Werewolves (狼男, Ōkami Otoko), also known as "Wolfmen" or "Wolf People", are a pseudohuman species of beings who are spoken in myth of possessing the ability to shapeshift between the form of a human and the form of a wolf.
While the image of the 'lone wolf' is popular, they actually prefer communal living in the form of packs. While most monster species are affected by the Full Moon, werewolves can prove even more trouble due to their pack social structure and their great physical strength.
Physiological Attributes[edit | edit source]
- In addition to their animalistic humanoid form, Werewolves are capable of transforming (voluntary or otherwise) into a wolf form.
- Other werebeasts are able to transform into animal forms based on their species as well.
- As with most liminal species, the Full Moon stimulates a Werewolf's primal instincts and may render even individuals who are otherwise emotionally coherent during their transformations to become savage and difficult to restrain. It is advised to actively avoid encounters with werewolves during this time as the likely-hood of injury due to the werewolf's unrestrained mind is severe.
Subspecies[edit | edit source]
Werecat[edit | edit source]
Werecats are a pseudohuman species of beings who are spoken in myth of possessing the ability to shapeshift between the form of a human and the form of a cat.
Sometimes treated as gods in certain areas, werecats are flighty and pleasure-seeking, and can be hard to get along with as a result. However, they are strongly susceptible to matatabi (also known as Silvervine; an alternative to catnip that serves as a popular cat treat in Asia) and, if exposed to it, will become docile and extremely affectionate. Many things, including matatabi, may also produce a Flehmen response in werecats.
Werefox[edit | edit source]
Werefoxes are a pseudohuman species of beings who are spoken in myth of possessing the ability to shapeshift between the form of a human and the form of a fox.
Also known in Japan as belonging to the "Yokai" subspecies group, for some reason, many werefoxes take up positions as miko shrine maidens. A variation of this subspecies possess nine tails and are called Kitsune; these individuals are said to possess rudimentary transformation powers.
Wererabbit[edit | edit source]
Wererabbits are a pseudohuman species of beings who are spoken in myth of possessing the ability to shapeshift between the form of a human and the form of a rabbit.
As rabbits are commonly thought to be in heat all year long, wererabbits are often asked if this is the case with them as well, much to their displeasure. In fact, even among true rabbits this is only the case for the European rabbit, so it is not accurate for wererabbits. With that said, their sex drive is actually very close to that of the European rabbit.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The word "werewolf" is a compound with the archaic English word wer. Etymologically, "man" was once genderless, and wer referred to a male adult. Hence, the not-uncommon female lycanthrope should more strictly be a "wifwolf" (or "woman-wolf"). A common mistake is to use the word lycanthropy to describe any case of a being able to shift between human and animal forms, as the root word "lyc" specifically means "wolf" (the proper term for other animal types is therianthropy—or, if you like, "werebeast").
- Like the witchcraft trials as a whole, the trials of werewolves emerged in what is now Switzerland in the early 15th century and spread throughout Europe in the 16th, peaking in the 17th and subsiding by the 18th century.
- The image of a man and/or woman being subjugated, exposed and bred/mated by or with a werewolf is sexually appealing to some due to the nature of some cultures considering animals to be sexually superior to humans. These cultures view the fact that because animals conceive more easily than humans, give birth faster/more easily, have more offspring per pregnancy, and possess attributes that allow them to survive, fornicate and flourish naturally in their habitat (without assistance from tools), animals (and by association, non-humans) must be superior to humans on a primal and sexual level and as a result ancient cultures have attempted to copy and emulate animals and animal-attributes for centuries in the attempt to gain and/or demonstrate strength. For those that follow these beliefs, the notion of a human engaging a non-human in sex (be it an animal, beast, non-human or alien) arouses their instinctual drive to mate with a superior being to, objectively, produce stronger offspring. The image of a werewolf, a physically superior being of both human and animal attributes, only further arouses this instinctual reasoning.