The Howls

Werewolves have developed a creole they ostentatiously call the High Tongue. This allows werewolves from different regions to communicate, although there can be large differences in accent and dialect that can make intelligible conversation nearly impossible. A few of the spoken words cannot be pronounced correctly in Homid or Lupus form and require the Glabro, Crinos, or Hispo shape to articulate, but much of the language is expressed through body language, tone, and even pheromones. Any werewolf who has passed her Right of Passage will be able to speak the High Tongue.

Communicating with wolves becomes instinctive once a werewolf has shape-shifted to Lupus form at least once, much like learning and using a Gift. This is natural in the Lupus or Hispo form and becomes much more difficult in the others.

There are 12 common Howls that werewolves use to communicate over long distances and every werewolf is able to use and recognize them in any form, although howling in Homid form is more difficult and would possibly require Expression or Performance rolls. Werewolves can alter howls to convey detailed information or to articulate similar, but different, ideas from the basic Howl, but this also requires Expression or Performance rolls.

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  • Anthem of War
  • Call for Succour
  • Call to Hunt
  • Chant to Challenge
  • Curse of Ignominy
  • Cry of Elation
  • Dirge for the Fallen
  • Howl of Introduction
  • Snarl of Precedence
  • Song of Mockery: this is an alteration in pitch used to add sarcasm to other Howls. It is most frequently used by Ragabash.
  • Wail of Foreboding
  • Warning of the Wyrm’s Approach

The Howls

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