Werewolf Behaviour

Wolf behaviour is often carried over into a werewolf's daily repertoire. Many of these behaviours are instinctual, and a werewolf after their first Change may not even notice when they are exhibiting body language more typical of wolves than humans.

Body Language

Eye Contact
In humans, eye contact has a lot to do with bonding and making a connection with the person you're looking at. In wolves and werewolves, it is considered a challenge. Dominant werewolves will stare down a subordinate, and a submissive werewolf will often respond by lowering their gaze or flickering it from side to side, but never maintaining eye contact.

Dominant Posture
A dominant wolf stands stiff legged, tall, hackles raised, ears erect, and tail held high. In human form, a tall, upright posture and long, even stride can be indicative of a dominant werewolf. When displaying dominance they may rear up on their hind legs or pin down the subordinate.

Submissive Posture
A submissive wolf lowers themselves to the ground, back arched, tail held low or partially tucked. Lips are peeled back, ears pinned, muzzle pointing up toward the dominant wolf they are submitting to. Licking the muzzle or rapidly thrusting the tongue between the front teeth is also a show of submission. An even greater display of submission involves lying on one's back, belly and throat exposed, drawing their paws up close to the body and whimpering. In human form, some may go to these lengths, but usually an averted gaze and hunched posture is enough.

Angry Posture
An angry wolf will peel back its lips to display incisors. Ears are erect, tail held stiff and horizontal to the body. Hackles are raised. This posture is often accompanied by snarling. An extremely angry werewolf will go fire blooded.

Vocalizations

All vocalizations are carried over in both wolf and human forms. It is the easiest way to identify a werewolf in human form, as none of these vocalizations sound remotely human.

Howling
Howling can serve several purposes: to alert neighbouring packs of their pack's existence, or, as is the case with werewolves, call other members of the pack to them. A howl warning off other neighbouring packs has many undulations and changes in pitch to make it sound as though there are more wolves present than there actually are.

Growling and Snarling
This vocalization is reserved as a warning or show of aggression. In some cases a content werewolf will make a low, vibrating growl in the back of their throat resembling a purr.

Whimpering
Whimpering can show submission, fear or sadness.

Yelps
Usually indicative of intense fear or pain.

Territorial Behaviour

Wolves in the wild have enormous territories, and the same can be said of werewolf populations. However, wolf packs in the wild are often composed of a nuclear family, with parents and children. Werewolves, as many are infected through bite and not genetics, are less discriminatory about who they allow in their pack. The instinct to be part of a pack is strong in werewolves, perhaps even stronger than in wild wolves, as humans also find socialization integral to their lives. As a result, rogues are very rare.

In the wild, the highest percentage of wolf deaths occur in the fringes of territory when wolves from separate territories encounter one another. Territorial instincts are strong, and this carries into werewolf behaviour too.

Werewolf packs will only rarely allow rogues into their territory, usually under the condition that the rogue defer to the Alpha. A trespassing rogue caught in pack territory will almost invariably be killed, if not severely wounded and chased away.

Though humans can only speculate as to why this happens with wild wolves, the reasons with werewolves are many. A rogue is considered a liability, as they feel no loyalty to the pack. However cruel this may be, rogues are also seen as social rejects. The rationale is that if no other pack has accepted the rogue, and the rogue feels no compulsion to be a part of a pack, there must be something wrong with them (ie they have a dangerous Calling or do not respond well to authority).

Social Structure

Social structure is another integral part of werewolf culture. As has been already mentioned, wolf packs in the wild are usually composed of a nuclear family structure. For werewolves this isn't usually possible.

Werewolf packs are larger and more expansive than wild wolf packs. They are hierarchical in nature. Pack hierarchy is important to a pack's functioning lifestyle. Pack leaders set the standard code of behaviour and rules for the pack.

Pack loyalty is instinctual. Part of the reason werewolf packs grow to such astonishing numbers is that very few werewolves feel the compulsion to leave. It's only common for several wolves to leave at once when a major change to the hierarchy (ie a changing of Alphas or even Betas) occurs and they are dissatisfied with the results. Otherwise the most common reason for werewolves to leave a pack is a result of Wanderer's Calling. While the pack is not connected through genetics, packs are often referred to as family anyway, because most werewolves consider a pack a life-long commitment.

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