White wolves are a species of intelligent animals in Dragon Quest VII.
The white wolves were the protectors of L'Arca. The villagers don't know for how long they had done this, but it is a significant enough amount of time that they incorporate it into their mythology.
Long ago, a hackrobat threatened the town. The white wolves fought the monster and sealed him in a coffin within the Grotta del Sigillo, the mountain of the Almighty. However, it did not come without a price. Many wolves were slain. But, for a time, there was peace.
However, some time before the arrival of the party, the coffin was opened from the outside and the hackrobat returned. He started to kill the wolves that imprisoned him long ago. One of the casualties was a mother wolf. She gave birth to a wolf cub who was taken in by a local farmer. That wolf is Ruff. As a wolf, he is chained to the barn, most likely for for the farmer's protection.
Hackrobat then went back to L'Arca. To spite the wolves, he cast a spell on the village, which changed all humans into animals and vice versa. He returned to the Grotta del Sigillo afterwards. This spell changed Ruff from a wolf to a human, but maintained his lupine instincts and behaviours. As a result, Ruff initially speaks in barks, growls, and howls interspersed with single-word statements. He also maintained the power to paralyse demons with a bite, and so was able to subdue Hackrobat in a weakened state.
Powers and abilities
The white wolves are powerful fighters. They have all of the regular abilities of wolves, including enhanced senses, particularly smell. They are quick and agile, making them hard to hit. Like most wolves, they attack in packs. They also know how to sense evil. Whether this is due to instinct or some reasoning ability is not expounded upon.
What makes them different from regular wolves is their bite. One bite from a white wolf causes paralysis in monsters, even one as powerful as Hackrobat.
Notable white wolves
- Ruff is a white wolf turned human due to a spell by Hackrobat.
- L'Arca - Complete information on the quest in L'Arca