Letter to a Lord (waiting in the mailbox)

The words of the letter are bold, almost as if the author was commanding the pen itself to present it’s ink to the parchment in perfect thickness. It was a familiar penmanship, although it had been some time since Senes has seen it. 

Lord Blackfire,

Through my sister, I have only recently heard of how cursed you were, and then how the treatment nearly killed you. I am relieved to know that you are alive, and ask to see you in person. 

I will warn you that I will be unable to talk due to injuries I suffered while in Northrend on the mission to retrieve you. While it is rather uncomfortable, I am rather happy that the injury did not result in a complete removal of my head, and I was revived rather successfully by the priests of the city. 

Let me know if I may visit, and what time would be best for it. If I do not receive a response, know that I wish you well in life. 

With fond memories,

Xanadar Zane Muteki, Master of the Light

pennatologist

ama-ar-gi:

The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.

 Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.

There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.

Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.

Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls. 

Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham