As ancient wolves and jaguars once watched over young humanity, keeping them safe from primal evils - our dogs and cats have evolved to combat the more subtle and tricksy terrors that lurk within the cities, and creep from the wild places still left.
No one even really remembers why we keep and feed pets, but a house without one seems cold and empty .. truth is that house is cold, but not empty….
The house on An Teach Ghruaim has long filled pet-kind with terrors; most local pets have heard some tales of it, sitting atop the distant hill outside the town of Windy Springs.
Mr. Bealle is a kindly old man, still vigorous; he is not prone to rash decisions. When his aunt passed, she left him the house - and while he was in no mood to inherit the place, a tragedy has tied his hands; his much younger sister, Samara, has been killed in an accident .. leaving her two young children without a home. The house on An Teach Ghruaim is big, and it is empty.. or so it seems.
He has moved there to prepare for the children’s coming, and is acquiring a special surprise for them too; pets!
Petkind’s ways are varied; a few customs include the habit of adopting True Names, like the names of Wild Creatures - many tame animals never bother with this habit, and others only play at domestication; their owners’ conceits do not concern them. They may be Mittens, or Rusty, or Spot to the two-legs, but when they face the Things That Wait, they do so with more dignity and decorum - or honesty, if not that. True Names are earned or chosen - there is no consensus on what is best.
Examples: Ringo [Loud Sayer] , Dandelion [Bleater], Rambo the Third [Fool’s Errand]
Here we have the pet’s Human-given name unbound, followed by the True Name in brackets. Wilder or more decorated pets will have the order reversed;
[Walks on Flowers] Allie Cat, [Render] Sammy-Sammy, [Laughing Beast] Gloria
Wild animals only ever have one name, unless humans give them another: [Surestep], [Dreadful Eye], [Zula], [Whisper Dancer], [Laughs-at-Danger]
Hosted and narrated by:
Foxy Fox (Sionachuighiim)
Scenes played: 3
License: Community License