Herowag was for many years the King of the Dogs of Kaynyn Island.
He is a large St. Bernard by breed. For a long time he maintained his kingship in the annual challenges that are a feature of the island's political system — which could mean fighting to the death. When he grew older, Herowag cleverly created a scheme to maintain his kingship: he made certain that his counsellors would only nominate challengers that he could beat.
Herowag's system survived until his temper got the better of him; he challenged an unlikely candidate who ended up defeating him. ("The Pea-Green Poodle")