3. The Black-Wolves

Mars.

The red planet.

A barren rock, visited a couple of times by alien visitors from other worlds… and a few gadgets from Earth.

The thing is, not everything is as it seems. Yes, the planet is red, covered in a red dust, with red dust particles in the thin atmosphere, but that is only on the surface.

Beneath the surface are canyons, caverns, lakes and rivers, all of which provide an ideal habitat for many a creature.

Subsurface forests exist within the caverns, having replaced the need to photosynthesise sunlight, and instead they have developed to grow stronger in the darkness. Within these dark forests, dens are made for the Blackwolves.

These sturdy dens are created by the very paws of the Blackwolves themselves, using fallen bark, branches and leaves, bound together by the Martian soil from both below and above the planet’s surface.

The Blackwolves could be classed as carpenters… if they had the ability to use woodworking tools, but they do a really good job of putting together firm wooden structures without nails and the like.

They also have a telepathic link with other wolves, so when a group of them get together to create a den, they work seamlessly, slotting things into place without any kind of a plan beforehand.

The Blackwolves live in their dens for life, so it suits them well to create something strong and sturdy. The stronger and sturdier the better, for every couple of years the pack leadership passes over to a younger Blackwolf, and usually, it is the younger Blackwolf with the sturdiest den that takes the crown.

As well as their telepathic link, they have a stealth-like ability to disappear from view, only to reappear somewhere else. Sometimes, this trans-dimensional leaping is only for a couple of metres, where at other times the distance travelled can be much further. Could this be how the Blackwolves have been seen on occasion on other planets, such as Earth or Jupiter (and even Europa herself?)

However they transport themselves remains a mystery. It really is a case of here one minute, gone the next.

One final thing about the Blackwolves that is really remarkable is their ability to see in pitch darkness. Living underground for as long as they have done, they have developed a night-vision that rivals no other creature; yet this ability doesn’t affect their vision whenever they venture onto a planet’s surface. In bright lights, as well as their pupils contracting, a thin film covers their eyes, giving them an electric blue appearance, meaning they have perfect vision in any kind of lighting condition.

Next time… the Glacierwolves of Ganymede.

14 thoughts

  1. Are we doing a bit f planet hopping to gather stories TL? I wondered why the trip to Mars recently…Now I see a story was in the works. Like a Galactic journalist huh? I wonder how mean or how friendly these guys are? Pretty eyes. Happy and safe travels….VK 🙂

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    1. I’ve been nipping here and there, VK, looking for things to write about! 🙂
      As for these wolves… definitely friendly. Wary at first, but friendly after a short while.

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  2. Love the blackwolves and their telepathic communication and seeing in the dark eyes.. Maybe the mystery of their method of transportation could be as simple as their vibration of their Hoooowwwwwls…. It always works with me and Wolfie… even after years of absense,, Our howwwllls always catch the wind and our whereabouts.
    Great story and artwork Tom..
    Oh and LOVE the SMILE on the new logo.. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks, Sue… and you may be right – there’s more to those howls than meets the eye/ear! 🙂
      Pleased you like it… and the logo is moving in the right direction, I think. Smiles are definitely good. I’ll try this one on for a few days before moving on to the next one! 😃

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  3. Der kalte Winter hielt uns fest

    Doch nun dreht sich das Rad

    In alten Träumen sah ich dich

    Wenn ich unterm Monde lag

    The cold winter held us tight

    But now the wheel is turning

    In old dreams I saw you

    When I lay under the moon

    …Beautiful wolves they are.
    I also like the journey of your pic!

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  4. Oooh! Fantastic post Tom! It has such a delicious other-worldly tone to it 💫🛸🚀Wonderful black wolves and I love their electric blue eyes, your images are awesome🤩Trans-dimensional leaping…I could get into that idea no problem at all! Loving the “Legends of Europa!”

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    1. Pleased you’re enjoying the series, Icewolf… it’s been fun to create! 🙂
      I shall be trans-dimensionally leaping as soon as these replies are posted.. sleep beckons! 🙂

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