Aleppo, Syria

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Culture
    1.   2.1  Species
    2.   2.2  Lifestyle
    3.   2.3  Structure
    4.   2.4  Religion
    5.   2.5  History
  3.   3.  References

Territory Statistics

StatusOPEN ?
CreatorLeah
Name Meaning"White"
Name OriginAramaic
Date of Founding~1989
Primary SpeciesDomesticated Dog
Luperci DominantYes
Population~5000
ReligionPrimarily Sunni Islam

One of the oldest continually inhabited cities of the world. When the virus spread, the Luperci simply rose up in place of the humans and took over in their absence.

1.  Description

The city is a densely populated metropolis, due in part to its popularity as a trade hub for those coming and going from Europe. No one owns the city, but many large groups (families, religious and militia) make their presence known here. Because of the city's location at the end of the historic Silk Road, newcomers are not looked down upon, but they are not really noted at all. There is an undercurrent of hostility towards those with jackal blood, however, as a direct result of the conflict in Jerusalem.

Though the humans are gone, the Luperci here have kept the buildings in good condition; many of the mosques and ancient sites are overseen by a literate group tasked with educating the public about their history. The markets are used daily. The only rundown portions of the city are the areas with industry, vehicles, and most modern structures.

Aleppo has a semi-arid climate. The average temperature rarely drops below 50°F during the warmer months, but can get as low as 30°F in December. During the summer, temperatures can reach 90°F and above. Because of the city's proximity to the Syrian Desert the rainy season is short, lasting only from December to Feburary; the total precipitation for the year is approximately 12-13 inches on average.

Aleppo skyline

2.  Culture

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The city is a melting pot of culture and converging trade lines.

2.1  Species

The population demographic has a wide spread ranging from dogs to the occasional, but rare, coyote. Dogs (~65%) are by far the most common, followed by Iranian wolves (~21%), Arabian wolves (~9%), and a smattering of local jackal subspecies (~5%).

Luperci

The majority of canines living in Aleppo are Luperci, though non-Luperci are not unwelcome (though may be disregarded). In the more extreme groups, females and young adults are barred from shifting to Optime in the presence of higher-ranked males.

2.2  Lifestyle

Language

Variants of Arabic, with the most common being North Syrian Arabic. English is known and learned for trading with the West, and many other languages can be heard on the streets.

Residence

The Luperci of Aleppo chose to live in the remains of human residences, in the old ruins, or on the outskirts of the city in small villages.

Technology

How adept are the canines of your area with old human technology? Did they bother to restore the human ruins, or are they simply living among the rubble? The most adaptive Luperci of the North American continent are roughly a Bronze Age level of prowess, with most areas populated by European and west Asian Luperci slightly exceeding them.

Market

2.3  Structure

No dominant structure. The Luperci here tend to create packs revolving around familial ties.

Law

There are few common laws known to those that enter the city. ((Work in progress))

2.4  Religion

If there is a dominant religion in your culture, you can describe it here. Consider their landscape (e.g., the Kiev wolves worshiping the river around their territory.) Describe their general belief system here -- what are the cornerstones of their beliefs? Do your religions follow a particular written text?

Deities

Are your characters monotheistic or polytheistic? Do they have minor god(s), if they're polytheistic? What about saints/spirits/angels/demons?

Symbols

Are any symbols pervasive in your religion (e.g., Christian cross, Star of David, etc). Think about what these things mean for your characters, and how these symbols are represented in your culture (e.g., perhaps residents get tattoos or markings in the shape of the symbols).

Religious Order

Are there priests, priestesses, shaman, religious leaders? How do they enforce the religious code, if there is one?

Practices

Do your canines have any particular practices, rituals, or pervasive beliefs? Perhaps the canines from your area are exceptionally superstitious. Ceremonies and the like can be listed here.

Ceremonies

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2.5  History

If there was a massive war or other large scale occurrence here, you may include it here, however, please keep in mind that these events don't have a lot of meaning for characters who did not originate from the place during that time. A generalized summary is much better.

3.  References

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