Anlage gazed at the pack he had helped build with partial wonder in his eyes. So many of these wolves had come from broken pasts, but they had all bonded together into a pack to help each other. Nobody seemed to feel sorry for themselves. He smiled as he stepped into the camp circle. It was a good place here in the forest. Plentiful food and a stream that ran all year around.
He shook out his thick fur and padded over towards the far edge of the camp. Wolf packs generally selected a camp territory partially on if there was a high area to announce plans and important news. Sketchpack had been chosen in the thick of the trees. The was a wall of dirt and rock, making a nice cove for the camp. The alpha's den was on the curve where the camp made a U shape. Perfectly in the center and made of rock, causing it to stay strong and not collapse through years of hard weather.
Just above the den entrance there was a perfect ledge to either lie on in the dappled sunspots that shone through the trees or else, in this case, to deliver important messages to the pack. Moment ago in the forest several wolves had waited for him to discuss joining his pack. He now brought them into the camp. They were all rather uneasy, but they stood tall and faced the staring eyes of the pack with their own stares. Anlage smiled. He was making a good choice. He bunched his legs underneath him and leapt high onto the ledge, landing lightly and raising his tail as the pack below fell silent, the murmurs often heard throughout the day fading.
"Sketchpack!" he called out. The last of the lingering wolves on the edge of the camp stood and came nearer, their ears perked in interest.
"Three wolves, Siku, Maja and Ardal have asked to join Sketchpack and I have agreed. Make them welcome!" he called out. Tails waved in the air and the pack surged forward, circling the newcomers and sniffing them. The other wolves who had just joined came over as well. Raiden and Kuoza.
The alpha leapt down from his rock and raised his head in the ceremonial howl. The alpha always began it after newcomers arrived, the pack followed, then the newcomers joined in.