Mer Bleue Conservation Area

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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.   4.  History
  5.   5.  Notes

Mer Bleue was a conservation area in the time of humans, and it remains so -- presently, for wild canines untouched by the Luperci virus. It is one of the protected pockets of the non-Luperci lifestyle, and tends toward an overall feral culture even with the few shifters that live in the area.

Mer Bleue

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  • Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada
  • Status: OPEN. More Information
  • Languages Spoken: English, French
  • Archetype (Group): Small family packs, feral, traditional, non-Luperci paradise
  • Archetypes (Individuals): Feral wolves, dispersal yearlings, coyote loners

1.  Description

The main feature of the thirteen square mile conservation area is a bog. It lies in an old channel of the Ottawa River and boasts an unusual boreal-like ecosystem -- rare for this far south. The forests consist of beech, maple, spruce, and tamarack trees, as well as various other types of flora that have adapted to the bog's acidic waters. Wetland animals such as beavers, muskrats, turtles, and waterfowl are common, while the typical forest prey roam the woodlands.

Due to its history as a protected area, there is relatively little human influence in the land. Most of the conservation buildings and signs have been reclaimed by nature, often offering little more than crumbled half-walls as shelter from the wind. The hiking trails have been mostly overgrown as well, though some canines utilize them as paths. A boardwalk that used to stretch into the bog has since deteriorated and fallen into the water.

2.  Significance

Mer Bleue is not often heard of in more humanized areas such as Nova Scotia, but many non-shifters who end up in such areas can claim to have come from the conservation area.

The most notable family that originates in Mer Bleue is the Moineau family -- including members Vesper, Sparrow, and Jérôme. Many of these non-shifting canines have settled in Inferni, whose culture is slightly more welcoming than most of feral lifestyles.

3.  Culture

The overall culture of Mer Bleue is a feral one -- often called "barbaric" by Luperci, but arguably "natural" to its residents. The canines here act as canines did before the Luperci virus spread, relying on instinct and rejecting human concepts.

Other than its adherence to non-Luperci norms, however, there is no real sense of unity in Mer Bleue. Many small packs roam the area and consist generally of family groups (most commonly, a mated pair and their offspring). Small bands of non-relatives sometimes rise up for the point of survival, but there is generally no hierarchy beyond that of "normal" wolf packs.

3.1  Species

The two predominant species are the Eastern Timber Wolf and the Northeastern Coyote, which are most common in the eastern section of North America.

Formerly, most individuals were either one or the other species, but as xenophobia wanes and the walls come down, there is an increasing number of coywolf hybrids born. This is helped by the theories that the two species are already heavily hybridized, resulting in the large, social, wolf-like Northeastern Coyote and the slender, coyote-like Eastern Timber Wolf. The exact percentage of each species in one's blood is ultimately a wild guess.

There is little outside influence of species, as most canines from other regions barely stay and live in the conservation area -- though some subspecies will come up in bloodlines from brief liaisons with particularly adventurous individuals, which often contributes to the Luperci minority. Dog heritage is also rare in the non-Luperci population, but a few tiny families have traces of it from those few dogs whose bloodlines began before the virus struck.

Luperci

Isolated by chance from the original spread of the Luperci virus, Mer Bleue consists of mostly non-shifters -- though there is a small (and potentially growing) Luperci minority.

Within this minority, shifting is discouraged, and so most canines live a feral lifestyle in their Lupus forms. Treatment of Luperci varies, often, from pack to pack. Some of the non-Luperci view their shifting cousins as devils to be feared, or worthless and warped and held in contempt. Others treat them cordially. The predominant view is indifference -- at least until a Luperci claims that the non-shifters are "below" them, in which case that Luperci would be intelligent to flee.

3.2  Lifestyle

Language

The primary language spoken in Mer Bleue is English, with a sizable fraction of the population speaking French. Naming conventions -- such as surnames -- are generally influenced by both languages, with the conservation area's name claiming its origin in French.

Residence

Most of the population lives in the boreal woodland fringing the bog. Human shelters are generally scorned, though loners tend to seek out the half-crumbled remains of buildings for mere shelter against the wind. Small packs tend to be nomadic, sleeping in various places over their claimed territory, and border shifts are common to avoid conflict. Larger packs might lay claim to a particular hollow or old campsite as their "denning area," as they have the numbers to keep it protected.

Technology

Due to a lack of hands, the majority of the population does not utilize human technology, and most Luperci retain feral lifestyles and live on four legs. More civilized individuals might expand their skills to small, primitive skill sets such as crafting simple bone or stone tools, but at large the few Luperci are technophobic enough to avoid this natural progression.

Religion

Religion is rare in Mer Bleue, with the exception of occasional nature spirit worship or superstitious beliefs that vary from pack to pack. On a whole, organized belief is regarded as a human or Luperci concept, and belief in the supernatural usually ends once a puppy outgrows their mother telling them bedtime stories.

3.3  Structure

Individual pack structure might vary, but most canines have the same hierarchy that they've had for thousands of years. Most packs consist of a mother-father pair with their offspring; some parents might tolerate older offspring lingering around to help, but others enforce smaller packs.

Small, non-familial bands -- most common with coyotes -- form for the purpose of survival, usually during hard times where cooperation is an advantage.

Occasionally, families might make alliances with each other, and branches from a main family tend to be friendly. However, most packs only look out for their own.

Law

There is little law in Mer Bleue other than the law of survival. Pack members look out for each other, and loners tend to be on their own. Rarely are packs prideful enough to fight battles with each other over territorial claims or other grievances, and so the smaller group generally shifts their borders or changes their behavior to avoid unnecessarily conflict.

Individuals who cause offenses to other packs -- for example, a yearling from a family attacking the children of another family -- are usually dealt with by the harmed party, and ignored by their family. The perpetrator is generally regarded as foolish for breaking the peace.

Loners do not usually have a family to back them up, and so they are usually the ones who suffer the most.

Relations

Within Mer Bleue, each pack looks out for its own; there is no cohesive group for an individual to rebel against. The only time that the small groups come together is when facing off against outside forces -- such as natural disasters or non-canine predators. Alliances are generally formed if they're advantageous, and those alliances usually disband afterward. Individuals may be cordial to each other due to past events, but rarely will a canine side with an outsider friend over their family unless it happens to be two single canines who leave their packs to form their own family.

Outsiders, as nonthreatening individuals, are treated differently depending on each pack or individual. A loner might happily swap news with the Luperci trader coming through his hunting grounds, but another pack might chase off the same trader if they wander too close.

There are occasional brushes with outside canine threats -- such as Luperci who seek to take advantage of the resources in the land. This has happened on a large scale once before, with almost the entirety of Mer Bleue's population coming together to fend them off, but all but the veterans themselves tend to disregard this event.

Families

Family names are usually inherited through the father, though some mates prefer to pass on surnames by gender or any real mix. While families generally originate in a small, natural pack, young wolves who come of age will frequently leave to form their own packs and so link families together. Family names are not generally important to their holders, but they are a means of identification.

The families noted are generally linked together somehow. Contact Raze if you want to "adopt" or create a member of one of these families! They're all fair game -- and anyone is free to make up their own, as well. :>

  • Moineau: A now-large (by Mer Bleue standards) family of wolves and coywolves, spread thin through several generations. While many Moineaus have found a place in 'Souls, others still remain.
  • Nettletooth: Wolves known for reddish fur and sharp bites.
  • Brier: Rough around the edges, down-to-earth. Brothers Flax & Feverfew hope to make their mark in the family with their new litters.
  • Horne: An odd, tiny family of collie-type dogs who managed to avoid the Luperci virus.
  • Frost: Cunning family of coyotes.
  • Others: Genévrier, Laughingthrush, Blaireau

4.  History

Mer Bleue was isolated from the spread of the Luperci virus. No one could really say why, though it might have been a result of the area existing in Ottawa's greenbelt and a dash of pure chance. As such, there was very little that changed, and there have been very few notable events.

  • 2000: The one significant event in the conservation area's past is a conflict with a group of Luperci that has mostly fallen into legend. All of the sizable packs in the area banded together once it became aware that everyone was suffering from the Luperci attacks -- and so the packs drove out the group.
  • 2010: A famine follows an especially rough winter that leaves little prey for the wolves. Some larger bands of connected families form and venture to the outskirts of Mer Bleue to find food, with varying results. It eases when winter returns.
  • 2011: The Ironside Coalition forms -- a band of Luperci Verto previously rejected from their packs for getting the virus.
  • 2012: The Ironside Coalition hassles residents of Mer Bleue. They kill off the majority of one pack and cause minor trouble via isolated attacks and poaching on other territories, killing small throngs of non-Luperci unable to defend themselves. They disappear from Mer Bleue around autumn.

5.  Notes

Status

  • Creator: Raze — see Wiki page for contact information.
  • Status: OPEN.
    • Anyone may create characters originating from the area, or have their character stay in the area for some time.
    • You can also check out Raze's Adoptions to see if I have any available Moineau characters.

References

  1. Mer Bleue Conservation Area
  2. The Greenbelt
  3. Ottawa, Canada
Categories: Coyote | Coywolf | Moineau | Raze | Wolf