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"My sisters and I were wrought from metal. Let these newcomers try to harry me, and they will taste the fury of Imperial Rome."
—roman, speaking in wolf dialect to a vampiric agent

Typos in Ancient Roman stories and myths create mini-Capitoline Wolves. They are the size of a small dog, and are made out of actual metal, usually bronze. They are referred to with female-gendered pronouns, due to being based on a female wolf.

Currently, Headquarters' mini-Capitoline Wolves all reside in the Miss Cam Courtyard, under the leadership of roman. Apart from roman, they are still adoptable, although roman may require some convincing in-character before seeing one of her pack-mates go. Take someone who speaks Wolf.

Canon OriginEdit

One ancient Italian story gives a legendary origin for the founding of the original city of Rome: two twin baby brothers were floated down a river to die by a new king who had usurped their father. The twins were named Romulus and Remus, and they were rescued from a river by a she-wolf. The wolf kept the babies alive by nursing them, while a woodpecker brought them more solid food. (No one ever remembers the woodpecker, because they aren't cool like wolves are.) Eventually, Romulus and Remus were found and adopted by a farmer. They went on to restore their father to power, and then founded a new city, the future Rome. Rome is named after Romulus, the brother who won the debate of where to build the new city by killing Remus. Hey, don't blame their parents; that wolf and woodpecker didn't raise them that way.

The Capitoline Wolf is a famous sculpture depicting the mother wolf and her twins. It is forged of bronze, and was actually created in parts across multiple centuries. The wolf portion's age is contested, but may have been created roughly in the eleventh or twelfth centuries. It, or an earlier version, sat in various palaces in Rome and the Vatican through the years. The forms of the twins were added in the fifteenth century and have a visibly more realistic style to their design. The sculpture as a whole now resides at the Palazzo dei Conservatori on Capitoline Hill, hence its name.

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