Werewolves attack the vampires at Hotel Dumort
|Also Known As:|| Children of the Moon|
Werewolves, also known as Lycanthropes and the Children of the Moon, are a species of Downworlders. Like vampires, werewolves are humans infected with a demonic disease which gave them the ability to transform into wolves and gain their inhuman strength and powers.
Lycanthropy transforms a human into a werewolf, a demihuman whose demonic infection causes them to transform into a large and dangerous wolf under the light of the full moon, while still bearing a little resemblance to their human selves. Werewolves in their lupine form are not merely wolves; they possess unnatural strength and speed comparable to that of demons, and their claws and canines are able to slash through a chain-link fence or bite through a padlock.
In addition to their supernatural strength, grace, and reflexes, werewolves have the same unnaturally accelerated healing abilities as most other Downworlders. They cannot regenerate a severed limb, but they can recover quickly from most mundane wounds.
In human form, they look fairly normal, albeit a little dirty, as most of their kind do not bother cleaning up much. Werewolves also retain their superhuman speed and strength while in human form. Also, werewolves are mortal; they age and die normally like ordinary humans, though they grow up somehow faster.
It is not known what demon, or demon type, is responsible for the first appearance of werewolves. There is a conjectured Greater Demon of origin, who is usually referred to by the placeholder name "Wolf" in literature. Despite many supposed descriptions of Wolf in medieval writing, there exists no credible candidate for who he might be. He seems to have appeared, created werewolves, and left earth forever.
Lycanthropy is believed to have first appeared in the forests of Central Europe sometime in the thirteenth century. It is believed to have spread rapidly through Europe and then more slowly to the rest of the world. Persecuting and publicly burning werewolves was prevalent in the late fifteenth century and early in the sixteenth century.
New werewolves are created when a human is bitten by an existing werewolf. Approximately, half the time a werewolf bite will cause lycanthropy in the victim. In modern times, many safeguards against bites are in place, and much organizational work has been done by the Nephilim and by werewolves themselves to prevent unexpected attacks. As a result, rouge werewolf bites are a rare occurrence in modern times.
Aside than being bitten, werewolves can also be born from werewolf parents or Turned through a spell.
The job of the new-made werewolf, his or her new responsibility, is to gain control of his or her transformation, or Change. With self-possession and proper training to control themselves, werwolves can easily adjust and live among mundanes peacefullt without detection, more so than other Downworlders. After the first transformation, it takes a werewolf some time to be able to resist the effect of the moon in different phases. After the first transformation, it takes a werewolf some time to be able to resist the effect of the moon in different phases. Many, like Luke Garroway, train themselves to be impervious to the moon, but even Luke is forced into wolf form during a full moon.
By the regulations of the Praetor Lupus, any werewolf who cannot consciously control his or her Change is deemed a rouge, whatever his or her other behavior. This regulation is intended to motivate werewolves to learn to control their Change-in order to get the Praetor of their backs; an accidental attack is a disaster for the Preator and the werewolf community, and they require strong rules to prevent such a thing.
The only ways to permanently wound or kill a werewolf are either with the angelic fire of the seraph blade or with pure silver. Silver is associated with the moon, and wounds made with silver weapons will not only cause permanent damage on them but also great pain, their healing capabilities not effective when it comes to silver. Any Institute will be found to have a cache of silver weapons in place for just this reason.
Werewolves, like vampires, must belong with a group; a pack, in their case. The Praetor Lupus makes sure that new Downworlders find their place. Each pack is lead by an alpha wolf, and any werewolf that kills that leader gains control of the pack.
As werewolves, they follow the long held tradition of being mortal enemies of vampires. Maia explains that the demons that passed on the disease to humans that gave birth to vampires and werewolves were mortal enemies, and that prejudice was passed down through their races.
Known Werewolves Edit
- Luke Garroway
- Maia Roberts
- Jordan Kyle
- Alaric †
- Woolsey Scott
- Praetor Scott
- Ralf Scott †
- Gretel †
- Gregg †
- Gabriel †
- Max Lincoln
- Gregory Jensen
- Nick †
- It is unknown what wolfsbane, a plant with silvery leaves according to Simon, does to werewolves in the series, but the werewolf Jordan Kyle grows them on the balcony.
- In City of Fallen Angels, Jordan stated that some werewolves are born with lycanthropy through their werewolf parents. Meanwhile, the Shadowhunter's Codex stated that werewolf parents do not pass this lycanthropy to their children.