Northern Corner Brush Wolves
There are two varieties of wolves in 4 Corners. There is the Southern Corner variety, which will be covered in a separate article, and the Nothern variety, which will be covered here. Northern Corner Brush Wolves are a bit smaller, thinner, and wirier than their Southern cousins. They operate with the same pack mentality but evolved to catch prey better in their own environment of the North which is mostly covered in tall grasslands, rocky hills, and mountains. Since there are little to no forests to build proper dens, these wolves have larger, stronger, front feet and claws to assist with digging the dry, rocky dirt. Although they are often mistaken for foxes, it is important for travelers out in the wilds of the Northern Corner to know that, unlike foxes which are often solitary creatures, these wolves hunt in very large packs of up to 20. They can easily overwhelm an unsuspecting target. They are incredibly intelligent creatures, and they use their digging prowess to further help with hunting by digging holes for unsuspecting creatures to fall into, then pouncing on the trapped prey. A number of merchants have recounted tales of losing carts, supplies, and sometimes their lives due to a brush wolf trap. As populations of people grew, the brush wolves were pushed out of their typical hunting grounds and forced into smaller hunting territories. Some packs even turned to scavenge the streets for scraps and garbage which further irritated the people. It is not uncommon for the Northern Corner Brass Guard to be called to households and businesses to take care of chasing away or killing the beasts that are trying to find a quick and easy meal. While a menace to densely populated areas, people who live on the outskirts of towns and in small villages have grown to respect and live harmoniously. They are considered a symbol of intelligence, ingenuity, and adaptation among many peoples. In some populations, they are revered and worshipped, and festivals and holidays are held to celebrate a creature that has survived the ages just as long as people have. The Feast of the Brush Wolf often occurs just after harvests or a prosperous hunt, and the people of the towns and villages will set out a portion of their feast for the packs that live around their village to keep the beasts happy and away from their people.