Skills and Tribal Role
Storyteller, keeper of the dreamberries, spearman, hunter
Pike is the Wolfriders‘ happy-go-lucky howlkeeper, a fun-seeking and mischievous “keeper of the dreamberries,” always content with a roll in the furs and a sack of wine. Ready with a certain sarcastic insight that even a Go-Back would not mistake for intellect, Pike’s storytelling gifts nonetheless represent the memorious soul of a tribe given to forgetting. His love of the easy path–and for the intoxicating berries–remains unchallenged by the heartbreak that befalls him more than once. If a more thoughtful side to Pike’s character eventually emerges, its manifestations are yet uncommon; he has no grand ideals or desire for quests, and constantly needs to be told what to do. His initiative is generally limited to matters of sex, low humor, partying, sex, fighting, larceny, and sex.
The son of Rain the Healer, who tried to force recognition by magical means, Pike himself joked that the experiment went awry. Of his mother, nothing is known.
While named for his choice in arms, Pike’s greatest fondness is for the vision-inducing fruits that grew around the holt. An aficionado of Old Maggoty’s finest Dreamberry wine, Pike’s tolerance for less savory brews extends further even than Bearclaw’s; as a result, he is quite capable of causing and getting into trouble.
Though Pike lacked the magical potential guaranteed by recognized parents, the storyteller Longbranch discerned the boy’s interest in the howl and designated him as his successor. When the Wolfriders were burned from the Holt, Pike ensured the berries’ survival and was first to benefit from Redlance’s nascent plant-shaping power. In the languid Sun Village years that followed, Pike spent much time with Shenshen, the Sun Folk’s sauciest maiden, consoling her upon his departure.
When the Go-Backs Krim and Skot joined the Wolfriders, after the Palace war, Pike was drawn to their rough and ready cheer and the three soon became lifemates. Pike treasured deeply his new family, often seen fooling around and subjecting one another to good-natured ribbing and scrapping.
Pike is usually cheerful, but death has often dealt him heartache. During the Troll war, Pike had shared a dance with Vaya only to have her torn from his arms in battle. He discovered the remains of the tortured rockshaper, Mekda, abandoned in the snow. As the Wolfriders waited out the centuries after the Palace disappeared, he watched his family’s first child, Chiepar, die in infancy.
If seemingly unencumbered by the fact that his parents were unrecognized, Pike is certainly aware of it, and in the self-deprecation and fooling around may be found a measure of insecurity; despite Longbranch’s tutelage, it is not for many years after his mentor’s death that Pike is seen to fully adopt the mantle of howlkeeper. After the Wolfriders slept millenia to await the Palace’s reappearance, however, it is Pike who teases out his tribesmates’s dreams and unravels their meaning.
Nowhere have we seen Pike’s heart more wounded than by Skot’s death during the events of Shards, when his lifemates participated in the assault on Citadel Mound. Though far away, he knew of Skot’s death at once, and saw his shadow in the fire—a mystery that hints at the strange power of the elves’ psychic bonds. Reunited with Krim after the palace was restored, the two grieved for their departed third—and she told him that she was pregnant.
Krim and Pike subsequently joined Ember’s wild hunt, where they raised their son, Sust, to rambunctious adulthood. Pike often finds himself amusedly restraining his bluntly expressive lifemate. In the Wolfriders’ latest battle with the tyrant Angrif Djun, though, Krim seems, like Skot before, her, ready to prove to her lifemate the ultimate difference between Go-Back and Wolfrider.