The Crabs are probably one of the oldest gangs in the city. It is said that the first extra-toed Healer came from the beach.
They are a carefree bunch, happy-go-lucky and friendly, clever and witty. Perhaps it's the relaxing air of the beach that shows off their smiles more than any other gang. Perhaps it is their distance from humans, aside from the ones that come around sometimes to splash in the waves without noticing the beach dogs. Perhaps it's those who have been lucky enough to lead the Crabs, leading them always down the right path.
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- NOCTURNAL SENSES: The Crabs have incredible nocturnal senses, sharp sense of smell, and keen sense of sight. This is due to their dark days and nights in the Tortuga Cove caves where there is little light to be found.
- CLIMBING & FALLING: A Crab is taught from birth how to tuck their body, cover their head, and bounce from the cliff edges when they fall. It's not uncommon to see a little dog take a tumble and then climb right back up the cliffside like a tiny goat.
- FISHING: Multi-generational Crabs have the instinctive ability to find and dive for fish underwater. They stand there at the edge of a rocky bank, listening, and then dive... and come up with a fish! To an outsider, this is surreal!
- SAND-SKIPPING: Walking on sand is hard, though the Crabs have mastered walking on sand and made it into an art almost. Where outsiders would clumsily lope and stumble, it's like the Crabs have mastered a way in which not to let their feet sink. Most Crabs have mastered this by the time they are Tailers.
Crab Tailers have a risky 'initiation ceremony' for new members of their little apprentice group. They triple dog dare the new pup to swim out to Lonely Cavern and back again all by himself. It is a rite of passage that the kids think must happen.
Crab pups absolutely love hide and seek! They use their sharp cave dwelling senses to find each other in the dark of their caves. Lots of squealing and giggling can be heard echoing through the caves when the pups are playing!
With so many seabirds in the area, the Crabs have taken to a new art. Instead of fighting the seabirds to survive, they've begun to utilize them to enhance everyone's survival - both dog and bird. Some dogs have taken to rehabilitating injured birds, while others steal hatchlings from nests. It does not matter how one has obtained their bird; it matters how strong the bond is between Falconer and bird. The seabirds are utilized for both obtaining food and enhancing security on the beach. Some Falconers have even trained their seabirds to attack.
birds available to train
Gulls and Oystercatchers are found along the coast all year round. They might’ve been your favorite go-to snack once before or your competition for a meal. These birds tend to eat fish, oysters, and plant matter from coastal habitats.
Skimmers, Terns, the Laughing Gull, and the Cormorant are all found along the coast during their breeding season, which is during Spring. This is an ideal time for a dog to find and steal an egg to raise, if they can withstand getting attacked by a few protective birds. Most of these birds prefer sea cliffs to roost on, and the best sea cliffs we know of are on Lonely Island....
The Ring-Billed and Bonaparte's Gulls can only be found around the coast during winter as they settle down to roost in the tall grasses near the beach or under the boardwalk. The birds can be found wherever the food is, which can be the beach, the city, the landfills - anywhere insects are abundant.
The Black Tern can be found along the coast in Late Summer, stopping there to take advantage of the bounty of food. When food becomes more scarce and the weather gets colder, they fly southbound.
These birds, consisting of the Gannet, Murre, and Cormorant, are a little more difficult to come by. They are considered more rare, and don’t always come to roost along the East Coast. They prefer to roost on sea cliffs and mainly stay in open water areas to feast on fish and krill, scooped up from the water’s surface. A lucky dog may be able to find and steal an egg from a nest upon the rocky edges of Lonely Island, or find an injured bird in the area.
The Kestrel, Crow, and Owl can be found almost anywhere in Komorrah. Like some of the other birds, they follow the food. They can mostly be found in the city, but will come to the beach.
Owls seem to be a special case - also following the food, but also exhibiting different hunting patterns. They hate the beach and have a very high prey-drive. Small dogs should be careful around owls, even the smaller Barn Owls, as they can be mistaken for food. Owls require an experienced trainer to train them out of their instinctual ways and into ways that can actually be a benefit to the Crabs.
Important Note: Owls can only be obtained by being purchased from the Barc Shop first! All the other bird species are free to claim.
When Brats are old enough to graduate, it is up to their Denmothers to ensure that they're ready. Denmothers will test the Brat in various ways -- usually testing their ability to follow instructions, to absorb information, and their overall obedience. Not every pup will pass with perfect proficiency, but the ability to learn and listen is key.
Once a Denmother has tested a pup and she is happy with the results, she then meets with the Boss or Vice to let them know that said Brat is ready for the next level in their training. The Boss or Vice may ask a few questions regarding the Brat's test results, and will make a decision based on what they hear.
While more of a private ceremony, the Denmother will then share the news with the Brat and their family. Sometimes Denmothers bring a small gift for the graduating pup to show how proud they are!
Coming of Age
When a Tailer reaches one year, they will be eligible to graduate into the job ranks. In order to test their proficiency and training, a Boss will hold a ceremony for these Tailers and ask them for perform a task in front of their gang to show what they've learned.
A Tailer training for the Security Job might spar with a dog of their choice or a Tailer training for the Health Job might concoct an herbal remedy or poultice to show off their skill. Tailers should choose a skill that they're good at, but also represents their future job. A dog that has not chosen a job will be asked to demonstrate their best skill and will be placed into a job depending on the outcome.
The point of the task is to show off a Tailer's learned skills. The proficiency that the Tailer shows in their task will determine how skilled they'll be in their job. If they ultimately fail or make a substantial error while doing their task, they may be denied graduation and be forced to train for three more months before they can try again.
Day of Still Blood
Death is viewed in a respectful light within the Crabs. When a gangmate dies, their body is brought to a place far down from the beach where it won't be disturbed by humans or other animals. The Crabs will then gather for a funeral-type ceremony, where kind words will be shared, offerings can be given, and goodbyes can be said.
Once the ceremony has ended, the deceased is left to rest and a private ritual is performed, which usually consists of grooming the deceased and preparing them for their journey. This may be done by a chosen High Rank or a close family member of the deceased.
The body is leftp in a place where when the tide comes in, it will be carried off to sea. The Crabs believe that the second part of one's journey begins with death, and when the sea comes, it brings them to the second part of their life.
Oceane, appointed Vice originally for a sort of mentoring period, had become the Boss rather unexpectedly upon Prim's death. Because of this, her ethics and techniques are not exactly proper. Still very young, she's kind of all over the place, giving in to whims and strong opinions over taking things in and pondering over them like a Leader should be.
When faced with obstacles, Oceane chooses the best strategy at the moment, not giving in to much thought about the right's and wrong's of the situation. She only cares for the well-being of the Crabs and upholding what ideals she thought her father ran the gang with in the past.
Oceane holds the same distrust for Yardies as her father, Gothic, once had and she's undoubtedly a bit biased because of it. Due to this, she's pretty distrustful of dogs outside of the Crabs, not just Yardies, but other gangs like the Saints and the Dodgers. Oceane needs a very obvious reason why other dogs would want to make an alliance with the Crabs, and anything beneath that is considered suspicious.
Though, her tune about Outsiders and willing joiners is very different. Oceane allows all troubled dogs into the Crabs, both to stay and to stay for as long as they need. Seeing another in trouble makes her want to help, and help she does. Had they have been another gang dog, she might not have been so willing, however.
Past & Present Ranks
- Honcho (disappeared)
- Gothic (became trapped on a departing ship)
- Prim (died from Crabs illness)
- Oceane (promoted to Boss upon Prim's death)
- Bellamy (left the gang)