16. XV - Werewovles
33rd Juna 3787, 9th Eon
Anywhere and everywhere. They are found in all parts of the world.
Just slightly larger than their human form.
The werewolf is complex social argument and one of both fascination and horror. Being a werewolf is a curse of the host's blood. He or she can contract this curse either from the mother or father being a werewolf themselves, someone has laid the curse on a child before it is born, or the most common way, is being bitten by a werewolf; although, the latter is a surprise if the victim lives to tell the tail...
Frequent misconceptions of the werewolves arise fairly often. For example, people believe that werewolves can change into this form whenever they wish, but this untrue. The werewolf changes on the rise of a full moon, to which the moonlight on the host's skin begins the transformation. On the matter of transformation, people also believe that the change is almost instantly, but this is also false. The change from man to werewolf is a hideous, slow and most of all, extremely painful change. The bones contract and morph, muscles get rearranged and grow, organs - including the skin - stretch and move about. None of it is pleasant, to watch or to endure and the whole torturous process takes roughly two minutes. And finally, the last misconception is that people believe werewolves merely change into larger, feral wolves and can control their actions. Nothing short of nonsense. Werewolves become bipedal, humanoid forms with the ravenous heads of a wolf. Furthermore, they no longer know who they are, what they are, where they are, and just become pure raging, killing machines. Well... aside from a few.
There are some out there that take the werewolf as a blessing and learn how to discipline their minds in the werewolf-form. Years of training show that it can be used as a weapon that takes skill both physically, but more importantly, mentally. Meditation is the key. I do not know the secrets as to how it is done, for the monks that I spoke with, where I could study werewolves in a safe environment, said the training was "religiously sacred" so no further information is on this matter. Whilst they can control their actions, they still cannot transform at will and still turn into the bipedal, humanoid wolf.
But the monks did tell me something unusually intriguing. That apparently, history tells of a werewolf's bite is able to kill a vampire... Whilst I could not prove this theory, it certainly catches my attention.
Cures are unknown. We simply have no idea how to reverse the curse and any of those who contract the virus must either be banished from any human-settlements they may have inhabited, or refusal to leave means they will be killed with a silver weapon. It is a shame to discard them as such, but in a city like Adrastia, they would simply be too much of a risk to be allowed to stay.
There are other were-creatures out there, however I could not confirm which were real and which were folklore.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia