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|Date of Founding||~2004|
Barbados is a major port for many European characters hoping to head to North America; most ships that head to North American coasts or Freetown have stopped here first.
Generally, canines that have come from any European city stop off in Barbados prior to sailing north to Freetown (or, alternatively, sailing north to some part of the Gulf coast and hoofing it). Many canines pass through this area in general.
- Solomon the Salamander, a feared slave-trader, was born and raised here.
- Imacai Kimaris, Citlali Kimaris, Miqui Kimaris, and Tlantli Kimaris passed through Barbados on their way from Eterne to 'Souls.
- Sastre family -- Dogs, traders.
- Kerseillea family -- Larger dog hybrid family, very prominent -- they generally work on the boats that come to port, offering repairs services.
- Max Klein and Amnesty Lykoi have settled here.
The island is 431 square kilometers (167 sq mi). The perimeter of the island is comprised of beaches to the western shore, with sharp cliffs to the eastern shore. The center of the island is nearly swampy and wet, though Barbados has been spared the worst of hurricane strikes thanks to its easterly location. Much of the viable land area is devoted to producing sugar cane, which is then used to produce rum. Some canines have continued the tradition. At least one pack living on the island cultivates cocoa beans. There are numerous other, smaller ports used by single families, however -- most of these are unable to sustain sea-faring vessels.
The largest port on the island is the port of Bridgetown, located on the southwestern coast of the island. Bridgetown itself is mostly desolate and in disrepair; the most prominent activity of the ruined town can be found around the docks, where canines gather to trade their wares. Two bars, specializing in the sale of various families' rum products and other alcohol, exist quite nearby the docks in renovated human buildings, as well as a building functioning something like a hotel, where Luperci can trade to be able to sleep in a single open room. There are very few other buildings still in usable, restored condition -- most have fallen to disrepair, though it causes the canines little trouble, as their sea traffic is nowhere near the amount of humans' traffic. The portion of the town furthest from the sea has reverted to its former swamp-like appearance, with many buildings half-sunken and submerged.
Beyond this, there is little wildlife on the island. There are no large ungulates such as deer; those living on Barbados must live on the various species of birds, European rabbit, and various small reptiles. Fish is also an important food-source on the island. There are a few domesticated animals -- horses are rather common on the island, as a small herd survived long enough for European Luperci, hopping from Carribbean island to island, made their way there to capture some of them. While seasoned locals do not find it difficult to survive on Barbados, most travelers coming across the island are unable to adapt, and quickly move on (or worse).
Pirates stop and chill here a lot, apparently. They also really, really like rum~! Although the island itself is sparsely populated, with only about 35 permanent residents, there is a consistent flow of canines to and from Europe through this area.
Most of the permanent residents are dogs and dog hybrids, though there is an extreme variation in blood as canines from various places make stops here. The dominant dog appearance is usually a thin, brown or yellow dog with erect ears, weighing approximately 50 pounds. Though far smaller than the average wolf, the dogs of the island have become a rather hardy breed.
All canines of Barbados are Luperci, and all canines live in their Optime forms. Their technology primarily consists of various plant growing and cultivation techniques, fishing expertise, and alcohol distillation. Boat technology on Barbados is controlled by one family, which has a rather tight but not unusually cruel monopoly on it among the natives. A few families cultivate the Pride of Barbados flower and produce products related to itsmedicinal uses. Still other canines harvest coral, bones, shells, and other natural bits for jewelry-making. Horses, cows, pigs, and goats are raised on the island, generally with only a few of each per family. Everything produced on the island is, of course, popularly consumed on the island, and everything except food is traded off to travelers.
Bajan Creole and English are spoken here, along with various other languages. Travelers not speaking either Bajan Creole or English may have difficulty communicating in Barbados, as few native residents speak other languages.
The primary port of the island is the Constitution River, where larger boats can sail upstream and dock. The bar and "hotel" are situated here, and three or four other small families live in other buildings, each in various states of decay. Other Luperci also make their home along this river, primarily fishing the river. Outside of this, most Barbados natives live in clustered, tiny families along the coast (excepting the rocky eastern coast), most of them utilizing small shacks and fishing the shallows of the ocean and growing sugar cane for their sustenance and traded goods.
- Many canines of this area wear jewelry from shells and coral. Bone is popularly used for beading around a leather core with colorful shells as highlights. Other types of jewlery are common and rather valued -- while most natives don't care about trinkets and so forth, pretty jewelry is highly valued and seen as a symbol of status.
- Piercings, tattoos, and other forms of body modification are commonplace.
Law and Relations
Barbados does not have a central system of law -- families function as individual units and work together in relative peace, with little friction or competition between families. Cooperation is valued, and although life is difficult in Barbaos, most of the canines living here live rather happy lives, free of friction. Travellers are regarded as silly outsiders with backward ways to be taken advantage of where necessary, though not made an enemy of. Violence is rare within Barbados, and when it occurs it is generally perpetrated by a non-resident.
Dogs survived from the end of humanity, growing into a hardy and fierce breed. European wolves arrived on the island in early 2004, and spread the human ways of life to the native canines, who had already discovered their Luperci forms. Some of the original wolves remained and interbred with a few families, though the population remains primarily dog.