Lycanthrope

Note: “Lycanthrope” here refers specifically to werewolves; other lycanthropes do exist, but are much rarer, and have not to public knowledge established communities of any significance.

A lycanthrope, or werewolf, is not technically a race, but rather a group defined by the curse of lycanthropy. Lycanthropes may be divided generally into two sets: Natural, and Afflicted. This distinction is not always respected by non-lycanthropes.

Personality

Lycanthropes are occasionally dangerous to non-lycanthropes, due to their their violent and impulsive tendencies. They tend also to be rather standoffish toward those of other races – a product, perhaps, of their frequent vilification at the hands of city-dwelling peoples.

Relations

Lycanthropes generally eschew relations with other races, and vice versa, though it is not unheard of for a pack to either exist within a city (usually a city of humans or another accommodating race), or just outside a city, granting it a certain measure of protection. At various times during the history of the world (cf. Hidden Treasure) lycanthropes have been misunderstood and therefore mistrusted — the actions of the afflicted (e.g. wanton bloody murder) reflect poorly on those who are peaceful.

Lycanthropes and adlets have been known to forge strong alliances.

Government and Lands

Lycanthropes are gathered sociopolitically within packs, which have internally a strict hierarchy, with every member holding definite rank, and ranks rarely changing. Inter-pack battles are uncommon, and when they do occur, are started over territorial issues where food or shelter is scarce, or to protect existing treaties with non-nomadic locals.

Lycanthrope territory tends to overlap the territories of other peoples; this may lead to tension between the two parties, depending upon the dispositions involved.

Lycanthropes are frequently found in cold to temperate lands, most frequently in forests, but they also may be found in hilly or mountainous regions, and on cold plains. In this they share habit with the wolves with which they share aspects.

Culture and Religion

Lycanthropy is inherited through the mother with 100% probability; through the father with 0% probability. Females traditionally lead packs. Lycanthropes seek mates perennially, almost never choosing the same mate twice. Platonic or casually sexual (but non-reproductive) pairings are common, lasting much longer than annual matings (and not conflicting with them, but rarely coinciding with them either), and may take the form of any permutation of two genders – though heterosexual relationships of this type are less common.

Language and Names

Lycanthropes do not have a language of their own, choosing to speak Common in order to mitigate the difficulties of inter-cultural clashes; lycanthropes are unique in that they are not all born, but some are made from people of other races. Therefore, what culture there is is borne of what experience is common to all lycanthropes: namely the wolf aspect, and the lack of self-control that comes with it. Lycanthrope culture then is highly structured in order to mitigate the impulsive and violent urges inherent in its members – these urges are released with abandon through ritual observation of the full moon, and during the annual mating period.

Lycanthrope

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