History Analysis / OurWerewolvesAreDifferent

28th Mar '18 10:45:15 PM Dravencour
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** ''Magic'': Becoming a werewolf is the result of [[AWizardDidIt magical forces]] or AppliedPhlebotinum at work. It could be due a BlackMagic ceremony or making a DealWithTheDevil, or it could be the result of a {{Curse}} placed on the person by some EvilSorceror or whatnot -- other popular causes may include typical MadScientist experiments, exposure to GreenRocks... the list goes on. Certain magicians (particularly Druids) have learned to [[VoluntaryShapeshifter change their form at will]] -- they may insist they are TotallyNotAWerewolf, and rightly so.

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** ''Magic'': Becoming a werewolf is the result of [[AWizardDidIt magical forces]] or AppliedPhlebotinum at work. It could be due a BlackMagic ceremony or making a DealWithTheDevil, or it could be the result of a {{Curse}} placed on the person by some EvilSorceror or whatnot -- other popular causes may include typical MadScientist experiments, DemonicPossession, exposure to GreenRocks... the list goes on. Certain magicians (particularly Druids) have learned to [[VoluntaryShapeshifter change their form at will]] -- they may insist they are TotallyNotAWerewolf, and rightly so.
13th Feb '18 11:48:01 PM lvthn13
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* Unless they simply transform into a normal wolf, werewolves are almost always extremely physically strong. Sometimes this is no more than [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower what you'd expect]] from a huge beast, sometimes they possess truly supernatural strength. Most of the time, werewolves with a great deal of invulnerability or HealingFactor will have supernatural strength as [[RequiredSecondaryPowers part of the package]]. If werewolves square off against vampires, werewolves will almost invariably be depicted as the physically stronger of the two.
3rd Jul '17 2:38:29 AM LondonKdS
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* A werewolf normally loses their clothing when they shift; either it falls off when they turn into a normal wolf, or it's shredded when they grow in size. But in some stories, they may have a [[MagicPants special outfit]] that withstands the shift, or their human body is displaced when they transform and they get it back--along with their clothing--when they revert back to human. Interestingly, werewolves are far more likely to have the "naked shapeshifter" problem than vampires or witches.

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* A werewolf normally [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing loses their clothing clothing]] when they shift; either it falls off when they turn into a normal wolf, or it's shredded when they grow in size. But in some stories, they may have a [[MagicPants special outfit]] that withstands the shift, or their human body is displaced when they transform and they get it back--along with their clothing--when they revert back to human. Interestingly, werewolves are far more likely to have the "naked shapeshifter" problem than vampires or witches.
3rd Jul '17 2:36:23 AM LondonKdS
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* A werewolf normally loses their clothing when they shift; either it falls off when they turn into a normal wolf, or it's shredded when they grow in size. But in some stories, they may have a special outfit that withstands the shift, or their human body is displaced when they transform and they get it back--along with their clothing--when they revert back to human. Interestingly, werewolves are far more likely to have the "naked shapeshifter" problem than vampires or witches.
** This could be related to the fact that vampires and witches tend to be VoluntaryShapeshifters, whereas werewolves have a long history of involuntary transformations and/or transformations controlled by outside forces.

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* A werewolf normally loses their clothing when they shift; either it falls off when they turn into a normal wolf, or it's shredded when they grow in size. But in some stories, they may have a [[MagicPants special outfit outfit]] that withstands the shift, or their human body is displaced when they transform and they get it back--along with their clothing--when they revert back to human. Interestingly, werewolves are far more likely to have the "naked shapeshifter" problem than vampires or witches.
** This could be related to the fact that vampires and witches tend to be VoluntaryShapeshifters, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifters]], whereas werewolves have a long history of involuntary transformations and/or transformations controlled by outside forces.
23rd Jun '17 9:10:28 AM chilled0ut
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** This could be related to the fact that vampires and witches tend to be VoluntaryShapeshifters, whereas werewolves have a long history of involuntary transformations and/or transformations controlled by outside forces.
19th Feb '17 12:24:28 PM Dravencour
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** If you want to be really old-timey, some werewolves will only change when the plant aconitum (aka wolfsbane) blooms, which is to say, around autumn, although different species bloom all year. Sometimes the werewolf has to eat the aconitum.

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** If you want to be really old-timey, some werewolves will only change when the plant aconitum (aka wolfsbane) blooms, which is to say, around autumn, although different species bloom all year. Sometimes the werewolf has to eat the aconitum.aconitum (note: DoNotTryThisAtHome -- aconitum is highly toxic to humans in general).



** The monkshood plant (''Acronitum'' genus, the European variety, ''Aconitum napellus'', is the most commonly used) is another possible option, since it's also called wolfsbane.

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** The monkshood plant (''Acronitum'' (''Aconitum'' genus, the European variety, ''Aconitum napellus'', is the most commonly used) is another possible option, since it's also called wolfsbane.wolfsbane. It helps that the plant is highly toxic.
19th Feb '17 12:00:23 PM Dravencour
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** In cases where werewolves are demonic creatures, it may be possible to [[HollywoodExorcism exorcise]] the monster out of the person.
19th Feb '17 11:54:21 AM Dravencour
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* The underlying cause of one's lycanthropic condition. Technically, a number of variations are possible: in some mythologies, a werewolf is an ''actual wolf'' who can [[HumanityEnsues assume human form]] rather than the other way around (we call that kind of creature a {{wolfwere}} nowadays). However, far and away the most popular concept is that a werewolf is a human who has somehow acquired the ability to transform ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter willingly]] or [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting otherwise]]) into a wolf. Popular methods include a ViralTransformation after being bitten by a previous werewolf, but there are many possible causes:

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* The underlying cause of one's lycanthropic condition. Technically, a number of variations are possible: in some mythologies, a werewolf is an ''actual wolf'' who can [[HumanityEnsues assume human form]] rather than the other way around (we call that kind of creature a {{wolfwere}} wolfwere nowadays). However, far and away the most popular concept is that a werewolf is a human who has somehow acquired the ability to transform ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter willingly]] or [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting otherwise]]) into a wolf. Popular methods include a ViralTransformation after being bitten by a previous werewolf, but there are many possible causes:
19th Feb '17 11:53:57 AM Dravencour
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* The underlying cause of one's lycanthropic condition. Technically, a number of variations are possible: in some mythologies, a werewolf is an ''actual wolf'' who can [[HumanityEnsues assume human form]] rather than the other way around. However, far and away the most popular concept is that a werewolf is a human who has somehow acquired the ability to transform ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter willingly]] or [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting otherwise]]) into a wolf. Popular methods include a ViralTransformation after being bitten by a previous werewolf, but there are many possible causes:

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* The underlying cause of one's lycanthropic condition. Technically, a number of variations are possible: in some mythologies, a werewolf is an ''actual wolf'' who can [[HumanityEnsues assume human form]] rather than the other way around.around (we call that kind of creature a {{wolfwere}} nowadays). However, far and away the most popular concept is that a werewolf is a human who has somehow acquired the ability to transform ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter willingly]] or [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting otherwise]]) into a wolf. Popular methods include a ViralTransformation after being bitten by a previous werewolf, but there are many possible causes:
14th Dec '16 10:21:06 PM Ryulong
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** MultiformBalance: A werewolf might be able to assume more than one of the forms listed above, each with its own advantages. For example in 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', lycanthropes can either take either a full animal form or a hybrid form resembling PettingZooPeople.

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** MultiformBalance: A werewolf might be able to assume more than one of the forms listed above, each with its own advantages. For example in 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', lycanthropes can either take either a full animal form or a hybrid form resembling PettingZooPeople. The image used above shows the five separate forms used in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''.
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