When I first started to do my research for my work in progress werewolf novel During the Blue Hour I did research on actual wolves. I talk more about this in my first podcast episode PODCAST #1.
My findings led me to each wolf species ( I’ll write another post about the many different types of wolves) having a scientific name. And so I decided that it would be cool to have the werewolf pack names based off the scientific names of real wolves. I mean I’m not the first person to probably think of the idea. But I found it as being an original idea and concept for my novel.
REAL WORLD RESEARCH
Arctos is short for the scientific name Canis lupus arctos. Which is known as the Artic wolf, white wolf or polar wolf. The arctic wolf is a sub-species of the grey wolf canine species. They are bulkier than the grey wolves, often weighing over 100 pounds. They are usually native to places like North America, Canada , Greenland and Alaska.
It’s kind of interesting that also the Arctic wolf is not afraid of humans. In Canada they are said to go up to humans and follow them curiously. However, there were instances of wolf attacks on humans. Researchers came to find out after killing one of the wolves because it attacked one of the humans that the wolves are susceptible to getting rabies. Therefore, the Arctic wolf only attacked the human because of rabies.
Their migration movements have been said hard to track due to climate. It is also said the arctic wolf had faced threats of extinction in the mid 90s. But are not in any threat anymore unlike the grey wolf. So there is no conservation concerns because they live in such an isolated region and they can live up to 7 -10 years. They have proportionally smaller ears and they can survive in some of the coldest places on earth due to their thick coats .
IN THE WIP NOVEL DURING THE BLUE HOUR
In my novel to keep it small and not confusing I refer to only 3 main werewolf packs; Arctos, Orion pack, and the Apennine pack. The Arctos pack in my novel During the Blue Hour is the main pack and protagonist. They stem from one of the Ancient wolf packs of the 1st world that were divided and given it’s name by the wolf god Courian .
A lot of the prominent main characters that are in my novel descend from the ancient wolf pack Arctos. In the work in progress novel , the Arctos pack however, is nearly exterminated by the Kraldire Werewolf Council. However is survived by my main character Sirena and three other teenage werewolves. They are classified as the last Arctos Yearling Pack.
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I have a novel concept video that goes more in-depth on the Last Arctos Pack if you would like to see it. THE LAST ARCTOS PACK Novel Concept short film 6
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What scientific names have you researched that you use when writing your novel?
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