There are several changeling groups within the universe. They all must abide by the peace accord negotiated by Adrian Kenner long ago. See the Territorial Wars for the territorial rules set out three centuries ago.
- 1 Predatory
- 2 Non-predatory
- 3 Others
- 4 References
Wolves are one of the more social changelings. They often live together in dens, and are happy to live practically on top of other packmates. There are a few lone wolves, but packmates make sure they're never alone too long, and even lone wolves tend to spend significant time with their pack.
- Main article: SnowDancer
One of the main packs, made up of wolves. They control the rest of California. Hawke Snow is their alpha.
- Main article: BlackEdge
The BlackEdge wolves are one of the strongest and most established packs in Moscow. They share borders and a work relationship with Kaleb Krychek. Selenka Durev is their alpha, other members include Gregori (senior lieutenant).
They are not connected internationally with other packs, only foster regional contacts. They have many local fights.
- appearances: Tangle of Need
The sole wolf pack in Siberia.
The cats are one of the least social changelings, though they do spend significant time with the pack. Their homes are spread out over acres, though they are happy to live close together. Each changeling, typically upon adulthood, goes roaming, and when they return, they build their own home at a minimum distance of out-of-sight of other homes.
- Main article: DarkRiver
One of the main packs, mostly made up of leopards, but with a few other big cats. They control the San Francisco area and nearby regions. Lucas Hunter is their alpha.
ShadowWalker (ceased to exist)
- appearances: Slave to Sensation
This pack of leopards attacked Lucas Hunter and his parents, trying to take over DarkRiver. They killed his mother and kept the other two for 4 days and left Lucas barely alive. Five years after being driven off, Lucas and his future sentinels track down the culprits and killed them. The pack disbanded afterward.
- appearances: Branded by Fire
Lead by Mercy's grandmother, Isabella Garcia, this leopard pack is based in Brazil. Other members includer her mate, Joaquin and Eduardo. Riley and Mercy visit them during PoP on their honeymoon. Through Judd, via DarkRiver, Alpha Isabella Garcia offers help if needed to Father Xavier Perez and Nina, in Allegiance of Honor (book)
- Main article: RainFire
This only recently formed leopard pack is founded by alpha Remington "Remi" Denier (28) and based in the Smoky Mountains. Because of the weather, they are sometimes cut off communciation-wise. They have strong ties to DarkRiver and the Arrow Squad, putting them in a unique position. Other members include Angel (sentinel, rare tiger changeling), Lark (sentinel), Finn (pack healer), Theo (sentinel), Hugo (pack nurse) Jojo (2, juvenile) and Jasper (7, juvenile).
- appearances: Caressed by Ice
The hyena pack was used by the Psy to cause distrust between Darkriver and SnowDancer. Their alpha Parrish sold his pack out for power and was executed by his successor. Their minds were programmed to follow orders. Judd Lauren removes the programming from Kevin, a pack member.
- appearances: Allegiance of Honor
This is a Lynx Pack, based in Calgary, Canada. Their alpha is Kiya Teague who is 5' 1" and in her early thirties.
- appearances: Allegiance of Honor
A Southern Texas based Ocelot pack. Most members were killed in an attack by infected Psy. Alpha Monroe Halliston is killed by Lucas Hunter after he tries to arrange the kidnapping of Naya Hunter. Lucas invites the surviving members to join his pack, fewer than ten, maybe.
Bears are one of the most social changelings. They live in a den, and are even more social than the wolves. There is no such thing as a 'lone bear'; they are true social creatures, disliking any time spent alone, though a few will take an hour or so. The more introverted ones will read a book, but will do so in the social area of the den.
- Main article: StoneWater
A bear clan based just outside Moscow, Russia. Valentin Nikolaev is their alpha.
A group of deer changeling under the protection of the DarkRiver pack.
- Main article: The Rats
They live in the unused subway tunnels under San Francisco. Their alpha is Teijan; he was one of three rat changelings who did not go rogue. They are allied with both DR and SD. Other members include Aneca (6, first San Fran rat born in a decade), Dhalia (Teijan's former lover, killed by him), Suyi, Zane (2nd in command) and his young daughter (7/8).
- Main article: BlackSea
Less of a pack, BlackSea Conclave encompasses all water based changelings across the world. Peculiar and secretive, barely anything is known about them. Their leader is Miane Léveque. They are starting to form an alliance with SD through Kenji Tanaka and Emani. In SoH, while Aden and Zaira were searching for them, Jim Sauva was taken and killed (presumed suicide), Cary was killed by the Consortium. Olivia Coletti, his mate, and their daughter Persephone were recovered. Other members include Costas (juvenile), Emani Berg (public representative), Griffin, Leila Savea, and Malachai Rhys (lieutenant and security chief, 2nd in command).
- Main article: WindHaven
This falcon wing is a deeply loyal and highly skilled unit. They are allies to both DR and SD. Adam Garrett is their wing commander, successor of his grandmother Aria. Jaques his second in command in liasion with Drew Kincaid and Nathan Ryder. Naia is their healer. Main nest in Arizona, Grand Canyon, but they fly all over the country
“The WindHaven clan occupied territory —- a large slice of Arizona — that bordered SnowDancer lands.” Branded by Fire (book)
Based in the Smokey Mountains. They were decimated in the Territorial Wars.
- first appearance: Shield of Winter (book), also appears in Allegiance of Honor (book)
- An eagle pack based in New York.
- Caressed by Ice, Chapter 14