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"...are not known for entertaining honored guests. Or any guests, for that matter." - Captain Kenosh[1]

The Canid are a military race that boasts the "most powerful army" in the Four Kingdoms[2] Canid have believe the entire race should work as one machine, and have no patience for those who can’t deliver.[3] Canid patrols are known for their ruthlessness.[4]

History

The Canid originate from the Northern Wastes. The Canid invaded the Ermehn homeland.[5] With the help of Sunsgrove, the Canid brought the Ermehn down.[6] After driving the Ermehn out, the Canid renamed it Aisling.[7]

The Canid claim that the Ermehn, especially Sratha, cruelly oppressed them when they ruled Aisling[8] and that the Canid took Aisling back from the Ermehn.[9] The Canid definitely believe they own Aisling.[10]They also say that Sunsgrove’s intervention was the only thing that kept the Canid from being destroyed by Sratha’s armies.[11]

After the Canid drove the Ermehn into the Northern Wastes, they shored up their defenses along the border between Aisling and the Wastes, trapping most of the Ermehn up there. The Canid don’t tolerate Ermehn in Aisling and usually kill them on sight.[12]

They have been careful to remove all evidence of Ermehn civilization in Aisling, and still believe the Ermehn to pose a threat.[13] Accordingly, they are hunting down and destroying any Ermehn tribes they consider a threat, patrolling into Ermehn land to do so. It is a common practice for Canid to mount Ermehn heads on the walls of their garrisons.[14]

Biology

Canid Gender

Canid have keen senses and are capable of detecting slight movements[15] or of hearing conversation occurring on the ground when on a walltop.[16] They also have the ability to howl, the sound of which carries across valleys.[17] Canid have color-tinted eyes that are pretty consistently yellow or gold.[18]

They are twice as big as an Ermehn,[19] and have more endurance than most of the other species in the Four Kingdoms, as well as more weight to throw around.[20]

The differences between male and female Canid are more subtle than the other races. Female Canid are less scruffy than the males and have more delicate features, if not by much.[21]


Geographic Distribution

The Canid vacated the Northern Wastes to take Aisling.[22]

Some Canid live in Nessa, a city known for its diversity.[23][24] The racial tension with the Ermehn is greatly lessened among these Nessian Canid.[25]

One Canid has lived in Terria for at least a couple years.[26]

Culture

The Canid are ruthless[27] and humorless.[28] They dislike outsiders and maintain very few trails into their territory.[29]

According to Captain Kenosh, they are not known for their hospitality,[30] and have a 'nonexistent' sense of humor.[31]

Social Structure

The Canid have a very broad upper/lower class distinction,[32] called Alpha and Omega.[33]

However, relationships between Alphas and Omegas is not superior and inferior as much as it is trust in lineage, and the ability to further the Canid cause.[34] The Canid recognize the value of both classes and claim none is valued over the other, however many Alphas have a superiority complex and may or may not hide it well.[35]

Societal roles are established during puphood.[36] The Alpha-Omega class divide is usually permanent. However, exceptions happen due to extreme competence (or a lack of) and clever political maneuvering.[37] It is far more likely that the Canid in question will remain stuck in that trade for many generations.[38]

The best way for either class to command respect is to be good at their job. [39]

Alpha Canid

Alpha-Class citizens are high born warriors and soldiers,[40] and they are rooted out as pups so they can train.[41] However, family names and lineage only go so far for the Canid- without results, they will demote Alpha warriors to ditch-digging Omega if necessary.[42]

Omega Canid

Omega-Class citizens are in civilian trades[43] and menial labor. They are subservient to the Alphas.[44]

While an Omega's preference has influence on which trade they work in, ultimately it is up to the Alpha governors to determine who has what trade.[45] Alphas may also go out of their way to commission business from particularly skilled Omegas.[46]

Higher-ranked Omegas are entrusted with weapons and armor and lower caste omegas forced into manual labor.[47] To be a blacksmith at a place as notable as Deltrada Garrison suggests a degree of expertise in one’s craft, and being descended from along line, each doing the best to keep Deltrada well armed.[48]

A well known blacksmith is technically omega caste, but is one of the most well-respected omegas, and it wouldn’t turn too many heads if he gave an order to a low-ranking alpha, esp a younger one. Omega have full rights as citizens and can get the law involved when rights are infringed[49]

An armorsmith is one of the more highly-respected trades, and is always in high demand.[50]

Artists and Canid who run taverns are more examples of the Omega class.[51]


Some Ermehn have been enslaved by Canid as free labor in place of omega canid. However, it's not very widely practiced.[52]

Currency

The Canid use obsidian chips as currency.[53]

Law

According to Canid Law, no Ermehn may be present in Aisling.[54]

The Canid see the Treaty of Cenolau as more of a suggestion than anything else.[55] Their patrols in Ermehn land are a violation of said treaty.[56]

Music

The Canid like military marches with drums and singing. Their music tells of past memories or keeps the beat for marching soldiers.[57]

Notable Canid

Trivia

  • The Canid first appeared in the Prologue in a Felis scroll on Page 6.[58] Their first appearance outside the scroll was on Page 9. [59]
  • The Canid are based upon wolves. [60]
  • In their introduction page, the Canids represent rigidity, as a direct foil to the freedom of the Ermehn. [61]
  • The Canid border guard and Deltrada are inspired by the Roman occupation of Britannia and the outposts to separate “civilization” from the “barbarians”- ie, Hadrian’s Wall.[62]
  • Canid script is designed to be rigid and box-like.[63]

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 43
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9
  3. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  4. Alex's Commentary
  5. The World
  6. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 43- Alex’s Commentary
  7. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9- Panel Four
  8. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 42
  9. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 44
  10. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 44- Alex’s Commentary
  11. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 43
  12. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 53- Alex’s Comment on August 30, 2014, 3:34 pm
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9- Rachel's Commentary
  14. Fall of the Evyn-Din
  15. Fall of the Evyn-Din
  16. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 29
  17. Fall of the Evyn-Din
  18. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter 2, Page 8- Rachel's Comment: August 17, 2013, 5:50 pm
  19. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 17- Alex’s Commentary
  20. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 36
  21. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 44- Rachel’s Comment on June 15, 2014, 1:56 am
  22. The World
  23. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 10- Alex's Commentary
  24. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 1- Alex's Comment: November 2, 2015, 9:41 am
  25. The Adventures of Cain and Yurk, Page 1- Alex's Commentary
  26. The Land's End
  27. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9
  28. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 28
  29. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 43- Alex's Commentary
  30. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 43
  31. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 28
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Rachel’s Comment on February 22, 2014, 4:30 pm
  33. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  34. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  35. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Rachel’s Comment on February 22, 2014, 4:30 pm
  36. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  37. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  38. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  39. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Rachel’s Comment on February 22, 2014, 4:30 pm
  40. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  41. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  42. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  43. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  44. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  45. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  46. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  47. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  48. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  49. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Rachel’s Comment on February 22, 2014, 4:30 pm
  50. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41- Rachel's Comment: December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  51. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Commentary
  52. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 60- Alex's Comment: May 5, 2013, 10:51 pm
  53. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 23- Alex's Commentary
  54. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 60- Alex's Comment: May 5, 2013, 10:51 pm
  55. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 38- Alex’s Commentary
  56. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 38
  57. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 39- Alex's Comment: December 9, 2012 at 10:43 PM
  58. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 6
  59. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9
  60. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 11- Alex's Comment: February 11, 2012 at 9:52AM
  61. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 9- Rachel's Commentary
  62. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 22- Alex’s Commentary
  63. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31- Alex’s Comment: May 3, 2014, 8:29 am

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