Tejada Family


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  • Creator: Despi
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  • Species: Coyote 1
  • Origin: Rattler's Gulch, USA
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Surname: Spanish, Locational of the town Tejada, possibly derivative of the word 'teja' (roof) tile



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  1.   1.  Culture and Heritage
    1.   1.1  Husbandry and Once-Migratory Lifestyle
    2.   1.2  Religion and Superstitions
    3.   1.3  Influences
  2.   2.  Physiology
    1.   2.1  Color
  3.   3.  Genealogy
  4.   4.  Icon

The Tejada Family is a small family that was at one point operating from a small settlement by the name of Rattler's Gulch. When the ranchers were overrun by a nearby wolf-dominant band, what little remained scattered, only to bond together and join up with a coyote-run gang by the name of the Drygrass Posse, which dwindled sharply in number as they fled northeast to escape persecution. The Posse bolstered its numbers in time to deal with their pursuers, and went on to help found the Del Cenere Gang.

1.  Culture and Heritage

1.1  Husbandry and Once-Migratory Lifestyle

Whilst no longer transient, the Tejada family used to have a somewhat migratory lifestyle with trading merchant bands, venturing from Rattler's Gulch along routes venturing as far as Baja, California, and had peppered influence over settlements along said route. One thing remained constant though: the family has an immense affinity towards the beasts of burden that shared their lives. Horses and oxen have always played an integral and important part of daily life - and Tejadas have always formed close bonds with their equine companions, mourning their deaths oftentimes as they would a family member. These animals are often given the same burial rites, and are painted with bright red or yellow pigments or decorated with flowers during holidays or culturally significant events.

1.2  Religion and Superstitions


The Tejada family is not expressly devout or pious in its teachings, however, while bordering on atheism now, they used to be practitioners in the Catholic faith and belief of a single Abrahamic god. Imagery involving Catholicism or biases are still mildly prevalent.

Celebration of Life and Death

Regular practitioners of Día de los Muertos - Each household is wholly expected to have or build an ofrenda that lingers year round that hosts the belongings of family members' past to honor their memories - provided family continues to remember the lives and memory of deceased members, they believe that the soul will continue living on in the afterlife, and on Day of the Dead, the soul will return to the household while the 'veil' between life and death is thin. Ofrendas are often decorated with ceremonial Marigolds - The pathing of petals or placement of petals designates pathways that the dead's souls may traverse. Depictions and imagery of bare skulls or painted skulls are references to calavera. Family horses are also decorated accordingly with pigmented pastes for the occasion.

1.3  Influences

While small, and meager, the family name of Tejada can often times apply to those without the surname - Well-bonded friendships and adoptions are common, as there is emphasis that "found family" is just as much a bond as blood is. Those without families, or refugees of destroyed homes, are often times welcome into the fold, and when the time comes, there will always be space on the family's ofrenda.

The Escuella Family

The Escuella family and Tejada family shared roots in the now-defunct Rattler's Gulch community - in the wake of its destruction, Calhoun Escuella and Evelyn Escuella reconvened with Santiago Tejada, and were seemingly all that remained. Throughout their combined hardships, the Escuellas were, more or less, brought beneath the Tejada family umbrella.

Del Cenere Gang

The Tejada family had a hand in the foundation of the Del Cenere Gang, and helped to fuel its initial entrepreneurial efforts.

Honorary Tejadas

Additional Surnames
The surname 'de la Cruz' was given to Santiago's first son, Calhoun as a further nod to the child's late uncle (and Santiago's best friend) Calhoun Escuella's title of "The Reverend" in the Drygrass Posse.

2.  Physiology

2.1  Color

Fur Color
The Tejada coat is very stereotypical of their coyote heritage, and given the warmer climate subspecies that comprise their bloodlines, it grows in plush come winter, only to blow out to a sleek, sparse summer coat (oftentimes bald or thin at sensitive skin areas like the armpits or inner legs). Patterns are typically in line with sandy or cool gray agouti colorations.

Eye Color
Tejada eye colors are typically pale, most commonly ranging from green to pallid yellow. Orange and more vibrant gold eye colors were introduced with the Escuella bloodlines. Very rarely do individuals carry dark-colored eyes, ranging from deep forest greens to chocolate or coppery browns.

3.  Genealogy


  • Tejada contributing family members are denoted in bold.
  • Strikethrough indicates a deceased family member.
  • Italics indicates an adopted family member.
  • A bold, red x indicates a non-consensual litter.
  • Adoptable individuals will be marked with an asterisk*.
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First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

4.  Icon

Coyote Skull with Marigolds
  • Icon can only be used if given permission by Despi.
    • Tejadas that carry the icon must be a part of the Tejada family, either by birth or by adoption of a Tejada contributing parent.
    • You must purchase your icon via game points, Word of the Day, the 'Souls Store, a contest, or something similar.
    • The icon must not be altered from its original state in any way.
    • The only acceptable hover for the Tejada family icon is the following:
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