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Werewolves of Burgenwehr by ThemeFinland Werewolves of Burgenwehr by ThemeFinland
"Up in the north is located a quaint little town, well not necessarily little by northern standards, but somewhat small nonetheless. Surrounded by acres of rotwood forests this town may seem quite ordinary at first glance, unusually peaceful to be absolutely honest as in the north nature and its creations seem to try to kill you at every turn. In this town and the rotwood forests surrounding it the townspeople could walk around without a worry in the world, lumberjacks even would go into the forests without proper protection, only carrying a modestly sized knife and even that would most likely be more for utility rather than protection. Very unusual indeed.

However, if one had a title of a beast feller or something similar of the sort where you earn your bread by felling dangerous, horrible and otherwise unwanted creatures, you would receive quite an enthusiastic welcome. Nothing out of the ordinary when you are travelling in the north to be certain, but one may find it unusually enthusiastic. Everyone in the town will of course immediately tell you about a foul werewolf inside the forest. Someone who would have exceptional perception perhaps would become a bit suspicious, considering how carefree everyone was inside the forest. Surely they would at least have groups consisting of more than 2 or even 3 people if there were dangerous beasts lurking inside the forest. If brought to question the villagers will probably feign ignorance and reply with something along the lines of "Oh the beasts only come around at night.", or "It doesn't come to these parts of the woods.". However, not many would bring the innocence of these townspeople to question as in this transaction of beast slaying both parties would win, right?

As it turns out though, the people of Burgenwehr have had werewolves integrated into their society for a long time. And in reality, the woods surrounding Burgenwehr are quite infested with the things, but who could blame you for missing them, as if you do not have a keen sense of smell or hearing, it is quite difficult to find anything inside the dense rotwoods surrounding the town. And it just so happens that lycanthropes just so happen to possess both. Lycanthropes do not live inside the town of Burgenwehr, obviously, as this would attract unwanted attention. Instead, when one of the townspeople is close to becoming feral they will go deep into the forest to live inside one of the dens there. Because of the close interaction with the townspeople and the lycanthropes they manage to live without any harm being done to either group. This way the lycanthropes can live in the forest in peace and in return keep it clean of any other dangerous wildlife while the townspeople will keep them hidden.

So, once the brave beast fellers stride into the forest prepared to slay this werewolf the trap would be already set. They would be lead into a specific location inside the forest by the townspeople where the beast fellers supposedly would be able to catch the werewolf off guard. Unfortunately for the beast fellers, the lycanthropes would already be waiting for them and once again peace and quiet would return to Burgenwehr."
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Critique by WolfLordJake Jan 22, 2017, 11:04:26 PM
Wow I gotta say THAT THIS IS PRETTY AMAZING!!!
I really like the shading and colors and those wolves sure look badass!
I really love werewolves and this drawing definitely deserves a fave! So dude, keep drawing these awesome lycans! I would definitely give you a 5 star on ur quality!!! XD
Not only do I truly admire the style, quality and color.
I like the suspenseful vibe that the drawing piece really gives off. I mean they are all packed together like they want to strike their very next prey. Or they look as if a human has killed a member of their pack and wants to seek vengeance.

OVERALL BADASS PIC! (thumbs up)
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This piece perfectly executed the ways that traditional lycanthropes and their kind should actually be hand drawn or painted. The eyes that glow yellow and the subtle gesture of "Wait, I'll take care of it" is an amazing way of displaying Lycanthrope Heirarchy and Society beautifully. Everything about this piece of beauty is only the minimum of what I could consider to be one of the best Lycan Art Works I could have laid my eyes upon. This was beautiful. Please make more majestic pieces like this. I love this and can't wait to see more. 💯😜😉👌🏽✌🏽️❤️💯.
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Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this symbiotic relationship, it is very interesting. 
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like someone is in a wof phase. I like it. It is something different from the usual ^^
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diegomolina Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
like
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This sounds too much like a Planet Of The Lycans scenario to me.....
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah! High Five!:D (Big Grin) 
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah! I'd pay top dollar to see this Planet Of The Lycans film.
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Plot twist- In the end both sides become Lycanthropes! Bert Emoticon 
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yep. Then, an orgy ensues......because why not, right? 
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
So that's why the movie is rated R!XD 
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah. I'd want to shield my eyes from the Lycan Orgy, personally. I've seen National Geographic.
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
     I like this picture and description! At first I thought that the entire town were werewolves and they were just sending the hunter into a "forest maze" until nightfall and then the town would hunt him/her... However, I really like the description you gave; expecially the part of them working together to clear the wildlife!

     However, I do have one question. During the day the werewolves are human... right? If they don't live in the town and don't really carry weapons in the forest and the forest is extremely dangerous... how do the werewolves survive during the day? Also, if the werewolves are able to survive with human weapons during the day then why do the villagers need the werewolves? Same goes for the Werewolves needing the villagers if the woods are truly infested with them! Could they not just impersonate a human village during the day, to trick any hunters, while having a sufficient defense in the village, such as a wall, and then at night "clear the forest"? Their society would undoubtedly grow faster without the human rivals nearby.
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, you make valid points, however, werewolves in this world work slightly differently in this world. I uploaded this a few days ago which gives a bit more information about the lycanthopes  Lycanthropy and in it I also mention that eventually they will go "feral" once they have transformed back an forth enough. This means that after sometime the lycanthropes will be unable to retain their human form anymore as their wolf form takes control and they will be more or less permanently stuck in that form from thereon out. Once the transformation becomes near permanent they will be sent deep into the woods to live with the rest of the feral lycanthropes. Of course, even though I call them feral, they do not become crazed with bloodlust or anything and start killing everything they see.

Also, not all of the villagers are werewolves, but some of them are and usually the strongest people in the town are converted to werewolves, it is a weird culture they have there and one that they much rather have no outsiders intruding into.
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
     I forgot about that... But, honestly, that fact kinda cements my point even more... If the Lycanthropes are permanently werewolves then this is no reason to keep humans around! I mean, they just kill all the humans and take their village. Any visitors would easily get crushed by the whole village and their safety secured. (I mean what type of werewolf hunter would expect to find a whole town managed by feral werewolves?! Therefore they would have the perfect surprise and easily kill it while it's probably gaping or something...) 

     If you want to go the way of keeping the village of natural looking humans look, than the werewolves  still should kill the existing village and replace it entirely with their own kind, not quite entirely feral kind! This would increase their population as the "humans humans" aren't taking up the existing resources.

     I think making a balance in this scenario is pretty difficult as technically the werewolves are a different species when they permanently transform... This may seem like you can create a balanced ecosystem with them but in reality it's like having 2 different species of human in the same place... If history is any indication, one kills the other just like the Neanderthals and several other species. It just complicates things that both sides were originally one... On the one hand you're always "human"... On the other hand you're "human" and have the medieval equivalent of like a like a machinegun with you at all times! Not everyone is stable and at one point or another one will attack the other. When this happens, tension arises, fear spreads and mistrust happens. Suddenly the village has a wall up and all the citizens are armed! The wall is manned and one werewolves gets too close and gets shot at... It's like what's happening with America's mistrust of Iraq and Iran, and both sides are human too! (So basically you need to take natural and fearful racism into account...)

     Another, much more complicating part, is that at some point the villagers will start to turn and they will realize they're werewolves... What if one of the people advocating for the death of werewolves started to turn? What would he/she do? Would the commit suicide? Change sides? Go crazy? Same goes for a human against werewolves and knows the human defenses and the hate they have for the lycanthropes. If he/she changes and gets out he/she knows everything and can organize an attack against the village! In reality, the villagers would most likely be aware of this and just start killing everyone that starts turning! If this happened the werewolves would become suspicious of no more lycanthropes joining their ranks and realize what was happening. This would lead to a full on attack to protect their kin and the village gets razed...

(This was very long and if you got to the end then give yourself a pat on the back! Honestly, this is what I think would happen in a society like this...)
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad speculation at all, however what you have stated applies mostly to large systems, not to villages as small as this one (only containing <100 people at any given time) where everyone is very knit together and know each other. Everyone also knows the werewolves and who they were before and the werewolves also know all the townspeople as well. The outside world absolutely HATES lycanthropes, like on a level of "let's burn them on a stake and then stab them with spears". Being a lycanthrope is seen as a betrayal of your own humanity and a sign of you having meddled with some sort of dark an unnatural powers. The people of Burgenwehr know this and the lycanthropes there also know this. It is a case of we vs them, Burgenwehr vs everyone else. If they do not all cooperate with each other every single person inside the village will surely face a horrible death and shortly after the lycanthropes will also be purged from the area.

Nobody simply advocates the death of the werewolves inside the village, pretty much everyone has relatives or people who they know who is a lycanthrope and a lot of the people do go out into the forest to meet with them. Even if they cannot communicate as well as before, the lycanthropes aren't mindless beasts and still are basically the same person as before (In other areas the lycanthopes become hostile against humans because they grow bitter and angry at them for chasing them out of their home). The lycanthropes wont attack the village simply because there are people they know there and why would they want to kill their cover in the first place? The people living inside the village are the ones that make the place look normal, like there is nothing wrong there, plus with the forests surrounding the place beast fellers would have little reason to venture there.

If one of the lycanthropes would become unstable the other lycanthropes would still be able to take care of it, in a similar way if someone in the town would become deranged and become a risk to the well being of everyone else (I.E start waving a sword around and becoming seclusive).

Despite all of this however, inside Burgenwehr becoming a lycanthrope is seen as an honor above all else and they are treated with great respect. After all, not all of them can become lycanthropes, only the strongest of them are chosen, however, of course, those who already have it in their blood really have no choice and obviously some of them may be upset about it, but knowing what would happen to them outside of Burgenwehr, they will most likely not complain too much.

Because all of this, it would not make sense for either party to attack each other, the werewolves keep the village safe and the villagers keep the lycanthropes safe and pleased. If either party was to disappear it would be likely that conditions would become much worse, if the werewolves disappeared now the town would be in a horrible place to defend itself as it is surrounded by dense rotwood and if the villagers were to disappear it would bring attention to the area.
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
     I see, so everyone is basically friends... hmm, that complicates things, but I'd like to refer you to basically every murder mystery show. In those, almost everyone knows each other yet one still tries to kill the others. All the "people" might know each other and that could prevent racism, perhaps, but, based on your description, not everyone can become a lycanthrope and the strongest don't necessarily become them either. You described it as a bloodline so some will become stronger and others will stay weaker... That's never a good thing, people like to think it would be okay but I believe that, in reality, things would go downhill quite quickly... Think of it as cats and mice trying to live together.
     Also, the lycanthropes don't need the humans for anything! They just need the village to be full of adolescent Lycanthropes that look like humans during the day, to keep up their normal cover. Then when they grow up they move out and have children and the children replace them in the village. Unfortunately, that means that no one really knows who their parents are... but they could make the current baby entire generation their brothers and sisters and the upper generation their parents. (With incest being a totally natural and okay concept. Not really that big of a sacrifice if you think about how nature works outside of human society... Not that I support Incest!)

     I mean that given how you said that werewolves and the villagers never really meet, as they're taken away as soon as they start becoming feral, each would become a sort of legend for the other. Then you need to account for shock-meetings as no one really knows what the other looks like, at least the children don't and we all know how a child meeting a scary looking animal goes! (Parents will likely come to their children's aid and conflict will arise. I'm actually writing part of a story about interspecies relations between two humanoid species and their racism and demonization of the other. A major part in it is coming to the "rescue" of an "endangered" child when it meets a member of the other species and it get to close. The protector panics as the child has already had a very bad experience with the other species and attacks. Then the other species counterattacks and tension rises. I believe that this would happen in this scenario if each is a "legend" of the other. That little story is mostly the reason for my interest in this topic...Sweating a little... )

     If that's not the case, as I assume you'll say it isn't, then it's quite likely that the "human humans" in the little village would be extremely jealous of the lycanthropes essentially being more evolved than them! It's likely that you'd see a chain of people "going crazy" and attacking and they'd be purged as it were. No one would think anything of it of course because that's how this society works, but another legend would spread again of the "others" AKA humans. These would be the normal people that don't transform and they'd grow up thinking they have the honor of becoming a Lycanthrope and receiving the high honor. It's actually very very bad that everyone considers it a high honor as a good potion of the village would get their dreams crushed when they realize they are and will be nothing compared to their neighbors... What's even worst than that is the fact that interbreeding can't be a thing as the village needs to have normal humans and thus there will be known families of children that will grow up normal and be "lesser beings"! At some point a family might decide that they want their kin to become lycanthropes that's fine until you get down to a few families where they need to remain human. Then you have almost forced bleedings, brought about by the lycanthropes and then you have hate arise. (Then hates turns into anger, on and on and you know where it goes from there...)
     Also, a society that kills all of the "crazy ones" after a first offense isn't a really progressive or nice society...

(I guess you didn't mind my last message, let's see what you think of this one!Wink/Razz )
(By the way, you did make some great points that I hadn't thought of before...)
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well those are murder mystery stories, and those are usually based in places like posh castles or modern societies, where the most important bit is, that the people involved are not dependent on each other. This town is small, everyone is needed to run it, everyone cares for eachother, the potato farmer brings food to the table, the lumberjacks get firewood for everyone, the blacksmith fixes your axes and whatnot etc. you kill somebody and then you'd have caused a terrible dent in the whole society.

Aha, but there are ways of transmitting lycanthopism to other people. Those who do not want to become lycanthropes are not made into them, because obviously that would be a bad idea. Also, if I mentioned that the lycanthropes and humans do not meet, then that was a mistake. They do meet, and oftentimes those who have had a relative of theirs will go see them in the forest, of course being very inconspicuous about it every time they do so, just in case. Usually these meetings happen near the treeline of the village, so if it just happens that someone would waltz into Burgenwehr at that time they would not notice them.

Well that is to say the same that if you have some weaker people in your society you could just throw them all into the bin. The villagers provide a safety net for the lycanthropes, when times go bad, the villagers of Burgenwehr will be able to provide for the lycanthropes as well. When times go really bad, like when the potato fields and everything else rots, well, then there is little anyone can do, but the lycanthropes will probably be able to make do by hunting animals and helping the villagers a little bit in their time of need by bringing back some meat they don't need. As you can see the connection between the town and the lycanthropes is not entirely just "you stay there and keep us safe, capisce?". 

You seem to think the human to lycanthrope ratio is pretty big, but in fact it isn't that large, maybe 10-15% of the villagers have lycanthropism per generation (either naturally or afflicted to them (in a normal society this percentage would be closer to <0.05%)). That makes about 10 lycanthropes per generation. So it could be assumed that there is about 30 lycanthropes living in the woods nearby at any given time and about 10 of these 30 would be elders once the new pack comes in and they would be able to teach the younger lycanthropes how things work due to being (hopefully) wizened with age. The lycanthropes would then be unable to populate the town properly. So this would still leave behind about 70-80 normal people each generation.

Jealous? Well, sure in the healthy way I would imagine. being the strongest doesn't always necessarily have to mean being the most physically strongest, but I would imagine that sometimes they would allow other people to become lycanthropes depending on their set of skills and abilities. After all, you would not want all of them to be very strong people with nothing in between their ears, that'd be dangerous. However, everyone has a reasonable chance to become a lycanthrope if they so wish, especially if you present your interest in becoming one I think your odds would be even higher. Another case would be that if someone close to you became a lycanthrope and you'd much rather wish to join them you could be possibly allowed to do so. Being a lycanthrope is a prestigious place to be in their society, but it is not for everyone. However every single newborn in Burgenwehr must be made to appreciate the help the werewolves provide to them. if they do not respect and appreciate them, then the entire town will fall apart for sure. However, the people of Burgenwehr must be careful in hiding all these memorabilia that represent lycanthropes, wood carvings, books etc. because of someone leaves something like that out in the open when a stranger comes into town, they may just be able to make the connection between the two things.

Also they don't really kill them after the first offence, but if you are literally advocating killing peoples loved ones, you wont be in a very good place, especially when people will start to think that you may just end up spilling the beans about their whole werewolf thing. When someone has a terrible secret such as this, you will go to great lengths to keep it a secret. In fact, look at this way, you could argue that killing this one person who threatens to go spread the word about their secret to be a more humane and moral thing to do, after all you would be saving about 100 lives this way all of whom would be burned on a pike or a stake otherwise once the word got out. Medieval societies also were not really known for being especially progressive, many things were scary, life was cheap and belonging into a group was often the only thing you had backing you up.
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
     Okay, I can't really refute the first part... So, good job, you win there!

     Alright, so they're closer than I thought with the "Werewolves blood" as more of a disease type thing that infects people(Like a vampire). This society is just advanced in the fact that they don't kill the infected immediately, which is extremely progressive for the medieval era! (However, I still believe that the families would slowly have a falling out. Especially if they both spend their time around their own "kind" and in completely different lifestyles!) (And you didn't say they didn't meet that was just one thing I thought of from the difference in culture and incessant need to keep the werewolves secret.)

     Again, the lycanthropes don't need the villagers! The lycanthropes can do anything that humans can do... basically times 2!(It's more like times 10, in this case, as you said that the lycanthropes are the reason why the town is surviving and if the rate of infection is 10-15% each generation then the village has a little less than 300 while the werewolves have around 30. Since the villagers apparently can't stop the environment but the lycanthropes can, then that means they're around 10x stronger than humans! I think you're severely underestimating jealousy in this society! If I had a chance to be 10x stronger than I am now, I'd jump at the opportunity! Even if it was just 2x I'd still be just as excited!)

     Also you said that being a Lycanthrope is a great honor but isn't for everyone. I can imagine almost every child wanting to become a lycanthrope! That's basically what kids do! DREAM BIG! What if a child is deemed "unworthy" of becoming a lycanthrope? It has to happen at some point as not everyone can become a lycanthrope. Then comes jealousy and then hate. Honestly, there is no healthy sense of Jealousy, especially when it comes to interspecies species!(Technically that is really what this is as the Lycanthropes are basically an evolution of mankind.) Also, you said that some were infected after birth but you never included their numbers into the number of Lycanthropes... So how many Lycanthropes would there be after that number?

     On the face of it, I don't really get the point of this village... The townsfolk are clearly very tied with each other and the lycanthropes yet supposedly people visit this village very often, despite the fact that the forest is supposed to be extremely dangerous! If people truly visit the village so often then this whole hiding Lycanthropes façade will fall apart really really fast... Like every night a random person might start changing into a lycanthrope! How do you keep the guests from seeing that?! What if they do see? Do they just kill them, no questions asked? I mean anyone would say anything to survive in that scenario so they really can't trust anything they say! (What if they just go into the woods and see one? Also, what about people getting suspicious of the villages nonchalant behavior and lack of actual defenses? Entire civilization have been killed for less! Cities have been raided and burned! And if the werewolves intervene then the game is up!)
     This society is interesting and your comments are teaching me more about it but I still can't get it all to add up...Sweating a little... 

    
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
However would you really take that 2x power if in turn, when you did that, basically everyone would now hate you from the bottom of their hearts and would kill you on sight outside of your inner circle of relatives? Once you become a lycanthrope that is what happens, you basically have no place in the world at that point, apart from living in Burgenwehr. Granted, some of the lycanthropes may migrate away from Burgenwehr and live a more animalistic life in some other place, which of course, none of the lycanthropes would most likely object.  You have to also understand that as a lycanthrope you will lose all the nice conveniences of your normal life. Being a lycanthrope may bring some benefits but it also comes with a great loss, which is why some people would rather not become lycanthropes, but these people still understand the benefits of them and why some people would like to become one.

The townspeople can protect themselves, but since the village has a naturally large portion of lycanthropes they have instead opted to integrate them as a sort of border guard for the village. This way your ordinary farmer does not have to worry about their livestock and crops being eaten up every night. Basically the lycanthropes are nothing else than glorified guards, with more freedoms in the way they function, of course.

People don't really just waltz in and out of villages in the north, if they do they usually have a purpose in doing so, like if they are merchants or mercenaries or anything of the sort. The nearest town from Burgenwehr is a couple dozen kilometers away and these towns do some light trading every now and then. I also haven't mentioned how the transformation works and I probably wont, because I wont be making a full comprehensive list of everything and anything so you can use your imagination on that and assume that because the town has been able to thrive for so long that the transformation mechanism does not work as you think it does. If however one of them began to turn at such an unconventional time they could just simply pretend to be like "oh my gosh, burn the werewolf!" while they take up their pitchforks and torches while the lycanthrope would run into the forest where they would supposedly "lose" it. That person who saw that happen wouldn't probably stick around for too long to find out that it was just theater, but the townspeople would obviously make efforts to make it look convincing, they aren't stupid and this sort of things probably are something they have a backup plan for. As mentioned before lycanthropes are pretty common sightings in the north, so nobody would even bat an eye at this having happened.

Unless you were a military man, you probably would not even know to pay attention to the people not carrying weapons or having heavy fortifications. It would be unlikely that anyone would see a werewolf in the forest unless the werewolf wants to be seen because of how dense rotwood forests are, the lycanthropes will be able to smell and hear the people in the forest before they do. You also forget that this is a rural medieval area, how well do you suppose information is transferred from here to there? There is really nothing of great importance up there where this town is so nobody has particular interest in the area, if a raiding part decided to attack the town and the werewolves dealt with it, nobody would know, the remains of the corpses that are left behind would be buried somewhere inside the rotwoods where nobody would ever find them. The nearest large city is hundreds of kilometers away, that would take weeks for someone to walk or several days for someone with a mount of sorts.

As for the idea of erasing the town and just making a big pack of werewolves, well, that'd work, but maybe they are just too attached to the town and the werewolves being the protectors of the town brings them a sense of purpose, who knows, or maybe it is just because it makes for a more interesting story, hah!
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Jcbq Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
See his werewolves dont run that way butbyes you would be right
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oops, I forgot that...Sweating a little...  thanks!
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Eisenmann1987 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
At first I've read the title as Werewolves of Bundeswehr.... PFFFF :roll:
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that'd be something!
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Jcbq Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
"You've come 'ere about the fell beast? O'course i can take you to where we last saw it"

"Saw THEM " the hooded hunter corrected "if it was one then you wouldnt be going into woods alone.the only reasoning you would have to say one is that you know its an alpha. And, " the hooded man replied reaching for the clay goblet and taking a sip "if thats true than the pack is already inside the village here."

The barkeep blinked a mix of concerned worry flashing across his weathered face before his well worn smile returned

"Aye, an'thats why you an' your silverblade are here to help protect-"

The hunter simply chuckled, cutting off the barkeep and drawing concerned worry from many of the other local patrons.

"Please dont lie to me, when the wind changes i can smell at least three or four packs as they scramble to get downwind. The rotwood around this village is infested with the creatures."

There was a lound scrape as several chairs were pushed backward and severalsmall knives were drawn, a strange animalistic fury on their faces. The hunter simply turned his head slightly and chuckled 

"Dont get your fur ruffled, im not here to kill anyone, all im seeking is how youve came to this... unity between you two."

"An' why are you askin'?" The Barkeep barked his veneer of civility barely kept his own snarl hidden.

The hunter finally met the barkeeps eyes, the snarl quickly replaced by one of shock.

"Because maybe the southerners could learn a thing or two." The hunter shot back showing his yellow eyes.
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ThemeFinland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, intense! An interesting vocation for a lycanthrope to have, no question about it, but I can see how that could open up some doors that would be left closed for them otherwise in certain situations. They are going to have a heck of a time trying to make people coexist with the beasts outside of Burhenwehr though, actually it would be incredibly risky to even mention such a thing, it would be pure lunacy if you value your life. It would be like saying "Hey, you know those things that we all know eat babies and kidnap children at night, how about we just live with them and stop killing them, eh?", I'd think you would have plenty of pitchforks and torches pointed your general direction in no time. After all, lycanthropes are seen as monsters that have taken the body of the poor victim and killing them now would just be a mercy for them.
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Jcbq Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
The goal was to keep it vague, that it might be a lycanthrope or it might be a witcher type hunter. Although in hind sight it being a hunter afflicted does make a lot more sense.

But thats all in the wording my friend, let say for example, the local infestation is the effects of a curse caused by the actions of the mayor/local ruler. The only way to attempt to break the said curse is to have the hunter help broker a peace between the two. More or less adapting the local myths into some creative spin of unity to prevent the unintentional spread of the 'curse'.

Its not gonna be easy, but get enough of the afflicted families involved and well... powerful guardians lol
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