The alpha or alphas are the supreme rulers of the pack. Their word is law. There is usually one alpha who's mate also becomes alpha when the mate ceremony is complete, they have the same power as the actual alpha but usually the regular alpha's word is law, and if he/she overrides their mate (the one who became alpha because of mateness) then whatever they said is void. The pups that show potential alpha qualities are granted a necklace with a glowing stone around their neck and when the time comes one of them can either step down, or they will have a fight and whoever is the loser, be it to severe injury, death, giving up, or when the fight is deemed over by the healer the winning wolf becomes alpha and their necklace still glows (did I mention these things glow all throughout their life until they lose the fight?) then the necklace is just turned into a normal necklace. When the old alpha dies the new alpha will take his or her place. Only the alpha's first litter of pups will have a potential alpha, this can be anywhere from one pup to all of them. The potential pups, deemed by the healers, will be sent on a journey to receive their stones (Each glowing stone's colour means something different) but it is secret and if they tell what happens on the journey (which each pup takes on his or her own at around a month) their stone will no longer grow. If an alpha dies prematurely with no pups a new leader will be chosen by the healer/healers, no questions asked, and that alpha will go on the journey. If all the pups die from the first litter the next litter will then have the next alpha/alphess. The alpha/alphess retires at about 10 years of age and allows the new alpha to take their place after training them for a year.The losers of the contest, if they live, will continue to wear the necklaces and will be moved to the Omega Position (Please see Omega) and will never have a chance at becoming alpha again even if their sibling or the one who beat them dies a premature death. The alpha is buried with his or her bracers, like all wolves, BUT also their necklace which, will no longer glow. If the next alpha has a litter before he/she becomes alpha then their first litter as alpha will have the next alpha, not the very first one they had. May add more later
Betas work the same way as Alphas, but without the gems and necklaces. Their mate's get the same position as they do. Their word is law as well, but can be vetoed by the alpha(s). Their pups do not get the position after their parents' deaths, the beta is chosen by the alpha. If an alpha dies then there is a chance his/her beta can be kicked from his/her position as well as his/her mate and a new one will be appointed by the new alpha.
They will never mate, never have pups, and that is that. Their bracers usually aren't made of metal, and arent bracers at all, but bracelets made of different herbs, berries, grasses, etc. If a healer is caught in a romance, has pups, etc. They will be sentence to death, no questions asked. Usually Healers are females who cannot have puppies, but males have been known to be healers too. Healers Apprentices are chosen by the Lead Hunter and Lead Fighter and there is only two apprentices at a time.
They make the bracers and the knowledge is passed from generation to generation, which was taught to them long ago by a druid who knew how to speak wolf. (Her name may or may not have been Ardra -whistles-) They choose a solitary life, still apart of the pack and participating in hunts and wars / training for battle, however they usually choose to have no mates or pups of their own- however this is a CHOICE and they can have a mate and pups if they so choose. They usually live together with their apprentice by themselves in another abandoned forge across the 'city'. Blacksmith apprentice is chosen by the Lead Hunter and Lead Fighter
Lead Hunter & Lead Fighter
The lead hunter is an elite wolf, but also a normal member. He/she leads the pack on the hunt usually next to the alphas, or if the alphas are busy he/she leads the pack all on his/her own. He/she is also in charge of running small hunting expeditions. All pack members are hunters. The lead warrior works the same way, but he/she will not lead the pack when war comes, however he/she is responsible for placing the pups into categories - submissive, normal, healer apprentice, blacksmith apprentice, or into normal hunting and fighting training. All submissive and normal members are fighters, healers are not, and blacksmiths may participate. Alphas, betas, and omegas are as well.
They are fighters and hunters. They take care of the camp and stuff o3o
They really are cared for greatly, they aren't viewed as a threat because they aren't 'dominant' enough and they are the heart of the pack loved and cherished by all
Wolves who weren't alpha enough, they are sort of outcasts not really fitting in anywhere. An Omega CAN Redeem his or herself, but they must show full potential that they arent a threat to the alpha or beta positions and they must pledge loyalty to the alpha (A lot of alpha-like wolves have issues with this)
Nursing or expecting she-wolves, they do not participate in hunts or fight practices very often and are cared for greatly by the pack
To young to be members or apprentices, rough and tumble babies who are always causing trouble!