Theodrick Keenan

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Theodric Keenan was a Bone Gnawer Ahroun in West Virginia, best known for leading an uprising of miners at the turn of the century. The local mines had been taken over by several Vampires who were working the miners to death. Theodric Keenan was the one who organized the miners – kinfolk, Garou, and normal humans – into action against the wyrm overseers.

Keenan was killed in the resulting uprising, but his leadership echoed on in songs he wrote to inspire the workers, the most famous of which is reprinted below (note that some of the words were later changed as the song was used among non-garou populations in other worker uprisings).

Bone Gnawer’s Forever (1907):

When the wolf’s inspiration through the packs’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the pack makes us strong.

Bone Gnawer forever,
Bone Gnawer forever,
Bone Gnawer forever,
For the pack makes us strong.

Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy wyrm-kind,
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?
Is there anything left to us but to organize and fight?
For the pack makes us strong.

Chorus

It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade;
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid;
Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made;
But the pack makes us strong.

Chorus

All the world that’s owned by wolves and kin is ours and ours alone.
We have laid the wide foundations; built it skyward stone by stone.
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own.
While the pack makes us strong.

Chorus

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the pack makes us strong.

Chorus

In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, multiplied a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the pack makes us strong.

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Theodrick Keenan

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