History TabletopGame / WerewolfTheApocalypse

28th Sep '17 8:13:57 AM 32_Footsteps
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* TheWormThatWalks: One type of fomori is called The Hollow Men - after [[BloodyHorror having most of their internal organs ripped out]], the poor victim is then filled up as they're dying with a colony of small animals possessed by a Bane - popular choices include mice, rats, lizards, and various types of insects. They tend to creep out other fomori, which is sobering when one considers that some combination of BodyHorror and BloodyHorror go into making all of them.
29th Aug '17 2:11:40 PM Nopperabo
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** Garou are supposed to engage in sex for primarily reproductive reasons, not simple, wasteful fun-time (although the Fianna and the CHildren of Gaia's Aethera Inamorata camp might disagree). They also tend to seek mates of the same "base type" as themselves, which is why lupus Garou are going extinct.

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** Garou are supposed to engage in sex for primarily reproductive reasons, not simple, wasteful fun-time (although the Fianna and the CHildren Children of Gaia's Aethera Inamorata camp might disagree). They also tend to seek mates of the same "base type" as themselves, which is why lupus Garou are going extinct.
29th Aug '17 2:10:49 PM Nopperabo
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Garou are supposed sex for primarily reproductive reasons, not simple, wasteful fun-time. They also tend to seek mates of the same "base type" as themselves, which is why lupus Garou are going extinct.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Many of the Garou tribes and Fera have values that come across as alien or barbaric to readers, emphasizing how the "Gaian" outlook is very different from the human outlook. Value systems that are warlike or pro-eugenics are not uncommon.
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Garou are supposed to engage in sex for primarily reproductive reasons, not simple, wasteful fun-time. fun-time (although the Fianna and the CHildren of Gaia's Aethera Inamorata camp might disagree). They also tend to seek mates of the same "base type" as themselves, which is why lupus Garou are going extinct.extinct.
** The cultural practices and values of the Black Spiral Dancers are deliberately revolting to emphasize how twisted the tribe has become.



* DespairEventHorizon: Harano.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Harano.Harano, a form of depression that comes over Garou when they believe that the war against the Wyrm is futile.
19th May '17 11:49:24 PM nombretomado
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** The Gurahl tribebook strongly implies that the ancient Bear King was {{King Arthur}}. It also states that the prophet Elisha was a [[VampireTheMasquerade vampire]] who controlled an umfalla (werebear abomination) named Sarah Childslayer. This was a reference to [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+2%3A23-25&version=NIV 2 Kings 2:23-25]] in the Bible, in which bears slaughtered a group of children who were teasing the prophet Elisha.

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** The Gurahl tribebook strongly implies that the ancient Bear King was {{King Arthur}}. It also states that the prophet Elisha was a [[VampireTheMasquerade [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade vampire]] who controlled an umfalla (werebear abomination) named Sarah Childslayer. This was a reference to [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+2%3A23-25&version=NIV 2 Kings 2:23-25]] in the Bible, in which bears slaughtered a group of children who were teasing the prophet Elisha.
15th May '17 10:32:48 PM SpectralTime
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* CaptainEthnic: The stereotypes of many tribes.

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* BrokenAesop:
** The overall messages of the game -- that people should protect the natural world and question the more destructive aspects of civilization -- are noble. However, in-game history indicates that ancient humans lived meager lives and suffered oppression under the Garou before they cultivated civilization. To boot, human life isn't intrinsically valuable to some Gaia-aligned factions, or arguably to Gaia herself, so abandoning civilization and getting back to Gaia might not be a good things for humanity.
** The game is intended to raise awareness about environmental harm, corporate corruption, and other social issues. In-game, however, these problems spring from a mad triat and cosmic imbalances that the characters are unlikely to impact. In other words, the game's backstory suggests that taking any action against such problems will only have a small impact at best, and [[InherentInTheSystem that large-scale change is impossible]].
* CaptainEthnic: The stereotypes of many tribes.tribes are often related to their "territory," such as the Get of Fenris's association with Norse/Germanic barbarian culture, or the Fianna's association with Ireland.
14th May '17 3:34:53 AM Ryulong
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* TheExile: The Ronin, Tribeless Garou either as a result of having violated some law so heinous that excommunication is the only possible solution or Garou who have become disillusioned with the way the other Tribes are handling things. Ronin still gather in "Prides".
** The first Ronin was also the First Metis, who is still alive. And still pissed off for being ostracized and exiled for his parents' violation of the Litany.



** The ronin chapter of ''Outcasts'' is narrated by a Garou who was ejected from the Silver Fangs for jeopardizing the Veil. He refuses to gracefully accept his ronin status and move on, convinced that he can prove himself to the Silver Fangs.

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** The ronin Ronin chapter of ''Outcasts'' is narrated by a Garou who was ejected from the Silver Fangs for jeopardizing the Veil. He refuses to gracefully accept his ronin Ronin status and move on, convinced that he can prove himself to the Silver Fangs.
14th May '17 3:20:32 AM Ryulong
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*** The Lizard Kings, the ancestors of the Mokole who were truly were-dinosaurs (and pterosaurs and plesiosaurs). Breeding between themselves created the Drachid form, a humanoid reptile form that enabled the Lizard Kings to interbreed and was even available to other contemporary Changing Breeds. They were wiped out entirely in a supernatural event called the Wonder-Work that coincided with the extinction of the dinosaurs, and to such an extent that nothing remains of their bodies or their civilization, and not even the Mokole's shared genetic memory can tell what happened.

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*** The Lizard Kings, the ancestors of the Mokole who were truly were-dinosaurs (and pterosaurs and plesiosaurs). Breeding between themselves created the Drachid form, a humanoid reptile form that enabled the Lizard Kings to interbreed and was even available to other contemporary Changing Breeds. They were wiped out entirely in a supernatural event called the Wonder-Work that coincided with the extinction of the dinosaurs, and to such an extent that nothing remains of their bodies or their civilization, and not even the Mokole's shared genetic memory Mnesis can tell them what happened.actually happened.
*** An unnamed ammonite Changing Breed that was at war with the Rokea and an unnamed "bristlecreeper" (primitive mammal) Changing Breed also went extinct during the Wonder-Work, or at least long before the evolution of humanity.



*** An unnamed ammonite Changing Breed that was at war with the Rokea and an unnamed "bristlecreeper" (primitive mammal) Changing Breed that went extinct.
*** The Corax claim were-megatheriums were wiped out in the War of Rage. The Nagah believe there was a race of were-freshwater fish that was wiped out. The Shadow Lords claim a race of were-falcons was wiped out and the Fianna claim they were responsible for the extinction of the were-otters and the were-eagles.
*** The Beast Courts of Asia claim that there still is a Changing Breed of were-orangutans in the rainforests of Indonesia.
*** A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones]].

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*** An unnamed ammonite Changing Breed that was at war with the Rokea and an unnamed "bristlecreeper" (primitive mammal) Changing Breed that went extinct.
*** The Corax claim were-megatheriums were wiped out in the War of Rage. The Nagah believe there was a race of were-freshwater fish that was wiped out. The Shadow Lords claim a race Changing Breed of were-falcons was wiped out and the Fianna claim they were responsible for the extinction of the were-otters were-otter and the were-eagles.
were-eagle Changing Breeds.
*** The Beast Courts of Asia claim that there still is a hidden Changing Breed of were-orangutans in the rainforests of Indonesia.
*** A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses were-rhinos - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones]].
14th May '17 3:17:38 AM Ryulong
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* TheMissingFaction: There are Apis [wereaurochs], Camazotz [werebats] and Grondr [wereboars] who were wiped out by the Garou [werewolves] during the Wars of Rage. Likewise, the Gurahl [werebears] were believed extinct since then, but resurfaced in modern times, while the Nagah [weresnakes] have just let everyone believe they went extinct. All Ratkin expressing the Bard aspect were exterminated as well, leaving the race with only a hazy grasp on their own history. Also, among the Garou themselves are the extinct Bunyip and Croatan tribes, as well as the Black Spiral Dancers (formerly White Howlers) who fell to the [[TheDarkSide Wyrm]]. The Changing Breeds book mentions how some Apis, Camazotz, or Grondr might not entirely be "missing".
** In-universe, there are strong testimonial rumors of bee, hornet, termite, ant, locust, moth, ground sloth, ammonite, sturgeon, falcon, eagle, otter, and orangutang Changing Breeds. But if they existed, their populations were either so small to begin with, or they died out so long ago that nothing of their purpose, culture, or names survive. A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones]].
** There are also a few missing sub-types within the Changing Breeds: the Bastet have lost their Khara (were-sabertooth cat) Tribe to extinction and the Celican (fae-cats) were attacked by the White Spiral Dancers and fell to the Wyrm to become the Hellcats; the Gurahl Okuma (panda) tribe was wiped out by the garou; and the Mokole varna Ao (were-tortoises) simply disappeared, theorized as having predicted the Apocalypse and disappearing into the Umbra to wait it out. And on top of these, the prehistoric humanoid lizard Drachid form was once available to the prehistoric Changing Breeds created by the Lizard Kings, another ancient race of Changing Breeds that bred with the dinosaurs.

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* TheMissingFaction: There are Apis [wereaurochs], Camazotz [werebats] and Grondr [wereboars] who were wiped out by the Garou [werewolves] during the Wars of Rage. Likewise, the Gurahl [werebears] were believed extinct since then, but resurfaced in modern times, while the Nagah [weresnakes] have just let everyone believe they went extinct. All Ratkin expressing the Bard aspect were exterminated as well, leaving the race with only a hazy grasp on their own history. Also, among TheMissingFaction:
** Within
the Garou themselves are are:
*** The White Howlers, a Tribe who settled in Scotland and [[ThisMeansWarpaint chose
the extinct Bunyip Picts as Kinfolk]]. They thought that in order to stop the Wyrm they would take the fight directly to it. In the process, they became the original [[TheDarkSide Black Spiral Dancers]].
*** The Croatan, a third Tribe of American Indian Garou who were the "middle brother" between the Utkena
and Croatan tribes, the Wendigo. They sacrificed their entire Tribe to prevent the Eater-of-Souls from manifesting in the Americas after European colonization.
*** The Bunyip, a Tribe that found their way through the Umbra to Australia and had to use unique rituals to mate with the thylacine (a.k.a. Tasmanian tiger) without a native wolf population. When European Garou made it to Australia, they unintentionally killed their own kind in a war over control over Australia's Caerns after being fooled by one of the Black Spiral Dancers.
** Amongst the Changing Breeds (although some may not be
as well "missing" as they seem):
*** The Apis, were-aurochs who served as Gaia's matchmakers. Wiped out by the Garou, except for one who went mad and became the basis of the myth of the Minotaur.
*** The Camazots, were-bats who served as Gaia's nighttime messengers (complimenting the Corax were-ravens of the day). Wiped out by
the Black Spiral Dancers (formerly White Howlers) in most of the world and the Shadow Lords during the Spanish colonization of the New World.
*** The Grondr, were-boars
who fell served as Gaia's cleaners and purifiers. Wiped out by the Garou, although some remaining Kin sought out the Wyrm and were corrupted into the Skull Pigs.
*** The Khara, the original Tribe of the Bastet who were were-saber-toothed-cats. Went extinct with their animal-kin, but their genetics live on in other Bastet.
*** The Celican, a Tribe of Bastet who had links
to the [[TheDarkSide Wyrm]]. fae and generally resembled domestic cats. They were secretive, even amongst the Bastet, and were thought to be extinct many times throughout history. However, the 20th anniversary edition cements this: their last big gathering led to most of them being slaughtered by the Black Spiral Dancers, with the survivors forced to walk the Black Labyrinth and become the Hellcats.
***
The Okuma, a Tribe of Gurahl who counted the moon bears, sun bears, and giant panda as Kin. Wiped out by the other Changing Breeds book mentions how some Apis, Camazotz, or Grondr might not entirely be "missing".
** In-universe, there are strong testimonial rumors
in Asia.
*** The Ratkin Bards, who kept the Breed's history. Wiped out by the Garou.
*** The Ao, a Varna
of bee, hornet, termite, ant, locust, moth, ground sloth, ammonite, sturgeon, falcon, eagle, otter, Mokole who had turtle and orangutang tortoise Kin. They simply disappeared entirely. The Mokole theorize that they used their Mnesis to predict the oncoming apocalypse and traveled deep into the Umbra to hibernate and wait out the end of the world.
*** The Lizard Kings, the ancestors of the Mokole who were truly were-dinosaurs (and pterosaurs and plesiosaurs). Breeding between themselves created the Drachid form, a humanoid reptile form that enabled the Lizard Kings to interbreed and was even available to other contemporary
Changing Breeds. But if they existed, their populations They were either so small to begin with, or they died wiped out so long ago entirely in a supernatural event called the Wonder-Work that coincided with the extinction of the dinosaurs, and to such an extent that nothing remains of their purpose, culture, bodies or names survive. their civilization, and not even the Mokole's shared genetic memory can tell what happened.
*** The Insect Races, Changing Breeds created by the Weaver that took bees, hornets, termites, ants, and locusts as Kin. They were wiped out by the Ananasi before humanity existed. An Insect Race of moths also existed, but apparently rebelled against the Weaver and were punished.
*** An unnamed ammonite Changing Breed that was at war with the Rokea and an unnamed "bristlecreeper" (primitive mammal) Changing Breed that went extinct.
*** The Corax claim were-megatheriums were wiped out in the War of Rage. The Nagah believe there was a race of were-freshwater fish that was wiped out. The Shadow Lords claim a race of were-falcons was wiped out and the Fianna claim they were responsible for the extinction of the were-otters and the were-eagles.
*** The Beast Courts of Asia claim that there still is a Changing Breed of were-orangutans in the rainforests of Indonesia.
***
A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones]].
** There are also a few missing sub-types within the Changing Breeds: the Bastet have lost their Khara (were-sabertooth cat) Tribe to extinction and the Celican (fae-cats) were attacked by the White Spiral Dancers and fell to the Wyrm to become the Hellcats; the Gurahl Okuma (panda) tribe was wiped out by the garou; and the Mokole varna Ao (were-tortoises) simply disappeared, theorized as having predicted the Apocalypse and disappearing into the Umbra to wait it out. And on top of these, the prehistoric humanoid lizard Drachid form was once available to the prehistoric Changing Breeds created by the Lizard Kings, another ancient race of Changing Breeds that bred with the dinosaurs.
ones]].
30th Apr '17 7:38:18 PM Ryulong
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There are also three extinct Tribes: the Bunyip, a tribe of Australian spirit-walkers who were wiped out by other local shape shifters and European Garou who wanted the Caerns for themselves; the Croatan, a Native American tribe less extreme than the Uktena or Wendigo who sacrificed themselves to stop a monster from starting the Apocalypse; and the White Howlers, proud werewolf Scotsmen who fell to the Wyrm after succumbing to their own Rage and need to prove themselves and became an evil tribe: the Black Spiral Dancers. The 20th anniversary books added a relict group of werewolves in New Guinea, but just as story content.

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There are also three extinct Tribes: the Bunyip, a tribe of Australian spirit-walkers who bred with the thylacines in place of a native wolf subspecies and were wiped out by other local shape shifters and European Garou who wanted the Caerns for themselves; the Croatan, a Native American tribe less extreme than the Uktena or Wendigo who sacrificed themselves to stop a monster from starting the Apocalypse; and the White Howlers, proud werewolf Scotsmen who fell to the Wyrm after succumbing to their own Rage and need to prove themselves and became an evil tribe: the Black Spiral Dancers. The 20th anniversary books added adds the Singing Dogs, a relict group tribe of werewolves in New Guinea, but just as story content.



* TheMissingFaction: There are Apis [wereaurochs], Camazotz [werebats] and Grondr [wereboars] who were wiped out by the Garou [werewolves] during the Wars of Rage. Likewise, the Gurahl [werebears] were believed extinct since then, but resurfaced in modern times, while the Nagah [weresnakes] have just let everyone believe they went extinct. All Ratkin expressing the Bard aspect were exterminated as well, leaving the race with only a hazy grasp on their own history. Also, among the Garou themselves are the extinct Bunyip and Croatan tribes, as well as the Black Spiral Dancers (formerly White Howlers) who fell to the [[TheDarkSide Wyrm]]. The Changing Breeds tribebook mentions how some Apis, Camazotz, or Grondr might not entirely be "missing"
** In-universe, there are strong testimonial rumors of bee, hornet, termite, ant, locust, moth, ground sloth, ammonite, sturgeon, falcon, eagle, otter, and orangutang Changing Breeds. But if they existed, their populations were either so small to begin with, or they died out so long ago that nothing of their purpose, culture, or names survive. A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones.]]

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* TheMissingFaction: There are Apis [wereaurochs], Camazotz [werebats] and Grondr [wereboars] who were wiped out by the Garou [werewolves] during the Wars of Rage. Likewise, the Gurahl [werebears] were believed extinct since then, but resurfaced in modern times, while the Nagah [weresnakes] have just let everyone believe they went extinct. All Ratkin expressing the Bard aspect were exterminated as well, leaving the race with only a hazy grasp on their own history. Also, among the Garou themselves are the extinct Bunyip and Croatan tribes, as well as the Black Spiral Dancers (formerly White Howlers) who fell to the [[TheDarkSide Wyrm]]. The Changing Breeds tribebook book mentions how some Apis, Camazotz, or Grondr might not entirely be "missing"
"missing".
** In-universe, there are strong testimonial rumors of bee, hornet, termite, ant, locust, moth, ground sloth, ammonite, sturgeon, falcon, eagle, otter, and orangutang Changing Breeds. But if they existed, their populations were either so small to begin with, or they died out so long ago that nothing of their purpose, culture, or names survive. A RunningGag was also that the Corax wereravens would joke about Were-Rhinoceroses - until Pentex actually [[TemptingFate artificially made some evil ones.]]ones]].
** There are also a few missing sub-types within the Changing Breeds: the Bastet have lost their Khara (were-sabertooth cat) Tribe to extinction and the Celican (fae-cats) were attacked by the White Spiral Dancers and fell to the Wyrm to become the Hellcats; the Gurahl Okuma (panda) tribe was wiped out by the garou; and the Mokole varna Ao (were-tortoises) simply disappeared, theorized as having predicted the Apocalypse and disappearing into the Umbra to wait it out. And on top of these, the prehistoric humanoid lizard Drachid form was once available to the prehistoric Changing Breeds created by the Lizard Kings, another ancient race of Changing Breeds that bred with the dinosaurs.
30th Apr '17 7:26:16 PM Ryulong
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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: In addition to the titular werewolves, there are 11 other breeds of shapeshifters, described in their own Splat books: Ajaba (werehyenas), Ananasi (werespiders), Bastet (werecats), Corax (wereravens), Gurahl (werebears), Kitsune (werefoxes), Mokole (werecrocodiles/lizards/dragons), Nagah (weresnakes), Nuwisha (werecoyotes), Ratkin (wererats), Rokea (weresharks). The Apis (wereaurochs), Camazotz (werebats), Grondr (wereboars), and Bunyip (werethylacines) used to exist to, but the Garou genocided them.

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: In addition to the titular werewolves, there are 11 other breeds of shapeshifters, described in their own Splat books: Ajaba (werehyenas), Ananasi (werespiders), Bastet (werecats), Corax (wereravens), Gurahl (werebears), Kitsune (werefoxes), Mokole (werecrocodiles/lizards/dragons), Nagah (weresnakes), Nuwisha (werecoyotes), Ratkin (wererats), Rokea (weresharks). The Apis (wereaurochs), Camazotz (werebats), and Grondr (wereboars), and Bunyip (werethylacines) (wereboars) used to exist to, but the Garou genocided them.them. There was also a group of Australian Garou called the Bunyip who bred with the thylacines, but they were also wiped out by the Garou.
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