Many she-wolves tried to escape to the MacNamara clan, but if and when the MacHeaths found out, they would send a slink melf to kill them.
Practices and Traditions
Maiming PupsThe MacHeath clan was known for maiming pups, trying to get into the Sacred Watch. Edme, a one-eyed she-wolf, was maimed by their chieftain, Dunbar MacHeath. The reason the MacHeath wolves do so is because of their genetics; they cannot produce physically deformed pups. It is mentioned in Watch Wolf that while their minds may be twisted and warped, they are incapable of producing malcadhs, therefore they are also incapable of getting representation at the Watch of the Ring of Sacred Volcanoes. It is as if their spirits are deformed rather than their bodies.
When a pup is disobident or rebellious, they are threatened by their parents or the chieftain with being thrown into the Pit. The Pit is a deep stone canyon, with a rabid wolf living in it called Old Cags. Very few pups die in the Pit, from starvation or the disease, and if they do it is normally from suicide. Those who survive return to the clan "moonblinked." Cags needs the pup's name to moonblink the pup, and as soon as he has their name, he will say it over and over again, causing it to bounce and echo off the canyon walls and make the pup confused and delirious. When it returns, its eyes are all cloudy and stony and they obey everything. It is mentioned that most pups who return from the Pit are quiet and sickly, and often die young.
The only known packs in the MacHeath Clan are the Carreg Gaer and the West Pack. However, it is possible that there were some packs named for their location, much like the West Pack. It is very possible that there was an East Pack, a North Pack, and possibly a South Pack.
HistoryLone Wolf, Faolan is observing wolf packs and clans. He spies on a pack from the MacHeath clan. He doesn't want to join, due to the brutal cruelty received to gnaw wolves and females. To Faolan, they are the closest wolves to the ones he saw in the Outermost. The book also said that they are very vicious to she-wolves.
In Watch Wolf, the MacHeath clan is responsible for the war that could have started. Dunbar is killed by Edme and the Fengo, Finbar, then announces that for now on, the MacHeath will be known as Outclanners. The she-wolves of the MacNamara clan then chase them to the Outermost. The MacHeath wolves are now "crait" from the Beyond.
- Dunleavy MacHeath (former chieftain)
- Dunbar MacHeath (former chieftain)
- Dunleavy MacHeath (The First) (first chieftain)
- Galana MacNamara