Brighthope Begins His Warrior Training
John now addressed by his new clan name "Brighthope" begins his warrior training. As an officially a ranked member of Aurora Clan , he begins his apprenticeship learning the basics of survival in the forest starting off with the skill of scenting locations and animals.
Forest Rangers Look For Missing John
After the first forest ranger sighting the day prior its suspected a search for the missing child is underway. This is confirmed when more forest rangers show up in the forest calling John out by name prompting him to go into hiding until their search ends. Additionally, the rangers presence deep in the forest causes a strain in his relationship with some of his clanmates.
John Catches His First Prey
After a few rounds of hunting training with Longstar, John catches and kills a bird marking his first contribution to the fresh kill pile. But not without the expected difficulties involved with asking a nine-and-a-half year old to kill an animal with his bare hands. The experience making him doubt himself, and later hunting obsessively to desensitize himself from the unpleasance of killing animals for food.