of another dog all but bouncing around the general base area of the rock structure. Kagetora didn't even know the dog's name though he knew he had been there for awhile, and that GB of all dogs had found him and brought him in. That ended the striped dog's knowledge and, really, while Ohu was a close knit community they still didn't all know each other - or even need to, in some ways. You just... knew who was an Ohu dog and who wasn't. That didn't meant that they didn't have their eye on new dogs, keeping watch for signs of a spy or something else.

And though it was probably very unsoldier-like of him... Kagetora found it very, very hard to believe that an ounce of harm could come from the happy looking young dog down there. He shifted his body some, still lying down but now facing more in this other dog's direction. He lifted his head up from his paws before calling out. "Oi!"


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Another winter, the ridgeback was becoming accustomed to the cold. The conditioning over his time in Ohu had prepared him for blistering cold season. But today he had other thoughts on his minds. Thoughts that were focused on the recent news and how he should best prepare for when the battle hits home. The great white beast would be a fierce combatant but nothing compared the mechanical devil.

He had found a small grove that seemed a perfect place for him to meditate, chant and pray. There he sat with his eyes shut and sang quietly to ancestors,
“I kama zimba, zimba, hold them down.
I kama zimba, zay, you past warriors.
I kama zimba, I’ll hold them back.
I kama zay, I am your warrior.”


With finally verse sung Shaka bows his head to a pile of river stones he had stacked in the center of his little grove. Opening his eyes to sky he asks in native tongue for strength and courage to defend his friends and home. And that his death is an honorable one. “Bunga Idozi,” he mutters to end the prayer. Taking in a lungful of the brisk air he rises to his feet.

Heading towards the historic fortress his ears catch a whisper of a familiar voice. With a wag in his tail Shaka picked up the pace hoping to catch up with his striped comrade. Seeing Kagetora always lifting his spirits, he was a strong fighter and a good friend. Coming out from the treeline at a trot he barks, “Sawubona Kagetora!” Immediately after his greeting he spots the younger dog and gave him a nod.




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Minnow heard a voice calling from the rocks of Gajou. He swung around, blue eyes wide, tongue lolling from his mouth as he grinned. It took him a moment before he spotted the tiger dog on the rock looking at him. If it was possible for his grin to get bigger, it did. He gave a hop and spun around like a happy puppy not knowing what to do with himself. It was Kagetora! He had seen him around. He had heard the stories. He was being acknowledged by one of the soldiers!

"Hi!" He called back lamely, but not caring.

Another dog he did not know trotted over to bark a hello to Kagetora, and nodded at him, Minnow. All these dogs were noticing him! All of two dogs, but to Minnow, it was exciting. These dogs were soldiers, he wasn't sure about the second one, exactly, but he had a feeling. The soldiers had a different air about them, the way they acted was much more, well more of something. Minnow wasn't sure. More than him, anyways.

He bounded towards the base of Gajou and looked up. He cocked his head to one side, concentrating for a minute. He was trying to decide if he wanted to climb up the rocks or not. He wasn't sure if Kagetora wanted him to run up to him or not. He looked over at the lean, smooth coated dog that had nodded at him and Minnow grinned.

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The amount of joy from being acknowledged was interesting to see. This young dog seemed to be in high spirits. He even spun around in happy circles! He was old enough to no longer truly be a puppy, yet Kagetora could tell that his personality must not have shifted much yet. There were a lot of puppies that liked to come here. Dreams, he supposed; legends. They always incited some kind of hero worship and desire to be similar in the younger dogs.

The husky looking dog bounded closer, leaning up on one of the rocks as if he couldn't decide if he should go up or not. Kagetora snorted. "Stay down there, puppy," he told the younger dog. The tiger striped dog stood up and stretched out luxuriously before he turned his gaze towards a much more familiar figure that now stood there as well. "Shaka," he greeted with pleasure. The foreign dog had become one of Kagetora's staunchest allies and friends.

The Kai dog took his way carefully down the route along the edges of Gajou. He hadn't wanted this other dog to come up because if you weren't familiar with the way it was laid out it was easy to slip or to step on a loose rock. You could bring yourself down along with some heavy rocks that might hurt an unwary dog or worse. There was no need to risk this dog and any others. So Kagetora made his way down until he could launch himself off of a lower portion and land heavily on the ground in between the two.

"What brings you here?" Kagetora asked his friend first, golden eyes sweeping over the fawn coated dog. He swung his head towards the other dog. "And what's your name?" He only just stopped himself from calling him a puppy again. This dog was obviously past that stage. It was just his personality that made him seem as if he was far younger. It took all kinds, didn't it?


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The youth’s reply was less than Shaka expected. Back in his homeland a ‘guest’ would show a dog of his stature a little more respect, but then they’re weren’t in Africa. Shaka took a hesitant step forward as the unknown canine darted towards Gajou without concern. The boy certainly seemed excited and Kage, he thought as he watched his striped friend trail down the fortress, was Kage.

The ridgeback looked left then right then back at Kage jokingly pretending that he was asking another dog the same question. With a light chuckle he replies, “Just stretching my legs my good unmgane.” Kage was a good friend, a little ruff around the edges but Shaka wouldn’t trust anyone else.

Turning his attention to the younger dog he repeats the zebra dog’s question, “And what bring you here little abasha? Come to see the great inquaba Gajou? Hm?” The stronghold of Ohu was a marvel still, in Shaka’s eyes. It didn’t surprise him that many would want to see it for them selves. And to see someone so young make it all the way from wince they came to its’ very steps impressed him.


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When Kagetora told Minnow to stay down where he was, the black and white dog obeyed, but he wasn't sure what to do with his energy and so he sat down, his body shaking with excitement. He hadn't even been offended at being called a puppy. Why should he be? He was panting and looked over at the smooth coated dog. He wondered if the dog was cold with such a thin coat. Then he looked up and watched Kagetora with wide eyes as the Kai Ken leaped down and landed between them. Minnow stood and took a step back, but he was grinning like a fool. He almost laughed in his excitement, but he forced himself to stay quiet.

Minnow was totally confused with the words that the smooth-coated dog said when he replied to Kagetora. What language was that? He blinked when Kagetora finally addressed him, but he recovered almost instantly. "Minnow!" He said proudly, grinning foolishly again. When the other dog spoke to him, his smile faltered as he once again was confused with the addition of a word in that other language. His ears folded back slightly, his confusion obvious. "Uhh," what had brought him here? He seemed to have already forgotten what he was doing here. "I um, actually I was hoping someone could teach me to be a soldier," he replied rather sheepishly, offering both of the dogs an embarrassed grin.

Under the gazes of both of these older dogs, soldiers, Minnow, for the first time, felt rather foolish and young, which he was. He had known nothing of these dogs until he had met GB and since then he had been dreaming of actually getting to talk to some of them, and of becoming a soldier. Those daydreams seemed totally silly at the moment, though it was really just the embarrassment he was feeling that was making him think his dreams were silly. He suddenly wished GB was here. Having someone he knew around might help him feel a little braver.

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These days, Sabin didn't range as far as he used to when he went on patrol. Leave that to the younger dogs; he had a family to look after, and a bum leg that got to aching when the weather got cold. Still, loyalty to his duty as a soldier would call him out, make him walk the edges of the woods near Gajou to make sure everything was as it should be.

Today everything was, indeed, as it should be. The woods were quiet and peaceful, coated in a fresh dusting of snow. He liked the gentle crunch of it under his paws, the way it sparkled in the sun. And the way everyone left tracks – undeniable proof of who went where and what had taken place. It certainly made the task of looking for trespassers much easier.

Black trimmed ears twitched as he neared Gajou once again. Voices. One familiar, two that were not. Curiosity drew him towards the small group, to see what kind of company Kagetora was keeping today. A fawn colored dog with a short coat who looked like he certainly wasn't native to this climate, and by contrast, a black and white northern dog who was certainly at home in the snow. Interesting.

"And why would you want to be a solider?" His deep baritone was the only thing that gave him away as he came to stand behind the young husky. Blue eyes drifted towards Kagetora and the brown dog and he inclined his head in a respectful greeting before his attention moved back to the husky.
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It defines us, ever reminding us that life never is more precious than this.
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A slow smirk tugged up the edges of Kagetora's muzzle at Shaka's actions and words. It had taken him a bit of time to warm up to the ridgeback, but once he had Kagetora found that outside of the original Ohu soldiers Shaka was one of his staunchest friends. The only other dog that really held that distinction besides the foreign male was Sabin. Most of the other dogs that had drifted in were fine; nice, useful, but they didn't really strike much of a chord with him.

Kagetora could barely hold back the snort as the younger dog eagerly announced his name. Minnow? What the hell kind of name was Minnow for a dog? What the hell kind of a name was Minnow for a soldier? That eager, puppy-like attitude wasn't really helping Kagetora see the other dog in a serious light. Then again, he was young. It was easy to see that he had grown past the stage of a puppy but that he hadn't really quite filled out into that adult body physically or mentally. Puppy still had some growing to do yet.

The tiger striped dog shook his head a little, clearing his thoughts. He wanted to be a soldier? It wasn't the first time a dog had come here wanting it. He shouldn't be so surprised. He just wondered why each time. There was honor, of course, and a sense of pride and duty. Yet it was a harsh job. If they went to war again, hopefully never, all of those young dogs with their dreams and their ideals would see the harsh realities that they could never dream. War was hell.

Almost as if thinking of him had summoned the mountain dog, Sabin appeared and moved up stealthily - even with his game leg - behind Minnow. Kagetora gave a slight nod of his head in greeting before grinning just a little. "I was wonderin' that myself." This time he did give a snort and he nodded his head again at Sabin before turning that nod towards Shaka; a brief soldier's greeting that said so much without words: That he trusted them both. Introductions could come later.


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Shaka blinked twice at the youth’s, Minnow’s answer. Teach him how to be a soldier. The words repeated themselves back in forth in his head. In his mind volunteers, especially young ones, made the best soldiers. Their minds and bodies merely clay to be molded .But for one so young was he really ready to choose the life of a warrior?

The Ridgeback did the same as the Kai Ken did in greeting the larger male. Hearing Sabin’s deep voice and Kage’s reply he took a step towards the husky. It was then Shaka decided to defend Minnow’s wish. With his own hearty voice he spoke, “Why wouldn’t he want to be? It is glorious! If he thinks he’s ready for imbutho impilon, a warrior’s life, let us teach him.” Shaka seats himself next to the husky.

He turns his head towards Minnow and gives him a look of reassurance before continuing, “He may be young and small but for him to reach the steps of Gajou, our very own fortress alive and well, is that not proof enough to grant his request? I think Minnow has proven himself a worthy abasha.” That was a mouthful, but Shaka was willing to strain his tongue for the newcomer.



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Minnow hadn't even heard the other dog come up behind him until a deep voice broke into his already nervous thoughts. He jumped and spun around, staring at the older male with his wide, blue eyes. He was terrified, and instead of replying to the older male, he just stood there staring, unable to form words. He hadn't expected anyone to question him. He actually had no reason in his mind as to why he wanted to be a soldier. He just did. But even if he wanted to try and tell the deep-voiced male anything, he wasn't sure he could. And he had no reason as to why he couldn't talk, either. He just couldn't.

As if being scared and questioned by this dog wasn't enough, Kagetora agreed with him. Minnow's ears folded back, his tail drooped, and his blue eyes filled with sadness. He wasn't going to start whimpering like a puppy, but he was feeling like these grand Ohu dogs were more bullies than anything else. For the first time ever, Minnow felt anger burning inside of him. He didn't know what it was, he had never been angry in his short life. All he had known was happiness or sometimes sadness. Never anger. But now, now he felt angry.

His usually bright, kind blue eyes narrowed and his ears pricked forward and he lifted his tail again. He was about to say something to the striped dog and the other male that had questioned him, but the smooth-coated dog that spoke so strangely, suddenly spoke up for him. The flame of anger died in Minnow's eyes and they widened. He couldn't help a tail-wag that this strange dog would speak for him. Minnow still didn't know what an abasha was, but he was still angry with the other two dogs and he wasn't about to open his mouth to ask a question in front of them. They'd probably just berate him for being stupid.

Minnow still wasn't sure if he should answer the dog's question as to why he wanted to be a soldier. But with this strange dog on his side, he felt a little bit better. Maybe they weren't all bullies. Still, he felt it was better to keep his mouth shut while Shaka stood up for him, rather than making himself look like a fool.

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Minnow doesn't answer Sabin's question, instead the brown dog speaks up for the youngster. A tan eyebrow quirks upwards. "Imbutho impilon"? "Abasha"? The mountain dog is unfamiliar with the words and not quite acquainted with Shaka's manner of speaking; none the less, he cracks a grin after a moment, teeth flashing in a friendly manner. A younger Sabin might have been irritated, impatient, but he's grown a lot since he first came to the Ohu Mountains, and when he speaks there is a light chuckle in his voice. "I meant no offense, comrades. But knowing ones goals is important, hm? And knowing the consequences of any task one might undertake."

The mountain dog lifts his head, tipping his muzzle up and turning his head to the side slightly, those icy blue eyes never leaving Minnow. The motion exposes the jagged scar that rips down his neck and where his shoulder meets his body, the deep healed gashes on his chest where the fur never grew back. "It isn't all glory."

He gives the husky a moment to process the sight before he dips his head again and levels his gaze, weight shifting as he sinks to his haunches in the snow. "Though, if you still wish to learn, we could certainly use you. Kagetora is starting to creak when he walks now." His ears tip forward as he tries to hold back a sly grin. By Ohu standards, neither Sabin nor Kagetora were that old.. but the younger generations might just start considering them to be so.


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"Calm down, puppy," Kagetora gave another of his hard barks of laughter at the sullen, angry expression on the younger dog's face. The Kai dog plopped himself down into a sitting position. He relaxed enough to stretch out some, enough so that he could bring a hind leg up and scratch at his neck with it. His golden eyes watched as Sabin showed off the scars that he had earned both before and after coming to Ohu. He looked over at Shaka, who had defended the young dog's right to be a soldier, and then back at the younger dog. "I didn't say no, just wanted to know why. It's a pretty thankless job at times, though."

In all honesty, they probably should question dogs more closely. Especially the ones that wanted to be soldiers. Yet, at the same time, that really went against the general morals and nature of Ohu. Kagetora had heard of a lot of dogs that wanted to be soldiers, had even met them. Some decided against it once they realized what it really entailed, others folded under pressure. A few, like Shaka and Sabin, remained because of honor, because of duty, because something bound them to Ohu -- whether that was gratitude, friendship or love or a combination of all.

Before he could reflect on that some more, however, Sabin spoke up again. That was another side of a soldier that most of the dogs never realized. The fact that they were a rough and tumble bunch who usually made lewd or seemingly insulting jokes at one another. Instead of getting angry, though, Kagetora just started to laugh as he pushed himself back up from where he had sat. "You son of a bitch, you're just as creaky as me," he snapped the words out but there was no anger in his tone. He stalked over to the mountain dog, getting close enough to bump his shoulder right against him. "You become a soldier, you gotta deal with dogs like this guy! Doesn't know his head from his ass."

He pulled back enough to turn his head to look back at Shake. "Don't even get me started on that guy," he grinned over at the ridgeback before his attention turned back towards Minnow. "It ain't a glorious job, no matter what the stories say. And if you want to be one, you gotta tough it out, you gotta take the unglorious, boring jobs because those are around a helluva lot more than the battles and the rescues. Think you can do that?"


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Shaka laughed quietly as the two other soldiers joked back forth. He didn’t want to admit out loud but the dogs of Ohu reminded him of his own hunting pack. Back home his friends would sit around the fire and poke jokes at each other. Others would tell stories about their greatest hunts as the fire died down. And at the end of the day they’d sleep together as a family.

Shaka also took a second to glance at Sabin’s scars. They were, impressive to say the least. To have fought something that left a scar that size and to live to tell the tale was considered very honorable. Shaka had a few small scars under his coat, but he’d fortunate enough to dodge many heavy blows back home. And then he glanced over at Kage’s scars. He never asked him how he got them. But Shaka was quite sure his striped friend earned them honorably.

Returning his gaze to Minnow as Kage asked the question Shaka said nothing. He just smiled allowing the husky to answer on his own.


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To be honest, Minnow was rather intimidated by the large, scarred, black and tan dog. He was usually not bothered by other dogs, being that he was probably a bit overly friendly and thought that everyone was a potential friend, but as he was learning, this was untrue. Not every dog was a potential friend. Some dogs, though he had never met one, wanted to kill for ridiculous reasons, at least, they were ridiculous to him.

To be scarred like Sabin, it was frightening, actually. He had never really thought about it before, but to come that close to death and then dodge it, or rather, to fight it. He was certain that the rugged looking dog survived because of more than just a stroke of good luck. No, it probably wasn't all glory, but glory wasn't what made Minnow first decide that he wanted to be a soldier. He didn't particularly care if everyone thought he was something special. After hearing the stories about Ohu, or at least some of them, particularly why it was founded, made him realize how special it was, despite his limited experience. He doubted there were any other places like it, and probably because the bad dogs all wanted to destroy it. It was something to be protected, and Minnow, though not a very good guard dog back home, wanted to help protect it and what it stood for.

Minnow was about to speak when Sabin made a joke about Kagetora starting to creak when he walked. Though, Minnow, slightly intimidated by the older soldiers, wasn't quite sure if it was a joke or not, and looked, almost nervously, over at Kagetora, who was standing up and started to laugh. Still, uncertain Minnow didn't laugh, he merely nodded, at Kagetora's words, and then looked back to Sabin, and then at Shaka, before looking back at Kagetora, who was asking him if he thought he could handle it.

Truthfully, Minnow hadn't even thought about the boring jobs that entailed, just like most don't when they think of soldiers. Routine patrols, drills, training, sentry duty, to start the list. He of course, only thought of actually fighting and guarding. But, the more he thought about it, guarding something was boring. Dreadfully boring. Most of the time nothing happened, but when it did, someone had to know how to fight and protect it. He was determined not to be one of the dogs that needed protecting, or was so useless, was killed before he even knew what happened because he attacked a trained, enemy soldier. No. He wasn't going to be a burden. He was going to be worth something.

"Yes," he said firmly. "I can handle it. I want to be able to help protect Ohu if something happens. I don't want to just be one more dog that needs protecting." He really wasn't very good at saying anything fancy, and everything that motivated him to ask to be a soldier, or rather, to learn how to be a soldier, was too much for the young dog to form into coherent sentences. In his heart, though, he knew the truth, and he was desperately hoping these dogs would train him.

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A wide, toothy grin parts his muzzle as Kagetora shoulder bumps him. "Ha," he chuffs in retort, restraining a remark about 'asses' that is certainly not younger-generation appropriate. Kage has a goodpoint – guard duty at Ohu is downright boring if you don't have the right mindset to handle it. Not that he's complaining. Boring is safe. And keeping his family safe is most certainly a top priority.

"Yes," the young husky affirms. "I can handle it. I want to be able tohelp protect Ohu if something happens. I don't want to just be one more dogthat needs protecting." The tone of Minnow's voice makes the Mountain dog focus his icy gaze on the husky once again, affronting him his full attention. He's silent for a moment, ear tipped slightly to the side as if in thought. "I like your conviction. You speak like a real Dog."

Sabin rolls his shoulders forward in a halfhearted attempt at a stretch, catching Kagetora's gaze out of the corner of his eye, a glint of something devious in those blue depths before he looks back to Minnow. "Alright then." The last syllable is barely out and Sabin is on his feet, launching forward at Minnow in one long, powerful stride. Head down, ears back, driving his shoulder for the other dog's side. It's a simple 'attack', used more in play than it is in actual combat. He doesn't want to inflict any injury on the younger dog, he just wants to see how fast he reacts.


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One ear flicked slightly towards Sabin as all he uttered was a laugh. The golden eye closest to the mix shifted to look at his friend out of the corner of his eye, a grin of his own stretching out on his muzzle. Sometimes, words didn't even need to be said between close comrades to get through. Then again, they were both soldiers of old; if anything uncouth was being said then they were keen to pick it up and have a laugh at it. He gave a little snort and shifted his attention back to the younger husky who appeared to be focused inward.

The striped dog listened as the younger dog finally spoke after carefully seeming to weigh his words. That was always a good sign. Though he was hotheaded himself, Kagetora could appreciate someone who thought just as much as he could appreciate someone who sprang into action. His gears might run a different way, but he could appreciate different styles so long as they equaled out to the same eventual goal. "Nicely said. It's not many dogs that would even think that they could be a burden." Not that Ohu really viewed other dogs as such. However, anyone who couldn't defend themselves became a potential hostage in a war situation.

"It's not many dogs that would be willing to agree to take on the slow, dull things with the more exciting and dangerous ones, too." So many dogs came expecting immediate glory only to find themselves on the lower rungs of the hierarchy with very little to do except help gather food and patrol. There were some dogs that had grown disillusioned with that and left. There were some that had probably just come to accept it as how their life would be. It was no fur off of Kagetora's back, really.

A sudden shift from the mountain dog mix next to him had him turning his head. There was a settling about the muscles, a hint of something in the eyes. Before his mind could even completely comprehend and put together what Sabin was about to do, the other male was going forth and doing it. He might have protested, after all he was the highest ranking individual here, but he approved in a way. If the puppy wanted to be a soldier he was going to have to learn how to react to an attack. After all, not every dog was honorable and would let you bluff and talk and have warning. It was a good test of the younger dog's skills. Kagetora might have joined in, but for right now he figured just Sabin alone would be a good enough judge. One day Minnow would have to learn to fend off multiple fighters at once, but this would do for now.


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Shaka

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Shaka remained silent as Minnow answered the question. He was proud of the young dog to accept his new life. The ridgeback nodded his head agreeing with his stripped friend. The husky reminded him of one of the younger members of his old hunting pack back in Africa, Senzan. He, like most of the members, was younger than Shaka. Shaka lived as long as he did do to his skill and luck. Other dogs his age were retired due to grievous wounds or dead.

Senzan showed promise. Shaka trained him personally, taught him all of his tricks and strategies and even shared some of life secrets. The younger ridgeback was not a swift leaner, and what the boy had in strength he lacked in skill. The master thought he was ready enough. If only he had more time to train him. On their first hunt Senzan and Shaka engaged a large male lion. The three of them battled for what seemed hours. But Senzan was struck down by the beast, like so many other of his kind. The strong dog was not prepared for such a fight. If he had a little more training he may have survived the fight.

His mistake with Senzan will not be repeated with Minnow. And as Sabin made his ‘attack’ Shaka blurted out, “Dodge abasha, you must always be ready for a fight! Ha ha!”




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Minnow

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Minnow's blue eyes shone with pride, if only for a moment. Minnow loved to please, and even though there really wasn't a whole lot to do to please anyone out here, not like with humans anyways, he still enjoyed when he said something right. It was made all the better when what he said had been his own thoughts on why he wanted to be a soldier. The other dogs approved; Kagetora, Sabin, Shaka. He beamed foolishly, showing, again, how young he was.

He didn't really have a lot of time to think through what was happening, though. Sabin, who had just finished saying that he spoke like a real dog, Sabin leaped at Minnow. The young husky mix's eyes grew wide, the whites showing around them as his body struggled to react as fast as his mind wanted him to. He heard Shaka tell him to dodge, and then heard him laughing. Minnow didn't fully realize what he was doing, and was purely reacting on instinct as he struggled to back out of Sabin's way, but it was obvious that wasn't going to happen. Without thinking, Minnow, pivoting off of a hind foot, tried to spin out of the way, which he almost succeeded in doing. But he wasn't able to get out of the way fast enough.

Sabin slammed into his shoulder at fourty-five degree angle, though luckily Minnow had gotten mostly out of the way, enough that he kept himself from tipping over, and continued pivoting until his tail was where his head had been and springing away in the opposite direction that Sabin had leaped, ending up in front of Kagetora. The shock had melted off of his face, and was replaced with excitement. Minnow spun around again, and then sprang at Sabin, though it was probably going a bit far, even if Minnow's “attack” wasn't serious. Sabin easily outweighed him and was a veteran fighter. He could easily “play bat” Minnow into the ground.

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