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"Its hard to dismiss accusations of barbarism by foreigners to Talrith when Talrithians flat out admit to finding more kinship with beasts than they do foreigners. But then if you look into the reasons for it being so its quite understandable. Loyalty and ferocity, strength and love, a strong will and a body capable of wielding it. Most insulting claims are thus silenced when a Brown-hide hound tears out the throat of the mewling maggot who spoke in arrogance."
-Agaer Humnis, Scribe
The frostern wolf clan started out as a small hamlet during the early days of Talrith, and it was during a harsh winter where the food stocks were running low that wolves were tamed for the purpose of hunting, a tradition that winded up spreading throughout the North.
A kinship between man and beast was formed and the possibilities were endless, as wolf-pups are eager to learn and can be shaped for whatever purpose suits its master, making the lives of people easier.
Talrithian citizens who were not part of the Frostern wolf clan chose to breed their own iconic race of wolves, and ended up with brown-hide hounds, who had thicker fur than wolves, something resembling a beard on their chin, a bigger tail and large claws and strong forelegs.
They were also quite intelligient and easy to teach, and their lifespan (20 years) was bonus as well. It didn´t take long before it became more common than the wolf-populations.
In Talrith its illegal to consume the flesh of brown-hide hounds, its also illegal to kill them without a good reason for doing so, which has resulted in a lot of stray brown-hide hounds wandering through many cities and settlements (frequently adopted by the military).
This means that ownerless brown-hide hounds have more rights reserved to them than the average elf, something the Talrithians love to flaunt as it serves as a perfect example of Talrithians hatred of elves.
(sorry for being so very absent, also sorry if my writing seems pretty shitty. my brain is half-capacity).