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In the last few years, a near forgotten figure from recent Silver Fang history has become one of the most celebrated werewolves in the history of House Wyrmfoe, not least for his parallels with his great-great-grandson Albrecht’s own life. The revelation of his tale has at last given the New World Silver Fangs a hero to rival those of the Old World.
A century before Albrecht was banished by Jacob Morningkill, Isaiah was banished from the same protectorate as the result of a disagreement with the sept’s Caern Warder and some particularly nasty political maneuverings. Unlike Albrecht he never returned. Morningkill was respected for his wisdom, his skill with the spirits and his unusual ferocity in battle for a Theurge. None of this was enough to save him from the petty politics of the day. After bidding a sorrowful fare well to his wife, he headed to the frontier and the west.
In the Old West, legends were made. Morningkill, a Theurge, was drawn by the terrible disruption that was tearing through the local Penumbra. He, along with a collection of Theurges from other tribes, eventually realized what was causing the problem: a mighty Wyrm spirit called the Storm Eater. It was Morningkill’s initiative to contact Theurges in the so-called Pure Tribes and he was instrumental in organizing all the tribes, both Pure and Wyrmcomer, against the spirit.
In those days, Morningkill became everything a Silver Fang leader should be: strong, focused, committed to the cause and taciturn to the point of terseness. Sometimes he traveled alone, sometimes with a pack, but when he visited a Sept, its members would be changed by his passage. Morningkill’s key attribute, though, was the ability to admit to the mistakes that European tribes had made in the once Pure Lands.
When a mighty Silver Fang lord was prepared to admit error first, it came more easily to the other tribes. In the end, Morningkill sacrificed himself for his tribe, for the West and for Gaia. When it became clear that one member of each tribe would have to die to defeat the Storm Eater, Morningkill knew that he couldn’t ask others to make a sacrifice he wasn’t prepared to make himself. As the climax of the Rite of Still Skies, Morningkill died alongside 12 other brave garou from the other tribes.
With Morningkill dead, the willingness of the European tribes to admit their mistakes faded. The story of his sacrifice was entrusted to only a few Galliards and passed from the common knowledge of most Silver Fangs. All that changed with the ascent of his descendent Jonas Albrecht to the throne of House Wyrmfoe. The work of the new king and his packmate Evan Heals-The-Past to reconcile the tribes in North America has been bolstered by the tales of heroes like Morningkill who were admitting their mistakes and working for the good of all over a century before.