Basatiak

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Significance
  3.   3.  Culture
    1.   3.1  Species
    2.   3.2  Lifestyle
    3.   3.3  Structure
    4.   3.4  Religion
    5.   3.5  History
  4.   4.  References

Territory Statistics

StatusREQUEST ?
CreatorSilverfrost
Name Meaning"Wild Home"
Name OriginBasque
Date of Founding~1988
Agex years
Primary SpeciesWolfdog hybrids
Luperci DominantYes
Population~60
Religion--

Basatiak is an area in the far north. The Luperci there are large and thick-furred, many of which are dog hybrids of large breeds with some large wolf species mixed in. The area is extremely feral and not many humanized Luperci make it up there.

1.  Description

There are coniferous forests surrounding the area and a mountain ridge separating the area. It is close to the ocean and is very mountainus with frigid winters. There are little to no human ruins.

2.  Significance

If your area has a particular influence on 'Souls (e.g., a large number of immigrants come from this area, or a pack was founded on the basic beliefs of this area) write about it here! List any families that originate in your area:

3.  Culture

Extremely feral, the inhabitants do not partake in the "civilized world".

3.1  Species

Many large dog breeds mixed with large wolf species. Normally large mastiff dogs, mountain dogs, and livestock guardian dogs as these were the ones the people that lived there used commonly. The large species with thick pelts were needed to stay alive and

  • Example breeds: Caucasian Shepherd, Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Tibetan Mastiff, Benese Mountain Dog, Anatolian Shepherd, Malamute, Central Asian Shepherd, Pyrenean Mastiff, Transmontano Mastiff, Bucovina Shepherd Dog

Luperci

The Luperci virus was introduced when the humans there contracted the disease and their dogs acquired it from eating the corpses of their former masters.

The Luperci typically use their feral forms, particularly Secui because of the size and strength offered and many of the Betas use the form. Gammas often use their Lupus forms since it offers stamina. The Alphas normally use Secui though many use Optime. Most Epsilon stay in Lupus due to their arthritis.

Optime form is rarely used except for Alphas. The hybrids of Basatiak normally don't need there Optime forms unless necessary.

Often, those of Basatiak stay in one form for long periods of time and some just shift to one form and stay there. Many of those who favor a form may be hard-pressed to shift out of it. This may lead to problems later on.

3.2  Lifestyle

Language

  • The language there isn't quite a language. It is very rough-sounding and much of it sounds like growling and is very simple. Body language can often get the point across.

Residence

  • The Basatiak hybrids live in a large cave system in the side of a mountain. The caves are large and sturdy and cave-ins are uncommon. The beasts lay on the earth or use mosses and lichens.

Technology

  • None at all. The practice of keeping livestock, beasts of burden, using weapons, and wearing clothing is almost unheard of for the hybrids of Basatiak. They are likely to attack and hunt horses and have done so in the past. These humanized practices are often hard for the hybrids of Basatiak to grasp and many have never been presented with it before. Maybe in the past the hybrids have come in contact with humanized Luperci, but none are alive today to tell it due to their shorter lifespans.

Practices

  • Pack Hunts
    Typically, the pack will gather when the prey is found. A ritual of howling precedes the hunt before they pursue the prey. Often the swift Gammas chase the prey to be ambushed by the Betas. The Epsilon and Delta eat first after the prey is brought back to the den. Then the hunters eat after, typically the Gammas and a couple of Betas. Then Alphas and the other Betas eat next before the Omega eat what is left.
  • Mating
    During mating, often eager males may accidentally crush or injure females due to a size difference or large litters may kill the mother. This inadvertent natural selection has caused large size to be bred as only the larger females may survive.

3.3  Structure

The structure of Basatiak is feral and simple.

Alpha

The strongest in the pack, the Alpha can be of either gender and they are determined by a trial by single combat. Not always the largest individuals. They are responsible for decision making and leading the pack. Can number from anywhere from one to even six Alphas.

Beta

Betas are the largest Luperci in the pack and the protectors. They often are the ones that patrol the territory and do the heavy-lifting for the pack.

Gamma

Gammas are the quickest in the pack and often the hunters.

Delta

Deltas are the pups and the nursing or pregnant mothers.

Epsilon

Epsilon are the elders, normally anywhere from six to nine years old due to the large size present in the area.

Omega

Typically the smaller Luperci in the pack.

Law

If there is a dominant system of government—e.g., a monarchy, or a pack-like structure with alphas, betas, etc—you can describe it here. Remember that extremely large groups of Luperci are usually split into smaller sects of canines -- e.g., a structure with a few packs or families banded together under a common name, like Sobiratsya.

Relations

  • Tightly-knit and can be playful with one another. Mock fights are common and often a show of friendship between others.
  • Outsiders are almost unheard of, though the hybrids of Basatiak are highly protective of their home. Some outsiders have been killed by the Betas.

3.4  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?

Creation Legends

Are there any myths widely believed by the populations there regarding the creation of Luperci, the creation of wolves, the creation of that particular society? These are sometimes better to include than a detailed history—they're generally brief, fantastical, and easy to remember, and thus easy to pass from character to characters.

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

If your canines celebrate particular holidays or religious observances, describe them here. This space can also be used for the description of rituals and the like.

3.5  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.

4.  References

  • References are awesome!
Category: Silverfrost