Species Information

Region of Origin

Native America, Africa and other regions


Depends on their animal form

Physical Description

They usually take the form of reptiles, birds and mammals. Insects and fish totems are not very common


Depends on their animal form

Related Species

The kitsune of Japan may be a relative of fox totems

First Appearance in Comic

Orientations:Part 4, page 17

A practice in Native American, African, and many other cultures, animals from the local wildlife would become symbols for guardians who would watch over and protect the respective cultures.

They have an unknown lifespan, possibly immortal. The lifespan of a totem appears to be connected to the animal they take the appearance of. As long as at least one animal of the totem's species lives, the totem will live. Old Ivory is a totem of ivory-billed woodpeckers, which are nearly extinct, so when the last one dies so will he. This is explained in 'Greetings from Dogpatch' page 13 and page 14

Totem Abilities Edit

Like many African, Asian and American legendary creatures, totems are very magical. In Skin Deep, they are natural shapeshifters. They have appeared as both animals (singular and plural) and a shape similar to a midform, but it is assumed that they can take any shape they desire, including human.

Examples Edit

  • Eustace(fox)
  • Marshall(raven)
  • Old Ivory(ivory-billed woodpecker)
  • Hank(chickadees)

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