Werewolves are a supernatural species that endows individuals with the ability to physically assume two different forms: human and wolf. They are a genus of the Were- variety, which includes werepanthers and shapeshifters. Unlike vampires, on the HBO original series True Blood, the existence of werewolves is not public knowledge.
Werewolves are also referred to as "weres," or just "wolves." A female werewolf is called a "werebitch". Children are called "pups."
It is unknown when werewolves first evolved, but they are known to have existed for millennia. Russell Edgington, who spent much of his existence using packs of wolves to do his bidding, stated that he had first started collecting werewolves 2000 years ago. ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World")
Generally, werewolves are territorial and function collectively in packs, and are led by a packmaster. However, there are those who live without packs, either by choice or through social rejection; they are known as lone wolves, and are considered outcasts. They are also called omega wolves. They are secretive and fear the discovery of their existence to the human public. When the Shreveport pack felt threatened with exposure by the well-meaning human organization Vampire Unity Society, they hunted down and killed every member of the group, save for Nicole Wright, who barely escaped with her life. ("You're No Good")
As with all Weres, werewolves can shift from their animal form to human form at will, except during nights of the full moon. In the Were hierarchy, they are considered to be dumb brutes. They are physically stronger than shapeshifters, but are supposedly intellectually inferior to them on account of their ravenous and beastly nature. Werewolves are considered to be smarter and stronger than werepanthers, who have been rendered relatively weak and feeble-minded due to several generations of inbreeding.
Among each other, werewolves follow strict social rules. Upon settling in a new place, a werewolf is expected to register with the local pack. If he or she does not, that wolf can expect an angry visit from the packmaster. If a wolf falls out of favor with his or her pack or partner, he or she can be banished, known as abjuring.
Biologically, there are very few differences between humans and werewolves. They are not immortal, and their rate of aging and expected life span is the same as humans. They have the same needs and weaknesses as humans. The one biological difference between werewolves and humans is body temperature; werewolves are slightly warmer than humans.
In their human form, werewolves are completely indistinguishable from regular humans. When they are close to shifting into their wolf form, their eyes are usually the first body parts to change. The colors of their hair, skin and eyes do not necessarily correspond with the color of their eyes and fur in their wolf forms.
In their wolf form, they are indistinguishable from regular wolves.
In their human form, a werewolf's diet is unremarkable to that of a regular human. In their wolf form, they can consume anything a regular wolf can, including the raw meat of animals, humans and other werewolves.
As with all Weres, the Wolf is hereditary. An individual must be born a werewolf, inheriting his or her status from one or both parents. Werewolves are able to reproduce with humans and other Weres; the species of the offspring of these disparate couplings occurs randomly.
Werewolf children are called "pups." Pups are not born with the ability to shift into their wolf form; this generally occurs spontaneously at some point in their youth. From that point on, a werewolf can shift at will.
Powers and Abilities
- Enhanced Strength - Werewolves are generally physically stronger than regular humans, shapeshifters, and werepanthers. In a physical fight, they typically overpower their human opponents, however they can be defeated. Their strength allows them to casually lift and toss full grown humans around. Despite this they are physically much weaker and slower than vampires, even in their wolf form. Vampire blood can increase their physical prowess, making them that much stronger than humans and even other werewolves. Their enhanced strength while on vampire blood makes them a challenge to vampires, even one as old as Eric. ("It Hurts Me Too")
- Shifting - Werewolves can shift from human form into their werewolf form at will, except during the nights of the full moon, in which they will lose control and shift spontaneously. A Werewolf's wolf form is similar to that of a regular wolf; possessing sharp claws and fangs, animalistic instincts and senses, and tremendous speed and agility. However they also seem to possess similarly enhanced physical strength as they do in their human form. While transformed, werewolves will retain their human memories and consciousness in wolf form.
- Enhanced Senses - Werewolves possess a much stronger sense of smell than humans', even while in human form. They are considered to be the most skilled trackers on the planet when pursuing a target. Werewolves also seem to possess a form of night vision, as they have been able to run and hunt in their wolf forms at night without any hinderances. It is unknown if this visual clarity extends to their human form, however werewolves are able to glow their eyes in human form so it is possible that this vision is also transferred. Werewolves also possess animalistic instincts in human form, this is usually shown in their aggression towards threats such as vampires, or their survival instinct to kill anyone who discovers their existence.
- Wolf-Like Agility - Werewolves, predominantly the females of the species, have displayed the same animalistic agility that wolves possess while still in their human form. Werewolves, even in human form, are shown to be naturally athletic, and are able to move with the speed and finesse of an athlete (Who Are You, Really?). Usually after making their eyes glow, werewolves are able to move and pounce with the same finesse as an animal ("In the Beginning"). They can also effectively utilise this agility in combat, even with other werewolves ("Dead Meat").
- Enhanced Endurance - Werewolves, even when in human form seem to possess the endurance of a wolf. This has been evidenced on several occasions; after Alcide's fight with a group of werewolves high on V, he walked away with only a bruised shoulder ("It Hurts Me Too"). Rikki was able to continue fighting after enduring being tossed about and beaten by Alcide, a man of much greater mass and size ("Dead Meat"). Werewolves, usually while in wolf form, are able to go for long runs, and can track their prey for long periods and across great distances without tiring.