Monday, March 19, 2012

From Thri-kreen to Puppy

What makes a pup?
(1) Loyalty. Canines put their pack at the center of their being. They live for the pack and act w/ ferocious loyalty to their pack-mates.
(2) Hierarchy w/o rigid formality. Pups like to have an established pecking order. From the Owner/Handler to the Alpha, the beta, and on down to the omaga pup… However, one thing that separates pups from the "Old Guard"-style hierarchies which were modeled on military ranks would be the added element of playfulness. Pups aren’t big on stiff formality or rigid protocol. Once we know our place, there’s plenty of room for teasing and goofing around. :P 

Gamer geek alert!
The old AD&D 2nd-edition Thri-kreen handbook is online at:
I was looking at it, and… Okay, so I think this is cool – you can read the section on “The Law of the Clutch” (p.12-13) and swap “pup” for “thri-kreen,” and swap “pack” for “clutch,” and it really works. See:

“Belonging to a pack determines the pup’s place in the
universe, and gives the pup a set of parameters within
which he or she must operate. The requirements of a pack
transcend alignment. Pup might be good or evil, lawful or
chaotic, but the pup still behaves the same way toward
pack and packmates. Regardless of the pup’s true alignment,
behavior toward pack and packmates is essentially lawful

“As previously stated, a pack is organized along a strict hierarchy
based on dominance; each pack member knows who is
more powerful and who is less powerful. In most cases, determination
of pack hierarchy is peaceful; most pups can tell
who is more or less powerful and aggressive, and give or take
orders accordingly. Most positions in the hierarchy are determined
by someone giving an order or making a suggestion, and
others following it; the one whose suggestions are followed the
most is the pack-leader, while the pack-second is the one followed
next most frequently, and so forth, to the pup who
takes the dominance (and orders) of all other pack members…

“The pack hierarchy system does not mean pups shirk
their duties. If humans were organized in such a way, and the
leader issued an order, the order would likely be passed
down by each person to the next lowest person in the order,
until the person in the lowest position ended up doing everything.
This does not happen in a pup pack.
When a pack-leader issues an order, the order is usually
given to a specific pup, normally the best suited to the
task, someone the pack-leader wants to test for ability, or
someone whom the leader wants to gain experience. If no one
specific is named, the pack-second or the pup best
able to perform the task voluntarily takes it.”

Cool, eh?

1 comment:

  1. The pack hierarchy system does not mean pups shirk
    their duties.

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