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PostSubject: Wolf Terms and Behaviours    Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:11 am

The Munin:

When a pack member dies, the other members eat him or her. The dead wolf then joins the Munin, whose spirits act as guides, providing wisdom and sometimes power through those who possess the rare ability to channel them. The dead are not truly gone as long as the pack remains. (According to Norse legend Munin was the name of Odin's raven. Munin means "memory".)

Lupanar:

Each Lukoi pack has a special place of power called the Lupanar. During the full moon the pack assembles there and celebrates by shifting into their animal forms and hunting. The Lupanar is their primary gathering place, where meetings are held, traditions observed, formal challenges are made and succession fights are held. Each Lupanar is distinctive depending on the terrain and the pack personality. The Lupanar is also sacred ground, a place of magic, tradition, and where the Munin draw together and share power

Lukoi:

this refers to anyone who is a werewolf. Werewolves call themselves the lukoi in honor of King Lycan of Arcadia, who was openly a werewolf.

Ulfric:


The Ulfric, is the highest alpha of the pack, and is responsible for ruling it and governing his (or her, though a female Ulfric is rare) territory. The only way to become Ulfric is to kill the previous Ulfric or make him step down, along with gaining the respect of the old Ulfric's supporters to maintain order within the pack.

Lupa:


The Lupa is the Ulfric's mate, and thus automatically the second highest ranking member of the pack. Usually she's an alpha, but not always the most dominant female of the pack. Many times she is the Ulfric's wife, as the head Alpha mates for life.

Fenrir:

Fenrir is the challenger to the Ulfric. Only after a wolf has risen to the title of "Freki" can one declare himself Challenger to the Ulfric. You lose the title of Freki once you claim yourself as Fenrir by announcing your intentions to become Ulfric. Unless the Fenrir can convince the Ulfric to step down, one of these two must die.

Freki and Geri:

The Ulfric's two second in commands, though it is understood that the Freki always ranks higher than the Geri. Sometimes a pack will only have a Freki,
depending on the number of wolves.

Sköll and Hati:

The 2 head enforcers of the werewolf pack also double as bodyguards for the Ulfric. The Sköll however is more dominant to the Hati.

Bolverk:

The Bolverk is someone who does what might be considered evil deeds for the benefit of the pack. This may include something as simply as deception or as serious as murder.

Vargamor:

A Vargamor is a wise woman for a werewolf pack. Most packs have stopped having a Vargamor as they consider it old fashioned.

Eros and Eranthe:

There primary responsibility appears to be training new wolves to handle their beast during any situation. Eros is male and Eranthe a female.

Freyja:

When a Lupa wishes to reject or piss off her Ulfric, she declares herself Freyja. The Lupa first cuts the chest of the Ulfric then her self just over her heart. She then says: "Your heart to mine, mine to yours. Lupa to your Ulfric. But not to your bed nor you to mine." When the knife is thrust into the ground power and the Munin burst forth affecting every male werewolf in the vicinity. She concludes, "Catch me if you can, my Ulfric." The Lupa runs until one of the werewolves catches her and mates with her. Changing into a wolf before mating is instant disqualification.
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PostSubject: Re: Wolf Terms and Behaviours    Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:15 am

Here are so helpful wolf behaviors to keep in mind (mainly for new rpers who want to play a lycanthrope)

Body Language


Nuzzles or Nuzzling: This expression/action is used when greeting others, or as a submissive act towards a higher ranking wolf.

Licking: Is an action used while greeting as well, and as a submissive posture. Normally lower ranking wolves will lick up at the higher ranking wolf under their chin, or on there muzzle.


Ears: Are very important to a wolf's survival. They use there fantastic sense of hearing to hunt down prey, listen for danger, etc. They can hear up to many miles away.


Teeth:
Their large K9's extend up to 2 inches in length. They have a total of 4 K9's. Two in front and two on the bottom. These are used to ripe through tough hide and raw flesh. With their molars, they can crush the thigh bone of a moose.



Submission:

This gesture is one of friendliness, harmony, and the most expressed. This is a displacement of the lower ranking wolves within the pack. To show the wolf knows his/hers place and rank within the pack. A wolf showing submission will normally display, ears pinned back licking up at the dominate wolfs chin/muzzle, tail tucked or held low, head held lower then the dominate, and maybe a slight whimper

Passive Submission:
This gesture is displayed, as well as performed, by a higher ranking wolf ((i.e. the Alpha or Beta)) showing authority upon or to a lower ranking subordinate wolf. This is to show the higher ranking wolf that he/she knows his/her place within the pack. A wolf will normally display "passive submission" by rolling on his/her back showing their underside, tail tucked in between his/her legs, with ears pinned back. This is for more EXTREME cases of submission. This type of submission doesn't happen often within a wolf pack, because there is a lot of bonds and understanding between the members of the pack. A wolf displaying PASSIVE SUBMISSION, will immediately move onto their back showing their underside, tuck their tail in between his/her legs, ears pinned back, and neck reveled to the more dominate wolf ((normally an Alpha)). The reason why the subordinate shows their neck, is the more dominate wolf can chose whether or not to attack, or accept the Passive submission. The paws are drawn into the body. This posture is often accompanied by whimpering. When the subordinate wolf is ready to submit, it will lie on the ground and expose its side and belly to the alpha wolf. The wolf may also urinate. This act is called passive submission, and the alpha wolf will accept it as though it were an apology.


Active Submission :

During active submission, the entire body is lowered, and the lips and ears are drawn back. Sometimes active submission is accompanied by muzzle licking, or the rapid thrusting out of the tongue and lowering of the hindquarters. The tail is placed down, or halfway or fully between the legs, and the muzzle often points up to the more dominant animal. The back may be partly arched as the submissive wolf humbles itself to its superior; a more arched back and more tucked tail indicate a greater level of submission.
If a subservient wolf tries to resist the authority of an alpha wolf, the alpha will try to get the subservient wolf to submit. Sometimes, the alpha will only need to give a stern stare to the rebellious wolf. The dominant wolf may have to growl and bear its teeth at the rebellious wolf or it may crouch on the ground as if it were going to pounce on the offender. A dominant wolf may also hold the muzzle of a subordinate wolf to assert its authority A dominant animal may also place its front paws across the shoulders of a subordinate animal or try to stand over it to assert its authority.

Dominance :

A dominant wolf stands stiff legged and tall. The ears are erect and forward, and the hackles bristle slightly. Often the tail is held vertically and curled toward the back. This display asserts the wolf's rank to others in the pack. A dominant wolf may stare at a submissive one, pin it to the ground, "ride up" on its shoulders, or even stand on its hind legs.

Anger :
An angry wolf's ears are erect, and its fur bristles. The lips may curl up or pull back, and the incisors are displayed. The wolf may also arch its back, lash out, or snarl.

Fear :
A frightened wolf attempts to make itself look small and less conspicuous; the ears flatten against the head, and the tail may be tucked between the legs, as with a submissive wolf. There may also be whimpering or barks of fear, and the wolf may arch its back

Defensive :
A defensive wolf flattens its ears against its head. It may also bare its teeth or snap if another wolf comes to close.

Aggression :

An aggressive wolf snarls and its fur bristles. The wolf may crouch, ready to attack if necessary.

Suspicion :

Pulling back of the ears shows a wolf is suspicious. The wolf also narrows its eyes. The tail of a wolf that senses danger points straight out, parallel to the ground.

Relaxation :

A relaxed wolf's tail points straight down, and the wolf may rest sphinx-like or on its side. The wolf may also wag its tail. The further down the tail droops, the more relaxed the wolf is.

Tension: An aroused wolf's tail points straight out, and the wolf may crouch as if ready to spring.

Happiness :
As dogs do, a wolf may wag its tail if in a joyful mood. The tongue may roll out of the mouth.

Play:
Wolves also use different gestures to ask each other to play. When a wolf wants to play, it will approach another wolf and it will bow down with its front feet on the ground and its rear in the air with the tail wagging. It may also wipe its paw against its face. If the other wolf wants to play, it will approach the initiator, who may then stay in the crouched position or who may then bound away. The two will play fight or chase each other until they are tired. While wolves play, they may growl at each other playfully, let out loud, high-pitched dog-like barks, or gently bite and nip each other. Wolf pups are very playful, and adult wolves occasionally will play. During such relaxed situations, exceptions to the normal pack hierarchy often occur. For instance, during play, a dominant wolf may behave as though it were subservient to a lower-ranking wolf, and a subservient wolf may appear to be dominating a higher-ranking wolf.
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