Leaders as well as a few other spare shifters were beginning to gather in the town hall. Personally, Lykos had thought the idea of such a thing was ridiculous, which was the cause of a recent fight among the wolf pack leaders and the reason why one was currently missing. Very early on, the wolves had made it very clear not to hold anything that Lykos does or says against the wolves, or even against Lykos' pack. Lykos was a lone wolf in almost every sense of the word except for one very distinct difference. He was the alpha of a pack. They still had called him a lone wolf because everything he did was for himself, and he only took care of his pack because they were most often his means of getting what he wanted. No wolf could respect a lone wolf, but a pack alpha would almost instantly get respect from the other wolves, even the other alphas. As long as no alpha challenged another, they could live in relative peace.
Of course, Lykos was the one that would always challenge the other packs. He had recently been gathering land for his pack to grow when he plague hit. Several members of his pack simply fell asleep and never woke. That was a time of great grieving for his pack, and even for Lykos. As the plague killed off more members, Clementius, Lykos' most trusted adviser and often called the Beta of their pack, had insisted that he join with the other packs in search for a cure. Rumors had spread to their pack that the other packs were joining together in search for a cure, and it was widely known that his pack had thought that they should join too. No one dared voice their opinion to Lykos except Clementius. That was probably a good thing too, because Clementius was the only one who could handle their alpha's temper.
That was when the sickness caught someone very dear to Lykos, his sister. His sweet and beloved little sister that wouldn't hurt anyone. The one he had been so protective over and would do anything for. Everyone knew that he would have done anything for his sister, so it was obvious that he was heart broken once she died. She was the only one that he truly cared for. That night had been a long sad night for Lykos' pack. The next seven nights had been spent with the members lying awake hearing the cries of a lonely wolf, and it caused many of then to cry knowing that it was their alpha, the cold and distant wolf who rarely showed emotion, could create such a sad song. Regardless of his sounds at night, any who saw him during the day would say that there was a change in their alpha. Not many saw him because he would remain curled in his bed mourning his sister, but he would come out if it was required to take care of his pack. After the week of mourning, he had finally decided to get together with the other packs in search for a cure. It was more for revenge against the plague that killed his sister, and his pack knew it.
Of course, working together with the other members had not been an easy path for Lykos. A day that involved less that five fights between Lykos and the other alphas was considered a good day, but the other alphas knew better than to get rid of him. Lykos was smart, and they had to admit that he often knew what he was talking about. There wasn't much that Lykos could do or say in these matters, though. The problem was resolved when an agreement had been come upon saying that no one was to be near Lykos except Clementius and the others from his pack. After all, Clementius was probably the only one that could stop Lykos and the only one he wouldn't fight. Even Lykos dind't know why that was, but he had always blamed his instincts in that matter.
It had quickly become apparent that even the wolves working together couldn't find a cure, so one of the alphas had proposed they joined the other clans. The series of fights that followed that were the bloodiest yet, and it was probably the first were their lives were on the line. Needless to say, it had only gotten worse when Lykos heard that they would be meeting in the land of the Sphynix. Lykos hated the cats and he believed that anyone that secretive could not be trusted. That was around the time when the alphas decided to gang up on Lykos in order to get their point across, and Clementius refused to help Lykos in the matter because Lykos had been asking for it with the insults he threw around at the meetings.
That matter settled itself quickly and led them to where Lykos is today. Only the pack alphas had come to discuss the plague, because to allow much more than the wolf pack alphas would result in a large majority of the shifters in the meetings being wolves. It was mostly the result of most wolf packs being relatively small, and the lone wolves were forbidden to come as well. The only wolf that arrived that wasn't an alpha was Lykos' beta. If Lykos dared to try to attack the other clan members at these meetings, he was quickly put down by the other alphas. They refused to let Lykos' action cause a war in this time of need. After the first meeting, it had been made clear that the only one around Lykos would be Clementius. That was the easiest way to prevent fights, though they still happened occasionally.
That brings them to where they are today. It was their second meeting and the leaders of each tribe were coming together to come up with a possible solution. A few common shifter had also come to watch the ordeal, but they had no say in this matter. In fact, anyone that would dare try to put their opinion out there that wasn't a leader was escorted from the room. Of course, the other leaders would probably be more than willing to listen to their pleas, but Lykos didn't think that anyone who wasn't a leader had much of a say. It was a common thought process among the wolves because the alpha always had the final word and should never be questioned. It just so happened that Lykos was a little more strict in that thought process and some of the alphas were more lenient in thinking that the others might actually have something good to say. That was why Lyoks hated the location of inside a building in the middle of town. In Lykos' opinion, few others would care to follow if they met far away form a town, but he had learned long ago that arguing with a majority was not a good idea.
((Info dump post. I'll get to the contents of the actual meeting next post probably.))