In order to become part of the Sacred Watch, a gnaw wolf must get a high score in a gaddergnaw. Wolves who are part of the Sacred Watch are called Wolves of the Watch, or are Watch Wolves.
The Watch wolves live in a close relationship with the owls of Ga'Hoole. The connection goes back to the beginnings of the wolves' time in the Beyond. When the good king Hoole first discovered the ember, he made a pact with the wolves that they guard it until an appointed king retrieves it.
The Watch wolves live around the five Sacred Volcanoes, (Dunmore, Morgan, Stormfast, Kiel, andH'rathghar) in which the Ember of Hoole travels around.
There are cairns, high towers of bones where the wolves are required to do Scanning Jumps. There is another cairn, shorter than the rest, made up of all the Fengo's bones. Watch wolves each have their own dens, with thick, winter caribou pelts.
Practices and Traditionsgaddergnaw is held to chose a gnaw wolf, the best gnaw wolf, to join the Watch. In the gaddergnaw, the competing gnaw wolves are required to gnaw bones and compete in a byrrgis. They are also spared from being nipped and kicked at, and are shown respect from other wolves. They also get to sleep in a deep, cozy den together.
After winning, the winning gnaw wolf, or wolves, are then required to go on a Slaan Leat, a journey towards truth. Before joining the Watch, he or she must find their tummfraw.The Ember is a mysterious ember said to be imbued with powerful magen. It has been the subject of past and contemporary contention in the owl kingdoms because of this fact. It was retrieved by Hoole, the first ruler of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree.
Watch wolves perform scanning jumps on cairns to scan the sky for any graymalkins. Then sound the alarm if see a suspicious owl.
Watch wolves also decide territorial boundaries, settle clan disputes and are the Supreme Raignaid, the final court for amending and creating new laws. They are the most powerful force in the Beyond. But, then again, their most important of all task is to guard the Ember.
The Fengo is the one wolf of the Watch who seems to control it. They are the highest-ranking wolves of the Watch and other Watch Wolves obey the Fengo's orders. Male wolves may be the ones chosen to be Fengos, since there is no known she-wolf Fengo. This rank is named after Fengo, the first Fengo and the special wolf who led the wolves to the Beyond. The last Fengo was Finbar.
Although not much is known about Wind-Scouts, they probably are the wolves who report on wind and weather. They seem to know everything about the She-Winds, and can go as far south as Shadow Forest to find out what is up with the winds. The only known Wind-Scout is Padreigh, or Paddy, but it is very likely there were a few more.
Although the correct name for this rank is not known, they teach new Watch wolves about different owls and their characteristics and descriptions and about graymalkins in a den. The latest "Owl-Tutor" was a wolf named Malachy.
- Dalach'd - When a wolf is dalach'd, it can no longer jump for a certain amount of time varying according to what the wolf did.
- Graymalkin - A graymalkin is an owl trying to dive for the ember to use it for evil ways.