The sun seems to have pressed snooze, and you see nothing but teasing rays of it, glistening off sticky cobwebs and branches. The pack suddenly starts its squealing fit of a morning greeting. Everyone, adults and teenagers alike, bound around in an organized chaos; licking and sniffing, jumping and cavorting; as if they'd not spent the night together in a pile. Everyone says good morning. Everyone says hello. And then, without fanfare, their playful leaps turn to calculated determination, their play turns serious. The leaders move into a trot, and a single file line of painted fur moves into a unified front. Every day in the bush is different, every spider and animal count a little less or a little more. But, every day in the life of an African wild dog begins the same way - a welcome greeting, and a plan. Rules: All BYC rules apply Whatever I say goes I'm the only one who can change the plot; if you have any ideas ask me first! No God moding and Power playing Please do not control anybody's character, it gets very annoying. Also, no characters that are impossibly strong and know everything; remember, these aren't ninjas! No perfect characters Your character/characters must have some flaws; nobody is perfect! Keep it PG-13 and below I really don't want to know any details when one of your characters mate and give birth. Be realistic An African wild dog cannot fight an entire pack without coming out with an injury. Also, wounds do not heal overnight; if your character has a broken bone it will take a week to heal. And lets be honest, one African wild dog cannot kill an adult zebra, antelope, wildebeest, lechwe, reedbuck or waterbuck on their own. They can however, hunt smaller game such as rodents and birds on a solo hunt. African wild dogs only! Have fun! Setting: Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a facinating and unique wildlife location. It is the worlds largest inland delta and situated in an extremely arid region that attracts great concentrations of diverse animals and birds. Packs: There are three main packs. But I will allow up to two or three smaller packs. Just ask me if you want to make one. Make sure you come up with a name for the pack and the alphas. Mapula Pack Alpha male: Alpha female: Sierra (Chickenpalz2) Beta male: Beta Female: Packmates: Kofi (Me) Astrid (Me) Obi (DarthLayer) Mia (Chickenpalz2) Omari (Me) Kala (DarthLayer) Foluke (Me) Omegas: Katrina (Bluebee) Zib Pack Alpha male: Bem (Me) Alpha female: Rocket (Aaisha) Beta male: Beta female: Packmates: Uber (98Luna) Skatter (crazy4horses) Omegas: Chitabe Pack Alpha male: Salim (Me) Alpha female: Beta male: Beta female: Zalika (Me) Packmates: Marzipan (cluckcluckluke) Sine (Me) Badru (Me) Zola (Me) Azaw (cluckcluckluke) Lila (DarthLayer) Onyx (DarthLayer) Omegas: Ranks: Alpha (1-2) There are usually two in a pack, but sometimes there is only one. These two are the breeding pair and the most dominant in the pack. They are the dogs that make all the decisions and rules. Beta (1-2) They are in charge when the alphas are not around. There is one of each gender, they may or may not be mates. If the alphas die they become the new leaders. Pup watcher (1) They have to watch the pups when the pack is gone. They are also held responsible if one gets lost or injured in their care. Healers (1-2) They have the knowledge of plants and natural resources to heal and even cure pack members. Packmate (unlimited) They are the subordinates within the pack and make up the main body. These are dogs that have reached 1 year of age or older. Omegas (unlimited) They are the lowest ranking dogs and are picked on by the others. Sometimes they are driven out of the pack if food is becoming harder to find. Omegas eat last. Form: Name: Gender: Age: Pack: Mate/crush: Family: History: Personality: Picture/description: Rank: Other: Username: African wild dog facts! The scientific name for the African wild dog means "painted wolf". No two wild dogs have the same markings, which makes them easily identifiable as individuals. Unlike many other species, once they reach maturity it is the males that stay within their natal pack while females migrate and join new packs. Pups that are old enough to eat solid food are given priority at a kill, even over the dominant pair. The dogs have a peculiar rather playful ceremony that bonds them for a common purpose and prepares each hunt. They start circulating among the other pack members, vocalizing and touching until they get excited and are ready to hunt. When feeding, they lack aggression towards each other and share the kill; even with members who may not have been involved in the actual hunt. The entire African wild dog pack shares responsibility for protecting the pups, with both males and females babysitting the young.