A while back I did a series of entries on locations of Celandine Valley. Now I'm moving on to the creatures. I plan to talk in-depth about each one and provide you with background on the mythology of each as well as my own rationale for using them.
We'll begin with The Werewolf.
Werewolves have become ingrained in popular culture thanks, mainly, to movies. From the Wolf Man in 1941 to Teen Wolf in the 80's to the Underworld series, werewolves have been portrayed in may different ways on the silverscreen.
Transforming into a wolf, though, goes WAY back in olden times. How far is hard to say, but the ancient Roman writers like Ovid and Petronius wrote of such transformations.
One thing that has not really transferred to the movies from the old stories is the idea that in order for a human to turn into a werewolf, he or she would need a part of the wolf that bit them in order to do it. Usually, this was the pelt of the wolf but could also be just the tail or a tooth.
I did not fully carry that tradition forward either. However, I did want to make the pelts meaningful nonetheless. So, what I did, was have the werewolf pelts be especially valuable in the world of the huntsmen. This way, they could support themselves and their Lodge with what they hunted.
I'm just scratching the surface here with what I want to say about werewolves. More is coming.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for this week's reveal, which has nothing to do with werewolves, LOL!
See you then!