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Garou is a term used werewolves to identify their race and culture. The term is used nearly interchangeably with Garou Nation.
The Garou were designed to be Gaia’s fangs and claws and they were quite well at this. Today, after the War of Rage, they are among the most numerous Changing Breeds that still exist.
Garou have access to five forms.
- Homid, which appears to be a normal human (except for the Curse)
- Glabro, which resembles roughly a human, but has too many bestial features on it to be one.
- Crinos, the War-Form, which is a terrifying hybrid of both human and wolf
- Hispo, which takes the shape of prehistoric dire wolf
- Lupus, which is indistinguishable from a normal wolf
Werewolves cannot breed among themselves to preserve their lineage; their blood is too potent, and the result is always a deformed Metis. To continue their bloodlines, werewolves must mate with humans or wolves. However, the chance that any children or cubs that result from such a pairing will breed true is small. In most cases, the spirit half of the werewolf isn’t passed on.
Werewolves born to human or wolf families are indistinguishable from their mortal siblings. There is no detectable “Garou gene,” and DNA-testing does not reveal anything amiss. Newborn werewolves simply appear to be normal humans or wolves in almost every respect. Only a very few are even told by their parents that werewolves exist at all. However, young werewolves are prone to strange dreams and fits of temper that alienate them from their relatives or friends.
The place of a Garou is dictated by the Moon phase under which he is born. There are five Auspices that mandate a Garou his place within society.
Garou adhere to the Litany, a code which depicts the laws of the Garou Nation.
The word Garou comes from the Old French garoul, meaning “werewolf,” which in turn likely comes from the Frankish wer-wulf, meaning “man-wolf.”