Strength of the Wolf


“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.” - Doris Lessing

Ronald Washington takes the newly-Changed Uratha to Hays Woods, where he shows them how to change their shape, and sets them on the scent of a stag to catch their dinner. Along the way, they find the skeleton of one of the Hunting Shadows, slain by a silver arrow.

The next day, they return to Hays Woods to learn about loci and the spirit world. In the spirit world, they bargain with White Fire Oak to learn the names of the Hunting Shadows’ members, and what happened to them. Phoenix Adamski trades that information for a pledge to become a Hunter in Darkness himself, and to do all she can to protect Hays Woods. Soon thereafter, a massive bear spirit attacks the new pack. Working together, they manage to overcome it. David Smith follows the trail back to the bear’s den, where he finds a human heart beating in the dark. He feeds it essence, allowing it to regenerate into Slinks-in-Shadows, who agrees to provide information to David in return.



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