Déorwine — the faithful

— Created by Cyprin, with help of Nami, Mutton, Summer & Aso


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the faithful

The High Elk is the manifestation of the Déorwine God, who represents life itself and part of it's creation. An epithet: he with a thousand horns, the guidance to a bountiful land. Though there is no gender, the most common referral is with 'he,' and yet interpreted different by all, and a unison there is not one gender that is correct. There is an acknowledgement that though other Gods may exist, the High Elk is the patron, to the Déorwine family, and who they trust above all else in faith.

They are forever sacred, as most elk and deer are to the wolves who follow the light. They view elk lovingly, but as well as deer as a more lesser species between the two. To them they are very similar except within size, and thus both are revered despite an inclination toward elk above the other.  Non-wolf followers are often referred to as Apostles, the High Elk's servants — and those closest to it in form. They are beloved and cherished, for the species are their direct twining in life, while the wolves with the Déorwine name are chosen followers, beloved by them. It can be said these wolves strive to be close elk and deer, are often deciphered similar in form, all except their wolven body and predatory habits.

The followers were once from a land dubbed as Kingslend, the size was fast for it contained many mountains, forests, plains and lakes (similar to yellowstone), and only their family of wolves, was within. Their ruler was often referred to as a King regardless of gender, and the partner, always being the Queen. However on July 4th 2020, the land became blazed with a fire, and the family is no scattered across the lands and realms.

Particularly though, they are known for colorism and general discrimination. As times goes on though the belief is often mixed and matched to the one who spreads its. However what is most known but varied, some way or another, white is a color that is to be wary of. Most vary within their prejudiced, though it is never completely gone. Each Déorwine differs in their belief, but may hold the other traditions and cultural traits true. This line does not follow to species outside of wolves, elk and deer.

Though like all religion, they are flawed, and can contradicting statements.

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Those who cherish the High Elk usually carry the Déorwine name, and it is rare for someone with the name to not know of their religion. Members of the religion usually carry warm brown pelts, but may also carry cooler tones. Beiges are often accepted, being a 'lighter' brown. Their eyes may vary between yellow, orange, and/or bright red, with near pink being a rare mutation. They are known especially to be tall and long-legged, but size may vary.

The Déorwine belief is that white pelts were once colored, but was stripped away by the High Elk. Some say it's the belief they are paying for the ancestors sins, and are closer to hell. Others may mention that the pelt is an omen, and a curse, for they are destined to do bad and follow that of darkness itself. It is the expectation that those who carry white to have the absolute devotion to the High Elk to appease them, and rid of their sins.

Black is an unspoken term that the elders have refused to have mention, and since the destruction of their homeland, it has been lost. Though it was said to be wary of them, do not approach and leave at bay — but as now the information is lost, it is often forgotten, and not mentioned as one of the colors to keep an eye out. This usually follows other colors as well, as many that are not 'brown,' as often mentioned as unholy, and unloved by the High Elk.

Wolves with red-hues are met with great skepticism, but treated better than those carrying greyscale coats. It is believed that they make good warriors because their red is believed to represent the blood of life. However, too much red may be interpreted as bloodthirst, and those wolves may be seen as barbaric rather than respected. The Blood Era was a civil war in Kingslend, as originally red-wolves were treated like slaves then of their own kind. The civil war led them to be free, and stand with them- but still a bit wary over. Even wolves of gold can be seen on the 'finer' side, but still met with a side eye.

hunting customs

The Déorwine wolves often rely on other prey besides elk and deer. For it is forbidden to hunt any that carry antlers. It is thought that these horns are blessed, and used as communication tools to communicate with the High Elk as they are the Apostles. For that reason, antlers are sacred to these wolves. A sin to even attempt to hunt one, though it is an exception when it comes to a specific holiday. They rely on the blessing to hunt, they believe those who are antler-less are sent from the High Elk, and that is it the permission to be able to hunt them. Each time a hunt is completed that of an elk or deer, one must give thanks.

Each part of the animal must be used — bones are thrown into the boneyard; antlers, when applicable, are cherished and used in ceremonies; the use of pelts may vary, but they are sometimes used as decoration or offerings. All which can be salvaged should be salvaged. This includes those found dead whether they are horned or not. 

White Pelts
Elk and deer with white pelts are to be immediately hunted down regardless if they carry a set of antlers. This is urged if they are completely white, though it is often debated whether those who only carry specks are to be hunted, and left to each wolf's digression.
Black Pelts
Elk and deer with black pelts are simply unspoken of. Seeing one is told to avoid at all cost, and should not be spoken in jest. Should one cross it's path, the wolf should not attempt to hunt or confront, but leave it alone, and alert the others of it's location. It is considered a sign of misfortune to see one.
Brown Pelts
Similar to the wolves, when they carry natural brown pelts it is thought they are blessed by the High Elk. This is the standard color and the one that warrants respect and praise. Though they count "white tailed deer" as beige then of white, and rarely refer to them as that name. Thus, they are unhuntable.

joining & naturalization

The Deorwine name is obtained in variety of ways. The most well-known is often simply to be born into, for regardless of pelt colors.. If one parent bares the name, their kin is honored to be given them as well. However this only counts when it comes to blood, and adoption does not follow suit, and must be earned like those who desire from the outside.

The name itself is not only obtained through blood and can be adopted through, even if majority are born into the culture. The imitation process is one that must be completed to be considered an official member and inherit the Déorwine name, to which then can be passed down to their own kin.

The process is that of the following—
One must find the King of the forest, he who carries the largest antler set, for that is the forests protector and leader. A wolf is to approach them in pure neutrality, for any other is considered dishonorable, even simple emotions such as joy and fear; hostility automatically disqualifies one. If the King of Elk or Deer become angry, the wolf has been rejected by the High Elk itself, and denied the name. Though if remains calm, the wolf has been accepted, and can be declared with the Déorwine name. Each prospective member may make two attempts, each of which must occur during spring.

It is called Elk’s Trial.


 Elk's Trial
Upon joining as a non-Déorwine, wolves are required to go through a ritual to evolve from a Wayfarer, to a Grazer. Only then will they officially be trusted as a DEORWINE. During this process it can happen during any of the seasons. A wolf must approach the king of the elks, and his behavior will determine whether of acceptance or denial. If they do not display hostile intentions, you are accepted.

 Pelalge Vows
Wolves which have confessed to another wolf their true feelings and intentions should find a elk pelt near-identical to their beloved’s pelt. The closer the coloration and design to the receiving wolf, the strong the proposing wolf’s feelings are believed to be. Upon acceptance of the proposal, the pair are wed under the Pelage Vows. The receiving wolf wears the pelt gifted to them, and the proposing wolf wears a collar of antlers.

 Floret Fest
The Floret Fest celebrates coming life, and is usually dedicated primarily to the Déorwine women for blessings of a successful birth. The day is spent coloring the ladies with various flowers, and the men with antlers. Women also have the option to join the men with the adorning of antlers, representative of the protection they will give to the next generation. It is a day of feast, and occurs at the beginning of breeding season.

 The Service
Funerals to the fallen — the day everyone takes the antlers upon their necks, and together, the closest to the deceased carry the body to the boneyard to rest amongst the elk bones. It is a day of Silence; before the service, everyone is expected to remain silent. Afterward, one may speak in honor of the deceased to relive memories shared.

 Wintertide Jubilee
The first snowfall is a day of fun times and prayers to be. It is hope before winter officially starts, that all of the Déorwine wolves will survive with blessings of food given by the High Elk during the time of scarcity. A large hunt occurs at night, but it is optional. Those who choose not to participate cannot eat from the cache for the day, as the meat is saved for the winter. This is the only time an antlered Apostle can be hunted.
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