Weed Wolf

Weed wolves are an animal-plant hybrid dog species that has split off over time into many different breeds. They function better in groups than they do individually, even if that group doesn't consist of solely other weed wolves.

Common affinities Earth
Ability to plan and abstract Low
Language None
Diet Small animals, fruit
Native location All over Owel
Size between 1 and 4 feet (30~120 cm)

Large image of Weed Wolves

Influence

Hereditary influence

Moderate to high.

Environmental influence

Moderate to high.

Ability to reason

Low; they tend to operate on instinct or by how they were trained.
Though not quite as intelligent as foxbats or cagroo, there are weed wolf breeds for many basic tasks.

Language

Usually nothing, sometimes Plant.

Habitat

Climate preference

Varies depending on plant life making up part of the body.

Native location

They originate from Owel.

Common locations

Anywhere on Owel. The "weed" part of their name comes from their invasive nature and the difficulty in removing wild populations from any infested area.

Elements

Affinities

Earth, with cases of every other element having been reported except Spirit and its subtypes.

It takes a couple of generations for new elements to be introduced into a litter of weed wolves, which is about the same amount of time it takes for new plant life to appear in the litter's coats.

Weaknesses

Weed wolves are susceptible to Spirit and all of its subtypes. They are especially prone to charm spells.

Resistances

Weed wolves are good at withstanding physical damage.

Society

Weed wolves tend to split into groups of "hunters" and "babysitters".

Weed wolves are notorious for being annoying and destructive. They are devastating in the wild if you're not prepared for them; they like to destroy caravans without an adequate number of merchants guarding them, and they will hunt down cagroo that get separated from these caravans. Though only some weed wolf breeds engage in breaking things for the fun of it, it gives larger breeds a bad stigma in places like Auroria where trading is important.

Despite this reputation, the nicer weed wolf breeds are excellent companions for anyone who needs someone constantly at their side. Weed wolves are very in tune to what their "pack" needs, which leads them to pick up on what their owners need. This makes the pet varieties very good anxiety-reducing animals.

Abilities

Most weed wolves can sense the needs of its group without being around the other members of the group. They will usually act on this to fulfill the pack's needs unless they have been trained not to. Weed wolves are especially good at forming connections with others, though the more feral and wild varieties will only form connections with those of the same breed, in most cases.

Physiology

Weed wolves tend to have thick, leafy coats of "fur". They also can sport regular fur, though this is less common. Their skin is flexible but tough and can resemble bark in texture. They get a lot of nutrients from being in the sun and drinking water, but they do require additional nutrients from eating small animals and plants. This is especially the case if they are shedding their leaves in preparation for a new coat.

Reproduction

Weed wolves can reproduce with a handful of plant-based mammalian species via intercourse. They do not flower or spread seeds, and so cannot reproduce with animals that use more plant-like reproduction methods. Notable animals weed wolves can crossbreed with include: pommeranians, broccolambs, catermelons, pumpkits, and lettuce lions.

Breeds

Though there are many varieties, "weed wolf" can be used to describe any member of the species. More specific breed names have come about over time.

In the past centuries, many breeds have cropped up naturally and also as a result of breeding efforts.

Wild breeds

The wild weed wolves tend to be fierce and untrainable — with maple dogs and pin bulls as leading examples of this.

Palmeranian

Palmeranians, or simply palms, can be very excitable dogs and they love to play with everyone and everything. Good companions for children.

Pine hound

Pine hounds are often trained to hunt specific critters near Auroria and Kadath.

Shruppy

Shruppies never leave their owners' sides and will become sad and restless if separated from loved ones.

Weeping woodle

Weeping woodles are very loyal and are protective of their family circle. They are also known for their distinctive howl which sounds like a bawling child. They will risk their lives without second thought if it's to protect their family.


References

Floraverse: Species - Weed Wolves
Floraverse Wiki: Weed Wolf