Common Silverback Wolf
|Common Silverback Wolf|
|Official Name||Common Silverback Wolf|
|Common Nicknames||Grey Wolf, Wolf, Common Wolf, Timber Wolf|
|Habitat||Woodlands of Aloria|
Perhaps one of the most intelligent non-domesticated canines in Aloria, the Common Silverback Wolf has been a nuisance to livestock herders and farmers of all races. Being one of the most elite hunters in its categories, it is nearly uncontested in its dominance on the food chain, only being threatened by the sentient races. Without any natural predation, the Common Silverback Wolf population has spread across Aloria, being found on every single continent, but remaining especially common in areas with woodlands and mountains, which is the native habitat of this species. Recently, the value of their pelt has increased and the hunting of these animals has exploded from only farmers hunting them to hunters going out of their way to kill them and take their pelts.
The Common Silverback Wolf is generally thought to be native to many woodlands in Aloria, having been present in the Regalian Archipelago, Daen, Fendarfelle and the North Belt for as far back as scholars have been able to record them in those respective regions. Often times throughout history the wolves have been responsible for the lack of food for families that raise their livestock, as they saw them as easy prey. Now, with the spread of more commercial farming and livestock trade the wolves have less overall effect on the farming community. In remote regions, though, where families still rely on the livestock they raise for food, they are considered a dangerous threat.
The Common Silverback Wolf is rather large, being the size of a large dog. Its fur comes in various colors of grey, oftentimes with brown or black mixed within it depending on the area the wolf lives within. Down the length of its spine though, is a special reflective fur that is sought after by nobility and traders alike for its strange properties and also is the origin of its name. It stands at two and a half to two and three-quarters feet in height when measured from paw to shoulder, approximately the size of a Anglian Shepherd. When measured from muzzle to tail it is anywhere from forty-three to sixty three inches depending on the nutrition and sex of the specimen. It’s eyes are often found to reflect light back when a lantern is held up in their direction, and has saved many-a-traveller from a wolf ambush during the night. Their weight can vary, a healthy wolf can weigh up to eighty-eight pounds, but is often far less than that due to scarcity of food.
Males are often times physically larger than the females, though both are known to grow to their maximum size if they receive proper nutrition as a pup. The only way to tell a male and female apart is from observing their physical differences, observing mating, or taking a guess from the size of the animal. Males are also more common in litters than females, making it almost certain that any female wolf able to reproduce does so on their first chance.
Life Span and Development
The lifespan of a wolf begins when it is born into a litter, which generally has large pups but not many of them. The most ever observed being birthed was six, but generally is two or three depending on the abundance of food available to the pack. Over the next year the pup develops into sexual maturity, but generally does not breed until the age of two, when males depart from their packs, and females remain within their packs to be given off to another male seeking a mate. When raising pups, the pack settles in a den within the middle of their territory to raise the pups.
Wolves are generally considered to be too wild to be tamed, in some cases though, they have been. This often results in something called a “Tamed Wolf” and only occurs when a wolf of this species lives near a human population its entire life. They are still hostile, but are more approachable than other species of wolf or with those who live in the forest.
Territory and Groupings
Common Silverback Wolves are monogamous, meaning they generally find a mate and stay with them for their entire life, only re-breeding if the female dies. If a male wolf cannot establish a pack, when he departs from his own familial unit he will find another pack and mate with the daughters of the non-related pack. Such wolves are known as “Kassastella Wolves” and they do not establish permanent bonds with their mates. Wolf packs, which consist of an Alpha wolf (male), and then their mate along with the various degrees young ranging from pup to adolescent to nearly fully grown. They are territorial, males will fight if they come across one another’s territory and the winner keeps the territory. Though, the battles are not usually to the death.
- It is said a sailor once used the fur of a Silverback Wolf to divert a ship from crashing into the mainland.