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There are three accepted groups of shapeshifters: skin walkers, werebeasts, and shifters. ( we are open to different types outside of these normals as well. These are just the ‘big three’ if you will.)Were Beasts?
The most famous and well known: a human being whose physical body fully transforms into an animal. They can resemble an actual animal: be it a wolf, a tiger, or a botfly. They can only turn into a single form, which may be known at ‘birth’ or chosen at a later time.How did these things come to be?
Werebeasts are a more recent development, first appearing in the 1830s when a romantic novelist spurned the advances of a demon. She was cursed to roam the world in two bodies, neither ugly nor beautiful. As a result of her twisted forms, she would be barren. But later the demon, still enamored, was drawn to her sad pleas and granted her the gift of being in control of the passage of her curse. She could not bear children, but by mixing her blood with the blood of another human she could pass on her malformation.Two different forms? Same creature?
Yes, unlike most shifters, the Were Beasts can actually pass on their condition. As a result of this, their genes cause a recessive expression in their victim’s genetic code. This means that anyone turned into a Beast will not look 100% animal. Human or animal? Which are they more?
Those that are born Beasts look like actual animals. If you are infected, you look like a mixture of human and werewolf; almost anthropomorphic.
Were beasts tend to act very stereotypically like their animal counterparts. Wolves tend to be very stern and look for ways to educate their future offspring, while jaguar were beasts are known for their absurd laziness. (They’ll do what you ask them to...eventually. Probably tomorrow. Maybe.) Just have fun with it.Pass on the fun?
Interestingly, were beasts are the only shifter that can pass on their changeling abilities. However, those bitten are an odd mixture of their own DNA and the animal that bit them. They do not turn into actual wolves or bears, but have large anthromorphic bodies that blend the human with its new animal characteristics.Is it really a bite that starts the change?
Bitten beasts are the true ‘werewolves’ that people are more familiar with. This is not unusual in its own right, either, since those bitten were not raised in tight pack-like families like those born that way are, so it isn’t unknown for them to accidentally expose their secrets to friends or family…and the media eventually gets wind of it. And then a movie is eventually made of the wild tale: which untimely ends with the poor fella eating silver bullets.
Not at all. Can someone be bitten and not know it?
The infection is blood borne. This means for the malformations to be transferred the infected has to be exposed to the blood of a true Were Beast.
A bite will do the trick only if the Beast has a cut in its mouth when it breaks your skin and the blood gets into the wound they inflict on their victim. Often the transfer is through accidental contact, usually in a medical setting or in a battle situation. Either the poor doctors assistance sticks herself after she draws your plasma, or blood from a wound splatters on an attacker and spreads the curse.
Many Were Beasts think it poetic justice when a person who is hunting them down is infected: often in fights both suffer many wounds, so getting a little blood in here or there isn’t too hard to manage. And a splash of blood in an attacker’s eye is just as affective should the Beast be taken unaware and wants to get in one last one-two-move before they expire.
Sure, why not. How long before the first transformation?
It doesn’t have to be a massive gaping wound to get infected. It could be as easy as a Beast sneezing when they have a nose bleed and a drop falls onto a paper cut you have on your hand. Done and done. Your evenings are about to get very interesting from that point on.
Incubation of the disease takes about a month. During this period of time the infected rarely show any major signs of change outside of a little bit of discomfort every now and then, and a little bit of moodiness which is usually associated with the minor bouts of odd cramps they experience.You said it takes a month for the disease to run its course: does that mean there is a period of time when the person could be cured before the infection takes complete control of their systems?
It is said that they get excessively hungry during this time and eat anything that isn’t tacked down. This probably has to do with their new metabolism starting to set itself up for their future explosive energy use.
Those with a weaker immunity may even develop flu-like symptoms during this period that range from chills, high fever, and lethargy. Vomiting is the only exception: they keep wanting to put food in their bodies, not expel it.
Actually...yes it can be. There is a vaccine that can be given to the infected as long as it is given within a short period after the initial infection. This vaccine is very sacred, surrounded by controversy, is not given out for free by no body, it is in VERY SHORT supply....and only Sentinels have access to it.Is it painful everytime?
No one knows how they made it. Few like to speculate on just who they got to do it. But it does exist as long as you are willing to pay to use it.
Oh yeah it is. You are literary rewriting every muscle and bone group in your body to do the same job it has been doing but in a completely different position and new angle. That isn’t going to be a particularly pleasant experience. Do they need help in transforming?
Everything is going to be in the same general area -- all mammal bodies are all the same parts inside, just different lengths here and there -- so the process may feel like you fell into a meat grinder, but some how it always comes across like you just did a ‘Quadruple Double Front Rigby in a Long Land-Out Position’ and landed on your feet on the other side ready to go for the Gold.
Best part: It is QUICK: a stab to the heart of pain, then instant relief. Of course, the first timers like to fight the process, and this only lengthens the amount of time they stay in that twisting ’middle stage’ but in time they learn to accept the flash of pain as a precursor to ultimate relief.
Like transformation wet nurses? Not really. It is kind of a private experience for a Were Beast, often frightening and powerful. Most have to deal with it on their own in their own ways. Do they reside in packs/herds/prides/etc...?
Born Beasts do win out, though, in that they are at least told in advance what to expect and they do have access to a support group if the individual does not think they can handle the transformation alone.
Bittens, however...will probably need to seek out many years of counseling after their first round.
These titles can be applied if they are so inclined, but they are not like a little furry cult who all live in the backwoods together away from human influence. A ‘pack’ is often as simple as a mother and father and their children. When do they transform?
It is not unheard of, though, for a large family to bond together and buy areas of land where they can safely transform without outside danger. You can call this family a ‘pack’ if you like, but it pretty much just one big huge family.
This does not mean everyone there is blood related. Were Beasts are not beyond adopting outsiders like Bittens who need the family unit. Some even openly share their world with open minded humans. As long as their family is safe they don’t make a point in sheltering themselves from the outside world.
Werebeasts often transform just for the fun and freedom of the experience. They do not want attention drawn to them -- they don’t want their peaceful existence to be bothered -- and will rarely transform unless they are in a place they feel is secure. But most groups now have family owned territories where they can comfortably transform without restrains. (bittens are not so lucky)Can there be baby were beasts?
No. True Were Beasts are infertile.Wait!!...what? If they can’t have children, then how do true were beasts come to exist?
True Were Beasts are rare and they only result when two Bitten Were Beasts have offspring. A Bitten cannot marry a human and have a Were Beast baby: recall that the genetic override is recessive. So the human genes will be dominate and will be expressed. Ergo: human child.Are their babies born human or animal?
A Bitten is basically nothing more than a visual expression of a het gene. So if two Bittens -- two hets genes -- mix then the baby will be Double Het and will express the strongest form of the genetic code by being a True Were Beast.
True Weres can become parents to the initiated and will often ‘raise’ them in their way of life. They cannot have children themselves. Yet the cycle of sharing will ultimately repeat itself.
Their babies are born human. Their first transformation often corresponds with puberty. Hormones: the ultimate in horror movie making. Does the moon have any effect on their transformations?
Mind you, there are always exceptions to this rule. There have been many reports of Beasts being born in their animal forms. This is usually just a result of really strong genes and doesn‘t mean anything particularly special.
Yes and no. As an object of spiritual concern, many Were Beasts will respond to the light of a full moon by feeling a compelling need to transform.What exactly do they eat?
Usually, transformations are an emotional issue. Individuals who do not have control of their emotion often find it hard to transform fully without visual stress to their bodies. If they are able to center themselves, changing shape is much easier.
Rage, by the way, if also a good shape changer. Apparently emotional stability is not needed when all emotion is pretty much wiped out from their mind and replaced with a need to murder and maim.
Good times, good times.
Food. Shifters...always hungry?
Nothing special. They eat their Wheaties one spoon full at a time just like every one else in the world. But they aren’t put off by a little bit of rare liver on the run every now and then.
It is a funny tidbit that wereaniamls seem to always be hungry. The amount of energy they use in their transformations means they are looking for ways to compensate for the use. Do they have any special powers?How old can a were beast get?
They are the kind of person that...say you go to McDonalds and you see one skinny little dude eating nine whoppers. That’s the werewolf.
The oldest Were Beast on record was just a little shy of 500 years old. So consider that the absolute max age and have fun with it from there. ....Silver ? Element of Death?
It’s like they live reverse dog years: 7 years for each of a human’s 1. Keep this in mind for their appearance too. A 300 years old Were Beast better not look like they are twenty. They should look closer to the appearance of an average 45 year old. Give or take.
The idea that werewolves and other shape changing beasts can be fatally harmed by silver seems to be as common as ants at picnics; they appear to make sense on the surface, but you never really see either one pan out in the end.So what can actually kill them?
For silver, the element and substance itself, to react negatively with a shifter it would have to have a substantial amount of sulfur in its body; that’s what silver reacts against.
This would also mean that all beasts funk of BO 24/7, which would make them stand out in a dinning hall like a wart on a nose. And while were animals can be silent but deadly, we do hope it is in another sense of this phrase.
But having a weakness, even while implausible, can be entertaining. So we like to think shifters just have an allergic intolerance to things made of silver. After all, even normal humans can be allergic to silver (the writer of this article being one of them!) .
Werebeasts are mainly just annoyed by the metal and may develop itchy hives after contact.
Nothing special. If it kills a human, it kills a Were Beast. What happens to their bodies when they die?
Actually, a lot of stuff that wouldn’t kill a human could easily kill a Were Beast: they can catch Distemper from a stray dog as easily as a cold from an fellow associate at their work place. And Distemper is not something easily fixed with a bit of Theraflu.
They will die in the form they came into the world in: their human bodies. If they are slain in their jaguar body, when they take their last breath their human bodies will appear.Can an exorcist control them?
Nope. They are actually very resistance to any kind of control by demons and exorcists. It is speculated that because they were created by a demon’s curse, and then the curse was rescinded and changed, this caused their species to develop an innate but strong immune response to any kind of demonic takeover.
Don’t bother trying, Exorcists. You’ll be missing half your face before you remember you can’t make a Were Beast dance to your tune.
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