notes on werewolves

Spent a good chunk of the day inking the Professor in various stages of his transformation, and that got me thinking about our favorite werewolf librarian, and how werewolves work in Kekionga’s strand of the Knotted Rope.  Frankly, Gideon was designed to be an un-angsty werewolf.  Not that he doesn’t have his share of personal problems, like anybody else, but the fact that he’s a werewolf isn’t really one of them. It’s not terribly uncomfortable, he retains full continuity of consciousness between forms and is no more likely to harm anyone as a wolf than as a man, and his condition is not contagious.  There is the inconvenience of the lack of clothes and glasses when he returns from a good long wolf-out, but that’s easily managed with wolf doors into his apartment and office (with appropriate security) and bathrobes and spare specs stashed in a few crucial places.  The collar he always wears helps him “pass” as a dog; the way it expands and contracts to fit him in either form is part of a side ability that accompanies lycanthropy in this little corner of the multiverse.

Anyone who is interested in some of the technical details is invited to click on to read further:

Just for the record, Kekionga werewolves:

  • are born that way: they are werewolves because their mothers and fathers were werewolves.
  • are not automatically evil or out of control. Bad people make worse werewolves, of course.
  • are not contagious.  They cannot turn you into a werewolf by biting you.
  • are the same person whatever form they are in, and take all their memories with them from shape to shape.
  • change forms on purpose, in both directions.
  • can learn to pause their transformations and spend time in one or more of their transitional forms.   This is a difficult skill to learn, and takes a great deal of practice to master.  Young and inexperienced werewolves are either wolves or people except when they are actually changing.
  • are somewhat stronger than people who aren’t werewolves, heal much more quickly, and have keen senses even in their human forms.
  • don’t have to change forms during the full moon, but are severely tempted to do so.  It takes an experienced werewolf with a lot of self control to resist the urge to frolic in the moonlight and howl at the Moon.
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