the word Lycanthropy comes from Greek lykoi, "wolf" anthropos, "man" - a delusion that one has become a wolf. The assumption of the form and characteristics of a wolf held to be possible by witchcraft or magic but we know better. the werewolf os no stranger or mythical than the likes of MS or TB. and that it is a condition of humans spread by a bight wound inflicted by an other werewolf in the way of an infection.
General Description: Lycanthropy (more accurately known as Therianthropy) is a wide ranging disease which causes periotic dramatic changes in the physical make-up of those affected. In addition, Lycanthropy can also result in permanent alteration of the psychological profile of those afflicted as well. Lycanthropy should be distinguished from other types of shape changing which are brought about through magical means. Lycanthropy is the only form of shape changing which involves an actual disease.
Common Symptoms: Those afflicted with Lycanthropy undergo regular transformations in to one or more of a wide range of possible secondary forms. These forms usually mimic those of certain types of predatory animals. The transformations usually occur as a result of some Trigger Event outside the afflicted's control, but can occur due to the willful desire of those infected. The exact number and rate of transformations is variable, but seldom occur more than once a day. Once the change is triggered, the infected change into their lycanthropic form and stay that way for a period of up to eight hours. At the end of that time, they revert back to their normal humanoid form.
Secondary physical symptoms can include a number of subtle changes to the infected's physical form, such as a greater amount of hair growth on their body, lengthened middle fingers and toes, pronounced canine teeth, and general robustness. However, these symptoms usually only manifest in final stage lycanthropy.
Primary psychological changes can include: A heightened desire for a particular type of food,usually meat; aberrant social behavior ranging from harmless eccentricity to homicidal mania; increased sexual desire; general rebelliousness and a distrust of authority; animal-like mannerisms such as growling, and; even extreme psychosis. These psychological symptoms most commonly appear in end stage lycanthropy, but can appear at any stage.
stages of lycanthropy
Once someone becomes infected, they enter the first stage of the disease. This stage lasts until the first transformation. During this stage, there are few if any symptoms. In some cases it has been observed that those infected suffer from some mild flu-like symptoms, but this may just be coincidence. Infected individuals may begin to exhibit some psychological symptoms, but this varies from case to case.
the First transformation usually occurs within a month or 30 seconds depending on the time on night and month the subject was infected, of the initial infection. At this point, all transformations occur as the result of the full moon or some Trigger Event. The trigger for a particular individual can vary widely, but usually involved some form of the lycan being threatend, or an unusual apearence of the full moon such as an eclyps of the full moon apearing dure in teh day. Whatever the Trigger Event, those infected cannot control their changes. It occurs whether they wish it to or not.(so there is no point in loking yourself in a toilet cubical muttering 'im not going to change, im a man, im not going to chang' because the efects ar physical and not mental) The change takes anywhere from 10 seconds to two minutes. The subject will usually remain in his lycanthropic form for a period between four and 12 hours, depending on the time of year. The psychological make-up of the lycanthropic form of the infected can vary a great deal from that of the person's normal personality. Just how much depends on the individual and the type of lycanthropy he is inflicted with. At a minimum, subjects in their second form exhibit a high degree of animal like behavior and are difficult to reason with in any fashion. More extreme changes can result in a lycanthropic personality which is thoroughly monstrous and homicidal. The afflicted will revert to his original personality as he returns to his true form.
ever wondered what it looks like?
the colour of your fur will brobably be a little bit darker than teh hear on your head. the wolfs eyes are all pure black. the ears ar lower down than that of a usual wolf and the snout is shorter. teh mail worf will probably grom more hair than the female and the female s upper body will be slimmer to that of the males. the tale of a werewolf is more commonly shorter than that of a normal worf.and the face grows less hair around the eyes which ar closer to the frount than an ordanary wolf.. a child lycan will remain a cub during there transformations untill they reach the aproximate age of 11. a wolf that has reached abouve 60 in age will start to get grey fur.
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