Bone Gnawer They thrive in cities, occupy decaying suburban wastelands, even prosper in run-down rural backwaters. The Bone Gnawer creed is “Whatever works.” They’ve mastered a variety of vicious guerilla tactics suited to their hazardous environments. They know where to find food, or even how to conjure it. They spread out to follow humanity, and always attached themselves to the wretched and downtrodden. Their oral history is full of revolutionary stories of the oppressed defying and overthrowing their oppressors. In lupus form, Bone Gnawers almost always look like wolf hybrids of indeterminate ancestry.
Fianna The Fianna consider themselves the guardians of werewolf culture. They glorify the war every werewolf is born to fight, they sing tales of romance that stress the importance of clinging to one’s Kin, and they keep the stories of old victories and defeats. Strong passions and a powerful social streak run deep within the tribe. Their mirth is powerful, their loves intense, and their despair deep. Introverted Fianna are rare, and don’t earn much sympathy. Almost all the Fianna could pass for the Eurasian wolf (a grey wolf strain), though a distinct few are closer to the Iberian wolf.
Get of Fenris At every level, their society idealizes strength above all. Wisdom and cunning are valued, but as a complement to might, not a substitute. Fenrir leaders, or jarls, must earn their position through grueling physical trials, and be prepared to hold them in the same way. They resemble Western and Northern European strains of the grey wolf, especially tundra wolves, but some seem like arctic wolves.
Glass Walker The name “Glass Walkers” makes reference to the vast skyscrapers of the modern world. Before there were cities of glass, the tribe was known as Iron Riders, having embraced the trains and machines of the Industrial Age. In the times before then, they were the City Warders, associating themselves with urban life throughout the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance eras. And before there were even cities, they were the Warders of Men, a tribe that gathered where humans did and watched what their cousins would do next. A sizable amount of Glass Walkers don the guise of a Eurasian wolf, but many more adopt the form of American subspecies of the grey wolf, especially the Eastern (timber) wolf and Northwestern wolf.
Shadow Lord Intensely political and coldly pragmatic, the Shadow Lords practice a rigid internal hierarchy. Cubs are taught to fear their elders as much as revere them. But the tribe is also a meritocracy — those who have the ambition and skill to succeed will go farther than those who rely on a misguided sense of entitlement. They produce very strong, cunning champions; their elders and leaders have earned their position by constantly honing themselves, yet every Shadow Lord contends against his brethren. This ruthless philosophy has been at the tribe’s heart ever since its founding in what is now Eastern Europe. Most resemble different breeds of grey wolves, but especially black variants of the Eurasian wolf (Russian forest wolf or Siberian wolf) and the steppe wolf.
Silver Fang The charisma of their forebears is still strong in the tribe; those that are willing to reach out to the other tribes are surprisingly adept at rallying septs to unite for war. From their First Change, the Silver Fangs learn that they are meant to rule — not that it is their destiny, or their right, but their purpose. Through the ages, they have been at the forefront of the war, the proudest of the werewolves. Their strong ties to their ancestors mean that the Silver Fangs never look like hybrid wolves, but almost always appear as Eurasian wolves, steppe wolves, or Tundra wolves, usually with white or silver coloring.
Star Gazer Internally, the Stargazers look for their leaders to be wise first and foremost. Challenges for Rank often involve complicated riddles, tests of patience, and peculiar vision quests. When commanded by werewolves of other tribes, the Stargazers are more prone to obey than to challenge, even if the decisions are poor. But their obedience may take unexpected forms, flowing like water around a broken chain of command and shaping it to fit the greater need. For the most part, their lupus forms mirror the Tibetan wolf or the Himalayan wolf, but a few look like Eurasian wolves or Indian wolves (all are grey wolf subspecies). A very rare few appear like dholes.
Wendigo When they hunt, the Wendigo are terrifying even by the standards of werewolves. They do not bother with cruelty or mercy, instead killing with remorseless implacability. They are ghosts on the wind, dealing out sudden and bloody death. The cannibal spirit of winter that has taught them much of their cold fury. They hunt as quietly as a snowfall, swiftly falling on their prey with the force of the north wind. Native to they Americas, they are as likely to simulate the rarer red wolf as the grey wolf.