Werewolf

A werewolf is a human who has been infected with the lycanthropy virus. This virus is transferred through exchange of bodily fluids. The Agency possesses an antidote of sorts- if injected within six hours of exposure to lycanthropy; the antidote can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of infection.

After six hours, the infection has either been rejected completely by the host's body or has taken full hold, making the host into a werewolf. At this stage, the affliction is incurable. Lycanthropy has a number of symptoms.

  • The werewolf's mood becomes tied to the phases of the moon. During the new moon, they become tired, depressed and apathetic. Pre-menopausal female werewolves find that their menstrual cycle shifts so that menstruation coincides with the new moon. By contrast, during the full moon, the werewolf feels energetic, passionate and enthused. They become more prone to excesses of anger, as well as exhibiting increased appetite and sex drive.
  • The werewolf becomes violently allergic to wolfsbane.
  • The werewolf's reflexes are improved.
  • The werewolf has increased muscle mass.
  • The werewolf's senses of sight, hearing, taste and especially smell are improved.
  • The werewolf exhibits increased hair growth.
  • The werewolf develops an appetite for rare red meat.
  • Silver pierces the werewolf's skin with supernatural ease.
  • Most importantly, the werewolf begins to transform into "wolf-form" whenever overcome by anger, hunger or lust. The transformation can also be triggered by proximity to another transformed werewolf. Combined with the mood alteration mentioned above, this makes werewolves extremely dangerous to be around during the full moon.
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So-called "wolf-form" bears only a superficial resemblance to a wolf. It is much large, usually about 10 feet tall, and is bipedal, though it tends to drop to all fours when running. It is extremely strong, as well as extremely fast for its bulk. While transformed, the werewolf has the mind of a wild animal. It is invariably hungry from the transformation and will view any large mammal, including humans, as prey. Once its hunger is satiated, unless it is angered or scents another werewolf it will sleep, resulting in transformation back to human form.

If there is more than one werewolf of either gender in an area, they will fight, in wolf-form, to establish dominance. Such fights will not be to the death, except in rare cases. Once dominance is established, a pack is formed. Werewolves will be instinctively aware, even in human form, of their role in the pack.

Children who have not yet entered puberty can be infected, but will not exhibit any symptoms until puberty. If the mother is a werewolf, the child will also be a werewolf. If the father is a werewolf, but the mother is not, the child is born free from infection.

Controlling the Transformations

There are three known ways for werewolves to control their transformations and lead some semblance of a normal life.

The first is a cocktail of depressant and anti-psychotic medication created by the Agency. This prevents the werewolf from transforming, but has rather unpleasant side-effects. Users have reported feeling "emotionally dead", "unable to feel happy" or "emasculated" as well as physical symptoms of fatigue and reduced reflexes and cognition. It also renders male users impotent.

The second are the Blitzwulfen rings, powerful magickal artifacts that allow werewolves to retain their human mind while transformed.

The third is the techniques practiced by the Clawed Hand Brotherhood; an intense regime of discipline, meditation and martial arts that teaches the werewolf to control his transformations by controlling his emotions.