Since we had someone post about the basic guidelines to vamps, I thought I'd help with the werewolf jargon. Feel free to comment or debate me. I dare you.What is a werewolf?
Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are humans with the ability to shapeshift (transform) into wolves or wolf-like creatures. Easy enough, right?How does one become a werewolf?
There are several ways that one can become a werewolf.
Does the full moon control/affect a werewolf?
- The most frequent cause of lycanthropy is to be bitten by a werewolf during the full moon whilst they are in the wolf/wolf-like form.
- Another way, is by the exchange of bodily fluids such as saliva, semen, blood on blood contact, etc during the full moon. You get the idea?
- One of the rarest and most unheard of ways of becoming a werewolf is through being cursed by a witch or warlock. It is believed the first werewolves happened this way and have since passed the genetic mutation on throughout time.
- Also, one can be born into lycanthropy. Meaning, Mommy, Daddy or both carried the lycanthropy infection and passed it onto their children. However, most times, the birth is so brutal, the child or/and the mother does not survive.
Yes. During the full moon, no matter how strong the werewolf may or may not be, they have no control of their bodies. The moon's gravitational pull is the strongest during this phase therefore literally ripping the beast from its host.
However, during any other phases of the moon, a werewolf that is strong enough by either age or acquired power, may have the ability to transform partially or fully at willAre werewolves immortal?
No! However, they typically live way longer than humans.How can you kill a werewolf?
Though a werewolf is much much stronger than a human, they can be harmed by silver through either being stabbed, shot or even touched by the metal. Whether they die or not depends on the strength of the werewolf and/or the severity of the wound.What is a pack?
Most werewolves are part of a pack. This is like a family to lycans and it works just like a pack works among the wild wolves in nature from the bonds that form among the members to the heirarchy.
The order of that hierarchy is this:
- Ulfric - The ultimate alpha male of the pack
- Lupa - The ultimate alpha female of the pack. She is also the Ulfric's mate.
- Freki - Second in command to the Ulfric
- Geri - Third in command to the Ulfric
- Erato and Eros - Female and Male, respectively, members of the pack that teach the Juveniles how to control themselves during sex since typically, many new lycans will change unwillingly in highly emotional or stressful situations.
- Bolverk -The enforcer for the Ulfric
- Betas - Subordinates of the pack, mature, upper class, stronger than Omegas
- Omegas - Subordinates of the pack, lower class, weakest members that are usually mistreated
- Juveniles - Newly infected lycanthropes under the care of the Erato and Eros of the pack
One must fight his or her way from the lower ranks to the higher ranks if one should chose to increase their standing in the pack. A fight is to the death typically. The Ulfric is the end all be all of pack law. Any challenges to his word is considered one to his standing and he has the right to fight the challenger to the death.
The pack is important in many ways. The bond, being the most vital, is what can help an injured wolf into healing quicker by physical contact from other members. Weaker wolves can seek the protection of his or her pack. However, if that wolf is too weak, it is possible the pack would not offer its protection because of the liability. Again, that is up to the Ulfric to decide.
Now, not every wolf is a part of a pack though. This can be dangerous. Much like a rogue vampire a pack-less werewolf is unstable and reckless since there is no one to be accountable to. If a pack comes across a lone wolf, so to speak, they will more than likely try to kill him or her rather than offer them admittance into the family.What else should I know about werewolves that you haven't already discussed?
Well, typically, werewolves come in every shape and size. The infection does not discriminate between race or gender. Also, there are other forms of were-animals from leopards, to hyenas, to even rats. All of these rules apply to them as well though the names of groups and members are different.