ISML2009 #16(47-16)/Final #13(0-2)
Amidst the swaying sea of golden wheat, a feminine form of unearthly beauty can be seen. She is watching, her deep eyes pinning you down even from a distance.
A shrewd and ancient wolf deity, Holo is a step above the ordinary mortals who inhabit her land. But it was one of those simple people who moved her heart enough for her to settle down and take on the responsibility of a village's harvest god.
That is no longer anything more than a tale of the past, though. With time, people have outgrown the need for guardian deities. As a single faith takes over the lands by force, old gods like Holo are regarded only with suspicion and disdain. The wolf goddess understands that the hundreds of years of effort she put into protecting the humans have been forgotten, and she is no longer viewed as necessary.
With a heavy heart, Holo comes to terms with this lack of gratitude and prepares to set out on a journey to her roots. Loneliness likes company, though, and so she finds herself a traveling merchant to pester on the way.
She calls herself 'Holo the Wise' and is quick to prove her worth during their travels. Her years of experience have taught her an unlimited number of tricks, and she has no hesitation in using her resourcefulness to relieve the competition of their gold. She has expensive tastes, however, and a weakness for good food, particularly fresh apples.
Mature and a savant at times, Holo can change into a childish prankster in the blink of an eye. She needs the comfort of another by her side, but you never know when she's just fooling around. Well, nobody said taming this particular wolf would be easy.