Coming of Age
The First Change This is a simple and easy to understand concept, but the event will have lasting repercussions for the rest of the werewolf’s life. Werewolves will experience their first change during puberty, usually between ages 10 and 16 and they will usually instinctively change to the Crinos form and take out a lifetime’s worth of rage on whatever emotional event catalyzed the shapeshifting. Before this, the werewolf will have been considered Kinfolk (humans related to werewolves and who are usually aware of their existence) with the potential to change. Afterwards, her Kinfolk, or rescuing werewolves alerted to her presence, will take the new cub to a Caern and she will begin the preparations for taking the Rite of Passage, often with a mentor assigned to her. This all assumes that the werewolf lives with Kinfolk or uncorrupted werewolves were close enough to sense the new werewolf. If she was unlucky, the first change happens alone without any guidance.
Rite of Passage This marks the transition from a cub to a cliath. The werewolf must know The Litany, how to step sideways, and be able to control the Change. He must display at least a rudimentary knowledge of werewolf tribes and often, he must have learned a Gift from a Spirit. Once the werewolf succeeds at the Rite of Passage, he is considered a full-fledged member of his tribe; different tribes have different requirements and tests for their particular Rite of Passage. It may be taken alone, but it is more often done with a nascent pack.