The Triat consists of the three primal forces of the universe: the Wyld (change and chaos), the Weaver (order and stability), and the Wyrm (decay and destruction).
Action Survivor: The Wyld is hell-bent on surviving the Wyrm and Weaver's predations, according to Book of the Wyld.
Apocalypse How: According to the Book of the Wyld, some supernatural beings believe that the Wyld will destroy the world if Gaia dies. For example, the book contains a Red Talon myth in which Gaia took the Wyld as her mate. The Wyld's sister and brother (Weaver and Wyrm) conspired to trap the Wyld in a cage so that they could kill Gaia and rule over the cosmos. Wyld swore that if Weaver and Wyrm killed his mate, he would exact vengeance upon them. If Gaia dies, all life will perish under his wrath.
Also in Book of the Wyld, a Ratkin named Jez likened the Wyld to a father who curb-stomps anyone who threatens his daughter, Gaia. Should the Weaver or Wyrm kill Gaia, the Wyld will "unleash a beatin' like the world has never seen."
Blue and Orange Morality: The Wyld cares about nothing except performing its cosmic role and surviving the depredations of the Weaver and Wyrm.
Cloudcuckooland: Flux, the Wyld's Umbral home, is a realm of absolute, terrifying chaos.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: By some accounts, the Wyld has done little or nothing to reign in the Weaver's madness or the Wyrm's unbridled destruction. The narrator of the first edition Corax breedbook snarks that the Wyld was off "picking his toes" when the Weaver ensnared the Wyrm in her web.
Order Versus Chaos: The Wyld embodies chaos and change, opposite the order and stasis embodied by the Weaver.
Pure Is Not Good: The Wyld is the pure energy of dynamic change. However, an excess of Wyld energy can cause personality changes, physical transformations, madness, and even death.
Swirly Energy Thingy: Charybdis, an Umbral "black hole" that sucks up any nearby energy and matter for absorption and recreation by the Wyld.
Control Freak: Many Garou and Fera insist that the Weaver has gone insane, imprisoning the Wyrm in her web and seeking total stasis in the universe.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Book of the Weaver indicates that the Weaver's madness was triggered by doubts in her cosmic purpose. In a universe of constant change, in which all of her creations were altered or destroyed by the other Triat members, she wondered what the point of her labors was.
Weaver: "What is the point ... in making pattern and form if Wyld changes it and Wyrm destroys it constantly?"
The Perfectionist: On a cosmic scale. Her vision of perfection involves locking the universe into perfect stasis, untarnished by the Wyld's change or the Wyrm's destruction.
Spiders Are Scary: The Weaver is imagined as a giant spider, and the fabric of reality she creates is likened to a web. Also, she is served by pattern spider spirits, and her once-assistant, Ananasa, created spiders.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For eons, the Weaver watched in frustration as the Wyld altered her creations and the Wyrm destroyed them. Her despair and hunger for purpose are familiar to anyone who has experienced an existential crisis. However, her actions have thrown the universe out of balance and endangered all living beings.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Wyrm is imagined as having a serpent-like or worm-like appearance. The narrator of the first edition Corax breedbook sees this as phallic and understands the Wyrm to be male. "And a cigar is just a cigar. Riiiiight."
Eldritch Location: Malfeas. It's the nerve center of the Wyrm in the Umbra, ruled by a tyrant named Number Two and inhabited by the Maeljin incarna and their banes. To access the Black Spiral Labyrinth, Black Spiral Dancers must enter Malfeas' Temple Obscura.
Evil Smells Bad: Gaia Garou Theurges can detect Wyrm taint through the gift Sense Wyrm. Many liken the Wyrm's presence to an odor. Mari Cabra complained that a Wyrm-tainted Umbral location stank of the Wyrm.
God of Evil: Played with. In its original state, the Wyrm was the force of decay, destruction, and renewal that kept the universe in balance. Having gone insane from captivity in the Weaver's web, however, he has since transformed into an evil entity who inflicts horrors on Gaia.
Hope Spot: According to Garou Saga, the ancient Black Spiral king Mockmaw used vile rites to discover a way to free the Wyrm from the Weaver's web. When Mackmaw descended into the Black Spiral Labyrinth to liberate his god, the Wyrm swallowed him.
I Know Your True Name: Number Two, the tyrant who rules over Malfeas, can only be defeated by those who know his true name. Book of the Wyrm and Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth hint that he is Flavio the Questior.
Another fan theory is that Number Two is really the legendary Black Spiral Dancer Mockmaw. The Black Spiral scholar Writlish is rather reticent about Mockmaw in Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth and Garou Saga...
Omnicidal Maniac: The Wyrm seeks to corrupt and destroy all of creation in an insane attempt to escape from captivity in the Weaver's web.
Ouroboros: In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, the Oroboros symbolizes the Wyrm and the cyclical nature of the universe he rules.
Split Personality: The Wyrm has splintered into three main aspects: Beast-of-War (violence), Eater-of-Souls (greed and craving), and Defiler (corruption).
Tulpa: The Urge Wyrms were created from the negative emotions and thoughts of the original balance-Wyrm when it found itself imprisoned in the Weaver's web.
Tortured Monster: The Wyrm's corruption and destruction are its insane attempts to escape from the Weaver's web. Unfortunately, its escape attempts are devastating Gaia and making life horrific for Gaia's lifeforms.
Sokhta / Phoebe — Incarna of Luna, the Moon
Hyperion / Katanka-Sonnak — Incarna of Helios, the Sun
And I Must Scream: Rorg is in constant physical and psychological agony, and his cries of pain greet visitors.
Attack of the Killer Whatever: Book of the Wyld has the Hungry Children, servants of Rorg whom he sent to Earth. Hungry Children are giant boulders with mouths full of sharp teeth that eat people and machines.
Been There, Shaped History: According to Rage Across New York, the Black Furies protected the early American suffragettes. Black Fury kinfolk encouraged leaders of the early women's movement to take refuge near New York's Finger Lakes (a Black Fury stronghold), which lead to the 1848 Seneca Falls convention.
Berserk Button: Men's violence against women and children. The Furies' tribal code of conduct forbids members from turning a blind eye to violence against women. A lesser example is their protect of Wyld places.
Gaia's Vengeance: Their Tribebook even describes their original purpose as being this by name. The Bacchantes camp within the tribe take this to the extreme, targeting vast polluters on the same level as serial murderers/rapists with their actions often mistaken as natural disasters.
The Hecate Sisters: The Furies honor a trio of Jagglings called the Triptych, who represent the maiden, mother, and crone archetypes.
Shout-Out: One of the character templates in the revised tribebook is a middle-aged philodox holding a labyrs axe. The woman bears a remarkable resemblance to Mary Daly, who wields a labyrs on the cover of her 1999 bookQuintessence.
Garou who live on the fringes of human society in both cities and rural areas.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Bone Gnawers are encouraged to hold their heads high, despite their humble status. In the legend of Yuri and Sophia Tvarivich in Garou Saga, Igor delivers a speech about self-respect to Pyotor.
Garou peacemakers who seek to thwart the Wyrm by promoting justice and insight among humans and Garou alike.
Been There, Shaped History: Rage Across New York states that the Children of Gaia contributed followers and protection to historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony.
Only Sane Man: The Children of Gaia have long been advocates for peace and cooperation among the warlike Garou.
Reconcile The Bitter Foes: What they hope to do with the Garou tribes to stop their infighting. The Nuwisha believe that the Children of Gaia are the Garou's best hope of uniting against the Wyrm. Garou Saga lampshades their common ground with the Silver Fangs in this regard.
Kelly Still Waters: Were we pups sheltered by Mother Gaia and the World Tree, or Silver Fangs who wised up, wanted a balance?
Unicorn: The tribe's totem, regarded in two aspects - Unicorn, who helps to heal pain and restore beauty to the world; and Black Unicorn, who strikes at those who harass the weak and oppressed.
Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: According to Garou Saga, Oisin Mac Gaelach was the greatest Fianna galliard in history. After he sustained grave injuries in his battle with the fomori Cawr Tawr Gog, Oisin was taken to Arcadia ("the land that never dies") by the Fae.
Beauty Equals Goodness: In ancient times, Wyrm taint often manifested as physical deformities, so only those with healthy bodies could be leaders among Stag's children. Unfortunately, this belief persisted among the Fianna long after it served its purpose. Many Fianna incorrectly assume that metis deformities are a sign that metis Garou are Wyrm tainted.
Curse: According to the revised Fianna tribebook, the Fianna's predecessors lived throughout Europe millennia ago. When Stag's followers attacked Greece, the Black Furies not only mopped the floor with them, but imposed a curse preventing Stag's children from living south of the Danube river.
The Fair Folk: They had strong ties to the Fae in the ancient past.
Fantastic Racism: Many Fianna treat metis with contempt, which is ironic given that the tribe's loose sexual mores contributes to the creation of metis in the first place.
The Hedonist: Fianna sterotypically love partying, music, drinking, and lovemaking.
Creepy Cockroach: The tribe regards Cockroach as the totem of cities and industry, and he seems to be a pretty cool guy in their eyes - although they do have the occasional discussion on how to shoo roaches out of their apartments without pissing the big guy off.
The Dark Side: Book of the Weaver states that the Glass Walkers' fascination with technology and human civilization puts them in real danger of falling to the Weaver.
By contrast, Tribebook: Glass Walker Revised points out that when a camp did start down that road, the tribe as a whole reacted with fury and bloodshed against them. While they walk a dangerous path, it seems they're at least aware of the danger.
Haunted Technology: Glass Walker fetishes are often pieces of modern technology housing spirits.
The Mafia: The Wise Guys camp were heavily tied to the American Mafia families and dominated the tribe from 1920-1970 or so.
An all-lupus tribe of Garou with a dim view of humans and cities.
Family Values Anti-Villain: They cherish their wolf kinfolk. For example, in Garou Saga, Scenter of Whispers (who later assumed the mantle of Old-Wolf-Of-The-Woods) spends several years raising a family with his mate.
Gaia's Vengeance: They're a savage race of lupus Garou who take a dim view of humans for defiling Gaia.
Humans Are Cthulhu: The Red Talons see humans as destructive, disgusting and incomprehensible.
I'm a Humanitarian: Averted in the first edition, in which most Red Talons rejected human flesh as too contaminated to eat. Played straight in W20, in which some Red Talons are rumored to eat humans, in violation of the Litany.
In one Apocalypse: Time of Judgment scenario, the Red Talons contract a disease from eating human flesh. The disease is harmless to Garou but deadly to wolves, killing more than 90% of the global wolf population.
Kill All Humans: Some of the more hardline Red Talons want humans gone. Even the less extreme members of the tribe have no qualms about killing humans who harm Gaia or just wander into their territory.
According to several accounts, the Red Talons were the most vocal supporters of the ancient Impergium.
The Resenter: They resent the Silver Fangs' leadership and think they should be in power.
The Revised Tribebook observes this has not been a historical or tribe-wide idea - as a narrator points out, if the Shadow Lords had always felt this way, yet the Fangs still ruled, that'd make the Lords incompetent, and the Lords despise incompetence. As the Tribebook portrays it, the Lords have done the Fangs' dirty work for them down the years, so the Fangs could lead the Garou Nation, but the Fangs have become less and less capable of living up to that. They're still loyal to the Fangs for the time being, but that loyalty is being seriously tested.
A nomadic tribe shaped by their tragic history in ancient Egypt. Their knowledge of wraiths is unparalleled.
Ancient Egypt: The tribe draws heavily from ancient Egyptian mythology. One of their historic leaders was Shu Horus, who was driven out of Egypt by the antediluvian vampire Set. Before their exodus, Set slew another Silent Strider leader, Anubis, under the pretense of negotiating a truce.
Curse: An ancient Setite vampire curse forces them to wander the earth and bars them from their ancestral home, Egypt.
Hobos: All Silent Striders are nomadic, but some live hobo-esque lifestyles.
Magnetic Medium: Set's curse means the Striders are haunted by human ghosts... and cut off from their ancestor-spirits.
Romani: Some Silent Striders live among the nomadic Romani.
Secret Path: They know about a few of these (both mundane and Umbral), having traveled for thousands of years.
Heroic Sacrifice: In Garou Saga, Yuri and Sophia Tvarivish and several of their packmates die while bringing down Sharkala, a mighty zmei (wyrm-dragon).
Reconcile The Bitter Foes: At their best, the Silver Fangs seek to unite the Garou Nation and end the internal fighting among the tribes. They succeed at this task on a small scale. In Garou Saga, Yuri and Sophia assemble a pack of Garou from diverse tribes. In the revised edition of the game, King Albrecht destroys the Seventh Generation by collaborating with other Garou and launching a coordinated attack against the cult.
Create Your Own Villain: According to "Klaital's Journey" in Garou Saga, the Garou themselves are to blame for the current state of the cosmos. At the climax of his journey, Klaital realizes that the Garou damaged the Weaver's web by attacking her servants, thereby driving her insane. The Garou's hatred also feeds the Wyrm dwelling within them.
Defector from Decadence: In Revised, the Stargazers leave the Garou Nation and pledge loyalty to the Beast Court of the Emerald Mother in Asia.
Enemy Within: According to "Klaital's Journey" in Garou Saga, the Wyrm dwells in each Garou's heart. Garou must recognize that the Wyrm is within them, then strive to transcend their hatred if they are ever to overcome the Wyrm.
A Garou tribe whose knowledge of secrets, spirits, and the Umbra is second to none. Their ancestors originally resided in North America, but the tribe has since accepted members from other indigenous groups in past centuries.
The Atoner: The Uktena regret their ancestors' participation in the War of Rage and perform acts of contrition to North American Fera. For example, the Uktena work hard to protect Gurahl bear kinfolk.
Dark Secret: Their patron spirit and namesake, Uktena, once served the Wyrm before the Wyrm went insane. When the Wyrm became evil, Uktena defectedto the Wyld. Naturally, the tribe really doesn't want other Garou finding this out.
He Who Fights Monsters: Other tribes worry that the Uktena's close study of the Wyrm makes them vulnerable to corruption.
Bargain with Heaven: After the death of Morning Sun, Wendigo's icy rage would have frozen the land wherever he traveled. The Wendigo tribe settled in the northernmost reaches of North America so that Wendigo would reside there and not freeze the rest of the land.
The Wendigo also initiated the migration of humans from northern Asia to North America.
Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Before crossing into North America, the tribe revered Sasquatch as their totem. Sasquatch and Wendigo are actually the same being under different names.
Broken Bird / Heartbroken Badass: The Wendigo totem himself. In ancient times, when the tribe lost many warriors to the Wyrm, he was heartbroken with grief. The death of Morning Sun was particularly difficult for him.
Heroic Sacrifice: Morning Sun, an ancient warrior who died fighting Wyrm minions as the tribe crossed into North America. Her final cry shattered the ice that the Wyrm's minions were standing on, causing them to fall in the ocean and drown.
Interspecies Romance: The Wendigo believe that the changing breeds are the descendants of animals who wed Gaia's daughters.
Rage Breaking Point: The death of Morning Sun, a legendary Wendigo warrior, overwhelmed Sasquatch with rage, transforming him into Wendigo.
Wendigo: Wendigo, a winter spirit, serves as the pack's totem and namesake.
A sub-tribe of Siberian Garou of mixed Silver Fang and Wendigo lineage. They have little to no contact with the rest of the Garou Nation, prefering to fight the Wyrm in their own manner.
Humans and wolves who carry the recessive Garou gene buy cannot shape-change. Human kinfolk are resistant to the Delirium and capable of learning minor Garou gifts.
Accidental Murder: Some Garou accidentally injure or kill kinfolk when overcome by rage. Killing kinfolk is a grave offense in Garou society, and Garou who do so are ostracized.
Arranged Marriage: Some Garou/kinfolk and kinfolk/kinfolk couples marry out of love. However, tribes that seek to maintain special bloodlines will compel members into arranged marriages.
Badass Normal: Some kinfolk pour themselves into the war against the Wyrm, and particularly badass kinfolk can earn the respect of their tribe. For example, the Fianna honor the memory of Fionn MacCumhail, an ancient kinfolk man who died protecting a caern.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Black Spiral Dancers can be very abusive toward their kinfolk, who in turn are often violent and insane. Rage Across Appalachia illustrates how Black Spiral Dancers deliberately cultivate dysfunction among their kinfolk.
"The Black Spirals carefully nurture desirable qualities among their unfortunate Kinfolk, seeking to maintain in their breeding stock a barely contained — and often expressed — violence and savagery along with a lack of will to change their way of life."
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The woman who narrates Kinfolk observes that the rhetoric some Garou use to justify kinfolk's second-class status sound suspiciously like rhetoric used to keep women and racial minorities oppressed.
Domestic Abuse: Sadly, abuse occurs in some Garou/kinfolk families, just as it does in the real world. The narrator of Kinfolk recalls some Garou men berating their wives for bearing "only kinfolk", adding that a Silver Fang was rumored to have murdered his wife for being barren. The forced breeding that some Garou inflict on their wives definitely qualifies as domestic abuse.
Abuse can drive kinfolk into the open arms of the Wyrm. Kinfolk implies that Iolani Darkmoon was abused by her Uktena husband, prompting her defection to the Black Spiral Dancers.
Dysfunctional Family: Garou/kinfolk families are just as prone to dysfunction as normal human ones. However, the nature of Garou life amplifies the dysfunction a hundredfold.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Black Spiral Dancer kinfolk can be devoted to their Garou relatives, and vice versa. For example, in Kinfolk, Iolani Darkmoon is loyal to her new Black Spiral Dancer family, and they in turn treat her far better than her estranged Uktena husband.
Happily Married: Some Garou/kinfolk couples do love each other. In Garou Saga, Scenter of Whispers adored Snow Crest, his wolf mate, and her death was a blow to him. Also, the Uktena hero Old Red Eagle and his kinfolk wife Silent Owl deeply loved each other.
Henpecked Husband: Kinfolk men who marry Garou women can become this, thanks to the Garou's imposing temperament.
Hired Guns: Black Eagle, a mercenary group comprised of Get of Fenris kinfolk. They're every bit as badass as their Garou relatives.
Honor-Related Abuse: Some of the most hardline Wendigo septs disown or even kill kinfolk who marry outside of the tribe.
Kick the Dog: Kinfolk are expected to make sacrifices for the Garou nation, but don't get much in the way of a voice or respect (save for Children of Gaia kinfolk). In worse-case scenarios, kinfolk endure ridicule, physical abuse, and reproductive coercion at the hands of their Garou spouses.
Mandatory Motherhood: Played with in the case of many tribes, but played straight in others. Garou and their kinfolk partners are strongly encouraged to have offspring to shore up declining Garou numbers.
Marital Rape License: The narrator of Kinfolk laments that some Garou men force their kinfolk wives to breed incessantly.
"Some Garou, sad to say, abuse the privilege. They make the women bear three kids every two years, and that's too hard on anybody. Think about it — would you like to go through childbirth every nine months from age 14 to 50? A fertile Kinfolk woman could technically bear a few dozen kids in her miserable lifetime."
In a chilling passage of the revised Fianna tribebook, one of the narrators states that kinfolk who are married to normal humans are fair game, and that Garou are entitled to take them as mates whether they like it or not. He ignores the idea that such kinfolk might have other plans, arguing that such kinfolk shout be grateful for the "privilege" of bearing children for the tribe.
The Resenter: Some kinfolk grow jealous or resentful of their Garou relatives. For example, Greid Powell (one of the commentators in Garou Saga) can barely hide his resentment of Ryn Ap Bleidd, a Fianna galliard and Garou scholar. Powell alerts other Garou to Ryn's secret conversation with Writlish, thereby triggering a hunt against Ryn.
Secret Keeper: Those in the know help maintain the Veil for their Garou friends, lovers, and relatives.
Thicker Than Water: Even if Garou society is dysfunctional, genuine love does exist in many Garou/kinfolk families. Some Garou are very protective of their kinfolk and will do anything to keep them from harm. Likewise, some kinfolk deeply love their Garou relatives and support them as much as possible.
We Have Reserves: Some Kinfolk serve as warriors in the war against the Wyrm. As the narrator of Kinfolk observes, this leads to a lot of senseless kinfolk deaths, as well as a tendency for the more warlike tribes to reduce kinfolk to numbers.
"Or what about the Kin who become "shock troops" for Gaia? I know Gaia needs her warriors, and it's better for Kin to know the enemy (or the right end of a gun), but a lot of young Kinfolk die senselessly in an effort to prove themselves. I despise reducing people down to numbers, but that's exactly what some of the more extreme tribes do."
Werehyenas native to Africa, charged with culling humans and animals — killing the infirm, weak, and elderly — to maintain their overall strength.
Manipulative Bastard: Thousands of years ago, the Ananasi tricked the Garou into storming Malfeas and attacking a giant opal, which they claimed was the heart of the Wyrm. In reality, the opal was a containment cell in which Ananasa was imprisoned. The Garou's assault cracked the opal, allowing Ananasa to communicate with the Ananasi, but the Garou have neither forgiven nor forgotten how the Ananasi lied to them. Manipulation continues to be a favored Ananasi tactic to this day.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Ananasi have noble goals, in that they want to free their goddess and help her restore order to a broken universe. However, other supernaturals look askance at the manipulative means by which they go about this goal.
Werefelines whose social structure, like Garou, is divided into tribes based on species.
The Cassandra: The Corax claim that they tried to warn the Wendigo and Uktena about the imminent invasion of the European Garou, but the tribes wouldn't listen.
The Corax sometimes run into this problem when trying to relay important information. Their trickster tendencies come in handy when trying to get a obstinant Garou or Fera to listen.
Due to the Dead: The Corax must respectfully ask a corpse's permission before harvesting an eye to drink. They drink from eyes not only to gather useful information, but to honor the dead by bearing witness to their lives.
Evil Counterpart: Buzzards, the result of Wyrm minions taking a spirit egg to Malfeas and binding it to a human infant through the Rite of the Broken Wing.
Eye Remember: The Corax can drink the fluid in a corpse's eye (provided that they ask permission first) and see events from the dead person's life.
Reverse Mole: During the War of Rage, they maintained friendly relations with the Garou on the surface. Secretly, they were keeping sensitive information from the Garou about Fera whereabouts and leading the Fera and their kinfolk to safety in the Umbra.
Bears Are Bad News: Zig-zagged. They are retiring healers and considerably less prone to berserking than Garou... but managing to set one off is a bad idea.
The Bible: According to the Gurahl breedbook, the prophet Elisha was a vampire who controlled an umfalla (werebear abomination) named Sarah Childslayer. This was a reference to 2 Kings 2:23-25 in the Bible, in which bears slaughtered a group of children who were teasing the prophet Elisha.
Came Back Wrong: If Gurahl wait too long to resurrect a fallen comrade, the resurrected body is at high risk of being bane-possessed.
Ethical Slut: Gurahl are not necessarily monogamous, as illustrated by their use of the Rite of True Mating.
"We use a ritual that tells us who our optimal mate is, and it isn't always the same one as the last time! Promiscuous? No, we're not. Another Changing Breed holds that distinction. Like Gaia's wild creatures, we choose the strongest and most healthy with whom to mate. This is the best way we know to ensure having hardy children. That's not promiscuity; it's survival."
Fantasy Pantheon: Great Bear (their father-god), Ursa Major (their mother-god), and Ursa Minor (the child of Great Bear and Ursa Major).
Heroic Sacrifice: In ancient times, Gurahl would willingly allow starving humans to kill them and eat their flesh. Gurahl who sacrificed themselves this way were often resurrected by their brethren.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Even in modern times, some Garou wrongly believe that the ancient Gurahl betrayed them or collaborated with the Wyrm.
King Arthur: The first edition Gurahl breedbook strongly implies that the ancient Bear King was King Arthur, who went into hibernation in a secret Umbral island realm after being gravely injured.
The Medic: Their healing skills are second to none.
The Obi-Wan: The Gurahl recognize the importance of mentoring their young. In ancient times, before the War of Rage, they mentored the Garou, teaching them the Rite of Purification, Rite of Passage, Mother's Touch, and Sense Wyrm.
Gurahl who perform the role of Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother do this for the earth.
Our Wormholes Are Different: To enter the Umbra, Gurahl must perform the Rite of Rending the Gauntlet, which tears a hole between the physical world and the spirit world.
You Are Not Ready: In ancient times, they refused to teach the Garou their resurrection gifts and rites, concerned that the immature Garou would become invincible if they could revive their dead. To boot, they feared that if the Garou abused these abilities, they would unwittingly resurrect bane-possessed Garou. The Garou initiated the War of Rage as a result.
Werefoxes native to east Asia, with powerful magic skills and close ties to Luna.
He Knows Too Much: The narrator of the Nagah breedbook notes that Old Man Many-Skins of the Nuwisha is a Nagah target because he has stolen too many secrets from the other changing breeds.
Masquerade: On top of the standard Masquerade that the Fera uphold, the Nagah hide themselves from the other Breeds, allowing them to think they were driven to extinction during the War of Rage. In the Beast Courts, their existence is known, but still kept secret from outsiders.
My Greatest Failure: As the Nagah tell it, long, long ago, one of their number fell to the Wyrm, and killed the wrong Silver Fang, sparking the War of Rage.
Werecoyotes who serve as tricksters and teachers.
Break the Haughty: A cherished Nuwisha tactic. Their breed's laws command werecoyotes to "teach those who need teaching a proper lesson".
Creation Story: According to the Nuwisha, Coyote created the world and its lifeforms. When he created humans, the animal spirits all took some for themselves, thus creating the changing breeds.
Fragile Speedster: While not as powerful as their Garou cousins, the Nuwisha are fast and agile in their battle form.
Hypocrite: The narrator of the Nuwisha breedbook criticizes the Garou for their pride, but the Nuwisha themselves are anything but humble.
I Have Many Names: Coyote has taken many shapes and names across the world, including those of Pan, Xochipilli, Oghma, Ptah, and Kishijoten. All Nuwisha serve one of these facets of Coyote.
Coyote may be the Wyld under a different name.
Irony: The Nuwisha think of themselves as trickster teachers, but judging by the other breedbooks, their "lessons" leave others confused or embarassed more often than enlightened.
Jerkass Gods: Coyote's Ti Malice aspect seeks to make civilized life so unpleasant that humans flee the cities and question their old ways.
The Judge: Nuwisha who follow Oghma, Coyote's judge aspect, are responsible for disciplining Nuwisha who become too proud.
Magic Music: Coyote sang creation into being, according to the werecoyotes' creation story. Some Nuwisha gifts also use singing.
The Maker: The Nuwisha credit Coyote with creating the world.
The Medic: Nuwisha who follow Kishijoten, Coyote's nurturing aspect, are healers.
My Greatest Failure: A collective example. Luna was deeply hurt when Coyote created a world more beautiful than her, and the Nuwisha share Coyote's remorse for hurting her.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: According to the Nuwisha creation story, the Wyrm wanted some of the humans that Spider (Weaver) claimed for herself. When he tried to take humans out of her web, he became ensnared. Coyote refused to help him, convinced that the greedy Wyrm needed to learn a lesson. Had Coyote helped the Wyrm escape, he could have averted many of the problems afflicting the World of Darkness.
Not So Different: The Nuwisha realize that they could have become vengeful like the Red Talons after humans began killing coyotes en masse. Fortunately, the Nuwisha learned from the Talons' errors.
Nuwisha who serve Coyote's Ptah aspect have been obscuring parts of the Umbra from the Void Engineers, whom they accuse of spreading Weaver taint across the spirit world. These Nuwisha make sure that the Void Engineers only encounter parts of the Umbra that belong to the Wyrm, not places of power and beauty.
Reconcile The Bitter Foes: A Nuwisha leader named Coyote-Laughs-At-Luna tried this centuries ago. Her plan involved offering a single caern to all the Garou tribes in exchange for peaceful relations with the Nuwisha. The Garou refused to share the caern, succumbing to infighting.
Curse: During the War of Rage, the last of the Ratkin bards assembled in the Field of Nettles and cursed their Garou oppressors, promising that the Ratkin would rise up against them someday.
Explosive Breeder: The Ratkin have been quietly expanding their numbers over the millenia. As a result, a tiny percentage of the human population is now Ratkin kinfolk. The Corax breedbook observes that the Garou don't know that Ratkin exist in the numbers they do, and that someday the Ratkin will rise from the sewers and give the werewolves a nasty surprise.
Humans Are Bastards: Some Ratkin blame humanity's rapid growth for the Weaver's insanity, blaming humans for the current state of their crapsack world. These Ratkin see human deaths as necessary for restoring order to the world. Other Ratkin cast their lot with downtrodden humans and care for them.
Hypocrite: The Ratkin despise human society and want to bring it down. However, they see no hypocrisy in benefiting from the boons of human society, such as language, firearms, property ownership, and ties with human kinfolk.
Moral Myopia: The Ratkin see nothing wrong with culling humans or trying to bring down human society. However, they're furious that the Garou tried to cull them and wipe out their society in ancient times.
The Ageless: Once a Rokea undergoes the First Change, they stop aging. So long as they're not killed, they can live forever.
Badass: Even by changing breed standards, the Rokea are NOT to be trifled with.
Blue and Orange Morality: Their code of conduct does not resemble human or Garou morality. They are dedicated to eating, mating, swimming, and fighting the Wyrm.
In recent years, deciding to live on land has become the big sin in Rokea culture, such that sea-dwelling Rokea will hunt and kill Rokea who decide to do so. The Same-Bito, the Asian Rokea - who dwell on land and even breed with humans - are relatively safe from this, because they have considerable numbers and the backing of the Beast Courts behind them.
Fisher Kingdom: In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, Titus Germanicus' letters indicate that the White Howlers and their kinfolk were small, diseased and misshapen from the Wyrm's influence in their homeland.
Last of His Kind: Titus Germanicus' letters in Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth describe Brennus, the last White Howler chieftain. After his warriors fell in battle, he was tortured to death in a Black Spiral Dancer pit.
Heroic Sacrifice: The Apis were wiped out as they defended the Near East from Garou forces.
The Matchmaker: The Apis served as matchmakers for the changing breeds.
Werebats who served as covert spies and messengers for the forces of Gaia (as compared to the overt Corax). Devastated in the original War of Rage, they were finally exterminated by the Shadow Lords, who saw them as resembling Tzimisce vampires far too closely for comfort, during the conquest of the Americas.W20 Changing Breeds adds an addendum: there was a surviving Camazotz population in Australia, but the genocide of their South American cousins - and Bat's foresight of the Garou's future Australian massacres - pushed Bat into the clutches of the Wyrm. With Bat corrupted, the Camazotz creation rites failed, dooming the surviving werebats to be the last of their kind.
An ancient race of wereboars who served as Gaia's cleansers. Exterminated by the Garou during the War of Rage.
Extreme Omnivore: Able to eat almost anything - and with the aid of a common Gift, they could even devour Wyrm-taint without being corrupted. Unfortunately, the other Fera - the Garou in particular - couldn't believe they were immune to Wyrm-taint, suspecting they must have been corrupted somehow... and when the Grondr stood up for the Gurahl against the Garou, the werewolves wiped the Grondr out, having convinced themselves they'd fallen to the Wyrm.
The deranged descendants of the White Howlers, a tribe of Pictish Garou who fell to the Wyrm roughly two thousand years ago.
Beneath the Earth: Black Spiral communities live in sprawling underground caverns called hives, which are connected by an intricate network of tunnels. At least one community lives in the viscera of a collossal thunderworm named Grammaw, who slumbers beneath the earth.
Body Horror / Power-Upgrading Deformation: After generations of exposure to balefire, some Black Spiral Dancers are born with physical mutations. To boot, Black Spiral gifts include bat-like ears, patagium, horns, and venom dripping from the mouth. These gifts, while unsettling, bestow special abilities. For example, patagium allow a Black Spiral Dancer to glide down safely from great heights, bat-like ears enhance hearing, etc.
Cultured Badass: Professor W. Richard MacLish (a.k.a. Writlish), a Black Spiral Dancer scholar and a walking repository of Wyrm history.
Due to the Dead: Metis are respected in their society, and some Black Spiral Dancers will mourn for Gaia-aligned metis opponents. In Book of the Wyrm (2nd edition), Nhaukh honors his fallen Metis opponent with a prayer.
Nhaukh: From the loins of the Defiler you sprang, child of Corruption. Though a sterile seed, you grew into poison in the throat of the World-Bitch. Be damned with you, and swift be your journey.
Evil Counterpart: To the Gaia Garou. Black Spiral Dancers retain some aspects of Garou culture, such as lunar auspices, preservation of the Veil, and a Wyrm version of the Litany.
Equal-Opportunity Evil: The Black Spiral Dancers accept (and forcibly assimilate) Garou from all over the world. Race, gender, and breed are no object, unlike some of the Gaia Garou tribes. To boot, the Black Spiral hold metis members in high esteem, unlike many Gaia Garou.
Go Mad from the Revelation: All Black Spiral Dancers pass through the Black Spiral Labyrinth as a rite of passage. The ordeal renders all of them mentally unhinged.
I'm a Humanitarian: They cannibalize their dead Garou opponents, as well as unfortunate humans.
Mind Rape: What they experience during their rite of passage in the Black Spiral Labyrinth.
No Pronunciation Guide: Many Black Spiral Dancers' names are derived from the first sound they make after emerging from the Black Spiral Labyrinth. This usually takes the form of a scream, a whimper, or meaningless babbling. As a result, some Black Spiral names look like random letters strung together, with no clear rules for pronunciation.
Really Gets Around: Sex among Black Spiral Dancers is fairly indiscriminate. Hives take part in orgies as part of their Wyrm-worship.
Religion of Evil: Black Spiral Dancers revere the Wyrm, and over two millennia, they have developed a sophisticated theology. See Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth.
The Trinity Hive shows deep reverence toward a former nuclear testing site in Alamagordo, New Mexico, and for the colossal thunderwyrm who burrows near the impact crater, Grammaw. The Hive carries out rites for navigating Grammaw's viscera and earning the favor of the Green Dragon totem.
The Sociopath: They perpetrate horrors in the Wyrm's name without remorse.
Utopia Justifies the Means: They're convinced that perpetrating atrocities and destruction will destroy the web imprisoning the Wyrm, thereby restoring balance to the cosmos.
Villainous Incest: The Black Spirals engage in this to preserve mutations, and as a result of their culture's loose sexual mores. Rage Across Appalachia states that incests preserves genetic mutations among Appalachian Black Spiral Dancers and their kinfolk. In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, Chuck (Charles Manson) calls them "inbred".
Spirits that serve the Wyrm. Most reside in the Umbra, but some possess fetishes or living beings.
As Long as There Is Evil: Banes feed off of negative human emotions. Their presence in the Umbra is correlated with some form of environmental harm or trauma in the material world.
Demonic Possession: Banes can possess vulnerable humans, animals, and shape-changers, resulting in fomori. Fomori are slowly corrupted in body and soul due to the possessing Bane's influence.
Humans, animals, and shape-changers who have been possessed by Banes.
Big Screwed-Up Family: A few families of multigenerational fomori exist, often near Hellholes (locations of great Wyrm power). For example, Rage Across Appalachia has the Bledsons, a putrid family living near a polluted pond. All Bledson males are compelled to enter the pond as a right of passage, infecting them with banes.
Body Horror: Often, Fomori exhibit hideous physical deformities as a result of bane possession.
Brainwashed: The possessing bane slowly corrupts the host's mind.
Some Uktena believe that fomori can be controlled by Bane Tenders, and that such brainwashed fomori can make useful spies against the Wyrm.
Mercy Kill: Most Garou kill fomori to free them from the terrifying influence of the Wyrm, since there is no way to remove the possessing bane.
Possession Burnout: Bane possession is not good for one's health. Some of the more powerful and self-aware banes can eject from their hosts and exist in the physical world, killing the host in the process.
Powers via Possession: Bane possession equips fomori with a range of abilities. However, as Freak Legion demonstrates, some of these are pretty disgusting.
A global mega-corporation in the service of the Wyrm's Eater-of-Souls aspect. Pentex companies pollute the landscape and sell products that taint the bodies and minds of consumers. Two Pentex projects — Project Illiad and Project Odyssey — focus on creating human fomori for its twisted pursuits.
Dystopia Justifies the Means: The Omega Plan. Pentex's long-term goal is to engineer the collapse of civilization. Once society has crumbled, the corporation will rule over the remaining humans with an iron fist.
Equal-Opportunity Evil: Pentex employs humans, fomori, Black Spiral Dancers, and the occassional kindred. However, it has rather traditional and family-oriented views when it comes to women, though one still made it to the Board of Directors.
Pragmatic Villainy: Pentex avoids collaboration with the Seventh Generation to preserve its fascade of respectability. To boot, the Seventh Generation's "bad habits" serve no purpose in the company. They're also fairly restrained when it comes to shoving Banes in products - the head of Pentex's computer subsidiary found out the hard way what happens when you stick spirits of decay and entropy in complex electronic systems.
An ancient cult that serves the Wyrm's Defiler aspect. Its members are divided into five castes (snatcher, government, warrior, medical, and business) that infiltrate and corrupt human society. Their modus operandi is to abuse women and children in the hopes that they will fall prey to the Wyrm due to their trauma.
Adult Fear: The Seventh Generation abducts and abuses children. Its Snatcher caste recruits abductors who can capture new victims.
Ancient Conspiracy: The group has a long history, and their members can be found in many levels of society.
Been There, Shaped History: According to Rage Across New York, the Seventh Generation was behind several historical calamities. When Socrates discovered Seventh Generation activity in Athens, the Seventh Generation orchestrated his trial and execution. When Freud discovered that childhood abuse was pervasive among his patients, the Seventh Generation forced him to revise his theories and claim that his patients had overactive imaginations. According to Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, Charles Manson was a Seventh Generation devotee, and his murders were in service of the Wyrm.
The Dark Arts: Chronicles Of The Black Labyrinth has extensive passages on "Wyrm mysticism," which is like Paracelsian alchemy or Enochian magic, only with the four elements swapped out for the elements of the Wyrm (smog, balefire, sludge, and toxins).
Deal with the Devil: The Wyrm grants them magical powers and access to the Umbra in exchange for vile rites involving child abuse and human sacrifice.
Does This Remind You of Anything? / Take That: When Seventh Generation figures speak in public, they use the language of right-wing conservatives as code for their machinations. Their devotees throw around coded terms such as "states' rights", "traditional values", and "religious persecution".
The Friend Nobody Likes: Other Wyrm servants avoid or dislike the cult. Pentex refuses to collaborate with the Seventh Generation to preserve its facade of respectability. Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth suggests that, with a few exceptions, the Black Spiral Dancers look down on the Seventh Generation.
Glamour Failure: While Seventh Generation devotees look normal in the physical world, their true selves become visible in the Umbra. For example, in Rage Across New York, Gunther Draggerunter becomes a ranting high priest in robes, Jabez Holloman appears as a jack-booted stormtrooper, and Lord Akbright's clothes leak oily filth while in the Umbra.
Guilt-Free Extermination War: One of King Albrech's first projects after ascending the throne was to organize an orchestrated Garou attack on the Seventh Generation. As a result, the Seventh Generation was completely wiped out.
Hero-Worshipper: In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, they refer to Black Spiral Dancer Garou as "True Dancers", suggesting that their own rites for traversing the Black Spiral Labyrinth pale in comparison. Their rites and theology also borrow heavily from Black Spiral Dancer tradition.
Averted with Chuck (Charles Manson) in the "On the Road with Chucko the Monkey Boy" chapter. He scorns the Black Spiral Dancers as arrogant and "inbred" during his conversation with Frater I.I. and Tex.
Human Sacrifice: Their rites involve this. In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, both the Black Monk and Frater I.I. performed human sacrifices to the Wyrm.
Misogyny: Almost all of their members are men. Since the group seeks to destroy the bonds between men, women, and children, misogyny is part of their M.O. Most of the Seventh Generation characters in Warriors of the Apocalypse had malevolent attitudes toward women.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The cult unwittingly created its greatest opponent: the Order of the Rose. The Order is composed of former Seventh Generation victims who are very traumatized, VERY angry, and hell-bent on revenge against their tormentors.
Squishy Wizard: While devotees can use gifts and enter the Umbra, they're still biologically human, making them much weaker than fomori, Garou, or Fera.
This Is Your Brain on Evil: According to Rage Across New York, the Wyrm's influence sickens their bodies and souls. The more Wyrm power they cultivate, the sicker and more spiritually polluted they become.
Members of the Medical Caste can heal grave wounds with Wyrm magic, but such magic corrupts the mind and soul of the target and weakens their free will.
Underground Railroad: A Silver Fang named Loba Carcassone created an underground railroad to rescue the Second Generation's victims.
We Are Everywhere: Their members have secretly risen to powerful places in society, such as business and government.
We Are Struggling Together: The cabal is brimming with internal strife, backstabbing, jealousy, and hatred. Rage Across New York describes them as "a squabbling, backbiting mob of bitter, miserable creatures with stunted spirits and no love for each other or themselves."
Stuff Blowing Up: When facing defeat, the Nameless can use the charm Taking the Name, which steals an opponent's name. The process pulls apart the internal spiritual forces that hold the being together, resulting in explosion in both material world and Umbra.
Order of the Rose
A secret order described in Rage Across New York, dedicated to fighting the Seventh Generation. Its members are former victims of the Seventh Generation seeking revenge against the cult.
Good Is Not Soft: He's introduced as a fairly nice teenage boy ... who kills two Black Spiral Dancers at the end of the first edition gamebook.
The Heart: He tends to be the voice of reason in his pack, diffusing arguments between Albrecht and Mari and reminding them of their greater mission.
Intangible Time Travel: He sees a vision of his Wendigo ancestors meeting the European Garou who would conquer them.
Mighty Whitey: He's a white kid (albeit one with a small amount of Native American blood) raised in a predominantly white culture. In spite of this, he's chosen by the Wendigo spirit to become a peacemaker for the Wendigo tribe.
A Bone Gnawer theurge and a respected tribal elder. She leads the Sept of the Green in New York City.
Never Mess with Granny: According to Warriors of the Apocalypse, she beat Shakey Mac in ritual combat for her leadership position.
Old Man Manyskins
A Nuwisha elder.
Break the Haughty: In the introductory comic to the Nuwisha breedbook, a young Manyskins snarks at a racist white man. The man tries to kill Manyskins by pinning him to a railroad track as a train approaches. Manyskins turns the tables and escapes as the train kills his tormentor.
The narrator of the Nuwisha breedbook recites a story in which Old Man Manyskins (disguised as a frail old woman) knocked him to the ground repeatedly to rid him of his violent cockiness.
Egocentrically Religious: She believes that she understands Grammaw (the colossal thunderwyrm revered by the Trinity Hive) better than anyone else, and resents the deference that other Trinity Hive leaders receive.
The Mentor: As the warder for Grammaw, she is responsible for training and leading the Black Spiral Dancers who defend the enormous thunderwyrm.
No Indoor Voice: One of her derangements is that she cannot control the volume of her voice, so she's constantly shouting.
A Black Spiral Dancer scholar and expert on Wyrm history and theology.
Affably Evil: Ryn Ap Bleidd, one of the commentators in Garou Saga was kidnapped by Black Spiral Dancers and held captive by Writlish. Writlish treated him well and released him after two days.
Friendly Enemy: With Ryn Ap Bleidd, a Fianna scholar whom be briefly held captive. During Ryn's captivity, the two scholars compared notes on Garou history. When Writlish released Ryn, the two agreed to share any information they unearthed on the Garou's Ur-legends. However, this information comes from Greid Powell, a kinfolk scholar with an axe to grind against Ryn.
Secret Keeper: Book of the Wyrm states that he knows the true name of Number Two, the tyrant who rules Malfeas.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: He's reticent on the subject of Mockmaw, an ancient Black Spiral Dancer king. In Garou Saga, Writlish told a fellow scholar that the Black Spiral Dancers have little memory of any Garou by that name. In Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth, he dismisses a reference to "Moch Maugh" as a possible place-name.
Villainous Friendship: With Frater I.I., a Seventh Generation devotee. Writlish helped Frater I.I. research Wyrm lore for Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth.