North Boston

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  • Location: Northern half of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Status: REQUEST
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Influences: Culture of domesticated and feral dogs of the human era.
  • Archetype (Group): Junkyard dogs, ferals, city dwellers, vagabonds, rogues
  • Foundation: ~2001
  • Species: 100% Dog
  • Population: 70 - 90
    • Formerly upwards of 180 before 2013

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Area
  3.   3.  Families
    1.   3.1  Blackrust
    2.   3.2  DeSoto
    3.   3.3  Gray
  4.   4.  Bands
    1.   4.1  East Side
    2.   4.2  The Boar-tooth Band
    3.   4.3  Jigsaw Glade
    4.   4.4  Grayson-Borough
    5.   4.5  The Scrapyard (defunct)
  5.   5.  History

1.  Description

Once a bustling human city and the heart of New England, Northern Boston is now home to dogs. Having driven out any semblance of "the wild" canines such as coyotes or wolves a long time ago, the city is the dogs' for the keeping. Species bias has since relaxed some, but not much has changed by way of demographics.

The dogs of Boston were primarily descended from pet dogs, although ferals and strays in the city certainly contributed. Small dogs, such as toy dogs, and overly-large dogs died out quickly; however, those which were able to hunt and provide for themselves thrived, and eventually naturally divided into various families that held traits of their respective groups. The prominent three families only make up about a third of the population in Northern Boston, however, with the rest being comprised of family-less mutts of all shapes and sizes.


2.  Area

The former grand city of Boston has quickly fallen into disrepair, although the quick uprising of dogs after the humans died off allowed the city to stand in slightly better shape than it would have if left alone. Towering buildings and humble abodes alike are scattered across the former hub, rich with secret spaces and remnants of humanity. Much of the city's hidden treasures have been pilfered, but with a city of Boston's size and intricacy, a few vestiges will always remain.

Surrounding Boston are dense woods, easily overgrown after the fall of humanity. Small suburbs have been taken over by nature, and the green is teeming with prey life, easily able to sustain the dogs of the city. Much of this area is neutral territory, and the bands have agreed to share it - however, some of it is still claimed for home or hunting.

3.  Families

Although many in Northern Boston have no lineage and are simply a ragtag group of mutts, there are a few prominent families that are spread across the city. All families, regardless of their primary breed influence, have mixes of other breeds in them as well.

3.1  Blackrust

The Blackrusts are a family whose name was first coined by their previous leader, Fang Blackrust. Once a large, dominant family in the city, now the size middles as many of their members have moved away. Their heritage is largely comprised of large, heavyset working-group dogs, such as the Doberman, Rottweiler, Beauceron, Pitbull, Akita, mastiffs, St. Bernards, and other various dog breeds.

3.2  DeSoto

The DeSotos are currently the largest family in Northern Boston, with at least two members in each band - their primary band, however, is the East Side. This family is heavily influenced by medium-sized athletic dogs in the hound and sporting groups, such as foxhounds, Beagles, Bloodhounds, Coonhounds, setters, and spaniels.

3.3  Gray

The Grays are a smaller family with members in only a couple bands, but primarily in Grayson-Borough. This family desccends from various thick-furred herding-group dogs, such as sheepdogs, shepherds, cattle dogs, mountain dogs, and collies.

4.  Bands

4.1  East Side

East Side is the largest band, home to some twenty-odd dogs. They claim the northern tip of Boston, spread out across old suburbs that melt into towering skyscrapers the closer one gets to the shore. This band is rather laid-back; travelers roam in and out at leisure, free to stay for a while as long as they don't cause much trouble. East Side is home to many of the Desoto family, as well as a few Blackrusts.

4.2  The Boar-tooth Band

The Boar-tooth Band, a once rowdy and vicious band of large mutts, has since become more calm (although no less territorial). Their claim is largely forested area, although they also roam the western parts of the city and many of their members choose to live there, only roaming into the green to hunt. They are the second largest band in the city, and are home to many of the remaining Blackrusts as well as some of the Gray family.

4.3  Jigsaw Glade

Jigsaw Glade is the smallest active band in the city, and is home to many of the DeSoto family as well as other medium-sized dogs. They stay in the outer portion of the city, claiming much of the surrounding forest instead, and are none too sociable with the other bands.

4.4  Grayson-Borough

Grayson-Borough is the third largest band, although not by much. They're home to many of the Gray family, and are perhaps the most laid-back of the bands, happy to allow wanderers to stay in their territory as long as no fuss is kicked up. Much of their claim is city - rolling suburbs and the bustling downtown of Northern Boston is where Grayson-Borough lays its paws.

4.5  The Scrapyard (defunct)

The once-home to most of the Blackrust family, and once the second-smallest band in the city. In its hay-day, it was a rowdy and wild band of dogs, right in the heart of the financial district, laying claim to most of the tallest and most intricate buildings around. Once relaxed and open to travelers, the recent war has left this area abandoned, although the general territory is still referred to as the Scrapyard.

5.  History

From the pet dogs of Boston grew the families of Boston as well as countless other mutts that quickly claimed a portion of the metropolitan area for dogs, and no one else.

Due to the smaller nature of dogs, small game was enough to sustain the dog bands of the city, and ventures into the nearby forests for larger prey was common. The city provided its own, too, in the form of valuable scavenged goods to be used for trade. The dog gangs, although having periods of peace, also had periods of high tensions - things grew to a head in late 2012, when scraps over hunting rights, territory, and scavenging rights were heard of nearly every week.

Eventually, with tensions running high within the city as a drought rendered prey scarce,, war broke out amongst the dogs.

The war was short and brutal - the dogs, having been angered and weakened already by hunger, quickly tore each other to shreds in frustration. Many of the city's dogs died or fled in the ensuing fights. Eventually, whether from weakness or grief of their lost ones, the dogs ceased to fight.

Only slightly more than half of the city dogs remained, and though tensions were thick in the following months, eventually with less competition and increasing resources, relations between the bands grew more friendly. Now things are almost as they were in the peaceful days.

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