Easter Egg #1: Dire Wolf to Ainu Wolf

By Assad Quraishi.

Hey Champions! 

One thing that is a bit behind the scenes here are Haunted Castle Gaming is the research, time, and effort that goes into developing Genesis. A lot of our naming that goes into a card has deep roots in mythologies and, with respect to the cultures, we use them as accurately as possible. With that in mind, I want to talk about where the Ainu Wolf comes from.

Before I jump into that, don’t forget, we have only one pre-alpha, signed card for the next Patron who signs up. Get on it before it’s too late!

If you’re looking at the Ainu Wolf you might notice a few things that feel a bit off for it. The ridge of the nose, the eyes, and also the name of the card. So, where did we get this information from? Well, originally the card was supposed to be called Dire Wolf and it was for about 8 months of development. We were certain we wanted to call this card Dire Wolf. However, one day, a developer mentioned that Dire Wolves are massive beasts and should not be equated to the same size and power as a Jaelarian Hound. We agreed so we began researching other types of mythologies.


We knew we wanted the creature to be part of Ajna which is based on the typography, culture, and philosophies of East Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and more. So we started researching wolves that belonged to those cultures. After extensive research, we came across the Hokkaido wolf.

It resides in north-east Asia and actually once exists. Moreover, there was interesting lore around them: “The Ainu [people] revered the wolf as the deity Horkew Kamuy ("howling god"), in recognition of the animal's similar hunting habits.” The Ainu people are the indigenous people of Japan and they revealed this creature as a holy entity and this is why we gave it Holy Attack [3]. We looked at a lot of pictures and based the creature off of this one.

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