Déorwine (The Faithful)

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


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the faithful — beliefs

The High Elk is the manifestation of the Déorwine god, who represents life itself and all of creation. An epithet: he with a thousand horns, the guidance to a bountiful land. He is  forever sacred, as most elk and deer are, to those wolves which follow his light. Mortal, non-wolf followers of the High Elk are called Apostles, his servants; the closest to him, aside from his followers. The followers were once from a land called Kingslend, the size was many mountains, forests, plans and lakes (similar to yellowstone), and only their family was within. There the ruler was called a King! Regardless of gender, and their partner was always the Queen. However, on July 4th, 2020, the land became blazed with fire, and now the family is scattered.

Though known for colorism and general discrimination, as the time goes by, the belief has gradually dwindled down. As more appear within Canis, they have a tendency to not believe in such superstitions, but may hold the other traditions and cultural traits true. Most vary whether they believe in the prejudiced, though it is never completely is gone.

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the faithful — appearance

Those who cherish the High Elk usually carry the name Déorwine, and not many without the name 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. Size may vary.

Déorwine wolves are normally found in forest terrains, where white, grey, and black coats are rare and seen as an omen, or curse. It is believed white colors are to be caused by a stripping of color done by the High Elk, as a mark of sin and curse. Those born with these coat colors are expected to have absolute devotion to their god to appease him. While white is one is born with, it is the belief that their ancestors caused these deeds, and the sin to be passed down. For some, they believe that the 'white' is a warning for a prophesied day, for when the cursed one will sin and cause disharmony. It is a great dishonor to have one be born with such colors. 

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.

the faithful — hunting customs

The Déorwine wolves rely on the High Elk’s blessing of food, typically ungulates (hooved animals). Those without horns are seen as being blessed, or sent from the High Elk with permission to be hunted. Each time a hunt is completed, particularly of an elk, 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.

Antlers are a sacred object to the Déorwine wolves. It’s believed that elks use their antlers to communicate with the High Elk, and therefore, those with antlers should not be hunted. If a stray antler is found, it is considered a blessing, and the wolf which found it is encouraged to keep it. Though it lacks its power, it is a relic to the wolves, and allows one to feel closer to the High Elk.

Elk Coat Color

Black Pelts
Elk with black pelts are simply unspoken of. Seeing a black elk is to be avoided at all costs, and should not be spoken of in jest. Should one cross paths with a black elk, they should not attempt to hunt or confront it, but leave it alone and alert the others of its location. The Elders teach this, but not many know why. It is often considered a sign of misfortune to see a black elk.
White Pelts
Elkwith white coats are to be hunted immediately. They are perceived as having the same misfortune as albinistic or leucistic wolves, and should be treated the same.
Brown Pelts
Similar to wolves, elk with brown, neutral toned coats are believed to be blessed by the High Elk. This is the standard pelt color, and the only one which warrants respect. The more neutral ones pelt, the better.

joining & naturalization

The Déorwine name is not only attainable through blood, but can be adopted, though the majority of followers are born into the religion. There is an initiation process which one must complete to become an official member through inheritance of the Déorwine name.

The process is as follows: one must find within a herd the stag with the largest antlers — their leader. Then, the wolf must approach him, and its reaction must be observed. If it becomes angry, the wolf has been rejected; if he remains calm, the wolf has been accepted, and can take 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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