The OFFICIAL FAQ for...

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Last updated April 13, 2002

Bear's Coffin by Trey Tackett

"Did you ever wonder why..."

Just like the title says. This is the OFFICIAL Strayer FAQ. Have any questions on it please feel free to B. L. me)


QUESTION: What are Strayers?
QUESTION: Who should I contact if I have a really cool idea for a story or character for Strayers?
QUESTION: Where can I buy Strayer Merchandise?
QUESTION: Do the Strayers have a battlecry?
QUESTION: The Strayer symbol is cool. But why a horse?
QUESTION: The term Wolf-Sapien should be Cano-Sapien since dogs and wolves are related?
QUESTION: Was the idea of the Cyclborg stolen from Warrior of the Lost World?
QUESTION: Bear is a nice name but is it really fitting for a hero?
QUESTION: Will we ever meet Bear's parents, syblings and/or girl friend (his human ones)?
QUESTION: What is this connection I keep hearing about between the Road Rover episode Gold and Retrievers and Bear?
QUESTION: Why aren't the Road Rovers in the show more?
QUESTION: Is there a SMC (Strayer Mission Control)?
QUESTION: In Times, Time and Half a Time why was Shag affected by the virus even though it isn't suppose to affect Cano-Sapiens?
QUESTION: How and why did Bear and Shadow meet?
QUESTION: How did Herod and Herodias elude the Strayers/Rovers in the back woods of Idaho?
QUESTION: With all the characters from other fanfics that you use are you suggesting that your Strayer Universe spans into other universes created by other writers?
QUESTION: Who is Amanda bassed on?
QUESTION: Why was Prowler killed off?
QUESTION: How come in the Strayer Timeline none of the Road Rover events are mentioned?
QUESTION: Any Principal or Headmaster to Strayer Academy?
QUESTION: Does the Strayer Academy have any sport teams?
QUESTION: Is Tad going to become part of a Strayer unit in the future or create his own?
QUESTION: Why isn't the story of how Bear became a Strayer at the being of the series?
QUESTION: What's the deal with all the cameos in Time Out?
QUESTION: Before she was on the Grizzlies did we ever see Dixie's previous unit?

QUESTION: What are Strayers?
ANSWER: Strayers is the title of my concept spin-off series for the Warner Bros. show Road Rovers. Strayers can range from humans to Cano-Sapiens (a cross between dogs and super humans created by the gizmo called the Transdogmafier) to Wolf-Sapiens (wolves sent through the Transdogmafier) to Felo-Mutants (The cat version of Cano-Sapiens). The Strayers are formed into units (usually ranging from two to six individuals). These units cruise the highways and back roads of America, keeping law and order. They can also be called in to cool hot spots. The Strayers are given authority by the United States Department of Justice (each is a deputized Law Enforcer of the government). They also work in conjunction with the Road Rovers.

QUESTION: Who should I contact if I have a really cool idea for a story or character for Strayers?
ANSWER: First of all make sure it really is a good and new idea/character and not an old retread. This is important because a show, any show, has only a certain amount of available story time. The philosophy of the Strayer development team is that less and to the point is better. Also take in account that the main characters of Strayers are pretty much locked in (we're not looking for anymore) so you will have a better chance at developing minor characters and villains or even a cameo. If you still think you got something, then you can mail it to Strayers and it will be taken under consideration.

QUESTION: Where can I buy Strayer merchandise?
ANSWER: Currently, nothing is on the market. There is also no plans to introduce any merchandise at this time.

QUESTION: Do the Strayers have a battle cry?
ANSWER: The Strayers call it a rally cry. It calls the members of the unit together and gets them physic. It starts with the Unit Leader crying "Leadership" and holds their arm out. Another team member will place their hand on top of the Leader's and cry "Endurance". This process is repeated with the cries of "Intellect" and "Courage". At this point the unit continues to hold hands and raises them over their heads. The group cries in unison "Strength through diversity" and then breaks. Each member of the unit is assigned to each word. In groups bigger then four members can share a word. If the group is less than four than a member may have more than one.

QUESTION: The Strayer symbol is cool. But why a horse?
ANSWER: It represents what Strayers are all about (and can be found at the top of this page). Just like the rally cry. By the way, the nickname of the horse is B.L. (Balled Lightning). Next to wolves, horses are my favorite animals. They are quick, smart and enduring. The road that B.L. is running down represents the terrain the Strayers can be found on. B.L. is red to match that of the Road Rover's symbol. This is the official emblem of the Strayers and appears on most of their clothes and equipment.

QUESTION: The term Wolf-Sapien should be Cano-Sapien since dogs and wolves are related?
ANSWER: That fact is true. But the process that the Transdogmafier does for a wolf differs for a dog (at least in the Strayer universe), same goes for a Felo-Mutant, thus the new term Wolf-Sapien is used. Besides, it may not be scientifically accurate but I think this new term sounds cooler.

QUESTION: Was the idea of the Cyclborg stolen from Warrior of the Lost World?
ANSWER: Nooo (and if it was do you think it would be admited?)! Cyclborg is totally different from Einstein. Cyc can do a lot more things like fly and he's not closed captioned (the words of what he is saying don't pop up on his screen). Plus where Einstein was all machine (I believe) Cyc is both living tissue and mechanical. Since Bear begins alone and cruises the roads of America (anyone ever see Easy Ryder?) it was only natural Bear be on a motorcyle. And the only reason why Cyclborg talks is that Bear is alone the first half of the first Strayer script, I needed someone to react to his smartalek remarks. Peroid!

QUESTION: Bear is a nice name but is it really fitting for a hero?
ANSWER: I think it is. I pulled an Indiana Jones when I was coming up with a name for my lead character in Strayers. Bear was the name of my Malamute pet dog (who was born when the Bears won the Superbowl). For eleven years he was my best friend. He was always waiting for me when I got home, was always checking up on me and even slept with me at night. We did everything together. So when I had to come up with a name I choosed Bear. The sole reason for writing Strayers was a one shot deal. The death of my dog hit me pretty hard so I figure through a Cano-Sapien Malamute Bear would live again. But it was so much fun writing for Bear and people asked for more that I just couldn't stop myself. So Bear, here's to you!

QUESTION: Will we ever meet Bear's parents, syblings and/or girl friend (his human ones)?
ANSWER: Yes. In Shadow Boxing Bear and Shadow went head to head with a winner take all. In the process Bear returned home to confuss to his family what really happened to him. There he runs across his mother and father, sister, girl friend (who he was about to propose to (but he had his Cano-Sapien accident) and his dog. More revelations and secrets of Bear's past were reveled.

QUESTION: What is this connection I keep hearing about between the Road Rover episode Gold and Retrievers and Bear?
ANSWER: Well here goes. In the episode there is a seeing eye dog called Oso. He turns out to be the hero in the story. At the end of the show as the credits are rolling, instead of a joke title they use Dedicated to Oso. In Spanish Oso means Bear. I think that this Oso indiactes my Bear (my pet dog that died, not my Strayer character). My Road Rover site is the largest and probably the most popular on the Net (almost every search engine has my URL in it) so the makers of Road Rovers had to know it was out there. At the end of my Fur of Dog, Skin of Man, Heart of Human script is a little dedication to my dead dog Bear. Okay, I admit it. It's a bit of a stretch. It could be for almost anyone's pet or maybe even a person. But I believe that that the joke title was meant for me. Either way, it is kind of cool to have a dedication no matter who it is for.

QUESTION: Why aren't the Road Rovers in the show more?
ANSWER: The name of the series is Strayers not Road Rovers. If the Rovers were in anymore scenes Bear and the gang would have to be billed as supporting cast. Strayers is about, well, the Strayers.

QUESTION: Is there a SMC (Strayer Mission Control)?
ANSWER: No. The reason for this is that Strayers are full time where Rovers are part time. What I mean is that the Road Rovers switch back and forth between Cano-Sapiens and normal dogs where the Strayers always stay in Cano-Sapien form (except for one day a month they return to Road Rover Mission Control to be turned back into their original form. This has to do with a lot of techie stuff about preventing them being stuck in their Cano-Sapien form). Since the Strayers work under the Road Rovers they can meet at Road Rover Mission Control and do have living quarters there but they only use them when they are on an extended break. The Strayer units work out in the field protecting the public. They live, sleep and eat on the road. The only exception is Bear and Nitro. Bear can never return to his human family (since he is forever stuck being a Cano-Sapien) it would endanger them if any of the baddies he has fought learned who they were. Nitro's family were all killed (except for one of her sisters) and she was rescued by the Road Rovers which raised her up (see Severed Blood).

QUESTION: In Times, Time and Half a Time why was Shag affected by the virus even though it isn't suppose to affect Cano-Sapiens?
ANSWER: This is a good but simple question. Shag is more Dog than Sapien (he's the only Rover that was changed the least after stepping into the Transdogmafier). Hence why he was affected with Muzzle and The Master. I could just stop there but there is a deeper reason why I made Shag affected: I've always had problems keeping Shag active in my stories. Since no one really can understand him it limits me on what I can say and do. Making him get the virus was an easy out for me.

QUESTION: How and why did Bear and Shadow meet?
ANSWER: This answer can be found in Shadow's description. While he was on a rampage against mankind for the murder of his parents Strayers and Road Rovers were dispatched to stop him, but they were taken out just as easily (Shadow is virtually undetectable, he can hide anywhere or get into anywhere without being seen - No one living has ever seen him but Bear). But his evil rampaged ended when he ran across Bear. The cat easily bested the Cano-Sapien, yet he sensed something in him. Something different. Shadow fled instead and let Bear live. Afterwards, he began to spy on Bear and his group of Strayers (always in the shadows). He quickly learned that Bear isn't really a human nor a canine. Plus he shares the same plight as himself: Never able to see his family again. With his interest peaked, Shadow formed a secret alliance with Bear: He will end his attack on humans and canines (but continues to feast on wild animals) and spy for the Strayer as long as Bear keeps Shadow's existence a secret (One Cano-Sapien is no match of Shadow, but a whole group of them could defeat him). The cat enjoys watching the exploits of Bear's team from the safety of the shadows.

QUESTION: How did Herod and Herodias elude the Strayers/Rovers in the back woods of Idaho?
ANSWER: As you may recall in Severed Blood, when Bear tried to track the kidnapped Nitro the trail came to an abrupt halt. That Herod and Herodias did was simplely climb a tree. Logically, Bear could have figured this out and look up in the tree. Thing is that Herod and Herodias didn't stop there. They then jumped from tree to tree, handing Nitro's unconscious body between them. Again, logically you would figure they couldn't get very far. But they didn't have to. Only far enough off the path so the Strayers/Rovers would search the area around the path and then continue on. Then they could return to the ground and continue on foot.

QUESTION: With all the characters from other fanfics that you use are you suggesting that your Strayer Universe spans into other universes created by other writers?
ANSWER: Absolutely not. I've always written in my own universe, even the characters I'm writing fanfics about. For example, in "Road Rovers" Colleen and Hunter have a thing going where in my Strayer universe it's Colleen and Exile who are involved. I use other characters because their creators either ask me to use them or because I found I special need for them. But that's it. My stories don't cross over into anyone elses. Period.

QUESTION: Who is Amanda bassed on?
ANSWER: Amanda Stephenson. A very good friend of mine and chief member of the Strayer Development Team.

QUESTION: Why was Prowler killed off?
ANSWER: When I asked Miss Stephenson to come up with a character that could give Bear a really bad time when it came to Nitro she came up with Prowler. He was always there to add mistrust between the couple. To do what ever he could to stop them from getting married. After Bear's and Nitro's wedding he really served no further purpose so I did Prowler in.

QUESTION: How come in the Strayer Timeline none of the Road Rover events are mentioned?
ANSWER: Well, I don't call it a Strayer Timeline for nothing. Seriously, I couldn't even begin to guess on such things as Shepherd's lab blows up and The Rovers first become Rovers. Even if I could I fear I would be stepping on the toes of other fanfic writers. On the other hand, if the authors of other spin-off series wanted to see certain events from their series appear in my timeline I would be more than happy to oblige.
(Question asked by Greg Williams)

QUESTION: Any Principal or Headmaster to Strayer Academy?
ANSWER: Yes, they are called Lead Directors. THEY because there are two, one male and one female. They share the responsibilities for running the entire school. Below them are Directors, they handle the different departments (like Science) Below these are Vice Directors, they handle the various branches of each department (Anatomy, Chemistry, etc.) Still below them are the Instructors, these are the ones that teach the classes. Everyone has a contract for one year (there is no summer break) After which time the male and female Director who has managed their department the best become Lead Directors. The two best male and female Vice Dicertors fill the vacancies of the Directors. The two best male and female Instructors fill the vanacies of the Vice Directors. The current Lead Derectors are filters back down to vacanies of the Instructors. This may seem counter productive (Lead Directors are demonted to Instructors) but it isn't. This keeps everyone moving up the ladder motovated to do so, those moving down are given direct contact with the student body thus helping them not to lose sight on them. Teaching Strayers is what the school is all about.
(Question asked by Okichi Obari)

QUESTION: Does the Strayer Academy have any sport teams?
ANSWER: Sort of. They are not the traditional teams (football, basketball, etc.) More like Computer Hacking, Cyclborg Racing, Sharp Shooting, Paw to Paw Combat and stuff like that. Basically the type of sports that would send parents into a tizzy. This is to help build skills that the students would use in the real world (like teamwork) Though they wouldn't play againt other schools (since they wouldn't have the same sports) accept military schools and other branches of the government.
(Question asked by Okichi Obari)

QUESTION: Is Tad going to become part of a Strayer unit in the future or create his own?
ANSWER: Like most new Strayers he will be assigned into an existing experienced unit so he can "learn the ropes." Bear had the privilege of creating his own unit because it happened at a time when the Strayer organization was just getting started and there were few units. Because of his background not a lot of the existing Strayers wanted to work with him anyway. Which unit Tad will end up in really hasn't been discussed. One thing for sure is that he will be with another cadet so he won't "feel alone" in his learning experience.
(Question asked by Gerhard Naude)

QUESTION: Why isn't the story of how Bear became a Strayer at the being of the series?
ANSWER: Reconstructive Surgery was actually suppose to be the first story in the Strayer series (...Heart of Hero is considered a Road Rover story) But it just didn't feel right, too many questions would have to be answered about Bear and the Strayer universe (that were answered in later stories) Years later someone asked how Bear became a Strayer and what happened to his original motorcycle so I resurected it. Note: I had originally planed on using the Magnum P.I. narration thingie through out the series but it got lost when I dropped the story.

QUESTION: What's the deal with all the cameos in Time Out?
ANSWER: I was trying to boost the ratings? What can I say? It was a phase I was going through. Funny thing is I did get a lot of feed back about this one. Surprisingly it was all positive (the fans like it) Because of which after this story I tried to include more cameos (but not on such a grand scale) Oddly enough there were actually suppose to be more cemeos in the story (The captains from each of the Star Trek series were going to show up as the ships guarding the space station) but I drifted out of that phase. The SG1 cameos at the begining was out of dire need. I had planed on using a group of Strayers created by another writer but when I tried to get permission to use them I never got a response. The deadline was closing fast so out of dire need I added another cameo. Also, the Godzilla stuff was written by Marc Weinstein (it was his idea)
(Question asked by Richard Barrere)

QUESTION: Before she was on the Grizzlies did we ever see Dixie's previous unit?
ANSWER: Kinda of/sort of. All we really learned that Dixie was on Prowler's team and the two have been shown working together. But the name of the team or the other members were never mentioned. In later stories she became a leader of her own group (The Malamutes) alog with the reborn Prowler and Bear's son, Sirius.
(Question asked by Peter Nitti)


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