Two sketches and a process from last night.
Two sketches and a process from last night.
For the sake of role play, certain canons will probably be established by the admin since various facets of the lore differ depending on the source. Whether or not it’s transferable, who can transfer it, and whether more wolves can be bred are a few of the things that should be specified. There is a lot of creative license here considering werewolves don’t actually exist. The widespread practice, though, is that werewolf behavior is largely based on canine behavior. Makes sense if you think about it.
were·wolfnoun \ˈwir-ˌwu̇lf, ˈwer-, ˈwər-\plural were·wolves: a person transformed into a wolf or capable of assuming a wolf’s form
In European folklore, a man who changes into a wolf at night and devours animals, people, or corpses, returning to human form by day. Some werewolves are thought to change shape at will; others, who inherited the condition or acquired it by being bitten by a werewolf, are transformed involuntarily under the influence of a full moon. Belief in werewolves is found throughout the world and was especially common in 16th-century France. Humans who believe they are wolves suffer from a mental disorder called lycanthropy. (- Merriam Webster Online)
- Hierarchy: It is generally taken that werewolf hierarchy would mirror that of a wolf pack. The only difference being that werewolves spend time as a human. Leaders are Alphas. The part that can be contested based on canon is the Beta and the Omega. In Laurell K Hamilton lore the Beta is the Alpha’s mate who has the same power over the pack and reports only to the alpha. While, in wolf behavior the Beta is second in command and the one who takes over the pack should something happen to the Alpha. Omegas in Patricia Briggs lore is a special yet rare breed of werewolf who does not sit in the dominance/submissive struggle. They are neutral. This is more a reflection on the Omega placement in actual wolf packs. Omegas can also be seen as lone wolves. They have no pack whether it be by choice or by exile.
- Power: In canine behavior everything is about your place within the structure. This is tested by dominance and strength. In Laurell K Hamilton portrayal of hierarchy dominant wolves are at the top of the ladder while the submissive are at the bottom. Females share their mate’s spot on the ladder whether or not their dominance can handle it. Keep in mind that it is also portrayed that dominants and the submissive balance each other out. Dominants are often overbearing and protective over those submissive to them while submissive are often calm and quiet. Changes in power, most notably Alpha, usually come by challenge or death. A challenge doesn’t necessarily have to lead to death. it’s simply a demonstration of power.
- Family: It is said that wolves take mates for life, though that is not always the case. Due to the human element in werewolves this can be extremely open ended and up to the player and or admin. The result of werwolf mates can also be up to the player and or admin. In some instances werewolves are incapable of bearing children due to the violent nature of shifting. In this case, more wolves are brought to the pack with bites. Sometimes only the Alpha can turn another and other times it’s an ability any wolf can perform. In other instances, perhaps only a human woman is capable of bearing a werewolf through the father. Or, it’s not an issue for a female werewolf at all.
- Shifting: The timing of shifts varies depending on lore. Some wolves can only turn during the full moon. In other cases, shifting is a matter of control. Older, stronger wolves can shift whenever they choose. This would mean a time of struggle with the shift. Younger or newer wolves would probably endure a longer and more painful shift. In other lore, shifting isn’t even an issue. it can be done wherever and whenever. This should be taken into consideration when writing lore for your story as it can limit what your character may be able to do.
- Senses & Lifespan: Werewolves are usually seen as physically superior to humans with enhanced senses and strength. Often it is written that werewolves also have an accelerated ability to heal. The extent of these should be taken into consideration when writing lore for your characters or story. With the healing ability it is also widely seen that werewolves have an extended lifespan in comparison to humans. In a more supernatural setting your werewolf could even be immortal. Although, take into consideration that most lore will cite silver as an effective way of wounding or even killing a werewolf.
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Anonymous asked: Hey! Sorry for bothering you, but I’m planning this story in which one of the protagonists is going to have Asperger’s syndrome. I’ve done research, but I don’t feel secure and confident enough to write her down without making mistakes or stereotyping; so I’d like to know how to write it accurately. (If this is any relevant, my plot is a bit fantasy-ish, she’s going to be in a romantic relationship and the fact that my character has Asperger’s doesn’t really weight on the storyline in general).
We might be able to help you out with this!
As always, our lovely psychology resource Quel has a few posts that might be of use:
- 019. ASPERGERS SYNDROME
- an answered ask along the same lines
- WRITING PEOPLE WITH AUTISM (ASPERGER’S) + ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Here are a few more great resources from around the web:
- Patient.co.uk: Asperger’s Syndrome
- Asperger’s syndrome information
- Autism spectrum disorder
- CDC: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
- Storycorps Q & A (video)
- The Frowners (audio)
- Wrong Planet (videos)
- What is Asperger Syndrome?
- Dudeimanaspie.com (blog)
- Aspierhetor.com (blog)
- Reddit: Aspergers
- Romance and Autism: Dating is more than possible for people with ASD
And here are two Tumblrs of people with Asperger’s who also blog about it:
It’s always good to talk to actual people when it comes to getting autism spectrum disorders right. I recommend that you do lots of research, come up with some solid interview questions, and sit down for a chat with someone who actually has Asperger’s.
Even so, you might not get the character perfectly right on the first go. You’ll need to edit your work and revisit your character development to ensure that you’re doing your character justice, both in general and with respect to this syndrome. After all, writing the other is a learning process. You might think about getting a peer review of your story from a person with ASD, Asperger’s specifically, to get first-hand feedback on how you could improve.
Remember that there are real people with this real syndrome that you’re representing through your work. Make sure your writing is thoughtful and presents your character honestly without pity, condescension, or idealism.
I’m sure we’re missing out on a few great resources in the list above. If anyone would like to suggest a resource for this post, please submit it here.
And if you have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and you’d be interested in becoming a resource for writers, please reply to this post. We would like to add your url to this post so that writers may contact you directly with their questions. Thank you!
Thank you for your question, anon!
Artist: Ido Yehimovitz
Here is a post on how to write a matriarchal society.
- Low Population: If 90% of the warrior population is female, they’re going to need years of training and they’ll be busy with lots of stuff after that (war, security, training younger warriors, etc.) and therefore most won’t have time to carry a child and give birth. Unless that 10% of women who are not warriors and the small percentage of warriors who end up “behind the scenes” rather than on the battle field reproduce a lot of kids, there is going to be a low population.
- If this is a futuristic setting, this problem can be avoided through science.
- You can also give some of the warrior population a year off to have a kid. They can still do things like simple training for kids (if warriors begin training as children) or teaching of war tactics.
For interacting with another society that has a different structure, what happens will happen when any two different cultures meet each other. Here are some reactions:
- Fear: Some people might fear another culture for several reasons. The women in your society might fear a society where the roles are switched, so the patriarchal society might be a source of discomfort. This can be the other way around too. Fear is one of the reactions that lead to war and conquest.
- Dislike: This usually comes after fear, but it doesn’t have to. When two or more cultures meet, they may dislike each other for various reasons. If one culture unknowingly upsets another culture with their own cultural practices, that is reason for dislike.
- Admiration: Admiration can be good, but it can also be harmful. Good admiration is respecting a culture while also admiring it and possibly adopting some practices while still being respectful. Harmful admiration is treating another culture as an object and taking their culture for your own, full of all the misunderstandings, stereotypes, and misconceptions.
- Confusion: Other cultures can be confusing. Certain rituals and practices in one culture may make a lot of sense and be important to those people, but an outsider might be confused and see no value in these practices.
- Intrigue: Humanity is interesting and for thousands of years, we’ve been recording aspects of other cultures out of interest. One culture might observe another culture whether they like this culture or not. This is especially true in cultures that are meticulous about recording history.
- Humor: We have all seen something in another culture (or sub-culture (technically a nuclear family could be a sub-culture)) that may be funny to us. We might think it’s funny because it’s comical or we might think it’s funny because we see it as inferior or unbelievable. An extremely patriarchal society might find it funny that women are in charge and vice versa.
- Misconception: Everyone has misconceptions about other cultures. Your matriarchal society and the patriarchal society are going to misunderstand each other and create myths and stereotypes based on observation and mistranslation.
- Ethnocentrism: Mild ethnocentrism (being proud of your culture/country/religion/language/whatever) is okay, but extreme ethnocentrism is where supremacy and oppression come in. Disliking a culture, fearing a culture, thinking another culture is inferior, and thinking your culture is superior leads to war, conquest, oppression, discrimination and even genocide.