What is hierarchy? We see it every day in our common world. It is the organized categorized class and rank of all our societies. Where importance of who and what you are reigns high. Whether it’s fair to have it within our very existence, or whether we need it is unclear. But the structure of hierarchy is there whether we like it or not.
This is also certain in the animal kingdom among most animals . However I am referencing the hierarchy structure most commonly seen in real world wolf packs.
In the real world Wolves who are in packs live and breathe a hierarchy structure. Without it the socializing and the family structure of the packs don’t exist and they are just lone wolf wandering. The pack structure includes alphas, betas ,omegas lone wolves . Some researchers believe the hierarchy system within wolf packs don’t exist and that the alpha and beta only was constructed with captured wolves society rather than wild wolves societies . And that this concept was started by a man named Rudolph Schenkel who attempted to study the sociology of wolves. Although he was able to compare the wolf behavior with dog behavior the only problem was that he did not compare the wild wolf.
In wild wolves society the hierarchy structure most consist of a the nuclear family ; a mated pair of wolves and their children. And ordinarily with this a pack can consist of 6-8 wolves in a pack. And lone wolves are usually those wolves born from the mated couple who have grown up and wants to search or build its own pack. However , the lone wolf can also be an ousted member of the pack.
Based on my research on wolves I have created my own werewolf hierarchy structure for my werewolves in my work in progress novel During the Blue Hour .
There are four Caniniruh hierarchies within the hour series:
2 alphas(male, female
2 betas (male, female)
2 hunters (male or female)
2runners (male or female)
2 sentries (male or female)
PRESENT DAY HIERARCHIES
There are no subordinates among the adults in the werewolf community of Aquilum but are among the groups of yearlings and pups.
An individual Caniniruh, if not the alpha or beta already , cannot start their own pack. However they can challenge the alpha of their present pack at a formal ritual bluffing ceremony.
Ritual Bluffing Ceremony- is a political ceremony where Caniniruh choose to challenge each other for any hierarchal position and a series of ritualized fights and posturing. the challenged individual may choose to fight back, with varying degrees of intensity. The loser of such a confrontation falls to a lower rank and frequently challenges in the following year. The members of the pack that’s want to try higher rank must fight within the pack and wait until an official ritual bluffing ceremony.
Alphas- are the leaders of the individual packs or governor or founder of a Caniniruh village.
Betas- Are the second in command to a pack . But are usually the heir to the alphas of their pack. They can be challenged even though they are born to be an alpha. If they are challenged and loose they will have to fight to reclaim their birthright.
Runners – are Caniniruh soldiers of a pack or village. They can be considerate high ranks and as a type of police.
Sentries- are Caniniruh guards who guard the boundaries of their village and warn the alphas or kraldire that someone is coming . They are the only ones a able to use their howling for that purpose only.
Healers – are Caniniruh doctors who can heal Caniniruh and other beings with the saliva on their tong.
Den mothers or fathers- are Caniniruh teachers of the yearlings and pups. They take care and teach the yearlings and pups about who they are, their powers and their transformations.
Yearlings – are the teenage Caniniruh and young adult Caniniruh.
Pups – are the children and baby Caniniruh
Omegas- are the outcast of the Caniniruh the ones who loose at every challenge and has no way to redeem. No one are allowed to talk to them if they are proclaimed the omega.
Subordinates – are Caniniruh slaves usually only in the village New Canarius . They are the lowest in the hierarchy. And the subordinate are usually any Caniniruh who does not accept the Kraldire and listen to her rules. They are forced to work in the markets, build buildings for the Kraldire and work as beekeepers and work as house slaves and in the orchard. They can compete in the ritual bluffing ceremonies only if their alpha allows them to.
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