The word Canaan is derived from its original significance as a Biblical city to be a play on the word Canine. The Canaan tribe is more like a tribe of nomadic ninjas/thieves. They travel like the wind, passing through cities stealing whatever they can find as quickly as possible with few casualties and by way of the ninja, without being seen or clearly identified. They are prone to guerrilla warfare if confronted by war and because dogs are rather plenty, the agents of the Canaan span far and wide that it can be stereotyped that most dog anthros may be affiliated. They don't exactly have an imperialistic goal. Instead, they only choose to survive in an anarchical society absent of taxes, unemployment, and hardship. Everyone gets fed in the tribe and everyone gets what they need. So the Canaan have not a set residence.
They are swift and deadly like the ninja with techniques set for execution, traps, outwitting the opponent, poison, suicidal warfare, dirty play, etc. The Canaan though ruthless do bear a sense of honor, what that is however is not known for not many know of the Canaan and live to talk about them. In fact, they are also known to be only mere legend because of their elusive lifestyle.HistoryThis will depend on the history of the RP. How did anthropomorphs come to be or were they always here? Did man exist once? Did the animals over several years evolve? Who is the god of this RP that created this anthro world and its races?Government and Politics
The Canaan preside over an anarchical government as paradoxical as that sounds. Anarchy for the Canaan is freedom, and as they occupy the lands of several tribes during their period of migration, it is not the law of that country that governs them, but the law of the Canaan that govern the Canaan.
The order that governs the Canaan is an ancient order that is very mafia in its function. All pups are raised with the duty to protect the tribe, and when they come of age, where they are no longer pup but dog, they must join a raiding party that will sweep into the cities, and they must steal something of value and escape with it alive and unseen to prove themselves. Most Canaan pups are successful in their Rite of Passage
for the nationalistic love they have for their nation.The Status of Canaan Males and Females
Male Canaanites have the duty of bearing the strength, dominance, and the discipline over their families. They are allowed free roam of the tribes’ females for no female is married. The males instead do battle for the rights of sleeping with a female that is if ever the male meets challenge by another male. There are no laws that stunt the tribe’s right to reproduce and multiply.
Female Canaanites bear the duty of caring for their pups, but this does not mean they cannot be warriors. Female Canaanites can at times be just as strong as Male Canaanites and when they are not with litter, they are required to serve The Canaan as any male would. However, Female Canaanites are prohibited from taking missions that require them to venture outside the clan. Their duties are more of a guardsman rather than a soldier, protecting the tribe from close-quarter attack, ambush, or breach. Female Canaanites have little right when it comes to whom they can sleep with. If the strongest male wins in the battle, then she is required to mate with that male in order to have strong pups. If so, however, a female is challenged for the seed of that male, then she must do battle with her challenger for rights to mate. This ensures that only champion pups are born into the tribe.Pups
Pups when born are checked for deformities, growths, diseases, or any abnormalities. Those pups that are unfortunate are immediately slaughtered and their corpses burned so as not to risk epidemic or hereditary ailments to be passed down. Long ago, it was overlooked that Female Canaanites were allowed to eat their pups. In the case that their pups were born with physical weakness or such ailments, the female would cannibalize so as to spare her pups from being slaughtered. A law on cannibalism was then passed down prohibiting the devouring of pups for the ailments of the pups may pass into the devourer and affect the tribe. A male must be present when a female gives birth to her pups and must immediately inspect each pup; over longer periods, the male is also to keep an eye on the pups’ growth for if ailments appear later in their maturity, it is the male’s responsibility to execute his pup.
Because of the strict breeding laws in the Canaan tribe, several of the dogs are of mixed breed, either standing larger than others or smaller than others. Their traits are sparse, but each member upon specializing in a certain talents are placed into special positions within the tribe.Alpha Lord & Lady
The role of the Alpha is a predestined role, where when the last alpha finally dies, the tribe holds tournaments that all members that have acquired the title of Dog must participate in. The winners of the tournament—one male and one female—are then required to mate and give birth to the tribes belief, The Alpha Litter
. The safety of the Alpha Litter is held above all other litters for within that litter exists the leader of the Canaan tribe. When the Alpha pups have acquired their Rite of Passage to dogs, they immediately undergo harsh training to weed out the weak from the strong, and then the male and female pups must do battle with the male and females of the tribe. If an Alpha male or female is unable to reign as champion of the tournament, then the process must be repeated until an Alpha Male and Female preside as champions. Once the champions are acquired, then the remaining members of the Alpha Litter become The Elite
. The champions acquire the title of Alpha Lord
The Alpha Lord and Lady are the supreme heads of the Canaan tribe. As wonderful as it may sound, it is difficult being the figurehead of power over the tribe. For an alpha can only mate with an alpha, and so if an alpha lord has not been chosen nor has an alpha lady, then the alpha lord or lady must wait to pass on his or her genes. More than likely, the successor would be one of The Elite.
Currently, there exists an Alpha Lord, but an Alpha Lady has yet to take the chair.The Elite
The Elite are members of the Alpha Litter that are second in command to the Alpha Lord and Lady. The Elite often are sent off to govern other sections of the tribe and to reign over that section as Top Dog
. There are no specific mating laws for the Elite. Like average males and females of the tribe, they are allowed to mate with whomever, but if a Lord or Lady is missing, then either the Male or Female Elites are required to remain in tourney until one has been chosen. There can be numerous Elites; depending on how many times an Alpha Litter had to be born. In the case of there being several Elites, which is a regular case, the Elite become a special task force for the Canaan, leading assassinations or raids into dangerous territory.Hierarchy
The Ministers play the role of the advisors for the Alpha Lord and Lady, assisting in keeping the monarchs up to date on pack conditions. There are five ministers per pack that cycle intelligence to and fro: Public Relations, Census, Foreign Relations, Army, and Tactic. The hierarchy is the same for each pack. It's not much but the Canaan don't require too much being dogs, and once trained a certain way, they loyally follow that way to the end.Foreign Tribal Relations
Amongst most tribes, the Canaan are known to be harassers as they constantly penetrate the permanent residences of other nations, sweeping through restaurants and markets, taking and leaving nothing in return. With the Fox, Bear, and Feline Tribes, they are known amongst the black bears, red foxes, and domesticated cats as a nuisance often chasing them for fun or scaring them into the trees. Although the Canaan are separate from most dog tribes that aren’t as genetically reinforced as them, there is a thread of affiliation between them. The Canaan are a legend amongst most dog tribes that have never laid eyes on a member and so most issues that include lawbreaking are placed on the possible existence of the Canaan.
The Canaan, however, bear respect to the Wolf Tribe and do not touch their lands for hereditary reasons. It was the grey wolf from which the dogs evolved, and so their hierarchical structure bears similarities to that of the wolf tribe, but because of the mixed breeds that comprise the Canaaanites, they run things differently.Communities and Regions
The Canaan live in hiding in several regions. The main headquarters often migrates about the expanse of the grassland though can also shift to another region if that region is secure. Elites tend to run the packs in other regions such as the snowy valleys about the mountains, the forests, and coasts. Dog tribes can be found almost anywhere except the swamplands of the amphibian and reptile tribes.Military
The Canaan tend to utilize guerilla warfare when confronted with conflict. They fancy using strategically placed traps to surprise or cripple the enemy, and ambush. Being a nomadic tribe with no set residence makes them quite a pest to obliterate, and they tend to know the land like the back of their paws. The Canaan military is often pre-emptive in the form of assassinations, and if pressured will result to suicide barrages.
Each soldier is trained in classified forms of combat and utilizing speed and deadly accuracy are capable of taking down several foes before succumbing to death. The Canaan military are creative when it comes to dealing with the enemy, and also ruthless. They won’t hesitate to torture any prisoners they take in order to milk the information from them.
xPoison – Senban/Vials
xExplosives – Gunpowder
Stealing and barterCulture
Despite their warrior government and mafia-like economy, the Canaan take pride in being dogs and not just any dog, but Canaanites. They believe that their government is a strict and hardworking one perfect for such a strong race and to ensure that their clans’ existence continues on for several generations. The tournaments are cultural as well as beneficial, and a place for the dogs to let loose for awhile. They tend to enjoy dances celebrations comprised of bones and percussion instruments. They also take joy in reenacting past victories. There are eating contests, tests of scent and hearing, fetch, walks, and digging contests. The Canaan tend to enjoy bones and meat, creating plates, utensils, and pots out of bowls or making other uses such as jewelry or miscellaneous. The festivals are often once a week and set up for soldiers to wind down and loosen up.Religion
Being the cousins of the wolf tribe, they share a similar religion since dogs evolved from the grey wolf.Education
Pups are raised to be soldiers as well as blacksmiths, apothecaries, bone artisans, spies, etc. Whatever is necessary for the tribe’s survival. The pups are forced into job positions based on their performance in that job and will continue to study and remain with that job for the duration of their lives.Science and Technology
The Canaan specialize in several sciences that go along with the body, toxicology, botany, etc. They fancy light, plated armors so as to not hinder their movement.Canaan VisualsThese pictures are property of their respectful owners. I do not own any of these pictures, instead, they are used as a visual example for a fantasy tribe. Click the paw prints for examples, although it was difficult to find tribal-looking dogs since dog pictures are rare, I did find some casual representations. I tried drawing anthros, but I draw human beings more than anthropomorphs so it was too rusty to even attempt. I won't have a visual example for my character, but I will have a written description.