TSRC wolves do not hold to any religion per se, but rather to a code of honor based upon the laws and traditions of their anscestors. Swift River Clan wolves are taught to respect all life, even that of creatures considered their prey, as it is generally understood that both predator and prey rely upon each other for their continued existance. When a TSRC wolf dies, it is believed that their life essence returns to the forest in order to strengthen the clan and forest as a whole.
1. All TSRC wolves should strive to exhibit these virtues in their lives: Integrity, Courage, Sacrifice, selflessness, loyalty, honesty, and trust. From these will inevitably spring other virtues such as wisdom and valor. It is an honorable wolf that can live their life by this code.
2. When pups reach suitable age, around six months, it is usually deemed by the Alphas that the pup is old enough to leave its parents. The pup is then told to spend a night alone in the forest, where it is believed the forest itself will speak to them and tell them what their position within the pack will be. From this point on, they are apprenticed to the senior packmember within this position. If that member already has an apprentice, the next in that position will take the pup as their apprentice.
3. Pups do not receive names until they are apprenticed to an elder wolf. It is at that time the mentor will choose a young apprentice's name.
4. When a pup reaches adulthood, it is not considered a full member until it receives its true name. In order to receive their true name, young wolves must travel out into the forest on their own to perform an act of worth. This usually includes the gaining of the trinket which they wear around their neck. If the apprentice returns with the appropriate trinket, the healer then marks the right foreshoulder and the true name is awarded by the alphas. If not, the apprentice must remain so until the season rolls around again. It is believed that in this way, the forest itself will judge whether an apprentice is worthy to become a full-fledged member of the pack. After the true name is received, the wolf will then sit vigil for one night, reflecting upon the meaning of their name.
5. Because they must fully devote themselves to the pack and to its traditions, medicine wolves and their apprentices are not allowed to take mates of their own or have pups of their own.
6. Although the loyalty of the medicine wolf must always be to his/her pack first and foremost, it is believed that they have a higher calling that puts them above pack rivalries. They are therefore exempt from participation in any battle or war.
7. Elders are the most respected members of the pack. Though their bodies are old, their wisdom still makes them an invaluable part of the pack. It is therefore the responsibility of the scouts, apprentices, and omegas to take utmost care of them.
8. Alpha ascension may be carried out in two different ways. The first is standard bloodline assension. At its birth, one pup of the Alpha bloodline will be chosen to lead the pack when it is grown. Such pups do not go through standard apprenticeship, but rather are trained specifically to take over the pack when the life essence of the alpha has returned to the forest. The second is hierarchial ascension, meaning that an alpha may elect to have the beta/s take over command of the pack in the event that he/she either has no pups of their own, or do not feel their pups are ready yet. If the second is the case, the training of the pup will be left to the betas, once the alpha is gone.
9. After banishment, an ex-TSRC wolf's name is never again to be uttered allowed, as that wolf is believed to be dishonored and a disgrace to the code itself. These are known as madclaws and should be driven off or killed if they are found on the territory.