Flora/Fauna Contest
Flora/Fauna Contest
If you have read over the guide, you'll notice that our flora and fauna portion of the page is very much still brimming with filler text, rather than content. Instead of creating our own flora and fauna, staff has decided to host a contest where players can come up with different beasts and plants of their very own. Those who have their entries selected will be given various shop items as a reward. However, we do have a few prerequisites that must be followed in order to have your entry accepted and are as follows:

All descriptions must be at least a paragraph with a minimum 5 - 6 sentences.

Species of Flora may include species that exist today, during the ice age, and even species that you have created yourself (fantasy).
- Descriptions must describe how a plant species may look, which may include, color, shape, etc.
- Descriptions must describe how a plant species may affect different prey species when inhaled or consumed.
- Descriptions must describe how a plant species may uniquely affect a wolf when inhaled or consumed.

All species must be species that exist today or during the ice age, and fantasy species will not be considered at this time.
- Descriptions must describe how a species may look, which may include, pelt color, size, etc.
- Descriptions must describe a species behavior, whether it be when defending territory, when they are alone, or when encountered.

All rewards will be given to a players OOC account which they can apply to a character at a later date as their story progresses. Not all submissions will be accepted and be placed within the guide, but everyone will be granted a prize for entering the contest. Those that submit more, will be granted more prizes, and those that submit less will be granted less prizes.

10 Submissions 
One free mutation of the player's choosing.

15 Submissions
One free mutation of the player's choosing.
One free curse of the player's choosing.

20 Submissions
One free mutation of the player's choosing.
One free curse of the player's choosing.
One free element of the player's choosing.

Please note, that edits will be made in your submissions before adding them to the guide.

Caged Ruby
- A fragile bulb, these crystallized buds sit close to the ground and only retain their medicinal properties after their new growth reaches the end of its cycle, dehydrating and forming transparent dragonfly wing-like cages around its ruby core. When in bloom, when the buds are newly grown, the caged ruby is a deadly toxin, the lethally high levels of cyanide in the leaves causing severe cases of vertigo, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting, as well as latent symptoms of convulsions and respiratory failure. Only once it is dehydrated is the cyanide leached from the plant, revealing its immaculate properties for blood replenishment and clotting enhancers. Unfortunately, because the plant must be nearly dead before its healing abilities are present, it is vital that those seeking it are aware of clusters prior to the end of spring when this process takes place.

- An exotic plant, also known as 'the hanging dragon,' Rhodsidion is unlike any other plant found in Alyeska. The bloom is a cluster of scale shaped petals, all falling into a pattern of what looks like folded wings, fading from a dusk purple to a sunset gold. Found only in areas of the land where the earth never quite manages to freeze, Rhodsidion is valuable as a pain relief, particularly towards chronic aches such as joint and deformity pains. However, recent practices have found that if the petals are steeped in water, the properties of the plant amplifies, allowing it to treat more acute severe pain. It is numerous drawbacks, with long use and high doses resulting in dangerously low relaxant properties in smooth muscles, resulting in lose of function in the gastric tract, heart function, and body control such as temperature and reflexes. It also can decrease respiratory function to the point of arrest.

Spiralling Shardleaf
- The oldest living plants in Alyeska, some individuals of the species have been believed to be over 500 years old. Capable of growing to massive sizes, the Shardleaf is a razor edged leaf shrub that blossoms into a distinct spiralling array. Like an urchin of the deep, these plants protect a valuable core. The leaves are hard as stone and must be individually plucked to reveal the white milky nectar at the centre. Little is known of the full qualities of this secretion, due to the difficulty in acquiring, however, it has been known to be both a potent hallucinogenic and paralyzer when cooled, as well as a numbing agent and powerful sedative when heated and dripped onto the tongue. Wolves will often recycle the shardleaves, as when threaded together, they can act as a flexible, lightweight armour in combat.

- An unassuming plant, Yaeger appears to the untrained eye like a typical fern plant, with large green spade shaped leaves sitting low to the ground. It can be found almost anywhere, growing amongst the roots of trees and along the sides of rivers. Flourishing, Yaeger is a deadly poison, a neurotoxin that effects the temporal lobe of the brain, resulting in malfunctions in emotional association, language comprehension, and visual memories. The severity of symptoms depends upon the exposure level, including hallucinations, a disconnect from reality, and irrational emotional reactions to events. An unusual quality of this toxin is the ability to build via consumption, with contamination in prey transferring to the wolf whom eats the meat.

Starling Amigyle
- The trial of the brave, this plant can only be found in the depths of the submerged caverns where ancient rivers run. The Starling Amigyle is revered as the most desired courting gift, due to its unrivaled beauty and unique properties. When exposed to darkness, the bloom glows faintly and said to never quite wilt once plucked. With six stalks, the petals of the flower are in fact dozens of tiny blooms, similar in appearance to the evil eye, with a bright blue disk lined in yellow with a black circle on each. The pieces of the amigyle have numerous uses. The stalk, when turned to a paste and exposed to heat, will result in aphrodisiac symptoms, while the petals of the blossom have potent fertility effects. The roots, when stepped and consumed have the opposite effect and is sought after for its painless ability to abort pregnancies and halt heats.

- Found only at the sheer cliffs of Fiehl's Drop, Noblesilk is a fungus with a rich hue of psychedelic colors; frostbitten blue and flushed pink. It falls in a petal fashion, the growth ruffled around the edges, hugging close to the niches within bare stone. Used by some as a dye for paints and hides, noblesilks true purpose lies in its miraculous results when treating infection. Highly sought after, many healers amongst the pack and even those brave enough by creed of loyalty will venture the cliffs and the great eagles that roost there in hopes of protecting themselves against the dangers of what comes after an injury. It can be administered in a number of ways, from a topical paste directly on the wound, to an elixir that can be consumed to treat blood infection and mental impingement.

- Fragile blossoms, these rare plants can only be found at the break of dawn, when the sun begins to thaw the top layer of ice across the ground. Unearthed, they unfurl from their insulated beds of snow, available for but a moment before the frigid cold takes them. Small, they are barely seen above the snow, white as ice, with thin green stalks hanging them like a string of bulbs. It is only if they are picked before dying that the plant retains its medicinal properties, in which consuming their heads will drastically lower fevers and temperature abnormalities in the body (both hyper and hypothermia).

- Found in largely forested lands, Yetta is a berry that grows on the tree that shares its name, a rarity of prosperity in the dead of winter. These winter berries can only grow in minus zero weather, and last throughout mid autumn to the end of the winter season. Growing high up in the trees, these berries only ripen and fall to the ground with the first frosts, where they are buried in the snow until the thaw, where they can germinate and begin the growth of small sprouts which will eventually turn into the largest trees in Alyeska. Due to the growth cycle of these great trees, Yetta berries are packed with incredible nutrients and are often highly sought after for expecting mothers and the vulnerable, as very few are required to energize a fully grown wolf. If consumed in larger quantities, Yetta is also a treatment for poisoning and gastric issues, as they can force the purging of the stomach contents.

- Found across the land, these dark emerald vines sprawl far from their central plant, tangled amongst the undergrowth of forests and the tall grass of open plains. To those without ingenuity, they are a mere hassle, a tripping hazard when on patrol or the hunt. Yet, when collected and dried, these vines can be used for a multitude of purposes. When creating shardleaf armour, they can bind the plates together, or act as twine to tie items together for easy transportation. Made of a thick fiver, hartvine is extremely durable, allowing for them to bare immense weight before snapping, making them useful for maneuvering heavy obstacles. Where all vines converge is the basin, a deep pool of nectar with viscous properties, commonly used for stomach upset and soothing burns along the nose and bared skin. Littered along the vines are it's only defense mechanism; blackened thorns that when they prick the skin, can cause a terrible septic infection of the blood.

- The Leitree can be found near anywhere in Alteska, a bizarre, squat tree with wide sprawling branches. They can grow nearly anywhere, from coarse, barren earth to the saturated peat of the swamps. The leaves are a lustrous crimson, stark against the snow that seems a constant over the land, easily marked by those who seek them out. Many a loner will find them suitable for a den, as the branches are dense, often curving down the further from the trunk they grow. It is the bark however that most find interest in. Melted, cracked like sun baked mud, the bark of the Leitree can be used for two intents, both as an anti-committing agent when left under the tongue, as well as an anti-inflammatory when seeped and the juices soaked into the effected skin. It is important to note that it should never be consumed, as it can cause significant gastric upset and worsen the vomiting and diarrhea. 

The Worgwood
- The sentinel of faith, Worgwood is a place upon which the sacred pacts of the tribes were set. It is said that each forest holds a Worgwood, the heart of the land. With the exception of the Three Sisters, standing at the centre of Watchers Rest, there has never been a Worgwood found numbering more than one, for their roots are extensive, stretching miles through the earth, strangling any other in the area. Gnarled are their trunks, spanning nigh one hundred paces around, crowned by golden leaves, a tree that never sheds its canopy. It is here the celebration of a wolfs life are bestowed, and here that a wolf from any alliance can stand friend to a stranger. Legends say the fruit of the Worgwood can save a life, yet, long centuries have passed since last the forbidden fruit has weighed heavy in their golden nests.

Kindred Dream
- Lost in fantasy, lost in all that is good and desired in this world. Kindred dream is a promise, a glimpse of a life without troubles, without suffering. A hallucinogenic, a giver of passion, once the spores are inhaled, endorphins flood the brain, and all sense of control is lost. An unusual tree, it stands a retreat from probing eyes, weeping showers of leaves cascading down in drapes of silk. Burnish in color, the polished hues of bronze and copper, the air is fragrant, the scent and spores released from hardened pods hidden amongst the canopy. This unusual specimen can only be found in the twisting depths of White Orchard, its vigorous effects believed to attribute to the regions high populace and fertility.

Ever Fateful 
- A velvet fold of citrus gold and salmon hues, the Ever Fateful is a fungus that is only found in the deepest parts of the forest, due to its need for low light and damp environments. It sits like a fire opal high up the trunk, clustering together to create a mirage of brilliance in the dark. The anemone of land, during the times between autumn and mid winter, silver spores fill the air, creating a false snow that mixes with frost that layers the ground. When inhaled dry, the spores interact with the mucus along the respiratory tract, causing it to become less viscous, making it a reliable treatment for respiratory disorders that cause difficulty breathing and a build up of fluids in the lungs such as pneumonia or asthma. When inhaled damp, its effects are increased significantly, resulting in violent coughing and sneezing, an effect that is highly useful when treating inhaled poisons or water.

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*All creatures are based on real animals with a few slight changes to work in a world that has been saturated by ethyr

- The truest triumph of the greatest warriors and huntsman, the Draugr is a most fearsome beast to walk the plains of Alyeska. Immense, these beasts are much like the elks of old, hosting racks of antlers that span nigh 10-15 feet across. Built with a bulky chest and cavernous ribs, hunts of the Draugr have been known to last days, with a single individual capable of fending off hunting parties over ten in strength. When not exhibiting terrifying strength, the Draugr are quite docile, keeping to their family herds, made up of a lone bull, his harem of cows, and the young. Unlike most prey, who will run when faced with a pack of wolves, the Draugr will stand their ground, and if given the chance, will gore a wolf with its antlers. Birthed a near charcoal color, they lighten in hue as they age, with the eldest, near 50 years old, appearing white as snow. 

- They are wraiths, whispers at the edge of the White. So long have these flocks dwelt in ethyr, their feathers turned to white, their beaks and claws like ice. Ravens they were once, simple birds, their crocking calls hailing misfortune and trickery. Their nature has since been altered, the bringers of the deepest fear. Mimickers, copycats, they can take the voice of any they have ever heard, tempting and luring those foolish enough to venture into the White to grave injury. Scavengers, for the most part, it is believed that they feed on the carrion that thrives in the mists, whereas others believe they gain their unnaturally keen eyes from a secret found of pure ethyr deep in mysterious terrain, where only the truly mad, and truly lost may find. No larger than a typical raven, Valkyries are usually always found in groups of at least a dozen, using their cooperation to confuse their victims so they may steal food from them or lure them into potentially lethal encounters.

- Believed to be more myth than reality, the wendigo is the terrors that keep mischievous pups in check and bring fear in the long nights. They originate from the tragic tale of a lost soul, forced to cannibalize another wolf to survive. The malevolent nature of this act is tainted by the ambient ethyr of the air, rotting and twisting the consumer. Their minds fade away, their bodies emancipate and warp until all the individual is no longer recognizable. They travel alone, roosting in caverns in the day, only active in the night due to the sensitivity of their skin and eyes. Their only prey is that of other wolves, with those who wander in small groups or alone in constant danger. The only way to kill a wendigo is a fatal wound, or by fire.

- Claimed by the White, the white walker is those who have fallen to the ethyr; it's corrosive nature destroying the host who was never meant to wield this power. It is a constant evolution when a wolf first feels the lustful embrace of the ethyr. It burns their blood, fills their soul with its temptation, its addiction. To many, it begins as a mere fascination or the deepest fear. Better to stay away, for once the song is sung, it is forever in the mind. The whitewalkers have been consumed, their eyes the color of steel ice, their bodies frigid, their breath like fine mist. Those killed by a Whitewalker become a lesser of their own kind, slaves to the seductive call of their murderers. Little is known of their nature, their purpose. A mocked legend, many refuse to believe they exist at all.

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Saberteeth: At first sight, saberteeth come off as nothing more than big, fluffy lions with pendulous jowls around their muzzles, rather like those of a mastiff. The moment battle threatens, however, a sabertooth will happily demonstrate how it earned its name: its laughable lips shelter fangs that can grow up to eight inches long. These hidden knives, together with long claws and overall size, make saberteeth into wolves' number-one rivals. That said, these predators are highly territorial and travel alone; a team or three or more wolves can fend one off, albeit with risk and difficulty. Saberteeth are notably intelligent and seem to know when a contest is lost — despite their ferocity, they'll sooner run and fight another day than throw their lives away... unless you should be unfortunate enough to run into a mother with cubs.

Saberteeth are about twice the length and weight of wolves whose sex, age, and relative size are comparable. Their fur ranges in whites, creams, and tans, with striped markings around the face, limbs, and tail — an almost silly affair, that, bobbed short by generations of cold nipping at the cats' extremities.

Rimebruin: Rimebruin are few and far between, and for good reason: if there were any more of them, everything else would have a much harder time. At a maximum weight of one ton, these bears can and will overpower any smaller beasts in their path, wolves included. A single blow from its massive forepaw is enough to crush bone, to say nothing of its jaws. Rimebruin lead nomadic, solitary lives, plodding along the coasts in an endless search for prey. They're adept swimmers, though they prefer to hunt from the ice, where they have the advantage over the seals that make up the majority of their diet. Unlike lesser bears, rimebruin do not hibernate. Their bodies change with the seasons as they accumulate fat reserves, only to shrink away when prey grows scarce.

Rimebruin wear warm coats of off-white, broken only by their black eyes and noses. Such pelts are of tremendous use to wolves, but your best chance of acquiring one is to find a bear that's already dead or dying. In combat, rimebruin are content to flatten one wolf at a time, easily ignoring their companions' feeble assault.

Wolverines: Though they're less than half the size, wolverines match their lupine competitors in ferocity, pound for pound. They come from the same family as weasels, martens, and otters, but they look more like stocky little bears, sporting blunt muzzles and flat, long-clawed feet that are perfect for climbing. Wolverines are capable killers, known to take down prey many times their weight; still, they prefer to scavenge on carrion and will eagerly harass wolves for their kills. This beast's enthusiastic feeding style has earned it a reputation as an insatiable glutton. Somewhat appropriately, male wolverines are polygamous, adopting up to three ongoing mates.

Wolverines maintain their vast territories with pungent, musky scent markers. That said, they seem to be reluctantly aware that wolves pose a serious threat to them, and they will move elsewhere if a tribe arrives on their terrain.

Lynxes: The lynx is a relatively small wildcat with tufted ears, enormous paws, and a dense tawny coat. It is elusive in nature and prefers to avoid conflict with wolves, which it recognizes as the larger, stronger animal. However, it feeds almost exclusively on snowshoe hares, and this can bring it into competition with rogues. Like most predators, lynxes are nocturnal and solitary, associating only with their offspring and, briefly, their mates. They're good at both swimming and climbing, though their hunting efforts are focused entirely on the ground. Lynxes prefer forested territory, hardly ever venturing into open or rocky land.

Mammoths: At up to fifteen feet in height and twelve tons in weight, the great woolly mammoth is Alyeska's largest land-dwelling beast. Both sexes are endowed with long, curved tusks; these, in combination with shaggy brown fur and prehensile trunks, make mammoths impossible to miss or mistake for some other giant. Cows roam the tundra in matriarchal herds of twenty to one hundred, while bulls travel alone or in loose bachelor groups, interacting with their female counterparts only to breed. Since the dawn of time, wolves have marveled at mammoths: their vast size, their surreal physiology, their puzzlingly tight-knit behavior. The mystery of the mammoth has only grown as they've become rarer and rarer. These days, they can only be found in the northern territories, dithering at the fringes of the White that is driving their kind to extinction.

Adult mammoths are out of the question for any predator, but some desperate wolves have gone after calves. None of these endeavors have resulted in success, and most would-be hunters have met wretched ends; though normally peaceful, herds will fight to protect their young. However, mammoths aren't quite immortal, despite their long lives and incredible immensity. Once a year or so, a beast will fall to disease, starvation, or old age, and on those occasions, wolves travel from every corner of the earth to feast.

Gorehorns: Unlike Alyeska's other grazers and browsers, the gorehorn is notorious for its ill temper. These rhinoceros will readily charge at any animal in their path, including each other. Gorehorns were named for their impressive set of horns, a big one on the nose and a smaller one between the eyes; combine these with its trampling feet and hefty frame of up to three tons, and this beast is truly a force to be reckoned with. Its weakness is its poor eyesight and lackluster brain. A stealthy wolf can steer clear without too much trouble, and steer clear you should, for gorehorns are far more trouble than they're worth.

The gorehorn's sheer aggression means that little else is known about its behavior, but according to folklore, its famous horns are involved in more than simple defense. These rhinoceros also use their facial weaponry to attract mates. It's rumored that gorehorns are surprisingly sensitive lovers, gently rubbing their horns together during courtship.

Bison: Bison are the largest animals that wolves can feasibly take down; bulls regularly exceed two tons. They're built low and stout with disproportionately heavy skulls and forequarters. Their heads are rounded into powerful helmets, with a pair of short, curved horns to serve as battering rams. Cows travel in nomadic herds, ambling from field to field, munching on grass and sedge. The bulls only join them during the mating season in the summer, during which time the bison form a vast multitude that darkens the plains. Herein, a great tournament begins as bulls wrestle for the right to leave their legacies.

On account of their size, bison are only viable targets during part of the year, and it's never advisable to go after a bull. Wolves primarily hunt calves, which are born in mid-spring. Only the bravest hunting parties wager their lives on adults, and even then, it's generally in the wintertime, when the animals are weakened by cold and hunger.

Musk Oxen: Though relatively compact, musk oxen are tough and hardy. Their dark, shaggy hair nearly reaches the ground, and they wear a set of horns that curl to either side, affixed to the skull by a thick bony plate. Beneath all that adornment, they seldom break half a ton. Musk oxen live in smaller herds of about a dozen, and bulls and cows regularly intermix, though they have separate hierarchies. This beast is best known among wolves for the distinctive formation it assumes when hunted: adults will form a protective ring around their calves, with their horns facing outward at the ready to defend. This technique makes musk oxen an unpopular choice of quarry; deer go down much more easily, and they yield the same amount of meat.

The musk ox's name comes from the overwhelming odor that bulls emit during the rut. Strangely, the cows seem to find it very attractive.

Moose: At up to seven feet tall (without the antlers!), moose are truly daunting prey. Some consider them deer only by a technicality; these beasts are truly one of a kind, eschewing herds and instead roaming alone or with calves. Their heads are peculiar in shape, with large, dangling lips and swaying flaps of skin about their throats. Bulls boast broad, palmate antlers that are built more like shovels than branches, but even cows make formidable foes, with pointed hooves that are capable of kicking in all directions. Moose require patience and pursuit to bring down, as they will flee from wolves for hours on end before exhaustion forces them to stand and fight.

Because of their sheer height, moose prefer to browse rather than graze, enjoying a varied diet of shoots, shrubs, and aquatic plant life. They're most common in wet or wooded areas for this reason. From time to time, bellowing rolls over these lands like thunder, deep and menacing. The roaring is easily mistaken for that of a bear or big cat, but make no mistake — it's the moose.

Elk: When most wolves think of deer, they think of elk. Long-legged and proud-antlered, bulls stand five feet tall at the shoulder and weigh over eight hundred pounds. Cows are bareheaded and a bit smaller at some five hundred pounds. Elk have golden-brown coats with distinctive white patches around their short-tailed rumps. They form small, single-sex gangs for the majority of the year, ruminating on grass and brush as they make their way through forests, valleys, and mountains in annual migration patterns. From late summer to early winter, the elk population transforms in a ritualized breeding season known as the rut. Bulls posture, bugle, and spar with one another to attract mates. The strongest form harems and pass their lineage onto the next generation. Antlers are shed shortly after the conclusion of the rut, then grow back as winter runs its course.

Caribou: Also called reindeer, caribou are the game of choice for the average hunting party, as they provide anywhere between one and seven hundred pounds of meat. They can be found all over Alyeska, from woodlands to the open tundra — anywhere there's lichen, there are probably some caribou around to graze it. They're distinguished from other deer by their tall, rounded antlers, borne by both sexes. Caribou have thick gray-brown coats that provide fine insulation while also aiding their swimming. Their hooves adapt with the seasons, staying soft and spongy in the summer but growing tough and sharp as it becomes necessary to dig through the snow for food.

Caribou herds number in the hundreds, thousands, and beyond, but if threatened, they will spook rather than fight, leaving the slowest individuals to fall behind. Wolves and caribou share an ancient, unspoken pact: the reindeer grant their hunters a steady supply of food, and in exchange, wolves keep the herds strong, weeding out their sick, old, and weak.

Ponies: The wild equine of Alyeska are short and sturdy with sure feet, round bellies, and double coats to complement their manes, which often grow long enough to flop over their eyes. Ponies weigh up to eight hundred fifty pounds and come in a wide range of colors, from bay and palomino to pinto and roan. They can cheerfully navigate every manner of open land, including mountains. Equine social structure is unique in that herds are actually made up of several smaller bands, each consisting of a stallion and his harem. A single mare usually adopts the role of leading her band, while stallions are more inclined towards watching for predators and scaring them off. Though ponies lack the sharp weaponry of cervine game, they're remarkably strong for their size, and one well-aimed kick can take a hunter out of action for good.

Despite their mindset as prey animals, ponies are intelligent and almost lupine in their capacity for communal, emotional behavior. Some even speculate that they have their own cultural world, as wolves do — though others consider such theories blasphemous to Ahyoka's memory.

Pronghorns: Alyeska has no antelope to call its lands home, but pronghorns come pretty close. A bit like a mix between a deer and a goat, this creature has spindly legs and a tan-and-white coat. It was named for the bony blades that jut from its skull; like antlers, the horns are shed annually, and they're found in females as well, though the males' are much larger. Through the winter, pronghorns form large, mixed-sex herds that disperse into smaller bands of mothers and bachelors come spring. They prefer to range over open plains and hills, where they have brush to graze and ample space to run. These beasts are unquestionably the fastest in all Alyeska, capable of sustaining speeds of thirty miles per hour over great distance.

Needless to say, these runners are difficult to catch unless injured or ambushed. Still, they're much smaller and weaker than other ungulates, weighing just up to one hundred fifty pounds. This makes them good quarry for lone wolves who've grown too hungry for rabbits and lemmings.

Snowshoes: Snowshoe hares are small, helpless, and plentiful, making them classic prey for lone wolves. Endless winter suits them: with shortened extremities, broad, furry paws, and thick pelts that change from brown to white as temperatures drop, snowshoes are better adapted to the cold than other rabbits and hares. Likewise, life at the bottom of the food chain has taught them to be shy and cautious. Snowshoes can sometimes be found feeding in small groups, but for the most part, they run alone. Since their habitat cannot accommodate burrows, they rest in shallow depressions beneath the shrubbery, called forms. They emerge only when it's dim or dark, taking care to hide beneath low brush and vegetation. Snowshoes must be hunted more by scent than sight or sound, given these attributes, and stealth is vital to success; if allowed to detect their hunters early, they can outrun wolves with ease.

Ptarmigans: Colloquially known as snow chickens, ptarmigans don't stray far from their nickname — they're chunky, ground-dwelling gamebirds who've adjusted happily to the cold. A fluffy layer of feathers insulates their legs and feet, and like so many other prey animals, their plumage is designed for seasonal camouflage, molting from marbled brown in the summertime to white in the winter. Ptarmigans can be found all throughout Alyeska's forests, plains, and mountains. Adults forage for every manner of vegetation, while their chicks feed largely on insects at first, as their digestive systems haven't fully developed yet. At about sixteen inches long, ptarmigans are satisfying snacks for wolves, and they're certainly not very hard to catch... provided your eyes are sharp enough to spot them.

Corvids: Few can tell crows and ravens apart, and their role in lupine life is largely synonymous, so they are easily combined under their family name. Corvids are big birds, with some boasting a wingspan of over two feet. They're most recognizable for their coloring, though: uniform blue-black with shimmering iridescence. Corvids have earned a reputation as opportunists, sustaining themselves mostly through scavenging (and the odd rodent, berry, or insect). They mate for life and travel primarily with their partners, but when food is nearby, they congregate in numbers great enough to darken the sky. A trademark chorus of kraa, kraas heralds the birds' presence.

Corvids are shrewdly intelligent in their skills with tools and problem-solving, and they share something of a symbiotic relationship with wolves. Flocks lead tribes to carcasses whose hides are too tough for their beaks to penetrate; wolves break the bodies open, and both creatures feast. Despite the fact that they occasionally earn their keep, though, the carrion-eaters can turn into pests in their persistent endeavors to steal meat.

Eagles: Most flighted birds are small enough for wolves to ignore, but eagles are definitely the exception. These avian giants have strong eyesight, powerful talons, and big, hooked beaks, all of which make them menacing predators — alongside the seven-foot wingspan, of course. Alyeska has two varieties to offer: a solid brown one with a preference for land prey, and a white-headed one that mostly hunts fish. The former type is noteworthy for its status as a competitor and even an outright threat; they carry pups away with ease, and in desperate times, eagles have been known to go after adult wolves. They're found in sparse distribution worldwide, with particular concentration around mountains and seashores.

These birds of prey are highly territorial amongst one another, but they also form lifelong breeding pairs. Eagles are known for their breathtaking courtship displays; some mates drop trinkets only to pick them up in mid-air, and others lock talons and spiral to earth, breaking apart at the last second. They later nest in trees or build cliffside eyries.

Puffins: Puffins are funny little birds, easily confused with penguins because of their upright posture, black-and-white feathers, and amphibious lifestyles. They're quite capable of flight, however, beating their wings rapidly to maintain a height of some thirty feet over the water. Puffins have thick bills that turn bright orange during the breeding season, then shed their lustrous outer layer in late summer. All told, the puffin is too quick and has too many escape routes at its disposal to make for viable prey, and they're not big enough to make the effort worthwhile, anyway — even the largest don't breach two pounds. Still, they can be intriguing to watch from afar.

These seabirds like to form breeding colonies on islands far from shore, where their eggs and chicks are protected from predation. Some varieties dig burrows for their young, while others simply nest in rocky cliffs and crevices. Puffins mate for life, and both parents assist in incubating and feeding their hatchlings.

Seals: Ancient legend warns that wolves ought not live too close to sea, lest they lose their limbs and turn into seals. These creatures' heads are almost canine, but the similarities end there. Fully adapted to a maritime lifestyle, seals have blubbery, streamlined bodies with flippers rather than legs. They flop around clumsily on land, but in the water, they're agile hunters of smaller sea life. Seals are diverse in size and appearance; although the largest varieties can tip the scales at several tons, most are more in the ballpark of a few hundred pounds. All wear fur coats, usually gray or brown in color, often spotted or countershaded. Seals congregate in massive colonies, ruled by big bulls who fight viciously for breeding rights.

Seals are almost comically easy to kill on land, and their meat is rich and fatty, considered a delicacy by some. Yet, they never stray far from the ocean where they're most at home, and the moment a seal slips into the water, the hunt is lost. The trick is to separate hunting parties into two groups: one to harry the seal and tear through its thick hide, and a second to cut it off from shore.

Leviathan: A mere handful of wolves have spotted live leviathan, and only in distant, fleeting glimpses, usually as the monsters breach close to shore. Accounts vary wildly: some leviathan are smooth and sleek, others massive and cratered like the surface of the moon; but all are dark, aquatic, and very, very big. Awestruck witnesses claim that the beasts must reach at least a hundred feet, weighing tons and tons beyond lupine imagining. The tales have grown twisted in the telling. Gossip speaks of eldritch tentacles swarming from their mouths, silvery runes glowing along their sides, bone-white eyes in a row down their spines — and who is there to prove the rumors wrong?

It's rarer yet to encounter dead leviathan on the beaches, always bloated and rotted beyond recognition. Something of a curse seems to linger around the carcasses. Scavengers eat freely of them, and the meat is unfathomably abundant, but to a wolf, consuming such alien flesh is worse than cannibalism.

1.    ArctodusThese bears appear to have a disproportionately short snout compared to other bears. This apparent shortness is an illusion caused by their deep snouts and short nasal regions, causing for a more bulldog like appearance, drooping lips and sagging facial features. The bear’s fur is dense and coarse, and comes in a variety of colors the most dominate are blackish in color. Some bears may vary from jet black to dark brown and to even a reddish hue, there have been instances where some bears are lighter, covered in various shades of tawny, grey, cream and an off white. The species typically have distinctive beige or ginger-colored markings across their face and upper chest, though not all of these bears have "spectacle" markings. The pattern and extent of pale markings are slightly different on each individual bear, and bears can be readily distinguished by this. Males are a usually larger than females in dimensions and sometimes twice their weight. Males weighing nearly 900 kg, though it isn’t uncommon for some specimens to be larger or smaller. They can stand anywhere form 8–10 feet tall on their hind legs while a larger specimen can be around 11–12 feet tall with a 14-foot vertical arm reach, and 5–6 feet high at the shoulder when walking on all fours. Their paws are massive spanning a foot wide with large toes that harbor claws that can reach lengths of 6 inches. The frame resembles the modern-day Grizzly with large slumped shoulders that dive into a thick hind quarter that angles downward from their shoulders. Their short snot with drooping lips conceal strong jaws with a bite force to be reckoned with and large 3-inch canines. These bears can be found in a variety of area’s across Alyeska and is mostly omnivorous, occasionally feeding on carrion left by other predators.
2.    Harlequin Duck - This duck gets its name from the decorated appearance of the male harlequin, because it resembles the colorful costumes worn by "harlequins", who were people dressed as clowns. The male duck has dark, blue plumage, highlighted in black-outlined white striping and spots of white. Its wing-tips are brownish black and its flanks are chestnut-red. The female duck is not as colorful as the male duck. It is uniformly brown and it's marked by three pale patches on its face. These ducks have a buoyant, compact body, with strong webbed feet, which give the duck the power to swim through torrent waters. The ducks weigh about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds at the most and are about 1 1/2 feet long. Their wing spans vary and are at most 2 ½ foot in width. They normally breed during the summer with the female duck laying anywhere from 5 to 7 yellowish colored eggs. She will sit on the eggs for 27 to 29 days and covers the eggs with down, when she's away from the nest. The chicks hatch within a few hours of one another and are able to swim and feed soon after. The ducks like to nest by fast flowing rivers closer to the edge of the water. Their nests are well hidden and are made from a hollow lined with grass and down. Young chicks fledge (get their feathers) after 35-42 days. The male duck stays with the female until she is finished incubating. These ducks live in large flocks consisting of nearly 50 birds, even though these are sociable birds, they don't often mix with birds of other species. These birds can be found at Kismet Lake and nest within the Riverland’s of Alyeska.
3.    Ermine - This marten, is a small animal that weighs between 3 to 15 ounces. Their head and body length can range from 7 to 13 inches with their tail adding up to 5 more inches. Males are often much longer than the females. In the spring and summer their coat is a rich chocolate brown with a white underbelly and a black tip on the tail. In the winter, their coat turns entirely white except for the black end of its tail. The ermine's flexible spine allows it to do the "marten run" in which the hind feet are tucked in by the front feet, causing the back to arch, and then extended. This animal also has short legs and a long thin body and neck. The animal’s head is triangular shaped with small round ears and small bright eyes with long thin whiskers. The Ermine is generally a solitary animal, though can be found in pairs while breeding. The Ermine is also carnivore, much like their wolf counterparts, and generally hunts rabbits, small insects and rodents. Because of their sharp teeth these animals are able to hunt and catch animals larger than themselves. In the vast habitats of Alyeska ermines often times will eat birds or amphibians, if any are found. The Ermine’s best trait/habit is that when the ground is covered with snow the animal will hunt entirely under the snow for small rodents, burrowing after the pesky Lemmings and field mice. Their paws have small claws which help it to dig into the thick layers of snow and semi-frozen soil. Also the animals front feet are smaller than the back which also help it fit into small, tight spaces allowing it to have a more diverse prey as well as a mean’s to escape predation from larger carnivores. These animals can be found in various locations across Alyeska.
4.    LemmingsThese rodent’s weigh from 30 to 110 g (1 to 4 oz) and are about 7 to 15 cm (3 to 6 in) long. They generally have long, soft fur, and very short tails. These little guys are herbivorous, feeding mostly on leaves, shoots, grasses, and sedges, but also on roots and bulbs. At times, they will eat grubs and larvae when their typical food source is scarce. Like other rodents, their incisors grow continuously, allowing them to exist on much tougher forage than would otherwise be possible. Lemmings do not hibernate through the harsh winter cycles. Instead they remain active, finding food by burrowing through the snow and using grasses clipped and stored in advance. They are solitary animals by nature, meeting only to mate and then going their separate ways, but like all rodents, they have a high reproductive rate and can breed rapidly when food is plentiful. These animals are found in the vast valley’s and plains across Alyeska.
5.    White Tailed DeerThis ungulate is highly variable in size, as the average size is of the deer are larger the further north they are found. farther away from the Equator. Bucks usually weigh roughly 100lbs but in rare cases, in excess of 275lbs depending on climate and proper food sources. Does often weigh anywhere from 88 to 198 lbs. Ungulates found closer to the warmer areas are generally smaller bodied averaging from 55 to 110 lbs, between sexes. Deer of this species have thick, slightly woolly looking fur, with color variations ranging from a mousy brown to a deep tawny, these ungulates are smaller than their Alyeskian counterparts, standing roughly 3-4ft at the shoulder, though the males prove to be the most dangerous seeing as they carry antlers atop their crown’s, their tines varying by individual. Buck’s shed their antlers in late winter, leaving them vulnerable, usually after the does have been bred and grow them back during the spring. Though just because these bucks lose their antlers doesn’t mean that they still can’t defend themselves. Their kicks are hazardous and with a well-placed blow can prove to be fatal. These animals are found in various locations across Alyeska.
6.    Mountain Goat - Both sexes of the mountain goats have beards, short tails, and long black horns, 6 to 11 inches in length, which contain yearly growth rings. These goats are protected from the elements by their woolly white double coats. The fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs which help provide protection from the cold and the rain, leaving a water proof like barrier. Mountain goats generally molt in spring by rubbing against rocks and various trees. Their dense coats help them to withstand temperatures as low as −50 °F and winds of up to 100 mph along the steep mountain slopes. A Billy stands roughly about 3 feet at the shoulder and can weigh considerably more than the nanny. Male goats also have longer horns and beards than females. Mountain goats can weigh between 99 and 309 lbs, and Billie’s will often weigh close to 181 lb. The head-and-body length can range from 47 to 70 in, with their small tail adding another 4 to 8 in. Their feet are well-suited for climbing steep, rocky slopes with pitches exceeding 60°, with inner pads that provide traction and they have cloven hooves that spread apart, to help aid their grip. They have powerful shoulder and neck muscles that help propel them up steep slopes. The mountain goat inhabits the mountainous regions of Alyeska. They sometimes also descend to sea level in the coastal areas of Alyeska, although they are primarily an alpine and subalpine species. These animals usually stay above the tree line throughout the year but they will migrate seasonally to higher or lower elevations within that range. With their most popular migration taking place in Winter as they travel to low-elevation mineral licks which often take them several kilometers through the forested areas of Alyeska.
7.    Bighorn SheepThese sheep are named for their large, curved horns borne by the rams. Ewes also have horns, but they are shorter and with less curvature. They sheep range in color from light brown to grayish or dark, chocolate brown, with a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. Males typically weigh around 128 to 315 lbs, are 35 to 41 inches tall at the shoulder, and 63 to 73 inches long from the nose to the tail. Females are typically 75 to 201 lbs, are 30–35 inches tall, and 50 to 62 inches long. Male bighorn sheep have large horn cores, enlarged cornual and frontal sinuses, and internal bony septa. These adaptations serve to protect the brain by absorbing the impact of clashes, during breeding season or protection of territory etc. Bighorn sheep have preorbital glands on the anterior corner of each eye, inguinal glands in the groin, and pedal glands on each foot. Secretions from these glands may support dominance behaviors, and leave these guys smelling quite fowl. These sheep inhabit the mountainous regions of Alyeska
8.    Hoary MarmotThis animal is a large, bulky, ground squirrel, with short, heavy limbs, and a broad head. The Adults range from 24 to 32 inches in total length. The species is sexually dimorphic, with males being significantly larger than females. Because of their long winter hibernation, during which they survive on fat reserves, the weight of the animals varies considerably over the course of the year, from an average of 8 lbs in late spring to around 15 lbs in late summer, for a fully grown adult. A few fall adults can weigh up to 22 lbs, with exceptional ones attaining 30 lbs if you’re lucky. This animal’s coat is a slew of silver-gray fur on their shoulders and upper back; the remainder of the upper parts have drab- or reddish-brown fur. The head is black on the upper surface, with a white patch on the muzzle, white fur on the chin and around the lips, and grizzled black or brown fur elsewhere. The feet and lower legs are black, sometimes with white patches on the fore feet. Marmots have long guard hairs that provide most of the visible color of their pelage, and a dense, soft underfur that provides insulation. The greyish underparts of the body lack this underfur, and are more sparsely haired than the rest of the body. Hoary marmots molt in early to mid-summer. The feet have slightly curved claws, which are somewhat larger on the fore feet than on the hind feet and have hairless pads, enhancing their grip along rocky surfaces. The tail is long, slightly flattened, and covered with dense fur. These animals call the mountainous regions of Alyeska home.
9.    Fishers - These are a medium-sized animal, comparable in size to the smaller fox species, and the largest species in the marten genus. Their bodies are long, thin, and low to the ground. With the sexes dimorphic in size, with the male being much larger than the female. Males 35 to 47 inches in length and weigh 8 to 13 lbs. With Females measuring at 30 to 37 inches in length and weighing in at 4 to 6 lbs. Like most of Alyeska’s residents the fisher's fur changes with the season and differs slightly between individuals. Males have coarser coats than females and in early winter, the coats are dense and glossy. Their coloring ranging from deep brown to black, although it appears to be much blacker in the winter when contrasted with white snow. From the face to the shoulders, fur can be hoary-gold or silver due to tricolored guard hairs. The underside of a fisher is almost completely brown except for randomly placed patches of white or cream-colored fur. In the summer, the fur color is more variable and may lighten considerably. These animals have five toes on each foot, with unsheathed, retractable claws and their feet are disproportionately large for their legs, making it easier for them to move on top of snow packs. In addition to the toes, there are four central pads on each foot. On the hind paws, there are coarse hairs that grow between the pads and the toes, giving them added traction when walking on a variety of surfaces. Fishers also have highly mobile ankle joints that can rotate their hind paws almost 180 degrees, allowing them to maneuver well in trees and climb down head-first from tree’s or rocky surfaces. The fisher is one of relatively few mammalian species with the ability to descend trees head-first. These pesky creatures linger in the forested regions of Alyeska.
10.  Singing voles These rodents have short ears, often concealed by their long fur, and a short tail. The fur is soft and dense, especially in winter. They vary in color from pale tawny to pale grey, with buff-colored patches running from the undersides of the ears along the flanks to the rump, and buff or ochre underparts. The fur is lightly ticked with black guard hairs, but these are so sparse that have little effect on the visible coloration of the animal. The fur is greyer in color during the winter. The paws have sharp, narrow claws, which are largely hidden by fur. They are roughly no larger than a large field mouse. They avoid the most extreme environments by living above the tree line, preferring the open, well-drained slopes and rock flats with abundant shrubs and sedges of the Westmoore and higher up within the river lands.
FLORA --- (based on real plants with added benefits or aliments due to the effects of ethyr.)
11.  Artic Willowis rather small plant though it grows in long trailing branches that root seem to root where ever they can touch the surface. This plant grows prostrate, shrub, and carpet, making it dense and well suited for a den space. The leaves are oval shaped with pointed tips, wedge shaped bottoms, and have little stalks. The leaves are two-toned, the top of them a deep dull green while the underside of the leaf is a vibrant green. Net like veins spread rapidly through the leaf, as long hairs cover their leaves in a soft layer. The flowers of the Artic willow are small upright scaly spikes that are unisexual flowers that bare no petals and only blooms in the spring. The flowers are a brilliant sparkling pink and let loose a rather sweet smell. There are no taproots on this plant. The lateral roots are shallow due to the frozen ground underneath the permafrost. The plant bares no fruit only small dense seeds, these seeds have a variety of medicinal purposes depending how it is used, it can improve digestion, can be used as an antimicrobial, it also has antiviral properties, and is an anti-inflammatory and aids in minor pain relief, can relieve migraines and head aches, and also can be used to treat lice, kill fungus, relieve nausea, increase sex drive, and also it can help with bronchial irritation and asthma. While this seed has many benefits, it’s also important to note that high doses of the oils are toxic due to its narcotic properties. The seed is safe when used in small doses. Ingesting large amounts of the seed can cause convulsions, narcosis, circulatory problems and even coma. Additionally, when used improperly, seizures, paralysis, lack of clarity and other mental problems may occur. This plant is usually found growing in the rockier regions of Alyeska.
12.  Winter Red - a low growing evergreen, with a stem that rises 2 to 8 feet off the ground and is covered in a thick bark with fine silky hairs to help insulate the shrub. On the stem, there are many oval-shaped, leathery leaves that are up to an inch long. The flowers have five petals and are pale pink or white. The petals are curled around the narrow center. This shrub blooms during the late spring early summer and its fruit is a plump red berry around 3/8" in diameter. Winter Red is commonly found in Westmoore, Magna Pass and Nuvuk Valley.
13.  Caribou Moss - Caribou moss grows in the northern regions of Alyeska. It’s foamy, grey-green spongy mass grows on the ground and on rocks, growing to be 1 to 4 inches high. The stems, or stocks, are hollow, and branch out many times. Although it is called a moss it is actually a lichen. This lichen can be found within the rockier terrains of Alyeska and grow abundantly in The Westmore.
14.  Labrador TeaThis plant grows to be 4 to 5 feet. It will grow upright in the southern latitudes of the regions, but in the colder northern latitudes it will creep over the ground forming a dense carpet. It has woolly branches with narrow 1 to 2-inch leaves which are smooth on the upper side, with rusty hairs underneath. They droop slightly and edges are rolled under, and are a leathery green in color. At the ends of the branches are tiny clusters of white flowers with protruding stamen, which bloom in early summer. The most common part used from this plant are the leaves, which can be steeped for tea. The tea is very rich in vitamin C, can help a wolf recover from a cold or mild sickness. The leaves are also used for medicinal purposes. Externally it is used for all kinds of skin problems, the tea was used for stomach and nerve ailments. A syrup can be made if kept in the sun long enough, made from the tea to be used for coughs. The plant usually grows in wet meadows, bogs, and forest areas mostly in the lower latitudes of the region and grow abundantly due to the herbivores refraining from eating them as it is said to be slightly poisonous to them.
15.  Pasque - This flower has several stems that rise 6-8 inches off the ground. On each stem is one flower with 5-8 petals. The range of color in the petals is from dark lavender to almost white. In the center of the flower are yellow stamens. Below the flower, around the stem is a leaf covered in silky hairs, as is the rest of the plant. The fruit of the plant is a plum that is achenial, which means that one seed is attached to the ovary wall, like a strawberry seed. This flower is found in many areas within Alyeska. Only growing on southward facing slopes and is rather common. This flower is useful to treat eye diseases like cataracts.
16.  Tufted Saxifrage This plant is a small perennial that grows in thick mats on the tundra. It has several straight flower stems which can get 3 to 15 cm high. The leaves are rigid and very hairy and only 5 to 10 mm long. Their tips divide into 3 lobes. Two to ten flowers bloom from the top of each stem. Each flower has five white petals, that look like a bell when just opening and turn into a star when fully opened. This flower also has a small fruit which usually holds many small seeds. The Saxifrage has a well-developed underground root system for storing carbohydrates, so that they can respond quickly to the cold weather of the tundra. This plant likes to grow on the rocky slopes and crevices of the tundra. And it can be found from The Westmoore to Nuvuk Valley.
17.  Saskatoon Berry - Is a deciduous shrub or small tree that most often grows to 3 to 26 feet, rarely to 33 feet in height. Its growth form spans from suckering and forming colonies to clumped. The leaves are oval to nearly circular, 2–5 cm long and 1–4.5 cm broad, on a 0.5–2 cm leaf stem. As with all species the flowers are white, with five quite separate petals. The fruit from this tree/shrub is a small purple pome 5–15 mm in diameter, ripening in early summer in the coastal areas of Alyeska and late summer further inland.
18.  Cotton Grass is a creeping rhizomatous perennial sedge with an abundance of unbranched, translucent pink roots. Fully grown, it has a tall, erect stem shaped like a narrow cylinder or triangular prism; it is smooth in texture and green in color. Consisting of long, narrow solidly dark green leaves, which have a single central groove, and narrow from their wide base to a triangular tip. Up to seven green and brown aerial peduncles and chaffs protrude from umbels at the top of the stem from which achenes are produced after fertilization, each with a single pappus; these combine to form a distinctive white perianth. Cotton Grass is described as "a rather dull plant" in winter and spring, but "simply breathtaking" in summer and autumn,[10] when 1–7 conspicuous inflorescences – composed of hundreds of white pappi comparable to cotton, hair, tassels,or bristles – stand out against naturally drab surroundings. This plant grows abundantly within the Marshes and river banks of Alyeska.
19.  Tussock Grass are grasses that usually grow as singular plants in clumps, tufts, hummocks, or bunches, rather than forming a sod or lawn, in meadows, grasslands, and prairies. As perennial plants usually, they live more than one season. These grasses have long roots that may reach 2 meters or more into the soil, which can aid slope stabilization, erosion control, and soil porosity for precipitation absorption. Also, their roots can reach moisture more deeply than other grasses and annual plants during seasonal or climatic droughts. These Grasses are abundant across Alyeska and make up the majority of sod for the grazing animals.
20.  Northern Redcurrantis a deciduous shrub normally growing to 3 ½ to 5-foot-tall, with five-lobed leaves arranged spirally on the stems. The flowers are inconspicuous yellow-green, in pendulous racemes, maturing into bright red translucent edible berries with 3–10 berries on each raceme. An established bush can produce roughly 9 lbs of berries from mid to late summer. This plant is abundant in the forested regions of Alyeska.
21.  Artic Lupine - This is a perennial herb grows from a taproot and produces an erect stem up to 50 centimeters tall. The dark green, hairy leaves are borne upon rough, hairy petioles up to 17 centimeters long. The leaves are palmately compound, made up of 3 to 9 leaflets each measuring up to 6 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a raceme up to 15 centimeters long bearing up to 30 flowers. The flowers are usually blue, sometimes purple, and occasionally white. The banners of the pea like flowers may be tinged with pink. The fruit is a hairy, greenish to blackish legume pod 2 or 3 centimeters long. It contains up to 10 white-speckled black seeds each about half a centimeter long.] The plant may hybridize with other Lupine species when they grow together. This plant grows in several types of habitat, including fields of sedge and moss, alpine regions, and the hills of the Westmore. It grows more abundantly in moist and wet substrates. This species of plant also contains a neurotoxin called sparteine, possibly as a deterrent to herbivores such as the snowshoe hare and other foraging creatures. The levels of sparteine in the leaves cycle, becoming higher at night, when herbivory is more likely to occur. In addition to the hare, species of ground squirrel have been known to feed on the plant. When absorbed into the blood (from being ingested) it can impact both the central nervous system and the circulatory system. Symptoms include, Stomach discomfort, Diarrhea, Loss of coordination, Muscle tremors, Increase in heart rate, Excess salivation, Lethargy, Disinterest in eating, Nausea, Numbness, and Weakness. This plant can be found in various locations, most abundantly in the forest regions of Alyeska.
22.  Field Locoweed this plant blooms flowers during spring. These are racemes that are capitate or oblong, 4 to 15 cm in length. The plants have 8 to 32 flowers that rise from a scape. The actual flowers have five lobes and form a calyx tube. They are of a cream to yellowish color, but sometimes of pink, blue, or purple, with hairs that are usually black. The keel petals are pointed, and often have purple blotches. The plant also produces fruit which matures in late summer. These are legumes which are oblong-ovate 1.5 to 2 cm in length. They are mostly sessile and dehiscent from the tip. The fruit has is membranous and contains many seeds. The plant grows perennially, with an acquiescent forb reaching 20 to 50 cm in height and has a taproot. Leaves grow alternately in a pinnate fashion and are usually 8 to 40 cm long. The leaves are dimorphic, with primary leaves short ovate leaflets, and secondary leaves with 11 to 33 leaflets. These secondary leaflets are 1 to 2.5 cm long. This plant is highly poisonous and may cause loco disease in local herbivores if accidently ingested. From this it derives the common name field locoweed, it is therefore considered a worthless as food and is consumed only when other forage is not available to local herbivores. Though it could come in handy to those who want to mislabel their alpha as crazy and acquire their position.
23.  Alpine Laurel - is characterized as being short shrubs that have a maximum height of 24 inches and their growth rarely surpasses 6 feet in diameter. This plant can be distinguished by its clusters of pink or purple bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are held within five fused petals that open in the shape of a cup. The stamens held within the petals react to insects that land on them by covering them with pollen. The plant produces green fruits, which are small and hard in form. Fruits are five parted capsules. The leaves of this plant are oppositely attached and are not deciduous. The leaves are distinctly lanceolate in shape with rolled leaf edges, a leathery texture, and dark green color. The plant's branches and twigs are fuzzy in early growth and then during maturity become smooth and reddish brown to grayish in color. The Laurel are very poisonous plants. This is a stock-poisoning plant and can eliminate mass amounts of mammals. This plant grows in dense rocky regions of Alyeska.

Winter's honey: A beautiful plant that hangs upside down, found in most caves high up in the north. It only blooms during the night, shimmering a bright blue while dripping a honey like substance. It's leaves are a dark purple, with green orbs running through it's stem. It is said that the plant has medicinal purposes, curing early signs of pneumonia as well as small colds. It stands in at four feet and it's buds barely scrap the cave the floors. Many flock to the caves seeking to taste the sweet substance, most of the wolves being of healer nature. It normally grows in small clusters of two or three, sadly the beautiful flora only blooms three times before withering away.  

It is as dazzling as it is deadly in nature, shimmering like a curled icicle that spans up hundreds of feet. Hoisting three to four inch barbs on the tips of it's stems, it is a carnivorous plant that waits for it's prey with steady patience.  It's roots can grow several feet into a rocky wall, making it hard to rip out and destroy. Like a weed it regrows where old vines wither away, letting the wind carry them to another wall. While it is no immediate threat to large animals, it can leave them walking away with several cuts. However, if one was to fall against the vine wall it wouldn't be an easy escape. The vines become like a giant webbing, entangling all when fallen upon and leaving them to inevitably freeze.

Moonlight's glow:
The plant grows in only groups of two, showing off beautiful leaves of silver and buds of blue. The buds are made like dandelions from present times, able to be blown away by a simple breeze. The small plant can mostly be spotted on small floating icebergs. Their properties able to fight off both minor and major frost-bite, yet the trek to get to such a plant is risky. For predators have come to learn many seek the plant out, making the small swim to them....deadly. However, if one is able to reach the plant and return keeping the bud intact, the healing effects are well worth the journey.

Blood heart: The name of the flower matches its looks, moving in such a way it looks like a heart deprived of blood. A beautiful blue dazzled with red splotches, that run down two golden roots that glow when plucked. The odd beating plant can be found in fields of snow and mostly at the bottom rivers and ponds, it is a plant that thrives off water and cold.  It has no medicinal properties, one will find that it smells of warm iron/ much like the blood of prey. It does however have hallucinogenic, leaving one to experience terrible vivid dreams. It will seem like they are the one's being hunted, most of the time it will be ten to fifteen minutes before they are able to calm down. Though, for those who love being scared this is definitely to be eaten.  

Ivory Kiss:
The Ivory Kiss is a small mushroom that is meant to paralyze, a small purple fungus it grows on the trees of forests. It has also like the moon's glow become a predator plant, meaning many predators watch the plant. It is speckled in white with a tiny blow hole among the top, when any creature nears the hole white spores spew from it. Once inhaled the creature becomes immobile within minutes, sadly the creature can still feel it's body and is awake. It grows in clusters of eight or nine never reaching more than four inches high, truly a dazzling plant to view from afar.

Sleeping Raspberry:
This majestic little plant is a favorite among small and large herbivores, a tightly packed clusters of raspberries totaling nine. Each little red juice packed fruit bump is covered in a small layer of frost, giving the berries that sweet taste and mingling with the tartness of a raspberry. This plant's beautiful home resides on a bush that grows in orchard like style along hillsides, making it perfect for hundred of snowshoe's to be living around. It is a plant that blooms almost year round, only going into a small break period for two months. The downside to this plant though is that it becomes poisonous after the sun sets, many small creatures fall victim to the rapidly acting poison during the night.  Oddly enough the poison is okay to be consumed from prey to predator, for meat eaters possess a certain enzyme which breaks the poison down.

Angel Tulip:
The Angel Tulip is a rare breed that dazzles golden buds, its leaves spreading out like the wings of an angel. It is said that this plant blooms only once a year, one flower for each different terrain (Water, Rock, Hill, Cave). It can cure poison from the system even after it's worst effects have set in, though it would take days for the victim to fully recover. The beautiful flower shines gold during the day and burns a bright silver at night. The beautiful plant is sought out by many if they have loved ones who have become ill due to a toxic plant's effects.

Rainbow Rose: The rainbow rose is a gorgeous flower, containing every color in the spectrum. It grows upwards of three or feet into the air, lush petals giving off a different smell each time one sniffs them. It ranges from many different fruits, mostly switching between blueberry and cherry; sometimes banana. It grows in the warmer sections of Alyeska's terrain, sometimes being found growing just beneath lush green trees. It is the perfect gift to show love for another, giving off a sweet bubble gummish like smell upon being plucked.

Lilies: These is one of the more normal plants of Alyeska, growing in clusters all around the land. The flowers are large coming  in a range of colors, from white, silver, and or deep blue. It's marking include spots and brush like strokes that differ from it's normal base color, giving off the smell of sweet honey and mango often more times than most. It can grow anywhere from a small three feet to a medium of five feet, with the larger flowers containing more petals than the smaller ones. It also produces more fragrance compared to the smaller types.  


Gurry Shark:
These massive sea beasts have evolved to be the best hunters, growing to massive lengths of eight to ten feet. It mostly hangs around the bergs containing the Moon's glow plant, having drug many creatures to their watery graves. Every so often missing a leg leaving it to float to the surface, one will never know if one is lurking. While having terrible eye sight, it's sense of hearing the cracking of ice and crunching snow. It can hear the heart beat of a snowshoe a top the ice, sometimes coming from below for a breaching kill. Due to the saturation of Ethyr the Gurry has developed an extremely hardened nose/ skull, perfect for ramming the ice above it. It's body is thick and rounded much like a torpedo, with spines that can rise and fall depending on how angry it is. It's also know for using these spines to gut it's prey while they are swimming, rather than outright chase it.

A true bird of prey that stands at six and a half feet tall, able to run over thirty miles an hour. It has a multiple colored clusters of feathers on its body. While the Gastornis has almost terrible hearing that's not true about it's eye sight. It's eyes can track the slightest movement within the snowy fog, having always been a single hunter until recently. The Gastornis have become saturated by Ethyr, having grown horns atop their heads capable of piercing their prey. They now roam the riverlands in groups of two or three, like apex hunters they stalk and kill large moose and sometimes mammoths. Their sense of smell brings them from far lands, leaving a fresh kill to become picked clean within twenty to thirty minutes;if left unattended.

King Penguin: This bird is not as big nor as harmful as the Gastornis, lounging around all day it pretty much watches over its young. It never grows over three feet tall, weighing less than forty-five pounds as well making it easy prey. They live on the edges of the white and can be found huddled on large icebergs, the male's being slower than the females sometimes. It all depends on which one holds the egg, sometimes abandoning the egg to get away. There will be a few King's that will be exiled due to mutations, such as large spines running down the back of it's neck. This would make it harder for a predator to latch on without receiving damage. This docile bird will  always run from danger, fleeing into the water where more waiting predators  are. They live in families of literally hundreds and have grown out of normal family capacity, making the need to hunt them that much more important.

Groundhog: This little rodent sits in at twenty-four inches and weighs as little as ten pounds, coated in a muddy brown pelt making them an easy target. They are alert little creatures that live in family sizes of ten to fifteen, often having three of four watching for predators. During the immediate signs of danger they open their mouths and emit a high pitched scream, often sacrificing themselves so the others can get to safety. Their burrows often only go four to five feet below the surface, always containing at least two exit holes; making for easy escape. They are easy prey that have over taken the land, becoming an easy feast for many tribes who wish to partake in such hunts.

Sooty Tern: These majestic birds are a beautiful snow white, with a black head that extends from the bottom of their necks. Reaching a small height of only one foot and weighing less than three pounds, these small birds are mainly found around the southern regions of Alyeska for a couple months a year. They spend most their year flying across the ocean, only returning to the land to breed and leaving them open as food. The sooty Tern are so stubborn they will often harass predators, flying in front of them and attacking their backs. They nest out in flocks of fifty or sixty and will flee from danger, unless of course their young are at stake. The birds will always leave half the flock to watch over the young, the others venturing out for food.

Walrus: These mustached and long-tusked  titans are most often found near large icebergs and or the ocean, lying on the ice with hundreds of companions. These marine mammals are extremely sociable, prone to loudly bellowing when danger comes close, males using their long tusks like ice picks to drag themselves up onto land. Covered in a deep brown like blubber able to brave the harshest of blizzards, huddling together for unmatched warmth. The females will most often flee into the water and depending on the size of the male, they can simply roll and crush a full grown wolf. It would take a hunting size of three or four to finally outmatch the males. 
1.Snow Leopard:
Born to survive in the harsh mountain environments of the north, the snow leopards are a hardy species. With pale white pelts littered in gray rosettes, they can be very difficult to see in the snowy landscape. They’re large paws help them stay above the snow, and their tail is used to keep balance. For the most part, these large cats are not known for being aggressive. However, with food scarce as it is, it is not unheard of for one of these creatures to attack someone invading its territory. They hunt alone, being known for their solitary nature.
2.Snowy Owl:
Large white owls native to arctic regions, the snowy owl hunts in the open fields of snow. They often perch somewhere high, and wait for a smaller prey animal to make the mistake of crossing out into the open. Their bodies are bulky with very dense feathering and fluffier feathers near their feet that give them a larger appearance. Rather than a screech-like sort of hoot, the snowy owl hoot is low, powerful, and raspy. Almost like a howl when they become territorial.
Pale blue, and opaque like frosted glass, icethorn has several dangers and uses. As a vine plant with sharp thorns it twists and curls cruelly just under the snow. It usually only barely scratches the surface; where it can be found by the slight sparkle it gives off against light. Its’ thorns secrete a paralyzing poison. For smaller prey this can set to work nearly instantly. For larger animals such as wolves it usually takes a good hour depending on how many times they have been scratched and how deeply it penetrates the skin. When the vine itself is consumed with the thorns carefully removed, icethorn can be used to numb pain. Consuming the thorns however is deadly as the poison slows the functions of every organ it touches until they stop working all together.
4.Fanged Pine:
Similar in appearance to pine trees, a fanged pine has evolved to survive without the green nettles most other pines have. Instead it houses wickedly sharp, needle-like growths on its branches. These growths supply the tree’s new diet of blood. As animals pass through its branches the growths scratch and tear into them. The blood is then soaked into the needles where it passes through the tree. A well-fed tree has blackish-red needles, while a malnourished tree’s are gray. While the fanged pine might be thought of as highly dangerous, smaller animals will still make it their home. As though in a trade for sustenance, the tree offers protection. Smaller animals can more easily hide within its branches while larger hunting animals have a difficult time getting through the growths before losing too much blood. Consuming the growths has no benefit but wolves have learned to use the needles to suck out blood toxins.
Hardier than nearly any other plant, knotweed is known for its terribly thick roots. It takes an incredible amount of force to bite through it; the plant’s way of protecting itself. In appearance it the roots are dark brown like deep earth soil. It grows entirely underground in forests where it attaches to the roots of trees to feed off of their nutrients. This can become dangerous to the tree when enough knotweed grows in but there is usually a balance kept in check. Rarely will knotweed grow enough to kill its host. Prey animals with sharp enough teeth or a hard enough bite use knotweed as an amazing source of nutrients. Even meat-eaters can make use of the healthy food. Beyond its normal benefits, when crushed or chewed into a paste, knotweed can be used to quickly heal wounds when placed directly on them.
Known for its beautiful flowers, crownbeard has golden plumes with rounded petals. It looks like a rose with the farthest petals curling up to sharp points like a crown. Its seeds are white with fuzz surrounding them, and sprout along the underside of the petals: making the plant’s ‘beard’. These seeds are then easily picked up by the wind to start new groves. Crownbeard grows close to water sources, and are very rare. They barely survive in the cold climates and their lifetime is very short. Blooming for only a few days a year to produce seeds before frostbite kills the flower. Other than being beautiful, crownbeard has very few uses. Chewing on the petals can invigorate a wolf for a short time, and the seeds are terrible allergens.
Only growing along freshwater sources, rabbitbrush is called such for the puffy white ‘petals’ it produces. Usually producing three to four puffs, or petals, per flower, the plant has a long green stem and short roots. The roots are good sources of nutrients, and the petals make excellent makeshift ‘bandages’. They clog bleeding wounds and when wet become sticky enough to cling to skin. Eating the petals gives no benefits, and they can even be harmful. Swallow enough and they can block airways; making it impossible to breath.

8.Choking Willow:
Growing in areas saturated with snow and water, the choking willow is a distant cousin of the willows that once graced the unfrozen earth. Their trunks and pure white with long wisps of hanging leaves and branches. The leaves are a pale frosted blue. Beautiful as this tree is, it is incredibly dangerous. Once an animal has found itself walking into its reaches, the branches latch onto and tighten around them until the animal is cold and dead. It then releases its prey to decompose beneath it and create fresh new soil that the willow lives off of. Most have learned to never go near these trees, however, the branches closest to the trunk produce a lifesaving fruit. It’s what looks like a white apple with black leaves. Eating the fruit has been known to cure all manner of ailments, and even heal grievous wounds that might otherwise kill a wolf.
9.Painted Wildflower
Growing hidden under mounds of snow in open fields, the petals of this plant are exceptionally hardy. They keep their vibrancy all year round and can survive without light. They have long stems and grow in large patches, with round petals soft as velvet. When crushed and mixed with water, these petals make excellent paints and dyes. The stains left behind when rubbed into fur can last a few weeks even when submerged in water. They don’t do much else, but can be used for pranks when snuck into food to turn someone’s mouth different colors.

10.Frosted Sage
Similar to sage, frosted sage is a mutated version of the original plant. It’s green leaves appear frozen with small white hairs growing from them to insulate the plant from the cold. Like the original, frosted sage offers some similar benefits such as easing digestive problems and helping with depression. However, it also offers another added benefit. The small hairs on the leaves secrete a warming liquid that collects heat. When swallowed, this offers a refuge from the agonizing cold of the landscape. However, it is very temporary and the colder it is the shorter this will last.

11. Lichbloom
A very ugly plant, lichbloom has dull gray vines with pasty-looking leaves and flower buds. The flowers create a terrible scent much like decayed flesh and secrete a slime that insulates the plant. If someone can get past the terrible scent and the worse taste without retching, the flower buds help with several ailments. These include aches and pains, colds, migraines, and asthmatic symptoms. When enough buds are swallowed lichbloom can react violently with stomach acid forcing someone to empty the contents of their stomach should they have swallowed something poisonous or otherwise dangerous.

12. Itchleaf
With an appearance incredibly similar to common bush plants, itchleaf is quite the menace. It’s hardy and invasive; usually found in forests where the undergrowth is thick. It’s round leaves are slightly barbed at the edges with the slightest of red tips. These leaves are coated in a severe skin irritant. This irritant causes itchy rashes to appear on the skin and can lead to baldness in those areas if scratched at too much. Animals with thicker fur are generally safe as the leaves can only brush against the surface. However, should enough of the skin irritant oil seep its way down they would face the same trouble. It is notedly best to immediately wash in cold water so that the oils slide away before they can contact skin.

13. Tarleaf
Called such for it’s sticky, midnight black leaves; the tarleaf is a bush plant. It grows in small bushes, usually on mountainsides. The sticky tar-like substance on the leaves sticks to animals that get too close and falls off a few days later to attempt to grow where it lands. Eating the leaves is unwise as the tar can be numbing when consumed, however it is not poisonous. The major use of the plant comes from using the leaves as makeshift bandages. The tar can hold cuts together and when it falls off naturally, the wound is generally closed up depending on the severity.

14. Snow Pepper
Bitterly spicy, with a long lasting aftertaste, snow peppers are rare and difficult to find. They only grow in the very coldest of environments where it is most dangerous to travel. Generally along a cliff’s edge or around glaciers. They are considered somewhat like a delicacy with such an interesting taste. Moreso, they are prized for their ability to keep a wolf warm for hours. The peppers safely increase body heat when eaten and help insulate against the cold. They otherwise have no medicinal use other than stinging to high heaven when the juices get into an open wound.

15.Polar Moss
Clinging to rocks and trees, polar moss is dark green made of small, clover-like patches. It is an incredibly plentiful plant and can be found nearly anywhere. Consuming it holds no benefits, however it does have other uses. It holds scents well, making it ideal for marking territory. Polar moss also can be used to stop bleeding in wounds temporarily. While fresh it expands to cover the wound but it dries when pulled within a day and shrinks at which point its use has run its course.

16. Starnettle
Grown on mountainsides and open fields, starnettle is a viciously sharp flowering plant with golden thorns, green stems, and midnight blue flowers. The flower petals are pointed; five petals each bloom to look like a star. When poked by the nettles, they leave a nasty and long lasting sting. The blooms, however, can be used as a hallucinogen when chewed and muscle relaxer when consumed. It is a common ritual plant, though difficult to harvest due to the nettles along the stem.

17. Kingsvine
Kingsvine is a large hanging and ground vine usually found in treetops. It circles the tops of trees like a crown and grows thick enough to blot out light. It is parasitic, living off of the nutrients of trees and often killing its host. When it does so, kingsvine begins to blanket the ground to feed off of any plant life it can. Though harmless to wolves and other fauna, kingsvine kills the food of prey animals and should always be destroyed on sight. 

18. Frost Lotus
Blooms with violet centers and sky blue petals, the frost lotus grows under the ice of frozen lakes and rivers. It is incredibly beautiful and on the rarer end of the spectrum. Not to mention how dangerous it is to harvest. The flower’s uses include temporarily heightening senses and helping those with depression when consumed. It can also sooth nerves when rubbed against skin.

Called such for the metallic sheen of its leaves, silverleaf is a small bush plant that grows in forested areas. It has very peculiar properties that make it incredibly useful. For example, when dried, the leaves harden as though made of metal. Then can be stuck together and used as armor or shelter. Because of this the leaves are not safe to eat as they can harden in the stomach of a wolf and cut into their organs. Plant consuming animals with the right set of teeth can chew the leaves into smaller bits and safely eat them. The plant helps to keep the animal’s teeth hard and strong as well as boosting their immune system. If successfully crushed finely enough, the plant can have a similar effect for wolves.

Found underwater near the southern icy shores, stranglekelp can be incredibly dangerous. It is easily wrapped around a swimmer’s limbs; entangling them until they can no longer move. The plant itself is made up of exceptionally long ‘leaves’ that sway in the ocean current and hide many aquatic creatures from predators. It is dark green in color and grows in large patches that can go on for a mile or so. Should someone manage to harvest some the plant is very nutritional and helps with metabolism.

I • WINTERWEAVE • At first glance, winterweave appears almost invisible against the backdrop of rock, ice, and snow. It possesses the ability to change colour, blending into the background like a chameleon would. Different parts of this plant may assume different colours at the same time; unlike a chameleon, winterweave is much harder to spot. However, this applies only to a living plant. Once it is plucked, winterweave is a disappointing, swamp green. Each leaf can be pulled apart into hair-thin threads, hence the name winterweave. The plant is merely sustenance to other animals - it seems only to have special effects on wolves. Winterweave is a hallucinogenic and a painkiller - eat enough of it and you wouldn't be able to feel it even if a bear took a bite out of you, but you'd also be completely crazy.

II • APPLE • The apple is a deciduous tree, standing up to 12 m. The leaves are alternately arranged dark green-colored simple ovals with serrated margins and slightly downy undersides. Blossoms are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves, and are produced on spurs and some long shoots. The flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades, five petaled, with an inflorescence consisting of a cyme with 4–6 flowers. The central flower of the inflorescence is called the "king bloom"; it opens first, and can develop a larger fruit. The fruit matures in late summer or autumn. Wolves may not usually eat apples, but they are good for luring herbivores and other fruit-eating prey during a hunt. Apart from the cyanide in the seeds, apples offer no harmful effects, and even the seeds must be eaten in great numbers for them to be truly fatal. The fruit is sweet, and is a pleasant treat.

III • SONG • Pronounced s-oh-ng, and in a soh tone (in C), this plant has an almost melodic-sounding name. Nobody really knows what it means, but when taken in a wolf, it causes the muscles to lose tension and go soft and relaxed. This makes the consumer feel as if they are floating on a bed of air. It is usually taken as a sedative, or as a way to relieve tension in the body. In other animals, the plant does much the same thing, except the effect is less noticeable. Take too much, though, and the heart may cease to beat. The song plant is a humble bush, leaves a muted cyan. It glows a softly pulsating white. Song is often found underwater, and its comforting glow seems to last forever, even when eventually defecated. All parts of the plant can be taken, but the effect is concentrated in the smallest leaves. Song does not flower and hence, produces no fruits.

IV • MU • Pronounced moo, this plant produces an extremely sticky sap, that, when dried, forms a substance as hard as steel. One must be careful not to get the sap on them, as it dries fast and is extremely difficult to remove. The sap is clear and transparent, so is often used in traps. Only by eating the fruit of the plant, can one secrete light oils that coat the pelt and cause the sap to slide off as easily as it got on. The downside is that mu is a tree, reaching up to 5m in height, and the fruits are found only on the highest branches. Mu is also carnivorous - hence, the trapping sap. It oozes out of the roots, so any wolf treading near a mu tree must be careful to look out for this dangerous ground. Mu looks like most trees but can be recognised by the surface roots that snake around the tree, spreading the sap on the ground. Prey animals seem to be able to easily sense the presence of mu - a wolf can usually follow them to avoid this plant.

V • KALIKONG • This plant floats on the surface of water bodies, and has long, dangling roots. It has pale pink leaves, and coral-white roots. When the roots are eaten, it causes a wolf to become snappy and agitated but also compels them to tell the truth for about thirty minutes up to an hour. Wolves who take this root tend to say "kalikong kalikong" every few minutes, which is how this plant earned its name. Nobody really knows why they do it, but it's hypothesised to be related to their grouchy attitude. Since prey animals can't speak, this plant just causes them to become keyed-up, and it's unwise to go near one in this state, as they could very well be driven to attacking a wolf.

VI • SWEETMINT • Sweetmint is a petite-looking plant, delicate and small. It grows hidden in the grasses of Westmoore and the Riverlands, giving off a mild, minty scent. The leaves are plump and slightly furry; it is in them that the signature syrupy taste of the plant is found. Eaten, it causes no adverse effects and hence is often used to disguise the taste of a bitter food. Sweetmint is easy to find - you could not go five metres without encountering a cluster of them.
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